James’ Art & Culture Revival: FELA! & Rich Medina’s Jump N Funk Afterparty

first_imgFELA! The hit Broadway musical comes to Philly!(Courtesy of FELA!) So, here’s a true confession. One of my biggest arts-related regrets is missing the 2009 Broadway premiere and 15-month run of FELA! The Musical. I simply kept waiting, and then it was gone. But now, thanks to the folks at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, this critically acclaimed, three time Tony Award-winning musical will be in Philly next week! I know I say this a lot, but seriously don’t miss it! Trust me. FELA! tells the true story of the legendary Nigerian musician Fela Kuti, whose soulful Afrobeat rhythms ignited a generation and changed the world. Fela Kuti used his extraordinary big-band, electrifying brass infused music as a medium to create biting, revolutionary songs protesting the military regimes in his native Nigeria. Fela often paid a steep price for his music with over 200 arrests and countless beatings that left scars all over his body. But even these beatings couldn’t stop him, and the impact his music would have on the world. This triumphant tale of courage, passion and love features the amazing performances by a breathtaking cast, Fela Kuti’s original captivating music and the visionary direction of Tony Award winner Bill T. Jones. The show also boast an impressive list of celebrity producers, including Jay-Z, Will Smith, Jada Pinkett-Smith and Philly 360° Creative Ambassador Questlove of The Roots. I was very intrigued by a  New York Times review of FELA! which read, ”There should be dancing in the streets. When you leave the theater after a performance of “Fela!,” it comes as a shock that the people on the sidewalks are merely walking. Why aren’t they gyrating, swaying, vibrating, in thrall to the force field that you have been living in so ecstatically for the past couple of hours?” That’s where international DJ extraordinaire and Philly 360° Creative Ambassador Rich Medina enters the picture. Rich Medina, The Kimmel Center and Philly 360 have all joined forces to bring you the official FELA! World Tour Jump N’ Funk Afrobeat Afterparty. So, after the opening night show on Tuesday, March 20, everyone will head to Fluid Nightclub and dance the night away as Medina spins the hottest afrobeats sounds in honor of FELA!. This exciting smash musical will only be in town for five short days, and tickets have been selling fast! So, make sure you get your tickets now and join in the celebration of afrobeat, dance, song, art and FELA!. FELA! Tuesday, March 20 – Sunday March 25 Academy of Music 240 South Broad Street Jump N’ Funk – The FELA! World Tour Afterparty Tuesday, March 20 10 p.m. ($5 / Free admission with FELA! ticket stub) Fluid Nightclub 613 S. 4th Streetlast_img read more

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Special prosecutor looking at Ian Thomas investigation

first_imgA special prosecutor is now reviewing the criminal investigation of Columbia city councilman Ian Thomas.ABC 17 reports Boone County Prosecutor Dan Knight decided to back away, citing a close relationship with city police and Thomas’s in-laws.Thomas has apologized and reported himself to the Missouri Ethics Commission for some dealings with a developer late last year. He promised to vote for the Oakland Crossings plan, if the developer gave money to Columbia Community Land Trust for affordable housing.Cole Countys prosecutor Locke Thompson is now looking at the investigation.last_img

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How to Convince Tuberculosis Patients to Take Their Medicine?

first_imgPay them. But how do you know they’ve done it?Public health experts have long struggled to persuade drug-resistant tuberculosis patients to continue taking their drugs after they get better in order to eradicate resistant strains. But keeping track of compliance has been horribly difficult. A new, brilliant solution? Having patients urinate onto paper chemically treated to reveal a secret word or code if the urine contains evidence of the drug. The patient then calls a number and receives cash or other prizes as an incentive. It’s the brainchild of MIT scientists.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)(Hat tip to Steven Levitt.)last_img read more

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Admitting marijuana use may help Adrian D’Souza’s case

first_imgIt’s not often that hockey players test positive for banned substances. Adrian D’Souza’s dope flunk, therefore, comes as news with the former India custodian testing positive for marijuana.Adrian tested positive during the World Series Hockey (WSH) and now faces sanctions ranging from a mere warning to a two-year ban.Marijuana being a specified substance does not attract provisional suspension and the Mumbai Marines skipper will now have to wait for the result of his ‘B’ sample test before he faces the Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel.The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has stringent laws to nab athletes found guilty of anti-doping violations but Adrian will do well just to establish how the banned substance entered his body.Besides, Adrian will also have to establish that the substance he took was not intended to enhance his performance during the WSH, which remains an unsanctioned tournament as far as the International Hockey Federation (FIH) is concerned.Article 10.4 of the WADA code makes it clear that in the case of an athlete testing positive for a specified substance, the first violation could attract a minimum of a reprimand to a maximum of two years of ineligibility.If Adrian admits taking marijuana, he may get away with a suspension of just three months or may be even less, depending on the arguments he comes up with before the Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel.However, there have been cases in the past when athletes have denied taking such recreational drugs right through the anti-doping hearings, as was the case with Pune FC footballer Nishant Mehra who was handed a two-year suspension upheld by the appeals panel.advertisementThe amount of banned substance (28.7ng/ ml) found in Adrian’s sample is also surprising and what is amazing is that the substance was taken in the middle of a tournament, raising doubts over the seriousness of the athlete towards the game.WSH not being a sanctioned tournament, there were doubts over the result management of the samples.However, the Sports Ministry recognises the Indian Hockey Federation, under whose aegis the tournament was being run, and therefore Adrian, in all probability, will have to face the anti-doping disciplinary panel.last_img read more

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Huawei officially launches Ascend GX1 4G LTE tablet with 64-Bit quad-core SoC

first_imgChinese tech major Huawei has officially launched the Ascend GX1 phablet in China at a price tag of CNY 1590 or $255 (roughly Rs. 16,000). There is however no word yet if the device will be made available globally as of now.That said, the launch now confirms an earlier report that a certain Huawei device (the Ascend GX1) was sighted in a TENAA listing. Further, the said device was reported to have obtained the necessary certification from TENAA. There was no official word from Huawei back then. Now, the device has been officially launched.Let’s take a brief look at the specifications of the device. The Huawei Ascend GX1 features a 6-inch HD IPS display with a 720×1280 pixels resolution. According to the company, the Ascend GX1 comes with bare minimum bezels such that the screen-to-body ratio of the device is a remarkable 80.5 percent.It is powered by a 1.2GHz 64-bit Snapdragon 410 (MSM8916) processor coupled with 1GB of RAM. It comes with 8GB of internal storage expandable up to 32GB via microSD card. The device runs Android 4.4 KitKat out-of-the-box.It sports an 8MP rear camera with LED flash and a 2MP front-facing camera. Connectivity options on the device include: 4G LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, and GPS/ A-GPS. It decks in a 3500mAh battery.last_img read more

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A Former College Football Star, 2nd Round Pick Has Been Cut

first_imgA view of the Rams scoreboard.SEATTLE, WA – DECEMBER 17: Birds gather around a scoreboard showing the game statistics after the Los Angeles Rams beat the Seattle Seahawks 42-7 at CenturyLink Field on December 17, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)A former college football star and second round NFL Draft pick has been waived.Malik McDowell, the No. 35 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft out of Michigan State, will no longer be playing for the Seattle Seahawks.NFL Insider Ian Rapoport reports that Seattle has waived the former college football standout.The move was expected, but it’s still a big one.“In another expected, but significant move: The Seahawks waived defensive end Malik McDowell, former second rounder, with the non-football injury designation prior to the start of training camp Thursday,” he reports.In another expected, but significant move: The #Seahawks waived defensive end Malik McDowell, former second rounder, with the non-football injury designation prior to the start of training camp Thursday.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 26, 2018McDowell’s career with the Seahawks was off the rails from the start. He suffered a serious non-football injury prior to the start of the 2017 season.He was in an ATV accident the week before training camp started in 2017.McDowell was a two-time All-Big Ten performer and was named to the freshman All-American team in 2014.last_img read more

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Kirk Herbstreit Updates His Pick For The Heisman Trophy

first_imgKirk Herbstreit on the set of college gameday.Kirk Herbstreit.ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit has updated his pick for the 2018 Heisman Trophy heading into the final week of the season.Some around the college football world have speculated that Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray has caught up to Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.Murray has been phenomenal this season and he’s been getting more first-place votes in the mock polls across the internet.Does Herbstreit agree, though? Has Murray actually caught up to Tagovailoa?The ESPN analyst doesn’t think so.“I still think it’s Tua ahead of the rest of the pack,” Herbstreit said on ESPN’s Get Up! this morning.There is still some time to go, of course.Alabama is taking on Auburn this weekend, while Oklahoma is playing West Virginia. The conference championship games are to come after that, too.Stay tuned.last_img read more

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Clemson Now Has The No. 1 Overall Class For 2020

first_imgDabo Swinney running off the field after a Clemson college football victory.CHESTNUT HILL, MA – NOVEMBER 10: Head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers leaves the field after the victory over the Boston College Eagles at Alumni Stadium on November 10, 2018 in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. (Photo by Omar Rawlings/Getty Images)Today, Clemson added a commitment from Damascus (Md.) five-star defensive end Bryan Bresee, the No. 1 prospect in the 2020 class. Bresee’s commitment had a major impact on the team recruiting rankings as well.Clemson has now overtaken Alabama for the No. 1 overall class in 247Sports’ Composite Rankings. The Tigers have 245.47 total points to the Crimson Tide’s 245.46.LSU, Miami and Florida round out the top five, but all three are well behind the Clemson and ‘Bama. Sort of a metaphor for college football as a whole when you think about it.Clemson has never finished with the top-ranked class in the country, but 247Sports’ Anna Hickey outlines how it could happen this year. The Tigers remain in the running for several five-starsWith the addition of the No. 1 overall prospect, #Clemson captures the No. 1 recruiting ranking overall, and the Tigers have more than a full point on than the runner-up in average rating per commitment: https://t.co/bZbbKyLcmi— Anna Hickey (@AnnaH247) April 23, 2019In addition to Bresee, Clemson has 11 commitments from four-star prospects. Seven of the program’s 12 commits rank in the top 100 nationally.You can view Clemson’s full 2020 class here.The full 2020 team recruiting rankings can be found here.last_img read more

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Peak Design’s Give a Shot Program Harnesses the Power of Creatives for Social Good

first_img Editors’ Recommendations Airbnb Wants to Send You to Antarctica on Sabbatical This High-Proof Shochu Could Make Vodka Irrelevant Will This Nootropic from HVMN Get You Into Ketosis Faster? A Guide to Slivovitz, Eastern Europe’s Favorite Brandy The Best Travel and Adventure Documentaries on Netflix Right Now Peak Design is best known for crafting innovative gear for the adventurous photographer. If you’re looking for durable, award-winning bags and accessories to help you capture the world, then give Peak Design a shot.But, before you do, you should know that Peak Design has the Give a Shot program, a free and easy-to-navigate online hub developed to link creators and nonprofit organizations. Together, these entities can help each other out and make the world a better place.Simply put, Give a Shot provides a platform for photographers and videographers to find a volunteer projects that suit their interests. On the flip side, nonprofits gain high quality assets to help with their cause. Visual storytelling is powerful, and it can be one of the best methods a nonprofit uses to grow awareness.To encourage this relationship with non-profits, Peak Design  partnered with 1% For The Planet and The Conservation Alliance to offer memberships and bring about a even broader network of opportunities. In addition to the implicit gratification involved, a creator will also earn a gift card to stock up on Peak Design gear (the brand has curated some stellar bundles that’ll coincide with your lifestyle, like the weatherproof, outdoor-ready Mudslinger ($310) and the frequent flier companion, Globetrotter).Since it’s creation, the Give A Shot program has completed over 50 projects with the help of 170 creators and organizations, including Where the Wild Things Are (pictured above), in which a team of creators went to Alaska’s Chilkat Valley to document the land and livelihoods that will be impacted by soon-to-be-approved metal mines in the area.If you’re a creative looking for a project, start here. If you’re a nonprofit looking to submit a project, head here.last_img read more

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Milaha’s Profit Edges Down in Q1

first_imgzoom The start of 2016 proved to be somewhat more challenging than expected for Qatar Navigation (Milaha) which booked a 3.5% lower net profit in the first quarter of 2016, ending March 31st year-on-year.Qatar-based marine transport and logistics conglomerate’s net profit for the quarter reached QAR 352 million (USD 96.6 million), down from QAR 365 million for the same period in 2015. The company’s operating revenues decreased by 1.9% to QAR 771 million, with its operating profit falling by 7.2% to QAR 259 million.“Although some of the segments in which we operate are facing some challenging times, we believe in the long term fundamentals of these segments and their ability to recover in the near future,” said H.E. Sheikh Ali bin Jassim Al Thani, Chairman of Milaha’s Board of Directors.The worst hit were the company’s offshore and trading businesses, with Milaha Offshore’s revenue declining by 10% and net profit by 47%, mainly due to a very challenging offshore business environment and a delay in vessel mobilization.Driven by lower heavy equipment sales due to the slowdown in construction activities in Qatar and various related projects, Milaha Trading’s revenue dropped by 22% and net profit by 54%. Milaha Capital’s revenue declined by 12% and net profit by 5%, mainly driven by lower dividend income.Only the company’s Gas & Petrochem business recorded revenue growth, worth 63% prompting net profit rise by 23%. The company attributed the growth to the investment in two LNG carriers made in the second half of 2015 and stronger results from investments in associates and joint ventures.Milaha Maritime & Logistics’ revenue declined by 2% and net profit by 22%, partially due to increased pressure on pricing, particularly in the container feeder business.“With a strong balance sheet and a healthy financial position, we are confident that we will withstand the current headwinds and continue to invest in the future,” said Abdulrahman Essa Al-Mannai, Milaha’s President and CEO.The quarterly financials come on the back of Milaha’s net profit of QAR 1.095 billion (USD 300.6 billion) for the full year of 2015, representing a 4 percent increase compared to the previous year.last_img read more

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CMA CGM Confirms CSSC Yards for 22000 TEU Giants

first_imgzoom French shipping firm CMA CGM and CSSC Group have officially signed the contract for the construction of nine 22,000 TEU ships, the largest container vessels ordered so far.With the contract, signed on September 19 in Marseille, the company confirmed that the Chinese shipyards Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding and Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding (SWS) will be building the container ships.Earlier reports suggested that, under a letter of intent (LOI) signed with the shipyards, CSSC Hudong-Zhonghua would be in charge of constructing five ships from the batch, while Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding would be entrusted with building the remaining four units.CMA CGM unveiled the order earlier in September as part of its second quarter financial report, saying that the contract was placed “in order to keep pace with market growth and the group’s needs.”“This order, of which the first ships will come into service from the end of 2019, will further reduce unit transport costs, particularly on the Asia-Europe routes,” the company informed.The contract is estimated to be worth USD 1.2 billion.last_img read more

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Financement pour le Regional Occupational Centre à Port Hawkesbury

first_imgCOMMUNAUTÉS, CULTURE ET PATRIMOINE/SERVICES COMMUNAUTAIRES—Financement pour le Regional Occupational Centre à Port Hawkesbury Le gouvernement investit 50 000 $ pour permettre au Regional Occupational Centre de Port Hawkesbury d’améliorer les services aux Néo-Écossais handicapés dans la région du détroit. « Le Regional Occupational Centre de Port Hawkesbury réunit les gens afin d’améliorer et de promouvoir leurs capacités, affirme Michel Samson, ministre des Affaires acadiennes et de la Francophonie, au nom de Tony Ince, ministre des Communautés, de la Culture et du Patrimoine, et de Joanne Bernard, ministre des Services communautaires. Ce financement aidera un plus grand nombre de Néo-Écossais vivant avec un handicap de s’épanouir davantage dans la communauté. » Le centre offre des services de soutien professionnel, de développement des compétences et de soutien à l’emploi pour les personnes handicapées. Les programmes mettent l’accent sur les besoins des personnes desservies. Ils sont également offerts en collaboration avec les entreprises de la région. Le financement aidera la Regional Occupational Centre Society à atteindre son objectif de financement de 800 000 $, qui inclut aussi une contribution du gouvernement fédéral. L’argent servira à faire des rénovations et des améliorations, ainsi qu’à l’expansion des programmes. Le gouvernement provincial verse plus d’un million de dollars par année à la Regional Occupational Centre Society pour la prestation de programmes de jour en établissement et à l’intention des adultes.last_img read more

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14 bonus share issue announced by PSU RITES

first_imgNew Delhi: Railway consultancy firm RITES said Monday it will issue bonus shares to its shareholders. In a statement, RITES said it will issue one bonus share for every four shares held by its existing shareholders. “Bonus issue is part of the shareholder-friendly policies that our company has consistently pursued and this will also help us align the equity capital in line with the reserve and surplus of the company,” said Rajeev Mehrotra, chairman and managing director, RITES Ltd. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepThe bonus issue was proposed after reserve and surplus of the company as on March 31 touched Rs 2,184 crore. RITES had reported a 35.7 per cent rise in revenue to Rs 2,240 crore and a 37.3 per cent rise in profit after tax (PAT) to Rs 490 crore in 2018-19 over 2017-18, with a strong order book of Rs 6,097 as on March 31, the state-owned firm said in the statement. “Five crore…new ordinary shares of Rs 10 each will be issued. These new shares will carry the same rights and will rank pari passu. The paid-up share capital of the company will increase from Rs 200 crore to Rs 250 crore after the bonus issue,” the statement said.last_img read more

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The next battleground in Canadas euthanasia debate advance directives

first_imgHALIFAX – Liana Brittain says each additional day with her husband would have been a precious gift, but a gap in Canada’s assisted-suicide law cut those short.Bill C-14 revolutionized end-of-life care when it was enacted last summer, but it doesn’t permit people to leave what are known as “advance directives” — written instructions for assisted suicides, for a time when they are no longer able to ask for it.When Brittain’s husband, Paul B. Couvrette, decided to end his life due to terminal lung cancer, it had to happen while he was still able to confirm he wanted a fatal injection.“We would have had more time together had he had the opportunity to put … his witnessed, written directive, into play,” Brittain said in an interview at the International Conference on End of Life Law, Ethics, Policy and Practice in Halifax late last week.Brittain has a photograph from Couvrette’s last day — he is smiling and quietly reading a letter of goodbye from a granddaughter in their seaside, retirement home in western P.E.I.Brittain, 67, says the death that followed Couvrette’s last meal of seafood chowder and homemade biscuits was a calm and peaceful experience. But they would have appreciated carrying on a bit longer.“I find it difficult to understand how people whose loved ones are in a coma or life support system are able to speak on their behalf when they’re no longer able, but when someone who has chosen an end of life … they cannot put an advanced directive in place,” said Brittain, who volunteers for Dying with Dignity.Bill C-14 allows for medically assisted deaths when patients are over 18, have a serious and incurable illness or disability, are in an advanced state of irreversible decline, endure intolerable pain, and face a “reasonably foreseeable” death.While Canadians like Brittain favour allowing advance directives, as did a special parliamentary committee that studied the issue, the Liberal government put off any decision.It has appointed the Council of Canadian Academies to examine the issues, and that group has formed an expert panel gather submissions.“That work is ongoing now,” said Joan Gilmour, director of the health law program at Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto.She says the existing Supreme Court of Canada case that led to the federal legislation is silent on these living wills and there’s currently no litigation on the topic.Gilmour says advance directives are supported by the growing number of Canadians who face illnesses such as advanced dementia or strokes, and who want to make decisions about how they’ll die while they still can.However, Hilary Young, an associate professor at the University of New Brunswick’s Faculty of Law, argued against the practice during a presentation at the conference, arranged by Dalhousie University’s Schulich School of Law.It’s “one thing” to kill someone with the capacity to convey they wish to die, but something very different to end the life of someone who is no longer competent “and is not presently requesting it,” according to a written summary of her paper.Young told delegates on Thursday that it’s often difficult to determine in advance when a point of intolerable suffering is reached by a patient who can no longer describe their pain.There may be cases when a person with dementia who becomes mentally incompetent isn’t suffering, she suggested.“It’s possible you may think something will make you suffer, when in fact it won’t,” she told the audience, speaking of patients who develop advanced dementia.Dr. Kenneth Rockwood, who has treated Alzheimer patients for decades, says he has deep misgivings about advance directives, even while he understands how some wish for death due to extreme suffering.“I worry it may not be the outcome they wish for,” he said. “They (people with dementia) may in their own mind believe their duty to their offspring is to leave them with some money.”Liselotte Postma, a researcher in criminal law at Erasmus University in the Netherlands, said during the conference that while her country allows for written, advance directives they are scarcely ever used in cases of advanced dementia.She described one high profile case where a 70-year-old woman facing dementia had left a written advance directive saying she wanted to die if she reached the state that she had to go into a nursing home.After a doctor carried it out, public prosecutors ended up considering criminal charges against the physician, she said.Postma concluded that the Dutch law is “complex and in need of assessment,” and has created a situation where many people complete advance directives, but doctors seldom agree to carry it out.Nonetheless, Brittain says she thinks Canada should attempt to fashion a law that allows people to work out their advance consent. Most eventualities can be worked out, she says, if enough thought is given to the options ahead.“We (she and Couvrette) went through a number of potential scenarios and we talked them through and we made decisions,” she said.Follow (at)mtuttoncporg on Twitter.last_img read more

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The top 10 movies on the iTunes Store

first_imgiTunes Movies U.S. charts for week ending December 30, 2018:iTunes Movies US Charts:1. Crazy Rich Asians2. A Simple Favor3. Venom4. Mission: Impossible – Fallout5. Home Alone6. The House With a Clock In Its Walls7. Elf (2003)8. Sicario: Day of the Soldado9. Night School (2018)10. White Boy RickiTunes Movies US Charts – Independent:1. Colette2. Mid90s3. Eighth Grade4. Bob Lazar: Area 51 & Flying Saucers5. Galveston6. Juliet, Naked7. RBG8. The House That Jack Built9. The Dawn Wall10. The Death of Stalin__(copyright) 2018 Apple Inc.By The Associated Press, The Associated Presslast_img

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India takes up fishermens issue with Sri Lanka

India said Monday that it has taken up with Sri Lanka the issue of its fishermen who often bear the brunt of the neighboring island nation’s naval forces in the high seas.Indian Defense Minister A.K. Antony said that the country’s government has urged Sri Lanka to direct its navy to act with restraint and not to fire on Indian fishermen sailing along the International Maritime Boundary Line. The defense minister added “From time to time, there have been reports of attacks and apprehensions on Indian fishermen near the International Maritime Boundary Line. As soon as reports of attacks on Indian fishermen are received, the government, through diplomatic channels, takes up the matter with the Sri Lankan authorities.” “The government continues to remain engaged with the government of Sri Lanka to ensure that fishermen on both sides can continue to pursue their livelihood in a safe, secure and sustainable manner,” he told the Indian parliament. Recently, there were media reports of Sri Lankan navy capturing 19 Indian fishermen who were later released following intervention of the Indian government. (Xinhua) read more

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UN confident Iraqi interim government will be formed ahead of power transfer

“We are confident that it will be possible to form such a government in a timely manner, that is, during the month of May 2004,” Mr. Brahimi told a press conference in Baghdad following some 10 days of consultations with a cross-section of Iraqi political leaders and civil society representatives.He said the transitional government would be “led by a Prime Minister and comprising Iraqi men and women known for their honesty, integrity and competence,” and that there would also be a President to act as Head of State and two Vice-Presidents.According to an agreement reached last November, the United States-led Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) is scheduled to transfer power to an Iraqi government on 30 June and the current 25-member Governing Council will be dissolved. As Mr. Brahimi noted today, some of the Governing Council members are already assuming other responsibilities while other members “will no doubt be called upon to participate in various State institutions.”The UN envoy is scheduled to return to New York in the coming days to brief the Secretary-General and the Security Council before returning to Iraq to hold more consultations. While Mr. Brahimi’s recommendations would not be finalized until his return, he outlined a number of preliminary observations and a few tentative ideas.Mr. Brahimi said the current security situation made it all the more urgent for the political process to continue. “Let me emphasize…the elections scheduled to take place in January 2005 are the most important milestone,” he said. “There is no substitute for the legitimacy that comes from free and fair elections.”The UN envoy said he agreed with the suggestion by a number of those he consulted that a large national conference be held to promote national reconciliation and consensus. Such a gathering could be held in July and aim to elect a consultative assembly to serve alongside the caretaker government until the January 2005 elections.He added that even though the UN electoral team has been able to progress in its work, “it is important and urgent that, on the Iraqi side, the necessary steps are taken, so that elections can take place” in time. “Naturally, the security situation has to improve significantly for these elections to take place in an acceptable environment,” he added.Mr. Brahimi also said many Iraqis had appealed to him regarding the thousands of Iraqis who are being detained without charge. “They should be either charged or released, and their families and lawyers must have access to them,” he said, adding that it was “difficult to understand” that thousands of sorely needed Iraqi professionals were dismissed during the de-Baathification process.”All these are ideas which will be submitted to the Secretary-General and further discussed both during the wide consultations scheduled to be organized by the committee set up for this purpose by the Governing Council and by our own team,” he said.Mr. Brahimi added that he believed that the political framework he outlined for the setting up of the interim government, the organization of a national dialogue conference, combined with a number of confidence-building measures addressing real concerns of the Iraqis, “should, I hope, help this country to move forward towards recovery, peace and stability.” read more

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UN Chief joins world leaders in calling for greater investment in Africas

“Investment is crucial to harness Africa’s youth dividend,” Mr. Guterres said at an event organized by the United Kingdom, Canada, Ghana and Rwanda on the margins of the annual high-level General Assembly in New York.He cited the need for investments in health and education, as well as in science, technology and industrialization.Today, one-third of African youth are unemployed; another third are vulnerably employed or in low-value jobs in the informal sector. The Secretary-General said this reinforces poverty and inequality.Young African women are even worse off, he pointed out, noting that it is estimated that gender gaps in the labour force cost Africa $105 billion in 2014 alone.At a time when the rest of the world will be ageing, Africa’s youth – with their energy, innovation, ideas and solutions – are an asset for the global labour force, Mr. Guterres emphasized.We want to make sure that all young people, in and beyond Africa, have decent work and can fulfil their potential – Secretary-General GuterresBritish Prime Minister Theresa May said that Africa “stands on the cusp of playing a transformative role in the global economy,” but the continent’s potential will only be realized with greater investment in the next generation.She noted that to keep pace with its growing population, Africa will need to create 18 million new jobs every year between now and 2035. And creating those jobs is not just important for Africa’s future.“In our interconnected world, where new jobs in Africa drive new markets, new trade and investment opportunities and greater global stability, these new jobs are important for everyone’s future.”“Africa’s youth bulge does not need to be a problem for our continent nor for our neighbours. On the contrary, our young people are an asset and a driver of growth and innovation,” stated Rwandan President Paul Kagame.“If we plan strategically and work together, we can instil a sense of hope in Africa’s youth about the vast opportunities to be found right at home.”Around 60 per cent of Ghana’s population of 30 million people is under the age of 25, noted its President, Nana Akufo-Addo, adding that for most of the last decade, the growth of the country’s economy has barely kept pace with population growth.“Basically, we have an economy that is not generating jobs and not expanding,” said the President. “Youth unemployment is the greatest threat to the stability of our country and to our democracy. So finding solutions as to how to grow the Ghanaian economy so that it can produce jobs – that is the biggest single issue confronting our country.”Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, added that educating young people and giving them opportunities in Africa is something that matters not just to the future of Africa but to the future of the world.“The cost of missing out on our responsibility towards that will be astronomical if we do not give young people the tools, not just to shape their own future but to shape the future of their communities, their continent and of course the entire world.” read more

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Norovirus cases at five year high piling pressure on stretched NHS

first_imgNick Phin, deputy director of the National Infection Service at Public Health England, said: “Norovirus is a common cause of illness during winter.”Exactly when the peak in activity occurs will be different each winter but levels seen so far this year are not unexpected compared with the previous five years.”The number of laboratory reports of the bug rotavirus this season is 1,136, which is also 3 per cent higher than the average for the period from 2003 to 2013.NHS England also released figures showing there were 291,808 calls to the NHS 111 service in the week ending on Christmas Day as temperatures plummet and a cold weather alert is issued.This was nearly 9 per cent fewer than the number of calls to the helpline in the same week last year.Of calls answered, 93.2 per cent were answered within 60 seconds and 1.5 per cent of patients abandoned their calls after waiting 30 seconds.A spokesperson for NHS England said: “The NHS’s tried and tested plans are currently managing the ongoing pressures of this winter. Going into the New Year holiday weekend, the public can play their part by avoiding going to A&E unless it is an emergency and using local pharmacy and NHS 111 for medical advice.” Norovirus cases are at a five year high, piling further pressure on stretched hospitals during the busy winter period, new figures show.Data from Public Health England (PHE) shows reports of the bug had reached 2,435 this season – 12 per cent more than the average for the same period over the last five years.The figure is also 71 per cent higher than the same period last year, although last winter saw unusually low levels of norovirus.In the week ending on Christmas Day, the outbreaks of vomiting and diarrhoea resulted in more bed closures than during the same period last year – rising from an average of 559 beds closed per day to 699.Hospitals reported 20 outbreaks of norovirus in the first two weeks of December – 17 of which led to bay or ward closures and 13 of which were confirmed as the bug.In total so far this season, there have been 163 hospital outbreaks reported. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Thiago admits Bayern future is incertain

first_imgThiago Alcantara has admitted that he is facing an uncertain future at Bayern Munich this summer, amid speculation over a possible return to BarcelonaThe Spain international had signed a new four-year contract in April last year, but has recently been overlooked by Jupp Heynckes for their biggest matches of the season.Thiago cut a frustrated figure after being substituted in Bayern’s shock 3-1 defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt in the DFB-Pokal final and was later condemned by club legend Lothar Matthaus for his dreadful performances, who also called for him to be sold.But for now, Thiago intends to put his focus on Spain’s World Cup campaign in Russia.rb leipzig, bayern munichReport: Bayern are held by Leipzig George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Bayern Munich was held to another draw, this time by RB Leipzig.Bayern Munich finds themselves in the unfamiliar position of sitting third in the…“Let’s see. I told you I renewed with Bayern last year, but it’s very complicated. Football is very difficult…” he told Mundo Deportivo.“I’m very much about enjoying the moment. You don’t have to focus on the future. Now, I’m thinking about the World Cup, I’m living in the present and if a moment comes for you to think about it, I immediately focus on the World Cup.”The 27-year-old was signed by Pep Guardiola in 2013 and has since won five Bundesliga titles in a row at Munich.last_img read more

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