Cannabis spending grew 11 per cent in Q3 to 59 billion

first_imgOTTAWA — Statistics Canada says Canadian spending on cannabis rose 1.1 per cent to roughly $5.9 billion on an annualized basis in the third quarter.Nearly 84 per cent of purchases were illegal and for non-medical use, down from 98 per cent in mid-2014 as cannabis consumption for medical use has increased.The agency estimates that of the $4.9 billion in illegal, non-medical pot purchases in the third quarter, roughly 1.9 per cent came from home production.About $836 million was spent on medical cannabis during the period, including $88 million of personal production.Household spending on cannabis has increased for six consecutive quarters, averaging a growth rate of 1.5 per cent.The agency says household spending on marijuana has increased by 73 per cent since the second quarter of 2001, when the Canadian government legalized pot for medical purposes.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Modi’s candidature should be cancelled, says Mamata

first_imgBhadreshwar/ Amdanga/Salkia: Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee alleged that Narendra Modi has flouted the Indian Constitution with his statements that 40 Trinamool MLAs are in touch with him and at the same breath said no MLA will join his party. She further added that on grounds of horse trading, his candidature should be cancelled.”Yesterday he (Modi) said 40 of my MLAs are in touch with him. This will fall under the anti-defection law. He is saying unconstitutional things while holding a constitutional position. Doesn’t he have any shame? He is violating the Constitution and has no right to be the Prime Minister,” Banerjee said at an election rally in Bhadreshwar on Tuesday. Later, she addressed two meetings at Amdanga and Salkia. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”His candidature should be cancelled. First save Delhi, then try to buy off MLAs from Bengal. It will be of no use. Even if he buys all the MLAs, our government will not fall,” the Trinamool Congress supremo said. Narendra Modi had said during an election rally at Serampore on Monday that 40 Trinamool MLAs are keeping in touch with him. The Trinamool Congress has reported the matter to the Election Commission. Banerjee alleged that “Modi is coming to Bengal to divide the communities. He is instigating one community against the other. During the election speeches, he is not mentioning anything about the ill-effects of note ban or GST. He is also silent why in the past five years jobs could not be given to 2 crore youths per year. His only business is to divide the communities to get votes.” Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayShe reiterated that the BJP will not get a single seat in Bengal. “Last time they had two seats and they will be defeated in both of them. BJP is relying on traitors and after the election result is out, they will realize what mistake they have made by depending on the traitors.” She alleged that Congress and CPI(M) are backing the BJP in several seats like Malda North, Berhampur to defeat the Trinamool nominees. “It is unfortunate that both Congress and CPI(M) have sold their signboards to the BJP.” In Bhadreshwar, she recalled the ‘Reign of Terror’ that had been unleashed by the CPI(M). “How can I forget those days? I had come to Bhadreshwar following the death of Bikhari Paswan, a worker of Kanoria Jute Mill. I have seen how CPI(M) had unleashed a ‘Reign of Terror’ in different areas in Hooghly and Howrah. The anti-social elements of CPI(M) have now joined the BJP,” she maintained. At the Amdanga rally, without naming Arjun Singh, the BJP candidate from Barrackpore Lok Sabha seat, Banerjee said: “Do not to cast a single vote to the gaddar (traitor). Vote for the Trinamool candidates as they are secular and the party will play a major role in the formation of the new government in Delhi.” In Amdanga, TMC’s Dinesh Trivedi took a lead of 83,233 votes from here in 2014 Lok Sabha elections. Banerjee urged the people to ensure that the lead of Trivedi goes up from the segment. She cautioned the people against BJP and RSS workers who would try to buy their votes. “Don’t take money from them and inform the police if they try to buy your votes,” she said. The election in Barrackpore Lok Sabha seat will be held on May 6.last_img read more

Oil falls 2 per cent as weak US fuel demand adds to

by Jonathan Fahey, The Associated Press Posted Apr 17, 2013 9:47 am MDT Oil falls 2 per cent as weak US fuel demand adds to economic growth worries AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Oil dove again Wednesday, the latest in a series of declines that has pushed the price down by US$10 a barrel over two weeks.This time, it was an Energy Department report that suggested more drivers are staying home, giving them no reason to fill up their tanks.That actually works to the benefit of those who are hitting the gas station. The average price of gas has dropped 11 cents since April 1 and could fall further.Oil dropped US$2.04, or 2.3 per cent, to close at US$86.68 in New York. Brent crude, which is used to price oil used by many U.S. refiners, dropped US$2.22, or 2.2 per cent, to US$97.69, the lowest level since July.Fundamentally, there’s been little support for oil prices. Forecasts for global oil demand have fallen at a time of ample supplies. Economic reports from the U.S., China and Europe have been disappointing. Wednesday was the fourth drop of at least 2 per cent in April.U.S demand for gasoline during the four weeks ended April 12 was 3.3 per cent less than a year earlier, averaging 8.4 million barrels a day, according to the Energy Department. That’s the lowest demand for the second week in April since 1997, according to Tom Kloza, Chief Oil Analyst at Gasbuddy.com. Demand for other fuels, such as diesel and heating oil, was also tepid.“This is a serious slump,” Kloza said.Meanwhile, U.S. gasoline supplies are 3.6 per cent higher than they were a year ago, according to the Energy Department.Lower gasoline demand and lower oil prices have led to lower gasoline prices for U.S. drivers. The average U.S. retail gasoline price is now $3.52 per gallon, according to OPIS, AAA and Wright Express. Prices have declined steadily since late February, when the average price hit a high for the year of US$3.79 per gallon (3.79 litres).The drop in pump prices may continue. Gasoline futures fell 5 cents, or 1.7 per cent, to $2.73 per gallon (3.79 litres) Wednesday. Futures prices help set the price that distributors and station owners pay for wholesale gasoline. Those wholesale prices are then used to determine retail prices.The surprise drop in gasoline demand followed a series of weak economic reports around the world, starting with a disappointing U.S. employment report two weeks ago. This week, a report of slower-than-expected economic growth in China helped trigger a broad sell-off in commodities that included the biggest one-day drop in the price of gold in 30 years.The prospects for a recovery in Europe remain dim. On Tuesday, the International Monetary Fund said it expects the combined economy of the 17 eurozone countries to shrink 0.3 per cent in 2013. The IMF also lowered its outlook for world economic growth this year to 3.3 per cent from its January forecast of 3.5 per cent. It predicts U.S. economic growth of 1.9 per cent this year, down from a January estimate of 2.1 per cent.When economic growth slows, drivers, shippers and travellers consume less gasoline, diesel and jet fuel.In other futures trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange:— Heating oil fell 7 cents to US$2.73 a gallon (3.79 litres).— Natural gas rose 5 cents to US$4.21 per 1,000 cubic feet.(TSX:ECA), (TSX:IMO), (TSX:SU), (TSX:HSE), (NYSE:BP), (NYSE:COP), (NYSE:XOM), (NYSE:CVX), (TSX:CNQ), (TSX:TLM), (TSX:COS.UN), (TSX:CVE)Follow Jonathan Fahey on Twitter at http://twitter.com/JonathanFahey . read more

Calgary Chamber on the fence about budget 2016

It’s mixed reviews from the Calgary Chamber of Commerce on budget 2016.President Adam Legge says he’s happy to see promises of investment dollars for new businesses and a one percent tax cut for small business. But, he feels more needs to be done to lessen the debt load. “We want to see greater focus and emphasis on some expense control and greater efficiency on expenses. But, we also have to have a very significant conversation about what is the revenue model for Alberta going forward, given that our resource revenue is declined and not looking like it’s going to increase anytime in the near future,” Legge said.He says he’s concerned Alberta is now near the top of the country in interest payments, which is money that does not go to any provincial services. Calgary Chamber by 660 NEWS Staff Posted Apr 15, 2016 6:43 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Calgary Chamber on the fence about budget 2016 read more

United Arab Emirates in UN debate says Irans actions destabilized region

“Regional interference in Arab affairs, mainly perpetrated by Iran, the only country in the world with a constitution that explicitly calls for exporting its revolution, has aggravated conflicts in the region,” Minister Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan said, citing what he saw as Iran’s expansionist reginal policies, flagrant violations of the principles of sovereignty, and constant interference in the international affairs of its neighbouring countries. He said that a number of Arab countries, including Yemen, Libya, Iraq, Syria and Somalia, have descended into internal fighting. The past few years have proven that solutions based on crisis management are ineffective. “Settling for managing the crises, bandaging the wounds, repeating charitable humanitarian efforts or holding recurring international conferences are no substitutes for solving these crises,” he said. “Therefore, joint international efforts must focus on finding fundamental solutions for these conflicts,” he stressed. The international response to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s decision to develop its nuclear and ballistic capabilities and carry out regular tests is another example of inclination to avoid fundamental solutions and settle for condemnation alone, he said. The UAE affirms its deep belief in the values of justice, international law, human rights, the pillars of good governance as well as the importance of providing an enhanced environment of happiness to its citizens and residents, he said, noting that the empowerment of women has become a central policy in his country. His country has also built mechanisms to protect youth from falling into the clutches of extremism and violence through the establishment of the Hedayah Center to combat extremism. Additionally, the Muslim Council of Elders and the Forum for the Promotion of Peace in Muslim Communities were established to demonstrate the true face of Islam. These institutions aim to protect young people who have been polarized by extremist, sectarian and terrorist groups, and to counter the false claims of these groups. read more

Urban Meyer The closer

Urban Meyer talks to the media on National Signing Day Feb. 5 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorUrban Meyer has done it again.Ohio State’s football coach reeled in yet another top 10 recruiting class this winter, culminating Wednesday with 23 National Letters of Intent from some of the best high school players in the country arriving in Columbus on National Signing Day.The class — ranked No. 3 by Yahoo! Sports Rivals.com  — includes nine players from the state of Ohio, but Meyer also went across the nation to bring in what he calls “a great class,” picking players from Georgia, New Jersey and Texas among others. Meyer said it’s a class that could end up being the best he has landed since he arrived in Columbus.“I think we won today,” Meyer said Wednesday. “I made it clear to our guys, (I’m) very pleased with their efforts today. That was a good class, a great class.”It’s the third year in a row Meyer’s recruiting class is ranked in the top 5 in the country, but this year’s group could be a little different — with the losses of key players like All-Americans junior linebacker Ryan Shazier and redshirt-junior cornerback Bradley Roby to the NFL Draft, some of the young guys could be counted on early.Among those Meyer mentioned as potential candidates for that role were the four linebackers in the class — Raekwon McMillan, Kyle Berger, Dante Booker and Sam Hubbard — who play a position the coach said was an “emphasis” on the recruiting trail.“Just so everybody knows, there’s no redshirt plans for those players at all. We thought about that during the recruiting process,” Meyer said.McMillan is the nation’s top-ranked player at the position, coming to Ohio all the way from Hinesville, Ga. With the player being from a warmer climate than Columbus, some have wondered how Meyer was able to convince McMillan to come to OSU.“(Meyer) is really a great recruiter. He crosses all the Ts,” newly hired assistant head coach and defensive line coach Larry Johnson said. “My first in-home (visit) with him was awesome, really awesome. You watch a guy go to work (and) he’s got it all going on … he covers all his bases, know the family, know the kids and that’s pretty awesome what he does. He gets that involved. You call it aggressive, but I think that’s his style.”Meyer did it while he was at Florida, too — signing six classes, four of which ranked in the top three, according to Rivals.com (the other two being No. 15 and No. 11).Getting the upper echelon of players is how a program thrives consistently, Meyer said, but getting them to buy into what the school is selling comes with assistant coaches successfully selling what he calls the “Ohio State brand.”“The brand is so strong,” Meyer said, referencing a time this offseason when wide receivers coach Zach Smith had developed such a relationship with recruit Jalyn Holmes that Holmes felt comfortable calling Smith’s son via FaceTime. “I usually walk in because I’m kind of the closer. There they set the groundwork, (and) I know where we’re headed when I walk in that home. And the number one thing without question is relationships being built.”Meyer puts such an emphasis on recruiting that he mentioned it being one of the first things he thought of when OSU arrived in South Florida for its Discover Orange Bowl matchup against Clemson.“Recruiting is what I first saw when I saw the Orange Bowl,” Meyer said Dec. 19. “The respect I have for the entire state of Florida is great … We’re hitting it real hard down there as we speak.”Maybe that’s what makes Meyer effective at what he does — he’s always recruiting, always forming relationships and always thinking ahead. It trickles down to his assistants, too.“Coach Meyer does a phenomenal job of making sure that we stay on the edge,” running backs coach Stan Drayton said Wednesday, referencing how Meyer wants his peers to take note of the recruiting styles of other teams and coaches.“If those particular teams are doing a great job of going out, getting the top talent in the country, no matter how they went about doing it, OK, then he wants to know if it’s a fit for us to continue to do what we’re doing, or is it a fit for us to go out there and explore other ways to go about doing our business,” Drayton said. “He has this competitive spirit that we all have under him and if there’s a guy or there’s a coach or a recruiter or a team that’s out there doing something really well and having tremendous success from it, then we’re going to find out what it is and try to better it or embrace it ourselves. No doubt about it.”Meyer’s competitive streak appears to be a part of every single thing he does, from recruiting, to coaching, to keeping score. So much so that he said he was “disappointed” OSU didn’t finish with the top recruiting class in the nation (that belonged to Alabama for the fourth year in a row).“I hear people say it’s not important. I disagree,” Meyer said. “As long as you’re keeping score, we’re going to try to win. I’m disappointed we weren’t the No. 1 recruiting class in the country. Our staff knows we’re disappointed about that.“Is that the final end-all? No … And there is a correlation between how teams do where your team is ranked, recruiting class is ranked. But certainly that’s not the final product because you’ve got to coach and develop them and get them here.” read more

Bye week a mix of development preparation for Ohio State football

OSU redshirt-sophomore wide receiver Michael Thomas (left) outruns defenders following a catch against Kent State on Sept. 13 at Ohio Stadium. Thomas led OSU in receiving with 77 yards on 2 catches with a touchdown in OSU’s 66-0 win.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorThe Ohio State football team is moving full steam ahead during its bye week.Coach Urban Meyer said Wednesday that his team has already started preparing for its matchup against Cincinnati next week and added that he is excited about the development of his young players. “Its fun right now,” Meyer said of his plethora of young playmakers. “I kind of like where we’re at. We are still not the finished product, but a lot of those guys are young and they are going to be here for a while now.”One of those players is redshirt-sophomore wide receiver Michael Thomas, who, despite playing sporadically as a freshman in 2012, sat out the 2013 season as a redshirt. Meyer said Thomas was not ready to play last season, but noted that he’s vastly improved, which is why he has been successful early in 2014. “He is a good guy. He was (also) a mistake guy. Every third play he would screw it up. That is why last year he wasn’t ready to play and that was really hard for him,” Meyer said. “But he has come out and he is not the same mistake guy and he is playing much better. That is not surprising, the success he has had, because he has practiced that way.”Thomas’ improvement is clear, as he currently leads the OSU offense in receptions (11), receiving yards (214) and receiving touchdowns (4). Senior wide receiver Evan Spencer agreed with his coach and said Thomas has shown growth from last season to now.“He has done really well and he is going to continue to do well based upon what he has done in camp, what he had to do going through scout work (in 2013), and getting better,” Spencer said.Another position that seems to be improving is the offensive line, which gave up seven sacks against Virginia Tech, before rebounding to keep redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett upright for the entirety of the game against Kent State.Meyer said that while he has been pleased with the tackles on the offensive line, the interior of the line remains questionable.Junior offensive lineman Taylor Decker said Wednesday that while there are some growing pains, he has been encouraged by the young talent across the offensive line.“They are definitely all talented guys and they have a ton of ability. I have been really impressed with them so far. You can just see what they are capable of,” Decker said. “If they just start stringing practices together, where they do it over and over again, and become consistent, they are going to be really good players.”Currently in the middle of their bye week, Spencer said the Buckeyes are working on all facets of their game, as well as trying to rest up.  “Guys that are hurt, obviously we gotta heal up and at the same token, we are trying to develop guys from the bottom up and we are trying to work on special skill sets that we have to get better on,” Spencer said. “There’s obviously things you can see in the film that, even in our big wins and in the close ones, there are things we have to get better on and bye weeks are the perfect time to do that.”Spencer admitted that although there is plenty to work on, he is looking forward to a week off from actual game play. “You have three practices and then you don’t have to go though the battle of the game,” he said. “It will be good to get these three practices in and then kind of take a deep breath.”Spencer and the Buckeyes are set to do that Saturday before returning to action Sept. 27 to take on the Cincinnati Bearcats at Ohio Stadium. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. read more

Braxton Miller returning to Ohio State for fifth season

Then-junior quarterback Braxton Miller (5) rushes the ball during a game against Iowa Oct. 19 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 34-24. Miller announced Thursday that he would be returning to OSU for his fifth season. Credit: Lantern file photoBraxton Miller will remain at Ohio State for his fifth and final year of eligibility, the redshirt senior quarterback announced Thursday via an article from The Columbus Dispatch.The announcement puts to rest the steady flow of rumors about the two-time Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year transferring from OSU.“I’m from Ohio, this is my home state,” Miller told The Dispatch. “This is where I started and this is where I’m going to finish it.”Miller missed the entire 2014 campaign after injuring his right shoulder in late August, just 10 days before the Buckeyes’ season began.Redshirt freshman QB J.T. Barrett started all 12 of the Scarlet and Gray’s regular season games in place of Miller, setting 19 school and Big Ten records along the way. His season ended early after he injured his ankle against Michigan on Nov. 29.Redshirt sophomore Cardale Jones took over the reins for Barrett and led the Buckeyes’ on a historic three-game run to capture the program’s eighth national championship.Both Barrett and Jones will be back in Columbus in the fall to compete for OSU’s starting quarterback job.Miller’s announcement today also included his plans to continue playing quarterback and compete with Barrett and Jones for the vacancy.Miller, who boasts a 28-8 record as OSU’s starting QB, said he will welcome the competition for the starting job but he knows that he is “the best athlete in college football,” and if he encounters a competition, he plans to “be smart about things” and “stay looking forward.”As for the health of his recovering shoulder, Miller said the only reason the doctors say he is not 100 percent yet is due to the rotation in his throwing arm.However, the Huber Heights, Ohio, native added that he is doing all the same exercises that his teammates are doing and that he does not have “any pain, or aches, or anything like that.”The anticipated three-way competition will be in full swing come early August, when the Buckeyes begin preseason practice.OSU coach Urban Meyer will have to name his starter by Sept. 7, as the Scarlet and Gray are scheduled to take on Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va., at 8:00 p.m. in the 2015 season opener. read more

FAA issues rules aimed at tired airline pilots

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration is imposing new rules aimed at preventing airline pilots from flying while dangerously fatigued, a move safety advocates have been urging for more than two decades.The rules issued Wednesday would limit the number of hours a pilot can be scheduled on duty to between nine and 14, depending on the time of day.But cargo carriers, which do much of their flying overnight when people naturally crave sleep, are exempted. The FAA said forcing cargo carriers to reduce the number of hours their pilots can fly would be too costly even when weighed against the safety benefits.The FAA estimated the cost to industry of the new rules at $297 million over 10 years. Airlines get two years to put the rules in place.last_img

Qatar gets first boycottbusting cows

first_imgA first herd of boycott-busting cows has been airlifted to Qatar to boost milk supplies five weeks after neighbouring Gulf States cut links with the emirate.The several dozen Holsteins were flown in from Budapest, the first of 4,000 cattle to be imported by August.The bemused bovines took to their new surroundings at a farm 80 kilometres (50 miles) north of Doha on Wednesday, despite being the centre of attention from journalists and the pride of Qatar, which sees their arrival as a sign of its defiance in the Gulf crisis.”We brought in 165 Holsteins, all highly bred Holsteins, especially for dairy,” said John Dore, a senior manager at Baladna Livestock Production.”There are 35 milking cows, that are in milk at present and there’s 130 that will calve in the next two-to-three weeks.”Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut all ties with Qatar last month, closed the only land border and halted all exports of food to the emirate.The Gulf states accuse Qatar of supporting extremism, a charge it denies.Prior to the crisis, Qatar largely relied on dairy imports from Saudi Arabia, especially of milk.Its population of 2.7 million was dependent on foodstuffs from Gulf countries, which made up almost half of all imports.However, since the political crisis began Qatar has resorted to importing food from different countries including Turkey, Iran and Morocco.Qatar aims to increase by five-fold the number of cattle it has in the country as it looks to lessen its food dependency on imports because of the ongoing crisis.Dore said the livestock were the first steps in Qatar trying to become “self-sufficient in beef”, and it aims to boost cattle numbers in the country from a current 5,000 to some 25,000 in the near future.The cattle will be farmed for both milk and meat.”Local supply covers between 10 and 15 percent at present” of Qatar’s needs, Dore told reporters at the farm, as the cows quietly munched on grass laid down next down to the large pens in which they are housed.Qatar uncowedDespite their journey of more than 3,700 kilometres and adjusting to new heats of 41 degrees Celsius (106 Fahrenheit), the animals seemed unworried by their new surroundings, and certainly unaware of their political significance.”Before, most of the milk in Qatar was imported from Saudi Arabia and the UAE,” said Dore.”At the moment the gap is being filled by Turkish imports, which are welcome for the present but the quality won’t compare with local produce.”Qatari officials have confidently claimed they can withstand the boycott “forever”.The cows were brought in by a Qatar Airways cargo plane on Tuesday.Moutaz al-Khayyat, the chairman of Qatari firm Power International which bought and imported the cows, told Bloomberg News that once all the 4,000 cows arrive in Qatar, they will meet around 30 percent of the country’s dairy needs.He said it could take up to 60 flights to bring all the cattle into Qatar.last_img read more

Texas Juvenile Justice Department Looks To An Unconventional New Leader

first_img Share LinkedIn pageCamille Cain is the newly appointed executive director of the Texas Juvenile Justice Department.Camille Cain has worked for multiple Texas governors and one president. She has been a consultant and helped manage billions of dollars in grant funding for statewide and national criminal justice programs. But one thing the new head of the Texas Juvenile Justice Department hasn’t done is work directly with incarcerated kids. That gap in her resume made her an unconventional hire by the TJJD board, which voted 12 to 1 to name her the agency’s new executive director last month. The two people who held the job before Cain both ran county juvenile probation departments prior to their appointments. But state leaders hope her bureaucratic experience will enable her to do something those hires couldn’t: save an agency that has long struggled under multiple violence and sexual abuse scandals and staffing shortages. “I’m very optimistic,” said state Sen. John Whitmire, a Democrat from Houston and chairman of the upper chamber’s Criminal Justice Committee. “I think she’s going out there with a commitment to make a difference.”Cain, 50, told The Texas Tribune that she plans to use her background to work closely with experts inside TJJD and out, including lawmakers, juvenile probation department chiefs and advocates to immediately make youth lockups safer and, in the long term, place more minors into local facilities instead of state-run ones.“I strongly believe in the power of bringing together the ideas of diverse groups of experts and weaving those ideas together into solid strategies with a clear, well understood vision,” she said. Cain previously had denied an interview request citing her short tenure at the department, but she answered questions in a written response Thursday.Turning the agency around won’t be easy. Last November, after a department report obtained by the Dallas Morning News revealed that guards at the Gainesville State School in North Texas were allegedly sexually abusing committed youth, reform advocates called for the closure of the five state-run lockups that generally house violent juveniles. Last month, several state senators said in a hearing that the department was in need of “drastic action” and a “total shakedown.” Republican Gov. Greg Abbott sent in the Texas Rangersto investigate the alleged misconduct and said in a letter that the department should reduce the number of juveniles kept at the remote facilities.To most, Cain’s hiring was unexpected. With political turmoil brewing, the agency’s board was quietly searching to replace its retiring director, David Reilly. Despite calls for transparency in the hiring process, reform advocates, along with Whitmire and the chair of the department’s advisory council, said they didn’t know who Cain was until the choice was narrowed down to two finalists. There was no news release announcing her hire, with the department opting to announce the news on their Facebook page after she was selected at a board meeting. According to a record of the meeting, she was given a $205,879 annual salary. No board member responded to requests for comment on the hiring process.People she’s worked with cited her organizational skills and methodical decision making as reasons why she’ll excel in her new role, especially with the department in crisis mode. In multiple interviews, former colleagues described her as thorough and strategic — using evidence, never impulse — in her policy decisions.“She’s a straight shooter,” said Kevin O’Connor, former U.S. Associate Attorney General who was Cain’s boss when she helped manage national criminal justice funding in the George W. Bush administration. “When an agency or any organization goes through those kind of scandals, it’s important that leadership come in and be people with integrity. And I have no doubts in that regard that Camille has the requisite integrity and experience.”Still, some juvenile justice reform advocates have expressed concern about new developments since Cain took over. Recently she told the TJJD’s advisory council that a longtime push to raise the age of adult criminal responsibility from 17 to 18 would “break us” by flooding juvenile lockups with more youth. Many criminal justice advocates have called for raising the age, saying 17-year-olds are too young and vulnerable to serve time in an adult population. The Houston Chronicle also reported this week that the department is reviewing the possible transfer of dozens of violent detainees to the adult prison system.More simply, the advocates have expressed concern at Cain’s lack of hands-on experience in the field.“I do think that it’s always preferable for someone who is going to be in charge with tens of thousands of youth to have experience with youth,” said Lindsey Linder, a policy attorney at the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition, citing the more than 1,000 juveniles in state lockups and the many more referred to probation departments across the state.A different management styleCain most recently led Abbott’s Criminal Justice Division, which allocates hundreds of millions of state and federal dollars to justice initiatives, including youth programs. During her more than two years there, the division developed a child sex trafficking team and made investments to reduce the number of children sleeping in Child Protective Services offices, according to the governor’s office.Early indications suggest that Abbott will remain an ally in her new job. In a letter sent Thursday, Abbott told Cain he would allocate money to the department for things like assisting the Texas Rangers in their current investigation and providing training for agency gang investigators.Those who worked closely with Cain touted her willingness to learn by reaching out to others in the field. Tony Fabello, a longtime criminal justice policy wonk in Texas who has had a working relationship with Cain for more than two decades, said she understands her limits and has a broad set of national and statewide consultants she can turn to from her years of experience.“The myth here is that these large agencies, you really have to be getting your hands dirty. You don’t,” said Fabello, now deputy director of the Council of State Governments Justice Center. “You just have to be savvy enough to understand how to reach out to the expert staff that you have and put all their thinking and expertise together.” One of Cain’s strengths, which the previous two directors lacked, he said, is her ability to work well with the governor’s office and legislators.History repeats itselfThe juvenile justice system has undergone major shifts before, only to circle back to similar problems. In 2007, after media reports highlighted physical and sexual abuse at state-run facilities, concerned judges stopped committing as many juveniles to state custody and the Legislature implemented several reforms to shift money from the state’s lockups and into local probation departments. By 2012, average populations at the lockups dropped 66 percent, according to a 2015 report.But with less kids came less funding, and with five remaining secure facilities for juveniles spread out in rural areas throughout the state, keeping staff has been a consistent problem. The Gainesville facility had a guard turnover rate of more than 50 percent last fiscal year. That number skyrocketed to almost 80 percent between September and November, according to a report card of the agency released ahead of a Friday board meeting.Cain said the turnover rate is “alarming” and that she will be reviewing and adding training for guards and looking to get tenured guards into leadership roles. She also said the department will be “much clearer with candidates about what the job truly entails.” “We are looking at our resources and what we have available to bring those changes — at this point, no options are off the table,” she said.Reilly, the former director, told the state’s Senate Finance Committee last month that the staffing problems create opportunities for sexual abuse at the lockups, since there aren’t enough guards to ensure committed youth and guards aren’t alone together. Whitmire was outraged at the meeting, calling the agency the “worst-performing agency by any measure.”He and reform advocates called for a national search for Reilly’s replacement. Even though that didn’t appear to happen, Whitmire said last week that he is fine with the board’s choice.“Obviously, the governor knew who he wanted to place out there,” he said. “I still think it’s great to do a national search, but I’m not going to argue with the outcome of their in-house search.”In his letter to Cain, Abbott conceded that many of the agency’s problems will require long-term, legislative solutions but asked her to work on any possible immediate changes on her own.“I request that you develop short-term solutions and long-term goals as the focus of significant change under your leadership at the agency,” he said, adding that she should include a variety of stakeholders in her decision-making process.On Wednesday, she met with representatives from several advocacy groups which shared ideas to reduce the population, like by cutting the length of stays at lockups and diverting kids with mental illness to outside treatment centers, according to Deborah Fowler with Texas Appleseed.Cain said the department will be working on a tangible plan in coming weeks.“At the core of our priorities in the short term is to improve safety, which is foundational to the success of our system and the young offenders in it,” she said. “But our overarching goal has to be making sure that our young offenders are placed where they stand the greatest chance of success.”last_img read more

Houston Officials Halt Construction of Robot Brothel

first_imgHouston city officials have ordered a halt, at least temporarily, to a Canadian company’s plan to open a so-called “robot brothel” in the city.The Houston Chronicle reports building inspectors ordered the halt after determining KinkySDollS lacked the permits required for demolition and construction.The company has received pushback from community groups and local officials.KinkySdollS announced last month on Facebook that it plans on opening a “love dolls brothel” in Houston. It would be the company’s second location and the first in the U.S.On social media, KinkySdollS says its human-like dolls are available for sale or rent and can speak. Mayor Sylvester Turner says he’s not trying to be the “moral police,” but that it’s not the kind of business he wants in the city. Sharelast_img read more

American Horror Story Cult Mixes Good Scares with Iffy Satire

first_img American Horror Story Takes Us Back to the Days of Witches and WarlocksThe Best American Horror Story Funko Pops! I guess this means it’s officially fall. I’ve heard games writers talk about Madden as the release that signifies the never-ending onslaught of new games until December. Over in the TV world, our equivalent is American Horror Story. Once Ryan Murphy’s horror anthology series premieres, the floodgates are open. We’re in for at least two months of premieres and new episodes to dissect. And boy, do we have a lot to unpack with this one. Right away, American Horror Story: Cult is different from previous seasons. There’s no immediately obvious horror movie sub-genre it’s pulling from. Even the scary clowns are references to a previous season. Instead, by building out from anxieties over the 2017 election, it’s giving us something it hasn’t done before. It’s making a uniquely, well, American horror story.Nothing works quite as well in this premiere as the opening scene. It’s the best-directed moment in the entire hour. It did a better job of conjuring up the immediate post-election fear many of us felt last November. It becomes especially real when our main characters’ friends point out that their marriage is now uncertain. We see a little boy come to terms with the fact that there are people out there who don’t want his moms to be married. Even scarier is the reaction from Evan Peters’ Kai. After triumphantly humping his TV, he uses Cheeto dust to make himself look like Trump and gloats to his girlfriend Winter, who worked on the Hillary campaign. Lest you think this is straight liberals good, conservatives bad-level commentary, Murphy makes sure to take a few potshots at the left over the course of the episode. We have Sarah Paulson’s Ally literally scream in terror as the election results are announced. We have Billie Lourd’s Winter bemoan the lack of trigger warnings before the election results. And then there’s the infighting and blaming among the families for the result. Ally and her wife Ivy (Alison Pill) watch the election with their neighbors, The Changs. Mr. Chang immediately starts blaming his wife for being too busy to vote. Later in the episode, we learn that Ivy partially blames Ally for voting for Jill Stein (ha.)Evan Peters (Photo via FX)After that opening scene, nothing can quite live up to it. Twisty from Freak Show shows up for a brief cameo appearance, killing an amorous couple in a park before we learn that it’s all happening inside Ally and Ivy’s son’s comic book. Oh well, it was still a fun, gory slasher scene. The clown stuff does work well, as it’s the most rational of any of Ally’s irrational fears. These clowns are scary. She’s right to be afraid of them. It’s only a shame that their shock value is lessened a little by a much scarier clown appearing in TV spots during the show’s ad breaks. How was Ryan Murphy to know an It remake was actually going to look good? Even though they can’t compete with the sheer terror of the new Pennywise, the clowns still creeped me the hell out. That grocery store scene especially, when they just kept appearing out of nowhere and having clown sex in the produce section. Even with the silliness of Ally throwing bottles of rosé at them, it was still terrifying when one showed up in her car.The show is also giving us two unreliable protagonists, which could lead to a lot of scary fun later in the season. The election has triggered Ally’s phobias, and she’s suddenly more terrified than ever of clowns, blood and things with holes in them. She’s seeing clowns everywhere, and it’s not clear whether they’re real or just in her head. This is probably the most overt horror movie inspiration Murphy plays with so far. It’s not exact, but there are some definite Jacob’s Ladder influences showing up here. It gets more complicated when her son sees the exact same clowns get out of an ice cream truck, and enter the Changs’ house. While that should settle it that the clowns are real, we soon learn that the kid has night terrors where he doesn’t know he’s asleep. Though he (with Winter’s help) witnesses the clowns brutally murder the Changs, the cops say it was a murder-suicide, and Winter swears they only just came outside when the cops showed up.Billie Lourd (CR: Frank Ockenfels/FX)Not that we can trust Winter either. After the election, Kai appears to indoctrinate her into what will probably become his cult. Following the ritual, Winter starts working for Ally and Ivy as a nanny. While they’re away, she shows him snuff videos on the deep web, saying it’ll make him stronger. Evan Peters is great as the celebratory Trump supporter/proto-cult leader. He’s in full sneering villain mode here, laying out is plans before the city council to use chaos and fear to gain power. It’s as if Game of Thrones’ Littlefinger was a Twitter egg. Winter is even scarier. In front of Ally and Ivy, she projects safety and like-mindedness, but she clearly has her own agenda. She may very well end up being the season’s most terrifying villain. It can’t be a coincidence that the clowns showed up while she was babysitting. Or that they targeted the family of the city council-member who humiliated Kai. Or that the Clinton campaign sent her to Florida, the setting of Freak Show. Maybe something happened to her there and she’s the reason scary clowns have started appearing in Michigan.Of course, not everything works so well. The political satire is incredibly shallow, reading like a perfect example of performative wokeness. It doesn’t appear to have anything to say other than a thing happened. Yes, the two main characters are gay, but this is still an election story from the perspective of wealthy white people. Not to belittle anyone’s fears or anxieties, but nearly a year after the real-life election, this comes across as especially tone deaf. Ally mentions a Latina nanny who disappeared after the election, and can’t say if she just left or was rounded up. That is potentially scary, and makes me wish this season was about the former nanny instead. But Ally is more concerned with how it inconveniences her. Now, she has to hire a new nanny. How terrible that must be. For a season about election-based fears it’s a remarkably white cast. The only visible people of color barely even get names before the show kills them off. Political fears and anxieties can be used to great effect in horror (look at Get Out or Green Room, for example), and there’s probably a great horror story somewhere in here. Finding it may take a more delicate touch than Ryan Murphy is capable of. Subtlety and nuance aren’t exactly staples of his work.(Photo: Screenshot via FX)For its faults, the season premiere of American Horror Story: Cult did effectively set up its world. I’m hoping we get some more interesting characters to follow in the episodes to come, but for now, I’m interested to see where this is all going. I miss being able to see a clear horror movie subgenre the season will play with, but there’s a lot of potential here. At the very least, we have the ingredients for a good slasher flick, mixed with some psychological horror. Plus, cults are scary. You can bet the show will take a truly terrifying turn once whatever Winter and Kai’s plans are come to fruition. Now if only we saw more of what those plans were. The show will get there eventually. Until then, the copious arterial spray should keep us entertained.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. 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Ubisoft releases Watch Dogs Exposed E3 trailer

first_imgThe last time we got to see any new footage from Ubisoft’s upcoming game Watch Dogs was about a month ago when were presented with  6 minutes of uninterrupted gameplay. As you’d expect with E3 kicking off today, Ubisoft is keen that Watch Dogs doesn’t get lost in the crowd so has released yet another video.This time out the focus isn’t on gameplay, though. The 3-minute cut scene offers a glimpse at the kind of infiltration you’ll be expected to do in the game. Yes, there’s hacking involved, breaking into buildings, and using both weapons and hand-to-hand combat. But it’s clearly not always about killing everyone in the room. In this case it’s all about exposing an individual while at the same time attracting the attention of the authorities to ensure whoever gets exposed is also caught.Of all the next-gen games we’ve seen so far (and that number is sure to increase significantly this week during E3), Watch Dogs continues to hold my interest. It’s either going to a memorable thinking man’s third-person action game, or a mediocre experience that doesn’t quite get all its pieces lined up even thought it tries really hard.Obviously I’m hoping Ubisoft has nailed it and this forms the perfect excuse to buy a PS4. Of course, that decision also depends on whether Sony decides to take the same route as Microsoft and demands I connect my shiny new console to the Internet at least once every 24 hours.last_img read more

CMCH thrown in tizzy after patient goes missing

first_imgKolkata: Chaos erupted at Calcutta Medical College and Hospital on Friday morning, after a patient went missing from the hospital campus.It has been learnt that the patient, identified as Khokon Panda, was admitted to the medicine ward on Thursday evening. A resident of Murshidabad, he was initially taken to Murshidabad Medical College and Hospital after he complained of liver related problems. He was subsequently shifted to CMCH as his condition deteriorated. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseEarly on Friday morning the patient had gone to the toilet, after which he went missing. A relative of the patient who was in the hospital along with many others conducted a search but their efforts went in vain. The matter was informed to the hospital authorities. A specific complaint was also lodged at the local police station on Friday morning. Police have started a probe in this regard. Some patients have told the police that Panda left his bed at around 5.30 am, saying that he was going to the toilet. As he did not return, they went to the toilet and found that he was missing. Police are yet to ascertain the exact cause behind the disappearance of the patient. They are interrogating the family members of the patient as well as some patients who have been admitted in the same ward.last_img read more

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first_img News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 05, 2019 Digital Health Devices Used at Point of Care May Improve Diagnostic Certainty A West Virginia-based rural medical outreach event showcased the use of point-of-care technology in an ambulatory… read more Thermasonic Gel Warmers September 27, 2013 – Parker Laboratories is introducing three, completely redesigned Thermasonic Gel Warmers at RSNA 2013. These include a single bottle gel warmer, a three-bottle gel warmer with preset temperature options and LED indicators, and a three-bottle gel warmer with LCD readout and temperature adjustment in one degree increments, in either Fahrenheit or Celsius.The units have been completely redesigned with microprocessor control, a powerful heating element, and higher sidewall heat exchangers to rapidly heat gel and consistently monitor temperature.  From basic, single bottle warming to degree-specific, three bottle temperature controls with JCAHO compliant temperature indicator, there is an option for most any healthcare setting.   All units contain hospital grade plug and power cords and are complete with a 2-year warranty.Thermasonic is a durable, self-contained unit, constructed to give years of trouble-free service. Thermasonic is UL listed to Canadian Safety Standards and are available in 120v and 230v CE certified units.For more information, visit www.parkerlabs.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 08, 2019 360 Degree View of an Echocardiography Exam on the SC2000 System This is a 360 degree view of a live cardiac echo demonstration for the Siemens Healthineers Acuson SC2000… read more News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 26, 2019 Intelligent Ultrasound Group Collaborating With the National Imaging Academy Wales Artificial intelligence (AI)-based ultrasound software and simulation company Intelligent Ultrasound Group plc (AIM:… read more 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 11, 2019 360 Degree View of a Smartphone Performing a Cardiac Ultrasound Exam This 360 degree photo shows a basic, point-of-care cardiac echocardiogram being performed using a smartphone turned i read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more Related Content Technology | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Philips Extends Advanced Automation on Epiq CVx Cardiovascular Ultrasound Platform Philips recently announced new advanced automation capabilities on its Epiq CVx and Epiq CVxi cardiac ultrasound… read morecenter_img The ScanTrainer transvaginal simulator is one example of Intelligent Ultrasound’s simulation technologies. read more Technology | September 27, 2013 Newly Re-Designed Thermasonic Gel Warmers 3D Auto RV application image courtesy of Philips Healthcare News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 09, 2019 360 Degree View of a Mitral Valve Ultrasound Exam on a Vivid E95 System A view of a mitral valve on a GE Healthcare Vivid E95 … read more News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 31, 2019 Studies Confirm Clinical Value of ShearWave Elastography for Liver Fibrosis Evaluation SuperSonic Imagine announced the publication of the results of its prospective multicentric clinical study conducted in… read more last_img read more

China coal production falls in first 4 months of year

first_imgBEIJING (AP) — Coal production in China, the world’s biggest coal-consuming nation, fell by 6 percent in the first four months of this year as the economy slows and the government makes a concerted push to reduce carbon emissions.The National Development and Reform Commission said Tuesday that Chinese imports of coal also fell, plummeting 38 percent.China uses roughly half of all of the world’s coal production for power generation, heating and industry. That’s made China the world’s biggest emitter of carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas. President Xi Jinping has pledged to stop the growth in carbon dioxide emissions by 2030 and clean up the country’s polluted air. He’s also promised to double the percentage of renewable energy in China’s energy sources by that year.A slowdown in China’s economy has also tempered demand for coal and slowed growth in overall Chinese energy consumption.Earlier this month, the environmental group Greenpeace estimated that China’s carbon dioxide emissions fell by 5 percent in the first four months of this year.Official figures released in February showed that coal consumption fell by 2.9 percent in 2014, compared to the previous year. Coal still accounts for 66 percent of total Chinese energy consumption but natural gas, solar and hydropower use is growing.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Patients with chronic pain give advice Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementcenter_img Comments   Share   Top Stories How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Sponsored Stories New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t likelast_img read more

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first_img Top Stories Receiver J.J. Nelson looked good for the second consecutive day, using his speed to get by defensive backs and showing good hands. Trevor Harman also made some nice grabs.Running back Kerwynn Williams made a nice catch on a Palmer pass down the sideline. Tight Ifeanyi Momah also looked pretty good on some throws, using his incredible size to his advantage.Tyrann Mathieu tipped away a pass intended for Larry Fitzgerald during red zone work.The BadRunning back David Johnson pulled up a little lame following a nice run late in practice. He walked off the field with a trainer and was not seen again.NotedThe Cardinals showed a good number of six and seven-defensive back looks on defense.Quoted“Now I feel like a decent right guard, so it’s time to become a pretty good right guard and continue to progress until I feel like a great right guard.” – Jonathan Cooper on the move from left guard to right guard.“They both have a lot of experience in this system.  They both look like little refrigerators.  They look a lot alike and they play a lot alike, smart and stuff.  It’ll be one of those things, don’t miss any practice, don’t get hurt.” – head coach Bruce Arians on competition at center between A.Q. Shipley and Ted Larsen The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo The #CardsCamp play of the day – made by none other than @LarryFitzgerald. pic.twitter.com/eoxhKWP57G— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) August 3, 2015Also…Former Arizona Wildcat Shaquille Richardson, who was signed on Friday, said if he is going to make the team, he will do so not because of his cover skills.“All new players have to play special teams, so I’m focusing on special teams and doing what I can to help the team,” he said.Up NextThe Cardinals will be back on the field Monday for another walkthrough in the morning and then an afternoon practice, which is open to the public, at 2 p.m. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires GLENDALE, Ariz. — Sunday’s training camp practice drew fewer than the 12,000 fans Saturday’s did, but even still, the Arizona Cardinals had a good crowd on hand to watch their second workout. It’s also the final one before the pads go on, which is when things will really start to kick into high gear.The GoodQB Carson Palmer once again looked razor sharp. He was threading passes into tight windows with good zip as well as showing accuracy on passes down the field. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellingcenter_img 0 Comments   Share   “Earl Watford had a great spring.  He’s fighting to get on the field, and my job — I got to find him a spot to get on the field because he’s playing pretty well right now, whether it be fullback, tight end, an extra lineman somewhere because he can run so fast for a lineman and catch the ball.  I toyed with the idea of putting him at tight end in the spring, but we had so many young tight ends that we needed to look at.” – Arians on third-year guard Earl WatfordA Highlight (thanks to @AZCardinals) – / 23 QB Carson Palmer leads the huddle during Arizona Cardinals training camp Sunday, Aug. 2. (Photo by Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter JeanMichel Cousteau R

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterJean-Michel Cousteau Resort, Fiji has introduced an Elopement Package for couples looking to discreetly tie the knot.  The package allows the bride and groom to stay for seven luxurious nights while paying for only five.“We take great pride in curating this most unique and heavenly escape to paradise,” said Bartholomew Simpson, General Manager of Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort, Fiji.  “In addition to a private, uniquely Fijian ceremony, the Elopement Package offers couples all the extra touches necessary for a memorable wedding and honeymoon.”The Elopement Package includes an intimate wedding ceremony, complete with every detail from a wedding bouquet and crown to a Fijian choir.  Set on a deserted beach with the waters of Savusavu Bay as a backdrop, this simple ceremony begins with the beating of the lali drum as the groom is escorted by Fijian warriors to the palm frond and floral altar to await his bride.  The sound of the davui, a conch shell which is blown, signals the procession of the bride, which begins as she is led along the beachfront by Fijian warriors and presented to her groom.  At the completion of the ceremony, the bride and groom are guided through a traditional kava ceremony and presented with champagne.  The celebration continues with an intimate feast on a lantern-lit romantic pier.  Also included in the package are pre- and post-ceremony festivities, including a facial and manicure, honeymoon picnic on a deserted private island, and a couple’s massage.The Elopement Package is available 1 to 31 May , 9 October to 18 December 2016, and 8 January to 17 March 2017.  The all-inclusive package also includes a meet and greet at Nadi International Airport and Savusavu domestic airport, bure accommodation, all a la carte meals, most resort activities including five off-site excursions scheduled on a weekly basis, boat snorkel trips with resident marine biologist, snorkeling equipment, Wi-Fi, and return vehicle transfers from Savusavu Airport to the resort.  Starting rates for the Elopement Package begin at FJD12,875 for a seven-night stay in a range of luxurious beachfront bures.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

Cyprus scientists want your response on climate change and health

first_imgBy Xanthi Andrianou and Konstantinos Christos MakrisEnvironment, climate change and health: what do we know?Since the 1950s, systematic human activities have caused the exponential growth of key global ecological drivers of planetary health: disruption of the global climatic balance, environmental pollution, rapid biodiversity loss and resource scarcity. These are all linked with global demographic shifts, population health changes, and technological advances, which have improved the quality of life, globally. Life expectancy increased, infant mortality decreased, while we have improved access to safe water, education and life-saving health care. However, the progress comes with growing consumption habits that impose a large ecological footprint which, coupled with climate change manifestations, place substantial pressure on natural resources.The eastern MediterraneanManifestations of climate change now appear more extreme and frequent, especially in our region. The eastern Mediterranean has experienced extensive heatwaves and longer periods of reduced rainfall that affects water availability.Research using global climate models showed that the eastern Mediterranean area is anticipated to experience even longer periods with temperatures > 38°C in the coming years.Interactions between the global ecological drivers may be imprinted on all environmental components, like air/soil/water quality, food production, natural hazards and infectious disease exposures. For instance, climate change may affect food crop production. Climate-driven higher concentrations of ground-level ozone may lead to reduced crop production, while higher carbon dioxide levels due to increase in greenhouse gas emissions could result in less nutritious staple crops.These examples may seem simple, but they indicate how alterations in global drivers of planetary health may adversely influence the quality of regional and local environmental components with possible consequences on population and individual health.What is the relevance for us and what can we do?Nowadays, we can describe in detail the impact of global environmental phenomena that impact our everyday life, leading to increased public awareness about the interactions between environment and population or individual health. For example, we can monitor environmental phenomena such as natural disasters (e.g. hurricanes, tsunamis, forest fires) in real time. We can monitor how infectious diseases spread and how noncommunicable diseases incidence increased over the years. We have ample access to information about what happens globally and how different populations are affected. To better inform policy making, we can collect and analyse large amounts of data. As citizens, we have also improved our access to community-based information.Online questionnaireAt the Cyprus International Institute for Environmental and Public Health (CII) of the Cyprus University of Technology in collaboration with colleagues from the Maastricht University, the Netherlands, we developed an online questionnaire which takes approximately 10 minutes and we like to hear what you think about the possible link, if any, between climate change and your health.The questionnaire is available at the following address: https://ec.europa.eu/eusurvey/runner/CII_Questionnaire.You can find more details about our research team: http://web.cut.ac.cy/waterandhealth/ or on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/waterandhealthlab.CII.You May LikeUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoGundry MDHow To Make Your Dark Spots Fade (Effortless 2 Minute Routine)Gundry MDUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)UndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more