Olympians Arthur Wint, Herb McKenley and Dennis Johnson, as well stand-out coach Michael Clarke, will be among six luminaries to be honoured at the inaugural staging of the McKenley/Wint Track and Field Classic that will christen the new synthetic track at Calabar High School on January 23.Calabar High benefactors Ray Goldbourne and Dr. Don Philbert, who have both made significant contributions to the continued development of the Red Hills Road-based educational institution, will also be honoured during the meet that will feature Olympic Development races in the 400 and 800 metres and special 100-metre race for primary school athletes.Wint won Jamaica’s first ever gold medal in the 400 metres at the 1948 Olympic Games in London, England. He was also a member of Jamaica’s mile relay team that won gold in world record time at the 1952 Games in Helsinki.McKenley, the first Jamaican schoolboy to win a track scholarship, was a silver medallist in the 400m in 1948 and was a also member of Jamaica’s mile relay team that dramatically defeated the previously invincible Americans at the 1952 Games. He was also a successful track coach at Calabar High for more than a decade.Johnson, the first ever director of sports at the College of Arts, Science and Technology, was among the fastest men in the world over the 100-yard dash between the mid 1950s and early 1960s. He once equalled the world record four times within a one month span.Clarke has had tremendous success as a track coach and has led Calabar High to the last four titles at the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships.All six gentlemen will be honoured during the opening ceremony at the meet. “We will be presenting citations for each of them and will be handing over plaques of those citations,” said Andrea Hardware, a member of the organising committee.”We wanted this meet to be a development meet because both Mr. McKenley and Dr. Wint had been significant contributors to track and field, especially at the junior level, moreso Herb because he has been our coach for like the last 100 years before he retired, he was just there with us pushing and developing our programme in general and producing some outstanding athletes for us and for Jamaica.”So it is a meet honouring these two greats that have contributed so much to us as a nation,” Hardware stated.
As the death rate of the deadly Ebola is increasing in the country, a prominent citizen of Bomi County has called on her kinsmen not to lose hope in the face of the spread of the disease.“Don’t lose hope in the face of this Ebola crisis which is claiming the lives of our people in the country. What we need to do now as citizens is to follow the Ministry of Health preventive measures and put aside the traditional practices of burying dead bodies,” Cllr. Frances Johnson Allison, who is also former head of the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) advised her people.She made the call over the weekend when she visited the McDonald Street office of the Daily Observer, after she identified with several quarantined family members in the county. Cllr. Allison is also a senatorial aspirant of Bomi County. She said her donation followed after she learnt that there is growing number of Ebola death cases in her native homeland.“As a prominent citizen of this county, it’s important to identify with my people in this difficult period in the history of the country, we don’t need to sit down and allow government alone to fight the Ebola disease,” she added.As part of her visit in the county, Cllr. Allison also donated several items, including bags of rice, oil, buckets detergent soap, and some sanitary materials to Ebola survivals, marketers, Motorcyclists among others.She put the value of the items to a little over US$500.According to her, if Liberians were to unite themselves and exercise hope, they would shortly defeat the deadly virus from their country.“We can use this crisis to stand and work together for the betterment of our dearly country, Liberia that is bleeding from this ugly disease,” she admonished.“You are aware that we have suffered from the prolonged civil war that has plunged our country into total mess. It is now time for us to hold together to fight and defend it from falling deeply into destruction,” Cllr. Allison further added.Although not a political campaign period for now as election is suspended, Cllr. Allison’s picture was on every package she presented to people of Bomi to get people perhaps remember her when the senatorial election which she intends to contest comes.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Gardai are investigating a blaze at a derelict building in Newtowncunningham.The blaze happened last night (Sat) and a number of fire tenders were quickly on the scene to put out the blaze.Nobody was hurt as a result of the fire. A full investigation has been launched into the cause of the fire.Gardai investigate cause of Newtowncunningham blaze was last modified: July 21st, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalfireNewtowncunningham
Letterkenny suffered a major power fault this evening (Sat) leaving more than 3000 people without power. Areas in the outskirts of the Donegal town were also believed to be affected.The Electricity Supply Board (ESB) responded to the incident to repair the issue, with the interruption solved shortly before 5pm on Saturday. ESB apologised for the loss of supply following the short blackout.Power restored following major power fault in Letterkenny was last modified: October 7th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest State leaders of corn grower organizations in 23 states sent a letter to President Trump, calling on him to follow the law and keep the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) whole. The letter to the President comes on the heels of the Trump Administration’s most recent approval of 31 new RFS waivers to big oil companies. The 85 total waivers approved under the Trump Administration amount to 4.04 billion gallons, resulting in reduced corn demand due to lower ethanol blending and consumption and a rising number of ethanol producers slowing or idling production.The state corn grower leaders urge the President to stop the harm caused by waivers and restore integrity to the RFS by directing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to account for projected waivers beginning with the pending 2020 RFS volume rule.The full text of the letter is below.Dear President Trump,We are writing on behalf of the more than 300,000 corn farmers across the country who are being negatively impacted by a perfect storm of challenges in rural America. The 31 new Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) waivers to big oil companies, recently approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and bringing total waivers issued under your Administration to 85, could not have come at a worse time for agriculture.Ethanol plants in several states, including Iowa, Ohio, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, Minnesota and Mississippi have closed or idled. These closures have cost 2,700 rural jobs and impacted demand for more than 300 million bushels of corn. Corn farmers are beginning harvest and continuing to lose markets to deliver their corn. Frustration in the countryside is growing.Corn farmers are not asking for a special deal. We are simply asking, as we have been for the past two years, that your EPA uphold the law.To effectively stop the harm caused by RFS waivers, EPA needs to account for projected waivers beginning with the pending 2020 RFS volume rule. Accounting for waivers in the annual RFS volume process restores integrity to the RFS. It also allows your Administration to continue granting waivers, as allowed by the law, while keeping the RFS whole.While adding gallons and improving market access for higher blends of ethanol are all policies farmers appreciate and support, future waivers will continue to minimize the RFS, unless your Administration acts to account for waivers beginning this coming year first.We were pleased to see press reports indicating that, following a meeting with farm-state lawmakers, an agreement had been reached to address the harm caused by waivers. With more than 4 billion gallons waived out of the RFS, we appreciate you listening to our elected representatives about what is needed to restore meaning to the RFS. Farmers across the country are anxiously awaiting the release of more details about this agreement. Ethanol plants will continue to close if you don’t act soon, creating a rippling effect throughout the rural economy.Corn farmers are appreciative of your past support for agriculture and ethanol. We especially appreciate your efforts to remove the barrier to year-round sales of E15, but EPA’s current use of waivers undermines growth potential for higher blends of ethanol, reduces demand, lowers the value of our crop, and puts the outlook for the rural economy in jeopardy.Mr. President, we firmly ask that you uphold your commitment to America’s farmers and the RFS.
Touch Football Australia has today welcomed the release of the Australian Governmentâ€™s â€˜Girls Make Your Moveâ€™ campaign which encourages younger Australian women to get physically active.Minister for Health Sussan Ley said the campaign comes on the back of new research showing nearly 60 per cent of girls aged 15-to-17 reported undertaking little-to-no exercise or physical activity compared to one-third of boys. â€œThis campaign was a fun way to encourage young women in their teenage years to build their bodies as they are growing. â€œIt aims to tackle this sliding door moment in a young womanâ€™s life when they actually are laying down the foundation for the rest of their lives. â€œPhysical activity in the teenage years lays down the muscle and bone you need for the rest of your life. Itâ€™s a unique time as your body develops and the greatest opportunity to build up strength for your later years.â€ â€œIt will also help us to tackle a serious â€˜epidemicâ€™ of diseases and chronic conditions facing this current generation if they did not exercise more. â€œThe research is telling us around the late primary to early high school age girls first engage in some form of physical activity within peer groups. And if that first experience is not enjoyable the idea of exercise and sport also can become a negative,â€ Ms Ley said.Touch Football Australia CEO, Colm Maguire said the sport of Touch Football has a role to play in reversing the alarming trends in female participation in sport and active recreation. â€œTouch Football has always provided a place on the field for everyone with over 42 percent of our participants being female. We are certainly focused on increasing our junior participation and know that we can work harder on expanding our appeal to young girls.â€ â€œWeâ€™re planning for one million people playing our sport annually by 2020 so not only will the number of girls playing Touch Football grow, but weâ€™re investing in our schools strategy to increase the proportion of girls participating as well. â€œOur unique offering of social competitions, gala days, events and our representative pathway means there are plenty of fun opportunities to be involved. â€œParticipation in Touch Football isnâ€™t limited to just being a player. With the assistance of the Australian Sports Commission, weâ€™ve recently invested in the development a Womenâ€™s Elite Coaching Leadership Workshop and an Elite Referee and Referee Coaches Workshop to grow the skills of our female volunteers. We have also had strong representation at a governance level and recently elected our first female Chair of the national Board.â€œWeâ€™re very happy to be able to support the Australian Governmentâ€™s #girlsmakeyourmove campaign and we encourage each of our affiliates to think about ways they can promote the message in their own community,â€ Maguire said. For more information visit: http://www.health.gov.au/internet/girlsmove/publishing.nsf/Content/activitiesRelated LinksGirls Make Your Move
ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 08: Head coach Kirby Smart of the Georgia Bulldogs looks on during the third quarter against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)You don’t earn four letters as a defensive back in the SEC if you’re not a good athlete, and even though Georgia head coach Kirby Smart is now 40 years old, he apparently still has some of the athleticism that he used as a safety for the Bulldogs in the late 1990’s. During a recent visit to Camp Sunshine, Smart, along with UGA star Nick Chubb and a host of other players, participated in a game of dodgeball with campers. Things got pretty intense, and Kirby seemed to be having the time of his life.The full, awesome video is available below, courtesy of UGASports.com. Kirby Smart, Nick Chubb and the Georgia players visit Camp Sunshine from UGASports.com on Vimeo.
Batman and Robin have been a staple of American entertainment for half a century. Everyone knows Batman is the boss and is always in control. No one would ever mistake the “Boy Wonder” for the “Caped Crusader.”Applied to the Ohio State men’s basketball team, Evan Turner would be Batman and William Buford would be Robin.But in order for the Buckeyes to make a deep NCAA Tournament run, something they are very capable of, Robin is going to have to play a more prominent role in OSU’s offense.Buford’s statistics are actually a bit puzzling. When Turner’s been in the lineup, Buford has put up 14 points a game. In Turner’s absence, Buford was good for 15 points a game — obviously not a big difference, but in order to understand Buford’s significance to the offense, one must dig deeper.The great thing about Buford is that he’s shown the potential to be a very dynamic offensive player. When his shot wasn’t falling against Wisconsin last month, Buford hit the glass and grabbed 12 rebounds. He had 10 assists in a win over Eastern Michigan earlier this season. On Jan. 31 versus Minnesota, Boy Wonder had his shot going. His form isn’t what you would call textbook, but when his high-arching jumpers are falling, it’s a thing of beauty. Buford finished with a career-high 26 points.College basketball isn’t the NBA. Teams can’t just ride a superstar player who can go one-on-five — a la LeBron James or Dwayne Wade — to the title. I’d argue the last team to win the national championship that truly rode the coattails of one player to the title would be the 1988 Kansas Jayhawks.Kansas lost 11 times that year, the most ever of any team to win the title. Entering the tournament, the Jayhawks were a No. 6 seed. But National Player of the Year Danny Manning and the “Miracles” would not be denied. In Kansas’ 83-79 victory over Oklahoma in the National Championship Game, Manning had 31 points, 18 rebounds, 5 steals and 2 blocked shots.That was nearly 22 years ago and college basketball has evolved since then.The further Ohio State advances in the tournament, the more defenses will attempt to take Turner out of the game. Opposing coaches will attempt to conjure up some of the most preposterous game plans in an attempt to neutralize “The Villain.”OSU could see something similar to the triangle and two defense Loyola coach Jimmy Patsos used to hold former Davidson star Stephen Curry scoreless last season. Patsos knew his team couldn’t stop Curry, so he double-teamed Davidson’s sweet-shooting guard the entire game. Curry only got up three shots and didn’t score, but Davidson still won by 30.Obviously, it’s preposterous to think any coach would become that desperate in an NCAA Tournament game. However, a junk defense such as a box-and-one is not out of the question. That brings me back to Buford.He’s the only other player on Ohio State’s roster besides Turner who is a complete offensive player. Buford is capable of getting his own shot and finishing at the rim, at the foul line or beyond the arc. As sports clichés go, Buford is OSU’s “X-factor.”The key for Boy Wonder is to be an efficient scorer. Ohio State is only 7-6 when he has 12 or more field goal attempts. Forced shots and quick shots usually result in fast break points for the other team.If Buford can be a solid but not necessarily spectacular Robin, OSU fans may find the Bat Signal in the skies over Indianapolis, the site of this season’s Final Four.
Thorgan Hazard was a key figure in Borussia Mönchengladbach’s 2-1 win over Hertha Berlin as he managed to score a brace and helped his team to come from behind after trailing 1-0.The Belgian knows that his side are in the crucial part of the season and they need every single point to gain a better spot in the Bundesliga table as they are still fighting to secure the European football for the season to come.The former Chelsea player spoke about this win as he said, according to borussia.de:Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“We weren’t at our best today and it wasn’t easy to turn the game around. After trailing 1-0, we scored but it wasn’t given and we kept going. We scored twice and won.”“If I’m honest, playing like we did and winning is far better than playing well and losing. At this stage of the season, it’s crucial. It means a lot for our confidence. I hope we can push on.”“I was happy once more yesterday. I hope I keep smiling but football is a team sport. Scoring goals is great but you have to win the game. When both happen, it’s even better.”
New Barcelona recruit Jean-Clair Todibo claims that he chose the club because of their ‘history’ after turning down so many offers.Reports had suggested Manchester City had made an approach for the player, to whom Juventus and Real Madrid were also linked before his deal to Barca was announced.Todibo will wrap up his deal with Toulouse before moving to the Camp Nou in July.“Jean-Clair is very happy with his choice, it all came down to the history of the club,” agent Bruno Satin told Sports News, as cited by Football Espana.“Barca are a massive club and were a dream of his since his childhood, so this move was all about his feelings rather than the financial package.Mourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“There was also the career aspect, we felt he has a better chance of breaking into Barca’s first-team as opposed to other sides who were interested, such as Juventus.“He is a player like Marcel Desailly, he can play in midfield too, is physically very strong and athletic, he can be adaptable.”📋 The complete lowdown on @jctodibo 🇫🇷🔙 His background, his role models and much more…👉 https://t.co/aSdp2VQVsf— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) January 8, 2019
DMV building in Hillcrest renovations to get pushed back 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsHILLCREST (KUSI)- The Department of Motor Vehicles pushed back the plans to renovate the Hillcrest office.Originally the DMV was planning on building a smaller new facility to replace the old one.Now after the community persuaded the DMV to reconsider the plans the building will be renovated into a new, vibrant center to reflect the Hillcrest community.“The DMV is going to back to the drawing board and draw up some proposals and what i believe will actually result in a better project.” said State Assembly Member Todd Gloria.The new plan is expected to improve user experience at the DMV and save tax payers money.Demolition on the building has been pushed back so city officials can perfect the new plan. KUSI Newsroom, Posted: December 5, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom December 5, 2018 Updated: 1:53 PM
DF & G Division Director Scott Kelley outlined the agency’s budget to the House Finance Subcommittee on Fish and Game on Thursday, February 1. According to reports presented by Kelley, the state has cut the department’s general fund by more than 36 percent since 2015, leading to an approximately 6 percent cut for the state Division of Commercial Fisheries. Kelley says the division also has cut smaller fisheries like herring in order to limit cuts to the lucrative salmon fisheries on the Kenai Peninsula. Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-commercial-fishing-cuts.mp3VmJennifer-on-commercial-fishing-cuts.mp300:00RPd Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has begun the process of reducing staff in the commercial fishing division due to increased budget cuts. Kelley told the committee that staffing has been reduced by roughly 11 percent since 2015, causing the division to limit personnel on weirs and other projects: “We have 278 permanents, 382 seasonals, and total positions in the division of 660. Overall the percentage change in staffing from 2015 to now is 11 percent. So we’ve reduced our staff by 11 percent since 2015.”
Hildebrand started the San-Antonio, Texas based company nearly 30 years ago. At this time Hilcorp has yet to comment on the changes except to confirm the transition. Hilcorp is also pursuing development of the first offshore oil production in federal Arctic waters, the Liberty Project. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The CEO and founder of Hilcorp has announced that he has stepped down from his position effective in November of 2017. According to Hilcorp, Hildebrand is not leaving the company, and will be staying on as the executive chairman of the company. Jeffery Hildebrand has handed over the position to the company’s former executive vice president, Greg Lalicker, an announcement that was made to the company in November. According to state data, in 2017, Hilcorp was Alaska’s third largest oil producer and second largest gas producer. Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-Hilcorp-CEO.mp3VmJennifer-on-Hilcorp-CEO.mp300:00RPd
Game of ThronesGame of Thrones Official FacebookSo, the final season of Game of Thrones is right around the corner and fans are losing their minds in anticipation.There are a whole bunch of theories out there that are starting to get some credibility ahead of the final season’s premiere.And it seems that HBO is adding to the hype by dropping hints about who could actually end up on the Iron Throne.Be warned. Spoilers abound. Emilia Clarke as Daenerys TargaryenHBOReportedly HBO posted a photo of the inky black throne, and if you didn’t look close enough, you might have missed that the throne is actually the head of Daenerys Targaryen’s dragon Drogon. Danerys Targaryen’s dragon resplendent or at the very least adorning the throne could mean two things, either Daenerys won or somebody else did and took Drogon as a trophy.But it seems that Daenerys Targaryen may not make it after all, as signs point to her dying in the White Walker war. And this theory seems more credible as Daenerys is a fan favourite character and Game of Thrones is known for killing off its fan-favourite characters.The final season of Game of Thrones will air in April and will have six episodes. So, fans can expect every moment of every episode to be packed with epic moments. And apparently, the cast and crew have been saying their goodbyes while also teasing the end of the series to their friends and loved ones. Sophie Turner recently confessed to revealing the ending to her friends. It seems that everyone wants to know who will end up on the Iron Throne. We can’t wait for the final season of Game of Thrones. You can check out the video here:
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Marcia BernicatOutgoing US ambassador Marcia Bernicat on Wednesday held a meeting with foreign secretary M Shahidul Haque where they discussed political and Rohingya issues with special focus on the upcoming United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).They discussed how the UN Security Council can play a role on Rohingya issue, Bernicat told reporters after the meeting at the foreign secretary’s office here.Responding to a question, she said the US focuses on a free, fair, credible electoral process in the country which will express the will of Bangladeshi people.She also noted that the government is committed to holding a free, fair, credible and inclusive election.The 73rd session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 73) will open on 18 September.The first day of the high-level General Debate will be on 25 September and is scheduled to last for nine working days.María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, president-elect of the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), announced in July 2018 that the theme of the general debate will be, ‘Making the United Nations Relevant to All People: Global Leadership and Shared Responsibilities for Peaceful, Equitable and Sustainable Societies.’
Small toy figures are seen between displayed US flag and Linkedin logo in this illustration picture on 30 August. Photo: ReutersThe United States’ top spy catcher said Chinese espionage agencies are using fake LinkedIn accounts to try to recruit Americans with access to government and commercial secrets, and the company should shut them down.William Evanina, the US counter-intelligence chief, told Reuters in an interview that intelligence and law enforcement officials have told LinkedIn, owned by Microsoft Corp, about China’s “super aggressive” efforts on the site.He said the Chinese campaign includes contacting thousands of LinkedIn members at a time, but he declined to say how many fake accounts US intelligence had discovered, how many Americans may have been contacted and how much success China has had in the recruitment drive.German and British authorities have previously warned their citizens that Beijing is using LinkedIn to try to recruit them as spies. But this is the first time a US official has publicly discussed the challenge in the United States and indicated it is a bigger problem than previously known.Evanina said LinkedIn should look at copying the response of Twitter, Google and Facebook, which have all purged fake accounts allegedly linked to Iranian and Russian intelligence agencies.“I recently saw that Twitter is cancelling, I don’t know, millions of fake accounts, and our request would be maybe LinkedIn could go ahead and be part of that,” said Evanina, who heads the US National Counter-Intelligence and Security Centre.It is highly unusual for a senior US intelligence official to single out an American-owned company by name and publicly recommend it take action. LinkedIn boasts 562 million users in more than 200 counties and territories, including 149 million US members.Evanina did not, however, say whether he was frustrated by LinkedIn’s response or whether he believes it has done enough.LinkedIn’s head of trust and safety, Paul Rockwell, confirmed the company had been talking to US law enforcement agencies about Chinese espionage efforts. Earlier this month, LinkedIn said it had taken down “less than 40” fake accounts whose users were attempting to contact LinkedIn members associated with unidentified political organizations. Rockwell did not say whether those were Chinese accounts.“We are doing everything we can to identify and stop this activity,” Rockwell told Reuters. “We’ve never waited for requests to act and actively identify bad actors and remove bad accounts using information we uncover and intelligence from a variety of sources including government agencies.”Rockwell declined to provide numbers of fake accounts associated with Chinese intelligence agencies. He said the company takes “very prompt action to restrict accounts and mitigate and stop any essential damage that can happen” but gave no details.LinkedIn “is a victim here,” Evanina said. “I think the cautionary tale … is, ‘You are going to be like Facebook. Do you want to be where Facebook was this past spring with congressional testimony, right?’” he said, referring to lawmakers’ questioning of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Russia’s use of Facebook to meddle in the 2016 US elections.China’s foreign ministry disputed Evanina’s allegations.“We do not know what evidence the relevant US officials you cite have to reach this conclusion. What they say is complete nonsense and has ulterior motives,” the ministry said in a statement.Ex-Cia Officer EnsnaredEvanina said he was speaking out in part because of the case of Kevin Mallory, a retired CIA officer convicted in June of conspiring to commit espionage for China.A fluent Mandarin speaker, Mallory was struggling financially when he was contacted via a LinkedIn message in February 2017 by a Chinese national posing as a headhunter, according to court records and trial evidence.The individual, using the name Richard Yang, arranged a telephone call between Mallory and a man claiming to work at a Shanghai think tank.During two subsequent trips to Shanghai, Mallory agreed to sell US defence secrets – sent over a special cellular device he was given – even though he assessed his Chinese contacts to be intelligence officers, according to the US government’s case against him. He is due to be sentenced in September and could face life in prison.While Russia, Iran, North Korea and other nations also use LinkedIn and other platforms to identify recruitment targets, the US intelligence officials said China is the most prolific and poses the biggest threat.US officials said China’s Ministry of State Security has “co-optees” – individuals who are not employed by intelligence agencies but work with them – set up fake accounts to approach potential recruits.They said the targets include experts in fields such as supercomputing, nuclear energy, nanotechnology, semi-conductors, stealth technology, health care, hybrid grains, seeds and green energy.Chinese intelligence uses bribery or phony business propositions in its recruitment efforts. Academics and scientists, for example, are offered payment for scholarly or professional papers and, in some cases, are later asked or pressured to pass on US government or commercial secrets.Some of those who set up fake accounts have been linked to IP addresses associated with Chinese intelligence agencies, while others have been set up by bogus companies, including some that purport to be in the executive recruiting business, said a senior US intelligence official, who requested anonymity in order to discuss the matter.The official said “some correlation” has been found between Americans targeted through LinkedIn and data hacked from the Office of Personnel Management, a US government agency, in attacks in 2014 and 2015.The hackers stole sensitive private information, such as addresses, financial and medical records, employment history and fingerprints, of more than 22 million Americans who had undergone background checks for security clearances.The United States identified China as the leading suspect in the massive hacking, an assertion China’s foreign ministry at the time dismissed as ‘absurd logic.‘Unparalleled Spying EffortAbout 70 per cent of China’s overall espionage is aimed at the US private sector, rather than the government, said Joshua Skule, the head of the FBI’s intelligence division, which is charged with countering foreign espionage in the United States.“They are conducting economic espionage at a rate that is unparalleled in our history,” he said.Evanina said five current and former US officials – including Mallory – have been charged with or convicted of spying for China in the past two and a half years.He indicated that additional cases of suspected espionage for China by US citizens are being investigated, but declined to provide details.US intelligence services are alerting current and former officials to the threat and telling them what security measures they can take to protect themselves.Some current and former officials post significant details about their government work history online – even sometimes naming classified intelligence units that the government does not publicly acknowledge.LinkedIn “is a very good site,” Evanina said. “But it makes for a great venue for foreign adversaries to target not only individuals in the government, formers, former CIA folks, but academics, scientists, engineers, anything they want. It’s the ultimate playground for collection.”
On Tuesday’s Houston Matters: With the news that Memorial Hermann Health System and Baylor Scott & White Health plan to merge, we examine how the merger might affect health care costs.Also this hour: We continue our series of candidate interviews with Republican Congressman John Culberson of District 7. Then, Rice University professor Bob Stein outlines what makes Houston a challenging and unique place to conduct polls. And we remember the Battle of Gonzales, which started the Texas Revolution and enshrined the motto “Come and Take It” into Texas lore.We offer a daily podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and other podcasting apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Share 00:00 /50:49 X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen
Journal information: Proceedings of the Royal Society B Study in bats and rodents offers insights on how viruses spread across species Explore further Big eared townsend bat (Corynorhinus townsendii) Credit: Public Domain This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. More information: Eran Amichai et al. Calling louder and longer: how bats use biosonar under severe acoustic interference from other bats, Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences (2015). DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2015.2064AbstractActive-sensing systems such as echolocation provide animals with distinct advantages in dark environments. For social animals, however, like many bat species, active sensing can present problems as well: when many individuals emit bio-sonar calls simultaneously, detecting and recognizing the faint echoes generated by one’s own calls amid the general cacophony of the group becomes challenging. This problem is often termed ‘jamming’ and bats have been hypothesized to solve it by shifting the spectral content of their calls to decrease the overlap with the jamming signals. We tested bats’ response in situations of extreme interference, mimicking a high density of bats. We played-back bat echolocation calls from multiple speakers, to jam flying Pipistrellus kuhlii bats, simulating a naturally occurring situation of many bats flying in proximity. We examined behavioural and echolocation parameters during search phase and target approach. Under severe interference, bats emitted calls of higher intensity and longer duration, and called more often. Slight spectral shifts were observed but they did not decrease the spectral overlap with jamming signals. We also found that pre-existing inter-individual spectral differences could allow self-call recognition. Results suggest that the bats’ response aimed to increase the signal-to-noise ratio and not to avoid spectral overlap. (Phys.org)—A trio of researchers with Tel-Aviv University has found that bats produce calls that are longer and more intense when among a crowd of others of their own kind as a means to hear themselves among the din. In their paper published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Eran Amichai, Gaddi Blumrosen and Yossi Yovel describe lab experiments they conducted with trained bats to learn more about how bats contend with noise from surrounding bats. © 2015 Phys.org Citation: Bats found to produce longer and more intense calls when crowded by other bats (2015, December 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-12-longer-intense-crowded.html Bats famously use echo-location to avoid colliding with objects while flying and to zero in on moving prey such as insects, but how do they recognize their own echoed pings when traveling or hunting with a large group of other bats, all of whom are sending out pings of their own, creating a lot of competing noise? That is what the researchers with this new effort sought to learn. Some have suggested that the bats simply change the frequency of their tone, so that it can be differentiated from other bats, but no one had ever tested this theory.To learn more, the researchers trained several bats to land on a roost on command, and then set up speakers connected to a bat-sound emitting source next to the roost to mimic different numbers of bats in the area. They then listened in as the test bats changed their tones in response to the noise levels they encountered. The researchers found that the bats tended to increase the duration of the calls they made and to make them more intense when there were many competing tones from other bats, which the team termed severe interference. And contrary to conventional theory, they found little evidence of spectral shifts—when they did occur they did not decrease overlap with competing tones. The researchers refer to the noise made by several bats emitting noise at the same time as jamming, because, quite naturally it could lead to problems with individual bats hearing their own tones, which could be problematic during such events as landing—the researchers found that when the bats attempted a landing on a quiet roost, they generally produced short calls to ensure a soft landing. When approaching a noisy roost, on the other hand, they shifted to producing near continuous high intensity calls.
The festival will be inaugurated by D.M Spolia, Chief Secretary, Govt. of NCT of Delhi on 23 December.This festival will offer culinary delights of Purani Dilli. The festival was started in the year 2010 and, since then Delhi Tourism organises Dilli Ke Pakwaan every year. The event has been receiving encouraging response from Delhiites and foreign tourists alike. The festival will have vendors from Purani Dilli who will showcase their expertise in grafting some of the most delectable, mouth watering cuisines. Visitors will be able to savor the Mutton Korma, Chicken Tikka, Kabab, Special Chaat, Hot Jalebi, Ice Candy, various flavors of kulfi, Daulat ki chaat, puri aloo chaat, rabri falooda, firni and many more. There will be more than 150 varieties of food on offer for the visitors. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The entrance gates of the Dilli ke Pakwaan venue will be designed in the shape of a samosa and malai tikka. There will be theme corners where visitors will be able to enjoy the taste and also get a vivid glimpse of its culture and tradition.Renowned chefs will be giving interactive sessions on cooking besides various competitions for the visitors, such as best recipe and best food lover will also be held during the seven day event.Another addition to this year’s Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixDilli Ke Pakwaan Festival is that a special kid’s zone will be designed for the children. Various competitions will also be held for children in that zone.To embark the history of Delhi the entire venue will be redefined with the Old Delhi charm. Cultural performances will bring Dilli Ke Pakwaan alive along with appetizing regional food and street food.Delhi food has always been an amalgamation brought in by people who have migrated to the city and settled. The original food of Delhi mainly refers to the days of Shahjahanabad. This festival is the celebration of this social and cultural diversity.Dilli Ke Pakwaan Festival is one event that is a testimony that despite modernity and the thriving fast food culture, traditional street food is still the flavor any day.
Kolkata: A 30-year-old mentally retarded man from Bihar was successfully operated upon at Ramakrishna Mission Seva Pratishthan on Saturday where the doctors removed as many as six pins from inside his penis.The victim was brought to the hospital from Siwan district in Bihar last Monday after he complained of pain inside his private part. After conducting X-Ray, the doctors were perplexed to see pins inside his penis. He also faced difficulties while urinating. The doctors decided to conduct the surgery on Saturday. They first performed microsurgery through which they removed two pins. They had to cut open a small portion from his lower abdomen to remove the other four pins. The operation was not easy as his veins could have been affected. Adequate measures were taken while conducting the surgery so that no injury occurs while removing the pins. The patient told the doctors that he had inserted the pins into the urinary tract when he used to feel an itching sensation inside his penis. The patient has been stated to be in stable condition and recovering well.
Bollywood films are seeing cuts and beeps by the censor board, musicians are facing flak and being misinterpreted, actors are being judged on the basis of their religion. So, is stand up comedy the only platform devoid of interference from “moral policing”? In stand-up comedy, artistes take bold pot shots at politicians or comment on social issues like the beef ban – yet most of them feel that people in India are not quite ready to be criticised or mocked. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfStand-up comedian Appurv Gupta, who has more than 200 shows to his credit, says “online trolls are making sure that even comedians won’t say what they want to say”.”These days, everyone is getting hurt over even small things and if we say something that affects them emotionally or forces them to think about their past decisions, then they can go to any level – especially on internet – and they make sure that either they win the argument, or you stop arguing with them,” Gupta said. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”I, as a comedian, think twice before writing a small tweet and think about the consequences; so I doubt whether I have freedom of speech, specially at this point of time. Things were different 2-3 years back. I don’t know whether this change is good or bad for everyone, but, yes, freedom of speech is facing a struggle in India,” he added.On the other hand, Amit Tandon, who has done more than 700 shows in India and on foreign shores, feels stand-comedy is “one of the voices” against the negativity escalating in the country, but he believes that “other people are doing better jobs than comedians, like RTI (Right To Information) activists, NGOs, etc”. “In fact, stand-up comedy shows you that there is still freedom of speech because, despite all the FIRs, no comedian has actually gone to jail. It shows that it is okay to speak against the government,” Tandon quipped.On a positive note, Neeti Palta, who gives a female point of view on a variety of subjects, from Indian idiosyncrasies, to daily irritants, to current affairs – all the while poking fun at men, pointed out that since the time of “Akbar and Birbal, comedy has always been used as a tool to sugarcoat hard truths and make them more palatable. And so is the case today”.”It reflects the ethos of the era it exists in. Be it a poking fun at intolerance or a bunch of idiots who are all too easily offended, or the current political scenario, or even the alter lives we lead in cyber space. Everything is rich ground for material,” she said.Arjun Anand, co-founder at Punchliners, a stand-up comedy platform, said that every comedian expresses his perspective through distinct forms of comedy. But he believes that “sensitive issues must be handled sensitively”.Sorabh Pant concurs, saying that he thinks twice about his jokes only when it is related to Indian politicians.”I want to make sure that I am not saying anything that is incorrect. I will criticise (Prime Minister) Narendra Modi, (Chief Minister of Delhi) Arvind Kejriwal and (Congress leader) Rahul Gandhi, but I am also going to figure out their positive side to keep it balanced because all three of them have quite a vast number of supporters in the country and it is a little unfair to disrespect them,” Pant said.
Ensconced in India’s ageless oral tradition, Kamlesh D Patel – widely known as Daaji, the fourth guru in the Heartfulness lineage – traces a seeker’s journey as he examines the nature of spiritual search. Through a series of illuminating conversations between a teacher and a student, Daaji, through his book ‘The Heartfulness Way’, reveals the core principles of the Heartfulness practice and philosophy to Joshua Pollock, a Heartfulness practitioner and trainer. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfOn January 19, the President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, in the presence of Union Commerce and Industries Minister Suresh Prabhu, unveiled the book by Daaji. The book promises to be a treat for those who are curious about what Heartfulness is and how it can change our day to day lives. Speaking on the launch the revered spiritual Master, Daaji said, “The Heartfulness Way encapsulates a seeker’s journey while examining the nature of spiritual search within and around us. The books reflect the essence of prayer and yogic transmission aimed at deconstructing and demystifying the act of meditation based on meditation tips. To feel, be a part of and practice Heartfulness is an experience, which aims to seek the essence beyond the form and the reality behind the mere ritual.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveWith over a million practitioners worldwide, Heartfulness meditation (www.heartfulness.org) is a set of practices for self-development that help us find inner calm and stillness in our extremely fast-paced world. Heartfulness is offered at no cost. There is no dogma. The easily adopted practices are appropriate for people from all walks of life, cultures, religious beliefs and economic status over the age of 15. Heartfulness is an approach to the Raja Yoga system of meditation called Sahaj Marg or the Natural Path, founded at the turn of the 20th century and formalized into the Shri Ram Chandra Mission in 1945 in India. Ongoing Heartfulness meditation training can be found at thousands of schools and colleges, and over 100,000 professionals are meditating in corporations, non-governmental and government bodies worldwide. More than 5,000 Heartfulness centres, known as HeartSpots, are supported by thousands of certified volunteer trainers in 130 countries. The meditation practice is offered free of cost across the globe.The Heartfulness Way has already achieved the Number One Best-Seller Status on Amazon with pre-orders flooding the website. On introducing the Book in India, Gautam Padmanabhan CEO, Westland Publications Pvt Ltd said, “We are thrilled to be associated with this book. It’s an honour to publish this illuminating book and I hope the book manages to create a connection with its readers and reaches the length and breadth of the world.”
Enroll Now for Free 5 min read Trading Assistants are changing the face of eBay. Last year, more than 14,000 TAs were registered in eBay’s Trading Assistant Directory. In fact, helping others sell their goods on eBay was one of the hottest business ideas for 2005 and 2006, according to Christopher Matthew Spencer, an eBay Powerseller, Trading Assistant, instructor and author of The eBay Entrepreneur: The Definitive Guide to Starting Your Own eBay Trading Assistant Business.Although the Trading Assistant Program is fairly new, the concept has been around for some time. “We were trading assistants before they called us Trading Assistants,” Spencer, 37, says of his Burbank, California, drop-off store, The Spencer Company, whose 2006 sales are expected to reach more than $500,000. He says many eBay sellers go through a natural progression to becoming TAs: First they sell their own items, then they start selling things for their friends. Eventually, word spreads that they will help people sell on eBay, so they get business cards printed and start looking for people who need help selling their goods. Sound familiar?Some TAs sell anything and everything, while others work a specific niche or price point. They work out of their homes or through drop-off stores, full time or part time, according to Walt Duflock, eBay’s senior manager of seller development. The key to TA success, Duflock and Spencer agree, is tapping into the vast marketplace of people who want to sell online without spending time doing it themselves.Business SenseMeeting the minimum requirements for becoming a Trading Assistant is your first step. Those include: selling at least 10 items within the previous three months; having a feedback score of at least 100, of which 97 percent is positive; and maintaining an account in good standing. But there’s more to succeeding as a Trading Assistant than meeting these basic requirements. According to futurist Dan Nissanoff, author of FutureShop and co-founder of Portero, a New York City Trading Assistant business for companies that sell high-end consumer products, the Trading Assistant business can be very lucrative if you know how to run the business.First, decide what you want to accomplish and how much time you plan to spend achieving your goal. Do you want to be a stay-at-home parent and run your business part time out of your home? Do you want to make enough money to quit your job and run an eBay drop-off store full time? Or are your goals somewhere in the middle?Ron Mansfield, an eBay Trading Assistant, consultant and author of numerous books, including eBay to the Max, warns that running a TA business is a lot of work, though all that hard work can pay off in profits.Skip McGrath agrees. McGrath, a Trading Assistant in Anacortes, Washington, and author of various eBay guidebooks, points out that most financially successful Trading Assistants work full time (not necessarily in a drop-off store) and serve a particular niche.The key, McGrath and Mansfield stress, is to realize that being a Trading Assistant is a real business, and you must treat it as such. It is important to maintain a professional image and strong work ethic. Some other tips include:Invest in letterhead and business cards.Answer your phone in a professional manner.Dress appropriately when you meet with customers.Focus on customer service–for the seller and the buyer.Use written contracts.Develop good bookkeeping skills.Keep accurate records.File for a sales tax number and an employee identification number.Advertising AdvantageEffective advertising for your business is essential. “But that doesn’t mean you have to spend hundreds of dollars [on] advertising,” says McGrath.Start small, he advises. Word-of-mouth is very powerful, so be sure all your friends and family are aware that you’re available to help them–and anyone they know–sell items on eBay. Mention your business to people you meet at church or through clubs in which you’re involved. Offering to sell donated items for nonprofits is a great way to raise money for charity and also earn a nice commission (it’s a tax write-off for you, too). The key is to make yourself and your business known in the community.Another simple, inexpensive way to find customers is to visit garage sales late in the afternoon. McGrath found a saddle at one garage sale that the owner was trying to sell for $300. Because it hadn’t sold, McGrath offered to sell it on eBay. The saddle sold for $790–a terrific success for the saddle owner, the buyer and McGrath, who earned a 30 percent commission.Some other marketing ideas include:Classified adsCommunity bulletin boardsDoorknob hangerseBay’s Trading Assistant Directory: Visit www.ebay.com/ta for all the information you need to sign up.Product SelectionAs a Trading Assistant, it’s very important to know how to say no. “Junk is junk, and eBay isn’t going to magically make it valuable,” Nissanoff says.McGrath agrees. “Six of the seven calls I get a week I turn down,” he says. “They’re looking to sell lower-value items.”McGrath and Mansfield suggest the following:Set a minimum selling price. Determine what your time is worth, and don’t sell items for so little that you won’t make a good profit.Make sure there’s a market for all the items you’re selling. Also check the selling prices for similar items on eBay.Consider specializing in the types of items you sell, either by client or product.Be careful about agreeing to sell items with a high degree of product liability (such as baby products).Bright FutureThe importance of Trading Assistants hasn’t yet been fully realized, according to Nissanoff. “The Trading Assistant revolution will bridge the gap between eBay sellers and the general public,” he says.Spencer points out the virtually unlimited nature of the Trading Assistant’s market. “There’s lots of money in the Trading Assistant arena,” he says. “eBay has helped me become a millionaire.” Maybe it can help you, too.Lisa Stammer is a freelance writer based in Minneapolis. She specializes in topics related to business, health care, technology and parenting. October 20, 2006 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.
Listen Now 4 min read February 18, 2013 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer The glamour of New York Fashion Week may have moved on to London, but excitement still lingers in New York over the industry’s future. That excitement is owed in no small part to Decoded Fashion, a company dedicated to bringing emerging technologies into the fashion world.Decoded Fashion recently held a four-hour event during New York Fashion Week to show that the future of fashion lies in a marriage with technology. The February 14 event served as the finale to the 550-person fashion hackathon Decoded Fashion initiated earlier this month.The cross-pollination of fashion and tech extended to the keynote speakers last Thursday, with new Wired editor-in-chief Scott Dadich interviewing fashion phenom Zac Posen and Vogue senior market editor Meredith Melling Burke chatting with Foursquare founder Dennis Crowley. With topics ranging from new retail technology to 3D printing, attendees from both sides of the aisle were in agreement that emerging tech provides can’t-miss opportunities for fashion.One major theme was the importance of content marketing. Many in the fashion industry are still loath to engage on social media. But Posen, once gun-shy himself, said he now embraces Instagram to “fill the craving” of fans looking for insight into his creative process. “We live in a very voyeuristic culture, and if you’re able to curate that voyeurism” you can be very successful, said the designer, now a judge on Project Runway, whose gowns are red-carpet favorites for many star actresses.On a panel about customer outreach, Valentine Uhovski, Tumblr’s fashion evangelist, later touched on the same theme. “We no longer have to seek out Fashion Week coverage. It comes to us. It’s inescapable,” he said, referring to the way in which live streams of runway shows have made formerly exclusive events more accessible. This additional exposure, he implied, has been a boon for fashion brands.Related: Innovative Event Aims to Merge the Worlds of Fashion and TechnologyUhovski’s panel also included supermodel Coco Rocha, known for her dedicated use of social media. (She has nearly two million followers on Google+ and half a million followers on Twitter.) Rocha said she owes her popularity in part to tailoring her posts to appeal to the unique nature of each social network. In China, Rocha said, “models are bigger than celebrities,” so it made sense to sign up for Chinese social network Sina Weibo. With more than 2 million followers on Sina Weibo and 340,000 on Instagram, she doesn’t just post pretty photos. She said fans look for the stories behind the photos — and she curates them carefully. “I may take 15. I may filter five. I post one.”Meanwhile, Glossi — one of 10 companies showcased as “startups to watch” — also underscored the importance of placing content marketing high on the priority list. “Brands are becoming journalists. Marketers are becoming editors,” said Matt Edelman, founder of Glossi, a platform that brands can use to create, publish and share their own digital magazines.Diane von Furstenberg and DKNY are already using Glossi, as is Lucky magazine. Glossi launched in public beta two months ago. “We’re seeing an exciting, diverse community of creators on the platform, ranging from teenage girls to major brands and media companies,” said Edelman, whose company is backed by two Santa Monica, Calif.-based venture-capital firms, Clearstone and Anthem.”There is so much out there that we can change this industry with,” Rocha said, referring to 3D printing, laser etching and other technologies now available to designers. Fashion, of course, is the domain of physical products, but digital looks set to play a major role in its future.Three such promising concepts were presented during the event’s centerpiece, where the hackathon finalists pitched their apps to a panel of fashion judges.The winning concept, SWATCHit, is a platform to connect designers with skilled artisans. The judges — who included Posen, Style.com editor-in-chief Dirk Standen and Steven Kolb, the CFDA’s chief executive — chose SWATCHit over Coveted, one-click purchasing through Tumblr, and 42, an analytics suite for retail stores. The winning team walked away with $10,000 cash and a launch supported by the Council of Fashion Designers of America.Liz Bacelar, co-founder of Decoded Fashion, said she is already in talks with the British Fashion Council to bring the hackathon to London in the fall. She is confident the fashion establishment is coming around to the benefits of technology, and she tries to reassure designers that she isn’t out to wreck their craft. “It’s disruption but it’s controlled disruption,” she said. “It’s safe disruption.”Related: Social Engagement Boosts Quirky Clothing Line Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger.
July 14, 2002 The newworkshop arrived for their 5-week program on the seventh of July.>>From top left>> Isamu Tomono, Alex Pierro, Stephen Ramsey, MeganBingham, Daisuke Nakanishi, Shunsukei Mizumoto, Aurelian froment, IanKessler-Gowell, James Quigley, Eric richardson, Yvonne Brook. >>Frombottom left>> Stefano Capranico, Rebecca Kreithen, Natalia Ortegon,Pete Falco, Daniel Boylen, Willy Salas, Ricardo Nabholz, MelindaBarnadas, Chad Phelan. [Photo & Text : SA] After graduating onJuly third, several graduates from the Juneworkshop have decided to stay on for an extended period to help theproject. >>From top left>>Maya Glavin, Scott Airlie, Jenny Lee,Caterina Loy, John Aillsboro, James O’Meara. >>From middle left>> LissWilliams, Elanor Mayer. >>From bottom center>> Jason Curtis, SaraBadiali. >>Inset left>> Miko Yoshida, Yuka Momokida. [Photo & Text: SA]
December 4, 2015The November workshop crew got an opportunity to leave their mark in concrete as they mixed, carried and filled in the formwork for the amphitheater stage. [all photos and text by Hildemar Cruz]Crew members worked early in the morning while the weather behaved to mix and carry all the materials to pour the new layer on the stage. Patience and commitment proved to be the best tools for this task, as workshop participant Carlos works diligently to fill in the formwork.Teamwork wins again! The group was able to completely fill in the edge of the stage before morning meeting.
What’s it like to live in Honduras today — and why do so many people want to leave?Those are the questions that photojournalist Tomas Ayuso, who grew up in the Central American country, explores in a project he calls “The Right To Grow Old.”He picked that title because for many Hondurans, he says, especially young men in low-income urban communities, “the right to grow old has been destroyed. One has to fight for their right to grow old, either by migrating out of the country or enlisting in a gang for protection. But it’s not a given.”Many of his images are set on the outskirts of San Pedro Sula, a Honduran city of 850,000 that is one of the most violent in the world, with 142 homicides for every 100,000 people, according to 2015 data. Ayuso says he aims to show “the complex and difficult environments and choices facing youth in these neighborhoods” and follows the story of a teenager named Moises, who was being recruited by a gang.Like many parts of the country, the city struggles with poverty, crime and corruption. Boys are often forced to join gangs, according to a 2016 report by Insight Crime, a foundation that studies crime in Latin America and the Caribbean, and USAID.The violence is causing Hondurans to leave the country. From the time period of 2011 to 2016, 7,350 Hondurans sought asylum in U.S. immigration courts, a 166 percent increase from the previous six-year period, according to data from Syracuse University.Even amid the turmoil, Ayuso found moments of love and friendship: A couple comforts each other after a life-changing announcement; two friends atop a hill look down at the glittering lights of their neighborhood.Ayuso was able to win the trust of gang members and locals by spending time with them and making his intentions clear — “I’m capturing their stories,” he says.Ayuso, who had worked in the U.S. as a researcher on conflict in Mexico and Central America, took up photography in 2015. In 2016, he was a fellow at the International Reporting Project. He splits his time between Honduras, El Salvador and Mexico.Here is a selection of images from his project. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.
If you knew of a child who was being forced by a parent or guardian to sleep on a cold concrete floor, in overcrowded surroundings, with screaming lights always on overhead that made it hard to sleep, with limited access to a bathroom, no way to brush their teeth, no soap and no towel — would you do something? Call the police or juvenile authorities to say, “A child is being mistreated. You should do something.”This week, the U.S. government went to court to argue that it’s acceptable to keep thousands of migrant children detained in U.S. custody. Let me repeat that: thousands of children in U.S. custody, exactly in such conditions. In 2014 — during the Obama administration, it should be noted — several young immigrants caught along the border said they had been given dirty water to drink and kept in crowded, frigid cells. U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee of Los Angeles ruled that children taken into federal immigration custody must be kept in “safe and sanitary” facilities. The judges of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, based in San Francisco, upheld Judge Gee’s ruling two years ago. But this week, Sarah Fabian, senior litigation counsel for the Department of Justice, told the three-judge panel she thought the phrase was vague.The judges sounded furious. Judge Marsha Berzon asked Fabian: “You’re really going to stand up and tell us that being able to sleep isn’t a question of ‘safe and sanitary’ conditions?”Judge William Fletcher said, “Cold all night long, lights on all night long, sleeping on concrete and you’ve got an aluminum foil blanket? I find it inconceivable that the government would say that that is safe and sanitary.””It may be they don’t get super-thread-count Egyptian linen, I get that,” he added, and said the soap provided didn’t have to be perfumed. But plain soap, he said, “sounds like it’s part of ‘safe and sanitary.’ “Judge A. Wallace Tashima said, “If you don’t have a toothbrush, if you don’t have soap, if you don’t have a blanket, it’s not safe and sanitary. Wouldn’t everybody agree to that?”Many of us would call the police if we knew children were being held in cold, cramped, filthy and uncomfortable circumstances. Thousands of children are being held in those conditions — in U.S. government facilities. Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.
A month-long season of BBC films examining the lives of young disabled people will feature issues such as parenting, hate crime, relationships, and the qualities required of personal assistants.BBC Three’s Defying The Label season will begin on Monday 20 July with Don’t Take My Baby, a factual drama about a disabled couple’s struggle to keep their daughter.Among the current affairs offerings, Adam Pearson (pictured) is the latest presenter to explore the issue of disability hate crime, aiming to find out why it is “under-reported, under-recorded and under the radar”, in The Ugly Face Of Disability Hate Crime.Artist, campaigner and presenter Sophie Morgan travels to Africa to ask whether Ghana is the “world’s worst place to be disabled”.Among her discoveries, Morgan is taken by a disabled activist to meet a so-called “fetish priest”, who admits that he will dispose of a disabled child for money.The Defying The Label season also features a two-part mini-series which takes a group of young people and interviews them for a job as personal assistant for a disabled person their own age, and follows their experiences over the course of 10 days.Two programmes in the season are set at segregated, specialist colleges.One, Life Begins Now, looks at six students with learning difficulties as they prepare to graduate and “enter the real world”.Another, The Unbreakables: Life And Love On Disability Campus, looks at “the everyday antics” of students with high support needs who are living away from home for the first time, at the National Star College in Gloucestershire.Other programmes in the season examine young people adjusting to life after serious brain injuries; an 11-year-old boy who wants his leg to be amputated because a genetic condition has left his body affected by more than 200 tumours; a disabled teen who has been forced to leave the care system; and the challenges facing four young people with epilepsy.There is also a one-off mock gameshow, The Totally Senseless Gameshow, which “explores disability by disabling its celebrity contestants”, and “plays with taboos and flips between the action on stage to a behind-the-scenes comedy drama back-stage”.
Yes Marketing Finds Most People Rank Value/Quality of Products as Their Top Driver for Loyalty to Retailers Over half of consumers say they will pay more to buy from a retailer they’re loyal to, indicating a significant opportunity for brands to drive long-term revenue from their loyal customer base, according to a new study by Yes Marketing.In “The Retail Shopper’s Journey to Loyalty” report, Yes Marketing surveyed over 1,000 retail shoppers to identify their priorities and motivations as they move along the customer journey, from initial interaction with a brand to brand loyalty. The report revealed that 41% of consumers rank product quality/value of products as the top reason they’re loyal to a retailer while 35% rank price highest.The findings indicate that elements like free shipping perform well in driving purchases with new customers but are less influential for long-term loyalty. In fact, only 3% of shoppers ranked free or expedited shipping as the top driver of loyalty. On the other hand, 40% of consumers ranked it as the top convenience factor they consider before making a purchase with a new retailer.Marketing Technology News: How to Solve Latin America’s E-Commerce ProblemMarketers can leverage these findings to prioritize the benefits they communicate to customers at different points in their journey.“The seamless and personalized consumer experience, which is a critical component of loyalty, has become table stakes,” said Jim Sturm, president of Yes Marketing. “It takes so much more to deliver on the different expectations customers have for retailers at each stage of their journey. Smart brands must differentiate between effective acquisition tactics and effective loyalty strategies. This distinction can help brands increase lifetime customer value and create truly successful lifecycle programs.”In terms of rewards, the report found that cash is king with 39% of consumers reporting that cash incentives make them feel most rewarded for their loyalty, followed by early access to products (23%) and exclusive promotions (18%).Marketing Technology News: Nielsen Launches Global Measurement For YouTube Mobile App“With the continuous evolution of the retail sector, retailers must build strong customer relationships to create lifetime loyalty and drive revenue,” said Michael Iaccarino, CEO and chairman of Infogroup, parent company of Yes Marketing. “Given the significant impact customer loyalty has on business results, retailers need to find a service and technology partner who can enhance and execute their marketing strategies to adapt to changing consumer expectations.”Marketing Technology News: Credorax Launches Smart 3D Secure Solution in Partnership With Netcetera free shipping performloyal customer baseMarketing TechnologyMichael IaccarinoNewsRetail ShopperYes Marketing Previous ArticleFinding the Whale and Other Ways Big Brands Can Learn from Start-UpsNext ArticleSecureAuth Innovates Secure Identity Management with its Intelligent Identity Cloud Service Data: Over Half of Consumers Will Pay More to Buy from a Retailer They’re Loyal to PRNewswireJune 5, 2019, 2:02 pmJune 5, 2019
Mobiquity Technologies Inc., a leading technology provider in next generation programmatic advertising released AdTribute as an additional measurement feature of the Advangelists ad tech operating system. a leading technology provider in next generation programmatic advertising today released AdTribute as an additional measurement feature of the Advangelists ad tech operating system. Advangelists’ AdTribute provides marketers the ability to identify in-store, brick-n-mortar visitation (footfall) as a result of exposure to digital advertising.Integrating digital footfall reporting, directly into the Advangelists platform data features results is actionable real-time measurement of physical campaign performance that eliminates delays and enables an advertiser to make smarter, faster spending decisions. In comparison, third party digital footfall solutions require several weeks of in-flight media followed by 2-3 weeks of data analysis by an outside vendor to generate a report on in-store campaign success. Advertisers could not make actionable changes or campaign optimizations until a later date.AdTribute uses a control-exposed methodology, identifying advertising impression views and subsequent lift in physical brick-n-mortar visitation as a result of campaign exposure. Additional measures include time between ad exposure and subsequent visitation to the store. The product further identifies when statistical significance is achieved, allowing marketers to confidently optimize their media campaigns.Marketing Technology News: Shuttlerock Expands European Presence to ParisWhen combined with web site visitation, Advangelists’ AdTribute feature provides a holistic view of an advertiser’s ability to influence both digital and physical store visitation in one platform. This solution has immediate applications in a wide range of end use advertising segments, including brick-and-mortar advertisers, restaurants, travel destinations, event and entertainment marketers, and flash sales.“With AdTribute, the Advangelists platform is able to match anonymous audience profiles to transactional or place-visit data sets to determine purchase or traffic lift and report back to our clients in real time,” explained Mr. Dean Julia, CEO of Mobiquity Technologies.Marketing Technology News: Informatica Unveils AI-Powered Product Innovations and Strengthens Industry Partnerships at Informatica World 2019“What’s unique about AdTribute is its ability to allow advertisers to begin viewing in-store traffic attributed to message exposure as the campaign launches and makes the data available to identify successful campaigns/audiences or messages for optimization mid-campaign,” continued Mr. Julia. “We are absolutely thrilled to be able to offer this feature free as part of Advangelists and recognize this as a distinct advantage over traditional DSP platforms working with location data providers.”Marketing Technology News: Tata Elxsi is a Certified Widevine Partner, Selected as the System Integrator for Google Widevine CAS solutions ad tech operating systemAdTributeMarketing TechnologyMobiquity TechnologiesNewsprogrammatic advertising Previous ArticleSelligent Marketing Cloud to Showcase Collaboration with Genesys at Xperience19Next ArticleMarTech Interview with Inbal Lavi, CEO at Webpals Group Mobiquity Technologies Releases AdTribute™ Real-Time Ad Effectiveness Attribution PRNewswireJune 11, 2019, 2:29 pmJune 11, 2019
Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Dec 3 2018After a patient has been fitted with an artificial hip joint, sometimes the leg on that side ends up longer or shorter than before. This can lead to problems in the spinal column. A newly developed procedure enables leg length to be precisely adjusted during hip replacement surgery.Today hip replacement is a routine surgical procedure. Some 210,000 hip prostheses are implanted every year in Germany. A frequent complication consists of the situation that, after the operation, the patient’s leg is not the same length as it was before. Normally, a leg length discrepancy of less than one centimeter is well tolerated. Any more, and the patient will most likely have to wear orthopaedical shoe lifts to compensate for postural imbalance and prevent back pain.Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology IWU, together with partners in science and industry, has found a solution to this problem. “It consists of three main components: an optical system to measure leg length, a modular implant design, and a pre-op planning software tool,” says Dr. Ronny Grunert from the institute’s Department for Medical Engineering.The leg length is measured in the operating room just prior to surgery. First, a plastic box with optical markers on its surface is attached to the patient’s tibia. Holding the limb in extension, the surgeon then takes the leg by the heel and lifts it upward. During this maneuver, a 3D camera is used to record the circular motion described by the optical markers on the patient’s shin. In essence, it’s like using a mathematical compass to draw circles around a point, which in this case is the hip joint around which the leg rotates. In this analogy, the optical markers correspond to the tip of the pencil. After provisionally inserting the implant, a second measurement is carried out. The software program compares the two rotational measurements to verify that the leg length remains the same before and after the intervention. If a difference is detected, the length inequality must be corrected.Free choice of femoral stem and acetabular cupRelated StoriesPorvair Sciences develops new fluid collection vent for surgical suction cannistersBariatric surgery should be offered to all patients who would benefitCommon cold virus strain could be a breakthrough in bladder cancer treatment”Together with our partners, we have developed a modular concept that allows the size and position of the artificial hip joint to be optimized for each patient during surgery,” explains Grunert. This modular approach is more flexible than having to choose between prefabricated implants in a limited range of sizes. It allows the surgeon to select the best-fitting combination of femoral stem and acetabular cup. The procedure consists of implanting the femoral stem and connecting it with the acetabular cup by means of a sliding screw. By adjusting the position of the screw, it is possible to precisely adjust the leg length according to the pre-op measurement. If necessary, a different acetabular cup can be selected.The third component of the new procedure, the pre-op planning software, helps the physician to select the most suitable prosthetic joint. Dr. Torsten Prietzel, Medical Director of the Endoprosthetics Network and Chief Surgeon at the Helios Clinic in Blankenhain, is already using the software on a trial basis. The modular implants and the system for measuring leg length are also still in the test phase. Ronny Grunert estimates that all three components of the system will be ready for clinical use in two years’ time. Source:https://www.fraunhofer.de/en/press/research-news/2018/december/precise-adjustment-in-the-operating-room.html
Altogether, our study reveals that MYC can affect the production of key metabolic enzymes and immune receptors in lymphoma cells by regulating the efficiency of mRNA translation and the integrity of protein synthesis.”Hans-Guido Wendel, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center The researchers now plan to investigate how MYC regulates these different aspects of protein production in cancer cells.Source:The Rockefeller University PressJournal reference:Ouyang, Z. et al. (2019) c-MYC regulates mRNA translation efficiency and start-site selection in lymphoma. Journal of Experimental Medicine. doi.org/10.1084/jem.20181726 Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)May 30 2019Cancer researchers have discovered surprising new functions for a protein called MYC, a powerful oncogene that is estimated to drive the development of almost half a million new cancer cases in the US every year. The study, which will be published May 29 in the Journal of Experimental Medicine, shows that MYC affects the efficiency and quality of protein production in lymphoma cells, fueling their rapid growth and altering their susceptibility to immunotherapy.MYC drives the development of a wide range of cancers by enhancing the growth and proliferation of tumor cells. This is mainly due to MYC’s function as a transcription factor controlling the production of protein-encoding messenger RNAs (mRNAs) from thousands of different genes within the cell. However, some evidence suggests that MYC might also control the subsequent “translation” of these mRNAs into proteins, a process carried out by complex cellular machines known as ribosomes.A group of researchers led by Hans-Guido Wendel at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Zhengqing Ouyang at The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine, and Gunnar Rätsch at the ETH Zürich, analyzed the types of mRNA translated by ribosomes in lymphoma cells containing either low or high levels of MYC. The researchers determined that high levels of MYC stimulate the translation of a specific set of mRNAs, many of which encode components of the respiratory complexes that allow the cell’s mitochondria to produce energy.The research team found that, in the absence of MYC, the proteins SRSF1 and RBM42 can bind to these mRNAs and prevent them from being translated by ribosomes. When MYC levels are high, however, SRSF1 and RBM42 no longer bind to the mRNAs, and they are free to be translated into respiratory complex proteins. MYC therefore promotes the generation of energy that can fuel the lymphoma cells’ rapid growth and proliferation.Related StoriesTrends in colonoscopy rates not aligned with increase in early onset colorectal cancerUsing machine learning algorithm to accurately diagnose breast cancerNew study reveals ‘clutch’ proteins responsible for putting T cell activation ‘into gear’The researchers also discovered that MYC affects how much of an mRNA that ribosomes translate, resulting in the production of longer or shorter versions of proteins. For example, lymphoma cells containing low levels of MYC produce a truncated version of the protein CD19 that, unlike full-length CD19, is no longer exposed on the surface of the cancer cell.This is important because lymphoma can be treated using CAR-T immune cells that have been genetically engineered to recognize and kill CD19-expressing cancer cells. Loss of surface CD19 is associated with resistance to CAR-T cell therapy, but how lymphoma cells reduce surface CD19 levels is unclear. The researchers found that CAR-T cells were less able to recognize and kill lymphoma cells that lacked surface CD19 because they expressed low levels of MYC.
Explore further German cabin crew said they would join pilots in Europe-wide strikes against Ryanair on Friday, as the airline announced it would have to cancel nearly 250 flights. © 2018 AFP Ryanair employees have been striking for higher pay and contracts that will let them access local benefits Citation: German cabin crew join Ryanair strike, nearly 250 flights cut (2018, September 27) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-09-german-cabin-crew-ryanair-flights.html Ryanair says cancelling 190 flights over Friday strike The crews’ union Verdi said Thursday that after another four rounds of negotiations with the airline, “Ryanair did not submit a satisfactory offer”.Travellers in Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Portugal and Italy will also be affected by Ryanair walkouts.Germany’s Cockpit union (VC) had already said late Wednesday that its pilots would stage a strike in the protracted dispute.The Dublin-based carrier warned on Tuesday that 190 flights would be cancelled, affecting 30,000 passengers, before revising the figure downward a day later to 150 flights.After German staff announced they were joining the strike action, Ryanair increased the number again.”We have pre-cancelled some more flights (under 100) tomorrow (Fri 28) due to a short notice strike, called by the VC union in Germany,” it tweeted.Ryanair said the vast majority of its 2,400 normally scheduled flights would be unaffected by “these unnecessary strikes”.All affected customers have received email and text message notifications to advise them of cancellations and options, Ryanair said.Staff have been seeking higher wages and an end to the practice whereby many have been working as independent contractors without the benefits of staff employees. Another key complaint of workers based in countries other than Ireland is the fact that Ryanair has been employing them under Irish legislation.Staff claim this creates huge insecurity for them, blocking their access to state benefits in their country. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
Profits at German high-end carmaker BMW tumbled in 2018, the firm said Friday, with trade headwinds and tough new EU emissions tests’ drag on performance set to last into this year. “Challenges facing the entire sector are unlikely to diminish in the coming months,” chief executive Harald Krueger said in a statement.Net profit at BMW slumped 16.9 percent to 7.2 billion euros ($8.2 billion), the group said.The Munich-based firm pointed to “political uncertainty, a cooling global economy… rising production costs to meet regulatory requirements, exchange rate effects and rising raw materials prices” as weights on its earnings.Operating, or underlying, profits fell less sharply, shedding 7.9 percent to 9.1 billion euros.Revenues were less strongly affected, falling 0.8 percent to 97.5 billion.Other carmakers’ scramble to sell cars not certified under the so-called WLTP test cycle before its introduction in September led to “unexpectedly intense competition”, BMW said, penalising the group for its decision to adopt the new procedure early.Meanwhile the group’s bottom line also suffered as it was ordered to recall over a million diesel cars to replace faulty components.BMW boosted unit sales at its flagship brand slightly, to 2.1 million cars, but deliveries of Minis fell back 2.8 percent, to 361,500.Luxury subsidiary Rolls-Royce lifted shipments 22 percent, to 4,107.Looking to different world regions, sales in Europe were flat while the Americas and Asia recorded slight growth.”Volumes grew signficantly” in China as BMW ramped production of X3 SUVs locally, the group said.Bosses said they would offer shareholders their second-highest dividend payout ever, at 3.50 euros per share.Looking ahead to 2019, BMW expects a “slight increase” in unit sales, in part thanks to new models.Investors offered a mildly positive reaction to the news, with BMW stock gaining 1.1 percent to trade at 74.59 euros around 11:30 am in Frankfurt (1030 GMT). Explore further VW sees steady profits in 2018 results Citation: BMW blames trade headwinds, emissions tests for weaker 2018 (2019, March 15) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-03-bmw-blames-headwinds-emissions-weaker.html © 2019 AFP This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
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