Nova Scotians in rural communities can count on their emergency departments staying open thanks to a program announced by Health and Wellness Minister David Wilson today, Sept. 19. The emergency department coverage program helps patients access care by making a pool of physicians available to fill emergency room shifts in hospitals across the province. “We said we would keep emergency departments open, and that’s exactly what this government is doing,” said Mr. Wilson. “This is another innovative solution that will help protect rural emergency rooms across the province.” “This government is making the changes needed to provide better care sooner and ensure Nova Scotians have access to the care they need, when and where they need it now that we’re better able to cover these difficult to fill shifts.” The improved scheduling system takes a more focused, provincially co-ordinated approach to streamline processes and meets a key commitment of the Better Care Sooner plan. The $200,000 program is part of the province’s recently released Physician Resource Plan that identified several ways to improve patient care through better planning and management of Nova Scotia’s physicians. This creates opportunities for physicians to work in several emergency departments across the province. To participate, physicians must have appropriate clinical training and experience to match each designated facility. Doctors must also agree to maintain current commitments to emergency departments where they regularly provide service. “This improved scheduling system, together with Better Care Sooner, will provide Nova Scotians in rural communities with more reliable and consistent care,” said Mr. Wilson. The province has partnered with Emergency Medical Care, which also manages the province’s ground ambulance, medical communications centre and air medical transport operations, to deliver the program for one year. Emergency Medical Care works with the province and district health authorities to ensure physicians are not recruited from underserved areas. A request for proposals will be issued to continue the service after the initial contract is complete. “We know how important our emergency departments are to our communities and work hard to keep them open,” said Lynne Harrigan, vice-president of medicine, Annapolis Valley Health. “This program helps us fill unplanned or hard-to-fill vacancies that may otherwise result in closures.” The new program supports other existing programs that provide temporary support to doctors across Nova Scotia. Physicians deliver care to the patients of colleagues who must be away from their practices due to education, maternity, vacation, illness or other types of leave. For more information on the province’s Better Care Sooner and Physician Resource Plans, visit www.novascotia.ca/dhw .
Women, children and families will continue to receive excellent, uninterrupted care at the IWK Health Centre thanks to a new provincial investment in an emergency power generator. “We are fortunate to have a world-class health-care facility for children in our province and no one should have to worry about their surgery being cancelled because of emergency power not being available,” said Health and Wellness Minister David Wilson. “This investment provides more assurance around seamless care for families.” Nova Scotia’s district health authorities and the IWK routinely submitted a list of infrastructure needs in November for the 2013-14 fiscal year. At that time, the department received the IWK’s request for funds for a new generator, Wilson said. “We are extremely pleased that the government is committed to funding the purchase and installation of a new emergency generator,” said Anne McGuire, president and CEO, IWK Health Centre. “As the Maritimes’s only tertiary care centre for children and women, it is essential that we have a reliable power source 24 hours a day, seven days a week.” The current generator, which is the size of a half-ton truck, is 35 years old and has had problems over the past year. A request for proposals will be issued for the new generator, including installation this summer. “Just the thought of a power outage occurring during one of my daughter’s heart surgeries would be a nightmare beyond comprehension,” said Yarrow Gillis, mother of a 7-year-old daughter, and Family Leader at the IWK. “Knowing that the emergency power generator is solid and reliable will certainly help patients and families feel more at ease during what is already a very traumatic and stressful time.” The new generator will be running within a year. In the meantime, the IWK Health Centre has increased the frequency and detail of equipment tests.
AYLESFORD, N.S. – A forbidding, four-legged escapee from a Nova Scotia farm is back in its barn — and destined once again for the slaughterhouse.“The bull is back, the bull is back,” said Rose Horsnell, daughter of the bull’s owner, 85-year-old Jan Speelman.RCMP in Kingston said Monday morning that a one-tonne bull was reported missing from his pasture area Sunday evening.The black and white bull was spotted fleeing into woods off Long Point Road towards Berwick, between Highway 1 and Highway 101.Horsnell said the farmer’s 26-year-old grandson, J.T. Speelman, tracked the bull and found it travelled through a wooded area before returning to a barn on the property.“The grandson tracked him and found he’d come home again,” said Horsnell. “He was just looking for a shelter.”Horsnell said it’s believed the bull had leaped over a fence that was over a metre-and-a-half high to get away.But the RCMP suggested the bull was somewhat more mellow upon its return: “It was found by its owner lying down and eating hay,” the force said in a release.Horsnell said the bull was on its way to the slaughterhouse Monday before it bolted from the farm, and its brief moment of freedom hadn’t altered its destiny.Cpl. Andrew Joyce said the RCMP alerted the public out of concern the bull could collide with cars on the busy highway.“It’s a concern if it gets on a roadway and it’s a concern if someone comes across the animal out on a hike,” he said in an interview before the bull returned home.“It’s an unpredictable animal.”
SAINT JOHN, N.B. — This is day 17 of Dennis Oland’s retrial for the second-degree murder of his multi-millionaire father, Richard.Testimony continues to be dominated by Saint John, N.B., police accounts of their investigation, after Richard Oland’s battered body was found in his uptown office in July 2011.Oland’s defence team is raising questions about the police work, saying it was sloppy, undisciplined and motivated by a rush to judgement about Oland – the last known person to have seen his father alive.The trial, before judge alone, is expected to last until mid-March in Court of Queen’s Bench.It could take several more months for a verdict to be handed down.Oland, 50, is free on bail while the trial is under way.The Canadian Press
Fort NelsonConditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms that may be capable of producing heavy rain.Hail and strong wind gusts are also possible. Heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads. Lightning kills and injures Canadians every year. Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors!Severe thunderstorm watches are issued when atmospheric conditions are favourable for the development of thunderstorms that could produce one or more of the following: large hail, damaging winds, torrential rainfall.Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to BCstorm@canada.ca or tweet reports using #BCStorm. FORT NELSON, B.C. – Environment Canada has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for Fort Nelson, Muncho Lake and Watson Lake.The watch says the area could see severe thunderstorms develop Thursday. See the full warning below.10:59 AM PDT Thursday 18 July 2019Severe thunderstorm watch in effect for:
Rabat – On Monday, the Casablanca Court of First Instance adjourned the trial of seven individuals suspected of supplying dog meat to markets and small fast food shops in Mohammedia, a city near Casablanca.The suspects’ family members were present at the trial, along with a few human rights activists who decried, amid heated debates between the defense and the prosecution, the crime committed against consumers and their health. The judge adjourned the trial to allow the defense more time to prepare. Last week, the Royal Gendarmerie forces in the region dismantled the ring after they caught three of them promoting rotten beef from diseased cattle in addition to dog meat.The gendarmes found and seized sharp weapons and meat grinders found in the possession of the individuals.Read Also: Moroccans Accuse Jazz au Chellah of Killing Cats and DogsNews of the suspects act has shocked and disgusted Moroccans, who expressed anger on social media. Some called on the court to hand down severe penalties to the suspects for threatening health, while others condemned the heinous acts against stray dogs.Murder of stray dogs is not uncommon in Morocco, and the reasons vary.Some of the recent publicized acts of violence took place in April, when dozens of stray dogs were shot in the coastal city of Agadir ahead of a visit by the FIFA 2026 Bid Evaluation Task Force, which was meant to determine Morocco’s eligibility to host the 2026 World Cup.Photos and videos of the “gruesome incident” made international headlines, both shocking and angering people.Animals continue to be vulnerable to acts of violence, and there is not a law that punishes the abuse. It remains to be seen whether Morocco will enact legal punishments for cruelty and inhumanity towards animals.Read Also: Moroccan Pharmacists Protest Precarious Working Conditions
DETROIT — Thousands of Detroit residents are using a city program to apply for jobs at a $1.6 billion Fiat Chrysler assembly plant coming to the city.The automaker is giving residents an exclusive 30-day window to apply for about 4,900 mostly production jobs anticipated at the plant and another nearby Fiat Chrysler facility as part of a $108 million land development deal with the city. The city and state are splitting land acquisition and preparation costs to secure the plant.For Detroit, the deal is a job-creation opportunity. The city’s unemployment rate is more than twice the national average.The jobs start at just over $17 per hour. More than 24,000 residents have created Detroit at Work accounts and registered for job readiness events tied to the openings.Corey Williams, The Associated Press
More than 40 per cent of wealthy Chinese buy property abroad to live in. Six in 10 intend to buy overseas properties over the next three years.Canada is the second most popular emigration destination for high net-worth Chinese, with 64 per cent having already migrated or planning to move overseas.Nearly ninety per cent of Chinese interest came from 153 cities in China, led by Beijing and Shanghai. Almost seven per cent lived in Canada.Ontario attracted the most interest with inquiries for US$500 million worth of properties. The top four cities were Toronto, Ottawa, Waterloo and London.It was followed by British Columbia at US$328 million with Vancouver leading, followed by Victoria, Richmond and Kelowna.Quebec attracted views of US$112 million of properties. The largest interest was in Montreal and then Lachenaie northeast of Montreal, Laval and Westmount.Inquiries in Alberta increased almost nine per cent last year, worth US$56 million, after increasing by 223 per cent in 2016.The most viewed property listing was a Vancouver mansion listed at $18.8 million, with other property listings ranging in price as low as $500,000. Montreal was the hot Canadian real estate market for Chinese nationals last year as interest slipped in Toronto and Vancouver following the introduction of foreign buyers taxes, says a report from a website for buyers of overseas properties.Juwai.com said Chinese buyers inquired about US$1.45 billion worth of Canadian properties in 2017.Interest in Montreal grew by 84.5 per cent in 2017 and 43.3 per cent a year earlier.Consideration of properties in Canada’s largest city dropped by 25 per cent in 2017 after nearly doubling between 2015 and 2016.Canadians think foreign buyers are driving up home prices — but they’re really notMillennial housing crisis? Turns out, it’s real and worse than you thoughtVictoria now home to the hottest luxury housing market in the worldVancouver inquiries fell 18 per cent last year after growing by 9.3 per cent the previous year.Metro Vancouver has had a 15 per cent tax on foreign home purchasers since 2016. The new provincial government hiked the levy to 20 per cent and imposed it in the Victoria and Nanaimo areas, as well as the Fraser Valley and central Okanagan.A 15 per cent tax was imposed in the Greater Golden Horseshoe area — stretching from the Niagara Region to Peterborough — on buyers who are not citizens, permanent residents or Canadian corporations. In the first month after the tax was imposed in late April, foreign buyers made up 4.7 per cent of home sales in the region, according to Statistics Canada.A separate report says no additional foreign buyers taxes are expected to be imposed in Canada and Australia this year, and New Zealand is the only major investment destination considering one this year.Chinese were unfairly blamed for property price increases, the report’s authors said, pointing to data that suggested other factors were at play, including historically low interest rates and population growth, said Juwai.“After retreating from an exuberant peak in 2016 of US$101.1 billion, Chinese international real estate investment again appears to be on a growth path, although more steady and restrained that what we saw in that golden year,” stated Juwai’s Foreign Buyer Restrictions Report 2018-19.A website for buyers of overseas properties says Chinese nationals enquired about US$1.45 billion worth of Canadian properties last year with interest in Toronto and Vancouver slipping following the introduction of foreign buyers taxes. Realtor Mike Donia of Re/Max Realty, who specializes in Asian buyers, says he has not seen any waning interest in Toronto real estate.“I’m still getting the same amount of calls, the same amount of leads. In fact, even more,” he said in an interview, adding that interest is growing because of anti-Trump sentiment.The foreign buyers tax had an initial impact on “mom and pop” buyers, but most Chinese will just purchase through a corporation to bypass the penalty, Donia added.More than half of Chinese buyers considering Canada were motivated to invest for their own use, nearly 26 per cent for investment and 17 per cent for education, said Juwai.Chinese parents often buy properties for their children studying overseas. Canada is a top education destination for Chinese students, hitting a record 138,467 in 2017 or 28 per cent of the international student population, said the report.I’m still getting the same amount of calls, the same amount of leads. In fact, even moreToronto realtor Mike Donia Jonathan Hayward / THE CANADIAN PRESS
After being translated from the original Arabic, the letter from Iraqi Foreign Minister Naji Sabri will be circulated as an official document of the Security Council.On 5 August, the Secretary-General had sent a letter to the Foreign Minister indicating that he looked forward to receiving from the Iraqi Government a formal invitation to the UN weapons inspectors.
A new United Nations report that examines the link between trade and public health suggests that policy makers can benefit from closer cooperation to ensure coherence between their different areas of responsibilities.The joint study by the UN World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) explains how WTO agreements relate to different aspects of health policies and is meant to give a better insight into key issues for those who develop, communicate or debate policy issues related to trade and health.The 171-page report, entitled “WTO Agreements and Public Health,” covers eight specific health issues: infectious disease control, food safety, tobacco, environment, access to drugs, health services, food security and some emerging issues, such as biotechnology.According to the study, countries have the right to take measures to restrict imports or exports of products when it is necessary to protect the health of humans, animals or plants. When liberalizing services, nations also retain the right to regulate in order to meet national policy objectives in areas such as health.”WTO agreements are sensitive to health issues,” said WTO Deputy Director-General Miguel Rodríguez Mendoza. “In fact, health concerns can take precedence over trade issues. If necessary, governments may put aside WTO commitments in order to protect human life. And, according to WTO jurisprudence, human health has been recognized as being ‘important in the highest degree.'”Meanwhile, Dr. Andrew Cassels, Director of WHO’s Strategy Unit, said that good public policy must be based on sound evidence. “This study highlights areas where trade and health linkages deserve more careful analysis,” he said. “It also highlights benefits that are possible when trade and health officials work closely together.”
The Ohio State men’s basketball team gathers together after a foul during its exhibition match-up against Walsh on Nov. 6. The Buckeyes won 85-67. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorA late comeback helped send the Ohio State Buckeyes to overtime against the Florida Atlantic Owls, but a last-second two-point jumper by sophomore guard Nick Rutherford gave the Owls the 79-77 victory. The Florida Atlantic Owls came into Tuesday’s game on a two-game losing streak, though they had averaged 84.25 points over their past four games. The Buckeyes on the other hand had won their last game over Fairleigh Dickinson 70-62.After breaking out to an early 5-2 lead, the Buckeyes began to fall apart defensively, allowing the Owls to go on an 11-0 run to take a 13-5 lead with 16:07 remaining in the half.At 15:40, the Buckeyes called a timeout and brought in junior forward Keita Bates-Diop, who had missed the past five games due to an injury he sustained against Providence. Bates-Diop immediately made an impact, draining a 3-pointer on his first shot of the game. He followed that up with another 2-point jumper and an assist on senior forward Marc Loving’s 3-pointer. With Bates-Diop in the game, the Buckeyes went on a 10-0 run to take a 15-13 lead.Following the Buckeyes’ 10-0 run, the two teams continued to trade punches with four lead changes coming in the next four minutes and 10 seconds. It wasn’t until the 8:20 mark when sophomore guard JaQuan Lyle dropped in a layup to give the Buckeyes the lead for the remainder of the half. Both teams ended the half on a sour note, as neither offense was able to drain a field goal over the last 3:38. Only two free throws by FAU sophomore Jeantal Cylla altered the score before the end of the first half. Heading into halftime, Ohio State held the narrow edge over Florida Atlantic 32-31. The leading scorer at that point was FAU redshirt senior guard Adonis Filer with 10 points. Sophomore guard JaQuan Lyle led the Buckeyes with seven points. After the under-16 timeout, FAU freshman forward Jailyn Ingram gave the Owls the lead 40-39. But the Buckeyes, led by junior center Trevor Thompson would start a comeback. Thompson opened up the scoring with a jumper that he followed up with an easy layup to give the Buckeyes a 43-40 lead. Bates-Diop added in a layup and a point after to expand the Bucks lead to 46-40. Two successful free throws brought the Owls closer, but another layup from Thompson and a jumper from Loving helped the Buckeyes grab a 50-42 lead. A jumper from the Owls helped them stay in it, but two free throws from junior forward Jae’Sean Tate and three consecutive layups from Bates-Diop, Thompson and Tate put the Buckeyes soundly ahead 58-47.That 18-7 run helped the Buckeyes take the lead, but the Owls quickly bounced back. Thanks in large parts to 3-pointers from Filer and Cylla helped FAU blow up on a 14-0 run to give the Owls a 61-58 lead with 5:53 remaining in the second half. The Buckeyes found themselves trailing 61-58 with the crowd seemingly out of it, but a dunk by freshman center Micah Potter and a dazzling layup from sophomore guard C.J. Jackson helped provide the Buckeyes and their home crowd with a spark and bring the score to 62-61 Buckeyes. A floater from redshirt junior guard Kam Williams opened up the overtime period and gave the Buckeyes the 73-71 lead. Tate added a jumper of his own to expand the lead to 75-71. FAU’s Filer shot an easy 3-pointer to keep the Owls close, but Loving sunk two free throws to keep the Buckeyes ahead at 77-74. FAU sophomore guard Nick Rutherford hit a jumper 21 seconds after Loving’s free throws to bring the score to 77-76. A free throw by the Owls junior forward William Pfister tied the game up with only 1:21 remaining in the game. And then with one second left in the game, Rutherford hit a jumper to give the Owls a 79-77 lead.
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. Figures also suggested there was a “disconnect” between the numbers of alleged cases and sackings as a result.HMIC said all forces should carry out a retrospective review of allegations and consider referrals to the IPCC.Mr Cunningham said: “Forces need to become far more proactive in rooting out this most serious form of corruption, rather than only dealing with it once it has been reported.”Amber Rudd, the Home Secretary, said: “It is a matter of profound concern that any police officer should abuse their authority for sexual gain.”The misconduct discovered in this report is shocking – it undermines justice and public confidence and there is no place in the police for anyone guilty of this sort of abuse.”Stephen Watson, the National Police Chiefs’ Council lead for counter-corruption, said: “Abuse of powers for sexual gain is a betrayal of our core responsibility to protect people from harm.”It is the most serious form of corruption and it can never be justified or condoned. In recent years, we have focused on encouraging reporting and pursuing offenders.”We now need to do more to continue to root out the disease and inoculate policing for the future. We are in the process of developing a national strategy to raise the standards of all forces in preventing this form of abuse.” What can be worse than a guardian abusing the trust and confidence of an abused person?HM Inspector Mike Cunningham Amber Rudd, the Home Secretary, descirbed the misconduct discovered in the HMIC report as ‘shocking’Credit:James Gourley/REX/Shutterstock HM Inspector Mike Cunningham said: “It is at least possible, probably likely, that the problem is more serious than the numbers that have been reported back to us.”It’s the most serious form of corruption. It is an exploitation of power where the guardian becomes an abuser.”What can be worse than a guardian abusing the trust and confidence of an abused person? There can be no greater violation of public trust.”Data collected by the watchdog identified 436 reported allegations of abuse of authority for sexual gain received by forces in England and Wales in the two years to the end of March.These allegations covered a total of 334 police personnel, comprising 306 officers, 20 PCSOs and eight police staff.All but one constabulary had at least one case, while more than a third (39 per cent) of the allegations involved victims of domestic abuse.Arrested suspects and people with drug or alcohol problems were also thought to be among those allegedly exploited.While forces acknowledge the seriousness of the problem, some are still failing to recognise it as a serious form of corruption, the report warned.It revealed that less than half (48 per cent) of the 436 reported allegations had been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission. Hundreds of police officers are alleged to have got away with sexually assaulting victims of crime because forces fail to take action against them, a report has revealed.Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) laid bare the scale of the issue it described as the most serious form of corruption and rebuked forces over their efforts to root out cases.The watchdog was called in by then home secretary Theresa May earlier this year to investigate the extent of the problem.The initial findings identified more than 400 claims of abuse over two years.
THE BODY OF a woman in her late 20s has been found at a house in Mayo.Gardaí say they are investigating all circumstances surrounding the death after the woman’s body was discovered at the isolated house near Mayo Abbey, close to Castlebar, at around 12 noon today.The scene has been preserved for a technical examination and the body remains at the scene.Deputy State Pathologist Dr Michael Curtis is due to arrive at the house shortly.
It looks like the Decepticons aren’t the only foes that Optimus Prime is battling this holiday season. Hasbro, owner of the Transformers brand, is suing Asus for the name of its latest tablet, the Transformer Prime.Hasbro filed the lawsuit last week in Los Angeles federal court, saying that the tablet’s name is too similar to its Transformers brand. It wants damages, as well as a temporary injunction on the device. The toy-maker issued a corporate-speak statement, citing its willingness to aggressively protect its brands and protect it from companies who “misappropriate” its intellectual property.Does Hasbro have a legal leg to stand on here? Considering the Transformers are toys, cartoons, and movie characters, it isn’t likely that anyone will mistakenly think a tablet is one of them. It could be argued that customers will mistakenly think it’s a licensed Transfomers product, or Hasbro could even say that because the tablet connects to a keyboard dock it’s similar to a Transformer toy.We’ll leave the judgment to the courts, but it isn’t exactly surprising that Hasbro would have a bone to pick here. In addition to the Transformer moniker, Prime conjures images of the Autobots’ leader, Optimus Prime. Asus must have consulted with its lawyers before going with the Transformer Prime branding, so it doesn’t appear to have believed that it would be a problem. Perhaps this is why the full name of the tablet is the convoluted Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime.While it won’t outsell the Kindle Fire, the Transformer Prime is the most impressive Android tablet to date. It sports a quad-core Tegra 3 processor, 8MP camera, optional keyboard dock, and will get Ice Cream Sandwich in January. It has started shipping in limited quantities, and will have a more widesperead rollout in January.via paid content
Manchester City player Fernandinho has hailed teammate Bernardo Silva’s brilliance at the Etihad stadium after they defeated League leaders Liverpool on Thursday night.The Portuguese midfielder was all over the pitch as he covered 13.7km, the highest any player has covered in the English premier league thi season and his teammate Fernandinho was full of admiration for him after the match.“I think he showed his class,” Fernandinho told the club’s official website.“He has shown his technique so many times, but today he was so aggressive, recovered so many balls and he proved he is very good – one of the best players in our team.“He is so important for us.”Fernandinho added that the club has picked up from the ruins of the recent matches while acknowledging the efforts of the fans in providing a superb atmosphere.Cristiano Ronaldo makes European history for Portugal Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 10, 2019 With all the arsenal on the pitch for Portugal, Cristiano Ronaldo reached another all-time record in European football against Lithuania.The Portugal National Team made…“We had a chance and opportunity to show our quality after a couple of bad results,” he said.“The team has been playing good games and this is the most important for us. If you play bad you can win the games, but you have to play good and get the three points.“It was a nice game for everybody and of course for the fans. They were so excited, and I am happy for them.“I think all the big games are like this [tense]. You cannot blink. You get punished, all the games are high tension, so you have to be careful all the time and everyone who was involved had the same feeling, the same sensation.“We had to play our football and try to defend as well as we did, not concede goals.”
New Delhi, March 6 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 225.76 points up to stand at 21,502.62. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 72.50 points up to stand at 6,401.15. Prestige Estates and Reliance Infrastructure Ltd. were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 12.23% and 10.03% along with Jaiprakash Associates Ltd. and HDIL with an increase of 8.88% and 7.22% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include IPCA Lab and Glaxosmithkline Pharmaceuticals Ltd. with a decrease of 2.67% and 2.56% along with ABB India Ltd. and Eicher Motors with a decrease of 1.84% and 1.65% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 87.80 points at 12,567.17 while the banking sector is up 213.19 points at 12,878.13 and the realty sector is up 50.70 points at 1,289.93. The Indian currency is down 0.76% at Rs 61.28 per dollar.
Sheikh Fazle Fahim. Photo: UNBSheikh Fazle Fahim has been elected uncontested as the president of Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) for the 2019-2021 term.He replaces Shafiul Islam Mohiuddin at the country’s apex business body to take over as its 22nd president, a press release said on Monday.Fahim is son of Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim, presidium member of Bangladesh Awami League. Fahim was senior vice president in the outgoing committee. He has been elected uncontested as president with the support of 71 newly-elected directors.Professor Ali Ashraf, chairman of FBCCI election commission, announced the results of the election at Federation building in the capital while Salman F Rahman, private industry and investment adviser to prime minister Sheikh Hasina, was present there.Montakim Ashraf has been elected as senior vice-president while Hasina Newaz, Rezaul Karim Razle and Dilip Kumar Agarwala have been elected as vice presidents from Chamber Group.Besides, Siddiqur Rahman, Mir Nizam Uddin Ahmed and Nizam Uddin Rajesh have been elected as vice presidents from Association Group.In the election, both the Chamber and Association groups and formers leaders including president and senior vice presidents supported Sammilito Babsayi Parishad of Sheikh Fazle Fahim.Sources said that the total number of FBCCI director posts is 72. Of them, 30 directors are nominated, while 42 others are elected from chambers and associations (21 each).
Last year SpaceX CEO Elon Musk briefly touched on a plan that he thought could lead to human colonization of Mars. It was… stunning to say the least. His plan required thousands of launches using the largest rockets ever built. But now Musk has published the outline for the project in the academic journal New Space.The paper doesn’t reveal too much new. But the mission proposal may well be the most ambitious thing people have ever done. Most of the heavy lifting will be done with an array of SpaceX Raptor rockets. These are still under development, but each will be three times burlier than the Merlin engines that drive Musk’s current line of Falcons.If constructed as outlined, the booster for the Interplanetary Transport System (the main spacecraft) would be the most rocket ever constructed by almost an order of magnitude, dwarfing even NASA’s stunning Space Launch System. These boosters would each launch, land, and refuel several times to get the craft ready for its Mars voyage. From there, they’re off. Musk hopes that by launching many of this craft, we can jump-start a Martian colony and have a million people on the planet in just 50 years.This whole plan relies on countless things going really, REALLY well. But Musk is unfazed. As these rockets have to launch, land, refuel, and take off again, the paper suggests that SpaceX will be able to land the booster essentially directly back onto the launch pad so that it could be ready to go again in hours.That, Musk hopes will be enough to get each of the massive ITS crafts crewed and ready to go — these ships will remain in orbit, getting ready before launching when Earth and Mars positioned well in their orbits. Once the ITS delivers its payload, workers will refine Martial soil into fuel to send the ship back to Earth so it can repeat the process. This is the key. The Achilles’ heel of spaceflight is the tremendous cost. Musk’s push for reusability, though, save tens of millions or more on launch costs now. At this scale, the benefits become truly staggering. These missions, if successful, could end up running hundreds of billions less than they otherwise would.When Musk first discussed the plan it seemed like the stuff of dreams. His company had had a launch pad failure — one that crews are still repairing — just weeks before. Since then, though, the company has definitely been spooling up for something big. Elon Musk’s Cheeky ‘Nuke Mars!’ Post Is Taking Over TwitterSpaceX’s Starhopper Is Ready for Its Biggest Hop Test Stay on target For starters, Musk has clearly been prototyping key parts for his mega-rockets. A massive fuel tank was pressure tested not long ago. That’s not much, but these things take years, and Musk says the system won’t be ready for at least another decade.Even so, SpaceX has hundreds of job opening right now — and almost all of them are geared for Martian projects. Let’s not forget that the Falcon Heavy launch is just around the corner, either. What’s more, the company’s demonstrated its ability to investigate failures and address them quickly. SpaceX has since resumed its launch schedule and has been pressing to make up for lost time. That demonstrates a capacity for recognizing and quickly remedying engineer problems — a level of adaptability that’s vital for a project so large. Obviously, it’d be better if the rockets didn’t explode at all, but if it’s going to happen, you might as well learn something from it, right?Oh god… I sound like Musk now. I think I’ve been listening to his speeches a bit too much. *Ahem*Anyway. With due respect, even with the company’s ability to iterate quickly, it’s tough to imagine thousands of launches carrying up to a million people total going totally perfectly without a single lost ship. Even if this mission works, and Musk’s team can really make a city on Mars happen — we’re probably going to have casualties. And they’re going to be sooner rather than later. If this happens, we may be looking a very nuanced era of space travel. We’ve lost people, of course, never dozens or even hundreds at once. For all the hope and wonder space flight can bring, the future of our journey to the stars will be a long and complicated one.Apollo 1 was the first major disaster of the US space program. Three astronauts died in an accident on the ground — before the craft could even launch. NASA honored the lives loves with the posthumous mission motto: Ad Astra Per Aspera.“A rough road leads to the stars.”The road ahead is likely rough indeed, but someone’s gotta be the plucky go-getters in the future, and it might as well be us. Itur ad astra.“To the stars we go.”Let us know how we’re doing
Top Movies and TV Panels to Keep on Your Radar for SDCC 2019’The Flash’ Season 5 Finale Recap: 2 Big Bads and 1 Pre-Crisis The family drama in this season of The Flash has been especially strong, and we get plenty more if it this week. With Grace Gibbons, the girl Team Flash thinks is the daughter of Cicada, identified, Barry Allen goes straight to the hospital looking for info on her father. He doesn’t count on the fact that Grace’s doctor is helping Cicada stay hidden and hunt down metahumans. She sends Barry away, telling him Grace’s parents are both dead. That turns out to be a good thing, because Barry would have gotten a face full of Cicada blade if he walked into the hospital room. Turns out the doctor wasn’t lying, though. In a brief flashback, we see pre-Cicada learning that his sister and brother-in-law were killed when Thinker’s satellites fell. Grace is his niece.Thinking he’s hit a dead end, Barry and Iris start preparing for their first Thanksgiving at their apartment. Joe and Cecile are spending it with her family, which is this week’s reason for Jesse L. Martin’s absence. (I hope the dude’s OK. He’s one of my favorite actors on this show.) Yes, this is a Thanksgiving episode, which would have made much more sense last week, but TV schedules are weird, especially during election years. Oh well. The scenes focusing on family have been the surprising high points of the season, and this episode allows for plenty more. Particularly between Nora and Iris, who are still bonding after Nora realized how cool her mother is.Jessica Parker Kennedy as XS and Grant Gustin as The Flash (Photo Credit: Sergei Bachlakov/The CW)That reconciliation isn’t entirely stable yet, though. This whole season has seen Nora worshiping her father as a hero. Imagining how exciting it must have been to see him save the city. Iris has to be the one to point out that it’s not exactly cool when you’re living through it. It’s terrifying. What really drives the point home is when a mysterious, localized storm turns up out of nowhere. In trying to ward off the storm Barry collides with a lightning bolt and dies. Nora has to be the one to revive him. She’s clearly traumatized, and blames her mother for making the call that got Barry (temporarily) killed.Given that this was a weather-based attack, the obvious culprit is Weather Wizard. Barry, Nora and Iris visit Iron Heights to make sure he’s still locked up and, oddly enough, he is. There’s no way he could have carried out the attack. The mystery is quickly solved when his another weather-controlling meta shows up. Weather Wizard’s daughter, Jocelyn. She appears to me more powerful than her father, too. Though Barry and Nora immediately race Weather Wizard back to S.T.A.R. Labs and run back, she demands they return him to her. She puts a point on her demand by blasting a hole in Iron Heights’ roof and teleporting out via lightning bolt.Reina Hardesty as Joss/Weather Witch (Photo Credit: Sergei Bachlakov/The CW)Cisco and Caitlin do a little bit of research on Joss, and find out that she’s not a metahuman herself. She’s a storm chaser and self-taught meteorologist. She controls the weather with a weather vane embedded with a piece of Thinker’s dark matter satellite. Meta Tech is back. Caitlin even gets to name the villain this time: Weather Witch. Don’t listen to Cisco’s resigned “I’ll allow it,” you know he likes it. Team Flash even comes up with a decent plan to capture her. At first it seems like another idiotic Barry Allen special: Give her exactly what she wants. Barry appears to show up, as agreed, with Weather Wizard. The genius of the plan doesn’t become clear until after it fails, though. After blasting both Flash And XS with lightning, she drops a truck on her dad’s head. That’s when it’s revealed to be a hologram, controlled by Iris. It’s a fun reveal, even if it doesn’t work out. Weather Witch, angry at being tricked, vows to destroy the city, and escapes before Flash and XS can do anything.Before the episode’s big fight can happen, we get a real emotional scene from Nora. We finally get to the core of what she’s been so angry about, be it with Iris or just the way Team Flash does things. Looking up to her dad as a hero all her life, she blamed his absence on criminals. Now that she’s met him, and saw him temporarily die in front of her, her true feelings come to the surface. More than anyone else, she’s angry at Barry. His insistence on being The Flash is what causes his disappearance. It’s what forces her to grow up without a dad. She asks Barry to stop being The Flash, and he replies people need him. That’s not the answer she was looking for. Jessica Parker Kennedy plays this scene so well. With her performance, you really feel XS’ pain here.Jessica Parker Kennedy as Nora West – Allen and Grant Gustin as Barry Allen (Photo Credit: Katie Yu/The CW)Barry can’t reconcile right away though. Weather Witch soon attacks the city, and conditions are only getting more dangerous. He gets everyone as close to safety as they can, and Nora shows up with Weather Wizard’s wand so Barry can counteract the weather. There’s still one problem: Weather Witch makes a tornado out of lightning. It looks cool as hell, but it’s also dangerous. The only way Barry can stop it is to use the wand to attract the tornado’s lightning. It has a very real chance of killing him. Just before he does, Nora reconciles with her father, telling him she knows it’s what he has to do. It doesn’t work. I get that seeing a villain directly threaten the lives of innocent people makes her realize why her dad needs to be a hero. It still happens too easy. Like a switch got flipped in her head. It’s too sudden, and has none of the emotion we saw from her just one scene ago. At least it leads to a cool battle. The Flash firing all the built-up lightning at Weather Witch, while she sends her own blast at him is such a badass image. And even though we know Barry’s gonna survive (which he does), it still pulls off the tension and uncertainty of not knowing who’s going to walk out of the fog. That works, even if Nora’s epiphany doesn’t.Chris Klein as Orlin Dwyer and Islie Hirvonen as Grace Gibbons (Photo Credit: Katie Yu/The CW)Nora’s not the only one struggling with family this episode, though. We get an extended series of flashbacks leading up to Orlin’s transformation into Cicada. After taking his niece in, he struggles with being a parent. He feeds her Chinese takeout that’s been sitting on his counter a few days. He ignores her and watches TV. She finally calls him out on it when she gets in trouble at school, telling him she hates him and he hates himself. Realizing she has a point, he makes an effort to be better. He finds a house for them he can fix up, along with a doll house for her. The two work together on making both feel like home, and soon they’re just like father and daughter. That’s when The Thinker launches his attack. These flashbacks tell an effective story. This is the most I’ve ever felt for a Flash big bad.The C-story is fun too, even if it’s given less time than normal. That’s for the best. It’s not substantial enough to merit more than the handful of scenes it’s given. Basically, Caitlin and Cisco try to explain Thanksgiving to Sherloque, who immediately deduces the depressing history behind the holiday. Disillusioned with the whole weekend, the three become pouty sad sacks who refuse to attend Barry and Iris’ Thanksgiving dinner. The joke remains funny by never outstaying its welcome when it’s brought up. Plus, it gets us a truly great appearance from Killer Frost. She’s so frustrated by the situation, she comes out of Caitlin to scold them all for being so lame. The holiday may have crappy origins, but good food and drinking with friends outweighs bad food and drinking alone any day.Tom Cavanagh as Sherloque Wells (Photo Credit: Katie Yu/The CW)It may be close to a week late for the holiday it’s about, but The Flash gave us another solid episode this week. It was sweet, funny and the family drama continues to be among the strongest of the series. Nora’s anger feels real and justified, which makes for good TV even if the resolution happens too easily. We see where both she and her dad are coming from, and there wasn’t even a need for the can-I-talk-to-you hallway. It even gave the show some momentum going into next week. Cisco, Caitlin and Sherloque’s detective work finally pays off. They figure out the exact identity of Cicada. Now we just have to wait and see what the show does with that reveal.The Flash airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on The CW.Previously on The Flash:The Flash Season 5, Episode 6 recapThe Flash Season 5, Episode 5 recapThe Flash Season 5, Episode 4 recap Stay on target