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___Prime Minister May says she’ll step down if Brexit deal OK’dLONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May has told Conservative lawmakers she will step down once her European Union divorce is delivered. That’s a concession meant to bring enough of her colleagues on board to push her deal over the line. May told a party meeting of lawmakers that she was aware of a desire for a new approach and new leadership in the next phase of the Brexit negotiations.___Facebook extends ban on hate speech to ‘white nationalists’SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook is extending its ban on hate speech to prohibit the promotion and support of white nationalism and white separatism. The company previously allowed such material even though it has long banned “white supremacists.” The social network says it hadn’t applied its ban to expressions of white nationalism because it previously linked such expressions with broader concepts of nationalism and separatism — such as American pride or Basque separatism, both of which are still allowed.___FAA to revamp oversight after 2 deadly Boeing crashesWASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration plans to revamp oversight of airplane development after the two deadly Boeing crashes raised questions of whether the FAA has gone too far in letting companies regulate themselves. That’s according to testimony from a Transportation Department official at a Senate hearing Wednesday. For decades, the FAA has delegated some authority for certifying new aircraft to the manufacturers themselves.___Abuse case shows few rules protect kids in online videosPHOENIX (AP) — Family video blogs have become a multimillion-dollar industry, but child labour laws that apply to Hollywood actors aren’t enforced online. An Arizona woman has been indicted this week on charges of abusing her children who appeared in popular YouTube videos. The case has raised concerns about the legal protections and ethical quandaries surrounding children who appear in money-making videos.___US stocks stumble, erasing some of the prior day’s gainsTechnology and health care companies drove a broad slide in U.S. stocks late Wednesday afternoon, erasing some of the market’s solid gains from a day earlier. The sell-off, which followed a wobbly start for the market, put the Dow Jones Industrial Average on track to end the month with a small loss. The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note continued to decline. Chipmakers were among the big technology sector decliners.___Trump team and China seek elusive deal as latest talks nearWASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration and Chinese officials will hold their eight round of trade talks later this week in Beijing with several tough issues yet to be resolved, from a timetable for lifting tariffs to how to enforce any agreement. It’s unclear how far any agreement would go to address the long-standing Chinese trade practices that are at the heart of the conflict — from forced handover of foreign technology secrets to outright cyber-theft — and that the administration has said must end.___House Democrats likely to punt on budgetWASHINGTON (AP) — House Budget Committee Chairman John Yarmuth says he’s “not very hopeful” about passing a budget plan through the House this year. There are divisions between progressives seeking more money for domestic programs and more moderate lawmakers in swing districts who fear being attacked on tax hikes. Instead, Democrats are focusing on a measure that would permit the annual spending bills, which represent the one-third of the budget that Congress passes each year, to get underway.___Stories of loss and anxiety emerge in Colorado’s oil debateDENVER (AP) — Colorado’s long-running battle over oil and gas drilling in suburban neighbourhoods has erupted again, and the stakes are deeply personal. State lawmakers are debating stronger regulations for the industry and have heard from residents worried about health risks and oilfield workers concerned about their livelihoods. Democrats are pushing a bill that would fundamentally shift regulators’ role from promoting production to protecting public safety and the environment.___Saudi Aramco acquires $69B stake in petrochemical firm SABICSaudi Aramco has purchased a 70 per cent share in petrochemical firm SABIC for $69.1 billion in a deal that pumps capital to the kingdom’s sovereign wealth fund. Aramco says it acquired the majority stake in SABIC from the Public Investment Fund in a private transaction, leaving the remaining 30 per cent of SABIC’s publicly traded shares untouched.___Mired in business feuds, Avenatti now faces fraud chargesLOS ANGELES (AP) — Prominent lawyer Michael Avenatti was already being sued for his business practices before federal charges were announced against him. The Southern California lawyer best known for representing porn actress Stormy Daniels against President Trump testified in his own defence in a civil case last week. Avenatti denied pocketing $1.6 million from a client. At the same time, federal authorities were including that claim in criminal charges against him. Avenatti says he’ll be exonerated.___The S&P 500 dropped 13.09 points, or 0.5 per cent, to 2,805.37. The Dow slid 32.14 points, or 0.1 per cent, to 25,625.59. The Nasdaq composite lost 48.15 points, or 0.6 per cent, to 7,643.38. The Russell 2000 index of smaller company stocks gave up 5.93 points, or 0.4 per cent, to 1,522.23.The Associated Press read more

Markets update at midafternoon

On the markets at midafternoon (ET):In Toronto, the S&P/TSX composite index was up 58.97 points to 15,044.29.The Dow Jones industrial average was up 264.33 points to 22,062.12.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index was up 26.07 points to 2,487.50.The Nasdaq composite index was up 70.54 points to 6,430.73.The Canadian dollar was trading at 82.44 cents US, up from Friday’s average price of 82.43 cents US.

The Price Of Seeing Derek Jeters Last MLB Game

Derek Jeter, a regionally popular player for a local New York ball club, announced his retirement in February, presaging the end to 20 seasons in Major League Baseball.I’ll leave it to the sports desk to discuss the actual performance of Jeter, but one effect the announcement had was a meteoric rise in the price of tickets to both his last game at Yankee Stadium, this Thursday, and his last, last game, in Boston this Sunday.And while they’re not mathematically eliminated from playoff contention, the Yankees are what we in the statistics community call “pretty boned, all things considered.” So, it’s reasonable to expect that Sunday will be Jeter’s final game in the majors.We’ve seen a steady increase in recent weeks in the price of tickets sold on the secondary market StubHub. Here’s the day-by-day average sale-price data it sent us, starting Dec. 1 and going through the spike in February and up to Friday:Here’s the game in Boston: read more

Public Health Dentist robbed by armed motorcycle bandits

Police are investigating and alleged robbery under arms committed on a 49-year-old dental surgeon attached to the Ministry of Public Health earlier today, resulting in the loss of cash, mobile phones and other valuables.The victim has been identified as Dr Debra Skeete of Jasmine Avenue, Eccles Housing Scheme, East Bank Demerara.According to police information, the incident occurred at around 10:45hrs.Skeete left her place of work at 10:00hrs in her car and went to a local bank where she reportedly deposited some money.The woman then travelled to the Bounty supermarket in Grove on the East Bank of Demerara and made purchases.Thereafter, enroute to her home, Skeete drove west into the two way street and parked facing north on the northern bridge.It was then that she reportedly observed an unmasked male approaching her with a gun tucked into his waist.The perpetrator reportedly walked up to the victim’s driver side door and demanded that she hand over her hand bag.Upon seeing that the woman was hesistating, the suspect allegedly whipped out his gun, opened the car door and snatched her bag containing local and foreign currency, two cellphones, her bank, ID and NIS cards, among other things.The bandit then reportedly ran to a waiting motorcycle driven by a masked man. The duo then made good their escape in an eastern direction.INews was informed that the area was checked and persons were questioned but thus far, no useful information was received. (Ramona Luthi) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMan who murdered GPHC employee turns self inNovember 25, 2015In “Crime”Taxi Driver charged with GPHC worker’s murderNovember 30, 2015In “Crime”Bagotstown businesswoman robbed by armed gang of 4July 25, 2018In “Crime” read more

Remembering Dr Daniel Christidis the victim of Whitsundays shark attack

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A trip to the Whitsunday Islands turned fatal for Daniel Christidis, who was tragically mauled to death by a shark while paddleboarding and swimming at Cid Harbour on Monday evening.The 33-year-old doctor who worked at Melbourne’s Austin Health as an urologist has been remembered for his “heart of gold”.WHO WAS DR DANIEL CHRISTIDISA vale was published by BJU Inter national; the leading monthly urology journal where Dr Christidis contributed to in many ways (blogs, articles, creating projects), written by associate editor and colleague A/Prof Nathan Lawrentschuk MB BS PhD FRACS.“Daniel was a doctor who trained through the Austin Hospital after graduating where his passion for urology was ignited. He headed down the surgical pathway completing a Diploma of Surgical Anatomy. This was after studying medicine at Deakin University in Victoria as a postgraduate and after completing prior undergraduate studies. He became an enthusiastic and accomplished researcher culminating in international presentations and recognition well beyond his years. Some highlights included being the youngest elected member of the SIU young innovators committee and his instrumental involvement in setting up the YURO (Young Urology Researchers Organisation) which has seen urology research thrive in this region and globally. His journey in urology although only beginning was off to a flying start- all due to his diligence. The prizes and awards were only just beginning.Daniel was a remarkable person- a unique individual who touched so many with his charm, style and intellect. He will be missed by so many – the world has been robbed of one of its true shining stars that was only beginning to rise,” Prof Lawrentschuk wrote praising the late Dr Christidis for the many hats he wore, those of a doctor, researcher, young urologist, ​mentor, ​international contributor and organiser to name a few. ​“Dan rarely stepped aside from a challenge and was always willing to take part in adventures and travels in his personal life. Ironically his death is linked to the things he loved. He was inclusive, engaging and managed to make anyone in contact with him feel that they, and not he, was the centre of the universe. He was such a fun person to be around- laughing, smiling and filling up a room with his genuine love of life.How do we make sense of such a tragic and unexpected event? The impact circles from those friends and bystanders who desperately tried to save him, his immediate and extended family, his friends, to the numerous colleagues and extended urology and research family he had created over the past years.At age 33 years, Dan had so much left to give we can only cherish what was shared with us all and celebrate a person who engaged rather than watched- who loved life to the fullest- something to which we can all aspire. Our thoughts are with his parents, brother and sister who ​are undoubtedly proud of Dan- an incredible individual who will never be forgotten.”Even the Victorian State Health Minister Jill Henessy MP was moved to comment on Twitter highlighting what a loss his tragic death is.“We are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of Dr Daniel Christidis who was a research fellow with Austin Health,” said a spokeswoman from the hospital.“Our thoughts are with his family during this difficult time.” She added that staff were being offered counselling to deal with the sudden loss of their colleague.THE CHRONICLE OF THE ATTACKAttacked by an unknown species of shark, the incident with Dr Christidis is the third serious attack in the area in two months. In September both Justine Barwick from Tasmania and Hannah Papps from Melbourne were bitten on separate occasions at Cid Harbour.Central Queensland Helicopter Rescue crewman Ben McCauley, 31, who tried to save Dr Christidis said he has been deeply affected by the man’s death.McCauley attended the scene of all three attacks but until Monday’s incident he was coping with the predicament as the first two victims survived.“It’s tough,” he told 7.30. “If you came in to work the next day and you pretended like it didn’t affect you, you’re just lying to yourself. One hundred per cent it affected me.“It’s just something that will sit in the back of your mind. You went there, you did your best, it wasn’t enough.”The injuries from the attack were so bad that even though Dr Christidis’ co-passengers has administered CPR and the wounds had been bandaged the outcome seemed far from positive.“He was on a yacht with a group of 10 friends. We believe they’re all in the medical profession,” Mr McCauley continued.“It’s unlucky getting bitten by a shark, but you’re very lucky to have been bitten by a shark and have doctors and nurses on the next boat, or your friends all around you who are all medical professionals. You couldn’t ask for any better care than that. Even though the hospital is on its way, you’re getting A1 care straight up.”“We knew he wasn’t in a great way,” Mr McCauley said. “He would have known he is not in a great way, but he knew he was in good hands. He wanted the help, you could see he wanted the help.”All you can do is just reassure him. I was just stroking his forehead and all you can do is do what you’re trained to do, and just try to let them know everything is going to be fine.”Photo: FacebookWHITSUNDAYS SHARK POPULATION OUT OF CONTROLAt the same time Rob Katter MP of Katter’s Australian Party (KAP) in North Queensland commented that “sharks are no different from pigs, kangaroos and wild horses” and joined the LNP’s call for a shark cull, despite shark researchers and Queensland Government ruling out the placement of permanent drum lines in the Whitsundays.Mr McCauley did not want to comment on whether drum lines should be reinstalled at Cid Harbour, however, he did stress that beach-goers should bear in mind that there will always be sharks in the ocean.“You’re never going to stop a natural predator in its own area. It’s their water,” he concluded.But according to Blake Chapman, a marine biologist, before the three shark attacks, such incidents were unheard of in the area. He says more research needs to be conducted to find out why this is now happening.“We need to be looking at the baitfish movement, we need to be looking at the water conditions … any other factors that might be happening in that area that is obviously changing shark activity,” said Dr Chapman.“Because two months ago this wasn’t an issue. It was pretty much unheard of in that area, so something has changed and that’s what we need to be figuring out.” In the meantime, signs will be put up this weekend warning people to abstain from swim in the harbour under any circumstances.Meanwhile, the Whitsunday Mayor and Queensland’s ministers tor tourism and fisheries have called the meeting to come up with a strategy to prevent future attacks.Bruce Batch, one of Queensland’s last remaining commercial shark fishermen who has worked for the same fishery for almost 48 years said that environmental campaigns and a halving in commercial catch numbers by a former federal Labor government had driven a spike in the state’s shark population that have had a good 10-15 years to grow.“What surprises me is the fact that there isn’t more [attacks] — when you actually talk to any commercial fishermen, these animals are now getting larger and larger by the year and they’re educated to follow boats,” he said.“They know if they follow a boat they’re going to get a feed. What’s happened is the trawler industry’s taken a massive downturn, but those sharks didn’t go away — they just got bigger and fatter.”last_img read more

Truck promotes recycling bins that aid Pink Lemonade Project

first_imgWaste Connections and the nonprofit Pink Lemonade Project have been trying to turn Clark County pink, one recycling cart and a time, for the last five years.Recently, the two organizations stepped up their efforts, turning one of the Waste Connections recycling trucks into a mobile billboard for the breast cancer organization. Waste Connections now has a pink-painted truck picking up recyclables in portions of Clark County’s urban growth area and east Vancouver.“It’s pretty cool,” said Brittany Pratt, executive director of Pink Lemonade Project. “I’ve seen it out on the road, and it’s pretty eye-catching.”The truck urges residents to “Help us turn Clark County pink” by upgrading their blue recycling cart to a pink cart with a $100 donation to Pink Lemonade Project. And, so far, it seems to be working.Since Jarett Hill started driving the truck in August, he’s noticed dozens more pink recycling carts on his routes. He’s also had people stop him to ask questions about the truck and the pink carts, he said.last_img read more

Starbucks to close stores for an afternoon for bias training

first_imgNEW YORK — Starbucks, moving swiftly to confront a racially charged uproar over the arrest of two black men at one of its stores in Philadelphia, plans to close more than 8,000 U.S. stores for several hours next month to conduct racial-bias training for nearly 175,000 workers.The announcement Tuesday comes after the arrests sparked protests and calls for a boycott on social media. A video shows police talking with two black men seated at a table. After a few minutes, officers handcuff the men and lead them outside as other customers say they weren’t doing anything wrong. Philadelphia-area media said the two were waiting for a friend.Starbucks, which was once ridiculed for urging its employees to write “Race Together” on coffee cups to start a national conversation on race relations, has found itself through the looking glass: under fire for its treatment of black people.The company reacted from a high level: Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson called the arrests “reprehensible” and said he wanted to apologize to the two men face-to-face. The company and a lawyer for the two men said they did meet, and Johnson delivered the apology. Starbucks also said the employee who called police no longer works at the store, but declined to give details.Johnson had also promised to revamp store management training to include “unconscious-bias” education. Starbucks said its U.S. company-owned stores and corporate offices will be closed on the afternoon of May 29 for the training, which will eventually be incorporated into the instruction process for all newly hired employees.last_img read more

CIPD pilots returntowork programme to support parents in Yorkshire and the Humber

first_imgThe Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development (CIPD) has announced that it will pilot a new return-to-work programme to support parents living in Yorkshire and the Humber who wish to re-enter the workplace.The CIPD Parent Returner Programme, funded by the Government Equalities Office (GEO), has been designed to support parents who are not in work because of family commitments, but otherwise would prefer to re-join the workforce. Currently, 436,000 parents in the UK are in this situation.The pilot programme will work with 25 employers in Yorkshire and the Humber, providing training through workshops and webinars to help them improve internal recruitment policies and practices, targeted at returning parents. This will include ensuring that recruitment policies are inclusive and reviewing flexible working arrangements.The scheme will further offer free mentoring to 150 parents living in the region who have been out of the workforce for a year or more; they will receive tailored support via the CIPD’s Steps Ahead mentoring programme, which lasts between six and 12 weeks. This aims to help parents secure a job at the same level, or higher than their previous position.Steps Ahead uses mentors who are HR professionals within the CIPD’s membership network. They will help individuals build a CV and create or update an online profile, as well as offering interview tips and working on building confidence. Once in work, the mentors will take on a coaching role to further support parents’ transition back into the workplace.Mentors will begin working with local parents in September 2019.Parents participating in the pilot programme will also be able to attend a Pregnant then Screwed Live event in March 2020, which will offer returning parents the chance to network with employers and peers as well as attend talks and workshops.The CIPD Parent Returner Programme is supported by Timewise, Pregnant then Screwed, GPS Return and Humber Learning Consortium.Peter Cheese (pictured), chief executive officer at the CIPD, said: “The problem of getting more returners back into work is twofold. On the one hand, returners may be reluctant to put themselves forward for a role if they’ve been out of the jobs market for a while, even when they’re more than qualified. However, we also know that the lack of flexible working arrangements offered by employers can deter people from going back to work or make it practically impossible for them to do so.“Supporting employers and individuals alike is the most effective way to change the current situation. We’re excited to be launching this pilot in Yorkshire and the Humber, which we hope to go on and roll out nationally.”Penny Mordaunt, minister for women and equalities, added: “It is completely unacceptable that the careers of talented parents are held back because they take time out of their jobs to care for a loved one.“Businesses cannot afford to overlook the potential of these talented people. That’s why we are investing in returners to work, giving them the opportunity to refresh and grow their skills. By acting on this issue we can grow the economy and achieve true equality in our workplaces.”last_img read more

NFL players catch mako shark off South Florida

first_imgHOLLYWOOD, FLA. (WSVN) – A group of NFL players caught a huge mako shark, Monday night, during a fishing trip off South Florida.The three players will have quite a shark tale to tell their teammates when the season begins. “They said it was like the Super Bowl of fishing, ’cause it’s like a once-in-a-lifetime type of deal,” said Trent Brown, a lineman for the San Francisco 49ers.The three friends hit the water, Monday, and returned to shore with a mako shark over 7 feet long and weighing 300 pounds.It’s quite the catch, but the players said they expected to bring her home. “We said it. We said we would. We said we were gonna catch a shark,” said Antonio Morrison, a linebacker for the Indianapolis Colts. “We said it in the car, so we did it.”But even if they knew it would happen, the ship’s captain, David Ide, knows how rare their catch truly is. “We very rarely catch them. I’ve been charter fishing for the last 15 years and only caught a handful of them,” he said. “I’ve caught like, I think, four in 15 years of charter fishing, and we go every single day of the week.”The players went out Monday afternoon for a four-hour fishing session. They hooked some small fish first.The mako didn’t bite until the very end. The professional athletes experienced firsthand the power of the shark. “It took all three of them to reel it in, believe it or not,” Ide said. “They’re all big guys. They said they could do it by themselves, but it didn’t happen that way.”After the hard work of bringing the shark on the boat, everyone on board celebrated the exceptional catch.“It’s special for me just catching one, being a part of it,” said Neiron Ball, a linebacker for the Oakland Raiders.“You have a bunch of variables in fishing. It all has to come together to make this happen,” said Ide.The players plan on mounting the mako in their home.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

At least 3 injured after car jackknifes minivan at Miami stoplight

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – A violent rollover crash at a stoplight in Miami sent at least three people to the hospital.City of Miami Police and Fire Rescue units responded to the scene of the crash at the intersection of Northwest 71st Street and North Miami Avenue, Saturday morning.According to a witness, a minivan ran a red light and was jackknifed by a car, causing it to roll over.The van was carrying several people when it crashed, Rescue crews transported at least three passengers to the hospital in unknown condition.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Shawn Mendes In My Blood Shows Spirited Defiance

first_img Twitter Hear Mendes’ Defiance On “In My Blood” shawn-mendes-my-blood-shows-spirited-defiance Shawn Mendes: “In My Blood” Shows Spirited Defiance Email News Look for Mendes to perform his new song on “The Late Late Show With James Corden” on March 28.And save the date: On April 10 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, Mendes will perform with SZA on the CBS two-hour concert special “Elton John: I’m Still Standing – A GRAMMY Salute.” The two talents will duet on the John classic “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart.”Getting The Latest Music News Just Got Easier. Introducing: GRAMMY Bot. Find it On KIK and Facebook MessengerRead more Facebook For those times when bending feels like it can break you, Mendes launches a meaningful anthem of struggle and never staying downPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Mar 22, 2018 – 1:04 pm Having reached the Top 10 of Billboard Hot 100 in each of the past three years, Shawn Mendes’ release of “In My Blood” from his upcoming third studio album welcomes 2018 as another promising year for the young Canadian.As for those Mendes hits in past years, “Stitches” went to No. 4 in 2015, “Treat You Better” went to No. 6 in 2016 and “There’s Nothing Holding Me Back” went to No. 6 in 2017. His first two albums — 2015’s Handwritten and 2016’s Illuminate — peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart. That is a lot of impact for a talent who turns 20 this coming Aug. 8.”In My Blood” was co-written by Mendes with Teddy Geiger, Scott Harris and Geoff Warburton — the same collective behind “There’s Nothing. …”last_img read more

2018 Alaska Teacher of the Year nominee Kent Fielding

first_imgKent Fielding is a high school English and History teacher from the Skagway School District. He’s one of the finalists for the 2018 Alaska Teacher of the Year award. (Photo by Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)Teachers can have life long influence on students. Their work is important and each year, the Alaska department of Education celebrates the profession each year by naming a Teacher of the Year. The winner will be selected in October from a group of four finalists. This week we’re bringing their voices to the air. Skagway high school English and History teacher Kent Fielding started his career in Kentucky before moving to Alaska. Fielding taught at Mt. Edgecumbe before Skagway, where he has taught for the past 12 years. He said technology, especially phones can be a challenge in school but he says in Skagway, it’s crucial.Listen nowFIELDING: Because, all my kids travel for basketball, cross country. They’re involved in almost everything. They’ve gone sometimes a week at a time. But it makes it so much easier for me to communicate to them and teach them actually online, which is sometimes what I’m essentially doing. But I can imagine, having taught in Central Hardin in Kentucky, where I had classes of 39, that it’s probably almost impossible to keep track of all the devices, particularly phones.TOWNSEND: Understanding the relevance of events in education, historical context, is really important. How do you work to help students understand those connections so that they can really learn and engage with why it’s important to know what happened before to inform what will happen in the future?FIELDING: You know, one thing that we talk about in the classes, this idea particularly in our current political context, is the dangers of a single story. A single story is, if the only thing you know about is Mexicans are illegal immigrants, you have a stereotype that is untrue and you can’t really see them as people. So when you start talking about this single story, and I have kids pick out their single stories because they all have single stories about something. You begin to actually be able to connect the past. It’s easy to connect perhaps to some of the things that are going on today with the white supremacy, events in Charlottesville. So the idea of understanding can also help us understand the future, understand the present.TOWNSEND: You said that “For me, getting education to go beyond the clasroom is the whole point of education.” What do you mean by that?FIELDING: Well, I think we wanna create lifelong learners. I think that’s the whole purpose of education. And this past year, we went to the Marshall Islands to study climate change, because the Marshall Islands are atolls that are meters above seawater. And they’re places that are going to be first affected by climate change along with Northern Alaska. I wanted the kids to make the connections. And in October, they’re actually hosting a climate change conference in Skagway. In the Marshall Islands, the things that we did was we’d visit high schools, we’d talk to leaders, we met with the president, Dr. Hilda Heine — the female Marshallese president. We talked to community members. We looked at the erosion of sea walls. So it was like a nonstop learning project, and now they’re promoting this climate conference, which is like their own thing.TOWNSEND: What do you think the future of education will look like? Will it be automated? Will there still be teachers? What do you think it will be and what do you think it should be?FIELDING: (laughs) I think we’re moving more and more to computer-based learning, more online. I don’t think we’ll ever — I hope we don’t ever –get rid of the classroom teacher because I do think the teacher is important, primarily because I think one of the big reasons why students succeed is the relationship that students have with their teachers.(From left to right) Kent Fielding, Eric Rush, Ben Walker and Karen Martin are the finalists for the 2018 Alaska Teacher of the Year award. (Photo by Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)last_img read more

Diabetes Pervasive Among Blacks

first_imgDISCLAIMER:The information included in this column is for educational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan.)  Glenn EllisAs rampant as diabetes is in our community, it is well past time we took some serious action. Diabetes is a disease that affects the body’s ability to produce or respond to insulin, a hormone that allows blood glucose (blood sugar) to enter the cells of the body and be used for energy. Diabetes falls into two main categories: type 1, which usually begins during childhood or adolescence, and type 2, the most common form of the disease, usually occurring after age 45, but is increasingly being diagnosed in children and adolescents.  Approximately 2.8 million or 13 percent of all African Americans have diabetes, with one-third of them not knowing it. With its complications – blindness, kidney disease, amputations, heart attack and stroke – diabetes is the fifth deadliest disease in the United States, and it has no cure.  African Americans are two times more likely to have diabetes than non-Hispanic Whites. Twenty-five percent of African Americans between the ages of 65 and 74 have diabetes.One in four African American women over 55 years of age has diabetes. African Americans experience higher rates of at least four of the serious complications of diabetes: heart disease, blindness, amputation and end stage renal disease (kidney failure).  Heart disease strikes people with diabetes more than twice as often as it strikes people without diabetes. People with diabetes are five times more likely to suffer strokes, and once having had a stroke, are two to four times as likely to have a recurrence. Deaths from heart disease in women with diabetes have increased 23 percent over the past 30 years compared to a 27 percent increase in women without diabetes. Deaths from heart disease in men with diabetes have decreased by only 13 percent compared to a 36 percent decrease in men without diabetes. Diabetic retinopathy is a term used for all abnormalities of the small blood vessels of the retina caused by diabetes, such as weakening of blood vessel walls or leakage from blood vessels. African Americans are twice as likely to suffer from diabetes-related blindness. Diabetes is the most frequent cause of non-traumatic lower limb amputations. The risk of a leg amputation is 15 to 40 times greater for a person with diabetes. Each year, 82,000 people lose their foot or leg to diabetes. Among people with diabetes, African Americans are 1.5 to 2.5 times more likely to suffer from lower limb amputations. More than 60 percent of non-traumatic lower limb amputations in the U.S. occur among people with diabetes. Ten to twenty-one percent of all people with diabetes develop kidney disease. African Americans with diabetes are 2.6 to 5.6 times more likely to suffer from kidney disease with more than 4,000 new cases of end stage renal disease each year. Patient education is critical. People with diabetes can reduce their risk for complications if they are educated about their disease, learn and practice the skills necessary to better control their blood glucose levels, and receive regular checkups from their health care team. African-Americans with diabetes experience kidney failure about four times more often than White Americans with diabetes. They are also more likely to develop other serious complications such as heart disease and strokes and to experience greater disability than White Americans with diabetes. Some studies suggest that many African-Americans may not be aware of the link between high blood pressure and chronic kidney disease. It has been reported that as many as 43 percent of African-Americans who are now on dialysis did not know they had kidney failure until about a week before starting dialysis. It is important for African-Americans to have an increased awareness of these risk factors and to have a doctor regularly check their blood sugar, blood pressure and urine protein levels. Here are some facts everyone should be aware of concerning African-Americans and chronic kidney disease: * African-Americans suffer from kidney failure disproportionately. African-Americans constitute as much as 50 percent of all patients treated for kidney failure in the U.S., but only about 12 percent of the U.S. population. * African-Americans also develop kidney failure at an earlier age than White Americans, with the start of treatment for kidney failure was 57 years, compared with 63 in Caucasians. *Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure in African-Americans, accounting for 43 percent of their new cases of kidney failure among each year. For every six White Americans who have diabetes, 10 African-Americans have diabetes. * The prevalence of diabetes is highest (32 percent) among African-American women aged 60 to 74 years. *The prevalence of diabetes is highest (32 percent) among African-American women aged 60 to 74 years.  * A third of the diabetes cases among African-Americans are undiagnosed. * High blood pressure is the second-leading cause of kidney failure among African-Americans, accounting for 34 percent of the new cases each year. However, high blood pressure remains the leading cause of death overall in African-Americans because of its link with heart attacks and strokes.As you can see, diabetes is no joke. With the current “epidemic” of obesity in our country hitting African Americans disproportionately, we’ve got to take this thing seriously. If not for yourself, do it for those who love you and whose lives you will change forever. Remember, I’m not a doctor. I just sound like one. Glenn Ellis, is a regular media contributor on Health Equity and Medical Ethics. He is the author of Which Doctor?, and Information is the Best Medicine. Listen to him every Saturday at 9 a.m. (EST) on, and Sundays at 8:30 a.m. (EST) on For more good health information, visit: glennellis.comlast_img read more

Picking the bones

first_imgIt is not everyday that the city of Tandoori chicken lovers gets to relish fish delicacies. So fish-lover me was actually quite happy to head to The Great Indian Fish Discovery — the latest promotion at Le Meridien’s Eau de Monsoon. There couldn’t really be a better setting for the promotion though. The flowing water around you as you sit down calms you and makes the experience even more pleasant.The variety of fish on offer is mindboggling. And all of these are fresh water fishes. While some of them are traditional recipes from various parts of India, some innovations (like Machhali Mussallam, check recipe) have been made by Davinder Kumar Vice President F&B. There are fish dishes from every part of India though the East (traditionally fish eating) is a little under represented with only the Bengali Macher jhol. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’So you have the Goan fish curry and the Pomfret Xacuti; Amritsari macchi (surmai) and Haaq Gadh (singhara) represents north India while Mangalorean fish curry, Meen Moile (pomfret) and Machhali Ka Salan (red snapper) keep south India’s flag flying high. All in all, there are 10 dishes which one can have with either rice or roti. I would recommend pairing the dishes with rice so as to enjoy the gravies.  The Machhali Mussallam is particularly interesting because it is made with trout which has a filling of sole. The Mangalorean fish curry is spicy and delicious and the Patrani macchi (sea bass) is well cooked too. I was a little disappointed with the Macher Jhol though since it was very plain and could have been bettered by using different spices. But do check out the festival.  DETAILAt: Eau De Monsoon, Le Meridien, Windsor Place, Janpath On Till: 18 November Timings: Lunch & Dinner Cost: Rs 1,295 + Taxes Call: 23710101 Novemberlast_img read more

Women hail KVIC initiatives

first_imgA group of muslim families from Chand Bagh area in northeast Delhi have found their way to happiness as they’re able to live a reasonable life with the help of Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) and the beneficial initiatives from the Central government.To appreciate the whole endeavour, the women of these families, who stitch napkins, have written letters to the Prime Minister expressing gratitude and enthusiasm about their regular income and are hopeful about the future. The families are extremely happy, as their women have landed a job under a tailoring programme launched by a non-Governmental organisation with funding from KVIC. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The women of large families which were earlier struggling to get regular income have now found a decent way of earning money. These women from poor economic backgrounds are stitching napkins for KVIC such that they get sufficient amount per day.57 women, after getting training at KVIC Training Centre, have started working and earning more than Rs 200 per day by stitching napkins. Each woman, on an average, stitches 100 napkins per day. KVIC pays Rs 1.50 to Rs 2 per napkin depending upon the size of the napkin. It sells these napkins through its various sales outlets and supplies in bulk to various hotels and corporate houses as gift articles. This project was launched on March 15. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixVinai Saxena, chairman, KVIC initiated the project and is personally supervising it.Thanking the Prime Minister profusely, Sultana, who is 12th passed, has urged him to hold such programmes across the country. “The economic situation of my family will now improve a lot. I want that my brothers and sisters in different parts of India also benefit”.Rizwana, in her letter, noted that by helping her to earn and contribute to the family’s kitty, the scheme assisted her to acquire an identity in the community.Shahnaz from Shri Ram colony, is thankful and she, in her letter says that with initiatives like these, unemployment will disappear from the country.Fatima is a happy woman as her economic condition has improved with the help of this initiative.Prime Minister, Narendra Modi’s popularity is increasing and these letters are praising him to the hilt.last_img read more

The 6 Most Important Tech Trends According to Eric Schmidt

first_img Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google’s parent, Alphabet, has spent his entire career predicting how technology can change the world. While traveling the globe as essentially the company’s global ambassador, meeting with world leaders and giving talks, he isn’t slowing down on espousing about what he says are the most important future technologies.Schmidt laid out six game changing technologies, or moonshots, as he called them, that he says will improve important parts of society on Monday. Thousands of investors and business executives filled a ballroom in Los Angeles at the Milken Institute’s Global Conference to hear him speak.Here are Schmidt’s tech moonshots (not to be mistaken with the moonshots that Alphabet is working on in its secretive Google X labs):1. Nerds over cattleSchmidt sees a revolution coming in using plants to replace meat. Replacing livestock with growing and harvesting plants could reduce greenhouse gas emissions and fight climate change, he argued. The meat industry, cattle producers, in particular, emit significant greenhouse gases.The development of plant proteins that communities could use to replace meat would also lower the cost of foods in developing countries where food is sometimes scarce. Delivering a pound of meat to the grocery store (raising it, slaughtering it, shipping it) is a relatively inefficient and costly process compared with delivering a pound of many plant-based proteins.Schmidt said the world is now ready to better produce synthetic food from plants with the help of computers and data crunching. Technology can help researchers and scientists identify the best plants and plant combinations for creating certain tastes and meeting certain nutritional needs.2. 3-D printing for buildingsConstructing buildings, both residential and commercial, is time-consuming, energy intensive and costly, Schmidt points out. But 3-D printing technology, spurred by the latest in computing and software, can create buildings that are lower cost, quicker to build and better for the environment.These 3-D printed buildings can be generated in an industrial and customizable way and assembled on site, which is far more efficient than building a house piece by piece on the plot of land where it’s going to reside. It can also encourage the use of recycled materials.3. Virtual realityMany tech industry watchers have been following the latest virtual reality headsets and games emerging from manufacturers like Facebook’s Oculus. But Schmidt says the most compelling uses for virtual reality will soon emerge from outside of video games and entertainment. The technology will play a critical role in making society better informed by “augmenting reality,” or adding visual and audio cues in environments like cars, in the workplace or in education.4. Medical data goes mobileCell phones are the perfect device for monitoring personal health and for collecting health data, says Schmidt. We touch our phones 1,500 times a week, making the devices one of the most intimate and connected to our bodies. The phone’s computing capacity, network connection, camera and other sensors make it a surprisingly powerful device for connecting patients and doctors with medical data, said Schmidt.5. Self-driving carsSchmidt agrees with much of Silicon Valley that self-driving cars will present a huge business opportunity. But he also thinks that having computers drive our cars will make the world much safer.He said, “32,800 people will die this year on the roads in the U.S., we just don’t know who they are yet.” The world should have a global moonshot program focused on self-driving cars, advocated Schmidt, whose own company is also working on the technology.6. Fixing education using techEverybody knows that every student learns differently, said Schmidt. But computers can help change education so that it’s the most efficient and effective for everyone. Computing technology can easily monitor how students learn and then identify the most effective teaching methods for each one of them. We need to create more tools to help teachers augment their teaching and make education more effective, said Schmidt. This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. 4 min read May 3, 2016 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazine Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

FHFA Reports on Ongoing GSE Recoveries

first_img The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) released its Quarterly Performance Report of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac as well as the Federal Home Loan Bank System. Overall, the performance report was good, noting increases in Fannie and Freddie earnings, as well as substantial advances by the Federal Home Loan Bank System.The review covered the fourth quarter of 2013.Together, the two GSEs reported a combined full-year earnings of $132.7 billion, which benefited from the “release of the valuation allowance on deferred tax assets (DTA), rising national house prices, fewer delinquent loans, and proceeds from representation and warranty settlements and private-label mortgage-related (PLS) securities settlements,” FHFA said.The Federal Home Loan Bank system had positive earnings as well, noting $2.5 billion of earnings in 2013. The yearly earnings were down slightly from the $2.6 billion reported in 2012. Notably, aggregate advances increased by 17 percent to $499 billion. As a percentage of total assets, advances increased to 60 percent.FHFA found that delinquent loans continue to decline as government assistance programs continued to help afflicted borrowers. In Q4 2013, seriously delinquent loans declined 7 percent to approximately 674,000 loans. Yearly, seriously delinquent loans declined by 27 percent.Post-crash business was also up at Fannie and Freddie.”The post-conservatorship business (2009 to present) continues to become a larger piece of the total single-family portfolios as new business is added and homeowners take advantage of low interest rates to refinance existing loans. This post-conservatorship business now accounts for approximately 76 percent of the total single-family portfolio at both Enterprises,” FHFA said.Delinquency rates for these new loans remain at or below one percent. However, seriously delinquent rates for loans originated between 2005 and 2008 remain high and account for roughly 15 percent of the single-family portfolios.FHFA also found that PLS security settlements also helped Fannie and Freddie earnings, providing $2.2 and $5.5 billion, respectively.The fourth quarter of 2013 saw a drop in refinance activity from increasing mortgage rates. Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) actions dropped by 8 percent to approximately 893,000 in 2013. However, HARP volume as a percentage of total refinance volume remained relatively constant at 22 percent in 2012. FHFA Reports on Ongoing GSE Recoveries Share May 12, 2014 418 Views center_img Fannie Mae FHFA Freddie Mac HARP 2014-05-12 Colin Robins in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News, Secondary Marketlast_img read more

Miami Beach Florida – Reported by Elite Traveler

first_imgMiami Beach, Florida – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineSince opening its doors in 2005, The Setai, South Beach has been known for exceptional service, award-winning décor, and authentic Asian cuisine. This summer, join in celebrating the fifth anniversary of the South Beach oasis with a special Fifth Anniversary Summer Celebration.Now through October 31, book one of The Setai’s Art Deco or Tower Suites and receive The Setai Grand Breakfast for you and your guest complimentary. Should you prefer a two or three bedroom suite amid the modern surroundings of The Tower, the delectable signature breakfast will be complimentary for four or six guests.Begin the day with The Setai Grand Breakfast and follow with a signature Balinese Massage at The Spa. By night, The Bar & Courtyard invite you to sample the hotel’s summer cocktail menu complemented by a special Balinese Hour under the stars.The fifth anniversary celebration will resonate throughout the property and season with an array of summer festivities for guests to choose from such as a Flavors of India on Wednesdays, Dim Sum and Champagne Fridays and Sunday Jazz Brunch, as well as summer indulgences at The Spa.Over the years, The Setai has established itself as the leading luxury hotel in Miami, providing guests with unrivaled service, award-winning cuisine, and unforgettable experiences with brands such as Asprey, Harry Winston, Petrossian Caviar, Fischbacher Linen of Switzerland, Duxianna Bedding, Saks Fifth Avenue, Teuscher Chocolates, Taittinger Champagne and the recording Studio at The Setai, created by Kravitz Design Inc.www.setai.comlast_img read more

Workshop participants have been part of the utilit

first_imgWorkshop participants have been part of the utilities team and helped to install the individual connections to each switch and outlet. [Photo: Therese Kristiansson & text: sa] February 24, 2005All of the electric lines in the units of the East Crescent Complex will now connect to a very large new transformer in the utility room. Contracting electrician Sean Wright [Photo” Yuki Yanagimoto & text: sa]All of the electric lines in the units of the East Crescent Complex will now connect to a very large new transformer in the utility room. Contracting electrician Sean Wright [Photo” Yuki Yanagimoto & text: sa] One example, gray water lines are painted purple. Complete utilities installation has been part of the educational process for Workshop participants. More to come. [Photo: Therese Kristiansson & text: sa]center_img Utility connections come together in the heat duct tunnel. Utilities manager Scott Riley taught and executed identification and signage of each line. [Photo” Yuki Yanagimoto & text: sa]last_img read more