World Cup Qualifiers: Roy Keane questions Everton over James McCarthy injuries

first_imgEverton must take responsibility for the recurring injury problems of midfielder James McCarthy, who is a doubt ahead of crucial World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Wales, according to Ireland assistant coach Roy Keane.McCarthy was called-up by Ireland despite not featuring for the Merseyside club this season due to a persistent knee injury and an increasingly tetchy stand-off over the fitness of the 26-year-old has developed.”James seems to be getting a lot of injuries at Everton so I don’t think we’ve anything to be worried about in terms of how much we push James,” Keane told a news conference.”The medical staff are overseeing all of it and are in contact with Everton and all their scientists. I think they’ve more scientists involved than there needs to be.Reuters Photo “I always think clubs, as much as they look at what we’re doing, they certainly have to have look at what they are doing themselves. But James seems pretty upbeat and we’re glad to have him here.”Manager Martin O’Neill said his medical staff are evaluating McCarthy’s fitness on a “day-by-day” basis ahead of Friday’s qualifier at home against Moldova.Ireland are currently in third place on 13 points in Group D, one place and one point behind Wales who occupy the playoff spot with two matches remaining.last_img read more

White Ribbon Day

first_imgOne in three Australian women will be a victim of physical or sexual violence or abuse in her lifetime. Only when men take the lead, to encourage a change in attitudes and behaviours of other men, will violence and abuse towards women become unacceptable in our families, workplaces and communities. White Ribbon’s ‘My Oath’ campaign is calling on all men to ‘Swear and Wear’.  That is, to swear never to commit, excuse, or remain silent about violence against women, and to wear a White Ribbon or wristband as a visual commitment to that Oath.The Australian Sports Commission (ASC) has provided a call to action message to national sporting organisations (NSOs) to get behind the campaign to educate and promote positive attitudes and behaviours towards women among sportsmen within your organisation, with your athletes and across your affiliated organisations.The ASC recognises that the reputation of sport is linked to players’ behavior and sport has the power to influence broad public opinion, both positively and negatively. The integrity of sport is impacted by destructive and unacceptable behaviours of those few sportsmen that demonstrate a lack of respect for women and themselves.  Maintaining the integrity of sport is a system challenge requiring focussed attention and action.  White Ribbon Day is just one way the sport system can demonstrate its commitment to this critical issue.  To ensure coordination and congruence of these actions across the system broader strategies are required.  The ASC will lead the development of such strategies over coming months, and will engage system partners within sport and other sectors. All the ASC asks is for men involved in Touch Football to join the ranks of other men in the community supporting the campaign by encouraging them to ‘swear’ at www.myoath.com.au and wear a white ribbon or wristband on White Ribbon Day, Thursday, 25 November.  For more information about White Ribbon Day, please visit www.whiteribbonday.org.aulast_img read more

Clipper Bulk Cuts 40 Jobs as Part of Its Reorganization

first_imgzoomIllustration; Source: Wikimedia – under the CC0 1.0 Universal license; Image by: AlfvanBeem Dry bulk shipping firm Clipper Bulk has unveiled a number of initiatives to strengthen its business platform amid continued weak markets.The global operator of Handysize and Supramax vessels informed that the initiatives include agreements to strengthen the company’s financial position, downsizing of organization and office network, other cost savings, changes to Senior Management as well as a more focused market approach.To further simplify its operational and administrative set-up, Clipper Bulk would cut 40 out of 140 jobs ashore and close its Tokyo office. Additional initiatives will be launched to tightly manage costs and prioritize resources, the company added.As part of the reorganization, additional working capital is put at Clipper Bulk’s disposal.“We have been challenged by the steep, unexpected market downturn. Today, we are taking the steps required to run a viable, profitable dry bulk operation, even in depressed markets. We are establishing a platform, which will allow us to fully benefit from Clipper’s positions of strengths in various trades and geographies,” Peter Norborg, Clipper CEO, said.In continuation of the changes, Clipper Bulk has set up a new Senior Management Team, that will put great emphasis on making Clipper a more focused and specialized dry bulk operator.Clipper will continue to develop its niche businesses, such as Clipper Steel, Compass Rose, China Parcel, Brazil Steel, etc.Clipper Bulk currently operates around 80 vessels, including tonnage operated by 2 Clipper Bulk-managed pools, The Clipper Handy Pool and The Clipper Ultra Pool.last_img read more

New owner new home for Fashion Week – but will that be

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment When Fashion Week folded, plenty of industry folks – myself included – expressed relief and optimism mixed in with the disappointment. Twice a year, we’d taken a week off from our regular lives to spend in the David Pecaut Square tent, shivered from the March winds cutting through our impractical outfits, been aggressively marketed by sponsor brands in the “Fashion Environment”, paid $7 for an espresso, taken in runway shows in half-empty rooms, and waited for the seismic change that the industry needed, but never seemed to get.Fashion week’s died about as many times as a soap opera villain, but somehow, it never stays down for long. On Monday morning, real estate mogul Peter Freed, president of Freed Developments, announced that he had banded together with “several of the country’s top executives in real estate, media and finance” to take over the recently dismantled Toronto Fashion Week from IMG Canada Limited.The release adds that the group “has acquired the storied semi-annual event with the goal to create a global forum for fashion, retail, arts, entertainment and culture to be anchored in Yorkville, the city’s preeminent luxury retail and brand destination.” Others on board include former IMG director of fashion events and properties Carolyn Quinn and ASC Public Relations director Suzanne Cohon. The Freed purchase raises questions about the event’s future. First, how will this affect the upcoming Toronto Women’s Fashion Week, which the organizers of the occasionally-controversial Toronto Men’s Fashion Week (TOM*FW) planned to debut in February 2017?More importantly: How will this new brains trust overcome what IMG senior VP Catherine Bennett, announcing Fashion Week’s demise, called “a lack of local support” for the industry? Some insiders took umbrage to her statement, citing Toronto’s passel of gifted designers and the coterie of tireless local businesspeople, store owners, bloggers, writers and advocates that love them. But it’s an undeniable fact that that tightly knit group struggles with having to prop up what should by all rights be a thriving, self-sustaining industry.Canadian design continues to be a tough sell among the general public, who would rather pour cash into established international brands than spring for lesser-known names. That has made media coverage of Toronto fashion events less and less worthwhile for local media, who are competing for clicks while stretched ever thinner in terms of resources. Both of these add up to diminishing returns for local designers, who pay handsomely – unconfirmed figures suggest tens of thousands of dollars – to showcase their collections at Fashion Week events. Twitter Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

Morocco: Municipal Council Revokes Alcohol License in Bouznika

Rabat – The municipal council of the city of Bouznika decided to revoke an alcohol license from an establishment in Hay Riad neighborhood.According to daily Assabah in its Monday, October 19 edition, the city’s council withdrew the place’s liquor license following demands from local residents.At the council’s first ordinary session, members from political the Istiqlal party (IP) and the Democratic and Social Movement (MDS) voted to revoke the establishment’s alcohol license at the alleged request of citizens who had complained. The PI and MDS, according to the same source, listened to citizens’ demands, who happened to be PI and MDS supporters, and proceeded to address their petition without consulting with the representatives of the Party of Justice and Development (PJD).The Hay Riad store’s alcohol license was revoked following Bouznika’s ordinary meeting without the PJD’s vote.The thirteen council members of the PJD expressed their disagreement and denounced the decision as “politics of exclusion” by the PI and MDS.In early October, the Wilaya of Casablanca canceled the Beer Festival that was set to take place for a month in Casablanca.The decision was made after requests from civil groups who labeled the festival as a “bold step incompatible with the country’s Islamic identity and values”.Following the banning of the alcohol festival, Moroccan newspaper L’Economiste criticized the decision claiming that “behind the passion around alcohols lies a true cash machine for the national [Moroccan] budget.”While sale to and consumption of alcohol by Muslims is prohibited by Islam and punishable by law, the Moroccan government made at least MAD 1 billion on tax revenues from alcohol sales in the country, in 2014. read more

Auditor marks midway point in mandate with earnest call for change

Auditor marks midway point in mandate with earnest call for change by Jordan Press, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 29, 2016 8:04 am MDT Last Updated Nov 29, 2016 at 2:59 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Auditor General of Canada Michael Ferguson holds a press conference at the National Press Theatre regarding the 2016 Fall Reports in Ottawa on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick OTTAWA – The federal auditor general challenged the government Tuesday, in language and tone that he has not used before, to stop making the same mistakes and think of the people departments serve and who pay the bills: the taxpayers.One day after marking the midpoint of his 10-year mandate, Michael Ferguson said he could not wait any longer to speak out about recurring issues flagged in his audits that the government neglects to correct, framing concerns emerging from his latest batch of reviews in the immortal words of legendary baseball player Yogi Berra: “It’s deja vu all over again.”The military was once again singled out for improperly estimating the cost of equipment. Ferguson cited the navy’s Victoria-class submarines, whose maintenance was originally supposed to cost $35 million per vessel, but has most recently clocked in at a whopping $321 million. That raised comparisons to Ferguson’s 2012 report about questionable cost estimates for the F-35 fighter jet.The ongoing Beyond the Border initiative, designed to ease the flow of goods and people between Canada and the U.S. while improving national security, is unable to adequately demonstrate its overall effectiveness to ordinary Canadians, he said.Individuals and companies who object to income tax assessments made by the Canada Revenue Agency are being made to wait unacceptably long for their complaints to be acknowledged, let alone resolved, costing taxpayers money no matter the outcome of their appeal. About 79,000 cases worth nearly $4 billion took five or more years to be resolved, Ferguson said.And Ferguson said indigenous offenders are not getting the help they need to reintegrate into society once released from prison, while changes to federal land claims — meant to expedite matters — are having the opposite effect.Few aboriginal offenders were paroled in 2015-16 — more than two-thirds were instead released as a result of having reached their statutory release dates, the audit found. Three-quarters of those were released directly into the community from maximum or medium-security institutions, rather than through a graduated program to facilitate reintegration.Ferguson also found fault with the federal government’s efforts to streamline indigenous land claims — resulting in funding cuts, less shared information and barriers that have hindered First Nations’ access to the claims process and the resolution of claims.He wrote that federal efforts to help First Nations will continue to “squander the potential and lives” of the indigenous population if the government doesn’t build solutions around people, instead of defaulting to arguments about money and process — a situation he called unacceptable.“It’s frustrating to see that there is a lack of emphasis on what the citizen has to live through in these types of programs and there needs to be a change to the way some of these programs are actually delivered,” Ferguson said.The auditor general challenged departments to finally focus on the needs of people, rather than their own internal processes.“These problems are not problems that are new,” Ferguson told reporters after the release of his latest reports.“It’s time for the departments to put their attention to the fact that it’s the results that matter, it’s not the process. The process is an end to the right results. So is it going to be any different this time? All I can do is guess lay down the challenge.”Six cabinet ministers representing departments identified in Ferguson’s report said they agreed with the findings in each review and vowed to meet the auditor general’s challenge. Treasury Board President Scott Brison said the government would provide results “in the near future” of how services were being delivered and promised that departmental reports would no longer have information that was difficult to understand or completely useless for those reading the documents.“We have to up our game as government. We have to deliver better results to Canadians, better value for taxpayers,” Brison said.Ferguson challenged MPs and Senators to make use of his findings by working through their committees.New Democrat David Christopherson agreed, saying he will urge committees to use the reports to hold departments to account.“It’s no longer acceptable to just say well, we set this target … for ourselves and we achieved it, when the reality is, when you look at the services, Canadians are waiting longer and longer to get answers to their business with government,” he said. read more

Flag raising marks Pride Month on campus

The colours of the rainbow are now flying above Brock University’s flag terrace.A Pride flag-raising ceremony was held Wednesday afternoon in the field in front of the Sir Isaac Brock statue near the Schmon Tower, where the rainbow banner was hoisted in celebration of June as Pride Month.The event was organized by the Brock Office of Human Rights and Equity and included members of CUPE 4207 and Pride Niagara, as well as members of the University’s student and employee community. Bryan Giordano, a graduate student in the Centre for Biotechnology, reached out to Brock officials recently in hopes of seeing the Pride flag flying on campus.“During this process, University representatives have been very helpful and have really shown an interest in helping,” he said.“Having the flag up means a lot. It shows how much Brock does support its LGBTQ community. It gives people in the community a great sense of hope and sends the message that we are respected here. We are part of this community.”The flag-raising ceremony came a week after the Office of Human Rights and Equity sent a ‘Gender Designations Memo’ to the Brock community that discusses how to sustain a culture that is inclusive and non-discriminatory.Enzo DeDivitiis, Chair of Pride Niagara, thanked both Brock University and Giordano for their proactive efforts.“Pride is a celebration of our past achievements, our current struggles and potential achievements,” he said. “Together, all of us working together and celebrating, it just builds strength and further promotes that proactivity.”A Pride flag-raising ceremony was held on campus Wednesday. Pictured from left are Bryan Giordano, a graduate student in the Centre for Biotechnology, Enzo DeDivitiis, Chair of Pride Niagara, Douglas Borg, Secretary of Pride Niagara and Brian Hutchings, Brock’s Vice-President Administration. read more

ITALY Bozen Romagna and Fasano all in pole position for the semifinals

The Serie A Italian championship has finally entered its most crucial phase. The Poule Play-Off is coming to an end and in May the Play-Offs will decide the Italian title winner. The matches in the 4th day of Poule Play-Off have been played during the weekend.  Bozen, Romagna and Junior Fasano have all won, taking a further, very important step towards the qualification for the semi-finals. While Bozen has decisively defeated Pressano (29-18) on home ground, playing in front of their own fans has brought a victory also to Romagna against Carpi (24-22) and to Fasano over Siracusa (32-27).The fourth pass to the semi-finals will be assigned in a three team play-off that will see engaged the 2nd placed teams of Group A, B, and C of the Italian Serie A. As of now Pressano and Carpi are already in, while the third place is still contended between Siracusa and Coversano, both at 9 points in Group C.The battle to avoid demotion is also not over yet in the second Italian league, with Malo and Mezzocorona in Group A, Estense, Nonantola, and Casalgrande in Group B, Haenna and Lazio in Group C all still competing.There are still 120′ to be played, two matches, before the Play-Off for the title.TEXT: Matteo AldamontePHOTO: Demis Radovcic (SSV Bozen) by Diego BettiniDiego Bettini Italian handballitaly handball ← Previous Story EHF EURO 2018: Qualification’s Draw to take place in Dubrovnik Next Story → El Jaish beat Brazil in Doha read more

Government launches plan to create 20000 new manufacturing jobs by 2016

first_imgTHE GOVERNMENT HAS today published a plan for the creation of 20,000 new jobs in the manufacturing sector by 2016.Last year, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton tasked a group of industry experts on the advisory board, Forfás, with delivering a plan to target additional jobs in the sector.Key actions have been proposed across a range of areas including access to new funding, management training and support, costs reduction and technology adoption.Some of the proposed measures proposed are: A new start-up fund run by Enterprise Ireland, specifically targeting supports for new manufacturing start-upsEnterprise Ireland to introduce a new Capability Fund to support capital investment by manufacturing companiesEI and IDA to target additional financial supports for R&D investment specifically targeted at engineering firmsA new National Step Change Initiative available to all EI and IDA client companies that will systematically support manufacturing companies to expand their client base through staff training, improve their adoption of new technologies and research and acceleration collaboration between companies in similar sectorsProposals to maintain or reduce costs to manufacturing companies across areas like energy, waste, regulation, tax etcBetter targeting of training at skills shortages in the manufacturing sector through the implementation of the Manufacturing Skills study.The strategy recommends building on strengths in pharma/biopharma, medical technologies, food, ICT, engineering, and off-site manufacturing (construction).It also suggests focusing on global supply chain networks and new product introduction as well as developing new technologies and materials.Commenting on the launch of the plan today, Bruton said the government believes that the sector has “substantial capacity for jobs growth” and that this plan is achievable “with the right supports from government”.Read: IBEC report shows over 5,000 new jobs created in Q1>last_img read more

Cystoscopie définition comment cela se passe et y atil des risques

first_imgCystoscopie : définition, comment cela se passe, et y a-t-il des risques ?La cystoscopie est un examen médical permettant l’exploration de la muqueuse vésicale et, parfois, de l’urètre, afin de détecter d’éventuelles anomalies ou de pratiquer une biopsie.Qu’est-ce qu’une cystoscopie ?Réalisé par un urologue, cet examen exploratoire permet de visualiser la vessie in situ grâce à l’introduction par voie naturelle d’un tube rigide muni d’une caméra optique. Dans le langage médical, on parle plutôt de cystoscope. La cystoscopie est généralement préconisée en cas, notamment, d’infections urinaires répétitives, d’hématurie (présence de sang dans les urines) ou encore d’antécédents de cancer de la vessie. L’exploration (cystoscope d’observation) peut ainsi révéler différents types d’anomalies telles que des polypes, une tumeur, une malformation, une infection… Lorsque l’examen est réalisé dans le but de poser un diagnostic (cystoscopie diagnostique), il est possible que le médecin procède aux prélèvements (biopsie) de certains tissus afin de les faire analyser par un laboratoire d’anatomopathologie. En effet, la cystoscopie est l’un des examens de référence dans le dépistage du cancer de la vessie.Comment se déroule une cystoscopie ?En règle générale, la cystoscopie d’observation ne nécessite qu’une anesthésie locale, ce qui n’est pas toujours le cas pour une cystoscopie diagnostique requérant une biopsie. Mais quel que soit son type, la cystoscopie est toujours réalisée dans un cadre hospitalier par un médecin spécialisé en urologie. Le patient doit se présenter à jeun. Après une désinfection minutieuse des organes génitaux, le praticien procède à l’introduction du cystoscope via le méat urinaire. En l’absence d’anesthésie générale, un gel anesthésiant (anesthésie urétrale) est appliqué sur l’appareil. L’exploration du conduit urinaire (urétroscopie) et de la vessie débute alors. Pour bien visualiser la vessie, les muqueuses sont déplissées par remplissage. À lire aussiACC (anticoagulants circulants) : définition, rôle, comment analyser les résultats ?Au besoin, le médecin réalise quelques prélèvements au moyen d’une pince biopsique. L’examen dure une trentaine de minutes au terme desquelles le patient s’alimente normalement. Après une petite phase d’observation, il est autorisé à rentrer chez lui.Cystoscopie : quels sont les risques et contre-indications ?Bien que la cystoscopie soit un examen médical non complexe et bien maîtrisé, elle comporte quelques risques sans gravité : – hématome- irritations des muqueuses- légers saignements- infection urinaire postcystoscopie. La perforation de la vessie représente la complication la plus grave, mais elle reste extrêmement rare. En outre, il existe certaines contre-indications nécessitant, au mieux, le report de l’examen : présence excessive de sang dans les urines altérant la visibilité, risque infectieux trop important. À noter que la cystoscopie peut être pratiquée chez les enfants, mais requiert, dans ce cas précis, une anesthésie générale.Le 29 mars 2017 à 17:01 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Clash Between Police Taneneh Villagers

first_imgBy Louise Jobe Incidents of severe clashes took place between the villagers of Taneneh and Police Intervention Unit (PIU) personnel, over the refusal of some people villagers to bury their dead in their cemetery. The clash was so severe that tear gas had to be used to subdue the angry villagers and fortunately, no one was hurt. According to reports, a young villager who belongs to the Christian faith, died and was to be buried in the Christian cemetery; that some people refuse family members of the deceased to bury their loved one at the cemetery because the land where the Christian cemetery is located is said to belong to one Seedy Barrow of Gunjur village; that Seedy deliberately decided to seize the whole land area which included the grave yard.When this reporter visited the site, he saw the presence of PIU personnel. Samuel Gomez, one of the elders of the village and a member of the Christian faith, said the dispute relates to the use of the land where their cemetery is located by people who harbour their own selfish interest; that the matter had been a longstanding dispute between them and the Barrow Kunda kabilo of Gunjur but has resurfaced now with intensity to this extent during this new dispensation.Gomez said they have written so many times to this new Government to mediate on the issue to no avail, noting that they have been using the cemetery for decades and expressed his utter disappointment and frustration with the manner the PIU handled the matter. According to Gomez, the PIU arrived at about 17.30 pm; that after seeing the chaotic nature of the situation, they threw teargas at people and arrested some of the village youth and took them to Brikama Police Station where they were charged for Criminal trespass and bailed.The following were the people arrested and taken to the Brikama Police Station: Samuel Gomez, Louie Mendy, Francis A. Mendy, Sampierre Mendy, Alex Sambou, Raul Gomez, Andrew Gomez, Peter Gomez, Abdoulie Mendy and Patrick Mendy. They are all said to be close relatives of the deceased and were the ones digging the grave.The Vicar General, Father Emile told Foroyaa they have been using this cemetery for decades. He said the problem has arisen because the land has been sold to someone who is using it as an orchard and thereby desecrating the cemetery.By Thursday afternoon the police were still surrounding the cemetery while religious leaders discussed with the authorities to facilitate the burial of their loved one.last_img read more

San Diego Police Chief David Nisleit update on issues facing SDPD

first_img KUSI Newsroom, Lauren Phinney, Carlos Amezcua, Posted: August 16, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – There is a lot happening at the San Diego Police Department, including a review of the controversial carotid restraint technique.Police Chief David Nisleit joined KUSI’s Carlos Amezcua and Lauren Phinney with the latest on this and shared an update on the department’s recruitment efforts. KUSI Newsroom, Lauren Phinney, Carlos Amezcua Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter August 16, 2018 San Diego Police Chief David Nisleit update on issues facing SDPDlast_img read more

Updated AAM Tweaks Digital Issue Reporting Guidelines

first_img U.S. Digital Sponsored Magazines to Report “Unique Opens” on December 2017 AAM Reports When the delivery of digital magazine issues are sponsored by third-party companies, magazine publishers may report the copies as “digital sponsored” subscriptions or single-copy sales on AAM reports. The AAM board approved a change that applies to only U.S. magazine publishers, which will require them to prove that the issue was delivered and opened by the consumer, starting with July 2017 issues. Editor’s note: The original article on this Alliance for Audited Media rule change contained a series of misconceptions about what classes of digital magazine circulation were actually affected. In the interest of accuracy, we’ve provided the AAM’s original announcement below. The Alliance for Audited Media (AAM) announced yesterday a trio of new initiatives stemming from the latest meeting of its board of directors — among them, a rule change requiring publishers to prove “unique opens” of those digital magazines whose delivery is sponsored by a third-party company. View the full announcement from the AAM below. In connection with this change, AAM recently certified ValueMags—a platform that fulfills digital sponsored magazine subscriptions—to ensure the platform tracks “unique opens” in a way that is consistent with industry guidelines and best practices as well as AAM magazine reporting criteria. The certification helps fast-track AAM audits for magazines that use ValueMags to deliver their sponsored issues.last_img read more

Legislature OKs up to 125M for new LIO site

first_imgThe Wells Fargo building in the Spenard neighborhood of Anchorage in July 2006. (Creative Commons photo by Dana)Download AudioThe contentious plan over what to do with the Legislative Information Office in downtown Anchorage became more confusing Monday night, when the Legislative Council approved spending up to $12.5 million to buy the Wells Fargo Bank building in Anchorage’s Spenard neighborhood.The decision opens up even more uncertainties about the future of the LIO.The council started looking at new real estate options after Governor Bill Walker threatened to veto a $32.5 million appropriation for lawmakers to buy the current LIO building on the corner of Anchorage’s 4th Avenue.In March, a state judge found the council had violated competitive bidding requirements in negotiating renovation work, and ruled that the state’s 10-year lease of the LIO is invalid.Council chairman Sen. Gary Stevens, R-Kodiak, said that amid a veto threat from the governor he was forced to look for cheaper alternatives.“That really places me in a very tenuous, very difficult position,” Stevens said by phone from Juneau, adding that its his job as chair to make sure there is office space available for Anchorage legislators to conduct government business.Stevens sees the Wells Fargo building as the best deal on the table. The bank would rent out the first-floor retail space for its branch. The two vacant upper floors of the 47,000 square-foot building are “move-in ready.” Though he couldn’t provide specifics for how much tenant improvements will cost, Stevens believes they’ll be minimal, and not add much on top of the purchase price.The council is beginning a 60 day exploratory phase to ensure the building is structurally sound and can accommodate lawmakers’ needs.“We want to make sure that if we decide to purchase it that it’s a building worth what we’re paying for,” Stevens said.After talking with Walker’s chief of staff, Stevens was assured the governor would not veto this purchase option, which Katie Marquette, press secretary for the governor’s office, confirmed in an email.While the purchase price is much lower than the proposal to buy the current LIO building, it’s not clear how much more money the state might have to pay if a lawsuit is filed by the owners of the downtown property.Amy Slinker, a spokesperson for the building’s owners, declined to say whether they are currently considering suing to recover tens of millions of dollars sunk into the renovation. Asked about the council’s action, Slinker wrote in a text message, “We are reviewing the decision.”Stevens is not concerned.“Lawsuits go both ways,” he said. “They could sue us, we could sue them. But the contract we have is void, that’s what the judge has said, so how (are) they going to sue us? Sue us for what?”Another uncertainty is how much of the $12.5 million approved by the council will go to a commission for the real estate broker facilitating the sale.On large commercial sales, Wells Fargo typically outsources the job of securing a deal to a broker, explained Joe Everhart, regional president for Wells Fargo in Alaska.“All I know right now is that the Legislature is interested,” Everhart said. “The legislature is talking to our broker.”Everhart estimated the commission will be at four to six percent of the sale price, which could mean $500,000 to $750,000 for broker Marc Dunne.But the commission figure is a “moving target,” according to Dunn. Reached by phone, Dunn declined to provide a range on how much he could make from the sale, saying only that he can “guarantee it’s less than four percent” of the total price.The Anchorage Downtown Partnership asked the council to keep the office downtown, writing in a letter signed by Board President Gideon Garcia that moving the location conflicts with the city’s long-term planning and zoning goals, putting the potential sale at odds with the state’s own regulatory statute over land use.Stevens noted that lawmakers have had offices in Anchorage’s Midtown district in the past.The 14 members of the Legislative Council have to approve the purchase before a contract can be signed.In other action, the Legislative Council voted to release the late Rep. Max Gruenberg’s papers to his widow, Kayla Epstein. The council also set up a process for releasing a legislator’s records after their death to his or her family.A lawyer with the legislature’s legal services division advised that Gruenberg’s papers shouldn’t be released under legislative immunity after the Anchorage Democrat’s death in February.Andrew Kitchenman contributed reporting for this story from Juneau.last_img read more

Giving Tuesday — How To Know Which Charities Are Legit

first_img 00:00 /05:42 Share Listen It’s Giving Tuesday – the Tuesday after Thanksgiving…following Black Friday and Cyber Monday.Today is the day many charities and nonprofits aggressively encourage your donations. You’ve probably come across such pushes online, on social media, via e-mail, by phone and so forth.But how do you know which of those seeking a few bucks from you are on the up and up, and which are…well, not?We ask Dr. Laila Sorurbakhsh, who directs UH-Downtown’s Nonprofit Management master’s program. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Xlast_img read more

New circuit design allows for elimination of laptop charger brick

first_img 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. The new adaptor has come about due to the development of a new circuit design by MIT professor David Perreault—it’s able to run at higher frequencies (between 30MHz and 300MHz-a thousand times faster than conventional adapters) due to a power reclaiming scheme he developed. The result is a 65 watt power adapter that can be used to charge a variety of laptops or other devices such as smartphone or tablets (because it comes with a 2.1A USB connector)—it can even charge more than one device at a time.FINSix says the tiny adapter is just the first of what will be a whole new line of power electronics devices based on the new circuit design—from AC/DC converters to power controllers in devices ranging from air conditioners to more efficient electric motors—all courtesy of the increased frequency range. The new design allows for recycling power that in traditional designs is lost, preventing the loss of efficiency that typically occurs with other circuits when upping the frequency range. Representatives for FINSix say the new design (which uses what they call Very High Frequency power conversion technology) leaps over conventional barriers and will pave the way for more efficient electronic devices that are also smaller and lighter. The new adapter which doesn’t appear to have a name or price yet, is likely to be extremely popular among laptop users (when it becomes available for sale sometime mid-2014) as it will allow those who tote laptops around to downsize their carrying case and to leave chargers for other devices at home. The company plans to unveil the new adapter to the public at next month’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas where it will be featured as an Engineering Award winner in the Portable Power category. Explore further (Phys.org) —Power electronics maker FINsix Corporation has announced the development of what is being called the world’s smallest laptop adaptor—one that is just a quarter the size of traditional models and just a sixth the weight—it comes as a standard wall plug, eliminating the “box on the ground” format so familiar to laptop users. More information: www.finsix.com/center_img © 2013 Phys.org Citation: New circuit design allows for elimination of laptop charger brick (2013, December 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-12-circuit-laptop-charger-brick.html UN aims to pull plug on plethora of power supplieslast_img read more

Some tradition some modernity at WLFW

As the curtain rises for the Wills Lifestyle Fashion Week, designers are gearing up to put out their best. Jyoti Sharma, a participating designer,  will showcase her new collection. Her spring summer 2013 collection called ‘Nrpusta–Regalia of a Modern Princess’ will be unveiled at the event.Nrpusta refers to The King’s Daughter and is a collection which is meant to bring out a modern princess  in every girl!‘My collection titled Nrpusta refers to the King’s daughter. It personifies the modern Indian princess who has thrived through the most revolutionary journey till today. She is someone who is traditional at heart but modern in approach. The collection is a mix of Indian and western line with focus on short dresses, skirts and lehangas embroidered with Mughal motifs,’ said Jyoti. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The collection also embraces clean-cut silhouettes, standing collars and strong shoulders with the  Mughal motifs in the designer’s style of handcrafts and intricate ornamentation. The ensembles  are rich with the colours of royalty, like red, blue, beige, rust, orange and black, with golden highlights. ‘I have designed this collection thinking of Royal princesses. I love making Indian and Western garments and this time I am designing festive wear for the first time,’ Jyoti added.So what is the colour and fabric the coming season?‘The coming spring and summer you will find yourself wrapped in heavenly fabrics, adorned with fabulous vivid colors, and royal colours like rusty orange with fabric like chanderi,’ said Jyoti.She predicted that the draped pants, surface ornamentation and 3D cut ‘work could make a comeback in the upcoming fashion week.’ read more

Costa Ricas ambassador to US weighs in on the migrant dilemma

first_imgRelated posts:Costa Rica calls for regional meeting to address flood of Cuban migrants Desperate Cubans mass at Nicaragua’s closed border After Central America slog, Cubans can expect US welcome Costa Rica winds down humanitarian mission for Cuban migrants with presidential send-off WASHINGTON, D.C. – Costa Rica has long been the destination of choice for poor immigrants from neighboring Nicaragua. But now, the country is becoming a refuge for increasing numbers of Salvadorans fleeing violent crime and gangs, Cubans desperate to reach the U.S. border, and stateless “transcontinentals” arriving from as far as Iraq, Bangladesh and Somalia.Román Macaya, Costa Rica’s ambassador to the United States, tried to make sense of it all during a recent public appearance at the Ronald Reagan Building in the U.S. capital.Macaya’s Jan. 20 speech, most of which focused on his country’s achievements in education, health care, ecotourism and high-tech business investment, came the same day The Washington Post, quoting a study by the Center for Migration Studies, reported that the U.S. undocumented immigrant population has fallen to 10.9 million – the lowest since 2003.That continued “a nearly decade-long decline that has the potential to reshape the debate over reforming the nation’s immigration system,” said the report, adding that the number of undocumented immigrants has dropped each year since 2008, driven primarily by a steady decline in migrants from Mexico.“Sharper declines from South America and Europe have contributed to the overall numbers,” it said, “even as illegal immigration from Central America, where families with children have flocked across the southwest border in recent months, is on the rise.”Macaya, speaking to members of the Washington Intergovernmental Professional Group, said that of the 68,541 unaccompanied minors apprehended by the U.S. Border Patrol in fiscal year 2014, “not one of those children was Costa Rican.”On the contrary, he said, “we are a destination for migrants of all types. Not only are we getting people from the Northern Triangle, between 100,000 to 120,000 Americans consider Costa Rica home today.”Macaya, who’s been posted to Washington since September 2014, said he spent part of his Christmas vacation back home, accompanying two Texas lawmakers – U.S. Reps. Henry Cuellar (D) and Kay Granger (R) – to shelters housing Cuban migrants, to the Costa Rica-Nicaragua border, and to a meeting with President Luis Guillermo Solís.“They were very impressed with how we took care of these migrants, making sure they were documented and legal, and taking them in an orderly fashion through this process,” Macaya, 49, told his audience of business executives, government officials and lobbyists – most of whom, by a show of hands, had never set foot in Central America.Read more stories about the Cuban migrants here From left, Allyson McKithen, senior operations manager at the Ronald Reagan Building’s Office for Trade Promotion, Román Macaya, Costa Rica’s ambassador to the United States, and Nelson Garcia, president of Washington Intergovernmental Professional Group LLC. Larry Luxner/The Tico TimesDouglas Farah, writing in Foreign Policy, noted on Jan. 19 that “while the budget Congress passed in December surprisingly gave the Obama administration $750 million of the $1 billion requested in aid for Central America, 75 percent of aid was conditioned on the regional governments reining in corruption, strengthening the rule of law and judicial structures, and ending rampant impunity. Given the complexities of the possible disbursements and the unlikeliness of the conditions being met, money will likely not begin to flow for at least a year and then only in trickles.”At any rate, Macaya said Costa Rica would only see “a tiny fraction” of that U.S. generosity, adding that the Cuban migrant crisis is having a much bigger impact on his country at the moment.“With the normalization of relations between the United States and Cuba, a lot of people in Cuba who might have thought of immigrating to the U.S. have started to fear that the Cuban Adjustment Act – which allows any Cuban citizen who makes it to dry land to stay here legally – might disappear,” he said.Flying from Cuba to Ecuador, they started making their way north, “helped by human traffickers along this whole trip,” said Macaya. “Suddenly, thousands of migrants sort of surfaced in Costa Rica, and they didn’t have anyone to lead them. They went to the border with Nicaragua to continue north, and Nicaragua shut the border on them.”The impasse sparked a humanitarian crisis that has seen some of estimated 7,800 migrants waiting in limbo since November. Meanwhile, Costa Rican taxpayers have spent about $3 million to care for them. The two Texas representatives who toured those shelters with Macaya are urging some form of U.S. assistance to deal with the crisis.“We began issuing temporary transit visas, but it’s now been about two months,” Macaya said. “We began housing these migrants in schools, shelters and gymnasiums. It’s been a real effort, not just by the government but also civil society. This is a real case study, with people coming to shelters to invite Cuban migrants to stay with them.”But it now appears that a solution has finally been found.On Jan. 20, as the diplomat was speaking in Washington, officials from Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala and Mexico met in Guatemala City, where they agreed to a second airlift that would follow the same route and logistics as a Jan. 12 test flight.Under that plan, the Cubans will fly from Costa Rica over Nicaraguan airspace to El Salvador, where they will travel on buses through Guatemala to the Mexican border at Tapachula, and from there to Texas. With two flights a week carrying 180 migrants per planeload, it should take roughly five months to move all the Cubans out of Costa Rica.As complicated as that sounds, said Macaya, another wave of migrants is even more challenging: “transcontinental migrants” from Africa, Asia and the Middle East.“They’re not coming in the same number as Cubans, but they’re very worrisome because of their profile,” he said. “When the Cubans show up, they tend to be healthy and educated. We spoke to many of them who are doctors, engineers, athletes and artists. But when these ‘transcontinentals’ make their way to South America, they have no IDs. When we catch them, there isn’t a single piece of paper on them.”These refugees are often Somalis, Pakistanis, Syrians, Bangladeshis or Nepalese.“They don’t speak English or Spanish, so we don’t even know if that’s true,” he said. “There are no consulates anywhere near Costa Rica for these countries they claim to be from.”Adding to the problem, said Macaya, is the fact that “they’re under the radar. Unlike the Cubans, they don’t want to be seen.”Read more immigration stories here Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impa

first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Best Play – Tyrann Mathieu’s touchdown-saving strip vs. St. Louis – There have been several plays that could qualify: Michael Floyd’s amazing catch against the Rams and Andre Ellington’s 80-yard run against Atlanta among them. But Mathieu’s all-out hustle play in Week 1 when he saved a touchdown by poking the ball out of the hands of Rams’ tight end Jared Cook was both a reminder of the Honey Badger’s playmaking collegiate past and a sign of things to come. Mathieu was considered a risky draft pick by many, but he’s been one of the best defensive rookies in the entire league in the first eight games of 2013.Toughest First Half Cardinal – Calais Campbell and Rashad Johnson – Near the end of the Cardinals’ loss to San Francisco on October 13, Campbell was completely motionless. The 6-foot-8 defensive end was injured while making a tackle and had to be immobilized and carted off the field. He underwent neurological testing at Stanford Hospital overnight, but checked out OK. Not only did Campbell play four days later in a Thursday night tilt against Seattle, he excelled, leading the team with eight total tackles and stuffing a fourth-down run by Seahawks’ quarterback Russell Wilson. But for the toughness and perseverance Campbell displayed, he’s got to share the award with Johnson, who lost part of the middle finger on his left hand while making a special teams tackle against New Orleans. Yes, he missed two games following surgery, but again, HE LOST PART OF HIS FINGER! There are a lot fewer doubters now. Bowles’ defense has bent but not broken. The Cardinals are 19th in the NFL in yards allowed, but only 13th in points allowed. And while they have been victimized by opposing tight ends, the Big Red ‘D’ has been one of the toughest against the run in ’13, allowing only 88.3 yards per game. Arizona has also forced 19 turnovers in eight games — the second-most in the NFC.Special Teams: B- The kicking game is in good hands (or feet, rather) with kicker Jay Feely and punter Dave Zastudil. After having his job threatened by free agent Dan Carpenter in training camp, Feely has responded well, hitting 14-of-15 field goal attempts, with his only miss coming from 50 yards on the last play of the first half in the season opener against the Rams. Zastudil has planted over 47 percent of his punts inside the opponent’s 20-yard line this season and is averaging 45.1 yards per attempt.The only Cardinals’ special teams problems have come in the return game. Kickoff returner Javier Arenas has hurt field position on a handful of occasions by attempting a return from deep in Arizona’s end zone. Arenas is currently averaging 23.1 yards per return. Patrick Peterson ranks 25th out of 26 qualified NFL punt returners, averaging just 4.6 yards per return. Like Arenas, he has made some questionable decisions in fielding the ball and judging position. Last Sunday against Atlanta, Peterson fielded the ball and lost seven yards on the return. It appears the third-year pro is pressing at times, trying to recapture the magic of his rookie season when he took four punt returns back for touchdowns. He’s currently riding a 29-game streak without a punt return score. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo GradesOffense: C- Head coach Bruce Arians came to Arizona with the reputation of being an offensive genius who loved “chunk plays.” Very few are questioning Arians’ credentials, but the chunk plays have been few and far between due to a number of factors. The Cardinals are tied for 15th in the league with 21 running plays of more than 10 yards and are tied for last in the NFL with just seven passing plays of 25 yards or more. The failure is to be shared. I’ve already mentioned Palmer’s interception struggles, but he’s been under a good deal of pressure much of the season due to shaky offensive line play. Cardinals receivers making mental errors and not putting themselves in good position to make catches has been a frequent refrain of the season’s first half. Arizona’s running game ranks 20th in the league.There have been signs of improvement, but ultimately the transition to Arians’ system has taken too long for anyone’s liking.Defense: B The fear about the Cardinals’ defense was that its success was tied to the guidance of former defensive coordinator Ray Horton, who was passed up for the head coaching jobs and took his scheme to Cleveland. Todd Bowles took over for Horton after a rough half-season in Philadelphia in 2012, and many had their doubts. Arizona has been excellent in kickoff return coverage, allowing just 20 yards per and has been decent in punt return coverage as well.Questions for Second Half• How much more will Andre Ellington’s workload increase? Probably not much more, honestly. Ellington is slightly-built and Arians sees him as a 35-snap player on offense. The rookie from Clemson is the team’s leading rusher through eight games despite having 49 less carries than Rashard Mendenhall. The coaching staff wants to preserve him and limit the physical punishment he takes, so the workload should remain about the same barring a rash of injuries at the RB position.• Will we ever see Ryan Williams play?I hate to say it, but who knows? Williams made the team by the skin of his teeth in training camp, but has yet to suit up on a Sunday. I asked Coach Arians how close Williams was to playing against Atlanta — a game Mendenhall missed due to injury. Arians said he was “real close,” but added again that Williams doesn’t provide anything on special teams for the Cardinals. Neither does Mendenhall, which led to my thinking that Williams could have just stepped in and played for the veteran without affecting special teams personnel. The bye week in the National Football League.It’s a necessity for coaches and players — a chance for them to recharge their batteries and prepare for the upcoming rigors the league presents.But for fans (and fantasy football players), it’s terrible. A week without football can be like a week without air. That’s the situation fans of the Arizona Cardinals find themselves in this week. The Cards received the ever-convenient Week 9 bye from NFL schedule makers, meaning exactly half of their regular-season schedule remains. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellingcenter_img Arizona is very much in the thick of things in the NFC playoff picture at 4-4.And since there’s no Cardinals game to preview this week, I thought I’d take the opportunity to look back on the first half of the 2013 campaign — the good and the bad.AwardsFirst Half MVP – Karlos Dansby, LB – I wanted to go with Calais Campbell, who has been outstanding, but Dansby has been better. Signed in May seemingly as an insurance policy during Daryl Washington’s four-game drug-related suspension, Dansby has been so much more than that. He leads the team in tackles with 71, is second with three sacks and has defended 10 passes — good for second in the NFC. And since Washington’s return, Dansby’s been even better.Honorable Mention: DE Calais Campbell, LB Daryl Washington, DB Tyrann MathieuFirst Half Disappointment – Carson Palmer, QB – There were a few options here, but it’s hard not to bestow the dubious honor on Palmer, who has thrown at least one interception in every game this season. His 14 interceptions rank second only to Eli Manning’s 15. While a good number of the interceptions haven’t been Palmer’s fault, he needs to be a lot better in the remaining eight games for the Cardinals to accomplish their offensive goals.Dishonorable Mention: RB Rashard Mendenhall, TE Rob Housler, T Eric Winston Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   After not suiting up Sunday against the Falcons, I thought Williams would have been a trade candidate for a team looking for RB help, but the deadline came and went and the former Virginia Tech star is still in Arizona.• What’s up with Larry Fitzgerald?It seems unnatural to believe that Fitz is no longer among the elite receivers in the league despite the stats illustrating that fact. I tend to believe that Fitzgerald’s hamstring injury was far worse than anyone let on, and that he gutted it out and played on Sundays regardless. For Fitzgerald, the bye week came at a great time, and I fully expect to see a rejuvenated No. 11 in the last eight games for the Cardinals.• Is this team really a playoff contender?The answer is ‘yes’ because the possibility of a nine-win season remains. After the bye, the Cardinals get Houston in Glendale and then a trip to (probably still winless) Jacksonville. Those are two infinitely winnable football games. Pencil in a loss to Indianapolis and a win over wretched Philadelphia, and that would put the Cards at 7-5 with four games left. I would expect the Cardinals to beat St. Louis at University of Phoenix Stadium on December 8 and I expect them to lose to Seattle and San Francisco in the season’s last two weeks. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires That leaves one very important swing game — December 15 at Tennessees. If the Cardinals can beat the Titans, that would (at least according to my twisted projections) give them nine wins and a realistic shot at an NFC Wild Card. The cause is helped by Arizona holding tiebreakers over Detroit and Carolina.last_img read more

Representatives host March office hours in Fenton

first_imgState Reps. Joseph Graves and Hank Vaupel invite residents to join them for a joint March office hours gathering in Fenton.Rep. Graves, R-Argentine Township, and Rep. Vaupel, R-Fowlerville, will meet with people who have questions or ideas about state and local government on Monday, March 23, at Biggby Coffee, 235 N. Leroy St., Suite A, in Fenton, from 11: 30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.“I always look forward to the time I can spend meeting with citizens in the district,” said Rep. Graves. “I value the input I receive from these important gatherings and hope people will come out and let us know what is on their minds.”Rep. Vaupel said the feedback he receives helps him be a stronger voice for communities in the 47th House District.“I find the information I hear from residents of our communities to be vital in the way I represent them at the Capitol,” Rep. Vaupel said. “Meeting with the people I serve and hearing what they have to say is one of the most enjoyable aspects of this job.”No reservations are necessary. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. Graves by calling 866-989-5151 or via email at JosephGraves@house.mi.gov. Rep. Vaupel may be reached at 517-373-8835 or via email at HankVaupel@house.mi.gov.##### Categories: Graves News,News,Vaupel News 03Mar Representatives host March office hours in Fentoncenter_img Reps. Graves, Vaupel invite residents to meetinglast_img read more