Independent management the way forward for PNG NRL

first_imgChow highlighted that the independent management of the competition will allow franchise owners to focus on the development of the game in their provinces, in their regions.“They can focus more on preparations of their teams. We believe this will be a significant advantage and benefit for the way forward,” said the chairman.“The franchise owners will continue to be represented by their association – PNG NRL Incorporated.”Coming under the umbrella of the PNG Rugby Football League (PNGRFL) will allow the PNG NRL to draw on the resources of the PNGRFL to professionally run the competition.“We can draw on the experience and success they’ve had over several years now in running the SP Hunters program,” said Chow.The PNG NRL Competition will kick off on the weekend of June 22-23.last_img read more

Putu Mining Pumps US$3M to Support 2015 Social Programs

first_imgPutu Iron Ore Mining (PIOM) on Monday disclosed that it has contributed about US$3 million into government coffers, as part of its annual responsibility to implement social programs in three counties in the Southeastern part of the country beginning 2015.The chief executive officer (CEO) of PIOM, Christian Messurenko, named Grand Gedeh, Sinoe and RiverGee as the counties that would benefit from his company’s annual social responsibility to government.“In September 2014, PIOM’s annual social contribution in the amount of US$3 million was paid into government coffers through the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA),” Messurenko further disclosed.Explaining further about his company’s settlement of its financial obligation with government, Messurenko disclosed that “We can confirm payment of all our financial obligations to government for fiscal year 2014/2015 in the tune of US$5 million and we look forward to resuming full activity within the new year of 2015.”He made the disclosure on Monday, when he presented an Earth Lab equipment valued as US$50,000 to the  mining, engineering and geology departments of the University of Liberia (UL) in a short presentation ceremony held at the university’s Fendell Campus, outside of Monrovia.Presenting the lab, the PIOM boss added that it was in fulfillment of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) entered into by his company and the university in 2013, to support mining, engineering and geology studies at the university.He said, procurement and installation of the earth lab is fully funded by his company.“Putu has consistently demonstrated commitment to honoring its corporate social responsibility and all other obligations under the MOU,” he emphasized.Commenting further on his company’s contribution in the country’s education sector, Messurenko noted that they also contributed an amount of US$200,000 into a General Education Fund as was provided for in the Mineral Development Agreement (MDA) also singed between his company and the government.“This education fund which is launched today,” he added” will be used to provide scholarship  and vocational training to students from the South East Counties of Grand Gedeh, Sinoe and River Gee, in order to equip them with marketable skills in the areas of construction and to prepare them for careers in mining, engineering and geology.”Messurenko assured his company’s commitment to carry out mining project in Liberia, admitting “We have been experiencing difficulties since we obtained our mining license from government in July 2014.”He made specific reference to the escalation of the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD).“While the company was about to begin its construction phase of its project, we were faced with the prevailing health situation, which has caused some of our major foreign contractors to suspend their activities,” he stated. “As a consequence,” he continued, “the company has been constrained to slow down its operations and as a result, we would regrettably begin reducing staff from November through December 2014.“We want to use the opportunity to assure government and its international partners that we will continue to remain with you people combat the deadly virus,” he said, promising his company’s commitment in the Ebola virus fight.He added that they have demonstrated, over the past months, by providing material and financial support to the Ebola Task Force in Grand Gedeh and Sinoe Counties respectively.“We have equally supported the efforts of Medicines Sans Frontieres by providing five (5) mobile offices for use at the ELWA medical facility,” he said.He continued, “We want to reassure partners that the constructions phase of the project, which was to have started in 2014 to 2017, we are anticipating starting next year.”Receiving the equipment on behalf of the university, Dr. Emmet Dennis, president of the UL lauded the company for the assistance that would help to improve leaning activities especially for engineering students in his university.Commenting on the scholarship assistance, Dr. Dennis said that only deserving students would benefit from it.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

PCC, LNP Officers Accused of Random Seizure of Petty Traders’ Goods

first_imgSeveral street vendors have accused officers of the Paynesville City Corporation (PCC) and the Liberia National Police (LNP) assigned at the ELWA Junction of arbitrarily seizing their goods, causing them to lose thousands of Liberian dollars every day. In an interview with the Daily Observer yesterday, a young street seller explained that three PCC and four LNP officers stopped him while he was on his way home with his wheelbarrow filled with goods.The total value of the goods in the wheelbarrow was about L$53,000. The items included women’s body sprays, pampers, soaps of all kinds, and other toiletries, said the seller.He said it was around 9:30 p.m. on Friday, July 8, when the seven officers rushed on him to seize his wheelbarrow.“They came with a pickup truck and forcibly took my wheelbarrow, put it in the truck and took it away,” the young man said. He explained that as it is usually the case, he headed to the Paynesville City Hall with the hope that he could retrieve his wheelbarrow and the goods.“When I went there I only saw the empty wheelbarrow and no one there could give account of what happened to my goods,” the man, who identified himself only as Eric, said.He said since the incident he has been going to the PCC headquarters for his goods to no avail and no one has told him anything about what happened to his goods.Eric said the situation has rendered him penniless and he is now helping friends to sell their goods to get “something” for his daily bread. He said he dropped out of school in the 8th grade and has been managing funds at his disposal doing petty trading.“Now I only depend on friends to survive,” Eric said. He is meanwhile calling on PCC and LNP authorities to ensure that years of efforts are not wasted simply because the officers are instructed to seize goods from street sellers.Eric told this newspaper that he wants Paynesville City Mayor Ceyvette Gibson to ensure that PCC and LNP officers stop harassing ordinary Liberians who are simply working for themselves through petty trading.He said at times PCC officers pepper spray marketers while chasing them to seize their goods. Meanwhile, when contacted a PCC officer at the Paynvesville City Hall refused to discuss the incident involving Eric, saying it was a job he and his colleagues have to do.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Economist calls for Jordan’s resignation

first_imgBungled sugar estates’ write-off“Imagine coming into an inheritance of a profitable business. This business is the umbrella corporation for a range of successful companies. When you took over this umbrella corporation, you decided you didn’t like a bunch of employees from one of the larger companies under your control, so you fire them and decide to sell out the company. You then realise that you made a bad decision despite everyone’s warnings that it was a bad decision from the beginning. You now have to borrow money to get back to some semblance of square one.”Economic Advisor to the Opposition, Peter Ramsaroop on Wednesday said that this was the predicament Government now found itself in as a result of the asinine decision-making that was embarked on by Finance Minister Winston Jordan, who, he noted, has clearly misled the President into thinking he was the man for the job.Ramsaroop gave what he called a layman’s breakdown of the dangerous developments taking place at the highest levels of Government – decisions that will leave countless Guyanese in debt.He was at the time speaking to the most recent pronouncement by Minister Jordan that Government would now have to borrow $15 billion to reopen the Skeldon and Enmore Sugar Factories that were fully functional at the time the coalition took office.Ramsaroop spoke to Guyana Times following the protests by sugar workers at the closed Wales Estate and sought to again warn of the coming financial crisis that the Administration has set the nation on course for.According to Ramsaroop, while the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) did have its problems, it earned much-needed foreign currency for the country in addition to providing jobs for thousands of Guyanese – sugar workers on whom untold thousands depend for their livelihoods.“Jordan’s financial card tricks as he calls them have real consequences for real people….the Minister cannot be making blunder after blunder only to come change them subsequently to be forgiven.”The economist, in speaking to the mismanagement of the industry at a macro level, questioned, “How is it the Minister only realised after shutting the factories down that it would be more profitable to sell them as working facilities?”Ramsaroop added: “Recall the Minister had introduced VAT on education, thinking that was a bright idea and he had to backpedal on that; recall the Minister had increased the taxes for miners, he had to backpedal on that too.”He said for each year the coalition has been in office and sought to tinker with a complex taxation system it has backfired, but the real consequences were lost on those in high office.“I am honestly wondering now if we can survive to 2020 as a viable economy…Billions of foreign currency earnings will be lost with the closure of the factories, not to mention the societal and other economic pressures that are still to be brought to the fore as the impact begins to sink in.“This is February…people are going to celebrate this week a festival after hard work, but for thousands of sugar workers, while Minister [George] Norton and his acolytes palance on the front pages with skimpily clad models, sugar workers are now coming to grips with the fact that the part payment of a severance will soon be used up and the reality of another paycheque not forthcoming will eventually begin to boil even more uncontrollably.”According to Ramsaroop, “had President Granger heeded the advice of those that had been in office and do the right thing in ensuring there was a continuity of fiscal policies that had been yielding fruits, Guyana’s economy would not have been faltering as it is now because of the ill-advised and downright illogical policies that are being presented by the Finance Minister.”He told this publication that the Finance Minister should do the honourable thing and resign or the President should quickly dismiss him.last_img read more

Two charged over security incident linked to Arsenal duo

first_imgFormer Germany midfielder Ozil and the Bosnia defender were targeted last month by masked and armed attackers who chased their car through London.London’s Metropolitan Police said two men had been arrested in an incident in the north of the city three days ago.“Two men have been charged under Section 4a of the Public Order Act following an incident in Camden on Thursday,” the police said in a statement.“Ferhat Ercan, 27, and Salaman Ekinci, 27, were charged on August 9 following the incident and are due to appear at Highbury Corner Magistrates Court on September 6.”Reports suggested the men were arrested after becoming involved in an altercation with security staff outside Ozil’s house.Section 4a of the Public Order Act refers to offences of intentional harassment, alarm or distress, through threatening, abusive or insulting words, behaviour or displays.Arsenal said on Friday that Ozil and Kolasinac would not be in the squad travelling to Newcastle “following further security incidents which are being investigated by the police.“The welfare of our players and their families is always a top priority and we have taken this decision following discussion with the players and their representatives.“We are liaising with the police and are providing the players and their families with ongoing support.“We look forward to welcoming the players back to the squad as soon as possible.”0Shares0000(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Ozil and Kolasinac miss Arsenal’s trip to Newcastle over security concerns as police charge two men © AFP/File / OZAN KOSELONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 11 – Two men will appear in court next month charged with a public order offence, police confirmed Sunday, in connection with two Arsenal footballers previously targeted in an attack.Arsenal said Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac would not play in Sunday’s opening English Premier League fixture at Newcastle due to “further security incidents”.last_img read more

NORTH WEST GOLF ALLIANCE: REPORTS & RESULTS

first_imgNorth Western Golfing Alliance RESULTS & REPORTS Played at Narin/Portnoo  Golf Club on Saturday 5th March 2011 Par 73 S.S.S 731st Nett    Ricky Boal (20)                      Portsalon G.C.              67 2ND Nett   Eddie McHugh     (16)             Letterkenny  G.C.          693rd Nett   Kieran Martin  (13)                     Strabane G.C.            704th Nett    Stephen Harris     (20)              Letterkenny G.C.      71 b.o.t.5th Nett    Cathal Patton        (4)                Strabane G.C.        71 b.o.t. 6th Nett  Connor McGettigan (15)          Portsalon  G.C.        71`b.o.t1st Gross    Damien Mooney (scr) Unattached                            672nd Gross    Michael McGeady (scr)    McCambridge/Duffy     683RD Gross     Garrett Mallon (scr)         North West G.C               704th Gross      Connor Mallon (scr)          Narin/Portnoo G.C.       71 5th Gross     Enda Kennedy (scr)              Rosapenna       G.C.        726th Gross    Finian O’Doherty  (3 )           Narin/Portnoo G.C.         74Damien Mooney eagled the par 4 1stWinner of Golfer of year Kieran Doherty, Strabane G.C. Runner up –Enda Kennedy, Strabane G.C. Gross Winner Justin MacLochlainn ,North West G.C. Runner –up ,Michael McGeady McCambridge/DuffyThe following had a 2 ,Eugene Corry, B.Corry M.McGeady,C.Mallon,E.Kennedy,F.O’Doherty,N.Callan,N.Sheaffer,N.McCrory,S.McCay,E.Davis,J.Blake,P.MacLochlainn. D.Mooney had 2 2’sWhat  a  pleasant change in the weather a really beautiful sun filled day and no wind to provide protection to the course .Every advantage was taken  as the scoring was really exceptional both Gross and in the nett. After the horrendous weather of the winter it was such a pleasure to play such a good course rated 51 in the Ireland Golf Digest top 100 courses .it is good to see that they are not resting on their laurels and several bunkers have been introduced during the winter.In the Gross section the exceptional scoring was led by l Damien Mooney.He led the onslaught with a drive to the heart of the first green and holed a 7 foot putt for eagle. He promptly bogied the par 5 second having had a three putt. He then parred all the rest of the holes on the front nine except the par 3 7th which he birdied.He was out in 33 which is 2 under. A clear leader you might think well no he was not .Michael McGeady just back from Spain had birdied 4 and 5 both par fours and also the 9th par 4 to be out in 32. Toiling along behind was Garrett Mallon in 35 and on 36 were Noel Callan ,Enda Kennedy and young Finian O’Doherty.Damien and Michael birdied 10, Michael dropped a shot at 11 and Damien went into over drive with 3 birdies in the next 4 holes while Michael had one birdie .This proved to be the end of the contest between them as the both parred the last two holes and so Damien won by one shot. This was not the end of the great scoring though as local professional Connor Mallon came home in a best back nine score of 33.In the nett section the scoring was equally good as four players who had tasted victory already this year battled it out. Ricky Boal was really shooting out the lights with a nett 31 for the first nine. His pursuers Kieran Martin with a 35, Eddie McHugh and last week’s winner Stephen Harris both on 36 were not ready to concede at this early stage .They all tried valiantly but could not make up the deficit entirely although at the end Ricky’s margin of victory was down to 2 strokes from Eddie with Kieran 3rd three strokes back and Stephen 4 back.The placing’s in the golfer of the year categories were all sorted out as well. Kieran Doherty who had been leading on 30 points did not add to his total nor did the runner up Enda Kennedy but none of their immediate pursuers did either .In the GROSS Justin MacLochlainn who had won it with one competition to go duly strode home and in a keen contest to be runner up Michael McGeady just got home from Noel Callan the Alliance vice –captain.So having endured one of the worst seasons for frost and snow and cancellations the alliance is coming to a close for this season having only missed one competition in all. This all leads up to the grand finale of Padraig MacLochlainn‘s Captains Day at North West Golf Club on 19th March 2011Final Competition Captains day on 19th March North West  G.C.NORTH WEST GOLF ALLIANCE: REPORTS & RESULTS was last modified: March 6th, 2011 by gregShare 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

No rout, but Trojans will take win

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 With USC posting gaudy stats, like 724 yards of offense, 39 first downs and 37 minutes in time of possession, it’s hard to imagine the Trojans only held a 28-21 lead with 13 minutes remaining. That contradiction between score and stats forced Carroll to go out of his way to rationalize the Trojans’ performance. “Sometimes you’re going to play well and not win. Anyway. I don’t really care,” Carroll said. “I just like getting wins. I don’t know what more you can expect. “I’m a football coach. I’ve been coaching for 37 years and you don’t win every game everything-to-nothing. It just doesn’t happen like that. I wish it did, but it just doesn’t. You’ve got to live with the game and play it.” The tone underscored a feeling that maybe things didn’t go quite as smoothly as expected, despite that overwhelming difference in yardage, as Arizona gained just 245 yards. It’s too bad USC didn’t play defense as well on the field as in the locker room Saturday, or the No. 1-ranked Trojans would have experienced far fewer tense moments against Arizona. USC coach Pete Carroll considered this game a test for the Trojans to play to their ability, no matter the opponent. But the Trojans’ 42-21 victory over Arizona before 90,221 at the Coliseum didn’t prove much, except that a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns could make the score more lopsided than it was for most of the game. “A win is a win,” quarterback Matt Leinart said, defending the outcome. “Maybe it doesn’t feel or look like it, but it’s a win.” center_img It’s also the result of increased expectations, built during USC’s 27-game winning streak. “I don’t think expectations are too high. They are what they are,” Carroll said. “It doesn’t bother me. I’m letting you know what I feel. This was a heckuva win, when you play a good defense and score 42 points.” Arizona is also a 2-3 team and winless (0-2) in the Pacific-10 Conference. That fact wasn’t lost on offensive lineman Winston Justice, who took himself to task for the closer-than-expected result. “It was just a bad game. It was all our fault too,” he said. “I think it was the whole offense. I had a bad game, personally.” Justice committed three holding penalties (two were enforced) after Arizona coaches alerted the officials to watch him closely during the game. “It was just one of those games,” Justice said. Maybe Justice didn’t get the memo on how good Arizona was. But neither did anyone else apparently. Although USC scored on its opening drive, it started out slowly for the third consecutive game. “We need to stop starting off slow,” said Justice, a Poly High graduate. “It’s going to hurt us when we play a better team.” USC (5-0, 3-0) was lucky to lead 14-7 at halftime, as Leinart threw an interception and tailback Desmond Reed, playing because Reggie Bush sprained his knee and missed part of the first half, fumbled. There was also an embarrassing effort from the kickoff team, which allowed returns of 51 and 76 yards to Arizona’s Syndric Steptoe. And the defense also got in the act, as cornerback John Walker allowed a 38-yard pass that set up Arizona’s first touchdown and cornerback Justin Wyatt gave up a 42-yard touchdown pass that cut the Trojans lead to 21-14. “We don’t give up fade routes,” secondary coach Greg Burns said. “We’ve got to clean that up. Our defense doesn’t do that.” It all set the stage for an interesting fourth quarter. With USC ahead 28-21, Leinart threw a 29-yard touchdown pass to Dwayne Jarrett. Or did he? Replays indicated Jarrett juggled the ball but were inconclusive and the officials never reviewed the play. “I was in,” Jarrett said. “I knew I bobbled it but I held it up. At the last second, I tried to drag my feet. The ref was right there. We’d have scored anyways.” Just in case, Carroll called out, “May Day,” USC’s code for getting the field-goal team out quickly, to prevent a review by the officials. Arizona actually responded and drove to the USC 6-yard line, but quarterback Richard Kovalcheck’s pass got tipped by linebacker Collin Ashton and intercepted by safety Ryan Ting. “The ball felt like it was in the air forever,” Ting said. For perhaps the third consecutive game, USC tailback LenDale White demonstrated he’s as valuable as Bush or Leinart, with 179 yards and four touchdowns in 24 carries. “I want the ball in my hands every play,” White said. USC NOTES: White has gained 376 yards in the past two weeks, the most by a Trojan tailback over two games since Marcus Allen gained 398 in consecutive starts in 1981. White has done it in far fewer carries (43 vs. 90). … Arizona coach Mike Stoops thought Jarrett bobbled the fourth-quarter TD reception. “I saw a bobble,” Stoops said. “I don’t know why they didn’t review it. I didn’t see his feet.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Clayberg and Warner Named AP All-Americans

first_imgPrint Friendly Version Two Drake University football student-athletes from nearby Pella, Iowa, have been named to the Associated Press FCS Football All-America Team, the organization announced Tuesday, Dec. 11.Will Warner, a junior safety, earned first team honors while Nathan Clayberg, a fifth-year senior, was named to the third-team. The pair helped lead one of the FCS’ top defenses, ranking in the top 15 nationally in nearly every defensive statistic.Individually, Warner was second in the nation in interceptions with eight to also tie the Drake program record. He also led the nation in interception return yardage at 223 total yards. Outside of his interceptions, Warner was second on the team in solo tackles with 41 and successfully defended a total of 12 passes. Warner is Drake’s first first-team All-American since Eric Saubert in 2015 and the Bulldogs first Associated Press first-team All-American since 1982Clayberg, the 2018 Pioneer Football League Defensive Player of the Year, recorded 33 tackles including 9.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 stacks. He also broke up six passes and the line and blocked two kicks this season.Drake, San Diego and Stetson were the only PFL programs to have student-athletes earn All-America honors from the Associated Press.  Drake and Dayton each received a pair of honors while Stetson had one.last_img read more

ALL-IRELAND SEMI-FINAL BRAWL IN DONEGAL PUB LANDS WOMAN IN COURT

first_imgA NUMBER of women argued and fought in a pub after watching Donegal win last year’s All-Ireland semi-final, a court has heard.The incident took place on August 26 last year as patrons of the Shamrock Bar in Ballybofey watched the game.Before Letterkenny District Court today Clarissa Cairns, from Townparks, Convoy, pleaded guilty to assault, being threatening and abusive in a public place and being drunk in a public place. Inspector Michael Harrison told the court that the entire incident was captured on CCTV images in the pub and involved a row between several women.He said the footage showed 19-year-old Cairns dancing in the vicinity of two other women on the dance floor of the pub.Cairns could then be seen running out to the smoking area of the bar where the offence took place.“The camera captures the defendant arguing with another female and a row develops. Miss Cairns is involved in that row,” said Inspector Harrison.“It involves a whole pile of girls fighting with each other; it seems to go on for quite a while,” he said.Defence solicitor Donagh Cleary said Ms Cairns made a statement to Gardai saying she was very drunk on the evening in question and later apologised to all concerned.“She apologised for stuff she wasn’t certain she did do,” said Mr Cleary.Inspector Harrison added: “There was a huge amount of alcohol taken.”Mr Cleary said his client deeply regretted the incident.She was hoping to embark on a career in healthcare and had just returned from a holiday in Seville, Spain, run by the Wider Horizons Project.Judge Paul Kelly said he would give Cairns “an opportunity” as this was her first offence.He told Cairns: “When you take part in this sort of behaviour you will find it difficult to travel to other countries in future.”He ordered her to make a €150 donation to charity.The Shamrock Bar has since closed.ALL-IRELAND SEMI-FINAL BRAWL IN DONEGAL PUB LANDS WOMAN IN COURT was last modified: September 9th, 2013 by John2Share 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:All-Ireland semi-finalbrawlcastlefinndonegalShamrock Barlast_img read more

Draw ignites 2010 World Cup fever

first_img7 December 2009The 32 teams participating at next year’s Fifa World Cup™ finals discovered their fate on Friday evening when the Final Draw for South Africa 2010 took place in Cape Town.While South Africans learned that the host nation’s opening match at Soccer City, Johannesburg on 11 June would be played against Mexico, it was the Group D line-up which caused arguably the biggest stir.Germany, Australia, Serbia and Ghana will battle it out for two qualifying places for the Round of 16, meaning two nations with passionate support will depart the tournament early.There could be a high-profile casualty from Group G too, after Brazil, Korea DPR, Cote d’Ivoire, Portugal were drawn together.TV audience of 200-millionAn estimated global television audience of 200-million joined the 2 000 invited guests in the Draw hall in watching the colourful and entertaining ceremony unfold.With African sporting stars such as athlete Haile Gebreselassie, rugby player John Smit, cricketer Makhaya Ntini, and footballers Matthew Booth and Simphiwe Dludlu assisting with the Draw, along with England’s David Beckham, it was always going to be an exhilarating occasion, but the undoubted centrepiece came when the eight groups were revealed.An early highlight of the draw was the eye-catching encounter between England and USA, scheduled for 12 June, which evokes the Americans’ famous 1-0 win over their transatlantic cousins at Brazil 1950.Argentina, Nigeria and Greece will get the chance to revive their group rivalry from 1994, while the heavyweight collision between Portugal and Brazil on 25 June also has the feel of a derby. Group A: South Africa, Mexico, Uruguay, France Group B: Argentina, Nigeria, Korea Republic, Greece Group C: England, USA, Algeria, Slovenia Group D: Germany, Australia, Serbia, Ghana Group E: Netherlands, Denmark, Japan, Cameroon Group F: Italy, Paraguay, New Zealand, Slovakia Group G: Brazil, Korea DPR, Cote d’Ivoire, Portugal Group H: Spain, Switzerland, Honduras, Chile A night to rememberWith such an array of stars, the event dazzled from start to finish. After a welcome sequence from Lions Head, the mountain that provides Cape Town with such a dramatic backdrop, award-winning musician Johnny Clegg performed “Scatterlings of Africa”, a song made famous by the Academy Award-winning film Rain Main.Fittingly, the first speech of the night came from the man without whom a Fifa World Cup in South Africa would never have been possible: the country’s former president, Nelson Mandela.The 91-year-old, speaking in a special video message, urged his nation to make the most of their opportunity as tournament hosts. “We must strive for excellence in our hosting of the World Cup, while at the same time ensuring the event leaves a lasting benefit to all our people,” he said.Next it was time for two special presidents to take to the stage. Fifa President Sepp Blatter and South African President Jacob Zuma showed their excitement at both the Final Draw and the 2010 Fifa World Cup itself in an entertaining dialogue lasting several minutes.Giancarlo Abete, President of the Italian Football Federation, then handed over the holders’ Fifa World Cup Trophy to Blatter, confirmation that sport’s holy grail is in South Africa and ready to be contested next year.Legendary Portugal striker Eusebio, born in neighbouring Mozambique, was introduced to the crowd before examples of the “Win in Africa, With Africa” campaign were showcased before an expectant audience. Beninese singer-songwriter Angelique Kidjo duly took to the stage to perform her Grammy-nominated song “Agolo”.JabulaniThe first duty of the show’s guest presenter, Academy Award-winning actress, Hollywood producer and proud South African Charlize Theron, was to show off the official 2010 match ball, adidas’s Jabulani, a name meaning “to celebrate” in Zulu.The multiple Grammy Award-winning Soweto Gospel Choir continued the theme of happiness with a lively rendition of “Pata Pata” before the arrival of Draw master and Fifa secretary-general Jerome Valcke signalled the moment of truth.Some of the assembled coaches will have headed away feeling confident; others concerned by the task presented here; yet at least all now know what lies in store as they begin their planning and preparation for next year’s showpiece.Source: Fifa.comlast_img read more

Swami-turned-Minister in M.P. moots ‘cow Ministry’

first_imgChairman of the Madhya Pradesh Gau Samvardhan Board (Cow Protection Board) Swami Akhileshwaranand Giri, who was recently elevated to the rank of Cabinet Minister, has sought the formation of a ‘cow Ministry’ in the State.As per the board’s proposal to the government, the ministry can avail a part of the funds earmarked for the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) works.“When Anand Mantralaya (Ministry of Happiness) can be constituted, why can’t there be a Gau Mantralaya? Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan himself keeps a cow at his residence. The Gau Samvardhan Board has prepared a proposal and conveyed it to the Chief Minister,” he said.“Currently matters related to the cow are handled by the Animal Husbandry Department. We want a ministry exclusively for the cow. The cow should be kept out of animal category,” he said.“The board has a meagre annual budget of ₹16 crore and no powers, so a separate Ministry is needed,” he said.The ministry could promote “cow-related industry,” create jobs for rural youth and conduct research in the field of cow breeding, he said. Rajasthan had set up a directorate for cows, but it too was inadequate, he opined.Funds from MGNREGA“Over 1.5 lakh cows are taken care of at 604 registered gaushalas (cow shelters) in Madhya Pradesh. Around the same number roam free on roads. The number of cows is expected to increase by 25% in the next livestock census,” he said.“The board has proposed that out of MGNREGA funds (around ₹15,000 crore for the State), ₹1,000 crore can be given to the cow ministry,” he said.last_img read more

Two criminals shot dead in U.P. encounter

first_imgTwo notorious criminals were killed in an encounter with police in New Mandi area here on Tuesday, an official said.They were involved in several cases of loot and murder. Rohit alias Sandu and Rakesh were carrying cash rewards of ₹one lakh and ₹50,000 on their heads, respectively, ADG Prashant Kumar said. During the encounter, two policemen also sustained injuries, he said. Police have seized two pistols, cartridges and a motorcycle, Mr. Kumar added.last_img

Bahujans must come to power: Chandrashekhar Azad

first_imgChandrashekhar Azad, the fiery Dalit activist from Uttar Pradesh shot to prominence in 2017 when he was jailed for over a year for a Thakur-Dalit clash in Saharanpur. Called ‘Ravan’ by his followers, in a subaltern challenge to BJP’s Ram, Azad famously put up a signboard in his village that read, ‘The Great Chamars of Dhadkhauli Welcome You’.The 32-year-old, who leads the Bhim Army, is seen as one of the faces of an emerging radical Bahujan movement. With his twirled moustache, iconic dark blue scarf, and Enfield Bullet, Azad makes a statement wherever he goes, and it’s obvious he was the inspiration behind the character of Nishad in the recent Bollywood film, Article 15.He is in jail again, this time in Delhi, over protests against the demolition of Ravidas Mandir, a temple for poet-saint Ravidas of the 16th century who has a large Dalit following. He met The Hindu when he was in Karnataka a few days before his arrest. Excerpts:The demolition of the Ravidas Mandir has created a new flashpoint between Dalits and the Centre. But the government says it was the Supreme Court that ordered the demolition for violating zoning norms?It was the Delhi Development Authority that sought to demolish the temple, not the Supreme Court. The government used the court to achieve its end. The issue finally boils down to respecting Bahujan cultural symbols. PM Narendra Modi visited Ravidas Mandir in Varanasi earlier this year and said he was a devotee of Sant Ravidas. Now he must take the lead in restoring the temple or his hypocrisy will be exposed. We will launch a nationwide protest demanding its restoration on the same spot.The recent Bollywood film, Article 15, had a character modelled on you. Did you see the film? There has been criticism that instead of telling the story of caste oppression from the perspective of the Dalit, the movie did it from the perspective of a Brahmin officer. What is your take on this?I have not seen the film. But the opposition to the film by the upper castes and the right wing is telling of how the entire system works against Dalits. Maybe it is not time to tell the story from a Dalit perspective in the mainstream. Maybe the film wouldn’t have released at all if that were the case. But I have heard of recent films in the South with Dalit protagonists. I feel the progressives among the upper castes need to come forward to question caste hierarchy. But it is time we lead our struggles and tell our stories and those from other castes need to support us.Many are critical of the style of Bhim Army, though not its substance. They argue that violence only begets more violence. What is your take?We have the right to fight for our rights and don’t have to tolerate any oppression. It is time our voices rang louder on the streets. Bhim Army is Ambedkarite in its outlook — Educate, Organise and Agitate. We believe nothing comes without struggle and we are ready for any sacrifice. We are not attacking anyone, but if someone comes into our homes and hits us, we will not hesitate to retaliate in self-defence. When the system is so geared up against us, what else can we do? I was blamed for the violence in Saharanpur and arrested, but nobody speaks of the violence wrecked on us. The state brands Dalits who raise their voice as Naxals, as we have seen in Bhima Koregaon, and Muslims as terrorists.Does the rise of radical Dalit leaders and their large followings among the youth indicate the failure of mainstream Dalit politics?Mainstream Dalit parties have failed repeatedly. A student who has all the resources but fails exams repeatedly cannot claim to be a brilliant student. Most of our politicians today are crorepatis; they come from dynasties that don’t know our problems. We cannot let their failure fail the movement. These parties are severely compromised on the ideological front, including in allying with a brahminical party like the BJP. As these leaders remain stuck in AC rooms, the youngsters fight on the streets, giving rise to new leaders and a militant movement.The BJP now seeks to claim the legacy of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, even to defend the revoking of Article 370 in J&K. The BSP has supported the move. How do you view the government’s handling of Dalit issues?Brahminism is in the DNA of the BJP and its ideological mentor, the RSS. This seeks to impose the Manusmriti, which doesn’t allot any power to Shudras and Dalits. While we can become the President of India, we still cannot enter a temple. The social forces that this regime has emboldened, giving them impunity, have translated into increased atrocities against minorities, Dalits and tribals. Dalits are the biggest targets of lynchings, even more than Muslims.On Kashmir, the future of Dalits cannot be seen in isolation. It is linked with the aspirations of Kashmiris. It is better if BJP stops trying to appropriate Ambedkar as it is a legacy they can never claim and it only exposes their hypocrisy.RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat has called for an open debate on reservations.The RSS-BJP has always been anti-reservation and their agenda is to subvert reservation. By giving reservation to the poor among upper castes, they have done exactly that. Reservation has always been about correcting social and educational backwardness, not economic. This government has been keen on disinvestment of PSUs, which essentially hits Dalits, as there is no reservation in the private sector. Mohan Bhagwat’s statement only reflects the anti-Dalit mindset of the RSS-BJP. We are ready for a debate on reservation with Mohan Bhagwat. Let us debate on what we have really got from reservation in the last seven decades. Even today 54% of Dalits don’t own any land. We will tell what we have gained and what we have lost because of caste in this society.The Opposition has failed to defeat BJP electorally, despite the Mahagathbandhan of the SP-BSP in UP. How can you counter the BJP, even as many aspirational Shudra and Dalit classes cosy up to the party?The only way to fight BJP is to take to the streets. They may have a majority in Parliament but we [Bahujans] have a majority on the streets. All pro-Constitution forces need to unite for this fight. Though we may have failed once, that should not deter us. More than political alliances between parties, we need to mobilise people on the ground. Any truck with the BJP is against the interests of the Bahujan community. We need to expose this and convince people.Was the SP-BSP alliance fraught with contradictions, as in the villages it is the OBCs and Dalits who are often in confrontation with each other? Is an OBC-Dalit alliance practical?We in the Bhim Army believe the Bahujan community includes all oppressed classes — Dalits, Adivasis, Shudras and minorities — and we will work towards bringing these classes together in the villages at a social level. Bahujan unity is the key to countering the larger Manuvad [parties] ruling us today.There has been an argument that the Left and Dalit movements must unite. Do you feel synergising these two mass movements is the way ahead?Bahujan politics is the politics of kamzor log (the weak) and we are ready to support anyone participating in these politics, in a pro-Constitution manner. I believe, while there may be several organisations working independently, we need to come together to fight on common issues, be it various Dalit organisations or even the Left. But enough of us voting others to make them leaders, now we want others to vote for our leadership. Historically, it is time this happened.Bhim Army is in expansion mode. Your success in UP has been organic. Can you replicate it elsewhere?Our success in UP is largely due to the Bhim Shaalas we run, evening and holiday schools in villages and slums where we educate Bahujan youth in English, help them with studies and impart political education to help them cultivate a Bahujan consciousness. Bhim Army runs 1,700 such schools in UP, which has given us a committed cadre. We will soon begin Bhim Shaalas across the country. India is a diverse land and we will factor that in. Bhim Army will be the loudest voice on the streets for Bahujans everywhere.Is Bhim Army on its way to becoming a political party or are you caught between remaining a social movement and entering electoral politics?Bhim Army is not averse to electoral politics, but it is not an organisation that is only political. We will always remain part of the larger Bahujan movement; electoral politics is only one of the means to further the cause. We follow both Ambedkar and Kanshi Ram and believe the Bahujan community, which has a majority in society, must come to power.You had dropped ‘Ravan’ from your name but now it is back?It is the people who lovingly called me Ravan for taking on the BJP. But I realised BJP was trying to polarise the people as supporters of Ram and Ravan in Varanasi when I announced I would contest against Narendra Modi. So, I announced I was dropping Ravan from my name. But now that the elections are over and people like calling me Ravan, it is back.adhitya.bharadwaj@thehindu.co.inlast_img read more

Saina Nehwal, Kidambi Srikanth Crash Out, PV Sindhu Enters Quarters of World Badminton Championships

first_imgBasel: PV Sindhu, two-time world silver-medallist, produced yet another commanding performance as she demolished Beiwen Zhang of United States in straight games to advance to the quarter-finals of the BWF World Championships in Basel, Switzerland on Thursday.On the other hand, Saina Nehwal was upset by Denmark’s Mia Blichfeldt 21-15, 25-27, 12-21 in an hour and 12 minutes to bow out of the tournament in pre-quarterfinals. Sindhu won 21-14, 21-6 in the women’s singles pre-quarterfinals match that lasted just 34 minutes. The fifth seeded Indian had lost to the ninth seeded American opponent in the Indian Open final last year.Sindhu now face second seed Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei in the quarter-finals.The Indian completely dominated the match, giving no chance to her American opponent. They were levelled 5-5 but from there, Sindhu led all the way to pocket the first game.The second game was even better for Sindhu as she led all the way from 1-1, taking five straight points to 6-1 and then another six points on the trot to reach 14-5 before wrapping up the match.Saina started extremely brightly but lost her way in the middle to eventually lose her match. Saina took the first game with ease and was leading for most of the second game but Blichfeldt came to level terms and despite much resistance from Sania where she saved game points, the Danish eventually forced the decider.Saina could not keep pace with Blichfeldt in the decider and was completely dominated.In the men’s singles, B Sai Praneeth dished out a superlative performance to stun world no. 8 Anthony Sinisuka Ginting and progress to the quarterfinals but Kidambi Srikanth and HS Prannoy suffered defeats to bow out of the showpiece event.Seeded seventh, Srikanth lost 14-21 13-21 against Kantaphon Wangcharoen of Thailand in the pre-quarterfinal match that lasted 40 minutes while Prannoy’s campaign ended with a loss at the hands of world no. 1 Kento Momota of Japan.Prannoy showed glimpses of brilliance, especially in the opening game, but couldn’t stop Momota from registering a 21-19 21-12 win, his fifth victory over the Indian in as many encounters.World No 19. Praneeth, who had reached the finals at Swiss Open this year, took just 42 minutes to dispatch sixth seeded Anthony of Indonesia 21-19 21-13 to set up a likely clash with another Indonesian Jonatan Christie, seeded fourth and the reigning Asian Games champion.(With PTI inputs) badmintonbwf world championshipskidambi srikanthPV Sindhu First Published: August 23, 2019, 12:59 AM 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

Saffron is the colour for CM Yogi Adityanath’s office in Lucknow

first_imgThe office of the saffron-robed Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in Lucknow is now getting a touch of saffron.The Lal Bahadur Shastri Bhawan, known as the secretariat annexe building which houses the chief minister’s office as well as those of senior officials, is being painted in saffron replacing the traditional white and blue.Estate department officials said everything from the outer walls to the terrace of the building is being painted in the saffron shade. The building which also has the office of the chief secretary has traditionally sported white and blue colours but a proposal was recently made for repairing and painting the building and saffron colour was approved by all, officials said adding that work on it has already started.The saffron-coloured building that houses Yogi Adityanath’s office. Photo: ANI. The chief minister, referred to as Maharajji by his disciples, is clad in saffron-coloured outfits and according to sources after he took over, the towels which cover his chair and curtains of his office were also changed to colours matching the saffron hue. The towels in the office of the chief minister on the fifth floor of the building are of a saffron hue and the curtains, though not saffron in colour, are close to it, sources said.OPPOSITION CRIES SAFFRONISATIONRecently, the chief minister had flagged off a fleet of 50 saffron-coloured buses and even the stage for the inauguration was decorated with saffron-coloured curtains and balloons.Besides this, the education department had distributed saffron-coloured school bags to primary schools students and the booklets that were distributed to mark 100 days and six months of the Adityanath government were saffron in colour as well. The information department diary of the state government also bears a saffron cover.advertisementThe Opposition, however, does not seem happy with the change and has charged the state government with “saffronising” even official buildings. This is all about “saffronisation” of the state and its politics, Samajwadi Party spokesperson Rajendra Chaudhary said.Congress spokesman Dwijendra Tripathi said giving any particular colour, which is associated with a political party, is not right.ALSO WATCH: Saffron intrinsic to India’s identity: UP Legislative Assembly speaker Hriday Narayan Dixitlast_img read more

US Routs Dominicans, 106-71

first_imgBILBAO, Spain — Kenneth Faried kept up his sharp shooting with 16 points and the U.S. national team rolled to a 4-0 start with a 106-71 victory over the Dominican Republic on Sept. 3.The Americans surpassed 100 points for the second time in the tournament — and they were “held” to 98 points in their other two games.They led by only three points after one quarter but had no trouble extending that as the game went on, as the Dominicans’ willingness to push the pace simply played into the Americans’ hands.Faried made 8 of 11 shots, a 73-percent clip that actually lowered his percentage for the tournament after the Denver forward came into the game hitting 81 percent.The Americans will finish Group C play Sept. 4 against Ukraine before playing their round of 16 game on Sept. 6 against the fourth-place team from Group D, which is still to be determined.The Dominican Republic (2-2) will face Turkey on Sept. 4, still in position to advance.The Dominicans played without Houston Rockets forward Francisco Garcia, who entered the day’s play tied for fourth in the tournament with 21 points per game.He appeared to turn an ankle late in the Dominicans’ victory over Finland on Sept. 2, and though he finished the game, was walking gingerly as he went to the bench after his teammates had come out to warm up.The Americans ended up winning nearly as easily as their 105-62 exhibition victory on Aug. 20 in New York, though the Dominicans hung with them a little longer than that night.The U.S. lead was just 25-22 as the Dominicans attacked fearlessly but didn’t have any answer for the Americans’ bigs. Faried had three straight baskets, a couple of them powerful dunks, and Anthony Davis knocked down a jumper to turn a seven-point lead into a 44-29 cushion.Gay got the final four points of the half, making a pair of free throws after he was clobbered intentionally on a breakaway by Edward Santana, then banking in a jumper that make it 56-41.A 25-point third quarter was followed by 25 more in the fourth, capped by a series of dunks from end-of-the-bench players Andre Drummond and Mason Plumlee.(BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

At Oklahoma State, Money Really Does Buy Greatness

first_imgThere was a great longer article in the Tulsa World at the end of last week about Mike Holder’s first 10 years on the job. That culminated on Wednesday which was his 10th anniversary.Did you know that only two men have been there longer as the AD?Ed Gallagher (1915-31) and Henry P. Iba (1935-69). “Pretty fast company right there,” Holder says. “I like that.”What I found to be interesting is how much money OSU has raised (and lost!), mostly during Holder’s tenure. Here is Holder’s estimate.From 1970 through 1999, Holder says, OSU spent a total of $10 million on athletic facilities. In 2000-10, he reports, OSU spent $400 million on facilities. Now not all of that was for football, but we all know the king of American sports is what drives economics at an athletic department. Because of that, I wanted to look at the correlation between money spent and winning percentage. How much is each win worth if we presume that all that money was spent on football (and it wasn’t).[1. We’re also not taking into account inflation etc. This is not an economics blog.]Here’s a look. You want to be on the bottom right of this graph where you don’t have to spend a ton of money but you still win a ton of games. OSU has been on the bottom left (good for the pocketbook!) and the upper right (good for morale!)Screen Shot 2015-09-17 at 11.23.56 AMThe answer to the latter is easy. OSU won 171.5 games between 1970 and 1999 (for the college kids, there used to be ties … crazy, I know). At $10 million spent on facilities, that’s $58,000 a W. OSU has won 117 games since 2000. That’s $3.4 million. Success is pricey.“We’ve won in every sport here, except in football,” Holder told the Tulsa World. “We wanted to try to do something to change that, so when you went to the football stadium on Saturday, you actually had a chance to win the football game. I wanted to see what that was like.”It feels pretty good, doesn’t it?If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Leicester v Southampton: match preview

first_img Leicester Goal attempts Substitutes 31 Ghezzal 3 Chilwell 11 Albrighton Match previews (s 76′) Possession 14 Romeu Match stats 2 Cedric Share via Email Southampton 12 Ward Leicester City 7 Long 15 Maguire 55 Slattery (s 46′) Southampton 7 9 Share on Pinterest 10 3 4 Soyuncu 19 Barnes 14 Ricardo Pereira 33 Targett 16 Ward-Prowse Share on LinkedIn Fouls 11 Elyounoussi 8 Iheanacho (s 57′) 10 Maddison Lineups SOU30LEI70% 15 Gallagher 1 McCarthy 22 Redmond 18 Leicester Off target 5 Southampton 5 Leicester On target 2 Southampton 43 Valery 25 Ndidi Corners 7 Gray Share on WhatsApp 4 Vestergaard 17 Armstrong 66 Ramsay A big game for both clubs – and for entirely different reasons. Southampton are back in the relegation zone and badly need points. Although Leicester have no such worries, Claude Puel, Southampton’s former manager, is once again under pressure after a humiliating FA Cup exit at the hands of Newport. Jamie Vardy, among others, will be restored to Leicester’s starting lineup. Southampton will have to make do without three strikers, with Danny Ings and Michael Obafemi injured and Charlie Austin suspended. Stuart JamesSaturday 3pmVenue King Power StadiumLast season Leicester 0 Southampton 0Referee Michael OliverThis season G17 Y46 R4 2.94 cards/gameOdds H Evens A 17-5 D 28-11LEICESTERSubs from Ward, Jakupovic, Iheanacho, Söyüncü, Choudhury, Barnes, Simpson, Okazaki, Ghezzal, Silva, Fuchs, James, BenalouaneDoubtful NoneInjured Evans (toe, Feb), Amartey (ankle, Mar)Suspended NoneDiscipline Y32 R4Form LLWWLWLeading scorer Vardy 7SOUTHAMPTONSubs from Forster, Gunn, Davis, Gallagher, Lewis, Elyounoussi, Soares, Jones, Slattery, Ramsay, Johnson, BarnesDoubtful Armstrong (ankle)Injured Bertrand (back, 19 Jan), Lemina (ab), Obafemi (hamstring, both unknown)Suspended Austin (first of two), Højbjerg (third of four)Unavailable Yoshida (Asian Cup)Discipline Y45 R2Form LWWLLDLeading scorer Ings 7 30 70 9 Vardy 5 Morgan Topics 28 Gunn Premier League (s 76′) Substitutes 39 Sims 1 Schmeichel (s 90′) Share on Twitter SOU LEI 35 Bednarek resources Share on Facebook 5 Stephens 2 Simpson 38 Choudhury 24 Mendy Share on Messenger (s 46′) Reuse this contentlast_img read more

UCF QB McKenzie Milton’s Family Releases New Injury Update

first_imgUCF quarterback McKenzie Milton.ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 01: McKenzie Milton #10 of the UCF Knights looks to pass in the second half against the Auburn Tigers during the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 1, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Over the weekend, one of the best quarterbacks in college football suffered a horrific knee injury when he attempted to run the ball downfield. UCF quarterback McKenzie Milton planted his knee to make a cut when a South Florida defender ran directly into the planted leg.Milton’s knee suffered extensive damage and looked to be out of place. After suffering the injury, Milton was carted off the field and taken to the hospital.In the days following the incident, Milton underwent surgery to restore blood flow to the lower leg. Milton’s family announced on Tuesday afternoon that surge was successful and Milton’s blood flow has been restored.The family also announced Milton will undergo reconstructive surgery at a later date.Here’s the message from the family.UPDATE: @UCF_Football QB McKenzie Milton suffered nerve damage. But the nerve is intact. Blood flow has been restored. Will have reconstructive surgery on right knee. #Knights #10hanaFull statement from Tampa General Hospital: pic.twitter.com/gUkd98o52R— Joe Kepner (@JKepnerWFTV) November 27, 2018A date for the reconstructive surgery has not been set.UCF takes on Memphis on Saturday afternoon in the American Athletic Conference title game. Freshman quarterback Darriel Mack Jr. gets the start for the injured Milton.last_img read more

ESPN Names 3 Favorites For The 2019 Heisman Trophy

first_imgalabama and georgia play in the sec championship gameATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 01: Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks to pass in the first half against the Georgia Bulldogs during the 2018 SEC Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 1, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)The 2018 Heisman Trophy was awarded on Saturday night, with Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray taking home the award, beating out Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa and Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins.Who’s going to take home the trophy in 2019?ESPN has named some of the favorites.According to the Worldwide Leader, the following three players are probably the frontrunners for next season’s award:Alabama quarterback Tua TagovailoaClemson running back Travis EtienneWisconsin running back Jonathan TaylorWe can only hope the 2019 Heisman race matches the last one for history and suspense. I look at the top candidates here, beginning with this year’s runner-up. It could be a big year for B1G contenders, as well as second-year starting QBs.(E+): https://t.co/UETM2AxNC9— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) December 10, 2018Tagovailoa will be the runaway favorite next season, especially if he’s able to play all four quarters of the Crimson Tide’s games.Who will you be betting on?last_img read more

Rosneft Delivers Its First LNG to EGAS

first_imgRussian gas producer Rosneft has delivered its first ever LNG shipment as part of its contract with Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company (EGAS), using Golar Ice tanker owned by Golar LNG.Rosneft Trading SA, a subsidiary of the Rosneft Group entered a Master LNG Supply and Purchase Agreement with EGAS in August 2015. Prior to this agreement, the two companies signed two term sheets that defined key terms of the future cooperation between the companies in the area of LNG supplies.Built in 2014 by South Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries, Golar Ice has a gross tonnage of 100,800 tons and a capacity of 160,000 cubic meters.Rosneft and Golar inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in March 2015 on cooperation in the area of floating liquefaction (FLNG) and transportation of natural gas.Under the MoU, the duo set the framework to explore opportunities for the use of Golar’s GoFLNG facilities in Latin America and potentially other locations.last_img read more

Tusket River Bridge Open to Traffic

first_imgStarting Wednesday, May 9, drivers, cyclists, and truckers will enjoy the new, two-lane bridge over the Tusket River on Highway 3. “We appreciate the patience of drivers in the Tusket area during the construction of this bridge,” said Bill Estabrooks, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. “Road safety is always our prime concern and this new bridge will serve Yarmouth County well for many decades.” Work on the $3.8-million bridge began last fall. A dry spring allowed the bridge approaches to be completed this month as scheduled. The new bridge is 81 metres long and carries two lanes of traffic. The previous bridge had one lane. The department’s highways division manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in Nova Scotia. It maintains 4,100 bridges and operates seven provincial ferries. Government’s commitment to repairing rural roads is outlined in Nova Scotia’s 5-Year Highway Improvement Plan www.gov.ns.ca/tran/highways/5yearplan/Plan_2012-13.pdf .last_img read more

Over 205L cr bank frauds in 11 years RBI

first_imgNew Delhi: Of over 50,000 frauds that hit banks in India in the last 11 fiscal years, the ICICI Bank, State Bank of India (SBI) and HDFC Bank reported the highest number of cases, according to an RBI data.Of the total 53,334 cases of frauds reported during 2008-09 and 2018-19 fiscal years, involving a whopping Rs 2.05 lakh crore, the highest of 6,811 were reported by the ICICI Bank involving Rs 5,033.81 crore. The state-run State Bank of India (SBI) reported 6,793 fraud cases involving Rs 23,734.74 crore followed by HDFC Banks which recorded 2,497 such cases involving Rs 1,200.79 crore, according to the data given by the central bank in response to an RTI query filed by this correspondent. Also Read – IAF receives its first Rafale fighter jet from FranceThe Bank of Baroda reported 2,160 fraud cases (involving Rs 12,962.96 crore), Punjab National Bank 2,047 frauds (Rs 28,700.74 crore) and Axis Bank had 1,944 fraud cases involving RS 5,301.69 crore public money. As many as 1,872 frauds involving Rs 12,358.2 crore was reported by Bank of India, 1,783 by Syndicate Bank (Rs 5830.85 crore) and Central Bank of India’s 1, 613 cases involving Rs 9041.98 crore, the data shows. IDBI Bank Ltd reported 1,264 fraud cases involving Rs 5978.96 crore, Standard Chartered Bank 1,263 cases involving Rs 1221.41 crore, Canara Bank 1,254 cases of Rs 5553.38 crore, Union Bank of India 1,244 frauds of Rs 11,830.74 crore and Kotak Mahindra 1,213 cases involving Rs 430.46 crore.last_img read more

Not in race to pick stake in Coffee Day Enterprises ITC

first_imgNew Delhi: Diversified group ITC on Wednesday denied that it was in the race to acquire Coffee Day Enterprises though it was approached for a deal. A report had said the Kolkata-based group having presence in cigarettes to hospitality and IT, is considering a bid to buy stake in the Coffee Day Enterprises that runs Cafe Coffee Day chain. When contacted, an ITC spokesperson said, “ITC receives enquiries from market participants on an ongoing basis which are suitably evaluated. One such enquiry was received from an intermediary on Cafe Coffee Day. However, no progress was made on the matter.” Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalDebt-laden Coffee Day Enterprises, whose promoter and former chairman and managing director V G Siddhartha had committed suicide in July, has also been linked with Coca Cola as the company seeks to reduce its liabilities. The Coffee Day Group had said it has a total debt of Rs 4,970 crore and it was looking at divesting assets to reduce it. Last week, the company had announced sale of its Global Village Tech Park in Bengaluru to Blackstone for up to Rs 3,000 crore to cut its debt. “On receipt of the consideration for the sale of Global Village after payment of required statutory payments, the debt position of Coffee Day Group will reduce around by Rs 2,400 crore,” it had said.last_img read more

New Brunswick couple identified as pair found dead in Rocky Mountains

first_imgLAKE LOUISE, Alta. – A couple from Saint John, N.B., have been identified as the two people found dead this week in the Rocky Mountains — police say the woman was murdered while the man’s death is not considered criminal.Cindy McCormick was a dentist who had a practice in the province for more than 15 years.“Dr. McCormick was full of life, and very engaged in dentistry at the regional, provincial and national levels,” New Brunswick Dental Society president Dr. Bob Hateway said in a statement.Her partner, Bobby Kaine, 52, was a firefighter in the city. The Saint John Fire Department also issued a statement and extended condolences to both families, saying they are “shocked and saddened” by the news of their deaths.McCormick’s body was found Sunday in a hotel room at the posh Chateau Lake Louise in the mountain resort community. Kaine’s body was found in a vehicle west of Lake Louise across the boundary in British Columbia.“Our investigators have gathered evidence between that scene and the scene in Golden that satisfies our investigative team that those two deaths are related, and we are not seeking any additional suspects,” said RCMP Cpl. Curtis Peters.(CTV Calgary)last_img read more

SCOC ruling nod toward importance of diversity in law lawyer

first_imgOTTAWA (NEWS 1130) – In a landmark ruling the Supreme Court of Canada has decided law societies in Ontario and British Columbia are entitled to deny accreditation to the proposed law school at Trinity Western University on an equal access argument.The country’s top court ruled that limits on religious rights are reasonable in order to protect the rights of LGBTQ2 Canadians.The much-watched case pitted two significant societal values — freedom of religion and promotion of equality — against one another.LGBTQ2 groups are applauding the ruling, but say there is still a lot of work to do to achieve equality.Associate law professor Emma Cunliffe at UBC believes the high court ruling is a recognition that access to justice is improved when lawyers come from as many walks of life as possible, and represent as many kinds of people as possible.“The decision today represents an attempt on the part of the Supreme Court of Canada to promote diversity within the legal profession.”Cunliffe says the Supreme Court found that law societies have a legitimate interest in promoting equality in the legal profession.Meantime, others are not as pleased with the decision.“It does look like religious freedom can be restricted by equality rights,” Janet Epp Buckingham, a professor at Trinity Western, said following the ruling.Trinity Western University reacting to Supreme Court decision. Disappointed with the ruling, haven’t decided next steps #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/PGnOZWGrEF— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) June 15, 2018Students were asked to sign a covenant which requires them to abstain from sex outside a heterosexual marriage. The court found that to be discriminatory.So what’s next for Trinity Western’s law school? TWU Executive Director Earl Phillips says it will take time to go through the 200 page decision.He says the core of the school’s community covenant is about the dignity and worth of every human being — and that will not change. However, he adds it will be looked at.“We’ve reviewed the community covenant in the past, we will review it again in the future. And with this decision, it’s something we’re going to be reflecting on.”Phillips believes the Supreme Court’s decision actually signals a loss of support for diversity.“Diversity will only be our strength if we actually do allow for difference. Diversity has to allow for difference,” he explains.He adds he’s disappointed the Court doesn’t see room for a small Christian university that holds traditional values to open a law school.last_img read more

SpaceXs new crew capsule aces space station docking

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX’s new crew capsule has arrived at the International Space Station, acing its second milestone in just over a day.No one was aboard the Dragon capsule launched Saturday on its first test flight, only an instrumented dummy. But the three station astronauts had front-row seats as the Dragon neatly docked Sunday morning and became the first American-made, designed-for-crew spacecraft to pull up in eight years.If the six-day demo goes well, SpaceX could launch two astronauts this summer under NASA’s commercial crew program. Both astronauts were at SpaceX Mission Control in California, observing all the action.While SpaceX has sent plenty of cargo Dragons to the space station, crew Dragon is a different beast. It docked autonomously, instead of relying on the station’s robot arm for help.Marcia Dunn, The Associated Press read more

IsraeliPalestinian relations bedevilled by lack of framework UN envoy says

“The unease, suspicion and cynicism that bedevil Israeli-Palestinian relations can be attributed in large part to the fact that the disengagement is not taking place within an unequivocally agreed framework for the next steps toward the overall solution to which both sides claim adherence, i.e., two states living alongside each other in peace,” the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Alvaro de Soto, said in the monthly briefing – his first – on the situation.Israelis need to be assured of their security and, besides an improvement in the daily lives of Palestinians, the Palestinians need to be provided with hope for the future, he said.The Palestinian Authority must be empowered to counter militancy and extremism as “an element of central significance in the preparations to take control over the areas that Israel is withdrawing from,” Mr. de Soto, who has been on the job for six weeks, said.With a win for one side seen by some as a loss for the other, satisfying Israel’s interest in withdrawing settlers from Gaza may be seen by Palestinians as their loss, “judging from their efforts to jeopardize it,” but the pull-out is an important step which defies that judgement, he said.“How could the dismantling of Israeli settlements in occupied Palestinian territory the first ever – be anything but a gain for the Palestinian side,” Mr. de Soto said, given that it offers a tangible improvement in the daily lives of Palestinians and a return to the Road Map for peace supported by the Quartet – the United Nations, United States, European Union and Russian Federation.He noted that Israel is determined to proceed with disengagement despite the activities of Israeli extremists and he welcomed the Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas’ forceful address to his people late last week.“Hope was also provided by the report only two days ago that the ceasefire has been renewed and that the Palestinian factions are committed to end internal fighting,” Mr. de Soto said.Israel can and should do more to support the PA in countering militancy and extremism and should take the initiative in meeting its side of the parallel obligations under the Road Map, dismantling all settlements built since March 2001, while the PA must continue to exert control and authority, he said. read more

AIG selling brokerdealer segment cutting expenses

AIG President and CEO Peter Hancock visits the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016. Insurer AIG is selling its broker-dealer segment, starting an initial public offering for its mortgage-insurance division and slashing expenses after coming under pressure from activist investor Carl Icahn. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) by The Associated Press Posted Jan 26, 2016 6:19 am MDT Last Updated Jan 26, 2016 at 11:05 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Insurer AIG is selling its broker-dealer segment, starting an initial public offering for its mortgage-insurance division and slashing expenses after coming under pressure from activist investor Carl Icahn.Icahn has been pushing New York-based AIG to break itself into three separate companies.AIG shares rose more than 2 per cent in morning trading Tuesday.American International Group Inc. said that it will sell AIG Advisor Group to private equity firm Lightyear Capital LLC and Canadian pension investment manager PSP Investments. Terms were not disclosed. The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter.The company said the IPO for up to 19.9 per cent of United Guaranty Corp. is a first step toward a full separation.AIG also announced that it is looking to cut $1.6 billion of expenses within two years.AIG’s board will return at least $25 billion of capital to stockholders over the next two years through dividends and stock buybacks. It returned $12 billion last year. The company will also create nine business units within its commercial and consumer segments.“With these actions, AIG has taken another major step in simplifying our organization to be a leaner, more profitable insurer, while continuing to return capital to shareholders and improve shareholder returns,” President and CEO Peter Hancock said in a written statement. Hancock said that the business units being created can either grow within the company, be spun off or sold.Its shares rose 90 cents, or 1.6 per cent, to $56.26 in morning trading. Its shares have risen 10 per cent over the past year. AIG selling broker-dealer segment, cutting expenses read more

Ban announces senior official appointments for Middle East peace process and DR

Appointed at the rank of Assistant Secretary-General, Mr. Rawley will also serve as the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for the occupied Palestinian territory, according to information provided by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson. Mr. Rawley succeeds Maxwell Gaylard of Australia, who completed his assignment on 31 August. Mr. Soumaré will succeed Fidèle Sarassoro of Côte d’Ivoire, who will complete his assignment on 30 September this year. Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said the UN chief is grateful for the service provided by Mr. Gaylard and Mr. Sarassoro. The spokesperson added that Mr. Rawley brings over 30 years of humanitarian and development experience with the United Nations, as well as a crisis prevention perspective acquired in a number of complex situations, including in Yemen and Myanmar, having served most recently as the UN Resident Coordinator in Egypt. The past work experience of both Mr. Rawley and Mr. Soumaré includes service with the UN Development Programme (UNDP). Mr. Soumaré is currently the Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative for Recovery and Governance in the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), a position he has held since August 2009. In addition to serving as the Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative for the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the DR Congo (MONUSCO), Mr. Soumaré will also serve as the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, as well as UNDP’s Resident Representative. read more

Gandhis dedication to nonviolence still remains example for all – UN chief

“Today, at a time of escalating conflicts, rising extremism, massive displacement and rapidly growing humanitarian need, Mahatma Gandhi’s dedication to non-violence remains an example for us all,” Mr. Ban said at a special event held at UN Headquarters to mark the International Day of Non-Violence. “The Day is observed annually on 2 October, the birthday of Mr. Gandhi, who pioneered the philosophy and strategy of non-violence. “Gandhi proved that non-violence – the principle and the practice – can change history,” Mr. Ban noted. “His mass campaigns of non-violent civil disobedience helped pave the way for the independence of India, and have inspired countless movements for change across the world.” “During an official visit to India in January, the UN chief visited Sabarmati Ashram, which houses a library and museum chronicling Gandhi’s life, work and teachings. “We will succeed only if the memory of Gandhi’s unyielding fight against injustice burns bright in our hearts and we defend his ideals every day of the year,” he had said on the occasion. “In a separate message for the International Day, the Secretary-General added: “Gandhi showed the power of peacefully opposing oppression and hatred. He showed how cooperation and tolerance can prevails over injustice. He demonstrated the great value of the rule of law in breaking vicious cycles of vengeance.” “The General Assembly established the commemoration of the Day in June 2007 as an occasion to “disseminate the message of non-violence, including through education and public awareness.” read more

Welcome To The 2018 World Series Where Even SalevsKershaw Turns Into A

BOSTON — Tuesday night was billed as one of the greatest pitching matchups in World Series history: Clayton Kershaw versus Chris Sale — two of the elite starters of their generation. On a cool night in Boston, a sold-out Fenway Park was well-aware of the pedigree of its foe and greeted the Los Angeles Dodgers ace with chants of “Ker-Shaaawww, Ker-Shaaawww,” drawing out the last syllable of his surname as he pitched. But the lyrical taunting was short-lived as Kershaw didn’t make it far into Game 1 — and neither did Sale, for that matter.We didn’t get a classic pitching duel. Instead, we received a heavy dose of 2018 baseball. And that style of play — namely bullpenning — favored the Red Sox en route to an 8-4, series-opening victory.Six Red Sox relievers combined to allow just one run over five innings, and Boston pinch-hitter Eduardo Nunez broke the game open with a three-run homer off Dodger reliever Alex Wood in the seventh inning.That both of the starting pitchers lasted only four innings is telling of how quickly the game is changing. Tuesday marked just the fourth Game 1 — the game that often features a pair of aces — in World Series history in which neither starting pitcher recorded an out in the fifth inning. In the three previous occasions — in 1923, 1966 and 2004 — all but one of the starters allowed as many or more runs as Sale or Kershaw did in fewer innings prior to departing.1And that other starter — Baltimore’s Dave McNally in 1966 — had walked the bases loaded in the third inning before getting the hook. In other words, those starters had been battered. That wasn’t the case Tuesday. Instead, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts and Red Sox manager Alex Cora had their aces on short leashes.Teams have become aware of how performance typically declines the deeper a starter pitches into a game, and teams are also eager to try to gain righty/lefty platoon advantages when they can find them in the later innings. Teams also monitor fatigue, and Sale was somewhat taxed in throwing 91 pitches.During the 232-minute game Tuesday, the two clubs combined to use 12 pitchers, who threw a total of 308 pitches. Through Tuesday, relievers have accounted for 50.5 percent of innings this postseason, which would be a record. That mark is up 4 percentage points from last postseason (46.5 percent) and significantly from the 2010 playoffs (32.3 percent). While bullpens have taken on more and more work in the regular season, their usage and importance in the postseason is reaching unprecedented levels.Dodger infielder Brian Dozier said “anything goes” in the World Series. But the urgent, anything-goes practices employed Tuesday were carryovers from the regular season. In fact, the Dodgers have already faced the most extreme form of pitching game strategy this postseason.While some traditionalists have bemoaned the move toward bullpens, Red Sox reliever and Game 1 winner Matt Barnes told FiveThirtyEight in a cramped postgame clubhouse that he is all for this style of play.“I’m about whatever it takes to get wins in the World Series,” Barnes said. “How you do it? It doesn’t matter to me. You just have to win 11 games before anyone else does.”Cora began the Red Sox parade of relievers in the top of the fifth when he summoned Barnes out of the right-field bullpen to replace Sale, who had walked the lead-off batter, Dozier. Barnes, who has become a trusted setup man, allowed a single to Justin Turner, and Dozier later scored on a Manny Machado groundout to tie the score at 3.Kershaw entered the game with questions about his postseason performances and left with a career ERA of 4.28 in 145 postseason innings. He also continues to suffer from declining fastball velocity, as the pitch sat between 90 and 91 mph Tuesday. He relied heavily on his breaking pitches. Only CC Sabathia owns a worse ERA among pitchers who have made at least 15 postseason starts. While Kershaw was hit hard at times on Tuesday — including a 105.9 mph single and a 109.1 mph double off the bat of J.D. Martinez — he wasn’t helped by his surrounding cast, either. L.A.’s starting first baseman, David Freese, failed to catch a foul pop-up in the first inning. It wasn’t ruled an error but was a play that could have been made — and it might have cost the Dodgers two runs.Kershaw allowed three runs through four innings. After walking Mookie Betts and allowing a single to Andrew Benintendi to begin the fifth, he was was pulled from the game. Roberts called on Ryan Madson, who allowed both inherited runners to score to give the Red Sox a 5-3 lead.More innings pitched by relievers requires lineups to remain flexible as offenses try to counter the platoon advantage gained by switching the handedness of pitchers. For instance, the Brewers had left-handed starter Wade Miley throw just five pitches in a start in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series before going to a right-handed-heavy cast of relievers against the platoon-heavy Dodgers. And on Tuesday, five of the six relievers that followed the lefty Sale were right-handed.In response to pitching strategies, Dozier joked Monday that the Dodgers have begun to pull hockey-style line changes in games. Los Angeles was the first club in World Series history to start nine right-handed batters with no switch-hitters. But by the seventh inning Tuesday, three L.A. lefties and a switch-hitter had joined the game, and only three Dodgers were playing positions they had occupied on the starting lineup card: Turner (third base), Machado (shortstop) and Yasiel Puig (right field).While the two managers traded chess pieces, it was Cora who seemed to win the most strategic battles, as he has done all October. He struck a decisive blow on Tuesday by pinch-hitting Nunez for left-handed hitter Rafael Devers when Roberts called the left-handed Wood into the game in the seventh.“Cora is prepared,” Barnes said. “Tonight is another example, pinch-hitting (Nunez). It’s a lot of fun playing for him. He knows exactly what he’s doing.”The Red Sox have won 116 games under Cora this season, a year in which the game seems to be changing so quickly. They are now three wins from a fourth championship this century.Check out our latest MLB predictions. read more

Modern copper refining for Harjavalta and the worlds biggest acid plant

first_imgOutokumpu Technology and Boliden have agreed on the modernization of Boliden Harjavalta’s new automated full deposit stripping technology, permanent cathodes and automated crane grab technology. Outokumpu Technology will provide basic engineering, key equipment supplies, Outokumpu stainless permanent cathodes as well as installation and commissioning services.The deliveries will take place in the second half of 2007. Once operational, the new refinery will produce 153,000 t/y of high quality copper cathodes.This contract is a breakthrough for Outokumpu Technology’s new electrorefining concept, in which high quality Outokumpu Permanent Cathodes made of special stainless steel in Outokumpu’s Tornio plant are used to maximize the productivity of the refinery. Permanent cathodes simplify the production and, combined with a high degree of automation, offer better operational safety and an enhanced working environment for the tankhouse personnel.In another major contract, Outokumpu Technology will design and deliver the world’s largest sulphuric acid plant complex at Ras Az Zawr, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The Saudi Arabian Mining Co (Ma’aden) and Outokumpu Technology’s joint venture company Middle East Metals Processing Co signed the Phase 1 contract for the engineering of three sulphuric acid plants on May 1. The project will be executed in two phases with project implementation and construction starting at the end of 2006. the overall investment cost is estimated to about $240 million out of the which the core technology package directly subcontracted to Outokumpu Technology will be 50%.With a total production of 13,500 t/d of sulphuric acid the new plant complex will be the largest sulphuric acid production complex ever built in the world. Ma’aden will use the whole acid production for its manufacture of phosphate based fertilizer. The plant complex will be operational in 2009.Outokumpu Technology has entered into a joint venture with Central Mining Co Investment of Saudi Arabia in order to realize the project. The new joint venture company, Middle East Metals Processing Co, is based in Al-Khobar. Outokumpu Technology has been a major designer and supplier of sulphuric acid plants for more than 80 years, with a track record of over 600 plants installed worldwide.last_img read more

Heres how much your county manager earned between 2008 and 2011

first_imgTHE COUNTY MANAGERS of 34 local authorities in Ireland made a combined €4.6 million per year up until the end of 2009.The figures are laid out in a parliamentary question submitted by independent TD Stephen Donnelly, which shows that up until January 2010, the head of Dublin City Council was paid €202,461.In keeping with public sector pay cuts, all county managers took cuts at the start of 2010.This move saw the salary in Dublin City cut to €189,000 and the pay in Cork County, Fingal and South Dublin cut from €171,000 to €162,000.The County or City Manager performs the executive functions of the County or City Council.Appointed through the Public Appointments System, he or she supervises, co-ordinates, manages and pays the employees and officers of the council. He or she also makes contracts on behalf of the council and affixes the official seal of the council on documents.They generally have seven-year terms.From 1 June, the title changed to Chief Executive and there are now just 31 local authorities.In his response to Donnelly’s question, Environment Minister Phil Hogan outlined the other allowances paid to CEOs.“County and City Managers, Local Authority Chief Executive Officers (CEOs), formally are entitled to claim for travel and subsistence costs incurred as part of their official duties, in accordance with the relevant travel and subsistence circulars. All local authorities are obliged to ensure that only essential travel is undertaken and that related expenditure is critically appraised and monitored. A CEO may claim up to 7.5% of their salary in substitution of motor mileage rates contained in the travel and subsistence circulars, where a local authority considers that those allowances do not adequately recompense the CEO for the extent to which their car is used for official business.The response added that CEOs are paid between €2,095 and €6,858 in allowances for entertainment every year.Read: Retiring town councillors will be paid around €4.6 millionlast_img read more

The OVO4 takes home flight simulation to a new level

first_imgIn October last year I reported on what had to be the ultimate in home flight simulation. It was a custom build consisting of 6 displays,realistic cockpit controls and a seat straight out of a real plane. The only thing it didn’t do was simulate movement, but I don’t think that would really break the feeling of realism.Today, I may have found a successor to the custom build. It doesn’t use as many displays, but it does fully enclose the player in an egg-shaped cockpit, and most importantly, it moves, meaning that decent to the runway will feel all the more real.The OVO-04 is made by Virtual Fly who advertise it as a plug&play flight simulator that is very quiet and free of the need for a keyboard and mouse inside. It even has the PC shipped with it as a separate module containing the FSX software required to make it function.Serious flight simulation fans are most likely drooling right about now. Inside you’ll find 3 24-inch widescreen displays above an array of cockpit controls, instruments, and pedals. As it’s an enclosed unit, the integrated speaker system should make for a realistic sound experience too. It even has a light intensity system to match the lighting inside the cockpit with the time of day or night you are flying.The OVO-4 ships with Microsoft Flight Simulator X, so we assume its going to work with other flight simulation software too because it must be running Windows.If you want one, you had better start saving. The OVO-04 is listed for pre-order in the UK at Firebox for £35,995. That’s around $57,500, or $46,000 before sales tax. Yes, it’s a lot, but if you go home every night and sit playing on a flight sim for hours, it might actually be worth the investment, right?More at Virtual Fly, via Thinqlast_img read more

Microsoft Worldwide Telescope brings the universe to your computer

first_imgMicrosoft doesn’t get a lot of credit for being innovative, but its Microsoft Research lab actually develops a ton of awesome technology. Of particular interest to readers of Geek, is sure to be the Worldwide Telescope project, which Microsoft is undertaking with the help of telescopes all around the world, and even orbiting it. New content is added frequently, most recently data from NASA’s Planck mission. If you’ve never taken a look at this project, now is a great time.The Worldwide Telescope is an effort to construct a massive map of the universe. Microsoft Research has assembled astronomical data from scientists all over the world to build a 3D model that users can actually fly through. NASA’s Hubble Images are used liberally, and Microsoft hopes to incorporate data from the James Webb Telescope when it launches in a few years. You’ll be able to do flybys of any star, nebula, or planet astronomers have gathered data on.This is more than just a bunch of pretty images, though. There is real data backing this simulation that makes it useful from the elementary school level, all the way up to graduate studies. It has support for visible light, but also X-ray and infrared observations.Microsoft Research has also built The Worldwide Telescope with touch interactions in mind. Desktop mouse controls aren’t forgotten, but pinch-zooming is being held up as the best way to use the maps. The product is currently limited to desktops, but a mobile version is expected soon.Microsoft has created an API that will allow developers and educators to build custom “stellar tours” entirely within The Worldwide Telescope. It can run in a web browser on PC or Mac, but Silverlight is required. There is also a Windows client that can be installed. Maybe not ideal for everyone, but you can’t argue with a free trip across the universe.last_img read more

Greeces unemployment rises to 207 per cent

first_imgGreece’s jobless rate rose to a fresh quarterly record of 20.7 percent in the last three months of 2012, reflecting the country’s deep economic malaise, exacerbated by austerity to repair public finances and emerge from a debt crisis. Greece secured a new 130 billion euro bailout from its euro zone partners and the IMF this week, after agreeing further painful budget cuts. But the labour market’s sharp deterioration is feeding public discontent and hurting consumer confidence. On Thursday, statistics agency ELSTAT data showed jobs being shed at a fast pace as unemployment rose from 17.7 percent in the third quarter and 14.2 percent in the last quarter of 2010.“The quarterly unemployment data reflect the deepening pace of the domestic economic contraction. Considering that unemployment is a lagging indicator, we should not rule out a further rise in the jobless rate in the months ahead,» said EFG Eurobank economist Platon Monokroussos. Young people have been hardest hit by the country’s protracted economic recession. Almost four in ten people in the 15-to-29 age group were out of work, data showed, up from 28 percent in the same period a year earlier. One of the worst affected economic sectors is construction, where employment dropped 19 percent year-on-year. Greece’s 215 billion euro economy slumped by 7 percent in 2011 and is projected to remain in recession for a fifth consecutive year in 2012. The economic downturn is making it harder for the government to meet revenue targets and cut the budget gap, raising the risk that further belt-tightening may be necessary.“It will be difficult to stabilise the trend in the first half of 2012. The main hopes for a slowdown in the trend rest on the summer months when there may be an improved picture because of tourism and exports,» said National Bank economist Nikos Magginas. ELSTAT said the number officially unemployed reached 1,025,877 in the fourth quarter, an increase of 44.1 percent year-on-year and of 16.8 percent from the third quarter. Greece’s December unemployment rate was almost double the 17-country euro zone’s seasonally adjusted average of 10.6 percent, but is still lower than 22.9 percent seen in Spain in the fourth quarter. Greek unemployment figures are not seasonally adjusted.Source: Reuters Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Hazard happy to help Gladbach to get a crucial win

first_imgThorgan 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:Jadon SanchoMerson 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.”last_img read more

BAHAMAS NHI Authority Appoints a Managing Director

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, February 16, 2018 – Nassau – The Board of Directors of the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) announces the appointment of Mr. Graham Whitmarsh who assumes the position of Interim Managing Director effective 19th of February 2018.  Mr. Whitmarsh will report to the NHIA Board of Directors and lead the expanded and accelerate implementation of NHI in the Bahamas.  The Board expects a permanent Bahamian Managing Director will be appointed to lead NHI within 2 to 3 years.  Mr. Whitmarsh previously worked on NHI with PricewaterhouseCoopers and is familiar with the opportunity and challenges associated with expanding and improving health care in the Bahamas.Mr. Whitmarsh has an exceptional breadth of experience in healthcare, finance, aviation and technology at the CEO level in both the public and private sectors.  Mr. Whitmarsh has held two of the most senior positions in the Government of British Columbia: Deputy Minister of Health and Deputy Minister of Finance and Secretary to Treasury Board.  Prior to his stint in the public sector both in Canada and the USA.  He also served as Director of First Nations Health Authority.Mr. Whitmarsh is a graduate of the University of Leeds, UK, and Dartmouth Royal Naval College.  He has served on numerous Boards of Directors, including Public Companies, Not for Profits and Government Committees.  Mr. Whitmarsh began his career as a Submarine Officer in the Royal Navy.The Board recognizes the contributions of the NHI Implementation Team who played a pivotal role in the launching of the Primary Care phase of the NHI program.Release: BIS Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Freezing rain mostly misses area

first_imgFreezing rain mostly missed Clark County today, with only a few trouble spots reported as the weather went from clear and cold, with an air inversion, to cloudy and rainy.By 10:30 a.m. all metro-area temperature reporting stations monitored by the National Weather Service showed at least 35 degrees.The forecast for Vancouver calls for above-freezing temperatures for the rest of the week. Vancouver Fire Capt. Chris Moen said he has found roads and parking lots to be mostly wet this morning but that he has happened upon a couple patches of ice.Three traffic accidents were reported, but it was not clear whether they were the result of slick roads. Some outlying areas had some ice this morning. Green Mountain schools were running two hours late, with no connecting high school bus. In the Columbia River Gorge, schools in the Stevenson-Carson School District have been closed.last_img read more

Banks to consider soft loan for housing vehicles crop damage says Jaitley

first_imgUnion Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Sunday announced financial aid for the flood victims, several of whom lost their houses, after meeting Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa.According to reports, Jaitley primarily discussed about flood rehabilitation in Chennai, Cuddalore, Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur during the 45 minute-long meeting with Jayalalithaa at the Secretariat.After the meeting, Jaitley said that the financial institutions, including banks and insurance companies, have been “extra activated” so that the lives of thousands of floods victims in Tamil Nadu return to normalcy, ANI reported.”Insurance companies and the banks have to be extra activated in order to help the people. Today morning we had a meeting with all the insurance companies i.e. LIC and GIC companies, 27 public sector banks, national housing banks and 17 private sector banks, so that in addition to the aid what the Central government and the state government is giving, how these financial institution can help the people,” Jaitley told reporters.He said that the bankers will provide soft loans to the people in flood-affected districts who need financial assistance for housing, vehicles and education. “People have to be rehabilitated in terms of their housing, in terms of household articles, in terms of vehicles, crops have been damaged, shops have been damaged, in some cases people need educational loans,” Jaitley said.”These are the various kinds of banking facilities which are available to the people and therefore we have set very high targets with the banks today. Bankers have been told that loan application for soft loan for each one of these should be considered,” he added.Jaitley, accompanied by minister for small and medium enterprises Kalraj Mishra, also reviewed the damage suffered by the industrial sector in Chennai.The Tamil Nadu government’s issued a statement after the meeting, highlighting that Jayalalithaa has sought an interim assistance of Rs 2,000 crore. It added that the state government is putting together a detail of loss suffered in the floods. The loss has been estimated to be over Rs 8,000 crore, PTI reported.last_img read more

Slow Motion Isolation of Chris Archer Getting Stampeded in RedsPirates Brawl is

first_imgBy now, everyone has seen video of Reds Pitcher Amir Garrett going on a one man mission to fight the entire Pittsburgh Pirates organization, but the biggest loser from the MLB’s version of Avengers: End Game was Pirates slight-framed hurler Chris Archer.Archer tried to provide some backup for his teammates, but for his good deed he was rewarded by getting stampeded like the running of the bulls. If that wasn’t bad enough, Amir Garett – who started the entire thing by turning into a human badger –  ended up on top of Archer to administer some additional pummeling.Sometimes doing the right thing isn’t the right right decision. This is one of those instances.last_img read more

Federal authorities destroy more than 460 guns at Cancun military base

first_imgCancún, Q.R. — More than 460 guns were destroyed by federal authorities in Cancun Wednesday as part of a government clean to rid criminals of their weapons.Cancun mayor, Remberto Estrada Barba, says that part of the problem is the amount of weapons in the hands of criminals. He described the event to destroy the guns as “very significant” saying that the weapons being removed from the streets around the state has an impact on violence since six out of every 10 homicides are committed with guns.“The law is very clear, he explains, “There are restrictions on owning a weapon. The unfortunate thing is that all these weapons circulate in the black market. There are even cases where high caliber guns have been confiscated from minors.”He explained that while it is good to remove as many weapons from the streets as possible, we must also remove them from the hands of criminals and prevent them from reaching children.Estrada Barba congratulated the judicial and ministerial authorities for putting an effort into the issue of weapons in the state pending the new justice system.In total, 467 weapons that included guns, an excess of 3,300 rounds of ammunition and two silencers were destroyed along with pieces of military clothing and gear used by criminals. The destruction of the weapons was done by the Secretariat of National Defense at the X Military Region in Cancun.General Gustavo Nieto Navarro, commander of the X Military Region, said that citizens can also voluntarily surrender their weapons as part of the Weapons Exchange Program where they are awarded with incentives.“The implementation of the Weapons Exchange Program is intended to promote the voluntary surrender of firearms, grenades and ammunition among citizens in exchange for incentives such as articles for domestic use.“The goal of the program is to diminish tragic and violent acts within the family or community nucleus through a permanent campaign.”He stressed that all weapons seized by the civil authorities are made available to the Secretariat of National Defense and all are destroyed.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 WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_img Technology | June 15, 2008 Infinity Omega is a Full-Function Patient Monitor for Patient Transport The Infinity Omega solution integrates a two-screen patient monitoring solution and consists of a full-function patie read more June 25, 2008 – Hill-Rom this week said it entered into two new agreements to will enhance and add integrated functions and value for the company’s NaviCare WatchChild solution.An agreement with AirStrip Technologies brings the value of the innovative AirStrip OB product, a state-of-the-art software application allows obstetricians to use their own PDAs and Smartphones to remotely access real-time waveform data for both the mother and fetus. The interface between Hill-Rom’s WatchChild solution and AirStrip OB will be configured to function with Hill-Rom’s original WatchChild solution as well as the enhanced version introduced this past April.In addition, Hill-Rom’s relationship with ExitCare, L.L.C. will integrate an educational component, the ExitCare Labor & Delivery product, consisting of hundreds of labor and delivery patient education topics augmented with color illustrations. This will serve as a tool to facilitate communication between clinicians with patients and family members.The newly introduced, enhanced WatchChild solution evolved from a recognized need to provide an integrated and intuitive way to manage obstetrical operations, including reporting, communication, care plan development, skin and fall assessment screening and operating room record/pre-anesthesia checklists. The NaviCare WatchChild solution also offers state-of-the-art data archiving capability to help manage long-and-short-term liability risks for hospitals and caregivers. The NaviCare WatchChild solution is part of the NaviCare Clinical Operations Platform. In February 2008, Hill-Rom introduced an enhanced NaviCare Clinical Operations Platform designed to support hospital efforts to provide improved patient safety, quality of care and operational efficiency.For more information: www.airstriptech.com, www.exitcare.com, www.hill-rom.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | May 29, 2008 Draeger Launches Online Medical Service Community for Clinical, Biomedical Customers May 30, 2008 – Draeger Service, the Service arm of Draeger Medical Inc., this week launched its Draeger Medical Servi read more News | June 17, 2008 Georgetown University Teams with Gentag, SAIC to Develop Needleless Glucose Sensor June 18, 2008 – Georgetown University, Gentag Inc. and Science Applications International Corp. read more News | August 17, 2009 SonoSite Acquires CardioDynamics for $12.3 Million August 17, 2009 – SonoSite Inc., a specialist in hand-carried ultrasound for the point-of-care, announced that on Aug…. read more Technology | June 12, 2008 15-Inch Monitor Created for Vital Signs Monitoring Quest International Inc. read more Related Content News | June 01, 2008 Cantimer to Develop Portable, Noninvasive Hydration Measurement, Monitoring System June 2, 2008 – Cantimer Inc. said today it was awarded a $996,000 contract by the U.S. read more News | June 24, 2008 Hill-Rom Enhances NaviCare WatchChild with Remote Perinatal Monitoring News | June 16, 2008 Free Cell Phone Minutes, Texting Used to Help Monitor TB Treatment June 17, 2008 – One of the biggest challenges in fighting tuberculosis is simply getting patients to take their medic read more News | July 10, 2008 Researcher Says RFID Devices are Much Safer than Dutch Study Suggests July 11, 2008 – A new study that found wireless systems that track hospital medical equipment can cause potentially… read more News | October 07, 2013 Philips, Accenture Create First Proof of Concept for Delivering Patient Data via Google Glass Royal Philips and Accenture announced the creation of a proof-of-concept (POC) demonstration that uses a Google Glass… read more News | May 28, 2008 GE Healthcare Anesthesia, Monitor Servicing Team Wins Customer Satisfaction Award May 29, 2008 – For the seventh year in a row, GE Healthcare has won Omega Management Group’s prestigious NorthFace Sc read morelast_img read more

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first_img Videos | AAPM | July 23, 2019 VIDEO: Bridging Diversity in Medical Physics to Improve Patient Care Cynthia McColl… read more Body language expert Traci Brown spoke at the AHRA 2019 meeting on how to identify when a person is not being honest by their body language. She said medical imaging department administrators can use this knowledge to help in hiring decisions and managing staff.  GE Healthcare celebrated the production of its 10,000th OEC 9900 Elite mobile imaging system globally, following installation at a prestigious hospital in Pittsburgh. Mobile C-arms are digital X-ray imaging systems used to see inside the body during surgery and interventional procedures, aiding surgeons in precise surgical repair. The delivery of this system marks a significant clinical milestone because the global use of this high-quality system is helping promote the advancement of minimally invasive surgery in all regions of the world.The OEC 9900 Elite touts superb image quality in a highly automated machine and was named the overall best Mobile C-arm, ranking number one in image quality, and emitting the least amount of radiation in a study presented at the North American Spine Society’s Annual meeting in 2012.  With nearly 40,000 OEC C-arms in use globally, the OEC 9900 Elite’s foundation has a familiar user interface, allowing Radiologic technologists and Surgeons to become comfortable using the system very quickly. Beyond ease of use, which is critical in a fast paced and intense OR setting, the OEC 9900 Elite has unique image optimization features and critical dose management capabilities — all key attributes that help clinicians provide the best care for their patients.“We are incredibly proud today as we reflect on the significant contributions our business has made to improving health across the globe,” said Carrie Eglinton Manner, President and CEO of GE Healthcare Surgery. “The founders of OEC had a vision for enabling better surgery, and we still work every single day to make that vision real. We shipped the 10,000th OEC 9900 Elite, with our heartfelt wishes that this and all OEC C-arms will help improve the health of people in their communities.” The OEC 9900 Elite C-arm is used in nearly 4,000 facilities around the world including hospitals, prestigious medical teaching Institutions, ambulatory surgery centers and physician offices.More than 1,100 GE Healthcare Surgery employees around the world celebrated this latest milestone and the role OEC C-arms play in helping dedicated healthcare professionals deliver exceptional care for their patients. Whether in the course of routine surgeries or during events like the earthquake recovery in Haiti and the 2010 Winter Olympics, “We are humbled to have OEC C-arms consistently chosen as a key tool in improving global health. Whether clinicians use one of our ten thousand premium C-arms in place today, one of the tens of thousands of OEC C-arms prior to them, or one of the future C-arms we will develop, we are on a mission to continually help advance innovation in surgical care.” stated Eglinton Manner.The comes in the OEC Elite 9900 Ortho/Surgery and the OEC Elite 9900 Vascular configurations.For more information: www.gehealthcare.com. Feature | Radiology Imaging | July 29, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Imaging Market in U.S. Could Rise In Coming Years The coming years may be good for the medical imaging community in the United States. But they will not be easy. read more The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more Demand for ultrasound scans at U.S. outpatient centers could grow by double digits over the next five years, according to a speaker at AHRA 2019. A variety of factors, however, could cause projections for this and other modalities to change. 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British Airways first Airbus 350 touches down at London Heathrow

first_imgBritish Airways first Airbus 350 touches down at London HeathrowBritish Airways first Airbus 350 touches down at London HeathrowBritish Airways’ first Airbus 350, registration G-XWBA, touched down at London Heathrow this weekend, featuring the airline’s newest generation business class seat, Club Suite.The airline will take delivery of 18 A350s, with four of the new aircraft joining the fleet before the end of the year.Carolina Martinoli, British Airways’ Director of Brand and Customer Experience said: “We are delighted to welcome the first of our A350s to the fleet. This aircraft marks a significant and exciting milestone in our £6.5 billion investment programme and is even more special as it comes with our new Club Suite. The A350 is a fantastic aircraft and an excellent showpiece for British engineering. Our customers are going to love the space, light and comfort on board.”The newly-branded ‘Club Suite’ offers direct-aisle access, a suite door for greater privacy and luxurious flat-bed seats in a 1-2-1 configuration. Boasting 40 per cent more storage, including a vanity unit and mirror, WiFi, enviable 18.5-inch inflight entertainment screens, high definition gate-to-gate programming, and PC / USB power; every aspect of British Airways’ Club Suite has been designed for today’s customer.The A350 promotes a feeling of well-being, space and calm due to its reduced noise levels, high ceilings and ambient lighting which is intended to compliment the time of day and outside light. Customers will leave their flight feeling rested thanks to higher levels of humidity and refreshed air as the cabin pressure is equivalent to an altitude of just 6,000 feet. There are also environmental benefits to flying on the state-of the-art A350 as 25 per cent lower fuel burn significantly reduces CO2 emissions.As well as a new 56-seat Club World cabin, the three-cabin A350 features the latest World Traveller Plus cabin (56 seats) with new furnishings including a plush new pillow and warm quilt, new amenity kits and an enhanced service and an improved dining experience. The World Traveller (economy) cabin offers 219 seats. Customers will also benefit from high-speed WiFi, allowing travellers to browse the internet on their personal electronic devices.In a world first, the airline mapped out their new Club Suite and A350 in lasers within the British Airways Laserdrome, a 100 square metre structure, towering 6 and a half metres high.During phase one in August, the first A350 aircraft will start some short-haul flying between London and Madrid to allow the airline’s teams to perfect their customer service delivery and familiarise cabin crew with the aircraft layout.In phase two, which starts during September, the aircraft will begin long-haul flying to Dubai, followed by services to Toronto, Tel Aviv and Bangalore this year. During this period another three A350 aircraft will join the British Airways fleet and two Boeing 777 aircraft will also be retrofitted with the new cabin.At the start of 2020 phase three will begin which will see British Airways rolling out its Club Suite on further long-haul aircraft across the network.The arrival of the A350 is part of the airline’s £6.5bn current investment programme and forms part of an exciting year for the airline as it celebrates its centenary. Other activity includes the airline’s BA 2119 programme exploring the future of fuels, the customer experience of the future and the aviation careers in the next 100 years. Source = British Airwayslast_img read more

Travis Scott performs at the Okeechobee Music and

first_img Travis Scott performs at the Okeechobee Music and Arts Festival on Saturday, March 3, 2018, in Okeechobee, Fla. Rapper Travis Scott and rock bands Florence and the Machine and Arctic Monkeys are headlining this year’s Osheaga music festival in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Amy Harris/Invision Travis Scott, Florence and the Machine, Arctic Monkeys headline Osheaga festival MONTREAL – Rapper Travis Scott and rock bands Florence and the Machine and Arctic Monkeys are headlining this year’s Osheaga music festival in Montreal.The three-day festival kicking off on Aug. 3 is also set to feature electronic duo Odesza, rapper Tyler, the Creator, singer Khalid and rockers Yeah Yeah Yeahs.The festival was first staged in 2006 and is held at the city’s Parc Jean-Drapeau.Last year’s event, headlined by the Weeknd, Lorde and Muse, included increased security measures after a female concertgoer said she was slipped a date-rape drug at the festival in 2016.———On the web: https://www.osheaga.comcenter_img by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 13, 2018 12:36 pm PDT Last Updated Mar 13, 2018 at 1:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

June 13 2014This years JUNETEENTH Festival took p

first_imgJune 13, 2014This years JUNETEENTH Festival took place this past Saturday and Sunday, June 7. and 8. 2014.Once again this was an event with a line-up of awesome musicians, some returning to the Arcosanti stage and some very good people that were here for the first time.The event started with the beautiful voice of Marilynn Carter, accompanied by Ray Carter.[photos and text by Sue Kirsch]Here we see the Miles Dalto Trio performing the first set on Saturday, Louis Landon on piano, Bob McKeon on drums and bassist Sean Brogan.Sherry Roberson and on drums Bob McKeon.Here is singer Ray Brown with Miles Dalto on piano, Ray Carter on bass and Bob McKeon on drums.The Saturday evening party in the Vaults featured the Tommy Dukes Blues Band.One cannot say enough about the level of excellence that this years performers brought to the Arcosanti stage. More about this event will be posted on Monday, June 16. 2014.last_img read more

Rep Lucido testifies on bill which will allow electronic proof of car

first_img Categories: Lucido News,Lucido Photos,News,Photos 16Feb Rep. Lucido testifies on bill which will allow electronic proof of car registration State Rep. Peter Lucido of Shelby Township testified before the House Insurance Committee today in support of his legislation to allow for electronic proof of registration.If approved, his bill would allow vehicle drivers to share either paper or electronic proof of annual registration from the Michigan Secretary of State during interactions with law enforcement during traffic stops.“This is another method to help both taxpayers and police officers,” Lucido said. “If a lawful driver can be prevented from getting a citation, simply because of a misplaced registration form, than it’s easier for all involved.”House Bill 4013 was not voted on during today’s meeting.###last_img read more

Rep Hoitenga proposal makes practical changes to 911 emergency mandates

first_img Signed law exempts certain entities from expensive phone system updatesA plan from state Rep. Michele Hoitenga removing burdensome regulations for job providers has been signed by the governor.House Bill 4249, now Public Act 30 of 2019, addresses multiline telephone systems and eases previous upgrades mandated by the Michigan Public Service Commission. The upgraded networks consist of multiple telephone lines that are mediated by a centralized system that not only allows multiple telephones to place and receive calls at one time, but also allows emergency services to track the room or floor that the emergency call came from- an advantage that is largely irrelevant for many facilities and small businesses.“It’s very important to have the best technology possible in place wherever we can for our brave first responders so they can effectively respond to emergencies, but we also need a solidified middle ground to ensure local job providers and other facilities that help make up our communities are not hurt by overregulation,” said Hoitenga, of Manton, who chairs the House Communications and Technology Committee. “There was no delineation in these requirements. It was a uniform mandate with an expensive tab for those upgrading systems. This is a more practical, case-by-case approach that doesn’t simply wrap businesses in our state – whether they are large and small – up in red tape.”Businesses and entities were facing a Dec. 31 deadline to update their systems based on suggestions by the Michigan Public Services Commission. Failing to upgrade would have resulted in fines ranging from $500-5,000. Hoitenga’s plan provides some common-sense flexibility rather than relying on an ineffective, one-size-fits-all approach to regulation. Certain small businesses, farms, and houses of worship are exempted from the requirement in the new law.The National Federation of Independent Business has estimated that installation and maintenance costs for the updated systems would be steep for an average small business. The Archdiocese of Detroit has said that initial compliance costs could be as high as $2 million for its facilities, including one location that was quoted at $22,000. Estimates for system upgrades for some small businesses have been placed as high as $10,000.The plan was previously approved in overwhelming fashion in the Michigan House and unanimously in the Senate before reaching the governor’s desk. Categories: Hoitenga News,News 26Jun Rep. Hoitenga proposal makes practical changes to 9-1-1 emergency mandateslast_img read more

Dennis Rodman in Pyongyang but Unwilling to Help Imprisoned Kenneth Bae

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares dossyl / Shutterstock.comDecember 19, 2013; CNNDennis Rodman may have been the greatest rebounder ever to play in the National Basketball Association, but his deepening friendship with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un is troubling. Rodman is back in Pyongyang again to train North Korean basketball players for a game against some unnamed former NBA stars.  The game will be on January 8th, in honor of Kim’s birthday.Rodman isn’t in North Korea on a humanitarian mission; he is being sponsored by Paddy Power, an online sports betting firm based in Ireland. It’s not clear what is in this for Paddy Power, given the unlikelihood that many North Koreans will be placing bets today on the Chicago Bulls versus the Oklahoma City Thunder in basketball or Phil Taylor versus Michael Smith in darts. This isn’t Rodman’s first trip to North Korea, having stopped in to visit Kim twice before, calling Kim “a friend for life.” A Paddy Power spokesman for Rodman says that this trip, and apparently the upcoming basketball game, will “prove once again that sport has the power to rise above all issues.”That doesn’t do much for Kim’s uncle, Jang Song Thaek, who was the nation’s second most powerful figure and seen as a mentor for Kim, but was executed by his mentee’s government last week, accused of trying to overthrow Kim Jong Un’s government. In a similar vein, Rodman’s laughing it up with the North Korean dictator is not particularly funny for the more than 200,000 people in North Korea’s gulag of labor camps.Rodman’s visit also lacks humor for the family of Kenneth Bae, a Korean-American who was arrested just over a year ago and sentenced to 15 years of hard labor for allegedly trying to overthrow the North Korean government for religious activities. Rodman’s position on Bae has changed as his friendship with Kim has deepened. Earlier this year, he asked Kim to “do him a solid” and free Bae, but during his visit to Pyongyang this past September, Rodman told the press that he wasn’t there to talk about Bae, adding, “Ask Obama about that, ask Hillary Clinton about that, ask those assholes.”Bae is the longest-serving American prisoner of North Korea since the end of the Korean War. According to his mother, who got to visit him briefly in October, Bae’s health is deteriorating, with diabetes, an enlarged heart, and gallstones. Perhaps it is because Bae’s work as a Christian missionary is somewhat uncommon and unfamiliar to many Americans that his imprisonment doesn’t get much attention except when the former Chicago Bulls player shows up in the DPRK. But one doesn’t have to be a Christian, much less a missionary, to know that North Korea could and should release this man back to his family. Vice President Joe Biden recently called on the Kim regime to let Bae return to his family, but the North Korean government has not relented.Rodman’s conception of sports rising above all issues would be more persuasive if the rebounder would lift Bae out of his imprisonment.—Rick CohenShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

Canadian Activists and Celebrities Issue Manifesto for a Green Canada

first_imgShare4TweetShare13Email17 SharesSeptember 15, 2015; The GuardianEver since SCTV introduced Americans to John Candy, Harold Ramis, Eugene Levy, Catherine O’Hara, Rick Moranis, Martin Short, and Andrea Martin, among others, Canada has had a reputation for constant innovation. The latest, in the realm of promoting a sustainable energy economy, is the release of the Leap Manifesto: A Call for a Canada Based on Caring for the Earth and One Another.An abridged version of the text of the full Manifesto is on the Common Dreams website with the bylines of Naomi Klein, the brilliant activist who authored No Logo and This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate; actress Ellen Page; actor Donald Sutherland; singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen; and environmental scientist David Suzuki. Other initiating signatories of the Manifesto include singer Neil Young, actress Sarah Polley, singer Alanis Morissette, actress Rachel McAdams, actress Pamela Anderson, and author Michael Ondaatje.The prime mover behind the Manifesto is the indefatigable Klein, who explained why a document ostensibly targeting fossil fuels would be so broad as to include calls for increasing income taxes on corporations and the wealthy and cutting military spending. “Small steps won’t get us there. We have to move on multiple fronts at once,” Klein said. “My crisis isn’t bigger than your crisis. They’re interconnected, they’re overlapping and we can come up with solutions that solve multiple problems at once.”Noteworthy is that the first clear recommendation of the Manifesto addresses a concern that isn’t explicitly limited to environmental or energy concerns (boldfacing from original text):This leap must begin by respecting the inherent rights and title of the original caretakers of this land. Indigenous communities have been at the forefront of protecting rivers, coasts, forests and lands from out-of-control industrial activity. We can bolster this role, and reset our relationship, by fully implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.Some of the Manifesto is pure common sense, but presented in a way that makes a reader realize the inherent logic: “The new iron law of energy development must be: if you wouldn’t want it in your backyard, then it doesn’t belong in anyone’s backyard.”As befits a document generated with the touch of Naomi Klein, there is tough content addressing the limitations of the for-profit sector:As an alternative to the profit-gouging of private companies and the remote bureaucracy of some centralized state ones, we can create innovative ownership structures: democratically run, paying living wages and keeping much-needed revenue in communities. And Indigenous Peoples should be first to receive public support for their own clean energy projects. So should communities currently dealing with heavy health impacts of polluting industrial activity.After identifying a variety of green energy actions that Canada could and should take, the Manifesto puts the issue into national and international multisectoral contexts:We call for an end to all trade deals that interfere with our attempts to rebuild local economies, regulate corporations and stop damaging extractive projects. Rebalancing the scales of justice, we should ensure immigration status and full protection for all workers. Recognizing Canada’s contributions to military conflicts and climate change—primary drivers of the global refugee crisis—we must welcome refugees and migrants seeking safety and a better life.Shifting to an economy in balance with the earth’s limits also means expanding the sectors of our economy that are already low carbon: caregiving, teaching, social work, the arts and public-interest media…Since so much of the labour of caretaking—whether of people or the planet—is currently unpaid, we call for a vigorous debate about the introduction of a universal basic annual income. Pioneered in Manitoba in the 1970’s, this sturdy safety net could help ensure that no one is forced to take work that threatens their children’s tomorrow, just to feed those children today.We declare that ‘austerity’—which has systematically attacked low-carbon sectors like education and healthcare, while starving public transit and forcing reckless energy privatizations—is a fossilized form of thinking that has become a threat to life on earth.A logical reaction to this document might be that it is but one of a number of documents that celebrities sign on to, likely to generate little but some positive press for the stars’ social consciousness. Maybe, but the celebs listed as initiating signatories on the Manifesto are well known as far more than endorsers of social-cause-of-the-month efforts. Many are strong and consistent activists in the environmental and political arenas. Plus, the very strong language on the Canadian corporate sector would seem to put the celebrity signatories at odds with some significant political and economic powers in the nation, a difficult position to back down from for these prominent people.Just as significant is that these activists issued the Manifesto in the midst of a national election campaign, basically standing apart from the major parties to set a standard against which all of them could be judged. Therefore, the Manifesto can’t be seen as a tool serving the purposes of one of the three major political parties (Stephen Harper’s Conservative Party, Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party, and Tom Mulcair’s New Democratic Party), especially since the recommendations of the document on trade and some energy issues are even to the left of the recently moderating NDP’ers. These activists have laid down a challenge to the dominant political parties, which it would seem all of them fail to meet to some degree.Finally, one of the distinct elements of the Manifesto is not just the collection of individual signatories, but the organizational ones. In addition to nonprofit endorsers such as Greenpeace Canada, the Sierra Club Canada, and Black Lives Matter – Toronto, there are labor union endorsements from the Toronto York Region Labour Council, the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, and the Public Service Alliance of Canada. Environmental and energy activists in the U.S. have to acknowledge that they have to confront the often strident and short-term thinking of labor unions here that seem committed to energy projects, even those of the dirtiest carbon emitters such as coal and other extractive industries, because of the jobs at stake. The Manifesto makes it clear that these environmental and energy activists are committed not just to making a green Canada, but working on the transitional issues that will keep Canadians employed and secure.The glaring shortcoming is the missing names on the signatories list. With John Candy’s passing, we won’t be able to see Johnny LaRue standing up for the Manifesto, but we would hope that Guy Caballero, Earl Camembert, and Bob and Doug McKenzie sign on. That’s not to make the Manifesto a joke, but to recognize the diverse array of creative Canadians who like Naomi Klein recognize Canada’s need and capacity for creating a society that is powered by “truly just renewable energy”. –Rick CohenShare4TweetShare13Email17 Shareslast_img read more

Sanctuary Cities Recommit Despite Vows of Federal Defunding under Trump Students Demand

first_imgShare13TweetShare3Email16 SharesNovember 15, 2016; Washington Post, Associated Press, and ObserverIn the face of President-elect Donald Trump’s vow to “end the sanctuary cities,” New York’s Bill de Blasio, Chicago’s Rahm Emanuel, Seattle’s Ed Murray, and Chelsea’s city manager Thomas Ambrosino are among sanctuary city leaders assuring their undocumented immigrant populations they will do whatever they can to protect them. The Observer reports that Mayor de Blasio is also pledging to resist Trump’s proposal to implement the use of stop-and-frisk nationwide. (New York City’s implementation was ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge in 2013.) These cities are willing to forego federal funding to uphold their values.“Seattle has always been a welcoming city,” Murray said Monday. “The last thing I want is for us to start turning on our neighbors.” In Providence, Rhode Island, Mayor Jorge Elorza, the son of Guatemalan immigrants, said he’d continue a longstanding city policy of refusing to hold people charged with civil infractions for federal immigration officials, and Newark’s Ras Baraka echoed that, calling Trump’s rhetoric on immigration “scary.”Bill Ong Hing, a law professor at the University of San Francisco School of Law, explains why “sanctuary policies” and are constitutional and why it is permitted for states and cities to defy federal law.The central teaching of the Tenth Amendment cases is that even where Congress has the authority under the Constitution to pass laws requiring or prohibiting certain acts, it lacks the power directly to compel the states to require or prohibit those acts. Congress may not, therefore, directly compel states or localities to enact or to administer policies or programs adopted by the federal government.According to the Center for Immigration Studies, which considers sanctuary cities to be a public safety problem, there are about 300 sanctuary jurisdictions in the U.S. CIS asserts that police are forced to return criminals to their communities. Pro-immigration advocates contend that Trump’s sweeping immigration policies will cause worse harm, that they will “tear communities apart.” There are no easy solutions. What is clear is that many local officials will uphold their promise of “sanctuary.”The Washington Post reports that these city leaders are not alone. “Thousands of students, professors, alumni and others at elite schools including Harvard, Yale and Brown have signed petitions asking universities to protect undocumented students.” It is not clear how many undocumented immigrants are currently attending U.S. colleges and of those how many are protected by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative. “Sanctuary colleges” is a new and untested concept. Nevertheless, the Harvard Crimson reported on Monday that 4,000 people signed a petition calling upon Harvard’s administration to protect the University’s undocumented students. The article quotes the students as saying that they were disappointed that while anti-Trump demonstrations were occurring on campuses across the country, Harvard had yet to have one. The students said that their demonstration was this petition because it was more tangible than symbolic.“We do not need words of comfort, your pity, or your sympathy,” the petition reads. “We need action that demonstrates this University’s dedication to concretely support all of its students, regardless of their immigration status.”A Harvard spokesperson reminded the students that President Drew Faust was an early DACA supporter and that she and the school were “following developments in Washington closely and will be engaged in these core issues.”Also on Monday, the Yale Daily News reported that since the election more than 2,300 students and faculty members had signed a letter asking the Yale administration to declare the campus a sanctuary for undocumented immigrants.Dozens of schools are joining this college sanctuary movement. Here is the petition circulating at Columbia University. Pomona publicly advertises itself as welcoming to undocumented students.Today, Wednesday, between 3 and 6 PM, a nationwide walkout is planned on many American campuses. This protest is inspired by the hashtag #SanctuaryCampus, created by the undocumented workers’ pressure group Movimiento Cosecha. Participating schools are “committing to putting [their] bodies between Trump and our most vulnerable students.”—James SchafferNote: Donald Trump is the father-in-law of Jared Kushner, the publisher of Observer Media, which is one of the sources referenced for this newswire. Kushner himself is the subject of some controversy, as he’s been added to the Trump transition team and allegedly been submitted for a top-secret clearance.Share13TweetShare3Email16 Shareslast_img read more

Network Electronics Japan has joined Bridge Techno

first_imgNetwork Electronics Japan has joined Bridge Technologies’ business partner network. The Tokyo-based company will offer resale, support and training for Bridge Technologies’ test and measurement product range.“We are delighted to have Network Electronics Japan as a valued partner in Japan. The management and technical team have many years of experience in this market and their insight and technical expertise will prove invaluable in bringing the Bridge Technologies portfolio to an ever-expanding customer base,” said Philip Burnham, Bridge Technologies sales director.[avdert_banner]last_img read more

Facilities and content service provider The Intern

first_imgFacilities and content service provider The International Media Associates (TIMA) has signed a three-year contract with satellite operator Eutelsat for capacity on the Eutelsat 10A satellite to serve the market for satellite news gathering across Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and reporting from the studios of its central London Headquarters.The new satellite capacity will boost TIMA’s ability to serve news teams covering events in the coming months including the Oscar Pistorius trial and the visit to the Holy Land by Pope Francis.“Satellite is a vital platform for high quality content distribution, especially in an age of HD transmission. It’s reliable, high quality and still provides the easiest and quickest way to distribute content to a wide range of customers around the world. We’re looking forward to exciting times in collaboration with Eutelsat,” said Alla Salehian, CEO of TIMA.last_img read more

UK pay TV operator Roku has made a further US07

first_imgUK pay TV operator Roku has made a further US$0.7 million investment internet streaming set-top box maker Roku.The new funding takes its total investment in the firm to date to US$12.9 million, with Sky stating in a filing that the new cash injection will “provide financing for Roku’s operations and activities.”At the same time, 21st Century Fox also made a further, undisclosed, equity investment in the firm.Sky made the bulk of its investment in Roku in July 2012, topping this up with a further US$1.9 million investment in May 2013.The initial investment gave Sky the option to rebrand and distribute versions of Roku’s devices in the future. Sky launched its branded Now TV service on Roku-manufactured boxes at the end of last year.last_img read more

UK Culture Secretary Sajid Javid Four out of fiv

first_imgUK Culture Secretary, Sajid Javid.Four out of five UK properties can now access superfast broadband speeds with the help of a national schemed to connect hard-to-reach properties, according to the latest government figures. The UK government’s nationwide rollout of superfast broadband to properties not covered by existing commercial networks has now reached more than two million homes and businesses, according to stats published today.The government says that it is now on track to take superfast access – of broadband speeds faster than 24 Mbps – to 95% of the UK by 2017.“Today there are two million more UK homes and businesses with access to superfast broadband than there were two years ago as a result of this ambitious project,” said culture secretary Sajid Javid.“This is a tremendous result that is already making a huge difference to millions of people. We want everyone in the UK to be able to enjoy the benefits of superfast broadband, that’s why we’ve begun work on reaching the last five per cent of communities not covered by existing plans.”The government claims that faster broadband is a catalyst for economic growth, and estimates that its rollout will result in the creation of 56,000 more jobs in the UK by 2024.last_img read more

UK pay and free TV broadcaster UKTVs audience rea

first_imgUK pay and free TV broadcaster UKTV’s audience reach is now close to that of terrestrial broadcaster Channel 5’s full portfolio of channels and all of pay TV operator Sky’s wholly-owned channels, including sports and movies channels, according to the company.UKTV said its share of viewing has grown by 30% to 5.27% in five years according to official BARB data. Christmas 2015 was UKTV’s most successful Christmas on record, including the network’s highest daily share, while on-demand service UKTV Play saw a 26% increase in views year on year.On the advertising front, UKTV delivered 9.27% share of commercial impacts as of December 26, putting marginally ahead of the Channel 5 portfolio (9.26%) and Sky branded channels (9.25%), according to the company.UKTV attributed its ratings success in 2015 to increased investment in original programming, including shows such as Storage Hunters UK Celebrity Special and Dave Gorman Modern Life is Goodish.Comedy channel Dave retained its place as the number one non-public service broadcast channe l in the UK last year, while Drama grew by 24% to 0.97%, making it the number two non-PSB channel.last_img read more

Tomas Burovas Starman Groupowned Lithuanian cable

first_imgTomas BurovasStarman Group-owned Lithuanian cable operator CGates has acquired cable operator Remo TV, which operates in the towns of Elektrėnuose and Kaišiadoryse.Remo TV serves about 7,500 homes in the two areas in the Kaunas region in the central part of the country.The latest acquisition follows CGates’ acquisition of regional operator Kava last year, taking its network to 100,000 additional homes passed.Cgates currently has a base of about 130,000 TV and 90,000 internet customers, serving the cities of Vilnius, Kaunas, Siauliai, Marijampole, Alytus, Ukmergė, Zarasai, Vilkaviškis, Skuodas, Šilutė and Lentvaris.Commercial director Tomas Burovas said that the company would offer advanced services to Elektrėnuose and Kaišiadoryse residents in the near future.Estonia-based Starman Group, which in March was sold by East Capital Explorer to Providence Equity Partners, is attempting to build a pan-Baltic operation.last_img read more

StarTimes has struck new multiyear deals with Eut

first_imgStarTimes has struck new multi-year deals with Eutelsat that will allow it to accelerate the rollout of digital TV services across Africa.The firm said that, in anticipation of the continued expansion of Africa’s TV market, it has secured extra capacity and plans to “scale up further by the end of the year”.StarTimes has also renewed capacity contracts on two Eutelsat satellites and uplink agreements with Slovenian teleport operator STN.StarTimes claims that its multi-channel TV platform is available in more than 7 million homes across 13 Sub-Saharan African countries and that it plans to expand into the Democratic Republic of Congo and Zambia in August.“We rely on Eutelsat’s advanced satellite communication technology to make our signals available throughout the African continent. Going forward, we will continue to work with Eutelsat to provide the best digital TV service to our African customers,” said StarTimes group chairman and president Pang Xinxing.Eutelsat CEO, Rodolphe Belmer, said that it can help StarTimes to achieve its ambition to reach 30 million homes in 30 African countries by 2018.“Eutelsat is fully engaged in the transformation of Africa’s broadcasting landscape and is proud to work with the players who are bringing the benefits of digital TV to viewers across the continent,” said Belmer.last_img read more

Russian TV technology and settop box outfit Smart

first_imgRussian TV technology and set-top box outfit SmartLabs has added Ukraine-based OTT TV provider Megogo to the list of services supported by its SmartTUBE 5 interactive TV platform.The move means that transactional and subscription services from Megogo will now be supported by the SmartTUBE 5 platform.SmartLabs has designed SmartTUBE 5 as a platform for small and medium-sized service providers to deliver multiscdreen and multi-network TV offerings. The company launched it at the end of last year. More recently, SmarLabs has updated the platform to include support for Android-based set-tops, tablets, smartphones and TVs.“The release of the service in various environments, cooperation with operators, telecom service providers, retailers and other vendors is part of our business strategy. Thus, we are developing a distribution network for content delivery. That is why we welcome partnerships of this kind in every possible way,” said Megogo.SmartLabs supplies technology to a number of service providers in Russia and the CIS including MTS, MGTS, Rostelecom, Moyo, MTT and Georgia-based Caucusus Online.Megogo recently marked its fifth anniversary. The company has a catalogue of about 80,000 on-demand titles and 300 channels, including 30 own-brand interactive services.last_img read more

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first_imgShareTweet SHE was the final contestant on the show last night and Coleen Gormley’s angelic voice certainly wowed the judges.And the 28-year-old from Claudy had to wait to the very last second before Will.i.am pushed his button to secure her on his team.It was the last Blind Audition episode of seven weeks of the latest series on BBC1. claudyCO DERRY’S COLEEN GORMLEY MAKES IT INTO VOICE UK SING OFF The Claudy lass was the very last contestant of the Blinds and there was only one space left on Will.i.am’s team.She put an angelic twist on the song ‘When You Say Nothing At All” which was warmly applauded by the studio audience.But Will wasn’t going to pass on her beautiful voice that also drew strong praise from Boy George, Ricky Wilson and Paloma Faith.They couldn’t turn for her as they had already filled all 12 spaces on their teams. Said Will: ‘I was holding out for something angelic, and here you are all dressed in all white.”‘That’s not white,’ said Boy George tartly. ‘That’s cream darling. It’s taupe.’“Is it taupe? Rhymes with ‘dope’ ! You’re everything that I hoped.’’ added WillIn her VT Coleen said: “I started singing for my local church, and it’s where I felt at home. My type of music is country music as it has that sort of spiritual age to it. It is the type of music that speaks to the heart.“I believe a lot in what is meant to be, and I just hope to capture that moment and make everyone feel that yes, I have had that moment”.Next week, Coleen goes into the sing off battles and hoping to make it all the way to the final.CO DERRY’S COLEEN GORMLEY MAKES IT INTO VOICE UK SING OFF was last modified: February 21st, 2016 by John2John2 Tags:last_img read more

It needs 30 signatures but Sinn Fein have not yet

It needs 30 signatures but Sinn Fein have not yet said whether it will support the motion.Mr Eastwood was speaking following claims made to Stephen Nolan on BBC 1 NI interview with former DUP Enterprise Minister Jonathan Bell on Thursday night.He claimed the First Minister stopped him from closing down the RHI scheme as it was becoming too costly.The DUP MLA said his party boss “ordered him” to keep the scheme open for a further two weeksAnd he accused DUP Special Advisers (SPADs) of interfering with a paper trail to keep his party leader’s name out of the RHI scandal ShareTweet The Foyle MLA said “confidence was being drained” from the political institutions in Northern Ireland.“The only way we can find out the truth now is if all the documents that have been referred to are put into the public domain,” he said.The party is to put before the Assembly on Monday a ‘Motion of No Confidence’ in the First Minister. But the First Minister and the SPADs have denied Mr Bell’s claims.Mr Bell now faces an internal disciplinary inquiry by DUP officers for breaching rules in speaking to the Nolan show over the row without consulting the party. SDLP leader Colum Eastwood says First Minister Arlene Foster should “step aside for a period” while claims around the botched RHI energy scheme are investigated. EASTWOOD: FIRST MINISTER FOSTER SHOULD STEP ASIDE OVER RHI SCANDAL was last modified: December 16th, 2016 by John2John2 Tags: ARLENE FOSTERcolum eastwooddupEASTWOOD: FIRST MINISTER FOSTER SHOULD STEP ASIDE OVER RHI SCANDALFOYLE MLAJONATHAN BELLSDLP read more

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first_imgShareTweet Det Supt Ryan Henderson of the PSNI’s Public Protection Branch launch its Christmas domestic abuse campaignTHE PSNI has launched its annual domestic abuse Christmas campaign and its message to victims across Derry is clear: Don’t suffer in silence.Scheduled to run until mid-January, the aim of the campaign is to encourage the reporting of incidents and show victims they can take steps to stop it. “Unfortunately, however, we know over the Christmas period incidents of domestic abuse rise and when we look at the figures from last year’s campaign, which ran from 15 December until 16 January.“The highest level of incidents reported to police was on New Year’s Day when we received a total of 142 calls for help compared to 147 the previous year. “On Christmas Day 2017, there were 84 incidents reported to us compared to 96 from the previous year.“Looking at the overall statistics from 1 October 2017 until 30 September 2018 there were 31,008 domestic abuse incidents recorded; an increase of 1,582 (5.4 per cent) on the previous 12 months. “The figures are the highest of any 12-month period since PSNI started recording data in 2004/05.“These stark figures tell us more victims are finding the courage to pick up the phone and make a report, which is encouraging, but we must always remember behind each statistic is a victim. “What is also alarming is that we respond to an incident of domestic abuse every 17 minutes. “Unfortunately, many incidents of domestic abuse still go un-reported, but we hope this campaign will go some way towards changing that and will encourage anyone impacted by domestic abuse to report it to us. “Domestic abuse is a terrifying crime, which can have a long lasting impact and it can affect anyone, and often leaves victims feeling isolated and alone. “Our role is about prevention, protection and prosecution; to prevent further violence, to protect the victim, children and other vulnerable people and to facilitate the prosecution of offenders. We want anyone impacted by domestic abuse to know there is help out there.”In March of this year, the Department of Justice launched a new scheme – The Domestic Violence and Abuse Disclosure Scheme (DVADS) – aimed at helping to protect people from becoming a victim of domestic violence or abuse.It allows a person to make enquiries confidentially to police when they have concerns their partner has a history of abusive behaviour. This allows them to make an informed choice about an existing personal relationship. An application can also be made by a third party who knows them and has concerns.Since the introduction of the scheme on 26th March until 30 November, there were 177 applications submitted. Ten disclosures were made. Detective Superintendent Henderson from the Public Protection Branch said: “Previously, it would have been difficult for someone entering a new relationship to find out, or be aware if their new partner had any prior convictions for violence ordomestic abuse. “This scheme makes it possible for people to take that extra step if they are concerned to do what they can to protect themselves. “I want to encourage anyone suffering from domestic abuse to call their local police on the non-emergency 101 or, in an emergency, always call 999.“A 24-hour Domestic and Sexual Violence Helpline is available to anyone who has concerns about domestic or sexual violence, now or in the past on 0808 802 1414.”Additional information:Please see below link to report: Domestic Abuse Incidents and Crimes Recorded by the Police in Northern Ireland: Quarterly Update to 30 September 2018 (Published 29 November 2018)https://www.psni.police.uk/globalassets/inside-the-psni/our-statistics/domestic-abuse-statistics/2018-19/q2/_domestic-abuse-bulletin-sep-18.pdfVictims of domestic violence urged not to ‘suffer in silence’ this festive season was last modified: December 13th, 2018 by John2John2 Tags: DET SUPT RYAN HENDERSONdomestic abusePSNIPUBLIC PROTECTION BRANCHVictims of domestic violence urged not to ‘suffer in silence’ this festive season The campaign’s message is ‘If you feel like you’re walking on eggshells that’s domestic abuse’. It will be promoted via online advertising across Northern Ireland. Detective Superintendent Ryan Henderson, from the PSNI’s Public Protection Branch, said: “We want to remind people they do not have to suffer in silence; that they can come forward to report any incident of domestic abuse to police. “Domestic abuse doesn’t only occur at Christmas; it happens all year round. last_img read more

225 years ago a rather prescient James Madison wr

first_img225 years ago, a rather prescient James Madison wrote: “I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.” Today, the encroachments against which he warned have become the rule rather than the exception, as cyberspying has afforded governments unprecedented means to gain control over their own citizens. It’s been a long and twisted path from the likes of Madison to Richard Nixon, who once famously said, “When the president does it, that means that it is not illegal.” For that, he was rightly vilified. Yet if the four decades since he passed from the scene have taught us anything, it’s that vast armies of government officials have come believe that whatever they do is legal. The fourth and fifth amendments to the Constitution are violated so routinely that few people bother to notice, and an entire generation has grown up without knowing why they were written into the document and what they mean—or even that they exist at all. The revelations from the Edward Snowden-orchestrated document leaks have been coming fast and furious for several months now. Each day, it seems, we learn about another government program we hadn’t heard of before. And yet, we are complicit. Each day we also enable our own surveillance. In early 2011, more than two years before Snowden surfaced, the humor website The Onion ran a spoof video about the supposed reauthorization of funding for Facebook by Congress, because it saves the intelligence community so much money. This quote purports to come from a deputy CIA director lauding Facebook: “After years of secretly monitoring the public, we were astounded so many people would willingly publicize where they lived, their religious and political views, an alphabetized list of all their friends, personal email addresses, phone numbers, hundreds of photos of themselves, and even status updates of what they were doing moment to moment. It is truly a dream come true for the CIA.” It’s hilarious but, like all good satire, it’s a little painful to watch, as well. Imagine, for example, that the government had demanded at gunpoint that we turn over all of the personal info we voluntarily post about ourselves. There’d be outrage. High-horse Congresspersons would hold hearings. Scathing op-ed pieces would appear. Luckily for the government, however, it doesn’t even have to ask. All that stuff is out there in cyberspace, almost begging to be harvested. Who can blame the authorities for taking advantage? In a sense, the same applies to our personal correspondence. At one time, opening someone else’s mail was a serious federal crime—it still is, actually. But email? We agree to let our server archive our e-letters, read them if it wants to, or turn them over to anyone who files the proper request. There is no such thing as a truly private electronic exchange. When we use Google, we give the company tacit permission to use the things it learns about us and our habits for its own or some affiliate’s purposes. That information, too, can be demanded by government agents, as can our credit card records, which reveal an enormous amount about us. Ditto for the paper trail you leave with those grocery store discount cards. And so on. Compromising Social Media Are we advocating going back to a world without Visa, iPhones, and Internet banking? No, of course not. But any consideration of the domestic cyberwar currently raging must include our cooperation with it, and the indisputable fact that we have quickly warmed to the convenience of the cyberuniverse without having paid much attention to the loss of privacy that has accompanied it. One of the clearest lessons of history is that government will happily embrace the latest in technological advances that offer it the possibility of greater control over its subjects. And use them. And then abuse them. But of course, “We don’t have a domestic spying program.” That’s what President Obama declared on August 6 on The Tonight Show, in one of the most disingenuous statements ever made by a politician—and that’s saying something. What Obama should do next is to try saying that to any of the increasing number of Americans like Brandon Raub. Raub, a 26-year-old decorated former Marine who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, made the mistake of posting political views and song lyrics to his private Facebook page that were critical of our current wars and of the government in general. Little did Raub know that the government is using Facebook as a surveillance tool. Even less did he suspect that in 2009, the Department of Homeland Security had launched Operation Vigilant Eagle, which aims to track military veterans who are voicing feelings of discontent, because they are to be regarded as potential terrorists. As a result of Raub’s Facebook rants, on Thursday, August 16, 2012, a swarm of local police, Secret Service, and FBI agents arrived at Raub’s Virginia home, asking to speak with him about his postings. After a brief conversation and without providing any explanation, levying any charges against him, or reading him his rights, the officials handcuffed Raub and transported him first to police headquarters, then to a psychiatric hospital, where he was incarcerated against his will. Although he was sentenced only to 30 days of “observation,” involuntary psychiatric commitment is different from an “arrest.” It requires no proof, and can be very difficult to extricate oneself from. Raub is not unique. Other veterans around the country have been swept up by Operation Vigilant Eagle and similarly harassed. The Raub story has a relatively happy ending, because he was one of the lucky ones. Outraged onlookers filmed the bust on their cellphones, and it went viral on YouTube. The Rutherford Institute, a nonprofit Constitutional law firm, jumped in and petitioned for his release, and an outraged Circuit Court judge ordered him immediately freed a week after his detention. The point, though, is that his ordeal exemplifies how closely Facebook and other social media are being watched. The default assumption must be that whatever you post to the Internet is going to be scrutinized—by someone, in some agency, somewhere—and that it constitutes evidence that may be used against you, even outside an actual court of law. Unleashing the Tech While the government can hardly be accused of illicit activity in the gathering of one’s publicly revealed Facebook information, surreptitious wiretapping without a warrant is another matter, with the legal niceties far from sorted out at this point. One of the truly disturbing facts about Edward Snowden’s leaks—which have caused such a commotion in the media and among civil libertarians, while also provoking calls in Congress for him to be tried as a traitor—is that they should have come as no surprise to anyone who has been paying the slightest attention. Clues have been popping up all over the place for more than a decade. “ECHELON,” for example, had been known about since before the turn of the century. A signals intelligence (SIGINT) collection and analysis network operated on behalf of the five signatory states to the UKUSA Security Agreement (Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK, and the US), it’s a software system capable of interception, content inspection, and dissemination of downloaded commercial satellite trunk communications globally, including telephone calls, fax, email, and other data traffic. On the domestic front, “Carnivore” was an early “packet sniffer” software deployed by the FBI in 1997. It could select and capture particular data packets flowing across the Internet, decode them, and examine their contents. The FBI countered the objections of privacy advocates by saying that Carnivore could distinguish between communications that could be lawfully intercepted and those that could not. Carnivore was eventually replaced by the far more powerful “NaurusInsight,” noted for being the universal wiretap system installed in Room 641A at AT&T’s operations center in San Francisco, as revealed in 2006. But the big leap forward came when President Bush authorized the “President’s Surveillance Program” (PSP) shortly after the 9/11 attacks. It included an ultrasecret NSA intelligence-gathering project code-named “STELLARWIND,” involving data mining of a large database of the communications of American citizens, including email communications, phone conversations, financial transactions, and Internet activity. Almost immediately, there was fierce opposition within the Justice Department on the part of those who believed the president had exceeded his Constitutional authority. But the dissenters lost, and the project proceeded. Though STELLARWIND’s name remained secret, in December 2005, the New York Times alluded to it when it ran an article titled, “Bush lets U.S. spy on callers without courts.” In the article, the NSA—whose mission was previously thought to be limited solely to spying on communications abroad—was outed for the first time as operating domestically. The Times cited as its sources “a dozen current and former officials, who were granted anonymity because of the classified nature of the program.” The nation yawned. The existence of the PSP itself has been known since 2008, when Thomas Tamm, a former attorney in the Department of Justice’s Office of Intelligence Policy and Review, anonymously leaked information about it to the Times. Then, in early 2012, whistleblower William Binney—a 32-year NSA veteran—went on record with all the gory details about the architectural and operational elements of STELLARWIND, which he had helped design. Binney said that the program he worked on had been intended for use in cases of foreign espionage, but after 9/11 was converted to spying on citizens in the United States—a development with which he disagreed and which led to his resignation from the agency in late 2001. He went on to state that the NSA has highly secured rooms that tap in to major switches, and satellite communications at both AT&T and Verizon, an assertion that was supported by the exposure of Room 641A. STELLARWIND itself was theoretically discontinued in 2007, but it basically continued under various different names at the end of the Bush administration and straight through the Obama years. These include programs brought to public attention by Snowden, such as “Boundless Informant,” “PRISM,” “Fairview,” “Dropmire,” and “XKeyscore.” The Snowden File Obviously, enough facts were known that there should have been a public airing of the whole warrantless spying issue long before Edward Snowden appeared. But since it is he who has become the poster boy for the issue, it’s worth reviewing some of these revelations. PRISM (leaked June 2013) PRISM went operational in 2007, operating under the supervision of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Court. It’s a system the NSA uses to gain access to the private communications of users of nine popular Internet service providers: Google, Facebook, PalTalk, AOL, Microsoft, Apple, Yahoo!, Skype, and YouTube. The government contends that PRISM cannot be used domestically without a FISA warrant, but the leaked Snowden document calls PRISM “the number one source of raw intelligence used for NSA analytic reports.” FISA approval isn’t exactly tough to get. The Electronic Privacy Information Center reports that in 2012, the court received 1,856 applications and rejected none. (One day before PRISM leaked came the revelation that the FISA Court had been ordering a subsidiary of telecommunications company Verizon Communications to turn over to the NSA logs tracking all of its customers’ telephone calls on an ongoing daily basis.) The named companies went ballistic over this, insisting that their hands are clean. A typical response from Google CEO Larry Page stated that “any suggestion that Google is disclosing information about our users’ Internet activity on such a scale is completely false.” However, it’s possible that a bit of legal game-playing is going on here. This is the leaked graphic about PRISM that caused all the fuss: About it, the Washington Post wrote: “This slide draws a distinction between NSA surveillance programs that collect communications ‘as data flows past’ on fiber optic cables and PRISM, which collects communications ‘directly from the servers’ of U.S. Internet companies. “Some have interpreted this to mean that the NSA has ‘direct access’ in a technical sense: automatic, unfettered access to the servers’ contents. But in context, ‘direct’ is more likely to mean that the NSA is receiving data sent to them deliberately by the tech companies, as opposed to intercepting communications as they’re transmitted to some other destination. That’s not inconsistent with tech company lawyers scrutinizing each request before complying with it.” XKeyscore (leaked July 2013) This is a computer system used by the NSA for searching and analyzing Internet data about foreign nationals across the world. The program is run jointly with other agencies, including Australia’s Defence Signals Directorate and New Zealand’s Government Communications Security Bureau. It detects the nationality of foreigners by analyzing the language used within intercepted emails. XKeyscore takes certain types of raw metadata that the NSA has already collected using other methods, and processes it with arrays of Linux machines. The Linux processing nodes look for specific key content in these captured network sessions; there are specialized plugins to enable the mining of packets for phone numbers, email addresses, webmail and chat activity, and the full content of users’ Web browser sessions. For selected traffic, XKeyscore can also generate a full replay of a network session between two Internet addresses. But rather than dumping everything back to a central processor, each XKeyscore site keeps most of the data in local caches. According to the documents leaked by Snowden, those caches can hold approximately three days of raw packet data—full “logs” of Internet sessions. There’s also a local database at the network tap sites that can keep up to 30 days of locally processed metadata. Boundless Informant (declassified document leaked June 2013) A Big Data analysis and data-visualization system used to give NSA managers summaries of the agency’s worldwide data-collection activities. As explained in a Guardian article: “By extracting information from every DNI and DNR metadata record, the tool is able to create a near realtime snapshot of GAO’s collection capability at any given moment. The tool allows users to select a country on a map and view the metadata volume and select details about the collection against that country. The tool also allows users to view high level metrics by organization and then drill down to a more actionable level—down to the program and cover term.” “GAO” (Global Access Operations) is an NSA operational branch whose motto is “The mission never sleeps.” “DNI” stands for “digital network intelligence,” and “DNR” for “dial number recognition.” According to the XKeystroke slide show, “Boundless Informant is hosted entirely on corporate services and leverages FOSS technology (available to all NSA developers).” “FOSS” stands for “free and open-source software,” and I guess this means it could be disseminated pretty widely. Fairview (leaked June 2013) A mass surveillance program aimed at collecting phone, Internet, and email data in bulk from the computers and mobile telephones of foreign countries’ citizens. According to Snowden: “The NSA partners with a large US telecommunications company… [which] partners with telecoms in the foreign countries, [which] then allow the US company access to those countries’ telecommunications systems, and that access is then exploited to direct traffic to the NSA’s repositories.” Dropmire (leaked June 2013) A program aimed at surveillance of foreign embassies and diplomatic staff, including those of NATO allies. The Guardian reported that at least 38 foreign embassies were under surveillance—some as far back as 2007. Diplomatic spying by the United States had been known at least since 2010, when it was revealed that US agencies had spied on UN chief Ban Ki-moon, but at the time, it was not known that this had been done as part of a systematic program. Everyone Wants In These five are among the most important programs, but they are only the tip of the proverbial iceberg. Many others had been catalogued before Snowden came along; one blogger in March 2012 compiled a list of code names for 97 NSA (and NSA-contractor) programs involved in all aspects of SIGINT collection, processing, analysis, dissemination, and storage. Lest we forget, the NSA is hardly the only arm of the federal government in the domestic spying business. There’s also the FBI and the military. (Because we can’t know otherwise, we’ll give a reluctant assent to the CIA’s insistence that it is involved only overseas.) Almost certainly Homeland Security. Oh yeah, and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). For example, the FBI is spending $1 billion on its “Next Generation Identification” program. The program is designed to advance the Bureau’s biometric identification services, providing an incremental replacement of its current integrated automated fingerprint-identification capabilities with a multimodal biometric database. To fingerprints will be added iris scans, palm prints, DNA data, and even tattoos, as well as facial images and facial recognition software that will enable identification of individuals from private-sector security camera records. Whether the goal is to create a database containing biometrics on every American is unknown at this time. Just recently, it came out that the DEA has skin in the game, too. An August Reuters article based on leaked documents revealed that the agency is “funneling information from intelligence intercepts, wiretaps, informants and a massive database of telephone records to authorities across the nation to help them launch criminal investigations of Americans.” For the record, the DEA is supposed to be hunting common criminals, not terrorists. But hey, who’s counting at this point? More interesting would be from whom it’s getting those intercepts, etc. That’s still classified. Furthermore, Reuters states that the documents show that “law enforcement agents have been directed to conceal how such investigations truly begin—not only from defense lawyers but also sometimes from prosecutors and judges,” and that “federal agents are trained to ‘recreate’ the investigative trail to effectively cover up where the information originated, a practice that some experts say violates a defendant’s Constitutional right to a fair trial.” Not to mention that it would constitute a unique situation in law enforcement. However, we can make some wild guesses as to the source of the info. The unit of the DEA that distributes the information is called the Special Operations Division, or SOD. Two dozen partner agencies comprise the unit, including the FBI, CIA, Internal Revenue Service, and the Department of Homeland Security. And, oops, I almost forgot—the NSA. The military, through the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), has a large number of projects under way, focusing on algorithmic improvement, espionage, surveillance, natural speech recognition, and video and image retrieval systems. Among that last group is something called the “Video and Image Retrieval and Analysis Tool” (VIRAT). It aims to develop a system to provide military imagery analysts with the capability to exploit the vast amount of overhead video content being collected. If successful, VIRAT will enable analysts to establish alerts for activities and events of interest as they occur. VIRAT also seeks to develop tools that would enable analysts to rapidly retrieve—with high precision and recall—video content from extremely large video libraries. This one is of particular interest, because it is probably critical to the success of “Argus,” a new 1.8-gigapixel camera meant to be deployed on drones. Argus merges information from 368 separate image chips and can surveil a medium-sized city with a resolution of six inches from 17,000 feet in the air. It creates a library, enabling the drone operator to “go back in time” to home in on a particular event in a specific time or place. And perhaps most significant, it can also pinpoint and automatically track anything that is moving within its field of vision. That means if you’re running or driving your car, it can zero in and follow you in real time. Though civilian applications are evident, the government is mum on whether there are any plans to deploy Argus domestically. Panopticon Arrives In that blogger’s list referred to earlier, there appears a particularly spooky term: “Panopticon.” Whether the NSA actually has a program with that code name has yet to be definitively documented, but the overall combined effect of its (and other government agencies’) efforts is eerily Panopticon-like. That is one of the few aspects of the Snowden-leak story that has been underreported. English philosopher and social theorist Jeremy Bentham first posited the idea of the Panopticon in the late 18th century. It was an architectural concept for a prison with cells arranged in a circle around a central tower where the guards—who couldn’t be seen by inmates—had direct visual access to every cell. The idea was to instill in the prisoners’ minds the notion that, since they could never know when they were being surveilled, they would have to assume that they always were. French philosopher Michel Foucault described how insidious and clever this was. It would serve “to induce in the inmate a state of conscious and permanent visibility that assures the automatic functioning of power. So to arrange things that the surveillance is permanent in its effects, even if it is discontinuous in its action; that the perfection of power should tend to render its actual exercise unnecessary; that this architectural apparatus should be a machine for creating and sustaining a power relation independent of the person who exercises it; in short, that the inmates should be caught up in a power situation of which they are themselves the bearers.” How’s that sound as a metaphor for the modern state? Inducing a condition of perpetual paranoia in the population may seem like an extreme measure, and it is certainly counterproductive for a society, as the KGB and Stasi should have demonstrated for us quite convincingly. Nevertheless, as Foucault correctly argued, that is the inevitable result of a surveillance that is perceived to be all-encompassing. Repeat the word one more time: Inevitable. Given the extent of what’s now going on in the US, it’s impossible to duck the question of government intentionality. Yet the problem goes even deeper than that. The Roman poet Juvenal nailed the concomitant danger nearly 2,000 years ago when he asked: Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? Or, as we tend to loosely translate it these days: Who will watch the Watchmen? Faced with all of this, the ordinary citizen may feel helpless. But one positive development from all the recent revelations about government surveillance is that a lot of people are questioning whether we’ve lost the allegiance to individual liberty on which the nation was founded, and are beginning to speak out that it’s time to get it back. That quaint notion is in for a long-overdue rebirth, which we may yet get. In the meantime, there are things that can be done to enhance individual privacy, which we’ve covered in past issues of Casey Extraordinary Technology. In addition, there are profits to be made from companies specializing in data security. Identifying them early and getting a jump on the crowd allowed us to make 102% with Fortinet and 46% in just one week with ArcSight. As always, we’ll be on the lookout for future opportunities in the sector.last_img read more

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first_img Here’s the 6-month U.S. dollar index so you can see what’s happened since its low in early May. And as I write this paragraph, the London open is five minutes away.  All four precious metals, which had been up a bit on the day, had their prices turned lower starting about 45 minutes before the London open—and only platinum remains in positive territory at the moment.  Gold volume is a bit under 13,000 contracts—and silver’s volume is around 2,900 contracts.  The dollar index is up a handful of basis points. As October winds down, we have options and futures expiry for the November contract/delivery month in both gold and silver coming up next week.  But unless there’s surprise, I expect November deliveries to be a mere shadow of what transpired during the October delivery month.  The reason I say that is because the current gold open interest in November is only 352 contracts—and in silver, it’s 122 contracts.  Nothing to see here.  The big delivery month of the year in both metals is December—and what transpires in that month could prove interesting. And as I hit the send button on today’s column at 4:55 a.m. EDT, I note that all four precious metals are under renewed selling pressure now that London has been open a couple of hours—and all four are down a bit more from their New York closes on Wednesday.  Net volume in gold is around 23,000 contracts at this point—and silver’s net volume is about 5,200 contracts, neither of which are particularly large numbers for this time of day.  The dollar index is now down a couple of basis points. That’s all I have for today—and I await the New York open with great interest to see what JPMorgan et al have in store for us during the Comex trading session. See you tomorrow. The agreement with Sumitomo on the Fourth of July project is a great compliment to our recent agreement with Newmont Mining on the Wood Hills South project. We also have the Arabia, Golden Shears and some generative efforts being funded through our joint venture business model. 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Mining executives don’t care what happens to their public stockholders The gold price didn’t do much of anything in Far East or early London trading on their Wednesday—and the smallish rally that developed once the noon London silver ‘fix’ was in, got in the neck at precisely 8:30 a.m. EDT—ten minutes after the Comex open.  From there it chopped sideways until the 1:30 p.m. Comex close.  Then further selling pressure entered the market—and gold got closed almost on its low tick. The high and low were recorded by the CME Group as $1,250.20 and $1,240.70 in the December contract. Gold finished the trading day in New York yesterday at $1,241.00 spot, down $8.40 from Tuesday’s close.  Net volume was 103,000 contracts. The gold stocks gapped down at the open—and the rally that developed shortly after the London p.m. fix didn’t last.  It was down hill all the way from there, as the HUI closed on its absolute low tick, down 3.17%.  [NOTE: My new HUI chart is courtesy of Nick Laird, for which I thank him] Sponsor Advertisement The performance of the golds stocks looked terrific compared to the silver equities, as they got crushed to the tune of 6.37%. As usual, silver got hit the moment that trading began in New York on Tuesday evening—and never recovered.  The tiny rally that developed right at the Comex open ran into ‘da boyz’ and their algorithms—and silver, like gold, was closed almost on its low tick. The high and low were recorded as $17.535 and $17.115 in the December contract, which was an intraday move of more than 2 percent. Silver closed in New York yesterday at $17.17 spot, down 34.5 cents.  Net volume was pretty decent at 36,000 contracts. The dollar index closed late on Tuesday afternoon in New York at 85.40—and after a brief dip to its 85.24 low around 2:10 p.m. Hong Kong time on their Thursday afternoon, it chopped higher until around 2:40 p.m. EDT—and from there it traded pretty flat into the close.  The index finished the Wednesday session at 85.75—up another 35 basis points. Platinum hit its high at 9 a.m. Tokyo time—and then got sold down to unchanged.  The real selling pressure began the moment that Zurich opened—and platinum was closed on its absolute low of the day, down twenty bucks from Tuesday. Palladium did very little on Wednesday, at least up until its brief spike shortly after 11:30 a.m. in New York yesterday morning.  From that spike high it got sold down with a vengeance as the powers-that-be closed it down an even 10 bucks from Tuesday’s close. Once again the sell-off in the precious metal shares was out of all proportion to the loses in the underlying metal. The CME Daily Delivery Report showed that 1 gold and 10 silver contracts were posted for delivery within the Comex-approved depositories on Friday.  The link to yesterday’s Issuers and Stoppers Report is here. The CME Preliminary Report for the Wednesday trading session showed that gold open interest in October dropped to 235 contracts—and October o.i. in silver was cut from 102 contracts down to 14 contracts, from which must be subtracted the deliveries posted in the previous paragraph.  The October delivery month, which concludes one week from today, will go off the board without incident. There was anther withdrawal from GLD yesterday.  This time an authorized participant took out 67,293 troy ounces.  And as of 9:27 p.m. EDT yesterday evening, there were no reported changes in SLV. There was no sales report from the U.S. Mint. There were no in/out movements in gold at the Comex-approved depositories on Tuesday but, as usual, it was a totally different story in silver, as  585,333 troy ounces were received—and 446,684 troy ounces were shipped out.  Almost all the action was at Brink’s, Inc. and the CNT Depository.  The link to that action is here. I don’t have all that many stories today, so I hope you have the time to read the ones you like. Based strictly on price action—and as I indicated in Saturday’s weekly review—most likely there has been further technical fund buying and commercial selling in COMEX gold futures in the reporting week [that] ended on Tuesday, October 21. I would guess at least 15,000 additional technical fund contracts were bought net in gold—and perhaps more than 20,000 contracts. I don’t sense much technical fund buying in silver, copper, palladium and platinum in the COT report to be issued this Friday, but if there was any technical fund buying in silver, it was flushed out in Wednesday’s rotten silver price performance. Gold appears to be the only metal experiencing technical fund buying to date—and that still raises the possibility of the commercials rigging gold prices lower temporarily to lure the technical funds who bought, back to the sell side. In that case, silver may come under pressure, but it’s hard to see how many technical funds can be maneuvered to sell, seeing as managed money shorts are already at an all-time record high. – Silver analyst Ted Butler: 22 October 2014 I must admit that the price action in all four precious metals on Wednesday didn’t surprise me in the slightest.  But the shocker was the hammering that their associated equities took, especially the silver stocks.  As you know, I’ve commented on the disconnect between the movements in the metals themselves and their underlying share prices on several occasions since the low of two weeks ago—and yesterday’s action draws a similar response from me. The gold stocks are now back to where they were when gold painted its $1,184 low tick in the wee hours of Thursday morning on Monday, October 6—and the silver shares are even lower than that. If you’re looking for answers, the only one I can think of is that some precious metal mutual fund[s] had to unload a pile of shares because of redemptions—and its only a matter of time before Rick Rule is out telling all and sundry that it’s a perfect buying opportunity.  I don’t know how you feel about it dear reader, but after more than three years of this, I’m tired of somebody telling me to buy the dips.  I, like you, just want to see the stocks that we already own, do what we know they’re supposed to do. Of course the mining executives don’t care what happens to their public stockholders, because they’ll just get their respective boards of directors to reprice their millions/billions in stock options—so it’s no skin of their noses if their shareholders are getting wiped out in a rigged market. Here are the 6-month charts for the ‘Big 6’ commodities.  Note that we’ve had ‘failure’ in gold at its 50-day moving average, something I mentioned yesterday—and it only remains to be seen whether JPMorgan et al will continue this downward trend, or this is just a blip as we continue to move higher in price. This drake mallard duck was dabbling in the shallows a bit more than 10 meters away, which is point blank range for a 400mm lens.  He is resplendent in his new breeding plumage, as the drakes all look so drab in in the summer/early fall when they’re in the eclipse phase. I don’t normally crop creature photos this close, but wanted to show the iridescent green head from two different angles as the late-morning sun shone on it.  Plus it also accentuates two common English phrases so well—’water off a duck’s back’ and ‘duck tail’.  Both of which show their lineage in these two shots.  The red reflection in the water is, as usual, from the building in the distant background.last_img read more

A woman accused of abusing her 14monthold until

first_imgA woman accused of abusing her 14-month-old until he wound up in the hospital with severe head trauma and died was indicted by the Tuscaloosa County Grand Jury on aggravated child abuse and murder charges Wednesday.The incident happened Dec. 18, 2018, when Tuscaloosa Violent Crimes Unit investigators visited Children’s Hospital in Birmingham after a report of the child named Tedarrius Ryce was brought into the hospital suffering severe head trauma.Doctors said the baby had no brain activity, and the baby’s injuries were consistent with trauma and shaken baby syndrome. Doctors placed the baby on life support, and he died Dec. 20.In April, the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences medical examiner ruled the baby’s death as a homicide, and the Tuscaloosa Grand Jury indicted his mother, 30-year-old Temika Carter on aggravated child abuse and murder charges.Carter was placed in the Tuscaloosa County Jail Wednesday pending a $30,000 bond.last_img read more

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first_imgATHENS – Panathinaikos’ American power forward James Gist, a team stalwart, is set for punishment after failing a doping test.The 6-9 Gist, who was born in Turkey and played for Maryland, likely will be hit hard after a second test showed he’s using marijuana because he had tested positive before. It could also seal his fate for the team, which is reportedly already looking for a replacement. He has played for the Greens, one of the country’s two dominant teams, since 2012.The National Anti-Doping Council tested Gist, 29, after the final of the Greek Cup against Apollon Patras on April 5, finding the first sample positive for marijuana use.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares (Associated Press). Lionel Messi made his first start of the Copa America tournament and tied a national record with his 54th international goal as Argentina defeated Venezuela 4-1 on Saturday to set up a semifinal match against the United States.In Saturday’s other quarterfinal, Eduardo Vargas scored a career-high four goals and Edson Puch added two as Chile, the defending Copa America champions, routed Mexico 7-0.Messi’s goal in the 60th minute gave Argentina a 3-0 lead and equaled the Argentine record for most international goals set by Gabriel Batistuta, according to Argentina’s governing body. The Barcelona star also took over the Copa America scoring lead with his fourth goal of the tournament.Argentina now has two days to rest before playing the U.S. in Houston on Tuesday. The Americans have been off since beating Ecuador on Thursday.With many in the Foxborough, Massachusetts, stadium wearing No. 10 from Messi’s national team and La Liga jerseys, the five-time FIFA Player of the Year started the game after playing a total of just 74 minutes in the three group stage matches.Just eight minutes in, he connected with Gonzalo Higuain on a long entry pass to make it 1-0.Chile’s Eduardo Vargas, 11, celebrates after scoring against Mexico during a Copa America Centenario quarterfinal soccer match at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., Saturday, June 18, 2016. Mexico won 7-0. AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)“He knows that he’s a game-changing player,” Argentina coach Geraldo Martino said. “Everybody’s trying to cancel him. But he knows when to play one against one. He knows when to pass the ball to other players.”Higuain scored again in the 28th to make it 2-0. Messi then padded the lead in the 60th after taking a pass from Nicolas Gaitan just outside the 6-meter box.Venezuela finally beat Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero in the 70th minute when Salomon Rondon headed the ball in, nicking the post on the way. But Erik Lamela scored a minute later to make it 4-1.Argentina is 6-2-2 against the U.S., with the teams last playing to a 1-1 draw in a 2011 friendly in New Jersey. The last American win was in a 1999 friendly.Recovering from a back injury, Messi sat out the group stage opener this year and played just 29 minutes against Panama — but still managed to record a hat trick. He came on as a second-half substitute in the group stage finale against Bolivia.Messi played the entire game on Saturday, despite getting a scare when he was taken down from behind in the first half and was slow to get up.In Santa Clara, California, thousands of Mexico’s frustrated “fanaticos” were already long gone by the time El Tri’s worst defeat in a competitive match finally ended, along with its team-record unbeaten streak at 22 matches. It occurred almost a year to the day since Mexico’s previous loss, to Ecuador in the Copa group stage.Vargas scored the first goal of his big night in the 44th, five minutes after an offside call cost him another score, then added goals in the 52nd, 57th and 74th.“Everyone knows that we are the champions and today we showed it,” Vargas said.Chile’s Edson Puch, right, scores his side’s 7th goal against Mexico during a Copa America Centenario quarterfinal soccer match at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., Saturday, June 18, 2016. (AP Photo/ Marcio Jose Sanchez)Chile matched its scoring total from the entire three-game group stage. La Roja advances to take on Colombia in the semifinals Wednesday in Chicago.El Tri’s worst competitive loss had been 6-0 to Germany in the group stage of the 1978 World Cup. Mexico was also beaten 8-0 by England in a 1961 friendly.“First, I’d like to offer my most heartfelt apologies to the Mexican fans,” Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio said. “Today was a shameful presentation, an accident that happens in soccer. Obviously, there are bigger tragedies, but speaking in terms of sports, today was a very, very poor showing on our part.”Mexico’s fans still regularly used their traditional homophobic chant, even after being urged to stop by tournament organizers, national sport officials and players, especially in the wake of the recent shooting deaths of 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.last_img read more

BERLIN AP — Borussia Dortmund showed signs it ca

first_imgBERLIN (AP) — Borussia Dortmund showed signs it can thrive this season without suspended forward Ousmane Dembele by opening its Bundesliga campaign with a 3-0 rout at Wolfsburg on Saturday.United States international Christian Pulisic scored one goal and set up another.Dembele remains suspended after missing training when Barcelona made a bid for the player. Dortmund is yet to receive a second offer after turning down a bid reportedly worth 85 million euros ($100 million) with another 20 million ($23.4 million) in add-ons.“We have a clear position and a clear idea. If this is met, Dembele will be transferred this summer. If not, he’ll stay with Dortmund,” sporting director Michael Zorc said before kickoff in Wolfsburg. “We won’t wait to the last day of the transfer window with this decision.”Dortmund fans have turned against the 20-year-old Dembele, who had six goals and 13 assists in his debut Bundesliga season after joining for 15 million euros from Rennes last year. One supporter attending Saturday’s game altered his Dembele jersey to read “Dumbele.”Pulisic scored Dortmund’s first league goal of the season after good work by Mario Goetze, who was making his first Bundesliga start since December after illness.Goetze spotted Pulisic free to his right and played in the 18-year-old. Pulisic scored with a great finish inside the far post midway through the first half.Marc Bartra then made it 2-0 with a brilliantly curled shot from a difficult angle inside the top cornerDortmund continued its domination in the second half when Pulisic crossed for last season’s top-scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to start his tally for the 2017-18 campaign.___DEBUT DOUBLEMathew Leckie scored twice on his league debut for Hertha Berlin to beat promoted Stuttgart 2-0 at home.The Australia forward, who joined from Ingolstadt in the offseason, eluded a defender with a clever flick and finished in style just after the restart, and then blasted home after Stuttgart failed to clear a corner.___COSTLY CELEBRATIONNicolai Mueller’s first-half goal was enough for Hamburger SV to beat visiting Augsburg 1-0, but it came at a price as he injured himself while celebrating.Mueller, arguably Hamburg’s best performer last season, fired the side into an early lead – Augsburg ‘keeper Marwin Hitz should have done better – but then had to go off after twisting his knee while celebrating.___OTHER GAMESAndrej Kramaric scored late for Hoffenheim to beat Werder Bremen 1-0, and Hannover celebrated its return to the league with a 1-0 win at Mainz.Schalke was hosting Leipzig later.CIARAN FAHEY, Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Whats it like to live in Honduras today — and why

first_imgWhat’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/.last_img read more

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first_imgIf 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.last_img read more

Last updated on July 2nd 2019 at 0911 pmFoxconn

first_imgLast updated on July 2nd, 2019 at 09:11 pmFoxconn Technology Group could earn some of the $1.5 billion in payroll tax credits it is eligible for on work performed by employees outside of Wisconsin, according to a report of the Legislative Audit Bureau.The company reached a deal with Gov. Scott Walker to receive $3 billion in tax breaks from the state in exchange for creating 13,000 jobs and investing $10 billion in an LCD manufacturing campus in Mount Pleasant. The campus is part of an electronics and information technology manufacturing zone created by the state. Foxconn can receive payroll tax credits for jobs created within the zone or outside the zone but within the state. The LAB report, however, found that the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. has written procedures that allow credits to be awarded for “any employee that does not live in Wisconsin and is designated as ‘remote’, ‘working at home’, or ‘sales.’”“These written procedures do not comply with statutes or WEDC’s contract because they allow WEDC to award program tax credits for the wages of employees who do not perform services in Wisconsin,” the audit report says.The LAB recommended WEDC bring its policies in line with state statute and the Foxconn contract.In a written response included in the report, Mark Hogan, secretary and chief executive officer of WEDC, said the agency is researching the LAB’s recommendations and would make changes if necessary.He noted that questions about Foxconn hiring outside Wisconsin came up during public hearings for the legislation that created the company’s tax credit program. At the time, the agency indicated non-resident wages subject to state income tax would qualify for tax credits as would those earned by residents of states Wisconsin has reciprocity agreements with.“These provided the basis for WEDC including these wages as those eligible to receive tax credits,” Hogan wrote.He said the zone was created to limit where the company could earn its $1.35 billion in capital investment tax credits, but the contract language was also intended to encourage Foxconn to spread jobs across the state.The LAB report also noted Foxconn would not necessarily have to create 13,000 jobs to receive all $1.5 billion in tax credits. The company could earn all available credits if it created 10,400 jobs with an average payroll of $69,900, compared to the required average of $53,875.BizTimes reported in July that how to determine the average annual payroll was among the issues during contract negotiations between Foxconn and the state. While wages above $100,000 are not eligible for tax credits, annual wages up to $400,000 do count towards the average. The company initially wanted all wages to count towards the average while the state wanted the number capped at $100,000. Get our email updatesBizTimes DailyManufacturing WeeklyNonprofit WeeklyReal Estate WeeklySaturday Top 10Wisconsin Morning Headlines Subscribelast_img read more

All of the pasta is handmade with inventory chang

first_imgAll of the pasta is hand-made with inventory changes daily. Pasta selections include: penne, bucatini, spaghetti, angel hair spaghetti, fettuccine (spinach, tomato, squid ink, plain), linguine, pappardelle, tagliatelle, rotini, gnocchi, lasagna sheets. For ravioli, the offerings are cheese, mushroom, chicken, pumpkin and prosciutto.In addition to the Vinoteca di Monica, next door on Richmond Street, the new retail store joins the family businesses including Monica’s Mercato & Salumeria on Salem Street along with the recently expanded Trattoria di Monica (Prince Street). The new pasta shop is located in a space formerly occupied by a hair salon.Monica’s Pasta Shop is open 7 days, 10am-9pm (10am-8pm on Sat and Sun) at 141 Richmond Street. More information at www.monicasboston.com.While you’re here …we have a small favor to ask. More people than ever are reading NorthEndWaterfront.com but we need your help making ends meet. Advertising doesn’t bring in enough to pay for reporting or editorial work. Keeping this website going takes a lot of time, money and hard work. But we do it because we believe community news is important – and we think you do too. If everyone who reads this site, who likes it, puts in a bit to pay for it, then our future would be much more secure. Checks can be made out to North End Boston LLC, 343 Commercial St. #508, Boston 02109 or contribute online using the following links:*Make a One-Time Contribution* or *Become a Patron* Monica’s Pasta Shop is now open at 141 Richmond Street, on the Freedom Trail, and next to the longstanding Vinoteca di Monica. The homemade pasta story at Monica’s goes back to 1995 when Chef Jorge Mendoza Iturraide brought fresh pasta to the menu at the original Monica’s restaurant. Now, these pastas are available retail along with cheeses, meats, breads, prepared foods, soups, salads and other Italian products.Jorge Mendoza in the new Monica’s Pasta Shop.“I am excited to bring the new pasta shop to the North End,” said Mendoza. “We have been in the neighborhood for over 20 years since the original Monica’s and are looking forward to many years ahead with our latest store.”*Advertisement*last_img read more

The Prince Building on Atlantic Avenue in the Nort

first_imgThe Prince Building on Atlantic Avenue in the North End is ready for Independence Day with celebratory bunting decorating many balconies! It is our 10th Anniversary and we are celebrating a decade of community news at NorthEndWaterfront.com! Keeping this website going takes a lot of time, money and hard work. Advertising doesn’t bring in enough to pay for reporting or editorial work. But we do it because we believe community news is important – and we think you do too. If everyone who reads this site, who likes it, puts in a bit to pay for it, then our future would be much more secure. Contribute online at the links below or checks can be made out to North End Boston LLC, 343 Commercial St. #508, Boston 02109. Become a Patron to receive free rewards including neighborhood photo calendars, custom mugs and special updates from the editor.*Become a Patron (Rewards!)* or *Make a One-Time Contribution* “Neighborhood Photo” is a regular feature on NorthEndWaterfront.com. Send in your photos using our Submit a Post form, via email to info@northendwaterfront.com or tag @northend.waterfront on Instagram. Please include a caption or story telling us about your photo.*Advertisement* Photo submitted by Bob Somerville. See past neighborhood photo posts.last_img read more

In honor of Engineers Week Feb 22—26 the Nati

first_imgIn honor of Engineers’ Week (Feb. 22—26), the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) will celebrate by launching a series of activities and online campaigns promoting African Americans in engineering.[Related: 9 Black Women in STEM You Need To Know]During the start of Engineers Week, the NSBE will feature on its homepage (at www.nsbe.org) content about black engineers and the various subgroups in NSBE, including the society’s Special Interests Groups, collegiate and NSBE Jr. membership, and NSBE Professionals.The “Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day” event will feature LaTisha Durham, a computer and systems engineer who has worked extensively with the Naval Air Systems Command. Durham will interact with girls across NSBE’s website and social media to encourage them in engineering and STEM studies and career paths.Be 1 of 10,000, is another campaign to increase the number of black engineering graduates. Visitors to the campaign’s landing page can take a pledge to help NSBE meet its 10-year goal for U.S. colleges and universities which is to graduate 10,000 black engineers annually, with bachelor’s degrees by 2025.“Just as it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a village to raise a generation of black engineers,” says NSBE’s national chair, Neville Green. “In order to achieve our collective goals, we must collaborate with partners who are also passionate about the topic,” Green says. “It is our hope that this cooperation with our partners to increase the number of black engineering graduates will fill a critical void in the nation’s workforce,” Green concludes.NBSE also strives to raise awareness on how urgent STEM education is for the African American community. STEM jobs are projected to grow by 953,200 between 2012 and 2022, a growth rate that is 30% higher than that of the overall workforce. Yet this demand will be met with a projected shortfall of 1 million STEM workers over the next decade, according to the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (2012). What’s New in TechnologyLatest News for EntrepreneursOur Best Videos be_ixf; php_sdk; php_sdk_1.4.18 https://www.blackenterprise.com/engineers-week-it-takes-a-village-to-raise-a-generation-of-black-engineers/ https://www.blackenterprise.com/engineers-week-it-takes-a-village-to-raise-a-generation-of-black-engineers/last_img read more

Apple currently takes ownership for creating and s

first_imgApple currently takes ownership for creating and supporting more than 2 million jobs in all 50 states, including workers at 9,000 suppliers and manufacturers in the U.S. The App Store ecosystem has created more than 1.5 million American jobs and is increasing daily. The expansion places Apple in a unique position that will allow the tech giant to create over 6,000 jobs for the American workforce in 2018; it currently employs 90,000 people in all 50 states. According to a recent press release, the company is on track to create 20,000 jobs in the U.S. by 2023. (Image: Apple) Mayweather Set to Join All-Black Billionaire At…Major Companies Spending Over $1 Billion Annual…LeBron James Joins Forces with Walmart to Provi… These roles include everything from advanced design, engineering, and research, to the most innovative retail, operations and customer support functions. Apple currently operates retail stores in 44 states plus the District of Columbia and has added 7,000 U.S. retail jobs over the past five years. The company plans to add more stores and iterate on the customer experience at many existing retail locations across the country. The new campus is said to include over 50 acres of preserved open space and, like all Apple facilities worldwide, its workspaces will be powered 100% by renewable energy. “Apple is proud to bring new investment, jobs, and opportunity to cities across the United States and to significantly deepen our quarter-century partnership with the city and people of Austin,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO in the release. “Talent, creativity and tomorrow’s breakthrough ideas aren’t limited by region or zip code, and, with this new expansion, we’re redoubling our commitment to cultivating the high-tech sector and workforce nationwide.” Apple recently announced that it will be expanding its operations, which will include a $1 billion investment into a new campus in North Austin, Texas. Additionally, the company plans to establish new sites in Seattle, San Diego, and Culver City, California, with expansion into cities across the United States including Pittsburgh, New York, and Boulder, Colorado. This will all take place over the next three years. be_ixf; php_sdk; php_sdk_1.4.18 https://www.blackenterprise.com/apple-will-invest-1-billion-into-creating-over-6000-new-jobs/ https://www.blackenterprise.com/apple-will-invest-1-billion-into-creating-over-6000-new-jobs/last_img read more

Oisa Ramen Slurp Go and Tiki Rock Bar Are Opening in Downtown

first_img 10/16/2017, 8:08 a.m. By Jacqueline Cain· Restaurant News Oisa Ramen Slurp & Go and Tiki Rock Bar Are Opening in Downtown Boston The two concepts will take over the space that was formerly the Place in the Financial District. Print 000center_img Moe Kuroki of Oisa Ramen. / Photo via Caroline Hubert VideographyRamen lover and self-taught chef Moe Kuroki has made good on her promise to open a small brick-and-mortar for her pop-up Oisa Ramen. A 12-seat, weekday slurp shop opens for lunch on Monday, Jan. 15, taking over some space inside the former Place nightclub in downtown Boston. Also on track to open there: Tiki Rock Bar, a craft cocktail bar with sushi and complementary snacks.“This is a big and exciting new step for Oisa Ramen,” says Kuroki, a MassArt grad and Brookline resident. The native of Fukuoka, Japan, started deconstructing the noodle bowls of her youth while pregnant with her first child, she previously told Boston.“I needed to have something to feel at home, and ramen, my favorite hometown food, became a craving. So, I decided to make my own,” she said.After popping up around Boston at places like Snappy Ramen, Shōjō, Juliet, and Brassica Kitchen, where Oisa had a regular residency this past year, Kuroki has nailed down a vegan-friendly smoky shoyu ramen, as well as tonkotsu (pork bone), and tsuke-men (dipping-style) ramen. All three noodle bowls will be on the menu at Oisa Ramen Slurp & Go, along with donburi (rice bowls) topped with beef, marinated fish, or vegetables to-go. There will be a few beers to pair with the food, but it’s meant to be a quick in-and-out lunch option for the downtown crowd, Kuroki says. It will be open from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. on Monday-Friday, to start.Tiki Rock Bar will take over adjacent space at the Place, with its own entrance, dining room, and menu. The new concept is from Christopher Straub, a veteran of Hyatt Hotels. Straub most recently opened New York’s five-star hotel, the Park Hyatt; and was also part of the opening teams at the Shop and the Bar Downstairs (NYC), Cure Bar and Bistro (Washington, D.C.), and the reopened NoMi Kitchen (Chicago).“I have a strong passion for food and beverage and this is a concept that I came up with after some careful thought,” Straub says.The tiki-style bar will offer well-balanced drinks made with fresh-squeezed juices, house-made syrups, and over-the-top garnishes. Reinvented tiki classics, like crab Rangoon, sushi, and other pan-Asian street food will complement the bar program. A full entertainment license will allow for live music certain nights, Straub adds.“We will be utilizing highest quality ingredients in both our food and cocktails but at the same time we will be having fun with it,” he says.Both concepts are currently under construction. Stay tuned for more details Tiki Rock Bar and on Oisa Ramen Slurp & Go, and in the meantime, follow Kuroki’s pop-up ramen shop on Facebook and Instagram.Oisa Ramen Slurp & Go, coming soon to 2 Broad St., Boston, oisaramen.com.This story was updated Monday, Jan. 8, to reflect an opening date for Oisa Ramen Slurp & Go. Devoted foodies and restaurant newbies love The Feed. Sign-up now for our twice weekly newsletter. Sign up for The Feed. The latest on the city’s restaurants scene.*last_img read more

The FBI Is Offering a 10000 Reward for Info on the Somerville

first_img Sign up for Boston Daily. News. Commentary. Every day.* Crime The FBI Is Offering a $10,000 Reward for Info on the Somerville Bank Robber A manhunt stretched into its third day for a man who allegedly robbed a Davis Square bank and shot at police. Get a compelling long read and must-have lifestyle tips in your inbox every Sunday morning — great with coffee! 000 Printcenter_img 5/3/2019, 9:59 a.m. By Spencer Buell· On day three of the search for the alleged Somerville bank robber, police don’t even know his name. So now the FBI is offering a hefty reward for help.The agency announced Thursday that “up to $10,000” is on the table for anyone who can identity a man accused of robbing the Middlesex Federal Savings Bank in Davis Square Wednesday. Police say he fired his gun inside the bank, and later shot at officers, before fleeing.You could earn up to $10,000 by helping @FBIBoston & @SomervillePD identify this armed and dangerous suspect allegedly responsible for yesterday’s bank robbery in Davis Square in Somerville, MA. Call 857-386-2000 or email https://t.co/NMN0hcfMvX https://t.co/qEsPmvsXgB pic.twitter.com/pOA7pgdTKZ— FBI Boston (@FBIBoston) May 2, 2019He has been described as a light-skinned man in his 30s standing 5-feet-10-inches tall, with a medium-heavy build, who was wearing a blue beanie, green camouflage Nike jacket, blue jeans, and black sneakers at the time of the robbery and fled on foot.The alleged bank robber may not have made off with any cash. Footage from a security camera shows him sprinting down a sidewalk and colliding with a bystander, who shoved him and knocked a backpack containing money and a gun onto the ground. The bystander has since been identified and praised for springing to action.Still, the suspect is being treated as potentially armed and dangerous.“In the interest of public safety, we’re asking anyone with information about this individual and his whereabouts to contact us immediately,” Joseph R. Bonavolonta, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Boston Division said in a statement. “What’s most concerning to us is this individual’s brazen and violent behavior. We hope this reward will incentivize anyone with information to reach out so we can put a stop to this criminal conduct and ensure those bringing violence to our communities are held accountable.”The FBI’s Violent Crimes Task force can be reached at 857-386-2000, and tips are also accepted online.last_img read more

A monthlong season of BBC films examining the liv

first_imgA 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”.last_img read more

A disabled campaigner has won his third legal case

first_imgA disabled campaigner has won his third legal case against separate government departments over their failure to provide information in accessible formats.Graham Kirwan had already secured victories over the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and the Department of Health.DWP previously paid him £1,700 damages for refusing to communicate by email over his personal independence payment claim, and in 2015 he was responsible for persuading NHS England to publish its first accessible information standard, thanks to another legal action.Now he has secured a confidential sum of damages from the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) over its failure to provide accessible versions of the forms he needs to take legal action for disability discrimination under the Equality Act.Kirwan, who is partially-sighted, has computer software that can magnify text, but it does not usually work with scanned or PDF documents.He had tried in 2015 to access forms from the HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) “form finder” web pages but they were only available in PDF format.He asked HMCTS to make all its forms available in both PDF and Word formats on its website but was told instead to contact his local court every time he required a form.But this “reasonable adjustment” meant it sometimes took six weeks for a form to arrive, while on most occasions he never received it.Kirwan eventually launched a legal case against the Ministry of Justice (MoJ), which continued to insist that asking Kirwan to request forms from his local court was a reasonable adjustment.He pointed out that the court system was seriously under-resourced and that he was often facing delays of up to six weeks to secure forms that non-disabled people could download in minutes.He also pointed out that disability discrimination claims under the Equality Act must be lodged within one day short of six months, so the lengthy delay could be crucial in deciding whether he secured access to justice.Kirwan continued to push for a centralised system that provided disabled people with “a single point of contact and a prompt turnaround for requested forms”.MoJ finally conceded defeat and agreed to set up “a robust system whereby a court user can directly request and receive accessible forms promptly”, and to pay Kirwan damages and court costs.HMCTS has set up a centralised email address for requests for court forms and guidance in alternative formats (hmctsforms@justice.gov.uk) and says all such forms will be sent out within a maximum of 10 days.A Ministry of Justice spokeswoman confirmed the legal settlement.Kirwan says forms he requests in accessible formats are now arriving within 48 hours, thanks to the new system.He said: “I understand that the solution may not be ideal, especially as I originally wanted all forms on the site to be available in multiple formats.“It is now up to larger organisations with much more resources then me to push for bigger change.“I believe that in the circumstances the new system is much more efficient then that proposed by the MoJ and is a step in the right direction.”But he added: “There are still massive hurdles to overcome for disabled users of the civil justice system.“The judiciary is not bound by the Equality Act and it is extremely difficult to get respondents and defendants and specifically the legal profession to correspond in an accessible format.”last_img read more

WITH the start of the new season just days away th

first_imgWITH the start of the new season just days away the media spotlight is now trained on Engage Super League XVI but there is only one place where fans will find the cream of Rugby League writers have come together – the official Millennium Magic programme.Many of the leading lights of the national Rugby League press have contributed unique articles for the event publication, with features covering every Engage Super League club.And to celebrate the Magic Weekend’s move to its new season launch position, the official RFL event programme comes with a free copy of a 68-page pocket guide to preview the new season, which includes a statistical spotlight on all 14 clubs plus essential supporter information too.Under the editorship of Sunday Times writer Chris Irvine, the main Millennium Magic programme includes features with Jamie Peacock, Brett Hodgson, Matt Diskin and Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook to name but a few.There’s also Robbie Hunter-Paul’s season preview and club-by-club predictions, plus interviews with Iestyn Harris and Rob Powell – two of six new head coaches at Super Leagues clubs.With the Magic weekend fixture list reverting to a derby-dominated line-up fans give their views on just what it means to play their local rivals.The official RFL event programme and season pocket guide will be available throughout the Millennium Stadium over the Magic Weekend priced at £5 or by calling 01347 821344.last_img read more

WILLIE Manu was part of the Tonga side that beat t

first_imgWILLIE Manu was part of the Tonga side that beat the Cook Islands 22-16 in last night’s crunch Group C/D clash at Leigh Sports Village.The win kept up his side’s hopes of qualifying for the quarter finals.Now they face Italy on Sunday with the winner possibly progressing to the next round.But they won’t progress no matter what the result if Scotland beat USA on Thursday!Willie’s thoughts.last_img

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first_img“The Rhinos will come with confidence after their win over Salford at the weekend. They had a bit of a slow start but that’s to be expected when you have a new coach and new players, they will of course get better over time as their new guys gel together.They have recruited well from the NRL, with Trent Merrin and Conrad Hurrell, to add to some of the dangerous guys they already have in their team like Jack Walker.I am happy how we have started the season and we want to continue that this week against a tough opponent, who generally plays well at our stadium. We will need to be on our game as always against them to get the two points.We don’t want to give them the freedom to play. We want to be on our game defensively and slow down their quick style of play down, as well as execute our own plays in attack.From our side, everyone is fit and we will probably run with the same side as Wakefield. It should be a great game.”After a week-off for the World Club Challenge Justin commented:“The break is probably not ideal after round two but it’s forced upon so we have to just get on with it. We have trained as normal and we have benefitted from the Roosters session which gave some our young players a great experience of being able to train against an NRL team.”On our players who have been featuring for Leigh Centurions, he commented:“Without a reserves competition, the dual-reg partnership with Leigh is our best option to get players who aren’t in the 17, much needed game time.Players should be playing as much as they can. Over in Australia, there are plenty of good players who aren’t in the 17 who have to play games for their feeder clubs. How else can you earn your way back in? The Championship is a good standard and it will certainly keep players sharp when they aren’t able to make it into our starting 17.The game against Leeds Rhinos kicks off at 7:45pm this Friday, 22 February, with tickets still available from the Club Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, by calling 01744 455052 or by clicking here.last_img read more

Wilmington man in serious condition following late night shooting

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A Wilmington man is in serious condition after a late night shooting on Walnut Street.Wilmington Police say officers responded to 821 Walnut Street shortly before 10 p.m. and found 33-year-old Kareem Thomas outside the home with a gunshot wound.- Advertisement – Police say there were also several men with Thomas asking for help.Thomas was transported to New Hanover Regional Medical Center where he under-went emergency surgery.No arrests have been made.Related Article: Chadbourn duo accused of beating woman, dog, with baseball bat during home invasionIf you have information, use Text-a-Tip or call (910) 343-3609.last_img read more

12 jurors seated 3 alternates still needed in death penalty case

first_img Bradley also spent nearly 25 years in prison for the 1988 killing of his 8-year-old stepdaughter,The court is still looking for three alternate jurors in the Tucker trial. Jury selection began Jan. 22. James Bradley enters court on June 29, 2017. (Photo: Hannah Patrick/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — After seven long weeks of jury selection, 12 jurors have finally been seated in the James Opelton Bradley death penalty trial.Bradley is charged with the murder of Elisha Tucker, 34. Her body was found five years ago in Pender County while investigators were looking for Shannon Rippy Van Newkirk. Bradley is currently serving 30 years in prison for the murder of Van Newkirk, whose body was never found.- Advertisement – last_img read more

PD washes its hands off President Vellas nomination debate

first_img SharePrint The Democratic Party said that it will not attend Tuesday’s parliamentary debate which will nominate former minister George Vella to become the President of Malta. The reason given by PD is that it said that Government will not amend the Constitution to appoint the new President by a two-thirds majority.Although the Democratic Party welcomed George Vella to the role, it reiterated its belief that Malta is suffering from a dysfunctional democracy, and that the President of the Republic is simply a figurehead.Party Leader Hon Godfrey Farrugia said presidents need more powers to ensure good governance, such as a Council of state, which its main focus will be to advise the President.WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Kamra TalPeriti celebrates centenary of Architects Ordinance

first_imgWhatsApp It was on the 25th July 1919 that Herbert Plumer, then Governor of Malta, brought into force the Architects’ Ordinance, which governed the profession of Land Surveyor and Architect and paved the way for the establishment of the profession of Architect and Civil Engineer (Perit) as we know it today.This year, the Kamra tal-Periti is therefore celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Ordinance, and is marking this special occasion with the second edition of its Premju Emanuele Luigi Galizia.The Premju Galizia was first launched in 2018, the culmination of a long-held ambition of the Kamra to award excellence in architecture, civil engineering, urban regeneration and interior design. In this year’s edition, the Kamra is once again also awarding the best emerging practice, as well as launching two new categories, one for multiple dwelling projects having three or more units, and one for the best international project carried out by a locally warranted perit.Following a shortlisting process which took place earlier this month, the finalists will now present their projects to various panels of judges. The 2018 cohort of graduates of the Faculty for the Built Environment will also be presenting their Master of Architecture and Master of Engineering theses and dissertations, after also having gone through a shortlisting process last October. The presentations are open to the public and will be held at the Phoenicia Hotel between Monday 22nd and Wednesday 24th July as per the online programme.The final awards will be presented during a Gala Dinner to be held on the 25th July 2019, which will also be accompanied by an outdoor exhibition of the finalist projects which will be installed near the Christ the King monument in Floriana, and which will remain open until the 2nd August 2019. SharePrintcenter_img <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Apple bought Lightning trademark from HarleyDavidson

first_imgAdvertisement Apple officially landed the European trademark over the weekend on the Lightning name for its new mobile connector, but local regulatory filings show that Apple had to buy the rights from motorcycle maker Harley-Davidson.As the patent blog Patently Apple first reported, Harley had been granted the Lightning trademark in Europe in 2005 for a line of motorcycles and parts, though it doesn’t appear that the company ever brought any bikes to market with that name. Harley-Davidson did not respond to a request for comment.Apple was officially granted two European trademark registrations for “Lightning” on Nov. 24. The trademarks were only partially transferred from Harley, meaning that Hogs could carry the Lightning name in the future. – Advertisement – Financial terms of the deal weren’t disclosed.The trademarks Apple received cover a broad list of items, from motorcycle electrical parts and speedometers to audio and video equipment. They also cover vending machines, slot and pinball machines, Christmas tree ornaments, golf tees, cat toys, television sets and eyeglasses.Though the list was likely generated by Harley to cover all of its potential marketing bases, the TV and eyeglasses inclusions piqued some interest in the blogosphere. Could Apple be planning an iTV, or glasses that include the Lightning connector? If so, the company is now covered — in Europe, at least. An Apple spokeswoman was unavailable to comment for this story.Apple unveiled its new eight-prong Lightning connector in September when the company debuted the iPhone 5. It’s much tinier than the 30-pin connector that had been Apple’s standard since 2003, and it now helps power the iPad Mini, fourth-generation iPad and much of the iPod lineup, in addition to the latest iPhone.Though Apple says the smaller connector was necessary to miniaturize its product lineup, customers with legacy hardware have cried foul that Apple is charging $20 and up for an adapter. Cheap knockoffs have made their way to market, despite new restrictions put in place by Apple to prevent copycats.Credit: CNNlast_img read more

Orange to Power Nakuru Towns Free WiFi

first_imgAdvertisement Orange, in partnership with INFONET,a Kenyan based innovations group working towards improving interactions between government, civil society and citizens through ICTs, will power the Wi-Fi access to be provided to residents of Nakuru town, giving them free access to the Internet.This initiative by the Nakuru County Government and the State House Digital team is in line with Orange’s strategy of enhancing the use of its infrastructure to offer value-added data and voice solutions to the counties.Nakuru is set to become the first Kenyan town to provide free Wi-Fi to its residents in the country, and the third in Africa after Kigali, Rwanda and Cape Town, South Africa and the sixteenth globally. – Advertisement – The Wi-Fi range will work within a 10-kilometer radius, in the first phase, covering Nakuru Town’s Central Business District (CBD). The county government expects to extend this to other parts of Nakuru progressively. With seven base stations spread across the CBD, users will be allowed 24-hour unlimited data usage. Movie downloads and visits to adult sites will however be restricted.Orange CEO Mickael Ghossein said that the provision of free wireless Internet to the counties across the country will help in making the counties more accessible for business, as well as assist the county governments to improve their service offering through integrated ICT solutions.Source: CIOlast_img read more

US blocks Intel from updating Chinas supercomputer

first_imgAdvertisement The US government has blocked Intel from helping China update the world’s biggest supercomputer.The company applied for a licence to export tens of thousands of chips to update the Tianhe-2 computer, but the Department of Commerce refused, saying it was concerned about nuclear research being done with the machine.Intel had also signed a separate deal worth $200m (£136m) with the US government to build a massive supercomputer at one of its national laboratories. – Advertisement – The Tianhe-2 super computer uses 80,000 Intel Xeon chips to generate a computational capacity of more than 33 petaflops. A petaflop is equal to about one quadrillion calculations per second. It is at the moment the world’s most powerful machine.The machine was due to undergo a series of upgrades to boost its number-crunching abilities past 110 petaflops, but the upgrades would depend largely on new Intel Xeon chips. The chipmaker informed US authorities of its involvement with the upgrade programme and was told to apply for an export licence.The US Department of Commerce said it refused Intel’s application to export the chips for Tianhe-2 and three other Chinese supercomputers because the machines were being used for “nuclear explosive activities”.Intel has has signed a large deal to build the Aurora supercomputer at the Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois. When finished that machine is expected to have a peak performance of 180 petaflops.Via BBClast_img read more

STAR PREVIEW Queens Cork Coronation

first_img[dropcap]W[/dropcap]inner, winner chicken dinner.Julia Dream duly landed the recommended bet at Windsor last night and whilst at 5/4 we didn’t get too rich it was at least enough for a Nandos chicken dinner rather than a KFC.Mick Channon is putting the miles in today when taking Harlequeen to Cork for the Group 3 Give Thanks Stakes at 8.35.She surely deserves to pick up a prize like this after finishing third in both the Epsom and Irish Oaks.She was beaten at tonight’s Group 3 level at York earlier in the season but that came in the Musidora Stakes won by So Mi Dar and that looked a much stronger race than tonights. Just like M&S mince pies….. there are Group 3’s and then there are Group 3’s.Harlequeen could easily still find further improvement on only her sixth start of her career and holds Aidan O’Brien’s Somehow on both Epsom and Curragh Oaks form.O’Brien’s other runner Best In The World might have to be referred the Advertsing Standards Authority as, so far at least, she isn’t living up to her lofty name.Joseph O’Brien’s Arya Tara bids for a five-timer but this, by far, is her toughest task to date.Dermot Weld has a terrific record in this race – winning three of the last four – and the biggest danger may come from Shamreen who was a good second to Pretty Perfect in the Munster Oaks. However, Pretty Perfect was tailed off in the Irish Oaks so you’d have to be pretty confident that the selection Harlequeen will have her measure.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK HARLEQUEEN 25 points at SP with Star SportsPROFIT/LOSS SINCE EUROS: +77 pointsBET NOW WITH STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

STARTERS ORDERS Sunday

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BettingPeople RICK TRIGG

first_imgSimon Nott is author of:Skint Mob! Tales from the Betting RingCLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS Interview: RICK TRIGG Rick Trigg has been a professional poker player for 13 years. He’s earned the nickname ‘The Grinder’ for his work ethic, often working the on-line tables 7 days a week for weeks on end in his early days. In 2014 he was ranked #4 on-line player on the planet. He’s also successful backing horses. Wonder how he does it? Meeting Rick Trigg.RICK TRIGG (part 1 of 3)Professional poker player and punter Rick Trigg talks about his poker career, having won £10,000,000 on-line poker (with his backers copping well from that too). Ranked #4 in the world in 2014, he explains ‘make-up’ and the ups and down of a professional poker player. Why he’s known as ‘The Grinder’, playing 7 weeks for weeks on end, juggling the life with family life. He laments the heyday of on-line poker. He has ideas on how poker sites could generate new players and business but they have to up their game.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>RICK TRIGG (part 2 of 3)Professional poker player and punter Rick Trigg talks about the day he won his biggest pot but sold a large percentage of it to backers, finishing 2nd from 55,000 players. He explains the important role ‘stakeholders’ play in the life of a professional player and why he’s interested in winning money and not the spotlight. He continues with the difference between live poker and its on-line equivalent and how boredom can be your enemy. How has he coped with spending 13 years of his life in one of the most solitary versions of ‘the game’? He also talks about collusion in the on-line game and how to spot ‘robot’ players.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>RICK TRIGG (part 3 of 3)In the final part of our three-part interview with professional poker player Rick Trigg he talks about his horse racing betting and how he gets a few quid from sharp information. He talks how the ‘edge’ in Poker, Horse Racing and Life itself, namely to know more than anyone else. Is a bad losing run on the horses any different to a bad losing run in poker? How he gets his live horse racing bets on but wouldn’t want to spend his winnings owning one. He also talks about losing his ability to play as well as he should and what the future holds for him as a professional punter.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>last_img read more

£25 FREE BET 855 Kempton

first_img£25 FREE BET IFCHLOELLIE WINS 8.55 KEMPTONWe are giving all starsports.bet NEW CUSTOMERS a £25 FREE BET if CHLOELLIE WINS 8.55 KEMPTON.You simply need to open an account and place a bet at evens or above, of at least £10, on any market at starsports.bet between 8am on Wednesday 22 May and 8.55pm on Wednesday 22 May. TERMS AND CONDITIONS(1) This promotion is for new account holders only. To qualify, you must open a new account at starsports.bet anytime from 8am (GMT) on Wednesday 22 May to 8.55pm (GMT) on Wednesday 22 May.(2) In addition, you must place at least one bet online with starsports.bet before 8.55pm (GMT) on Wednesday 22 May. The bet must be for a stake of £10 (or more), on a selection at evens or above, on any market as displayed on the starsports.bet web site, excluding specials or enhanced odds markets.(3) The bonus promotional offer of £25 will be paid as a Free Bet if CHLOELLIE WINS 8.55 KEMPTON. The Free Bet will be valid for a period of 7 days from the point of issue and must be used within this period otherwise will expire.(4) If, for any reason, the event(s) do not take place or are declared void for betting purposes this offer will also be voided.(5) The bonus Free Bet, if successful, will be credited within 48 hours, direct to your online account.(6) Free Bets may not be used in conjunction with any other current promotion.(7) Star Sports reserve the right to withdraw or refuse any Free Bet promotion at any point.(8) Free Bet stakes are not returned with winnings.(9) Free Bet awards cannot be exchanged for cash.(10) Free Bet awards can be used online, tablet or mobile only.(11) The Free Bet must be used within the timeframe specified on the promotion details and may not be either part used or carried forward.(12) This promotion can only be used once per person and per account. Only one bonus can be awarded per person, household, shared computer or shared IP address. In the event of a customer opening more that one account to claim multiple offers we reserve the right to suspend/close duplicate accounts and void any bets placed.(13) Usual Star Sports Betting Rules and Terms and Conditions apply, these can be viewed at starsports.bet.(14) If you have any further questions about this promotion you can contact our customer service team cs@starsportsbet.co.uklast_img read more

Rice Universitys Shell Center for Sustainability calls for submissions to art exhibit

first_imgShareCONTACT: Franz BrotzenPHONE: 713-348-6775E-MAIL: franz.brotzen@rice.edu Rice University’s Shell Center for Sustainability calls for submissions to art exhibitHouston artists offered opportunity to express views on water resourcesRice University is asking Houston-area artists to submit an artistic representation of what water means to them for the sustainability art exhibition “Water: Effects on Life in the Houston Area.” National and local academics and other experts will come together at Rice’s Shell Center for Sustainability to discuss the sustainability of water in the Houston region Oct. 13. They will address growth, environment, health and public policy. The art exhibition is a strong component of the conference, allowing artists to participate with their representation of the various aspects that water has in their community.The exhibition will run through the month of October and will officially open with a reception and an awards presentation Oct. 13 in Farnsworth Pavilion, Ley Student Center, on the Rice University campus, 6100 Main St. A People’s Choice award will be given to first-, second- and third-place winners as voted by the attendees at the opening reception.The exhibition is open to artists who are 19 or older and who live in the Houston metropolitan area. The deadline to enter is Aug. 17. The prospectus and entry form can be found at http://cohesion.rice.edu/centersandinst/shellcenter/outreach.cfm?doc_id=13235. AddThislast_img read more

Hutchinson named dean of undergraduates at Rice Burrus to serve as interim

first_imgShareCONTACT: B.J. AlmondPHONE: 713-348-6770E-MAIL: balmond@rice.eduHutchinson named dean of undergraduates at Rice; Burrus to serve as interim dean of engineeringRice University Professor of Chemistry John Hutchinson has been appointed dean of undergraduates, President David Leebron and George McLendon, who will become provost next week, announced today. The appointment is effective July 1.“I am thrilled that John Hutchinson, with his history of dedication to the Rice undergraduate experience, has agreed to become our next dean of undergraduates,” Leebron said.Hutchinson is a seven-time recipient of Rice’s George R. Brown teaching awards. Prior to the reorganization of administrative and academic leadership of undergraduate education under the dean of undergraduates five years ago, Hutchinson served as assistant vice president for student affairs and interim vice president for student affairs. He also has been a master of Rice’s Brown and Wiess residential colleges. Hutchinson succeeds Rice’s first dean of undergraduates, Robin Forman, who left Rice to become dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Emory University.“John’s numerous teaching awards are testimony to his rapport with students and his grasp of the academic aspect of the student experience at Rice,” McLendon said.Leebron and McLendon also announced that former engineering dean Sidney Burrus will serve as interim dean of the George R. Brown School of Engineering, effective Sept. 1.“The School of Engineering thrived under Sid’s leadership, and we’re very happy to welcome him out of retirement and back into the role of interim dean while the search for a new dean is under way,” McLendon said.Burrus, a Rice alum and the Maxfield and Oshman Professor Emeritus of Electrical and Computer Engineering, served as Rice’s dean of engineering from 1998 to 2005. He has also served as chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and as director of the Computer and Information Technology Institute. A former master of Lovett College, Burrus is also the recipient of multiple teaching awards at Rice and the Association of Rice Alumni’s highest honor, the Gold Medal. Current Dean Sallie Keller will be leaving Rice at the end of the summer to become director of the Science and Technology Policy Institute in Washington, D.C. AddThislast_img read more

Rice University students to destress with therapy pets during finals week April

first_imgShareMEDIA ADVISORYDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJeff Falk713-348-6775jfalk@rice.eduRice University students to de-stress with therapy pets during finals week, April 24-May 1HOUSTON – (April  18, 2013) – Rice University students will have the opportunity to mingle, de-stress and share hugs with dogs of various breeds during finals week, April 24-May 1, at the university’s Fondren Library, 6100 Main St.The library has asked Houston pet therapy organization Faithful Paws to bring its friendly canines to the first-floor reference collection area of Fondren from 5 to 9 p.m. April 25, from 3 to 9 p.m. April 26 and from 2 to 8 p.m. April 27. Two therapy cats will also be present during the April 25 session.Fondren Library held its first therapy dog sessions during finals last December and received overwhelmingly positive feedback from students, according to library staff members.For more information about Faithful Paws, a program founded in 1997 and sponsored by Bellaire United Methodist Church, visit www.faithfulpawshouston.com.Media interested in covering one of the pet therapy sessions should RSVP to Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at jfalk@rice.edu or 713-348-6775.-30-Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,708 undergraduates and 2,374 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice has been ranked No. 1 for best quality of life multiple times by the Princeton Review and No. 2 for “best value” among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/AboutRiceU.  AddThislast_img read more

Whether anger impacts negotiation outcomes depends on ethnicity of negotiator

first_imgShareDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduAmy Hodges713-348-6777amy.hodges@rice.eduWhether anger impacts negotiation outcomes depends on ethnicity of negotiatorHOUSTON – (May 6, 2013) – It’s said you should never go to bed angry, but what about to the negotiation table? Researchers at Rice University and New York University suggest that ethnic backgrounds can influence the effectiveness of expressing anger in negotiations. In a series of studies, the researchers found that angry individuals of East Asian descent are perceived as tougher negotiators than their angry European-American counterparts, and consequently elicit greater cooperation at the negotiation table.“There’s no denying it — emotions play a very important role in negotiations,” said Hajo Adam, visiting assistant professor of management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business. “However, no prior research has investigated how the cultural background of the emotion expresser impacts the negotiation results.”Results from four studies revealed that angry negotiators are perceived as tougher and more threatening when they are of East Asian rather than European-American descent, despite the fact that both parties are perceived as equally angry. As a result, parties in a negotiation are more likely to make concessions to angry East Asian counterparts than to angry European-American counterparts.Other findings:In study No. 1, participants indicated that they would cooperate more with angry East Asian counterparts than with angry European-American or Hispanic counterparts, ruling out the possibility that the predominantly European-American participants cooperate more with angry counterparts regardless of foreign culture.In study No. 2, nonangry East Asian negotiators elicited similar cooperation as nonangry European-Americans in negotiations, ruling out the possibility that individuals were cooperating more with East Asian counterparts than European-American counterparts in general.In study No. 3, both East Asian and European-Americans perceived East Asian counterparts as being tougher and more threatening negotiators than European-Americans and made larger concessions as a result.In study No. 4, participants again made larger concessions to an angry East Asian than to an angry European-American counterpart; however, this effect only emerged for participants who held the stereotype of East Asians being emotionally inexpressive and European-Americans being emotionally expressive. It did not appear when participants did not hold this stereotype, which suggests that the effect emerges because of cultural stereotypes about the emotional expressivity of different cultural groups.Adam said he hopes the research will add to the body of literature on the interplay of culture and emotions in social interactions, especially as places of employment grow more diverse and rely more on interpersonal communication.“The workplace is an increasingly diverse place, and it has changed dramatically in recent years,” Adam said. “More and more, employees must interact with their fellow workers and other company stakeholders from different cultures, and emotions play a huge role in negotiating this interpersonal dynamic.”Details on the study procedures:Study No. 1 recruited 98 participants (64 men, 34 women, average age of 32.01) from Amazon’s Mechanical Turk website to participate in an online negotiation. All participants were from the U.S. and the vast majority of them (79.6 percent) were of European ethnicity. Participants were told they would be randomly matched with another user to conduct an online negotiation; in reality they negotiated with a simulated counterpart. Participants played the role of a project manager negotiating an IT contract and were provided with information about their counterpart, identifying them as European-American, Hispanic or East Asian. After participants made a first offer, they received feedback that read, “Wow, this offer makes me really angry. … I expect a better offer; I’m pretty pissed off.” After receiving the message, participants were told the negotiation was over and were asked questions about their behavior intentions.Study No. 2 included 120 participants (55 men, 65 women, average age of 33.24) from Mechanical Turk. All participants were from the U.S. and the vast majority of them (80.8 percent) were of European ethnicity. Participants were presented with a longer version of the same basic scenario as in study No. 1; however, instead of leading participants to believe that they were to negotiate with another participant, they were simply told to read a scenario and imagine how they would react to the situation. Participants were told that their counterpart in the negotiation responded to their initial offer in either an angry or an emotionally neutral fashion. The counterpart was described as either European-American or East Asian. At the end of the experiment, participants were asked what their final offer would be.Study No. 3 included 288 participants (122 men, 166 women, U.S. college students with an average age of 20.58). Approximately half the participants were of European descent; the other half were of East Asian descent. Students were randomly assigned as “Student 1” or “Student 2” and were paired with a student of the same sex to negotiate how to work on a student project. “Student 1” was randomly assigned to one of two anger conditions: In one condition, they were instructed to express anger; in the other condition, they were instructed to remain emotionally neutral.Study No. 4 included 110 participants (52 men, 58 women, average age of 32.27 years). All participants were from the U.S., and the majority of them (83.6 percent) were European-American. Participants took part in the study on Amazon’s Mechanical Turk website and were told that they would complete two separate studies. In the first part of the study, participants were told they participated in a pilot test for another experiment. This part of the study actually assessed whether participants hold the stereotype of East Asians being emotionally inexpressive and European-Americans being emotionally expressive. In the second part of the study, participants engaged in a computer-mediated negotiation with a simulated counterpart who expressed anger throughout the negotiation and was described as either European-American or East Asian.The paper, “Not All Anger is Created Equal: The Impact of the Expresser’s Culture on the Social Effects of Anger in Negotiations,” was co-authored by Aiwa Shirako, visiting professor of management and organizations at New York University, and is available online at http://bit.ly/101HGTI. Faculty research grants awarded to the authors by New York University and Northwestern University funded the research.-30-For more information, contact David Ruth, director of national media relations at Rice, at 713-348-6327 or david@rice.edu.This news release can be found online at http://news.rice.edu/.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Related Materials:Hajo Adam headshot (Photo credit: Rice University):Hajo Adam bio: http://business.rice.edu/OnlineDirectory/PersonnelDetail.aspx?id=4294970598Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,708 undergraduates and 2,374 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice has been ranked No. 1 for best quality of life multiple times by the Princeton Review and No. 2 for “best value” among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/AboutRiceU. If you do not wish to receive news releases from Rice University, reply to this email and write “unsubscribe” in the subject line. Office of News and Media Relations – MS 300, Rice University, 6100 Main St., Houston, TX 77005 FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThislast_img read more

Rice University appoints Alison Weaver to direct Moody Center for the Arts

first_imgShare5NEWS RELEASEB.J. Almond713-348-6770balmond@rice.eduRice University appoints Alison Weaver to direct Moody Center for the Arts HOUSTON — (July 13, 2015) — Alison Weaver, an art historian and former director of affiliates for the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, has been named executive director of Rice University’s Moody Center for the Arts.Weaver will oversee the $30 million, 50,000-square-foot facility, currently under construction, that will be an interdisciplinary center with space for arts education, performances, gallery exhibitions, material fabrication and digital media art production, as well as a site for collaborations with local and international arts institutions.“Alison brings a wonderful combination of deep passion for the arts and practical experience as a senior administrator in one of the world’s best museums,” Rice President David Leebron said. “Her wide-ranging background and perspective make her the ideal person to serve as the first director of the exciting new Moody Center for the Arts at Rice.”The Moody Center will benefit from Weaver’s museum management experience, knowledge of art history, solid business background and ties to the Houston community. In her six years at the Guggenheim, Weaver led its programs and operations in Berlin, Venice, Las Vegas and Bilbao, Spain, while managing its departments of Exhibition Management, Registration, Art Services and Library/Archives in New York. Together with her curatorial colleagues, she implemented a wide range of international traveling exhibitions, from historical loan shows such as “Art in America: 300 Years of Innovation” to new commissions such as William Kentridge’s “Black Box/Chambre Noire.” She also coordinated the museum’s strategic-planning process and managed the Guggenheim’s reaccreditation by the American Association of Museums.Weaver has a Master of Arts degree from Williams College and will complete a Ph.D. in art history this fall at City University of New York, where her research focuses on the dialogue between Europe and the United States from 1945 to the present. She has written about a variety of international artists, including Nam June Paik and Sigmar Polke, and has taught Introduction to the Visual Arts of the World at City College of New York. Her current research focuses on the U.S. reception of the German artist Joseph Beuys. She also has an MBA from the Yale School of Management and a B.A. cum laude in the history of religion from Princeton University. Before joining the Guggenheim staff, she was an engagement manager for the consulting firm McKinsey & Co.“Alison’s combination of a strong business background, an incredibly strong academic background and very significant museum experience is remarkable,” said Sarah Whiting, dean of Rice’s School of Architecture, who chaired the search committee for the Moody Center director. “She can engage artists, faculty, students and the general public with the same ease because she has such a breadth of experience and interests. She’s going to bring a new way of thinking to Rice, and we’re very excited to have her.”Weaver said that working internationally with the Guggenheim’s affiliates, each of which faced local as well as global challenges, helped her appreciate the importance of working together to realize common goals. That experience, she said, will be relevant to Rice.“A crucial part of my role will be to listen and respond to the various creative ideas of the departments across campus,” she said. “My goal is to involve everyone  – whether you’re an artist or an engineer or a member of the visiting public. There will be exciting programs and classes held at the Moody Center designed to attract and engage diverse audiences.”Weaver also expressed her excitement about partnering with the Menil Collection, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Contemporary Arts Museum and other local arts organizations on exhibits at the Moody Center. “It will be a homecoming of sorts,” she said. Weaver grew up in Houston and developed her own passion for the arts by visiting local museums, theaters and community art spaces.“My interest in art began while growing up in Houston wandering through the Menil and marveling at its extraordinary collection, and was further developed as an undergraduate at Princeton,” Weaver said. “While taking a class on early Chinese art, I had the opportunity to physically handle a Shang bronze ritual vessel in the collection of the university museum. It was a transformative experience that led to a lifelong interest in the power of art, and ultimately to a career as an art historian and arts administrator.“I believe that every student at Rice and every visitor to the Moody Center should be given the opportunity to have a transformative experience with a work of art, and I look forward to partnering with my Rice colleagues to bring stimulating objects, compelling classes and memorable programs to the Moody.”Weaver will start her new position Sept. 1.The Moody Center was made possible by a $20 million gift from the Moody Foundation with additional support from the Brown Foundation and other donors. Los Angeles-based Michael Maltzan Architecture is building the center, which will be located on the south side of campus.The two-story building will provide lecture and studio classrooms for physical and digital arts making, a theater for experimental and smaller-scale productions, and galleries for exhibitions of student and faculty works and works curated by Rice or in collaboration with local museums, private collections and international artists. The studio art spaces will include wood, metal and paint shops where students can collaborate to create art as part of experiential learning.The design calls for glass walls on the lower level that will allow passersby to view artwork being created and displayed. Dark brick with pink mortar will encase the upper level, which will extend out over the lower level so that people can walk underneath and get a closer view of the galleries inside. The dark brick and large “lantern-like” structures on the east and west ends of the north facade will help distinguish this building from others on campus.The Moody Center is scheduled to open in fall 2016 and will complement Rice’s strengths in the arts, architecture, music, engineering, digital computation, theater and fine arts. # # # High-resolution IMAGES are available for download at:http://news.rice.edu/files/2015/07/0713_MOODY_Alison_Weaver.jpgCAPTION: Alison WeaverPHOTO CREDIT: David M. Russellhttp://news.rice.edu/files/2015/07/0713_MOODY.jpgCAPTION: This is a rendering of Rice University’s Moody Center for the Arts, which is currently under construction. Alison Weaver has been appointed executive director of the center.This release can be found online at news-network.rice.edu/news.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews. AddThislast_img read more

Employee Surveillance Startup Contests and More – Boston News

first_imgData4You, an all-ages coding boot camp.Jobiri, which “assists people with finding jobs through an AI-driven career adviser.”micro:bit, which “provides tiny programmable computers for students and teachers.”Income Growth and Job CreationABURY’s “Design meets Craft” connects “designers and artisans through a digital platform to find creative project partners, and connect with the global market.”mecasa is an “online platform connecting caretakers with senior individuals who need daily support.”ProGlove is a “smart glove designed to scan and streamline manufacturing and logistics work.”Financial Inclusionhiveonline is a “mobile platform offering small- and micro-businesses administrative help and access to financial services.”Trezeo, which “provides a mobile financial platform for independent workers.”Sherpa, which “offers insurance to people who are self-employed, freelancers, contractors, and other entrepreneurs.”Technology AccessBLITAB, a “tactile tablet designed for blind and visually-impaired users.”Pangea Electronics “builds sustainable and eco-friendly technology.”Teqmine Analytics uses “AI to help customers with their research and development questions.”You can read more about the event here.Think You’re Having a Heart Attack? If You’re a Woman, Insist on a Female Physician – Harvard Business School NewsNew PNAS research co-authored by HBS Associate Professor Laura Huang, along with the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities’ Brad Greenwood and Washington University in St. Louis’ Seth Carnahan finds that of “more than 500,000 heart attack patients admitted to hospital emergency departments in Florida between 1991 and 2010, female patients treated by male physicians were less likely to survive than patients of either gender treated by female physicians or male patients treated by male physicians.”Moreover, “survival rates among female patients treated by male physicians improved with an increase in the percentage of female physicians in the emergency department and an increase in the number of female patients previously treated by the physician.”In “Patient-Physician Gender Concordance and Increased Mortality Among Female Heart Attack Patients,” the researchers write:“These results suggest a reason why gender inequality in heart attack mortality persists: Most physicians are male, and male physicians appear to have trouble treating female patients. If female patients tend to be more challenging for male and female doctors to diagnose and treat, the patterns we document may reflect the fact that the most skillful physicians (i.e., female physicians) provide the highest return to their skills when treating the most challenging patients (i.e., female patients).”You can read more about the research here. regions: Boston Last Updated Aug 13, 2018 by Jonathan PfefferFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail About the AuthorJonathan PfefferJonathan Pfeffer joined the Clear Admit and MetroMBA teams in 2015 after spending several years as an arts/culture writer, editor, and radio producer. In addition to his role as contributing writer at MetroMBA and contributing editor at Clear Admit, he is co-founder and lead producer of the Clear Admit MBA Admissions Podcast. He holds a BA in Film/Video, Ethnomusicology, and Media Studies from Oberlin College.View more posts by Jonathan Pfeffer Employee Surveillance, Startup Contests, and More – Boston News Let’s explore some of the most interesting stories that have emerged from Boston business schools this week.The Surprising Effects of Employee Surveillance – Questrom School of Business BlogBU Questrom School of Business professor Michel Anteby recently co-authored new research that explores the ways in which increased surveillance of employees can lead “to workers’ strikes and sometimes even quitting their jobs altogether.”The article points to a 2011 experiment where TSA managers installed cameras to monitor officers “as an attempt to stop the disappearance of baggage in airports.” According to TSA officers, they felt they “as though their managers were merely looking for a reason to discipline them.”New BU research finds that workplace scrutiny often leads to a worse work environment, even if it is inadvertently / Photo via bu.eduAccording to Anteby’s research, “under such scrutiny, one tends to lose sight of the bigger picture, which ends up with employees feeling undervalued and over scrutinized.” You can read the full article here.These 12 European Startups Are Using Technology to Improve Opportunities For Low-And Middle-Income Workers – MIT Sloan NewsroomThe MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy’s Global Inclusive Innovation Challenge announced its 12 European finalists, all of which are working to improve economic opportunity for workers. According to the article, “the competitors are judged on vision, impact, participation, and scalability.”Initiative Director Erik Brynjolfsson writes, “If we employ inclusive innovation globally, it could be the best thing that ever happened to humanity. We can have more wealth, better health, and widely held prosperity.”According to the article, the European finalists will travel to “Darmstadt, Germany, in early September, where they will pitch their ideas at a regional competition. The winner of each category then goes on to compete in November during the Global Grand Prize Gala at MIT. The gala includes four $250,000 prizes, one for each category.”The 12 European finalists, organized by category, are as follows:Skills Development and Opportunity Matching RelatedManaging a Personal Crisis, and More – Boston NewsWhat’s going on in Boston this week? How to Manage an Employee Who’s Having a Personal Crisis – Harvard Business Review The Harvard Business Review recently explored how managers can best support employees to “take care of themselves emotionally while also making sure they are doing their work.” Annie McKee,…July 16, 2018In “Boston”Meet Boston Questrom’s First Female Dean, Susan FournierWhat does it take to be the first female dean at your business school? It takes a lot of experience, know-how, and pioneering research. That’s precisely why Boston University’s Questrom School of Business choose Susan Fournier to be the first female to lead the school. After 13 years as a…October 17, 2018In “Boston”MIT Faculty Director Explains Wave of “Alt” Jobs – Boston NewsLet’s explore some of the most interesting stories that have emerged from Boston business schools this week. How Transportation Disruption and Electric Vehicles Can Slash Greenhouse Gases – Questrom School of Business Blog BU Questrom Professor of the Practice and Director of the university Institute for Sustainable Energy (ISE)’s Peter…November 7, 2018In “Boston”last_img read more

65 Arrested at ProTrump Rally in Nigeria

first_img(Google Maps)  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Police in Nigeria say they’ve arrested 65 people at a pro-Donald Trump rally on Friday in the southern city of Port Harcourt, according to media reports.The rally was organized by pro-independence activists in the country’s southern part, AFP reported on Jan. 22.“Some suspected members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) … staged an unlawful protest in the Port Harcourt metropolis,” Rivers State’s deputy police chief Ahmed Magaji told the news agency. The march, he added, was not authorized, claiming it disturbed public order.IFOB also claimed that Nigerian forces killed 11 people—which the Nigerian government denied, AP reported. Ugochukwu Chinweuba, a member of the group, said police and soldiers used live rounds and that “scores” were wounded in addition to the dead.Nnamdi Omoni, a spokesman for Rivers state police, said the claim was false and that police only used tear gas.“To the best of my knowledge, there was no casualty as the police merely employed minimal action, which involved the use of tear gas to disperse protesters,” he said. “About 65 of them were arrested” on suspicion of belonging to the separatist IPOB, which is an activist group calling for the creation of an independent republic in Nigeria. They had the movement’s flag, an official said.At least 1 million people were killed in the 1967-70 civil war that was started by Biafran secessionists.The Associated Press contributed to this report. 65 Arrested at Pro-Trump Rally in Nigeria Group claims 11 people killed by security forcesBy Epoch Newsroom January 23, 2017 Updated: January 23, 2017 Share this articlecenter_img US Share Show Discussionlast_img read more

Playground Slide Explodes Burning 9YearOld Boys Leg

first_img US Show Discussion Ambulance waits outside a hospital.(Stefan Wermuth/Reuters) Playground Slide Explodes, Burning 9-Year-Old Boy’s Leg By Jack Phillips June 28, 2017 Updated: June 28, 2017 Sharecenter_img A plastic playground slide in Wisconsin bubbled and “exploded,” injuring a 9-year-old boy, local reports said.Giuseppe Storniolo, 9, was at the Reservoir Park in West Allis when the incident took place. People said they heard a loud bang.“I just heard like a big explosion so I thought maybe something fell,” Storniolo’s mother, Diana, told WTMJ.She ran over and saw a warped slide and her injured son.(Screenshot/WTMJ Facebook Page) (Screenshot/WTMJ Facebook Page)It’s unclear why the slide exploded. A hole was created at the bottom, triggering it to bubble up before popping, Fox News reported.“It was like the slide had almost been inflated,” West Allis Mayor Dan Devine told local outlets. “It just opened up, bubbled.”“I’ve never heard of this happening,” added Michael Lewis, the West Allis director of public works, Greenfield West Allis Now reported. “I sent an email to my professional organization this morning to see if anybody else had an experience like this.”The firm that installed the slide last year will inspect it this week.There were theories that heat was to blame for the slide explosion.“The slide went through more heat the week before,” Lewis was quoted by the website as saying. The weather at that time was in the 90s.“They have the same exact model in Arizona,” Devine noted, adding that temperatures in Arizona get much hotter.Police have ruled out vandalism or terrorism.“Police tested it for explosives and didn’t find anything,” Lewis noted.The young child suffered second-degree burns on his leg, Fox News reported. Share this article  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   last_img read more

An Addicted County and a Sheriffs Cry for Help

first_img DAYTON, Ohio—The sheriff of Montgomery County is fighting an uphill battle. He has been fighting it for four years, but it has only gotten worse. His county has the unfortunate burden of being the worst in the nation for opioid overdose deaths, per capita.His deputies are spending more than half their time responding to overdose calls. One dose of the opioid-blocker Narcan often isn’t enough to revive a patient anymore, and when it does work, he said, 35 percent of the time the addict stands up, walks away, and does it again the next day.“That’s the frustrating part,” Sheriff Phil Plummer, 52, said in his Dayton office on Aug. 3.“In our county, we are averaging 10 overdoses a day. Last night, we had 17,” he said. “It fluctuates when we see different product coming in, or a different gang mixing the product. When they put too much fentanyl in it, we have a large amount of overdoses that day.“Envision this: You’ve got gangs selling this stuff on the streets; the cartel brings it here, and they filter it out to our gangs, on our streets and in our neighborhoods. So they are sitting at the kitchen table stuffing these gelcaps with whatever they want to put in them,” said Plummer.Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer at his office in Dayton, Ohio, on Aug. 3, 2017. (Benjamin Chasteen/The Epoch Times) Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer at his office in Dayton, Ohio, on Aug. 3, 2017. (Benjamin Chasteen/The Epoch Times) Seven years ago, there were 127 unintentional drug overdose deaths in Montgomery County. This year, the numbers are on track to hit 800, more than double the number last year.The synthetic opioids fentanyl and carfentanil are to blame for the spike. Starting in late 2013, several states reported surges in fentanyl overdoses. Between 2013 and 2014, there was a 79 percent increase in deaths related to synthetic opioids, according to the 2016 Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) heroin report.Now it’s hard to find heroin on the streets in the county—fentanyl is the new high. It was originally developed as a painkiller and an anesthetic, and is 50 to 100 times more potent than heroin. Two milligrams of fentanyl is a lethal dose for a non-opioid user.Carfentanil is less common but way more deadly; it is used as an elephant tranquilizer and is 10,000 times more powerful than morphine, according to the DEA. Even a few specks of airborne powder can be fatal.“Now they don’t want heroin anymore, now they want fentanyl, and so they’re climbing the ladder as to how potent the product is,” Plummer said. “A drug dealer gives somebody a dose of fentanyl or carfentanil, and they overdose and die, then all the addicts seek out that drug dealer because they want the next strongest product. It is a very bizarre addiction.”Montgomery County Deputy Sheriff Andy Teague, speaks with two people who had allegedly been using drugs inside an abandoned home in the Drexel neighborhood of Dayton, Ohio, on Aug. 3, 2017. (Benjamin Chasteen/The Epoch Times) Deputy Sheriff Andy Teague, speaks with two people who have allegedly been using drugs inside an abandoned home in Montgomery County, Ohio, on Aug. 3, 2017. (Benjamin Chasteen/The Epoch Times)Illicitly produced fentanyl is sold alone or in combination with heroin and other substances. It has also been identified in counterfeit pills, mimicking pharmaceutical drugs such as oxycodone, according to the DEA. In 2015, the agency issued a nationwide alert on fentanyl, designating it a threat to health and public safety.Related CoverageA Glimpse Into the Human Toll of Opioid AddictionBut it is still prescription painkillers, such as OxyContin and Vicodin, that are getting most people hooked in the first place. An estimated 2 million Americans are addicted to prescription painkillers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Eighty percent of heroin users initiated their substance abuse with prescription drugs—most often by obtaining pills through a friend or family member.Approximately 52 people in the United States die every day from overdosing on prescription painkillers, according to the CDC.Plummer said he saw the arc from prescription pills to illicit synthetic opioids happen over several years.A gelcap with powder residue, possibly fentanyl, found in a vehicle in Montgomery County, Ohio, on Aug. 3, 2017. (Charlotte Cuthbertson/The Epoch Times) A gelcap with powder residue, possibly fentanyl, found in a vehicle in Montgomery County, Ohio, on Aug. 3, 2017. (Charlotte Cuthbertson/The Epoch Times)“We didn’t know we had a pill problem. We then shut down some pill mills—where people could go see a doctor with no patient care and just walk out with a prescription they wanted for only $50 cash,” he said.“We didn’t know, with shutting those down, that we had that many addicts, and so of course they morph to heroin.”He called it a “perfect storm.”“The Mexican cartels then realize we are shutting the mills down, so they flood us with heroin. The heroin is really cheap; it’s only $6 for a gelcap,” Plummer said.“There is still a mixture of prescription drugs on the streets but they are very expensive and they can get heroin so much cheaper. So they all move to heroin … and then they’re chasing pure fentanyl, then carfentanil.”The largest population struck by the opioid crisis is white males between the ages of 31 and 39, “which should be your strong working class, not your strong addicted class,” said Plummer.DistributionFentanyl is being produced clandestinely in Mexico and also comes directly from China, according to the DEA. And Mexican heroin accounted for 79 percent of the total weight of heroin analyzed by the DEA in 2014.Plummer said Dayton has become a hub for opioid distribution.“It’s very, very different from the past. In the past, it would go to Columbus, or from Chicago to Dayton. And now it’s coming directly from Mexico to Dayton, Ohio,” he said. “We have highway 75 coming through our community and Interstate 70, two major interstates, so now they can come to Dayton, get on 70, then go east to New York or west to Chicago.”Plummer said dealers from neighboring Indiana travel to Dayton to buy the $6 gelcaps and then sell them for $20 a pop in Indiana.A man is searched by Montgomery County Deputy Sheriff Andy Teague for any drugs or paraphernalia in the Drexel neighborhood of Dayton, Ohio, on Aug. 3, 2017. (Benjamin Chasteen/The Epoch Times) A man is searched by Deputy Sheriff Andy Teague for any drugs or paraphernalia in Montgomery County, Ohio, on Aug. 3, 2017. (Benjamin Chasteen/The Epoch Times)In the past, the cartel would handle the dealing, car to car, but now they turn the work over to the local gangs, Plummer said. He said there are a lot of homegrown gangs in the area, such as the Dayton View Hustlers, as well as national gangs like the Crips and the Bloods.The Mexican cartels “bring up the large shipments, and the gangs distribute it on the streets, and the cartel collects the revenue and then takes it back to Mexico,” he said.Plummer said an estimated $65 million in drug money is going back to Mexico from his county annually.“And I can’t even afford a new police car because we are so strapped for finances,” he said, adding that besides the cartels, the only ones who benefit are the funeral homes.“You see, what these dealers are doing now is, they go to gas stations, and they will throw two to three gelcaps in your car, and these are called testers,” Plummer said. “Then they will toss their business card in there too, ‘Try these. If you like them, call me.’ So if you try one, you’re addicted, and they’ve got you.”That’s the street distribution.Law enforcement officials at the home of a man who was found dead from an apparent drug overdose in the Drexel neighborhood of Montgomery County, Ohio, on Aug. 3, 2017. (Benjamin Chasteen/The Epoch Times) Law enforcement officials at the home of a man who was found dead from an apparent drug overdose in Drexel, Montgomery County, Ohio, on Aug. 3, 2017. (Benjamin Chasteen/The Epoch Times)The other major distribution method is much more hidden and harder to intercept. It happens online over the darknet—which masks the user’s location and identity—and through the postal service. Addicts can purchase fentanyl and heroin on a website that can only be accessed using special software. The drugs then get shipped via FedEx or UPS directly to their doorstep.“We have only one postal inspector in this region, and he is in Kentucky, so there is a huge gap,” Plummer said. “We need more assets in all these hubs. We need dogs sniffing boxes.”An online darknet marketplace called AlphaBay was seized and taken down by the Department of Justice in July. The site hosted some 220,000 drug sale listings and was responsible for countless synthetic opioid overdoses, the DOJ said in a statement.Attorney General Jeff Sessions shared the story of Grant Seaver, who was a 13-year-old student in Utah. Seaver died after overdosing on a synthetic opioid that had been purchased by a classmate on AlphaBay.“The ability of these drugs to so instantaneously end these promising lives is a reminder to us all of just how incredibly dangerous these synthetic opioids are—especially when they are purchased anonymously from the darkest places on the internet,” Sessions said in a speech on July 20.* *SolutionsInstead of shoring up his resources to fight the tide of addiction overwhelming his county, Plummer has been forced to lay off officers due to budget constraints in recent years.“If I had 20 people to throw at this, I could have 24-hour, continual pressure on this problem, and we could change it,” Plummer said.He sees the solution as three-pronged: cutting off supply, treating addicts, and preventing the next generation from entering the cycle.“Unfortunately, America has become a pill society. If you have a headache, you take a pill. If you have a backache, you take a pill. We have to change the culture, and it is going to take a while. We didn’t get like this overnight, so it’s going to take a long time to educate folks,” Plummer said.He wants to see tougher measures against drug traffickers and believes the current administration is moving in the right direction.“The frustrating part is, we’re using Narcan to revive people and then they [cartels] send over stronger synthetic products that are now starting to defeat our Narcan. We are used to using two doses of Narcan to revive somebody, and now we are up to six. Our record is 46 doses of Narcan on one person to revive them. And that’s $50 a shot.”Narcan contains 4 milligrams of naloxone hydrochloride, which blocks the effects of opiates in the body. It is a nasal spray administered up the patient's nostril and the effects are often very quick. Subsequent doses can be administered every two to three minutes, depending on patient response. (PureRadiancePhoto/Shutterstock) Narcan contains 4 milligrams of naloxone hydrochloride, which blocks the effects of opioids in the body. It is a nasal spray administered up the patient’s nostril and the effects are often very quick. Subsequent doses can be administered every two to three minutes, depending on patient response. (PureRadiancePhoto/Shutterstock)The department conducts blitzes in cooperation with local police departments. Officers in unmarked cars watch locations like gas stations, which are common places for drug dealing.“We will watch the drug deal go down, then marked cars will come in and try to stop the dealer and the addicts,” he said. The locations are chosen based on overdose data and complaint calls.If someone dies from an overdose, the department’s HEAT (heroin eradication apprehension) team investigates the scene for evidence of who the dealer is.“If you die from that dealer’s product, we try to charge the dealer with involuntary manslaughter. We’ve had two or three cases that were successful already,” Plummer said.On the addict side, Plummer’s department has set up several initiatives to try to get people into treatment. Deputies, faith-based volunteers, and other volunteers will go to the home of an addict who has overdosed and required Narcan to be revived.“We go out in your neighborhood, knock on your door, and we educate your family on the dangers of the stuff and what kind of resources are out there for treatment,” he said.“Every Wednesday, they’re out knocking on the doors, like those 17 overdoses that we had? Wednesday, they will be out knocking on their doors, and they will drag you to treatment. It’s been pretty successful.”Local police and paramedics help a man who is overdosing in the Drexel neighborhood of Dayton, Ohio, on Aug. 3, 2017. (Benjamin Chasteen/The Epoch Times) Paramedics assist a man who has just been administered a dose of Narcan for an apparent opioid overdose in Montgomery County, Ohio, on Aug. 3, 2017. (Benjamin Chasteen/The Epoch Times)In 2013, Plummer said the department was getting calls from parents, saying, “My child’s addicted, and we have no place to take them, and they’re going to die.”So the Front Door program was launched, in which a deputy would go to pick up the addict.“We had agreements with treatment centers, so we would drive them right to the treatment center, no questions asked, start the treatment, and we would figure out how to pay for it later,” he said.“We need to treat these folks and keep them alive. We have to give them another day to fight for their lives,” he said.But there is always a new challenge.“The majority of our people dying now are individual addicts who are sneaking off and doing it by themselves, so there is nobody there to support them. We are finding them in their bathroom; they sneak in there and shoot up, out they go, and there is nobody there to find them,” Plummer said.“The addiction is so great, it’s hard to turn the addict around.”Federal SupportAt the federal level, President Donald Trump instructed his administration to use all “appropriate emergency and other authorities” to respond to the opioid epidemic, in an official statement on Aug. 10.The president was briefed two days prior by his Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis.“We’ve got a tremendous team of experts and people that want to beat this horrible situation that’s happened to our country,” Trump said on Aug. 8 in Bedminster, New Jersey.“We have no alternative. We have to win for our youth. We have to win for our young people. And, frankly, we have to win for a lot of other people, not necessarily young, that are totally addicted and have serious, serious problems.”President Donald Trump speaks with administration officials on the opioid addiction crisis at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., on August 8. (NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images) President Donald Trump speaks with administration officials on the opioid addiction crisis at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., on August 8. (NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)Attorney General Jeff Sessions traveled to Columbus, Ohio, on Aug. 2 to announce the creation of the Opioid Fraud and Abuse Detection Unit, a pilot program of the Department of Justice.The unit will delve into data that shows “which physicians are writing opioid prescriptions at a rate that far exceeds their peers; how many of a doctor’s patients died within 60 days of an opioid prescription; the average age of the patients receiving these prescriptions; pharmacies that are dispensing disproportionately large amounts of opioids; and regional hot spots for opioid issues,” Sessions said in a statement.Sessions is also assigning 12 prosecutors to investigate and prosecute opioid-related health care fraud cases in a dozen locations around the country, including Dayton, Ohio.Plummer attended the announcement by Sessions and said it was “very encouraging, because we have been experiencing this problem now for over four years and, finally, our federal government is realizing this is turning into an epidemic.”“It is good to know that the government is taking this seriously and they’re going to throw additional resources at this.”Get HelpIf you or someone you know needs help for an opioid addiction:Call the helpline: 1-800-662-HELP (4357)Get resources online: SAMHSA.gov  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share this article Show Discussion Share Follow Charlotte on Twitter: @charlottecuthbo An Addicted County and a Sheriff’s Cry for Help Opioid addiction is unrelenting in Ohio’s Montgomery County, but the sheriff’s resources are stretched too thin to make a dentBy Charlotte Cuthbertson August 23, 2017 Updated: October 6, 2017 US News Local police and paramedics help a man who is overdosing in the Drexel neighborhood of Dayton, Ohio, on Aug. 3, 2017. 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Childrens ClimateChange Suit Temporarily Halted

first_img Children’s Climate-Change Suit Temporarily Halted by Chief Justice Roberts By Matthew Vadum October 23, 2018 Updated: October 23, 2018 Share this article Show Discussion The sun rises over the United States Supreme Court on the morning of July 10, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Alex Edelman/Getty Images) US News Chief Justice John Roberts temporarily blocked the scheduled Oct. 29 start of the trial of an unusual lawsuit in Oregon, in which a group of young people is seeking a declaration that the Constitution requires the federal government to take action against climate change.A limited-government group praised the decision.“The Supreme Court is acknowledging what we have really known all along: this is a policy issue that belongs in the Halls of Congress, not the courts,” Frank Maisano of the Policy Resolution Group told The Daily Caller. U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts in the East Conference Room of the Supreme Court in Washington on June 1, 2017. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)center_img The legal proceeding, according to critics, is a political stunt aimed at raising public awareness of environmentalist groups’ controversial claim that the consumption of oil and other fossil fuels boosts the emission of greenhouse gases which in turn leads to changes in the earth’s climate that could prove catastrophic in the long term.If the lawsuit succeeds at trial, the government could be required to develop a far-reaching policy to crack down on the emission of greenhouse gases throughout multiple sectors of the economy, a move that could inflict long-lasting damage on the economy without necessarily having much, if any, impact on climate change.The government already has significant regulatory power to curtail pollution, including the emission of greenhouse gases, but the Trump administration doesn’t wish to gain additional regulatory power in this arena. In fact, President Donald Trump has been on a crusade to cut bureaucratic red tape at the government, in order to promote economic expansion and job growth.The Trump administration, and before it, the Obama administration, have tried to have the lawsuit dismissed. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit rejected a request in March by the Trump administration to throw out the case, saying such a move would be premature. The full Supreme Court itself was asked to review the case earlier this year, but declined to do so.The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Oregon on Aug. 12, 2015, by 21 young plaintiffs who then ranged in age from 10 to 21, is known as Juliana v. United States. In it, the plaintiffs claim the United States has known for more than 50 years that carbon dioxide “pollution from burning fossil fuels was causing global warming and dangerous climate change, and that continuing to burn fossil fuels would destabilize the climate system on which present and future generations of our nation depend for their well-being and survival.” A natural gas pump jack in Lost Hills, California on March 24, 2014. (David McNew/Getty Images) Despite knowing that the use of fossil fuels would “significantly endanger” the plaintiffs, the government continued allowing those fuels to be used and sources of the fuels to be developed, the legal complaint states.Specifically, the lawsuit singles out the Jordan Cove liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in Coos Bay, Oregon, which it claims “will significantly increase the harm” caused by fossil fuels and “enhances the cumulative danger caused” by the government’s actions protecting and promoting the use of fossil fuels.The plaintiffs want the court to declare that the government has “violated” and continues to violate the plaintiffs’ “fundamental constitutional rights to life, liberty, and property by causing dangerous [carbon dioxide] concentrations in the atmosphere and dangerous government interference with a stable climate system.” The plaintiffs are seeking an injunction preventing the government “from further violations of the Constitution underlying each claim for relief.”In a legal memorandum dated Oct. 19, Roberts ordered the beginning of the trial delayed, and temporarily halted the pre-trial fact-finding process, Bloomberg News reports. The chief justice gave plaintiffs until Oct. 24 to respond to the Trump administration’s emergency request, dated Oct. 18, to prevent the trial from moving forward.“We are confident once Chief Justice Roberts and the full court receive the youth plaintiffs’ response to defendants’ mischaracterization of their case, the trial will proceed,” said plaintiffs’ attorney Julia Olson. Share  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   last_img read more

Former Assistant Attorney General John Carlin L

first_imgFormer Assistant Attorney General John Carlin (L) and Assistant Attorney General John Demers appear in the panel “Dawn of the Code War” at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington on Jan. 15, 2019. (Jennifer Zeng/The Epoch Times) Share this article Share  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Show Discussioncenter_img WASHINGTON—The United States is at the beginning of an era of cyberwarfare with China and several other adversaries, and needs to take vigorous actions to fight and win this war, two Justice Department (DOJ) experts said.Referring to the national security threats in cyberspace the United States is facing, John Carlin, former assistant attorney general in the DOJ’s National Security Division, said: “We are at the beginning of this space. And we are still feeling out what red lines look like. But it’s begun.”John Demers, assistant attorney general, National Security Division, said: “There is a lot going on in this space. Just keep your eyes open. We are not talking about history. We are talking about the present and the future.”Carlin published the book “Dawn of the Code War” last October to discuss the rise of cyber threats from U.S. adversaries, and the strategies that have been developed to combat them. He and Demers appeared at a panel named after his book at the Center for Strategic and International Studies on Jan. 15.Demers shared some behind-the-scenes stories about some of the attacks.“What they are stealing is not national secrets. It is things like email telling the pricing for a solar company, so they could price dump, right below what that solar company could bear,” he said. “And then, to add insult to injury, after that solar company went bankrupt, and sued for unfair trade practices, they stole the whole litigation strategy out from under them.“And we put together an attachment showing when this activity happened. From 9 a.m. in the morning, until around noon, it spikes. It decreases from noon to 1 p.m.: lunch break. It increases again from 1 to 6 p.m. It decreases overnight, on weekends, and on Chinese holidays.“So the former prosecutor and I would say, ‘Circumstantial evidence: This is coming from China.’ ”Demers said that in the last eight years, 90 percent of the DOJ’s cases alleging economic espionage involve China.“There is an international norm, that is, the intelligence agencies [of] countries do not steal commercial and intellectual property. Period. We don’t do it.“The reason I know that there is an international norm is that in the last eight years, 90 percent of the economic espionage cases we have charged involved one country, and that’s China. Which means the rest of the world isn’t doing it, either,” Demers said.In a Senate hearing on “China’s Non-Traditional Espionage Against the United States: The Threat and Potential Policy Responses” in December, the People’s Republic of China was named as the greatest threat to U.S. economy and national security.General Keith Alexander called China’s estimated gains from economic espionage of up to $600 billion, “the greatest transfer of wealth in history.”Indictments and SanctionsBoth Carlin and Demers said that, given the credibility of the U.S. justice system, indictment is a very good tool to tackle the problem, as it will let the American public know how serious the “code war” is.Another good tool is sanctions.Carlin said, “Another tool that I think is not being used enough, which was signed into effect under an executive order by President [Barack] Obama, and is being signed again with the same declaration of economic emergency by President [Donald] Trump, is the executive order that allows the sanctioning not just on the cyber actors who steal information, but on the companies who benefit from the stolen secrets.”On April 1, 2015, Obama signed an executive order “Blocking the Property of Certain Persons Engaging in Significant Malicious Cyber-Enabled Activities,” authorizing targeted sanctions against individuals or entities whose actions in cyberspace result in significant threats to the national security, foreign policy, economic health, or financial stability of the United States.In 2015, Obama and Chinese leader Xi Jinping reached an agreement, in which “the United States and China agree that neither country’s government will conduct or knowingly support cyber-enabled theft of intellectual property, including trade secrets or other confidential business information, with the intent of providing competitive advantages to companies or commercial sectors.”However, Demers said that it was very frustrating that instead of abiding by the agreement, “some countries are providing a safe harbor, at best, to criminals, and worse, are working with those criminals.”On Dec. 20, 2018, the United States charged two Chinese hackers associated with the Ministry of State Security in China with an extensive global computer-intrusion campaign carried out over more than a decade.Demers said the significance of the case was that it was the first indictment against Chinese hackers after the Obama–Xi cyber agreement.Demers said he hopes the indictment could lay a foundation for later groundwork for other agencies, so they could use their authority to shine a spotlight on this. It could also help members of Congress become aware of these activities. US News Experts: US Must Be Ready for Cyberwar By Jennifer Zeng January 17, 2019 Updated: January 17, 2019last_img read more

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first_imgThe stage for the Republican presidential debate, hosted by CNN, at The Venetian hotel in Las Vegas, Nev., on Dec. 15, 2015. (L.E. Baskow/AFP/Getty Images)  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share Review of Russia Investigation Coverage Reveals Lineup of False News By Petr Svab March 26, 2019 Updated: March 27, 2019 With special counsel Robert Mueller wrapping up his probe and recommending no further charges, legacy media’s breathless coverage of the theory that Donald Trump colluded with Russia to usurp the presidency suffered a gut punch.On the nightly newscasts of just three broadcast networks—ABC, CBS, and NBC—a combined 2,284 minutes of “collusion” coverage has aired since Jan. 20, 2017, the Media Research Center reported. That doesn’t include the thousands upon thousands of articles published by legacy press outlets and the avalanche of coverage on cable networks.The coverage has been marked with embarrassing mistakes and false reports, such as those repeatedly promising a smoking gun on the collusion theory, only to be debunked or later retracted.Comey Will ‘Refute’ Trump?A day before former FBI Director James Comey testified to Congress on June 8, 2017, CNN ran a story that claimed that Comey was “expected to refute Trump” and to “dispute … Trump’s interpretation of their conversations.”Trump said that Comey had repeatedly assured him that he was not under investigation. But CNN reported that three “sources familiar with Comey’s thinking” had said Comey was going to explain that he had not given the president any such clear assurance.The next day, under oath, Comey said, “I offered that assurance.” 3 Resign at CNNJust a few weeks later on June 26, 2017, CNN reporter Thomas Frank, editor Eric Lichtblau, and executive editor Lex Haris resigned over their involvement in a debunked story about Trump’s then-adviser Anthony Scaramucci. The story claimed, among other issues, that the Treasury was looking into whether Scaramucci discussed lifting sanctions at a meeting with a Russian banker during the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, four days before Trump’s inauguration. CNN eventually deleted the story and apologized to Scaramucci.Neither ‘Donations’ nor ‘Donor’On Aug. 31, 2017, NBC News claimed that “Paul Manafort’s notes from a controversial Trump Tower meeting with Russians during the 2016 presidential campaign included the word ‘donations,’ near a reference to the Republican National Committee,” according to “two sources briefed on the evidence.”Manafort shortly served as Trump’s campaign manager and was recently sentenced for crimes probed by Mueller but unrelated to the campaign or the “collusion” allegations.NBC News edited its story by the next day to say that Manafort’s notes actually only included the word “donor,” according to one of its sources. But “government officials and others who have looked at the notes” told Politico that not even the word “donor” appeared in the notes, which were “not seen as damaging to the Trump family or campaign officials.”Republicans Paid for the Dossier?Multiple journalists made the erroneous claim that Republicans initially paid for the infamous Steele dossier, a collection of unsubstantiated claims about alleged Trump–Russia collusion. Some Trump opponents on the Republican side indeed hired the same opposition research firm, Fusion GPS, to dig up information on Trump. But they withdrew the funding before the firm hired Steele for the job.It was actually the Democrats and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton who paid for the dossier.Ross Versus DowOn Dec. 1, 2017, ABC News’s Brian Ross said on air that Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn was “prepared to testify that President Trump, as a candidate … ordered him to make contact with the Russians, which contradicts all that Donald Trump has said at this point.”Shortly after, the stock market tumbled with the Dow Jones Industrial Average losing 350 points before recovering some.Yet hours later, Ross came back with a “clarification”: Trump only asked Flynn to contact the Russians after he was elected. Indeed, it was Flynn’s job during the transition to contact representatives of foreign governments to lay down the diplomatic groundwork for the incoming administration.Ross was suspended for the gaffe and later left the network.Trump Jr. Knew—Just Like Everybody ElseJust a week later, CNN extensively covered a bombshell revelation: Donald Trump Jr. was given early access on Sept. 4, 2016, to the emails of former Secretary of State Colin Powell allegedly hacked by the Russians. Yet shortly after, multiple media reported that the supposedly incriminating message Trump Jr. received granting him access to the emails was actually sent on Sept. 14—a day after the emails were released publicly.Call to White House Tapped?On May 3, 2018, NBC News reported that federal investigators had, for weeks, wiretapped the phone lines of Trump’s then-lawyer Michael Cohen, “according to multiple senior officials and individuals with knowledge of the legal proceedings involving Cohen.” The story even stated that at least one call with the White House was intercepted. The claim was significant because wiretaps must be approved by a federal judge and require proof of an ongoing crime, said NBC News’s own analyst, Former U.S. Attorney Chuck Rosenberg, in the original article.But later that day, NBC News issued a correction and rewrote the story, saying that the investigators had looked at the log of who called or were called from Cohen’s lines rather than wiretapped them (listened to the calls themselves). The correction came after three senior U.S. officials disputed the original story, the correction stated.BuzzFeed RebuttedOn Jan. 18, BuzzFeed reported that Mueller’s office had learned about Trump instructing Cohen to lie to Congress. “Cohen then acknowledged those instructions during his interviews with that office,” the report stated.Yet, in a rare move, the Mueller office rebutted the report.“BuzzFeed’s description of specific statements to the special counsel’s office, and characterization of documents and testimony obtained by this office, regarding Michael Cohen’s congressional testimony are not accurate,” the office’s spokesman Peter Carr said in a statement.The reporters behind the story, Jason Leopold and Anthony Cormier, still tried to defend the story, giving somewhat diverging details on whether they had actually seen the underlying documents they claimed as one of their sources.But The New York Times and The Washington Post, citing anonymous sources, reported that the Mueller statement was meant as a full rebuttal of the core claims of the BuzzFeed story. 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