Discovery and fuboTV have announced a new multiy

first_imgDiscovery and fuboTV have announced a new, multi-year carriage agreement that will bring 13 Discovery networks to fuboTV’s live TV streaming service in the coming weeks. The deal extends the strategic relationship between the companies that began with the former Scripps Networks Interactive (acquired by Discovery) and included carriage of their five networks including HGTV and Food Network. Eric Phillips, president of affiliate distribution at Discovery said: “Our partners at fuboTV are building a unique programming service, and we are pleased to bring more of our portfolio of real-life passion brands and programs to their subscribers. This agreement further exemplifies the viewer affinity for our beloved brands and talent, and fuboTV’s commitment to offering high-quality, world-class content to customers.”Discovery Channel, TLC, Investigation Discovery, Animal Planet, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network and MotorTrend will be available on fuboTV’s base package, fubo Standard, joining HGTV, Food Network and Travel Channel which are already available on the service.  In addition to bringing subscribers each network’s live linear feed, the agreement also includes a library of on-demand Discovery content, bringing fuboTV’s VOD library to over 60,000 movies and TV episodes per month.“Today’s content agreement broadens the strategic relationship between Discovery and fuboTV that began almost two years ago with the former Scripps Networks,” said Joel Armijo, CFO, fuboTV. “We are excited to be adding more Discovery brands alongside their lifestyle networks, which we already carry. These brands, including HGTV and Food Network, are among our top performing entertainment networks, and this agreement allows us to extend our partnership for years to come. We expect to be similarly successful with our new Discovery networks.”last_img read more


first_imgShareTweet LOGUE CONCERNED ABOUT RISE OF ONLINE GROOMING FIGURES was last modified: September 21st, 2016 by John2John2 Tags: SINN Féin Councillor Patricia Logue has called on young people to speak out if they have any concerns over online grooming.She was speaking after new figures released by the NSPCC showed an increase in calls to Childline about online grooming.Said Councillor Logue: “News that more than 160 children in the North phoned Childline concerned about online sexual abuse and that most of the calls were from children aged 12-15 years of age is deeply alarming.“Online grooming poses a real risk. “Given the growth of apps and webcams that assist online chatting I would call on young people to speak out about any concerns they may have.“I would also encourage parents to take an interest in their child’s online activity.“Childline can answer any questions and offer free and confidential support and advice.“They can be contacted 24 hours a day on 0800 1111 or at,” she added. CHILDLINECOUNCILLOR PATRICIA LOGUELOGUE CONCERNED ABOUT RISE OF ONLINE GROOMING FIGURESnspccSinn Feinlast_img read more


first_imgShareTweet The competition, sponsored by city based photo printing business PhotoChute, invited budding photographers to submit their most creative images of local park areas.Two prize winners will be announced on the night with the Adult and Junior Photographer of the Year each receiving £250 in photography equipment courtesy of PhotoChute.The best entrants will also have their work displayed in the café, featuring captivating scenes from parks across the City and District.Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Councillor John Boyle said judges were particularly impressed with the volume and standard of entries for the ‘Park Life’ initiative. “We have been overwhelmed by the extremely high standard of submissions to this competition from adults and children living in our District,” he said.“The entries have been scored by a judging panel and we are looking forward to exhibiting the shortlisted photos and announcing the winners in Brooke Park.“We are so fortunate to have such quality parks and green spaces in our communities and hope that this competition will inspire more people to use these areas and capture these moments on camera.”Parks Development Manager with Derry City and Strabane District Council, Colin Kennedy added:“The entries to the ‘Park Life’ competition really showcase the natural beauty and facilities that exist across our Council area and show some particularly imaginative and alternative views of our parks and green spaces.“Parks are social places, they’re a meeting point for friends, a haven for wildlife and a place we go to reflect or exercise.“We hope this competition has encouraged local people to tell their own story of Park Life through the lens and will inspire others to do the same.”For further information on Wednesday’s event contact Anne Carlin‘Park Life’ photography competition winners to be announced tonight at Brooke Park was last modified: January 23rd, 2019 by John2John2 Tags: The winners will be announced in Gwyn’s Pavillion Café, Brooke Park this evening at 6pm where some of the best submissions will be displayedTHE wait is almost over for over 100 entrants in Derry City and Strabane District Council’s Park Life Competition.The winners will be announced at an event in Gwyn’s Pavillion Café in Brooke Park this evening, Wednesday, January 23, at 6 pm. Brooke ParkDerry and Strabane CouncilMayor John Boyle‘Park Life’ photography competition winners to be announced tonight at Brooke Parklast_img read more


first_imgShareTweet “There was such high quality performances from Sarah-Jane Murray from Knockavoe School, Strabane who moved the audience to tears with her version of ‘O Holy Night’, a thought provoking performance from Stage Beyond with their especially written performance ‘This is Me’ and Sole Purpose’s Sole Roots Theatre Lab highlighting mental health and disability with extracts from a recently written play ‘She wants to be a what?’ performed by Bernie Kerr and Caitriona Cunningham. Highlights of partnership working were discussed by Public Health Agency, Department for Communities and Equality Commission NI.“Huge strides have been taken since our last conference and this year’s celebration has been an even greater success because of the progress to date in partnership with Public Health Agency and newly developed partnerships with Equality Commission NI and Department for Communities such as cultural venues working towards becoming autism friendly and the continued improvement of accessibility in DCSDC’s festivals and events such as Halloween.“Indeed, there has also been synergy identified between age friendly, autism friendly and dementia friendly initiatives led by the Access and Inclusion project. “Within the last year, through a co-produced approach many cultural venues have achieved grant aid to implement capital improvements in their premises which in turn ensures they are opening opportunity to our pan disability community to attend arts and cultural activity. “These initiatives will reduce barriers, isolation and increase health and wellbeing. “Venues continue creating innovative and motivational programming to support people with disabilities and the showcases on the day were a testament to that.‘’The Equality Commission is also pleased that its ‘Every Customer Counts’ model of assessing and improving accessibility has been used in developing the DCSDC model of Access and Inclusion. “We hope that this model will be taken up by other district councils and used to improve accessibility in arts and culture venues across Northern Ireland.’’Siobhan Sweeney from the Public Health Agency concluded: “PHA is delighted to support the third annual European Day for Persons with Disabilities and the ongoing work, led through the Access and Inclusion Officer at Derry City and Strabane District Council, which is now recognised as a model of best practice in promoting accessibility within arts and cultural activities. “This was a great opportunity to celebrate the achievements of the participants and present the future plans for the project which will continue to improve the health and social well-being of the pan-disability community, through access to the arts”.Following successful collaboration with Derry City and Strabane District Council in 2017 to deliver its Access & Inclusion Pilot Programme, the Department for Communities is currently working with local authorities across NI to develop a similar Access & Inclusion Programme to expand on this success. The Programme is targeted at improving access to and participation in arts and cultural activities by people with disabilities in keeping with the Department’s vision of supporting people, improving communities and tackling disadvantage and inequality of opportunity. It was fitting that DfC met with Council officials to begin discussions on the Programme on European Day of People with Disabilities which took place in the Guildhall, Derry on 4 December 2018.To find out more about the European Day of Persons with Disabilities event or ‘Access and Inclusion’ programmes & projects throughout the City and District, please contact or on 02871 253253 extn 4349 or text 07713707912.Guildhall celebration of European Day of Persons with Disability ‘a huge success’ was last modified: December 7th, 2018 by John2John2 Tags: “It is highly important that we support and promote this day to not only raise awareness of the issues affecting people with disabilities, but also highlight the ongoing work that continues to be developed promoting the effectiveness of working together” he said.“Our council has been taking the lead in many initiatives to improve quality of life experience for our pan disability community. We will continuously endeavour to leave no-one behind and ensure all our residents and visitors can make informed choices regardless of ability” he said.“I am pleased to say that there was a full house in attendance with various speakers and performers in the fabulous line up to support the celebration. Many joined us to inspire and encourage those attending to continue speaking about leading and supporting the needs and policies that affect people with disabilities.”Louise Boyce, Derry City and Strabane District’s Council Access and Inclusion Officer added: “This was our 3rd annual celebration and it really exceeded all expectations. DERRY City and Strabane District Council held its third annual conference to celebrate people with disabilities at the Guildhall this week which showcased great local talent and had a host of keynote speakers and information sessions.The European Day of Persons with Disabilities is celebrated every year and this was Council’s third year hosting a conference which is part of the European Union’s wider efforts to promote the mainstreaming of disability issues in line with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.Deputy Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Cllr Derek Hussey said it was such an honour opening the event in the Guildhall. #Derry and Strabane CouncilGuildhall celebration of European Day of Persons with Disability ‘a huge success’LOUISE BOYCEPublic Health AgencySiobhan Sweeneylast_img read more

Local NewsNewsWatchTop Stories

first_img Local NewsNewsWatchTop Stories Oak Hill Police Dept. Looking to Hire Probationary Officer By Tyler BarkerMar 19, 2018, 18:29 pm 773 0 Mail Pinterest Linkedin Home NewsWatch Local News Oak Hill Police Dept. Looking to Hire Probationary Officer OAK HILL— The Oak Hill Police Department is currently accepting applications.Applications for the position of Probationary Police Officer can be picked up at the Oak Hill City Clerk’s Office or the police department. You can also download applications online at applicants must be at least 18 years old, have a valid drivers license, be a US citizen, be legally able to carry a firearm, have a high school diploma or GED and have no prior criminal or drug history.The City of Oak Hill Police Department starting salary is $40,019. The position also includes medical benefits including eye and dental and retirement. Other perks include rank advancement pay, paid vacation and holidays, bike patrol, detective positions, take home cruisers, state of the art facility and equipment and full time forensic/crime scene analyst on staff.Special consideration will be given to certified officers. Their applications should be turned in as soon as possible. Tyler Barker Tyler Barker is currently the Interim News Director and Digital Content Manager for WOAY-TV. I was promoted to this job in Mid-November. I still will fill in on weather from time to time. Follow me on Facebook and Twitter @wxtylerb. Have any news tips or weather questions? Email me at Twittercenter_img Google+ Next PostJudge Issues New Agreed Order with Frontier, Workers’ Union Previous PostDairy Queen Giving Away Free Vanilla Cone Tuesday To Celebrate Spring Facebook Tumblr Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Websitelast_img read more

Digital Presence This commonly includes your IP a

first_img Digital Presence: This commonly includes your IP address (which can often pinpoint you to a precise physical address), email account, online file storage, and the components of personal/business websites. Last, I will leave you with a primer on internationalization with Doug Casey. Income: The structuring of your cash flows to reduce dependence on any one source in any one jurisdiction. Establishing additional sources of revenue, international investment opportunities and trends, and setting up an offshore company. Yourself: Obtaining a second passport from another country and establishing legal residency in foreign countries. As many of you may know, International Man has its roots in the book of the same name. It was first published in 1978 by best-selling author, speculator, and renowned world-traveler Doug Casey.center_img The original intent of that book was to give readers a general sense of the exciting and opportunity-rich world that lay outside of their national borders, with a review of over 100 countries, valuable “opportunity intelligence,” and the resources that anyone could follow to realize these opportunities. Even though the book is now clearly out of date, the need for information on internalization is more relevant than ever, as governments the world over become more desperate. The purpose of this website is to preserve the mission of that book and be the premier location for up-to-date, highly actionable, and practical information on the topic. So why is internationalization prudent? Doug Casey has said over and over that spreading your political risk beyond one single jurisdiction is the single most important thing he can recommend today. Political risk is minimized when you don’t depend absolutely on any one particular country. Having all your eggs in one basket only makes it easier for someone to grab them all. Being internationalized makes it much harder for any particular government to control you. We will no doubt see the major underlying trend of increasing political risk (especially for Westerners) get worse as governments sink deeper into fiscal and moral bankruptcy. It is only prudent and logical to assume that you will, somehow and someway, continue to be squeezed harder in the pocketbook and subjected to escalating arbitrary and burdensome regulations and restrictions. In short, expect more government and less freedom all around. The window to protect yourself from these risks by diversifying internationally gets verifiably smaller with each passing week. There are many ways to internationalize that do not require you to leave your home country. It is not necessary (at least, at the moment) that you immediately leave and become an expat. However, it is necessary that you develop the options to internationalize before the government closes the window of opportunity to do so. If history is any guide, it won’t be open forever. In that sense, it is much better to have developed and implemented many parts of your internationalization game plan a year early rather than a minute late. There are four broad areas of internationalization: Savings: This covers how to setup offshore bank, brokerage, and financial accounts, foreign real estate and “bolt-holes” in case of trouble, moving and owning gold overseas, and structures like foreign trusts that help to legally reduce taxes. Placing your savings outside the immediate reach of your local government ensures that they cannot be trapped in the case of capital controls or outright seized at the drop of a hat, such as what happened when the government became sufficiently desperate in Cyprus. To navigate all the possibilities and options available, it is imperative to have the most accurate and current information possible. Casey Research has recently updated and expanded its popular Going Global report to give its readers exactly that. Going Global 2013 explores in detail the choices investors have for moving investments offshore, including insurance and trusts; it discusses many stock markets and currencies; and it covers internationalizing yourself, starting with getting a second passport and including choosing a new country (or countries) in which to create homes. If you want to start internationalizing, you’ll find no better resource on the subject. Click here to learn more and get started today.last_img read more

The mainstream media are falling over themselves t

first_imgThe mainstream media are falling over themselves talking about Russia’s just-signed “Holy Grail” gas deal with China, which is expected to be worth more than $400 billion. But here’s what I think the real news is… and nobody’s talking about it—until now, that is. China’s President Xi Jinping has publicly stated that it’s time for a new model of security, not just for China, but for all of Asia. This new model of security, otherwise known as “the new UN,” will include Russia and Iran, but not the United States or the EU-28. This monumental gas deal with China does so much more for Russia than the Western media are reporting. First off, it opens up Russian oil and gas supplies to all of Asia. It’s no coincidence that Russian President Putin announced the gas deal with China at a time when the tensions with the West over Ukraine were growing. Putin has US President Obama exactly where he wants him, and it’s only going to get worse for Europe and America. But before I explain why that is, let’s put this deal in terms we can understand. The specific details have not been announced, but my sources tell me that the contract will bring in over US$10 billion a year of revenue to start with. The 30-year deal states that every year, the Russians will deliver 1.3 trillion cubic feet (TCF) of gas to China. The total capital expenditure to build the pipeline and all other infrastructure for the project will be more than $22 billion—this will be one of the largest projects in the world. You can bet the Russians won’t take payment in US dollars for their gas. This is the beginning of the end for the petrodollar. The Chinese and Russians are working together against the Americans, and there are many countries that would be happy to join them in dethroning the US dollar as the world’s reserve currency. This historic gas deal between Russia and China is very bad news for the petrodollar. Through this one deal, the Russians will provide about 25% of China’s current natural gas demand. In a word, this is huge. It’s also not a coincidence that Putin sealed the deal with China before the Australian, US, and Canadian liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals are completed. If you read our recent Casey Energy Report issue on LNG, you know to be wary of the hype about LNG’s “bright future.” Take note: this deal is a serious negative for the global LNG projects. I also stated in our April 2012 newsletter: Putin has positioned Russia to play an increasingly dominant role in the global gas scene with two general strategies: first, by building new pipelines to avoid transiting troublesome countries and to develop Russia’s ability to sell gas to Asia, and second, by jumping into the liquefied natural gas (LNG) scene with new facilities in the Far East. Pretty bang on for a comment that was made over two years ago in print, don’t you think? So, what’s next? Lots. Putin will continue to outsmart Obama. (Note to all Americans: the Russians make fun of you—not just for your poor choice of presidents, but also for your failed foreign policy that has led to most of the world hating America. But I digress.) You will see Russia announce a major nuclear deal with Iran, where the Russians will build, finance, and supply the uranium for many nuclear reactors. The Russians will do the same for China, and then Syria. With China signing the natural gas deal with Russia and the president of China publicly stating that it’s time to create a new security model for the Asian nations that includes Russia and Iran, it’s clear China has chosen Russia over the US. We are now in the early stages of the Colder War. The European Union will be the first victim. The EU is completely dependent on Russia for its oil and natural gas imports—over one-third of the EU-28’s supply of oil and natural gas comes from Russia. I’ve been writing for years about this, and I’m watching it come true right now: the only way out for the EU countries is to use modern North American technology to revitalize their old proven oil and gas deposits. I call it the European Energy Renaissance, and there’s a fortune to be made from it. Our Casey Energy Report portfolio has already been doing quite well from investing in the European Energy Renaissance, but this is only the beginning. If Europe is to survive the Colder War, it has no choice but to develop its own natural resources. There are naysayers who claim that Europe cannot and will not do that, for many reasons. I say rubbish. Of course, to make money from this European dilemma, it’s imperative to only invest in the best management teams, operating in those countries with the political will to do what it takes to survive… but if you do, you could make a fortune. Doug Casey and I plan on doing so, and so should you. For example, two weeks ago in this missive, I discussed “The Most Anticipated Oil Well of 2014,” where if you invested, in just two weeks you could be up over 40%. Not only did I write in great detail about the company, I even interviewed the CEO because of the serious potential this high-risk junior holds. I said in that Dispatch that the quality of the recorded interview wasn’t first class, but the quality of information was. The company just put together a very high-quality, professional video showing its potential, and I include it here for all to watch. Since my write-up, the company has announced incredible news. It’s only months away now from knowing whether or not it has made a world-class discovery. Subscribers to the Casey Energy Report are already sitting on some good, short-term profits with this story, but it keeps getting better. The more the tension is building in Ukraine (and it’s going to get worse), the more money we’re going to make from the Colder War. There’s nothing you can do about the current geopolitical situation, but you can position yourself and your family to benefit financially from the European Energy Renaissance. Now You Can Take the Lead… We Make It Simple We expect great things from this company and other companies that are exposed to the European Energy Renaissance. You can read our ongoing guidance on this and our other top energy stocks every month in the Casey Energy Report. In the current issue, for example, you’ll find an in-depth report on the coal sector, uranium, and updates on all of our portfolio companies that are poised to benefit most from the European Energy Renaissance. There’s no risk in trying it: If you don’t like the Casey Energy Report or don’t make any money within your first three months, just cancel within that time for a full, prompt refund. Even if you miss the cutoff, you can cancel anytime for a prorated refund on the unused part of your subscription. You don’t have to travel 300+ days a year to discover the best energy investments in the world—we do it for you. Click here to get started. Additional Links and Reads Cambridge House Conference Appearance I am speaking at 3 p.m. PDT on Sunday, June 1 in Vancouver at the Cambridge House conference. Since I’m the hometown boy and have the hometown advantage, the Cambridge House crew put me in the Diversified Hall, and to make sure the rooms were evenly filled with attendees, my competition during that time slot is a panel with four of my friends in the Mining Hall (Brent Cook, Eric Coffin, John Kaiser, and Lawrence Roulston). As Elvis said about the Beatles, “They’re good, but there is four of them and only one of me.” Thank ya, thank ya very much… Sprott Vancouver Natural Resource Symposium 2014 My friend, mentor, and partner Rick Rule is hosting this Symposium July 22-25. Rick has selected most of the companies, and I helped with some of my favorite ones also. I’ll be there, as will Doug Casey, Louis James, and Olivier Garret. It’s a great time of the year in Vancouver, and it’s definitely a show worth seeing. I’ll share more details in upcoming Daily Dispatches, but you may want to reserve your ticket now, as the Symposium is expected to sell out. When you do register, make sure you mention that you got referred by Casey Research. P.S. Don’t tell them I told you this, but the conference always has great wines at the end of each day, when you get to mingle with the speakers—so you’re guaranteed to see Rick, Doug, and me with a glass or two of fine vino in the late afternoon.last_img read more

The following is a media release from the Universi

first_imgThe following is a media release from the University of Alabama Division of Strategic Communication:TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Students at The University of Alabama have set up collection bins in various locations around campus to gather donations for Temporary Emergency Services (TES), a local nonprofit dedicated to helping individuals and families in crisis situations. Bins have been placed in the Ferguson Student Center and at the houses of Alabama Panhellenic Association organizations. The bins will remain at those sites through Nov. 10. Anyone unable to bring their donations to those locations can call TES for a free pick-up at 205-758-5535. Karen Thompson, executive director of TES, said the most needed items are clothes, food and furniture. The donations go directly to those dealing with crises. With the unpredictable nature of severe weather events and crisis situations, demand for these items could skyrocket at any time, as they did after the tornadoes that ravaged Tuscaloosa in 2011. The collection effort is part of an ongoing campaign titled “TES: Helping You Help Others,” which was created by students in Dr. Eyun-Jung Ki’s 433 Public Relations Campaigns class in UA’s Department of Advertising and Public Relations. Churches in the Tuscaloosa community funded TES in 1945 to serve clients unable to receive assistance from local social services agencies, and the organization has maintained that purpose for the past 72 years. TES has established a network of donors and is a partner of the United Way, ensuring donations swiftly go to those who need them. “We are always in need of those types of items, and every little bit helps,” said Thompson. “We try to be flexible and adaptable, but you never know exactly what you’re going to need.” TES, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, operates its programs efficiently and effectively, thereby maximizing its limited resources and the productivity of its employees. TES utilizes programs and services that have been successful for other public, private and nonprofit organizations to help those going through crisis situations. To learn more, visit read more

Former Crimson Tide football player Marlon Humphre

first_imgFormer Crimson Tide football player Marlon Humphrey is facing a third degree robbery charge today in Tuscaloosa from an incident that took place on January 13th.According to a police report, Humphrey was arrested after an Uber driver accused Humphrey of stealing a cell phone charger and elbowing him after dropping him off at the Hotel Capstone.The Baltimore Ravens, who Humphrey plays for now, is aware of the situation and monitoring what is taking place in Tuscaloosa. They say Humphrey has told them this was a misunderstanding.Humphrey was taken to the Tuscaloosa County Jail and was being held on $2,500 bond.last_img read more

NEW YORK — Alex Rodriguez passed Willie Mays for f

first_imgNEW YORK — Alex Rodriguez passed Willie Mays for fourth place on the career homer list, connecting for No. 661 on May 6 after he was robbed of the milestone drive by a leaping catch earlier.The New York Yankees star hit a liner off Baltimore’s Chris Tillman into a secure area just to the left of Monument Park in center field in the third inning. A-Rod sent a soaring shot in the first that Delmon Young caught by reaching over the top of the wall in right field.“Nobody will ever pass Willie Mays,” Rodriguez said after the Yankees beat the Orioles 4-3. “I talked about him being my father’s favorite player. There’s only one Willie Mays. Not only what he did on the field but what he meant off the field. He’s a legend and he’s also a role model for all of us.”Next up for Rodriguez: Babe Ruth at 714 home runs.The Yankees, who said they will not pay a $6 million bonus after Rodriguez matched the Say Hey Kid on May 1 in Boston, put a message on the main videoboard saying, “661 Home Runs. Alex Rodriguez just surpassed Willie Mays for sole possession of 4th place on baseball’s all-time home runs list.”The slugger pumped his fist as he rounded first base, and fans gave Rodriguez, who didn’t play last year while serving a drug suspension, a standing ovation as he was greeted warmly in the dugout by his teammates.“It’s a lot of fun to be part of,” said Brett Gardner, who pulled off Rodriguez’s helmet. “I know there’s a lot of questions surrounding everything. Still, 661 home runs is a lot.”Mark Teixeira stayed out of the batter’s box as the cheers swelled. Rodriguez was encouraged by the Yankees to take a curtain call, and he said he looked to Manager Joe Girardi for reassurance that it was OK.Then, ever so briefly, the three-time AL MVP jumped to the top step and thrust both hands above his head.“When you’re productive you re-earn their respect and they pull for you,” Girardi said of the fans.Rodriguez, who turns 40 in July, moved into a tie for fourth in the AL this season with seven home runs.The Yankees and A-Rod have a marketing agreement that calls for $6 million each for up to five achievements, payable within 15 days of designation by the team.But New York has said the marketing possibilities were ruined after Rodriguez served his performance-enhancing drug penalty for his involvement in the Biogenesis scandal.The accomplishments were contemplated to be homers 660, 714, 755 (Hank Aaron), 762 (Barry Bonds) and 763 as he moved up baseball’s list.No payment likely would trigger a grievance on Rodriguez’s behalf by the players’ union. Without a settlement, the case would be heard by an arbitrator.“That’s not where my mind is right now,” Rodriguez said. “I’m really just trying to enjoy this moment.”(HOWIE RUMBERG, AP Baseball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

As expected Panathinaikos and Olympiacos got the

first_imgAs expected, Panathinaikos and Olympiacos got the tickets to the Greek cup semifinals without any real troubles.Panathinakos hosted without fans due to punishment from last season PAOK and got the 88-69 win thanks to Giannis Bourousis (23 p.), Nikos Pappas (18 p.) and KC Rivers (16 p.). The game was decided in the last quarter, which had a partial score of 24-12 for the hosts.Olympiacos, who was missing Patrick Young due to flue, demonstrated its might over Kolossos Rhodes. The final score of 99-48 says it all with Erick Green scoring 16 points and Giorgos Printezis added 12, while Vasilis Spanoulis had 8 points and 8 rebounds.In the third Greek Cup quarterfinal game of the day Aris beat Kimi 98-62 and also qualified. The semifinals will be decided by a draw after the last quarterfinal game which will be played tomorrow (AEK vs Koroivos).Source: EurohoopsTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

DETROIT AP — The Milwaukee Bucks have been unbea

first_imgDETROIT (AP) — The Milwaukee Bucks have been unbeatable after a loss.Giannis Antetokounmpo had 21 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds to help the Bucks beat the Detroit Pistons 115-105 on Tuesday night, keeping the distinction of being the league’s only team without two straight setbacks.“I love that about this team,” said Antetokounmpo, who added three steals and two blocks. “Every game we don’t play well, the next game we try from the first minute to set the tone.”Milwaukee coach Mike Budenholzer said the feat speaks to the character and the competitiveness of the team.“Really good teams historically, they usually bounce back after a loss,” Budenholzer said. “And, so far this team has been able to do that.”The NBA-leading Bucks improved to 13-0 after losing a game.“We learn from our mistakes,” said Bucks reserve Pat Connaughton, who matched a season high with 16 points. “The unfortunate thing in sports is you tend to learn a lot more from losing than you do winning.”Milwaukee’s Brook Lopez scored 12 of his 14 points in the first quarter when Antetokounmpo was limited to three points because he was on the bench for about half the quarter with two fouls.Eric Bledsoe had 20 points and seven assists, Khris Middleton scored 15 points and Tony Snell added 11 points for the Bucks, who have won seven of eight games.Detroit’s Reggie Jackson matched a season high with 25 points and Andre Drummond had 20 points and 13 rebounds. Blake Griffin had 18 points, nine assists and seven rebounds for the Pistons, who have lost four of five and dropped to 21-28 overall.Griffin said he has not given up hope the team can make the playoffs.“It’s still within our grasp,” said Griffin, who insisted he has not asked the Pistons to trade him.The Lopez-led Bucks had an eight-point advantage after the first quarter and built a 13-point lead at halftime. That cushion was big enough against the Pistons, who did not appear to be motivated to potentially rally for the win late in the game.Detroit’s Stanley Johnson turned the ball over on a pass toward Reggie Jackson with 2:28 left, and Jackson stood and watched after Bledsoe took the ball near midcourt and went in for a layup.“We’re never trying to give up,” Lopez said.TIP-INSBucks: Milwaukee swept the season series against Detroit for the first time in franchise history.Pistons: Owner Tom Gores said he’s still hoping Detroit makes the playoffs, adding the franchise will explore all possibilities before the NBA trade deadline next week.“I have not lost faith in this team,” Gores said. “There is something there. We just need some time. Dwane (Casey) just got here.”X-FACTORBucks reserve D.J. Wilson, a former Michigan star, scored all nine of his points on 4-of-6 shooting in the second quarter. Wilson’s scoring helped Milwaukee build a 62-49 lead at halftime after the Pistons pulled into a 35-all tie.“That was a critical stretch,” Budenholzer said. “We needed somebody to put the ball in the basket, and he did it.”Casey, meanwhile, lamented how poorly his team played late in the first half.“They turned up the physicality and we didn’t meet it in that stretch,” he said.BIG PLAYMAKERThe 6-foot-11 Antetokounmpo scored twice and had two assists on 3-pointers instead taking shots of his own in the lane over the final 1:38 of the third after Detroit cut its deficit to four.“He’s a great decision-maker,” Budenholzer said. “Those are big momentum swings, going into a quarter.”INJURY REPORTBucks: Shooting guard Malcolm Brogdon (bruised sternum) and guard Donte DiVincenzo (heel) missed the game.Pistons: Guards Reggie Bullock (left ankle) and Ish Smith (groin) were out with injuries.UP NEXTBucks: Play at Toronto on Thursday night in a matchup of the top two teams in the Eastern Conference.Pistons: Host the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday night.___By LARRY LAGE , AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

FEMA is planning to sell off thousands of leftover

first_imgFEMA is planning to sell off thousands of leftover trailer homes in Texas.The Federal Emergency Management Agency sent the trailers for temporarily homeless families after Hurricane Harvey struck in August 2017. But not all of them were used. Now FEMA is auctioning the leftovers online to the public with a minimum bid of $100 for trailers that range from 1 bedroom units, valued at $57,354, to 3-bedroom units with a value of $70,965.This practice is controversial (more on that later).And it brings up the question: What happens to surplus humanitarian aid?Bassam Michel Ibrahim, head of global logistics for the Norwegian Refugee Council, an international aid group, says that a surplus of humanitarian supplies should be a rare occurrence. In his experience, relief organizations are consistently up against a lack of funding and a lack of supplies.According to Ibrahim, aid missions usually go through an intense planning process to ensure that all supplies are delivered and used as intended. This detailed process allows aid groups to report to their donors exactly how their money is being used, and it means there are almost never leftovers.If there is a surplus, Ibrahim says it’s usually because problems arise that are outside of their control – like conflict breaking out or a landslide cutting off the only road to a village – that prevent them from delivering the aid. Nonetheless, surpluses do occur.Guillaume Brumagne, a logistics supervisor at Doctors Without Borders, says that the medical aid group deals with leftover supplies on a regular basis because their teams bring a lot of items – including drugs, medical equipment and shelters – when they arrive in a country to address a health crisis. Once the crisis is over and it’s time to scale down, they must figure out what to do with what’s left.”The general rule within [Doctors Without Borders] is always to try to see how can these items benefit another partner within the country,” says Brumagne.Brumagne says that whether the item is a used tent or unused medical equipment, they try to donate it to a similar actor in the area – possibly the ministry of health, a local health clinic or another medical charity. If they can’t find someone in the medical field who can use the item, they donate it in a way that still helps the local population. For example, Doctors Without Borders has donated tents to create more classroom space for schools.The one thing they try to avoid is giving supplies to someone who will then sell them.”The foundation of what we do is bringing aid to people that is completely free, accessible and without any kind of discrimination,” Brumagne says. “Even if in the end we don’t use the aid ourselves, we want to find a way for it to benefit the people it’s supposed to benefit, without them having to pay for it.”Both Ibrahim and Brumagne say they’ve never seen a reason to sell aid instead of donate it.”Why would we?” says Ibrahim. “There are always more needs than we are able to meet.”Other aid agencies, including those that are part of the U.S. government, also try to donate surplus property from disaster relief efforts. But in some instances, as in Texas, arms of the U.S. government do sell things off. In fact, there are official channels for them to do so, whether the excess supplies are trailer homes, tents, office supplies or other items. According to the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), federal agencies may sell unneeded property to the public through GSA’s auction system if no other government agencies or qualified voluntary organizations are interested in it.The official policy FEMA sent NPR says that when the agency’s trailer homes are deemed “unsuitable for disaster survivors elsewhere,” FEMA can either put them up for auction or sell them to the current occupants.In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, FEMA was criticized for selling trailer homes at “cut-rate prices after 18 months of use or the first sign of minor damage.” Since then, the agency has said they sell mobile homes at an “adjusted fair market value,” not cut-rate prices or for pennies on the dollar. The official policy that FEMA provided to NPR does not address at what age or in what condition the units are put up for sale.Although the U.S. government willingly sells certain disaster-relief supplies, regulations prohibit the sale of government-issued military and humanitarian meal rations. So if you see them offered by an online retailer, for prices like $100 for a case of 10 meals on eBay, they’re likely being sold by the recipients themselves by the company that makes them.Janet Nelson, who co-owns – an Oregon-based company that sells emergency supplies – says her company only carries overstock humanitarian daily rations from manufacturers. When the government doesn’t purchase the entire order placed with a manufacturer, the manufacturer repackages the kits for civilian use and sells them to dealers like Nelson’s company. She says the last time they sold humanitarian daily rations was right after Hurricane Katrina.And then there are the reports that FEMA tents were used at the failed Fyre Festival – a luxury music festival held on a Bahamian island in April 2017 that quickly spiraled into an epic fail, from lodging to meals to security.The mainstream media and social media widely reported that leftover FEMA disaster-relief tents were the accommodation for festival-goers, who spent thousands of dollars to attend. That claim is repeated in two new documentaries about the festival.But that’s not the case. Clay Kimsey, a sales representative for the manufacturer (Shelter Systems) says the tents were purchased brand-new through a third-party vendor that was “not any type of humanitarian group.””Yes, those were our structures,” he says, and they have on occasion sold their tents to relief organizations and government agencies. In the case of the Fyre Festival, they were sold for recreational use at an event that turned out to be a disaster.Joanne Lu is a freelance journalist who covers global poverty and inequity. Her work has appeared in Humanosphere, The Guardian, Global Washington and War is Boring. Follow her on Twitter: @joannelu Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit read more

Three times a week 66yearold Tod Gervich inject

first_imgThree times a week, 66-year-old Tod Gervich injects himself with Copaxone, a prescription drug that can reduce the frequency of relapses in people who have some forms of multiple sclerosis. After living with the disease for more than 20 years, the self-employed certified financial planner in Mashpee, Mass., is accustomed to managing his condition. What he can’t get used to is how Medicare’s coinsurance charges put a strain on his wallet.Unlike commercial plans that cap members’ out-of-pocket drug spending annually, Medicare has no limit for prescription medications in Part D, its drug benefit. With the cost of specialty drugs increasing, some Medicare beneficiaries could owe thousands of dollars in out-of-pocket drug costs every year for a single drug.Recent proposals by the Trump administration and Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., would address the long-standing problem by imposing a spending cap. But it’s unclear whether any of these proposals will gain a foothold.The 2006 introduction of the Medicare prescription drug benefit was a boon for seniors, but the coverage had weak spots. One was the so-called doughnut hole — the gap beneficiaries fell into after they accumulated a few thousand dollars in drug expenses and were then on the hook for the full cost of their medications. Another was the lack of an annual cap on drug spending.Legislative changes have gradually closed the doughnut hole so that this year beneficiaries no longer face a coverage gap. In a standard Medicare drug plan, beneficiaries pay 25 percent of the price of their brand-name drugs until they reach $5,100 in out-of-pocket costs. Once patients reach that threshold, the catastrophic portion of their coverage kicks in, and their obligation drops to 5 percent. But it never disappears.It’s that ongoing 5 percent that hits hard for people, like Gervich, who take expensive medications.His 40-milligram dose of Copaxone costs about $75,000 annually, according to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. In January, Gervich paid $1,800 for the drug, and he paid another $900 in February. Discounts that drug manufacturers are required to provide to Part D enrollees also counted toward his out-of-pocket costs. (More on that later.) By March, he had hit the $5,100 threshold that pushed him into catastrophic coverage. For the rest of the year, he’ll owe $295 a month for this drug, until the cycle starts over again in January.That $295 is a far cry from the approximately $6,250 monthly Copaxone price without insurance. But, combined with the $2,700 he had already paid before his catastrophic coverage kicked in, the additional $2,950 he’ll owe this year is no small amount. And that assumes he needs no other medications.”I feel like I’m being punished financially for having a chronic disease,” he says. He has considered discontinuing Copaxone to save money.His drug bill is one reason Gervich has decided not to retire yet, he says, adding that an annual cap on his out-of-pocket costs “would definitely help.”Drugs like Copaxone that can modify the effects of the disease have been on a steep upward price trajectory in recent years, says Bari Talente, executive vice president for advocacy at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Drugs that five years ago cost $60,000 annually now cost $90,000, she says. With those totals, Medicare beneficiaries “are going to hit catastrophic coverage no matter what.”Specialty-tier drugs for multiple sclerosis, cancer and other conditions — defined by Medicare as those that cost more than $670 a month — account for more than 20 percent of total spending in Part D plans, up from about 6 percent before 2010, according to a report by the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, a nonpartisan agency that advises Congress about the program.Just over 1 million Medicare beneficiaries in Part D plans who did not receive low-income subsidies had drug costs that pushed them into catastrophic coverage in 2015 — more than twice the 2007 total — according to an analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation.”When the drug benefit was created, 5 percent probably didn’t seem like that big a deal,” says Juliette Cubanski, associate director of the Program on Medicare Policy at the Kaiser Family Foundation. “Now we have such expensive medications, and many of them are covered under Part D — where, before, many expensive drugs were cancer drugs” that were administered in doctors’ offices and covered by other parts of Medicare.The lack of a spending limit for the Medicare drug benefit sets it apart from other coverage. Under the Affordable Care Act, the maximum amount someone generally owes out-of-pocket for covered drugs and other medical care for this year is $7,900. Plans typically pay 100 percent of customers’ costs after that.The Medicare program doesn’t have an out-of-pocket spending limit for Part A or Part B, which cover hospital and outpatient services, respectively. But beneficiaries can buy supplemental Medigap plans, some of which pay coinsurance amounts and set out-of-pocket spending limits. Medigap plans, however, don’t cover Part D prescription plans.Counterbalancing the administration’s proposal to impose a spending cap on prescription drugs is another proposal that could increase many beneficiaries’ out-of-pocket drug costs.Currently, brand-name drugs that enrollees receive are discounted by 70 percent by manufacturers when Medicare beneficiaries have accumulated at least $3,820 in drug costs and until they reach $5,100 in out-of-pocket costs. Those discounts are applied toward beneficiaries’ total out-of-pocket costs, moving them more quickly toward catastrophic coverage.Under the administration’s proposal, manufacturer discounts would no longer be treated this way. The administration says this would help steer patients toward less expensive generic medications.Still, beneficiaries would have to pay more out-of-pocket to reach the catastrophic spending threshold. Thus, fewer people would likely reach the catastrophic coverage level at which they could benefit from a spending cap.”Our concern is that some people will be paying more out-of-pocket to get to the $5,100 threshold and the drug cap,” says Keysha Brooks-Coley, vice president of federal affairs at the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network.”It’s kind of a mixed bag,” says Cubanski of the proposed calculation change. “There will be savings for some individuals” who reach the catastrophic phase of coverage. “But for many, there will be higher costs.”For some people, especially cancer patients taking chemotherapy pills, the lack of a drug-spending cap in Part D coverage can seem especially unjust.These cutting-edge, targeted oral chemotherapy and other drugs tend to be expensive, and Medicare beneficiaries often hit the catastrophic threshold quickly, says Brooks-Coley.Patty Armstrong-Bolle, a Medicare patient who lives in Haslett, Mich., takes Ibrance, a pill, once a day to help keep in check the breast cancer that has spread to other parts of her body. While the medicine has helped send her cancer into remission, she may never be free of a financial obligation for the pricey drug.Armstrong-Bolle paid $2,200 for the drug in January and February of last year. When she entered the catastrophic coverage portion of her Part D plan, the cost dropped to $584 per month. Armstrong-Bolle’s husband died last year, and she used the money from his life insurance policy to cover her drug bills.This year, a patient assistance program has covered the first few months of coinsurance. That money will run out next month, and she’ll owe her $584 portion again.If she were getting traditional drug infusions instead of taking an oral medication, her treatment would be covered under Part B of the program, and her coinsurance payments could be covered.”It just doesn’t seem fair,” she says.Kaiser Health News, a nonprofit news service, is an editorially independent program of the Kaiser Family Foundation. Neither KHN nor KFF is affiliated with Kaiser Permanente. Michelle Andrews is on Twitter: @mandrews110. Copyright 2019 Kaiser Health News. To see more, visit Kaiser Health News.last_img read more

More than 130 people in the US die of an opioid

first_imgMore than 130 people in the U.S. die of an opioid overdose every day. One of the most effective ways to save lives is to get those struggling with addiction treated with medication to stop their cravings. But a loophole in federal law might block at least one new opioid-addiction drug from coming to market for years.Many patients have to try several medications before finding one that works for them and that they can stick with.”It’s important to have multiple different treatment options for different patients, different circumstances,” says Carolyn Bogdon, a family nurse practitioner who oversees outpatient medication-assisted treatment programs at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, S.C.Some use methadone, which they get every day. Others use Vivitrol, which can be injected once a month. And many use buprenorphine, which comes in tablets and a dissolvable film that people take once or twice a day. Buprenorphine is an opiate, but it blocks the cravings associated with addiction without giving people the same high.A handful of patients at the university’s clinics have moved to a form of buprenorphine called Sublocade that’s injected just once a month. And if the company that makes Sublocade gets its way, the drug will be the only long-acting buprenorphine on the market for five more years.FDA and ‘orphan drugs’That’s because a quirk in federal law may prevent a competing drug called Brixadi from going on sale until 2024. “It’s ready for market now,” says Mike Derkacz, CEO of Braeburn, which makes Brixadi. “We are deemed safe and effective by FDA, but we are unable to make the product available to patients during this crisis.”Sublocade was approved for sale in 2017 and, like any new drug, was granted three years of exclusive access to U.S. markets. That time is up next year. But in December, the Food and Drug Administration told Braeburn it might have to wait four more years because Sublocade was designated an “orphan drug,” which gives it seven years of exclusive access. Sublocade, which is made by Indivior, isn’t an orphan drug in the traditional sense. Normally, these are medications that treat illnesses affecting fewer than 200,000 people a year. Opioid addiction is not a rare disease.In 2017, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, about 2.3 million people in the U.S. were addicted to prescription opioids or illicit opiates such as heroin, and 47,000 people died of an overdose.The Trump administration declared opioid addiction a public health emergency that same year — just a month before Sublocade hit the market — and made helping people get medication-assisted treatment a priority.That’s why the makers of Brixadi were shocked when the FDA gave their product only tentative approval in December. Derkacz says it doesn’t make sense, in the middle of what many call an epidemic, to treat buprenorphine drugs as if they treat a rare disease.”There have been studies that show a reduction in mortality by 40% with buprenorphine,” Braeburn’s CEO says. “That keeps people alive. That gives people a chance to get back to their lives and recover fully.”A back-door approachSo why is Sublocade considered an orphan drug? Like many things related to prescription drugs, the reasons are wonky and sort of irrational.Indivior created its first buprenorphine-based drug, called Subutex, in the 1990s. At the time, treating addiction with other drugs wasn’t mainstream. There were methadone clinics in some U.S. cities, but they were heavily regulated by law.The company asked the FDA to give it orphan drug status — but instead of saying there weren’t many potential patients, Indivior said it had little hope of earning back its investment in Subutex and needed extra time with no competition. Few drugs have ever received orphan status this way. But at the time, it made sense to the FDA.The orphan designation was granted, and Subutex hit the market in 2002.Since then, Indivior has made billions in revenue from sales of the drug and its successors, Suboxone and Sublocade, partly because the orphan designation is automatically attached to every new formulation of buprenorphine the company makes.Indivior’s executives declined to be interviewed for this story. But in response to written questions, the company says, “Indivior stands by FDA’s decision, which was supported by both the law and the facts at that time.”Derkacz says Braeburn has asked the Food and Drug Administration to revoke Sublocade’s orphan status. And an FDA spokeswoman says the agency is actively considering that request.The right drug ‘can save their life’Long-acting, injectable treatments for addiction have some advantages over tablets and dissolvable films. Patients don’t have to remember to take medication each day, and they can avoid the drugstore.”It provides a little bit more anonymity for patients that don’t want to disclose that they have an opiate use disorder,” says Michelle Lofwall, a psychiatrist and medical director at two University of Kentucky clinics that treat patients struggling with opioid addiction.”Some patients have felt stigmatized when going to the pharmacy, like they don’t feel like they’re necessarily treated all that well once they show their prescription,” she says.Lofwall participated in Brixadi’s clinical trial, so she’s one of the few health care providers who has used both medications. She says they’re slightly different and that she’d like to have the choice to offer her patients.”From a public health perspective, and just as a provider physician trying to treat patients, they need to have all the options,” Lofwall says. Being on the right drug “literally can save their life.””As a clinician, it’s always important for me to have more tools,” Andrea Barthwell, an addiction treatment specialist, wrote in public comments on Braeburn’s FDA petition. “Moreover, there are gaps in care from the current buprenorphine treatment options that Brixadi may fill.”Brixadi can be used weekly as well as monthly, allowing doctors to see their patients more frequently and monitor them more closely at the start of treatment, according to several comments.Another issue is cost.Sublocade costs about $1,580 per month, according to marketing materials from Indivior, and some insurance companies won’t pay for it. “In Kentucky,” Lofwall says, “we haven’t been able to get it for patients who are on several different Medicaid managed-care programs.”By contrast, a generic version of the buprenorphine film costs about $140 a month, according to the website Smith, who leads the medication-assisted treatment program at Mary’s Center in Washington, D.C., says he doesn’t know any doctors who use Sublocade now.”Long-acting buprenorphine is definitely advantageous over short-acting for many reasons, but cost and availability have been the challenge,” he says.But if a competitor drug came on the market, Smith says the price of Sublocade might fall, and he might then be willing to prescribe it to his patients. 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See the proposed redesign plans below

first_imgSee the proposed redesign plans below. The Old North Church Foundation will host a public hearing on Thursday, May 25th at 6:30 p.m. at the church (193 Salem St.) to discuss plans for its Washington Garden and Courtyard. The redesign looks to transform the space into an outdoor education and art space interpreting Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s famous poem, “Paul Revere’s Ride.”The purpose of the event is to hear the opinions of various stakeholders, community organizations and the general public to envision the full potential of the Washington Garden as a space where its half a million visitors can learn more about America’s history. Old North is proposing to open up the garden and courtyard and add at least two significant interpretive elements: a water feature that includes the poem, “Paul Revere’s Ride”, and a map of the ride laid out in horseshoes and plaques.North End resident Sean Sanger of Copley Wolff Design Group, landscape architect for the project, will lead the discussion. Weather permitting, the hearing will begin in the courtyard. Participants will be invited to comment on preliminary plans and add their own ideas for making the space more enjoyable for the whole community. This event is held with a goal of generating public opinion and ideas for the redesign project going forward. The design process is funded by the Browne Fund of the City of Boston, a public arts fund, and by the Beacon Hill Garden Club, longtime caretakers of the garden.*Advertisement*last_img read more

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first_imgYou made it through Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday and Giving Tuesday. Whew, congratulations! If you have any money left, this is our seasonal reminder to consider supporting community news at through our Patron program. If you are already signed up, thank you for your help in getting us through!We love telling the stories and sharing the views of our unique community, covering the North End, Waterfront and Downtown Boston! With a larger following has come increasing demands to cover all the goings on – big and small – in our fabled area of Boston. The long-term survival of depends on it being self-sustaining.For as little as $2 per month, your contribution goes a long way in keeping going. Patrons receive a special offers, including North End / Waterfront images and wallpapers.*Advertisement* One-time contributions are also most welcome online via Paypal or checks mailed to: North End Boston LLC, 343 Commercial St. #508 Boston, MA 02109.We are extremely appreciative of the support that receives from the community. will always be free, we promise! To be clear, the Patron program is completely voluntary for those readers that want to help cover our costs. We use Patreon to manage the credit card and/or paypal contributions.Click Here For Information on Becoming a PatronThank you for helping be the best neighborhood news site in Boston!Matt Conti, Editorlast_img read more

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first_img What’s New in TechnologyLatest News for EntrepreneursOur Best Videos be_ixf; php_sdk; php_sdk_1.4.18 Social Media Week (SMW) Lagos produced by AFRIKA21 and Dragon Africa returns to Lagos, Nigeria, for it’s 4th edition, February 22-26, 2016. SMW Lagos is part of the global conference Social Media Week hosted simultaneously in 12 other cities around the world. Lagos is the first African city to host the annual event, and currently the only African city hosting the week-long global conference. To date, over 20,000 people have participated in SMW Lagos.[Related: SXSW 2015 is Here: Attend Interactive, Film and Music Festivals and Conferences]The global theme for the February 2016 edition of Social Media Week is The Invisible Hand: Hidden Forces of Technology. Informed by the global theme, the local theme for SMW Lagos is, ‘The Networked African: Technology’s Impact on Africa (and How We Can Harness it for Good).’ During the week-long event the themes and issues surrounding how mobile technology; networked connectivity; data and other technologies are radically changing industries and communities across Africa.“In a continent ‘a billion strong’ we understand that our collective capacity will have a huge impact on society beyond our various countries borders. Technology fuels this shift, but it is the networked African in the driver seat. How we harness technology and leverage our individual connectivity will determine Africa’s future and recontextualize the continent’s influence globally.” – Ngozi Odita, Co-Founder/Executive Director, Social Media Week LagosSMW Lagos 2016 will be held at the SMW Lagos Campus located at Landmark Center, a state of the art event space on Victoria Island in Lagos, Nigeria. The SMW Lagos Campus will host keynotes, panels discussions, master classes and feature digital installations, co-working spaces, executive meeting rooms, exhibitions and a beachfront lounge for post-conference networking. The conference will explore a wide range of topics including social media and the Nigerian football industry, business, entertainment, education, technology and governance.  In addition, SMW Lagos 2016 debuts several new programming tracks, Future of Media Summit, Women In Tech and the Interactive Pavilion, which includes Stage15.  SMW Lagos is free and open to the public.NEW FOR 2016Future of Media SummitSMW Lagos kicks off with the ‘Future of Media’ Summit on Monday the 22nd of February 2016.  News Bureaus, broadcasters, journalists and bloggers join us to share best practices and discuss what’s next on the continent’s media landscape. The summit will feature talks led by Agence France-Presse, The Guardian Nigeria, Black Enterprise, Quartz Africa, The Guardian (UK), Pulse Nigeria, and the Nigerian Communications Commission.Women in Tech DayWhen one woman helps another, amazing things can happen. Professional careers leap forward and new ideas take root… that’s what SMW Lagos African Women in Tech Day is all about. Taking place on Wednesday, February 24, the day will feature panel sessions and master classes led by Intel, She Leads Africa, and Facebook.Interactive PavilionSMW Lagos’ Interactive Pavilion hosts a diverse range of forward-thinking exhibitors — from promising start-ups to established industry leaders. It’s where business gets done: on the pavilion floor, in and around our conference program, in impromptu connections, and in planned meetings and special events. The five-day show encourages targeted connections and new discoveries through experiential offerings from our partner exhibitors, as well as co-working spaces, curated lounges and original crowd sourced programming on Stage15.To learn more about SMW Lagos 2016 and register to attend, visit  For the latest news and updates follow SMW Lagos on Twitter via @SMWLagos or on Facebook via read more

By Julian Gray FFWPU IHQ True Parents time on ea

first_imgBy Julian Gray, FFWPU IHQTrue Parents’ time on earth is limited by the human life span. Moreover, within a comparatively small number of years, everyone who worked together with True Parents, heard them speak or greeted them even once at a public event, will have departed this earthly life and be in the spirit world. Within a few decades our movement will be totally made up of people who never met or saw True Parents in the flesh.Knowing this, True Mother—who perhaps more than anyone is aware of the speed at which time passes—decided that an educational exhibition center and archive devoted to the lives of True Parents and to the movement they initiated and inspired, should be created while they are still on earth and while all that they have accomplished is still well within living memory.In 2014, Mother announced that the CheonJi SunHak Won would be built in HJ Cheonwon (the Cheongpyeong complex), and established a planning committee. Last year, Mother mentioned the following to a large crowd gathered at the Cheongpyeong Azalea Festival:“At the center of the CheongPyeong development, which can fulfill the hopes and dreams of our Heavenly Parent and True Parents, I will construct the CheonJi SunHak Won, to be unique and at the highest standard, ready to show these hopes and dreams to the world. It will be a place where you and your descendants can experience the True Parents’ love, and a holy place where you can return eternal thanks to Heavenly Parent.” May 7, 2016 (Azalea Festival)Today (September 8, 2017), the transformation of that vision into reality began with the groundbreaking ceremony held at 9:00 am this morning. CheonJi SunHak Won will be located near the beginning of the road that goes up to Cheon Jeong Gung, the Palace, thus a few minutes’ walk from the Sunhak UP Graduate School.Upon True Mother’s arrival at the wide stretch of bare earth upon which an elevated dais had been prepared, Mr. and Mrs. Han Eui-Il offered True Parents bouquets of flowers. Mr. Han is the head of the CheonJi SunHak Won Committee.True Family members, representatives of the CheonJi SunHak Won Committee, plus prominent leaders from society sat with True Mother in front of a crowd of at least a thousand people, including Cheon Il Guk leaders and Cheongpyeong Great Works participants.According to Dr. Yoon Young-Ho, deputy-chief of True Mother’s secretariat, who was the MC for the occasion, CheonJi SunHak Won will have four basement levels and two stories above ground. The first and second floors will host some 6,600 square meters of exhibition space. Displayed there, in 13 thematic zones will be the story of True Parents’ lives, from their births to the foundation of Cheon Il Guk. The lower levels will have models of the houses in which True Parents were born and there will be artifact storage archives, event halls and meeting facilities, as well as galleries for temporary exhibitions.After the Korean FFWPU President Rev. Ryu Kyeon-seok’s opening prayer, Mr. Hong Sun-Pyo, who chairs the CheonJi SunHak Won construction team, gave a report on the project, in which he gave some information about what is required to begin the actual construction of such a facility:“As a greenbelt region, all design work for such buildings in the area must incorporate a minimum of 60 percent green space. Environmental impact assessments, evaluations by the metropolitan area authorities and other approvals have been processed, and just at the end of this past July, business operations and development approvals were secured from the Gapyeong County authorities.”Mr. Hong also mentioned some of the features of the new museum:“The tribute hall in the center of the building will feature large panels, painted in a traditional Korean lacquer technique, reflecting significant historical moments from the birth of True Parents through the completion of the history of the providence of restoration. A multipurpose hall is designed to accommodate some 1,000 people for various kinds of workshops, performances, banquets and other events. Exhibition galleries on four levels will be used for exhibits on True Parents’ lives and achievements, art exhibitions and other seasonal exhibitions and events.”Two important guests offered congratulatory remarks. Notably Mr. Kim Young-Woo, chairman of the National Assembly Defense Committee, in referring to North Korea’s nuclear bomb test on September 3 and the changing situation on the Korean peninsula, said that a clear vision was necessary:“I think we can find the key in the example and the words of the late Rev. Dr. Sun Myung Moon and Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon, who have consistently taught us to ‘Live for the sake of others.’ These two great teachers have offered their entire lives for the reunification of Korea and for world peace. When this museum is completed, even more people will come to visit this region, to enjoy the beautiful natural environment, and to share the vision of world peace. I hope that many new apostles of peace will be born through the work of the CheonJi SunHak Won.”Mr. Kim Seong-Gi, the governor of Gapyeong County, in which the HJ Cheonwon area is located, then spoke briefly, and his message included the following statement:“This area in particular has already experienced great advancements and development through projects advanced by  the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification, and is well on the way to becoming an eco-friendly self-reliant suburban area. As we turn the first spade of earth today for CheonJi SunHak Won, which will be an important landmark in Gapyeong County, we are taking a great step forward in the development of arts and culture here, which will in turn strengthen the tourist industry in the area.”After these congratulations had been offered, and a video presentation of True Mother’s messages viewed, Mother prayed deeply over the providential initiative to be embarked upon. In her prayer, Mother referred to the providence by which God had sent the Messiah, and said that important providential figures and the people at his time had been unable to understand God’s providence and thus could not fulfill their responsibility; thus in going the path of the cross, Jesus said he would return and hold the marriage of the lamb. Mother then mentioned that God had raised up the Korean people and brought the True Parents to appear in the blessing of a new providence, so that all humankind would be able to live as the children of the Heavenly Parent; and that this was an amazing miracle. Mother expressed her deep regret that the people of the world do not yet know about this. Mother then prayed specifically, with a voice filled with emotion, about the CheonJi SunHak Won:“And so, in the name of the True Parents, we will quickly build CheonJi SunHak Won for the sake of the members and future generations of the Unificationist family, and citizens of Cheon Il Guk who will come. CheonJi SunHak Won will show them, in a lively way, True Parents’ love, and True Parents’ providential work. Loving Heavenly Parent, thank you. I am so grateful and thankful to you for your hard work. You did not forsake such ignorant people, but instead have continued to lead them. In front of the tremendously hard work you have invested, we are so sorry and yet so grateful. Heavenly Parent, now, through the True Parents who can fulfill your original dream, a foundation for the settlement of Cheon Il Guk has been laid. Through constructing this facility, we will now advance toward the day when this people will be awakened and all the people of the world will be able to return thanks and glory to Heaven with a heart of filial love. Heavenly Parent, if you are with us, we will accomplish this without fail. This will be a starting point for the sake of that day. Father, please preside over all the event of today. All these things I give thanks for and pray in the name of the True Parents.”After concluding her prayer, True Mother, True Family members and distinguished guests cut the tape symbolizing the opening of the construction site on which the CheonJi SunHak Won will rise over the next few years.Following this came an exciting (if not unexpected) blast of fireworks and colored smoke, accompanied by hundreds of helium balloons floating up into the sky in celebration.The occasion was brought to a cheerful and poignant close with Japan Group Chair Rev. Song Yong-Cheon leading all present in a set of rousing cheers of Eok-mansei.Click to see more pictureslast_img read more

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first_img be_ixf; php_sdk; php_sdk_1.4.18 Uber’s mishaps have become Lyft’s lucky break. Not only did the second-most well known ride-sharing company recently enter negotiations to raise an additional $500 million in funding, but it also expanded its developer platform. The new Dispatch Developer Program is bound to spark entrepreneurial innovation.Lyft has offered its APIs to developers since May of last year. The limitation was that developers could only create integrations that still required users to use the Lyft app from a smartphone. However, the new Dispatch Developer Program has changed that. The new APIs allow developers to integrate Lyft requests and schedule pick-ups via third-party apps, without requiring the Lyft app or even a smartphone.The Dispatch Developer Program can offer great value-add for entrepreneurs, and according to Lyft’s blog, instead of billing the ride through the Lyft app, Lyft can bill a business directly.The implications for small business entrepreneurs are endless. For example, an event planner can integrate Lyft into an event planning app to take attendees to and from events and parties–an extra feature that would give an advantage over competitors. Also, a beauty service that pairs customers with stylists could set pick-ups for stylists, to ensure they are on time for appointments.The post on Lyft’s blog, titled Announcing the Dispatch Developer Program, mentions some other creative ways that the Dispatch Developer Program is currently being used by businesses:“For instance,  we’re working with partners who are providing solutions to car dealerships who want to provide courtesy rides for customers while their vehicles are in service.Other partners include One Call Care Management and LogistiCare, who provide healthcare transportation service to those who are otherwise unable to drive or transport themselves. With Dispatch, the possibilities are endless; like One Call Care Management and LogistiCare, your customers don’t require a smartphone or the Lyft app to get around.”For more information on Lyft’s Dispatch Developer Program, click here. Image: Lyftlast_img read more

By Sabina Nadejdin FFWPU Moldova FFWPU Moldova in

first_imgBy Sabina Nadejdin, FFWPU MoldovaFFWPU Moldova in cooperation with Ialoveni District Council organized the district level conference entitled “Family and Community involved in Local Development” on May 15.About 75 people attended, including the vice president of the District Council, a village Mayor, Chief of General Directorate for Education of Ialoveni district, more than 30 social workers and others.As I mentioned in the previous report, when we met the local administration, they expressed awareness of not having solutions to family issues and showed much openness to work with FFWPU Moldova. So the local administration actively involved in organizing the conference by taking responsibility for mobilizing the audience and the speakers. The purpose of the speakers was to report about the family situation at district level and the problems that the district community is facing in this field. So, representatives from the field of Health care, Police and Education offered presentations. Also, a Christian Orthodox priest spoke and attended the conference from the beginning to the end.On the other hand, Family Federation presented its vision and successful practices from countries like Albania and Cambodia. The president of the FFWPU Moldova, Andrei Esanu, gave an inspiring presentation introducing the idea of building model community through Happy Families Festivals and Happy Family Clubs/home groups. And he expressed the readiness of FFWPU  Moldova to offer its full support both ideologically and financially for implementing this project and lunched the appeal to choose/step up of 4 communities from Ialoveni district.Since the event had also the purpose of celebrating the International Family Day, our Japanese volunteers prepared two beautiful songs that brought light and joy to the minds of people attending. And the local administration offered flowers of appreciation to a few big and exemplary families living in Ialoveni.The event was closed by a nice flash-mob in which participants went out to the street telling people passing by about International Family Day and giving out balloons and other small gifts prepared by the District Council.One more efficient aspect for creating the atmosphere was the welcoming coffee in the morning before the conference began and the tasty warm lunch after the conference ended, both offered by the FFWPU Moldova.After the event FFWPU Moldova received an invitation to sign Agreement of Cooperation with the District Council of Ialoveni and with the Department of psycho-pedagogical assistance of Ialoveni district.We think it was an important and successful event for the providence in Moldova.last_img read more

Top Contenders for Fight of the Year

first_img Top Contenders for Fight of the Year Latest From MMA Warehouse Greatest Highlights of Anderson Silva’s Career Standard Ranked Rashguard Fighter On Fighter! Breaking Down ‘Blessed!’ 10 Credit Cards That Can’t Be Beat In 2019 NerdWallet Related Related Nightmare Matchup for UFC’s Biggest Stars It’s difficult to truly get a read on Ivanov. To be frank, he’s looked just decent against some fairly middling competition. On the other hand, he trucked Shawn Jordan like he wasn’t even there, and he has the credentials to be a world champion. This will be a huge step up in competition for the Bulgarian, but perhaps he can live up to the event.Andrew Richardson, a Brazilian jiu-jitsu purple belt, is a professional fighter who trains at Team Alpha Male in Sacramento, California. In addition to learning alongside world-class talent, Andrew has scouted opponents and developed winning strategies for several of the sport’s most elite fighters. Fedor Emelianenko loses at 2008 World Combat SamboChampionships Which is More Dangerous – MMA or Football? Despite his Combat Sambo credentials and Judo black belt, Ivanov doesn’t often look to take fights to the mat anymore. For whatever reason, his previous three fights — all championship bouts — saw Ivanov compete at range for the vast majority of the bout.When Ivanov does look to wrestle, he tends to succeed. Usually, Ivanov pushes forward into the clinch, where his physical strength, low center of gravity, and heaps of experience tend to coalesce well. Overall, Ivanov tends to favor throws from the over-under position, such as the Harai Goshi he landed late in the fight opposite collegiate wrestler Josh Copeland. Given the body lock, Ivanov is more likely to overpower his foe to the mat or look to step around to trip the outside leg.His background may be clinch focused, but Ivanov is also willing to drop down into a shot. If his opponent successfully defends a trip or throw, the Bulgarian is willing to use that space created to attempt to force a double leg takedown along the fence.Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Ivanov may not officially be ranked in jiu-jitsu, but both Sambo and Judo include submissions, and it’s clear from his six submission wins that Ivanov can handle himself on the mat. Of those six, three of Ivanov’s tap outs landed via the 10 finger guillotine, a different style of front choke that really crushes the windpipe. It’s a fairly uncommon technique in the cage that is quite effective, definitely making it worthy of this week’s technique highlight.Aside from his brutal guillotine, the only somewhat recent submission win on his record of somewhat of a name opponent is his Americana victory over Lavar Johnson. Johnson historically is hopelessly bad at not getting his arms cranked on, and this bout was no exception. The Americana is a classic big guy move: smaller fighters tend to be more flexible and don’t have the weight to pin their foe down anyway. In Ivanov’s case, he definitely had the weight necessary to trap Johnson, allowing him to slowly bring his foe’s elbow down towards the hip before cranking on the hold (GIF).Conclusion Combat Sambo master, Blagoy Ivanov, will square off with boxing specialist, Junior dos Santos, this Saturday night (July 14, 2018) at UFC Fight Night 133 inside CenturyLink Arena in Boise, Idaho.Ivanov’s first claim to fame was defeating Fedor Emelianenko in Combat Sambo way back in 2008, certainly an admirable feat. His next was more impressive: Ivanov nearly died from a knife in the heart in 2012, somehow making a full recovery and going on to fight for the Bellator Heavyweight title a couple years later.That night ended in the first and only professional loss of Ivanov’s career — at the hands of current top contender Alexander Volkov — but the story was hardly over for the Bulgarian. Ivanov relocated to the World Series of Fighting, where he quickly captured the strap and defended three times.Let’s take a closer look at the decorated Heavyweight’s skill set: Brock Lesnar’s WWE Future After UFC Retirement Good Night Tee Gordon Ryan Competition Kit UFC Fighter Breakdowns Sale Recommended by Standard BJJ Gi Live! UFC Boise Results & Play-By-Play! Sponsored Content 00:10 Lockdown duffle bag Timeline of Israel Adesanya’s Rapid Rise to UFC Contender Apparel Fighter On Fighter! Breaking Down ‘The Answer!’ Fighter On Fighter: Breaking Down Aspen Ladd! Accessories Fighter On Fighter: Breaking Down ‘Iron Lady!’ Related Behind-The-Scenes Of A Pro MMA Debut: Andrew Richardson, The Final Cut! ProMax 440 BJJ GI King Ryan Longsleeve Shirt Latest From Our Partners More: Gloves Next Up In Fighter On Fighter! Breaking Down ‘Rocky!’ Fighter On Fighter! Breaking Down ‘RDA!’ StrikingAn inch shy of six feet tall yet still weighing over 260 pounds, Ivanov is a burly, powerful Heavyweight. On his feet, the Southpaw tends to fall into the Sambo archetype of men like Rustam Khabilov and Ali Bagautinov: willing to work with his back to the fence, throws little in the way of range-finding or distance strikes, and looks to land big with either counters or sudden flurries.That’s a somewhat more feasible strategy as a Southpaw since the jab is less valuable. In most of his fights, Ivanov begins — or spends long portions of the fight — circling the outside and blocking his opponent’s lead hand with his own. He’ll flick out a jab occasionally, but Ivanov is remarkably patient for a big man with power.From this position, Ivanov’s foe has a few options, but most of them are difficult ones like methodically move forward behind head movement and feints or work kicks from the outside — hardly tools in the average Heavyweight playbook. Instead, most try to barrel forward, and that’s when Ivanov steps back with a hard check hook. Similarly, another common response is to reach with the cross, leaning for over the lead knee, and the answer is again the check hook. Ivanov’s hook does damage on its own, but it’s often paired with his left hand. Sometimes, as he lands the check hook, it’s more of a club than a punch. Knocking his foe’s head into position, Ivanov then follows up with a left cross/overhand directly into the jawline.Whether his right or left hand, counter punching on an opponent trying to sloppily close the distance is a major part of Ivanov’s approach. It’s not complicated, but Ivanov does a nice job of leaning back to get his head out of danger while slinging a punch. In addition, Ivanov will stop circling and threw a simple plant cross, which works nicely both due to his Southpaw stance and the crispness of his cross.If his counters are not landing cleanly or the exchanges are generally close, Ivanov will mix flurries into his offense. Often times, it’s the expected left-cross right hook. Other times, Ivanov will really open up and double up on the cross. Can it get sloppy? Sure, but this is also Ivanov at his most dangerous (GIF).It would benefit him to do it far more, but Ivanov occasionally shows off a nice left high kick. The left cross and left high kick are a famous pair, particularly at Heavyweight. Even just mixing it in rarely as he does now, Ivanov gives his opponent something to think about when blocking strikes.Defensively, there are definite holes in Ivanov’s game. Ivanov can counter punch safely and throw clean cross (when he isn’t charging forward), but otherwise his hands tend to fall out of position and he’ll lean over his lead leg. In addition, outside of the left hand counter, Ivanov doesn’t have much of an answer when his opponents kick him.Wrestling [Photos] His Life After The WWE Is Not What You’d Expect The Primary Marketlast_img read more

Photos Franciscan Childrens 2017 A Future in Bloom Dinner Gala

first_img Sign up for style newsletters. Style tips, retail news, and more.* 4/13/2017, 4:53 p.m. On Friday, April 7, Franciscan Children’s hosted the 2017 A Future in Bloom Dinner Gala at the InterContinental Boston, attended by 350 of Boston’s most influential–including New Balance Chairman Jim Davis and his wife, Anne; Emiley Lockhart; State Representative Kevin Honan; Cardinal Sean O’Malley; and more–and emceed by news anchor and journalist Janet Wu. The event celebrated the exceptional patients, staff, and donors at Franciscan Children’s in Brighton and how every child, regardless of their multifaceted diagnoses, physical trials, or emotional traumas, is encouraged to “blossom” and live their best life every day. The Gala raised $563,000 to support future growth, as the need for the services at Franciscan Children’s grows as well.Barry Sloane, Val Mandell and Dr. James Mandell / Photo by Nathan Fried-LipskiDoug Chamberlain, Russ Gee and Linda Gee / Photo by Nathan Fried-LipskiJim Davis, Anne Davis and John Nash / Photo by Nathan Fried-LipskiDavid Manfredi and Elizabeth Lowrey / Photo by Nathan Fried-LipskiKaylee Dougherty, Nick Dougherty, Chantal Brandimarte, Steven Brandimarte, Christina Strubbe, Scott Bailey and Nick Giordano / Photo by Nathan Fried-LipskiAnthony Lamacchia and Nicole Lamacchia / Photo by Nathan Fried-Lipski Photos: Franciscan Children’s 2017 A Future in Bloom Dinner Gala Check out scenes from the Franciscan Children’s event on April 7, 2017 Printcenter_img By Julia Kacmarek· 000 Get a compelling long read and must-have lifestyle tips in your inbox every Sunday morning — great with coffee! last_img read more

Even FDAApproved Drugs May Not Be Safe Study Says

first_imgEven FDA-Approved Drugs May Not Be Safe, Study Says Up to one-third of drugs on the market may have safety issues. 000 By Cynthia Fernandez· 5/16/2017, 9:34 a.m. Read all about the latest gym openings, healthy events, and fitness trends in our twice weekly Wellness newsletter. center_img Print Photo via know that medicine your doctor prescribed? It still may not be safe.A study published last week in the Journal of the American Medical Association says that almost one-third of drugs approved by the FDA between 2001 and 2010 encountered safety issues once they hit the market. Drugs are usually only tested on a relatively small group of people, who may not have the same reactions as a larger population—opening the door to adverse effects once the products hit the broader market.For the study, a team of researchers including Nicholas Downing, a clinical fellow at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Joseph Ross, an associate professor of medicine and public health at Yale, tracked drug “safety events.” Safety events included FDA recalls, black box warnings that were added after the drugs hit the market, and public announcements regarding a product’s safety.Seventy-one of 222 studied drugs were subject to one of these events, according to the analysis.Researchers found that the majority of drugs that experienced post-market issues were biologics, such as vaccines, blood transfusion components, and tissue grafts. Psychiatric disease treatments were also commonly cited, as were drugs that were approved on an accelerated or time-sensitive track—cause for concern, since many in Washington are pushing for a faster FDA approval process.Only three of the examined drugs, however, were withdrawn due to safety concerns.Though it wasn’t included in the study, one notable recall happened earlier this year. Meriden Medical Technologies issued a voluntary recall for select lots of EpiPen, the epinephrine injector that made headlines last year for sky-high prices. According to the FDA’s website, the pens were recalled due to “failure to activate the device due to a potential defect.”In a statement, the researchers behind the new study say that “the high frequency of postmarket safety events highlights the need for continuous monitoring of the safety of novel therapeutics throughout their life cycle.”In 2015, the FDA approved 45 new drugs, the highest number since 1996. Sign up for Health & Wellness newsletters. Everything you need to stay healthy and fit.*last_img read more

Red 8 Is Bringing HighEnd Chinese Cuisine to Encore Boston Harbor

first_img By Delia Curtis· 506 Devoted foodies and restaurant newbies love The Feed. Sign-up now for our twice weekly newsletter. Red 8, an upscale Chinese restaurant at Wynn Casino in Las Vegas, is opeing a location at Encore Boston Harbor. / Photo by Barbara KraftYou’ll be seeing red at Encore Boston Harbor: Red 8, an upscale Chinese restaurant with a location at Wynn Resorts in Las Vegas, is headed for the company’s destination casino set to open in Everett early this summer.Executive chef Ivan Yuen will be serving up dishes featuring the flavors of Shanghai, Sichuan, Singapore, and Malaysia, in addition to some classic dishes from Cantonese cuisine, including dim sum. Expect specialties like steamed Shanghainese pork soup dumplings (xiao long bao); an imperial Peking duck prepared in a wood-fired oven; and Sampan-style king crab, paired with Yangzhou fried rice and hand-pulled dan dan noodles. Yuen started his culinary career in Hong Kong and Shenzhen, China, before taking on the role of chef de cuisine at Shanghai Terrace, a highly rated and award-winning spot in Chicago.“There is truly something for everyone at Red 8, where the exotic is offered alongside the familiar,” said Warren Richards, Encore Boston’s executive director of food and beverage, in today’s announcement.Along with Rare Steakhouse, an upscale chop-shop with waterfront views; Fratelli, serving up North End Italian fare; Sinatra, a Forbes Travel Guide Award-winning Italian restaurant from Wynn Holdings; and an Asian-fusion sushi restaurant and a nightclub from Boston’s Big Night Entertainment Group, Red 8 will be among 15 new dining options at the $2.6 billion Everett resort. This will be the fourth location of Red 8, following sister properties in Macau and Las Vegas.Named for a color and number traditionally considered lucky in Chinese culture, Red 8 will be situated on the south gaming floor of the 210,000-square-foot casino—in close proximity to the slot machines and tables. Incorporating its signature color into the space by way of red crocodile walls and railings, Red 8’s expanse oozes luxury and luck.The space will also feature mahogany and brass decor accents, marble floors, and coved ceilings in its main dining room. Two private dining rooms at the property will be decked out with alabaster urns and sparkling Venetian rubino glass chandeliers, plus Lazy Susans on massive, round tables for optimal plate-sharing.The ornately adorned establishment is set to open in late June 2019, as a part of the grand opening of Encore Boston Harbor. Printcenter_img 3/27/2019, 3:55 p.m. Restaurant News Red 8 Is Bringing High-End Chinese Cuisine to Encore Boston Harbor Imperial Peking duck and Sampan-style king crab await at the regal restaurant, which has locations in Las Vegas and Macau. Sign up for The Feed. The latest on the city’s restaurants scene.*last_img read more

Tiger Woods says he probably has 40 majors left to play Jack

first_imgPEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — When Tiger Woods won the 2019 Masters, it also reignited the debate of whether or not he could catch Jack Nicklaus’ major-wins record of 18. Woods, whose triumph at Augusta National in April brought his major tally to 15, was asked about chasing Nicklaus’ record during his Tuesday press conference at Pebble Beach ahead of this week’s U.S. Open.“If I keep progressing how I am physically and how I’m getting better and better physically the last couple of years, I just need to give myself chances,” he said. “Hypothetically, let’s say I give myself 10 years. That’s 40 major championships. That’s a lot of majors. And now the trick is, Can I keep myself healthy enough and strong enough and fast enough to endure all that, considering what my body has gone through? And that’s where I need help with all my trainers and physios and workout regimes, and hopefully I can make that happen.”Driving2019 U.S. Open: Here’s how you can tell what shot Tiger Woods is trying to hitlast_img read more

Heres what you missed from Round 2 at the Rocket Mortgage Classic

first_imgTwo rounds are in the books at the inaugural Rocket Mortgage Classic. Detroit Country Club looks sweet in HD and the crowds are warming up. Don’t look now, but it’s shaping up to be a fun weekend in Southeast Michigan. Here’s what you need to know through 36 holes.Champ in waiting?Cameron Champ shot a seven-under 65 on Friday in Detroit.Getty ImagesHeading into 2019, Cameron Champ was on a straight-line path to become golf’s next Big Thing. Blessed with the ability to drive it farther than anyone on Tour — past Rory, Brooks and yes, even DJ — Champ won the Sanderson Farms Championship in October and basically lived on the leaderboard for about six weeks. Here are his results from the season-opening Safeway Open through the Tournament of Champions: T25, Win, T28, T10, 6, T12, T11. No one had a better fall season.Then a funny thing happened: Champ lost it. Whether it was adjusting to Tour life, the exposure of a few holes in his game (he ranks 200th in strokes gained around the green) or the cruel reality of regression, Champ hasn’t cracked a top 50 since the TOC at Kapalua, even as he continues to lead the world in driving distance.That string appears ready to end, as Champ rang up six birdies and eagle during a front-nine 28 (!) on Friday and eventually signed for a seven-under 65. He’s one shot back.Lurking: Rickie Fowlerlast_img read more

A note from the editor For nine years Disability

first_imgA note from the editor:For nine years, Disability News Service has survived largely through the support of a small number of disability organisations – most of them user-led – that have subscribed to its weekly supply of news stories. That support has been incredibly valuable but is no longer enough to keep DNS financially viable. For this reason, please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support its work and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please remember that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring, and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS… Two opposition parties are writing urgent letters to work and pensions secretary Esther McVey – while a third is demanding an investigation – about a possible cover-up over documents linking the “fitness for work” test with the deaths of benefit claimants.Senior figures from both Labour and the Liberal Democrats said this week that they were writing urgently to McVey to ask whether the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) had shown the documents to the independent expert the government commissioned to review the work capability assessment (WCA) in 2013 and 2014.The Green party’s co-leader, Jonathan Bartley, said the failure to be clear about what happened with the documents had “all the hallmarks of a deliberate cover-up”. He has called for an independent investigation.The SNP also said it would be seeking answers from DWP.Dr Paul Litchfield (pictured) was commissioned by DWP to carry out the fourth and fifth reviews of the WCA but has so far refused to say if he was shown letters written by two coroners and a number of secret DWP internal “peer reviews” into deaths linked to the WCA regime.Litchfield, who was recognised by the prime minister with a CBE in last month’s birthday honours, published the two reviews in December 2013 and November 2014, but neither of them mentioned the documents, all of which link the WCA with the deaths of claimants.A spokesman for Marsha de Cordova, Labour’s shadow minister for disabled people, said she would be writing to McVey “as a matter of urgency”.Stephen Lloyd, the Liberal Democrat shadow work and pensions spokesman, said: “I will be writing directly to the secretary of state, Esther McVey, to seek clarification whether or not her department, the DWP, ever showed [Litchfield] the documents linking the WCA to the deaths of benefit claimants.“The public has a right to know, particularly now he’s been awarded a gong.”Neil Gray, the SNP’s social justice spokesman at Westminster, added: “This issue has thrown up a number of questions for the DWP and we need a clear and definitive statement on what people knew and when. We will be seeking those answers.”Even though DWP possessed all the coroner’s letters and peer reviews, it has claimed in a freedom of information response that it holds no information in its records on whether they were shown to Litchfield while he was reviewing the WCA.Since Disability News Service (DNS) revealed the existence of the documents in the years after Litchfield’s final report was published, concerns have grown that DWP and its ministers deliberately covered-up evidence of the fatal impact of the assessment on sick and disabled people.The coroner’s letters followed the deaths of two men with mental health conditions in 2010 and 2013 and each warned of further such deaths if changes were not made to the WCA.The call for evidence for Litchfield’s second review was issued on 10 June 2014, five months after coroner Mary Hassell had written to DWP following an inquest into the death of Michael O’Sullivan, who had had significant, long-term mental health problems.Hassell had told DWP that the trigger for O’Sullivan’s suicide had been the conclusion by civil servants that he was fit for work, but she said that neither DWP nor the Atos doctor who had assessed him through the WCA process had asked his GP, psychologist or psychiatrist for information about his mental health.Hassell told DWP that it needed to take action “to prevent further deaths” like Michael O’Sullivan’s.But despite that urgent call, Litchfield’s second review failed to mention Hassell’s letter or a similar letter sent to DWP by another coroner in 2010 following the suicide of Stephen Carré.Litchfield’s two reviews also failed to mention the peer reviews.Peer reviews – now known as internal process reviews – must be carried out by civil servants into every death “where suicide is associated with DWP activity”.One of the aims of these reviews is to “determine whether local and national standards have been followed or need to be revised/improved”, so DWP would find it hard to explain why they would not have been shown to Litchfield, whose job it was to review how the WCA was working.DWP has admitted that at least seven peer reviews written in 2012 mentioned the WCA, and there are almost certainly more that were written by the time Litchfield wrote his final report in late 2014.Litchfield has so far refused to comment about the documents.But Professor Malcolm Harrington, the independent expert who carried out the first three reviews of the WCA in 2010, 2011 and 2012, has already told DNS that he believes he was shown neither the first coroner’s letter (the second letter had not yet been written by the time he completed his third review) nor any WCA-related peer reviews.Bartley said this week: “If the Department for Work and Pensions failed to show Dr Litchfield vital documents linking the work capability assessment with the deaths of benefit claimants, DWP are clearly implicated in a cover-up.“If he was shown them but didn’t mention them in his reports, then so was he.“This has all the hallmarks of a deliberate cover-up over the fatal impact of the assessment on sick and disabled people. “There is no justification for secrecy, it is clearly in the public interest for the truth to be told and there should be an independent investigation of what happened.”A DWP spokeswoman said: “As we’ve previously said, this was an independent review, and DWP provided information alongside other stakeholders – on request.“Any evidence used was referenced in the review.”last_img read more

Senior Department for Work and Pensions DWP civi

first_imgSenior Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) civil servants have failed to answer key questions about links between the government’s policies and the deaths of disabled benefit claimants, during a face-to-face meeting with grieving parents.Emma Haddad, DWP’s director general for service excellence, and Colin Stewart, its work and health director for the north of England, spent more than an hour in Monday’s meeting with Joy Dove and Eric Whiting, the parents of Jodey Whiting.The Independent Case Examiner (ICE) concluded earlier this year that DWP was guilty of “multiple” and “significant” failings in handling the case of the mother-of-nine, who had her out-of-work disability benefits stopped for missing a work capability assessment (WCA), and took her own life just 15 days later.During the meeting, Dove asked 13 key questions that had been drafted for her by Disability News Service (DNS), based on her daughter’s case and the wider scandal of deaths linked to the actions of DWP ministers and senior civil servants.But Haddad refused to answer many of the questions for legal reasons.Among the questions about her daughter’s case, Dove asked how DWP could have made so many serious safeguarding failings.Her ex-husband asked whether anyone had been disciplined or lost their job over their daughter’s death.Dove asked Haddad why she should believe that DWP had fixed the system when it had made similar promises after so many other deaths.And she asked why DWP kept making mistakes that led to the deaths of disabled people when it had carried out so many secret reviews into deaths linked to DWP actions.Crucially, she also asked about the alleged cover-up which saw DWP fail to show the independent expert ministers had appointed to review the WCA a series of secret reviews into benefit-related deaths and letters written by coroners linked to the assessment process. And Dove asked if she could see the secret review that would have been carried out by DWP after her daughter’s death.Haddad promised Dove that she would provide written answers to all the questions.The meeting took place in the offices of Labour’s Dr Paul Williams, Dove’s MP, in Thornaby-on-Tees.Dove said that Haddad insisted in the meeting that ministers had not ordered her and Stewart to apologise in person, but that they had instead “got together and decided we needed to come here and say sorry”.Dove told DNS she was glad the meeting had taken place, but she warned DWP that this would not be the end of her campaigning, although her legal team would now take the lead in seeking justice for her daughter.She said: “It hasn’t really changed things because she’s dead and she’s not coming back.“I told them that five minutes away from here, my daughter is in that cemetery.”Dove believes Haddad was on the verge of tears when she heard her speak about Jodey and showed her pictures of her daughter.She said: “I thought she had a tear in her eye when I got upset and showed her letters from Jodey saying she was in debt and which said, ‘Please, mam, look after my babies.’“I could see a tear in her eye but at the same time she had to hold it back.”But she said Haddad also told her: “I am a mother of two. I know how you would have felt.”Dove said Haddad and her colleague were left speechless when she told them that campaigners were calling DWP “murderers”.After the meeting, a DWP spokesperson said: “Senior officials have met with Mrs Dove today, to apologise again for the failings in handling her daughter’s case and discuss the lessons learnt.“We fully accepted the Independent Case Examiner’s findings earlier this year and have since reviewed and strengthened our procedures to ensure all vulnerable claimants are safeguarded.”The number of people signing a petition in Jodey Whiting’s name, calling for an independent inquiry into deaths linked to DWP failings, and for evidence of criminal misconduct by civil servants or government ministers to be passed to the police, has now passed 42,000.But that is less than halfway to the target of 100,000 needed to secure a House of Commons debate on the petition.To sign the Justice for Jodey Whiting petition, click on this link. If you sign the petition, please note that you will need to confirm your signature by clicking on an email you will be sent automatically by the House of Commons petitions committeePicture: Joy Dove being interviewed by ITV News after the meetingA note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS…last_img read more

Developments in development Too many jobs

first_img 0% Can we even count on those droves of workers to keep on coming? Here’s another report (to be taken with another big grain of salt) from a real estate site indicating that people thinking about buying homes are at least toying with the idea of buying them elsewhere. Like, Sacramento or Seattle elsewhere.But wandering eyes do not a real estate cooldown make, and in a still-expensive city, the fight about inclusionary housing is heating up again. The Planning Commission, amid some controversy, made a sort of compromise on Thursday in its recommendation about the amount and kind of affordable housing developers should be required to build. The city is revising that standard after a ballot measure last year more than doubled the requirement and analysts deemed that level unfeasible for developers. The final decision will be up to the Board of Supervisors.Below-market-rate housing, of course, is in extremely high demand in part because those in rent-controlled housing so often fall prey to “no-fault” evictions. Evictions in general have been falling in recent years, but one particular kind of eviction is getting a lot of attention at the moment. It’s the most frequently occurring kind of “no fault” (meaning the tenant did not breach the lease somehow) evictions: An owner-move-in. Supervisors held a hearing on this practice last week after an NBC Bay Area investigation found as many as a quarter of them could be fraudulent. But with very little enforcement power available to the city, lawmakers are thinking about adding stricter regulations for documenting these evictions and extending the time in which tenants can sue a landlord for not actually moving in. More on that coming soon.A less common kind of eviction nevertheless also made waves this week when artists living in a warehouse in Bernal Heights known as Bernalhaus were evicted after months of tension. The building was found not to be a residential property and unsafe. What’s next for the property now that the artists are out? Likely the construction of 49 condos, SocketSite reports.Sometimes, however, plans for condos don’t quite pan out. See for example this site on Cesar Chavez Street, where condos were slated to rise and which was bought for what would have worked out to be an extraordinarily high per-unit cost. But even with paperwork for building underway, the site was put up for sale – and now, the price has dropped a few million.On the other side of the Mission, we see a different kind of building delay: The DR Remix. A second Discretionary Review request has been filed on 15th and Mission streets, just two doors down from a project that planners sent back to the drawing board because its design was too aggressively upscale. A community group is now appealing based on the commissioners’ earlier comments, hoping for a similar overhaul. Tags: Affordable Housing • development • Developments in Development Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img Developments in Development is a “weekly” column recapping real estate, housing, planning, zoning and construction news.In what might be an annual tradition, Curbed brings us another potentially controversial statement on land use by a Silicon Valley official. Last year, it was Palo Alto’s mayor saying job growth is the most problematic contributor to affordability. This year, we’ve got Sunnyvale’s mayor saying very similar things about how to curb growth in order to stop housing prices from continuing to go up. He then does some impressively diplomatic legwork in the comments section – worth the read if you are a housing wonk.And where mayors are frustrated that big companies are bringing in tons of people who will need housing, urban development think tank SPUR voiced frustration this week that big companies are bringing in tons of people who will need transportation. In one notable example, Apple’s new spaceship-saucer hybrid campus apparently has its main entrance on the side facing away from transit. More on that at Curbed.last_img read more

SEAN Long took time out of his busy schedule to ta

first_imgSEAN Long took time out of his busy schedule to take the Super League trophy and League Leaders’ Shield to Heald Farm Court in Newton-le-Willows.Saints Assistant Coach brought joy to the residents and staff with the spoils of the Club’s 2014 season.Karen Chicken, Manager of Heald Farm Court, said: “Heald Farm Court Residents and staff would like to thank Saints so much for bringing the Trophies in for us to see.“We all enjoyed seeing them and meeting Sean and having lots of photographs taken.“It was an enjoyable day and it lifted everyone’s spirits so thanks once again for taking the time out for us.”last_img read more

ADAM Swift bagged four tries as Saints came from b

first_imgADAM Swift bagged four tries as Saints came from behind to thrash Hull KR 48-16.The winger crossed for two in the first and two in the second to eradicate a 12-0 deficit.They were part of a three tries in seven minutes blitz that also included Shannon McDonnell’s fourth of the season.The result keeping Keiron Cunningham’s side in touch with the top four.Ironically, for 30 minutes at least, no one in the ground would have expected such a scoreline.Shaun Lunt opened the visitor’s account when Hull KR pushed it on the last.Both Maurice Blair and Albert Kelly were involved, opening up the space with some fine offloading for the hooker to cross.Kieran Dixon tagged on the extras – and on the quarter hour mark the lead was increased through Chris Clarkson.The loose forward cruising through a gap moments after Saints had weathered a goal line stand.Dixon then tagged on a penalty after 21 minutes to make it 12-0 and the home side’s nerves were beginning to show.But the introduction of Kyle Amor lifted Saints and solid runs allowed the pressure to mount.And in the end it counted as Jonny Lomax put on a fine pass for Adam Swift to ghost over for his sixth of the season.The winger was unlucky not to add his second shortly afterwards – the referee ruling a knock on in the build up – but he made no mistake whenMark Percival put it on a plate.Swift rounding Kelly to pull Saints right back into it.Saints began the second half on the front foot, gaining a repeat set when Dixon fluffed his lines on a high ball.But Swift was just nudged into touch as he dove for his hat-trick following a great move.He didn’t have long to wait though as on 45 minutes, Dominique Peyroux won the ball back by gathering a loose play the ball from the Robins.In a blink of an eye the ball was moved left through Wilkin and Percival and Swift scorched home from 80 metres.His in and out move to round the full back extra special.Saints had their tails up and their next try was equally as good.After some solid drives, Peyroux showed his strength to take on the line and then offload under pressure to slip McDonnell in.And it got better as on 52 minutes Adam Swift went in for his FOURTH following great work from Walmsley and Lomax.Thomas Minns made it game on for Hull KR but Joe Greenwood’s excellent offload to Mark Percival killed off any hopes of a comeback.Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook powered over from close range to increase the advantage and then Jon Wilkin caught Peyroux on a great line for a deserved try.And Alex Walmsley capped a great second half display when he blasted over from close range at the death following a Jordan Turner 40:20.Match Summary:Saints:Tries: Swift (4), McDonnell, Percival, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Peyroux, WalmsleyGoals: Percival (6 from 9)Hull KR:Tries: Lunt, Clarkson, MinnsGoals: Dixon (3 from 4)Penalties:Saints: 6Hull KR: 6HT: 8-12FT: 48-16REF: J SmithATT: 9488Teams:Saints:1. Jonny Lomax; 23. Shannon McDonnell, 24. Matty Fleming, 4. Mark Percival, 5. Adam Swift; 3. Jordan Turner, 12. Jon Wilkin; 8. Alex Walmsley, 9. James Roby, 14. Lama Tasi, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 18. Dominique Peyroux, 28. Morgan Knowles.Subs: 10. Kyle Amor, 15. Greg Richards, 17. Luke Thompson, 20. Joe Greenwood. Hull KR:21. Thomas Minns; 29. Joe Wardill, 12. Graeme Horne, 4. Iain Thornley, 5. Kieran Dixon; 11. Maurice Blair, 7. Albert Kelly; 17. Dane Tilse, 9. Shaun Lunt, 10. Mitch Allgood, 20. James Greenwood, 15. James Donaldson, 13. Chris Clarkson.Subs: 8. Adam Walker, 14. Kevin Larroyer, 16. James Green, 24. George Lawler.last_img read more

Several awards will be presented throughout the ev

first_imgSeveral awards will be presented throughout the evening as we acknowledge the skills and hard work that our Women’s squad have shown throughout their 2018 campaign.A fantastic two-course meal with tea and coffee will also served before the main part of the evening gets underway.The event starts at 7pm and tickets are £17.50 for Adults and £6 for Juniors.Click here to buy now, or visit the stadium ticket office.One not to be missed…last_img

With great support from the Saints Heritage Societ

first_imgWith great support from the Saints Heritage Society, we will have a different front cover for every home game this season which will take its’ inspiration from a retro-programme featuring Saints against the same opposition back in the day.We start tonight with a Saints vs. Wigan classic from Good Friday in 1966, which we hope bodes well for tonight! That day Saints recorded a 17-10 win that included a try from a certain Tom van Vollenhoven!We feature that team inside the programme and this regular feature will also highlight their individual Heritage numbers, produced for us as a result of the outstanding work from our friends at the Saints Heritage Society.Tom has a very appropriate number for a flying winger so pick up your copy to find out which one!If you have any ideas for covers you would like to see and you have the original programme in your collection, then please scan the front cover and email to us at never know, we might just choose yours to become part of our collection in 2019.The usual features are inside with columns from Chairman, Eamonn McManus, Justin Holbrook and James Roby plus loads of other content including an interview with Lachlan Coote, details of our successful 2021 World Cup bid to become a Host Venue, more information on how Heritage numbers were brought to life, plus a look back to the video years of the legendary Ron Hoofe, a quick Quiz page and something for Junior Saints to keep them entertained too.Buy yours from inside or outside the ground tonight for just £3 and many thanks to Warrington Audi for their season-long Programme Sponsorship.In addition, we have produced just 200 copies of a special limited-edition version for the same £3 price which will contain exactly the same great content as the main programme but with a special one-off cover design. This unique cover is in tribute to our flying winger Tommy Makinson as he makes his 200th Saints appearance tonight and this version is only on sale in the Club Shop, so when they’ve gone, they’ve gone!Please note, the Tommy Makinson version will NOT be on sale in any other area of the Stadium, so if you want one make sure you visit the Club Shop before you enter the turnstilesAll Hospitality guests will receive the Retro cover version as part of their package this evening.last_img read more

Share the Table requesting unused food from Topsail Island vacationers

first_imgTOPSAIL ISLAND, NC (WWAY) — Do not throw away your unused food when you leave your rental house.Share the Table is accepting food donations for the local food pantry.- Advertisement – According to a Facebook post, you can drop off any of your unused food at the North Topsail Beach Police station parking lot on Saturdays from 9:00-11:00. A town spokeswoman said the town is not involved with the group, but they are allowing them to use the parking lot on Saturdays.It does not matter what you drop off, they will find a way to use it. Anything that cannot be used in the pantry will be donated to the animal shelter.The Facebook post said Labor Day weekend will be the last Saturday for food drop off until next spring. Organizers are hoping to make this a record weekend for donations.last_img read more

5000 reward offered in Castle Hayne murder investigation

first_img The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office says Hicks-Bey was shot multiple times.If you know anything, contact Crime Stoppers at (910) 763-3888 or 1 (800) 531-9845. You can also submit a tip here. Melquan Hicks-Bey (Photo: GoFundMe) NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Crime Stoppers is offering up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest of those involved in the murder of Melquan Hicks-Bey,22.His body was found Sunday around 10:00 a.m. in a wooded area off Alvernia Drive in Castle Hayne.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Brunswick Center at Calabash opens

first_img The center, located at 10050 Beach Drive in Calabash, features a kitchen, an exercise room, an arts and crafts room and more. There are walking trails and room for gardening outside.The facility will also house Meals on Wheels.“But today, that plan has been achieved thanks to the vision of the County Commissioners. This is a testament to the vision and planning of local officials and County officials. This is not just a Calabash facility, this is a community facility,” Brunswick Senior Resources, Inc. president and CEO Jim Fish added. CALABASH, NC (WWAY) — The new Brunswick Center at Calabash is finally open.It is the county’s fifth senior center.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Police Two arrested 3000 bags of heroin found at Mayfaire apartment

first_img WPD says investigators executed a search warrant on a Mayfaire Drive apartment last week and conducted a traffic stop involving one of the men. Investigators found more than 3000 bags of heroin, cash and two stolen handguns.Shawn Scott Fonville is charged with two counts of Possession of firearm by convicted felon, Possession of a stolen firearm, Trafficking Heroin, Possession with intent to sell/deliver Heroin, Maintaining a dwelling.Zabar Aaron Irick is charged with Conspire to Traffic Heroin, Possession of Heroin, Resist/Obstruct/Delay.Related Article: Track when storm debris will be picked up in WilmingtonBoth are under a $5 million secured bond. Shawn Scott Fonville and Zabar Irick are facing a list of drug and possession charges including heroin trafficking. (Photo: NHSO) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Two men are behind bars after Wilmington police say they found thousands of bags of heroin at a Mayfaire apartment.Wilmington Police Narcotics Investigators ended a two month long investigation last Monday and arrested, 31-year-old Shawn Scott Fonville and 43-year-old, Zabar Irick, both of Wilmington.- Advertisement – last_img read more

ONLY ON 3 Man loses home in Florence now forced out of

first_imgBOILING SPRING LAKES, NC (WWAY) —  An 80-year-old Boiling Spring Lakes man has spent the last few months living in his garage, after Hurricane Florence destroyed his home. Now he’s being told he isn’t allowed to live there anymore.Army veteran John Ganey says he’s lived in Boiling Spring Lakes for close to 30 years. He and his dog have spent the past four months living in his garage.- Advertisement – “I can take a bath in there, I can go to the bathroom in there, I can use my sewer tank out there to dump everything,” said Ganey.Last week, Boiling Spring Lakes Code Enforcement put a notice on Ganey’s garage door informing him that he could no longer live there.“I don’t see what’s unsafe about it. They’re saying it’s unsafe and unlivable. It’s not unlivable and it’s not unsafe,” said Ganey.Related Article: Company shut down after price-gouging accusationChief code enforcement officer Ruth Bek says Ganey is in violation of the state building code.“It was designed and built as a storage building. And anytime you alter the purpose of a building without coming and getting the permit and meeting the technical codes, you’re in violation,” said Bek.Bek says the garage does not have a permanent source of heat, properly spaced electrical outlets, sleeping facilities, or sanitation facilities.“He just simply cannot continue to stay in the garage, and, for lack of a better way to put it, do his business in a bucket and then take it out and pour it in a septic tank,” said Bek.Ganey says a few days ago, a friend dropped off a camper for him to use. But the town says he needs to file the proper paperwork before he is able to use it.Ganey says his nerves are shot and he’s just ready to sell the property.“It’s not worth my time living here with what we’ve got running the town to me. I just want to get going,” said Ganey.Ganey says he is saving up to have a modular home built on the property in September.He says he’s been sleeping in his truck since the notice was posted to avoid being harassed by police.last_img read more

New Whiteville City Hall almost ready to open

first_img The chambers can double as an Emergency Operations Center with power and data outlets on the floor to handle electronics.An open house is scheduled Wednesday from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and city staff will begin moving into the building on Thursday. Whiteville City Hall is set to hold an open house Wednesday, July 17 2019.(Photo: Matt Bennett/WWAY) WHITEVILLE, NC (WWAY) — The City of Whiteville is getting ready to debut its brand new city hall, four years after being forced out of the old one due to mold.The $3.4 million building features a new technologically advanced city council chambers. The chambers are named after Horace Whitley, who served as Whiteville mayor for 34 years.- Advertisement – last_img read more

US welcomes Sudan powersharing deal as important step forward

first_img SharePrint A Sudanese man waves the national flag as he celebrates, after Sudan’s ruling military council and a coalition of opposition and protest groups reached an agreement to share power during a transition period leading to elections, along the streets of Khartoum, Sudan, July 5, 2019. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin AbdallahA Sudanese man waves the national flag as he celebrates, after Sudan’s ruling military council and a coalition of opposition and protest groups reached an agreement to share power during a transition period leading to elections, along the streets of Khartoum, Sudan, July 5, 2019. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah The United States on Saturday welcomed a provisional agreement forged by Sudan’s ruling military council and a coalition of opposition and protest groups to share power for three years as an “important step forward.”The U.S. State Department said in statement that special envoy for Sudan Donald Booth will return to the region soon.The agreement brokered by the African Union and Ethiopia Union, announced on Friday, is due to be finalised on Monday.“The agreement between the Forces for Freedom and Change and the Transitional Military Council to establish a sovereign council is an important step forward,” the State Department said. “We look forward to immediate resumption of access to the internet, establishment of the new legislature, accountability for the violent suppression of peaceful protests, and progress towards free and fair elections.”The deal revived hopes for a peaceful transition of power in a country plagued by internal conflicts and years of economic crisis that helped to trigger the overthrow of Omar al-Bashir in April.Relations between the military council that took over from Bashir and the Forces for Freedom and Change alliance broke down when security forces killed dozens of people as they cleared a sit-in on June 3. But after huge protests against the military on Sunday, African mediators brokered a return to direct talks.WhatsApp <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

The gaps in Apples updates

first_imgAdvertisement There was also no mention on Monday night of the long-anticipated high-definition television from Apple or an accompanying software development kit for the existing Apple TV set-top box, something many pundits expected.Just as the iTunes Store’s biggest challenge was getting content providers on board, this seems to be the largest obstacle in Apple’s path in television. The company doesn’t want to simply make a TV; it wants to tie it to an ecosystem as it did with the iPod. Though there is money to be made in hardware, there’s far more to be made in the long run from content.Two of the biggest highlights — unsurprising in light of it being an event aimed at developers — were the announcements concerning updates to Apple’s two operating systems, OS X Mountain Lion for laptops and desktops, and iOS 6, which powers iPhones and iPads. Early adopters of the iPad will be disappointed to learn that there will be no support for iOS 6 for the first generation iPad, even though it’s newer than the iPhone 3GS, which is supported. There’s also no mention of an overhaul of iTunes even though the App Store is to be updated in iOS 6. – Advertisement – Portable powerhousesAs anticipated, the MacBook Air range sees its processors and graphics cards overhauled and the size of its solid-state drives (SSDs) increased. The range also now offers USB 3 ports and the built-in camera has been upgraded to 720p. Pricing starts at US$999 and goes up to $1 499 for the top of the range 13-inch model. This is in keeping with the prices on the last generation of MacBook Airs.The star of Apple’s presentation, however, was the new 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display — 2 880×1 800 pixels — and SSD, dual Thunderbolt and USB 3 ports and HDMI rather than mini-DisplayPort.The new star in Apple’s portable universe also does away with an optical drive, though this is still included on entry-level MacBook Pro models across the range.Aside from the new, top-end 15-inch model, and the fact that the entire range of MacBook Pro’s is now thinner and lighter, the rest of the upgrades were largely incremental.Storage has been increased, with both the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro now available with hard drives up to 1TB in size, or SSDs up to 512GB.Maps for mobile What is noteworthy from Apple’s iOS 6 announcement is the move to its own mapping service and away from Google Maps. To date, Apple hasn’t offered its own turn-by-turn navigation, with users having to rely on third-party apps.Much like Nokia’s mapping offering, the new Maps app in iOS 6 will also include real-time traffic information and, thanks to Apple’s recent tie-in with Yelp, will offer local business information in supported regions.Apple hasn’t yet specified which countries are supported by its new map app, but has intimated that it will be available in a number of countries outside the US. This is in keeping with the expansion of its voice recognition service, Siri, to 15 countries.In iOS 5, Apple built in closer integration with micro-blogging service Twitter. In iOS 6, it takes the same approach to Facebook. The new OS will make it possible to synchronise Facebook contacts across Apple devices, and post content within Apple’s own apps, including Photos, Safari and newcomer Maps.Mountain Lion is set to include similarly thorough Facebook integration and will take a page from iOS’s book with the inclusion of a notifications centre.Storage has been increased, with both the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro now available with hard drives up to 1TB in size, or SSDs up to 512GB.No mention was made of updates to the iMac or Mac Mini ranges, but this isn’t surprising as both are only a year old.Maps for mobileWhat is noteworthy from Apple’s iOS 6 announcement is the move to its own mapping service and away from Google Maps. To date, Apple hasn’t offered its own turn-by-turn navigation, with users having to rely on third-party apps.Much like Nokia’s mapping offering, the new Maps app in iOS 6 will also include real-time traffic information and, thanks to Apple’s recent tie-in with Yelp, will offer local business information in supported regions.Apple hasn’t yet specified which countries are supported by its new map app, but has intimated that it will be available in a number of countries outside the US. This is in keeping with the expansion of its voice recognition service, Siri, to 15 countries.In iOS 5, Apple built in closer integration with micro-blogging service Twitter. In iOS 6, it takes the same approach to Facebook. The new OS will make it possible to synchronise Facebook contacts across Apple devices, and post content within Apple’s own apps, including Photos, Safari and newcomer Maps.Mountain Lion is set to include similarly thorough Facebook integration and will take a page from iOS’s book with the inclusion of a notifications Craig Wilson, TECHCENTRALlast_img read more

CES Ubuntu is coming to the Samsung Galaxy Nexus next month

first_imgAdvertisement Ubuntu is coming to the Samsung Galaxy Nexus next monthBut it’s not quite finished yetLINUX VENDOR Canonical revealed that it will launch Ubuntu for Phones on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus in February.Speaking at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Canonical revealed that it will launch its Ubuntu Linux mobile operating system on Google’s last generation Nexus in a matter of weeks. Canonical said that it will be available as a download, and that the Galaxy Nexus will be the only phone that the software will be available on for now.The company unveiled Ubuntu for Phones earlier this month, offering users the full Linux experience on a smaller screen. The operating system has been designed to work with both low-end and high-end smartphones, and Canonic – Advertisement – al said that it supports existing HTML5 apps such as those designed by Google.Speaking at the operating system’s launch, Mark Shuttleworth, VP of Canonical and founder of Ubuntu said, “Your average Android developer is already using Ubuntu, as it is the typical developer platform,” adding that he expects these people to have no difficulty in supporting the new operating system.Unfortunately we weren’t able to get our hands on the Ubuntu for Phones operating system at Canonical’s booth at the Las Vegas technology show, with Canonical telling us that the software is not yet finished.However, the firm was able to give us a quick glimpse at Ubuntu running on the Galaxy Nexus smartphone ahead of its launch in a few weeks time, and we were pretty impressed with what was on show. Ubuntu for Phones will certainly appeal to Linux fans if its appearance if anything to go by, offering users a full-blown version of the operating system. It seems pretty slick on first impressions too, but be sure to check back soon for a more in depth look at Ubuntu for Phones.Credit: TheInquirerlast_img read more

Smile Communications officially launches 4G LTE in Tanzania

first_imgAdvertisement Irene CharnleySmile Communications Tanzania , a subsidiary of Smile Telecoms Holdings Limited has launched the first commercial Fourth Generation Long Term Evolution (4G LTE) broadband network in Tanzania.Country Manager of Smile Tanzania, Fiona McGloin, sees the introduction of 4G LTE as another major milestone in the development of East Africa and the continent as a whole. “Our experience in providing services to our customers over the past six months in Dar es Salaam has demonstrated that access to the best, most flexible, fastest technology anywhere in the world results in increased usage and demand for broadband” she said during the launch in Dar es salaam.According to Smile Group CEO Irene Charnley, the true benefits of 4G LTE lie in the radically improved user experience, and the ability of this global technology standard to enhance access to the most advanced form of communications whilst substantially reducing the costs of operations.“4G LTE is making the internet come alive for our customers due to the quality of the user experience Surfing the internet, downloading music and movies without buffering, communicating via HD voice or uninterrupted HD video calling – the internet experience has become better, faster, easier, and more reliable.” says Charnley.  – Advertisement – The introduction and accessibility to this groundbreaking 4G LTE technology will give impetus to Tanzanians and Tanzania to reach their full potential whilst simultaneously accelerating mobile broadband penetration across the continent, thereby boosting major economic activity. We’ve been waiting and hoping for the future. With 4G LTE, the future is here!” she said.Smile Communications already has a presence in five countries across Africa, including Tanzania. The Smile 4G LTE broadband network, which already covers Dar es Salaam, will be rolled out in phases across Tanzania over the next two years “The company was founded on a simple vision – to provide affordable, high quality and easy-to-use broadband internet access and communication services to everyone across Africa, using low cost and innovative business models and the latest technologies,” says Charnley.“Today is a major milestone in making that vision a reality.” In 2012, Smile began revolutionising communication in East Africa when it chose Tanzania as the first country in Africa in which to deploy its 4G LTE broadband network. After more than a year of extensive testing and valuable feedback provided by technosavvy trial customers, Smile made its 4G LTE broadband network commercially available to its current customer base which ranges from SMEs and households, to hotspots and individuals in Dar es Salaam.Smile 4G LTE is now commercially available across the city. The Smile 4G LTE network uses the most advanced telecommunications technology and standards available anywhere in the world, and will provide unparalleled speed, reliability, quality and ease of use. 4G LTE enables ultrahigh- speed internet access, accelerating broadband penetration and vastly improving the online experience.The 4G LTE standard is at the cutting-edge of mobile telecommunications. The inherently flexible and constantly evolving nature of 4G LTE guarantees that it will remain the gold standard in mobile data and voice services for years to come.Source: Daily Newslast_img read more

SanDisk Introduces HalfTerabyte SSD Optimized for Everyday Computing

first_imgAdvertisement SanDisk Corporation, a global leader in flash storage solutions, has today announced the SanDisk® Z410 SSD, a cost-competitive, half-terabyte solid state drive (SSD) that enables manufacturers to design for a broad range of desktop PCs and laptops.The 15-nanometer, three-bits-per-cell based Z410 SSD delivers the performance, capacities and form factor ideal for mainstream computing platforms.“SSDs are being rapidly adopted as the preferred storage option across the entire spectrum of the PC marketplace,” said Tarun Loomba, vice president and general manager of Client Platform Solutions, SanDisk. – Advertisement – “In addition to the performance and durability benefits that SSDs provide, the SanDisk Z410 SSD delivers storage that is ample for most consumers and the right size for typical corporate users. The Z410 is an important addition to our overall SSD portfolio, as our customers require a complete range of storage options, from home/office PCs to the latest high-performance, ultra-thin laptops.”SLC Cache Means a Better Computing ExperienceBuilt on the successful SanDisk Z400s SSD platform, the Z410 SSD features an SLC cache–a combination of SLC and TLC blocks to maximize read and write speeds.This means PC users can expect very short start-up and application loading, making the Z410 ideal for multi-tasking and typical PC workloads such as home/office productivity, web browsing, email, casual gaming and audio/video entertainment.“The price gap between SSDs and legacy HDD storage is narrowing,” said Jeff Janukowicz, research vice president for Solid State Drive and Enabling Technologies at IDC. “Coupled with the inherent performance and reliability benefits, it is helping to propel SSD adoption into the mainstream PC market.”Build Durable, Reliable Systems with Ample Storage CapacityWith up to 480GB of capacity, the Z410 is ideal for manufacturers looking to design durable, energy-efficient computing platforms. Validated for several top OEM platforms, the Z410 is designed to consistently deliver high endurance and reliability for typical corporate, educational and home applications. The Z410 SSD boasts up to 1.75M hours Mean Time To Failure (MTTF), making it an extremely reliable option for PC manufacturers and ultimately for consumers.1 Featuring one of the lowest power draws of any SSD in the industry, the Z410 consumes less power during active use, as well as during slumber and low-power modes.The SanDisk Z410 SSD is currently shipping in 2.5’’ (7mm) form factor at 120GB, 240GB and 480GB capacities, and includes a 3-year warranty.last_img read more


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Its Not What You Know… betting shop memories

first_img[dropcap]I[/dropcap] was on honeymoon in Palma, Majorca, it was October 1961 when I received a phone call, the call was to tell me we had got a licence for our first betting shop at 148 Finchley Road in NW London.The shop was around 80 yards away from Finchley Road underground station, we opened the shop in early 1962.At that time the Finchley Road consisted of one lane going south into London and one lane going north, away from London. Today it is a six lane highway with three lanes going each way.Our shop was a large shop, it also had a large forecourt where there was enough space to park six cars. Today it is a Holiday Inn Hotel, how times change !We opened the shop with four staff. Issy (tits) as the settler, Marky as the boardman (no televisions in those days), Judy (my wife ) as a cashier and me doing a bit of everything.Between us, we had not got a clue.It took around three months to get the feel of things, like how many bets we would take in a day, the amount of money we would take, the big punters, the regulars and so on.Not sure of opening hours, I know you could not open before a certain time and you had to close by a certain time, we opened 10am and closed 6pm.No sooner had we opened in the morning then the regulars would come in. We had a large table in the middle of the shop and they would all sit round it with their papers open studying form. We supplied tea and coffee, I think it was against the law to do that but it was more like a club than a betting shop.Among our regulars were people from all walks of life, there was actor named Peter Bowes an absolute gentlemen, also one of the best judges I ever came across, it was hard to beat him. Another punter was a Mr Raven who liked backing hot favourites. If the first one got beat he would chase and chase till he got his money back or go broke…. a bookies dream.Then there was John Bloom (Rolls Razor) have a look on Google, you will see how much money he made and lost.John would arrive around ten, park his Rolls Royce on our forecourt, have a cup of coffee, make a number of small bets, he never lost a fortune to us and then leave. In all the time he came in, he never laid out more than £20.Another one was known as Maverick, his real name was Ivin Desai, he was the son of a well known wealthy Indian business man. He, like one or two other people I have come across lived to gamble. As I have said before I think it is a disease. He gambled day and night, I know there was a time his parents sent him to Switzerland where he was placed into a induced sleep for two weeks as he had got to a stage that he could not sleep more than a few minutes at a time…. it helped him for a time.Peter Rothenberg (two other chapters about Peter), if he was not there by 10.15am, there had to be a reason. Also, one of the regulars was Themis the Greek, Cypriot boy. No idea where he got his money from and the last but in my opinion, the cleverest, was Ibrahim Hussan, a young Jewish guy from Iraq.Why do I think he was the cleverest?Well his day went something like this. He would get out of bed around 10 at night, yes 10 at night, have a shower, have something to eat, then go out and find somewhere to play cards games. There were at least six clubs where you could play cards around Finchley Road.Why so late?He had worked it out that the people he was playing cards with had been up most of the day, working and when it came to midnight they were getting tired and their brain was slowing down. His day had only just started, he realised that he had the edge. When he finished playing cards, normally between 5 and 7am, he would get the morning papers, have breakfast, come in to our shop for a few hours, have a few bets but by 2pm in the afternoon he was gone.Home to bed.One day a policeman and another man walk in, the other man turned out to be a policeman too. They walked up to the counter and asked if they could speak to a Mr Thompson.I am sorry we have no Mr Thompson I said.“Do you not have a Mr Thompson who goes round collecting bets on your behalf”.“No, certainly not”.The policeman explained that a man had been going around saying he was taking bets on our behalf and that he had taken quite a lot of money from punters.How much is quite a lot of money? I enquired.Well he got £2,000 off the actress Shirley Eaton (today approximately £65,000).Shirley Eaton,wow, I had her picture on my bedroom wall till I was 16. She was to me, the English Briggitte Bardot.It transpired that this person had conned people out of just over £6,000 (today approximately £200,000) using our name.We never heard a word for about a year when the policeman comes in and tells us that they caught the man a couple of months later. He was well known to the police and was sentenced to six years.One morning, not long after we opened, two men walk in asking if they could see the boss.How can I help ?We work for someone who wants to see that you have no trouble in you shop, ‘you know what I mean’, he added.Yes, I understand, I said but we have Morry Bloom and Maxie Pinkus looking out for us.They both turned and walked straight out of the shop. The peoples names I gave were people I knew. They were both heavies in their time for one or two well known gangsters, we never had any trouble in our shop.Eventually lost contact with all the punters. Don’t know what happened to most of them, except that Peter had committed suicide (separate story) and Ibrahim had got a green card and opened an ice cream shop in Queens, New York.I would like to add we had the cleanest betting shop in the UK.One day after racing had finished I was sweeping up when the phone rang. I left the broom propped up against the counter and went to answer. When I came back there was this little guy sweeping the floor, he got the job. Every day he was waiting for us to open…. he would dust, clean, make the tea, get the shopping and do anything you wanted him for…. he was in the shop all day.The punters loved Robert. He would get cigarette papers and do errands for them. They in turn would give him something for going and a bit extra if they won, he became the shop mascot.After every race he would sweep up and give a clean around like in the barbers shop. He was around for about three years, then one day vanished. Still wonder what became of him.We opened three more shops, one in Covent Garden, one in Holborn and one in Kentish Town. They were ok but nothing special.As I was doing 5 or 6 nights a week at the dogs and the betting shop 6 days a week, it was not a hard decision when a company named Williams came along with a very good offer that we sold the shops.That was the end of my betting shop days.last_img read more

Waste not grow more food

first_img University mechanical engineering student Andrew Miller makes an adjustment to a prototype of The BioBlend, a device to separate compostable materials from food waste processed by a garbage disposal. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,910 undergraduates and 2,809 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for best quality of life and for lots of race/class interaction by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to University engineering students have invented a device to separate compostable materials from food waste processed by a garbage disposal. From left, Ryan Yeh, Christina Petlowany, Edgar Silva, Andrew Miller, Mitch Torczon and Kavana Gowda. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University) FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis Materials:(com)post-haste team site: Engineering Design Kitchen: http://oedk.rice.eduGeorge R. Brown School of Engineering: http://engr.rice.eduImages for download: Share6Editor’s note: Links to a video and images for download appear at the end of this release.David Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduMike Williams713-348-6728mikewilliams@rice.eduWaste not, grow more foodRice University engineering students’ device makes composting easier  HOUSTON – (March 28, 2016) – It’s good for crops, it’s good for water and, in the end, it’s good for people and the planet. Why would anyone not turn food waste into compost?Rice University engineering students asked that question at the start of the school year and have spent the months since refining their answer.The team known as (com)post-haste invented a device that sits under one’s sink and takes macerated food waste produced by a standard garbage disposal and sends it in one direction while liquid waste (including water) goes in another. Effectively, it simplifies the process of recycling garbage into a useful product while helping to protect water supplies.The students make up one of more than 80 capstone design teams at Rice. Most senior engineering students are required to complete a project to graduate and are presented with a host of possibilities when they begin their classes in August.For all the members of (com)post-haste, developing the device they call The BioBlend was a natural.“I think for all of us this was the top choice,” said Kavana Gowda, who like all of her teammates is a senior mechanical engineering student. Other members are Christina Petlowany, Andrew Miller, Edgar Silva, Mitch Torczon and Ryan Yeh.The students have spent much of the last eight months working in the basement of Rice’s Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen, where they have installed an actual research kitchen – or at least the sink part.The project is a partnership with NASA, which has an interest in such devices for outposts on the moon, Mars and beyond, and Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden, which pitched Rice on the project and intends to install The BioBlend at its Living Lab, where it will be tested alongside other emerging household technologies. Rice lecturer Matthew Elliott is the team’s faculty adviser.“I think one of the major barriers to being eco-friendly in a variety of ways in the United States is people aren’t willing to put in any effort,” said Torczon of the device. “This doesn’t require users to change their behaviors. They can continue putting food down the garbage disposal, and once every couple of days take it out, just like taking out their trash.”The difference is The BioBlend produces a moist, finely chopped form of waste that takes less time to turn to compost than regular garbage. Alternately, it can be used to generate biogas.“One of the things our sponsors want to see is if they can make the device large enough to put in the basement of an apartment complex or a grocery store or restaurant, places with a ton of food waste,” Torczon said. “They could create a lot of biogas they could then turn around and sell or, if they’re in a restaurant, use themselves.”“I think a family of four, using a biogas generator with their waste, would be able to make enough for them to cook with,” Gowda added.Whether it’s used for compost or biogas production, the key to The BioBlend’s success will be its ability to keep garbage out of wastewater treatment plants, where it’s not only useless but also costly and complicated to remove.The team’s research into separation techniques spanned sewage plants to hand-cranked tabletop devices for making jellies and tomato sauce. What they had in common was a circular strainer with a large screw in the middle that pushes solid waste along while allowing liquid to escape. Their own motor-driven, spring-loaded version has a failsafe to keep unwanted solids like ice from jamming the system.A weight sensor tracks how full the bin is, a cutoff switch automatically trips before it overflows and a carbon filter helps quash odors and keep flies away from the compost.The team has not ruled out giving The BioBlend Wi-Fi powers to alert users to its status via the Internet, Torczon said. They could just make it beep when full, but the students are wary that annoyed users would simply disconnect it rather than keep with the program.The teammates had no problem finding a way to feed their creation. “One of the cool things about the project was digging once a week through the trash in the Rice serveries,” Yeh said.“It’s caused me to reevaluate how much food I’m throwing away,” Torczon added. “Our sponsors said at the beginning they hoped it influenced our behavior.”-30-Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNewsVideo:last_img read more

How Temple Universitys Fox School Remains King of the Online MBA UPDATED

first_img UPDATE: Since the release of this article, U.S. News & World Report has removed the Fox School of Business from its 2018 Best Online MBA ranking for reporting falsified application information. This article does not reflect the changes in the ranking.The Temple University Fox School of Business Online MBA program has been named the best in the United States for the fourth consecutive year by U.S. News & World Report. We recently spoke with Darin Kapanjie—Fox Temple associate professor, Academic Director of the Online BBA, Online MBA, and part-time MBA programs, and the Managing Director of Online and Digital Learning—about the school’s miraculous online supremacy and what the future holds.Staying at the top of any MBA ranking, not just in one region, but across the entire U.S. for four years, is unprecedented. For Kapanjie, it’s been long enough for him and the rest of the Temple Fox team to start guessing when, if ever, another school will take over.“We keep waiting for someone else to claim the top spot,” he says. “To be honest, the end of the day we built a program that we believe to be the best in land. We don’t tailor our program to the rankings, it just so happens that the program we built does well in the rankings.” Unlike many new online MBA programs, which are designed for applicants with less experience, the Fox School of Business Online MBA caters to a more “mature” demographic, he notes.“The design of our program speaks to a more mature business professional. [Students] average over 12 years of work experience, which is unusual for an online program. That mature population helps with some of the ranking criteria. We’ve also invested heavily in the product we are delivering, we have a team of instructional designers, instructional technologist, technical support specialists, and web developers. We have built our program, marketing, recruiting, and instructional design teams from within, nothing is outsourced. As a result, this team is dedicated to the success of this program. There is a sense of pride and community around the Fox Online MBA.Despite the Online MBA’s miraculous rise to prominent among business schools, Kapanjie acknowledges that Fox and other schools like it are still competing against traditional MBA programs. However, there are plenty of reasons to prefer the digital format.Fox School of Business Academic Director Darin Kapanjie“This is more of a personal preference or pressure from a busy travel schedule from work, than a more attractive alternative,” he explains. “We at Fox understand the market is changing and that online/hybrid learning is the now and will continue into the future. Personally, I believe that in a few years the hybrid and online MBA’s will dominate the market. Online education is being accepted more and more, it’s no longer viewed as a cheaper and easier solution. It’s schools like us and Carnegie Melon, UNC, Indiana, University of Florida, etc. that are dedicated to delivering quality online opportunities that are helping change that perception. Personally, I believe our online program stacks up well against most of the top ranked traditional MBA’s.”Even with a rich tradition of forward-thinking business school programs located in and around Philadelphia, Fox manages to stand out—particularly among schools offering an online degree.“We have made a significant investment in online education here at Fox,” he says. “Our entire operation is run in-house and is built for the future. We put a great deal of effort around the entire student experience, from inquiry to alumni. I can’t speak for other schools in the region, I can only say that we believe there is a vast market in need of a high-quality online MBA program and we are listening to that market.”But to keep Fox’s top spot, Kapanjie acknowledges that the program cannot remain stagnant.We are building more and more concentrations (mini-major within our MBA) and integrating several dual degree opportunities to widen our net,” he explains. “I personally believe that the dual degrees, MBA/MS, will become more popular in the next few years.”For more information on the Online MBA at the Temple University Fox School of Business and other MBA offerings, check out our profile on the business school and head over to the official Fox Temple site. About the AuthorMatthew KormanMatthew Korman is the Managing Editor of MetroMBA. Since graduating from Rowan University with a degree in journalism and political science, Matthew has worked as a music industry writer and promoter, a data analyst, and with numerous academic institutions. His works have appeared in publications such as NPR and Sports Illustrated.View more posts by Matthew Korman How Temple University’s Fox School Remains King of the Online MBA (UPDATED) regions: Philadelphiacenter_img Last Updated Jan 23, 2018 by Matthew KormanFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail RelatedTemple Fox Axes Online MBA Director After Rankings FalloutWeeks after the Temple University Fox School of Business announced the forced resignation of its long-time Dean Moshe Porat, reformed to its approach to its ranking system, and the hiring of Interim Dean Ronald C. Anderson, the Philadelphia metro business school has announced the departure of its Online MBA Academic…August 23, 2018In “Featured Home”Fox Temple Maintains Top Spot As Country’s Best Online MBAFor the third straight year, the Fox School of Business at Temple University earned top honors as the country’s premiere Online MBA program, according to U.S. News & World Report. The publication’s 2017 ‘Best Online MBA & Graduate Business Programs’ list was formally revealed Jan. 10, with Fox leading the way…January 11, 2017In “Featured Home”Temple, Carnegie Mellon Top U.S. News 2018 Online MBA RankingsThe annual U.S. News & World Report 2018 Online MBA rankings are officially in, with the Fox School of Business at Temple University, once again, taking the top honors. The Fox School of Business has owned the top honor for multiple years in a row, further cementing its case as not…January 9, 2018In “Featured Home”last_img read more