first_imgLady Warriors rule Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND The Philippines will be represented by the newly formed Alab Pilipinas, which is looking to become the third Filipino club to win an ABL crown, while Vietnam will field the Saigon Heat.“The league is ready to take another step forward as it welcomes three new teams into the fold,” said ABL chief operating officer Jericho Ilagan Monday at the league’s launching at Solaire Resort and Casino.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agent Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports We are young Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas MOST READ As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Team representatives during the 2017 ABL Season press conference at Solaire Resort and Casino. Mark Giongco/INQUIRER.netBreaking new ground, the Asean Basketball League kicks off its seventh season on Nov. 25 in Singapore with six teams, including newcomers Kaohsiung Truth and Hong Kong Eastern Long Lions, from outside the region. Defending champion Westports Malaysia Dragons and Singapore Slingers clash in the opener at OCBC Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes EDITORS’ PICK PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

first_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored Artificial Intelligence, Borneo Orangutan, cameras, Conservation Solutions, Drones, Great Apes, Law Enforcement, Monitoring, Rainforests, Sensors, Surveying, Technology, Thermal Imagery, Wildtech A research team hailed a breakthrough in their imaging system’s ability to detect and identify orangutans in tropical rainforest.They now plan for computer algorithms to report back what a thermal camera has seen in real time.The researchers believe the system could also be used to spot poachers targeting rare species. A prototype system to identify rare species in real time using thermal-imaging cameras mounted on unmanned aircraft, or drones, passed its latest test when it successfully identified orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus) in Borneo’s rainforest. Having previously used the technologies to detect spider monkeys in Mexico and riverine rabbits in South Africa, a team of scientists developing the system plan to have it ready for widespread use in two years.During field trials, the airborne thermal cameras detected 41 orangutans, each confirmed by observers on the ground. It also spotted proboscis monkeys, which it distinguished from the orangutans, and Asian elephants.Proboscis monkeys in Sabah, Malaysia. These monkeys are smaller than orangutan and they move in groups, while orangutans are typically solitary. Image courtesy of Liverpool John Moores University and WWF.Thermal-imaging cameras detect animals’ body heat, so they do not require sunlight or a flash to illuminate their subjects and can be used at night.The tropical rainforest trials demonstrated the cameras work in a challenging environment where animals are partially hidden by vegetation and where the heat of the wildlife could be masked by the temperature of the surrounding habitat.The research team found the camera was able to pick up animals’ heat signatures through gaps in the vegetation, and they worked at first light before the surrounding environment had warmed up. Orangutans’ arboreal nature also made them easier for aerial cameras to spot.An orangutan by day partially visible amidst the leafy vegetation. The thermal imagery used in the study could detect orangutans by their heat emission as well as humans could spot them on the ground but was faster and thus able to survey a much larger area of forest. Image by Rhett A. Butler/Mongabay.“Two years from now, we’re hoping to roll this out as a ‘You tell us what you want, we can build a system that works for you,’” one of the team’s collaborators, Claire Burke, an astro-ecologist at Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU), told Mongabay in an interview. “We want this to be as useful as possible, which means we need to do field studies in as wide a range of environments, and with as many different species, as possible.”But it’s the scientists’ methods of processing the data that are ground-breaking, Burke said. As previously reported by Mongabay, this aspect of the project has come from the field of astrophysics.Different animals are warm and cold in different parts of their bodies, something which Burke calls their “unique thermal fingerprints.” The idea eventually is that object detection software on board the drones will be able to identify species from the images and notify researchers, saying what it has seen and where.An orangutan climbing in Sabah, Malaysia displays a unique thermal fingerprint. The underside of this animal is warmer than its back, which is covered by thick hair. Image courtesy of LJMU and WWF.“Every identification the system gives will come with a confidence value,” Burke said. “It will say, ‘I am 95 percent sure that was an orangutan’, or even ‘I am 60 percent sure that was a man hiding in the bush’, and if he’s not supposed to be there, then the local authorities can go and sort him out.”To date, the software has “learned” the thermal fingerprints of two species of antelope, rhinos, chimpanzees and baboons from trials conducted at a local safari park.Serge Wich, an expert in primate behavioral ecology also at LJMU and the project’s lead conservationist, told Mongabay that the system could allow researchers to obtain more precise estimates of orangutan numbers. Australian researchers have advanced a comparable method combining drones, thermal imagery, and machine learning to automatically survey koalas and other cryptic species in eucalyptus forests and estimate error rates.Currently, Wich explained, scientists estimate orangutan populations by counting their nests from the ground, but this method is cumbersome and time-consuming and may not detect declines of less than about 25 percent. In addition, many populations are counted by extrapolation because huge areas of habitat have not been surveyed.Counts from thermal images taken from drone-mounted cameras are potentially more accurate than ground counts and can also cover a much larger area in less time. Field workers counting animals in rainforest can cover about 200 meters (650 feet) in an hour, explained Burke, but a fixed-wing drone can cover a kilometer (0.6 miles) in 10 minutes – roughly 30 times quicker.The importance of flying in the evening or early morning. At 0700, the men walking are easily distinguished from the surrounding cool vegetation, whereas by 0930, the heat produced by the men is less obvious because the surroundings have also warmed up. Image courtesy of LJMU and WWF.“There are declines going on that we have not been spotting,” Wich said. “Our paper last year [in Current Biology] showed half the orangutan population of Borneo had disappeared between 1999 and 2015. That came as a big shock to us. By using this new system, we may be able to do more precise counts and over larger areas.”The team will next try out the system on bamboo lemurs, which live in marshy areas around Madagascar’s Lac Alaotra, providing a new challenge for the thermal-imaging and object detection technologies.Next steps in astro-ecology research Thermal-imaging cameras have trouble accurately picking up an animal’s heat signature in hot environments, and the current technology cannot capture images at high resolution. Wich said the system will probably work best for animals, such as other great apes, that are relatively large and usually found in the open or high up in a forest. The drones with thermal cameras they used to detect spider monkeys produced more reliable counts than ground surveys when monkeys were found in large numbers.The project’s Tarot X4 drone with TeAx Fusion Zoom dual thermal-visible spectrum cameras, ready to take off in the early morning when the air and vegetation are cooler than the warm bodies of orangutans and other large mammals. Image courtesy of LJMU and WWF.So far, the cameras have been attached to multi-rotor drones, which have a maximum flying time of 30 minutes. Once the software is fully developed, the team will switch to fixed-wing models, which fly for between one and two hours. Burke estimated a complete system could be assembled for about $13,000.The researchers are confident the system will also be able to spot and identify humans and could therefore be used by anti-poaching teams because poachers frequently operate under cover of darkness. “There’s lots of interest from national parks and private reserves,” Wich said. Article published by Sue Palminteri FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the editor of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page.last_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’“\ told me they’re still looking for a concessionaire to run it, but I know of at least six people who turned in an application, including myself,” said Leal, who volunteered at the old track for 12 years before it closed in mid-2004. “I don’t care who runs it, I just want to see it open,” he added. Leal said part of the problem might be that the county is asking for 15 percent of the gross profits from the concession, an amount he says is untenable in a sport where profits typically barely cover operating costs. “This is not a money-making thing,” Leal said. Kaye Michelson, spokeswoman for the county’s Department of Parks and Recreation, said 15 percent of the gross from the concession “is something we can negotiate.” The major problem in reopening the facility is finding a qualified entity to run it, she said. “We decided to bring in an outside company with the experience,” she said. Questionnaires were sent by county officials to several candidates recommended by the American Bicycle Association BMX, the main sanctioning body for BMX racing in the country, Michelson said. WHITTIER NARROWS – For Roland Leal, the sport of bicycle motocross racing – also known as BMX – is a family affair. Three of Leal’s four children love the sport so much, they dream of participating in professional-level competitions. BMX racing is similar to motocross motorcycle racing but does not use motorized bikes and riders traverse only once around the track in each race. But the closing two years years ago of the nearest BMX track at the Whittier Narrows Recreation Area has put a big dent in the Leals’ aspirations. Now the Whittier residents have to drive to the next nearest tracks, which are in Bellflower and Orange. Both, however, are open only intermittently. Leal, 52, said he doesn’t understand why the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation still has not reopened the Whittier Narrows BMX concession – two years after the county completed more than $1 million in improvements at the facility. Parks officials now are assessing two applicants who responded to the query. County officials hope to reopen the track by the beginning of next year, Michelson said. “Our goal is to have this beautiful, specialized facility, and we are very excited and looking forward to opening it back up to the community,” she said. But the track’s closure has affected some area bicycle shops that specialize in BMX equipment. Some shops sponsor BMX racing teams, whose members lost access to a racing surface where they could both practice and race when the Whittier Narrows track closed. Ron Patterson, manager of Pat’s 605 Cyclery in Norwalk, said the closing nearly “wiped out” the sport for kids in the area. Mike Franze, owner of Fullerton Bicycles in Fullerton, also found his business declined. “The more kids ride, the more they need repairs and equipment so it has affected my business,” Franze said. “But it also had an affect on the involvement of kids from the surrounding neighborhoods in BMX. Some customers and I have been trying to promote BMX as a way to combat obesity.” (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_imgiPhone 6 and 6 Plus users that update to the new iOS 8.1 mobile software, released Monday, will be the first to check out Apple’s new Apple Pay mobile payments system.The 27 retailers listed on Apple’s site spans hundreds of thousands of locations, which should give curiosity seekers numerous options to road test the new tap-to-pay features. These include: BloomingdalesChevronDuane ReadeFoot Locker (and its House of Hoops, Kids and Lady branches)Macy’sMcDonaldsNikeOffice DepotPanera BreadPetCoRadio ShackSubwayToys ‘R UsWalgreensWhole FoodsOne notable omission is Starbucks, an early partner that wound up only being able to offer a watered-down experience using the Apple Pay mobile app. Turns out, those coffee joints don’t have compatible terminals, so don’t bother knocking your device to their barcode scanners.  See also: PayPal Slams Apple In Full-Page Newspaper AdsApple Pay will work at various e-commerce retail sites too. But where’s the fun in that? Chances are, most people will want to roll up to a counter and order a Big Mac by bopping their iPhones to a terminal. It’s like a taste of the future awaits within those combo meals, and with a side of fries to boot. Owners of iPhone 5, 5S and 5C will also be able to try out Apple Pay’s tap-to-pay features, but only if they buy the Apple Watch when it comes out early next year. The watch will feature the Near Field Communication chip necessary for tap-to-pay functionality, which those older phones lack. This launch period will be key for gauging initial interest in Apple Pay, which may offer an inkling of the initiative’s potential longer-term success. However, early numbers probably won’t be available in time for Apple’s earnings call, later today.  What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … adriana lee Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementcenter_img The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Related Posts Tags:#Apple#Apple Pay#iOS 8.1#iPhone#iPHone 6#iPhone 6 Plus#Mobile Payments last_img read more

first_imgAirline communications and IT provider SITA wanted to enhance business flexibility by building a cloud computing infrastructure with the scalability to meet growing demands and the flexibility to accommodate the fast-changing air transport industry. It also wanted to define a  reference architecture for running mission-critical solutions that could deliver the performance to process complex transactions with low latency. Finally, it needed to make sure its infrastructure was efficient enough to reduce operating expenses and keep transaction costs low.The solution was IBM BladeCenter* servers with the Intel® Xeon® processor 5600 series, which SITA chose as the reference architecture for its cloud computing environment and its grid-based international fares pricing solution.“Using IBM BladeCenter servers with the Intel Xeon processor 5600 series enables us to provide a tremendous amount of processing performance in a highly compressed footprint,” explained Chris Lofton, head of technology planning for SITA. “We are delivering better performance for mission-critical applications while substantially reducing our infrastructure.”For details, read our new SITA business success story. As always, you can find this one, and many more, in the Reference Room and IT Center.*Other names and brands may be claimed as the property of others.last_img read more

first_imgAbout a year ago, I was excited to see SGI announcing its UV300 system at SC14. At that stage the system was in the prototype stage, not productized, but what they demonstrated at their booth amazed me. The system included 64 Intel Solid State Drive Data Center P3700 Series NVMe drives, which were launched in June 2014. Cutting edge single image system with corresponding drives.Besides the unique features of the SGI300 platform that combines 32 sockets of Intel Xeon E7 with NUMAlink interconnect, that’s an amazing platform to see how far we can scale the performance of the multiple NVMe SSDs in the system. That’s exactly what the company did at SC14- demonstrated how far we can scale raw I/O performance by a factor of NVMe SSDs in the system.  With the NUMA optimized NVMe driver SGI was able to achieve a record number of 30 Million IOPS on a 4k Random Reads (64 SSDs) and prove linear performance scalability.               SOURCE: step, which is very logical, was to understand the limitations of a file system level, determine its overhead for the maximum bandwidth and IOPS bottleneck on the 4k random workloads. Obviously, there are some challenges here. Having a single file system across a number of NVMe SSDs requires a way to combine it into a single volume. This can be a part of file system functionality LVM or a separate SW RAID built for the purpose. MD Raid can be an option here. It’s a generic Linux SW RAID implementation. In fact, Intel has implemented the extensions to it in “imsm” container options for SATA and recently introduced it for NVMe.From here I want to refer to SGI’s blog ( in a new window) on a recent MD Raid study and XFS file system modifications. They identified the bottleneck for a standard Raid0 implementation in the way of I/O submission, which can be an issue to scale massive NVMe configurations. This resulted in proprietary SGI’s extension in XFS, which is a part of eXFS with extended support of MD RAID with NVMe SSDs. This allows users to continue scaling of I/O parallelism introduced in NVMe specifications.               SOURCE: in a new window Hard to believe? Come to SGI’s booth at SC15 and talk to them about it.last_img read more

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: Davide Santon is also out of action for Roma’s Europa League match with Borussia Monchengladbach, adding to the extensive injury crisis. It kicks off on Thursday at 17.55 UK time (16.55 GMT). The Giallorossi were already without Cengiz Under, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Lorenzo Pellegrini, Amadou Diawara, Bryan Cristante and Nikola Kalinic. Santon was going to be repurposed for a midfield role, but the full-back won’t be participating either, as he is struggling with flu symptoms. Coach Paulo Fonseca hinted he could even be forced to change tactical system to deal with the absentees. Roma squad for Borussia Monchengladbach: Pau Lopez, Cardinali, Mirante; Juan Jesus, Smalling, Kolarov, Fazio, Mancini, Florenzi, Spinazzola, Calafiori; Perotti, Veretout, Zaniolo, Pastore, Riccardi; Dzeko, Antonucci, Kluivertlast_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has moved the Delhi High Court for quashing of the defamation complaint against him by BJP leader Vijender Gupta and summons issued to him in the matter. When the matter came up for hearing before Justice Manoj Kumar Ohri on Tuesday, the judge observed that there was a high court ruling which said whether re-tweets would constitute an offence of defamation under the Indian Penal Code has to be determined during trial. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder The court asked Kejriwal’s lawyers to go through the judgement to ascertain whether it would be applicable in the instant case and listed it for hearing on August 23. Gupta, in his complaint, had accused Kejriwal and Deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia of “maligning” his image by allegedly accusing him on Twitter of being part of an alleged “conspiracy” to kill the AAP chief. The AAP convenor, represented by senior advocate Vikas Pahwa and advocate R Arunadhri Iyer, has claimed that he had neither mentioned Gupta in his tweet nor made any allegations against him. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings His lawyers, however, admitted that the AAP chief had re-tweeted Sisodia’s tweet but with his own comment in which also Gupta was not mentioned by name. Kejriwal, in his plea filed through advocate Mohd Irsad, has contended that he has neither made any defamatory comment against Gupta nor mentioned his name and therefore, the offence was not made out against him. After Kejriwal was slapped in May this year during the general election campaign, he had alleged on Twitter that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) wanted to get him killed by his own personal security officer (PSO) in the manner in which Indira Gandhi had been assassinated. In response to his comments, Gupta had said that Kejriwal was slapped because he had relaxed his security cordon. To this, Sisodia had tweeted that there was a conspiracy to kill Kejriwal and that Gupta was allegedly part of it.last_img read more

first_imgTORONTO – A raised bit of concrete on a sidewalk. An icy patch on the road. A misstep on the stairs at home. All of these can lead to accidental falls — landing a person not only on the ground but often also in hospital.Unintentional falls are the most common form of injury across the country: every day last year, falls resulted in almost 1,800 reported emergency department visits and 417 hospital admissions, says a new report by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI).In 2016-17, nearly 654,000 — or about one-third — of the more than two million injury-related emergency department visits were due to accidental falls, CIHI reported Thursday. Injuries from falls led to about 152,500 hospital admissions, up from more than 146,600 the previous year.The average length of a hospital stay after a fall was 14.3 days, compared to 7.5 days for other medical reasons, the data showed.Falls are the scourge of growing older, said Geoff Fernie, a senior researcher at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute (TRI) who is independent of CIHI. He notes that seniors have a higher risk of taking a fall and tend to have more serious injuries as a result.“But it’s not exclusively older people,” he said. “We see a lot of young children falling down stairs and having serious head injuries.“We see middle-aged people running up and down stairs and having indoor stair accidents quite commonly. And we see a lot of workers having falls — and not just construction-type workers. People in the winter, people working in coffee shops and falling over in the car park when they get there in the morning.”In fact, almost 8,800 of fall-related injuries across Canada occurred as a result of people slipping on ice, CIHI data showed.Falls within the home accounted for more than 114,000 emergency department visits last year, making it the most common place that people take a tumble.“You keep seeing the incidence of falls going up and you see the injuries continuing to increase,” said Fernie, who has been researching falls and ways to prevent them for 30 to 40 years.CIHI found hip fractures were the most common injury sustained in falls.“The ones that we most worry about are hips because they’re extremely common and they are really difficult to get over if you’re an older person,” said Fernie, noting that studies have shown that between 20 and 40 per cent of seniors who break a hip die within a year.CIHI found the second most common injuries were lower leg fractures — including 16,135 broken ankles — and head injuries (13,997).“Head injuries are a big worry, too, because they can be very serious,” said Fernie. “You can have long-standing effects from head injuries and people can be off work for one to two years and become quite significantly affected.”Toronto Rehab runs a falls prevention program, primarily for seniors and those with disabling injuries or illness.But researchers are also looking at ways to prevent falls at the “environmental” level, including helping to increase the depth of stair treads under the Canada Building Code, a move that was shown to save an estimated 27 lives and avoid 13,000 serious accidents in the first five years, he said.Toronto Rehab scientists also began rating the safety of snow boots sold in Canada in 2016 (, resulting in some manufacturers improving their footwear and some retailers saying they would stock only winter boots given positive ratings for non-skid properties.When it comes to preventing a fall, Fernie advises people, especially seniors, to maintain their fitness level to promote good balance and to keep muscles strong.Wearing the right footwear is important, as is making sure steps and stairs in one’s home are in good condition and have decent handrails on both sides. Grab bars in bathrooms can also prevent falls.Fernie said when he gives talks on falls, about a third of the audience will raise their hands when asked if they have a close relative who has taken a spill and been injured.But those who have not personally encountered a slip, trip or stumble tend to discount their potential seriousness, he said.“We all think of cancer and heart disease and strokes as being the big problem — they are serious and you do sometimes die of them — but you also find that falls are extremely common and although they don’t usually kill you straight away, sometimes they do.”— Follow @SherylUbelacker on Twitter.last_img read more

first_imgKenneth JacksonAPTN National NewsThe RCMP has confirmed to APTN National News that it has launched an investigation on Keeseekoose First Nation in Saskatchewan after two elders came forward providing a stack of financial documents.The investigation is in the early stages said Sgt. Rob Laurent of the RCMP’s Yorkton detachment.“We do have an investigation that is ongoing,” said Laurent.Laurent confirmed the investigation is based on complaints made from elders and the documents they provided.Elders Frances Musqua, 70, and Seraphine Straightnose, 71, met with Laurent Aug. 21 and provided him with over 150 pages of financial documents, including receipts and records of large cheques connected the band’s co-manager Edwin Chalupiak and his Regina-based companies Dynamic Management Solutions and Chalupiak and Associates, as well as the band’s director of operations Chris Lafontaine.Chalupiak and Lafontaine have refused to answer questions from APTN citing confidentiality but Chalupiak said the council has launched its own investigation into how “confidential” documents were leaked from the band office.He claimed to have spoken to Laurent and copied the officer on an email to APTN.“He also indicated to me that neither (Dynamic) Management Solutions Inc. or Chalupiak & Associates is under investigation,” wrote Chalupiak. “Any reference to the investigation involving these entities will be misleading, and these entities will suffer damages due to the reporting of incorrect information.”APTN tried to confirm Chalupiak’s comments with Laurent but he didn’t respond to a message left at his office or an email. He also didn’t respond to Chalupiak’s email.Straightnose said she called Laurent and told APTN the officer confirmed he spoke to Chalupiak but it’s against RCMP policy to confirm who is, or not, a subject of an investigation.Straightnose first went to the RCMP after she learned the band’s director of operations had cut two large cheques while the band membership was celebrating Treaty Days on May 17-18, where each member gets a symbolic $5.The one cheque was for $124,944 and the other $50,000 according to documents provided to APTN.There are records of other large cheques and receipts for band membership assistance and housing repairs included in the RCMP documents.“Somebody said they were making cheques on Treaty Day. That’s what really upset me,” Straightnose told APTN, as to why she went to the RCMP.Laurent said because of the large volume of documents the RCMP intends to ask Indigenous Affairs to launch a financial review of the band to assist the investigation.“That is going to be one of the avenues of the investigation we’re going at. It’s just I haven’t gotten to that part, yet,” he said.Keeseekoose First Nation is nearly 300 kilometres northeast of Regina and about 700 people live on reserve according to Indigenous Affairs.The complaint to the RCMP was the boiling point of frustration brewing in the months prior over Chalupiak and Lafontaine.Chalupiak was brought on to be the band’s co-manager, or recipient-appointed advisor, on Nov. 1, 2015 as INAC found the band to be in default of its finances. A contract was signed with Chalupiak’s company Dynamic Management Solutions which gave the company primary authority over finances.The deal provided Dynamic $10,000 a month, plus expenses.In a separate contract, Lafontaine is paid approximately $15,000 a month.Soon after the band council signed the contract with Dynamic, seven members of council told APTN their wages were scaled back and in the summer of 2016, the council of 12 was effectively laid off by Chalupiak for several months, while Chief Lyndon Musqua continued to be paid.By the fall of 2016, Musqua and several councillors wanted Chalupiak and Lafontaine gone according to recordings of meetings provided to APTN, along with interviews with several of the councillors and Musqua. But on April 24, 2017, seven councillors agreed to extend Chalupiak and Lafontaine’s contracts in band council resolutions (BCRs) signed by the councillors in Chalupiak’s Regina office.Musqua was not present at the meeting and claims the meeting was illegal because the band’s custom election act stipulates all meetings have to be called by the chief.Musqua was able to have those BCRs rescinded in May, which was when Lafontaine had the large cheques made out at the band office during Treaty Days.The description on the cheques, according to documents from the band office, said the one for $50,000 was for breaching Lafontaine’s contract, and the other paid out Lafontaine’s salary for the year in advance.Musqua said he tried to determine if the cheques were cashed and called the Bank of Montreal to find out.However, staff at the bank said they weren’t authorized to give the chief any information and could only speak to Dynamic.This all played out during a council meeting on June 20 with Chalupiak and Lafontaine in attendance. The meeting was audio recorded and provided to APTN.“I still got no clarity if the cheques going around were cashed or not,” says Musqua during the meeting. “I asked if they were cashed. Show us.”Later in the meeting, Chalupiak says the cheques were voided, while Lafontaine says the cheques were made as a “lesson” of the consequences the band would face if they breached his contract.“The simple fact they were made – the intent was there – is disturbing enough,” Musqua says. “That’s what upsets me.”The next month, Chalupiak’s contract was renewed for another year by nine councillors.Then Straightnose went to the RCMP with the support of Musqua.“I am not going to back down. I’m not,” she said.Contact Kenneth here: kjackson@aptn.calast_img read more