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Donate Quran courts bail condition to woman arrested for offensive postDonate Quran courts bail condition to woman arrested for offensive post

first_imgRanchi: A local court here has granted bail to a 19-year-old woman, arrested for sharing an offensive social media post targeting Muslims, on the condition that she will have to donate five copies of the Quran to separate institutions in the city.The court of Judicial Magistrate (First Class) Manish Kumar Singh, after granting the conditional bail, asked Richa Bharti to submit one copy of the holy book to the local Anjuman Committee in the presence of police authorities, and four more copies to different libraries in the city, her advocate Rampravesh Singh told PTI on Tuesday. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi JinpingThe magistrate has also sought the receipt or the acknowledgment of the donation within a fortnight, he said. Bharti was granted bail on Monday.Md Jamil Khan, a member of the Anjuman Committee, said it has welcomed the court’s verdict.”The committee, which looks after the health, education and welfare of the local people, has accepted the verdict wholeheartedly. The woman has been asked to donate copies of the Quran to the committee as well as school and college libraries,” he said. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in XinjiangSuperintendent of Police (Rural) Asutosh Sekhar, when contacted, said the officers were studying the court order to understand the stipulations.Bharti, a B.Com student at a local college, was arrested on July 12 after the Anjuman Committee filed a complaint against her at the Pithora Police Station for sharing an objectionable post on Facebook, which reportedly hurt religious sentiments.”We moved a petition in the court praying for bail. On Monday, we got conditional bail with the ruling that she should donate one copy of the Quran Sharif to Anjuman Committee at Pithoria and four more to different libraries in the city,” the girl’s counsel said. The judge has also directed the investigating officer of the case to be present when Bharti donates the holy book to the committee, he added.Bharti’s parents, Prakash and Nilam Devi, said they were happy to have their daughter back.”I have not yet received the order copy. I respect the court’s verdict. But I have not done anything wrong and will consult members of my family and lawyer if I can move the high court against the lower court’s verdict,” Bharti told PTI over phone.Her father Prakash Patel also said they did not receive the copy of the order till 5.30 pm on Tuesday.”After receiving it, we will consult our advocate and go through the legal process. We have full faith in the judiciary,” he added.last_img read more

Teen arrested in TroisRivieres beating that was filmed shared onlineTeen arrested in TroisRivieres beating that was filmed shared online

first_imgTROIS-RIVIERES, Que. – A Quebec teenager has been arrested after another teen was beaten in an attack filmed and shared on social media.The suspect is expected to be arraigned today in Quebec youth court in the city of Trois-Rivieres, located about halfway between Montreal and Quebec City.Trois-Rivieres police Sgt. Luc Mongrain says the teen faces charges of assault causing bodily harm and theft of less than $5,000.The 16-year-old victim told reporters he was sitting on a bench Friday when a young man asked to fight him.He said he refused and told the other teen he’d done nothing wrong and didn’t know him.The victim said after regaining consciousness, passersby ignored him for nearly 15 minutes as he asked for assistance.last_img read more

Morocco, ‘Pioneer’ in Regularizing Undocumented Migrants: El PaisMorocco, ‘Pioneer’ in Regularizing Undocumented Migrants: El Pais

Madrid – Morocco is a “pioneer” country in Africa in regularizing undocumented migrants, the Spanish daily “El Pais” said in an article dedicated to the launch of the second stage of the integration of illegal migrants.During the first stage of this operation, launched in 2014, 25,000 migrants regularized their situation in the largest operation in the continent, the Iberian daily reported.Thousands of migrants, especially sub-Saharan migrants, want to regularize their situation in Morocco rather than attempt to migrate clandestinely to Europe, El Pais noted. Quoted by the daily, President of the Kirikou Association, Senegalese Diop Mountaga, expressed his deep gratitude to HM King Mohammed VI for giving His high instructions for the immediate launch of the second phase of the integration of migrants in an irregular situation.“Morocco’s migration policy is better than those of its neighbors and even those of some European countries”, he told El Pais. read more

Sri Lanka says UNHRC dividedSri Lanka says UNHRC divided

The government said that with 13 countries opposing the resolution, 8 countries abstaining, and one country absenting itself, 22 out of a total of 47 members of the Human Rights Council, refused to support the U.S. sponsored resolution on Sri Lanka. The other countries that backed the resolution are Argentina, Austria, Benin, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Cote d’ivoire, Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Guatemala, Ireland, Italy, Montenegro, Peru, Poland, Republic of Korea, Moldova, Romania, Sierra Leone, Spain, Switzerland and USA.The countries that voted against the resolution are Congo, Ecuador, Indonesia, Kuwait, Maldives, Mauritania, Pakistan, Philippines, Qatar, Thailand, Uganda, UAE and Venezuela.The countries that abstained from voting are Japan, Angola, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Kazakhstan, Kenya and Malaysia. Only UNHRC member countries with voting rights could take part in the vote. (Colombo Gazette) “By this vote, it becomes evident that the Council is divided over the issue of Sri Lanka. The countries who have voted for Sri Lanka were conscious about the progress that Sri Lanka has made over the years and has expressed its serious opposition to this highly selective and arbitrary process, which contravenes the founding principles of the Human Rights Council. They also voiced that the resolution 19/2 is ill conceived and unwarranted,” the Minister said. The Sri Lankan government says the outcome of the vote on the US sponsored resolution yesterday showed that the UN Human Rights Council was divided on the Sri Lankan issue.Minister of Plantation Industries and Special Envoy of the President on Human Rights Mahinda Samarasinghe said that the countries who had voted for Sri Lanka were conscious about the progress that Sri Lanka has made over the years. India was among the countries that voted in favor of the US resolution on Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) while Japan, a close ally of Sri Lanka, abstained from voting.Libya, which was also a close ally of Sri Lanka at one time under the Gaddafi regime, voted in support of the US resolution. read more

March 12th Movement committed to changeMarch 12th Movement committed to change

The March 12th movement said it believes that the results of the general election  is a reflection on the endorsement of the request to send educated ,intelligent, and capable representatives to Parliament by the  voters in general in Sri Lanka.“Yet, unfortunately the selection made for the national list nullified the prime purpose of providing representation to unrepresented segments in society and the opportunity to harness the experience and knowledge of persons of a high calibre to contribute to the legislative process. The inclusion of candidates who were rejected by the people at the general election proved to be a negation of the people’s will leaving a bad taste,” the March 12th movement said. The March 12th Movement says it remains committed to work with dedication to collaborate with the public to bring forth more positive changes in the political culture in Sri Lanka.“Whilst acknowledging  and offering our sincere gratitude to all civil society organizations, political parties, the media, the government institutions, and the proactive citizenry of our country in general, for their unstinting support extended towards the March 12th movement  which was crafted with the active participation of the civil societies with the goal of creating a positive impact on the political culture of Sri Lanka, we commit ourselves to work with dedication to  collaborate with you to bring forth more positive changes in the political culture in Sri Lanka,” the March 12th Movement said. “Our effort was widely acclaimed and the citizenry of this country joined us  participating actively in the process. By the time the 2015  general election was held all mainstream politicians including the President and the Prime Minister, and the political parties had endorsed  the March 12th Declaration. Further the adoption of the March 12th pamphlets and the score card in their political campaigns by the candidates irrespective of their party was a mark of success as  regards our goals. Some of the prime political candidates citing the March 12th criteria declared to the public  through the media their suitability to be a contender according to the criteria mentioned. Similarly the political party manifestoes  included a declaration pledging to abide by the March 12th criteria in their selection of candidates representing the party at the General Election,” The March 12th movement said. The March 12th movement said the United National Front was the only party to at least  endeavour to uphold the principle of not including  the candidates who lost at the elections in the National list. Even then they had appointed one such candidate through the National List. The March 12th movement also said that as an extension of the March 12 Declaration, that received public endorsement,  the endeavour to amass a million signatures named as the “March 12th movement” sought to  affirm the need to prevail upon political parties to offer nominations only to appropriate candidate. read more

Fed survey Economic growth slows in several regions of US amid worriesFed survey Economic growth slows in several regions of US amid worries

WASHINGTON – The Federal Reserve said economic growth slowed in a few key regions of the United States from September through early October, as businesses grew worried about a budget impasse that led to a partial government shutdown.Overall, the economy continued to expand at a “modest to moderate” pace, according to the Fed survey released Wednesday. Eight of the Fed’s 12 banking districts reported the same growth rate as they had reported in August through early September. But four districts — Philadelphia, Richmond, Chicago and Kansas City — said growth had slowed.Businesses around the country remained optimistic about the future and consumer spending continued to increase, helped by strong auto sales. But many businesses noted greater uncertainty because of the federal shutdown, which began on Oct. 1, and a looming deadline to raise federal borrowing limit.Boston, in particular, reported that the tourism industry was worried about the impact of a prolonged shutdown. And several Districts reported that businesses were cautious about hiring.Senate leaders announced Wednesday that they had an agreement to avert a threatened Treasury default and reopen the government after the 16-day shutdown. The House was likely to approve the measure, too, leading many to anticipate passage in both chambers before the end of the day.Jennifer Lee, senior economist at BMO Capital Markets, said that the Fed’s survey showed that there had been only limited damage to the economy at least through the first week of the shutdown.“Hopefully … the damage and the hurt have been generally contained,” she said.The Fed’s survey, known as the beige book, will be used by central bank policymakers in their next meeting on Oct. 29-30. Economists believe the Fed maintain its $85-billion-a-month in bond purchases to offset the impact of the shutdown.Some economists had presumed that the latest beige book would play a greater role at the October meeting because the shutdown had delayed most other economic reports.But Pierre Ellis, an economist with Decision Economics, said the government is now expected to reopen and should be able to release some of the delayed data before the Fed meets. That would give policymakers a better handle on the economy’s health. by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Oct 16, 2013 12:38 pm MDT Fed survey: Economic growth slows in several regions of US amid worries about shutdown AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

As robots take jobs Europeans mull free money for allAs robots take jobs Europeans mull free money for all

As robots take jobs, Europeans mull free money for all by John Leicester, The Associated Press Posted Jan 16, 2017 8:36 am MDT Last Updated Jan 16, 2017 at 9:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email French politicians, from left to right, Arnaud Montebourg, Jean-Luc Bennahmias, Francois de Rugy, Benoit Hamon, Vincent Peillon, Manuel Valls and Sylvia Pinel, attend the first prime-time televised debate for the French left’s presidential primaries in La Plaine Saint-Denis, near Paris, France, Thursday Jan.12, 2017. (Philippe Wojazer/Pool photo via AP) PARIS – I am, therefore I’m paid.The radical notion that governments should hand out free money to everyone — rich and poor, those who work and those who don’t — is slowly but surely gaining ground in Europe. Yes, you read that right: a guaranteed monthly living allowance, no strings attached.In France, two of the seven candidates vying to represent the ruling Socialist Party in this year’s presidential election are promising modest but regular stipends to all French adults. A limited test is already underway in Finland, with other experiments planned elsewhere, including in the United States.Called “universal income” by some, “universal basic income” or just “basic income” by others, the idea has been floated in various guises since at least the mid-19th century. After decades on the fringes of intellectual debate, it became more mainstream in 2016, with Switzerland holding a referendum — and overwhelmingly rejecting — a proposed basic income of around $2,500 per month.“An incredible year,” says Philippe Van Parijs, a founder of the Basic Income Earth Network that lobbies for such payments. “There has been more written and said on basic income than in the whole history of mankind.”But before you write a resignation letter to your boss in anticipation of never needing to work again, be warned: there are multiple questions, including how to finance such schemes. Here is a look at the issues:___WHY THE MOUNTING INTEREST?In a word, robots. With automated systems and machines increasingly replacing human workers, France could lose 3 million jobs by 2025, says Benoit Hamon, a former education minister campaigning for the French presidency on a promise of gradually introducing no-strings-attached payments for all. As work becomes scarcer, a modest but regular guaranteed income would stop people from fearing the future and free up their time for family, the needy and themselves, he argues.It could also encourage people to take risks, start businesses and try new activities without the risk of losing welfare benefits.The other pro-basic income candidate for the Socialist Party presidential ticket is outsider Jean-Luc Bennahmias. Like Hamon, the former European Parliament lawmaker argues that it is pointless to expect the return of economic boom times, with jobs for all.“Growth at two, three, four or five per cent in western countries: it’s finished,” he said in a televised debate last week. “We have to speak the truth.”Outside research backs up their arguments. An Oxford University study in 2015 estimated nearly half of the American workforce is at risk of automation.___PUT TO THE TESTFinland’s small-scale, two-year trial that started Jan. 1 aims to answer a frequent question from basic income opponents: With a guaranteed 560 euros ($600) a month, will the 2,000 human guinea pigs — drawn randomly from Finland’s unemployed — just laze around?Budget constraints and opposition from multiple quarters stymied ambitions for a broader test, says Olli Kangas from the Finnish government agency KELA, which is responsible for the country’s social benefits.“It’s a pretty watered down version,” he said in a telephone interview. “We had to make a huge number of compromises.”Still, he argues that such studies are essential in helping societies prepare for changed labour markets of the future.“I’m not saying that basic income is the solution,” he said. “I’m just saying that it’s a solution that we have to think about.”In the Netherlands, the city of Utrecht this year plans to trial no-strings welfare payments that will also allow test groups to work on the side if they choose — again, in part, to study the effect on their motivation to find work.To prepare for “a world where technology replaces existing jobs and basic income becomes necessary,” Silicon Valley startup financier Y Combinator says it plans a pilot study in Oakland, California, paying recipients an unconditional income because “we want to see how people experience that freedom.”___THE COSTObviously, expensive. Hamon proposes the gradual introduction of basic income schemes in France, starting with 600 euros ($640) per month for the nation’s poor and 18-25-year-olds before scaling up payments to 750 euros ($800) for all adults — for a total estimated annual cost of 400 billion euros ($425 billion).Part of the cost could be financed by taxing robots — goods and services produced by automated systems and machines, he says. Opponents argue that doing so would simply prompt companies to move their robots elsewhere, out of reach of French tax collectors.A 2016 study by the French Senate said a basic income scheme could be easier, and therefore less costly, to manage than France’s current welfare system. The stigma often associated with state handouts would also disappear, because both rich and poor would get the payments.Paying everyone 500 to 1,000 euros ($530-$1,100) per month would cost 300 billion ($320 billion) to 700 billion ($745 billion) euros per year, requiring new taxes, the Senate report said. It recommended starting with three-year pilot schemes, with 100 million to 150 million euros required annually for trials involving 20,000-30,000 people.___THE CONSCosts aside, opponents argue that guaranteed incomes would promote laziness and devalue the concept of work. Hamon’s opponents for the Socialist presidential ticket dispute as false his argument that jobs for humans are growing scarcer.Ultimately, to see the light of day, basic income schemes will need political champions, said Van Parijs.“We need radical ideas as targets and then we need clever tinkering to move in that direction,” he said. read more

Make food systems climate resilient now or future production will be compromisedMake food systems climate resilient now or future production will be compromised

“Agriculture holds the key to solving two of the greatest problems now facing humanity: eradicating poverty and hunger, and contributing to maintaining the stable climatic conditions in which civilization can thrive,” Food and Agriculture Organization Director-General José Graziano da Silva told a roundtable on climate change during the in Dubai.The FAO Director-General stressed in particular the need to support small farmers in the developing world adapt to climate change. Innovative approaches exist that can help them improve yields and build their resilience, he said, noting ‘green manuring,’ greater use of nitrogen-fixing cover crops, improving sustainable soil management, agroforestry techniques, and integrating animal production into cropping systems. “But farmers face major barriers, such as the lack of access to credit and markets, lack of knowledge and information, insecurity about land tenure, and high transaction costs of moving away from existing practices,” the Director-General said.For example, he said, 70 countries do not have established meteorological services. FAO is working with the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) to develop low-cost, farmer friendly services to address this need. Ultimately, ‘an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,’ he argued. One critical front for action is water management, said Mr. Graziano da Silva. Millions of the world’s small-scale farmers are already wrestling with water scarcity, which will likely intensify as a result of climate change, he said. This is why at the last UN climate change conference FAO and partners launched a global framework on water scarcity in agriculture that aims to support developing countries in bringing stronger policies and programmes for the sustainable use of water in agriculture online, he explained. read more

Toronto Raptors take centre stage on NBA media dayToronto Raptors take centre stage on NBA media day

BROWSE Golden State Warriros | nba finals | toronto raptors Media day is full of unique moments from a Norman Powell being asked to do maple syrup shots to Warriors player Klay Thompson being asked if he would avoid playing Drake music during the Finals.“If it is a bad song I’m going to skip it,” Thompson said with a smile. “If it’s a good song I’ll listen, but if it’s one of his soft R&B songs I’m going to skip it because I’m in kill mode.”Game 3 of the NBA Finals will air on CityTV. Scotiabank Arena was a buzz, it’s the day before the biggest game in Raptors franchise history: Game 1 of the NBA Finals. A stage they have never been on before, but before they step on that stage they had to step on another stage… a circus stage.Wednesday was NBA Finals media day where almost 500 media outlets from around the world gathered to shine the light on the two teams that have made it to the Finals.“It’s surreal, we all dream of a championship. We all think of it,” Raptors President Masai Ujiri said about making it to the Finals after the drama that followed when he traded DeMar DeRozan to the San Antonio Spurs for Kawhi Leonard. “I think the change was hard at the time but we knew the kind of player we were going to get and knew if we overcame all the issues we were dealing with, we were all positive of this kind of moment.”The Toronto Raptors will meet Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors in the Finals. The Raptors making their first appearance in the Finals while this marks the Warriors fifth appearance in as many years.“The last four years they’ve been knocking on the door,” Curry said about meeting the Raptors in the Finals. “You always keep up with what’s going on in the other conference through every playoff run and chase.” read more

Ohio State womens hockey wraps up Thanksgiving weekend series in Vermont withOhio State womens hockey wraps up Thanksgiving weekend series in Vermont with

Ohio State offensive junior Claudia Kepler (24) controls the puck during a game against Bemidji State University on Nov. 6 at St. John Arena. OSU lost 2-1. Credit: Eileen McClory | Senior Lantern ReporterThe Ohio State women’s ice hockey team split its series at the Windjammer Classic in Vermont over the weekend to conclude out-of-conference play.OSU defeated Vermont 5-2 on Friday and fell to Boston University 5-3 on Saturday. After the split, the Buckeyes (6-10-0) have one series remaining in 2015 before they resume play on Jan. 2.“It was a good experience for our kids, it was a little bit out of excitement playing out of conference opponents in a new environment and new building,” assistant coach Carson Duggan said. “But it was a lot of fun to coach in today.”On Friday, OSU fell behind early with Vermont’s sophomore defender Taylor Willard‘s third goal of the season, but OSU junior forward Katie Matheny’s second and third goals of the season powered the Buckeyes past the Catamounts in the first game of the inaugural tournament.The next day, OSU again fell behind when Boston senior forward Kayla Tutino scored on the power play at 3:58 into the game. The Terriers would score again on a buzzer beater at the end of the first, which was reviewed to determine if the puck crossed the line before time expired. “That’s why you don’t stop playing,” Duggan said. “It’s a little frustrating when you think the video says something different, but that’s why you play.”Despite dropping the second game of the invitational, the team held its collective head high after an emotional weekend. “We went in there knowing we play in the best conference out of the three in the NCAA, and we wanted to show that,” senior forward Julia McKinnon said.McKinnon, who played with fellow forwards freshman Maddy Field and sophomore Lauren Spring this weekend after playing 12 games on the blue line for the first time in her life, feels this weekend was a positive step.“Just getting our lines together and making sure that we communicate better has been huge,” McKinnon said. McKinnon, who recorded one of the first shots on goal for OSU on Saturday, said she feels the team is cycling from defense to offense with greater efficiency than it was early in the season.“Everyone is buying into the system we’ve put in place here,” McKinnon said. “And getting back on back-checking is so important, so it’s good to have some success at it.”Losers of five of six entering the weekend, the team was in agreement that the weekend away from physical conference opponents was good to assess its performance thus far.“It’s a little different playing the teams out of conference,” senior forward Kendall Curtis said. “There are some different things you see and we were switching things up today.”Curtis, along with the coaching staff, was happier with the team’s effort despite trailing early both games.“They left it all out there,” Duggan said. “They knew they weren’t going to get to play again for another two weeks or so, so they played with reckless abandon. I think they’ve come along way.“I told them after the game today I thought they played with a lot of grittiness. It was a lot of fun to be a part of and watch.”Despite scoring eight goals and splitting its series, OSU did not find its unfamiliar opponents any easier than its conference ones.“I didn’t notice a difference,” Curtis said. “I think we still really try to focus on our game, and these teams this weekend showed us something different to work on, but it didn’t really challenge us any differently than a team in our league.”Stat sheetWith two goals on Saturday, Matheny has tied her career-high of three, set last year. She has also established a new career-high in points with six so far in 2015-16.With two goals this weekend, Curtis leads with team with nine. She has eclipsed her previous career-high of eight in 2013-14.The team will return to Columbus for practice on Monday and will have its second off-week of the season. The Buckeyes are then scheduled to return to the Ice Rink for their final series of 2015 against Minnesota-Duluth on Dec. 11 and 12.  Puck is scheduled to drop at 7:07 p.m. and 4:07 p.m., respectively. read more

Greg Wilkins to lead World Gold CouncilGreg Wilkins to lead World Gold Council

first_imgGreg Wilkins, President and CEO of Barrick Gold, is to succeed Pierre Lassonde as Chairman of the The World Gold Council (WGC) with immediate effect. Commenting, Wilkins said: “This is an exciting time for the gold industry and I feel honoured to be given the opportunity to play a part in driving the WGC’s mandate to develop sustainable demand for gold. The WGC has enjoyed many successes in recent years, not least the introduction of exchange traded gold and the rejuvenation of the gold jewellery market in key geographies. I very much look forward to picking up the baton and working with the WGC’s talented team.   “I would also like to congratulate my predecessor, Pierre Lassonde, whose leadership and passion for the industry have helped drive the success of the WGC’s efforts over the last three years.”Pierre Lassonde was elected Chairman of the World Gold Council in March 2005.During his time as Chairman, Pierre has played a pivotal role in increasing the WGC membership base, which now represents 23 companies and more than 60% of obtainable global gold production. He has also been instrumental in rolling out gold-backed, exchange-traded funds across Europe and Asia.James Burton, CEO of the World Gold Council, said: “Pierre has made an outstanding contribution to the World Gold Council.  His energy, enthusiasm and conviction have played a crucial role in driving the WGC’s mandate and strengthening our membership base.  Going forward, we are very much looking forward to benefiting from Greg’s wealth of industry experience as the gold industry faces new opportunities and challenges in the future.”    Greg Wilkins was elected President and CEO of Barrick Gold in February 2003 and has been a member of the Board of Directors since 1991.last_img read more

Krim confirms signing TorstenssonKrim confirms signing Torstensson

← Previous Story Serbian “Eagles” take on Chile in last friendly before OG qualification! Next Story → Andersson not going to AGK?! The former Aalborg player, and for last two seasons Midtjylland player, Linnea Torstenson, will be moving to RK Krim. She decided to move to the Slovenian champion after a brilliant season in Midtjylland, both for her and her club, and hopes that in the new club she can reach farther in the Champions League, as RK Krim will for sure be even stronger force in the next season. read more

ATT to launch MiFi mobile hotspotATT to launch MiFi mobile hotspot

first_imgLast week, we reported on the new Verizon Wireless campaign which touted the company’s packaging of MiFi, a roaming Wi-Fi hotspot, and the Wi-Fi version of the iPad. The MiFi is a small device with its own battery that can be used with a cellular data plan to offer Internet connectivity for up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices within 30 feet. In comparison, AT&T simply offers the 3G version of the iPad with customers wanting a MiFi option having to look elsewhere. At least, that is until later this week.The carrier has announced that it will offer the new MiFi 2372 beginning on November 21st. The Novatel manufactured mobile hotspot comes preloaded with the MiFi OS, widgets and application support. The MiFi OS allows for users to access the device using a browser to view data usage, SMS and access GPS enabled widgets including GeoSearch and GeoWeather. Additional features include the ability to add storage to the device with the built-in microSDHC slot capable of supporting up to 32GB.AT&T plans to offer the MiFi 2372 at AT&T company-owned stores and online for $49.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate. In other words, you will pay $149.99 to walk out the door with it, but you’ve got $100 coming back to you by mail. AT&T’s monthly data plans for the device will include 200MB of data for $35 per month and 5GB for $60 a month compared to Verizon Wireless’ plans which are 3GB for $35 and 5GB for $50.Read more at AT&T, via MobileCrunch.Brian’s OpinionIt’s a great competitive move by AT&T to get their own MiFi, but I am still disappointed that the carrier comes up short. Verizon Wireless still has cheaper data plans than AT&T so I wouldn’t call this recent development by AT&T a marketing strategy to attract customers away from Verizon. If anything, it does nothing more than keep AT&T current with the trend to carry the MiFi devices as demonstrated by Verizon and T-Mobile.Now I can almost hear an AT&T executive read my criticism and respond that the reason they can charge more is because they have a faster network. At the end of the day though many customers look at what their monthly bills are and if they can’t tell that their FarmVille game loads up any faster I think it is safe to assume they really don’t care if a network is faster on paper. I really think AT&T missed an opportunity here to strike back at Verizon Wireless and their campaign around the pairing of the iPad and MiFi. I think it’s great that AT&T now has a MiFi of their own, but they really should have heated things up more against Verizon in time for the holiday shopping season.With rumors circling about Verizon possible getting an iPhone early next quarter you would have thought that AT&T would have been ready to take the gloves off. It seem AT&T seems to be content to allow Verizon to take business away which will happen in droves once the iPhone is offered by them.last_img read more

The love boatThe love boat

first_imgCelebrate Valentine’s Day with a difference this year and take your loved one out on the water. The Valentine’s Day Boat Cruise, put on by the Pankoaki Brotherhood of Melbourne and Victoria, is a four hour return cruise from Victoria Harbour Docklands to Hobson’s Bay. Tickets are $120 per person and include a three course buffet menu, beer, wine spirits and soft drinks for the duration of the cruise, plus entertainment provided by a Greek and English DJ. Singles are welcome to dance the night away on the love boat. The cruise will take place on Friday 17 February from 7:30 pm to 12:00 am. For ticket information and to RSVP contact Kerry Sourasis on 0413 265 544. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Gunner James Zampelis – The Odyssey of a Hellenic Anzac in WW2Gunner James Zampelis – The Odyssey of a Hellenic Anzac in WW2

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Location: Greek Centre, Mezzanine, 168 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne Date: Thursday, 11 August 2016, 7:00pm Presenter: Jim Claven Entry: FREEHistorian Jim Claven will tell the story of Gunner James Zampelis, Australia’s only Anzac of Hellenic heritage to die in the defence of Greece in 1941. The son of Greek migrants from Lefkada, St Kilda-born James represents the multicultural essence of Australia. Mr Claven will recount James’ story from Melbourne to the defence of northern Greece, through the retreat and embarkation to Crete and is death on Crete in May 1941. Mr Claven has recently returned from Greece, following James’ route and will tell of re-newed efforts to honour James’ service in Greece and in Australia.A former veterans affairs adviser, Mr Jim Claven is a historian with degrees from Melbourne’s Monash University, a freelance writer and Secretary of the Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee. He has researched the Hellenic link to Australia’s Anzac story across both World Wars, producing many historical articles and leading commemorative tours of Greece’s Anzac sites. Last year the Committee erected a new memorial at Albert Park commemorating Lemnos’ role in the Gallipoli campaign.Jim Claven (R) and Ambassador Griffin, presenting the ambassador with a memorial photograph of gunner James Zampelis, Suda Bay War Cemetery, 21st May 2016.Jim is currently working to produce a major new commemorative publication on Lemnos and Gallipoli. He is an associate member of the RSL Victorian Branch, his grandfather having served in the First World War, as well as being a member of the Battle of Crete and Greek Campaign Commemorative Council. He is recently took part in the commemorative events held on Crete and at Kalamata to mark the 75th anniversary of that campaign.For donations and further information please email: or call 03 9662 2722.last_img read more

San Diego Countys kindergarten vaccination rates fall below state averageSan Diego Countys kindergarten vaccination rates fall below state average

first_img Categories: Health, Local San Diego News, National & International News FacebookTwitter June 12, 2019 Sasha Foo, Posted: June 12, 2019 Sasha Foo San Diego County’s kindergarten vaccination rates fall below state average  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) – New data from the California Department of Public Health shows that the rate of vaccinations for San Diego County kindergartners is declining and falling behind other kindergarten students statewide.According to information from the state, San Diego kindergarteners had a 92.5 percent vaccination rate in the 2018-2019 school year, which is below the 94.8 percent average for kindergarten students across the state.San Diego County is below the 95 percent vaccination threshold which public health experts say is necessary to prevent an outbreak of measles or another highly contagious virus. The county’s deputy public heath officer, Dr. Dean Sidelinger said it’s important to boost immunizations rates.“If vaccination rates go down, it is easier for someone who has measles to spread that disease in our community so we went to keep vaccination rates high. School entry laws that require vaccines on entry to school are the one of the most effective tools we have to ensure that our children and the broader population are immunized,” Sidelinger said.There are some exemptions for immunizations, which are required for students attending public and private schools in California. Prior to the 2016-2017 school year, parents could obtain an exemption from immunizations for personal beliefs. With a change in state law, most exemptions are now only issued for medical reasons.According to the Department of Public Health, the number of permanent medical exemptions written in San Diego County has increased. State health officials reported 599 medical exemptions in 2018-2019, which was five times more than the 108 that were written by doctors in 2015-2016, the year before the ban on personal belief exemptions took effect.As San Diego gets ready for a busy summer travel season, the public health department is also sending out letters to members of the Filipino community to suggest vaccinations for anyone who is traveling to the Philippines, which has one of the world’s largest active measles outbreaks.last_img read more

Seventeen Magazine Eliminating Frequency After 74 Years in PrintSeventeen Magazine Eliminating Frequency After 74 Years in Print

first_imgSeventeen is the latest mass-consumer magazine shifting its focus to digital-first.Next in the long line of lifestyle and fashion magazines to adopt a digital-first strategy, Seventeen’s new model for its 74-year-old title will continue with only “special stand-alone issues pegged to news events and key moments in readers’ lives,” according to a report from WWD. Earlier this month, Roger Friedman’s blog, Showbiz 411 first reported Seventeen‘s impending print reduction and WWD confirmed it with Hearst yesterday.Its subscription page on its website states that “Seventeen magazine will no longer be published regularly after the December 2018/January 2019 issue.” And while the website will continue to cover all of the same content, all upcoming special issues will be available on newsstands only. According to the June 30, 2018 Alliance for Audited Media report, Seventeen’s total circulation was 1,901,924—down over 100,000 from six months ago when the total circulation was reported at 2,007,782, around where it had hovered since the magazine cut its circulation down from 10 issues a year to six in 2016. From September 2017 to September 2018, the MPA’s Brand Audience Report had Seventeen’s digital and print edition readership down 3.4 percent, its digital desktop readership down 11.7 percent, and its mobile readership down 3.7 percent, year-over-year. However, its video viewership was significantly up by 323.3 percent YOY, pointing to the fact that Gen-Z and millennial audiences are not engaging with magazine titles the same way as older generations, with their major engagement touch points being on visual platforms, like Snapchat.  Following a similar transformation that other teen-focused lifestyle and fashion brands have undergone, like Teen Vogue who went digital-only just over a year ago following “tremendous audience growth” across its digital, social and video platforms, Seventeen will be looking to capitalize on these known areas of successful engagement.A spokesperson from Seventeen is reported to have said that “continuing the digital-first strategy introduced in 2015, our focus will be on the brand’s two-plus million unique visitors and more than 12 million followers across social media,” however, it is unclear at the moment how many staffers will be laid off as a result of the change. With the recent appointment at Hearst Magazines of several digitally driven leaders from the Digital Media side of the company—including Troy Young as president, Kate Lewis as chief content officer, and recently Kristin Koch as the executive director of Seventeen—and the recent dismissal of the former editorial director, Michele Promaulayko, from her position at Seventeen as well as editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan, the company has been headstrong in its mission to integrate the print and digital sides of its brands in order to operate with a digital-first mentality. “Our teams are embracing cross-platform brand alignment, which will foster even greater idea sharing, more ambitious content creation and the development of strategic business initiatives,” Young said in a statement last month, following a major reorganization of its editorial and business-side. “We will combine editorial intuition with audience insights and data to create unique and purposeful experiences for our readers.”As of now, the only issue listed for Seventeen’s 2019 calendar in the magazine’s media kit is a special “Prom” edition that is slated to hit newsstands on Dec. 25.last_img read more

SCAM ALERT Middlesex Sheriffs Office Warns Of New Telephone ScamSCAM ALERT Middlesex Sheriffs Office Warns Of New Telephone Scam

first_imgBILLERICA, MA — Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian is warning residents to be on the lookout for a new scam falsely claiming to involve an inmate needing money.Recently an individual reported receiving a call indicating an inmate was trying to reach him to have money placed in an account for telephone access. The reporting party, who was immediately suspicious of the call, told officers he was not aware of anyone he knew being held at the Middlesex Jail & House of Correction.“It’s critically important for the public to remain vigilant as these scammers continue to evolve in their tactics,” said Sheriff Koutoujian. “Fortunately in this case the recipient of the call recognized this was likely a scam and immediately contacted our office to confirm his suspicion.”If you, or someone you know, receive a similar call we encourage you to immediately contact the facility at which the individual is purportedly being incarcerated to confirm its authenticity before making any payments.(NOTE: The above press release is from the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSenator Markey & Middlesex Sheriff Koutoujian Promote Expansion Of Opioid Treatment In JailsIn “Government”ALERT: Phone Scammers Posing As Middlesex Deputy SheriffsIn “Government”SCAM ALERT: Middlesex Sheriff’s Office Issues Warning On IRS Scam CallsIn “Government”last_img read more

Indian American develops new heartkidney drug awaits US FDA nodIndian American develops new heartkidney drug awaits US FDA nod

first_imgSalim ShahSalim ShahSarfez Pharmaceuticals, a company founded by Indian American scientist Salim Shah, has developed a new drug to treat people suffering from heart failure, that is awaiting approval from the US Food and Drug Administration. The New Drug Application for SoanzXR is likely to be decided by mid-January 2020.SoanzXR, a once-a-day extended release formulation of torsemide, is effective in reducing volume overload and blood pressure, said the company. Torasemide is used to treat high blood pressure and fluid overload in cases of heart failure, kidney disease and liver disease.If approved, it will be the first and only long acting loop diuretic in the form of water pill to deliver drug at a slower pace for most of the day to treat volume overload caused by heart failure and chronic kidney disease, said the company. SoanzXR also offers improved treatment options for people with chronic kidney disease, liver cirrhosis with ascites, and hypertension, said the pharma developing company.Explaining it further, Salim Shah, founder and chairman of Sarfez, said: “SoanzXR will be the first long-release drug to treat heart failure, chronic kidney disease, and uncontrolled hypertension patients, greatly improving quality of life and hopefully reducing hospitalization time for chronic congestive heart failure patients.”SoanzXR is unique due to its longer duration compared to currently available loop diuretics in the market which have a very short duration of action, and as a result, most patient remain volume overloaded requiring repeat hospitalization. Moreover, the oral extended-release tablet induces gradual and sustained urination, reducing the need for frequent urination, noted the company.”The company has benefited from grants from the Small Business Administration and the National Institute of Health to develop SoanzXR,” said Shah, assuring to “transfer these benefits to patients by selling the drug at reasonable prices.”Last year, Shah’s another firm Hingez Pharma received a grant of more than $1.8 million from the National Institutes of Health to develop a drug to treat high cholesterol, which is likely to undergo clinical trials in two years.Salil Shah, who received his Ph.D. in biochemistry from JNU, New Delhi, formed Hingez Pharma in the US and is now specializing in developing drugs.last_img read more