Forecast calls for 500 fewer wells this year despite higher global oil

first_imgCALGARY – The head of Canada’s largest drilling company says he’s not surprised that a Canadian drilling forecast is being chopped despite higher global oil prices so far this year.Kevin Neveu, CEO of Precision Drilling Corp., said Tuesday his company is in the process of moving an idle drilling rig from the Deep Basin of northwestern Alberta to Pennsylvania, where it is expected to find work drilling natural gas wells in the Marcellus Basin.In the past two years, Precision has authorized the building of two new rigs in the U.S. but none in Canada, he said, because demand hasn’t justified it.“Oil prices are not too bad — and when you throw in the exchange rate, they’re actually probably OK — but a lot of our Canadian customers are still quite gassy in their production and rely on natural gas sales to fund a lot of their programs,” said Neveu.“With (Alberta) AECO prices so tight, it’s just really tough for a lot of our customers.”The Petroleum Services Association of Canada said Tuesday it is cutting its 2018 Canadian drilling forecast by 500 wells to 6,900 oil and gas wells, 200 fewer than were drilled in 2017, and nearly seven per cent less than its April forecast for 7,400 this year.“In general terms, revenue numbers for our sector are up year over year but we note that several publicly traded Canadian service companies are reporting minimal improvement in the quality of bottom line earnings; many are sitting at near breakeven or are still in negative territory,” PSAC CEO Tom Whalen said.“This is not sustainable from a business continuity and competitiveness perspective. It’s also a compounding symptom of the sector’s lack of attractiveness for investment.”Producers are drilling longer wells but the number of wells is down by 200 through six months of 2018 compared with the same period of 2017, PSAC reported.Benchmark New York oil prices averaged US$67.91 per barrel in the second quarter ended June 30, up from US$48.33 in the same period of 2017, but Alberta natural prices fell to C$1.20 per million British thermal units from C$2.69.Whalen says Canadian companies aren’t able to gain from higher world crude prices because pipeline capacity is inadequate to take products to market, resulting in higher-than-usual price discounts for western Canadian oil.Meanwhile, natural gas prices continue to languish thanks to both gathering pipeline constraints in B.C. and Alberta and competition from burgeoning U.S. shale gas plays.Precision reported last week it had 78 rigs operating from its fleet of 103 in the United States as of June 30 but only 60 from its larger fleet of 136 in Canada.U.S. operations have recovered to about 80 per cent of their peak 2014 activity but Canadian operations remain at less than 40 per cent, Neveu said.Earlier this year, Calgary-based Akita Drilling Ltd. and Trinidad Drilling Ltd. each announced they would move rigs from Western Canada to West Texas at the invitation of producer customers.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.Companies in this article: (TSX:PD, TSX:AKT, TSX:TDG)last_img read more

Mortgage risks fading thanks to higher rates tougher rules Bank of Canada

first_imgOTTAWA — The Bank of Canada is releasing data today that provides a closer look at just how much stricter mortgage rules and higher interest rates have helped slow the growth of new highly indebted households.The central bank is on a clear rate-hiking path and the pace of future increases hinges significantly on the ability of households — particularly those with high levels of debt — to adapt to higher borrowing costs.The bank’s analysis says tougher mortgage qualification tests have reduced the share of new high-leverage, insured loans — those of more than 4.5 times a borrower’s annual income — to six per cent in the second quarter of 2018 from 20 per cent in late 2016.The report also says another rule change this year aimed at uninsured mortgages dropped the share of these new loans to 14 per cent in the second quarter of 2018, compared with 20 per cent a year earlier. Senior deputy governor Carolyn Wilkins says the new mortgage rules are improving the quality and reducing the quantity of new mortgages.Wilkins says household debt remains very high and has created a vulnerability in the financial system — but she argues the better quality of loans will put the economy on a more-solid footing to withstand future adverse economic developments.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Aid for health crises from UN emergency fund tops 100 million

Funding for health aid from the United Nations emergency relief fund, which was set up to speed assistance to those suffering from natural and man-made disasters, has passed the $100 million mark, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced today.Nicaraguans threatened by disease after Hurricane Felix, Sudanese fleeing conflicts, survivors of Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar and many others around the world have benefited from the life-saving interventions supported by the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), WHO said. “This funding has helped save many lives worldwide and improve health care for people caught up in emergencies,” said Eric Laroche, WHO’s Assistant Director-General for Health Action in Crises. Since its creation in 2006, more than 100 Member States and private donors have pledged some $1.5 billion to the Fund, which has disbursed well over $1 billion to emergency programmes in 67 countries. The fund was created to allow the world body quick access to its accounts, potentially saving thousands of lives facing sudden crises.The health funding has been provided through the Health Action in Crises Cluster, WHO’s quick response arm for emergency-affected countries in all regions. “Passing the $100 million mark is a sign of how vital WHO’s role in emergencies is regarded,” Dr. Laroche said. Some $66.6 million – or two-thirds of the funding provided to WHO – has been awarded for rapid response to sudden emergencies, such as earthquakes, cyclones and conflicts, while the remaining $35.4 million has gone to support health activities in protracted emergencies that remained under-funded.The greatest proportion of funding has been for African countries affected by emergencies, followed by those in the Eastern Mediterranean region, South-East Asia and the Western Pacific, WHO said.In related news, the CERF’s Advisory Group will open its first meeting of 2009 today in New York to elect a new bureau and receive a briefing on the use and management of the Fund from John Holmes, the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator and Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs.The Advisory Group, created at the same time as the CERF, provides periodic policy guidance and expert advice on the use and impact of the Fund. 28 April 2009Funding for health aid from the United Nations emergency relief fund, which was set up to speed assistance to those suffering from natural and man-made disasters, has passed the $100 million mark, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced today. read more

Maithripala affirms commitment to human rights

The Maha sanga including Ven. Athuraliye Ratana Thero, other religious leaders and political representatives of Polonnaruwa District participated in this ceremony. (Colombo Gazette) “Every State leader who had been elected has accomplished their missions for each era during their period in power. I will fulfill my responsibility of building our motherland to a great state in the world during the time of my Presidency”, he said.A poem book written by the former principal of Polonnaruwa Royal College was presented to the President at this occasion. President Maithripala Sirisena says Sri Lanka is in a leading position among the countries which are committed to safeguard freedom, democracy and human rights in 2015.He said UN Secretary General Ban Ki–moon affirmed that in an international summit. The President was speaking at a ceremony held at Buddhi Mandapa in Polonnaruwa today. This ceremony was organized to extend the President’s congratulations to the people of Polonnaruwa. “When we look back the last year we have made lots of achievements during that year as Sri Lankans”, the President said. read more

Library Summer Workshop Series

The James A. Gibson Library’s Data Research Service is offering three workshops during the summer that are open to everyone campus-wide.Participants are asked to register in advance and all 3 workshops take place in the Learning Commons Classroom A.Workshops include:* Sweet and Juicy Statistics – Wednesday, June 20, 10 to 11 a.m.This hands-on workshop will show you how easy it is to find a variety of free socio-economic data using the New CANSIM from Statistics Canada. Statistics and data can enhance your teaching and research. You will also be shown how to quickly and effectively visualize your data. There may even be sweet and juicy treats provided at the end of the workshop.* War of 1812 in Maps… and more – Tuesday, June 26, 10 to 11 a.m.Definitely a “WOW-factor” session when it comes to interacting with digital maps of the War of 1812 and the historic Welland Canals. From the place where Brock fell to shipwrecks on the Third, two new Map Library web applications will highlight the importance of maps as historical documents to restore local history.* Intro to ArcGIS – Tuesday, July 10, 10 to 11 a.m.This hands-on session will introduce basic concepts of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) using ArcGIS. No previous ArcGIS experience is necessary. Participants will learn how to add multiple map data layers, add tabular data, query data, create customized maps and have fun doing it. read more

NYC brokerage firm that lost 658 people in Sept 11 attacks holds

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NYC brokerage firm that lost 658 people in Sept. 11 attacks holds annual charity day by The Associated Press Posted Sep 11, 2013 7:16 pm MDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – The brokerage firm that lost 658 employees in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center has marked the anniversary observance with its annual charity fundraiser.Cantor Fitzgerald and its affiliate BGC Partners are donating 100 per cent of their revenues from Wednesday’s event to dozens of charities. Those include the Children’s Health Fund, the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, and the Alliance for Lupus Research.Julianne Moore, Billy Crystal, Brooklyn Nets coach Jason Kidd and other celebrities joined Cantor brokers as they made transactions.Cantor’s charity day raised $12 million last year.Cantor Fitzgerald suffered the greatest loss of any single company in the terror attacks. The firm’s death toll represented two-thirds of its global workforce. read more

From Our Hearts to Yours Castleview Hospital Talks Heart Health at Lunch

Castleview Hospital was packed with those wishing to learn more about heart health during a lunch and learn event on Tuesday afternoon. Dr. Paul Thayn and Katrina Richards, RN led an informative discussion for those in attendance.Richards was the first to take the floor with the topics of EHAC and stroke education.EHAC stands for Early Heart Attack Care with aims to educate individuals on recognizing the early signs and symptoms of a heart attack. Common signs and symptoms of a heart attack include back pain, shortness of breath, anxiety, chest pressure and more. While there are common indications of heart attacks, elderly people, women and those with diabetes have been known to have atypical symptoms, such as pain in the jawbone, confusion, abdominal pain and palpitations. Recognizing signs and symptoms and reacting quickly to them, can greatly increase the positive outcomes for those suffering from a heart attack.“Heart attacks have beginnings and that’s when we can help,” Richards said.According to Richards, the most damage from a heart attack occurs with the first two hours. In the U.S., nearly 750,000 people have heart attacks each year and nearly 15% of those do not survive, making it the number one killer of the adult population. Richards explained that many of these patients experienced early symptoms.In addition, there are factors that increase the risk for an individual to suffer a heart attack. There include men over the age of 45 and women over the age of 55, a family history of cardiovascular disease or heart attacks and high blood pressure. Other risk factors include high cholesterol, overweight or obesity, stress, illicit drug use and tobacco use. Autoimmune conditions and diabetes can also increase risk.While decreasing risk where applicable, Richards emphasized that it is important for members of the community to be able to recognize risk factors not only for themselves, but also their loved ones.“We constantly forget about ourselves and live our lives as if we are indestructible or immortal and only are brought to reality when we are taken to our knees,” she said. “We can minimize the damage and change the outcome. The secret is to catch it in the beginning stage, i.e. chest discomfort before the severe damage or sudden death.”Richards concluded with a plea to always call 911 if you think someone is having a heart attack and to brush up on basic CPR knowledge.Attention was then turned to Dr. Thayn as he gave a presentation on troponins, a group of proteins found in skeletal and heart muscle fibers that regulate muscular contraction. Tests can measure the level of cardiac-specific troponin in the blood to help detect heart injury.During his presentation, Dr. Thayn explained the various types of tests that measure troponin levels. He took time to explain how the tests are administered and what can be learned from the results.For more information on heart health and to schedule an appointment with a provider, please call Castleview Hospital at (435) 637-4800. read more

Cherubini named new Tecumseh director

Lorenzo Cherubini is the new director of the Tecumseh Centre.Lorenzo Cherubini has been named new director of the Tecumseh Centre for Aboriginal Research and Education.The associate professor in the Faculty of Education has been the centre’s acting director. He starts his new position on July 1, 2011.A former school administrator in the Halton Region, Cherubini said his research of Aboriginal education started with an interest in policy and social justice issues.His research concentrates on areas of teacher development and policy analysis, and he holds a Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Grant to examine Aboriginal educational policy. He also received a SSHRC Aboriginal Developmental Grant to work with prospective and new Aboriginal teachers in Ontario. He is also the editor of the AABSS Journal, the annual publication of the American Association of Behavioral and Social Sciences.Cherubini describes his new appointment as an honour.“It’s an honour to be working with and learning from the people who work at the Tecumseh Centre,” he said. “I want to continue the good work of previous directors.”He is also heartened by the University’s commitment to Aboriginal research and education, he said.Cherubini brings a wealth of expertise to the Tecumseh Centre, said Fiona Blaikie, Dean of the Faculty of Education.“His experience working with Aboriginal educators and in Aboriginal educational policy is invaluable,” she said. “We are delighted to welcome him to this important role within the Faculty.”The Tecumseh Centre is the only multidisciplinary research entity in Ontario that builds educational programming around the needs and requirements of Aboriginal communities. read more

Greek Australian developer wins Sydney home ownership after 20 years of squatting

first_imgFollowing the death of Sydney resident Henry Thompson Downie in 1947 who apparently did not leave a will, his property in Ashbury remained unclaimed.From 1947 until April 1998 when she died a Mrs Grimes lived in the house as a tenant, AP reports.Former accountant and now property developer Bill Gertos, told the court Mr Gertos told the court he saw the “abandoned Malleny Street residence in 1998 sitting empty while visiting a client who also lived on the street.It appeared that the house which is now worth about $1.6 million sat empty since Mrs Grimes died.Mr Gertos said that with his “curiosity sparked” he asked around about the owners as “the house was open and the rear door was off its hinges and placed to the side”.He decided to take ownership and change the locks; according to his testimony he spent about $35,000 on repairing the house the same year.He straight away started renting it out, “within weeks I had signed a lease as the landlord and started paying council rates, water levies and land tax,” he told the court.In 2014, he spent a further $108,000 on renovations and finally in 2017 Mr Gertos applied to Registrar-General to be registered as the owner as in New South Wales, squatters can be awarded ownership if they have occupied a property for more than 12 years.His application, however, was contested and the Greek Australian was taken to the Supreme Court by three plaintiffs that wanted to be recognised as the beneficial owners of the property. The daughter and two grandchildren of Mr Downie who was the original owner, claimed they had to leave the house some time after World War II because of a white ant infestation.Supreme Justice Rowan Darke who granted him ownership in his judgement, said that:“I accept the evidence of Mr Gertos about deciding to take possession of the property for himself, including his evidence to the effect that it was in his mind that if he possessed the property for long enough he may be able to become its owner.”“I further accept that Mr Gertos thereupon took steps to secure the property including by changing locks and have works carried out in order to make the property habitable.”“The 12-year limitation period for someone to recover the property would have expired in late 2010 and  therefore Mr Gertos’ claim of adverse possession is made out,” he ruled.“I am comfortably satisfied that since about late 1998 Mr Gertos has been in factual possession of the land with the intention of possessing the land. In essence, Mr Gertos succeeded in taking and maintaining physical custody of the land, to the exclusion of all others, and he has assumed the position of a landlord.”Mr Gertos had told the court many years before he came across the Malleny Street house he was employed by a senior accountant who relayed his own experience of obtaining a property by adverse possession.Meanwhile, Justice Darke also ordered the family of the late owner to pay Mr Gertos’s legal costs.Downie’s grandson Graeme Hugo, said his family “emphatically rejects the description of how Mr Gertos came across the property, disagreeing that the home was in poor quality”.Neighbouring residents are reportedly also unhappy regarding the ruling as former accountant Mr Gertos has a reputation about how he became a developer, “taking advantage of property in adverse conditions”.Moreover, back in 2015, Mr Gertos was ordered to pay $250,000 dollars’ in fines after deliberately and illegally demolishing a heritage building in Sydney. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Zois Simantiras Greeces youngest pensioner at 31

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram According to the Greek Ministry of Finance’s records, model Zois Simantiras is reportedly the youngest pensioner in the country at only 37.Simantiras, who is now the owner of a popular tanning bed salon franchise joined the Greek army back in 2000 following his father’s footsteps who was an Air Force captain.However, after 11 years of service he was discharged with a disability pension due to health related issues following an evaluation by the Supreme Aviation Health Committee on the grounds “of the incapacity to attend to his duties”.At the age of 31, on 24 August 2011 Simantiras went into retirement, while receiving the one-off and the supplementary pension from the Aviation Equity Fund, but he had a plan B.Whilst at the Air Force, he was scouted at a night club by famous Greek fashion designer Makis Tselios who made his the face of an underwear campaign next to Czech Victoria’s Secret model and actress Karolína Kurková.Photo: FacebookSimantiras then became a highly sought after model, walking international runway shows and booking prestigious campaigns around the world.A risk taker, he invested the money he made from modelling into a hair salon. That venture didn’t go well and he had to close it only to open a night club.“That didn’t go well either,” he said, “but I did not give up. Third time is the charm.”“Eight years ago I opened my first solarium salon and now I own 14 across Athens with another two about to open in Glyfada, Attiki and Lamia.”Even though Simantiras is a highly successful businessman, he is still listed as a disability pensioner under former servicemen of the Hellenic Air Force.last_img read more

Wilmingtons Latest Legal Notices Week of September 1 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are the latest legal notices related to Wilmington, published during the week of Sunday, September 1, 2019:191106 — Vokey — 19 Concord Street191123 — Perry EstateAuction Notice — Burlington Self Storage(NOTE: The above public notices are from MassPublicNotices.org.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington’s Latest Legal Notices (Week of August 4, 2019)In “Government”Wilmington’s Latest Legal Notices (Week of August 11, 2019)In “Government”Wilmington’s Latest Legal Notices (Week of August 18, 2019)In “Government”last_img read more

Yukon Quest Allen Moore maintains lead at Eagle

first_imgSlaven’s Roadhouse. (Photo: National Park Service)Allen Moore is the first musher to reach Eagle checkpoint. He checked in with a full team of dogs at 11:10 this morning. The two-time Quest champion has maintained first position in the international sled dog race since the wee hours of Sunday morning.Listen nowRookie Christine Roalofs is the latest musher to scratch from the 2018 Yukon Quest.Roalofs made it into Circle City around 11 last night. With 800 miles of trail ahead of her, she chose to leave the race just after 9 this morning. She cited a personal injury that she said would make caring for her team a challenge.The other 19 mushers left in the race are still on the trail between the Circle City and Eagle checkpoints. Paige Drobny was in second position out of Circle City, followed by Matt Hall, Laura Neese, and Ed Hopkins in that order.Audio is courtesy of Zoe Rom with KUAC.last_img read more

Alaska rolls back air ambulance membership plan regulations

first_imgUntil this month, the state’s Division of Insurance used its authority under a 2014 law to look over the fine print of those membership plans to make sure they were legal. “A consumer has gone through enough trauma to have to be in an air ambulance in the first place,” Mendelsohn said. “And now they’re going to have to follow up and, and reach out to the regulator to get the protections that they should have already had from the beginning? That doesn’t make sense.” But pending legislation could change that. The No Surprises Act would — among other things — allow states to regulate the cost of medevac flights. Health insurance plans often won’t cover the full cost of a flight. So to guard against sticker shock, air ambulance companies offer membership plans. The order says it “does not limit or in any way prevent the division from enforcing the insurance laws and regulations.” The change was welcomed by carriers. All three air ambulance providers contacted told CoastAlaska they hadn’t asked for it, but are nonetheless pleased. “A regulator opting to waive oversight always raises red flags,” Dena Mendelsohn, senior policy counsel for Consumer Reports in San Francisco, told CoastAlaska. The interior of Airlift Northwest’s Pilatus aircraft parked at Juneau International Airport in 2017. (File photo by Quinton Chandler/KTOO) “This is a great example of the government working with companies to improve the process,” Deering said. Guardian Flight Alaska Executive Director Jared Sherman says the arrangement makes sense. Under the old rules, any tweaks to membership plans — even minor ones — could take months for approval. She signed a recent regulatory order that says the state’s three air ambulance providers no longer need to file their membership plans with the state for pre-approval. “I think it’s important for people to understand the cost of being transported,” Shelly Deering, the Juneau-based regional manager for Airlift Northwest, a nonprofit air ambulance service that flies in Southeast Alaska. “And that high cost can be over $100,000, depending where you’re coming from and where you’re going to.” “We hold the right to repeal the order at some point,” Wing-Heier said. “If we get additional authority, that would have to come from the federal government back down to the states to regulate the actual cost of transportation.” He says now his staff can just pick up the phone to the Division of Insurance. Wing-Heier says the recent order can always be walked back — if her division sees a reason or need. “We are no longer going to review those $49 membership or $100 membership agreements,” Alaska’s Division of Insurance Director Lori Wing-Heier told CoastAlaska. Each of Alaska’s three air ambulance providers offer a membership program to ensure patients aren’t billed directly for services.center_img “We would still have authority to investigate that and seek resolution between the two parties,” Wing-Heier said. “We (can) just reach out and ask them,” Sherman said. “Rather than us submitting formal documentation, and going through a formal process for that evaluation.” It’s unclear how many people could be affected by the recent rule change. Air ambulance providers wouldn’t disclose how many households they’ve enrolled in the membership plans. But not anymore. The nonprofit advocacy group is urging more – not less — regulation of air ambulance carriers. In the meantime, she says states should be vetting services as closely as they can. Households pay a flat fee — between $49 and $125 depending on the carrier — to ensure they don’t end up paying out-of-pocket. But consumer advocates aren’t enthusiastic about shifting to a complaint-driven process. “The fact that consumers are in the position of having to purchase their membership on top of health insurance that they may already own, really underscores the need for federal consumer protection around air ambulance costs in general,” Mendelsohn said. Lori Wing-Heier, the director of the Alaska Division of Insurance, testifies to the legislature on Jan. 29, 2016. (File photo by Skip Gray/360 North) States like Alaska are limited in how they can regulate air ambulances. They can’t set the rates to control costs. That’s because the courts have held that Congress’ deregulation of airlines in the 1970s also extends to air ambulances. And if a complaint or dispute does arise, Wing-Heier says the insurance division can step in at any time. Alaska is taking a step back from regulating the membership plans marketed by air ambulance providers. State regulators say it’ll cut unnecessary red tape. But consumer advocates aren’t thrilled. “They’re easily fully understood, they always have been, and we didn’t see the need to further stagnate the process of getting those agreements out to market,” she added. Across much of Alaska it’s not uncommon for patients to be medevaced to hospitals in Anchorage or Seattle. The bills for these flights can be staggering. But Alaska patients are flown every day. In Juneau, for example, Bartlett Regional Hospital’s records show around 1,000 people were medevaced over the past three years.last_img read more

Brazil soccer star Neymar denies alleged rape accusations in Paris

first_imgNeymar couldn’t do much as Brazil crashed out of the World Cup in the quarter-final. EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty ImagesBrazilian star footballer Neymar has been accused of raping a woman from his native place in a hotel in Paris last month, according to a police report. The Paris Saint-Germain and Brazil striker is in Brazil at the moment preparing for the Copa America which starts from June 15.Neymar’s management has released a statement on behalf of the 27-year-old forward on his website stating that he denied the accusations of rape. “Although he was surprised by the news, the facts were already known to the player and his staff, considering that a few days ago he was the victim of attempted extortion, practised by a lawyer from Sao Paulo who said he represented the interests of the alleged victim,” the statement read.Neymar Santos Sr, the striker’s father and agent rubbished the accusations claiming that the woman is trying to blackmail his son.The document which was obtained by AP on Saturday stated that the incident took place on May 15 at 8.20 pm in an upmarket hotel in Paris named Hotel Sofitel Paris Arc Du Triomphe. The unidentified woman who did not want to disclose her name said that they came in contact via Instagram. Gallo, a representative of the player booked flight tickets and a room for her and Neymar reached the hotel drunk, she added.Neymar then became aggressive and violently had sexual intercourse against her will, she told the police. The police document states that she left Paris two days later to return to Brazil.The player’s lawyers were immediately notified and all evidence against the accusation will be submitted to the police in a timely manner, Neymar’s management said.last_img read more

Well win the next polls Hasina

first_imgBangladesh Awami League president and prime minister Sheikh Hasina addresses a reception accorded to her by France chapter of AL at the ballroom of Hotel Intercontinental Paris Le Grand here last night on Wednesday. Photo: Focus BanglaPrime minister and Bangladesh Awami League president Sheikh Hasina said on Wednesday that her party would win the next general elections scheduled to be held in late 2018.The prime minister was addressing a reception accorded to her by France chapter of Awami League at the ballroom of Hotel Intercontinental Paris Le Grand here last night, said the state-run news agency, BSS.Read more: AL to sweep to victory in next polls: Sajeeb WazedUrging the party activists to forge a strong unity at all levels of the organisation to ensure party’s victory in the next general elections, she said, “We’ll win the next elections as people are in our favour… they’re ready to give us vote. So, we’ve to remain careful so that none can hatch any conspiracy over the polls,” she said.The 11th parliamentary elections are only one year ahead, but ruling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) and country’s principal opposition party BNP are at opposite ends on the question of the type of election-time government under which a parliamentary poll shall be held.The ruling AL scrapped a system of non-partisan neutral poll-time government in 2011 through a constitutional amendment, provisioning that the general elections shall be held with the incumbent government in place.Accordingly, prime minister Sheikh Hasina will head the government when the 11th parliamentary elections will be held in late 2018 or in early 2019.On the other hand, the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) has all along been demanding for installation of a non-partisan neutral government to oversee the general elections and for which it boycotted the last general elections, leading to the holding of a lopsided polls on 5 January 2014.Read more: Here comes ‘information’ again: FakhrulBSS adds: Bangladesh premier arrived in Paris Monday to attend the One Planet Summit at the invitation of French president Emmanuel Macron.Calling upon the party leaders and workers to make the party stronger, the Awami League president said unity at all levels of the party should be established through sacrifice.She said division among leaders may create a scope for conspirators which is not possible if the leaders and workers remain united.”We will be re-elected Insha Allah and the pace of development of Bangladesh would continue,” she added.The prime minister urged everybody to remain alert so that evil force which pushed Bangladesh backward after 1975 and rehabilitated the anti- liberation forces can never come to power.”Everybody has to raise their voice against the evil forces responsible for resorting to a reign of terror, killing and corruption and make people aware as their return to power would be a setback for the entire nation,” she said calling upon the expatriates to make their relatives in the country aware in this regard.Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh was liberated 46 years ago, but the country was ruled by the “anti-liberation forces for 30 years”. “The people of Bangladesh get the real taste of development when Awami League assumed power in 1996,” she claimed.The premier said BNP claims to be a champion for reintroducing democracy in Bangladesh. “But, in fact they rehabilitated the anti-liberation forces and introduced ‘curfew democracy’ in the country,” she said.last_img read more

Liberia Short on Ambulances for Ebola Patients

first_imgMr. Kollis, center, who shows signs of possible Ebola infection, refuses to leave his home and board a District 13 ambulance dispatched to fetch him in Monrovia, Liberia, Tuesday Sept. 30, 2014. Unable to force patients into the ambulance, the crew left Mr. Kollis behind. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)FREEMAN RESERVE, Liberia (AP) — The man with reddened eyes sat in his underwear outside his thatched home. He was weak from diarrhea, so his wife called the Ebola hotline for an ambulance. Now that it was here, though, he didn’t want to go.“Have you been around someone who died? Ever been around any sick people?” asks Gordon Kamara, the first responder.“No sir,” the sick man replies, as more than a dozen neighbors crowd around to see. More emerge on the porches of nearby homes in alarm at the site of first responders in gloves and face masks.“Mr. Kollis, your appearance to me is not well,” Kamara says in frustration. “If you do not come with me now, I will not be coming back for you.”Neighbors plead with Kollis to leave, saying someone who stayed in the house already had died of Ebola. Kollis refuses, saying he is worried about who will provide for his children. The first responders retort his children will get sick and die if he stays.“Who will pick up your diarrhea? You are losing water quickly. Do you want to die here?” Kamara says firmly.The medical team from the Response 2 private ambulance then tries talking to other relatives but it’s of no use. There are other patients who want to be saved and not enough ambulances to collect them, Kamara says, and the ambulance moves on.Gordon Kamara, from the District 13 ambulance service, arrives at the Island Clinic Ebola treatment unit with six patients showing signs of Ebola infection from the village of Freeman Reserve in Monrovia, Liberia, Tuesday Sept. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)Ebola has killed nearly 2,000 people here in Liberia, and is now growing exponentially because the sick often remain at home where they spread the virus through bodily fluids. There are simply not enough ambulances to drive across the rutted roads into the countryside where the disease is flourishing.Even when ambulances can reach people, the fear of being transported to a facility where more than half the patients leave in body bags keeps some from going.“I don’t have police or the authority to force them to leave their homes,” says Kamara, who spent the first four hours of his day trying to find enough protective clothing to do his job. “We still have a lot of people to go pick up. We can’t stay here.”Families say the wait time can be up to four days. Many instead resort to taxis — which threatens to spread the virus further — while others push their sick relatives in wheelbarrows to the horror of onlookers.The cases are endless, and sometimes far from the Ebola treatment centers: Kamara and his crew head next to the village of Freeman Reserve, more than 30 miles from the capital through fields of rubber trees and past children bathing in the pools of drainage ditches.Marie Nyan, 26, whose mother died of Ebola, carries her son Nathaniel Edward, 2, to an ambulance after showing signs of Ebola infection in the village of Freeman Reserve, about 30 miles north of Monrovia, Liberia, Tuesday Sept. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)At least eight people have died here since July from Ebola, and the 50 people who were in contact with them now have been moved to an elementary school turned into a holding center. Three are now showing symptoms and sit outside the principal’s office. Two-year-old Nathaniel Edward is listless and limp.The boy’s grandmother died of Ebola, and now his mother is sick too. Kamara and his co-worker Konah Deno don their yellow protective suits and eye goggles.“Don’t worry, you will do well,” he tells the pair, as his assistant sprays a mixture of bleach and water on the ground behind them to disinfect the path they have walked.On the way to the clinic in Monrovia, people on the side of the road hail the ambulance to get help for a sick woman. Kamara stops because today he has space, but in the end it is futile: She decides not to go after all.A District 13 ambulance stops on the side of the road looking for suspected Ebola sufferers in Monrovia, Liberia, Tuesday Sept. 30, 2014. Aid donations from western countries are still inadequate, as the international community tries to increase the ability to care for the spiraling number of people infected with the disease which has hit Liberia the hardest.(AP Photo/Jerome Delay)The six patients inside Kamara’s ambulance arrive at Island Clinic just as the facility is ready to release more than 50 survivors whose families line the dirt road outside the entrance. Taped to the wall nearby is a list of names, below which someone has scrawled in red marker “THESE PATIENTS DID NOT MAKE IT!”Kamara is off to collect nine more patients before his day is done, but says he’ll be thinking about those he has just left at the clinic.“I wish them well. I pray that God will be with them because He heals. The doctors treat but God heals.”___Follow Krista Larson at https://www.twitter.com/klarsonafrica.last_img read more

Is there a homosexuality gene

first_img Citation: Is there a homosexuality gene? (2006, December 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2006-12-homosexuality-gene.html Although biologists are still far from answering this question, scattered evidence for a possible gene influencing sexual orientation has recently encouraged scientists to map out a guide to future research. Because many possibilities for such a gene exist, scientists Sergey Gavrilets and William Rice have recently developed some theoretical guidelines and testable predictions for explaining the evolutionary causes of homosexuality. 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. “During the 1990s there was a short surge of interest by a small number of labs in finding major genes that might mediate homosexuality,” Rice told PhysOrg.com. “However, for a variety of reasons, this effort waned by the turn of the century. I think that—when studying humans—many people shy away from studying sexual phenotypes in general and homosexuality in particular. Much of Sergey’s and my motivation in writing our paper was to rekindle an interest in studying the genetic basis of homosexuality. I personally think that if a firm genetic foundation for homosexuality in humans were established, then many people would view this fascinating human phenotype more objectively.”During the past several decades, scientists have discovered some interesting patterns that may point toward genetic causes of homosexuality. Among the findings is that male homosexuality appears to be inherited more often from the mother than the father (Pillard). Also, natural selection might maintain a gene that may decrease the fecundity of one sex because the same gene also increases the fecundity of the other sex. In fact, recent data shows that female maternal relatives of gay men have higher than average reproduction capacity (Camperio-Ciani).Another interesting result from previous research is that a male’s chance of homosexuality increases with the number of biological older brothers he has—even when he grows up away from his older male siblings (Blanchard and Bogaert). Scientists explain that, with each male fetus, a mother develops an increased immunization to an antigen produced by the male fetuses, and this antigen likely plays a role in masculinizing the brain.These studies and others—while unable to point to a specific gene—do point to the idea that homosexuality may be inherited through a polymorphic gene, which is a gene that has more than one different form, and can exhibit either form. Studies have shown that this gene inheritance must be more complex than for common Mendelian traits. To take the next step, Gavrilets and Rice have developed several mathematical models that make contrasting predictions for the possible factors responsible for the polymorphism of genes influencing homosexuality. Hopefully, the predictions generated by these models will guide future tests and help zone in on the correct genetic characteristics involved in sexual orientation. As Rice explains, past research has shown the complexity inherent in determining the cause(s) of homosexuality. “We know that homosexuality (gay or lesbian) can be caused by simple genetic changes in fruit flies, and since so many reproductive and neurological genes are shared by flies and humans, it seems highly likely that there are major genes influencing homosexuality in humans,” said Rice. “However, we also have firm evidence for a birth-order effect on male homosexuality, and discordance in the expression of homosexuality of identical twins, so clearly there is also an environmental influence on the trait.”Gavrilets and Rice identify two main factors that may explain the polymorphism of a gene (and how the gene spreads): overdominance and sexual antagonism. Overdominance refers to phenotypes that come from heterozygous genes, and the advantages promoting genetic variation. Sexual antagonistic traits are those that are advantageous in one sex, but may cause homosexuality in the other sex. For a variety of different gene inheritance patterns, the scientists provide mathematical models that require, in essence, that the benefits for one sex must outweigh the costs for the other sex.In their study, Gavrilets and Rice make predictions for the likelihood of certain types of genes (e.g. autosomal or sex-linked, recessive or dominant, with small or large effects) favoring either overdominance or sexual antagonism under different conditions. However, many possibilities remain, and research into each one will determine how well they satisfy the requirements provided in this study.“The research so far that I think is most illuminating on this topic are the studies showing that homosexuality can have a simple genetic foundation in fruit flies,” said Rice. “I think that it is too early to decide which of our models (or one yet to be formulated) is most feasible. However, based on the abundance of sexually antagonistic variation found in fruit flies, the sexually antagonistic variation seems like a probable candidate process leading to polymorphism for homosexuality.”Citation: Gavrilets, Sergey and Rice, William R. “Genetic models of homosexuality: generating testable predictions.” Proceedings of the Royal Society B (2006) 273, 3031-3038.By Lisa Zyga, Copyrght 2006 PhysOrg.comlast_img read more

Saluting the experts

first_imgHandicrafts Export Awards to 68 companies for excellence in exports were distributed by  Santosh Kumar Gangwar,  Union Minister of State for Textiles along with launching of Handicrafts and Carpet Sector Skill Council by Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Union Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship and Parliamentary Affair. Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Member of Parliament, S K Panda, Secretary (Textiles) and S K Biswas, Development Commissioner (Handicrafts) were also present during the ceremony beside luminaries from the trade and industry exporters of handicrafts.   Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’With the distribution of handicraft export awards, Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship and Parliamentary Affairs also launched the new institution called Handicrafts and Carpet Sector Skill Council which has been set up to promote skill development amongst artisans, craft persons and workers of handicrafts and carpet products.  While launching the Handicrafts and Carpet Sector Skill Council, Minister of State for Skill Development, Entrepreneurship and Parliamentary Affairs Rajiv Pratap Rudy said, ‘The role of skill development in Indian economy is very important keeping in view of the fact that percentage of skill manpower in India is very low as compared to China, Korea, Japan and Germany. There is a great need to develop skill of all sectors of the economy so that India become competitive in production of good quality products.’ Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixUnion Minister of State for Textiles Santosh Kumar Gangwar said, ‘Although exporters are doing excellent job of achieving high rate of growth, yet there is big scope of further improvement, the exporters need to develop new lines, new products and give emphasis on good skill, good quality to make products more competitive in world market.’ M/s C L Gupta Exports Ltd, Moradabad received trophy of top export award for their performance in all product categories of handicrafts. Whereas, World leader in Shawls, Ahujasons won the ‘Highest Export Award’ in ‘Shawls as Art ware including scarves and stoles’ category. Karan Ahuja, Director, Exports, Ahujasons said ‘It is a matter of great delight and pride to receive this award for the third time in a row. This is very encouraging and acknowledges our world class products in the global market.’  Trophies were also given under each product category which included Woodwares, Zari Handicrafts, Lace, Laces and Embroidery, India Items, Textiles based handicrafts, fashion jewellery and crafted stone, iron crafts, jute handicrafts, glass, artware, ceramic artwares and aluminium artwares.‘Handicraft export has been growing at an average annual growth rate of 15% during the last decade. However, growth during the current year was 30.80% in rupee terms and 17.55% in dollars terms as compared to previous year. Exports of handicrafts during the year 2013-14 was Rs. 23,504.42 crore,’ said Rakesh Kumar, Executive Director – EPCH (Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts).last_img read more

Thunderbird 52 to 60 update rollout started

first_imgThunderbird 52 to 60 update rollout started by Martin Brinkmann on November 10, 2018 in Email – 39 commentsThe development team behind the email client Thunderbird released Thunderbird 60 in August 2018. Updates from Thunderbird 52.x to 60.x were not activated back then; users had to install Thunderbird 60 manually on their devices to run the upgrade.Thunderbird 60 is a major release that introduced a number of important changes. The email client dropped support for the operating systems Windows XP and Windows Vista (and Server variants), made changes to the extensions system which blocked some extensions from running by default, and implemented a new design based on the Photon design of Firefox.The team activated the Thunderbird 60 update this week. Thunderbird installations that are configured to check for updates automatically should pick up Thunderbird 60.3.0 eventually, the latest version available at the time of writing, and upgrade the email client to the new version automatically.Thunderbird 60.3.0 is released as a staged update which means that the new version is not picked up by all clients automatically at once. Thunderbird users who want to upgrade right away need to select Help > About > Check for Updates to run a manual check for updates and install the new version.Thunderbird 60.3.0Thunderbird users and system administrators can check out the changelog of the new version, Thunderbird 60.3.0, and of Thunderbird 60.0 to find out about all important changes in that new version.Thunderbird 60.3.0 is a bug fix and security releases. The new version of the email client fixes the following issues (among others):Theme related fixes, e.g. incorrect colors or backgrounds.Add-on options not working under Mac OS X.Write window Save did not overwrite files.A freeze when an HTML signature referenced an image that did not exist.Filters were not working properly for headers that appear more than once.The new version has four unresolved issues according to the changelog:Passwords with non-ASCII characters are encoded using UTF-8 which may be problematic with providers such as Office 365 that are not compliant.A double-click on a word sometimes launches the Advanced Property Editor or Link Properties dialog.CalDav connections to some servers is not working properly. Workaround is to set network.cookie.same-site.enabled to false under Tools > Options > Advanced > Config Editor.Twitter chat not working.Now You: What is your take on Thunderbird 60?SummaryArticle NameThunderbird 52 to 60 update rollout startedDescriptionThunderbird 60 was released in August 2018; automatic updates to Thunderbird 60 were activated this week, however.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more