Funding For Community Mental Health Projects

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first_img Attention Deficit Association of N.S. in Lower Sackville receives $20,389 to develop an information kit for parents and care providers on attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, Lower Sackville; Building Community Capacity for Mental Health in Bridgewater receives $25,500 to establish a mental health information network, promote mental health knowledge and develop and maintain a district network of mental health consumers, family members and community organizations; Survivors of Abuse Recovering (S.O.A.R.) Society receives $37,300 to enhance its ability to deliver peer counselling, support groups, co-facilitation, community education and outreach. The group serves Hants, Kings and Annapolis counties and has assisted Yarmouth area residents in setting up a S.O.A.R. chapter; Schizophrenia Society, Cumberland County Chapter, receives $15,000 to provide half-day workshops in five communities (Amherst, Springhill, Oxford/Wallace, Parrsboro, River Hebert) to raise awareness of schizophrenia and mental illness; Crossroads in Sydney receives $20,000 for seed money to develop a business proposal and to secure additional funding to start a laundry service that will employ mental health consumers; Eating Disorder Action Group in Halifax receives $29,560 to develop and pilot a train-the-trainers manual, and to build capacity across the province for eating disorder self-help and support groups; Share & Care Self-Help and Support Group in Bridgewater receives $1,000 to produce public education materials. “With this funding, we can bring together information from socialworkers, police, community services, legal professionals andothers who work with people with mental illness on a regularbasis,” said Michael MacDonald, president of the SchizophreniaSociety, Cumberland County Chapter. “Being the father of a youngadult with schizophrenia, I am pleased to know that fivecommunities in Cumberland County will be more informed on issuesconcerning mental illness.” The Halifax-based Eating Disorder Action Group is receivingfunding for the project Building Capacity, Building Support: SelfHelp and Support Group Development for Individuals ExperiencingEating Disorders and their Families. “We are pleased the Department of Health recognizes theseriousness of disordered eating and the positive impact localsupport groups can have with individuals and families,” saidBethana Sullivan, the action group’s executive director. “Thisproject will help reach more people who have experienced thedisorder, so they can use their strengths and stories to supportone another and become healthier.” The department invited proposals from community groups in June “I want to thank these volunteers for their leadership andvision,” said Mr. MacIsaac. “All Nova Scotians want a healthier,more prosperous future. And these projects move us closer to thatgoal. I encourage people to submit proposals next year as webuild on the work already started.” The program granted $150,000 to six community groups in 2002-03. Evaluations are not yet complete. Thirteen applications for funding were received. Mental health staff, with support from the district health authorities, then chose the seven finalists. Each finalist must complete a formal evaluation to make sure the projects deliver the benefits that were identified in the application process. Nova Scotians with mental illness are receiving more support intheir communities with about $150,000 in funding for community-based projects. Health Minister Angus MacIsaac is highlighting, for the secondyear, funding for local projects involving the people who usemental health services. “This government has a plan to improve mental health programsacross the province. These are meaningful projects that willsupport individuals with mental health issues and disorders, aswell as providing important information to families, careproviders and communities,” said Mr. MacIsaac. The seven local projects to receive one-year government fundinginclude:last_img read more

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Tenders Called for Pictou County Roadimprovement Project

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first_imgThousands of drivers who use Highway 104 between New Glasgow and Antigonish will soon be making the trip on a smoother, stronger road after the completion of a road-improvement tender announced by the Department of Transportation and Public Works. The tender is for repairs to the Broadway Overpass on Highway 104 and repaving of the highway from the overpass for 8.1 kilometres to Exit 29 at Barneys River Station. “Twinning of this section is in our long-range plans, but it’s also important that we keep the existing lanes in top shape,” said Angus MacIsaac, Minister of Transportation and Public Works. “Highway 104 is a vital lifeline for northern Nova Scotia.” The Department of Transportation and Public Works’ highways division manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in Nova Scotia. It maintains 4,100 bridges and operates seven provincial ferries. Staff provide services from district offices in Bridgewater, Bedford, Truro and Sydney.last_img read more

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Flags Lowered at Province House for Capt Francis

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first_imgFlags at the legislature are lowered to half mast out of respect for Capt. Jefferson Francis, a member of the First Regiment-Royal Canadian Horse Artillery, based at Canadian Forces Base Shilo, Man. Capt. Francis died of injuries sustained from a roadside bomb Wednesday, July 4, while serving with the Canadian Forces in Afghanistan. Five of his colleagues and an Afghan interpreter were killed at the same time, about 20 kilometers southwest of Kandahar City. Capt. Francis was born in New Brunswick. His parents live in the Halifax area and his father has retired from the military. “A Nova Scotia family has lost a son who was trying to bring peace to the people of Afghanistan, and we all mourn his tragic death on behalf of the government and people of Nova Scotia,” said Premier Rodney MacDonald. “I want to express our profound condolences to the parents of Capt. Francis, and his wife and young son,” said Murray Scott, Minister Responsible for Military Relations. “It is at times like this that mere words are unable to express how deeply we share his family’s grief.”last_img read more

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Halifax Regional Municipality Storm Damage to Area Roads

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first_imgMotorists are advised to use care when traveling in areas damaged by Tropical Storm Noel in the Halifax Regional Municipality. Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal crews are repairing several roads damaged by the storm. Crews are repairing a washed out portion of Trunk 3 at Queensland Beach. Motorists should expect delays of about 15 minutes. Conrad’s Road at Queensland Beach is closed. Alternate access is available to residents. Paddy’s Head Road is down to one lane and is passable with caution. Road shoulders have been washed out in several areas, including Route 333 in the Peggys Cove and Dover areas, Route 207 at Lawrencetown Beach , Trunk 7 at Musquodoboit Harbour, and portions of West Lawrencetown Road. -30-last_img

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Is Your Go Kit Ready

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first_imgNova Scotians should have home and vehicle emergency kits at the ready, in light of weather forecasts today, Dec. 3, calling for significant snowfall. “I’m encouraging Nova Scotians to pay close attention to weather broadcasts,” said Carolyn Bolivar-Getson, Minister of Emergency Management. “The first major storm always seems to catch people unprepared. A vehicle, properly equipped for winter, is a must this time of year. And we need to have enough food, water and supplies on hand to take care of ourselves for up to 72 hours in an emergency. Any major storm can cause power outages.” The Office of Emergency Management website, www.gov.ns.ca/emo , has a thorough checklist for emergency supplies. Residents should have battery-powered radios, flashlights, medication, food and water, extra clothing, blankets and cash along with the other items in the checklists. Motorists should avoid unnecessary travel and listen for travel updates on local radio stations. If it is safe to drive, motorists should be sure to carry a shovel, sand or salt, extra clothing, food, blankets, booster cables and a first-aid kit. And always leave with a full tank of gas. For information on power outages, visit Nova Scotia Power’s website at www.nspower.ca or call 1-877-428-6004, or 428-6004 in Halifax. The Emergency Management Office works closely with municipalities throughout Nova Scotia to ensure preparation for emergency events.last_img read more

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Amherst Renewable Energy Project Moves Forward

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first_imgCommunities in the Amherst area will enjoy even more of the benefits of generating clean, green renewable electricity in their own backyard. The Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq Chiefs, via Kwilmu’kw Maw-klusuaqn Negotiations Office, received approval today, Sept. 18, for a wind project under the Community Feed-in Tariff (COMFIT) Program. Benefits will be shared within the local community and Mi’kmaq communities throughout Nova Scotia. “The approval of this project demonstrates how Nova Scotians are committed to improving their energy future, reducing their environmental footprint, and creating economic opportunities,” said Energy Minister Charlie Parker. “Clean, green electricity is already successfully powering homes and businesses in the Amherst area, and this project will increase those benefits for the community.” The 6.0 MW project will be developed by the Kwilmu’kw Maw-klusuaqn Mi’kmaq in partnership with Wind4all Communities. “This COMFIT approval from the Department of Energy not only speaks to the quality of our Amherst Project but, more importantly, it speaks to the value and significance of our partnership with the KMK and Mi’kmaq,” said Austen Hughes, general manager, Wind4All Communities. “Through the Amherst project, the Mi’kmaq will become long-term and knowledgeable partners in the renewable energy sector,” said Chief Gerard Julian, co-chair of the Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq Chiefs. “As project owners, we will be expanding our ability to continue to preserve Nova Scotian resources and protect the environment for generations to come.” The province has supported the Mi’kmaq renewal energy project development by providing $200,000 to create a Mi’kmaq Renewable Energy Strategy and $2 million for a Mi’kmaq Major Resource and Energy Fund. Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq and the province will also hold a renewable energy seminar Nov. 21. For more information on the seminar contact the Office of Aboriginal Affairs at 424-4174. The 2010 Renewable Electricity Plan introduced the COMFIT concept to help provide a secure supply of clean energy at stable prices, build community support for renewable energy projects and create jobs. “COMFIT offers Nova Scotia an opportunity to become a leader in renewable energy,” said Mr. Parker. “In addition, renewable energy projects such as this will help the province move away from dirty fossil fuels and towards our legislated goal of 40 per cent renewable energy by 2020.” Eligible groups receive an established price per kilowatt hour for projects producing electricity from certain renewable resources. Projects can include wind, biomass, in-stream tidal and run-of-the-river hydroelectric developments. Eligible groups include municipalities, First Nations, co-operatives, universities and not-for-profit groups. More than 25 community-based groups have submitted over 100 locally based renewable energy development proposals for this unique, made-in-Nova Scotia initiative. The province expects 100 megawatts to be produced through COMFIT. For more information on the program visit www.nsrenewables.ca .last_img read more

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Weekly Traffic Advisories

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first_img LUNENBURG COUNTY: Meisner Bridge Meisner Bridge on Highway 10, near Cherryfield, has alternating lane closures for repairs until Friday, Dec. 20. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Sydney River Bridge The Sydney River Bridge on Keltic Drive is closed for replacement. While the bridge is closed, the province is providing a free shuttle bus service between Coxheath Arena (305 Keltic Dr.) and Walmart (65 Keltic Dr.). A detour route for drivers has also been marked. The shuttle bus schedule is available at http://novascotia.ca/tran/highways/srb.asp. COLCHESTER/HANTS COUNTIES: Highway 102, Shubenacadie River Construction is taking place on Highway 102 at the bridges over Shubenacadie River until September 2015. Traffic is normally two lanes in both directions, however drivers are urged to travel with extra caution in the area. RICHMOND COUNTY: Highway 4 Traffic on Highway 4, from west of Campbells Bridge, west for about five kilometres to Hay Cove Bridge, is reduced to one lane for repaving and the replacement of the Hay Cove bridge. Work is scheduled to be completed by Tuesday, Dec. 31. Drivers should travel with caution and obey signs and workers in the area. HANTS COUNTY: Glen Brook and MacInnis Brook Bridges The Glen Brook and MacInnis Brook bridges, on Route 202 in West Gore, have a 24-tonne weight restriction until further notice. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Joseph Howe Drive Overpass Repairs are being made on the Joseph Howe Drive overpass on Highway 102, Exit 0 until Monday, Jan. 6. Travel lanes are shifted to accommodate rush hour traffic. Drivers should reduce speed to 45 km/h and drive with extra caution in the area or use an alternate route. QUEENS COUNTY: Milton Bridge The approaches to the Milton Bridge on Highway 8 have alternating lane closures during drilling work until Sunday, Dec. 29. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. INVERNESS COUNTY: Crowdis Bridge Crowdis Bridge is closed until further notice for repairs. A detour is available via Crowdis Cross Road, West Big Interval Road and Hatchery Road. CONTINUING WORK GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Melford Brook Bridge The Melford Brook Bridge, on Route 344 at Middle Melford, is closed. A two-lane detour bridge is in place until a permanent bridge is built. The speed limit is reduced to 60 km/h and warning signs are in place. RICHMOND COUNTY: Cape Auguet Road Traffic on Cape Auguet Road, from the intersection of Lower Road south for about five kilometres, is reduced to one lane for repaving and other improvements. The work is scheduled to be completed by Tuesday, Dec. 31. Drivers should travel with caution and obey signs and workers in the area. -30- DIGBY COUNTY: Acacia Valley Bridge The Acacia Valley Bridge on Acacia Valley Road, about a half-kilometre south of the intersection of Ridge Road and Acacia Valley Road, is being replaced. The new bridge will be open by Wednesday, Dec. 18. A detour route is marked. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Malagash Station Bridge Malagash Station Road, from Malagash Road to Wallace Grant Road, will be closed for bridge repairs to Malagash Station Bridge until Friday, Dec. 20. Detour signs in place. HANTS COUNTY: Shubenacadie, Bridge Trunk 2 Shubenacadie Bridge on Highway 2 is reduced to one lane until Tuesday, Dec. 31. The speed limit is reduced to 50 km/h in the construction area. INVERNESS COUNTY: West Lake Ainslie Road The Hayes River Bridge on West Lake Ainslie Road has a 15-tonne weight restriction.last_img read more

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Premiers Boston Trip Focused on More Exports

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first_imgPremier Stephen McNeil will promote Nova Scotia exports during meetings starting today, Dec. 3, with the governor of Massachusetts and other leaders of the public and private sectors in Boston. “Nova Scotia is a premium exporter of post-secondary education, ocean technology, and tourism. We’re building an impressive information communication technology sector and we’re on the cusp of major export opportunities in energy,” said Premier McNeil. “This trip will demonstrate and build on business opportunities relating to those strengths.” The two-day visit, built around the Boston tree-lighting ceremony, begins with meetings focused on improving air service and better capitalizing on Boston as an entry point to U.S. markets. Massachusetts guidance counsellors will be encouraged to recommend Nova Scotia’s post-secondary schools to students and the premier will meet with ocean-technology companies as well as promote Nova Scotia as a tourism and business destination. Meetings on Friday, Dec. 4, will focus on technology and energy prospects. Among the 15 events on the schedule are meetings with: Premier McNeil will also meet with Nova Scotia companies participating in a trade mission in the northeastern U.S. along with the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and Nova Scotia Business Inc. “We need to aggressively increase our exports and related economic opportunities,” said Premier McNeil. “I’m looking forward to productive discussions about how our regions can continue to mutually benefit from our long-standing and valued relationship.” Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker and Matthew Beaton secretary, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs MassPort, the port authority in Massachusetts that owns and operates three Boston-area airports post-secondary guidance counsellors national and international ocean-technology and information communication technology companies the travel trade and business leaders energy industry representatives at an event presented by the New England-Canada Business Council and Consulate General representatives of the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy last_img read more

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Wildlife Lecture Series at Wildlife Park

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first_imgNova Scotians can enjoy a series of free monthly talks about wildlife at the Shubenacadie Provincial Wildlife Park. “This lecture series is a great activity that will appeal to those curious about animal biology and behaviour. I encourage people to consider attending these free learning opportunities,” said Natural Resources Minister Lloyd Hines. The talks will be delivered in the Ducks Unlimited Greenwing Legacy Interpretive Centre at the park on the third Saturday of the month, between 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Dates, presenters and topics are: Feb. 20, Wildlife Rehabilitation: Helene Van Doninck, wildlife veterinarian and co-founder of the Cobequid Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre discusses recent wildlife patients and the impact free-roaming cats have on wildlife and solutions on keeping both safe. March 19, Hiking with Lichens: An interpretative talk and hike along the Shubenacadie Wildlife Park’s Wetland trail with Frances Anderson, co-author of Common Lichens of Northeastern North America: A Field Guide. Dress for the weather: wear good walking/hiking boots, bring water and snacks. April 16, Nova Scotia Turtles: Andrew Hebda, curator of Zoology for the Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History, will describe the province’s at-risk turtle species and present on the largest sea turtle in the world. Pre-registration and confirmation are required for each lecture. Phone 902-758-5316 or email legacycentre@novascotia.ca . The Shubenacadie Provincial Wildlife Park is located on Highway 2 in Shubenacadie, about 35 minutes north of Halifax. From Highway 102, take Exit 9 at Milford and then follow Highway 2 north to the park entrance.last_img read more

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Amendment Removes Requirement for Municipal Seal

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first_imgAn amendment to the Municipal Government Act introduced today, April 15, can save municipalities time, paper and money by removing the requirement for a municipal seal on certain documents. The seal is currently required on documents related to the semi-annual debenture process. The Municipal Finance Corporation issues debentures on behalf of municipalities to help them finance capital projects at lower cost. “When a municipal seal is required, the document can’t be sent via email,” said Municipal Affairs Minister Zach Churchill. “Removing the outdated, redundant requirement for the seal means municipalities can sign and submit these documents by email.” Twice a year, the corporation issues debentures to secure capital on behalf of municipalities that wish to participate. For example, a municipality may get a short-year loan from its local lending institution to build a new recreation complex. Once the building is complete, the municipality participates in the debenture to pay off the short-term loan and then repays the corporation over a longer term at lower cost. More information on the debenture process is available at www.nsmfc.ca.last_img read more

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Guide en langage clair sur les poursuites judiciaires dans les cas dagression

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first_img « C’est très clair, concis et direct, et c’est ce dont on a besoin dans ces moments. » « C’est un guide à l’intention des victimes et il est très axé sur les victimes. » « Cette ressource rend le processus beaucoup moins effrayant, et il élimine l’inconnu. C’est ce dont nous avons besoin. » « Convivial du point de vue visuel, et facile à comprendre. » Un Guide à l’intention des victimes d’agression sexuelle sur les poursuites judiciaires, récemment publié par le Service des poursuites publiques de la Nouvelle-Écosse, offre aux victimes d’agression sexuelle des renseignements en langage clair au sujet des poursuites judiciaires en cas d’agression sexuelle. « Il s’agit d’une ressource unique qui présente aux victimes les multiples étapes d’une poursuite judiciaire en cas d’agression sexuelle, qui peut être différente d’une poursuite judiciaire en cas d’autres infractions, explique Denise Smith, directrice adjointe du Service des poursuites publiques. Le guide présente chaque étape du processus, ce à quoi la victime d’agression sexuelle peut s’attendre, ainsi que des renseignements importants sur les droits de la victime et le soutien offert. » Le processus de poursuite judiciaire peut être intimidant pour une victime, peu importe l’acte criminel, mais il l’est particulièrement pour une victime d’agression sexuelle qui a déjà subi un traumatisme profondément personnel. Dans les cas où une victime n’a pas encore décidé si elle va signaler l’agression sexuelle à la police, ces renseignements peuvent l’aider à prendre sa décision. « Nous voulions que la ressource soit le plus efficace possible et qu’elle atteigne son public cible. Avec l’aide du financement offert par le gouvernement fédéral, nous avons embauché une firme de recherche pour effectuer nos essais auprès de groupes cibles, poursuit Mme Smith. Nous avons écouté très attentivement les commentaires reçus et nous avons élaboré ce produit final. » « Nous sommes d’avis qu’il s’agit d’un guide unique et d’une première au Canada puisque le contenu a été créé selon les résultats de consultations auprès de groupes cibles formés de victimes d’agression sexuelle. » Des séances de groupes de discussion d’une durée de deux heures ont eu lieu à Halifax, Sydney et Wolfville. Cinq groupes ont été animés en personne et un groupe a été animé en ligne. Les membres de quatre des groupes ont été recrutés auprès du grand public et incluaient des femmes de 18 à plus de 35 ans. Un groupe était formé d’intervenants qui offrent des services directs aux victimes, et le dernier groupe était formé de personnes qui ont subi un acte de violence sexuelle. Tous les groupes ont reçu une ébauche de la ressource et ont fourni des commentaires éclairés sur le langage, le contenu et la conception. Le Service des poursuites publiques a intégré toutes les suggestions pour créer un nouveau produit, qui a ensuite été présenté aux groupes d’intervenants et de victimes pour confirmer que le guide répondait bien à tous les besoins. Voici les réactions de quelques-unes des victimes à l’égard du guide : La nouvelle ressource peut être consultée en anglais, en français et en arabe au https://novascotia.ca/pps/Survivor-Guide.asp .last_img read more

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Messi should take a break from internationals Kempes

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first_imgBuenos Aires: Argentine football great Mario Kempes said on Saturday that Lionel Messi should take a break from international football in his and his team’s interests. “As things stand I think that giving Messi a break would not be a bad thing,” the 1978 World Cup winner told TyC Sports. “Or maybe he should take a decision to have rest.” The comments come as the Albiceleste run the risk of being eliminated from the Copa America in Brazil before reaching the knockout stage, Xinhua news reported. Also Read – Djokovic heaps praise on ‘very complete’ Medvedev Lionel Scaloni’s men lost their first match against Colombia 2-0 before salvaging a 1-1 draw with Paraguay on Wednesday thanks to a second-half Messi penalty. The two-time World Cup winners must beat Qatar in their final group match on Sunday and rely on favourable results from other matches to progress to the quarterfinals. “The players feel the need to give him (Messi) the ball. There is a lack of personality,” Kempes said. “What would happen if you take Messi out of this team? Why don’t we (rest him) and try to form a team without Messi? That might allow some other players, who are very good for their clubs, bloom for the national team.” Messi, who turns 32 next week, is Argentina’s all-time leading scorer with 68 goals in 132 appearances. But the five-time Ballon d’Or winner has yet to win silverware for Argentina, whose title drought in major tournaments dates back to 1993.last_img read more

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Adopt recommendations on patients rights states told

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first_imgNew Delhi: The Union Health Secretary has urged all states to adopt recommendations of the National Council for Clinical Establishments on patients’ rights which ensures that patients have the right to second opinion, adequate information about their illness and informed consent.Under it, hospitals cannot deny the release of a patient’s body for any reason. A patient and her representatives have a right to adequate information about the nature, cause of illness, proposed investigations and care, expected results of treatment, possible complications and expected costs, stated the National Council for Clinical Establishments, an apex statutory body comprising representatives of all stakeholders. Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in HaryanaThe national council’s recommendations are based on draft charter on patients’ rights prepared by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC). The NHRC had submitted the charter to the Health Ministry, which it had put out in the public domain in September, 2018, inviting suggestions and comments from the public and stakeholders. Union Health Secretary Preeti Sundan said that they had received several complaints of malpractices by clinical establishments across the country following which the draft charter was discussed in the 11th Meeting of National Council for Clinical Establishments. Also Read – Modi formed OBC commission which earlier govts didn’t do: ShahThe national council has recommended a set of “dos” and “don’ts” for patients and clinical establishments, alike, so that the fundamental grievances and concerns of patients are addressed while ensuring smooth and cordial environment in the clinical establishments, Sudan said in her letter. “I request you to kindly adopt this Chapter of Patients’ Rights in your state and UT so that the basic and common grievances of patients and clinical establishments are addressed,” she said. The recommendations stated that patients or their family members have the right to access originals or copies of case papers, patient records, investigation reports and a detailed bill besides, information and rates charged for each type of service provided and facilities available. It also states that informed consent should be taken prior to specific test or treatment. They also have the right to seek second opinion and in such a case the hospital management has a duty to respect the patient’s right to second opinion, and should provide to her caregivers all necessary records and information required for seeking such opinion without any extra cost or delay. All patients have a right to privacy, and doctors have a duty to hold information about their health condition and treatment plan in strict confidentiality. “It may be specified in the charter that no discrimination in treatment based upon his or her illness or conditions, including HIV status or other health condition, religion ethnicity, gender, age sexual orientation among others. “To have ensured presence of a female person, during physical examination of a female patient by a male practitioner,” the recommendations state. It also listed out a series on patients responsibilities which include cooperating with doctors during examination and treatment, paying hospitals on agreed fees on time, respecting the dignity of doctors and other hospital staff and never resorting to violence.last_img read more

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Google removes stalker apps that may have spied on you

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first_imgNew Delhi: Google has removed seven stalker apps that were available on its Play Store as apps for children’s safety or finding stolen phones but were being used to stalk employees, romantic partners or kids. The apps were able to track the surveilled person’s location, collect their contacts, SMS and call history. Mobile threat researchers at anti-virus company Avast detected the apps on Google Play Store that were all likely designed by a Russian developer. Also Read – Spotify rolls out Siri support, new Apple TV app Avast reported these apps to Google which then removed them from the Play Store. The apps have been installed a combined 130,000 times, with the most-installed apps being Spy Tracker, and SMS Tracker, both with more than 50,000 installs. “These apps are highly unethical and problematic for people’s privacy and shouldn’t be on the Google Play Store,” Nikolaos Chrysaidos, Avast’s head of mobile threat intelligence and security, said in a statement on Wednesday. Also Read – New Instagram tool to help users spot phishing emails “They promote criminal behaviour, and can be abused by employers, stalkers or abusive partners to spy on their victims. We classify such apps as stalkerware,” he added. It’s hard to tell if your device has stalkerware installed on it as you will not see an app icon on your smartphone. The apps require the person to have access to the phone they want to spy on. The person can download the apps from the Google Play Store and install them on the target device. The app then prompts the person who installed the app to enter their email address and password. The spying app is sent there. “Upon setup, there is no app icon, so the targeted person does not see any sign of the stalkerware app installed on their phone,” said Avast. For example, the description of “Spy Tracker” app on Google Play read: “Find out more about your child’s life, interests, friends and plans. Parents are responsible for every step that their kids make. So this app is created to monitor them and protect them from dangers that can be revealed via cell phone.” According to SMS Tracker, “our app will help you monitor work time of your employees to save time and save money. Notify the users of work phones that you are going to install the app. It will teach your employees to use their time at work wisely, to reduce time spent on messengers and arrive to work in time”. In April, Russian cyber security company Kaspersky Lab said it would start flagging stalkerware as malicious. In 2018, it detected stalkerware on 58,487 mobile devices.last_img read more

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Humid morning in city

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first_imgNew Delhi: It was a humid Monday morning, with the minimum temperature settling at 24.6 degrees Celsius, three notches below the season’s average. According to the MeT department, the humidity level recorded at 8.30 am was 92 per cent. The Safdarjung Observatory, which provides official figures for the city, recorded 50.2 mm rainfall in the last 24 hours while 9.2 mm rainfall was recorded at the Palam Observatory. The weatherman has predicted more rains later in the day. “Generally cloudy skies and light rain is expected today. The maximum temperature may settle at 36 degrees Celsius,” he said. On Sunday, the minimum temperature settled at 26.8 degrees Celsius, while the maximum temperature recorded was 36.5 degrees Celsius.last_img

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CESC to give guidelines to consumers on electrical safety

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first_imgKolkata: CESC will soon give guidelines to nearly 3.5 million of its consumers on electrical safety. A CESC spokesperson said the monsoon usually is the worst time from the point of view of electrical dangers. The company has therefore drawn up a list of dos and don’ts.The users have been advised not to touch electrical switches and appliances with wet hands. Using mobile phones while charging is also a dangerous practice. During heavy rains and lightning, it is safer to switch off electrical appliances and unplug them from the wall socket. Everybody has been advised to avoid touching dangling conductors or wires. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaOut of home, citizens have been advised to avoid close proximity to electrical poles, stray wires or electrical distribution boxes during rains. It is equally dangerous to touch loose/bare wires and electrical equipment out of home. Some of the electrical fires at the workplace are caused when people forget to switch off ACs or other electrical equipment when not in use. For any emergency in CESC areas, citizens have been advised to call 1912/18605001912/44031912.last_img read more

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Furious at being stopped couple tries to run over constable

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first_imgGurugram: Interrupted by a traffic constable for jumping the red light, a couple tried to run over the vehicle of the law enforcement official. The incident occurred at Vatika Chowk that is on Sohna road. The incident occurred at around 10:00 am when the traffic constable stopped the Honda City Vehicle over the traffic violation. Furious over being stopped, the woman driver identified as Anamika tried to first run over the vehicle on the constable. It did not end there. In more drama that followed thereafter, Anamika and her husband Rahul, manhandled the law enforcement officials and the local media personnel who were present around the area. They were later arrested. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”We have taken action in the incident and arrested the couple who not only violated a traffic rule but then tried to even physically harm one of our law enforcement official. The police have taken a strict stance against traffic violations and are prepared to tackle such stray incidents,” said a senior police official from Gurugram police. This is not the first time when cops have been targeted by commuters in such a manner. There have been incidents in the past when the cops even lost their lives due to the reckless approach adopted by the drivers. Many drunken drivers and rash drivers who have been penalised for their unlawful act have also got in a scuffle with the law enforcement personnel. Not only deaths but various police officials have also sustained severe injuries due to rash driving. To tackle such incidents, a number of meetings have been held. It was decided by the officials that though tough action against the culprits will continue, the police on their part will try to be composed in order to tackle angry commuters.last_img read more

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SAI to hire nutritionists chefs for personalised diet to athletes

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first_imgNew Delhi: In a first, the Sports Authority of India is set to hire top-of-the-line professionals — nutritionists, chefs and managers — to ensure that athletes are given personalised diets at its centres. The personalised diets will be provided at its centres in Delhi, Patiala, Bengaluru, Thiruvananthapuram, Kolkata, Bhopal, Gandhinagar, Lucknow, Imphal, Guwahati, Mumbai, Sonepat, Aurangabad, Rohtak and Alleppey. SAI has already sought applications from nutritionists, assistant nutritionists, chefs, assistant chefs and mess managers, to put in place an in-house system by September 15, 2019. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhTo ensure that the best resources can be hired, remunerations have been kept at par with industry standards, with a thrust on technical competence and experience in a related field. Chefs and nutritionists will be hired at a salary of up to Rs 1 lakh. In the new system the diet for each athlete, irrespective of age and category, will be drawn up without any financial ceiling by the nutritionist in consultation with the coach training the athlete and on-campus sports science experts. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterA series of checks have been put in place to ensure that the best quality food is served to athletes. Sudden checks by the head of institute and daily checks by the nutritionists will be part of the quality control process, along with a weekly consultation session by nutritionists and coaches with the athletes for their first-hand feedback. The move is an implementation of the decision taken by Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju in June, to end the disparity in diet between senior and junior athletes. Speaking about the implementation of his decision Rijiju said, “Different athletes have different diet requirements and deciding on their food intake purely on the basis of whether they are senior or junior was not the right way. “It had to be corrected, and we have done it. We will ensure that every athlete gets the diet that he or she needs. We will put together a thoroughly professional team for best results.”last_img read more

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Raped by dad woman manages to save sister from similar fate

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first_imgLucknow: In a shocking incident, a 22-year-old woman has alleged that she was repeatedly raped by her father for over a decade with her mother’s “active consent” who even gave her contraceptives. The girl, who lives in Chinhat on the outskirts of Lucknow, told the police that she had reconciled to her fate, but when her father started sexually abusing her younger sister; she mustered courage and approached the police. The 44-year-old accused father has been booked under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012, on charges of raping and sexually abusing his two daughters. He is absconding and the mother, 42, has been arrested for abetting the crime. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ The two survivors have recorded their statements before a magistrate. The elder daughter approached an NGO who, with the help of the police, rescued the girls from their home. The elder daughter is living in her home while the younger sister, a minor, has been sent to a shelter home. SHO Chinhat, Sachin Singh, said the father had been booked for rape, causing miscarriage without a woman’s consent and criminal intimidation, and also under the POCSO Act 8 Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K Archana Singh, in charge of the NGO Asha Jyoti Kendra, said the survivor told her that she was being raped since the tender age of six. “Her mother knew about it all along and used to give her contraceptives and medicines to abort pregnancies. She told me that she had accepted the torture as her destiny but could not tolerate it when her father started molesting her younger sister,” she said. She further said that recently, their father became more aggressive and even started writing them sexually explicit letters. “The complainant said that their two brothers (aged 18 and 8 years), the tenant in their house and some of their relatives knew about the actions of her father but no one opposed it. “Finally, she mustered enough courage and narrated everything to her principal, who then asked her to contact our NGO,” Singh said.last_img read more

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Singapore to trial driverless buses booked with an app

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first_imgSingapore: Singapore will next week begin a public trial of driverless buses that can be booked with an app, part of ambitions to roll out autonomous vehicles across the city-state. Well-organised and high-tech, Singapore has become a testbed for self-driving vehicles, developing home-grown technology and inviting foreign companies to trial their own. Four driverless mini-buses will follow a 5.7 kilometre (3.5-mile) route on the resort island of Sentosa from August 26 to November 15 for the public trial, said ST Engineering, the Singaporean company behind it. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US Visitors can use an app on their phones to book the shuttles, which will pick them up and take them to selected destinations such as a golf club, the beach and an historic fort. Those without mobile phones can book the shuttles from kiosks along the route, with the free service operating on weekdays for four hours. The buses will have a driver to take control if necessary. At a demonstration on Tuesday, two of the vehicles negotiated a roundabout with little difficulty and stopped at intersections on a main road to allow cars to pass. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls They can operate in moderate rain — but have to stop during heavy downpours, which are common in the tropical, Southeast Asian city. Vincent Chong, president and chief executive of ST Engineering, said the buses were equipped with “advanced, multi-sensor technology” and “built to operate in complex urban environments”. The company aims to roll out the shuttles in a few years time to other parts of Singapore to transport people from home to subway stations and back, and hopes they can help tackle a shortage of drivers in the city-state. In 2016, US software firm nuTonomy became the world’s first company to launch driverless taxi trials in public in Singapore, beating rival Uber by weekslast_img read more

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