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US stocks edge higher after huge swings in recent trading

first_imgNEW YORK — U.S. stocks are edging higher in early trading on Wall Street Monday after enormous swings the previous two days.Representatives from the U.S. and China began a round of trade negotiations, and investors’ hopes that the two sides will finally make progress in talks have sent stocks higher recently. But investors remain fearful that the trade dispute is far from a resolution.Retailers made some of the largest gains Monday while utility companies fell. U.S. stocks soared more than 3 per cent Friday as investors reacted to the upcoming trade talks as well report showing strong hiring by U.S. employers in December.Investors also responded positively to comments from Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell. The jump wiped out a large loss from the day before.KEEPING SCORE: The S&P 500 index added 13 point, or 0.5 per cent, to 2,544 as of 10:15 a.m. Eastern time. The Dow Jones Industrial Average edged up 32 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 23,480. The Nasdaq composite gained 54 points, or 0.8 per cent, to 6,794. The Russell 2000 index rose 10 points, or 0.8 per cent, to 1,391.Any progress on ending a dispute that has resulted in both sides imposing tariffs on billions of dollars’ of each other’s exports would be welcomed in the markets. The South China Morning Post, citing a person familiar with the matter, reported that Trump plans to meet Chinese Vice-President Wang Qishan on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Switzerland, held on Jan. 22 to 25. Last month, Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping met and agreed to hold off on further tariffs for 90 days.SHAKING THE TREE: Discount retailer Dollar Tree rose after activist investment firm Starboard value disclosed a stake in Dollar Tree and pushed it to consider changes, including selling the Family Dollar business it bought in 2015. Starboard says Family Dollar’s struggles are hurting the company’s stock price and that Dollar Tree should consider raising prices on some items. It nominated seven candidates for seats on Dollar Tree’s board of directors.The stock climbed 4.1 per cent to $96.67. Elsewhere, Amazon rose 1.3 per cent to $1,596 and Home Depot picked up 1.2 per cent to $175.73. Automakers also rose, with General Motors up 2.6 per cent to $34.18 and Ford gaining 1.1 per cent to $8.17.POWER FAILURE: The parent company of Pacific Gas & Electric sank after Reuters reported that the company might file for bankruptcy protection as it faces potentially huge liabilities connected to deadly wildfires in California. The cause of the Camp wildfire hasn’t been determined, but PG&E reported an outage around the time and place it begin. The fire killed at least 86 people and destroyed 15,000 homes. PG&E also faces lawsuits related to wildfires in 2017.The company’s stock dropped 20.5 per cent to $19.41. PG&E stock traded at almost $70 a share in October 2017 and was valued at about $48 in November 2018.LILLY AND LOXO: Eli Lilly will buy Loxo Oncology for about $8 billion as it bulks up on cancer treatments that target gene abnormalities. Lilly is known for insulins including Humalog, but has emphasized cancer drugs over the past several years, and one of its top-selling products is the cancer treatment Alimta.That makes the second big pharmaceutical acquisition announced in the new year. On Thursday Bristol-Myers Squibb agreed to buy Celgene for $74 billion in cash and stock, one of the largest drug industry acquisitions of all time. Loxo soared 66.3 per cent to $232.63 and Eli Lilly dipped 1.2 per cent to $113.30.POLITICAL RISKS: The partial shutdown of the U.S. government stretched into its third week and there were few signs of progress in staff-level talks over the weekend. That means many hundreds of thousands of federal workers aren’t getting their paychecks, which could slow the economy.Meanwhile British legislators will vote next week on proposed terms for Britain’s departure from the European Union. The government of Prime Minister Theresa May agreed to a deal with European Union leaders in November, but a Parliamentary vote on the package was cancelled because it was clear it would be rejected. It’s not clear if May will be able to get the proposal through Parliament next week. That raises the possibility that the U.K. will leave the European Union without any kind of economic deal, which could have severe effects on the British and European economies.ENERGY: Oil prices continued their recent rally. U.S. crude rose 2.9 per cent to $49.33 per barrel in New York. Brent crude, used to price international oils, was up 1.9 per cent to $48.17 per barrel in London.BONDS: Bond prices edged lower. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 2.66 per cent from 2.65 per cent.CURRENCIES: The dollar fell to 108.37 yen from 108.51 yen. The euro rose to $1.1465 from $1.1400. the British pound rose to $1.2780 from $1.2740.OVERSEAS: Germany’s DAX shed 0.8 per cent and the FTSE 100 in Britain fell 0.6 per cent. The CAC 40 in France was also 0.6 per cent lower.Japan’s Nikkei 225 index gained 2.4 per cent, while South Korea’s Kospi rose 1.3 per cent. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng climbed 0.8 per cent.____Associated Press Writer Annabelle Liang contributed from SingaporeMarley Jay, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Former Arsenal Player Changes His Negative Remarks About Anthony Martial

Miami – Former Arsenal player, Ray Parlour, has changed his mind on Anthony Martial after having said the French “kid” would not succeed.“I’ve been getting hammered by United fans because I said it’s a lot of money to spend on a young kid but he’s proved everyone wrong,” admitted the former English midfielder after Anthony Martial’s debut with the British club.The former English midfielder was one of those who criticized Manchester United for spending EUR 80 million to sign the French youngster. Parlour called it an “unbelievable amount” and did not believe the former Monaco player would live up the expectations.“With the money they’ve put out, I could be totally wrong, but I’m going to say miss on that one,” declared Parlour shortly after Martial’s signing with the Red Devils.Furthermore, doubting Martial’s talent, the Arsenal star affirmed, “For a 19-year-old kid, he’s not proven.”Things have changed, and Ray Parlour has taken back his negative words towards United’s new star. He now agrees that Martial is a talented player who could help the Red Devils to snatch a title.“People are likening him to Thierry Henry – he looks like a very good talent and could be a major force for United and could give them the opportunity to win the league.”The French youngster has proven he can handle the pressure of his “hallucinating” transfer amount and the attention of the media, by giving great performances so far in this season’s Premier League.Anthony Martial became the most expensive teenager in football history. read more

Closing Bell TSX closes higher as investors take in weak US data

TORONTO — The TSX turned around earlier losses and eked out a small gain as investors watched commodity prices fall and took in weak U.S. economic data amid growing skepticism that a meeting of eurozone leaders will produce a meaningful solution to the region’s growing debt crisis.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 11424.70 +0.12% +13.76S&P 500 — 1329.04 -0.21% -2.81Dow — 12602.26 -0.2% -24.75Nasdaq — 2849.49 -0.9% -25.83The S&P/TSX composite index added 13.76 points to 11,424.70 after earlier falling more than 100 points.The Canadian dollar was down 0.69 of a cent at 96.82 cents US after earlier falling as low as 96.50 as traders flocked to less risky assets amid the EU uncertainty.The August crude contract lost $2.52 to US$77.69 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The August gold contract fell $28 to US$1,550.40 an ounce, while the July copper contract lost two cents to US$3.33 a pound.Wall Street slumped after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld most of President Barack Obama’s health-care overhaul following an already weak morning, but managed to pare wider, triple-digit losses late in the session.The Dow Jones industrial average shed 24.75 points to 12,602.26 and the S&P 500 fell 2.81 points at 1,329.04, while the Nasdaq dropped 25.83 points to 2,849.49.Here’s the news investors were watching today:RIM to slash 5,000 jobs as new BlackBerry delayed until 2013Malaysia’s Petronas to buy Progress Energy in deal worth $5.5-billionBarclays suffers stock freefall after Libor probe fines; other banks eyedJPMorgan shares slide on report that trading loss could hit US$9-billionCanada’s telecom giants face $19-billion class action suit over system access feesON DECK FRIDAYEU crisis summit continues in Brussels ECONOMIC NEWSCANADA8:30 a.m.Real GDP (April): Economists expect 0.2% rise from the month before, 1.8% year over year Industrial product price index (May): Economists expect no change Raw materials price index (May): Economists expect a decline of 2% UNITED STATES8:30 a.m.Personal income and consumption (May): Economists expect a 0.2% rise in income, no change in spending 9:45 a.m.Chicago purchasing managers index (June): Economists expect a reading of 52.3 9:55 a.m.University of Michigan consumer sentiment index (June): Economists expect a reading of 74.1 read more

Sri Lankas first satellite Raavana 1 reaches ISS

The satellite was designed and built at the Kyushu Institute of Technology in Japan by Sri Lankan research engineers Tharindu Dayaratne and Dulani Chamika from the Arthur C.Clarke Institute, Moratuwa. Sri Lanka’s first satellite ‘Raavana 1’ successfully reached the international Space Station (ISS) today.The satellite was launched into space this week from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia’s East Shore. The launch marks Sri Lanka’s entry into the global space age. Its camera mission is to take pictures of Sri Lanka and its neighbouring countries. Its Lora Demonstration Mission is to validate the module to be used to data download next satellites. The Attitude Determination and Control Mission of ‘Ravaana 1’ involves the team trying to reduce the angular velocity of the satellite using magnetic torquers.‘Raavana 1’ weights around 1.05 kg and the lifespan of the satellite is around one and a half years. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Western Sahara UN welcomes withdrawal of Polisario Front from Guerguerat area

The United Nations today welcomed the withdrawal of all Polisario Front elements from the Guerguerat area, between the berm and the border with Mauritania, as confirmed by observers of the UN Mission on Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara, on 27-28 April.According to a statement issued by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General, António Guterres, together with the earlier withdrawal of Moroccan elements from the area, in response to the urging of the Secretary-General, this action should improve the prospects of creating an environment that will facilitate early implementation of Mr. Guterres’s determination to relaunch the negotiating process. The process would be relaunched with a new dynamic and a new spirit that reflects the Security Council’s guidance and resolutions, with the aim of reaching a “mutually acceptable political solution which will provide for the self-determination of the people of Western Sahara.” “We continue to call on the parties to adhere to their obligations under the ceasefire agreement and to respect both its letter and spirit, and to cooperate fully with MINURSO,” said the Spokesman, adding that the need to ensure that tensions do not erupt anew in the Guerguerat area remains vital. To this end, MINURSO intends to maintain the position it has held in the Buffer Strip since August 2016 and further discuss the Mission’s future monitoring of the area and the full range of issues related to the Buffer Strip with the parties, the statement added.The statement comes as the UN Security Council today unanimously extended MINURSO’s mandate until 30 April 20 18. Through a resolution, the Council reaffirmed the need for full respect of the military agreements reached with MINUSRSO with regard to the ceasefire and called on all the parties to adhere fully to those agreements. Western Sahara is located on the north-west coast of Africa bordered by Morocco, Mauritania and Algeria. The colonial administration of Western Sahara by Spain ended in 1976. Fighting later broke out between Morocco and the Polisario Front. A ceasefire was signed in September 1991. MINURSO was deployed that year to monitor the ceasefire between the Government of Morocco and the Polisario Front and organizing, if the parties agree, a referendum on self-determination in Western Sahara. A revised settlement plan was proposed by the United Nations after seven years of diplomatic consultations was rejected by one of the parties in 2004. In approving the current phase of direct negotiations in 2007, the UN Security Council called for “a just, lasting and mutually acceptable political settlement which will provide for the self-determination of the people of Western Sahara.” read more

Dont waste our time NHS pleads with up to 17 million needless

first_img 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. “Sticking to your appointment is a small but effective way to wish the NHS happy birthday in its 70th year,” she said.Darent Valley Hospital in Kent, Harrogate and District NHS Foundation trust were among those yesterday urging anyone whose condition was not a serious accident and emergency to keep away from A&E.The day before, Queen Elizabeth Hospital NHS foundation trust, in King’s Lynn, Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, in Hampshire, and Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals trust in London were among those making public appeals for doctors and nurses who were off duty to come and work.NHS surveillance suggests flu cases have risen by 67 per cent in a week in England – meaning around 3.7 million people came down with such symptoms over the Christmas period.The data held by Public Health England shows the flu season now underway across England, Scotland and Wales, with a significant increase in deaths in Scotland. Health officials are urging the public not to heap pressures on Accident & Emergency units, as they reveal up to 17 million hospital visits a year may be needless.Jane Cummings, NHS chief nursing officer, urged people to turn to pharmacists and 111 whenever possible, as she warned that services are now under unprecedented strain.A number of trusts have issued direct pleas to the public to keep away from A&E if at all possible, with others asking any available nurses and doctors to come in to work.Senior doctors say a rise in flu cases has been enough to overload many hospitals and place heavy strain on ambulance services, even though the season has only just begun.But today the country’s most senior nurse asked the public to play their part in lifting pressures on hospitals, in the week which is usually the toughest for the NHS.NHS England said that in 2016/17, more than nine million people were sent home from A&E after only getting advice, which could often have been obtained from a pharmacist or 111.Meanwhile, almost eight million outpatient appointments were wasted on patients who failed to turn up – a rise from 7.5 million the previous year.The appointments alone were worth £1bn, officials said – which could have funded 1 million cataract operations.Ms Cummings said: “With the NHS coming under pressure as never before, we are asking patients and the public to use the health service responsibly to help ensure that care is readily available for everyone who needs it.“There are now more doctors, nurses and other clinicians available at the end of a phone to give advice and guidance to users of the 111 service,” she said.The senior nurse asked patients to keep hospital appointments – or to give services good notice if they needed to cancel.  last_img read more

Greeces team of Mathematics first in Europe

first_imgLiving up to Greece’s long tradition of high performances at the International Mathematical Olympiad, a student from Thessaloniki won one of the gold medals at this year’s event, held in Brazil.High school genius Vasilis Georgiadis, was in fact awarded Greece’s first gold medal after previous years’ contestants had returned home with four silvers and one bronze.Georgiadis, who attends the Mandoulides Thessaloniki School, had been preparing for the competition for years. He managed to solve four of the competition’s six themes which include algebra, combinatorics, geometry and number theory gathering a score of 28 points.“I had an interest in mathematics from an early age, but I turned to competition two years ago,” he said explaining that it was his second time participating in the Mathematical Olympiad.“I prepared at school, but mainly at home where I studied the mathematical problems and solutions of previous competitions,” he added.When asked if he will aim for a career in mathematics he replied that his goal is to study at the Department of Electrical Engineering of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

20Second Exercise Snacks Proven to Boost Fitness

first_img It’s not always easy to make time during our hectic days for a full-blown workout. Luckily, you don’t necessarily have to. You can snack your way to fitness!Not edible snacks. “Fitness snacks.” That’s what McMaster University kinesiology professor Martin Gibala calls a crazy, new no-excuses exercise program.A “snack” consists of climbing three flights of stairs as fast as you can. It’s a task that takes the average person about 20 seconds to complete. Three snacks a day and you’re on your way to a fitter you!Think of it is HIIT without the HI. The routine does fit the technical definition of interval training, but it doesn’t come close to qualifying as high intensity. Gibala recommends at least a one-hour break period between climbs, which is lots of recovery time.Two of Gibala’s students, Madison Jenkins and Leah Nairn, recently published the results of a trial conducted with 12 sedentary volunteers. They followed the routine for six weeks.They then hopped on to the exercise bike for exhaustion tests. Participants who snacked posted results that were 5% higher, which is a modest but significant gain.It’s only about half the improvement Gibala reported when he reported findings from another minimal-commitment program he developed. That one took a whole minute to complete one repetition.More activity is definitely better, but Gibala and his students set out to prove just how easy it can be to make time for fitness. It’s hard to imagine anyone not being able to find a spare 20 seconds three times a day.If you do decide to give snacking a go, just remember to take it easy on the way back down the stairs. The strain on your knees can be up to four times as high when you’re descending.Or you could save up and buy yourself a set of Speedstairs instead.While you’re at it, why not do some exercises while you play video games?More on Geek.com:Your Fitbit Data Can Be Used to Advance Precision ScienceParasitic Worm Bacteria Is Stronger Than DEET Mosquito RepellentJog for the Planet With This Energy-Producing Treadmill Color-Changing Urine Test Could Help Detect CancerWatch: Doctors Find Brown Recluse Spider in Woman’s Ear Stay on targetlast_img read more

Race to skip relegation tight

first_imgBy Sulayman Bah The race to avoid demotion from the country’s First Division is at fever pitch with four clubs involved in the dog fight.Bakau United pictured, sit bottom of the standings with fifteen points equal with Interior with the ongoing championship at its end. They are not stuck in the battle alone with Serrekunda United and Wallidan alsoin the fray.However, Wallidan on 19 points and United on 18 are on a betterfooting.SK United face fellow struggler and rock bottom club BakauUnited today at the Seerrekunda West mini-stadium.A draw or a win will see United stay up the division and Bakau relegated.Real de Banjul and Gambia Ports Authority were in action yesterday aswe went to press along with Interior who were slugging it out withBrikama United.121. Tue 19/05/15 GPA Vs Real De Banjul 4.30pm BANJUL122. Tue 19/05/15 Interior Vs Brikama United 4.30pm Sere Kunda East123. Wed20/05/15 Hawks Vs Wallidan 4.30pm STADIUM124. Wed20/05/15 Banjul United Vs Gamtel 4.30pm Banjul125. Wed20/05/15 GAF Vs Bombada 4.30pm Sere Kunda East126. Wed20/05/15 Bakau United Vs S Kunda Utd 4.30pm SEREKUNDA WEST  ]]>last_img read more

Arthur explains how he got Iniestas number 8

first_imgBrazilian midfielder Arthur Melo revealed how he was given Andres Iniesta’s number ‘8’ shirt at Barcelona, he didn’t pick it as many would think.Now that Arthur Melo is one of the hottest topics in football after his stellar performance for FC Barcelona on Wednesday, more revealing information about the midfielder has surfaced.The player did an interview with The Players’ Tribune where he spoke about many different topics, but it was the story about how he got his number ‘8’ at Barcelona what caught our attention.As you all know, that number was Andres Iniesta’s before the Spanish midfielder left to play in Japan during the final stages of his career, we were all wondering who would inherit his number and a Brazilian newcomer got it to our surprise.We didn’t know the story until Arthur revealed it, he got the number out of sheer luck.“When I arrived here they asked me what number I wanted to wear. To be honest I never cared too much about it.”“At Gremio I played with the No. 29 nothing special, it wasn’t like playing with 10, 8, 7, 11.”David Villa, FC BarcelonaTop 10 players who played for both Barcelona and Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to talk about the best players who represented both Barcelona and Valencia, prior to their La Liga encounter at Camp Nou this evening.“I never really cared about it. So I replied ‘that’s OK you can give me any number you want to I’m already very happy and proud to play at Barcelona’. But coincidentally I ended up with 8!”“When they announced my name, just like Number 8, Arthur. The fans applauded me, I got goosebumps man!” Said Arthur during the interview.Video: Next Up – Arthur https://t.co/hzxPqRL21S [the players tribune]— Barça Centre (@barcacentre) October 4, 2018last_img read more

PM Praises Girl Guides Officials for Outstanding Work

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, August 18, 2017 – Nassau – Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis met with officials of the Bahamas Girl Guides Association (BGGA) Thursday (August 17, 2017) during a visit at the BGGA’s Headquarters, located Marcus Bethel Way and West Bay Street.   The BGGA is a non-profit, voluntary organization for girls and young women.Prime Minister Minnis was accompanied by His Excellency, Joshua Sears, Senior Policy Advisor, Office of the Prime Minister.   The Girl Guides Movement has been in existence in The Bahamas for more than 100 years (102 to be exact).Prime Minister Minnis lauded the organization for the “outstanding work” they have done, and continue to do, in training and developing thousands of Bahamian girls and young women into productive, responsible and contributing members of society.The leadership of the BGGA has managed to keep Guiding “relevant” in The Bahamas over the many years despite the many social, cultural and other changes that compete for the attention of girls and young women since the Movement first hit our shores 102 years ago.“This Programme remains relevant because it is predicated on the premise of the girls learning social and survival skills, through a number of activities including camping, hiking, sports, community service, songs, fun and games,” Guiding officials said.“Not only are these activities fun, but embedded in them also are opportunities for the girls to learn through the Patrol System for the girls to develop leadership skills and responsible citizenship at an early age.”Guiding in The Bahamas has produced many outstanding women who have risen to the top of the Bahamian society in areas such as religion, education, administration, politics, public service, the judiciary, the legal profession, banking and finance, sports, business and industry and culture.The list reads like a Who’s Who in Bahamian history and includes Her Excellency, Dame Ivy Dumont, GCMG, the first female Governor-General of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas; Retired Chief Justice, Dame Justice Joan Sawyer, DCMG; Mrs. Anita Bernard, CMG; Miss Marjorie Davis, OBE; the Hon. Janet Bostwick; Dr. Gail Saunders; Mrs. Clarice Granger, Mrs. Wendy Craig; Retired Justice, Mrs. Claire L. Hepburn; Mrs. Elma Garraway and Mrs. Constance Miller among many, many others.A number of them will forever be imbedded in the annals of Bahamian history as having served as “the First Female” Governor-General (Dame Ivy Dumont); first female Governor of the Central Bank (Mrs. Wendy Craig); first female elected to the Bahamian Parliament (the Hon. Janet Bostwick); First Bahamian female Magistrate and Judge (Mrs. Stephanie Unwala); First Female Director of Education in The Bahamas (Ms. Marjorie Davis) and Mrs. Keva Bethel, the First President, female or otherwise, of the College of The Bahamas (now University of The Bahamas).The list of “First Female” title holders involved in Guiding does not stop there and goes on to include Dr. D. Gail Saunders, first female Archivist of The Bahamas; Ms. Melanie Roach, First Bahamian Female Civil Engineer and Director of Public Works; Mrs. Joy Jibrilu, the First Bahamian Female appointed as Director of Investments, Bahamas Investment Authority; and The Reverend Angela Palacious, First Female Deacon and First Female Priest in the Anglican Diocese of The Bahamas and Turks & Caicos Islands and others.Guiding officials say the principles and values that are taught and adhered to, have made “an indelible impact in positively influencing lives and molding the characters of thousands of girls and young women, not only in The Bahamas, but indeed worldwide.”The BGGA promotes a wide range of skills and interests through education, games, outdoor activities, survival skills training, healthcare, arts, crafts and culture.Fundamental objectives of the Association are to provide girls and young women opportunities for self-training and discipline in the development of good character through service to God, country and fellowman, and to foster and promote a full sense of citizenship through community service and international goodwill.The Girl Guide Movement was started in The Bahamas in 1915 and was incorporated as the Bahamas Girl Guides Association by an Act of the Bahamian Parliament on May 4, 1975.Story by: Matt Maura (BIS) CAPTIONSHeader photo: Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis (far end) meets with officials of the Bahamas Girl Guides Association during his visit Thursday, August 17, 2017. Prime Minister Minnis was accompanied by His Excellency Joshua Sears, Senior Policy Advisor, Office of the Prime Minister. (Photo/Yontalay Bowe, OPM Media Services).1st insert:  Dr. D. Gail Saunders (left) and Mr. Keith Sands (right) lead Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis on a tour of the BGGA’s Grounds during the Prime Minister’s visit Thursday, August 17, 2017. (Photo/Yontalay Bowe, OPM Media Services)2nd insert: Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis meets with Mrs. Clarice Granger (at right), the longest tenured Chief Commissioner in Guiding history in The Bahamas.   Mrs. Granger served as Chief Commissioner of the Girl Guide Movement in The Bahamas from 1970-1985. Guiding officials credit Mrs. Granger with ushering in growth and expansion in membership in addition to implementing a number of advancements during her tenure as Chief Commissioner.   Mrs. Granger is still actively involved in Guiding in The Bahamas. Also pictured (at left) is Mrs. Iris Dillet-Knowles. (Photo/Yontalay Bowe, OPM Media Services)3rd insert:  Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis with officials of the Bahamas Girl Guides Association during his visit Thursday, August 17, 2017. Pictured (from left) are: His Excellency, Joshua Sears, Senior Policy Advisor, Office of the Prime Minister; Mrs. Elma Garraway; Mr. Alvan Rolle; Dr. D. Gail Saunders; Prime Minister Minnis; Mrs. Michelle Fields; Mrs. Sonia Adderley; Mrs. Mena Griffiths; Mrs. Constance Miller and Mr. Keith Sands. (Photo/Yontalay Bowe, OPM Media Services) Related Items:center_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Soy Growers Call on Senate to Pass Biotech Labeling Solutions Act

first_imgAmerican Soybean Association (ASA) President and Delaware farmer Richard Wilkins called on Senators from both sides of the aisle Wednesday to come together and vote to advance the Biotech Labeling Solutions Act (S.2609), legislation from Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts that would establish a nationwide standard for the labeling of foods containing GMOs, and make the disclosure of that information mandatory if such information was not widely available in the marketplace within three years. In a statement, Wilkins pointed to benefits of the bill from both a Republican and Democratic perspective:”The bill on the floor of the Senate today reflects a significant compromise and a consistent effort to find middle ground, and we applaud Chairman Roberts for his efforts. We know that transparency is something that consumers demand, and this bill pushes our industry to provide that information with a series of clearly-defined benchmarks. If we don’t hit the benchmarks set in the legislation within three years, we will be required to do so. Until then, the bill enables food companies to provide information on biotech content in the manner and with the technology that best fits the profile of their customers, whether that’s via app, quick response code, website, or traditional 800-number. What’s more, the technology allows companies to provide additional product information like labor practices, sourcing and fair trade information, traceability data, food safety and recall updates, content on local and regional producers and more. S.2609 is a bill that strikes a rare balance when it comes to regulation by combining a free-market approach that allows our businesses to innovate with regulatory teeth should it become necessary. It’s a piece of legislation that combines both Republican and Democratic principles and we urge Senators from both parties to vote yes later today.”last_img read more

1 dead after shooting outside Pompano Beach McDonalds

first_imgPOMPANO BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – A person was found dead, early Monday morning, after a shooting outside a Pompano Beach McDonald’s.According to police, shots were fired at the restaurant, near West Sample Road and Northwest Eighth Avenue.When police arrived to the scene, they discovered the victim dead in his car.Detectives are working to find the shooter responsible and are in the process of identifying the victim.If you have any information on this fatal shooting, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Gazipur city polls not fair EWG

first_imgElection Working Group (EWG), an alliance of election observing bodies, has reported irregularities in 46.5 per cent of the polling stations during the Gazipur City Corporation (GCC) elections.The EWG came up with its observations at a briefing on ‘Preliminary Statement on Gazipur City Corporation Election’ at the Jatiya Press Club on Thursday, reports UNB.It said a total of 159 incidents of violation of the election code of conduct in around 129 polling among 425 polling stations were observed on the polling day.The EWG members monitored the preparation and opening of the polling stations, voting operations and procedures, the environment inside the polling stations and closing and the counting of ballots.Trained observers intensively joined the monitoring process after selecting the polling stations randomly from the election commission gazette.While presenting the keynote paper, EWG director Md Abdul Alam said they witnessed irregularities in at least 60 polling stations among those they have monitored.They witnessed specific incidents of election violations like ballot stuffing, campaigning within 400 yards of some polling stations, presence of unauthorised persons inside the stations and preventing voters from castings votes, he added.He further said, “Polling agents were not allowed to enter some centres, while the agents were driven out form some stations. Our teams also observed violence inside and outside some polling booths as well as officials of different law enforcement agencies were seen campaigning for a certain candidate.”In its statement, the watchdog group mentioned, “In one polling station in ward No 32 EWG, it was observed that approximately five voters were not given the mayoral ballot paper around 11am. At the same time, BNP polling agents were also kicked out of the station. At the same station, an EWG observer viewed ballot stuffing around 1pm and saw police taking lunch provided by a mayoral candidate.”They also brought up three more incidents as examples of violation of election rules.The group observed the presence of Awami League polling agents at 96.9 per cent of the centers while BNP polling agents in 81.4 per cent.According to them, the Gazipur election was not as fairer as the one held in Rangpur City Corporation.The election watchdog also said the EC needs to be more active to overcome the faults in the upcoming national election.The EWG also said its full report along with the recommendations will be submitted to the election commission.Professor Nazmul Ahsan Kalimullah, Md Abdul Awal and Md Harun-or-Rasid and some other members of the body were present at the press conference.last_img read more

Whites Favor Muriel Bowser as DC Primary Approaches

first_imgThe recent allegations that Mayor Vincent C. Gray may have known about an illegal shadow campaign run on his behalf in 2010 has given Council member Muriel Bowser a surge among White voters in her quest to become the city’s top executive.According to results of a Washington Post poll released this week, D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4) holds a slight lead over Gray (D). The poll’s results show that Bowser is favored by 30 percent of the voters likely to cast a ballot on April 1, compared to Gray’s 27 percent. His support has remained unchanged between the recent poll and another conducted by the newspaper earlier this year.Last week, a poll conducted by WAMU and the City Paper showed the two candidates were tied at 27 percent.Black analysts told the AFRO that the additional support for Bowser among Whites is more an indication of concern about Gray than a show of confidence for her. Bowser, who has served on the council for seven years, is somewhat of an unknown in some areas of the city, the analysts said.“She appears to be getting a bump in the White wards where voters are suspicious of Gray’s alleged involvement in the criminal activity surrounding his campaign,” said Joe Madison, the Black Eagle on Sirius XM Satellite Radio. “But Gray is holding his own because his supporters are enthusiastic. So I guess the bottom line is that the recent indictment against Jeffrey E. Thompson clearly hurt him to a degree.”Michael Fauntroy, an associate professor of political science at Howard University, agreed.“It has nothing to do with her and everything to do with him and how people feel about a possible [Gray] indictment,” Fauntroy said. “There has been no change in her campaign policy positions since the Thompson indictment. This is not about momentum for her, it’s about the mayor losing traction because of the indictment and the consistent attempts by the Washington Post to get her elected mayor.Were it not for the [Thompson] indictment, he would be the odds on favorite to win. This is really about the concern that he might be indicted, which is ironic because if he is not, the person who will win will not be the person who most people want for mayor.”Gray has denied any wrong doing. Thompson pleaded guilty recently to federal and D.C. election fraud. He told prosecutors that Gray was aware of a scheme that pumped more than $600,000 into his campaign. In exchange for his cooperation, a potential sentence of five years was cut to six months and Thompson is likely to be permitted to serve it under house arrest. That arrangement has left many of the city’s Black voters suspicious of the timing of U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen, who has not filed charges against Gray.Gray’s campaign manager, Chuck Thies, said the mayor’s camp was not surprised by any of the polls. He said the mayor has more money and more than 700 volunteers working to get his message out during the final push.“We always knew this election would come down to the wire,” he said. “We always knew it would be close and we prepared for exactly that. If you look at our campaign strategy, it has always been focused on the closing weeks, if not the closing days, of the campaign.”Black analysts said the close race comes despite what many call a successful first Gray administration. Though he has benefited from some efforts that were in place before his election, Gray is overseeing a city that is enjoying a construction boom, lower crime than when he took over, a growth in population of upwards of 1,000 people per month and schools that are reporting an upswing in test scores and other performance markers for students. He has been praised for his efforts to increase affordable housing and pushed for a measure to allow long-time residents on limited incomes to forego paying property tax.Political analyst Ted Trabue, who served as executive assistant to former mayoral candidate Linda Cropp when she was a Council member said Gray may be able to overcome Bowser’s slight lead on April 1 because many voters, especially longtime Black residents, are more likely to look at the city’s success as a barometer by which to measure his fitness for a second term—not allegations.“I think that the charges that were brought against Jeffrey Thompson have affected different constituencies differently,” Trabue said. “There are those who have watched the government for years who feel that…Mayor Gray would have won that race four years ago whether that money had been there or not. Some feel very strongly that the proof they needed—that there was something nefarious in the last election and that Mayor Gray was not worthy of their vote—is not there.”He, like Fauntroy, said Bowser is getting a bump from voters who feel that Gray may not be able to overcome the scandal. Despite Gray having a strong and faithful base, uncommitted voters who may give Gray high marks for the state of the District may feel he can’t win in the general election. Unlike previous years when the primary decided the mayor’s race, analysts said whoever wins April 1 will have a formidable foe in the general election in Council member David Catania, an independent who is also seeking the mayor’s job.“People are reading the tea lives and saying ‘Who can I vote for who can win this race?’” Trabue said. “There are a lot of undecided voters.”Statistics from the D.C. Board of Elections show that as of March 25, 5,266 voters have cast ballots in early voting of more than 444,000 people who are registered to vote in D.C.Of the 13 early voting locations, the highest turnout was at One Judiciary Square in Ward 2, where 1,705 people had voted as of March 25; Chevy Chase Recreation Center in Ward 3, where 727 had voted; and the Turkey Thicket Recreation Center in Ward 5 where 642 had voted.The locations with the lowest turnout were the Bald Eagle Recreation Center in Ward 8, where 87 had voted as of March 25; Stoddert Recreation Center in Ward 3, where 139 had voted; and Kennedy Recreation Center in Ward 6, with 148 voters.Election officials said turnout was less than expected.Madison said Gray has a significant advantage in that the city is running well.Bowser, who is considered an able legislator with a solid connection to some voters, is at a disadvantage when it comes to experience, but has good points, he said.“She is a good campaigner, number one, and number two, she certainly has been very solid on the council,” Madison said. “Her positions are well thought out.Number three is she’s been scandal free. She gives people a very viable alternative, no ifs, ands or buts about it.”Trabue said Bowser will need to “consolidate more of the anti-Gray vote” to prevail on April 1. He believes that Council member Jack Evans may siphon some votes from her. He said Wells may take some votes from Gray with voters who are looking for a more known alternative.Longtime news professional and political analyst Jerry Phillips said race is playing a major factor. He said he knows both Bowser and Gray well, but doubts that she has the experience needed to keep the city on its current upward trajectory.He said many of the Whites who are supporting her are doing so because she is perceived to be more pliable in working with them than Gray.“In my coverage of elections and God knows I’ve been doing it for 30 years, I look at the wards in this town,” Phillips said. “The wards make up the electorate and Muriel Bowser is pretty much new on the block…Muriel hasn’t got enough experience off the board. They don’t know her in Southeast and Northeast. She’s being pushed by the Washington Post, the big stores, the Board of Trade—the White people who want to get rid of a Black mayor. Let’s face it. Vince is the last Black mayor. I don’t think we’ll get another one who connects with Black voters like him again.”last_img read more

Your cell phone may be used against you in a court of

first_img ACLU: US Attorney OK’d GPS to track cell phones Explore further © 2010 PhysOrg.com 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. (PhysOrg.com) — We tend to think of our cell phones as our own person technological domains. They are the places where we can store our digital life and keep an eye on the things that we need to, while we are on the go. But, what if your data is not you own, what if it is used against you in a court of law?center_img Those are the allegations made by the American Civil Liberties Union against the Michigan State Police. They claim that they have been using technology to clone your cell phone data and use it against drivers for issues as trivial as a traffic stop. That data could include your photos, videos, e-mails, and GPS locations.The Michigan State Police have been accused of taking cell phones from people at traffic stops and cloning those phones. The devices used, called the CelleBrite UFED, were initially designed for forensic use, and now they may be being used in the field by patrol officers. These devices are capable of cloning the data that is stored on more than 3000 different models of cell phones. Security protections, including pins are not stopped by this device. It is even capable of accessing data that have been deleted on the phone, data that is no longer available to the phones owner.Requests by the ACLU to see log data from the Michigan State Police was met for a demand for half a million dollars to pay for the costs of retrieving the information. The ACLU replied to that request with a public letter that made reference to the constitutional rights of citizens and the possibility of litigation Currently, no other steps have been taken. Citation: Your cell phone may be used against you in a court of law (2011, April 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-04-cell-court-law.html CelleBrite UFEDlast_img read more

Probing the limits of wind power generation

first_img 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. Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (Phys.org)—Wind turbine farms now account for an estimated 3.3 percent of electricity generation in the United States, and 2.9 percent of electricity generated globally. The wind turbine industry is growing along all vectors, with increasingly sprawling farms of ever-larger and more densely sited turbines producing growing amounts of power. But the laws of physics are stubborn—wind turbines remove kinetic energy from the atmospheric flow. So engineers and scientists have sought realistic estimates of the limits to large-scale wind generation. Such estimates could provide guidelines for the maximum size and density to which a wind turbine farm can increase before reaching a point of diminishing returns. Explore further An international group of researchers recently collaborated on a comparison of two different methods of estimating the limits of power generation for wind farms, which has been reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. They approximated the dynamics by which wind turbines remove kinetic energy from the atmosphere using the vertical kinetic energy (VKE) flux method and compared the results to those from the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) regional atmospheric model. Their findings are complex, and while the two techniques produce results that diverge in many ways, together, they illuminate atmospheric variables that are not obviously revealed by the two methods in isolation.To evaluate the limits to wind power generation, they used reference climatology of Central Kansas for the time period of May 15 to September 30, 2001. The simulation uses a horizontal farm grid spacing of 12 km with 31 vertical levels. Wind turbine characteristics were modeled on the technical specifications of existing models.The WRF simulations include a realistic parameterization of wind turbines, and the results demonstrated that a greater installed capacity within a wind farm region increases the total rate of electricity generation. When the installed capacity of the wind farm is increased, the marginal return of electricity generation occurs during periods with higher wind speeds. The authors note that their results do not account for the effects of reduced wind speeds within wind farms, and that the numbers from WRF simulations are likely to be too high.The VKE flux method captures the magnitude of wind power generation along with temporal variations, but does not account for atmospheric effects. While the daily mean estimates for electricity generation produced by the two methods are closely correlated, WRF is much better at capturing accurate estimates at night—VKE underestimates nighttime generation magnitudes by almost 45 percent. “We attribute this underestimation of wind power generation by VKE at night to its use of the preturbine downward kinetic flux of the control. The atmospheric flow in [Central Kansas] typically decouples from the stable surface conditions at night in the summer, which leads to the formation of the low-level jet near the surface,” the authors write.Nevertheless, VKE captures the temporal dynamics and the reduction in wind speed quite well, and the authors consider the two methods to be energetically consistent with one another. The study concludes that comparatively simple methods can be applied to estimates of large-scale wind power generation. The authors write, “Although many current wind farms are still comparatively small and can therefore sustain greater generation rates, an energetically consistent approach becomes relevant when the installed capacity of the wind farm approaches the kinetic energy flux into the wind farm region.” More information: “Two methods for estimating limits to large-scale wind power generation.” PNAS 2015 ; published ahead of print August 24, 2015, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1408251112AbstractWind turbines remove kinetic energy from the atmospheric flow, which reduces wind speeds and limits generation rates of large wind farms. These interactions can be approximated using a vertical kinetic energy (VKE) flux method, which predicts that the maximum power generation potential is 26% of the instantaneous downward transport of kinetic energy using the preturbine climatology. We compare the energy flux method to the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) regional atmospheric model equipped with a wind turbine parameterization over a 105 km2 region in the central United States. The WRF simulations yield a maximum generation of 1.1 We⋅m−2, whereas the VKE method predicts the time series while underestimating the maximum generation rate by about 50%. Because VKE derives the generation limit from the preturbine climatology, potential changes in the vertical kinetic energy flux from the free atmosphere are not considered. Such changes are important at night when WRF estimates are about twice the VKE value because wind turbines interact with the decoupled nocturnal low-level jet in this region. Daytime estimates agree better to 20% because the wind turbines induce comparatively small changes to the downward kinetic energy flux. This combination of downward transport limits and wind speed reductions explains why large-scale wind power generation in windy regions is limited to about 1 We⋅m−2, with VKE capturing this combination in a comparatively simple way.center_img As wind-turbine farms expand, research shows they could offer diminishing returns © 2015 Phys.org Citation: Probing the limits of wind power generation (2015, September 2) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-09-probing-limits-power.html The Shepherds Flat Wind Farm is an 845 MW wind farm in the U.S. state of Oregon. Credit: Steve Wilson / Wikipedia.last_img read more

AutoplayStopper stops autoplaying videos everywhere

first_imgAutoplayStopper stops autoplaying videos everywhere by Martin Brinkmann on December 15, 2017 in Misc, Music and Video – Last Update: January 04, 2018 – 29 commentsAutoplaying videos are surely one of the biggest annoyances that you may run into on the Internet. They suck up bandwidth, may use CPU, and are distracting. If you add sound to the mix, they are one of the most annoying types of content that you encounter on the Internet.Sites love them; they generate a lot of revenue for these sites if they are monetized. Users hate them, for the reasons mentioned above.Google, the world’s largest advertising company, announced this year that it will do something about it. The company’s Chrome browser will block autoplaying media with sound unless the user explicitly permitted the site to play this type of media. On the advertisement side, Google plans to disable ads in Chrome on sites that use certain types of advertisement; Chrome will block advertisement on sites with auto-playing video ads with sound both on the desktop and on mobile.Google’s main motivation for doing so is simple: it does not want users to use third-party adblockers anymore than they do already. It also wants users to keep being exposed to advertisement, and hopes that by blocking ads on sites with annoying types of advertisement, users won’t install a separate ad-blocker.Related guidesDisable autoplaying video in Google app on AndroidFacebook enables sound for auto-playing VideosFinally: Mozilla adds working HTML5 Video autoplay blocking to FirefoxHow to disable autoplaying videos on TwitterTurn off video autoplay in Microsoft StoreAutoplayStopperAutoplayStopper is available for Chrome officially. The extension is developed by the author of the Firefox add-on FlashStopper. FlashStopper is a legacy add-on for Firefox that won’t be released as a WebExtension. It is end of life so to speak.AutoplayStopper is not available for Firefox right now. It may work with Chrome Store Foxified though.The extension supports Flash and HTML5 video autoplay blocking. It adds an icon to the browser’s toolbar that highlights if content on the active page has been blocked from playing automatically.I tested the extension on various sites that play video content automatically and it worked on all of them. This does not necessarily mean that there won’t be any that slip by, but it worked really well in these cases: sites that play video content in sidebar, sites that load video ads before other content, video hosting sites.You can still play the content; a click on play is all that is required to start the video.A click on the extension icon displays options to disable the extension’s functionality for the active site, and to disable the functionality globally. You may disable autoplay blocking for Flash and HTML5 separately, and also allow autoplay for a session (which stops only the first autoplay for a site).You can change the default behavior in the AutoplayStopper options. There you find options to change the default mode from disable autoplay to allow autoplay for HTML5 video content, and allow detection for Flash content to disable detection.Exception management is integrated there as well. You can manage sites with exceptions, or add sites to the list of exceptions. Exceptions can have the status allow, block, session or undefined. The first two are most important when you add manual exceptions, as you can use it to whitelist or blacklist sites.Closing WordsAutoplayStopper is a powerful browser extension for Google Chrome and other Chromium based browsers. It works better than other video autoplay blockers, and offers the right functionality so that you can define exceptions. (thanks Robert)Summary12345 Author Rating4.5 based on 6 votes Software Name AutoplayStopperSoftware Category BrowserLanding Page https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/autoplaystopper/ejddcgojdblidajhngkogefpkknnebdh?utm_source=chrome-app-launcher-info-dialog Advertisementlast_img read more

Nokia 71 a Decent MidRanger Running Stock Android Can Be Grabbed for

first_img Share Tweet Submit The Nokia 7.1 was launched at $349 and at the time, considering its hardware specifications, the aforementioned price was considered a bit steep. However, things are looking up for the customer as you can avail up to $150 in savings and get the Nokia 7.1 for $199 at its minimum price. In order to get the Android One-powered handset, you can head over to Best Buy right now and activate with an AT&T line right away to get those $150 savings.If you choose to activate service at a later time, then you’ll have to pay $249, which is also the price you’ll have to pay if you choose to purchase the smartphone from Amazon. If you’ve had great experiences making purchases from Amazon, we highly recommend buying the Nokia 7.1 from there.As for why you should get a $199 smartphone, it’s because, at that price, it’s an absolute steal. You’re getting a device running stock Android as part of the Android One program, meaning two years of software and security updates, guaranteed. Next, HMD Global says that the Nokia 7.1 offers real-time SDR to HDR conversion for all user content, meaning higher quality content for buyers.You also get a decent 3060mAh battery that can charge from 0-50 percent in just 30 minutes of charging. It also has a striking design, and with a 5.84-inch display, you’re getting a device that will comfortably slip into your pocket while giving you maximum screen real estate in return.Get the Nokia 7.1 for $199 at Best Buy ($150 off if you activate today)Get the Nokia 7.1 for $249 at Amazonlast_img read more

StockX confirms a data breach impacting 68 million customers

first_imgStockX, an online marketplace for buying and selling sneakers, suffered a major data breach in May impacting 6.8 million customers. Records leaked included names, email addresses and hashed passwords. The full scale of this data breach came to light after an unnamed data breached seller contacted TechCrunch claiming information about the attack. Tech crunch then verified the claims by contacting people from a sample of 1,000 records using the information only they would know. StockX released a statement yesterday acknowledging that a data breach had indeed occurred. StockX says they were made aware of the breach on July 26 and immediately launched a forensic investigation and engaged experienced third-party data experts to assist. On getting evidence to suggest customer data may have been accessed by an unknown third party, they sent customers an email on August 3 to make them aware of the incident. This email surprisingly asked customers to reset their passwords citing system updates but said nothing about the data breach leaving users confused on what caused the alleged system update or why there was no prior warning. Later the same day, StockX confirmed that they had discovered a data security issue and confirmed that an unknown third-party was able to gain access to certain customer data, including customer name, email address, shipping address, username, hashed passwords, and purchase history. The hashes were encrypted using MD5 with salts. According to weleakinfo, this is a very weak hashing algorithm; at least 90% of all hashes can be cracked successfully. Users were infuriated that instead of being honest, StockX simply sent their customers an email asking them to reset their passwords. StockX released a system-wide security update, a full password reset of all customer passwords with an email to customers alerting them about resetting their passwords, a high-frequency credential rotation on all servers and devices and a lockdown of their cloud computing perimeter. However, they were a little too late in their ‘ongoing investigation’ as they mention on their blog. Techcrunch revealed that the seller had put the data for sale for $300 in a dark web listing and one person had already bought the data. StockX is also subject to EU’s General Data Protection Regulation considering it has a global customer base and can be potentially fined for the incident. According to FTC, StockX is also not compliant with the US laws regarding a data breach. Read Next Following Capital One data breach, GitHub gets sued and AWS security questioned by a US Senator. British Airways set to face a record-breaking fine of £183m by the ICO over customer data breach. U.S. Senator introduces a bill that levies jail time and hefty fines for companies violating data breaches.last_img read more