first_imgSANTA ANITA CANCELS THURSDAY’S EIGHT-RACE CARD AS ARCADIA AREA CONTINUES TO BE HIT WITH HEAVY RAINFALL, LOCAL FLOODINGSANTA ANITA OPEN WITH FREE ADMISSION & PARKING FOR SIMULCAST WAGERINGARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 17, 2019)–Due to heavy overnight rains and a 100 percent likelihood of continued wet weather, Santa Anita Park has cancelled Thursday’s eight-race card, which was scheduled to get underway at 1 p.m.According to Santa Anita Track Superintendent Andy LaRocco, Santa Anita has taken on 3 ½ inches of rain since Monday, and the National Weather Service is predicting an additional two inches of precipitation into this afternoon.Additionally, flash flood warnings have been issued in the local mountains and widespread flooding has been reported this morning throughout Southern California.Horsemen are advised that Santa Anita will make every effort to bring back those races that were cancelled today in the immediate future.Santa Anita will remain open on Thursday for simulcast wagering in the Grandstand Paddock Room with free parking and admission.  Gates open at 10 a.m.As the most recent storm is predicted to move out of the area later this afternoon, live racing will resume as originally scheduled on Friday, with first post time for an eight-race card at 1 p.m.  For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more

first_img2015-2016VardyMahrezVardyLeicester A footballer from Manchester City It has reopened the ‘melon’ of the controversial award ceremony in England. “Three years ago we won the league, Liverpool was 30 points behind and De Bruyne had an amazing season. However, Salah scored many goals and they gave him the best player award, and I’m not saying I’m a bad footballer, “said the player in an Instagram live for Bleacher Report. 2011-2012KompanyVan persieVan persieManchester City The award, to which Bernando Silva refers, It is the one granted in the 2017-2018 campaign in which the citizen conquered the Premier with ease. Liverpool player Salah was awarded as the best of the year both among his teammates, as well as for the press and for the Premier herself. “Some clubs have more power and more reach with the media and organizations than others”, I continue the Portuguese. And it is that previous years the winning team of the championship used to ‘have’ the best player of the year. It happened, for example, with Kanté (2016-2017), Vardy (2015-2016) or Hazard (2014-2015). 2016-2017KantéKantéKantéChelsea 2013-2014Luis SuarezLuis SuarezLuis SuarezManchester City 2009-2010RooneyRooneyRooneyChelsea 2012-2013BaleBaleBaleManchester United “I think several players deserve to be more recognized than they are now. For example Fernandinho or even Raheem Sterling since the last season “, followed the Portuguese in the direct of Bleacher Report. And it is that the assignment of Van Dijk, as the best footballer for the Premier, chose a lot among the City squad. They considered it the drop that filled the glass from the none to their players. The Dutch center-back from Liverpool was the best for two of the three awards (Premier and the footballers themselves). Meanwhile, the press gave the award to Sterling. “Raheem was in a fight with Virgil van Dijk, who also won the award. This season, De Bruyne once again shows incredible things. But because Liverpool is almost champion, the Best Player of the Year award will probably go to them again“Bernando Silva complained bitterly. 2017-2018SalahSalahSalahManchester City SeasonBarclays-Premier AwardPFA (players)FWA (press)League Champion 2014-2015HazardHazardHazardChelsea 2018-2019Van dijkVan dijkSterlingManchester City 2010-2011VidicBaleScott ParkerManchester United These accusations already come from far away. You have to go back to the 2011-2012 campaign to find a member of the City squad as the best player in the Premier: Vincent Kompany. And that citizen have conquered the Premier in 2012, 2014, 2018 and 2019. It was already seen in the documentary series of the City for Netflix: ‘All or Nothing: Manchester City’, that during several chapters you could see how the footballers of the English club asked for an MVP for Kevin de Bruyne, who has not arrived. “David Silva and Sergio Agüero were never elected, reason why I believe that the individual prizes are only for the photo “, complains the ex of Benfica and Monaco. And that Liverpool has had four winners since the Premier emerged and has not won the title: Owen (1998); Luis Suárez (2014) and the aforementioned, Salah (2018) and Van Dijk (2019).Premier Player of the Year All the players say they don’t think about individual prizes but they lie. Prizes are always viewed with suspicion by others, even if it is a team sport. And in England it is not outside those canons. In the Premier Three annual prizes are awarded to the best player of the season. One carried by the players themselves (PFA); another granted by the Premier and its sponsor Barclays and the last one, the one chosen from the sports press (FWA). Three awards that have always been much discussed and do not just satisfy everyone, especially City. When the competition can resume, Liverpool only have six points left to be champion. And it is difficult for any player red do not take the prizes, as Bernando Silva says. At the moment, Vardy (Leicester) is the top scorer, followed by Aubameyang (Arsenal) and Omen (City). And the maximum assistant is From Bruyne (City) Maybe it’s the turn of Mané or Alisson . A mess is brewing.last_img read more

first_imgIn Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters LATEST STORIES Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Earlier in March, Djokovic dropped his opener at Indian Wells, where he has won five titles, to Taro Daniel, a qualifier ranked outside the top 100.Before that, Djokovic lost in the fourth round at the Australian Open.“Novak remains focused and eager to come back stronger and more resilient from (the) long injury break that has affected his confidence and game,” the website posting says. “He is continuously and passionately looking for new and different ways to regain winning form.”He began working with eight-time major champion Agassi on a part-time basis before last year’s French Open in May. He added Stepanek, who just retired as a player, to his team at the end of November.Djokovic stopped working with Boris Becker in December 2016, then fired longtime coach Marian Vajda shortly before bringing aboard Agassi.ADVERTISEMENT FILE – In this Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018 file photo, Serbia’s Novak Djokovic coaches Radek Stepanek, right, and Andre Agassi, left, watch Djokovic play United States’ Donald Young in their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia. Novak Djokovic announced on Wednesday April 4, 2018, he has dismissed his coaching team Andre Agassi and Radek Stepanek. It comes after two straight first round defeats at Indian Wells and the Miami Open following a recovery from a long term elbow injury. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara, file)Novak Djokovic is done working with Andre Agassi and Radek Stepanek after the latest in a series of coaching changes for the 12-time major champion who has gone nearly two full years without winning a Grand Slam title.Djokovic announced Wednesday on his website that he has split from Agassi after less than a year and from Stepanek after less than six months.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The 30-year-old Serb has lost his past three matches.“The private relationship with Stepanek was and will remain great, and Novak has enjoyed working with him and learning from him,” the posting on the website says. “He remains grateful and appreciative of all the support he has received from Radek during the last period.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe only mention of Agassi comes in the final sentence, which reads simply: “The cooperation between Novak and Andre Agassi has also ended.”Djokovic has struggled on the court this season as he deals with a right elbow problem that just won’t seem to go away, even though he took the second half of last year off and then had a medical procedure in February. His latest setback was a straight-set loss in his opening match last month at the Miami Open, a tournament he has won six times. MOST READ All of this followed the most successful stretch of Djokovic’s career, which included a run of four consecutive Grand Slam titles that concluded at the French Open in June 2016. That made him the first man in nearly a half-century to hold all four major trophies at the same time, as well as the eighth man in tennis history with a career Grand Slam.It also capped a span in which Djokovic reached the finals at 10 of 12 majors, winning six. His total of 12 such titles trails only Roger Federer (20), Rafael Nadal (16) and Pete Sampras (14). He also has finished four years at No. 1 in the ATP rankings.But over the past seven Grand Slam tournaments, Djokovic has zero titles and one runner-up finish. He is ranked 13th this week.The next major, the French Open, begins in Paris on May 27.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Victolero still optimistic as Magnolia defense slows down San Miguel in Game 4 Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina View commentslast_img read more

first_imgCellcom GSM, the official sponsor of the national football team, honored its promise when ten winners of its raffle draw were awarded prizes yesterday that will enable them to travel to Abidjan for the return leg match between Liberia and La Cote d’Ivoire on November 17.Presenting their packages to the ten winners, Cellcom GSM Communications Strategist, Dr. Kimmie Weeks reminded Liberians of the company’s reputation in honoring its sponsorship of Liberian football, including the national soccer team.“This is a period of great excitement,” Dr. Weeks said, “for Liberians to throng the Antoinette Tubman Stadium to cheer their national team against The Elephants.”He said the raffle draw was meant to provide at least ten Liberians to travel to the next venue of the second leg match and offer moral support to the team.“This is something that only Cellcom can make it happen,” Dr. Weeks said, to a round of applause.Contributing, national team coach James Salinsa Debbah commended Cellcom for its invaluable contribution towards the national cause and said Cellcom’s partnership with the development of Liberian football is commendable.He assured Liberians that today’s game against La Cote d’Ivoire with all seriousness to ensure that victory is certain and to make Liberians rejoice.Anthony Laffor said, “On behalf of my colleagues, we want to assure Liberians that we are prepared for the job to make Liberians happy.” He appealed to Liberians to come to the game in their numbers with the single purpose of cheering the team to victory.Hat-trick scorer William Jebor promised to play above himself to change the soccer history between the two countries.“They may think we are nothing,” Jebor said, “but I can assure them that this is Liberia’s time to win and make our people smile.”Jebor, who scored three goals against Guinea Bissau in Bissau to qualify Liberia to meet with La Cote d’Ivoire credited God for past successes, and promised to secure goals to make the return leg on November 17, a mere formality.In remarks, four of the winners heaped praises on Cellcom GSM for being number in mobile evolution in the country.“When I got the call that I had won,” said a young man who traveled from Grand Gedeh County to receive his prize, “I thought it was not true but I was convinced by the caller that I am a winner.”He added that afterwards, his friends made four cars available to bring him to the program yesterday.The winner between Liberia and La Cote d’Ivoire in the two-legs will move on to play in the group stage in the 2018 World Cup in Russia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgInvestigations conducted in the deaths of two children whose bodies were discovered on December 2 in the VOA Community on Robertsfield Highway was due to suffocation (asphyxiation), due to the lack of oxygen in the vehicle they were found, the Liberia National Police said in a statement yesterday in Monrovia.Inspector General Chris Massaquoi said the investigation further concluded that the vehicle in which the bodies of the children were found had its window glasses sealed up.Director Massaquoi clarified that contrary to media reports and pronouncements being made being made about the death of the two children, preliminary examination found that all the body parts f the two children are intact and that the bodies have so far shown no signs of being ‘brutally murdered,’ as it has been rumored.He said the vehicle in which the bodies of the two children were found had the inside locks and openers damaged or absent.Director Massaquoi said on Wednesday December 2, the Liberia National Police received information of the discovery of the bodies of two children, Rubben Paye, aged 7, and Alvin Moses, aged 4, whose whereabouts could not be established by the parents at about 3p.m. Both children had earlier returned home from school about 10:00 hrs and were in the yard of the parents.“Subsequently, a report was made by Victor Moses, father and guardian of both children to the police at Zone 8 Police station located in the ELWA Community at about 19:00 hrs,” he said.The following morning of 2nd December, the bodies of the children were discovered dead in an abandoned black Toyota Avalon vehicle located on the premises of the next door neighbor Mr. Henry O. Nnadi, a Nigerian national. “Upon the discovery of the bodies of the two children, Rubben Paye, and Alvin Moses, a mob action followed which resulted to the burning down and looting of the home of Mr. Nandi on whose premises the bodies were found along with four other vehicles that were burnt and/or damaged.He said following police investigation of the incident it was established that the death of the two children is accidental and that the police does not have evidence to link Mr. Henry O. Nnadi to their death.Meanwhile, the Police, in consultation with the coroner of Montserrado County, have been informed that the result of the coroner’s inquest also showed that the deaths of the children were accidental and/or not suspicious, the statement said.Director Massaquoi said, due to the mob action that led to the burning of Mr. Nnadi’s house and destruction of his properties eight suspects, including Raymond Brown, Stephen Wilson, Dubon Logan, Augustine Gbarpue, Emmanuel Diggs, Eric Karty, Lassana Kannah and Michael Horace have been charged and awaiting court prosecution.Victoria Zayzay’s Death in Police custodyDirector Massaquoi said a Ghanaian pathologist, contracted by the Liberian government has completed an autopsy on the body of Victoria Zayzay and are awaiting the findings from the Ministry of Justice.He said the findings will establish the cause(s) of Ms. Zayzay’s death and he assured the general public that the LNP attaches serious concern to this matter and a comprehensive investigation is ongoing, pending the outcome of the autopsy report.He said Victoria Zayzay, 21, who died in who died in police cell at Zone Six, Depot 1, Police Station on the Hotel Africa Road Community on the 20th of October 2015 at about 6:30 p.m. was arrested by officers of the Liberia National Police following a complaint filed by one Mammie Morris, a resident of the same address for Simple Assault and Criminal Mischief.Investigations have revealed that the deceased was charged and incarcerated in the female cell at which time she was the only person in the cell waiting to be forwarded to court for prosecution on the above mentioned charges.Few hours later, the police statement said the victim was discovered unconscious in the cell with her lappa tied from the cell gate around her neck, sitting flat on the floor and leaning against the gate, and bending over with her head resting on her chest with thick fluid oozing from her mouth. She was hurriedly removed from the cell, rushed to the Redemption Hospital for medical attention, where she was pronounced dead on arrival (DOA) by medical authority thereat.He described the situation as unfortunate and extended LNP’s deepest sympathy to the family of Victor Zayzay.Director Massaquoi said “it is often said justice delayed is justice denied; it is worth noting that the Government of Liberia doesn’t have pathologist, therefore, a foreign pathologist was found and contracted as usual to perform the autopsy which is a time consuming process. To date, the police have not received the pathologist’s report.”Meanwhile, Director Massaquoi announced the arrest of one of the most notorious armed robbers, identified as Alfred Lablah (Puyul) at Waterside on December 2. Puyul was wanted in connection to a streak of armed robberies. “Suspect Poyul, along with his band of robbers has been waging series of robberies in Paynesville, Bushrod Island and Brewerville communities. He has confessed his involvement to the robbery at the home of former Grand Kru Senator Cletus Wotorson on 17th November,” he said.He revealed that the Liberia National Police is in search of his accomplices, who were identified as James Harris alias ‘CO’ or ‘wolf’,Boakai Kengo, alias ‘Jeddie’, ‘Body Prince’ and Matthew Mah alias ‘Five Star.’“All of these suspects are wanted by the police and are armed and dangerous. The police are soliciting information and cooperation of the public on the whereabouts of these suspects. The police want to make it emphatically clear, that anyone found to be in contact with and or providing a safe haven for these suspects, will be arrested, investigated, and charged with armed robbery, which is a non bailable offense,” he stated.Director Massaquoi concluded that “it is important to note that the incident involving the death of the two children to which a Nigerian national has been publicly linked, the Liberia National Police would like to inform the public that as member of the global community every citizen or non-citizen who is accused of any unlawful offense has equal protection under our law without discrimination, as this is in line with our obligation to protect minority rights and therefore, the accused is of no exception.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgAttorney General Basil WilliamsThe audit report into the operations of the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) has been completed but Government, the head of that Unit, and the Police Commissioner are mum on its findings and recommendations.Although the media has already highlighted the findings and recommendation of the audit, which speaks to serious irregularities, including the falsification of records, Attorney General Basil Williams on Monday declined to comment on the issue citing he is yet to receive a copy of report.“Was the report released formally? I don’t see any official report about SOCU…”, Williams said on Monday.Meanwhile, Police Commissioner Leslie James, told Guyana Times on Monday afternoon that whatever information has to be disclosed about that report would be done via his Public Relations Officer.Additionally, the Head of SOCU, Sydney James, when asked about the credibility of the cases that the Unit had pursued and is presently pursuing in light of the damning allegations of fraudulent activities at SOCU, stated that he too would not be commenting on the issue.“I don’t know. You could talk to the Commissioner, honestly, I don’t know…I don’t want to comment on the matter,” James said.According to recent reports, the audit of the financial records of SOCU has uncovered serious irregularities, including the falsification of records, and has recommended immediate transfers and a fraud investigation of several of the discrepancies, sources say.An audit of SOCU, which is a branch of the Guyana Police Force (GPF), was ordered by Police Commissioner Leslie James in February following claims of grave mismanagement, which included the misuse of its operational fund.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has previously said that SOCU’s mandate is not being delivered, especially since it is suspected of taking political directives. He had noted that this was responsible for its failure rate.SOCU, which had been initially set up to probe financial crimes and strengthen the country’s anti-money laundering architecture, had not been audited since its establishment in 2014.The Unit had been engaged in major high-profile probes of former People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Government officials. The findings of the audit would be seen as a major embarrassment for the current Government.SOCU has already had several of its cases tossed out of the window by the courts, including a number of charges against former Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB) executives and Guyana Bank of Trade and Industry (GBTI) Directors.In light of these revelations of widespread fraud and financial irregularities within SOCU, the PPP called for the Unit to be closed down.According to the Party on Friday, the revelations vindicate its many warnings about SOCU deviating from its mandate. In fact, the Party noted that the revelations are just the tip of the iceberg, and that a forensic audit from an outside impartial auditor is needed.“The materials”, the Party said, “disclosed by the audit have confirmed our worst fears. But we are convinced that it is only the tip of the iceberg.“This Unit has rendered itself absolutely unfit to function as a law enforcement agency and as part of the prosecutorial arm of the State. There is no doubt that both investigations and prosecutions are being compromised by this diabolical outfit, who takes political instructions directly from Minister Khemraj Ramjattan, the Attorney General, and the Ministry of the Presidency”, the Party said.The Party also called for Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan, who is the subject Minister responsible for SOCU, to immediately resign. It noted that the Unit has for some time been giving appearances of unethical behaviour.“The public was made aware of the unholy relationship between Minister Khemraj Ramjattan; Attorney General Basil Williams; British consultant, Dr Sam Sittlington; and senior functionaries at SOCU; who were sighted jovially sipping wine and champagne at public places after arresting a number of PPP leaders.”“The public”, the PPP added, “would well remember a former Commissioner of Police publicly distancing himself from the operations of this Unit. Recently, the Director of Public Prosecutions, in a sworn affidavit in a High Court proceeding, made it clear that the Office of the DPP did not advise on a series of criminal charges instituted by this Unit.”IcebergAccording to the PPP, complaints have been made against the Unit by various business persons. The Party related that businessmen have been shaken down by the Unit and have had their valuables seized.“Over the years, we have received multiple reports from businessmen that SOCU officers have extracted from them huge sums of monies as bribes, and seized large caches of jewellery, monies and other personal valuables, including quantities of foreign currencies, from their premises without due process, and have converted these assets to their own use.“We have also received reports of falsification of evidence in prosecutions, and the refusal to disclose materials which the law requires them to do, in order to ensure a fair trial of persons charged,” the Party said. “This contamination of the criminal justice system strikes at the very foundation of the rule of law.”Police Commissioner Leslie Jameslast_img read more

first_imgO’Donnell and Niedermayer hardly had time to break a sweat before Shane Doan scored 31 seconds into the game to give Phoenix a 1-0 lead. Jackman’s first goal since the Ducks acquired him Jan. 2 from the Florida Panthers tied the score at 1-1 at 5:15. Chris Kunitz narrowly missed putting the Ducks ahead in the third period, but Michael Zigomanis swatted a slow roller that eluded Mikael Tellqvist off the goal line. The Coyotes weren’t so lucky on DiPenta’s pinball shot from the right wing later in the period, the puck striking two Phoenix players before sliding into the back of the net for a 2-1 lead for the Ducks at 11:58. elliott.teaford@dailybreeze.com (310) 540-4201 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ANAHEIM – The news wasn’t all that bad for the Pacific Division-leading Ducks on Wednesday. They did manage to take a 2-1 victory from the Phoenix Coyotes at the Honda Center, extending their lead to nine points over the idle San Jose Sharks. Defenseman Joe DiPenta scored the go-ahead in the third period for the Ducks, who improved to 3-0 on their season-high eight-game home stand. The Ducks (40-17-11) also defeated the Coyotes for the 10th consecutive time in Anaheim. “It was painful, so I figured something was wrong,” said Pronger, who was tied for fifth among NHL defensemen with 53 points (11 goals, 42 assists) going into Wednesday’s games. “It’s pretty frustrating.” It’s the latest in a string of injuries this season for Pronger, who sat out nine games after breaking his left foot Dec. 31 against Minnesota. Asked if this latest injury was in the same foot, Pronger said, “Yep, why wouldn’t it be?” Pronger also was struck in the chin and throat by a slap shot from the Kings’ Lubomir Visnovsky on Feb. 18, but did not miss any games. Ducks coach Randy Carlyle managed to crack a joke at Pronger’s expense, telling reporters at Wednesday’s morning skate, “I told him to drink more milk.” Carlyle was forced to shuffle his defense pairs, playing Pronger’s customary partner, Sean O’Donnell, with Scott Niedermayer. Francois Beauchemin, Niedermayer’s partner, played with Ric Jackman. DiPenta and Kent Huskins formed the third pair. center_img However, the Ducks learned former Norris Trophy-winning defenseman Chris Pronger would be sidelined for at least two weeks after breaking a bone in his toe. Pronger was injured while working out after Sunday’s 3-2 shootout victory over the Nashville Predators at the Honda Center. He declined to explain exactly how it happened except to call it an “unfortunate weight-room incident.” last_img read more

first_imgEven Imus admits he crossed the line with his “nappy-headed ho’s” comment about the Rutgers women’s basketball team, which earned his show a two-week suspension. On Tuesday, Rutgers’ president and basketball coach condemned Imus’ “despicable” remarks and announced that the team would meet with the embattled radio personality. But economics often trumps emotion in an anything-goes business where such stars as Imus have earned local radio stations and major media companies millions of dollars with their outrageous antics. “Radio is where the hippest, most spontaneous pop culture exists, so it’s therefore the place with the most controversy,” Harrison said. “People are constantly dealing with crossing the line.” Both feet in mouth And then tripping over that ever-shifting marker, falling face-first into unemployment or anonymity after inserting both feet into their endlessly chattering mouths: NEW YORK – Five years ago, Opie and Anthony were booted from the nation’s airwaves for a stunt in which a couple had sex in St. Patrick’s Cathedral. On Tuesday morning, the shock jocks were back on the air, riffing on Don Imus. The latest collision of outrageous radio and outraged listeners is business as usual for morning radio, where jocks walking the line between bad taste and big ratings continually reinvent the art of self-destruction. “The question is not `How far can we go?”‘ said Michael Harrison, publisher of the trade magazine Talkers. “It’s always been, `Go as far as we can go.’ And then you start testing the line again.” “The only rule is there are no rules,” said Ron Kuby, the liberal co-host of a morning show on right-leaning WABC-AM. “Once you get beyond the FCC, a host is left to the discretion of a program director, station manager, bosses they’ve never seen, advertisers and a fickle public. What might be fine today results in a boycott tomorrow.” Last May, DJ Star of the New York-based “Star & Buc Wild Morning Show” was fired after threatening to sexually abuse a rival DJ’s 4-year-old daughter. For bad measure, he offered to urinate on the child and directed racial slurs at the girl’s part-Asian mother. One year earlier, a three-minute musical “parody” about the killer south Asian tsunami led to the termination of New York-based Hot 97’s morning show co-host and a producer. The same station paid a $240,000 settlement over a promotion dubbed “Smackfest,” in which women slapped each other for cash and prizes. In February 2004, popular Florida radio host Bubba the Love Sponge was fired for offensive material that included cartoon characters such as George Jetson and Scooby Doo discussing sexual high jinks. Multiple offenders Greg “Opie” Hughes and Anthony Cumia were tossed off WNEW-FM in 2002 after the infamous St. Patrick’s Cathedral stunt. They were fired four years earlier in Massachusetts for a misguided April Fools’ joke in which they announced that Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino was killed in a car crash. And radio’s biggest star, Howard Stern, always paid the biggest obscenity fines for his morning show before jumping to the unregulated haven of satellite radio. Along with bad taste, most perpetrators had something else in common: They aired in morning drive time, the most lucrative advertising slot for any radio station. An old radio mantra posits that as goes the morning, so goes the rest of the day. “Stations want someone edgy and controversial, who creates cooler talk at the office,” said Paul Heine, executive director of Billboard’s Radio & Records. “It’s a quick route to ratings success, but it’s a double-edged sword. If you’re out on a tightrope, you can fall over.” Cheap shots abound For Imus, with his national television audience and more than 70 stations for his syndicated radio show, controversy is nothing new – his longtime shtick includes cheap shots at people of every race, color and creed. He reinvented himself years ago by bringing aboard A-list politicians, authors and journalists, although remnants of the past lingered on the program. Harrison said radio has long served as an outpost for envelope-pushing material, dating back to the early days of rock ‘n’ roll with DJs such as Allen Freed – long before Stern launched his first “Lesbian Dial-A-Date.” On their show Tuesday morning, which airs on both satellite and terrestrial radio, Opie and Anthony were offering their support for Imus – but also joking about taking over his slot should the veteran broadcaster get the ax. Unless, of course, the pair gets fired first.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

first_imgA dozy driver was caught speeding by the same speed camera van THREE times – in less than an hour.The driver passed a speed van three times in an hour.The man, who is now based in London, was driving up and down the Main Street in Falcarragh.But he failed to notice that there was a parked speed van in the area.Solicitor Cormac Hartnett said his client just did not notice the van.Judge Paul Kelly said he must have been distracted if he could not see the van on three occasions.He fined the man for two of the offences and took the third into consideration. DRIVER CAUGHT BY SPEED VAN THREE TIMES – IN AN HOUR! was last modified: July 18th, 2015 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:Donegal. Falcarraghspeed vanlast_img read more

first_imgThe next meeting of the Letterkenny no.1 Celtic Supporters Club will take place this Wednesday, 9th January at 8pm in the Station House Hotel in Letterkenny. LETTERKENNY NO 1 CELTIC SUPPORTERS CLUB MEETING was last modified: January 8th, 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:Celtic No 1 Celtic Supporters Clublast_img read more

first_imgThe Dick Niclai Memorial Tournament gets under way on Monday, and if the last week of the regular season in the Humboldt Del Norte League was anything to go by, it should be an exciting few days of action.The postseason tournament features the top three schools in each of the Little 4 and Big 5, with the championship games for boys and girls at Humboldt State Friday night.On the girls side, Big 5 champions Arcata will be the team to beat this week. But there’s nothing new with that.The …last_img read more

first_imgThe largest flying bird is the California Condor with a wingspan of 2.9 meters.  The largest flightless bird is the ostrich, up to 1.7 to 2.8 meters tall.  These are shrimps compared to extinct birds that lived with dinosaurs.  A fossil jaw from a Cretaceous bird has been found in Kazakhstan.  The BBC News said, “If flightless, the bird would have been 2-3m tall; if it flew, it may have had a wingspan of 4m.”  The find raises questions about what scientists know about the age of dinosaurs. According to the BBC News, this jawbone, nearly twice as long as that of an ostrich, “is further evidence that giant birds roamed – or flew above – the Earth at the same time as the dinosaurs.”  Not only that, it shows that large birds lived when pterosaurs flew, and possibly shared airspace.  “I think the really interesting thing is that they’re living alongside the big dinosaurs we know were around at the time: big tyrannosaurs, long-necked sauropods, duck-billed dinosaurs,” said Dr. Darren Naish of the University of Portsmouth.  “That opens up loads of questions about ecological interactions that we can only speculate about.” This shows that prior speculations have been wrong.  Even now, little can be said about this bird from just its jaw.  They don’t know if it flew, and they don’t know what it looked like.  It just shows that large birds existed alongside T. rex and other Cretaceous dinosaurs.  Since soft tissue is available from the former, we can expect that it could be available from bird fossils, and that both are not tens of millions of years old.(Visited 23 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

first_img(Visited 22 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Lazy reporters don’t do their homework, two critics in different fields complain.The Conversation (“academic rigor; journalistic flair”) is a unique venue that allows scientists to present alternative opinions, explain their findings to the public, or question a consensus. Unfortunately, they rarely question their own philosophical biases. Here we see two psychologists and a paleontologist criticizing false notions that deserve to die, but are kept alive by reporters who need to learn critical thinking.Situationism According to Luke Smillie and Nick Haslam of the University of Melbourne, a “zombie theory” that should be dead keeps resurrecting. It’s called situationism—a denial of human personality. Dreamed up by psychologist Walter Mischel in the 1960s, it supposes that people respond to situations only, not to personality traits. Smillie and Haslam in The Conversation show how this idea was soundly debunked in the ensuing decades (it’s like denying climate just because the weather changes, they say), but crops up again from time to time in the media.Time and again, the spectre of situationism has reappeared, causing a groaning sense of déjà vu for personality psychologists.The theory has even spread beyond psychology, with a prominent behavioural economist recently claiming that Mischel’s “great contribution to psychology” was to show that there is “no such thing as a stable personality trait”.Despite being buried by decades of research, situationism keeps kicking. According to one commentator, it “has morphed into something beyond the veracity of its arguments”. It has become an ideology.They attribute this persistence of error as due to (1) lazy thinking and (2) the appeal of a surprising story. They do not, however, question the authority of their own field (psychology) that participated in the generation and persistence of this false notion, even though they recognize that scientists fall prey to the same weaknesses.Human OriginsDarren Curnoe at The Conversation asks, “Is it back to the future for human origins science or just a case of science media misleading us again?” The word “again” bespeaks more persistence of error. Frequent readers of CEH will recognize the concerns about science reporting:The loss of specialist knowledge among journalists also means that what scientists say is frequently taken at face value, without interrogation of the methods, facts or interpretations at the centre of a discovery.Journalists also often treat science as different to other domains of human endeavour. Science reporting these days too often lacks application of the kind of critical treatment that other subjects routinely receive.Real scientists, he claims, are fallible humans subject to their own limitations and sociological influences:That scientists differ in their opinions because evidence can be interpreted in multiple ways or just because of personal rivalry. Very little is black and white, or fixed, in science. Scientific knowledge is provisional.The generation and promotion of scientific knowledge can be subject to sociological forces. Perverse career incentives or institutional priorities sometimes conflict with the interests of science itself.Because most science reporters don’t recognize these factors, they tend to present science as settled fact, delivering up tidbits that fit their 24-hour news cycle. Curnoe, a former journalist himself before he entered his science career, thinks that much of science media is untrustworthy, and the problem is growing.What about in his own field of human origins? There has been “acrimonious debate” about where humans evolved, he admits. The majority believe humans originated in Africa and migrated to Europe and Asia, but he thinks certain Chinese scientists have a bias to present their Homo erectus fossils (e.g., Peking Man), to support an Asian origin for nationalistic reasons. Curnoe is upset at the “unbalanced and inaccurate” reporting that gives credence to the Chinese narrative. But is his own narrative impeccable?In uncritically promoting the new Chinese fossils as challenging the prevailing African origins model, they fail to mention, for example, the existence of human remains in Ethiopia dating up to 195,000 years old; much older than those found in China. Or the uncertainties surrounding the dating of the Chinese fossils themselves.They ignore the overwhelming evidence from genetics accumulated in thousands of published studies that humans evolved in Africa, regardless of when. And the many articles about the genetic clock and the timing of the emergence of modern humans estimated from DNA data.But as we have repeatedly shown, these “thousands of published studies” keep getting overturned (7/02/16). Today’s consensus story is vastly different than ones depicted in old Time-Life books or National Geographic cover stories. Is Curnoe critical enough of his own biases? Is he trashing the Chinese to promote his favored narrative because of sociological factors influencing him? Does he consider the possibility that both camps are wrong?His appeal for balance is well meaning, but his arguments smack of appeal to authority, bandwagon, and glittering generalities. The physician needs to heal himself of the “sloppiness” he finds in others.One thing we can all agree on: secular science reporters rarely exhibit the critical thinking they should. That’s one of the main reasons our readers are attracted to CEH: we don’t accept bluffing by scientists. We don’t kowtow to the presumptive authority of “science” (an overly broad category). Their claims must stand on the evidence and the logic. Scientists don’t get a pass here. And we hope we set an example for other reporters on how not to be a toady for the latest university press release.last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Land values in our area are continuing to hold steady, but how can we expect these to change going forward?“In the next 12 months land values are projected to show nominal levels of change with no major fluctuations,” said Dennis Badger, Vice President of Collateral Risk Management, Farm Credit Mid-America. “Specifically, our four-state region expected to show an average decrease of 0.9 percent from 2016 to 2017, though this predicted drop should still be considered part of the natural market correction following 2010 to 2012.”A gentle, downward trend since the last reporting period (July 2014 to June 2015) was expected as the land value hikes from 2010 through 2012 continue to force market corrections.While land typically represents one of the largest fixed expenses for a farming operation, it also represents one of the largest asset categories on a farmer’s balance sheet and serves as a long-term investment.“Long-term investments are intended to withstand market fluctuations like the region is currently experiencing,” said Badger. “Current land values may be dipping slightly instead of increasing due to economic conditions, which shouldn’t be viewed as abnormal.”Farmers should continue to monitor their bottom line carefully but know they can still move if an opportunity presents itself and if they are in a good financial position.AUDIO: The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins visits with Badger about buying land as a long term investment.Farm Credit Mid America Full Interview Dennis Badger 10.17.16For more financial tips, insights and perspectives from Farm Credit Mid-America visit e-farmcredit.com.last_img read more

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#news#web Big News for Android DevelopersAndroid developers will surely be happy about this announcement. Verizon, after all, will bring millions of new customers to the Android platform and given that the company has no plans to make any changes to the Android Market, this will open up a large new market for Android apps. In this morning’s teleconference, Verizon also noted that it will pre-load devices with applications from Google as well as third-party developers. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting frederic lardinois A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… This morning, Google and Verizon announced an agreement that will bring Android phones to Verizon. Verizon, which has been trying to position itself as the ‘open carrier,’ will start to offer its first two Android phones within the next few weeks. In a clear jab against Apple, Verizon also announced that it will support Google Voice on these devices. Verizon also has no plans to make any changes to the Android Market.Last month, Sprint also announced that it will offer Android devices in the near future, leaving AT&T as the only major wireless company in the US that doesn’t offer an Android handset – though AT&T, of course, still holds the exclusive rights to the iPhone.Microsoft also announced the launch of the first set of Windows Mobile 6.5 devices today and chances are that the Google/Verizon announcement was timed to coincide with this release. The first reviews of Windows Mobile 6.5 are not exactly positive, however.Taking on AppleThere can be no doubt that this partnership is aimed directly at Apple. Just a few days ago, Verizon launched a new advertising campaign that highlights the company’s 3G network and spoofs Apple’s “there’s an app for that” campaign. While Verizon was always known for the quality of its network, though, it was never known for offering cutting-edge handsets – something that could now change. During a teleconference after the announcement, both Verizon and Google stressed the fact that they want the phones to remain open. Apple, of course, makes no such promises and has regularly landed in hot water when it didn’t allow certain apps like the Google Voice app into its store. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Related Posts For years one rap on Android has been that most Android users were still using an older version of the operating system – Gingerbread, aka Android 2.3, which was first introduced in December 2010. Nothing wrong with Gingerbread, mind you, but it wasn’t the latest and greatest.With Apple phones, when a new OS version comes out, most users get it, so everybody stays on the cutting edge. In the world of Android, each phone-maker rolls out upgrades on a different schedule, which also varies by model. And, unfortunately, most of those hardware companies have been reluctant to push upgrades, because (a) it’s a pain in the neck; and (b) if you really want the latest version of Android they’d rather you just went out and bought a new phone. That’s not the case for Google’s Nexus models, which always get upgrades.In other words, you buy an Android phone and unless you’ve bought a Nexus there’s a chance you’ll be stuck with the same OS for two years, or until you get your next smartphone. At the very least you’ll probably be sitting around waiting for a long, long time to get the good stuff.For those reasons Gingerbread remains the most widely used version of Android, even though Google has put out three subsequent versions, called Honeycomb (aka 3.1), Ice Cream Sandwich (aka 4.0) and Jelly Bean (aka 4.1 and 4.2).But new numbers from Google show Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean starting to take off. In a survey done over 14 days, Google says 45.6% of Android devices were running Gingerbread, while Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean, if taken together, now total 42.6%.To be sure, most regular people don’t know or care what version of the operating system they’re using. Many people using phones made by Samsung, HTC or Motorola might not even know they’re using Android, or that Android was created by Google. All they know is that they’ve got a smartphone and it can browse the Web, get email, and run some apps.Nevertheless, for the Android ecosystem, the shift to newer versions is a good sign. Gingerbread was and is perfectly fine, but the experience on Jelly Bean is far, far better.center_img Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement dan lyons Tags:#Android#Apple#iPhone last_img read more

first_imgHigh-Speed Cinematography TutorialWhen slowing down playback at 24 fps your video editing app will fill the gaps with frames, creating a slow motion effect. There are further ways to enhance this effect in post using After Effects.The video covers:Shooting slow-mo correctlyFrame rates and over-crankingSequence rates with Adobe Premiere ProAdvanced frame blending techniques with Adobe After Effects Employing the CineAlta system, the Sony PMW-F55 isn’t a cheap buy at $28,990. Many will argue that it rivals the Arri Alexa, except for much less cash. In fact, it has more capabilities in the slow-motion department.The F55 captures a huge 180 fps in 1080p internally, boasting a super clean image. In 4K it is a respectable 60fps internally, with 240 fps 16 bit raw at 2K with no image cropping attainable through the optional off-board recorder. Check out the Sony PMW-F55 at 240 fps: 3. Sony NEX-FS700R Want to shoot slow motion? The following video tutorial will demonstrate the latest professional practices to achieve your own slow motion shots.We view films at 24 frames per second. When played back properly, it’s a standardized approach that provides an “artsy” look to cinematography. High-speed cinematography involves shooting at a higher frame rate than 24 fps, giving yet a more surreal look. You may choose to shoot anywhere from 60 – 18,000 fps, depending on your resolution and budget.High-Speed CamerasFirst, let’s take a look at 5 professional high speed cameras for the aspiring indie filmmakers. Although some cameras shoot in 60 fps, for a ‘true’ smooth slow motion effect, pros would tell you to shoot upwards of 100 fps+.1. The EdgertronicThe new Edgertronic is a huge breakthrough concerning high-speed cinematography for the indie-filmmaker, starting at only $5,495. It’s a specialty super slow-motion camera packing frame rates up to 17,791 with resolutions up to 1280 x 1024!The Edgertronic was developed by MIT-trained engineers looking to make high-budget camera technology attainable for the masses. They originally started a Kickstarter page to launch the product in 2013. Check out the Edgertronic at 500 fps: The JVC GC-PX100 is the most affordable camera with great fps capabilities coming in at $999.95. A time control button lets you choose shooting speeds between 1/80th and 500 frames per second, or from time lapse to slow motion. The downside to shooting at 100 to 250 frames per second concerns the resolution dropping to 640 x 360, and to 320 x 176 at 400 or 500 frames per second.The price is definitely what makes the JVC GC-PX100 stand out. Check out the JVC GC-PX100 at 600 fps: The Sony NEX-FS700R starts out at the modest price of $7,699. Quite a bang for your buck considering the specs: up to 250 fps at 1080 x 1920. By no means a one-trick-pony, the price is a good deal for professional looking slow-mo. With some cropping and a reduced resolution, higher frame rates of 400/800 and 960 fps are also attainable with this camera. Check out the Sony NEX-FS700R at 240 fps:center_img 2. RED Epic-XAt $19,000, you could buy a new car for the price of the Epic-X. All jokes aside, this is a serious camera that crushes the JVC in comparison. With glorious 5k and 4k capabilities, along with the Mysterium-X 5k sensor, your image quality will be top-notch.The Epic shoots the following rates:1-120 fps 5K and 4.5K1-150 fps 4K1-200 fps 3K1-300 fps 2KAdditionally, flexibility can be nice as it will shoot standard frame rates: 23.98 through 59.94 fps for all resolutions. The Epic is the only camera available to the market that is capable of a 120 frame rate at a 5k resolution. Check out the Red Epic at 300 fps: 4. Sony PMW-F55 5. JVC GC-PX100 This video tutorial was created by Rich Harrington for Adorama Photography.last_img read more

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now We can’t trust you if you tell us that you’re perfect. We don’t believe anyone is perfect. We don’t believe that anyone has developed to the point where there is nothing left to improve.We can trust you if you make things sound easy. If you downplay the financial investment or the investment of time and energy, it hits a sour note. We know that what we really want isn’t easy or we’d already have it.It’s very difficult to trust someone who has never made mistakes. That’s an indication that they have never really done anything like what they’re proposing, that they don’t understand the magnitude of the change the recommending, or they’re fibbing.We don’t believe that it’s a straight and certain path from where we are now to where we want to go, if only we will make the commitment you are asking us to make. Our experience tells us that the path isn’t straight, and the traveling isn’t easy. It sounds too good to be true, so we believe it isn’t.If we can’t see the flaws, if we can’t see the creases and the places where the seams are a little frayed, we doubt what we’re seeing is real. That manufactured perfection is not the same as authentic scars and scrapes.It’s very difficult to believe in a story where everything is perfect, because that’s not how stories go. There is always a dragon that is unconquerable, a villain who is indestructible, or some mountain that appears insurmountable. There is always a challenge, adversity, risk, and potential reward. But only potential, no guarantees.When you tell us about your limitations, your failures, your mistakes, and the eventual success you find only after you’ve learned and made adjustments, your vulnerability makes it easy to believe you.Perfection is a lie.If it takes you three times to get it right, then say it will take you three times to get it right. We’ll believe you.last_img read more

first_imgThe Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) on Saturday took on Prime Minister Narendra Modi for taking undue credit for the Purvanchal Expressway and using it for political mileage. Mr Modi laid the foundation stone for the six-lane expressway, expected to cost over ₹23,000 crore, earlier in the day.SP chief Akhilesh Yadav said not only was the project conceived by his government, the alignments of the 314 km expressway were also approved under him and most of the land was already acquired. He added that the BJP government had sacrificed the quality of construction to deceive people.BSP chief Mayawati said the BJP was following its “old tradition” of launching projects just before elections with the purpose of deceiving people. “It’s an old project. Had PM Modi implemented it at the right time, soon after 2014, he would have been inaugurating it today and not laying its foundation,” Ms. Mayawati said.U.P. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath shot back at the SP, saying the Akhilesh Yadav government did not deserve any credit for the project. Mr. Adityanath said only 20% of land had been acquired by the SP government and no work had started. Nor were environmental and forest clearances acquired. He said the BJP government had managed to save ₹1,514 crore on the project cost in comparison to the bidding by the Akhilesh Yadav government in 2016.Once completed, the expressway would reduce travel time from Purvanchal to Delhi via the Lucknow-Agra Expressway and the Yamuna Expressway. The State plans to connect it with Varanasi, Ayodhya, Allahabad and Gorakhpur.In Varanasi, Mr. Modi laid the foundation stone and inaugurated projects worth over ₹900 crore.last_img read more

first_imgWhile India does not follow the concourse security While India does not follow the concourse security plan for civil aviation operations which entails frisking of fliers and their luggage before entering the airport, security personnel in plainclothes are being deployed increasingly to keep tab on any suspicious movements at these facilities, they said.”Keeping in mind the security hold pattern of airport security where passengers enter the terminal area unchecked and are frisked later in a designated area, the surveillance and patrol teams along the peripheries have been asked to be extra cautious specifically keeping in mind the heightened security alert after the Brussels attack and generally in view of the vulnerability of these facilities,” they said.”There is a general alert to all sensitive and vital installations in view of the Brussels attack and the recently concluded Holi festivities.”The security paraphernalia at places where there is large public interface is definitely more proactive than earlier keeping in mind that there are no added hassles in their movement and security of travellers,” they said.Similar measures have also been deployed at the Delhi Metro network where security personnel have been asked to remain vigilant, especially over the weekend. PTI NES RTlast_img read more

first_imgMadrid, Dec 10 (AFP) River Plate won the Copa Libertadores by beating their fiercest rivals Boca Juniors 3-1 after extra time on Sunday, bringing an end to a final tainted by violence and moved more than six thousand miles away from Argentina.Boca took the lead through Dario Benedetto but Lucas Pratto equalised before Juan Quintero and Gonzalo Martinez scored in extra time, aided by Wilmar Barrios being sent off, to win a fittingly dramatic contest for River.It means River prevailed 5-3 on aggregate after the first leg finished 2-2 and reclaim the trophy they had last won in 2015, lifting it for the fourth time in their history.”We have shown we are superior,” River’s Leonardo Ponzio said. “After trying to stay quiet about everything that happened, we showed on the pitch we were better.””The only thing I feel is sadness for not winning the cup and giving it to the people of Boca,” Boca coach Guillermo Barros Schelotto said.Postponed on three occasions and then relocated from Buenos Aires to Madrid, the supporters of these two great clubs showed in the Santiago Bernabeu why this fixture had been billed as one of football’s greatest ever.Lionel Messi, Antoine Griezmann and Diego Godin were among the 62,200 in attendance.But, despite the bouncing huddles in the streets, the plumes of blue and red smoke, the swinging scarves, fluttering flags and fans that were chanting in their seats three hours before kick-off, there was nothing to extinguish the lingering sense of regret.advertisementThere was no repeat of the scenes that cast a shadow over Argentinian football and saw the original game at River’s El Monumental on November 24 postponed, when around 50 fans attacked Boca’s team bus and left some of their players injured.Madrid, which will also host the Champions League final in June, was chosen in part because of its record of hosting major events and the security, which included around 2,500 police officers, did its job before kick-off.Fans were separated into zones either side of the stadium and had to go through checks even to enter the area immediately surrounding it.The shame was only that the operation was not as thorough 15 days ago and that a minority decided to take advantage.- Raucous atmosphere -======================Both clubs were allocated 25,000 tickets, with 5,000 of those reserved for residents of Argentina. The fear had been most of those buying would be tourists and neutrals, but the atmosphere suggested different.Both teams had initially refused to play in Spain’s capital but as the losers, Boca’s sense of grievance will now become more entrenched.They felt River were responsible for the chaos two weeks ago and should have forfeited the trophy. They took their case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, but the appeal was rejected on Saturday.When the players shuffled out two hours before kick-off to inspect the pitch, they held up their phones to capture the thousands already inside and the view of a stadium most of them had never played in before.The cheers grew louder when they came out for kick-off. Then there were whistles as the teams swapped ends and each were greeted by their opponent’s fans behind the goal.Jonatan Maidana was playing for Boca when they last won the Copa Libertadores 11 years ago and, now in the red and white of River, he almost gave his former club an early lead, slicing just over his own crossbar.The game lacked quality but came alive one minute before half-time. Nahitan Nandez’s superb pass split two River defenders and Benedetto kept a cool head, guiding into the corner, before taunting the beaten Gonzalo Montiel.River had been inferior but improved. Their first real attacking move was also a brilliant one as Leonardo Ponzio and Quintero exchanged passes before the latter pulled back for Pratto to sweep home.The game meandered towards full-time and seemed destined for penalties until Barrios was shown a second yellow card for a tackle on Exequiel Palacios and soon after, Quintero struck.It was a goal worthy of winning the tournament, as he collected 25 yards out, glanced up and whipped the ball in off the underside of the crossbar.Leonard Jara almost snatched a late Boca goal but his shot nicked the outside of the post. Then, with Boca’s goalkeeper Esteban Andrada up for a corner, River added the final touch.Martinez ran the ball into the empty net and River’s substitutes and staff were already pouring onto the pitch to begin the celebrations. (AFP) APAAPAadvertisementlast_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say ​Man City boss Guardiola plans to target ‘vulnerable’ Liverpool keeper Alissonby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePep Guardiola sees Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson as a possible weakness.According to The Sun, Guardiola has an idea of how to disrupt the league leaders as they do battle on Thursday.And part of his plan is to perform a two man press on Alisson each time he gets the ball.The Brazilian is very comfortable on the ball, but he has made a couple mistakes in possession that have led to goals this season.City will also be very aggressive and play with a high line, despite the pace of Liverpool’s front three.If City win, they will move to within four points of the Reds at the top of the table. last_img read more

first_imgDesign buffs, here’s a teapot for you. “Simple Japanese lines meet functional Nordic design” — that’s the tagline that the Danish design company Menu uses when describing their teapot by Danish architectural firm Norm. The kettle is indeed a meeting of two different cultures, with its Zen approach to brewing tea mixed in with clean and functional Scandinavian aesthetic.Simply pour boiling water into the tempered glass teapot. Then, fill the stainless steel egg with whichever tea of your choice — green, rooibos or chamomile  — lower the egg into the water and let it steep, which, by the way looks pretty cool if you ask us. When the tea is just to your liking simply raise the egg with the attached silicon string. There you have it — a pot of tea that looks as good as it is for you. No need for sloppy teabags or dripping tea filters, it’s all about sleek design with this teakettle.These days most nutritionists are saying that we should substitute tea for coffee, so we might as well do it in a stylish manner, right? We’ll definitely brew tea on a daily basis when our Menu teapot comes in. A team of architects strategically designed this awesome teapot, so we know that it has to be good way to brew tea. Now if we only thought about it sooner, we would have bought one for Mother’s Day. Then again, there’s always next year.Menu Teapot by Norm, $59.95 at amazon.com.  The Maserati Levante is the Family-Friendly Maserati How to Make Loco Moco, a Hawaiian Staple Dish A Peek Inside the Joseph Abboud Factory: Italian Fabric, Made in America Editors’ Recommendations Reyka Vodka May Have the Coolest Distiller on the Planet You Won’t Believe the Price Tags on 10 of the Most Expensive Shoes For Menlast_img read more

first_imgGurugram: It was in the year 2017 that the initiative of creating forest within the city was first discussed In Gurugram. After two years, the Haryana government has begun taking action towards implementing the project. If all goes according to the plan, the state government will begin the implementation of the forest project in the city. The forest will be developed and conserved on the lines of Delhi’s ridge area.State Forest Minister Rao Narbir Singh, who will initiate the plantation on Friday, claimed that the forest is the only solution to the critical air quality of Gurugram as the Aravallis can no longer solely bear the burden of urban air cleansing. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”We have identified the land. It will be a model to reckon with in NCR. Local trees and plants will be planted and taken care of as part of the central Jal Shakti Abhiyaan. This forest will be a compensation for the trees axed for urban and infrastructural development in Gurugram,” said Narbir. According to officials, it is also planning to build water bodies, arboretum, recreation centre, medicinal plant garden and a bamboo park surrounded by nature trails in the forest. The area will be fenced and a mass plantation drive will be carried out to increase the green cover. The city forest will be developed in the Aravalli hills and foothills in villages Sakatpur, Gairatpur Bas and Sikohpur. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsAccording to officials, the new city forest will be bigger than Aravali Biodiversity Park, which is spread across 300 acres, and a 7-km-long trail along Wazirabad Bundh. The department will encourage plantation of native tree species in the forest and only treated water will be used there. The project is a joint effort of the district administration, forest department and private companies. The authorities plan to also distribute these areas to companies interested in tree plantation and maintenance drives for at least four years. These companies will plant around 2,500 trees and other plants in the forest. A large part of the 1,000-acre land is protected under the Section 4 and 5 of the Punjab Land Preservation Act (PLPA).last_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA – The long road to replacing Canada’s aging fighter jets took a surprising turn Tuesday as the federal Liberal government added a caveat to its latest battle of the bidders: contenders deemed to be harming the country’s economic interests will find themselves at a “distinct disadvantage.”The plan is to replace the Royal Canadian Air Force’s current fleet of CF-18 with 88 sleek, modern new planes, Procurement Minister Carla Qualtrough and Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan told a news conference — a contract worth between $15 billion and $19 billion.But the economic-interests test, still in the development stages with the help of the aerospace industry, was an unexpected twist that appears to have raised as many questions as answers.The government also confirmed Tuesday that it is walking away from plans to buy 18 Super Hornets from U.S. aerospace firm Boeing amid a bitter trade dispute with Montreal-based rival Bombardier. Canada will instead buy 18 second-hand F-18s from Australia to deal with what the Liberals call a critical shortage of jets until the entire fleet can be replaced.While the full cost and delivery schedule are still being ironed out, the move will ultimately save time and money, Sajjan insisted.The deal must still be approved by the U.S. government, which originally sold the F-18s to Australia and retains control over the transfer of such arms.During question period Tuesday, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer blasted Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s plan to buy old, second-hand aircraft that are of a similar vintage to the planes the government is replacing.“If the prime minister is so keen on buying fixer-uppers, will he come over?” Scheer quipped. “I have an old minivan I would love to show him.”But it was the Conservatives themselves who made a hash of the fighter-jet file and created the need for an interim fleet, Trudeau retorted.Gen. Jonathan Vance, Canada’s chief of the defence staff, was also on the dais at Tuesday’s news conference alongside Qualtrough, Sajjan, Transport Minister Marc Garneau and Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains. The Australian aircraft are safe and will meet Canada’s needs, he insisted.“Make no mistake, these aircraft will work fine and those aircraft are very much needed,” Vance said.The decision to walk away from the interim Super Hornets — which carried an estimated price tag of $6 billion — was hardly a surprise, considering the government’s recent anti-Boeing rhetoric. But it remains to be seen how Boeing will be impacted by the economic-interest test, since the Chicago-based aerospace giant has major operations in Canada.Boeing has already made it clear it’s eager to enter the Super Hornet into the competition, despite its chilly relations with Ottawa over Bombardier. Qualtrough said the competition would be transparent and open to all, and that the new test will apply to all major military purchases in future.But the ministers didn’t dispute the notion that Boeing could be already at a disadvantage.“The purpose of this new policy is to clearly demonstrate that anyone that wants to engage Canada, if they cause economic harm, will be at a distinct disadvantage,” said Bains.“That’s the objective. This is really about our national interest. Our economy. And good-quality jobs in Canada.”Boeing will review the government’s announcement, including the new economic-harm test, before deciding on next steps, company spokesman Scott Day said in an email.At the same time, Day noted that Boeing employs 2,000 Canadians, including many in Winnipeg, conducts business with 560 local companies, and contributes $4 billion to the economy each year.“If you look at Boeing’s record in Canada, I think you have to let our record speak for itself.”That touches on one of the main questions with the new test, said defence analyst David Perry of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute: how the test is applied to companies like Boeing, which already have large interests in Canada.“That will be fascinating to see because there will be an extraordinary amount of subjectivity in that,” Perry said.“They have the trade action and complaint against Bombardier. But they also do billions of dollars of economic activity in Canada every year. How do you weigh those two things?“I think that will be extraordinarily difficult.”— Follow @leeberthiaume on Twitterlast_img read more

11 March 2009Policymakers should consider the threat climate change poses to public health in setting their priorities for action and investments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the United Nations health agency told a conference in Copenhagen. Experts from the World Health Organization (WHO) highlighted the health dimension of the issue at the three-day Climate Change Global Risks, Challenges and Decisions conference, which ends tomorrow.Based on research, WHO estimates that around 150,000 deaths now occur in low-income countries each year, with young children making up almost 85 per cent of these excess deaths, due to the effect climate change has on crop failure and malnutrition, diarrhoeal disease, malaria and flooding.Health hazards from climate change are diverse, global and difficult to reverse, according to WHO. They range from increased risk to safety from extreme weather events, to the effects of global warming on infectious disease and sea level rises leading to salinization of land and water sources. The agency contends that feasible improvements to the environment could reduce the burden on global disease, a large part of which is caused by energy consumption and transport systems, by more than 25 per cent.Outdoor air pollution accounts for 800,000 deaths annually around the world, traffic accidents for 1.2 million, physical inactivity for 1.9 million and indoor air pollution for 1.5 million, noted a press release issued by WHO.“Whether it’s the 70,000 excess deaths from the heat wave in Europe in 2003, or new malarial deaths in the central African highlands, the people at greatest risk for climate-related health disorders and premature deaths are the poor, the geographically vulnerable, the very young, women and the elderly,” WHO said.The populations WHO considered to be at greatest risk are those living in small island developing States, mountainous regions, areas with poor access to water, huge cities and coastal areas in developing countries, as well as poor people and those lacking access to health services. read more

The Indiana men’s basketball team’s Sunday win at Michigan clinched the outright Big Ten regular-season championship. By virtue of that result, Ohio State was denied a share of the title as well as almost $80,000 in bonuses paid to its four coaches. OSU coach Thad Matta would have received $20,000 for a share of the league’s regular-season title on top of his base salary of $3.2 million, as well as an additional year added on to his current contract, according to OSU athletics spokesman Dan Wallenberg. Matta’s contract expires in July 2019. The three OSU assistants – Dave Dickerson, Chris Jent and Jeff Boals – missed out on a combined $58,334. Each of Matta’s assistants would have received “supplemental compensation in the amount of one month’s salary” had OSU won a share of the Big Ten title, Wallenberg told The Lantern in a Monday email. For Dickerson, the team’s associate head coach and highest-paid assistant, a Big Ten title would have resulted an additional $21,667. Jent and Boals would have received $20,000 and $16,667, respectively. OSU, which defeated Illinois, 68-55, Sunday afternoon to improve to 23-7 overall and 13-5 in the Big Ten, needed a Michigan win to claim a share of the regular season title for the fourth consecutive year. The Wolverines, which led by as many as five points during the final minute of play against the Hoosiers, collapsed down the stretch before eventually losing, 72-71, in Ann Arbor, Mich., hours after the Buckeyes defeated the Illini. Wallenberg did not immediately respond to The Lantern‘s Monday afternoon request for information regarding whether these or other bonuses would be awarded if OSU wins this weekend’s Big Ten Tournament. Matta, who is in his ninth year at OSU, has led the Buckeyes to two Final Fours and five Big Ten titles. He and the Buckeyes will chase their third Big Ten Tournament title in four seasons when the team, seeded No. 2, begins play Friday against the winner of Purdue-Nebraska. OSU’s game against either the Boilermakers or Cornhuskers is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. at the United Center in Chicago. read more

OSU senior forward Taylor Kuehl (6) takes a shot on goal during a game against Minnesota on Nov. 15 at the OSU Ice Rink. OSU lost, 5-3. Credit: Ed Momot / For The LanternThe Ohio State women’s hockey team snapped a losing streak, but couldn’t find a win during its weekend series against the University of North Dakota.On Saturday, UND (6-7-2, 4-6-2) claimed a 4-3 win over the Buckeyes (7-7-1, 5-6-1-1).The Buckeyes outshot and outscored UND in the first two periods of play. Then, in the third period UND claimed the game by scoring three straight goals before OSU came within one with seconds to play.In the first period, senior forward Kayla Sullivan scored a goal at 6:18 to put OSU in the lead, 1-0. UND later tied the game at 1-1 after a goal before the end of the period.The Buckeyes took the lead back in the second period when senior forward Taylor Kuehl scored off a power play. The tally was Kuehl’s fourth goal in the last three games.UND started the third period down 2-1. They quickly responded with a goal from junior forward Shannon Kaiser, who scored her first goal of the season. Kaiser’s goal beat Buckeye redshirt-junior goalie Stacy Danczak to tie the game at two.Less than a minute later UND scored to put it up 3-2. The team extended its lead to 4-2 later in the period.The Buckeyes weren’t giving up though. With less than two minutes remaining OSU pulled Danczak for an extra attacker. With a six-on-five advantage, the Buckeyes scored.Senior defenseman Kari Schmitt scored with only 10 seconds remaining in the period. Without enough time for the Buckeyes to take the game, they fell short.OSU outshot UND, 27-21 and Danczak racked up a total of 17 saves.In the Friday evening game, OSU scored a goal with two seconds remaining in the third period to tie the game and send it into overtime.The Buckeyes went on to win a three round shootout, 1-0.Sophomore forward Claudia Kelpler kept the Buckeyes in the game when she scored the goal to bring the game back to even. Already having scored earlier in the period, this goal was Kepler’s second of the game and fifth of the season.UND took the first and second periods of the game. They scored one goal in each period to take a 2-0 lead over the Buckeyes.However, OSU was able to rally late in the third period to put it back in the game.The Buckeyes outshot UND 26-18.OSU is set to head back on the road once again for a matchup against Robert Morris. The game is scheduled for Friday at 7 p.m. in Pittsburgh, Pa. read more

first_imgGeeks tend to have something of a love/hate relationship with Lucasfilm. Its namesake, the one and only George Lucas, brought us the original Star Wars and Indiana Jones films. However, he also brought us the Star Wars prequel trilogy. The news has just broken that Disney plans to acquire Lucasfilm for $4 billion in cash and stock. Not only that, but Star Wars Episode 7 is being planned for a 2015 release.Disney has been on a real tear in recent years. After a decade of mediocre movie performance, Disney backed Pixar early on. It later bought the animation giant for $7.4 billion in 2006. Disney also got in on the super hero fad in 2009 when it bought Marvel for $4 billion. In this new Lucasfilm deal, Disney is paying about half that $4 billion in stock and half in cash. Lucasfilm has a single shareholder: George Lucas. I expect he’s planning some renovations to Skywalker ranch now.Discerning sci-fi fans that have been down on what George Lucas has done with the Star Wars franchise in the last 15 years will be happy to hear that Lucas is stepping away from the company’s day-to-day operation. Kathleen Kennedy, current co-chairman of Lucasfilm, will become president of the new Disney-owned venture. Lucas won’t have any official decision making capacity, but is staying on as a “creative consultant.”While the Star Wars prequels were not received terribly well, it’s still a little sad to see Lucas handing off the franchise. He’s part of history, and even with different people leading the development of a new Star Wars story, fans might never be happy. There is already an established storyline for the post-movie Star Wars universe as laid out by dozens of novels like the awesome Heir to the Empire trilogy. It’s hard to say if these tales will be honored or overwritten.Make sure you keep an eye on coming developments as the first post-Lucas Star Wars movie takes shape. It’s an exciting time to be a geek.via ABC Newslast_img read more

first_imgOrigo dévoile une imprimante 3D pour les enfantsQuelques jours après que la firme japonaise Roland DG a présenté l’iModela IM-01, une imprimante 3D vendue 1.000 dollars, un modèle destiné aux enfants vient d’être dévoilé par la société spécialiste des jouets Origo. Un projet qui pour l’heure, n’en est qu’au stade du prototype.La firme Origo vient de dévoiler sur Internet un prototype du nouveau jouet sur lequel elle travaille : une imprimante 3D destinée à nos bambins. Dans une vidéo vantant les mérites de l’appareil, baptisé Origo 3D, la firme montre comment les enfants pourront bientôt créer leurs propres jouets en plastique en quelques minutes, et avec une dose d’imagination, grâce à une imprimante au design étudié.À lire aussiTopShot LaserJet Pro, l’imprimante qui scanne vos objets en 3DOrigo précise dans un communiqué adressé aux enfants, que l’appareil “aussi gros que trois Xbox 360 et au même prix que trois Xbox 360” a été conçu pour les bambins de dix ans et plus. “Je m’installerai sur ton bureau et donnerait vie à tes idées, tes dessins et tes rêves” promet l’Origo 3D.L’imprimante a été conçue par Artur Tchoukanov et Joris Peels, qui ont travaillé auprès d’enfants afin de répondre au mieux à leurs attentes. Plusieurs prototypes ont été réalisés avant que l’Origo 3D ne voit le jour. Aujourd’hui, la firme est en quête d’investisseurs prêts à miser sur son projet. Artur Tchoukanov et Joris peelings espèrent pouvoir lancer la commercialisation de l’imprimante d’ici un an et demi.Le 13 octobre 2011 à 18:10 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgIndian pedestrians walk on Dalal Street – Trader’s Street – next to the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) in Mumbai on March 7, 2014.INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty ImagesThe introduction of Long-term Capital Gains Tax (LTCG) was pretty much factored in by the markets in the run-up to the budget. Yet there was a quick negative reaction when Finance Minister Arun Jaitley announced a 10 percent LTCG. The Sensex, which is in the heat of a bull run, sank 450 points after the announcement was made.For retail investors, the move takes away one of the most immediate rewards of equity investment — the tax free returns if the investment is held for more than a year. The long-term capital gains tax was scrapped in 2005 as the dominant view was that higher participation in equity investment was needed.Will the re-introduction of LTCG have a tempering effect on the overheating stock markets? Where will the money flow even as investments in stocks are getting saddled with higher taxes in the future? Which sectors stand to gain? What will be the impact on investments in the mutual funds, which has seen a phenomenal rise in recent months?As per the budget proposals, LTCG over 1 lakh in a year will attract tax of 10 percent while short term capital gains remains at 15 percent. The capital gains accrued before January 31, 2018 will be exempted. Jaitley said this “modest changes” in taxations in equity returns will bring in a marginal revenue of Rs 20,000 crore in 2018-19. In perspective, a total amount Rs 3.67 lakh crore had been exempted from capital gains in 2017-18.It remains to be seen if the return of the LTCG tax will impact retail investment in equities. The immediate impact of the measure on the mutual funds investment boom is also to be watched for.The snap reaction to LTCG could be a sign of the raw nerves from this segment. It should be noted that the 2017 markets rally was propelled by retail investors and those who put in money into mutual funds through SIPs. The share of retail investors in equity markets in 2017 was Rs 153,310 crore, which dwarfed the Foreign Institutional Investment at Rs 51,252 crore. In comparison, net mutual fund investments in equity stood at Rs 115,837 crore.The fact that the government hasn’t withdrawn the Securities Transaction Tax (STT) is a dampener too, now that LTCG has been brought back. Also equity-oriented Mutual Funds will now attract a dividend distribution tax of 10 percent, something that retail investors will have to take stock of.Realty boom?However, the re-introduction of LTCG will help a resurgence in other investment avenues, mainly realty, experts say. “Change in capital gains tax for equity could accelerate the shift of preference from equity to other investment assets like Real Estate. This would be a reversal of the trend we have seen the last 5 years. More investment could start to real estate,” said Joe Verghese, Managing Director, Colliers International India.Markets recouped the initial losses on Thursday. The BSE Sensex had fallen below 36,000 following the LTCG announcement and Nifty sank below 11,000. However both indices regained those levels in afternoon trade.last_img read more

first_img Interview: Dragon Quest XI’s Developers On How They Created a Living WorldGeek Plays: Dragon Quest XI I’m a fan of Japanese Role Playing Games but I’ve never gotten around to playing a Dragon Quest title. This is shameful considering how important the series is to the JRPG genre. This oversight has been corrected now that I’ve played Dragon Quest XI. Though I initially didn’t have it on my radar, it has become one of my favorite games of 2018. Ni No Kuni II and Octopath Traveller are fantastic, but this title gives me exactly what I want from the genre. Dragon Quest XI is not only the best JRPG of the year, but one of the greatest JRPGs of all time. As far as I’m concerned, it is a modern-day classic.Dragon Quest XI features turn-based combat, level-based progression, a world rooted in Medieval/Feudal fantasy, and a story about good versus evil. Basically, things you’ve seen in JRPGs a thousand times over. However, these tropes are delivered with a level of confidence and conviction few others can match. In a world where RPGs have grown ever more complicated, it’s refreshing to play something which focuses on the basics. As a guy who loves Budweiser beer, vanilla ice cream, and plain pizza, Dragon Quest XI’s simplicity is right up my alley.Like previous entries, Dragon Quest XI stars a silent protagonist destined to save the world from an all-powerful evil being. During his quest, he finds eccentric allies who share his goal of restoring peace to the world. This is the de facto hero’s journey tale, and one you’ve seen or read many times over, especially in other Dragon Quest games. This isn’t a problem, however, given how expertly this well-worn tale is presented.What Dragon Quest XI lacks in originality, it makes up for in personality. This is by far one of the most charming games I’ve ever had the pleasure of experiencing. I use the word “pleasure” on purpose because that’s exactly what I feel when playing. The most obvious thing that makes Dragon Quest XI so appealing is the distinctive art style of Akira Toriyama. I cannot forget the sweeping orchestrations of Koichi Sugiyama, which just add to the overall warm and inviting atmosphere. The presentation just makes you feel good.Unlike the original Japanese release of Dragon Quest XI, the Western version features full voice acting during cutscenes and cinemas. All of the actors do a wonderful job of bringing their respective characters to life. Every one of them feels like a real person. It’s clear no one phoned in their lines. English dubs of Japanese RPGs aren’t always pleasing to the ear but Dragon Quest XI‘s voice acting is exemplary.Dragon Quest XI uses Unreal Engine 4 to bring its world and characters to life. Visually, the art style is both simple and detailed. Characters, NPCs, and monsters are all cell shaded. However, they don’t have the simple textures found in other cell shaded titles. You can see details like the stitching in clothing, scales on a dragon’s hide, and even individual hair strands. The clean but meticulous art style makes for one of the most unique looking JRPGs out there.The same attention to detail applies to the overall world. From dense forests, sun-drenched deserts, snowy tundras, towering mountain tops, and vast oceans, the world is a visual marvel. Each town is also carefully constructed. I love how they’re all based on real-world cities, just with a JRPG twist. Town is further brought to life thanks to the citizens inhabiting them. Every NPC feels like they have a place in the world, and thus make the towns feel believable. Trust me when I say my words do not do the world of Dragon Quest XI justice. It is stunning to behold.Exploring the world is quite enjoyable. The reason is the amount of options available to players. They can jump on top of objects or climb ledges and ladders. Some areas are only accessible when riding on top of a monster. I don’t think I need to explain why using a defeated bad guy as a mount is awesome. Exploration in RPGs isn’t always simple since your characters have limited movement. Thankfully, that isn’t the case here. The game wants you to actively explore and gives you the tools to facilitate that.In most RPGs, monsters are simply things you kill for experience. You don’t exactly grow an attachment to them. That isn’t the case with Dragon Quest XI. Every single enemy: from adorable slimes to fearsome dragons, is a joy to look upon. It’s clear the art team went out of their way to give monsters distinct designs and animations. I always look forward to visiting new areas just to see the types of creatures inhabiting the land.Like its predecessors, Dragon Quest XI features turn-based combat. This might seem odd to some, especially since most modern RPGs have real-time battles. While real-time combat has its merits, I’m a fan of turn-based battles myself. There’s a level of strategy native to turn-based gameplay that real-time simply doesn’t possess. Given how Dragon Quest gave birth to the modern JRPG genre, it’s no surprise Dragon Quest XI’s turn-based battles are a thing of pure perfection.Despite the turn-based nature, battles feel incredibly dynamic. This is due in large part to the way the camera moves during combat. It zooms in, pulls back, and pans in a way that emphasizes each attack and action. The camera, both literally and figuratively, places you in the middle of the fight. Even though you’re taking turns, there’s a wonderful sense of tension and momentum in each encounter. The character and enemy animations also make every battle feel alive and vibrant.In addition to attacks and magic, every character has “pep” abilities. Pepped characters gain bonuses to strength, agility, magic, and so forth. If multiple characters are in pep mode simultaneously, they can unleash powerful attacks or give each other beneficial boosts. On top of that, there are the character-specific skills one can unleash. The various attacks and abilities one has to choose from keep things engaging. At the same time, players will never feel bogged down by an overabundance of options.Unlike most RPGs, you do not battle in an approximation of the surrounding environment. You fight enemies in the same spot you initiate combat (or close to it). What I like about this is that you can clearly see what’s around you. There were many times where I spotted a treasure chest or other points of interest during battle. You can also see other groups of enemies in the background, helping you strategize which foes to fight next. The large draw distance makes all of this possible. It’s probably a small thing for most, but being able to ascertain my surroundings during combat is a huge plus.In addition to earning levels, you also gain skill points. With these, you can select from some different skills to use in battle. Each skill has its own branching path. A character may have skill trees for swords, greatswords, magic, and so on. You can place points in every section, or you can focus on particular abilities. I find it best to have characters specialize in two or three categories. This way, you can better utilize their abilities. If a certain character is needed for a specific encounter, you can swap them in at any time. There’s no need to make anyone a jack-of-all-trades when specialists are substantially superior.If you’re not happy with the way a character is progressing, you can always go to a church and reallocate skills. This gives players an incentive to experiment with different weapons and abilities to see what suits them best. One must pay gold to reallocate abilities, but money isn’t exactly hard to come by. A lot of games force you into distinct roles for characters or punish you for not selecting the right skills. I appreciate how Dragon Quest XI truly lets players come up with their ideal builds. In keeping with the simplicity of the overall mechanics, redoing skills is relatively hassle-free.You’ll need to buy armor, weapons, and accessories to survive battles. Like most JRPGs, each town you visit has better (and more expensive) equipment than the last. It makes one wonder how the citizens of the final towns manage to afford living in them… but I digress. Like with other aspects of this game, selecting the items you need doesn’t require a master’s degree. If it has better stats, then you should probably buy it. There’s not a lot of thinking involved. However, like character progression, you can get more in-depth with equipment types if you want.Early on, you’ll receive the Fun-Size Forge. With it, you’re able to craft all kinds of items. It doesn’t require money, but you will need different materials and recipe books. Recipes are usually found within red books sitting on bookshelves. The forge is straightforward. You select what type of weapon, armor, or accessories you want to create. If you have the necessary materials, these items automatically go into the forge. Then you must “bang” the steel until it takes on the desired shape. The associated mini-game is interesting since you have to make sure you don’t strike a section too many times and create a dud. As you level up, so do your forging skills.Players who want to craft the very best pieces of equipment will no doubt love the Fun-Size Forge. While I definitely see the appeal of this feature, I rarely used it to make weapons. I found it easier to simply buy whatever I needed. Even though the Fun-Size Forge is very user-friendly, I personally saw no need for it. But like I said, if you want to make custom weapons and accessories then the forge is the way to go.Level grinding is an essential part of most JRPGs. If you don’t want powerful monsters wrecking you, then you’ll need to spend time fighting weaker creatures to become stronger. This is also true in Dragon Quest XI. Thankfully, level grinding doesn’t feel like a chore. Every new area has monsters which give you a decent return in experience points. It usually only takes an hour or two to gain three to four levels. Individual battles never last long, which makes grinding efficient. You also have the option to forgo level grinding (especially in the beginning) if you just want to play through the story. If you do need to gain more levels to progress, characters will let you know.RPGs, especially old ones, aren’t always user-friendly. That isn’t the case here. There are various quality-of-life features implemented to help streamline the experience. Players can save in churches found in each town. In the field, they can save by praying to statues and use nearby camps to restore HP and MP. When entering new locations, the game autosaves. One can instantly travel to previously visited areas by using the Zoom ability. Long cinemas are skippable, and when level grinding, you can set combat to Auto-Battle. None of these features are substantial on their own. Combined, they make life easier for the user and prevents things from becoming needlessly frustrating.Outside of the main quest, there’s a number of diversionary activities to partake in. You can spend time at a casino or participate in horse races. Each town has citizens who ask for favors, and there are dozens of hidden Small Medals to collect across the world. Completing side quests earns you gold or unique items. While there’s a good number of optional content, it isn’t an overwhelming amount. The focus is on the main adventure, after all. But if you want to indulge inside activities, there’s plenty to find out there. Keep in mind that additional quests open up after the credits roll. Needless to say, you’re getting your money’s worth regarding content.I’m very happy Dragon Quest XI was my introduction to this classic series. It really is one of the most pleasurable gaming experiences I’ve had this year. Amplifying this feeling is the fact I wasn’t expecting even to play it. I know previous Dragon Quest installments won’t give me exactly what this title delivers, but I do at least want to see what I’ve been missing. If you’re a long-time fan of Dragon Quest, then I don’t need to convince you of this game’s excellence. However, if you’re like me and have never played a title in the franchise, then I implore you to try out Dragon Quest XI. It is truly a special title.Dragon Quest is a beloved franchise both here and abroad. We visited a Dragon Quest convenience store in Akihabara. And Japan has honored the game with its own monument in Sumoto. If you own a switch try out Dragon Quest Builders, you’ll love it more than Minecraft. Plus follow all the Dragon Quest updates here.Buy it now!Nintendo SwitchProtect Your Nintendo Switch With These Awesome CasesLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more

first_img More information: K. A. Matveev and A. V. Andreev. “Hybrid Sound Modes in One-Dimensional Quantum Liquids.” Physical Review Letters. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.121.026803Also at: arXiv:1804.02369 [cond-mat.mes-hall] Ordinary sound waves—small oscillations of density—can propagate through all fluids, causing the molecules in the fluid to compress at regular intervals. Now physicists have theoretically shown that in one-dimensional quantum fluids not one, but two types of sound waves can propagate. Both types of waves move at approximately the same speed, but are combinations of density waves and temperature waves. Citation: Unusual sound waves discovered in quantum liquids (2018, July 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-07-unusual-quantum-liquids.html Explore further The physicists, Konstantin Matveev at Argonne National Laboratory and Anton Andreev at the University of Washington, Seattle, have published a paper on the hybrid sound waves in quantum liquids in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters.”One-dimensional liquids have fascinating quantum properties that have been studied by physicists for decades,” Matveev told Phys.org. “Quite surprisingly, we have been able to show that even such an essentially classical phenomenon as sound is also very unusual in these liquids. Our work implies that even the simplest classical properties of a fluid can be strongly affected by its quantum nature.”Although classical fluids generally support just one type of sound wave (a density wave), one exception is liquid helium. As a superfluid, liquid helium can flow without friction, which gives it the ability to flow up the sides of its container, among other unusual properties. Unlike classical fluids, superfluid helium supports two types of sound waves—a density wave and a temperature wave—which propagate at different velocities.As the physicists explain, in some ways one-dimensional quantum fluids are similar to superfluid helium, as both fluids support two types of sound waves. In other ways, however, they are quite different: instead of one sound wave being a density wave and the other sound wave being a temperature wave, the two sound waves each combine characteristics of both density and temperature waves. This hybrid nature of sound waves in one-dimensional quantum liquids is different than the nature of sound waves in any other fluid, including liquid helium. In addition, the scientists showed that the two hybrid sound waves propagate at nearly equal speeds, with the difference in speed depending on the temperature.In the future, the physicists expect that these hybrid sound waves can be experimentally demonstrated in long quantum wires or atomic traps, in which one-dimensional quantum liquids are known to exist. Liquids are capable of supporting waves with short wavelengths onlycenter_img Journal information: Physical Review Letters Photograph by Hinrich Oltmanns, Pexels.com This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2018 Phys.orglast_img read more

first_img Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now 2 min read This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Apple managed to split opinions more widely than ever this year. The iPhone 7 lost the headphone jack, the MacBook Pro refresh was disappointing for power-hungry professionals, and the desktop line of Mac computers hasn’t seen any love for years, suggesting to some that Macs on the desktop may in fact be dead.Tim Cook put the record straight yesterday, however, and gave some hope to Apple fans desperate for a new desktop computer.  As reported by TechCrunch, as part of a wider post on an internal Apple employee message board, Cook was asked the question, “We had a big MacBook Pro launch in October and a powerful upgrade to the MacBook back in the spring. Are Mac desktops strategic for us?”Cook responded by reassuring employees that, “the desktop is very strategic for us.” He went on to point out that, “The current generation iMac is the best desktop we have ever made and its beautiful Retina 5K display is the best desktop display in the world.” Most importantly, he confirmed that Mac desktops are not dead, “if there’s any doubt about that with our teams, let me be very clear: we have great desktops in our roadmap. Nobody should worry about that.”There’s no detail beyond that. We don’t know when new Macs will be announced, and we don’t know if Cook is referring to the iMac, Mac Mini, Mac Pro, or all three. That’s a shame, as I think we’ve reached a point now where Apple is unfairly asking existing Mac owners to wait too long for their next hardware purchase.The last time the Mac Pro received a hardware refresh was Dec. 19, 2013. The iMac and Mac Mini were last refreshed on Oct. 16, 2014. Clearly they are all well overdue for new components to bring them in line with what non-Mac desktops offer in terms of performance in 2016. December 20, 2016 This story originally appeared on PCMag Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

first_img This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. January 30, 2017 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Cybersecurity is on the minds of most businesses today, but there’s one area where companies often screw up: failing to protect their key executives when they’re on the move.In today’s environment, there are an abundance of well-funded and sophisticated hacking groups out there, many with nation-state or organized crime affiliations and interests, who are looking for any way possible to defraud or steal information from American business interests. Like any other criminal, hackers look for weaknesses in the security perimeter before they attack — and often, that sweet spot is to be found in the personal security of key company figures. One example is “Darkhotel,” the Korean-speaking hacking group that targeted countless business executives via hotel Wi-Fi from 2010 to 2015.As a former Secret Service agent, it was my job to protect the President from both physical and digital attacks. (Few realize this, but the USSS was one of the first federal agencies to develop a strong cyber defense and intelligence unit.) From a cyber standpoint, this meant implementing a robust security perimeter around the President’s personal devices and communications (e.g. stripping down the phone, limiting access, multiple layers of encryption, constant monitoring and defense), particularly when the President was outside of the White House.Businesses, from startups to Fortune 500s, need to adopt a similar mindset when it comes to their own commanders-in-chief, because cyber attacks are a low-cost, low-risk way to steal intellectual property, business intelligence and ultimately the company’s money — and the C-suite (along with other key figures, like a head engineer or programmer) is definitely a focal point for criminals.Related: 7 Habits of Highly Hackable EmployeesConsider these statistics:Business email compromise (BEC) scams on executives have grown steadily since 2010. According to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center, this type of attack increased by 1,300 percent from January 2015 to June 2016. More than 14,000 U.S. companies fell victim, with total losses estimated at over $960 million, between 2013 and 2016.Spear-phishing criminals are honing in on smaller companies. In 2015, 43 percent of targeted attacks focused on small businesses, as opposed to 35 percent for large enterprises, according to Symantec’s Internet Security Threat Report.American businesses lose $300 billion annually due to intellectual property theft, according to the Commission on the Theft of American Intellectual Property.Cybercrime is on the verge of becoming the number one economic crime for U.S. businesses, reaching 54 percent of organizations reporting such a crime in 2016, according to PwC’s Global Economic Crime Survey.No business can be fully secure unless it is taking ample steps to protect the digital assets of its leadership. Here are six steps to take:1. Whitelist the email.Only a small, select group of people should be allowed to email key executives; all other addresses should be blocked. Known as email “whitelisting,” this greatly reduces the risk of phishing attacks on the executive.Additionally, use strong anti-malware and anti-phishing solutions to boost the executive’s email security.2. Use multiple layers of encryption. Every VIP should be protected by multiple layers of encryption. This acts as a fail-safe in the event that an attacker breaks through the other defenses.Every device that connects to Wi-Fi (phone, tablet, laptop, desktop) must have a VPN, or virtual private network, which will encrypt all data in transit. Next, a full-disk or file encryption program should be used to secure data that is stored on these devices. Limit the executive’s communications to encrypted channels only, like PGP for email, or encrypted communications like Wickr Pro. All web sessions need to be done over HTTPS (SSL/TLS encryption); there are browser plugins like EFF’s HTTPS Everywhere that will force a secure connection on every website.Related: The Biggest Bounties Facebook, Microsoft and More Have Paid Hackers3. Strip down the phone.Just as the U.S. President uses a smartphone with very limited functionality, a business executive’s phone should also be stripped down as much as possible, with only essential functionality as needed. The more boring it is, the better.That means eliminating all non-essential apps, especially games, scaling back the phone’s connectivity options by disabling Bluetooth, disabling Wi-Fi auto-connect and turning off geolocation sharing for all apps (with the exception of “Find My Phone”). Social media can also pose a risk, but if your business depends on using it, at the very least make sure geolocation data is turned off in the app (there are online tools that can track a user based on this data) and be careful about oversharing, as sensitive information can be used against executives and employees in social engineering attacks. Also, use public Wi-Fi sparingly, even when a VPN is utilized.4. Use a burner device.Executives are most at risk when traveling overseas, particularly to countries like China and Russia. When making these trips, it’s important to be a little paranoid.Burner devices, or “phones to go,” are an effective way of reducing the risk from compromised devices. This isn’t cheap, but it’s worth the investment and inconvenience. Malware and man-in-the-middle (MiTM) attacks are more likely during foreign stays, so by putting aside the phone or laptop after a trip, the executive will prevent an infected device from getting “behind the firewall” after he or she returns.It’s also important to have a remote lock/erase feature installed on all devices in case they are lost or stolen.Related: Before You Use Public Wi-Fi, Read This5. Harden the home office network.Home offices can be an easy target for hackers, since they are likely to have less security than the corporate office.At a minimum, make sure a robust firewall and antivirus/anti-malware agents have been installed. Also, keep all devices (laptop, desktop, server, Wi-Fi router) fully updated on software/firmware settings, security patches, etc. Next, reduce the attack surface on the laptop or desktop by disabling Java, JavaScript and ActiveX, or by adding script-blocking plugins. Set up application whitelisting so that only pre-approved applications and processes can run on these machines. Eliminate Wi-Fi as much as possible by using an ethernet cable instead. It’s also wise to have two internet lines — one for the family and one exclusively for the executive. Use an outbound firewall to block any malware or malicious programs that do sneak in from being able to connect to the internet. DNS security tools (such as OpenDNS) will further protect the internet connection and block malicious or suspect domains.6. Contain the internet of things.Most executives have — or will have — “smart” devices in their homes, in addition to connected cars, wearables and other internet of things products.These complicate the security picture, as many IoT products have been found to be vulnerable to hackers. Limit IoT usage to only well established, trusted brands with a proven track record of security. Avoid installing IoT apps on the work phone. Also, keep these devices off the executive’s home Wi-Fi network — if you have two internet lines installed, relegate them to the all-purpose/family network.An executive’s personal security can be the Achilles’ heel of any company, from startup to Fortune 500, so it’s critical to implement a defense-in-depth approach that will keep their digital assets safe. Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

first_img Image courtesy of UTHealth McGovern Medical School 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 | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. 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 | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems Related Contentcenter_img News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more News | Neuro Imaging | June 30, 2016 Methylene Blue Shows Promise for Improving Short-Term Memory MRI study reveals increased response in key brain areas, suggesting potential treatment for a variety of cognitive impairments Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more News | Stroke | August 16, 2019 Mobile Stroke Unit Gets Patients Quicker Treatment Than Traditional Ambulance Every second counts for stroke patients, as studies show they can lose up to 27 million brain cells per minute…. read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more June 30, 2016 — A single oral dose of methylene blue results in an increased magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)-based response in brain areas that control short-term memory and attention, according to a new study published online in the journal Radiology.Methylene blue is used to treat methemoglobinemia, a blood disorder in which oxygen is unable to release effectively to body tissues, and as a surgical stain.Animal studies have shown a single low dose of methylene blue enhances long-term contextual memory — the conscious recall of the source and circumstances of a specific memory — and extinction memory, a process in which a conditioned response from stimuli gradually diminishes over time.“Although the memory-enhancing effects of methylene blue were shown in rodents in the 1970s, the underlying neuronal changes in the brain responsible for memory improvement and the effects of methylene blue on short-term memory and sustained-attention tasks have not been investigated,” said study author Timothy Q. Duong, Ph.D., from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Texas. “Our team decided to conduct the first multi-modal MRI study of methylene blue in humans.”Twenty-six healthy participants, between the ages of 22 and 62, were enrolled in a double-blinded, randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trial to measure the effects of methylene blue on the human brain during working-memory and sustained-attention tasks. This study was approved by the local ethical committee.The participants underwent functional MRI (fMRI) before and one hour after low-dose methylene blue or placebo administration to evaluate the potential effects of methylene blue on cerebrovascular reactivity during tasks. Mean cerebral blood flow was measured pre- and post-intervention.The results showed methylene blue increased response in the bilateral insular cortex — an area deep within the brain associated with emotional responses — during a task that measured reaction time to a visual stimulus. The fMRI results also showed an increased response during short-term memory tasks involving the brain’s prefrontal cortex (which controls processing of memories, the parietal lobe (primarily associated with the processing of sensory information) and the occipital cortex (the visual processing center of the brain). In addition, methylene blue was associated with a 7 percent increase in correct responses during memory retrieval.The findings suggest that methylene blue can regulate certain brain networks related to sustained attention and short-term memory after a single oral low dose.“This work certainly provides a foundation for future trials of methylene blue in healthy aging, cognitive impairment, dementia and other conditions that might benefit from drug-induced memory enhancement,” Duong said.For more information: www.pubs.rsna.org/journal/radiology FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享last_img read more

first_img Sinclair launches compostable labels for fresh pro … U.S.: FDA approves GM Arctic Fuji apple … August 02 , 2018 You might also be interested in Limoneira’s Q1 results hit by lower lemon pricing … center_img U.S.: Heavy flooding in Northern California vineya … The organization said expropriation without compensation and economic growth are “diametrically contrasted – and nowhere in the world has this worked in any shape or form.””Agrarian reform can only happen successfully working hand in hand, in partnership, with the private sector,” said Agri SA executive director Omri van Zyl.“We have seen this movie play out all over world – Venezuela, Russia – the promise for emerging farmers of tools, fertilizer, seeds and extension services are superficial – many have promised this as election ploys– and yet the outcome is always catastrophic for agriculture and food security.”Kriek added that this was “irresponsible electioneering” and that the country’s leaders should be more vigilant and responsible when it comes to the future of the economy and job creation. “We are a full and active participant in the upcoming ANC jobs summit – this position will not encourage us to invest in the sector to create more jobs,” he said.Van Zyl also labeled the decision as a “populist move” from the ANC and said there would be a dramatic effect on the country’s commercial, residential and property investment space. South African farming organization Agri SA has criticized government plans announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa on Tuesday to amend the constitution to allow for the expropriation of land without compensation.The African National Congress (ANC) party had said in May it would “test the argument” that land redistribution without compensation is permitted under current laws.”It has become pertinently clear that our people want the Constitution to be more explicit about expropriation of land without compensation as demonstrated in the public hearings,” Ramaphosa said on Tuesday in a recorded address to the nation.In a statement, Agri SA president Dan Kriek said the organization was currently in a consultation process where South Africans are participating in a process of review, and this week’s announcement “serves only to undermine the process underway”.”SA needs more black farmers and black farms. Constitutional amendments – and even worst-case expropriation without compensation – may make for good electioneering but it doesn’t make more black farmers,” he said.last_img read more

first_imgSeptember 17, 2008 The music of Different Skies is exciting, accessible, imaginative, and fun for listeners of all ages and musical interests, from classical and jazz to modern ambient and meditation/healing music. Technology meets imagination to create an evening of amazing entertainment. Learn more about the artists at this year’s festival, and for a schedule of some of the jams and performances from this years workshop visit Stillstream.com. [Photo: sa & text: Cosanti Foundation, sa]last_img read more

first_img Categories: Whiteford News 02Feb Rep. Whiteford seeks feedback from locals State Rep. Mary Whiteford, of Casco Township, today announced that she will hold local office hours throughout Allegan County.“I want to hear feedback directly from the people I represent,” said Rep. Whiteford. “I’m able to represent our local communities best when I know what issues matter the most to our residents.”Rep. Whiteford will be available on Monday, Feb. 27 at the following times and locations:9 to 10 a.m. at Fillmore Township Hall, 4219 52nd St. in Holland 11 a.m. to noon at Salem Township Hall, 3003 142nd in Burnips 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Hopkins District Library, 118 E Main St. in HopkinsNo appointments are necessary. Those who are unable to attend at the scheduled times, but would still like an opportunity to speak with Rep. Whiteford, may call her office at (517) 373-0836 or email MaryWhiteford@house.mi.gov.###last_img read more

first_img Rep. Jim Lilly of Park Township is inviting Ottawa County residents to attend his upcoming office hours events, scheduled for Friday, Feb. 17 and Monday, March 6.“I am committed to making our voices heard in Lansing,” Lilly said. “This is a great opportunity for us to share ideas and updates about our state government.”The office hour events are as follows:Friday, Feb. 17:9- 10 a.m. – Loutit District Library, 407 Columbus Ave., Grand Haven10:30 – 11:30 a.m. – Spring Lake District Library, 123 E Exchange St., Spring LakeMonday, March 6:2:30 – 3:30 p.m. – Park Township Offices, 52 – 152nd Avenue, HollandRep. Lilly’s office hours, which are subject to change, are open to the public and no appointment is necessary. Anyone unable to attend can schedule an appointment or share their thoughts by contacting Rep. Lilly’s Lansing office.###### Categories: Lilly News,News 13Feb Rep. Lilly announces office hours in Grand Haven, Spring Lake, Hollandlast_img read more

first_img25Jan Rep. Tedder leads Michigan House in approving tax relief for seniors, families Categories: News,Tedder News State Rep. Jim Tedder of Clarkston today led the Michigan House in approving legislation to give seniors and families well-deserved relief on their state income taxes.Tedder’s bill would provide a $100 income tax credit for a single filer age 62 or older. The credit would be $200 for joint filers. Other legislation in the package ensures all Michigan taxpayers can continue claiming personal exemptions on income taxes after federal tax reforms signed into law last month. The proposal approved today gives additional tax relief by gradually increasing the state personal exemption from the current $4,000 to $4,800 by the 2020 tax year.“Our economy is in good shape. Our state budget is in good shape,” Tedder said. “Now is the perfect time to deliver real tax relief to Michigan seniors and families. They carried the state’s financial burden during tough times, but those tough times are over – and Michiganders, particularly our seniors on fixed incomes, deserve to keep more of their own money.”Tedder is chair of the House Tax Policy Committee, which approved the legislation earlier this week before it advanced to the House floor. Tedder played a crucial role in securing support for the legislation.An essential addition this week was a provision ensuring funding for Michigan’s public schools won’t be negatively affected by the legislation.“As I often say, money looks better in a taxpayer’s pocket than in the government’s pocket,” Tedder said. “This legislation keeps more of our money where it belongs – at home with Michigan families.”House Bills 5420-22 now advance to the Senate for further consideration.###last_img read more

first_img State Rep. Brandt Iden this week secured final legislative approval for $500,000 to support the Seita Scholars Program at Western Michigan University – an initiative allowing more foster care youth to attend college.The program provides scholarships for students with foster care backgrounds to attend WMU. The $500,000 in state aid would cover costs for an additional 50 students. This is the first time the program has received state support, Iden said.“It’s a great program for individuals who have gone through the foster care system, and this funding will create an opportunity for even more kids to participate,” said Iden, of Oshtemo Township. “The Seita Scholars initiative opens doors to a better future for kids from across the state. I’ve personally met some of these students and they’re phenomenal. I’m a big believer in the program and am proud to advocate for all the good it does.”Iden employed a Seita Scholars alum in his legislative office during his first term in the Michigan House.“Unfortunately, national statistics show not many kids from the foster care system get college degrees. Programs like Seita Scholars will turn that around,” Iden said. “It changes lives for the better, one kid at a time.”The budget bills are headed to Gov. Rick Snyder for his consideration. 13Jun Rep. Iden secures funding to create opportunities for students with foster care backgrounds at WMU Categories: Iden News,Newslast_img read more

first_imgShare2TweetShareEmail2 SharesBy Erik Drost (Flickr: Quicken Loans Arena) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia CommonsJune 14, 2016; Plain Dealer (Cleveland, OH)Last week, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Ohio sued the city of Cleveland over its rules and regulations for protests and marches for the upcoming Republican National Convention (RNC). The lawsuit, filed on behalf of Citizens for Trump, Organize Ohio, and the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless, claims that the restrictions violate freedom of speech and that the city has not followed its initial policy of granting permits for protests and marches on a first-come-first-served basis. The ACLU’s main goals with this lawsuit are to reduce the restrictions, increase the hours per day for protests and marches, and allow greater access for marches and protests in areas that will be more visible to the main event space, the Quicken Loans arena. In addition, the ACLU is seeking immediate action on permit applications for the three groups that have applied for permits. Not knowing if the permit is approved or denied is prohibiting each group from being able to organize its supporters to have the greatest impact. A hearing is scheduled for today, June 23rd, to address these issues.In the meantime, the city of Cleveland responded on Monday, stating that its rules for marches and protests are in line with those used by other cities that hosted conventions in the past. Further, to change the rules now could negatively impact public safety. Changing the parade route could create traffic issues for citizens who still must report to work that week, and would disrupt the plans for shuttling delegates and media to and from the Convention. The city also stated that it has approved 51 permits for protests and marches, including for Citizens for Trump one of the organizations named in the ACLU’s filing. Other organizations that have had their permits approved include the League of Women Voters, the Cleveland Immigration Network, Revolution Books bookstore, and the infamous Westboro Baptist Church.However, the statement also confirmed that the city had denied a permit for Organize Ohio, a statewide organization that supports community organizing to bring about change on issues like housing, poverty, and the state budget. Organize Ohio had planned a march to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the race riots in the Hough neighborhood, which began on July 18th—the same day that the RNC opens. Representatives from Organize Ohio plan to appeal the decision and claim that they will march regardless.—Kelley MalcolmShare2TweetShareEmail2 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgRussian broadcaster CTC Media is launching its online video social networking service Videomore on Android phones.The move means that CTC content will now be available across all smartphones including iPhones and Android phones.Anna Maria Trenev, head of new media, CTC Media, said: “This makes the audience of CTC more mobile. We are not going to stop there, we will delight audiences with convenient channels on all digital platforms.”last_img

first_imgCable operator UPC Slovakia has added five new channels to its line-up. The Liberty Global-owned operator has added Nova Sport, Nova Sport HD, Eurosport 2 HD, TLC and regional channel Západoslovenská TV to its line-up.The addition of the sports channels on June 1 will take UPC Slovakia’s sports offering to 13 channels, including three in HD. Female-focused TLC will replace Discovery Travel & Living, while Západoslovenská TV, airing news and magazine programmes from the western part of Slovakia, will join the basic digital package.last_img read more

first_imgThe advertising market in the Middle East and North Africa has performed strongly this year, with Egypt, which saw a deep drop in advertising expenditure in 2011 in the wake of the revolution, seeing a recovery. Egypt has also been the source of a number of new channels with pan-regional appeal.The Middle East TV market has long been seen as a free-to-air market and the growing popularity of new pan-regional services over the last year reinforced that impression. However, questions have long been raised about whether the advertising market is capable of supporting so many free channels. According to Sami Raffoul of the Pan-Arab Research Council (PARC), advertising growth over the past year has been led by a handful of markets including the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar, with Saudi Arabia likely to record growth of 11% this year. The Saudi economy has fuelled growth in pan-Arab media including TV services from MBC, Rotana, LBC and the Abu Dhabi Media Company. “Saudi Arabia is the largest of all the markets around with limited – by its own account – media capabilities,” said Raffoul.Seizing on remarks made by deputy information minister Riyadh K Najm at the recent Saudi Broadcasting Forum, Raffoul says that official Saudi recognition of the underdevelopment of the country’s media could herald a significant change in rules governing private investment in the country. The minister said that Saudi media was currently unable to compete with international players and there was a need to create an attractive environment for investors.Raffoul said that a number of the many broadcasters to have emerged from post-revolutionary Egypt in particular have developed multichannel bouquets that have won a wide audience elsewhere in the region.These channels have also attracted a significant slice of the pan-Arab advertising market, he said. PARC’s breakdown of the region’s advertising market distinguishes between ‘national’ and ‘pan-Arab’ media that crosses national boundaries. “Egyptian channels have snowballed in terms of advertising spend and have become a major force,” says Raffoul.Consultant Ali Ajouz, managing partner at SAWA Media, said that the free-to-air market has seen significant changes over the past year, with countries that have gone through political transformations – notably Egypt – producing popular new channels including CBC, Al-Nahar and Al-Hayat, with more to come. New Libyan channels have also emerged, while, said Ajouz, a couple of Gulf-based projects have been cancelled despite significant upfront investments. “The limited TV budgets continue to put pressure on the bulk of FTA channels,” said Ajouz. “In addition, other advertising opportunities in the digital domain have started to attract advertising budgets. TV networks will now need to look into additional revenue streams whether horizontally, across other platforms, or vertically, through sponsorships and digital product placement.”Raffoul meanwhile said he expects 2012 pan-Arab ad spend to be up about 25% on 2011, although this could hide deep discounting by broadcasters in free media zones. Egypt, which lost ground in 2011 in the immediate aftermath of the revolution and amidst continued political uncertainty, has bounced back with 18-20% growth this year. Other countries in the region have fared less well, with the effects of the conflict in Syria spilling over into neighbouring Lebanon and Jordan.last_img read more

first_imgAll-in-1 triple-play  bundle subscribers now represent over half of Dutch cable operator Ziggo’s base after a successful fourth quarter, according to the company’s year-end results.Ziggo’s All-in-1 bundle customer base increased by 24,000 in the quarter, taking penetration to 50.3% of its customer base.Ziggo’s internet customer base grew by 21,000 in the quarter, or 1.2%.Ziggo posted revenues of EUR383.2 million for the quarter, up 1.4%. Adjusted EBITDA was up 2.7% to EUR218.2 million. The company’s digital pay TV revenues and ARPU increased despite a decline in subscriber numbers. Ziggo lost 27,000 digital TV customers in the quarter. Telephony revenues meanwhile declined by 9% year-on-year.“Following our assessment of the increasingly competitive environment since Q2 2012, and considering the continuation of this trend in Q4, we have decided to step up our marketing and sales initiatives in 2013. In addition, we will speed up our product development initiatives by pulling forward some investments in product innovation that were originally planned to be made after 2013,” said CEO Bernard Dijkhuizen.last_img read more

first_imgCablevision has accused Viacom of threatening to impose penalties in the region of US$1 billion-plus (€800 million) for licensing its core, rather than its entire suite, of channels.   In legal documents, made public yesterday, the US cable operator said that Viacom “strong-armed Cablevision into carrying suite networks” by threatening to impose a “near US$X billion penalty” – though the precise figure is redacted.Cablevision filed the case against Viacom in the US last month, claiming that the channel owner forces it to air less popular networks in order to carry the likes of Nickelodeon, MTV and Comedy Central.Viacom has defended its channel bundling practises and in a statement issued yesterday said: “This suit is nothing more than a hypocritical attempt by Cablevision to void a long term carriage deal they agreed to only two months ago.”last_img read more

first_imgEuronews has teamed up with Nokia and Microsoft to launch a new app for Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8.The apps are free and are available from the Windows Phone Store and Windows Store respectively.The apps provide news features on international, economic, cultural and scientific topics as well as VOD magazines.Both apps are accessible worldwide and offer a choice of 11 languages: English, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Turkish and Ukrainian.Over the coming months, both apps will offer more programmes and features including live streams, news quiz, bookmarks for favourite news stories and a search engine.Euronews will also add two further languages – Arabic and Persian.“This collaboration with major players in the market is a great opportunity for Euronews to expand on mobile platforms.” said Arnaud Verlhac, director, worldwide distribution at Euronews.“The Windows Phone 8 app is already a huge success with 55,000 downloads in less than two months. These Euronews apps are part of the company’s strategy to be the first international news hub, by reinforcing our multiscreen leading position. This digital move is led by Walid Chamak, head of digital partnerships at Euronews, and it is showing considerable success.”last_img read more

first_imgYouTube has started to support 360-degree video uploads, allowing viewers to control the angle and point-of-view of supported video clips.The new feature will let users that are watching videos on the YouTube app change the angle of the video by moving around their phone of tablet.The same functionality is available via desktop on the YouTube site, or on embedded videos in the chrome browser, with users able to change angle by clicking and dragging on the video.YouTube said that it is working to add the functionality to the iPhone, iPad and other devices soon.“To make it easy for you to create and upload 360-degree videos to YouTube, we’ve been working with companies across the industry,” the firm said, in a blog post announcing the update.“Bublcam, Giroptic’s 360cam, IC Real Tech’s Allie, Kodak’s SP360 and RICOH THETA are 360-degree video cameras compatible with YouTube that are available today or are coming soon.”YouTube currently supports 360 degree videos with 24, 25 or 30 frames per second, with support for higher frame rates due to follow soon.To upload a video in this format, YouTube users must include specific metadata needed for 360 playback. They can do this by using a 360 Video Metadata app YouTube has released for Mac or Windows or by running a Python script on the video file.The rollout comes after YouTube began trialling a similar feature last month that allowed viewers to view videos from multiple camera angles.The test video featuring this functionality let viewers click different thumbnails during playback to switch to multiple camera views – but did not allow for full 360-degree control over the camera angle.In other YouTube news, Variety reported last week that YouTube is “exploring the prospect” of launching its own SVoD service, based on its YouTube Music Key service that launched in beta last year. YouTube has not publicly discussed the move, which could see it take on the likes of Netflix.last_img read more

first_imgThe BBC’s commercial arm will officially end the BBC Global iPlayer on-demand platform within the next six weeks.A BBC Worldwide statement said the subscription service was “closing permanently” in the month between May 26 and June 26.“Any subscription will be honoured in full and auto-renewals will be switched off automatically after your final subscription term during this period,” the statement noted.“You will be able to watch your downloads until the day your subscription lapses. This date can be found on your Subscriptions tab on the iTunes store.”This comes after the UK pubcaster’s commercial unit announced its intention to end the international version of the BBC iPlayer back in October 2013. Since then it has been operational in some territories such as Australia.As Digital TV Europe reported in December, the BBC is planning to introduce electronic sell-through platform BBC Store in the UK this year, with BBCWW currently assessing whether to adapt a subscription or transactional model for the global version.The British iPlayer is unaffected by the changes.last_img read more

first_imgAnupam RastogiLiberty Global-backed data analytics firm, Guavus, has hired Google’s former head of reporting platform and solutions for corporate engineering, Anupam Rastogi.Rastogi becomes Guavus’ new chief technology officer and joins the company along with former Symphony Teleca executive, Sergey Sukov, who has been appointed vice president engineering and delivery.“Anupam and Sergey are important additions to the Guavus executive team as the company gears up for the next phase of growth into new markets, new products and new geographies,” said Guavus CEO, Anukool Lakhina.Earlier this month, Liberty Global made a strategic investment in Guavus, a provider of real-time big data analytics applications, designed for planning, operations and marketing. Announcing the deal, Liberty said that Guavus’ products allow cable operators to gain a “holistic, cohesive view of network state and business context in real-time.”last_img read more

first_imgMobile messaging service Snapchat has closed down its Snap Channel content offering, which it launched earlier this year as part of the new Snapchat Discover platform.According to a Deadline report, Snapchat is permanently closing the channel, having removed the content from it a couple of weeks ago ahead of a planned relaunch.The report claims Snapchat has now reconsidered its original content options, turning its back on the channel, which was set up to be home to short-form, musical and experimental content.Deadline claims that most members of the 15-strong Snapchat Channel team are now likely leave the firm, including former Fox Broadcasting exec Marcus Wiley, who joined Snapchat to be head of development/original content role back in May.“Given that we are winding down the Snap Channel, it’s natural that Marcus would want to explore other opportunities,” Snapchat said in a statement to Deadline.Back in January, Snapchat partnered with a host of major TV broadcasters and publishers to launch Snapchat Discover.A day later, the messaging service launched its first exclusive original series, SnapperHero, which came from digital production company Astronauts Wanted and MSN Fullscreen, in conjunction with US telco AT&T, and featured YouTube and Vine personalities playing superheroes.Discover lets Snapchat users explore stories from different professional editorial teams, with partners signed up to the service including National Geographic, Vice Media, Yahoo News, Comedy Central, CNN, ESPN and Scripps.last_img read more

first_imgUS studios Lionsgate Entertainment and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer have taken equity stakes in ad-supported VOD service Tubi TV.The agreement means both studios will now supply movies to the adRise-owned service, which is currently only available in the US but soon hits Canada through a recent deal with Blue Ant Media.Feature films confirmed include Midnight Cowboy, Crash, Rain Man, The Hurt Locker, Pink Panther, Fargo and American Psycho.They will join Tubi TV’s 40,000-strong library of films and television shows, which have been acquired from more than 200 distributors.Cota Capital is also becoming an investor, and Fox Television Entertainment Group chairman Sandy Grushow is joining Tubi TV’s board of directors.Tubi TV’s other investors include Foundation Capital, Bobby Yazdani, Mark Amin, and Noosheen and Zod Nazem.For Lionsgate, the move is its latest venture into the VOD space, coming after it last year agreed to launch an own-brand SVOD player, Lionsgate Entertainment World, with China’s Alibaba.“This agreement reflects our ongoing commitment to license our content across an expanding array of ad-supported digital platforms and serve next generation audiences around the world,” said Lionsgate president, worldwide television and digital distribution Jim Packer.MGM for the most part to this point has settled for selling its content to VOD platforms, recently licensing rights to the entire James Bond movie library to China’s Tencent.“MGM’s investment and license agreements enable the studio to expand into OTT services, allowing consumers to find MGM films and series on multiple platforms,” said John Bryan, the studio’s president, domestic television distribution.Following announcement of the new equity parters, Tubi TV’s CEO, Farhad Massoudi, vowed the platform would “always be free”, adding: “Tubi TV’s mission is to make premium content accessible to everyone, everywhere, without having to pay more.”The company released statistics claiming viewership numbers had increased 400% in the past year.last_img read more

first_imgRona FairheadThe BBC’s plans for its future are “mostly welcomed” by the public, though questions remain about the funding, accessibility and impact new services, according to the BBC Trust.Reporting the findings of a public consultation on the BBC’s proposals for an “open BBC for the internet age”, the BBC’s governing body said that the majority of respondents were supportive of the BBC’s plans with strong support for the curated digital educational platform, the Ideas Service, and for a dedicated online children’s platform iPlay.Plans to close a loophole that allows viewers to access the BBC’s online catch-up service, the iPlayer, without paying the licence fee were also strongly supported.However, concern was expressed about whether the financial impact of introducing new initiatives might mean losing existing BBC services and programming.There was also “moderate concern” that digital services can be inaccessible to older generations, less affluent people, and those living in rural areas.“Some older people say they would not use digital services, but as long as existing channels remain intact they do not mind; others wish the BBC would place less emphasis on online services and fear that creeping digitalisation means they will be excluded from BBC services in the future,” according to the report.Elsewhere, concerns were voiced about the risk of creating separate services at the expense of the BBC’s pan-UK services – though respondents recognised that the BBC needs to cater for specific needs in Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and in the English regions.Greater personalisation also got a “mixed reaction” with some respondents saying they would value a bespoke service while others expressed concerns that tailoring services would diminish the shared experience of audiences.“Over 50,000 people have responded to our two consultations and they have been clear that their future BBC must deliver the services and programmes they value, while continuing to innovate and do more to reflect the whole UK population,” said BBC Trust chairman Rona Fairhead.“These findings will inform our discussions with Government and ensure the views of Licence Fee payers are heard in the Charter debate.”A BBC spokesperson said: “We are committed to providing services for all audiences, regardless of their situation. Whilst digital services provide unique creative opportunities and new ways to access content, we believe it’s possible to find a balance that ensures all audiences can benefit. For example, when BBC Three becomes a digital service its longform content will still be available on BBC One and Two. We also have a major role in helping all audiences make the transition to new technology as we did with digital TV, and we expect this to continue in the future.”last_img read more

first_imgAltice and French unit SFR are to merge their advertising arms this week. Altice CEO Michel Combes and SFR Media and NextRadioTV chief Alan Weill unveiled the plan at a press dinner in Paris at the end of last week.Sophie Vatelot, deputy director in charge of Altice Media Publicité will take on responsibility for the activities of SFR Régie, reporting to Pierre-Henry Médan, director of SFR Group’s subsidiaries.Later in the year the pair will form a single board to manage advertising across both Altice and SFR.Combes and Weill also said that they planned to develop targeted advertising services for IPTV boxes later this year in the expectation that legislation would be put in place after this summer’s general election to permit this.The BFM Paris channel will be the first to offer targeted advertising on a trial basis this summer using SFR’s TV boxes.last_img read more

first_imgGlobal youth media company Vice will launch its 24-hour television network, Viceland, in Israel later this month.The channel will be carried by Partner Communications’ newly created TV platform, Partner TV. Viceland programming will be made accessible as part of its next-gen OTT service.At launch, Viceland Israel programming will include: docuseries Jungletown (created by Sundance-Award Winning director Ondi Timoner); skateboard scavenger show, King of The Road (in collaboration with Thrasher) and marijuana infused culinary series Bong Apetit (with Abdullah Saeed).Viceland co-presidents Guy Slattery and Derek Freda are overseeing the development of the channel internationally, from show creation, to production, to brand identity.“Boasting a dynamic and rapidly evolving TV market, Israel is considered a key part of Viceland’s international expansion,” said James Rosenstock, president of Viceland international and chief corporate development officer at Vice Media.“With a shared digital vision and bold approach to accessible, multi-platform outputs, we’re excited for what’s to come with Partner Communications”.last_img read more

first_imgBinge viewing is more common in the US than in Europe but is rapidly becoming “standard practice” in both markets, according to Ampere Analysis.The research firm found the proportion of internet users who ‘strongly agree’ they frequently watch several episodes of the same TV show back-to-back is 22% in the US and 15% in Europe.Overall, 63% of people polled in the US agreed they frequently binge, compared to 51% in Europe.“Binge viewing is now standard practice for most US viewers, and European consumers are rapidly following suit,” said Richard Broughton, director at Ampere Analysis.In terms of viewing habits by device, Ampere found that in the first quarter of 2018 some 26% of US internet users watched video on their smartphone daily, compared to 19% in Europe. However, in both markets this proportion was down over a six-month period.US internet users were also found to be more likely to watch online video on a smart TV than their European counterparts, with 39% doing so on a daily basis compared to 26% in Europe.In the US some 17% of internet users watch video on tablets daily, compared to 10% in Europe, while 21% of US web users watch video on computers daily, versus 20% in Europe, according to Ampere’s stats.The data is based on survey of 21,000 respondents carried out across 10 markets in the first quarter of this year.last_img read more

first_imgUKTV content will be available on West Midland Railways’ trains from this week following a deal between the UK multi-channel broadcaster and onboard infotainment company GoMedia.More than 300 episodes of UKTV content from the Dave, Really and Yesterday channels will be available on the trains via the broadcaster’s on-demand service, UKTV Play.The line-up includes programmes like Jon Richardson: Ultimate Worrier, Dara O Briain’s Go 8 Bit, Yianni: Supercar Customiser, Into the Fire and Football’s 47 Best Worst Songs.“We’re excited to partner with GoMedia because it gives even more people access to our brilliant programmes,” said Hugo Allen, UKTV’s head of commercial for UKTV Play and VOD.“With the likes of Jon Richardson and Dara O’Briain now available on rail services, we hope it helps make these journeys more entertaining and enjoyable for passengers.”GoMedia managing director, Roger Matthews, said: “Partnering with UKTV will bring the best of British comedy and entertainment direct to passengers’ devices, making the daily commute a more enjoyable part of their day.“Focusing on episodic TV will appeal to a wider range of passengers and enable them to dive in and out on their commute or watch several episodes on a longer journey.”UKTV said that by September its programming will be available to watch on c2c Rail, TransPennine Express and Greater Anglia trains.GoMedia’s portfolio of content partners also includes HBO, Universal Pictures, Warner Brothers and Sky News.last_img read more

first_imgVietnam-based Yeah1 Group has acquired US multichannel network ScaleLab, which represents 1,750 YouTube stars including big-name creators like Jake Paul, MrBeast and Erika Costell.The deal will see Yeah1 pay ScaleLab’s shareholders up to US$20 million for 100% of the company, which claims 400 million YouTube subscribers across its channel portfolio and three billion views per month.ScaleLab’s network of YouTube influencers is focused heavily on the US, Latin America and EMEA, while Yeah1 has a wide footprint throughout Asia. Yeah1 said it will now focus on promoting ScaleLab’s talent throughout Asia, as well as connecting top Asian talent with the English-speaking world.ScaleLab will continue to operate out of its Hollywood offices and the deal will expand the total number of YouTube subscribers under the Yeah1 umbrella to 610 million, taking combined monthly views to 6.9 billion.“The transaction with ScaleLab is one of our key milestones to further reach a global market,” said Tri Dao Phuc, CEO of Yeah1 Group.“For the next three years, our strategy is to acquire premium social media brands, optimise our existing channels to boost viewership and performance, create new global content, invest in appropriate content for global distribution, license premium content for select regions, and work closely with brands to develop integrated campaigns.”ScaleLab founder and CEO, David Brenner, said: “Yeah1 is an exciting, diversified media company with tremendous reach throughout Asia, and bold plans to expand globally.  We’re thrilled to partner with Yeah1’s forward-thinking team and to play a key role in the company’s international growth.”Yeah1 Group was founded in 2006 and claims to be Vietnam’s largest multi-channel media company, operating TV channels, movie studios, YouTube networks and a digital publishing division.The company says it is expanding “aggressively” throughout Southeast Asia and beyond and last year it acquired Thailand-based multi-channel network, SPRINGme, as well as France-based content creator, Something Big. In June 2018, Yeah1 Group became the first media company to be listed on the Ho Chi Minh Stock Exchange.ScaleLab has localised divisions in Latin America, Russia, the UK, and the Middle East, and provides services to YouTube creators in 10-plus languages.last_img read more

first_imgAltice Europe has seen a strong recovery in subscriber numbers in France and growth in Portugal, but its revenues for 2018 dipped.Altice France/SFR attracted 1.3 million customers in the course of the year, more than the number of customers lost over the three years since Altice’s acquisition of SFR.The French unit saw churn reduce 30% in the fourth Quarter, driven by what Altice said were consistent improvements in customer service and network quality.Altice France added 83,000 subscribers in total in Q4, against a loss of 45,000 customers in Q4 2017. Some 41% of fixed customers are now on the operator’s fibre network.Altice France’s mobile base grew by 187,000, up from additions of 76,000 for the same period in the prior year, thanks in part to the availability of Champions League football coverage on the group’s mobile network as well as network improvement.Altice Portugal meanwhile saw 167,000 subscribers added in the course of the year, three times the level of 2017.Altice Portugal added 8,000 fixed customers in Q4, up from 6,000 in the same period for the prior year.Altice Europe’s financial performance was less impressive than its operational metrics however. The group saw revenue decline 1.8% at constant currency or 2.9% on a reported basis to €14.6 billion, while adjusted EBITDA was down 5.9% at constant currency and 8.9% on a reported basis to €5.6 billionFounder Patrick Drahi said that the group had seen “a tangible inflection in Portugal and France, paving the way for growth in 2019, underpinned by our strategy in infrastructure and content”.last_img read more

first_imgFrench alternative mobile telecom company Coriolis Telecom has struck an agreement with transmission and infrastructure outfit TDF to commercialise its multi-play fixed and mobile offerings on TDF’s fibre networks.Coriolis Telecom’s services will be available on TDF’s network s in the Val d’Oise from this month, followed by its networks in Yvelines, the Val de Loire and Maine-et-Loire.Coriolis offers fixed-line services with or without TV. The company’s fibre offering with TV included starts at €35.99. An offering that includes Canal+’s services is available for €45.89, with premium add-on Canal+ packages available for between €5 – for Cine Series – and €25 – for Les Chaines Sport.TDF said that the agreement confirmed its role as a neutral and open operator of fibre networks in the country’s less densely populated areas. Five French departments have turned to TDF for the deployment and commercialisation of fibre networks in less densely populated zones since 2017, with the company’s networks now connecting 700,000 homes and businesses.last_img read more

first_img Sinn Fein councillor Colly KellySINN Féin Councillor Colly Kelly has hit out at those behind weekend trouble on the Lecky Road flyover in Derry.“I received a number of complaints from motorists caught up in this nonsense on the Lecky Road Flyover.“Around 7 pm on Sunday night a small group of young people threw a couple of wooden pallets on the roadway at the narrow section at the bottom of the Flyover and set them on fire.“This meant any traffic travelling down Flyover had to do a u turn and go back up the hill again. “Motorists and local residents are sick sore and tired of this carry-on.“People are out enjoying the good weather and it is sad a very small minority are intent on wrecking and breaking.COUNCILLOR CONDEMNS WEEKEND TROUBLE ON LECKY ROAD FLYOVER was last modified: May 9th, 2017 by John2John2 Tags: ShareTweetcenter_img councillor Colly KellyCOUNCILLOR CONDEMNS WEEKEND TROUBLE ON LECKY ROAD FLYOVERDerrySinn Feinlast_img read more

first_img DERGFEST IS KING OF THE CASTLE!MICKEY MODELLETHE LOGUESTOWNHOUSE BAR The opening night (Friday 28th June), for the young and the young at heart, features Internationally acclaimed DJ and producer Micky Modelle with his Clubland Tour.Belfast born Micky Modelle, who has collaborated with artists such as Jessie J, Flo-rida, Jlo, Rebekah Ferguson and Atomic Kitten shot to success since his song ‘Dancing in the Dark’ reached the number one slot across Europe.British electronic music group Ultra-Beat, famed for their dance anthem ‘Pretty Green Eyes’ will be guest artists at this fun, high octane concert.  Special D will play support.One of Ireland’s favourite country singing sensations Derek Ryan will take to the stage as headliner on the Saturday evening (29th July) with home grown rising star Cliona Hagan from Omagh playing support and Limerick’s rising country star, Eddie Carey and his band will also make their DergFest debut. ShareTweet The finale night sees another local act headline.  Folk Rock band The Logues are a firm favourite at DergFest and from their humble beginnings playing in the Townhouse Bar in Castlederg, which hosted the official launch earlier this week, this band is certainly on the cusp of becoming Ireland’s next big thing.The Logues will return to their home-town of Castle Derg on their last leg of their extensive UK and European tour. Sligo’s alternative country and roots band, Rackhouse Pilfer, also fresh from their European tour, will play support to this ‘must see’ rock night, alongside local favourite, The Davy K Project.Tickets for DergFest are available on-line.Check out www.dergfest.co.ukFriday tickets – £15Saturday tickets – £20Sunday ticket – £15Bus Services – 02881670460.DERGFEST IS KING OF THE CASTLE! was last modified: July 19th, 2017 by John2John2 Tags: THE sleepy village of Castlederg will be transformed into a festival fit for a king as preparations are in full swing to welcome thousands of people to the fourth annual DergFest.Last year’s festival attracted over 10,000 people from all over Ireland and this year’s lineup promises to be the biggest and best one yet.DergFest will take centre stage by the historic Castle ruins in the heart of the town and runs from Friday 28th to Sunday 30th July.The festival certainly offers something for everyone from dance music, to country stars, culminating with Irish favourite rock bands on the finale night.last_img read more

first_img THE Guildhall underwent a dazzling makeover on Saturday as it was transformed from civic hub to catwalk spectacular as Fashion Fest made its fabulous return.The sell-out event was the fifth outing for the festival which has become the biggest showcase of fashion design in the North West, drawing a wide range of emerging and established names in the industry.The show was presented by Derry Girls favourite Dylan Llewellyn, otherwise fondly known as ‘the wee English fella’ who was lured to receive a warm Derry welcome. ShareTweet Fashion Fest puts on another dazzling designer display at sold out showRebecca jewelleryTHE GUILDHALLThe Style Academy Speaking after the event, Business Engagement Officer with Derry City and Strabane District Council, Danielle McNally, said it had been a fantastic showcase of local talent.“I am delighted that Fashion Fest has been such a sell-out success. The dynamic range of local collections on display is a testament to the talent here in the North West and our growing profile as a fashion hub.“To have designers of the calibre of Kate Halfpenny showing their work is a great draw, and real inspiration for our up and coming designers. “I want to pay tribute to Tracey Hall and all the team at Style Academy for their flair and creativity in bringing together such a stunning show. “It’s a great platform for our local design talent, and we will continue to work to support and grow the fashion industry here in the city.”The audience enjoyed an evening of live music, song and fabulous fashion from a whole host of emerging and established designers, including Bridie Mullan, Paul Stafford, Edel O’Kane and Luke Barber.#Among the models who lit up the catwalk at the event was last year’s Face of Fashion Fest winner Oonagh Canning and with this year’s winner Lauren Burton, presenting the Mayors charity prize she will now embark on a year-long contract with Style Academy Model Agency.Performances on the night included music by Irish Singer/Songwriter Emma Wallace and Derry’s award winning DJ, Louise DaCosta.You can find out more about Fashion Fest at www.derrystrabane.com/fashionfest Follow us on Instagram @FashionFestDerryFashion Fest puts on another dazzling designer display at sold out show was last modified: October 15th, 2018 by John2John2 Tags: Members of the Derry Girl cast joined fashion fans in the audience, for an evening of glamour and catwalk fashion. The theme for this year was a nod to the hit Derry Girls series and the stage and choreography was set by Style Academy’s Tracey Hall.Leading the exciting array of designers who showcased their work on the night was stylist to the stars Kate Halfpenny, who showed pieces from her bridal collection as well as her stunning Black Edit Collection. Also attending the event was Rebecca Testi, the marketing executive of Italian international brand, Rebecca, one of the biggest internationally renowned jewellery brands.last_img read more

first_imgIn This Issue… * Gold’s price drop, manipulated? * Jumping on the GATA bandwagon… * RBA leaves rates & easing bias unchanged * Only yen ekes out a gain VS dollar! And, Now, Today’s Pfennig For Your Thoughts! An Insider Comes Clean… Good day… And a Tom Terrific Tuesday… What a long day on the desk yesterday… Whew! I’m glad I got through that without leaving a mark! And I came back! I laugh, because in the early days of EverBank, what I now call a long day, would have been a short day! I remember buying breakfast sandwiches for the desk, lunch and then pizza for dinner, as we worked on building the foundation that’s now EverBank World Markets… It’s now a strong foundation… Gold has a strong foundation too… and even after suffering through the shenanigans of last week, the shiny metal is off by 1.3% overnight, so the shenanigans haven’t stopped, and those of us that use pull-backs in the price of Gold as an opportunity to buy at cheaper prices, have to scratch our heads and wonder if the shenanigans are over or will there be more? Long time readers know that I truly believe there are price manipulators in Gold & Silver… well, last week there was some interesting information being put out there for us to go through, regarding “an insider” that came clean and admitted what was going on… WOW! Of course, you can’t believe everything you read, right? Well, I believe that when the information is in a market letter, like Dennis Gartman’s, then you stop, and think that it’s must be true… OK… first of all let me set this up for you… Dennis Gartman has long been a naysayer regarding the GATA people and people like me that say there is price manipulation going on in Gold. Well… my friends over at the 5-Minute Forecast, had this to say yesterday… “This was no free market,” says a well-placed insider about why gold plummeted nearly $100 on Wednesday. The insider is unknown to us, but our longtime friend Dennis Gartman calls him “a very long-standing friend and client” in his newsletter. The mysterious Mr. X is trusted enough that Gartman is re-examining his oft-stated vehement dismissal of the GATA positions that the metals markets are manipulated. “As I have very intimate details of [Wednesday],” says this individual, “I think it was, indeed, official selling. At the London fixing, an order came in to sell 3 million ounces of gold and it was explicitly ordered to be done in just a few minutes. No investor or speculator would 1) handle it this way and 2) do it at the fixing only.” “This [has] happened this way three times in the last year, [Wednesday] being the fourth time.” Concludes Gartman: “The market’s plunge… may have been the result of a very real effort to ‘manipulate’ the market lower… perhaps on orders of a central bank hoping to break the market… to buy gold more cheaply after the surge of selling, or perhaps on the order of a government wishing to drive gold down for the ‘optics’ of weaker gold prices.” Chuck again… Hmmm… so where’s the CFTC? Why aren’t they calling around trying to find the mysterious Mr. X, to talk to him? And the selling continues… I shake my head in disgust, utter disgust, folks… and you should too, for this smells like, walks like, talks like and quacks like someone didn’t like the fact that the dollar was getting hammered by Gold (& Silver), and they needed to do something about it! I’m sorry that all I’ve talked about so far this morning is Gold, but this is a BIG Story folks… as Ed Sullivan used to say, A Really Big Show! I have more to talk about with Gold, regarding Warren Buffett’s annual letter, which leaves you scratching your head, and wondering if he really feels the way he talks about in his letter, why, then, doesn’t he own Gold? But in the interest of moving along, I’ll talk about that in more depth tomorrow… Yesterday’s data here in the U.S. was interesting, in that the data prints were on opposite sides of the fence… First, the ISM non-Manufacturing Index really pushed higher than expected, which is a good thing if you believe that to have a healthy everlasting economy, you don’t need manufacturing jobs, and that the U.S. economy can survive being a Service only economy… I think you know where I stand on that… The other piece of data that printed was January Factory Orders which fell 1%… Oh, that’s right, we are now service only… Well… now onto the currencies… with Gold getting hammered and all this dollar buying going on, you have to know that dollar buying in one asset class begets dollar buying in other asset classes… and that’s what’s going on in the currencies. Every currency on the board, is down VS the dollar this morning, except Japanese yen, which has eked out a very small gain VS the dollar. It’s a nasty morning for the currencies and metals… So, one has to stop and ask the question, Why is all this dollar buying going on? Beats me… Stocks have dropped for the third consecutive day, and U.S. Treasuries remain with a 1.97% yield on the 10-year… So, where’s the money going? Sure, it’s tax time, and dollars are needed to pay taxes… but, I doubt that it’s of the magnitude of what we’re talking about here, not yet anyway… The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) met last night, and did move interest rates, but kept their foot in the door that houses rate cuts. By keeping their easing bias, the Aussie dollar (A$) was hung out on a line… Hmmm… rate cuts didn’t keep the A$ from pushing higher before, so why are the markets scared of them now? Uncertainty is the answer folks… When the markets are uncertain about anything, they scramble to buy U.S. dollars, and ride out the uncertainty… I used to call Gold the Uncertainty Hedge, and it still is in my opinion, but it sure is getting that chinks in that title… This dollar buying all began yesterday when the markets found out that China had lowered their target for GDP to 7.5% from 8%… After reading what I had said about this yesterday, my friend over at the Sovereign Society, Jeff Opdyke, sent me his two-cents, and I liked them so much, here’s Jeff! “Investors get freaked out that China’s economy is slowing that that is somehow bad news and surprising. Alas, it is exactly what China told the world to expect last year when the country released its 12th Five Year Plan, the roadmap to social, cultural and economic growth that China draws up every, well, five years. China has a pretty good history of explicitly outlining — and generally achieving — the goals it sets out in these roadmaps. And in the 12th Five Year Plan, China specifically said it will gear down its economy to a more-sustainable growth rate of about 7.5% for the period. So people who freak out and scream the sky is falling because China’s growth is slowing need to spend more time understanding China and reading about China before they react to news from China. Great fortunes will be made by those who recognize what China is doing … and great fortunes will be lost by those who react to every perception of what they “think” China is doing. Those who react without knowledge of the underlying context are destined to get creamed.” Thanks Jeff… I’ve known Jeff, first through email and then in person for about 10 years now. He used to write for the Wall Street Journal, and he did a feature story on me and the Pfennig about 2 years ago in the Journal… Jeff is the king of overseas travel, and knows foreign companies and countries like the back of his hand… You can find him at the Sovereign Society website… OK… I’ve got a real doozy of a story for you in the Then There Was This section of the letter today… But before we go there, I wanted to highlight a story I read that plays well with my call in December that we would begin to see temporary stabilization in the Eurozone… The story was in the International Financial Review (IFR), and highlights the fact that European banks’ funding costs are plummeting as bond buyers have regained their appetite for bonds issued by European banks, and even weak banks… More stabilization… Then There Was This… From Bloomberg this morning… “Greek Government officials have disclosed information on a secret 2001 loan from Goldman Sachs, disguised as a derivative, that Greece used to conceal its ballooning sovereign debt from the European Union. Revealing the details for the first time of a contract that helped Greece mask its growing sovereign debt to meet European Union requirements, officials said they didn’t understand what it was buying and was ill-equipped to judge the risks or costs. “ Chuck again… There is so much more to this story, but before I give you the link to go to read the rest of the story, I want to say that in private, it has been my opinion all along that Greece got snookered, and I had a good feeling by whom… OK… here’s the link to the story, which I think you should read. To recap… Dollar buying is the rage, as all currencies, stocks, metals are being sold… but where’s the money going? Gold’s price drop last week may have been manipulated according to an insider. Jeff Opdyke gives us his views on the China news this week, and the RBA left rates unchanged, but kept their easing bias, which has deep-sixed the A$… Currencies today 3/6/12… American Style: A$ $1.0590, kiwi .8150, C$ $1.0010, euro 1.3135, sterling 1.5775, Swiss $1.0895, … European Style: rand 7.6270, krone 5.66, SEK 6.7705, forint 223.65, zloty 3.1615, koruna 18.9550, RUB 29.57, yen 81.10, sing 1.2630, HKD 7.7625, INR 50.35, China 6.3080, pesos 12.92, BRL 1.7395, Dollar Index 79.71, Oil $106.05, 10-year 1.97%, Silver $33.29, and Gold… $1,687.50 That’s it for today… The first spring training game for my beloved Cardinals took place yesterday, and now a month-full of games will take place for them in Florida, leading up to the Opening Day game in Miami’s new ballpark. I don’t let spring training outcomes get to me, as the starters play very little until the last week of spring training. The 17-minute version of Pink Floyd’s Shine On You Crazy Diamond is playing on the I-Pod while I finish this up… Nothing like 17 minutes of Pink Floyd in the morning! HA! And with that, I’ll get out of your hair for today, and thank you for reading the Pfennig, and hope you have a Tom Terrific Tuesday! Chuck Butler President EverBank World Markets 1-800-926-4922 1-314-647-3837 www.everbank.comlast_img read more

first_imgBroadmoore Gardens, East Third AvenueChristopher Ryans, 30, is charged with second-degree assault and shooting into an occupied dwelling.Tuscaloosa Police responded to Broadmoore Gardens apartments May 25 around 3:30 a.m.When police arrived, they found a 33-year-old man who’d been shot in the calf. The victim told police he’d had an argument with 30-year-old Christopher Ryans outside his apartment, but went inside and closed his door. Right after the door closed, the victim said he heard a gunshot and was hit in the leg.Ryans has been charged with second-degree assault and discharging a firearm into an occupied dwelling. He was placed in the Tuscaloosa County Jail on a $45,000 bond. Nearly half a dozen shootings happened in Tuscaloosa County over the weekend, leaving one person in critical condition and several others injured. Here’s a roundup:Jemison Avenue, May 25Latoya Shardae Ward, 31, was charged with attempted murder May 25, 2019.Tuscaloosa Police responded to the 2200 block of Jemison Avenue May 25 around 2 p.m. on a shots-fired call.When they arrived, police found a 31-year-old woman who said that when she arrived at her boyfriend’s house she got into a fight with another 31-year-old woman who was already there.The victim said that woman, now identified as Latoya Shardae Ward, was armed with a knife so the victim pepper-sprayed her. That’s when Ward went to a vehicle, grabbed a pistol and fired at the victim several times. The victim was not hot.Ward has been charged with attempted murder and was placed in the Tuscaloosa County Jail on a $50,000 bond. DCH Regional Medical Center reportThe Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office said they were called to DCH Regional Medical Center around 6 p.m. May 26 after a 32-year-old man came to the emergency room in a private vehicle after he’d been shot in the chest.Police said the victim told deputies he was around Fifth Street Northeast in Holt when a black Honda containing several men drove by. The victim said one of those men called his name while another stepped out of the car and shot him.Deputies and investigators said they couldn’t locate the scene of the crime. The victim’s injuries were not life-threatening, deputies said. MORE INFORMATION2 Shootings in West Tuscaloosa Leave 2 Injured: May 27, 2019 Creekwood ApartmentsTuscaloosa Police responded to Creekwood Apartments at around 1:30 a.m. May 26.When officers arrived they found a 22-year-old man and a 21-year-old woman who’d each been shot several times. Both victims were taken to DCH Regional Medical Center for treatment, but the woman has since been taken to UAB Hospital and is suffering serious injuries. The man was released from DCH, but has not been able to provide investigators with any new information.Both victims were sitting inside a vehicle parked in front of an apartment building when an unknown suspect began firing into the vehicle. Police said the only description they have of this suspect is that he is a black man who was dressed in all black.Investigators are still processing the scene and attempting to locate witnesses and find a motive for the shooting. More than 15 shots were fired into the vehicle.Hay CourtWhile officers were at Creekwood Apartments on the above shooting, they heard more gunfire in the area.Soon after a 20-year-old woman told police she was inside her Hay Court apartment when it was shot into by an unknown person.Police said they don’t yet know if the Hay Court and Creekwood shootings are related.last_img read more

first_imgHeavy-footed motorists have a higher chance of seeing blue lights in their rear view mirrors with Operation Southern Shield in place.Operation Southern Shield is a week-long initiative put on by law enforcement officers in Alabama, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina and Tennessee on interstates and other major highways to target drivers who drive dangerously over the speed limit.Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) troopers like Reginal King believe this crackdown is eye opening for those medal to the metal motorists.“I think that Operation Southern Shield does help,” King said. “It reminds the motoring public that they should slow down and obey the speed limit. In 2018, over 340 people lost their lives on Alabama highways where speed played a contributing factor.”According to ALEA’s website, state and local officers in Alabama issued more than 14,000 citations during this past year’s Southern Shield and 36% of the citations were issued for speeding. Operation Southern Shield begins July 15 and will last through July 21.last_img read more

first_imgOver in Bibb County, another farmers market was held in the main street of downtown this weekend.Since the West Blocton’s grocery store closed two years ago, the city had to come up with an idea to provide fresh produce and other items to its residents. So, the farmer’s market idea was born.Today, though, wasn’t an ordinary farmer’s market – this one had a sweet twist.“Let’s do something fun,” Kathy McCulley, West Blocton’s farmers market manager, said. “Everybody is big on history, so let’s look back and see what would have been. So, we ended up with this cake baking contest and we thought, OK, we might have five cakes. We have 22 cakes today.”And a beehive of a dessert took the cake: it won first place.There were many different types of cakes set for the judges to eat, and WVUA 23’s very own Khadijah Torbert was one of the judges for the West Blocton cake-off.For those who missed today’s event, no worries. Every second and fourth Saturday, West Blocton holds its farmers market with an interesting twist each time.last_img read more

first_imgEAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Julius Thomas started screaming after he caught a dart of a pass from Peyton Manning while streaking into the end zone. “It’s so easy!” the Denver Broncos tight end shouted.Well, it was far from the blowout many predicted, but Peyton Manning and the Broncos were in control most of the way in beating the New York Jets 31-17 on Oct. 12.“I like to have fun out there,” Thomas said. “I was just really excited.”And, for good reason. Manning connected with him twice and Demaryius Thomas once, leaving the Broncos’ quarterback two shy of Brett Favre’s career mark for passing TDs. Manning has 506 career touchdown passes, and could tie or break Favre’s record Oct. 19 at home against San Francisco.“I don’t know if any of them are big for me, especially in the middle of the season,” Manning said of the importance of the record. “We’re playing a tough schedule, got the 49ers at home and they’ve been one of the dominant teams of the past couple years. That’s all I am thinking about.”Manning was 22 of 33 for 237 yards — a far cry from last week’s performance against Arizona, when he passed for a career-high 479 yards with four TDs.But he displayed his methodical best at times in his return to MetLife Stadium, where he and the Broncos (4-1) were blown out by the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl last February.“It’s just ridiculous how good he is,” Jets coach Rex Ryan said.The Jets (1-5) had a chance to tie when they got the ball deep in their own territory with less than a minute left. But after a sack put the ball at the 1, Geno Smith was intercepted by Aqib Talib, who returned it 22 yards for a sealing touchdown that sent New York to its fifth straight loss.“The game plan was great,” Smith said. “We should’ve done a better job.”The struggling Smith, looking to keep his starting job, was 23 of 43 for 190 yards and touchdown passes to Jace Amaro and Eric Decker, with the one interception. Decker finished with six receptions for 54 yards, while Amaro had 10 catches for 68 yards for the Jets, who play at New England on Oct. 16.(DENNIS WASZAK Jr., AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgMore than 115 Americans are dying every day from an opioid overdose. But a study out Monday finds that just three in 10 patients revived by an EMT or in an emergency room received the follow-up medication known to avoid another life-threatening event. The study, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, followed 17,568 patients who overdosed on opioids between 2012 and 2014 in Massachusetts. It looked at survival rates over time and whether or not patients received medicines that treat addiction. Of the patients who did receive medication, 17 percent took buprenorphine, known by the brand name Suboxone, for roughly four months. They had a 40 percent lower death rate after one year, as compared to those who did not take any medication. The results for the 11 percent of patients who took methadone were even stronger: They cut their death rate by 60 percent.Buprenorphine and methadone both reduce the urge to get high on powerful street drugs which can lead to another overdose. A small percentage, 6 percent, of patients were on the opioid blocker, naltrexone (brand name Vivitrol), but often for just one month. Researchers were not able to determine how many patients were taking the generic, pill form, daily as compared to a monthly injection of Vivitrol. Patients who took naltrexone were no more likely to be alive after a year than those who were not offered or did not take a medication.”The stunning finding here is that we have effective treatments for people who survive an overdose but only three in 10 are getting those medications,” says Dr. Marc Larochelle, the study’s lead author.For some perspective, Larochelle mentions the routine recommendation that patients who’ve had another life threatening event, a heart attack, take aspirin. “The mortality reduction we see with these drugs is similar to giving someone who suffers a heart attack aspirin — it’s one of the most effective treatments we have in medicine,” says Larochelle, who’s a primary care physician and researcher at the Grayken Center for Addiction at Boston Medical Center. But he points to a big difference: 98 percent of people in this country get aspirin for a heart attack. The gap in care is similar to findings from a 2015 study from the U.K., but this is the first to follow U.S. patients seen in a hospital or by EMTs, says Dr. Nora Volkow, who directs the National Institute on Drug Abuse. “A great part of the tragedy of this opioid crisis is that, unlike in previous such crises American has seen, we now possess effective treatment strategies that could address it and save lives,” Volkow wrote in an accompanying editorial. “Yet tens of thousands of people die each year because they have not received these treatments.”Some things have changed since the 2012-2014 period of this study. A growing number of physicians are getting the waiver required to prescribe buprenorphine and the number of patients they can manage has increased from 100 to 275. That includes emergency room physicians who until recently have not offered buprenorphine to overdose patients. A bill that has wide support in the Massachusetts legislature would require that all acute care hospitals offer the medication in the ER and offer follow-up care. In some places, hospitals are opening walk-in clinics and in Boston, there’s a mobile van that take buprenorphine prescribing to the streets.To understand why so few patients get methadone or buprenorphine, one need only cross the street from Boston Medical Center where Larochelle works. There are clinics that offer both drugs, and there’s a needle exchange, focused on harm reduction for drug users who are still in active addiction. In the early morning hours, some men and women were lining up for their daily dose of methadone, while others were starting their day with a shot of heroin or fentanyl. Scott, a 38-year-old from Lowell, Massachusetts, says he’s overdosed three or four times, but wasn’t offered Suboxone, a brand name for buprenorphine, until after his third overdose.”The problem is, a lot of these doctors don’t want to prescribe anything like that after the person has an overdose because they feel like they’ll abuse the medicine,” Scott says. (We’re only using first names for people may still be buying illegal drugs.)Scott says he has abused Suboxone. It and methadone are both opioid-based medications. Taken as directed they block cravings for something stronger without making the patient high. But with Suboxone, some people take extra doses to get high, or layer it with alcohol or other medications, Scott says. Few doctors are trained to or have experience managing such complex addictions. Scott says he can “understand why their reluctant to prescribe stuff” like Suboxone.Scott switched from Suboxone to methadone within the last year. Unlike Suboxone, which patients can get from a primary care doctor, during routine medical care, methadone is tightly controlled, typically only available at designated clinics.Scott says he prefers methadone because he doesn’t take anything out of the clinic that he could abuse.Sometimes it’s the patient who is reluctant to start medication-assisted treatment.”There’s a perception that people aren’t ‘clean’ unless they’re abstinent from all substances and that plays into keeping people away from medication treatment, which is the most effective treatment,” says Aubri, who used to be dependent on heroin and has overdosed in the past. She is on methadone and says it works for her.But Aubri says the way methadone is delivered is demeaning. “It feels like a jail,” Aubri says. “There’s literal bars across the gates that don’t open ’til a certain time. There’s security guards. no one wants to be there. The only reason people go is because they need it.”Many communities continue to reject applications to open methadone clinics. Patients in rural areas often drive more than an hour each way to get their daily dose. The obstacles to care contribute to a feeling among many opioid addiction patients that doctors and hospitals just don’t want to help.”They treat us like crap,” says Deana, as she hugs her husband Phill. “We’re not like this because we’re bad people, you know.”Deana and Phill have many stories about feeling mistreated in hospitals. But Phill is having the opposite experience now, taking Suboxone, through a clinic at the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program. “They give you the counseling, the therapy, it’s like a family,” says Phill. “They make you feel welcomed and loved and give you that sense of hope that I can have a drug free life. I don’t have to use.”Even at just 3 in 10 patients, Massachusetts was likely offering more opioid medication treatment than many states as of 2014. That’s because 97 percent of the state’s residents have health insurances, the highest rates in the country. In many parts of the U.S., it’s difficult to find someone who will prescribe a patient methadone or buprenorphine.”We just still have overwhelming stigma for patients with the disease of addiction,” says Sarah Melton, a professor of pharmacy practice at East Tennessee State University.Larochelle worries that patients, as seen in this study, are still not staying on treatment for more than a few months.”We need to reevaluate how we’re providing the care and make sure we can keep people there when they’re there,” Larochelle says. Dr. Volkow is alarmed by one other finding: 34 percent of patients receive at least one prescription for an opioid and 26 percent were prescribed a benzodiazepine during the 12 months after their overdose.”This indicates that guidelines cautioning against prescribing opioids and their co-use with benzodiazepines are not being followed,” Volkow writes.This story is part of a reporting partnership that includes WBUR, NPR and Kaiser Health News. Copyright 2018 WBUR. To see more, visit WBUR.last_img read more

first_imgWhen you picture the drug ketamine, you might think of that stoner you knew in high school or a bunch of people popping pills in neon-lit clubs.But do you ever picture a dentist’s office? Ketamine is often used as an anesthetic for procedures on people’s teeth.And it’s a multi-tasker. The Food and Drug Administration recently approved Spravato, a drug based on ketamine, called esketamine, to treat depression via a nasal spray.Here’s more about the FDA’s designation from The Verge:The drug must be administered as a nasal spray, patients must be taking another antidepressant at the same time, and it can only be given to patients who have (unsuccessfully) tried two antidepressants before. Most notably, people won’t able to pick up Spravato at the local Rite Aid. Spravato will only be available in certified clinics.Ketamine may not work for every patient, but for some, it may come as an enormous relief.About 12 to 20 percent of adults with depression don’t respond to other types of treatment or medication. That population is called “treatment resistant.”And some of the more commonly prescribed drugs, like Prozac or Trazodone, don’t have the efficacy we might hope for; studies show only around 37 percent of those who use these medications experience full remission.Journalist Alice Levitt is one of those treatment-resistant patients. And she finally tried ketamine. Here’s part of what she wrote for Vox about her experience:Each infusion lasted 45 minutes. After my first one, I had a nurse play the cast album of my favorite musical as the drip began. Instead of running wild, my mind became immersed in the music, albeit in a deeply dreamlike state. Each time, it took about 15 to 20 minutes after the effects of the treatment wore off for me to be able to open my eyes and start walking. Afterward, I was exhausted. The half-hour Uber ride home felt like hours as I longed for the warm embrace of a nap.Immediately after each treatment, I felt down. But by the time I woke up the next day, I was in less psychic pain and had more purpose. I would start the day on my long-neglected spin bike, feeling motivation that I’d lacked for months. Lunches with friends no longer felt like they existed just to show them I was still alive and making an effort to get out of the house. I was beginning to connect with the world outside my head again. I noticed myself smiling more. According to Shah, feeling the effects of ketamine within 24 hours of treatment is typical. “It is the most rapid-acting treatment for depression,” he said.After the final infusion, I had the initiative to start writing again. The following week quickly filled up with activities, both work and fun. I was living for the first time in months. It’s been three months since my last treatment, and I’ve even started to feel excited about my future. Shah says I am unlikely to need another dose — I was in the roughly 70 percent who achieve remission after one series of ketamine infusions.And while the research still doesn’t conclusively show that esketamine or ketamine causes depression to go away, the FDA said it approved Spravado because patients needed a new alternative.How do we treat an illness that affects millions of Americans? And why does it seem to be so challenging to find things that help?Produced by Gabrielle Healy. Text by Gabrielle Healy.If you or someone you know needs to talk to someone, the National Suicide Prevention Hotline is 1-800-273-8255, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Treatment Referral Helpline is 1-800-662-HELP (4357)GUESTSDr. Gary Sachs, Associate clinical professor in psychiatry at Harvard Medical SchoolDr. Demitri Papolos, Co-director of the Program in Behavioral Genetics and associate professor of clinical psychiatry at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine at the Montefiore Medical CenterAlice Levitt, Writer covering medicine, travel and food, @aliceeatsFor more, visit https://the1a.org.© 2019 WAMU 88.5 – American University Radio. Copyright 2019 WAMU 88.5. To see more, visit WAMU 88.5.last_img read more

first_imgJoe BartolottaLast updated on July 3rd, 2019 at 07:21 pmJoe Bartolotta was a self-proclaimed “big deal.”The Milwaukee restaurant industry icon and Bartolotta Restaurant Group LLC co-founder, who died on April 22 at the age of 60, was loved by many for his carefree sense of humor, larger-than-life personality and a way of making everyone he interacted with feel important – and for those who knew him well enough, the occasional witty reminder that he was a “big deal.”Testaments to those lovable characteristics were shared during a memorial service that packed The Riverside Theater. For two hours, approximately 2,000 family members, friends, employees, patrons and community leaders, most wearing colorful attire, gathered to laugh, cry and celebrate the life and legacy of Bartolotta and the big deal that he truly was to Milwaukee. “Bartolotta restaurants have always been about a dozen or so buildings,” said John Wise, The Bartolotta Restaurants’ director of operations, during his eulogy. “It’s always been about the people inside them – the staff, vendors, and the guests together. Within these buildings, though, there are wonderful restaurants. We worked on Joe’s vision: the best food and beverage, the best service, the best locations and environment. He created living, breathing entities where magical things can happen.”Over the course of 25 years, Joe and his brother, Paul, grew their business presence from one restaurant to 16 restaurants and catering facilities in the Milwaukee area, building a reputation as one of the premier restaurant groups in the Midwest. Their achievements have earned them national recognition, as well, with a nomination by the James Beard Foundation for Outstanding Restaurateur three years in a row – 2017, 2018 and 2019.Joe and Paul opened their first restaurant, Ristorante Bartolotta, in 1993 in their hometown, Wauwatosa. The authentic Italian restaurant has received numerous awards and accolades, both locally and nationally, and last year celebrated its 25th anniversary.Following the success of Ristorante Bartolotta, Joe led the business to open some of the area’s top dining destinations: Bartolotta’s Lake Park Bistro in 1995 on Milwaukee’s East Side, Mr. B’s Steakhouse in 1999 in Brookfield, Pizzeria Piccola in 2003 in Wauwatosa, Bacchus in 2004 in downtown Milwaukee and Northpoint Custard at Bradford Beach in 2009.In 2004, the company launched another successful venture, Bartolotta Catering & Events. The division is the exclusive caterer for Discovery World on Milwaukee’s lakefront, The Grain Exchange in downtown Milwaukee, and the Italian Community Center in the Historic Third Ward.In 2010, Bartolotta partnered with iconic Milwaukee entrepreneur and philanthropist Michael Cudahy to open Harbor House at the former Pieces of Eight site on the lakefront.During the following years, Bartolotta opened The Rumpus Room in downtown Milwaukee, Joey Gerard’s – A Bartolotta Supper Club in Greendale and Mequon, Miss Beverly’s Deluxe Barbeque in Greendale, and Downtown Kitchen in the U.S. Bank Center in downtown Milwaukee.“Personally, there are so many rewarding things about working in this industry, but there are so many things that take your energy,” said Omar Shaikh, co-owner and president of SURG Restaurant Group LLC.A memorial service for Joe Bartolotta was held at The Riverside Theater.A friend and peer of Bartolotta’s, Shaikh would often call him to ask for advice or talk through various concerns they had about business or the industry.“We were always bouncing things off each other,” he said. “He was a great resource.”Bartolotta’s 16 restaurants and catering facilities, which make up an empire of more than 1,000 employees, are perhaps the most obvious displays of his tremendous impact on the Milwaukee community.But in addition to playing a key role with The Bartolotta Restaurants’ philanthropic arm, Care-a-lotta, he sat on the boards of many other local organizations, including the MATC Advisory Board for Culinary Arts and VISIT Milwaukee. In 2014, Bartolotta was elected to the board of directors for the Wisconsin Restaurant Association.He actively supported the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and organ donation awareness. He and his wife, Jennifer, together supported Schools That Can, Meta House, Milwaukee Public Schools’ ProStart Program, and the Wisconsin Humane Society.And what’s more, Bartolotta proudly helped champion Milwaukee’s bid to host the 2020 Democratic National Convention.During Bartolotta’s funeral, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett shared a story about a site visit with Democratic Party officials.“Joe was asked to talk about restaurants and about the city and I was standing behind him, and as he was talking, I was thinking ‘I wish we were videotaping this’ because he sold this city in an amazing way,” Barrett said.It rained that day, Barrett said, and while the group later enjoyed a two-hour dinner at Lake Park Bistro, Bartolotta handed out steak dinners to the dozens of police officers who were serving as escorts as they were waiting outside.“I’ve seen him do this over and over and over again where he’s kind to people and I think that is a legacy more than anything,” Barrett said.“Everyone who met Joe felt like they were important to him,” said Paul Bartolotta during his eulogy. “I’ll let you in on a secret – you were. Everybody was important to Joe.”He told attendees they are all “FOJs,” an abbreviation (and company inside joke) for “friend of Joe’s.”During his speech, Paul recognized Jamie Shiparski, Joe’s brother-in-law who donated a kidney so Joe could undergo a living-donor kidney transplant in 2013.Shiparski later gave his own eulogy, saying he’s never defined himself as Joe’s kidney donor because, “Joe would have done the same thing for me, as he would have done for so many people if he had that opportunity.”The transplant added a few years to his life, but Bartolotta had also suffered from other health issues, including Type 1 diabetes since he was a child. Jennifer Bartolotta, Joe’s wife and director of Care-a-lotta, elaborated on the day-to-day health challenges Joe kept private, or what she called “the daily grind that he never showed you.”“He sustained the blows of three heart attacks, had seven stents placed in his heart and six years ago, my beloved brother donated a kidney to Joe,” she said.Toward the end of his life, she said, he was taking 38 pills daily and “the neuropathy in his feet had become debilitating.”Jennifer continued her speech with words of assurance and certainty about the future of the company.“If you’re wondering about your jobs, please don’t. If you’re wondering about our leadership team, please don’t. If you’re wondering about the quality of our food deteriorating, please don’t. If you’re wondering if we can deliver on his promise to passionately serve you, please don’t. If you’re wondering if we’ll continue our heartfelt service to the community, please don’t. We can and will survive this journey of ambiguity because we will walk in his footsteps,” she said.And Milwaukee’s restaurant community is expected to do the same.“We all – the Bartolottas, their group, the community – lost a leader, but it’s our job to step up and carry the torch and move the city forward like Joe was doing,” Shaikh said. Get our email updatesBizTimes DailyManufacturing WeeklyNonprofit WeeklyReal Estate WeeklySaturday Top 10Wisconsin Morning Headlines Subscribelast_img read more

first_imgNEAA Sports Coordinator John Romano and Dhiren Thakkar, owner of Black Dog Real Estate Group, LLCFor the second year in a row, Dhiren Thakkar of The Black Dog Real Estate Group, LLC. has made a donation to sponsor North End Athletic Association’s Fall Youth Soccer Program North End Athletic Association’s Fall Youth Soccer Program. The sponsorship helps pay for the cost of shirts and socks for all the players in the league. Not only does Dhiren Thakkar sponsor our program, but he is one of the coaches of the 10 to 13 year program and helps with overall coordination of the league.“We are extremely grateful to The Black Dog Real Estate Group, LLC for their continued sponsorship and also to Dhiren Thakkar for his direct involvement with the children in our program,” said John Romano, program coordinator for the NEAA. The program has approximately 125 children, boys and girls ages 4 to 13 years.The older group plays on Friday evenings from 5:30pm to 7:00pm and the other age groups play on Saturday mornings.  All games and practices are at Puopolo Park on Commercial Street.*Advertisement*last_img read more

first_img Senator Joe Boncore visits with seniors at the Thanksgiving luncheon. 1 of 5 ABCD North End / West End Service Center Thanksgiving Luncheon The ABCD North End/West End Neighborhood Service Center (NE/WE NSC) held its annual Thanksgiving luncheon last week. The turnout was impressive, with nearly 70 seniors from both the North End and West End neighborhoods enjoying a traditional repast of turkey, sides, and pie. NE/WE NSC Advisory Board Chair Andres Molina helped with serving the hungry crowd. Also in attendance were NE/WE NSC Advisory Board Members Victor Brogna, as usual on trumpet, and Gisella di Paola of Eagle Bank. Mark Bernier, a former volunteer computer instructor, assisted with meal serving and preparation.State Senator Joe Boncore visited with his legislative aide to wish his constituents a happy Thanksgiving, and to donate some much-needed gift cards for the purchase of turkeys. City Councilor Elect Lydia Edwards dropped in to say hello as well – the center congratulates her on her appointment and looks forward to working with her! Senator Sal Di Domenico, Representative Aaron Michlewitz, City Councilor Sal La Mattina, and City Councilor Josh Zakim could not attend personally due to scheduling conflicts, but all chipped in with a compassionate donation of turkeys, gift cards, and monetary donations for the seniors, families, and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) learners that the North End/West End NSC serves.Lastly, the center gratefully acknowledges Greg and Caryn Antonelli of GTA Landscaping; Steven Colarusso of Antonio’s Cucina Italiana in the West End; Al and Maryann Giorgio of La Famiglia Giorgio’s; and Mary Guarino and the team at Church on the Hill for turkey donations. Regina Cleri for the fourth year in a row organized a food drive to stock the center’s food pantry shelves, as did the Law Offices of DLA Piper and Strada 234.  Thanks to all mentioned and many more, no one who came to the center’s doors went without for Thanksgiving! All served had a hearty meal at the luncheon with turkeys and food to take home to enjoy in the following days.*Advertisement* This year the NE/WE NSC saw an increase in the need for turkeys and food donations to provide holiday meals and holiday baskets for seniors. They remain especially thankful to elected officials, businesses, and donors for their support. Simply put, with the outpouring of love, support, and kindness from their communities, the NE/WE NSC provided nourishment for the body and soul to all who knocked on their doors for a Thanksgiving feast or other assistance. Without you, none of this would have been possible. The NE/WE NSC extends its deepest thanks to you. Happy Holidays to all!last_img read more

first_imgThe Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has partnered with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in its effort to rehabilitate Bohol province after it suffered massive damage from the 7.2-magnitude earthquake last Oct. 15.Jica chief representative Takahiro Sasaki, through the DSWD, turned over 150 tents and 485 blue tarpaulin sheets to the Bohol provincial government for distribution to affected families.ADVERTISEMENT MORE STORIESnewsinfoLOOK: MMDA conducts 2nd round of clearing ops in Pasig, PaterosnewsinfoDemocrats fight over health care, immigration at debatenewsinfoUS fighter jet crashes in Death Valley, 7 park visitors hurtMORE STORIESnewsinfoLOOK: MMDA conducts 2nd round of clearing ops in Pasig, PaterosnewsinfoDemocrats fight over health care, immigration at debatenewsinfoUS fighter jet crashes in Death Valley, 7 park visitors hurt LATEST STORIES Carpio gets nominated as CJ for 4th time Fake cop accosts real cops, is arrested in Pateros Angara: Investigate DOH’s ‘constipated’ medicine distribution system View comments Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ BPI nets P13.74B in H1 SMC bags Bulacan airport project PCSO to focus on improving transparency of gaming activities PLAY LIST 03:26PCSO to focus on improving transparency of gaming activities01:39Sotto open to discuss, listen to pros and cons of divorce bill06:02Senate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreements01:50Palace open to make Dengvaxia usable again as dengue cases spike01:49House seeks probe on ‘massive corruption’ in PCSO01:37PCSO estimates P250M in Lotto revenue loss due to suspension Fake cop accosts real cops, is arrested in Pateros Tolentino: No more debate with Drilon on China deal The tents made of cotton canvass has a total floor area of 16 sq.m. and galvanized steel posts. It has two apertures, front and back and a window on each side of the wall. Each tent is waterproof and rustproof.The tarpaulin sheets measure 50 meters by four meters and is made of woven high-density polyethylene (HDPE) fiber.FEATURED STORIESNEWSINFOSenate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreementsNEWSINFOLocsin wants to drop ‘visas upon arrival’ privilegeNEWSINFOTolentino: No more debate with Drilon on China dealThe relief goods are part of the 38 million Japanese yen worth of relief items donated by Sasaki to Social Welfare Secretary Corazon “Dinky” Soliman.“I am deeply touched by the support extended by the government of Japan through Jica in these difficult times,” said Gov. Edgar Chatto during the turnover ceremony at the Governor’s Mansion in Tagbilaran City. Quake disturbs Itbayat, Batanes anewlast_img read more

first_img What’s New in TechnologyLatest News for EntrepreneursOur Best Videos Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey confirmed the departure of four top-level executives at Twitter after tech media blogs reported layoffs and firings at the company, on Sunday. He also clarified the reports of firings in his post calling them “inaccurate press rumors”:Given the inaccurate press rumors today regarding their departures, I’m addressing this now: I’m sad to announce that Alex Roetter, Skip Schipper, Katie Stanton, and Kevin Weil have chosen to leave the company. [Related: Twitter Experiences Hours-Long Service Disruption]The four are Alex Roetter, senior vice president of engineering; Skip Schipper, vice president of human resources; head of media Katie Jacobs Stanton; and head of product Kevin Weil.Jason Toff, who heads up Twitter’ s video app product Vine, also announced on Sunday that he was leaving Twitter to work with Google on its virtual reality products, according to the New York Times.Despite success as a globally disruptive social media app and means of communication, Twitter has been steeped in controversy and financial troubles. Most recently, many criticized the hiring of white male Jeffrey Siminoff, as the head of diversity and inclusion.The criticism was especially pointed since the revelation that African American employees made up just 1.5% of Twitter employees as of 2015, although according to the Pew Research Center, blacks make up the largest percentage of Twitter’s userbase and are most active on the platform.In November last year, former black Twitter engineer, Leslie Miley posted a Medium blog expressing his frustration working at Twitter with its lack of diversity.Twitter shares fell in the wake of the news of the management departures, reports MarketWatch. Investors have historically struggled to see value in the platform, although it is used by millions. In the past month, Twitter shares fell 22% however, some Wall Street analysts say that new management will introduce fresh blood into the company and that advertising partnerships should help the company monetize.Yet, investors remain wary. From MarketWatch:The stock’s valuation is becoming “more interesting,” said Citi Research analysts, but the uncertainty with executive departures, as well as employee turnover and ongoing business challenges, caused the researchers to reiterate a neutral rating. be_ixf; php_sdk; php_sdk_1.4.18 https://www.blackenterprise.com/management-shake-up-at-twitter-top-execs-out/ https://www.blackenterprise.com/management-shake-up-at-twitter-top-execs-out/last_img read more

first_imgThe digital divide may have narrowed a bit last week when Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey took the stage for an interview at the National Society of Black Engineer’s 42nd Annual Convention in Boston.[Related: Apple: We Did Not Expect to Be at Odds With Our Government]Dorsey was interviewed by Laura W. Powers the co-founder of CODE2040 in front of scores of black engineering students and professionals. The interview was also live streamed for the Internet audience.During the interview, Dorsey said that he was committed to making Twitter a more diverse and inclusive company in which to work.“The only way we are going to be creative is to have perspective from all over,” said Dorsey.He also spoke of the need for empathy. “The best way to have empathy for someone is to have them represented… Empathy is not just about listening; it’s about understanding and having action behind that understanding,” he said.Dorsey also said that Twitter would begin rolling out unconscious bias training to all its employees and interns.The NSBE invited Twitter users to submit questions during the interview by using the hashtag #NSBEAskJack.Questions from the Twitterverse ranged from those curious as to how Twitter started the use of hashtags to more pointed questions about diversity and race relations.“If you take #BlackLivesMatter seriously then [sic] BW saying they’re experiencing daily violence/harassment #onhere should = change,” tweeted @karaincontrast to #NSBEAskJack.Other quotes from Dorsey that particularly resonated with the Twitter audience based on retweets were:“Passion can’t be taught–all the skills can be taught.”“We are looking for people with passion and purpose.”“The spirit of entrepreneurship is to do whatever it takes to make it work.”“Build for who you are and what you want to see in the world.”“Technology gives you the choice to stay small and still have global impact.”Twitter was one of the Silicon Valley companies under fire last year for a lack of diversity in its workforce. In 2014, blacks accounted for 2% of its workforce, and Hispanics, 6%.In December of last year, the company stoked further derision when it announced that it had hired Jeffrey Siminoff, a white male, as its new vice president of diversity and inclusion.Anecdotally, however, it seemed as though the reaction by the audience to Dorsey’s attendance at the NSBE event was favorable.“After listening to @jack speak at #NSBE42’s @NSBEAskJack session today, my passion for #Twitter has been refueled,” tweeted @dr_zumba. be_ixf; php_sdk; php_sdk_1.4.18 https://www.blackenterprise.com/twitter-ceo-takes-questions-and-criticism-at-black-engineers-event/ https://www.blackenterprise.com/twitter-ceo-takes-questions-and-criticism-at-black-engineers-event/last_img read more

first_img Gloves Which is More Dangerous – MMA or Football? Standard BJJ Gi Good Night Tee Brock Lesnar’s WWE Future After UFC Retirement There’s UFC Heavyweights, And Then There’s Shaq May 19, 2012; San Jose, CA, USA; Daniel Cormier enters to fight Josh Barnett (not pictured) during the heavyweight tournament final bout of the Strikeforce World Grand Prix at HP Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE Timeline of Israel Adesanya’s Rapid Rise to UFC Contender Latest From MMA Warehouse Lockdown duffle bag ProMax 440 BJJ GI Standard Ranked Rashguard Nightmare Matchup for UFC’s Biggest Stars King Ryan Longsleeve Shirt Gordon Ryan Competition Kit Latest From Our Partnerscenter_img Amanda Nunes’ Biggest Threat? Bizzy Was Sneaking Needles Into The Toilet For GSP Fight Apparel Top Contenders for Fight of the Year Accessories Greatest Highlights of Anderson Silva’s Career Lights. Out. MMAmania.com More From Midnight Mania! Trump Family In The ‘Chaos’ Corner? Sale More: Hang tight, big fella, it’s almost over.Daniel Cormier, who won the Strikeforce heavyweight grand prix tournament this past May 19, 2012, when he handily defeated Josh Barnett in the finals in San Jose, California, now knows the date of his final fight with the promotion.He’ll lace up the gloves for Strikeforce one last time on Sept. 29 at a venue and location still to be announced.The big question, of course, is who exactly his opponent will be. The options are extremely limited, at least as far as viable contenders go. The issue the powers that be will have is finding a heavyweight of decent value that won’t be considered a glorified can for Cormier to crush before skipping off to the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).The trouble with that is “DC” is currently the fourth ranked heavyweight in the world according to the SB Nation consensus rankings. Only UFC Heavyweight Champion Junior dos Santos, number one contender Cain Velasquez, and the next man in line for that title, Alistair Overeem, are ranked higher.That means dipping lower and if the UFC is unwilling to send a member of its roster over, that only leaves Josh Barnett (ranked 7), who Cormier just beat, Fedor Emelianenko (ranked 15), who is retired, Cole Konrad (ranked 17), who fights for Bellator, and Sergei Kharitonov (ranked 20), who doesn’t really deserve to be anywhere near a match-up against Cormier.What makes the most sense from a sport perspective is Fabricio Werdum heading back to Strikeforce for a truly meaningful match-up that will create yet another top contender to the UFC heavyweight title. However, that would mean Dana White giving up one of his guys to benefit Showtime and who knows if that’s something that would ever happen.This all adds up to a potentially horrifying match-up between Cormier and someone entirely too undeserving of getting a shot at him. But who will the mystery man be?Let’s get your best guesses in the comments section. Fight Motion! Watch Holloway, Cyborg Do Work Via Ghost Camlast_img read more

first_img 1/17/2017, 4:52 p.m. What You Can Buy for Just Over $300,000 on the North Shore From a cottage in Gloucester to a condo in Salem. Sign up for our weekly home and property newsletter, featuring homes for sale, neighborhood happenings, and more. 000 By Madeline Bilis· center_img Photo courtesy of Keller Williams RealtyHomebuyers with a budget of $300,000 might be able to score a pint-sized condo in the city. Venture outside of Boston, though, and there are roomy residences to be found.On the North Shore, the same budget can buy anything from a single family in Danvers to a spacious unit in Salem. This week, there are gems to be found in Gloucester, Beverly, and beyond.Here, find five homes on the North Shore asking between $310,000 and $339,000.Photo courtesy of Keller Williams Realty1. 70 School Street Unit B, SalemPrice: $324,900Size: 2,095 square feetBedrooms: 3Baths: 2Photo courtesy of Keller Williams Realty2. 10 Franklin Street, DanversPrice: $339,000Size: 1,553 square feetBedrooms: 4Baths: 1.5Photo courtesy of Holly C & Co. Fine Homes3. 307 Concord Street, GloucesterPrice: $310,000Size: 786 square feetBedrooms: 2Baths: 1Photo courtesy of Holly C & Co. Fine Homes4. 388 Essex Avenue, GloucesterPrice: $329,000Size: 1,404 square feetBedrooms: 2Baths: 1Photo courtesy of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage5. 27 Herrick Street #1, BeverlyPrice: $329,900Size: 1,731 square feetBedrooms: 3Baths: 2 full, 2 partial Sign up for Home & Property newsletters. Design, real estate, and pretty things for living.* Printlast_img read more

first_img Print Harpswell, Maine. Photo by Kyle Clauss on Flickr/Creative CommonsThey don’t call it Vacationland for nothing.Maine was ranked the most fun state in New England and 11th most fun nationwide, according to a new report by personal finance social network WalletHub. Maine had the second-most restaurants per capita, and the fifth-most golf courses and country clubs per capita.Vermont came in a close second at 14th, followed by New Hampshire at 19th and Rhode Island, 24th. Though it boasted the most fitness centers per capita, Massachusetts only ranked 26th nationwide, and the second-least fun behind dull ol’ Connecticut.To compile their rankings, WalletHub compares all 50 states using 22 metrics across two categories: entertainment and recreation (restaurants, amusement parks, golf courses, movie theaters, skiing facilities, and beach access) and nightlife (average price of beer and wine, music festivals per capita, performing arts theaters per capita).Perhaps buoyed by Las Vegas and its two, shiny new professional sports franchises, Nevada was named the most fun state in America. Mississippi, on the other hand, was ranked the least fun.You can read WalletHub’s full report here. 000 Get a compelling long read and must-have lifestyle tips in your inbox every Sunday morning — great with coffee! 5/2/2017, 10:44 a.m. center_img Maine Ranked Most Fun State in New England Massachusetts lags behind at the back of the pack. Sign up for Boston Daily. News. Commentary. Every day.* By Kyle Scott Clauss· last_img read more

first_img Print News A Springfield Cop Mocked Victims of the Charlottesville Car Attack on Facebook “Love this,” officer Conrad Lariviere wrote. Get a compelling long read and must-have lifestyle tips in your inbox every Sunday morning — great with coffee! 8/14/2017, 9:48 a.m. By Spencer Buell· center_img 000 Sign up for Boston Daily. News. Commentary. Every day.* Photo via APPeople around the world were horrified when news broke that, amid this weekend’s violence in Charlottesville, a man drove his car into a crowd of anti-racism protesters, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer and wounding at least 19. The attack, which by all indications was committed by a Nazi-sympathizer, was widely condemned.Except, not by Springfield Police officer Conrad Lariviere, who appeared to laugh at the victims of the attack on social media.“Hahahaha love this,” Lariviere wrote in a since-deleted Facebook comment below a post about the incident by conservative writer Ben Shapiro, which was obtained and published by the site MassLive, “maybe people shouldn’t block roads.”When another commenter criticized him and asked, “How many times has a car plowed into you?” he replied, “Actually [redacted] I’ve been hit by ashitbag [sic] with warrants but who cares right you ignorant brat live in a fantasy land with the rest of America while I deal With the real danger.”Lariviere, who spoke with MassLive, has walked back his comments. “Never would I want someone to get murdered. I am not a racist and don’t believe in what any of those protesters are doing,” he said in an interview. “I’m a good man who made a stupid comment and would just like to be left alone.”Springfield Police confirmed their force includes a police officer by that name and are now investigating.Lariviere also wrote, apparently responding to someone who referred to the driver as a “Nazi,” a comment asking “how do you know he was a nazi scumbag? Stop being part of the problem.”It would later be reported that the alleged driver of the car, 20-year-old James Alex Fields, Jr. attended the rally along with the white supremacist group Vanguard America and was seen carrying a shield bearing its insignia.last_img read more

first_imgWIGAN’S first half performance was far too good for Saints as they went down 32-10 at the Stobart Stadium on Friday.Their closest rivals were better in attack and defence and took their chances with aplomb to lead 20-0 at the break.Errors from kicks led to two of Wigan’s three tries whilst Liam Mossop’s opener was far too simple.In attack, Royce Simmons’ men couldn’t find a way through a Warriors’ defence that were all over his side and quelled any chance of fast play the balls.In the second half, Brett Finch cruised over the line before Saints finally broke through with Tony Puletua.Tommy Makinson then capped off a good performance with a try from Lee Gaskell’s chip.But that’s about as good as it got for Saints – Jeff Lima adding another for the Warriors to leave Saints with a lot to think about.Saints welcomed back Shaun Magennis, Matty Ashurst and Francis Meli into the 17 with Josh Perry missing out with a hamstring injury.Warriors called on Sam Tomkins and George Carmont; who didn’t double up last week after their Origin Commitments.Andy Coley also returned from injury.Wigan were first on the attack with a high ball that was knocked on by both teams before Jon Wilkin chipped along the floor to gain territorial advantage.On eight minutes the Warriors came down Saints’ right and almost carved out a chance only for the ball to go dead.Saints nearly did the same seconds later – Jon Wilkin’s kick close to the line causing problems for Sam Tomkins.But on 16 minutes Wigan forged ahead – and it wasn’t surprising. Saints let the opposition run far too many lines and Liam Mossop plunged over from short range.Pat Richards making it 0-6 and then adding a penalty on 25 minutes to stretch the lead.Richards then caught a high ball to the corner on the last tackle to leave Saints with a mountain to climb.And it got much worse as Joel Tomkins grabbed an opportunistic try almost immediately after a high ball was again knocked to the floor.Ok, it took a rebound off two Saints players and there was a hint of a Wigan hand in there, but he raced away with no-one near him.With three minutes left in the half, Shaun Magennis just couldn’t pull in Francis Meli’s pass and Saints headed into the dressing rooms with a lot to improve on.Half Time: Saints 0 Wigan 20Francis Meli got on the outside of Josh Charnley twice early in the second half, but Saints couldn’t take advantage.So it was again no surprise when Brett Finch punished Saints and increased the lead.To be fair it didn’t get much better from there with the half-back partnership of Gaskell and Lomax finding it hard to create gaps.But Tony Puletua finally got Saints on the board with a charge on the angle – Makinson converting.Then Makinson crossed again – from Gaskell’s dab.But Saints continued to put the ball to ground and although Jamie Foster was hauled to the floor after he kicked the ball through, they could have little complaint.Jeff Lima scoring at the death with a try that looked offside and short to compound the misery.Match Summary:Saints:Tries: Puletua, MakinsonGoals: Makinson (1 from 1), Foster (0 from 1)Wigan:Tries: Mossop, Richards, Tomkins, Finch, LimaGoals: Richards (6 from 6)Penalties:Saints: 5Wigan: 2HT: 0-20FT:10-32REF: Thierry AlibertATT: 11540Teams:Saints:1. Paul Wellens; 28. Thomas Makinson, 3. Michael Shenton, 5. Francis Meli, 22. Jamie Foster; 25. Lee Gaskell, 20. Jonny Lomax; 10. James Graham, 9. James Roby, 15. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 12. Jon Wilkin, 4. Sia Soliola, 11. Tony Puletua.Subs: 7. Kyle Eastmond, 13. Chris Flannery, 18. Matty Ashurst, 21. Shaun Magennis.Wigan:1. Sam Tomkins; 25. Josh Charnley, 12. Joel Tomkins, 4. George Carmont, 5. Pat Richards; 17. Brett Finch, 6. Paul Deacon; 15. Jeff Lima, 7. Thomas Leuluai, 21. Lee Mossop, 11. Harrison Hansen, 16. Ryan Hoffman, 13. Sean O’Loughlin.Subs: 9. Michael McIlorum, 10. Andy Coley, 14. Paul Prescott, 23. Chris Tuson.last_img read more

first_imgWANT to watch Saints for just a tenner a match? Then if you’re a ‘Young Adult’ you can take advantage of our great Early Bird Season Ticket deals.For just £133, you can take up your spot in the Hattons Solicitors West Stand and see your super Saints for the equivalent of just over a tenner a game – saving £62 over the course of the season.‘Gold’ bracketed North and Solarking South Stand season tickets can be secured for £194 – a saving of £79 on matchday prices in 2013.And with the East Stand priced at £12 per match and £123 for a season ticket, there’s a price point for everyone.Young Adults can also pay on Direct Debit.It’s simple to buy your ticket – either call into the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, telephone 01744 455 052 or log on to www.saintssuperstore.comA six month Direct Debit option is also available – forms are below.last_img read more

first_imgNATHAN Brown says Saints’ table-topping position is pleasing but there’s a fair way to go yet.His side took over at the summit of Super League following a 32-12 win over Salford.“Being where we are on the table is pleasing and we are quite comfortable with the fact we know where we are at,” he said. “To be blunt about it though, we know if we want to get to Old Trafford we need to continue to improve in a number of areas.“Internally, we have high hopes for ourselves and there is always a pressure to do well. Regardless of being in or out of the Cup it doesn’t add extra pressure. We have passionate fans, a passionate chairman and a passionate Board.“A couple of players here have come through the successful era and now it is up to the new and younger players to demand that of each other. There is a long way to go and the blokes are putting a lot in on the field and in training and are working hard.”Saints travel to Catalan this week and there has been some positive news on the injury front.Brown continued: “Ant Walker suffered a concussion so he should be ready this week whilst Tommy Makinson had a scan on his knee and it isn’t serious – he has an outside chance for Catalan.“We’re not sure yet on Jon Wilkin, we’re waiting for a specialist’s report.“Most of the players have had a few days off to freshen up, but the medical and rehab staff have been working overtime.“They didn’t get a break – and the rehab players have been working hard too.”last_img read more

first_imgOUR mercurial number 9 wants Saints to carry on where they left off when they travel to Castleford this week.James Roby says the second half performance against Wigan was right up there – and that needs to be emulated for 80 minutes if they want to be successful at the Tigers.“It was a great result for us and a fantastic night for all the supporters,” he said. “We put in a lot of effort and got the result. It was pleasing to get the win and the added bonus was Leeds losing so we could top the table.“Our second half was very good. We completed our sets the best we have done for a long time and that helped us build pressure.“In big games there isn’t a lot in it and luckily we put ourselves in a position to take advantage of mistakes.“Our kicking game was good and it put Wigan under pressure. If we kept doing that it was inevitable the cracks would show and they did. The attitude of the lads was there for all to see. They were the first to any loose balls and we took our opportunities.“We were pleased with our second half performance but to carry on we have to emulate that.”He continued: “Castleford beat Leeds last week so they will come in confident on Thursday. They are a fantastic team, especially at home and probably a few results haven’t gone their way.“Perhaps they are coming into form at the right time and we have to be ready for that.“We cannot afford to have any nights off; our attitude has to be spot on.”last_img read more

first_img It’s a shared frustration among business owners along water street.“We had plenty of parking on both sides of the street. Then they took a little more away, a little bit more away and now it’s down to – I think we’ve got maybe eight or nine spaces for I think we’ve got 10 businesses down here,” Imago Hair Studio owner Chad Bean said.The construction for the Riverplace project began in April. Business owners like Savis say the construction is overwhelming his restaurant and other businesses in the area.Related Article: Kohl’s wants more of your Amazon returns“We have our returning customers but no customer wants to park two blocks away to walk over here to get a bagel, as good as they are,” Savis said.Savis says it’s a rare sight to see anyone working on the project. But there’s one thing really frustrating him about this whole process.“The most frustrating part is the fact that our customers can’t get to our place of business to get a bagel. They can’t do it. And the tourists that are here don’t want to wait and try to get in here. They just turn around and go the other way,” Savis said.And other businesses say they feel the pain too.“We have no more walk in traffic. You know? We’re a dead end. So people see the construction, nobody wants to come down this far but yeah we’re hoping that the clients that have been with us for a while aren’t deterred to continue coming to us because they’re unable to park near the shop anymore,” Bean said.Savis and other business owners say they have no problem with development but so far they have not been able to turn a profit. A spokesperson for the city says they are going to continue to communicate with the local businesses, particularly to the ones in the Water Street Center, as to what can be expected in the coming days and weeks. Wilmington Downtown Incorporated also encourages people to go visit these shops and support them. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Downtown Wilmington and construction go hand in hand as development in the area continues. However, some businesses near the construction on Water Street say they’ve seen a negative impact to their businesses.“There are signs. There are construction signs and people when they look down Water Street, they turn around and go back the other way,” Tugboat Tony’s Bagel Cafe owner Tony Savis said.- Advertisement – last_img read more

first_img “I like the trees. I think that it’s something that should be left alone,” said Shannon Thompson who came to the meeting to support Mr. Westbrook. “Or the ones that are dead need to be cut and replaced with something else, another tree.”The county went through a review of the trees with the local Agriculture Extension office.“The only thing I asked them to do today is for the rest of the courthouse square and really anywhere that they own, get a second opinion even if it’s from their own consultant,” said Westrbook, “And to make sure that these trees are really dying before they cut them down.”Related Article: Summer on the Square returns to BurgawCounty commissioners are keeping ten trees on the square. County staff saying the removal was needed for safety of those who work and visit the courthouse.Westbrook says if no action is taken by the commission, he will still continue his effort to preserve the trees. The open space after crews removed an Oak tree from the Courthouse square (Andrew James/WWAY) BURGAW, NC (WWAY) –  Work is underway to clear several old trees around the Pender County courthouse square in Burgaw. One local businessman wants commissioners to stall the work.John Westbrook spoke again before county commissioners asking them to save several of the nearly 20 trees slated to be cut down around the courthouse. The commission approved the work back in the spring,but made sure not to begin it until after the Blueberry Festival.John Westbrook speaking before the Pender County Commission (Andrew James/WWAY)- Advertisement – last_img read more

first_img According to the Wilmington Police Department, several calls came into 911 about multiple shots fired in the area. The victim drove himself to New Hanover Regional Medical Center. Police said the man’s injuries were non-life threatening.Police do not believe this incident is related to a recent rash of shootings reported earlier in the week.If you have any information about the South Kerr Avenue shooting, call 910-343-3609 or to remain anonymous, text TIP708 and send your message to CRIMES (274637). WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington police say a man managed to drive himself to the hospital after being shot early Friday morning.The shooting occurred around 4 a.m. in the 200 block of South Kerr Avenue. – Advertisement – last_img read more

first_img Many residents were relieved that they would finally have a new grocery store in town, but Harris Teeter vowed to fight it.Harris Teeter has talked about opening a grocery store in Carolina Beach since 2006. Now the developer of the Harris Teeter property wants another one-year extension, saying the proposed store will have to be redesigned.An attorney representing the developer says they need access to the Publix parking lot for delivery trucks.Related Article: North Carolina sued again over transgender rightsOne man, with no affiliation to Publix, handed out “I Love Publix” t-shirts to residents attending the meeting, saying people are fed up.“We’re tired of the crap,” said Timothy Chestnutt. “They’re not going to build here, they probably never will. They’re just trying to keep the competition off the island. The only thing we have is Food Lion, and you’ve got to go over the bridge to go to Harris Teeter to even shop somewhere else. And I think Publix will bring a nice change to that.”Council ultimately voted to approve the one time extension which will expire April 11, 2020.The developer of the Harris Teeter site will go to the North Carolina Court of Appeals April 10, to argue that the town should not have issued Publix a permit to build at that site.The next town council meeting will be held Monday, April 8 instead of Tuesday April 9, because the town attorney will be in court that day fighting Harris Teeter’s appeal. Harris Teeter gets another one-year extension in Carolina Beach.(Photo: Matt Bennett/WWAY) CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — After 13 years of promises to build a new Harris Teeter, Carolina Beach residents rallied at a town council meeting Tuesday to say they are tired of waiting.It was announced back in December that a Publix would be built next door to the still untouched Harris Teeter property.- Advertisement – last_img read more

first_imgFILE PHOTO: Airplane engine parts are seen at the scene of the Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET 302 plane crash, near the town of Bishoftu, southeast of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia March 11, 2019. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri/File PhotoFILE PHOTO: Airplane engine parts are seen at the scene of the Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET 302 plane crash, near the town of Bishoftu, southeast of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia March 11, 2019. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri/File Photo Ethiopian Airlines pilots followed proper procedures when their Boeing MAX 8 airplane repeatedly nosedived before a March 10 crash that killed 157 people, Ethiopia’s minister of transport said on Thursday as she delivered the first official report on the disaster.“The crew performed all the procedures repeatedly provided by the manufacturer but was not able to control the aircraft,”  Dagmawit Moges told a news conference in the capital, Addis Ababa.In line with international rules on air accidents, the preliminary report did not attribute blame. Nor did it give a detailed analysis of the flight, which is expected to take several months before a final report due within a year.But in a clear indication of where Ethiopian investigators  are focusing most of their attention, the report cleared the pilots of using incorrect procedures and issued two recommendations directed at planemaker Boeing and regulators.It suggested that Boeing review the aircraft control system and aviation authorities confirm the problem had been solved before allowing that model of plane back into the air. It was grounded globally following the crash, which was the second deadly accident in six months involving the new model after a Lion Air crash in Indonesia in October that killed 189 people.“Since repetitive uncommanded aircraft nose down conditions are noticed … it is recommend that the aircraft control system shall be reviewed by the manufacturer,” Moges said.Ethiopian Airlines said its crew had followed all the correct guidance to handle a difficult emergency.However, the report could spark a debate with Boeing about how crew responded to problems triggered by faulty data from an airflow sensor, particularly over whether they steadied the plane before turning key software off.Boeing said it would study the report.Families of the victims, regulators and travellers around the world are waiting for clues to the accident after the new Boeing jet crashed six minutes after take-off.The preliminary report into the Lion Air disaster said the pilots lost control after grappling with the plane’s Manoeuvring Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS) software, a new automated anti-stall feature that repeatedly lowered the nose of the aircraft based on faulty data from a sensor.Boeing said on Wednesday it had successfully tested an update of the MCAS software designed to reduce its authority and make it easer for pilots to handle.WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

first_img SharePrint MGOZ / Terry CamilleriMGOZ / Terry Camilleri Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects Ian Borg and Parliamentary Secretary for Local Government and Communities Silvio Parnis met with Gozo’s local councils in Għajnsielem where they launched a sustainable transport service which will be offered by the locality’s local council to the elderly and to persons with mobility difficulties residing in Għajnsielem.This is possible after the local council placed second in a competition for permanent measures which Transport Malta organised in 2016 as part of European Mobility Week.MGOZ / Terry CamilleriThanks to a grant of €30,000 given by the Authority, the council could buy an electric van which will be transporting these residents to the health centre throughout the summer months as well as to other activities organised by the council after summer.Minister Borg explained that, like last year, there will be two competitions – one for small activities and the other one for permanent measures, from which nine different local councils have already benefited. “I encourage all local councils to come forward with their proposals towards more sustainable communities in their transport choices. Let’s work together towards a cleaner culture in the transport sector,” he said.Minister for Gozo Justyne Caruana said that this initiative complements the EcoGozo vision, that of introducing new and alternative means of transport with full respect towards the environment. The Minister said that the decarbonisation strategy which the Ministry is working on will incentivise the reduction of emission thus continuing to pave the way towards the achievement of these ambitious goals. She congratulated Għajnsielem Local Council and Transport Malta for this initiative and looked ahead to more collaboration between the local council and the government.Parliamentary Secretary for Local Government and Communities Silvio Parnis also congratulated Għajnsielem Local Council for offering free transportation service to the elderly and people with disability, thanks to funds earned through the European Mobility Week.He added that this service will serve as an environmental advantage and at the same time will continue to increase inclusion for the elderly and for people with disability. Parnis concluded that there need to be more local councils that offer such services in their localities and they can do so by taking part in campaigns such as the European Mobility Week.As part of the competition for small activities, five proposals by local councils and/or NGOs will be selected to organise activities towards sustainable transport during European Mobility Week between the 16th and 22nd of September 2019. These will be given between €1,500 and €2,500 as part of this competition.The ‘Permanent Measures’ competition will lead two local councils to win a grant of €50,000 and €30,000 respectively.WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

first_imgThe Samsung Galaxy S7 carries the latest version of Android operating system. Advertisement After rolling out it’s “Galaxy Beta Program” last month allowing users of the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge phablets to test Android 7.0 Nougat on their devices, looks like the South Korean smartphone manufacturer might directly update the two smartphones to Android 7.1.1 Nougat skipping the official Android 7.0 Nougat update rollout.In response to a user query, Samsung has confirmed that it will be updating Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge smartphones directly to Android 7.1.1 Nougat instead of first updating them to version Android 7.0 Nougat.New FeaturesThe Android 7.1.1 Nougat update brings along new emojis that reflect gender equality, support from GIF images right from the keyboard, and app shortcuts right from the home screen.[related-posts]last_img read more

first_imgImage Credit: CNET Advertisement Google who recently confirmed that it is working on the successors of the Pixel and Pixel XL devices code-naming them – Muskie and Walleye for Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 respectively, there’s a new separate report that has it that the firm is working on a third device; code-named Taimen – which is said to be much larger than the Pixel smartphones.Android Police cites its internal source to claim that Taimen could be a phone, but the surety of this is very little because the Taimen device could be a tablet as well, or could be large Pixel-branded phone. Alternatively, it wouldn’t sport Pixel branding at all be a completely different device with a unique branding of its own.Online reports claim that the device is to launch later this year. However, there is little else that is known about the device.[related-posts]last_img read more

first_imgear plugs. Image Credit: Deccan Chronicle Advertisement According to online reports, scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research IGD in Rostock in Germany have developed EarFieldSensing (EarFS), that recognizes facial gestures via a special ear plug.The researchers evaluated various technologies with which the movements of a person’s head and face can be interpreted. In this process, great importance was placed on practical use in everyday life.For example, systems that read gestures using sensors directly on one’s face are very accurate and able to recognize a large number of gestures. – Advertisement –  The new EarFS ear plug measures the muscular currents and distortions of the ear canal which occur during facial movements.The sensor detects even the smallest movements in the face through the way the shape of the ear canal changes and measures muscle currents that arise during the movement of the face or head.“The challenge was that these currents and movements are sometimes very small and need to be intensified,” said Denys Matthies, scientist at the Fraunhofer IGD.“In addition, the sensors cannot be interfered with by other movements of the body, such as vibrations during walking or external interference, Matthies said.“To solve this problem, an additional reference electrode was applied to the earlobe which records the signals coming from outside,” he said.The signals detected inside the ear are matched with the signals coming from the outside – the remaining useful signal enables clear facial gesture identification, even if the person wearing the EarFS is in motion.EarFS not only allows microinteractions with a smartphone, such as accepting and rejecting phone calls or operating the music player.The evaluation of facial movements also allows conclusions about weariness, exertion and other emotional states of the user.[related-posts]As a result, smartphones could warn drivers when signs of weariness and fatigue are registered or could switch automatically to mute when drivers are concentrating attentively.The use of the technology is also imaginable in the medical field.For example, it could help people with locked-in syndrome to communicate more easily by allowing them to operate computers with facial movements.source: Press Trust of India (and inputs from TOI)last_img read more

first_imgWhat’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321 [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.Tuesday 27 OctoberRACING1.40 CatterickStraightothepoint 9/1 > 6/13.00 BangorNew Street 4/1 > 2/13.10 LingfieldCompton Mill 4/1 > 5/23.30 BangorGee Hi 9/4 > 13/83.40 LingfieldKing’s Concerto 9/2 > 11/43.55 PunchestownNotimetoserve 12/1 > 7/14.20 CatterickMinty Jones 14/1 > 6/15.10 WolverhamptonOil Strike 13/2 > 3/1FOOTBALLCapital One Cup 4th Round19:45 Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HD13/2 Sheffield Wednesday 4/9 Arsenal 7/2 DRAW(All prices subject to fluctuation)last_img read more

first_imgBrighton have scored two or more goals in seven of their last 10 home league games and should be relied on for more goals tonight but the pressure to get goals could easily leave the back door open too.The Star Special of both teams to score and a winner in 90 minutes looks a fair bet. I’ve just no idea which way so will have equal stakes on both outcomes.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE AND BRIGHTON WIN for 6 points at 5/1 with Star SportsBACK BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE AND SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY WIN for 6 points at 13/2 with Star SportsSunday: BET VOIDWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321 [dropcap]U[/dropcap]nfair. That, of course, is the damn problem with the play-off system.The fact that Brighton were within one win of automatic promotion to the Premier League when they went to the Riverside counts for nothing – as does the fact that they finished 15 points clear of Sheffield Wednesday in the ‘regular’ season.Not only does it count for nothing – it also counts AGAINST them in my opinion. Brighton have had to regroup after coming so close yet Sheffield Wednesday are like a free roller at a poker tournament – playing carefree hands at a party that (for most of the season) they never expected to be at – four consecutive wins in March doing the trick for Wednesday.It’s pointless whinging, as the rules are there for one and all but I’ve never been a great supporter of the play-off system which may well add end of season drama (and contribute to the new Wembley building costs) but remains a tad gimmicky for my liking.The pressure certainly showed on The Seagulls in the first leg at Hillsborough when Sheffield Wednesday raced into a 2-0 lead thanks to goals from Ross Wallace and Kieran Lee – the deadlock finally broken between the pair as both matches in regular season had finished 0-0.That leaves Brighton with plenty of work to do but in a funny way less pressure than if it had been, say, 0-0 in the first leg. Brighton may well relish the challenge of now being underdogs and can grab the match and the challenge by the b**** from the outset.That certainly seems to be the view of the Brigton players too. Sam Baldock told the club website: “We’ve got nothing to lose now and the pressure is completely on them. We’re positive and we’re going to go for it. We’ve got 90 minutes for them to come to the Amex with a full stadium, with screaming fans egging us on.”He added: ”Stranger things have happened. I came off the pitch thinking, ‘Come on, bring on Monday,’ because believe me, this tie is not over.”Certainly, an early goal would make life interesting and I wouldn’t be completely surprised to see this one go the distance into penalties.Brighton have fared worse in the injury stakes with doubts over Tomer Hemed, Connor Goldson, Anthony Knockaert and Steve Sidwell from the first leg.Wednesday boss Carlos Carvalhal may well name an unchanged side.Brighton & Hove Albion v Sheffield WednesdayChampionship Play-Off Semi-Final 2nd Leg19:45 Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HDHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)May 2016 CHAMPIONSHIP PLAY-OFF Sheff Wed 2-0 BrightonMar 2016 CHAMPIONSHIP Brighton 0-0 Sheff WedNov 2015 CHAMPIONSHIP Sheff Wed 0-0 BrightonFeb 2015 CHAMPIONSHIP Sheff Wed 0-0 BrightonAug 2014 CHAMPIONSHIP Brighton 0-1 Sheff WedMar 2014 CHAMPIONSHIP Sheff Wed 1-0 BrightonOct 2013 CHAMPIONSHIP Brighton 1-1 Sheff WedFeb 2013 CHAMPIONSHIP Sheff Wed 3-1 BrightonSep 2012 CHAMPIONSHIP Brighton 3-0 Sheff WedApr 2011 LEAGUE ONE Brighton 2-0 Sheff WedSTAR SPECIALSlast_img read more

first_imgShareCONTACT: EllenChangPHONE: (713) 348-6777EMAIL: ellenc@rice.edu LECTURER AT CREEKMORESYMPOSIUM TO ADDRESS MULTICULTURAL EDUCATIONSonia Nieto, a leadingeducator on the teaching of children, will speak about educating multiculturalchildren during the Hazel Creekmore Symposium sponsored by Rice University’sCenter for Education on March 27-28.The topic of this year’ssymposium is “Effectively Educating Latino Students: What Teachers Need ToKnow.” Nieto, a professor ofeducation at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, will meet with communityleaders, administrators, teachers and students during the symposium. Nietoresearches multicultural education, the education of Latinos, immigrants andother culturally and linguistically diverse students. The lecture will beginat 4:30 p.m. in the Grand Hall of the Rice Memorial Center. A reception and booksigning will follow the talk.In addition to thelecture, Nieto will serve on a panel at 10 a.m. on March 28 in FarnsworthPavilion at the Student Center. The topic will be “What Keeps Teachers Going,Despite Everything.” Both the lecture and the panel discussion are open to thepublic. FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis center_img About adminlast_img read more

first_img Share this article Video: Texans Form Human Chain to Rescue Elderly Man From Floodwaters By NTD Television September 2, 2017 Updated: September 2, 2017 Show Discussion Share Maritza Castillo and her husband went out to pick up her brother who was flooded in, but ended up saving a stranger.The couple could not get to Maritza’s brother because the roads were flooded, so they had to turn around.As they stood at a traffic light on their way back on Interstate 10 in Houston they witnessed a chilling scene. The surging floodwater picked up a large SUV with an elderly driver inside and began to sweep the vehicle away.“My heart started beating fast,” Castillo told CNN.Maritza and her husband rushed out of their car to help. So did about two dozen other drivers on the road. The water was shoulder-deep at some points, so someone suggested that they form a human chain to stay safe.People began to link their arms and eventually, the chain reached the man’s car. After some initial trouble with the door, the good Samaritans pulled the man out of the car. Castillo said that the man was taken to a hospital and reunited with his son.Trump Visits Harvey Victims in HoustonU.S. President Donald Trump flew to Houston on Saturday, Sept. 2, to meet with victims of Hurricane Harvey and see the effects of the record-setting storm while he presses for a multibillion-dollar aid package.Trump, facing the first natural disaster of his administration, was joined by his wife, Melania, as he passed out food and hugged, kissed, and played with children at Houston’s NRG Center, a 700,000-square-foot facility that is now the city’s largest emergency shelter.Trump, who is making his second trip to the stricken state this week, asked Congress late on Friday for an initial $7.85 billion for hurricane recovery efforts. The request comes as Washington faces tough budget negotiations.U.S. President Donald Trump visits with survivors of Hurricane Harvey at a relief center in Houston, Texas, U.S., September 2, 2017. (REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque) U.S. President Donald Trump visits with survivors of Hurricane Harvey at a relief center in Houston, Texas, U.S., September 2, 2017. (REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque)Trump told reporters at the center that his administration was moving fast to provide the financing for aid to the devastated region.“We are signing a lot of documents to get money,” he said.Trump, alongside Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, appeared relaxed as he posed for photographs with volunteers and chatted with those relocated to the shelter.Melania, the sleeves of her blue denim shirt rolled up, hugged a woman and chatted with a child.“It has been a wonderful thing,” Trump said of his meetings with the children as he helped serve food to evacuees amid shouts of “Thank you, sir.”Reuters contributed to this report. From NTD.tvcenter_img US (Screenshot/YouTube)  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   last_img read more

first_img Tourniquets, Once Out of Favor, Helped Save Lives in Vegas Shootings By Reuters October 13, 2017 Updated: October 13, 2017 Share this article Share Legacy of Lost LimbsThe tourniquet’s bad reputation has some basis in fact: When limbs go too long without blood-flow and function cannot be restored, amputation may be necessary. But while in earlier days, especially on the battlefield, medical attention was often delayed for hours, today most trauma victims get help before a tourniquet becomes dangerous.The thinking began to change when a retrospective analysis suggested that up to 10 percent of Vietnam War combat deaths could have been avoided had tourniquets been applied in the field. Beginning in the 1980s, the Israeli military demonstrated tourniquets could be effectively applied on the battlefield with little risk.The pendulum swung further when studies of early casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan found that tourniquets appeared to improve survival. One study done in a Baghdad hospital found that 87 percent of patients who came in with tourniquets survived. Among those who were good candidates for tourniquets but did not receive them, there were no survivors.By 2005, the military had completely embraced tourniquets and began issuing them to all American combat personnel.Ukrainian National Guardsmen practice using improvised tourniquets under the supervision of American soldiers during Operation Fearless Guardian on April 21, 2015 at the International Peacekeeping and Security Center near Yavoriv, Ukraine. (Pete Kiehart/Getty Images) Ukrainian National Guardsmen practice using improvised tourniquets under the supervision of American soldiers during Operation Fearless Guardian on April 21, 2015 at the International Peacekeeping and Security Center near Yavoriv, Ukraine. (Pete Kiehart/Getty Images)A “No Brainer”Civilian trauma care was slower to change. Until the Sandy Hook shooting, the conventional wisdom remained that bleeding could be controlled well enough with manual pressure for paramedics to get injured people to hospitals. But that approach proved useless in “hot zones”—mass casualty scenes strewn with victims at risk of bleeding to death in minutes with a shooter still active.In 2013, when makeshift bombs exploded at the Boston Marathon and wounded more than 200 people, the success of improvised tourniquets reinforced the growing recognition that they could save lives.Boston Marathon bombing survivors Patrick Downes and Jessica Kensky celebrate at the finish line with their dog Rescue after Downes completed the 120th Boston Marathon on April 18, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) Boston Marathon bombing survivors Patrick Downes and Jessica Kensky celebrate at the finish line with their dog Rescue after Downes completed the 120th Boston Marathon on April 18, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)“You can give someone an hour of training and an inexpensive bleed control kit and empower them to save their own life or the life of the person next to them,” said Dr. Alex Eastman, medical director of the Rees-Jones Trauma Center at Parkland Hospital in Dallas. “That is just a no-brainer for every community in this country.”The Bautista sisters are home again in Fontana, California. Paola, who had surgery hours after the shooting, faces at least one more operation. Daisy is looking after her.“She’s good,” Daisy said in an interview. “There’s pain. But she’s good.”By Lisa Girion When the sniper’s bullet shattered Paola Bautista’s arm, her sister and a stranger in the crowd at the Route 91 Harvest Festival got her to cover. Then they focused on the bleeding.Daisy Bautista stuffed a sock into the hole in her sister’s arm, and the man who was helping them pulled a belt tight above the wound. That improvisation may have saved Paola’s life, preventing the kind of massive blood loss that is the single greatest cause of trauma death.Bautista, a country music lover from California, is one of several Las Vegas shooting victims who benefited from the use of a controversial and centuries-old life-saving tool that is making a comeback—the tourniquet.Although it has been around since the Middle Ages, the tourniquet fell out of favor in recent decades because of concerns that it increased the risk of amputation. Now, that notion has given way to a new medical consensus that it is better to save a life than a limb – and to recent battlefield evidence that the risk of amputation today is quite low.After Las Vegas shooting, veteran medic pushes more public training on combat tourniquets: https://t.co/Kekh4Za5qC pic.twitter.com/5qfS2tRtrJ— Military Times (@MilitaryTimes) October 7, 2017The new view entered the medical mainstream after the 2012 mass slayings at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. A group of doctors published the “Hartford Consensus,” a compendium of best practices and guidelines headlined by a call to revive the tourniquet. Since then, more than 200,000 police officers in major U.S. cities have been trained to use the low-tech lifesaver. The National Security Council, with trauma and emergency care groups, has launched a “Stop the Bleed” campaign to promote training among civilians. And shopping malls and airports have begun installing bleed control kits – including tourniquets – on public walls next to emergency defibrillators.“We want to turn it into the next CPR,” said Ian Weston, a paramedic and executive director of the American Trauma Society.Weston belongs to a small but growing corps of instructors who teach bleeding control. The free classes were designed to take less than an hour—“quick, down and dirty,” he said, “in the hopes that more people would take advantage of the training.”#LASVEGAS MASSACRE Chaos as barrage of bullets fly in worst mass shooting in US History. Prayers up for all! Video via @rtbleck @fox5ny pic.twitter.com/qh9R0wZN4x— Lisa Evers (@LisaEvers) October 2, 2017 People run from the Route 91 Harvest country music festival after apparent gun fire was heard in Las Vegas on Oct. 1, 2017. (David Becker/Getty Images)  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   US News Show Discussionlast_img read more

first_imgRecommended Video: What is MS-13?  QualityAuto 720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video US News It had been a long time coming.The speed of Monday’s jaw-dropping sell-off on Wall Street had traders and investors bumped and bruised. But few seemed surprised that a pullback had actually happened. Some were looking for the right time and opportunity to wade back in—but wary of catching a falling knife.“We finally got the correction we were all kind of figuring would happen,” said Paul Nolte, portfolio manager at Kingsview Asset Management in Chicago. “It feels a lot more painful only because we haven’t seen it in 14-15 months or so, and it’s certainly, from the way we look at it, healthy.”Stocks have been on a bull run since 2009, accelerated in the last year by strong earnings and the Trump administration’s corporate tax cut. The S&P 500 rose 19 percent in 2017 alone.But with valuations sky high after the buying binge carried deep into January, something had to give. The down days started last week. The shakeout accelerated on Friday, with the S&P’s biggest drop since September 2016 after jobs data raised the specter of inflation and spooked investors.Monday started out in the red, but calm. The afternoon was anything but, as frantic selling set in. “The market panicked for whatever reason,” said Phil Orlando, chief equity strategist at Federated Investors in New York said in the afternoon. “The sharp reversals you saw in the last hour or so is recognition of the fact that things got overdone.”Catch a Falling Knife?The Dow briefly entered correction territory on Monday with a 10 percent dip from its Jan. 26 record. It ended down 4.6 percent on the day, while the S&P 500 fell 4 percent.Since the S&P’s Jan. 26 all-time high it has fallen 7.8 percent. Of its 11 sectors, energy led the decline with a 10.5 percent drop followed by a 9.4 percent drop in healthcare and an 8.8 percent drop in materials. The best performer was utilities with a decline of just under 4 percent (3.97) followed by real estate which fell 5.1 percent and telecom, which fell 5.5 percent.After the close of trading, equity futures traded sharply down, indicating another day of selling was ahead.“If I were running a hedge fund, I wouldn’t be rushing to buy; I’d be waiting,” said Michael Purves, chief global strategist at Weeden & Co in New York.No S&P sector looked like a safe bet in the current environment.“I have a strong feeling that this sell-off is going to intensify because bears are seeing blood on the Street and all they want is right in front of them,” Naeem Aslam, chief market analyst at ThinkMarkets, LondonEven so, some investors went shopping as they kept their focus on strong economic data and earnings growth.The utilities and real estate indexes performed better than the S&P on Monday, but with declines of 1.7 percent and 2.7 percent, the traditionally defensive sectors could hardly be called safe havens.These are considered bond proxies, and along with consumer staples and telecommunications, are seen as relatively safe in even the dourest markets due to their high dividend yields and predictable if slow growing earnings.But with interest rates rising, the dividend yields look less competitive compared with bond yields.That leaves some strategists talking up cyclical sectors such as financials, industrials, materials and technology as beneficiaries of a strong economy.Looking for the Safest Bet“Right now there’s no safe place to hide,” said Robert Pavlik, chief investment strategist and senior portfolio manager at SlateStone Wealth LLC in New York.However Pavlik said he bought stocks on Friday, and on Monday as he was banking on a continuation of strong economic growth and a rapid increase in U.S. earnings.“This is not going to be a protracted sell-off. This is going to happen relatively quick because the economic numbers are still so good,” he said.Since the S&P’s financial sector fell 5 percent on Monday, some investors said they saw the decline as a buying opportunity as bank profits are boosted by rising interest rates because they can charge customers more for borrowing money.“You have a great opportunity to buy financials here,” said Phil Blancato, CEO of Ladenburg Thalmann Asset Management in New York. “With a strengthening consumer that’s going to continue to borrow and spend your best opportunity is in financials and technology.”In particular Apple Inc, which fell 6.7 percent in the last two sessions, looked like a bargain to Blancato, who said he bought the stock Monday. “Apple is getting very inexpensive.”While the broader market is punished by inflation anxiety, Jim Paulsen, chief investment strategist at the Leuthold Group in Minneapolis says investors should buy stocks in energy and materials companies and in a diverse array of commodities to profit from rising commodity prices.“If commodities rise maybe stocks go down over all. Even energy and materials stocks might come down but they might outperform,” said Paulsen.By Sinéad Carew Share US Stocks Plummet, Triggering Global Sell-Off By Reuters February 6, 2018 Updated: February 6, 2018center_img  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   A trader on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in New York, U.S., Feb. 5, 2018. Many signs are pointing to an end of economic expansion. (Reuters/Brendan McDermid) Share this article Show Discussionlast_img read more

first_img Grocery company Kroger is warning customers about an unauthorized coupon that’s circulating widely across social media websites.The post that allegedly gives people a coupon states that people must first take part in a short survey and will then receive a coupon.Kroger, however, stated that it does not have any such giveaway and is not supporting one.“Attention Kroger Customers: There is currently an unauthorized ‘$250 Kroger Shopping Coupon’ circulating across social media. This giveaway is not affiliated with or supported by the Kroger Company. We recommend not engaging with the site or providing any personal information. Our team is actively working to address this issue,” Kroger stated in a post on Facebook.The survey asks people for personal information, which Kroger warned people should not give.Some users said the survey was easy to spot as a scam. “I saw this and immediately knew it was a scam,” said one.“I’m confused about how people think Kroger would stay in business if they gave away $250 ‘coupons’ away,” said another. “It’s common sense, people.”“Just AMAZING how many of these fake ‘coupons’ people fall for … they whine about their privacy, but will give some random website their contact info every time, if they think they’re going to get something free,” added another. “smh [shaking my head].”From NTD.tvWatch Next:Trump Moves to Protect American Intellectual PropertyTrump imposed the tariffs in response to years of unfair trade practices and intellectual property theft by the communist regime. Follow Zachary on Twitter: @zackstieber The Kroger Co. corporate headquarters on July 15, 2008, in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio. (Scott Olson/Getty Images) Show Discussion Kroger Issues Warning About ‘Unauthorized’ Coupon on Social Media By Zachary Stieber July 10, 2018 Updated: July 10, 2018  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   center_img Share this article US News Sharelast_img read more

first_img US News A display shows foreign exchange rates against Turkish liras in Istanbul on Aug. 2, 2018. OZAN KOSE/AFP/Getty Images ISTANBUL—Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he stands by his opposition to high interest rates, amid sharp declines in the value of the lira, saying the currency’s weakness doesn’t reflect the country’s economic realities.Speaking to supporters in Trabzon on the Black Sea coast on Aug. 12, Erdogan dismissed suggestions that Turkey was in a financial crisis similar to those seen in Asia two decades ago—damping expectations of a boost in rates to support the currency.The Turkish lira has lost about 40 percent of its value this year, largely over worries about Erdogan’s influence over the economy, his repeated calls for lower interest rates in the face of high inflation, and worsening ties with the United States.“Interest rates are an exploitation tool that makes the rich richer and the poor poorer,” Erdogan said. “Nobody should try to make us fall into this trap, we won’t be fooled by this plot. Nobody should get excited.”Erdogan, who has called himself the “enemy of interest rates,” wants cheap credit from banks to fuel growth. However, investors fear that the economy is overheating and could be set for a hard landing.His comments on interest rates—and his recent appointment of his son-in-law as finance minister—have heightened perceptions that the central bank isn’t independent. Erdogan’s remarks also knocked back investors’ expectations of a rate increase from the central bank. The central bank raised interest rates to support the lira in an emergency move in May, but didn’t tighten monetary policy at its most recent meeting.On Aug. 10, the lira sank to a fresh record low, falling as much as 17 percent at one point, prompting calls from investors for central bank action to shore up the currency.On Aug. 12, Erdogan dismissed the plunge in lira as the result of a plot against the country, and said it doesn’t reflect economic reality.“What is the reason for all this storm in a tea cup? There is no economic reason for this. … This is called carrying out an operation against Turkey,” he said.DeadlineTurkey’s spat with the United States has weighed further on the lira. The two NATO allies have been at odds over a wide range of issues: diverging interests in Syria, Ankara’s ambition to buy Russian defense systems, and more recently, the case of Andrew Brunson, an evangelical pastor on trial in Turkey.After Brunson had been in jail for almost 20 months, a court in July ordered him to be moved to house arrest. Since then, President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have called for his release, while Ankara says the decision is up to the courts.Washington, in response, sanctioned two Turkish ministers, and Trump on Aug. 10 announced the United States would double tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Turkey, saying relations with Ankara were “not good at this time.”“Our response to those who wage a trade war against the whole world, and include our country in that, would be heading towards new markets and new alliances,” Erdogan said.Earlier this month, a Turkish delegation went to Washington and met with American counterparts, but there was no breakthrough.On Aug. 12, Erdogan revealed details of talks between the two countries over the pastor, saying the United States had given Turkey until Aug. 8 to release the pastor.“If we did not release him, they said they would sanction us. … What happened? Immediately, we have imposed the same sanctions on their ministers,” Erdogan said.By Humeyra Pamuk Turkey’s Erdogan Stands by Opposition to High Interest Rates By Reuters August 12, 2018 Updated: August 12, 2018  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   center_img Share this article Share Show Discussionlast_img read more

first_img Share A group of 22 state attorneys general and the District of Columbia late Monday asked a U.S. appeals court to reinstate the Obama administration’s 2015 landmark net neutrality rules and reject the Trump administration’s efforts to pre-empt states from imposing their own rules guaranteeing an open internet.The states, led by New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood, filed a lawsuit in January after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted in December along party lines to reverse rules that barred internet service providers from blocking or throttling traffic or offering paid fast lanes, also known as paid prioritization.Several internet companies filed a separate legal challenge on Monday to overturn the FCC ruling, including Mozilla Corp., Vimeo Inc., Etsy Inc., and numerous media and technology advocacy groups.The FCC handed sweeping new powers to internet providers to recast how Americans use the internet—as long as they disclose any changes. The new rules took effect in early June but major providers have made no changes to internet access.The states argue the FCC reversal will harm consumers.The states also suggested the FCC failed to identify any “valid authority” for pre-empting state and local laws that would protect net neutrality. Governors in six states have signed executive orders on net neutrality, while three states have enacted net neutrality legislation.FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has repeatedly said he believes the rules will be upheld and will encourage additional investment by providers. A spokesman for Pai did not immediately comment late Monday.The revised rules were a win for internet service providers, like Comcast Corp., AT&T Inc., and Verizon Communications Inc., whose practices faced significant government oversight and FCC investigations under the 2015 order, but the rules were opposed by internet firms like Facebook Inc., Amazon.com Inc. and Alphabet Inc.The FCC failed to offer a “meaningful defense of its decision to uncritically accept industry promises that are untethered to any enforcement mechanism,” the states said in a statement.The U.S. Senate voted in May to keep the Obama-era internet rules, but the measure is unlikely to be approved by the House of Representatives or the White House.The state attorneys general suing represent states with 165 million people—more than half the United States population—and include California, Illinois, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.The states argue the FCC action could harm public safety, citing electrical grids as an example. They argue, “The absence of open internet rules jeopardizes the ability to reduce load in times of extreme energy grid stress. Consequently, the order threatens the reliability of the electric grid.” Twenty-two States Ask U.S. Appeals Court to Reinstate Net Neutrality Rules By Reuters August 21, 2018 Updated: August 21, 2018 The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) logo is seen before the FCC Net Neutrality hearing in Washington Feb. 26, 2015. (Yuri Gripas/File Photo)  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   US News Share this article Show Discussion By David Shepardson last_img read more

first_img Two LSU football players were trying to sell an electronic item when one of them fatally shot an 18-year-old man trying to rob them, police said Sunday.A statement released by Baton Rouge police does not identify the players, but a person familiar with the investigation told The Associated Press that the players are running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire and linebacker Jared Small. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because LSU and police have not released the players’ names.The man killed was identified by police as Kobe Johnson. He was not an LSU student and died at the scene Saturday.LSU players called the police, waited at the scene, were questioned and were released while the investigation continues.After Johnson displayed a weapon, one of the players pulled out a handgun and fired multiple times, police said. Authorities have not said whether the player was licensed to carry the firearm he used.Edwards-Helaire, a Baton Rouge native, has rushed for 626 yards and seven touchdowns in 12 games this season. Small, a freshman who also is from Baton Rouge, has played sparingly. It remains to be seen how LSU will handle their playing status when the Tigers finish the season against UCF in the Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 1.The only comment so far from LSU has come from athletic director Joe Alleva, who said in a statement that the university was “in constant contact with law enforcement regarding this terrible situation.”“Right now, our concern is for the safety and well-being of our student-athletes,” the statement said. “They have been involved in a traumatic incident and we have made our counselors available to assist immediately.”Alleva deferred all other questions to law enforcement.The shooting was the second involving an LSU athlete in the past three months. In late September, Tigers basketball player Wayde Sims, also a Baton Rouge native, was killed by gunfire on a street near Southern University’s campus while trying to defend a friend who’d been involved in a fight.By Brett Martel Police: LSU Player Kills Man Trying to Rob Him, Teammate By The Associated Press December 23, 2018 Updated: December 23, 2018 Crime and Incidents Clyde Edwards-Helaire #22 of the LSU Tigers reacts after rushing for a touchdown against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Alabama on Sept. 15, 2018. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   center_img Share Share this article Show Discussionlast_img read more

first_imgIn this Feb. 22, 2017, file photo, Nathan Phillips, center with glasses, and other Dakota Access Pipeline protesters march in North Dakota. (Mike McCleary/The Bismarck Tribune via AP, File) Share this article  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Native American Who Confronted High School Students Has Violent Criminal Record, Escaped From Jail By Zachary Stieber January 24, 2019 Updated: January 24, 2019 Share The Native American activist who approached a group of teenagers in Washington on Jan. 18, with video of the incident going viral, has a violent criminal record that includes a prison escape.Nathan Phillips, whose given name is Nathaniel R. Stanard, was charged on May 8, 1974, with assault and escape from prison, according to the Lincoln Journal Star.An edition of The Lincoln Star the next day provided more details: Stanard, then 19, was “charged with escaping from the Nebraska Penal Complex where he was confined May 3,” it stated.Stanard initially pleaded innocent to assault but changed to a guilty plea on June 19 of that year and was fined $200, according to The Lincoln Star.  QualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video A year earlier, Phillips had also gotten in trouble with the law.Then 18, he was charged with two counts, one for intoxication and one for the destruction of property. The latter was dismissed and he was sentenced to one year of probation for the former on Oct. 30, 1973, according to the Journal Star. On Nov. 22, 1975, he was sentenced to 12 days in jail for two counts, a minor possessing alcohol and intoxication, according to the Journal Star.Stanard was also charged multiple times for driving-related issues. On Aug. 28, 1973, for instance, he was fined $40 for driving in a negligent manner. Nathan Phillips (C), with other protesters near the main opposition camp against the Dakota Access oil pipeline near Cannon Ball, N.D., on Feb. 22, 2017. (Teray Sylvester/Reuters)Phillips’s life has come under examination after he sparked the incident on Jan. 18, sparking a slew of news stories that relied heavily on an edited video clip that, devoid of context, appeared to show a group of high school students jeering him as banged a drum in the face of one.Phillips made several allegations that were later proven false, such as saying the students blocked his passage to the Lincoln Memorial when, in fact, there was ample space on either side of them to pass by.Full video footage showed that the students, facing obscenities hurled by the Black Hebrew Israelites, a fringe religious group that often accosts people in New York City and Washington, responded by launching a series of school spirit chants. Into the fray waded Phillips, beating his drum and invading the personal space of one of the students while another Native American activist shouted at the group to “go back to Europe.”Phillips, who also lied about being a Vietnam veteran, has suggested that the student he confronted, Nick Sandmann, be expelled for standing and smiling.“At first I wanted the teachers and chaperones to be reprimanded, some fired, for letting this happen,” Phillips told the Cincinnati Enquirer. “For the students, I was against any expulsions, but now I have to revisit that.”He also slammed Sandmann after the student said he believed he was being peaceful by standing still and not reacting to the activist drumming in his face.Nick Sandmann in crowd Nick Sandmann, wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat, looks at Nathan Phillips, a Native American anti-President Donald Trump activist, after Philipps approached the Covington Catholic High School student in Washington on Jan. 18, 2019. (Survival Media Agency via AP)“I believed that by remaining motionless and calm, I was helping to diffuse the situation,” Sandmann said in a statement.“I realized everyone had cameras and that perhaps a group of adults was trying to provoke a group of teenagers into a larger conflict. I said a silent prayer that the situation would not get out of hand,” Sandmann continued.“He stole my narrative,” Phillips said. “From the time I hit that first beat of the drum until I hit the last beat, I was in prayer. Now all of a sudden, he’s the prayer guy and the passive one.”In a speech in front of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington the day after the incident, Phillips again berated the students and said that they should be punished by colleges that had accepted them, reported the Daily Caller.“We demand that the students of Covington Catholic High School be reprimanded—not just by the school officials as seniors, but by their upcoming universities,” he said.From NTD News Follow Zachary on Twitter: @zackstieber US News Show Discussionlast_img read more

first_imgA sign reading “Looters will be shot!!” sits in front of a flooded home on Turtle Bay in Fort Smith, Ark., on May 29, 2019. (Ben Goff/The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette via AP)  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   US News Share this article Show Discussioncenter_img Levees Strained as Arkansas River Stays at Record Levels By The Associated Press May 31, 2019 Updated: May 31, 2019 Share The Arkansas River held steady at record levels on May 30, putting enormous pressure on aging levees and offering little relief to areas enduring historic flooding.Officials expected hundreds of homes to flood in Fort Smith, Arkansas’ second-largest city. In nearby Van Buren, officials warned that a levee protecting a mostly rural area was “showing signs of significant leakage and deterioration.”Just across the border in Oklahoma’s Muskogee County, the conditions have already prompted the evacuations of more than 2,400 people and flooded nearly 1,100 homes, according to the local emergency management department.Arkansas officials kept a watchful eye on a weakened levee in rural Crawford County on the western edge of the state. Sheriff Ron Brown said an 80-foot-wide section of the levee slid down on May 28, but workers were able to reinforce it to prevent the levee from being breached.Brown said the levee was still at risk of failing. If that happens, about 250 people and 150 structures would be at risk.All other levees in Arkansas were in good shape as the river level remained at a historic crest on May 30, according to Col. Bob Dixon of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. But he said local levee boards should have a plan in place in case a levee fails, because the flooding is expected to persist for days if not weeks. “My concern is, they are designed for a temporary load and they are holding a lot more water than they have been tested on before,” Dixon said.Meanwhile, portions of the raging river showed signs of receding upstream in northeastern Oklahoma as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers scaled back releases from a hydroelectric dam near Tulsa, about 104 miles (167 kilometers) northeast of Fort Smith.Powerful storms that dropped more than 20 inches of rain on parts of the region over the past month have overwhelmed the Keystone Lake reservoir, which drains a watershed of about 22,000 square miles in Oklahoma and Kansas.Lt. Col. Adam Weece said releases from the dam into the swollen river have fallen from a high of 275,000 cubic feet per second on May 29 to 240,000 cubic feet per second.“We’ve been stepping down the release overnight. It’s a gradual process,” Weece said, noting that the Corps plans to reduce flow to 100,000 cubic feet per second by June 4.The river’s level in Tulsa crested on May 29 and had fallen by almost 2 feet by May 30, according to the National Weather Service.Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson said on May 30 that more than 400 homes have been voluntarily evacuated because of the flooding. The Republican said he directed another $250,000 in state funds toward the flood response and requested federal assistance from the Trump administration.At least one death in Arkansas has been blamed on the flooding. In Illinois, Gov. J.B. Pritzker activated the National Guard to respond to recent severe flooding there.“Just spoke to Governor @AsaHutchinson of the Great State of Arkansas to inform him that FEMA and the Federal Government will do whatever is necessary to help out with what has turned out to be Record Flooding. Asa and local officials are doing a great job!” President Donald Trump said in a May 28 post on Twitter. last_img read more

first_img  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Show Discussion Supreme Court Allows Bladensburg Cross to Stay on Public Land By Matthew Vadum June 20, 2019 Updated: June 20, 2019 US News Sharecenter_img Visitors walk around the 40-foot Maryland Peace Cross dedicated to World War I soldiers in Bladensburg, Md., on Feb.13 ,2019. (Kevin Wolf/AP Photo) Share this article WASHINGTON—The Supreme Court rejected arguments that a large Latin cross must be relocated from public land in a Maryland suburb of Washington because its prominence supposedly implies government endorsement of Christianity.The ruling about the Bladensburg Peace Cross in American Legion v. American Humanist Association was handed down June 20. By a vote of 7 to 2, justices held that Maryland isn’t violating the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment by allowing the cross on public land and spending taxpayer dollars for its upkeep. The Trump administration backed the American Legion in the litigation.“For nearly a century, the Bladensburg Cross has expressed the community’s grief at the loss of the young men who perished, its thanks for their sacrifice, and its dedication to the ideals for which they fought,” Justice Samuel Alito wrote in the majority opinion.“It has become a prominent community landmark, and its removal or radical alteration at this date would be seen by many not as a neutral act but as the manifestation of ‘a hostility toward religion that has no place in our Establishment Clause traditions.’”There should be a “strong presumption of constitutionality” in favor of “retaining established, religiously expressive monuments, symbols, and practices,” he wrote. It may be “especially difficult” to ascertain the “original purpose or purposes” of practices, symbols, or monuments that “were first established long ago.”American Legion National Commander Brett P. Reistad hailed the ruling, calling it “an overall victory for freedom.” “This was not just about a single cross,” Reistad said in a press release. “This was about the right of a community to honor its fallen heroes.”The American Legion was founded in 1919 and reports having two million members.The American Humanist Association tried unsuccessfully to prove that the concrete and granite cross that honors 49 local soldiers who died in World War I was purely sectarian. The American Legion helped pay for construction, which was completed in 1925. The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, which owns the small traffic circle in the center of a busy three-way junction in Veterans Memorial Park in Bladensburg, Maryland, took over the memorial in 1961, and it was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2015.Previously, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals sided with the Humanist Association, finding the cross is the “preeminent symbol of Christianity” and even in the context of a memorial, it “serves not simply as a generic symbol of death, but rather a Christian symbol of the death of Jesus Christ.”An exchange between Monica J. Miller, counsel for the American Humanist Association, and justices during oral arguments Feb. 27 summed up the case for removing the cross.“I’m not aware of any case or reason to say that a large Latin cross can be stripped of its religious meaning. … Its meaning as a war memorial is distinctly for Christians,” Miller said.Justice Neil Gorsuch asked Miller if the Ten Commandments, which he pointed out are depicted in a frieze in the courtroom, were “too loud.”“This is the only area I can think of … where we allow people to sue over an offense because, for them, it is too loud,” Gorsuch said. “Why shouldn’t we apply our normal standing rules and require more than mere offense to make a federal case out of these?”Miller answered it was more than a case of “mere offense.”“We’re talking about the government being the speaker and essentially giving you the message as the non-Christian in your community that you are a lesser citizen,” he said.In response to a question from Justice Stephen Breyer, Miller added that the cross isn’t “just some sort of passive display that people don’t take note of.” It is more “like a billboard,” ingraining “in your mind … [an] association between … being Christian and having valor, having courage.”In the new opinion, Justice Alito acknowledged that the cross “came into widespread use as a symbol of Christianity by the fourth century,” but today, “there are many contexts in which the symbol has also taken on a secular meaning.”The use of the cross in registered trademarks such as those belonging to Blue Cross Blue Shield, the Bayer Group, and some Johnson & Johnson products today is “indisputably secular,” he added.The U.S. military stopped using rectangular slabs to mark graves during World War I, replacing them with crosses, Alito wrote. “[W]hen Americans saw photographs of these cemeteries, what struck them were rows and rows of plain white crosses. As a result, the image of a simple white cross “developed into a ‘central symbol’” of the conflict and lost any exclusively religious associations it had.In a dissenting opinion, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, joined by Justice Sonia Sotomayor, sided with the Humanist Association’s position on the cross.Today, the court “erodes” its commitment to religious neutrality, “diminishing precedent designed to preserve individual liberty and civic harmony in favor of a ‘presumption of constitutionality for longstanding monuments, symbols, and practices,’” Ginsburg wrote.The presence of the Peace Cross on a public highway “elevates Christianity over other faiths, and religion over nonreligion.”The left-wing group People for the American Way blasted the ruling. PFAW Senior Fellow Elliot Mincberg said Ginsburg was justified in commenting that the decision “erodes” government neutrality toward religion. last_img read more