Miss Jean Katherine Dettenwanger

first_imgMiss Jean Katherine Dettenwanger, age 75, of Bear Branch, Indiana, entered this life on October 3, 1942, in Cairo, Illinois, the loving daughter of the late, George Francis and Jean Katherine (Patton) Dettenwanger. She was raised in New Carlisle, Ohio and was a 1960 graduate of the Catholic Central High School in Springfield, Ohio. In 1964, Jean received her Bachelor’s Degree from Mt. St. Joseph College in Cincinnati, Ohio. Jean received her Master’s Degree in Education in 1967 from University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio. Jean was a former Teacher for St. Jude Elementary School in Cincinnati, Ohio. Jean retired from the Cincinnati Public Schools in 1997, after 33 years of service. She was a member of the Most Sorrowful Mother of God Catholic Church in Vevay, Indiana. Jean was proud of building her log cabin in 1977. Jean enjoyed arts and crafts, reading and sailing on Lake Erie. Jean passed away at 7:53 a.m., Friday, January 5, 2018, at the Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. Jean is survived by her brothers, George Dettenwanger and his wife: Carol of Fairfield, OH and Father Dennis Dettenwanger of Cincinnati, OH; her sister, Judith Ebbeler of Cincinnati, OH and her several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephewsShe was preceded in death by her parents, George Francis and Jean Katherine (Patton) Dettenwanger.Funeral Mass will be conducted Saturday, January 13, 2018, at 2:00 pm, by Father Dennis Dettenwanger at the Most Sorrowful Mother of God Catholic Church, 513 North Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043. Friends may call 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm, Saturday, January 13, 2018, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Dearborn County Hospital. Cards are available at the funeral home.last_img read more

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Performance Bodies adds more awards for IMCA Modifieds, Stock Cars, Hobby Stocks

first_imgCEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Performance Bodies expands its already substantial IMCA program this season, with additional awards for Modified, Stock Car and Hobby Stock drivers.The Cedar Falls, Iowa, high performance au­tomotive parts distributor and race car body manufacturer gives more than $25,000 in product awards and gift cards to drivers in seven sanctioned divisions in its 36th year as an IMCA sponsor.“Performance Bodies is proud to be a sponsor of IMCA for over 36 years. We are honored to be involved with a program that gives back to the drivers,” Performance Bodies owner Scott Braun said. “We look forward to many more years of partnership with IMCA and the racing community.”A MD3 Mod valance and rocker panel kit or spruce-up special now goes to second through seventh place drivers in point standings and second, third and fourth place finishers in rookie standings in each of the five Modified regions; and second through sixth place finishers in national points and runners-up in rookie of the year standings for Karl Chevrolet Northern and Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMod divisions.Top 10 finishers and now 15th and 20th place drivers in both IMCA Sunoco Stock Car and both IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock regions, and national rookies of the year in IMCA Late Model, Stock Car and now Hobby Stock divisions earn nosepiece and headlight decal kits.Top five drivers in the Deery Brothers Summer Series receive an MD3 Late Model nose, a pair of molded dirt fenders, headlight kit and valance package. Gift cards for $100, $50 and $50, respectively, go to the top three drivers in national Mach-1 Sport Compact point standings.Performance Bodies returns to national decal programs for both the IMCA Modified and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock divisions and drivers in both divisions must display two Performance Bodies decals on their race car to be eligible for point fund shares.Performance Bodies also continues to sponsor the rookie of the year programs for Late Models and Stock Cars. The deadline for submitting rookie of the year applications is Aug. 1.All awards will be presented during the national IMCA banquet in November mailed beginning the following week from the IMCA home office. Information about Performance Bodies products is available at the www.performancebodies.com website, on Facebook or by calling 800 722-4641.“Performance Bodies recently unveiled a new logo for 2018 and while the branding has changed, the same shipping and customer service guarantees remain and are what set Performance Bodies apart,” IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder noted. “We are excited to be able to offer additional drivers the opportunity to cash in on the Performance Bodies program and are ready for an outstanding season.”last_img read more

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Picking up famous Irishmen in West Vancouver

first_imgEdmonton Oiler Gilbert Brule and his girlfriend picked up an unusual hitchhiker in West Vancouver on Tuesday — U2 frontman Bono, The Vancouver Province reported.Brule and girlfriend Kelsey Nichols were driving to a park to walk Bella, their German shepherd, on Tuesday afternoon near the West Vancouver Yacht Club when they spotted a couple of hitchhikers on the side of the road. Brule, watching out the window, was sure one of them was Bono. Nichols, who was driving, didn’t believe him, because, really, why would Bono be hitchhiking in West Van? To read the rest of the story, click below: http://www.edmontonjournal.com/sports/Oilers+Brule+picks+frontman+Bono+hitchhiking+West+with+video/4881082/story.html#ixzz1O9tVkraa   For the YouTube video, click here.last_img read more

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Kootenay Ice snap losing streak with series sweep of Blazers

first_imgPercival, with his second of the game, made the score 5-3 after 40 minutes.The Blazers once again outscored the Ice in the third 2-1 but a goal by Post in the final minute was enough to give Kootenay the series sweep.Sookro finished the game with five points to lead the Ice.Adam Maida was in goal for both games in goal.The Ice remains at home for a two-game weekend series against South Island Royals.Saturday’s game is at 4 p.m. with Sunday’s contest set for 9:45 a.m. Both games are at the Cominco Arena. Time to break up the Kootenay Ice.After going winless in eight games to start the season, the Ice racked up two straight wins — 3-2 and 6-5 — over the Thompson Blazers in B.C. Hockey Major Midget League play at the Cominco Arena in Trail. In game one,The Ice took an early lead late in the first period as Kyle Hope of Trail scored the first goal on the power play and Brandon Sookro from South Slocan followed up with a goal of his own minutes later.Nelson’s Justin Post put the home team up 3-0 before the Blazer rallied to make the game close on goals by Nicholas Chyzowski and Ryan Clifford.Game two (2) was another tight one for the two (2) teams, but it was the Ice that came out strong and took an early first period lead.  Sookro opened up the scoring for the Ice just 30 seconds into the game before Nelson’s Austin Tambellini made it 2-0 on the power play.Nolan Percival and Smith also scored in the opening frame to give Kootenay a 4-1 lead.last_img read more

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‘The signs look good!’ – Southampton chief confident Manchester United target will agree new deal

first_imgSouthampton executive director Les Reed insists ‘the signs are good’ Nathaniel Clyne will sign a new contract at the club.The England full-back, who has just one-year left to run on his current deal, has been linked with a summer move to Manchester United.But Reed claims the 24-year-old is happy at St Mary’s and believes the former Crystal Palace star will remain on the South Coast.“We’re in constant communication,“ Reed told talkSPORT. “These contract negotiations are never just one meeting, where everything is done and sorted out.“You have to bear in mind, especially with Nathaniel, that we want him to focus on the last few games of the season. That’s why you’ll get players saying, ‘let’s wait until the end of the season’.“That’s quite normal and he’s very happy. He’s managed to force himself into the England squad and is showcasing his talents.“I’d be very surprised if there wasn’t speculation about him, but at the moment the signs are good.”last_img read more

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Fransman winds up Latin America tour

first_img12 September 2013South African International Relations Deputy Minister Marius Fransman arrived in Bogota, Colombia on Wednesday for the final leg of his four-nation trip to Latin America and the Caribbean.Fransman’s tour, geared at strengthening political, social and economic relations, has already taken in Peru, Ecuador and Cuba.On Tuesday, he concluded a two-day working visit to Cuba, where he co-chaired the 10th South Africa-Cuba Joint Consultative Mechanism – established in 2001 to coordinate cooperation between the two countries – with his Cuban counterpart, Marcelino Medina.According to the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, Fransman thanked Cuba for its ongoing support for South Africa through joint programmes in health, labour, social development, housing and infrastructure.Cuba has sent doctors, engineers and technical experts to South Africa as part of various programmes, and over 1 400 South African medical students recently underwent training on Cuban scholarships.The department said a further batch of medical students would arrive in Cuba for training in September. “The number of South African students will grow to well over 2 000,” the department said in a statement this week.On Monday, Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa signed an agreement with her Cuban counterpart, Ines Maria Chapman Waugh, that will see Cuban engineers assisting South Africa in the area of geo-hydrology in rural and disadvantaged areas.SAnews.gov.za and SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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When Did Florida State, Jimbo Fisher First See Video Of Dismissed QB De’Andre Johnson Punching Woman?

first_imgDe'Andre Johnson seen on camera punching a woman.De’Andre Johnson Florida StateOn Monday, Florida State dismissed four-star freshman quarterback De’Andre Johnson after a video surfaced of the dual-threat QB punching a woman in a Tallahassee bar in June. Some were critical of FSU and head coach Jimbo Fisher for taking until Monday night to dismiss the talented prospect. Fisher and Florida State officials, though, claim they see the video tape until it was published online yesterday. Via @JShankerESPN: #FSU officials didn’t see video of Johnson punching woman until it was published on Tallahassee Democrat site Monday— Mark Schlabach (@Mark_Schlabach) July 7, 2015#FSU official said Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher didn’t see video until Monday night because he was traveling in West Virginia— Mark Schlabach (@Mark_Schlabach) July 7, 2015In the end, all that really matters is that Johnson was dismissed and justice gets served. But that’s pretty hard to believe.last_img read more

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Ottawa Inuit agree on boundaries for Arctic marine conservation area

first_imgPOND INLET, Nunavut – Inuit groups say their lobbying and traditional knowledge is behind a huge expansion in the boundaries for what is to become Canada’s largest national marine conservation area.“Our organizations worked extremely hard to ensure the extended boundary was accepted,” said P.J. Akeeagok, head of the Qikiqtani Inuit Association.“It was Inuit traditional knowledge that determined the extent and the purpose of how Inuit used this particular very important body of water, and we’re now here celebrating today the expanded boundaries.”Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna joined Akeeagok and other Nunavut leaders in Pond Inlet on Monday to celebrate a deal that will more than double the size of the Lancaster Sound national marine conservation area — now to be known as Tallurutiup Imanga.The sound, off the north coast of Baffin Island, is a particularly rich area of the Arctic. Its cliff-studded coastline is interspersed with bays, inlets and deep fiords. Most of the world’s narwhal, as well as large numbers of beluga and bowhead whales, swim amongst the icebergs that bob in its waters.Polynyas — large sections of year-round, ice-free water — make rich habitat for seals and walrus, which in turn attract numerous polar bears. Seabirds flock there in the millions.For centuries, Inuit have depended on its waters.“It’s the cultural heart of our region,” said Akeeagok.Inuit began fighting in the 1960s to have the waters protected.In 2009, they went to court to block a German research vessel from conducting seismic tests that would have assessed the sound’s potential for oil and gas. The tests were blocked.Some say the furor over the court case was behind the Harper government’s 2009 decision to launch a study into how big the conservation area should be and where to put its boundaries.The Harper proposals, which were on the table as late as last year, called for setting aside about 48,000 square kilometres. Monday’s announcement creates an area of about 110,000 square kilometres.Together with existing adjacent protected areas, more than 130,000 square kilometres of ocean will be protected from mining, energy development, dumping and overfishing.“(The Inuit association) played a critical role (in the expansion),” said McKenna. Elders and Nunavut communities such as Pond Inlet were also heavily involved.Shell Canada also helped. Facing a lawsuit over alleged invalid exploration permits it held in the region, the company chose last year to relinquish rights to more than 8,000 square kilometres of ocean.McKenna said the new marine conservation area — Canada’s fifth — will be governed jointly with local Inuit. An impact-and-benefits agreement, complete with promises on new infrastructure and jobs, is planned for April.“Inuit will be directly involved in decision-making.”The talks will be crucial not only for Lancaster Sound, but for future protected areas, said Chris Debicki of The Pew Charitable Trusts Oceans North Canada.“This is the start of negotiations between Inuit and the federal government that will determine how protection is going to look in the 21st century,” he said.The Lancaster Sound expansion brings the portion of Canada’s marine waters under some form of protection to 3.5 per cent from 1.5 per cent. McKenna acknowledged that’s still below the government’s promised 10 per cent by 2020.“We’re working really hard,” she said.“We need to be doing this in partnership with Indigenous peoples, with different provinces and territories. Environmentalists and businesses are involved.”— By Bob Weber in Edmonton. Follow him on Twitter at @row1960Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version said the protected area was called Tallurutiup Tariunga.last_img read more

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Christmas debt hangover cure starts with retracing holiday transactions

first_imgCALGARY – Like the morning after too many eggnogs the night before, many Canadian families are waking up this week to the pounding headache of a Christmas debt hangover.But credit counsellors say there’s a cure for those who have the courage to face their painful situation.Mike, a 38-year-old from Vancouver, remembers his desperation when he finally realized he needed help about five years ago.“I had no other choice. I had like $1 left on my credit card,” he said.“I had the ability to make money but no matter how much I made, I was paying it out in debt payments every month. Something had to change.”Mike, who asked his last name be withheld, owned a failing metal fabrication business in Vancouver.The trouble was he didn’t realize how badly it was failing — there wasn’t enough money coming in to cover the payments on his $20,000 business loan, resulting in him running up about $15,000 in debt on his credit cards.He described his financial plan at the time as “delusional.”For instance, although he knew he had to pay taxes, he didn’t because he couldn’t afford it. Similarly, when he calculated his income, he would look only at the revenue side and not at his crippling expenses.Today, he credits two forces for helping him get out of the quagmire — his now-wife, who let him move in with her to control living costs, and the Credit Counselling Society, which helped him consolidate his debt and pay it down with affordable $400 monthly payments.Scott Hannah, founder and president of the society, says most of its clients just need a little advice, but the society will also negotiate with creditors and collect payments on their behalf from the client in about one in five cases.“Christmas itself is a very stressful time,” he said. “When you add on financial difficulties, it just magnifies the amount of stress.”The society is one of several not-for-profit members of Credit Counselling Canada, organizations financed mainly by lending institutions that offer free debt-counselling services. It has offices in the western provinces, the North and in Ontario.Another is Money Mentors, which has offices throughout Alberta.“All too often, we see people who come in here and they’re still paying off their Christmas debt from last year,” said Money Mentors counsellor Brian Betz.“It goes on the credit card, they’re making minimum payments. They’re still paying it off and they don’t realize that.”The two agreed that the first step to getting out of debt is to get an accurate picture of where the money is going. Online bank and credit card statements can help clients identify non-essential expenses that can be reduced.Hannah said it’s important that credit cards are put on ice — “You can’t get out of debt if you keep using debt.”Setting a realistic budget is the next step. Many make the mistake of trying to pay down the debt so quickly there’s no money for essentials and the plan fails.A good budget should include a savings plan, so that unexpected expenses are easier to deal with. Families should also budget a strictly limited amount of “fun money,” Hannah said.Betz said figuring out how much Christmas cost this year will make next year’s holiday more enjoyable.“If I’m going to spend $1,200 on Christmas, that’s $100 a month I have to put aside,” he said.Dealing with the debt could involve getting a low interest consolidation loan from a bank. Or you could accelerate payments on high interest rate debt such as credit cards and pay the minimum on less expensive debt.The counsellors said too many Canadians wait too long to get help with their credit problems.The Bank of Canada calculates consumers owe about $1.71 for every dollar of household disposable income.Hannah said he thinks consumer debt will continue to grow in 2018, especially in Alberta and Saskatchewan, where the oil price slump of the past three years continues to put pressure on consumers with too much debt.Debt-free and with a full-time government job, Mike still dreams of being his own boss but is framing those dreams in much more realistic terms these days.“Definitely, now I can afford to buy more Christmas presents for the nieces and nephews,” he said. “I was never the uncle who brings presents before.”Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.last_img read more

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Alberta regulator seeks order against short seller in Badger Daylighting trades

first_imgCALGARY – The Alberta Securities Commission is seeking an order prohibiting prominent American short-seller Marc Culver Cohodes from trading in securities of Calgary-based Badger Daylighting Ltd.The provincial regulator says it is also seeking to have the California investor prohibited from making public declarations regarding Badger that he knows or should reasonably know are misleading or untrue.In an application to be heard by the commission next week, ASC staff say Cohodes “misrepresented” on social media in June a picture of a Badger truck as support for his allegation of illegal dumping of toxic substances.It says, in allegations that have not been proven, that Cohodes has made numerous public claims of a similar nature over a period of more than a year, coinciding with the acquisition of his short position.In its notice of application, the ASC accuses Cohodes of trying to artificially manipulate the price of Badger securities, thus becoming a “threat” to the integrity of the capital market in Alberta.In May, Badger said in a news release that the ASC had conducted an investigation into allegations made against it by short sellers and concluded no enforcement action would be taken.In January, Home Capital Group of Toronto said it would defend itself against claims in a $4-million lawsuit filed by Cohodes alleging the company’s misrepresentations in its financial reporting cost him millions.Companies in this article: (TSX:BAD, TSX:HCG)last_img read more

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Stage North Theatre Society wins awards at Mainstage 2018

first_imgVERNON, B.C. – The Stage North Theatre Society travelled to Vernon on June 27th to participate in Mainstage 2018.Mainstage went on from June 27th to July 7th and saw Stage North perform two plays. The first play they performed was Blackbird while the second was Mary’s Wedding.The play Blackbird was a heavy drama about two people who had a very unconventional affair when they were young, while Mary’s Wedding followed a girl in the 1920’s on the day before her wedding while the love of her life was in World war One. Blackbird was named the winner of the Burnaby award, which is given to the runner-up play at the competition. The play also won the Best Set Design and Property Awards.Mary’s Wedding was chosen as the workshop play, which meant it was worked on by professional directors and performed for a viewing audience. The play was given the Workshop Award for their efforts.last_img read more

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The North Matters to present Vivian Krause on June 14 in Taylor

first_imgAccording to FSJ for LNG founder, Alan Yu, Krause has become widely known and highly valued for her research in Anti-Resource groups.“Her carefully documented research on the funding network of foundations, and their influence on Canadian anti-resource groups has become widely known and highly valued by interested citizens of every stripe from coast to coast to coast.”Vivian Krause will be presenting in Taylor on Friday, June 14, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Taylor Community Hall.For more information, you can visit The North Matters’ Facebook page. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Independent Investigative Researcher Vivian Krause will be coming to the North Peace to discuss the issues that Canada’s Resource Industry is currently facing.Presented by The North Matters, Krause will be particularly looking at the impact that the high level of activism has on oil and gas resource communities.During her talk, Krause will be shining a spotlight on the finances and structures behind many activist groups, especially those that are influenced by foreign funding.last_img read more

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Special Police Observer expresses satisfaction over preparedness in poll bound Bengal

first_imgKolkata: Special Police Observer for Bengal Vivek Dubey on Monday expressed his satisfaction over the preparatory work done by the district and police administration in connection with the ensuing Lok Sabha polls.Dubey, who reached the city on Sunday evening, held a video conference with the District Magistrates and Police Superintendents of five districts in the state, which are going to polls in the first two phases. “I took stock of the ongoing work regarding the elections and also asked them about any requirement. They are doing well,” he told reporters after the conference. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaDubey, who held a series of meetings during the day, had a short interaction with the media in the afternoon, where he reiterated that the Election Commission will take all possible measures to ensure free and fair elections in the state. “It is not correct that all booths in the state are sensitive, as claimed by some political parties. They can claim so but they have to furnish evidence,” Dubey said. Sources in the commission said that Dubey, who gave a patient hearing to the political parties, asked them to provide evidence against their claims so that the commission can take action against them. Dubey’s advice came in the wake of some political parties alleging partiality of the state administration and police. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayWhen asked whether there will be Central Forces in all the booths, the IPS officer from Andhra Pradesh said: “We are yet to decide on the deployment pattern. We will see the existing state forces and then examine the availability of Central Forces and strategise the force management.” Dubey began his day by holding a meeting with all political parties in the state. He followed it up with an extensive discussion with the senior BSF and CRPF officials at the Port guest house, strategising the possible deployment of forces in the first two phases of election. He then accompanied Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Ariz Aftab to Nabanna. Subsequently, Dubey held a meeting with state Chief Secretary Malay De in presence of state Home Secretary Atri Bhattacharya. He then held a detailed meeting with DG Virendra on the pending arrests warrant. The Police Observer ended his day with the video conference. He will again meet the state officials on Tuesday before flying to Jalpaiguri. Meanwhile, a Trinamool Congress delegation led by MLA Tapas Roy made a number of complaints against BJP for making provocative statements and trying to instill a sense of fear among the voters. “They are making statements in a manner that is giving the impression that the commission and the Central Forces are functioning under their instructions. I have brought this to the notice of the Police Observer,” Roy said. Mukul Roy, who led the BJP delegation to the CEO’s office, claimed that the CEO was acting in a partial manner. It has been learnt that the CEO was not present when Roy interacted with the Observer, though he was present during the meeting with the political parties. When asked to comment on Roy’s claim, Additional CEO Sanjoy Basu said: “I shall not say anything on this because it goes against the protocol and decorum.”last_img read more

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Spain satisfied over Moroccos ratification of fisheries agreement with EU

first_imgMadrid – The Spanish government expressed “satisfaction” over Morocco’s ratification of the fisheries agreement with the European Union, stressing that this is “a sustainable agreement from the economic, social and environmental angles that will benefit both sides.”The agreement, which “fulfills better technical conditions than the previous protocol” will allow around 90 Spanish ships, mostly traditional ones” and around 715 crew members, says a release of the Spanish ministry of agriculture, food and environment.The source went on that this “totally sustainable” agreement will benefit the coastal population and contains provisions that guarantee human rights. The four-year agreement signed last July allows fishing vessels from 11 EU countries to fish in Moroccan waters in return for an annual compensation of 30 million Euros, including 14 million earmarked to support the Moroccan fisheries sector.last_img read more

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Commentary Reds Indians managers produce same results with different styles

Courtesy of MCTBoth the Cleveland and Cincinnati baseball organizations have managers that are familiar with winning. Although the two men have different managing techniques, they both seem to know which buttons to push. Cleveland’s Terry Francona’s loose way of orchestrating seems to fit his team’s persona. On the other hand, Cincinnati’s Dusty Baker’s calm approach to guiding a team appears to work, but has not gotten his team over the hump to win a championship.It is not farfetched to believe the Indians can win a championship with Francona at the helm. The former Boston manager won two titles with the Red Sox, one where his team defeated the Tribe in the American League Championship Series before winning it all in 2007.With a little over half of his first season as the Tribe’s manager under his belt, Francona has seen a fair amount of success with his new team. The Indians are second in the division, trailing the Tigers by 2.5 games. In recent years, the Indians have been in this identical position leading up to the All-Star break, but then find themselves in the back of the pack by season’s end. With the way the season has gone so far, it’s looking more and more like Francona has a formula that will keep his team in the playoff race into September.Cleveland’s skipper has a bit of a loose approach when it comes to managing. He likes his players to have fun on the field, and his loose personality appears to be working well with the team’s character. An example of Francona’s easy going style came before the start of the season when the team took part in the nationwide craze of making a “Harlem Shake” dance video.Although Cleveland has gone through a few managers over the past ten seasons the Reds have not, as Baker is in his six straight year with the organization.Although some may want Baker out of Cincinnati, no one can complain about him leading his ball club to two division titles in the last three years. The Reds won their division both in 2010 and again in 2012. Before the 2010 season, the only time Cincinnati had won the central division was in 1995. That year also marks the last year the Reds made the playoffs prior to the Baker era. He has turned the franchise into a consistent playoff contender.As great as it is that Baker has won division titles in Cincinnati, the higher goal is to get deep into the playoffs and win a World Series. The last two playoff appearances for the Reds have been the opposite of that. In 2010, Cincinnati was swept in three games in the divisional series against Philadelphia. The 2012 squad had a 2-0 lead on San Francisco before losing the next three games at home in the divisional series. Baker has been an outstanding manager in regards to getting his teams to the playoffs, but the playoff appearances are short-lived.Baker’s managing style is mainly laid back and relaxed, though there are times where he gets intense and wears his emotions on his sleeve. How the squad is this season, he may have to be more forward than usual in order to get his team on a roll. This 2013 team appears to be the type needing a constant push, seeming to have no sense of urgency. During one of the club’s more recent hitting slumps, second baseman Brandon Phillips said they would eventually get out of it. Baker needs to be more assertive and tell his players that eventually is not good enough.Both managers have the makeup of bringing championships to their respective cities. With this being Francona’s first year in Cleveland, he has a couple seasons to prove himself. Baker does not have that luxury with this being his sixth year in Cincinnati.The rest of the season is important to both franchises and managers as each are making a playoff push. read more

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Ohio State wins game for the ages against Michigan State

Senior tight end Jeff Heuerman (left), redshirt-sophomore offensive lineman Pat Elflein, Shelley Meyer, and coach Urban Meyer sing ‘Carmen Ohio’ following a game against Michigan State on Nov. 8 in East Lansing, Mich. OSU won, 49-37. Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorBreathe in. Breathe out. But make it quick.That’s the mindset Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer had after his team topped Michigan State on Saturday night in East Lansing, Mich.“We can’t exhale very long,” Meyer said after his Buckeyes won, 49-37, in a rematch of the 2013 Big Ten title game. “We go on the road next week against a team that whooped Iowa.”The Buckeyes (8-1, 5-0) now sit alone atop the Big Ten East Division standings after breaking a tie with the Spartans, but are scheduled to travel to Minneapolis on Saturday to take on Minnesota. The Golden Gophers shellacked the Hawkeyes to the tune of a 51-14 win Saturday to move to 7-2 on the season.Despite the implications the win against the Spartans has for the Buckeyes going forward, senior defensive lineman Michael Bennett said the most important focus for OSU has to be put on the Golden Gophers.“The biggest thing is making sure guys are ready for that game,” Bennett said after the win. “Minnesota is a really good opponent. They’ve been winning a lot of games.”Going forward, redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett — who threw for 300 yards and ran for another 86 while scoring five total touchdowns against the Spartans — said preparation will be key for OSU going forward.“One of the main things we need to do is just make sure we practice hard,” Barrett said after the game. “We’re going to enjoy this, but knowing that we still need to play better next week.”After a run of four straight games starting at either 3:30 or 8 p.m., Bennett added it will be important to be ready to go for a noon kick against Minnesota.“It’s gonna be the first noon game or whatever it is in like four weeks, so we’re gonna have to make sure that guys are mentally ready for it and can still get the juice up that we had tonight,” he said.But even with Minnesota on the horizon, Bennett said the win against Michigan State keeps the Buckeyes’ long-term goals in the realm of possibility after the Spartans dashed OSU’s title hopes last year with a 34-24 win in the 2013 Big Ten Championship Game.“Like I said before, it’s not about revenge. It’s about accomplishing what we can accomplish this year,” he said. “And so by having that big win over a really good team, it really just keeps everything alive and starts putting us in the conversation.”That conversation surrounds the College Football Playoff standings, with this season being the first year of the new championship format. Heading into Saturday, the Buckeyes were firmly on the outside looking in with a No. 14 ranking in the CFP poll, but they picked up a win against the Spartans — which are No. 8 in the poll — that few people expected them to have. When the new Associated Press top 25 was released Sunday, OSU was No. 8 while the Spartans fell to No. 12.Sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott — who picked up 154 rushing yards and a pair of touchdowns in the game — said OSU came in as the underdogs looking to make a national statement.“We had no one behind our back except for Buckeye nation and ourselves,” Elliott said after the game. “We just had to come out and prove to the world that we’re ready.”Meyer called the win “one for the ages,” and added he felt his team showed its worth under the lights at Spartan Stadium.“We played a top-10 team and we really played our best and on the road,” he said.When it comes to his team’s standing in the playoff picture, Meyer said he still doesn’t “know enough,” but made clear his feelings on where the Buckeyes should be.“I think it is,” Meyer — who earned a $330,000 raise after the 2013 season — said as to whether OSU is a playoff-caliber team. “I love my team.”While the CFP poll will decide who has a shot at a national championship come season’s end — the top four teams earn spots in the playoff — OSU co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Ed Warinner said the Buckeyes regained confidence in themselves with the win.“I think we earned back the belief our players have in our program, belief in how we do things at Ohio State, how coach Meyer runs his program,” Warinner said after the game. “We just got our confidence back that we can win a big game, especially on the road.”Barrett agreed with Warinner, and added the win helped to prove the Buckeyes’ doubters wrong.“It really gave us confidence that we could play with the best of them because there was talk that we could only play well against very bad teams,” he said. “This was a very good team in Michigan State, and we came out and played well.”Just like Warinner and Barrett, Bennett said the win gave OSU confidence, but he added that it showed the Buckeyes are the “real deal,” and said it should put them in consideration for a playoff spot moving forward.“It just kind of gives us confidence; it makes other people just kind of turn their heads and start considering Ohio State for the top four,” he said.But while a panel will vote the top four on, the Buckeyes can control their own destiny when it comes to the Big Ten. After sitting in a tie with Michigan State, the win firmly established OSU as tops in the conference for the time being.Senior wide receiver Devin Smith — who Meyer said had his best game in an OSU uniform against the Spartans — said he was “angry” after last year’s loss, coupled with the Buckeyes’ image as underdogs, heading into East Lansing. He said the win showed the conference and the nation what kind of team OSU is.“We came out here and (made) a statement,” Smith said after the game. “And then that shows that we are the best team in the Big Ten, and we try to play like that.”Regardless of the Big Ten standing, or even the Buckeyes’ spot in the CFP poll, Meyer said he simply knows how well his team is playing right now, and added he’ll have to wait and see what that means going forward.“This team right now is playing on a very, very high level,” Meyer said. “I’m not sure what all that means other than we got to get ready to play next week.” read more

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Mens Hockey Jeremy Hoy focuses on preparation in first season with Ohio

The Ohio State men’s hockey team gathers prior to the start of the game against Wisconsin on Feb. 23 in the Schottenstein Centern. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorAssociate strength and conditioning coach Jeremy Hoy joined the Ohio State men’s hockey team in early August. Long before, the Buckeyes had seen his work firsthand, even if they didn’t know his name.“When I was at Robert Morris, we played Ohio State,” Hoy said. “In talking to these guys, they’re just like ‘Man, every time we turn around you guys were there. You never got tired, you were always hitting us.’”Before joining Ohio State, Hoy worked as a strength and conditioning coach all over the country. He’s coached at his own gym in Pittsburgh, with the gold medal-winning 2018 US Under-18 Women’s National Team and most recently at Robert Morris University, where the Colonials faced off against Ohio State multiple times during Hoy’s career. Hoy said he prides himself on the way he prepares his teams for the ice. He spends his time working out players, evaluating them during practice to identify their needs and, above all, making sure the team is game ready.“I’m responsible for a lot of aspects of physical preparation,” he said. “I’m making sure the guys are ready to go, I’m working with the athletic training staff to make sure they’re healthy … I’m going to recondition them, making sure they’re ready to go and they’re game ready all the time.”One aspect of the job Hoy focuses on is the relationship he forms with the team and each individual player. He works with each player to assess where they are and ensure they are in the best possible condition when they hit the ice. With the science behind strength and conditioning improving since Hoy entered the field nearly 20 years ago, there is a greater focus on each individual player rather than assuming a strength and conditioning routine works for everyone. The lessons from Hoy and the athletic training staff, however, don’t end in the weight room, or even on the ice.“What I feel like we’re doing is not preparing them to possibly play hockey at the next level … but we want them to be able to contribute to society in a positive way beyond college,” Hoy said. “When they’re done we want them to be able to enter the real world and have a positive impact from what they do.”Once the preparation is finalized for each game, Hoy said he holds a different perspective when his team enters the rink. Coaches and players focus on running plays and optimizing their strategy on the ice to win. Hoy still wants the team to win, but he has a different set of expectations for his players than most going into their games.“I feel like I haven’t done a good enough job if our team is being out-skated, out-conditioned, even out-hustled,” Hoy said. “I want to get the guys going. I want to be the one winning in all those areas every time. I also feel like I’m not doing my job if guys aren’t game ready.”While Hoy has only been at Ohio State for about a month, head coach Steve Rohlik believes he’s already left an impression on the team.“In the small sample we’ve had, he’s made a big impact,” Rohlik said. “No. 1 because he wants to be here … his energy, his knowledge and what he brings, his history, and the work he’s done for almost 20 years. Our guys have bought into his tremendous work ethic.”As Hoy prepares for his first season with Ohio State, his message to the team is clear.“I want to be the team that we’re talented and we’re going to outwork you. We’re going to bring both those together,” he said. “That starts here on the ice. Everything we do, it’s a mentality, a mindset that were going to work hard, give 100 percent effort and we’re engaged in doing everything we do.” read more

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Modric urges his team to keep up the good work

first_imgAhead of the last-16 phase of the World Cup, Modric summoned his Croatian teammates to keep their good shape from the group stage of the FIFA World Cup.Croatia have not lost a single one of the all three games in Group D and finished with the maximum of nine points. They will be facing Group C runners-up Denmark on Monday morning in the next stage.“The fact that Denmark have not lost 18 straight matches clearly defines their qualities,” said Modric, according to FourFourTwo.Luka Modric, Real MadridReal Madrid suffer a Luka Modric injury blow Andrew Smyth – September 12, 2019 Real Madrid have announced that Luka Modric has suffered an adductor injury, which could rule him out of some key fixtures.“But we believe in ourselves and will continue following the trajectory we established earlier in the tournament. In the World Cup knockout stage we will play as good as we did at the group stage.”The Real Madrid player went on to add that it doesn’t really matter who exactly scores, as long as the team proceeds further in the tournament.last_img read more

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William Brown Ministry of Works 2017 Employee of the Year

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 4, 2017 – Nassau – William Brown is the 2017 Employee of the Year at the Ministry of Public Works.   A clerk in the Architectural Section, he was selected from among 18 nominees who were celebrated during an Employee of the Year Awards Luncheon at the British Colonial Hilton, September 29, 2017.Mr. Brown has been in the Public Service since 1995 and is described by his supervisor as an “officer who is always willing to perform his duties whether conditions are favorable or unfavorable.”In the keynote address, the Hon. Desmond Bannister, Minister of Public Works, described the nominees as “champions” who were being recognized for their commitment and standard of professionalism.   He said public service is too often a “thankless” setting and used the opportunity to express gratitude to the nominees on behalf of himself, the Government and the Bahamian people.“You have made service your career very often sacrificing time, energies that would have gone into family and for that we say thank you to families who equally deserve credit.”Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Works, Iram Lewis, told the honorees that they are all winners and there is no greater honor than to be recognized by one’s colleagues.   Colin Higgs, Permanent Secretary, urged the employees to continue to bring value to the Ministry and to strive for excellence. He said success depends on everyone in the Ministry.Among the honorees were mother and son, Sandra Rolle and Orlando Strachan, who won fourth and fifth place respectively; Edgar Fernander, third place; Dion Robinson, second place; and Thomas Frazier, first-runner up. They received trophies and other awards.Special awards were given to: Elvis Reckley and Ritchie Alce — ‘Outstanding Tradesman Award’; Anthony Fowler and Jody Bootle — ‘Honour Award’; Carolee Lightbourne – ‘Outstanding Family Island Recipient.’By: Kathryn CampbellPhoto Captions:Header photo: Nominees for 2017 Employee of the Year Award at the Ministry of Works.  (BIS Photo/Derek Smith)Insert: Ministry of Works ‘2017 Employee of the Year’ William Brown, centre, receives his award from Parliamentary Secretary Iram Lewis, second left.  Permanent Secretary Colin Higgs is second right, with members of the committee. (BIS Photo/Derek Smith) Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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Delegation from the Turks and Caicos Islands attends high level meeting on

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Ecuador, December 20, 2017 – Quito – Honorable Edwin Astwood, Minister of Health, Agriculture and Human Services attended a high level meeting on Universal Health in the 21st century: 40 years of Alma-Ata on December 11-12, 2017, in Quito, Ecuador by invitation from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).   Mrs. Jackurlyn Sutton, Chief Nursing Officer/Primary Health Care Manager, Ms. Nordia Campbell, Budget Director and Mrs. Darlene Clerveaux-Forbes, Executive Administrator, accompanied the Minister to this meeting.This high level meeting organized by PAHO constituted a forum for regional dialogue, analysis and debate on the values and principles of Alma Ata, within the context of Universal Health in the 21stcentury.   During this meeting the Minister Hon. Edwin Astwood met with a number of Caribbean and Latin American Ministers of Health which included Minister of Public Health of Ecuador – Maria Veronica Espinosa Serrano and other key representatives from Member States, participants and representatives of PAHO/WHO and High level Officials of UNASUR.    Also in attendance, was former Premier Hon. Dr. Rufus Ewing, who is currently a consultant with PAHO.The meeting discussed the achievements and challenges faced by member states throughout the region on the Declaration of Alma-Ata which was adopted 40 years ago when member states committed as signatories to “Health for All by the year 2000”.   It was envisioned that this would be accomplished through the need for urgent action by all governments, all health and development workers, and the world community to protect and promote the health of All people.The meeting provided the opportunity for member states to revisit the advances made over the past 40 years in Primary Health Care: A clearly defined first level of care;Different models of health care systems that have been implemented to guarantee access to care;Progress or talks on Universal Access to Care Declaration;Signature of the cooperation strategy between the countries and PAHO on Universal Access to Care Declaration.Major challenges, identified were:Inequity in health careLack of genuine social participation from civil society andIdentification of a sustainable financing measure to secure universal access and equityDetailed presentations were made on:Universal Health in the 21stCentury: how to build political viability?Universal Health and the participation of civil societyTransformation of health systems towards Universal HealthExpansion of Equitable Access to Health Systems based on primary health careThe Chief Nursing Officer/Primary Health Care Manager, Mrs. Jackurlyn Sutton in her comments stated “This forum was timely in the life of the health care system in the Turks and Caicos Islands as we commit to strengthening our Primary Health Care Services though workshops and meetings with wider stakeholder consultation on the way forward in identifying and adopting a new model of care focused on individuals, families and communities”.This dialogue on Universal Health will continue in the region throughout 2018.Press Release: TCIG Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

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Scalable wind turbine might fit on your roof

first_img Explore further When you think of wind power, you probably picture gigantic wind turbines spinning gracefully in the middle of large open areas. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Scalable wind turbine might fit on your roof (2008, May 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-05-scalable-turbine-roof.html But an entrepreneur from Fullerton, California, has invented a new wind turbine design that is smaller, scalable, and could potentially fit on the roofs of homes like a long satellite antenna. Rather than a single giant rotor with 50-foot-long blades, Doug Selsam´s “Sky Serpent” design uses several small rotors attached to a single shaft. By placing the rotors in precise positions and angles, each rotor can harvest its own wind, and avoid simply stealing the wake from the adjacent rotor. The entire turbine is hooked up to a single generator, which produces about the same amount of power as a turbine that uses 10 times as much blade material, Selsam says.The shaft that holds the rotors can vary in length, and use any number and size of rotors, depending on its application. The rotors can even be mounted on poles that are light enough to be hand-held or attached to the roof of a house. Using ten 18-inch rotors, for example, one Sky Serpent model can generate between 100 and 400 watts, depending on wind speed.Selsam has been working on the Sky Serpent design since 1999, with support from a $75,000 grant from the California Energy Commission. Working out of his garage and doing tests in a makeshift wind tunnel, he´s built a seven-rotor turbine that can generate 3,000 watts, as well as a dual-rotor turbine that generates 2,000 watts. He´s already sold 20 of the 2,000-watt devices to homeowners. Another 3,000-watt prototype uses 25 rotors, where the shaft is attached to the ground at one end and held in the sky by a balloon at the other. In another concept, the turbine can float near the surface of water, its shaft and propellers extended in the air over the open ocean.In the early ´80s, Selsam attended classes at but never graduated from the University of California at Irvine. However, his multi-rotor designs have received positive feedback from former General Electric turbine tester Brent Scheibel, who now runs a wind-testing facility in Tehachapi, California. “Doug´s idea is one of the very, very few that I´ve seen that actually has a strong chance of making strides into the commercial world,” Scheibel said in an interview with Popular Science.As the wind turbine industry grows by more than 40 percent per year, Selsam hopes that the simple Sky Serpent design will simplify the manufacturing, transportation, and installation compared with conventional turbines – as well as provide more energy and be less of an eyesore.via: Popular Science, Tech.Blorge.com, and SpeakerFactory.net (Left) Doug Selsam with a prototype 25-rotor turbine that can generate 3,000 watts, while the other end is held up by a balloon. Credit: Popular Science. (Right) Selsam holds a model with 14-inch rotors that can power the 50-watt headlight at his feet. Credit: SpeakerFactory.net. Three things to know as Germany opens massive ocean wind parklast_img read more

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Quench your thirst with cool drinks at Sharbat Mela

first_imgThe Delhi Tourism brings to you yet another annual Sharbat Mela to quench your thirst in this scorching heat. The annual extravaganza will be organised at Dilli Haat, Pitampura, from June 19 – 21, 2015.The mela promises to offer traditional and modern drinks. Drinks prepared from traditional herbs will also be on offer. Popular drinks such as thandai, lassi, jaljeera, mango shake, aam panna, sattu, kokam (a drink from Maharashtra) and many other varieties of milk shakes will be on offer.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Companies such as Hitkari, Hamdard, Simbhavli Suger Mill, Mother Dairy and Aroma will be participating in the festival.  Besides, stalls of henna, ittar and gulabjal will also be put up at the mela. Summer special swings and camel rides for children will also be available.Apart from enjoying a variety of drinks at the Sharbat Mela, visitors can also shop at craft and garment stalls.  Moreover, cultural programmes by the Punjabi Academy of Art and Culture and the Government of NCT Delhi promise enthrall the audience. So, get ready to beat the heat with a variety of drinks at the Sharbat Mela.last_img read more

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Mobile library for book lovers in North Dinajpur

first_imgKolkata: In an effort to arouse the interest of reading books particularly among the youth, the state Mass Education and Library Services department has introduced a mobile library in North Dinajpur district.The mobile library is equipped with 1,500 books that ranges from short stories, novels, poems, books on cuisine, sports books, children books and school texts.The mobile library has been recently launched by the Minister for Mass Education & Library Services Siddiqullah Chowdhury at a government programme in Karnajhora. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed”The books will be lent out for a period of 15 days to a reader. On the 17th day, the mobile library will visit the reader’s address. When he returns the book, he can issue another new book,” Chowdhury said.The mobile library has been christened as Ghare Baire – inspired from the famous novel of the same name by Rabindranath Tagore.A senior official of the department said that out of 74 gram panchayats (GP) in South Dinajpur, there is not a single library in 53 GPs. “We have strategically chosen this place so that the readers have access to books,” the official said. Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJPThe local administration is conducting a survey as there is a demand for school text books there. “Many students cannot afford to buy books due to financial problems. This will also be of immense help to them,” theminister said.The Library services department is taking a slew of measures to encourage the young generation to visit the libraries in the state.There are around 2,480 libraries and 300 of them have closed down. “We have recently done a survey on the state libraries, conducted by a Gurgaon-based agency. It has come to light that people of the age group of 55 to 60 visit the state libraries. A number of libraries do not have toilets and drinking water.A library in the city has also been found with no facilities of drinking water and toilet. This is not desirable and we are working for developing these basic facilities,” anofficial said.last_img read more

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Neckneck battle surfaces in Bengal

first_imgKolkata: The 42 Lok Sabha seats in Bengal witnessed a neck-and-neck fight between Trinamool Congress and BJP. While TMC won 21 seats, BJP bagged 16 with a single seat for Congress. TMC was leading in one seat, BJP in a couple and Congress in one as per the last poll result update.TMC’s showing was good, particularly in South 24-Parganas, Kolkata, Howrah and Birbhum, where it managed to retain all the seats it had won in 2014. In South 24-Parganas, Pratima Mondal won the Joynagar seat by over 3 lakh votes, while Chowdhury Mohan Jatua won the Mathurapur seat by around 2 lakh votes. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataAbhisekh Banejee came out with flying colours in the Diamond Harbour seat by over 3 lakh votes, whereas Mimi Chakraborty won the Jadavpur seat by over 2.9 lakh votes. The prestigious Kolkata North and Kolkata South seats were won by Sudip Bandyopadhyay and Mala Roy respectively, while Howrah and Uluberia were won by Prasun Banerjee and Sajda Ahmed. The party also managed to win both the seats in Birbhum district, with Satabdi Roy bagging Birbhum and Asit Mal winning from Bolpur. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateTamluk, Kanthi and Ghatal went in favour of TMC as well, while BJP’s Dilip Ghosh and Kunar Hembram bagged Midnapore and Jhargram, where TMC had a lead of 34,78,883 votes in 2014. The Purulia seat also swung in favour of Jyotirmay Singh Mahato of BJP, where TMC had won by 1,53,877 votes in 2014. The Malda Uttar seat that was won by Mausam Noor of Congress, also swung in favour of the saffron party with Khagen Murmu winning. Noor ended up in the losing side this year, contesting on TMC’s ticket. Abu Hasem Khan Chowdhury of Congress was leading in the Maldah Dakshin seat as of the last update. In Murshidabad, TMC’s Khalilur Rahman defeated Congress’s Abhijit Mukherjee from the Jangipur seat by a margin of over 3 lakh votes. Mukherjee, the son of former President Pranab Mukherjee, had won by a margin of 8,161 votes in 2014. Adhir Chowdhury of Congress, meanwhile, retained the Behrampur seat though his lead dropped to 78,000 from 3,56,567 last year. The Murshidabad seat that was bagged by Left Front in 2014, was grabbed by TMC’s Abu Taher Khan. The Krishnanagar seat was retained by Mahua Maitra of TMC, who won by over 65,000 votes. The Ranaghat seat, the second in Nadia district, went to Jagannath Sarkar of BJP where TMC had a lead of 2,01,767 votes in 2014. In North 24-Parganas, Sougata Roy of TMC managed to retain the Dum Dum seat and Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar won the Barasat seat, while newcomer Nusrat Jahan won from Basirhat. The Bongaon seat, where TMC had won by 1,46,601 votes in 2014, swung in favour of Santanu Thakur of BJP. The Barrackpore seat witnessed defeat of TMC’s Dinesh Trivedi, where BJP’s Arjun Singh won by a narrow margin of around 13,000 votes. Hooghly, meanwhile, had a mixed result for TMC with Kalyan Banerjee retaining the Sreerampore seat and the Hooghly seat swinging in favour of BJP with Locket Chatterjee winning over Ratna Dey Nag of TMC. Aparupa Poddar of TMC has a narrow lead of over 2,000 votes in Arambagh, according to the latest update. Burdwan East was retained by Sunil Mondal of TMC, while the Burdwan-Durgapur seat was witnessing a lead by the saffron party, as per last reports. The Asansol seat was retained by BJP’s Babul Supriyo. TMC suffered a setback, particularly in North Bengal. John Barla of BJP defeated party candidate Dasrath Tirkey, while Nisith Pramanik shocked TMC’s Paresh Chandra Adhikary. Jayanta Kumar Roy of BJP also emerged victorious over Bijoy Chandra Barman of the ruling party from Jalpaiguri, whereas BJP’s Sukanta Majumdar snatched the Balurghat seat from TMC’s Arpita Ghosh. TMC had won all these seats in 2014. BJP’s Raju Bista managed to retain the Darjeeling seat, while the Raiganj seat that saw a narrow margin win for Left Front’s Mohammed Salim in 2014, also went in favour of the saffron party. TMC witnessed collapse in the two seats of Bankura district, with Saumitra Khan winning from the Bishnupur seat. Both the seats had been won by TMC in the last Lok Sabha elections.last_img read more

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A year later Google Project Zero still finds Safari vulnerable to DOM

first_imgIt’s been a year since the Project zero team published the results of their research about the resilience of modern browsers against DOM fuzzing. They also published Domato, their DOM fuzzing tool that was used to find those bugs. The results of the research were astonishing since Apple Safari, or more specifically, WebKit (its DOM engine) did not fare well in this test. The team decided to revisit the project again using exactly the same methodology and exactly the same tools to see whether the browsers have managed to implement better security mechanisms. The Test Setup In the previous research, the fuzzing was initially done against WebKitGTK+ and then all the crashes were tested against Apple Safari running on a Mac. In this research, WebKitGTK+ version 2.20.2 was used. To improve the fuzzing process, a couple of custom changes were made to WebKitGTK+ . For instance: Building WebKitGTK+ with ASan (Address Sanitizer) is now possible Changed window.alert() implementation to immediately call the garbage collector instead of displaying a message window. Generally, when a DOM bug causes a crash, due to the multi-process nature of WebKit, only the web process would crash, but the main process would continue running. Code was added to crash the main process when the web process crashes The team created a custom target binary. Results Obtained After running the fuzzer for 100.000.000 iterations, the team discovered 9 unique bugs that were reported to Apple. The bugs are summarized in the table below. All of these bugs have been fixed at the time of release of this blog post. Project Zero bug ID CVE Type Affected Safari 11.1.2 Older than 6 months Older than 1 year 1593 CVE-2018-4197 UAF YES YES NO 1594 CVE-2018-4318 UAF NO NO NO 1595 CVE-2018-4317 UAF NO YES NO 1596 CVE-2018-4314 UAF YES YES NO 1602 CVE-2018-4306 UAF YES YES NO 1603 CVE-2018-4312 UAF NO NO NO 1604 CVE-2018-4315 UAF YES YES NO 1609 CVE-2018-4323 UAF YES YES NO 1610 CVE-2018-4328 OOB read YES YES YES UAF = use-after-free. OOB = out-of-bounds Out of the 9 bugs found, 6 affected the release version of Apple Safari, directly affecting Safari users. While this is significantly less than the 17 bugs found a year ago, it is still a notable number, especially since the fuzzer has been public for a long time now. After the results were in, the team found that most of the bugs were sitting in the WebKit codebase for longer than 6 months, however, only 1 of them is older than 1 year. Also, the team notes that throughout the past year, their fuzzing process came up with 14 bugs but they cannot surely say if these bugs have been resolved or are still live. The Exploit performed on the bugs To prove that bugs like this can lead to a browser compromise, an exploit was written for one of them. Out of the 6 issues affecting the release version of Safari, the researchers selected the use-after-free issue to exploit. The details of this issue are well explained in Project Zero’s Blog post. The exploit was successfully tested on Mac OS 10.13.6 (build version 17G65). All the details of the exploit can be seen at bugs.chromium.org. An interesting aspect of this exploit is that, on Safari for Mac OS it could be written in a very “old-school’ way due to lack of control flow mitigations on the platform. That being said, on the latest mobile hardware and in iOS 12, which was published after the exploit was already written, Apple introduced control flow mitigations by using Pointer Authentication Codes (PAC). The issues were reported to Apple between June 15 and July 2nd, 2018. On September 17th 2018, Apple published security advisories for iOS 12, tvOS 12 and Safari 12 which fixed all of the issues. Although the bugs were fixed at that time, the corresponding advisories did not initially mention them. The issues described in the blog post were only added to the advisories one week later, on September 24, 2018, when the security advisories for macOS Mojave 10.14 were also published. The researchers affirm that there were clear improvements in WebKit DOM when tested with Domato. However, the public fuzzer was still able to find a large number of bugs. This is worrying because if a public tool was able to find that many bugs, private tools can be even more effective in exploiting these bugs. To know more about this experiment, head over to Google Project Zero’s official Blog. Read Next Google Project Zero discovers a cache invalidation bug in Linux memory management, Ubuntu and Debian remain vulnerable Google, Amazon, AT&T met the U.S Senate Committee to discuss consumer data privacy, yesterday Ex-googler who quit Google on moral grounds writes to Senate about company’s “Unethical” China censorship planlast_img read more

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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

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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 TheEpicenter.com – 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 https://www.npr.org.last_img read more

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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

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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

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Academic says hes being scapegoated in Facebook data case Update

Facebook has expressed outrage over the misuse of its data as Cambridge Analytica, the British firm at the centre of a major scandal rocking the social media giant Meanwhile, Britain’s information commissioner, Elizabeth Denham, said she is pursuing a warrant to search Cambridge Analytica’s servers. She has also asked Facebook to cease its own audit of Cambridge Analytica’s data use.Denham said the prime allegation against Cambridge Analytica is that it acquired personal data in an unauthorized way, adding that data protection laws require services like Facebook to have strong safeguards against misuse of data.Leading Democrats in the U.S. Senate also called on Zuckerberg to testify. Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, called Facebook’s latest privacy scandal a “danger signal.” She wants Zuckerberg’s assurances that Facebook is prepared to take the lead on measures to protect user privacy—or Congress may step in.Kogan’s work involved modeling human behavior through social media. In collaboration with Cambridge Analytica, he developed a Facebook-based personality survey called “This Is Your Digital Life” and paid about 200,000 people to take part. As a result, participants unknowingly gave the researchers access to the profiles of their Facebook friends, allowing them to collect data from millions more users.Kogan said Cambridge Analytica approached him to gather Facebook data and provided the legal advice that this was “appropriate.””One of the great mistakes I did here was I just didn’t ask enough questions,” he said. “I had never done a commercial project; I didn’t really have any reason to doubt their sincerity. That’s certainly something I strongly regret now.”He said the firm paid some $800,000 for the work, but it went to participants in the survey.”My motivation was to get a dataset I could do research on; I have never profited from this in any way personally,” he said. Alexandr Kogan, a psychology researcher at Cambridge University, told the BBC that both Facebook and Cambridge Analytica have tried to place the blame on him for violating the social media platform’s terms of service, even though Cambridge Analytica ensured him that everything he did was legal.”My view is that I’m being basically used as a scapegoat by both Facebook and Cambridge Analytica,” he said. “Honestly, we thought we were acting perfectly appropriately, we thought we were doing something that was really normal.”Authorities in Britain and the United States are investigating the alleged improper use of Facebook data by Cambridge Analytica, a U.K.-based political research firm. Facebook shares have dropped 9.2 percent, lopping more than $50 billion off the company’s market value, since the revelations were first published, raising questions about whether social media sites are violating users’ privacy.The head of Cambridge Analytica, Alexander Nix, was suspended Tuesday after Britain’s Channel 4 News broadcast hidden camera footage of him suggesting the company could use young women to catch opposition politicians in compromising positions. Footage also showed Nix bragging about the firm’s pivotal role in the Trump campaign.Nix said Cambridge Analytica handled “all the data, all the analytics, all the targeting” for the Trump campaign, and used emails with a “self-destruct timer” to make the firm’s role more difficult to trace.”There’s no evidence, there’s no paper trail, there’s nothing,” he said.In a statement, Cambridge Analytica’s board said Nix’s comments “do not represent the values or operations of the firm, and his suspension reflects the seriousness with which we view this violation.”Facebook itself is drawing criticism from politicians on both sides of the Atlantic for its alleged failure to protect users’ privacy.On Tuesday, the chairman of the U.K. parliament’s media committee, Damian Collins, said his group has repeatedly asked Facebook how it uses data, but company officials “have been misleading to the committee.”The committee summoned Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to testify. Facebook sidestepped questions on whether Zuckerberg would appear, saying instead that the company is currently focused on conducting its own reviews. Explore further Citation: Academic says he’s being scapegoated in Facebook data case (Update) (2018, March 21) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-03-app-scapegoat-facebook-row.html An academic who developed the app used by Cambridge Analytica to harvest data from millions of Facebook users said Wednesday that he had no idea his work would be used in Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and that he’s being scapegoated in the fallout from the affair. © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Cambridge Analytica: firm at the heart of Facebook scandal This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. read more

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"so theyre going to demand something greater. including unemployment data, Last year, and a Russian researcher involved in the discussions declined to comment. President Xi Jinping has repeatedly praised Confucius, Senior Adviser to the President: I think one of the pieces of advice that I received was that the days last forever.

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