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Two Sent To Hospital Following Accident In Moose Pass

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first_imgAccording to the Trooper dispatch, Horn was northbound on the Seward Highway. Nansen pulled onto the highway from a pullout in front of Horn. Horn was unable to avoid the moving van and struck it. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Alaska State Troopers responded to mile post 45 of the Seward Highway for a two vehicle crash on December 14. Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-Moose-pass-accident-.mp3VmJennifer-on-Moose-pass-accident-.mp300:00RPd One of Horn’s passengers was transported by a LifeMed helicopter to an Anchorage area hospital for treatment on non-life threatening injuries and another of Horn’s passengers was transported to Seward Providence Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.center_img Investigation revealed Hans Nansen, age 23 of Anchorage, was driving an orange 2012 International moving van and Ernst Horn, age 65 of Crown Point, was driving a blue 2007 Chrysler minivan. Nansen was issued a citation. According to Troopers, all persons reported wearing their safety belts. Impairment was not a factor.last_img read more

Bohemian Rhapsody wins at the Oscars 2019 Every way to watch it

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first_img Review • Amazon Fire TV: Affordable Alexa-infused 4K streaming Bohemian Rhapsody will rock you, even if it’s only half… Bohemian Rhapsody stars explain Freddie Mercury’s Castro… Amazon Fire TV Share your voice 3:16 Amazon Now playing: Watch this: The biopic dramatizes the rise of singer Freddie Mercury and his band Queen and is now available in all digital stores, including iTunes, Google Play, Vudu, Amazon, Fandango Now and Microsoft Movies & TV. You can also buy it through the Disney-owned Movies Anywhere service, and link those stores to your Movies Anywhere account to view on whichever device you want. That way you can watch it from your iPhone, iPad, Android device, Roku, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Amazon Fire TV or any other device that supports at least one of those digital stores.If you prefer to own a physical copy of Bohemian Rhapsody, the film is available on 4K Blu-ray, standard Blu-ray and DVD.See Bohemian Rhapsody on Amazon 2:09 Commentscenter_img 3 2019 movies to geek out over Now playing: Watch this: Tags Originally published Jan. 22, 2019 at 9:34 a.m. PT.Update, Feb. 25: Adds the movie’s Oscar wins. Bohemian Rhapsody is now available for home release, making the Oscar-nominated film available nearly everywhere. Nick Delany Bohemian Rhapsody just won four Oscars from the five categories the film was nominated in, including Best Actor for Rami Malek’s performance as Queen frontman Freddie Mercury. If you haven’t caught the movie yet, you might be able to still see it in theaters or you can watch it at home now.Disclaimer: CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of products featured on this page. News • Apple Music is now available on Amazon Fire TV 77 Photos TV and Movieslast_img read more

Game of Thrones season 8 Surprising details you probably missed in episode

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first_imgThis closes the Hound and Arya circle that opened in season 3. But it was also a callback to season 2, where The Hound’s “I’m actually not such a bad guy” arc began.Sandor, you’ll recall, bailed on King Joffrey as it seemed Stannis Baratheon’s forces were overcoming King’s Landing’s defenses during the Battle of Blackwater Bay. Before he left the city, he made a brief stop in Sansa’s room, where he offers to take Sansa to Winterfell. She passes it up, saying she’ll be safe and that Stannis won’t hurt her.”Look at me,” exhorts The Hound, in exactly the way he did in Sunday’s episode, “Stannis is a killer. The Lannisters are killers. Your father was a killer. Your brother is a killer. Your sons will be killers some day. The world is built by killers.”He was trying to shield her from the tragedies he knew would befall her in the years to come. Unlike his successful prevention of Arya’s suicide mission, this time it didn’t work. But as we saw in The Last of the Starks, Sansa says it was all worth it.Littlefinger and The DwarfLast episode Varys made it clear to Tyrion: Daenerys had to go. He wants to remove her from the equation and open the Iron Throne to Jon Snow, rightful heir. Tyrion, allegedly the smartest man in Westeros, decided it was best to stick with Daenerys. The Bells opens with Tyrion telling Daenerys of Varys’ treachery. Before long, Varys is extremely dead. Dragonfire will do that to a eunuch.But before he’s arrested by Grey Worm and the Unsullied, we see Varys writing letters revealing Jon’s true identity. Who he was writing to, and whether those letters were ever sent, we do not know. What we know, though, is that Varys’ proverbial circling of the drain was almost identical to Ned Stark’s.ned-starkEnlarge ImageOh, Ned. Sweet Ned. HBO Ned discovered the true identity of King Joffrey, that he was in fact a Lannister and not a Baratheon, and wrote a letter to Stannis, who as King Robert Baratheon’s brother was the true heir, telling him as much.Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish catches wind of this, and tries to council Ned against it. “[Stannis] cannot take the throne without your help, you would be wise to deny it to him and to make sure Joffrey succeeds,” Littlefinger says. Of course, Ned is disgusted. Littlefinger, just two episodes later, ends up betraying Ned, leading to Game of Thrones’ first shocking death. Seven seasons later, it’s Tyrion who warns Varys not to move against the queen, and it’s Tyrion who betrays Varys.And the wheel spins round and round.More you may have missedA eunuch’s weapon: One more note on Varys. At the very beginning of the episode, we see Varys talk to one of his little birds. She tells him the queen isn’t eating. Varys says to try again at supper, and also that “the greater the risk, the greater the reward.” At the time it may have sounded like he was concerned about an increasingly delirious Daenerys, but the theory now goes that he was attempting to poison the queen before she could turn mad.This would also be a Ned Stark-related throwback to season 1. Ned’s first order of business once getting to King’s Landing is to hunt down whoever murdered Jon Arryn. He asks then-Grandmaester Pycell about Arryn’s death, and the possibility of poisoning.”I’ve heard it said that poison is a woman’s weapon,” Ned says.”Yes, women, cravens, and eunuchs,” Pycelle responds. “Did you know that Lord Varys is a eunuch?” TV and Movies More Thrones Tags 187 Photos 15 ICYMI, Varys totally tried to poison Dany at the beginning of the episode. The callbacks to season 1 are amazing:Ned: Poison is a woman’s weapon.Pycelle: Yes. Women, cravens… and eunuchs.Grand Maester Pycelle then mentioned Lord Varys just seconds later! 🤯#GameofThrones pic.twitter.com/TVbL2uVmdJ— iTREVOR (@iLEADFARMER) May 13, 2019 Second, and more poignantly, was his relationship with Arya Stark (and Sansa Stark). Before Cleganebowl, The Hound talked Arya out of ascending the Red Keep and killing Cersei. The structure was crumbling and the Mad Queen circling, making it a suicide mission. Arya says she wants revenge, but The Hound forcibly holds her back.”Look at me,” he grunts. He says he’s been after revenge all of his life, and Arya shouldn’t be like him. “You come with me, you die here.” The Hound is successful, Arya retreats. “Sandor,” she calls out as he approaches the stairway, “thank you.” (This was itself reminiscent of Bran thanking Theon Greyjoy during the Battle of Winterfell moments before the latter’s death.) Now playing: Watch this: See all the Game of Thrones season 8 photos Game of Thrones season 8 episode 5: Everybody hurts The Hound en route to Cleganebowl. HBO Warning: Spoilers aplenty below. Game of Thrones’ penultimate episode (ever!), The Bells, was controversial for sure. From a story perspective, it was arguably the series’ most important episode. It included the deaths of many key characters, most notably Cersei and Jaime Lannister, and Daenerys Targaryen completing her transition into Mad Queen. Some fans hated the episode, others loved it.It was undeniably epic, though, spanning around 90 minutes and featuring some incredible cinematography. The visuals of King’s Landing being razed by Drogon and Daenerys were haunting but fantastic. Amid the madness, you may have missed some of these details and callbacks to previous seasons.Bad omensEven more than Cersei and Jaime’s twin deaths, the key takeaway from The Bells was Daenerys’ official turn from hero to villain. King’s Landing had surrendered, but she couldn’t help herself. She burned it down, along with thousands of innocent men, women and children, just because.As far as Targaryens go, she’s more Aerys than Rhaegar.This all kind of came out of nowhere. She was disgruntled after learning, in episode 2, that Jon Snow’s true identity is Aegon Targaryen, heir to the Iron Throne. But things escalated quickly from “hey, we need to talk about this” to “brb, going to murder every person in King’s Landing.” This, however, has been foreshadowed in the show at least twice.The first time came in season 2. Daenerys was in Qarth, a city in Essos, where her dragons were snatched by Pyat Pree, a local warlock. Pree chains the dragons up in a tower, which Daenerys enters alone. Before she reunites with her scaled children and incinerates the strange man, she sees a vision of herself in the Red Keep. The ol’ sword through the eye: Before Arya and The Hound were best buds, Arya had The Hound on her illustrious “to kill” list. “I’m going to put a sword through your eye and out the back of your skull,” she warns him in season 3. The Hound, on the verge of having his eyes popped out Oberyn Martell-style, saves himself by putting a dagger through Gregor’s eye and out the back of his skull.Opening easter egg: The Bells got a slightly tweaked intro. During the title sequence, the King’s Landing gates were adorned with scorpions, Qyburn’s anti-dragon artillery. As we saw in the episode, they made no difference whatsoever. Old stomping grounds: Jaime had a brief falling out with Cersei at the end of season 7 after she revealed to him that she lied about sending her forces to Winterfell, and that the good guys will have to fight the Night King themselves. She calls him “the stupidest Lannister” for believing she would actually help.Jaime says he made a promise and he’s going to keep it. After Cersei briefly threatens Jaime’s life via The Mountain, he exits and rides for King’s Landing.Their dialogue was referenced in The Bells, when Jaime says Cersei once called him the stupidest Lannister. And when Jaime reunites with Cersei, moments before their deaths, he does so in the Red Keep’s map room. That’s the room where their season 7 confrontation, the last time they saw each other, took place.game-of-thrones-season-8-episode-5-varys-alone-endEnlarge ImageBeing right never looked so wrong. HBO Pentos paradise: When Tyrion busts into Jaime’s makeshift prisoner’s cell, he tries to convince him to flee with Cersei and sail to Pentos. In season 4, Tyrion tries to send his endangered and ultimately treacherous lover Shae there, but she stays and dies. Jaime attempts to get Cersei out of King’s Landing through a dungeon, presumably so they can get to a boat and escape to Pentos. They find their escape route blocked, so that dungeon becomes their grave.Go long: Aaron Rogers, quarterback of the Green Bay Packers, made a brief cameo as an unnamed man in King’s Landing. Location, location, location: One of Game of Thrones’ most iconic scenes was in the beginning of season 6 episode 10, when Cersei watched from the Red Keep as her plan to blow up the Sept of Baelor went off without a hitch. Green wildfire engulfed the structure, and she sat back with a glass of red and looked on.In The Bells, she stands in the exact same spot, first confident and then despondent as she realizes the war is lost.”A day will come when you think you are safe and happy and your joy will turn to ashes in your mouth and you will know the debt is paid,” Tyrion told her in season 2. Well, there sure was ash.Also, note that there were green conflagrations among Drogon’s fire. This could mean two things: Either Cersei had planted wildfire underneath King’s Landing and was going to use it to destroy soldiers approaching the Red Keep or it’s leftover wildfire from the Mad King, who ordered wildfire to be hidden throughout the city.Originally posted May 13.Update, May 15: Adds more details. center_img Look at him!The Bells’ greatest triumph has to be Cleganebowl. It may have been fan service, and Sandor “The Hound” Clegane conspicuously reignited his desire to kill his brother just a season ago, but it was still a satisfying showdown.Not only did it end the life of The Hound, one of the show’s best side characters, it also ended three of his story arcs. Most obviously, he killed his brother. There was some nice symbolism to this, as the fratricide was accomplished by Sandor plunging his brother and himself into a pit of Drogon flames. Of course, Gregor deformed Sandor’s face by holding his face to fire, leading to a life-long fear of flames.As my mother once told me: if you’re gonna go out, it may as well be in a pit of fire. Hound Preview • Hound vs. Siri vs. Google Now: Who is really the best personal assistant? 38 Photos Daenerys fan fury, explained by a clinical psychologist George R.R. Martin goes full mad Targaryen over rumors Episode 5 recap: Daenerys Targaryen sets everything on fire Cleganebowl finally happened and it was the best Share your voice Comments Game of Thrones 6:20 The Keep’s ceiling is ripped off, and snow covers the ground. At the time it seemed to signify winter and The Long Night, but the White Walker threat would ultimately be dealt with before Daenerys takes King’s Landing. Now fans speculate that it’s ash, not snow, in the vision. (It absolutely was snow, as if you look closely you can see icicles, but hey, visions can’t be perfect.)Two years later, in season 4, Bran Stark, still Bran and not yet the Three-Eyed Raven, touches a Weirwood tree and sees one of his first visions. It features the same shot of a war-torn Red Keep as Daenerys saw in Qarth and, more ominously, the shadow of a dragon flying over King’s Landing.Jaime’s death was also hinted at in a previous episode. In season 5 he and Bronn, while in Dorne, discuss the way they’d like to die. Jaime’s? “In the arms of the woman I love.” Happy Mother’s DayThis is just a tidbit, but it’s a fun one. Cersei Lannister dies in this episode, which aired in the US on Mother’s Day.Meanwhile, her dad, Tywin Lannister, was killed by Tyrion Lannister in episode 10 of season 4, which aired on June 15, 2014, aka Father’s Day. 36 of the best Game of Thrones fan theorieslast_img read more

4 BSF jawans killed in encounter with Maoists in Chhattisgarhs Bastar region

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first_imgIBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:11/0:27Loaded: 0%0:11Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:16?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Four Border Security force personnel were killed in Chhattisgarh in an encounter with Naxals on Thursday, April 4 afternoon. A sub-inspector and three constables were victims of the attack when Maoists ambushed the team in Kanker district in tribal Bastar region of Chhattisgarh. According to Times of India, the team was conducting a routine area domination operation when the Maoists opened fire on them. Even though the BSF personnel retaliated, they lost their lives. Along with the four victims, two officers have been injured and are currently undergoing treatment. (This is a developing story. More details awaited) [Representational Image]Reuters Closecenter_img 4 BSF jawans killed in encounter with Maoists in Chhattisgarh’s Bastar regionlast_img read more

Protesting students lay siege at Pragati Sarani again

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first_imgProthom AloProtests triggered by the death of Bangladesh University of Professionals (BUP) student Abrar Ahmed Chowdhury continued on Wednesday.Around 30-35 students of different private universities gathered in front of Bashundhara Residential Area’s main gate and soon the number increased as they demonstrate to force the authorities accept their demands, including maximum punishment of the bus driver who killed Abrar on Tuesday, reports UNB.Other demands include checking papers of drivers on regular basis, making transport sector free from political influence, construction of foot overbridges, installing speed-breakers at risky points and stopping unfit vehicles from plying.Witnesses said hundreds of students from BUP, North South University and Siddheshwari College occupied the street just after 9am, halting traffic on the busy road.They shouted slogans demanding justice for Abrar, a first-year undergraduate international relations student.Abrar, son of Brig Gen (retd) Arif Ahmed Chowdhury, died after being run over by ‘Suprovat Paribahan’ bus in front of the Bashundhara gate around 7:15am on Tuesday.The agitating students also called for boycotting classes at all the educational institutions across the country on Wednesday and urged the students to take position in front of their respective institutions to express solidarity with the protesters’ demands.last_img read more

UPDATE Manhunt Underway For Gunman In Maryland Office Park Shooting

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first_img___ Twitter user @musicnews_daily A man with a lengthy criminal past who was fired from a job earlier this year for punching a colleague showed up for work at a countertop company on Wednesday and shot five of his co-workers, authorities said. Three of them were killed and two critically wounded.Less than two hours later, Radee Labeeb Prince drove to a used car lot about 55 miles (90 kilometers) away in Wilmington, Delaware, and opened fire on a man with whom he had “beefs” in the past, wounding him, police said.The shooting rampage set off a manhunt along the Interstate 95 Northeast corridor. Police cruisers were stationed in medians, and overhead highway signs displayed a description of Prince’s sport utility vehicle and its Delaware license plate. The FBI assisted state and local authorities in the manhunt.“This is a person with no conscience,” Wilmington Police Chief Robert Tracy said. “He’s desperate right now.”Authorities said it wasn’t clear why Prince open fired with a handgun on his colleagues.Prince is a felon with 42 arrests in Delaware. Court records showed he had been fired from a Maryland job earlier this year after allegedly punching a co-worker and threatening other employees. He also faced charges of being a felon in possession of a gun, was habitually late paying his rent, was repeatedly cited for traffic violations and was ordered to undergo drug and alcohol counseling in recent years.The rampage began Wednesday about 9 a.m. at the Emmorton Business Park in Edgewood, Harford County, Maryland, Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler said. Deputies arrived in four minutes but Prince had already fled.Kevin Doyle of Thornhill Properties said he was getting tools from his truck when he heard screaming and saw three men running from the office park. The men told him someone was shooting and he asked if they had called 911. They said no, even though, Doyle said, they had phones in their hands.“I think they were just so scared, they didn’t (call 911). They had a look of terror,” he said.The victims and the suspect worked for Advanced Granite Solutions, which designs and installs countertops, the company owner told The Associated Press. Prince has been an employee for four months, working as a machine operator, owner Barak Caba told AP in a brief telephone interview. Caba was shaken and would not provide additional details.Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, who spoke at an unrelated event, said authorities in helicopters and on the ground were searching for Prince, who may be driving a black 2008 GMC Acadia with the Delaware license tag PC64273.The second shooting took place at the 28th Street Auto Sales and Service shop in Wilmington, Delaware. The police chief wouldn’t elaborate the history the victim and Prince had, other than to say: “This individual knew the people he wanted to shoot.”The victim was shot in the vicinity of his head and once in the body but was expected to survive.Police followed Prince briefly, but they lost him and haven’t seen or heard from him since, the chief said.Prince was fired from JPS Marble and Granite earlier this year and scared his previous employer so badly that he tried to get a restraining order in February.At one point, Prince’s former boss Philip Siason said: “He came to see me, cursed and yelled at me about unemployment benefits. I felt very threatened because he is a big guy and very aggressive on me.”A Harford County District Court judge denied the order, saying the case didn’t meet the required burden of proof.Investigators were treating the shooting as a case of workplace violence and didn’t see ties to terrorism, said Dave Fitz, a spokesman for the Baltimore FBI field office.Since November 2014, Prince has rented a three-bedroom town house in Elkton — about 35 miles (56 kilometers) from the office complex — with his girlfriend, according to a Maryland property manager.Prince often paid his rent late, but was always polite and cooperative, said Heather Todd of Homes for Rent. The company filed eight petitions for nonpayment against the couple, but they always ended up paying and the company never had to schedule an eviction.Prince faced several gun charges in March 2015 in Cecil County, including being a felon in possession of a firearm and carrying a handgun in vehicle. However, the charges were dropped about three months later. It’s not clear why.Wilmington, Delaware, police said Prince had 15 felony convictions there. In King County, Washington, in 2014, he was cited for leaving the scene of an accident and driving with a suspended license, according to Komonews.com.Court records also showed that he was required to undergo drug and alcoholism counseling at the time.Prince racked up four traffic citations in King County in 2012 and 2013, mostly for speeding. A gunman opened fire at a Maryland office park on Wednesday morning, killing three co-workers and wounding two others, authorities and the business owner said. Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler identified the shooter as 37-year-old Radee Labeeb Prince. He said Prince opened fire with a handgun and then fled the Emmorton Business Park in Edgewood. Police were looking for him, and he was considered armed and dangerous. The sheriff did not release a motive for the shooting. The owner of a home improvement company in the office park said the victims and the suspect all worked for him at Advanced Granite Solutions. Barak Caba told The Associated Press in a brief telephone interview that the suspect has been an employee for four months. He said the man was a machine operator. Caba was shaken and would not provide additional details. The wounded were in critical condition, according to a spokeswoman for the University of Maryland Medical Center’s R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. The FBI is assisting local authorities to find Prince. Investigators are currently treating the shooting as a case of workplace violence and don’t see ties to terrorism, said Dave Fitz, a spokesman for the Baltimore FBI field office. Nearby schools have been locked down as a precaution. The business park is just south of the Interstate 95 interchange with Route 24.center_img Sharelast_img read more

Trump Sidelines Immigration Nominee For Tougher Direction

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first_img Share Steve Helber/APIn this Nov. 9, 2018, photo Ronald Vitiello, acting head of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, gestures during an interview in Richmond, Va.The notice to Congress from the White House was met with confusion: Why would President Donald Trump withdraw his nominee to lead U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement?Longtime border official Ron Vitiello appeared to be cruising toward confirmation. One Senate committee had endorsed his nomination and a second was likely to follow suit despite opposition from some Democrats and a union representing some agency officers.No one in the Department of Homeland Security, which oversees the immigration agency, had been notified about the intention to remove Vitiello from consideration, according to people familiar with the decision. Officials at Homeland Security and congressional aides thought it must have been a paperwork error made by the White House personnel office that would be resolved quickly.Turns out, it wasn’t a mistake. It was just another day in the Trump administration.The president on Friday confirmed he had pulled the nomination, even as he called Vitiello a “good man.”“But we’re going in a tougher direction. We want to go in a tougher direction,” he said.Trump did not explain what that meant and did not say whom he had in mind as a replacement. But the decision, first reported by The Associated Press, comes as his administration is struggling to deal with an influx of Central American migrants, which has led to a 12-year high in U.S.-Mexico border crossings, straining the U.S. immigration system.Trump had threatened to close the border entirely to cope with the flow, before backing off this week.In a letter addressed to all ICE employees Friday, Vitiello thanked the president and members of Congress for their support.“No matter the external circumstances, I am grateful knowing you remain engaged and dedicated to the critical work of protecting our communities from the transnational criminal organizations and cross-border crime that threatens our nation,” he wrote.“While I will not become the permanent director of ICE, I look forward to working alongside you in serving the American public with Integrity, Courage, and Excellence.”Six government and congressional officials involved in immigration issues suggested the decision to drop Vitiello could be an impulsive staff shake-up driven by the fact that White House policies intended to stop migrants have not succeeded. Many blamed Stephen Miller, the influential West Wing aide, for the decision on Vitiello and saw it as part of a plan to replace longtime immigration officials with hard-liners who appealed more to allies of Trump and Miller. The officials were not authorized to discuss internal deliberations and spoke on condition of anonymity.Vitiello had been scheduled to travel with Trump to the border Friday but was told late Thursday he wasn’t going, one of the people said.He has been acting head since June of the agency that enforces U.S. immigration law in the interior of the United States. He has more than 30 years of law enforcement experience, starting in 1985 with the U.S. Border Patrol. He was previously Border Patrol chief and deputy commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, which oversees the patrol.Vitiello took over during a time of heightened scrutiny of the agency. Part of its mission is to arrest immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally, and that has made the agency a symbol of Trump’s policies and a target for Democrats.Trump has been railing against increasing border crossings, as well as the release of thousands of migrants into the U.S. because of a lack of space to hold them, a move he derides as “catch and release.”It’s a battle cry on a signature issue for the president, who wants to restrict immigration but whose policies have largely failed to do so.For many years, families arriving at the border were typically released from U.S. custody immediately and allowed to settle with family or friends in the U.S. while their immigration cases wound their way through the courts, a process that often takes years.But in recent months, the number of families crossing into the U.S. has climbed to record highs, pushing the system to the breaking point. As a result, ICE was releasing families faster, in greater numbers and farther from the border. Since Dec. 21, the agency set free more than 125,000 people who came into the U.S. as families.Trump on Friday was touring a recently built portion of replacement fencing that he is holding up as the answer to stop the recent surge of migrant families coming to the U.S.Though the 2-mile section is only a long-planned replacement for an older barrier, the White House describes it as the first section of his proposed border wall. It’s commemorated with a plaque bearing Trump’s name and those of top immigration and homeland security officials — but not Vitiello’s.___Associated Press writer Elliot Spagat in San Diego contributed to this report.last_img read more

Suranjan Das resumes duty as VC mum on students union poll

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first_imgKolkata: Jadavpur University Vice-Chancellor Prof Suranjan Das on Tuesday refused to comment on the holding of students’ union election in the varsity. Das, who was on leave after he was heckled during a protest by students on February 19 and hospitalised for two days, resumed his duties on Tuesday and held discussion with teachers and students union representatives on academic issues. The V-C told reporters he has nothing new to comment when asked about his views on holding students’ union polls at the earliest as demanded by the Arts Faculty Students’ Union (AFSU), Science Faculty Students Union (SFSU) and Faculty of Engineering and Technology Students’ Union (FETSU). Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata Bose”I don’t have anything to comment on this issue today,” he said. Pro-VC Pradip Kumar Ghosh had sent a letter to the Higher Education department on February 25, requesting it to facilitate a tripartite discussion among the university, students and the higher education department on the issue of students’ union polls. The V-C had earlier maintained the JU cannot take any decision on its own about holding the students union polls and any decision on this issue can only be taken by the government.last_img read more

In This Issue Spains bond auction a success…

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first_imgIn This Issue. * Spain’s bond auction a success… * ECB and BOE to meet today… * Traders test the SNB… * Official jobs numbers are questionable… And, Now, Today’s Pfennig For Your Thoughts! A successful bond auction in Spain has investors moving back into euros… Good day. We woke up to a winter wonderland this morning as we have a couple inches of snow on the ground and it is continuing to come down pretty hard. It is a really light snow and the winds are blowing it all around which is making driving a bit tricky. I passed several accidents on my way in, and I just heard the closed down one of the major highways. Chuck may have mistimed his escape from winter by a few hours as he was scheduled to fly down to Florida today. It sounds like the snow will be ending mid morning, so hopefully his flight won’t be delayed. Investors continued to escape the problems in Europe yesterday as the euro got sold throughout the trading day. Fears of another debt downgrade by Fitch and worries about inaction by the ECB were the main drivers of all of the selling. The euro weakened to a 16 month low of 1.2662 before starting to move a bit higher in late trading. The ECB will be meeting today and currency traders fear they won’t take any additional action to stimulate the European economy. As Chuck pointed out in yesterday’s Pfennig, the latest data doesn’t really suggest any additional help is needed but bond buyers want to see the ECB step up their purchases of debt in order to help support bond prices. The rating agencies also weighed on the euro yesterday was a rumor that France’s top credit rating would be cut and Fitch Ratings said Italy faces a ‘significant chance’ of a downgrade. The French Finance Minister Francois Baroin denied having been notified of such a move, and I couldn’t find any confirmations of a move by the ratings agencies on news wires this morning. The euro is actually rallying in early trading, up almost a full cent from yesterday’s low. The move higher was sparked by the successful bond auction in Spain. The Spanish were able to sell almost twice their maximum target of debt at an auction today, including a new three year benchmark. Spain sold just under 10 billion euros of notes vs. the target of 5 billion. And these bonds were sold at rates which were slightly lower than previous auctions, which was welcome news to EU leaders. The good demand for Spanish debt, combined with the better than expected data yesterday will definitely decrease the pressure on the ECB to step in and do something during their meeting later today. It is widely expected that the ECB will leave interest rates unchanged at 1% and the successful debt auctions which have been occurring over the last few weeks will definitely decrease the pressure for stepping up their bond purchases. It isn’t like the ECB has just been sitting on the sidelines watching the debt crisis. The ECB injected a record amount of liquidity into the markets back on December 20 when they awarded 489 billion euros of three year loans to European banks. In fact, the ECB has been a bit more active than our own Fed in pumping money into the markets, which is saying something! But desperate times need desperate actions, and the moves certainly seem to have stabilized things in the European debt markets. While we will continue to see volatility in the euro, I firmly believe the single currency will survive. The Bank of England will also be meeting today, and the pound sterling is being sold in early trading. Sterling touched a three month low vs. the US$ this morning as investors worry the UK economic recovery will stall out. A report showed UK manufacturing contracted for a second month in November, falling .2% which was in line with economic forecasts. This report follows another yesterday which showed the trade deficit widened more than economists forecast. These stories sparked worries that the economy isn’t on as solid a footing as previous reports indicated The BOE was one of the first to institute an aggressive program of bond purchases, but the current program is scheduled to end next month. Speculation is increasing that the program will now be extended with another round of purchases, with an announcement coming as soon as today’s meeting. While investors pushed the euro lower on thoughts the ECB wouldn’t be doing any additional purchases, the pound is being sold on the thought that the BOE will be increasing their debt purchases. It doesn’t make since to me either, but that is just how crazy these currency markets are right now! Investors are using the uncertainty created by the resignation of Swiss National Bank President Phillip Hildebrand to try and test the SNB’s self imposed floor of 1.20 CHF/EUR. The move lower by the euro yesterday gave currency investors a perfect opportunity to test the resolve of the remaining board members. The SNB has passed this test so far, and they were helped out by the euros move higher his morning. A strategy piece from Standard Bank in London early today suggested Hildebrand was ready to move the floor up to 1.25, but these plans will probably be delayed now. “Had Hildebrand remained at the helm of the SNB, he might have led the bank to raise the target to 1.25 or more, but now that prospect has been dimmed,” Steve Barrow of Standard Bank wrote today. Thomas Jordan, who was appointed the SNB interim chairman has reiterated he’s ready to defend the currency ceiling with the ‘utmost determination’ if needed. I’m sure the currency traders will continue to test the SNB as the Swiss government has indicated it will take as long as four months to appoint a permanent replacement for Hildebrand. With the euro selling off yesterday, most of the other currencies followed suit. But things have shifted this morning and the emerging market and high yielding currencies are moving higher. The Brazilian real was off a bit yesterday, snapping a 2 day gain, but it is the big winner this morning pushing almost 1% higher vs. the US$. The South African rand, Australian dollar, and Swiss franc round out the top performers vs. the US$ this morning. We have a lot of data out this morning in the US, with Retail Sales expected to show a slight increase and the weekly jobless claims expected to be unchanged (more on the jobs data in the closing paragraphs). We will also see the business inventories data for November which is expected to show a small increase as Christmas sales weren’t as strong as expected. Finally, the Monthly Budget Statement will probably show the US slipped $83.7 billion further into our debt hole in December. None of this data would seem to support a stronger dollar, so I think the moves we have seen in early trading will probably continue through the rest of the trading day. Then there was this. Both Chuck and Mike Meyer, knowing I was writing this morning, gave me some pfodder for the Pfennig. And both of them were thinking along the same line as their contributions were very similar (I guess great minds think alike!). Mike left me a stack of 4 different news stories which all seem to contradict the latest jobs data put out by our administration. Archer Daniels Midland Co. announced plans to cut 1,000 jobs or 3% of its workforce yesterday, MetLife Inc. said it will shut down its home mortgage origination operation costing close to 4,300 employees their jobs, an analyst on Bloomberg yesterday predicted banks and other financial firms would shed 150,000 workers by the middle of 2013, and finally, St. Anthony’s Medical Center here in St. Louis said they were laying off 85 workers. These were stories which Mike found on Bloomberg yesterday, and all would certainly indicate that the labor market here in the US isn’t going to improve too quickly. Chuck was also thinking about the job market, and sent me the following: Well… did you hear about this? Hostess Brands filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Wednesday, a move that marks the second significant court restructuring for the Twinkies and Wonder Bread baker in the past several years. The privately held Irving, Texas, company, which employs roughly 19,000 people and carries more than $860 million in debt, has been facing a cash squeeze amid high labor costs and rising prices for sugar, flour and other ingredients. Hmmm… how can they be experiencing rising costs for sugar, flour and other ingredients, when the Gov’t tells us there is no inflation? And The Fed Chairman tells us that the inflation we’re seeing is “temporary”… Hmmm… Hostess Cup Cakes, and an RC Cola, on my way home from baseball practice at the confectionary around the corner from my house, were a staple… Well… The Fed Beige Book was put out there for us all to view late yesterday afternoon… among the hootin’ and hollerin’ about how the Fed districts all showed stronger economic activity and consumer spending in the 4th QTR… there was this ditty… Overall inflationary pressures were noted to be “very limited” as the upward pressure from rising commodity and input prices eased substantially. Hmmm… again… tell that to the Hostess Cup Cakes and Twinkies people! Thanks to both Chuck and Mike for their contributions this morning. An election year always brings out the spin masters, and we will probably see a lot of data which just doesn’t seem to match up with reality. To recap. The euro was off yesterday as the ratings agencies and expected inaction by the ECB worried investors. But the euro moved higher this morning after a successful bond auction in Spain. The BOE will be meeting today, and some expect them to extend their latest round of QE. Currency traders tested the remaining members of the SNB, but the franc remained above its 1.20 floor vs. the euro. Data out today could lead to further dollar weakness, as the weekly jobs numbers are expected to disappoint. And both Chuck and Mike gave me stories which show the layoffs continue here in the US. Currencies today 1/12/12. American Style: A$ $1.0363, kiwi .7975, C$ .9845, euro 1.2756, sterling 1.5352, Swiss $1.0539. European Style: rand 8.0310, krone 6.0156, SEK 6.9335, forint 240.58, zloty 3.4740, koruna 20.0275, RUB 31.6275, yen 76.86, sing 1.2887, HKD 7.7684, INR 51.5837, China 6.3181, pesos 13.5432, BRL 1.7865, Dollar Index 81.064, Oil $102.13, 10-year 1.92%, Silver $29.66, and Gold. $1,630.80 That’s it for today. My son will be happy today, as I just received a call from his school telling me he has a snow day. No word from my daughter’s school, but I’m pretty sure from the look of the highway below that most schools in St. Louis will be cancelled today. Hard to believe after we had temps in the mid 50’s yesterday, but that is typical St. Louis weather! I hope Chuck’s plane will be able to make it down to Florida without too much of a delay, I know he is looking forward to getting some sand between his toes. Blues have a very big game tonight at home vs. the Canucks. I think I have a lot to do with how well the Blues are playing as I didn’t renew my tickets this year (after 20 years!) and I told everyone at the beginning of the season that this would be the year the Blues make it to the Stanley cup! But I’m still a huge fan so GO BLUES!!! Thanks for reading the Pfennig, and I hope everyone has a great Thursday. Chris Gaffney, CFA Vice President EverBank World Markets 1-800-926-4922 1-314-647-3837 www.everbank.comlast_img read more

In 2017 we reported on the impact of the photo of

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first_imgIn 2017, we reported on the impact of the photo of the drowned boy on the beach, which stirred up public concern for the Syrian refugee crisis. A memoir by the boy’s aunt details the family’s struggles in Syria — and their fatal attempt to cross from Turkey to Greece in a rubber boat. In September 2015, a photograph of a boy lying lifeless on a sandy shore powered a surge of public concern for the Syrian refugee crisis.The boy, along with his parents and older brother, were on a rubber boat carrying Syrians who had fled the country’s civil strife and hoping to find a new life in Europe. The vessel capsized on the way to the Greek island of Kos. Of the four family members, only the father, Abdullah Kurdi, survived.The image of that small corpse on the beach led to an outpouring of charitable donations to aid other refugees. We subsequently reported on a study that examined the impact of the photo.Now the toddler’s aunt, Tima Kurdi, has written a searing personal portrait of the impact of the Syrian civil war on her family.Her newly published memoir, The Boy on the Beach: My Family’s Escape from Syria and Our Hope for a New Home. describes the Damascus community where she and her siblings grew up in a comfortable home on a jasmine-scented street and contrasts that with the subsequent disintegration of the country and the plight of her family in the wake of the civil war.She herself immigrated to Vancouver, Canada, in 1992, where she resides today, but she had seen the start of the civil strife on a family visit home in 2011. Then as now, she remains in close touch with her family. We interviewed her via Skype from Turkey, where she was visiting her sisters. The interview has been edited for clarity and length.How do you feel about the tremendous exposure the photo received? People opened their hearts when they saw the suffering in that image. It made them think, what if this happens to you, if you lose everything, your home, your country, you have no safe place, no food, no money and what will you do? It has become a permanent reminder for people to help others, that we all need each other and that we are all one.But I need to correct the record. My nephew’s name is Alan [not Aylan, as media outlets, including NPR, reported.] And when he died, Alan’s age was 2 years and two months, not 3. His brother’s name was also misspelled. It is Ghalib, not Galip.You write about how close your family was. Where are your siblings and their families now? My family did not want to leave Syria, and at first they went to the north [to the city of Kobani] thinking the situation would get better and they would come back later. But it kept getting worse. One day, two of my nephews were playing soccer outside and suddenly a suicide bomber blew himself up. These children witnessed the body pieces falling all over the street. Fifteen relatives were massacred in the Ramadan attacks in June 2015. One by one my family started to flee.Today, my sisters Maha and Shireen are in Izmit, Turkey. My sister Hivron made it to Germany with her family. My brother Muhammad and his family are in Vancouver [the Canadian government finally accepted Tima’s sponsorship]. Abdullah was given asylum and lives in Erbil, Kurdistan [in Iraq]. My father is still in Syria.How difficult was it to write this book? Sharing my private family story with the world was not easy, but I go out and tell my story to inspire and remind people that the boy on the beach is one person only, and there are so many others who are suffering.It has been healing to write, but I cannot let go of the guilt I feel for paying for the smugglers [whose boat overturned in the waters between Turkey and Greece]. I will take that guilt to my grave. I gave the money to help Abdullah and his family, but I feel that maybe if I had not paid that $5,000, maybe they would still be alive.How is your brother Abdullah coping? He says, “I lost everything in my life.”But he is finding some healing through bringing aid to refugee children in displaced persons camps, through a small charity we have set up, the Kurdi Foundation. We focus on their education, because Abdullah says he wants to give these children what he couldn’t give his own.When we go to a refugee camp, the parents are so heartbreaking. They tell us “the world is talking about us but no one comes to talk to us.” The kids have to make their own toys … they will roll up a T-shirt and tape it in a round shape and that is their ball and they are happy.Why did you sprinkle Arabic phrases throughout the book, with chapter titles and other words appearing both in Arabic script and English transliteration? My family does not speak English, but when I showed them the book [on my visit to Turkey] they were very happy, saying, oh my God, the title is in Arabic! It is a touch that lets readers know that they are with my family, that we are all together. I am hoping that the book will be translated into Arabic. I would love that, and my family could read it.How are readers responding to the book?I feel I am helping change people’s minds. One man wrote me that he was very angry to see so many refugees come to his country and taking away jobs, but after reading the book he sees things differently. He said, “You reminded me that if something happened to me, I would be in that same situation. So from tomorrow morning on, I am going to have at least one hour to do something good, to volunteer and help [refugees].”Another man sent me a photo of a jasmine plant he has put on his balcony, like the jasmine I describe in the book. He wrote, “I bought that plant to remember your book and to push me to go out and go help others.”How would you summarize the book’s message?The point of view throughout the book is that of the refugees. I don’t take political sides, I focus on the people. They want to go home to rebuild their lives, but for so many of them there is no home to go back to. I want to be the voice of those who cannot be heard. There are many, many stories. If I could write all those people’s stories, I don’t know how many books I would have to write.Diane Cole writes for many publications, including The Wall Street Journal and The Jewish Week, and is book columnist for The Psychotherapy Networker. She is the author of the memoir After Great Pain: A New Life Emerges. Her website is dianejcole.com. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University are hoping

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first_imgResearchers at Johns Hopkins University are hoping to capitalize on the student-led gun safety movement by offering a free online course, which begins Monday, to teach the academic research and strategies they say are the best weapon to curb gun violence.Gun violence experts put the course together after hundreds of thousands of people — many of them students — participated in March For Our Lives last year, calling for tighter gun laws.”Following the shooting in Parkland and the youth advocacy that we saw, we noticed there was a gap in knowledge,” said Cassandra Crifasi, the deputy director of the Center for Gun Policy and Research and one of the core lecturers for the online course. It’s called Reducing Gun Violence in America: Evidence For Change.”There are different information sources,” she said, “but sometimes they conflict and we wanted to create one resource that would be freely available to anyone.”The course is aimed at high school and college-aged people, but it’s open to anyone. Coursera, the online platform hosting the course, says this is the first class related to gun violence that the company has offered.The hope is to get participants up to speed on “relevant legal issues and effectively use data” central to the nation’s policy debate on guns. Researchers want young activists to lean on decades of public health research when working with policymakers and candidates seeking elective office.”And sort of push back against some of the claims you hear like, ‘Oh, you know the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,’ ” Crifasi said, a nod to the mantra embraced by many gun rights groups, in particular the National Rifle Association.Crifasi says information in the course addresses “that myth.””Anti-gun pseudoscience” She expects blowback from gun rights groups about the course. One writer for the website Bearing Arms warned the course may “push the anti-gun position” onto students. “That means they’ll be facing indoctrination in anti-gun pseudoscience masquerading as unbiased research. That’s a problem,” they wrote.Crifasi hopes being a gun owner herself can help diffuse some of those knee-jerk reactions.”I’m a responsible gun owner and I don’t want people to take my guns away. … Let’s work together to come up with strategies that reduce gun violence but also are also respectful of the culture of gun ownership and the Second Amendment,” Crifasi said.When asked if anyone from gun rights organizations was invited to participate as faculty in the course, the response was blunt.”No, we did not. For a variety of reasons,” Crifasi said.She points to a stark statistic from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that showed nearly 40,000 people were fatally shot in 2017.”We didn’t want to have to have this be a debate of whether there’s an issue or not, right?” Crifasi said. “We have a substantial burden in this country.”Ashley Courneya, a college freshman living in Rochester, Minn., began learning to shoot guns at age 7. She participated in competitive sports shooting in high school and was featured in NPR’s documentary Teens On Guns In America released earlier this year.She’s in the demographic Hopkins researchers is hoping to attract.But Courneya, who said politically she’s an independent, admits she’s less eager to sign up for the course because more conservative viewpoints on guns won’t be heard.”I think I’d still be interested in taking the course just to see what it’s about, even though it doesn’t have conservative aspects,” she said. “But I think when you’re doing something that’s meant to inform people, you need to account for both sides.”Hope to attract 20,000 registrants per yearThe free online course space is crowded, but the Hopkins course has the potential for “different measures of success,” said Gayle Christensen, associate vice provost for global affairs at the University of Washington. She’s not involved in the course but has researched massive open online courses.If students complete the more than 540 minutes of lectures and related course work, they receive a certificate. But even if they don’t finish the course, she says there’s a benefit to students sharing what they’ve learned in the course on social media.Christensen said so if you get a lot of posts saying: ” ‘You have to get on this! You have to watch, it’ll matter for you’ and that will then perhaps have other students or young people will engage with the material that wouldn’t have thought about engaging with it otherwise.”Previous massive open online courses offered by Hopkins have attracted millions of registrants, according the university. For this one, university officials hope to enroll 20,000 students per year. Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more

A Labour shadow minister is to travel the country

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first_imgA Labour shadow minister is to travel the country to ask disabled people for their help in designing a 21st-century social security system.Debbie Abrahams, the shadow minister for disabled people, launched her “disability equality roadshow” last week at a parliamentary event held to mark the international day of persons with disabilities.She said the roadshow would “allow disabled people across the UK to voice their opinions about how, as a society, we should be supporting them in the most effective and appropriate ways and to define what a social security system for disabled people, fit for the 21st century, should look like”.Abrahams said the government had treated disabled people “appallingly”, from “the £23.8 billion cuts in support to 3.7 million disabled people to the dehumanising and ineffective work capability assessments (WCA) for working-age disabled people”. She said the government had “refused to listen” to doctors, academics and disability organisations that have raised concerns about the adverse impact of the WCA on claimants’ mental health, but promised that Labour “will listen”.She said: “The views and experiences of disabled people have to be right at the heart of, not just the overhaul of the WCA, but other aspects of social security policy too. “Labour wants disabled people to be able to play a central role in both the development and monitoring of this.” Her roadshow announcement comes only 18 months after Labour gave a cool welcome to the report of its own disability and poverty taskforce.The taskforce, led by Sir Bert Massie (pictured), called for a greater contribution from the state towards the extra costs of disability.It also called on a future Labour government to replace the work capability assessment, introduce a personalised system of employment support, invest in accessible housing and transport, launch a major drive to improve the skills of disabled people, and ensure a new focus on the barriers to employment faced by disabled people.Sir Bert, former chair of the Disability Rights Commission, heard Abrahams speak at a seminar held at Leeds University on 4 December – the day after she launched the roadshow – in memory of the disability rights campaigner Caroline Gooding, who died last year.Sir Bert, who was chairing the seminar, said: “Debbie was terribly good telling us what the Tories were doing wrong, but she didn’t say anything about what she would do right.“I don’t know what her policies are, I really don’t. There was no commitment, no vision of where Labour would go.”He said a roadshow would be likely to produce “lots of good ideas” but not necessarily new policies.He said: “I wonder if you will get more new ideas from going on a roadshow than you will talking to people who actually know what they are doing, people who know the system inside out.”He added: “I cannot think of a public consultation of this type which has actually led anywhere. If it’s activity for the sake of activity, that would be my first question.“These consultation meetings are fine as far as they go, but at some point some serious people need to sit down and work out what is going to happen.“If you go round the meetings, what you will hear is how awful it is… it might help politicians understand the angst out there, the frustration, in some cases the desperation and the futility of some of the contacts you have with DWP.“That might all come out, but it doesn’t constitute a policy.“Going round to meetings is fine, but you end up with a pile of ideas. They have to be knocked into shape.”Sir Bert said he would like to see a new disability rights taskforce, following the one set up by the new Labour government, which reported in December 1999, but with a wider brief that would look at the whole range of disability policy, including social care and possibly even the right-to-die debate.He said: “All the support mechanisms built up from the 1970s are slowly being dismantled. We need another taskforce to really look at the whole of disability policy.”Bob Williams-Findlay, a former chair of the British Council of Disabled People, said he had been impressed by Abrahams at the seminar, and said that the roadshow “was not a bad idea”, but he warned that “the devil will be in the detail”.He said that a taskforce set up by Labour “would make sense with the right remit and personnel”, for example with co-chairs such as Professor Mike Oliver and Baroness [Jane] Campbell.Debbie Jolly, a co-founder of Disabled People Against Cuts, who also attended the seminar, said there was no need for a new taskforce, but she backed the idea of a roadshow.She said: “Top-down approaches are dated and untrusted – why we should need yet another set of well-paid disability elites and charities sitting around tables having exclusive closed meetings is unclear in 2015.“The proposed equality roadshow by Debbie Abrahams is a route that allows everyone to give their views and experiences on policy, on what’s working and what’s not working at the grassroots level – these are the types of things we need to ensure the many, not the few, feed-in to change from the perspective of their own day-to-day life experiences.“The test for Labour, of course, will be what they do with that information.”last_img read more

Chemists Develop SealHealing Material for Smartphone Screens

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first_img Next Article Even if you break the screen in half, it will stitch itself back together within a day. Apply Now » There’s a huge market for smartphone cases as we all strive to protect our expensive handsets. It would be much nicer to just slide them into a pocket unprotected, but the thought of scratches on the screen ultimately push many of us to hide them inside a case, or at the very least apply a screen protector.By the end of the decade, though, smartphone cases may be assigned to the history books. According to Business Insider, chemists at the University of California at Riverside have developed a self-healing material that’s suitable for use as a smartphone display — or any display, for that matter.The key to any self-healing material is molecules that attract each other, which in turn allows any breakage of the perfect bond to stitch itself back together. This new material the UC Riverside chemists, led by Chao Wang, developed is a combination of a stretchable polymer and ionic salt featuring “a special type of bond called an ion-dipole interaction.”That interaction is what forms a strong attraction between the molecules, meaning it can recover from any damage, including a complete break. Snap this material in half and it will stitch itself back together in less than a day. It can also be stretched up to 50 times its original size. The other important feature of the material is its ability to conduct electricity making it suitable for use as part of a touch screen.Wang believes his stretchable polymer will be used by smartphone manufacturers by 2020. It can be used for the display, but also the phone housing, meaning we could and should get smartphones that can self-heal any damage on their outer shell.Now we just have to hope a company such as Apple or Samsung doesn’t buy up the patents for this polymer and keep the self-healing material exclusively for their devices. –shares Matthew Humphries Image credit: via PC Mag This story originally appeared on PCMag Chemists Develop Seal-Healing Material for Smartphone Screenscenter_img April 5, 2017 2 min read Add to Queue Smartphones 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Senior Editorlast_img read more

The 10th Anniversary iPhone 8 Is Expected in October

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first_imgiPhone 2017 is a big year for Apple as it marks the 10th anniversary of the iPhone, a device that has generated the majority of Apple’s profits and made it the most cash-rich company in the world. To celebrate the smartphone we’re expecting a revolutionary 10th anniversary iPhone 8, and now we’re hearing that phone won’t suffer any delays and will arrive in October.In fact, we can expect three new iPhone models to be unveiled in September and sold in October. There will be the typical S refreshes for the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, but also this anniversary iPhone 8. It may be called something else by Apple, but iPhone 8 seems to have stuck for now.As well as an anniversary celebration handset, this iPhone is expected to be radically different from what has come before. Apple will switch to using an edge-to-edge OLED screen with Samsung supplying the panels. There’s also a suggestion the display may be curved. The casing will be glass and the Touch ID sensor is thought to be integrated into the display. Wireless charging may also feature, which helps explain the all-glass casing and suggestion the Lightning Port is gone, too.Such big changes to the iPhone’s design raised concerns over managing to deliver the iPhone 8 on time and alongside the usual annual iPhone refresh. Integrating the Touch ID with the display panel was thought to be a particularly difficult challenge. However, according to MacRumors, all talk of delays in the supply chain have disappeared and production is preparing to ramp up.We should expect Apple to do its usual iPhone reveal event in September before all three new models go on sale in October. Interest is sure to be very high, but it is expected production can meet demand, even for the iPhone 8. If that’s the case, the biggest hurdle to purchasing an anniversary iPhone may end up being how many people can actually afford one. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. The 10th Anniversary iPhone 8 Is Expected in October This story originally appeared on PCMag Senior Editor Add to Queue Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now »center_img May 8, 2017 2 min read Next Article Any concerns the iPhone 8 would be delayed have apparently disappeared from the supply chain. –shares Image credit: Attila Fodemesi | Shutterstock.com Matthew Humphrieslast_img read more

Fandango Buys Rotten Tomatoes and Flixster

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first_img Apply Now » –shares This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazine Image credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez—Getty Images for CBS Films The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Fandango Buys Rotten Tomatoes and Flixster Next Article Online movie ticketing platform Fandango is adding a couple more names to its portfolio of cinematic sites.Fandango said Wednesday it is buying movie review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes and Flixster from Time Warner’s Warner Bros. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, though Warner Bros. will take a minority stake in Fandango as part of the transaction, according to the press release.As part of the deal, Fandango — itself owned by Comcast’s NBCUniversal — will have the ability to incorporate Rotten Tomatoes movie reviews, including the site’s Tomatometer rating tool, into its ticketing platform. Fandango will also add its ticketing service to the Flixster mobile app, which provides movie information along with reviews from Rotten Tomatoes.Flixster and Rotten Tomatoes together get 20 million unique visitors per month, and Fandango claims the acquisitions will increase its own traffic to 63 million unique visitors per month. Fandango attracted 1 billion visitors to its website in total last year, while U.S. ticketing increased by 81 percent.“Our new expanded network will offer unparalleled capabilities for all of our exhibition, studio, and promotional partners to reach a massive entertainment audience with innovative marketing and ticketing solutions that benefit from original content, home entertainment products, ‘super tickets,’ gifts with purchase, and other new promotional opportunities,” Fandango president Paul Yanover said in a statement.Wednesday’s announcement marks the latest acquisition for Fandango, which, last month, bought streaming video service M-Go in another sign that the brand’s digital network is expanding.center_img February 18, 2016 Tom Huddleston, Jr. 2 min read Websites 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Add to Queuelast_img read more

Cox Media Group Chooses Veritone for AIDriven Advertising Analytics and Online Content

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first_img aiWAREArtificial IntelligenceCox Media GroupMarketing Technology NewsNewsOnline Content CurationVeritone Previous ArticleCONCURED Named a Cool Vendor in Gartner’s 2019 ‘Cool Vendors in Personalization’ ReportNext ArticleNewly-Minted Unicorn Outreach Looks to Next Phase of Growth with the Addition of Three Key Executives Cox Media Group Chooses Veritone for AI-Driven Advertising Analytics and Online Content Curation Business WireJuly 11, 2019, 5:22 pmJuly 11, 2019 CMG Radio Joins Major Broadcasters Using Veritone to Better Compete for Ad Dollars and Streamline Resource-Intensive WorkflowsVeritone Inc., the creator of the world’s first operating system for artificial intelligence, aiWARE, announced that Cox Media Group (CMG) has selected the aiWARE-powered Veritone Essentials suite of applications to use across its 60+ radio stations in 11 markets. CMG Radio is the latest major broadcast group to join leading broadcasters and thousands of stations in deploying Veritone’s applications to streamline content curation and demonstrate ROI for advertisers.@COXMG Chooses @Veritoneinc for #AIDriven #AdvertisingAnalytics and #OnlineContentCurationCMG Radio uses the Essentials applications to provide AI-powered analytics and insights for both its local direct-sales teams and its national advertising partners. Additionally, the CMG Radio content team leverages the Discovery application to generate insights more efficiently and choose which on-air content should be extended to digital mediums such as social media.“Veritone’s industry-leading AI platform will help CMG offer better, more effective marketing solutions to our customers by providing data and insight that has previously not existed in the broadcast space,” says Tim Clarke, vice president of audience and content, CMG Radio. “Furthermore, our content teams are excited to leverage the tool to automate tedious processes and assist with content tracking, discovery, and archiving.”Marketing Technology News: Sponsorship Made Simple for Personal, College, Sports, Community Events etc.In terms of audience reach, radio remains a leading advertising medium in America and is highly effective at driving results, but broadcasters must substantiate its effectiveness with empirical data and analytics. That’s what Veritone Essentials is designed to do. The Veritone platform’s unparalleled combination of features and applications allows CMG Radio to demonstrate success, enabling it to better compete for share of ad spend and retain existing spend. Just as importantly, thanks to AI, CMG Radio can now automate workflows such as campaign recapping, quantifying earned media, tracking native and influencer campaigns, and selecting on-air content to be distributed online — all processes that were previously 100% manual.Built on the aiWARE platform, Veritone Essentials is a set of intelligent applications for content ingestion; management; search; and distribution of audio, video, and still images. Veritone can easily ingest and index live or archived broadcast content, then immediately make it available for search, curation, and sharing. Essentials applications augment and accelerate existing analytics workflows, helping broadcasters jump-start their AI journeys and transform and extend their data in a fraction of the time. aiWARE is flexible and extensible, currently boasting 18 cognitive classes over AI engines, which enables organizations to evolve their use of AI continuously and future-proof their investment.Marketing Technology News: SeQuel Response Hires New Director of Marketing to Propel Brand Awareness“As advertising has become more data-driven, it has become ROI-driven. That means advertisers expect to see concrete evidence that it’s working. Now Cox Media Group sales reps can supply that evidence quickly, accurately, and with far less effort than it used to take, thanks to the AI ecosystem behind Veritone Essentials and its easy-to-use application interface design,” said Veritone President Ryan Steelberg. “Station groups throughout the country are turning to Veritone to be more competitive and automate and super-charge internal workflows that have been resource-intensive.” Marketing Technology News: Medallia Announces Launch of Initial Public Offeringlast_img read more

Research finds 10 of Anglican clergy have experienced violence

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first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jan 3 2019Professor Jonathan Gabe, of Sociology and Professor David Denney, of Social and Public Policy both in the School of Law at Royal Holloway, conducted the survey with more than 540 participants across the UK.The main findings of the survey were: Source:https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/ Professor Jonathan Gabe of the School of Law at Royal Holloway, said: “The clergy have a difficult job, especially when faced with the risk of violence, as documented in our survey.”The research suggests that further thought needs to be given as to how best to help clergy manage when faced with such violence.”Nick Tolson the Director of National Churchwatch added: “These figures are a reminder that Clergy have to deal with difficult circumstances where they are at risk of violence. It is vital that they receive training in dealing with these issues.”center_img Less than 10% of respondents strongly agree/agree that they are experiencing more hate crime today than two years ago. 50% of respondents responded strongly agree/agree to work being more challenging now than two years ago, yet, it is not clear which aspects of work have become more challenging. 36% per cent of 35-44-year-olds and 55-64-year-olds strongly agree/agree that work has become more challenging. Male respondents were more likely to be threatened undertaking pastoral work, whilst women were more likely to be threatened by an active Church member or parishioner. 35% strongly disagree/disagree that they are experiencing more hate crime today than two years ago. More than 50% of respondents are unsure whether hate crime towards clergy (physical and online) has increased in the last two years. Older respondents seem to agree that there is less respect for clergy now than two years ago. Men are more likely to disagree with the statement that work has become more challenging in the last two years. Those who have been subject to violent behaviour in the last two years were more likely to strongly agree that the work is more challenging than two years ago. Statistically significant. 85% said that they used social media for clerical matters, whilst 90% said that they used social media for personal matter. Facebook is the most used social media platform. 68% have experienced verbal abuse, whilst 19% and 10% have experienced threatening or violent behaviour respectively. These percentages cannot be compared with the original study due to limitations outlined above. The main reasons for verbal abuse included: mental illness; declined requests for money; alcohol/drugs; anti-Christian sentiments; and other reasons (youths, female clergy, sexual abuse scandals, people not getting their own way, problems with graveyards/funerals). 83 respondents said that they had been threatened in the last two years. 90% of these had been threatened with personal harm, whilst nearly 20% had a relative threatened and 35% had experienced threats to Church property.last_img read more

Pregnant women who undergo gallbladder removal surgery experience longer hospital stays

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first_img Source:https://www.facs.org/ Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Feb 13 2019Pregnant women produce extra progesterone, which puts them at greater risk for gallstones. When the stones become problematic, causing painful attacks, a surgeon may recommend that the diseased gallbladder be taken out by performing an operation known as a cholecystectomy. However, new research findings suggest the timing of the operation may increase the risk of adverse outcomes for pregnant women.Women who have their gallbladder removed during pregnancy are more likely to experience longer hospital stays, increased 30-day readmissions, and higher rates of preterm delivery than those who delay the operation until after childbirth, according to the study results published online as an “article in press” on the Journal of the American College of Surgeons website in advance of print publication.”In light of these findings, whenever possible, women with symptomatic gallstones in pregnancy should wait as long as possible to let the baby mature before having the cholecystectomy,” said study coauthor Henry A. Pitt, MD, FACS, professor of surgery at Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia.Dr. Pitt and colleagues studied a large database of women in California (the California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development database) who underwent a laparoscopic or open cholecystectomy between 2005 and 2014 for gallstones or other benign biliary disease. They compared 403 pregnant women who underwent the operation within 90 days prior to childbirth with 17,490 women who had the procedure within three months after childbirth.Most patients who undergo a minimally invasive (laparoscopic) cholecystectomy can go home the same day. However, the analysis showed that when a cholecystectomy was performed during pregnancy, it was more likely to require hospitalization (85 percent versus 63 percent) and more likely to be an open operation, whereby the surgeon uses a scalpel and makes an incision (13 percent versus 2 percent).One important finding was that maternal delivery outcomes–including eclampsia and hemorrhage for the mother, and preterm delivery–were significantly worse when the cholecystectomy was done during pregnancy as opposed to postpartum, Dr. Pitt said.Related StoriesExercise during pregnancy can promote bone health of both mother and childOpioids are major cause of pregnancy-related deaths in UtahCannabis use during pregnancy may cause premature birthThe eclampsia rate for pregnant women who underwent this operation in the third trimester was 1 percent higher than those who chose to wait until after childbirth. Additionally, the hemorrhage and preterm delivery rates for women who had the cholecystectomy during pregnancy was 3 percent and 12 percent higher, respectively.The researchers found that women who underwent the operation during the third trimester were twice as likely to deliver a preterm baby and almost twice as likely to have abnormal maternal outcomes. Women who postponed the cholecystectomy until after childbirth had better maternal outcomes.”The real significant finding is that babies were being born preterm when they weren’t adequately developed. And we know that preterm delivery is associated with neonatal mortality and multiple adverse outcomes for the baby,” Dr. Pitt said. “So that is the real reason to wait: to make sure the outcome for the baby is the best possible outcome.”The initial analysis also found that women who underwent cholecystectomy in the third trimester had a longer length of hospital stay (three days versus one day), higher cost of hospitalization ($19,918 versus $17,461), and higher 30-day readmission rates (10 percent versus 4 percent) compared with the postpartum group.For now, operative guidelines from the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons recommend laparoscopic cholecystectomy for all pregnant women with symptomatic gallstones and state that the procedure is safe for both the mother and the fetus.However, Dr. Pitt believes that these study results support a change in practice because recommendations in the guidelines are based on older studies instead of current data. “These big databases like the one we used in California just didn’t exist 15 years ago,” Dr. Pitt explained.Surprisingly, the other big finding from the study is that 98 percent of the time cholecystectomies were being done after delivery, Dr. Pitt said. “So despite the recommendations in these guidelines, I think surgeons and obstetricians knew that the better approach for the patient was to wait as long as possible.”last_img read more

Rush University Medical Center joins campaign to bring safety equity and dignity

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first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jun 24 2019Rush University Medical Center is increasing its efforts to bring safety, equity and dignity to the workplace as part of the TIME’S UP Healthcare (TUH) campaign.TIME’S UP Healthcare launched in March 2019. It is one of the five initiatives of Time’s Up Foundation started by a group of women in the entertainment industry following the emergence of the #MeToo movement.Rush is the first and only academic medical center in Illinois and among 29 signatories that pledged their commitment to address workplace discrimination, harassment and abuse; and create equitable and safe cultures with the healthcare industry.In addition to Rush, signatories include institutions such as Boston University, Brigham Women’s, Brown University, Cleveland Clinic, Mayo Clinic, the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health and the Yale School of Medicine.Dr. Pringl Miller, a general surgeon and hospice and palliative medicine specialist at Rush University Medical Center, is among the 50 founding members of TIME’S UP Healthcare. At Rush, it is essential that our diverse community of patients, families and employees all feel welcome, cared for and valued. We do not tolerate bias, harassment or discrimination of any kind. Supporting the mission of TIME’S UP Healthcare aligns with our core values, and we’re proud to endorse these efforts.”Dr. Pringl Miller, Rush University Medical Center The founding members are working with partners to advocate for and create change in the healthcare workforce by driving new policies and decisions that result in more balanced, diverse and accountable leadership.The core statements of TIME’S UP Healthcare state that sexual harassment and gender inequity have no place in the workplace and that the health care system must be committed to preventing sexual harassment and gender inequity, as well as protecting and aiding those who are targets of harassment and discrimination.Related StoriesSleep disorders in patients with low back pain linked to increased healthcare visits, costsIt is okay for women with lupus to get pregnant with proper care, says new studyAlmost 74% of Americans show concern about burnout among healthcare professionals”With our signature, Rush commits our alignment with the core principles of Time’s Up Healthcare,” said Dr. Sheila Dugan, professor and chair of the Rush Women’s Leadership Council. “We will continue to develop and set structures, processes, outcomes and policies of a safe respectful and equitable workplace.””Every employee should have equitable opportunity, support and compensation,” said Dugan. “We will measure and track sexual harassment and gender-based inequities occurring in our institution.””An important goal for TIME’S UP Healthcare is also to provide educational materials for training those in healthcare on how to combat gender inequity and sexual harassment,” said Miller.According to Miller, when a healthcare system becomes a signatory of TIME’S UP Healthcare, they pledge a commitment to the main tenants of the campaign.Part of the signatory letter signed by Dr. Ranga Krishnan, CEO of Rush System for Health, Dr. Omar Lateef, CEO of Rush University Medical Center, and Dr. Sherine Gabriel, President of Rush University states that “we cannot address an issue without understanding its scope and its impact.” In order to do this, they wrote, with our signature we commit our alignment with these outlined core principles of TIME’S UP Healthcare.”According to TIME’S UP Healthcare, one of the reasons that many of the initial 50 founders became involved in the initiative was the publication of a variety of high-profile manuscripts in top medical journals about gender equity and sexual assault within the healthcare industry. In mid-February, The Lancet, a weekly peer-reviewed medical journal, dedicated an entire issue to sexual harassment and gender inequity in the healthcare workforce. Source:Rush University Medical Centerlast_img read more

Greenlands Superfast Ice Slides Could Be Bad News for Climate Change

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first_img In Photos: The Vanishing Ice of Baffin Island Historic Photos Paint Picture of Greenland Ice Loss | Climate Central In Photos: A Conveyor Belt for Arctic Sea Ice Greenland’s ice sheet is sliding way more than previously thought, according to a new study. This means that the ice sheet can change faster in a warming climate, a group of researchers reported July 10 in the journal Science Advances. “Understanding ice flow is quite important to predicting future melt from Greenland,” said study lead author Nathan Maier, a doctoral candidate at the University of Wyoming. Ice flows bring ice from the cold interior regions of the Greenland ice sheet to its warmer edges, where the ice melts. [Images of Melt: Earth’s Vanishing Ice]Headbutting Tiny Worms Are Really, Really LoudThis rapid strike produces a loud ‘pop’ comparable to those made by snapping shrimps, one of the most intense biological sounds measured at sea.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Why Is It ‘Snowing’ Salt in the Dead Sea?01:53 facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.livescience.com/65930-greenland-ice-sheet-sliding.html?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0000:3500:35  Ice flow happens through two different processes: the sliding of ice across the bed and deformation, which turns the ice into a kind of “flowing molasses,” Maier said. Understanding the relative scale of these two different types of movement helps scientists determine how much ice will move to high-melt areas along edges of the ice sheet. Maier and his team drilled boreholes into the ice using a large drill. They also installed 212 tilt sensors, which measure the amount of deformation and sliding. The researchers took measurements of ice movement from 2014 to 2016, finding that the Greenland Ice Sheet is sliding really, really fast over the underlying bedrock. “This is quite surprising as these regions are thought to have much slower sliding velocities than regions that are resting on slippery mud,” Maier told Live Science. “Even more surprising is that we recorded this behavior during winter, when there is no surface melt, which can further lubricate the bed and increase the rate of sliding.” What this means is that “even over these relatively boring, slow-moving regions of the ice sheet resting on rock, ice can be rapidly brought down to the high-melt zones,” he added. The researchers even found that Greenland’s main continental ice sheet slides more than parts of the incredibly fast-moving glaciers on the periphery, such as Jakobshavn in west Greenland. Past work showed that global warming has changed ice motion along the ice sheet’s edges, resulting in more thickening or thinning, which in turn causes changes in surface melt. “Now that we have essentially found high rates of sliding everywhere we have looked on the ice sheet, even in the least-likely locations, like ours, we know that ice can be moved around very efficiently,” he said. “Thus, the rates of thickening and thinning are likely to occur more rapidly than previously thought.” That means the ice might change faster in a warming climate than currently thought, he said. Originally published on Live Science.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 min and see why everyone is addicted!Vikings: Free Online GameUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoKelley Blue Book2019 Lexus Vehicles Worth Buying for Their Resale ValueKelley Blue BookUndoGundry MD Total Restore SupplementU.S. Cardiologist: It’s Like a Pressure Wash for Your InsidesGundry MD Total Restore SupplementUndoArticles VallyDad Cuts Daughter’s Hair Off For Getting Birthday Highlights, Then Mom Does The UnthinkableArticles VallyUndoLivestlyThe List Of Dog Breeds To Avoid At All CostsLivestlyUndolast_img read more