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Markets Right Now US stocks wobble in early trading

first_imgNEW YORK — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):9:35 a.m.Stocks are wobbling between small gains and losses in the early going on Wall Street as trading settles down following huge losses last week.Technology companies were among the early winners Monday. Facebook climbed 2.6 per cent and Microsoft rose 1.2 per cent.Online review company Yelp rose 2.5 per cent after a shareholder said it wanted to shake up the company’s board.Nutrisystem soared 31 per cent after Tivity Health agreed to buy the company for a big premium.The S&P 500 index inched up 1 point to 2,635. The index is coming off its worst week since March.The Dow Jones Industrial Average slipped 6 points to 24,375. The tech-heavy Nasdaq composite rose 22 points, or 0.3 per cent, to 6,991.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Thousands of Somali children at risk of dying from malnutrition UNICEF warns

13 September 2007Some 13,500 children in central and southern Somalia are severely malnourished and at risk of dying, while nearly 70,000 others suffer from malnutrition, according to a new survey by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and its partners in the strife-torn and flood- and drought-hit Horn of Africa country. Some 13,500 children in central and southern Somalia are severely malnourished and at risk of dying, while nearly 70,000 others suffer from malnutrition, according to a new survey by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and its partners in the strife-torn and flood- and drought-hit Horn of Africa country. “These children urgently require attention to ensure that they survive,” UNICEF country representative Christian Balslev-Olesen said. “UNICEF is very concerned that their numbers might increase with continued civil strife, limited humanitarian access to these areas, food insecurity and a depressed economy.” Malnutrition is not new to Somalia, a country which has been riven by factional fighting and has had no functioning central government since Muhammad Siad Barre’s regime was toppled in 1991. But such critical levels in a region known as the country’s breadbasket are alarming and point to a deteriorating humanitarian situation. In fact, an earlier comprehensive nutrition survey conducted in May in the Middle and Lower Shabelle region bordering Mogadishu, the capital, had already indicated that 17 per cent of children under five years suffer from global acute malnutrition, above the UN World Health Organization (WHO) emergency threshold levels of 15 per cent. “Children and families in this region have recently gone from one shock to another, and with the next flood season around the corner, it is important that peace-building efforts are intensified to ensure that UNICEF and its partners can address the underlying causes of these problems as well as the immediate needs,” Mr. Balslev-Olesen said. UNICEF currently supports 60 selective feeding programmes in Central and Southern Somalia, treating about 15,000 malnourished children each month. But in order to scale up its activities and reach the thousands of additional children at risk, security issues must be tackled. “We appeal to all parties involved to establish peace so that we can work with communities to meet the needs of these children,” Mr. Balslev-Olesen said. Overall, the number of people in need of humanitarian assistance in Somalia has increased from 1 million to 1.5 million since January 2007. Most of those in need are children and women. read more

TSX posts gains at midday as copper prices drive higher

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market retained a small gain late morning Friday amid rising copper prices and a lower than expected reading on Canadian inflation.Positive U.S. data also helped the S&P/TSX composite index extend gains to a fourth session, up 22.22 points to 12,054.8, down from early highs as gold prices and stocks turned negative. The TSX Venture Exchange gained 4.33 points to 1,225.57.The Canadian dollar backed off 0.25 of a cent to 101.1 cents US after closing at a fresh 3 1/2 month high Thursday as Statistics Canada reported that the Consumer Price Index declined 0.1 per cent on a seasonally adjusted basis in July. Economists had been looking for a 0.1 per cent rise after the index decreased 0.2 per cent in June.The agency said Friday that consumer prices rose 1.3 per cent in the 12 months to July, following a 1.5 per cent gain in June.The loonie was down from early highs as analysts suggested the data represented another reason for the Bank of Canada to keep interest rates on hold.“With inflation running below target and external headwinds still blowing, we don’t expect the Bank of Canada to resume tightening until well into next year,” said BMO Capital Markets senior economist Robert Kavcic.U.S. markets were up at the end of a positive week, helped along by a positive reading on consumer confidence. The University of Michigan’s index rose to a preliminary August reading of 73.6 from a July reading of 72.3.Also, the Conference Board’s index of future U.S. economic activity posted a 0.4 per cent gain in July.The Dow Jones industrials edged 7.4 points higher at 13,257.51.The Nasdaq composite index was 1.89 points higher at 3,064.28, while the S&P 500 index added 0.3 of a point to 1,415.81.The TSX also finished at a 3 1/2-month high Thursday, closing above 12,000 for the first time since early May when the European debt crisis took a turn for the worse as markets focused on high debt levels in Spain. Traders were encouraged by a solid reading on American housing starts and hopes that central bankers are prepared to do whatever is necessary to keep the economic recovery on track and preserve the European monetary union.This was also the case Friday when traders reacted favourably to remarks by German Chancellor Angela Merkel during her visit to Ottawa. She said Thursday that her country — which has Europe’s biggest economy — is committed to doing everything it can to maintain the euro currency union.There have also been high hopes that the U.S. Federal Reserve will announce another round of economic stimulus in September. But such a move has been thrown into doubt in the wake of recent positive economic data, including better than expected readings on job creation, retail sales and industrial production.Analysts pointed to another element.“I think it’s that the absence of bad news has allowed for this slow but steady rise in equities,” said Garey Aitken, director of equity research at Bissett Investment Management.“I don’t think anything has changed structurally, I don’t think that by any means we’re out of the woods yet. We’re in a bit of a holding pattern and I think that with equity valuations being attractive in a very low interest rate environment, that no news has just allowed for a bit of a rotation from fixed income into equities.”The TSX tech sector led advances with Celestica Inc. (TSX:CLS) ahead 10 cents to C$7.98.The base metals sector was close behind, up 0.65 per cent as copper added to Thursday’s three-cent advance, up another three cents to US$3.41 a pound. Prices for the metal, viewed as an economic bellwether as it is used in so many industries, gave up ground earlier this week in the wake of weak Chinese export growth data and much lower than expected Japanese economic growth in the second quarter. Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) climbed 24 cents to C$29.63.The energy sector gained 0.2 per cent with the September crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange off 21 cents at US$95.39 a barrel following a strong gain of more than $1 on Thursday. Suncor Energy (TSX:SU) was ahead 13 cents to C$32.19.Financials were also positive with TD Bank (TSX:TD) ahead 39 cents to $80.87.The gold sector slipped 0.8 per cent with bullion prices down $3.80 to US$1,615.40 an ounce. Barrcick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX) faded 39 cents to C$35.21.Apple’s stock set a new high after a four-month swoon as investors looked ahead to the release of a new iPhone model and, possibly, a smaller iPad. Already the world’s most valuable company, Apple Inc. saw its stock hit US$644.13 in morning trading Friday before retreating slightly.Facebook Inc. shares continued to fall, though not as fast. On Friday they fell another 78 cents to $19.09 after hitting a fresh, all-time low of $19.05, a far cry from the $45 level the social networking site hit the day of its Initial Public Offering in May. Prices started to tumble Thursday as the post-IPO offering lockup on about 271 million shares expired, making them available for insiders to sell on the open market.European bourses were positive, with London’s FTSE 100 index up 0.14 per cent, Frankfurt’s DAX up 0.41 per cent and the Paris CAC 40 up 0.16 per cent. read more

Cyprus talks to pause for reflection and rest until later this month

“At the close of today’s meeting between the Greek Cypriot leader and the Turkish Cypriot leader, it was agreed to begin a pause in the talks, for evaluation, reflection and rest,” spokesman Fred Eckhard told reporters in New York.The talks are scheduled to resume on 27 August, according to the spokesman.

Côte dIvoire UN expert group calls for measures to help track arms

The Group of Experts on Côte d’Ivoire, set up by the Security Council in February to improve mechanisms for keeping arms from both sides in a country where a UN mission is trying to foster peace, calls upon the Government to submit a comprehensive breakdown of defence expenditure for 2005 as a matter of urgency.In its report, the Group urges the Council to call upon the Government to commission an audit of cocoa production and exports to be completed by next May, and on the rebels to urgently provide a weapons inventory.Noting that the export of diamonds is illegal and there is no credible evaluation of current export volumes, the report calls on the UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) and the Kimberley Process Secretariat, the body that seeks to keep so called “blood diamonds” used to buy illicit arms off the market, to investigate the situation.”Ivorian diamonds may enter the Kimberley Process supply chains, thus threatening the credibility of the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme,” the report warns.The Group notes with pleasure that a number of countries have suspended or blocked the export of military goods and services to Côte d’Ivoire. The authorities of Belarus, Bulgaria, Romania, South Africa and Israel were forthcoming with information, but the Government of Guinea failed to provide documents despite repeated requests.The experts appreciated the openness of the Government’s National Armed Forces of Côte d’Ivoire (FANCI) in assisting their enquiry, although the Director General of Customs failed to help despite numerous requests, according to the report. The rebel Forces nouvelles (FN) failed to cooperate adequately and hindered the Group’s investigations in the Seguela region.”The Group recommends that the Security Council call upon the FN to provide UNOCI with a comprehensive inventory of the weapons it has in its possession as a matter of urgency,” the report says.The Group concludes that the Government and FN do not have a strategic need for of the financial ability to procure heavy and light weapons. “Their immediate needs are for transport, such as helicopters and 4×4 vehicles and trucks,” the report says. read more

Two railway workers killed by passenger train in Wales

A spokeswoman for British Transport Police said: “Shortly before 10am today officers from British Transport Police were called to the railway close to Port Talbot in South Wales, following a report of a train striking persons on the tracks.”Paramedics from the Welsh Ambulance Service are also on scene, very sadly two persons have been pronounced dead at the scene.”Superintendent Andy Morgan from British Transport Police, said: “We are making a number of urgent enquiries to understand exactly what happened in the moments leading to this fatal collision.”Very sadly two people have died and my officers are now working to identify them and ensure that their families are supported at this incredibly difficult time.”A Network Rail spokeswoman told The Telegraph there were no planned engineering works in the area overnight.  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. Paramedics and Network Rail workers at the siteCredit:Wales News Service Two railway workers have been killed and another injured after they were hit by a passenger train in south Wales.It is thought the three men were struck by the speeding train as it passed through a line they were working on because signallers were unaware they were on the tracks.The train was heading from Swansea to London Paddington but struck the men just 20 minutes into the journey near Port Talbot.Two workers died at the scene while a third was treated by paramedics for shock. One railway worker said: “The driver immediately called in the accident saying he had struck the three workers and ambulances were called.”A signal worker didn’t know that they were there. It could be that they hadn’t notified the right people. There have been a lot of near misses on the tracks recently with contractors working on the line.”A full investigation is now underway to establish what exactly how the train ended up hitting the three men.A shocked passenger on board the train said the train came to an abrupt stop moments after leaving Port Talbot Parkway. He said: “We weren’t sure what was happening, but a train manager came through the train and said the railway workers had been hit by the train.” Another passenger said the impact was not felt by those on board. They said: “To be honest there was no indication that anyone had been struck. Nobody on the train saw anybody get hit. The train is quite calm. There was no bang or anything.” Paramedics and Network Rail workers at the site read more

Heres the song that will represent Ireland at Eurovision

first_imgRYAN DOLAN WON the chance to represent Ireland at the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest last night, beating out four other contestants on the Late Late Show.We had our own ideas about how the winner should be selected, but never mind.Here’s Ryan singing the song that we’ll be sending to Malmo: YouTube/Ryan DolanListen to all the other entries>How we should REALLY choose our Eurovision contestants>last_img

New Greek tax laws explained

first_imgThe new changes affecting Greek tax laws that have impacted on the diaspora will be explained in a public meeting on Monday 18 February. Organised by the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria, the meeting will be led by Greek lawyer John Tripidakis who will outline the changes to the tax law, detail how it impacts on you and will be available to answer any questions you may have. The meeting will take place at the Panmessenian Brotherhood, 2 Gooch Street Thornbury on 18 February 7:00 pm. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Mosquitoes dont bite if you smell like a chicken

first_imgAvoiding mosquito bites has always been a preference for us humans, so we sleep under nets and use insecticide sprays when outside. But such methods aren’t 100% effective, and therefore we still wake up with painful bites, or worse, get malaria or the Zika virus. However. there may be another way to stop mosquitoes coming anywhere near you, but it’s not particularly pleasant.A team of researchers at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences has discovered that mosquitoes avoid anything that smells like a live chicken. They aren’t sure exactly why, but something about chickens is off-putting to the flying pests.Experiments were conducted in Ethiopia where mosquitoes are a major problem and help to spread malaria, which killed around 400,000 people in Africa last year alone. Tests included using a live chicken suspended near a sleeping person and resulted in a significantly reduced number of bites being suffered.Keeping a live chicken in your home and remembering to suspend it above your bed every night is not pleasant or practical. However, now that the scientists have identified that chicken smell works, they can go about extracting the smell and producing a more human-friendly version, for example, a cream you can rub into the skin.This chicken smell method of deterring mosquitoes could become very important in the not too distant future. Mosquitoes adapt quickly, meaning insecticides are not going to work forever. We’ll just have to smell like chickens instead.last_img read more

ASA Calls Sanctions Legislation a Good First Step

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) supports legislation passed by the U.S. Senate this week that provides an additional $2.6 billion for agriculture disaster relief, allows for the sale of U.S. food and medicine to Cuba, and doubles the payment limit on loan deficiency payments and marketing loan gains. ASA considers the package an important step toward supporting producer income during a period when commodity prices have fallen to their lowest levels since the early 1970s.”The sanctions provisions in this bill are a good first step, but they still restrict financing by U.S. banks and the use of USDA’s export credit program,” said ASA President Tony Anderson, a producer from Mount Sterling, Ohio. “The U.S. must be able to compete on the same terms with other exporting countries. This legislation falls short of what was promised to us during the 1996 Farm Bill process.”For four decades, U.S. farmers have endured a nightmare of unilateral ecomonic sanctions that have denied them access to multi-billion dollar markets. A 1998 ASA report determined that restrictions on exports to Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Libya, North Korea, and Sudan totaled $554 million annually for soybeans and soy products alone.”ASA will continue to work with members of Congress for sanctions legislation that will fully restore the reputation of the United States as a reliable supplier of food and agricultural products,” Anderson said.The bill also will double the payment limit from $75,000 to $150,000 on loan deficiency payments and marketing loan gains available to producers when market prices are below federal minimums. The limit is a maximum amount for all eligible crops a farmer produces.According to Anderson, “The increased payment limit is critical to helping farmers work through this period of historically low commodity prices.”The FY-2001 agriculture appropriations bill containing the economic assistance, sanctions reform, and payment limit provisions passed the House and Senate this week. President Clinton has indicated his intention to sign the legislation.last_img read more

ExWSP official to be in court again Thursday

first_imgThe arraignment of a former Washington State Patrol lieutenant on rape charges was postponed Wednesday after he told his attorney he didn’t want to enter a not guilty plea.Kenneth S. Garrison, 50, of Vancouver faces charges in Clark County Superior Court of two counts of second-degree rape and three counts of first-degree incest related to the rape of a relative. He is being held in Clark County Jail on $1 million bail.Judge Robert Lewis determined during a court hearing Wednesday that Garrison qualifies for a court-appointed attorney and appointed Vancouver attorney Shon Bogar to defend Garrison. There had been some doubt at his first court appearance Jan. 31 about whether he qualified.After consulting with Garrison, Bogar told Lewis that Garrison didn’t want to enter a not guilty plea. Bogar said that he wanted more time to discuss the “serious” decision with his client before his arraignment hearing. Lewis rescheduled Garrison’s arraignment hearing for Thursday.Meanwhile, Cowlitz County Prosecuting Attorney Sue Baur said she is considering filing a child rape charge against Garrison related to a 2001 incident involving a different alleged victim, who also was Garrison’s relative. Garrison was charged with the crime, but the charge was later dismissed.last_img read more

The Wilmington Insider For May 15 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Tuesday, May 15, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 5pm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. Patchy fog before 7am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, then becoming cloudy during the afternoon, with a high near 82. Southwest wind 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.Municipal Meetings: The Wilmington Board of Health meets at 5:30pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE. … The Wilmington Board of Library Trustees meets at 7pm in the Library’s James Banda Trustees Room. Read the agenda HERE.At Wilmington Public Schools: Wilmington Public Schools is holding its annual Behavioral Health Provider Fair from 5pm to 7:30pm at Wilmington High School (159 Church Street). The event, organized by the Wilmington Public Schools Behavioral Health Task Force, consists of Tables and Vendors (5pm-6pm, Cafe) with local mental health providers, community organizations, municipal departments, and state agencies, followed by Keynote Speaker Lynn Lyons (6pm-7:30pm, Auditorium) on “Preventing Anxiety and Depression: Skills We Can (And Should) Be Teaching Our Children.” Children age 12 and up are encouraged to attend the presentation. Child care is available in the school’s Large Group Instruction Room throughout the event.In The Community: Cub Scout Pack 126 is holding a Registration Night, from 6:30pm to 7:30pm, at Villanova Hall (126 Middlesex Avenue). Learn more HERE.In The Community: The Tewksbury/Wilmington Elks holds bingo — open to the public — every Tuesday. Doors open at 5pm. Pizza, hot dog and pastries are sold. Free coffee.In The Community: Angels In Motion meets every Tuesday, from 9:30am to 2:30pm, at the Wilmington Knights of Columbus Hall (112 Middlesex Avenue).  The club provides a great opportunity for seniors to meet new friends or reacquaint with old ones. A luncheon is served as noon.  Free. Handicapped accessible.Live Music: Larry Gilbert performs at Rocco’s Restaurant & Bar (193 Main Street) beginning at 6pm.At The Library: Film Screening of ‘The Secret Life of Pets’ at 6:30pm. [Learn more and register HERE.]At The Senior Center: Computer Class at 9am. Zumba at 9am. Aerobics at 10:30am. Mah Johg at 1pm. Gentle Yoga at 2:30pm. [Learn more HERE.]At The Town Museum: The Town Museum (430 Salem Street) is open from 10am to 2pm.Go Wildcats!: Three Wilmington High School teams are in action today. See the complete schedule HERE.(NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. I may be able to update this post.)Like 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… RelatedThe Wilmington Insider For April 17, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For February 20, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, August 6, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

Talking Trash You bought it You tossed it Rural towns struggle shipping

first_imgJuneau’s Hazbin program diverts about 2,000 pounds of hazardous waste a month from having to be shipped to the Lower 48. (Photo by Elizabeth Jenkins/Alaska’s Energy Desk)When a household cleaner or a box of batteries is barged to one of Alaska’s remote communities and sold in a store, it’s commerce.But many of those items aren’t destined for a one-way transaction.A lot of hazardous waste shouldn’t be tossed in a landfill: radioactive smoke detectors, flares that can explode, chemicals that can poison you.Listen nowAt great expense, small municipalities are stuck trying to fix the problem: How do you get the potentially dangerous trash back out of town?“This is where we put all the waste in containers when we’re offloading cars,” Aaron Widmyer said.He’s leading me around a bulky Sony TV, a spray can of Raid and grease from a high-end restaurant.We’re at Juneau’s hazardous waste facility, where people drop off their stuff that shouldn’t go in the dump.Widmyer works for a company that contracts with the City and Borough of Juneau. He makes sure the trash is safely packaged, so it can be shipped out. And he says the job comes with a few perks.“The amount of free of stuff that I get,” Widmyer said with a laugh. “I haven’t had to pay for anything for the past two years. Household cleaning supplies, laundry, soap, car oil for my oil changes.”It’s not just Widmyer who picks up the schwag.Anyone in Juneau can stop by and look for a half-used bottle of their favorite cleaner or bug spray.But what isn’t scavenged has to go somewhere else.Alaska doesn’t have any permitted hazardous waste treatment or disposal plants. So regulated hazardous waste has to be shipped back down to the Lower 48.Around the corner, in a city office occupied by one man, is where the negotiations for that happen.Jim Penor is Juneau’s solid waste coordinator, and he knows this business inside and out. He got his start in Washington state.“I grew up as a landfill kid rat,” Penor said. “I’d go around and have fun in the landfill and it wasn’t a landfill. It was a burn pit operation.”Penor has been in Juneau for close to a decade, trying to make the math of shipping the city’s hazardous waste pencil out. If you ask him, it doesn’t.But during his time, Penor has been able to make it more affordable. He saved the city about  $120,000 a year — just by figuring out a way to treat latex paint so it can safely go in the landfill.Jim Penor said after he retires this spring, he’ll travel on his yacht to small Southeast communities to discuss trash. (Photo by Elizabeth Jenkins/Alaska’s Energy Desk)And the capital city is one of only two communities in Southeast with a weekly drop-off site, which Penor says makes the whole operation run a lot more smooth.“We have time to work the waste stream,” Penor said. “Before, at a one time even per month, you don’t have time to work the waste stream.”Literally, a stream. It’s a term that’s used to describe the lifeflow of garbage from beginning to end.Still, there’s some trash that’s so risky to transport, the cost makes it nearly impossible to barge.Old smoke detectors and exit signs are radioactive, so Juneau has to shell out extra to ship those. Then, there are out-of-date boat flares, which are considered highly flammable. Right now, there’s no way to get those out of town.This creates a giant paradox, Penor said.Commercial products wind up on store shelves with relative ease. But once it becomes hazardous waste, it’s a lot harder to transport out.“I mean, even Juneau here. We’re the capital city. We’re the biggest city in Southeast and we’re 32,000 people,” Penor said. “We struggle with it.”In rural parts of the state, the struggle is even worse and the stakes can be much higher.The state’s Department of Environmental Conservation used to have a program that helped barge out hazardous waste, but it was cut in 2004. And since then, it’s been up to the communities to figure out their own method.Sandra Woods, who inspects landfills for the state, says a lot of small municipalities are just trying to do their best. But the funds are limited and money is usually needed for other things, like clean drinking water.“By the time you get to solid waste, the money is usually gone,” Woods said.A federal program helps Alaska Native villages barge out hazardous waste. But it’s being discontinued in 2020.Lynn Zender, an Anchorage doctor who specializes in solid waste management and health risks, calls it an impending catastrophe.“It’s very worrisome from a public health perspective,” Zender said.Zender helps run an environmental nonprofit and is a member of the Solid Waste Alaska Taskforce, a group that’s trying to help villages prepare for the change.Zender worries, as more hazardous waste goes into the ground, it could leach into the environment and contaminate subsistence foods.“Those landfills will expand out to rivers. They can expand out to town,” Zender said. “The access can be so horrendous that people start just keeping their garbage in town.”Penor thinks the state needs to step up and help more communities get rid of their hazardous waste. He acknowledges it’s an unlikely scenario, given the state’s current budget deficit. But he envisions a fund that could earn interest — designed specifically for trash.In the meantime, Penor said consumers should view that half-empty bottle of nail polish or antifreeze differently. There’s a branding issue.“I don’t like the term hazardous waste,” Penor said. “Because you went to the store and purchased it.”Penor said he’s never used a jug of Drano to unclog his sink. Even after it’s tossed, someone’s going to pay for it.last_img read more

Rishabh Pant to play in the World Cup Who will replace Shikhar

first_imgRishabh Pant may get an opportunity to play the 2019 World Cup after allDelhi Capitals TwitterWith Shikhar Dhawan out of the Indian World Cup team at least for the next three weeks, there is great speculation as to who would replace him. The most prominent name doing the rounds is of Delhi wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant. His exclusion from the World Cup squad had led to a great deal of commentary with everyone, from lay fans to cricket experts, describing the decision as wrong.The left-hander had himself expressed disappointment at not getting selected. However, it seems like another door of opportunity has opened up for the man with two Test centuries. The idea of replacing Dhawan with another Delhi left-hander seems rather apt. But it’s not just the regional affinity that suggests Pant as the likely replacement.The fact that Dhawan has a very aggressive batting style means that his replacement should also be someone who can bat in a similar fashion. Nobody currently embodies that spirit of positivity more than the young wicketkeeper of Delhi Capitals. Though, he may not open the innings even if he gets into the playing XI, Pant can easily slot in at any position from the middle order to the lower order. He has also received the backing of greats of the game like Sourav Ganguly and Michael Vaughan. Rahane, Gill and Shaw are all in contentionTwitterOther optionsHowever, Pant’s inclusion into the side is far from certain. Pant failed to make a mark in the ODI series against Australia where he was given a chance. Since Rahul has also been an inconsistent performer, Indian selectors and team management may feel a need to bring in a reserve opener. This opens the gate for other batsmen, especially Ajinkya Rahane, who has batted as an opener and even achieved some success there. His experience and solid technique is also going to further his cause. Besides, the Mumbai opener is currently in England playing county cricket. Then there is Ambati Rayudu. He criticised the selectors for leaving him out in a cryptic tweet but may be given an opportunity considering his past performances. There are other talented players in the domestic circuit who may be considered. Ruturaj Gaikwad of Maharashtra recently scored big back-to-back hundreds against Sri Lanka A. But he is as yet completely untested against strong opposition. Prithvi Shaw and Shubman Gill are two young guns who will be on selectors’ radar. The latter also scored a hundred against Sri Lanka A. So, it is hard to know whom will the selectors trust. But it’s going to be a mighty tough choice.last_img read more

MD Legislature Seeks Lead Protections for People Like Freddie Gray

first_imgAirborne lead dust from abandoned housing, like this one in Sandtown Windchester, pose dangers to children and adults. (Photo by Deborah Bailey)At the time of his death in April 2015, Freddie Gray was living off of a “pennies on the dollar” lump sum lead poisoning payment arranged by Access Funding, a financial company that purchases court-ordered settlements meant to be paid out to victims, often called “lead babies,” over many years.   This month, members of the Maryland General Assembly and the Maryland Attorney General are seeking to make it more difficult for vulnerable victims of lead poisoning and other payees to sell their settlements to “predatory companies” according to Attorney General Brian Frosh.HB 535/SB 734 sponsored in the House of Delegates by Michael Busch, Speaker of the House and delegate Samuel Rosenberg, representing Baltimore’s 41st district, would require more protections for persons like Gray and his sisters, who also won structured settlements for their lead poisoning cases. The gray family all sold their settlements to a financial company in exchange for a lump sum payment.The bill would require that victims who are awarded court-ordered settlements receive independent financial counseling to determine if a lump-sum settlement is in their best interest.In testimony submitted on behalf of Structured Settlement Reform legislation before the House Judiciary Committee last week, Rosenberg said “some bad faith actors specifically targeting families in need (have emerged) stripping them of their settlements and, in the case of many lead paint and serious accident cases, their future livelihood.”According to The Washington Post, Freddie Gray agreed to sell $146,00 of his structured settlement to Access Funding for close to $18,000.  Gray’s two siblings made similar arrangements with Access Funding to sell their settlements – all together totaling $435,000 for all three siblings – for an amount close to $54,000.According to court documents, Gray’s family allegedly contracted lead poisoning from a West Baltimore property owned by Stanley Rochkind where they resided with their mother during their early childhood years.  Although Gray’s case was settled out-of-court, Rochkind was fined $90,000 by the Maryland Department of the Environment in 2001 and was required to remove lead paint from 480 of his Baltimore rental units.“We were lobbying for this bill the moment we heard about it,” said Ruth Ann Norton, executive director of the Green and Healthy Homes Initiative, one of the nation’s leading advocacy organizations for children and families impacted by lead poisoning.  “How predatory can you get to prey on poisoned kids and basically steal money from a kid who is lead poisoned,?” said Norton in an interview with the AFRO.“The Attorney General’s [Structured Settlement Reform] Initiative is a good proposal but my question is ‘Why are we not preventing lead poisoning in the first place?’” said Saul Kerpelman, a nationally recognized attorney based in Baltimore exclusively representing children suffering from lead poisoning. Every single child living in a rental property in inner-city-Baltimore is getting a much higher lead exposure than the children in Flint”, Kerpleman said.In 2012 The National Center for Disease Control (CDC) reported that there is no safe blood lead level for the human body.  Previously, blood lead levels of 5 micrograms per deciliter or lower in children were considered safe.  Gray and his sisters tested with blood lead levels exceeding 10  micrograms of lead per deciliter – a dangerously toxic level of lead even before the 2012 CDC ruling.Effects of lead poisoning include brain damage, memory loss, hearing impairment, student growth, hyperactivity, kidney damage, seizures, coma and death, according to the Baltimore Public Health Department.The Baltimore City Health Department retains a list of apartments and housing with recent lead violations that have not been repaired. Currently, more than 400 addresses are listed on their site.The bill is awaiting a report before going to the full House of Delegates for debate.  Senate Bill (SB)734 (an identical version of HB 535) is awaiting a report from the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee before being debated on the floor of the state senate. SB 734 is sponsored by Mike V. Miller Jr., President of the State Senate and Senators Janes Raskin(District 20), James Brochin (District 42), Brian  Feldman (District 15), Lisa A.  Gladen (District 41), Cheryl C. Kagan (District 17), Susan C. Lee (District 16), C. Anthony Muse (District 26), Catherine E.  Pugh (District 40), and Victor R. Ramirez(District 47).last_img read more

The Last Guardian trademark not renewed by Sony but still not cancelled

first_imgAt this point, you just have to feel sorry for the poor souls still holding out hope that someday The Last Guardian will arrive on a PlayStation console. Made by the team behind artistic gaming achievements Ico and Shadow of the Colossus, this mysterious tale of a boy and his giant cat-bird monster looked like it had the potential to be even more moving. But now, recent news surrounding the game’s trademark has once again brought up its vaporware status.According to the US Trademark Office, Sony failed to renew its trademark on The Last Guardian name, meaning that they have abandoned it. However, while that may seem like confirmation the game, originally announced in 2009 for the PS3, is finally dead, Sony also let the trademark lapse in 2012 before renewing it again.At the time, they said it was just a mistake and that the game was still on track, and now they’ve made similar comments regarding this latest trademark scare. They assure us the game is progressing under “new conditions.”But come on, after all this The Last Guardian is entering Duke Nukem Forever territory, albeit with more class and less sheer awfulness. It’s one thing if the game was just flat-out cancelled, like this now-debunked IGN report once claimed, but Sony keeps stringing fans along with the promise that the game is still coming, even though its director Fumito Ueda has formally left the company and is only finishing a contract.If The Last Guardian does finally come out, most likely on PS4 now, then all of us skeptics will happily admit we were wrong. But until that happens, skepticism is where it’s at.last_img read more

The Popes Visit Could Delay New iPhone Deliveries in New York

first_img Listen Now Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. 2 min readcenter_img September 23, 2015 When the Pope comes to town, it’s anything but business as usual. Just ask Apple.The tech giant is warning New Yorkers who pre-ordered iPhone 6S and 6S Plus models that they might not get their shiny, new wares on time due to Pontifice Francisco’s visit. Heaven forbid. Official iPhone launch day, which is this Friday, Sept. 25, could shape up to be as much of a nightmare in New York City for Apple as it will be for traffic cops there.Related: The 7 Management Lessons of Pope FrancisLOL COOL 🙂 pic.twitter.com/JhyeI8uBiF— Sam Biddle (@samfbiddle) September 22, 2015To head off frustration, Apple is emailing customers who might be impacted by shipping delays stemming from Pope Francis’s arrival. News of the potential delivery delay went viral after Gawker senior writer and Brooklyn dweller Sam Biddle posted a screenshot of an email he received from Apple on Twitter yesterday. Biddle later tweeted:The Pope Stole My iPhone— Sam Biddle (@samfbiddle) September 22, 2015Related: Watch This Business Owner Risk Arrest to Get His Product Into the Hands of a ‘Celebrity’If Friday’s deliveries are divinely foiled by traffic snarls and security precautions, all hope is not lost, Apple early adopters. There’s always Saturday, when Tim Cook and company say Apple will deliver to “most locations.” If you’re in an affected area, be on the lookout for a heads-up email from Apple, FedEx or UPS.Now enabled for the Pope’s US visit #PopeinUS #PopeInDC #PopeinNYC #PopeInPhilly ? http://t.co/tMbhjZzqPS pic.twitter.com/qhM0amnVP6— Hashflags #? (@HashflagList) September 22, 2015New York City isn’t the only major U.S. metropolis where people might not get their iPhones because of the pontiff. Customers in Philadelphia might also feel the papal burn. If you live outside of either city and you pre-ordered your Apple goodies, allelujah, you should be one happy camper come this Friday. We’re sure we’ll hear all about your new iPhones on Twitter for TGIF, commemorative papal emojis included.To track the Pope’s whereabouts during his historic visit, check out his full itinerary.   Related: Red Robin Promises Free Lenten Crab Cake Burger If Pope Francis Visitslast_img read more

Cinema Experience at Home Xiaomis New Fengmi 4K Laser Projector Goes on

first_imgMaterial: ABS, MetalDisplay type: DMDNative Resolution: 3840 x 2160Resolution Support: 4KBrightness: 1700Ansi lumensContrast Ratio: 3000:1Throw Ration: 0.233:1Projection Distance: 0.1 – 0.5mImage Size: 40 – 200 inchImage Scale: 16:9Interface: Audio Out Port, AV, HDMI, LAN, SPDIF, USB2.0, USB3.0Aspect Ratio: 16:9Features: Home Theater, LaserOperating system: AndroidFunctions: 3D, Bluetooth, DVB-T, DVD Player, External Subtitle, Speaker, WiFiLamp: ALPD | Lamp Life: 25000H Bluetooth 4.0Picture Formats: JPG, JPEG, BMP, GIF, PNG, TIFVideo Formats: MPEG – 1 / 2 / 4, H.263, H.264, H.265, AVI, RM, RMVB, VC – 1Audio Formats: MP1, MP2, MP3, WMA, WAV, OGG, FLAC, AAC, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, M4APower Supply: 200-240V / 50 – 60HzBuilt-in Speaker: YesCompatible with: Computer, iOS, iPad, iPhone, Laptop, Mobile phone, PC, Tablet PCDVB-T Supported: YesExternal Subtitle Supported: Yes3D: YesApplication: Entertainment, HomeProduct weight: 7.5000 kg | Package weight: 9.8000 kgProduct size (L x W x H): 45.60 x 30.80 x 9.10 cm / 17.95 x 12.13 x 3.58 inchesPackage Contents: 1 x Projector, 1 x Remote Control, 1 x User Manual, 1 x Power Cable, 1 x Cleaning cloth Here are the specs of the new Xiaomi Fengmi 4K laser projector Share Tweet Submit Xiaomi has been delivering short throw laser projectors for a few years now. The company’s latest product is the Fengmi 4K Laser Projector with a native resolution of 3840 x 2160. As before, whenever a new projector is released, the previous models get some massive discounts. We have already written about the last two models, Wemax One Pro and Mijia, going on sale for $1,659 and $1,999, respectively.But, today’s post isn’t about those discounts. It is about this latest addition in the family that supports native 4K resolution and can cast 40 to 200-inch screen, needing only 24cm from the wall to cast 100-inch image. Xiaomi says the latest version produces a clearer and more vivid image thanks to its updated specs.Some of the differences between the current and latest model include a bigger image size (up to 150-inch now updated to 200-inch screen), 1500 lumens updated to 1700ANSI, and 16GB memory updated to 64GB. There are also some other small upgrades; you can check the complete list of specs over at GB.Fengmi is now available for $2,549.99 with code EDI4YWOERKIf you aren’t into getting “the latest and the best,” then honestly the previous two versions will get you almost the same things at a much better price. Hopefully, this variant will also come down to around $2K in a few months.But, Fengmi does bring some significant upgrades, especially native 4K resolution and 64GB memory. To get your hands on this beast, head over to this link, add to cart and then enter code EDI4YWOERK in the coupon box to bring the price down to $2,550.The coupon code is valid for 30 pieces, after which the price will slightly increase to $2,620. Head over to this link to get Fengmi 4K for $2549.99; you can also check out discounts on Wemax One Pro and Mijia ultra short throw projectors.last_img read more

Car on fire in Acaciavale

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite An Opel Kadett was completely destroyed when it caught on fire yesterday (Sunday) evening in Cactus Lane near Azalea Drive.The female driver initially noticed smoke coming out of the engine. She quickly stopped and jumped out of the vehicle.Within minutes, a fire erupted and spread throughout the car – even the interior burned.Passing motorists assisted the traumatised driver, with the aid of Cllr Abbas Warasally, who managed to extinguish the flames.No injuries were sustained and the cause of the fire is unknown at this stage.last_img read more

Amadeus signs Salesforce partnership to bring airlines closer to passengers

first_imgAmadeus has announced a service optimiser application on Salesforce AppExchange, empowering airlines to connect with their customers, partners and employees in entirely new ways. The application will integrate and extend the capabilities of both Salesforce and Amadeus platforms, enabling airlines to maximise their combined value by sharing insights and data in order to have one complete view of the traveller.The application will give airlines a clear view of cross-channel customer interactions, allowing airlines to personalise the traveller experience end-to-end. Additionally, by having better customer insights, with deeper collaboration and automation capabilities, the applications will empower airline agents to focus on their core added value: delivering an excellent service to travellers.Sebastian Cavanagh, head of airlines business strategy, Amadeus said: “Until now, airlines have had to carry out bespoke integrations between our solutions. ADVERTISEMENT“With this integration airlines can now extract the value of Amadeus’ IT solutions and the Salesforce Platform, bringing new opportunities, cost savings and improved customer service.”This AppExchange application can tackle the pain point of flight disruptions, enabling airlines to provide personalised recovery from delays and cancellations. This app can empower the agent to evaluate the passengers’ situations, allowing fast rebooking and a differentiated service.Taimur Khan, vice president travel, transportation, and hospitality, Salesforce, said: “The future of travel loyalty is based on the customer experience and ability to anticipate needs while providing quality interactions.  “We are excited to see Amadeus innovate with Salesforce by enabling airline employees – from gate and contact centre agents to flight attendants – to serve airline customers with relevance, context and consistency across channels.” OlderQantas confirms frequent flier programme overhaul NewerBahrain creates diving paradise with submerged Boeing 747last_img read more