13
October
2019

Farm bankruptcies on the rise in Upper Midwest

first_imgMINNEAPOLIS — The number of farms filing for bankruptcy is increasing across the Upper Midwest, following low prices for corn, soybeans, milk and beef, according to a new analysis from the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis.The analysis found that 84 farms filed for bankruptcy in Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana in the 12 months that ended in June. That’s more than double the number over the same period in 2013 and 2014.“Current price levels and the trajectory of the current trends suggest that this trend has not yet seen a peak,” said Ron Wirtz, an analyst at the Minneapolis Fed.The increase in Chapter 12 filings reflect low prices for corn, soybeans, milk and beef, The Star Tribune reported. The situation has gotten worse for farmers since June because of the retaliatory tariffs that have closed the Chinese market for soybeans and held back exports of milk and beef. Chapter 12 bankruptcy allows for repayment of debt over three years.“Dairy farmers are having the most problems right now,” said Mark Miedtke, the president of Citizens State Bank in Hayfield. “Grain farmers have had low prices for the past three years but high yields have helped them through. We’re just waiting for a turnaround. We’re waiting for the tariff problem to go away.”Miedtke said the underlying problem began before the trade issues, with farmers being too efficient for their financial good and demand not keeping pace with the production.“The picture could start changing this spring,” Miedtke said. “We do what we can to try to work with farmers.”___Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.comThe Associated Presslast_img read more

12
October
2019

‘Economic growth, high disposable income to aid banks’ deposit mobilisation’

first_imgMumbai: Accelerating the rate of growth of the economy and disposable incomes holds the key to higher deposit mobilisation by the banking system, says an RBI paper. The slowdown in bank deposit growth in the recent period alongside a revival of credit demand raised concerns about a structural liquidity gap in the system, possibly amplified by substitution effects of small savings and mutual funds on bank deposits in the aftermath of demonetisation, as per an article published in the latest monthly bulletin of the RBI. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraTo address the issue of structural liquidity gap, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) in recent months took several initiatives including Open Market Operations and dollar rupee swap auction. The article highlighted that the widening wedge between credit and deposit growth is triggering concerns about a structural liquidity gap in the system, which can throw sand in the wheels of the financial intermediation process through which deposits are converted into productive investments by way of lending, thereby greasing the wheels of the economy. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 days”Outstanding deposits of scheduled commercial banks (SCBs) at Rs 1,25,726 billion as on March 31, 2019 accounted for 128.7 per cent of outstanding bank credit (lower than 132.5 per cent a year ago), reflecting the tightening of financial conditions on account of low deposit growth,” it said. Noting that the bank deposits remain an important part of the financial savings of households and key to the financing of bank lending, it said deposit growth is picking up in recent months in a cyclical upturn since December 2018, which is overwhelming a trend slowdown that has been underway since October 2009. “The latter warrants policy consideration since deposit mobilisation is fundamental to India’s bankbased system of financial intermediation. Empirical evidence puts forward several interesting facts about the behaviour of bank deposits,” it said. First, it underscores the income as its most important determinant, both in the short-and in the long-run, it said. It further noted that interest rate matters for deposit mobilisation but only at the margin and financial inclusion has a boosting effect on deposit mobilisation over the long-run suggesting expansion of bank branches in unbanked areas. Besides, substitution effects associated with Sensex returns for deposit growth are limited to the short-run, warranting a careful appraisal of regulatory reforms and tax arbitrage, even as efforts need to be intensified to make both more market determined. “In the final analysis, therefore, accelerating the rate of growth of the economy and disposable incomes holds the key to higher deposit mobilisation by the banking system,” it said. The RBI in a disclaimer said that views are of authors and do not represents the views of the central bank.last_img read more

12
October
2019

Javier Bardem on Western Sahara and Catalan Independence: Duplicity or Ignorance?

Washington DC — While Javier Bardem continues his campaign promoting an independent Sahrawi Republic, he hasn’t showed any support for Catalonians’ right to self-determination. Bardem’s clashing attitudes show arbitrary and uninformed positions on two decisive political crises.The Spanish actor vigorous support for “Western Sahara “independence from Morocco and his “nonexistent” positions on Catalan rights to self-rule are two contradictory and perplexing positions that raise doubts about the Hollywood star’s ability to grasp the political nuances of his standpoints.Unfazed by Catalonians calls for independence from his native Spain, Bardem continues his campaign for the Sahara, while he conveniently ignores the brewing crisis in his backyard. The pseudo rights activist bemoaned that Morocco is denying the Sahrawis the right to hold a referendum on independence, and yet he doesn’t utter a word on the rights of 7 million Catalonians to secede from Spain. Unfortunately, Bardem’s represent a large number of Spanish activists who have, for years, supported the Sahrawi independence movement, but squashed Basque and Catalan nationalist movement, violently at times.  The Bardem like nationalists consider a referendum in Catalonia unconstitutional, insisting that polls on sovereignty must be held at the national level. But for the Western Sahara, they support a local referendum that excludes the rest of Morocco.Bardem’s arguments for the rights of people to self-determination are not sincere. Unlike some brave Spanish artists who came out in support for Catalonia’s nationalist rights, Javier is hiding behind a deafening silence. His refusal to take a defined stand on the Catalans entitlement to hold a referendum on independence from Spain makes his commentaries about the Western Sahara conflict deceitful at best.  With his absence from the national political discourse on the future of Catalonia, in contrast to his international activism on behalf of Algeria and in support of the Sahara independence, Mr. Bardem is in fact endorsing the Spanish right-wing political establishment positions denying Catalonia’s right to self-determination. Considering his energetic engagement for the Sahrawi cause, Catalan should have hoped for a Bardem endorsement.In essence, Bardem champions a referendum for the Sahara, but disavows the same process for Catalonia. Instead of criticizing Morocco’s handling of the Sahrawis, he should denounce his own government harassment and bullying of Catalan nationalists.Spain’s use of its judiciary system to deny Barcelona the basic right to vote is a shameful behavior that Mr. Bardem should condemn. Although he proudly proclaims his support for human rights, his backing for the extreme right wing narrative denying Catalan rights amounts to cheerleading for neo-Francoism.There are many Spaniards, especially on the left, who hold understandable support for Sahrawi and Catalan independence based on personal and political morals. However, Bardem’s stances are based on either political hypocrisy or simple obliviousness.It seems that Mr. Bardem’s support of the Sahrawis is not based on principles and beliefs. It is rather a manifestation of either a prejudice or distaste for Moroccans or pure ignorance. If playing an activist is a hobby for the Spanish actor, defending Morocco’s territorial integrity is a moral obligation for the millions of Moroccans. They hope that this bizarre duplicity will convince the international community that the actor is a fake activist.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed read more

08
October
2019

Vietnam Vice President discusses ties with Sri Lankan delegation

She said both sides should facilitate all-level visits to deepen bilateral ties in the future, and expressed her belief that the Sri Lankan government and people will recover from the recent landslide that killed and injured hundreds of people. Samitha Thero, who is also a member of the Lanka Sama Samaja Party’s Politburo and the Southern Provincial Council of Sri Lanka, congratulated the host on her new position, which he said reflected Việt Nam’s stance on enhancing women’s roles in national leadership. He said he hoped that Viet Nam and Sri Lanka would further increase people-to-people exchanges and economic co-operation for the benefit of the two peoples, in addition to political, cultural and educational joint efforts. (Colombo Gazette) Vietnam Vice President Đặng Thị Ngọc Thịnh hosted a reception in Hà Nội for a delegation of the Sri Lanka-Vietnam Solidarity Association led by the Most Venerable Baddegama Samitha Thero, a member of the association’s executive board, vietnamnews.vn reported.The host hailed the delegation’s visit as a contribution to reinforcing the traditional friendship between the two peoples. read more

08
October
2019

PM instructs officials to repair homes damaged by Kosgama incident

Later he had a meeting with the Minister of Disaster Management Anura Priyadarshana Yapa and others, including joint opposition member Dinesh Gunawardena.At the meeting he discussed the measures to be taken to assist the families affected by the incident. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today instructed officials to repair the homes damaged by the Kosgama incident using Government funds.The Prime Minister visited Kosgama today and inspected the damage caused by the fire and massive explosions at the army camp. Several houses around the camp were damaged from the vibrations and shrapnel. (Colombo Gazette) read more

06
October
2019

IAEA signs accord for enhanced UN nuclear inspections in Iran

Iran signed an agreement today with the United Nations nuclear watchdog for enhanced, unannounced and on-the-spot inspections of its atomic facilities.The action comes less than a month after the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) strongly deplored Tehran’s long-term breaches of safeguard provisions aimed at preventing the development of nuclear weapons. The agreement, signed at the Agency’s Vienna headquarters, is an Additional Protocol to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). Tehran has stated that it is acting in accordance with the Protocol’s provisions pending its formal entry into force.In November IAEA Director-General Mohamed ElBaradei reported that Iran had committed numerous breaches of its NPT safeguards agreement in a deliberate counter-effort over many years to conceal material, facilities and activities that should have been declared. These covered the entire spectrum of the nuclear fuel cycle including experiments in enriching uranium and separating plutonium – potential ingredients for nuclear weapons.At the time Mr. ElBaradei said IAEA had no proof that Iran’s activities had been linked to a nuclear weapons programme and Iran consistently denied any such intention.The Protocol signed today by Mr. ElBaradei and Iranian Ambassador Ali Akbar Salehi “requires States to provide an expanded declaration of their nuclear activities and grants the Agency broader rights of access to sites in the country,” the IAEA said.The Agency has been heavily engaged in the verification of the Iranian programme since February but first raised its concerns publicly in June.Following Mr. ElBaradei’s report last month, the IAEA Board of Governors adopted a resolution declaring that “should any further serious Iranian failures come to light, the Board of Governors would meet immediately to consider, in the light of the circumstances and of advice from the Director General, all options at its disposal.” These options include referring the matter to the Security Council, which can impose sanctions.The Director-General is scheduled to provide his next report on the implementation of Agency safeguards in Iran to the Board of Governors in February, just ahead of its March meeting. read more

03
October
2019

Innovation minister orders CRTC to revisit wireless network access decision

A government-ordered review of a recent decision restricting access to the networks of Canada’s big wireless service providers is being hailed as potential good news for consumers.The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission ruled in March that Rogers (TSX:RCI.B) could block customers of Sugar Mobile, a subsidiary of Ice Wireless, from roaming on its network.The decision not only effectively paralyzed the startup, but also prevented other smaller mobile service providers from offering cheaper plans and consequently limits choice in the market, Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains said Monday in calling for a rethink of the ruling.“This decision excludes Wi-Fi based providers from access to regulated roaming services,” Bains said while speaking at an annual conference in Toronto for the Canadian telecommunications industry.“And that effectively prevents Wi-Fi based providers from offering their low-cost plans to consumers. This lack of choice does not benefit Canadians.”Sugar Mobile, which doesn’t have its own wireless infrastructure, relied on the network set up by Rogers to provide service to its customers through a so-called mobile virtual network, or MVN.In a brief email message, the CRTC said it would comply with the order, being careful to say it would reconsider the “aspect of its decision that established the final terms and conditions for access to wholesale mobile wireless roaming service.”A spokesman for Bains said the review will also include a second decision issued by the CRTC on March 1 that reinforced its position that wholesale roaming cannot be used as a way to get permanent access to a telecom company’s network.An advocate for greater wireless choice praised the review, predicting it could result in cheaper services from new low-cost entrants into Canada’s wireless marketplace.“We’re excited that the CRTC has been asked to look again at this issue and we hope they’ll come back with a solution that will lift big telecom’s blockade and lead to lower prices and greater choice for Canadian consumers and small businesses,” said OpenMedia digital rights advocate Katy Anderson.“Allowing smaller providers to enter the market will improve innovation, encourage competition, and enable low-income Canadians to participate more fully and meaningfully in our digital society.”In ordering the review, Bains also made clear he expects any new ruling from the CRTC would not stifle investment by the big telecom companies to keep their wireless networks up to date.Rogers said it would work with the regulator with the aim of keeping wireless costs down while at the same time improving its service infrastructure.“We look forward to working with the CRTC to examine creative ways to bridge the digital divide and maintain fast and reliable networks,” said David Watt, senior vice-president of regulatory affairs at Rogers.OpenMedia spokeswoman Meghan Sali pointed to Toronto-based Tucows Inc., which operates Ting Mobile in the United States by piggybacking on carrier networks south of the border — but doesn’t offer services in Canada — as an example of a small wireless provider that could help transform Canada’s wireless landscape.Ting offers wireless service through a patchwork of Wi-Fi-based networks in the U.S., including talk, text and data, with monthly bills that it says average US$23.TekSavvy, which offers home Internet service in central Canada, but has been looking at broadening into mobile service, called the CRTC review “potentially game changing.”“This is a fresh approach to kick-starting mobile competition in Canada,” said TekSavvy’s chief legal and regulatory officer, Bram Abramson, who noted that Wi-Fi-first carriers in other countries are fostering competition.“There’s no reason we cannot create the same environment (in Canada).”Canada’s last remaining independent wireless provider, Wind Mobile, was rebranded as Freedom Mobile after being bought by telecom giant Shaw Communications (TSX:SJR.B) last year.Bains also announced consultations Monday on the release of spectrum to support the development of so-called 5G wireless infrastructure, something he said is needed to meet demand from Canadians for faster networks and higher capacity for wireless data.As well, the government released new rules for the deployment of next-generation satellites that it hopes will lead to more high-speed Internet services for Canadians living in rural and remote communities. by Terry Pedwell, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 5, 2017 9:24 am MDT Last Updated Jun 5, 2017 at 1:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Innovation minister orders CRTC to revisit wireless network access decision read more

25
September
2019

NHS set to ban sale of sugary drinks and fatty snacks in

first_img Show more Simon Stevens  Hospitals will be banned from selling sugary drinks and high calorie snacks next year unless action is taken to drastically cut their sales, health officials have said.Under a national plan, retailers including Marks & Spencer, WH Smiths and Subway have agreed to cut sales of sweet drinks to a maximum of 10 per cent of their drinks output.The stringent rules will mean sweet fizzy drinks, coffees made with sugar syrup and fruit juices with extra sugar will be heavily restricted in hundreds of NHS cafes, as well as in staff canteens.England will be just the second country in the world to introduce such a plan, with Portugal taking pioneering action last year. Baker Greggs has also signed up to the plan, along with Medirest which supplies hospitals with ready meals and uses suppliers such as Costa and Starbucks. The Government is introducing a sugar tax from next April on the producers and importers of soft drinks with added sugar.Drinks with 5g of sugar per 100ml will face a lower rate of tax ,while those with more than 8g per 100ml will face a higher rate. These rates have not yet been set.Ministers have come under repeated fire for not going far enough to tackle obesity, with charities saying a childhood obesity strategy published last year does not go far enough to restrict marketing and advertising of such foods.The new rules Retailers should cut sales of sugar drinks to 10 per cent or less of their total drinks sales by next April – or face a ban 60 per cent of chocolate and sweets sold in shops should not exceed 250 calories – rising to 80 per cent in 2018/19. 60 per cent cent of pre-packed sandwiches and meals should contain less than 400 calories by April 2018, with a maximum of five grams of saturated fat per 100g. This should rise to 75 per cent in 2018/19. Simon Stevens, the chief executive of NHS England, has set out plans which could see a ban on sugary drinks being sold on hospital premises if voluntary action fails  Credit:PA  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. Britain’s obesity levels are the second highest in Europe, second only to Hungary “It’s great that following discussion with NHS England, big name retailers are agreeing to take decisive action, which helps send a powerful message to the public and NHS staff about the link between sugar and obesity, diabetes and tooth decay.”Subway has already removed all high sugar drinks from its stores, in a trial to see how customers respond if they are only offered drinks with reduced or zero sugar.Katherine Button, the co-ordinator of the Campaign for Better Hospital Food, said: “We are delighted that NHS England has taken such decisive action to reduce the sale of sugary drinks in hospitals.”NHS hospitals are trusted by patients, families and staff to keep them fit and well and NHS England is helping everyone to take a big healthy step in the right direction.”center_img He said people with diabetes, who sometimes need sugary drinks to quickly raise their blood sugar levels, would still have access to them.Rachel Clark, Health Promotion Manager at World Cancer Research Fund, said: “Sugary drinks are a big contributor to the nation’s obesity epidemic and they contain little nutritional value.“With 62 per cent of English adults being overweight or obese, it is encouraging to see NHS England taking steps to reduce sugary drink consumption across England. Hospitals should be leading by example to make the healthier choice the easy choice.“Being overweight or obese increases the risk of a number of different health conditions, including 11 common cancers.” Almost 700,000 of the 1.3 million people employed by the NHS are thought to be overweight or obese.Health officials have previously announced measures to improve healthy eating in hospitals, including axeing deals on sugary drinks as well as those for salty, fatty or sugary foods.Retailers have also been told to remove these foods from checkouts, while healthy food should be made available at all times, including to staff working night shifts.Chris Askew, chief executive of Diabetes UK, said: “As a nation, we’re consuming too much sugar.”This can lead to weight gain and in turn increase our risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and other health conditions such as cancer and cardiovascular disease.”It’s great news that NHS England is leading by example and taking this step to make hospitals healthier places for all of us.” The Government’s new sugar levy will come into force in 2018Credit:Luis Ascui/Getty obese man  NHS England said all sugary drinks will be banned if the voluntary target is not met within 12 months.The new rules will also heavily restrict the sale of any high calorie foods.From next April 60 per cent of sandwiches and pre-packed meals on sale in hospitals must contain a maximum of 400 calories per serving – rising to 75 per cent of cases a year later.And 60 per cent of sweets and chocolates sold must not exceed 250 calories – rising to 80 per cent of items by 2019.NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens said: “A spoonful of sugar may help the medicine go down but spoonfuls of added sugar day-in, day-out mean serious health problems. 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22
September
2019

GREAT NANTES WITH 9357 FANS Second defeat for PSG

French champion Paris Saint German is on the way to lose the leading position in the French Championship before New Year’s break. HBC Nantes beat PSG 30:26 in the match of LNH Round 12 in front of 9.357 fans! That was the second defeat in a row for team of world’s stars. Nantes’ right back Maqueda scored 9 goals for his team, Jonnson was second best scorer with 7, while Alberto Entrerrios scored 6. In defeated team from the capital Igor Vori scored 5…STANDINGS:1. Dunkerque 19 (match less)2. PSG 193. Montpellier 17 (match less)4. Nantes 14… ← Previous Story Dominik Klein stays loyal to the “Zebras” Next Story → FRIDAY “D” DAY: Who will win the groups in Serbia? French handballhandballhandball fansHBC NantesPSG Handball read more

22
September
2019

Castaway survived 16 months adrift at sea by eating turtles

first_imgA MEXICAN MAN who claims to have survived 16 months adrift in the Pacific is today regaining strength on a remote Marshall Islands atoll waiting to be picked up by a Navy ship.The emaciated castaway, who identified himself as Jose Ivan when he washed up on Ebon Atoll on Thursday, told his rescuers he set sail from Mexico for El Salvador in September 2012 and has been floating on the ocean ever since.“We’ve been feeding him nutritious island food and he’s getting better,” Ebon Mayor Ione de Brum said in a phone interview from the southernmost cluster of coral islands in the Marshalls. He has pain in both knees so he cannot stand up by himself. Otherwise, he’s OK.The man, with long hair and beard and dressed only in ragged underpants, was discovered when his 24-foot fibreglass boat with propellerless engines floated onto the reef at Ebon Atoll and he was spotted by two locals.Ivan said he had a companion who died several months ago, according to Ola Fjeldstad, a Norwegian anthropology student doing research on the atoll who spoke with the man on Friday.SurvivalThe castaway indicated to Fjeldstad that he survived by eating turtles, birds and fish and drinking turtle blood when there was no rain.No fishing gear was on the boat and the man suggested he caught turtles and birds with his bare hands. There was a turtle on the boat when it landed at Ebon.De Brum said she and Ivan were communicating through drawings, since he cannot speak English and she cannot speak Spanish.“I’ve gotten to know him through pictures he’s drawing,” she said.He said he was on his way to El Salvador by boat when it started drifting.But beyond that details of how and what happened remain sketchy.“It’s been difficult trying to communicate with him,” she added.Despite communication challenges, the Ebon Atoll community is doing its best to help him, bringing clothes, food and mosquito coils to ensure he is comfortable, she said.Getting homeOfficials with the police department’s Sea Patrol in Majuro said that the agency’s surveillance and rescue patrol vessel left early on Saturday to pick up Ivan and bring him back to the capital.The vessel was expected to arrive in Ebon Saturday night and depart for Majuro on Sunday.Acting Secretary of Foreign Affairs Gee Leong Bing said that as soon as Ivan arrives and his particulars can be verified, official contact would be made with Mexican government authorities to begin the repatriation process.There are virtually no islands in the more than 12,500 kilometre expanse of Pacific Ocean north of the equator between southern Mexico and the Marshall Islands.The Ebon Atoll in the Marshall Islands (Image: Google Maps) Had the drifter not washed onto the reef at Ebon, there is another 1,000 or so miles of open ocean before he might have made landfall in Papua New Guinea or the Solomon Islands.Stories of survival in the vast Pacific are not uncommon.In 2006, three Mexicans made international headlines when they were discovered drifting, also in a small fibreglass boat near the Marshall Islands, nine months after setting out on a shark-fishing expedition.They survived on a diet of rainwater, raw fish and seabirds, with their hope kept alive by reading the bible.Castaways from Kiribati, to the south, frequently find land in the Marshall Islands after ordeals of weeks or months at sea in small boats.- © AFP, 2014Read: Meet the man attempting to become the first Irish person to row 2,100 miles across the Pacific Ocean > Read: This man is seeking a woman to live on Inishfree with him Castaway style >last_img read more

17
September
2019

Discussion continues on the future of the Qualcomm Stadium site

first_img Posted: July 25, 2017 July 25, 2017 KUSI Newsroom Discussion continues on the future of the Qualcomm Stadium site KUSI Newsroom, SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — There is a struggle for power going on between republican Mayor Kevin Faulconer and his four City Council allies against the democrat majority.The two sides are arguing over whether the Qualcomm site can be considered a surplus property.If council declares it surplus property, the Soccer City initiative would become subject to state law and government agencies and non-profits would get first crack at use of the land ahead of SoccerCity.  Central to this issue is the question: Who has the power to determine what is surplus land?The Surplus Land Act doesn’t specify, however council policy states the Mayor would determine the appropriate use of the property.Two months after the Chargers’ stadium proposal was defeated, FS Investors announced its initiative for a soccer stadium and development at the Qualcomm site with the Mayor’s backing.Then we learned the Mayor had been negotiating with FS and reached an agreement before the Chargers’ stadium vote.Councilmember David Alvarez called this a back-room deal, not a transparent and open process. Alvarez claims the land will be surplus once the stadium is torn down next year.The Mayor then had said the stadium may be excess, but that the property is still not surplus.“I do want to remind the council that you’re very limited in your discussion today to what item 330 has been called consideration of a request to declare the city-owned properties of the Qualcomm Stadium site,” City Attorney Mara Elliott said during a City Council meeting Tuesday.The council was trying to find a way to get other proposals for the Qualcomm site but they had trouble trying to get City Attorney Elliott to prepare a resolution that stayed within the bounds of what was before them. Elliott had said there were no facts to back up a declaration for surplus land.“On the issue of surplus land never says that the council is prohibited from passing a resolution to declare this property surplus,” Alvarez argued.Since the council couldn’t address that issues, the discussion turned a Plan B of the SoccerCity initiative fails next year.“We have a role to play in determining this site,” Councilmember Georgette Gomez said.Councilmember Scott Sherman saw the entire discussion as political theatre.“ Kind of hard to determine there’s something surplus when we have a citizen’s initiative out there ready to go,” Sherman said.The council struggled to understand what it could do and couldn’t do with what was before them. So they ended up referring this to a council committee for further discussion. The only other action taken Tuesday was a request for a report from the Mayor on the potential use of the Qualcomm property if the SoccerCity initiative fails.   Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

15
September
2019

Families of 17 killed to each receive 400K from Stoneman Douglas victims

first_imgPARKLAND, FLA. (WSVN) – The Broward Education Foundation has released the official breakdown of how the funds raised in the aftermath of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School will be distributed to the survivors and families of the victims.According to a press release, the official GoFundMe campaign raised $10.5 million dollars in the time since the Feb. 14 shooting.Broward Education Foundation and the Stoneman Douglas Victims’ Fund Steering Committee has elected to distribute the funds in the following:The families of the 17 victims will each receive $400,000.The 18 injured survivors will receive a combined total of $1.63 million, with amounts ranging from $35,000 to $250,000 depending on the severity of their injuries.The 434 individuals who were present in the building where the shooting took place and had their application verified will each receive $2,500.The 1,048 individuals who were on campus at the time of the shooting but not in the 1200 building and whose applications were verified will each receive $1,000.Officials said were 1,654 applications submitted and out of that number, 1,517 of those received funding.“The disbursements are gifts from nearly 37,000 caring and generous individuals, companies, organizations and foundations and 100 percent of the funds raised will be distributed to the victims and families,” said Christina Fischer, Broward Education Foundation Board Chair. “These gifts are given without any restriction on their use. The families and recipients are in the best position to determine how these funds would be most beneficial to their healing.”Electronic disbursements are scheduled to begin on July 16.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

11
September
2019

HOT OFF THE PRESS Read Wilmington Senior Centers September Newsletter

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Read the Wilmington Senior Center’s September 2019 Newsletter HERE.Highlights from the latest “Buzzell Buzz” include:Notes from Elderly Services Director Terri MarcielloInformation about upcoming events and programs, including: Audrey’s Corner of Conversation, Good Neighbor Program, Buzz Book Club, September Movie Day, Senator Tarr’s Office Hours, Exercise Programs, Fuel Assistance Program, Medicare Open Enrollment Info Session, Caregivers Support Group, Memory Cafe, Jr. WOW Raffles, Family Fun Day, and a visit from the Perkins LibraryInformation about: Birthdays, Condolences, Guess Who Contest?, & Get Well WishesThe Senior Center’s September Calendar of EventsLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedHOT OFF THE PRESS: Read Wilmington Senior Center’s August NewsletterIn “Community”HOT OFF THE PRESS: Read Wilmington Senior Center’s July NewsletterIn “Community”HOT OFF THE PRESS: Read Wilmington Senior Center’s June NewsletterIn “Government”last_img read more

09
September
2019

Three landslides prompt Sitka to declare state of emergency

first_imgThis is a breaking story, check back for updates.The City and Borough of Sitka has declared a state of emergency after heavy rain triggered at least three different landslides this morning.A sinkhole had opened up beneath a pair of propane tanks on Halibut Point Road. (Rebecca LaGuire, KCAW)The Sitka Fire Department has reported one slide on Halibut Point Road, one on Kramer Avenue, and one on Sawmill Creek Road, near the Gary Paxton Industrial Park.The slide on Kramer Avenue has damaged at least one house. The extent of the damage is not yet clear.Anyone who was working on the construction on Kramer Avenue is asked to call the Sitka Police Department at 747-3245. Sitka Search and Rescue is trying to account for everyone who might have been in the homes affected by the slide.The Fire Department has closed Sawmill Creek Road at Whale Park. Kramer Avenue is also closed. Halibut Point Road remains open.KCAW has also received reports from residents in the 2200 Block of HPR below Kramer Avenue that homes have been evacuated.Cascade Creek was running high after heavy rainfall Tuesday, August 18. (Rebecca LaGuire, KCAW)last_img read more

01
September
2019

EU Court Ruling Lumps CRISPRd Crops With GMOs

first_img CRISPR crops are no different from genetically modified organisms, and they should be subject to the same rigid regulations, Europe’s highest court ruled.The decision, determined this week by the Court of Justice of the European Union in Luxembourg, is a major blow to proponents of gene-edited foods.A 2001 EU directive, aimed at species into which entire genes had been inserted, limits the planting and sale of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) across the continent.AdChoices广告Plants made using the technique of mutagenesis—the changing of DNA without adding foreign genetic material—developed before 2001 are exempt from the law.Advocates argue that genetic superweapon CRISPR, heralded for its advancements in curing disease, should not be highly regulated. After all, the resulting crops are exactly what you’d get through the much slower process of breeding.Alas, the Court of Justice this week announced that “organisms obtained by mutagenesis are GMOs.”“In so far as the techniques and methods … alter the genetic material of an organism in a way that does not occur naturally,” according to the ruling, published on Wednesday.Washington, D.C.-based environmental organization Friends of the Earth applauded the court’s “forward-thinking decision,” suggesting that “all product made with genetic engineering … should be regulated, assessed for health and environmental impacts, and labeled.”Many researchers, however, believe this may be the beginning of the end for plant biotech in Europe.Crop geneticist Nigel Halford, a professor at Rothamsted Research in the UK, called the conclusion “tremendously disappointing,” telling Nature that “it’s a real hit to the head.”Stefan Jansson, a plant physiologist at Umeå University in Sweden, agreed, adding that “this will have a chilling effect on research, in the same way that GMO legislation has had a chilling effect for 15 years now.”While gene-editing techniques aren’t going anywhere anytime soon, there is some concern that European companies will lose interest in manufacturing them.As per this legislation, all new inventions—including CRISPR-Cas9 food—will have to go through the EU’s lengthy approval process.“From a practical perspective, I don’t think this will be at all of interest for business,” Kai Purnhagen, a legal scholar at Wageningen University and Research in the Netherlands, explained to Nature. “So they will move somewhere else.”There is a possible loophole, though: If scientists can prove their gene-editing techniques are as safe as mutagenesis methods already exempt from the law (i.e. irradiation), they, too, could earn immunity.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. CRISPR-Modified Babies Cursed With Short LifespanAntidote to Deadly Box Jellyfish Venom Discovered Stay on targetlast_img read more

31
August
2019

Your smartphone obsession may up behaviour issues in kids

first_imgParents, take note! Interrupting family time by constantly checking your smartphone – a phenomenon dubbed as ‘technoference’ – may increase behaviour problems in your kids, scientists have found.Researchers, including those from Illinois State University in the US, found that even low or seemingly normal amounts of tech-related interruption were associated with greater child behaviour problems, such as oversensitivity, hot tempers, hyperactivity and whining. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThey analysed surveys completed separately by both mothers and fathers from about 170 two-parent households. The parents were asked about their use of smartphones, tablets, laptops and other technology – and how the devices disrupted family time – a disturbance that researchers called ‘technoference’.Interruptions could be as simple as checking phone messages during mealtime, playtime and routine activities or conversations with their children.Parents were asked to rate how problematic their personal device use was based on how difficult it was for them to resist checking new messages, how frequently they worried about calls and texts and if they thought they used their phones too much. They were also asked how often phones, tablets, computers and other devices diverted their attention when otherwise engaged with their children. Researchers noted that on average, parents perceived about two devices interfering in their interactions with their child at least once or more on a typical day. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveAbout half (48 per cent) of parents reported technology interruptions three or more times on a typical day while 17 per cent said it occurred once. Parents then rated child behaviour issues within the past two months by answering questions about how often their children whined, sulked, easily got frustrated, had tantrums or showed signs of hyperactivity or restlessness.”We know that parents’ responsiveness to their kids changes when they are using mobile technology and that their device use may be associated with less-than-ideal interactions with their children,” said Jenny Radesky from University of Michigan in the US.”It’s really difficult to toggle attention between all of the important and attention-grabbing information contained in these devices, with social and emotional information from our children, and process them both effectively at the same time,” Radesky said. The study was published in the journal Child Development.last_img read more

28
August
2019

Local cricketer now playing in the UK

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Born in Ladysmith, 22-year-old Kerwin Mungroo matriculated from Ladysmith Secondary School (Lasec) in 2012. He is a lover of sports and was named ‘Lasec Sportsman of the Year’ in both 2011 and 2012.“Cricket has always been my first love. I represented the KZN Inland Provincial teams from Under 11 to Under 17 and the prestigious Khaya Majola Cricket Week from 2005 to 2012,” says Kerwin.He has represented various cricket clubs in the local Ladysmith Cricket League, including African United Cricket Club and Acaciavale Sporting Academy.“Through hard work in the local cricket league, I was selected to represent the Ladysmith Senior Cricket Team in both the KZN Challenge and the KZN Inland Premier League.”Being an avid sportsman, Kerwin has represnted the uThukela District in cricket, volleyball and soccer.The young sportsman was scouted by Greg Heyes at the 2012 Khaya Majola Week and was asked to join the CSA Academy at the University of Fort Hare.“I learned so much from my bowling coach, who is Mfuneko Ngam, and I can never thank him enough because bowling is my strongest asset in the game of cricket,” stressed the sportsman.After all the hard work and dedication, Kerwin now plays in England for Wem Cricket Club in the Shropshire Premier Division. The young star is very excited to play in England and says this has to be the most overwhelming experience of his life.“It is very cold in England, so I had to adapt to the weather conditions there. My teammates have shown me so much support and made my stay in England worthwhile. “My goal has always been to give back to my community. For this reason, I have volunteered as a coach to the less fortunate youth in Ezakheni under the banner of Leonardsville Sporting-Cricket School of Excellence,” the young star stressed.DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more

11
August
2019

The 5 Takeaways from the Coyotes introduction of

first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Daily Practice Designations:Out-Definitely will not playDNP-Did Not ParticipateLimited-Limited Participation (Less than 100% of normal repetitions)Full-Full Participation (100% of normal repetitions)Wednesday Status Designations:Out-Definitely will not playDoubtful-At least a 75% chance will not playQuestionable-A 50-50 chance will not playProbable-A virtual certainty of being available for normal duty Andre EllingtonRBToeDNPDNPDNPOut Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Jermaine GreshamTEKneeDNPDNPDNPDoubtful John BrownWRHamstringLimitedLimitedFullProbable Tony JeffersonSHamstringDNPLimitedLimitedQuestionable The Arizona Cardinals (10-2) host the Minnesota Vikings (8-4) in a key NFC game at University of Phoenix Stadium on Dec. 10.Below is the official Week 14 injury report for both teams. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Cory ReddingDTAnkleLimitedLimitedLimitedQuestionable Frostee RuckerDTAnkleDNPDNPDNPOut Rashad JohnsonSAnkleLimitedLimitedFullProbable Mike LeachLSKneeLimitedFullFullProbable PlayerPositionInjuryMondayTuesdayWednesdayWednesday Status Stepfan TaylorRBShoulderLimitedLimitedFullProbable Andrew SendejoSKneeDNPLimitedLimitedOut Robert BlantonSKneeDNPDNPLimitedQuestionable PlayerPositionInjuryMondayTuesdayWednesdayWednesday Status Comments   Share   Top Stories Larry FitzgeraldWRAnkleLimitedLimitedFullProbable Harrison SmithSKnee/HamstringDNPDNPDNPOut Linval JosephDTFootDNPDNPDNPOut Brandon WattsLBRibDNPDNPDNPOut Michael FloydWRHamstringLimitedLimitedFullProbable Anthony BarrLBGroin/HandDNPDNPDNPOut Scott CrichtonDEAnkleLimitedLimitedFullProbable Jerraud PowersCBCalfDNPDNPDNPOut Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

10
August
2019

Mandarin Oriental hotels have long been renowned f

first_imgMandarin Oriental hotels have long been renowned for their excellence and innovation in food and beverage, and the Group’s passion for creating memorable dining experiences has once again been recognized, with no fewer than nine diverse restaurants from around the world being honored in the 2010 Michelin Guides.In Europe, Rasoi by Vineet has been awarded the coveted one star status by Michelin’s 2010 Guide for Switzerland. It is the first time for an Indian restaurant to be recognized in Switzerland by the prestigious Michelin guide. Opened in June 2008 after a multi-million Swiss Franc renovation of the hotel’s public areas, Rasoi by Vineet offers the cuisine of London-based Michelin starred chef, Vineet Bhatia, who specializes in deliciously spectacular “evolved” Indian food. In Munich, Restaurant Mark’s at Mandarin Oriental, Munich retained its coveted Michelin star status. The restaurant’s Chef Tobias Jochim delights diners with predominantly French dishes that have been inspired from travels around the Mediterranean.In Asia, the Group’s flagship property, Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong is now home to two Michelin starred restaurants. The Mandarin Grill + Bar, a Hong Kong dining institution, where artistic Executive Chef Uwe Opocensky serves a modern interpretation of grill classics and the city’s finest seafood, has been awarded its first Michelin star. The restaurant joins Pierre on the top floor of the hotel, which retained its Michelin star, and features the bold cuisine of multi award-winning, three Michelin starred chef, Pierre Gagnaire. In Macau, Tung Yee Heen, the distinguished Cantonese restaurant at the recently renamed Grand Lapa Hotel, also retained its one-star Michelin status. Meanwhile, Amber at The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong, maintained its coveted two Michelin star status. The restaurant features the innovative and exhilarating cuisine of talented Chef Richard Ekkebus.In Japan, Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo is the only hotel in the capital to have three Michelin-starred restaurants in the latest Japanese guide. Signature (serving contemporary French), Sense (Cantonese) and the creative Tapas Molecular Bar (serving innovative molecular cuisine) each received a single star: Signature for the third time, and Sense and the Tapas Molecular Bar for the second time.“We are truly delighted to receive these prestigious accolades,” said David Nicholls, the Group’s Corporate Director of Food and Beverage. “It speaks volumes about the dedication to fine dining excellence that all of our hotels offer.”The Group also continues to be acknowledged for its ability to appoint enthusiastic culinary talent. Recent announcements include Chef Heston Blumenthal, who has won international acclaim for his unique and multi-sensory approach to cooking. Blumenthal will open his first restaurant outside of the village of Bray, at Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London in 2010. The restaurant will feature the chef’s inimitable style of culinary alchemy with a menu heavily influenced by his ongoing research and discovery of historic British gastronomy. Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London will also introduce the award-winning cuisine of Lyon-born chef Daniel Boulud to the UK when Bar Boulud – a French inspired bistro and wine bar – opens in the hotel in Spring 2010. In addition, Pierre Gagnaire opened his first US restaurant, Twist at Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas which opened on December 4, 2009. While in Spain, Chef Carme Ruscalleda has been appointed Director of the newly opened Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona’s signature restaurant, Moments. Ruscalleda is one of only a few women in the world to be awarded a total of five Michelin stars.www.mandarinoriental.comlast_img read more

09
August
2019

Antiquities director warns against jumping to conclusions after Ptolemy claim

first_imgThe director of the antiquities department, Marina Solomidou-Ieronymidou, said on Thursday she was not convinced that one of the tombs at the Tombs of the Kings area was that of a Ptolemy prince as the conclusion was not based on concrete evidence.Earlier in the week, two researchers had announced at a Paphos conference that initial estimates linked a tomb at the Tombs of the Kings area, with that of a 12-year-old Ptolemy prince, who died in Cyprus in 150BC, and who was the dynasty’s co-regent at the time.According to the experts – associate professor of ancient history at the University of Cyprus, Theodoros Mavroyiannis, and architect at the department of restoration of ancient monuments of the Greek ministry of culture, Michalis Lefatzis – the tomb is believed to belong to Ptolemy Eupator, the son of Ptolemy VI Philometor and Cleopatra II, who reigned for a short period as co-ruler with his father. He died not long after he had assumed the title, around 152BC.The two experts said they based their conclusion on inscriptions and the fact that the tomb in question is different from the other tombs as it appears to have been built, probably for a deified king.For Ieronymidou, the announcement came as a surprise, as the antiquities department was not informed of the research carried out at the tomb but also because other research on the same tomb, extracted different conclusions.“We were very surprised to hear this because based on scientific ethics, any researcher ought to come to the antiquities department and express interest to study the object in question,” Ieronymidou told state broadcaster CyBC.“This is a very important tomb within the enormous complex of the Tombs of the Kings”.She added that the tomb in question – tomb number 8 at the archaeological site – was unearthed during excavations between 1970 and 1980 by the then head of the antiquities department Sofoklis Hadjisavvas. Hadjisavvas, she said, has been collecting material and used the archaeological data collected from the tomb for his own research which is to be published soon, and whose conclusions are different from those announced recently.“Hadjisavvas is to publish his own research based on the actual data concerning the tomb, and not on other theories based on inscriptions,” Ieronymidou said.She added that she respects the research the two professors made but that it was not an integrated one.“For such an announcement to be made, that the tomb in question belonged to a specific person, there must be archaeological evidence to back this. Their evidence is based on fragments of an inscription as far as I understand. This is not enough. An integrated research should be made based on excavation data to be able to provide a name,” she said.“We archaeologists, can only assume, if there is no inscription on the tomb saying what an object was or referring to Ptolemy Eupator. How can you prove it? I am not convinced?” Ieronymidou said.Ieronymidou also refuted claims made that the Tombs of the Kings archaeological site was neglected and that it was not properly fenced.She added that the site – which spans in 200,000 square metres and is the third most popular archaeological site on the island in terms of visitors –  is fenced and that it is in a very good condition.“No archaeological site is guarded 24-7”.    You May LikeTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoFigLeaf Beta AppFigLeaf brings You 3 Easy Steps to Privacy on Your Terms…FigLeaf Beta AppUndoGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementCardiologist: This Is What Happens To Your Body When You Eat GlutenGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more