TORONTO – The parents of Faisal Hussain, whose shooting spree Sunday in Toronto’s Greektown left two people dead and 13 injured, say their son had struggled all his life with psychosis and depression, but none of the medications or therapies he tried were able to overcome his mental illness.In a brief statement, Hussain’s parents said they had done their best to seek care for their son, who was found dead from a gunshot wound after exchanging gunfire with police during the weekend incident.Their story illustrates the difficulties many families face in getting help for a loved one suffering from a severe psychiatric illness, especially given an acknowledged lack of access to mental health services in Ontario and elsewhere across the country.So what are such families to do?“I’ve actually had clients sit in my office and ponder if there’s nothing that they can do and are they at a point where it’s time to get a divorce, for example, they feel so hopeless,” said Lisa Feldstein, a Toronto lawyer who helps families navigate the mental health system.“Or they feel they’ve done everything they can for their child and now they just have to accept there’s nothing more.”While Hussain’s family revealed no further details about his diagnosis, treatment or emotional state prior to the attack, Feldstein said there are cases in which treatments simply aren’t effective.“It is possible that he could have had the best of care and nothing was working,” she said, noting that treating mental illnesses is both “an art and a science.”For families dealing with serious psychiatric illness in a loved one, getting help could mean reaching out to such advocacy organizations as a local Schizophrenia Society or the Canadian Mental Health Association, which can offer support, information and advice on how to effectively make their way through the often thorny mental health system.And if a loved one’s condition appears to be deteriorating — the person isn’t caring for themselves or is threatening harm to themselves or others — families can take steps to have them admitted to a hospital for psychiatric care, either voluntarily or involuntarily.Dr. David Goldbloom, a psychiatrist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, said some individuals with conditions such as psychosis-inducing schizophrenia or bipolar disorder may not recognize they have a psychiatric illness and refuse to acknowledge a need for treatment.“The first step is trying to engage that person in getting some help and figuring out who has the best leverage with that person,” he said. “Who does that person trust to engage them to get some help voluntarily?”If that is unsuccessful, families may be forced to turn to what may seem a more draconian measure.In Ontario, for instance, a family doctor can complete Form 1 under the Mental Health Act within seven days of examining a patient, which would authorize police to apprehend — not arrest — them for transfer to a hospital for a psychiatric evaluation. A patient can be held involuntarily for 72 hours.Form 3, which must be completed by a second physician, authorizes a hospital to keep a patient with severe symptoms for up to two weeks, said Goldbloom. Form 4 stretches that period to two months.A patient who is “formed” can contest such an order within a week of admission before a special board; and under Ontario law, the person also has the right to refuse treatment.“There is ultimately no upper limit on involuntary hospitalization in terms of duration, but every time it is rendered the patient has an opportunity to challenge it,” explained Goldbloom.“But at all times the goal is hopefully to work toward voluntary hospitalization,” he said, adding that the same is true for persuading a patient to take prescribed medications.“There’s a variety of ways it plays out … the clinical staff aren’t just sitting there staring at them — they’re trying to engage them to earn their trust.“And if that’s successful, the person may start to think ‘Maybe I should do this.’ But others will say ‘No, no, no — I’m not touching any of that medication. I want my hearing.”A hearing by the Consenting Capacity Board is designed to ascertain whether a person is capable of agreeing to treatment.The board determines if someone has the ability to understand the nature of the treatment, its benefits, risks and the alternatives, “which includes the consequences of not having treatment,” said Goldbloom.“And it’s about understanding intellectually but also about appreciating it at a personal level,” he said. “So you could understand a treatment but not appreciate that it would be of benefit to you.”Goldbloom said the core of treating a person with mental illness is creating a therapeutic alliance between patient and practitioner.“The engagement isn’t just about ‘take your meds,’” he said. “The engagement with whoever’s providing the treatment should be about more than that. It should be about a common cause of trying to improve somebody’s functioning and quality of life.”But Feldstein said families often see the mental health system in a far different light, finding it difficult to get a loved one “formed” and admitted to hospital.“They view the system as very rushed and often physicians have very little time to get to know their loved one,” she said. “I can’t tell you how many times I have heard families say ‘My loved one acts differently in that brief interaction with the doctors.’”But without information from the family, a physician may have no idea the patient had been threatening self-harm or harm to others.“And frequently families feel that smart, manipulative patients can talk their way out of being formed or out of the hospital,” Feldstein said.“And then they go back to their life and their family sees a completely different side.”In the case of Hussain, Feldstein said the question is whether anybody suspected he was at risk for harming other people.“Doctors and hospitals are in a terrible position of having to decide ‘Do I infringe on someone’s liberty or do I let them go and they may be dangerous? And I don’t have the tools to know exactly what’s going to happen in the future.’“There is no way,” she said, “to perfectly predict dangerousness.”— Follow @SherylUbelacker on Twitter.
Rabat- During an interview with an American television channel, Morocco’s Head of Government and Secretary General of the Justice and Development Party (PJD) tried to portray an image of a tolerant Islamist. He denied any relationship with the Muslim Brotherhood and accepted Egypt’s former President’s dismissal by the Egyptian Military.While a new Abdelilah Benkirane spoke with the American Arabic-speaking TV Channel Al Hurra on Friday in Washington. Morocco’s head of government expressed contradictory stances toward several issues, compared to his previous stances. These issues include the PJD’s stance toward the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.Abdelilah Benkirane apparently changed his stance on the ouster of Mohamed Morsi, Egypt’s first democratically elected President and the leading member of the Muslim Brotherhood. On August 25, 2013, Abdelilah Benkirane showed sympathy with pro-Morsi in Egypt and raised the Rabaa sign (made by raising four fingers) during the Justice and Development Party’s Youth Assembly in Casablanca.But in this interview with Al Hurra, Morocco’s PM adopted a new position. Benkirane declined to evaluate the Muslim Brotherhood’s few months of power in Egypt. He also did notwant to comment on the Muslim brotherhood in Egypt, saying, “it is an ended stage…. I don’t want to raise this topic.”Benkirane was apparently was embarrassed by the sensibility of the theme. He turned to polite speach in order to avoid falling into the trap set by the Al Hurra Journalist. He just wished that “Egypt can overcome this crisis for the good of the Egyptian people.”Benkirane goes on to add that his party (PJD) has no relationship with the Muslim Brotherhood in the Middle East. “We usually meet the Muslim Brotherhood in the international congresses, and assemblies. But a relationship of PJD with them has never existed. We absolutely don’t belong to the Muslim Brotherhood.”Benkirane revealed that PJD is not a religious movement, stressing that it is a political party. He said that PJD “has a religious background, but it is not a religious movement. Our role is to treat the political imbalances not the religious ones.”Benkirane goes as far to state that PJD is not the ruling party of Morocco. “PJD heads the Government only. Morocco’s president is HM king Mohamed VI.”© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed
TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed slightly lower Thursday despite better than expected figures on gross domestic product and jobless claims in the United States.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 14,178.84-5.26 -0.04%S&P 500 — 1,849.04-3.52 -0.19%Dow — 16,264.23-4.76 -0.03%Nasdaq — 4,151.23 -22.35 -0.54% The S&P/TSX composite index took back 5.26 points to 14,178.84, pressured by gold and tech stocks. The Canadian dollar was ahead 0.24 of a cent to 90.46 cents US.The Commerce Department said the U.S. economy grew at a 2.6% annual rate from October to December, slightly more than previously estimated, as consumer spending rose at the fastest pace in three years. Analysts had been expecting a growth rate of 2.4%.Meanwhile, the U.S. Labor Department said jobless claims fell 10,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 311,000, the lowest since late November and a hopeful sign that hiring could pick up.Yet despite the encouraging data, the number of Americans who signed contracts to buy homes fell for the eighth straight month in February, indicating that real estate sales will likely slow over the next few months.Wall Street reacted to the mixed economic news with little fanfare as the Dow Jones industrials fell 4.76 points to 16,264.23, the Nasdaq shed 22.35 points to 4,151.23 and the S&P 500 index dipped 3.52 points to 1,849.04.“It just seems like a weak market here,” said Ian Nakamoto, director of research at 3MACS.“We came down a fair bit yesterday, so you would think that if people were enthusiastic towards the market they would come back quickly… buy the dip. But that doesn’t seem to be at work here.”He noted that January and February were strong months for North American markets and, perhaps, investors are now taking a break from making any big moves.“It seems like we’re in a bit of a pause or a correction,” said Nakamoto.Some of the losses in New York were exacerbated by news from Citigroup (NYSE:C), which announced after markets closed Wednesday that the Fed has turned down its capital plan, saying it had failed its post economic crisis “stress test.” The rejection means that the bank will not be able to pay out bigger dividends to shareholders or go ahead with a planned buyback of more of its own stock.Meanwhile, there was a slew of corporate news for investors to digest in CanadaLululemon Athletica Inc. (NASDAQ:LULU) said profits held steady in the fourth quarter, the busiest season for retailers. The U.S.-listed Vancouver company had to deal with several setbacks last year, including the way it handled a problem with its black Luon pants, which some customers reported were see-through when they wore them. The yoga-wear maker beat revised analyst expectations by four cents with earnings of 75 cents per share.Resolute Forest Products Inc. (TSX:RFP) said it plans on spending US$105 million to upgrade its pulp and paper mill in Calhoun, Tenn., a decision it says will help lower costs and boost capacity. Its shares dipped 38 cents, or 1.86%, to $20.Meanwhile, shares in smartphone maker BlackBerry closed down nearly 2%, or 19 cents, to $9.96 as it prepared to report fourth-quarter and full-year earnings on Friday. The struggling Waterloo, Ont., tech company has been making changes to its business model since last year in efforts to stay competitive against the likes of Apple and Samsung.In commodities, the June gold bullion contract took back $8.60 to US$1,294.80 an ounce — the first time it’s closed below US$1,300 in six weeks.The May copper contract gained three cents to US$2.99 a pound, while oil added $1.02 to US$101.28 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.TOP STORIESForget Keystone, one of Canada’s wealthiest dynasties has a ‘Plan B’ for the oil sandsOttawa given ‘heads up’ on BMO mortgage rate cut, says monitoring market closelyHow QNX puts BlackBerry in the driver’s seat of the connected car market that Google covetsLululemon shares surge as new CEO cites plans to step up global expansion after year of stumblesWHAT’S ON DECK FRIDAYECONOMIC NEWSCANADAOttawa’s fiscal monitor budget report UNITED STATES8:30 a.m. Personal income and consumption (Feb): Economists expect a 0.3% rise in income, 0.3% rise in consumption9:55 a.m. University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment index (March): Economists expect a reading of 80.5, up from last month CORPORATE NEWS CANADA Blackberry Ltd Q4 earnings: Analysts expect a loss of 56¢ a year
United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today paid tribute to Sissel Ekaas, his former special representative for the UN Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE), who passed away in her home country of Norway as a result of serious illness, according to a UN spokesperson. “The Secretary-General extends his profound condolences to Ms. Sissel Ekaas’ family,” spokesperson Marie Okabe said. “She is warmly remembered by colleagues in the UN family, and she will be deeply missed.” Before her service with UNMEE, Ms. Ekaas had a distinguished career in the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as well as her country’s Government, Ms Okabe said.
“I call on relevant Member States to respect the status, privileges and immunities of the United Nations and to immediately release all UN staff members and associated personnel who are being unlawfully detained,” said Mr. Ban, noting intensified demand for UN engagement around the world. “In addition, I appeal to those non-State actors that are holding staff members to immediately release them.”The International Day is held on the anniversary of the abduction of Alec Collett, who was taken by armed gunmen in 1985 while working for the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). With his remains having been found and returned to his family in 2009, the Day also honours his memory, and that of all those who have suffered a similar fate.As of 15 March 2015, 33 UN and associated personnel were detained by State authorities in 15 countries. One staff member is missing and two contractors remain in the custody of abductors. In the first two months of 2015, abductions of UN personnel occurred in Afghanistan and the Central African Republic. Two contractors working for the Joint UN-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) were kidnapped in Zalingei at gunpoint and remain in custody.“Abductions of United Nations personnel are increasingly carried out by unscrupulous actors seeking to extract ransom, make a political point, or impede the Organization’s operations,” said Mr. Ban.He expressed particular concern about the insecurity faced by staff in South Sudan and Syria, pointing to the abduction of a World Food Programme staff member in South Sudan last October, and the numerous UNRWA staff members detained, arrested or missing in Syria.Those concerns were echoed in a statement released by the UN Staff Union, which said the situation in South Sudan was “particularly troublesome,” as humanitarian workers face the constant threat of kidnapping and harassment in trying to carry out their work. It noted that national staff members were particularly badly affected by detention and abduction, with nine out of 10 UN personnel detained or arrested by State authorities locally recruited.“Every day that goes by is one too many for our abducted colleagues,” Ian Richards, Vice President of the UN Staff Management Committee, said in the statement.The statement called for the immediate release of all unlawfully arrested and detained UN personnel, and noted that States held responsibility for obtaining the release of personnel, prosecuting the perpetrators and providing security to UN personnel.“These are men and women who joined the United Nations to help others, but instead they must live daily in fear of their lives,” said Mr. Richards. “The thoughts and prayers of the 70,000 staff of the United Nations are with them at this time and every day. “It is an outrage that those who abduct relief workers should continue to go unpunished,” he added. “The United Nations and its member governments must do all they can, and more than they are doing now, to secure our colleagues’ release and bring their abductors to justice.”
Tourists and bystanders were surprised to see 300 people gathering under the Acropolis on Monday swearing an oath to the gods of Olympus. What’s more surprising is that the happening was staged by one of the most controversial quasi-political movements in Greece, the Hellenes Convention. The leader himself, Artemis Sorras, who is claiming to be in possession of trillions’ worth of old bonds from the now-defunct Banque d’ Orient (a claim largely disputed by the National Bank of Greece which owned Banque d’ Orient and merged with it in 1932), was present at the happening and gave a speech presenting the platform of his new political organisation. His Hellenes Convention has established a large number of offices throughout Greece, accumulating hundreds of thousands in membership fees, from people who believe that Sorras’ fortune will pay off the country’s debt. Sorras himself has urged Greeks to go to tax offices and claim that their taxes should be paid from his alleged trillions. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Nouvel an chinois : l’année du Tigre sera-t-elle salutaire pour les derniers grands fauves ?Monde – Outre la Saint-Valentin, le 14 février marque le Nouvel an chinois et le début de l’année du Tigre. Alors que les communautés du monde entier célèbrent cette année prometteuse, le Fonds international pour la protection des animaux (Ifaw) tire la sonnette d’alarme quant à la forte augmentation du commerce illicite des produits issus du tigre. Un développement inquiétant, qui rapproche cette espèce déjà menacée de l’extinction. “Il fut un temps où le nombre de tigres sauvages atteignait 100.000 individus en Asie : aujourd’hui, ils sont moins de 3.500,” commente Grace Ge Gabriel, directrice régionale d’IFAW pour l’Asie. “Les tigres sont confrontés à la perte de leur habitat et à la raréfaction de leurs proies, cependant, la plus grande menace pour les tigres sauvages demeure le braconnage […]” Le tigre étant inscrit à l’Annexe I de la Convention sur le commerce international des espèces de faune et de flore sauvages menacées d’extinction (Cites), tout commerce international de tigres ou des produits issus de ces animaux est prohibé. La Chine, où le tigre est présent, interdit également l’utilisation des os de tigres à l’échelle nationale. “Ces interdictions sont inefficaces face à l’expansion du marché illicite des parties du tigre, alimenté par quelques élevages intensifs qui font se reproduire leurs animaux pour, portée après portée, commercialiser leurs organes et autres produits dérivés” ajoute Mme Gabriel. De récentes enquêtes menées en Chine ont fait apparaître une augmentation des ventes illicites de produits prétendant contenir des sous-produits de tigres issus de ces élevages, à la fois en ligne et dans les boutiques. Il reste moins de 50 tigres sauvages en Chine alors que ces élevages en concentrent plus de 6.000 et se targuent d’obtenir un taux de reproduction annuel de 800 individus. Ouverts également aux touristes comme sites de safari, ces élevages vendent ouvertement des produits tels que la “liqueur d’os de tigre” comme toniques. “Toute diminution de la demande de sous-produits du tigre instaurée par le gouvernement chinois est sapée par ce trafic” prévient Mme Gabriel. “Les responsables de ces élevages de tigres cultivent une nouvelle demande pour les tigres morts, alimentant ainsi le commerce illicite d’animaux sauvages et stimulant leur braconnage”. Lors de la prochaine réunion de la Cites, au mois de mars, 175 pays auront la possibilité de voter en faveur de l’amélioration de la protection des tigres sauvages. Comment ? En soutenant une proposition de l’Union européenne appelant au renforcement du contrôle du commerce des tigres et à l’arrêt de leur élevage à des fins commerciales. Pour que l’année du Tigre débute sous de meilleurs auspices pour cet animal, l’Ifaw demande à tous les gouvernements, particulièrement ceux des pays consommateurs, de réduire la demande et d’empêcher tout commerce de tigres morts quelle qu’en soit la source, tout en se concentrant sur la protection des derniers de ces grands fauves vivant à l’état sauvage. Le 14 février 2010 à 11:52 • Emmanuel Perrin
Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny insists his return to first-team action following a long spell out due to injury marked a new chapter in his life.The Gunners player suffered a ruptured Achilles during the club’s UEFA Europa League semifinal game against Atletico Madrid in May, but marked his return to action during the club’s 1-0 win over Qarabag on Thursday night.“During rehab, you have you and yourself,” he said, according to the Telegraph. “For me it was very important to stay in my bubble and to be focused with one target: to come back stronger and quicker. You have not just good moments, you have some bad ones, some days you can’t progress as you wish.”“This is difficult, but you have the people around you to help you and keep your head up. Football is just a part of my life. I have a life outside the pitch. Now with my physical state and my head, I am calmer and I just want to enjoy.”Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.Asked about his first appearance of the season, in which he played 72 minutes, Koscielny added:“It was a special day for me after seven months. Just before you come onto the pitch, you think about what you did. I had some flashes in my head of the seven months of rehab I did. Now it’s the end.”“I have been running since the end of August and I was near the team during the training sessions. I watched all the training so I know all the tactics, all the runs, when we have the ball, when we need to defend, when we need to press.”Koscielny’s return for the Gunners is a welcomed relief for manager Unai Emery, who is without the suspended duo of Sokratis and Shkodran Mustafi, while Rob Holding misses out due to injury.
Key West residents could be seen gathering supplies for the storm, Tuesday afternoon.One family, the Lynns, came from Texas to escape Hurricane Harvey, and are now helping out in South Florida.“That’s what God tells us to do,” said Valerie Lynn.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. KEY WEST, FLA. (WSVN) – The Monroe County Schools superintendent has announced that schools will be closed from Wednesday until further notice, while county officials also ordered mandatory evacuations.Superintendent Mark Porter made the school closures announcement in a press release, Tuesday, also adding that all meetings, including a school board meeting scheduled for Thursday, have been postponed until further notice.Porter has requested that residents take this opportunity to prepare in case Hurricane Irma hits South Florida.Along with the school closures, Monroe County officials issued a mandatory evacuation notice for visitors, beginning at 7 a.m. Wednesday.Officials also issued a mandatory evacuation for residents, beginning at 7 p.m. Wednesday. “If ever there was a storm to take seriously in the Keys, this is it,” Monroe County Emergency Management Director Martin Senterfitt said in a news release. “The sooner people leave, the better.”Monroe County is also closing all of its government offices and county parks on Wednesday, while essential county employees, emergency management and fire rescue crews will be working.The Monroe County Emergency Operation Center also opened at noon, Tuesday.
Share Harris County Sheriff’s OfficeThis file photo shows deputies with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office deployed on the scene of Santa Fe High School the day of the shooting.Dimitrios Pagourtzis has confessed to the mass shooting that killed 10 and wounded 13 at Santa Fe High School.A Galveston County Grand Jury has now indicted the 17-year-old for “capital murder of multiple persons” and “aggravated assault of a public servant.” The second charge is for shooting a school district police officer, who survived.Police say Pagourtzis opened fire in the art classroom with a revolver and a shotgun in the morning of May 18. Officers arrived after four minutes and engaged the shooter. He eventually surrendered and was taken into custody.Pagourtzis will not face the death penalty because he was under 18 at the time of the crime. If convicted, he could be eligible for parole after 40 years.Photo: Galveston County Sheriff’s OfficeA Texas grand jury has formally indicted the 17-year-old student accused of fatally shooting 10 people at a Houston-area high school.The shooting at the Santa Fe High School, was the nation’s deadliest such attack since the mass shooting at a Florida high school that gave rise to a campaign by teenagers for gun control.After the shooting, Texas Governor Greg Abbott called for schools to have more armed personnel, though he faced pushback after suggesting tightening of some gun laws.You can read the first indictment here: You can read the second indictment here:
Houston Methodist Hospital has added two new members to its security team — a pair of robots that patrol the halls on wheels. Made by security technology company, Knightscope, the robots stand just over 4-feet tall and go by the names Watson and Holmes. “If you watch Star Wars, it kind of looks like R2D2,” said Hadji Sarr, the hospital’s director of public safety.The robots cover a specific route each day and are equipped with 360-degree cameras, an emergency button, and a two-way audio system that allows people to communicate with security personnel. They also have object avoidance sensors to prevent them from crashing into people. “If you’re in distress or need help, you can call a button on the robot and it will come straight to our central dispatch,” said Sarr. While the robots don’t replace human personnel, Sarr said they help provide extra security coverage around the hospital. “Houston Methodist is like a city within a city. While we have officers, it’s never enough to have eyes everywhere — just like we have over 1,500 cameras, those cameras will never be enough because we don’t have them everywhere,” he said. “Where the robots come into play will be to add to those eyes where officers cannot make it. Our dispatchers are able to see what the robots are seeing.”The robots can also broadcast pre-recorded public safety reminders or live messages in case of an emergency. But so far, Saar says, visitors have mostly been interested in taking selfies with the robots. “It’s amazing how many people, I mean pretty much everybody comes and stops and takes selfies with the robots,” he said. “On top of security it’s also a customer service piece; we’re able to see more, we’re able to communicate more, and we’re also able to make people happy by having them around.” Listen Courtesy of Houston MethodistThe robot duo helps provide additional security at Houston Methodist. Share X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /00:49
A team of researchers from the French Aerospace Lab and at the Côte d’Azur Observatory working on France’s MICROSCOPE satellite project has further confirmed the equivalence principle by recreating Galileo’s free-falling objects experiment in a satellite. In their paper published in the journal Physical Review Letters, the group describes their experiment and why it was carried out. Credit: CNES/D. Ducros Citation: Galileo’s free-falling objects experiment passes space test further proving equivalence principle (2017, December 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-12-galileo-free-falling-space-equivalence-principle.html Satellite to test universality of freefall © 2017 Phys.org More information: Pierre Touboul et al. MICROSCOPE Mission: First Results of a Space Test of the Equivalence Principle, Physical Review Letters (2017). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.119.231101ABSTRACTAccording to the weak equivalence principle, all bodies should fall at the same rate in a gravitational field. The MICROSCOPE satellite, launched in April 2016, aims to test its validity at the 10−15 precision level, by measuring the force required to maintain two test masses (of titanium and platinum alloys) exactly in the same orbit. A nonvanishing result would correspond to a violation of the equivalence principle, or to the discovery of a new long-range force. Analysis of the first data gives δ(Ti,Pt)=[−1±9(stat)±9(syst)]×10−15 (1σ statistical uncertainty) for the titanium-platinum Eötvös parameter characterizing the relative difference in their free-fall accelerations. Explore further Journal information: Physical Review Letters Approximately 450 years ago, Galileo, as some have reported, dropped cannonballs of different sizes from the Leaning Tower of Pisa to prove that they would hit the ground at the same time. 350 years later, Einstein published his Theory Of General Relativity, which included the equivalence principle, and as Galileo demonstrated, stated that objects with different masses fall at the same rate due to gravity. In this new effort, the researchers have performed roughly the same experiment as Galileo, except they have done it in space and measured the results with far more precision.Scientists continue to test the equivalence principle because they believe that if they can find a violation, it could reconcile the impasse regarding quantum theory and general relativity.The experimental equipment aboard the MICROSCOPE satellite consisted of one cylindrical shell set inside of another larger cylindrical shell. The cylinders were small, of course, just a few centimeters long, and were made of different materials—the inner one of platinum and rhodium, the outer from much less dense titanium and aluminum. Running the experiment in space removes factors that can disrupt gravitational force, such as water moving underground. The cylinders free fall as they move through space with an electric field present to keep them from veering from a straight downward path. Their fall is measured very precisely. Any deviations in acceleration would be seen as a change in the electrical field. The team reports that none were found. The researchers report their experiment offered 10 times the precision of previous experiments meant to do the same thing. They note that they believe it will be possible in the future to conduct the same experiment with even more precision by better controlling the temperature inside the satellite. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
More Ways to Reduce Brought to you by PCWorld When Buying New, Go GreenAnother essential aspect of energy use conservation involves looking ahead. Every time you buy something new, make sure it’s green. Here are a few low-power toys to get you started:Earth-friendly PC: Hewlett-Packard offers a full line of Energy Star-compliant products. The HP Compaq Business Desktop dc5750($750) comes with an 80GB SATA hard drive, 1GB of DDR2 memory, an AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core processor, and the Windows Vista Business operating system. Under optimum conditions, according to HP, it consumes 52 percent less energy than a standard desktop. Green storage:Western Digital’s Caviar GP WD10EACS($320) is a 1TB hard drive that consumes less power and operates at lower temperatures than comparable-size drives. It scored fairly well on our tests against a similar nongreen hard drive. Light up less: Replacing the light bulbs in your house with compact fluorescent light(CFL) bulbs can reduce your energy use for lighting by 75 percent (CFLs last about 10 times longer than standard incandescent bulbs, too). Or go a step further and get Motionbulbs ($20)–CFLs equipped with motion sensors that turn on when you enter a room and turn off when you leave.A different kind of pod: Your iPod is great, but how energy efficient is the constant recharging? Maybe you should try a Wind Up Eco Media Player (£150) instead. This device has an FM stereo radio, plays video and music, and comes with a built-in microphone, LED light, and SD Card reader. To charge its 20-hour battery, you turn a crank at the back–1 minute of winding yields 40 minutes of audio playback. (Or you can plug it into a USB port and let the electric company do the cranking.) More Ways to ReduceAt home: Every light in your house uses energy. Lighting-control systems such as Watt Stopper’s Wall Switch Vacancy Sensors(about $45 online) can replace your light switches with motion sensors that turn lights on when they detect people in a room. More-comprehensive systems like Green Switch (starts at $1125) can reduce your energy costs by at least 25 percent by retrofitting your house with a master switch for simultaneously turning off all light switches, wall plugs, and air-conditioning systems you put under its control. Outdoors: Water conservation is becoming a major issue. WeatherTrakprovides a service to regulate your lawn-watering system, reducing water use and runoff. The company’s irrigation system will automatically schedule watering based on the soil type and slope of your lawn along with data gathered from local weather stations and NOAA satellites.Get money to conserve: Various state, local, and federal entities have established incentives for switching to renewable energy or boosting your energy efficiency. Use DSIRE, the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency, to find out what else you can do to reduce your use (and get some rebates, grants, and tax deductions while you’re at it).Reuse and RecycleTechnology enthusiasts tend to buy lots of new gadgets. But instead of dumping the old ones, why not recycle them?PCs: Perhaps the best thing you can do with an old computer is to donate it to a charity that will reuse it. Some local United Way chaptersgive refurbished computers to schools and families in need. Another option is to donate your computer to a Microsoft Authorized Refurbisher, which will ultimately give your computer to a charity, nonprofit organization, school, or public library.Cell phones: There are lots of ways to recycle phones, PDAs, cell phone batteries, chargers, and related accessories (some companies will even take your old appliances and other electronics). You can drop off old mobile phones at Best Buy, Office Depot, or Staples. Or you can mail out-of-date handsets back to Sprint, T-Mobile, Samsung, or Motorola. The Environmental Protection Agency maintains a comprehensive listof providers and retailers that operate recycling programs.Everything else: The EPA keeps track of recycling, donation, and refurbishment programs for just about anything that requires electricity to run. Check out the master list at the EPA’s eCyclingWeb site. Plug in to efficiency : Your computer, monitor, printer, or other electronic hardware sucks power out of your outlets even when it’s inactive. The best solution is to plug each component into a device that prevents useless power drain. BITS Limited’s Smart Strip ($33) powers your PC and your peripherals at the same time. And when you turn off your PC, the strip automatically suspends power to all other devices you aren’t using. Another option, Watt Stopper’s IDP-3050 power strip ($40 at Web retailers), has a motion sensor that turns its outlets on when the strip senses someone in the room–and off when no one is there. Going green is in, but how easy is it to do? Many small changes that you can make in your everyday life will add up to a big impact on the environment–and you don’t have to buy a Toyota Prius to accomplish them. In many cases, it’s a matter of getting a gadget to do the hard work for you. Here are ten steps you can take with technology to help save the planet. ReduceBefore you can keep track of how successful you are at reducing your impact on the environment, you need to know what your impact is. A slew of gadgets, gizmos, and software programs can get you started.It’s possible to modify your entire house to monitor its energy use. Agilewaves Resource Monitor links a flat-panel touch screen with your home’s power, water, gas, and temperature systems. 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Monitor: Energy Star , a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy, recommends shutting your monitor down after 5 minutes of inactivity. Conveniently, Energy Star provides a link on one of its pages to a Computer Management Savings Calculator, which includes a monitor component. The site also offers drop-down lists of Energy Star-qualified monitors from various vendors on its Monitors page . Finally, for a downloadedable PowerPoint presentation of the program’s guidelines for qualifying monitors, see ” Proposed Energy Star Specifications for Computer Monitors .”The Web: Some authorities contend that the amount of energy a cathode-ray tube monitor uses depends on the color it displays. According to the Department of Energy , for example, a white screen uses 74 watts of power, while a black screen uses only 59 watts. So you may be able to save power by using a black Google screen such as those offered by Google-Black , GreenerGLE , Earthle , and Darkoogle for your searches. Similarly, you can display Word documents as colored text on a black background. Or enable a starry night screen saver.Use less paper: Even if “print less” is not an option for you, you can reduce your paper use by 4.75 percent: simply by changing your margins . The standard Microsoft Word document sets the margins at 1 inch on the top and bottom of the page, and at 1.75 inches on each side. Reducing those margins to .75 inch each saves paper, money, and trees. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals When Buying New, Go Green Register Now » January 1, 2008 7 min read
eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) (Photo by STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images)He was arrested after he was accused of hiring a venue in order to host a concert.The concert was allegedly only for LGBTQ people and was due to take place on Saturday.The owner of the venue was also arrested.Related: Egyptian police use Grindr to lure gay men to hotel roomsBoth have since been released but have been charged with “debauchery”.The student has also faced criminal charges for organising the concert without a permit from authorities.Men charged with homosexual activities in Egypt in 2001 (Getty)Their arrest is one of many in a crackdown launched by Egyptian authorities on LGBTQ people.A report released by the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights said that authorities are deliberately fuelling an anti-LGBT ‘moral panic’ in order to build support for a crackdown.The report charts the horrific extent of the crisis, which has caused a dramatic surge in arrests of LGBT people.Related: Seven people arrested for ‘sexual deviancy’ in Egypt after waving Pride flagIt states: “The EIPR has observed an exponential increase in the number of individuals arrested because of their private sexual practices and/or sexual orientation.“In what is now known as the as the Public Morality Investigation Unit’s campaign against LGBTQ individuals and men who have sex with men or those perceived as such.” (Getty)EIPR estimates based on media monitoring that 232 people were arrested between the end of 2013 and March 2017.The report alleges that morality police were also responsible for fuelling negative stories about LGBT people in order to stoke public fear, manufacturing “the creation of major sex scandals that receive exceptional media attention”.Sources on the ground have repeatedly raised the alarm about Egypt’s so-called ‘Public Morality Investigation Unit’, which actively targets the gay community with raids and entrapment.Related: No-one is talking about Egypt’s shocking homophobic purgeThe situation worsened in September last year when the waving of a rainbow flag at a music concert was extensively derided in the press.Sarah Hegazy, 28, and Ahmed Alaa, 21, were fined 2,000 Egyptian pounds ($113) and released.A Pride flag at Mashrou Leila’s concert in EgyptLast month, nine people were accused of “debauchery” and arrested for being gay after neighbours accused them of being “weird”.According to reports, investigations ensued after an estate agent rented the property for sex parties.Related: Egypt launches bid to ban atheism over fears it turns people gayAuthorities said the men had put up a wall of secrecy on what they did at the apartment.They had apparently attempted to use codes to avoid suspicion.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… A student has been arrested in Egypt after he was accused of committing “debauchery” by organising a “homosexual concert”.The student from Giza, Egypt manages a company which organises concerts in the city. Two men arrested in Egypt for allegedly planning a gay concertTwo arrested for waving rainbow flag in Egypt are released on bail“Not a human right”: Egyptian Coptic Church organizes conference to “treat” homosexualityPINK NEWS-
Philippine Airlines looks at launching a low-cost long-haul carrier To stay competitive in the market, Philippine Airlines Group is looking to launch a low-cost long-haul operation next year to match its competitor Cebu Pacific.As a part of the airlines two-brand strategy it would allocate some of their newly acquired A330-300s to the proposed budget brand, according to the Centre for aviation website.Philippine Airlines would become the third full service airline group in the Asia-Pacific region to launch a low-cost long-haul operation, joining Qantas and Singapore Airlines.AirPhil/PAL Express would join Jetstar, AirAsia X, Scoot and Cebu Pacific ass the fifth low-cost long-haul operator in the region.AirPhil/PAL Express long-haul operation would also extend the group back into the Middle East market after dropping it in recent years.It is expected that Philippine Airlines entry in the emerging and fast-expanding low-cost long-haul sector could persuade other Asian carriers to follow suit, with the Thai Airways Group also considering entering the long-haul low-cost sector.. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: K.W.
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