“I’m proud of how our … Paradise >> The head coaching era of Orlyn Culp for the Red Bluff High football team began on fire Friday night at Paradise. At least for the first 24 minutes. Up 10-0 at halftime on the road against the reigning Northern Section Division II runner-up and perennial power Paradise, Red Bluff couldn’t quite see it all the way through, falling to the Bobcats, 21-17 in a non-league contest. Red Bluff (0-1) continues its season-long road trip at Shasta next week.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Consumers can expect below normal increases in the price of food for Thanksgiving dinner this year, with one exception: turkey.Corinne Alexander, a Purdue University agricultural economist who follows food prices, said there has been only an 0.8% increase in grocery prices from September 2014 to September of this year. She attributes the slight increase to ample grain inventories and an expansion in livestock production.But she expects turkey prices to be about 15-20% higher than last year.“This price increase is much larger than typical as a result of the avian influenza outbreak that affected turkey flocks earlier this year,” Alexander said.The U.S. Department of Agriculture predicts wholesale prices for Eastern market whole turkey to be between $1.31 and $1.37 per pound the last three months of this year, compared with $1.14 last year.Alexander said the actual prices consumers will pay will vary. Affecting prices will be the differences between frozen and fresh turkeys, organic and nonorganic, brand names and the value of store coupons and price specials.Grocery stores often price Turkey as a “loss leader,” and many will feature turkeys at special prices for frequent shoppers or if they buy larger birds, Alexander said.Other staples of the Thanksgiving dinner will be easier on the wallet. With cranberry producers expecting a good crop, Alexander said the price of that side dish will remain about the same as last year. She added that there will be adequate supplies of white potatoes and sweet potatoes, meaning those food items are not expected to increase in price, either.On average, Americans spend about 10% of their incomes on food. Many families, however, find their budgets tightened by unemployment, minimal wage increases and inflation’s continued erosion of fixed incomes.“For these families, any food price rise is significant,” Alexander said. “We should remember those who are less fortunate and share our food bounty.”Alexander also said energy prices such as electricity and natural gas are unchanged or even lower than last year, so it will cost less to cook Thanksgiving dinner.She also noted that gasoline prices are down nearly 30% compared with last year. That means consumers will spend less to travel this holiday.
Former CWG OC Suresh KalmadiThe government is blaming the previous NDA government for appointment of Suresh Kalmadi as the CWG Organising Committee (OC) chairman, but a letter by a former UPA minister shows the government is clearly in denial.Headlines Today has got proof that a Group of Ministers (GoM) decided to appoint then Union Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs Sunil Dutt as the head of the OC on October 25, 2004.Prime Minister Manmohan Singh too was part of the GoM. The decision was later altered to make Suresh Kalmadi as the chief of the Organising Committee.Headlines Today is in possession of the letter, dated November 14, 2004, which was shot off by the late Sunil Dutt to the prime minister.In the letter, Sunil Dutt clearly states that after the decision to amend the GoM’s decision and make Kalmadi the OC chief, the minutes of the meeting needed to be amended.The decision to make Kalmadi and not the sports minister chief of the CWG working committee proved to be disastrous. Kalmadi and his close associates had a free run, allegedly looting the state’s exchequer.
NYON. SWITZERLAND. UEFA says Poland great Zbigniew Boniek is among 13 candidates running for a place on its executive committee.The former Juventus player, who has been president of the Polish soccer federation since 2012, is chasing one of eight seats.Three men are seeking to retain their positions: former presidential candidate Michael van Praag (Netherlands), David Gill (England) and Marios Lefkaritis (Cyprus).Federation presidents seeking election include: Reinhard Grindel (Germany), Armand Duka (Albania) and Karl-Erik Nilsson (Sweden).Federation CEOs standing are: Michele Uva (Italy), Elkhan Mammadov (Azerbaijan) and John Delaney (Ireland).Kazakhstan businessman Kairat Boranbayev, plus soccer officials Kieran O’Connor (Wales) and Servet Yardimci (Turkey), complete the list.The election is set for April 5 at UEFA’s annual congress in Helsinki, Finland.TweetPinShare0 Shares
A prospective foster parent must be prepared to go through training Story Highlights Jamaica’s foster parents are opening their homes and hearts to hundreds of children, who are in need of care and protection.They are providing a safe haven for children, who sometimes face extremely difficult circumstances within their own families. These include children, who have been abused, orphaned, abandoned, neglected or who cannot be cared for by their parents or relatives and who might have been placed in a children’s home.Team leader at the Child Development Agency (CDA), Robert Williams, tells JIS News that the CDA, which is responsible for providing support to children in need of care and protection, has been supervising fostering relationships between parents and approximately 950 children in foster homes across the island.Foster care is a legal process that allows a person, who is not the biological parent, to raise and provide a nurturing environment for a child’s physical, spiritual and emotional growth and development.Mr. Williams says that getting children into a nurturing home is one of the top priorities of the CDA. “We want to get the children out of the facilities into a home environment. The home is the preferred place for a child. We seek to put emphasis on that,” he says.He notes that some Jamaicans are willing to foster but “what we would like to see is definitely an increase; we want to see more persons becoming foster parents.”According to Mr. Williams, being a foster parent demands a high level of commitment and the ability to demonstrate love and willingness to care for a child with the same love, care and respect with which a person would treat a biological child.“We are looking for people, who fit the profile of somebody, who can offer care and guidance and love to a child,” he adds.A prospective foster parent must be prepared to go through a period of training in child rearing and satisfy the expectations of the CDA before their applications could be approved.The training sessions, Mr. Williams informs, expose foster parents to policies and procedures of foster care as well as information on human growth and the various stages of a child’s development.For those fostering adolescents, topics such as human sexuality are also addressed. “We want them to understand the characteristics of teenagers and how to deal and cope with that,” Mr. Williams informs.Additionally, he says that children’s officers in various parishes are required to conduct regular home visits to see to the children’s well being. Students from universities engaged in work study practice in child care and development also participate in the home visits.Mr. Williams tells JIS News that children’s officers are also expected to arrange fun time for foster children.“From time to time, the children’s officers (doing the case management) try to get the children together. They go on excursions and at some stage in the process, we seek sponsorship from corporate Jamaica and take them to different places,” he says.Mr. Williams says the CDA directorate meets with foster parents associations from time to time to hear their grievances and concerns.One such group is the Kingston and St. Andrew Foster Parent Association. Its President is Shari Tomlinson, who initiated the rebirth of the association in 2012, which had become dormant after some five years of existence.“We currently have an executive board. We have our mission and vision statement. We are developing our policies as it relates to it being an organisation that will now provide not only social support but also tangible support for our parents,” she tells JIS News.She notes that “a lot of our parents are in need of real support as it relates to financial factors. Whether it is clothes or goods, whether it is cash, whether it is in kind; the association is looking to offer something more to the parents.”Mrs. Tomlinson says the association has written to CDA and the Ministry of Youth and Culture, outlining how it could assist the CDA in dealing with some of the issues being faced by foster parents.“We have had dialogue with the CDA’s management team and they have looked at some of the things that really are an issue for us as foster parents, and we have also looked at how we can assist the CDA in putting in place some of the things that we deem very necessary,” she tells JIS News.Outlining ways the association can help, she mentioned on-going training for foster parents, in addition to the introductory training by the CDA, to deal with some of the issues that arise during foster care.She notes that for some children, it is traumatic moving to a strange surrounding and to people they do not know.“A lot of times, children cannot be integrated very easily into a family because they do have issues, and the issues that they bring to the table are things that we as foster parents must deal with, or the placement will breakdown and then the child goes back into care,” she points out.The President says the association is looking to organise a parenting seminar in August. “We really want to do this because we believe that not only foster parents, but parents in general, are having serious challenges with our children for many reasons and we want to see how best we can address some of these issues, particularly for parents of those children who have emotional and psychological challenges,” she informs.Mrs. Tomlinson tells JIS News that despite the challenges, the foster parents are committed to the care and development of the children in their charge, and they feel a sense of satisfaction when foster children turn out to be successful citizens.“Any child that you have taken from the system and have made a difference in their lives, once the child becomes self-sufficient it is a success story,” she says.“Like any parent you are very proud, you applaud the child, you feel that here is somebody who, despite the odds, has been resilient enough to make the best use of all that they have been given,” she states. Approximately 950 children in foster homes across the island Getting children into a nurturing home is one of the top priorities of the CDA
SASKATOON – There are no more peacocks at Saskatoon’s Forestry Farm Park and Zoo following a decision to move them somewhere better equipped to house them year-round.Manager Tim Sinclair-Smith says it was an ethical decision based on what happens when the birds aren’t allowed outside.Sinclair-Smith says the peacocks roamed around in the summer, but were locked in cages for up to seven months in the winter.He says the zoo would have had to spend $500,000 to build a winter facility.Officials chose instead to move the birds in the early spring to facilities with better housing such as zoos in Calgary and Toronto.Sinclair-Smith says it was felt the money could be better spent improving the zoo’s habitats for endangered species.(CKOM)
VANCOUVER – Terry Lake, the former British Columbia health minister who oversaw the declaration of a public-health emergency amid the deadly fentanyl crisis, is urging more research on the effects of marijuana on opioid addictions.Now a vice-president at a medical cannabis company, Lake said there is preliminary evidence that shows marijuana can help people with addictions reduce their use of hard drugs and ease the painful symptoms of withdrawal.“I’m not saying it’s the answer to the opioid crisis. I’m saying it’s one of the options we should explore,” said Lake, who chose not to run in last spring’s provincial election.“It’s very promising and deserving of further research and there’s no better place to do that than in British Columbia.”Lake, who was hired last August by Quebec-based Hydropothecary, will join a researcher, an activist and others for a discussion of pot as an opioid substitute at the Lift Cannabis Expo in Vancouver on Sunday.There have been “intriguing” early studies that have suggested cannabis might play a beneficial role in lowering the risk of overdose deaths, said M-J Milloy, a research scientist with the BC Centre on Substance Use.A 2014 study in the peer-reviewed Journal of the American Medical Association Internal Medicine found that states with legal cannabis had an opioid death rate that was 25 per cent lower than states where pot was illegal.A Canadian paper, published last year in The International Journal of Drug Policy, surveyed 271 medical cannabis patients and found 63 per cent used pot as a substitute for prescription drugs and 30 per cent used it as a substitute for opiates.Milloy conducted a study that showed marijuana may help wean people off crack cocaine. His team tracked 122 Vancouver-area crack users over a three-year period and found they reported using the harder drug less often when they opted to consume pot.He said there’s a need for more formal, controlled trials on the effect of cannabis on opioid use, and he and fellow scientists at the B.C. centre plan to undertake some of that work.“We certainly have reports from people who are suffering from opioid use disorder that cannabis helps them mitigate the feelings of withdrawal,” said Milloy, who will participate in the talk with Lake on Sunday.“We also know that many people suffering from things like trauma and chronic pain, which are often the roots of opioid addiction, that they also report that cannabis is useful for them.”Some addictions specialists are skeptical of the idea, Lake noted, as they’re concerned about simply substituting one drug for another. More study is needed, and Lake said he hopes Canada will become a hub for marijuana research after it legalizes pot.While Lake may have a financial interest in promoting medical cannabis, he said he thinks companies must be cautious about “overhyping” the benefits of the drug.“It’s not a panacea. It’s not a cure-all. It very much is dependent on the individual, the condition they are dealing with and their individual response,” he said.British Columbia’s public-health emergency, declared in April 2016, is still underway. Between January and November last year, 1,208 people died of illicit drug overdoses in the province, exceeding 2016’s total of 985 fatalities.Lake said he’s come to believe Canada should adopt the approach of Portugal, which decriminalized all drugs and aims to help people dealing with addiction from the perspective of a health concern rather than a criminal problem.Sarah Blyth, an activist who will join Lake and Milloy for the panel discussion, co-founded the High Hopes Foundation, which provides dried cannabis and oil to opioid users in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.Blyth said a lot of people who have received marijuana through the foundation have stopped using opioids or cut back, though she said she didn’t have concrete numbers.“It helps them go to sleep. It helps them ease physical pain. It helps them ease some of the tension they’re dealing with,” she said. “They know it’s properly dosed. They know what they’re taking.”For several years, the Eden Medicinal Society dispensary chain has also offered cannabis to opioid users to help ease the pain of withdrawal. The chain recently partnered with University of British Columbia psychologist Zach Walsh to deliver a more formal study, which is ongoing.Eden gathered its own data prior to joining forces with Walsh, and found there was a 50 per cent reduction in opiate use among people accessing the program, said Tyler James, the chain’s director of communications.“It was really just to stave off some of the withdrawal symptoms, which can be very debilitating,” he said.— Follow @ellekane on Twitter.
CNET Smart Home CNET Smart Home 24 Electrolux iRobot Neato Robots Inside our test room are objects and challenges designed to mimic what a robot will encounter as it cleans a room. That includes constructs designed to mimic large furniture like sofas or dressers, smaller objects like lamps or table and chair legs, and even surface irregularities like carpets, transitions between flooring and electrical cords. A camera mounted above captures a bird’s-eye view of all the action. From there we can figure out the path each vacuum takes during its cleaning cycle. This system also allows us to calculate how much of the floor a machine actually covers, and the time it takes to do it. 15 Photos Aug 31 • Best smart light bulbs for 2019 (plus switches, light strips, accessories and more) reading • Your Roomba takes a weird path to clean the floors in your home. Here’s why it matters See All Preview • Electrolux’s robot vac scans objects to map its path See it Aug 30 • iRobot Roomba S9 Plus vs. Neato Botvac D7 Connected Pure i9 Vacuum Cleaners Aug 30 • Battling bot vacs: iRobot Roomba S9+ vs Neato Botvac D7 Connected Electrolux Pure i9 The way a robot vacuum travels around the room as it cleans really matters. Gianmarco Chumbe/CNET Any robot vacuum cleaner will remove at least some dirt from your floors. How much ground it covers, though, and its behavior moving through rooms will vary a great deal from model to model. The most important factor behind this is a robot’s navigation system. Its navigation technology, together with software, determines a vacuum’s actions. That plays a massive role in how well a given robot cleans a space, or even hunt for garden weeds. As you might expect, some robot vacuums perform the task better than others. Read more: How to prep your house so your robot vacuum won’t get stuck.Fortunately, our brand-new robot vacuum testing room at our warehouse lab in Louisville, Kentucky, can help us show the differences between robot vacuums, including how well they perceive, interact and otherwise move around in a physical space. To break in our new test room, we ran nine current robot vacuum models across its floor. Tyler Lizenby/CNET Robot navigation on a budget There are three main types of systems robot vacuum cleaners typically use to navigate a space. The first is a simple collection of collision, wheel, brush and cliff sensors. They tell robots when they hit or are about to hit objects. With that information, they can slow down or change course altogether. Additionally these sensors help vacuums avoid falls down flights of stairs. You tend to find these systems in budget robot vacuums. The upside is they cost a lot less than more complex machines. The $349 SharkNinja Ion S87 and $199 Eufy Robovac 11S are examples of products with this style of navigation. Basic robot vacuums equipped with collision and proximity sensors, like the Eufy RoboVac 11S Max here, bounce around obstacles to find their way, but miss a lot of open floor space. Gianmarco Chumbe/CNET The downside is that they operate in a random fashion, bumping into things and veering willy-nilly around the room. The very first iRobot Roombas did the same. Sadly that results in incomplete floor coverage. Spots in tight places (corners, table and chair legs) get lots of repeat attention. Open areas, however, are likely vacuumed once (or perhaps not at all) since the robot travels in a straight line until it detects something in its path. This image is designed to show the actual area the robot covered for cleaning. As you can tell, the Ecovacs Deebot 500 was very inconsistent. Gianmarco Chumbe/CNET These machines take a long time to run too, roughly three times as long as the most advanced robot vacuums need to attack the same area. Sure, long clean times won’t matter much if you tend to vacuum when nobody’s home, and have all day to do it. When company is due to arrive in 45 minutes, or other time-limited situations, that’s a problem. Visual or optical navigation Other robot vacuums combine the basic array of collision sensors with a main visual sensor that’s augmented by a lens. These vacuums use a navigation algorithm called VSLAM (or visual simultaneous location and mapping). The optical system can identify landmarks on the ceiling, as well as judge the distance between walls. The iRobot Roomba i7+ shows a more logical, thorough navigation path thanks to its optical technology. Gianmarco Chumbe/CNET VSLAM also calculates the vacuum’s relative position in a room in real time, letting the bot create a map as it cleans. Robot vacuums that operate this way navigate a room with greater efficiency, systematically cleaning the floor in a logical pattern. They won’t waste time vacuuming areas of a room the robot knows it has already travelled over. As a result, they can cover the same area in a shorter time, and with better coverage than a robot based only on physical sensors. iRobot’s current line of Roombas, such as the $1,099 i7+ and $1,299 S9+, have this kind of navigation system. The same is true of higher-end Ecovac models like the $499 Deebot 711. That optical navigation translates to much more thorough coverage across our test room floor. Gianmarco Chumbe/CNET Visually driven robot vacuums have a few drawbacks. Since their optical sensors need at least some amount of ambient light present, they have trouble finding their way in completely dark rooms. Compared with basic models, you’ll pay extra for these more intelligent robots too. Laser navigation Another way robot vacuums can sense their environment is with lidar (light detection and ranging). It’s the same sort of technology you’ll find in many self-driving car prototypes such as those from Waymo and Uber. All Neato Botvacs use this method, including the $829 Botvac D7 Connected, the company’s current flagship model. Here’s a view of the Neato Botvac D6 Connected using its laser LIDAR SLAM system in our test room. Gianmarco Chumbe/CNET Top-tier Ecovac Deebots like the $549 Ozmo 930 have built-in lidar too. In this sophisticated system, a turret-based laser mounted on the top of the robot vacuum illuminates objects to help the robot figure out their location and distance. Vacuums equipped with lidar can also detect the size and shape of things in their path. Guided by lidar, the navigation pattern of Neato’s Botvac D6 was very systematic, optimizing its pathing to get the job done completely, and in a short amount of time. Gianmarco Chumbe/CNET They actively scan their surroundings too. That’s why these machines tend to cover floors with extreme efficiency For instance, both the Neato Botvac D7 and Botvac D6 cleaned our test room floor in just under 21 minutes. The $349 SharkNinja Ion S87, with its basic navigation, spent 1 hour and 9 minutes cleaning the floor of our test room. Likewise, two budget Ecovacs machines, the $279 Deebot 500 and $249 Deebot 600, both had cleaning times of over 1 hour (60 and 64 minutes respectively). The longest though was the $199 Eufy RoboVac 11S Max (100 minutes, 34 seconds), also the cheapest model in this group. Even with a pathing plan that looks sparse, the Neato Botvac D6 managed to cover essentially the entire test room floor. Gianmarco Chumbe/CNET Shorter runtime isn’t the only benefit to lidar. Paired with the SLAM (or simultaneous location and mapping) algorithm, these robots also create detailed maps on the fly. You can perform useful interactions with those maps too. For instance, you can drop virtual boundaries within them, or make restricted zones at will for the robot to avoid. These vacuums also navigate in the dark if necessary. All that is great. Just remember you’ll pay a premium for these machines. They typically occupy the ultra-high-end rung of the market. Hybrid systems A new approach a few robot vacuums take is to combine multiple navigate technology into one system. That includes brush, cliff, wheel and optical sensors, as well as laser emitters. There aren’t that many products that do this at the moment. One you can buy today is the $499 Electrolux Pure i9. This unique robot vacuum is equipped with a pair of front-firing lasers. Sitting in the middle of them, on the vacuum’s front face, is also a big optical sensor behind a lens. The Electrolux Pure i9, using a hybrid navigation and sensor system, definitely missed areas of our test room floor. Gianmarco Chumbe/CNET Even with all that tech, the Pure i9’s movement through our test room appeared confused. It didn’t roll along confidently like the Neato and Roomba machines. Instead it muddled through it in fits and starts, constantly pivoting in different directions. The Electrolux Pure i9 uses a hybrid optical and laser navigation system. Even so, it often looked confused rolling across our test room floor. Brian Bennett/CNET With so many tools, as well as enhanced software and processing power, robots with hybrid navigation have the potential to offer unheard of levels of automation and intelligence. I think the upcoming Ecovacs Deebot 960 looks especially promising. Ecovacs says the vacuum will be able to actually identify objects like shoes, clothing and piles of toys. Robot vacuums with hybrid sensor systems have promise. The Electrolux Pure i9 is one, but it didn’t cover our test room floor as well as other machines. Gianmarco Chumbe/CNET And the company says the robot’s AI-based recognition will learn new objects over time. Perhaps that list will include pet messes and other wet, goopy or sticky debris. That would be a welcome update, potentially saving your flooring and your carpet from becoming even messier than before the robot vacuum started cleaning. A note on our new robot vacuum testing room We’ve conducted straight-line, cleaning performance-based tests for robot vacuums in the past, but that really only tells part of the picture about how well a robot vacuum will clean your home. How well it can navigate a space, how much area it actually covers and how long it takes are all important factors, too. To help us capture that information, we built an industry-standard testing room, as specified by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), the international standards body that, among other things, governs robot vacuum testing methods for manufacturers. Look for more robot vacuum testing from us in the near future. For now, we can at least say conclusively that not all robot vacuums are the same, and the way a bot navigates around a room will impact not only its cleaning performance, but also how long it takes to get the job done. $499 Aug 31 • Alexa can tell you if someone breaks into your house Share your voice See It 3:43 Mentioned Above Electrolux Pure i9 Lasers, sensors and robots, oh my: Some robot vacuums… CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $614 Some robot vacuums have a better sense of direction than others Tags Now playing: Watch this: Comments •
-The Anti-Corruption Commission has recommended that the cabinet division take punitive action against 97 teachers of eight educational institutions in Dhaka city allegedly for their involvement in private coaching centres. The graft watchdog sent a letter to the cabinet division in this regard on Sunday, ACC deputy director (public relations) Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya told Prothom Alo on Monday.Of the 97 teachers, 36 are from Ideal School and College, 24 from Motijheel Model High School and College, seven from Dhaka Viqarunnisa Noon School and College, five from RAJUK Uttara Model College, 12 from Motijheel Government Boys High School, four from Motijheel Government Girls High School, Khilgaon Government High School, one from Khilgaon Government High School, and eight from Dhanmondi Government Boys’ High School.The ACC, in the letter, said the cabinet division can take punitive action against the teachers of government educational institutions considering their activities as breach of government service rules.Earlier, the ACC recommended transferring 522 teachers of the city’s government schools, who have long been working at the institutions, outside the capital as they are allegedly involved in teaching in private institutions disobeying government instructions.
New Zealand parliament. AFP File Photo.New Zealand lawmakers have almost unanimously passed sweeping gun reforms, paving the way for a ban on military-style semi-automatic weapons to enter into force as soon as Friday.Lawmakers passed the legislation on final reading, less than a month after a gunman entered two mosques in Christchurch killing 50 people.During the debate Wednesday prime minister Jacinda Ardern told parliamentarians she “vividly” recalled the moment after the massacre when she, without consulting widely, decided the government had to act.Ardern, her voice filled with emotion, said it was during a briefing with the police commissioner when she was told about the “nature of the attack”, the weapons used and how they were notified but had been obtained legally.”I could not fathom how weapons that could cause such destruction, and large-scale death could have been obtained legally in this country. I could not fathom that,” she told lawmakers.She could not, she said, face the public or “the victims that had been left behind from this terror attack and tell them hand-on-heart that our system and our laws allow these guns to be available and that was okay. Because it was not.”The new rules amend permissive 1983 gun laws that had the subject of multiple reform attempts.The sole holdout against the legislation was the ACT Party, which has a single seat in the 120 seat parliament.The new rules are aimed at removing semi-automatic firearms from circulation through a buy-back scheme, prohibition and harsh prison sentences.A hand-in amnesty will be in place until 30 September 2019, but perpetrators will face between two and ten years in jail for breaking the laws.The new laws also prohibit “semi-automatic firearms, magazines, and parts that can be used to assemble prohibited firearms.”The law will now need royal approval, in practice a rubber stamp, which is expected to take place on Thursday, paving the way for the rules to enter into force the next day.The bill was first introduced on 1 April. Its passage in barely ten days has surprised even the most ardent gun control advocates.