Germany says EU will soon launch Iran funding scheme

BRUSSELS — Germany’s foreign minister says the European Union is on the verge of setting up an alternative channel to send money to Iran that would side-step U.S. sanctions against the Islamic republic.Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said Monday that Germany has been working notably with Britain and France but also other EU partners in recent months to set up the “special purpose vehicle.”He says their aim is to ensure that “business not sanctioned by the U.S. can be upheld, and there is a suitable instrument for international payments.”The EU has struggled to keep alive the Iran nuclear since President Donald Trump pulled out of it last year. The bloc has already introduced measures to stop European companies from complying with the U.S. sanctions without authorization from Brussels.The Associated Press read more

More calls for opioid overdoses in Halton this year the highest

It isn’t just Hamilton dealing with alarming overdose figures, paramedics in Halton are seeing the same trend with the highest number of opioid overdoses coming from Oakville.Halton paramedics say in 2010 there were 40 confirmed opioid deaths in the Halton region and this year the numbers are continuing to follow a similar pattern.From May of last year to April of this year, Halton paramedics have responded to 183 calls for suspected opioid overdoses across the region. During the first four months of the year there have been 89 calls, a much higher number than the 50 calls received during the same period last year.Halton region say the area of Oakville with the highest density of calls is south of the QEW between Kerr St. and Trafalgar.Police are working on a new set of prevention strategies expected to be rolled out in the coming weeks. read more

With half of Somaliland children not in school UNICEF and partners launch

Drought, food insecurity, poverty and inequality are some of the challenges that hinder efforts to get more Somaliland children and youth in schools. The education prospects for children in rural areas, and school age Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Somaliland are particularly poor: only 26 per cent of children in rural communities, and 16 per cent of IDP children, are enrolled in primary schools.The programme, which will run for three years, has a budget of $64 million, with initial seed money of $6.7 million provided by Education Cannot Wait. The remaining $57.3 million is being sought from additional donors. The programme is expected to provide more than 54,000 children with an education.A UNICEF statement released on Saturday explained that the aim is to “achieve improved learning outcomes for school-aged children who are affected by emergencies”, by increasing access to quality, inclusive, gender-sensitive, child-friendly and sustainable education.“In our collective quest to reach the Global Goals, it is unacceptable that one in every two children in Somaliland doesn’t have the opportunity of an education”, said Yasmine Sherif, Director of Education Cannot Wait. “With the launch of this programme, we firmly stand with these children and youth. We stand with the Government and all our education partners”.It is unacceptable that one in every two children in Somaliland doesn’t have the opportunity of an education” Yasmine Sherif, Director, Education Cannot WaitEducation, the statement emphasises, is a “central pillar” of the long-term stability and socio-economic growth plans of the Somaliland Government, which “recognizes that the economic growth of the country correlates with the proportion of people with access to education.”Education Cannot Wait is the global fund for education in emergencies and protracted crises, and is administered under UNICEF’s rules and regulations.  Education Cannot Wait is the global fund for education in emergencies and protracted crises, and is administered under UNICEF’s rules and regulations. UNICEF is committed to working with the Ministry of Education and Science in Somaliland to strengthen children’s resilience through education, providing technical assistance, pilot projects, and overall system strengthening. read more

Martinez feels tactical system denies him playing time

first_imgLautaro Martinez believes Inter’s tactical system doesn’t allow him get much playing time, however, he broke his Argentina duck tonight’s match.The 21-year-old netted his first senior goal for Argentina in today’s 4-0 friendly victory over Iraq, while teammate Mauro Icardi watched from the stands in Riyadh.“Obviously, it is positive and important to score, as it was my first start, but I must continue working to improve,” he told reporters via Football Italia.“I was left out of the last few games due to an injury, so that was a decision made along with the medical staff of the national team and Inter. Now I’m raring to go and everyone knows the next match with Brazil is special, even if it’s a friendly.”Quiz: How much do you know about Lautaro Martinez? Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 It’s time for you to tell us how much you know about Lautaro Martinez. We will ask you 10 questions about the Argentina striker….Even though Lautaro got just 172 minutes of football spread out over four games, he has found the net in Serie A too for Inter.“For now, I am not playing much at Inter due to the tactical system we are using and the Coach tries to maintain a stable shape. I continue to work hard, try to do my best and improve so that I am ready when and where I am called upon.“I had a chat with (Coach Lionel) Scaloni on international duty and we’ll see if he decides to play with one or two strikers.”last_img read more

Defined benefit pension deficit increases to £240 billion as of May 2019

first_imgThe deficit for defined benefit (DB) pension schemes in the UK has increased to £240 billion as of the end of May 2019, according to research by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC).Its Skyval index, which is based on aggregated data from 5,450 corporate DB pension funds, and is collected through the Skyval pensions platform used by trustees, sponsors and advisers, also found that the deficit for UK DB pension schemes has increased by £60 billion between April 2019 and May 2019.At the end of May 2019, pension assets were £1,660 billion, while the liability target was £1,900 billion.These increases follow an £80 billion drop in the deficit that was recorded in April 2019.Steven Dicker, chief actuary at PWC, said: “The increase in the deficit has largely been driven by a fall in the yields on government bonds while assets have stayed flat.“This further illustrates how continuing economic uncertainty, particularly surrounding the future direction of long-term interest rates, leads to unhelpful volatility in pension funding levels on this measure.”last_img read more

RBI Magazines Back on the Block

first_imgIn connection with its first half earnings report, London-based Reed Elsevier said it plans to divest nearly all of the magazines published under the U.S. division of Reed Business Information. The announcement, the company said, followed a portfolio review conducted by RBI Global CEO Keith Jones.The company also said that RBI U.S. CEO Tad Smith has resigned. Executive vice president and CFO John Poulin was appointed acting CEO, reporting to Jones.“This has been a difficult decision to reach as there are many strong brands here, with very experienced and professional teams running them, but we have concluded that they are less well suited to RBI’s strategy going forward,” Jones said in a statement. “We have had to contend with a far harsher advertising environment than any of us have experienced before and, in such a climate, we have to focus not just on innovation and efficiency, but also on ensuring that our portfolio is well-matched with our long-term ambitions.” Among the magazines for sale are Broadcasting & Cable, Mutichannel News, Professional Builder, Publishers Weekly and Tradeshow Week.Reed said it will retain its Reed Construction Data, RSMeans, Variety, MarketCast, LA411 and BuyerZone properties. The company put RBI on the block in February 2008.”I think RBI U.S. is an attractive package, but with advertising in such sharp decline for all b-to-b media it will be harder to find a buyer than it would have been a year ago,” DeSilva + Phillips managing partner Reed Phillips told FOLIO:. “Nevertheless, I think Reed Elsevier will be successful in selling the business this time around.”Profits PlungeReed reported operating profit through the first six months declined 29 percent to roughly $518.3 million. Revenues were up slightly to $5.57 billion.RBI, however, saw adjusted operating profits plunge 43 percent to approximately $64 million during the period and revenues decline 17 percent to approximately $759.2 million. Reed Exhibitions reported an adjusted operating profit decline of 26 percent while revenues fell 22 percent.During its earnings call, Reed CEO Ian Smith said the company will issue up to 9.9 percent of share capital to pay down the company’s $8.4 billion in debt—$4.17 billion of which is associated with its acquisition of risk analytics company ChoicePoint. Reed had hoped to offset that debt by selling RBI, but dropped the sale late last year after bids were said to have fallen from approximately $2 billion to $1 billion.last_img read more

Wilmington Company To Sponsor Driver William Byron At This Sundays NASCAR Race

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The No. 24 UniFirst Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, driven by 20-year-old rookie of the year contender William Byron, returns to the track this Sunday, Sept. 30, for the Bank of America ROVAL 400 in Byron’s hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina. The 109-lap race on Charlotte Motor Speedway’s new 2.28-mile “roval,” which combines a portion of the traditional 1.5-mile oval with sections of the infield road course, begins at 2 p.m. EDT and will be nationally televised on NBC.UniFirst Corporation, a leading provider of customized work uniform programs, corporate attire, and facility service products to businesses throughout North America, continues its partnership for the 2018 NASCAR season with 12-time NASCAR Cup Series champions Hendrick Motorsports. This year marks the second of an eight-year agreement with Hendrick Motorsports that names UniFirst as a primary sponsor of select races and a full-season associate sponsor of the No. 24 team through 2023.UniFirst is the official workwear provider for Hendrick Motorsports and sister company Hendrick Automotive Group, which is the largest privately held retail automotive organization in the United States.“We’re excited to see William Byron back in the driver’s seat of the UniFirst No. 24 Chevy Camaro,” said Adam Soreff, UniFirst’s director of marketing and communications. “His thousands of NASCAR fans from around the country, and right here at UniFirst, will be cheering him on to victory in Charlotte and continuing to support him as he drives closer toward capturing the 2018 rookie of the year title.”With just eight races remaining in the 2018 season, Byron continues to hold the lead in the battle for NASCAR Cup Series rookie of the year honors after 28 races. He is coming off winning the NASCAR Xfinity Series championship and rookie of the year honors in 2017 – a season that included wins at Iowa, ISM Raceway, and the historic venues of Daytona and Indianapolis, where he became the youngest winner of a major race in the track’s 108-year history.“I’m looking forward to running the UniFirst Camaro this weekend at the ‘roval,’” Byron said. “It’s nice to be at home and I’m happy to have the UniFirst colors on our car. Road courses have been solid for us this year, so hopefully we can lean on our notes some, but this is going to be a completely different beast. It will definitely be exciting for the fans.”About UniFirstHeadquartered in Wilmington, Mass., UniFirst Corporation (NYSE :UNF ) is a North American leader in the supply and servicing of uniform and workwear programs, as well as the delivery of facility service programs. Together with its subsidiaries, the company also provides first aid and safety products, and manages specialized garment programs for the cleanroom and nuclear industries. UniFirst manufactures its own branded workwear, protective clothing, and floorcare products; and with more than 250 service locations, over 300,000 customer locations, and 14,000-plus employee Team Partners, the company outfits nearly 2 million workers each business day. For more information, contact UniFirst at 800.455.7654 or visit Hendrick MotorsportsFounded by Rick Hendrick in 1984, Hendrick Motorsports has earned 250 points-paying race victories and a record 12 car owner championships in the premier NASCAR Cup Series. The organization fields four full-time Chevrolet teams on the Cup circuit with drivers Chase Elliott, William Byron, Jimmie Johnson and Alex Bowman. Headquartered in Concord, North Carolina, Hendrick Motorsports employs more than 600 people. For more information, please visit or interact on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.(NOTE: The above press release is from UniFirst.)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 this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedBUSINESS BRIEF: Wilmington’s UniFirst Teams Up With IndyCar Driver Marco Andretti For Two July RacesIn “Business”BUSINESS BRIEF: Wilmington’s UniFirst To Sponsor NASCAR’s William Byron Chevrolet At May 11 RaceIn “Business”BUSINESS BRIEF: Wilmington’s UniFirst To Sponsor William Byron’s Race Car For 2019 NASCAR SeasonIn “Business”last_img read more

Facebooks ad targeting has created a creepy image problem it cant shake

first_img Tags 1:39 Comments Facebook is having a hard time fighting a specific conspiracy theory. Joel Saget/AFP/Getty Images Carl Mazur, a photographer in Utah, freaked out when he saw an ad for Rokinon camera lenses pop up on Facebook. That’s because it appeared 20 minutes after Mazur’s chiropractor mentioned the brand to him during a visit.Mazur had heard stories about the social network eavesdropping on conversations through the mics on smartphones in order to deliver more precisely targeted ads. But he didn’t give them a second thought. The ad for the photography gear, however, made him reconsider. “That’s when I was a true believer,” Mazur said, adding that he had never searched or shopped for Rokinon lenses before. “I was like, ‘This is weird.'” Facebook has denied it listens to our conversations to serve ads. CEO Mark Zuckerberg even told Congress the company doesn’t engage in the practice. Experts and analysts say Facebook doesn’t need our conversations to target ads effectively. Nonetheless, the conspiracy theory — now more than four years old — persists, with people sharing their experiences in YouTube videos, Medium posts and social media comments. Even if Facebook doesn’t eavesdrop, the pervasive belief that it listens to us adds to its reputation for poor privacy practices. The perception is so pronounced that Zuckerberg referenced it at Facebook’s developers conference last month, saying his company didn’t have “the strongest reputation on privacy, to put it lightly.” The reputation problem won’t hit Facebook’s growth anytime soon. It’s still the world’s largest social network with 2.38 billion people logging in every month. But little by little, analysts say, rumors like the eavesdropping conspiracy could change the way we use the social network. If we’re worried Facebook is listening to our conversations, we might stop sharing some of our personal data, the information it uses to target ads so precisely. That would make it less valuable to advertisers trying to sell to us and, over time, could affect its massive advertising revenue, which totaled $55 billion last year. “If more users start to feel like they actually are being surveilled through audio, they’ll change their behaviors,” said Jennifer Grygiel, an assistant professor of communications at Syracuse University. “So even if it’s untrue, it could impact the way they use apps and their mobile phone and how they engage in ensuring their own privacy.”Users, for example, might turn off their phones if they’re at a personal event, having a private conversation or in a therapy session, Grygiel suggested. They could also be more wary generally and share less information or disable location tracking, which would deprive Facebook of opportunities to learn more about you. They could also turn on ad blockers, which would hit Facebook’s revenue.Already, analysts say, Facebook users are becoming more careful about how much information they give out.”There’s a lot of people who are much more conscious about what they share on social media,” said Fatemeh Khatibloo, an analyst at Forrester. “There are people who don’t know how to control what they’re sharing on social media, so they’re not sharing as much.”Poking the conspiracy theoryForrester put the conspiracy theory to the test, looking at how data flows into the Facebook app when a smartphone’s microphone access was turned on and off. Forrester couldn’t find any evidence the social network was eavesdropping, Khatibloo says. CNET reporters also conducted a casual test to see if conversations about specific topics would be followed by Facebook ads about those subjects. We didn’t find enough evidence that Facebook was listening to our conversations either.When asked about the long-running conspiracy theory, a Facebook spokesman pointed to a 2016 statement the social network issued about the subject.”We show ads based on people’s interests and other profile information – not what you’re talking out loud about,” the statement reads. The social network only accesses your microphone if a user has given the company permission and is using a feature that requires audio, like recording a video, it says. Facebook’s reputation for poor privacy practices only grew worse last year after reports that the social network allowed Cambridge Analytica, a UK political consulting firm, to harvest the data of up to 87 million users without their consent. The data was later used in the controversial UK Brexit vote and Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. The reports prompted the Federal Trade Commission to investigate Facebook, which could get slapped with a record-setting fine of up to $5 billion. Of course, Facebook isn’t the only company consumers worry is listening to their most intimate conversations. Earlier this month, Amazon was found to have kept text versions of conversations users had with their Echo devices, even after the voice recordings had been deleted.And the public is already uncomfortable with the way Facebook and other tech giants follow us around the web. Roughly 68% of consumers say tracking online activity to tailor ads is unethical, according to a survey commissioned by cybersecurity firm RSA Security earlier this year. Still, Facebook’s battered reputation continues to fuel concerns among some users that the social network could be listening in like Big Brother. “The image of Facebook’s lack of privacy puts this veil of concern that’s going to be hard for them to shake,” said Tim Bajarin, president of Creative Strategies. “They’re going to have to do a lot to prove that they are protecting people’s privacy going forward.”Freaking people outThe persistence of the eavesdropping rumor has already creeped out plenty of Facebook users, who take to the internet to share their experiences. In 2016, a man with the user name “Neville” said in a YouTube video that he got Facebook ads for cat food after discussing the topic with his wife. He says in the video that he doesn’t have cats and never searched for pet food online. The video has more than 1.8 million views, and people are still sharing eerie encounters in its comment section.Another user, Isaac Gomez, said he started getting ads for an egg boiler on Facebook after he mulled switching out fried eggs for leaner fare as part of a diet. Some users have quipped they’ve seen Facebook ads pop up about things they’ve just thought about in their heads.  Part of the problem, experts say, is that consumers don’t completely understand how their data is being used by the company to surface ads. About 74 percent of adults in the US who use Facebook didn’t know the social network keeps a list of their interests and traits for ad targeting, according to a 2018 Pew Research Center study. A Facebook spokesman said the social network is working to provide people with more precise information about why they’re seeing an ad and rolling out more transparency tools including on Facebook-owned Instagram. Facebook has a way for users to understand “Why am I seeing this ad,” but some of the explanations are incomplete. When I click on the three grey dots next to a Sephora ad, Facebook says that my email is on a customer list that was collected by Sephora and its partners, or I’ve provided them with information from Facebook. Syracuse’s Grygiel noted that Facebook isn’t telling me exactly what email they’re referring to and which companies, other than Sephora, has it.”They should tell you which one because if you don’t want to receive [an ad] based on your email, you should be able to opt out of that,” Grygiel said. Mazur, the photographer, said he still relies on Facebook and other social media sites to promote his photography. After the camera lens ad popped up, however, he started seeing Facebook as a self-interested business, rather than an online hangout.”It definitely changed my perception of Facebook of being just a fun source to connect with your friends,” he said.  Share your voice 5 Now playing: Watch this: Is Facebook spying on you? Laptops Tech Industry Security Facebooklast_img read more

Broker Enrolls About 1K Alaskans In Latest Signup

first_imgA broker established to help individuals sign up for private health insurance has enrolled about 1,000 Alaskans in the first month of the latest open enrollment period.Download AudioThat includes renewals and new sign-ups. Aimee Crocker, operations manager for Enroll Alaska, says most of those enrolled by the broker this period have been renewals.Overall enrollment figures aren’t yet available. Alaskans also can sign up themselves.Monday marked the deadline for individuals to sign up for coverage beginning Jan. 1. People have until Feb. 15 to sign up for 2015 coverage through the federally run online marketplace.Crocker says unlocking accounts for renewal clients has been frustrating.She says website passwords were reset in April and some individuals have had to get temporary passwords or find documentation with their identification number.last_img read more

Farmers at loss due to heavy rains in Rajamahendravaram

first_imgRajamahendravaram: Farming community in the district is in the grip of fear about the widespread rain across the district. Due to heavy rain, water entered the paddy fields and the farmers lost hopes on their crops. Because of the incessant rains, petty vendors in the city closed their shops and facing problems to get their livelihood. Drain water was overflowing onto the roads because of the rain in the city. As per forecast the rain will be continued for two more days.last_img

Top Stories Pence Talks Space Force in Houston Sylvia Garcia Threatens to

first_img Share Thursday, August 23, 2018Top afternoon stories:Pence says U.S. Space Force will be established by 2020Vice President Mike Pence said Thursday during a visit to NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC) that the U.S. Space Force, a new branch of the Armed Forces, will be established by the year 2020.Pence explained the Space Force will  be tasked with guaranteeing America’s security in space and noted that “the need is real” because, for example, the Department of Defense has released a report that says “China is aggressively weaponizing space” and Russia is “developing and testing new and dangerous weapons and technologies to counter America’s space capabilities.”The Vice President also addressed returning to the Moon and assured the audience gathered at the JSC that one of the goals of the Trump administration is to “establish a permanent presence around and on the Moon” by developing the Lunar orbital platform, a space station that will orbit the Moon, and, eventually an outpost.Bob Daemmrich for the Texas TribuneTexas State Senator Sylvia Garcia.Sylvia Garcia threatens to sue Harris County ClerkOutgoing State Senator Sylvia Garcia, a Houston Democrat, is threatening to sue the Harris County Clerk if he doesn’t call a special election to fill her seat. In a letter to the clerk, Stan Stanart, Garcia argues it’s the county’s job to call the special election because Governor Greg Abbott hasn’t.Last month, when Garcia announced she would leave her state seat in January to run for Congress, she asked Abbott – a Republican – to set the replacement election for November 6.But as the Texas Tribune reported, the governor’s office has disputed whether her resignation letter was valid, and thus, whether Abbott has to call an election.Alvaro ‘Al’ Ortiz/Houston Public Media A rescue done by volunteers at the Lakewood Forest subdivision, located in northwest Houston, on Aug. 28, 2017Survey analyzes long term effects of HarveyOne year after Hurricane Harvey slammed the Texas coast, 10 percent of the people impacted by the disaster have not been able to return to their homes, according to a report from two nonprofits that surveyed Texans about how the storm affected their finances, health and living conditions.Fifteen percent of the hundreds of thousands of homes damaged by the storm are still unlivable. And of the 1,651 people from 24 counties who answered the survey, 30 percent of those impacted by the storm said their lives are still “somewhat” or “very” disrupted by the devastating storm’s lingering damage.Those survey results, released by The Kaiser Family Foundation and the Episcopal Health Foundation on Thursday, may be the clearest picture of how many people are still struggling to put their lives back together after Harvey. Federal and state officials aren’t keeping track of how many people remain displaced.last_img read more

New Documentary Offers Solutions to Discord between Police and Communities of Color

first_imgIt was June 2012 when A.J. Ali was stopped by police in Howard County, Md., simply, he said, for “walking while Black.” It was the sort of commonplace experience shared by Black men and boys throughout the United States; the sort of racially-based profiling that has spawned nationwide protest, civil unrest and the birth of the Black Lives Matter movement.Academy Award-winning cinematographer Errol Webber could attest to the same.“Being a Black person, there were times when I was harangued by police just because of who I am,” he told the AFRO.Together, the men decided to do something about it, making a documentary that examines racial profiling by police and ways to bridge the gap between law enforcement and their communities. Thus their documentary “Walking While Black” was created.“This isn’t like other films that talks about the problem and people eat popcorn, feel edified and walk out,” Webber said. “This film dedicates a majority of its time to providing solutions to racial profiling.”According to the film, which is set to make its red carpet world premiere on Feb. 1 in Santa Monica, Calif., the answer lies with L.O.V.E.“Love is the answer,” Chief Melvin Russell, who heads the Community Collaboration Division of the Baltimore Police Department, told the AFRO. But, he added, “People don’t associate ‘love’ with policing. . . . Police are seen as anything but loving; people look at police as demons.”Russell was one of several peace officers, faith leaders, educators, government officials, activists and others who were interviewed for “Walking While Black: L.O.V.E. Is The Answer.” L.O.V.E. is an acronym for: LEARN about the community you serve, OPEN your heart to the people in it, VOLUNTEER yourself to be part of the solution in their lives, and EMPOWER others to do the same.“We need to change the culture,” said Russell, who retooled the BPD’s chaplaincy program and said more officers need to focus on being “servants” and not just “protectors.”“It is long past time we got back to being partners with our communities,” he added. “No longer can we just stay in our patrol cars and answer calls.”Also featured in the film are former “dirty cop” Andrew Collins and Jameel McGee, a Black man whom Collins framed on drug charges. The Benton, Mich., man spent four years in prison based on Collins’ specious allegations. When the former officer was found out, he spent time in prison and McGee was freed. Since then, McGee has forgiven his former accuser and the pair are friends who give speeches about forgiveness, redemption and racial reconciliation.“There’s a place where the police have to say—we have to as a nation, as a police force say, ‘Systemically, there [are] problems and we’re sorry.’ Just own it,” Collins says in a clip from the documentary about the first step to healing between law enforcement and the communities they serve.But the documentary is not one-sided in its portrayal of the issue, the producers said.“We took care to take a balanced approach,” Webber said.“It’s not a cop-bashing documentary or a community-bashing documentary.”Ali said they held a private screening at the RAND Corp. (an American-based global policy think tank) before a group that included law enforcement officials, and several of the police officers approached him with tears in the eyes, thanking him for doing the film.“The vast majority of police officers out there feel like they’re caught in the middle when they’re just trying to do the right thing,” Ali said in an interview.The filmmakers said in promoting the documentary they are not going the traditional theater route. Instead, they are screening the film directly to audiences that need it most from February through April. During February, for example, the filmmakers said they are slated to host screenings at several sites throughout Baltimore, which saw violent unrest in April 2015 after a young Black man died while in police custody.From May 1, Ali said, they then are hosting a L.O.V.E. is the Answer Tour, visiting 100 cities across the U.S. The “rolling” film festival will feature a screening of the film, a Q&A with the filmmakers and local experts, and workshops at which attendees can figure out how to apply the lessons of the film to their own communities.Ali said they will also be hosting a short film contest in which students would have to team up with police officers to do a five-minute film depicting the L.O.V.E. concept in action in their communities.“It means people are going to have to put some work in,” Ali said about the hoped-for impact of the film and the tour.“I really believe that when we learn to respect each other, we’ll love each other because love is the answer,” says Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh in a clip from the documentary. “It really is about how we communicate with each other. And I tell people it’s never about what you look like, it’s never about the color of your skin, it’s never about your religious background, it’s about learning that as much as we’re different, we’re very much the same.”For more information about “Walking While Black: L.O.V.E. is the Answer,” please visit: .Free screenings of the film in and around the Baltimore metropolitan area include:*FEBRUARY 3:Freedom Temple AME Zion Church2926 Hollins Ferry Rd.Baltimore, MD 21230Doors Open at 6 p.m.; Show begins 7 p.m.Tickets can be obtained here. *FEBRUARY 5:Owen Brown Interfaith Center7246 Cradlerock WayColumbia, MD 21045Doors Open at 12:30 p.m.; Show begins at 1:30 p.m.Tickets available here. Messiah Community Church909 Berrymans LaneReisterstown, MD 21136center_img *FEBRUARY 6: Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA)Brown Center1300 W. Mt. Royal Ave.Baltimore, MD 21217*TBDlast_img read more

Player Spotlight on Darrianne Hale

first_imgStory Links The University of Louisville Softball Player Spotlight series features short interviews with each of the Cardinals’ players. Episode 19 features senior Darrianne Hale. Episode 19: Darrianne HaleThe Hale FileNumber:15Full name: Darrianne HaleNickname: Dale, DHalePosition: RHPBats/Throws: R/RHometown:  Mesquite, TexasHigh School: Bishop Lynch College PreparatoryMajor: Exercise ScienceFun Fact: She loves pigs and mini-cows Print Friendly Versionlast_img

Spotify Settles 16 Billion Lawsuit From Wixen Publishing

first_img“We’d like to thank Randall Wixen and Wixen Music Publishing for their cooperation in helping us reach a solution,” said Gutierrez. “Wixen represents some of the world’s greatest talents and most treasured creators, and this settlement represents its commitment to providing first-rate service and support to songwriters while broadening its relationship with Spotify.”Todd Spangler contributed reporting to this article.  ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Spotify and Wixen Music Publishing — which sued the streaming giant late last year for a headline-grabbing $1.6 billion — announced today that they have settled the lawsuit. According to the announcement, “The conclusion of that litigation is a part of a broader business partnership between the parties, which fairly and reasonably resolves the legal claims asserted by Wixen Music Publishing relating to past licensing of Wixen’s catalog and establishes a mutually-advantageous relationship for the future.”While terms of the deal were not disclosed, a source close to the situation told Variety that, not surprisingly, the settlement amount was well short of $1.6 billion. If it were, as a public company Spotify would be obligated to disclose it per SEC rules, which suggests a 5% threshold (e.g. the impact of the event is 5% or more of revenue, earnings, etc) as a starting point. In the lawsuit, Wixen, which handles titles by Tom Petty, Neil Young, Steely Dan’s Donald Fagen, Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo, Stevie Nicks, and others, alleged that Spotify was using thousands of songs without a proper license and sought damages worth at least $1.6 billion and injunctive relief.“Prior to launching in the United States, Spotify attempted to license sound recordings by working with record labels but, in a race to be first to market, made insufficient efforts to collect the required musical composition information and, in turn, failed in many cases to license the compositions embodied within each recording or comply with the requirements of Section 115 of the Copyright Act.Despite the size of the damages, Wixen signaled a willingness to settle in its first statement. “We’re just asking to be treated fairly,” president Randall Wixen said. “We are not looking for a ridiculous punitive payment. But we estimate that our clients account for somewhere between 1% and 5% of the music these services distribute. Spotify has more than $3 billion in annual revenue and pays outrageous annual salaries to its executives and millions per month for ultra-luxurious office space in various cities. All we’re asking for is for them to reasonably compensate our clients by sharing a miniscule amount of the revenue they take in with the creators of the product they sell.”In Thursday’s announcement, Wixen said, “I want to thank [Spotify cofounder and CEO] Daniel Ek and [Spotify General Counsel and VP, Business & Legal Affairs] Horacio Gutierrez, and the whole Spotify team, for working with the Wixen team, our attorneys and our clients to understand our issues, and for collaborating with us on a win-win resolution.  Spotify is a huge part of the future of music, and we look forward to bringing more great music from our clients to the public on terms that compensate songwriters and publishers as important partners. I am truly glad that we were able to come to a resolution without litigating the matter.  Spotify listened to our concerns, collaborated with us to resolve them and demonstrated throughout that Spotify is a true partner to the songwriting community” Popular on Variety last_img read more

Siemens Launches New Protocols Modules for Teamplay IT Solution

first_img The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. December 22, 2015 — At the 101st Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), Siemens displayed new offerings for teamplay, a cloud-based network that helps link hospitals and healthcare experts, enabling them to exchange data and pool their knowledge. teamplay gives customers the power to analyze, understand, optimize and collaborate with healthcare professionals around the world. The new teamplay Protocols provides an extra step helping customers implement improvements for the longer term.teamplay’s Protocols offering enables the user to centrally view, compare and comment on protocols from selected Siemens computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) devices. Protocols can be distributed to compatible modalities, enabling easy standardization of established protocols for subsequent scans of the same type, whilst a version history for each protocol provides a reassuring sense of control over imaging standards across the fleet.Another critical parameter in radiology departments is the volume of ionizing radiation required to treat a particular patient; teamplay’s Dose function enables monitoring of patient radiation dose in a simple and accessible way. In addition to generating a precise listing of the applied doses, users can compare current values against institutional and national reference values, as well as benchmarking dose performance against other facilities from similar examinations. teamplay Dose also provides a patient-centric view and dose values normalized by patient size. The program features the ability to perform image call-up using picture archiving and communication system (PACS) Web-viewers, allowing appropriateness of delivered doses to be balanced against image quality. The teamplay Usage function provides an overview of the performance data from imaging modalities such as CT or MRI, including a daily usage report. The Usage function also records the number of examinations per hour, the time and nature of the examination, total capacity utilization for the device, and the parties providing treatment, as well as the time required to move from one patient to the next. This knowledge helps optimize hospital work sequences and employee workloads, cut patient waiting times and reduce costs.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Analytics Software | December 22, 2015 Siemens Launches New Protocols Modules for Teamplay IT Solution Provides intuitive data management for in-hospital imaging systems to increase transparency and economic efficiency News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more Related Content News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative read more center_img Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… read more Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more News | Medical 3-D Printing | August 08, 2019 RSNA and ACR to Collaborate on Landmark Medical 3D Printing Registry The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) will launch a new medical… read more 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 News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Technology | Contrast Media | August 05, 2019 Bracco Receives FDA Approval for Varibar Thin Liquid for Oral Suspension Bracco Diagnostics Inc. announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for Varibar Thin Liquid (barium… read morelast_img read more

7000th Airbus aircraft delivered

first_imgAirbus delivers an A321 to US Airways Source = e-Travel Blackboard: S.P Airbus delivered its 7,000th aircraft, an A321, to United States-based US Airways which operates the largest fleet of Airbus aircraft in the world. This milestone comes just two years after the delivery of Airbus’ 6,000th aircraft has delivered in early 2010, highlighting the vitality of the commercial aviation sector.Airbus President and Chief Executive Officer Tom Enders said It’s particularly fitting that our 7,000th aircraft is an A321 going to US Airways.“The airline not only operates the largest fleet of Airbus aircraft in the world; with over 220 A320 Family aircraft flying in US Airways colours today, they also operate the largest fleet of our best-selling, eco-efficient A320 Family,” Mr Enders said.US Airways’ Chief Executive Officer, Douglas Parker said the airline is celebrating a significant milestone in Airbus’ history.“It is an honor to be the recipient of their 7,000th delivery. On behalf of the 32,000 employees at US Airways, we applaud this tremendous accomplishment and look forward to a continued successful partnership,” Mr Parker said. Since delivering its first aircraft an A300B2 in May 1974, Airbus production output has been rapidly increasing.In March 1993, the 1,000th delivery landmark occurred with an A340-300, which was followed by the 2,000th handover six years later in May 1999 which was also an A340-300.Then In July 2002, just three years later the 3,000th Airbus aircraft was delivered an A320 followed by an A330-300 becoming the 4,000th aircraft supplied to a customer on September 2005.Only three years later, the 5,000 milestone was achieved in December 2007 with an A330-200 delivery to Qantas.  The 6,000th delivery was an A380 which was delivered to Emirates in January 2010. last_img read more

Everest Summit Queues and Carrying Capacity

first_imgSource = Dr David Beirman Ph.D Everest Summit Queues and Carrying Capacity Queue for the Everest summit. A disaster waiting to happenEverest Summit Queues and Carrying CapacityWe have all seen the news headlines in recent days and weeks. Adventurous tourists are placing themselves in mortal danger for the brief thrill of fulfilling their bucket list dream of summiting the world’s highest mountains. Most have made it to the top but too many have died attempting to reach the summit of Everest and other Himalayan peaks in Nepal and India. The window of opportunity to reach the summit of the world’s highest peak, Mt Everest is brief. Late May and early June is that time of the year when weather conditions are most favourable to attempt the summit.However, as anyone who has experienced alpine regions knows, the best time of the year still poses very real dangers to climbers and guides alike. Sustainable tourism emphasises carrying capacity. The extraordinary photos we have seen of hundreds of climbers literally queueing to reach the summit of Mt Everest is like viewing a disaster waiting to happen.CLimbers on the slopes of Mt EverestWhile climbers sometimes wait for hours, for their turn to reach the top, they are vulnerable to sudden changes in weather conditions including high wind gusts, blizzards and falling loose rocks which at worst, can trigger an avalanche. Climbers and adventure tour operators should recall, that during the 2015 earthquake 29 adventure tourists were killed when the quake triggered an avalanche which inundated Everest Base Camp. Mt Everest is not the place to be running mass tourism expeditions. I fully appreciate that adventure tour operators and their staff of Sherpas, guides and porters all want to make a living. However, the apparently uncontrolled rush of climbers presents a range of dangers to all people who venture into this very fragile and harsh environment.Nepal has done well to recover from the damage caused to the county and the tourism industry by the 2015 earthquake. Tourism to Nepal has recovered to record levels. In 2018 1.25 million international tourists visited Nepal (an all time record). However, the perception of greedy operators who appear prepared to risk lives by allowing swarms of cashed up tourists ascending the Himalayan peaks could potentially damage Nepal’s reputation as a tourist destination which cares about the safety of its vistors.Mountain tour operators need to be certain that their “mountaineers” are physically fit enough to undertake the rigour of a climb. The Nepalese government authorities need to ensure that there is a manageable limit of summit climbers at any one time. Climbers should be required to demonstrate they have appropriate clothing, equipment and supplies of food and oxygen.If Nepalese and Indian authorities do not impose some real controls over mountain expeditions and carrying capacity in this fragile environment I fear that we could be reading far worse headlines from the Himalayas than we are seeing now.last_img read more

Pace of New Home Sales Climbs to FiveYear High

first_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Census Bureau For-Sale Homes Home Prices Home Sales Home Values Homebuilders Housing Supply HUD Investors Lenders & Servicers Mark Lieberman Mortgage Rates National Association of Home Builders National Association of Realtors Pending-Home Sales Realtor Association Service Providers 2013-07-24 Mark Lieberman Pace of New Home Sales Climbs to Five-Year High Share The price of a new single-family dropped to its lowest level in seven months in June as sales surged to a five-year high, the “”Census Bureau and HUD””: reported Wednesday. [IMAGE]The seasonally adjusted annual rate of sales welled 8.3 percent in June to 497,000. Economists surveyed by Bloomberg expected June sales to increase to 484,000 from May’s originally reported 476,000. May sales were revised down to 459,000.The median price of a new home, according to the Census/HUD report, fell 5.0 percent in June to $249,700, the third time the median price has dropped in the last four months. May’s median price was revised down to $262,800 from the originally reported $263,900. While the inventory of new homes for sale rose to 161,000 in June–the highest level since September 2011–from 159,000 in May, the months’ supply fell to 3.9 from 4.2 in May, matching January for the lowest supply since October 2004.The Census/HUD homes sales report continued to show a decided shift to lower-priced homes; 33 percent of homes sold in June were priced less than $200,000, up slightly from 26 percent in May and 24 percent in April. At the other end of the range, 15 percent of home sold in June were priced at $400,000 or higher compared to 16 percent in May and 24 percent in April.The average price of a new home slipped $12,400 in June after falling $29,400 in May, which was the largest month-over-month decline since August 2008, when the average price fell $36,400. The average price has also dropped in three of the last four months.Despite the monthly decline, June├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔÇ×┬ós median price was up 7.4 percent over June 2012. The average price in June was 8.5 percent higher than June 2012.[COLUMN_BREAK]With the report of June sales, the Census Bureau and HUD also revised sales figures back to March, turning the originally reported month-over-month increase to a decline. With the revision, new home sales have increased for three straight months for the first time since July-September last year. June sales were up 38.1 percent over a year ago, the strongest annual gain since January 1992, when sales were 68.6 percent higher than the recession month of January 1991.The June increase came in the same month in which the Housing Market Index, the monthly confidence survey conducted by the National Association of Home Builders, rose seven points to 51–the first positive (above 50) reading since April 2006. The index rose another six points in July. The increase in the index in the last two months has been led by an increase in the six-month outlook for new home sales and an improvement in buyer traffic. The surge in sales may also be a response to increasing interest rates as buyers seek to lock in lower rates. The new home sales report tracks contracts for sale, not closings, and as such is comparable to the Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI) compiled by the National Association of Realtors (NAR). The NAR will release its June PHSI on July 29.The Census/HUD sales report suggested continuing inventory tightening. Builders in June, according to a separate Census/HUD report, completed new single-family homes at an annual rate of 554,000, just 57,000 more than the sales rate–the narrowest margin since January 2012. Regionally, June sales improved on a monthly basis in three of the four Census regions, falling only in the Midwest, where the sales rate dropped 11.8 percent to 67,000 from 76,000 in May but was 36.7 percent ahead of June 2012. In the Northeast, the sales rate was up 18.5 percent to 32,000 and up 100 percent over last year. The sales pace in the West rose 13.8 percent in June to 124,000 from 109,000 May and was 14.8 percent above June 2012. In the South, the sales rate in June was 274,000, up 10.9 percent from 247,000 in May and 36.5 percent over June 2012._Hear Mark Lieberman every Friday on P.O.T.U.S. Radio, Sirius-XM 124, at 6:20 a.m. Eastern._center_img in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing July 24, 2013 500 Views last_img read more

State could do more to help MS sufferers

first_imgThe biggest problem for the treatment of multiple sclerosis (MS) sufferers is that new drugs are not made available in the public health sector and thus patients cannot receive the most advanced treatment available, MS association chairman Savvas Christodoulou said on Wednesday.Speaking on the occasion of World Day for MS which is marked on May 31 he said that despite the enormous efforts the association is making, “a number of problems that affect and mitigate patients with multiple sclerosis remain unresolved, with enormous and often tragic consequences for patients’ lives.”“When a drug exists and can be used to slow the progression of a disease and to provide a better quality of life for the patient, then it is the duty of the state to help,” he stressed, adding that many efforts have been made by the association to resolve this problem without success.These drugs, if properly positioned, he noted, will not incur costs to the state budget but reduce it.Regarding the issue of MRI diagnostics, he said this was discussed at a recent meeting with health minister Giorgos Pamboridis and news about the renewal of contracts with private diagnostic centres is expected.At a meeting in April with labour minister Zeta Emilianidou, several problems faced by patients with MS were discussed and “we were promised that our requests will be studied with the aim of solving them.”Christodoulou went on to say that the way to deal with the illness is to deal calmly with it, think positively, follow the doctors’ instructions and to continue to live as normally as possible.“What we usually say to our new members and to all the people who suffer is that they should not be deprived of their lives. It is a fact that limits will be placed on their endurance and life. They may have to diversify their dreams and goals, but they can always continue to work and be active. It just needs certain adjustments.”For her part, Emilianidou, said the state supports people with multiple sclerosis, their families and organisations which represent them.She added the ministry is implementing a range of actions and measures with financial contributions, care allowances and special schemes to ensure a decent and independent living and to face the problem of disability. It also implements plans to increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities or illnesses and subsidises organisations through various plans to provide many programmes and services.Needs are many and vary, necessitating a multidisciplinary assessment and personalised intervention, Emilianidou concluded.It is estimated that over 2,500,000 people worldwide suffer from multiple sclerosis. In Cyprus, around 2,000 people are believed to have the condition. You May LikeClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndoFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoAuthorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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