Worker dies after getting stuck in machine at soybean plant

first_imgAkola: A 35-year-old worker died after getting stuck in a machine at a soybean processing plant in Akola district of Maharashtra on Saturday morning, police said. The incident took place around 7 am at Vani Rambhapur village, police said. “Datta Shriram Chopde, a resident of Kolambi village, was working at the unit when he got trapped in the machine and died on the spot,” inspector Harish Gawali of Borgaon police station said. After being informed about the incident, a police team rushed to the site, he said, adding that efforts to retrieve the mortal remains of the worker from the machine are on.last_img

Manitoba offers land to Indigenous community forced to relocate in 1950s

first_imgWINNIPEG – A northern Manitoba Indigenous community that was forced to relocate 61 years ago will be getting some of its traditional land back.The provincial government has signed an agreement to transfer 52 square kilometres of Crown land near Little Duck Lake to the federal government, so that it can be converted to a reserve for the Sayisi Dene First Nation.The community’s 250 residents were forced to move to Churchill in 1956 after they were blamed for a steep decline in the caribou herd — an idea later proven untrue.In their new location on Hudson Bay, food was scarce, housing was inadequate and many residents died prematurely.The Manitoba government apologized for its role in 2010 and, last year, the federal government apologized and offered $33.6 million in compensation.The community’s chief, Tony Powderhorn, says the land agreement helps address a long-standing wrongdoing.“It is a recognition that removing us from our land was wrong,” Powderhorn said at a signing ceremony at the Manitoba legislature Wednesday.“It is an important step in reconciliation.”Manitoba Indigenous and Northern Relations Minister Eileen Clarke said the forced relocation should not have happened.“They were relocated to areas devoid of the materials and resources that their people had always relied on. There was no adequate shelter, supplies or game to hunt.”In 1973, the Sayisi Dene left the Churchill area and moved back near their traditional territory at Tadoule Lake. The 52 square kilometres that will be transferred is further north, near the former Hudson’s Bay store where cargo planes were used to move the residents.“That’s where everything started and happened,” Powderhorn said.“We can probably go back and forth there (now), for maybe spring gatherings or something like that.”The community’s previous chief, Ernest Bussidor, was born one month before the relocation. When the federal government apologized last year, he recalled that many survivors of the relocation had suffered post-traumatic stress.“People freezing to death, fires, you name it,” Bussidor said.“A lot of children died. That kind of stuff never leaves you.”last_img read more

John Oliver Hosts Storytellers Event For Veterans

first_imgNational veteran campaign Got Your 6 held their second annual Storytellers event featuring comedian John Oliver (“Last Week Tonight,” “The Daily Show”) at HBO in NYC on November 6.John Oliver interviewing a veteran on stage during the second annual Got Your 6 Storytellers event at HBO in NYCCredit/Copyright: Alberto VasariGot Your 6 challenges you to share and watch a Storyteller’s talk with six friends. And then ask your friends to share the talks with six more people. Sharing these stories is a first step in starting a conversation and empowering veterans. Find out more here.Comedian John Oliver interviewing a veteran on stage during the second annual Got Your 6 Storytellers eventCredit/Copyright: Alberto VasariThe event was a huge success and shared stories from inspiring veterans who are using their experiences and military training to positively impact the world around them.Comedian John Oliver interviewing a veteran on stage during the second annual Got Your 6 Storytellers event at HBO in NYCCredit/Copyright: Alberto VasariYou can also watch the new Got Your 6 PSA featuring Michelle Obama and the Penguins of Madagascar below:Video: Operation Got Your 6 With The Penguins of Madagascarlast_img read more

Freedom Mobile is star of Shaws Q4 as cable internet provider transforms

first_imgShaw Communications had a $200-million profit in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018, down from the same time last year but in line with estimates given significant changes undertaken by the cable, internet and wireless service provider.The company’s Freedom Mobile wireless division was clearly the star of the quarter, as it added 85,014 subscribers — more than double the additions a year earlier — and increased its fourth-quarter revenue by 45.3 per cent from last year.Meanwhile Shaw’s cable video and internet services underperformed expectations, with total revenue generating units (RGUs) declining by 59,231, compared with a gain of 24,352 a year earlier on the strength of its internet offering.“Wireless had an exceptional year, with all of our key performance metrics moving in the right direction,” chief executive Brad Shaw told analysts Thursday in a conference call.“In 2018, we grew our subscriber base by 255,000 — or 22 per cent — compared with (fiscal) 2017, to end the year at just over 1.4 million customers.”Freedom’s subscriber growth gained momentum after the company began to sell Apple products for the first time in December. It also upgraded its network with faster technology capable of using advanced features of most devices.Shaw’s management team said they expected Freedom to continue growth, both in its established markets as well as additional cities including the B.C. capital Victoria and Alberta’s Lethbridge, and Red Deer.The larger part of Shaw’s business, providing home video products by cable and satellite and landline internet service, eked out a small revenue gain despite difficulties winning and keeping customers.“In our wireline business, we delivered F18 results that are consistent with our strategy — to focus on profitable growth and stabilize results,” Shaw said.“I’m pleased with the significant cost savings that we have achieved during the year. However, I believe we can execute better.”In particular, he said, results from Shaw’s home internet services didn’t capture “significant” opportunities during the second half of fiscal 2018, which spanned March through August.Several analysts focused on the weak wireline results, which coincided with a workforce reduction that resulted in 1,300 employees leaving voluntarily by Aug. 31, and the gradual switch to a new generation of video-internet service.Shaw president Jay Mehr acknowledged that the company’s chief wireline rival, Telus Corp. had been effective in winning customers with back-to-school promotions in August.“It’s clear in a competitive marketplace when you win a cycle and when you don’t win a cycle. And they absolutely won a cycle, so no excuses from our end,” Mehr said.Among other things, Mehr said that — in hindsight — Shaw underspent on internet promotions in the month of August.“If I had that to do over, I probably would have spent a couple million dollars more on marketing in August.”He also acknowledged that the voluntary departures, which were made available to all Shaw non-union employees, had affected results when some leaders left. But those who remained were energized and effective, Mehr said.“We’ve got a real nice business here that’s a lot simpler than it used to be. And we’re very proud of how the team is executing.”But Mehr said he doesn’t think there will be a big bounce-back in wireline RGUs going forward, because of a shift in Shaw’s focus towards containing costs and growing margins.“It’s part of how we’ve re-engineered the whole company in the (past) six months,” Mehr said. “I think you’ll see us grow revenue by small amounts on a steady basis, with decent improvement in gross margin and a significant improvement in overall consumer profitability.”Shaw’s net income for the three months ended Aug. 31 was $200 million, or 39 cents per diluted share, down from a net income of $481 million or 96 cents per share for the same quarter last year.Analysts had estimated $199 million of net income, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.Revenue for the quarter ending Aug. 31 was $1.34 billion, also in line with estimates and up from the $1.24 billion in last year’s fourth quarter.Wireless division revenue, which comes from Freedom Mobile operations in Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario, was $250 million — up from $172 million the comparable period last year.Revenue from Shaw’s wireline operations, which include residential cable television and internet services in Alberta, British Columbia and Manitoba, increased by 1.3 per cent to $1.09 billion.Business wireline revenue was up 6.6 per cent at $145 million but consumer wireline revenue was flat at $942 million as rate changes and higher internet revenue were offset by declines in video and phone subscribers.The company says it will leave its monthly dividends through to at least January 2019.Companies in this story: (TSX:SJR.B, TSX:T)last_img read more

Alaska Highway open between Coal River and Yukon Border

first_imgThe Lutz Creek #BCwildfire is ~4,000 ha and ~5 km south of Lower Post which is 200 km northeast of Dease Lake and 20 km southeast of Watson Lake, Yukon. Structure protection is set up and operating in that community. Firefighters, heavy equipment and air tankers are responding. https://t.co/VUTqh2FmKt— BC Wildfire Service (@BCGovFireInfo) August 22, 2018 FORT NELSON, B.C. – The Alaska Highway is open again between Coal River and the Yukon Border.The Highway was closed Tuesday after a forest fire near Lower Post caused officials to close the highway. Highway 97 is open to single lane alternating traffic and is pilot car controlled.Lower Post remains under an evacuation order due to the Lutz Creek Fire.  The fire is now 5,000 hectares and 33 firefighters are working to fight the fire.last_img read more

Japans Nikkei Ghosn says arrest due to plot within Nissan

TOKYO — The major Japanese business newspaper Nikkei says Nissan’s former Chairman Carlos Ghosn blames his arrest for alleged falsifying of financial reports and breach of trust on a “plot” by other executives at the Japanese automaker.Nikkei said it interviewed Ghosn on Wednesday for 20 minutes at the Tokyo Detention Center, where he has been held since Nov. 19. It was his first media interview since his arrest.The report cited Ghosn as saying that Nissan Motor Co. leaders had discussed a merger between Nissan and its French alliance partner Renault.It said Ghosn reiterated his insistence that he is innocent. He said others in the company complained he had too much power because they wanted to get rid of him.Regarding his health, Ghosn, 64, said he was “doing fine.”The Associated Press read more

UN officials discuss security with rebels in Côte dIvoire

Acting Special Representative Alan Doss and Force Commander Abdoulaye Fall of the UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) went to the northern rebel stronghold of Bouaké for discussions with Forces Nouvelles leaders.The talks would continue in an effort to persuade Forces Nouvelles ministers to return to cabinet meetings and to facilitate the disarmament process in Cote d’Ivoire.With the Special Representative of the Secretary-General Albert Tévoédjrè having resigned from UNOCI effective Monday, Mr. Doss is acting mission chief.Both the Government and the armed opposition have been given the new task of listing their weapons within the next six weeks or so. By a unanimous vote yesterday, the Security Council approved a resolution giving them a deadline to make “a comprehensive list of armaments in the possession of these armed forces and in possession of paramilitary troops and militias associated with them, as well as their location.” read more

Commentary Will the real Lance Armstrong please stand up

LieStrong. That’s how you summarize the disappointment of something being too good to be true. That’s what you call a “cocktail, so to speak, [of] EPO … transfusions and testosterone” that allows you to win the hardest race in the world. That’s what you call “one big lie, that [was] repeated a lot of times.” And for now it seems, that’s what a once-special message of empowerment and inspiration has been reduced to amid the surging news of Lance Armstrong’s confession to using performance-enhancing drugs. On Monday, it was revealed that Armstrong finally admitted, in some capacity, to doping during an interview with Oprah Winfrey — it aired for the first time Thursday at 9 p.m. on the Oprah Winfrey Network. The confession was not the first stick in the spokes for Armstrong – he has been the subject of various doping allegations for more than a decade. In October, his seven consecutive Tour de France titles were vacated due to the allegations and he was banned from competition for life. In recent sports history, the prevalence of steroid-use has become basic sports knowledge. We’ve seen it many times – from the forfeiture of Marion Jones’ five Olympic medals to the discussion of whether to add an asterisk on Barry Bonds’ home run record. We’ve heard the “I was just trying to keep up” or “Everyone was doing it” excuses repeatedly, and many times we’ve sympathized and forgiven these transgressors. But for some reason, this time is different. This time I’m offended. We’re talking about an incredible story. This was a guy who, only 25 years old, was diagnosed with aggressive cancer that had spread extensively – including to his lungs and brain. Against all odds, he beat it. After starting an immensely popular foundation that supports cancer survivors, he did the impossible again by winning the Tour de France so many consecutive times that he needed two hands to show us. He was the good guy. The one you wanted to root for. You didn’t have to know a thing about cycling to love Armstrong and everything he stood for. The wristbands were cool too. So it stings to know with certainty that he cheated. But it doesn’t end there. As details continued to surface, we learned that Armstrong channeled the same intense desire to survive cancer into keeping his cheating hidden at all costs. We learned that he’s not the good guy we thought he was. It was all just a shameless case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. The indications of various investigations and reports are disturbing. They assert that for years he viciously attacked and destroyed the reputations of friends and former-teammates who spoke out against him. He sued those with the courage to accuse him for libel and took their money when he won – knowing they had told the truth. He made suspicious monetary contributions to cycling regulation organizations, presumably to conceal his doping. As a captain, he led his team in a ruse that has been described by he U.S. Anti-Doping Agency as “the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen.” It’s playing out like a “Law and Order” episode, and it’s pretty clear that he’s the bad guy at the end. It was expected that his admission of guilt Thursday night would be limited, so as to minimize the legal repercussions of aggressively lying for over a decade. When asked by Oprah, “Did you ever take banned substances to enhance your cycling performances?” His answer was simple. “Yes.” So he did confess, but there were conflicting cues throughout; as if he had more disdain for getting caught than actually doing it. As the interview rolled on, it was the words Armstrong wouldn’t say – a truly sincere “I’m sorry” with the details to support it – that spoke louder than anything else. The tangential mentions of feeling justified and unfairly accused were other indications that he still hasn’t come to terms. We needed him to show true remorse, maybe not to the extent that guilty children do when they rub one leg behind the other and avoid eye contact, but close. Something meaningful. Anything. Instead, we watched Armstrong, with pursed lips, talk about a “flawed man” and a “bully” as if he were speaking about a bad-egg son. The personal ownership and responsibility were lacking – just as it has been for years. The interview was a pedal in the right direction, but there needed to be more. Maybe we’ll see that in the second part of the interview that airs Friday on the Oprah Winfrey Network. There’s no doubt in my mind that Armstrong is a phenomenal athlete. Perhaps he was the greatest cyclist of all time and the most dominant we’ve ever seen an athlete be in their sport. But we’ll never know because he cheated. It’s that simple. But it doesn’t seem that even Armstrong, a self-described “fierce competitor,” believes that he was the best. “Do you think it’s humanly possible to win the Tour de France, without doping, seven times in a row?” asked Oprah. “Not in my opinion,” he responded. So maybe we shouldn’t believe it either. Armstrong has a long race to redemption, and whether he finishes is something that remains to be seen. Until then, in my mind, there’s an important modification that needs to be made because it wasn’t a miracle – much less one that happened seven times: LiveStrong*. read more

Scott Barnes falls short in Clippers 42 loss to Louisville

Left-handed pitcher Scott Barnes made his first career Triple-A start for the Columbus Clippers on Tuesday night, after starting twice for the Double-A Akron Aeros. Barnes began the season for the Aeros by giving up just two runs in 11 innings pitched, but he wasn’t quite as impressive in Columbus. He gave up four runs in five innings in his Clippers debut and, despite his team losing, 4-2, to Louisville, manager Mike Sarbaugh said he liked what he saw from Barnes. “It was a good first outing for him,” Sarbaugh said. “He gave us five good innings … definitely something to build off of.” The first runs Barnes gave up came after he walked two of the first three batters he faced in the top of the second inning, before Bats center fielder Dave Sappelt sent a hit down the right-field line to give Louisville the early 2-0 lead. Columbus battled right back and scored its first run of the game when first baseman Wes Hodges drove in shortstop Luis Valbuena in the bottom of the third, cutting Louisville’s lead to 2-1. The Clippers scored only one run in the third inning, despite having the bases loaded with no outs. Sarbaugh said it was a lost opportunity. “We had our chance in the third with bases loaded and no outs and only came up with one (run),” he said. “It had a chance to get us back in the game or even get ahead.” Barnes walked the first batter he faced in the top of the fourth, Louisville second baseman Chris Valaika. The next batter, right fielder Michael Griffin, made Barnes pay by sending a triple down the right field line to give Louisville a 3-1 lead. Center fielder Kristopher Negron grounded out in the Bats’ next at-bat, but Griffin scored to extend his team’s lead to 4-1. The most physical play of the night came in bottom of the fourth inning. After leading off with a base hit to center field to start the bottom of the fourth, Columbus center fielder Bubba Bell took second base on a wild pitch, and then third base on a ground ball. Catcher Paul Phillips was up to bat next and sent a fielder’s choice to Louisville shortstop Zack Cozart, who fired the ball to his catcher, Devin Mesoraco, as Bell sprinted toward home plate. Cozart’s throw skipped in the dirt before Bell lowered his shoulder and pummeled over Mesoraco, knocking him on his back and the ball out of his mitt for the Clippers’ second run of the night, this one unearned, again cutting the Louisville lead in half, 4-2. But following six runs in three innings, the bats stayed relatively quiet for the rest of the night. Bell was walked by Louisville reliever Carlos Fisher to start the ninth inning, and then Luke Carlin came up to pinch hit in place of Phillips for the Clippers. Carlin hit into a double play, and the next batter, Valbuena, grounded out as well. The Clippers lost back-to-back games for the second time this season. Louisville improved to 10-3 and remains in first place in the division, while Columbus fell to 8-5, two games behind the Bats, but still good enough for second place. The Clippers will have the opportunity to redeem themselves, as they play Louisville at home each of the next three nights. read more

Alfie Evans parents lose legal fight to have their son flown to

first_imgAlfie Evans in hospital Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Alfie Evans in hospitalCredit:Alfie’s Army Official/PA Supreme Court justices and European Court of Human Rights judges refused to intervene.center_img Last week, Mr Justice Hayden endorsed a detailed plan put forward by Alder Hey doctors for withdrawing life-support treatment, after considering a number of issues at a follow-up High Court hearing.Barrister Paul Diamond, who represented Alfie’s parents, on Monday asked the three appeal judges to overturn decisions made by Mr Justice Hayden last week.Alfie’s parents say their son has improved in recent weeks and had asked Mr Justice Hayden to allow a new assessment, but Mr Hayden refused that request.He said medical experts’ unanimous view was that Alfie’s brain had been eroded by disease and further assessment was pointless.They also suggested that Alfie was being unlawfully detained at Alder Hey.The judge also dismissed that suggestion.Appeal court officials said an appeal court judge had decided that Alfie should continue to receive treatment pending the outcome of Monday’s Court of Appeal hearing.Judges have heard that Alfie, born on May 9, 2016, is in a “semi-vegetative state” and has a degenerative neurological condition. The parents of a Alfie Evans who has been at the centre of a life-support treatment battle have lost their latest legal fight.A lawyer representing Tom Evans, 21, and Kate James, 20, on Monday returned to the Court of Appeal to ask judges to rule that the 23-month-old should be allowed to travel to a foreign hospital.But Lord Justice Davis, Lady Justice King and Lord Justice Moylan ruled against them after an appeal court hearing in London.The couple, who are from Liverpool, had already lost fights in the High Court, Court of Appeal, Supreme Court and European Court of Human Rights.In February, Mr Justice Hayden ruled that doctors at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool could stop treating Alfie against the wishes of his parents following hearings in the Family Division of the High Court in London and Liverpool.Specialists at Alder Hey said life-support treatment should stop and Mr Justice Hayden said he accepted medical evidence which showed that further treatment was futile.Alfie’s parents say “the state” is wrongly interfering with their parental choice.They want to move Alfie to a hospital in Rome.Mr Justice Hayden said flying Alfie to a foreign hospital would be wrong and pointless. Court of Appeal judges upheld his decisions.last_img read more

Disaster Management Committee reports on Hurricane Readiness

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, June 23, 2017 – Providenciales – There was a report to the public yesterday from the National Disaster Management Committee which is co chaired by the Governor and the Premier.  In speaking to the media, Governor Dr. John Freeman urged all residents on the Turks and Caicos Islands to “be alert, be prepared.”The call for a unified approach to being prepared and knowing the role each resident and agency has to play was cited as key, by the Governor.“This is a whole of government issue, every ministry has a role to play,  and all of the DC’s in the family islands have a role to play, I have a role to play as Governor.  We must ensure as best as possible that we are well prepared, but it’s also a role for everyone in the community.”Meanwhile DDME assured that theya re watching and warning about activity in the tropics.Consequently, they are urging all residents, especially those who have not taken the hurricane season seriously, to have their family preparedness plans.  A new App and mobile messaging were cited as ways they are keeping the public informed, and fast.“There is a tendency for us to assume that based on the predictions it’s an average season, therefore we do not need to prepare early, but this couldn’t be further from the truth, as the slogan or the saying goes, ‘It Only Takes One Storm’, and we have seen a slew of tropical storm events in the Turks and Caicos islands such as Joaquin and Cristobal, it wasn’t a hurricane and yet, we found persons that were not prepared and required assistance from emergency departments.”There was caution from Assistant Commissioner of Police, Rodney Adams.   “One of the things I want to remind the public about is that, after the passage of the storm, please stay put until the all clear is given by DDME, because being on the streets trying to be inquisitive, trying to find out  what is happening only places yourselves and other emergency responders in risky situations.”Though TCI dodged a big bullet when Hurricane Matthew veered off, but the evidence of the damage which could have been done is close enough, with both Haiti and The Bahamas suffering devastating blows by the strong storm last October.  While there remains room for refining and work that needs doing, Governor Freeman communicated that the Committee and its partners are determined to do as much as we can.”#MagneticMediaNews#hurricanereadiness#DDMEreportsonhurricanereadiness#2017hurricaneseason Related Items:#2017hurricaneseason, #DDMEreportsonhurricanereadiness, #hurricanereadiness, #magneticmedianewslast_img read more

Sams Club Reportedly Closing All Alaska Locations

first_imgKTUU reported that security guards were stationed outside the front entrances of each store letting people know of the closure. and stating that the stores closed today in order to conduct meetings with associates and staff. The Walmart official said it was too soon to know how many jobs would be eliminated with the Sam’s Club closures. He said some employees would be re-hired at other Walmart locations or at the newly created e-commerce distribution sites. The official said at least eight stores closed Thursday and the rest would shutter in the coming weeks. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss details of the decision publicly. Update- 11:00 AMA Walmart official says the company is closing 63 Sam’s Club stores across the country. About 10 of those stores will be repurposed into e-commerce distribution sites. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Last updated on January 12th, 2018 at 02:17 pmUpdate- 5:30 PMAccording to KTUU-TV, the Sam’s Club stores in Alaska are set to reopen tomorrow at 10 a.m., and will remain open until their official closing date of January 26. Sam’s Club released the following statement on their Twitter account stating: After a thorough review of our existing portfolio, we’ve decided to close a series of clubs and better align our locations with our strategy. Closing clubs is never easy and we’re committed to working with impacted members and associates through this transition. Additional details will be posted as they are made available. The closures came on the same day that Walmart announced it would boost its starting salary for U.S. workers to $11 an hour and hand out one-time cash bonuses. According to KTVA-TV a viewer said he visited an Anchorage Sam’s Club location this morning for before-hours business shopping and found security officers turning customers away at the door. Original Story: All Sam’s Club stores throughout the state are reportedly closed effective immediately without notice to the public. According to numerous reports the stores’ official closure date is January 26, with their pharmacies serving customers until that date.last_img read more

Kemp Named CEO of Northstar Travel Media

first_imgFormer Penton CEO and Veronis Suhler Stevenson managing director Tom Kemp has been named chairman and CEO of Boston Ventures-owned Northstar Travel Media.Kemp replaces George Hundley, who will transition to chairman of Northstar affiliate ProfessionalTravelGuide.com.Headquartered in Secaucus, New Jersey, Northstar Travel Media publishes several b-to-b titles, including Travel Weekly, Meetings & Conventions and TravelAge West. The company has slightly less than $50 million in annual revenue.“Northstar Travel Media is a perfect fit for my experience and investment goals,” Kemp told FOLIO: today.  In April, Kemp launched Oakstreet Media, a platform for which he hoped to acquire lower- and mid-market business media and information properties. “It’s a company I targeted in my search,” Kemp said. “The good thing about this, considering the state of the financial markets. is that I am joining the company but we are not taking on any new debt.”Northstar carries a “modest” amount of debt but experienced significant “top-line, organic growth” last year, Kemp said.Kemp joins a growing list of former publishing CEOs hoping to team up with private equity sponsors in acquisitions. But market conditions preclude all but a few deals, so some have opted to take more traditional jobs without buying anythhing.Another former Penton CEO, David Nussbaum, tested the private equity waters, but was eventually named CEO at ABRY Partners-owned F+W Media. Ex-Reed Business CEO Jim Casella, who also played the M&A market, was named CEO of Asset International, a Stamford, Connecticut-based company acquired late last year by private equity firm Austin Ventures. Also, Doug Manoni, a former CEO of Wicks Business Information, was looking to team with private equity but instead decided to take a position with Source Media.Before Penton, Kemp worked for more than two decades at Miller Freeman, having left in 1996 as president and COO.last_img read more

Procedural Hurdle to Extra Defense Spending May Not Survive Compromise Budget Talks

first_imgThe compromise version of the fiscal 2016 budget resolution may jettison a procedural hurdle that could block the Senate from allocating $38 billion in extra funding stashed in DOD’s overseas contingency operations account (OCO).The funds were added to the war account in both chambers’ budget blueprints as a way of eluding the $523 billion Budget Control Act cap on national security spending. The Senate’s version, though, includes a point of order on spending from the OCO that exceeds $58 billion, the original amount requested by the Obama administration.If the point of order remains in the compromise budget, Senate Democrats — as well as fiscal conservatives — could block appropriations from the OCO that exceed $58 billion unless defense hawks can produce 60 votes to override the objection. Democrats could be expected to object to the use of the extra funding for the Pentagon because of the lack of a deal permitting domestic spending to exceed the budget caps. Fiscal conservatives could object due to the lack of an offset to the extra defense spending.The dispute between defense hawks and fiscal conservatives over FY 2016 defense spending will continue to play over the rest of the year, but there is a good chance fiscal hawks will allow the point of order to be stripped from the budget resolution to maintain Republican unity on the issue, reports CQ Roll Call.John McCain (R-Ariz.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said he believes the conference committee will remove the point of order from the final budget resolution.“I hope and believe that they will not have that requirement in the conference,” McCain said. “And no, I could not vote for it with a budget point of order,” he said of the conference agreement. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Get an unlocked iPhone X for 750

first_imgRemember when the iPhone X debuted in late 2017? “A $1,000 phone?! It’ll be a cold day in…” Ah, so you do remember.Today only, and while supplies last, Best Buy has the unlocked Apple iPhone X (64GB) for $749.99 shipped when you choose the “activate later” option. That’s $250 off and one of the best iPhone X deals I can recall seeing.See it at Best BuyAs you’ve probably noticed on the product page, you also have the option of getting the phone for $699.99 — but that’s if you activate it with AT&T, Sprint or Verizon. My advice: Buy it outright, then take it to a carrier with cheaper rates. You’ll save in the long run, and you’ll have the option of switching carriers anytime you want.The elephant in this particular room is the iPhone XR, which also runs $750 for the unlocked 64GB model. Personally, I think they’re both great phones, but there are a few key differences. Post a comment $949 The iPhone X has a 5.8-inch OLED screen and the XR has a 6.1-inch LCD. They’re both gorgeous. I’d say size is the only factor that’s changed. The iPhone X has dual rear cameras, which allows for real 2x optical zoom and some sweet bokeh (portrait effect) photography. The XR’s single rear camera, meanwhile, is limited to digital zoom, though its software-based bokeh mode is surprisingly good.The XR also has slightly better battery life and support for dual-SIM technology. Beyond all that, the two are pretty darn similar. Read CNET’s iPhone X review (“Still a contender”) and iPhone XR review (“The best iPhone value in years”) to learn more. Amazon AT&T Best Buy Sprint Verizon Apple See It 6:16 Mentioned Above Apple iPhone X (64GB, Space Gray) Share your voice $611 iPhone X and Galaxy Note 8: Similar cameras, different results $899 Amazon Now playing: Watch this: 50 Photos Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Apple iPhone X $899 Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. See All CNET may get a commission from retail offers.center_img The iPhone X makes a comeback, catch it while you can See It Review • iPhone X review: This iPhone XS predecessor is still a contender • See it Best Buy The Cheapskate Apple 0 Preview • iPhone X: We’ve already got one. Here’s what it’s like. I’ll just leave it at this: If you’ve been wanting an iPhone X, here’s your very rare chance to save big — without having to sign up for an extended lease and/or service agreement.Your thoughts?Bonus deal: Score a sweet deal on a Sam’s Club membershipDo you have a Sam’s Club warehouse store near you? For a limited time, and while supplies last, Groupon is offering a one-year Sam’s Club membership and $10 e-gift card for $35. Regular price for the membership alone: $45.See it at GrouponPro tip: Cash-back service Ebates is currently offering 6 percent back on Groupon purchases, so that would bring your net total to just below $33.Note that although the e-gift card is delivered electronically, it can be used for both in-store and online purchases. The membership package also includes a separate $15 e-gift card for use exclusively online and $10 off your first produce purchase of at least $10. All told, then, this $35 purchase is worth $80.Bonus deal No. 2: Get Hooked on Phonics (literally and figuratively) for freeHappy Read Across America Day! Do you have little ones who are still learning their words? Today only, Hooked on Phonics is offering a free one-year Learn to Read digital subscription. Regular price: $40. Or get a lifetime subscription for just $10! (Regular price: $50.)See it at Hooked on PhonicsDesigned for ages three to seven, the Hooked on Phonics app (which is available for Android, iOS, Amazon tablets and web browsers) provides a mix of instructional videos, practice games and illustrated stories.If you choose the free year, your subscription will not automatically renew — but I’d put a reminder in your calendar just in case.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! reading • Get an unlocked iPhone X for $750 Tags Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Boost Mobile See It Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Phones Mobile Apps Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumorslast_img read more

Despite shelter homes many homeless still on streets in city

first_imgHyderabad: Due to water scarcity in summer season, shelter home, located in Koti run by the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC), was closed and with that only 14 shelter homes were left in the service of homeless in the city.In order to provide essential services to the homeless in the city, the GHMC, under the National Urban Livelihoods Mission (NULM), has been providing around 15 night shelter homes in the city, which can accommodate around 560 people. These centres include beds, kitchen, drinking water facility, blankets, lockers and bathrooms for their convenience. Also Read – Secunderabad: Major General N Srinivas Rao makes farewell visit to AOC Advertise With Us “We can see many people without shelter sleeping on footpaths, near Metro stations, railway stations and bus stations in Hyderabad and Secunderabad during the night, even though the Supreme Court has instructed that all the civic bodies should provide shelter to all the homeless. According to a recent survey conducted by the Urban Community Development (UCD) wing of GHMC, there are around 1,532 homeless living in various places, including railway stations, bus stations and on footpaths in city. Also Read – Kolkata artists giving final touches to 24 ft clay Ganesh idol Advertise With Us There are around 510 people taking shelter in GHMC shelter homes. There are around 114 shelter homes working in city that are run by various NGOs and trusts. About 3,000 homeless are accommodated there in those shelter homes, as per the data provided by the UCD wing for GHMC. Many homeless are not aware of the shelter homes provided by the GHMC and some people told that shelter homes are very far to go. Now, footpaths near Metro stations have become new addas to sleep in the night for many homeless. The officials say that some homeless want to beg on the roads, so they don’t go to shelter homes where they are not allowed for begging. Advertise With Us Speaking to the The Hans India, Soujanya, project director at Urban Community Development (UCD) wing for GHMC, said, “Last month, we have conducted special drive and survey as well, and we found 1,532 homeless. We tried our best to accommodate all of them in nearby shelter homes, run by NGOs and Trusts in some areas,” she said. “Some are not interested to sleep in the shelter homes even though we convince them to stay in shelter homes. We have also placed boards to create awareness about these shelter homes in many areas and also the NGO people give awareness to homeless about the facilities they provide at the shelter homes,” she said. Some NGOs who run shelter homes on the anonymity said that there are lots of people still roaming on the roads and sleeping on the footpaths as well as near railway stations. Tramp Syed Basha (name changed), who sleeps near KPHB Metro station, said that they don’t know that corporation has made arrangements for the shelter-less people to sleep during nights. Speaking to The Hans India, P Vyasamurthy, who has been helping homeless since 15 years, said “We don’t have shelter homes, but I have contacts with some NGOs and whoever calls me, I help them by joining them at shelter homes”. Convener at a city-based NGO said that the GHMC is only providing shelter homes and they are not bothered about rehabilitating them.last_img read more

Hill Aston My Relationship With the NAACP is Fine

first_imgTessa Hill-Aston asserts “there is more to the story” behind her departure as president of the Baltimore NAACP in late Oct. Despite reports to the contrary, Hill-Aston says there has been no rupture in her relationship with the branch.  “My relationship with the NAACP is fine,” Hill-Aston told the AFRO. “I’m working closely with the administrator who will be taking over the branch.”Tessa Hill-AstonMaryland State Conference President Gerald Stansbury has been charged with overseeing the Baltimore branch by the NAACP National Office.  First Vice President Ronald Flamer assumed the presidency after her departure. Hill-Aston said she is vested in working toward a smooth transition.  “I’m working with him [Stansbury] because he’s the person who will be overseeing the day-to-day operation of the branch,” Hill-Aston said.Hill-Aston won re-election as president of the Baltimore branch, a volunteer position, in November 2016 in one of the most closely contended elections in recent history for the branch. She defeated the Rev. Cortly “C.D.” Witherspoon. Hill-Aston admits it was a tough fight, but she said after the election was done, the fight never ended.“The problem is that if you lose, you are not supposed to continue to verbally attack the person who won the position. This is a volunteer position. All of us are volunteers on the branch level,” she said.Hill Aston says branch meetings became battlegrounds. “I resigned because outside forces came to NAACP meetings to interrupt,” she said. “I don’t need anybody to come to a public meeting of the NAACP, cause havoc and attack me. I do not like people who try to bully people. I will not tolerate it.”Hill-Aston insists she has not heard from the national office since the organization’s July convention, hosted by Hill-Aston and the Baltimore branch. She said she believes the NAACP’s national office should have had a technical assistance process in place to support the Baltimore branch when meetings continued to be contentious.Hassan Giordano, former chair of the Baltimore branch’s Criminal Justice Committee said that Hill-Aston’s collaborative leadership style agitated opponents who wanted the chapter to move more aggressively to a protest model.“She was given a bad rap because she worked for the city. I didn’t see that. Tessa was more of a person who wanted to build bridges. She would rather meet with the mayor and governor first before we organized a rally or a demonstration to make our point,” he said.   Hill Aston works full-time as a program administrator in the Baltimore Health Department.Hill-Aston says she is leaving the Baltimore branch with her head held high.  “I’m not leaving the NAACP in a negative way at all. We just hosted a very successful national convention in Baltimore,” said Hill-Aston, who maintained that she is not finished with civil rights work.“I help people every day of my life. People who know me well know that. I help people with court, evictions, gas and electric bill turn-offs.  The Baltimore branch of the NAACP was right there and opened an office in West Baltimore immediately after the unrest,” she said.last_img read more

Researchers discover a way to tease oxygen molecules from carbon dioxide

first_img New work from UC Davis shows that carbon dioxide can be split by vacuum ultraviolet laser to create oxygen in one step. The discovery may change how we think about the evolution of atmospheres. Credit: Zhou Lu, UC Davis NASA research gives guideline for future alien life search More information: Evidence for direct molecular oxygen production in CO2 photodissociation, Science 3 October 2014: Vol. 346 no. 6205 pp. 61-64 . DOI: 10.1126/science.1257156 ABSTRACTPhotodissociation of carbon dioxide (CO2) has long been assumed to proceed exclusively to carbon monoxide (CO) and oxygen atom (O) primary products. However, recent theoretical calculations suggested that an exit channel to produce C + O2 should also be energetically accessible. Here we report the direct experimental evidence for the C + O2 channel in CO2 photodissociation near the energetic threshold of the C(3P) + O2(X3Σg–) channel with a yield of 5 ± 2% using vacuum ultraviolet laser pump-probe spectroscopy and velocity-map imaging detection of the C(3PJ) product between 101.5 and 107.2 nanometers. Our results may have implications for nonbiological oxygen production in CO2-heavy atmospheres.Press release (Phys.org) —A small team of researchers with the University of California has found a way break apart carbon dioxide molecules and get carbon atoms and oxygen molecules instead of carbon monoxide and an oxygen atom. In their paper published in the journal Science, the team describes how they did it, and the implications of their findings. Arthur Suits and David Parker offer a perspective piece in the same journal issue that describes in more depth, minimum energy path (MEP) where reactants don’t always follow the easiest path during chemical reactions and how it pertains to the work done by this group. Ball-and-stick model of carbon dioxide. Credit: Wikipedia Explore further Over the years, scientists have developed a theory about the development of life on planet Earth that’s known as the “Great Oxidation Event,” where plants developed and began taking in carbon dioxide and pumping out oxygen. In this new effort, the researchers believe they have found a way to achieve the same feat using a non-biological approach. They’ve used the shortest wavelength of ultraviolet light, aka, vacuum ultraviolet light (VUV) to break apart carbon dioxide molecules.The VUV was provided in the form of a laser shooting a beam at carbon dioxide molecules to break them apart. Another laser was used to ionize the pieces from the broken molecule so that they could be measured by a mass spectrometer. The process resulted in just 5 percent of the carbon dioxide molecules splitting into oxygen molecules and carbon atoms (the rest went to carbon monoxide and oxygen atoms) but that was more than enough to show that the process can be used to get molecular oxygen from carbon dioxide—and that might have a far reaching impact.center_img Citation: Researchers discover a way to tease oxygen molecules from carbon dioxide (2014, October 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-10-oxygen-molecules-carbon-dioxide.html Journal information: Science © 2014 Phys.org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The process works, the team explains because of MEP reactions and because of that, it seems reasonable to conclude that some oxygen in early Earth’s atmosphere came about the same way—with all the oxygen in the atmosphere today, VUV doesn’t penetrate very far but when the atmosphere had far more carbon dioxide in it, it follows that some of those molecules could have split into carbon atoms and oxygen molecules. That also means that the same process could occur on other planets, which means scientists looking for life on other planets would have to look for a lot more than just oxygen in their atmospheres.Another possible impact of the findings by the team involves space exploration—if an apparatus could be built that could continually knock oxygen molecules out of the carbon dioxide breathed out by astronauts, they wouldn’t have to carry oxygen tanks or use plants to do the conversion, making the whole process much more efficient.last_img read more

Influential students can help reduce bullying

first_imgEngaging students who have considerable influence over their peers can lead up to 30 per cent reduction in bullying incidents in schools, says a new study.“We think the best way to change social norms is to have these student influencers speak in their own voices. Encouraging their messages to bubble up from the bottom using a grassroots approach can be very powerful,” said lead author Elizabeth Paluck from Princeton University in New Jersey, US.The researchers engaged groups of influential students in 56 New Jersey middle schools to spread messages about the dangers of bullying and school conflict. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Using messaging platforms such as Instagram, print posters and colourful wristbands, the selected students were encouraged to discuss in their own voices positive ways to handle conflict, using terms with which their peers could identify. The research team wanted to test whether certain students, who they label “social referents” or social influencers, have an outsized influence over school climate or the social norms and behavioural patterns in their schools. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThese social referents were not necessarily the most popular kids school-wide, but rather students who demonstrate influence within their smaller peer group. All activities were designed to test whether, by making their anti-conflict stance well known, these social influencers could shape their peers’ behaviours and social norms.The study was published in the journal of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).last_img read more

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first_imgNews | December 29, 2008 Adjuvant Letrozole Therapy in Breast Cancer Offers Slight Advantage December 20, 2008 – Overall survival in breast cancer patients is superior with five years of adjuvant letrozole compared to tamoxifen, according to results from the Breast International Group 1-98 trial.The 13 percent reduction in mortality risk in the letrozole (Femara) group at a mean followup of 76 months in a prespecified intent-to-treat analysis fell short of statistical significance (P = .08), but that’s clearly because the letrozole arm included 25 percent of all patients initially randomized to tamoxifen. These patients crossed over and spent a median of 18 months on the aromatase inhibitor after the study’s unblinding in 2005. The study was unblinded for ethical reasons because of the demonstration of superior disease-free survival with letrozole, Dr. Henning Mouridsen said at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium. The new BIG 1-98 update also showed that sequential adjuvant hormonal therapy – that is, 2 years of either letrozole or tamoxifen followed by 3 years of the other drug – is not more effective than 5 years of letrozole, added Dr. Mouridsen, study investigator and professor and head of oncology at Copenhagen University Hospital. The BIG 1-98 trial involved 8,010 women with endocrine-responsive early breast cancer in 27 countries. A landmark previous finding was that 5 years of adjuvant letrozole monotherapy was superior to 5 years of tamoxifen in terms of disease-free survival and time to distant recurrence (N. Engl. J. Med. 2005; 353:2747-57).The update addressed two key outstanding questions. The first, whether aromatase inhibitor monotherapy is superior to tamoxifen monotherapy in terms of overall survival, was something that had yet to be shown to a level of statistical significance in any of the major randomized trials. The second was whether sequential therapy – the so-called switching strategy – offers advantages over aromatase inhibitor monotherapy, as some had theorized.The overall survival analysis involved 4,922 BIG 1-98 participants. There were 303 deaths in the letrozole arm and 343 in the tamoxifen arm. “Since we’re almost at the conventional level of significance in the compromised intention-to-treat analysis, I take that as fairly strong evidence that in fact letrozole improves on overall survival,” said Alan Coates, M.D., cochair of the scientific committee of the International Breast Cancer Study Group, which coordinated BIG 1-98. The sequential therapy analysis involved 6,182 patients at a median follow-up of 71 months. Neither 2 years of tamoxifen followed by three years of letrozole nor 2 years of letrozole followed by 3 years of tamoxifen proved superior to five years of letrozole. Among the 42 percent of participants at increased risk of recurrence as reflected in their node-positive status, there was a strong trend for worse outcomes in the group randomized to sequential tamoxifen followed by letrozole. Their rate of breast cancer recurrence was 7.9 percent at two years and 14.7 percent at five years, compared with 4.7 percent and 12.4 percent, respectively, in node-positive patients assigned to five years of letrozole.”Cancer recurrence is more common while patients are on early tamoxifen and that leeway is never made up after the switch. The curves remain parallel. Many people will take the message that it’s better to start with letrozole, particularly for patients at high risk,” added Dr. Coates of the University of Sydney.Among patients assigned to the reverse sequence – letrozole followed by tamoxifen – the rates of disease-free and overall survival and time to distant recurrence were closely similar to those seen in the letrozole monotherapy arm.”I think that’s a very important message for patient care. Some women find these aromatase inhibitors really hard to take, not only because of menopausal symptoms but also arthralgia and myalgia. If they were worried about doing themselves a disservice by switching after a couple of years of putting up with this or they can’t afford the greater dollar cost, I think the data are reassuring that such a switch back to tamoxifen for the remainder of their 5 years would not compromise their outcome in any way,” the oncologist explained. Doctors still want to know if adjuvant hormonal therapy extend it beyond the now-standard five years to reduce late recurrences. Source: B Jancin, Elsevier Global Medical NewsFor more information: www.sabcs.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享last_img read more