New England senators seek to designate National Lobster Day

first_imgPROVIDENCE, R.I. – U.S. senators from New England want to grant the lobster another national day of celebration.They’ve introduced a resolution to again designate Sept. 25 as National Lobster Day to honour the economic, historic, cultural and culinary contributions of lobsters.The resolution is being led by Maine’s U.S. Sens. Angus King and Susan Collins, who say it honours not only the lobsters but also the people who harvest, ship and cook them.Rhode Island’s U.S. Sen. Jack Reed says he expects the full Senate to again unanimously approve it as a fun, tasty way to honour lobstermen and their catch.Maine led the nation in American lobster landings in 2016 with 132 million pounds (60 million kilograms) valued at nearly $540 million, followed by Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island.last_img read more

2026 World Cup Bid Morocco will not Exploit Trump Factor

Rabat – According to a recent report by the Associated Press, Morocco will refrain from using Trump’s unfavorable global reputation as leverage during the kingdom’s ongoing campaign to host the 2026 World Cup.The report cites an interview with Hicham El Amrani, Morocco’s 2026 bid chief executive, who, commenting on the potential asset that Trump could be to Morocco’s bid, allegedly told the Associated Press that Morocco would focus on its bid and “leave it up to voters to decide what they think,” adding “I won’t make comments about the leadership here and there.”“We don’t want to win the right to host because of someone else, but because of our clear advantages… we will stay away from [Trump] because it is not proper to comment”, the outlet further quoted Mr. El Amrani. While the Associated Press pointed to the financial benefit that could double for FIFA if North America were to host the 2026 World Cup edition, El Amrani reportedly pointed to the numerous advantages of hosting the cup in Morocco, such as the “sweet spot in Time zones” and the “more comfortable and shorter travelling time” to match venues which, El Amrani added, “will allow for better quality of play.”“Contrary to what we can hear about potential revenue,” El Mani also said, commenting on the supposed financial asset of the North American contenders, “Morocco has a fantastic offer from that perspective.”Until the final deliberations (this time, all 211 football nations will vote), it is clear that Morocco’s bid, as it comes with pan-African support, is a serious challenge to the North-American triumvirate.In an article published in August of last year, The New York Times was already describing Morocco’s bid as “a last minute Challenger,” and “a potential complication to the United States-led campaign that appeared to be coasting to victory unopposed.”Just a bit of patience for football fans, and time will tell. read more

UN food agency welcomes Popes support for its school feeding programme

Reacting to the Pontiff’s remarks in his weekly Sunday message, Catherine Bertini, Executive Director of the Rome-based UN agency, said the Pope’s support meant “a message of hope” for millions of hungry children. “School feeding is not only affordable, it is the best investment the international community can make in the world’s poorest children,” said Ms. Bertini.In his Sunday message, the Pope stressed that WFP’s school feeding programme has proven to be a very effective way of fighting hunger and helping the world’s poorest children. “I pray that the international community will generously support [this] work,” he said. The WFP chief emphasized that school feeding gives children a better chance in life. “Our experience at WFP demonstrates time and again that school feeding is critical to breaking the vicious cycle of hunger and misery that has condemned generations of children to poverty and despair.”WFP, which last year fed 12 million school children in 54 countries, has launched a global campaign to increase support from donors to reach more hungry students. The agency estimates that there are some 300 million poor children – mostly girls – in the world today who either do not receive a meal during the school day or do not attend school at all.According to WFP, a child can be fed for an average of just 0.22 euros (19 cents) a day. If donors were to commit to a 15-year programme, an entire generation of children around the globe could receive basic nutrition and education, Ms. Bertini said. read more

Busy week for traders amid interest rate decisions US growth data earnings

Busy week for traders amid interest rate decisions, U.S. growth data, earnings by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 21, 2012 6:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Investors have plenty to sift through this week with traders looking to central bank intentions for interest rates, a raft of quarterly earnings reports from Canadian corporations and the first look at how the U.S. economy performed during the third quarter.There isn’t any doubt about what the Canadian central bank will do about interest rates — it’s widely expected the bank will leave its key rate unchanged at one per cent.But there is speculation about what the bank will have to say about raising rates in the future. And that means its statement Tuesday morning will be carefully scrutinized for small changes in wording.“It sounds as if the bank may back away from their usual rote phrase that they could reduce monetary stimulus if the economy continues to grow above trend, with a very mild so-called tightening bias,” said Doug Porter, deputy chief economist at BMO Capital Markets.“There’s a chance that they will drop that phrase altogether.”In any event, Porter said BMO wasn’t expecting the Bank of Canada to do anything on rates for the next year anyway.“(The wording is) so mild in any event and is qualified by the economy has to grow above potential and it hasn’t been doing that recently. So, there’s no chance of them tightening until the economy grows by more than two per cent and we haven’t seen that for awhile,” he said.In fact, the International Monetary Fund earlier this month said the Canadian economy will grow slower than expected, along with most of the rest of the global economy.The IMF projected growth in Canada this year of 1.9 per cent, improving slightly to two per cent in 2013. That compared with the July forecast that saw growth at 2.1 per cent for 2012 and 2.2 per cent for 2013 with growth in Canada constrained by the sluggish U.S. economy.“And frankly we still think the IMF is a touch too optimistic,” added Porter.The latest read on U.S. economic growth comes out Friday. The consensus calls for the American economy to have grown at an annualized pace of 1.8 per cent during the July-September period, better than the 1.3 per cent pace of the second quarter, but lower than the two per cent gain chalked up during the first quarter.The Fed also makes its next announcement on rates this week and analysts aren’t expecting much to come out of the meeting Wednesday, now that the Fed has made it clear it doesn’t plan to move on rates until at least 2015 and has already announced a fresh round of quantitative easing to keep the recovery on the rails.Timing also plays a part.“Every meeting is important but now that we know they’re not doing anything about rates and have announced another round of stimulus, I suspect the Fed will do its level best to lay low here with the election just two weeks away from the meeting,” said Porter.The TSX gained 1.75 per cent this past week after falling a like amount the previous week. The Dow eked out a 14-point gain as U.S. indexes were pressured by earnings news.The third-quarter earnings reporting season for Canadian corporations moves into gear this week, about two weeks after U.S. corporations started issuing results. So far, American companies seemed to have exceeded expectations.A survey by Bloomberg said analysts now project a 0.3 per cent drop in S&P 500 earnings for the period, compared with a decrease of two per cent predicted on Sept. 28. Still, it’s the first year-over-year decline since 2009.Analysts aren’t expecting a strong earnings season for Canada either.“I think probably something that isn’t dramatic but then not a disaster either,” said Fred Ketchen, manager of equity trading at Scotia Capital.“Canadian companies for the most part are still taking in revenue, still making profits but they aren’t exciting and I don’t think this earnings season is going to be particularly exciting as we go forward.”Major companies reporting this week include Canadian National Railways (TSX:CNR) Monday, tech company Celestica (TSX:CLS) on Tuesday and gas producer EnCana (TSX:ECA) and telecom Rogers Communications (TSX:RCI.B) on Wednesday.Thursday sees the heaviest day with earnings coming in from gold producers Agnico Eagle Mines (TSX:AEM) and Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G), energy companies Cenovus Energy (TSX:CVE) and Nexen Inc. (TSX:NXY) and Shaw Communications (SJR.B). read more

WRHL 20122013 starts this weekend

← Previous Story Xavi Pascual stays in F.C Barcelona Intersport until 2015! Next Story → Demis Radovcic (Bozen): “We are going to win in Romania” Women’s Regional Handball League, who hasn’t a lot of success in previous years, this season welcome back Croatian teams, RK Podravka and RK Lokomotiva, so Buducnost from Podgorica will have two-three more tough matches apart of the EHF Champions League. Montenegrin team is the first favourite for winning this competition. For the second place will fight Serbian Zajecar, Croatian Podravka, but also Macedonian teams, Metalurg and Zajecar. Serbian vice-champion, RK Jagodina could surprise someone, Lokomotiva as well, while Biseri are total outsider.1.round 08-09.09.2012.Buducnost – MetalurgPodravka – JagodinaZajecar – VardarBiseri – Lokomotiva2.round 15-16.09.2012.Vardar – BuducnostBiseri – PodravkaJagodina – ZajecarLokomotiva – Metalurg3.round 22-23.09.2012.Buducnost – JagodinaPodravka – LokomotivaZajecar – BiseriMetalurg – Vardar4.round 08-09.09.2012.Biseri – BuducnostPodravka – ZajecarJagodina – MetalurgLokomotiva – Vardar5.round 10.10.2012.Buducnost – PodravkaMetalurg – BiseriZajecar – LokomotivaVardar – Jagodina6.round 22.12.2012.Zajecar – BuducnostBiseri – VardarPodravka – MetalurgLokomotiva – Jagodina7.round 29.12.2012.Buducnost – LokomotivaJagodina – BiseriVardar – PodravkaMetalurg – Zajecar read more

Is Skype coming to the PS Vita

first_imgDuring a presentation in Brazil, Sony execs trotted out shots of the upcoming PlayStation Vita and all of the features the device will support. In addition to some glamour shots of the device that we’ve all seen already, the slideshow flashed a few logos of products and services that will work with the PS Vita. One of them just happened to be the Skype logo. Sony hasn’t said up to this point whether or not the PS Vita will support Skype for video calls.Some of the other logos on the slide are things we expected. The PS Vita will support DLNA, Wi-Fi, and you’ll be able to play multiplayer games wirelessly or stream music and video to or from other networked devices. The Skype logo is the odd one out because Sony never tipped at E3 that the PS Vita would be capable of Skype calling, although they did say it would have front and rear-facing cameras. Sony also said that the PS Vita would be capable of video calls, but they never specifically said that Skype would handle those calls.AdChoices广告The image with Skype in it landed at GameGeneration, a Brazilian gaming site, and then over at the GameTrailers forums. A number of users wondered whether or not Sony had agreed to use Skype for video calls before or after Microsoft purchased it. It’s a good point: clearly Skype has its own agreements to abide by and wouldn’t have a vested interest in letting their new owners know something confidential about one of their clients. Even so, it does raise the question of whether or not Skype and Sony’s relationship will change now that Skype is in the pocket of one of Sony’s major competitors.At the same time, just because Skype is a subsidiary of Microsoft doesn’t mean that their business model has to change drastically. In fact, it could be that Microsoft was interested in Skype because of the way they do business and their long client list. For now, at least, it doesn’t seem like Microsoft is meddling in Skype’s affairs very much.All of this, of course, assumes that the slide is real, and that the Skype logo wasn’t just added by an admin assistant who didn’t know any better. After all, someone could have thought to themselves that they needed a way to illustrate video calling, and just picked the Skype logo because that’s all they know. We’ll have to see what – if anything – Sony says about video calling on the PS Vita before we know for sure.Read more at GameGeneration (Portuguese) via GameTrailerslast_img read more

Two men charged in connection with the death of Irishman Dylan Crawford

first_img 28,061 Views Share Tweet Email Dylan CrawfordUpdated 12.24POLICE IN MANCHESTER have charged two men in connection with the death of 20-year-old Donegal man Dylan Crawford.Crawford was found unconscious on Spear Street in the city at around 1.40am last Wednesday morning. He died a short time later.38-year-old Ibrahim Amin of no fixed address has been charged with theft and 32-year-old Abdi Hassan, also of no fixed address, has been charged with handling a stolen card and fraud.Both have been remanded into custody to appear at Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court later today.An investigation has been launched and enquiries are ongoing.Additional reporting Cianan BrennanComments are closed as legal proceedings are now under wayRead: ‘The most harrowing work I’ve had to do’: The Irish priest among the liberators at Bergen-BelsenRead: Mother pleads with burglars to give back laptop which contains pictures of her dead son Two men charged in connection with the death of Irishman Dylan Crawford Dylan Crawford was found unconscious in the early hours of Wednesday morning. No Comments Saturday 15 Apr 2017, 12:24 PM Short URL Apr 15th 2017, 12:24 PM By Garreth MacNamee Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

ACARA makes Modern Greek more accessible

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Board of the Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) reversed its decision to pitch the Australian Curriculum for Modern Greek to those with a working knowledge of Greek. ACARA has listened to the call by many wanting Modern Greek to become more accessible to people with no knowledge of the language. Already winning the landmark decision of being available in the national curriculum, the ACARA board decided to pitch the curriculum in two ways, for Greeks and non Greeks. MP Maria Vamvakinou, a former Modern Greek teacher herself and campaigner for the issue, is overjoyed with the outcome. “I’m thrilled that Modern Greek will now have a national cover that it needs to become a language to be taken up by young Australians of non Greek background,” she told Neos Kosmos. “Our argument was that it’s a language of national significance.” The decision comes after a letter to ACARA signed by community and educational organisations all around Australia, pleaded that Greek should maintain the same learner pathway as French, German, Indonesian, or Japanese. Thinking the letter would fall on deaf ears, the board overturned their initial decision on November 1st. Their hard work means Greek will become more accessible for everyone, and is now one of the languages a principal can choose to be taught at all Australian schools. The measure is a step forward in the battle to keep Modern Greek alive in Australia, but Professor Michael Tsianikas of Flinders University isn’t too optimistic about it being popular. “I have to be realistic. Studying the situation of languages in Australia for many years now, I know there are two big factors,’ he explains. “One is the big European languages are very popular, like French, and on the other hand the Asian languages are being pushed by the Australian government. The other factor is we’re going to have new communities like the Greek community was 30 or 40 years ago.” It’s something many might foresee but aren’t happy to admit. Even though Professor Tsianikas was a campaigner for overturning ACARA’s decision, he is realistic about the turnout schools might see. “I can’t see why a student in any school would study Modern Greek when there are other possibilities and the government is pushing other languages,” he says.“Regardless of what the government will say about Greek language, and even they say this is the most important language ever, still I think the reality is it is a language of limited potential now.” Ms Vamvakinou does see initial problems with numbers especially since most Greek classes are offered after school or on Saturdays. “It runs the risk of remaining around the infrastructure of the afternoon schools, but it won’t necessarily mean it won’t extend itself to the non Greek speaking community,” she says. The solution will have to come in great marketing campaigns to students and non Greeks to convince them that it’s a better choice than the other options on the national curriculum. “We really have to do a good job,” Professor Tsianikas says. “[ACARA] are recognising our strength, they’re sending us a positive and friendly message. Now it’s up to us if we are able to show we’re able to receive this gift with grace and in return give something back.” At least the decision is a step forward to ensuring the livelihood of the Greek language in our community. The decision will work towards changing people perceptions of Modern Greek as a subject, and will open doors for those seeking to re-connect with the language of their ancestors. Mr Vassilios Gogas, Education Coordinator at the Consulate says it’s a step forward to reforming Greek and the way it’s taught. “It will address the long-standing erroneous perception that Greek is only available to – and being taught to – students who use Modern Greek as a language at home,” he says.last_img read more

Tony Smith replaces Bronwyn Bishop

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Newly-elected Speaker Tony Smith has promised to allow ‘robust’ debate in parliament, but warned MPs to be better behaved.The 48-year-old Victorian MP on Monday won a Liberal party room ballot to take over the speakership from Bronwyn Bishop.The MP for Casey defeated fellow Victorian Russell Broadbent, who reportedly was backed by Prime Minister Tony Abbott who commended Mr Smith for building internal party support to take over the role.“Your job is to maintain order in this House by commanding the respect of both sides of the chamber,” he said.Abbott also delivered a message of support to Mrs Bishop, who has now moved to the Coalition backbenches.Opposition Leader Bill Shorten, on the other hand, has welcomed Tony Smith’s commitment not to attend party room meetings, declaring the best umpires “are the ones that you don’t notice”.In his first words from the Speaker’s chair Mr Smith said he would give a fair go to everyone.“Parliament is a robust place … it is the arena for the battle of ideas and ideals,” he said, stressing that “it needn’t be rude and it needn’t be loud – that is something I’d like to see improved.”“I will not be attending weekly party meetings. It’s my view that the Speaker should not only be, but also should be seen to be, independent of the partisan day-to-day fray.”There were interjections of “no way” and laughter as the Opposition Leader also called on Mr Smith to allow supplementary questions in Question Time, which would give Labor the opportunity to ask Ministers a series of questions in a row, rather than only one.Source: ABC, Skynewslast_img read more

Près de 200 tigres du Bengale se promènent en liberté au Népal

first_imgPrès de 200 tigres du Bengale se promènent en liberté au NépalLe Népal a recensé 198 tigres du Bengal vivant à l’état sauvage. Cela représente une augmentation de 64% de la population de ce félin en seulement quatre ans.On estime que la population de tigres à l’état sauvage, dans le monde, a chuté de 100.000 en 1900 à environ 3.200 aujourd’hui, rapporte WWF. Face à de tels chiffres, la situation de ce félin inquiète donc de plus en plus. Mais le gouvernement népalais vient d’annoncer une bonne nouvelle : à l’occasion de la Journée internationale du tigre qui se tenait lundi, il a publié un recensement de la population de tigres du Bengal vivant en liberté à l’état sauvage dans le pays.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Selon ce document, la population aurait bondi de 64% en quatre ans. En effet, les tigres n’étaient que 121 en 2009 et “l’étude a établi que le nombre de tigres adultes en liberté est actuellement de 198”, a déclaré le ministre de la Protection de la nature, Tek Bahadur Thapa Gharti cité par l’AFP. Un nombre que le gouvernement népalais s’est “engagé à doubler d’ici à 2022”, a rappelé le ministre. A lui seul, le parc national de Chitwan, situé dans le centre du Népal, accueille 120 tigres du Bengale et 50 autres circulent dans le parc national de Bardia. La vingtaine de tigres restants se répartissent dans trois autres zones protégées du pays. “Les zones de préservation où les animaux évoluent se sont aussi étendues, ce qui contribue à la croissance des chiffres”, explique Maheswar Dhakal, un responsable du département de protection de la faune sauvage.Recensement en cours en Inde Les experts et les défenseurs de l’environnement estiment que cette augmentation s’explique essentiellement par la répression du braconnage qui “a joué un rôle essentiel”, selon M. Dhakal. Il indique également qu’un recensement est en cours en Inde mais que “cela prend un peu plus de temps [puisque le pays] comptait jusqu’à présent 1.300 tigres du Bengale répartis dans d’immenses zones protégées”. Les résultats des deux campagnes de recensement seront publiés en décembre prochain.Le 30 juillet 2013 à 13:12 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

How to get your taxes done for free

first_img Posted: February 8, 2019 KUSI Newsroom February 8, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter How to get your taxes done for free KUSI Newsroom, 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) – In San Diego County there are several ways to get your taxes done for free and get money back with the Earned Income Tax Credit.Nancy Sasaki, President and CEO, United Way of San Diego County along with William York, Executive Vice President, 2-1-1 San Diego stopped by Good Morning San Diego with some advice on filing taxes.According to United Way of San Diego County if you make about $54,900 or less annually, you can get your taxes done for free in person at 61 sites across the San Diego County. If your household makes $66,000 or less annually, you may be eligible to file your taxes online for free at 2018, the San Diego EITC Coalition brought more than $40 million in federal and state refunds back to 31,000 residents in San Diego communities.San Diegans may qualify for federal EITC if they make $54,000 per year or less, and they may qualify for Cal EITC if they make $25,000 or less. New this year: Cal EITC is available to young adults, 18-24, and seniors, 65 years and older, without qualifying children in their household, said 2-1-1 San Diego.To learn more, see if you qualify or book an appointment, call 2-1-1 or visit last_img read more

Sitka Assembly Passes AntiSmoking Law

first_imgThe Sitka Assembly passed a controversial amendment Tuesday night, tightening the city’s anti-smoking laws. The question before the assembly was whether children should be prohibited from entering any business that allows smoking — even for a non-smoking event. The decision came down to different interpretations of what voters intended nearly a decade ago.Download AudioIt was the fourth time the Assembly had discussed the amendment, which pitted anti-smoking advocates against those who felt, in the words of one member of the public, “You’re going a little too far…You’re micromanaging things that a parent should do. So let’s do city things, and let parents do parent things.”In 2005, Sitka voters passed a law that barred children from entering businesses that allow smoking. This past December, the American Legion, a private club that allows smoking, hosted a Christmas party for kids – but didn’t allow smoking at the event. The Legion asked the city attorney whether the party was legal. She said it was.In response, Mayor Mim McConnell and Assembly Member Phyllis Hackett sponsored an amendment to clarify the intent of the 2005 law. The new language makes it clear that if a business allows smoking, then kids can’t enter, even for a smoke-free event.That prompted protests from the Legion, and the Assembly sent the issue to the Health Needs and Human Services Commission. The commission voted unanimously in favor of the amendment. They cited, in particular, the possible health hazards of third-hand smoke, or the chemicals that can remain in walls and furniture after a room has been used for smoking.But both McConnell and Hackett argued that all of these issues – third-hand smoke, public health, assembly overreach and even Christmas parties – were beside the point. Voters already settled these issues when they passed the law in 2005, Hackett said. The assembly’s job was simply to honor the voters’ original intent.“The issue here, which I know some people are having a hard time understanding or choosing to believe, but the issue here is about intent, and it’s about the intent of the ordinance that was passed,” Hackett said. “And it was passed overwhelmingly by the voters.”Assembly Members Mike Reif and Matt Hunter, however, insisted it wasn’t so easy to tell what voters intended nearly a decade ago. Reif pointed out that third-hand smoke, for instance, wasn’t even part of the debate in 2005.“I personally really don’t know the intent of the voters in Sitka back in 2005,” Reif said. “It’s very cloudy trying to speculate what the intent was of all those voters.”All the same, Reif said he felt he had a clearer sense of the voters’ will now.“I do think that if we put this to the vote of Sitkan voters today, that they would pass this, they would want to see this banned,” Reif said. “I’ll support it because that’s what I think the majority of Sitkans want.”Hunter, meanwhile, spoke at length about how his thinking on the issue had changed.“I’ve publicly gone back and forth on this issue and I’m still conflicted on it,” Hunter said, adding that he had consulted the original 2005 ballot. “The language as it’s written, the whole reason for doing this amendment to change the language, is because the language is unclear. And to me it means that, what people voted on, it’s very easy for people to interpret it in many ways.”He said he thought the issue should be put to a vote once again.“I am going to not support this ordinance because I feel that this is an issue that really needs to go to the people to decide,” he said. “And while I have no intention of exposing myself or those I love to first-, second- or third-hand smoke, I also am very sensitive to the personal responsibility issue.”In the end, Hunter was the only vote against the amendment. Assembly Member Pete Esquiro had agreed with Hunter during earlier meetings, but he voted yes, without offering any other comment.last_img read more

Installation ceremony of Rotaract Club held

first_imgGuntur: The installation function of Rotaract Club located in Narasaraopet was held on Sunday. On the occasion, Rotaract Club of Narasaraopet and rest of the college clubs were installed. Rtr P Thansen attended as the chief guest. Rtr A Vinod Kumar and Rtr Mamidi Subba Rao acted as induction officers and presided over the function. Speaking on the occasion, Thansen explained about the Rotaract and the benefits of the club. He appealed to people to join the Rotaract clubs and extend their services for the development and welfare of the society. He further said that all the members of the Rotaract club should follow the motto ‘Friendship through Service’. Also Read – Rs 65.30lakhs Exgratia paid to deceased family Advertise With Us Rtr Sai Ganesh B as president, Rtr Maddu Harini Sri Akshaya as secretary and Rtr Farook Abdulla Shaik as treasurer along with the team of bearers for the year 2019-2020 were installed on the occasion. Rtr G Koti Reddy, Rtr Nagasai Kumar, Rtr K Sai Kiran were elected as the new members of the executive body of Rotaract Club of Narasaraopet.last_img read more

Eurozone Inflation and Growth to Remain Low ECB Survey

first_imgA latest survey of professional forecasters by the European Central Bank showed that inflation and growth in the region will remain low for the year due to oil prices slowdown and the sluggish economic recovery in the Eurozone.ECB surveyed 61 economists and experts who predicted inflation to come in at 1% in 2014 and 1.4% in 2016. The new figures are down from earlier projections of 1.2% and 1.5% respectively. However, over a five-year term, rates are expected to close in at 1.8% – more or less near the figures ECB predicts.Consumer prices are also forecasted to grow 0.5% for the year, down from the 0.7% predicted in August. The GDP is expected to grow 1.2% in 2015 and 1.5% in 2016 – which are also below Augusts’ predictions. Unemployment was still high at 11.5% in September, which may have contributed to the modifications in the forecast.”These downward revisions were broad-based, with around 85% of respondents revising down their forecasts for 2014 and 2015, and 60% doing so for 2016,” the ECB was quoted by RTT News.”The downward revisions for 2014 were driven by disappointing figures for GDP growth in the second quarter, as well as persisting low business confidence in some euro area countries, and a more pessimistic outlook for key export markets,” the report read.Inflation in the Eurozone rose slightly in October but the experts said that was only a temporary fluctuation. Investors are still watching the Eurozone and are holding back due to the constant geopolitical tensions around the area.The ECB has been trying to buoy the economy with interest rate cuts, four-year loans to banks and quantitative easing measures. The central bank expects the measures to pump in $1.244 trillion into the economy and thus boost inflation, money supply and growth, MarketWatch reports.”What we see is a subdued outlook for inflation and a weakening of the growth momentum and a continuously sluggish momentum in credit dynamics, which all confirm the need for a very accommodative monetary stance for an extended period of time,” Benoit Coeure, a member of the ECB’s Executive Board was quoted as saying by Reuters.More recently, a report by ratings firm Moody’s stated that it does not expect any significant rebound in the Eurozone area.”The rating agency now forecasts European GDP to rise by less than 1% and by 1.3% in 2015 and 2016 respectively, after 0.7% in 2014. By 2019, Moody’s expects the euro area economy to be 17% or EUR1.7 trillion smaller than it would have been had pre-crisis growth trends been maintained,” Moody’s said in a statement.last_img read more

Rupert Murdochs Fox bids 14 billion for taking over UKs Sky

first_imgGlobal media baron Rupert Murdoch-owned Twenty-First Century Fox Inc. has struck a preliminary deal to buy 61 percent stake in British satellite broadcaster Sky at an offer price of $14.2 billion.Fox Inc already owns 39 percent stake in Sky and its previous attempt of taking full control of the company in 2011 was unsuccessful due to the phone-hacking scandal at Murdoch’s UK newspaper operations, according to Bloomberg. Murdoch is said to have been working on the deal for months before this formal announcement, and a falling pound after Britain’s vote for exit from European Union prompted him to bid for the company due to its cheaper valuation. Pound was down about 14 percent against the US dollar post Brexit.”We always thought it was most likely Fox would buy it. Strategically this isn’t about synergies, it’s about clearing up a minority stake,” the report quoted Brett Harriss, an analyst at Gabelli & Co, as saying.After announcement of the deal, share price of Fox fell 1.5 percent to $28.21 on Friday in New York, while Sky soared 27 percent to £10 in London. Analysts said the British government would be supportive of the takeover in light of Brexit as it could present the deal as a sign of confidence in the economy.”In the past several years, 21st Century Fox has consistently stated that its existing 39.1 percent stake in Sky is not a natural end position. A proposed transaction between 21st Century Fox and Sky would bring together 21st Century Fox’s global content business with Sky’s world-class direct-to-consumer capabilities, which have made it the number one premium pay-TV provider in all its markets,” Fox said in a statement.last_img read more

Empathy Education earns UN recognition

first_imgMamunur Rashid. Prothom Alo File Photo“He doesn’t attend classes regularly.” “Remember how he missed his project?” “Don’t include her in this project” – We often make such comments about the classmate who misses classes or fails to work on class projects. Instead of looking into the reason for their tardiness, we just make them feel more vulnerable.The student may have family problems or other issues for not being able to attend classes regularly or contribute to the teamwork for class projects. Instead of empathising with them, we often leave them behind selfishly.Such self-absorbed attitudes motivated Mamunur Rashid, a teacher of BRAC Institute of Language at BRAC University, to introduce a project ‘Shaping the Youth with Empathy Education’, inspiring the practice and culture of empathy in educational spheres.The project brought him international recognition at the Committee on Teaching About the United Nations this year. UN honours academics working or researching on various topics realted to education and global issues every year.Rashid came in touch with people coming from different cultural backgrounds while attending New York University (NYU) as a Fulbright scholar in the Foreign Language Teaching Assistant programme.He realised the importance of cultivating and nurturing empathy and spreading it to global spheres.Rashid believes it is important to stand by a person when in need rather than showing just sympathy.He thinks we should get rid of our prejudice and share the pain or feelings of others. This particular thought inspired him to introduce incorporation of empathy in educational syllabuses.Rashid’s project has been incorporated in the curriculum of different courses of English languages at BRAC Institute of Languages. The students try to understand the plight of less privileged people, come up with solutions on how to be more generous with them and have peer group discussions.“Lack of empathy and understanding are the biggest reasons for the intolerance engulfing the world. That is why I want to work at the grassroots with this project,” said Mamunur Rashid.”If people have the opportunity to practice empathy from their childhood, even in school, they they will naturally develop respect for difference of opinion and nurture humanitarian qualities. That will bring peace and harmony to the world,” he said.*This piece, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Farjana Liakatlast_img read more

Houston Sends Aid To Puerto Rico

first_imgDavis LandMayor Sylvester Turner and Bill Baldwin speak at Baldwin’s recovery warehouse.At a warehouse in north Houston, workers are loading a truck full of aid supplies for Puerto Rico. Bill Baldwin is charge of the warehouse. Normally, Baldwin is a realtor, but after Harvey he set up a recovery warehouse to handle shelter overflow. Since Hurricane Maria, he has helped send aid to Puerto Rico.“I wanted to involve everyone in the city of Houston who wanted to make a difference in Puerto Rico,” Baldwin said.This latest “humanitarian mission,” as Blaldwin calls it, is in partnership with Mayor Sylvester Turner’s office. “Just like people have been very generous to us,” Turner said, “this is also our time where we can be very generous to Puerto Rico.” While several city council members will accompany aid workers on the trip, all supplies — including the airplane trip — have been donated with no cost to the city. The city has also provided fifty police officers to the island.The group will also bring back three people from the island for medical care in Houston. 00:00 /00:48 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen X Sharelast_img read more

Dog park lit by dog poop

first_img Image credit: The Park Spark project Japanese project aims to turn CO2 into natural gas Methane digesters are used in many places around the world for cooking, heating and lighting. They can use almost any organic materials, and large scale digesters often use materials such as cow manure. The results of methane combustion are CO2 and water, and while CO2 is a greenhouse gas, methane is over 20 times more potent. Explore further © 2010 Image credit: The Park Spark project ( — A methane digester called “Park Spark” has been installed in a dog park in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The device produces methane by bacterial digestion of the dog excrement, and the methane is used to light a gas-burning street lamp. More information: People walking their dogs are encouraged to collect the feces, place them into the supplied biodegradable doggie bags and drop them into the digester feeding tube. They then turn a hand crank to stir the mixture of excrement and anaerobic bacteria in the Spark Park digester and help the methane rise to the top where it is burned constantly in the lamp, like an “eternal flame”.The bacteria are confined to an underground container and the methane is piped underground to the lamp. Methane is the colorless and odorless gas that forms the major component of “natural gas” used for cooking and heating. The idea was the brainchild of Matthew Mazzotta, a conceptual artist, and the project was partly funded by the Council of the Arts at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.The team hopes there will be enough methane generated to power other objects in the park and surrounding community, such as shadow projection boxes, tea carts, or popcorn stands, but the main aim is to demonstrate to the community that waste is a precious resource. “As long as people are walking dogs and throwing away dog poo, a flame can burn,” they say on their website. The eternal flame of the lamp is intended as a reminder of the “redundant and unquestioned” nature of our behavior, and will burn until someone comes up with a better idea for using the energy available. Image credit: Park Spark Project Citation: Dog park lit by dog poop (2010, September 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from 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.last_img read more

Trans parents Dont allow being transgender to scare you from creating a

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- Trans parents become a close-knit familyThe trans parents have two sons together – Carson, 7, and Mason, 4. After the birth of their second son, Mya said her feelings for Kennedy became undeniable.She said: ‘I started to develop these feelings for Kennedy that I often fought and was still too caught up in the partying lifestyle.‘I finally snapped out of it after my friend passed and I transitioned back to a woman and then Kennedy shortly transitioned after that and that just brought us so close together.‘I fell in love with him harder than I have ever fell for anyone. Kennedy and my children saved my life. I love them more than life itself,’ she said.They also just got married on Tuesday (1 May).Trans parents Mya and Kennedy Power with their sons Carson and Mason. | Photo: suppliedOn talking about being trans parents with their kids, the couple haven’t yet discussed it with them.Mya said: ‘I don’t specifically talk to my children about gender and sexuality because they are too young to understand fully.’The trans parents, who both identify as pansexual, have, explained some people like boys and some people like girls.They’re hopeful their kids don’t get teased at school for having trans parents, but it’s not happened yet.Mya said: ‘Maybe, no one will ever notice. But everyday I think about that. And I pray that my children, as they age, will still love us the same.’‘Don’t get upset with the world – educate!’Their advice for transgender people thinking about starting a family of their own is simple: ‘Go for it.’Mya then added: ‘Your children will forever be your biggest cheerleaders and they will love you so much.  You will be their biggest inspiration. There will come challenges, but transgender individuals especially, are strong and fearless.‘In any household, there are challenges with parenting. But don’t allow being transgender to scare you from creating a family of your own.She continued: ‘Lots of stigma comes with it, but don’t get upset with the world – educate!’On advice to parents of transgender kids, Mya believes ignoring it and hoping it goes away is the worst thing you can do.She said: ‘Really open up and be interested in what your child has to say.‘We fight the world and take on challenges daily – the last thing you want to do as a parent is isolate your child in their own home,’ she said.When her parents became accepting of her trans identity, Mya believes their love and support saved her life.They told her: ‘I love you and I will always protect you and be here for you no matter what. You are my child and that will never change.’You can follow Mya Power and Kennedy Power on Instagram to see more of their incredible journey.See also:A guide on how to come out to your kids from a bi+ Jewish trans parent Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Lesbian, bi, trans and queer mothers share what makes their families specialRussia takes woman’s kids away ‘because she’s transgender and gay’Mom’s story: Why did you let chemsex kill my trans daughter?Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  : eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Mya came out as trans at the age of 15 and continued her transition until she was about 20.Then she stopped for two reasons.A guy she was seeing convinced her that her mood swings from the hormones were too strong and were making her ‘very emotional.’ Her family – including her identical twin brother – also loved her but her transition was ‘making them uncomfortable.’After he convinced her to stop the physical transition, her boyfriend at the time soon began cheating on her with three of her trans friends. She ended the relationship but her confidence in her own identity took a beating.A few years later, she lost a close friend ‘suddenly out of no where’ and it shook her to the core.She thought: ‘If I die that suddenly, would I have lived a fulfilled life?’ The answer to that question was a resounding no.Mya told Gay Star News: ‘For all those years that I stopped living as a woman and became a man I was living a lie and very miserable, sad, depressed and broken on the inside.‘I was acting. And pretty damn good at it,’ she revealed.Mya Power. | Photo: suppliedSo she spiralled.‘I found myself trying to ignore those feelings with a “partying” lifestyle,’ she said. ‘Sex with random men and women and medication to help me cope. It was awful.’Mya got a wake-up call through the death of her friend and a week after the funeral, she started back on hormones. At this stage, she was in her early 30s.During this time, she also met another trans woman, who dressed her up in more feminine clothing. She left the house for the first time dressed as her true authentic self and felt the most confident she’s ever been.Now 35, Mya says she’s so much more comfortable with herself.‘When he got pregnant, I was so excited’Mya and Kennedy met about 10 years ago. At that time, they were both living as the gender they were assigned at birth.They had a close mutual friend, who was also trans. This friend couldn’t physically have children but wanted to start a family of her own.As they were both very close to their mutual friend, she asked Mya and Kennedy to have a baby for her.They barely knew each other but agreed because they shared a close friendship with the woman.They tried what Mya describes as ‘artificial insemination’ but it didn’t work. So jokingly, Mya just suggested they try making a baby ‘the normal way’.Soon after they agreed to meet up and try for a child together, the woman decided she didn’t want to go through with the process anymore.The couple had all of their sexual health tests, fertility tests and were keen to become parents themselves so they just did it anyway. So for the next two years, the couple kept meeting up and having sex until Kennedy became pregnant.Mya and Kennedy Power with their sons Carson and Mason. | Photo: suppliedMya said: ‘When he got pregnant, I was so excited!’She then added: ‘At this time we were not a couple. Just friends who barely knew each other having a baby together… and it remained that way for years.’Mya said she was so caught up in her party lifestyle, she didn’t actually want a relationship with Kennedy. But they moved in together in their Washington DC home right after he fell pregnant for the first time and ‘never stopped having sex’ in that time.Next thing you know, he is pregnant with baby number two,’ she said. ‘Three years later.’ Trans parents Mya and Kennedy Power are hoping to inspire transgender people to not be afraid of starting a family.Mya, who identifies as a trans woman, and Kennedy, who identifies as a trans man, say being proud of who you are is the first step. Vicks just released the most touching video in support of trans parentslast_img read more

Technology Cant Do It Alone

first_img The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. Greg Freiherr, Industry Consultant Greg Freiherr has reported on developments in radiology since 1983. He runs the consulting service, The Freiherr Group. Yes … But WiselyIt’s laudable to increase efficiency in radiology — but it is pragmatic to do so only for purposes that are beyond reproach. With increased efficiency may come increased cost-effectiveness. Patients may benefit from this, if accompanied by consumer-driven aspects — transparency in the prices of scans so as to create a competitive marketplace supportive of patients struggling to handle rising deductibles; timely and convenient care achieved through extended hours, online scheduling and strategically placed sites that reflect the needs of patients.Can the sharing of data seen in enterprise imaging provide radiologists the details that will help them form diagnoses? For example, when the referring physician writes “liver mass” as the reason for a scan, could a smart algorithm cull data from physician notes so as to show the patient previously had cancer and that the mass might be a metastasis?Can appropriateness criteria be devised that match the scan to the needs of the patient — scheduling the claustrophobic on an open MRI, for example, to maximize the chance of scan completion without costly anesthesia.In itself, technology is not a solution. It is a tool that needs to be judiciously applied by smart people who seek tightly defined goals.If that is not done — if we put too much stock in technology as the way to achieve value-based medicine — it won’t be long until we are asking why technology failed us. We are a nation in search of simple solutions. We want silver bullets to slay whatever ails us. Value-based medicine is one of those bullets.By putting the patient first, it promises to remedy the shortcomings that have caused healthcare in the U.S. to fall short of reliably providing services to all who could benefit. But, if it can do so at all (and that remains the subject of debate), value-based medicine will not do so simply.It is comprised of multiple elements that only together can make medicine more efficient, more cost-effective and patient-centric.Ironically, the current fee-for-service system was founded on the same noble idea as value-based medicine. Its intent was to take the financial burden from patients. But compromised by years of uncontrolled expansion, the system has led to spiraling costs that have made the achievement of patient-centric medicine all but impossible. It has, however, created arguably the most comprehensive and distributed base of imaging services anywhere in the world.How to throw out the bathwater and keep the baby? Government is trying to do so by administering financial alternatives to fee-for-service, ones that reward frugality, yet maintain quality of care. The problem? While everyone agrees that value-based medicine is the way to go, the term itself is difficult to define. That is especially so in radiology. Feature | Information Technology | July 31, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How Smart Devices Can Improve Efficiency Innovation is trending toward improved efficiency — but not at the expense of patient safety, according to… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more Building Blocks of ValueBreaking it down into its three core elements would seem to help. But it helps only so much, especially when imaging is considered. From the patient perspective, achieving a clinical outcome as good or better than currently done would seem essential. But radiology is fundamentally a diagnostic discipline. Just finding the problem does not ensure a better outcome.Uncovering an incurable form of cancer, no matter how early, has no effect. Similarly, incidental findings — if treated aggressively — may do more harm than if they were not found, particularly if those findings are of slow-growing pathologies that may, or may not, develop clinically. Then there is the use of ionizing radiation and its much debated role in causing cancer. And what about gadolinium-based contrast media and its association with the development of NSF (nephrogenic systemic fibrosis)? What level of risk is acceptable for the occurrence of NSF and cancer due to exposure to ionizing radiation? For that matter, how much patient discomfort is acceptable to obtain a diagnostic image? Consider the case of a claustrophobic patient. Is the risk posed by anesthesia acceptable? And at what level?Value-based medicine is on much firmer ground when it comes to operational and financial consideration, particularly as they relate to radiology. Improved efficiency promises to allow radiologists to expand their practices — to become more involved in patient management as part of the care team; to do more with the same — or even fewer — resources, so as to expand beyond the role of finding and localizing disease. Operational improvements naturally lead to improved cost-effectiveness in terms, for example, of increased throughput and greater revenue. But this only applies if a care team is amenable to bringing the radiologist onboard. And, as regards increased productivity, a backlog of patients is needed to achieve increased throughput. News | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | August 01, 2019 DrChrono Teams With DeepScribe to Automate Medical Note Taking in EHR DrChrono Inc. and DeepScribe announced a partnership so medical practices using DrChrono EHR can use artificial… read more FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more News | Radiology Business | August 01, 2019 Philips Completes Acquisition of Carestream Health’s HCIS Business … read more center_img Related Content TeamworkBut benefits go beyond these. Faster MRI exams, as might be achieved through Compressed Sensing (whereby less information is acquired, but done wisely so as to get only the necessary data points) mean increased patient comfort. Workflows might be improved to allow increased contact between technologist and patient, as in the case of CT controls at the gantry rather than in a separate control room. Or “on-demand” dual-energy CT that captures data at different energies for future use if and when they are needed to make a definitive diagnosis.This is truly disruptive innovation. Its selective implementation might nudge radiology closer to value-based medicine. But it will not be the technology so much as the combination of people and technology.To achieve this critical pairing, we have to acknowledge that, while technology has profoundly improved medicine over the years, what it can do by itself is inherently limited. This is apparent in oncology.Cancers often extend beyond their radiologically defined boundaries, as exemplified in neuroblastomas. And pathologies associated with some cancers, those of the breast, for example, are not equally threatening or well understood. Yet, there is a tendency to gloss over these limitations, especially when dealing with patients or the public in general, particularly in the case of screening programs. (Except in breast cancer screening, nowhere in healthcare are apparently healthy people purposely — and regularly — exposed to a cancer-causing agent.)As we enter this new age of pay-for-performance, it is important to recognize that just improving performance does not necessarily increase patient benefits. We need to be exceedingly careful in how we apply technology and define the goals underlying their use. 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