Hon Akierra Misick responds to failing grade by PDM

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppThe Minister of Education, Hon. Akierra Misick has responded to media about the recent failing grade that her ministry and the government have received from the Opposition. Appearing quite calm, Misick told local media that she predicted the failing grades from the opposition since they represent a portion of the society who may be of the opinion that the government is not doing a good job. Hon. Misick however noted that there will be improvements.last_img

BUSINESS BRIEF CVS Offering No Cost Heart Health Screenings This Valentines Day

first_img(Editor’s Note: CVS has a Minute Clinic location at its pharmacy at 222 Main Street.)WOONSOCKET, R.I — As part of its ongoing commitment to building healthier communities, CVS Health recently announced it will be offering no cost “Know Your Numbers” heart health screenings at MinuteClinic, the company’s retail medical clinic, every Thursday in February, including Valentine’s Day. MinuteClinic locations can be found inside select CVS Pharmacy and Target stores in 33 states and the District of Columbia.The company also announced it has extended its support of the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign with a new three-year, $15 million commitment to life-saving cardiovascular research and education. CVS Pharmacy customers will have an opportunity to give the gift of heart health by making a donation at the register at their local CVS Pharmacy stores through February 23.According to the American Heart Association, nearly 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented, yet most women don’t know their personal health numbers that are critical to determining one’s risk.“Women tend to put others before themselves, but it is imperative that women make their heart health a priority. The stark reality is cardiovascular diseases continue to be a woman’s greatest health threat, claiming the lives of 1 in 3 women. But by empowering women to be aware which includes knowing your numbers move more, eat smart and manage blood pressure, we can change that fact,” said Jennifer Mieres, M.D., an American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women medical expert.Consumers can visit their local MinuteClinic on February 7, 14, 21, and 28 and receive a no-cost heart health preventive screening, supported by TYLENOL , to learn the five key personal health numbers that can help them determine their risk for heart disease: total cholesterol, HDL (good) cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar and body mass index. MinuteClinic is a high-quality, convenient and affordable destination for preventive care all year long, with 1 in 2 Americans living within 10 miles of a MinuteClinic.“Knowing your risk for cardiovascular disease and stroke is critical to improving community health, which is why we’re pleased to be offering no cost Know Your Number screenings at all of our MinuteClinic locations on Valentine’s Day, and every Thursday during February,” said Lisa Bisaccia, Chief Human Resources Officer, CVS Health, and national volunteer chair for Go Red for Women. “Health starts at the community level, and that’s why we feel we can make a real difference by increasing access to cardiovascular screenings and providing customers with an opportunity to show their support for family, friends and neighbors who are affected by cardiovascular disease.”To receive a free screening, download the voucher, print a copy and bring it with you to scan at the MinuteClinic registration kiosk. Alternatively, you can use your mobile phone to show the voucher to the provider after you register at the kiosk.CVS Pharmacy customers can support Go Red for Women by making a $1, $3 or larger donation at the register at CVS Pharmacy stores nationwide or online at http://www.cvshealth.com/GoRed through February 23. Additionally, 3M is proud to support the 2019 American Heart Association’s Life is Why We Give Campaign by donating $100,000.About CVS HealthCVS Health is the nation’s premier health innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Whether in one of its pharmacies or through its health services and plans, CVS Health is pioneering a bold new approach to total health by making quality care more affordable, accessible, simple and seamless. CVS Health is community-based and locally focused, engaging consumers with the care they need when and where they need it. The Company has more than 9,800 retail locations, approximately 1,100 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with approximately 93 million plan members, a dedicated senior pharmacy care business serving more than one million patients per year, expanding specialty pharmacy services, and a leading stand-alone Medicare Part D prescription drug plan. CVS Health also serves an estimated 39 million people through traditional, voluntary and consumer-directed health insurance products and related services, including a rapidly expanding Medicare Advantage offering. This innovative health care model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs. Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at https://www.cvshealth.com.(NOTE: The above press release is from CVS Health.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedCVS Opens 1,000th Minute Clinic In United StatesIn “Business”ANOTHER Wilmington Pharmacy Change Coming: CVS Buys Target’s PharmaciesIn “Business”BUSINESS BRIEF: CVS Fights Rise In E-Cigarette Use, Donates $1M+ To Tobacco-Free Policies On College CampusesIn “Business”last_img read more

Trump pushes for Mexico wall funding

first_imgMap highlighting features along the US-Mexico border. US President Donald Trump pressed for the funding of a border wall Sunday as budget deadline looms. Photo: AFPDonald Trump pressed for the funding of a Mexico border wall Sunday as a looming spending showdown in Congress threatens to shut down the US government on the president’s 100th day in office.Building the wall was Trump’s signature campaign promise, and the White House appeared determined to get Congress to approve a down payment as part of a bigger bill to keep the US government funded.Trump weighed in on Twitter, insisting Mexico will pay for the wall “but at a later date so we can get started early.”“The Democrats don’t want money from budget going to border wall despite the fact that it will stop drugs and very bad MS 13 gang members,” he wrote.White House budget chief Mick Mulvaney said the administration is prepared to make concessions to Democrats on health care reform in order to get the wall money.But if the wall isn’t funded, will the president veto the larger spending bill, risking a government shutdown on Saturday—coincidentally Trump’s 100th day in office?“Don’t know yet,” Mulvaney said on Fox News Sunday. “We are asking for our priorities and importantly we are offering to give Democrats some of their priorities as well.”The specter of a government shutdown has often loomed over US budget negotiations. The threat has most often been averted—but has come to pass several times, most recently for 16 days in 2013 amid a dispute over funding for Barack Obama’s signature health care reforms.Record low approvalThe fight this time comes as the White House is eager to show off Trump’s accomplishments at the 100-day mark.The president is planning a speech to the nation and an “America First” rally on Saturday to highlight his successes, accompanied by an outpouring of digital content.Trump surprised his own aides this week by promising a big announcement on tax reform on Wednesday even though lawmakers have yet to conclude negotiations on health reform, a major variable in government spending.Mulvaney said it would be a statement of principles rather than legislation, “with some indication what the rates are going to be.”“I don’t think anybody expects us to roll bill language on Wednesday,” he added.Although he has slashed government regulations and used his executive powers more frequently than any of his recent predecessors, Trump has had no major legislative achievements to speak of so far.His attempt to repeal and replace his predecessor’s health care reforms was rejected in the Republican-controlled Congress, and his executive order imposing a travel ban targeting citizens of several mainly Muslim countries as well as refugees has been blocked by the courts.A new Washington Post/ABC News poll showed his approval ratings to be at a record low for a modern US president at a point in office when most have still enjoyed a honeymoon.It found that 42 percent of Americans approved of his performance and 53 percent disapproved.Trump nevertheless found a silver lining in the poll numbers.“New polls out today are very good considering that much of the media is FAKE and almost always negative,” he tweeted.“Would still beat Hillary in popular vote,” he said, referring to Democrat Hillary Clinton, whom he vanquished in last November’s presidential election.“ABC News/Washington Post Poll (wrong big on election) said almost all stand by their vote on me & 53% said strong leader,” Trump gloated about the survey’s findings.Spending compromise?Democrats, meanwhile, have shown little interest in compromise, particularly on the border wall project.“I hope the president will back off,” said Senator Dick Durbin, the number-two Democrat in the Senate, on CNN’s “State of the Union.”“To think that he would consider shutting down the government of the United States of America over this outlandish proposal of a border wall, which we can’t even pay for at this point, and is opposed by Democrats and Republicans all along the border, that would be the height of irresponsibility,” he said.However, Mulvaney insisted that “shutdown is not desired and it’s not a tool, it’s not something we want to have.“We want our priorities funded and one of the biggest priorities during the campaign was border security, keeping Americans safe and part of that was a border wall.”US Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly made similar pitches on other television talk shows.“I think it’s certainly worth hard negotiation over,” Kelly said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”“We have tremendous threats, whether it’s drugs, people, potential terrorists, coming up from the south.”Sessions said Trump would decide whether the wall money was worth the risk of a government shutdown.“But I know one thing, we need that wall,” he said on ABC’s “This Week.” “It will help us complete the promise that the president has made to the American people. That’s what they want.”last_img read more

The Baltimore Substitute and Poet Whose Classroom Poetics Went Viral

first_imgKondwani Russell’s video of him performing poetry in front of a class has almost 3M views. (Photo credit: Chanet Wallace)Baltimore native and poet Kondwani Fidel Russell is being recognized all over the world for a poem he recited to his class while he was substitute teaching.Russell arrived early, on his first day, to Baltimore City College high school, to be a substitute in a writing class in early October. When he entered the school’s office an administrator asked him to sit in a history class for a few minutes because the teacher wasn’t yet present.He agreed and walked into the history class.The 22-year-old introduced himself to the class as an alumnus of Baltimore City College high school, graduate of Virginia State, and a poet. Once the students heard he was a poet, they asked him to recite a poem.“Kids just like a challenge, they don’t really want to hear my poetry,” said Russell, who was unenthused about the challenge from the students.Russell continued with his plans for the class, but the students would not give up.They encouraged him on saying “You do spoken word, spit [rhyme] something for us.”He finally agreed to perform a poem once they agreed to quiet down.Russell recites poetry and spoken word at local events and restaurants, at least four times a week, and is used to being filmed, so the students pulling out their camera phones seemed like an ordinary thing that happens when he performs.“I always get recorded and I’ve been featured in videos,” said the Baltimore native in an interview with the AFRO. “I’ve even been in plays, so the camera is always around.”The next morning, Oct. 6, Russell woke up to hundreds of social media notifications and alerts.One of the students in the history class uploaded the video to Facebook, where it gained over 2.5 million views, also, made it to WorldStarHipHop and YouTube.“Tyga [a California rapper] posted the video and every hour the video received hundred-thousands of views, from 200,000 one hour to 500,000 the next. Then I saw it hit 2.6 million views, I couldn’t believe it,” he said. As of Oct 26, the video had 2,709,612 views.Russell’s poem described his rough childhood; being raised and encouraged by his grandmother amidst his mother’s struggle with drug addiction and the absence of his father. He expressed his detached relationship with teachers and administrators while growing up.Russell realized at age 19, he wanted to perform poetry and spoken word all over the world. “This is what I want to do for the rest of my life, it made me feel like I can be effective to kids. So I perform to show them they can be what they want to be and that there is a big world outside of all the trauma inner city kids experience. My ultimate goal is to inspire,” Russell said.His poetry and performances take a stand against police brutality, social injustices, and education inequality. They paint vivid pictures of the experiences and struggles of the kids from the broken neighborhoods and his individual hassles from growing up, to help encourage better relationships between students and teachers and bring awareness to the different adversities in the black community.Besides performing poetry for the students, Russell posts video to YouTube including one entitled “Baltimore Bullet Train,” which is also an expression against inequality and a self-published poetry book called, “Asperous Artistry” that was released in August.To view the video of Russell go to http://on.fb.me/1k5lPwdlast_img read more

Physicist proposes simple experiment to detect foamlike structure of the universe

first_img Explore further More information: Is a tabletop search for Planck scale signals feasible, arXiv:1211.3816 [gr-qc] arxiv.org/abs/1211.3816AbstractQuantum gravity theory is untested experimentally. Could it be tested with tabletop experiments? While the common feeling is pessimistic, a detailed inquiry shows it possible to sidestep the onerous requirement of localization of a probe on Planck length scale. I suggest a tabletop experiment which, given state of the art ultrahigh vacuum and cryogenic technology, could already be sensitive enough to detect Planck scale signals. The experiment combines a single photon’s degree of freedom with one of a macroscopic probe to test Wheeler’s conception of “spacetime foam”, the assertion that on length scales of the order Planck’s, spacetime is no longer a smooth manifold. The scheme makes few assumptions beyond energy and momentum conservations, and is not based on a specific quantum gravity scheme. Set up of suspended blocks showing (dotted) the alternative paths for the photon. E is the single-photon emitter, D and D’ are the single-photon detectors. BS denotes the beamsplitter and M the mirror. DL is the fi ber optics delay line, and EB are the electronics that trigger D and D’ through cable C. The optical elements to widen the beam before and focus it after each block are left out for clarity. In the real experiment the blocks would hang side by side. Credit: arXiv:1211.3816 [gr-qc] Citation: Physicist proposes simple experiment to detect foam-like structure of the universe (2012, November 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-11-physicist-simple-foam-like-universe.html Journal information: arXiv (Phys.org)—Prominent physicist Jacob D. Bekenstein, of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, has proposed a simple experiment in a paper he’s uploaded to the preprint server arXiv, that he says could be used to measure quantum foam. Instead of looking to ever faster particle accelerators, he proposes using an ordinary block of glass, a laser and a detector.center_img Hi-fi single photons This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2012 Phys.org Quantum foam is a term used to describe the non-smooth nature of the universe. It was coined by John Wheeler who in the 1960’s noted that according to quantum mechanics, certain properties of spacetime have some degree of uncertainty related to them. Later researchers have expanded on the idea, suggesting that on a quantum scale, the universe is made up of individual units which are thought to be rife with very small black holes that pop in and out of existence, resulting in foam-like images for those who try to imagine what it might look like.Until now, trying to measure, or prove that theories about quantum foam are true have failed due to the extraordinarily small scale of the particles involved, 1.6 × 10-35, known as the Planck length. In his paper, Bekenstein proposes an entirely new way to approach the problem. He says all that needs to be done is to fire a single photon through a block of glass and then measure how much the block moves.The idea is to use just the right size block and wavelength of a photon such that if the photon did move the block’s center of mass, it would be just one Planck length. If the universe is truly grainy, as theorized, the photon would encounter one of the tiny units which would inhibit its progress; if not, the photon would pass all the way through with no problem. Because theory suggests there are a very large number of undetectably small black holes in every part of the universe, it would seem reasonable to assume that the glass block’s center of mass could fall into one, which would of course impede the movement of the block. Thus to detect the presence of theoretical foam, all researchers would have to do is fire many individual photons through a block of glass and see how many make it through using a detector on the other side.last_img read more

All you want to know about India Art Fair

first_imgThis is the time for the arty farty and the collectors to descend at the NSIC grounds in Okhla where the fifth edition of India Art Fair started on Thursday. The fair features 103 exhibitors from 23 countries. It is laid out in three adjacent gallery space with separate sections devoted to multi-media art and a speakers’ forum which will host more than 40 speakers over three days. From masters to relative newbies — they are all there with their works. So you have works by Akbar Padamsee in a solo by Priyasri Art Gallery.  On display are his recent oils along with a 12 ft mirror image, oil on canvas along with his other important oils. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Gallery Ragini is displaying works by six Indian contemporary artists in a show called The Unbearable Lightness of Becoming. Artists include Ravi Gosain, Vishakha Apte, Saptarshi Das, Dhanur Goyal, Rashmi Mala and Tanya Gill.Kolkata gallery Experimenter is showing works by Bani Abidi, Rathin Burman, Adip Dutta, Nadia Kaabilinke, Naeem Mohaiemen and Hajra Waheed. The focal point? All of them respond to the moment of fracture of cities under crisis, duress, revolution and the taut and fragile relationship of people who live in them.Kathakari by Sidharth at the Gallery Art Konsult booth is about India’s ancient art of storytelling where the artist reinvents the tradition, picking up the anecdotes and characters from his life and turning them into visuals.Then Absolut is showcasing the collections which include Absolut Seth, Absolut Kher and Absolut Subodh Gupta.Worth a watch!last_img read more

KMC starts conducting expensive blood tests free of cost

first_imgKolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has started conducting costly blood tests free of cost for the treatment of kidney ailments, diabetes and heart and thyroid related problems.A senior civic official said costly tests like the liver function test, kidney test, thyroid test, lipid profile and fasting and PP sugar tests are done at KMC laboratories situated in the boroughs, free of cost. KMC has set up urban primary health centres in every ward, where treatment is done by specialised doctors. There are full-time and part-time doctors at the centres. A senior KMC doctor said the number of people suffering from diabetes and heart ailments has gone up sharply over the past few years. To combat the situation, special diabetic clinics have been opened in every borough where endocrinologists offer treatment to the patients. The clinics are being run once a week. The doctors treating diabetics in the wards refer critical patients to the special clinics. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataHe said what is most alarming is that children are often found to be suffering from diabetes because of sedentary lifestyle and wrong food habits. He said in many cases, the parents bring the children to the clinics but suddenly stop medicines when the sugar level comes under control. However, many of these children are found to be suffering from total renal failure when they grow up. He said if the children are found to be suffering from diabetes, the parents should sit with the doctors separately and know about the disease as well as the treatment. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateHe said heart diseases are going up among people coming from economically weaker sections. Heart treatment is very costly and state-run hospitals are overcrowded. In KMC clinics, the patients are examined by expert doctors, who treat them. In addition to this, patients suffering from respiratory distress are also treated there. It may be mentioned that KMC has set up 16 dengue clinics in Kolkata, where the patients are given medicines free of cost. The civic official regretted that as the tests are conducted free of cost, people prefer private laboratories to KMC labs. He said KMC will soon launch a campaign, urging pople to come to the KMC clinics and urban primary health centres.last_img read more

Empower women to speak for themselves

first_imgPrivileged women must empower and enable others to speak for themselves and not speak on their behalf, a panel of women professionals and writers said here on February 8, 2019. “Terms like #MeToo might be urban but the reality is same everywhere. Women face discrimination based on their looks even in villages. Body shaming and sexual harassment happen everywhere,” popular writer Shuchi Singh Kalra said at the ongoing sixth Kolkata Literature Festival of 43rd International Kolkata Book Fair. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfShe said it is the responsibility of the women who have a platform and are in the position to speak and be heard, to pull others up. “I think it is a situation of a complete lack of power for the woman of rural and minority communities. They are very aware but as they are not privileged. It is harder for them to make their voices heard,” publishing professional Arpita Das said. Pointing out the importance of individual voices being heard, Das said: “I agree that responsibility does lie with urbane privileged women to speak for ourselves and also empower, enable other women to speak for themselves, not speak for them”. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”That is the big mistake feminist movement has done earlier,” she said. “I think we need to move away from the toxic narrative that is building up. It is not about male bashing. Both men and women are equally victimised by the patriarchal mindset, so a more balanced and inclusive perspective is needed,” Kalra said. According to the panel, MeToo movement has enabled more conversation at workplaces. Talking about the change that the movement has brought along, inter-cultural corporate coach Arti Kelshikar said: “There is more of weariness if not fear. People are worried and more careful in a corporate setup”. She said a man who works with foreign banks had disclosed that he makes sure not to talk one on one with interns and new employees. Addressing the issue of body shaming, Kalra, the author of ‘I am Big-So what!?’ remarked: “If everybody is tall, fair, thin we would be clones of each other. Why can’t we accept people of different shapes, sizes and colours”. She said now there is some representation of the plus size in cinemas and clothes are also available, but there is a long way to go. A Kelshikar who has 15 years of experience in corporate fields, said shockingly a woman’s dress, her marital status and even her identity everything is a point of discussion’ at workplaces.last_img read more