Death toll rises to 158 in two states

first_imgThiruvananthapuram/ Bengaluru: Torrential rains lashed many parts of the country and the situation remained grim in flood-hit parts of Kerala and Karnataka, with the death toll mounting to 158 in the two southern states on Wednesday. Three rain-related deaths were reported in Madhya Pradesh, where heavy downpour was witnessed. Heavy rainfall in the lower catchments of the Mahanadi in Odisha is likely to cause a “medium flood” in the river, Water Resources Secretary P K Jena said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsAccording to a forecast by the India Meteorological Department (IMD), some areas in Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat are expected to have heavy to very heavy downpour on Thursday. In Kerala, many low lying areas have been waterlogged, even as the death toll in the rain-battered state has gone up to 95. A red alert has been sounded for three north Kerala districts of Malappuram, Kannur and Kozhikode, which bore the brunt of the flood fury and landslides last week.last_img read more

TSX up slightly amid mixed economic data sale of major insurer

The Toronto stock market turned slightly higher late morning Monday amid weak Chinese data and dealmaking in the Canadian financial sector.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 19.86 points to 12,393.16, was off early lows, as gold and financial stocks picked up during the morning.Shares of E-L Financial Corp. (TSX:ELF) jumped after it announced the pending $1.125-billion sale of Dominion of Canada General Insurance Company to Travelers Companies Inc. (NYSE:TRV), a major U.S. insurance company. E-L Financial gained $53 or 8.95 per cent to $645 on a volume of 2,400 shares.The Canadian dollar advanced, up 0.1 of a cent to 98.16 cents US as the dollar continued to rally  due to a solid report on the housing sector and last week’s Statistics Canada report showing that job creation for May was better than expected, coming in at an impressive 95,000 jobs.Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. said Monday that housing starts were trending at 182,756 units in May compared to 182,971 in April. The trend is a six-month moving average of the monthly seasonally adjusted annual rates of housing starts. But the seasonally adjusted standalone annual rate was 200,178 units in May, an increase from 175,922 in April.U.S. indexes were positive after registering sharp gains at the end of last week because of a strong jobs report.The Dow Jones industrials were ahead 32.08 points to 15,280.2, the Nasdaq added 12.27 points to 3,481.48 and the S&P 500 index was ahead 3.53 points to 1,646.91.Traders also took in an upgrade on the U.S. credit rating from Standard & Poor’s. S&P revised its long-term outlook to stable from negative, citing cited economic strength and the dollar’s status as a reserve currency. The agency had downgraded the U.S. sovereign rating to AA-plus from its top rating of AAA in 2011.Prices for oil and copper declined as data released during the weekend showed China’s trade, retail sales and other activity in May were weaker than expected, fuelling concerns about the country’s shaky economic recovery.China’s trade surplus rose to $20.4 billion in May from $18.2 billion in the prior month. However, export growth slowed dramatically to just one per cent from a year ago, which was the slowest increase since July 2012. Imports slipped 0.3 per cent from year-earlier levels.“Of those three figures, I’d say that the weak import result is the most worrying, as it suggests domestic demand has weakened considerably,” said BMO Capital Markets senior economist Jennifer Lee. “Slower export growth is not surprising, particularly given the slump in Europe but slower imports are a concern.”The gold sector was ahead 0.57 per cent with August bullion up 60 cents to US$1,383.60 an ounce. Kinross Gold (TSX:K) climbed 11 cents to $6.48.July crude on the New York Mercantile Exchange shed 35 cents to US$95.68 a barrel. The energy sector climbed 0.3 per cent and Suncor Energy (TSX:SU) improved by 27 cents to $31.93.Financials were up 0.35 per cent as Bank of Montreal (TSX:BMO) rose 49 cents to $60.61.The base metals sector gave back 1.2 per cent while July copper fell three cents to $3.24 a pound on top a 10-cent slide over the past two sessions. Copper is widely viewed as an economic barometer as it is used in so many applications. Sector heavyweight Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) lost 66 cents to C$24.99.Railroad stocks fell alongside miners as Canadian Pacific Railway (TSX:CP) declined $1.76 to $127.40.The U.S. Labour department announced Friday that the United States created 175,000 jobs in May, a modest number but around 10,000 more than had been expected.Traders hope the U.S. jobs data isn’t strong enough to persuade the Federal Reserve to start reducing bond purchases. The quantitative easing program has kept interest rates low and also helped fuel a strong rally on U.S. stock markets.Markets have been volatile over the past couple of weeks after Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke said the U.S. central bank might pull back on its $85 billion-a-month bond-buying program if economic data, especially hiring, improved significantly. Other Fed officials have spoken about a winding down of asset purchases sooner.Meanwhile in Japan, the first-quarter growth rate was revised up from an annualized rate of 3.5 per cent to 4.1 per cent. The data sent Tokyo’s Nikkei index up 4.9 per cent,.European bourses were mixed as London’s FTSE 100 index rose 1.2 per cent, Frankfurt’s DAX gained 0.74 per cent while the Paris CAC 40 edged up 0.05 per cent.On the corporate front, Air Canada (TSX:AC.B) says capacity on its domestic services will increase more this year than previously forecast. It now expects 2013 domestic capacity will grow by 1.5 per cent to 2.5 per cent over 2012 levels, a full percentage point above the levels announced in early May, when Air Canada issued its first quarter financial report and its shares advanced slipped one cent to $2.26.McDonald’s says that global sales rose 2.6 per cent at restaurants open at least a year during May, helped by an extra Friday in the month. Its shares rose 1.7 per cent to US$99.94. read more

Panel finds senior officials lax in ensuring UNs safe return to Iraq

Video of the press briefing [1hr. 12mins] Reacting to the panel’s findings today, a spokesman for Secretary-General Kofi Annan announced a series of disciplinary measures, including calls for the resignation of some of the officials, and said in a statement that Mr. Annan “regretted the failures identified by the Panel.” The Secretary-General also “expressed his determination to take all corrective measures, within his authority, to enhance the safety and security of all UN staff, especially those deployed in dangerous conflict areas,” spokesman Fred Eckhard said. In a summary of its findings released today, the Panel noted that no prior security assessment mission was sent to Iraq before the first humanitarian staff returned to Baghdad on 1 May 2003, or before the decision was taken to send staff from Amman, Jordan, to Baghdad by road rather than by air, contrary to UN practices and procedures.The Panel also concluded that at the executive level at UN Headquarters in New York, the Steering Group on Iraq (SGI), chaired by Deputy Secretary-General Louise Fréchette, lacked “due care and diligence” in the manner in which it dealt with the circumstances of the return to Baghdad. It should have asked some searching questions about the security aspects of the proposed return plan. No comprehensive, documented review was undertaken of the security requirements at the UN headquarters in Baghdad following the return of UN staff on 1 May;The UN Security Coordinator, Tun Myat, the Designated Official, Ramiro Lopes da Silva, and his Security Management Team in Baghdad, “appeared to be blinded by a conviction that UN personnel and installations would not become a target of attack, despite the clear warnings to the contrary;” andThere was a conflict between information received from UN and from United States military sources as to whether requests were made by senior UN staff in Baghdad to vacate US military personnel and equipment from critical positions around the UN offices at the Canal Hotel before the 19 August attack. The Panel also found that UN officials did not demonstrate any serious intention to procure and install blast-resistant film for the entire Canal Hotel, which might have prevented many of the injuries suffered from flying glass shards. They “displayed a profound lack of responsibility and ineptitude in the manner they sought to implement the request for installation of the film,” the Panel said. “Their combined response to the issue indicates a lethargy that is bordering on gross negligence.” Mr. Annan established the Security in Iraq Accountability Panel late last year to carry out an independent probe into the responsibilities of all individuals and UN entities involved in the security of the UN operation in Iraq, which might have prevented or mitigated the effect of the 19 August attack, or diminished the loss of life and injury to UN personnel. The panel focused in particular on the actions or omissions of the UN headquarters in Baghdad and its staff. The blast destroyed the UN offices, killing 22 people, including Mr. Annan’s top envoy, Sergio Vieira de Mello, and injuring more than 100 others. A second, smaller attack in September prompted the Secretary-General to eventually withdraw all international UN personnel. The Panel was chaired by Gerald Walzer, a former Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees; Sinha Basnayake, former Director of the General Legal Division of the UN Office of Legal Affairs; Kevin Carty, Assistant Commissioner of National Police of Ireland; and Stuart Groves, Senior Security Manager and Security Focal Point in the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. read more

Nigeria UN report details grave violations against children by Boko Haram

“With tactics including widespread recruitment and use, abductions, sexual violence, attacks on schools and the increasing use of children in so-called ‘suicide’ attacks, Boko Haram has inflicted unspeakable horror upon the children of Nigeria’s north-east and neighbouring countries,” said Virginia Gamba, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, in a press release from her Office.The report of the Secretary-General on children and armed conflict in Nigeria documents the impact on children of the severe deterioration of the security and humanitarian situation in the country between January 2013 and December 2016.Violations committed by Boko HaramDuring the reporting period, attacks by Boko Haram on communities and confrontations between the group and security forces resulted in at least 3,900 children killed and 7,300 more maimed. Suicide attacks became the second leading cause of child casualties, accounting for over one thousand deaths and 2,100 injuries during the reporting period. The UN verified the use of 90 children for suicide bombings in Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger, the majority of whom were girls.The UN verified the recruitment and use of 1,650 children. Testimonies from children separated from Boko Haram indicate that many were abducted, but that others joined the group due to financial incentives, peer pressure, familial ties and for ideological reasons. In some instances, parents gave up their children to obtain security guarantees or for economic gain.The children were used in direct hostilities, for planting improvised explosive devices, to burn schools or houses and in a variety of support roles. Schools have been targets of choice for Boko Haram and the UN estimates that 1,500 were destroyed since 2014, with at least 1,280 casualties among teachers and students. Response to Boko Haram also raises concernsThe response to Boko Haram’s insurgency also generated protection concerns, including allegations of extra judicial killings.The UN documented the recruitment and use of 228 children, including some as young as nine by the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF), created in Borno state to assist the Nigerian Security Forces.Children were used mainly for intelligence-related purposes, in search operations, night patrols, for crowd control and to guard posts. She urged all parties to abide by their obligations under international humanitarian, human rights and refugee law and to ensure civilians are protected during armed clashes. read more

December market falls but not as far as expected

For more, please see the attached documents. DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) “2009 will be another difficult year for the UK automotive industry with new vehicle registrations and production significantly reduced. The industry faces these challenges stronger and more resilient than in recent memory. The extraordinary circumstances we currently face mean that government support will be required to take advantage of global economic growth when it returns.” “The global economic downturn, precipitated by the crisis in the international banking and finance sector, created unprecedented challenges for the UK automotive industry in 2008,” said SMMT chief executive, Paul Everitt. “The measures taken by government to support the banking sector and kick-start demand have been necessary, but are not yet sufficient to restore confidence. Further action to ease access to finance and credit across the economy is essential if long-term damage to valuable industrial capability is to be avoided.  ·         New car registrations fell 21.2% in December to 108,691 units.·         Full year total is down 11.3% to 2,131,795 units from 2,404,007 in 2007.·         Diesel market share reached an all-time high of 43.6%.·         Average new car CO2 fell by a record 4.2% to an average of 158.0 g/km in 2008, a total reduction of 16.8% since 1997. read more

Brocks Dean of Humanities renewed for another term but hes moving on

Dean Douglas Kneale Brock University’s Dean of Humanities Douglas Kneale has been reappointed to another term. However, he is moving on to accept a new position as Provost at the University of Windsor.Kneale, who has served as Brock’s Dean of Humanities since his initial appointment in 2010, was recommended by President Jack Lightstone to serve another term in the position after a lengthy review and reappointment process.During his tenure he led the continued growth and development of the University’s Faculty of Humanities and also played a key role in the ongoing relocation of the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts to downtown St. Catharines.“Douglas was our choice to continue to oversee our Faculty of Humanities and the downtown arts school project because we viewed him as the best person for the job,” said Neil McCartney, Brock’s Provost and Vice-President, Academic. “He will be sorely missed and we are sad to see him go.”Kneale will assume the role of the next Provost and Vice-President, Academic at the University of Windsor on March 1, 2015.“The past five years at Brock have been extraordinary on many fronts,” said Kneale. “It has been an enormously exciting time for me personally and professionally, and I know I shall miss the outstanding people I’ve had the pleasure of working with.”Kneale is an award-winning teacher whose research stretches from Wordsworth and Milton to psychoanalysis and the history of rhetoric. He has published books on English Romanticism and contributed peer-reviewed essays to top-tier international journals.An interim replacement for the position of Dean of Humanities at Brock will be announced in the coming weeks. read more

WORLD HANDBALL PLAYER 2014 – Nikola Karabatić I am proud of my

← Previous Story WORLD HANDBALL PLAYER 2014 – Nikola Karabatić Next Story → EHF Cup TOP 16 Groups: HSV against Gorenje, Berlin wait Skjern He was in the main role last winter, when handball world saw once again, how powerful is French generation, one of the best in the history of handball. With his performance in Barcelona, many trophies, EHF CL campaign which last until the third place match at F4 in Cologne, Nikola Karabatić deserved almost undivided support by the 24 members of journalist’s Jury and votes from the fans across the Globe for the title of the WORLD HANDBALL PLAYER 2014. One of the best handball players in XXI Century, exclusively talks for– I’m so proud about Handball-Planet award. An award that is given to me by the experts and fans,  it’s always a very positive thing. A lot of people voted and chose me, it’s a great honour – says Nikola shortly after he was informed about the prize.You have shown TOP class in the last 12 months. What should happened that you can call a Year 2014 “the perfect one” or this year it already is? – It was perfect in the way of my integration to FC Barcelona, in the trophies that I achieved with my new club, and of course, because of EURO 2014 with French national team. The only thing that wasn’t perfect are three or four seconds during the semi-final match at F4 in Cologne. Defeat against Flensburg was so hard, but I finish the year with receiving this great award from Handball Planet, fans and experts.Your classy performance during the Year, once again, convince all the handball lovers that you are one of the biggest player in the history, despite your career has up and down moments in the last few years. How do you satisfied with your professional career until now?– I’m very proud of my career. For me, the worst moments were at EHF EURO 2012 in Serbia. I under expected level, that was shortly after death of my father Branko.. After that i improved my form and now feel so proud that during my career, I played bad only a month. I am pleased to help my former teams, and now, FC Barcelona and the French national team, to win the titles.You have already won enormous number of all kinds of prizes. Who is the best Nikola Karabatic? This one from Barca or younger guys from Kiel and Montpellier?– It’s difficult to say. I won a lot titles in Kiel, also when I came back to Montpellier, then, with my national team, and now, with Barca. We lost only few matches during season in Barcelona and the only real defeat was that one against Flensburg. I am trying to improve my play year by year, and hope that will be even better in FCB. In each team I had different role. I was right back in Kiel, playmaker in national team, and now, on both position in Barcelona. It’s very difficult to compare.Roger Federer has 17 Grand Slams, and still is hungry for success. What is your goal, what do you want more from handball after two Olympic, World’s gold medals and EHF Champions League trophies? Do you have some special wish in year or years to come? – A sportsman is always hungry for success, even after winning titles, he has always motivation to win more and more. When your start a new season, you are requested to put in the ‘frezee’ the titles from previous one. Take each season, each training, each game with a new ilusión and taking with maximum intensity. That’s the key for the success – concludes WORLD HANDBALL PLAYER 2014, Nikola Karabatić.PHOTO: Bjorn Kenneth Muggerud, RK Metalurg Nikola KarabaticWORLD HANDBALL PLAYER 2014 Nikola Karabatic read more

Firefighters seek colleagues bodies as search for Texas bodies continues

first_imgTHE DEATH TOLL from the massive explosion at a fertiliser plant in Texas remains unknown, as rescue workers carefully work through piles of debris to try and find the remains of those killed in the blast.Initial reports put the fatalities as high as 15, but authorities have since backed away from offering any concrete estimate of the number of fatalities. More than 160 people were injured, many gravely.Rescuers searching the smoking remnants of the plant and nearby buildings have been gingerly checking smashed houses and apartments, looking for anyone still trapped in debris while the local community awaited word on the number of dead.A breathtaking band of destruction extended for blocks around the West Fertiliser Company, which was obliterated by the explosion – which shook the ground with the strength of a small earthquake, and crumpled dozens of homes, an apartment complex, a school and a nursing home.Waco police Sergeant William Patrick Swanton described ongoing search-and-rescue efforts as “tedious and time-consuming,” noting that crews had to shore up much of the wreckage before going in.There was no indication the blast, which sent up a mushroom-shaped plume of smoke and left behind a crater, was anything other than an industrial accident, he said.The explosion was apparently touched off by a fire, but there was no indication what sparked the blaze. The company had been cited by regulators for what appeared to be minor safety and permitting violations over the past decade.Wednesday night’s explosion rained burning embers and debris down on terrified residents. The landscape yesterday was wrapped in acrid smoke and strewn with the shattered remains of buildings, furniture and personal belongings.‘You’re strong through it because that’s your job’Firefighter Darryl Hall choked up as he described the search.“You’re strong through it because that’s your job. That’s what you’ve been trained to do. But you’re reminded of the tragedy and your family. And that it could be you,” Hall said. “Then it’s a completely different story.”While the community tended to its deep wounds, investigators awaited clearance to enter the blast zone for clues to what set off the plant’s huge stockpile of volatile chemicals.“It’s still too hot to get in there,” said Franceska Perot, a spokeswoman for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, later adding that she wasn’t sure when her team would be able to start its investigation.The precise death toll was uncertain. Three to five volunteer firefighters initially were believed to be among the dead, which authorities said could number as many as 15. But the state Department of Public Safety later said the number of fatalities couldn’t be confirmed.The Dallas Fire-Rescue Department said one of its off-duty firefighters, Captain Kenny Harris, was among those killed. Harris — a 52-year-old married father of three grown sons — lived in West and had decided to lend a hand to the volunteers battling the blaze.The many injuries included broken bones, cuts and bruises, respiratory problems and minor burns. A few people were reported in intensive care and several more in critical condition.Additional reporting by APRead: Tragedies sparked by fertiliser explosions around the worldlast_img read more

We have always found ways to lock up mentally ill people The

first_img 38 Comments By Aoife Barry Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Connaught District Lunatic Asylum (later St Brigid’s Hospital) was opened in Ballinasloe, County Galway in 1833, at a cost of £27,000. Source: Úna SpainThe asylum approach fitted with the newly emerging philanthropic mindset of the 1800s, the belief that those in need could be helped by charity and support.This impulse was in many ways a good one, said Kelly – but “within decades the asylums were too full, too big and grossly anti-therapeutic”. What had started as a way to help people ended up damaging some of them.The level of poverty and the impact of the Famine in Ireland meant that in the 1800s the pressure on asylum beds was “extraordinary from the word ‘go’”, said Kelly.The Dangerous Lunatic Act of 1838 also meant that someone could be committed to an asylum without medical opinion. It wasn’t necessary to have a medical certificate in order for magistrates to commit someone to an asylum. All that was needed was their opinon that someone was likely to commit an offence.This led to families and communities beginning to use asylums in very specific ways, explained Kelly – “to remove mentally ill [people] or [people with an] intellectually disability or generally unwanted people from the family home”.Some families even took part in ‘wintering in’, where they would drop a person into the asylum at the start of the winter and leave them there until they needed them back on the farm during the summer.You had families and communities using asylums in really quite subtle ways according to their family needs – this wasn’t right obviously.In his research, Kelly came across archived letters from asylum doctors asking people to bring family members home.“I am really not blaming families,” said Kelly, given that many were poor and dealing with emigration and disease.“The State offered them no solution or support other than the asylum.”Reflecting society Dunany Point, County Louth. Madman’s Chair, Cathaoir Ana, at Dunany was said to attract the mentally ill who sat on it three times to be cured. Those who were not mentally ill and sat on it might become mad. According to another account, if a mad person sat on the rock during a period of lucidity, that lucidity would be maintained for life. Source: Brendan KellyThe changes within asylums were also reflections of changes in wider Irish society.“Psychiatry has always reflected changes in society far more than any area of medicine or indeed any other area of social care,” said Kelly.In 1907 at the Richmond asylum, one third of all admissions were directly from the workhouse across the road.“Then in 2007 up in the Mater: I was working there at the time, and one third of psychiatric assessments in the emergency department were homeless people,” pointed out Kelly.There are enormous similarities in the way society seeks to use psychiatry and asylums for dealing with the problem of homelessness.The size of the asylums grew to be a problem by the early 1900s. In an effort to deal with this, and try and improve people’s situations so they could leave, doctors seized on new treatments in psychiatry.But some of these treatments were very questionable when looked back on.“Therapeutic enthusiasm is one of the themes of the book – it led to progress and some of the great tragedies in the history of psychiatry,” acknowledged Kelly.Malaria therapy, for example, involved giving people malaria to cure their mental illness.It was used for people with advanced syphilis, where syphilis had gotten to their brain (modern treatments mean that today this rarely occurs). Its inventor won the Nobel Prize.In Ireland, blood had to be brought over from malaria patients in London after mosquitoes shipped here kept dying due to the cold. The patients were then treated with quinine and their mental health symptoms improved.Insulin coma therapy involved putting people into a coma with insulin a few times in a week, then waking them up again. “Some people died with this treatment,” said Kelly. “Everyone who did it gained enormous amounts of weight, and it was not effective and it was abandoned.”Lobotomies – where the connections between the two hemispheres of the brain are cut -were also carried out in Ireland“This is the biggest mistake in the entire history of psychiatry,because it just didn’t work,” said Kelly of lobotomisation.It is a really disturbing example of how people with really good intentions about clearing out asylums and helping people, how that can go wrong. And how it wasn’t stopped sooner is the frightening thing about lobotomy.Psychiatry todayKelly describes asylums as part of the much broader programme of institutionalisation in Ireland, including prisons, laundries and industrial schools. What happened with them has gone on to affect the psychiatric approach in Ireland today.“The asylums ingrained the idea of institutional psychiatry as in opposed to outpatient care,” he explained. “And this is very interesting because in the 1960s as numbers in asylums fell there was a big reaction against in-patient care, so now today we are in a situation where Ireland’s rate of involuntary psychiatric admission is only half the rate it is in England.”The pendulum, said Kelly, has swung in the other direction.At the same time, he noted that families have spoken out about difficulties accessing psychiatric care. However, legislation has improved in this area.“It should be difficult to get someone deprived of their liberty,” he points out.“One of the legacies of the history of psychiatry is it has really struggled to shake off this custodial atmosphere or feeling that has been associated with it since the asylums in Ireland,” said Kelly.There were “endless inquiries” into asylums in the 1800s, but little happened other than prompting another inquiry. This is despite the fact that their findings were usually grim.The reports eventually led to public reaction to what was going on in the asylums.“They were grossly unhealthy, having thousands of people in a single building,” said Kelly. Around 12% of all asylum patients died every year in the asylums mainly from infections disease.“Obviously it’s a very disturbing history in many respects but what struck me most forcefully is how the asylum doctors and psychiatrists so often objected to the size of the asylum, the bad legislation governing them, the ineffective legislation, [but] how they did not produce change.” Dr Conolly Norman (1853-1908) was a notably progressive-minded asylum-doctor who served as Resident Medical Superintendent of the Richmond Asylum, Grangegorman from 1886 to 1908, and president of the Medico-Psychological Association in 1894 (mounted photograph by Alfred Werner, reproduced by kind permission of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland).In the early 1900s a Dublin psychiatrist named Dr Conolly Norman set up a boarding out scheme in an attempt to help asylum patients leave, but this was blocked by Dublin Castle, said Kelly.In 1951, Ballinasloe town had a population of 5,600 – of those 2,100 were patients in the asylum.“Everyone else, they were all either working in the asylum, supplying the asylum or had a family member in the asylum. So when doctors tried to reduce the size of the asylum then local and national politicians blocked it immediately because these were economic powerhouses for towns,” said Kelly.By the end of the 1950s, the asylum system in Ireland had reached its peak. Irish society was changing, as was the medical approach to mental illness. A “general opening of Irish society and diminished tolerance for institutional solutions” developed, along with a gradual decline of the Catholic Church.These all contributed to the diminished role of asylums.Since that time, Kelly says there has been “good progress” in Irish psychiatry, but issues do remain. “We have too many homeless mentally ill people, too many mentally ill people in prison,” he said.While Irish legislation is focused on the right of the individual to liberty, said Kelly, “families at the moment don’t have hard rights, actual rights in court about reasonable involvement in care and that’s an area we need to work on”.“It’s very clear we needed to get the person’s right to liberty protected better and we’ve done that,” he said. “We do need to move on to the next thing which is recognising the key role that families and carers play and giving them rights with regards to having more of a say in maybe not the details of treatment, but the overall treatment approach.”He would be happy to see the use of mental health tribunals by families over decisions not to admit someone to a psychiatric institution or service, and to see “the service being held to account for what it did or what it didn’t do”.“I would like to see some mechanism whereby family concerns could be taken on board to great degree.”Overall, though there is work to be done, Kelly’s delving into the history of Irish psychiatry has shown him one major thing: “Mental health services have moved on from past.”Case studyIn 1892, Dora, a 34-year-old single servant from Dublin, was admitted to the Central Criminal Lunatic Asylum (later Central Mental Hospital, Dundrum) charged with the murder of her 8-month-old child. Dora’s previous five children had all died young. The asylum’s case book records that, “some days before the crime, [Dora] suffered from a violent pain in the head. IN THE 1800S and 1900s, there was an epidemic of asylums in Ireland – at one point, 20,000 people were in the institutions being treated for mental illness.But according to the first published history of psychiatry in Ireland, there was not an epidemic of mental illness in the country during that time. Instead, a number of social, political and other factors combined to lead to such a high number of people being admitted.The sheer number of people in the institutions meant that ill-treatment was rife, and their roots in the prison system meant that some patients were left chained up for months on end. In April 1900 the Building News and Engineering Journal published ‘a bird’s-eye view’ of the ‘new lunatic asylum’ buildings in Portrane, County Dublin. (Building News and Engineering Journal 27 April 1900, courtesy of the Irish Architectural Archive).The author of the book on the topic, Hearing Voices: The History of Psychiatry in Ireland, is Brendan Kelly, Professor of Psychiatry at Trinity College Dublin. He looks back at psychiatry in Ireland from the earliest times to the present day, showing how it reflected the social changes in the country – and busting the myth that Irish people are more prone to mental illness than other people.“This is a very popular myth,” Kelly told, adding that he is contacted regularly by journalists – particularly American journalists – about this topic.His book details how there was a vast web of large asylums in Ireland, in locations like Enniscorthy, Letterkenny, Mullingar, and Dublin, which provided employment for these areas – and places for families to send relations. It also shows how the psychiatric profession has evolved in the past century, and how legislation has changed to benefit the patient.“Recent years have seen great exploration of Irish institutions of various sorts, for example Magdalene laundries and industrial schools, but I felt less attention had been devoted to the mental hospitals or asylums,” said Kelly of his motivation behind writing the book.They were very big and they were very interesting – one of the most interesting aspects of it was the Roman Catholic Church was not involved. All it did was it supplied chaplains, but so did the Church of Ireland.Despite what people might assume, the Catholic Church never really got into mental healthcare, discovered Kelly. “The church is far from blameless in many other areas but in this area these were entirely secular government-run institutions. So it challenges some of the received narrative of Irish history.” Brendan Kelly, Professor of Psychiatry at Trinity College Dublin and Consultant Psychiatrist at Tallaght Hospital.Early asylums developed from prisons, explained Kelly. “Prison workhouses would have lunatic wards or rooms or areas and then they eventually became free-standing asylums,” he explained. “Some of the practices in the asylums came from prisons rather than coming from a healthcare starting point.”This meant that some patients were chained up, while others were restrained in straitjackets. “The asylum in Limerick was especially bad, where the inmates were chained with their hands under their knees and they weren’t allowed to stand up, so when the inspectors came they found these people were no longer able to stand up and likely would no longer be able to.”Difficult livesThe first major asylum – the Richmond Asylum, or Grangegorman – opened in 1814. But before this, people with mental illnesses were treated at home, often in quite shocking ways due to a lack of community or government support. People with mental illness could end up living quite difficult and short lives.Kelly details how mental illness in early Ireland- pre the 1800s – involved myths and folk cures.This included that the mentally ill could be cured by drinking water from the well at Gleann na nGealt in County Kerry – it was said to contain high levels of lithium, a suggestion which Kelly debunks. However, he notes that biochemical analysis isn’t the best way to examine the therapeutic value of folk cures for mental illness.“Towards end of 1700s it was very clear there were mentally ill people wandering the streets, sleeping in fields and worst of all getting locked up in various ways,” explained Kelly of the impetus to open asylums.An inquiry in 1817 revealed that the most common way of treating people that family members had “was they would dig a pit in the ground of the hut or home, put the mentally ill person in there, put grid or grill across the top and simply feed person in this pit”, said Kelly.Before we built these asylums there is sometimes a romantic notion the mentally ill were cared for by the community – the butcher gave them meat, the baker gave them bread and a farmer gave them a field to sleep in. That never happened. We have always found ways to lock up mentally ill people and the asylums were an effort to do that according to law. 39,036 Views Jan 14th 2017, 9:00 PM Share Tweet Email17 She felt as if the top of her head was splitting open… On the morning of the crime, she took the child in her arms and left the house. She wandered off some distance from home, did not know where she was or what she was doing. She imagined that she was followed by a large crowd of soldiers and people”. Diagnosed with “melancholia” and “delusions of infestations”, Dora actually had a brain tumour. Dora spent 14 years in the Dundrum, before being sent (for the rest of her life) to the Richmond Asylum in Grangegorman, at which point she was “miserable and demented, never speaks, takes no interest in anything and stands about in a semi-dazed condition.”Hearing Voices: The History of Psychiatry in Ireland is published by Irish Academic Press.Read: After nine-year wait, Ireland to strengthen rights of people with a disability>Read: Price of mental health treatment can cost the same as ‘average Dublin rent’> “We have always found ways to lock up mentally ill people”: The disturbing history of Irish asylums A new book on the evolution of Irish psychiatry has been written by Irish psychiatrist Brendan Kelly. Saturday 14 Jan 2017, 9:00 PMlast_img read more

Germany legend Matthaus predicts World Cup finalists

first_imgGermany’s World Cup-winning captain Lothar Matthaus has predicted that this year’s final will be contested between both Brazil and EnglandBrazil are playing Belgium today at the Kazan Arena for a place in the final four against either France or Uruguay.While England have a more favourable route to the final on paper with a victory against Sweden on Saturday will set them up for a semi-final meeting either hosts Russia or Croatia in what will be their first appearance at that stage of the tournament in 28 years.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“I expect Brazil versus England in the final, because France and Belgium are on the same side of the draw as Brazil and these teams will knock each other out,” said Matthaus, according to Yahoo.“[England] have a young squad with a high culture of playing football, with a lot of speed and a great striker like Harry Kane. Their trust in their own abilities seems to be huge. The team is fearless and also benefits from the great coaches who work with them in the Premier League.”Matthaus was the captain of the West Germany that claimed the World Cup title in 1990.last_img read more

Kenai To Look At Proposal To Establish Bush Doctor CabinMuseum

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai City Council will look at an ordinance at their meeting on Wednesday that would authorize the City Manager to accept a donation in order to establish a Bush Doctor’s Historic Cabin/Museum from Dr. Peter Hansen and the Kenai Community Foundation. Dr. Hansen is in the process of constructing a Bush Doctor’s Historic Cabin to display the antique medical equipment for public viewing. A fund has been established with the Kenai Community Foundation to allow for future contributions for capital improvements and maintenance, according to the ordinance. Dr. Hansen in a letter to the council, “the intent is to move this cabin, which is being constructed in Nikiski, into the City in late May or early June this year and place it on a sauna tube foundation near the Visitor’s Center.” The Kenai City Council will vote at their meeting on Wednesday on whether or not the City Manager will accept the donation. In 1967, Dr. Hansen moved to Kenai, which at the time had no hospital in the area. He began practicing medicine, bringing with him used medical equipment he had acquired in Juneau. The antique medical equipment has been saved and most recently stored by the City of Kenai. The donation of $103,000 is intended to cover the costs of the construction project involved in this donation, including the funding for construction of the cabin, preparation of the site, and moving and setting up the cabin and antique medical equipment at the site.last_img read more

Nissan puts the kibosh on 370Z convertible for 2020

first_img 2019 Acura RDX A-Spec: Sharp handling, sharper looks 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison: A tougher off-roader 29 Photos 3 Comments Honda PassportThe Honda Passport is a new (well, reborn) entry to both the Honda lineup and the American Made Index. This midsize crossover comes to the fray with great driving dynamics and plenty of tech like the standard Honda Sensing suite of active safety features. An available 8-inch touchscreen gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as a Wi-Fi hotspot.Under the hood is the stalwart 3.5-liter V6 producing 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. However unlike the Ridgeline, the Passport sends that power through a nine-speed automatic transmission. Having said that, just like the Ridgeline, this is the only powertrain available. The Honda Passport is built in Lincoln, Alabama. 2019 GMC Sierra Denali review: So close to greatness Chevrolet CorvetteMoving up from the 10th-place slot last year is the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette. While we’ve all been ogling the new mid-engine Corvette, it’s easy to forget what a performance bargain the current-generation ‘Vette is. From the base trim to the Grand Sport to the bonkers ZR1, the Corvette is an American icon.My preference is for the Grand Sport, which strikes a perfect balance between everyday drivability and canyon-carving performance. The 6.2-liter V8 puts out 460 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. You can get it with a seven-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission, but the kicker is the borrowed chassis and aero parts from the beefier Z06. Like I said, perfect balance. The Corvette is made in Bowling Green, Kentucky. 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport loves to hustle 81 Photos Tags Post a comment Tags More From Roadshow 2019 Acura MDX adds new features and an A-Spec model Chevrolet ColoradoMaking its debut in the top 10 is the Chevrolet Colorado. Shown here in the tough ZR2 Bison off-road spec, the Chevy Colorado is an excellent truck and one of the two midsize pickups you can get with a diesel engine. Adding to the ZR2’s two-inch lift and front and rear locking differentials, the Bison gets beefier skid plates (trust me, that’s a good thing), steel bumpers and integrated recovery points. Heck, you can even get a snorkel.Base models get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a six-speed manual transmission, but a more popular choice is the 3.6-liter V6 gas engine with 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Meanwhile, the 2.8-liter diesel pumps out 186 horsepower and a delicious 369 pound-feet of twist and is mated to a six-speed automatic. The Chevy Colorado is built in Wentzville, Missouri. 2019 Jeep Cherokee can handle the rough stuff 69 Photos GMC CanyonIf you’re looking for a slightly fancier version of the Colorado that’s more focused on luxe than dirt, check out the GMC Canyon. The top Denali trim gets standard heated and ventilated front seats as well as a heated steering wheel. Maximum payload capability is 1,665 pounds while max towing is a fairly healthy 7,600 pounds.The Canyon is available with the same 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, 3.6-liter V6 or 2.8-liter diesel as the Chevrolet Colorado. It’s also built in Wentzville, Missouri. Honda PilotDropping down to seventh place for 2019 is the Honda Pilot. Like its two-row Passport sibling, the three-row Pilot offers parent-focused technology like Cabin Talk as well as myriad standard driver-assistance features through the Honda Sensing tech suite. Honda’s largest crossover offers up nearly 84 cubic feet of cargo space. Honda’s 3.5-liter V6 engine shows up again, making a serviceable 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Touring and Elite trims get a nine-speed automatic transmission while lower trims have to make do with a six-speed auto. The Honda Pilot is made in Lincoln, Alabama. 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata review: Club life isn’t for everyone, and that’s OK 49 Photos More about 2019 Nissan 370Z Coupe 2019 Honda Pilot Elite: A smoother, tech-rich crossover SUV Honda RidgelineAgain keeping the status quo, the Honda Ridgeline maintains third place on the American Made Index. This crossover-that-looks-like-a-truck provides a better ride than a traditional pickup and gets an awesome lockable trunk right in the floor of the bed. And it doesn’t do the truck stuff too badly, either, as it’s able to carry 1,860 pounds of payload and tow 3,500 pounds.The Ridgeline is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 good for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. That is channeled through a six-speed automatic transmission with available all-wheel drive. It’s built in Lincoln, Alabama. 2019 Honda Passport: A well-rounded midsize offering 2020 Mercedes-AMG GT first drive: A refresh that polishes an already good car Nissan 2019 Honda Odyssey offers plenty of room and features for familiescenter_img Convertibles Sports Cars Enlarge ImageFare thee well, 370Z Roadster… for now, at least. Nissan When Nissan released pricing for the 2020 370Z, including the new 50th Anniversary Edition package, it only mentioned coupes, and pricing for the Roadster (convertible) variant was notably absent. Now, we know why: It’s dead. For now, at least.The Nissan 370Z Roadster will not live to see the 2020 model year, MotorAuthority reports, citing confirmation from a Nissan spokesperson. If you want a 2020 370Z, it’s a coupe or it’s nothing.But that doesn’t mean the 370Z will never have a drop-top option available again in the future. A Nissan spokesperson told MotorAuthority that it will, emphasis mine, “not offer the Roadster variant for the current-generation Z beginning with the model year 2020.” Thus, whenever Nissan decides to introduce another generation of its storied sports car, the Roadster has a chance to resume its place this mortal coil once more.That’s the $64,000 question. As MotorAuthority points out, nobody’s quite sure what’s going to happen with the Z in the future. Some reports have claimed that it’s on the way out, but interviews with Nissan execs have found the car being referred to as a vital part of Nissan’s brand, so it’s really anybody’s guess until Nissan decides to shine some light on the situation.For now, though, we’re left with the version of the 370Z that has been in production for an entire decade. The big news for the 2020 model year is the new 50th Anniversary Package, which adds a couple aesthetic bits inside and out. The 2020 Nissan 370Z lineup starts at $30,985 including destination for a base manual model, topping out at $48,085 for a Nismo variant with an automatic transmission. General Motors Chevrolet Honda Jeep Acura 10 Photos Acura MDXMoving up one slot to sixth place on the American Made Index is the non-hybrid variant of the Acura MDX. With its SH-AWD system, the MDX is one of the better handling midsize luxury crossovers, and for 2019 the company gives us the A-Spec treatment with a new front fascia and side skirts, 20-inch wheels, wider exhaust tips, unique gauges, a new steering wheel, carbon fiber trim and various Alcantara interior touches.However, both the standard and A-Spec models get a 3.5-liter V6 engine, rated for 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque going through a nine-speed automatic transmission. The Acura MDX is made in East Liberty, Ohio.  More From Roadshow 71 Photos Acura RDXThe third-generation Acura RDX squeaks into the top ten list with larger proportions, plenty of interior space and better handling than its predecessor. Forward collision warning with collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control that works even in low-speed traffic, lane-keeping steering assist and road departure mitigation are all standard across the board. Like its MDX counterpart, the RDX is available with the A-Spec styling package.The RDX sports a 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine. Output is stated at 273 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, and it’s mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The new RDX is built in East Liberty, Ohio. Honda OdysseyThe feature-rich Honda Odyssey minivan also retains its number-two slot from last year’s list. While the 2019 model doesn’t see any changes from last, it’s still a darn good choice for families on the go with reconfigurable seats, Wi-Fi and an excellent rear-seat entertainment system. The Cabin Watch video system lets parents keep an eye on their little darlings without turning around in their seats, while Cabin Talk amplifies their voice so no yelling is required.The Odyssey is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 rated for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Most trims get a nine-speed automatic but the top Touring and Elite trims now use a 10-speed automatic with stop-start technology. The Honda Odyssey is made in Lincoln, Alabama. 2020 Nissan 370Z 50th Anniversary Edition takes off in New York 2019 GMC Canyon: A fancier Colorado 68 Photos Nissan,Enlarge ImageIt’s all in a day’s work for the Jeep Cherokee, the most American-made car in 2019. Jeep With high trade tensions looming and increasing talk of tariffs, more and more consumers are looking to buy American. has released its annual American Made Index, showcasing companies that use the most American-sourced parts and labor in their vehicles. The results may surprise analyzed more than 100 US-built vehicles for five key data points: manufacturing location, parts sourcing, US employment, engine sourcing and transmission sourcing. You might think something like the Ford F-150 would top the list, but it drops from its No. 5 spot for 2018 and out of the top 10 completely. Even the first-place holder, the Jeep Cherokee, is a pretty global product. It’s a Jeep, sure, but that brand is part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, an Italian-owned surveyed 1,000 people and found that half are concerned about automotive import tariffs, with 41% saying they are unsure if tariffs would make them more likely to buy American. Either way, we’re big fans of all the vehicles on this list. These days, buying American doesn’t necessarily mean sticking with a US-based automaker. Jeep CherokeeKeeping its top-of-the-list placement, the Jeep Cherokee is 2019’s most American-made car. Refreshed for 2019, the compact crossover now features more tech, better cargo space and a slightly tweaked look. It’s available in no fewer the nine trims, including the off-road specific Trailhawk and a fancy-pants Trailhawk Elite.For 2019, the Cherokee gets a new 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine with 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, though naturally aspirated I4 and V6 choices are also available. Regardless of engine, a nine-speed automatic transmission gets the power to the pavement — or dirt as the case may be. The Cherokee is made in Belvidere, Illinois. Share your voice 26 Photos Review • 2019 Nissan 370Z: A sports car throwback 2019 Audi TT Roadster review: The exit interview 2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punch 0 52 Photos 18 Photos 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison: An off-road animal Car Industry 2019 Honda Ridgeline: The commuter’s pickup truck Share your voice 12 Photoslast_img read more

Trump Unveils Legislation Limiting Legal Immigration

first_img Share Mark Wilson/Getty ImagesPresident Trump pumps a fist during a speech in the Rose Garden of the White House July 26. On Wednesday, he’s unveiling legislation that would curtail legal immigrationPresident Trump has unveiled controversial legislation Wednesday that would sharply curtail legal immigration to the United States.The president met Wednesday morning at the White House with two Republican senators pushing the legislation, Tom Cotton of Arkansas and David Perdue of Georgia.One of President Trump’s campaign promises was to reduce immigration, illegal and legal. The Cotton-Perdue legislation would cut by half the number of legal immigrants accepted into the U.S. each year.As NPR’s John Burnett reported,“Their bill would do three things: First, limit the number of foreign nationals who are able to get green cards to reunite with their families already in the U.S. — currently the largest category of legal immigrants; second, cut the number of refugees in half; third, eliminate the diversity visa lottery — a program that gives visas to countries with low rates of immigration to the United States.“Cotton says the number of green cards awarded each year — about a million — is excessive.” ‘In one year, this would reduce it to around 600,000,’ Cotton says. ‘Over the span of the 10-year window it would fall to about 500,000.’ “A White House official, speaking on background says the current immigration system “is outdated, and doesn’t meet the diverse needs of our economy,” and that the legislation being unveiled Wednesday “is aimed at creating a skills-based immigration system that will make America more competitive, raise wages for American workers, and create jobs.”Limiting legal immigration is opposed by business groups, which rely on low-skilled workers for agriculture and other jobs. And economists point to the low unemployment rate, 4.4 percent last month, as evidence that there are relatively few Americans who are without jobs now, and that, as Baby Boomers retire, there will be a labor shortage.But backers of stricter immigration limits say allowing unskilled people into the country acts to keep wages low, especially for workers with just a high-school degree.It’s not clear how much support there is in the Senate, however, for such a bill. Republicans, such as Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, and John McCain of Arizona are likely opponents, and there’s little enthusiasm among Democrats.Still, on the heels of last week’s collapse of efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, President Trump is looking for a legislative victory, and with strong support inside the White House from advisers Steve Bannon and Stephen Miller, there is likely to be a strong push for the measure in the weeks and months ahead.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit read more

Howard University and Washingtons Public Schools Launch Dual Enrollment Partnership

first_imgMayor Muriel Bowser (left), DCPS Chancellor Kaya Henderson (top right), and HU President Dr. Wayne A.I. Frederick.Mayor Muriel Bowser joined District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) Chancellor Kaya Henderson and Howard University President Dr. Wayne A.I. Frederick to announce a new arrangement aimed at exposing high school students to advanced college preparation, something that has been known to aid in college success.“Our young people deserve and desire more opportunities that will expand their academic horizons and put them on a pathway to the middle class,” said Mayor Bowser in a statement. “This new program is an excellent example of a public-private partnership that looks to the future of this city with optimism and hope. Students will gain valuable experiences that will propel them to greater heights and accelerate their path to the college and career of their dreams.”Beginning this fall, Howard will open its doors to 12th-grade students at Banneker and McKinley Technology high schools, who will have the chance to enroll in college courses, earning high school and college credit, simultaneously.The students will be able to take up to two undergraduate courses per semester and one course during the summer session for free. The University will waive all tuition and fees, and the Office of the State Superintendent of Education will cover the cost of books and transportation.“This collaboration provides our students with unprecedented access to a treasure trove of opportunities,” said Henderson. “The benefits of this program go far beyond exposure to rigorous college courses. It will give students the focus, confidence, and foundation that they will need to succeed in college and 21st century careers. We are grateful to Howard University for their generous support and continued commitment to our students’ success.”To qualify for the dual-enrollment program, students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and submit a personal essay and a recommendation letter from their school’s principal or counselor. College credits earned through the program can be applied to a degree program at Howard University or transferred to another four-year college or university upon graduation. “Howard University and DCPS share a rich history of providing students with opportunities to explore their academic interests and advance their knowledge of the world around them,” said Frederick, president of Howard University. “I am proud to deepen our relationship through the dual-enrollment partnership. Through this program, we are aiming to inspire and develop the next generation of leaders and innovators from right here in the District.”The DCPS-Howard partnership builds on  dual-enrollment programs already established at George Washington University (School Without Walls program) and the University of the District of Columbia (College Access and Readiness for Everyone, or CARE, program).DCPS plans to expand the model to all high schools over the next three years.last_img read more

Baltimore Kicks Off Black History Month Celebration

first_imgMayor Catherine Pugh kicked off Baltimore’s Black History Month celebrations on Feb. 1 with a City Hall ceremony honoring abolitionist Frederick Douglass on his 200th birthday.Mayor Catherine Pugh kicked off Baltimore’s Black History Month celebrations on Feb. 1 with a City Hall ceremony honoring abolitionist Frederick Douglass on his 200th birthday. (Twitter Photo @MayorPugh50)Taking part in the event were Pugh, Baltimore City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young, the Dunbar High School Jazz Band, Crossroads School students and James Piper Bond, president and CEO of the Living Classrooms Foundation. Pugh’s duties continued later that night, when she officially opened the Black History Art Exhibition at City Hall. The exhibition features the work of Nathaniel K. Gibbs and Laurence Hurst, graduates of Frederick Douglass High School; the opening included performances by the City College Knights of Jazz and Combo & Morton Street Dance Company. The exhibit will be open daily between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. in the City Hall Rotunda and Courtyard Galleries through Feb. 28.last_img read more

The Best Mobile Ports of Retro Games Are Totally Radical

first_imgStay on target Video games have a preservation problem. On average, (legally) playing a good version, or even any version, of an old video game is much harder than watching an old movie or reading an old book, especially if it’s a forgotten old game. Part of this is shameful publisher disinterest in their own history but another part of the problem is technological. Games are locked to specific hardware that ages and becomes tougher to emulate.Unlike video game consoles, mobile operative systems like iOS and Android manage to maintain a decent amount of backward compatibility even as the hardware evolves. Sure we’ve lost some apps during the jump from 32 to 64-bit, but in general you can play a lot of games on your iPhone today that first launched nearly ten years ago. That combined with the sheer size of the mobile user base makes mobile a great home for classic games. Some publishers have even experimented with entire retro game subscription services on mobile.The touch-only controls of mobile devices don’t always get along with classic games that rely on fast and precise button presses. But developers have gotten better at shaping their retro ports for the platform. Or you could just grab a Gamevice. So if you’re feeling nostalgic, these are the most radical mobile ports of retro games.Sonic CDThe Sega CD add-on was a tumorous failure that signaled the beginning of the end of the Sega Genesis and Sega hardware as a whole. But it did give us an excellent Sonic the Hedgehog 2D sidescroller in the form of Sonic CD. For this faithful mobile port the game essentially had to be rebuilt, but the team that did so, led by Christian Whitehead, used that knowledge to eventually develop the incredible Sonic Mania.Chrono TriggerAside from The World Ends With You, Square Enix’s mobile ports haven’t had a great reputation. Whether it’s needlessly high prices, smeared new graphics replacing elegant pixels, sloppy touch overlay controls, or spelling errors, they just seem lazy. Fortunately, Chrono Trigger is so good it doesn’t really matter. A game developed by JRPG titans Square and Enix before they had merged, this SNES masterpiece was once pretty rare, getting limited ports on the DS and PlayStation, before landing on mobile.Grand Theft Auto IIIWho doesn’t know what Grand Theft Auto is? You know about it. I know about it. Old people are scared of it. Kids covet it. Daniel Radcliffe acts in bad movies about it. Rockstar’s open-world ode to crime changed video games forever, specifically in this third entry. This is where the series made its Ocarina of Time-esque leap from top-down 2D to full 3D, making the mayhem that much more mainstream and immersive. GTA, a series enjoyed by hundreds of millions of people, is perfect for mobile devices owned by hundreds of millions of people.Mega Man XMega Man X’s focus on tight platforming and accurate shooting may make it seem like a strange fit for mobile. And yeah you may die even more here than you did back on the SNES. But the exaggerated cartoon art style and clearly communicated level rules make the game much more fair on mobile than you might be willing to admit. It wasn’t that the controls were bad, you just weren’t paying attention. Play this classic and weep for Mega Man’s current state.DoomDoom didn’t invent the first-person shooter, but iD Software’s romp through Hell did establish just how fun it could be to shoot bullets at demons through your own eyes. An early flashpoint for the violence in games controversy, I remember covertly playing Doom on school PCs while the MIDI music teacher wasn’t looking. Part of what makes Doom 2016 so astonishing is how well it modernizes the feel of the first Doom, but don’t sleep on the original, now available on mobile.Grim FandangoAdventure games just aren’t my thing. They have some of the best, funniest writing in video games as well as some of the most fascinating worlds that aren’t reliant on base violence. But too often the puzzles are too obtuse. However, some are classics, including LucasArts’ Aztec afterlife noir adventure Grim Fandango. The relaxed cerebral pace of adventure games works great on mobile, and this mobile port features remastered visuals that won’t look like grainy mush on your HD screens.NBA JamThe version of NBA Jam on mobile isn’t the original arcade sports masterpiece from Midway. Instead, it’s the EA remake from a few years ago. But that version totally still captures what makes NBA Jam arguably the best sports game ever made. From flaming balls to big heads to playable presidents, NBA Jam even lets a non-sports fan like me revel in the high-flying fun of professional basketball.Pac-Man Championship Edition DXAsk people what first comes to mind when they think of “retro games” and chances are you’ll be hearing a lot of Pac-Man. It’s no Ms. Pac-Man, but Pac-Man Championship Edition DX proves that even after all these years there’s value in refining the Pac-Man formula, or just adding sick neon colors and thumping beats to it. Play it on mobile for portable Pac attacks.View as: One Page Slides1/81. Chrono Trigger is a JRPG masterpiece from Square and Enix before they even merged.2. Doom didn’t invent the FPS, but it did establish how great the genre could be.3. The relaxed cerebral pace of hilarious adventure games like Grim Fandango are perfect for mobile.4. Grand Theft Auto III’s open-world ode to crime changed video games forever.5. Play Mega Man X on mobile and weep over Mega Man’s current fate.6. NBA Jam might be the greatest sports game ever made.7. Pac-Man Championship Edition DX proves there’s still value in refining the Pac-Man formula after all these years. 8. The team behind the mobile port of Sonic CD later used that knowledge to develop to stellar Sonic Mania.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. The Most Addictive Mobile Clicker GamesSimple Geek’s Guide to…Streaming Services last_img read more

Plan to reintroduce giant pandas to the wild

first_imgGiant panda. Credit: Yange Yong ( — Scientists in China have been so successful at breeding giant pandas in captivity that they are now planning for their reintroduction to the wild with 15 years. Explore further Citation: Plan to reintroduce giant pandas to the wild (2010, December 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from The giant panda, which is classified as an endangered species, is a difficult animal to breed in captivity because the females are on heat for only 72 hours a year, and there is only a 12-24 hour window in which they can become pregnant. Another difficulty is that the males have short penises and the mating couple must adopt an exact position if the mating is to be successful, and yet the pandas in captivity appear to have little knowledge of this position.Scientists at the world’s most successful panda breeding center, the Chengdu Panda Breeding Research Centre in China have been trying to breed captive pandas for decades and have overcome many obstacles, including the short period of fertility, which necessitates them taking daily urine samples to monitor hormone levels, and close observation of panda behavior.Another challenge facing conservationists is that pandas are “turned off” by being in captivity and do not seem interested in mating. The Chengdu researchers have tried arousing male pandas by using bamboo poles laced with the scent of fertile females, but few encounters were fruitful and some ended in aggressive behavior and violence. The scientists also tried Viagra and resorted to showing sex education videos to the captive bears, both with little success.The scientists then tried artificial insemination, but this was also a challenge because of the variation in gestation, which can last anywhere from 11 weeks to 11 months, and which can be undetectable until shortly before the birth. Again, the scientists needed to closely observe the bears, and they developed a crucial form of intervention to ensure the survival of cubs, which was necessary since pandas give birth to twin cubs around 50 percent of the time, but they usually only care for one of them.The intervention is called a “twin-swapping” technique, in which an abandoned cub is immediately moved into an incubator. The scientists then surreptitiously rotate the twin cubs between mother and incubator to trick the mother into caring for both of them. Using this technique the survival rate has risen to 98 percent. By the end of 2009, 168 cubs had been raised at the center.The success of the breeding program has led conservationists to believe it will be possible to reintroduce giant pandas into the wild, and they have used some of the profits made from lending their pandas to overseas zoos to buy panda habitat in the Sichuan mountains in south west China and to begin construction of the first dedicated giant panda reintroduction facility.center_img 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. China panda baby boom aids against extinction © 2010 PhysOrg.comlast_img read more

Miraculous escape for 3yrold

first_imgDarjeeling: A three-year-old girl had a miraculous escape on Thursday when she fell in front of a herd of elephants. The animals quietly moved into the forest without causing any harming to the baby. The incident occurred on Thursday in the Jalpaiguri district.Nitu Ghosh, a 36-year-old businessman, a resident of Neora-Mor, Lataguri, with his wife Titli Ghosh and three-year-old daughter Ahana Ghosh had visited Mahakal Temple deep in the jungles on Thursday morning. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseAfter offering puja, while returning on a two-wheeler, they approached the access road to the Kalakhawa watchtower. Suddenly, three elephants came on their way, sending a shiver down Nitu’s spine. In a state of panic, he lost his balance and all three riders fell on the road. Nitu somehow managed to get up and tried to scurry to safety. In the process, he fell into a pothole and sprained his ankles. Titli, 29, managed to run for a few yards but she hurt her legs. However, the there-year-old baby fell right in front of the elephants. A few other people had gathered at the spot. All of them watched in despair at what seemed to be a sure death. The elephants kicked the two-wheeler off the road but did not harm the girl. Instead they slowly passed her by into the forest. Local residents immediately took the family to a private nursing home in Jalpaiguri.last_img read more

Why Marlon Brando Refused the Best Actor Academy Award for The Godfather

first_imgTo this day, Marlon Brando remains one of the most interesting characters in movie history. His tumultuous personality has turned into a “Brando-archetype”. He was one of the most difficult people to work with for everyone else in the movie industry, and the most desired and admired among the audience. After his portrayal of Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire, Emiliano Zapata in Viva Zapata!, and Mark Antony in Julius Caesar during the 1950s, the career of Marlon Brando slid into decline during the 1960s – with One-Eyed Jacks and Mutiny on the Bounty, the latter of which is considered as the end of Hollywood’s golden age.An undated portrait of Marlon Brando. Photo by Lou Wolf CC BY-SA 2.0Then, in 1972, The Godfather, one of the 15 highest grossing movies of all time, was released, and Brando got nominated for Best Actor at the Academy Awards in 1973.At the 45th Academy Awards ceremony, the presenters — Liv Ullman and Roger Moore — announced Brando as the winner and the audience applauded with joy. Nobody could argue that his epic portrayal of Vito Corleone, the Don of an Italian Mafia family in New York, deserved the Oscar.1972: Left to right: American actors James Caan, Marlon Brando, Al Pacino and John Cazale (1936 – 1978) pose together outdoors in a still from director Francis Ford Coppola’s film, ‘The Godfather,’ based on the novel by Mario Puzo. Photo by Paramount Pictures/Fotos International/Getty ImagesHowever, he declined the award, becoming one of three people who has ever refused an Oscar. He didn’t even bother showing up at the ceremony. Instead, he sent the young actress Sacheen Littlefeather to explain his unexpected reasons for the decline. She showed up on stage in Apache dress, with her long, dark hair bobbed against her shoulders.Littlefeather was a little-known actress at the time and the president of the National Native American Affirmative Image Committee. Her ancestors were White Mountain Apache, and she was an Indian rights activist.Sacheen Littlefeather (Native American actress Maria Cruz) holds a written statement from actor Marlon Brando refusing his Best Actor Oscar on stage at the Academy Awards on March 27, 1973 in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Michael Ochs Archvies/Getty ImagesBrando himself was an activist throughout his life. “He modeled a kind of social activism – the idea that actors were obliged in some sense to use their fame to help others” – writes the actor’s biographer, Susan Mizruchi in Brando’s Smile: His Life, Thought, and Work.Related Video: 60s and 70s Vintage TV Commercials:Littlefeather brought a 15-page script, all Brando’s speech, but before the start of the ceremony, the producers warned her that if she stayed on stage for more than 60 seconds she would be forcefully removed by security officers.Marlon Brando at the March on Washington, 1963She said: “I’m representing Marlon Brando this evening and he has asked me to tell you … that he very regretfully cannot accept this very generous award. And the reasons for this being are the treatment of American Indians today by the film industry …” after which some in the audience booed while most of them applauded.Littlefeather agreed to step on stage on Brando’s behalf because she, just like him, believed in the impact of the act. He had always upheld that Native Americans were unfairly portrayed, mostly as alcoholics, unintelligent foes, and slackers.Activist Sacheen Littlefeather attends the SAG President’s National Task Force For American Indians & NBC Universal Premiere Screening of ‘Reel Injun’ & ‘American Indian Actors’ at LA Skins Fest on November 20, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Valerie Macon/Getty ImagesWhat prompted Brando to decline such a prestigious award was an incident during which the U.S. law enforcement got involved in quashing a protest at Wounded Knee, in February 1973. The protesters were Oglala Indians, along with members of the American Indian Movement who objected to the U.S. government’s failure to fulfill its treaties with Native Americans.“The actor’s deeply rooted commitment to the civil rights movement…He really believed in a kind of ideal of independent thinking, which he got from Hannah Arendt, who was his favorite philosopher” – writes Mizruchi.Brando with James Baldwin at the 1963 Civil Rights March on Washington, D.C.Later, the L.A. Times reported that in Brando’s letter for the Academy Awards, among other things, he had written: “It’s hard enough for children to grow up in this world. When Indian children watch television, and they watch films, and when they see their race depicted as they are in films, their minds become injured in ways we can never know.”Read another story from us: The Unfinished Brando-Depp Movie that Turned a Sleepy Irish Village Upside DownSadly, while Brando starred in many movies, including Last Tango in Paris and Apocalypse Now, Littlefeather’s career ended after the incident. However, she became a role model for many activists for Native American rights and a prominent lecturer on the subject. Just as Brando, who remained an outspoken advocate of Native American rights for the rest of his life.last_img read more

Forget all your bad dances this inclusive Brighton prom is beautiful and

first_img‘Do it again. Do it right. Do it Queer AF’. | Photo: Kaleido Shoots for Brighton Queer Prom eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Vicki officially asking Jules to be her date. | Photo: Kaleido ShootQueer Prom rewrites historyThe organizers also shared their own high school memories. There is at least one prom scene in every mainstream teenage film, but it’s hardly ever a joyful one. Whether the characters struggle to fit in with their classmates or have a hard time coming to terms with their own identity, their prom memories are usually far from being glorious.Identifying as LGBTI could make the experience even worse. According to Stonewall UK, nearly half of lesbian, gay, bi and trans students are bullied at school (45%). It is easy to see how prom can quickly turn into a heteronormative, alienating event for many of them.However difficult, a high school ball is still a rite of passage. Queer Prom Rainbow Ball in Brighton aims to dispel all ghosts of proms past. Furthermore, it might give a second chance to those who missed their high school dance.Guests dancing at Winter Queer Prom. | Photo: Kaleido ShootsBrighton Queer Prom is on 3 AugustVicki Cook came up with the idea of a queer ball in 2014. At the time, it was a ‘much more low key, DIY event’.‘I was talking to some friends about our negative experiences at our school leavers dance or our high school proms. Someone mentioned that it would be great to have a queer prom and be able to redo our experiences,’ Cook told Gay Star News.The concept was picked up again in January 2018 by Cook and her partner Jules Haydon Guaitamacchi. The couple organized a Winter Queer Prom wanting to rewrite the high school ball experience and create a safe space for all. The event was so successful they decided to throw another queer ball to kick off Brighton Pride (3 -5 August).As part of the official Pride Party listings, the ball will have the same theme as Brighton Pride, Colors of the World. It will take place on Friday 3 August, from 7pm till late. The chosen venue is Patterns, a beautiful scenic club overlooking Brighton seafront.There is no age limit nor dress code. Sporting whatever outfit they want, attendees are expected to range from 18 to 60+ year old. GAYSTARNEWS-center_img Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Cook said she ‘went to prom but not before being forced into a long dress, heels, a spray tan and a Debenhams makeover’.‘I spent the entire night feeling so alienated and invisible. I […] was totally oblivious to what a queerdo I was,’ she also added.Jules opened up about struggling with mental health issues at the time.‘When I was 18 I […] had a really difficult time. I was unaware that I was trans and just felt like I didn’t fit in with anyone. I didn’t even consider attending my prom. So my first prom was in 2018 at the Winter Queer Prom. I was two months on testosterone, I wore a suit and attended with the person I loved.’Tickets for the Winter Queer Prom sold out so quickly Cook decided to organize another ball in the summer. | Photo: Kaleido ShootsAn inspirational event‘We met couples from all over the world who told us of their experiences and how it meant so much to be able to re-write history. It was an incredibly emotional experience,’ the organizers said.‘At Queer Prom, Ryan and I got to relive our prom nights with each other. We got dressed up in our fabulous suits, got each other boutonnieres, and slow danced with each other to cheesy songs. I got to experience everything, as a shy awkward 17-year old gay teen in 2005, I so desperately wished for,’ said David Kim, who attended last January’s ball.‘I had a fantastic time and would like to thank the lovely organizers for creating such an inspirational event.’The ball will kick off this year’s Pride on 3 August. | Photo: Kaleido ShootsRead more from Gay Star News:LGBTI women’s magazine slams anti-trans lesbians: ‘You do not speak for us’ Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Here are some of the best queer prom pictures from 2018Stop being offended over people identifying as ‘queer’25 of the most adorable, colorful pictures of Brighton Pride parade 2018Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  : read more