first_imgFewer Nova Scotians are smoking, yet more than half of us say weare overweight. Nearly all Nova Scotians have a family doctor,and more than 80 per cent are satisfied with the way health-careservices are provided. These are some of Nova Scotians’ views of their own health andtheir health-care system released today, Nov. 30, in a reportentitled A Measure of our Health and Health System. The report is part of a federal/provincial/territorial initiativethat takes a co-ordinated approach to reporting healthinformation. “Working with other governments across Canada to identify healthindicators makes good sense,” said Angus MacIsaac, Minister ofHealth. “This collaborative approach allows us the opportunity tolearn from each other and to help us better manage our healthsystem.” Nova Scotia is joining other provinces and territories inreleasing its report today. All reports will provide informationon common health indicators collected by Health Canada, and theCanadian Institute of Health Information. The Nova Scotia data suggests that while we still face challengesin our health and health care system, we are making progress. In 2003: 95 per cent of Nova Scotians aged 15 and over reported having a family doctor; 14 per cent to 26 per cent of Nova Scotians reported having difficulty accessing health information, health services or care at any time of the day; more than 80 per cent of Nova Scotians were satisfied with the way health-care services were provided; only 58 per cent of Nova Scotians aged 12 and over rated their health as very good or excellent; almost 10 per cent fewer Nova Scotians aged 12 and over reported being smokers than in 1994-95; more than half of Nova Scotians aged 18 and over (54 per cent) reported being overweight or obese; almost five per cent more Nova Scotians reported being moderately active to active than in 2001. This is the second report stemming from an agreement made bypremiers and the prime minister in 2000 to report on standardizedhealth indicators.”We believe that health decisions must be based on goodevidence,” said Mr. MacIsaac. “That is why we are sharing thisinformation with the public and our health partners. Nova Scotiais also investing in information management and informationtechnology initiatives so we can deliver better health care toNova Scotians.” For more health information, and the technical specifications ofthis federal/provincial/territorial project will be available onWednesday, Dec. 1, on the website at http://www.cihi.ca/comparable-indicators . Copies of Nova Scotia’s A Measure of Our Health andHealth System Report will be distributed to the district healthauthorities and the IWK Health Centre. The report is alsoavailable online by clicking the reports link athttp://www.gov.ns.ca/health or by contacting the Department of Health at902-424-8291.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: Rajya Sabha MP and senior Trinamool leader Manas Bhunia raised the pension-related issue of retired Kendriya Vidyalaya (KV) teachers who are not getting pensions ‘inspite of repeated appeals’.Bhunia said, attacking the government that on one side it has announced a pension scheme for shopkeepers or businessmen, but on the other side around 1,400 retired KV teachers are not getting pensions, which is their fundamental right. The centre is not addressing this issue. “1,400 teachers and staff of Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan, who joined before January 1, 1986, are not getting a pension… Many of them are suffering from life-threatening diseases, poverty, neuralgia etc. in spite of their dedicated service,” he mentioned. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!KVS follows the CCS pay rules of 1972 and CPF rules of 1962. The Government of India vides their memo number 4187P ICI dated May 1, 1987, had given a cutoff date of September 30, 1987, to the employees for exercising their options in case they desired to continue to be governed by the CPF scheme. In case no such option was exercised by the deadline, all the employees were deemed to have come to CPF scheme of GoI. It was also made clear that no extension for exercising option for continuing in the CPF scheme will be admissible as per the Government rules from October 1, 1987. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedHe further alleged that the employees were completely in the dark about this. No one had submitted an option before the deadline. All employees were deemed to be covered in the CPF pension scheme. Bhunia further claimed that apart from the apex court, courts of Madras, Jodhpur, Delhi and Central Administrative Tribunals gave the order for grant of pension to some teachers who came to them for justice. While teachers who won their cases are getting pension, the others are not.last_img read more

Fez – On Sunday of last week, the Moroccan National Debate Team had their first competition of the season. The consensus from the judges, debaters and observers? The team is in it to win it! In a four hour long debate tournament, six debaters (three from the “A” team and three from the “B” team) practiced the world school style of debate in a team-sponsored mini tournament. The mini-tournament served as an ice-breaker and an introduction between parents, students and coaches, brining together dedicated Moroccan debaters from Tangier, Marrakesh, Fez and Rabat.The two resolutions debated—one about banning skin whitening cream in Africa, the other about the nature of absolute versus relative morality—brought out passionate, personal stories from the debaters. Mohamed Bousfiha, who was on the team supporting the banning of skin-whitening creams, mentioned that skin whitening isn’t just an issue for abstract debate: “this is an issue that affects my mother, my sisters, and my future daughters. No woman, no matter her skin color, should ever feel anything less than beautiful, and no woman should ever feel that she should change her skin color just to look more like oppressive white beauty standards.” Strong, eloquent words from such a young man! The biggest surprise of the tournament was perhaps Rim Belkouadssi, the lone girl in a room full of boys. As the youngest, newest member of the team, (and the only team-member from a Moroccan, rather than from an American school) nobody knew quite what to expect from Rim. But she more than held her own, singlehandedly winning the second debate and racking up the highest speaker-score of the day.If Sunday’s debate is any indication, the Moroccan National Debate team is a very strong contender in Thailand’s international tournament this coming August. If you would like to support this team and their efforts to bring home an international trophy, click this link  (Team Morocco) and contribute to their efforts!© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed read more

In his latest report to the Security Council, Mr. Annan also highlighted increased violence in a province that has been run by the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) since 1999, when the North Atlantic Treaty Organization drove out Yugoslav troops amid human rights abuses in fighting between Serbs and Albanians.“I strongly urge Kosovo’s leaders to renew their efforts to ensure substantive, accelerated and sustainable progress in the implementation of the standards,” the Secretary-General said, referring to eight targets that also include creating a functioning economy and setting up an impartial legal system.“The increase in serious security incidents, including of incidents that may have targeted Kosovo Serbs for ethnic reasons, is a further cause for concern,” he cautioned, calling on the province’s leaders and institutions “to work closely with UNMIK to ensure that those responsible are brought to justice.”The Secretary-General also urged Serbian authorities to encourage Kosovo Serb leaders to take part in the province’s institutions, such as local government, and called for support to Kosovo Serbs who wished to return to the province, noting that the number of refugees and internally displaced people going back home remained “very low.”In this latest report, which covers the situation in the region from May to December last year, Mr. Annan also welcomed the Security Council’s decision to launch a process designed to determine the future status of Kosovo, but said there was much work to be done in this area.“The challenging period ahead will require the full political engagement of the international community,” the Secretary-General emphasized.Earlier this month, Kosovo President Ibrahim Rugova died of lung cancer, and in tribute, the senior UN envoy to the province urged its people to carry through with the late leader’s vision of unity and stability.Søren Jessen-Petersen stressed that the path laid out by Mr. Rugova “led – and still leads – towards a Kosovo that is democratic, multiethnic and free. A Kosovo that is firmly integrated into Europe, and which retains the strong links to the United States that he did so much to build.” read more

Here’s a look at some of the media attention Brock University received recently.Niagara rally Wednesday for Charlottesville victims: Zanab Jafry, a supervisor for Brock’s Student Justice Centre, was featured in a story by the St. Catharines Standard after helping to organize a rally in Niagara to support the victims of Charlottesville. The story also appeared in all Postmedia Niagara dailies and weeklies.Burton: Chrystia Freeland’s disquieting silence around trade talks with China: Charles Burton, Associate Professor of Political Science at Brock, wrote an opinion piece that was published in the Ottawa Citizen about secrecy surrounding Canada’s trade talks with China. The article also appeared in the Montreal Gazette.Brock neuroscientist studying early autism detection in the brain: The research of neuroscientist Sid Segalowitz, who is working to determine how early the development of autism can be detected in a child’s brain, was featured in a story on Erie Media’s website.Speaking the international language of sport: Brock University’s involvement in the Niagara International Friendship Exchanges for Education program, which last week brought 17 basketball players from Japan to campus, was highlighted in coverage by Niagara This Week.Did we miss something? If you know of an appearance or story about a Brock faculty member, student, athlete or alumni, please drop us a line with a link to the story at universitycom@brocku.ca read more

Redshirt-senior Hunter Callahan during a match against Northern Kentucky on Jan. 18 at the Varsity Tennis Center. OSU won, 7-0.Credit: Courtesy of OSU athleticsThe 7-0 Ohio State men’s tennis team is set to play the University of Kentucky on Thursday and coach Ty Tucker said the Buckeyes will be heading into the match with an almost year-old chip on their shoulders.“We’ve got to be ready for Kentucky. Last year we ended up losing at Kentucky in April … So obviously the guys are looking forward to getting another shot,” Tucker said.The No. 5 Buckeyes split matches last year against Kentucky, first winning in Columbus, 4-0, in February but then losing in Lexington, Ky., 4-1, on April 9.Redshirt-sophomore Ralf Steinbach said OSU wants to beat the Wildcats because of last season’s loss, but also to pick up its 199th home win in a row.“I’m very excited, same as the other guys on the team. Last time we played them at Kentucky we lost, so we really want to win and want to keep the streak alive,” Steinbach said.The matchup simply makes the team “more competitive,” Steinbach said.“You just have to be very focused and I think we are well prepared, just have a good day of practice today,” redshirt-junior Chris Diaz said Wednesday.Unlike OSU, Kentucky will be coming in to Columbus searching for momentum after starting the season off 2-4, but the Buckeyes are not underestimating the Wildcats.“They’re a very strong SEC team, usually always in the final six and battle for an SEC title,” Tucker said.The Wildcats’ record might not paint the most clear picture for the team, as all four of their losses came from teams inside the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s top 30.“They’re a really good team and everyone who comes in here always has a lot of motivation to beat us,” Diaz said.OSU is coming off a weekend where it won the ITA kickoff weekend title for the seventh season in a row. The Buckeyes now get to advance to the ITA Indoor Team Championships, which is set to take place Feb. 13-16 in Chicago.The team plans on bringing that confidence boost with them for Thursday’s match, Diaz said.“Definitely helps we beat some good teams, got through some tough matches … but there are definitely a lot of tough challenges ahead,” he said.Although the tournament brings some confidence, coach Tucker said “it’s always a different day” when talking about bringing that momentum into the match against Kentucky.There is one player in particular who could be a huge weapon for OSU. Steinbach was named the Big Ten men’s tennis Athlete of the Week after going undefeated last week.“It was very surprising for me, I didn’t expect it and it’s a great honor,” Steinbach said.Steinbach went 10-0 and currently holds a team-best 14-3 singles and doubles record this season. read more

Redshirt-freshman defensive lineman Sam Hubbard (left) had 2 sacks in OSU’s annual Spring Game on April 18 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Lantern photographerA potentially overlooked aspect of Ohio State’s victory in the College Football Playoff was the performance of the Buckeyes’ defense.That unit allowed an average of just 18.3 points against Wisconsin in the Big Ten championship, Alabama in the Sugar Bowl and Oregon in the title game.It was the defense that held the Badgers scoreless and forced Alabama quarterback Blake Sims into throwing three interceptions. Against the Ducks on Jan. 12, it was the defense that held the high powered Oregon offense to just 20 points.An early step to getting back at that level was OSU’s Spring Game on Saturday. The Gray team, led by redshirt-junior quarterback Cardale Jones, defeated Scarlet, 17-14, in the annual intrasquad scrimmage.Coach Urban Meyer said postgame that at times it was “not a very pleasant scrimmage.”He did, however, acknowledge that a few individuals stuck out to him as having a good day.Among the standouts Meyer mentioned was defensive lineman Sam Hubbard was one of them.The redshirt-freshman had four tackles, including two sacks, as a member of Gray. Meyer said Hubbard will “be in the rotation” next fall.Hubbard has changed positions often since arriving in Columbus last year. Initially expected to play linebacker, he spent time at tight end as well before moving to the defensive line.With all uncertainty, it has taken some time for Hubbard to get comfortable, he said. But now that he is, Hubbard said he believes he is ready to go.“I’ve got an opportunity to really contribute,” he said. “Whenever my name is called, I’ll be ready to go, contribute, and make plays whenever I can.”Additionally, Hubbard credited defensive line coach Larry Johnson for his improvement. Hubbard said Johnson welcomed him “with open arms.”Along with Hubbard, Meyer said redshirt-sophomore cornerback Gareon Conley stood out throughout the spring.“Conley is penciled in now,” Meyer said. “We’re going to make the call to the family and say your son earned a right to start at Ohio State.”While Hubbard and Conley played well and impressed Meyer, the game’s leading tackler was freshman linebacker Nick Conner. Conner, an early enrollee from Dublin, Ohio, had seven tackles, and an interception, as well as a forced fumble.“He was good. We had high expectations for him, though,” Meyer said.Meyer said he hopes Conner does not redshirt in the fall so he can get “involved in the kicking game.”The Buckeyes are set to kick off their regular season Sept. 7 in Blacksburg, Va., against Virginia Tech. read more

first_imgYesterday it was expected that Twitter would launch its own image service making it even simpler to include images with a tweet. At the same time, such a move would destroy the userbase of any 3rd party service offering Twitter users image uploads.Today, Twitter has indeed announced an image service integrated into the vanilla Twitter experience, but it isn’t doing it alone. Instead, Photobucket is being used to handle and store the images. From a user’s point of view, though, it shouldn’t matter who does it. The point is, Twitter just announced image upload functionality.While the image upload feature isn’t live yet, and won’t be for several weeks, an improved Twitter Search is. It promises to not only bring up more relevant result, but also images and videos alongside any text results. We assume this means if it brings up a tweet with an image in, or a link to a Twitter account, it will show images from that tweet or user as well.Finally, Twitter has also done a deal with Mozilla to offer Firefox with Twitter. Basically it adds Twitter to the search option in the browser via the address bar. You can either download the modified version, or just install the Twitter add-on for your existing version.Read more at the Twitter and TechCrunchMatthew’s OpinionPartnering with a service that already knows how to handle millions of images makes a lot of sense for Twitter. The fact it is integrated into the main service means most Twitter accounts will start using it. That in turn means a lot of data to deal with, and a real headache for Twitter on its own. With this partnership that headache is removed, and users will get a reliable image upload experience.You do have to feel a bit sorry for all the other services this will impact negatively, but then building your service around another is always going to run the risk of being made redundant eventually.last_img read more

first_img Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Now Playing Up Next Pinterest John Oliver Matt Hardy Says John Olivers WWE Claims Are Outdated Now Playing Up Next “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt being advertised for Title Match at Hell In A Cell PPV WWEs Bray Wyatt Says Goodbye On Twitter Google+ Videos Articles Facebook Sammy Guevara talks about his match against Cody on TNT, the Wednesday Night Warscenter_img Videos Articles WhatsApp WWE’s Bray Wyatt Cited In Car Accident Now Playing Up Next Could Bray Wyatt Return During WrestleMania? Now Playing Up Next Is John Cena Retired? Dustin Rhodes on AEW against NXT: “I don’t consider us going to war with anybody” Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipMatt Hardy Says John Olivers WWE Claims Are OutdatedVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Bray Wyatt Now Playing Up Nextlast_img read more

first_imgSEATTLE — Paul G. Allen, who co-founded Microsoft with his childhood friend Bill Gates before becoming a billionaire philanthropist who invested in conservation, space travel, arts and culture and professional sports, died Monday. He was 65.He died in Seattle from complications of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, his company Vulcan Inc. announced.Gates said he was heartbroken about the loss of one of his “oldest and dearest friends.”“Personal computing would not have existed without him,” Gates said in a statement.“But Paul wasn’t content with starting one company. He channeled his intellect and compassion into a second act focused on improving people’s lives and strengthening communities in Seattle and around the world. He was fond of saying, ‘If it has the potential to do good, then we should do it,’” Gates wrote.Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella called Allen’s contributions to the company, community and industry “indispensable.”“As co-founder of Microsoft, in his own quiet and persistent way, he created magical products, experiences and institutions, and in doing so, he changed the world,” Nadella wrote on Twitter.Allen, an avid sports fan, owned the Portland Trail Blazers and the Seattle Seahawks.Allen and Gates met while attending a private school in north Seattle. The two friends would later drop out of college to pursue the future they envisioned: A world with a computer in every home.Gates so strongly believed it that he left Harvard University in his junior year to devote himself full-time to his and Allen’s startup, originally called Micro-Soft. Allen spent two years at Washington State University before dropping out as well.last_img read more

first_img Posted: July 27, 2018 July 27, 2018 Major effort underway to save most endangered ocean creature Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Dan Plante 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 SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) —Hoping to protect the most endangered species in the ocean, an international trade court judge ordered the Trump administration Thursday to ban all seafood harvested with gill nets in Mexico’s northern Gulf of California — a bold move with significant political and economic consequences.The order to save the Vaquita porpoise, nicknamed “panda of the sea” for its chubby frame and black-ringed eyes, comes despite arguments from the U.S. government that a ban could negatively impact ongoing negotiations with Mexico.Earlier this week, the U.S Attorney General’s office tried to get the court to delay its decision for 30 days.The ban, which impacts an estimated $16-million worth of fish and shrimp, was a victory for conservationists who brought this issue to court in March after a decade of rescue efforts failed to prevent Vaquita from getting fatally entangled in gill nets in Mexico’s waters.Scientists say the Vaquita population has dwindled from 567 in 1997 to fewer than 20 today. Its population drops about half each year. The species’ range is about 1,500 square miles — the smallest of any marine mammal. Its territory overlaps with commercial fisheries that catch shrimp, curvina, chano and sierra, as well as illegal fishing operations that target the endangered totoaba. Dan Plante, last_img read more

first_imgI guess technically we are still in the dog days of summer but you certainly wouldn’t know it. My dog would usually be snuggled in the deep shade but she is still enjoying lying on the deck in the mid-afternoon sunshine. Maybe we could call it the “puppy days of summer”? Certainly most of the country is in the midst of hot and sultry days. It was too cloudy in most areas late Friday night for even a chance of viewing the northern lights — the best chance would have been in the Puget Sound region. I am still waiting for the first chorus of the crickets that usually appear this time of the year; perhaps they too may be a bit delayed as was our summer weather.And speaking about that, more morning clouds and afternoon sunshine with highs of 75-85 for the next week, depending on the intrusion of marine air. And so it goes. Summer is here and no rain in sight, keep the sprinkler going and if you are still looking for that first 90-degree day — well, keep on looking.July rainfallNormally I wouldn’t even mention local rainfall reports for July, but I will share a few just so you can see how much moisture fell on your yard and gardens last month. Usually to keep the grass green they say you want one inch of water per week as measured in a tuna can.Okay here we go: I measured 1.90 inches here in the Salmon Creek area; Judy Darke, Felida, 0.98 of an inch; Gary Collins, Brush Prairie; 1.29 inches; Irv St. Germain, S.W. Prune Hill, 1.14 inches; Bob Starr, Cougar, 1.50 inches; Robin Ruzek, Lakeshore, 1.28 inches; Phil Delany, above Dole Valley, 1.80 inches; Bill Sobolewski, Livingston Mountain, 1.33 inches; Bud Maddux, Home Valley, 0.56 of an inch; Pete Conrad, near Tukes Mountain, 1.22 inches; Nancy Ellifrit, Mt. Vista, 1.20 inches; Larry Lebsack, N.E. Hazel Dell, 1.28 inches; Dan Hein, Camas, 1.22 inches; Tyler Mode, Battle Ground, 1.03 inches; Merle Moore, two miles west of Yacolt 1.06 inches; Dave Campbell, one mile west of Heisson, 1.24 inches; Jim Knoll, Five Corners, 0.95 of an inch; Claudia Chiasson, Carson, 0.82 of an inch; and Tyler Mode, Minnehaha, 1.05 inches.last_img read more

first_imgLast spring, Condé Nast tapped Smith, the former Elle publisher, to become vice president and publishing director of the Bon Appetit and Gourmet brands. She left in October, as Conde Nast was preparing to relaunch Gourmet as “Gourmet Live.” Details finished 2010 down 1.3 percent in ad pages while Bon Appetit was up 1.2 percent, according to Publishers Information Bureau. Get your org chart out for this one. Condé Nast has named new publishers at Bon Appetit and Details. Paul Jowdy, who had taken over as publisher of Bon Appetit after the departure of former publishing director Carol Smith last fall (Jowdy had also served as publisher prior to Smith’s arrival and transitioned to a different sales role while she was there), now takes over as executive vp and publisher of Details (Steven DeLuca was fired as publisher of Details last fall). Meanwhile, Pamela Drucker Mann, who was associate publisher, advertising for Glamour (and a former Condé Nast Salesperson of the Year winner) was named vice president and publisher of Bon Appetit.Both report to William Wackermann, executive vice president, publishing director of Bon Appetit, Details, Glamour and W. last_img read more

first_imgDriftnet vessels in the Dillingham Harbor waiting on another push of sockeye.(Photo by Mike Mason, KDLG – Dillingham)Dillingham will try again on the fish tax. The City Council voted last week to send an annexation petition forward to the Alaska Local Boundary Commission to annex the Nushagak River Commercial Fishing District. The annexation was adopted by a local vote in 2012 but overturned by a court ruling.The city hopes to reimpose a 2.5 percent raw fish tax on the district, which is the only commercial fishing district in Bristol Bay that does not currently collect a tax for local use.Critics say Dillingham needs to find a way to share the tax with other Nushagak drainage communities, or focus on forming a borough.The city’s annexation petition will now be sent to the LBC for review. The city hopes it ends up in Juneau for a legislative review in 2016.last_img read more

first_imgRep. Ivy Spohnholz, D-Anchorage, speaks in support of House Bill 159, which is intended to reduce opioid overdose deaths. (Photo by Andrew Kitchenman/KTOO and Alaska Public Media)The House passed a bill Monday intended to reduce the number of deaths from overdoses of prescription opioids.Listen nowHouse Bill 159 would cut the number of days’ supply of opioid pills in a single prescription. The vote in favor was 25-8.Anchorage Democratic Rep. Ivy Spohnholz said the bill builds on recommendations from medical experts.“This bill is allowing us to introduce accountability for the role that prescription opioids have had in our explosive opioid epidemic,” Sphonholz said. “Addressing the opioid epidemic in the state of Alaska is going to take all of us.”The bill also would require prescribers to receive continuing education in pain management and opioid misuse.It would allow patients to have advance directives to stop providers from prescribing opioids when the patients are unconscious. And it would require veterinarians who write prescriptions to register with a statewide opioid database.Anchorage Republican Rep. Lance Pruitt said the medical industry and the boards that license providers had a chance to curb unnecessary use of opioids.“We allowed them that opportunity to make those decisions, and we haven’t seen action take place in the speed that we would like it to,” Pruitt said. “So here we are saying, it’s time for us to address it.”Opioid prescriptions are generally limited to 30 days. The bill would reduce that to seven days. Doctors and other providers could still provide more for specific reasons, such as for patients who can’t afford to travel to refill their prescriptions.Every Democrat and Independent member voted in favor of the bill, while Republicans were split.North Pole Republican Tammie Wilson said lawmakers are in a poor position to dictate to doctors how to do their jobs.“I’m not a doctor,” Wilson said. “I’m not convinced that seven days is the magic number that’s going to make everything better than what it is.”The bill is the only legislation that’s not related to the state budget that’s included in the special session that began on May 18.The Senate Finance Committee is scheduled to discuss the Senate version of the bill, Senate Bill 79, on Tuesday.last_img read more

first_imgShanvi Srivastava wearing monokini / swimsuitCollage of photos taken from instagramPopular southern actress Shanvi Srivastava, who has apparently decided to follow the footsteps of young B-Town girl Disha Patani, was trolled by her Instagram fans for wearing a swimsuit and calling it versatility.Shanvi Srivastava, who made her acting debut with the Telugu movie Lovely in 2012, has carved a niche for herself with the kind of roles she has done in the last seven years. Unlike many other young actresses, she rarely tried to make a name for herself with skin show in her movies. But now, she seems to be heading towards it.Shanvi Srivastava is quite active on social media and often keeps her fans on Instagram informed about her personal and professional life by sharing photos and videos. But she surprised her followers with a picture featuring her sporting a black lace monokini taken in her recent photo shoot. In its caption, she said that she prefers being versatile and likes to dissolve herself into any character.People ask me this question often, if being bold is really important in the profession I’m in. I say the question should be, is being versatile is really important to be in this profession?Acting is about dissolving into every character you get. Character can be anything and anyone. It’s your choice to choose the character. You prefer choosing the same character over and over again, go ahead.I prefer being versatile. Dissolving shanvi into any character she gets. I Ain’t a great actor but the little I learned is once you love your work let nothing stop you or tie you. You cannot fly with the wings half open.Love,Shanvi PC by the one who loves his work like how I love mine @sandeep.m.v HMU @naveenyerra3 Styled by @by_varshaabhishek #shanvisri #photoshootShanvi Srivastava has always treated her fans with her decent pictures and the photo featuring her in monokini did not go down well with some of her fans, who slammed her saying that versatility does not mean removing one’s clothes. In reply to her, they expressed their objection to wearing a swimsuit.Vikrantkain: Versatility, dissolving,and being bold doesnt mean to remove clothes only.Be bold by thoughts,by education,by culture in which u lives.Its not about u its about the thoughts running in people belongs to camera,TV, and film.They shows their boldness by removing clothes only. Remove ur ego, anger, irritation, compatibility, then u dont need to write this and ask people option about u.Param010101: This is not suit for ur face ,,Thugs_of_karnataka: Disha patani is that you?Amith_b_dev: I liked ur all pics but not this oneSanjana_shivanna: After seeing this I feel Rachita ram is the only heroine with same attitude ryt from her entry to sandalwood ……. …the best is her…this is Wat I felt… I also used to like u beforelast_img read more

first_imgMilitary vehicles carry DF-10 ship-launched cruise missiles as they travel past Tiananmen Gate during a military parade to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in Beijing on 3 September 2015. Photo: ReutersChina’s powerful military is considered to be a master at concealing its intentions. But there is no secret about how it plans to destroy American aircraft carriers if rivalry becomes war.At November’s biennial air show in the southern city of Zhuhai, the biggest state-owned missile maker, China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation Ltd, screened an animation showing a hostile “blue force,” comprising an aircraft carrier, escort ships and strike aircraft, approaching “red force” territory.On a giant screen, the animation showed a barrage of the Chinese company’s missiles launched from “red force” warships, submarines, shore batteries and aircraft wreaking havoc on the escort vessels around the carrier. In a final salvo, two missiles plunge onto the flight deck of the carrier and a third slams into the side of the hull near the bow.The fate of the ship is an unmistakable message to an America that has long dominated the globe from its mighty aircraft carriers and sprawling network of hundreds of bases. China’s military is now making giant strides toward replacing the United States as the supreme power in Asia. With the Pentagon distracted by almost two decades of costly war in the Middle East and Afghanistan, the Chinese military, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), has exploited a period of sustained budget increases and rapid technical improvement to build and deploy an arsenal of advanced missiles.Many of these missiles are specifically designed to attack the aircraft carriers and bases that form the backbone of US military dominance in the region and which for decades have protected allies including Japan, South Korea and Taiwan.Across almost all categories of these weapons, based on land, loaded on strike aircraft or deployed on warships and submarines, China’s missiles rival or outperform their counterparts in the armouries of the United States and its allies, according to current and former US military officers with knowledge of PLA test launches, Taiwanese and Chinese military analysts, and technical specifications published in China’s state-controlled media.China has also seized a virtual monopoly in one class of conventional missiles – land-based, intermediate-range ballistic and cruise missiles.Under the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, a Cold War-era agreement aimed at reducing the threat of nuclear conflict, the United States and Russia are banned from deploying this class of missiles, with a range between 500 and 5,500 kilometres (3,418 miles). But Beijing, unrestrained by the INF Treaty, is deploying them in massive numbers.This includes so-called carrier killer missiles like the DF-21D, which can target aircraft carriers and other warships underway at sea at a range of up to 1,500 kilometres, according to Chinese and Western military analysts. If effective, these missiles would give China a destructive capability no other military can boast. China’s advantage in this class of missiles is likely to remain for the foreseeable future, despite US president Donald Trump’s decision in February to withdraw from the treaty in six months.The Range GapChina is also making rapid strides in developing so-called hypersonic missiles, which can manoeuvre sharply and travel at five times the speed of sound (or even faster). Currently, the United States has no defences against a missile like this, according to Pentagon officials.China’s Ministry of National Defence and China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation did not respond to questions from Reuters about Beijing’s missile capabilities. The US Indo-Pacific Command and the Pentagon had no comment.China’s growing missile arsenal hasn’t yet been proven in a real-world clash, and some Chinese officials play down their advances. But under the Trump administration, Washington has come to view China as a rival determined to displace the United States in Asia. This modern-day missile gap, the administration believes, is emerging as one of the biggest dangers to American military supremacy in Asia since the end of the Cold War. The Pentagon is now scrambling for new weapons and strategies to counter the PLA’s rocket arsenal.“We know that China has the most advanced ballistic missile force in the world,” said James Fanell, a retired US Navy captain and former senior intelligence officer with the US Pacific Fleet. “They have the capacity to overwhelm the defensive systems we are pursuing.”Fanell was sidelined by the Pentagon ahead of his 2015 retirement, after warning about the Chinese build-up at a time when president Barack Obama was seeking cooperation with Beijing. Today, Pentagon policy hews more closely to his views that China intends to displace the United States as Asia’s dominant power.Chinese military brass agree they can now keep American carriers at bay. Six people in China interviewed by Reuters, including retired PLA officers and a person with ties to the Beijing leadership, said China’s enhanced missile capability was a great leveller and would serve to deter the United States from getting too close to Chinese shores.“We cannot defeat the United States at sea,” a retired PLA colonel said in an interview. The United States has 11 aircraft carriers and China has just two. “But we have missiles that specifically target aircraft carriers to stop them from approaching our territorial waters if there were conflict.”A person with ties to the Chinese leadership who once served in the military had a similar message: “If US aircraft carriers come too close to our coastlines in a conflict, our missiles can destroy them.”The Rocket ForceXi Jinping, who has seized direct control of the world’s largest fighting force, has played a pivotal role in the ascendancy of Chinese missile forces. This series, “The China Challenge,” examines how Xi is transforming the PLA and challenging US supremacy in Asia. He has delivered a powerful boost to the prestige and influence of the elite unit responsible for China’s nuclear and conventional missiles, the PLA Rocket Force.The Chinese leader has described the missile forces as a “core of strategic deterrence, a strategic buttress to the country’s position as a major power and a cornerstone on which to build national security.” Xi has brought senior missile force veterans into his closest circle of military aides as he has consolidated his grip on the PLA with a sweeping purge of senior officers accused of corruption or disloyalty.The Rocket Force has always enjoyed strong support from the ruling Communist Party. But under Xi, the once secretive unit, formerly known as the Second Artillery Corps, has been thrust into the limelight. Since he took power in 2012 with a pledge to rejuvenate China as a great power, the Rocket Force’s latest nuclear and conventional missiles have played a starring role at some of the biggest military parades held in the Communist era.In one of these displays, in 2015, the designations of new missiles, including the “carrier killer” DF-21D, were painted on the sides of the projectiles in big white letters. The bold labels were aimed directly at foreign audiences, according to Western military analysts monitoring the parade in Beijing. At a parade Xi presided over to mark the 90th anniversary of the PLA in 2017, missiles were also prominently displayed.Chinese Navy’s guided missile destroyer Guiyang takes part in a naval parade off the eastern port city of Qingdao, to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of Chinese People`s Liberation Army Navy, China on 23 April. Photo: ReutersThis elaborate, choreographed showcasing of the newest and most powerful missiles has provided a backdrop for Xi as he burnishes his credentials as China’s supreme military leader. Coverage of test launches, new warheads and technical breakthroughs dominate the state-controlled military media.But it’s not mere theatre. This concerted advertising of China’s ability to deliver long-range conventional strikes without risking aircraft, ships or casualties is a key element of PLA strategy under Xi. Foreign military analysts say it sends a signal that China has the capacity to resist interference as it expands control over vast swathes of the South China Sea, intensifies naval and air sorties around Taiwan, and extends operations into territory it disputes with Japan in the East China Sea.To be sure, while China’s missile fleet has indisputably grown more formidable, the reliability, accuracy and payloads of its weapons have yet to be tested in battle. China hasn’t fought a war since invading Vietnam in 1979. The US arsenal of air and sea-launched missiles, by contrast, has been tried and proven repeatedly in wars over the past two decades.It is also unknown if the PLA missile systems could survive electronic, cyber and physical attacks on launch facilities, guidance systems and command-and-control centres. Military analysts point out that there is still some doubt about whether China has mastered the know-how that would allow a “carrier killer” ballistic missile to detect, track and hit a moving target far from the Chinese coast.“If we were truly more advanced than the United States, we would have liberated Taiwan.”A Chinese military analystUS military commanders and PLA watchers also acknowledge that there could be elements of subterfuge involved in the publicity about Chinese missiles. Deception is traditionally a key element of Chinese military strategy. The PLA is well aware that America and other potential rivals would be closely monitoring their test sites, according to satellite imagery specialists.Some retired PLA officers who spoke to Reuters played down the capability of China’s missiles.“US missiles are superior to ours in terms of quality and quantity,” the former PLA colonel told Reuters, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss a sensitive topic with the foreign media. “If we were truly more advanced than the United States,” said a Chinese military analyst, “we would have liberated Taiwan.”Still, current and former US military officials say they are convinced from close monitoring of China’s numerous test firings that PLA missiles are a genuine threat.The range warWhat makes Chinese missiles so dangerous for the United States and its Asian allies is that the PLA is winning the “range war,” according to Robert Haddick, a former US Marine Corps officer and now a visiting senior fellow at the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies based in Arlington, Virginia. While the United States was taking what Haddick describes as a “long holiday” from missile development in the aftermath of the Cold War, China was shooting for distance, developing missiles that can fly further than those in the armouries of the United States and its Asian allies.The Pentagon has begun to publicly acknowledge that in missiles, at least, China has the upper hand. “We are at a disadvantage with regard to China today in the sense that China has ground-based ballistic missiles that threaten our basing in the Western Pacific and our ships,” the former commander of US forces in the Pacific, Admiral Harry Harris, said in testimony before the US Senate Armed Services Committee in March last year.At the time, Harris explained that the United States was unable to counter with similar missiles because of the 1987 INF Treaty with Russia, which banned these weapons.The treaty constraints have left the United States with no equivalent to weapons like China’s DF-26 ballistic missile, which has a range of up to 4,000 km and can strike at the key US base at Guam. China says the missile has a carrier-killer variant that can hit a moving target at sea.  US bases in South Korea and Japan are within range of another PLA projectile, the CJ-10 land attack cruise missile, which has a range of about 1,500 km, according to Pentagon estimates.However, the Trump administration appears to be clearing the way for the United States to compete. On 1 February, Trump announced Washington would withdraw from the treaty, accusing Moscow of breaching the agreement. He said in a statement that the US would quit in six months unless Russia returned to compliance. Trump also said that China had more than 1,000 missiles of the range covered by the INF Treaty. He added that the US would now develop a ground-launched conventional missile that would have been banned under the treaty. This could help offset China’s advantage, military experts say, but it will take time, probably years, for the US to develop and deploy these weapons.China criticised Trump’s announcement, with foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang saying the treaty was important in “safeguarding global strategic balance and stability.” Geng, however, didn’t mention the PLA’s own arsenal of these weapons or that China itself isn’t party to the pact. He said China opposed negotiating a new treaty that would cover other nations as well as Russia and America.This missile gap portends a military upheaval. Some powerful PLA anti-ship missiles now far outrange the strike aircraft deployed on US carriers. That means American military planners are grappling with a scenario that until recently didn’t exist: US carriers could be obsolete in a conflict near the Chinese mainland. If forced to operate outside the range of their aircraft when approaching China, the nuclear-powered leviathans would be far less effective. Sail too close and they would be vulnerable.Since the end of the Cold War, the US Navy has been able to use its carriers to bludgeon weaker enemies, approaching close enough to launch air strikes, confident that the giant warships are untouchable. Today, in the event of conflict with China in East Asia, Pentagon planners and other regional militaries say they are wrestling with how to respond to something they haven’t seen since World War Two: a return to highly contested warfare at sea.For the US military, one fear is that swarms of cheap, expendable Chinese missiles have the potential to neutralize the most expensive warships ever built. China does not publish the cost of its missiles. A modern version of the subsonic, Cold War-vintage Harpoon, the mainstay anti-ship missile of the United States and its allies, costs $1.2 million, according to the US Navy. Western military officials assume China’s lower manufacturing costs would mean it could build similar missiles for less. The latest US carrier, the USS Gerald R. Ford, cost about $13 billion to build – about 10,000 times the price of the Harpoon.A hesitant USFor more than half a century since China’s ruling Communist Party took power in 1949, a vast but technologically backward PLA was largely confined to the Asian mainland and coastal waters. A small force of nuclear warheads aimed at deterring a first strike comprised the only serious long-range weapons in the PLA arsenal. For most of that period, the United States and other foreign navies exercised, patrolled, snooped and routinely sailed in the waters off the Chinese coast, much as they did throughout the colonial period when China was powerless to stop foreign encroachment on its territory.The threat from China’s new missiles, along with rapidly increasing numbers of PLA navy submarines, means warships from the United States and other foreign navies now patrol hesitantly and infrequently in some key waterways close to the Chinese mainland and Taiwan, according to serving American officials and veterans of US navy operations in Asia.The aircraft carrier Gerald R Ford (CVN 78) is under construction at Huntington Ingalls Industries-Newport News Shipbuilding in Newport News, Virginia, US, in this 27 February 2012 handout photo. Reuters File PhotoChina’s rulers have never made public the number of missiles the PLA possesses. But the Communist Youth League, the youth arm of the Communist Party, disclosed some figures on its official Twitter-like Weibo account in October 2016. China’s Rocket Force boasts 100,000 men and possesses about 200 intercontinental ballistic missiles, about 300 medium-range ballistic missiles, 1,150 short-range ballistic missiles and 3,000 cruise missiles, the Youth League said.According to US and other Western estimates, China has about 2,000 conventional missiles that would fall within the terms of the INF missile treaty – enough to launch saturation attacks on air bases, ports or critical infrastructure in Japan, South Korea or Taiwan.Apart from weapons covered by the INF Treaty where China has a monopoly, the PLA has other missiles in its arsenal that outperform their US counterparts. These include two supersonic anti-ship cruise missiles, the YJ-12, with a range of 400 km, and the YJ-18, which can hit targets up to 540 km away.To counter these missiles, the United States relies on its subsonic, Harpoon anti-ship missile which has been modified to give it a maximum range of about 240 km. “That is a very big gap,” said Haddick, who is also an adviser to the US Special Operations Command. “China’s anti-ship missile capability exceeds those of the United States in terms of range, speed and sensor performance.”Anti-Ship Missiles ComparedAs part of a sweeping reorganisation of the Chinese armed forces, Xi in late 2015 elevated the missile force to the level of a service alongside the army, navy and air force. In a ceremony widely covered in the state-controlled media, the Second Artillery Corps was renamed the PLA Rocket Force. Two veterans of this force, general Wei Fenghe and general Zhang Shengmin, now sit on the Communist Party’s Central Military Commission, the supreme military control body that is chaired by Xi.Another Rocket Force veteran, General Gao Jin, is seen as a rising star of the Chinese military. When the missile force was rebadged, Gao was appointed to head a new branch of the PLA, the Strategic Support Force, which is responsible for cyber, electronic and space warfare. Gao has been a key figure in the transition of the Rocket Force from its origins as primarily a nuclear deterrent to its current dual role of both nuclear shield and spearhead of the PLA’s conventional strike capability, according to US and Chinese military analysts.For the United States and its regional allies, a top priority is to wrest back the lead in the range war.Extra performance is being squeezed out of old US air and sea-launched missiles. Boeing is upgrading the Harpoon anti-ship missile. An anti-ship variant of Raytheon’s venerable Tomahawk land attack cruise missile – with a range in excess of 1,600 km – is undergoing tests.The US Navy is working to add range to carrier strike aircraft, and new weapons are in the pipeline. Lockheed Martin said in December that it had delivered the first of its new, long-range anti-ship missiles to the US Air Force after a series of successful tests. This stealthy missile could also be deployed on warships.A Pearl Harbor-style attackMeanwhile, China continues to improve its firepower. Two sets of satellite images on Google Earth, taken three years apart, show how China’s Rocket Force is testing its growing arsenal.In one, the distinctive shape of a jet fighter is clearly visible on what appears to be a mock airstrip in a remote Chinese desert. The images, captured in mid-2013 over the far west of China, show the outline of a delta-wing aircraft at the southern end of the runway. Images taken in late 2016 tell a different story. The wings and tail section are strewn at odd angles in a pile of wreckage.“That plane looks like it has been shot at,” said Sean O’Connor, a former US Air Force intelligence analyst who now works as a principal research analyst at Jane’s, the defence information company.Chinese military vehicles carrying DF-21D anti-ship ballistic missiles travel past Tiananmen Gate during a military parade to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in Beijing on 3 September 2015. Reuters File PhotoThe replica runway, pockmarked at one end with impact craters, is part of what O’Connor and other satellite imagery analysts have identified as a PLA missile test range. Here and at other remote sites in western China, the PLA has been blasting missiles at what appear to be simulated targets of air bases, fuel depots, ports, ships, communication hubs, radar arrays and buildings.Some of the mock-ups appear to mimic targets in Japan and Taiwan. Satellite images of the test range with the mock airstrip also suggest China is rehearsing strikes on the key US Navy base at Yokosuka in Japan and other important facilities, according to a 2017 report from two US Navy officers, Commander Thomas Shugart and Commander Javier Gonzalez.The two officers identified a mock target that appeared to be a mirror image of the inner harbour at Yokosuka base, home port for the US carrier USS Ronald Reagan and its battle group. In their report for the Centre for a New American Security, a Washington-based research group, the two officers said the target had outlines of angled piers similar to those at Yokosuka and the shapes of three warships about the same size as the US destroyers based at the port.US naval base, YokosukaThe scenario Shugart and Gonzalez laid out evokes the darkest moment in American naval history. The mock-up, they wrote, could be interpreted as a rehearsal of a Pearl Harbor-style surprise attack. That paralysing blow sank or damaged key elements of the American fleet, killed more than 2,300 Americans and plunged the United States into World War Two. But the Japanese failed to sink the American aircraft carriers normally based at Pearl Harbor because they were at sea.In the animation at the recent Chinese airshow in Zhuhai, the “red force” doesn’t make the same mistake. After red force missiles strike the blue force carrier, the animation concludes with the words: “The defensive counter-attack operation has gotten the expected results.”last_img

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