Quebecers still have vivid memories of 1998 ice storm

first_imgMONTREAL – The freezing drizzle had already been falling for four days when Normand Chaput left his home in St-Hyacinthe, Que., on Jan. 9, 1998.Throughout the inclement weather, the Hydro-Quebec line worker had begun each day counting how many utility poles had fallen the previous night.That morning, not a single one was still standing.“There was nothing left,” Chaput said in a phone interview. “All the poles were down, everything was down.”Even the metal towers that held up the grid had collapsed under the weight of 100 millimetres or so of freezing rain that left everything coated in ice.“That was something unimaginable for linemen, to think that towers could just collapse like they were made of cards,” said Chaput.Twenty years ago, nearly five million Canadians in southeastern Quebec, eastern Ontario and parts of the Maritimes were battered by three successive waves of freezing rain between Jan. 5 and 10.The precipitation, which some dubbed “The Storm of The Century,” covered everything in a thick layer of ice and left some people without electricity for more than 30 days.For weeks, Chaput and his work colleagues worked 16-hour days, first concentrating on clearing roads and removing downed conductors, and then on rebuilding the collapsed grid from scratch.After more than a week of working in darkness, he recalls driving to Montreal to visit his family and being shocked by the brightness of city lights.“All your refences are gone, your habits aren’t there and there’s nothing left that’s normal,” he said.Tim Petch, an apple farmer from Hemmingford, Que., remembers waking up to the cannon-like boom of tree branches crashing onto frozen snow.“It was a smash and shattering, just like glass going across a marble floor,” recalls Petch, now 54.He said many of his trees lost up to 40 per cent of their branches, leaving a cleanup job that would last months.Petch, who had no power in his home for 29 days, remembers huddling around a wood stove with his family and going out to check on the tractor-powered generator that was sent by the farmers’ union to keep his fruit stores from spoiling.What he remembers most, however, is the way the tight-knit community near the U.S.-Canada border pulled together by amassing communal stores of firewood and supplies, bringing in generators and checking on neighbours.“We all just pulled together,” he said.Another person with vivid memories of the events of 20 years ago is Steve Flanagan, who made more than 300 media appearances as a spokesman for Hydro-Quebec at the time.He said the utility’s approach was to speak as frankly as possible to a population increasingly worried about their homes, their families and their safety.“The best we could do, in our view, was to say exactly what was happening on the ground, what we were capable of doing, and especially what we were not able to do that day,” he said in a phone interview.Despite some difficult moments — including a nerve-racking time when there was only one power line feeding all of downtown Montreal — Flanagan credits the “exceptional leadership” of then-premier Lucien Bouchard and former Hydro-Quebec president Andre Caille for averting a much larger catastrophe.Nevertheless, the storm was a disaster, causing about $3 billion in damage.At least 30 deaths were attributed to the onslaught, and the Canadian military was called in to assist in the days that followed.Many authorities say the response would be better if the storm were to happen today.Hydro-Quebec says it took steps to reinforce the grid in the aftermath of the storm by strengthening facilities, improving its tree-trimming techniques control and adding new lines and paths to ensure multiple sources of power.The Canadian Red Cross, which ran about 300 shelters and provided emergency aid during the storm, has also learned from the crisis, according to the organization’s director for governance.Josee Payant, who was Quebec program director in 1998, said the organization has since signed specific agreements with various levels of government to manage emergency services and make sure responsibilities are defined.Technology has also improved co-ordination efforts, she said, as has a national program to standardize training for volunteers.“We are more prepared, but every disaster is different and has its own challenges,” she said.Despite the improvements, she says not enough cities, companies and individuals are as ready as they should be.Many municipalities, Payant notes, still don’t have detailed emergency plans, and most families don’t keep enough food, water and supplies on hand to get through 72 hours of crisis.“We have to work with other partners to build a culture of civil safety,” she said. “I don’t think we’re there yet.”last_img read more


first_img Facebook Advertisement Wolfhard spoke to Barrera from New York City. Here’s part of their conversation.So another round in the Upside Down. How do you feel about Season 3 of Stranger Things?I’m really, really proud of it. It’s my favourite season so far. I hope everyone else thinks so too.Season 2 was really dark. What does Season 3 have in store for us?I mean, honestly, if you couldn’t handle the darkness of Season 2, you probably won’t handle the darkness of Season 3 … It’s not like Rosemary’s Baby, but it’s pretty scary.It does everything the second season does, but just kind of amps it up a little bit in the best possible way. Now there’s more comedy and there’s more romance and adventure.You know for a lot of people, Stranger Things is appealing because it nods to the ’80s movies they grew up with — E.T. and Close Encounters and others. You were born 20 years after those came out. How do you relate to that era?I grew up watching all those movies so there’s something nice about being in something that’s set in the ’80s.It doesn’t feel so out of the ordinary because I’m so used to seeing the kind of hair and the kind of clothes and the kind of shoes and kind of music, so I was already kind of used to it. Twitter Finn Wolfhard stars as Mike Wheeler in Stranger Things, the popular ’80s-inspired Netflix series. (Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images) Advertisementcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: When the hit Netflix series Stranger Things returns for its third season in July, Canadian actor Finn Wolfhard promises it will be darker than previous runs.“It’s not like Rosemary’s Baby, but it’s pretty scary,” he told Day 6 guest host Jorge Barrera.The 16-year-old Vancouver actor and frontman for indie band Calpurnia revealed what viewers can expect from the latest season — and why he’s lobbying politicians to loosen rules on music venues. Advertisementlast_img read more

Atlantic Canada trade mission hopes to bolster regions trade links to China

first_imgHALIFAX – A federal-provincial trade mission is heading to China this week with hopes of bolstering Atlantic Canada’s presence in one of the world’s largest consumer markets.Federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence McAulay, Treasury Board president Scott Brison, and the premiers of Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador, will join more than 70 businesses, universities, and organizations participating in trade shows and business-to-business meetings.The aim is to promote Atlantic Canada’s food, education, clean growth, and tourism sectors.In an interview Monday, Brison said the co-operative effort is part of the Atlantic Growth Strategy launched by Ottawa and the four provinces in 2016.“A regional approach, where the federal government helps support the work of our businesses in Atlantic Canada and the work of our provincial governments, can make a real difference and take the level of trade and opportunity over time to a new level,” said Brison, a Nova Scotia MP.He said the goal is to build on the trust and relationships that have been established in the Chinese market.“That requires face-to-face interactions and meetings, and you can’t just go there once, you have to go there repeatedly over a sustained period.”Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil will be travelling to China for the second time this year — it will be his sixth trip overall.According to the federal government, exports to China from Atlantic Canada grew 37 per cent last year to more than $1.5 billion, with seafood exports having doubled in the past five years alone.Chinese tourism is also on the rise, while Atlantic Canadian universities currently get more than 30 per cent of their international students from the economic powerhouse.Brison said about 30 million Chinese enter the middle class every year, and that country’s consumer culture has developed tastes for such items as high-quality food and wine.He said they are trends that represent a great opportunity for Atlantic Canada, which is producing world renowned seafood, particularly lobster.“We have opportunities that simply didn’t exist 10 years ago in terms of the China relationship,” he said.In Nova Scotia’s case, China is the province’s second largest trading partner after the U.S., with exports having grown from $150 million in 2012 to $494 million in 2016.McNeil said opening China to products such as lobster has been key to keeping prices at higher market levels.“That has allowed the extra money received for that price to be spun around in every rural community across the province,” he said. “It’s one of the best rural economic strategies that we have.”Another key is convincing even more Chinese students to study in the region, the premier said.“They currently are the largest number of international students who come here. We believe that number can grow substantially to continue to help sustain our post-secondary institutions.”The trade delegation is to visit the cities of Qingdao, Shanghai, and Beijing, where it will take part in the China Fisheries and Seafood Expo, the China International Import Expo, and the Canada China Business Council Annual General Meeting and Business Forum.last_img read more

Foreign exchange rates

These are indicative wholesale rates for foreign currency provided by the Bank of Canada on Tuesday. Quotations in Canadian funds.Australia dollar 1.0010Brazil real 0.3971China renminbi 0.1936Euro 1.4913Hong Kong dollar 0.169062India rupee 0.02045Indonesia rupiah 0.0000990Japan yen 0.01176Malaysia ringgit 0.3075Mexico peso 0.07338N.Z. dollar 0.9603Norway krone 0.1565Peruvian new sol 0.4051Russia rouble 0.02231Saudi riyal 0.3516Singapore dollar 0.9509South Africa rand 0.10160South Korean won 0.001158Sweden krona 0.1528Switzerland franc 1.3696Taiwanese dollar 0.04343Thailand baht 0.03884Turkey lira 0.3751U.K. pound 1.6859U.S. dollar 1.3188Vietnam dong 0.000058 read more

UN expert urges Member States to consider justice as pillar of development

In presenting her latest report to the UN body, Gabriela Knaul, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, cautioned delegates over the current development framework established by the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), stating that it was “too limited conceptually to fully account for the human experience of development.” “I strongly believe that the promotion of justice and the consolidation of the rule of law provide the necessary tools for the fostering of more equitable, inclusive and sustainable development,” Ms. Knaul said.“When the administration of justice fails, impunity takes over and undermines democracy, the rule of law, people’s trust in State institutions, as well as opportunities for development.”The Special Rapporteur urged Member States to adopt a human-rights based approach to development, suggesting that they insert “explicit references” to human rights standards and standards related to access to justice in the post-2015 sustainable development goals and targets. By failing to acknowledge the role of the justice system, she continued, the international community would “surely jeopardize the success of the Post-2015 development agenda.”“Weak judicial systems that fail to guarantee access to justice for all lead to situations in which the most marginalized groups of the population are excluded from the judicial system, compounding the discrimination and vulnerability they are facing,” Ms. Knaul added. read more

Momentum building for UNbacked accord to combat billion dollar rogue fishing business

“A growing numbers of countries are ratifying an international agreement to combat illegal fishing, fuelling interest in how best to implement the instrument,” FAO said in a press release.Illicit fishing, according to the agency, includes operating without authorization, harvesting protected species, using outlawed fishing gear and violating quota limits, and “may account for up to 26 million tonnes of seafood a year, more than 15 percent of the total global output.”“Illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing is estimated to strip between $10 billion and $23 billion from the global economy, and its impacts undermines the way fish stocks are managed to make it a double concern around the world,” it said.To help tackle the problem, FAO brokered the adoption in 2009 by its Member States of the Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing.The FAO-brokered agreement comes into force when 25 countries have deposited their instrument of ratification, known as acceptance of accession. So far, 12 countries have done so, the latest being Iceland in June. Two more states will soon join them, according to FAO.In addition to Iceland, signatories that have completed the ratification process are Chile, the European Union, Gabon, Iceland, Mozambique, Myanmar, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, the Seychelles, Sri Lanka and Uruguay.“The Agreement promotes collaboration between fishermen, port authorities, coast guards and navies to strengthen inspections and control procedures at ports and on vessels,” it said. “Importantly, it also allows states to prevent the landings of catches derived from IUU fishing by vessels regardless of the flag they fly.”Blaise Kuemlangan, Chief of FAO’s Development Law Service, said “the Agreement aims to harmonize port controls in order to prevent illegally caught fish from ever entering international markets through ports.”The ability to turn away vessels taking part in illegal fishing will greatly reduce opportunities for selling their catch, decreasing illicit fishing worldwide, according to Mr. Kuemlangan.The Agreement will also enable better compliance with the 1995 FAO Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries, which seeks to promote the long-term sustainability of the sector.To assist countries in building their capacity to implement the agreement, FAO has convened workshops in all world regions, with the Atlantic coast of Africa being “a key priority,” the agency said. FAO said so far Gabon is the only African country to have ratified the Agreement, but several others are close to completing the process. read more

UNICEF warns use of children as human bombs is on the rise

“Since the beginning of January 2017, 83 children had been used as so-called human bombs, 55 being girls, most of them often under 15 years old,” UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) spokesperson Marixie Mercado told reporters at today’s regular press briefing in Geneva. “The 27 other children were boys and one was an infant strapped to a girl,” she continued. She pointed out that since 2014, children have been repeatedly used in this way, calling the number of children used so far this year alone was “already four times higher than what it was for all of 2016.” “Children used as human bombs are, above all, victims, not perpetrators,” Ms. Mercado underscored. She went on to say that the use of children in such attacks has a further impact of creating suspicion and fear of children released, rescued, or escaped from Boko Haram. “They face rejection when they tried to reintegrate their communities which compounds their suffering,” she explained. Ms. Mercado painted a dire picture, describing the situation as a massive displacement and malnutrition crisis – “a deadly combination for children.” She said that per cent of the persons displaced by the insurgencies in north-east Nigeria are children, and the vast majority of them in Borno state, where most of those attacks are taking place.” North-east Nigeria is one of the four countries or regions facing the spectre of famine, with up to 450,000 children at risk of severe acute malnutrition this year, according to UNICEF. UNICEF is providing psychosocial support for children who had been held by Boko Haram and the agency is also working with families and communities to foster the acceptance of returned children – including through social and economic reintegration support. As of July, UNICEF has supported more than 3,000 children and 1,200 women. It also backed reconciliation activities in north-east Nigeria led by communities, religious leaders and influential women to help promote tolerance, acceptance, and reintegration. Noting that a $1 billion dollar appeal to minimally help sustain people in Nigeria is only 60 per cent funded, Jens Laerke, Spokesperson for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, told reporters at the briefing that the situation for civilians in the area was extremely grave. Humanitarian Coordinator Edward Kallon stressed that women and children in Borno state face grave human rights violations, including sexual and gender-based violence. He noted that, since the start of the conflict in 2009, more than 20,000 people had been killed with thousands of women and girls abducted and abused. In total, 8.5 million people in the worst-affected states of Borno, namely Adamawa and Yobe, need of humanitarian assistance. In its eighth year, this crisis shows no sign of abating, said Mr. Laerke. Food insecurity affects 5.2 million people, some of whom are on the brink of famine. read more

If Mattas recruits would have stayed in school

What if?It is one of the most popular questions among sports fans. It allows us to ponder certain scenarios or outcomes involving our favorite sports, teams and players.With last week’s game against Purdue, people asked what if the Buckeyes had called a timeout after rebounding the Boilermaker’s missed free throw in the waning seconds?What if calling that timeout would have set up a better chance for Ohio State to tie the game and send it into overtime?This question has led me to think of another scenario that most of Buckeye land wished would have happened.What if Thad Matta’s recruits hadn’t bolted to the NBA after one year on campus?What if they had all stayed at least one more year?Why couldn’t Greg Oden, Mike Conley and Daequan Cook all return for their sophomore campaigns? The year before we saw a highly talented group of sophomores at Florida win a National Championship, only to announce to the country they were coming back to school to do it again.This was an Ohio State team that had just breezed through its Big Ten schedule on its way to a No. 1 seed and an NCAA Championship appearance.Imagine that core of players returning with Jamar Butler, Othello Hunter and then-highly touted incoming freshman Kosta Koufos.There is no doubt that this team would have won the National Championship and possibly finished with an undefeated season.One can wonder how many nights Thad Matta has cried himself to sleep, reflecting on the potential team he could have had if all three elite players decided to stay in school.Let’s break down the following two seasons.With Koufos staying for at least one more year, the Buckeyes would have had another dominant season in the post with BJ Mullens joining the team as the latest five-star recruit under Matta. Koufos would flourish with his outside game as Mullens and Dallas Lauderdale provided depth down low.This squad, which fell in the first round of the NCAA Tournament last year, would at worst make it the Sweet 16 in this “what if” reality.For this current season, OSU would most likely lose Koufos to the draft but would retain Mullens for another season. After showing flashes of potential in his freshman year, Mullens would flourish during his sophomore season by living up to his recruiting hype.This, coupled with the emergence of Evan Turner as a National Player of the Year candidate, would have instantly made Ohio State Big Ten favorites and a major Final Four contender.So if Matta’s major recruits had just stayed one more year, the basketball culture at Ohio State would be dramatically different. They would have produced a National Championship-caliber squad one season and have two other squads make possibly deep tournament runs. With another top-rated recruiting class also coming to Ohio State this fall, Matta would have created a basketball powerhouse that would be among the elites for several years.But as they say, hindsight is always 20/20.So, snapping back to reality, Matta has had to deal with five of his players leaving for the draft after one season. He still had success, winning the NIT in 2007 and reaching the NCAA Tournament in 2008.But even with his squad this season currently fielding a Top 10 ranking, we all sometimes find ourselves asking the same question.What if? read more

Cannabis smoking teenagers more likely to become addicted as their bodies resist

Teenagers who regularly smoke cannabis are better at fighting the negative effects of the drug than adults, a groundbreaking study has found. Researchers at UCL were stunned to find teenagers aged 16 and 17 were less stoned, less anxious, suffered fewer memory problems and were more likely to want more of the drug after taking it than adult smokers. They are now conducting intensive tests including… They say the findings could mean that adolescents could be encouraged to binge more on the drug and increase their risk of addiction and mental ill health It contradicted scientists’ expectations that the developing brains of adolescents would be more sensitive to the negative effects of the drug. read more

Lajos Mocsai is leaving MKB Veszprem after five years

Hungarian NT and MKB Veszprem’s head coach, Lajos Mocsai said that he is thinking about leaving club’s bench after five successful years. One of the best Hungarian coaches ever told that in an interview.With Hungary, Mocsai made good results with VISA for the Olympic Games in London. MKB Veszprem lost at EHF Champions League TOP 16 in clash with Ademar Lajos Mocsai ← Previous Story Hvidt and Noddesbo are not “guilty” – In “Blaugrana” with complete teams Next Story → Ivan Nikcevic is on the way to Wisla Plock read more

Speaking in Dublin EC President urges Europe to choose growth

first_imgHere in Ireland, and all around Europe, too many young people are asking if they will ever find a job or have the same quality of life as their parents.Young people need better prospects, he said and that is why in the recent budget negotiations the Commission fought to secure a large increase in funding for youth for the likes of greater Erasmus programmes and a new Youth Employment Initiative, which will provide €6 billion euro for regions with youth unemployment rates above 25 per cent.Speaking about foreign trade, Barroso said they were negotiating with partners such as South Korea and Singapore and that they should soon finalise a deal with Canada. “We are about to start negotiating with Japan and are looking at a deeper relationship with China,” he added. THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION President, José Manuel Barroso, told an IBEC conference in Dublin this morning that Europe “must choose growth”.Addressing 400 of the continent’s top business people, he outlined ways that we could boost employment and cut budget deficits.Mr Barroso said the economic crisis has changed the way in which both business and politics are done “and we must urgently and actively adapt our policies and attitudes” to deliver growth but he admits it remains “a formidable challenge”.He said new competitors have emerged, which have brought new challenges for Europe, other issues affecting the EU include an ageing population, increasing energy costs, the impact of climate change, and now also systemic unemployment, particularly among younger people: And under the Irish Presidency we hope to be able to start negotiating a deep and comprehensive new trade agreement with the US which could bring us an increase of 1 per cent of EU GDP.He also said that in recent months, markets had been more stable and that “there are signs that confidence is starting to return to Ireland and Europe”.The Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, also spoke at the IBEC conference earlier today about the impact of the Croke Park deal and how Ireland was determined to exit its bailout programme before year-end.Read: IBEC appeals for ‘no more taxes’ to try and ease austeritylast_img read more

Miracle family survives ugly smash up

Miracle family survives ugly smash up

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppIt was a miracle on Millennium Highway when a tiny car rear ended a huge dump truck on Sunday afternoon here in Provo. The family in that car was visibly shaken by the smash up, which could have been so much worse. The car was totaled in the collision; the windshield shattered, the entire front end pulverized by the impact and parts of the vehicle ripped off, and left on the roadway. Miraculously, it appeared all in the accident were okay. There was also evidence over the weekend of a vehicle careening off of Leeward Highway into signage near the Beaches roundabout heading west. Speed continues to be labeled a significant factor in these traffic accidents despite the heightened police presence and revved up road traffic department signage. Related Items:last_img read more

Lawyer argues that chimps are people too

first_imgALBANY, N.Y. — A state appeals court will decide in coming weeks whether chimpanzees are entitled to “legal personhood” in a case that could lead to expanded rights for animals such as gorillas, elephants and dolphins, according to the lawyer advocating for a 26-year-old chimp named Tommy.Attorney Steven Wise argued before a five-member mid-level appeals court Wednesday on behalf of Tommy, who lives alone in a cage in upstate Fulton County. A trial-level judge has refused a request by Wise and his Nonhuman Rights Project to have Tommy released to join other chimps at a Florida sanctuary that mimics their natural habitat.Wise argues that animals with human qualities, such as chimps, deserve basic rights, including freedom from imprisonment. He’s also seeking the release of three other chimps in New York and said he plans similar cases in other states. If he succeeds, he said he will seek personhood for other species with human qualities, which he defines as self-determination and autonomy.One of the judges said the state has laws to protect animals from mistreatment and suggested they might be a more appropriate avenue to ensure Tommy’s welfare.But Wise said the case is not about well-being, but unlawful imprisonment.“What about the detention makes it unlawful?” asked Presiding Justice Karen Peters.“Keeping a legal person in solitary confinement in a cage is unlawful,” Wise replied.The key question is whether a chimp is a person.Richard Cupp, a professor at Pepperdine Law School who writes and speaks extensively about the legal and moral status of animals, said by phone Wednesday that granting legal personhood and rights to animals could unintentionally dilute the concept of human rights.last_img read more

Pedestrian killed crossing Highway 99 IDd as California man

first_imgThe pedestrian who died after he was struck by a pickup while trying to cross Highway 99 in Hazel Dell on Saturday has been identified as a California man.Stephen Wyatt, 46, was the victim of the fatal crash, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office. Wyatt used to live in the Hazel Dell area and was in town to retrieve personal property.The crash, reported at about 6:30 p.m., occurred during heavy rainfall and at a dark intersection of the highway near Northeast 102nd Street, according to the sheriff’s office.Wyatt was crossing the road from east to west when he was struck by a southbound full-sized pickup, according to the sheriff’s office.The driver of the pickup, a 20-year-old Vancouver man, is cooperating with investigators, and there was no reason to believe drugs or alcohol were involved, said Sgt. Fred Neiman. The driver’s name was not released.last_img read more

Royal divorce confirmed ahead of Prince Harry and Meghan Markles relocation to

first_imgLady Davina Windsor (2nd L) walks arm in arm with her newly wed husband, Gary Lewis, outside the chapel at Kensington Palace.Getty imagesAs Prince Harry and Meghan Markle make preparations to move to Frogmore Cottage, Buckingham Palace has confirmed that there will be a royal divorce.Palace officials have announced that Lady Davina Windsor and Gary Lewis have decided to part ways after 14 years of marriage. Though the reason behind the separation has not been revealed, it is speculated that Lady Davina and Lewis’ different background is one of the causes, Hello! reported.Lady Davina Windsor is the elder daughter of Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester, and his wife Birgitte, Duchess of Gloucester. She was 30th in the line of succession to the British throne as of June 2018. Duke of Gloucester is the first cousin of Queen Elizabeth II.The couple met each other during a trip to Bali in 2000 and got married at the private chapel in Kensington Palace in 2004. They have two kids – Senna Kowhai, 8, and Tane Mahuta, 6. Meghan MarkleGetty ImagesDavina and Lewis used to stay in Auckland for some time during their marriage and lived a low-key lifestyle. The couple seldom comes out in public but appeared at the Trooping the Colour ceremony and were also present at the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s royal wedding.Prince Harry and Prince William used to have a lot of fun with Lady Davina and her sister Lady Rose Windsor and they were all photographed together many times.The news of their separation comes ahead of Prince Harry and Markle’s move. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will continue to receive support from Kensington Palace until they have settled. And because of this separation, it has been rumoured that the charity, Royal Foundation which is Prince Harry, Prince William, Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle’s will be affected.It has also been reported that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s marriage is in trouble. The couple also had their first ‘out and out disagreement’ when Meghan’s friend defended her from her critics in an American celebrity magazine, a gesture that Harry would have disapproved if he knew about it before.last_img read more

For stakes sake When Blackstones bid for a bite of Infosys bit

first_imgPrivate equity company Blackstone is said to have made a bid for a sizeable minority stake in Infosys on Thursday night at a company board meeting.MANJUNATH KIRAN/AFP/Getty ImagesBig private equity giant Blackstone made a bid on Thursday night to buy a “significant minority” stake in Infosys amid hectic transitioning taking place within the company, according to the Financial Express (FE), which cited a report by television channel CNBC TV 18.While the company board on Thursday debated the impending return of co-founder Nandan Nilekani to steady its top echelons after the stunning exit of Vishal Sikka as CEO and MD following a prolonged tiff with the founders, private equity firm Blackstone was moving ahead with what it thought was some timely investment plans.FE cited the television news channel as reporting that the Blackstone proposal was raised at the Infosys board meeting held on Thursday night to decide the board’s future course of action and appointment of a new chairman.However, the board rejected Blackstone’s acquisition offer, and instead, moved on to appoint Nandan Nilekani as the new non-executive Chairman, effectively vesting the control of the company with the founder group, FE reported.Global private equity giant Blackstone offered to buy a “significant minority” stake in Infosys, in order to buy out the firm in the wake of the tussle between the founders of the company and its board, CNBC TV18 reported, citing unidentified sources.Sources told Financial Express that Nilekani joined after the resignations of ex-chief executive Vishal Sikka, and two other members of the board Jeffrey Lehman and John Etchemendy, were accepted. Seshasayee also stepped down as board chairman. Vishal Sikka, who was appointed as executive vice-chairman following his resignation as the CEO, has made a complete exit from the company.The tussle between Infosys lead founder N R Narayana Murthy and the company board had threatened to destabilise operations at the Bengaluru-headquartered firm. Ravi Venkatesan, who was co-chairman, will stay on as director while UB Pravin Rao will continue as interim CEO and MD.The return of Nilekani, a former CEO, is expected to assuage the concerns of shareholders, at least in the near term, the FE report said. Since Vishal Sikka stepped down as MD and CEO on August 18, the Infosys stock has lost more than Rs 30,000 crore in market capitalisation.last_img read more

HoustonArea Residents Swap Storm Stories Through Spoken Word Music Poetry

HoustonArea Residents Swap Storm Stories Through Spoken Word Music Poetry

first_img – / 4There’s barely an empty chair inside the dimly lit upstairs of Rudyard’s Pub on a Wednesday night. On the small stage in the corner under yellow and blue spotlights, Karen Ross is reading a poem about being home with her dog when Hurricane Ike made landfall in 2008.“He followed me from room to room as I, flashlight in hand, timorously waited out the hurricane,” she read. “Few things in life are truer or of greater comfort than a good dog in a bad storm.”The audience laughed and applauded, obviously in agreement.People of all ages and colors have come together on this evening with a common story – surviving storms.  “The city of Houston and this region has very much been deluged by these experiences,” says Pat Jasper, Director of Folk Life and Traditional Arts at Houston Arts Alliance. “And people who have dramatic experiences, like going through a hurricane or going through a storm, often have a story or a song or a poem to share.”The program included some of the city’s best-known poets and musicians, but others were members of the community who just wanted to share anecdotes. Storm Songs and Stories was a collaboration between HAA and Houston Grand Opera in advance of next week’s premiere of After the Storm, a chamber opera set in Galveston during a fictional hurricane. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen X 00:00 /01:16 Sharelast_img read more

ATTN Taps Jessie Surovell as Head of Television Development Eyeing Expanded TV

ATTN Taps Jessie Surovell as Head of Television Development Eyeing Expanded TV

first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety “As ATTN: continues to develop more original, long-form projects for television and streaming services, we wanted to bring someone on board with the vision and experience to make the next ‘must watch’ series,” ATTN: co-founder Matthew Segal said in a statement. “Jessie’s background and proven track record in development makes her a unique talent, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome her to the team.”Surovell most recently worked at the Content Group, a creative collective recently launched by Asylum Entertainment co-founder Steve Michaels, where she served as VP of content strategy. Previously, she was VP of development at Pop, the cable network joint venture of CBS Corp. and Lionsgate formerly known as TVGN. She holds a bachelor’s degree in film, theater and gender studies from Emerson College.“I’ve always been most excited by the challenge of building something new and innovative, and have fallen in love with the ATTN: brand,” Surovell commented. “I’m so impressed with the success they’ve achieved in such a short amount of time and am beyond thrilled to join ATTN: as they continue this push into long-form content. “ATTN:, founded in 2014, has raised about $24 million from investors including Evolution Media Capital, Main Street Advisors, Marc Rowan and Paul Wachter.center_img Digital news and media company ATTN: named Jessie Surovell, a content-development strategist who has worked for Asylum Entertainment’s Content Group and Pop, as its new head of television development. At L.A.-based ATTN:, Surovell will oversee all originals development, including scripted and unscripted projects for streaming platforms and also will head development of ATTN:’s library of short-form digital content into serialized long-form projects aimed at traditional TV networks. Four-year-old ATTN: (pronounced “attention”) launched its TV department earlier this year and has several original projects in development. Those include a magazine-style program targeted at premium cable networks along with several documentary series. The company also is currently working with Paramount Television to develop digital series “America Versus” with Nev Schulman into a live-action TV show. In addition, ATTN: co-produced a documentary with Disney’s ABC News and Freeform titled “For Our Lives: Parkland” (which aired on Freeform in April). The startup has launched four original series on Facebook Watch and is developing original series for other platforms including Instagram’s IGTV and Snapchat.last_img read more

Study shows disorder may cause an increase stereotyping

Study shows disorder may cause an increase stereotyping

first_img Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Caucasian travelers who were asked to fill out a questionnaire in an orderly train station generally sat closer to a Dutch-African person, compared to when they were asked in a messy train station. Image courtesy of Siegwart Lindenberg Where am I? How our brain works as a GPS device Citation: Study shows disorder may cause an increase stereotyping (2011, April 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from ( — A study performed by Dutch social scientists Diederik Stapel and Siegwart Lindenberg, of Tilburg University in the Netherlands, suggests that people may resort to stereotyping to cope with the stress associated with disorder or chaos. In their paper, published in Science magazine, the two draw from a series of experiments they conducted, two in the real world and three in the lab, which they assert proves that human beings are more prone to stereotyping and even discrimination when exposed to a messy, chaotic, or even unkempt environment. In the first study, volunteers at a messy (due to a workers strike) train station were asked to sit in one of several available seats while they filled out a survey. Unbeknownst to them, tabs were kept on how far they sat from the only other person in the group of chairs, a black man. They then repeated the study after the strike was over and found that when the station was messy, the volunteers (all white) tended to sit farther away from the black man than they did when the station was neat. Furthermore, they also found that the volunteers answered the survey questions more strongly stereotypically when in the messy environment, then when in the clean one; such as when asked to rate people of different races by traits that might be ascribed to them.In a second field study, volunteers were again asked to fill out a survey (this time for a small amount of money as payment) but this time the environment was a sidewalk in a nice neighborhood. In the first go-round, an “abandoned” bike was placed nearby, some cobblestones pulled to look haphazard, and a car was parked up onto the curb; all to create a somewhat messy environment. After filling out the survey, the volunteers were asked if they would donate some of the money they had earned to helping restore blighted, mostly minority neighborhoods. In the messy environment, the volunteers offered on average, a dollar less than those on the clean street.Next, the researchers conducted three lab experiments where volunteers were shown an unkempt bookshelf, a series of flash cards with words of discord on them and sheets of paper with unordered shapes displayed, before being asked to fill out a survey; and then repeated the exercises with a neat bookshelf, flash cards with calm words and sheets of paper with ordered shapes on them. In all cases the volunteers showed an increased tendency to revert to stereotyping.The authors then conclude in their paper that this proves that messy, crumbling poor neighborhoods contribute to stereotyping, racism and discrimination; and if governments would only clean up such environments, a reduction in such attitudes would surely follow. Unfortunately, as many critics of the paper have pointed out, the study doesn’t have a way to measure if the effects of disorder are short or long term, or if people in the real world who grow up in such an environment don’t see their surroundings as normal and therefore would not respond as did the volunteers in the study. © 2010 More information: Coping with Chaos: How Disordered Contexts Promote Stereotyping and Discrimination, Science 8 April 2011: Vol. 332 no. 6026 pp. 251-253. DOI: 10.1126/science.1201068last_img read more

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first_img News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. Image courtesy of PhilipsJanuary 5, 2015 — A substantial percentage of patients who receive radiologist recommendations for chest computed tomography (CT) to evaluate abnormal findings on outpatient chest X-rays have clinically relevant findings, including cancer, according to a new study published online in the journal Radiology.Researchers said the findings show that radiologist recommendations for additional imaging (RAIs) after chest X-rays represent valuable contributions to patient care.RAIs, which have grown 200 percent since 1995, have attracted scrutiny in recent years as healthcare moves from volume-driven to value-based payment models. The scrutiny makes it increasingly important for the radiology community to validate the clinical impact of its work, said study author Tarik K. Alkasab, M.D., Ph.D., from Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston.”There has been a great deal of research on how radiologists recommend an imaging exam, but little on what comes out of the exams that they recommend,” Alkasab said. “Prior studies were very broad, so in our study we tried to focus on a specific clinical scenario.”The researchers looked through more than 29,000 reports of outpatient chest X-rays performed at a large academic center over one year to identify studies that included a recommendation for a chest CT. They found that radiologists interpreting outpatient chest X-rays made recommendations for CT in 4.5 percent of cases, a result in line with existing research. Increasing patient age and positive smoking history were associated with an increased likelihood of a chest CT recommendation.When the researchers looked at the chest CTs obtained within one year of the index chest X-ray, they found that 41.4 percent detected a corresponding abnormality requiring treatment or further diagnostic workup. One in every 13 yielded a corresponding abnormality representing a newly diagnosed, biopsy-proven malignancy.”In this era of concern about radiation dose risk, these findings suggest that the extremely low predicted risk of radiation-induced cancer associated with a chest CT is orders of magnitude less than the potential clinical benefits,” said study co-author H. Benjamin Harvey, M.D., J.D., from Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. “If ordering physicians see a recommendation for chest CT, they need to ensure that the patient gets the recommended imaging.”More than one-third of patients in the study group who were recommended for follow-up chest CT did not receive the exam within one year–an oversight that could result in missed or delayed diagnoses, the researchers said.”More research is needed to understand the possible reasons for the less-than-optimal adherence to RAIs after chest X-ray,” Harvey said. “One thing we’re looking at is how the recommendation language affects recommendation adherence.”The researchers hope that their study helps improve awareness of the importance of follow-up CT.”These results show that radiologists should be confident their recommendations are adding value and protecting patients,” Alkasab said.”Diagnostic Yield of Recommendations for Chest CT Examination Prompted by Outpatient Chest Radiographic Findings.” Collaborating with Alkasab and Harvey were Matthew D. Gilman, M.D.; Carol C. Wu, M.D., Matthew S. Cushing, M.D.; Elkan F. Halpern, Ph.D.; Jing Zhao, Ph.D.; Pari V. Pandharipande, M.D., MPH and Jo-Anne O. Shepard, M.D.For more information: Video Player is loading.GE Cardiographe cardiac CT scanner at SCCT19Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:38Loaded: 26.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:38 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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