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Pretoria Portland Cement Co.Ltd (PPC.zw) 2013 Annual Report

first_imgPretoria Portland Cement Co. Ltd (PPC.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Building & Associated sector has released it’s 2013 annual report.For more information about Pretoria Portland Cement Co. Ltd (PPC.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Pretoria Portland Cement Co. Ltd (PPC.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Pretoria Portland Cement Co. Ltd (PPC.zw)  2013 annual report.Company ProfilePortland Holdings Limited, trading as PPC Zimbabwe, manufactures and markets quality cement and cement by-products for the construction industry in Zimbabwe, producing up to 1.8 million tons of cement per annum. Established in 1913, PPC Zimbabwe supplies customers in Zimbabwe, Botswana, Zambia and Mozambique. The company has three manufacturing plants that are regarded as the most modern operations in southern Africa; located in Colleen Bawn, Bulawayo and Harare. The company has interests in limestone mining, and manufacturing and distributing metallurgical-grade limestone, burnt lime and burnt dolomite; as well as the supply of ready-mix concrete, dry mortars and fly ash. Well-known PPC products available in Zimbabwe include SureBuild, Sureroad, Unicem and PMC. PPC Zimbabwe is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Faith leaders unite with business leaders to end scourge of…

first_img An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud: Crossing continents and cultures with the most beautiful instrument you’ve never heard Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 Cathedral Dean Boise, ID AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Knoxville, TN Featured Jobs & Calls Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Ecumenical & Interreligious Comments (1) The Rev Donald Heacock says: March 22, 2015 at 7:10 pm If you wont to do something to oppose the scourge. Get your Democrat Senators to stop opposing the current bill all say they want! Rector Washington, DC Featured Events Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Smithfield, NC This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Tampa, FL Director of Music Morristown, NJ Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Submit a Press Release Press Release Service By Mary Frances SchjonbergPosted Mar 20, 2015 Comments are closed. Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Rector Hopkinsville, KY Advocacy Peace & Justice, Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest center_img Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Bath, NC Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Associate Rector Columbus, GA Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Faith leaders unite with business leaders to end scourge of slavery Archbishop tells UNCSW that trafficking exists because of a greedy market United Thank Offering board President Barbara Schafer, far right, makes a comment during a forum on sexual violence and human trafficking sponsored by the Anglican Communion Office at the United Nations as a side event to the 59th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, meeting March 9-20. Photo: Mary Frances Schjonberg/Episcopal News Service[Episcopal News Service] The number of people who enslave adults and children for profit across the world is multiplying, and traffickers cumulatively make more money than the oil industry.That’s the assessment of Archbishop David Moxon, the archbishop of Canterbury’s representative to the Holy See and director of the Anglican Centre in Rome, who spoke during a recent forum at The Episcopal Church Center in New York.Traffickers treat those they enslave “as sub-human, as cattle, as economic units for whom human dignity, human freedom, human opportunity, human potential do not exist because you can make a lot of money quickly,” he said.The forum on sexual violence and human trafficking was sponsored by the Anglican Communion Office at the United Nations as a side event to the 59th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, meeting March 9-20. A crowd filled the church center’s Chapel of Christ the Lord for Moxon’s March 12 presentation, the first part of which was devoted to participants describing their efforts against human trafficking.Human trafficking and enslavement are “driven by [a] commercial profit-making endeavor, which is driven by greed, for which there is a massive demand,” Moxon said.It is hard to determine the number of people ensnared in this market, he said, because, “How do you quantify something that’s hidden?”Hotly debated estimates range between 25 million and 40 million people. Moxon cites the Global Slavery Index’s estimate of 35.8 million, but adds that whatever the number “It’s huge, and it has to be stopped.”When police try to target traffickers, however, “the prosecution rate is rather low because they shift, they move, they change borders, they cross countries,” he said. Traffickers “are assisted by international mafia, for example, in a way that eludes international police action quite well.”While rescuing people from trafficking and slavery is important, Moxon said, “we could devote all our energy to rescue, and we’d be rescuing until the end of time.”He countered the bleakness of this picture by describing what he called a new strategy linking business leaders with religious leaders across interfaith lines to turn off trafficking’s commercial tap and thus “bankrupt slavery.”The odds are stacked against eliminating human trafficking and its frequent corollary of sexual violence, Moxon said, but we must try because “the world isn’t free until these people are free.”Interfaith cooperationThe strategy for breaking the grip of traffickers that Moxon described began nearly two years ago when Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and Pope Francis met for the first time. Welby knew that Francis had been “profoundly moved” by befriending a survivor of human trafficking in Argentina. Welby also knew that, early in his papacy, Francis had called for an examination of the church’s role in combating human trafficking and modern slavery. Thus, Moxon said, Welby “felt confident” that the pope would be open to his suggestion that their two churches try to work together against trafficking.Pope Francis and Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby found common ground on the issue of human trafficking from the first time they met, Archbishop David Moxon says. Photo: Global Freedom NetworkThe eventual result was the formation of the Global Freedom Network, which aims to eradicate modern slavery and human trafficking by 2020. That goal was the subject of an agreement announced on March 17, 2014, at the Vatican.At the same time, Australian philanthropist and businessman Andrew Forrest, an Anglican, decided to give away the fortune he had made in the mineral industry. In the midst of that effort, his daughter challenged him to pay attention to human trafficking. He formed the Walk Free Foundation, which seeks to end modern slavery. Forrest approached faith leaders all over the world to urge them to raise their voices against trafficking and modern slavery and to work together against it.The organizers took an even larger step on Dec. 2 when 12 Catholic, Anglican, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Jewish and Orthodox leaders met at the Vatican and signed the “Joint Declaration of Religious Leaders Against Modern Slavery on World Day for the Abolition of Slavery”.“In the eyes of God, each human being is a free person, whether girl, boy, woman or man, and is destined to exist for the good of all in equality and fraternity,” the statement said, calling modern slavery a “crime against humanity.” Its signatories pledged “to work together for the freedom of all those who are enslaved and trafficked so that their future may be restored.”Achieving such unanimity has “been hard, it’s been rocky, it’s been turbulent,” Moxon said, but in the end “all the theology … jelled.” He noted, for instance, that both Shia and Sunni Muslim leaders signed the declaration.The declaration was signed just weeks after ISIS announced that slavery must be foundational to the new caliphate it says it is fighting to create, said Moxon, calling that sentiment “deeply sickening.”Pope Francis and Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, back row on right, were among 12 Catholic, Anglican, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Jewish and Orthodox leaders meeting at the Vatican Dec. 2 who signed the “Joint Declaration of Religious Leaders Against Modern Slavery on World Day for the Abolition of Slavery”. Photo: Global Freedom NetworkThe coalition of faith leaders will remain fragile at times, Moxon said, but the leaders hope to continue to find common ground.“We’ve never done this before — hammered out a strategic plan of a practical sort, with its important spiritual, theological backdrop — and it’s quite complex,” Moxon told ENS after the forum. “But I do think mission should drive ecumenism and interfaith action more than it does. That would help us a lot because if you’re just discussing concepts and theological motions, there will be endless details you can go on debating for a long, long time.”Instead, Moxon asked, paraphrasing a statement from Pope Francis: “Why don’t we act as if we are one now in the face of global evil?”Anti-slavery strategiesIn the face of that evil, the Global Freedom Network intends to act on a list of strategies, beginning with what is known as supply-chain auditing and cleansing. The process is designed to help companies reduce or eliminate the risk of modern slavery occurring in their supply chains, either as a direct or indirect result of their procurement practices.Or, as Moxon put it, it enables them to “get themselves slave-free for the good of their own soul, for the good of their country, for the good of the world and for the good, above all, of the people who have been enslaved.”Supply-chain auditing is crucial because, “apart from the sex industry, the only reason slavery exists is somebody is paying for the product the slaves make,” Moxon said.Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby signs the Joint Declaration of Religious Leaders Against Modern Slavery on World Day for the Abolition of Slavery during a Dec. 2 meeting at the Vatican. The Grand Ayatollah Mohammad Taqi Al Modarresi of Iraq, another of the 12 religious leaders who signed the declaration, looks on. Photo: Global Freedom NetworkThe Walk Free Foundation offers a guide (“Tackling Modern Slavery in Supply Chains”) for businesses that want to embark on that effort. U.S. electronics maker Hewlett Packard already has done this work, according to Moxon. Because faith leaders can speak to business leaders about the dignity of every human being, the archbishop of Canterbury will host a meeting of leaders of British corporations to encourage them to use the process.In a related move, the Global Freedom Network and Walk Free want to foster micro-financing programs through which people can earn more money for their work and thus not fall prey to false promises of wages from people who turn out to be slavers.Another strategy, caring for the survivors of trafficking, is especially suited to faith communities, Moxon said. Offering long-term support and “genuine restorative friendship” is crucial, and something that churches can do far better than governments, he said.The groups also are advocating for legal reforms to institutionalize supply-chain auditing and cleansing in ways that reward companies that do so. One such law is being proposed in the U.K. Parliament, he said. Moxon said some companies are leery of doing the audit because they fear prosecution over what they discover.Education and awareness-raising is another strategy and the Global Freedom Network offers resources that faith communities can use to do that work amongst themselves.The network wants to identify the 10 most slave-prone countries and establish local councils to devise local solutions based in each country’s customs, laws, culture, financial resources and existing efforts. Forrest, the Australian philanthropist, has donated $25 million for beginning this effort and others, especially the micro-financing strategy, Moxon said.Another strategy is to educate people about human trafficking. The Global Freedom Network offers resources that faith communities can use to do that work amongst themselves.Growing awarenessMoxon described his own growing awareness of the issue. Before he went to the Anglican Centre in Rome, Moxon was one of the archbishops of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia. A New Zealand native, Moxon said that he was “only vaguely aware” of the pervasiveness of human trafficking and modern slavery before the archbishop of Canterbury asked him to get involved. Two years of studying the issue and helping to form the Global Freedom Network have left their mark on him.Archbishop David Moxon presides at Eucharist March 12 in The Episcopal Church Center’s Chapel of Christ the Lord. Moxon, the archbishop of Canterbury’s representative to the Holy See and director of the Anglican Centre in Rome, later hosted a forum on human trafficking and sexual violence. Assisting him at the Eucharist were the Rev. Canon James Calloway, Colleges and University of the Anglican Communion general secretary, and Angie Cabanban, the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society’s diversity and ethnic ministries associate. Photo: Mary Frances Schjonberg/Episcopal News Service“It was a huge eye-opener; quite extraordinary,” he said during the ENS interview.It also changed how he looks at the women in his life.“The question of slavery has made me supersensitive to anything that looks like someone is expected to do too much for nothing,” he said.He also learned that much of the work needed to eliminate human trafficking is “dangerous or difficult or politically complicated, religiously sensitive, and you don’t necessarily see the glorious outcomes or the spiritual import, even.” But the work must be done, he said.Earlier in the day, during his sermon at a Eucharist in the chapel, Moxon told the story of a monk who longed to encounter Christ in his prayers said in his cell. Instead, he found him in the people he was required to serve each day.The question of “do we believe Christ is there or not is the really fundamental point,” Moxon said. “Do you believe it or not, is what it comes down to.”Editor’s note: The Episcopal Church’s Executive Council may consider a resolution March 21 to express its support of the collaborative efforts of worldwide governmental and non-governmental bodies to eradicate human trafficking, and call the Episcopal Church to action in a variety of ways.– The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg is an Episcopal News Service editor/reporter. Rector Collierville, TN Rector Pittsburgh, PA Tags Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Submit a Job Listing Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Albany, NY Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Rector Belleville, IL Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Shreveport, LA Course Director Jerusalem, Israel TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Martinsville, VA Submit an Event Listing Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, MElast_img read more

Prop red carded for leading with the elbow but former players disagree

first_imgMonday Sep 24, 2018 Prop red carded for leading with the elbow but former players disagree Edinburgh front rower Pierre Schoeman was sent for an early shower when his team faced Leinster in Dublin on Saturday. The former Blue Bulls prop led with the elbow, catching Dan Leavy in a routine looking carry. The referee had little choice, but some are not convinced.ADVERTISEMENTLeinster beat Edinburgh without too much trouble at the RDS, picking up a 31-7 win with five tries to one.Late in the game, their task was made even easier when South African prop Schoeman was given his marching orders. The 24-year-old accepted his fate, even apologising momentarily before leaving the field.“It is a red card these days,” said disappointed Edinburgh coach Richard Cockerill. “You’ve got to protect people. I don’t think it was malicious from our guy if he’s dropping a fraction but look, it happens. It’s an accident more than anything and we know the consequences if it happens.”While Schoeman appeared to look at fend Leavy in the chest with his forearm, the result looked bad and led to an HIA for Leavy, after he was knocked to the turf.As mentioned in commentary, however, Leavy’s upright tackling may have contributed to the incident and perhaps reiterated the desire of World Rugby to get players to look at their technique, with hinging at the hips being something that may well be made mandatory in the game in the next five years or so. Like it or not.ADVERTISEMENTFormer Edinburgh forward Jim Hamilton did not agree with the red card, and he wasn’t the only one.Another red card for Schoeman that imo isn’t a red in the Edinburgh vs Leinster match. Please tell me if I am wrong as I need to change my thinking from now on. pic.twitter.com/jVCMzgy5cL— Jim Hamilton 🐺 (@jimhamilton4) September 24, 2018Instinctive reaction … ridiculous decision Jimbo 🤔— Neil Back MBE (@NeilBack) September 24, 2018How does the ball carrier protect himself from being tackled into oblivion? Touch rugby as derived by refs!! https://t.co/h5cIKzBOSt— Schalk Burger (@skalabrak) September 24, 2018Catch up on full highlights from the match below<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span> Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Big Hits & Dirty Play Related Articles 25 WEEKS AGO Suspensions handed down after testicle grabbing… 26 WEEKS AGO The ‘double ruffle’ splits opinion with fans… 26 WEEKS AGO WATCH: The nastiest and most brutal moments… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsDoctors Stunned: She Removes Her Wrinkles With This Inexpensive TipSmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living30+ Everyday Items with a Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Americans respect non-profit sector

first_img Howard Lake | 17 June 2001 | News Americans respect non-profit sector You can download Taking the Pulse of Americans’ Attitudes Toward Charities as an Adobe Acrobat PDF. Find out more from Independent Sector.  14 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Americans respect the non-profit sector far more than politicians and companies, according to new research from Independent Sector.Americans respect the non-profit sector far more than politicians and companies, according to new research from Independent Sector. Their report, Taking the Pulse of Americans’ Attitudes Toward Charities, reveals that Americans expressed high confidence in nearly all charitable organizations such as youth development groups (72%) and human service agencies (68%). In contrast only 29% had high confidence in major corporations, 27% in federal government, and 22% in Congress.Nevertheless, many Americans still mistrust charities’ financial acumen: 32% of Americans believe that charities are wasteful in their use of donated funds. This is represents a slight improvement, as the figure stood at 39% in 1994. Advertisement About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Internet Management for Nonprofits: Strategies, Tools and Trade Secrets (The AFP/Wiley Fund Development Series)

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  4 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis In–depth discussion of Website design, technology trends, social networks, managing the organization using online tools, E–governance and board leadership, prospect research and donor modeling, volunteer recruitment and management, mobile technology, stewardship and relationship management, and green technology applicationsFilled with case studies, Nonprofit Internet Management also includes screenshots, tables, worksheets and checklists. It′s an essential resource for every nonprofit organization operating in our modern wired world. About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Howard Lake | 7 April 2013 | News Internet Management for Nonprofits: Strategies, Tools and Trade Secrets (The AFP/Wiley Fund Development Series) [amzn_product_post]The essential guide for nonprofits wanting to manage their Internet applications in a coordinated, cost–effective, and efficient mannerThe rapid onset of increasingly advanced and complex technologies has challenged nonprofits to invest with their sparse resources in attempting, and failing, to keep pace with for–profit companies, with the result that most now cannot compete with new commercial products and commercial applications. Nonprofit Internet Management reveals how current technologies can be utilized in full measure most effectively by nonprofits and addresses how to manage various applications for maximum benefit to internal operations and community service.Covers management models, social networking information, case studies, fundraising strategies, collaboration and coordination examples, and sample communications techniquesIncludes chapters written by leading Internet professionals Advertisementlast_img read more

The disaster of 12 January 2010: 5 years!

first_imgPort-au-Prince area of Haiti, January 2010.By Isabelle L. PapillonReprinted with permission from Haiti-Liberté, Jan. 14-20.It was 4:43 p.m. on a Tuesday afternoon, when an earthquake of magnitude 7.3 struck Haiti for 35 seconds. This disaster, on a scale never seen before, caused a huge loss of life and significant property damage. According to statistics, more than 300,000 people were killed, thousands injured, between 1.3 million and 1.5 million people were thrown into the streets, homeless; 100,000 to 200,000 homes were destroyed or damaged, including 42 public buildings, 1,350 educational institutions and 50 hospitals.The West and the South East are the two departments in which there was much loss and damage: 90 percent in Leogane, 40 percent in Port-au-Prince and surrounding areas and 50 percent in Jacmel. The damage was estimated at 120 percent of Haiti’s gross domestic production and over $13 billion in total cost.The government at that time and the occupation forces were overwhelmed; corpses littered the ground and some were rotting under the rubble, while the number of deaths remained still inestimable. Taking advantage of the absence of the state authorities, the major Western powers strengthened their guardianship of Haiti and conflicts broke out for control of the international airport, which ultimately was taken over by the United States of America.In the days and months that followed this unparalleled disaster, thousands of nongovernmental organizations invaded the country. According to then Haitian prime minister, Jean Max Bellerive, before the Jan. 12, 2010, earthquake there were 4,000 NGOs and this figure rose to 10,000 after the earthquake. The state had no real control over NGOs during the emergency phase. They acted as they saw fit. Millions of dollars were wasted and some people got rich at the expense of victims.Recognizing this fact, the donors of international funds and the Haitian authorities agreed on the formation of a body to manage international aid during the country’s reconstruction. This organization, included in emergency legislation, was called the Interim Commission for the Reconstruction of Haiti (IHRC), co-led by  Bill Clinton, the former president of the United States — a major imperialist power — and the prime minister, Jean Max Bellerive. Despite the fact that the Haitian people had raised their voices against this wicked law creating this organization and the presence of a foreigner placed at the highest level of the IHRC, nothing was done.The questions we ask five years after the earthquake are:What is the situation of victims?Where are the funds to rebuild the country?Despite the creation of a centralized organization to disburse these funds, has Haiti missed the opportunity to rebuild the nation?Five years after the earthquake of Jan. 12, 2010, more than 200,000 victims are still living in tents in several camps in Port-au-Prince, Leogane and Jacmel, in subhuman conditions, without water, without electricity, unemployed and under constant threat of forced eviction. The alleged owners of land opened in the quake use the repressive apparatus of state, namely the judiciary, the police, the executive agents and gunmen, to chase away IDPs [internally displaced people]. Hundreds of thousands of victims are scattered north of the capital in slums bearing names like Canaan, Coral, ONA City and Jerusalem, among others. In these IDP camps, people are plagued with the lack of security, rape and thievery.Ten months after the earthquake hit, soldiers of the United Nations occupation forces (Minustah) introduced a cholera epidemic into the country, resulting in thousands of deaths added to earthquake victims.As for the reconstruction of the country, following the disappearance of the IHRC after the arrogant Joseph Michel Martelly came to power in 2011, another international aid centralization body saw the light of day: the CAED (the French initials for the Coordination of External Aid for Development). Meanwhile, the Housing Construction Unit and Public Buildings (UCLBP) was established. A presidential decree declared that the plans for much of the shopping center at the bottom of the city were to be reviewed by Martelly’s arrogant team.“The red-sheet metal pretense,” observed by perceptive people, has been denounced by the general public.  It involved erecting red sheet metal blocking major public sites on the Champs-de-Mars in order to bluff public opinion into believing that the reconstruction of these sites was about to start.Frankly, after five years, there is some reconstruction beginning on the offices of the Directorate General of Taxes (DGI) on John Paul II Street, which will house the Ministry of Interior and decentralized administrative offices; there is also reconstruction at the spot where the Department of Trade and Industry was located on Champs-de-Mars and the repair of the old local Bank of Paris, at the bottom of Lalue, Film Triomphe in Capois Street.The work on other premises has not yet begun. This is the case for  various public places, including the Carrefour of the Airport and Delmas. The amounts involved in the reconstruction were diverted by the administration of the arrogant Martelly and the leaders of the IHRC.  We can cite, by way of example, the $150 million for the reconstruction of the popular neighborhood of Fort National and other funds to be invested in five-star hotels on the hills of Petionville.Besides the big cheese NGOs, the Dominican Republic is the largest recipient of reconstruction funds. This Jan. 12, on the occasion of the fifth anniversary of the commemoration of the earthquake, the social conditions of millions of victims have not improved. Hundreds of people have taken the streets to protest against this fact.The government went to Saint-Christophe, north of the capital, where thousands of bodies were buried in mass graves, totally lacking in any dignity, to pay tribute to the victims, while survivors are still groaning in poverty, unemployment, lack of security and rape. Religious ceremonies were also organized in different churches and on the Champ-de-Mars in memory of the victims. While — on the eve of the fourth commemoration — IDPs continue to be victims of violent lawless bandits.On Jan. 11, around 11:30 a.m., four people, including three girls, died following a fire that destroyed a camp for displaced people called “Kan Pèp pwogresis Deye Loj,” located in the municipality of Delmas, near the road to the international airport, at the entrance to the old runways northeast of Port-au-Prince.Sabine Leon, a 3-year-old girl, was one of the victims of the disaster.  The other two dead girls, whose names have not yet been revealed, were between 3 and 4 years old. Louinord Mizaire, aged 38, died in hospital from severe burns, leaving three orphaned children.  This fire occurred on the eve of the fourth commemoration of the earthquake. Thirty others, including four children, were severely burned and transported to hospital.All the tents and belongings of the 250 families living in the camp since Jan. 12, 2010, were swept away by the flames. When firefighters arrived, there was nothing left to save. The origin of the fire is unknown. But observers do not exclude the possibility of a criminal act.On the other hand, the Collective of Organizations for the Defense of the Right to Housing held a peaceful march on Jan. 12 in Port-au-Prince  to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the earthquake. This march started at the Champ-de-Mars, the main public square in the capital, and ended at a memorial in a cemetery located in Port-au-Prince, where a wreath was placed in memory of the victims of the disaster.Demands for decent housing for the tens of thousands of displaced people have dominated the anniversary along with questions about the use of funds earmarked for reconstruction.So five years after the earthquake of Jan. 12, 2010, the situation of victims has not changed. They are only moved from one place to another, still living in subhuman conditions. Reconstruction announced by the country’s leaders and the international community is still slow to become a reality. Hundreds of NGOs and big cheeses of the government continue to benefit to the detriment of the victims. Only the mobilization of the victims and the Haitian people in general will be able to change the living conditions of the people.G. Dunkel translated the article to English.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Partnership between JPS, UNTHSC pushes forward

first_imgJoey McReynoldshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/joey-mcreynolds/ ReddIt Joey McReynolds Fort Worth to present development plan for Berry/University area near TCU printPatients in Tarrant County can expect an improved health care experience before the end of this year.Alan Townsend, interim chief financial officer of JPS Health Network, announced on Thursday a projected budget for a new partnership between JPS Health Network and the University of North Texas Health Science Center.JPS and UNTHSC announced a plan last June to create a unified medical group between the two entities. The group, called Acclaim Physician Group, Inc., is expected to cost close to $13 million over fiscal years 2015-2016 to get up and running.Townsend said JPS is responsible for about 30 percent of that total, which includes everything from consulting costs to IT upgrades.“We’ve got the dollars in our budget,” Townsend said at Thursday’s JPS Board of Managers meeting. “I think we can cover it without having to request additional dollars.”The Texas Medical Board approved the groups’ application to create a 501(a) nonprofit unified physician group last month. The group’s goal live date is Dec. 1.J.R. Labbe, vice president of communications and community affairs for JPS Health Network, said the timeline is “aggressive,” especially when it comes to unifying two entities.“Everything is moving ahead,” Labbe said. “But now, we’re taking it from theory and actually trying to ‘operationalize.’”JPS and UNTHSC have worked together in the past, but their physicians worked under different standards. Under the new physician-run group, all physicians working for the two institutions will do so under the same provisions.“All of this is meant primarily to provide higher quality care across the care continuum, regardless of where the patient seeks care,” Labbe said.JPS Health Network currently contracts 18 different physician groups. Coordinating that many contracts causes headaches for administration, Labbe said, especially in a county with so many physicians.When it comes to expectations, hours, compensation and other factors, physicians work under different pretenses. Each physician or physician group might have ideas that clash with other physicians.Robert Earley, president and CEO of JPS Health Network, said having two different physician group sometimes causes “incongruities.”“It’s getting everybody on the same page so that our patients get the best possible care they can; and it’s seamless,” Earley said. “Standards… from the minuscule [issue] of vacation time to what time you show up for clinics.”Josh Halverson, principal for ECG Management Consultants, Inc., a firm whom JPS and UNTHSC hired to help with the move, said this negatively affects patients.“One group of primary care doctors and another group with different ideas causes inefficiencies and inconsistencies,” Halverson said. “That trickles down and has a direct impact on patients. Those patients, perhaps, aren’t able to get into clinics as easily.”Earley mirrored that thought about patients seeking care.“Our patients only know our clinics, so if we have two different providers, they won’t know that,” Earley said. “They’ll just know that there might be some difference between this clinic and that clinic.”The disparities could also result in a lack of motivation from physicians, Halverson said.“When you have that many physicians really on their own, there are no real mechanisms for accountablity,” Halverson said. “[There is] no real ability to say ‘Hey, raise your game here,’ because it really doesn’t matter — it’s not like there’s a boss. This will create a much more direct organizational structure.”“Performance matters; a direct line of authority is necessary.”One of the biggest problems the two groups face is medical records. Labbe said JPS and UNTHSC have two separate systems for their respective patients’ medical records, but they plan to move UNTHSC onto the system JPS uses.Labbe said that while the move would require “a front-end investment,” she said it would provide patients much better access to their medical records.Halverson said the initial investment would turn into savings in the future.“Over time, as we redeploy resources and eliminate duplication [from having multiple physician groups with different medical records systems], you will be able to see the same number of patients for quite a bit less [money],” Halverson said.The creation of a unified physician group is consistent with the actions of health care providers across the country.“Right now, there is a massive move to create greater alignment between physicians and hospitals, to reduce resource consumption and to create value to patients,” Halverson said.Labbe said, in this case, the partnership just made sense.“This is not unique at all,” Labbe said. “We have these two public entities. They’re three miles apart, and they act like they’re 3,000 miles apart.”Labbe said various working groups are still hashing out the fine details of the new group. 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News Now 3/4/2020

first_img + posts Twitter TCU News Now 10/28/2020 TCU News Now 11/4/2020 Logo for News Now broadcast ReddIt printResults from Super Tuesday: who’s in, who’s out and what comes next. Also, fallout from the coronavirus outbreak is growing. How health officials and TCU are keeping people safe. TCU News Now 10/21/2020 NewsNow Staffhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/newsnow-staff/ Linkedin Twitter Previous articleWhat we’re reading: Coronavirus in U.S., Super TuesdayNext articleBasketball blows halftime lead to top-ranked Kansas NewsNow Staff RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebookcenter_img TCU News Now 4/21/2021 NewsNow Staffhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/newsnow-staff/ ReddIt NewsNow Staffhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/newsnow-staff/ Linkedin TCU News Now 4/14/2021 NewsNow Staff TCU News Now 11/11/2020 TCU News Now 4/28/2021 Facebook NewsNow Staffhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/newsnow-staff/last_img read more

Reviewing the Biggest Legal Landmarks of 2017

first_img  Print This Post Home / Daily Dose / Reviewing the Biggest Legal Landmarks of 2017 Reviewing the Biggest Legal Landmarks of 2017 in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Headlines, News Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Last year was a watershed year for the mortgage servicing industry. From the implementation of new mortgage servicing rules to the progression of important of important case law, the developments of 2017 will shape the way that the industry does business for years to come. On Thursday, January 25, the Legal League 100 hosted a new webinar breaking down the biggest case law decisions and regulations of 2017, with presentations from nearly a half dozen LL100 member firms.The Legal League 100 presented “The Year in Review: Biggest Case Law Decisions & Regulations of 2017,” featuring presentations from nearly a half dozen Legal League 100 member firms, including Gilbert Garcia Group, P.A.; Hladik, Onorato & Federman, LLP; Laurito & Laurito, LLC; McCalla Raymer Leibert Pierce, LLC; and Schiller, Knapp, Lefkowitz & Hertzel, LLP.”The Legal League 100 is excited to provide the industry with these educational opportunities,” said Derek Templeton, Executive Director of the Legal League 100. “We look forward to showcasing the subject matter expertise of our membership throughout 2018.”You can view the webinar by clicking here.The webinar is one of a series of Legal League 100 webinars planned for 2018, with one rolling out per month from January through July. The current lineup is as follows:February 22—Developments in Vacant and Abandoned Property Law: State statutes in effect, states with legislation pending, and an overview of what a model definition of “vacant” or “abandoned” property should be on a national level.March 29—Legal Issues With Lending in a Digital Age—E-signatures of mortgages, notarization of e-documents, effect of technology on origination and enforcement.April 26—Complex Default Litigation Update: Latest issues being litigated under UDAP, FDCPA, RESPA, and foreclosure.May 31—Updates on Current Litigation, Regulations, and Property Registrations: Recent case law, plus current litigation issues faced by servicers with regard to affirmative lawsuits being filed by borrowers for damages for wrongful eviction and/or wrongful disposition of personal property.June 28—2018 Bankruptcy Update: Current case law issues, new bankruptcy rules, and the implementation of a national Chapter 13 plan.July 26—Governmental Agency Requirements and Title Issues: Regulatory framework for making claims to HUD and the VA, issues faced, reconveyance requirements and cures.The Legal League 100, a professional association of default servicing law firms and service providers founded in 2007, also hosts the Legal League 100 Spring Servicer Summit in Dallas, Texas, from April 1 – May 1. You can get more information about that event by clicking here.To find out more about some of the biggest legal developments of 2017, check out the January 2018 Black Book issue of DS News magazine, out now. Share Save Previous: November Was Hot for Housing Prices Next: A Bump in Rates and Loan Sizes Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Legal League 100 The Year in Review Webinar 2018-01-24 David Wharton The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Related Articles Tagged with: Legal League 100 The Year in Review Webinar About Author: David Wharton Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago January 24, 2018 1,449 Views Sign up for DS News Daily Subscribelast_img read more

Donegal entrepreneur launches new discount card

first_img WhatsApp Twitter By News Highland – August 17, 2010 Facebook Donegal entrepreneur launches new discount card Google+ Pinterest Previous articleMan appears beforer Derry Magistrates Court on arms chargesNext article“Begin Again” programme to be launched in Donegal today News Highland Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson WhatsApp Twitter The Donegal developer of a  new saver card says it will enable Irish consumers to save hundreds of euro each year, while also supporting clubs, schools and charities.Emmett Gallagher, a native of Gweedore is Director of gosave.ie, the company behind the new gosave cards.Charities, schools and other non-profit groups, sell gosave cards as a way of fundraising for their organisations, with companies being offered a profile and advertising in exchange for the discount to customers.Emmet Gallagher says he and his business partner have been concentrating on Dublin and the East Coast, but the north west is now being targetted with local organisations set to benefit by having a discount card with their own logo and details on it…….[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/44emmet1pm.mp3[/podcast]center_img Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Newsx Adverts Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week Facebook Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH NPHET ‘positive’ on easing restrictions – Donnelly Google+ Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published last_img read more

Advocate Deepika Singh Rajawat Files Anticipatory Bail Plea In Jammu Court Over FIR On Navratri Tweet [Read Application]

first_imgNews UpdatesAdvocate Deepika Singh Rajawat Files Anticipatory Bail Plea In Jammu Court Over FIR On Navratri Tweet [Read Application] LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK27 Oct 2020 9:59 PMShare This – xAdvocate Deepika Singh Rajawat has filed an anticipatory bail application before the Court of Sessions in Jammu in connection to a FIR registered against her over her tweets on the occasion of Navratri. The matter is likely to be heard today by Judge Sanjeev Gupta.Alert मेरा साथ चाहे नही सत्य का साथ ज़रूर देना। FIR against…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginAdvocate Deepika Singh Rajawat has filed an anticipatory bail application before the Court of Sessions in Jammu in connection to a FIR registered against her over her tweets on the occasion of Navratri. The matter is likely to be heard today by Judge Sanjeev Gupta.Alert मेरा साथ चाहे नही सत्य का साथ ज़रूर देना। FIR against me stands registered in Police Station, Gandhi Nagar, Jammu ..Regards— Deepika Singh Rajawat (Kashir Koor) (@DeepikaSRajawat) October 25, 2020 The case concerns a FIR registered against her at the Gandhi Nagar police station in Jammu for allegedly hurting religious sentiments of a community in her tweet on Navratri. On October 19, Rajawat had tweeted a cartoon, contrasting women safety with Devi pujan offered on Navratri, with a caption “Irony”. The picture juxtaposed two scenes: in one scene, a man touching feet of a female Hindu deity during the nine-day Hindu festival of Navratri; in the other scene, with the header other days, a man is aggressively holding both the legs of a woman. She has now been booked under Sections 505 (Statements conducing to public mischief), 294 (Obscene acts) and 295A (Deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs) of the IPC. Rajawat has stated that she posted the said tweet “with an objective to raise voice against increasing rape cases in India and condemn people who bring atrocities on Women”. She further stated, “the said picture which highlights the hypocrisy of society towards women was not about religion. It neither abuse Hindu religion nor religious faith of Hindus.” She has alleged that her tweet was painted communally by the BJP IT Cell 4, which also started an online campaign against her on social media demanding her arrest, and promoted the hashtag— #ArrestDeepikaSinghRajawat. “They accused her of hurting religious sentiments and started filing frivolous complaints against her at different places,” the pre-arrest bail states. Thereafter, Rajawat made several tweets, alleging that she was being threatened by the public and was “Not feeling safe” anymore. She also alleged that a mob had assembled outside her residence, and raised slogans against her. “On 19th itself, Bajrang Dal led by Rakesh Bajrangi, State President held protest outside her residence and extended death threats to her… The said protest continued till 1:00AM and to protect herself from the aggressive mob that assembled outside her residence, she had to call police which disbursed the mob,” the application further states. Rajawat had represented the Kathua gangrape victim in 2018. Picture Courtesy: Mid-dayClick Here To Download Application Read ApplicationNext Storylast_img read more

Council considering emergency taskforce to tackle rural deprivation in Donegal

first_img Google+ DL Debate – 24/05/21 Harps come back to win in Waterford News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Twitter Previous articleDonegal on alert for more snow todayNext articleCalls for expansion of Donegal Gritting programme as black ice hits News Highland Pinterest Google+ Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Homepage BannerNewscenter_img By News Highland – January 31, 2018 WhatsApp WhatsApp Pinterest Twitter Donegal County Council is to consider setting up an emergency taskforce to examine and address deprivation in the Donegal Gaeltacht.The Glenties Municipal District has been classed as one of the most deprived rural areas in Ireland in the Pobal Deprivation Index.The Council say that given the concerning profile , such a taskforce may be needed.Cllr. Marie Therese Gallagher is confident that the move will go a long way in addressing the issues:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/mafhgfhgfhgfrit.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Council considering emergency taskforce to tackle rural deprivation in Donegal Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population growslast_img read more

Coronavirus live updates: CDC forecasts up to 226K US deaths by mid-October

first_imgnarvikk/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 979,000 people worldwide.Over 32 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The criteria for diagnosis — through clinical means or a lab test — has varied from country-to-country. Still, the actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some national governments are hiding or downplaying the scope of their outbreaks.Since the first cases were detected in China in December, the virus has rapidly spread to every continent except Antarctica.The United States is the worst-affected country, with more than 6.9 million diagnosed cases and at least 202,563 deaths.California has the most cases of any U.S. state, with more than 797,000 people diagnosed, according to Johns Hopkins data. California is followed by Texas and Florida, with over 743,000 cases and over 693,000 cases, respectively.Nearly 170 vaccine candidates for COVID-19 are being tracked by the World Health Organization, at least six of which are in crucial phase three trials.Here’s how the news is developing Thursday. All times Eastern:Sep 24, 4:33 pmFrance reports record case increaseThere were 16,096 new COVID-19 cases reported in France on Thursday, marking the highest one-day rise since the beginning of the outbreak, French health authorities said.The nation now has over 497,000 people diagnosed with COVID-19.The death toll increased by 52 on Thursday, bringing the fatality total to 31,511.France reported 4,258 new hospitalizations in the last week, including 718 patients in intensive care.France on Wednesday announced new restrictions to combat the rise in cases.Starting Monday in Paris and seven other major cities, outdoor gatherings will be limited to 10 people. Bars must shut their doors at 10 p.m., gyms will be closed and sporting events will be limited to 1,000 spectators.Marseille, Aix-en-Provence and Guadeloupe are enacting stricter rules; starting Monday all bars and restaurants will be closed.ABC News’ Ibtissem Guenfoud and Christine Theodorou contributed to this report.Sep 24, 3:38 pmCDC forecasts 214,000-226,000 deaths by Oct. 17The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention forecasts that the U.S. will lose another 3,400 to 7,400 lives to COVID-19 by Oct. 17, bringing the nationwide death toll to between 214,000 and 226,000.The national death toll currently stands at 202,404, according to Johns Hopkins University.ABC News’ Anne Flaherty contributed to this report.Sep 24, 3:29 pmBoulder bans gatherings for 18 to 22 year oldsIn Boulder, Colorado, people ages 18 to 22 will soon be banned from all gatherings, whether indoors, outdoors, or with people outside that age range, the Boulder County Public Health Department announced.This comes after nearly three weeks of cases rising in Boulder County, “with the vast majority” connected to 18 to 22 year olds, “particularly those attending the University of Colorado Boulder,” the department said.“While there has been little evidence of spread of the virus beyond the 18-22 age group, the continued increase in new cases in the city of Boulder prompted the Public Health Order to help prevent the spread to other community members,” the department said.The health department also calls out 36 addresses where the department claims residents “repeatedly engaged in activities that violate public health orders.” Those residents must stay in their homes for two weeks, only leaving for essential services, according to the Health Department.The order will last for two weeks, beginning at 4 p.m. local time on Thursday.Residents in the 18 to 22 age group are exempt for exercising outside alone, studying outside alone and going to work if they don’t live in one of the homes with stay-at-home requirements.Young adults can interact with relatives they live with, and those in high school can participate in school activities, the department added.“While there has been little evidence of spread of the virus beyond the 18-22 age group, the continued increase in new cases in the city of Boulder prompted the Public Health Order to help prevent the spread to other community members,” the department said.ABC News’ Jennifer Watts contributed to this report.Sep 24, 1:47 pmUK reports highest number of new daily casesThe United Kingdom reported 6,634 daily COVID-19 cases on Thursday, reaching a new record high.The U.K. now has over 412,000 coronavirus cases and at least 41,951 fatalities, according to Johns Hopkins data.ABC News’ Mike Trew contributed to this report.Sep 24, 1:02 pmContact tracing app launched in England, WalesThe United Kingdom’s long-awaited contact tracing app launched in England and Wales on Thursday.The app, available to download for free on iPhones and Androids, alerts users if they’ve come into contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19.“The app will advise you to self-isolate if you have been in close contact with a confirmed case,” the Department of Health and Social Care said. “It will also enable you to check symptoms, book a free test if needed and get your test results.”The BBC reported that over 1 million people have already downloaded the app.ABC News’ Mike Trew contributed to this report.Sep 24, 12:15 pmAfrica sees steady decline of new casesAfrica has seen a steady decline in the number of new COVID-19 cases being reported across the continent since July 20, the World Health Organization said Thursday.Over the past four weeks, there were 77,147 new cases recorded in Africa, down from 131,647 reported in the previous four weeks. Some of the continent’s most-affected countries including Algeria, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Nigeria, Senegal and South Africa have all seen infections drop every week over the past two months. Deaths attributed to COVID-19 have also remained low in the region.Africa was the only region in the world to report a decline in both new COVID-19 cases and deaths for the week of Sept. 14-20.The WHO credited the decline to “a variety of socio-ecological factors as well as early and strong public health measures taken by governments across the region.” The socio-ecological factors include low population density and mobility, hot and humid climate and lower age group.“The downward trend that we have seen in Africa over the past two months is undoubtedly a positive development and speaks to the robust and decisive public health measures taken by governments across the region,” Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, the WHO’s regional director for Africa, said in a statement Thursday. “But we must not become complacent. Other regions of the world have experienced similar trends only to find that as social and public health measures are relaxed, cases start ramping up again.”Africa’s COVID-19 cases have largely been among a younger age group and more pronounced in a few nations rather than continent-wide, suggesting country-specific aspects are driving the pattern of disease and death. About 91% of infections in sub-Saharan Africa are among people below the age of 60, while over 80% of cases are asymptomatic, according to the WHO.Although African governments have made efforts to improve COVID-19 testing, the level remains low. Nevertheless, the WHO said missed COVID-19 cases are largely because they are asymptomatic and that there is no evidence of miscalculation of death figures.“Africa has not witnessed an exponential spread of COVID-19 as many initially feared,” Moeti said. “But the slower spread of infection in the region means we expect the pandemic to continue to smolder for some time, with occasional flare-ups.”Sep 24, 10:40 amRussia sees highest daily caseload since JulyRussia confirmed 6,595 new cases of COVID-19 over the last 24 hours, the country’s highest single-day increase since July.An additional 149 coronavirus-related deaths were also recorded in the past day, according to Russia’s coronavirus response headquarters.Meanwhile, Moscow reported more than 1,000 new cases over the last 24 hours for the first time since June. The Russian capital also registered 15 new deaths.Russia’s cumulative total now stands at over 1.12 million confirmed cases — the fourth highest caseload in the world — and nearly 20,000 deaths.Last month, Russia became the first country in the world to officially register a COVID-19 vaccine and declare it ready for use. The Russian government approved the vaccine before completing its final Phase III trial, and no scientific data has been released from the early trials so far.ABC News’ Alina Lobzina contributed to this report.Sep 24, 10:09 am870,000 more Americans filed for 1st-time unemployment last weekAnother 870,000 Americans filed for first-time unemployment benefits last week, the U.S. Department of Labor said Thursday.While the number of people filing for unemployment insurance in the United States has stagnated in recent weeks, the latest figure shows a concerning uptick of 4,000 compared with the previous week’s revised figure. It is also the 27th straight week of historically high weekly jobless claims.Despite the number falling significantly since March, when 6.9 million people applied for unemployment benefits in a single week, the latest figure also shows that workers are continuing to be laid off at an unprecedented rate some six months into the coronavirus pandemic.More than 26 million Americans are still receiving some sort of unemployment insurance benefits as of the week ending Sept. 5, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. For the same period last year, that figure was 1.5 million.ABC News’ Catherine Thorbecke and Zunaira Zaki contributed to this report.Sep 24, 8:17 amSwiss authorities quarantine university’s undergraduate studentsSwiss authorities have ordered a quarantine for the entire undergraduate student population of a prestigious hospitality management school after “significant outbreaks” of COVID-19.Health officials in Switzerland’s Vaud canton, or region, announced Wednesday that all 2,500 undergraduate students at the “Ecole hoteliere de Lausanne” (EHL) must self-quarantine until at least Monday, whether they live on- or off-campus. Those who develop symptoms are advised to get tested for COVID-19, if necessary.“Significant outbreaks of infection have appeared in several levels of training, making it impossible to close more targeted than that of the 2,500 students concerned,” health officials said in a statement, adding that student parties are suspected to “be at the origin of these numerous outbreaks of infection.”Classes will continue online in the meantime.Health officials said the school’s administrators are taking “all the necessary measures” to ensure that learning isn’t disrupted and to reinforce health measures on campus.ABC News has reached out to the school for comment.Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, Switzerland’s Federal Office of Public Health has reported at least 51,492 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 4,809 hospitalizations and 1,776 deaths.Sep 24, 6:43 amIsrael moves to tighten restrictions as cases climbIsrael’s government has decided to tighten coronavirus-related restrictions as cases continue to climb, despite a second nationwide lockdown.Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s cabinet voted early Thursday to close all nonessential businesses, including open-air markets. The cabinet also agreed that prayers and political demonstrations should be limited to open spaces with a cap of 20 people and that participants should not be allowed to travel more than 1 kilometer (0.6 miles) from home to attend either.The new measures are set to go into effect Friday afternoon, as the Jewish state shuts down for the weekly Sabbath ahead of Yom Kippur on Sunday and Monday. The restrictions on demonstrations, however, are subject to approval by Israel’s parliament, the Knesset.Israel has seen one of the world’s highest per capita rates of COVID-19 infections over the past two weeks. The country entered a second lockdown last Friday and it’s slated to last until mid-October.Sep 24, 5:57 am22 US states and territories in upward trajectory of new casesAn internal memo from the Federal Emergency Management Agency obtained by ABC News on Wednesday night shows that 22 U.S. states and territories are in an upward trajectory of COVID-19 infections, while 13 jurisdictions are at a plateau and 21 others are in a downward trend.The number of new cases and the number of new deaths recorded in the United States are both increasing in week-over-week comparisons. There also continues to be a steady rise in the number of hospitals nationwide where more than 80% of beds in intensive care units are filled, according to the memo.In Alabama’s Limestone County, 90% of ICU beds across two hospitals were in use. The Alabama Hospital Association confirmed that a shortage of nurses is a statewide issue in both hospitals and universities due to a lack of faculty, facilities and funds, the memo said.Florida’s Leon County reported a 20% increase in COVID-19 cases among children since Aug. 10, around the start of the new school year, coinciding with a 20% increase in pediatric hospitalizations, according to the memo.Meanwhile, the number of new cases recorded in Kentucky have increased by 21% since Sept. 13. The state’s seven-day fatality rate has doubled since then, from 13.4 to 26.4 per 1 million population. The number of COVID-19 tests being conducted statewide declined by 45.2% during the week ending Sept. 17, compared with the previous week, according to the memo.Michigan’s seven-day case rate increased by 154.4% from Sept. 13 to Sept. 20. The state also reported a 38.1% week-to-week relative increase in COVID-19 testing on Sept. 17. Officials attribute the surge to schools and colleges, with 20-year-olds making up the largest portion of total cases, the memo said.Sep 24, 4:51 amUS records over 1,000 new deathsAn additional 1,098 coronavirus-related fatalities were recorded in the United States on Wednesday, according to a real-time count kept by Johns Hopkins University.Wednesday’s tally of COVID-19 deaths is lower than the country’s record set on April 17, when there were 2,666 new fatalities in a 24-hour reporting period.There were also 36,330 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed across the nation on Sunday, down from a peak of 77,255 new cases reported on July 16.A total of 6,934,205 people in the United States have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the pandemic began, and at least 201,909 of them have died, according to Johns Hopkins. The cases include people from all 50 U.S. states, Washington, D.C. and other U.S. territories as well as repatriated citizens.By May 20, all U.S. states had begun lifting stay-at-home orders and other restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. The day-to-day increase in the country’s cases then hovered around 20,000 for a couple of weeks before shooting back up and crossing 70,000 for the first time in mid-July. The daily tally of new cases has gradually come down since then.An internal memo from the Federal Emergency Management Agency obtained by ABC News on Wednesday night shows that the number of new cases and the number of new deaths recorded in the United States are both increasing in week-over-week comparisons.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Acas code calls for policy review

first_img Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. HR professionals may have to review grievance procedures to comply with the new Acas code of practice, due to come into force next month.David Yeandle, Engineering Employers’ Federation deputy director of employment policy, told Personnel Today he is “concerned” about some elements of the code covering the right to be accompanied in grievance procedures.The code of practice, which updates the existing one on disciplinary practice and procedures, comes into effect on 4 September. It is also aimed at complementing the new statutory right to be accompanied by a colleague or trade union official under the Employment Relations Act.But Yeandle said the code allows an individual accompanying an employee to ask questions and encourages them to take part in proceedings.“It seems the code is moving them closer to the role of representatives. HR departments will have to look closely at procedures to ensure they comply.“They will also have to get used to taking a more hands-on approach. This law could give unions direct influence on workplaces everywhere.”www.acas.org.uk Acas code calls for policy reviewOn 22 Aug 2000 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

Publishers urged to protect trainees from slave labour

first_imgPublishers urged to protect trainees from slave labourOn 25 Nov 2003 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Publishing companies are being urged to sign up to a code of conduct beingdeveloped to protect trainee journalists from widespread ‘slave labour’practices. Anecdotal evidence collected by the Periodicals Training Council (PTC) – thetraining division of the Periodical Publishers Association (PPA) – suggestssome companies either ignore or exploit the minimum wage. Tales have reportedly included one trainee who was forced to take out a£10,000 loan to support her during a six-month unpaid ‘work experience’ stinton a glossy UK magazine. In response, the PPA is devising the code of conduct, which is expected tohit HR departments in the new year. Lindsay Nicholl, editor-in-chief of Good Housekeeping magazine and chair ofthe editorial training committee of the PTC, said the code would cover issuessuch as expected duration of work experience, when it is appropriate to offerpay and/or cover expenses, and how to draw up learning agreements to be signedby both employers and trainees. Addressing industry delegates in London at the PTC’s New Journalist of theYear Awards, Nicholson said that if the practice continued, magazines wouldsoon find themselves faced with the ‘Selina syndrome’ – staffed only byjournalists from an upper middle-class background, because only their parentscould afford to keep them while they worked for little or no income for monthson end. Meanwhile, Alistair Campbell, Downing Street’s former director ofcommunications and strategy, lambasted declining journalistic skills andstandards in the UK. Speaking at the Marketing Society’s annual conference in London – in a rareappearance following his resignation earlier this year – Campbell said theadvent of 24-hour news had made newspapers move downmarket and had leftbroadcasters with so much space that they had nothing to fill it with. Commenting, Chris Frost, chairman of the Association of JournalismEducators, said the number of trainee journalists had probably tripled in thelast 15 years. He argued journalistic standards had increased, but agreed that manytrainees came from the middle classes and, because their parents could bankrollthem through low-pay or no-pay work experience, they were ripe forexploitation. By Penny Wilsonlast_img read more

£100m funding boost for house builders

first_imgThe Government has pledged to match the £50 million promised by Lloyds Banking Group in October to help increase the supply of needed new homes across the country, the Housing Minister Brandon Lewis (left) announced this week.The Housing Growth Partnership will act as a dedicated initiative alongside small builders to invest in new developments, with the ultimate aim of increasing housing supply.The latest house building data reveal that housing starts are now at a seven-year high and climbing, while the volume of homes granted planning consent has reached 261,000 – the highest since 2007.But to help “maintain this momentum and keep the country building”, Lewis said that the Government recognised that greater investment in the sector is needed.He commented, “The 2008 economic crash devastated our army of small builders, with delivery falling from 44,000 homes to just 18,000 – seven years on, companies are getting back on their feet but we’re determined to give them all the help they need.”Lloyds Banking Group said that it welcomed the Government’s announcement of support for the housing growth partnership, which will double the capability to support SME house builders.Andrew Bester, Group Director and Chief Executive, commercial banking at Lloyds Banking Group, said, “The challenge of housing supply and affordability is one of the biggest issues facing Britain today.”“It [the funding] will provide SME house builders with much needed equity to support residential development projects, to stimulate growth in their businesses and facilitate access to conventional property development finance,” he added.The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) estimate that the SME house building sector could deliver an additional 20,000 homes per year if their access to finance was improved, putting a significant dent in the UK’s housing supply requirements.Ahead of this week’s Budget, the FMB has called on the Chancellor to improve access to finance for SME house builders, which have consistently cited this as their primary barrier to building more new homes.Estimates by FMB members suggest that, output from SME house builders would increase by as much as 100 per cent if the loan to project value ratios on offer were improved to 80 per cent from a standard 60 per cent. Based on recent housing statistics, this could equate to almost 20,000 new homes being built, making a significant impact on the supply side gap in the UK housing market.Brian Berry (left), Chief Executive of the Federation of Master Builders, said: “Conservative ministers have been incredibly successful in improving access to mortgage finance and reviving demand in the housing market, but access to finance for those in the business of supplying new homes has remained extremely difficult. There remains a reluctance by many banks to lend to SME house builders to help finance small housing developments.”He added, “Given how far behind demand we are, this issue is just one part of a much wider solution. However, 20,000 homes is a significant number. SMEs clearly have a big part to play in solving the housing crisis, but they need a financial environment which empowers them as it has done in the past. Given that our members identified access to finance as the primary barrier they face when trying to build more new homes, this measure could do wonders to help our industry.”house-builders housing development Housing Minister Brandon Lewis Brian Berry builders Federation of Master Builders funding July 8, 2015The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Housing Market » £100m funding boost for house builders previous nextHousing Market£100m funding boost for house buildersSmall developers are set to benefit from greater financial support from the Government, Housing Minister Brandon Lewis has revealed.The Negotiator8th July 20150639 Viewslast_img read more

Nik Greeley & The Operators Share New “Maybe There’s A Reason” Live Studio Session

first_imgNik Greeley & The Operators have released a brand new video for their soul-rocking new single “Maybe There’s A Reason.” The track is the second song in a series of singles and videos leading up to the release of their new EP coming this Spring 2017. Watch their first release, “Stars,” here. “Maybe There’s A Reason” features Robyn Mello from the band Edenspore, alongside Philly’s own Swift Technique “The ST’s” horn section, and Zach LoPresti and Sam Gutman of prog-jam up-and-comers Out of the Beardspace. Together, and behind the musical maestro Nik Greeley himself, is a smooth-grooving collective that fully avoids staying in any one genre. Watch “Maybe There’s A Reason” live in the studio at Drexel University Philadelphia, PA below:You can download the track for free via Bandcamp or check out NG & The Operators in Philly on World Cafe Live with High & Mighty Brass Band or Camp Jam in the Pines May 18th-20th with Swift Technique, Big Sam, Main Squeeze, Cris Jacobs and Elise Testone. If ever there was a chance to see them live, now is it. The band’s power is unstoppable in delivering juicy tunes, dance moves, and good vibes all around.last_img read more

The Russ Liquid Test Announces Fall Tour Dates

first_imgNew Orleans-based trio The Russ Liquid Test has announced a full schedule of Fall tour dates. Effortlessly blending classic funk with electronic dance production, the trio of Russell Scott (producer/brass), Andrew Block (guitar), and Deven Trusclair (drums) begin their tour on September 14th at Madison, WI’s Majestic Theatre, and will make their way to Thornville, OH’s Resonance Fest and Brooklyn, NY’s Brooklyn Comes Alive, and continue through Atlanta, Asheville, Dallas, San Francisco, Seattle, and more.Joining them on the tour will be Defunk, Recess, and Marvel Years, who will be making appearances on select dates. At the heart of RLT is an improv-driven musicality from main songwriter and producer Russell Scott. After performing with acts such as Uprite Dub Orchestra and March Fourth Marching Band, Scott began to explore electronic music, eventually crossing paths with guitarist Andrew Block. And thus, The Russ Liquid Test was born.The group is also getting set to release their sophomore EP via GRiZ’s All Good Records. “We want to make people feel good but also give them something to reflect with. It’s not about just making party music or music that’s more introspective. It’s for the full gamut of human expression, and we want it to be just as dynamic as life itself,” the band said in a press release.Check out a full list of Fall tour dates below:last_img read more

As The Crow Flies Closes 2018 With Marcus King Band At The Cap [Video/Photos]

first_imgLoad remaining images As The Crow Flies brought their 2018 full circle as the band laid down two brilliant performances at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York; the same venue that saw the band take flight for the very first time last spring.The two shows at that Capitol Theatre to close out the year proved to be somewhat of a validation of what this resplendent band is capable of. The performances this time around were much more fluid and engaging compared to the band’s initial live effort at the venue back in April of 2018.This probably shouldn’t come as a surprise considering the fact that the members of As The Crow Flies had a six-week tour to not only learn to play the material with one another but also get to know each other personally off the stage as well.Night one at the Capitol Theatre was a rousing affair that primarily offered fans a selection of tunes that the band had played throughout the course of their inaugural tour.Chris Robinson set the tone for the Black Crowes love-in from the outset by getting things started with a rousing rendition of the Joe Cocker classic, “Feeling Alright.” The song had the entirety of the sold-out audience singing and swaying in unison with the frontman as he delivered some of his trademark dance moves, while also engaging with the crowd with a few head bobs, peace signs and a myriad of other nods to the faithful in attendance.The first evening’s initial surprise came in the form of the band’s performance of “Goodbye Daughters of the Revolution”, from the often underappreciated Black Crowes record, Warpaint.The band had largely stayed away from the Crowes’ later years catalogue on their initial tour, thus fans had to be excited that one of the gems from that era found its way to the lighted stage at least one more time.Admirers of perhaps the most revered Black Crowes record, Southern Harmony and the Musical Companion, surely must have been elated with the remainder of night one’s setlist, as nearly half of the remaining selection of songs performed on the evening came from that very record.The clear highlight on night one had to be the nearly twenty-minute take on the Black Crowes live staple, “Wiser Time.” The front half of the song featured keys player Adam MacDougall laying down an extended funky jam that seamlessly bled into Marcus King’s jaw-dropping solo.King, whose own outfit The Marcus King Band, opened up both nights at the Capitol Theatre, is perhaps one of this country’s most inspiring and talented young musicians.I use the word musician here because the twenty-two-year-old wunderkind isn’t just a generational guitar player, King is also an equally gifted songwriter and vocalist in his own right.The Marcus King Band’s latest release, Carolina Confessions, is a soulful, blues-driven rock and roll masterpiece that signaled King and his bandmates are destined for greater things throughout 2019 and beyond.As King’s solo on “Wiser Time” wound down, it effortlessly segued into Audley Freed’s time in the sun. The former Black Crowes guitarist reminded everyone in attendance exactly why he’s one Nashville’smost respected players as well as why superstars such as Sheryl Crow hand pick Freed to tour and record with.It would be a crime not to mention the talent that former Black Crowes and Gov’t Mule bass player Andy Hess brings to the table as a musician. Hess plays with a thundering force while also possessing a stage presence that adds more to As The Crow Flies live shows than most other bassists could ever hope to emulate.The band closed out night one at the Capitol Theatre with the Rick Derringer classic, “Rock and Roll Hoochie Koo,” a song which had served as the encore on a number of As The Crow Flies initial tour dates throughout the course of 2018.Although the show seemed to be on the shorter side, fans were buzzing about the night’s brilliance and talking to one another about what night two may have in store as they smiled and danced their way outside of Capitol Theatre’s doors and into the somewhat chilly and damp streets of Port Chester.Heading into the second evening of Black Crowes music, most die-hard fans were likely hoping for a set list that either featured songs the band had not played the previous night or even ever before.As The Crowes Flies didn’t disappoint in this regard as most of the songs that were featured on night two fell into one of these two aforementioned categories.Likely the second evening’s biggest surprise had to be the cover of the Allman Brothers staple, “Revival,” a song the band never played as a collective until New Year’s Eve in Port Chester, New York.Other highlights included a rambunctious take on the Rolling Stones’ “Jumping Jack Flash,” soulful renditions of Black Crowes classics such as “Descending” and “Sister Luck,” as well as the one-two punch of Deep Purple’s “Hush” and the Marshall Tucker Band’s, “Take The Highway,”the later of which served to close out the two-night celebration of the Black Crowes’ legacy at the Capitol Theatre.It’s impossible to know if As The Crow Flies will ever take flight again. Every musician in the band is tied to a variety of musical projects that would seemingly make it difficult for the band to see the lighted stage again in 2019.Should the two performances in Port Chester, New York end up being the swan song for As The Crow Flies, the band undoubtedly left their die-hard fan base with a litany of musical memories that should keep them all singing, smiling and dancing for decades to come.As The Crow Flies 12/31/18[Video: Relix Channel]Setlist: As The Crow Flies | Capitol Theatre | Port Chester, NY | 12/30/18Feelin’ Alright, Sting Me, Hotel Illness, Non-Fiction, Goodbye Daughters of the Revolution, Good Friday > Almost Cut My Hair, My Morning Song, Wiser Time, She Talks To Angels, Thorn In My Pride, Sometimes Salvation, Jealous Again, RemedyE: Rock & Roll Hootchie KooSetlist: As The Crow Flies | Capitol Theatre | Port Chester, NY | 12/31/18Remedy, Sting Me, Twice As Hard, Good Morning Captain, High Head Blues, By Your Side, Siater Luck, Thorn In My Pride, Revival, Descending > Jumping Jack Flash, Wiser Time, (Only) Halfway To Everywhere, Jealous Again, Hard To Handle > HushE: Take The Highway Photo: Robert Fortecenter_img Photo: Robert Fortelast_img read more

Lecture compares theology and anthropology

first_imgNotre Dame professor of theology Celia Deane-Drummond discussed the interconnections between theology and anthropology in her presentation “Evolution, Humans and Other Animals: Theology and Anthropology in Dialogue,” an installment of the Snite Museum’s Saturday Scholars series.Drummond discussed the attempts of anthropology and theology to explore the role of human agency and human interaction with the environment. She said the main concern with both fields is how they intersect in light of new discoveries in evolutionary biology.According to Drummond, both anthropology and theology need to create stronger dialogue in order to provide greater perspective regarding human nature and human agency.“I believe there are tensions here that need to be faced, and if we refuse to face them we end up merging the two areas [theology and anthropology] in a way that is not necessarily intellectually responsible,” she said.Drummond said anthropology’s focus on human and human interaction with the environment compliments theology’s focus on humanity’s relationship and identity to God.In exploring the different dimensions of human biology and human evolution, Drummond explained their relation to our actions toward our environment and our role in history. She discussed how studies centered on human-animal interaction shape both human and animal communities, and she said these studies compel theologians to expand their worldview of the human relationship to God.“Although anthropologists can describe what’s going on in these [human] communities and give us a sense of our entanglement with other creatures, how are we to think about our own human responsibility that might be in the context of such entanglement?” she said. “What is the goal of the human from a theological point of view?”Drummond  introduced the concept of “theo-drama,” a concept developed by Catholic Swiss theologian Hans Urs von Balthasar, which establishes God as a central actor in human interaction and views history in light of the “future hope.” Drummond defined theo-dramatics as the “performative understanding of who we are as humans.”Theo-dramatics is analogous to niche construction, the way in which humans shape and interact with their environment, Drummond said. The theo-dramatic view of humanity and human history provide a unique integration of theology and anthropology, she said.“[Theo-dramatics] replaces the kind of stale defensiveness between evolution and creationism that has been the mantra of so much public discourse,” she said. “It’s doing something different; it’s doing something creative by actually drawing on the science and using it in a way that is helpful.”Drummond said both anthropology and theology have created frameworks that allow people to understand their identity toward both their environment and God.“There are family resemblances between the way theologians construct their work and the way that scientists can think about our own human identity,” she said. “If we’re in touch with how the biological world works, it will actually illuminate our theology in new ways.”Tags: anthropology, Celia Deane-Drummond, Saturday Scholars, theo-drama, Theologylast_img read more

Lecture examines development challenges, economic prospects

first_imgRosie LoVoi | The Observer Bart W. Edes, the Asian Development Bank’s representative in North America, addresses challenges and advancements that affect developing Asian countries. He lectured in Jenkins Nanovic Hall on Monday to promote an awareness of the Asian Development Bank’s mission, which involves reducing poverty.The ADB, Edes said, does not work the same way many other banks do. “We’re a bit of a mix between a commercial bank and a program like the United Nations Development Program,” Edes said. “Our overarching mission is not to make money and give the dividends to our shareholders but to fight poverty and promote inclusive, sustainable development in developing nations.” To this end, he said the ADB is involved in financing development all across Asia in a variety of ways, from reforming education in Nepal to implementing clean energy initiatives in the Philippines to building railways in Bangladesh to constructing infrastructure for safe water in Uzbekistan. While most of what the ADB does has to do with funding projects, its employees also conduct research on economic trends of development in Asian countries over recent years.  “In the latest estimates for 2018 for developing Asia — so not including countries such as Japan — we’re looking at about a 6.3 percent increase in gross domestic product,” Edes said.Meanwhile, the United States achieved 2.4 percent growth over the same period, Edes said. The Asian economic sector appears to be one of the most quickly growing and developing that there is, Edes said.“Asian countries are working in ever more integrated and cooperative ways,” he said. When it comes to tourism, for instance, 60 percent of Chinese travelers stay inside the region, which is incredibly important to small Asian countries with large tourism industries, Edes said. The Maldives, for example, attribute 83 percent of its gross domestic product to the tourism industry, he said. While the region is experiencing rapid economic growth and development in some areas, it is still also facing a number of challenges such as poverty, climate change — which can exacerbate monsoons, storms, mudslides and other natural phenomena common to the region — and an aging population. “Asia is among the most vulnerable areas of the world when it comes to climate change,” Edes said. “This could lead to a real humanitarian crisis. We are responding in part by doubling down on our investments on climate change mitigation.” Edes said the ADB is currently committed to putting six billion dollars into countering climate change by 2020. With longevity going up and fertility rates going down across the board in Asia, the aging population may soon create a problem in some Asian countries. Edes said. A similar trend is occurring in other countries across Asia, which could lead to economic trouble as a diminishing workforce has to work increasingly hard for a growing body of dependent citizens. “By 2030, we will have almost 30 percent of Japan’s population at an age of 65 or older,” he said. Tags: ADB, Asian Development Bank, Bart W. Edes, development, Jenkins Nanovic Hall The North American representative for the Asian Development Bank (ADB) — an institution seeking to reduce poverty in Asia and the Pacific — Bart W. Edes, spoke in Jenkins Nanovic Hall on Monday about his experience working for the ADB for the past 16 years and the lessons he has learned about economic growth, development and challenges facing some developing Asian countries.last_img read more

Jonathan Brody & Scott Burkell Join Titanic Concert

first_imgAll aboard! Jonathan Brody and Scott Burkell will join the one-night-only concert of the Tony-winning musical Titanic at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall. Brody and Burkell are set to replace the previously announced Michael Mulheren and John Jellison as John B. Thayer and George Widener/Frank Carlson, respectively. Directed by Don Stephenson and featuring original cast members Michael Cerveris and Victoria Clark amongst others, Titanic will play February 17. Based on the real-life disaster of 1912, Maury Yeston and Peter Stone’s Tony-winning musical tells the story of the doomed ocean liner and the travelers aboard the so-called unsinkable ship. The show premiered on Broadway on April 23, 1997 and won five Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book. Titanic’s score includes “Godspeed Titanic,” “The Largest Floating Object in the World” and “I Must Get On that Ship.” Michael Cerveris A separate revival directed by Thom Southerland is set to dock on Broadway this fall. View Comments The cast of Titanic will also include Brian d’Arcy James as Frederick Barrett, Martin Moran as Harold Bride, David Garrison as J. Bruce Ismay, Becky Ann Baker as Charlotte Cardoza, John Bolton as Charles Lightoller, Ryan Silverman as Charles Clarke, Ron Raines as Isidor Straus, Clarke Thorell as Jim Farrell and Jill Paice as Caroline Neville. Victoria Clark Star Files Brian d’Arcy Jameslast_img read more

Mazel Tov! Our Five Favorite High School Productions of Fiddler

first_img View Comments The RICHest “Rich Man” We searched from sunrise to sunset for our favorite high school Tevyes, and Wesley David Toledo in the 2011 Christ Presbyterian Academy (you read that right) production in Tennessee gets top marks. He starts off relatively subdued, and grows increasingly animated throughout the signature number. How else can you “cheep,” “quack,” or “ya ha deedle deedle bubba bubba deedle deedle dum”? Happy Fiddler week! L’Chaim! L’shanah tovah, all, and mazel tov to Fiddler on the Roof on its 50th anniversary! In honor of the momentous occasion, we’ve been bringing you all things Fiddler this week: from crazy facts, to Fran Drescher as Fruma Sarah to some Yiddish rapping, to Tevyes around the world. Now, we’re grabbing our backpacks and going back to school. Check out our favorite high school renditions of “Tradition,” “Matchmaker, Matchmaker,” “If I Were a Rich Man” and more below. And start rehearsing your bottle dance, because Fiddler is aiming a Great White Way return in the 2015-16 season! Best Ensemble How many times in high school did you hear “there are no such things as small parts, only small actors,” or some variation of the sort? Well the ensemble of Summit High School’s 2008 production took that to heart, and ended up taking home the “Outstanding Chorus” award at Paper Mill Playhouse’s Rising Star Awards in New Jersey. After watching their “Tradition,” it’s clear why. The harmonies! That synchronization! Those beards! The Papa, the Mama, the son, the daughter: they’re all there.center_img Most Daring Jr. High School Production In 1969, a junior high school in Brownsville, Brooklyn put on a production of Fiddler on the Roof; a rarity, not just because the original Broadway production was still running a few miles up, but also because the cast featured predominantly black and Puerto Rican students. During a time of tensions between the African American and Jewish divide in the neighborhood, the students proved that the ideas of soul, community and yes, tradition, are universal. Take a look at a 60 Minutes segment on the production. Freakiest Fruma Sarah Dry ice? Check. Spooky lighting? Check. Rolling in on a giant contraption and wheeled around the stage? Check and check. Here’s Amy Rachel as the butcher’s first wife in Salem Hills High School’s 2011 production in Utah, complete with all the crazy vibrato and head voice you could ever ask for. Sure, the makeup is half Fiddler and half Cats, but that kind of makes her Frumah Sarah all the more terrifying. The Daughters! The Daughters! Tradition! The Class of 2007 girls of New Canaan High School in Connecticut are looking for someone interesting, well-off and important. Fans of belting a plus. We were hooked once we heard this Hodel’s little scoop on “Find me a find.” And props to the pint-sized Tzeitel’s hilarious Yente impersonation. And why not throw Shprintze and Bielke into the mix? More harmony!last_img read more

Why credit unions should not decline Facebook authorizations

first_img 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Some credit unions are declining authorization for Facebook payments due to the relatively high number of fraud cases being reported for that merchant category code. But declining these authorizations may have unintended negative consequences on your members. Here’s why.Facebook launched in mid-2015 the ability for its users to send other Facebook users money through the Facebook Messenger app. The source of the money transfer comes from a debit card, and receipt of the money goes to the recipient’s account through his or her debit card (meaning each side of the transactions needs to enroll a debit card with Facebook). As a bonus, iPhone users can add touch ID (fingerprint scan) as an added layer of security. Facebook claims that person-to-person (P2P) payments are wrapped in secure layers and use encrypted connections. Facebook points to its history of processing over 1 million payment transactions per day for game players and advertisers since 2007.While the actual transactions may be secure, Facebook’s P2P is still subject to fraud. Facebook scams have been featured on nightly news. Phishing attacks claiming that someone has sent money, and to click here to get your cash, have been documented by KnowBe4.com, an employee Security Awareness Training program. Account takeover is another threat, according to RSA Security, since Facebook and Messenger use the same login, leaving fraudsters who gain access to a Facebook page the ability to gain access to an enrolled debit card and drain the victim’s bank account (up to the daily limit). An even more nefarious fraud scam involves using Facebook to set up brand-new accounts, connect them to stolen debit cards, and then transfer the money. continue reading »last_img read more

Banking brands can’t keep pace with digital giants without AI

first_imgEven though the acronym AI is now well-embedded in banking industry consciousness, actual use of artificial intelligence, and its cousins machine learning and data analytics, has been limited except with a handful of the largest financial institutions.According to an MIT Sloan report cited by IBM, 81% of all enterprises do not understand what data is required for AI, or how to access it. Still, the report found that 83% agree that driving AI across the enterprise is a strategic opportunity.Meanwhile the big tech firms, notably Amazon, Google and Facebook, have built big leads in this area, powering their ecommerce empires, which increasingly include financial services.There are options, however, to enable a wider range of financial institutions to take advantage of AI for use in marketing, personalization, user experience, payments, and more. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

Video as a powerful tool in promotion: Watch the phenomenal announcement video of the 53rd Vinkovci Autumns

first_imgDirector: Marko ZeljkovićCameramen: Marko Zeljković, Ivica Vranjić, Ivan Jajčević and Igor Ivanović.Audio background: Pure Magic by Zac Nelson (Discovery) – Licensed via Artlist.ioProduction: Six Nine Studio”Come and have us under the lamp in Vinkovci! At the 53rd Vinkovci Autumn”- invite the organizers, which will be held from 7 to 16 September 2018. See the entire program of events within the 53rd Vinkovci Autumns at official website This year’s Vinkovci Autumns are being held for the 53rd time, from September 07 to 16, 2018.The Vinkovci Autumn event has been successfully preserving and nurturing Croatian traditional culture and heritage for 53 years, and this prestigious and well-known folklore, tourist, economic and cultural event attracts around 150 visitors every year.Quality video as a powerful tool in promotion At today’s press conference, the announcement video of the 53rd Vinkovci Autumns was shown. The video is different from the previous ones, when the staff always followed everything that the event offers in the Slavonian style, and it is short, clear and very powerful. So powerful that I personally shivered when I looked at him.In today’s digital world where everything is online, as well as on social media, quality and professional photos as well as videos are imperative. Unfortunately, we can still see various photos or videos taken with a mobile phone or a bad production, which is certainly not in line with today’s weather and trends. Yes, quality production costs money, but investing in marketing, branding and quality production is not a cost, but an investment.As every picture and video must tell a story and encourage desire and action, so this video plays on emotions and ultimately invites everyone to experience the Vinkovci Autumns in a simple, efficient and powerful way. However, how it is about my Vinkovci and how I participated in the organization of Vinkovci Autumns for years, I may be subjective, judge for yourself, but one thing is for sure – video proves once again that quality video is a powerful tool in promotion.VIDEO: 53. Vinkovci autumn announcement videolast_img read more

RICS pledges to bring profession in line with accountancy

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Warwickshire in talks to join £9bn East Riding LGPS pool​

first_imgIn a report to Warwickshire’s investment sub-committee, treasury and pension fund manager Mathew Dawson argued in favour of closer cooperation with the three funds, as Warwickshire would have a “strong voice” in the management of the proposed pool.Dawson added that the partnership had shown an understanding of Warwickshire’s existing asset allocation, “particularly in the alternatives space”, citing its current approach to private equity and hedge funds.As of March 2015, Warwickshire had £79.7m, or 4.9% of assets, invested in a Blackstone Group-managed hedge fund mandate, and a further £31.1m of an agreed £60m private equity mandate invested with HarbourVest.Dawson noted that Warwickshire agreed to submit a joint response with the three funds after John Appleton, local councillor and chair of the investment sub-committee, met with his counterpart at Surrey County Council, two days after the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) outlined criteria for asset pools.The joint response, due to be submitted to DCLG by 19 February, marks the first step in proposed asset pools gaining government approval.However, Dawson told IPE that, despite the joint submission, Warwickshire would continue talking to other potential asset pools.He stressed that the committee had, for now, only signed off a joint submission for the February consultation but not for the final consultation due next July.Warwickshire was one of two funds previously involved in a £6.5bn joint procurement exercise for passive equity and fixed income not to join the West Midlands pool.The second fund, the £3.1bn Leicestershire County Council Pension Fund, told IPE it was still discussing which pooling arrangement to pursue.A spokeswoman said its pensions committee would consider the available options in late January, allowing it to submit its initial proposal for the mid-February deadline set by DCLG.She added: “Until any decision has been made, we cannot comment further.” Warwickshire’s local authority fund may join the £9bn (€12.3bn) asset pool backed by East Riding, Surrey and Cumbria after deciding the partnership best understood its approach to alternatives.The £1.6bn local government pension scheme (LGPS) said it also met with West Midlands Pension Fund about joining its asset pool, which has attracted the backing of eight funds to date, worth an estimated £35bn.However, Warwickshire opted for the partnership with East Riding as the “most appropriate” solution currently availableIt has agreed to a joint submission with the three participating funds to make the case for the asset pool, now boosted to £10.5bn.last_img read more

Plan to shake up sex industry

first_imgStuff.co.nz 29 Oct 2012A plan for a shake up of the commercial sex industry which aims to address issues such as anti-social behaviour and location of sex premises will be presented to the Auckland Council next year. The Commercial Sex Industry Programme includes a review of Auckland’s brothels and commercial sex premises and the rules and bylaws which regulate them. The review will also allow for an Auckland-wide approach to the industry as currently there are different rules from the seven legacy councils. Issues raised since the start of the programme, in June last year, include location – whether there are zones the industry should be prohibited from establishing in; the health and welfare of prostitutes –  including concerns about the hygiene standards in premises; the anti-social behaviour they attract and a lack of facilities including rubbish bins in the areas they work, rules around signage on brothels, and the provision of discrete parking for brothels.….The commercial sex industry has been a hot topic in Auckland in recent years with residents fighting back against unsavoury aspects of the industry infiltrating their suburbs. The most notable example has been in Papatoetoe where residents and business owners have fought against prostitutes soliciting clients at Hunters Corner. A council-backed booklet on the issues at Hunters Corner raised the ire of those who support the industry. Residents in Greenlane, Mt Eden, Birkenhead, Mt Albert, Remuera, Henderson and Ponsonby have also protested about the establishment of suburban brothels. In one of the more recent cases Ponsonby residents complained about the Firecats Escort Agency which was established near the Richmond Rd primary school. The brothel opened in November last year and closed in April after operating for months without a licence. It had earlier been forced from Remuera by angry neighbours who led an investigation that resulted in Auckland Council shutting it down. And in recent years Wellington’s Chow brothers have announced plans for a super brothel opposite Sky City on Victoria St. http://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/local-news/7868897/Plan-to-shake-up-sex-industrylast_img read more

Taste Boracay’s ‘love potion’

first_imgIngredients for “Loveanog” weresourced from the organic farm being maintained by the cooperative here, saidSegovia. Lambanog is a uniquely Filipinodistilled palm liquor made from coconut or nipapalm sap. It is derived from tuba(palm toddy) that has been aged for at least 48 hours. It originates from Luzonand is commonly described as “coconut vodka” due to its clear to milky whitecolor and high alcohol content. In the past year, the BIPC receivedsupport from the Department of Science and Technology, Department of Labor andEmployment and Philippine Gaming Corp. (PAGCOR), among others./PN “The Loveanog has been fermented andmade through the help of a chemist from the University of the Philippines,”Segovia said. Initially, BIPC tried making tuba. “However, after our exploration ofthe product, we decided to use lambanog,” Segovia said.  BIPC has hundreds of women members whoare mostly residents of this resort island. “Loveanog” has three flavors: blueternate infuse, gumamela. “When one drinks it, he or she willfeel chill and have an petite to eat more. The fermented wine has no hangovereffect,” she added. Producing “Loveanog” gave marginalizedBoracay women an alternative source of income, said Segovia. BORACAY – The Boracay Island ProducersCooperative (BIPC) has concocted a beverage that it promotes as a “love potion”potent enough to make women fall in love. Desiree Segovia, BIPC president, saidtheir “Loveanog” is a fermented wine made from coconut and juices of tropicalflowers such as hibiscus and blue ternate.last_img read more

Jose unhappy with West Ham’s tactics

first_img “He was laughing,” Mourinho added. “His objective was won: come here and take a point. It was not to come here and play good football or to try to win or to feel part of the quality of the Premier League. “He takes the point. After that he’s a happy man and I’m a sad guy.” Despite injuries to Joey O’Brien (dislocated shoulder) and Mohamed Diame (knee), Allardyce was in jovial mood afterwards. Allardyce said: “He can’t take it, can he? He can’t take it because we’ve outwitted him. He just can’t cope. “He can tell me all he wants, I don’t give a s****. “I love to see Chelsea players moaning at the referee, trying to intimidate him, Jose jumping up and down saying we play crap football. “It’s brilliant when you get a result against him. Hard luck, Jose.” Allardyce lauded his players for implementing his tactics in a result he believes was on a par with the 3-0 win at Tottenham earlier in the season. The Hammers boss added: “This one probably equals (Tottenham) because of the position we’re in and the problems we’ve had recently. “It was all about frustrating a team that’s got world-class players and not to come here and lie down. “Tactically we got it right in two areas particularly: one was in stopping (Eden) Hazard, Oscar and Willian and (Samuel) Eto’o scoring goals; and the other one was stopping them scoring from set plays. We did a fantastic job.” Mourinho hopes West Ham avoid relegation. He added: “With this two points that they took from us I hope the point they got means something for them.” Mourinho refused to criticise his players, who could have done with someone of the guile of Juan Mata, now at Manchester United. “With my players, I’m happy,” Mourinho said. “My team tried everything. Their goalkeeper saved a lot, but they also had other players without gloves who saved a lot. “They played with five defenders; they looked more goalkeepers than defenders.” Mourinho resisted the urge to criticise the officials, who ruled out a stoppage-time Eto’o strike, having already blown for a foul amid a confusing conclusion which also saw Adrian save from Frank Lampard. O’Brien might also have been sent off for an earlier tackle on Willian. Mourinho, who questioned why only four minutes were added on, said: “I don’t want the people at home to feel that, because we didn’t win, I want to speak about the referee’s mistake.” Chelsea next play a City side who beat Tottenham to go top of the Premier League. “For me it’s not a surprise,” Mourinho added. “We go there next Monday and the result at this moment is 0-0. Are they favourites? Yes. Are they even favourites to score again four, five, six goals? Yes. “But the result is 0-0 and we go there to compete and to play.” The self-proclaimed ‘Special One’ said: “It’s very difficult to play a football match where only one team wants to play. It’s very difficult. “A football match is about two teams playing and this match was only one team playing and another team not playing. “I told Big Sam and I repeat my words: they need points and, because they need points, to come here and play the way they did, is it acceptable? Maybe, yes. “I cannot be too critical, because if I was in his position I don’t know if I would do the same. Maybe. “At the same time I told also this is not Premier League, this is not the best league in the world, this is football from the 19th century.” Chelsea tried everything to unlock the Hammers defence and when they did they found goalkeeper Adrian in supreme form. Mourinho added: “The only (other) thing I could bring was a Black and Decker (tool) to destroy the wall.” Mourinho pointed to time-wasting and aimless long balls to illustrate his point, which he had made to Hammers boss Allardyce after the game. The Blues fell three points behind new Barclays Premier League leaders Manchester City, who beat West Ham 9-0 in the two-legged Capital One Cup semi-final, after a resolute display from Sam Allardyce’s men. Mourinho outlined his unhappiness with the Hammers’ tactics afterwards. Press Association Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho accused West Ham of playing “football from the 19th century” after being left frustrated by a goalless draw at Stamford Bridge.last_img read more

Irish provinces on the road in Pro12

first_imgA win for Pat Lam’s side would see them take over the top-spot in the table ahead of Ulster’s game tomorrow.Kick-off is at half-past four. Leinster are in Wales to face the Cardiff Blues at the Arms Park in a 3 o’clock kick-off.The province have restored a host of Irish internationals to their starting side for the game with the likes of Eoin Reddan, Ian Madigan and Fergus McFadden all coming back into the team after international duty.Also this afternoon, Connacht will be looking to continue their impressive run of form as they travel to Italy to take-on Zebre.last_img read more

Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Washington Nationals: NLDS Game 5 live blog and chat

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Lakers’ nightmarish season culminates with 122-99 loss to Sacramento

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The Lakers just felt a brutal knockout punch, punctuating the end to a nightmarish 2014-15 season that will not become forgiving in the history books.The Lakers officially became the worst team in the franchise’s otherwise rich 67-year history, a 122-99 loss to the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday at Staples Center concluding a year that seemed as uncomfortable as the lineup they produced in their season finale. The Lakers (21-61) finished with a .256 winning percentage, falling below the 1957-58 Minneapolis team that won only 26.4 percent of its games, with barely recognizable names. Vander Blue, who posted 15 points on only 6-of-23 shooting, joined the team only two days ago after playing with the Lakers’ Development League affiliate. But he started at point guard. Jabari Brown, whose career-high 32 points came on a 9-of-19 clip, signed with the Lakers last month after also starring with the D-Fenders. But he started at shooting guard. It seemed fitting Brown and Blue started with the purple and gold amid sprained left ankles to rookie Jordan Clarkson and swingman Wesley Johnson. It concluded a season in which the Lakers’ players missed an NBA record 339 games due to injuries. That partly explains why Scott downplayed coaching the worst team of Lakers history after once winning three NBA championships as a player during the Showtime Era. “It obviously doesn’t sit with me well,” Scott said. “I don’t like the sound of it. But it makes for a very remarkable story when we turn this around as well.”How do the Lakers turn it around?The first part might start with staying healthy. The Lakers’ 2014-15 season started with veteran guard Steve Nash having a season-ending back injury during training camp. It continued with rookie Julius Randle breaking his right leg in the season opener and Kobe Bryant tearing a rotator cuff in his right shoulder after 35 games. center_img Plenty of players sat on the team bench dressed as if they belonged in a board meeting, including Randle (right leg), Wayne Ellington (right shoulder), Nick Young (left knee), Jeremy Lin (left knee) and Ronnie Price (right elbow). Nash has since announced his retirement. Xavier Henry (left Achilles tendon) and Dwight Buycks (fractured right hand) are no longer under contract. Bryant was presumably in the trainer’s room receiving treatment. “I’m smiling and shaking my head and just going, ‘Wow,’ Scott said. “You can’t do anything but laugh about it.”The Lakers do not consider Clarkson’s injury serious and Scott suggested he could have appeared in a playoff game. But the Lakers erred cautiously because of Clarkson’s limitations with his lateral movement. That left the Lakers with an eight-man rotation featuring three frontcourt players off the bench (Carlos Boozer, Ed Davis, Robert Sacre). The Lakers also lacked any players with past point guard experience. But Scott offered a clear solution on how Blue and Brown would handle that position.“Whoever gets the ball,” Scott said. “Whoever gets it on the rebound or on the outlet, they’re going to be point guard.”To minimize foul trouble, Scott urged Blue and Brown to play cautiously while the Lakers played mostly zone defense. That helped the Lakers avoid duplicating an awkward win last season in Cleveland. Sacre stayed on the floor after collecting six fouls because the Lakers had too many injured players. “As a young guy, we want the minutes. Even though we get tired like the older guys, we relish these opportunities,” Brown said. “Not all rookies are getting to play 30 to 40 minutes.”Yet , that wasn’t enough, leading Scott to question his team’s effort yet again.“My biggest thing after the game going in there with our coaches that you’re only as good as your last game,” Scott said. “That’s what we used to tell ourselves as players. If those guys had that same thought, it wasn’t very good. IT doesn’t leave a very good impression, which is what I’m saying.”So how does the Lakers handle things moving forward?“I don’t know want to tell you,” Scott said. “I really don’t. I’m at the point right now where I will go home and decompress, get my thoughts together and get ready for tomorrow. I don’t want to put a damper on an already not very good night.”Scott said that feeling may not fade away until draft workouts in June, leading to what might mark a long offseason before the rebuilding actually begins. “We’re not proud of that,” Brown said. “It’s tough. But I feel like guys played hard. We weren’t laying down,” Brown said. “We got young pieces, good old vets and Kobe will be back. Byron is a great coach. He knows what hes doing.”But that wasn’t enough for the Lakers to avoid appearing in the record books for all the wrong reasons.“If we had everybody healthy, we’d be a much better basketball team,” Scott said. “Hopefully we got them all out the way this year and we’ll be healthy next year.”last_img read more

Disney cruise employee charged with raping a 13-year-old

first_imgA Disney cruises employee has been arrested for raping a young girl multiple times over the course of about 3 years.53-year-old Keith Seitz who works for the for Disney Vacation Club, was arrested on November 25th after the victim told her mother about Seitz’ actions towards her.According to the report, the now 13-year-old told her mother that Seitz would rape her at his home and at one point took photos of her which he said he would use on the cruise.The victim told her mother that Seitz first began molesting her at his home in 2016 when she was 10-years-old. The abuse then escalated to rape when the victim turned 11 and the abuse continued until October of 2019.At the time the incident was brought to authorities, Seitz was said to have been out to sea but was scheduled to return to land the next day. When Seitz arrived, he was taken into custody.Seitz is now facing two counts of sexual battery on a child under 12, two counts of sexual battery on a physically helpless person, and one count of lewd or lascivious molestation on a victim under 12.He was also ordered not to have contact with the victim, or children under 18.Disney has since placed Seitz on unpaid leave.last_img read more

Mother and child die in fiery crash involving a dump truck

first_imgAuthorities in West Palm Beach are reporting that a mother and her one-month-old baby have died after their vehicle struck a dump truck.The incident was reported, Monday at 3:30pm on State Road 80 and Hatton Highway.According to the report, the victim identified as 26-year-old Antoinette Johnson was traveling westbound on State Road 80 approaching Hatton Highway when she struck the backend of a dump truck that was turning left onto Hatton Highway. The victim’s 2008 Chevy Impala immediately became engulfed in flames as it spun out of control before coming to a stop in a southeasterly direction at the intersection.Johnson and her 1-month-old daughter Alina Johnson were pronounced dead at the scene while, the driver of the dump truck was left uninjured in the crash.Florida Highway Patrol is still investigating the incident.last_img read more

Reports: Broward Hospital Patient was Tested for Coronavirus

first_imgA possible case of coronavirus here in South Florida recently affected emergency operations at a hospital, according to reports.Workers at Memorial Regional Hospital in Broward allegedly told at least one fire-rescue department not to bring anyone to their emergency room.Dr. Bindu Mayi, an infectious disease specialist and professor of microbiology at Nova Southeastern University, says she had heard about the potential Hollywood case from medical colleagues.“If there is a local case, it is something we [the public] should all be made aware of,” Mayi says. “The absence of information becomes conjecture and that’s a dicey thing. If there is a local case, people who are immune-suppressed may need to be more discerning about not being in large crowds or gathering where don’t know who has been exposed to what.”Memorial Regional Hospital officials would not comment on the status of the woman who arrived last Friday afternoon in their emergency room. Hospital spokeswoman Kerting Baldwin explains, “There are no confirmed cases of coronavirus at Memorial.”Hollywood Fire Rescue was informed of the situation in the emergency room. “At one point we offered to wear masks, but that was overkill because the patient suspected of coronavirus was already in isolation,” says Patrick Moore, division chief of operations at Hollywood Fire Rescue.Amanda Conwell, a spokesperson for the Pembroke Pines Police Department, says her staff was told for a brief time Friday evening not to transport anyone to Memorial until a proper quarantine was established. She adds that the action was based on information they had and did not indicate that there was a confirmed case within the county.Meanwhile, the Florida Department of Health will not comment on the possible case.State health officials explain they are concerned about creating panic or compromising patient privacy by disclosing too much information. They may use their website to inform the public about pending cases and results.“We’ve kicked it around and bounced it off leadership and we hope to have something soon,” says Brad Dalton, a spokesman for the Florida Department of Health. “You don’t want to scare people, and you want to make sure when information gets out there it’s what does the public the most good.”The number of confirmed cases in the U.S. stood at 12 on Wednesday.Tests were pending on 76 possible coronavirus cases across the country as of Wednesday. The CDC does not indicate where in the United States those tests have been conducted, although at least some of them have come from Florida.A week ago, Gov. Ron DeSantis said during a visit to Boca Raton that all tests for coronavirus in our state were sent to the CDC in Atlanta and had come back negative.South Florida hospitals say that staff from the health department have met with them in order to ensure they are properly screening and preparing for a possible coronavirus case here.Local doctors also believe it is only a matter of time before coronavirus reaches Florida.“We know we are at high risk with international travelers coming to our area,” says Dr. Ivan Gonzalez, a pediatric infectious disease doctor at Jackson Memorial and UM Health. “A lot of this is going to rely on self-reporting — awareness and education are key.”A quarantine station at Miami International Airport that is staffed by the CDC is screening international passengers flying into the region.Florida’s Department of Health says it is unclear when and where tests kits will be widely available in Florida.The virus originated in Wuhan, China. It has spread to 28 countries. There are more than 24,000 confirmed cases in China alone.Last week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services declared coronavirus a public health emergency, imposing a mandatory quarantine for any citizen who had traveled to China’s Hubei province during the previous two weeks.In addition, planes carrying U.S. citizens who have recently been in China are only allowed to land at one of 11 designated airports, none of which are in Florida. As of Wednesday, more than 500 people have died as a result of the virus.last_img read more

Southland Announces Week 7 TV Selections

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – The Southland Conference and its broadcast partners have revealed game selections and start times for football games to be played on Saturday, Oct. 13. While choices for the first four weeks of the regular season were completed during the summer, most picks are made 12 days prior to kickoff in the remaining weeks.The Southland Game of the Week on ESPN3 will feature Nicholls at Abilene Christian. The Colonels are ranked in both major national polls, having registered wins over FBS foe Kansas and fellow FCS Top 25 squad Sam Houston State. Nicholls topped ACU 29-20 in their only previous meeting last October.Eleven Sports will offer national television coverage of Central Arkansas at Stephen F. Austin. Cox Sports Television will simulcast the production to its regional audience, while the Southland Digital Network will stream the game.Cox Sports Television is set to provide regional coverage of Sam Houston State at Northwestern State. ESPN3 will simulcast the production outside CST’s territory.The Southland Conference Digital Network will feature Southeastern Louisiana’s homecoming game vs. Houston Baptist, produced by the award-winning Southeastern Channel. It can be viewed on Southland.org/live and Southland Conference apps, available for iPhone, Android, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Roku.Incarnate Word at Lamar will air locally in Beaumont-Port Arthur on MYTX, available via OTA 12.5, Spectrum 1230 and DirecTV 43. The game will stream nationwide via ESPN+.Broadcast selections for Oct. 6 were announced last Monday.Saturday, Oct. 13Central Arkansas at Stephen F. Austin, 2 p.m. CT, Eleven SportsNicholls at Abilene Christian, 2:30 p.m. CT, ESPN3Incarnate Word at Lamar, 3 p.m. CT, MYTX Beaumont-Port Arthur/ESPN+Houston Baptist at Southeastern Louisiana, 4 p.m. CT, Southland Digital NetworkSam Houston State at Northwestern State, 6 p.m. CT, Cox Sports TV/ESPN3last_img read more

Rubiales, on Casillas’ RFEF candidacy: “Football will have to contrast”

first_imgThe president of the Royal Spanish Football Federation, Luis Rubiales, said about the candidacy of the Spanish porter and international goalkeeper Iker Casillas to the presidency of the Federation that “football will have to contrast “between its management and” what others want to contribute “.“I talk about the work of the Federation, Any person has every right to make their decisions. I talk about what I do and when the date comes football will have to contrast what my team and I have done, what this new federation has done and what others want to contribute “Rubiales said after participating in a meeting at the Higher Sports Council (CSD).The president of Spanish football, who participated with most of the Spanish sports federations in a brief meeting with the new president of the CSD, Irene Lozano, said he does not talk about other candidates and is “in direct contact with the entire world of football”.ANDAs for whether he had communication with Casillas, Rubiales admitted that a message was crossed with the goalkeeper. “You already know that there has been a message, and little else can I say”said Rubiales, who said that “of course” he responded to the Real Madrid exporter and the Spanish National Team.The international goalkeeper of Porto and former captain of the Spanish National Team confirmed this week that he will be running for the presidential elections of the RFEF, before or after the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The RFEF is pending a request for electoral advancement made before the CSD, not yet resolved.Electoral advanceThe president of the RFEF said after a meeting at the Higher Sports Council (CSD) that in the fourteen cases that a sports federation has asked to advance elections has been granted and said he is “convinced” that football will also be given. “Who has to decide is the CSD, but in this year several federations have asked for the advance, three have been answered, all affirmatively, and it is important that it is known that throughout history they have requested it on fourteen different occasions and fourteen have been granted, “Rubiales said Friday.The president of the Football Federation said that the arguments of the federations that have been granted -the gymnastics and triathlon federations, although in other cases of applications, such as basketball, the decision is not yet publicly known-, they are “at least equal” to those of the RFEF. “It is something that contemplates the law and we are convinced that it will be granted,” Rubiales added.In January, the Administrative Court of Sport (TAD) issued a non-binding report that did not support the electoral advance in football because it understands that there are no reasons to justify this change and because according to the terms of the electoral calendar it is impossible to fit it into the first four-month period.When asked about that aspect, Rubiales said that the opinion “does not say that” and insisted that his arguments to advance the elections are “at least the same as those of the rest” and they add the recent classification of the Spanish national football team hall to the World Cup in Lithuania, scheduled for September.Also, the president of Spanish football recalled that his was the only federation that announced the request for electoral advancement in a public manner, at the assembly on December 16, “more than two months ago”“Of the three federations that have been answered positively, with arguments as much as ours, two of them asked for it later, and this is what football understands less, but even so, we have been required more documentation, we have provided it and I am sure that we will soon have an answer, “he added.The president of the Higher Sports Council, Irene Lozano, convener of this first meeting with the sports federations since her arrival in office, explained that the aspect of the electoral advance requested by football is “at the same point” and that the CSD awaits receive a report from the State Advocacy about it.This report was requested, as Lozano explained because there was “an overcoming situation” whereby the Federation presented “new allegations”, which was the classification earlier this month of the Spanish national soccer team to the World Cup in Lithuania, whose dispute will be between September and October.“My word is not the first but the last and it will be the last, first we have to listen”, said Lozano, who did explain that in the cases of other federations, such as basketball, he already has “all the elements of judgment” and when they have the decision taken they will communicate it.Asked if she had communication with the Porto goalkeeper and former Spanish national team captain Iker Casillas, who this week announced her decision to run for the RFEF elections, Lozano admitted that they exchanged mobile messages yesterday.last_img read more

Bo battles former team, Olsen eyes rebound

first_imgIt’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Far Eastern U and University of the East clash in the first game at 2 p.m. with coach Olsen Racela hoping to bounce back from a loss to La Salle, 95-90.“Of course when you lose, you look at the positives,” said Racela. “The second half was positive for us but if we play that way from the start I think the outcome will be better for us.” A costly, catty dispute finally settled Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Winning start OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson University of the Philippines coach Bo Perasol wasn’t at Mall of Asia Arena last Saturday when Ateneo opened UAAP Season 80 with an impressive win over Adamson.But he got to watch Chiz Ikeh throw his weight around and carry Ateneo to a decisive victory.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img “I actually texted him (Ikeh) that I was really proud of him,” said Perasol, who handled the Eagles for three seasons up until 2015, Ikeh’s first season at Ateneo. “I was really proud of how he performed; not just him, but all those rookie guys when I was there.”Perasol battles his former wards when the Maroons and Eagles dispute the early lead at 4 p.m. on Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogIkeh had 18 points and 17 rebounds in an 85-65 victory over the Falcons Saturday. Thirdy Ravena, who played under Perasol during his rookie year, added 20 points and 10 rebounds.A day later, the Maroons subdued the University of Santo Tomas, 74-73, thanks to a triple from Paul Desiderio with 1.4 seconds remaining. Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ MOST READ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. 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 Historic Ceres-Negros run ends Mayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’ Break new ground View commentslast_img read more

‘Friend in Need, Friend in Deed’

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has showered praises on the Government of the People’s Republic of China for what she described as taking the biggest move in the fight against Ebola.Speaking while officially receiving the donation from the Chinese Ambassador to Liberia, President Sirleaf said the Chinese assistance goes one big extra mile, because it comes at a time when Liberians are facing truly what could be described as a “national tragedy.”The Liberian leader said the donation is a very big boost in the fight against the virus in the country. “Today we have a big boost in what we are going to do, because what has come from China will enable us address some of the things that are being lacking in the fight. Some of such things include Personal Protection Equipment and instrument for judging the level of fever. These are now in good supplies. With that we are made stronger in our response. We are able to combat this in a bit more preparedness and readiness.”She lauded the steadfastness and true friendship of the Chinese government who have, even in the middle of its own crises, thought it prudent to identify with Liberians and others at this critical time.“China has always been a good partner to Liberia. We have bilateral programs that support many of our development endeavors including education, agriculture, health, justice and peace keeping. But this assistance that has come today goes one big extra mile, because it comes at a time when we are facing truly what could be described as a national tragedy,” she said.She also noted: “Mr. Ambassador, I want you to convey to your President the appreciation of the government and people of Liberia and to re-assert our strong partnership, our solidarity even in your time of trouble when you are facing flood, you have stopped to recognize our need and have come to our assistance.”She further stressed, “We have friends all over and many of our friends are helping, but we want to extend thanks and appreciation to all of our partners who are responding, but as I say, China has gone one step further, not only that it sent items that are so desperately needed, but it recognized the urgency of it and sent it directly on a plane so that we have access to it in this great time of need.”While the Chinese gesture is quite joyous, President Sirleaf, however, said she is saddened by the fast pace at which the virus is spreading to other communities that were not previously affected. “And what this means is that our people are still not listening to the pieces of advice and instructions that are being given.”China has not only talked the talk, which has been the case so far since what is known as the biggest outbreak of the Ebola virus in the Mano River Union (MRU) region, but has walked the walk with donation worth over US$1 million in anti-Ebola drugs equipment.A Chinese cargo plane, on Monday, August 11, arrived in the country with a consignment of drugs, personal protective equipment, thermometers and sanitizers among others, to help support the Government of Liberia’s efforts in combating the deadly Ebola virus.Chinese Ambassador, ZHANG Yue, quoting his country’s President Xi Jinping, said China and Africa are good brothers and partners and at this difficult moment, the Chinese people and government feel the pain and suffering of the Liberian people that’s why they urgently made the donation.He noted that  as the Ebola virus spreads quickly and constituting great challenges to the country, china decided to once again respond quickly to the appeal of the World Health Organization (WHO) by providing this batch of emergency aid materials to meet the urgent need of the Liberian people.The Chinese government is also poised to send three health experts to help provide the basic expertise and the training of local health workers on the uses of the donated assorted materials.This comes at a time when the entire country is at a standstill and Liberians have no hope of how to combat the virus that has claimed the lives of about 500 people, while the world continues to watch and talk with no immediate concrete actions forthcoming.The Chinese government has also boosted the fight against the Ebola virus in the MRU region with similar donations to Guinea and Sierra Leone worth US$3.3 million to help contain the epidemic.The Ambassador further noted that Ebola should not be seen as a national or regional issue, but a global challenge. He called on the international community to work along with the affected countries deal with the epidemicYou cannot move from one community to another when there is a sign that you are affected. When you do that you put people, including your family members and friends, at risk. This disease can be attacked and in certain cases defeated if you follow the instructions. Please listen to save the life and lives of your families, friends and associates.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

State of our Union

first_imgAs planets orbiting the sunOur solar system’s come undoneWe’ve deviated from the pathForgotten logic, ignored the mathOur ego’s blind us to the factsWe’ve broken all of our contractsThere is no “I” in the word “team”We’ve lost all hope, refuse to dreamWe talk but don’t communicateWe just make noise and act irateWe judge our friends before they speakWe see the thoughtful as the weakWe’ve replaced merit with our greedWe lack the passion to succeedWill the future’s foundation ever be built?Will I turn away and hide from guilt?I know that I must share the blameCarry my part of our joint shameOur sins are not always apparentWhat’s in our minds is not transparentWe dodge, we jump, and we deviateWe avoid the truth and embrace hateMy vision reaches as far as my noseMy foolish pride leaves me exposedWe contribute to the degradationWe mock ourselves and hurt the nationWe are people of words who do not actThe time has passed to display tactShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘Corruption Impoverishes Liberia’ -UNMIL Boss

first_imgThough she has been in Liberia for less than three years, the head of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), Ms. Karin Landgren, who is the United Nations Secretary General’s Special Representative to Liberia, has realized that the underdeveloped nature of Liberia and the impoverished state of its citizens is the result of rampant corruption in the country, especially in the public sector.She said corruption has impoverished Liberia, broken its people and kept a majority of the citizens perpetually poor.The UNMIL boss said corruption which President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf once termed as “public enemy number one” and “vampire to the country’s development,” has created mistrust of public officials by the citizens which was clearly evidenced during the early stages of the Ebola virus disease outbreak.Ms. Landgren made those comments during a Partners’ Roundtable Discussion hosted by the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) yesterday at the LACC’s headquarters on UN Drive, Monrovia.The Round Table seeks to solicit policy, moral and especially financial support for LACC’s three- year strategic plan that was launched last year by Vice President, Joseph N. Boakai.Corruption is affecting every facet of the Liberian society, Ms. Landgren observed,  making specific references to the Liberian school system and the country’s security sector (notably the Liberian National Police), which will take over as UNMIL gradually draws down.She urged the government, through LACC, to crack down on corruption in order to liberate Liberian citizens from abject poverty and underdevelopment. This will also help in building a mature, responsive and vigorous citizenship, advised Landgren. She suggested the possibility of promoting a national discussion on corruption indicators.The SRSG indicated that the fight against corruption can only be won when every Liberian begins to see the act as socially unacceptable and seriously embark on the public pursuit of accountability.Ms. Landgren also called on government to identify priority projects to its partners that would have lasting impacts on the country’s development.President Sirleaf, in her remarks, acknowledged that two things holding Liberia back from achieving its development goals are corruption and capacities. “Capacities because many times we set goals and people, without doing anything wrong, just don’t know what to do to carry out what we are supposed to do,” she said.But beyond that are those who do not feel that corruption is wrong, those who find it as the only way to send their children to school or the only way they can live, said President Sirleaf.  She acknowledged that corruption is mainly being perpetrated, especially by high profile officials, as a result of greed.“We still have as part of this culture [of corruption] or systemic nature, greed. There are those who do not have to do it, because they have the means to take care of their livelihood and to meet their basic needs, but they continue to want more, more and more and will go (to any lengths to cheat) and this is where we get the violations, fraudulent actions in the procurement system, judicial system and in the making of arrangements. We all need to do something about this.”Partnership countries need to respond to their tax payers’ money through their institutions.  They have got to be able to say how the money put into Liberia’s development has been used, said the President.  She asked all the partners at the Round Table Discussion to be open. “Please be recognized; please work with the LACC that is making an honest effort to address this problem,” she pleaded.President Sirleaf expressed joy over news that the national legislature has begun to have serious reservations about the issues of corruption in the country. “I’m so pleased to have heard [that coming from] a member of the Senate. They have expressed concern about corruption. I now look to them to work with me to set the example and to make sure that we are able to do what we are  supposed to do as leaders of this country to address this problem that is undermining all the efforts that we are making to achieve our development goals.The President said she hoped the media would continue its watchdog role.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Take your duty to your community seriously – Harmon

first_imgMinister of State, Joseph Harmon, urged the community leaders of Mahaica-Berbice (Region Five) to take their responsibility to their communities and fellow residents seriously as he noted that they have a duty to work with every community member to improve their quality of life.The State Minister was at the time delivering the feature address at the opening of the Community Leaders Leadership Forum on Sunday evening, at the Belladrum Secondary School.Minister Harmon said that community leaders and community development organisations play an important role in the consolidation of local democracy and governance through the local government administration, as well as fuelling the momentum towards development. Noting that the theme, ‘Working together for the upliftment of the community’ is most appropriate, he said that the community leaders must understand, appreciate and be committed to resolving the issues that the communities face.Minister of State, Joseph Harmon chats with members of the community“We, as Government, recognise that we cannot foster true development in communities across Guyana by the mere infusion of resources from the top but rather with the full and effective involvement of community based organisations that are mandated to undertake community initiatives for the benefit of all residents of the community, which makes them the best conduit through which information, resources and development activities can be channelled from the Government to the community. Simply put, community development organisations are the best channels for effective administration and communication between the Government, the Regional Democratic Council (RDC), the Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) and the people,” the minister is quoted by the Department of Public Information as saying.Noting that Guyana has a rich history of people centred, people focused, and people driven community initiatives, Minister Harmon said that over the years, numerous self-help groups, cooperatives and community based groups have emerged as change agents within communities. These institutions have made and continue to make immeasurable contributions to the development of communities across Guyana, but Minister Harmon said that a more collective and cooperative effort is needed to address issues in the community.“I hope you will decide on a way to create greater synergy with central Government, RDC and the NDC in the area of policy, programmatic interventions and other activities that the community would like. I would also like this forum to reinforce the unquestionable virtue of collaboration for the use of limited resources to develop the community and to create the environment for a strong, effective, self-sustainable community through collective endeavours. It is important that at the end of this forum, you as community-based organisers should no longer see yourself as a mere community activist but rather, as developmental partners working in collaboration with all levels of Government to ensure the good life for all particularly the members of your community,” he said.Chairman of the NDC, Emile Wilson in an invited comment, said that community members are pleased with the progress that has been made in several of the villages since this administration took office. He noted that the cooperation and support that have been given to the communities in the Region by the administration must be commended and applauded.After the opening ceremony, residents were given the opportunity to raise their concerns with the minister, many of which were addressed on the ground.last_img read more

Onyango eager to replicate Ulinzi form at Gor

first_img0Shares0000Gor Mahia winger Samuel Onyango during a training session at teh club’s base in Camp Toyoyo on February 8, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 9- Having directly been involved in 12 of Ulinzi Stars’ 37 goals last season, finishing off as the club’s second best scorer, Samuel Onyango hopes he can replicate and even better those digits as he starts life at his new club Gor Mahia.The Former Sony Sugar man was in decent form, recording six goals and six assists in the league despite the fact that Ulinzi finished at a low seventh. “Every player’s ambition is to better your previous performance and having come to a team such as Gor Mahia’s calibre, that has to be the target. It is good joining Gor because it is a different challenge and another step in my career,” Onyango told Capital Sport.The winger who broke into the national team thanks to his form at Ulinzi made his competitive debut at Gor coming off the bench in last weekend’s 4-0 win over Nakumatt in the league opener, having watched their KPL Super Cup win from the bench.Onyango admits it wasn’t a walk in the park gelling into the team but his performance from the Nakumatt game and in training gives him hope that he is on the right track.Gor Mahia’s Wellington Ochieng, Ernest Wendo and Godfrey Walusimbi during a training session at the club’s base in Camp Toyoyo on February 8, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“It has been tough because I was almost two weeks late joining them in pre-season but I have worked hard to get to the same level. Physically I feel I am okay but I still have to learn because the coach is different, tactics and the philosophy is different and I am glad I am getting used to it,” he further opined.Onyango who scored three goals for Ulinzi Stars in their CAF Confederations Cup first round exit last year hopes he can have a similar goal scoring impact for Gor as they kick off their Champions League campaign with a preliminary round tie against Leones Vegeteranios of Equatorial Guinea on Saturday.“Playing continental football is not just like any other game; it is a huge platform and the most important thing is about self belief. If we can believe in our abilities and put in the hard work, I believe we can achieve anything,” Onyango noted.Meanwhile, skipper Harun Shakava has urged the club’s management to ensure the players’ motivation is high in terms of match winning bonuses despite the fact that the club’s sponsors withdrew at the start of the year.“When the motivation of the players is high, then they get to give their best on the pitch. I want to ask our management to look into that matter because as players we want to make history,” Shakava noted.He added that the team’s primary ambition is to make it into the group stages of continental football despite the fact that they have a tough path. If they fail to make it in the Champions League, they will have a second chance when they are drawn in the Confederations Cup play-off.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Mask may not offer protection against flu

first_imgWASHINGTON – If a worldwide flu epidemic strikes, don’t reuse a face mask – and don’t assume, either, that it will offer a lot of protection, the Institute of Medicine said Thursday. That’s the bottom line from an anxiously awaited probe requested by the government as it stockpiles supplies in case a flu pandemic begins. If it does, millions undoubtedly will turn to masks, raising a dilemma for the prestigious scientific organization: There’s little evidence about whether masks truly block the influenza virus – and if they do, just how much protection they offer. Without that information, wearing masks might spur a false sense of security, perhaps encouraging people to go into crowds or near infected patients when instead they should have stayed away. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event“We don’t want to say, `Don’t use it,’ but don’t expect to be fully protected if you do use it. That’s a tough public health message to get out,” said Dr. Donald Burke, a professor of international health at Johns Hopkins University. Hence, “respiratory protection is the last resort to control infectious spread,” the report notes.last_img

GREYHOUND RACING: TONIGHT’S LIFFORD CARD

first_imgThe final of the €200 Track Buster 525 Final is the feature race at tonight’s greyhound racing at Lifford Stadium.The meeting also includes the semi-finals of the Buy a Buster 575.There are 12 races on the card. The runners are (first race 8.00pm): Race 1 (350 yards) 1, Steeple Rd Rio; 2, Fernhill Travis; 3, Toogoodtoobeat; 4, Accordion Ed; 5, Carn Blossom; 6, Freddys Trooper.Race 2 Booking Office 350 (350 yards): 1, Killdallon Rapid; 2, Wilma; 3, Coolcholly Kate; 4, Ballougry Bound; 5, Ballymoss Ace; 6, Rusty Nuts.Race 3 Lifford €15 Special 350 (350 yards): 1, Imperial Swift; 2, Fridays Fortune; 3, Callyourselfadog; 4, Oghill Hack; 5, Psycho Bob; 6, Ardnasool Kagawa.Race 4 Lifford €10 Sizzler Deal 525 (525 yards): 1, Killacolla Babe; 2, Mullrook Kofi; 3, Smurfing Flame; 4, Kagawa; 5, Killuran Brae; 6, Thunder Castle. Race 5 Ultimate Dining Experience 525 (525 yards): 1, Crossleigh Thyme; 2, Tahina Kellie; 3, Storm Warrior; 4, Altmore Champ; 5, Farloe Pixie; 6, Turbine Tulip.Race 6 Christmas Party Nights 350 (350 yards): 1, Tahina Ned; 2, Carn Ron; 3, Curragh Brae; 4, Tae End Maddy; 5, Knockmant Junior; 6, Cabragh Fox.Race 7 “Like” Us on Facebook 750 (750 yards): 1, Budders Reward; 2, Train Black; 3, Solvitas Pearl; 4, Hi Dibbles; 5, Hanoras Dream; 6, Glenside Amber.Race 8 www.liffordgreyhounds.com (525 yards): 1, Keady Brae Dan; 2, Altmore Rose; 3, Bandicoot Remi; 4, Mullrook No Cash; 5, Rocky Black; 6, Dartrey Snow.Race 9 €200 Track Buster 525 Final (525 yards): 1, Quare Flame; 2, Fernhill Dice; 3, Swanson Rosette; 4, Tydon Marquis; 5, Tommylees Buddy; 6, Flaming Ember. Race 10 McMahons Builders Providers 525 Stake (525 yards): 1, Mongys Flyer; 2, Nosey Meg; 3, Belindas Cruise; 4, Flaming Jenny; 5, Smurfing Manx; 6, Fridays Brett.Race 11 Buy Buster 575 semi-final (575 yards): 1, Mongys Girl; 2, Mr Bishop; 3, Kingsmill Aguero; 4, Do It Ruso; 5, Dirt Brid; 6, Raughan Blaze.Race 12 Buy a Buster 575 semi-final (575 yards): 1, Total Motion; 2, Dynamo Millar; 3, Take Cover; 4, Corrin Ruby; 5, Blackmagic Woman; 6, Helens Magic.GREYHOUND RACING: TONIGHT’S LIFFORD CARD was last modified: September 27th, 2014 by johngerardShare 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:cardgreyhoundLiffordRacinglast_img read more

DONEGAL SINN FÉIN LAUNCH TARGETED CAMPAIGN TO PREVENT LONE PARENT ALLOWANCE CUTS

first_imgDonegal North East Sinn Féin TD Pádraig Mac Lochlainn has said that his party will carry out a targeted campaign in a bid to stop the government’s proposed cuts to Lone Parent Allowance. Deputy Mac Lochlainn said Sinn Féin activists would deliver thousands of post cards throughout the county which members of the public can send to Joan Burton to register their opposition to the cuts.Deputy Mac Lochlainn said, “The 7000 lone parents in Donegal – most of whom are in fact working – will suffer a financial loss of up to €86 per week if Tánaiste Joan Burton proceeds with the cut next month. “Cuts to the Lone Parent Allowance will drive some families into poverty and have negative consequences for all.“Lone parent families are among the most vulnerable people in our society.  CSO figures show that 63% of lone parent families are living without basic necessities.“There is also a disturbing increase in homelessness among these one parent families with figures from the Tenancy Protection Service showing that more than 60% of households seeking urgent assistance are lone parent households.“Thousands of families are struggling to survive on the limited income they have. Minister Burton promised that these cuts would not be enacted without affordable childcare and afterschool care.However these provisions were not put in place and the cuts are now less than a month away.The change on July 2nd will drive working lone parents away from paid work.“In response to this proposed cut, Sinn Féin in Donegal and across the state has launched a campaign to put pressure on the Tánaiste to reverse this decision.“We will deliver thousands of postcards, addressed to Joan Burton, highlighting the difficulties these families face, and urging her to reverse the cuts immediately. “There is still time to row back. The cost of not doing so will be huge.“I would ask everyone in the county who receives a postcard to fill it out and send it to the Minister. Anyone who would like more can contact my constituency office on 074 93 22697 and we will arrange for them to be sent to you.”DONEGAL SINN FÉIN LAUNCH TARGETED CAMPAIGN TO PREVENT LONE PARENT ALLOWANCE CUTS was last modified: June 5th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:newsPoliticslast_img read more

Inspirational Donegal Rose misses out on Rose of Tralee title

first_imgDonegal Rose Amy Callaghan from Glenswilly has missed out on taking home the coveted crown tonight in the 58th International Rose of Tralee Festival.The 2017 title went to Offaly Rose Jennifer Byrne.Offaly Rose Jennifer ByrneThe past two nights have been filled with many memorable moments – both emotional and comedic. There have been many moving interviews and interesting performances which have affected the nation and viewers all over the world.Donegal Rose Amy made a major impact by being outspoken in her interview about mental health in young people. She told host Daithi O Se about her own struggles as a secondary school student.The 22-year-old gave an encouraging account of how she found help after enduring her own ‘blip’ as a teen:She made an important point about being glad she sought help with her mental health when she most needed it.Watch a snippet from Amy’s inspiring interview here: The young Donegal woman has earned much praise from mental health awareness groups all over the country for her bravery in breaking the stigma. She was applauded for using her time on stage in the Dome to address the importance of mental health in a relatable manner for people of all ages.There were signs that Amy was a front runner following her interview last night. Her bravery, as well as her proud party piece outfit being a Donegal jersey, certainly impressed the home audience.Party pieces from the 32 Roses were far reaching in diversity, from CPR demonstrations, cooking, puppeteering and the traditional music and dance pieces. Amy, a dance graduate, had a stand-out aerial performance while suspended from a Lyra hoop.Other Donegal links to this year’s show were Caoimhe Gallagher, the London Rose who was born in Donegal and grew up in Kerry. Caoimhe sang a modern medley of Irish songs as her party piece.London RosePlus, Buncrana man Daniel Mc Laughlin won the hearts of the crowd with his touch of Donegal humour – “Jeez I’m kilt hi!… it hasn’t been easy” was his take on his duties as an Escort for two Roses over the week. An entertaining and fascinating year for the festival comes to a close tonight as Jennifer Byrne dons the crown for the year. Well done to Amy, and all other local participants who did the county proud.Inspirational Donegal Rose misses out on Rose of Tralee title was last modified: August 22nd, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)last_img read more

What Do You Get When You Cross a Lion with a Tiger?

first_imgA liger, that’s what.  No kidding: you get a big cat with a mane and faint stripes that likes to play in the water.  National Geographic News has a special article, with photos, about ligers.This is offered without much comment, just for those who want to learn about something unusual in the animal kingdom, and what it means about species, taxonomy, genetics, etc.  A mule is another example of this kind of thing.    Some of our readers pointed out a statement in the article that qualifies for nomination as Stupid Evolution Quote of the Week: “Lion-tiger mating occurs in captivity.  But it does not happen in the wild, probably for the same reason humans do not breed with gorillas or chimps.”  Don’t visualize that, now; is NG suggesting that bestiality is wrong only on pragmatic grounds?  Don’t tell the Koreans or they will want to experiment with this.  Pretty soon there will be debates about humilla rights.  Better keep certain people out of the primate cages in the San Francisco Zoo.  Aside from ethical amorality, NG seems to be assuming, without warrant, that such a thing is even biologically possible, or on the same level as liger or mule hybridization.  It makes an implicit Darwinistic assumption that the line between humans and chimps is blurry.    The next paragraph mentions a biological reason that is not helpful for Charlie’s little story: “‘Crossing the species line’ does not generally occur in the wild, because ‘it would result in diminished fitness of the offspring,’ said Ronald Tilson, director of conservation at the Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley.”  Well, there you have it.  Fitness is maintained by living things reproducing after their kind.  Even staunch creationists accept diversification within created kinds.  A liger represents a blending of pre-existing characteristics, not the origination of new ones.  Turn ligers loose in the wild and they would probably revert to the parent forms, or go extinct.  There is enough genetic variability within the Felidae, however, to account for a fair amount of the diversity seen in today’s cat populations since the creation.  Habitat differences can sort out characters, creationists agree.  They just deny that environments make cats “emerge” from mythological precats or protopussies.(Visited 17 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Mimic the mentor to improve soils and cut inputs

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest When considering how to maximize the productivity of Ohio’s agricultural lands for generations to come, there are more farmers taking cues from the ultimate expert on the subject — Mother Nature.For eons, she took care of the soils and developed them into some of the richest the world has ever seen. Now, as modern stewards of the land face the perennial challenges associated with agricultural production, there are some simple and broad concepts that are just scratching the surface of a very complex science that is just beginning to be understood.“We are trying to educate people to have the right ecological context. We forgot to look at the soil as a living ecosystem. We were not taught to synergize with it,” said Ray Archuleta, a USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service conservation agronomist to 300 listeners packed into David Brandt’s Fairfield County farm shop earlier this month. “We are taking a more holistic view through biomimicry. We are giving people a new way of looking at the soil by learning to mimic the mentor and stop fighting it.”Ray Archuleta on learning from natureArchuleta encouraged the listeners to think about how the soils they farm were originally formed.“The soil in the forest and prairie are covered 24/7 and they have animals in the system. They have diversity and they are never bare. We need to follow some of those principles and mimic nature on our farms,” he said. “Buffalo, for example, group very tightly because of predators. Now some of our graziers are grouping cattle very tightly using hotwire. That gives us better manure distribution and we are getting great responses from our pastures.”Mother Nature is also a very low input, low cost operator.“If you teach people how the soil functions, they use fewer inputs that can end up in the waterways and it is less costly for the farm,” Archuleta said. “If we can cover the soil, sequester those nutrients and use the right soil tests, we are using fewer inputs.”Cover crops, no-till, animal manure — not complicated concepts in a broad sense, but Archuleta acknowledges that the challenges and complexities are in the details. This is a management intensive system, though some farmers are making it work.“You are farming with a complex system. We want an easy pill. We have diminished our soils for hundreds of years and fixing things takes time,” Archuleta said. “We have producers now who have cut their inputs dramatically, but it is a commitment and it is a system. People who don’t want to take risks — don’t even try covers and no-till if you are not willing to change and learn. But, if you want to change, reduce inputs and pass the farm to the next generation, come and learn. If you’re not committed, don’t do this. Cover crops have to be just as important as your main crops.”David Brandt, of course, is known around the country for his work with cover crops and long-term no-till on his Fairfield County farm where he has dramatically reduced inputs. One example is with herbicide costs.“We have seen a reduction in herbicides by as much as 50%. As we use cover crops that don’t mat down we are not seeing marestail, giant ragweeds or winter annuals out there in the fields. We still have the opportunity to use post if we want to and we pull the trigger if we need to, but 90% of the time we don’t have to pull that trigger,” Brandt said. “We are trying to mimic Mother Nature. We want in our cover crops plants that are short in stature, medium in stature and taller, just like your woodlots are. We will have root growth anywhere from three inches down to five feet deep.”Brandt and others have been able to increase yields and make similar and significant cuts in inputs including nutrients, fungicides and pesticides with long-term cover crop use.In terms of cuts in commercial fertilizer, the reductions can only be successfully implemented after several years with carefully managed no-till and cover crops, Archuleta said. Then, as the soil health and quality improves, the fertilizer requirements decrease. The key to this, though, according to Archuleta, is using the right soil test — the “Haney test.”Traditional soil tests measure the amount of nitrate in the soil, but do not account for the contributions of soil microbes that mineralize organic nitrogen and phosphate. Because of this, traditional soil tests often direct farmers with healthier soils to apply more fertilizer than is really needed.“The problem is that conventional tools are not measuring the right soil characteristics. They test for inorganic nitrogen in the form of nitrate, but that’s just one form of nitrogen available to the plant,” said Richard Haney, the soil scientist with the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service Grassland, Soil, and Water Research Laboratory who developed the “Haney test.”The “Haney test” involves drying and rewetting soil and analyzing it for microbial activity to measure nitrate and ammonium, plus an organic form of nitrogen. It also measures organic carbon and other nutrients. The drying and rewetting process mimics what happens in the field before and after a rain.The soil test results include a spreadsheet that shows the amounts of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium available to plants along with measurements of water-soluble organic carbon, water-soluble organic nitrogen, and soil microbial activity. The results also provide a calculation of soil health and the ratio of carbon to nitrogen.The Haney test is available at laboratories around the country, including Brookside Laboratories in New Bremen. It adds to the time and costs for a soil test, but it saves on fertilizer costs. Brandt started using Haney’s system three years ago.“I estimate that it’s saved us at least 25% in nutrient costs,” Brandt said. “The readings were more accurate than other soil tests we had run, and we either maintained or increased our yields.”The road has been a little different for every farm success story Archuleta highlighted, but the basic concepts have proven themselves time and again for those who are willing to make the significant investment in the future of their soils.“First, expect failure. You will have failures. Expectations are everything,” Archuleta said. “Get organized have the right equipment and understand your cover crop varieties. Don’t do this alone. Build a soil health community you can rely on for advice. Incorporate diversity into your operation. Rotate animals and enterprise diversity so that farm becomes more resilient to ecological and economic stress. Be patient and try three to five years with covers and no-till.”last_img read more

How 21st century tech will drive transit regulations

first_imgFor most of our history, regulation has been the cart pulled along behind the technological horse. It was a clear cause-and-effect relationship: New tech was developed and put into broad use, then came the rules about how and when to use (or not use) it.In other words: We have speed limits because of the automobile, not vice versa.However, in the 21st century, the speed and scope of technological advances have served to drive regulation in a more proactive manner. The 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act mandated that healthcare providers shift to electronic medical records. Patients that are used to seeing doctors scribbling on pads or clipboards became accustomed to the sight of laptops and tablets in the exam room.And at the close of 2016, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s proposed rules that would require equipping cars and light trucks with wireless communication technology that could help avoid potential collisions. Indeed, the DOT believes this can help prevent up to 80 percent of accidents.When we have turned to technology-driven regulation here in the United States, it has typically been because of the advantages offered, most notably in the areas of safety, mobility, and health. Now Germany has given us another reason to base regulation on new tech and it is, unsurprisingly, efficiency.By 2019, the German transport ministry has announced, all paper tickets for transit will be phased out in favor of electronic tickets. There are already 10 million Germans using smart transportation ticketing, but the federal agency has mandated that public transit services – whether buses, subways, or other modes – will be accessed by “a nationwide e-ticket.”Brian Zanghi, Chief Executive Officer, MasabiWhy follow Germany’s lead?There is good reason for public and private transportation agencies in the United States to take a close look at the reasons behind Germany’s action, because those conditions exist in transit systems across this country, as well.Reduced costs: By eliminating physical infrastructure related to selling and printing tickets, as well as processing cash payments, maintenance and operational expenses are reduced. Budget and staff will be freed up for higher-priority jobs.Reduce fraud and improve security: Lost or stolen e-tickets can be canceled and replaced, unlike paper tickets. Fraud is reduced, as is the need for drivers and conductors to handle cash, which is another security risk.Convenience: A single electronic ticket that works across an entire transit system makes travel easier for passengers, who no longer have to juggle different tickets during their trip.Eliminating lines: Frustrating waits can have wide-ranging impacts on travelers. With no paper tickets to buy, ticket kiosks and the long lines they create will disappear. This helps smooth the traveler’s journey.These are priorities common to any transportation agency – public or private – and any mode of transportation, be it below ground, on the surface, across water, or through the air. The fact that so many of them can be addressed through a single tech-driven regulation should encourage local government officials, public agencies, and private transportation agencies to give serious consideration to follow Germany’s lead.We are now on the flip side of the car/speed limit equation. In the era of the Internet of Things – where virtually every object that can be connected will, at some level, be connected – we can expect technology-driven regulations to quickly become the norm. State- or agency-level mandates should take the initiative, given the benefits they can reap through leveraging technology to address these priorities. Brian Zanghi IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A… How IoT Will Play an Important Role in Traffic … Tags:#Internet of Things#IoT#Masabi#Smart Cities#smart city center_img Related Posts Surveillance at the Heart of Smart Cities How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi…last_img read more

How to Get That Terrence Malick Look in Your Next Film

first_imgAll of the great directors have a signature style that is at once recognizable and wholly representative of their work. Perhaps one of the most iconic cinematic styles belongs to the enigmatic director Terrence Malick as seen throughout his four-decade career.Top image via WikimediaIn a conversation about Tree of Life, Christopher Nolan calls Terrence Malick’s work “instantly recognizable.”His films are all very connected with each other and very recognizably his work. But it’s very tough to put your finger on why that is or what you’re seeing in that the technique is not immediately obvious.While the Malick-style is built on a rich tapestry of motifs and pathos, the cinematic tropes are distinctive and actually quite achievable on projects big and small. Here are some of the key ingredients to capture that “Terrence Malick look.”1. Shoot During Magic HourMost notable in the picturesque big Hollywood production Days of Heaven, Malick’s insentience to shoot as many scenes as possible in fleeting dusk light might be his most notable hallmark. The shadowless glow of twilight is perfect for capturing that Malick lighting style (as well as evenly lighting your scenes).2. Wide-Angle HandheldAfter Days of Heaven, Malick disappeared from cinema for 20 years. Once he returned, he completely abandoned many of the traditional Hollywood styles in which he was forced to work early in his career. The set two-shots and conversational cut-betweens seen in most narrative formats were eliminated in favor of a wandering wide-angle camera that constantly circles around subjects as they wander through the film.3. Close-Ups of HandsIf there is a Terrence Malick “shot” that has been most pastiched and reused, it would have to be the close-up of a hand being held out and lightly touching flowing blades of grass or wheat. You can see the same shot in pretty much every one of Malick’s films, as well as appropriated in shots from The Assassination of Jesse James and Marie Antoinette.4. Cutaway Inserts of NatureThis is a style that stems back to his first feature, Badlands. Whether it’s simply light through tree branches, snakes sliding across grass or buffalo gawking at Richard Gere, Malick seemingly has never passed up any opportunity to break from filming movie stars to shoot scenic inserts of nature in its beauty.5. Whispering Existential NothingsAll the Malick footage in the world would be for naught if it didn’t include characters from the filming whispering existential non-sequiturs to no one in particular. Bonus points if the actor or actress whispering is being subjectively circled while lightly touching a tree branch in a friscilating dusk.If you’d like to see some of Malick’s influences firsthand, here’s a great supercut put together by Jacob T. Swinney of Malick-style shots in non-Malick directed films. What are your thoughts on the Malick look? Have any other style examples to share? Let us know in the comments!last_img read more

11 killed in Rajasthan road accident

first_imgIn a gruesome accident, 11 persons were killed and over 15 injured when a bus full of passengers collided head-on with a truck on National Highway-11 near Shri Dungargarh in Rajasthan’s Bikaner district on Monday. The injured were rushed to the trauma centre at P.B.M. Government Hospital in Bikaner.Both the vehicles caught fire after the accident. The bus overturned and its front portion was mangled, in which several passengers were trapped. Rescuers faced difficulty in extricating the passengers, though the local residents and policemen doused the fire by fetching water from the nearby villages.The bus was on its way from Bikaner to Jaipur and the mishap occurred outside Lakhasar village. Police said the early morning fog and over-speeding could be the possible causes for the accident.last_img read more

‘In the mood’: Roger Federer seeks more clay matches in Rome

first_img“I heard some fans clearly were not happy about it. That’s obviously disappointing to hear. They rewarded the fans who bought tickets earlier, which is sort of strange, but OK,” Federer said. “I just really hope it doesn’t take away the fact I’m really happy to be here. … I’m pumped up to play well. My excitement couldn’t be bigger.”While he hasn’t won in Rome, Federer has found success in Italy. He won his first career title in Milan in 2001. In the memorable 2006 Italian Open final, Federer lost in a fifth-set tiebreaker to Nadal.“Always enjoyed playing in Italy. It’s probably the country I’ve played the most junior tennis in,” he said. “Coming down from Switzerland to the clay courts was always a logical junior trip. They have very strong junior tournaments here.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss PBA D-League: CEU nears no. 1 after beatdown of Wangs “I was in the mood to play,” Federer said Tuesday after a practice session on the Foro Italico’s Campo Centrale. “Would I rather practice or play matches? … There would be excitement, more excitement than me coming to a practice court in Switzerland.“Honestly, I love to play matches. Regardless of what happens here, I just think it’s good for me to play matches at this stage,” Federer added.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsAfter reaching the Madrid Open quarterfinals last week upon his return to clay after a two-year absence, Federer went to Switzerland. He said the cool weather at home also convinced him to make the trip to Rome.“I felt like playing somewhat maybe more sea level conditions would be good for me,” Federer said. LATEST STORIES DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power gridcenter_img Switzerland’s Roger Federer looks on during a press conference at the Italian Open tennis tournament, in Rome, Italy, Tuesday, May 14, 2019. (Ettore Ferrari/ANSA via AP)ROME — At 37 and with 20 Grand Slam titles, Roger Federer still gets excited about playing tennis.That’s why he added this week’s Italian Open to his schedule.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated MOST READ Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Federer begins play Wednesday against either 37th-ranked Frances Tiafoe or 75th-ranked Joao Sousa. He’s in the same half of the draw as eight-time Rome champion Rafael Nadal.“I’m so far away in the draw,” Federer said of a possible semifinal matchup with his longtime rival. “I have other problems first getting there.”Federer is a four-time runner-up at the Italian Open, which he’s never won, making it one of the few significant trophies he hasn’t claimed.Federer is preparing for the French Open, which starts in less than two weeks.Federer had initially planned to play only in Madrid before Roland Garros. When he announced on Saturday that he was coming to Rome, Italian Open organizers raised prices for remaining tickets to Wednesday’s session.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

World Boxing Championships: Amit Panghal, Manish Kaushik Aim for History in Semis

first_imgEkaterinburg: India would be aiming to better their best ever show when Amit Panghal (52kg) and Manish Kaushik (63kg) step inside the ring against tough opponents in pursuit of summit berths in the World Men’s Boxing Championship here, on Friday.India have never had two semifinalists at the marquee event for amateur boxers and in that respect, the two Haryana boxers have already scripted history. But if both or either of them manages to make the finals, it would be a gigantic step forward for the sport in the country.The task, however, is easier said than done.Panghal has in his way Kazakhstan’s Saken Bibossinov, who stunned Armenia’s European gold-medallist and sixth seed Artur Hovhannisyan in the quarterfinals.Kaushik, on the other hand, faces the most accomplished boxer in his weight category — Cuban top seed Andy Gomez Cruz, who out-punched Russia’s eighth-seeded Ilia Popov in the last-eight stage.Cruz, who was the light welterweight (64kg) gold-medallist in the 2017 edition, is also a two-time Pan American Games gold-winner and not to mention, a terrific mover inside the ring.”Now begins the tough job. We have already delivered on bettering the medal count and now we aim to better their colour,” Indian Boxing’s High Performance Director Santiago Nieva told PTI.”I am happy but I won’t be completely happy till the time both of them reach the finals and they surely can, both of them,” added the country’s chief coach C A Kuttappa.They are up against tough challengers but that in no way makes them automatic underdogs.Panghal, the pint-sized dynamo from Rohtak, is the reigning Asian Games and Championships gold-medallist and has back-to-back gold medals at one of Europe’s oldest tournament — the Strandja Memorial.Kaushik, the shy man hailing from the cradle of Indian boxing Bhiwani, is a Commonwealth Games gold-medallist and is a two-time national medal winner.Both are employed with the Indian Army and both have shown a soldier’s grit in some draining bouts so far.”He (Bibossinov) has a long reach but I think I have the strategy to beat him,” said Panghal after the quarterfinal triumph.Panghal didn’t go into the details but so far, he has delivered each time he has promised. In fact, it was at the world championships when Panghal first caught everyone’s attention.In the 2017 edition, he nearly took down the then defending champion Hasanboy Dusmatov in the quarters but lost by the most slender of margins. The Indian got his revenge a year later in the Asian Games final, where a gold catapulted him to star status in Indian boxing.Kaushik has had a stop-start career so far. He first hit the headlines when he took down 2015 world bronze-winner and three-time Asian medallist Shiva Thapa in the national championship finals.That victory opened the doors of the senior national camp for him and he has been locked in a neck-and neck battle for a place in the side with Thapa ever since. So, while the CWG slot went to him, Thapa took the Asian Games last year.”I think I have moved slightly ahead because I don’t just have a world medal like him but also a CWG medal which Shiva bhai doesn’t have. That has taken a lot of pressure off me,” Kaushik told PTI.”As for tomorrow, I have seen the videos of my opponent. No doubt he is a good boxer but there is nothing in his game that I cannot do better,” he added.Before this year, India had never won more than one bronze medal in a single edition of the world championship.The overall medal count for the country before the ongoing edition stood at four bronze medals, claimed by Vijender Singh (2009), Vikas Krishan (2011), Shiva Thapa (2015) and Gaurav Bidhuri (2017). Amit PanghalboxingIndiaIndian Boxing First Published: September 19, 2019, 1:25 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

WTA Finals: Simona Halep Mounts Raging Comeback for Win Over Bianca Andreescu as Elina Svitolina Downs Karolina Pliskova

first_imgShenzhen: Wimbledon champion Simona Halep saved a match point in the second set and then powered to a rousing comeback victory over Canadian sensation Bianca Andreescu at the WTA Finals on Monday.The No.5 seed prevailed with a gruelling 3-6,7-6 (8/6), 6-3 win in two hours and 34 minutes at the Shenzhen Bay Sports Centre. Andreescu, who at 19 is the youngest player in the draw, had a match point in the 12th game of the second set but was unable to convert and fell away after that.Halep moved on top of Purple Group alongside defending champion Elina Svitolina who earlier beat No.2 seed Karolina Pliskova 7-6 (14/12), 6-4 in one hour and 53 minutes.”I love playing under pressure,” Halep said after the match.”I’m happy that I could fight with a girl who is 10 years younger than me.”There has been much attention on Andreescu since she beat Serena Williams in the US Open final and she started confidently in her first appearance at the season-ending showpiece.In a matchup of the past two Grand Slam champions, Andreescu dictated early from the baseline and ruthlessly pounced on Halep’s tentative serve to break three times in a dominant opening set.It was a see-saw in the second set with both players struggling to hold serve before Halep produced her best when it mattered most to force a deciding set.Andreescu received medical attention on her lower back between sets and she appeared lethargic in the deciding set as a rejuvenated Halep took full advantage.The No.4 seed lost for just the sixth time in 54 matches this season, where she started the year ranked 178.Earlier, Svitolina continued her dominance over Karolina Pliskova to start her title defence impressively. It was Svitolina’s fourth straight victory over a misfiring Pliskova who had 42 unforced errors.The 25-year-old is hoping to end a barren season on a high having not captured a title since last year’s WTA Finals triumph.”This is my last chance (this season),” Svitolina told reporters. “That’s the biggest motivation for me. I always try to bring my best game.”It was a disappointing result for Pliskova who started well, mixing trademark hard-hitting blows from the baseline with softer touch, but Svitolina slowly clawed her way back into the match.It was a tense contest extending into a nerve-jangling tiebreaker with Pliskova’s bold approach saving six set points, but she miscued on the seventh as the Ukrainian finally drew first blood.A frustrated Pliskova was broken immediately to open the second set and never seriously threatened to stage a comeback against an increasingly confident Svitolina.Pliskova, who has a tour-leading four titles this season, rued the marathon tiebreaker where she failed to convert a set point.”I think that decided the match,” she said. “Even though I had some chances in the second set, the first set was a big part of the match. Bianca Andreescuelina svitolinakarolina pliskovaSimona Halep First Published: October 28, 2019, 10:29 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

Youth focus of Modis vision, connect with them: Shah to BJYM

first_imgNew Delhi, Apr 18 (PTI) BJP president Amit Shah today asked his partys youth wing to connect young voters to it, saying they were key in Prime Minister Narendra Modis vision of a new India.Addressing the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morchas national executive here, Shah said youths should be flag bearers of Indias culture and traditions and take lead in the countrys development.Be it Digital India, Start-Up India or Stand-up India, the youth is Modis focus, he said, asking the partys young leaders to reach out to the youngsters and popularise the governments works.He also asked youth leaders to focus on swachhta project and work on cleanliness in their areas, a BJP statement said.Shah spoke at length about the partys growth from 11- leader Jana Sangh, the BJPs forerunner, to its current strength of over 11 crore workers besides more than 330 MPs and 1385 MLAs.BJYM chief Poonam Mahajan said the outfit will organise a big programme to groom the countrys cultural talent and hold national- and state-level competitions to motivate sports talent. PTI KR KISlast_img read more

BCCI email and report leak in bad taste

first_imgIn the best of times, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has not been known for diplomacy. And with the Mithali Raj versus coach Ramesh Powar conflict playing out like a top soap opera, the BCCI can take credit for “leaking” a confidential email written by the superstar of Indian women’s cricket and the tour report by Powar.Since the time India lost in the ICC World T20 semi-finals to England where Mithali was benched, there has been all kind of speculation. One would have liked to treat India’s loss as one where they were not the best side on view that day. From team mix to strategy, everything went wrong.The match was played on November 22 and perhaps time would have been the best healer. In the good old days, women’s cricket did not enjoy this kind of popularity. Thanks to their efforts on the field and India making the ICC World Cup (ODI format) final last year in England, the popularity has grown. It’s a good sign for Indian women’s cricket.Then came the most foolish act from someone within the national cricket board who had access to the Mithali email. It was leaked and almost everyone from media fraternity and social media users could read its contents.The email was emotional and also explosive. It had all the ingredients of a letter where the aggrieved party (Mithali) poured her heart out. She spoke of her pain, she spoke of her commitment to Indian cricket and she also spelt out how coach Ramesh Powar was “avoiding” her in the West Indies.advertisementIdeally, an email like this should have set the BCCI thinking and they should have conducted a proper probe into it. Mithali was called to the BCCI office and just a day after that her email was leaked. It was in very poor taste as the whole idea was to play out in public personal grievances being nursed by India’s captain in Tests and ODIs.To say that Mithali was left red-faced would be an understatement. None can question her commitment to cricket and as someone who was even being touted as a possible Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award nomination in 2017, she has every right to feel let down.Coaches versus player differences are nothing new. In team sport, the coach, manager or captains have a say. If Mithali is saying she was being avoided by coach Powar that in itself is a big story. The job of a coach is to ensure best possible communication, which seemed missing in the West Indies. There have been instances before in men’s cricket where players have been dropped. At first, it seemed for just one match, before their careers simply petered out!These are troubled times for Indian cricket. The BCCI finds itself embroiled in many controversies and for even matters of pure cricketing domain, we find the CoA (Committee of Administrators) poking its nose in it. Then again, the CoA has also not come out with flying colours in the Mithali episode as she has taken a huge swipe at Diana Edulji for her comments in the media.It’s a bizarre situation. Mithali cannot deny the contents of the email and none in the BCCI has offered an explanation till now as to who was crazy enough to leak the email. The best of controversies in life can be handled when you let it cool down. In this case, what has happened is more fuel has been added to fire and everyone has an opinion on it now.Former cricketers, men and women, are giving their views. The controversy finds huge mention in the media and one thing is certain, Powar is no longer the Indian women’s coach. But there is a catch here, he has not been dumped because of the content of Mithali’s email. As per his contract, this was his last assignment.Powar, too, has called Mithali “selfish” and so on in his report that the BCCI cannot dismiss lightly. Just to jog the readers’ memory, when Anil Kumble was being eased out as coach, the dressing room was being blamed for leaks! The rooms were not speaking but people from within. It could have been players or those who have regular access to the dressing room.With the BCCI advertising for a new women’s coach, it will be interesting to see how it pans out. The Mithali topic sees former cricketers giving their verdict. In this whole drama, if there is one group of people having a real good laugh, it’s the wise men in the BCCI. Howzzat?advertisementlast_img read more

International roundup: Klich denies Republic of Ireland win over Poland

first_img Show Share via Email Read more TuesdayA2: Iceland 0-3 BelgiumA4: Spain 6-0 CroatiaB3: Bosnia-Herzegovina 1-0 AustriaC2: Hungary 2-1 Greece, Finland 1-0 EstoniaD2: San Marino 0-3 Luxembourg, Moldova 0-0 Belarus MondayA3: Portugal 1-0 ItalyB2: Sweden 2-3 TurkeyC1: Scotland 2-0 AlbaniaC4: Serbia 2-2 Romania, Montenegro 2-0 LithuaniaD1: Andorra 1-1 KazakhstanD3: Kosovo 2-0 Faroe Islands, Malta 1-1 Azerbaijan Thank you for your feedback. Was this helpful? Pinterest Share on Twitter Hide Friendlies Marcus Rashford ends England’s losing run in drab friendly against Switzerland Gavin Whyte scores Northern Ireland’s third goal after coming off the bench in the second half. Photograph: Jason Cairnduff/Reuters Having spent much of the run-up to the game in Wroclaw having to handle the fall-out from assistant Roy Keane’s summer rant at Harry Arter and Jonathan Walters, Martin O’Neill saw his depleted squad provide a response to their Nations League drubbing in Wales on Thursday evening.They were roundly criticised in the wake of a 4-1 loss in Cardiff, where they were porous in defence and toothless in attack as they slipped to a fourth defeat in five games.However, a team featuring two regular starters in the goalkeeper Darren Randolph and midfielder Jeff Hendrick, reverted to type in front of a crowd of 25,455, denying Poland time and space and looked to have nicked victory until Klich intervened.Gavin Whyte needed less than two minutes of his Northern Ireland debut to find the net in a 3-0 win over Israel in a friendly at Windsor Park. Lukaku then made it 2-0 to Belgium, firing a close-range shot on the rebound that was judged to have crossed the line before Birkir Saevardsson managed to clear. The Manchester United striker then added a third with a deft flick nine minutes from full-time.It was Belgium’s first game in the new competition and ended a run of 13 competitive matches unbeaten at home for Iceland, who were hammered 6-0 by Switzerland away in their opening Nations League game on Saturday.In League B, Edin Dzeko grabbed the only goal of the game in the 78th minute as Bosnia overcame Austria in Zenica.In League C, Hungary edged a 2-1 win over Greece in Budapest. Roland Sallai’s 15th-minute goal was quickly cancelled out by Kostas Manolas, but a 42nd-minute effort from László Kleinheisler proved enough for the Hungarians to bounce back from Saturday’s opening 1-0 defeat in Finland. Reuse this content Topics Finland maintained their promising start to the competition as Teemu Pukki’s goal in the 12th minute proved decisive in a 1-0 victory over Estonia in Turku.In League D, Luxembourg eased to a 3-0 win in San Marino, while Moldova and Belarus drew 0-0. Romelu Lukaku scored twice and won a penalty that Eden Hazard converted as Belgium beat Iceland 3-0 in their Nations League A, Group 2 game in Reykjavik.Lukaku was bundled over by Sverrir Ingi Ingason in the 28th minute and the referee immediately pointed to the spot, with Hazard sending Hannes Halldórssón the wrong way with the resulting penalty. Twitter Belgium Photograph: Francois Nel – UEFA/UEFAcenter_img SaturdayA2: Switzerland 6-0 IcelandA4: England 1-2 Spain B3: Northern Ireland 1-2 Bosnia-HerzegovinaC2: Finland 1-0 Hungary, Estonia 0-1 GreeceD2: Belarus 5-0 San Marino, Luxembourg 4-0 Moldova Facebook Share on WhatsApp The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Republic of Ireland Asensio and Saúl inspire new-look Spain to six-goal thrashing of Croatia FridayA3: Italy 1-1 PolandB2: Turkey 1-2 RussiaC1: Albania 1-0 IsraelC4: Lithuania 0-1 Serbia, Romania 0-0 MontenegroD3: Azerbaijan 0-0 Kosovo, Faroe Islands 3-1 Malta Nations League Quick guide Nations League: latest results and fixtures Northern Ireland SundayA1: France 2-1 NetherlandsB1: Ukraine 1-0 SlovakiaB4: Denmark 2-0 WalesC3: Bulgaria 1-0 Norway, Cyprus 2-1 SloveniaD1: Georgia 1-0 LatviaD4: Macedonia 2-0 Armenia, Liechtenstein 2-0 Gibraltar news Share on Pinterest ThursdayLeague A, Group 1: Germany 0-0 FranceB1: Czech Republic 1-2 UkraineB4: Wales 4-1 Republic of IrelandC3: Norway 2-0 Cyprus, Slovenia 1-2 BulgariaC4: Lithuania 0-1 Serbia, Romania 0-0 MontenegroD1: Kazakhstan 0-2 Georgia, Latvia 0-0 AndorraD4: Armenia 2-1 Liechtenstein, Gibraltar 0-2 Macedonia Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Aiden O’Brien marked his senior international debut with a goal as the Republic of Ireland came within minutes of ending a turbulent week with a morale-boosting victory in Poland.The 24-year-old Millwall striker looked to have won the day with his 53rd-minute header, but Mateusz Klich equaliser’s in the 87th minute snatched a 1-1 draw. Read more Share on Messenger Whyte scored the final goal soon after coming on as a substitute to add to first-half goals from Steven Davis and Stuart Dallas.It helped the home side to a first win in four and a much-needed result after the frustration of Saturday’s 2-1 Nations League loss to Bosnia & Herzegovina in a match Northern Ireland dominated.Though they did not enjoy the same levels of possession or create as many chances, Northern Ireland did succeed in carving out clear openings and made them count.last_img read more

‘Zidane will have no problem finding PL club’

first_imgPremier League Zidane will have no problem finding a Premier League club – Pires Matt Dorman 03:09 6/8/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Zinedine Zidane Getty Images Premier League Zinédine Zidane Real Madrid Primera División A former France international team-mate of the ex-Real Madrid manager has encouraged a man now out of work to consider a role in English football Zinedine Zidane made the right decision to leave Real Madrid and will continue to flourish as a coach, according to former team-mate Robert Pires.Zidane dropped a bombshell by quitting the Santiago Bernabeu just five days after leading Madrid to a third successive Champions League title.The 1998 World Cup winner was immediately linked with the France post, but French Football Federation president Noel Le Graet said Didier Deschamps would remain in charge until at least 2020. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now That could spark a scramble for his services, with Pires proposing the Premier League as a completely new test for “one of the best” in world football.”I think for him it’s good news he left Real Madrid. He loves a new challenge,” the ex-Arsenal man told Sky Sports.”He’s competitive and I think he can find a good solution, and he can find a new [type of] football, because you know the Premier League and LaLiga is not the same football.”If he wants to try the Premier League he will find a new club, no problem for him.”Along with a trio of Champions League crowns, Zidane also guided Los Blancos to two UEFA Super Cups, back-to-back Club World Cup successes and the 2016-17 Liga title. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Jasprit Bumrah effect! Kid in Hong Kong imitates India pacer’s action, bowls a ripper

first_imgJasprit Bumrah effect! Kid in Hong Kong imitates India pacer’s action, bowls a ripperIn a video uploaded by Hong Kong Cricket, a kid in an U-13 cricket tournament in the country can be seen bowling a ripper while imitating Jasprit Bumrah’s hop, skip and jump bowling action. advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiMarch 5, 2019UPDATED: March 5, 2019 11:42 IST Jasprit Bumrah has emerged the leader of India’s bowling attack (AP Photo)After years of Indian kids idolising fast bowlers from pace-rich teams of the likes of Australia, Pakistan and New Zealand, an Indian fast bowler has taken the cricketing world by storm.An unusual action coupled with pinpoint accuracy has made Jasprit Bumrah one of the best pacers going around. The smiling assassin doesn’t showcase the aggression that is typical of a fast bowler but is proving to be opposition batsmen’s biggest headache these days.Ever since his debut in red-ball cricket, Bumrah has been able to establish himself as one of the lethal pacers across all formats. The India pacer jolted the Australian batsmen in their own backyard and played a crucial role in setting up India’s historic 2-1 Test series win.Months after a video of an Australian kid imitating Bumrah’s action in his backyard surfaced on the internet, a clip of a U-13 cricketer in Hong Kong trying his bit to mimic the India pacer has gone viral.Hong Kong Cricket took to social media to share a video clip of the kid bowling during an U-13 cricket tournament in the country. The kid can be seen taking a short bowling stride before picking up pace, just like Bumrah’s hop, skip and jump bowling action.Incidentally, the kid can be seen testing the batsman with the delivery bowled with the unusual action.Spotted in the U-13s League today – another interesting bowling action. Does this remind you of somebody? @Jaspritbumrah93 @BCCI @ICCMediaComms @ICC #Cricket #HKCricket pic.twitter.com/A8OOfmtfPGadvertisementHong Kong Cricket (@CricketHK) March 3, 2019Notably, Bumrah had responed to the video of the Australian kid, who had imitated his action. “The kid is so cute. Give him my best wishes,” the 25-year-old had written.The kid is so cute . Give him my best wishes .Jasprit bumrah (@Jaspritbumrah93) January 9, 2019Bumrah has gone on to establish himself as the leader of India’s bowling attack, across the three formats of the game. After snaring 48 wickets in his first year in Test cricket, Bumrah is gearing up for his first World Cup tournament.Bumrah is likely to lead the pace attack in England and Wales while the likes of Mohammed Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar are battling for the second pacer’s spot.Also Read | Nagpur ODI: MS Dhoni returns to happy hunting ground amid strong form vs AustraliaAlso Read | India aim for continued ODI dominance over Australia in NagpurAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Jasprit BumrahFollow Hong Kong CricketFollow India national cricket teamlast_img read more

Samsung Galaxy Fit, Galaxy Fit e wearables set to launch in India soon, Flipkart listing confirms

first_imgSamsung Galaxy Fit, Galaxy Fit e wearables set to launch in India soon, Flipkart listing confirmsThe Galaxy Fit and Galaxy Fit e wearables were first unveiled at the Galaxy Unpacked 2019 event in February. They are now set to launch in India soon as per a teaser on Flipkart.advertisement Sanket Vijayasarathy New DelhiJune 24, 2019UPDATED: June 25, 2019 10:31 IST HIGHLIGHTSSamsung is set to launch the Galaxy Fit and Galaxy Fit e in India.The Samsung wearables will be available on Flipkart following their launch.The Galaxy Fit sports an AMOLED display and is water resistant up to 50 meters.Samsung will finally launch its latest fitness wearables in India. The Galaxy Fit and Galaxy Fit e wearables were first unveiled at the Galaxy Unpacked 2019 event in February alongside the Galaxy S10 series and Galaxy Buds. While the flagship phones as well as the truly wireless earbuds have been available in India for a while now, the fitness trackers have been missing. It seems the company is now ready to launch the Galaxy Fit and Galaxy Fit e in India as per a teaser on Flipkart.The Flipkart teaser shows an image of a fitness band with the lines “Get ready to get fit” and “The NextGen of fitness is coming.” Apart from a ‘Notify Me’ option, there is not much else that is known about the launch of the Galaxy Fit and Galaxy Fit e at the moment. The Galaxy Fit and Galaxy Fit e are simple fitness tracking devices with prices starting at Eur 39 (approx Rs 3,000). The Galaxy Fit sports a 0.95-inch AMOLED (120×240) display, while the Galaxy Fit e gets a slightly smaller 0.75-inch PMOLED (64×128) screen. The fitness trackers are water resistant up to 50 meters and can show notifications when paired with a phone. The wearables can also auto detect some workouts such as walking, running and dynamic workout.The Galaxy Fit houses a 120mAh battery while the Fit e packs a smaller 70mAh capacity. Both the fitness wearables run on FreeRTOS and support Bluetooth 5.0 LE. The Galaxy Fit and Galaxy Fit e are compatible with Android phones running Android 5 or higher with at least 1.5GB of RAM and iPhone 7 and above running on iOS 10 or newer OS.advertisementALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy A10 variant listed on FCC with dual cameras, bigger batteryALSO READ | More Samsung Galaxy Note 10, Note 10 Pro cases show up to confirm designGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySanket Vijayasarathy Tags :Follow SamsungFollow Galaxy Fitlast_img read more

Testing The “Ultimate Hangover Cure”: Steem Caffeinated Peanut Butter

first_img How to Cook Steak in the Oven Editors’ Recommendations The Peached Tortilla’s Fried Rice Recipe Is Just Plain Delicious How to Make Loco Moco, a Hawaiian Staple Dish 7 Fall Cocktail Recipes to Enjoy With Cooler Weather Waking up hungover is terrible when you’re in college. You may be in a strange apartment, covered in marker drawings, and missing a shoe. You may still have the taste of jungle juice in your mouth. You may not remember going to Cookout at 3:30 AM and ordering six bacon cheese hot dogs. In short, it’s terrible (except for that last part, which is awesome).Waking up hungover as an adult, though, is even worse. It hits you like a truckload of regret and sadness, and you spend hours wishing that the world would just go away.Some things help this, of course. Water, of course. Gatorade. Crackers and toast, convincing someone else to drive you to the nearest Bojangles.To Keith Barnofski and his business partners, though, there was another option. Something simple and delicious. Peanut butter, jacked up on caffeine. It’d be perfect, they realized, for those rough mornings after throwing one too many back or for college students in a rush to get to class. Thus, Steem Caffeinated Peanut Butter was born.One serving of Steem (2 tbsp) has around as caffeine as a cup of coffee: a cup of coffee usually has between 80 and 135mg per 8-ounce cup while Steem comes in at 150mg per serving.Naturally, we had to try it.Related: Chefs Share Their Favorite Thanksgiving Dessert RecipesTo make sure the test was, as they say, scientific—we could not let you, the readers, down—our spirits writer made sure to test it under the proper conditions: the morning after a Halloween party.The peanut butter:The flavor, if you like/are used to natural peanut butters, is great. There is a good balance of sweet and salty that isn’t overpowering one way or the other. Steem is thick and a little gritty, but again, nothing out of the ordinary for people who have eaten natural peanut butter.The caffeine:The Mayo Clinic recommends up to 400mg as safe for adults. Two quick spoonfuls of Steem brings you close to that amount, without having to get out of bed and brew coffee (leaving the jar bedside seemed like the best idea ever at first sight of it that morning).The results:It wasn’t an immediate miracle cure, but it did help. Taking certain headache medicines is bad for you after you’ve been drinking, so this all-natural product helps on in that respect. As mentioned above, convenience is also a benefit—you don’t even need a spoon. You can just scoop some out with a finger if you’re so inclined.Overall:In the end, it’s easy to see why this helps with hangovers or getting to class on time or running races or any of the other times when Steem can be put into action.For those who are a little more motivated in their anti-hangover cure procedures, check out this recipe for Five-Ingredient No-Bake Caffeinated Peanut Butter Balls from their blog:Ingredients:1 cup semi-sweet chocolate morsels1 stick of salted butter1 sleeve of graham crackers1 cup confectioner’s sugar1 jar of STEEM Caffeinated Peanut ButterProcess:Throw your oven down the stairs! Who needs that hunk of junk, right? You can make peanut butter bars now!Did you ever notice that there’s nine graham crackers in a sleeve? Not eight, not ten; nine. Anyone else think that’s weird? Anyway, use all of your bottled rage to crush the graham crackers into crumbs. Try not to get any tears of catharsis into the mixing bowl.Cup of confectioner’s sugar? Dump it in! Melt a stick of butter. And no, wiseguy, you don’t need no stinkin’ oven to melt the butter. Put it into a microwave safe bowl and nuke it for about 40 seconds. Then throw it into the mix.Pour the entire contents of one brave jar of STEEM into the bowl and mix until your forearm is all veiny.Take that big, beautiful, pasty mess out of that bowl and drop it into your lined baking pan. Press it down as evenly as you can, pushing it all the way to the corners. Make sure your hands are clean. Actually, you should have done that long before here. Are your hands clean? Go back in time and wash your hands before getting this far. Gross.Put a cup of semi-sweet morsels in a microwave-safe bowl (even the same one you used to melt the butter so you can get that .00001g of buttery cholesterol that was left behind) and nuke it for about 50 seconds. It’s touchy; after about 35 or 40 seconds, take the bowl out and try to stir it up a bit. After you nuke it for the last 15 seconds or so, it should be smooth enough to stir, and you’ll see quickly that the remaining morsels are melting and it should smooth out. Don’t give it a chance to harden; quickly pour it on top of your pb layer and spread it around evenly. I don’t go quite all the way to the edges of the pan with the chocolate because it’ll just get stuck to the foil on the edges and chocolate that I can’t eat is a thing that should not happen.Looks good, doesn’t it? Damn right it does. Now put that sucker in the fridge. The fridge is like the anti-oven. Let it set for at least an hour, more like two.Blow everybody’s freaking minds. The Lazy Man’s Guide on How to Make Hard Apple Ciderlast_img read more

Former UN Peace Messenger Anna Cataldi joins campaign to curb TB

20 September 2007Italian author and journalist Anna Cataldi, a former United Nations Messenger of Peace, was today appointed as an Ambassador of the Stop TB Partnership to raise awareness worldwide about the unfair burden of tuberculosis on refugees, migrants, people living in poverty and other disadvantaged groups. Italian author and journalist Anna Cataldi, a former United Nations Messenger of Peace, was today appointed as an Ambassador of the Stop TB Partnership to raise awareness worldwide about the unfair burden of tuberculosis on refugees, migrants, people living in poverty and other disadvantaged groups. In 2005 alone, the disease is estimated to have killed 1.6 million people. The Stop TB Partnership, whose secretariat is hosted by the UN World Health Organization (WHO), is a network of more than 500 international organizations, countries, donors from the public and private sectors, TB patients and nongovernmental and governmental organizations. Its goal is to eliminate TB as a public health problem worldwide. “Anna Cataldi has an extraordinary track record of galvanizing people to confront issues that cause human suffering,” Partnership Executive Secretary Marcos Espinal said. “She will be a strong voice calling for access to TB prevention, diagnosis and treatment as a human right.” Ms. Cataldi said she was “grateful to the Stop TB Partnership for giving me this opportunity to advocate on behalf of those suffering from this disease.” Welcoming the appointement, former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan praised Ms. Cataldi for her tireless efforts and devotion. “She was an active, compassionate and productive Messenger,” he said. “She travelled to difficult places, such as Afghanistan and Somalia, to bring support, encouragement and hope to the desperate and voiceless. I am delighted she will now devote her energies to the Stop TB campaign.” The Partnership’s Global Plan to Stop TB (2006-2015) seeks to treat 50 million people for TB between now and 2015 and save about 14 million lives. It aims to halve TB prevalence and deaths compared with 1990 levels by 2015. “Ms. Cataldi is sure to advance the global fight against TB. We welcome her appointment enthusiastically,” said Mario Raviglione, Director of the Stop TB Department at WHO. Ms. Cataldi is the author of Letters from Sarajevo, which chronicled the impact of war on Bosnia’s children. In 1998, to mark the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, she initiated a project to create and distribute a passport-sized pamphlet version of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights for children. This March, she conceived and helped organize a photo exhibit focussing on TB at the UN’s New York Headquarters that was viewed by more than 100,000 people. read more

Bank of Canada daily avg for the Cdn dollar 7990 cents US

The average value for the Canadian dollar on Tuesday was 79.90 cents US, down 0.22 of a cent from Monday.The U.S. dollar was at C$1.2515, up 0.33 of a cent.Pound sterling was at C$1.6190, up 0.55 of a cent, and US$1.2936, up 0.09 of a cent.The Euro was at C$1.5037, up 1.08 cents.Quotations provided by the Bank of Canada.

President Sirisena leaves for Australia on official visit

Bilateral cooperation has steadily improved over the years has spread into new areas of cooperation in recent years he said further in an interview with the President’s Media Division. High Commissioner Skandakumar stated further: “the fact that Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull invited our President for a state visit proves the new high in our longstanding friendship. President Maithripala Sirisena left for Australia today on an official visit, the President’s Media Division said.Sri Lanka and Australia enjoy strong bilateral relations, and the current state visit of President Maithripala Sirisena will give them quantum jump, says Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner in Australia Somasundaram Skandakumar. The last state visit took place six decades ago when Prime Minister Sir John Kothalawala visited Australia, following the setting up of Colombo Plan. Australia is a leading member of the Colombo Plan under which several programmes have been launched for the development of the education sector“.In the new areas of corporation, Australia is looking forward to invest in various sectors including mining, hospitality, dairy and agriculture. The High Commissioner said that the President, who also holds the Cabinet portfolio of Environment, will be visiting the National Arboretum in Canberra, where he will plant a sapling of Mahogany (Toona ciliata). The President is also scheduled to visit the ANU-CSIRO Centre for Genomics, Metabolomics and Bioinformatics where excellent research has been done on development of food crops. “Sri Lanka can learn a lot from these two centres about preserving environment, increasing forest density and agriculture and food crop research,” Skandakumar said. Indicating that there is a huge potential for expansion of bilateral corporation in the mining and education sectors, the High Commissioner emphasized, that Australian investors look forward to mine exploration on the western coastal areas. The recent years has seen a boost in bilateral security corporation, especially in maritime security, between the two countries. Realizing the imperative need for security in the Indian Ocean region, Australia has donated two modern patrolling vessels to Sri Lankan coast guards. The two countries are actively cooperating to curb human smuggling and to prevent maritime piracy.Revealing the details of President’s Sirisena’s state visit, Skandakumar expected many positive outcomes Australian Prime from the President’s meetings with the Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, Defence Minister Marise Payne, Education Minister Simon Birmingham, and Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Peter Dutton, where a number of Memoranda of Understanding will also be signed strengthening bilateral collaboration. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Canadians looking at investing outside of the country in greater numbers

Canadians looking at investing outside of the country in greater numbers by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 24, 2016 2:00 am MDT Last Updated Feb 24, 2016 at 10:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Canadian investors are increasingly looking at putting their money to work outside the country despite the drop in the loonie, a CIBC poll suggests.The survey found that 41 per cent of Canadians investing for retirement in stocks or mutual funds will invest mainly outside of the country.That result is up from 31 per cent in a similar poll last year.The poll conducted in January by Vision Critical found 15 per cent of those surveyed said they planned to add to their U.S. investments, while another 15 per cent were investing in emerging markets.Eleven per cent planned on stocks and mutual funds in developed markets such as Europe.The online poll was done by Vision Critical from Jan. 20 to 22.Much of the Canadian stock market is based in three key sectors — energy, mining and financials. The concentration meant last year that the S&P/TSX composite index suffered due to weakness in oil and other commodity prices.“While it’s natural for investors to have a ‘home bias’ by overweighting your portfolio to domestic stocks, taking a Canada-only approach can hurt returns,” says Luc de la Durantaye, managing director, asset allocation and currency management, CIBC Asset Management.“Canada accounts for only about three per cent of the world’s market capitalization, so diversifying geographically can strengthen your portfolio for the long-term.”The Canadian dollar has come off highs of recent years to trade at its lowest level against the U.S. dollar in more than a decade earlier this year.And while the drop in the loonie has made buying investments in the U.S. more expensive, it has also given a boost to U.S. stocks in Canadian dollar terms even with the relatively flat year for the S&P 500 in 2015.The CIBC suggested that with the recent volatility on the stock market and the lower loonie, 22 per cent of investors are looking at “alternative asset” classes that include real estate or infrastructure.Another 26 per cent said they wanted to learn more about alternative asset classes, the poll said.The polling industry’s professional body, the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association, says online surveys cannot be assigned a margin of error as they are not a random sample and therefore are not necessarily representative of the whole population. read more

Security Council renews steps against illicit Libyan oil exports renews missions in

In resolution 2361, which extends the mandate of the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF), the Council condemned the use of heavy weapons by both the Syrian armed forces and armed groups in the ongoing Syrian conflict in the area of separation between Israel and Syria, and underlined that there should be no military activity of the armed opposition groups in that area. It also urged Member States to convey strongly to the Syrian armed opposition groups in UNDOF’s area of operations to halt all activities that endanger UN peacekeepers and to accord them the freedom to carry out their mandate safely and securely. UNDOF was established by the Council in May 1974 to maintain the ceasefire between Israel and Syria, to supervise the disengagement of Israeli and Syrian forces, and to supervise the areas of separation and limitation. Mandate of UNAMID extended until 30 June next yearSimilarly, the Council adopted resolution 2363, in which it extended the mandate of the UN-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) until 30 June 2018. Among other things, the Council also decided that from 31 January next year, UNAMID’s troop and police ceiling shall be reduced to consist of up to 8,735 military personnel and 2,500 police personnel, including individual police officers and members of formed police units. Mandate of UN mission in Mali extended until 30 June 2018Also today, the Council extended the mandate of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali, known by its French acronym MINUSMA, through June 2018. In adopting resolution 2364, the Council also decided that MINUSMA shall continue to comprise up to 13,289 military personnel and 1,920 police personnel and that its strategic priority shall remain to support the implementation by the Government, the Plateforme and Coordination armed groups, as well as by other relevant Malian stakeholders, of the Agreement on Peace and Reconciliation in Mali. Furthermore, the Council authorized French forces, within the limits of their capacities and areas of deployment, “to use all necessary means” until the end of MINUSMA’s mandate, “to intervene in support of elements of MINUSMA when under imminent and serious threat upon request of the Secretary-General.” Measures renewed against illicit oil exports in LibyaThe Council also today renewed the measures against illicit oil exports from Libya as well as the mandate of the expert panel assisting the sanctions committee through November this year. In adopting resolution 2362, the Council condemned attempts to illicitly export petroleum, including crude oil and refined petroleum products, from Libya, including by parallel institutions which are not acting under the authority of the Government of National Accord.The Council also raised concerns about activities which could damage the integrity and unity of Libyan State financial institutions and the National Oil Corporation, and stressed the need for the Government of National Accord “to exercise sole and effective oversight” over the National Oil Corporation, the Central Bank of Libya and the Libyan Investment Authority. In the same resolution, the Council decided that the Panel of Experts on the issue shall provide an interim report on its work no later than 28 February 2018, and a final report, with findings and recommendations, by 15 September of next year. read more

In pictures The MH17 crash site

first_imgTHE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY is scrambling to react to the downing of an Malaysian Airlines flight over Ukraine yesterday.But amid the geopolitics is a human disaster, the loss of 298 lives.Just outside of the tiny town of Grabovo, the wreckage is due to be inspected by investigators today.Here is the view from that scene.All pics:  Source: Zurab Dzhavakhadze/Photas/Tass/Press Association Images Source: Zurab Dzhavakhadze/Photas/Tass/Press Association Images A man walks amongst the debris at the crash site. Source: Zurab Dzhavakhadze/Photas/Tass/Press Association Images People inspect the crash site of a passenger plane near the village of Grabovo. Source: Dmitry LovetskyAt the Dutch embassy in Kiev, a vigil was held. Source: AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov Source: AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov Flowers and candles brought to the Embassy of the Netherlands in Kiev to commemorate victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17. Source: AP Photo/Sergei ChuzavkovRead: Malaysian passenger plane shot down by surface-to-air missile over Ukrainelast_img read more

Apple reportedly testing an iPad mini

first_imgYes, it’s the time of year when iPad rumors are launched at a rapid-fire pace. Though last year’s “iPhone 5” rumors were inconsistent enough to give one schizophrenia, the 2012 iPad rumors have been fairly consistent. The iPad 3 will likely feature a Retina display, an A6 chip, LTE, a bigger battery, and a design similar to the iPad 2. So there’s nothing more to gossip about, right?But wait: the iPad 3 is no longer the only iPad dwelling in the rumor mill. It now has a supposed little brother, the iPad Mini. Though analysts refuse to let this one die, one of the most trusted sources of Apple leaks is actually joining the chorus. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple is currently qualifying suppliers for a smaller iPad with an eight-inch display.The “iPad mini” (the rumor mill’s name, not necessarily Apple’s) would sport a resolution that’s either the same as or similar to that of the iPad 2 (1024×768). That would give it a pixel density of 160, higher than that of the iPad 2, but nowhere near the rumored pixel density of the iPad 3 (264ppi). In other words, it would be nice enough to steal sales from the Kindle Fire, but would still be more of a budget tablet.Up to this point, we’ve been taking the iPad mini rumors with many grains of salt, but the WSJ’s chiming in lends more credibility to them. It has a great track record with Apple leaks, and is suspected to be the source that the company uses for “controlled leaks.” This leak, however, was specifically attributed to supply chain sources, not Apple.Even if this iPad mini story is true, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the tablet will ever make it to market. It describes a product that is still in its early stages. Many Apple products typically make it to that stage, but get killed before hitting the market. Will the iPad mini go this route, or will there be a new “Kindle Fire killer” this holiday season? I’m sure the rumor mill will give you a thousand answers during the next several months.last_img read more

Jammu and Kashmir Pakistan violates ceasefire in Uri sector

first_imgUri: Pakistan Army on Tuesday violated ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) in Uri sector. Earlier on Monday, heavy ceasefire violation was reported from two locations in Poonch, Indian Army sources said. India has repeatedly urged Pakistan to “respect” the 2003 ceasefire arrangement between the two countries.last_img

Princeton geoscientists report Greenland ice sheet melting rate is increasing

first_img Citation: Princeton geoscientists report Greenland ice sheet melting rate is increasing (2012, November 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-11-princeton-geoscientists-greenland-ice-sheet.html More information: Mapping Greenland’s mass loss in space and time, Published online before print November 19, 2012, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1206785109 (PDF)AbstractThe melting of polar ice sheets is a major contributor to global sea-level rise. Early estimates of the mass lost from the Greenland ice cap, based on satellite gravity data collected by the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment, have widely varied. Although the continentally and decadally averaged estimated trends have now more or less converged, to this date, there has been little clarity on the detailed spatial distribution of Greenland’s mass loss and how the geographical pattern has varied on relatively shorter time scales. Here, we present a spatially and temporally resolved estimation of the ice mass change over Greenland between April of 2002 and August of 2011. Although the total mass loss trend has remained linear, actively changing areas of mass loss were concentrated on the southeastern and northwestern coasts, with ice mass in the center of Greenland steadily increasing over the decade. The two used data from the twin satellites used in the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) that orbit in tandem over the Earth. As they pass over the planet they measure very small differences in gravity between the two that correspond to the amount of mass below. In looking at data recorded during the period August 2002 to 2011, they were able to measure the changes in mass of the ice sheet that covers Greenland, which is second only to Antarctica in size.The two found that by analyzing GRACE data very closely they could actually pinpoint the parts of the ice sheet that were changing and by how much. They noted for example, that for the year 2003 to 2004, the bulk of melting occurred along the eastern coast of the island nation, whereas over the following year it was centered in the northeast. Surprisingly, they found that even as the ice sheet as a whole was losing mass, some mass was gained in central Greenland. It’s not known why this has happened, but it’s possibly due to higher amounts of snowfall that might have occurred.The melting of the polar ice sheets is believed to be associated with rising global temperatures, which in turn is believed by most scientists to be the result of increased amounts of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere due mainly to human pollutants. As the ice sheets melt, global sea levels rise. By studying melting rates, scientists are able to provide better estimates on how much the sea will rise and when. Current estimates put sea level rise at 0.1 inches per year. Using the numbers from their study, the researchers estimate that sea levels will rise 2.4 inches over the next century from just the melting that is occurring in Greenland. They also note that based on current numbers, it would take approximately 13,000 years for all of the ice in Greenland to melt. Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Isua Supracrustal Belt Isua, south-west Greenland. Credit: University of Washington. Enhanced melting of Northern Greenland in a warm climatelast_img read more

Mozilla pledges to match donations to Tor crowdfunding campaign up to 500000

first_imgToday, the Tor Project launched its annual end-of-year crowdfunding campaign ‘Strength in Numbers’ and it’s receiving support from Firefox maker Mozilla. The Tor network disguises a users identity by moving their traffic across different Tor servers, and encrypting that traffic so it isn’t traced back to them, thus “ensuring privacy and online freedom”. Started back in 2016, Tor’s Crowdfunding campaigns allow the community to realize the opportunity that Tor promises. Their vision to deliver significant advancements in the hidden services field aims to draw contributions from donors, further facilitating their participation in shaping the evolution of hidden services. Tor announced that Mozilla will match donations up to a total of $500,000. This means a significant portion of the donations Tor receives during this campaign will be automatically be doubled. This is not the first time that Mozilla, Tor’s long term ally, has supported its network. Its partnership with Tor helped the organization raise over $400,000 from a similar campaign. Mozilla’s support has been beneficial to Tor, who began soliciting ‘crowdfunded’ donations in 2015 to offset its reliance on government grants. 2018 has been a busy year for the Tor network who have always aimed to take a stand against restrictive online practices and foster privacy and online freedom to its users. In wake of the same, they build the Tor Browser 8 based on Firefox’s 2017 Quantum structure and the Tor Browser for Android  to reach out to users in nations that have tightened restrictions on free expression and accessing the open web and not much freedom is provided to its citizens. Looks like Mozilla has given them a good head start to continue their work in 2019. Tor plans to do the following in 2019 with community support: Improve the capacity, modularization, and scalability of the Tor network Make improvements and integrations into other privacy and circumvention tools easier and reliable Better test  and design solutions around internet censorship Strengthen the development of Tor Browser for Android And much more! You can head over to Tor’s official Blog to know more about this news. Read Next Tor Project gets its first official mobile browser for Android, the privacy friendly Tor Browser Tor Browser 8.0 powered by Firefox 60 ESR releasedlast_img read more

Rep VanSingel announces August office hours

first_imgMonday, Aug. 218 to 9 a.m. at Daniel’s Restaurant, 55 E. South Ave. in Hesperia;10 to 11 a.m. at One East Main, 1 E. Main St. in Fremont; andNoon to 1 p.m. at the Newaygo County Building, Board of Commissioners room, 1087 E. Newell St. in White Cloud.             Rep. Scott VanSingel of Grant invites residents to attend his upcoming office hours during the month of August.“Being in touch with residents is one of my top priorities,” VanSingel said. “I encourage anyone who has ideas or concerns about our state government to attend my upcoming office hours.”Rep. VanSingel will be available at the following times and locations:Monday, Aug. 149 to 10 a.m. at Iron’s Café, 5408 W. 10 ½ Mile Road in Irons;10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Luther Public Library, 115 State St. in Luther; andNoon to 1 p.m. at the Lake County Building, Board of Commissioners room, 800 10th St. in Baldwin. No appointments are necessary. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. VanSingel’s office at (517) 373-7317 or by email at [email protected] Categories: VanSingel News 07Aug Rep. VanSingel announces August office hourslast_img read more

Rep Hauck bill addressing drone use passes House committee vote

first_img15Mar Rep. Hauck bill addressing drone use passes House committee vote The House Committee on Communications and Technology this week advanced a bill proposed by state Rep. Roger Hauck of Union Township as part of a larger legislative package establishing needed state guidelines for drones.Hauck’s bill, House Bill 5495, highlights facilities where use of unmanned aircraft systems will be prohibited under state law. The language refers to knowingly and intentionally interfering with “key facilities” as defined in the Michigan Penal Code, including manufacturing plants, electric or natural gas utilities, correctional sites and telecommunication facilities. Companion legislation sponsored by state Rep. Jim Lower of Cedar Lake offers a sentencing guideline making intentional drone interference with a key facility up to a four-year felony.“Over time, improved education will lead to more educated use,” Hauck said. “My bill allows for a lot of prosecutor discretion because of how new this technology is. Knowledge and intent will be two big things within that discretion. A surveyor who flies a drone over a highway or high voltage power line may not know that he is breaking a law. This proposal improves safety, offers clear deterrents for bad actors, grants leeway for hobbyists and puts rules on the books that can be better recognized and accepted the longer we have this technology.”A 2016 Federal Aviation Administration report estimated 2.5 million drones were being operated nationwide for a variety of purposes, including hobbyist and commercial. That number could grow to a projected 7 million by 2020.A 27-member Unmanned Aircraft Systems Task Force, appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder, began work in April 2017 to develop statewide recommendations on the operation, use and regulation of unmanned aircraft in Michigan. The bills offered largely reflect the task force’s policy recommendations.“There needs to be some definition here where the letter of the law could be clearly identified regarding drone usage,” Hauck said. “There are a lot of hobbyists and recreational drone users and not a lot of education or information on where you can and can’t use them.”The bills within the package, HBs 5494-98, advance to the House floor for further consideration.PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Roger Hauck, of Union Township, provides testimony in support of House Bill 5495 before the House Committee on Communications and Technology on Feb. 13. Hauck’s legislation is part of a bill package aiming to regulate unmanned aircraft at the state level. Categories: Hauck News,Newslast_img read more

Rep Hernandez sets local office hours

first_img21Feb Rep. Hernandez sets local office hours Categories: Hernandez News State Rep. Shane Hernandez will host local office hours on Friday, March 1 to meet with residents of Sanilac and St. Clair counties.“Input from the people in our community is essential to effectively representing you in Lansing,” Hernandez said. “One of my top priorities as a state legislator is being open and accessible to you. I welcome anyone to attend.”The office hours are scheduled for the following times and locations:10:30 a.m. at the Horseshoe Grill, 4000 Main St. in Brown City; and12 p.m. at the Mainstreet Café, 40 S. Elk St. in Sandusky.No appointment is necessary to attend office hours. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. Hernandez’s office by calling (517) 373-0835 or by email at [email protected]last_img read more