Moroccan Court Releases Nurses Suspected of Neglecting Infants

Rabat – At the nurses’ fifth hearing this week, the court decided to temporarily release the nurses on bail of MAD 6,000. The nurses had spent nearly four weeks in prison, since December 20, on charges of negligence and premeditated murder. The Moroccan Association of Nursing Sciences and Sanitary Techniques noted that the nurses had been working in “the absence of specialists, pediatrician or pharmacist, and amid a severe shortage of human resources in the hospital.”The nurses’ arrest came amid allegations that the newborn’s death and the deterioration of the health of five other babies were caused by “poor vaccine quality.” Read Also: Morocco’s Health Minister: Vaccine Did Not Cause Infant’s DeathThe nurses’ friends and family shared videos of their release on social media, although they had hoped for them to be released on New Year’s.However, the nurses association announced in a Facebook post on Monday that the nurses’ final release is still pending. Last month at the House of Representatives, Morocco’s health minister, Anas Doukkali, denied that a vaccine was to blame for the newborn’s death.Based on investigations into the infants’ care, Doukkali confirmed that the maternity hospital uses the same vaccine as all other hospitals in Morocco, and there were no other complications recorded.Doukkali said that the medical staff at the hospital were quick to react and immediately transfer the infants to the hospital’s intensive care unit. The infants reportedly experienced breathing problems. read more

Glass eyes gold teeth and a whip among items lost in Canadian

TORONTO — Uber Technologies Inc. users in Canada last year left behind glass eyes, gold teeth, a black whip and even a graduation certificate in the vehicles they were riding in.The items made the company’s list of the most outrageous items riders have forgotten in Canadian Uber cars, which also included poutine, homework, ukuleles, wedding cards, dentures, and a shower curtain pole.Based on its data, Uber says the Canadians who lost the most items last year were using the service in Lethbridge, Alta., the Niagara and Kitchener-Waterloo regions of Ontario and Montreal.Uber says users were most forgetful on Saturdays and Sundays and between the hours of 11 p.m. and 1 a.m.Uber says Jan. 1 and Oct. 29, the Friday closest to Halloween, had the most items lost in its vehicles in a day.The company’s data shows users were most likely to forget watches on Monday, headphones on Tuesday, laptops on Wednesday, books on Thursday, passports on Friday, phones on Saturday and cakes on Sunday.The Canadian Press read more

Canadian Human Rights Tribunal to revisit Air Canada retirement age issue

TORONTO — The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal will be revisiting the issue of whether Air Canada was wrong to force some pilots to retire at age 60.A decision publicly released on Friday says the tribunal will hold another hearing to determine whether the airline had the right to force 45 pilots to retire at an age it deemed to be the industry standard.The decision says the case originally had 97 complainants, but 52 of them will not have their retirement age scrutinized by the tribunal.The issue of retirement age for Air Canada pilots has come up both at the tribunal and in federal court numerous times in the past decade.Two cases with different complainants, but similar arguments, were ruled upon by the tribunal, reviewed in federal court, then ultimately dismissed by the Federal Court of Appeal.The tribunal says the 52 pilots whose retirement dates were covered by the previous cases will not be included in the new hearing, but says it will hear arguments from the remaining 45 whose retirement dates fall outside of the timeline covered by the other cases.A lawyer representing the majority of the pilots expects the new tribunal hearing will get underway in early 2018.Raymond Hall said he welcomed the latest development in the highly complex case.“We’ve been at it for 12 years,” he said Friday in an interview. “It’s no small thing.”The new tribunal hearing will unfold against the complicated backdrop of both the two past cases as well as changes in federal law.In 2011, as part of an omnibus bill, the then Conservative government passed a law forbidding federally regulated companies such as Air Canada to enforce a mandatory retirement age on its employees. The law went into effect in December 2012.Prior to that legislation, the issue of retirement age at Air Canada had been hotly contested on at least two occasions at the tribunal.The first case, named the Vilven/Kelly matter after its two plaintiffs, challenged Air Canada’s imposition of a mandatory retirement age of 60 for pilots forced to stop working between 2003 and 2005.Despite an initially favourable ruling from the tribunal, the case was challenged in federal court and ultimately quashed by the Court of Appeal.The second case, dubbed Thwaites/Adamson, involved 70 plaintiffs who retired between 2005 and 2009.That, too, received contradictory rulings from the tribunal and federal courts before ultimately being dismissed by the Court of Appeal.In both cases, Hall sought leave to bring the cases before the Supreme Court of Canada, but that leave was denied.The third and most recent group of complainants, referred to as Bailie et al, had retirement dates ranging from June 2004 to February 2012.Air Canada and the Air Canada Pilots Association, which represents the thousands of people who man aircraft for the country’s largest airline, had filed a motion to dismiss the Bailey complaint.Their primary rationale, according to the decision, was the fact that the issues at hand had been rehashed before in the two previous cases.Adjudicator David Thomas wrote in the decision that this held true for the 52 pilots who had retired before 2010, but that the 45 who retired after that date had not yet had a chance to air their grievances.While describing the possibility as improbable, he conceded that there may have been changes in the industry during those years that would make the forced retirement discriminatory on the basis of age.“While I am sympathetic to the respondents’ arguments that it is ‘highly improbable’ that a meaningful change to the material facts affecting the normal age of retirement occurred during the short period after Dec. 31, 2009 until the last Bailie complainant reached the age of 60 in February of 2012, I have not been provided with satisfactory information that there were no changes in the industry,” he wrote. “…it is not the role of the tribunal to speculate whether certain evidence may or may not exist. The tribunal has no investigatory powers and has no material evidence before it for the younger complainants. It is the right and the obligation of the parties to present that evidence to the tribunal in a quasi-judicial forum.”-Follow @mich–mcq on Twitter read more

Grains livestock mixed

Wheat for Sept. gained 9 cents at 4.5625 a bushel; Sept. corn fell 3.75 cents at 3.46 a bushel, Sept. oats rose 5.5 cents at $2.64 a bushel; while Sept. soybeans was up 6 cents at $8.6250 a bushel.Beef was mixed, pork was higher on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Oct. live cattle was off .25 cent at $0.9902 a pound; Sep. feeder cattle rose 1.40 cents at $1.3555 a pound; while Oct. lean hogs gained .60 cents at $.6712 a pound.The Associated Press

UN ecological agency signs accord to help make Beijing Olympics greenest ever

“Environment is one of the three pillars of sustainable development – development that respects people and the planet,” UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Klaus Toepfer said at the signing ceremony in the Chinese capital with the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games (BOCOG).“Through sports and through the Olympic movement we can further these goals by holding games that minimize their environmental footprint and maximize the efficient use of resources,” he added of the agreement, which follows similar accords signed with the organizers of next year’s Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy, the 2004 Athens Summer Olympics and the 2006 football World Cup in Germany. A key part of the agreement involves public awareness campaigns and UNEP hopes to leave a lasting legacy in China and beyond on the links between mass participation events and a healthy environment.The campaigns will also link the importance of the environment generally in delivering sustainable development that benefits current and future generations.“Beijing has committed itself to very high and ambitious environmental goals, ones which if achieved will percolate out into Chinese society and out into the world as a whole,” Mr. Toepfer declared. “UNEP is delighted to be a partner in this endeavour and we stand ready to assist and offer advice to the organizers in their attempt to realize the greenest summer games ever,” he added.The green plans for Beijing are part of a growing commitment by Olympic organizers to put sport at the forefront of environmental planning and awareness.“Sport has the power to bridge the divide between communities and countries and in doing so help in our common quest for a more stable and peaceful world,” Eric Falt, Director of the UNEP Division of Communications and Public Information leading the UN side of the Beijing agreement, said.“Part of that stability rests on a healthy and durable environment. So the commitments made by the organizing committee for the 2008 Summer Games have resonance both within and beyond the sporting world. Through well-targeted and well-designed public awareness initiatives we hope to take this message to the people of China and to the peoples of the world,” he added. read more

Toronto stock market Wall St higher ahead of Fed statement lift in

Toronto stock market, Wall St. higher ahead of Fed statement, lift in oil prices TORONTO – The Toronto stock market closed higher Tuesday as traders awaited the outcome of this week’s meeting of the U.S. Federal Reserve.The S&P/TSX composite index rose 27.98 points to 15,510.54.The loonie was up 0.66 of a cent to 91.16 cents US as the latest data showed that Canadian manufacturing sales in July handily beat analysts’ expectations.Statistics Canada said sales rose 2.5 per cent to $53.7 billion in July, exceeding the previous record of $53.2 billion set in July 2008. Economists had only expected a gain of just one per cent, according to Thomson Reuters.Meanwhile, Wall Street reversed early losses, with the Dow Jones industrials surging 100.83 points to 17,131.97, the Nasdaq gaining 33.86 points to 4,552.76, and the S&P 500 index advancing 14.85 points to 1,998.98.Markets will look to see if the statement released by the Fed on Wednesday following its two-day meeting contains hints on when the central bank will raise interest rates and if this move will happen sooner than mid-2015. Short-term rates have been near zero since the financial collapse of 2008-09.For some time, the Fed has reassured markets that the rates will stay at this level for a “considerable time” after its asset purchase program end in October. Traders will look to see if the Fed drops the words “considerable time” in this latest announcement.“All eyes are on the Fed,” said Allison Mendes, a senior portfolio manager at Manulife Asset Management. “As you know, the decision is tied closely to data and we’ve had a string of good economic data and that is causing the market to evaluate the timing of the next Fed action.”Mendes said the writing is on the wall that interest rates will eventually go up, but many are still left wondering when the central bank will actually make that happen.“You can’t have interest rates low, sustainably, forever and interest rates hike are coming,” she said.Overseas, there continues to be uncertainty over the outcome of the Sept. 18 independence referendum in Scotland. Anti-independence supporters argue that separation would cause economic uncertainty, while Yes supporters accuse the No side of scaring voters. Most think the outcome is too close to call at this point.A Yes vote would result in huge complications from currency to membership in the European Union and NATO.“Scotland is a small country, but (one) that’s going to have some economic and financial fallout and that just adds another layer of uncertainty in the markets,” Mendes said. “As you know, investors don’t like uncertainty.”In corporate news, an investment group that includes Wind Mobile founder Tony Lacavera and Canadian private equity firm West Face Capital has a tentative deal to buy out Wind’s majority shareholder, VimpelCom Ltd., a Russian-Dutch company that has been trying to exit the Canadian market since it was blocked from gaining full ownership of the small wireless carrier last year. Financial terms of the deal were not released. The telecom sector was the leading decliner on the TSX, ending the day down 0.52 per cent.Meanwhile, Allergan and Pershing Square have agreed on a step toward settling a fight over the makeup of the Botox-maker’s board. Allergan will hold its special shareholders meeting as planned on Dec. 18, while Pershing Square and its partner, Valeant Pharmaceuticals, continue their push for control of the California-based drug company. Valeant, based in Laval, Que., has made several offers to buy Allergan, the latest bid coming in at US$53 billion. Shares in Valeant (TSX:VRX) dipped 0.12 per cent, or 16 cents, to $134.03 in Toronto.On the commodity markets, the October crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange gained $1.96 to US$94.88 a barrel after OPEC’s secretary general said he expected the group to lower its oil outputs for the year when it meets in late November. December gold bullion added $1.60 to US$1,236.70 an ounce, while December copper was up eight cents to at US$3.17 a pound.Follow @LindaNguyenTO on Twitter. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 16, 2014 6:29 am MDT read more

July US auto sales could fall on weaker demand

by Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press Posted Aug 2, 2016 7:50 am MDT Last Updated Aug 2, 2016 at 1:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email July US auto sales could fall on weaker demand FILE – In this Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, file photo, Volkswagen cars for sale are on display on the lot of a VW dealership in Boulder, Colo. On Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016, major automakers report sales for the month of July. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File) DETROIT – U.S. auto sales were expected to drop slightly in July as unusually hot weather — and softening demand — kept buyers at home.Kelley Blue Book predicted a 1 per cent decline from last July to about 1.5 million new cars and trucks. Sales were strong at the beginning of the month thanks to Independence Day promotions, but weakened after that, KBB senior analyst Alec Gutierrez said.General Motors’ sales fell 2 per cent while Ford’s U.S. sales fell 3 per cent. Toyota’s sales slipped 1 per cent. Fiat Chrysler’s sales were flat. Volkswagen’s sales fell 8 per cent.Several automakers eked out sales increases. Hyundai’s sales were up 6 per cent and Honda’s sales rose 4 per cent. Nissan’s were up 1 per cent.After six straight years of growth — and record sales of 17.5 million new vehicles last year— U.S. sales are beginning to plateau. In the first six months of last year, for example, sales were up 4 per cent, or more than double the pace of this year. But low gas prices, low interest rates, enticing new vehicles and strong consumer confidence should keep them at a very high level.“We’re still at a healthy level as an industry,” Ford’s U.S. sales chief Mark LaNeve said Tuesday. “We’ll adjust our plans according to the reality and temper our expectations somewhat.”Plateauing sales could be a good thing for consumers, since automakers are dialing up the discounts in order to hold on to their market share. TrueCar said industry incentives were up 5 per cent over last July to an average of $3,225 per vehicle. Ford, Volkswagen, BMW and Fiat Chrysler had the biggest increases over last July, TrueCar said.But incentives are a dangerous game for automakers, since they hurt profits and resale values and artificially inflate demand. Gutierrez said automakers are approaching a level of incentive spending last seen during the recession, and that’s risky.“The sky isn’t falling just yet, but we are on an unhealthy path,” he said.General Motors Co. said its sales fell 2 per cent to 267,258. Chevrolet sales dropped but Cadillac, Buick and GMC all saw gains for the month. Sales of GM’s bestseller, the Chevrolet Silverado pickup, were down 4 per cent, but sales of the smaller Colorado pickup were up 27 per cent.Ford’s sales fell 3 per cent to 216,479. Sales were down for both its Ford and Lincoln brands. The Ford Escape SUV, a perennial bestseller, saw a 10-per cent sales decline; Ford said inventories were low as it prepares to launch the revamped 2017 Escape. F-Series trucks sales were also down 1 per cent as Ford prepares to launch a new Super Duty pickup.Toyota’s sales fell 1 per cent to 214,233. Toyota division sales were flat but Lexus sales were down 6.5 per cent. Toyota’s SUVs, like the RAV4 and Highlander, saw double-digit percentage increases, but low gas prices continued to hurt its cars. Sales of the hybrid Prius were down 29 per cent.Fiat Chrysler’s sales were flat at 180,727. Jeep and Ram sales both rose around 5 per cent, but Dodge, Fiat, Alfa and Chrysler brand sales fell. One bright spot was minivans: Fiat Chrysler sold nearly 8,000 new Pacifica minivans and sales of the Dodge Caravan — which will eventually be discontinued — were up 28 per cent.Fiat Chrysler said its sales numbers conformed to its new reporting standards. Last week the company revised five years’ worth of sales reports because they contained questionable figures. The government also is investigating charges that FCA inflated sales by pressing dealers to buy more vehicles.Honda’s sales jumped 4 per cent to 152,799. Strong sales of Honda’s trucks and SUVs made up for an 8-per cent sales decline at its luxury Acura division.Nissan’s sales rose 1 per cent to 132,475. Nissan’s car sales dropped 9 per cent, but strong sales of its trucks and SUVs made up for those losses. Luxury Infiniti sales fell 5 per cent.Hyundai’s sales jumped 6 per cent to 75,003. Sales of the recently revamped Tucson SUV nearly doubled over last July.Volkswagen, still stinging nearly a year after its diesel cheating scandal was revealed, saw sales drop 8 per cent to 28,758. One bright spot was the Tiguan SUV, which saw sales jump 40 per cent over last July. read more

Lundin Mining forges forward with another merger to get into Tenke Fungurume

first_imgApril has so far been a very acquistive month for Lundin Mining, and we are not even halfway through yet. Its latest big news is a move to get a share in Tenke Fungurume. On April 4 the company announced a definitive support agreement under which it is offering to acquire all of the outstanding common shares of Rio Narcea. Today Lundin Mining and Tenke Mining announced today that they have entered into a definitive agreement to combine the two companies. The Lundin/Tenke transaction will be completed by way of a Plan of Arrangement. At closing, all Tenke common shares will be automatically exchanged on the basis of 1.73 Lundin Mining common shares for each Tenke common share. The consideration to Tenke shareholders pursuant to the Arrangement represents a 31.2% premium over Tenke’s 20 day volume weighted average trading price as at April 10, 2007 based on Lundin Mining’s 20 day volume weighted average trading price on the TSX of $13.51 per share. Lundin Mining shareholders will continue to hold their existing number of common shares. Tenke holds an interest in the Tenke Fungurume copper/cobalt deposits under development in the DRC as well as extensive copper/gold exploration properties in South America. Pursuant to the Arrangement Tenke will convey its South American assets and cash in the amount of $5 million to a newly-incorporated, wholly-owned subsidiary. The shares of the newly-incorporated company will be distributed to Tenke shareholders pursuant to the Arrangement. Application will be made to list the common shares of the newly incorporated company on the appropriate exchange.The transaction is conditional upon the Tenke shareholders approving the Arrangement by a 66.7% majority via special resolution as well as other customary conditions and regulatory approvals. Lundin Mining has elected to hold a special shareholders meeting to approve the issue of Lundin Mining common shares pursuant to the Arrangement by a 50.1% majority via ordinary resolution. The special shareholder meetings of Tenke and Lundin Mining to vote on the transaction are expected to be held in mid-June 2007. The definitive agreement includes a commitment by Tenke not to solicit alternative transactions to the Arrangement. Tenke has agreed to pay a break fee of Cdn $30 million to Lundin Mining in certain circumstances and has granted Lundin Mining the right to match competing offers. Tenke is entitled to a payment of a termination fee in the amount of Cdn $3 million in the event that Lundin Mining’s shareholders do not approve the issue of Lundin Mining common shares pursuant to the Arrangement. Paul Conibear, currently President and CEO of Tenke Mining, will join Lundin Mining in a senior management position responsible for development of the Tenke Fungurume project. He will also be President and CEO of the newly incorporated company which will hold Tenke’s South American assets.Karl-Axel Waplan, President and CEO of Lundin Mining: “The Tenke Fungurume project will add enormous value to the company and both Tenke and Lundin Mining shareholders. The mineralization is so extensive, with multiple high-grade copper/cobalt deposits throughout a 1,500 km2 area, that it is virtually an entire mining district unto itself. Lundin Mining is a dynamic, rapidly growing company with an exceptionally strong balance sheet and the addition of one quarter of the world’s richest and largest new copper development creates a powerful player in the mining industry. This deal represents another important step in our plans to develop Lundin Mining into a major global mining house.”Conibear: “Tenke Fungurume is slated to become ‘the next Grasberg’ or beyond. Combining Tenke’s DRC assets into Lundin Mining will leverage the financial and operating depth of Lundin Mining into the Tenke Fungurume partnership to further strengthen the project. Lundin Mining acquiring an important stake in Tenke Fungurume – one of world’s largest undeveloped copper assets – further advances Lundin Mining as a leading mid-tier player with excellent long life assets. Tenke shareholders will benefit from becoming shareholders of one of the fastest growing base metals companies in the industry, and the spinout of our South American exploration assets is intended to unlock the value of those properties to give them the market exposure they deserve.”Tenke holds a 24.75% interest in the Tenke Fungurume copper/cobalt deposits located in Katanga Province in the DRC. Tenke’s operating partner, Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold (formerly Phelps Dodge), holds a 57.75% interest and La Generale des Carrieres et des Mines, the DRC state mining company, holds the remaining 17.5% interest. Construction is in progress on the project, which entails an open pit mining operation producing initially 115,000 t/y of LME Grade A quality copper cathode and 8,000 t/y of cobalt in any combination of cobalt metal or intermediate cobalt hydroxide. Site infrastructure and process facility layouts have been designed for significant future potential expansions. A 40-year mine plan has been developed. During the first 10 years, 25.5 Mt of leachable oxide ore are expected to be processed grading 4.57% Cu and 0.37% Co. The overall strip ratio is 3.1:1. Drilling continues across the concession, and it is expected that the mine plan will evolve significantly as additional material is brought into the proven/probable category.The Tenke Fungurume concessions have extensive exploration potential across the project area and a significant drilling programme is in progress to potentially add further proven/probable, high-grade ore reserves to the mine plan and for a potential major plant expansion in the early years of the project. Capital costs for the initial production facilities are estimated at $650 million, including escalation and other contingencies. Life of Mine cash operating costs are estimated as negative ($0.19)/lb of copper produced, including a $10.00/lb cobalt credit. The feasibility study supports Tenke Fungurume advancing into production within the lowest quartile of unit operating costs for world copper producers, thereby achieving strong project economics with a study base of $1.05/lb copper long term and a $8-12/lb range for cobalt depending on the year under consideration. Construction of the mine is well underway and first copper production is anticipated in late 2008/early 2009. Lundin Mining is rapidly growing into a major force. Aside from the potential acquisitions through Rio Narcea, the company currently owns four operating mines: Neves-Corvo in Portugal, the Zinkgruvan and Storliden mines in Sweden, and the Galmoy mine in Ireland. A fifth mine under development, Aljustrel in Portugal, will be brought into production in the third quarter of 2007 (IM Januray 2007). Rio Narcea Gold Mines holds a 100% interest in the producing Aguablanca nickel mine in Spain. Lundin Mining also holds a 49% stake in one of the world’s largest zinc projects – Ozernoe, located in the Republic of Buryatia in the Russian Federation. In 2006 Lundin Mining mined 3.9 Mt of ore producing 89,218 t of copper, 171,293 t of zinc, 45,106 t of lead and 2,538,225 oz of silver. www.lundinmining.comlast_img read more

Arson attack on house of man with severe learning difficulties condemned as

first_img 17,393 Views Short URL File photo Image: Shutterstock/Ilya Andriyanov Share88 Tweet Email “Whoever carried out this horrific attempt on an innocent life should have nowhere to hide. If they had been slightly more accurate with their second throw, literally inches to one side, we could be dealing with a murder scene.”Police have appealed for witnesses to come forward, noting that a small, dark car was seen making off from the area.Local DUP MLA Carla Lockhart condemned the attack, saying: “My thoughts are with the young man who awoke to the shock of this petrol bomb attack on his property.“There is no doubt that those who engaged in this activity wanted to cause serious damage and could have caused severe injury or death.”Read: Man seriously injured in potential hit and run in DublinRead: Man seriously injured after being hit by bus in Limerick city Sunday 18 Feb 2018, 3:30 PM Feb 18th 2018, 3:30 PM 20 Comments File photo Image: Shutterstock/Ilya Andriyanov Arson attack on house of man with severe learning difficulties condemned as ‘sickening’ The PSNI said it could have been dealing with a murder scene. THE PSNI IS investigating an arson attack at a house in Co Down.The incident happened at a house on Hillview Terrace, Dromore Street in Banbridge at about 5.30am today. Police described the attack as “sickening”.In a strongly-worded statement the PSNI said: “A vulnerable young man with severe learning difficulties was woken by the sound of his upstairs bedroom window smashing in as he lay in bed.“This was immediately followed by a petrol bomb, thrown at the hole in the now broken window.“Thankfully, the disgusting creature who threw it missed, and it set alight against the outside of the window and the window sill below.”A passing taxi driver raised the alarm, with police and the fire service attending the scene.‘Alarmed and angry’ The PSNI said it knows of no reason as to why the man in question would be targeted, adding that his neighbours are “understandably alarmed and angry”.This could well be a prime example of why vigilante action and indeed gangland feuding is so dangerous to the wider innocent public. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Órla Ryanlast_img read more

Clark County Public Health now allows dogs at restaurants outdoor spaces

first_imgEach year, dogs seem to become more like people.You give your dog a voice. You dress your dog up. You set your dog up on blind dates (maybe even on a dog dating app). You take your dog to restaurants and breweries.It’s the latter issue that in recent years has created a pesky problem for Clark County. Since 2005 Washington code has prohibited all animals, except service animals, from being on the premises of food establishments.After Clark County Public Health fielded three complaints regarding dogs at food establishments in 2012, there haven’t been fewer than seven per year since. In 2017, there were 24 complaints, and 21 were recorded last year.But a new type of complaint manifested this year. Out of the 17 complaints received so far, a handful have been from people who want there to be outdoor areas available to dogs, said Brigette Bashaw, the food safety program manager at Clark County Public Health.“There’s been growing interest by food owners and the public to allow dogs in their outside seating areas,” Bashaw said.That prompted Public Health in April to create a variance to Washington’s food code. Dogs are now welcome at establishments that have applied for and received a variance, but other pets remain prohibited (sorry, cat lovers).last_img read more

Extra transit services in San Diego during New Years Eve

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI)- If you are going out for New Year’s and don’t want to drive, MTS is offering extended services past midnight to help you out. Twelve trains will be running after the countdown and every line will have a trolley running past 2 a.m.If you’re already stressed about parking, you can leave your car at their park and ride locations for free then get a ride.Also, if you take Lyft to and from the trolley station you’ll get $5 off your ride. Make sure to use code  MTS Lyft.Lastly, there will be an increase in law enforcement all around San Diego to ensure safety. December 28, 2018 Posted: December 28, 2018 Extra transit services in San Diego during New Year’s Eve KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Shah Rukh Khans daughter Suhanas old bikini photo resurfaces online making trolls

first_imgSuhana KhanInstagramShah Rukh Khan’s daughter Suhana already looks Bollywood-ready, and her Instagram photos are a testimony of the same. But the star kid also often gets roasted on social media for some of her pictures.An old bikini photo of Suhana has resurfaced on Instagram for which she is being talked about. The photo shows Suhana posing in a two-piece while some others in the frame holding her younger brother AbRam.This photo was posted on social media many months ago, but now it has again been shared on Instagram. Although the photo has been posted from an Instagram account named ‘Suhana Khan official” and has over 2 lakh followers, it is not clear if it is actually her own account or a fan-page.Nonetheless, like the first time this picture was posted, this time as well, several people started trolling SRK’s daughter for posting bikini photo. While some criticised her on religious lines, a few others slut-shamed her.However, such trolling is no longer new to these star kids. They are often subjected to such online abuse, but they now know the trick of ignoring such negative comments.Meanwhile, Suhana apparently is prepping to make her Bollywood debut. She has been shooting for a short film that is being directed by one of her friends. Some stills from the film have already come out on social media, making her fans curious.last_img read more

Lovers commit suicide taking poison

first_imgThe deceased are Aduri Khatun, 14, daughter of one Montaz Ali of Ballabpur village and Al Amin, a resident of Makapur village of the upazila, reports UNB.Local UP member and also a resident of Ballabpur village, Saiful Islam, said the two teenagers consumed poison at Ballabpur High School playground on Sunday night.Both of them were rushed to Chowgachha health complex and later shifted to Jessore general hospital where Al Amin died around 12:00am, he said.Aduri, a class-IX student of Ballabpur High School, also breathed her last later, Saiful Islam added.Chowgachha police station sub-inspector Arun Kumar confirmed the matter to Prothom Alo. A teenage girl and her boyfriend allegedly committed suicide by taking poison as their families did not accept their relationship at Ballabpur in Chowgachha upazila of Jessore on Sunday night.last_img read more

Downhouse Opens Providing Escape From The Disaster Of Harvey

first_img– / 2Down House in the Houston Heights is among the businesses open today, despite widespread flooding across Greater Houston.Sarah Hinkle is manager of their partner store, D&T Drive Inn, and she came in to work the counter at Down House today, which is serving a limited menu. She told Houston Matters producer Maggie Martin they decided to open to give residents some reprieve from the weather.“Just to be here for people in the neighborhood who needed to get out of their homes,” Hinkle said. “The Heights, because of some of the bayous, has kind of been an island the last few days. And since we’re in that island — and a few of us live in that island who could get here — we wanted to be here.”The restaurant is also serving as a drop-off point for people to deliver donations of food and supplies. Sharelast_img read more

Efuas Baby a Mommy Run Business with a Conscious

first_imgBy George Kevin Jordan, AFRO Staff WriterNandi Tonge-Gabremedhin, owner of Efua’s Baby, is proof that a venture can be socially conscious, have a purpose and be a profitable business. Efua’s Baby offers handmade candles, body butters and soaps made with 100 percent natural ingredients like soy and coconut oil. But it’s the 41-year-old entrepreneur’s story that is the driving force behind the company.The shop was inspired by Tonge-Gabremedhin’s mother, Efua Sauda Tonge, who died of breast cancer in 1990.Nandi Tonge-Gabremedhin, owner of Efua’s Baby, which offers handmade candles, body butters and soaps. (Courtesy Photo)“I lost my mom when i was 12,” Tonge-Gabremedhin told the AFRO. “She was such a beautiful and big spirited mother, connected to so many people in her family and the community and made such an impact on individuals. And when I lost her she was like a god to me. We had such a close relationship and it was quite devastating for us all.”Tonge-Gabremedhin was raised in Teaneck, N.J. and Harlem. However she always had strong ties with D.C., eventually moving here and attending Duke Ellington School of the Arts and after Howard University.While growing up, Tonge-Gabremedhin said her parents were Pan-Africanists and instilled a sense of history, and encouraged travel from an early age.“My mother and my father provided such great experiences really connecting us to the continent,” Tonge-Gabremedhin said. “We were really infused in the movement.”Like her mother, Tonge-Gabremedhin had four children with husband Haile Gabremedhin, owner of the HVAC company, STM Services. She worked in D.C. Public Schools, was a homemaker for a while and also worked in the restaurant industry.It wasn’t until her godsister invited Tonge-Gabremedhin on a trip to Cuba in 2015 that her entrepreneurial journey started. She was also on a spiritual journey and had a reading while there. Tonge-Gabremedhin said she was encouraged to burn candles for her mother and grandmother on a daily basis, to honor them. “I took that to heart,” she said.Tonge-Gabremedhin returned home and began reading articles about candles and learned how parridin candles are toxic to the environment. She decided to look for more natural-based candles. The search was hard and expensive. She decided to make candles for herself. She enjoyed the experience and a business was born.“The idea of creating this candle company just rushed to me,” I should do this candle company in honor of my mom.”Since that time Efua’s Baby has hosted several pop-up shops, sells their products in Ghana, and has a robust online shop. In addition, Efua’s Baby has enjoyed immense success during the “Black Love Experience” event over the years.“I totally love and support Anika Hobbs, and Nubian Hueman and all the people that are Nubian Hueman, and what goes into what they do and put into the Black Love Experience,” Tonge-Gabremedhin said. “I’m happy that i was able to be a vendor for the third time.”The entrepreneur is gestating on new ideas for the store, like what she did with her body butters, which have begun to gain in popularity as well. For more information about the store and the owner go to #efuasbaby or visit read more

New parasitic fungi found that turn ants into zombies

first_img( — Scientists from the US and UK have discovered four new species of parasitic fungi in the Brazilian rainforests. The fungi attack four distinct species of ants and release mind-altering chemicals that gradually turn the ants into zombies and then kills them. Citation: New parasitic fungi found that turn ants into zombies (2011, March 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from David Hughes, Assistant Professor of entomology and biology at the Pennsylvania State University, and colleagues found the new fungi, all in the Ophiocordyceps unilateralis species complex, in the Zona da Mata area in south-eastern Brazil. Each fungus species was a different shape and size and was found to be parasitic on a different species of carpenter ant (Camponotus sp). Ants that come into contact with the fungus spores become infected, and within a week they begin behaving like zombies and leave the nest. They then find a shrub leaf in an exposed position a short distance above the forest floor and lock their mandibles onto the central vein or the leaf edge and die in that position. The fungus sprouts spore-bearing stalks out of the back of the neck of the dead ant and releases its spores at night, which float down to the forest floor ready to infect more ants. Two of the species bore short spores that changed to a boomerang shape in mid-air. If the spores did not land on an ant they sprouted secondary spore stalks that could infect ants walking on them. The other two species bore longer spores that were shot like arrows from the stalks, but which did not grow secondary stalks.The researchers are not certain how the fungus controls an ant’s behavior but said it consumes the ant from the inside, releasing alkaloid chemicals as it does so. The chemicals released by the Cordyceps group of fungi have been known to traditional medicine for millennia, and are used in Western medicine in some antibiotics, anti-cancer, anti-malarial, and anti-organ rejection drugs.A similar parasitic fungus was found in Indonesia in 2009 by researchers led by Dr Hughes. That fungus also turned ants into zombies, and they attached themselves to leaves a consistent 25 cm above the ground where the humidity was 95 percent, which provided perfect conditions for the growth of the fungus.According to Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) entomologist Dr Steve Shattuck, there have been reports of several species of fungus parasitic on ants in the tropical rainforests of north-eastern Australia. Dr Shattuck said no one knows exactly how rare the fungus is, but it is hard to find. The study, published online in the journal Public Library of Science ONE (PLoS ONE), highlights the biodiversity found in the rainforests since the four different species were found in close proximity. The rainforests in the region are rapidly being destroyed, with over 92 percent already gone. Explore further 4 new species of Zombie ant fungi discovered in Brazilian rainforest © 2010 Ophiocordyceps unilateralis. Image credit: PLoS ONE 6(3): e17024. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0017024 This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. More information: Evans HC, Elliot SL, Hughes DP (2011) Hidden Diversity Behind the Zombie-Ant Fungus Ophiocordyceps unilateralis: Four New Species Described from Carpenter Ants in Minas Gerais, Brazil. PLoS ONE 6(3): e17024. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0017024last_img read more

The 3 Stakeholders That Make for Meaningful Connectivity

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. May 8, 2015 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 7 min read Register Now » In their rush to upgrade the devices they make to “connected life,” many companies are neglecting to ask the simple but essential question, “Why?”The reason: Companies are sprinting as fast as they can these days toward a huge potential market. As a recent report pointed out, connected-home devices this year will bring in $61 billion in revenue; sales by 2019 will escalate to $490 billion.Related: Google Ready to Drop Billions on Satellites for Worldwide ConnectivityYet if a company seeks to make all those connected experiences meaningful — and the smartest do, knowing they will profit more — that company needs to first ask, “Who benefits from connectivity, and why?” Turns out that there are three beneficiary groups: businesses, users and communities. And companies need to consider the needs of each when they’re designing connected experiences.1. BusinessesBusinesses create connectivity for three reasons: Connectivity gathers data; data allows businesses to update their products; and data allows companies to differentiate themselves from the competition.Data obviously informs a business of customer behaviors and tendencies, and allows the business to calibrate its offerings. Big data, let’s remember, is a marketing tool. Yet it’s not the total solution. The experience that data delivers may not after all feel meaningful to customers: A new Johnnie Walker app tells you whether that 12-year-old bottle has been previously opened but not whether it’s helping a lone drinker at his barstool. So, a business may be at risk from having made a less-than-meaningful connection. Connectivity also fosters new products and marketing: The iPhone, for example, somewhat reinvents itself every time there is a software update (Macs, too). And Apple is smart in offering just enough new features to those who update their software, while leaving some new features out of reach for anyone who doesn’t own the latest hardware model.Illuminage is another connected product that encourages updates. Illluminage plugs into a laptop to track use data and provide feedback to the user. The resulting data allows the company to make firmware updates as needed: to enhance efficacy, safety and compliance with new standards.Related: 3 Essentials for Marketing Your Mobile App2. UsersThe connected experience often breaks down along generational lines. And it’s important to take this into account when thinking about the individuals who will use your connected device. Generations have different buying powers, needs and ways of being connected.Millennials and Generation Z, for instance, get the most media attention today. They are makers, seekers of experiences. They are not terribly concerned about privacy and grew up living a great part of their lives online. As the Pew Research Center says, millennials are Confident. Connected. Open to Change. To them, connectivity feels less like an intrusion and more like a natural extension of their offline existence.Any degree of suspicion and skepticism they may have toward connected experiences is generally lower than that of older generations. And they have, relatively speaking, the least amount of disposable income — they may have student debt, but don’t yet have dependents and do have more time and energy to spend on themselves. In short: millennials don’t need to be convinced of the importance of connectivity; they’re already there. Gen Xers are different. They have the buying power to purchase big connected products such as the Volkswagen with biometric sensing. But that doesn’t mean that they’re rushing to connect. Since they grew up in the pre-Internet era when 1984 was standard high school reading, Gen Xers don’t like the idea of Big Brother watching. They have more privacy concerns than their younger brethren, and they often have safety concerns for their children and grandchildren. Baby boomers, meanwhile, may not even want to know they are interfacing with connected technology. Unlike Gen X and millennials, many of them need to put effort into understanding how connectivity works. Yes, there are some leading-edge boomers who actively seek technological connections — but they are in the minority. Because of this boomer hurdle, connections aimed at this generation may require a seamless design. Businesses need to either make enough margins on the whole product knowing its connected piece may not be used, or they need to clearly communicate the value of connectivity to boomer consumers.Nor is the generational issue the only concern for companies offering connected products and services. Businesses need to create connected experiences that have sufficient meaning and value for all people. We see a lot of examples of “connectivity-washing” today — meaning products that are connected for the sake of being connected but don’t legitimately add value to people’s lives. And at the same time, consumers are becoming smarter and more discerning. As the fascination with connectivity eventually fades, they will see through the smoke and demand experiences that are truly meaningful for them.3. CommunitiesConnectivity affects communities. Done right, it creates communal knowledge and communal feeling, which can go a long way to helping companies show that they care about improving society.We’ve seen communal connectivity in healthcare, for example. Connected healthcare communities can do things like reinforce how patients are well or sick, or using a treatment right; help people monitor their health; and create a competitive, motivational communal ethos. In this context, Misfit wearables has recently partnered with Oscar Health to use connectivity to collectively benefit the people Oscar insures.On a smaller scale, Rosalind Picard’s Embrace smart watch aims to connect a person with epilepsy to doctors, caregivers and family members, to alert them that an epileptic seizure is coming on.Connectivity can also motivate us with snapshots of how we compare to others. The Nike+ sports kit builds an interactive community of runners that allows these on-road athletes to compare their progress and cheer one another on. Energy companies connect by sending users notes about how they compare to their energy-efficient neighbors.Finally, Waze is a crowd-sourced, self-contained traffic and navigation community: People use the app to improve their driving experiences; and they contribute data to it because the developers have been transparent about how that input makes the whole experience better.The community as a whole benefits because as a result of the app, traffic flow is improved in congested areas. Connect with intentionThe lesson here is clear: Before scrambling to produce that next connected product or service, companies should slow down and think hard about who is on each end of the connection.It’s a complicated equation, but such thinking will allow companies to make better decisions and increase the likelihood of making connected life truly pay off.Related: Fearing Safety, Police Ask Google to Turn Off Officer-Tracking Feature in Waze Applast_img read more

Review Pocketalk translator puts 74 languages at your fingertips

first_img Quest Diagnostics to Acquire Clinical Lab Services Assets of Boyce and Bynum I consent to the use of Google Analytics and related cookies across the TrendMD network (widget, website, blog). Learn more Konica Minolta to Acquire Ambry Genetics for $1B Privacy policy Owlstone Medical, University of Manchester Win Asthma Research Grant 360Dx, 2019 360Dx, 2017 In Brief This Week: T2 Biosystems, Eurofins Scientific, SpeeDx, Quest, and More 360Dx, 2017 360Dx, 2019 Dutch Study Makes NIPT Available to All Women; Belgian Provider Cries Foul Over State Subsidy The Pocketalk (left) is a good device in its own right, but suffers in comparison to the Langogo (right), despite the “X-Men” mistake hereLoz Blain/New Atlas 360Dx, 2018 The Pocketalk translator is a super-portable Babel fish of a device that allows you to speak to people in up to 74 different languages at the touch of a button. Weighing around 3.5 oz (100 g), it’s smaller and lighter than a smartphone to carry about, and with only one job to do, you can get up to seven hours’ use out of the battery, or 240 hours of standby. It’s got its own internal SIM card, an extra SIM slot and Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, allowing you to access cloud-based translations wherever you can get online.The Pocketalk is one of a raft of new translator gadgets that aim to smooth out the bumpy edges of international travel, enabling you to have conversations with folks you might normally be restricted to charades with. And while the stilted process of holding down buttons and waiting for the translations to come through does kill the energy of a conversation, the fact is they work pretty well. I’ll take a stilted conversation over a non-conversation any day of the week.We tested something similar a month or so ago with the Langogo Genesis, so this review will involve a lot of comparisons. The Pocketalk, for example, has two translate buttons – one for each language – where the Langogo only has one, and backs itself (not always successfully) to guess which language is being spoken. This is an advantage for the Pocketalk machine.But that’s essentially where the advantages ended in my experience. The Pocketalk unit routinely takes a second or two longer to bring back a translation than the Langogo. Its look is a bit Nokia to the Langogo’s iPhone, with a lower-resolution screen that’s not as nice to look at, and it’s about 30 percent lighter than the Langogo, but ends up feeling a bit plasticky as a result. The Langogo can use its SIM connection to create a Wi-Fi hotspot, the Pocketalk can’t, and the Langogo has 30-odd more languages to choose from, even if some of those (I’m looking at you, Taiwanese Chinese and Colombian Spanish) got a big thumbs down from native speakers. 360Dx, 2017 We recommend Powered by HTG Molecular, Cowen Ink $40M Stock Sale Deal Perhaps more importantly, in the two languages I tried both devices with (Korean and Mandarin), my conversation partners came back with the same opinion: the Pocketalk made more mistakes, didn’t do as good a job of understanding context, and returned jankier sentences where the Langogo tended to be smoother and more natural. I’ll add to this a point in the Pocketalk’s defence: it seemed better able to recognize sentence breaks, which is very handy when you’re talking casually, because you often don’t formulate full sentences.This is not to say that the Pocketalk isn’t a useful device – it works nearly as well on all counts. And frankly, since both these devices use a selection of third-party online tools, a software update could easily change things around. But given that both devices cost the same US$299, it’s hard to recommend this one over the Langogo right now, even if the Langogo only has one year of global SIM data included and the Pocketalk has two years.And of course, all this is to ignore that you can easily download an app onto your smartphone for free or for peanuts that can do a very similar job, making these devices a bit of a tough sell. Pocketalk’s got a few arguments here: it doesn’t waste your phone battery (true), it’s got better microphones, noise cancellation and speakers (possibly true, but I haven’t had problems with the phone in this regard), it’s faster (in testing I actually found it a bit slower), and it connects to a broader range of cloud-based language engines (true). Pocktalk also says it’s better than handing your phone over to strangers during conversations at a bar, and that’s probably true as well.I enjoy using the Pocketalk. It opens doors and breaks down barriers and feels like something that would’ve blown my mind if you’d shown me one 10 years ago. Anyone who regularly deals with a broad range of international guests or travels a lot themselves will find it a super handy device to slip in the pocket. But in my opinion there are better devices on the market, and it’s hard for any $300 gadget to compete with a free smartphone app.Source: Pocketalk Google Analytics settings Yes Nolast_img read more