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Govt awaits public submissions

first_imgMinisterial Code of Conduct– only 1 response submitted – PMThe office of the Integrity Commission is again inviting members of the public to submit comments on the draft Code of Conduct for all Ministers of Government, Members of the National Assembly and public office holders.Speaking with the media on Monday, Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo said even with an extension granted for submissions to be made, Government has so far only received one submission and that was from the Guyana Bar Association.“The Code of Conduct would go through an exercise of an advertisement for further submission. We have received only one submission in terms of contribution and that is from the Guyana Bar Association. Though Government had put out an article that it is opened for submissions, we have not received any submissions as yet,” Nagamootoo told Journalists on Monday.The call for the swift enforcement of the Ministerial Code of Conduct became more pronounced, following the public debate about the appointment of businessman and Contractor Brian “BK” Tiwari as an adviser on business development to Minister of State Joseph Harmon.According to Nagamootoo, the time frame will also be set for submissions. He said Government was also seeking to solicit best practices from other Caribbean countries.“I have already asked for copies of integrity legislation from Trinidad and we are looking how to merge the Code of Conduct with the integrity legislation… integrity legislation would demand requirement of someone who holds public office and the Code of Conduct is setting either a higher or lower standard,” he assured.As it is now, Nagamootoo said, “We will have to wait, I believe not later than six weeks for the submissions to be made.”ContractionAt the beginning of March, Government had said that it was extending the countrywide consultation on the subject, opening opportunities for civil society to give its extensive input on the way forward. However, the Prime Minister is contradicting what Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman, who in his capacity as Governance Minister on November 5, 2016 had said. Trotman at a post-Cabinet media briefing had disclosed that the Guyana Human Rights Association (GHRA) sent their feedback and that Government is in the process of reviewing those suggestions.“We are trying to see how we can incorporate those comments,” Trotman said.Red Thread on January 5, also offered its input into the Code of Conduct. Executive Member of Red Thread, Karen De Souza had said that the Code of Conduct should have included the dismissal of persons if faced with enough evidence.According to the Ministry of the Presidency, the purpose of the Code of Conduct is to assist Ministers and Members of Parliament (MPs) and public office holders in the discharge of their obligations to their constituents and the public at large.It provides guidance on the values – the moral qualities – that should govern the conduct of Ministers and MPs in discharging their parliamentary and public duties. It is also meant to reinforce public confidence in the way in which Ministers and public office holders perform those duties.Ministers, by virtue of the oath or affirmation of allegiance taken when they are elected, have a duty to be faithful and bear true allegiance to the Cooperative Republic of Guyana, according to law.Public office holders are duty-bound by this Code in all aspects of their public life. This Code does not seek to regulate the conduct of public office holders in their private and personal lives.Public office holders have a duty to uphold the law, including the general law against discrimination and sexual harassment, and to act with propriety on all occasions in accordance with the public trust and confidence placed in them.Public office holders have a general duty to act in the interests of the nation as a whole and owe a special duty of care to their constituents, and citizens.The Code of Conduct says that the acceptance of gifts and other forms of rewards worth more than $10,000 by Ministers, MPs and other public office holders in their official capacity shall be reported to the Integrity Commission. Ministers, MPs and public office holders should consider declining such gratuities if the acceptance of same could be perceived to have an effect on their objectivity and lead to complaints of bias or impropriety.The Code of Conduct lays out that Ministers, MPs and public office holders should also avoid using their official position or transmitting any information made available to them in the course of their duties to benefit themselves, their relations or any other individuals with whom they are associated. They should avoid compromising themselves or their office and any action which may lead to an actual or perceived conflict of interest. Failure to avoid or declare any conflict of interest may give rise to criticism of favouritism, abuse of authority or even allegations of corruption.last_img read more

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Williams gets his state title

first_imgHe accomplished his mission Saturday night by winning the 112-pound class during the CIF state wrestling championships at Rabobank Arena. He is the first South Hills competitor to score a state title since Jeremiah Miller pulled the trick at 171 pounds in 1992. BAKERSFIELD – Losing usually is thought of as a bad thing in competitive athletics. But for South Hills High School wrestler Thomas Williams, a setback earlier this season provided the necessary motivation to win a CIF state individual title. “It feels awesome (to win a state title). I worked my whole life for this.” Williams was one of six area wrestlers to place. Also scoring top-eight medals were San Dimas Angel Garcia (third at 119), West Covina’s A.J. Guardado (seventh at 135) and George Munoz (fifth at 152), Northview’s Steve De La Fuente (seventh at 140) and Rosemead’s Anthony Gonzalez (sixth at heavyweight). Garcia, who was 6-1 for the tournament, followed up a loss in the semifinals on Saturday by earning third place with wins over Poway’s Mike Hernandez and Silver Creek’s Andre Gonzalez. “It’s great,” Garcia said. “I just can’t believe it. It’s a nice feeling. You train the whole year to get ready for this tournament and give your best. That’s what I did. I gave my best.” Garcia, who went 4-0 on Friday to advance to the semifinals, saw his quest at a state title end with a tough 9-5 loss to Santa Ana Calvary Chapel’s Jason Lara. He took an early 2-0 lead in the match, but Lara came back with a pair of takedowns for a 6-3 lead before getting a third in the final period to win, 9-5. “I was down (after losing in the semifinals),” Garcia said. “But I was able recoup and had to go after it. “I lost (in the semifinals), but its a good accomplishment to lose and then come back and finish third.” Munoz also came up big in recovering from a loss in the quarterfinals on Friday to go 3-1 on Saturday and take fifth place. It’s the second time in three years that a West Covina wrestler has placed at the state championships in the past three seasons. The Bulldogs’ Guardado took seventh at 135 by winning two of three matches on Saturday. He beat Simi Valley’s Mike Murphy in the fifth consolation round before losing, 10-1, to Madera’s Johny Rios in the third-place quarterfinals. He rebounded to score an 11-5 win over Natomas’ Jerin Miller in the seventh-place match. Northview’s De La Fuente, who brought an undefeated record and a top ranking into this weekend’s event, fought back from a loss in the second round on Friday to finish seventh at 140. The day was not very kind to Rosemead’s Anthony Gonzalez, who after winning four matches on Friday to earn a spot in the semifinals, went 0-3 on the final day to finish sixth. Three area wrestlers – West Covina’s Taylor Louie (103), Bishop Amat’s Steven Espindola (112) and Diamond Bar’s Marcus Johnson (215) – lost in the morning and failed to qualify for a medal. steve.ramirez@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3061 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img “That loss (at the CIF-Southern Section Coastal Division championships) changed my whole outlook,” said Williams, who finished the season 52-1. “I probably wouldn’t have won here tonight if I didn’t lose that match. “It really made me re-focus and really look at my goals hard.” The No. 1 goal was to win the state title, which he came close to winning last season at 103 pounds. He got the job done this time by first scoring a 4-2 decision over Bakersfield’s Nektoe Demison in the semifinals before winning 5-2 over Pleasanton Foothill’s Kellen Aura in the finals. Williams took the lead with a takedown at 1:02 of the second period. Aura used an escape to cut the deficit to 2-1 late in the period before Williams countered with an escape and a takedown in the third to win, 5-2. “I couldn’t do anything (early in the match),” Williams said. “But he started to wear down near the end, and I was able to get the takedown. last_img read more

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Manchester United v Manchester City: Which club is bigger? Find out here

first_img1 Pep Guardiola’s appointment as Manchester City manager was further confirmation that not only have Manchester United fallen behind in Europe and the Premier League, but they are also being overshadowed by their local rivals.Make no mistake, City’s ability to attract the most sought-after manager in world football, at a time when United are soul searching about their own coach, has sent shockwaves from the Etihad Stadium across to Old Trafford.Since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson in 2013, United have struggled in vain to move on from the legacy of British football’s most successful manager.Meanwhile, City have claimed another Premier League title and are many people’s favourites to land the 2016 trophy, as they push for honours on four fronts.So, which club is currently the biggest in Manchester?Vote here… Manchester United v Manchester City last_img read more

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SOCCER NEWS: LAGAN HARPS U16 GIRLS FACE SALTHILL DEVON IN NATIONAL CUP COMPETITION

first_imgLagan Harps FC News: Our matchs at the weekend were all called off due to the bad weather. Our u/16 girls are scheduled to play Salthill Devon in the National cup next Sunday.The venue will probably depend on the weather. We have three girls, Ciana Brogan, Zoe Green and Ciara Walshe in the Irish u/16 squad playing in Dundalk this Tuesday night. In our weekly lotto the numbers drawn were 2,5,16 and 19, Ross Hamlyn had three numbers and wonE50. Next weeks jackpot is E5,000. The club was saddened to hear of the sudden death of Drumkeen’s Tom Bonner.Tom was a great football man and was serving on the Ulster Fa and the Donegal Schoolboys committees as well as doing trojan work for Drumkeen Utd.He will be greatly missed. The club also extends sympathy to the Wallace family Bridgend on their recent bereavement.Raymochy Parish Church Fundraiser. An Easy Listening Country and Gospel Evening is being held in the church on Sunday 25th January atSOCCER NEWS: LAGAN HARPS U16 GIRLS FACE SALTHILL DEVON IN NATIONAL CUP COMPETITION was last modified: January 12th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Lagan Harps FCNoticessoccerSportlast_img read more

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BATTLING ROVERS COME FROM BEHIND TO KEEP FAI SENIOR CUP DREAM ALIVE

first_imgThe Letterkenny Rovers team which played Portmarnock in Dublin today.A battling Letterkenny Rovers side earned themselves a draw in the FAI Senior Cup today against Portmarnock.The performance, which saw Rovers come from behind, now means that Eamon McConigley’s side will play the Dublin outfit again in two weeks time at Leckview Park.It all leads to a heck tic schedule for Rovesr who will play Cork outfit Ringmahon in the replay of their FAI Intermediate Cup semi-final fixture this Sunday, also at Leckview Park. On a very blustery day, Rovers fell behind after just nine minutes today when Chris Burgess put Portmarnock ahead.But Rovers settled themselves after a nervy first 20 minutes and began to get into the game.In the 63rd minute Darren McElwaine dragged his side back into the game with a well-taken goal to make it 1-1.The clever money was on Rovers at this stage but disaster struck when former Finn Harps player Tommy Bonner was sent of just three minutes after the equaliser. The sending-off put Rovers on the back foot and despite trying to snatch a winner, the Dublin side soaked up the pressure and used the extra man well.Eamon McConigley will be happy that his side showed great fighting spirit and will be relishing two big games in just a week of eachother. BATTLING ROVERS COME FROM BEHIND TO KEEP FAI SENIOR CUP DREAM ALIVE was last modified: April 10th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Things to Do

first_img Saugus High School Dance Team will present its annual Festival of Dance, 7 p.m. Saturday in the Hart High auditorium, 24825 N. Newhall Ave., Newhall. Tickets: $10-$15. Call (661) 296-8005. Grateful Dudes perform bluegrass music, 7:30-10:30 p.m. every Saturday at Vincenzo’s, 24504 1/2 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6733. Run Against Hunger 5K run and walk will benefit the Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry, 8 a.m. Sunday at Newhall Park, 24907 Newhall Ave., Newhall. Call Laura Morefield at (661) 255-9078. Gallery of Gifts Boutique and Tea will benefit the Assistance League of Santa Clarita, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at the Hyatt Valencia, 24500 Town Center Drive, Valencia. Tea: $25. The boutique is free. Call Chris Richardson at (661) 510-9226. Innerlimits will perform classic 1960s rock tunes, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday at the Santa Clarita Open Air Market at Saugus Speedway, 22500 Soledad Canyon Road, Saugus. Admission to the market: $1.50 for adults; children 11 and under are free. Call (661) 259-3886. Santa Clarita Symphony will present an Afternoon of Strings concert, 3 p.m. Sunday at the Vital Express Center for the Performing Arts at College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Tickets: $20-$40. Call (661) 362-5304 or visit www.vitalexpresscenter.com. To submit an event for the Things To Do calendar, contact Sharon Cotal two weeks prior to the event at (661) 257-5256, fax her at (661) 257-5262, e-mail her at sharon.cotal@dailynews.com or write to her at 24800 Avenue Rockefeller, Valencia, CA 91355. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Newhall Art Walk will feature original works of art displayed in retail stores along San Fernando Road in Old Town Newhall through Monday. Call (661) 286-4018. U.S. Air Force Band of the Golden West will perform a free concert, 7:30 p.m. today at the Vital Express Center for the Performing Arts at College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Call (661) 362-5304 or visit www.vitalexpresscenter.com. Tip-A-Cop fundraiser for the SCV Special Olympics, 5-9 p.m. Thursday at Black Angus Steakhouse, 27007 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-2121. The Bug Man will share his creepy, crawly critters, 3:30 p.m. Thursday at the Canyon Country Jo Anne Darcy Library, 18601 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Call (661) 251-2720. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “Frankenstein” will be presented, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $10-$13 for adults and $8-$10 for students and seniors. Call (661) 799-2702. Radio will perform, 9 p.m. Friday at Doc’s Inn, 23912 Lyons Avenue, Newhall. Call (661) 254-1651 or visit www.radioband.net. Steve Mittleman and QueVaughn Bryant will perform, 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday at J.R.’s Comedy Club located inside Marie Callender’s at 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Cost: $12, or $22.99 for the dinner show. Call (661) 259-2291. Family Nature Walk, 11 a.m.-noon, and an animal presentation, 1-2 p.m., every Saturday at Placerita Canyon Park and Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. “I Sincerely Doubt That This Old House is Very Haunted” will be presented, 2 p.m. Saturday and 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $10-$13 for adults and $8-$10 for students and seniors. Call (661) 799-2702. last_img read more

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Wendell Scores 24 Points To Lead Drake Women’s Basketball Past SIU, 75-59

first_imgStory Links Photo Gallery (BC) Full Schedule Roster Drake returns to the road on Jan. 13 at Bradley with a 7 p.m. tipoff in Peoria, Ill. The contest will be broadcast on The Valley on ESPN3 and on the radio on ESPN Des Moines 1350-AM. Print Friendly Version HTML Box Score Hittner and sophomore Sammie Bachrodt (Wichita, Kan.) each had seven points while senior Caitlin Ingle (Runnells, Iowa) just missed double digits with eight points. Ingle also recorded a game-high six assists and a career-high six steals.  Next Game: Photo Gallery Live Stats 1350 ESPN DES MOINES THE VALLEY ON ESPN3 Listen Live Watch Live Southern Illinois was led by Carlie Corrigan with 14 points followed by Rishonda Napier and Kylie Giebelhausen who each had 12. Nicole Martin had a game-high eight rebounds. The Salukis shot 9-of-17 from beyond the arc in the first half, led by Corrigan’s four. Drake held Southern Illinois to only one three-pointer in the third and fourth quarters. The Bulldogs held their largest lead of 22 points early in the fourth quarter.center_img at Bradley 1/13/2017 – 7 PM Drake (11-4, 4-0 MVC) shot 30-of-59 from the floor, including 9-of-14 in the third quarter. The Bulldogs held just a three-point lead of 38-35 at halftime, but limited Southern Illinois (7-8, 1-3 MVC) to just seven points in the quarter to seize control of the game and help win their fifth-straight game.    Preview PDF Box Score Redshirt sophomore Becca Jonas (Independence, Mo.) added 13 points followed by freshman Brenni Rose (Shawnee, Kan.) with 11. Rose nabbed five rebounds and fellow freshman Becca Hittner (Des Moines, Iowa) pulled down a team-high six. Senior Lizzy Wendell (Blue Springs, Mo.) scored a game-high 24 points on 9-of-18 shooting and added three assists and two steals. It’s Wendell’s fourth-straight game and the 57th in her career, scoring more than 20 points in a game. The Bulldogs dominated the paint with a 40-10 scoring advantage and forced 21 SIU turnovers that led to 19 points. DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake women’s basketball team knocked off Southern Illinois, 75-59, Sunday, Jan. 8 night in Missouri Valley Conference play at the Knapp Center.  last_img read more

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DONEGAL MAN DR TOM McGINLEY AWARDED FREEDOM OF DERRY

first_imgMayor Reilly awards Dr Tom McGinley his award surrounded by family and friends.Derry City Council has conferred the Freedom of the City on Gaoth Dobhair native Dr. Tom McGinley of the Foyle Hospice at a private ceremony in the Guildhall.Mayor Cllr Martin Reilly, who officiated at the ceremony, which was attended by Dr. McGinley’s family, said he felt very privileged to confer the special honour on Dr McGinley and formally acknowledge the significant role he has played to benefit the people of the city and wider North West region. Paying tribute to Dr McGinley, Mayor Reilly said: “Dr Tom McGinley has over the years made a huge contribution to the lives of many people in this city across the wider North West area.“The establishment of the Foyle Hospice and his contribution to patients with cancer and other illnesses and their families has been phenomenal and I think it is a fitting tribute to him that he has been honoured in this way.“I would like to extend my congratulations to him on behalf of the people of the city.”Following a Special Council meeting last September, members of Derry City Council unanimously agreed to confer the special honour on Dr. McGinley. The last time the honour was awarded was when Nobel Laureate John Hume was given the Freedom of the City in 2000. DONEGAL MAN DR TOM McGINLEY AWARDED FREEDOM OF DERRY was last modified: April 30th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:City of DerrydonegalDr Tom McGinleyGaoth Dobhairlast_img read more

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FORGET THE TWIN CAM YOU’LL BE ‘DIFFING’ TO THE SOUNDS OF THE ‘KID CAM’ AT VOODOO VENUE

first_imgAll at Voodoo Venue are delighted that Jim Mc Guinness and his fantastic team have made it into the All Ireland Final.Recognized as the main ENTERTAINMENT HQ for the North West, Voodoo Venue Letterkenny really has everything to offer this weekend.There is a super line-up of entertainment for people of all genres to enjoy. Friday we welcome back the great band Project 37 from 11pm to 1am followed by DJ Kevin Lennon till late, he loves music, what you request WILL BE PLAYED.Voodoo Venue also presents DJ Paddy Friel in Main Club from 11.30pm admission €5 with a free cocktail to all ladies before 12.30 am.SATURDAY in Voodoo Lounge it’s one of the best bands local bands The Humble Earth Worms with lead singer Paul Ward.Club Voodoo presents DJ Philip McEnvoy all the way from Newry, he will be spinning his tunes on the main floor of Voodoo Club. And if you wanna feel like you haven’t left your sitting room Vintage presents special DJ’s Kaidi Tatham and Kwa Kid Cam, from Donegal but his music is truly international.He has been playing records across Ireland and the UK for over 15 years and has just been snapped up to represent Bounce at this year’s Electric Picnic.Supporting the likes of Dom Servini (Wah Wah 45s), Pete Isaac (Jelly Jazz), Kaidi Tatham (Bugz In The Attic), Spiritual South Sound System and Australia’s No.1 live funk band ‘The Bamboos’ Kid Cam is very much about getting moods and maintaining dance floor energy.Specialising in Dancefloor rockin’ Funk, Soul and Reggae, spiced up with the best of Nu-Funk, Breaks, Beats, Latin, Hip Hop, Drum & Bass all for the benefit of the dance floor.If you want to book a table contact the Facebook page, email emermcglynn@hotmail.com or text Emer on 0868696943 Vintage is open from 9pm and is FREE until 11pm.Sunday we have Honky Tonk Heros in Voodoo lounge from 5pm with Rack House Phlifer on stage from 10.30pm.Voodoo Venue -something for everyone this weekend check or Facebook for special promos and dealsHave you all checked out our new Guestlist/Cheaplist app called Glistrr. Simply go to the following link to get into Club Voodoo cheaper every Tuesday/ Friday or Saturday http://glist.me/voodooFORGET THE TWIN CAM YOU’LL BE ‘DIFFING’ TO THE SOUNDS OF THE ‘KID CAM’ AT VOODOO VENUE was last modified: September 5th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:EnertainmentFeaturesnewsVoodoo Venuelast_img read more

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Super 8: Allan Okello stars as KCCA FC defeat Onduparaka to set up final with Vipers SC

first_imgOkello (right) celebrates after scoring one of his two goals against Onduparaka FC.Pilsner Super 8KCCA FC 3-1 Onduparaka FCAllan Okello scored in either half of the game as KCCA defeated Onduparaka 3-1 to reach the Pilsner Super 8 finals in a match played at StarTimes Stadium Lugogo.Teenager Ramathan Musa scored the fist goal for KCCA in the 4th minute to give them an early lead.Later on as the first half was coming to an end young star Okello made it two to the Kasasiro.In the 19th minutes Ceaser Okhuti ‘s header was saved by KCCA goalie Jamal Malyamungu in what was arguably the visitors best chance in the opening exchanges.Onduparaka made an early substitution when they replaced Saddam Norman with Joel Jangeyambe in the 26th minute.KCCA gaffer Mike Mutebi gave chance to the new club signing Simon Serunkuma, John Revita and Erisa Sekisambu.On their debut they played to impress especially Simon Serunkuma who assisted Allan Okello’s goals.The crowd was cheering for John Revita who was comfortable in defence.In the second stanza Onduparaka scored a consolation through substitute Bheto Bashir and his goal was assisted by Okhuti in the 52th minute.The caterpillars who are now coached by Livingstone Mbabazi dominated the second half though they weren’t lucky enough to score more goals.Speaking to the press after the match Coach Mike Mutebi said that this match was very important and it gave them a good test ahead of their CAF game.“This game was very important to us and it gave us a good test ahead of our second leg match against African Stars.” Said Mutebi.Sadiq Sempigi onduparaka assistant coach said that the boys didn’t utilise there chances well though they made them.“We made the chances but didn’t utilise them like our opponents did.” Said Sempigi.Allan Okello won named the Pilsner man of the match award.KCCA will play Vipers SC who edged Mbarara city in finals on a date to be communicated.Comments Tags: allan okelloKCCA FConduparaka fcPilsner Super 8Ramadhan Musalast_img read more

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Darwin vs. the Fossils

first_imgWhat could be more iconic to evolution than dinosaurs and the horse series?  Museums often display skeletons of these animals as proof of evolution.  The real story told in scientific papers is often very different.  Two recent studies present major, serious challenges to Darwin’s theory.Horse series:  The old straight-line chart of horse evolution from a small dog-like animal to the modern thoroughbred is out.  Othniel Charles Marsh and Thomas Henry Huxley in the 1870s were possessed of a vision of straight-line evolution known as orthogenesis.  The iconic series presented in museums and textbooks has long been known to be erroneous.  Most evolutionists today realize that Darwin’s theory does not call for a single progressive line of descent, but rather a branching tree or bush.  Still, if Darwin’s theory is true, gradualism should prevail, with numerous intermediate forms progressing from ancestors to descendents.  Darwin himself taught that “Natural selection acts only by taking advantage of slight successive variations; she can never take a great and sudden leap.”  Then came a paper in PNAS this week.1    A team of 22 international researchers led by Ludovic Orlando of the University of Lyon in France did one of the first-ever comprehensive comparisons of ancient DNA (aDNA) from fossil equids (including horses, donkeys and zebras).  These specimens came from 4 continents.  The results were so shocking, they call for an almost complete overhaul of the horse series.  For one thing, they concluded that many specimens relegated to separate species are actually variations on the same species.  For another, they found that for evolution to be true there had to be sudden bursts of diversification – Cambrian-like explosions within the horse family – contrary to Darwin’s prohibition of great and sudden leaps.  Here’s how they began:The rich fossil record of the family Equidae (Mammalia: Perissodactyla) over the past 55 MY has made it an icon for the patterns and processes of macroevolution.  Despite this, many aspects of equid phylogenetic relationships and taxonomy remain unresolved.  Recent genetic analyses of extinct equids have revealed unexpected evolutionary patterns and a need for major revisions at the generic, subgeneric, and species levels.  To investigate this issue we examine 35 ancient equid specimens from four geographic regions (South America, Europe, Southwest Asia, and South Africa), of which 22 delivered 87?688 bp of reproducible aDNA mitochondrial sequence.  Phylogenetic analyses support a major revision of the recent evolutionary history of equids and reveal two new species, a South American hippidion and a descendant of a basal lineage potentially related to Middle Pleistocene equids.  Sequences from specimens assigned to the giant extinct Cape zebra, Equus capensis, formed a separate clade within the modern plain zebra species, a phenotypicically [sic] plastic group that also included the extinct quagga.  In addition, we revise the currently recognized extinction times for two hemione-related equid groups.  However, it is apparent that the current dataset cannot solve all of the taxonomic and phylogenetic questions relevant to the evolution of Equus.  In light of these findings, we propose a rapid DNA barcoding approach to evaluate the taxonomic status of the many Late Pleistocene fossil Equidae species that have been described from purely morphological analyses.What they are saying is that the horse series had been built on morphological analyses – comparing the outward features of skeletons.  The molecular data they studied (ancient DNA) doesn’t match up.  They spoke of “explosive diversification” twice in the introduction, and then “rapid radiation” once for horses and another time for elephants and bears.  The only time they mentioned “gradual” was to debunk it: “The original linear model of gradual modification of fox-sized animals (Hyracothere horses) to the modern forms has been replaced by a more complex tree, showing periods of explosive diversification and branch extinctions over 55 MY” [million years].  Similarly, the only instance of the word “transition” connotes another bang: “The end of the Early Miocene (15?20 MYA) marks a particularly important transition, separating an initial phase of small leafy browsers from a second phase of more diverse animals, exhibiting tremendous body-size plasticity and modifications in tooth morphology.  This explosive diversification has been accompanied by several stages of geographic extension from North America to the rest of the New and Old Worlds.”  What this means is that these animals appeared in the fossil record suddenly without the gradual transitions Darwin expected, then appeared quickly all over the world.    They tried nonetheless to put the data into an evolutionary tree.  What resulted was confusion, disjunction, and irresolution.  Sample quote: “The lack of resolution is complicated by the short divergence time among caballines and New World horses (circa 0.5 MY; nodes A and B/B1/B2; Table S4) and the lack of a close outgroup, as has been noted with mammoths (30, 31).  When the rhino was used as an outgroup, the data were RY coded to reduce possible mutation saturation artifacts resulting from this the deep divergence (55 MYA), but this removed support for most nodes.”  Not only that, their best fit was at odds with previous theories.  This quote gives the feel of their frustration:According to our molecular dating estimates, the different equid lineages (hippidiforms, NWSL, caballines, and noncaballines) originated 3.7?4.3 MYA (95% confidence range: 2.8?6.2 MYA; Table S4).  This directly contrasts with classical palaeontological models of hippidiform origins as descendants of the Pliohippines (divergence time with the Equus lineage ~10 MYA) (19) or as a lineage diverging from a (Dinohippus, Astrohippus, and Equus) clade ~7?8 MYA (32), and considerably reduces the time gap between the supposed divergence of the hippidiform lineages and their first appearance in the fossil record 2.5 MYA (20).They had to leave resolution of these and other problems to future research.  Here’s one of their main take-home lessons: paleontologists have been too quick to split specimens into different groups.  The DNA data are showing that equids that appear morphologically different are really just variations of the same kinds.  Their final paragraph showed that their bombshell discovery could have impacts on many other evolutionary trees – including those of human ancestors:This pattern of taxonomic oversplitting does not appear to be restricted to equids but is widespread amongst other Quaternary megafauna [e.g., Late Pleistocene bison (49); Holarctic cave lions (50); New World brown bears (51), and ratite moas (52, 53)].  Together, these findings suggest that the morphological plasticity of large terrestrial vertebrates across space and time has generally been underestimated, opening the way to detailed studies of the environmental, ecological, and epigenetic factors involved.  Interestingly, in this regard the human lineage shows a rich fossil record over the last 6 MY, spreading over seven possible genera and 22 species (54).  The exact number of taxonomic groups that should be recognized is still debated, even within our own genus (55), and in this context it is pertinent to consider the degree of taxonomic oversplitting, from species to generic levels, that aDNA has revealed amongst Late Pleistocene equids and other megafauna.  A further important implication of this finding is that the number of megafaunal extinctions and loss of taxonomic diversity from the Pleistocene to modern day may not have been nearly as large as previously thought, at least at the species or subspecies level.  Conversely, at the molecular level, aDNA studies on a wide range of large mammal taxa (49, 50, 56, 57) have revealed that the loss of genetic diversity over this time period has been much larger than previously recognized with major implications for the conservation biology of surviving populations (58).non-sequitur to link this story to current climate debates.  At best, it is a distraction from the point of the article.Dinosaurs:  Maybe Darwin’s gradualism can be rescued with dinosaur fossils.  Not so; PhysOrg reported, “Fossils shake dinosaur family tree.”  A well-preserved fossil found in New Mexico, named Tawa after a Hopi sun god, is generating a similar song and dance we just saw for the horse series: “…an interesting fact about dinosaur evolution: once they appeared, they very rapidly diversified into the three main dinosaur lineages that persisted for more than 170 million years.”    The operative word is appeared.  This leaves important questions begging: appeared how and from what?  Darwin’s theory of common descent wants answers.  The new fossil is roughly similar to Herrerasaurus, considered by some to be the putative ancestor of the dinosaurs.  But Herrerasaurus is shown by its resemblance to Tawa to be a theropod.  In short, a fully-formed theropod “appeared” followed by an explosive appearance of all three main dinosaur types, which changed little for 170 million years in the evolutionary timeline.  Here’s how Sterling Nesbitt (U of Texas at Austin) explained it: “Tawa pulls Herrerasaurus into the theropod lineage, so that means all three lineages are present in South America pretty much as soon as dinosaurs evolved.”  This has to include the lumbering sauropods with their bird-hips and the carnivorous monster theropods with their lizard-hips; and what about the marine reptiles and pterosaurs?  They, too, “appeared” as from nowhere.    Another complication about Tawa is what it suggests about the source location of the missing ancestor, and how the descendents migrated.  At the New Mexico site, “Tawa skeletons were found beside two other theropod dinosaurs from around the same period,” the article continued.  “Nesbitt noted that each of the three is more closely related to a known dinosaur from South America than they are to each other.  This suggests these three species each descended from a separate lineage in South America, rather than all evolving from a local ancestor, and then later dispersed to North America and other parts of the supercontinent Pangaea.  It also suggests there were multiple dispersals out of South America.”  Positing three ancestral lines solves little; it multiplies the missing-ancestor problem threefold.    More on Tawa was reported by Nature News.  Jeanna Bryner at Live Science put a positive spin on the story, claiming, “Geographic Origin of Dinosaurs Pinned Down.”  She even put imaginary feathers (06/13/2007) on the critter: “Like Velociraptor, the dinosaur was likely covered with feather-like structures and sported claws and serrated teeth for snagging prey.”  If the ancestor if this creature crawled like a crocodile or amphibian, that’s a pretty dramatic overhaul in the body shop.  And what happened to the lumbering sauropods, if this is close to the ancestor of all dinosaurs?  It already looks like an advanced theropod.  Bryner did not explain how these dramatic changes in morphology occurred by an evolutionary process.  She only suggested that climate was a factor: “They think the answer is climate.  For some reason, only the carnivorous dinosaurs found temperatures in North America to be hospitable, the researchers suggest.”  (Note that her venue is Live Science, not Live Speculation.)    This month in the Creation Research Society Quarterly, the multiple-PhD creationist Dr. Jerry Bergman examined the issue of dinosaur evolution.2  He showed that the ancestry of dinosaurs is a hodgepodge of speculation without evidence.  He demonstrated this for the whole dinosaur clade, then specifically for the ceratopsids (like Triceratops) and the tyrannosaurids (like T. rex).  The picture, he said, is one of abrupt appearance, stasis, and extinction.  “Over 30 million dinosaur bones and parts, some in excellent states of preservation, have been identified, and although much speculation exists, not a single documented plausible direct ancestor has yet been located,” he said.  “All known dinosaurs appear fully formed in the fossil record.”  The news appears to confirm that picture.    Science Daily’s write-up contained this illustration of how evolutionary speculation operates: “Based on an analysis of the relationships among Tawa and other early dinosaurs, the researchers hypothesize that dinosaurs originated in a part of Pangea that is now South America, diverging into theropods (like Tyrannosaurus rex), sauropodomorphs (like Apatosaurus) and ornithischians (like Triceratops); and then dispersed more than 220 million years ago across parts of Pangea that later became separate continents.”  No basis for the analysis was given – other than a prior belief in evolution.  The artist reconstruction of Tawa looks nothing like an Apatosaurus or Triceratops.  The article did not mention any physical evidence of an ancestor or a location for it.  It did not mention any plausible way for a putative ancestor to “originate” or “diverge” into three very different body types.  Yet, somehow, this fossil “provides fantastic insight into the evolution of the skeleton of the first carnivorous dinosaurs” the article claimed.  As for causes for these changes, the study attributed all the evolution to climate and the missing ancestor’s ability to move around.  No evolutionary or genetic theory was defended, and no fossils were presented to support the “hypothesizing”  Dittos for the short write-up in National Geographic, which partly funded the research.  It claims the new fossil “boosts the theory” that dinosaurs “arose” then “diversified into three lineages and migrated out to the rest of the world, scientists say.”  If anyone in any other field, or a dad telling his children a bedtime story, invoked such evidence-free speculation, would it be called science?  The BBC News even allowed a scientist to state, without confrontation, that this fossil “filled a gap in the fossil record”.As icons for Darwinian evolution, it appears that horses and dinosaurs are not pulling their weight.  To show this is not an isolated problem, two other articles this week proclaim the same anti-gradualistic theme of abrupt appearance.  A press release from Howard Hughes Medical Institute Dec. 10 talked about experiments on stickleback fish.  “Biologists have been debating since Darwin’s time about whether evolution can proceed in a single large step or if numerous, individually minor changes are necessary.” the press release said.  “The new study, reported in the December 10, 2009, issue of Science Express and led by HHMI investigator David Kingsley of Stanford University, provides evidence that evolution can leap rather than shuffle.”  Even so, the article is primarily about gene loss and alterations in the regulation of existing genes – not the increases in genetic information that molecules-to-man evolution would require.  The best they could characterize the study was, “we are getting the first tantalizing glimpses of how new variants arise.”  Call back when you can see clearly.    Finally, Ken Smith reported for Nature News that “New species evolve in bursts.”  PhysOrg waxed even more dramatic, saying “Evolution may take giant leaps.”  What’s this about?  Mark Pagel compared four models of speciation, using “more than 100 species groups from the animal and plant kingdoms, including bumblebees, turtles, foxes and roses.”  His analysis refutes the “Red Queen” hypothesis of gradual, steady evolution, instead suggesting that “New species might arise as a result of single rare events, rather than through the gradual accumulation of many small changes over time, according to a study of thousands of species and their evolutionary family trees.”  Though a staunch evolutionist himself, Pagel realized how anti-Darwinian his feather-ruffling conclusion is: “It really goes against the grain because most of us have this Darwinian view of speciation,” he said.  “What we’re saying is that to think about natural selection as the cause of speciation is perhaps wrong.”    Maybe the new motto of the evolutionists should be, “One small step for a model; one giant leap for evolution.”  Or is that a leap of faith?1.  Orlando et al, “Revising the recent evolutionary history of equids using ancient DNA,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences published December 9, 2009, doi: 10.1073/pnas.0903672106.2.  Available to the public in PDF at CRS.  Bergman, Jerry, “The Evolution of Dinosaurs: Much Conjecture, Little Evidence,” Creation Research Society Quarterly (Vol. 46, No. 2), Fall 2009.Single rare events – could that include something like six days of creation?  After all, the Darwinians are asking us to believe in miracles, anyway (sudden “giant leaps”, and animals that “arise” out of nowhere).  While Darwin is mumbling pathetically, with tears in his beard, let’s think about what the fossil evidence is telling us.(Visited 53 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Orella falters in rhythmic gymnastics

first_imgLATEST STORIES Syquia wins PH’s 23rd gold, rules equestrian show jump NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ She also ended up in eighth in hoop with her 9.30 score, with Koi again topping the category.Orella stayed in eighth place in ball with her 11.10 points, while this time, Malaysia’s Izzah Amzan claimed the mint.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingShe finished her performance with an eighth place finish in ribbon, nabbing a score of 11.05, with Malaysian Amy Kwan Dict winning the gold. Gymnast Arielle Orella missed out on a podium finish in the apparatus finals of rhythmic gymnastics in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games Monday at MATRADE Exhibition and Convention Centre Hall 3 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.The 20-year-old Orella wound up in seventh place in clubs with her 11.10 points, where Malaysian Koi Sie Yan won the gold medal.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’last_img read more

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Lateral collateral ligament

first_imgThe lateral collateral ligament connects the end of the femur (thigh) to the top of the fibula (the thin bone that runs next to the shin bone). The lateral collateral ligament provides stability against varus stress. Varus stress is described as a pressure applied to the leg that tries to bend the lower leg sideways at the knee, toward the other leg. Activities such as skiing, football and soccer can all lead to this injury.Review Date:6/13/2010Reviewed By:Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Washington, School of Medicine; and C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.last_img read more

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Hyundai unveils 2017 Santa Fe at Chicago Auto Show, India launch soon

first_imgHyundai Santa Fe line-up continues to dramatically improve for the 2017 model year. The improvements span everything from fresh exterior design and LED lighting signatures to additional infotainment, convenience and safety technologies and new Drive Mode selection with Sport, Eco and Normal settings.For 2017, in order to meet increased market demand, production of the two-row Santa Fe Sport model will be added to the Montgomery, Alabama manufacturing facility, alongside the Sonata and Elantra sedan models.ALSO READ:Five things we know of upcoming Hyundai i30 Moreover, Hyundai India will very soon bring the new generation Santa Fe to Indian shores.Engine:All Santa Fe powertrains now offer new Drive Mode selection with Sport, Eco and Normal settings. The 2017 Santa Fe line-up continues to offer front- or all-wheel drive and seating options for five, six or seven passengers.The 2017 Santa Fe Sport is powered by an efficient 2.4-litre four-cylinder direct-injected engine with 185 horsepower or the more powerful, turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine with 240 horsepower. Also, the upcoming Santa Fe (three-row) uses a 3.3-litre Lambda II V6 engine, with 290 horsepower.Moreover, all new Santa Fe engines utilize high-pressure direct injection and Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (D-CVVT). A six-speed automatic transmission is standard on all Santa Fe models. Active Cornering Control and a windshield wiper de-icer is also standard on AWD Santa Fe models.ALSO READ:Great India Drive in a Hyundai Creta- Part 1For the 2017 Santa Fe Sport model alone, nearly 350 individual parts have been updated, representing about 25 per cent of total Santa Fe Sport parts content.advertisementFeatures:The upcoming Hyundai Santa Fe features a Rearview Camera, automatic on/off headlights, remote keyless entry with alarm, bodycolor heated exterior power mirrors with driver’s blind spot mirror, LED headlight accents, daytime running lights, steering-wheel-mounted audio and cruise control and Bluetooth hands-free smartphone system.Moreover, it also comes with HID Xenon headlights, panoramic sunroof, navigation and an updated 12-speaker Infinity Logic7 audio system which features QuantumLogic Surround and Clari-Fi Music Restoration Technology are available.Steering:The new Hyundai Santa Fe models utilize an electric power steering system with a 32-bit microprocessor that delivers a refined steering feel. The steering system also offers driver-selectable steering modes based on the Drive Mode selection of Sport, Eco and Normal settings.ALSO READ:Hyundai unveils SUV Tucson at Auto Expo 2016Safety:Standard safety equipment on the 2017 Santa Fe line-up includes Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) with Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Traction Control System, seven airbags, including a driver’s knee airbag, four-wheel disc brakes and ABS with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist, Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) with Downhill Brake Control (DBC) and a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS).Color:The color options available are new nightfall blue for Santa Fe Sport and new storm blue for Santa Fe.last_img read more

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Pakistan Super League 2019 Live Streaming: When, Where and How to Watch Islamabad United vs Multan Sultans Online Coverage on DSport

first_imgIslamabad United take on Multan Sultans in the fourth match of the 2019 Pakistan Super League (PSL) at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai.What time does the match between Islamabad United and Multan Sultans start?The match between Islamabad United and Multan Sultans starts at 5:00 PM IST on February 16, Saturday at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai.What TV channel and live stream is the match between Islamabad United and Multan SultansLive Streaming on?DSport will telecast the match. Airtel TV will live stream Islamabad United and Multan Sultans match.Where will the Islamabad United vs Multan Sultans match be played?The T20 match between Islamabad United and Multan Sultans will be played at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai from 5:00 PM IST.Where can I watch Islamabad United vs Multan Sultans match live?The match will be shown in DSport network and can also be streamed on Airtel TV.Where can I check the online live updates of the Islamabad United vs Multan Sultans T20 match?You can follow our ball-by-ball-updates of the match between Islamabad United and Multan Sultans from our live blog on indiatoday.in/sports.What are the squads of Islamabad United and Multan Sultans?Islamabad United: Luke Ronchi(w), Rizwan Hussain, Cameron Delport, Philip Salt, Hussain Talat, Asif Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Samit Patel, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Sami(c), Waqas Maqsood, Sahibzada Farhan, Muhammad Musa, Zafar Gohar, Rumman Raees, Ian Bell, Nasir Nawaz, Wayne Parnell, Zahir Khan, Amad ButtMultan Sultans: Shan Masood, Tom Moores(w), Laurie Evans, Shoaib Malik(c), Andre Russell, Shahid Afridi, Hammad Azam, Chris Green, Mohammad Ilyas, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Irfan, Umar Siddiq, Muhammad Junaid, Mohammad Abbas, Johnson Charles, Mohammad Irfan, Nauman Ali, Ali Shafiq, Shakeel Ansaradvertisementlast_img read more

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Report: Napoli 2 AC Milan 1

first_imgNapoli 2 AC Milan 1: Insigne stars after Italy snub as leaders move four points clear Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 05:44 11/19/17 Lorenzo Insigne Getty Images Napoli beat AC Milan 2-1 on Saturday to move four points clear of Serie A champions Juventus, Italy star Lorenzo Insigne scoring the opener. Lorenzo Insigne and Piotr Zielinski scored as Napoli beat AC Milan 2-1 at the San Paolo on Saturday to move four points clear at the top of the Serie A table.Insigne was an unused substitute as Italy were beaten by Sweden in their World Cup play-off during the international break and he was on a mission to prove Gian Piero Ventura wrong.Ventura was berated by Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi for not turning to Insigne during the Azzurri’s 1-0 aggregate loss, the coach paying for the defeat by losing his job. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player And Insigne was on target as Napoli took the lead after 33 minutes thanks to a video assistant referee referral showing the forward was just onside when he ran on to Jorginho’s terrific pass to score.While Milan put the hosts under pressure in the second half, Napoli wrapped up the points when a sublime Dries Mertens pass sent Zielinski clear to nutmeg Gianluigi Donnarumma, with Alessio Romagnoli’s injury-time effort a mere consolation.Though the win sees unbeaten Napoli stretch their advantage over champions Juventus – who are in action at Sampdoria on Sunday – Milan stay four points adrift of the European places in seventh after suffering a sixth league defeat of the campaign.#Insigne #NapoliMilan 1-0 #SerieATIM  pic.twitter.com/JAKPnKanQl— Official SSC Napoli (@en_sscnapoli) November 18, 2017Jorginho smashed an early effort over the crossbar for the hosts before Donnarumma made a smart near-post save after 13 minutes when Insigne floated a cross on to the head of Jose Callejon as the league leaders dominated the early exchanges. Suso lashed Milan’s first effort wildly off target before a more accurate strike from the playmaker called Pepe Reina into action for the first time.Allan and Marek Hamsik both hit decent openings straight at Donnarumma, but Napoli’s profligacy did not stop them breaking the deadlock, Insigne scoring his fifth goal in as many appearances against Milan.6 – Lorenzo Insigne has netted 6 goals in 10 Serie A matches against AC Milan – at least two more than against any other side. Inspired. #NapoliMilan— OptaPaolo (@OptaPaolo) November 18, 2017Jorginho sent his fellow Italy international through on goal to beat Donnarumma with a smart lofted finish, the officials initially disallowing Insigne’s strike before a video replay showed Romagnoli was playing him marginally onside.Insigne went close to adding a second on the brink of half-time, but Donnarumma sprang high to his left to parry the shot away.And the same pattern of play continued after the interval, the teenager denying Mertens and Hamsik in quick succession as Napoli sought a second goal.A bright spell of Milan pressure yielded no clear chances, Leonardo Bonucci showing his frustration by shooting off target from the halfway line.Perhaps inevitably, Napoli put the game to bed with a trademark counter-attack after 72 minutes.Mertens sent Zielinski clear with a superb turn and pass, the Poland international rifling a first-time left-footed strike through the legs of an exposed Donnarumma.Giacomo Bonaventura and Nikola Kalinic forced saves from Reina as a desperate Milan rallied and the visitors scored a consolation in stoppage time.For once Napoli switched off at the back and Romagnoli smashed in a superb strike, but Maurizio Sarri’s side held on to extend their unbeaten run to 25 Serie A games. Key Opta stats:- Lorenzo Insigne has netted 6 goals in 10 Serie A matches against AC Milan – at least two more than against any other side.- Napoli have won five of their last six league matches against AC Milan (D1 L0).- AC Milan are only the second team to have had no touches in the opposition box in the first half of a Serie A game this season (after Benevento, who failed to do so against Napoli and Juventus).- Gianluigi Donnarumma had eight saves tonight, his best tally in a competitive game for AC Milan this season.- Zielinski’s goal was the 100th conceded by Donnarumma in 92 appearances for AC Milan in all competitions. read morelast_img read more

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Police start suo motu case against Dilip Ghosh over controversial remarks

first_imgKolkata: East Midnapore district police started a suo motu case against state BJP president Dilip Ghosh on Tuesday, after he made some controversial remarks during a political rally at Mecheda on Monday.Ghosh’s statement has triggered sharp criticism from various sections of the society and condemnation from different political parties, including the ruling party in the state. He had sparked controversy on Monday, when he urged his party supporters to beat up Trinamool Congress workers or policemen and leave the rest to him. The district police found his statement highly derogatory and therefore started a suo motu case against him. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaWhile addressing a public meeting in Mecheda, Ghosh said: “We would not spare anybody, whether he is a Trinamool worker or a policeman. If you don’t beat them up, you are not a BJP man. I shall take care of the rest.” Ghosh had also told his party men that Trinamool Congress workers could be “squashed like flies and mosquitoes.” He had also argued: “If the former Union Finance minister P Chidambaram can go to jail, who are these people? Trinamool Congress workers are just like flies or mosquitoes to me.” Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe saffron leader had alleged that the ruling party and the police are conspiring to frame BJP workers in false cases. He also warned that those who are harassing BJP supporters would face dire consequences and threatened that he would beat them up in such a manner that their bodies cannot be traced. Senior Trinamool Congress leader Jyotipriya Mallick said that Ghosh would get the reply in 2021. Mallick also said that he would not pay any heed to what Ghosh says, as he considers the latter an “insane person.” Meanwhile, Ghosh justified his controversial statements on Tuesday, saying that he felt that violence was required to end violence, as otherwise their existence would be in trouble.last_img read more

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Three Moroccans Elected Members of IAAF Federation Athletics

Rabat – Nawal El Moutawakel, Aziz Daouda and Khalid Sekkah of Morocco have been elected on Wednesday to three committees of the IAAF, the world governing body of athletics in Beijing, China. Nawal El Moutawakel, an IAAF Council member since 1995 and IOC member since 1998, was elected to the IAAF Council as the second highest vote-getter for one of six IAAF Council seats designated to be filled by women, winning 160 votes.Aziz Daouda, former Secretary General of the Royal Moroccan Athletics Federation, was elected to the IAAF’s Technical Committee at the 50th IAAF Congress held at the China National Convention Center in the Chinese capital. Daouda claimed one of 12 member seats from 34 nominees who stood for election. Sekkah, a former Olympian 10,000m champion, was elected member of the Cross Country committee.Abdesalam Ahizoune, President of the Moroccan Royal Federation of Athletics (FRMA) was the head of the Moroccan delegation to campaign for the Moroccan candidates.Speaking to Maghreb Arab Press (MAP) news agency, Ahizoune said that the election of the three Moroccans is the result of efforts made by Morocco at the international sports bodies and contacts carried out by the Moroccan delegation.“This choice also reflects that the IAAF trusts the Moroccan skills and recognition of their performance in the field of athletics and restructuring programs and infrastructure development launched by Morocco under the leadership of His Majesty King Mohammed VI,” he added.Britain’s Lord Sebastian Coe, the former Olympic 1500mchampion who led the organizing committee of London’s 2012 Games, has been elected as the new president of the world governing body for athletics at the 50th IAAF Congress.Coe replaces 82-year-old Senegalese Lamine Diack who has been in charge for 16 years. read more

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Materials sector helps lift Toronto stocks US markets mixed at late morning

Index and currency in this story: (TSX:GSPTSE, TSX:CADUSD=X) TORONTO — The materials sector helped lift Canada’s main stock index higher in late-morning trading as the prices for gold and copper also moved up.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 70.96 points at 15,909.20.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 14.61 points at 25,868.64. The S&P 500 index was up 1.31 points at 2,776.91, while the Nasdaq composite was up 13.19 points at 7,485.60.The Canadian dollar traded for 75.44 cents US compared with an average of 75.38 cents US on Friday.The April crude contract down 14 cents at US$55.84 per barrel and the March natural gas contract was up 2.5 cents at US$2.65 per mmBTU.The April gold contract was up US$19.10 at US$1,341.20 an ounce and the March copper contract was up 6.7 cents at US$2.87 a pound. The Canadian Press read more

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Rebuilt Mostar Bridge inaugurated by UN as symbol of Balkan reconciliation

Flanked by two fortified towers, the single hump-backed Ottoman arch – four metres wide, 30 metres long and constructed of 456 white stone blocks between 1557 and 1566 – collapsed into the waters of the Neretva River after being hit by heavy shells during the fighting in Bosnia and Herzegovina.The bridge was destroyed for its symbolic value. For this same reason the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) pledged to rebuild it. Just four months after its collapse the agency called for its reconstruction. Today UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura and the chairman of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s tripartite presidency, Sulejman Tihic, inaugurated the restored span in the presence of leaders from southeastern Europe and other top European political figures. “We are present in Mostar in order to breathe fresh life into an exceptional heritage which, after having been used as a target, needs to become a rallying sign, a sign of recognition, the powerful symbol of a plural identity founded on mutual trust,” Mr. Matsuura said. In 1998, UNESCO, the World Bank and municipal authorities launched a joint appeal for the reconstruction, which was answered by five donor countries – Croatia, France, Italy, the Netherlands and Turkey – as well as the Council of Europe Development Bank. While the World Bank was responsible for the financial part of the project and the city of Mostar handled the disbursement of the funds, UNESCO’s main task was to ensure the technical and scientific coordination. read more

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UN panel discusses law and practice in ending discrimination against Gambian women

Since Vice President Isatou Njie Saïdy’s appointment in 1994, the country has added “on the basis of gender” to its anti-discrimination provisions, but only 27 percent of women are literate, compared to 54 per cent of men in its 1.3 million, 90 per cent Muslim population, the 23-member UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) concluded from the Government’s report.The CEDAW experts pointed out that although the Government acceded to the anti-discrimination Convention, it expressed reservations about the African Women’s Protocol on rights also covered by the Convention, and that the country’s legal system, lacking such laws as those prohibiting domestic violence and sexual harassment, sometimes allowed civil rights violations.On the report’s position that the extreme poverty in the country, combined with the growing tourism industry, was luring girls into prostitution and making them more vulnerable to HIV/AIDS, the CEDAW experts said tourism may have increased because of the easy availability of prostitutes, especially minors.The Gambian delegation, headed by Minister for Fisheries and Water Resources Bai Mass Taal, said Gambia had tried to collaborate with the countries of origin of “sex tourists,” but those governments often aided the perpetrators by giving them new passports so that they could flee prosecution.Meanwhile, the United States and United Kingdom were assisting the Government in drafting laws to comply with the Convention, but the Government realized that it was not enough to change a law, the delegation said.Mindsets needed to be changed and the Government was engaging in a dialogue with religious and other civil society leaders to influence attitudes towards such issues as female circumcision. Recent draft legislation on children banned female circumcision, the Gambian delegates said.Human rights stood above sensitivity to cultural norms, the CEDAW experts said, and they expressed concern that religious leaders were calling the shots in a secular state. read more

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Study finds that PG13 movies have same frequency of gun violence as

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Gun violence in PG-13 rated movies has increased considerably in recent decades, to the point that it sometimes exceeds gun violence in even R-rated films, according to a study released Monday.Ohio State University and the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania surveyed gun violence in top-grossing movies, finding that the frequency of gun violence had more than tripled in PG-13 films since 1985. The PG-13 rating was introduced in 1984.Gun violence in PG-13 movies has rivaled the frequency of gun violence in R-rated movies since 2009, and actually surpassed it in 2012, according to the study.Researchers examined a total of 945 films, drawing from the 30 top-grossing movies from 1950 through 2012. It focuses on sequences involving “the firing of hand-held guns with the intent to harm or kill a living being.”The study, which included animated films, did not judge whether the representations of gun violence were cautionary in message or not. It also analyzed only a snapshot of the most popular films at the box office, suggesting it said as much about audience tastes as Hollywood’s output.Critics of the ratings system have long held that it places too much emphasis on sexuality and too little on violence.“We treat sex as R,” said Daniel Romer, director of Annenberg’s Adolescent Communication Institute, in a statement. “We should treat extreme gun violence as R.”The study found that PG-13 films on average had one 5-minute segment with gun violence in 1985. That rate has risen to more than three such segments per movie in recent years. The trend was roughly in tandem with the rate of gun violence in R-rated films over the same time period.The Motion Picture Association of American declined to comment on the study.The MPAA’s definition of a PG-13 rated movie is that “there may be depictions of violence … but generally not both realistic and extreme or persistent violence.”The PG-13 rating cautions parents that the movie may include material inappropriate for children under 13. The R rating restricts people under the age of 17 from attending the movie without a parent or guardian.___Online:http://www.annenbergpublicpolicycenter.org Study finds that PG-13 movies have same frequency of gun violence as R-rated films by Jake Coyle, The Associated Press Posted Nov 11, 2013 11:54 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Arch Coal buys into one of the worlds cleanest power plants

first_imgArch Coal has acquired a 35% equity interest in the Trailblazer Energy Center, which is being developed by Tenaska near Sweetwater, Texas. Trailblazer will rank among the world’s cleanest fossil-fuel-based power plants and act as a strategic source of carbon dioxide for enhanced oil recovery (EOR) applications in West Texas. Moreover, Trailblazer will supply the Texas economy with an additional 600 MW of clean, secure, reliable electric generating capacity. “We are enthusiastic about partnering with Tenaska – a successful and highly respected leader in power plant development – to make the Trailblazer Energy Center a reality,” said David B. Peugh, Arch’s Vice President of Business Development. “Trailblazer will harness the most advanced coal-based technologies to supply secure, low-carbon production of electricity to the rapidly growing Texas marketplace. Furthermore, Trailblazer’s success could set the stage for a new generation of power plants fueled with America’s most abundant, reliable and cost-competitive fuel.”Tenaska Business Development President David Fiorelli said the partnership with Arch will bring a number of strategic benefits to the Trailblazer project. “The agreement is another indication of the significant progress Tenaska, as managing partner, is making in the development of the pioneering Trailblazer Energy Center,” said Fiorelli. “As one of the largest suppliers of low-sulphur Powder River Basin coal, Arch brings its 40 years of experience in the energy and coal industries. By working together, we will help lead the way to using our nation’s most abundant energy resource in an environmentally responsible manner.”In capturing 85 to 90% of the carbon dioxide emissions from the plant, Trailblazer will emit 70% less carbon dioxide than the cleanest natural gas-based power plants. Moreover, Trailblazer will ship the captured carbon dioxide to the nearby Permian Basin, where it will be used to boost oil production and extend the life of that critically important domestic energy resource.As part of the agreement, Arch will supply the plant’s fuel needs for the first 20 years of operation from its Powder River Basin operations in Wyoming.A recent Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) report projects that Texas will need to add more than 55 GW of new and replacement power-generating capacity over the next two decades to meet projected demand growth.In addition to Trailblazer, Arch’s technology portfolio includes an equity interest in DKRW Advanced Fuels, which is planning to convert coal into clean-burning transportation fuel on Arch reserves in southern Wyoming, and ADA-ES, a leading-edge emissions control company.Tenaska is one of the largest privately-owned energy companies in the US. Headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska, it develops, constructs, owns and operates non-utility generation and cogeneration plants. The company also markets natural gas, biofuels and electric power, and provides risk management services. Tenaska is involved in asset acquisition, fuel supply, natural gas exploration, production and transportation systems, and electric transmission development. Tenaska has developed approximately 9,000 MW of electric generating capacity across the US. Tenaska’s affiliates operate and manage eight power plants in six states totaling more than 6,700 MW of generating capacity owned in partnership with other companies. In 2008, Tenaska was listed in benchmarking studies by the Natural Resources Defense Council as having the best fleet-wide record in the US for controlling emission of CO2 and as one of the top performing companies for controlling emissions of nitrogen oxides and sulfur dioxide. For more information about Tenaska and the Trailblazer Energy Center, visit www.tenaska.com and www.tenaskatrailblazer.com. Arch’s investment will be staged over time as the development of the project reaches key milestones.last_img read more

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9 office perks we all need a DailyEdgeie manifesto

first_imgFlickr/plong6 of the oddest things you can buy ‘for men’>The 11 people that wreck your head on social media> Flicks/stuartpilbrow2. Fridge CCTVTo find out EXACTLY who’s been eating your butter. Also, to finally discover where that weird liquid actually comes from.Flickr/Sontra3. A slide into the office Flickr/stuartpilbrowThis would improve our productivity no end. I mean, look at this guy. He’s all over his tasks.YouTube/CouchPotatoCompany6. WinesdaysInstead of Wednesdays.Forever Black and White/Tumblr7. Bathroom number-two disguiserFor those times when you really have to answer the call of nature – no, the other call of nature – and your modesty is in danger.We’re thinking of a device that would essentially bamboozle co-workers until your business is complete. Perhaps some kind of device that would play music when the bathroom is in use, while also providing wonderful odours and distracting visuals.Or just this:Flickr/sevitz8. Ball pit for important meetingsThink how much more less intimidating your manager would be if he/she was talking to you in a ball pit. Slide photo via ShutterstockNow THAT would put a smile on your face at the beginning of the day. You’d be a bit rumpled, but whatever.Also: monkey bars.4. Rage roomSomewhere you could go on THOSE days to… let off a little steam.Possibly with some padding.professional-fangirl-bitch.tumblr.com5. Free chocolatecenter_img IT REALLY shouldn’t matter whether you’re private sector or public sector.These nine amenities are crucial to any reasonable life in the workplace.Are there any essentials we’ve missed? Let us know in the comments…1. Duvet at every deskNothing is more comfortable than a good duvet. Flickr/Travis HornungBOSS: “Our numbers are down this quarter.”YOU: *throwing coloured balls in air* “Hee hee hee!”9. MondaysNow this? THIS is a Monday.last_img read more

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Residents stage protest at Direct Provision centre in Cork

first_img 8 Comments Others may have been either at work, attending classes or otherwise occupied.“He also met with a representative of the Friends of the Centre Group. He was not informed that more residents would have liked to have met with him, but would be happy to meet on any future visits.”The spokesperson added that the Reception and Integration Agency is arranging for a staff member to travel to Clonakilty to “ascertain the residents’ concerns”, noting: “RIA has not been made aware of any specific issues in relation to the accommodation centre.”In a statement, the Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland (Masi) said it fully supported the protest and asked people living in the area to show their “solidarity” to residents.Gardaí said they attended the scene of the protest “strictly so as to prevent any breach of the peace”, adding that no arrests were made.With reporting by Cónal Thomas Tuesday 26 Mar 2019, 2:26 PM Short URL 23,222 Views RESIDENTS AT A Direct Provision centre in Co Cork staged a protest at the centre today.Asylum seekers involved in the protest said they were unhappy they did not get to meet Minister of State for Equality, Immigration and Integration David Stanton when he visited Clonakilty Lodge yesterday.One of the residents, whose name is Evelyn, claimed that people living at the centre were not told in advance that Stanton would be visiting, describing the situation as “unfair”.“We are actually having a peaceful protest today. The residents of Clonakilty Lodge are out here today with friends from the community on a peaceful protest demanding answers,” Evelyn said. Source: The Southern Star/YouTubeShe told the Southern Star newspaper some parents at the centre kept their children home from school to show how seriously they feel about the matter. Residents had concerns they wished to raise with the minister about the centre and the DP system in general. Evelyn said people at the centre “have been waiting for the opportunity to meet [Stanton]“, adding: “We want to be respected and treated equally … it is unfair.”Residents’ concerns A spokesperson for the Department of Justice and Equality confirmed that Stanton was at Clonakilty Lodge yesterday, noting that the minister visits DP centres “to get a sense of how the centres are working”.They said “significant work has been done recently to improve the facilities” at the centre in Clonakilty and Stanton was, among other activities, there to see “the operation of the new onsite shop, which was recently opened as part of the centre’s improvements to provide independent living for all residents”.The spokesperson added that Stanton “did meet and spoke with residents who were present”. By Órla Ryancenter_img Share521 Tweet Email2 Mar 26th 2019, 2:26 PM https://jrnl.ie/4561423 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Residents stage protest at Direct Provision centre in Cork They are unhappy they did not get to meet Minister David Stanton when he visited the centre yesterday. last_img read more

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Turkish serviceman granted asylum in Greece

first_imgOne of the Turkish servicemen who fled Turkey to Greece two years ago after a failed military coup, has been cleared to receive asylum by Greece’s Supreme Court.The judges rejected the challenge made by the Greek government against the decision to grant asylum, which is expected to apply to the seven others as well.The ruling, heard on Wednesday, is expected to fuel the already heightened tensions between the neighbouring countries.Despite continued requests from Turkey to release the men, all of whom have denied any ties to the coup, the Greek courts have refused, concerned they would not receive a fair trial in their own country, endangering their lives.A lawyer representing the men, Omiros Zelios said that his clients had yet to decide what their plans would be once granted asylum, but one thing is for certain; they do not wish to continue adding to tensions between the two countries.“They believe that their presence (in Greece) creates tension with Turkey, and as they do not want to be involved in political and diplomatic games, for them to go to another neutral country to rebuild their lives seems a reasonable and prudent option,” Mr Zelios told The Associated Press (AP).Nikos Alivizatos, a lawyer of one of the eight men, said that he had concerns for them no matter where they end up.“Wherever they go, I’m afraid that they will have problems, based on the warrants Turkey has issued [for their arrest],” he told the AP.Greek authorities are expected to rule on the status of the other asylum applications after summer. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Oregon case jury delivers blow to government in lands fight

first_imgPORTLAND — A jury delivered an extraordinary blow to the government in a long-running battle over the use of public lands when it acquitted all seven defendants involved in the armed occupation of a national wildlife refuge in rural southeastern Oregon.Tumult erupted in the courtroom Thursday after the verdicts were read when an attorney for group leader Ammon Bundy demanded his client be immediately released and repeatedly yelled at the judge. U.S. marshals tackled attorney Marcus Mumford to the ground, used a stun gun on him several times and arrested him.U.S. District Judge Anna Brown said she could not release Bundy because he still faces charges in Nevada stemming from an armed standoff at his father Cliven Bundy’s ranch two years ago.The Portland jury acquitted Bundy, his brother Ryan Bundy and five others of conspiring to impede federal workers from their jobs at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, 300 miles southeast of Portland. The jury could not reach a verdict on a single count of theft for Ryan Bundy.Even attorneys for the defendants were surprised by the acquittals.“It’s stunning. It’s a stunning victory for the defense,” said Robert Salisbury, attorney for defendant Jeff Banta. “I’m speechless.”The U.S Attorney in Oregon, Billy J. Williams, issued a statement defending the decision to bring charges against the seven defendants: “We strongly believe that this case needed to be brought before a Court, publicly tried, and decided by a jury.”last_img read more

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Ellies 2009 Fast Company Editor We Know Were Lucky to be Doing

first_imgMansueto Ventures’ Fast Company, the 725,000-circ. business magazine, has been nominated by the American Association of Magazine Editors for general excellence in the 500,000 to 1 million circulation category at tonight’s National Magazine Awards. (The magazine won a general excellence Ellie in 1999 and was a finalist in 2000.)Fast Company editor and managing director Robert Safian [pictured] spoke with FOLIO: about this year’s general excellence nomination.FOLIO:: How did you react when you found out Fast Company was nominated?Safian: I was very excited. I sent an email to the staff titled, “Let the celebrations begin.”  I’m mindful that being nominated is a tremendous recognition. Even if we don’t come back with an Ellie, the team should feel like winners. They’ve earned it. FOLIO:: The nomination is for several issues. Why did you submit those particular issues? What was the biggest story you covered there?Safian: We chose the issues we felt were most eclectic, dynamic and accessible. The one issue we knew we had to include was June, because it features a 19,000-word, 24-page article written by Richard Behar and edited by executive editor Will Bourne titled “China Storms Africa” [which is also nominated for excellence in reporting]. It was our single biggest editorial investment of the year.FOLIO:: What was your biggest challenge in putting those issues together?Safian: We are a smaller publisher, with fewer resources than most of our competitors. Our challenge is to do more with less. Fortunately, the writers and editors on our team have an uncanny ability to mix discipline with creativity.FOLIO:: It’s a tough time for magazines and for business magazines in general. How do you keep your editors motivated and optimistic?Safian: We know that we’re lucky to be doing what we do.FOLIO:: Will Fast Company exist in print five years from now?Safian: There will be plenty of print magazines in five years. We certainly hope to be one of them.last_img read more

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People Wins Four min Sales Executive of the Year Awards

first_imgPeople is the most profitable U.S. magazine and had an excellent, +5.6% ad-page advertising 2010, so it was appropriate that the magazine did very well at min’s seventh “Sales Executive of the Year” awards breakfast Thursday morning (June 2) at New York’s Grand Hyatt. Karen Kovacs, who was promoted to People publisher in December 2010, was selected “Sales Team Leader of the Year” for a single brand. Same honor went to Karin Tracy, publisher of spinoff People StyleWatch, who produced a +49.7% ad-page 2010, while Daniel Riley, group ad director for the People-flagshipped Time Inc. Style & Entertainment Group won for “Sales Team Leader”/multiple brands. Plus, People/Entertainment Weekly executive beauty director Evan Chodos was the “Salesperson of the Year”/multiple titles recipient.Also in the Time Inc. “family” was InStyle associate publisher Timothy O’Connor’s win for “Salesperson of the Year”/single title-500,000 circulation and above.For the remaining winners and the 10 executives inducted into the min Sales Executive Hall of Fame, click here.last_img read more

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Anil Ambani Announces Rs5000 Crore New Defence Investment

first_imgWith the recent acquisition of Pipavav Defence, Reliance Group chairman Anil Ambani announced on Thursday that an additional investment of Rs.5,000 crore will be made as part of India’s emphasis on “Make in India” for military hardware and cut imports.He also underscored the need for larger public-private partnerships in the defence domain, and called for pooling of resources so that India becomes self-reliant in protecting its boundaries and cuts reduces its dependence on the global markets.Quoting extensively from the experiences he gained from his late father, the legendary industrialist Dhirubhai Ambani, the Reliance Group chairman said his father’s vision was to meet the aspirations of generations with self reliance, adding that the Make in India initiative of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a major step towards that.”This initiative of the government redefines the defence ecosystem in India with our Navy in the lead… For a country with one of the longest coastlines in the region and vast expanse of territories over the seas, self reliance in naval capabilities is an ever challenging imperative,” he said.The Reliance Group chairman said the acquisition of the Pipavav Defence Company in Gujarat with assets worth more than Rs.10,000 crore was his company’s contribution towards self reliance.”Pipavav has the largest dry dock in the country and the second largest in the world. With more than 30 lakh sq ft of covered area for fabrication and integration alone, this is perhaps the largest single location defence manufacturing facility in India,” he said.”We will invest an additional Rs.5,000 crore over the next few years as part of our commitment towards indigenisation efforts.”He said that the Pipavav facility will be capable to deliver “all requirements of the Indian Navy from frigates to aircraft carriers to submarines”.Russia, meanwhile, has chosen Pipav as a partner to build three updated versions of Talwar-class frigates, likely to be the biggest-ever warship-building project for private sector in India worth around $3-$3.5 crore.Ambani said self reliance in defence is also needed so that India does not have to compromise on its foreign policy.”Large part of our Defence inventory have dependency on global relations. This creates limitations and sub-serves our foreign policy. Self-reliance gives us the flexibility to pursue our foreign policy objectives,” he said.He said since the sole consumer for domestic defence hardware was the government, “specific measures towards ease of doing business will encourage industry participation”. Accordingly, he suggested an advisory committee with chief executives from public and private sectors to meet regulary to “align and converge the understanding and aspirations of all stakeholders”.”There is need to institutionalise private sector participation not only for indigenisation but the entire spectrum of defence production through groups comprising Private Sector companies and PSUs at MoD to pool resources,” he said also suggesting a separate joint secretary in the defence ministry for the private sector.”Today, in the ministry of Defence we have joint secretaries responsible for different public sector undertakings. I believe there is a case for a joint secretary exclusively to engage at the business level with the private sector,” he said.Ambani also expressed hope that the updated defence procurement procedure (DPP) will help “in ease of doing business with MoD… Transparent, fair procedures and processes creates a favourable climate, encourage competitiveness and eventually deliver the best overall value for the country,” he said.Another suggestion from the industrialist was to introduce courses at IITs, IIMs and other higher learning institution related to the requirements of the defence industry.last_img read more

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HPD Urges Public To Have A Plan To Safely Return Home After

first_img Share Captain Kenneth Campbell, of HPD’s Traffic Enforcement Division (center), speaks at a media briefing on DWI enforcement during the 4th of July enforcement period that was held at HPD’s headquarters on July 3rd, 2018.The Houston Police Department (HPD) is urging Houstonians and visitors to have a plan to return safely to their homes or hotels after they attend Fourth of July celebrations on Wednesday.Captain Kenneth Campbell, of HPD’s Traffic Enforcement Division, noted during a media briefing held Tuesday that both taxi cabs, as well as driving services such as Uber and Lyft, are good options to make such plans. Having a designated driver is also a good alternative.“Go ahead and have that plan because we don’t want you to become a statistic and be in a fatal crash and we don’t want you to create a statistic by becoming another DWI arrested individual within our city,” emphasized Campbell, who noted that in 2017 during the Fourth of July “enforcement period”, HPD worked on more than nine fatality crashes and made more than 250 DWI arrests, 65 of which involved a crash.Sean Teare, chief of the Vehicular Crimes Division at the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, underlined on his part that being involved in a DWI has serious consequences, such as having to pay thousands of dollars in fines and losing your driver’s license, as well as having a conviction on your record.At a state level, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) on Tuesday stepped up patrols with troopers on the lookout for intoxicated drivers, vehicles speeding, failure to use seat belts and other violations. Texas law requires everyone in a vehicle to buckle up.During the Fourth of July enforcement period in 2017, Texas troopers issued more than 98,000 tickets and warnings, including 1,658 seat belt and child safety restraint citations.HPD, @AAATexas Remind Motorists Don’t Get “Popped” on July 4th for DWI https://t.co/fvOObnz2cD— Houston Police (@houstonpolice) July 3, 2018last_img read more

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Preserving History In The First Ward One Home At A Time

first_imgCourtesy – FW HeritageA home in Houston’s First Ward that was restored by FW Heritage. Listen 00:00 /12:49 We all know the adage about Houston: that we’re not the best at preserving buildings with history and character and that we’d rather just bulldoze them for a brand new strip mall or mid-rise apartment complex.Well, a Houston couple originally from Malaysia is trying to do something about that phenomenon in one neighborhood.Over the last few years, Dominic Yap and his wife, Lin Chong, have bought and restored more than a dozen different historic homes in Houston’s First Ward. They even started a company, called FW Heritage, once the hobby turned into a full-time passion for them both.Dominic oversees the structural renovation while Lin works on the interior and style elements. Plus, she’s a real estate agent and handles the sale of the house once it’s done.In 2017, Michael Hagerty visited with the couple at a home whose renovation is almost complete. He learned about the challenges of trying to preserve historic homes in the Bayou City.MORE:Houston’s First Ward is Flourishing, But Not Without Some Friction (Houston Chronicle, April 23, 2014)Preserving the First Ward (Houston Chronicle, April 23, 2014)– / 7 Xcenter_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Sharelast_img read more

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Rosetta finally locates Philae lander a month before the mission ends

first_imgThe European Space Agency’s Rosetta mission to study comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko is set to come to an end later this month, but it just made an interesting discovery — the Philae lander. The landing didn’t go entirely according to plan back in 2014, leaving Philae in a shadowy crevice somewhere on the surface of the comet. Now we know where.Philae was equipped with several harpoons that were supposed to fire as it contacted the surface of 67P, anchoring it in place. However, a malfunction prevented them from firing and the lander bounced across the landscape until it came to rest in a much less favorable area where its solar panels were mostly blocked. The ESA was able to run many of Philae’s experiments over the next three days, but the lack of sunlight meant it had to go into hibernation mode before all work was complete.The ESA made contact with Philae again last summer as P67 was closer to the sun and more energy was available to the probe. However, it didn’t have enough juice to regain full functionality. Until now, the ESA didn’t know where the lander ended up. Radar ranging had it narrowed down to a general area, but with the Rosetta orbiter at an altitude of 2.7km, the OSIRIS camera was able to spot Philae. The resolution is 5cm per pixel, so it’s enough to identify the telltale shape of Philae.Philae is tilted over on its side under an outcropping of rock, one leg up in the air. It looks like quite an unlucky landing, actually. If it had stopped just a few meters sooner, the probe would have been in direct sunlight. Having the location of Philae pinned down will help put its three days of science in the proper context, though.We may get an even closer look at Philae in a few weeks. When the Rosetta mission ends, the ESA will send the orbiter down for a “controlled descent” to the comet’s surface. It’s crashing, basically. The orbiter is unlikely to work much longer anyway, so the team wants to capture an image of the comet from as close as possible, and that may include Philae’s final resting place.last_img read more

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RTI officer killed in hit n run on the N3

first_imgAn RTI officer was killed in a hit ‘n run on the N3 near the Tugela River this afternoon (August 26).It is alleged that the officer was on duty, working on the N3, when a vehicle knocked him down and sped off.The officer died at the scene.Paramedics, RTI, forensic staff and other emergency officials responded.We will update you with more information once we know more. Our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more

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first_img 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 08, 2019 360 Degree View of an Echocardiography Exam on the SC2000 System This is a 360 degree view of a live cardiac echo demonstration for the Siemens Healthineers Acuson SC2000… read more 3D Auto RV application image courtesy of Philips Healthcare 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 09, 2019 360 Degree View of a Mitral Valve Ultrasound Exam on a Vivid E95 System A view of a mitral valve on a GE Healthcare Vivid E95 … read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 05, 2019 Digital Health Devices Used at Point of Care May Improve Diagnostic Certainty A West Virginia-based rural medical outreach event showcased the use of point-of-care technology in an ambulatory… read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 26, 2019 Intelligent Ultrasound Group Collaborating With the National Imaging Academy Wales Artificial intelligence (AI)-based ultrasound software and simulation company Intelligent Ultrasound Group plc (AIM:… read more Related Content The ScanTrainer transvaginal simulator is one example of Intelligent Ultrasound’s simulation technologies.center_img News | May 05, 2014 Driving Towards Healthier Play: GE, PGA Tour Add Portable Ultrasound to Medical Trailers Advancing access to ultrasound to help boost quality of care read more 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 11, 2019 360 Degree View of a Smartphone Performing a Cardiac Ultrasound Exam This 360 degree photo shows a basic, point-of-care cardiac echocardiogram being performed using a smartphone turned i read more May 5, 2014 — GE and the PGA Tour have announced the addition of a new portable ultrasound system to the Visionworks Mobile Health & Fitness Trailers on the PGA Tour and Champions Tour. The access to GE’s LOGIQ e laptop-sized technology will potentially provide on-site medical professionals with more information at the point of care to help aid in injury diagnosis and help golfers return to play faster.“Ultrasound is extremely valuable in the treatment of sports injuries,” said Tom Hospel, medical advisor to the PGA Tour whose company, Physiofitness Associates, staffs the trailers. “Besides helping me make a clear diagnosis, it gives athletes a window to actually see their condition — why they have pain and how we can remedy it. Adding the technology to the mobile trailers allows the healthcare staff immediate access to high-quality diagnostic imaging to help make an informed decision, diagnosis, administer therapy and conduct patient follow-up monitoring on some of the injuries on tour.”More commonly known for its use during pregnancies, ultrasound technology has also proven valuable in a variety of other clinical settings, as well as for its ability to guide healthcare providers through needle-guidance procedures.In sports medicine and specifically for golfers, the technology is adept at enabling real-time access and visualization of many areas of the body most commonly injured during participation, including: muscles, tendons, the abdomen, joints and the extremities.Trained clinical staff on the Mobile Health & Fitness Trailers will be able to perform exams using the ultrasound technology in the mobile medical trailers. If immediate, extra consultation is needed, the staff will consult with a physician who specializes in reading medical musculoskeletal ultrasounds for elite athletes.Since 2011, GE has been an official marketing partner of the PGA Tour and is the official medical diagnostic imaging equipment sponsor and official electronic medical records management solutions sponsor of the PGA Tour, Champions Tour and Web.com Tour.  Portable, laptop-sized GE ultrasound technology is also currently being used on the European Tour. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more Technology | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Philips Extends Advanced Automation on Epiq CVx Cardiovascular Ultrasound Platform Philips recently announced new advanced automation capabilities on its Epiq CVx and Epiq CVxi cardiac ultrasound… read more News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 31, 2019 Studies Confirm Clinical Value of ShearWave Elastography for Liver Fibrosis Evaluation SuperSonic Imagine announced the publication of the results of its prospective multicentric clinical study conducted in… read more last_img read more

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Rail Plus boosts agents commission

first_imgRail Plus on the right track Rail Plus will offer Australian travel agents booking The Ghan, Indian Pacific, The Overland and The Southern Spirit more base commission, the company has announced. A booking on one of the four Great Southern Rail journeys will now earn agents a ten per cent commission, an increase of three per cent on the previous rate. According to Rail Plus national sales and marketing manager Greg McCallum, the move reflects the growing importance the company places on domestic rail journeys. “Last year Rail Plus saw the number of Australian passengers experiencing a local rail adventure grow by 10 per cent,” Mr Callum said. “This year we expect that figure to increase even more dramatically.” Source = e-Travel Blackboard: M.Hlast_img read more

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With two decades of coaching experience under his

first_imgWith two decades of coaching experience under his belt including four as the San Diego Chargers head coach, McCoy is familiar with the pressures that coordinators and head coaches face. While he understands that analysis and second-guessing come with those job titles, he wants outsiders to remember a simple reality.“This is what we do as coaches all week long from Monday up until the game, or adjustments in the game.,” he said. “You put a game plan together and you stick to your plan.“It’s going to come down to players. Good players make good coaches and we’ve got to design a good scheme on a weekly basis to help our players succeed.” GLENDALE, Ariz. – Cardinals coach Steve Wilks doesn’t know what to expect from coordinator Mike McCoy’s offense because McCoy doesn’t know what to expect from his offense.McCoy hasn’t had starting quarterback Sam Bradford for more than a few full practices because Bradford was limited in OTAs and minicamp while rehabbing his surgically-repaired knee.McCoy hasn’t had a long look at star running back David Johnson because Johnson sat out minicamp in a contract dispute. McCoy hasn’t fully evaluated tight end Jermaine Gresham because Gresham is still rehabbing a torn Achilles tendon suffered last season, and aside from Larry Fitzgerald, the receiving corps is still a mystery of scattered puzzle pieces. Wilks hasn’t hidden the fact that he’d like to run the ball more than the Cardinals did under Bruce Arians. Health provided, Johnson gives him a premier back with which to do it and a superlative receiver to boot.McCoy is also expected to go to more short and intermediate routes in the passing game, and he said Tuesday that he will give his tackles more protection in passing situations, something Arians was hesitant to do.“You’re probably going to see [diminutive receiver] JJ Nelson try to blow up a defensive end from time to time,” McCoy said, joking. “We’re going to give those tackles help. Back in the day, there was usually one guy you had to worry about. Now, you look across the line of scrimmage and the athletic ability of the defensive fronts these days, that’s the toughest part. That’s a challenge every week. There’s so much talent on defense and the speed of the game.”McCoy said he wants to have an open dialogue with his players to better understand their strengths and comfort zones.“I want them to express their opinions about things and come to me with suggestions, but then I also say that I am the coordinator and I have final say,” he said. “You may not always like the decisions we make but there’s going to be give and take.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 6 Comments   Share   “We’ve only had two practices in pads,” McCoy said Tuesday. “We’re going to find out.”Despite all the unknowns, Wilks believes he can fall back on McCoy’s track record.Related LinksCardinals notebook: Outdoor practice and Chandler Jones’ sled destructionCardinals’ ‘Red & White Practice’ to raise funds for fallen DPS trooperCardinals’ Rosen ‘unbelievably fortunate’ to have Bradford as a mentor“There’s guys that have schemes and guys that have systems. I believe in systems that adapt to the personnel that you have,” Wilks said. “Mike does a great job of that.”Five days into training camp, McCoy was preaching that very approach when asked to evaluate the progress and identity of his offense.“We’re creating the identity right now in training camp and the preseason,” he said. “We’ve got a long ways to go. That’s what training camp is for.”McCoy said it is critical that the coaching staff evaluate the strengths of its personnel and then play to those strengths with the game plans it designs and the plays it calls.“Who’s the best puller? Who are our best double-team guys? How do our tight ends block certain schemes. You find out a lot about your players,” McCoy said. “There’s going to be plenty of plays we’re going to look at in the next couple weeks before we get to that home opener and say, ‘OK, this is not us.’ That’s our job as coaches to find out, ‘What do we do best?’” Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Arizona Cardinals rookie receiver Christian Kirk on Saturday, July 28, 2018, the first full day of Arizona’s training camp. (Tyler Drake/Arizona Sports) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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MacMaster bill for roadside stands now law

first_imgGov. Rick Snyder recently signed Rep. Greg MacMaster’s House Bill 4732 into Public Act 125 of 2013, a law that waives some state building code requirements so small roadside farm produce stands don’t have to install plumbing. Pictured attending the signing were Stacy and Triston Cole of Cole Farms in Mancelona, Rep. Greg MacMaster, and his wife, Kim MacMaster. 22Oct MacMaster bill for roadside stands now law Categories: Newscenter_img Michigan farmers can more easily sell their goods to people from small or temporary roadside produce stands now that Gov. Rick Snyder has signed Public Act 125 of 2013 to reform certain building code requirements Triston and Stacy Cole of Cole Farm in Mancelona joined Rep. Greg MacMaster for the signing of House Bill 4732. Triston approached MacMaster about creating the legislation to waive the rules for plumbing and other building code requirements based on the smaller size and type of facility.“This bill reduces regulation on agri-business, especially startups and small farms looking to expand,” Triston Cole said. “This bill keeps farms family-owned and operated, and increases direct sales to the public. This also will help to continue to strengthen the relationship between the community and our local farmers, as well as increase awareness of local farming activity.”MacMaster said the regulations put an overly burdensome requirement on the farmer for what should be fairly simple and straightforward part of farmers providing healthy food options for people.“The small stands and tents that farmers use to protect vegetables and other produce so people can eat fresh, wholesome food shouldn’t fall under the full-blown rules for full-size building structures,” said MacMaster, R-Kewadin. “Excessive government paperwork and mandates don’t need to be part of picking up some tomatoes, peppers or a dozen ears of corn from the local farm stand on the drive home.”Typically, the stands in question are approximately 200 to 300 square feet in size – the new law exempts those up to 400 square feet from the plumbing requirement. Building permits and other safety requirements remain in place.Ryan Romeyn of Providence Farm in Central Lake also applauded the regulation reforms in the new MacMaster law.“This is great news and will be a great improvement to give farmers and consumers greater flexibility in marketing and purchasing locally grown products to benefit our local economies in Michigan,” Romeyn said. “Our farm is preparing to expand our roadside market, and this law will provide many more options that are economically viable. This will benefit farm families, farm employees, local residents and vacationers.”The law also exempts tents of the same size from the code in its entirety, but does require a form of secure anchoring for all structures.MacMaster can be contacted by calling toll free (855) DIST-105; by email, GregMacMaster@house.mi.gov; or through is office website, www.repmacmaster.com.last_img read more

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Rep Hughes Muskegon County official testify on assessor legislation

first_img LANSING – Rep. Holly Hughes, R-Montague, and Muskegon County Equalization Director Donna VanderVries testified in support of House Bill 4888 before the Senate Committee on Local Government on Tuesday.HB 4888 would allow an assessor to maintain the local property assessment roll electronically, instead of on paper only“This is a fairly simple bill, which came about from working with Donna,” Rep. Hughes said. “Every year township and county assessors have to print out the assessment rolls, but if even one mistake is made then the entire roll has to be reprinted. That’s hundreds or thousands of pages and with it added costs.”“This bill addressed a critical need and will help bring storage of assessor rolls into the 21st century,” VanderVries said to the committee.Following testimony by Rep. Hughes and VanderVries, the Michigan Department of Treasury, Michigan Assessors Association and Michigan Townships Association all shared their support of HB 4888.The committee did not vote on the legislation. 02Feb Rep. Hughes, Muskegon County official testify on assessor legislation Categories: Hughes News,Newslast_img read more

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Rep VanWoerkom takes ceremonial oath of office on House floor

first_img Categories: VanWoerkom News 09Jan Rep. VanWoerkom takes ceremonial oath of office on House floor FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Former Senator Jerry VanWoerkom (father), Supreme Court Justice Stephen Markman, Valerie VanWoerkom (mother), Wendy VanWoerkom (wife), Rep. VanWoerkom and their children.PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Greg VanWoerkom, of Norton Shores, was joined by family as he was sworn in today at the state Capitol for his first term as state Representative for the 91st House District. Administering the Oath of Office was Michigan Supreme Court Justice Stephen Markman.###last_img read more

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Why Allegheny County Is Rushing to Get Ahead of a Longsimmering Lead

first_imgShare4TweetShare1Email5 SharesApril 24, 2017; Pittsburgh Tribune-ReviewAs a result of news coverage about lead poisoning, Allegheny County’s Health Department (ACHD) announced the formation of a new task force. According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, “Allegheny County is launching a lead task force to consider policy changes and analyze county data, Health Department Director Dr. Karen Hacker announced at a news conference Monday. The announcement followed several media reports on the county’s lead problem, including a Trib story revealing the county has rarely imposed penalties on landlords who take months to abate lead paint in properties where poisoned children live.”ACHD may be operating in crisis control mode, since the details of the task force have yet to be defined. The fact that County Executive Rich Fitzgerald will be offering more details next week is a sign that the media have attracted the attention of the political class. In another strange twist, ACHD held an “informational presentation” at the county council meeting on Wednesday—without posting a public notice first.The Tribune-Review also announced that the County Controller’s office would conduct an independent audit of the Health Department programs related to lead poisoning. Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner cited stories prepared by Pittsburgh’s Public Source, an investigative news organization that provides Pennsylvania citizens with in-depth information, as motivating the audit of ACHD. According to Public Source,Wagner based her claims, in part, on a report PublicSource published last week that pointed out flaws in the health department’s data and the methods it was using to collect the data. That story showed a correlation in a slight rise of elevated blood lead levels among Pittsburgh children who were tested and the timing of a chemical switch made by the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority in April 2014.The political spotlight is probably due in part to the fact that next week is the primary election for mayor and council in Pittsburgh. Pols don’t want to appear helpless in the face of many questions about possible lead poisoning risks. Mayor Peduto, who is expecting to win the Democratic primary against two opponents, has signaled that free water filters are still on offer to Pittsburgh households. This news comes in the wake of revelations that the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) hired the same contractor as Flint, Michigan, to operate their water system in 2012 and got many of the same results as Flint. Mayor Peduto has pledged to reorganize the PWSA, while his primary opponents claim it’s “too little, too late.” The big question for Pittsburghers is whether lead poisoning will survive the primary as an issue.The current stories in the Tribune-Review and from Public Source expand upon the issues addressed in the earlier “Hidden Poison” series, which primarily looked at the problem of lead in the drinking water. Last week, the Tribune-Review featured a story on ACHD’s failure to shut down homes where lead dust caused a child to be poisoned and where the owner failed to remove the lead from the property. Under state law, these homes should be “placarded” to warn tenants against renting there. The Tribune-Review article notes that the names of owners and addresses of the poisoned properties are considered protected information under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). The article also focused attention on the low level of lead testing in children in Allegheny County.ACHD Director Dr. Karen Hacker challenged some of the facts in the Tribune-Review and Public Source stories but didn’t provide specific examples.To a great extent, the lack of clarity and transparency about data and procedures is at the root of the problem of public accountability for lead poisoning. The Public Source article, “How dangerous is Pittsburgh’s lead problem? The data is contradictory and the damage could be worse than officials say,” tells the frustration of dealing with partial and faulty data coming from the ACHD.The number of tests confirming elevated lead levels in Pittsburgh children younger than six fell from 49 to 43 from 2013 to 2015. However, during that same time, the number of lead tests conducted in the city fell by more than 1,000, from 4,428 to 3,412, meaning that the total percentage of children in Pittsburgh with elevated lead during the time of the chemical switch slightly increased, from 1.11 percent to 1.26 percent.Got that? Test fewer children, find fewer cases…but a higher percentage of poisoned children among those tested. No wonder citizens are confused about the scope of the problem.Pittsburgh’s media outlets are not alone in trying to penetrate the public health obfuscation around lead poisoning. What is clear is that “the lead system” can break down at many points—from blood testing, to health management, to water and home testing, to remediation of known hazards. The second installment of a series by Reuters acknowledges that facts about lead poisoning are hard to come by, but the stories of people’s suffering are compelling. That’s also the lesson of the “Toxic Neglect“ series in the Cleveland Plain Dealer, which over nearly two years has documented failure after failure by public officials to carry out their missions and accurately report their outcomes.While necessary, media scrutiny of public programs may not be sufficient to trigger real change. That’s why politicians in election mode are scrambling right now. But without ongoing civic engagement, the pols’ interest in getting to the bottom of the problem may wane. One civic effort to address lead poisoning in Pittsburgh, the Women For A Healthy Environment, has undertaken a community education program around lead-in-water issues. As of now, however, there doesn’t seem to be a vehicle for grassroots political involvement.—Spencer WellsThanks to Mila Sanina of Public Source for contributing to this story.Share4TweetShare1Email5 Shareslast_img read more

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How Racism Costs Black Families Hundreds of Billions in Housing Wealth

first_imgShare159Tweet4ShareEmail163 Shares“House on Money,” 401kcalculator.orgNovember 29, 2018; Next CityRecent media reports have documented the widening gap between black and white homeownership. Nationally, the black homeownership rate is 41 percent—nearly unchanged from 50 years ago, when the federal Fair Housing Act banned racial discrimination in that sector. That compares to the 71 percent of white adults who own homes. The gap is even wider now than it was in 1900, as was documented in a Zillow study released in April.And, as Lisa Rice—president of the National Fair Housing Alliance—notes, where black families have made gains, this has required political struggle. “Areas with high levels of African-American homeownership generally have very active fair-housing and social-justice activity. You will find a history of active organizing and engaging,” Rice explains.  However, the struggle isn’t just about the level of homeownership. A new study released by the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution finds that neighborhoods with high levels of black homeownership are penalized.In the average US metropolitan area, the study says, homes in neighborhoods where the population is at least 50 percent black are valued at roughly half the price of homes in communities with no black people. Majority-black neighborhoods have 3.2 million owner-occupied homes worth an estimated $609 billion—but those buildings would collectively be worth $156 billion more if race did not impact housing values. In other words, structural racism reduces housing wealth for these black homeowners by an average of $48,000 per family.“Much of the research on implicit bias focuses on individuals’ perception of an oppressed class. These biases carry over into places where there are high concentrations of black people [for instance],” write authors Andre Perry, Jonathan Rothwell, and David Harshbarger. “The value of assets—buildings, schools, leadership, and land itself—are inextricably linked to the perceptions [others have] of black people.”Why does this matter so much? Home-based wealth is the leading source of wealth for most families of modest means. In fact, owner-occupied homes make up the majority of black wealth in the United States, according to an analysis of the federal Survey of Consumer Finances by economist Edward N. Wolff. That makes devaluation of black-owned homes particularly devastating; in 2016, the median American white family had a net worth of $140,000, compared to $3,400 for the median black family.These latest findings reflect patterns that first became entrenched decades ago—via government fiat—as documented in a new book titled The Color of Law. In 1933, the federal government initiated a program explicitly designed, in part, to segregate America’s housing stock. Author Richard Rothstein says the housing programs begun under the New Deal were in essence a “state-sponsored system of segregation.” The government’s efforts were “primarily designed to provide housing to white, middle-class, lower-middle-class families,” he says. Meanwhile, blacks were pushed into urban housing projects. He notes that the Federal Housing Administration refused to insure mortgages in and near African-American neighborhoods, literally coloring the “no-lend” neighborhoods in red on city maps (“redlining”). At the same time, the FHA subsidized builders who mass-produced entire subdivisions for whites—with housing covenants specifying that none of the homes be sold to African Americans.These decades-old housing policies continue to impact US society today. And those old patterns keep being reinforced. For example, the Washington Post recently reported that, “across the country, American communities employ ‘snob zoning’ policies that forbid builders from constructing apartment buildings or impose minimum residential lot requirements. They are often presented as driven by concerns that building smaller units could change the character of a community. Such rules effectively impose a price floor for the cost of housing, making it impossible for people who live below a certain means to afford them.”Towns with the most stringent rules, reported the Post, tend to have lower density and be wealthier than those with less regulation. And while the laws do not specifically mention race, they effectively drive people of color out and keep neighborhoods more uniformly white because African Americans and Latinxs have on average far less wealth and income than white people.—Pam BaileyShare159Tweet4ShareEmail163 Shareslast_img read more

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A growing tripleplay subscriber base helped Ziggo

first_imgA growing triple-play subscriber base helped Ziggo increase second quarter revenues by 6.3% to €386.5 million.The Dutch cable operator attracted 34,000 new All-in-1 customers during the three months ending June, giving it a total of 1.4 million triple-play customers. The number of digital TV customers increased by 6.1% year-on-year to 951,000, with ARPU for digital pay TV increasing by 9.9% from €13.49 for Q2 2011 to €14.83 for Q2 2012. Ziggo’s total TV subscriber base numbered 2.2 million, up 13.8%.Ziggo added 25,000 internet customers during the quarter, giving it a total of 1.8 million internet customers, up 8.3% year-on-year.Second quarter EBITDA increased by 5.9% to €219.2 million.last_img read more

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German cable and IPTV operator NetCologne is addin

first_imgGerman cable and IPTV operator NetCologne is adding a raft of new channels to its line-up, taking the total number of HD channels on the platform to 48.New free-to-air HD channels on the platform include SWR, 3sat HD and Ki.Ka HD. All three will be available to NetCologne subscribers next month. Other new free channels include QVC HD and QVC Beauty. The operator is also adding pay TV channels  RTL Living HD, Fox HD, National Geographic HD, Spiegel TV Wissen HD and Bon Gusto.NetCologne has restructured its offering and is now providing a new Entertainment package with 12 channels for €9.95 and an Entertainment Extra package with 26 channels for €16.95, offered alongside the Premium Plus HD offering with 16 HD channels. NetCologne has also reduced the minimum contract period for its TV services from 24 to 12 months.last_img read more

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Broadcasters satellite operators and equipment ma

first_imgBroadcasters, satellite operators and equipment manufacturers have begun discussing the development of countermeasures to tackle to the problem of satellite jamming.Satellite operator Eutelsat reported 340 cases of deliberate satellite jamming in the first 10 months of 2012, three times the number of incidents recorded in 2009. About 90% of jamming signals were traced to Syria and Iran.Industry participants met at Eutelsat’s Paris HQ at the end of last week to discuss possible countermeasures.Among the measures discussed were sharing of data about disruptions that could be stored in a common database. Sources of jamming can be traced by two satellites working together via so-called geolocalisation.Other possible measures include electronic redirection of satellite receiving antennas so that the source of interference is placed in a so-called dead point in the antenna’s receiving pattern.last_img read more

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Over 70 of western European pay TV subscribers ca

first_imgOver 70% of western European pay TV subscribers can now receive multiscreen services, according to a study by research firm Parks Associates. According to Parks Associates, 70% of western European and 25% of eastern European pay TV customers can now access TV Everywhere services. However, average revenue per customer from these services remains low, according to the research firm. As a result, operators are being pushed to test new business models such as à la carte pricing.“Connected CE and digital media usage continues to grow in Europe, and cloud-based services, including music, video games, and storage, will drive more data across broadband provider networks,” said Stuart Sikes, president, Parks Associates. “However, several challenges unique to Europe, including low margins, competition, and regulatory and economic factors, create uncertainties on the best path to boost revenues.”last_img read more

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Manuel Kohnstamm Europes cable industry is on the

first_imgManuel KohnstammEurope’s cable industry is on the “brink of a new wave of consolidation,” according Cable Europe president and Liberty Global SVP and chief policy officer Manuel Kohnstamm.Speaking at a Cable Europe press briefing at Cable Congress in Amsterdam, Kohnstamm predicted that recent consolidation in the cable space would continue following a spate of recent deals – such as Liberty’s own agreed buyout of Dutch operator Ziggo.“The mobile industry is actively consolidating at this moment. I think there’s a lot of desire on the fixed telecom business to do that as well,” said Kohnstamm, who also forecast more tie-ups between mobile and fixed line players.“We’ve seen a great deal of those [deals already]” he said, citing pay TV provider Zon Multimédia’s acquisition of mobile telco Optimus in Portugal, which was approved by the country’s competition watchdog in August, and Vodafone’s acquisition of Kabel Deutschland, which it completed in October.Discussing the opportunity in the cable space, Kohnstamm said that around half of Europe’s cable customers – some 50 million households – are still served by fairly small cable companies.“About three years ago there was 7,000 cable companies in Europe. I think today there’s still 6,000. So yes we are consolidating – a big chunk of them are being consolidated as we speak,” said Kohnstamm.last_img read more

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Netflixs content streaming obligations grew by US

first_imgNetflix’s content streaming obligations grew by US$1.6 billion (€1.25 billion) in the first nine months of 2014, due to multi-year commitments linked to its latest European launches and the expansion of its original programming efforts.In its latest quarterly report, filed yesterday with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, Netflix said that its streaming content obligations had grown from US$7.3 billion as of December 31, 2013 to US$8.9 billion as of September 30, 2014.“A streaming content obligation is incurred at the time we enter into an agreement to obtain future titles,” said Netflix, explaining that certain agreements include the obligation to license rights for unknown future titles – “the ultimate quantity and/or fees for which are not yet determinable.”In its domestic streaming segment, Netflix recorded a US$91.3 million year-on-year increase in domestic streaming cost of revenues in Q3, which it said was primarily due to a US$71.2 million increase in content expenses relating to existing and new streaming content, including more exclusive and original programming.Streaming delivery expenses increased by US$12.8 million and other costs, such as payment processing fees and customer service call centres, increased $7.3 million due to Netflix’s growing member base, the company said.In its international segment, Netflix reported a similar US$82.1 million year-on-year increase in cost of revenues for the quarter. It said this was due to a US$66.4 million increase in content expenses and US$15.7 million more in streaming delivery expenses.“Our primary uses of cash include content acquisition and licensing, streaming delivery, marketing programs and payroll,” said Neflix in the filing.“We expect to continue to make significant investments in streaming content, including original content. We also expect to significantly increase our investments in international expansion.“Payment terms for certain content agreements require more upfront cash payments relative to the expense and therefore, future investments could impact our liquidity,” it warned.Elsewhere, Netflix said that a potential loss in ongoing legal action is “reasonably possible,” although the amount of such possible loss or a range of potential loss is “reasonably estimable.”Netflix is being sued by a group of shareholders, who allege that Netflix executives caused the company to buy back stock at “artificially inflated prices to the detriment of the company and its shareholders while contemporaneously selling personally held company stock.”Overall, in Q3, Netflix reported that domestic streaming revenues grew 25% year-on-year to US$877 million, while international revenue grew 89% to $346 million – both were in line with forecasts. Net income came in at US$59 million, up from US$32 million for the same quarter last year. However, Netflix added fewer new customers than it had previously predicted.last_img read more

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Facebook is stepping up its video efforts with a n

first_imgFacebook is stepping up its video efforts with a new ‘suggested video’ feature that will reportedly see the social network share ad revenues with video creators for the first time.According to various US news outlets briefed on the plans, Facebook will place ads between suggested video clips, keeping 45% of revenues and paying 55% out to content partners.The suggested videos feature will serve up content related to previous videos watched on the site, with the social network already said to be conducting tests with professional content makers like the NBA, Fox Sports, Hearst and Funny or Die.The move has widely been seen as an effort by Facebook to step up competition with the likes of YouTube and attract more premium content to the site.A recent research report by Ampere Analysis said it expects Facebook to trigger an “advertising ‘arms race’” by competing directly against YouTube for user-uploaded video audiences and that the trials with content owners like NFL and Fox Sports suggest Facebook is “primed to become a plausible alternative to YouTube.”Separately, in a ‘Townhall Q&A’ earlier this week in which Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg answered questions from site users, Zuckerberg said that in the future “video will be even more important than photos” on the service.Asked about the future of Facebook, Zuckerberg said: “We used to just share in text, and now we post mainly with photos. In the future video will be even more important than photos. After that, immersive experiences like VR will become the norm.Eventually, Zuckerberg said he thinks people will have the power to share “full sensory and emotional experience” and that “one day, I believe we’ll be able to send full rich thoughts to each other directly using technology.”last_img read more

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Vadim Fedotov Russian pay TV provider NTV is laun

first_imgVadim FedotovRussian pay TV provider NTV+ is launching an internet-connected hybrid set-top that will enable it to offer interactive TV services including video-on-demand, pause live TV and catch-up TV.Gazprom Media-owned NTV+’s box is a joint project between the pay TV outfit and its parent company’s technology arm. The device will be manufactured by Korea’s Kaonmedia with NTV+ branding.The UI of the new set-top is currently undergoing testing and development ahead of a planned November launch, according to NTV+.The new UI will allow subscribers to browse channel, order movies and manage their subscriber account as well as create a list of favourite channels.NTV+ CEO Mikhail Demin said that sales of the new box will kick off in Novmeber. He said he expected the hybrid device to account for 10% of all new box sales from launch, growing to up to 50% by the end of next year, depending on market conditions.Demin said that the trend towards consumption of OTT TV services was likely to accelerate and that the launch of a hybrid box would give the operator an opportunity to grow its base.Gazprom Media Technology CEO Vadim Fedotov said that the launch was an important step towards creating a personalized TV experience for subscribers. He said the UI would provide access to standard broadcast, on-demand and catch-up content, including exclusive premieres. Fedotov said the OTT element of the service would be further developed in the future.last_img read more

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A group of media companies and sports rightsholder

first_imgA group of media companies and sports rightsholders including BeIN Media have made submissions to the Office of the United States Trade Representative  (USTR) calling for Saudi Arabia to be identified as a Priority Foreign Country or for it to be placed on the US Priority Watch List as a result of its alleged continued support for broadcast piracy.BeIN and film studio Miramax both filed detailed submissions to the USTR, which is responsible for advancing US trade policy and resolving disputes with countries that do not follow the rules of international trade agreementsOthers filing submissions included the Audiovisual Anti-Piracy Alliance, representing 26 audiovisual organisations; the Sports Coalition, on behalf of six major US sports leagues; the NBA and US Tennis Association; and international broadcasters Sky and Canal+.The organisations involved allege that pirate organisation BeoutQ has operated  its pirate operation in Saudi Arabia with the full knowledge of the Saudi Government, with several submissions asserting that the Saudi Government offers a “safe haven” for piracy that has now spread across Europe and the US.Separately, the US Chamber of Commerce and the International Intellectual Property Alliance filed submissions noting the threat posed by BeoutQ piracy.BeIN Media has been waging a campaign to achieve wider international support in combatting BeoutQ’ piracy of copyrighted material, including premium sports rights, which the Qatar-based outfit claims is politically motivated as part of Saudi Arabia’s campaign to isolate Qatar.last_img read more

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Speaking to RTE Seamus Heaneys son Mick said W

first_imgSpeaking to RTE, Seamus Heaney’s son Mick said: “We are delighted and honoured that my father’s sonnet When All the Others Were Away at Mass has been voted by the public as the Poem for Ireland, particularly given the magnificent short-list it was part of.”He continued: “Dad was never happier than when reading or writing poetry, so for his work to be part of a project that shows the sweep of Irish poetry and underlines its crucial part in our culture is a wonderful tribute to his life and work, for which our family are truly grateful.”The special episode of The Works will air this Friday, March 13, at 8:30pm on RTÉ One.The sonnet was written on the death of his mother: And here it is again: heaneypoem for irelandseamusWhen All The Others Were Away At Mass SEAMUS HEANEY POEM VOTED THE BEST OF THE LAST 100 YEARS was last modified: March 12th, 2015 by John2John2 Tags: ShareTweetcenter_img The late Seamus HeaneyA SEAMUS Heaney poem has ben voted the best of the past 100 years in a TV poll.The poem ‘When All The Others Were Away At Mass’ made a shortlist of ten poems in the running in RTE’s A Poem for Ireland poll, whch invited members of the public to vote.President Michael D Higgins announced the win during the filming of a special episode of RTE arts show The Works at the Royal Irish Academy in Dublin. In Memoriam M.K.H., 1911-1984When all the others were away at MassI was all hers as we peeled potatoes.They broke the silence, let fall one by oneLike solder weeping off the soldering iron:Cold comforts set between us, things to shareGleaming in a bucket of clean water.And again let fall. Little pleasant splashesFrom each other’s work would bring us to our senses.So while the parish priest at her bedsideWent hammer and tongs at the prayers for the dyingAnd some were responding and some cryingI remembered her head bent towards my head,Her breath in mine, our fluent dipping knives–Never closer the whole rest of our lives.last_img read more

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first_imgShareTweet SNOW PATROL’S JOHNNY MCDAID DENIES HE HAS FOUND LOVE WITH IRISH BEAUTY QUEEN MEGHANN SCULLY was last modified: March 10th, 2016 by John2John2 Tags: She told the Irish Examiner in 2013 she was “the biggest home bird I know” and loved returning to her family’s farm in Ireland. The actress was previously married to fellow actor David Arquette from June 1999 until October 2010, when they announced their separation.The couple finalised their divorce in May 2013. Johnny and Courtney Cox split last NovemberThe insider added: ‘He feels [he and Meghann] have a lot in common and wants to get to know her better. Courteney, 51, was introduced to McDaid by British singer Ed Sheeran in late 2013, and, Johnny popped the question in June, 2014. ‘Johnny and Meghann seemed to get on straight away,’ the source continued. ‘It’s early days but they’re into each other and both seem excited to see where it leads.’But a spokesman for McDaid has now said: “Johnny is not dating anyone and hasn’t since Courteney Cox.”Meghann Scully, a videographer and blogger, spent a year in London working for MTV News and used to date Galway hurling star David Burke. News of the couple’s split surfaced at the end of November after Courteney was photographed without her engagement ring.The 39-year-old Snow Patrol guitarist reportedly returned to Derry following the break-up.Now Johnny has moved to quash newspaper claims that he has moved on from Cox and is dating a new woman – Galway girl Meghann Scully. McDaid and fellow Snow Patrol rocker Gary Lightbody have recently been writing songs with One Direction’s Harry Styles. The Sun newspaper claimed he reportedly met the former model at the Oscar Wilde Awards party last week in LA. Snow Patrol’s Johnny McDaid denies he is dating former Irish beauty queen Meghann ScullySNOW Patrol star Johnny McDaid has rejected newspaper claims that he is dating an Irish beauty queen turned celebrity blogger.The Derry man recently split from Friends actress Courteney Cox after a series of rows. A source told the newspaper’s Dan Wootton: ‘Johnny is very laid back and often found the courtship with Courteney very smothering. Now that he’s single again, he just wants to have fun and enjoy himself.’ COURTNEY COXMEGHAN SCULLYSNOW PATROL’S JOHNNY MCDAID DENIES HE HAS FOUND LOVE WITH IRISH BEAUTY QUEEN MEGHANN SCULLYlast_img read more

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first_imgShareTweet POLICE in Derry have issued a fresh warning today over more scammers trying to con the public out of money.Yesterday, PSNI Foyle alerted the public to bogus calls from crooks pretending to be from the taxman.Today, another scam has emerged, this time via email. Police say on the Foyle Facebook page: “Folks, more email Scams purporting to be from TV Licensing & NatWest, I received an email today….do not get engage.”If you receive any such email alert police on the 101 number.And never give your bank account details to anyone either on the phone or via email.CRIME ALERT: EMAIL SCAMMERS TARGETING DERRY HOUSEHOLDS was last modified: November 5th, 2017 by John2John2 Tags:center_img CRIME ALERT: EMAIL SCAMMERS TARGETING DERRY HOUSEHOLDSNATWEST BANKPSNI FOYLETV LICENSINGlast_img read more

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first_img“It’s the first time that the national cycling championships will be based in the city and we’re delighted to be selected to host such a prestigious event.“We see this as both an honour for us and as a wonderful opportunity to showcase the beauty of our city and the surrounding countryside to visiting spectators and to the watching world on TV.” Race Director Chris McElhinney of the promoting Foyle CC said: “This is a defining moment for our club and for the history of road racing in the North West. “We are greatly honoured and everyone in the club and the wider community are committed to putting on the best possible show for the TV cameras and for all the visitors who will come to cheer on the riders.“We are very grateful for the assistance of Derry City and Strabane District Council in helping to make this event possible and we look forward to a great festival of cycling in the region in June.”The action gets under way on Thursday, 27th June with the time trial, a solo race against the clock. The riders in all categories will use the 36km course laid out on a traditional ‘out and back’ format starting and finishing near Speenoge, Burt, Co Donegal.The road race action begins on Saturday afternoon with the Women’s Elite race and the men’s junior events utilising the 20.29km circuit beginning and ending in heart of Derry.It’s a challenging route for the riders with plenty of climbing in and out of the city in the multi-lap races. Subject to confirmation, the women’s elite race will be four laps of circuit with the men’s field set for a five-lap race on Sunday morning.All the road races will culminate with a final race to finish line on Shipquay street in the heart of Derry where the champions of Ireland will be crowned.The route was designed by Foyle CC chairperson and top local-based racer Ronan McLaughlin who was keen to create a ‘classics’ course that would make the most of the local topography to provide a memorable challenge for riders. “We wanted to bring the ‘nationals’ to the heart of Derry and we’re grateful to Derry City and Strabane District Council for their help in making this possible.“It’s a circuit that is certainly challenging and I feel riders all over Ireland and beyond will be excited by the prospect of riding a course that is a true test of road racing ability. “The winning riders will have earned their reward on a course that reflects the character of a true ‘classic’. There are no free medals on this course.”Speaking of the decision to award the 2019 National Road Championships to Foyle CC, Cycling Ireland Events Officer Garry Nugent said:“Foyle CC made a very strong submission to hold the Cycling Ireland National Road Championships for 2019 and we were delighted to award the event to one of our hardest working and most progressive clubs.“I know the area will provide an epic backdrop to what we believe will be a worthy challenge for riders in our flagship road event and we wish competitors and organisers the very best for a successful event.”Road Race Course: https://www.strava.com/routes/17307068Time Trial Course: https://www.strava.com/routes/18603958Route Revealed for 2019 Irish National Road Cycling Championships was last modified: May 14th, 2019 by John2John2 Tags: ShareTweet Race Director, Chris McElhinney (Foyle Cycling Club), Mayor John Boyle, and Route Designer, Ronan Mc Laughlin (Foyle Cycling Club) launch the 2019 Irish National Cycling Championships to be held in the city in June.FOYLE Cycling Club are gearing up for the arrival of the very best cyclists in Ireland to Derry for the Cycling Ireland National Road Championships in June.The three-day festival of racing draws the very best Irish racers from at home and abroad for a series of solo time trials on Thursday, June 27, followed by the road race action on Saturday and Sunday 29th and 30th. International full time professionals will do battle with top locally-based amateurs for the title of national champion and the right to wear the coveted shamrocks on their jersey for the next 12 months.Reigning elite road champions Eve McCrystal and Conor Dunne have signalled their intention to defend their respective road race titles in June and the promoting Foyle CC club are expecting that much of the foreign-based contingent of riders will return for the event.The women’s and men’s elite road races will be filmed for a highlights TV programme to be broadcast in the week after the event.Speaking at the event announcement this week, Councillor John Boyle, Mayor Of Derry City and Strabane District Council said: burtCO DONEGALDerry and Strabane CouncilFOYLE CYCLING CLUBMayor John BoyleRoute Revealed for 2019 Irish National Road Cycling ChampionshipsSpeenogelast_img read more

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first_img“We would ask that anyone with information regarding this assault to please make contact with us by ringing 101 and quoting reference number 921 of 02/11/2018. “Alternatively information can be forwarded anonymously by contacting Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”Police appeal after young man sustains serious facial injury in assault outside takeaway was last modified: November 5th, 2018 by John2John2 Tags: ShareTweet castledergChina KitchenMain StreetPolicePolice appeal after young man sustains serious facial injury in assault outside takeawayPSNIcenter_img POLICE are appealing for information following a serious assault last weekend which has left a young man with a serious facial injury.A PSNI spokesperson said: “The incident occurred at approximately 1am outside China Kitchen take away, Main Street, Castlederg, on Saturday, October 28.“It has resulted in a young male suffering a very serious and significant facial injury.last_img read more

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first_img Alderhey HospitalDEPARTMENT OF HEALTHDurkan welcomes proposed Paediatric Pathology solutionsFOYLE MLAHEALTH SPOKESPERSONliverpoolMark H Durkan It would mean grieving parents and their families having to travel to England to paediatric post mortems.The Foyle MLA said: “Whilst I welcome the response from Mr Pengelly that alternative Paediatric Pathology solutions are being explored, including a cross-border option and the possibility of using new emerging technologies, I lament the fact that these discussions did not commence sooner.“I am also currently awaiting a response from ROI Health Minister, Simon Harris TD, having written to him underlining the benefits of collaboration on this issue.“If these considerations had been taken on board initially, we could have avoided this situation altogether. ShareTweet “I hope that a decision is reached as quickly as possible to resolve the deficit in local paediatric pathology services and in turn prevent further distress to families here in their darkest hour.”Durkan welcomes proposed Paediatric Pathology solutions was last modified: November 22nd, 2018 by John2John2 Tags: Health chiefs have proposed moving paediatric pathology to Alder Hey Hospital in LiverpoolSDLP Health Spokesperson Mark H Durkan has welcomed a response from the Department of Health confirming ongoing talks in regards to an all-Ireland Paediatric Pathology service.Last week it was announced the services was being stopped in the North of Ireland in 2019 and the work transferred to Alder Hey hospital in Liverpool.last_img read more

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first_img“Climate Change is an issue that will not be going away so we all have a part to play in tackling it head on,” added the Waterside rep.Support the Climate Change rally in Derry – McLaughlin was last modified: March 13th, 2019 by John2John2 Tags: “Friday’s rally in Derry will be one of hundreds of similar events large and small that will be taking place across the globe.“All will play a key role in highlighting Climate Change, the impact it is having on our daily lives but more importantly will challenge us all on what we are doing to protect the environment.“The island of Ireland is already experiencing significant climate change. Six of the warmest years we have experienced have occurred in the last 25 years. “Scientists are predicting that Ireland faces not just a rise in sea level but water shortages, adverse impacts on water quality and changes in the distribution of plant and animal species. SINN Féin Waterside representative Sharon McLaughlin has urged the public in Derry to come out and and support the Climate Change rally being held at the Guildhall Square in Derry this lunchtime on Friday, March 15.She said: “Climate change is one of the defining challenges facing our society today. “There is a huge responsibility on us all to act pro-actively and constructively to tackle it. ShareTweet DerryGuildhallSharon McLaughlinSinn FeinSupport the Climate Change rally in Derry – McLaughlinWatersidelast_img read more

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first_imgShareTweet “Please like and share this where possible, you are one of our greatest assets in locating missing people so let’s go again.”Police in Derry seeking public’s help in tracing missing Gareth Conaghan was last modified: April 7th, 2019 by John2John2 Tags: He is described as being 6’1 in height, medium build, and black spikey hair. He has several tattoos especially on both arms and has pierced ears. He is believed to have been wearing dark blue jeans, dark top and a black coat.A police spokesperson said: “We are appealing for Gareth to make contact with police or his family or if anyone knows of Gareth’s whereabouts please contact police at Strand Road on 101 quoting ref number 601 6/4/19. Abbot;s WalkPolice in Derry seeking public’s help in tracing missing Gareth ConaghanPSNI FOYLE Missing Gareth ConaghanPOLICE and the family of missing person Gareth Conaghan are becoming increasingly concerned for his wellbeing.The 32 year old was last seen in the Abbots Walk area in the city around 5am this morning. last_img read more

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first_img Next PostRep. Evan Jenkins Honors Fallen Bluefield PD Officer Aaron Crook (ABC NEWS)- Four-month-old Muhsin just started laughing – and it’s brought some joy to his father for the first time in a long time.Mustafa Shabazz is proud of the nursery he and his partner Tahmesha Dickey designed for their son, but it’s now reminders of what could have been.“The name on the wall, the crib, everything,” Shabazz said. “Muhsin is going to miss out on having a great mother, that’s what hurts so bad about this situation.”Dickey, 38, died giving birth to baby Muhsin. Twitter Mail Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website “If I wanted to describe her to someone, I’d describe her as all woman,” Shabazz said. “She was very generous , motivated, dedicated to her family, her work ethic was amazing… she was just a caring loving person.”Her pregnancy had been going well, Shabazz said. She was not high risk and had been regularly going to her prenatal visits.“I was excited… because this is what I always wanted, I always wanted a family,” he said.But during labor, Dickey began having trouble breathing. Within minutes, she went into cardiac arrest and doctors performed an emergency c-section to try to save her and the baby.“[I thought] this can’t be happening, it seemed like a dream,” Shabazz said. “They asked me to step out. I stepped outside of the room and I could just hear him saying … we’re trying to bring her back, trying to grab a pulse.”Doctors delivered the baby, but for Dickey, it was too late. Google+ Tumblr NewsWatch Dying To Deliver: The Race To Prevent Sudden Death Of New Mothers By Daniella HankeyMay 17, 2018, 11:18 am 873 0 center_img Linkedin Facebook Pinterest Previous PostTwo Fugitives Lead Beckley Police On A Chase Home NewsWatch Dying To Deliver: The Race To Prevent Sudden Death Of New Mothers Daniella Hankey Dickey died of an amniotic fluid embolism – an often fatal complication in which amniotic fluid enters the women’s blood stream. It occurs in 1 out of 10,000 pregnancies and doctors are unsure why it happens or how to prevent it.last_img read more

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first_img Google+ Tyler Barker Tyler Barker is currently the Interim News Director and Digital Content Manager for WOAY-TV. I was promoted to this job in Mid-November. I still will fill in on weather from time to time. Follow me on Facebook and Twitter @wxtylerb. Have any news tips or weather questions? Email me at tbarker@woay.com Pinterest Home NewsWatch Featured More Miners Set to Lose Health Benefits Facebook Twitter Mail FeaturedHealthLocal NewsNewsWatchState NewsTop Stories More Miners Set to Lose Health Benefits By Tyler BarkerMar 01, 2017, 13:42 pm 1097 0 Previous PostFayette County Schools Closed Thursday CHARLESTON– Today more coal miners received letters saying their earned health care benefits will be cut off in 60 days.22,600 retired miners and widows received the letters. This is the third such letter that has gone out to retired miners and widows in the last five months. The first two went out in October and November of last year. Congress passed a four month extension, but have yet to pass a permanent solution. Those benefits will run out on April 30, which triggered this new letter.UMWA International President Cecil Roberts released a statement saying, “Congress cannot keep kicking this can down the road. This is causing tremendous mental and in some cases physical trauma to these senior citizens. They will now have to begin contemplating whether to continue to get medicines and treatments they need to live or to buy groceries. They will now have to wonder if they can go see a doctor for chronic conditions like black lung or cancer or pay the mortgage. Tumblr Next Post21st West Virginia History Day Linkedinlast_img read more

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first_img Google+ Next PostCoaches Expect Players to Capitalize in Spring League Home Sports News Sports Lanay Montgomery Selected 30th in WNBA Draft Facebook SportsSports FeaturesSports NewsWVU Lanay Montgomery Selected 30th in WNBA Draft By Matt DigbyApr 14, 2017, 00:41 am 1048 0 Twitter Linkedin Mail Pinterest Tumblr Previous PostHS Baseball/Softball Scoreboard – April 13 WOAY – West Virginia’s Lanay Montgomery was selected in the 2017 WNBA Draft by the Seattle Storm with the 30th overall pick (third round) Thursday.It’s the second straight year a Mountaineer has heard her name called – after Bria Holmes in 2016 – and the sixth Mountaineer in school history. All draftees were coached in Morgantown by Mike Carey.Montgomery averaged 10 points and nearly nine rebounds a game in the 2016-17 season, as the WVU women won the Big 12 Tournament and made the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The center was named honorable mention by the Big 12 and was a two-time member of the league’s All-Defensive Team.She joins a Storm squad that made the WNBA playoffs last year, but lost in the first round to Atlanta. They open the season against the defending champion Los Angeles Sparks on May 13. Matt Digby Matt Digby is the Sports Director at WOAY-TV. He joined the station in January 2015 – right in the middle of Big Atlantic Classic Week. Read Morelast_img read more

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first_img(Interviewed by Louis James, Editor, International Speculator) L: Marin, it’s been a long time since we asked you for an update on energy markets, which are your specialty. Given all that Doug says is coming down the pike, what do you see ahead, and how does one invest? Marin: I think that for the most part, we’ll see a continuation of what we’ve seen for the last 18 months… L: That’s not an encouraging thought. Marin: Maybe so, but that’s the reality of what I see in the markets, especially when it comes to the juniors. There are a lot of subsectors of the energy markets for which I’ve been telling people to stay away from the juniors for at least 18 to 24 months. Thermal coal is an example. I’m glad we’ve stayed away, as the thermal-coal companies have become massive destroyers of wealth. L: Can you elaborate on that? We still need coal, so why aren’t the current low prices a “buy low, sell high” setup? Marin: Well, there are two factors to consider. First, as I mentioned on national TV about two years ago, permitting coal projects – not just for production, but even for exploration – was going to become very, very difficult… especially in North America. L: All these people up in arms about “mountaintop mining” and such? Marin: Exactly. The reality is that nobody wants a coal mine in their back yard. This affects both thermal and metallurgical coal projects, but the two face different market dynamics. Met coal got slaughtered because of decreased steel manufacturing, while thermal coal got slaughtered because of the competition from natural gas. Still, both saw lower prices, and in an environment of much more difficult and expensive permitting, the companies are getting trashed. L: And the second factor? Marin: That’s the new carbon tax the Obama administration is pushing. Believe it or not, the oil companies are actually supporting it. L: Why on earth would they do that? Marin: Because many of them are not just oil companies. A company like Exxon is as much a gas company as it is an oil company, and they’re having a hard time competing with the national oil companies on the global market. So, they’ve come home and are buying up large reserves of natural gas, making a heavy commitment to North American natural gas. So it’s in their interest jump on the Obama bandwagon and increase taxes on coal to benefit their gas investments in North America. L: Politics as usual. Got it. So, we keep staying away from coal, especially thermal coal. What about uranium? That’s been in the news a lot lately as well, with Japan doing an about-face on its nuclear program. Marin: Yes, the new president of Japan basically stated that Japan has no choice but to bring its reactors back online. But it’s not going to happen as quickly as the market wants it to happen, so while we’ve made good money on uranium plays in the last few months – and I’m very bullish on uranium – we’ve taken profits on our winners in our energy letters. We still have core holdings. Actually, we’ve written that we believe that Fukushima is the beginning of the fourth great bull market for uranium. With the Chinese, Russians, Koreans, and other countries committing to nuclear energy as part of their energy matrix, even after Fukushima the trend is very solid. By 2020, there’s going to be another 88 reactors online. And already today, the US imports over 90% of the uranium it consumes. To put that into perspective, consider that in 1960, the US was the world’s largest uranium producer. At the time, there were over 1,000 uranium mines in the US, producing over 36 million pounds of uranium every year. Today, there are eleven uranium mines, producing 3.4 million pounds a year. So America is producing less than 10% of what it produced in 1960, and yet is more dependent than ever on nuclear energy. One in every ten homes in America is powered by Russian uranium. L: Wow… I can see why you’re still bullish. What else do you like these days? Marin: One of the most interesting and powerful market dynamics I see today is the European addiction to Russian natural resources. That can’t change quickly, and there is a great potential for profit. The way we approach it in our letters is to ask ourselves how we can profit from the Putinization of Europe. It’s not just oil and gas, but uranium as well, and non-energy resources. We’ve found several profitable niches. L: Okay. But getting back to the original question, if Doug Casey is right about the Greater Depression gathering force this year, that would seem bearish for energy. How do you strategize for that? Marin: I think there’s a good chance Doug is right. So, in our newsletters, the first things we look at are management, cash, and expenditure programs in the specific jurisdictions the companies operate. We want companies that have a lot of cash, and will not need to go back to the market any time soon. From an equities standpoint in the resource sector, that’s the ultimate Achilles heel of most resource companies. The reality is that most are, as Doug likes to day, burning matches. L: Sure, but you don’t want companies that are just sitting on cash. Marin: Of course. We want companies that have the cash and the ability to advance a project that will deliver value. They need to have a project with technical merit, in a place where they can get it permitted – we use the same 8 Ps you do. Most important is that even if they do have the cash, get permitted, and drill a successful well, do they have the infrastructure to deliver that oil to the market and make money doing so? Energy is very different from mining. Certain wells are extremely expensive to drill, and you don’t really know what you’ll get until you do drill them. Once you do, you know right away if it worked out, what you have, and you can go into production if it all works out. Mining exploration is much cheaper, and the big capital expenditures don’t come until after you know what you have, and have done a feasibility study on it. L: I get it; a big mine can cost several billion dollars to build, but you can drill a grid of holes that outline an ore body for just a couple million bucks. Marin: Yes. A single oil well in Kenya can cost north of $65 million. L: $65 million! I can build a modest but significant gold mine for that much. Marin: Yes, you could build a 25,000 to 45,000-ounces-per-year gold mine for that. But on the positive side, when you make your discovery in the oil patch, the path to cash flow is very short and fast, so the impact on share prices can be explosive. That’s why I love energy stocks. L: Sure; the Casey team likes volatility. And I also see your point about infrastructure. With metals, if you have a concentrate that’s valuable enough – not to mention gold or silver doré bars – you can transport your product anywhere in the world. But if you’ve got a well that’s more gas than oil, and there’s no pipeline network in the area that can handle it, you’ve got a product you can’t sell. Marin: Exactly. L: Okay, let’s talk about political risk – “resource nationalism” being the bogeyman of the day. Where are your favorite places in the world to invest? Are you willing to pay a premium for the safer jurisdictions? Marin: That varies by sector and the type of commodity. Some places are not workable for uranium exploration, for example, even though they are good for other kinds of mineral exploration. So I’m very bullish on WISR uranium production in the US. That is a term we created, so readers will see it here first: Warm In-Situ Recovery. WISR has much lower cost of production than other in-situ recovery projects in the US, comparable to those in Kazakhstan, but with much better environmental standards. I think that’s going to be a strong trend to bet on over the next five years. I’d stay away from uranium plays in Europe, Africa, and South America – the risk is just too high. We’ve had a great run on the Athabasca Basin uranium plays, and having made our money, we’ve taken it back off the table. For oil-patch plays, I really like the East African Rift in Kenya. We were the first to recommend that area play. We’ve also taken profits there, but it’s very interesting what’s going on there. Those are large, world-class deposits being drilled off right now. I’m also very bullish on certain parts of Europe, where there are great, past-producing oil fields that have light, liquid-rich oil, but have not seen any modern exploration. And yet the people living in those places are paying a premium over global energy prices, because they are so dependent on imports from Russia and the Middle East. I’d warn people to be very careful about these junior Canadian oil companies that are chasing yield in the western sedimentary basin. I think there are a lot of risks associated with that, so there’s little room for error. Because of the differentials – investors have to remember that just because you get $90 a barrel for WTI, that doesn’t mean you’ll get the same for Canadian oil far from any distribution infrastructure – any bad news can be fatal. L: So what do you look for in that kind of situation? Very near-term Push? Focus on quick wins, rather than big wins? Marin: Yes. For example, we recommended Atico and PRD Energy at the Casey conference last September, and both have more than doubled since then. Anything we recommend has to have cash in the bank, management have to be the largest shareholders, and they have to go for assets that matter – can really move the needle, by delivering sustainable cash flow. Like you, we start with the People. That’s absolutely critical. L: Very good. Can you give us a sneak preview of what you’re working for upcoming publications? Marin: We have a lot going on. Right now we’re doing a complete analysis of the master limited partnerships and the American oil and gas sector, and a complete analysis on whether the US can actually become energy independent by 2035. I’ll also be publishing an interview with a former senior OPEC official I recently spoke with. Also, a trip to Saudi Arabia is in the works – there’s a lot in the pipeline. We’re looking at juniors in the right places, because that’s where the most volatility is – and the most potential for big profits. But if there is a big global economic pullback, most of these juniors don’t have a chance. It’s so capital intensive… A single ultra-deep oil well offshore can cost more than $100 million. The little guys won’t stand a chance if the market turns negative and stays there for a few years. Maybe one thing we should highlight is that the game has really changed. It’s become so much more expensive, and the big oil companies reserves are decreasing, because of the changing value of their BOEs. L: Not all oil equivalents are really equivalent to oil. Marin: Barrels of oil equivalent – BOEs – are the biggest scam in the energy sector today. They say they have a gas component of their production that’s equivalent to so many barrels of oil, but they don’t define what’s in that gas. Is it methane? Butane? Propane? Pentane? All of these have different and changing values. The SEC allows the companies to roll all of this up as “BOE,” but they are not all equal. And yet, many companies present their reserves as though their reserves were the same thing as oil. This is very important. L: How does the average investor know what the real value of a company’s BOEs are, then? Marin: They have to really dig down deep into the PV10s and other technical disclosures. You have to have the ability to understand these reports and to be willing to put in the time into doing so. This is, I’m proud to say, one of our Casey advantages; we do this for all our energy publications. Few others will put out net-back reports as we do. What matters is not how many BOEs companies produce, but what they get back for them after delivery to the market. I don’t mean to be negative, but a lot of people don’t get this; and, frankly, they’re screwed. L: That’s a technical term. Marin: [Chuckles] Yes. L: Very well, then; words to the wise. Thanks for the interview, brother, and stay safe out there. Marin: You’re welcome, and you too. L: Will do. Marin Katusa is chief energy investment strategist for Casey Research and the editor of two company newsletters on energy: Casey Energy Dividends, which focuses on low-risk dividend-paying energy stocks, and Casey Energy Report, which features junior energy exploration companies with huge profit potential. 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first_imgI have the usual number of stories for a Saturday column…and quite a few fall into the must read category, so I hope you can find the time for the ones that interest you.As democracy is perfected, the office of President represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last…and the White House will be occupied by a downright moron. — H.L. Mencken, The Baltimore Evening Sun, July 26, 1920Today’s pop ‘blast from the past’ is by the Queen of Soul herself.  This hit was recorded in 1968…and you will know it instantly.  The link is here.Last week’s classical selection was by German composer Max Bruch…and this week’s is as well.  Last week it was his Scottish Fantasy…and this week it’s his Violin Concerto No. 1, in G minor, Op. 26…composed in 1866. I have a lot of ‘favourite’ violin concertos…and this is certainly one of them.  Here’s the incomparable Sarah Chang doing the honours in a posting over at youtube.com…and the link is here.  Neither the video quality, nor the fidelity, are the greatest…but it’s the only recording that I could find that has all three movements.After yesterday’s big run-up in the silver price, it’s easy to see that there is no real liquidity in the precious metals market, as most of the trading is of the high-frequency variety.  There are really no legitimate buyers and sellers present in the Comex futures market…just the machines.If left to their own devices, there isn’t a “free market” that wouldn’t melt down, or melt up, if given the opportunity to do so.  Chris Powell was oh, so prophetic with his quote…”There are no markets anymore…only interventions.”The Commitment of Traders Report, especially in silver, was a sight to behold…and with the way things are currently configured in all four precious metals, copper…and the dollar index…they are an ‘accident’ waiting to happen to the upside.However, since there are no free markets, when something does blow up…or melt down…it won’t be by accident.  JPMorgan et al were in full control of this market on the short side…and there’s no reason at all to assume that they won’t continue to hold the power when the smoke clears to the upside.JPMorgan will not only control the ‘when’…they will also determine how high and how fast we get to the new precious metal prices, which are all but baked in the cake.  They didn’t go to all this trouble over the last six months or so to extricate themselves from the short side of the gold market, to put their head back in the lion’s mouth again.  They’ll control things from the long side from now on.Even if you only read all the stories I have posted in this column this weekend, you should be able to tell from their contents that the entire planet is about to come unglued economically, financially…and monetarily.  It’s only the time line that is uncertain…and whether or not it will be a controlled event, or will events and circumstance quickly spiral out of the control of the powers that be?I don’t know the answer to that…and neither does anyone else.  So we wait.Here’s Nick Laird’s “Total PMs Pool” chart updated with data from the week just past…and it doesn’t require any further explanation from me.  As I said a week ago, I felt that we were done for liquidations out of the big ETFs with last week’s report…and it appears that this is the case.(Click on image to enlarge)Before heading off to bed, I’d like to point out that Casey Research has another FREE ON-LINE VIDEO EVENT in the works.  This one is entitled “GOLD: Dead Cat…or Raging Bull?”It will feature Jim Cramer, Eric Sprott, Doug Casey, Steven Feldman, Rob McEwen and Jeff Clark. They explore the recent fluctuations of the gold price and what it means for investors. Does gold’s drop signal the end of its bull run, or is it just taking a breather? Should investors load up on or unload gold? The free online event Gold: Dead Cat…or Raging Bull? hosted by The Street and Casey Research, with Jim Cramer, Eric Sprott, Doug Casey, and others will provide some answers.This free video will air on June 25th at 2:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time.  It will be available for viewing after the initial stream for those who have schedule conflicts.  You can check it out…and then sign up for it here.  It pretty much goes without saying that it will be worth your time.That’s all I have for the day…and the week.  Enjoy what’s left of your weekend…and I’ll see you here on Tuesday. When something does blow up…or melt down…it won’t be by accident.The gold price didn’t do much of anything in Far East trading…and then got sold down five bucks starting at 9:00 a.m. BST in London, with the low of the day coming minutes after 11:00 a.m…about two hours later.From there, the gold price was flat until five minutes before trading began on the Comex in New York.  The subsequent rally got chopped off by a short seller of last resort about twenty minutes later, when it appeared the market was about to go “no ask”…and the gold price was about to punch through the $1,400 spot price ceiling.  A second rally at the London p.m. gold fix suffered the same fate…and after that the price didn’t do much until after the Comex close.Then starting around 2:30 p.m. EDT, the gold price began to slowly tick higher for the rest of the New York Access market.  The low tick in London looked to be around the $1,378 spot mark…and the high tick in New York was recorded by Kitco as $1,393.60 spot…and that occurred at the London p.m. gold fix.Gold finished at $1,3191.50 spot…up $5.80 on the day…and net volume was a very light 106,000 contracts.Here’s the New York Spot Gold [Bid] chart that shows the New York action in far more detail.Silver traded in a very tight range in both Far East and London yesterday…and was down about 20 cents when the price blasted off at 8:15 a.m. in New York yesterday morning.  The market went “no ask” fifteen minutes later…before the usual not-for-profit seller[s] showed up.  By 9:20 a.m. the price was back down to $22.07 spot…and barely moved for the remainder of the trading day.Kitco recorded the high tick as $22.68 spot…and if “da boyz” hadn’t shown up when they did, we would be looking at a very big silver price right now.But when all was said and done at the 5:15 p.m EDT close in New York, silver was only up 23 cents on the day…and closed at $22.08…and above the $22 price ceiling.  Volume, net of roll-overs out of the July delivery month, were a bit heavier than normal…close to 33,000 contracts.Here’s the New York Spot Silver [Bid] chart, so you can see the dramatic action in the first 15 minutes of Comex trading for yourself.The dollar index closed in New York late Thursday afternoon at 80.72…and then fell to 80.61 by 10:00 a.m. in Tokyo.  From there it rallied to its high of the day…80.99…just minutes after 8:30 a.m. in New York.  At that point, the index fell completely out of bed…hitting a low of 80.65 by 11:40 a.m. EDT.  The subsequent rally was tiny…and very short.  From there the dollar index headed lower, finishing the Friday session on its low tick…80.62…and down 10 basis points from Thursday.You should carefully note that vertical price spikes in both gold and silver got hammered flat at the precise moment that the dollar index fell off a cliff just minutes after 8:30 a.m. EDT.  There’s absolutely no chance that this was a coincidence.  As Chris Powell’s famous quote goes…”There are no markets anymore…only interventions”.The gold stocks opened in the black…but quickly began to sell off…and they kept right on going down despite the fact that the gold price finished in positive territory yesterday.  The HUI finished down 1.66%.The silver stocks didn’t do well, either…and Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index closed down 1.82%.(Click on image to enlarge)Here’s Nick’s Silver 7 chart that shows the near-term price action in a longer term perspective.(Click on image to enlarge)The sell-off in the precious metal stocks probably had more to do with what was happening in the general equity markets in New York at the time.The CME’s Daily Delivery Report showed that a surprisingly large 414 gold contracts were posted for delivery on Tuesday within the Comex-approved depositories.  The two big short/issuers of note were Barclays with 324 contracts out of its client account…and ABN Amro with 88 contracts.  The three largest long/stoppers were HSBC USA, Barclays…and Canada’s Bank of Nova Scotia, with 234, 94 and 69 contracts respectively.  The long/stoppers at Barclays were in the bank’s proprietary [in-house] trading account…the bank betting against its customers again.There were only 4 silver contracts posted for delivery on Tuesday…and the link to yesterday’s Issuers and Stoppers Report is here.There were no reported changes in either GLD or SLV yesterday…and no sales report from the U.S. Mint, either.Over at the Comex-approved depositories on Thursday, they reported receiving 701,662 troy ounces of silver…and 21,763 troy ounces were shipped out the door.  The link to that activity is here.In gold on the same day…9,027 troy ounces were reported received…and 12,210 troy ounces were shipped out.  The link to that activity is here.The Commitment of Traders Report was pretty much as expected, as there were improvements in the Commercial net short position in both gold and silver…but particularly silver…and several new records were set.In silver, the Commercial net short position [the total Commercial short holders subtracted from the total Commercial long holders] declined by 16.9 million ounces…and is now down to a shockingly low 25.1 million ounces.  Reader E.W.F. said that “In silver, the Commercial traders hold their smallest net short position since 29 July 1997.”  That’s almost 16 years ago!!!The four largest traders are short 196.5 million ounces of silver…and the next ‘5 through 8’ traders are short an additional 55.9 million ounces of silver.  Ted says that he’s no longer sure what JPMorgan’s short position in silver might be.As far as concentration goes, once you remove all the market-neutral spread trades from the total open interest, the Big 4 are short 35.3% of the entire Comex futures market in silver.  The short positions of the ‘5 through 8’ traders adds another 10.0%.  So the Big 8, in total, are short 45.3% of the entire Comex futures market in silver.Reader E.W.F. says that “the silver raptors [the small commercial traders other than the Big 8] hold their largest net long position in the history of the data.”In gold, the Commercial net short position declined by 333,000 troy ounces…and is now down to 5.83 million ounces.  Reader E.W.F. says that..”the Commercials hold their smallest net short position in gold since 31 May 2005.”The four largest traders are short 9.94 million ounces of gold…and the ‘5 through 8’ traders are short an additional 4.67 million ounces.As far as concentrations go, once the market-neutral spread trades are removed from gold’s total open interest, the four largest traders are short 31.0 percent of the entire Comex futures market in gold…and the ‘5 through 8’ traders add another 14.6 percentage point.  So the Big 8 in total are short 45.6% of the entire Comex futures market in gold.Reader E.W.F. pointed out that “the gold raptors are net long 87,851 contracts.  This is their largest net long position since April 10, 2001.  On that date the gold raptors were net long 95,984 contracts.”Here’s Nick Laird’s “Days of World Production to Cover Comex Short Positions” chart for all physically traded commodities on that exchange.(Click on image to enlarge)Here’s your “cute quota” for the day…and don’t forget that the “cute quota” will be included with “The Funnies” starting with Tuesday’s column.last_img read more

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first_imgWe’ve all seen the statistic: since 1913, the dollar has lost 98% of its purchasing power. That means that roughly, you now need $50 to buy what you could have bought for just $1 a little over 100 years ago. But the media are obsessed with a strong dollar today. To counteract the hysteria, NPR reported a refreshing point: Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker said in an interview Monday that on one hand, having a strong currency “is a reflection of the fact the U.S. economy is strong. … So that’s the good news.” On the other hand, “it would be naïve to say the strong dollar isn’t something that some companies are taking into account” and might make land and equipment too expensive here, she said. The key to overcoming that currency drawback is to be sure foreign investors see the big picture and understand the long-term value of the U.S. market, she said. “Your location decisions are ones made for decades” and should not be based on today’s currency bounces, she noted. The rising dollar has made US assets, equity included, more expensive. A stronger dollar also means it takes more foreign currency to buy goods priced in the USD. This is one reason CEOs often mention “currency headwinds” on earnings calls. That said, I agree with Ms. Pritzker. Taking a longer-term view on the dollar can benefit businesses and investors alike. And such a view offers a lot of food for thought: The chart shows the decline of the US dollar’s value relative to a basket of foreign currencies, including the euro, Canadian and Australian dollars, Japanese yen, British pound, Swiss franc, and Swedish krona. The 2014-2015 uptick looks impressive, no doubt, but the black trend line tells a different story: the dollar is no long-distance champ. This is why I discouraged investing in securities tied to the US dollar, such as Treasuries, in my last post. Despite its recent rise, the long-term value proposition of the world’s reserve currency looks unappealing. Stocks, however, will benefit from a weaker dollar in the long term, and this is why we keep looking for equity opportunities for the Money Forever Portfolio.last_img read more

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first_imgA Tuscaloosa woman is behind bars after being accused of assaulting a 2-month-old child.Tuscaloosa Police said they responded Wednesday to Children’s of Alabama in Birmingham after workers there reported a child came in with severe head trauma. The child remains in critical condition at this time.Investigators arrested and charged LaKendra Yashekia Williams, 24, of Tuscaloosa on a domestic violence assault charge, but more charges are pending.Williams is being held in the Tuscaloosa County Jail on a $60,000 bond.last_img read more

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MONTGOMERY Ala AP – The federal government awa

first_imgMONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – The federal government awarded Alabama two grants totaling $400,000 to alleviate rural opioid abuse.Forty states received grants of $24 million in all as part of an initiative to implement prevention, treatment and recovery programs for substance use disorders in rural communities.George Sigounas, who heads the Health Resources and Services Administration, says the goal of the program is to reduce opioid deaths in high-risk, rural communities.A statement released Tuesday by Health and Human Services says opioid users in rural communities face added challenges in getting treatment.The agency says those people are more likely to be uninsured, to have less education and to have lower incomes than their urban counterparts.(Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)5/14/2019 2:37:18 PM (GMT -5:00)last_img read more

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Construction is everpresent on the University of

first_imgConstruction is ever-present on the University of Alabama’s campus, but several projects will be completed soon.When students and faculty return for the fall semester they will be greeted by the brand new capstone parking deck.“This parking deck will hold about a thousand spaces here on the southeast perimeter of campus,” said Megan Whitten, UA’s communications director. “It supports a lot of spaces in the area, you think of athletics, the Bryant Conference Center, the Moody Music Hall, all of the spaces around here that really need that parking support.”Another project that will be completed in the coming months is the renovation of Paty Residence Hall, which is projected to be finished in August. The University has spent nearly $15 million on renovations to improve student housing.“This will certainly be more positive for the students living there and I think it shows our commitment to maintaining a whole variety of housing options for students,” said Alicia Browne, UA’s Director of Student Housing Administration.Alabama is continuing to work on the aquatic center renovation and updates to University Hall on the Bryce Campus as well as the Mal M. Moore Athletic Facility. Although the construction on these projects may run into the fall, impacting students and faculty, the improvements will be worth it in the long run.Students can look online at the UA campus map and access the construction completion dates as well as information about the projects.More projects are set to begin soon and are said to be collectively costing more than $400 million.last_img read more

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NEW YORK – The Atlanta Hawks selected Oregon shoot

first_imgNEW YORK – The Atlanta Hawks selected Oregon shooting guard Tyler Dorsey with their first second-round pick, No. 41 overall, in the NBA Draft on Thursday.The Oregon Greek-American sophomore got rolling late in the season with 20-plus points in his last eight games, helping the Ducks reach the Final Four for the first time since 1939.Dorsey, a 6-foot-4, 180-pound sophomore, averaged 16.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists last season. He shot .423 (88 of 208) from 3-point range, a strength.After graduating from Maranatha High School, in Pasadena, California, he played college basketball for the Oregon Ducks. He is also a member of the senior Greek national team.Dorsey acquired dual citizenship (full citizenship with both the United States and Greece) and a Greek passport, due to his mother’s Greek background. Dorsey’s mother was born to a Greek father and Israeli mother, and her Greek surname is Konstantinidou.In the second round with the 57th overall pick, the Nets selected 6-foot-9, Cyprus born Aleksandar Vezenkov. Brooklyn general manager Sean Marks called the 21-year-old an elite shooter.Aleksandar VezenkovVezenkov is a professional basketball player for FC Barcelona of the Liga ACB.Vezenkov was born in Cyprus, and was raised in Greek communities in Cyprus and Greece. However, due to his Bulgarian descent, he has Bulgarian citizenship, and he has regularly chosen to represent the Bulgarian national team, on both the junior and senior levels. Despite that, Vezenkov holds triple citizenship for Bulgaria, Cyprus and Greece.Always considered to be one of the best players in his age group in Europe, Vezenkov began playing youth club basketball in Cyprus in 2005 with APOEL Nicosia’s youth teams. In 2009, he moved to Greece and began playing youth club basketball with Aris’ youth teams, until 2011, when he joined Aris’ senior men’s club. He trained for several years at Nick Galis Hall, located near the center of Thessaloniki, Greece.Team-by-team breakdown of the players each team ended up with in the NBA draft (includes proposed trades):Atlanta Hawks1 (19) John Collins, f, Wake Forest2 (41) Tyler Dorsey, g, Oregon2 (60) Alpha Kaba, f, Mega Leks (Serbia)Boston Celtics1 (3) Jayson Tatum, f, Duke2 (37) Semi Ojeleye, f, SMU2 (53) Kadeem Allen, g, Arizona2 (56) Jabari Bird, g, CaliforniaBrooklyn Nets1 (22) Jarrett Allen, c, Texas2 (57) Aleksandar Vezenkov, f, FC Barcelona Lassa (Spain)Charlotte Hornets1 (11) Malik Monk, g, Kentucky2 (40) Dwayne Bacon, f, Florida State (from New Orleans)Chicago Bulls1 (7) Lauri Markkanen, f, Arizona (from Minnesota)Cleveland CavaliersNONE.Dallas Mavericks1 (9) Dennis Smith Jr., g, N.C. StateDenver Nuggets1 (24) Tyler Lydon, f, Syracuse (from Utah)2 (49) Vlatko Cancar, f, Mega Leks (Serbia)2 (51) Monte’ Morris, g, Iowa StateDetroit Pistons1 (12) Luke Kennard, g, DukeGolden State Warriors2 (38) Jordan Bell, f, Oregon (from Chicago)Houston Rockets2 (43) Isaiah Hartenstein, c, Zalgiris (Lithuania)Indiana Pacers1 (18) TJ Leaf, f, UCLA2 (47) Ike Anigbogu, c, UCLA2 (52) Edmond Sumner, g, Xavier (from New Orelans)L.A. ClippersNONE.L.A. Lakers1 (2) Lonzo Ball, g, UCLA1 (27) Kyle Kuzma, f, Utah (from Brooklyn)1 (30) Josh Hart, g, Villanova (from Utah)2 (42) Thomas Bryant, c, Indiana (from Utah)Memphis Grizzlies2 (35) Ivan Rabb, f, California (from Orlando)2 (45) Dillon Brooks, f, Oregon (from Houston)Miami Heat1 (14) Bam Adebayo, f, KentuckyMilwaukee Bucks1 (17) D.J. Wilson, f, Michigan2 (48) Sindarius Thornwell, g, South CarolinaMinnesota Timberwolves1 (16) Justin Patton, c, Creighton (from Chicago)New Orleans Pelicans2 (31) Frank Jackson, g, Duke (from Charlotte)New York Knicks1 (8) Frank Ntilikina, g, Strasbourg (France)2 (44) Damyean Dotson, g, Houston2 (58) Ognjen Jaramaz, g, Mega Leks (Serbia)Oklahoma City Thunder1 (21) Terrance Ferguson, g, Adelaide 36ers (Australia)Orlando Magic1 (6) Jonathan Isaac, f, Florida State2 (33) Wesley Iwundu, f, Kansas StatePhiladelphia 76ers1 (1) Markelle Fultz, g, Washington1 (25) Anzejs Pasecniks, c, Herbalife Gran Canaria (Spain) (from Orlando)2 (36) Jonah Bolden, f, FMP Beograd (Serbia)2 (39) Jawun Evans, g, Oklahoma State2 (46) Sterling Brown, g, SMU2 (50) Mathias Lessort, f, Nanterre 92 (France)Phoenix Suns1 (4) Josh Jackson, f, Kansas2 (32) Davon Reed, g, Miami2 (54) Alec Peters, f, ValparaisoPortland Trail Blazers1 (10) Zach Collins, c, Gonzaga (from Sacramento)1 (26) Caleb Swanigan, f, PurdueSacramento Kings1 (5) De’Aaron Fox, g, Kentucky1 (15) Justin Jackson, f, North Carolina (from Portland)1 (20) Harry Giles, c, Duke (from Portland)2 (34) Frank Mason III, g, KansasSan Antonio Spurs1 (29) Derrick White, g, Colorado2 (59) Jaron Blossomgame, f, ClemsonToronto Raptors1 (23) OG Anunoby, f, IndianaUtah Jazz1 (13) Donovan Mitchell, g, Louisville (from Denver)1 (28) Tony Bradley, c, North Carolina (from LA Lakers)2 (55) Nigel Williams-Goss, g, GonzagaWashington WizardsNONE.TweetPinShare11 Shareslast_img read more

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A federal judge in Texas issued a ruling Friday de

first_imgA federal judge in Texas issued a ruling Friday declaring the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional, apparently setting the stage for another hearing on the health care law by the U.S. Supreme Court.The ruling by U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor invalidates what’s commonly referred to as Obamacare nationwide, and casts into doubt the survival of the law on the eve of the deadline for tens of millions of Americans to sign up for health care coverage in 2019.The ruling comes in a lawsuit brought against what was one of the major domestic achievements of the Obama administration. An alliance of 19 Republican attorneys general and a governor led by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton challenged the law.As NPR’s Alison Kodjak explained on All Things Considered,”The lawsuit had to do with whether when Congress last year repealed or eliminated the penalty for not having insurance — it was a tax penalty for people who didn’t have insurance — whether that meant the rest of the law didn’t apply anymore. The court case argued that all of the pieces of the law were dependent upon each other, so by eliminating the penalty the rest of the law fell apart. The judge agreed with that opinion.”In his 55-page opinion, Judge O’Connor said the debate over the ACA’s interlocking provisions is “like watching a slow game of Jenga, each party poking at a different provision to see if the ACA falls.”In a statement, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders praised the ruling.”Obamacare has been struck down by a highly respected judge. The judge’s decision vindicates President Trump’s position that Obamacare is unconstitutional. Once again, the President calls on Congress to replace Obamacare and act to protect people with preexisting conditions and provide Americans with quality affordable healthcare. We expect this ruling will be appealed to the Supreme Court. Pending the appeal process, the law remains in place.”Shortly afterwards, President Trump tweeted, “As I predicted all along, Obamacare has been struck down as an UNCONSTITUTIONAL disaster! Now Congress must pass a STRONG law that provides GREAT healthcare and protects pre-existing conditions.”California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, who led the coalition of states that defended the ACA promised to continue the court fight to preserve the law.Rep. Nancy Pelosi, who is expected to be House speaker when Democrats come into the majority next month, tweeted, “Tonight’s absurd ruling exposes the monstrous endgame of the GOP’s all-out assault on people w/ pre-existing conditions & the ACA. When @HouseDemocrats take the gavel, the House will swiftly intervene in the appeals process to #ProtectOurCare!”Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more

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Last updated on July 3rd 2019 at 0710 pmThe Moor

first_imgLast updated on July 3rd, 2019 at 07:10 pmThe Moorland Tennis and Pickleball Club in New Berlin has closed and been sold to a Milwaukee investment group, which is planning to renovate and re-lease the property.An affiliate of Milwaukee investor LCM Funds Real Estate LLC purchased the 58,320-square-foot building at 2900 S. 163rd St. for $1.7 million from Western Racquet Club Inc. LCM Funds is headed by David Winograd, Scott Revolinski and Bernard Kearney III.On Wednesday, the tennis club posted a message on its Facebook page eluding that the club was closing. On Thursday, the phone was disconnected and the company’s website no longer worked.“I can assure you that every decision I made was in the best interests of our members, our employees, and the long-term future of Moorland,” said the Facebook messaged. “I can tell you without hesitation that Moorland is a place I would want to be a part of even if I didn’t work here for so long. As many of you move on to other options I would like to encourage you to continue to support tennis and pickleball in the community, support our local high school players, and promote the sports that you all have enjoyed here for so many years.”LCM Funds is planning to re-lease a portion of the space to UNITS Moving and Portable Storage, according to a press release. UNITS is currently located in 4480 N. 124th St. in Wauwatosa and will be relocating.Brett Deter, an industrial specialist at Founders 3 Real Estate Services, represented the buyer and UNITS. Get our email updatesBizTimes DailyManufacturing WeeklyNonprofit WeeklyReal Estate WeeklySaturday Top 10Wisconsin Morning Headlines Subscribelast_img read more

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Plan your events with the Community Calendar Tue

first_imgPlan your events with the Community Calendar: Tuesday, November 21:Thanksgiving Pet Food Drive at Post Gazette. Tuesday is the last day to help Freeway support a local shelter by donating pet food and supplies. Donations can be dropped off at 5 Prince Street, see additional details here.5:00PM Wharf District Council Meeting at 30 Rowes Wharf. The Wharf District Council meeting will take place from 5:00PM-7:00PM in the Norman Leventhal Center. The meeting’s agenda will include discussions on police updates, the Boston Public Market, Greenway updates and an the HarborWalk Signage Initiative.From the Community: Boston Community Collaborative debuts Sadie Mae, 1969 at the Twin Cities Horror FestivalBoston Community Collaborative premiered the original production Sadie Mae, 1969 at the Twin Cities Horror Festival, the only theater festival in the country to produce solely horror theater. The play was carefully researched and written over the course of three years by Ingrid Oslund, lead drama and dance instructor at Boston Community Collaborative, continue reading.Need to submit a post? Great, start here!Keep up with what’s happening on the Events Calendar.Weather Forecast: Shift to women on Boston City Council is astoundingThe historic victories of two additional women of color to the Boston City Council has been causing quite the buzz as Councilors-elect Lydia Edwards and Kim Janey’s addition marks the first time in city’s history that nearly half (48 percent) of the council will be comprised of women. The makeup of the City Council will now reflect the increasingly diverse composition of the city’s residents, Commonwealth Magazine has the full story.See the video of outgoing councilor Sal LaMattina welcoming Lydia Edwards as the new District 1 City Councilor. Watch here.Home For The Holidays: Things to know for MondayYour daily round up for Monday, November 20:Traffic Advisory: Delays at N. Washington St. Bridge. The Boston Transportation Department is advising drivers that maintenance requires lane reduction on the N. Washington St. Bridge, causing expected outbound delays starting Monday the 20th.5:00PM Trellis Lighting at Christopher Columbus Park. Join the Friends of Christopher Columbus Park and the Boston Parks and Recreation Department for the 15th annual lighting of the park’s signature trellis, see full event details here.Notable News:State leaving millions on table in short-term rental revenueAirbnb, the online platform that allows property owners to rent their homes, claims Massachusetts could see upwards of $18.3 million in state and local room taxes if the commonwealth would allow the organization to collect and remit room occupancy taxes on behalf of its users. Rep. Aaron Michlewitz, the House chair of the Financial Services Committee, has been working to refine the proposal he created and develop a bill that would not only tax short-term rentals, but also regulate the market and impose consumer protections, the Gloucester Times has the full story.*Advertisement* Currently Did we miss something? Add it to the comments below. Follow @northend.waterfront on Instagram and tag #northend or #bostonwaterfront to have your photo featured!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* Currently Currentlylast_img read more

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first_img Currently Things to know for MondayToday is Monday, April 9 and by the very slim chance you didn’t already know…the North End is one of Boston’s most iconic dining districts. Boston.com recently pulled together an essential guide to dining in the North End featuring where to find the best pizza, pasta, cannolis and more. Here’s what else you need to know for the week ahead…7:00PM NEWNC Monthly Meeting. Join the North End / Waterfront Neighborhood Council at the Nazzaro Center located at 30 North Bennet Street for their monthly meeting.Notable News:North End Resident Saves Toddler’s Life with Bone Marrow DonationNorth End Resident Laura Pacheco, a former Gift of Life bone marrow donor, is helping to raise awareness of the upcoming April 29th Gift of Life Steps for Life 5k Run & Walk. Laura was paired with 3-year-old Mario Lopez who was suffering from a blood disorder and in need of a marrow transplant when she was able to make her donation and save his life, see additional details about the upcoming 5K here.*Advertisement* Take Your Best Swing: Currently Plan your events with the Community Calendar: Tuesday, April 105:30PM Reception for Senator Joe Boncore. Stop by Il Molo at 326 Commercial Street for a fundraiser reception to support senator Joe Boncore, see additional details and RSVP here.6:00PM Bike Share Expansion Open House. The Boston transportation Department will host eleven open houses this spring to finalize plans for more than 70 new bike share stations in the city, see additional details here.6:30PM FOCCP Monthly Meeting at Mariner’s House. Join the Friends of Christopher Columbus Park for their monthly meeting on the 2nd floor at 11 North Square, see additional details here.Wednesday, April 116:00PM Author Event: Karen McManus. Join the North End Teen Book Club at 25 Parmenter Street as author Karen McManus discusses her New York Times bestseller “One of Us is Lying”.6:30PM Friends of the North End Library Meeting. There will be a meeting for the Friends of the North End Library at 25 Parmenter Street.From the Community: Golden Goose Cafe Opens for DinnerThe Golden Goose Cafe, which has been open for breakfast and lunch since this past Fall, has announced that they are officially open for dinner until 8PM Wednesday – Friday and until 9PM on Saturdays, continue reading.Need to submit a post? Great, start here!Keep up with what’s happening on the Events Calendar.Weather Forecast: Did we miss something? Add it to the comments below. Follow @northend.waterfront on Instagram and tag #northend or #bostonwaterfront to have your photo featured!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* Currentlylast_img read more

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first_imgLATEST STORIES View comments Palace open to make Dengvaxia usable again as dengue cases spike PCSO to focus on improving transparency of gaming activities PLAY LIST 03:26PCSO to focus on improving transparency of gaming activities01:39Sotto open to discuss, listen to pros and cons of divorce bill06:02Senate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreements01:50Palace open to make Dengvaxia usable again as dengue cases spike01:49House seeks probe on ‘massive corruption’ in PCSO01:37PCSO estimates P250M in Lotto revenue loss due to suspension Locsin wants to drop ‘visas upon arrival’ privilege The Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group has been encouraging members to donate Club Carlson Gold Points to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief effort.To encourage donations, Carlson and the Carlson Family Foundation agreed to match donations of up to $10,000. The total amount committed by Carlson and the Carlson Family Foundation is more than $50,000, which will go to relief groups such as Internal Rescue Committee Typhoon Haiyan Fund and American Red Cross Typhoon Appeal.FEATURED STORIESNEWSINFOSenate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreementsNEWSINFOLocsin wants to drop ‘visas upon arrival’ privilegeNEWSINFOPalace open to make Dengvaxia usable again as dengue cases spike“As a responsible business, we believe that we should do what we can to help the communities that we operate in. Club Carlson is among the first few to provide a platform for its loyal members to provide assistance to the affected communities. It is heartening to see Club Carlson members come forward to use their reward points, which they have earned by staying at our hotels, to contribute to this worthy cause. We are grateful for their support and thank them for their generosity. We encourage more members to support this cause,” said Simon Barlow, president, Asia Pacific, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group. WHAT WENT BEFORE: Dengvaxia is world’s first dengue vaccine Painters refuse to go quietly MOST READ Baybayin revival makes native PH history hip MORE STORIESnewsinfoWHAT WENT BEFORE: Dengvaxia is world’s first dengue vaccinenewsinfoBaybayin revival makes native PH history hipnewsinfoMartial law in Negros? Military taking cue from local execsMORE STORIESnewsinfoWHAT WENT BEFORE: Dengvaxia is world’s first dengue vaccinenewsinfoBaybayin revival makes native PH history hipnewsinfoMartial law in Negros? Military taking cue from local execs Senate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreements Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH protests Chinese boat swarm, warship passage PBA: Rain or Shine overcomes San Miguel, McCullough’s 51 to avert sweep THE CARLSON Rezidor Hotel Group’s Club CarlsonSM members in Asia Pacific donated 20 million loyalty club points through the Club Carlson website in support of the American Red Cross Disaster Relief efforts in the Philippines.The points donated by Club Carlson members are equivalent to more than US$30,000.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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ELEVEN TEAMS from different municipalities and cit

first_imgELEVEN TEAMS from different municipalities and cities of the Cebu Province will take part in the first-ever Mayor Democrito Diamante and Vice Mayor Danny Diamante First Inter-Municipalities and Cities Open Chess Team Tournament today at the Tuburan town plaza.Teams from Bogo City, Mandaue City, Toledo City, Municipality of Dalaguete, Tuburan, Minglanilla, Argao, Barili, Danao, Carmen and Liloan are those which have confirmed their participation in the tournament that will offer P70,000 worth of cash prizes.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Miner killed in Benguet mine mishap SMC bags Bulacan airport project MORE STORIESnewsinfoMissing Lewis Chessman found, could fetch $1M at auctionnewsinfoGirl barred from Malaysia chess competition over ‘seductive’ dressnewsinfoStruggling at maths, Spanish schools turn to chessMORE STORIESnewsinfoMissing Lewis Chessman found, could fetch $1M at auctionnewsinfoGirl barred from Malaysia chess competition over ‘seductive’ dressnewsinfoStruggling at maths, Spanish schools turn to chess WHAT WENT BEFORE: Dengvaxia is world’s first dengue vaccine Read Next Baybayin revival makes native PH history hip Among those noted players who are expected to join are International Master (IM) Kim Steven Yap, multi-awarded junior player Rhenzi Kyle Sevillano, IM Rico Mascariñas, Eden Diano, National Master (NM) Leonardo Alidani, Richard Natividad and Mario Mangubat./CORRESPONDENT DALE G. ROSALFEATURED STORIESNEWSINFOSenate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreementsNEWSINFOLocsin wants to drop ‘visas upon arrival’ privilegeNEWSINFOPalace open to make Dengvaxia usable again as dengue cases spike PCSO to focus on improving transparency of gaming activities PLAY LIST 03:26PCSO to focus on improving transparency of gaming activities01:39Sotto open to discuss, listen to pros and cons of divorce bill06:02Senate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreements01:50Palace open to make Dengvaxia usable again as dengue cases spike01:49House seeks probe on ‘massive corruption’ in PCSO01:37PCSO estimates P250M in Lotto revenue loss due to suspensioncenter_img PH protests Chinese boat swarm, warship passage Senate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreements Locsin wants to drop ‘visas upon arrival’ privilege Painters refuse to go quietly MOST READ Tolentino: No more debate with Drilon on China deal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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by Coulibaly Eva YSP Cote dIvoire We held a char

first_imgby Coulibaly Eva, YSP Cote d’IvoireWe held a character education seminar for the youth on November 2018 at the Daoukro Moderne High School 1 and 2. President of Youth and Students for Peace (YSP-CI), Mr. BROU KONAN JEAN MARIE, YSP-CI gave a lecture aimed at raising awareness among youth about the risks of pregnancy at schools.During this Conference, nearly 300 young students responded. In addition, we had the presence of the manager of YSP Daoukro Mr. Digbe Dowan Patrice.The objective of this conference was to create a framework for exchange and training for young people to raise awareness on the thorny issue of the danger of pregnancy in schools, because according to the direction of the strategies of planning and statistics (DSPS) 4147 cases of pregnancy were recorded for the year 2017-2018.In view of this statistic, we proposed an effective method of educating students’ character through pre-marital abstinence training and lectures, because the causes of school-based pregnancies were mainly due to the lack of information and sexual education reason for which YSP Cote d’Ivoire has chosen to promote character education.We wants to contribute alongside the efforts made by the government to put an end to this scourge that undermines youth. Because we believe, young people are the future leaders and therefore the choice of life they make today, will influence them and the society in which they live, so it is important that they make the best choice.The conference ended with overall photos. We want to express our gratitude and gratitude to the Heavenly Parent and True Parents.last_img read more

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See What New Dental Implants Should Cost in 2019

first_img See What New Dental Implants Should Cost in 2019 Dental Implants | Sponsored Listings Sale More From King Ryan Longsleeve Shirt Nightmare Matchup for UFC’s Biggest Stars Accessories Timeline of Israel Adesanya’s Rapid Rise to UFC Contender Morning Report: Jorge Masvidal praises Conor McGregor: ‘The dude is a f*cking G, bro’ Lockdown duffle bag ProMax 440 BJJ GI The Greatest Boxers Of All-Time New Arena Greatest Highlights of Anderson Silva’s Career [Gallery] This Wedding Dress Made Guests Truly Uncomfortable Herald Weekly Standard BJJ Gi Colby Covington rips ‘diva’ Robbie Lawler for leaving American Top Team over a photo Standard Ranked Rashguard Gordon Ryan Competition Kit Apparel Brock Lesnar’s WWE Future After UFC Retirement Gloves ABC passes rule alteration to definition of grounded fighter Which is More Dangerous – MMA or Football? Sponsored Content Dana White addresses contender status of Colby Covington, Leon Edwards, Corey Anderson More: This is episode 129 of the Promotional Malpractice Live Chat.UFC 185: Anthony Pettis vs. Rafael dos Anjos is just days away now, so we’ll go as in depth as we can breaking down this main event, who is likely to win, why and with what methods and what it all means for the sport. We’ll also look at the co-main event, a women’s strawweight fight between champion Carla Esparza and rising contender Joanna Jędrzejczyk. There’s been some debate about whether that bout has been properly promoted, or, more specifically, if the champion herself has received enough publicity. Last, but certainly not least, we’ll delve into Johny Hendricks vs. Matt Brown from this card as well.We’ll also touch on other issues affecting the sport today: Fedor Emelianenko suggesting only men should fight MMA, Ian McCall’s Team Alpha Male hatred, the curious case of Phoenix Jones, and whatever else it is you guys wish to discuss.Oh, and we’ll touch on Mayweather vs. Pacquiao ahead of today’s presser from Los Angeles, California.More Coverage: Podcast on iTunes | Podcast on Stitcher | Podcast on SoundCloudFollow Luke on TwitterThere’s a lot going on, so join me today to discuss all of this and more. In terms of today’s chat, anything is up for discussion, but I will lead with this and it all kicks off at 1 p.m. ET.As is customary, I’ll post the video window here as the event draws near and I’ll answer any questions you may have if you post them in the comments section below. Be sure that you click the ‘rec’ button for those comments/questions you believe most deserve a response.Be sure to link this page and use the hash tag #chatwrappers on Twitter or even Facebook when you’re watching this to let everyone know you’re taking part in this activity of ours. The Most Successful Attorneys In Los Angeles. See The List Top Attorneys | Search ads [Photos] Remember Him? Wait Till You See Him Now Tie Breaker Video: Aalon Cruz scores ridiculous jumping knee KO on Contender Series Ranked: 30 Wealthiest Presidents. #1 Was A Surprise Finance 101 Recommended by Latest From MMA Warehouse Latest From Our Partners Top Contenders for Fight of the Year Good Night Tee MMA Fighting Should Frankie Edgar finally fight at bantamweight? Coach Ricardo Almeida weighs inlast_img read more

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A Bostonian Created the Newest Quaker Oatmeal Flavor

first_img By Alex Wilking· Print 2/21/2017, 3:58 p.m. Apple cheddar rosemary oatmeal from Quaker. / Photo providedThe new go-to New England breakfast is… oatmeal? It is now, thanks to a Bostonian named Karen. The Massachusetts native’s apple cheddar rosemary recipe was selected as the newest instant oatmeal offering from Quaker, the company announced today.Last year, the breakfast behemoth set out to find America’s next hit oatmeal flavor through a contest dubbed Bring Your Best Bowl. The competition asked Americans to pitch their ideas to the company for a grand prize of $250,000. More than half a million people submitted their recipes, and that bulk was narrowed down to three finalists, who had their ideas debut on shelves over the fall for all to judge.After some deliberation, Karen edged out the competition with her very New England creation. Her entry beat out runner-up flavors lemon ricotta pancake, and vanilla chai.“We created the Bring Your Best Bowl contest to inspire people to think about the versatility of oats, and that’s exactly what our winner Karen delivered with her unique flavor combination,” a representative for Quaker Foods North America said in a press release. “For 140 years, Quaker has been committed to bringing the whole grain goodness of oats to more people in more ways, more often, and we are so excited to continue to do so with this new savory oatmeal.”Karen’s winning flavor came about after her fiancé had surgery and had to stick to soft foods, she told Quaker. To keep dinner from going flat, she would make oatmeal based on a household favorite—her cheddar, apple, and rosemary flatbread. Oatmeal had already been a vehicle for experimentation in her kitchen—like it is at the newest breakfast-and-lunch spot in Davis Square, the Oat Shop.“I have a passion for cooking and love developing new, unique recipes that use everyday staples from my pantry, especially oatmeal because of how versatile it is,” Karen said, via Quaker’s press release.Well, she now has plenty of resources to keep the oatmeal R&D going. Keep an eye out for her winning flavor this month when it starts rolling out onto store shelves nationwide. A Bostonian Created the Newest Quaker Oatmeal Flavor And it’s quintessentially New England. center_img 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.* 000last_img read more

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Five Reasons to Leave the House This Weekend

first_img PHOTO BY LARS JANMultimediaThe Institute of Memory (TIMe)Lars Jan tells the story of his journey to learn more about his late estranged father with a multimedia performance including a kinetic light sculpture, self-typing typewriters, and wire-tap transcriptions. David Henry, director of performing and media arts at the Institute of Contemporary Art, says Jan’s use of technology to tell a story in theatrical, artistic and diverse ways drew him to this show. The Institute of Memory also has a local connection, because Jan once lived in Cambridge and his father attended Harvard. “The story looks at the role that technology played in the last half of the twentieth century and what it’s playing today,” Henry says. “It also asks questions about privacy and how technology might change us.” Watch closely throughout the show as the light sculpture moves to reveal a surprise.$25, through Saturday, Barbara Lee Theater, 25 Harbor Shore Drive, Boston, icaboston.org.IMAGE PROVIDEDConcertLetters to Cleo Reunion SeriesBoston rockers Kay Hanley, Greg McKenna, Michael Eisenstein and Stacy Jones are back for a three-night reunion concert series with the Blake Babies. While the band was everywhere in the ’90s, culminating with a cameo in the seminal 1999 teen film 10 Things I Hate About You, the band broke up in 2000. But they’ve stuck around the music scene. Hanley released two solo albums and provided the vocals for the soundtrack to 2001’s Josie and the Pussycats movie, and was more recently seen performing on tour with Jones as members of Miley Cyrus’s band. But this weekend, they’ll be back to performing as Letters to Cleo. Each night’s set list will be dedicated to a different album. Thursday will be Aurora Gory Alice, Friday will be Wholesale Meats and Fish, and Saturday will be Go! The kicker: each Letters to Cleo album will be on sale on vinyl for the first time at each show.$29.50+, through Saturday, Paradise Rock Club, 967 Commonwealth Ave., crossroadspresents.com.TEN TUMBAO/PHOTO COURTESY OF GLOBAL ARTS, EATS & BEATSCultureGlobal Arts, Eats & Beats The Cambridge Innovation Center is launching its first event of a quarterly series that aims to bring together the business community with the cultural community of Boston. Each event will honor a different region of the world by bringing authentic food, art, and music from that region to the Render Coffee shop on the ground floor of the CIC building. This weekend, the CIC will honor Latin America with a performance from Ten Tumbao, art brought from Guatemala to Boston, a cacao and coffee tasting, and much more. Shakti Rowan, wellness coordinator of the CIC, says the event’s tagline, “Opening Hearts and Minds Across Borders and Cultures,” illustrates the CIC’s mission with the event series. “It’s more of a celebration as opposed to an opposition,” Rowan says. “We want to celebrate that all are welcome here.”Free, Friday, 4-8 p.m., Cambridge Innovation Center, 50 Milk St., Boston, cic.com.IMAGE PROVIDEDTheaterThe 39 Steps Has someone ever entered your life and turned it completely upside down? Richard Hannay knows the feeling. In this “spy-melodrama-turned-comedy,” he doesn’t know what’s coming until it’s too late. Richard finds himself in big trouble when Annabella Schmidt, a mysterious beauty that he just recently met, is found dead in his apartment. If you’re looking for some excitement to distract you from the upcoming week’s stressful familial obligations, look no further. Moonbox Productions has got you covered with The 39 Steps.$50, through December 9, Boston Center for the Arts Plaza Theatre, 539 Tremont St., Boston, moonboxproductions.org. PHOTO BY CAITLIN CUNNINGHAMArt SaleSMFA at Tufts Art Sale It’s a win-win: Support local emerging artists and take home a new piece of art to spice up your living space at the annual School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University art sale. SMFA students, alumni, faculty, and affiliated artists will be selling their original artwork throughout the weekend. And don’t worry, art lovers. If you’d like to visit the sale more than once, pieces will be regularly rotated as they are sold, creating a new selection each time.Free, through Sunday, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, 230 Fenway, Boston, smfa.tufts.edu. Keep your weekends full of the coolest things to do around Boston with our weekly Weekender newsletter. Sign up for Weekender. Arts, events, pop culture, and more.* 000 Printcenter_img By Abigail Freeman· Events Five Reasons to Leave the House This Weekend Including the Institute of Memory at the ICA, a Letters to Cleo reunion concert series at the Paradise, and more. 11/16/2017, 7:45 a.m. last_img read more

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On the Market A Mansion Overlooking Mount Monadnock

first_img 001 Sign up for our weekly home and property newsletter, featuring homes for sale, neighborhood happenings, and more. 12/24/2018, 10:23 a.m. By Madeline Bilis· Photo via Keller Williams Realty-Metropolitan47 Doody Drive, Marlborough, NHPrice: $1,500,000Size: 14,041 square feetBedrooms: 7Baths: 9.75It’s Christmas Eve and you can rest easy, because your search for a gigantic mansion in the Monadnock region is officially over.This spiffy spot, called the Windacre Estate, stretches to a whopping 84 acres. It’s anchored by an 1876 structure called Bush Mansion, which overlooks New Hampshire’s Mount Monadnock from an abundance of windows. The place just underwent a top-to-bottom renovation, and now boasts a four-story elevator shaft, along with updated fixtures and finishes. Two wood-burning fireplaces make the living areas feel a bit less cavernous, while 26 different “exotic hardwoods from around the world,” infuse each room with what listing agent T.J. Potter calls old-world craftsmanship.The whole package comes to just $107 per square foot, or $1,500,000 total. For 14 times the size of a Back Bay condo—and for a quarter of the price—it’s quite the deal.For information, contact  T.J. Potter, Keller Williams Realty-Metropolitan, kw.com.Photo via Keller Williams Realty-MetropolitanPhoto via Keller Williams Realty-MetropolitanPhoto via Keller Williams Realty-MetropolitanPhoto via Keller Williams Realty-MetropolitanPhoto via Keller Williams Realty-MetropolitanPhoto via Keller Williams Realty-MetropolitanPhoto via Keller Williams Realty-MetropolitanPhoto via Keller Williams Realty-MetropolitanPhoto via Keller Williams Realty-MetropolitanPhoto via Keller Williams Realty-MetropolitanPhoto via Keller Williams Realty-MetropolitanPhoto via Keller Williams Realty-MetropolitanPhoto via Keller Williams Realty-MetropolitanPhoto via Keller Williams Realty-MetropolitanPhoto via Keller Williams Realty-MetropolitanPhoto via Keller Williams Realty-MetropolitanPhoto via Keller Williams Realty-MetropolitanPhoto via Keller Williams Realty-MetropolitanPhoto via Keller Williams Realty-MetropolitanThe Boston Home team has curated a list of the best home design and home remodeling professionals in Boston, including architects, builders, kitchen and bath experts, lighting designers, and more. Get the help you need with FindIt/Boston’s guide to home renovation pros.center_img Print For Sale/Rent On the Market: A Mansion Overlooking Mount Monadnock Dubbed the Windacre Estate, this sprawling property just underwent a top-to-bottom renovation. Sign up for Home & Property newsletters. Design, real estate, and pretty things for living.*last_img read more

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A former care minister has suggested that the Libe

first_imgA former care minister has suggested that the Liberal Democrats might be in favour of reopening the Independent Living Fund (ILF).Norman Lamb (pictured), who was care minister in the coalition for nearly three years, told Disability News Service (DNS) that it was “intolerable” that former ILF-users were now facing cuts to their support packages, after the fund’s closure on 30 June.And he called on the government to act, potentially by reopening the fund.He spoke out after hearing from DNS how disabled campaigners were warning that “dangerous” cuts to support were now exposing government promises that former ILF-users would not lose out from its closure.ILF was run by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and when it closed on 30 June was helping nearly 17,000 disabled people with the highest support needs to live independently.But the coalition government decided that it should be scrapped, promising instead that nine months’ worth of non-ring-fenced funding would be transferred through the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) to councils in England, and to devolved governments in Wales and Scotland.The transition process has been hit by reports of delays in reassessments for former ILF-users and cuts to their care packages, and government pre-closure statements and pledges appear to be falling apart.Lamb was speaking to DNS two days after delivering a well-received speech to his party’s annual conference in Bournemouth, which highlighted the need to address a possible £5 billion funding shortfall in social care by 2020.He told DNS that the ILF principle was “one that I strongly support”, as it “enables people to determine their own priorities”.Lamb said he was concerned not only about former ILF-users, but also about many other disabled people who faced the “full, emerging, developing crisis in social care”.He said: “I think the government needs to recognise what is actually happening… look closely at the evidence and act on it.“What would be intolerable is if people with complex disabilities were not getting the care packages that they need to enable them to lead the best life possible in those circumstances.”He added: “The consequences of the funding squeeze that we now face are potentially disastrous.”He pointed out that ILF had been funded by DWP and that it was a DWP decision to close it, with the first steps taken by the Conservative minister for disabled people Maria Miller in December 2010.Lamb said: “They need to reflect on what’s happened. They need to recognise the evidence of what is actually happening and rethink this.“Because of the general squeeze on budgets, [it appears] they are not being protected… so they need to go back to the drawing board and recognise actually that this approach of giving money to people with highly complex disabilities to enable them to choose their priorities and dictate how the money is spent is a good one and they ought to be prepared to revisit in the light of the evidence.”Asked whether the cuts to support for former ILF-users should have been predicted by coalition ministers, he said: “I am prepared to accept that, but they should act on this now that the evidence is emerging of what is happening.”He said he had an “open mind” on whether ILF should be reopened, but he said it was “intolerable” if former ILF-users were losing out because they had been “subsumed” within a larger local authority system that itself was facing extreme funding pressures.He said: “It needs to be addressed by government, either by reopening the fund, or by coming up with some other solution to ensure that people with complex disabilities get the support that they need.”He added: “The bottom line in all of this is how much as a society we are prepared to pay to support people with complex needs that go beyond medical need. That’s the very thing I have been trying to highlight this week.”Lamb said that the idea of splitting responsibility for disability between three departments – DWP, the Department of Health and DCLG – was “not particularly rational”.He said: “I am open-minded about the mechanisms you use and I think there is lots of scope for rationalising it and simplifying who is responsible within government for supporting these people.“But the bottom line is in my view as a civilised society we need to be prepared to come up with enough money to support people with complex needs properly to enable them to live a decent life.”Lamb told delegates earlier in the week that he was “starting a national conversation” about the “emerging crisis” in funding of both health and social care.And he said he was interested in the idea of a clearly-identified contribution to NHS and social care to be included on people’s pay-slips, as well as a right for local areas to raise additional funds for the NHS and social care if they chose to do so.Lamb pointed in his speech to his party’s many achievements on mental health in the coalition, including halving the number of people in mental health crisis who end up in police cells; drawing up the first national standards for mental health crisis care; initiating a service to divert people with mental ill-health, learning difficulties or autism away from prison; setting a “zero suicide ambition” for the NHS; and trebling the number of people accessing psychological therapies.He told delegates: “Our mission must be very simple: equality. Nothing more, nothing less. We must end the historic injustice suffered by those with mental ill-health.”last_img read more

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Disabled and older people have compared a council

first_imgDisabled and older people have compared a council’s plans to cut £5 million from its adult social care budget to “social cleansing” and have accused it of “treating people no better than animals in Longleat”.The comments were included in The Voice of those Affected, a report by Healthwatch Merton into proposed cuts by Merton council in south-west London.The report was commissioned by the council after heavy lobbying by campaigners, and was based on comments by 72 service-users and carers during a series of focus groups.The report was released as more than 20 campaigners – many of them disabled people – protested outside the council’s offices before a committee meeting this week at which councillors discussed the proposed cuts.The protesters had heard that members of the council’s ruling Labour group had already voted in secret – although not unanimously – not to increase council tax for 2016-17, or to take advantage of new powers allowing councils to increase council tax by two per cent a year to boost adult social care spending.Six speakers, including Lyla Adwan-Kamara, chief executive of Merton Centre for Independent Living (MCIL), and two disabled people affected by the proposals, spoke to the council’s healthier communities and older people’s scrutiny panel about the report and the likely impact of the cuts.Adwan-Kamara said afterwards that those speeches “brought to life what was in that report, what had been happening to them and even worse what was going to happen to them”.Following those and other presentations and discussions, the panel rejected three proposed cuts – to care and support packages, to staffing, and to scrapping a respite service – and agreed to send them back to the council’s cabinet for “review and reconsideration”.People who took part in the Healthwatch Merton focus groups said the cuts would damage their health, sever social connections, and affect every aspect of their lives, leaving some believing that life was no longer worth living.Words and phrases used to describe the cuts included “disgusting”, “devastating”, “wickedness” and “survival of the fittest”.One told a focus group: “It is like social cleansing, they are trying to get rid of the people they don’t need.”One man in his 80s said – apparently quite seriously – that he would now have to “start practising to eat less from now on”, while another contributor said: “I will end up in my flat like a hermit, self-harming again.”Another said: “I was placed in a care home. It feels like a prison. I pay £600 per week to live somewhere I hate and I don’t use any of the services.”One focus group member said the council had become “less and less supportive”, and accused it of “withdrawing help and taking things back to Victorian times”, while another said: “I had to beg social services to take notice of me. What chance is there going to be for people that don’t have a voice like I did?”The report calls for the council to commission a more detailed, independent evaluation of the impact of the cuts on disabled and older people, and concludes: “One of the key feelings voiced was a sense of betrayal and abandonment by Merton Council.“People talked of being left behind, being left on the scrapheap, and not being treated equally.”The report says there were people crying in nearly every one of the focus groups, and it warns that if the cuts go ahead, people will “potentially be making heat or eat type decisions as they may need to pay for their own care, or pay more for services that they need”.After the scrutiny panel meeting, Adwan-Kamara told Disability News Service that it was the first time the council had “really listened to our members”, but that the £5 million in cuts was “still hanging over people’s heads”.She said of the Healthwatch Merton report: “I had a fairly clear view of what people would say, because we have been hearing this through our casework.“As a centre for independent living, we knew what the issues were, but to see those comments written down in black and white and made so explicit and clear was really emotional.”She said the Labour group’s decision not to increase council tax was “unconscionable”.She said: “They have that opportunity and they are refusing to take it. They have made a choice not to raise council tax, so they have made a choice not to support the most vulnerable people in Merton.”A spokeswoman for Merton’s Labour group confirmed the scrutiny panel had asked the cabinet to look again at the three proposed cuts to adult social care, and said the budget would now be considered by the cabinet on 15 February, with a final decision taken by the full council on 2 March.She said that the Labour group “intends to keep its promise to residents to freeze council tax” and would not take advantage of the two per cent increase option.Cllr Stephen Alambritis, leader of the council, said in a statement: “I promised residents a four year council tax freeze and if there’s one thing you can say about me I keep my promises.  “I’m a business-man and I believe in running a business-like council, making what we do more efficient so we can continue to deliver the services people need the most.”Cllr Mark Allison, the cabinet member for finance, added: “The government have cut council funding by more than 40 per cent but in Merton we have done our best to protect adult social care services by ensuring it gets a lower share of the cuts than other departments, and by adding a further £12 million to its budget.  “As a result we have managed to keep the amount we spend on adult social care virtually the same since 2010.”last_img read more

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Labours policy on universal credit has again beco

first_imgLabour’s policy on universal credit has again become mired in confusion after its leader, Jeremy Corbyn, promised to scrap the government’s “catastrophic” and “iniquitous” benefit system if his party wins the next general election.Such a move would be seen as a significant victory for disabled activists and allies who have pushed the party to promise to scrap universal credit, instead of pledging only to halt the rollout of the system and fix its many flaws.Interviewed after the party’s success in last week’s Peterborough by-election, Corbyn told Channel 4 News (pictured): “We are ready for a general election, and that general election will deliver a Labour government.”He added: “If you voted Remain in 2016, and you’re on universal credit, if you voted Leave in 2016 on universal credit, you actually want to get rid of universal credit. That’s what Labour offers.”Despite Corbyn’s comments, what seemed to be a significant change in policy appeared not to have been noticed by any mainstream media.And the party’s press office today (Thursday) issued a statement that conflicted with what Corbyn said, merely stating again that a Labour government would pause the rollout of UC and try to make it fit for purpose.A party spokesperson said: “Universal credit isn’t working and cannot continue in its current form.“Labour will stop the roll-out, and ensure our social security system genuinely protects people from poverty.”Disabled activists, particularly Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC), have campaigned for the government – and any future Labour government – to “stop and scrap” universal credit (UC).Only last week, DPAC released new research which detailed media articles on UC published between January and May this year, which it said was “a damning record of UC systemic and catastrophic failures”.It said that UC had reached a point where it was “unable to adapt to claimants’ complex circumstances, and is forcing people with the least resources into further poverty, homelessness, and hunger”. DPAC said it was calling for UC to be scrapped because it had become a social security system “which not only does not offer security, but actively undermined people’s ability to cope with the hazards of life”.A DPAC spokesperson said last night (Wednesday), in response to Corbyn’s comments, but before the party had released its statement: “We welcome it as it’s the only credible position that Labour or any other party can take given UC’s well-evidenced fundamental failings, enormous waste and terrible harm but we remain unsure of Labour’s position until there is a firm public commitment.”It is not the first time that Labour has appeared to call for UC to be scrapped and then retreated from that position.Last October, the party had to back-track after deputy leader John McDonnell said in a television interview that UC was a “shambles” and “iniquitous” and added: “I think we are moving to a position now where it is just not sustainable. It will have to go.”But the party’s press office later stressed that Labour’s position was that “universal credit in its current form simply isn’t working”.Labour’s work and pensions secretary, Margaret Greenwood, was also heavily-criticised by disabled activists after telling the party’s annual conference in Liverpool last September that the government must “stop the rollout of universal credit and fix its many flaws”, rather than calling for it to be scrapped. A note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS…last_img read more

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With Theresa May in Northern Ireland David Liding

first_imgWith Theresa May in Northern Ireland, David Lidington and Emily Thornberry stood in for the main party leaders at PMQs today. The pair usually offer spikier, more humorous exchanges than those of the main party leaders, but this week presented us with a much less entertaining viewing experience. Brexit had raised tensions, and the Prime Minister’s de facto deputy appeared terrified of committing news.Andrew Bridgen made a contribution worth noting.The Tory backbencher and hardline Brexiteer was the first to ask a question, and took the opportunity to highlight a recently surfaced video of Jeremy Corbyn in 2009 calling the EU a “Frankenstein” and making the case against repeated referendums in Ireland. (“I’ve just got a feeling they’re going to keep on voting until they get the answer they want,” the Labour leader said, echoing the arguments of anti-‘people’s vote’ campaigners.)Bridgen used this footage as evidence that Corbyn agrees with him that there should be no second EU referendum, and asked Lidington to concur. This particular Tory backbencher can hardly be expected to follow any party line, but it shows the Conservatives as a whole have not yet decided whether to emphasise Corbyn’s long-held Euroscepticism, and in turn Labour’s splits over the EU, or ignore it and claim the opposition wants to “frustrate” Brexit.Thornberry kicked off with a gag.To the delight of members on the Labour benches, Thornberry started: “I’m so glad to renew my acquaintance with the minister for the Cabinet Office – or as the newspapers always call him, effectively the deputy Prime Minister. Surely the only occasion these days when the words Prime Minister and effective are used in the same sentence.” This is why people look forward to these ‘fake’ PMQs – though unfortunately this was the only witty comment of the session.Lidington was shifty.It was widely expected that Thornberry would press her sparring partner on customs union membership, as David Lidington is known to be one of those in government pushing for a softer Brexit. The Tories were fully expecting that approach; as Ken Clarke said later, the two were “trying to find detailed point on which they disagree” though could reach an agreement in five minutes if it were left to them.It looks as if Lidington was indeed afraid that the Shadow Foreign Secretary would succeed in forcing a slip-up. The Cabinet Office minister employed the Prime Minister’s usual tactic of not answering any questions, and no repartee was forthcoming. Once the head-to-head with Thornberry was over, he was much more relaxed, with a strong and lengthy attack on the SNP government in response to Ian Blackford and an emotional reply to a colleague’s question concerning the recent house fire in Stafford.Thornberry backed Article 50 extension.Although Labour did whip for the Cooper amendment (advocating Article 50 extension if the government could not pass a deal by the end of February), and Keir Starmer has described a Brexit delay as “inevitable”, which practically everyone in Westminster agrees with, the opposition party is not entirely comfortable supporting the move. The fear remains that it risks confirming perceptions of a metropolitan Labour Party blocking Brexit, so Corbyn and his spokesman are careful to frame this outcome as being the fault of the government.But Labour is getting more comfortable about explicitly endorsing it. Without caveats, Thornberry asked: “Does the minister not agree that the sensible, cautious thing to do at this late stage is to seek a temporary extension of Article 50, so that we have time to see whether negotiations succeed or if they do not to pursue a different plan?”.Thornberry summed up the reasons for backing customs union membership.“The technological solution is a non-starter. A permanent backstop will never be acceptable to the ERG or the DUP. The only solution that will actually work is a full customs union,” she argued. While a customs union will never be acceptable to the ERG/DUP either, it is key to getting Labour on board with the deal. Whether a Brexit deal passes is still a question of whether the non-binding political declaration on the UK’s future relationship with the EU is changed.The Tory frontbench was more male and pale than ever. No effort was made to make up for the gender diversity usually provided by the Prime Minister, and the two sitting either side of Lidington couldn’t look more like Tory caricatures. It seems Conservative chair Brandon Lewis was ignoring his own advice again. In the i today, Katy Balls reveals that Lewis recently “helped give a presentation declaring that the key to winning the next election was by appealing to female voters”. He then attacked a Labour parliamentary candidate for appearing to ‘like’ a ‘dick pic’ on Twitter. (Sally Keeble says she was hacked.) And today Lewis helped give the impression that his party has not addressed its racial and gender diversity issues.Tags:PMQs /Labour /Emily Thornberry /Brexit /David Lidington /last_img read more

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WPD arrests three in monthlong narcotics and gang investigation

first_imgHarris, Allen, Graham (Photo: WPD) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Members of the Wilmington Police Department’s Gang Unit concluded a month long narcotics and gang investigation Friday, resulting in the arrest of three Wilmington people.Wilmington Police executed warrants for Marcqueice Graham, 19, Rone’quia Harris, 26, and Roderick Allen, 17. Police seized two hand guns, one of which had an altered serial number, 7.7 grams of marijuana, heroin packaging material, a grinder and $275 cash.- Advertisement – Police say Graham, a validated member of Folk Nation: Gangster Disciples 720 gang, is charged with possession of firearm with altered serial number, possession of marijuana up to 1/2 ounce, possession of drug paraphernalia.Harris is charged with possession of marijuana up to 1/2 ounce and possession of drug paraphernalia.Allen, a validated member of Folk Nation: Gangster Disciples 720 gang, is charged with trafficking Heroin, sell and deliver schedule I, sell and deliver within 1000 feet of a school. Allen was also charged in a 2016 drive-by shooting.last_img read more

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Meet Lily 2yearold Beagle

first_img Lily’s previous owner told New Hanover County Animal Services she is both crate trained and house trained and has lived with male and female dogs as well as male cats. However, she is not familiar with children.Lily is responsive to certain commands like “sit”, “stay”, “down” and “come”.If you think she could be the perfect addition to your home, head to New Hanover County Animal Services.Related Article: Is there a safe temperature to leave a dog in a car?County residents can adopt for $70.Adoption services are available between Noon and 4:45 p.m. Monday through Friday or Saturday from 8 a.m. to Noon. This Saturday, though, there will not be adoption hours because of the Free Rabies Clinic.To see other animals available for adoption, click here. NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — If you need a little extra love in your life, meet Lily.She is a 2-year-old Beagle who absolutely loves to cuddle and is looking for a place to call home.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Hoggard high students walk out on anniversary of Columbine shooting

first_img Their signs called for an end to gun violence and that’s something these students say they want to see happen soon.Today is the anniversary of the Columbine shooting and these students say they want to make their voices heard.“At this point, I’m past patiently waiting for congress to step up to the plate and do something about it,” student Vivian Hornstein said. “They’ve been talking about change for 20+ years. It’s time to talk about change and it’s time to make the change now and step up to the plate, and that’s what we’re out here to do.”Related Article: One arrested, one injured after shooting in Pender CountyAccording to a school spokesperson, the students who left campus will receive detention.A Columbine remembrance rally is also planned for tonight in front of the Federal courthouse in downtown Wilmington. 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Even with the knowledge of being punished for skipping school, Hoggard High School students took part in a nationally planned school walk out.About a dozen students left school just before 10 a.m. to walk down to the intersection of South College Road and Shipyard Boulevard in front of Rite Aid to stand in protest.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Police rescue woman attacked bitten multiple times by dog

first_img00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police says they rescued a 31 year old woman from a pit bull attack Wednesday night.Officers responded to the 1200 block of Spofford Circle around 10 p.m. after receiving a 911 call from a neighbor, who had also been bitten.- Advertisement – 1 of 2 Officers responded to the 1200 block of Spofford Circle where a woman was attacked by a dog. (Photo: WWAY) Officers responded to the 1200 block of Spofford Circle where a woman was attacked by a dog. (Photo: WWAY)center_img Officers say when they got there they found the pit bull standing aggressively over Mary Hinson, of Wilmington. Hinson was unconscious and had multiple bite wounds. Officers tased the pit bull, causing it to retreat, giving them the chance to get to Hinson. EMS transported Hinson to New Hanover Regional Medical Center where she underwent surgery. Police say she is in stable condition.Related Article: Insta-gram: Teen accused of using platform to advertise weedDuring the investigation, officers learned Hinson did not have permission to be on the property from the owner, Sherry Spivey, who is currently in jail.Officers located multiple dogs inside the house, which is in very poor condition. New Hanover County Animal Control took the dogs into custody.WPD is continuing to investigate this incident.We will have the latest tonight on WWAY News.last_img read more

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Lifeguards go onduty for the summer

first_imgLifeguard CAPE FEAR REGION, NC (WWAY) — Memorial Day weekend may be the unofficial start to summer, but it’s the official start to lifeguards being on-duty in along our coast.According to Wrightsville Beach and Kure Beach Fire departments, lifeguards on those beaches will be on-duty for the season starting Friday.- Advertisement – Carolina Beach Fire Department says their lifeguards will be on the beach completing training Friday and will officially start Saturday.last_img

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European survey for lesbian gay bisexual trans intersex nonbinary and other gender

first_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> To support equal treatment legislation and policy making, the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) has launched an EU-wide LGBTI survey, with a questionnaire that is available online for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex people over the age of 15 living in the European Union, N. Macedonia, and Serbia.Based on the survey results, national and European policy makers as well as non-governmental or civil society organisations will be able to better target their advocacy strategies and activities to support the LGBTI community to live and express themselves freely without any discrimination.The European LGBTI Survey counts on the participation of a large and diverse group of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and Intersex people from each country. This is the second wave of an EU-wide effort to collect LGBTI experiences in the framework of the ever largest survey made in this field. Besides occasional news reports about discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) people, there is very little comparable data collected across the EU about the everyday experiences of LGBTI people with respect to discrimination.The survey is being commissioned by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA). The implementation is done by Agilis, a statistical consultancy firm and the communication by Homo Evolution, an organisation dedicated to communication for the LGBTI community. WhatsApp SharePrintlast_img read more

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Local drag racing drivers for UK Doorslammer event

first_imgS. Debono PhotographyS. Debono Photography Drag racing driver Rosello Cassar, who this year is celebrating his 20 years of racing, is celebrating this anniversary with his MK1 Escort at Santa Pod in England.Ruth Galea PhotographyBetween the 17th and 19th of May, Cassar will be competing at Doorslammers – an event that was extremely popular in the seventies and eighties at the raceway, Santa Pod. A few years ago this event resumed with a much bigger, new format and is quickly becoming popular, attracting huge crowds and many drivers.Apart from Cassar, there will also be another Maltese drag racing driver Paul Fenech who will be racing another Escort MK1 belonging to Andy Harris.Both Cassar and Fenech are members of the Malta Drag Racing Association, as well as regular and successful drivers at the Ħal Far Raceway.WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=a7617b59&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=128&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintlast_img read more

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Vodacom App store reaches 100 000 downloads

first_imgAdvertisement The program will launch in Johannesburg on 7 October 2011 at the Protea Fire and Ice Hotel in Melrose Arch from 6-9pm and in Cape Town on 10 October 2011 at Vodacom’s main auditorium in Century City from 6-9pm. This is free for those wishing to attend.“We see the Apps store as the embryo of an ecosystem. We’re looking forward to building a network of successful local developers, so they can help develop apps that help South Africans,” said Prins Mhlanga, Vodacom Managing Executive of Digital Media.“With our apps initiative, we hope to complement and enhance this already vibrant community,”said Mhlanga. – Advertisement – The program promises to be a valuable knowledge sharing and learning exercise for the industry as a whole. Those attending will be provided with the opportunity to:–       engage with the most renowned industry specialists in the mobile apps marketplace;–       discuss tools to monetize apps–       identify training opportunities in the mobile apps environment; and–       gain insight into Vodacom’s innovation incentives and available technical and commercial support.The Vodacom Apps Store was launched on 1 September 2011, and features a catalogue of over 140 000 applications powered by Appia, one of the world’s largest open application marketplaces. All Vodacom customers who wish to access Vodacom apps can do so by visiting http://vodacom.mobi/apps on their cellphones or from the apps feature on Vodafone live!“The opportunities for further development in the Vodacom Apps Store are significant considering it also supports all major platforms including Android, Blackberry, Java, Symbian and Windows Mobile,” concluded Mhlanga.Developers and interested parties are invited to register for the Vodacom Developer Programme at www.vodacom.co.za/developerSource: itnewsafricalast_img read more

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Official PayPal app for the Samsung Gear 2 now available

first_imgAdvertisement PayPal’s dedicated app for the smartwatch  which was announced during the launch of the Samsung Gear 2 at Mobile World Congress earlier this year is now available.The app allows you to check-in at local stores to pay for purchases, redeem offers, receive payment notifications, view and manage recent transactions directly from your wrist.The version currently available is listed as 1.40. – Advertisement – If you’ve got a Gear 2 and a compatible device, head on over to Samsung’s app store or use the Gear manager to download the PayPal app.Credit: Android Centrallast_img read more

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How absence of real democracy could ruin your startup

first_imgUgandan internet users resorted to VPN solutions to access social media sites after the country’s operator blocked access. This Google Trends graph shows the interest in “VPN” as a search query over the last few days. Credit: Google Trends Advertisement I SPENT most of yesterday evening thinking about my O’Level History lessons. About the chapters we learnt about various African kingdoms, and a question that was common in most examinations: the factors that lead to the growth of Kingdom A, Kingdom B, e.t.c We used to joke about how any of such questions, regardless of the kingdom in question always had to have “strong and/or able leaders” among the responses. It was a bit of a template response.In those kingdoms, there was no democracy. The King’s word was law. It didn’t matter what their subjects felt. They didn’t have the power to think: they only needed to fight. Fight FOR their king. – Advertisement – “The Kingdom of Dahomey [for example] was an important regional power that had an organized domestic economy built on conquest and slave labor, significant international trade with European powers, a centralized administration, taxation systems, and an organized military,” reads this Wikipedia article. Dahomey was located in the area of present-day Benin.And such seems to be the situation in Uganda today. With the same president since I was three months old, you get a sense of a “more of the same” standard of life. And the inevitable expectation to discuss case studies of how neighbors – Rwanda especially – have made tremendous strides in the direction of development. And Kenya. Actively embracing technology to build for a future we, back in Uganda, only read and write about. A future where a guarantee of constant power supply would enable you to dream about services that require 99.9% uptime.Then came this week. The week that started with calls for Uganda’s social media users to ensure they participate in the election and to dispel the notion they only just talk without action. You could feel the excitement. The anticipation. The hope. The energy!Then came 18th. And all this was blown away in just one morning!Let me explain:At around 6am on polling day, I was going through my phone as I waited for the team we were meant to work with that day. A friend texted me about why MTN Mobile Money was down, and if I knew how long it could take before it was restored.I had no idea.Moments later, I learnt that actually, Mobile Money services, as well as Social Media, had been “disabled” by Uganda’s Communications regulator “due to a threat to Public Order and Safety”, a text message from one of the operators read.The UCC has directed MTN to disable all SocialMedia & MobileMoney services due to a threat to Public Order & Safety. pic.twitter.com/BqPcUyW0QF— MTN Uganda (@mtnug) February 18, 2016For Uganda, this was quite new, although it wasn’t surprising. Most of my colleagues who said they weren’t going to vote in this election said the reason was because their “votes don’t count” and that government was going to rig, one way or the other.But we didn’t immediately see the correlation between mobile money as a service and public order and safety. As we explored ways to bypass the blockade, MTN sent further text messages reminding customers that the call centers were going to be closed in just a few hours: 1400hrs local time, the country’s largest operator said.Ugandan internet users resorted to VPN solutions to access social media sites after the country’s operator blocked access. This Google Trends graph shows the interest in “VPN” as a search query over the last few days. Credit: Google TrendsIt felt like the country was shutting down. I got calls from friends as we drove out of town to our constituency, trying to enquire how MTN could actually shut down a 24/7 call-in service. The MTN employees in charge of communications I spoke to said they had no prior knowledge of this shutdown, suggesting this was an impromptu requirement.I’ve spent the 10 months in the Communications Sector, specifically the telecommunications industry. Part of my work has been understanding – and helping others understand – how revolutionary mobile money is, and why it is set to be the future of payments, especially in sub-saharan Africa.I have worked with youth developing solutions that rely entirely on Mobile Money for payments. In October 2015, MTN said over 70% of all utility bill payments in Uganda were going through its platform, and announced that it had hit a monthly transactions record of over 40 million. Airtel said a  month later that it was facilitating about 20million transactions. That’s a combined 60million transactions a month. Or two million every day.From the MTN Mobile Money perspective, over the last three days, over four million transactions have been blocked. From an revenue perspective, Uganda’s largest taxpayer has directly lost a minimum of UGX. 2,000,000,000; taking the minimum transaction charge of UGX 500/=. Of course the actual figures would be higher.While announcing their preliminary observations of this month’s general elections, one of the EU observers said; “… I’ve spoken with your president; he wants to develop the country, he says, but in most cases, development and democracy go hand in hand.” He makes an important point.With unemployment so rampant, the greater majority of the 60,000+ mobile money agents rely on daily performance to pay their employees – an estimated 160,000, according to MTN. Others – also about 50,000 Ugandans – rely on Mobile Money for lighting. A solution called ReadyPay, available on a pay-to-own basis using MTN Mobile Money, works like a phone top-up to enable the user to make affordable daily Mobile Money payments.Thousands of hardworking Ugandans being exposed to risk of inability to afford a meal by impunity!These are real problems, affecting real people. Imagine if the US government could arbitrarily shutdown PayPal! If we’re asking our developers to make mobile money as integral as, perhaps, PayPal is, then we have to guarantee that it will be available when users need it.Something we can’t!In the absence of guarantees that such arbitrary, politically motivated, blockades won’t occur, it becomes difficult to convince innovators to develop solutions that actualize a cashless economy. Because you WILL get stuck if you’re onboard a taxi hoping to pay using mobile money, and realize that, without notice, your government asked the operator to shut it down.But why?It’s unclear. But Opposition Party FDC claimed that the had been holding about UGX. 500 million that was meant to facilitate their field agents. We have over 500 million meant to facilitate our election observers blocked on our phones – FDC’s Yusuf N. #UgandaDecides— Masake Anthony (@masakeonline) February 19, 2016This is bad and should be condemned in the strongest terms.Sad day for #internet & #ict use for Uganda #ugandadecides https://t.co/dczexn4dwx— CIPESA (@cipesaug) February 18, 2016But unfortunately, representatives of government don’t think so: We did (shutting down social media) what a responsible govt should do and we have no regrets with that – Min. of ICT #UgandaDecides— Masake Anthony (@masakeonline) February 19, 2016#thecapitalgang@OfwonoOpondo: Social Media was not closed by the NRM. It was closed by the government of Uganda— 91.3 Capital FM (@913CapitalFM) February 20, 2016Impact on Online PublishersRelatedly, shutting down social media has direct consequence on online publishers, like PC Tech Magazine, who rely on the networks for traffic. In a case where social media accounts for, say, 40% of your traffic, a your local traffic would have fallen significantly since the ban came into effect – until, at least we had enough users browsing via VPNs.Issues affecting traffic directly affect revenue, especially when implementing visitor-based monetization solutions like Google AdSense.Yet, such effort isn’t necessarily worth it by any measure. Within 24 hours since social media sites were blocked, 1.4million VPN apps had been downloaded from the Android Play Store. And various other users were using VPN iOS apps.Beyond ICT, the good old tourism business would probably be most affected by negative stories published about a country that’s considered undemocratic. For the last 6 days, Uganda has been the focus of international media, with the vast majority of the coverage being negative. Unfortunately, this same international media will not be told of a more public-interest positive story to publish about Uganda soon.Good for development? “You can make your own conclusions,” as the European Union Election Observers said when asked if they considered this election free and fair. Or maybe, like in Dahomey, the strongest leaders aren’t always the most democratic. But that has its consequences.last_img read more

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Senior Facebook executive arrested in Brazil over data access

first_imgA senior Facebook executive Diego Dzodan was detained in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Tuesday, 1 March, 2015 after he refused to grant police access to data from WhatsApp. Image Credit: Facebook Advertisement A senior Facebook executive Diego Dzodan was detained in Sao Paulo, Brazil, yesterday after he refused to grant police access to data from WhatsApp, an instant messaging service that is owned by Facebook saying it was a decisive to a criminal investigation.AFP reports that the social media exec was arrested in his home and is being held awaiting questioning from the authorities.  Facebook said in a statement that its disappointed with the extreme and disproportionate measure of having a Facebook executive escorted to a police station in connection with a case involving WhatsApp, which operates separately from Facebook. Facebook has always been and will be available to address any questions Brazilian authorities may have.” – Advertisement – The company added saying: “Facebook has always been and will be available to address any questions Brazilian authorities may have.”Washington Post reports that Diego Dzodan, Facebook’s vice president for Latin America, was taken into custody on his way into work following a judicial order from a judge, said Matt Steinfeld, WhatsApp spokesman. According to WhatsApp Inc., they reported saying, they don’t keep messages that are delivered to the recipients. “No one, not even WhatsApp, can intercept people’s messages.” They added.The dispute can be traced back four months when the Brazilian police requested for a wiretap after officers investigating that a drug trafficking gang was using WhatsApp to discuss business. Brazilian media reported at the time.[related-posts]After Facebook refused to comply with the request for information, authorities imposed daily fines two months ago that started at about $12,500. A month ago, the fines rose to about $250,000 a day.The case reflects the growing conflict between technology firms, intelligence services, governments and so much more around the world over access to customer data.  The disagreement in Brazil somehow reflects to the disagreement between the tech giant Apple Inc. and the intelligence agency FBI in the United States.Where the company (Apple Inc.) is refusing to give the government access to data from an iPhone belonging to one of the terrorists that was involved in the San Bernardino, California, shootings which happened last year on December 12. A similar case happened to Whatsapp Inc. on December 17, 2015, where Brazil temporarily shut down access to WhatsApp for 48 hours for failure to comply with a July court order in a criminal case.Tonight, a Brazilian judge blocked WhatsApp for more than 100 million people who rely on it in her country.We are…Posted by Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday, December 17, 2015Both WhatsApp and Facebook are hugely popular in Brazil, where WhatsApp has got more than 100 million users.Earlier this week when WhatsApp Inc. was celebrating its seventh birthday, they planned on putting an even greater emphasis on security features in the coming months. Although U.S. law enforcement says it supports encryption, it has expressed frustration with its inability to gain access to user data in criminal and terrorism cases.last_img read more

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Sudan gets its first LTE Network

first_imgAdvertisement Kuwait-based Zain Group through its local unit known as Zain Sudan has announced the commercial launch of 4G LTE services in the country.Zain which was awarded its LTE licence in February  2016 by the National Telecommunication Corporation (NTC) will use a phased rollout, that will start with the capital Khartoum, Medani, Port Sudan and El Obeid.The first rollout will be facilitated by Swedish equipment vendor Ericsson and is aimed at reaching around 20% of the population. – Advertisement – Huawei will come in when it comes to expanding LTE services to other regions in Sudan.Sofar, almost 300 4G LTE sites have already been switched on.last_img read more

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Cheltenham News Movers

first_imgCHELTENHAM NEWS AND MOVERS: Latest daily Cheltenham news and our biggest ante-post mover each day.THIS COMPLETES OUR 2018 FESTIVAL COUNTDOWN. NOW FOR THE ACTION… MONDAY 12 MARCH (1 DAY to go)The going at Cheltenham on the eve of the Festival is now heavy, soft in places.Getabird is one of 20 runners in the Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, the opening race of the 2018 Cheltenham Festival.Buveur D’Air will face 12 rivals when he defends his crown in the Unibet Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham on Tuesday.DAILY STAR MOVERCoo Star Sivola 13/2 > 5/1 (Ultima)Vintage Clouds 14/1 > 10/1 (Ultima)Continued and sustained support for the pair in tomorrow’s Ultima.SUNDAY 11 MARCH (2 DAYS to go)Nicky Henderson hopes the weather stays dry as the countdown begins for Might Bite’s big day in the Gold Cup.On The Blind Side will not run in the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival on Wednesday.Noel Meade is “very hopeful” Road To Respect will stay the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup distance on Friday.DAILY STAR MOVERDouvan 4/1 > 9/4 (Ryanair)Owner Rich Ricci has confirmed Douvan could sidestep the Champion Chase at Cheltenham in favour of the Ryanair.SATURDAY 10 MARCH (3 DAYS to go)Yorkhill looks set to contest the Unibet Champion Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival on Tuesday.Last year’s winner Un De Sceaux is one of 14 confirmations for the Ryanair Chase at the Cheltenham Festival on Thursday.Harry Fry believes Unowhatimeanharry can do himself justice when he has a second attempt at glory in the Sun Bet Stayers’ Hurdle at Cheltenham on Thursday.DAILY STAR MOVERKing’s Socks 10/1 > 8/1 (Brown Advisory)Momentum starting to build on what looks a typical Pipe gamble.FRIDAY 9 MARCH (4 DAYS to go)Reigning Cheltenham Gold Cup hero Sizing John has been ruled out of the Festival by trainer Jessica Harrington.Amy Murphy admits it is “surreal” to be heading to the Cheltenham Festival with a leading fancy.Samcro is the headline act amongst 38 horses confirmed for the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham on Wednesday.DAILY STAR MOVERSnow Falcon 14/1 > 11/1 (Ultima)Very good hurdler who is running off 8lb lower mark over fences.THURSDAY 8 MARCH (5 DAYS to go)Trainer Kim Bailey has decided to miss the Cheltenham Festival with his rising star Vinndication.Nicky Henderson has ruled Top Notch out of the Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham next week.Top-class mare Vroum Vroum Mag will miss next week’s Cheltenham Festival and has been retired from racing.DAILY STAR MOVERUn De Sceaux 2/1 > 13/8 (Ryanair Chase)Continued support and firmed up on news that Top Notch misses the race.WEDNESDAY 7 MARCH (6 DAYS to go)Derek O’Connor is set to continue his association with Edwulf in the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup on Friday week.Hunters Call has been ruled out of the Randox Health County Hurdle at Cheltenham on Friday week.Elgin has been supplemented for the Unibet Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham on Tuesday.DAILY STAR MOVERFirst Flow 20/1 > 16/1 (Supreme Novices’)We saw money for it this morning, since then Kim Bailey has confirmed that he’s an intended runner. In addition to the strong possibility that the ground could ride soft, his ideal conditions, we decided the price needed a trim.TUESDAY 6 MARCH (7 DAYS to go)Nicky Henderson reports all to be well with Altior as last year’s Arkle looks to win the Champion Chase on Wednesday week.Harry Cobden believes Old Guard can stay the trip in the Sun Bets Stayers’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.Friday Night Light could try to book a last-minute ticket to the Cheltenham Festival at Sandown on Saturday.DAILY STAR MOVERDounikos 20/1 > 10/1 (RSA Chase)Money for it, has to be respected as it’s Gigginstown, it’s favourite for the National Hunt Chase but this move could point to its intended target having changed.MONDAY 5 MARCH (8 DAYS to go)Alan Fleming has high hopes for his team of five heading to the Cheltenham Festival, headed by his 2017 hero Tully East.Peter Fahey is anxiously waiting for the weather to dry up so he can make plans for Cheltenham entry Peregrine Run.Connections of Terrefort are leaning towards giving him an outing in the JLT Novices’ Chase at the Cheltenham Festival on Thursday week.DAILY STAR MOVERSaint Calvados 9/2 > 3/1 (Arkle)On back of Sceau Royal coming out.SUNDAY 4 MARCH (9 DAYS to go)Henry de Bromhead has confirmed the RSA Insurance Novices’ Chase as the preferred Cheltenham Festival target for Monalee.Cracking Smart has suffered a setback which will keep him on the sidelines for the rest of the season.Peter Fahey is leaning towards the Pertemps Network Final Handicap Hurdle for Mine Now.DAILY STAR MOVERAct Of Valour 10/1 > 9/1 (Fred Winter)Seen money for this one in a race where trainer Paul Nicholls has a very good record.SATURDAY 3 MARCH (10 DAYS to go)Harry Fry is pleased Unowhatimeanharry is heading to the Cheltenham Festival under the radar this year.Brian Ellison is to send Definitly Red on the short journey to his neighbour Richard Fahey’s stables for a Gold Cup workout.Donald McCain believes the Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase is the “obvious” target for Testify at the Cheltenham Festival.DAILY STAR MOVERBurning Ambition 7/2 > 11/4 (Foxhunters)Very live money from punters we have the utmost respect for forced us to wave the white flag.FRIDAY 2 MARCH (11 DAYS to go)Liz Doyle is favouring the Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate at Cheltenham for Last Goodbye.Jedd O’Keeffe has hailed Joe Colliver’s influence on the rise to prominence of Sam Spinner ahead of the Stayers’ Hurdle.There will be no turf racing in Britain until Sunday at the earliest after Saturday’s meeting at Doncaster was abandoned.DAILY STAR MOVERWicklow Brave 20/1 > 12/1 (Champion Hurdle)We have laid it to decent money to what we’d describe as ‘live’ accounts. We feel that this is a good indication that it’s a definite runner so given that feel that the other Mullins entries could well go elsewhere. We’re happy to duck down to 12/1 for the time being after getting him in the book at 20/1.THURSDAY 1 MARCH (12 DAYS to go)Harry Whittington believes the prospect of quicker ground could jeopardise Saint Calvados’ Racing Post Arkle chance.Mala Beach would have to carry top weight in the Ultima Handicap Chase if Gordon Elliott decides to run him there.Cheltenham clerk of the course Simon Claisse expects much milder weather during Festival week.DAILY STAR MOVEROistrakh Le Noir 14/1 > 10/1 (Close Brothers)We’ve well laid it and have decided to be with it at present.WEDNESDAY 28 FEBRUARY (13 DAYS to go)Ben Pauling has admitted defeat in his attempt to get Willoughby Court to the Cheltenham Festival.The weather continues to wreak havoc with the pre-Cheltenham racing schedule with a resumption in turf racing possibly not until next week.Jessica Harrington is confident Sizing John will bounce back to his best when he bids to defend his crown in the Gold Cup.DAILY STAR MOVERDe Plotting Shed 9/1 > 6/1 (Close Brothers)After weights publication today stays on mark of 143 which many are taking the view is lenient.TUESDAY 27 FEBRUARY (14 DAYS to go)Paul Nicholls is planning to bypass the Weatherbys Champion Bumper at next month’s Cheltenham Festival with Danny Kirwan.Douvan’s chances of running in the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase are now “better than 50-50”.Willie Mullins is unsure when Ruby Walsh will make his competitive return ahead of the Cheltenham Festival.DAILY STAR MOVERUn De Sceaux 3/1 > 9/4 (Ryanair Chase)Fox Norton has come out and looking at the opposition or rather lack of it we’ve just realised it’s a certainty!MONDAY 26 FEBRUARY (15 DAYS to go)Apple’s Shakira is one of 13 Nicky Henderson-trained horses set to take part in a gallop at Kempton on Tuesday.Nico de Boinville feels that triple Grade One winner Might Bite is exactly where he needs to be ahead of the Gold Cup.Gordon Elliott insists Samcro will need to improve to extend his unbeaten record at the Cheltenham Festival.DAILY STAR MOVERRedicean 8/1 > 5/1 (County)Destroyed the field in the Adonis at the weekend and is now second favourite for the juvenile showpiece behind Apple’s Shakira.SUNDAY 25 FEBRUARY (16 DAYS to go)Cue Card will run in the Ryanair Chase at the Cheltenham Festival, trained Colin Tizzard has announcedA Cheltenham Festival appearance from Master Dee is “very unlikely” according to Fergal O’Brien.Nicky Henderson described himself as “one happy trainer” after leading Cheltenham Festival candidates Buveur D’Air and Might Bite enjoyed a gallop after racing at Kempton.DAILY STAR MOVERGlobal Citizen 33/1 > 12/1 (County)Obliterated the Dovecote field at Kempton yesterday and looks potentially lined up for a tilt at the Imperial Cup and County Hurdle double.SATURDAY 24 FEBRUARY (17 DAYS to go)Carntop bids to keep his Cheltenham Festival dream alive in the Sky Bet Dovecote Novices’ Hurdle at Kempton today.Ruby Walsh will not make his long-awaited return to action this weekend.Mitchouka is odds on for the opening Grade 3 at Fairyhouse today and hold entries for the Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, the Boodles Fred Winter Handicap Hurdle and the JCB Triumph Hurdle.DAILY STAR MOVERGetabird 15/8 > 6/4 (Surpreme)Getabird has strengthened up at the head of the market following the news that 6/1 chance, If The Cap Fits won’t be making the Festival.FRIDAY 23 FEBRUARY (18 DAYS to go)If The Cap Fits has been ruled out of the Cheltenham Festival after suffering a setback.Nigel Twiston-Davies plans to employ more patient tactics with The New One in the Sun Bets Stayers’ Hurdle.Gary Moore has decided against running Benatar this weekend and will head straight to the JLT at Cheltenham.DAILY STAR MOVERBarney Dwan 10/1 > 8/1 (Close Brothers Handicap Chase)Supported this morning by people that rarely leave it behind.THURSDAY 22 FEBRUARY (19 DAYS to go)Colin Tizzard has warned Cue Card is far from certain to contest the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup on March 16.Robbie Power will have the pick of the horses running in the colours of late owners Ann and Alan Potts at Cheltenham.Colin’s Sister will sidestep her weekend engagement at Fontwell and instead head straight to the Cheltenham Festival for the Sun Bet Stayers’ Hurdle.DAILY STAR MOVERYanworth 7/1 > 4/1 (Stayers’ Hurdle)Owner JP McManus’ racing manager Frank Berry has confirmed Yanworth for the 3m Stayers’ hurdle with Alan King’s stable star taken out of the novice chase events.WEDNESDAY 21 FEBRUARY (20 DAYS to go)Timico Gold Cup favourite Might Bite’s work at home has been “vastly superior” to anything he produced last year.Nicky Henderson is praying for some help from the weather to allow Buveur D’Air to work at Kempton on Saturday.Ruby Walsh is back riding work as his return from injury gathers pace.DAILY STAR MOVEROur Duke 12/1 > 7/1 (Gold Cup)Continued support after returning to winning form in the Red Mills Chase at Gowran Park on Saturday.TUESDAY 20 FEBRUARY (21 DAYS to go)Petticoat Tails will swerve an outing at the Cheltenham Festival in favour of a Newbury prize.Joseph O’Brien is in no rush to decide whether Edwulf will run in the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup next month.Yanworth will run in the Sun Bets Stayers’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival next month.DAILY STAR MOVERWilliam Henry 10/1 > 8/1 (Coral Cup)Early move on Tuesday for Nicky Henderson’s Lanzarote winner.MONDAY 19 FEBRUARY (22 DAYS to go)Espoir D’Allen will not run at the Cheltenham Festival after being taken out of both the Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle and the JCB Triumph Hurdle.Fergal O’Brien anticipates a bold show from Barney Dwan on his return to the Cheltenham Festival next month.Dan Skelton will switch back to hurdles with Long House Hall at the Cheltenham Festival before a Grand National tilt.DAILY STAR MOVERCue Card 50/1 > 25/1 (Gold Cup)Renewed interest after his big run in the Ascot Chase on Saturday.SUNDAY 18 FEBRUARY (23 DAYS to go)Waiting Patiently is by no means certain to line up for the Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham despite maintaining his perfect record over fences in the Betfair Ascot Chase.Noel Fehily is set to partner Our Duke in the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup at next month’s Festival.Willie Mullins would have no qualms about Douvan and Min taking each other on in the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase.DAILY STAR MOVERElgin 20/1 > 14/1 (County Hurdle)Sprung something of a surprise by winning yesterday’s Kingwell Hurdle.SATURDAY 17 FEBRUARY (24 DAYS to go)Douvan is set to head straight to the Cheltenham Festival after Willie Mullins decided against running his long-absent stable star in Saturday’s Red Mills Chase at Gowran Park.David Pipe will make a decision closer to the time on which race 2015 Champion Bumper winner Moon Racer will contest at next month’s Cheltenham Festival.Peter Fahey has revealed that Peregrine Run could return to action at the Cheltenham Festival if conditions are suitable.DAILY STAR MOVERPresenting Percy 3/1 > 5/2 (RSA Chase)Been backed into strong favouritism (5/4 from 7/4) for today;s Red Mills Chase at Gowran with the shorter trip likely to be useful in sharpening up his jumping before the 3m test at Cheltenham.FRIDAY 16 FEBRUARY (25 DAYS to go)Willie Mullins has decided against running Douvan in Saturday’s Red Mills Chase at Gowran Park.Willie Mullins has confirmed Total Recall an intended runner in the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup.Poetic Rhythm will race over three miles for the first time under Rules in the Albert Bartlett Novices’.DAILY STAR MOVERWaiting Patiently 8/1 > 6/1 (Ryanair Chase)Well backed in anticipation of a big run in Saturday’s Ascot Chase.THURSDAY 15 FEBRUARY (26 DAYS to go)Ruby Walsh hopes to be riding out by the end of next week with a return to the track imminent.The Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup remains the priority for Grand National top weight Definitly Red.Nigel Twiston-Davies feels running The New One in the Sun Bets Stayers’ Hurdle at Cheltenham will be an “interesting experiment”.DAILY STAR MOVERSaint Calvados 7/1 > 11/2 (Arkle)Each way money arrived for what looks the ew steal of the first day. WEDNESDAY 14 FEBRUARY (27 DAYS to go)Might Bite is one of 27 horses still in contention for the Timico Gold Cup following the latest scratchings stage.A total of 11 horses have been scratched from the Gold Cup including Bristol De Mai, Cloudy Dream and the 2015 Gold Cup hero Coneygree.Play The Game appears unlikely to take up his entry in the Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle.DAILY STAR MOVERDouvan 12/1 > 8/1 (Ryanair)Entered this weekend for 2m 4f Red Mills Chase race at Gowran Park.TUESDAY 13 FEBRUARY (28 DAYS to go)Paul Nicholls feels the JLT Novices’ Chase at the Cheltenham Festival is the obvious target for Modus.Henry de Bromhead expects Petit Mouchoir to “improve plenty” for his recent comeback second to Footpad at Leopardstown.Our Duke could head for the Red Mills Chase at Gowran on Saturday ahead of the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup.DAILY STAR MOVERKalashnikov 10/1 > 7/1 (Supreme)Continued support after Saturday’s convincing win in the Betfair Hurdle at Newbury.last_img read more

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BENS BLOG Nick Goff – A Way of Life

first_imgNICK GOFF (part 2 of 3)In part 2 Nick talks of his time with Centrebet, then working for John Thompson in Malta, his respect for Simon Clare of Corals then going it alone as a professional punter. He has advice for punters on how to handle winning as well as losing. NICK GOFF (part 3 of 3)In the third and final part Nick tells us why, after initially winning at it, he turned in playing on-line poker, strategies with sport and football betting. He also gives his opinion on the most important weapon in a punter’s armoury and tells of a massive 33/1 into 11/4 all-weather gamble.In other news:Ben’s Food Vlog 65: La Marinera, Plaza Alonso Ojeda, s/n, 35009 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. I like Las Palmas very much. Real energy. And a fantastic beach, for marching up and down on, thinking about world domination. This restaurant does the job. The mixed-salad accompanied by smoked-salmon & crab-sticks; a nice surprise. WORKABLE. 7<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Over and out, B x Nick Goff is a man who deals in common-sense. The Game is full of skint but genuine geniuses. Mr Goff is not one of them. He leaves out over the top theorising and prefers to talk straightforward working practises and finding value. In video interviews here, with Simon Nott, he speaks to us about his career, working for Big Bookies, and then breaking out and making the huge step to becoming a Pro-Punter.Right the way through, Nick gives us thorough advice on what is NECESSARY, for this way of life. Not getting carried away by small sample-sizes, keeping an eye on SP’s, continually evolving and moving forward and what plagues so many Pros; The Lonely Life.I really do mean it, when I say that this is essential viewing for anybody considering becoming a professional-gambler. He hides none of the mental strain and lifestyle advice that you need to hear. THANK YOU, NICK.NICK GOFF (part 1 of 3)Professional Punter Nick Goff talks of his early days going racing and a ‘Warning’ about understanding betting terminology before making statements! He also talks two lucky escapes as a wanna-be bookmaker before getting involved in the industry proper and an inspired ‘how did I do?’ email that kicked started his career.last_img read more

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£25 FREE BET Netherlands Women v Sweden Women

first_img£25 FREE BET IFTIE IS DECIDED BY PENALTY SHOOTOUTWe are giving all starsports.bet NEW CUSTOMERS a £25 FREE BET if TIE IS DECIDED ON PENALTY SHOOTOUT.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 8pm on Tuesday 2 July and 8pm on Wednesday 3 July. 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 8pm (GMT) on Tuesday 2 July to 8pm (GMT) on Wednesday 3 July.(2) In addition, you must place at least one bet online with starsports.bet before 8pm (GMT) on Wednesday 3 July. 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 TIE IS DECIDED ON PENALTY SHOOTOUT (Netherlands Women v Sweden Women 8pm). 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. Any bet placed can only qualify for one free bet promotion, in situations where a bet is applicable for more than one offer the bet will qualify for the first free bet triggered.(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

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Rice Experts Available for Comment on Persian Gulf

first_imgFacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis Share Contact: Michael Cinelli Phone: (713) 831-4794 Rice Experts Available for Comment on Persian Gulf The following Rice University representatives are available for comment and analysis on developments in the Persian Gulf: * Edward Djerejian, director of the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University and former U.S. Ambassador to Israel. Djerejian served both President Clinton and President Bush as Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs (1991-1993) and President Reagan and President Bush as U.S. Ambassador to the Syrian Arab Republic (1988-1991). He also served as deputy assistant secretary of Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs (1986-1988) and deputy chief of the U.S. mission to the Kingdom of Jordan (1981-1984). In these capacities, Djerejian played a key role in the Arab-Israeli peace process, the U.S.-led coalition against Sadam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait and bilateral security arrangements in the Persian Gulf. * Ric Stoll, professor of political science. Stoll’s main area of research is international conflict and American national security policy. Stoll has conducted a number of studies on the escalation of conflict and the causes of war. He has published a book on national security matters entitled U.S. National Security Policy and the Soviet Union. He is currently finishing a second book entitled U.S. National Security Policy and the New World Order. Several chapters of the new book focus on national security problems with Iraq and lessons learned from the Persian Gulf War. During that war, Stoll served as a resource for print and electronic media journalists. To schedule an interview with either Director Djerejian or Professor Stoll, please contact Michael Cinelli in the Rice University News Office at (713) 831-4794. ###last_img read more

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Study revives Olympic prospects for amputee sprinter

first_imgFacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis Rice University ContactDavid Ruthdavid@rice.edu713-348-6327MIT Media Lab ContactAlexandra Kahnakahn@media.mit.edu617-253-0365 Share2Editor’s note: Peter Weyand, formerly of Rice University and now on the faculty at Southern Methodist University, writes in the November 2009 Journal of Applied Physiology that artificial limbs do make it possible to artificially enhance running speeds. The 2008 news release below pertains only to his research investigating the validity of the scientific claims used to justify banning Oscar Pistorius from Olympic competition. As noted by both the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in 2008 and Weyand later, the specific data presented at the CAS hearing were incomplete and did not support the ban. The release below does not address nor discount the broader possibility that other advantages might exist for a bilateral amputee track athlete like Pistorius.center_img Study revives Olympic prospects for amputee sprinterExperts find no scientific basis for Olympic banA world-renowned team of experts in biomechanics and physiology from six universities, led by Professor Hugh Herr of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Media Lab, refute scientific claims that the prostheses worn by Oscar Pistorius, a 21-year-old South African bilateral amputee track athlete, provide him with an unfair advantage in the 400-meter race. Their conclusions were based on data collected at the Rice University Locomotion Laboratory, under the direction of Professor Peter Weyand. Pistorius hopes to run in the 400-meter race at the Beijing Olympics this summer.Based on the team’s findings, the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) in Lausanne, Switzerland, has ruled that Pistorius is eligible to participate in International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) sanctioned competitions. If he qualifies for the 2008 Beijing games, Pistorius would be the first disabled athlete ever to run against able-bodied athletes in an Olympic event.The team’s findings were presented to the CAS April 29-30 by Herr and Professor Rodger Kram of the University of Colorado at Boulder, and provided the foundation for Pistorius’ appeal to overturn the IAAF decision that previously banned him from running against able-bodied athletes in races that are governed by IAAF rules. The team’s findings were presented at the CAS, where Pistorius was represented by the international law firm of Dewey & LeBoeuf on a pro-bono basis.In addition to Herr, Weyand and Kram, the panel of experts included Professor Matthew Bundle from the University of Wyoming, an expert in the energetics and mechanics of sprinting performance; Craig McGowan, from the University of Texas at Austin, a leading authority on muscle, tendon and joint mechanics; Alena Grabowski, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an expert in human locomotor energetics and biomechanics; and Jean-Benoît Morin from the University of Saint-Etienne, an expert in the mechanics of human running performance.None received compensation for their research or participation in the hearing. The authors plan to submit the study to a peer-reviewed journal now that the legal case has been settled.The scientific team was asked to evaluate the IAAF’s initial claim that the Cheetah Flex-Foot prostheses (J-shaped, high-performance prostheses used for running) worn by Pistorius give him an advantage over able-bodied runners. The team concluded that the scientific evidence put forth by the IAAF investigation to ban Pistorius was fundamentally flawed. “While an athlete’s performance in sprints of very short duration is determined almost entirely by mechanical factors, in races of longer duration, such as the 400m, performance depends on both mechanical and metabolic factors,” said Herr, a bilateral amputee who heads the MIT Media Lab’s Biomechatronics research group.Based on this performance link, the scientists refuted the IAAF findings on two major points: the speed-duration relationship and rates of metabolic energy expenditure.Specifically, the scientists concluded that:• Pistorius’ ability to maintain speed over the course of longer sprints–his speed-duration relationship–is essentially identical to that of able-bodied runners, indicating that he fatigues in the same manner as able-bodied sprinters. • Pistorius’ rates of metabolic energy expenditure do not differ from elite non-amputee runners. In particular, he has nearly the same running economy, or rate of oxygen consumption at submaximal speeds, and a similar maximal rate of oxygen consumption as elite non-amputee runners.“Based on the data collected at Rice, the blades do not confer an enhanced ability to hold speed over a 400m race,” Weyand said.  “Nor does our research support the IAAF’s claims of how the blades provide some sort of mechanical advantage for sprinting.”“The study commissioned by the IAAF claimed that Pistorius has a 25 percent energetic advantage at 400m race speeds. That claim is specious because anaerobic energy supply cannot be quantified,” Kram said.In summary, the team of experts unanimously concluded that the IAAF allegations were not scientifically valid.MEDIA NOTE: THE HIGH-RES VIDEO DOWNLOAD ABOVE IS AVAILABLE FOR NEWS PURPOSES. PLEASE CREDIT RICE UNIVERSITY.For more information or to interview Peter Weyand, contact David Ruth at 713-348-6327 or druth@rice.edu.last_img read more

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RiceTMC teams win two fracture putty grants

first_imgShare CONTACT: Jade BoydPHONE: 713-348-6778E-MAIL: jadeboyd@rice.edu  Rice-TMC teams win two ‘fracture putty’ grantsBioengineers, physicians work on bone-healing wonder materials Two teams of Rice University bioengineers and colleagues at the Texas Medical Center have been asked to create a putty-like wonder material that can be packed around broken bones on the battlefield to reduce complications from compound fractures. Rice’s bioengineers are partnering with doctors from Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) and University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHSC-H). “The Department of Defense’s call for ‘fracture putty’ research proposals attracted a great deal of attention,” said Jim Coleman, Rice’s vice provost for research. “It is a testament to Rice’s expertise in tissue engineering that our people were tapped to fill critical roles in two of the three programs that won initial funding.” Compound bone fractures — severe breaks in which the bone protrudes through the skin — are difficult to treat in the best of circumstances. Complications on the battlefield only add to the difficulty. Multiple surgeries are often required. Bone screws, rods, plates and other orthopedic devices are common, and it can take months, even years, for soldiers to heal and rehabilitate. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) hopes to address this problem by developing a nontoxic, putty-like material that can be applied on the battlefield to provide immediate support to the broken bone and promote the rapid growth of new bone. DARPA, the Department of Defense agency funding the project, sponsors revolutionary high-risk, high-payoff research that bridges the gap between fundamental discoveries and their military and civilian use. “This undertaking represents the ultimate convergence of materials science, mechanics and orthopedics,” said DARPA Program Manager Mitchell Zakin. “I look forward to the first results, which should present themselves in about a year or so.”Jennifer West, Rice’s Isabel C. Cameron Professor and chair of the Bioengineering Department, said, “By designing synthetic polymers to mimic natural tissue components, we are striving to design a fracture putty that can encourage the appropriate wound-healing responses, and ultimately degrade in response to bone formation so that only healthy tissue is left behind”. West is co-principal investigator on a multidisciplinary and multi-institutional team led by Michael Heggeness, chair of orthopedic surgery at BCM, and Elizabeth Davis from BCM’s Center for Cell and Gene Therapy. The team also includes researchers at the University of Georgia and UTHSC-H. It plans to combine cells that induce bone growth with an innovative gel to develop a treatment that will facilitate bone growth and provide structural support at the same time. A second Houston-based team is led by principal investigator Mauro Ferrari of UTHSC-H and includes two Rice co-principal investigators Antonios Mikos, Louis Calder Professor of Bioengineering and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and director of Rice’s Center for Excellence in Tissue Engineering, and Kurt Kasper, faculty fellow in the Bioengineering Department. Mikos said, “We are extremely excited to participate in this highly collaborative project, which seeks to develop a novel material to treat, stabilize, and heal highly complicated bone fractures, such as those commonly created through blast injuries to our troops. The technology to be explored through this research presents the potential to revolutionize the treatment of bone fractures both in civilian clinics and on the battlefield.” This team, which includes investigators from The Methodist Hospital, Texas A&M University, Northwestern University and Harvard University, plans to use synthetic biodegradable scaffolds together with specially engineered silicon particles with nanoscale features to enhance the strength and material properties of its fracture putty. AddThislast_img read more

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Houston Endowment grant helps Rice University train K12 school leaders

first_imgAddThis ShareCONTACT: Jessica StarkPHONE: 713-348-6777EMAIL: stark@rice.eduHouston Endowment grant helps Rice University train K-12 school leadersInnovative program combines business sense and educational entrepreneurshipThanks to a $3.475 million grant to Rice University from Houston Endowment, more than 100 Houston-area K-12 school leaders will have the opportunity to learn better management and other skills through the Rice Educational Entrepreneurship Program (REEP).REEP is an advanced degree and certificate program that prepares educational leaders to close achievement gaps and improve high school graduation rates. Offered through Rice’s Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business, REEP equips its students with the business, innovation, organization and financial management tools they need to develop hands-on solutions to problems facing schools. The Houston Endowment grant, with support from Rice University, will help fund enrollment and tuition fees for more than 100 participants. The latest grant is in addition to a $7.2 million grant Houston Endowment awarded REEP in 2008, bringing the endowment’s funding of the program to nearly $10.7 million. “Rice University has a longstanding role in helping improve K-12 educational experiences and outcomes in Houston, and fundamental to that is the quality of the leadership of our schools,” said Rice President David Leebron. “We are proud to partner with Houston Endowment to build management skills that will translate into better schools and better educations for the community’s young people. For higher education to succeed in its mission, we need high performing K-12 schools, and this investment in school leadership is an investment in the future of our young people who are the future leaders of this city.”“This generous grant from Houston Endowment enables REEP to dramatically increase the pool of school leaders who are able to drive student academic performance,” said Andrea Hodge, executive director of REEP. “Our goal is to produce enough leadership talent to touch and improve every underperforming school in the Houston area.”REEP combines the faculty from the Jones Graduate School of Business with more than 30 leading educational researchers, practitioners and policymakers from around the country to provide a unique experience for its participants. Hodge said REEP is the country’s foremost development program for highly motivated educational leaders who are committed to affecting positive change. She said the program offers a unique, multidisciplinary approach that goes beyond the traditional educational framework. More than 50 school leaders have already participated in REEP and 35 more will begin the program this spring and summer. The grant will support another two cohorts. REEP offers three pathways: REEP’s MBA program is for aspiring principals who are interested in pursuing an MBA. It features tuition reimbursement for graduates who serve in leadership roles in public schools in the Greater Houston area.The REEP Business Certificate program is designed for aspiring or current school leaders who hold a master’s degree and want a stronger foundation in management and innovation.The REEP Summer Institute features a three-week session taught by nationally recognized education leaders and will be offered to a select group of principals and administrators, in addition to MBA and Business Certificate students. All three programs include a yearlong leadership series featuring national thought leaders in education who engage REEP participants in discussions ideas and issues in the field of education. Speakers have included Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, author Diane Ravitch and Teach for America founder Wendy Kopp. REEP is open to all Houston-area, K-12 aspiring and current public school leaders. Participants must apply for admission and will undergo a rigorous selection process. For more information on REEP, visit http://business.rice.edu/reep.aspx.last_img read more

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The Texas MBA Programs Guide Houston vs Dallas

first_img regions: Dallas / Houston If you’re looking to earn a Texas MBA, where should you go to school? Should you choose a top MBA program in Dallas or Houston? First, we need to take a look at the cities.Living in Dallas vs. HoustonFirst, let’s take a look at the cost of living in Dallas vs. Houston. According to Numbeo, the world’s most extensive database containing user contributed data about cities, the overall cost of living is relatively similar: $4,242 in Houston compared to $4,000 in Dallas. Houston barely edges out Dallas with a slightly higher cost of living, and here’s how that’s broken down.Consumer Prices: 35 percent higher in HoustonRent Prices: 7.30 percent higher in HoustonRestaurant Prices: 27 percent higher in HoustonGroceries Cost: 95 percent higher in HoustonLocal Purchasing Power: 26 percent lower in HoustonOther things to consider when choosing between Dallas and Houston include: IndustriesHouston is known for being the oil capital and is an ideal location for jobs in the energy industry.Dallas, on the other hand, is known for real estate (Tramelle Crow is headquartered here), as well as hedge funds and asset management firms. Texas MBA GMAT Averages RelatedPart-Time MBA Battle: Houston v. DallasAmong the bustling metros of the Lone Star State, Dallas and Houston are the biggest. Locals from the Houston and Dallas metros are die-hard about their towns, and their business schools take their MBA programs seriously. Both cities offer plenty of part-time options to prospective MBAs, so let’s take a…November 15, 2017In “Advice”Online MBA Programs in HoustonThere’s something to be said for living, working and going to school in Houston. According to the 2013 Annual Cost of Living Index, Houston has the third lowest overall cost of living among the nation’s most populous metros. As for housing prices, those are also 36.6 percent below average. And when…January 2, 2017In “Advice”Finding An MBA In Texas: Dallas Vs. HoustonCan a full-time MBA program differ per city? While you might assume that they’re all the same, the truth of the matter is that location can play a significant role in what’s available at any given program. Different cities focus on different industries or even job functions based on the…June 27, 2017In “Advice” Last Updated May 23, 2018 by Kelly VoFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail Texas MBA Post-Graduation Salaries About the AuthorKelly Vo    Kelly Vo is a writer who specializes in covering MBA programs, digital marketing, and personal development.View more posts by Kelly Vo Economic Development: According to Site Selection Magazine, Houston and Dallas are comparatively equal when it comes to economic development, ranking second and third respectively.Top Companies: Houston edges out Dallas for being home to more Fortune 500 companies. In fact, Houston is home to 27 top companies compared to 14 in Dallas. However, they rank second and third respectively.However, according to Forbes, “while Houston and Dallas have decent amenities (and having better ones surely wouldn’t hurt), they aren’t places that offer a unique lifestyle brand, such as charming architecture or a cutting-edge arts scene.”Texas MBA ProgramsThe next step is to compare the top three MBA programs in each city. In particular, we wanted to take a look at the tuition rates (two years), GMAT averages, and post-graduation salaries at each program in each city to get a well-rounded picture.Overall, there are a few things to note right away.The top full-time MBA programs in both cities are ranked well. However, Houston programs tend to rank higher on major ranking sites such as The Economist and Bloomberg Businessweek.Houston tends to be more expensive regarding tuition ($93,052 vs. $69,191), but it also pays a higher salary ($110,000 vs. $92,000). This balances out with around a $25,000 difference in tuition and a $20,00 difference in post-graduation salary.Finally, GMAT averages for class profiles tend to be higher in Houston as well (688 vs. 660).Here’s how it all breaks down per school.Top 3 Houston MBA ProgramsMcCombs School of Business – University of Texas at AustinThe McCombs School of Business offers a full-time MBA, an Evening MBA, a Weekend MBA, and an Executive MBA program. And it’s considered one of the top business schools in the country, consistently ranking highly on various lists, including ranking 28 according to The Economist.Tuition Rates (two years): $91,000GMAT Averages: 703Post-Grad Salaries (Mean): $117,068Rice University – Jones Graduate School of BusinessThe Jones Graduate School at Rice University offers a full-time MBA program, an MBA for Professionals (part-time), and an Executive MBA Program. The school’s full-time MBA program ranked 10th on the Bloomberg Businessweek list in 2017.Tuition Rates (two years): $116,000GMAT Averages: 711Post-Grad Salaries (Mean): $112,158Mays Business School – Texas A&M UniversityThe Mays Business School has both a full-time MBA program as well as a part-time Professional MBA program. In addition, the school offers an Executive MBA. In 2017, The full-time MBA program ranked 20th overall by Forbes, and 22nd overall by Bloomberg Businessweek. Tuition Rates (two years): $72,158GMAT Averages: 649Post-Grad Salaries (Mean): $103,299Top 3 Dallas MBA ProgramsNaveen Jindal School of Management – University of Texas at DallasThe Naveen Jindal School offers a full-time MBA, part-time Professional MBA, Executive MBA, and Global Leadership Executive MBA program. The full-time MBA is well ranked according to the U.S. News & World Report, ranking 16th among public university programs in the U.S.Tuition Rates (two years): $27,603GMAT Averages: 678Post-Grad Salaries (Mean): $86,644Cox School of Business – Southern Methodist UniversityThe Cox School of Business at SMU offers a full-time MBA, Fast Track MBA, Professional MBA (part-time), and an Executive MBA program. Most recently, SMU Cox achieved its first Financial Times ranking at 91st.Tuition Rates (two years): $91,952GMAT Averages: 661Post-Grad Salaries (Mean): $96,587Neeley School of Business – Texas Christian UniversityAt the Neeley School of Business at TCU, MBA applicants can apply to the full-time MBA, Accelerated MBA, Professional MBA (part-time), Accelerated Professional MBA, or MBA for Energy Professionals program. The Economist ranked the Neeley School MBA ranks 61st overall on its most-recent ranking.Tuition Rates (two years): $88,020GMAT Averages: 640Post-Grad Salaries (Mean): $93,010Dallas vs. Houston Breakdown in ChartsWhen breaking down the data between MBA programs in Dallas and Houston, here’s what it looks like:Texas MBA Tuition The Texas MBA Programs Guide: Houston vs. Dallaslast_img read more

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Company Battle EY or PwC – Which is Best for MBAs

first_img EarningsEYPwC Total Earnings$201,700$192,000 Performance BonusUp to $31,700Up to $27,000 About the AuthorKelly Vo    Kelly Vo is a writer who specializes in covering MBA programs, digital marketing, and personal development.View more posts by Kelly Vo VacationThree weeks of vacation and 13 paid holidays22 workdays per year Singing Bonus$25,000$25,000 Last Updated Apr 2, 2019 by Kelly VoFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail As for the additional benefits offered by both companies, here’s EY and PwC had to say.Internship Opportunities: EY or PwCThe EY MBA internship opportunity is two months in length and provides MBA students with real-world experience about what life is like at EY. Interns will work with actual clients to develop their skills and test the water for what it’s like to work at EY. The experience can conclude with a five-day intern leadership event held at Walt Disney World.The PwC Senior Associate internship experience is ideal for MBA students who want to acclimate to PwC and get a feel for the culture, business, and development opportunities available. It’s a chance to expand your consulting skills and can end with a full-time job offer.Recruiting at Top Business SchoolsPwC and EY recruit at many of the same top business schools. INSEAD and Northwestern Kellogg send MBA graduates to both companies. However, Michigan Ross and Columbia Business School send more graduates to PwC while Stanford GSB and LBS send more graduates to EY.PwC RecruitingAnyone can apply for a job a PwC after graduating with your MBA. However, there are a few MBA programs that send a large percentage of their graduates to work at PwC. Those programs include INSEAD, Michigan Ross School of Business, Columbia Business School, Northwestern Kellogg School of Management, Dartmouth Tuck School of Business, and Chicago Booth School of Business.EY RecruitingAny MBA can apply for a consultant role at EY, but the company does actively recruit from some top business schools around the world. Some of the top programs EY recruits from include Harvard Business School, Kellogg School of Management, and the Stanford Graduate School of Business. The company also heavily recruits at international schools like INSEAD and the London Business School.MBA SponsorshipBoth PwC and EY offer MBA sponsorship for top performing employees.At EY, sponsorship is approved and funded by individual business units. Options include certification sponsorship, tuition reimbursement for specific courses, and fully paid tuition. You’ll need to discuss your specific options.At PwC, you are eligible for their Advisory Scholars program after three years. This includes full MBA sponsorship for selected candidates. To be considered, you must be a top-performer and commit to two-years at PwC post-MBA. PwC also offers student loan payoff assistance to the tune of $1,200/year. Maternity Leave16 weeks paid for primary caregivers and two weeks paid for non-primary.15 weeks paid maternity, 24 weeks unpaid, six weeks paid paternity. 401K PlanInvestment and matching options.Matching on the first 6 percent of pay saved Base Salary$145,000$140,000 If you attend a top business school, getting a job post-MBA graduation is reasonably secure. Your program has probably hosted dozens of recruiting events, you’ve worked closely with your career center, and you completed your internship, not to mention all the experiential learning courses that put you into close contact with companies and managers.Finding a job after your MBA is a piece of cake—at least when it comes to opportunities. There are a million in front of you. The problem happens when you try to narrow it down and make your final choice. How do you know if you’re choosing the right company for you? This decision particularly tricky for consultants—one of the hot jobs for MBA graduates in 2019—because there are so many options.And while no job is permanent and you can leave after a year or two if you find you’ve made the wrong choice, that’s not an ideal situation. To help you out, we’re taking a look at two of the top companies for consulting MBAs: Ernst & Young and PricewaterhouseCoopers. About PricewaterhouseCoopersPricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) offices in London, photographed on 14 February 2018.PricewaterhouseCoopers, known as PwC is one of the largest professional services firms in the world, ranking just below Deloitte. It’s known as one of the Big Four auditors and is a top choice for MBAs interested in consulting after graduation. Located in 158 countries, PwC provides services to 420 of the Fortune 500 companies with a global revenue of $41.3 billion.MBAs at PwCPwC hires most MBAs as Senior Associates to start. Typically, candidates choose their particular industry such as finance, operations, people & organization, risk, technology, and corporate finance and then move forward from there. As an MBA, you’ll be on a fast track to a management position and earn a competitive job package including a substantial base salary, signing bonus, and additional benefits (more about this later).As a Senior Associate at PwC, your job duties will include:Using collected data to develop strategic analyses and client deliverables.Building a productive team environment and solid/collaborative relationships.Applying strategic and numerical analysis to key information and business/industry trends.About EYEY is another of the Big Four accounting firms as well as a multinational professional services firm. It’s one of the largest firms of its kind in the world with offers in around 150 countries and over 270,000 employees worldwide. It’s a top choice for MBA graduates to work, ranking 52nd on the 100 Best Companies to Work For list compiled by Fortune magazine in 2018. Their global annual revenue is $34.8 billion across their assurance, tax, consulting, and advisory services.Ernst & Young offices, Hoboken, New Jersey / Photo via Ernst & YoungMBAs at EYEY hires MBAs as part of their Consultant Career Track. This track typically starts with MBAs as Senior Associates focused on a particular industry. As a consultant at EY, you’ll play a critical leadership role and work with a variety of clients at various levels. You’ll be the primary client contact and take on an accelerated role that uses your analytics, communication, teamwork, and leadership skills.An EY consultant’s job duties include:Overseeing processes through completion and addressing challenges as they arise.Driving insight through structuring and planning the analytical process.Day-to-day liaison between the client and the case team.MBA Salaries and Benefits: EY or PwCAccording to 2018 salaries collected by Management Consulted, MBAs at EY can expect to earn slightly more per year than MBAs at PwC. Signing bonuses are the same at both companies—$25,000—but the base salary and performance bonus opportunities are both greater at EY. Health InsuranceUnited or Blue CrossUnitedHealthcare BenefitsEYPwC Company Battle: EY or PwC – Which is Best for MBAs? regions: Atlanta / Baltimore / Boston / Chicago / Dallas / Denver / Houston / London / Los Angeles / Miami / New York City / Online / Philadelphia / Research Triangle / San Diego / San Francisco / Seattle / Toronto / Washington, DC RelatedThe Not-So-Secret Way To Land a Job at EY-ParthenonAfter the hard work and sweat of earning an MBA degree, you’ve probably thrown yourself into searching for the perfect job to match your new found expertise. Luckily, some of the world’s top companies are also looking for you. Companies like EY-Parthenon are always looking to recruit top MBA talent…December 27, 2017In “EY”What Are The 5 Highest Paying Consulting Firms in the World?”Is this going to be worth it?” If you are currently or have ever considered earning an MBA degree, it’s likely that you’ve asked yourself this question. Given the burgeoning cost of tuition—especially for top business programs—plus the loss in income and cost of living while pursuing your education, it’s…March 15, 2018In “Advice”New MBA Jobs: Apple, Fidelity, BlackRock, and MoreWhether you earned your MBA after your undergraduate studies and want a great entry level position, or you’re a seasoned vet who earned their MBA to make a big career jump, there’s plenty of jobs out there for MBAs. Stay on top of the latest and greatest job opportunities for…August 20, 2018In “A.T. Kearney”last_img read more

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Military Plane Black Helicopters Spotted Over Manhattan

first_img A large military airplane and two helicopters spooked some New Yorkers on Tuesday, who craned their necks upward to get a better glimpse of what was going on.The plane, seen circling over Manhattan, prompted a number of people to tweet speculation and questions about the aircraft. Two Black Hawk helicopters were spotted nearby.“This plane that’s been circling over (sic) manhattan is starting to freak me out,” one person wrote on the social media website.Reports on Tuesday evening indicated that the plane was indeed a C-130 Hercules propeller plane, which was conducting aerial mapping for the U.S. Secret Service. The operation was likely linked to security surrounding President-elect Donald Trump and his family.Went to an office window not expecting anything but just saw the plane that’s circling low over Manhattan, which I don’t love…..— LoreenaMcKennittVEVO (@robertbalkovich) December 13, 2016 #Military #plane C-130? Circling around #Manhattan. Anyone have answers? pic.twitter.com/U6Q7r9bvmZ— Sasha Moses (@sashamoses76) December 13, 2016 Military Plane, Black Helicopters Spotted Over Manhattan By Epoch Newsroom December 14, 2016 Updated: December 14, 2016  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   US An unnamed Federal Aviation Administration official told Business Insider that the plane was “conducting authorized flights over New York City in coordination with FAA air traffic control.”Washington Post reporter Thomas Gibbons-Neff spoke with Air Force Colonel Nicholas Broccoli, who told him the flight was part of “standard military training.”An NYPD spokesperson told WCBS he would “have to call either the Secret Service or the military” for more details on the air exercises. Share this article Share Show Discussionlast_img read more

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