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Quiñahan joins Paras, Teng, Ravena in PH 3×3 squad

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJR Quiñahan is set to beef up the Philippine team in the upcoming 2017 Fiba 3×3 World Cup.The NLEX big man will join the youthful core of Kobe Paras, Jeron Teng, and Kiefer Ravena in the half-court wars set from June 17 to 21 in Nantes, France.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Lillard, Anthony lead Blazers over Thunder Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Pocari Sweat’s Selimovic out for the conference Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes LATEST STORIES View comments Man who told immigrant to go back to country asked to write essay The 33-year-old will provide the veteran presence for the hungry upstarts, as he will be tasked to hold the fort in the paint while also infusing the much-needed outside sniping.Quiñahan got the clearance from NLEX on Tuesday, with the Road Warriors already eliminated from the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingThe Philippines is placed in Group B, together with hosts France, Slovenia, Romania, and El Salvador in the 3×3 World Cup. Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Hornets beat Pistons for 8th straight time Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: PH beats Indonesia, enters gold medal round in polo LOOK: Vhong Navarro’s romantic posts spark speculations he’s marrying longtime GF 250 enrolled at phony school arrested in immigration scamlast_img read more


Spotted 3 Millionth ZIM Container in DaChan Bay Terminal

first_imgImage Courtesy: ZIMIsraeli shipping company ZIM recently marked the milestone – the 3 millionth container was brought onboard a company’s vessel to DaChan Bay Modern Container Terminal in China. The 4,253 TEU ZIM Sao Paolo arrived at the terminal as part of the ZIM Med-Pacific Service (ZMP).”ZIM takes pride in achieving this milestone, a testimony to our … cooperation with DaChan Bay terminal, ZIM’s main hub port in South China,” Nissim Yochai, VP Trans Pacific, commented.As explained, DaChan Bay Modern terminal serves all of ZIM’s trades and functions as the central hub in the region of south China and Pearl River Delta.ZIM’s lines calling Da Chan Bay are ZIM Seven Star Express (Z7S) and ZMP, with the following port rotations:Z7S: Da Chan Bay – Yantian – Cai Mep – Port Klang – Colombo – New York – Norfolk – Savannah – Port Kelang – Da Chan Bay;ZMP: Port Kelang – Cai Mep – Da Chan Bay – Yantian – Xiamen – Ningbo – Shanghai – Pusan – Vancouver –Pusan – Qingdao – Shanghai – Ningbo – Da Chan Bay – Port Kelang – Ashdod – Haifa –Istanbul – Novorossiysk – Odessa- Istanbul – Haifa – Port Kelang.last_img read more


Crews hope to free prolific female right whale named Kleenex from rope

first_imgHALIFAX – Marine biologists are on the lookout for one of the most productive North Atlantic right whales left in the world, after an apparently unsuccessful attempt to free it from thick rope.Heather Pettis of the New England Aquarium said the team spotted the older whale — named Kleenex — near Stellwagen Bank off Boston last week and decided to try to cut a length of yellow rope that was snarled around the upper portion of its mouth and near its blow hole.Pettis said the whale, which has given birth to eight calves over several decades, appeared thin and in poor health, raising concerns that the species could be losing an animal that is responsible for 22 right whale descendants.It’s estimated that Kleenex is the mother, grandmother or great-grandmother of nearly five per cent of the remaining 430 North Atlantic right whales.“She’s got a reproductive span of 32 years, so she’s a really important animal in the population,” she said in an interview. “She is in the top six reproductive females in the history of what we know about this population.”About 18 right whales were killed in U.S. and Canadian waters in the last year. It’s suspected that many of them died after getting ensnared in fishing gear or hit by large vessels.Bob Lynch of the Center for Coastal Studies in Provincetown, Mass., was on the boat with the disentanglement crew that used a crossbow to shoot a cutting arrow at the rope, managing to slice a bit of it as Kleenex dipped below the water’s surface.Lynch said the exercise was particularly challenging since they couldn’t get too close to the “elusive” 15-metre whale, which often disappeared under the water.“It’s not an easy task and it takes a whole village,” he said with a laugh. “There was an aerial survey team that spotted the whale and it takes the driver putting the shooter in the right position and the people on the boat to help see the whale when it’s coming up.”He said it wasn’t clear whether the line was cut enough to lead to its release.“What we do know is that we improved the chances for that individual by nicking it,” he said, adding that they may try another disentanglement if they see her again.Still, he said it’s unlikely that she would breed while entangled.“It’s likely she’s not going to be reproducing, so that basically removes a female from the reproductive population,” he said.Pettis said Kleenex was thin, had a concave slump in her back and marks around her blow hole, indicating that she was in poor health.She said the whale was first seen in 1977 with a calf and is a critical member of the species since it’s believed there are only 100 breeding females left in a population of about 430 North Atlantic right whales. Only a couple of other right whales have produced more calves.The whale, who was named Kleenex because one of her calves had white scars that reminded scientists of a child with a runny nose, was seen entangled in gear in 2014. Pettis said she can still eat with some difficulty, but is expending extra energy because of the drag caused by the rope.“Having gear attached to her is requiring an expenditure in energy,” she said.The development is the latest setback for a species that suffered record losses last year. There were also no new calves spotted this season.last_img read more


Quebec tuition fee hikes will impact access for Aboriginal students

first_imgAPTN National NewsThousands of Quebec students are still on strike..They’re protesting against fee hikes for post-secondary education. The provincial government wants to increase fees by $325 a year for five years.APTN National News reporter Danielle Rochette has this story about the tuition increase’s impacts on Aboriginal students.last_img


SP 500 set for another down week as Januarys rally fizzles

NEW YORK — U.S. stocks dipped in early trading Friday to join a worldwide drift lower as concerns remain high about global trade and the strength of the economy.The S&P 500 is on pace to close out its second down week in the last three, as investors hit pause following a tumultuous two months where the index followed up its worst December since 1931 with its best January in three decades.On the plus side for stocks: Companies are in the midst of reporting better-than-expected earnings for the last three months of 2018. But concerns are building about whether profits can keep growing this year.Investors are also worried about predicted slowdowns in economies around the world, with trade tensions between the United States and China adding to the strain. Several warnings about slower growth from Europe and the United Kingdom this week hit particularly hard.The stock market’s losses were widespread Friday, with roughly two thirds of all the stocks in the S&P 500 index lower. Consumer and energy stocks had some of the sharpest drops.Prices for U.S. Treasury bonds continued to rise, as investors sought out safer areas of the market given all the concerns.KEEPING SCORE: The S&P 500 fell 0.7 per cent as of 10:20 a.m. Eastern time, and was on pace for its third straight decline.The Dow Jones industrial average lost 231, or 0.9 per cent, to 24,937, and the Nasdaq composite lost 0.8 per cent.SCREECHING HALT: Goodyear Tire & Rubber plunged to one of the biggest losses in the S&P 500 index after reporting weaker-than-expected profit for the latest quarter. It cited weakness in China, which has been a big source of concern for investors recently. The world’s second-largest economy is in the midst of a sharp economic slowdown, and it’s a huge market for many big U.S. companies.Goodyear fell 9.4 per cent.PLAY TIME: Mattel surged to the biggest gain in the S&P 500 after reporting a bigger-than-expected profit for its latest quarter. Its stock leaped 22.8 per cent.Rival Hasbro, though, fell after its own earnings report fell short of Wall Street’s expectations. Its stock dropped 5 per cent.BILLIONAIRE BILE: slumped 2.4 per cent after its CEO, Jeff Bezos, said he was the target of blackmail by the publisher of the National Enquirer, which he said threatened to publish revealing personal photos of him. Bezos, who is also the owner of the Washington Post, has been locked in an increasingly tense buildup with President Donald Trump, and the Enquirer has been a strong backer of Trump in the past. The Enquirer’s publisher said Friday that it acted lawfully and was negotiating with Bezos.Amazon is one of the biggest stocks in the S&P 500, so its movements have a larger effect on index funds than other stocks.TRADE CONCERNS: Markets around the world have been lurching up and down in recent months as investors worry about fallout from the U.S.-China trade dispute. President Donald Trump said Thursday that he doesn’t plan to meet Chinese leader Xi Jinping before their cease-fire on tariffs expires in early March.Unless American and Chinese negotiators come to a new agreement, the U.S. is expected to raise import taxes from 10 per cent to 25 per cent for $200 billion in Chinese goods. The trade dispute between the world’s two largest economies, which has cooled in recent months, has weighed on the outlook of businesses and the global economy.Trump’s announcement weighed on markets around the world, and indexes in Europe and Asia mostly fell.YIELDS: The yield on the 10-year Treasury note dropped to 2.63 per cent from 2.65 per cent late Thursday. It had been above 3 per cent as recently as December.___AP Business Writer Annabelle Liang contributed from SingaporeStan Choe, The Associated Press read more


Most actively traded companies on the TSX

Some of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,311.61, up 31.75 points).Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Energy. Up 14 cents, or 1.53 per cent, to $9.29 on 8.53 million shares.Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. (TSX:CNQ). Energy. Down a penny, or 0.03 per cent, to $37.00 on 5.1 million shares.Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Up two cents, or 0.17 per cent, to $11.95 on 4.78 million shares.The Green Organic Dutchman Holdings. (TSX:TGOD). Health care. Down 29 cents, or 6.42 per cent, to $4.23 on 4.7 million shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Financials. Down two cents, or 0.09 per cent, to $23.42 on 4.36 million shares.Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB). Energy. Up five cents, or 0.1 per cent, to $49.23 on 4.33 million shares.Companies reporting:Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G). Mining. Up 27 cents, or 1.76 per cent, to $15.63 on 1.7 million shares. Goldcorp Inc. shareholders have voted overwhelmingly in favour of the company being taken over by U.S. mining giant Newmont Mining Corp. Vancouver-based Goldcorp says its shareholders voted more than 97 per cent in favour of the deal that will see them receive 0.328 of a Newmont share plus two cents in cash for each Goldcorp share they own.Telus Corp. (TSX:TO). Telecoms. Down four cents, or 0.08 per cent, to $49.68 on 802,216 shares. Telus has scored a victory at the Supreme Court of Canada, which says its business customers are contractually prevented from joining class action suits filed on behalf of individual consumers. A majority of judges in the 4-3 decision ruled an Ontario judge erred in allowing Avraham Wellman to be included in a class action case against Telus even though he was a business customer of its mobile phone service.The Canadian Press read more


Little Cities of Hope What Happens When My Child Goes to Jail

By Cam Williams, Jeff Wood and Polly AtwoodEntering a jail seems terrifying to most, but unusually familiar to others. Carbon County Sheriff’s Office arrestees enter through the sally port, which i essentially a garage. From there, arrestees are in the booking area. Throughout the state, most facilities are similar in that regard. From that point, bookings can vary. People who are combative, intoxicated or distressed may have to be placed in holding until they calm down or are no longer intoxicated. An average arrestee is searched by deputies, completing a variety of paperwork. Inmates are asked about medical needs, mental health needs and substance abuse needs at the intake time.The Carbon County Sheriff’s Office facility houses a maximum of 86 inmates at one time. To make it from the booking area to the “sections” (as we call them), inmates must be strip searched. Strip searches are conducted as quickly and professionally as possible. After the search, a shower is offered to arrestees. Inmates are issued a blanket, sheet, two towels, a washing pin bag, two uniforms and a pair of shoes. Each inmate is offered a hygiene packet consisting of a comb, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, bar of soap and 2-in-1 shampoo. These packets can be reordered as they are needed by the inmate.The sections at the Carbon County Jail house between eight and 16 inmates. These sections are cleaned by the inmates housed there. Staff at the sheriff’s office provide for the daily needs of the inmates housed there. Breakfast is served at around 7:45 a.m., snack at 12 p.m. and dinner at 5 p.m. The meals offered add up to be between 2200-2800 calories; the snack is just additional calories.Suicidal people that come into the facility are placed in an observation area and a local mental health provider will come in and evaluate the individual. The facility also has local medical staff that provides services to inmates.Each day, inmates have time out in the dayroom from 6 a.m. until 11 p.m. Visiting on the kiosk system is also between these times. Inmates have a kiosk in the section allowing them to write requests, order food called commissary, make phone calls, email family and talk using video chats. The use of technology has helped advance the facility’s ability to better serve the inmates and the community.Medical:The jail medical staff consists of three highly experienced RNs with a combined 60 years experience in ICU, ER and general medicine wards, and Dr. Williams, who has 31 years experience in ER and seven years in general medicine. Two of the RNs have been working with Dr. Williams at the Carbon Jail for 17 years.There is a daily visit by the staff with review of the intake medical sheet provided at booking, emphasizing possible infectious diseases possibly being brought into the institution, the individual’s sense of whether they may be expecting withdrawal symptoms, a list of medications, pharmacy and personal physician, allergies, etc. The accuracy of this list is always time consuming and the staff spends a large amount of time verifying current medications.National statistics show that 80% of criminality is substance related, so we have become enlightened to the treatment and softening of withdrawal symptoms after entering the walls of the jail. Studies have shown that inmates “coming down hard” do not benefit in any way from the suffering and are just as likely to return to using. We have developed a protocol for medication assisted withdrawal, which can be instituted by county corrections staff until clinical staff can evaluate them (within 24 hours). Of these patients, the heavy alcohol users are the most at-risk and 3-4 times per year the sheriff’s office may have to send an inmate to the ICU for care.A large emphasis of late has been to prevent accidental overdose and death after jail release. This is because when people return to using at the level before their jail stay, they may overdose and this can result in death. We are providing a Vivitrol shot to people in the last few days of their stay, which is a month-long medication that will block any opiate they might use. Inmates communicate with the clinical staff through the e-mail system in the kiosk, are prioritized and seen in clinic promptly. Families can also communicate with the clinical staff by e-mailing the jail and leaving information or call back information and request.General advice to potential guests:– Be accurate and truthful when filling medical intake form.– Communicate specifically about your medical concerns.– Report suicidal thoughts, personal threats or safety concerns.– Do not see a provider just before being booked into jail, asking for sedation medications. They may not necessarily be continued.– For families – you should know that some medications can be purchased through commissary by your inmate. Placing $20 per month into their account may allow them to handle any possible problems without incurring medical visits and care by the clinic staff.Youth:The Castle Country Youth Center is located at 1395 South Carbon Avenue in Price. Phone: (435) 636-4740We would invite the public to visit our website at to view the variety of services offered here in Price and throughout the state of Utah. You will find information on our local detention facility, youth service programs and receiving center. read more


Alfie Evans Parents in legal fight to take brain damaged son to

first_imgA hospital has prevented parents from sending their brain damaged toddler to the same Vatican doctors who offered to help Charlie Gard, a court has heard.Tom Evans and Kate James, both 20 and from Liverpool, will hold private discussions with specialists caring for their 19-month-old son Alfie Evans at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool in January, lawyers say.A High Court judge began analysing preliminary issues in the case at a hearing in the Family Division of the High Court in London on Tuesday.Mr Justice Hayden was told that Alfie, who was born on May 9 2016, was in a “semi-vegetative state” and had a degenerative neurological condition doctors had not definitively diagnosed.The judge said he would make decisions on what was in Alfie’s best interests if agreement could not be reached – and indicated that any trial would start in Liverpool on February 1.Earlier this year, a High Court judge ruled that doctors could stop providing life-support treatment to baby Charlie Gard, following a high-profile dispute involving the little boy’s parents and bosses at Great Ormond Street Hospital. He died on July 28 shortly before he would have been a year old. But his parents wanted him to be given an experimental treatment by a specialist in New York.A High Court judge ruled in favour of Great Ormond Street doctors and said Charlie should be allowed to die with dignity.Charlie’s parents failed in a series of attempts to overturn Mr Justice Francis’s decision. Tom Evans and Kate James leave the High Court in London  The judge in Alfie’s case said he wanted the couple to mediate with doctors. He said everyone wanted to do what was best for the child.Specialists at Alder Hey say continuing life-support treatment is not in Alfie’s best interests. However, Alfie’s parents disagree and want permission to fly their son to a hospital in Rome.They hope that specialists at the Bambino Gesu Paediatric Hospital will be able to pinpoint what is wrong with Alfie.Barrister Rebecca Foulkes, who is representing Alfie’s parents, told the judge: “Their priority is to make sure that everything that can be done for Alfie is done.” She added: “They are not willing to give up.”Mr Evans said after Tuesday’s hearing that he would be “made up” if Mr Justice Hayden could visit Alfie in hospital.Doctors caring for Charlie at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London said life support treatment should end. Show more Tom Evans and Kate James leave the High Court in London Credit:Philip Toscano/PA Chris Gard and Connie Yates with their son Charlie Gard Chris Gard and Connie Yates with their son Charlie GardCredit:PA Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The little boy suffered from a rare inherited disease – infantile onset encephalomyopathy mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome (MDDS).last_img read more


Ovoca keen on Russian silver

first_imgOvoca Gold has appointed Wardell Armstrong to conduct a Bankable Feasibility Study on the 74 Moz Goltsovoye silver deposit in the Magadan Region of Russia and the Wardell team commenced work on site this week. This follows Ovoca’s recent acquisition of a 78% equity interest in the Russian company CJSC Ayax, holder of a mining license for the Goltsovoye silver deposit in the Magadan Region in the east of Russia. The study is to be completed by the first quarter of 2007. A confirmatory core drilling programme, geotechnical and hydrological drilling programme will shortly commence under the supervision of the consultant and will supplement the study. The Goltsovoye deposit which has reserves of 74 Moz of silver approved as C1 and C2 under the Russian standard for resource classification will during the study be converted to the JORC standard for resource and reserve classification.Following completion of the bankable study, Ovoca plans to rapidly move into mine construction during 2008. It aims to develop into a mid-tier precious metal producer with additional advanced exploration projects in the Kola Region of northwest Russia bringing additional resources for future development.Ovoca Gold is also developing and exploring precious and base metals in Sweden and Ireland.last_img read more


Pakistan to decide if girl 14 needs treatment abroad after being shot

first_imgPAKISTANI DOCTORS ARE to decide todaywhether to fly abroad a 14-year-old child activist in a critical condition after being shot in the head by the Taliban, in a case that has horrified the country.Malala Yousafzai was shot on her school bus with two friends in the former Taliban stronghold of Swat on Tuesday, then flown to the main northwestern city of Peshawar to be admitted to a military hospital.Malala spent Tuesday night in intensive care, where doctors at the Combined Military Hospital (CMH) described her condition as critical.A military officer told AFP that a team of top doctors had flown to Peshawar to assess her condition on Wednesday.“They have a two-point agenda — to determine if Malala Yousafzai’s condition allows her to be shifted abroad for treatment or if she needs surgery here,” the officer said.Intensive careLast night, a doctor at CMH told AFP that the bullet had travelled from her head and then lodged in the back shoulder, near the neck.“She is in the intensive care unit and semi-conscious, although not on the ventilator,” he told AFP on condition of anonymity because he is not authorised to speak to the media.The next three to four days would be crucial, he added.State carrier Pakistan International Airlines told AFP that it had a Boeing 737 ready at Peshawar airport to fly Malala abroad if necessary, most probably to Dubai.“We are waiting for new orders and as soon as we get the instruction she will be flown abroad,” PIA chief Junaid Yusuf told AFP.Malala won international recognition for highlighting Taliban atrocities in Swat with a blog for the BBC three years ago, when the Islamist militants led by radical cleric Maulana Fazlullah burned girls’ schools and terrorised the valley.Her struggle resonated with tens of thousands of girls who were being denied an education by Islamist militants across northwest Pakistan, where the government has been fighting local Taliban since 2007.Peace prize She received the first-ever national peace award from the Pakistani government last year, and was nominated for the International Children’s Peace Prize by advocacy group KidsRights Foundation in 2011.Tuesday’s shooting in broad daylight raises serious questions about security more than three years after the army claimed to have crushed a Taliban insurgency in the valley.The Pakistani Taliban claimed the attack in a series of telephone calls to reporters and then issued a strongly-worded statement justifying the attack on a child on the grounds that Malala had preached secularism “and so-called enlightened moderation”.The Taliban controlled much of Swat from 2007-2009 but were supposedly driven out by an army offensive in July 2009.“It’s a clear command of sharia that any female, that by any means plays a role in war against the mujahedeen, should be killed,” said spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan.He accused the media of pouring out “smelly propaganda” against the Taliban, saying that women had also been killed in Pakistan military operations and were detained by the intelligence services.Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf telephoned Malala’s father to condemn the attack and promise that the government would pay for all medical treatment.President Asif Ali Zardari said the shooting would not shake Pakistan’s resolve to fight Islamist militants or the government’s determination to support women’s education.The United States denounced the “barbaric” and “cowardly” attack.Amnesty International condemned the “shocking act of violence” against a girl bravely fighting for an education, saying that female activists in northwest Pakistan “live under constant threats from the Taliban and other militant groups”.Malala was 11 when she wrote the blog on the BBC Urdu website, which at the time was anonymous. She also featured in two New York Times documentaries.“The cancer of extremism”English-language Pakistani newspapers also reacted with horror to the shooting, which it said once again spotlighted the Islamist militancy scourge in Pakistan.“Malala Yousafzai is in a critical condition today and so is Pakistan. We are infected with the cancer of extremism and unless it is cut out we will slide ever further into the bestiality that this latest atrocity exemplifies,” wrote The News.Despite sporadic outbreaks of violence, the government is trying to encourage tourists to return to Swat, which had been popular with holiday makers for its stunning mountains, balmy summer weather and winter skiing.On Wednesday, state carrier took journalists on a test flight to Saidu Sharif, Mingora’s twin town, for the first time since flights were suspended due to the insurgency.- © AFP, 2012Read: Condemnation after Pakistan child rights activist (14) shot in head>last_img read more


Core payments were protected thanks to job creation Burton

first_imgThe budget also outlined that minimum and maximum rates of maternity benefit and adoptive benefit will be standardised at €230 per week for new applicants, something that will save approximately €30 million a year according to the Minister.Bereavement GrantWhen asked about the scrapping of the bereavement grant, Burton said that the state “offers a range of income support to those who are unfortunately bereaved.”“If someone loses spouses or partner, there are no changes to other supports to assist with the cost of bereavement, ” she said before outlining other payments associated with the death of a family member. Burton mentioned specifically the widow and widowers pensions as well as the possibility of applying for the special needs payment scheme for funeral costs.Telephone AllowanceThe telephone allowance for older people is also to be discontinued from 1 January with savings estimated at €44 million. Burton said that her department was required to make savings on payments to older people and a decision was made to cut the telephone allowance because many older people now have access to a mobile phone. Many others avail of packages that include phone, TV and broadband she said with the telephone allowance as it is at present paid directly to Eircom.“I was asked to prioritise core, payment travel allowance and heating allowances and I’ve done that,” she said on the question of cuts on benefits to older people.Budget 2014: The key things to know from today’s announcement >LIVEBLOG: Budget 2014 as it happens >Read: Telephone allowance, maternity benefit and medical cards hit hard in Budget > MINISTER FOR SOCIAL Protection Joan Burton says that her department had “protected core payments” and was able to do so because job creation has gotten people off the live register.The minister said that next year her department “is making €226 million of expenditure reductions in the Budget, significantly less than the €440 million originally requested of it.”Burton would not reveal exactly how her department reduced the budget cut required of them, citing “Budget secrets” but said that it was primarily because of a reduction in the live register of 20,000 in the past year:Chiefly as a result of this progress, I have been able to lower the expenditure reductions required of my department to €226 million. This crucial leeway means that I can continue to protect the State Pensions, Carer’s Allowance, Disability Allowance and other core weekly payments upon which people depend.Although the minster says that core payments have been saved, new claimants of  Jobseeker’s Allowance aged 24 and under are to receive a reduced payment of €100.Burton said that these changes are part of a “focused shift from income support to services” and said that she wants to see an end to “passive” social welfare payments to the unemployed.“I want it to be less like a safety net, I’d like it to be like  trampoline, it’s there to protect you but its also there to lift you up,” she said.last_img read more


London gang members banned from making music glorifying violence

first_img Rhys Herbert (top left); Yonas Girma (top right); Issac Marshall (bottom right); Jordan Bedeau (bottom centre); Micah Bedeau (bottom left). Image: Metropolitan Police FIVE MEMBERS OF a London gang have been handed Criminal Behaviour Orders that prevent them from making music glorifying violence.The gang, aged between 17 and 21, were given the three-year CBOs today having been jailed for conspiracy to commit violent disorder.The gang pleaded guilty in May after arming themselves with machetes and baseball bats to take on a rival gang last November. The court heard the group were about to launch an attack on a rival gang from Shepherd’s Bush, possibly in retaliation for an incident involving the grandmother of two of their members.Police spent two years gathering evidence of the gang’s music and social media activity for intelligence purposes and presented it to the court to demonstrate how the gang were promoting violence through their lyrics and actions and why CBOs were needed.The CBOs have a number of conditions relating to music the gang post on social media or perform live. The five defendants must not: Image: Metropolitan Police 19,858 Views 28 Comments Rhys Herbert (top left); Yonas Girma (top right); Issac Marshall (bottom right); Jordan Bedeau (bottom centre); Micah Bedeau (bottom left). We’re not in the business of killing anyone’s fun, we’re not in the business of killing anyone’s artistic expression – we are in the business of stopping people being killed. When in this instance you see a particular genre of music being used specifically to goad, to incite, to provoke, to inflame, that can only lead to acts of very serious violence being committed, that’s when it becomes a matter for the police.“This isn’t about us straying into the area of regulation or censorship – we are not trying to ban anyone from making music nor are we demonising any one type of music – but the public rightly expect us to take action in a case such as this where a line has very clearly been crossed and the safety of individuals is put at risk.” Short URLcenter_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Jun 15th 2018, 10:47 PM Incite or encourage violence against any individual, group or gang by claiming responsibility for or threatening to commit acts of violence;Make reference to a number of gangs or members of those gangs, either by their actual names or pseudonyms and street names;Make reference to the death or injury of those gang members;Reference specific post codes.One song called ‘No Hook’ included sounds of gun shots and lyrics such as:“Clock me an opp (opposing gang member), wind down the window, back (get) out the spinner (revolver firearm) and burst (shoot) him.”“I put bullets in numerous guys like how come the opps (opposing gang members) ain’t learning?”“OT trip (out of town or county line) trying to get some funds . We get bread (money) and invest in guns. Dem boy run when we tapped **** Ching (stab) Splash (stab) aim for his lungs.”“Man lurky (creeping around with intent) that’s standard. That’s gang that’s gang. Four men on two peds (mopeds) jump off with my shank (knife) leave an opp (rival gang member) boy splattered (covered in blood).”The gang can meet in public to make music if they have authorisation from the police and they must notify police of any new official music videos they feature in within 24 hours of publication.They must also provide police with a list of their official videos that are currently unpublished so they can be taken out of circulation if they breach the conditions of the CBOs.The CBOs also stop the defendants meeting in a public place with other gang members aside from certain circumstances, entering particular areas, attending Notting Hill Carnival and having balaclavas or full facial masks in a public place.“We believe this to be one of the first times, if not the first time, we have succeeded in gaining Criminal Behaviour Orders that take such detailed and firm measures to restrict the actions of a gang who blatantly glorified violence through the music they created,” commented Detective Chief Superintendent Kevin Southworth today.Their lyrics referenced real events that had happened and made threats that further violence would take place. If they break the conditions of the CBOs they will be back before the courts. By Michelle Hennessy Friday 15 Jun 2018, 10:47 PM London gang members banned from making music glorifying violence Members of the gang were also jailed for planning a violent attack on a rival gang. Share77 Tweet Email1 last_img read more


Athens municipality hosts feast for 2000 homeless

first_imgThe municipality of Athens has hosted a very special Christmas lunch on Monday, offering a hearty meal to over 2,000 homeless citizens.The feast took place at 13:00 at the indoors stadium of Rouf where more than 12,000 food portions were offered to Athenians living below the poverty line.The initiative was organised by the municipality’s Reception and Solidarity Centre of the municipality of Athens in an effort to help people have a better Christmas Eve.Meanwhile, the City of Athens announced on Wednesday it has opened a heated venue for the homeless to find shelter during the cold temperatures streak.A group of teams from the city’s Reception and Solidarity Center near Omonia Square have organised visits in different areas of Athens where the homeless seek refuge to inform them about the venue and deliver blankets and hot beverages.The designated venue is located at 66 Sophocleous Street and will remain open until 29 December at 10 in the morning, Kathimerini reports. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more


Volcan reprise de léruption du Shinmoedake au Japon

first_imgVolcan : reprise de l’éruption du Shinmoedake au JaponAlors que le pays doit actuellement faire face aux lourdes conséquences du plus violent séisme de son histoire et d’un gigantesque tsunami qui ont frappé sa côte nord-est vendredi dernier, le volcan Shinmoedake (sud) a recommencé à cracher des cendres et des pierres ce week-end.Dimanche, une alerte a été diffusée par l’agence météorologique nippone sur la reprise de l’activité du volcan Shinmoedake, qui était resté tranquille quelques semaines.Le volcan s’est donc réveillé une nouvelle fois le 13 mars après une éruption spectaculaire en janvier dernier, alors qu’il sommeillait depuis plus de 52 ans.Le volcan se situe sur l’île de Kyushu, localisée à 1.500 kilomètres de l’épicentre du séisme de vendredi. Les experts ignorent si l’éruption est liée au violent tremblement de terre.Les images de cette éruption sur Maxisciences.Le 15 mars 2011 à 13:15 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more


Hépatite C un nouveau traitement plus efficace

first_imgHépatite C : un nouveau traitement plus efficaceUne étude clinique publiée hier met en avant l’efficacité d’un cocktail de 3 médicaments destiné à lutter contre l’hépatite C. Les résultats semblent ainsi confirmer ceux d’une précédente étude. Maladie infectieuse transmise essentiellement par le sang, l’hépatite C affecte le foie et peut provoquer une cirrhose ou un cancer. Mais il existe des médicaments qui permettent de contrôler les symptômes. A ce sujet, une nouvelle étude clinique publiée cette semaine explique avoir testé une combinaison de trois médicaments pour lutter contre la maladie. En réalité, deux des molécules utilisées correspondent au traitement actuel mais la troisième, le Bocéprévir est totalement nouvelle. L’un des coauteur de l’étude, Dr Stuart Gordon qui est également responsable du service d’hépatologie de l’hôpital Henry Ford à Détroit, aux États-Unis, explique : “Cette étude représente une avancée remarquable. Elle peut potentiellement aboutir à une guérison des personnes souffrant d’hépatite C et ne répondant pas aux thérapies existantes”.À lire aussiMucoviscidose : espérance de vie, symptômes, traitement, de quoi s’agit-t-il ?Pour parvenir à de tels résultats, un essai clinique regroupant plus d’un millier de patients a été effectué. Un premier groupe, dit de contrôle, a été traité avec du peginterféron et du ribavirine 44, le traitement utilisé à ce jour, durant 48 semaines. Un second groupe a reçu la première combinaison des deux produits durant quatre semaines, traitement auquel a été ajouté le bocéprévir durant 32 semaines. Le troisième groupe quant à lui a reçu durant 44 semaines, le cocktail composé des trois produits. Les chercheurs ont alors constaté que le groupe 2 et 3 qui avait reçu du bocéprévir ont montré une réponse virologique plus importante, jusqu’à faire disparaitre les traces du virus dans le sang. Ainsi, le taux de réponse virologique était de 21% dans le groupe 1, de 59% dans le groupe 2 et de 66% dans le groupe 3 alors qu’une réponse virologique soutenue peut se traduire par une éradication durable du virus comme l’explique Cyberpresse. L’étude semble alors confirmer les résultats déjà obtenus lors de précédentes recherches. “Nous allons (ainsi) bientôt disposer d’un nouveau traitement standard pour les malades souffrant d’hépatite C” a indiqué le Dr Gordon. Le bocéprévir, nouvelle molécule utilisée dans ce traitement, a pour objectif de neutraliser l’enzyme protéase qui permet la multiplication du virus de l’hépatite C.Le 1 avril 2011 à 18:23 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Harris County Monitors Ongoing Weather Conditions

first_img X 00:00 /04:05 Gail DelaughterRepresentatives of local entities gather in Houston TranStar’s operations hub during severe weather and major events.Many areas in and around the Greater Houston area are still experiencing flood waters after Monday’s severe weather. The Harris County Emergency Operations Center has been monitoring weather conditions overnight. News 88.7’s Gail Delaughter talked with Francisco Sanchez from the Joint Information Center about Monday’s flooding and its impact. Listen to the interview above. More weather updates and closures, can be found here. Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listenlast_img read more

Houstons Grocery Market Growing Fast But Not Equally Across The Region

first_img X – / 7Greater Houston is a fast-growing market for grocery stores.There are new openings all the time, like just this week when a new HEB opened in Baytown.It’s a large, 102,000 square-foot store with a bakery, meat market and freshly prepared meals, which also offers grocery pickup service. It joins a Kroger across the street and an Aldi and Walmart further down the road.Armando Perez, senior vice president of HEB Houston, said there are several factors that decide where a new store will go.“Sometimes we’re looking at, hey, is it time to replace a store because we’ve been here for so long now,” he told News 88.7 before the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new store. “And sometimes we look at, what’s the population of the area, what’s the growth of the area and how much volume do you think that we could run out of a particular location. Those would be the primary things we’re looking at.”The new Baytown HEB is the chain’s 99th Houston region store overall, if you count HEB’s other brands, including La Tienda, Joe V’s and Central Market.Other grocery chains, like Kroger, are also expanding in Houston.Barbara Stewart, professor of retail and consumer science at the University of Houston, said there’s one reason in particular that drives the grocery market here.“Population growth is good,” she said. “We’re in a moderately good economic time and people continue to need to eat.”But the number of grocery stores isn’t growing equally across the region.It’s especially Houston’s suburbs where stores are popping up like mushrooms. For example, of the 99 HEB stores, only 15 are inside the Beltway and just six inside the 610 Loop.Simmi Jaggi, senior vice president of commercial real estate firm JLL in Houston, said a lot of that has to do with the region’s many master-planned communities.“If you look at master-planned communities, they have a captive audience and a captive population base,” she said. “That allows a grocery store to come in and kind of service that consumer base in that population in a somewhat controlled environment. So you have a captive audience that’s there and you have barriers to entry where there’s not going to be 10 competitors.”Inside the loop, things look different. Downtown, for example, has no grocery stores other than Phoenicia, an upscale gourmet food store.Why is that?Jaggi said it comes down to availability of land, and in some of these urban areas developers tend to make more use of land by building up.“So it’s difficult for a one-story user to compete with the user, or the development, that’s going to be eight, nine or even 20 stories,” she said, “because they are building vertically with more rentable square-footage.”So it might become inevitable for retailers to think in those terms, too, when it comes to urban expansion. Jaggi expects to see more grocery stores taking up part of multi-story buildings, as the urban population keeps growing.Chains like HEB are already exploring that. “Next year, we’ll open up our first two-story store in Bellaire, on Bissonnet and Rice,” Perez said. “And a part of the reason that we’re going to multi-level stores is because it is increasingly difficult to find large pieces of property to build a single-story store.”Another two-story HEB is under construction in the Heights.But other areas are still not on the map for large retailers: Houston’s food deserts, like the East End or the Third Ward.Asked about that, Perez said for his company it comes down to whether an area makes market sense.“So the East End is currently trading and changing and there is some population growth in the area as it regentrifies, and we continue to look at the area,” he said. “But you’re also evaluating all of the areas within our vast trade area to decide which is the next place that you want to place your resources.”Stewart, the UH professor, said margins are just too slim in the grocery business to open in areas that don’t promise an immediate return of investment. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /04:00 Share Listenlast_img read more

Apples Video Streaming Plans Key Open Questions

first_imgArticle will be updated as new developments occur. Popular on Variety Apple is expected to give a glimpse of its upcoming video streaming service at an event on its Cupertino, California-based campus on March 25.Reports over the past year have trickled out hinting at what an Apple streaming service could look like, but the company itself has been tight-lipped on divulging details. The streaming product that Apple ultimately unveils could be different from what’s being rumored.Below are key questions about Apple’s video streaming plans that should get answered when Tim Cook takes the stage: ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 How much will access to Apple’s original content cost? Some reports have indicated Apple will make its original content for free on iOS devices like iPhones, while there’s also been rumblings that the company could charge a flat monthly fee for access to its shows (Morgan Stanley predicts a potential $8 monthly fee; Goldman Sachs projected a $15 monthly fee). It’s also possible that Apple creates and charges for an Amazon Prime-like bundle that offers access to its TV shows and a new library of digital magazines also to be announced on March 25th. Apple Music could also be part of a bundle.How will Apple’s original content be distributed? It’s unclear exactly how Apple intends to make its shows and movies accessible to consumers. But the tech giant has several existing platforms to choose from, like the “TV” app, which comes pre-installed on devices like iPhones, iPads, and Apple TVs. In fact, Apple may elect to house its TV shows in the TV app, according to CNBC. On the other hand, the company could make its shows accessible via a new standalone Apple-branded video service, but this route seems less likely since it’s more costly and time-consuming than going with the formerly mentioned option.Will Apple’s content be accessible on non-Apple devices? In addition to a potential platform that lets users stream all of Apple’s original content, the company could reach more viewers by making its original shows available on devices outside the Apple ecosystem. For example, iOS only ran on 13% of smartphone globally in Q3 2018, with Android powering the remaining 87%, according to IDC. Meanwhile, some consumers without Apple devices could gain access to the company’s original content if Apple does sell some of its new original movies and TV shows via iTunes, because iTunes will be available on 2019 Samsung Smart TV models this spring. It’s worth noting that, in addition to this Apple-Samsung partnership, Apple Music is accessible on Android devices. So Apple isn’t totally opposed to partnering with outside companies to extend the reach of its services.How many originals will Apple offer at launch? Apple has been nabbing shows left and right since it poached Sony Pictures Television execs Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg to join its video programming team two years ago, but this doesn’t mean everything that it’s reportedly snagged since then will be on its service at launch. Apple had 30 series in development as of January 2019, according to Ampere Analysis. However, Apple will offer just a handful of these shows on its service when it launches, according to the New York Post. Currently, five Apple series have finished filming, while around a half dozen more are close to completing production, according to The New York Times. Apple may choose to disclose a targeted original series release output cadence, i.e. a new original series every month, to further entice consumers to its upcoming video service.What type of original content will Apple offer at launch? Apple has so far seems to have leaned more heavily towards curating drama and comedy TV shows, like its untitled morning show featuring Jennifer Aniston and Emily Dickinson series featuring Hailee Steinfeld, rather than other genres. Meanwhile, Apple has also acquired handful of films, like “The Elephant Queen,” although it’s so far appeared to more heavily emphasize building up its TV show slate. This content strategy is in line with an October 2017 report from Bloomberg that stated Apple wanted comedies and emotional dramas with “broad appeal.” That same report indicated Apple is shying away from edgy and R-rated fare, which other reports since then have echoed as well, although a source close to Apple downplayed the strictness of the company’s content guidelines in a separate report from Variety.Will its original shows be ad-supported? It’s unclear if Apple’s own original content will have pre- or mid-roll ads, but its shows are unlikely to be ad-supported, given Apple’s tendency to prioritize the user experience and the likelihood that Apple wants to convey its shows as premium assets. However, in the off chance that Apple does decide to run ads on its own shows, it won’t necessarily be shutting itself off from a large portion of viewers. Sixty-three percent of respondents indicated that they don’t mind seeing ads if they’re not paying anything, per an October 2018 survey by Maru/Matchbox and SpotX.What third-party streaming services will be married with Apple content? Several reports have indicated that Apple’s streaming service will allow users to subscribe to and view third-party SVODs from companies like Starz. However, Netflix isn’t expected to be part of Apple’s streaming service, while HBO’s presence is in doubt. Apple is reportedly seeking to take a 30% cut on SVOD sign-ups that occur through its streaming service, which could be contributing to hesitance in participating in Apple’s streaming service. Currently, Apple’s “TV” app aggregates content from companies like HBO and ABC, but users are required to launch separate apps to purchase access to and view those companies’ shows. Not offering access to other prominent SVODs could spell trouble for Apple. This is because Apple might not be able to satisfy consumers with just its original content initially if it indeed does only offer just a handful of shows on its service when it launches.When will the service itself launch? Although Apple is expected to unveil its video streaming service at its March 25 event, there are many conflicting reports on when such a service would become available to consumers. The Information reported in late January 2019 that Apple has been telling studios it’s partnered with for content to prepare for a mid-April launch. CNBC in February 2019 reported Apple is shooting for an April or early May launch of its video service. Meanwhile, Variety reported that Apple’s service will be targeted for a launch in the summer or fall. While it’s hard to tell when Apple will finally enter the streaming wars, it’s safe to say that the sooner, the better. There were 221 active over-the-top (OTT) services in the US in 2018, up from 199 in 2017, per Parks Associates. And this figure is slated to increase as Disney, WarnerMedia, NBCUniversal, launch their own services in 2019 and 2020. Getting in the streaming race earlier could help Apple more quickly cultivate a following among consumers that may otherwise become users of other streaming services that launch sooner. In a March 2019 research note, Goldman Sachs predicted that Apple’s streaming could in a bull case scenario lure 20 million subscribers in two years if it was priced at $15 monthly. last_img read more

Iconic Manchester gay bar goes up for sale

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- Iconic sale: Manchester’s The Molly House is on the market. Photo: One of Manchester’s most famous gay bars, The Molly House, is up for sale with a price tag of £1,295,000. Manchester Pride will say farewell to its iconic location in Canal StreetAnother beloved LGBTI venue abruptly closes in LondonMexico’s premier LGBT destination to host major LGBT events in 2016 and 2017Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  : The popular bar and late night venue is in the centre of Manchester’s famous Gay Village. It sits just one street behind the city’s vibrant gay strip, Canal Street.Bordello chic: The Molly is popular with everyone from bears to twinks. Photo: The Molly HouseThe property, which is being sold by agent Christie & Co, reported turnover last year of £870,285 producing a gross profit of 66% and an adjusted net profit of £181,062.It’s being sold after 22 years as Brian Flockhart, the current owner, prepares to retire, according to blog site‘After 20 odd years, it is time to let someone else drive the business forward and reap the benefits of owning an iconic bar in this fantastic city.’The three storey, double fronted property features a public bar, tea room, lounge area and outside terrace.It’s also famous for the huge painted mural on one side of the building. It features locally known drag queens Anna Phylactic (top) and Foo Foo Lammar (top right). LGBTI icons such as feminist Emmeline Pankhurst (top left), writer Quentin Crisp (bottom left) and computing pioneer Alan Turing (bottom right) are also featured. Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Molly mural: LGBTI icons on the bar’s famous mural.Bar’s name steeped in 18th century gay historyIn 18th century Britain a Molly-house was a place where gay men could meet and socialise. It was also sometimes known as a place for steamy sexual encounters.A Molly-house was a tavern, public house or coffee house and was the 18th century equivalent of a gay bar.According to Time Out, The Molly House in Manchester ‘attract[s] a diverse crowd, as well as a refreshing mix of ‘types’, so don’t be surprised to see a group of burly bears sat next to a table of cute trendy girls and a boy who’s just come out with his mum.’The venue also has an impressive selection of ales, wines, spirits, teas and coffees. It also offers a menu that includes Spanish and Argentinian tapas, which makes it popular destination for ‘Village people’.Manchester is in the midst of a property development boom. It’s the second most popular city for international investors outside of London.As London becomes more expensive, investors from Hong Kong, Qatar, Kuwait and the UAE are taking a greater interest in Manchester as part of a trend known as ‘northshoring’.You may also like:The best of gay Manchesterlast_img read more