Daylight Saving Time Starting Earlier

first_imgBrighter evenings are starting a bit earlier this year. Daylight saving time will start three weeks earlier and last one week longer in the fall. A proclamation made under the Time Definition Act ensures that Nova Scotia is in sync when the United States extends its daylight saving time in March. Setting our clocks with the U.S., daylight saving time will ensure banking and other business transactions will not be affected. This is especially important for scheduled transportation services — including airline, buses and rail. In addition to economic benefits, Nova Scotians will enjoy a bit more daylight during the winter months. “Staying consistent with the U.S. will ensure there are no disruptions in our relationship with our chief trading partner,” said Justice Minister Murray Scott. “Being in sync is also important to our agriculture, fishery, transportation, shipping and other sectors in our province.” People will now have to move their clocks ahead one hour on the second Sunday in March. This year, that is March 11. Daylight saving time ends on the first Sunday in November, Nov. 4 this year. Most of the other provinces that use daylight saving time are also implementing the change. Computer users are advised to check their calendars to ensure appointments are up to date when the time change takes effect.last_img read more

Dish TV suffers Q4 loss of Rs 131630 cr

first_imgNew Delhi: Essel Group direct-to-home arm Dish TV India Ltd Tuesday reported a consolidated net loss of Rs 1,316.30 crore for the fourth quarter ended March 31. The company had posted a net profit of Rs 118.21 crore in the January-March quarter a year-ago, Dish TV India said in a BSE filing.Its revenue from operations during the quarter was Rs 1,398.75 crore. It was Rs 1,532.37 crore during the corresponding quarter of the previous fiscal. Meanwhile, Dish TV said its results were not comparable as Videocon D2H Ltd had merged with it and all the assets and liabilities have been transferred in the company, on a going-concern basis with effect from said appointed date. “Thus, the current audited financial information presented in the financial results are not strictly comparable with previously published audited financial result for the year ended 31 March 2018,” it said. Dish TV’s total expenses were at Rs 1,490.72 crore. During the quarter, the company had a subscription revenues of Rs 1,308.3 crore.last_img read more

Some facts on West Point Grey academy where Justin Trudeau once was

first_imgVANCOUVER — Here’s a look at West Point Grey Academy, the school in Vancouver where Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau taught and was photographed as a 29-year-old wearing dark paint on his hands and face, dressed as Aladdin at a themed gala event: HISTORY: The school was founded in 1996 by four families. Its website says they “envisioned a progressive coeducational independent day school” for children on the west side of Vancouver.LOCATION: The academy opened on just over seven hectares of land on Jericho Hill. It overlooks picturesque English Bay and the North Shore mountains.STUDENT ENROLMENT: The original goal was for the school to have 150 students, but 325 children from junior kindergarten to Grade 8 ended up enrolled in its first class by September 1996. The school has space for 943 students today from junior kindergarten to grade 12.STAFF: The academy employs 174 teachers and staff.FACILITIES: Its campus on West 8th Avenue consists of three academic buildings and two gymnasiums.FIRST GRADUATES: The class of 2001 consisted of 31 students.TRUDEAU CONNECTION: The Liberal leader taught math, humanities, social studies, French and drama at the academy after graduating from the University of British Columbia in 1998. Trudeau left the academy in summer 2001 to take a teaching position in the public system and later taught at Sir Winston Churchill Secondary. He was the chair of Katimavik, a national volunteer service program, between 2002 and 2006.SOURCE: The Canadian Press, West Point Grey Academy and the University of British Columbia websites.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Childrens Hospital Los Angeles From Paris With Love Gala Raises 55 Million

first_imgIn recognition for their compassion and dedicated support of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), late night talk show host and comedian Jimmy Kimmel, legendary Dodgers play-by-play announcer Vin Scully and global play and entertainment company Hasbro were awarded the Courage to Care award at CHLA’s ‘From Paris With Love’ gala Saturday.Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters performs onstage at the 2018 Children’s Hospital Los AngelesCredit/Copyright: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Children’s Hospital Los AngelesMore than 1,400 prominent philanthropists, local dignitaries and supporters gathered at The Event Deck at L.A. LIVE for an event that raised $5.5 million to support the patient care and medical research that children who visit the hospital need.“We won’t rest until every child has access to the care they need to set them on the path to a healthy and successful life,” Children’s Hospital Los Angeles President and CEO Paul S. Viviano told the audience. “Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is incredibly grateful to each of you for your support, which helps our hospital provide transformative compassionate care at more than half a million patient visits per year.”Late night talk show host and comedian Jimmy Kimmel touched millions of viewers around the world when he bravely shared the story about his son, William “Billy”, who was 3 days old when he received open-heart surgery at CHLA for tetralogy of Fallot with pulmonary atresia, a rare congenital heart defect. Kimmel has been a stalwart advocate for health care coverage for all children and families in America.Billy’s surgeon, Vaughn A. Starnes, MD, was the evening’s special guest and mission ambassador. Dr. Starnes, co-director of the Heart Institute and founder of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, lauded the Kimmel family for their “bravery and sense of purpose” during Billy’s health challenges.“One of the best parts of my job is getting to know our brave young patients and their families and helping them fight formidable odds. Often they come to us when they’ve been told by other centers that nothing else can be done – and the Heart Institute offers them help,” Dr. Starnes explained. “One of those families that I’ve come to greatly admire is the Kimmel family. They’ve taken their own personal experience and shared it with the nation, and in doing so changed the conversation about health care.”“So many children, from so many financial backgrounds are cared for so beautifully and with so much compassion,” Kimmel said of CHLA, his voice breaking with emotion. “We can never repay them, but we’re going to try.”For 67 years Vin Scully delighted baseball lovers with his one-of-a-kind play-by-play for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Since retiring in 2016, Scully has gained a new generation of listeners at CHLA by reading storybooks to patients in the hospital’s Literally Healing room. He’s also the voice of public service announcements supporting Proposition 4, the bond initiative to raise funds for children’s hospitals throughout California.“Two words that have always shaken my heart are ’children’s hospital,’ ” said Scully, who noted that he and his wife Sandi have been blessed with six children, 16 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. “Like every parent we worry a great deal…and then I visited that sacred place and saw the great spirit and dedication from those who work there.” He then implored the audience “to vote yes on Proposition 4 to gain more funds for children’s hospitals across the state.”Hasbro works passionately to create a universe where every child experiences hope, kindness and joy. The company has been a longtime CHLA supporter, providing charitable grants, product donations and employee volunteers at events throughout the year.“Giving back is part of our DNA, and we are incredibly proud to support this organization and the important work that you do,” said Brian Goldner, Hasbro chairman and chief executive officer. “Around the world, almost all of our employees volunteer with children’s causes – and I know our employees who spend time here, with you, with the patients and families under your care, are especially honored by this recognition. They’ve seen first-hand your commitment to care, and the difference you make in the lives of children and families.”Emmy-nominated actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson hosted the event, which celebrated the ongoing support from the evening’s honorees. Entertainment included Foo Fighters, who performed “Learn To Fly,” “My Hero,” and “Times Like These,” and Pharrell Williams, who concluded the evening with a set that included hit songs “Get Lucky,” and “Happy.” Williams danced onstage with 9-year-old CHLA patient Eliana Georges, who basked in the moment with her favorite singer, whispering in his ear and sharing a warm, tearful embrace.Pharrell Williams performs onstage with CHLA patient Eliana GeorgesEach honoree was presented with a one-of-a-kind hand-blown artisan glass award created by Cheryl Saban, PhD, an honorary director of the hospital’s Board of Directors and a member of the Foundation Board of Trustees. Television personality Mary Hart, an honorary director of the hospital’s Board of Directors and a member of the Foundation Board of Trustees, presented the award to Scully; Bob Iger, chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company, presented to Kimmel; and Jennifer Page, a member of the Foundation Board of Trustees, presented to Hasbro.They were joined at the event by Heidi Klum, Josh Gad, John Stamos, Teri Hatcher, Megan Henderson, Nikki DeLoach, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Daisy Fuentes, Richard Marx, Luc Robitaille, Dustin Brown, Victoria Arlen, Mark Hoppus, Malin Akerman, Italia Ricci, Robbie Amell, Alex Meneses, Colleen Ballinger, Lake Bell, Heather Parry, president of Live Nation Productions, and Jeff Shell, chairman of NBC Universal Filmed Entertainment Group.Hasbro was the gala’s title sponsor. Gala Benefactor sponsors were Costco Wholesale, The Walt Disney Company and The Sydney Smith Trust. Premier sponsors were the Goldhirsch-Yellin Foundation and Kristin and Jeffrey Worthe, chair of the CHLA Board of Directors.last_img read more

Bramptons Alessia Cara to perform at 2018 Grammy Awards in New York

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: The track is nominated for song of the year.The Justin Bieber remix of the Luis Fonsi-Daddy Yankee song Despacito has already been touted the song of the summer by many. But will it have longevity until September? The original Despacito video has more than two billion views on YouTube. (LuisFonsiVEVO/YouTube)Mars’ nominations include album, song and record of the year. Despacito will also compete for song and record of the year.Previously announced performers include Lady Gaga, Pink, Childish Gambino and Little Big Town. Bruno Mars and Cardi B, who recently collaborated on the upbeat song Finesse, will perform together at the Grammy Awards.The Recording Academy announced Wednesday that Despacito hit makers Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, SZA and Kesha will also take the stage at the Jan. 28 show at New York’s Madison Square Garden.Logic, Alessia Cara and Khalid, the trio behind the suicide prevention hit 1-800-273-8255, will perform the song with a group of suicide attempt and loss survivors selected by the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Advertisementlast_img read more

Some of Canadas hottest tech firms are weighing IPOs following success of

Shopify Inc.’s scorching rally and Lightspeed POS Inc.’s successful trading debut this year are throwing the spotlight on who might be the next Canadian tech star to go public.A total of $1 billion (US$751 million) was invested in 142 venture capital deals in the first quarter, up 48 per cent from a year earlier, according to the Canadian Venture & Private Equity Association. More than half of that was in tech and increasingly from U.S. investors.Here’s what the founders of some of Canada’s hottest tech firms are saying about the future of their companies, and the potential for initial public offerings: Lightspeed POS buys Swiss startup to drive European expansion Lightspeed is writing a new chapter in the Canadian tech story Crackdown on big tech rivals could be ‘tremendous’ opportunity for Shopify, analyst says ClearbancClearbanc offers US$10,000 to US$10 million to startups to help fund their marketing campaigns on Facebook, Google and the like in return for a flat fee and a share of revenue.The Toronto-based alternative lender, founded in 2015, raised US$300 million in new funding led by Highland Capital Partners of the U.S., the largest disclosed VC-financing this year in Canada. That brings total funding to US$420 million.Clearbanc plans to start funding parts of a business that could turn into a repeatable revenue stream–infrastructure, shipping and sales commissions.It’s expanding outside the U.S. and Canada, where there’s a less developed venture ecosystem and “banks are more conservative,” according to co-founder and chief executive officer, Andrew D’Souza.“We think that the fundamentals of the business, the market opportunity, justifies a large standalone business,” D’Souza said about the possibility of an IPO.WattpadWattpad Corp. may no longer be a startup but its ambitions just keep growing. Founded as a mobile-reading app, 12-year-old Wattpad now calls itself a “multi-platform entertainment company.”The Toronto-based company has provided content for one of the most re-watched movies on Netflix (“The Kissing Booth”), a Hulu series (“Light as a Feather”), and this year a Hollywood feature film (“After”), all through Wattpad Studios, launched in 2016.Last week it inked a deal with Penguin Random House in the U.K. to turn its online content, mainly created and read by young women, into books. That follows the launch of its own publishing imprint, Wattpad Books, in the U.S. in April.The company uses data from more than 80 million monthly active users to identify the best stories across its platform and turn them into content. It has launched a paid, ad-free version as well as exclusive content for a fee.Wattpad has raised US$117.8 million from investors including OMERS Ventures, Tencent Holdings Ltd.’s capital arm, and August Capital Corp, and is generating revenue in “eight figures,” according to co-founder and chief executive, Allen Lau.As for an IPO, it’s “not what we spend time focusing on,” Lau said. “Our focus right now is on movies and TV shows, with our partners.”VidyardVidyard Inc. wants to be the YouTube of business videos. Its software allows companies to create personalized videos to engage with customers and use data from their viewing habits to analyze that engagement.Companies are expected to spend US$103 billion annually in video-ad marketing by 2023, according to Forrester Research.Vidyard counts 1,200 businesses in over 170 countries as its customers, including enterprise customers such as Honeywell International Inc., LinkedIn and Citibank.“In terms of the next two to three years, we’re just focused on consistent, hockey-stick style growth,” says Devon Galloway, co-founder and chief technology officer at Kitchener, Ontario-based Vidyard.Tdhe company has raised US$60 million to date from investors including OMERS Ventures, Inovia Capital and the venture capital arm of Salesforce Inc.Galloway said if Vidyard continues to grow as well as it has an IPO would certainly be on its path.WealthsimpleWealthsimple Inc., wishes to replace banks as a customer’s primary financial relationship, according to founder and chief executive, Michael Katchen.“We want to be a firm that demystifies money,” Katchen said in an interview in Bloomberg’s Toronto office. The investment services company has more than C$5 billion in assets under management and 175,000 customers in Canada, the U.S. and U.K.The robo-adviser favoured by millennials, is also targeting wealthier Canadians and has branched out into commission-free stock trading and savings products. Mortgages, life insurance and checking accounts could be next, Katchen said.Founded in 2014, WealthSimple is not yet profitable, but its backers are patient, Katchen said. These include Power Financial Corp., an investment arm run by the Desmarais family and Allianz SE.Katchen said he’s interested in an IPO but it’s still “a few years away.” read more

Adidas fixer gets year of probation in college hoops case

NEW YORK — A former Adidas consultant was sentenced Tuesday to one year of probation after prosecutors credited him with helping secure convictions against an executive for the shoe company and two others in a college basketball corruption scandal.Thomas “T.J.” Gassnola had pleaded guilty to being a fixer in a scheme to lure prized prospects to Adidas-sponsored hoops programs by funneling tens of thousands of dollars in secret payments to their families.“I’m sorry for the harm I caused in this matter,” Gassnola said at the hearing in federal court in Manhattan.U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan imposed the light sentence after being told in court papers that Gassnola’s co-operation was critical in expanding the scope of the investigation and providing an “insider’s view” of the corrupting influence of corporate money on college basketball.Gassnola, 47, became a key government witness at a trial last year in Manhattan where the self-described “recruitment facilitator” caused a stir by dropping the names of several top players at the centre of the scandal and referring to the deal-making as “black ops.”Asked what he meant by that, he responded, “It’s dark. Underground. You don’t want anyone to know about it.”While working under the direction of Adidas executive James Gatto, he said he paid out $15,000 in cash in 2015 to try to lure DeAndre Ayton to an Adidas school only to see him sign with Nike-sponsored Arizona. Ayton attended Arizona for his freshman season before being drafted No. 1 in the NBA by the Phoenix Suns.He also testified about meeting with the mother of McDonald’s All-American Billy Preston in a hotel room in 2016 to bring him to Kansas for $90,000, warning her away from other recruiters who were less discreet about the money.Grassnola also described how he texted then-Louisville head coach Rick Pitino in a panic in September 2017 when he first learned about the investigation into the payments made to the players, including Louisville recruit Brian Bowen Jr. He said he was “just looking for information” and “instinctively” reached out to the coach.There’s no evidence that Pitino responded to the text. The legendary coach was never accused of a crime but was fired amid the fallout.As part of probation, Gassnola will have to serve two months of home detention.Gatto, business manager Christian Dawkins and Merl Code, a former Adidas consultant, were convicted last year of conspiracy to commit wire fraud for funneling the illegal payments. Gatto was sentenced earlier this year to nine months in prison; Dawkins and Code got six months each.Tom Hays, The Associated Press read more

Pryor simply not Buckeye caliber

Terrelle Pryor has not lived up to all the hype he had coming into the 2008 season as the most sought after high school recruit in the country.Ohio State’s football messiah has thrown eight interceptions so far this season. That is more than any OSU starting quarterback at this point in the season since before 2003.His completion percentage is the lowest of any OSU quarterback since 2004, at 51 percent. That was the year Troy Smith and Justin Zwick shared starting duties and accumulated the worst season record this decade.Pryor’s passing yardage isn’t impressive either, sitting at 1169 through seven games. OSU hasn’t had that low of a mark since 2003, when Craig Krenzel and Scott McMullen shared the starting spot.Pryor isn’t even the top performer from his 2007 high school recruiting class. Most members of the college football world know the names Jacory Harris of Miami (Fla.), Jordan Jefferson of LSU and Andrew Luck of Stanford.Two of those three players’ teams boast better records than OSU and none of them have thrown for more interceptions than Pryor.Pryor also has the lowest completion percentage among the group and it’s not because he is used more. He’s third in attempts among the four.Two of the three other also have more passing yards than Pryor.All Ohio State fans remember where they were when Pryor signed, as if it were the second coming of Troy Smith. Looking back now, the signing of Harris, Jefferson or Luck may have been the better choice.Harris even has his name on most Heisman voters’ radars. Pryor hasn’t even sniffed that territory.This historic of a bust is only comparable to one instance in Ohio football history, in the professional ranks. It happened in 1999 when a quarterback named Tim Couch was drafted first overall by the Cleveland Browns in the 1999 NFL draft.Cleveland fans were excited for Couch coming into the league to be their savior, but it was not to be. Couch only mustered one playoff appearance and sunk into mediocrity.Couch was picked ahead of Pro-Bowlers Donovan McNabb and Dante Culpepper who have had success since they were drafted into the league, McNabb more than Culpepper.Pryor had his one great season last year behind a strong defense and a superior quarterback, who Pryor somehow started ahead of.He is destined to ride off into the NFL draft after next season to try to prove himself at the professional level.Having accomplished next to nothing as a college quarterback, Pryor will leave Ohio State to rebuild itself after one of the worst recruiting choices in our program’s history.Terrelle Pryor, prove me wrong. read more

Heres What Happened Today Saturday

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article NEED TO CATCH up? brings you a round-up of today’s news.IRELAND  Border Communities Against Brexit holding protests on Old Belfast Road in Carrickcarnon on the northern side of the Irish border, between Newry and Dundalk. The day of protest is against a hard border in Ireland. Source: Niall Carson/PA WireA new opinion poll showed some slight gains in popularity for Fianna Fáil and others, but a significant drop in popularity for Sinn Féin.The heartbroken family of Marie Downey (36), and her infant son Darragh, who both died at Cork University Maternity Hospital (CUMH) last week, have “two special angels” watching over them, mourners were told at their funeral mass today. The FAI said it was taking steps to get to the bottom of recent revelations about the Association’s finances. Concerns were raised locally over plans to build 299 apartments in buildings up to nine storeys in height in Glasnevin, north Dublin.Five men arrested by specialist gardaí in relation to an apparent attempt on the life of a Hutch family member were all released without charge. Gardaí and Revenue raided a suspected cigarette and alcohol processing plant in Knockbridge, Louth. It was revealed that the NTA awarded a contract worth €3.6 million for the development of a new mobile ticketing app that’ll allow public transport users to purchase and have their tickets on their phone.The Irish Coast Guard is to lift its controversial ban on blue light and siren driving for some volunteers as it rolls out training. A local newspaper stated that it had made a complaint to gardaí after delivery workers for its rival damaged a bundle of its papers. Traffic restrictions kicked in this morning on the M7. WORLD  A protester with a flag seen throwing back a tear gas can fired by Israeli forces during clashes at the Israel-Gaza border. Source: Yousef Masoud/Zuma Press/PA Images#GAZA: Tens of thousands of Gazans gathered at the Israeli border to mark a year since protests and clashes erupted there, with three Palestinians being killed by Israeli fire. #FRANCE: French ‘yellow vest’ demonstrators staged their 20th week of anti-government protests.#NEW YORK: A New York county which declared a state of emergency over a measles outbreak is on the “right path” after administering hundreds of vaccinations in two days.PARTING SHOTDon’t forget! The clocks are going forward by one hour tonight. This means one less hour in bed (noooo), BUT also one extra hour of sunlight in the evening” (yaaaaay).After a vote in the European Parliament during the week, we may be set to scrap the twice yearly practice of changing the clocks in the near future.But the clocks most definitely ARE going forward tonight so do make sure to get a good sleep in you have to get up early tomorrow. Saturday 30 Mar 2019, 7:54 PM 2 Comments Short URL Here’s What Happened Today: Saturday Support for Sinn Féin drops, clashes at Gaza-Israel border and Marie Downey and son laid to rest – Today’s top stories. center_img 9,877 Views Get our daily news round up: Mar 30th 2019, 7:54 PM By Cormac Fitzgerald Share7 Tweet Email last_img read more

Our deadly drug

first_imgShe was 19; she was only 19. She was Greek Australian. She was someone’s daughter. She had loving, supportive parents. She started taking ice a year and a half ago. She mixed with the wrong crowd, she had low self-esteem, she met the wrong man who involved her in the world of sex work to aid her addiction. She went to jail and got clean. The future looked good, she was going to stay clean, go back to school, she left jail positive and confident she had kicked ice out of her life, she had supports in place to do so. Not two weeks out of jail she was found dead with a needle still in her arm. She was ice’s victim – the cruel, highly addictive drug took her young life. As sad as this story is, of a wasted life caused through a drug that is as cruel as it is predatory on lost souls, who unwillingly find themselves the victims, it is not uncommon in the Greek Australian community. In 2012, the Greek community was shocked when a 25-year-old Greek Australian boy gunned down his grandparents in their Yarraville home just three days before Christmas. The young man was on a cocktail of drugs including methamphetamines. Before the shootings, he was convinced he had to kill his grandparents after becoming obsessed with a “paranoid fantasy”.This year, three people, including Inimi and Savvas Menelaou, died in an Oakleigh car crash caused by 30-year-old driver who was on ice. Their son Menalaos Menelaou was in a critical condition in the Royal Alfred Hospital following the crash. And another Greek Australian was impacted by the same car crash. Passenger Elias Mesiridis was in a stable condition and 29-year-old Maria Mesiridis was in a stable but serious condition at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. The Greek community was rocked following this car crash that impacted the lives of more than the two families who suffered at the hands of the driver – an ice user. Helen Andrianakis, Mental Health, Drug and Alcohol Petitioner, psychiatric nurse, Mental Health Services, was the nurse who found the young 19-year-old Greek Australian girl dead, alone in her house. It’s her job to follow up on drug users after their release from prison. When the young victim wasn’t answering her phone, Ms Andrianakis called the police and together they broke into her house to find that she had overdosed. For her this was a sad case, but not uncommon in the Greek Australian community. She gives another example, of a 48-year-old family man who proves once again, this drug does not discriminate.“He was 48, and had never used drugs in his life,” she starts.“He was a successful businessman, father of three, he started chatting to this woman on Facebook; she was 25-years-old, worked as a prostitute and was on ice.” She says he began using ice because of her and within three months he was hooked. He destroyed his family, his business, his wife kicked him out and when he got caught dealing in ice, he was incarcerated.“It’s an unpleasant drug,” says Ms Andrianakis matter-of-factly. The destruction this drug has caused, and the destruction that is yet to come as warned following the release of a report by the Australian Crime Commission, is unparalleled. According to the report, the number of national Amphetamine-type stimulants (ATS) arrests continued to increase, with 22,189 arrests in 2012-13 – the highest on record. Amphetamine-type stimulants (ATS) stimulate the central nervous system and speed up messages travelling between the brain and the rest of the body. Made in illegal clandestine laboratories, ATS pose a serious health risk to users due to their unknown content and purity.“You see things completely differently, you are hot and cold, it’s like you have a split personality,” Ms Andrianakis tells Neos Kosmos of the effects of ice. “One minute you are okay, then the next minute you are neurotic, anxious and nervous.” The drug ice affects a user’s brain, memory, so they feel as though they are “constantly scattered”.“They have aggressive outbursts, their kidneys fail, their heart fails, they are at high risk of having seizures, they get depressed, they get anxious, they are constantly paranoid. “Their brain is damaged severely; there is evidence that ice damages the brain cells,” she says. Not only this, but it also affects your appearance as you begin to develop scabs on your face and body, it damages your teeth and you lose a lot of weight, and she says, you see all these changes in a person within only a few months of use. But it’s the impact this drug has on families, friends, on day-to-day relationships that seems to impact the Greek community the most. Being a Greek Australian, Ms Andrianakis says she gets a lot of parents contact her who are suspicious that their children may be taking drugs, specifically ice. “You can’t maintain a relationship [with an ice user],” says Ms Andrianakis. From the Greek Australian point of view, she says simply “it destroys families”. *Mary (whose name has been withheld for anonymity) says her family has been destroyed by her brother’s addiction to ice. When he started using ice, his family suffered due to his violent outbursts and mood swings. He also nearly sent his parents’ business bankrupt as “he took everything from [his parents’] business”. The ice addiction made him become a chronic liar and she says the family is unsure of what to believe and they question everything he says. And now her relationship with her brother is non-existent – all because of ice. In some cases, Ms Andrianakis sees ice users turn to criminal activity to fund their habit, but in other cases she sees parents being abused, bashed, left bankrupt by their children using ice, and parents who accept these behaviours as they don’t want to be seen as “giving up on their child”.“What a family member should do is try and engage with family services; in the community parents can go to local community health centres, their local GPs, there are drug and alcohol clinicians,” she says, adding if the user is incarcerated then they have other channels of support. Ms Andrianakis has observed an element of denial in the Greek community, adding “mental health and drug and alcohol addiction are not a sexy topic to the community” and that the community needs to be more aware.In some cases, the parents can’t understand why it’s happened to them, why their child is on drugs when they’ve given them a good home and education, but Ms Andrianakis says they need to understand that drug addiction is not about them and they need to be supportive to their child. She has noticed that it may be difficult for first generations to understand mental illness that can be the result of ice addiction. The reason this drug is so addictive is because it gives users a “sense of power”, with Ms Andrianakis adding she’s seen clients who haven’t slept for weeks. Because it’s a relatively new drug on the market, she says the full impact is yet to be seen and has gathered momentum in the last eight or so years. “It’s getting worse,” says the psychiatric nurse, “a lot of people think it’s a party drug and you stay up and dance all night, and you do … but you also destroy your life.” Australia has been warned by the report that the ice problem is reaching “pandemic” proportions. Victoria Police deputy commissioner Graham Ashton revealed to the media that bikie gangs and overseas criminal syndicates were taking advantage of the highly addictive aspect of ice “to actively hook thousands of young Victorians”.One of those was the 19-year-old Greek Australian girl, who died alone, with a needle in her arm. She could have been your sister, your cousin, your daughter. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Rabiot would be a great signing for Barcelona – Xavi

first_imgFormer Barca star Xavi believes Adrien Rabiot would make a great addition to Barcelona’s midfield, yet stating he hardly takes rumours seriously.There have been reports in Spain this week that Barca officials met with Paris Saint-Germain Rabiot to agree personal terms ahead of a transfer as PSG were also reported to be willing to allow the midfielder leave for a fee in the region of €40million.“He’s a player of an excellent level technically,” Xavi told Mundo Deportivo quoted in FourFourTwo when asked about Rabiot.“He could play perfectly as a central midfielder at Barca. He could contribute a lot, but that’s already entering the realms of speculation.“I’ve been asked a lot about Griezmann this summer and, in the end, he stayed at Atletico. But if Rabiot comes, he’d be a great signing.”Xavi also believes that Arthur from Gremio – a new arrival – has the “DNA”  of the Catalans while admitting that having to compare the Brazilian with himself or former captain Andres Iniesta will mount so much pressure on Arthur.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“I’ve seen a few videos of him. There are a lot of Brazilians here at the Aspire academy who have spoken very well of him,” said the Al Sadd midfielder.“I think he’s a player who is perfectly adaptable to Barca. He has what we call the Barca DNA, that technical quality, that talent you need. After that, it depends on him, his mentality and whether he is ready to play for a good team.”When asked about the comparisons between himself and Arthur, he added:“I don’t like it. I didn’t like being compared with [Pep] Guardiola or anyone, it’s not easy to digest, it’s a weight on top of you and that’s not good.“He has to make his own career, show his own personality. If we leave him in peace, he’ll succeed, but it’s very difficult at Barca, very difficult.”last_img read more

Forum addresses Kodiak food systems

first_imgFacilitator Rachael Miller listens to ideas from the locals in the room and writes them down on the paper behind her. (Kayla Desroches / KMXT)How do locals get good food when the produce shipped up from the Lower 48 is often so expensive and not so fresh? It’s an issue of concern for rural areas across the state.Listen nowFor some people, the answer is to cultivate a garden. For others, it’s about providing education. That’s some of what attendees talked about at an open forum last week hosted by the the Kodiak Area Native Association and funded in part by the First Nations Development Institute.Alaska Pacific University Professor Rachael Miller facilitates the forum. Joining her are community members, gardeners, and local food fans.They brainstorm, split up into groups and share their thoughts.Jane Eisemann brought up the disregard for food’s value and talked about the food waste she’s observed. She said she’s watched high school students chuck food into the garbage at lunch.“I just see this as a cultural issue maybe in parts of the United States where food is just something you gotta have, and you put it in your mouth, and you swallow it as quick as possible and taste be damned. It’s gotta be fast, it’s gotta convenient,” Eisemann said. “There’s nothing sacred about food or the sharing of food or the taste of food.”It may indicate a disconnect between consumer and grower.In Kodiak, some gardeners sell their produce at the farmer’s market in the summer. KANA project coordinator Tyler Kornelis – who helped organize the forum – says the community needs to put control back into their hands.“Even if it costs a little bit more from time to time, you still have to purchase locally to be able to sustain that living wage that was talked about earlier,” Kornelis said.Other concepts people toss around are a shorter work week to make time for gardening and exchanging services and food with neighbors.Miller, who wrote everything down as it came at her, later said she, like the attendees, has a lot of ideas. She said they point to a big question.“Are we going to continue to be beholden to a transportation system to deliver food or are we gonna focus on investing resources to grow more here? That’s kind of the fork in the road where we’re at,” Miller said. “My job is to develop ideas around opportunities for each of those areas and what that looks like, and that’s what I’ll be primarily spending the next three months researching.”Miller said, at the end of that period, she’ll release a Kodiak region food sovereignty assessment.“The goal of the report is to figure out our baseline,” Miller said. So, where are we at? We are looking at the costs and implications of food system breakdown, so what happens if the boat doesn’t come in and continues to not come in, opportunities for food production, and people’s perception of food access right now.”Miller said she’ll publish the assessment at the end of August.last_img read more

Dhanush sets his eyes on Ayushmann Khurranas Article 15

first_imgDhanush.PR HandoutDhanush, who is already busy with multiple projects, is now in the race to acquire rights to remake the hit Hindi movie, Article 15.According to The Times of India, Dhanush is one among many who are trying to procure the remake rights of the movie. “Many filmmakers from south have expressed their interest in remaking the film, and Dhanush, who is known for backing movies with good content, has also shown keen interest,” a source told TOI.However, it is unclear whether the actor wants to star in the movie or restrict himself as the producer.Article 15 is an investigative thriller directed by Anubhav Sinha. The movie revolves around the rape and murder of two teenage Dalit girls in Uttar Pradesh’s Lalgaon. It deals with the contentious issue of caste-based oppression sensitively. Although the movie had met with opposition from a section of the audience, it turned out to be a profitable venture by grossing Rs 64 crore at the box office.The subject seems to have caught Dhanush’s attention because of the rampant casteism in Tamil Nadu.However, Dhanush has a few movies in his kitty. He is working on Vetrimaaran’s Asuran and will be also teaming up for the second part of Vada Chennai. The actor has teamed up with RS Durai Senthilkumar for Pattas.last_img read more

HT Imam admits problems for fair polls

first_imgHT ImamThe prime minister’s political affairs adviser HT Imam on Wednesday claimed that premier Sheikh Hasina was trying to extend her assistance for holding a fair election in the country.He, however, admitted that still there are some barriers to a fair election.”Prime minister Sheikh Hasina is doing everything necessary for holding fair elections. There’re some problems over holding a fair election, and we’re trying to resolve those,” he told newsmen after an exchange of view with diplomats and other stakeholders.Imam expressed his views that the political parties and the media need to cooperate with the election commission (EC) in holding credible elections.Leaders of major political parties, civil society members and election observers joined the meeting with some diplomats over the next general election atmosphere, reports UNB.Canada and National Democratic Institute (NDI) jointly organised the programme at a city hotel. Diplomats from Australia, Sweden, Norway, Japan, Canada and some other countries were present.The closed-door meeting that began around 8:30am continued for around two hours.HT Imam said they discussed various issues relating to the 11th parliamentary elections.BNP standing committee member Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury said they talked about the necessary steps that should be taken for ensuring an acceptable election.He said their party and alliance joined the election though the EC could not ensure a level-playing field. “We hope the election commission will take necessary measures in the days to come to ensure a neutral election.”Awami League joint general secretary Dipu Moni said they discussed how the election can be held in a batter way.She said the government is providing the election commission with all-out cooperation so that it can arrange the election independently exercising its constitutional authorities.Civil society body Broti CEO Sharmin Murshid said it was a very important discussion as all the election stakeholders participated in it. “We hope such discussions will help reduce tension and instability, and pave the way for holding a credible election.”Former election commissioner and retired brigadier general M Sakhawat Hussain said Bangladesh has many outstanding achievements. “These achievements can fade away if the election is not held in a fair and credible manner.”The prime minister’s foreign affairs adviser Gowher Rizvi, the BNP chairperson’s adviser Reaz Rahman, Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh presidium member Shamsher Mobin Chowdhury and civil society platform Shujan secretary Badiul Alam Majumder were, among others, present.last_img read more

Harmful chemicals in cow milk curd and fodder Study

first_imgFile photoCow milk, curd and fodder of the country are contaminated with different types of harmful chemical elements, antibiotics and lead, found a government study.The chemical elements, once consumed by human, can be harmful for the health to the extent of causing cancer, experts said.National Food Safety Labratory (NFSL) conducted the research collecting samples from different parts of the country. The findings of the survey were revealed at a programme at the Public Health Institute auditorium in Dhaka on Sunday.United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) provided the fund for researching cow fodder, milk, curd and packaged milk.According to the study, almost all the samples of fodder contained excessive level of antibiotics. Some even contained pesticides, lead or chromium.The cow fodder samples were found to be contaminated with different harmful chemicals. Among 30 samples, pesticides were found in two samples, chromium in 16, tetracycline in 22, enrofloxacin in 26, ciprocin in 30 and aflatoxin in four samples. NFSL collected 96 samples of cow milk from different parts of the country.Pesticides were found in 9 per cent samples, tetracycline in 13 per cent, lead in 15 per cent and microbial factors were found in 96 per cent of the samples.Excessive amount of tetracycline was found in 30 per cent of packaged milk while microbial factors were found in 66 to 80 per cent of the samples.Among 33 samples of curd, microbial factors were found in 51 per cent of the samples. One sample was contaminated with lead.When asked, Lutful Kabir, a teacher of pharmacological study department at Dhaka University, said, “Those chemical elements will damage the body’s immune system.”He further said that finding lead and chromium in milk is alarming. Those chemical elements will ultimately cause cancer.The chemicals may enter the body of a cow through fodder or through steroid used for fattening, said public health expert Obaidur Rab. “The research has shown us that the issue of public health is being neglected in the field level,” he added.Obaidur, also country director of Population Council, recommended that sanitary inspectors should be trained in identifying those harmful chemicals.last_img read more