Province Launches Booklet for Women with Mood Disorders

first_imgWomen who think they may be suffering from depression have new resources to help them. The booklet, titled Women and Mood Disorders: Stories of Recovery, launched today, May 5, during Mental Health Week. The booklet contains personal stories of five Nova Scotia women who are dealing with mood disorders. It is part of the Department of Health’s three-year mental health strategy. “By sharing their personal stories, these women are reaching out to others who may think they are suffering from a mood disorder,” said Health Minister Chris d’Entremont. “Their courage will help other women better understand when they need to talk to a health professional or how to help a friend they may think is showing signs of depression.” The booklet will be available to community health centres throughout the province to raise awareness about when people should seek professional help. Copies of the booklet can be requested online. As part of the Supporting Mental Health in the Workplace Initiative, employer charters will be signed by the Department of Health and the IWK Health Centre. These initiatives are part of a broader campaign by the department to educate Nova Scotians — from school-aged children to the elderly — about the effects of mental illness on families, schools and workplaces. The women and mood disorders booklet is available on the Department of Health website at .last_img read more


first_imgStill from Bao, courtesy of Pixar Animation Studios (CNW Group/Sheridan College) OAKVILLE, ON, Jan. 22, 2019 – Two Sheridan College animation alumni have earned Oscar nods in the Best Animated Short Film category for their directorial debuts.Nominees of the 91st Academy Awards, which recognize excellence in cinematic achievements, were announced on Jan. 22, 2019. The winners will be announced at a ceremony on Feb. 24, 2019.Still from Weekends, courtesy of Trevor Jimenez (CNW Group/Sheridan College)Trevor Jimenez (Bachelor of Animation ’07), a story artist with Pixar, received his nomination for the animated short Weekends. The short follows a young boy as he shuffles between the homes of his divorced parents. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter Login/Register With:center_img Fellow Pixar storyboard artist Domee Shi (Bachelor of Animation ’11) also received a nomination in the Best Animated Short Film category for her short Bao. The film, which screened ahead of Incredibles 2 in theatres, tells the story of an aging Chinese-Canadian mother who receives an unexpected second chance at motherhood when a dumpling comes to life.Animal Behaviour, produced by Michael Fukushima (Animation ’85), was also nominated in the category.Elsewhere, animation alumni worked on four of the five projects nominated for Best Animated Feature, including Incredibles 2, Isle of Dogs, Ralph Breaks the Internet and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.“To see our alumni recognized in this significant way speaks to their skills as storytellers as well as animators,” says Janet Morrison, President and Vice Chancellor of Sheridan. “We are thrilled to celebrate their successes, made all the more notable as Sheridan celebrates the 50th anniversary of its Animation Program.”“The faculty at Sheridan are honoured to have the opportunity to nurture the talent of budding animators,” adds Angela Stukator, Associate Dean of Animation and Game Design at Sheridan. “Domee and Trevor’s success is a testament to the heights Sheridan’s Animation students can reach. We are deeply proud of them, and all our alumni who contributed to films nominated this year.”Historically, Sheridan alumni have had a strong representation at the Oscars. In 1985, John Minnis (Animation ’83) won Best Animated Short Film for Charade, while in 2003, Eric Armstrong (Computer Animation ’88) won for his work on The Chubbchubbs! In 2015, three of the five films nominated for Oscars in the Best Animated Feature category were directed by Sheridan-trained animators, including Chris Williams, who won that year for Big Hero 6. In 2017, Alan Barillaro (Animation ’96) took home an Academy Award for his short film, Piper.Sheridan’s animation attracts students from around the world. In addition to a four-year degree in animation which blends traditional and contemporary approaches to the discipline, Sheridan also offers one-year graduate certificate programs in computer animation, visual effects and digital character animation. Facebook Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

UN appeals for 18 million to help Bolivian flood victims

Heavy rains have pummelled the Andean country since last November, claiming at least 52 lives and causing some communities to lose their livelihoods and income for the third year in a row, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported today.All nine departments in Bolivia have been affected, but the department of Beni, Cochabamba and Santa Cruz are considered the worst off, with tens of thousands of hectares of arable land lost to flooding and landslides.Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes said the most vulnerable segments of a community are always the hardest hit by a natural disaster.“We cannot predict when a disaster will hit, but when it does, we must mobilize resources and efforts to ensure that aid reaches those affected without delay,” he said.The money raised in this ‘flash appeal’ will be used to provide food, shelter, fresh water, sanitation, essential health care and other basic items and services, while assistance projects in agriculture, education and child protection will also be funded.Over $2.2 million has already been granted from the world body’s Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to support life-saving activities across Bolivia, leaving $16 million to be funded through the appeal. 25 February 2008The United Nations’ humanitarian wing has appealed for more than $18 million to provide relief to 300,000 Bolivians needing urgent assistance in the wake of deadly floods, mudslides and landslides. read more

Closing Bell TSX ends higher on gold prices information technology stocks

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed higher Monday, pushed ahead by gains in gold and information technology stocks.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 15,146.01+51.76 0.34%S&P 500 —  1,960.23-0.73 -0.04%Dow — 16,826.60-25.24 -0.15%Nasdaq — 4,408.18 +10.25 0.23%The S&P/TSX composite index climbed 51.76 points to 15,146.01 in a relatively low-volume trading session ahead of the Canada Day holiday.Gold stocks lifted as bullion settled $2 higher at US$1,322 an ounce on the New York Mercantile Exchange.August crude was down 37 cents to US$105.37 a barrel, while September copper rose 3.55 cents to US$3.20 a pound.The loonie dropped 0.08 of a cent to 93.72 cents US as Statistics Canada reported the economy grew by just 0.1% in April — the same pace as in March — on lower oil and gas production. The figures failed to meet economists’ expectations of a gain of 0.2%, according to Thomson Reuters.“It’s not at all surprising to see that we’re seeing sluggish growth. It’s a reflection of a couple of different factors. We haven’t seen the U.S. or the global economy hit its stride, so that’s weighing on the export component of the Canadian economy,” saidCraig Fehr, Canadian market strategist at Edward Jones in St. Louis, Mo.“We also continue to see consumers trying to manage high debt loads, along with sluggish wage growth and relativity choppy job growth overall.”New York indexes were mostly lower as the Dow Jones industrials shed 25.24 points to 16,826.60 and the S&P 500 index slipped 0.73 of point to 1,960.23, while the Nasdaq was up 10.25 points to 4,408.18.It’s a shortened trading week for both the TSX and the New York markets. The TSX will be closed Tuesday for Canada Day and the U.S. indexes will close on Friday for Independence Day.Between the holidays, traders are awaiting two key reports in the U.S. — the Institute for Supply Management’s June reading on the manufacturing sector Tuesday and the U.S. government’s employment report for last month, which is being released on Thursday. Markets are hoping to see clear signs of the underlying strength of the U.S. economy.In corporate news, a group of Toronto-area GM Canada dealers is suing the company and its parent General Motors Co., saying the automaker has ignored their repeated calls for financial help to address a drop in sales and market share.In the U.S., the automaker said it is prepared to pay damages to victims of crashes in GM small cars — provided they can prove the cars’ ignition switches caused the crash. GM links 13 deaths to a defective ignition switch in cars such as the Chevrolet Cobalt and Saturn Ion. But trial lawyers and lawmakers say claims of wrongful death and injury could total in the hundreds.Bombardier Aerospace has received a firm order for 16 CRJ900 NextGen regional jets, with an option on eight others. Bombardier (TSX:BBD.B) says the value of the firm order is about US$727 million, although the contract could increase to US$1.12 billion if all options are exercised by the customer, who asked not to be identified at this time.TOP STORIESGM says no limit on the compensation it will pay out to victims of faulty switchesThe godfather of central banks warns stocks are in ‘euphoric’ territory and banks need to raise rates nowCanada’s economy falls short of forecasts as growth stallsCanadian dealers sue GM for aid to ease big drop in market shareTo Facebook, we’re all just lab rats: Manipulation of 700,000 news feeds for emotions study sparks outcryWHAT’S ON DECK TUESDAYCANADACanada Day, markets closed UNITED STATES9:45 a.m.Markit Manufacturing PMI (June): Economists expect a reading of 57.5, unchanged 10 a.m.ISM Index (June): Economists expect a reading of 55.9, up from last month Construction spending (May): Economists expect a 0.5% rise CORPORATE NEWSCANADAArcan Resources Ltd Q2 earning UNITED STATESPaychex Q4 earnings: Analysts expect 40¢ a share read more

At Oslo meeting donors pledge continued support for East Timor

The expressions of support came at the close of the Donors’ Conference on East Timor, which ended yesterday in Oslo. In his remarks, Jemal-ud-din Kassum, the World Bank’s Vice President of East Asia and Pacific region, said delegates had welcomed the comprehensiveness of the budget plan set out by the East Timorese government.”Our task, as East Timor’s development partners, will be to help the government meet this challenge, and focus our assistance on consolidating progress made so far and helping East Timor build a strong and viable economy,” he said.For her part, East Timor’s Minister of Finance, Fernanda Borges, outlined his Government’s broad macroeconomic policy objectives: fiscal self-sufficiency by 2006; increased savings and development of non-oil sectors to achieve a long-term, annual non-oil growth rate of 5 to 6 percent; and investment of oil revenues for the benefit of future generations.The donors noted the Government’s request for budgetary support for the next three years and agreed to continue the discussion on the modalities and to indicate their support by the time of East Timor’s independence on 20 May 2002, UNTAET said.Meanwhile in Dili, the Constituent Assembly today voted overwhelmingly to extend its deliberations on East Timor’s draft Constitution by one month to 25 January. The Assembly was originally scheduled to approve the country’s charter by 15 December.The Assembly, which began debating the draft Constitution on 3 December, have passed only 18 of 151 articles. read more

UNbacked Sierra Leone court indicts Liberian President Charles Taylor

A United Nations-backed court in Sierra Leone announced today that it has indicted Liberian President Charles Taylor for war crimes and issued an international warrant for his arrest. “My Office was given an international mandate by the United Nations and the Republic of Sierra Leone to follow the evidence impartially wherever it leads. It has led us unequivocally to Taylor,” David Crane, the Court’s Chief Prosecutor, said in making public the indictment. Mr. Taylor is charged with “bearing the greatest responsibility” for war crimes, crimes against humanity and serious violations of international humanitarian law” in Sierra Leone since 30 November 1996, at the height of that country’s brutal 10-year civil war. Mr. Crane said the indictment had been judicially approved on 7 March but had been sealed, on his request, until now. Reacting to the announcement, Betrand Ramcharan, the Acting UN High Commissioner or Human Rights, expressed solidarity with the Chief Prosecutor and support for the Special Court. In a statement, he recalled the aspirations of the people of Sierra Leone and Liberia for peace and reconciliation, and appealed to all concerned – particularly the Liberian leadership – to act with calm and wisdom and to uphold international human rights and humanitarian law. The Special Court’s announcement came with Mr. Taylor in neighbouring Ghana, where peace talks with rebels are underway. A warrant for his arrest has been served on the Ghanaian authorities and sent to Interpol, Mr. Crane said. The Prosecutor, who said the announcement was timed so attendees at the peace talks would know they are dealing with an indicted war criminal, stressed that the negotiations should still go forward, but must not include Mr. Taylor. “The evidence upon which this indictment was approved raises serious questions about Taylor’s suitability to be a guarantor of any deal, let alone a peace agreement,” he said. By making the indictment public at this time, Mr. Crane said, he intended to send a “clear message” to all factions fighting in Liberia that they must respect international law – commanders are under international obligation to prevent their members from committing crimes against humanity. Citing relevant UN Security Council resolutions, he called on all nations to reinforce their commitments to international peace and security and “to take decisive action to ensure that Taylor is brought to justice.” In March, the Court also indicted Sam Bockarie and another rebel leader, Johnny Paul Koroma, for alleged atrocities – ranging from murder and sexual slavery to forced conscription of children and attacks on UN peacekeepers. Both were connected with President Taylor and the rebel Revolutionary United Front (RUF). The alleged body of Mr. Bockarie, who was killed last month in Liberia, has been turned over to the tribunal for positive identification, while Mr. Koroma remains at large, purportedly holed up in a small Liberian village. The Special Court, created through an international agreement between the United Nations and Sierra Leone, is mandated to try those who bear “the greatest responsibility” for atrocities committed during the country’s civil war. read more

UN human rights experts call for global treaty to regulate dangerous pesticides

“Excessive use of pesticides are very dangerous to human health, to the environment and it is misleading to claim they are vital to ensuring food security,” the Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Hilal Elver, and the Special Rapporteur on Toxics, Baskut Tuncak, said in a joint statement to the Human Rights Council in Geneva.The Special Rapporteurs pointed to research showing that pesticides were responsible for an estimated 200,000 acute poisoning deaths each year. Some 99 per cent of fatalities occurred in developing countries where health, safety and environmental regulations were weaker. Chronic exposure to pesticides has been linked to cancer, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, hormone disruption, developmental disorders and sterility. Farmers and agricultural workers, communities living near plantations, indigenous communities and pregnant women and children are particularly vulnerable to pesticide exposure and require special protections. The experts particularly emphasized the obligation of States to protect the rights of children from hazardous pesticides, also warning that certain pesticides can persist in the environment for decades and pose a threat to the entire ecological system on which food production depends. While acknowledging that certain international treaties currently offer protection from the use of a few pesticides, they stressed that a global treaty to regulate the vast majority of them throughout their life cycle does not yet exist, leaving a critical gap in the human rights protection framework. “Without harmonized, stringent regulations on the production, sale and acceptable levels of pesticide use, the burden of the negative effects of pesticides is felt by poor and vulnerable communities in countries that have less stringent enforcement mechanisms,” they emphasized. Special Rapporteurs and independent experts are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a specific human rights theme or a country situation. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work. read more

EHF EURO 2014 Zagreb Four teams in battle for Budapest

After Day 1 of the Women’s EHF EURO 2014 Main Round Round 1, Dutch and Swedish girls are on the TOP. In the first match on Sunday, Montenegro kept their dreams about the final weekend in Budapest alive with comfortable win over Germany 27:20 (12:10). Despite the fact that Dragan Adzic using only four players in back-line rotation, Milena Knezevic and her team-mates managed to stay fresh and strong until the finish and broke resistance of the rivals. STATISTICSDerby match between Sweden and France, two teams who came as the Preliminary Group winners to Zagreb, ended with a victory of Scandinavians – 29:26 (12:14). Swedish girls turned the match during the middle of the second half, with strong defensive play, saves by Idehn and goals of right wing Hagman (7). French right back Alexandra Lacabrere proved her fantastic form on this tournament with 10 goals, but that wasn’t enough for “Les Blues” to come closer to the semi-final spot. STATISTICSThe Netherlands showed once again that good matches in Varaždin wasn’t only lucky start for “Oranje”.  In the easiest task for them, Dutch team celebrated routine victory against Slovakia 30:20 (17:10), who stayed impressed with historical success – first ever win at EHF EURO events and placement at Main Round. STATISTICSSTANDINGS:Sweden 5The Netherlands 5France 4Montenegro 4Germany 0Slovakia 0 ← Previous Story Kiss saves Hungarian girls on the way to Budapest Next Story → Gudmundsson calls 28 Danes for Qatar 2015 EHF EURO 2014zagreb read more

The Greek cultural hives in Melbournes public libraries

first_imgIn the now seemingly distant 70s, before modern technology as we know it entered our lives, the role of public libraries – which provided Greek language books, newspapers, magazines and audiovisual material to their Greek migrant clientele – was undoubtedly invaluable, for obvious reasons. It is understandable that I have more than one reason to want to pay tribute to these humble but precious little ‘cultural hives’, which have contributed greatly to the lives of so many Greeks in Melbourne and Victoria.I would like, firstly, to express my gratitude that all these significant public free services have been offered so generously to us in our mother tongue, and indeed on the other side of the world, so far from the homeland. Secondly, I would like to thank publicly and wholeheartedly all the municipalities in Victoria that, through their respective libraries, have enriched the lives of thousands of Greek migrants and continue to do so through knowledge (books), information (newspapers and magazines), entertainment (films, documentaries, music, video games, English language lessons and more) – especially the lives of the aged, people with disabilities, etc. Thirdly, I would like to inform the Greek Community about the above services. Because, as odd as it may sound, a large number of Greek-speaking people are hardly aware that all these services exist and are available to them for free! Fourthly, I really would like to make the Greek Community aware of the present and future of these vital ‘cultural hives’, especially with the dramatic demographic changes that have taken place in the last years in the Greek Community with its ageing population. The latter will, undoubtedly, decide the survival or disappearance of these ‘cultural hives’, unless necessary measures are taken. Just before Christmas, I visited the Coburg Library where I had a very interesting and constructive conversation with an old acquaintance of mine, Jo Vrachnas, the librarian who has been responsible for the library’s Greek collection for the last few decades. I revealed my intention to her that for a long time I wanted to write something on the municipal libraries of Melbourne that housed Greek books. She was delighted and stressed the need to proceed without any delay. The reason being, as she explained, that “the municipal libraries that hosted Greek books could only survive in the future, if interest was shown by the Greek Community”. Here she reflects on her concern and encourages us to visit our local libraries and seek out Greek publications.Which public libraries in Melbourne and Victoria hold Greek language books? There are 23 library services that do, and they are: Bayside Library Service (551) Boroondara Library Service (2,106), Brimbank Libraries (1,500), Darebin Libraries (4,647), Frankston City Libraries (24), Geelong Regional Libraries (32), Glen Eira Library Service (497), Goulburn Valley Libraries (25), Greater Dandenong Libraries (846), Hobsons Bay Libraries (1,471), Hume Libraries (638), Kingston Libraries (1,528), Maribyrnong Library Service (1,749), Monash Public Library Service (5,320), Moonee Valley Library Service (1,717), Moreland City Libraries (6,544), Port Philip Library Service (710), Stonnington Library and Information Service (1,657), Vision Australia Information Library Service (4), Whitehorse Manningham Libraries (1,754), Wimmera Regional Library Corporation (5), Yarra Libraries (1,069), and Yarra Plenty Regional Library (4,762). Which languages are the most popular in our libraries? Italian has the highest loan statistics followed by Greek, but both are ageing populations.How long have the City of Moreland libraries held Greek books? Moreland have held Greek items for around 30 years.What is the response of Greek readers – today and in the past? There are a good number of regular readers but there are a lot of people who are still unaware of what the library offers i.e. books, DVDs, CDs, magazines for adult and children and the fact that it is FREE. We also offer a monthly Greek Storytime, and we have a conversation club where people can practise their English.Do people borrow more Greek books or DVDs? All categories are popular.Which genres do Greek readers prefer? Romance, historical fiction, crime novels and history, biographies, cookery and health are all popular. Gossip magazines are very popular too.Who decides what and how many Greek titles to buy for the library each year? I have been the main person responsible for the purchase of Greek items. A profile is sent to the bookseller in Greece with genres, titles, authors, and suggestions and requests from the public. I may find new titles online to add to the profile. Also, a seller comes annually from Sydney and I can select from what is available. The majority of items are recently published.Have you experienced a funding cut in the purchase of Greek books recently or in the past? The budget for the Greek collection is generous and has not been cut in recent years.Is the budget the same for all languages? The budget varies from language to language, based on a number of factors, including demographic data and borrowing statistics.What is the age group of Greek readers borrowing Greek books? Greek borrowers are definitely in the older age group. We would definitely like to encourage younger Greek readers or schools teaching Greek to use our resources. We have a very good collection of children’s books, including primary level readers.Regarding the borrowing frequency of Greek books, how satisfied are you? In regards to borrowing frequency, turnover figures and statistics, we are always looking to improve. Promotion is very important but we don’t always have the time for this aspect. I think we could greatly improve the loans if we had a higher profile and the community was better informed about what is available and how easy it is to borrow.What do you think can be done to increase the interest of Greeks in reading and borrowing Greek books? We need to inform the community, through a variety of means, of the wide variety of items available for borrowing and the fact that it is a free service.What have you done and continue to do to promote Greek books in the Moreland City Libraries, and how successful has it been? Because of time constraints we have not done a great deal to promote the collections outside the library. Because of the ageing Greek population, I think that promotion is going to be even more important in the future – perhaps through schools, radio, and community groups.How do you see the future in having Greek books in your library and other public libraries? As the majority of our borrowers are over 60, I do worry about what will happen in the future if we don’t attract younger patrons. We have started to buy films which have been shown in recent Greek film festivals, and we purchase current recording artists every year to add to our music collection. We also deliver to borrowers in Moreland who are housebound or in aged care and don’t have anyone to pick books up for them.What would you like to say, ask or recommend to the Greek readers of Melbourne and Australia in general? There are very few Greek bookshops now in Australia, which means that public library collections are a particularly important resource, but will only be retained in the long term if they are used. Even if your local library does not have a collection in Greek and you are unable to travel, they can still get Greek books for you from another library or region. This means that you can still pick up and return the items to your local library.Greek Storytime is a free library activity for preschool children held at 10.30 am on the last Wednesday of each month at Coburg Library (Cnr Victoria and Louisa Sts, Coburg, VIC.) Find out more about the City of Moreland libraries at* Dr John Vasilakakos is a Melbourne-based Greek Australian academic and acclaimed writer. His latest book is titled ‘Unchartered Waters: Critical Studies in Modern Greek Literature’ (Herodotos Publishing, Athens 2018). Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Record attendance numbers for Athens National Archaeological Museum

first_imgAs far as its content is concerned, it can easily be considered one of the most significant museums in the world. But lately, the National Archaeological Museum of Athens had been sidelined by the newer – and architecturally acclaimed – Acropolis Museum. Now a series of initiatives have managed to turn the tide and the museum –which treasures some of the most important exhibits of the ancient classical world – has seen its visitors gradually increase, to the point of 2017 becoming a record year, with 545,565 tickets sold – marking a rise of 18.4 per cent. Among the programs that were designed to attract more visitors was the much lauded exhibition ‘Odysseys’, which opened in 2016 and is still on, as well as the ‘Unseen Museum’, an initiative that allows visitors access to the museum’s restoration laboratories and other ‘backstage’ areas. More activities of this kind, as well as thematic exhibitions, are expected in 2018, reaffirming the museum’s position in the touristic and cultural map of Athens and the world. The museum has also expanded its collaboration with international organisations, hosting international research programs (103 in 2017 alone) and offering various exhibits on loan to museums and cultural institutions in Europe, Asia, and the US. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Langsdorf looking at an uncertain future with Timbers

first_imgPORTLAND — It was a Monday afternoon at the Portland Timbers training facility, and the team was both disappointed, and focused.After a 4-1 loss on the road at Los Angeles FC, the Timbers went straight from the airport to their Beaverton-based practice facility to work to put the loss behind them.As players walked off the field after practice, Foster Langsdorf asked head coach Gio Savarese to meet and discuss his role. Langsdorf sought answers as he began his second season with his hometown club.Savarese obliged and the two went back to his office and met for about 20 minutes.“I just said very clearly,” Langsdorf said, “if you were me, what would you do in order to play first team minutes? And do you see me in your plans this year and if so, and if not, why and what can I do?”Those questions linger at the forefront of Langsdorf’s mind in his second professional season since signing as a homegrown player with the Timbers out of Stanford.On April 6, he got a partial answer.Langsdorf made his MLS debut in a 3-0 road loss to the San Jose Earthquakes. He logged 24 minutes in the second half. But the Mountain View grad made sure to treat it as just another game.last_img read more

Bay Park house fire causes half a million dollars in damage

first_img Posted: June 27, 2018 Updated: 12:48 PM Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter June 27, 2018 Andrea Tobias center_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A Bay Park house fire today caused an estimated $500,000 damage to the structure and $150,000 to contents, but nobody was hurt. No one was in the single-story residence on Dakota Drive, off Clairemont Drive, when San Diego Fire Department units arrived around 2:45 a.m. and began to tackle flames in the attic, SDFD spokeswoman Monica Munoz said.The fire was extinguished at 3:04 a.m. The blaze was confined to the attic, with smoke damage throughout the property, she said. The cause of the fire was under investigation. Fire crews spoke to the owner of the house, which was being remodeled, and determined that the residents were staying elsewhere and did not require assistance from the American Red Cross, Munoz said. Bay Park house fire causes half a million dollars in damage Andrea Tobias, last_img read more

40 want pensions to be taxed like Isas

first_imgSome 40% of respondents want pensions to be treated in a similar manner to individual savings accounts (Isas) because they would prefer to be taxed while working rather than in retirement, according to research by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC).The survey of 1,197 working UK adults, published in August 2015, also reveals that just over a quarter (27%) find the current system the most appealing tax scenario for their pension.The research also found:Just one in seven say the current tax exemptions on pension contributions incentivise them to save.60% of respondents say that constant changes to how pensions are taxed is the biggest barrier putting them off saving more into their pension.Two-thirds of respondents are unable to correctly identify the current pensions taxing system.Philip Smith, head of defined contribution consulting at PricewaterhouseCoopers, said: “Our research shows that the current system is far too complicated and continuous changes are putting people off saving more towards their retirement.“People want a once in a lifetime overhaul of how pensions are taxed to create a simple and stable system that they can understand and trust.”Moving towards an Isa-style tax system would create consistency across people’s savings pots and help people plan for their future with more certainty. Our research shows people would much rather take the tax hit on their retirement savings while they are working, rather than having to worry about tax deductions in their retirement.“However, moving to a new tax system for pensions is no easy task for an industry that is already grappling with the pensions freedom changes. This would require a huge re-think from employers, pension providers and the government to how they provide pensions.”Following the Summer Budget, the government launched a consultation into the reformation of pensions tax relief, which will close at the end of September.During his Budget speech, Chancellor George Osborne said: “Britain isn’t saving enough. I am open to further radical change. Pensions could be treated like Isas: you pay in from taxed income, and it is tax free when taken out, and inbetween it receives a top up by the government.”last_img read more

Shah Rukh Khan to Ranbir Kapoor Chain Smokers of Bollywood

first_imgShah Rukh Khan: King Khan is a self-confessed chain smoker. On the birth of his youngest son, Shah Rukh had said, “Will I be there to do the same thing that I did with my older kids? Yes, that is a worry. So that keeps you smoking less, drinking less, exercising more. I am planning to give up all (smoking, drinking, etc) and try to be healthier and happier.”Talking about his smoking habits, SRK had said in an interview with India Today, “No, I don’t sleep. I smoke about 100 cigarettes. I forget to eat.”Sanjay Dutt: As we have already seen in his biopic, Sanjay, was a chain-smoker until he decided to quit everything at one go. Talking about his addiction, Sanjay had said, “Drug addiction is a disease which cannot be cured. Today, if I think I can smoke up a joint, I’m finished. The fear of relapse is in the first five-six months of quitting. I diverted my mind in the gym. I started feeling good with my body.”Ranbir Kapoor: “I quit smoking for four months, then started rolling cigarettes again just last month – just one or two a day. It’s something I’m scared of because I’ve been a nicotine addict since I was 15, and it’s the worst kind of addiction,” Ranbir had said in an interview with India Today.It’s taken me trips to Austria, to this doctor who gave me injections in my ears, to help me quit smoking the first time because I don’t think I have the willpower to give it up on my own. But vaping isn’t working for me either – you can’t leave one habit for another. Eventually, it’ll just come back more ferociously,” he added.Ajay Devgn: Ajay Devgn was a chain-smoker but quit smoking to lead a healthier life for his kids – Yug and Nysa.Shahid Kapoor:  Shahid Kapoor was also a chain smoker before he tied the knot with ladylove Mira. On Koffee with Karan, Mira Rajput had revealed that Shahid Kapoor had quit smoking after getting married to her upon her insistence.last_img read more

Powerful storms hit USs California

first_imgA downed tree covers a parked vehicle during a winter storm in San Francisco. ReutersForecasters expect another half foot of rain to soak central and northern California and the Sierra Nevada mountains through early Tuesday, coming on the heels of powerful storms that walloped the state and other parts of the U.S. west on Sunday.The drenching rains and blowing snow flooded rivers and shut down roads from mudslides in a state that has struggled with drought for years.From 3 to 8 inches (7.6 to 20 cm) of rain is forecast in the region while several feet (1-2 metres) of snow are likely for higher elevations, said meteorologist Andrew Orrison at the National Weather Service’s Weather Prediction Center in Maryland.“We’re going to see heavy rain going into (Monday) evening and early morning,” he said.Heavy snow is expected in Nevada and the northern Rocky Mountains could get several feet of snow over the next day or two.The weather service said almost 40 rivers or creeks in Northern California and western Nevada were flooded or threatened to top their banks. But an emergency agency spokesman said there had been no reports of fatalities or serious damage.Authorities said a section of Interstate 80 near Truckee, southwest of Reno, Nevada, was closed by a mudslide.The upper Napa River north of San Francisco was expected to cause “extreme damage to all towns along the reach,” the California emergency agency said in a statement. Anticipated flooding brought voluntary evacuations in neighboring Sonoma County.Residents of Cambria, near the famous Hearst Castle along California’s central coast, were advised to move to higher ground due a flash flood warning.Several other California highways were closed from landslides or high water. In Washington state, high winds, ice and heavy snow shut roads and created hazardous driving conditions.Iridium Communications said Elon Musk’s SpaceX rocket company had delayed Monday’s launch of a Falcon 9 rocket carrying 10 of its satellites from Vandenberg Air Force Base, north of Los Angeles. The launch was now set for Saturday.The storm is drawing strength from the interaction between an “atmospheric river,” a plume of water vapor flowing from the tropics toward the West Coast, and a low-pressure area near Oregon, the National Weather Service said.After years of drought, the storm is the latest in a strong wet season for California that began in the autumn. Another front is expected on Tuesday.In an encouraging sign, the U.S. Forest Service said the rain had restored moisture levels in Southern California vegetation to a seasonal normal for the first time in five years.The eastern United States experienced low temperatures on Sunday, the day after a massive storm dumped snow from Georgia to Massachusetts.last_img read more

Game developer David Braben creates a USB stick PC for 25

first_imgDavid Braben is a very well-known game developer who runs the UK development studio Frontier Developments, but is just as well known for being the co-developer of Elite.Over his career his studio has brought us the Rollercoaster Tycoon series, Thrillville, Lost Winds, and most recently Kinectimals. In the background, however, Braben has been trying to tackle another problem: getting programming and general learning of how computers work back into schools.Braben argues that education since we entered the 2000s has turned towards ICT which teaches useful skills such as writing documents in a word processor, how to create presentations, and basic computer use skills. But that has replaced more computer science-like skills such as basic programming and understanding the architecture and hardware contained in a computer.His solution is not to create his own course, but instead to manufacture a very low cost PC that can be given to kids for free and courses built up around their use. When we say low cost, we mean so low even the OLPC would be impressed.Braben has developed a tiny USB stick PC that has a HDMI port in one end and a USB port on the other. You plug it into a HDMI socket and then connect a keyboard via the USB port giving you a fully functioning machine running a version of Linux. The cost? $25.The hardware being offered is no slouch either. It uses a 700MHz ARM11 processor coupled with 128MB of RAM and runs OpenGL ES 2.0 allowing for decent graphics performance with 1080p output confirmed. Storage is catered for by an SD card slot. It also looks as though modules can be attached such as the 12MP camera seen in the image above.We can expect it to run a range of Linux distributions, but it looks like Ubuntu may be the distro it ships with. That means it will handle web browsing, run office applications, and give the user a fully functional computer to play with as soon as it’s plugged in. All that and it can be carried in your pocket or on a key chain.This tiny, cheap PC is going to be distributed through a new charitable foundation called the Raspberry Pi Foundation. It will also promote computer science studies in schools.As for when the Raspberry Pi device will become available, Braben says he hopes to be distributing it within the next 12 months.Read more at BBC Newslast_img read more

1200 more flights cancelled with SAS pilots strike

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Share Monday, April 29, 2019 HELSINKI — Some 170,000 passengers had their travel hopes dashed over the weekend as a result of the pilots strike at Scandinavian Airlines, with no end in sight.Nearly 600 flights have been cancelled and thousands of passengers have been stranded and the strike is now in its fourth day.The flag carrier of Denmark, Norway and Sweden announced further flight cancellations on April 28 as the parties failed to resume talks on a new collective bargaining agreement. It cancelled another 1,213 flights today and tomorrow, hitting some 110,000 passengers. The open-ended strike started Friday following the collapse of pay negotiations with the SAS Pilot Group, which represents 95% of the company’s pilots in the three countries. SAS said it “deeply regrets” the distress to clients on its domestic, European and long-haul flights. By: The Associated Press Tags: Scandinavian Airlines 1,200 more flights cancelled with SAS pilots strikelast_img read more

British tourist dies while swimming

first_imgA British tourist aged 59, died while swimming in the sea in Kato Paphos at noon on Thursday.He was swimming in the sea near a hotel in Kato Paphos with his wife when he lost consciousness.His wife called for help and an ambulance was called immediately.The man was taken to the first aid department of Paphos hospital and pronounced dead upon arrival. The date of a post mortem which is expected to be carried out will be announced at a later stage.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoYahoo SearchResearch Compact SUVs. New SUVs May Make You Want To Trade Yours In Today – See For Yourself!Yahoo SearchUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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