The awards you didnt see

first_imgAPTN National NewsPrior to the live broadcast of the Aboriginal Peoples Music Choice Awards several were handed out in a special ceremony.Awards were given for everything from fiddle music, to producing and best album cover design.Best music video was earned by Shy-Anne for her video Too Young, Too Late.She dedicated the award to her deceased friend Claudette Main.“She’d bring hundreds of dollars of food to the food banks every day and spend hours and hours in the cancer clinics. Just do anything and everything that would make a difference in someone’s life,” said Shy-Anne.last_img read more

Markets Right Now Dividend stocks lead modest gains

NEW YORK, N.Y. – The latest on developments in financial markets (All times local):4:00 p.m.Utilities and other stocks that pay big dividends led U.S. stocks mostly higher as bond yields fell.Edison International rose 2.4 per cent Wednesday and Essex Property Trust, a real estate company, added 1.8 per cent.The gains in high-dividend stocks came as bond yields fell, making those stocks more attractive to investors seeking income.Banks and other financial companies lagged the market. Citizens Financial dropped 3.4 per cent.The Nasdaq composite notched another all-time high, while the Dow Jones industrial average edged lower.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 1 point, or 0.1 per cent, to 2,294.The Dow fell 35 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 20,054. The Nasdaq composite rose 8 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 5,682.Bond prices rose. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note fell to 2.34 per cent.___11:45 a.m.Stocks are moving slightly lower on Wall Street, a day after the Nasdaq composite notched another record high.Banks, energy and industrial companies led the way lower Wednesday.Energy companies were falling along with prices for oil and gas futures. Oil rig operator Transocean slipped 2.1 per cent.Gilead Sciences plunged 9.4 per cent after the biotechnology company forecast disappointing sales of its hepatitis C drugs.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index lost 2 points, or 0.1 per cent, to 2,290.The Dow Jones industrial average fell 51 points, or 0.3 per cent, to 20,039. The Nasdaq composite declined 2 points, or 0.1 per cent, to 5,671.Bond prices rose. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note fell to 2.34 per cent.___9:35 a.m.Stocks are opening slightly lower on Wall Street, a day after the Nasdaq composite notched another record high.Energy, banks and health care companies led the way lower in early trading Wednesday.Energy companies were falling along with prices for oil and gas futures. Oil rig operator Transocean slipped 3.3 per cent.Gilead Sciences plunged 10 per cent after the biotechnology company forecast disappointing sales of its hepatitis C drugs.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index lost 5 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 2,288.The Dow Jones industrial average fell 46 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 20,044. The Nasdaq composite declined 13 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 5,661.Bond prices rose. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note fell to 2.36 per cent. Markets Right Now: Dividend stocks lead modest gains by The Associated Press Posted Feb 8, 2017 7:42 am MDT Last Updated Feb 8, 2017 at 2:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

SMMT statement Emissions testing

“The UK automotive industry understands the concerns consumers may have following the actions of one manufacturer in regard to emissions testing and the subsequent decision to recall a large number of its cars. This is, however, an issue affecting just one company and there is no evidence to suggest that any other company is involved, let alone that this is an industry-wide issue.“Consumers should be reassured that cars sold in the UK must comply with strict European laws. All cars must complete a standard emissions test, which, unlike in the US, is independently witnessed by a government-appointed independent agency.“On the separate on-going debate about real world testing, industry accepts that the current test method for cars is out of date and is seeking agreement from the European Commission for a new emissions test that embraces new testing technologies and which is more representative of on-road conditions.”More information on car emissions testing in the UKClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

13 automotive Brexit myths – busted

UK automotive industry puts the record straight on ‘no deal’ Brexit impact, as Parliament debates the meaningful voteMany commentators and politicians cite the automotive industry in Brexit discussions, so the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has  published a clear rebuttal of some of the many arguments that have been used about the sector in recent years. The industry has been consistent and united – a ‘no deal’ Brexit would have a devastating impact on the sector and the hundreds of thousands of jobs it supports.MYTH 1: The auto industry shouldn’t worry about leaving the EU with no dealTRUTH: Leaving without a deal would trigger the most seismic shift in trading conditions UK Automotive has ever experienced. Overnight, it would be hit by an immediate end to free and frictionless trade with its biggest market, an end to preferential trade with a further 70 countries worldwide, the imposition of billions of pounds of tariffs, severe disruption to supply chains and production, and lasting damage to the global reputation of the UK as an attractive and stable investment destination.MYTH 2: This is just the automotive industry scaremongeringTRUTH: The past two years have seen a significant drop in investment, car sales and manufacturing, driving the industry off course to meet its production target of 2 million cars by 2020. This is a cyclical sector and other issues are also undermining global growth but companies surveyed said that Brexit was costing jobs and competitiveness – one in five automotive companies have already lost business; thousands of jobs are being lost – and the UK hasn’t even left yet.1 This is reality.MYTH 3: Industry is blaming Brexit but the real problem is falling diesel sales and the slowdown in global markets, including ChinaTRUTH: These are all issues challenging the global industry – it faces a perfect global storm. Significantly, Brexit has not happened yet – we leave on 31 October 2019 yet it has been consistently cited by business as a cause of job cuts and reduced investment (now down to a fifth of the recent average), which undermines future competitiveness.2 Uncertainty is causing investors to look elsewhere.MYTH 4: The EU market is in decline and growth markets are in the emerging economies. A ‘no deal’ Brexit will let us focus on those countries for exportTRUTH: EU car demand is slowing, but the Chinese market is also in decline, with UK-built cars exported there down by a quarter. We already export to some 160 markets worldwide including the emerging economies, but the EU, which accounts for more than half of this trade, is a 15 million-strong car market on our doorstep.MYTH 5: A fall in the pound makes exporting cheaper so UK car makers will benefitTRUTH: Sterling devaluation may make exporting cheaper, but it makes automotive manufacturing more expensive and will not offset the cost of tariffs. UK automotive manufacturing is integrated into the European supply chain network with the majority of parts used to build cars here imported, thereby negating any cost advantage.MYTH 6: A ‘no deal’ Brexit will help reduce car prices and increase choiceTRUTH: Unless the UK reaches agreement with the EU, tariffs will increase. Consumer choice depends on profitability; importers to the UK already have to engineer cars for right-hand drive, which is a significant added cost, while currency devaluation since 2016 has slashed margins. If prices rise, the market will contract, further squeezing margins and causing consumer choice to shrink.MYTH 7: EU rules stifle innovation – the industry will be better off without themTRUTH: The EU and the UK produce arguably the most technically advanced cars in the world, especially in safety and efficiency, and EU automotive rules are often the basis for global regulations. If the UK wants to sell cars to the EU and other global markets, it must comply with these rules. We currently have a say in their creation. We won’t once we leave but we will still have to abide by them.MYTH 8: Leaving with no deal will mean more automotive jobs for British peopleTRUTH: ‘No deal’ will cost jobs, not create them. Thousands of cuts have already been announced, with one in eight companies reducing headcount as part of contingency planning.3 The sector depends on accessing talent; we develop our own but look globally for the best people to fill any skills gaps and need our UK employees to develop international experience.MYTH 9: We can readily strike trade deals with big global automotive marketsTRUTH: Recent announcements have shown how difficult it is to replicate trade deals, never mind strike new ones. Free trade agreements such as those between the EU and Canada and Japan take many years to negotiate and agree, and negotiating strength depends on size. The UK is large and relatively affluent but small compared with the EU, China, US, Japan and other countries.MYTH 10: Tariffs would give UK auto manufacturers a competitive advantage at homeTRUTH: Only 12% of cars sold here in the UK are built here. We export more than 80% of the cars we produce, with two-thirds of these sold in the EU and markets such as Canada, Japan, South Korea and Turkey with which the EU has preferential trade agreements. Tariffs would disadvantage UK car manufacturers in all of these markets.MYTH 11:  The UK could use import tariffs to support the automotive industryTRUTH: Using tariffs to support domestic industry is strictly regulated under World Trade Organisation rules. Some financial support is allowed but other countries could retaliate by taxing imports of the subsidised vehicle or component to protect their own industries. This would undermine the automotive industry’s principle of free and fair trade.MYTH 12: The German car industry sells 750,000 cars in the UK – it will demand a deal to protect its own interestsTRUTH: The German and EU car industries have been clear: the single market matters more to them than a deal with the UK. The UK is an important car market but it only accounts for around 10% of EU production volumes,4 while we ship more than 40% of everything we make to customers in the EU.MYTH 13: The demise of UK automotive manufacturing would be a price worth paying for ‘no deal’; the economy would cope without itTRUTH: Automotive manufacturing is one of the UK’s most important economic pillars, producing high value goods, creating skilled jobs and driving exports. It delivers an annual £82 billion direct to the Treasury, employs 168,000 people and supports local economies, and is responsible for 14.4% of the UK’s export in goods. However, the true scale of its contribution is significantly larger, at around £175 billion5 once the impact on adjacent sectors, including raw materials; R&D; logistics; retail; finance; insurance; tech and more are taken into account.Notes to editors1. SMMT member Brexit impact survey, November 2018 Fresh automotive inward investment: 2018 – £588.6m vs annual average since 2012 of £2.75bn (SMMT calculations based on publicly announced investment commitments)3. SMMT member Brexit impact survey, November 20184. ACEA figures5. UK Automotive Trade Report. Read more here: to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Man creates nutritional sludge so he never has to eat again

first_imgRob Rhinehart, a 24-year-old software engineer, was fed up with eating. We can sometimes relate to that feeling — food tastes pretty great and not starving to death is also a satisfying bonus, but sometimes having to eat can be downright inconvenient. Come home late one night from a long day at work, and have to wake up in a few hours to go right back to work? You can either choose between starving and getting a few hours of sleep, or eating and getting even less sleep than you were already going to get in the first place.Cooking, while it can be a hobby, is quite time-consuming, and is basically impossible if you’re on a tight schedule. Rhinehart realized it took way too long to cook an egg in the morning, and that inspired him to create a nutrient sludge so he never has to spend time cooking — or eating — again.It’s difficult to eat healthily. Generally speaking, it’s often expensive and nearly everything healthy either has unhealthy bits packed inside, or is lacking other nutrients your body needs. Fruit is a healthier alternative to candy, but fruit also contains a ton of sugar. Vegetables are fairly healthy, but they don’t help you on the protein front. You don’t need a significant amount of carbs to keep you going, but whether or not you dig the energy boost they provide, you should really only eat them before you expend enough energy that will use them. So, on top of cutting out the time it takes to prepare food, Rhinehart also focused on maximizing his sludge’s nutritional value. He calls it Soylent, but don’t worry, it doesn’t contain human.Rhinehart’s formula results in a creamy liquid that looks fairly similar to a vanilla protein shake you can pick up from any convenience store. Soylent contains everything that is part of a balanced diet for a human being, but with one third of the calories, and without whatever potentially harmful additives are stuffed into food. However, Rhinehart notes that Soylent isn’t something that can be taken too lightly, as mixing in too much or too little of a nutrient could cause you to get sick. It is your only source of nutrients after all.Like with any diet, there are drawbacks to Rhinehart’s Soylent. First and probably foremost, for most people eating food is great and giving that up may not be very enjoyable (especially when it’s time for dinner with friends). Also, Soylent doesn’t keep too long after you make it, so you have to make it every day. This can be obnoxious, but if you cook or prepare your own food every day, you’ll still be saving time considering you’re just dumping stuff into a container.Rhinehart’s idea of food is that you don’t need the food, but rather the nutrients it provides — a notion that is difficult to argue. However, if there is one constant about dieting, it’s that different bodies respond differently to diets. Your carb-free diet may work for you, but it might sap your friend of all of his energy. Your mom’s Slim-Fast regiment may help her shed unwanted pounds, but it might keep you at the exact same weight you’ve always been. Your wacky neighbor’s raw diet might seem healthy, but it might keep your stomach rumbling every hour of every day. What diets really come down to is the amount of calories a body gets in relation to the amount of calories a specific body needs for a goal (such as gaining muscle or losing weight).Now, all diets are basically a theory rather than some kind of hard-coded science. Rhinehart’s Soylent diet is what’s known as nutritionalism, the notion that a piece of food is only minerals and nutrients in the shape of something delicious, and doesn’t deliver any other sort of beneficial substance. If you look around enough, you’ll find claims that support the nutritionalism view, and claims that support food as something more than just a bundle of nutrients. It’s all a theory, though, but what it comes down to  on either side of the coin is calorie intake, and a healthy level of calorie intake is different for different bodies. Basically, you have to pay attention, keep an open mind, and find what works best for you, and make sure not to die from weird food concoctions while you’re searching.last_img read more

EU warns Santorini could suffer an overtourism crisis

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Even though tourism is the Greek economy’s main pillar, helping the country out of the crisis, a European Parliament report carried out by the Committee on Transport and Tourism (TRAN) has just issued a warning that Greece -and especially Santorini- could suffer.Since 2011, the Cycladic island has had an overflow of visitors due to its burgeoning popularity which has led to strained infrastructure and severe overcrowding at popular sites. The phenomenon has subsequently resulted in some negative reviews on several platforms and publications, describing the “Santorini experience” as highly unpleasant and non-recommendable.Meanwhile, a large portion of visitors’ flow on Santorini remains unregulated with many arrivals being unrecorded. At the same time, the number of overnight stays on Santorini in 2017 reached 5.5 million, compared to 3.3 million in 2012.The survey, titled ‘Overtourism: Impact and Possible Policy Responses’ shows that arrivals on the island reach 18,000 a day including cruise travelers; this means there are more visitors than actual residents on the island per day.According to the date, overtourism has caused environmental issues, tourist complaints about other tourists, traffic and public transport congestion, as well as uncivilised behavior.“The lack of success of government interventions, including the poor implementation and enforcement of policies… and the failure of policies and caps to be effective in limiting the number visitors to an acceptable level,” the report continues, while TRAN pushes for the implementation of effective policies aimed at managing and regulating visitors’ flow.Santorini Mayor Nikos Zorzos, highlighted the issue during an interview with The Guardian last year, deciding to limit the number of cruise passengers the island can accept per day warning Santorini is at “saturation point”.“Santorini has developed the problems of a city. We have built numerous desalination plants and are in the process of erecting the biggest one in Greece, but in five years’ time I worry even that won’t be enough,” he added.last_img read more

Les prix Nobel de médecine 2013 ravis mais inquiets de lavenir de

first_imgLes prix Nobel de médecine 2013 ravis mais inquiets de l’avenir de la rechercheJames Rothman, Randy Schekman et Thomas Südhof, les chercheurs qui viennent de se voir décerner le prix Nobel de médecine 2013 se sont dits ravis et surpris d’être récompensés. Mais ils s’inquiètent des coupes budgétaires dont les chercheurs sont victimes aux États-Unis.Lundi, le comité Nobel a ouvert les festivités pour 2013 en annonçant les lauréats du prix Nobel de médecine. Une récompense qui a été décernée à James Rothman, professeur de biologie moléculaire à Yale, Randy Schekman, de l’Université de Californie à Berkeley et Thomas Südhof (d’origine allemande) de Stanford, en Californie. Les trois Américains ont été récompensés pour leurs travaux sur le mécanisme de transport des molécules dans les cellules. Réalisées il y a plusieurs années, ces découvertes ont permis entre autres de mieux comprendre des maladies comme le diabète ou la maladie d’Alzheimer. Ainsi, les trois scientifiques ont été ravis d’être récompensés pour leurs travaux. Contacté par téléphone, James Rothman a confié : le moment où on me l’a annoncé, “j’étais complètement choqué et surpris […] Je tenais à dire que je suis absolument ravi de partager ce prix avec Randy Schekman et Thomas Südhof. Absolument et réellement ravi”. Thomas Südhof lui s’est montré encore plus surpris à l’annonce des lauréats. “Etes-vous sérieux ? Oh mon Dieu. C’est un peu extraordinaire… Mon Dieu”, a t-il déclaré au téléphone. “C’est merveilleux, je suis extrêmement heureux, parce que je pense que c’est incroyablement juste, et vous savez, tout le monde a sa propre opinion de qui mérite quoi et certaines tendent à se surestimer mais je pense, que, c’est plus que juste”, a t-il ajouté au sujet de ces collègues récompensés avec lui. De son côté, Randy Schekman a également été ravi. Après le coup de fil qui m’a annoncé les lauréats, “j’ai dansé autour de ma femme en répétant Oh mon Dieu, oh mon Dieu”, a t-il raconté au téléphone. Le scientifique s’est manifestement ensuite empressé d’appeler son père âgé de 86 ans et ses deux enfants. Néanmoins, les trois chercheurs ont également profité de leur exposition médiatique pour évoquer un problème grandissant : les coupes budgétaires qui touchent de plus en plus le monde de la recherche aux Etats-Unis. Des recherches de plus en plus difficiles “Au cours des cinq à sept dernières années, le budget des Instituts nationaux de la santé (NIH), dont nous dépendons tous et qui ont fait de l’Amérique le grand moteur de la découverte et de l’innovation biomédicale, a diminué de façon importante” (20 % depuis 2003), ont-ils expliqué repris par l’AFP.Il est aujourd’hui “de plus en plus difficile pour les jeunes scientifique de débuter une carrière. S’ils ont la chance d’obtenir des fonds de recherche des NIH, il faut des années” pour monter un laboratoire (contre seulement un an il y a une quinzaine d’années) a souligné James Rothman. A l’heure actuelle, “je crains beaucoup que je n’aurais pas pu entreprendre mes recherches et prendre le risque qu’elles nécessitaient” et qui m’a conduit au prix Nobel, a t-il précisé.Le second lauréat, le professeur Schekman a tenu à rappeler l’importance des investissements du gouvernement fédéral et de l’État de Californie dans ses recherches. Toutefois, lui aussi déplore la réduction des fonds publics et l’explosion actuelle des coûts de scolarité qui rend l’accès aux universités plus difficile.”On ne peut pas être à la fois pour et contre la science”  À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ? De son côté, Thomas Südhof a mis l’accent sur l’aspect éthique des recherches. “La science était ancrée dans la tradition judéo-chrétienne. Nous devons mettre en avant en tant que pays que la science est la seule voie vers un avenir durable”, a t-il estimé. “On ne peut pas construire de pont, ni soigner les gens ou faire quoi que ce soit sans la science”, a ajouté le chercheur. En effet, pour le co-lauréat du Nobel de médecine, la science va parfois à l’encontre de croyances idéologiques ou religieuses, elle est alors “dénigrée ou rejetée comme étant le produit de la pensée de gauche”, a t-il regretté. Selon le scientifique, qui a précisé être agnostique, “le plus grand défi est de faire comprendre au public qu’on ne peut pas être à la fois pour et contre la science”, qui “pour la plupart des gens est compatible avec la foi”.Le 8 octobre 2013 à 18:29 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Videos from NXT WWE in Birmingham photos WWE Superstars appearances in Orlando

first_img WhatsApp Facebook Google+ Twitter Staff RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 8/24 NXT Live Results: Tampa, FL (#1 Contender Battle Royal, NXT Title Match)center_img 8/29 NXT Live Results: Orlando, Florida (Velveteen Dream takes on Roderick Strong) WWE has posted some highlights from yesterday’s NXT event. They have highlights of the Candice LeRae and Tommaso segment, Ricochet vs Velveteen Dream and Pete Dunne, Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch vs The Undisputed Era. Videos can be seen here.Birmingham photosWWE has posted 69 pictures from their live show in Birmingham, England. WWE Superstars appearancesBraun Strowman, Alexa Bliss and Shinsuke Nakamura will all be at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida on Friday, May 25, 2018. Strowman will be taking pictures and signing autographs from 1:00pm to 4:30pm. Alexa Bliss will be there from 2:00pm until 5:30PM. Shinsuke Nakamura will be there from 3:00pm to 6:30pm. 9/13 NXT Live Results: Cocoa, FL (Dain vs. Kushida, NXT North American Title Match) Pinterestlast_img read more

Veterans Court Movement Gains Momentum

first_imgIf there was any doubt as to how far the push for communities to offer veterans treatment courts has come, this week’s national convention at Maryland’s National Harbor provided a resounding answer.About 1,000 judges, mentors, advocates and graduates of veterans courts attended the conference, which devoted a day for court supporters to lobby senators to match $15.5 million in funding recommended by the House for veterans court programs, reported Stars and Stripes.“This is an exciting time for the veterans treatment court movement,” said Melissa Fitzgerald, senior director for Alexandria, Va.-based Justice for Vets, an advocacy group trying to increase the number of veterans courts around the country. “The courts are working and they’re returning healthy veterans to their families and their communities.”The first veterans court opened in Buffalo, N.Y., in 2008; seven years later, there are more than 220 around the country and many more in the pipeline, according to the story.More than 100 veterans from 27 states attended the convention to learn how to mentor offenders participating in local veterans courts. Veterans mentoring veterans is a key part of the program, according to Marine veteran David Pelletier. Mentors help link veterans to services, such as Veterans Affairs health care, and benefits like the GI Bill, but they also provide guidance participating veterans can relate to.“We have a common language,” he said. “It really gives you permission when another veteran who’s experienced it says, ‘It’s OK, it’s not a sign of weakness,’” to ask for help.Nine years later after hitting rock bottom, Pelletier is helping Justice for Vets recruit and train veteran mentors, just like the one who helped him turn his life around. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

DC School Modernization Has a Ways to Go

first_imgBallou High School in Ward 8, built in 1958, was modernized last fall to rave reviews from the community. (AFRO File Photo)District of Columbia residents are generally pleased with the government’s pace and determination of the public school system’s modernization program, however there are parts of the city where the process has yet to begin.  The District, like many urban and suburban school districts across the country, is in the process of modernizing schools with the latest technological equipment and environmental design.D.C. Council member David Grosso (I-At Large), the chairman of the Committee on Education, said that school modernization is taking place but not at the same levels throughout the city.“Some parts of the city are seeing their schools modernized,” Grosso said,” while others are not. We have 24 schools that have not been touched by modernization and the city is committed to seeing that takes place.”The District of Columbia public school (DCPS) system has 114 elementary, middle, high and institutions for students with special needs such as those who are mentally challenged and incarcerated juveniles. Many of the District’s public schools were built in the 19th century and the early part of the 20th century, including Dunbar High School (1870), McKinley Tech High School (1926) and Anacostia High School (1937).In the 1960s and 1970s, the city’s school population began to decline as residents moved to the suburbs. Some schools, mainly elementary, were closed as a result. The school superintendents from the 1970s to the mid-1990s focused on increasing academic standards instead of the modernizing the physical facilities of the schools.In the 1990s, the District was in a financial crisis and under the jurisdiction of a presidentially-appointed financial overseer known as the control board. During that time, schools were repaired but not refurbished or modernized because of the lack of money.Then D.C. Mayor Anthony Williams said new schools were vital for keeping residents in the District and attracting new residents, and began the initial stages of modernizing the schools. His successor, Adrian Fenty, who served from 2007-2011, started the process of modernization with a 15-year, $3.5 billion campaign to refurbish the city’s rotting school buildings.Since the Fenty administration, a number of schools have been modernized such as Ballou High School. However, some schools in selected neighborhoods still have not been modernized.Orr Elementary School, located in Ward 8, first opened in 1974 and, until a month ago had not been budgeted any money for modernization. There have been years of protest from parents over the school’s notoriously bad conditions, including cockroach and rat infestation, the malfunctioning cooling and heating systems, and poor air quality. D.C. Council member LaRuby May (D-Ward 8) said that Orr will finally get what it is due.“Orr will get $1 million in the fiscal year 2016 budget and will get significant increases for the fiscal year ‘17 and ‘18 budgets,” May said. “In total, we are going to modernize Orr at the level of $40 million.”May said that Orr, however, should be re-built completely. The council member said that she is also working to see that Garfield Elementary and Kramer Middle School stay on track for modernization.In Ward 7, the only public high school, H.D. Woodson, founded in 1972, got a major makeover in 2011, but Cinque Culver, president of the River Terrace Community Organization and vice chair of the Ward 7 Education Council, said little has been done to refurbish the ward’s schools. “I don’t think that there is intentional discrimination to overlook Ward 7 in the school modernization process,” Culver said. “I do think it is a direct reflection of the leadership of Ward 7 that more hasn’t been done.”D.C. Council member Yvette Alexander (D-Ward 7) disagrees with Culver, emphasizing that her ward is doing fine in the modernization process. “We added three more schools in the 2016 fiscal year budget for modernization,” the council member said. “Sometimes, members of the community don’t get the full picture. We are competing with schools in other wards for modernization funds.”Alexander said that funding school modernization has taken a creative turn, with public-private partnerships taking shape. She said Houston Elementary School in Ward 7 is being modernized with some funding from the Comcast Corporation.D.C. Council member Brandon Todd (D-Ward 4) is unhappy with the pace of school modernization in his ward.Theodore Roosevelt Senior High School, built in 1932, is currently undergoing a $121 million, two-year facility modernization that has seen several delays and its students are attending nearby MacFarland Middle School. “We want to see improvements made at Roosevelt and I would like that done as soon as possible,” he said.last_img read more

Brendon Urie pledges 1m to support LGBTI youth

first_imgThe Panic! At the Disco frontman has teamed up with the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), an advocacy group focused on creating safer environments in schools for students regardless of their sexuality or gender identity.No ‘Panic’: Brandon Urie makes generous LGBTI donation.Urie’s generous donation is part of a newly announced alliance that will see the lead singer of the rock band establish Gender & Sexuality/Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) clubs led by students in every high school across America.‘For years my fans have inspired me with their determination and creativity as they have created a safe and inclusive community,’ Urie said in a statement.Star launched Highest Hopes Foundation‘I felt the time had come for me to join them boldly, to bring that energy and power to bear on the huge challenges facing our whole society.’ The 31 year-old star has pledged the $1m gift to GLSEN through his Highest Hopes Foundation. The money will be used to help the schools provide resources, training and support to students need in order to get the programs up and running.Urie’s Highest Hopes Foundation was launched last week, and aims to help non-profit organizations that lead, develop and advocate support for human rights.Urie: Identifies as straight, but says has experimented with men.‘Launching the Highest Hopes Foundation with GLSEN as our first cause feels natural to the DNA of P!ATD, I am beyond excited to see what we can do together,’ Urie said.‘Some of the most inspiring leaders out there right now have come from GSAs. Working firsthand with GLSEN, student leaders everywhere, and all my fans, I want to make sure that every one of our future leaders out there has the support they need to form their own GSA and begin their work to make a better world.’See also:Rock band donation helps fund London LGBTQ+ community centre Brendon Urie: Stunning $1m donation to support LGBTI eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… GAYSTARNEWS- Rock star Brendon Urie has pledged to give $1 million to an LGBTI rights group to help it establish support clubs in schools across the US. Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Brendon Urie comes out as pansexual: ‘I’m definitely attracted to men’How pop punk and emo music helped me embrace being queerPanic! At The Disco’s Brendon Urie invites Hayley Kiyoko onstage for duetRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : read more

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first_img News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). 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Rendering courtesy of Stantec. Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. 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This year’s meeting marks the 60th anniversary of the SNMMI Annual Meeting.“Our first meeting was held in Seattle, Wash., in 1954, and was reported to have had 109 attendees who heard 13 scientific presentations and one panel discussion,” said Peter Herscovitch, M.D., chair of SNM’s Scientific Program Committee (SPC).  Today, the SNMMI Annual Meeting offers education opportunities for physicians, technologists, pharmacists, physicists, scientists and laboratory professionals in the nuclear medicine and molecular imaging fields. More than 110 expert-led continuing education sessions will be held on topics including emerging PET radiotracers, dementia, neuroendocrine tumor imaging, novel targeted radiopharmaceutical therapies and hybrid imaging. Several other special courses will be held, including 11 categorical sessions, 22 self-assessment modules, a two-day CT case review workshop and a new Education Forum designed specifically for nuclear medicine program directors. The Annual Meeting will also feature a special session honoring Henry N. Wagner, Jr., M.D., nuclear medicine pioneer and visionary, who died last year.SNMMI will again offer its Virtual Meeting for those who missed sessions of interest at the meeting or those unable to travel to Vancouver. The Virtual Meeting will include 70 of the most popular sessions, captured on video and available to view online or on a mobile device.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享last_img read more

Etihad Airways launches New Economy Space

first_imgEtihad Airways launches New Economy SpaceEtihad Airways launches New Economy SpaceEtihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, is introducing Economy Space, a new seating option across its wide-body fleet, to enhance its product offering and to provide more choice to its customers on longer flights.By December 2018, Etihad Airways will have retrofitted its 10 Airbus A380s with Economy Space seats, which feature an increased seat pitch of up to 36 inches. The redesign increases the number of extra legroom seats in Economy from 20 to 80 on this aircraft type.Jamal Ahmed Al Awadhi, Etihad Airways Head of Guest Experience, said: “We recognise that no two travellers are alike, and today’s customers demand more choice and personalisation during their travels.In response to the popularity and demand for extra legroom seats, we have reconfigured our Economy cabin to allow travellers to enhance their overall travel experience.”In addition to modifying its A380s, Etihad Airways will have also added additional Economy Space seats to 12 Boeing 777s and 21 Boeing 787 Dreamliners by the end of 2019, increasing the total number of extra legroom seats by 560 per cent.“While many airlines have been squeezing more seats into economy class, we continue to focus on providing our guests with exceptional products and services that meet and exceed the demands and budgets of different types of travellers,” adds Mr. Al Awadhi.Families with small children, elderly travellers and those requiring wheelchair assistance can now purchase and benefit from the extra available room available in Economy Space.Economy Space complements Etihad Airways’ existing ancillary products to provide customers with greater opportunities to personalise their journey, including the Neighbour-free seating option in Economy and a range of ‘buy-on-board’ products.Irrespective of which seating option is selected, customers will continue to receive the Etihad’s complimentary core dining service and inflight entertainment. Source = Etihad Airwayslast_img read more

Mortgage Lending Suffers at Insured Banks

first_img in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News November 28, 2014 414 Views Thanks in large measure to more secure lending, U.S. banks in Q3 had their best quarter since 2009, FDIC reported this week. But though more solid loan products accounted for most of the quarter’s growth, mortgage lending fell by nearly half a percent.FDIC-insured institutions earned $38.7 billion in the third quarter of 2014, a 7.3 percent increase from a year ago, according to FDIC’s latest Quarterly Banking Profile. At the same time, the number of banks in trouble dropped for the 14th straight quarter.According to FDIC, total loan and lease balances rose by nearly $51 billion to $8.2 trillion overall. This upswing was led mainly by nearly $20 billion in new industrial and auto loans.Mortgage loans, still hampered by regulations designed to prevent a recession relapse, dropped by nearly $7 billion.”It’s painfully clear that new regulatory requirements have restrained mortgage lending and have made it particularly difficult for first-time homebuyers,” said James Chessen, chief economist at the American Bankers Association (ABA). Chessen called the regulations a “complex and liability-laden maze of compliance” that has made mortgages tough to write and even tougher to get by those with weak or less-established credit.While earnings were solid in Q3, FDIC Chair Martin Gruenberg acknowledged that profit margins remain under pressure in the current realm of low-interest rates. Institutions, Gruenberg said, have responded by extending asset maturities, which raises concerns about interest-rate risk.On the upside, losses and problem loans, according to ABA, are back to pre-recession levels as banks continue to improve their portfolios.”The level of non-performing loans is down more than 58 percent since its peak in the first quarter of 2010,” Chessen said. “We may have reached the bottom of the credit cycle as the process of purging bad loans nears the finish line.”Smaller community banks in particular posted strong growth. Thanks largely to more localized business loans that are seeing more new companies through the early days, community banks earned nearly $5 billion in Q3 and accounted for 45 percent of the quarter’s small business loans, FDIC reported.Whether this stability in lending will lead to eased restrictions in mortgage originations is, of course, another story. Neither FDIC nor ABA would speculate on when—or if—some of the red tape may be cut, but both agencies seem confident that the growth in other loan products and more diligent asset management will help keep the banking industry on a more sustainable footing as 2015 sets in. Sharecenter_img Mortgage Lending Suffers at Insured Banks American Bankers Association FDIC Regulation 2014-11-28 Scott_Morganlast_img read more

Is Homeownership Still Part of the American Dream

first_imgIs Homeownership Still Part of the American Dream? Share in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Headlines, News American Dream Homeownership Rural Suburban Urban 2017-07-06 Joey Pizzolatocenter_img Earlier this week we celebrated Independence Day, and with that, we also take the time to think about what made a fight for freedom a reality—the American Dream. And in that reflective moment, it’s easy to declare the American Dream dead. But ValueInsured, in a recent report, wants to “offer a different perspective.”Homeownership has long been considered the cornerstone of the American Dream, and ValueInsured polled over 5,000 Americans in the last two years for its Modern Homebuyer Survey to assess the current state of the American Dream, and what Americans should do to keep it alive.Millennials (70 percent) are in line with the rest of Americans (71 percent) in their desire to keep the American Dream alive. Both demographics also acknowledge—69 percent and 68 percent, respectively—that the American Dream isn’t something that is stagnant; it is every-changing, and must remain fluid in order to survive. And while 76 percent of millennials identify their own personal American Dream as being different from their parents, 65 percent still believe that homeownership defines their version of the American Dream.Location of respondents doesn’t seem to diminish this desire, either. Eighty percent of urban dwellers say owning a home is important to their American Dream, compared to 76 percent of suburbanites and 76 percent of respondents living in a rural area.The survey also found that “the association of homeownership with the American Dream [seems] to transcend socio-economic borders.” Seventy-six percent of Americans with a college education desire to own a home, compared to 74 percent of Americans without an education. Similarly, 84 percent of Americans with a pre-tax income over $100,000 want to own a home as do 71 percent of those with a pre-tax income under $50,000.Even Americans that rent (71 percent) or live rent-free (61 percent) say that they would someday like to own a home of their own. July 6, 2017 732 Views last_img read more

Chile opens for Australian almonds

first_img Chile opens for Australian almonds … July 30 , 2019 Australia expecting best quality almond crop in a … Australia’s Hort Innovation is funding a new project aimed at building the country’s capability to detect and control Xylella fastidiosa, should it ever enter the country.The harmful bacterium has been dubbed the number one plant biosecurity threat to Australia. It is transmitted by common sap-sucking insects such as spittlebugs and sharpshooters.The impact of Xylella overseas has been catastrophic, infecting more than 200 million citrus trees in Brazil. It has also destroyed one million olive trees in Italy and devastated the Californian grape sector, Hort Innovation said.The pathogen – not yet present in Australia or New Zealand – can cause significant damage to many important crops. These include grapevines, olives, nuts, citrus, stone fruit, blueberries and cherries.In fact, over 500 cultivated and uncultivated herbaceous and woody plant species are known hosts of Xylella.A new collaborative research project managed by Hort Innovation will be led by Dr. Rachel Mann from the Victorian Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions (JPR). It’s additionally supported by Western Australian, NSW and Queensland primary industries and New Zealand’s Ministry for Primary Industries.This collaborative effort ensures labs that currently provide diagnostic capability in Australia and New Zealand are prepared.New project to look at new detection and surveillance methodsHort Innovation research and development manager Dr. Penny Measham said the project was looking at new methods for detection and surveillance. This is being done through the development of innovative diagnostic tools.“Currently, detection is difficult as the pathogen has a long latent period and not all plant hosts exhibit symptoms,” she said. Australia scores improved citrus, carrot access to … center_img “Furthermore, the different strains of X. fastidiosa, classified into subspecies, can behave like different diseases in different hosts.”Measham said the value of subspecies identification was paramount during incursion mode.“Along with international collaboration, the project aims to establish an Australian based X. fastidiosa genome database to assist with design and validation of X. fastidiosa subspecies specific diagnostic tools that are both rapid and accurate,” she said.“The fast turn-around of this information could be the difference between eradication and moving to management of this devastating pest.”Project lead, Dr Rachel Mann, said the current National Diagnostic Protocol (NDP) for Australia is for the detection and identification of Xylella. It is focussed specifically on Pierces disease.“This project will review and adopt the world’s best practice diagnostic methods for the detection and identification of Xylella and it’s subspecies, and ensure diagnosticians are trained and proficient in using the revised National Diagnostic Protocol,” she said.“In the event of a suspect sample being identified, our state diagnostic laboratories will be the first to deal with these samples.”It is therefore essential that the capacity to handle these samples be developed and tested now – not during a potential incursion.Mann said the adoption of the Xylella NDP would be immediate. She said the NDP will be used to screen plant material entering Australia and will also support active surveillance programs.It will also be used during an incursion or during the detection of the exotic vector, the glassy-winged sharpshooter. AUS: Proposed Great Barrier Reef regulations ‘igno … You might also be interested inlast_img read more

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