An Indian diaspora group will organize an inaugural ball for the 45th President of the US in January 2017 to highlight the importance of Indian-American community in American politics. Related Items
Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical P11-B loan for SEA Games hosting not an issue — Cayetano Phoenix, led by Eugene Phelps, tries to bounce back from a loss to NLEX last week.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers The Beermen shrugged that off after coming from a fourth-place finish in the tough Terrific 12 tournament in Macau last week, where Dez Wells showed a glimpse of what he can do—skills that amazed Austria himself.“He didn’t play like that in our first two tuneup games,” Austria said of his import, on whose shoulders a big chunk of the sweet season sweep of the Beermen rests. “But after seeing him in Macau, I think we have the right man for the job.”The KaTropa will also be making their conference debut earlier, colliding with Blackwater in the 4:30 p.m. contest with the Elite to stick it out with Marqus Blakely as original import choice Aaron Fuller is still injured.Austria said that Fajardo, the reigning five-time MVP, still has a swollen right ankle, while Standhardinger just recently recovered from a hurting knee sustained in Macau.“Health-wise, the team is OK,” Austria continued. “But (Fajardo and Standhardinger) will play managed minutes. They still need to fully recover.”ADVERTISEMENT Becoming his own man Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ This jewelry designer is also an architect LATEST STORIES MOST READ SEA Games: Team PH sets 2005 feat as goal SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40“We just need to play our game despite all the pressure that we feel,” he said when asked how the Triple Crown bid is being handled by the team. “The pressure is always there—people always expect a lot from us.”Austria wants a strong start—something which he is confident of since he believes that his Beermen will come into the conference minus the championship hangover of their Commissioner’s Cup conquest of TNT. Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics “If it happens, it happens,” he said with a laugh. “But right now, our focus is the game (on Wednesday). This is where it will all start.”The Beermen troop to the fabled Big Dome floor for a 7 p.m. match with Phoenix Pulse, with Austria not having the complement of a complete lineup with Marcio Lassiter still out and big men June Mar Fajardo and Christian Standhardinger to play “managed minutes” while recovering fully from leg injuries.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever? Leo Austria is trying very hard to keep his focus on where it should be—the immediate task at hand.“It’s one game at a time for us. We can talk about that thing later on,” Austria said as he deflected talks of a PBA Grand Slam on the eve of San Miguel Beer’s Governors’ Cup debut Wednesday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.ADVERTISEMENT Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’ PLAY LIST 02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal, few would have bet only a year ago, would be the top contenders at the 2017 U.S. Open, yet the Swiss maestro and the Spanish juggernaut start their campaign with the favourites tag on Tuesday.Federer and world number one Nadal won the first three grand slam titles of the season as they came back to prominence with a bang, and nothing suggests their first-round opponents, American Frances Tiafoe and Serbian Dusan Lajovic, will bother them. (Also read: Alexander Zverev struggles past qualifier Darian King)Federer closes proceedings on centre court, which was equipped with a roof last year that could prove helpful as rain might disrupt the action at Flushing Meadows. (Also read: Why do they call you The Goat? Kid asks Roger Federer)Women’s world number one Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic will get things going on Arthur Ashe against Poland’s Magda Linette before defending champion Angelique Kerber takes on talented Japanese Naomi Osaka. (Also read: Maria Sharapova edges No. 2 Simona Halep at US Open in Grand Slam return)Canadian Eugenie Bouchard, who is suing the U.S. Tennis Association for negligence after she sustained a concussion in a fall on the locker room’s floor in New York last year, takes on Russian Evgeniya Rodina on Grandstand. (Also read: Venus Williams leads American challenge at US Open)Former champion Juan Martin Del Potro, the 24th seed, is also in action, against Swiss Henri Laaksonen.
Editors’ Recommendations 6 Essential Scotch Cocktails That You Need to Know 10 Top Shelf Vodka Brands that are Actually Worth a Damn Ever wanted to drink from a rocks glass that looks like it belongs in Mad Men and happens to have your hometown or your favorite city printed on or etched into it?What about if that favorite city wasn’t just printed, but printed in 22-Karat freaking gold? Thanks to UncommonGreen, you can do just that, mixing up Old Fashioneds until the cows come home.Anchorage Map Etched Rocks GlassFor their newest line, Gold Leaf Glassware, you can select from over 20 major US Cities, including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, and more. For those across the pond, they also have London done in the same 22K gold leaf printing. In addition to a part of the city being etched onto the glass—for New York City, Lower Manhattan is pictured, for example—the city’s coordinates are also emblazoned on the side of the glass, ensuring you’ll never forget where you are (from). While not recommended for finding your way home from a bar, it looks sweet in your hand or on your bar.Each gold leaf glass costs $24 and while that may seem like a lot, you have to factor in not only will you be drinking sweet, sweet whiskey from it (or rum or tequila, we at The Manual don’t discriminate), but you’re also going to be showing the glass off as a piece of art. For doing double duty, $24 is a steal.Annapolis, Maryland Navy – College Town Map Rocks GlassIf you don’t find your city on the golden list, don’t worry, you can still drink from it. UncommonGreen has an entire line of Maps Barware, featuring rocks glasses, pint glasses, and a slew of other etched designs featuring thousands of cities across the country. If you still are at a loss and really want to celebrate your hometown, population 500 (here’s looking at you, Saluda, North Carolina), you can do that, too, by custom ordering your glassware.The one thing to keep in mind is if your town only has one street, you might want to think about a town you’ve always loved visited. Maybe one you hope to live in someday. (Then again, if you’re proud of your one-street town, go for it. It’s your glass. We’re not going to stop you.)Really, what we’ve learned from digging through the UncommonGreen’s site is that you can get lost in it. It’s the perfect place to find everything you might need for your bar—or the things you didn’t know you needed, but realize now that you’ve always wanted. Slate coasters with your state on it? Boom. Pint glass with the Marine Corps Marathon route on it celebrating that one time you were active? You know they got you covered, too. 7 Fall Cocktail Recipes to Enjoy With Cooler Weather How to Drink Absinthe and Live to Tell the Tale The Best Campgrounds Near Major U.S. Cities
Seoul: The world’s biggest smartphone and memory chip maker Samsung Electronics on Wednesday reported second-quarter net profits slumping by more than half in the face of a weakening chip market, and as a trade row builds between Seoul and Tokyo. The flagship subsidiary of the sprawling Samsung Group has enjoyed record profits in recent years despite a series of setbacks but is now struggling with chip prices falling as global supply increases. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal Net profits in the three months to June were 5.18 trillion won (USD 4.38 billion), Samsung Electronics said in a statement, down 53 percent year-on-year. “The weakness and price declines in the memory chip market persisted… despite a limited recovery in demand,” it said. In mobile phones, it achieved “stronger shipments on new mass-market models but was overall weighed down by slower sales of flagship models and increased marketing expenses”, it added. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost The results come hours after Apple, one of Samsung’s main rivals, delivered better-than-expected results as growth from services helped offset weak iPhone sales. The US firm has been shifting focus to digital content and services as sales of its flagship device weaken. Facing hardware challenges of its own, Samsung launched its top-end S10 5G smartphone earlier this year after South Korea won the global race to commercially launch the world’s first nationwide 5G network. But in April it was embarrassingly forced to delay the release of its new and hotly anticipated Galaxy Fold phones after reviewers provided with early devices reported screen problems within days of use. A simmering dispute between South Korea and Japan, which has seen Tokyo impose restrictions on chemical exports crucial to the South’s world-leading chip and smartphone companies — is also expected to affect Samsung Electronics’ key products. “The company is facing challenges from uncertainties not only in business areas but also from changes in the global macroeconomic environment,” it said. Two of the chemicals and materials targeted by Tokyo, hydrogen fluoride gas and photoresists, are essential to making memory chips, while the third, fluorinated polyimide, is used for high-spec TV screens and smartphone displays, including folding models. In the second half, Samsung Electronics said it “expects persistent uncertainties in the memory business”, while “overall sluggish demand in the broad smartphone market may limit upside potential” as competition increases. Q2 profits were ahead of expectations, HMC Investment Securities analyst Greg Roh told AFP, although smartphone sales lagged behind consensus forecasts. He expected similar profits in the July-September period before sales pick up in the fourth quarter, but added: “One big variable is the trade spat with Japan.” The South Korean firm had spent nearly eight years developing the Fold as part of its strategy to propel growth with groundbreaking gadgets. While the model was not the world’s first folding handset, the smartphone giant hoped it would help spark demand and potentially revive a sector that has been struggling for new innovations. The firm earlier this month announced it has “made improvements” to the device and would release it in September, but analysts say its delivery is likely to be affected by the Seoul-Tokyo trade dispute. “Because of the volume of chemicals required within the semiconductor manufacturing process, it is unlikely that the major chip suppliers will be able to find suitable quantities from suppliers outside of Japan,” said Len Jelinek, executive director of semiconductor research at IHS Markit. Tokyo’s move has raised international concern about the effect on global tech supply chains and the possibility of price hikes for consumers worldwide. Samsung is by far the biggest of the family-controlled conglomerates that dominate business in the world’s 11th largest economy, and it is crucial to South Korea’s economic health. Operating profits plunged 56 percent to 6.6 trillion won in the second quarter, the firm said, while sales fell four percent to 56.13 trillion won. Samsung Electronics shares closed down 2.6 percent.
This year’s auction of celebrity artwork in aid of the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation’s TigerTime campaign has raised a fabulous £2,667.Celebrity tigers on display at the Mall GalleriesCredit/Copyright: Adele Behles PhotographyThe proceeds will go to support tiger conservation projects protecting precious tiger populations in India, Russia and Thailand.“In these areas a little goes a long way for example £50 helps us run education workshops for 300 children in Assam, helping them to understand the importance of tigers to the biodiversity of their region and £12 can buy a first aid field kit for Thai wildlife rangers. So the total raised by the annual auction is going to make a big difference,” says TigerTime manager, Vicky Flynn.Rock legend, Status Quo’s Francis Rossi received the most number of bids while Ab Fab star Joanna Lumley, singer Melanie Chisolm and dancer Oti Mabuse proved hugely popular. The highest bids were received for artists Richard Symonds and Emily Lamb and fashion designer, Elizabeth Emanuel who celebrated her birthday yesterday (July 5).“It’s such a simple and effective fundraiser and we’re hoping to make it even bigger and better next year so if any celebrities would like to donate their tiger art for a fabulous cause we’d love to hear from you,” adds Vicky.You can find out more about TigerTime at www.tigertime.info and see its great celebrity supporters here.
Tahannaout- Saloua Ben Fethalla is a math teacher at Almajd School in Tahannaout, Morocco, a picturesque rural town at the foot of the Atlas Mountains. Her 13-year-old students are just beginning middle school.Until recently, the class of over 40 students would sit in rows, straining to listen as Fethalla lectured. With classes this size, it was difficult for students to work in teams and for teachers to provide one-on-one coaching to students. Traditional rote learning, not comprehension, was the norm.With USAID assistance, the situation has changed for the better. USAID’s Improving Training Quality to Advance National Education project in Morocco is reducing middle school dropout rates by improving teacher performance and creating a better environment for learning. At the start of the last school year, in April 2012, Fethalla attended a series of USAID-organized trainings showing teachers how to create a more interactive classroom. Now, her students collaborate in groups, and she has more time to focus on their individual needs and unique learning styles. Fethalla now uses everyday examples from the children’s lives to give context and realism to her lessons.During basic trigonometry lessons, students are organized in groups around the classroom. They eagerly raise their hands, hoping to be called upon to answer questions. Before this program began, quiet children could get lost in large classes. Now, their teacher draws them out. Fethalla recounts that she used to explain things through one-way communication. “Now the students learn on their own,” she says. “I’m just the coach.”Like Fethalla, 70 percent of teachers who received the USAID training have improved their classroom techniques. Their students have scored up to seven points higher on tests, including Arabic, compared with students whose teachers did not receive the training.Source: USAID Morocco
On the other hand, concerns about the nitty gritty of data governance and privacy issues have also been ramping up in recent months, with Bianca Wylie, co-founder of the policy advocacy group Tech Reset Canada, emerging as one of the leading voices raising questions about the Sidewalk Labs project.Speaking to the Financial Post, Vaughan specifically mentioned Wylie by name.“I’m nervous that they’re going to stall Waterfront Toronto and in doing so, hand over to casino operators and Doug Ford some of the most important real estate in the country, all because they don’t like Google,” Vaughan said.“It puts at risk the city’s waterfront, and that’s a 40-year project to which many of these players — Bianca included — are new to the conversation.”In response to Vaughan’s comments, a spokesman for Ontario Infrastructure Minister Monte McNaughton said the government is considering further action.“The report documented numerous concerning facts. Waterfront Toronto shared ‘almost no information about the project’ with one of its overseers. We were shocked to learn the board was given one weekend to examine the most important transaction in its history before being asked to approve it,” communications director Lee Greenberg said in an email.“We took decisive action in responding to that report, as you know, by making changes to the Board of Directors. Any discussion at this point about specific actions we may or may not take is speculative. And I won’t speculate.”In response to Vaughan’s comments, Wylie said that Toronto is facing a range of challenges, and people shouldn’t think of the Sidewalk Labs project in terms of a tradeoff between digital governance issues and urban renewal on the waterfront.“It’s critical that the response to immediate political pressures doesn’t come at the expense of due process and democratic resident engagement regarding physical and digital infrastructure,” Wylie said in an emailed statement. “Modern urban planning requires thoughtful digital governance, they’re mutually reinforcing. Toronto deserves both.” As the Sidewalk Labs smart city project on Toronto’s waterfront enters a key phase in the first half of 2019, Liberal MP Adam Vaughan is warning that data privacy concerns shouldn’t be used to undercut “momentum” for the project.Vaughan’s riding covers the Quayside district just east of the downtown core where Sidewalk Labs is proposing an ambitious urban innovation development, reimagining public space, transportation and digital systems to make the city function more effectively.But Vaughan said he’s worried that the provincial government is going to use data governance and privacy concerns as cover to “blow up” Waterfront Toronto, the federal-provincial-municipal agency mandated with revitalizing the city’s lakeshore, and the agency directly managing the Quayside development. ‘Terrifying if we get it wrong’: Sidewalk Labs needs to slow its process, advisory panel experts say Sidewalk Labs is already collecting data on Torontonians in Thorncliffe Park Ontario sacks three Waterfront Toronto board members amid Sidewalk Labs controversy “Doug Ford has been trying to sabotage Waterfront Toronto since the days he was on city council and I was on council with him,” Vaughan said.“He has never won the argument with serious city planners on his vision for the waterfront, but you know, with a couple high-tech activists and a really flimsy, poorly written auditor’s report, he’s got the cover he needs to reverse 25 years of good, solid work and 40 years of dreaming on the Toronto waterfront, and I’ll be damned if I surrender that just because you don’t like the way Google or Facebook or Twitter handles personal data.”Sidewalk Labs is owned by Alphabet Inc., the parent company of Google LLC.In December, Ontario’s auditor general issued a report calling into question aspects of how Waterfront Toronto handled portions the Quayside project, and in response to the report, the provincial government sacked the three provincial representatives on the Waterfront Toronto board and vowed more rigorous oversight of the agency.At the time, Mayor John Tory said he spoke to Premier Doug Ford about concerns that the provincial government was going to “blow up” Waterfront Toronto.“I certainly was satisfied from our discussion yesterday that there’s not some broader attempt here to sort of take the waterfront corporation apart or dismantle it at all,” Tory said at the time.All of this is happening at a critical time for the Sidewalk Toronto project. In the first few months of 2019, Waterfront Toronto is expected to intensify its work developing digital governance policy, and around the end of March or the beginning of April, Sidewalk Labs is expected to publish a draft Master Innovation and Development Plan (MIDP) for public comment, before delivering a final revised version by the end of June.Members of Toronto’s tech business community have raised concerns that if the project doesn’t proceed, it will put a chill on foreign investment in Canada, and Toronto will develop a reputation as being hostile to ambitious innovation projects.It puts at risk the city’s waterfront, and that’s a 40-year project to which many of these players — Bianca (Wylie) included — are new to the conversation.Liberal MP Adam Vaughan
The open pit mining division of ABB Automation, a leader in power and automation technologies, has developed a software tool to calculate the return on investment (ROI) for electrical and mechanical retrofits/upgrades of open-pit mining machinery – shovels and draglines. This success was achieved in close cooperation with RWTH Aachen University, Institute for Open Pit Mining, in Germany. An important consideration for decision making is the ROI time period. The newly developed ROI calculator is based on long-term investigations of mining machinery, data issued by the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration and by Info Mine Inc. The ABB ROI calculator evaluates the effects of the retrofit on energy consumption, maintenance costs, management & labour costs, impact on operating time, productivity, and many other factors.Using a computer-based calculation model, the ABB ROI calculator provides reliable information about the potential payback period and displays the result on annual production and maintenance costs, as well as other data. To achieve the highest results, comprehensive case studies are available to meticulously plan refit-scenarios for large machinery, such as draglines.The ABB Centre of Excellence for Open Pit Mining has more than 50 years of experience in electrical engineering and automation of mining machinery. RWTH Aachen University, Institute for Open Pit Mining in Germany has been developing state-of-the-art mining technologies since 1966.
SOMETIMES, IT CAN feel like you’re having a really bad day. Source: ImgurAnd sometimes we all need a reminder that it could be worse.Are you ready? Source: WordPress1. First off, let’s get some perspective. This wasn’t your mistake. Source: Imgur2. You’re not this nurse. Source: Imgur3. You still have your awareness of glass doors. Source: Imgur4. Unlike this guy, you’re still allowed to hold cameras. Source: Viralnova5. And nobody has seen you do this. Source: Imgur6. In career terms, you haven’t accidentally destroyed your workplace in a glass-collecting incident. Source: Imgur7. And no matter what your relationship status, you’re in better shape than some. Source: Mikesacks8. So look. We’ve all been in difficult situations. Source: Dumpaday9. Sometimes life throws us hard lessons. Source: Viralnova10. The most naturally gifted people can have off days. Source: Imgur11. And it’s hard not to vent your frustration. Source: Imgur12. But while you never know what having a bad day can bring… Source: Imgur13. … there’s always someone who’s known worse. Source: Buzzfeed14. So look on the bright side. You’re not this person.15. Or this one. Source: Imgur16. Or this one. Source: Netdna-cdn17. Or Captain Missing Sandwich. Source: Buzzfeed18. This isn’t your car. Source: Imgur19. Or your dog. Source: Imgur20. You didn’t lose a fight with a sandwich board. Source: Thumbpress21. You’re not this guy, whose face shows that he’s realised the policeman is only radioing for his mates Source: Imgur22. And this is still the worst day ever. Source: ThumbpressSo there you go. Your day isn’t so bad.Feel free to bookmark this post and come back to it when you need a reminder.PS: here’s a baby polar bear getting tickled. Source: ImgurMore: 9 facts that will definitely cheer you up>
33 Comments AN AUSTRALIAN COUPLE have spoken of the ‘traumatic’ moment their pet dog Molly was taken by a shark at a Sydney beach.The pair were playing fetch with their American Staffordshire Terrier when they threw a stick into the water only for the dog to be taken by a shark when it went to retrieve it.“We were just throwing the stick in the water. The tide was really far out and there was a bit of a drop off [where the water became deeper],” dog-owner Nigel told the Sydney Morning Herald.“It was very quick. It just took her under the water.”Nigel said they were unable to retrieve the dog’s body. He estimated the shark to be 3.5m long.The local council in the south Sydney Kurnell area has been informed and lifeguards are now patrolling the beaches to ensure nobody enters the water.Dog owners are also being warned to be cautious when out walking their pets.“It could have been a little nipper. What’s the difference between a little nipper in a wetsuit and a small dog?,” local dog owner Ellie Warner told 7 News Sydney.Authorities have said they believe the shark in question may have been a bull shark.Read: Irishman up for Pride of Australia Medal after he saves friend from great white shark attack >Read: A 400-year-old Greenland shark has been found to be the world’s oldest vertebrate > Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article ‘It could have been a little nipper’ – Shark snatches dog from Sydney beach Some beaches in the Kurnell area have now been closed to swimmers. By Rónán Duffy Tuesday 28 Feb 2017, 9:11 AM http://jrnl.ie/3262812 37,024 Views Feb 28th 2017, 9:11 AM Short URL Share16 Tweet Email4
Everton boss Marco Silva is not bothered about Everton’s ability to score more goals and the need to secure more strikers.January transfer window is a few days away and Silva is tired of being told to buy a striker to take the place of Romelu Lukaku.Ronald Koeman lost his job over a year ago and was succeeded by Sam Allardyce who brought in Cenk Tosun last January. However, the Turkey international has not thoroughly impressed as the club wanted and is being used sparingly ever since.“I understand the reasons why I keep getting asked about buying a striker,” Silva said, according to the Guardian.Premier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“But what I can tell you is that Richarlison has scored nine goals. That is not a bad number considering he was banned for a couple of matches and has not played every game up front.“It would be ideal to have someone scoring a goal in every game but that is not easy. When you look at the list of the best strikers in the Premier League this season Richarlison is not far from the top. To have someone scoring more would be fantastic but we have to be fair to the players we have.“It is not just in that position we can improve either. It is not right to be always talking about the same position in the squad. You can improve everywhere. Even the best team in the world can improve.”
Related Items:Ministry of health defends its handling of Zika virus, potential law to allow ticketing for individuals breaking DEH health codes, public thinks government is too closed mouth about zika, residents need to do more to prevent breeding sites Many believe the same is happening with Zika which has spawned resort cancellations to the tune of hundreds of thousands of dollars.Origin of the Zika cases we asked? No, we cannot know but three countries were confirmed as the source places.Why so slow for us to know we asked? Confirmation on the five cases as Zika was needed, media was told. Yet all five cases are separate instances and we only knew at five. Now there are reportedly eight; this approach to not sharing from the very first case has many believing that the TCI is beyond the eight revealed cases which includes a pregnant woman. What about the $550,000 in Solid Waste Management money we asked? We were told it is for the Premier to say. The Premier, who is also the Minister of Health was not there at the press conference to say. And when Magnetic Media asked why? Well there was no true reply, except that one day, some day, the Health Minister will share the solid waste management plan.New to your fight? Door to door inspections and visits supported by the TCI Red Cross, we were told.Also new… ticketing for breaches in the environmental health codes for residential, industrial and commercial properties. The law, however, to get that enforcement started is likely three months from implementation.At times it was a rowdy exchange between media and the two health directors in the hunt for clarity, transparency and accountability… including a cocksure posture by Health Officials about public perception on what is or is not being done.We informed that most believe nothing is happening to stop Zika Virus spreading in these islands.Biggest problem? The public which refuses, in some cases, to acquiesce to the law and best practices to decrease breeding of that aedes Eqypti mosquito.Another, but not mentioned today by the Medical & Environmental Health Directors is the incessant rain. A leaf is a great birthplace for a mosquito and so is a plant pot.The TCI is not alone and other countries do have Zika; but the TCI is unique and is one of the countries which has opted to omit the facts. Often conveyed to Magnetic Media by Joe Public is concern over the secrecy and guardedness of info when this global health crisis which has now hit home within the past four weeks is a fight for the health and for the wealth of the nation by all.In the meantime, please do your part to become and advocate and participant in keeping the TCI free of more mosquito breeding sites. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, August 16, 2016 – The Turks and Caicos Ministry of Health defends its public handling of the Zika Virus; despite media conveying that residents are critical of their Public Relations. In a media conference today to share the national action plan, missing was the Minister of Health, Dr Rufus Ewing and present were Dr. Nadia Astwood and Mr Kenrick Neely who repeated commonly communicated information and gave little insight into the cases detected and confirmed; and scant information on what is new.Though the campaign against mosquito breeding at various times can be labeled vigorous, it has failed to resonate in a way to drive down the dangers as mosquito breeding sites continue to exist and actually flourish in too many communities. The inability to get some residents to fall in line has actually led to the mushrooming of two mosquito borne diseases in the TCI; Dengue Fever since 2011 and Chikungunya Virus in 2014. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
The National Working Group on Cover Crops and Soil Health will publish recommendations this week that offer action items for expanding cover crop acreage and additional improvements to soil health.American Soybean Association (ASA) Chairman Ray Gaesser is one of the 18 Working Group members. The 10 action items all pertain to USDA agencies and programs and cover a range of policies from research to crop insurance to conservation programs. Among the recommendations are creation of grant programs within existing USDA research programs to fund regional research and education efforts on cover crops; partnerships to develop improved cover crop germplasm; a triple-strategy conservation approach for fields coming out of CRP; and decoupling cover crop terminations from Federal crop insurance eligibility. The report will be published on the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) website by next week.
Legendary rock band will grace Sin City with The Crown Jewels at Park Theater at Park MGM in Las VegasRenée FabianGRAMMYs May 7, 2018 – 1:12 pm Las Vegas, get ready for a music-induced Sheer Heart Attack. Queen with Adam Lambert are heading to Sin City this fall.On May 7, the GRAMMY-nominated band announced they will be taking over Park Theater at Park MGM in Las Vegas for a limited 10-day engagement starting Sept. 1 and concluding Sept. 22. Aptly titled The Crown Jewels, fans can expect plenty of gems from the Queen catalog — “We Will Rock You,” “We Are The Champions,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” and more — courtesy of Lambert and co-founders guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor. Facebook Queen, Adam Lambert Will Rock Vegas Strip queen-adam-lambert-set-2018-las-vegas-residency News Twitter Email “We’re ready to take on the ultimate challenge … to dazzle Vegas,” May said in a press release, a sentiment echoed by Taylor, who said, “Looking forward to rocking the Strip.””I’m so excited to help share The Crown Jewels with the Strip,” added Lambert, who has served as the group’s lead singer since 2011. “You’ll be humming them all night!”Tickets for Queen’s Vegas residency will be available to presale members starting May 8, with tickets opening to the general public on May 11.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more Queen, Adam Lambert Set For 2018 Las Vegas Residency
This week on 49 Voices: an election special. Zoo election, that is.Supporters of the Alaska Zoo will be electing a president of their own on Nov. 8. Today we’ll hear from three candidates — Aphun the polar bear, Denali the wolf and George the Magpie — as well as their two campaign managers, Stephanie Hartman and Heather Doncaster. The spoke with Alaska Public Media’s Anne Hillman.Donors to the Alaska Zoo can cast one vote per dollar given until Tuesday, Nov. 8.Listen Now Aphun one of the candidates for Alaska Zoo president (Photo by Anne Hillman, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)ANNE HILLMAN: Hey, Aphun… you’re not even looking at me. You’re sleeping. You’re sleeping on the job. She just lays around. Is that what the president is doing?STEPHANIE HARTMAN: Yeah. Well, polar bears, if you think about it, they want to conserve energy so that they can build up a really big fat layer and be able to sustain themselves over periods of time with no food. So them being “lazy” is actually them being really good at conserving energy. Come on Aphun… good girl.HILLMAN: So what makes you a good president Phun bear?APHUN: (grunts)HARTMAN: Denali is this guy right over here hanging out in the shade under this tree.DENALI: (barks)HARTMAN: He’s very family-oriented so wolves, obviously, are very social, very highly intelligent animals. They’re used to living together in groups and, in fact, surviving in those family groups, known as packs. And these guys being very social and very smart, and Denali being the calm, confident leader that he is, being their primary male, or Alpha male, he loves his family. He does everything for his family. He’ll howl with his family.DENALI: (howls)HEATHER DONCASTER: So this is George the Magpie. She can talk at any time. She only really talks when she’s excited about something. Her brain power is just very, very large. Because she is a Corvid. Actually, the keepers have told me that they find George’s toys in the raven exhibit all the time. That means that she is feeding them out of her exhibit. The wild ravens get them. Then they trade the toy, our ravens, for food. Right now George is demonstrating her aloofness and that’s about all she’s doing. I was afraid that this would happen.
Washington: Media reports said on Friday. The priest, Amarjit Singh, told local Fresno Bee newspaper that an intrude “I stand with my friends in the Sikh community at this terrible time. This disgusting attack is not representative of who we are and we must find the person responsible,” Congressman Josh Harder said. “This is part of a larger pattern of hate against minority communities in the Central Valley. An attack on one minority community is an attack on all minority communities — whether it’s Sikh, Latino, Muslim, LGBTQ, Assyrian or anyone else,” he added.
Logo of Committee to Protect JournalistsJournalists faced growing dangers of being targeted for killing for their work in 2018 even as the risks from war and conflict declined, a media watchdog said Wednesday.The Committee to Protect Journalists said 34 of the 53 journalists killed on duty this year around the world were “singled out for murder.””The number of journalists targeted for murder in reprisal for their reporting nearly doubled in 2018 from a year earlier, driving up the overall count of journalists killed on the job,” the New York-based watchdog group said in a report.”The number of journalists targeted for murder in reprisal for their reporting nearly doubled in 2018 from a year earlier, driving up the overall count of journalists killed on the job,” the New York-based watchdog group said in a পডড়গপট.ঠবড reported echoed concerns in a similar report this week from Paris-based Reporters Without Borders, which found the death toll at 80, using a different methodology that includes bloggers, citizen journalists and media workers.Both reports cited an alarming increase in reprisals against reporters, highlighted by what CPJ called the “brazen murder” of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul.The CPJ report said that while the total number of journalists killed on duty hit its highest level in three years, the number killed in conflict fell to its lowest since 2011.The total is up from 47 killed in 2017, of which 18 were “pinpointed for murder,” CPJ said.”Afghanistan, where extremists have stepped up deliberate attacks on journalists, was the deadliest country and accounted for much of the increase,” the report said.AFP’s chief photographer in Afghanistan, Shah Marai, was among 25 people killed along with eight other journalists, in an April bomb attack.The press rights group lamented “a lack of international leadership on journalists’ rights and safety” that may be increasing the dangers for the news media, illustrated by the Khashoggi killing.”The most vocal head of state in Khashoggi’s case has been Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whose government has effectively shut down the independent media and is jailing more journalists than any other around the world for the third consecutive year,” said the report by CPJ’s Elana Beiser.”The White House, traditionally a strong defender of global press freedom, has equivocated on the blame for Khashoggi’s murder… Essentially, (US President Donald) Trump signaled that countries that do enough business with the United States are free to murder journalists without consequence.”CPJ said it was investigating the killing of another 23 journalists in 2018, but so far not confirmed that the deaths were related to their work.