Ktaka crisisSC asks Assembly speaker to maintain status quo

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court asked the Karnataka Assembly speaker on Friday to maintain status quo on the resignation and disqualification of 10 rebel Congress and JD(S) MLAs. A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi posted the matter pertaining to the Karnataka political crisis for further hearing on July 16. The bench, also comprising justices Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bose, specifically mentioned in the order that Karnataka Assembly Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar would neither decide the issue of resignation nor that of the disqualification of the rebel MLAs to enable the court to decide the larger issues raised during the hearing of the matter. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF Day The bench noted in its order that the issue of maintainability of the rebel MLAs’ petition under Article 32 of the Constitution was raised by the speaker and Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy. Further, the bench noted that senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for the rebel MLAs, had countered the speaker’s submission that the disqualification plea of the ruling coalition in the southern state had to be decided before taking up the issue of resignation of the lawmakers. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documents on Reliance penalty The bench said taking all these aspects and the incomplete facts before it into consideration, there was a need for further hearing. “In view of the weighty issue that have arisen, we are of the view that the matter be considered by us on Tuesday. We are of the view that the status quo as of today with regard to the prevailing situation be maintained. Neither the issue of resignation nor that of disqualification be decided till Tuesday,” the bench said.last_img read more

Diego Costa in scoring slump before Atletico hosts Barcelona

BARCELONA, Spain — With his imposing frame, aggressive attitude and talent for scoring difficult goals, Diego Costa has rightfully earned his reputation as a terror for defenders.But that status is in serious danger after a scoring drought in the Spanish league that dates back to February.The 30-year-old Costa hasn’t scored in nine appearances for Atletico Madrid in the league this season, partly because he has been hampered by two muscle injuries which have also cost him a place on Spain’s national team.Saturday offers an ideal scenario for Costa to break out of his slump when Atletico hosts Barcelona on Saturday with the league lead on the line. Barcelona leads the competition by one point ahead of three teams, including Atletico in third place.Costa is expected to be cleared to play against Barcelona after returning to practice this week following an international break.True to coach Diego Simeone’s emphasis on keeping a clean sheet, Atletico is in the title hunt thanks to a stingy defence that has given it six wins, five draws and one loss. The team leads the league with only eight goals allowed, while scoring 16. That contrasts with Barcelona, which has scored a league-leading 34 times and conceded 18 goals.After an erratic start to his career when he was loaned out to several smaller clubs, Costa found a backer when Simeone took over the team in 2011. The match was perfect. Costa gave Simeone the enforcer on the field that he needed to inspire his code of maximum effort from his players.The result was the club’s most successful era. Costa helped win the 2013 Copa del Rey title and was the driving force in attack for Atletico’s 2014 league win.“He gives us strength and energy,” Simeone said about Costa last month. “It is important to have his personality and force. … He gives a boost to our fans, his teammates and our coaching staff.”Costa returned to Atletico midway through last season after spending three years at Chelsea, where he won two Premier League titles. Despite only scoring three goals in the league, he helped Atletico win the Europa League title and finish second to Barcelona in the league.After scoring three goals for Spain at the World Cup, the Costa of old appeared to have resurfaced at the start of this season when he netted two goals in a 4-2 win over Real Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup in August. But his only other goal in any competition since then came on Sept. 18 when he scored in a 2-1 win at Monaco in the Champions League.Simeone still values Costa’s contributions even when he is not scoring goals. That said, Costa’s problem is not a question of lacking his scoring touch or running across inspired goalkeepers.He is not producing the scoring chances of a top-notch striker.Costa has only managed to generate seven shots in the league this season. Teammate Antoine Griezmann has three goals from 24 shots, while Barcelona counterpart Luis Suarez has scored nine goals from 36 shots.And it seems that Simeone may be losing faith in the player.Simeone substituted Costa at halftime of the 3-2 win over Athletic Bilbao after seeing he was incapable of threatening to score or set up a teammate.Simeone, however, doesn’t have a great second option if he wants to sit Costa against Barcelona. His only other true striker is the untested Nikola Kalinic. Otherwise, he could align another playmaker like Angel Correa or forwards Victor “Vitolo” Machin or Gelson Martins, or just bulk up his defence to slow down Lionel Messi.___More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/apf-Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsJoseph Wilson, The Associated Press read more

Villanovas Loss Is Kentuckys And Virginias Gain

Two games into Kentucky’s NCAA tournament, the Wildcats are right back where they started: with a 41 percent chance to finish the season as undefeated champions, according to our March Madness predictions. Neither of Kentucky’s wins so far particularly helped its chances; each was expected. Instead, the big event happened on Saturday night in Pittsburgh, on the other side of the bracket: North Carolina State upset Villanova, the team our model pegged as most likely to win the tournament if Kentucky faltered.Before Villanova’s loss, we gave it a 16 percent chance to win it all. Those percentage points are now spoils for the victors this weekend. Virginia, the No. 2 seed on the other end of the East regional bracket from Villanova, saw its chances of winning the title rise by 3 percentage points, roughly the same gain as Kentucky’s. Arizona’s and Duke’s respective title probabilities each rose by nearly 2 percentage points. And Gonzaga, Michigan State, N.C. State, Northern Iowa, Oklahoma and Wisconsin each gained nearly 1 percentage point of title-winning probability. Kentucky’s still the big favorite, but lots of other teams gained on the Wildcats simply by surviving and advancing into the Sweet 16.N.C. State’s convincing win — the Wolfpack never trailed in the second half — erased the chalk residue from the previous two days and restored some parity to a top-heavy tournament. It’s the fifth time in the last six years that a No. 1 seed has lost in the round of 32. In a way, Villanova’s loss at this stage is even more surprising than other recent underperforming No. 1 seeds. Villanova started with a title winning probability of 11 percent. No team that started the event with a chance of 1-in-10 or greater of winning the title failed to reach the Sweet 16 in any of the four previous years FiveThirtyEight has forecasted the tournament.Check out FiveThirtyEight’s March Madness predictions. read more

Geek deal HP ProBook 4730s gets an extra 200 off

first_imgI’ve long advocated business-class laptops to those looking for a better long-term PC experience. Business laptops have better quality support, more user-replaceable parts, longer availability of said parts, and can be serviced in more locations than a bottom-of-the-barrel consumer PC. It’s not often that we see a business-class laptop loaded to the gills like this HP ProBook, but that’s only part of why we’re recognizing it as the deal of the day.This ProBook 4730s is a powerful machine based around a 17.3-inch HD+ (1600×900) display, though isn’t too back breaking at 6.44 lbs. The shining bits of this ProBook are in its especially high end components: a quad-core Core i7, 8GB of RAM, 750GB hard drive, Blu-ray burner, and ATI Mobility Radeon HD 6370 graphics. A Blu-ray burner is especially rare in a business machine, letting you burn dozens of gigs of data on a single disc or whatever else suits your fancy. Being a business class machine, the ProBook 4730s series comes with many functional additions like four USB 2.0 ports, ExpressCard/34 slot, Bluetooth, and Windows 7 Professional.All of these specs sound great and would suit even the more demanding users well for years to come, but at what cost to you? TigerDirect is offering $200 instant savings on top of an already competitive price, letting you nab this beastly ProBook for just $1099 plus a small shipping fee. This deal should be good for a few more days, but prices do fluctuate with a deal like this.Visit LogicBuy for the HP ProBook 4730s Sandy Bridge laptoplast_img read more

Zerohour contracts Clare has to live with her parents and cant afford

first_img Tuesday 18 Apr 2017, 6:30 AM By Sinead Pembroke Apr 18th 2017, 6:30 AM https://jrnl.ie/3339169 Short URL Sinead Pembroke 410 Views Researcher at TASC Zero-hour contracts: ‘Clare has to live with her parents and can’t afford to go to the doctor’ The government needs to play catch up with Europe and implement legislation that gives part-time workers security of hours, writes Sinead Pembroke. 53 Comments Share Tweet Email4 PART-TIME WORK IS highly prevalent in many sectors, including retail, hospitality, higher education, community health and childcare.But there are two types of part-time work; there are those who are part-time with regular hours and there are those employed on a part-time, “if-and-when” basis.This is Ireland’s version of the zero-hour contract.So, why are we not calling them zero-hour contracts? In 1996 Dunnes Stores tried to bring in zero hour contracts. Dunnes Store workers, who were members of Mandate Trade Union, went on strike for three weeks in 1996.Consequently, in 1997 the government introduced the Organisation of Working Time Act, which provided that employers give 25% of the hours they require someone to be on call for.Therefore, the University of Limerick’s report on the prevalence of zero hour contracts (2015) revealed that in order to get around the 1996 legislation, employers use “if- and- when- contracts”. If they (the employee) are available and when they (the employer) have hours, then they call them for work.This has the same premise as a zero-hour contract; it gives part-time workers no security of hours, and allows for people to be employed on low hours, which consequently means low pay.Can’t even afford to be sick For retail workers like Clare (pseudonym), the “if-and-when” contract is very common.Clare works for a convenience store in Dublin, with no guaranteed hours, yet has been employed in this store for over three years.When the full-time employee left the store, instead of giving Clare the hours, the employer hired another part-time worker, also with no guaranteed hours.Most weeks, Clare is only working two days a week and claiming part-time job seeker’s allowance for the days she does not work. She doesn’t want to have to claim part-time job seeker’s; she wants to do the job she is doing, but getting more hours and security of these hours per week.She can’t afford the doctor’s feeAs a consequence, at the age of thirty, her circumstances force her to live at home with her parents because she is unable to afford to rent or buy.If she is ill, she will still come into work (in order to be sent home) because she will not be paid sick leave. Clare will avoid accessing health services such as a GP or the dentist because she can’t afford the fee.Clare’s story is the story of many thousands of workers employed on an “if-and-when” basis in sectors like retail, hospitality, education and community health all over Ireland.Lack of job security is driven by government policyPrecarious working conditions in part-time work are being driven by policy. Recently, we have heard from government ministers, on the issue of water charges and how they must comply with EU legislation.So, it would appear that the government can pick and choose what EU legislation they must adhere to because there is EU legislation that gives part-time workers more security called the Part-Time Workers Directive, yet, the Irish State has not implemented it.In France, for example,where this has been implemented, they have “honest contracts”. This means that if a worker gets a contract for ten hours per week, but they regularly work twenty hours, the extra ten hours are paid at double time, or time and a half.This creates a financial incentive for a company to give an honest contract. As this was never implemented in Ireland, there is a gaping hole in legislation that would give part-time workers more hours if they want them and more security.The Banded Hours Contract BillOne solution being offered at present is the Banded Hours Contract Bill. On June 14 2016, the Banded Hours Contract Bill was introduced by Sinn Fein’s spokesperson for workers’ rights, David Cullinane TD, during private members’ businessThis Bill seeks to address the right for a worker (after six months of continuous employment with their employer), to be moved to an increased weekly band of hours (as described in the legislation).We hear a lot about retail companies, who pay the living wage, but what’s far more important is the weekly wage, rather than the hourly rate. You could command a very high hourly rate but not get a decent weekly wage.It is absolutely necessary that the government play catch-up with Europe and intervene on this issue, by implementing legislation such as the Banded Hours Contract Bill in order to give part-time workers, in retail and other sectors, security of hours.Sinead Pembroke is a researcher at TASC (Think-Tank on Action for Social Change).‘Tribunals and commissions achieve nothing. 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DigitalGlobe  quand les satellites dévoilent la Terre vue du ciel

first_imgDigitalGlobe : quand les satellites dévoilent la Terre vue du cielLes résultats du concours de photos prises par satellite organisé par la compagnie DigitalGlobe viennent d’être annoncés. Les clichés effectués au cours de l’année par l’entreprise ont été soumis au jugement des internautes afin que ceux-ci désignent le plus beau d’entre eux. Avec 70.000 hectares de la surface terrestre photographié par an, la compagnie DigitalGlobe est un fournisseur d’imageries unique. Ses clichés, effectués à l’aide d’un réseau de satellites de pointe, alimentent abondamment les bases de données de Google Map ou encore certains projets la NASA. Ces images, convoitées pour leur précision et informations qu’elles recèlent, présentent en outre une esthétique particulière.À lire aussiSaurez-vous reconnaitre à quel objet du quotidien appartiennent ces gros plans ?Pour rendre compte de la beauté de ces photos de Terre vue du ciel, DigitalGlobe a récemment organisé sur sa page Facebook un petit concours destiné à mettre en évidence la meilleure image prise en 2011. Parmi une sélection de 20 clichés, les internautes ont été invités à voter pour celui qu’il préfère, réduisant la liste à 5 finalistes au début de janvier. Contre toute attente, la photo gagnante vient d’être annoncée. Il s’agit d’un plan de la rivière Rakaia située près de Canterbury sur l’île du Sud en Nouvelle-Zélande. Le cours d’eau d’environ 150 kilomètres, prend sa source dans les Alpes de l’île du Sud avant de se décomposer en un véritable réseau de petits bras sinueux, séparés par de vastes bandes de graviers. Cette structure de méandres donne l’impression, vue du ciel, d’une véritable tresse aquatique.Découvrez les étonnantes photos de la sélection de DigitalGlobe sur MaxisciencesLe 13 janvier 2012 à 13:21 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

New digs for dog groomer in Orchards

first_imgGripping a sharp, new hair trimmer, Sue Picchioni is bittersweet by how it became hers.Over the past two months, longtime customers and do-gooders raised a combined $16,000 to help Picchioni restart her business, which burned to the ground on Jan. 15.Her business, Best Friends Dog Grooming, was one of four that went up in flames that night. Police say a robbery next door at Sifton Market retail center, 13412 N.E. Fourth Plain Blvd., led to the death of a store manager and an intentionally set fire.“I wish it hadn’t taken such a tragedy,” said Picchioni, who also lost three cats and seven birds who lived at the store. “That guy didn’t realize how many lives he impacted by his actions.”Best Friends Dog Grooming reopened this week at a new location, Orchards Market retail center, almost 2 miles west of the old location.The new location is nearly twice the size of the original. Its grooming area has several new animal crates and it is equipped with new scissors, trimmers and hair dryers. A hydraulic lift that holds up dogs of all sizes was the nicest piece of equipment Picchioni had ever worked with, she said.last_img read more

Commercial Fisherman Respond To KRSA Request For Shut Down

first_imgThe KPFA is now asking the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to release the true number of large late run Kenai King Salmon “so the true impact to the fishery are brought to light.” According to KPFA, the setnet harvest is estimated to be 200 to 250 Kenai-bound large kings. “Such disregard for the truth only fuels the ongoing Cook Inlet fish wars at a time when all user groups should be seeking solutions to provide prudent and equitable access, while maintaining healthy salmon stocks.” According to the release KPFA stated: “The Board of Directors along with the hundreds of Alaskan family-owned, Cook Inlet setnet fishing businesses call on the Kenai River Sportfishing Association to halt its dishonest misinformation campaign regarding late run Kenai River King Salmon harvest in the East Side Setnet Fishery.” The KSRA on Friday, July 13, submitted a request to Governor Walker “to act now and direct the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADFG) to halt further commercial set net fishing in the Cook Inlet.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Board of Directors for the Kenai Peninsula Fishermen’s Association sent out a press release on Monday, July 16, in response to the Kenai River Sportfishing Associations request to shutdown commercial fishing. According to KPFA, the KRSA executive director Ricky Gease has twice this season provided false information to news organizations claiming that setnetters have harvested 1,700 large late run Kenai King Salmon since July 1, 2018.last_img read more

Briefcase dumped for bahi khaata

first_imgNew Delhi : Setting a new precedent Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday was seen hugging the budget documents wrapped in a red cloth, the traditional ‘bahi khaata’ way, instead of the leather briefcase that until now her predecessors marched out with. Chief Economic Advisor K. Subramanian said that it was a departure from “slavery of western tradition”. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us The red cloth symbolises the ‘bahi khaata’ traditionally used in every Indian business set-up to maintain accounts. Sitharaman was seen carrying the red cloth wrapped budget papers that was neatly bound with the auspicious yellow and red ribbon. The Lion Capital shone brightly on top of the bahi khaata, as the first-time Finance Minister walked out of the North Block. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us Until now all former Finance Ministers have carried their Budget Document in a hardbound leather briefcase that takes after the parallel British custom — much like many of India’s laws and Parliamentary practices. Even Piyush Goyal, who presented the Interim Budget in February had carried a briefcase of colour and size of his choice and posed for the iconic photograph outside Finance Ministry and then Parliament building. Advertise With Us Former Finance Minister P Chidambaram, while referring to Nirmala Sitharaman carrying the Budget 2019 in a bahi khata (traditional ledger), said that when Congress comes to power, the party’s finance minister will carry the budget on an iPad. The comment was a clear criticism of the current finance minister’s departure from the traditional briefcase. “Take it from me, our Congress’s finance minister will in future bring an iPad,” Chidambaram said.last_img read more

Mexico Brutal cartels fight over conflictfree gold revenues

first_img Heroin traffickers linked to the abduction and disappearance of 43 students a year ago are battling over millions of dollars paid by Canadian mining giant Goldcorp to a village in Mexicos southern gold belt, leading to a wave of murders.As a signatory to a Conflict-Free Gold Standard drawn up by the World Gold Council industry group, Goldcorp commits to extracting the precious metal in a manner that does not fuel unlawful armed conflict or contribute to serious human rights abuses. But residents of Carrizalillo in the impoverished state of Guerrero say the some $3m (£2m) a year in rent paid by Goldcorp for their land, which the mine is built on, is fuelling a bloody feud between two rival cartels. Village authorities say the company is not doing all it can to protect them.Juan Jesus Canaan, an activist who explores clandestine graves in search of missing people, said the presence of Los Filos mine and the wealth generated by it brings crime and drug addiction. Gold brings bonanza but it also brings other things with it. It brings crime, drug addiction, a lot of things. The villages economy, from this place and others, revolves around the mine, Canaan said.Some homes in Carrizalillo are scarred with bullet holes and broken windows after a series of assaults in the past year, some involving dozens of masked men firing automatic weapons. Authorities describe a struggle between two gangs – Guerreros Unidos and Los Rojos – over the mineral wealth that has split Carrizalillo into two factions, fanning chaos. The Guerreros Unidos gang is the primary suspect in the disappearance and apparent murder of 43 students last year, a case which has drawn international attention and fierce criticism of President Enrique Pena Nietos government.Carrizalillo villagers describe systematic extortion by both cartels. Each side accuses the other of supporting a rival cartel with the alleged backing of different state and federal security forces. At least 26 people have been killed since the feud escalated in mid-2014. Still, villagers welcome the wealth generated by the mine and have negotiated to maximize their benefits. Protests closed the mine for a month last year until Goldcorp agreed to more generous terms.Landholders say that under the May 2014 deal, Goldcorp pays the equivalent of 4oz of gold per hectare in rent to 175 landholders and a communal land fund – an estimated $3m a year at todays prices, which is a small fortune for a village of around 1,000. Goldcorp recognises that its Los Filos is operating in a conflict-affected or high-risk area, but federal police commissioner Enrique Galindo said that Goldcorp has not raised any alarms with police over potential risk at the mine.This mine in particular, I have spoken to the director and the chief of security of the mine. They did not report any risk situations. Those who present them is the community, due to the things we have explained.But the business, the mine, as an income generating area, has not presented, at least not to us as we have not been required, as being in a situation of risk, Galindo said.Some Carrizalillo villagers say they want Goldcorp to fund police and military checkpoints and patrols along the short stretch of road between the heavily guarded mine and the unprotected village, but Goldcorp says it is doing as much as it can.Goldcorps gold mining activities have been certified as conflict-free. Under the standard, companies operating in conflict zones must use their influence to avoid abuses by security forces and make them protect local populations. Closelast_img read more

4 minors drown in Satkhira Kishoreganj

first_imgFour children, including two sisters, drowned in Satkhira and Kishoreganj districts on Sunday.In Satkhira, two minor sisters met their watery burial in a pond near Bhomra land port in sadar upazila at noon.The deceased are Ima Khatun, 4, and her sister Ruma Khatun, 3, daughters of Rabiul Islam of Bhomra Paschimpara area.Satkhira sadar police station officer-in-charge Maruf Ahmed said the siblings were playing near the pond and later their bodies were found floating in the pond.In Kishoreganj, two children-Marufa Aktar, 5, daughter of a certain Dhara Mia and Papiya, 6, daughter of one Asmat Ali of Mollapara-drowned in Dhanu river in Itna upazila at noon.Locals said the duo along with other children went to take their bath at Masjidghat point of the river. At one stage, they drowned.Locals rescued the girls and took them to the upazila health complex where doctors declared them dead on arrival.last_img read more

Photos of the Week

first_img News • Photos of the Week Kit Doyle By: Kit Doyle Kit Doyle,Load Comments,Creative duo reimagines the Bible for a visual generation Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Evidence of improper voting raises questions about Methodist gay clergy vote News Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — Each week Religion News Service presents a gallery of photos of religious expression around the world. This week’s gallery includes much sorrow and tragedy, ranging from the Ethiopia Airlines disaster to mass murders in Brazil and New Zealand.A relative mourns at the scene where an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8 plane crashed shortly after takeoff on Sunday killing all 157 on board, near Bishoftu, south of Addis Ababa, in Ethiopia on March 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Mulugeta Ayene)Emergency personnel move an injured man from outside a mosque in central Christchurch, New Zealand, on March 15, 2019. At least 49 people were killed in attacks at two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)Exiled Tibetans shout slogans during a march to mark the 60th anniversary of the March 10, 1959 Tibetan Uprising Day, in New Delhi, India, on March 10, 2019. The uprising of the Tibetan people against the Chinese rule was brutally quashed by the Chinese army, forcing their spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, and thousands of Tibetans to flee into exile. Every year exile Tibetans mark this day as the National Uprising Day. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)A relative places a hand on the head of Caio Oliveira, a victim of the shooting at the Raul Brasil State School, during a collective wake for those who died in Suzano, greater Sao Paulo area, Brazil, on March 14, 2019. The Sao Paulo suburb prepared to bury its dead and look for reasons why two masked former students of the Raul Brasil State School, armed with a hand gun, knives, axes and crossbows killed five teenagers and two adults at the school before killing themselves as police closed in. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)A worker attaches name tags of individuals donors to lanterns for the upcoming celebration of Buddha’s birthday on May 12 at the Jogye temple in Seoul, South Korea, on March 13, 2019. Similar lanterns will be displayed in all Buddhist temples around South Korea for public viewing. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)A woman weeps in the rain during the burial of 15-year-old Kaio Lucas da Costa Limeira, a student victim of a mass shooting at the Raul Brasil State School in Suzano, Brazil, on March 14, 2019. Classmates, friends and families began saying goodbye on Thursday, with thousands attending a wake in the Sao Paulo suburb, while authorities worked to understand what drove two former students to attack the school with a gun, crossbows and small axes. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)People wait outside a mosque in central Christchurch, New Zealand, on March 15, 2019. Many people were killed in a mass shooting at two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch on Friday, witnesses said. Police have not yet described the scale of the shooting but urged people in central Christchurch to stay indoors. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)A Russian Orthodox priest blesses the Soyuz rocket at the Baikonur Cosmodrome launch pad on March 14, 2019, in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. The new Soyuz mission to the International Space Station (ISS) launched on Thursday, March 14, with U.S. astronauts Christina Hammock Koch, Nick Hague, and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin aboard. (Bill Ingalls/NASA via AP)Ethiopian religious leaders pray at the house of crash victim air hostess Sara Gebremichael, 38, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on March 13, 2019. An Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737-Max 8 crashed shortly after takeoff on Sunday killing all 157 on board, near Bishoftu, south of Addis Ababa, in Ethiopia. (AP Photo/Samuel Habtab)Greek men wearing bells around their waists and masks that include a meter tall, ribbon-covered formation topped with a foxtail walk in the village of Sohos as they take part in a Clean Monday festival, on March 11, 2019. The procession is one of many customs across Greece marking the Lenten season. Celebrated toward the beginning of Lent, many experts believe Clean Monday rituals are rooted in the ancient past and originally honored fertility. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris) As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 By: Kit Doyle Share This! Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 Share This! Tagshomepage featured photos photos of the week Top Story,You may also like By: Kit Doyle Catholicism Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Postslast_img read more

Another Blow To TRSCare Retired Teachers Are Leaving The System In Droves

first_img Share Gabriel Cristóver Pérez/KUT NewsEarlier this year there were fears that the 32-year old health care system that covers hundreds of thousands of retired teachers was approaching a death spiral. The Teacher’s Retirement System’s TRS-Care was expected to experience a shortfall in excess of $1 billion.Lawmakers came to the rescue with an infusion of cash – a temporary patch intended to shrink the system’s deficit to $700 million. But now, the Austin American-Statesman reports on another threat to the program – retired teachers are leaving it in droves.Statesman Reporter Julie Chang says some 7,800 retired teachers have requested to withdraw from the program’s health insurance coverage. She says more participants leaving could increase health care costs for those who remain, because fewer members would be sharing the cost of health insurance.“Because TRS has such a high unfunded liability, the Texas Legislature, through TRS, has had to make some difficult financial decisions, including making plans that are not as attractive to retired teachers anymore,” Chang says.Chang spoke with a retired Austin teacher whose health premium has gone up 31 percent, to $271 per month. The teacher’s pension of $2,200 per month makes absorbing the increase difficult, Chang says. That’s why the teacher, and others, have sought insurance on the open market.Chang says the situation at TRS-Care is worrying, but that the system is unlikely to collapse anytime soon because legislators are likely to step in to make up the shortfall.“But that’s not to say that in subsequent years, there couldn’t be changes to their health care plans in order to save the state some money,” Chang says.last_img read more

Drake Shows Up on Twitch Breaks LiveStreaming Record

first_img“Seeing a top gamer and musician come together on Twitch and unite their large and passionate communities is a cultural moment in terms of building awareness around the appeal of social video,” said Kate Jhaveri, SVP of marketing at Twitch. “And it’s only going to grow from here.”Drake pulled a large number of followers to Twitch after he told his 36.8 million Twitter followers about playing “Fortnite” just before midnight Wednesday: Epic Games’ “Fortnite” is set in a post-apocalyptic future where players have to scavenge for weapons and resources. Ninja posted highlight reel of the gameplay featuring Drake on Thursday morning:POPULAR VIDEO ON VARIETY Drake dropped in to a Twitch gamer’s live-streaming channel on Wednesday night — and ended up busting the record for most concurrent viewers for a single creator the game-casting site.The meeting between Drake, who recently released songs “God’s Plan” and “Diplomatic Immunity,” and Twitch’s Ninja on the Amazon-owned service was a rare mashup of music and video-game worlds. In the multiplayer “Fortnite: Battle Royale” game, Drake and Ninja were joined by rapper Travis Scott and NFL player JuJu Smith-Schuster.They played “Fortnite,” a third-person online multiplayer shooter and survival game, for four hours on Twitch — and attracted a peak of 628,000 concurrent viewers, setting a new milestone for viewers on an individual’s channel.Twitch’s previous record for a single-channel stream was 388,000 concurrent viewers, while the Eleague Major: Boston last year set Twitch’s all-time record with 1.1 million concurrent viewers.center_img ×The Hardest Part of Filming Tomb RaiderVolume 90%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpNaughty by Nature on Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award Title01:08 facebook twitter reddit Email Linkhttps://variety.com/2018/digital/news/drake-shows-up-on-twitch-breaks-live-streaming-record-1202727867/?jwsource=clCopied EmbedCopiedAuto 720p720p406p270p180pLive00:0000:2000:20More Videos01:08Naughty by Nature on Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award Title02:15Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney Princesses05:35The Best of Star Wars at D2300:47Bebe Rexha Talked to Sophie Turner About the ‘Game of Thrones’ Finale01:39Mark Cousins’ ‘Women Make Film’ Trailer14:13’It: Chapter Two’ Stars Jessica Chastain and Sophia Lillis Describe Swimming in Fake BloodCloselast_img read more

A way through the North East

first_img‘Fragrances from the North East a film festival is being organised in the Capital by the Directorate of Film Festivals, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting. The festival will be screening some of the landmark movies of North East. Singer-composer Angaraag Mahanta (Papon) will be opening the festival along with his band The East India Company followed by the screening of the Mizo movie Khawnglung Run (The Raid of Khawnglung) directed by Mapuia Chawngthu. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The second day of the festival (23 August) will be screening four movies. Yarwng (Roots), Kokborok movie, directed by Joseph Pulinthanath; Phijigee Mani (The Only Jewel), in Manipuri, directed by O Gautam Singh; Sonam (The Fortunate One), in Monpa, directed by Ahsan Muzid and Ajeyo (Invincible), in Assamese, directed by Jahnu Barua will be screened at 10 am, 12.30 pm, 3.15 pm and 2 pm respectively. The closing day of the festival (24 August) will be screening the movies – Going the Distances,  Nagemese movie, directed by Tiainla Jamir; Katha (The Tale), in Gorkhali, directed by Prashant Rasaily and Ri (Homeland of Uncertainity), in Khasi, directed by Pradip Kurbah at 10 am, 11 am and 6.30 pm respectively. The festival will end at a musical note of Nise Meruno and Nagaland singing ambassadors.After each screening the festival will feature quiz sessions on North-East. Adding some flavour to the festival, there will be special North East food stalls representing cuisines from all eight states of North-East.When: 22 – 24 AugustWhere: Siri Fort, Asian Games Village Complexlast_img read more

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first_img Feature | Contrast Media | July 18, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How To Manage Risk in the MR Suite Macrocyclic contrast agents have the best safety profile of all the magnetic resonance (MR) contrast media that are n read more April 2, 2008 – Siemens Healthcare has been awarded Frost & Sullivan’s 2009 North American Magnetic Resonance Imaging Scanners Market Leadership Award.According to Frost & Sullivan, Siemens has earned wide recognition among the MRI community as a company that delivers second-to-none technology and highly regarded customer support services. The success of its ultra-short, open-bore scanners and the ability to deliver actionable results to customers that lead to workflow and business improvement have powered Siemens to the number one spot in the MRI industry.“The introduction of Siemens’ ultra-short, open-bore MRI technologies represents one of the latest imaging solutions to emerge and dominate the market in terms of performance and clinical value,” said Travis Chong, industry analyst for Frost & Sullivan. “Overall, the company continues to advance the field of MRI with the delivery of advanced MRI technologies that improve clinical workflow, reduce operational costs and enhance the patient experience.”Siemens’ open-bore and ultra-short MRI scanners has demonstrated the ability to deliver high-quality, high-field diagnostic scans, while enhancing patient comfort, increasing image quality, and opening the door to new applications. Siemens’ MR scanners are designed to help reduce a patient’s anxiety and discomfort, enabling clinicians to expand care to otherwise hard-to-image patients, such as patients challenged because of pain and mobility, the elderly, as well as bariatric and claustrophobic patients For more information: www.usa.siemens.com/healthcare FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Related Content Technology | Contrast Media | July 15, 2019 FDA Approves Bayer’s Gadavist Contrast for Cardiac MRI in Adult Coronary Artery Disease Patients The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Gadavist injection for use in cardiac magnetic resonance… read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 01, 2019 | Jeff Zagoudis, Associate Editor FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Medical Device Safety in MRI Environment The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a new draft guidance titled Testing and Labeling Medical Devices for… read more News | Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) | July 16, 2019 AAPM 2019 Features More Than 40 Presentations on ViewRay’s MRIdian MRI-guided Radiotherapy ViewRay Inc. announced that the company’s MRIdian System is the focus of more than 40 abstracts selected by the… read more News | Neuro Imaging | July 05, 2019 Delta T1 Maps Provide Quantitative, Automated Solution to Assess Brain Tumor Burden Imaging Biometrics LLC (IB) a subsidiary of IQ-AI Ltd., is highlighting a recently published study in the American… read more News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more News | Focused Ultrasound Therapy | July 10, 2019 Insightec’s Exablate Neuro Approved With GE Signa Premier MRI in U.S. and Europe GE Healthcare and Insightec announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval and CE mark for Insightec’s… read more News | April 02, 2009 Frost & Sullivan Honors Siemens for MR Market Leadership News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more Two brain metastases from primary lung cancer are contrast enhanced in the brain of a 61-year-old male. Speakers at AHRA 2019 will state that ProHance and other macrocyclic MR agents present a very low risk to patients. Images courtesy of Braccolast_img read more

FDIC Unveils Technical Assistance Videos for Mortgage Rules

first_imgFDIC Unveils Technical Assistance Videos for Mortgage Rules Share November 19, 2014 533 Views Federal regulators have launched a new educational resource to aid bank employees in meeting regulatory requirements.In an announcement Wednesday, FDIC introduced the first in what the agency says will be a series of technical assistance videos developed in the wake of this year’s mortgage regulations handed down from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).The first video, available now, covers the ability to repay and qualified mortgage rules and is intended for compliance officers and other staff involved in ensuring compliance, the agency said.”The release of this video is part of the FDIC’s ongoing efforts to inform supervised institutions about important regulatory issues,” said Mark Pearce, director of the Division of Depositor and Consumer Protection at FDIC. “The FDIC is committed to providing technical assistance to help community banks comply with recent regulatory changes.”FDIC is already planning the release of two additional videos in the series in the upcoming months. Those offerings will focus on rules governing mortgage servicing and loan originator compensation.The videos will be available for viewing on FDIC’s website or directly through its YouTube channel.center_img in Government, Headlines, News Compliance Consumer Financial Protection Bureau FDIC 2014-11-19 Tory Barringerlast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Scenic Luxury Cruises

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterScenic Luxury Cruises & Tours has just confirmed the first sailing date for Scenic Eclipse has been pushed back until 15 August 2019. Cumulatively, the delays have put the ship nearly 12 months behind its original launch date of 31 August 2018.“We are deeply sorry for the inconvenience these delays to the launch of Scenic Eclipse have caused our guests. As a company we have done everything possible to complete the ship within the time limits that were set previously, but a series of events that are outside our control have put us in a position where we must delay,” stated a company spokesperson.Ongoing financial challenges faced by Uljanik Shipyard, where Scenic Eclipse is being built, have caused a range of ongoing impacts, the Australian company said.“Shipyard workers have not been paid full salaries since August 2018, which has led to strikes and manpower shortages as well as several other shipyard disruptions, resulting in months of lost production. To keep the build moving as quickly as possible in these challenging circumstances Scenic has expanded the team within the shipyard by employing Cruise Ship specialists from Finland, Italy, the UK and Norway.“The expanded Scenic team took over the lead role in completing the ship, with in excess of 115 directly employed specialists in cooperation with the shipyard’s remaining management team and more than 500 subcontractors,” Scenic added.There is, however, a silver lining. Scenic has said a “very positive development” for the Scenic Eclipse build – and the Uljanik Group – was a partnership between the Croatian DIV Group and Italian shipyard Fincantieri. This consortium was confirmed as the new owner of Uljanik on 7 February 2019.Scenic said it is now “confident that these new owners will bring stability and focus to current and future ship builds.”Accordingly, the Scenic Group has signed a letter of intent with the new consortium that will lead the shipyard to set up a new Discovery Yacht division within the restructured Uljanik group. This new joint venture will be fully focused on completing Scenic Eclipse and on expediting the build of the second Scenic Eclipse, as well as progressing development of the next generations of Scenic’s Discovery Yachts.Guests impacted by the latest delay are being offered a full refund for the cost of their Scenic Eclipse cruise and consideration of any other reasonable associated costs incurred with their travel plans. In addition, Scenic will provide all guests who rebook a Scenic Eclipse voyage a future cruise credit to the value of 25% of the cost of their rebooked cruise.Scenic has established a dedicated phone number for guests and has begun reaching out to all guests and travel agents to provide details on the process of refunding and offering an opportunity to apply the 25% discount to other voyages.Lead image: Scenic Eclipse as of January 2019 at the Uljanik Shipyard.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

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first_img by The Associated Press Posted Feb 23, 2018 12:40 pm PDT Last Updated Feb 23, 2018 at 1:40 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – An HBO biopic starring Al Pacino as late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno will premiere April 7.HBO tweeted the premiere date Friday, along with a trailer to the film directed by Barry Levinson.HBO has said the film will focus on Paterno dealing with fallout from the child sex abuse scandal involving former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky. The all-time winningest coach in major college football history was fired days after Sandusky’s 2011 arrest and died two months later at age 85.A report commissioned by the university and conducted by a team led by former FBI Director Louis Freeh concluded Paterno and three administrators hushed up the allegations against Sandusky.The three administrators were sentenced to jail. Former university President Graham Spanier is appealing his conviction. HBO biopic about Penn State’s Joe Paterno premieres April 7center_img In this image released by HBO, Kathy Baker, left, and Al Pacino portray Sue and Joe Paterno in a scene from “Paterno,” a film about the late Penn State football coach. HBO says the film will focus on Paterno dealing with the fallout from the child sex abuse scandal involving his former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky. The all-time winningest coach in major college football history was fired days after Sandusky’s Nov. 2011 arrest and died two months later at the age of 85. (Atsushi Nishijima/HBO via AP) last_img read more