As UL Trouble Breeds Again

first_imgA group of University of Liberia staffers under the name “Concerned Staff of University of Liberia Staff Association (ULSA)” says a call by University of Liberia Staff Association president Zizi K. Zubah for the Vice President for Administration, Prof. Ansu Sonii, to resign is his personal opinion and not a general consensus of the entire association.Of recent a group named and styled “University of Liberia Staff Association,” wrote five counts alleging that Prof. Sonii is involved in administrative malpractices. The group subsequently called on him to resign his post.The Concern Staff of University of Liberia Staff Association, which supports Prof. Sonii, in a statement on Tuesday, May 6, passed a vote of no confidence in Zizi K. Zubah. They noted that Zizi’s tenure has expired but continues to perpetuate himself in power.The head of the Sonii support group, Gabriel Pyne Vanjah, who read the group’s position statement to the press indicated that Zizi’s call for Prof. Sonii to resign his post in 15 days, also poses an ultimatum on the University of Liberia’s Board of Trustees to act against its will in favor of him. “This is unrealistic and will never be given adherence to,” Vanjah said.In the vote-of-no-confidence resolution against Zizi, Vanjah and his group labeled among other things that Zizi has overstayed in the UL Staff Association leadership and this violates Article 9 Section 1 of the organization’s constitution.Vanjah further alleged that Zizi’s leadership has not been transparent and accountable to the general body, which is the supreme decision maker, withholding to present quarterly financial updates.Mr. Pyne Vanjah outlined monthly contributions, ULSA’s loan scheme interest generation, ULSA Day Fund expenditures, rice sale income, fund raising programs, and ULSA-UL Administration car loan as some sources of financial income that are unaccounted for.He also said there has not been annual report from the Zizi leadership. Said report is to take place on the second Friday of December annually to the general assembly.Vanjah further alleged that Zizi unilaterally appointed some individuals in elected positions which contravene ULSA’s constitution.Furthermore, the group said Zizi has been appointed Academic Coordinator for the T.J.R Faulkner College of Science & Technology, which under Article 4 Section 1 of their constitution prohibits a member from holding key administrative position.Zizi K. Zubah’s Position About a week ago the leadership of Zizi K. Zubah circulated a resolution in the name of the University of Liberia Staff Association, calling for the resignation of the Vice President for Administration, Ansu Sonii.Zizi alleged that Prof. Sonii uses regular and temporary staffers to perform his private duties with no compensation.According to Zizi, Prof. Sonii promised to employ some temporary staffers who have worked with the University of Liberia for more than three years; something he (Zizi) claims has not been fulfilled.In addition, the counts noted that the UL Vice President’s office has created a hostile posture to the leadership of the UL Staff Association in addressing legitimate concerns of staff of the University.He and his group also claimed that Prof. Sonii, is ambitious of contesting the senatorial seat in Margibi County. According to them, because of this alleged quest of Prof. Sonii, Mr. Sonii is now paying less attention to activities of the University and at the same time using the University resources to support his campaign.Zizi’s camp further accused Prof. Sonii of instigating confusion within the ranks and files of the University of Liberia Staff Association.He threatened that if Prof. Sonii does not resign in 15 days as Vice President for Administration, “we will as of May 15, 2014 lay down our chalks.”Meanwhile, the emerging argument between the two groups sends signal of past event that stalled normal academic activities at the University of Liberia for sometimes this just-ended semester.It can be recalled that in November, 2013, University of Liberia Faculty Association (ULFA) laid down chalks, demanding Vice President for Academic Affairs & Provost Dr. Wede Elliot-Brownell to resign.This was fueled by violent actions by group of students and it led to indefinite suspension of classes until late January 2014 when academic activities resumed and was just completed in March.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Trifling with trivia

first_imgDear Editor,Recent media reports indicate that our Local Government authorities are concerned about ‘renaming of regions, villages, boundaries and flags’.Isn’t it time we get serious about more substantive issues of economic and social development, rather than pursuing such trivialities?There is a plethora of painful matters that cry out for attention: water supply, garbage collection, drainage & irrigation, repairs to roads and bridges, maintenance of playgrounds and community services like burial grounds, while our leaders worry about our names and sizes etc. which is akin to parents worrying about the ‘looks’ of their children while they suffer a multitude of heath maladies and poor basic education.Please, Mr Minister, Chairmen, Councillors and all Local Government leaders, can we get more serious about the substantive issues at hand?Sincerely,Nowrang Persaudlast_img read more

Mourinho wants to coach for as long as Wenger

first_img0Shares0000Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger shakes hands with Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho (2nd L)MANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Apr 29-Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho believes he can emulate Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger by coaching into his late 60s.Mourinho will face his old rival Wenger for the last time in an Arsenal match when the Gunners visit Old Trafford on Sunday. Mourinho’s longest managerial stint at any club was his first spell at Chelsea, which lasted for three years and three months.He spent three years at Real Madrid and two years each at Porto, Inter Milan and in a second spell at Stamford Bridge.Wenger is 68 and will step down at the end of the season after almost 22 years with the Gunners.Asked if he could emulate the Frenchman’s longevity, Mourinho said: “For sure. I will have to change clubs because you (media) don’t allow me to stay here!“I would see myself doing it but the new concept of media, social media, the pundit industry, the way people can express and influence the opinion, it is too much pressure – not just for the manager – but also for the club.“It is impossible for someone to resist for a long time, especially without any kind of success. “To stay a manager, to have four or five years to try to get a trophy and to improve the team, I don’t think you allow that any more.”But the Portuguese reckons he can stay at United longer than his other clubs after confessing his days of itchy feet are over.“I think so. At other clubs, I was already thinking ‘what next?’” he admitted.“I had things I really wanted to do – I had to go to Italy, I had to go to Spain.“At this moment, there isn’t anything around the corner and I don’t want to do anything different to what I am doing now.”Mourinho has won trophies since his time at Porto, but he is convinced he is a better manager now than ever.– More mature –“Yes, until the point you lose your motivation, you keep improving,” he added.“So yes, in every way. My passion for the job is the same and my sense of responsibility and emotional control (is better). I am much more mature too.“At every level – training, matches, relationships with players – it feels like everything is deja vu.“It is very rare now there is something in my professional life that I am surprised with or I don’t know how to react to. So, the more experience, the better you are.”Mourinho points to the example of Jupp Heynckes to back up his theory.At 72, Heynckes returned to manage Bayern Munich last October for a third spell in charge after being retired for four years following 32 years in management.“You have the example now of Mr Heynckes. He was retired, playing with his grandchildren, and suddenly he comes back and he is even better than before,” said Mourinho.As for Wenger, Mourinho has had many confrontations with the Frenchman but admitted his rival’s “Invincibles” team from 2003-04, who were undefeated as they romped to the Premier League title, made him a better coach.“I am going to remember him as a big opponent, as the manager of the Invincibles – the Invincibles I met when I arrived in the country in 2004, the Invincibles that made me a better coach. That is the way I would remember him,” he added.Mourinho is also convinced Wenger will continue in management.“I don’t think he will end his career. Until I have different information, he is only going to end his career as Arsenal manager,” he said.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Group sets out to bring back LB’s lost waves

first_imgThe breakwater reduced the famed 10-foot-high breakers into grayish brown, listless ripples that crawl up the sand and retreat just as pitifully. Only on rare days can a swell sneak through a small opening in the breakwater to create rideable waves. The enclosure has also trapped urban debris that floats down the Los Angeles River and dumps into Long Beach harbor. The first time Robert Palmer took his 7-year-old daughter to the beach, she emerged from the murky water with plastic bags wrapped around her legs. “You can walk out to the water here, be knee deep and you can’t see your toes,” Palmer said. Over time Long Beach went from seaside resort to thriving port town. The silhouette of giant cranes and cargo containers are now fixtures in its skyline. In the mid-1990s, the Navy moved to San Diego but left the breakwater behind. Changing any part of the federally owned rock wall, however, will be tough. It helps protect one of the country’s busiest ports, as well as housing and businesses that have grown up near the beach. Orange garabaldi fish thrive near the breakwater along with lobster, birds, sea lions and other animals. “The biggest concern for us is if it created all these waves in here and made it difficult to move cargo all the time – it would be a disaster for us,” said Art Wong, a spokesman for the Port of Long Beach, which reported annual revenue of $400million to $450 million. The initial $100,000 study is expected to begin within the next few months to determine, among other things, if changing the breakwater would restore the ecosystem and improve water quality by opening up the flow of water. More in-depth studies could eventually determine the cost and whether parts of the breakwater could be removed or partly knocked down. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, a Republican who represents part of Long Beach and bills himself as the surfing congressman, is doubtful the breakwater will ever be changed unless it would dramatically improve the water. “I don’t think it will because the expense of it is enormous – we’re talking hundreds of millions of dollars,” he said. And even if they are successful, Tracy Egoscue, a Long Beach resident who heads a nonprofit group working to ensure clean water in Santa Monica Bay, said it would be unrealistic to expect a quick fix to “the toxic soup we’ve all created.” Egoscue, the executive director of the Santa Monica BayKeeper, believes the focus should be cleaning up the Los Angeles River upstream. “Dilution is not the solution,” she said. “If you open up the ocean and push the problems out, you’re just pushing the problem out.” On a recent summer day the city’s beaches and parking lots were largely empty in stark contrast to other Southern California beach cities famous for their bluish-green waters and classic curls. Just south, in the self-dubbed “Surf City” of Huntington Beach, idling cars waited for coveted spaces. Members of the Long Beach chapter of the Surfrider Foundation realize 10-foot waves will never roll back into town, but bringing cleaner waters and an occasional set of breakers would be just fine. “Best case scenario another 10 years,” said the octogenarian Hendricks. “At least I’d be able to be here to watch it. I might not be able to walk, but they could roll me into the ocean and away I’d go.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “I don’t like to go down there because I can see what it was,” said Hendricks, 82, who learned to ride the waves there in the 1930s. The world’s biggest breakwater wiped out the “Waikiki of California” more than 50 years ago and replaced it with a stagnant pond that rarely kicks up any surf – something Hendricks and the Surfrider Foundation have been working to change. The decadelong effort got an unexpected boost this year when the city gained the dubious distinction of having the state’s most bacteria-polluted beaches, prompting embarrassed city officials to fund a study that could be the first step in reconfiguring the breakwater to let in some surf. “Some action needs to be taken to restore our shore,” said Councilman Patrick O’Donnell, who promoted the study. “I was down at the beach at 11 a.m., and it was just me and the lifeguard.” In better days, Long Beach hosted the first national board surfing contest in 1938 but has seen only sporadic surf since Harry Truman was president. In 1949, the federal government completed a 60-foot-tall, eight-mile wall of sand and granite boulders to protect a Navy base. By Noaki Schwartz THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Over seven decades of body surfing, Ed Hendricks has mastered the art of catching the perfect wave: kick as fast as possible, get a deep gulp of air and make like a bullet as the wave arches up and thrusts you along its face toward shore. Most important, don’t look for your wave in Long Beach. last_img read more

BATTLE FOR RADIO LICENSE HOTS UP AS HIGHLAND MAN JUMPS TO RIVAL CONSORTIUM

first_imgThe consortium bidding against Highland Radio for the upcoming radio license has scored a major blow by scooping one of its leading contributors.Professor Roy GreensladeProfessor of Journalism Roy Greenslade is a well-known voice over the local airwaves on the Shaun Doherty Show.But the former Daily Mirror editor, who has a house in Ballyare, has joined rival Charlie Collins’ Donegal Commercial Radio Broadcasting Ltd as an independent director. The new signing will be seen as a huge feather in the cap of the rival group who, along with Highland, must submit their application to the Broadcasting Association of Ireland by Monday next.Greenslade, who divides his time between Brighton and Donegal, is an international media commentator and columnist with The Guardian.The Tirconail Tribune reports that he joins other big hitters on the board of the new consortium including businessmen Paddy Simpson and US-based Danny Doohan.They will have to put together an impressive package together if they are to oust Highland who are the most successful local radio station in the country. It is thought that the BAI will opt for an oral hearing from both groups which will be heard in Co Donegal before Christmas. BATTLE FOR RADIO LICENSE HOTS UP AS HIGHLAND MAN JUMPS TO RIVAL CONSORTIUM was last modified: September 19th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Highland RadioProfessor Roy Greensladeradio consortiumlast_img read more

HARPS GET EARLY CHRISTMAS PRESENT AS FIVE SIGN

first_imgFinn Harps were given an early Christmas present as five members of last year’s squad re-signed for the club ahead of the 2013 season.Top goalscorer Kevin McHugh was joined by Ciaran Gallagher, Michael Funston, Jordan Duffy and Thomas McMonagle.Kevin McHugh’s signing means that 2013 will be his twelfth season as a Harps player. The striker, who has played 334 games for the club, will be hoping to add to his tally of 161 goals in the blue of Harps. “As everyone knows Kevin has just completed his testimonial year and proved again last season that he remains one of the most prolific goalscorers in the league”, said Harps boss Peter Hutton. “Kevin’s experience at the top level means he can offer the kind of leadership qualities which are an invaluable to the club.”Thomas McMonagle spent all of last season with Harps on loan from neighbours Derry City – however, he has now made that move permanent.“I am delighted Thomas has re-signed with us,” said Hutton, “because like so many of our young people in these hard times I know he has had to seriously consider emigrating to secure employment. Having come on loan last year, Thomas really grew in stature as the season progressed, looked liked he was enjoying his football and he will only get better.”Despite being just twenty-one years old, 2013 will be goalkeeper Ciaran Gallagher’s fifth season at the club. The previous four years have seen him been first-choice goalkeeper for much of that time and the netminder is fast approaching a century of games for the club. Hutton said “It’s remarkable that Ciaran is one of the more experienced players in the squad because he is still so young – especially in goalkeeper years! The great thing about Ciaran is that he knows there is always new things to learn. He has the best mentor possible in Declan McIntryre so I am Ciaran is only going to get better and better.”Letterkenny man Michael Funston returned to Harps midway through last season, having spent a couple of seasons in the Irish League at Dungannon Swifts.“One of Michael’s best assets is his competitive nature”, said Hutton. “He has an infectious will to win which is great to have around the club. No doubt about it he has the ability and experience to be a very important player for us in the coming season.” Prior to his return last season, Funston has spent seven seasons with Harps between 2004 and 2010 and was a member of the First Division winning squad in his debut season.Jordan Duffy made his Harps debut as a substitute in Peter Hutton’s first game in sole-charge of Harps against Waterford United at Finn Park last season. Duffy’s aim for 2013 will be to make himself a regular member of the Harps squad.“Jordan knows he has a lot of work ahead of him, but he’s a talented lad and has shown the right mentality since coming to Finn Park”, said Harps boss Hutton. “We all know how hard it is to progress to senior football but if Jordan keeps focused he has a real chance.” HARPS GET EARLY CHRISTMAS PRESENT AS FIVE SIGN was last modified: December 18th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:finn harpssigningslast_img read more

DONEGAL CONSUMERS WARNED OVER ASDA CORNED BEEF

first_imgBREAKING NEWS…..THE UK’s Food Standards Agency says that Asda Smart Price Corned Beef 340g tins have been found to contain low levels of phenylbutazone, known as ‘bute’.As a result, Asda has been forced to recall its “Smart Price” corned beef.Consumers in Donegal who may have bought the contaminated product from Omagh or Strabane ASDA stores are urged not to eat it. All batch codes of product affected – 340g tins of ‘Smart Price’ Corned Beef – have been removed from shelves.Customers who have bought the 340g tins, with any date code, have been urged not to eat the corned beef but to return it to the supermarket.It comes just over a month after Asda withdrew the same product after equine DNA was detected.Further sampling and testing has revealed the presence of low levels of phenylbutazone – used in veterinary medicine as a pain-killer or anti-inflammatory. A statement from Asda said: “In March 2013 we withdrew tinned Smart Price Corned Beef (340g) after receiving a positive test for horse DNA above the 1% trace level set by the Food Standards Agency (FSA).“Today, 9th April 2013, tests on further batches have shown a positive result for very low levels of horse medication called phenylbutazone, also known as bute, at four parts per billion.“The FSA has reassured us that the quantities we’ve found pose a low risk to human health.” DONEGAL CONSUMERS WARNED OVER ASDA CORNED BEEF was last modified: April 9th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DONEGAL CONSUMERS WARNED OVER ASDA CORNED BEEFlast_img read more

RESIDENTS ‘SKIP’ FREE TIME TO KEEP COUNTRYSIDE CLEAN!

first_imgThe residents get the gloves and boots on for the big clean-up!Residents from Ballaghderg outside Letterkenny gathered today for their 4th annual clean up once again over the weekend.And it wasn’t long before they filled a full skip of illegally dumped rubbish in a 3km stretch of countryside.“Everyone does their bit and it’s amazing how good the area looks after it,” said one group member. Getting stuck in!  RESIDENTS ‘SKIP’ FREE TIME TO KEEP COUNTRYSIDE CLEAN! was last modified: March 30th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ballaghdergclean-upresidentslast_img read more

Booking now open for The Santa Express at Oakfield Park!

first_imgDid someone say Santa? Yes it’s still September, but bookings are already filling up for The Santa Express at Oakfield Park – a magical Christmas experience for all the family.Amidst the twinkling of Christmas lights and joyful singing of happy elves, The Santa Express Train at Oakfield Park awaits to take you through glittering forests to visit Father Christmas. Running from Sunday 1st December, and with new and exciting features this year, The Santa Express at Oakfield Park is now open for booking at www.oakfieldpark.com/santa. Booking now open for The Santa Express at Oakfield Park.Children and families of all ages will enjoy a festive train ride under thousands of lights before meeting Father Christmas in his cosy grotto. Receive your Elf School Diploma from Mrs. Claus by completing the Christmas challenges as you go. Enjoy decoration making in the new elf craft workshop, play the Reindeer Games championships in the igloo and find hidden clues the elves have laid out along the way. Booking early is strongly advised, as in the past, The Santa Express has sold out before December. David Fisher, Estate Manager of Oakfield Park is looking forward to another magical Christmas: “The Santa Express is always the most magical time of year at Oakfield Park and we’ve introduced a host of new features for 2019. The overall experience encapsulates the Christmas spirit and children love the train ride through the park with thousands of lights and installations, lighting up the way. “This event sells out every year with weekend slots already selling fast, so we highly recommend booking early to avoid disappointment and to secure your preferred date. Buffers will also be open so guests and families can enjoy our delicious festive menu and children can post their Christmas letter to Santa in the special post box. Don’t miss this magical Christmas experience with festive fun for all the family.”Booking now open for The Santa Express at Oakfield Park.Described as one of Donegal’s hidden gems, Oakfield Park is home to a 4.5km narrow gauge railway and has over 100 acres of manicured parkland, making it the ideal venue for a truly magical Christmas event to share with family and friends.For Christmas party bookings or group discounts (for 28+) or for carriages with wheelchair access, please book by calling our Reservations Hotlines on 00353 (0) 74 9173068 or 00353 (0) 74 9173922 or email santa@oakfieldpark.com. These booking lines are open Monday to Friday, 9am – 4pm. Any other special information can be included on the online booking system under ‘Special Requirements’. Full details, terms and conditions are available on the booking page. To book The Santa Express at Oakfield Park visit www.oakfieldpark.com/santa.  Booking now open for The Santa Express at Oakfield Park! was last modified: September 3rd, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BUFFERSchildrenCHristmasfamilyOakfield Parksanta expresslast_img read more

Poverty in South Africa ‘is declining’

first_img2 October 2008 A new report released by the Presidency has found that there has been a reduction in both absolute income poverty, which is the income of poor people, and in relative income poverty, which is the gap between the average income of poor people and the poverty line. Social assistance The report, entitled “Towards a Fifteen Year Review Synthesis Report”, reviews the government’s successes as well as shortcomings and challenges over the last 15 years, and investigates the impact of government programmes in improving the lives of South Africans. “When using the R322 per person [per month] poverty line, in 1995 about 53% of households was living below that line. In 2005, that figure has decreased to 48%.” Even if absolute conditions of people might be improving, he said that the fact that the upper income groups were experiencing a faster rate of improvement in their conditions started to create a sense of relative poverty in lower income groups. While many poor South Africans were lifting themselves from abject poverty, the rich in South Africa were getting richer, most likely due to access to economic opportunities. The Department of Public Works also has programmes which are aimed at assisting with fighting poverty and assisting in income generation. While the Expanded Public Works Programme did absorb a large number of unskilled labourers, the report found that challenges remained, in that the projects were of short duration and training was often inadequate. “The targets in 2004 were to create one million work opportunities by 2009 . that target had already been met by April 2008,” he said. “There is the challenge that these [work programmes] are of short duration and the training that is meant to take place is not taking place at the optimum level.” Netshitenzhe explained that during periods of high rates of growth it was those who were already well-off who were better positioned to take advantage of that growth. Despite the decrease in the amount of poor people in the country, Netshitenzhe noted that many studies, including the Income Expenditure Survey by Statistics South Africa found a widening inequality gap in the country. Source: BuaNews Netshitenzhe added that when using the lower poverty line measure of R174 per person a month, the number of households in 1995 stood at 3%, decreasing in 2005 to 2%. “What we have established is that income poverty has actually declined, contrary to conventional wisdom,” policy coordination and advisory services head Joel Netshitenzhe told reporters at the Union Buildings in Pretoria this week. “In terms of macro-social trends, a high level of economic growth has exposed one reality that we believe society needs to take to heart . that a higher rate of growth does not necessarily result in a reduction in inequality,” he said, adding that in recent years, inequality especially amongst racial groups, except among Africans, had not been reduced. Widening inequality gap Various studies have confirmed that social grants were well targeted and contributed considerably to poverty reduction. Of social grants, the report indicated that 62% of the total went to the poorest 40% of households, and 82% to the poorest 60%. Even if absolute conditions of people might be improving, the fact that those who are on the upper rim are experiencing a faster rate of improvement in their conditions, it starts to create a sense of relative poverty in the lower ranks, he said. “Social grants have played a very critical role in this regard . from 2.5 million beneficiaries in 1999 to just over 12 million in 2007, the social grants system is the largest form of government support for the poor,” Netshitenzhe said. “Most by far is in the form of the child support grant, which reached 7.8 million beneficiaries in 2007 compared to 34 000 in 1999.”last_img read more

Obama Names Energy Science Team

first_imgPresident Barack Obama has added two academic researchers to his new science team at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).Obama yesterday announced his intention to nominate chemical engineer Franklin “Lynn” Orr, a professor and administrator at Stanford University in California, to fill the newly created position of undersecretary for science and energy. The same announcement tapped physicist Marc Kastner of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge to lead DOE’s Office of Science, which manages a $4.6 billion research portfolio. Last week, the White House picked physicist Ellen Williams, chief scientist at energy giant BP and a former longtime professor at the University of Maryland (UMD), College Park, to run DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E).If approved by the U.S. Senate, the trio will round out Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz’s leadership team for DOE’s civilian research programs, which include 10 national laboratories run by the Office of Science.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Orr would be the first person to occupy the new undersecretary’s slot, which Moniz created after a number of groups recommended revamping DOE’s management structure. In addition to science, it oversees fossil, nuclear, and renewable energy research programs and electrical grid and technology transfer issues.Orr, 66, has taught at Stanford since 1985, starting in the Department of Petroleum Engineering, and has directed its Precourt Institute for Energy since 2009, according to a statement posted on the university’s website. He also served as dean of the School of Earth Sciences at Stanford from 1994 to 2002 and as the founding director of the Global Climate and Energy Project at Stanford from 2002 to 2008.”DOE is a critically important sponsor of energy research for the nation, and I look forward to the opportunity to help strengthen that effort,” Orr said in the statement. “I am very grateful to my many Stanford student and faculty energy colleagues for all they have taught me about the importance of the energy challenge and the opportunities we have to change our energy systems in a very positive way.” He said he will retire from Stanford if confirmed by the Senate.Kastner, 67, has served on the MIT faculty since 1973 and as its dean of the School of Science since 2007. “Obama made an inspired choice,” MIT President L. Rafael Reif said in a statement posted on the university’s website. He is “ideally suited to manage DOE’s basic science portfolio and its network of national labs.”Last week, colleagues applauded the choice of Williams to head ARPA-E, the government’s lead agency for transforming edgy ideas into breakthrough energy technologies. She taught at UMD College Park from 1991 through 2009 before joining BP. “She is analytically one of the most brilliant people I’ve ever met, and knows technology inside and out,” says particle physicist Drew Baden, chair of UMD’s physics department.Williams has the management experience to help ARPA-E get the most out of its $230 million portfolio of high-risk but potentially high-reward commercialization projects, he adds. “She’s the one if you want ARPA-E to make an impact, and not just chip around the edges.”If confirmed, Williams would become ARPA-E’s second director, succeeding Arunava Majumdar, who left the post last June after serving as ARPA-E’s inaugural director for 2.5 years. Kastner would succeed Patricia Dehmer, who has been acting director of the Office of Science since the departure this past April of William Brinkman.last_img read more

Mohali Test: Match evenly poised after Sehwag’s fifty

first_imgRiding on a brutal, swift counter attack by Virender Sehwag, India raced to 110 for two at stumps, in reply to visitors’ challenging first innings total of 428, on the second day of the first Test at the PCA Stadium in Mohali.At the end of day’s play, Rahul Dravid was batting on 21 and nightwatchman Ishant Sharma was on zero.Sehwag batted in a manner only he is capable of and was also dismissed in a manner which is pretty similar to some of his earlier dismissals.He smashed the Aussie bowlers to all corners of the park scoring 59 in 54 balls with the help of 10 boundaries before Mitchell Johnson banged one short but ball arrived late on Sehwag as he had closed the face of the bat. It was Michael Clarke who took a dolly at extra cover.Sehwag with this 23rd Test half-century, now, has 50 plus knocks in 11 consecutive Tests and also shares the world record for most of number of 50s with Gautam Gambhir and Vivian Richards. Courtesy Sehwag’s blistering innings, India trail by 318 runs.Sehwag stamped his authority as he hit Ben Hilfenhaus over third man, punched Doug Bollinger through covers, steered Mitchell Johnson to deep thirdman and heaved Nathan Hauritz over extra cover for boundaries that made the pitch, which till then seemed a difficult one, look easy to bat on.He added 81 with Gautam Gambhir (25) in only 13.2 overs before the latter fell leg before to a Johnson delivery that kept low.Earlier in the day, India were dealt a ‘Paineful blow’ as rookie wicketkeeper-batsman Tim Paine scored a gutsy 92 to defy the Indian bowlers from wrapping the Aussie innings quickly.advertisementPaine, who was dropped on nought by the Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni off Zaheer Khan on Friday, cashed in on the opportunity as he shared three important partnerships of 53, 82 and 54 runs with Shane Watson, Mitchell Johnson and Ben Hilfenhaus respectively. That helped Australia bat for 151.4 overs and reach a score which looks imposing on a slow track.Playing only his third Test, Paine showed a lot of composure on a difficult track as he hit 12 boundaries in his 196-ball knock. He was unlucky to miss what would have been a well deserved maiden Test ton, being caught by VVS Laxman in the slips off Zaheer.With PTI inputslast_img read more

Our mission is to gain full majority in Rajya Sabha, says Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu

first_imgVenkaiah NaiduFlaying Congress’s “negative role”, Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said the BJP is embarking on a mission aimed at giving “total power to (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi for development” by getting full majority for the party and its allies in Rajya Sabha on Sunday.   Instead of playing the role of constructive opposition, which is the need of the hour to put the economy back on track, Congress is “blatantly playing out a negative role,” Naidu alleged at a press conference.   To rejuvenate economic growth, the Modi government wants to take forward certain legislations, including those that were initiated by the previous Congress-led UPA government, that enable increased flow of investments, he said.   “Ironically, Congress is playing delaying tactics without any valid reasons. They are objecting to their own legislative proposals. How does one explain this?” he asked.   “Questionable conduct of Congress party gives out only one message that NDA government led by Modi should have clear majority in Rajya Sabha also so that development-oriented legislations are not obstructed by our opponents,” the Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister said.   The Congress is shouting “Nahi Chalega, Nahi Chalega Modi” in Parliament, he said.   “If the writ of Modi does not run, whose writ will run? Is that of the ‘divisive and disgusted’ defeated Congress party and its co-travellers? Congress is adopting ‘obstruct Modi in Parliament mission’,” he alleged.   The Congress wants to hold NDA government responsible for some communal incidents not in any BJP-ruled state but in Uttar Pradesh, ruled by its political “co-traveller”, Samajwadi Party, he said.   “We can expect desperate and frustrated Congress and its fellow travellers to more intensely pursue divisive politics based on caste, creed and religion in pursuance of their goal of ‘stop the march of Modi’.   “Now, BJP’s mission should be ‘total power to Modi for development’. Strategy to achieve this mission would be victory of BJP and its allies in all the Assembly polls that are going to be held from now on so that NDA government gets full majority in Rajya Sabha. This is essential to translate the Lok Sabha verdict of growth and development into reality,” Naidu said.   He said cadres of BJP and its allies in poll-bound states should seek two votes – one for local government and another for ‘Modi government’ – to accomplish Modi’s “Mission of development”.advertisementlast_img read more

Jordan Spieth refuses interview after 3rd round of PGA Championship

first_imgJordan Spieth hits out of a bunker on the 15th hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament, Saturday, May 18, 2019, at Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, N.Y. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)FARMINGDALE, N.J. — Jordan Spieth’s third round in the final group of the PGA Championship with runaway leader Brooks Koepka will have to speak for itself.Spieth didn’t talk to the media.ADVERTISEMENT Minutes after signing his scorecard on a scrambling round of 2-over 72, the 25-year-old Texan refused a request by The Associated Press for an interview.A man with Spieth said no one in the media had asked to talk to the player after the round and he was not going to do a one-on-one interview.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsSpieth, looking to become the sixth player to win the career Grand Slam, spent five minutes signing autographs for fans around the putting green at Bethpage Black. He then started to walk to the clubhouse when he was approached again by the AP, once more asking for an interview.He was polite in his refusal, but he would not discuss his round that included two birdies, two bogeys and a double bogey. He will enter the final round tied for eighth place with Adam Scott, Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele at 3 under, nine shots behind Koepka, who has a seven-shot lead. Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In the eight stroke-play events this year when he played on the weekend, Spieth on average has finished 14.5 strokes behind the winner. He has yet to finish in the top 20, with his best result a tie for 21st at the Masters. Chris Wondolowski breaks Landon Donovan’s MLS goals record Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue “I did eight (interviews) yesterday and I think I have said most everything to be said,” Spieth said as he turned and walked away. “I’m good.”Spieth, who shot 69 and 66 in his opening two rounds, said he would talk after the final round.His third round was all over the place on the 7,459-yard public course. He hit seven of 14 fairways, 10 of 18 greens and needed 30 putts. His main problem was he couldn’t get anything close to the pin. His birdies putts came from 13 and 7 feet on Nos. 12 and 13. His double bogey on No. 9 resulted after he found a greenside bunker from the fairway, had his bunker shot land 47 feet from the hole and three-putted.A shot from the fairway to a greenside bunker also cost him a bogey at No. 4. Missing the fairway led to a bogey at No. 16.Spieth is winless since the 2017 British Open at Royal Birkdale. He had chances on the back nine of two majors last year and failed to capitalize.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew View commentslast_img read more

Asian Games 2018: Pranab Bardhan, Shibhnath Sarkar win gold in bridge men’s pair

first_imgPranab Bardhan and Shibhnath Sarkar won the men’s pair event in the bridge competition to take India tally of gold medals to 15 at the ongoing 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta.The 60-year-old Pranab and 56-year-old Shibhnath finished at the top after scoring 384 points in the finals.The Chinese pair of Lixin Yang and Gang Chen won the silver with a score of 378 and the Indonesian combination of Henky Lasut and Freddy Eddy Manoppo bagged the bronze scoring 374.ASIAN GAMES 2018 FULL COVERAGE | MEDALSAnother Indian pair of Sumit Mukherjee and Debabrata Majumder finished at the ninth place with a score of 333. Earlier, India won two bronze medals in the debut sport of bridge on Sunday.India earned the bronze medals after the men and mixed teams lost their semi-final matches.The men’s team lost to Singapore while the mixed team suffered defeat at the hands of Thailand.There is no bronze medal play-off in bridge sport at the Games.After the qualification rounds, the men’s bridge team was placed fourth while the mixed team took the top spot.The super mixed team, however, had failed to qualify for the semifinals.The six-member men’s team comprised Jaggy Shivdasani, Rajeshwar Tewari, Ajay Khare, Raju Tolani, Debabrata Majumder and Sumit Mukherjee.The mixed team is made up of Kiran Nadar, Hema Deora, Himani Khandelwal, Bachiraju Satyanarayana, Gopinath Manna and Rajeev Khandelwal.The men’s team has an average age of 52 while the mixed team has 57.The sport of bridge has been introduced for the first time in the Asian Games.advertisement(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Asian Athletics Championships 2019: Dutee breaks record, Hima Das injured in heats

first_img India Today Web Desk DohApril 21, 2019UPDATED: April 21, 2019 17:10 IST Dutee broke her own national record to qualify for the women’s 100m semi-finals of the 23rd Asian Athletics Championships. (AP photo)HIGHLIGHTSDutee Chand set a new national record with 11.28sHima Das suffered an injury in her 400m heatsHima had won a 400m gold at the World U20 Championships last yearDutee Chand proved worthy of medal expectations as she broke her own national record to qualify for the women’s 100m semi-finals on the first day of the 23rd Asian Athletics Championships at the Khalifa International Stadium, Doha, on Sunday.Dutee timed her personal best of 11.28s in the heats, breaking her national record of 11.29s, to emerge the fastest qualifier in Doha.Dutee was the fastest qualifier as she clocked 11.28s in the heats, breaking her own national record of 11.29s set in Guwahati last year.That’s Dutee Chand after improving her own National Record with a timing of 11.28s this morning in 100m (W) heats at #AAC2019 #DohaAll the best champ for finals!#AsianAthletics @qatarathletics @sports_odisha@ pic.twitter.com/AhwegDyjUdAthletics Federation of India (@afiindia) April 21, 2019In 2018, the Indian sprinter had won silver in women’s 100m at the Jakarta Asian Games, gifting her country its first in this event since 1998.Elsewhere, another medal hope for India, Hima Das, pulled out halfway through women’s 400m semi-finals owing to an injury. However, her counterpart MR Poovamma qualified for the 400m final, finishing second with a time of 52.46.Junior World champion and Asian Games silver medallist Hima Das suffered a back pain to crash out of the tournament.Official statement on @HimaDas8″She had spasm at L4 and L5. The Doctor who attended her said informed us and he said nothing serious. She will be OK within a day or two”- Radhakrishnan Nair, Deputy Chief Coach #India.#AAC2019 #AsianAthleticsPC- @rahuldpawar pic.twitter.com/Lvry9j4KT7advertisementAthletics Federation of India (@afiindia) April 21, 2019The 19-year-old came in lighlight in 2018, winning a 400m gold at the World U20 Championships. Hima is currently also the national holder with 50.79s clocked in the 2018 Asian Games.In men’s 400m category, Muhammad Anas finished third in his heat with a time of 46.36s to make it to the semi-finals.In other events, Asian Games silver medallist Jinson Johnson finished second in his heats with a time of 1:53.43s to qualify for the 800m semi-finals while Gomathi Marimuthu clocked 2:04.96 to finish second in her heats and qualify for the 800m finals.In 400m, Arokia Rajiv qualified for the semi-finals, winning his heats with a timing of 46.25s.This Asian Championships is crucial as the gold medallist gets the automatic qualification for the World Championships. This competition is also an ideal platform to accumulate ranking points if an athlete fails to achieve the stiff entry standards prescribed by the international federation.Also read | Sri Lanka serial blasts: Virat Kohli, Sachin Tendulkar condemn ‘act of terror’Also Read | Riyan Parag, the boy who almost became IPL’s youngest half-centurion, loves soft toysAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Hima DasFollow Jinson JohnsonFollow Dutee ChandFollow Asian Athletic Championship Asian Athletics Championships 2019: Dutee breaks record, Hima Das injured in heatsIn a major setback to the Indian team, junior world champion Hima Das pulled up with an injury to crash out of the Asian Athletics Championships.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Mise à jour sur la circulation et les routes fermées

first_img Cloverville Road entre Walsh Post et South Lakevale Road, fermé MacMaster Road près de l’adresse 212, fermé West Side Lochaber, fermé Le ministère des Transports et du Renouvellement de l’infrastructure avise les automobilistes que des sections de routes sont fermées ou partiellement fermées dans certaines régions à l’échelle de la province après la pluie abondante et les vents forts d’hier. On demande aux conducteurs de faire preuve de prudence, d’utiliser les détours prévus et de faire attention aux débris sur les routes et aux accotements qui pourraient avoir été emportés par les eaux. On demande également aux conducteurs de respecter les barrages. Veuillez signaler au 511 toute route endommagée ou inondée où il n’y a pas d’affichage avisant les gens. Les équipes travailleront sans arrêt pour réparer les routes endommagées et continueront de surveiller la situation au cas où des fermetures supplémentaires sont nécessaires. Une liste des routes touchées se trouve au http://511.gov.ns.ca/en/text_report.html. Voici une liste des fermetures causées par la tempête en date du mardi 11 octobre à 9 h 45 : Comté d’Antigonish New Harbour-Lundy Road, fermé Starks Road, près de Fox Island Road, fermé Little Passage Road, Arichat, fermé Grand River Falls Road, Loch Lomond, fermé Comté de Victoria MacKeigan Road, fermé Pont Marion, fermé Brickyard Road, fermé Route 255, de Dearns Corner à Port Morien, fermé Marconi Towers Road, fermé Beachmont Road, fermé Coxheath Road près de Burton Drive, fermé Route 216 à Benacadie Pond, fermé New Boston Road, fermé Barra Glen, Iona, fermé Gillis Point Road entre Washabuck et Iona, fermé Comté de Richmond -30- Comté Cape Breton Comté de Guysborough Crandall Road, Port Hawkesbury, fermé South Side River Deny’s, fermé Comté d’Invernesslast_img read more

Youth sentence for accused in killing of Regina 16yearold Hannah Leflar

first_imgREGINA – A judge who sent a teenager to rehabilitative custody Tuesday for taking part in the fatal stabbing of a 16-year-old girl said his behaviour was abhorrent but did not merit an adult sentence.The teen, now 19, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of Hannah Leflar, who was found by her stepfather in a pool of blood in the family’s Regina home in January 2015.She had been stabbed multiple times with a hunting knife by another boy she had recently dumped.All three teens were 16 at the time.Justice Lian Schwann said the Crown failed to meet the test of “diminished moral blameworthiness” that would be required for an adult sentence.She noted he did not plan nor become actively involved in the murder and concluded he is a low risk to reoffend. Schwann said his best chance would be under intense rehabilitation available under a special Youth Criminal Justice Act sentence.Intensive Rehabilitative Custody and Supervision consists of a period of custody with mandatory treatment followed by conditional supervision and support in the community. The maximum time in custody for second-degree murder is four years.The teen will not receive credit for 33 months he spent in a youth correctional facility.The defence had argued that the teen had made bad choices, but was remorseful and should be sent to a youth facility. The Crown had said an adult sentence would balance risk, public safety and rehabilitation.“She seemed to be quite swayed by the potential for the success with a (rehabilitative) sentence. I’m not entirely sure that the evidence bore that out,” prosecutor Chris White said outside a Regina court.“A lot of what we thought was the actions of a sophisticated killer were better described in her view as immaturity.”White suggested the sentence provides no closure for Leflar’s family.“They were certainly hopeful that there would be an adult sentence for this individual,” he said. “They’re certainly disappointed.”Defence lawyer Greg Wilson said he understands the family is upset.“I get that it’s not a popular sentence. I get that a lot of people aren’t going to like it, but Canadian law is based on consistency. It’s based on principles. It’s based on the Youth Criminal Justice Act and, at the end of the day, this is what we felt was going to be the appropriate outcome.”A lengthy sentencing hearing in September heard that the teen lured Leflar to her home, then watched as her former boyfriend stabbed her to death.Skylar Prockner was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced as an adult to life in prison with no chance of parole for 10 years.He is serving his sentence at the Saskatchewan Penitentiary in Prince Albert and has launched an appeal.The teen said at his hearing that he didn’t think Prockner had a knife and was only hitting Leflar. He said he followed Prockner’s orders about destroying evidence out of fear he might be harmed.But he changed his story to say he knew they were going to Leflar’s house that day and he didn’t try to talk Prockner out of it.He admitted he looked forward to murdering Leflar, who had also been his friend.Leflar’s mother told the sentencing hearing that the youth “ushered (Hannah) to her death.”(CJME, CKRM, The Canadian Press)Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version had Justice Schwann’s first name spelled incorrectlylast_img read more

Montreal hit with rotating Canada Post strike 6000 workers walk off job

first_imgMONTREAL – About 6,000 Canada Post employees in Montreal have walked off the job, along with postal workers in several other cities as ongoing rotating strikes continue across the country.The Canadian Union of Postal Workers said the Montreal walkout began at 10:30 p.m. local time Monday, joining several other cities participating in the 24-hour strikes.CUPW says walkouts are being held in five B.C. cities, including Fraser Valley West, Prince George, Squamish and Royal City.Workers are also out in Weyburn, Sask., and seven Ontario communities, including Cobourg, Deep River, Fort Frances, Peterborough and Kapuskasing.Last week, 9,000 workers in the Toronto area walked off the job for two days, forcing delays in shipments of tens of thousands of letters and parcels across the country.In a statement, Canada Post warns that the Montreal walkout will have a significant impact on operations, since it is an important processing hub.“Canada Post will make every effort to minimize the impact, but customers well beyond Montreal may see delays for parcel and mail delivery,” the Crown corporation said.CUPW and the postal service have been unable to reach new collective agreements for the two bargaining units in 10 months of negotiations.“We outlined our major issues to Canada Post at the very beginning of the negotiation process … and clearly stated that we would not sign any agreements that don’t address overwork and overburdening, equality and full-time jobs,” CUPW national president Mike Palecek said in a statement.“Our position hasn’t changed. We aren’t just bargaining for today, we are bargaining for the future — for our members and everyone who relies on the postal service.”Last Tuesday, Labour Minister Patty Hajdu appointed Morton Mitchnick, a former chair of the Ontario Labour Relations Board, to help the two parties resolve their contract differences.last_img read more

Predator Oil Gas Make Major Gas Discovery in Morocco

Rabat – Predator Oil & Gas have announced that four wells in its Guercif permit in northeastern Morocco have “enormous potential of natural gas.”The company owns a 75% stake in the exploration area, while the Moroccan National Office of Hydrocarbons and Mining (ONHYM) owns 25%.The company’s finding on the Guercif permit shows “recoverable prospective resources of 474 billion cubic feet for the Moulouya and Tagi prospects, targeting the Miocene and Triassic,” according to Morning Star. Miocene and Triassic are two gases discovered in the area. The net value of the Miocene gas and Triassic gas is $642 million and $207.7 million, respectively.Paul Griffiths, CEO of Predator described the finding as a “very positive step for Guercif.”Predator also hired an outside company, SLR, to provide a report on the wells’ potential. Griffiths said the “this third party prospective resources audit by SLR validates the significant volumetric and recoverable gas resources potential whilst importantly indicating too there is no significant impediment to monetising discovered gas.”He added that the finding also “references additional hydrocarbon potential over the entire Guercif area demonstrated by multiple prospective leads in diverse geological settings in the Miocene, Jurassic and Triassic.”The British news outlet added that the high forecast is estimated at 943 billion cubic feet of gas.The positive finding represents an “important tool and catalyst for attracting potential drilling partners necessary to advance rapidly a multi-well drilling programme to fully evaluate the large inventory of prospective leads developed in Guercif,” said Griffiths.The Moroccan government approved Predator Oil’s license for gas exploration in December 2018.The government granted an eight-year license, which started with an initial 30 months of exploration across 7,269 square kilometers “to the east of producing gas fields and northwest of Sound Energy PLC’s Tendrara gas project,” Proactive Investors wrote back in December. read more

The Latest Judge rules Qualcomm violated antitrust law

NEW YORK — The Latest on federal judge’s ruling against Qualcomm (all times local):10:40 a.m.A federal judge has ruled that Qualcomm unlawfully squeezed out rivals in the cellphone chip market and charged excessive royalties.U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California, is siding with the Federal Trade Commission in the antitrust case.She ruled Tuesday that Qualcomm must renegotiate licensing deals with customers. The San Diego company must license its patents to rival chip makers at fair prices and can’t sign exclusive supply agreements with smartphone makers like Apple that block competitors from access to that market.Under the FTC decision affirmed by Koh, Qualcomm Inc. must submit to monitoring for the next seven years to make sure it follows the order.Qualcomm says it will appeal.The chipmaker’s stock is down 11% in morning trading.___8:25 a.m.Qualcomm’s stock is tumbling before the opening bell after a federal judge ruled that the company unlawfully stifled cellphone chip market competition and charged excessive licensing fees.U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California found Tuesday that Qualcomm violated antitrust law, charging high royalties and squeezing out rivals, according to Wall Street Journal report.Koh ordered Qualcomm to negotiate or renegotiate licensing deals with customers. The company must also license its patents to rival chip makers at fair prices and can’t sign exclusive supply agreements with smartphone makers like Apple that block competitors from access to that market.Qualcomm Inc. must submit to monitoring for the next seven years to make sure it follows the order.Shares are down 12% in premarket trading Wednesday.The Associated Press read more

Terror attacks on US should galvanize international action General Assembly told

“The United Nations must now capitalize on the groundswell of international solidarity emanating from recent crises to strengthen dialogue against international terrorism, as we all have in some way been touched by its many forms and manifestations,” said Fiji’s Ambassador, Amraiya Naidu. “This is our opportunity to seize the new culture of conflict prevention, driven by the Secretary-General, as a critical platform for Member States to chart our destiny much closer towards international peace and security in the new millennium.”Malta’s Ambassador, Walter Balzan, agreed that momentum was building for a global response to the attacks in New York, Washington D.C. and Pennsylvania. “Out of the debris of those events a new sense of common purpose has been born within the international community,” he said. “The remarkable expression of political will and decisive action that has been witnessed in the last three weeks inspires real hope that multilateral efforts to up-root the terrible growth of terrorism can make significant in-roads.”The Ambassador of Portugal, Francisco Seixas Da Costa, said, “this is a moment for action but, simultaneously, it is also a moment for reflection.” He emphasized the need to examine all aspects of the problem, and cautioned against “looking at the trees where a forest exists.” Priority should be given to achieving a comprehensive solution to the problem, he said. “With that aim, we must be prepared to act simultaneously in all the different areas that may be relevant.””There could be no better opportunity than now to address the question of convening a high-level conference under the auspices of the UN to formulate a joint organized response of the international community to terrorism in all its forms and manifestations,” said Clifford S. Mamba, the Ambassador of Swaziland. He said such a forum would facilitate consensus. “We are confident that with the collective wisdom of all its members, the Organization will achieve its goals and it will prevail.”Supporting this view, the Ambassador of Ghana, Nana Effah Apenteng, said his country “also looks forward to participating, at an appropriate future date, in the proposed high-level conference, under the auspices of the United Nations, to formulate the international community’s joint organized response to terrorism.” That forum, he added, “should carefully choose its priorities and agenda.”Canadian Ambassador Paul Heinbecker proposed strengthening the present anti-terrorism instruments. “Why not consider new bodies with strong and specific counter-terrorism mandates and adequate resources to lead and coordinate our efforts?” he asked. “Why not a high commissioner or a special representative of the Secretary-General for terrorism?”Iraq’s Ambassador, Mohammed Aldouri, said his country “had suffered and is still suffering” from acts of terrorism, including State terrorism. As a result, Iraq had empathized with the civilian victims of the recent terror attacks against the United States, and had “not rejoiced in what happened, as was mentioned by the Zionist circles in a clear provocative attempt.” He stressed that combating terrorism first requires an agreed definition of the scourge, “so that it would not be mixed up with acts that are not related to terrorism or would exempt clear terrorist acts for purely political reasons.”The Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs of the Dominican Republic, Hugo Tolentino Dipp, said terrorism was linked to multiple circumstances whose origins go beyond ideological concepts. “The persistence and increase of injustices, misery, starvation, drugs, exclusion, prejudices, despair for lack of perspectives, multiply delirium and irrationality, which many times shows up through uncontrolled violence,” he said. “The fight against terrorism must be, first of all, one of prevention, combat, and interdiction of such social illnesses.” read more

We face a critical turning point – UN chief says at Headquarters

“There are encouraging signs that the worst of the outbreak is behind us. This year has seen a significant decline in new cases. Surge efforts are under way to bring the outbreaks further under control ahead of the rains,” Mr. Ban said. The Secretary-General in his remarks recalled his trip to the affected Ebola region last December, to assess the progress in Guinea, Liberia, Mali, and Sierra Leone.“I came back inspired by the courage of the survivors and those working selflessly at the front lines,” Mr. Ban said remembering that just “five months ago, the forecast was bleak.”“But today, we face a very different situation. We know that Ebola can be beaten. At the heart of the success has been the response of communities and local and national authorities,” he added.The world united in an unprecedented global coalition of governments, regional organizations, civil society actors, development banks and philanthropic foundations. Countries from near and far, of great and small states, have deployed experts, donated supplies and contributed funds, Mr. Ban said. The United Nations has played an important role, he said, highlighting the work of the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response – UNMEER – the first-ever emergency health mission. Mr. Ban pledged UN commitment to reach the target set by the Presidents of the Mano River Union of no more new cases by mid-April.Today the European Commission held a high-level conference in Brussels to help focus global resolve on finishing the job of ending Ebola in West Africa. “The outbreak began with one case and will not be over until all countries are totally free of Ebola. And after the outbreak is over, there will be much work to do to help the affected countries recover and build back stronger and more resilient,” the Secretary-General said. The concert “Stop Ebola and Build for the Future” was organized by the Government of São Tomé and Principe, in part with the Friendship Ambassadors Foundation, the United African Congress and the Give them a Hand Foundation. read more

Man and woman found dead in Hertfordshire flat after being stabbed

first_imgPolice are investigating after a man and woman were found dead after being stabbed.Officers found the body of a woman after storming a flat in Cheshunt, Hertfordshire.They also found a man also suffering from knife wounds, who died shortly after police arrived.A nearby bar manager claimed two children were inside during the incident.A Hertfordshire Police spokesman said: “When police arrived at the address they found a woman had been stabbed and had tragically passed away.”A man was also found to be at the property with knife wounds. He also tragically passed away shortly after at the scene.”At this early stage of the investigation, police do not currently believe they are looking for anyone else in connection with this incident.”Investigations are on-going.”An air ambulance also flew to the scene, while pictures show police vehicles and a taped cordon surrounding the block of flats, which sits close to a roundabout linking Turners Hill and the High Street.A bar manager at The Old English Gentleman pub nearby, told The Hertfordshire Mercury: “I feel sorry for the kids. I heard there were two children in there as well. One was about six, same age as my child.”  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Signal failure delays could become complaint of the past as train company

Asked how soon we could see these prototypes become reality in the UK, Mr Ferrer said: “I don’t know but in Swizerland we have taken the control centre from one line and put that onto the cloud. It does sit on the cloud. So it is doable.”A spokesperson for Network Rail said: “In May we launched the new Digital Railway Strategy, which explains why modern forms of signalling and train control are required urgently to improve the passenger experience and bring down the operating costs of the network.”They added that some signalling systems are still based on Victorian technology and need to become obsolete in the next 15 years. Train delays caused by signal failures could soon be a frustration of the past, as one of the UK’s leading train manufacturers trial new ‘cloud’ technology.Siemens, which has 450 trains in service in the UK and recently won the contract to build new London Underground trains, hopes to move signalling to a digital space in ‘the cloud’ to reduce the chance of technical errors.Signal failures are caused by power cuts or a blown fuse in the train track circuit. Between 2016 and 2017, there were 19,000 signal failure faults which caused delays of more than 100 minutes or more to a train service.By removing computers and wires from the rail communication system, Siemens hope to avoid delays caused by broken or faulty equipment.]Cloud-based technology could also allow train operators to predict and avoid delays and overcrowding by collecting passenger data and storing it in one place. Mark Ferrer, the Operations Director for digital railways at Siemens told The Sunday Telegraph, said: “[Cloud technology is] just moving functionality and control from one place into another place – which is the cloud. What this gets you is the ability to have a greater level of analytics and prediction.”It gives you a better level of prediction across the entire system so it can run more smoothly. It’s about being able to predict what the future would look like in any given scenario too, for example increasing passenger demand.“Really it’s about taking the data out of the system, putting it into the cloud and using the data to improve capacity.”The UK plans are in prototype stage, but Siemens has already put one rail line onto the cloud in Switzerland.Mr Ferrer added: “Passenger use has gone up massively over the last 15 years, so if there is a failure of any part of the infrastructure, the impact of that failure is felt wider across the network.”The capacity challenge we face in the industry is mammoth – we need more capacity.”It is also about reducing infrastructure, so there is less that can go wrong, and therefore fewer delays. He added: “The objective would be to cut down on the amount of infrastructure that we have. The more there is, there more there is to go wrong so if you reduce it there would be less to go wrong.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

BXR185 a big one and other new BTI breaker products

first_imgA global leader in the design, manufacture and support one of the most reliable hydraulic breaker ranges available, Breaker Technology Inc (BTI) has continued the evolution with its new edition to the BXR series the BXR 185. Weighing in at 7,000 kg it delivers a rock shattering 25,000 Joules of impact energy. Like the rest of the BXR series it is designed for rugged, continuous duty in demanding breaking applications and offers an extra long stroke balanced piston design which improves the power-to-weight ratio, providing the widest carrier and power available.“Precise tolerance and balance between the piston and cylinder provide high efficiency, blow rate and power,” said Peter McDonald, Senior Research and Development Product Designer for BTI. The large cross section upper and lower shock absorbing isolators reduce vibration feedback to the carrier. BTI’s exclusive front head restraint system tightly guides the front head within the housing, reducing loading to the tie rods and the upper portion of the breaker. A narrow box housing design is well suited to tight trenching conditions.BTI specialises in rockbreaker systems, hydraulic breakers, demolition attachments and a full line of rugged, low profile mining vehicles, like the new MineRunner, described on p117 of International Mining, February 2014.BTI is one of the world leaders in stationary hydraulic rockbreaker systems and has installed over 2,000 booms into harsh and remotely located quarrying and mine sites on the planet. The NT-E Series boom is the fifth generation of small booms from BTI. With enhanced coverage and a larger breaker capability, this boom has an optimised structural design. Robust connections, compact pedestal mounting and common cylinders make for a maintenance friendly boom system.“The increased strength and optimized hydraulics allow the NT line to support a broader range of breakers from 1,080 to 4,055 Joules class (BX8 to BX30) throughout the NT12 to NT24 offerings. The compact pedestal design allows for mounting to competitors’ bolt patterns without the need of an adaptor plate” said Indika (Indy) Balasuriya, Engineering Project Leader for BTI.Indy also states that, “BTI’s rockbreaker booms come standard with fully proportional electric-hydraulic control. Dual joysticks operate a fully proportional, load sensing directional control valve providing precise control of all boom functions. The basic system can be modified to suit many needs including radio control pendants for maintenance and long distance applications. The boom system comes with a standard 60 gal reservoir power pack which incorporates a number of features to improve its functionality and maintenance.”last_img read more

Rainer Kahrger – changing the face of bulk material conveyor transport

first_imgRainer Kahrger will be inducted into the International Mining Technology Hall of Fame in the Bulk Handling category at the gala awards dinner in Denver on February 20th, during SME Conference week.Early in his career, Structural Engineer, Rainer Kahrger realised that belt conveyors are intrinsic to virtually all continuous material handling operations. Over the past 40 years, his achievements in material handling have altered the approach to belt conveyor design today.During his tenure as CEO and President of TAKRAF, Rainer led the design of two world record-setting projects in bulk material handling: the largest capacity downhill regenerative conveyor and the longest single flight conveyor.High in the Atacama Desert of Chile is the El Abra mine. In 1996, TAKRAF designed and built the largest capacity downhill regenerative belt conveyor system. The 8,600 t/h 9.5 km long overland conveyor descends over 500 m in elevation from the mine to the crushing circuit, during which time the vertical drop is used to regenerate 5,500 kW of power. The system employed the strongest belt available at the time with a strength rating of ST 6800 N/mm and revolutionary splice efficiency greater than 50 %.Subsequent to the world record-setting downhill belt conveyor is the first “racetrack” or “on/off” dynamic heap-leach system developed by Rainer and his team. This innovative and first, for its time, high capacity 6,300 m3/h leach pad bucket-wheel reclaimer, operating in conjunction with mobile stacking and reclaiming conveyors, was developed and put successfully into operation. The same general design concept was replicated, a couple of years later, at the Radomiro Tomic mine and, most recently again, at the Antucoya copper complex. This arrangement has become the standard in the (oxide) copper industry.At the Henderson (Climax) Molybdenum mine in Colorado USA, Rainer was instrumental in the design and installation of the longest single flight belt conveyor in the world. Designed to the lowest known running resistance ever measured, the 17 km long single conveyor was installed and commissioned in 1999. This conveyor system replaced a train arrangement which had, by then, become economically unsustainable. The single flight conveyor, part of a system of three conveyors, was essential to the client’s requirements for reduced environmental impact.After his retirement in 2009 as CEO of TAKRAF, Rainer continues to work with TAKRAF as consultant in the field of materials handling. In this capacity, he has made significant contributions to the development of TAKRAF’s innovative new gearless drive technology for the El Teniente and Chuquicamata underground conveyors in Chile.last_img read more

Liverpool defender Van Dijk focusing on positives

first_imgLiverpool defender Virgil Van Dijk insists he’s focusing on the positives following the team’s 2-1 loss to Manchester City on Thursday night.The Netherlands international made a point to remind the Reds’ fans of the club’s current standing in the Premier League at the turn of the new year.“You can’t look at this situation in a negative way,” Van Dijk said, as quoted by ESPN. “We are still top of the league with a four-point lead. It is still looking fine for us. Our next game in the Premier League is Brighton and we are already looking forward to that. There is the FA Cup in between, of course.”“The only thing we can do now is bounce back. We will. We can go on another unbeaten run, but we take it game by game. We know it is going to be tough.”Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“We have a great mentality. We have shown that all season. We just have to keep on doing what we have been doing. There is no reason to change anything or panic.”Meanwhile, Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson insists he’s happy with the team’s performance at the Etihad Stadium in their loss to City.“There is no need to get carried away,” he said. “All season we have taken it game by game and we will do that again.”“It is normal to be disappointed by a defeat. Now it is about reaction and I am sure the lads will react in the right way. Why would you lose confidence after a game like tonight? It could have been different.”“The Premier League is a tough league, the games keep coming. We need to be ready and we will be. In terms of the result we are disappointed. We were beaten by a very good City team, but there were still moments in the game where we could have scored one or two more. We just have to accept the defeat.”last_img read more

Solari plays down exit rumours after recent loss

first_imgReal Madrid coach Santi Solari played down questions about his future, following Sunday evening’s 2-0 La Liga defeat at home to Real Sociedad.A coolly-taken penalty by Real striker Willian Jose and a Ruben Pardo’s close-range header condemned Los Blancos to a defeat in front of their home fans.A tally of 30 points from 18 games remains the club’s worst start since 2005-06 season.Asked directly at the post-game news conference whether he felt he deserved to continue in the position — just over two months after he replaced Julen Lopetegui on the Madrid bench — the former Argentina midfielder replied: “We compete to win the next game.”Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“We compete to win, always compete to win,” the former Madrid player and Castilla youth team coach said via ESPN.“We always fight to win. We never underestimate the competition, never underestimate anybody. The only one who has that luxury is he who has never competed. You can never question our winning character; we showed character today, despite the difficulties. Unforgivable would be to lack that.”“Nothing went right for us today,” he said. “The sensation is that we wanted to make up three points and we didn’t. This is football, we lost concentration at the start of the game which cost us a goal and hurt us.“The same as in Villarreal [2-2 midweek], in professional football you cannot have that. Then we did everything possible to turn the result around, despite the difficulties, possible penalties, or penalties, and the sending off. We made chances but the ball just would not go in.”last_img read more

Atlantics Britney Bombs at Newsstand

first_imgBack in April, when the 150-year-old Atlantic plopped Britney Spearson its cover, it faced a backlash—albeit an expected one—from subscribers,bloggers and assorted media critics, some of whom criticized the magazine for “selling-out,”pandering to capture a slice of what Portfolio dubbed “The Britney Economy.”Turns out themagazine wasn’t selling out at all. The Britney cover tanked, according tofigures submitted by the Atlantic to the Audit Bureau of Circulations RapidReport filing system late last month. The magazine sold approximately 24,000copies at the newsstand, some 21,000 less than March and nearly 30,000 lessthan its January/February issue. The magazine sold 40,900 single copies of itsApril 2007 issue, per ABC. (During the second half of 2007, each Atlantic issue sold, on average, 57,000 single copies at the newsstand.) ATLANTIC’S 2008 NEWSSTAND PERFORMANCE Jan./Feb.53,300″After Iraq” MONTHSINGLE COPY SALESCOVER STORY “The irony is, we were doing this at our own peril, because mostof our newsstand executives and circulation executives were saying ‘Don’t putBritney on the cover! It’s going to bomb on the newsstand!’ So we put Britneyon the cover despite some of our newsstand advisors.””And sure enough to our predictions,” Smith is quoted inFOLIO:’s June cover story, “it bombed on the newsstand.”Click hereto see the full video. And click here to see “Atlantic Rising,” our coverstory on the Atlantic.Luckily for us, there’s no chance of it bombing. May40,000″Is Israel Finished?”center_img April24,000″The Britney Show” Atlantic Media president Justin Smith told me in a recent videointerview that the company was, in fact, expecting it to bomb: March45,000″Which Religion Will Win?”last_img read more

Pentagon Candidates Offer Commitment to Address Climate Change Contamination Issues

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Two nominees for headquarters positions dealing with installation and energy issues — Robert McMahon for assistant secretary of defense (ASD) for sustainment and Alex Beehler for assistant secretary of the Army for installations, energy and environment — told the Senate Armed Services Committee during their confirmation hearing Tuesday they would address the impact of climate change on their responsibilities, if confirmed.“Yes, I agree with Secretary Mattis that weather can and does have an adverse effect on our ability to accomplish our mission. Risk mitigation is the preparation to ensure that we are ready for that,” McMahon stated in response to a question from Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.), the committee’s ranking member. McMahon was nominated by President Trump for a newly created post that would combine his current job — ASD for logistics and materiel readiness — with the ASD for energy, installations and environment. The new sustainment office is part of the restructuring prompted by the Feb. 1 split of the undersecretary for acquisition, technology and logistics office into two smaller organizations.Beehler similarly pledged to tackle the risks posed by a changing climate. “I will do everything to encourage installations and help direct installations to properly prepare on a case-by-case basis for both adverse weather and effects long term from climate,” he told the panel.Other senators broached two pressing issues related to contamination affecting installations and surrounding communities. Sen. Gary Peters (D-Mich.) asked Beehler how he would engage with communities impacted by PFAS contamination in their drinking water supplies and seek to reduce the financial burden on state and local governments. “I would have to work closely with the other services whom I know are dealing with this issue substantially, as well as with the state and local authorities to make sure the matter is resolved wherever the testing reveals there is a problem,” he responded.Beehler told Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) he would consider addressing a recent report describing numerous cases of lead exposure by military children living in on-base housing as a “top priority,” if confirmed. “I want to make sure, as you have said, that military families feel absolutely safe and healthy in military housing,” Beehler said. Kaine pointed out that since the Reuters investigation, which focused on family housing at five Army installations, was published last week, his office has learned about cases of children suffering from lead exposure at the installations of other services.For Beehler and McMahon and three other nominees, the hearing went smoothly, with a notable lack of contentious questions. “It’s a great team. I’m just very proud. I’ve never seen a panel of more qualified people,” Committee Chairman Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) said at the conclusion of the hearing. A committee vote on the nominees could come next week. Other issues, including the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh, and the approaching midterm elections, however, could slow confirmation votes by the chamber, reported Defense News.Air Force photo by Sue Sapplast_img read more

Customs official arrested with bribe money

first_imgThe Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Thursday arrested an official of Chattogram Customs House reportedly with Tk 0.6 million of bribe money, reports UNB.On information, an ACC team conducted a drive at the customs house around 6:30pm and arrested Nazim Uddin, a revenue officer, and seized Tk 0.6 million of bribe money from his possession, said Mahbub Alam, deputy director of ACC Chattogram Zone.Chattogram Customs House commissioner AKM Nuruzzaman said Nazim Uddin was suspended following his arrest with the bribe money.He also said a probe body was formed to look into the matter.last_img read more

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first_imgNews | October 06, 2014 VuComp Launches Continuing Education Programs and Support During National Breast Cancer Awareness Month News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more October 6, 2014 — VuComp Inc. announced its commitment to the education and support of medical professionals who dedicate their lives to the early detection of breast cancer. VuComp will be hosting a series of educational programs throughout the United States as Breast Cancer Awareness Month commences.VuComp has partnered with the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) to offer continuing education (CE) programs to existing customers and members of the medical community who wish to learn more about the latest advances in breast density and computer-aided detection (CAD). The programs offered are: The Reality of Breast Density (1 CE Credit); Breast Density Challenge (3 CE Credits); and, The History of Mammography CAD (1 CE Credit). Events are currently scheduled in major cities around the country including Atlanta; Memphis, Tenn.; Nashville, Tenn.; Kansas City, Mo., St. Louis’ Oklahoma City, Phoenix, Ariz.; Albuquerque, N.M.; Columbus, Ohio; Cincinnati; Minneapolis; and Denver.In addition to the CE programs, VuComp will be hosting a webinar Nov. 5 at 12 pm EST titled, “Decreasing Legal Liability — A Breast Density Screening Update.” The webinar will be presented by Bonnie Rush RT, (R), (M), (QM). Rush is a nationally recognized author, lecturer, consultant and expert witness. The impact of breast density notification continues to gain momentum as now 19 states require that physicians notify women of their breast density following their mammogram. In addition, national breast density notification legislation has been introduced to the U.S. Senate. This webinar will explore the effects of notification, the potential legal ramifications of false negatives, as well as the need to standardize breast density assessment.“VuComp is proud to invest in the education and training of our customers and other medical professionals,” said Jim Pike, president and CTO of VuComp. “We believe that through ongoing learning, the role of advanced computer algorithms in assessing mammograms for potential cancers in conjunction with accurate breast density assessment will continue to gain broad acceptance and improve early detection.”For more information: www.vucomp.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 IBM collected a dataset of 52,936 images from 13,234 women who underwent at least one mammogram between 2013 and 2017, and who had health records for at least one year prior to the mammogram. The algorithm was trained on 9,611 mammograms. Image courtesy of Radiology. Qlarity Imaging’s software is used to assist radiologists in the assessment and characterization of breast lesions. Imaging features are synthesized by an artificial intelligence algorithm into a single value, the QI score, which is analyzed relative to a database of reference abnormalities with known ground truth. Image courtesy of Business Wire. News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more News | Mammography Reporting Software | July 26, 2019 Ikonopedia Releases Automated Combined Reporting Package at AHRA Ikonopedia showcased its recently released Automated Combined Reporting package and its entire suite of structured… read more News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more Technology | Artificial Intelligence | July 18, 2019 Paragon Biosciences Launches Qlarity Imaging to Advance FDA-cleared AI Breast Cancer Diagnosis System Paragon Biosciences LLC announced the launch of its seventh portfolio company, Qlarity Imaging LLC, which was founded… read morecenter_img Technology | Mammography Reporting Software | July 25, 2019 Hologic Partners With MagView to Develop Unifi EQUIP Solution Hologic announced a partnership with mammography information solutions provider MagView to develop Unifi EQUIP, an… read more News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | July 26, 2019 Progenics Pharmaceuticals Collaborating With Veterans Affairs on AI Cancer Imaging Research Program Oncology company Progenics Pharmaceuticals Inc. announced their collaboration with the Veterans Affairs Greater Los… read more Related Content Feature | Artificial Intelligence | July 19, 2019 | Michal Chorev AI Models Predict Breast Cancer With Radiologist-level Accuracy Breast cancer is the global leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women, and the most commonly diagnosed cancer… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems Technology | Breast Biopsy Systems | July 24, 2019 Fujifilm Releases Tomosynthesis Biopsy Option for Aspire Cristalle Mammography System Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. Inc. recently expanded its breast imaging solutions with the launch of its… read more last_img read more

Special needs kids enjoy beach day in Avellanas

first_imgRelated posts:Transport Ministry says Cañas-Liberia highway expansion will help local businesses, but residents are wary Guanacaste nonprofit celebrates 10 years of support for youth ‘Extreme’ Pacific winds create dangerous conditions for boaters, swimmers WATCH: Sea turtles come ashore to nest by the thousands at Costa Rica’s Ostional beach At first glance, it looked like an ordinary day at Avellanas beach, on Costa Rica’s Pacific coast. Kids on surfboards were pushed into the waves while others played in the sand. Food, drinks, and families having fun were everywere. On closer inspection, you might have noticed something outstanding. A group of special needs children with cerebral palsy, Down syndrome and developmental delays such as autism were here to enjoy, some for the first time, a day at the beach.Under the auspices of the Shine Project Foundation, this activity was organized by Carlsbad, California couple Rob Williams, a dual language immersion teacher and his wife Cheryl, who teaches moderate to severely disabled students.The Shine Project Foundation was created in October 2013 in the United States “to provide events and opportunities with typical peers to help facilitate communication, build friendships, and develop creative, recreational, and vocational skills in a safe, fun, and structured environment.”Saturday’s beach day was the first activity the couple has organized in Costa Rica, where they have been on leave from their jobs for the last year.After the Williams conceived the idea of a beach day for special needs children, they reached out to Courtney Gaw Borquet, a board member of the nonprofit association for Culture, Education and Psychology for Infants and Adolescents (CEPIA), who located the appropriate families.“I found the kids at physical therapy sessions at CEPIA,” Gaw said. “Then I went into different towns and asked around, called the leaders of the communities to find the kids for today.”She invited eleven families from six towns in the province of Guanacaste and they were certainly ready for fun when the bus arrived to drive them to Avellanas beach.Once on the sand, approximately 30 volunteers were on hand to facilitate all of the scheduled activities including surf lessons, areas for swimming and playing in the sand, even a spot where children could be dragged along the shore on a boogie board.“We love special needs kids and we wanted to do what was necessary to give them the opportunity to enjoy the beach, and some of these kids have never been to the beach,” said Rob Williams.One of those children was 13-year-old José Francisco Baranco, who was not only on his first trip to the beach, but got his first taste of the ocean too. Two volunteers carried him into the water, where he played  for 10 minutes and didn’t want to come out.  With flapping hands and a warm smile he let them know that he wanted to stay put.Victor Nuñez Ramirez, Tamarindo’s head lifeguard, watched over everyone with eagle eyes because the surf had a strong current.  He observed as 14-year-old Ignacio Orbando López was lifted from his wheel chair, loaded onto a longboard surfboard, and then pushed into the waves by two surf instructors.“He is happy,” said Nuñez.Even though Orbando has cerebral palsy, he wore a big smile as he took a surf lesson from Mauricio Ortega Chaves of Avellanas Surf School. With Ortega holding him at the waist, and another instructor applying pressure to the nose of the board, Orbando had enough balance to ride a wave into shore.“To me, being with these kids and teaching them how to surf, is just plain surfing, period. They’re just like you and me,” said Ortega.After his surf session, 5-year-old Angelo Borquet shot the world famous surf symbol, the shaka (thumb and pinky up), as he climbed off his board. He then joined another boy who, like him, has Down syndrome. Together they worked at digging holes and building sand castles with similarly aged children from Avellanas and the surrounding areas.“It’s important for these kids to be included in all activities, and to be able to enjoy a day just like their peers do at the beach,” said Gaw, who is Borquet’s mother.Cheryl Williams felt the day was a success. “Although they do not have the mental and cognitive ability to express themselves verbally, they can express themselves with body language,  facial expressions and sounds. Being in the water and the sensation of the sand is very therapeutic, especially if they don’t move their body very much. It’s very exhilarating to them,”  she said.Related: Children’s Hospital celebrates families with special needs Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Dutch court clears man who helped his 99yearold mother die

first_imgTHE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A Dutch appeals court on Wednesday cleared a man of any criminal responsibility for helping his 99-year-old mother take her own life — a case that aimed to create precedents for assisting suicide in a country where euthanasia already is legal under certain circumstances.Judges in the city of Arnhem said Albert Heringa should not be prosecuted for helping his mother die in 2008 by giving her enough pills for a fatal overdose. Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Prosecutors said they would carefully study the ruling before deciding whether to appeal to a higher court.“Assisting suicide according to the conditions laid out in the euthanasia law is and remains, in the view of the prosecution office, exclusively a task for a doctor,” prosecutors said in a statement.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Top Stories In a written verdict, the appeals court said Heringa had to decide between obeying the law against assisting suicide and his “unwritten moral duty” to help his mother achieve her wish for “a painless, peaceful and dignified death.”Heringa “could not lean back and do nothing, while watching her suffer,” the verdict said. “This would have caused him life-long feelings of guilt.”While euthanasia has been legal in the Netherlands for years if carried out under strict conditions by a physician, assisted suicide by a friend or relative of the person who wants to die remains illegal.Euthanasia supporters welcomed the decision, which overturned a lower court’s conviction of Heringa in 2013. While he was found guilty in 2013 of assisting his mother’s suicide, the court did not impose a punishment.Heringa appealed his conviction, while prosecutors said he should have been given a three-month suspended sentence.“This is a step in the direction we want to go,” said Fiona Zonneveld of the Dutch Association for Voluntary Euthanasia. “Many people who consider their lives completed want to be helped by their loved ones. We think that should be allowed.” New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Comments   Share   5 treatments for adult scoliosis Sponsored Stories last_img read more

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first_img 8 Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The Arizona Cardinals were set to work out former Chicago Bears and Kansas City Chiefs receiver Daniel Braverman on Tuesday, reports NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.Braverman, a Western Michigan product, was a seventh-round draft pick (230th overall) in 2016 by the Bears. He was released upon final roster cuts and joined the practice squad, where he remained before earning a promotion to the active roster on Nov. 29, 2016. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo The 5-foot-10 slot receiver played in three games as a rookie but did not record a catch for Chicago.He was waived up 53-man cuts heading into last season and spent January of 2018 through August on the Kansas City Chiefs’ practice squad.Related LinksThe Chiefs are very big favorites over the CardinalsBehind Enemy Lines: Cardinals prep for Chiefs’ offensive buzzsawArizona has continued to spend its Tuesdays taking a look at free agents.For Braverman to make the team, the Cardinals would likely have to make a decision about one of their six wideouts currently on the roster. They signed veteran Kendall Wright on Monday to join Larry Fitzgerald, Christian Kirk, Chad Williams, J.J. Nelson and Trent Sherfield. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Daniel Braverman runs the ball at NFL football training camp Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018, in St. Joseph, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter In the most southern a

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterIn the most southern atoll of the Maldives, Thaa, keen surfers will find some of the world’s best surf breaks crashing right at the footsteps of Maalifushi by COMO. The resort, opened in 2014 as the second Maldivian COMO property, has joined with Tropicsurf to offer deals to enjoy the best of the waves during the surfing season. These packages have specifically been tailored for those looking to experience wave riding for the first time.Staying either five or seven nights with the ‘Learn to Surf’ package, guests start with Lagoon Lessons where they’ll learn the basics of surfing in calm waters before progressing to Ocean Transition Lessons where – with the instructor by their side – they will be gliding across tropical swells.For the more experienced surfer, the seven night ‘Surf Pro’ package allows surfers to explore the untamed oceans around Maalifushi solo.Rates for the Learn to Surf package start at AUD$7,667 for five night stay and AUD$11,495 for seven night stay, twin share in a beach suite.Rates for the Surf Pro package start at AUD$13,094 for seven night stay, twin share in a beach suite.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

Its not too late to dive into Game of Thrones

first_imgIt’s not too late to dive into ‘Game of Thrones,’ with help NEW YORK — For seven seasons, you’ve ignored the lure of “Game of Thrones.” The multiple awards didn’t draw you in. Your friends debating plot twists each Sunday on social media didn’t move you. The “Is Jon Snow really dead?” storyline wasn’t enough; not even the “Hold the door!” memes sparked enough interest.But now, here you are, with the final season days away from kicking off, finally ready to delve in. Since you don’t have the time (or probably the stamina) to binge watch the past 67 episodes, here’s what you need to know to follow along with a modicum of understanding when the eighth season gets underway on HBO on Sunday.THE FAMILIES:“Game of Thrones” is a family affair, with several Great Houses that love, fight, plot and conspire for the Iron Throne, ultimate power in Westeros. (Some love a little more than normal — the twisted affair between siblings Jaime and Cersei Lannister, for example).Three families at the heart of the story are:THE STARKSThe series began with Ned Stark, Warden of the North, at his home, Winterfell. He and his family — wife Catelyn; sons, Robb, Rickon and Bran; daughters Sansa and Arya; and oh yeah, the bastard, Jon Snow — are living relatively quietly until they receive a visit from Ned’s old friend Robert Baratheon, now the king. Reluctantly, Ned agrees to become the hand of the king, kind of a ceremonial vice-president position, and travels south with some of his family. Things don’t go so well, he loses his head and the family is scattered.Shamed by his origins, Jon Snow joins and soon becomes a leader of the Night’s Watch. Think of them as a combination of border patrol agents and celibate monks who stand guard at the Wall, which runs across the north of Westeros and kept out the Wildlings, a fierce nation that doesn’t recognize the kings and princes of Westeros. Eventually though, the Night’s Watch and the Wildlings join forces against something far more terrifying: the Night King and his White Walkers, an army of the frozen undead, who when last seen have come crashing through the Wall.By season eight, the other surviving Starks are: Sansa, who went from horrible engagement to horrendous marriages to, now, becoming the mistress of Winterfell; Arya, who survived on the run, picking up some deadly skills along the way; and a disabled Bran, a man with a mystical vision.THE LANNISTERSThe gold-obsessed family you love to hate. Twins Cersei and Jamie have been lovers since they were kids, becoming the not-so proud parents of Joffrey, who was briefly king, and two others, none of whom survived the show’s run.Cersei was married to the king, Robert Baratheon, and has remained in charge in the capital, King’s Landing.The youngest and wittiest Lannister sibling, Tyrion, a dwarf, is the black sheep of the family. Seems his sister still blames him for the death of their mother while giving birth to him. After killing his father and fleeing Kings Landing, Tyrion finds a second act as hand to a different queen, Daenerys of …HOUSE TARGARYENThe Targaryens ruled Westeros before Robert Baratheon, Ned Stark and others brought them down. Daenerys, the only surviving member of the family, more or less, was sold into marriage with Dothraki leader Khal Drogo (later killed). She receives an interesting wedding gift: three dragon eggs. Before they hatched, making her the “Mother of Dragons,” the Dothraki queen learned she can stand close to the fire — correction, she can stand in the fire, without getting burned.Daenerys decides to sail across the Narrow Sea and reclaim the Iron Throne held by her father, the mad king. He too had a penchant for fire, though it was more about burning people alive.Her brother Rhaegar is also crucial to the story for allegedly kidnapping Ned Stark’s sister, Lyanna, before he and his family were killed.TIME AND PLACE:Martin has created a world that’s make-believe but feels somewhat real. It’s like a mashup of feudal England and Tolkien’s Middle Earth with a healthy dose of sex, violence, conniving, power-grabbing, more sex, more violence and lots of full-frontal nudity.Some other prominent places:Dragonstone: Former home of House Targaryen, an island where the dragons of the past resided with the family.Essos: A continent lying across the Narrow Sea from Westeros. It’s where Daenerys was hiding in the beginning, and where the horse-loving Dothraki roam.Braavos: a free city in Essos, home to the Iron Bank — to which the Lannisters owe some gold. Also home to the Faceless — religious types and assassins who worship the Many-Faced God of death, and collect faces of the dead from all over the world. Arya came up through the ranks here.Iron Islands: Home to a naval fleet of warriors led by House Greyjoy, who son Theon was a ward of the Starks and has been through some rough times since then.WHAT’S NEXT?As the final season approaches, the three houses have pledged to unite their armies — along with the Wildlings— to fight their common enemy: the White Walkers. The zombie-like creatures have broken through the Wall and they now include one of Daenerys’ dragons among their ranks.John Carucci, The Associated Press by John Carucci, The Associated Press Posted Apr 12, 2019 8:53 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email This image released by HBO shows Jack Gleeson portraying Joffrey Baratheon in a scene from “Game of Thrones.” The final season premieres on Sunday. (HBO via AP) last_img read more

Rep Hoitenga welcomes special guest for State of the State address

first_imgState Rep. Michele Hoitenga, right, today welcomed Wexford County Prosecutor Jason Elmore, left, to the Capitol for Gov. Rick Snyder’s annual State of the State address. Hoitenga, R-Manton, invited Elmore to join her on the House floor while the governor presented his agenda for the coming year.### Categories: Hoitenga News 17Jan Rep. Hoitenga welcomes special guest for State of the State addresslast_img

Rep Rendon invites residents to March office hours

first_img Categories: Daire Rendon News 21Feb Rep. Rendon invites residents to March office hours State Rep. Daire Rendon of Lake City will sponsor local office hours for the month of March.“Office hours are an opportunity for residents to meet face-to-face with me and ask questions, offer ideas or share thoughts regarding state government,” Rep. Rendon said.The representative will be available at the following times and locations:Friday, March 2Crawford County: 9 to 10 a.m. at Goodale’s Bakery, 500 Norway St. in Grayling; andKalkaska County: Noon to 1 p.m. at Trout Town Tavern & Eatery, 306 Elm St. in Kalkaska. No appointments are necessary to attend office hours. Those who are unable to attend, but would still like to speak with the representative, may contact her Lansing office at (517) 373-3817 or DaireRendon@house.mi.gov.### Monday, March 5Ogemaw County: 9 to 10 a.m. at West Branch Area Chamber of Commerce, 422 W. Houghton Ave. in West Branch;Roscommon County: Noon to 1 p.m. at Markey Township Hall, 4974 E. Houghton Lake Drive in Houghton Lake; andMissaukee County: 3 to 4 p.m. at Missaukee County Commission of Aging, 1980 S. Morey Road in Lake City.last_img read more

Rep Wentworth House advance plan to protect due process rights

first_img Categories: Wentworth News State Rep. Jason Wentworth of Clare today voted to approve a plan protecting the civil liberties of all people in Michigan.The legislation will still allow law enforcement to seize property based on probable cause, but requires a criminal conviction before law enforcement agencies can take ownership of personal property using the civil asset forfeiture process.Civil asset forfeiture is designed to punish criminals by taking the money and property they gain through illegal activity. But Wentworth said the current law violates the fundamental right to due process by giving police agencies the authority to keep the property of individuals who haven’t even been charged, let alone convicted.“This is a smart reform,” Wentworth said. “It protects the fundamental rights of Michigan citizens by reining in law enforcement’s ability keep the property of innocent citizens while still allowing officers to crack down on convicted criminals.”In 2016, Michigan law enforcement agencies reported confiscating $15.2 million worth of cash and property through the civil asset forfeiture process. No charges were ever filed in about 10 percent of the cases. In 196 cases, people had their assets forfeited and were later found not guilty.“Innocent people don’t deserve to lose their personal property to civil asset forfeiture,” Wentworth said. “I’m proud to support this plan and put an end to it.”House Bill 4158 advances to the Senate for consideration.### 08May Rep. Wentworth, House advance plan to protect due process rightslast_img read more

Rep Brann invites local school superintendent to State of the State Address

first_img12Feb Rep. Brann invites local school superintendent to State of the State Address Categories: Brann News,Brann Photos PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Tommy Brann of Wyoming welcomed Godwin Heights Public Schools Superintendent Bill Fetterhoff to the House floor for Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s State of the State Address.last_img

Rep Bellino applauds school safety grants awarded in Monroe and Wayne Counties

first_img State Rep. Joe Bellino of Monroe this week praised the announcement of over $100,000 in state grants to school districts in Monroe and Wayne Counties to improve safety of school buildings.“Absolutely nothing is more important than the safety and protection of our kids,” Rep. Bellino said. “These grants will help schools make their buildings safer and more secure, which is why I was proud to support and vote for funding the program.”Some of the grant recipients in the 17th District include Summit Academy ($30,159) and Summit Academy North ($73,519), both located in Flat Rock. This funding is in addition to last fall’s awarding of over $200,000 to schools in Rep. Bellino’s district.Districts throughout Michigan will receive $25 million in state grants from the 2019 Competitive School Safety Grant Program to improve the safety and security of students, staff and school buildings through the purchase of technology and equipment.Note: A complete list of school safety grants is available on this Michigan State Police website: https://www.michigan.gov/msp/0,4643,7-123-72297_34040_75045—,00.html 29Mar Rep. Bellino applauds school safety grants awarded in Monroe and Wayne Counties Categories: Bellino Newslast_img read more

Foundation and Nonprofit Secrets in President Obama FY2015 Proposal

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesMarch 3, 2014; The White HouseWhile President Obama’s proposed FY2015 budget may be a 1,656-page document likely to generate little traction, it contains insights into elements of how the federal government works, including specific arrangements with nonprofits and foundations. To some extent, they are markers about the sum and substance of the federal government’s operational interactions with nonprofits, including some that the federal government has created and chartered.Thumbs Up: President Obama has laid down an important marker on behalf of the Legal Services Corporation. It appears that he has proposed to increase the budget of the Legal Services Corporation from an estimated $365 million in FY 2014 to $430 million in FY 2015, an increase of 17.8 percent. Included in the budget is an almost doubling of LSC’s pro bono innovation fund to $4.9 million. The significance of LSC is huge in the lives of low-income families in need of civil legal assistance. Even with the constraints that have been piled on LSC over the years regarding the categories of people it is prohibited from serving and restrictions on its abilities to file class action suits or to sue other federal agencies, it is a benchmark of this nation’s commitment to protect the interests of poor people in the courts, where they are almost always otherwise outgunned and outmaneuvered.It is sort of a positive that the president proposed $20 million for the HUD-supported Section 4 capacity building program that helps strengthen community development corporations and community housing development organizations through three national intermediaries—the Local Initiatives Support Corporation*, Enterprise Community Partners*, and Habitat for Humanity. More appropriate would be $35 to $40 million, as it was only a few years ago, given the important role of nonprofit CDCs in producing affordable housing. Congratulations to the lobbyists that convinced the Obama White House to include money for Section 4, but it should be doubled, which would lead to much more than a doubling of CDC output.Many neighborhood-based nonprofit developers have been participating in the HUD Neighborhood Stabilization Program, meant to rehab and restore foreclosed properties to the market. Although the latest and last round of NSP is likely to be fully spent out by this month, the President suggested another $15 billion for NSP program activities. The new NSP program would be called Project Rebuild, which seems to be pretty much the same as NSP 1, 2, and 3, except perhaps a greater ability for grantees to take on commercial properties.New Federal Foundations: It might have escaped attention, but the budget calls for $3 million to be devoted to a U.S. Citizenship Foundation, part of a $10 million effort to help develop innovative techniques to improve citizenship education and naturalization preparation. First proposed as a provision in 2013 border security and immigration modernization legislation in the Senate—that is, the Senate’s version of comprehensive immigration reform legislation—the foundation would be able to accept private donations toward helping the federal government support other nonprofits engaged in providing immigrant integration assistance.The notion of nonprofit or foundation entities created by the federal government to solicit donations is not new, having been done with FEMA, NASA, the Centers for Disease Control, and other federal agencies. A second new public foundation to be created in President Obama’s FY 2015 budget is the National BLM Foundation, giving the Bureau of Land Management the ability to “leverage private funding” (the budget euphemism for “solicit private donations”) to protect natural, cultural, and recreational resources on public lands. Already performing a similar function is the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, which in FY 2012 received $42.6 million in federal funds to “leverage” $149.5 million in private donations and grantees’ matching funds to provide support to 505 projects. The 501(c)(3) NFWF, created in 1984, had working relationships ongoing with 50 corporate and foundation funders.Mixed Signals: The administration apparently feels that its support of the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program is no longer necessary. The GAFSP is a program administered by the World Bank to support agricultural investment plans of poor countries. GAFSP grants were funded by a combination of public funds and private dollars, including grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In 2012, the U.S. pledged $1 for every $2 from other donors to the Program toward generating a strong capital base for the program. Since then, according to the Obama administration, the program has the ability to raise $720 million from other donors, leaving the U.S. government to declare “time’s up” for U.S. government contributions. Will the other private donors ante up? This is the dilemma of development aid in poor countries: what happens when the big donor decides it is time to move on?A mixed picture exists in President Obama’s budget proposals for housing counseling. The budget calls for an increase in HUD housing counseling funds from $45 million to $60 million, an increase of one-third. However, the housing counseling to be delivered by nonprofit intermediaries and governments is basically pre-purchase and post-purchase counseling for homebuyers. On the other hand, the housing foreclosure counseling to be made available through the Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation, popularly known as NeighborWorks, has been proposed for a cut from an estimated $67.5 million in FY2014 to $50 million in FY 2015. The budget even cuts NeighborWorks training for foreclosure counseling from $3 million to $2.5 million.What is a federal budget but a collection of signposts telling the reader what the president values or doesn’t? Policy archeologists looking at patterns to see the priorities of the administration (and perhaps the nation) may not find a budget bill emerging from Congress this year that reflects the exact proposals offered by President Obama. But they will find—hopefully—issues laid out and highlighted by the president, made serious by his proposed allocations of millions and billions of dollars. What the president flagged with his proposals should be the discussion points going forward on the budget—even if the final budget isn’t precisely his budget.—Rick Cohen* DISCLOSURE: This author was once a vice president of LISC, and once a vice president of the Enterprise Foundation, from which ECP evolved.ShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

Ballmers USAFacts Institute Government Data Reindexed without Spin

first_imgShare25TweetShare5Email30 Shares“Steve Ballmer” by Francesco LodoloApril 17, 2017; New York TimesSteve Ballmer was frustrated. He was trying to understand how government spends taxpayer money—including his sizable tax payments—and what happens as a result of that spending. He discovered that while there is much information to be found, relatively little of it is analyzed or reported in meaningful ways. After three years of quiet effort, Ballmer and a team of researchers have produced new ways to analyze government information to benefit business and individuals. That effort has now been formalized and made available to the public.On January 1, 2017, the USAFacts Institute was registered as a nonprofit corporation in the state of Washington. A search of GuideStar and the IRS website indicates that the organization has not yet received federal tax-exempt recognition, assuming it has applied for it. The institute’s partners include the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business, the Stanford Institute for Policy Research, and Lynchburg College.Ballmer’s personal commitment to USAFacts’ “non-partisan, [nonprofit] civic initiative” to deliver a “data-driven portrait of the American population, our government’s finances, and government’s impact on society” is expressed simply. He says, “Let’s say it costs three, four, five million a year,” he said. “I’m happy to fund the damn thing.” Ballmer doesn’t count his money spent on the institute as part of his family’s philanthropic giving. “I don’t even deduct this for my taxes. I pay this with after-tax money, no pretax money, because I don’t want anybody being able to think that factors in. But I feel like it’s a civic contribution more than anything else.” To date, start-up costs have totaled $10 million, paid for by direct funding and grants.USAFacts has opened its website full of data compiled from more than 70 government sources. The institute decided to avoid use of nongovernmental data sources in an attempt to limit claims of ideological bias. It discusses government activity at the federal, state, and local levels, encompassing more than 90,000 distinct governments in the U.S., from federal and state governments to counties and “special district governments” like school districts. More than web-based data, it offers “an annual report, a summary report, and a [170-page] “10-K” modeled on the document public companies submit annually to the SEC for transparency and accountability to their investors.”The 291-page annual report, presented in an online slide format, illustrates the breakdown of governmental activity using the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution as a guide:Fortunately for academic researchers, practitioners preparing grant applications, and other nonprofit sector professionals and volunteers, the detailed charts and tables are available in the report for discrete review and use. There is also a web-based search function to navigate the organization’s growing information troves. In the future, the institute hopes to open up access to its data, allowing companies and individuals to build on it.Ballmer’s review of the data surprised him in many ways; one of them was in the extent of government funding in nonprofit activity. Speaking of the anti-poverty efforts he supports, Ballmer said, “Most of the [nonprofits] we work with would be 50 to 90 percent government funded,” I mean it’s funny, but I didn’t realize all these not-for-profits were in a sense almost like government contractors.” (We reserve comment.)USAFacts is explicitly not a policy institution. It makes no recommendations based on the data it collects and organizes. From the Times article:“I would like citizens to be able to use this to form intelligent opinions,” Mr. Ballmer said. “People can disagree about what to do—I’m not going to tell people what to do.” But, he said, people ought to base their opinions “on common data sets that are believable.”—Michael WylandShare25TweetShare5Email30 Shareslast_img read more

Mediaset and private equity fund Clessidra are dis

first_imgMediaset and private equity fund Clessidra are discussing injecting €400-500 million of cash into debt-ridden producer and distributor Endemol, according to an Italian press report.According to the report, Italian broadcaster Mediaset, an Endemol shareholder, and Clessidra are eyeing relaunching a recapitalised Endemol as a way of averting existing creditors from converting debt into equity in the company.last_img

Sony Entertainment Television launched in Germany

first_imgSony Entertainment Television launched in Germany yesterday. The entertainment channel offers a range of German, European and US shows, including content from Sony Pictures and Beta Film.The channel is currently available only on Deutsche Telekom’s IPTV platform Entertain.last_img

NHK World the international Englishlanguage news

first_imgNHK World, the international English-language news channel of Japanese public broadcaster NHK, has launched on Virgin Media in the UK. The network is now available to subscribers of Virgin’s top-tier XL TV subscription package on channel slot 625 of the EPG.NHK World, which also airs entertainment shows and focuses on Japan and Asia, is already available in the UK through BskyB.last_img

Broadcast technologies firm Pace will showcase its

first_imgBroadcast technologies firm Pace will showcase its new Ultra HD, High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) platform at IBC.The platform is designed to deliver sharp detail and smooth movement at resolutions up to four times higher than normal HD, said Pace.HEVC’s H.265 compression technology gives operators bandwidth savings for Ultra HD broadcast and existing HD broadcasts enabling them to improve their operational efficiency and increase the number of channels they can offer, it added.“Ultra HD represents a huge step change in viewing experience and network performance.  Next year’s World Cup will be a showcase for the technology and the first commercial Ultra HD broadcasts expected soon after – driving the demand for HEVC supported hardware,” said Shane McCarthy, president of Pace International.“Momentum will grow significantly in 2015 with cable and satellite operators looking to deliver this super high-quality experience to their subscribers as more 4K content is produced.  The Ultra HD market is poised for take off, Pace is at the forefront with our Ultra HD HEVC platform which enables operators to deliver this immersive viewing experience to their subscribers.”Pace said it will also use IBC to preview a range of new hardware, software and services for broadcast and broadband providers.Pace will exhibit at IBC on stand 1.B19last_img read more

Liberty Globalowned DTH operator UPC DTH has laun

first_imgLiberty Global-owned DTH operator UPC DTH has launched a CI+ offering in partnership with conditional access module supplier Neotion.Neotion will supply CI+ 1.3 CAMs to UPC DTH, which include the ability to set and change personal profiles. The move will enable UPC DTH’s subscribers in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, where it operates under the freeSAT brand, to receive its signals without the need for a set-top box.The CI+ offering will be extended to UPC Direct customers in Hungary at a later date.“In addition to our existing product line, we are pleased to see the availability of this new CI+ module for our customers. This flexible equipment will allow them to fully enjoy our services easily, as well as take advantage of the lower priced packages we make available for customers who purchase their own receivers and related equipment,” said Jim Helfgott, vice-president of marketing and sales for UPC DTH. “As a customer focused company, it is our priority to come up with new ideas and innovations that improve the user experience. We could not imagine a better partner than Neotion and its teams to achieve this goal.”last_img read more

PayTV operator Canal Overseas has expanded its c

first_imgPay-TV operator Canal+ Overseas has expanded its capacity deal with Intelsat, allowing it to extend its high definition DTH programming in the Caribbean.Under the deal, Canal+ Overseas, which targets customers in international French-speaking territories, will continue to use multiple transponders on the Intelsat 903 satellite at Intelsat’s 325.5°E video neighbourhood, and from 2017 will transition its capacity to the follow-on satellite at that location, Intelsat 35e.Intelsat claims 903 at 325.5°E is the leading DTH neighbourhood serving the French Caribbean territories, with more than 160 SD and HD channels.“Intelsat worked closely with us to understand our long-term business requirements for serving the Caribbean region. As a result, Intelsat designed and customised a spot beam on Intelsat 35e, resulting in an optimized DTH distribution platform that will deliver greater DTH power to a broader coverage area,” said Canal+ Overseas CTO Bruno Cattan.“With more efficient distribution, the solution will better enable us to expand our service offerings and growth opportunities to all French territories in the region.”last_img read more

CTC Media and its part stakeholder Modern Times Gr

first_imgCTC Media and its part stakeholder Modern Times Group have each said they are evaluating their business interests after Russian legislators moved to limit foreign ownership of domestic media firms.Responding to new legislation that passed the first reading in the lower house of the Russian Parliament, the State Duma, earlier this week, Russia’s CTC Media said it is “monitoring these developments and evaluating their potential impact on the company and its stockholders.”The new law, which is subject to two further two readings and then confirmation from the Federation Council and Russian Federation President, would mean that non-Russian companies can hold no more than 20% of domestic media companies – including TV broadcasters.CTC Media is currently 38% owned by Modern Times Group, a Swedish listed company, and 25% owned by Telcrest Investments Limited, a Cypriot private limited company. The rest of the business is owned by a number of public stockholders, including US and European investors.MTG said it is also closely monitoring the situation and “analysing what potential actions may be taken, in order to protect shareholders’ interests, in the event that the law is enacted. This applies both to the shareholding in CTC Media and MTG’s other TV and broadcasting business interests in Russia.”If Russia’s new media law is approved, it will come into force on January 1, 2016 and will apply to both existing and future foreign ownership interests. Russian media firms would have until January 2017 to restructure and fall in line with regulations.At the same time, CTC has elected MTG president and CEO Jørgen Madsen Lindemann as co-chairman of CTC Media, in place of Lorenzo Grabau, who is stepping down.It has also appointed MTG’s chief financial officer Mathias Hermansson back to the CTC Media board as a director. He previously served as a member of the CTC board between December 2009 and April 2013.Grabau is CEO of Investment Kinnevik, which is MTG’s founding and largest shareholder. He is stepping down from the CTC Media Board to focus his time on Kinnevik and its portfolio of listed and unlisted entities.last_img read more

TiVos Roamio settop boxes Advanced TV technology

first_imgTiVo’s Roamio set-top boxesAdvanced TV technology provider TiVo has struck a partnership with Ness Software Engineering Services (Ness SES) to help build a European development centre in Iasi, Romania.Ness SES provides outsourced engineering services to digital technology providers.According to TiVo, the new centre will provide it with the ability to grow and expand its European R&D capabilities as TiVo’s international operations continue to grow. Initially, Ness SES will provide TiVo with a dedicated R&D team to help bring TiVo products to market. Over time, TiVo intends to transition the engineering centre into a fully TiVo-owned facility.“After an in-depth evaluation, we found Romania to be an exceptional location for our new Engineering Centre,” said Dan Phillips, TiVo’s chief operating officer and SVP of Engineering.“Excellent universities in Romania will provide talented IT graduates and the political and macroeconomic conditions are favourable to businesses. Our continued growth as a global leader in the Pay TV market will be significantly enhanced by the access to the highly skilled engineering talent in Romania. As we add to our existing exceptional teams in Silicon Valley, we will be able to increase the overall efficiency of our R&D activities while increasing our engineering efforts related to set top box and mobile products development. We are very excited to support our on-going international expansion in Europe with a strategic presence in Romania.”last_img read more

Greek pay TV operator Forthnet is considering issu

first_imgGreek pay TV operator Forthnet is considering issuing a €100 million convertible bond and is in talks with banks, according to CEO Panos Papadopoulis.Papadopoulis told local media that the operator, which runs the Nova TV service, had submitted all necessary information and was awaiting a decision. The company’s net debt stood at €324 million at the end of last year. Forthnet is currently subject to competing non-binding offers from Deutsche Telekom-owned local telco OTE and Vodafone.Forthnet reported 507,261 pay TV customers at the end of last year, up 12% year-on-year.last_img read more

Laurent Dumeau Trace is expanding in Asia after si

first_imgLaurent DumeauTrace is expanding in Asia after signing distribution deals with Chunghwa Telecom’s Multimedia On Demand IPTV platform in Taiwan and DialogTV’s DTH satellite service in Sri Lanka.Chunghwa Telecom will carry a specific Asia feed of music channel Trace Urban, and sport celebrity channel Trace Sport Stars, with both channels available as part of its Family package.DialogTV will offer Trace Urban to subscribers of its pearl, gold, and diamond packages.“These new carriage deals mark further expansion of Trace’s audience in Asia and we have no doubts that our cutting-edge programming will open up many more opportunities,” said Laurent Dumeau, CEO Trace International.last_img read more

Sam Coleman Sports channel ESPN has named Sam Cole

first_imgSam ColemanSports channel ESPN has named Sam Coleman, former head of client sales for Guardian News and Media, as its new UK sales director.Coleman will be responsible for leading the company’s UK team servicing ESPN’s digital portfolio including ESPN.co.uk, ESPNcricinfo and ESPN FC. He will be based at the sport content company’s offices in London and report to EMEA Group director of advertising sales, Alan Fagan.“I am delighted that Sam has joined the UK team. We have seen significant growth over the last 24 months, and I look forward to working with Sam to further build our position in the market at this exciting time,” said Fagan.last_img read more

Edvard í Skorini Faroese Telecomowned Faroe Isla

first_imgEdvard í SkoriniFaroese Telecom-owned Faroe Islands service provider Televarpið has tapped Ateme to provide compression and statistical multiplexing technology for its DVB-T, IPTV and OTT TV services.Televarpið’s new statmux headend is using the software-based Ateme Titan platform to deliver 50 OTT TV channels and 32 digital-terrestrial services across the country in HD.According to Ateme, Titan is designed for cable, DTT, DTH, IPTV and OTT, and can support video from mobile resolutions up to UHDp60. It supports SDI and IP I/Os and includes encoder, transcoder, multiplexer, statmux, packager and origin server.“We were looking for a product that combines high video quality with an ease of use that would simplify operations in the field,” said Edvard í Skorini, CEO of Televarpið. “By choosing Ateme common VBR/CBR/ABR encoding platform, we were able to meet our operational requirements and reduce our CAPEX links.”Xavier Gentric, sales director at Ateme said: “Running on any commercial off-the-shelf server, Titan is the ideal solution for converged headend, servicing main and multi-screen applications. As the industry is moving to all-IP full-software video solutions, more and more tier 1 broadcasters and service providers approve, adopt and deploy Ateme Titan solutions all over the globe.”last_img read more

More than three quarters of digital video viewers

first_imgMore than three quarters of digital video viewers globally will use their mobile phones to watch digitally streamed content in 2018, according to eMarketer.The research firm said that 1.87 billion people – almost a quarter of the world’s population – will watch video over a mobile phone this year, almost double 2014’s figure. This is tipped to rise to 2.33 billion people in 2021.According to the report, some 78.4% of digital video viewers will to use their mobile to watch streamed or downloaded video at least once a month this year – rising to 80.5% in 2019, 82.1% in 2020 and 83.4% in 2021.eMarketer also said that this year 1.58 billion people will watch video on YouTube at least once per month, a 9.2% year-on-year increase. Some 66.4% of viewers worldwide are expected to watch YouTube this year.“Video’s proliferation on social networks and the growth of over-the-top streaming platforms are major drivers of digital video viewing worldwide,” said Oscar Orozco, senior forecasting analyst at eMarketer.“However, an understated driver of video viewing is the use of chat apps. We forecast that close to 55% of internet users will be active on chat apps by the end of 2018. Watching and sharing digital videos is a major feature on chat apps like Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and WeChat, and for many internet users, it’s their first experience with digital video. We expect this will continue to be a significant driver of mobile video consumption.”last_img read more

As viewers become accustomed to watching video on

first_imgAs viewers become accustomed to watching video on multiple devices, channel operators must ensure their content can be viewed on as many platforms as possible.The popularity of tablets and smartphones has given new impetus to multi-device distribution of content. Many broadcasters have developed an online presence, struck video-on-demand deals with existing or new distributors and are looking to take advantage of the proliferation of smartphones and tablets to extend awareness of their brands. However, few currently view over-the-top distribution, whether via the web or smartphones – or even video-on-demand on cable and IPTV services – as a strong revenue-earning opportunity for now. And most are looking to develop on new platforms in partnership with existing pay TV distributors.“What makes this business interesting is that every country is different,” says MGM Networks International president Bruce Tuchman. Whether to go off-net and strike deals with over-the-top providers is something that should be weighed against the strength of the existing distribution model in a particular market. “Our goal is to extend the business and get it to as many people as possible. We are creating assets and driving increasing revenues, but you have to be very conscious of your existing pay platforms if you are in business with them,” says Tuchman. He sees relatively little evidence that OTT players offer a better opportunity than existing distributors in any of the markets in which it is present, but he points out that a number of years ago industry executives were having similar conversations about IPTV, and before that the conversation was about the prospects for DTH players going up against established cable operators.In terms of extending the availability of content (and the channel brand) to new devices such as iPads and smartphones, Tuchman says that “it’s important for us to know what’s going on with these devices – it’s the subject of a lot of intense analysis right now – but it’s still early days. These are not huge revenue opportunities – but they might be in the future.”For the most part, MGM Networks’ involvement so far is focused on the ‘TV Everywhere’ services being trialled or rolled out by cable operators and others. Tuchman says that the company looks at extending rights to these on a case-by-case basis. “Security and authentication is important. Everyone is focused on the same things. If any of these technologies are to be deployed they have to be deployed in a secure and sensible manner,” he says.According to Paul Robinson, global CEO and founder of children’s channel KidsCo, the company is seeing an increasing demand from operators for VOD content. It has around five VOD deals in place “and that is growing” says Robinson. “The non linear elements is absolutely becoming more significant. It’s not a significant part of the revenue but it is an important part of the overall consumer offer.”Far from achieving additional revenue from non-linear platforms, there is a risk that such activity could actually prove costly. Rights need to be negotiated with the content owners and then channel operators have to be able to physically deliver that content in the correct format for each operator’s VOD platform. KidsCo benefits from operating a completely tapeless workflow – it delivers everything digitally. But, says Robinson, the multitude of formats in the digital video world means transcoding costs can be significant. “One of the challenges of digital media is that there are so many different standards, and transcoding costs can be prohibitive, particularly for smaller platforms. We try and move towards a common standard and we want to work with platforms that want to do that as well.” Transcoding issues aside, Robinson is adamant that its pay TV partners are best placed to deliver non-linear services.  “In  a world where there is so much choice and clutter, there is value in having a platform provider locally in the market who provides internet, telephony and TV,” he says. “Our role is to support that relationship and provide the platform with content and a service that will enhance their customer experience. I don’t think creating our own [online] platform is on the agenda at the moment.Robinson also sees value in creating apps as a way of boosting brand recognition. It has already created an iPad app for the Korean market in partnership with operator CJ Hellovision. The channel expects to forge similar partnerships in Europe but Robinson points out that rather than developing bespoke apps for each market, it will localise common apps.“We want to develop apps that can help to localise the brand but are also transferable to other platforms. For example, the fact that TiVo is deployed in the UK and Spain will allow you to create an app that works on both platforms. You don’t want to create a bespoke app for each market,” he says.Marketing toolFor most channel suppliers, non-linear digital initiatives are still essentially seen as marketing tools extending brand awareness and driving interest back to the linear channel. This certainly applies to social media. “Social networking is a very strong tool for our marketing and PR efforts,” says Jesús Perezagua, president, Fox International Channels Europe and Africa. “It’s an important part of all our promotional plans and it allows us to reach and connect with our viewers – and for viewers to connect with our brands – in a uniquely personal and immediate way. We will continue to experiment with new ways to build this direct connection between viewers and our channels.”Social media also has a role in the marketing of adult content, despite the fact that viewers are often looking for discretion. European adult content aggregator Marc Dorcel has embraced social media. “In the adult industry, we cannot use traditional communication means, such as TV campaigns. Therefore we have to follow different paths and be creative,” says managing director Gregory Dorcel.The fact that adult content users generally wish to remain anonymous means the web has actually become a core marketing tool for Marc Dorcel. “We work hard on creating a relationship with the users. Our products are not traditional and our audience often wishes to remain anonymous, so the web and social networks allow this and offers a real mode of expression for them and for us,” says Dorcel.Last year, for example, the company launched a “crowd funding” project, calling on the web community to help fund the production of an adult movie, with contributors being offered the chance to make key decisions in the production process. “It allowed thousands of web users to co-produce an adult movie,” says Dorcel.For all the major channel providers, maintaining relationships with existing pay TV distributors remains paramount, however. There is little appetite to go over-the-top independently of existing affiliate relationships.“I think we are primarily in the business of supplying quality video channels to longstanding video distribution partners,” says Sean Cohan, senior vice-president, A+E Networks International. “We’ve got to be thoughtful about managing potential conflicts and making sure all of these work in mutually beneficial ways. You want to learn about what works on the web and you want to promote your brand to existing and new consumers. It’s a mix of appealing to old and new viewers and serving your cause on your linear channels. We need existing platform partners to be successful. We also recognise there are alternative providers out there and we may work with them but we need to be cognisant of the core linear offering.”Gaining revenues from multiplatform and non-linear distribution is still in its very early stages. Nevertheless, Dean Possenniskie, managing director, Europe at A+E Networks, says that the company’s experience on the Sky Anytime service in the UK shows that there is potential to build premium advertising inventory as well as promote the brand. “We are beginning to see premium advertising rates and viewers on our Anytime offering,” says Possenniskie. “We tend to put shows in there that are franchises in themselves and build the brand that way – such as Ice Road Truckers or Pawn Stars. We’ve seen our viewership increase but it’s been accompanied by substantial growth in viewing on our linear channels as well.”For Sony Entertainment Network, which focuses on the South-Asian market internationally, the case for and against the OTT model is not quite so cut and dry. “I don’t think that it is a simple one or the other in our market. It is important to form partnerships and carriage deals with existing pay TV providers as they would have access to the largest customer base and be able to offer the full service that subscribers would expect,” says Neeraj Arora, executive vice-president and head of international business, Sony Entertainment Network. “However, I also see the relevance of developing a bespoke in-house service to reach our target demographics where they are possibly not as highly represented in the UK and western Europe.”In Spain, Eduardo Zulueta, managing director of Chello Multicanal, reports that the Liberty Global-owned channel provider, having had considerable success in developing its brand online and then as smartphone apps (particularly for its popular Canal Cocina cooking channel), is now looking to launch an iPad app in October. “The Cocina smartphone app is by far the most successful thing we have done,” says Zulueta. “In terms of OTT, we are working hand in glove with the distribution platforms and we believe in TV everywhere initiatives. We are doing everything we can to support that so that our linear channel and on-demand content is available to our subscribers on all the screens they might want.” However, he says, Multicanal’s research shows that its viewers still prefer to watch the linear channel.In the newsNews, where reach is paramount and the web has already long been seen as a substitute for linear TV, is clearly a genre that lends itself to multi-device distribution. France 24 claims to have been the first TV channel to offer live broadcasting on the iPhone, having launched a free streaming service in three languages in March 2009. It now offers apps on iPads, Android and WP7 devices as well as on Philips connected TVs. The move into the multiscreen space has been a natural one, according to Frank Melloul, France 24’s head of strategy, development and public affairs, who says it is in keeping with the lifestyles of the channel’s viewers: “We cater for a demanding audience that is constantly on the move and who needs to stay informed of all the latest news and business developments wherever they are in the world,” he says.The services are certainly proving popular, with over two million France 24 smartphone apps having been downloaded by February 2011. Moving forward, the broadcaster is planning to better integrate its apps across different devices. “We expect the upcoming release of an application based on smartphones, tablets and connected TVs that offers a multi- and cross-screen experience,” says Melloul.For Casey Harwood, senior vice-president, Turner Europe, a key recent trend has been the emergence of user-generated content as an important element in the newsgathering mix and as a way to bring channels closer to their viewers. Turner’s CNN has developed its iReport platform to solicit user-generated content. The next likely innovation, he believes, will be location-based mobile apps, delivering location-specific feeds to mobile users. “We are looking at the whole travel vertical and what that means for us with regards to where we can add value,” says Harwood.On the multi-device front more generally, Harwood says that Turner, in common with other pay TV channel providers, will look at ‘TV Everywhere’ initiatives in partnership with existing distribution partners. “If we feel the need to augment that it’s something we will do but always in tandem with the pay TV provider,” he says. However, in less developed pay TV markets, he says the company could look to do more – but only in a way that boosts its linear channels.Another news broadcaster, pan-European channel provider Euronews, is planning to launch a unified Euronews application for iOS and Android devices, as well as an app specifically designed for people on the move. The pan-European news broadcaster has already delivered apps related to specific content – specifically its No Comment TV YouTube channel and a Euronews Live app – but this will be the first time it has launched a universal app providing access to all its content.“We are working on two apps,” says CEO Michael Peters. “We will have a pure Euronews app which will be the same for iPad, iPhone and Android devices. We are also working on an app just for the iPhone – Euronews Express – for people in a hurry.”Euronews is also working with Google to run a series of live interviews of major figures who will relate questions posted by citizens on the internet. The first in the series will be with European Commission president José Manuel Barroso. For Peters, the key to multi-device distribution is to provide content that matches the context in which it is viewed. 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Vivendi has secured a partial recognition by Media

first_imgVivendi has secured a partial recognition by Mediaset of its claim to the right to participate in majority voting as a shareholder, subject to a legal ruling to come. However the Italian broadcaster has rejected its attempt to call a new extraordinary shareholders’ meeting to cancel a resolution approved in April giving long-term shareholders double voting rights.Mediaset’s board accepted in part Vivendi’s request to have the 9.6% stake in holds in its own right registered, subject to a court ruling in Vivendi’s favour.The French media giant filed court paper earlier this month demanding to be registered in the sharholders list as the legitimate owner of these shares, something Mediaset had contested, arguing that Vivendi obtained its shares illicitly.Mediaset rejected another request from Vivendi to call an EGM to overturn the April resolution in favour of long-term shareholders, something that enabled the Berlusconi family’s holding vehicle Fininvest to firm up its control of the company.Vivendi also wants to be able to exercise certain rights related to the 19.9% of Mediaset held by Simon Fiducaria, the outfit in which it placed all shares above a 10% threshold to meet the requirements of Italy’s TUSMAR rule, which holds that companies may not simultaneously hold large stakes in telecommunications and media companies.Mediaset had long maintained that Vivendi acquired its shareholding in the company ilegitimately. The Italian outfit has made the case that the French media group sought to manipulate Mediaset’s share price by deliberately agreeing to and then subsequently sabotaging a deal signed in 2016 that would have seen it take over Mediaset’s pay TV arm and acquire a minority stake in Mediaset itself.Vivendi’s moves to assert its rights comes ahead of a crucial shareholder meeting in September where Mediaset and its main shareholder, the Berlusconi family’s Fininvest investment vehicle, will attempt to push through a plan to create a new holding company, MediaForEurope, in the Netherlands that will be parent to both Mediaset Italy and Mediaset España.Vivendi is strongly critical of this plan, arguing that the price offered to shareholders that wish to exercise their withdrawal rights is too low and contrary to the interest of minority shareholders.last_img read more

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first_img Next PostUPDATE: Fire in Mossy Area Cleared by Fire Department Local NewsNewsWatch Residents Take To The Polls In The First Day of Early Voting By Terell BaileyApr 25, 2018, 17:24 pm 389 0 Terell Bailey Bio Coming Soon Tumblr Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Previous PostMercer County Woman Wins $2,500 In Easter Egg Hunt Linkedin Twittercenter_img Google+ Mail Home NewsWatch Local News Residents Take To The Polls In The First Day of Early Voting Pinterest MERCER COUNTY., WV (WOAY) – Though the weather isn’t the best early birds throughout the state headed to the polls today, to cast their ballots for the May primaries.For the next week voters will be able to avoid the lines and head to the polls, ahead of May 8th.Residents need to make sure they have their proper ID’s ready. This is the first statewide election taking place that will require voters to show a form of identification at the polls.Newswatch, spoke with residents to hear what prompted them to head out early.Bluefield resident, Charles Blankenship adds, “I like to come when it’s not crowded and on election day sometimes there’s a line waiting, and with early voting there is rarely ever a wait.”The times for early voting locations are Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Facebooklast_img read more

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first_img Recommended Links The single threat that neither Trump nor Hillary is ready for… A new law threatens to restrict your access to your own cash in America…and the resulting event will threaten to shut down every single ATM. This threat will catch Trump AND Hillary completely unaware… Congressmen and billionaires have already prepared – have you? Go here to watch the video presentation… – Editor’s note: We believe dedicating a portion of your portfolio to gold is the best move you can make right now. And despite gold’s big year so far, this bull market is just heating up… Today, in place of our normal market commentary, we’re passing along expert insight from Palm Beach Letter editor Teeka Tiwari. As you’ll see, Teeka likes gold today for the same reasons we do here at the Dispatch. And like us, he says now is the time to take advantage… From Teeka Tiwari, editor, The Palm Beach Letter: It’s been a long time since I liked gold. Almost nine years, in fact. Back in September 2007, I recommended gold to my readers at $750 per ounce. I predicted it would go to $2,000 per ounce. It “only” went to $1,920. I haven’t heard any complaints… Since early 2012, I’ve hated gold. It was nothing personal. The charts were telling me that gold was in a bear market. So I’ve been sitting on the sidelines. But that’s all changed recently… You see, while I’ve been patiently waiting… a number of factors have begun converging. And just recently, they activated one of my “bull” triggers… telling me it’s time to buy again. A Gold Trigger I Haven’t Seen in Years I’m a chart and big-picture trend guy. I look for big trends driven by economics, demographics, and shifts in political policies. When I’m analyzing long-term trends, I use Point & Figure (PNF) charts. It’s an underused form of technical analysis that not many people are aware of. I’ve found it’s excellent in measuring the “battle” between buyers (demand) and sellers (supply). What I like about PNF charts is they screen out a lot of the “noise” that you get on a candlestick or bar chart. Take a look at the PNF chart of gold below. If you’re a novice investor… you might not know what to make of it… The downtrend line is in red. You can see that gold has clearly broken the downtrend line that had been in place since 2011. (The Xs represent demand… and the Os represent supply.) Will This “TERRIFYING” Video Leave You Speechless Too? Over the past few weeks, this terrifying video has been viewed thousands of times… Have you seen it? We believe Doug Casey’s forecast is too urgent to ignore, so if you haven’t viewed this video, I urge you to click here now. WARNING: Doug’s shocking revelation about America’s future is controversial. It may anger some. Viewer discretion is advised.center_img This is an incredibly bullish sign. This breakout tells me that gold has started a brand-new bull market. These Two Forces Are Driving Up Gold It’s not just the charts that have me bullish. I’m seeing two bullish forces lining up behind gold. The first is negative interest rates. According to Bank of America Merrill Lynch, there is $13 trillion of negative-yielding global government debt… At the beginning of 2014, there was none. Let me explain why this is very bullish for gold. When institutions consider buying gold, they pause. That’s because gold pays no dividend. Investors have to rely solely on capital appreciation to see any profits. Throughout history, cash and cash equivalents (such as bonds) have always paid interest while you hold them. So institutions have preferred to hold cash and bonds over gold. That is no longer true. — Due to low and negative interest rates, it’s now cheaper to hold gold than it is to hold cash or bonds. This is the first time in 5,000 years that it’s been cheaper to hold gold than cash and cash equivalents. This is going to cause hundreds of billions of institutional dollars to flow out of cash and bonds and into gold… and that is very bullish. Another bullish force for gold just took place in the U.K. In June, 52% of U.K. voters chose to leave the European Union. No one thought it could happen. Certainly not the elite. But the repercussions have been reverberating throughout the world. The British pound is at its lowest level in over a decade. And European banks are feeling the pain. Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, and The Royal Bank of Scotland are all down more than 50% over the last year. The truth is no one knows for certain how Brexit will play out. But one thing is known: It’s caused a lot of fear and uncertainty in the market. With negative rates and growing global uncertainty, investors are turning to a safe haven asset—gold. The combined forces of negative interest rates, European uncertainty, and gold’s recent breakout are what has me so bullish on gold. And I believe it’s just the beginning… How We’re Taking Advantage of Gold’s Uptrend Over the next few years, I expect two things will happen… The first is interest rates will go even lower as central banks struggle to “fix” the global economy. The second is we’ll see even more uncertainty strike across Europe. My analysis of the current available gold supply—matched with the new demand I see coming—suggests that these forces will be enough to push gold up to $3,600 per ounce. (It’s currently trading near $1,325.) One easy way to profit from this trend is to own physical gold. I recommend holding a small portion of your assets (3-5%) in physical gold as a chaos hedge. In times of turmoil, gold will serve as a store of value for your wealth and as a ballast for your portfolio against any financial chaos. By owning physical gold, you could more than double your investment when gold hits $3,600. But if you want a chance to capture massive gains from gold’s rally, I suggest a different approach… You’re going to want to put a small portion (no more than 1% in each position) of your assets in a few small-cap companies leveraged to the price of gold. These include smaller gold-mining, royalty, and processing companies. Investing in these types of stocks is what PBRG founder Tom Dyson and I call “asymmetric” investing. An asymmetric investment is an idea that has massive upside potential. This can vary from 10-100 times the initial investment. With that range of returns, you don’t have to put a lot of money into an idea. That’s the asymmetric part. Your potential upside is so huge… you can risk a very small amount of money (even just $1,000) and still put yourself in a position to make tens of thousands—perhaps even hundreds of thousands—of dollars in profits. The gold bull market is coming, and now is the time to buy in. Editor’s note: Teeka recently used his “asymmetric” investing strategy to uncover a tiny $2 gold stock in Peru with a major stake in a brand-new gold discovery. And the stock could go up 400%… even 500%… Click here to learn more about this incredible opportunity…last_img read more

Six Greek track and field athletes will be heading

first_imgSix Greek track and field athletes will be heading to the European Indoor Championships next month in Prague after meeting qualifying standards.Long-jump champion Louis Tsatoumas won gold at a Moscow meeting on Feb. 1 with a leap of 8.05 meters (26.41 feet), the third best in the world this year. He won silver in last summer’s outdoor championships and surpassed the standard of 7.95 meters (26.08 feet).High-jumper Costas Baniotis also qualified, clearing 2.28 meters (7.48 feet) in Moscow, where he finished third.Costas Douvalidis made it with a run of 7.63 seconds in the 60-meter hurdles at a meeting held in Piraeus on Jan. 31.Female pole-vaulters did well, with Nicole Kyriakopoulou soaring 4.68 meters (15.35 feet) in France, a few hours after Katerina Stefanidi recorded a personal best of 4.61 meters (15.12 feet) in Arizona.Greece’s national pole vault champion Costas Filippidis cleared 5.60 meters (18.37 feet) for the second time in a few days, this time in Dusseldorf.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

SYDNEY — Australian tennis player Nick Kyrgios has

first_imgSYDNEY — Australian tennis player Nick Kyrgios has split with coach Todd Larkham less than a week before the start of Wimbledon, saying on his website June 22 that the pair “mutually agreed” to part ways.The 20-year-old Krygios says “it’s never an easy decision to end a coaching relationship … but I feel that this is the right decision for me at this time.”He said he’ll work with Tennis Australia coaches through Wimbledon and will look at hiring a new coach after the tournament ends.Larkham worked with Kyrgios for seven years during the Canberra player’s junior years. He rejoined his team after Kyrgios’ surprising run to the quarterfinals at Wimbledon last year which included an upset win over Rafael Nadal in the fourth round.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Giorgos Tzavellas scored with virtually the last k

first_imgGiorgos Tzavellas scored with virtually the last kick of the game to spare Greece from a home loss to Bosnia for the World Cup qualifiers and earn the hosts a 1-1 draw in Piraeus.Greece coach Michael Skibbe experimented with a 4-2-3-1 formation and with left-back Costas Stafylidis as a winger, but the Bosnians enjoyed most of the possession and the chances of the first half – including their goal.Bosnia had warned the Greek defense from the 21st minute, when an Izet Hajrovic swerver breezed past the right post of Orestis Karnezis.Miralem Pjanic scored from a direct freekick on the 32nd minute as the ball hit the right post and went in off the back of Karnezis, with UEFA recording that as an own goal.This was followed by a four-minute stoppage as some the 1,500 Bosnian fans wreaked havoc at the stands, with flares and ripped-up seats thrown at the home fans, who responded trying to attack the Bosnians but were stopped by the riot police.Greece’s best chance in the first half was a Costas Mitroglou close-range shot that keeper Asmir Begovic kept out in injury time.In the second half Greece upped its game as Bosnia also dropped back to defend its lead. Costas Fortounis saw his shot from outside the box palmed by Begovic to his right post on the 55th.Then the two teams were left with 10 men each as Kyriakos Papadopoulos and Edin Dzeko received their marching orders after a tussle among a number of players.Just as it seemed Greece had lost the game, a poor clearance by the Bosnian defense sent the ball to Tzavellas and he unleashed a fearsome left-footer from 25 meters out to equalize for Greece 20 seconds from the end of time added-on.Greece is now second in the group with 10 points from four games.Before the game three Bosnian fans were hurt after being attacked outside the ground by people shouting that “Kosovo is Serbian”.In another incident a group of about 10 Greeks attacked a Bosnian fan at the metro station just outside the Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium, dealing him a number of blows before other Greeks rushed to protect him.Source: KathimeriniTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

ROME — Bologna secured Serie A football for anothe

first_imgROME — Bologna secured Serie A football for another season after drawing at Lazio 3-3 in a thriller on Monday.Bologna moved four points clear of the relegation zone with one match remaining.Lazio was still celebrating winning the Italian Cup midweek and Joaquin Correa fired the capital side in front in the 13th minute.However, two goals in the space of a minute from Andrea Poli and Mattia Destro saw Bologna take the lead early in the second half.Bastos curled in a stunning effort to level for Lazio in the 59th but Riccardo Orsolini restored Bologna’s lead shortly after.Substitute Sergej Milinkovic-Savic secured a draw for Lazio with a sensational free kick 10 minutes from time.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

ATHENS – The Greek sports tourism event Navarino C

first_imgATHENS – The Greek sports tourism event Navarino Challenge returns for a 7th consecutive year, on October 11-13, 2019, to Messinia and Costa Navarino.The annual event was recently honored with a Gold Award at the Tourism Awards, the highest distinction in Greek tourism. Navarino Challenge has updated and enriched its program this year with innovative activities at the Municipality of Pylos-Nestor aiming at breaking the record of 7,500 athletes, visitors and volunteers.The event’s 3-day program includes Open Water Swimming, where enthusiasts will have the chance to compete in a chip-timed event on Saturday, Oct. 12, at the beautiful Navarino Bay from the scenic Pylos Harbor, covering the unique 1 mile (1.6 km) route of the open water swimming race by. The route has been designed by the national federal technical coach, Nikos Gemelos (the coach who has earned countless Olympic and world-class honors in open water swimming for Greece).Challenge The Wind – Sailing Races, an interclub sailing race on a triangle course with Optimist and Laser 4.7 boats, will be held for the first time from October 11-13. The race will be co-organized with the Maritime Athletic Pylos Association Nestor under the aegis of the Hellenic Sailing Federation.To be held on the second weekend of October, Challenge The Wind, as its name suggests, hopes to become an annual tradition and sporting benchmark for sailing competitions in the coming years.Open water swimming at the Navarino Challenge. Photo by Elias LefasSea Κayaking in the Navarino Bay will be held for the first time on Saturday, Oct. 12. It will start from the port of Pylos at Poseidonia and head to the island of Sphacteria, supported by Explore Messinia. Participants will paddle towards the inside of the bay exploring the coastline of Sphacteria.Basketball Camp with Joe Arlauckas will be the sport of honor at the Pylos indoor basketball court. On Sunday, Oct. 13, children from Pylos and Messinia, ages 8-16 will have the opportunity to attend basketball lessons for free by the Euroleague legend Joe Arlaukas, while on Saturday, Oct. 12, a basketball clinic will be held at Costa Navarino.Kids’ Athletics returns for another year to Pylos Square on Saturday, Oct. 12, with Periklis Iakovakis, the Olympic & World Champion in 400 meter hurdles, as its ambassador. This is an activity that aims at getting children acquainted with track and field sports. The Kids’ Athletics activities include long jump, the sport of the legendary Olympic champion Kostis Tsiklitiras, who was born in Pylos, Messinia.The Visit to Olympic Champion Tsiklitiras’ HouseOn Saturday, Oct. 12, enables visitors to Pylos to visit the refurbished family home of the Olympic champion Kostis Tsiklitiras. It is now a museum housing a Library and Art Gallery with rare documents, paintings, historical maps, and many interesting exhibits.ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIESOn Saturday, Oct. 12, athletes and visitors can partake of Messinia’s rich culinary heritage as Pylos comes alive with booths celebrating local flavors: traditional lalagia, loukoumia, pasteli sesame seed bars and nuts with honey created by food blogger Mamatsita, Poseidonia and Pylos Poems.Sailing at the Navarino Challenge. Photo by Elias LefasAt Sunset Beach at Voidokilia on Friday, Oct. 11, instructor Dimitris Moros and FitnessArt will hold sunset beach yoga sessions by Messinian Spa to the backdrop of the mythical Voidokilia, Messinia’s famed beach in the shape of the letter Omega in the Greek alphabet (written as “Ω”).Active Media, the organizing company which innovates in the field of destination and hotel sports tourism, promises a unique event with many surprises for everyone. Active Media Group Chief Executive Officer, Akis Tsolis said, “Sports tourism is one of the fastest-growing segments in the entire travel industry, and we’ve been fortunate over the past several years to really establish Messinia as a go-to sporting destination with Navarino Challenge. Youth, amateur or professional athletes are traveling to compete more than ever today, and they’re bringing with them their coaches, fans, parents, siblings, and friends – all of whom contribute to the hosting region’s local economy. Messinia is a unique region offering unparalleled on-site experiences as well as awesome restaurants, hotels, and attractions to visiting athletes, to enjoy during their leisure time. That’s a rare combination in the travel sports industry, and something we’ve really been able to leverage.”More information on accommodation packages can be found on the following link on the website of: http://www.navarinochallenge.com/accommodation-packages-2019.There is a 30% discount on registration until May 31.Entries for the award-winning sporting event are underway and interested parties can take part by completing the special form available at the following link: http://activemedia.com.gr/product/navarino-challenge-2019/.For more information on accommodation packages in the region visit VitaNTravel: http://vitantravel.gr/.Sailing at the Navarino Challenge. Photo by Elias LefasTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

The number of kids who struggle with thoughts of s

first_imgThe number of kids who struggle with thoughts of suicide or who attempt to kill themselves is rising. New research, published Wednesday in Pediatrics, finds children ages 5 to 17 visited children’s hospitals for suicidal thoughts or attempts about twice as often in 2015 as in 2008.The study found kids of all ages are affected though increases were greatest for older adolescents. Lead author Gregory Plemmons, a pediatrician and researcher at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., says the study results confirmed what he had been seeing at the hospital.He says he hopes clinicians and families take note. “The No. 1 thing to take home is that it’s important to talk about this and important to ask about it,” he says.The findings line up with past data showing a steady increase in teen suicide over the past decade. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported last year that a drop in adolescent suicide in the 1990s and early 2000s reversed course in 2008, though it has not yet reached peak levels seen in the 1980s. It’s not clear what has contributed to the increase, but the study noted the 2008 financial crisis may be one factor.Plemmons and his co-researchers examined billing data from 2008 to 2015 from a database of 49 children’s hospitals across the U.S. They included all emergency department encounters, stays for observation and inpatient hospitalizations at those hospitals. However, community hospitals were not included.The researchers turned up 115,856 visits for suicidal ideation or attempts, during the seven-year period. Such visits represented 0.7 percent of total children’s hospital visits in 2008, but by 2015 had increased to 1.8 percent of all visits. More than half the visits required at least one night of hospitalization, and nearly 1 in 7 required intensive care.Older teens were more likely to end up in the hospital and had the greater increase in hospital visits. About half of suicide-related hospital visits for the time studied were from teens ages 15 to 17, but 12- to 14-year-olds closely trailed them, making up 37 percent of visits. Children ages 5 to 11 made up the remaining 13 percent.One of the study’s most striking findings was a seasonal trend in hospital visits. Throughout the years, visits peaked in midfall and midspring and fell to the lowest point in the summer. “We knew there was an association with school seasons, but actually seeing that mapped out was surprising,” says Plemmons. It suggests a link with school pressures. “It really speaks to the stress and the strain at school,” says Dr. Robert Dicker, associate director of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at Zucker Hillside Hospital in Glen Oaks, N.Y. “Kids appear to be under much more academic success to achieve and their perception of falling short.”Dicker, who was not involved in the study, noted possible influences from the media, particularly social media.Plemmons also drew attention to social media’s influence. “You’re becoming more disconnected and not having relationships with real people, and at the same time, you’re being fed a false distortion of what reality is, where everything looks great onscreen,” he says.Cyberbullying and sexting, he adds, could also be risk factors. “These kids have to deal with pressures that we didn’t deal with.”Other possible contributors noted in the study included earlier puberty in girls, since reaching puberty is a risk factor for suicide. Girls made up two-thirds of the hospital visits in the study period.But none of these possibilities is definitive. “This type of study is very good at revealing trends but cannot address causality,” says Dr. Laurel Williams, chief of psychiatry at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston. Despite being the third-leading cause of death in adolescents, suicide is still relatively rare, making it harder to study causes, she says. But it is important to screen for depression and anxiety, she says. Her institution also uses validated screening tools to screen adolescents and is exploring teleconsultation strategies to help pediatricians manage cases if they feel underprepared or uncomfortable. “We know there are a lot of patients still out there who have clinical depression who are not accessing care,” Plemmons says, adding that it’s important for adults to identify resources in their area for struggling teens. Parents can start with their child’s primary care doctor.But the most important first step is one anyone can take.”The current best method for identifying risk is to ask,” Williams says. “Asking a young person how they are feeling, not just how they are doing, is essential. We need to give young people the time and space to talk about how they are feeling. This involves developing closer relationships over time, not something you can scramble at the last minute or only in moments of crisis.”Plemmons also emphasized the importance of talking to adolescents about the issue. “There’s still a huge stigma and anything you can do to destigmatize it helps,” he says, adding that a fear still exists among some pediatricians and parents that discussing suicide may suggest it to adolescents. “We know from literature that that’s not the case,” Plemmons says. “Talking about it can sometimes help reduce the risk.” If you or someone you know may be considering suicide, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (En Español: 1-888-628-9454; Deaf and Hard of Hearing: 1-800-799-4889) or the Crisis Text Line by texting 741741. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

In September 2016 the town of East Liverpool Ohi

first_imgIn September 2016, the town of East Liverpool, Ohio, captured national attention when a photo of a local couple’s overdose went viral. It showed a woman and her boyfriend sprawled comatose in the front seats of a car, while the woman’s 4-year-old grandson sat in the back. The image was originally posted by the local police department. Overnight, East Liverpool, a town of just over 11,000 people, became the face of the opioid crisis enveloping parts of the country.Like many small communities in the Appalachian region, East Liverpool struggles with a foundering economy. The town is in the Mahoning Valley region, once home to a thriving steel industry. The region now has high unemployment and low average income, and has seen a steadily rising opioid overdose rate over the last decade. The viral photo triggered a painful moment of self-reflection in East Liverpool. The community took steps to address its addiction problem, but progress has been spotty. New funds became available for treatment, and a local clinic started offering medication-assisted treatment in town, but it has since shut down. The police department got a grant to start a quick-response team to help connect overdose patients to recovery services, but then funding ran out. Photographer Ian Brown traveled to the East Liverpool area several times to document this community and talk to people about how they feel about their town and their own futures. Here are the faces, and words, of the people of East Liverpool.In 2013, after seeing people she was close to struggle with addiction, CeCe Douglas (right) brought together a group of women in the community to start a grassroots nonprofit called Enough is Enough. The group helps people connect to treatment options in the community and also runs food drives and coat drives. She thinks local government and the community should be doing more to help combat addiction. Clentona Gist (left) is Douglas’ half-sister. Gist is recovering from a family tragedy that happened several years ago. Gist says Douglas has been her primary support since then, as she struggles with grief and works on her recovery from a crack cocaine addiction.Ryan Stovall (left), the mayor of East Liverpool and a part-time police officer, Brian Allen (center), the city safety manager, and John Lane (right), the police chief, together made the decision to release and post the photo that went viral in 2016, sparking a national conversation about the opioid epidemic.They instituted a more aggressive approach to policing to crack down on drug dealers, including a community-based program encouraging citizens to report any suspicious, drug-related activity they witness. The administration also created a Facebook page where photos of people charged with drug offenses are posted in an effort to “out” dealers and make it known that East Liverpool is taking a stance against drugs.Some in the community say that this tougher approach may just be moving the problem out of East Liverpool to neighboring communities. But Stovall stands by it, saying he “would gladly share our effective eradication approach” with other communities.Stovall says that his administration is now shifting its focus from law enforcement to economic growth. “Economic diversity and jobs are the key to our continued success,” Stovall said via email. Tawnia Jenkins grew up in East Liverpool and still lives in the house she was raised in. She began using and dealing drugs in the late 1990s, she says, when she lost her job and needed to supplement her income. Jenkins was eventually arrested and served time in prison. When she was released, she says it was difficult to get a job as a felon, but eventually she put herself through college. She now works as a drug intake counselor and peer support specialist at a local outpatient recovery clinic, the Family Recovery Center.Jenkins says she wanted to come back and help: “I returned home to become a thriving, supportive citizen of East Liverpool.” She says the town has a long way to go in tackling addiction.”The cops may say they have cracked down, but there is still an epidemic here,” she says. “There are more bars and empty buildings than resource centers or even housing for people who want to get clean but can’t due to living arrangements.”She says the town also lacks activities for young people to be involved in: “When you look at downtown, you see empty buildings and lost hope.”Melody Monteiro grew up in East Liverpool and works as a drug intake counselor for people facing incarceration. She says the town already had an addiction problem, including crack and alcohol, before that infamous overdose photo.”The [2016] picture highlighted a problem that had been ongoing for years,” she says. It wasn’t until middle-class people started dying of opioid overdoses that the town started waking up to the severity of its problem, she says. Monteiro says she would like to see more resources going toward residential treatment and supportive living environments for people in recovery, like halfway houses. Without long-term support, people with addiction may end up relapsing. Inpatient residential treatment options are scarce in the area, especially for women.Shannon Marie Johnson is a mother of four who lives in East Liverpool. She says she has lost a lot of good friends and acquaintances to heroin. She says talking to her kids about these deaths has been one of the hardest things she has ever had to do. But she says, she still has optimism about the future of the town.In 2015, Glen McMillin Jr. was hit by a drunk driver while riding his motorcycle. After the accident, he was prescribed pain pills by his doctors. He became addicted and began buying pills from dealers in town until he eventually started using heroin. McMillin says he overdosed three different times. Here, he is pictured standing in the ditch where he had his third overdose. He was revived with Narcan and was in intensive care for five days. Afterwards, he got on Vivitrol, a medication that treats opioid addiction and became involved in a faith-based nonprofit treatment program, which, he says, changed his life. He has been in recovery for over a year.Josh Lytle used to use and deal drugs and has spent time in prison. His father began a faith-based treatment program in 2008 called Family Care Ministries as a way to deal with Lytle’s addiction and incarceration. In 2016, Lytle and his family moved to East Liverpool to open a new chapter of the ministry. He has partnered with the police department and has been offering assistance, treatment and counseling for people struggling with addiction and for their families.Officer Kelsey Hedrick is a 21-year veteran of the East Liverpool Police. He runs the East Liverpool Police Museum and takes visitors on tours of historic crime sites in the town. He thinks the police have been doing a good job fighting the drug epidemic with the resources they have.Mitzi Stoddard says she used heroin for seven years before she got into court-ordered recovery two years ago. She went to a rehab center, where she says she learned she had to change more than her drug use. “You have to change your entire life and the way you think,” she says. Addiction is a family matter for her. She says she watched a loved one overdose in 2017 and watched the paramedics revive them, using several doses of naloxone, the overdose antidote.Stoddard says the community needs an economic boost and more addiction treatment resources, including long-term rehab, trauma counseling and mental health counseling.”We need long-term care … 90 days to 6 months. Those type of inpatient facilities they have some in neighboring counties,” she says.Ian Brown is a freelance documentary photographer from Toronto. His series, “American Dreams”, is a collection of portraits of people across the U.S. His Instagram is @ianbrownphotography.This story was edited by Meredith Rizzo and Carmel Wroth of NPR. Design and development by Alyson Hurt of NPR. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more

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By FFWPU Italy Elisabetta Cali We held a summer w

first_imgBy FFWPU Italy, Elisabetta CaliWe held a summer workshop for 2nd generation children from the age of 9 to 13, on July 10-17, 2016 in Bocca Seriola, Italy. There were 25 participants and 17 staff members, most of which were second generations,The teaching staff were comprised of; Elisabetta Nistri, Angelo Chirulli and Gukson Capone (2nd gen), while the activity staff and general organisation of the workshop was in the hands of the 2nd generation who did a great job taking care of all the children and organising team games and activities designed to push their limits and learn to sacrifice oneself for the group and give the best they can.The teachers gave lectures on the principles of creation, the fall, Jesus’ position and True Parents’ life. Like always, we dedicated one day to a hike in the mountains, we walked for 2 hours, reaching a farm with cows, other animals and a fishing lake. It is always important to help the children discover God through observing and admiring the beauty of the creation.The workshop concluded with a prayer evening in front of a fire, into which they threw their letters with promises to our Heavenly Parents.last_img read more

Newbury Street Will Go PedestrianOnly Again This Summer

first_img Photo by Francisco Seoane Perez on Flickr/Creative CommonsIf you thought last year’s experiment in a car-free Newbury Street was a dream come true, you’re in luck.The city is bringing the popular program back this summer, making the shopping destination pedestrian-only for one Sunday a month from June to September, the city tells the Globe. Dates have not yet been announced.The “Open Newbury Street” concept debuted last year, when the thoroughfare was closed to traffic for one day in August from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.“Open Newbury Street is an opportunity for our residents and visitors to enjoy everything Newbury Street has to offer without worrying about cars,” Mayor Marty Walsh said last year. “We’ve received a large amount of positive feedback from the community, and have worked closely with businesses and residents to ensure the pedestrian-only street closure will positively impact the neighborhood’s residents and businesses.It was well-received, with a few exceptions, including one of two associations representing businesses along the busy strip. The Newbury Street League had argued that many wealthy car-driving customers would be inconvenienced by the closure, leading Michele Messino, its executive director, to utter this memorable line: “Do you really think people are going to spend hundreds of dollars to primp and get back on the T?”That wasn’t the only controversy to emerge out of last year’s car-free experiment. Last time, Mayor Walsh stunned Greater Boston when he showed up to the event in a divisive (yet “comfortable”) pair of white cargo shorts. The city has never been the same since. By Spencer Buell· Get a compelling long read and must-have lifestyle tips in your inbox every Sunday morning — great with coffee! 000 Newbury Street Will Go Pedestrian-Only Again This Summer It will be closed to traffic on three Sundays. center_img Print Sign up for Boston Daily. News. Commentary. Every day.* 5/9/2017, 10:19 a.m. last_img read more

The Best Healthy Food Gyms and Places to Go Outside in the

first_imgThe Best Healthy Food, Gyms, and Places to Go Outside in the North End Use our healthy neighborhood guide to the North End to learn where to get the best healthy food, go to the gym, and get outside in Boston’s Little Italy. By Tessa Yannone· 8/22/2018, 3:40 p.m. Sign up for Health & Wellness newsletters. Everything you need to stay healthy and fit.* Read all about the latest gym openings, healthy events, and fitness trends in our twice weekly Wellness newsletter. center_img Photo by Tessa YannoneFoodies and tourists are drawn to the saturated streets of Hanover and Salem in search of the perfect slice of pizza and overflowing bowl of pasta. So it’s no wonder that eating a little healthier in the North End, or making sure you fit in a workout between cannoli tastings can get a little tricky, but it can be done. If you live in the North End or are passing through, health is attainable amidst the temptations on every street corner. And although some nights it’s easier to just swing by Ernesto’s for a slice or Pauli’s for a Killer B sandwich, healthier choices can be made. Here’s the best healthy food, gyms, and places to get outside in Boston’s Little Italy.Where to Work OutNorth End Yoga: Located right on Hanover street, this small yoga studio, with wood-paneled floors, large windows, and brick walls is a little respite from the bustling street just down below. During the pleasant months, the windows are open and you can feel the breeze waft in as it billows the large curtains, but somehow the noise doesn’t detract from the practice. Along with vinyasa, structural yoga, and yoga ananda, the space also hosts pilates mat, fusion, and barre fusion, depending on what you’re looking for. 256 Hanover St., Boston, 617-227-9642, northendyoga.com. Knockout North End:  This new boxing studio is nestled right between Antico Forno and Neptune Oyster on Salem Street. It has multiple heavy-weight bags and a full-size ring, as well as a full-service juice bar—not in operation yet, but soon to be. Choose from three different classes, including the signature knockout class, which is a 45-minute group class combining heavy bag intervals with bodyweight and strength exercises. The KO bootcamp is a 45-minute bootcamp class using kettle bells, bands, and calisthenics for a full body workout. And KO jump is a signature jumprope interval class, because it’s true what they say—fighters need fast feet. 89 Salem St., Boston, konorthend.com. Image provided.Next Level Fitness: This studio specializes in small group programming, so instead of being one of 25 people in a group class you’ll be one of four, and you’ll receive more personalized attention and accountability. Each class is classified by what will be focused on for the duration of the 45-minute session: strength, shred, or Tabata, among others. 133 Endicott St., Boston, 617-487-4001, nlfhealth.com. Where to EatThe Juicery: This little joint, with a couple of bar stools and a counter, is jam-packed during the morning commute. People walk out, smoothie in hand, and ready to take on their day. Try the classic peanut butter banana smoothie, made with banana, peanut butter, and chocolate almond milk, or check out the store coolers filled with grab and go foods if you’re feeling a little hungrier. 58 Salem St., Boston, 617-936-4010, juicery.com.  Boston Public Market:  Swing by the market and stop at Mother Juice for a salad or Inna’s Kitchen for a pita. If you’re looking to stock up for the week, buy fresh produce from Siena Farms or FoodCares Urban Market, meat from Chestnut Farms, and seafood from Red’s Best. Be sure to swing by Taza Chocolate for a stone ground chocolate drink or sample a sweet and savory selection of spiced nuts at Q’s Nuts. 100 Hanover St., Boston, 617-973-4909, bostonpublicmarket.org. Photo by Jacqueline CainMonica’s Mercato: Hear me out on this one. Yeah, you can walk in and buy a large chicken parm sandwhich or an overly stuffed Italian sub (highly recommend, though—save it for a special occasion), but this deli also has an extensive selection of fresh vegetables, traditional antipasti, and meats and cheeses. Just be smart about what you order. If you ask for the steak tips sandwich in salad form, they’ll load up a bowl of salad greens with roasted vegetables, steak, and fresh mozzarella with the sweetest, tangiest balsamic vinegar that’s ever graced your lips. 130 Salem St., Boston, 617-742-4101, monicasmercato.com. Where to Get Some Fresh AirThe Greenway: If you want to fall in love with the city over and over again, just take a stroll down the Greenway. Or better yet, lay out a blanket on the grass in between Cross Street and Congress Street and watch kids play in the fountain, people walking their rather adorable dogs, and all the tourists taking in the sights. There’s nothing more relaxing than enjoying your Monica’s Mercato selection while looking at the skyline (in close proximity) from a little green space in the middle of the urban jungle.Photo by Tessa Yannone 2590259 Printlast_img read more

What This Local Entrepreneur Wants You to Know about Eating Disorders

first_img 7/29/2019, 10:56 a.m. Read all about the latest gym openings, healthy events, and fitness trends in our twice weekly Wellness newsletter. Wellness What This Local Entrepreneur Wants You to Know about Eating Disorders Reba Tobia created the Brave Box as a way to address the shame and stigma around eating disorders, and to give those who are in the recovery process daily reminders of hope. 002 Printcenter_img By Tessa Yannone· Sign up for Health & Wellness newsletters. Everything you need to stay healthy and fit.* Photo providedReba Tobia was 22 when she was diagnosed with an eating disorder. When she began the recovery process, she says she was in denial and scared. While she grappled with her diagnosis, she also grappled with feeling alone and isolated outside of her treatment team due to circumstances that made it difficult to receive the support she needed. As a result, she felt a strong calling to help others who might be in the same situation.Five years later, the now-27-year-old Maynard resident is helping others struggling with eating disorders, and changing the way we view the disease, through her company Brave Box. It’s a box, much like the Penny Pack for periods, filled with items that personally help Tobia the most in recovery, as she’s still going through it herself. It also serves as a platform for her to connect with others going through what she has gone through, or is currently going through.“Most people have this image of a ‘white picket fence’ recovery with a big group of people supporting them.” Tobia says. “I only had 3-4 friends and my treatment team, so I often felt alone and not as connected with other people as I wanted to be.”Inside the box you’ll find three items—one each for the body, mind, and soul. Each item can act as what is called a distress tolerance skill in therapy, Tobia tells me, or something you can engage with to deal with difficult emotions in a healthy way. Oftentimes in recovery you’re asked to eat foods that your eating disorder tells you are “bad,” Tobia explains, or hurtful thoughts and feelings will come up about your body. Her hope is that these items can help people get through those difficult moments.For the body, there are 10 self-love body image cards in the box. Each one has a mantra written on it, all of which Tobia wrote in a journal on her treatment journey, with custom-made illustrations. She says these can be taped on your mirror, or put anywhere you can see them often. She even says when she goes into fitting rooms or sees a magazine with hurtful diet culture language on it, she’ll tape the card there. For the mind, Tobia included putty that releases a lavender scent when kneaded in moments of distress, and for the soul, a succulent.“I like to say we’re very similar to succulents, especially in recovery,” Tobia says. “No two succulents are the same, like humans, and they grow, just as you grow in recovery.”A favorite in the box (both of hers and current customers), though, is an engraved fork with the words, “I am so okay” which Tobia says she often tells herself when a day feels particularly hard. She adds that if the box is being sent as a gift, she can print out personalized notes and words of encouragement from the sender, something she says gives her satisfaction after not having that for herself.The most important thing the Brave Box enables Tobia to do is change the way we talk about and approach eating disorders, while also giving those who are suffering a place to connect. In each box there is a welcome card inviting the recipient to join the Brave Box community on Instagram, where Tobia says she can express herself and where she feels others are able to find their tribe in a body positive and accepting space.Through both this online platform and in her marketing efforts for the Brave Box, she hopes to dismantle the image of eating disorders only happening to well-off white girls in emaciated bodies. “You can live in any type of body and have an eating disorder. You can be any gender or race,” Tobia says. “We grow up in a society where diet culture is everywhere. It’s even in our pet food and it’s crazy. I want everyone to know that all bodies are good bodies, any size is a great size, and you are unique and okay just the way you are.”A portion of all sales from the Brave Box go to the Multi-Service Eating Disorders Association, a center in Newton with the mission to heal, educate, and empower the people, families, and community members impacted by eating disorders. And Tobia says this is a good place to start if you, or someone you know, is suffering. It is a place she has gone, herself, to learn.“Educating myself about eating disorders and really honing in on the fact that recovery isn’t linear has been monumental for me,” she says. “It’s a massive roller coaster ride. I own up to the fact that I don’t know everything. There are people who live in different bodies than my own and may have a completely different view than me.”In the future, Tobia hopes to make the boxes subscription-based and customizable. She also hopes to bring them to schools and colleges and share her story with others.“I am a better person and I have a bigger heart and so much more love to give because of my eating disorder,” Tobia says. “I know that sounds weird, but I’m much more empathetic and patient and I want to empower others to know that something good can come of their diagnosis. You just have to be willing to trust the process.”For more informatin: thebravebox.com.last_img read more

Fantasy Six Pack Get these players in your lineup at the RBC

first_imgI like charts because they give me a snapshot of what the players strengths are, and where they could be peaking or struggling. Koepka’s last two starts have been superb tee-to-green, He won’t be able to gain as many strokes off the tee this week, so he’ll need the irons and putter to stay hot.Going Streaking: Players entering this week in great formGetty Images Welcome to the Fantasy Six Pack! If this is your first time joining us, we highlight six golfers to use in two popular fantasy golf platforms, DraftKings and FanDuel. On each, you must select six golfers for your lineup under a specific salary cap. (DraftKings $50,000, FanDuel $60,000.) A little about me: I’m a golf nut with a trending-upwards 4 handicap (since my son, James, was born, it’s skyrocketed) and a nose for analytics — according to Rotogrinders, I’m one of the top daily fantasy golf players and ranked inside the top 5 of all players. Come check out all of my analysis at Awesemo.com where this year I’ve been able to secure a profit of nearly $100,000 dollars!The Tournament: The RBC Canadian OpenCourse: Hamilton Golf & Country ClubAverage Winning Score: -18Average Cut:  Even
Yardage: 7,000
Par: 70Last year’s top finishersThis event was last staged at Hamilton in 2012, and Scott Piercy won it.Skills emphasized: It’s one of the shortest courses the tour will play this season, checking in at just under 7,000 thousand yards, so we know accuracy will be a key factor. One of the only ways to make a short course Tour-ready to do grow long rough and place hazards around the course, which means hitting fairways will be paramount.The Favorite(s):Brooks Koepka (Odds: 6.5/1, DraftKings $11,700, FanDuel $12,500) It’s hard not to include Koepka here, even with Dustin Johnson (Odds: 6/1, DraftKings $11,900, FanDuel $12,600) in the field. Both are playing fantastic right now, but since Brooks just won basically head to head vs. DJ at the PGA, he gets the nod for this spot. Prior to his major win he also finished fourth at the Byron Nelson, and second at the Masters.last_img read more

The Labour party has refused to say if it will tak

first_imgThe Labour party has refused to say if it will take any action to support a newly-elected disabled MP who has been prevented from taking part in some House of Commons debates because of access barriers.Disability News Service (DNS) reported last week how Labour’s Jared O’Mara had been unable to attend a couple of debates in the Commons chamber because there were no seats free and he cannot stand for longer than five or 10 minutes.O’Mara (pictured, centre), who was elected for the first time in Sheffield Hallam last month, told DNS last week: “There has been a couple of times where I have not been able to get a seat and so I have not been able to attend.“The thing is with the Commons chamber, it is 650 MPs but there’s not 650 seats, so for busy events… there’s not enough seats for everybody. It’s ridiculous in this day and age.”The story caused outrage among many on social media, with Twitter and Facebook users branding it “shocking”, “grotesque”, “ridiculous”, “appalling” and a “disgrace”, while another said the Commons was “not a seat of #democracy unless everybody can sit in it”.Another said: “The thought of a disabled MP with nowhere to sit during a Commons debate takes my breath away.”But one disabled person, who said he previously worked in parliament, was critical of O’Mara.He said on Twitter that the MP could obtain a “prayer card” from a member of Commons staff, which he could use to reserve a seat for the remainder of that day if the chamber was likely to be busy.When asked what steps it was taking to ensure that O’Mara was able to take part in the work of parliament whenever he needed to, a Labour spokesman said in a statement: “Parliamentary authorities should take the concerns of Members of Parliament with disabilities seriously and make every effort to ensure they are able to carry out their jobs effectively.”Asked whether this meant it was taking no action to support O’Mara to address this access issue, the party had failed to reply by noon today (Thursday).The House of Commons refused to comment last week on the issue of seating in the chamber.It said instead that it “aims to provide a positive, inclusive working environment where people are valued for the skills and experience they bring to work, whilst being representative of the society they serve”, which means “making parliament more accessible, diverse and free from discrimination and meeting the requirements of the Equality Act 2010”.last_img read more

The Welsh governments decision to close its indep

first_imgThe Welsh government’s decision to close its independent living grant scheme and pass the funding to local authorities could see cuts to the support packages of hundreds of disabled people, new research suggests.Disabled campaigners say that information released by local authorities in Wales has created “extreme cause for concern” about the transition process, which is seeing funding from the interim Welsh Independent Living Grant (WILG) passed to the 22 councils.WILG was set up by the Welsh government – with UK government funding – as a short-term measure to support former recipients of the Independent Living Fund (ILF) when ILF was closed in June 2015.But the Welsh government is now closing WILG and by April next year the 22 councils will be solely responsible for meeting the support needs of all former ILF-recipients in Wales.The Welsh government’s own estimates, released to Disability News Service (DNS) last night (Wednesday), suggest that about 200 former WILG-recipients will see their support packages cut by next April.Members of the Save WILG campaign, led by former ILF-recipient Nathan Lee Davies (pictured), submitted freedom of information requests to all 22 Welsh councils earlier this year, and they say the responses proved they were right to be concerned that the transition process would lead to many former ILF-users seeing their support packages cut.Few of the councils were willing to provide detailed information about how the process of re-assessing the needs of the former ILF-recipients in their areas would affect their support packages.But some of the local authorities admitted that a significant proportion of those currently receiving support through the WILG have already had their support packages cut.In Wrexham, Davies’ home local authority, the council said it had re-assessed less than a third of former ILF-users but had already cut the support of 18 of them, increasing support for just seven, and leaving one package unchanged.Monmouthshire council had cut four of 19 packages, Conwy had reduced two of 12 – although the vast majority had still to be assessed – while Caerphilly had reduced four of 29, Merthyr Tydfil had reduced 15 per cent, and both Carmarthenshire and Rhondda councils had cut 10 per cent of support packages.About a third of the councils – including Pembrokeshire, Gwynedd, Anglesey, Cardiff and Blaenau Gwent – failed to say how many support packages had been cut.But some local authorities did produce more encouraging answers, with Powys council saying the reassessment process had seen it increase the support packages of 59 of 62 former ILF-users.Although Port Talbot council had reviewed less than a third of service-users, half had had their packages increased, and the other half had seen them stay at the same level, while Bridgend decided that all but one former ILF-recipient would continue to receive the same support package.There were also repeated warnings from the local authorities that they could not promise that support packages would not be cut in the future, with Cardiff council warning that “no guarantees as to the future are possible with any funding arrangement”.Asked if it could guarantee that WILF recipients would have their care packages ring-fenced from all future austerity cuts forced onto local authorities, both Merthyr Tydfil and Port Talbot replied with just one word: “No.”Huw Irranca-Davies, the Welsh government’s minister for social care, has previously pledged that no former ILF-users would lose out in the transition process.But a Welsh government spokesman said that its most recent monitoring of the transition had found about 100 of 580 WILG-recipients were having their support “provided in a different manner than previously”*, while 130 were receiving more support.As about 1,300 people are due to go through the transition, this suggests that about 200 former WILG-users will eventually see their packages cut.He insisted that the government was committed to ensuring that all disabled people are “fully supported to live independently in their communities”.And he said that Irranca-Davies had visited both Powys and Wrexham councils this week to “see at first hand the work they have been undertaking” and “will be speaking to other authorities about this over the next few weeks”.The government spokesman said: “He will also be asking authorities to undertake a deep dive of a sample of cases where there have been significant changes in the type of support people are receiving, to establish the reasons for this and ensure they are receiving the appropriate support they require to live independently.“This is in addition to the ongoing monitoring of the programme, and an additional independent evaluation which has been commissioned by the minister.”The spokesman claimed that the “feedback from disabled people” on the transition programme had been “positive”.He said: “Together with our partners in local government and the third sector, we will continue to closely monitor the process and the individual outcomes of the transition from the ILF to the person-centred and co-produced approach to independent living in Wales.”But Miranda Evans, policy and programmes manager for Disability Wales, said her organisation was “extremely concerned that disabled people with high support requirements are having their hours of care reduced when transferring over to direct payments”. She said: “In a number of cases people are losing their ‘socialising’ hours, which is of great concern. “This vital support enables people to play a part in their community, volunteer with a local group and get involved in political life. “Without this necessary support disabled people will become isolated, disengaged and unable to leave their home.”Disability Wales has called for an “urgent review” of the Welsh government’s policy and investigations into the differences between how local authorities are applying it, which she said showed “the further development of a postcode lottery”.She added: “We remain concerned that funding will be absorbed by social services budgets and not be directed to those who need it: disabled people with high support requirements.”Davies said the Welsh government’s comments showed that “they simply refuse to see the evidence that is staring them in the face”.He said: “Yet again the Welsh government seems to think of former ILF recipients as a privileged bunch.“This is not the case at all, as we are disabled people with high care and support needs who were guaranteed a lifetime of adequate support under the old ILF system.“They do not deserve to be made to feel like a hindrance by the Welsh government.”He said the conclusions that can be drawn from the freedom of information responses were “very worrying indeed” and show “a shocking lack of consistency between local authorities, the development of a ‘postcode lottery’, the lack of an adequate complaints procedure for former ILF recipients and an alarming lack of security, or guarantees, for the future”. Davies is determined to persuade the Welsh government to keep the current system, which allows former ILF-recipients some security by receiving funding from three different “pots”: WILG, local authorities and their own personal contributions.He said: “The responses reflect why we started the campaign three years ago and give weight to our belief that the tripartite system of care needs to be maintained.“Disabled people with high care and support needs simply cannot rely on cash-strapped local authorities to provide the levels of care that they need. “One of my biggest concerns is that even the local authorities who have increased a majority of care packages cannot guarantee that these packages will remain at the same levels in future years.“It is a concern that these generous increases may only be put in place for a year, while the local authorities sharpen their axes for further cuts once the campaign is over.” He added: “The Welsh government now need to listen to the voices that have supported our campaign – assembly members, MPs, Disability Labour, Jeremy Corbyn, shadow chancellor John McDonnell, celebrities such as Ken Loach and most importantly their own members who passed a motion calling on them to #SaveWILG at the Welsh Labour conference in April 2018.” *The Welsh government press office was unable to confirm by 1pm today that this means that their support hours have been reduced A note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS…last_img read more

THE latest edition of the In Touch Podcast is now

first_imgTHE latest edition of the In Touch Podcast is now available to download.We look ahead to today’s game with Hull FC and reflect on the award winners at Saints End of Season Dinner.Nathan Brown, Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Adam Swift, Jon Wilkin and Jordan Turner are all featured.To listen click here or search for St Helens RFC on iTunes.Remember if you want a question answering on the Podcast drop us a line @saints1890 on Twitter or email podcast@saintsrlfc.comThe podcast is in association with Citytalk 105.9.last_img read more

SAINTS take on Wigan today – and Hull FC on Monday

first_imgSAINTS take on Wigan today – and Hull FC on Monday – in a packed Easter weekend.All the stats, facts and figures are here:Wigan v Saints:Tommy Makinson has scored tries in the Saints’ last three meetings with Wigan (2-2-1) whilst Wigan’s Joe Burgess has bagged one in each.Last 10 Meetings:St Helens 14, Wigan 6 (SLGF, 11/10/14) (at Old Trafford, Manchester)Wigan 12, St Helens 16 (SLR18, 27/6/14)St Helens 14, Wigan 33 (SLR9, 18/4/14)St Helens 22, Wigan 16 (SLR22, 22/7/13)Wigan 28, St Helens 16 (SLR9, 29/3/13)Wigan 18, St Helens 26 (SLR27, 7/9/12)St Helens 16, Wigan 42 (SLR15, 27/5/12) (at Etihad Stadium, Manchester)Wigan 18, St Helens 4 (CCQF, 12/5/12)St Helens 10, Wigan 28 (SLR10, 6/4/12)St Helens 26, Wigan 18 (SLQSF, 1/10/11)Super League Summary:Wigan won 31 (includes win in 2010 Grand Final & wins in 2001, 2003 and 2004 play-offs)St Helens won 30 (includes wins in 2000 and 2014 Grand Finals & wins in 2000, 2002, 2009 and 2011 play-offs)4 drawsHighs and Lows:Wigan highest score: 65-12 (A, 1997) (also widest margin)St Helens highest score: 57-16 (MM, 2008) (also widest margin)Saints v Hull Super League Summary:St Helens won 25 (includes win in 2006 Grand Final & wins in 2001 and 2006 play-offs)Hull FC won 113 drawsHighs and Lows:St Helens highest score: 74-16 (H, 1999) (also widest margin)Hull FC highest score: 44-6 (H, 2005) (also widest margin)Career Milestones:Jon Wilkin needs three tries to reach a career century of touchdowns. His total of 97 has been scored as follows: 8 for Hull KR (2000-2002), 88 for St Helens (2003-2015) and 1 for England (2004-2005, 2008-2009 & 2011-2012). Wilkin also made 6 non-scoring appearances for Great Britain (2006-2007).Super League Milestones:(Players reaching significant figures in Super League games only, including play-offs)Danny Tickle needs 13 points to draw level with Sean Long in fifth place in the list of all-time leading point-scorers.1 Kevin Sinfield (Leeds, 1997-present) 3,2592 Paul Deacon (Wigan/Bradford/Oldham, 1997-2011) 2,4133 Andy Farrell (Wigan, 1996-2004) 2,3764 Lee Briers (Warrington/St Helens, 1997-2013) 2,2885 Sean Long (Hull FC/St Helens/Wigan, 1996-2011) 2,2006 Danny Tickle (Widnes/Hull FC/Wigan/Halifax, 2000-present) 2,1877 Pat Richards (Wigan, 2006-2013) 2,1108 Danny Brough (Huddersfield/Wakefield/Castleford/Hull FC, 2005-2006 & 2008-present) 1,7339 Iestyn Harris (Bradford/Leeds/Warrington, 1996-2001 & 2004-2008) 1,67410 Michael Dobson (Salford/Hull KR/Wigan/Catalans Dragons, 2006, 2008-2013 & 2015) 1,438Danny Brough needs one goal to draw level with Pat Richards in seventh place in the list of all-time leading goal-kickers (conversions and penalties only, not including field goals).1 Kevin Sinfield (Leeds, 1997-present) 1,4772 Paul Deacon (Wigan/Bradford/Oldham, 1997-2011) 1,0433 Andy Farrell (Wigan, 1996-2004) 1,0264 Danny Tickle (Widnes/Hull FC/Wigan/Halifax, 2000-present) 9075 Lee Briers (Warrington/St Helens, 1997-2013) 8496 Sean Long (Hull FC/St Helens/Wigan, 1996-2011) 8267 Pat Richards (Wigan, 2006-2013) 7598 Danny Brough (Huddersfield/Wakefield/Castleford/Hull FC, 2005-2006 & 2008-present) 7589 Iestyn Harris (Bradford/Leeds/Warrington, 1996-2001 & 2004-2008) 64010 Michael Dobson (Salford/Hull KR/Wigan/Catalans Dragons, 2006, 2008-2013 & 2015) 593Paul Wellens, Leon Pryce, Rob Burrow, Kirk Yeaman and Luke Dorn all have the opportunity to move up the list of all-time leading try-scorers in forthcoming Super League rounds.1 Danny McGuire (Leeds, 2001-present) 2212 = Keith Senior (Leeds/Sheffield, 1996-2011), Paul Wellens (St Helens, 1998-present) 1994 David Hodgson (Hull KR/Huddersfield/Salford/Wigan/Halifax, 1999-2014) 1685 Leon Pryce (Hull FC/Catalans Dragons/St Helens/Bradford, 1998-present) 1676 Ryan Hall (Leeds, 2007-present) 1557 Ade Gardner (Hull KR/St Helens, 2002-2014) 1538 Rob Burrow (Leeds, 2001-present) 1519 Kirk Yeaman (Hull FC, 2001-present) 14910 = Luke Dorn (Castleford/London Broncos/Harlequins/Salford, 2005-present), Pat Richards (Wigan, 2006-2013) 147Paul Wellens – 1 try away from 200 (199 for St Helens, 1998-2015)Consecutive Appearances:Hull FC’s Joe Westerman has the longest run of consecutive appearances amongst Super League players, with 51. Westerman last missed a Hull game on 25 May, 2013 – a 22-16 Magic Weekend win against Hull KR at Manchester’s Etihad Stadium. His streak then started on 31 May, 2013 – an 18-6 home win against Leeds.1 Joe Westerman (Hull FC) 512 Zeb Taia (Catalans Dragons) 413 Morgan Escare (Catalans Dragons) 394 Mose Masoe (St Helens) 375 Rangi Chase (Salford Red Devils) 31First Utility Super League Leading Scorers:Tries:1 Justin Carney (Castleford Tigers) 92 Ken Sio (Hull Kingston Rovers) 83 Tom Lineham (Hull FC) 74 = Albert Kelly (Hull Kingston Rovers), Danny McGuire (Leeds Rhinos), Jordan Turner (St Helens) 67 = Ben Jones-Bishop (Salford Red Devils), Tom Makinson (St Helens), Chris Riley (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats), Anthony Gelling (Wigan Warriors) 5Goals:1 Josh Mantellato (Hull Kingston Rovers) 292 Kevin Sinfield (Leeds Rhinos) 233 Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) 214 = Scott Dureau (Catalans Dragons), Josh Griffin (Salford Red Devils) 206 = Craig Hall (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats), Matty Smith (Wigan Warriors) 198 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 189 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 1710 Travis Burns (St Helens) 14Goals Percentage:1 Kevin Sinfield (Leeds Rhinos) 85.18 (23/27)2 Danny Tickle (Widnes Vikings) 84.61 (11/13)3 Travis Burns (St Helens) 82.35 (14/17)4 Josh Mantellato (Hull Kingston Rovers) 78.37 (29/37)5 Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) 75.00 (21/28)6 Scott Dureau (Catalans Dragons) 74.07 (20/27)7 Stefan Ratchford (Warrington Wolves) 73.33 (11/15)8 Craig Hall (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats) 73.07 (19/26)9 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 70.83 (17/24)10 Matty Smith (Wigan Warriors) 70.37 (19/27)Points:1 Josh Mantellato (Hull Kingston Rovers) 662 Josh Griffin (Salford Red Devils) 563 Kevin Sinfield (Leeds Rhinos) 554 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 485 = Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants), Matty Smith (Wigan Warriors) 477 Craig Hall (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats) 428 Scott Dureau (Catalans Dragons) 419 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 4010 Justin Carney (Castleford Tigers) 36last_img read more

CFPUA Chairmans Daily Update August 10

first_imgThe first action taken by the Board is an authorization for the Executive Director to execute contracts of up to $500,000 to remove approximately 48 million gallons of treated drinking water stored in the Peedee aquifer. DateRawFinished 7/20/201784.9115 To see the most recent GenX results from the ASR well, click here. CFPUA is currently operating a pilot test, consisting of four columns that contain two different kinds of carbon media, to evaluate the potential for removing GenX and other per-fluorinated compounds from the water. We expect the test to take up to one year to provide the data necessary to evaluate its effectiveness.Related Article: UPDATE: CFPUA contractor did not obtain permit before removing trees CFPUA staff will continuously sample water that has been filtered through the carbon until “breakthrough” status is achieved—the point at which Genx molecules are able to make it through the filter and be detected in the finished water. The agreement will cover a study to be conducted by UNCW faculty, with the goal of identifying and quantifying other compounds found in a study published in November 2016 by North Carolina State University researchers. Yesterday afternoon, the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality released the most recent GenX results from their sampling for the period July 24-27. The results show that concentrations of GenX continue to be below the 140 ppt health goal set by NCDHHS. Tests show that the water at the Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR) well on Westbrook Avenue is below the GenX health goal of 140 parts per trillion (ppt) set by the NCDHHS, but above the average levels in the water that we are currently supplying our customers. Because the water was treated and stored while Chemours was still discharging GenX into the Cape Fear River, CFPUA has decided it is in the best interest of our customers to withdraw that water from the aquifer. Water and sediment samples will be taken near the CFPUA intake, and an evaluation of the effectiveness of our treatment processes will be conducted. The second action taken by the Board is an authorization for the Executive Director to enter into a Service Agreement of up to $100,000 with the University of North Carolina Wilmington. WILMINGTON, NC (CFPUA News Release) —This afternoon, CFPUA received new results from the raw and finished water at Sweeney Water Treatment Plant taken on August 1. The results show that concentrations of GenX continue to be below the 140 parts per trillion healthy goal set by NCDHHS.See the new data in the table below: – Advertisement – Yesterday morning, the CFPUA Board authorized an additional $83,000 in funds for continued GenX sampling and testing. These new funds will pay for the daily sampling of raw and finished water at Sweeney Water Treatment plant and for the sampling of our on-going pilot test at Sweeney Water Treatment Plant. 7/23/201758.262.1 7/24/201713667.7 7/21/201762.888.8 To view the full news release, click here. 7/22/201753.167.6 7/25/201797.3134 The $500,000 will cover an array of potential costs, including: construction of a temporary connection pipe, materials, temporary easement and environmental testing. In addition to funding for GenX testing, the Board also authorized two new actions related to GenX: 7/26/201752.294 For citizens interested in participating, please find instructions below:Drop off empty containers at one of the participating churches between 9:00 am and 11:00 am Monday, Wednesday and/or Friday beginning Monday, July 31.Containers should be clean, have caps, be marked with the person’s name and number, and be between one and five gallons in size.Containers should not have previously been used for chemicals, such as cleaning fluids or other liquids not suitable for consumption. They should also be non-breakable.Pick up filled containers between 1:00 pm and 3:00 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and/or Friday beginning Monday, July 31. CFPUA encourages the public to check our website and social media channels for updates as this continues to unfold. We are committed to transparency, and we look forward to continuing our partnership with you through the duration of this process. To view the full news release, click here. Upon receipt of a permit from DEQ, CFPUA will start withdrawing the water in early September. It will be discharged to the wastewater system, and returned to the river downstream of all drinking water intakes. 7/27/201755.567 The amount of time it takes to reach breakthrough status will give staff an idea of how often the media will need to replaced and the viability of integrating the new media into our current processes.CFPUA will continue to update the public and make the results of these tests available for download on the “Information on GenX” page of our website.To view all GenX results, click here. CFPUA is proud to participate in studies that advance the water industry. Associated findings will help the EPA and NC DEQ regulate contaminants and ensure source waters are protected. We are participating in this study, and will continue to participate in additional studies, as we prioritize safe, clean drinking water for our customers and for the Wilmington region. For CFPUA customers who prefer water from an alternate source, CFPUA is offering free water from a ground source. This water is treated at CFPUA’s nanofiltration plant. On July 13, CFPUA sampled water at this Richardson Nanofiltration Plant—which serves the free water station at Ogden Park—for GenX and it was not detected. This water is supplied by aquifers that have not been affected by Chemours’ discharge of GenX.Residential CFPUA customers may fill their clean personal containers at New Hanover County’s Ogden Park near the tennis courts at 615 Ogden Park Drive. This is available daily from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. CFPUA will continue to offer this service until we confirm a trend line that is at or below the health advisory goal set by NC DHHS.For citizens unable to get to the water station at 615 Ogden Park Drive, CFPUA is partnering with the City of Wilmington and area churches to provide free water from Ogden Park.Churches will transport empty containers to Ogden Park where they will be filled with treated groundwater at no cost. Church volunteers will then bring the filled containers back to the designated churches, where customers can pick them up. Churches will be open for drop off between 9:00 am and 11:00 am every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and for pick up between 1:00 pm and 3:00 p.m. on the same days.Three churches in the greater downtown area will be offering drop-off and pick-up services:Warner Temple AME Zion Church, 620 Nixon St., (910) 763-6308St. Phillip AME Church, 815 N. 8th St., (910) 762-3573Ephesus SDA Church, 1002 Castle St., (910) 762-7755 8/1/201734.542.3last_img read more

Whiteville City Schools vote against merger

first_imgWhiteville High School (Photo: Jenna Kurzyna/WWAY) WHITEVILLE, NC (WWAY) — One school district is for and the other is against consolidation.Whiteville City Schools voted against merging with Columbus County Schools at their school board meeting Monday night.  Click here to read the resolution.- Advertisement – According to the resolution board members passed, Whiteville City Schools maintains consistent enrollment, is financially stable, and that a merger of the two systems would demonstrate a significant loss of state funding.Yesterday morning, the Columbus County School Board unanimously approved a resolution to consolidate.The final decision comes down to Columbus County Commissioners.Related Article: Wilmington music teacher gets state award for work-based learninglast_img read more

Wilmington teens American Idol journey ends… for now

first_img The Ashley High School sophomore was featured briefly on last night’s episode of “American Idol.” His clips showed a range of emotions beginning with the thrill of being in Hollywood.“This is gonna be the most amazing week of my life. This is so exciting!” a smiling Ward told the camera. “This is it. This is the dream, and it’s coming true now.”But moments later, after a brief shot of Ward, who a graphic mistakenly said was from “Williamton, NC,” on stage in front of judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie, Ward was part of a montage of heartbroken contestants who learned they were going home and would not advance.Related Article: Christina Aguilera, Post Malone headline New Year’s Rockin’ Eve on ABC“I’m a little disappointed right now. This meant so much to me,” Ward said.But through tears, he showed poise and determination.“I’m not gonna give up at all,” he said. “I’m gonna be back next year. I promise.”Ward was likewise positive in a couple of Tweets last night, including a reply to American Idol’s account, which tweeted the show’s support for him and a couple other contestants, and another in which he leaned on his faith.Thank you @AmericanIdol for the experience of a lifetime. I can’t wait for what the future holds and to hopefully come back next year. https://t.co/sG7Sp97K5O— Joshua Ward (@joshuapaulward) March 27, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Everyone knows it’s tough living with a secret. But Joshua Ward, a Wilmington teen who made the first cut on ABC’s “American Idol,” kept quiet the fact that he not only got a golden ticket and made it to Hollywood Week, but that the week in California ended in disappointment.Ward, 16, was one of 169 contestants picked by judges from thousands of hopefuls at auditions across the country last summer and fall to advance on the reality show.- Advertisement – Joshua Ward auditions for “American Idol” in 2017. (Photo: Joshua Ward) Joshua Ward, fourth from right, listens to the judges during the Hollywood Week episode of “American Idol” that aired on March 26, 2018. (Photo: ABC/Eric McCandless) God has a plan. He will be made much of through this experience… I promise I will be back pic.twitter.com/j86viKSdfO— Joshua Ward (@joshuapaulward) March 27, 2018Ward had been featured in “American Idol” promos over the last couple of months, but wasn’t allowed to say publicly that he’d made it to Hollywood Week until this weekend.In an interview with WWAY before last night’s episode aired, Ward said making the cut was a big accomplishment for someone who grew up watching the show, which is in its first season on ABC after a 14-year run on Fox that ended in 2016.“Obviously I would love to win,” Ward said. “That would be amazing. But I really do want to do this for the rest of my life. This is my dream. This is my passion.”Ward will take his passion to the Azalea Festival Parade in downtown Wilmington on Saturday, April 14. He is scheduled to sing the National Anthem.“American Idol” airs Sundays and Mondays at 8 p.m. on WWAY ABC. Joshua Ward hugs another contestant during the Hollywood Week episode of “American Idol” that aired on March 26, 2018. (Photo: ABC/Eric McCandless) 1 of 7 Joshua Ward performs on the Hollywood Week episode of “American Idol” that aired on March 26, 2018. (Photo: ABC)Joshua Ward performs on the Hollywood Week episode of “American Idol” that aired on March 26, 2018. (Photo: ABC) Joshua Ward reacts to learning he was cut from “American Idol.” (Photo: ABC) Joshua Ward, fourth from right, listens to the judges during the Hollywood Week episode of “American Idol” that aired on March 26, 2018. (Photo: ABC/Eric McCandless) Joshua Ward performs on the Hollywood Week of “American Idol” that aired on March 26, 2018. (Photo: ABC/Eric McCandless)last_img read more

Town pumps the brakes on pedal pubs in Carolina Beach

first_imgCAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — After a lengthy discussion about proposed routes for a pedal pub in Carolina Beach, town council ultimately voted against allowing them on the island.Pleasure Island Coastal Cruiser wanted to operate a pedal pub that would have held 16 people.- Advertisement – It would have been stored at Good Hops Brewing.The business wanted waivers that would have allowed them to cross over Dow Road and to use a section of Lake Park Boulevard during the off-season.Some council members raised concerns about “bar-hopping” and that more should be done for residents instead of tourists.last_img read more

Bitty of Bitty Beaus Coffee invited to appear on Sesame Street

first_imgSherrie Westin, President of Global Impact and Philanthropy for Sesame Workshop visited Bitty at Bitty and Beau’s Coffee August 12, 2018. (Photo: Facebook) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Many of us are familiar with Bitty and Beau’s Coffee on New Centre Drive in Wilmington.Now, one of the faces of the coffee shop will soon be seen on another street – one that’s home to a big yellow bird.- Advertisement – Bitty Wright has been invited to appear on Sesame Street!The coffee shop posted a photo of Bitty with Sherrie Westin, president of Global Impact and Philanthropy for Sesame Workshop.Bitty’s parents opened the coffee shop in 2016 to employ people with disabilities.Related Article: New Hanover Co., Wilmington begin curfew Friday nightMom Amy Wright made headlines last year when she was named CNN’s 2017 Hero of the Year.Amy says she will let us know more about Bitty’s “Sesame Street” appearance in the coming weeks.last_img read more

Could 2019 see a route for the new Cape Fear crossing

first_imgCape Fear Memorial Bridge WILMINGTON, NC (StarNews) — The upcoming year should see transportation officials select the preferred route for a new crossing of the Cape Fear River.Mike Kozlosky, executive director of the Wilmington Urban Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), said a schedule of events for 2019 has public hearings on the proposed new crossing scheduled for the spring with a “selection of the preferred alternative” scheduled for the summer.- Advertisement – A new crossing south of the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge would be the fourth between New Hanover and Brunswick counties — the other two are the Isabel Holmes bridge and the Interstate 140 bypass. Last year, MPO board members narrowed its preferred alternatives to include three potential crossings of the river, all of them south of the current Memorial Bridge. There are still six routes under consideration for where the new bridge access highway would go once it crosses the river.Officials estimate the next connection between Brunswick and New Hanover counties — including access highways and property acquisition — will cost $1 billion or more to build the bridge, which would have to be 215 feet above the river to accommodate ship traffic heading to the Port of Wilmington.Read more here.last_img read more

Rep David Rouzer talks rebuilding damaged dike in Bladen County

first_img “It originally was an Army Corps of Engineers project. Back in 2001, the Army Corps basically washed their hands of it for a variety of reasons,” said Rep. Rouzer.Responsibility to rebuild the dike now falls into the hands of the local community. The rural area of Kelly has nowhere near the funds to do that.“It’s going to require, I believe, a joint local and state effort in coordination if anything’s going to be done expeditiously,” said Rouzer.Related Article: Local family still struggling since MatthewRouzer says even if the Army Corps of Engineers does get involved, it could take a decade for anything to happen. He says they have more demand, more rules and regulations, and fewer dollars than they did 20 or 30 years ago.“Army corps, they’re a great agency. We deal with them on a consistent basis on many many projects all throughout southeastern North Carolina,” Rouzer said. “But to get them back engaged is going to be a very time consuming long process. It could last up to a decade before there’s any substantial work on the ground.”Bladen County Sheriff Jim McVicker did discuss the possibility of using inmates to work on the dike, but no official decisions were made. ELIZABETHTOWN, NC (WWAY) — The discussion over the White Oak Dike, which was breached during Hurricane Florence, continued Wednesday afternoon when North Carolina 7th Congressional District Rep. David Rouzer visited Bladen County.When water breached the dike system a few days after the storm in September 2018, hundreds of people in Kelly were impacted by flooding. Some had to be rescued by helicopter.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Darmian close to Napoli move

first_imgNapoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis stated that he is interested in signing Matteo Darmian from Manchester United. The Italian defender moved to the English Premier League from Torino in 2015 and has appeared 85 times for Manchester United. However he was restricted to just 8 league matches during Jose Mourinho’s second season at the helm of the Red Devils and has admitted that he wants more first-team opportunities.PSV Eindhoven’s Santiago Arias was also targeted by last season’s runners up but the Colombian has now signed for Atletico Madrid so as to replace the departing Sime Vrsaljko.WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=a7617b59&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=128&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintlast_img read more

Silva wants to stay with the Citizens

first_img SharePrint Portuguese midfielder Bernardo Silva has committed his long-term future with Manchester City by signing a three-year contract extension until 2025.The Premier League Champions, who are currently leading this season’s standings, announced the creative midfielder’s contract renewal on Wednesday. The 24-year-old was signed by Pep Guardiola from Monaco in May 2017 and has already won three major trophies with the Citizens.Manchester City’s sporting director Txiki Begiristain stated:“Bernardo is an exceptional talent, so offering him a new deal and ensuring he spends the best years of his career with us was a very easy decision.”Silva has become the 11th player to renew his contact with the club since the beginning of the year.WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=a7617b59&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=128&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Microsoft unveils Bing for Schools program

first_imgAdvertisement Microsoft is making a play for the education sector today with Bing for Schools, a voluntary program that tailors the company’s search engine for student.The tweaked Bing experience, suitable for students between kindergarten and the end of high school, removes all advertisements from the search engine due to Microsoft’s belief that schools “are for learning and not selling.”[related-posts] – Advertisement – SafeSearch, Bing’s built-in feature for filtering out adult content, will also be configured to the strictest setting automatically and be amended so that students are unable to change it back manually. A bundle of other enhanced privacy protections will also be present, although Microsoft says these are still to be finalized.There will be a number of short lesson plans that staff can use to teach basic digital literacy skills related to search and the Common Core, a real-world approach to learning standards adopted by the education system in the US.Microsoft has emphasized today that it’s still finalizing what will be available in the first version. The altered search engine is free for schools and districts who want to participate and will be configured to work with all search submissions from within the school’s network on Bing.com.“We see the program as something we can build alongside teachers, parents, and visionaries to create the best possible search experience for our children,” Matt Wallaert, a Bing Behavioral Scientist said.Bing still has a long way to go before it can dethrone Google Search, but this is yet another example of Microsoft thinking laterally to gain some much-needed street cred.Credit: TNWlast_img read more

Matibabu Nominated For Top Prize at the ASME Innovation Showcase Program –

first_imgTeam Matibabu. (Photo Courtesy) Advertisement Team Matibabu, a group of graduates from Makerere University are no strangers when it comes to local innovators in Uganda. The team has participated in a number of hackathons, and other innovation programs locally and internationally.Recently, the team early this year traveled to Las Vegas, Nevada to showcase their innovative solution Matibabu at one of the World’s Biggest showcase events ever; the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2017 – a global consumer electronics and consumer technology tradeshow that takes place every January. This was a life giving opportunity. Their luck came in for having participated in TechCrunch‘s Hardware Battlefield 2017.The team back in 2015 at the Mozilla Festive East Africa that took place at Victoria University in Kampala – won a funding from the President of Uganda, H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni. He promised the team a funding of USD$55,000 (roughly 200 million UGX)Matibabu device. (Photo Courtesy) – Advertisement – Matibabu is a Non-invasive diagnostic kit used to detect Malaria. The device uses a custom-made portable device called a matiscope, which is connected to a smartphone, to do a rapid diagnostic test. The user’s finger is inserted into the matiscope, and the application uses a red light to penetrate the skin and detect the red blood cells.The team NOW participating in the 2017 ISHOW competition that is held in Kenya are calling for your votes as they battle it out with other 9 innovative startups. The competition was open to individuals and organizations taking physical products to market that will have a social impact.Congrats #Kenya finalists! Time to vote for one innovator to earn extra cash. Who will win? https://t.co/eOOEw1dlbG #thisishardware #ISHOW17 pic.twitter.com/BJw2lrIA5q— ASME IShow (@ASMEishow) May 20, 2017Applicants were expected to have an existing prototype (Of which Matibabu does already have) and be interested in receiving financing, technical support and access to industry networks to assist in taking their product to market.30 finalists will pitch to the judges in person (ASME will provide travel grants towards the cost of travel) and will receive product exposure, advice and technical insights. 9 innovators will win a share of USD$500,000 (roughly 1.8 billion UGX) in prizes – including an extensive design and engineering review by a panel of experts.[related-posts]Winners become part of the ISHOW alumni network, a global community of hardware innovators with exclusive access to experts and resources.Editor’s Note: FOLLOW THIS LINK TO VOTE FOR THEM.last_img read more

STARTERS ORDERS Friday

first_img[dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Friday 26 SeptemberRACING2.00 HaydockExcilly 4/6 > 4/72.10 NewmarketLong View 10/1 > 8/13.00 HaydockStake Acclaim 18/1 > 14/13.15 NewmarketOcean Tempest 25/1 > 20/1What’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321last_img

STARTERS ORDERS Wednesday

first_img[dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Wednesday 16 DecemberRACING12.40 NewburyMinella On Line 12/1 > 6/12.25 NewburyO’Faolains Boy 9/2 > 7/22.40 LudlowDrumshambo 14/1 > 9/15.10 KemptomSeverini 5/6 > 8/13FOOTBALLChampionship19:45 Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HD / Sky Sports 5 / Sky Sports 5 HD5/6 Hull City 7/2 Reading 12/5 DRAW(All prices subject to fluctuation) What’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321last_img read more

STAR SPORTS GREYHOUND DERBY Video Previews

first_imgSTAR SPORTS GREYHOUND DERBY 2019: Our expert panel preview the 2019 Star Sports Greyhound Derby held for the first time at Nottingham Greyhound Track.Our panel, hosted by Julie Collier is:Kevin Hutton Greyhound Derby Winning TrainerMartin Chapman ‘Lofty’ Star Sports Greyhound ExpertIan Fortune Irish Greyhound ExpertTo check out the latest betting for the Star Sports Greyhound Derby visithttps://starsports.bet/event/greyhoundracing/228423/greyhound-derby-2019/ante-postYou can also download the Star Sports App, full details at:https://www.starsportsbet.co.uk/new-the-star-sports-app/STAR SPORTS GREYHOUND DERBY 2019LEADING ENGLISH CONTENDERS<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>LEADING IRISH CONTENDERS<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>IRISH OUTSIDERS<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>ENGLISH OUTSIDERS<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>WHAT TO EXPECT<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>last_img read more

Rice Goes Cerebral During Brain Awareness Week

first_imgAddThis ShareMedia Advisory CONTACTS: Philip Montgomery PHONE: (713)831-4795RICE GOES CEREBRAL DURING BRAIN AWARENESS WEEKRice students and faculty will be leading cerebral hands-on activities forchildren-including studying animal brains and creating crash helmets for eggs-aspart of National Brain Awareness Week at the Children’s Museum from 1 p.m. to 4p.m. Saturday.The event kicks off National Brain Awareness Week, March 17-23, when studentsand faculty from Rice and the University of Texas Health Science Center will beinforming and educating families about the brain, its functions and how to carefor it.Next week, scientists from Rice and the University of Texas will interactlive with students at four schools-two from Houston and two in the Rio GrandeValley-over the two-way interactive video link. The broadcasts will originate inthe OWLink room on the Rice University campus. OWLink allows high schoolstudents in their classrooms to talk to and see professors on the Rice campus.For more information contact Philip Montgomery at (713) 831-4795.###last_img read more

Rice students host panel discussion fundraiser for Japan

first_imgAddThis ShareCONTACT: Jessica StarkPHONE: 713-348-6777EMAIL: stark@rice.eduRice students host panel discussion, fundraiser for JapanApril 13 event aims to educate and encourage donationsOn the heels of a successful benefit concert in which Rice University students raised more than $8,300 for the Japanese Red Cross Society, another group of students is hosting “Makeruna Japan: Rice is With You,” a panel discussion and fundraiser for the ongoing crisis in Japan. The event, which is open to the public, will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. April 13 in Keck Hall, Room 100, on the Rice University campus, 6100 Main St.The discussion will focus on Japan’s earthquakes, tsunami, nuclear reactors andcommunity needs. Panelists will include experimental particle physicist Marjorie Corcoran, a professor of physics and astronomy at Rice; seismologist Fenglin Niu, an associate professor of Earth science at Rice; Takahiko Watabe, acting consul-general of Japan at Houston; and Greg Crowe, president of the Japan-America Society of Houston. Rice President David Leebron will offer welcoming remarks. Tickets are not required for “Makeruna Japan,” but donations will be collected at the door and online at www.rice4japan.org for the Japanese Red Cross Society. Rice students will also sell their artwork during the event, with all proceeds going to the society. “We thought it was important to educate ourselves and others about what is happening in Japan,” said Tiffany Chen, an undergraduate student who organized the event. “That understanding is essential in remembering that these natural disasters will have a long-term effect on the people of Japan and our entire world.” Chen, who has family in Japan, said that she and other students were also motivated to do an educational event to help others understand and calm their fears about how the natural and nuclear disasters in Japan could affect the United States. “We all want to know how this will affect us, but I hope people don’t lose sight of those who are currently suffering in Japan,” Chen said. “It’s far from over for them. There continue to be earthquakes, including the 7.4 magnitude quake that happened earlier today. They need our help.” Initiated by students, the event is a collaborative effort among Rice students, faculty and staff, including the Center for the Study of Languages, the Chao Center for Asian Studies and the Office of International Students and Scholars. It is just one of the relief efforts taking place at Rice University. Rice’s Chao Center for Asian Studies will sponsor a booth to collect donations for the relief efforts at the Japan Festival from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 9 and 10 at Hermann Park. Last week, students from the Shepherd School of Music hosted a benefit concert to raise money for the Japanese Red Cross Society, and the proceeds from a recent boba tea sale by the Japanese Association of Students also went to the society. Students also collected donations for the relief effort during Rice’s Culture Fair April 1. To interview Chen or the Rice panelists, contact Jessica Stark, assistant director of media relations, at stark@rice.edu or 713-348-6777. last_img read more

Rice sociologist to release results from 31st annual Kinder Houston Area Survey

first_imgAddThis ShareAmy Hodges713-348-6777amy.hodges@rice.eduHOUSTON – (April 18, 2012) – Rice University sociologist Stephen Klineberg will release findings next week from the 2012 Kinder Houston Area Survey, the 31st annual study that covers such topics as Houston’s current economic outlook, quality-of-life considerations and demographic transformations.Klineberg will discuss highlights from the survey during a luncheon hosted by the Greater Houston Partnership and Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research at noon April 24 at the Westin Galleria Ballroom, 5060 West Alabama St. Who: Stephen Klineberg, co-director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research and professor of sociology.What: Results of the Kinder Houston Area Survey and the trends seen in the 31 years since the annual survey began. Topics include Houstonians’ views on job opportunities, their fiscal health, the American economy, local traffic, air pollution, the new interest in walkable urbanism, ethnic diversity, illegal immigrants, gay rights and public education, among others.When: Tuesday, April 24, noon luncheon, followed by a 2 p.m. media session.Where: Ballroom (luncheon) and Sage Room (media session), Westin Galleria Houston, 5060 West Alabama St.Members of the news media who want to speak to Klineberg about the 2012 Kinder Houston Area Survey should attend the 2 p.m. April 24 media session and RSVP to Amy Hodges, senior media relations specialist at Rice, at amy.hodges@rice.edu or 713-348-6777.-30-The Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University was launched in 2010 to advance the understanding of the most critical issues facing Houston and other leading urban centers. The institute conducts scientific research, supports educational programming and engages in public outreach to foster the development of more human and sustainable cities. Learn more about the Kinder Institute at www.kinder.rice.edu.last_img read more

Baker Institute expert available to comment on Ebola virus outbreak

first_imgAddThis ShareEXPERT ALERTDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJeff Falk713-348-6775jfalk@rice.eduBaker Institute expert available to comment on Ebola virus outbreakHotez: Risk of Ebola and the Ebola virus gaining a foothold in Texas is extremely low    HOUSTON – (July 31, 2014) – Sierra Leone’s president today declared a state of emergency over the largest outbreak of the Ebola virus in history. To date, Ebola has infected more than 1,200 people in three West African countries and killed close to 700 of them. The outbreak received extra media attention when two Americans became infected and a Liberian-born United States citizen died.PETER HOTEZThe risk of Ebola and the Ebola virus gaining a foothold in Texas is extremely low, according to Dr. Peter Hotez, the fellow in disease and poverty at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. Hotez is available to comment on the outbreak and its implications.“One of the reasons this disease has spread through Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia is that they are still in the postconflict stage with severely depleted health systems and health care infrastructures,” Hotez said. “In contrast, we are fortunate to have first-rate city, county and state health departments, together with a top-flight Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Furthermore, we should be mindful of the fact that severe tropical diseases are not new to Africa. The emergence of Ebola in West Africa is a great tragedy, but at the same time, all of the people who have died so far of Ebola are equivalent to the number of Africans who die every day from illnesses such as malaria or schistosomiasis. We too have our own neglected tropical diseases, such as dengue, Chagas disease and toxocariasis, and this too needs to be an important public health focus.”Hotez is dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, where he is a professor in the Department of Pediatrics and the Department of Molecular Virology and Microbiology, head of the Section of Pediatric Tropical Medicine and the Texas Children’s Hospital Endowed Chair of Tropical Pediatrics. Hotez is also president of the Sabin Vaccine Institute and Texas Children’s Hospital Center for Vaccine Awareness and Research, where he leads a partnership to develop new vaccines for hookworm, schistosomiasis and Chagas disease. He co-founded the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases to provide access to essential medicines for millions of people worldwide.For more information or to interview Hotez, contact Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at jfalk@rice.edu or 713-348-6775.-30-Follow the Baker Institute via Twitter @BakerInstitute.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Related materials:Hotez biography: http://bakerinstitute.org/experts/peter-j-hotez.Founded in 1993, Rice University’s Baker Institute ranks among the top 15 university-affiliated think tanks in the world. As a premier nonpartisan think tank, the institute conducts research on domestic and foreign policy issues with the goal of bridging the gap between the theory and practice of public policy. The institute’s strong track record of achievement reflects the work of its endowed fellows, Rice University faculty scholars and staff, coupled with its outreach to the Rice student body through fellow-taught classes — including a public policy course — and student leadership and internship programs. Learn more about the institute at www.bakerinstitute.org or on the institute’s blog, http://blogs.chron.com/bakerblog.last_img read more

Rices Kinder Institute identifies challenges facing Rice Village

first_imgShareDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduAmy McCaig713-348-6777amym@rice.eduRice’s Kinder Institute identifies challenges facing Rice VillageNew study finds parking, management, infrastructure are most pressing problems HOUSTON – (Sept. 1, 2015) – Although many patrons of Rice Village might say that parking is a persistent problem in the popular shopping area, a new report from Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research finds that Rice Village actually has ample parking, but more can be done to improve the use of available spaces.Rice Village.Parking was just one of the challenges identified in the report, “Rice Village: Parking, Management and the Built Environment.” The study also identified an overall lack of district-level management and an unwelcoming pedestrian infrastructure as issues that prevent Rice Village from becoming a “more successful economic and social hub.”The report is the first product of the Kinder Institute’s Vital Communities initiative, part of the Urban Development, Transportation and Placemaking Program, which is designed to help bring meaningful planning, design, management and infrastructural improvements to metropolitan neighborhoods.“The report highlights the roots of several key issues facing the Rice Village area and presents a set of potential solutions for stakeholders to consider,” said Kyle Shelton, a postdoctoral fellow at the Kinder Institute and author of the report. “Parking is just one small piece of the puzzle. To tackle these issue comprehensively and for the long haul, stakeholders must also think about how to better advocate for the district and maintain its built environment.”The report offers the following observations and suggestions with regard to parking, management and infrastructure.ParkingEven at times of peak demand, Rice Village has at least 1,000 parking spaces that are unused. Shelton said Rice Village’s parking currently includes individually managed private lots and dedicated spaces, little-used private garages that are not available for public parking and employee parking in on-street spaces and in business lots.Shelton said problems include a lack of clarity about which parking spaces are paid and which are free, lack of signage to streamline parking in desired areas and a poor pedestrian environment that discourages people from taking advantage of available parking farther from their destination.“The perceived parking problem lies not in the amount of parking, but rather in the availability of parking that already exists and the management of the parking supply so that it can effectively meet the demand,” he said.Shelton said that the most comprehensive solution to the parking situation would be to permit the city of Houston’s Parking Management Division to operate all public and private parking spaces and lots, price those spaces according to demand and create a parking-benefits district. However, he noted that smaller steps, such as parking meters and contracted employee parking in private lots and garages, could also be undertaken.ManagementShelton said the lack of comprehensive parking management in Rice Village highlights a, deeper problem: the lack of management in the district generally. Cohesive management of the Rice Village area’s upkeep, signage and built environment by a dedicated entity would greatly benefit the area, he said. He laid out several special-district options for Rice Village in the report.“Our research indicates that the combination of a municipal management district and parking benefit district represents a feasible and productive option for the Village,” Shelton said.InfrastructureShelton noted in the report that much of Rice Village’s infrastructure is in disrepair.“The streets and sidewalks in the Village are in need of maintenance, and it’s not the most welcoming pedestrian and biking environment,” Shelton said. “In addition to heavy automobile traffic, there’s a lack of public and communal spaces, well-marked and controlled crosswalks and bike racks and lanes, and there are very few tree-lined streets beyond Morningside Drive.”He suggested that special district or management entity funds could be used to address this issue.“Pedestrian, bicycle and roadway improvements would help make Rice Village a more welcoming and useable space,” he said. “These improvements also can be a part of addressing parking problems by encouraging users to come to Rice Village by other modes of transportation or to park once and visit several destinations.”Shelton noted that other Houston developments — such as Bagby Street and Discovery Green — offer examples of what might be pursued in the Village.The study was conducted in April and consisted of seven hourly counts across a Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. The count times were selected to represent both high- and low-usage periods. Researchers went out during each of these times and checked the status of every parking space in Rice Village. The count included nearly every private and public lot, garage and on-street parking spot in the district. The only garage left out of the study was the Hanover Building’s residential garage, as it is fully restricted to residents and unlikely to be made available for nonresidential parking.Shelton hopes the study will spark conversation among area stakeholders about what options exist for improving the Rice Village area and how they might go about pursuing these options.“For its part, the Kinder Institute is looking forward to being a part of those conversations,” Shelton said.A full copy of the study is available at http://kinder.rice.edu/dtp.-30-For more information, contact Amy McCaig, senior media relations specialist at Rice, at 713-348-6777 or amym@rice.edu.This news release can be found online at http://news.rice.edu/.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Related materials:Kinder Institute for Urban Research: http://kinder.rice.edu/Urban Development, Transportation and Placemaking at Rice’s Kinder Institute: http://kinder.rice.edu/dtp/Photo link: http://news.rice.edu/files/2015/08/img_0504__1200_px_width.jpgPhoto credit: Rice UniversityLocated on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,920 undergraduates and 2,567 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6.3-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice has been ranked No. 1 for best quality of life multiple times by the Princeton Review and No. 2 for “best value” among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go here.If you do not wish to receive news releases from Rice University, reply to this email and write “unsubscribe” in the subject line. Office of News and Media Relations – MS 300, Rice University, 6100 Main St., Houston, TX 77005 AddThislast_img read more

Tattoo therapy could ease chronic disease

first_imghttp://news.rice.edu/files/2016/09/0922_ANTIOXIDANT-1-WEB-qnb9wm.jpgDark spots in the mitochondria of a T lymphocyte cell are antioxidant nanoparticles created at Rice University and tested at Baylor College of Medicine. The nanoparticles are selectively taken up by T lymphocyte cells, which inhibits their activity and may help control symptoms for patients with autoimmune diseases like multiple sclerosis. (Credit: Redwan Huq and Debra Townley/Baylor College of Medicine) http://news.rice.edu/files/2016/09/0922_ANTIOXIDANT-3-web-11fov4e.jpgPolyethylene glycol-hydrophilic carbon clusters developed at Rice University were shown to be selectively taken up by T cells, which inhibits their function, in tests at Baylor College of Medicine. The researchers said the nanoparticles could lead to new strategies for controlling autoimmune diseases like multiple sclerosis. (Credit: Errol Samuel/Rice University)Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,910 undergraduates and 2,809 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for happiest students and for lots of race/class interaction by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/RiceUniversityoverview. http://news.rice.edu/files/2016/09/0922_ANTIOXIDANT-2-WEB-125ikr9.jpgBaylor College of Medicine researchers Redwan Huq, left, and Christine Beeton. (Credit: Baylor College of Medicine/Agapito Sánchez Jr.) AddThis Share34Editor’s note: Links to high-resolution images for download appear at the end of this release. AT RICE UNIVERSITY:David Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduMike Williams713-348-6728mikewilliams@rice.eduAT BAYLOR COLLEGE OF MEDICINE:Graciela Gutierrez713-798-4710ggutierr@bcm.eduTattoo therapy could ease chronic disease Rice-made nanoparticles tested at Baylor College of Medicine may help control autoimmune diseases HOUSTON – (Sept. 22, 2016) – A temporary tattoo to help control a chronic disease might someday be possible, according to scientists at Baylor College of Medicine who tested antioxidant nanoparticles created at Rice University.A proof-of-principle study led by Baylor scientist Christine Beeton published today by Nature’s online, open-access journal Scientific Reports shows that nanoparticles modified with polyethylene glycol are conveniently choosy as they are taken up by cells in the immune system.That could be a plus for patients with autoimmune diseases like multiple sclerosis, one focus of study at the Beeton lab. “Placed just under the skin, the carbon-based particles form a dark spot that fades over about one week as they are slowly released into the circulation,” Beeton said.T and B lymphocyte cells and macrophages are key components of the immune system. However, in many autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis, T cells are the key players. One suspected cause is that T cells lose their ability to distinguish between invaders and healthy tissue and attack both.In tests at Baylor, nanoparticles were internalized by T cells, which inhibited their function, but ignored by macrophages. “The ability to selectively inhibit one type of cell over others in the same environment may help doctors gain more control over autoimmune diseases,” Beeton said.“The majority of current treatments are general, broad-spectrum immunosuppressants,” said Redwan Huq, lead author of the study and a graduate student in the Beeton lab. “They’re going to affect all of these cells, but patients are exposed to side effects (ranging) from infections to increased chances of developing cancer. So we get excited when we see something new that could potentially enable selectivity.” Since the macrophages and other splenic immune cells are unaffected, most of a patient’s existing immune system remains intact, he said.The soluble nanoparticles synthesized by the Rice lab of chemist James Tour have shown no signs of acute toxicity in prior rodent studies, Huq said. They combine polyethylene glycol with hydrophilic carbon clusters, hence their name, PEG-HCCs. The carbon clusters are 35 nanometers long, 3 nanometers wide and an atom thick, and bulk up to about 100 nanometers in globular form with the addition of PEG. They have proven to be efficient scavengers of reactive oxygen species called superoxide molecules, which are expressed by cells the immune system uses to kill invading microorganisms.T cells use superoxide in a signaling step to become activated. PEG-HCCs remove this superoxide from the T cells, preventing their activation without killing the cells.Beeton became aware of PEG-HCCs during a presentation by former Baylor graduate student Taeko Inoue, a co-author of the new study. “As she talked, I was thinking, ‘That has to work in models of multiple sclerosis,’” Beeton said. “I didn’t have a good scientific rationale, but I asked for a small sample of PEG-HCCs to see if they affected immune cells.“We found they affected the T lymphocytes and not the other splenic immune cells, like the macrophages. It was completely unexpected,” she said.The Baylor lab’s tests on animal models showed that small amounts of PEG-HCCs injected under the skin are slowly taken up by T lymphocytes, where they collect and inhibit the cell’s function. They also found the nanoparticles did not remain in T cells and dispersed within days after uptake by the cells.“That’s an issue because you want a drug that’s in the system long enough to be effective, but not so long that, if you have a problem, you can’t remove it,” Beeton said. “PEG-HCCs can be administered for slow release and don’t stay in the system for long. This gives us much better control over the circulating half-life.”“The more we study the abilities of these nanoparticles, the more surprised we are at how useful they could be for medical applications,” Tour said. The Rice lab has published papers with collaborators at Baylor and elsewhere on using functionalized nanoparticles to deliver cancer drugs to tumors and to quench the overproduction of superoxides after traumatic brain injuries.Beeton suggested delivering carbon nanoparticles just under the skin rather than into the bloodstream would keep them in the system longer, making them more available for uptake by T cells. And the one drawback – a temporary but visible spot on the skin that looks like a tattoo – could actually be a perk to some.“We saw it made a black mark when we injected it, and at first we thought that’s going to be a real problem if we ever take it into the clinic,” Beeton said. “But we can work around that. We can inject into an area that’s hidden, or use micropattern needles and shape it.“I can see doing this for a child who wants a tattoo and could never get her parents to go along,” she said. “This will be a good way to convince them.”The research was supported by Baylor College of Medicine, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, National Institutes of Health, the Dan L. Duncan Cancer Center, John S. Dunn Gulf Coast Consortium for Chemical Genomics and the U.S. Army-funded Traumatic Brain Injury Consortium.-30-Read the abstract at www.nature.com/articles/srep33808Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNewsRelated materials:James Tour Group: http://www.jmtour.comChristine Beeton Lab: https://www.bcm.edu/research/labs/christine-beetonImages for download:last_img read more

Reports Steve Bannon out of The White House

first_img US Share this article Steve Bannon, the White House chief strategist who helped President Donald Trump win the 2016 election, has reportedly been removed, according to several media reports.The New York Times, ABC News, the Wall Street Journal, and even the Drudge Report on Friday reported that the former Breitbart News executive, with Drudge reporting that the “populist hero may return to Breitbart.”The Times reported that Trump told aides that he has decided to push him out as the chief strategist.Reports say that Bannon had clashed for months with other senior advisers in the West Wing, including members of Trump’s family.White House chief strategist Steve Bannon and White House director of strategic communications Hope Hicks walk along the colonnade ahead of a joint press conference by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Donald Trump at the White House in Washington on Feb. 10, 2017. (REUTERS/Jim Bourg) White House chief strategist Steve Bannon and White House director of strategic communications Hope Hicks walk along the colonnade ahead of a joint press conference by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Donald Trump at the White House in Washington on Feb. 10, 2017. (REUTERS/Jim Bourg)On Tuesday, at Trump Tower, the president said Bannon is “not a racist,” as some media have accused, and that he considers him “a friend.” “I like him, he’s a good man, he is not a racist, I can tell you that,” Trump said. “He’s a good person and I think the press treats him, frankly, very unfairly.” “We’ll see what happens with Mr. Bannon,” Trump said.Related CoverageBannon Calls White Supremacists ‘Clowns,’ Says Economic War with China ‘Is Everything’U.S. President Donald Trump is joined by (L-R) Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, Vice President Mike Pence, senior advisor Steve Bannon, Communications Director Sean Spicer and National Security Advisor Michael Flynn as he speaks by phone with Russia's President Vladimir Putin in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S. on Jan. 28, 2017. (REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst) U.S. President Donald Trump is joined by (L-R) Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, Vice President Mike Pence, senior advisor Steve Bannon, Communications Director Sean Spicer and National Security Advisor Michael Flynn as he speaks by phone with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S. on Jan. 28, 2017. (REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)Trump is still looking into the time and manner of Bannon’s exit and might still change his mind, the Times reported, citing two administration officials.Neither President Trump nor Bannon have yet issued a public comment on the matter. Reports: Steve Bannon out of The White House By Jack Phillips August 18, 2017 Updated: August 19, 2017 Share  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Show Discussion White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon (L) listens with U.S. Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategy Dina Powell (R) during a bilateral meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump (L) and China's President Xi Jinping (Not Pictured) at Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida on April 7, 2017. (REUTERS/Carlos Barria) White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon (L) listens with U.S. Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategy Dina Powell (R) during a bilateral meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump (L) and China’s President Xi Jinping (Not Pictured) at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida on April 7, 2017. (REUTERS/Carlos Barria) White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon waits for the arrival of President Donald Trump for a meeting on cyber security in the Roosevelt Room at the White House in Washington on Jan. 31, 2017. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) last_img read more

Time Magazine Names MeToo Silence Breakers as Person of the Year

first_img Show Discussion US News Time Magazine Names #MeToo ‘Silence Breakers’ as Person of the Year By Reuters December 6, 2017 Updated: December 6, 2017 Share WASHINGTON—Time magazine has named the social movement aimed at raising awareness about sexual harassment and assault, epitomized by the #MeToo social media hashtag, as the most influential “person” in 2017, the publication announced on Wednesday.“This is the fastest moving social change we’ve seen in decades and it began with individual acts of courage by hundreds of women—and some men, too—who came forward to tell their own stories,” Time Editor-in-Chief Edward Felsenthal told NBC News, referring to them as “the silence breakers.”The recognition comes amid a wave of public allegations of sexual misconduct that have targeted some of the most prominent men in U.S. politics, media and entertainment, leading to multiple firings and investigations. Ashley Judd, Susan Fowler, Adama Iwu, Taylor Swift, and Isabel Pascual (a pseudonym) are pictured on the Time magazine Person of the Year cover for 2017 in this handout photo obtained by Reuters Dec. 6, 2017. (Time Inc./Handout via Reuters)As more people made their accusations public, other individuals also shared their own stories of assault and harassment, often with posts on social media platforms using the hashtag #MeToo.“I could never had envisioned something that would change the world. I was trying to change my community,” Tarana Burke, who created the hashtag, told NBC. “This is just the start. It’s not just a moment, it’s a movement. Now the work really begins.” U.S. President Donald Trump, who was Time’s person of the year in 2016, was the first runner-up this year, followed by Chinese President Xi Jinping, Felsenthal said.Other finalists included U.S. Department of Justice Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is leading the investigation of alleged Russian meddling in the election that Trump won; North Korean President Kim Jong Un; “Wonder Woman” director Patty Jenkins; and football player-turned-activist Colin Kaepernick.Time’s annual distinction recognizes the person, group, thing or idea that it has determined had the greatest influence on events for the year. center_img People participate in a protest march for survivors of sexual assault and their supporters in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California U.S. Nov. 12, 2017. (Reuters/Lucy Nicholson)  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share this articlelast_img read more

US Opens Probe Into Fatal Tesla Crash Fire in California

first_imgA vehicle’s chassis frame and a Tesla Model S 100D car stand in a showroom of U.S. car manufacturer Tesla in Zurich, Switzerland March 28, 2018. (ReutersArnd Wiegmann) Show Discussion US Opens Probe Into Fatal Tesla Crash, Fire in California By Reuters March 28, 2018 Updated: March 28, 2018 Share  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   center_img A fatal crash and vehicle fire of a Tesla Inc Model X near Mountain View, California, last week has prompted a federal field investigation, the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board said on Tuesday, sparking a big selloff in Tesla stock.Tesla tumbled 8.2 percent, or $25 a share, to close at $279.18, the lowest close in almost a year, after news of the investigation.Late on Tuesday, Moody’s Investors Service downgraded Tesla’s credit rating to B3 from B2. Moody’s said the ratings “reflect the significant shortfall in the production rate of the company’s Model 3 electric vehicle.” It also “faces liquidity pressures due to its large negative free cash flow and the pending maturities of convertible bonds.”Tesla shares fell another 2.6 percent in after-hours trading.Tesla has $230 million in convertible bonds maturing in November 2018 and $920 million in March 2019.Moody’s said its negative outlook for Tesla “reflects the likelihood that Tesla will have to undertake a large, near-term capital raise in order to refund maturing obligations and avoid a liquidity shortfall.” Moody’s said Tesla is targeting weekly production of 2,500 Model 3 vehicles by the end of March, and 5,000 per week by the end of June, down from the company’s year-earlier production expectations of 5,000 per week by the end of 2017 and 10,000 by the end of 2018. Tesla plans to provide an update on Model 3 production next week. The company logo is seen in front of a showroom of U.S. car manufacturer Tesla in Zurich, Switzerland March 28, 2018. (Reuters/Arnd Wiegmann)Shares of chipmaker Nvidia Corp, which supplies Uber, Tesla, Volkswagen AG and other automakers, closed down 7.8 percent after it disclosed it suspended self-driving tests across the globe.Questions About AccidentIn last week’s accident, it was unclear if Tesla’s automated control system was driving the car. The accident involved two other cars, the NTSB and police said. Tesla vehicles have a system called Autopilot that handles some driving tasks. The 38-year-old Tesla driver died at a nearby hospital shortly after the crash.Late Tuesday, Tesla said in a blog post it does “not yet know what happened in the moments leading up to the crash,” but added data shows that Tesla owners have driven the same stretch of highway with Autopilot engaged “roughly 85,000 times… and there has never been an accident that we know of.”The company said it is working with authorities to recover the logs from the computer inside the vehicle to try to gain a better understanding of what happened. The company statement did not address if the crashed vehicle was in Autopilot mode.“We have been deeply saddened by this accident, and we have offered our full cooperation to the authorities as we work to establish the facts of the incident,” Tesla said in a statement earlier.Government scrutiny of the Palo Alto, California company is mounting. This is the second NTSB field investigation into a Tesla crash since January.The California Highway Patrol said the electric-powered Tesla Model X crashed into a freeway divider on Friday and then was hit by a Mazda before colliding with an Audi.The Tesla’s lithium batteries caught fire, and emergency officials consulted company engineers before determining how to extinguish the battery fire and move the vehicle safely. NTSB said the issues being examined include the post-crash fire and removing the vehicle from the scene.The Tesla blog post said Tesla battery packs are designed to ensure that a battery spreads slowly in the rare circumstance it catches fire.In January, the NTSB and U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration sent investigators to California to investigate the crash of a fire truck and a Tesla that apparently was traveling in semi-autonomous mode. The agencies have not disclosed any findings.The NTSB can make safety recommendations but only NHTSA can order automakers to recall unsafe vehicles or fine automakers if they fail to remedy safety defects in a timely fashion. Before the agency can demand a recall, it must open a formal investigation, a step it has not yet taken.Tesla’s Autopilot allows drivers under certain conditions to take their hands off the wheel for extended periods. Still, Tesla requires users to agree to keep their hands on the wheel “at all times” before they can use Autopilot.The NTSB faulted Tesla in a prior fatal Autopilot crash.In September, NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt said operational limitations in the Tesla Model S played a major role in a May 2016 crash in Florida that killed a driver using Autopilot. That crash raised questions about the safety of systems that can perform driving tasks for long stretches but cannot completely replace human drivers.Tesla in September 2016 unveiled improvements to Autopilot, adding new limits on hands-off driving. Share this article US News last_img read more

Henry Cavill Done With Superman After Parting Ways With Shazam

first_img Share British actor Henry Cavill is reportedly out of DC’s Superman movies, after a recent deal fell through with Warner Brothers.The negotiations for a cameo spot in the film “Shazam!” possibly fell apart because of a scheduling conflict with Cavill starring in Netflix’s new series “The Witcher,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.However, a source told THR that the impasse came before Cavill’s decision to join Netflix’s series, which means Warner Bros. may have decided to go in a new direction for Superman, THR reported.JAPAN-US-ENTERTAINMENT-FILM-SUPERMAN British actor Henry Cavill waves to his fans during the Japanese premier for his latest movie “Man of Steel” in Tokyo on Aug. 21, 2013. (Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP/Getty Images)The “Shazam!” deal is believed to have been a critical role for Cavill’s potential to appear in other Superman movies in the future.The DC Universe also has a “Supergirl” movie planned, featuring the teen girl superheroine, reported THR. However, the different time frame in the “Supergirl” storyline means Cavill’s character Kal-El would still be a baby. Henry Cavill Done With Superman After Parting Ways With ‘Shazam!’ By Annie Wang September 12, 2018 Updated: September 12, 2018 Entertainment News Share this article Henry Cavill has worn the red cape in three Superman movies, including “Man of Steel” in 2103, “Batman v. Superman” in 2016, and “Justice League” in 2017.Cavill’s “The Witcher” is expected to hit Netflix in 2019.  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Actor Henry Cavill attends the “Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice” New York Premiere at Radio City Music Hall in New York City on March 20, 2016. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images) Show Discussionlast_img read more

Hurricane Florence Death Toll Hits 23 Could Rise

first_img Share this article Hurricane Florence Death Toll Hits 23, Could Rise By Chris Jasurek September 17, 2018 Updated: September 17, 2018 QualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video Share Show Discussion The carnage caused by Hurricane Florence continues to reveal itself as the rain is easing and wreckage is being cleared.As of noon on Sept. 17, 23 deaths related to the hurricane had been reported. That number could well rise as rescue workers and cleanup crews move into more rural areas, according to SFGate.North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said that as of the morning of Sept. 17, 17 people had died as a result of Hurricane Florence in that state.South Carolina officials said they had confirmed six storm-related deaths there as of the afternoon of Sept. 17, SFGate reported.An emergency truck drives through Hurricane Florence’s flood water An emergency truck drives through Hurricane Florence’s flood water in Grifton, North Carolina on Sept. 16, 2018. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images)“We mourn the loss of each and every life and our hearts go out to their friends and their family,” Governor Cooper told SFGate. “We hope there’s not another life lost, but we know that raging rivers are still out there.” Some of the deaths were truly tragic.A 3-month-old baby in Gaston County, North Carolina, was crushed to death when a pine tree split outside the family’s mobile home. Half the tree fell across the residence. Both parents were home tending to the child.Another child, this a 1-year-old, was swept away by floodwaters on Sept. 16. The boy’s body was discovered the next day.  Rewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video Trapped by a Falling TreeThe Gill family, Olen, Tammy, and 3-month-old Kade, were inside their mobile home on Moses Court in unincorporated Gaston County around 12:45 p.m. on Sept. 16, when a large pine tree outside the home split down the middle and fell.Kade’s mother, Tammy, was holding him in her arms when the half tree fell right across the middle of their dwelling.“The tree had divided us,” father Olen Gill told the Gaston Gazette.  “I’m in the kitchen and she’s in the living room on the couch.”Neighbor Billy Hawkins heard the tree split.“I brought the dog out and I heard something snap,” said Hawkins. “Then the daddy came out hollering, ’Call 911, Call 911.”Gill and Hawkins went inside the mobile home where Tammy Gill was trapped under the tree, shouting, “Get my kid, get my kid.”Flood waters from Hurricane Florence surround a home Flood waters surround a home as the Little River in Spring Lake, North Carolina overflows its banks because of Hurricane Florence, on Sept. 17, 2018. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)Hawkins and Gill were able to free the infant. Tammy Gill remained pinned beneath the tree until firefighters from Spencer Mountain Volunteer Fire Department arrived and cut the two-foot-diameter trunk into movable sections.EMTs took Kade Gill to the hospital, but his injuries were too severe. “They come in the room and said he had head trauma and we didn’t even know,” Tammy Gill told the Gazette.“They had been doing CPR for the last 30 minutes and they just wanted permission to stop. I said no at first, but after another 30 minutes, he wouldn’t come back.”Kade Gill became the 17th death related to Hurricane Florence since it hit the North Carolina coast on Sept. 14.Tammy Gill was treated at CaroMont Regional Medical Center and released.Child Lost in the FloodKaiden Lee-Welch, 1, lost his life after his mother decided to ignore barricades blocking a flooded road.According to the Charlotte Observer, the boy’s mother was heading east on N.C. 298 through Union County, North Carolina on the evening of Sept. 16, when she came upon barricades blocking the roadway.The woman drove around the barricades and into the flood. The rushing waters swept her car off the road.center_img A road is washed out by the rains from Hurricane Florence A road is washed out by the rains from Hurricane Florence as it passed through Fayetteville, North Carolina, Sept. 16, 2018. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)From NTD.tv US News “Her vehicle left the roadway and came to rest amongst a group of trees,” officials from the Union County Sheriff’s Office told the Observer.“She managed to free herself and Kaiden, who was in a car seat, but lost her grip on him in the rushing water.”Searchers spent several hours looking for the body that night, but suspended the search around midnight. The body was recovered around 10 a.m. on Sept. 17, the Observer reported.  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   last_img read more

FBI Officials Say Body Believed to Be of Maddox Ritch Found in

first_img Share Carrie Ritch, Maddox’s mother, gave a statement about the missing child. “Maddox is my whole world and my reason for living,” Carrie Ritch said, WRAL reported. “His smile is so contagious, and his laughter is so precious.”Gastonia Police Chief Robert Helton told AP that officials have searched thousands of acres, drained the lake and conducted hundreds of interviews. Helton says investigators still want to speak to a jogger, a person who was pulling a kayak out of the lake, and anyone in a group photographing three children in Dr. Seuss costumes.Ritch said he knows that he’s a potential target for investigators in his son’s disappearance. @FTVLive In NC, search for Maddox Ritch steps up. WBTV briefly breaks into Kavanaugh coverage reminding viewers to download their app for Maddox coverage. Meanwhile WSOC reports body found, is now wall-to-wall Maddox, bumps ABC Kavanaugh hearings to WAXN. pic.twitter.com/vNV9gLdBVy— Diamond Joe (@ItsDiamondJoe) September 27, 2018 Officials have made a public statement that the body found in Gastonia, North Carolina, is likely that of missing autistic boy Maddox Ritch.“We have found what we believe is Maddox,” FBI official Jason Kaplan said in a live press conference at 4 p.m. “The investigation is not over,” he said, holding back tears, while adding that “we will not take anything for granted.”Kaplan said that the body was found in the middle of a creek tangled in sticks and logs, partially underwater in a heavily wooded area. Officials said the creek, located about one mile from where the boy reportedly went missing in Rankin Lake Park, is between two and three feet deep. A Fox46 reporter said it was Long Creek.“We still want to hear from the people in the park that day,” Kaplan said.“This is not the end that we hoped for,” said Gastonia Chief Robert Helton as he also held back tears.The FBI will now try to determine whether the death was an accident or if a crime was carried out. The boy reportedly ran after a jogger after his father and girlfriend took the boy to a park, and his father said he went missing after that.The disappearance of the child, who cannot speak, triggered a massive search by local, state, and federal investigators. They also recorded messages from his parents and played them in the woods in the hopes he could hear the voices and come back, ABC News reported.The FBI Charlotte office said the boy’s body was discovered off Marietta Street and Old Dallas Highway. “With heavy hearts we announce a body believed to be 6-year-old Maddox Ritch was found at approximately 1 p.m. off of Marietta Street/Old Dallas Highway in Gastonia. Maddox’s parents have been notified of the discovery. The investigation is ongoing,” it said earlier in the day.Maddox Ritch Maddox Ritch went missing in a park North Carolina on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018. (FBI handout)His mother said that Maddox is autistic and cannot speak, which complicated the search and rescue efforts.Police told WSOC that the identification of the body will be done by the medical examiner’s office. His cause of death is not yet known.Father Speaks Out“I started worrying once I could not see him anyone,” father Ian Ritch told WRAL. “It’s torture. I just want my little boy back home. I want to give him a big hug as soon as I see him,” Ritch said. “He looked back at me and laughed like he normally does … he slowed down a little then he paced himself back up,” he said.“He likes running,” Ian Ritch said, The Associated Press reported. “I couldn’t catch up with him. I feel guilt for letting him get so far ahead of me before I started running after him.” US News @FTVLive In NC, search for Maddox Ritch steps up. WBTV briefly breaks into Kavanaugh coverage reminding viewers to download their app for Maddox coverage. Meanwhile WSOC reports body found, is now wall-to-wall Maddox, bumps ABC Kavanaugh hearings to WAXN. pic.twitter.com/vNV9gLdBVy— Diamond Joe (@ItsDiamondJoe) September 27, 2018  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share this article QualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video FBI Officials Say Body Believed to Be of Maddox Ritch Found in Creek By Jack Phillips September 27, 2018 Updated: September 27, 2018 Show Discussionlast_img read more

JOHNSON CITY Tenn—The nations eyes turned to Te

first_img JOHNSON CITY, Tenn.—The nation’s eyes turned to Tennessee on Oct. 1 as President Donald Trump continued a string of pre-midterm rallies, this time advocating for Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn who is aiming for a Senate seat.The rally at the Freedom Hall Civic Center amassed over 92,000 ticket requests, the highest number for a rally so far. It comes after the administration ordered the FBI to conduct a supplementary investigation into the sexual assault claims against Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh.Earlier in the day, Trump lauded a new NAFTA replacement deal with Canada and Mexico, touting it as a win for all three countries. He previously called the NAFTA agreement one of the worst trade deals for the United States.Blackburn will face off against Democrat former Gov. Phil Bredesen in what is seen as a tight race. In 2016, Trump won the state by 26 percentage points, garnering 1,522,925 votes in total.“Phil was a major financial supporter of president Barack Obama and crooked Hillary Clinton. If Phil is elected Chuck Schumer will be majority leader,” Trump said. GOP Senate candidate Rep. Marsha Blackburn at a Make America Great Again rally in Johnson City, Tenn., on Oct. 1, 2018. (Charlotte Cuthbertson/The Epoch Times) “Number one, Marsha will be a great senator. Phil will never vote for us.”According to RealClearPolitics average of recent polls, Blackburn and Bredesen were tied at 46.6 percentage points.Trump again criticized the policies of the Democrat party and urged supporters to come out and vote to stop the “destruction and chaos.”“A Democrat-controlled senate will always be raising your taxes, opening your borders… They are going to flood your streets with criminal aliens.”“They want to replace freedom with socialism. The Democrats want to turn America into Venezuela—we are not going to make it happen,” he told the crowd.At one point during the hour-long rally, the president pointed to what appeared to be a commotion in the crowd, asking, “Friend or foe?”Seconds later after eyeing the spot he added, “We only have friends in Tennessee,” to raucous cheers. The Tennessee rally marks the first of four such campaign events planned for this week.The president also endorsed a number of other Republican candidates running in The Volunteer State, including gubernatorial candidate Bill Lee and Rep. Phil Roe (R-Tenn.), who is running for re-election.Trump returned to the subject of Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.).“Phil is only running because Chuck Schumer begged him to run,” Trump said. “If you want to stop Chuck Schumer from becoming majority leader… then you must vote against Bredesen,” Trump said.“We cannot allow ourselves to be pushed around,” he added. President Donald Trump at a Make America Great Again rally in Johnson City, Tenn., on Oct. 1, 2018. (Charlotte Cuthbertson/The Epoch Times)Blackburn first began her elected service career in 1998 as a Tennessee State Senator before being boosted to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2002 to represent the state’s 7th Congressional District. According to her biography her career as a state senator was marked by her commitment to “fiscal common sense and government accountability.” Before joining politics, she was a small businesswoman.Her opponent, Phil Bredesen, is a former governor, mayor, and CEO. As governor he worked on land and water conservation initiatives and education reforms. Prior to public service, Bredesen worked in the healthcare industry, according to his biography.Trump said the upcoming general election is paramount for the country’s safety and its prosperity, as he repeatedly touted his impact on the economy and urged his supporters to vote.“We’ve created over 4 million new jobs and lifted almost 4 million Americans off of food stamps. We’ve added nearly over 600,000 new manufacturing jobs” Trump said. He also touted lowering health insurance premiums by 26 percent in Tennessee. Follow Bowen on Twitter: @BowenXiao3 Show Discussion Trump Continues String of Rallies, Endorses GOP Candidates in Tennessee By Bowen Xiao October 2, 2018 Updated: October 2, 2018 QualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video Trump Presidency center_img Share Share this article  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   last_img read more

Hurricane Michael Slams Into Florida Panhandle Wit

first_img Hurricane Michael Slams Into Florida Panhandle With 155 Mph Winds and Deadly Surge By Jack Phillips October 10, 2018 Updated: October 10, 2018 New construction just collapsed in front of me in Panama City Beach from #hurricanemichael!!! It is going bad fast! pic.twitter.com/CG5R8jcUuf— Marc Weinberg (@MarcWeinbergWX) October 10, 2018 Show Discussion Share  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   US News center_img Hurricane Michael hit the Florida Panhandle with 155 mph winds, near a Category 5, on the afternoon of Oct. 10, and officials said it is likely the most powerful storm to hit the area in recorded history.According to the U.S. National Hurricane Center, the storm made landfall before 2 p.m. ET.hurricane michael hits florida Hurricane Michael hit the Florida Panhandle with 155 mph winds, near a Category 5, on the afternoon of Oct. 10, and officials said it is likely the most powerful storm to hit the area in recorded history. (NOAA)“Michael is upon us, it is time to seek refuge. Once you are sheltered, STAY PUT,” Florida Gov. Rick Scott tweeted. “Do not try to leave until the storm has passed. Multiple state and federal resources are staged and ready to respond as soon as it is safe.”“Radar data indicate that the eye of Michael is moving inland over portions of Bay and Calhoun counties in the Florida Panhandle. Everyone in these areas is reminded not to venture out into the relative calm of the eye, as hazardous winds will increase very quickly as the eye passes!” the NHC said in a warning at 2 p.m.Storm surge is also inundating some areas along the Panhandle. “Dangerous storm surge continues along the coast of the Florida Panhandle. A National Ocean Service water level station at Apalachicola recently reported over 7.7 feet of inundation above ground level,” the Hurricane Center said. AccuWeather forecasters said the storm will likely hit Georgia has a Category 1 storm.“It is very dangerous to stand, walk, park or linger under tall trees in a situation like this. Large limbs may break, or entire trees may topple over. Many trees are waterlogged due to the excessive rainfall from this past summer. The soil in many areas is saturated. Trees are top heavy as a result,” AccuWeather’s Marshall Moss said.Forecasters say that 4 to 8 inches of rain is expected along the path of the storm, and 12 inches could fall in some parts of the Panhandle.‘Major Infrastructure Damage’Authorities warned of coming disruptions for those in Michael’s path.The region should brace for “major infrastructure damage,” specifically to electricity distribution, wastewater treatment systems and transportation networks, Jeff Byard, associate administrator for FEMA, told reporters on a conference call with Reuters.About 2,500 National Guard troops were deployed to assist with evacuations and storm preparations, and more than 4,000 others were on standby.Some 17,000 utility restoration workers were also on call.The hurricane center’s Graham said Michael represented a “textbook case” of a hurricane system growing stronger as it drew near shore, in contrast to Hurricane Florence, which struck North Carolina last month after weakening in a slow, halting approach.He said the storm would still have hurricane-force winds as it pushed through Florida into Georgia and tropical storm-force winds when it reaches the Carolinas, which are still reeling from post-Florence flooding. Up to a foot of rainfall was forecast for some areas.Locals React“My God it’s scary. I didn’t expect all this,” said Bill Manning, 63, a grocery clerk who left his camper van in Panama City, Florida, to move into a hotel where the power was already out, Reuters reported. “Panama City, I don’t know if there will be much left.”People in coastal parts of 20 Florida counties had been told to leave their homes but by Wednesday morning were told it was too late to flee. Much of the affected area is rural and known for small tourist cities, beaches and wildlife reserves, as well as the state capital, Tallahassee.Even before Michael made full landfall, it was whipping trees with its winds and had caused flooding in the town of Apalachicola, where more than five feet of water was reported, and in Port St. Joe.“It feels like you don’t know when the next tree is going to fall on top of you because its blowing so ferociously,” Port St. Joe Mayor Bo Patterson told Reuters. “You just don’t know when the next one is going down. It’s very, very scary. We have trees being uprooted, heavy, heavy rain.”“This happened so quickly, we weren’t exactly prepared,” he said.Michael grew from a tropical storm to a Category 4 hurricane in about 40 hours.Reuters contributed to this report QualityAuto 360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video Share this articlelast_img read more

A 2in1 pillow that lets you sleep on your bed or at

first_imgNo pillow has looked at the act of sleeping or napping as holistically as the Dullo. This nifty two-sided, custom-shaped pillow comes with a great deal of attention paid to all sorts of sleep, whether it’s on your back, your side, on a sofa, or even your workspace (that’s if your boss allows it). The Dullo is a perfect juxtaposition between a device with medical benefits, as well as a device that’s just great to use and own, because not only does the Dullo help you sleep healthier, it’ll make you look forward to sleeping!Dullo comes with two separate pillow designs fastened to each other to form one single multi-purpose cushioned headrest. Analyzing different sleep patterns, either side of the Dullo is designed for a different sleep posture. A concave side gives your neck the perfect support to keep it and your spine in the correct posture when you sleep on your back, while a more uniform side with ridges allows you to sleep easily on your side. Depending on which posture you sleep in the most, the Dullo can easily be flipped to give you a comfortable night’s sleep. It even comes with a trapezoid design, allowing you to rotate the pillow to suit your comfort needs based on your ergonomics, your mattress type, or even your mood.The Dullo comprises two individual halves that can be separated too. Splitting the Dullo in two gives you two thinner pillows that you can use either independently or hinged together to recline on a sofa or futon. Separating the Dullo in two also lets you adjust its height, giving you an additional bit of control over your comfort. The split-pillow design also gives Dullo an added use-case. You can slip your hands between two pillows and use the Dullo to sleep at your desk! Providing the perfect set-up for a power nap at the workplace, the Dullo’s split design cushions your head as well as your hands, allowing you to sleep while sitting at a table.Dullo’s approach to perfect sleep extends to its construction too, with a breathable fabric exterior that keeps your head, neck, and arms cool and dry, and a short-thread microfiber stuffing on the inside that give the pillow the perfect combination of softness and shape-memory. The microfibers come with a coating of silicon too, making them moisture-repellent, and giving the Dullo the ability to be easily machine-washed every now and then, because hygiene also plays a major role in a healthy night’s sleep!Designer: DulloClick Here to Buy Now: $69 $99 (40% off). Hurry, for a limited time only!With the built-in grooves and head-cradling hole in its ergonomic design, Dullo Pillow will ensure that you get a good night’s sleep.Designed to gently cradle and support both your head and neck. The center crater helps to evenly distribute the weight throughout your head during any sleeping position throughout the night so that you can get a good night’s rest.Dullo Pillow is snug against the body so that there is less burden on the head and neck to support the rest of the body as you sleep.Dullo Pillow delivers the best sleeping posture known to help people who suffer from insomnia, anxiety, stress and back/neck pain while sleeping.5 Main Differences Between Dullo & Other Pillows1. Distribute Your Head WeightOther pillows allow for too much movement throughout the night which ends up interfering with the quality of sleep. The center crater in Dullo Pillow gently supports your head from all angles so that you can maintain a comfortable position all throughout the night.2. Neck Support TubeDullo Pillow contains two support tubes that work to prevent the microfiber filling from shifting too much while simultaneously providing cushioned support for the neck. The tubes have been designed to perfectly mold to your neck so that it maintains its natural C-curve shape so that you can sleep deeply throughout the night.3. Designed for All Neck LengthsDullo Pillow has been designed to provide maximum comfort and quality sleep for different neck lengths. Dullo Pillow adjusts your body position so that the spine aligns horizontally with the head and neck.4. Microfiber FillingSilicone-coated microfibers are elastic and resilient, so pillows with this filling are not easily deformed. Dullo Pillow’s coated fiber filler absorbs micro shocks from your neck and shoulders and allows you to sleep comfortably. Unlike ordinary cotton, Dullo Pillow’s coated fiber filler is highly water-resistant and breathable which allows for humidity/temperature control for a good night’s sleep.5. Air VentilationThrough the crown side hole and gap between the two detachable sides, airflow goes through both sides and circulates around the head so that you can stay as cool as possible while you’re sleeping with Dullo pillow.Click Here to Buy Now: $69 $99 (40% off). Hurry, for a limited time only!SharePinShareFlipSharePocket1.3K Shareslast_img read more

Unifying Oregons Three Ronald McDonald Houses

first_img Google+ Unifying Oregon’s Three Ronald McDonald Houses 0 on October 18, 2016 LinkedIn Twitter Facebook On October 1 the Central Oregon Chapter of Ronald McDonald House Charities joined forces with Ronald McDonald House Charities of Oregon and Southwest Washington to become a unified, statewide organization. With three beautiful Ronald McDonald Houses in Bend, East Portland, and SW Portland – the 32-year-old non-profit can now offer a “home away from home” to as many as 56 seriously ill children and their families every night.By joining forces across the state, the hope is to strengthen awareness of programs in order to reach and support more seriously ill children and families than ever before. In Bend, the beautiful 6-room lodge style Ronald McDonald House will continue to benefit from hundreds of local volunteers and supporters while gaining access to new statewide partners and programs to deepen services and support for every family that comes to stay while their child is hospitalized at St. Charles Medical Center.The newly unified organization continues to be governed by a statewide Board of Trustees, which now includes St. Charles Medical Center’s Sara Mosher, MidOregon Credit Union’s Dena Driskill, Bend McDonald’s Owner/Operator Mick Bittler and former Central Oregon Chapter Board Chair John Francis.Following the unification, Cascade Relays CEO, Scott Douglass and former guest family member Becky Joye have recently launched Ronald McDonald House Charities’ Bend Leadership Board to guide local fundraising, awareness and program development efforts to direct support to Central Oregon’s hospitalized children and families.“We are thrilled to be in the position to raise funds and awareness for our local Ronald McDonald House! When my son was born prematurely and faced serious medical complications, the Ronald McDonald House was there for my family – keeping us close while my son gained strength and got healthy,” said Becky Joye.“As a new dad and local business leader, I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to expand awareness and support of our nearly 20 year-old Bend Ronald McDonald House and engage more community partners, volunteers and donors than ever before to ensure that families whose children are hospitalized locally, get the housing and support that they need while their children heal,” noted Scott Douglass.To learn more about the newly unified Ronald McDonald House Charities of Oregon and Southwest Washington or to get involved at any of Oregon’s three beautiful Ronald McDonald Houses, please visit the brand new website at RMHCOregon.org. For media inquiries, please contact Jessica Miller, CEO 971-230-6701 or jessica.miller@rmhcoregon.org or Scott Douglass, Co-Founder Bend Leadership Board, 541-350-4635 or scott@cascaderelays.com.Ronald McDonald House Charities of Oregon and Southwest Washington® provides a “home away from home” for families with seriously ill children, and supports initiatives to improve pediatric health.  For more than three decades, our dedicated staff and volunteers have offered comfort and support, a well-stocked kitchen and a warm bed to more than 34,000 families. To accomplish this, we rely on the generosity of donors, community partners and the hundreds of volunteers who selflessly give to our organization every year.  For more information, visit www.rmhcoregon.org.center_img Pinterest E-Headlines Share. By CBN Tumblr Emaillast_img read more

Oregon Equal Pay Day Analysis Shows Terrible Toll Gender Wage Gap Takes

first_img Share. LinkedIn Google+ Tumblr Facebook If the Gap Were Closed, Oregon Women Could Afford Food for More Than One More Year, Six More Months of Mortgage Payments, Nearly 10 More Months of Rent or 12+ Additional Months of Child Care AnnuallyAn analysis released for Equal Pay Day today reveals the size of the gender wage gap and its detrimental effects on the spending power of Oregon women. Women employed full time, year-round in Oregon are paid just 81 cents for every dollar paid to men, amounting to a yearly gap of $9,227. That means Oregon women lose a combined total of nearly $8 billion every year – money that could strengthen the state economy and is especially significant for the more than 160,000 Oregon households headed by women, 30 percent of which are in poverty.The new analysis was conducted by the National Partnership for Women & Families using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. The full set of findings for Oregon, which has the 31st largest cents-on-the-dollar gap in the nation, is available here. The National Partnership also analyzed the wage gap for Latinas in the state, as well as in the Portland metropolitan area and in Oregon’s congressional districts. All of these findings and similar findings for all 50 states and the District of Columbia can be found at NationalPartnership.org/Gap.“Equal Pay Day is a painful reminder that women in this country have had to work more than three months into this year just to catch up with what men were paid last year,” said Debra L. Ness, president of the National Partnership. “This analysis shows just how damaging that lost income can be for women and their families, as well as the economy and the businesses that depend on women’s purchasing power. Entire communities, states and our country suffer because lawmakers have not done nearly enough to end wage discrimination or to advance the fair and family friendly workplace policies that would help erase the wage gap.”According to the analysis, if the gap between women’s and men’s wages in Oregon were eliminated, a woman in the state who holds a full-time, year-round job would have enough money for more than one more year of food, six more months of mortgage and utilities payments, nearly 10 more months of rent, more than 12 additional months of child care, one additional year of tuition and fees at a four-year public university, or nearly the full cost of tuition and fees for a two-year community college.Nationally, women who hold full-time, year-round jobs in the United States are paid 80 cents for every dollar paid to men. Black women are paid 63 cents and Latinas just 54 cents for every dollar paid to white, non-Hispanic men. White, non-Hispanic women are paid 75 cents for every dollar paid to white, non-Hispanic men. Asian women are paid 85 cents for every dollar paid to white, non-Hispanic men, although some ethnic subgroups of Asian women fare much worse. And mothers with full-time, year-round jobs are paid 70 cents for every dollar paid to fathers.Oregon is not the only state with a wage gap. In fact, every state and 94 percent of the country’s congressional districts have one. The National Partnership finds that the largest cents-on-the-dollar differences in the country are in Wyoming, Louisiana, West Virginia, Utah and North Dakota. The smallest cents-on-the-dollar differences are in New York, Delaware and Florida. A ranking of all 50 states and the District of Columbia can be found here.“Numerous studies show that the wage gap persists regardless of occupation, industry, education level or perceived personal choices,” Ness continued. “That is why we need a set of public policies that ensure women have access to good and decent-paying jobs, the support they need to stay and advance in their careers, and fair and nondiscriminatory treatment wherever they work and whatever jobs they hold. That means fair pay and practices, family friendly workplace standards, full funding for federal agencies that investigate and enforce fair pay, and comprehensive reproductive health care.”Tomorrow, members of Congress are expected to reintroduce the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would help break harmful patterns of pay discrimination and establish stronger workplace protections for women. National Partnership experts say the bill would help close the wage gap, along with policies like the Healthy Families Act, which would guarantee paid sick days; the Family And Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act, which would create a comprehensive paid family and medical leave program; and measures that would increase the minimum wage and strengthen pregnant worker protections.The National Partnership’s analysis of the wage gap was released in advance of Equal Pay Day, which is April 4 this year. Equal Pay Day marks how far into the new year women must work in order to catch up with what men were paid in the year before. The findings for all states are available in map form at NationalPartnership.org/Gap, in addition to analyses of the wage gap at the national level, in the 20 states with the largest numbers of Black women and Latinas who work full time, in more than 20 major metropolitan areas, and in all 435 congressional districts.The National Partnership for Women & Families is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy group dedicated to promoting fairness in the workplace, access to quality health care and policies that help women and men meet the dual demands of work and family. More information is available at NationalPartnership.org. on April 4, 2017 Twittercenter_img By CBN Oregon Equal Pay Day Analysis Shows Terrible Toll Gender Wage Gap Takes on Oregon’s Women & Families 1 E-Headlines Pinterest Emaillast_img read more