CM Kejriwal questions PM Modis patriotism

first_imgNEW DELHI: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s patriotism pointing out that the Centre has obstructed the works of Delhi government. “What kind of patriotic PM is he? He obstructed the works of Delhi government and ruined lives of Delhiites. He cannot be a patriot,” said CM Arvind Kejriwal. The Chief Minister said this from the Janak Puri rally for AAP’s West Delhi candidate Balbir Singh Jakhar. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”In the last four years, I have worked relentlessly for the development of Delhi. PM Narendra Modi says his chest is of 56 inches. Through the work done by the AAP government, I have made sure all Delhiites have 59 inch – chests,” he further added. The Chief Minister on Sunday said that Andhra Pradesh CM and West Bengal CM also supported the issue of full statehood to Delhi, “We will approach all the political parties to support the demand of full statehood,” he said. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsFrom healthcare, housing, electricity, education, the safety of women to stopping sealing, CM Kejriwal made a host of promises if Delhi becomes a full state, which will be possible, he claimed, if Delhi chooses AAP candidates from all seven Lok Sabha seats. Meanwhile, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia held a rally on Monday at South Delhi LS constituency in support of AAP candidate Raghav Chadha. “If someone who has studied from Modern and then LSE becomes an MP then they will think about the careers of your brothers, sisters and children. However, if someone who is an intimidating bully becomes your MP then the only question you will be asked is have you given the money, have you paid up? If Raghav Chadha becomes the MP then your kids will be asked how their studies are going and will be told when a job opportunity opens up for them. If Ramesh Biduri becomes the MP he will ask if the weekly payment for your shop has been paid up or not,” said the Deputy CM. He also said that This election is being fought by the BJP to make Modiji Prime Minister again, the Congress party has a similar intention, however, AAP’s dream and your dream is simply to give Delhi the status of full Statehood. Explaining the need for full statehood for Delhi he said: there are only 30,000 seats in Delhi and every year there are 1.5 lakh children who graduate from school. In this case how will over a lakh students get to study? Even those with 80 percent and 85 percent do not get admission. It doesn’t worry Modiji if the kids of Sangam Vihar who get 60 percent will get admission or not. However, I as your education minister worry and care. Once Delhi gets full statehood I will open enough colleges so that not even one kid is left out from higher education.last_img read more

Drug Dropoff Day this weekend

Norfolk OPP and Shoppers Drug Mart in Simcoe want to help local households get rid of unwanted prescription drugs.Police encourage residents to purge their medicine cabinets of unused, unwanted or expired prescription drugs. When expired and unused prescription medication is left unattended, it can lead to prescription drug abuse.Prescription Drug Drop-off Day in Norfolk will be held this weekend. It is an important public safety initiative to encourage residents to dispose of old and unused prescription medication in a secure, environmentally-friendly manner.“The purpose of the Prescription Drug Drop-off Day is to reduce access and availability of prescription medications to those who should not have them,” Insp. Joe Varga, head of the Norfolk OPP, said in a news release. “This provides a convenient opportunity for all residents to safely and anonymously dispose of outdated or unused prescription medications.”This year’s Prescription Drug Drop-off Day will take place Saturday, May 11 in the Staples parking lot at the intersection of the Queensway and Norfolk Street North in Simcoe. Professionals will be on hand to greet the public between the hours of 9 a.m. and noon.People wishing to dispose of outdated, unused and unwanted prescription drugs may do so anonymously without having to get out of their vehicles.The Controlled Drug and Substances Act (CDSA) prohibits anyone from possessing prescribed medication without a prescription.It is a criminal offence to offer or sell a prescribed medication to another person.Purchasing another person’s prescribed drugs is also illegal.Prescription drug abuse is the use of prescription drugs for non-medical purposes. Recent studies indicate 24 percent of teens reported misusing prescription medications at least once within the previous year. Most of the teens took the medication from their family home.Crime Stoppers of Haldimand and Norfolk will be holding a Shredding Day at the same time and location on Saturday.Members of the public are invited to take personal and financial documents to the location where the items will be shredded in the Norfolk Disposal mobile truck. Cost is $7 per box or by donation with proceeds going to local Crime Stoppers program.For more information about Shredding Day call 519-426-3434 ext 7425. read more

Barnes Noble founder and chairman Riggio to retire

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Barnes & Noble’s founder and chairman Leonard Riggio will retire following the book seller’s annual shareholders meeting, which is planned for September.Riggio began Barnes & Noble from the ground up, starting with a single college bookstore in 1965. He also founded Barnes & Noble College Bookstores, a contract operator of bookstores on college and university campuses, and videogame retailer GameStop.The company announced Wednesday that director Paul Guenther will serve as non-executive chairman. Guenther has served as a Barnes & Noble Inc. board member since last year and is chair of the audit committee.Riggio intends to stay on the company’s board and said in a written statement that he plans to remain a Barnes & Noble shareholder “for years to come.” Barnes & Noble founder and chairman Riggio to retire by The Associated Press Posted Apr 27, 2016 6:37 am MDT Last Updated Apr 27, 2016 at 7:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Football Ohio State announces start times for five games in 2018 season

The Ohio State football team takes the field for the 2018 Spring Game at Ohio Stadium between Team Scarlet and Team Gray. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State announced start times for five of its upcoming games for the upcoming 2018 season on Thursday. Along with the previously announced primetime matchup with TCU on Sept. 15, the Buckeyes will take on Oregon State in the season opener at noon. which will be televised on ABC. The Buckeyes will also take on Rutgers in the Big Ten opener at 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 8 and will be televised on BTN. On Oct. 6, Ohio State will take on Indiana in its homecoming game at 3:30 or 4 p.m. with TV not yet announced. To end the season, the Buckeyes will take on Michigan at noon on Nov. 24 and will be televised on FOX. read more

Infographic shows evolution of the cell phone

first_imgWilson Electronics has released the infographic you see below to illustrate the evolution of the cell phone from a literal brick to the svelte smartphones that we have today.It may be hard to believe, but cell technology has been around since 1973, when the first mobile call was placed by Dr. Martin Cooper. What is interesting is that it took ten more years for commercial production to begin on the unit, due to the high cost of production in such an archaic device. No one had ever seen a phone without wires before, the closest they had come was watching the Beverly Hillbillies who had a phone in their buggy via a spool of cable that they let out as they drove.The cell industry started exploding in the late 80’s and early 90’s as the technology to produce them got cheaper and smaller making it a more viable commercial product. For those of you who have a memory longer than ten years or so, you will remember that the first smartphone to hit the market was not the iPhone, but the IBM Simon in 1993.This rather large handset was a joint venture between then industry behemoth IBM and Bell South.  The Simon was remarkably similar to what our smartphones are like today, containing a resistive rather than capacitive touchscreen and the ability to send email, faxes and make calls. It was launched at a price of $899, which was before a carrier subsidy. It was touted as a mobile office for high level execs, and was said to have caused many secretaries a scare when they heard their bosses could keep their own calendars with them at all times.Fast forward six years from ’93 to 1999, when Nokia launches the most successful mobile phone in history. With sales of 160 million units, pretty much everyone who had a cell phone on the planet used a Nokia 3210 at least once. Don’t forget that Nokia used to be the top of the heap when it came to mobile devices, even though they are hardly mentioned now.It would be a mistake to overlook the importance of the launch of the iPhone. It can be argued that the iPhone helped launch a mobile revolution by bringing the smartphone to the masses. Google fanboys would disagree, but it must be a consideration to think that Android might not be as successful without Cupertino softening up the ground.That leads to a glaring omission in the infographic from Wilson, where is the G1? The first ever Android powered device from T-Mobile is also as important as the iPhone as it thrust Google into the mobile fray. Born out of Andy Rubin’s vision for an open mobile platform, Android arrived to much fanfare, and has exploded in the three years it has been around.Also missing is Blackberry, really any conversation about phone evolution must involve the “crackberry”, a must have device for soccer mom’s and businessmen alike for many years. It was really the first device to put instant mobile communication via email and text in people’s hand by way of the full qwerty keyboards that made it possible for anyone to use.Where the mobile industry is now headed is anyone’s guess. We have seen dual core handsets, 3D devices, and phones with projectors built into them. Whatever is next, it is sure to be exciting!via: Wilson Electronicslast_img read more

Egraphs lets baseball fans get digital autographs

first_imgA startup company headed by a former Microsoft employee wants to bring the autograph industry into the 21st century. The company, Egraphs, has already gotten 130 Major League Baseball players to sign on, giving baseball fans the ability to receive a truly personalized piece of digital memorabilia from anywhere in the world.It’s a really interesting concept. Every one of the baseball players who has signed up with Egraphs has a specially customized iPad app. Whenever someone purchases a digitally autographed photo, the applicable player gets a notification on his iPad.Then, on his own time, he can write a personalized message, sign his name, and even record an audio message. The autographs are available for around $25-75, based on how famous the player is.Obviously, one of the things that makes getting something autographed by someone such a special and treasured memento is that it usually carries a memory of meeting the celebrity in person. Then again, of those 130 baseball players, some of whom are retired, there’s a good chance that even the most die-hard fans might never get that opportunity so this is the next best thing.This opens up a new market and it begs the question if the company will expand beyond sports memorabilia. Perhaps four years from now, this kind of thing will be all the rage in political fundraising. For a $50 donation you’d be able to get a personalized message from the presidential candidate of your choice. Or, integrate it with an ebook platform and you can have digital author signings for everyone. For now, though, it’s just for MLB fans.Egraphs, via Q13last_img read more

NSW Premier defies Gallipoli ban

first_imgPremier Barry O’Farrell has hit back at the Turkish government’s threat to ban NSW politicians from attending ANZAC centenary events in 2015. The threat – made after the NSW Parliament unanimously supported a motion in the Upper House in May recognising genocides perpetrated by the Ottoman empire in WWI – returned to public attention this week, following statements made by Turkey’s Consul-General in Sydney Ms Gulseren Celik. In an interview with the ABC, Ms Celik reiterated Turkey’s unwillingness for NSW MPs to visit Gallipoli for the centenary of ANZAC, and described eye-witness accounts of mass deportations in western Anatolia given by Australian prisoners-of-war as fabrications. After hearing Ms Celik’s comments Mr O’Farrell said: “What a terrible indictment by the consul-general of the freedom that was fought for on the Gallipoli Peninsula in 1915. “The truth will set people free, history should never be denied, otherwise it is likely to be repeated.” The Premier added that he had no plans to travel to Gallipoli, noting the centenary of the ANZAC events would take place a month after the 2015 NSW election, and said that he would prefer descendants of the soldiers who went to Gallipoli to attend the ceremony instead of politicians. A body of evidence from scholars around the world supports the view that between 1915 and 1922 a genocide of Armenians, Pontian Greeks and Assyrians took place – orchestrated by the Ottoman state, which claimed the lives of some 1.5 million people. Turkey disputes the claim. Panayiotis Diamadis, lecturer in Genocide Studies at the University of Technology, Sydney, said the Turkish consul-general’s most recent comments – that Australian POW accounts of witnessing the genocide were fabricated – was deeply concerning. “She’s saying ‘you’re making up these ANZAC testimonies for political purposes’.This woman is calling Australians who were there, liars.” Mr Diamadis told Neos Kosmos that as a diplomatic move, Turkey’s banning of Australian politicians from visiting the Dardanelles was virtually unprecedented. “This is Cold War stuff. To find something similar you have to go back to the Moscow Olympics which America boycotted because of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. “This is not an act of friendship, it’s petty and not a mature response.” NSW Minister George Souris expressed his support for Premier O’Farrell’s robust response, “especially in the fundamental principle of our democracy to express whatever views individuals hold, and for the democratically elected Parliament of NSW to express whatever views it decides by majority vote.” Neos Kosmos understands that a number of Federal MPs have suggested a motion should be moved in the next Federal Parliament to recognise the Armenian genocide. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

EtatsUnis la sécheresse menace les cultures de céréales

first_imgEtats-Unis : la sécheresse menace les cultures de céréalesDepuis juin, les Etats-Unis subissent une canicule synonyme de sécheresse qui menace la production de céréales du pays. Sérieuse conséquence : les prix ont flambé.Une grave sécheresse s’abat sur les Etats-Unis depuis plusieurs semaines. La canicule est permanente et les météorologues ne peuvent toujours pas prédire quand celle-ci se terminera. Conséquences de cette “situation sans doute la plus grave depuis 25 ans”, comme l’a affirmé hier le secrétaire américain à l’Agriculture Tom Vilsack : une crise pour les producteurs céréaliers, notamment de soja et de maïs. Pour Joseph Glauber, économiste au département de l’Agriculture cité par l’AFP, 38% des cultures de maïs et 30% des cultures de soja sont dans un état “critique”, voire “très critique”.Selon M. Vilsack, 61% du territoire américain est ainsi affecté par cette sécheresse. Si le prix des céréales est d’ores et déjà monté en flèche, M. Vilsack estime qu’il est encore trop tôt pour prédire quels seront les effets de la sécheresse sur les récoltes. “Sur la base des estimations à l’heure actuelle, la récolte de maïs serait toujours la troisième plus importante de l’histoire des Etats-Unis, parce qu’une surface plus importante a été ensemencée”, a-t-il expliqué. Pourtant, les agriculteurs américains commencent déjà à arracher des céréales. Comme l’explique le climatologue Mark Svoboda du Centre national de lutte contre la sécheresse, “les terres arables se sont desséchées et les récoltes et pâturages clôturés ou non se sont dégradés à un point rarement observé au cours des 18 dernières années”. De leur côté, les spécialistes annoncent un nouveau mois de grosse chaleur, sans une goutte de pluie. Mais ceci ne concerne pas que les Etats-Unis. Malheureusement, les conséquences de cette sécheresse se feront en effet ressentir ailleurs dans le monde car, avec la forte poussée des prix (comme cela avait déjà été le cas en 2008 et en 2010), les pays pauvres crieront famine et ne pourront pas se procurer des denrées de base. Déjà, le prix du maïs a augmenté de 50% depuis le mois de mai et celui du soja de 26%.Une saturation du marché du bétail À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?M. Vilsack souligne que les agriculteurs américains peuvent avoir recours aux assurances qui couvrent, selon lui, “en moyenne 72 % des récoltes et des pertes de revenus”. Les éleveurs, en revanche, “sont dans la situation la plus difficile”. En effet, ils dépendent des céréales pour nourrir leurs animaux et la hausse des prix les concerne presque directement. Pourtant, paradoxalement, le prix du bœuf et de la viande en général ont chuté. Selon Joseph Glauber, certains éleveurs, confrontés à la hausse des prix des aliments pour le bétail, cherchent à réduire leur cheptel et saturent le marché.M. Glauber estime toutefois qu’il y aura à plus ou moins long terme un contrecoup. Avec la réduction des troupeaux, la viande va se faire plus rare et son prix augmentera certainement de façon très importante en suivant la même voie que les céréales à l’heure actuelle. M. Vilsack s’accorde d’ailleurs avec lui puisqu’il a indiqué : “Nous verrons probablement les prix augmenter d’ici à la fin de l’année. Les aliments manufacturés subissent l’impact des récoltes, et une augmentation des prix aura sans doute aussi lieu en 2013”.Le 20 juillet 2012 à 09:37 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Henderson praises Klopps management style

first_imgLiverpool captain Jordan Henderson has praised manager, Jurgen Klopp’s management style.The England midfielder who helped his country reach the last four of this summer’s World Cup, explained the logic behind the German tactician’s style.“The lads have worked so hard in pre-season and I can see the benefits already in how fit they are, the rhythm they have got from playing games,” said Henderson, according to France24.“You can see that in the performances, they are winning games. So it’s normal for me that I’m not playing, I can accept it.”“Obviously, it’s a lot easier when you’ve had longer in pre-season and more games to play before the season starts then of course it is a lot easier to get in your rhythm straight away, your fitness levels will be higher.”Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“When you are coming back from a World Cup when you have had time off, you come back in and you have still got to get back up to speed straight away.”“I’ve used this period to try and refresh my body, refresh my mind because last season was long.”“Especially with the World Cup, it was enjoyable and ended with the disappointment but it was a long season and this is going to be another long season hopefully with a lot of games so I’m using this period to be as ready as possible.”Klopp’s rotational policy has also been aided by the club’s summer recruitments, bringing in players like Fabinho, Keita, Alisson.last_img read more

Employee status of US Uber drivers to be decided

first_imgApp-based taxi firm Uber, is facing further legal action regarding the employee status and rights of its workers, this time from the US.The US-based case, that of O’Connor et al. vs Uber Technologies, has been brought to the courts by three Uber drivers who claim that they should be treated as employees rather than independent contractors and that they therefore have a right to be reimbursed for expenses, such as fuel and vehicle maintenance costs. The plaintiffs want to take action against Uber on behalf of every driver in the State of California, which is a total of approximately 160,000 drivers.US District Court Judge Edward Chen has certified the drivers’ class action.The judge rejected Uber’s argument that drivers’ employment classification cannot be adjudicated on a classwide basis, on the grounds that Uber’s claims that its drivers are too diverse for uniform treatment and that they are all classified as independent contractors is inherently contradictory. However, the class action can only include drivers bound to Uber’s pre-2014 contract and some groups of drivers within this have also been excluded from the class action.The court also denied the plaintiffs’ request to certify additional classes or subclasses of drivers, such as those who worked for distinct third-party transportation companies. Abby Horrigan, managing counsel for employment at Uber, said: “Over a few hundred drivers who are actively driving with Uber today can now be part of this case because the ruling found that only drivers who either stopped driving before June 2014 or drove after June 2014 but chose to opt out of the arbitration option in their agreements, are eligible. Most of the growth in driver numbers has happened since then.“Before June 2014, our business in California was mostly UberBLACK; primarily drivers who work for limousine organisations. They cannot be part of the case because the court has ruled that those drivers never had a contract directly with Uber.  “Individuals who registered with Uber as a corporation also cannot participate in the case, making the total likely to be less than 160,000. Indeed our early estimates show that the potential class is fewer than 15,000 drivers, which is less than 10% of the total.”This case follows news in July that some Uber drivers in the UK, who are members of the National Union of General and Municipal Workers (GMB), claim that the organisation has breached its legal duty to provide staff with basic rights around pay, holiday, health and safety, and discipline and grievances.last_img read more

Unum launches online financial education programme for staff

first_imgUnum has introduced an online financial education programme for its 800 UK-based employees.The financial education programme, which was launched on 6 March 2017 and is provided by Nudge, has been implemented to align with Unum’s existing wellbeing strategy, which supports employees’ financial, emotional and physical wellbeing.The programme uses both personal and reward-related data, such as what benefits employees have selected, to deliver a personalised approach to financial education. Employees receive ‘nudges’ or notifications around relevant life or financial events, highlighting useful online information and articles that correspond to an individual’s specific financial circumstances.Employees can increase the level of personalisation for their financial education by providing additional details to their online profile, for example adding children or adult dependant information, specifying their interests, or setting financial goals and realistic plans to achieve them.Since the introduction of the programme, there has been 2,880 page views on the financial education platform, with an average of 7.74 pages visited per session, and 191 interests have been selected by employees to further personalise their financial education. Nine in 10 (91%) employees engaged with the initial launch ‘nudge’.Tina Odell, benefits manager at Unum, said: “We have a global vision to create a culture of wellbeing for our people, and the launch of financial education through Nudge is a key component of this plan. It’s critical we practise what we preach, and enable our employees to create and maintain good behaviours around their personal finances.“In order to fulfil our vision, we had to ensure that our financial wellbeing strategy wasn’t a one off exercise and would integrate with our other wellbeing initiatives. It needed to cover all financial areas, not just pensions. Most importantly, we wanted it to benefit all of our people, regardless of their salary or personal circumstances.”last_img read more

BMW teases X3 M X4 M again debut still TBD

first_img Tags Get a sneak peek at the BMW X3 M and X4 M 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better While we know almost nothing in terms of specifications, we do know that both cars will rock a turbocharged inline-6 gas engine. Their biggest competitors have outputs ranging from 469 horsepower to 503, so there’s a good chance the BMW twins will have similar figures.In traditional BMW M fashion, there’s more to these cars than just beefier engines. The chassis will undoubtedly be tuned to handle the power with more of a track-oriented feeling than other variants. Expect big bodywork and specific tweaks to the cars’ all-wheel-drive systems. Cargo area and price will likely be the biggest differences between the two vehicles.If BMW were to debut the X3 M and X4 M at an auto show, the most likely venue would be the Geneva Motor Show, which kicks off in early March. If not, BMW may debut the pair at a separate offsite event within the coming weeks. We’ll probably know for sure as we draw closer to Geneva. SUVs Luxury cars Performance Cars More From Roadshow 23 Photos 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Review • 2019 BMW X1: A standout in its class BMW 0 Post a comment Back in September, BMW announced that it would soon debut hard-core M variants of its X3 and X4 SUVs. However, nothing really happened after that announcement. Now, it’s February, and we have… another teaser?Late last week, BMW M posted a teaser video for the X3 M and X4 M to its Facebook page. The video offers quick flashes of the vehicles in the same camouflage we saw them in last, but now we have some engine noise to go along with that. It sounds raspy and angry, the kind of noise we’ve come to expect from BMW’s latest M cars. At the end of the video, it says the cars are “coming soon,” but considering how long and drawn-out this process is, I’d take that with a grain of salt. Share your voice More about 2019 BMW X1 BMWlast_img read more

FAKE NEWS IndianAmerican astronaut Sunita Williams did not convert to Islam

first_imgAstronaut Sunita Williams addresses at a FICCI programme in New Delhi on Feb 25, 2016.IANSNews of Indian-American astronaut Sunita Williams converting to Islam soon after she came back from the space has been doing rounds for a while now. ClaimA Facebook video on the page, ‘Makka Madina = মক্কা মদিনা’ explained how Williams allegedly converted to Islam. The video shows images of Williams with a voice-over in Bengali. The text accompanying the video reads, “Why Sunita William embraced Islam when she came back from space?”The voiceover explains that Williams saw two bright sources of light emanating from Earth when she was in space and she was surprised to know that they were Mecca-Medina (holy places of worship for Muslims).”Her parents are Hindus. Williams used to loathe Islam before but she’s now proud of it. She declared that she converted to Islam while addressing a press conference in Hill Town hotel. She even went to Mecca-Medina and said not everybody is lucky to go there,” said the video.VerificationWhile the voice-over asserted that both of Williams’ parents were Hindus, a quick Google search tells us that her father is Hindu and her mother is Christian.Williams had addressed the rumours regarding the conversion in an interview with the Condé Nast Traveller in October 2010.”I don’t know where that started. It’s not like I mind and I don’t have favouritism for any religion. But my dad is Hindu and I grew up trying to understand what Krishna, Ram and Sita mean. My mother is Christian. So then, what does Jesus mean? Me personally – not something to do with NASA – I do think there is a God and it’s somebody looking out for us and trying to guide us to live a very happy, productive life. There is further meaning. That’s just my thought,” she said. Williams also referred to her connection with Hinduism in an interview with NDTV in February 2016. She had said that she is a devotee of Hindu God Ganesh and thinks that he is her good luck charm.In another 2013 interview, Williams mentioned the Gita and Upanishads and how they speak about what is important in life.  Rumours regarding her alleged conversion to Islam have been made since 2008 with a Pakistani blog first writing about it.ConclusionThrough William’s statement, it can be concluded that the American astronaut has not converted to Islam.last_img read more

DESPITE TRUMP ACA OPEN ENROLLMENT HAS BEGUN

first_imgNo, President Trump and the Republican Congress haven‘t “repealed and replaced” President Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ACA), the federal health care law, yet. But yes, as Open Enrollment began on Nov. 1st, there are significant changes than in previous years.The enrollment period ends on Dec. 15th for coverage through the 2018 Federal Health Insurance Exchange to begin January 1, 2018. This is the shortest enrollment period (45 days) in recent years, so those without health care coverage should act immediately. To qualify for federal tax subsidies to offset the rising cost of health insurance premiums, those seeking to apply should go online to www.healthcare.gov. Most of those who get their health insurance coverage through the ACA are eligible for what are known as Advanced Premium Tax Subsidies (APT). In some states, the average ACA health insurance premium is calculated at $662 per month, but after the APT subsidy tax credit kicks in, that comes down to just $129 per month, and in some cases, as low as $87 a month.In many states last year, enrollment was down. Observers say one of the reasons for the decrease was uncertainty about the future of the ACA, especially after Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election, vowing to mothball the federal law, which he and the Republican Congress have repeatedly tried, but failed to do.The Trump Administration has significantly cut the advertising budget to make more Americans aware of the ACA Open Enrollment period, in addition to shortening it to just 45 days, hoping to slowly phase it out in the future. It has also cut federal funding to nonprofit groups that traditionally helped low-income residents navigate the process of signing up and qualifying.The White House has also discontinued the cost sharing reimbursements to insurance companies to help offset rising premiums to consumers. As a result, premiums across the nation have gone up anywhere from 15 to 21 percent, according to published reports.Applicants are generally “…guaranteed to be insurable and are encouraged to sign up for health insurance….” through the ACA if they currently have ACA coverage, but want to change their plan for 2018; they don’t have health insurance through their employer or spouse’s employer; they don’t have government coverage (veterans, Medicaid or Medicare); or they’re older than 26 and are no longer on their parents’ policy.Failure in having health insurance in 2018 will result in a sizable tax penalty, officials warn. For the past two years, that fee has been $695.00 per uninsured adult, and $347.00 per uninsured child, or 2.5 percent of household income, whichever is higher.Also keep in mind, per new rules that are now in effect,  insurance companies can now deny you coverage if you owe them money on current coverage. You must settle any outstanding balances before you will be re-enrolled.And you can also be denied the premium tax credit to lower your bill in 2018 if you’re behind in your taxes. To correct this, fill out the federal tax reconciliation IRS form 8962 to determine your 2016 taxable income.For more information, call 1-800-318-2596, or go to www.healthcare.gov.last_img read more

Study shows pigeons like to gamble

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. A bird’s eye view of art Pigeon (PhysOrg.com) — A new study of pigeons shows that, like human gamblers, they love to gamble on the off chance they will win big rather than taking a smaller, but more certain payout. © 2010 PhysOrg.com More information: Maladaptive choice behaviour by pigeons: an animal analogue and possible mechanism for gambling (sub-optimal human decision-making behaviour), Thomas R. Zentall et al., Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Published online before print October 13, 2010, doi:10.1098/rspb.2010.1607 Research by psychologists Thomas Zentall and Jessica Stagner of the University of Kentucky in Lexington found pigeons given a choice of a light that would deliver three pellets of food every time or one that gave them a big “win” of 10 pellets 20 percent of the time consistently chose the latter. When averaged out, these results meant the pigeons were preferring a payout of two pellets for each peck rather than three.Zentall said similar results had been observed in monkeys, and the reason may be that the larger payout is a surprising change from their expectations, and we learn from these departures from the norm. The same motivation could explain why some humans gamble, ignoring their losses and focusing on the less regular, but more surprising big wins.In humans many other factors are involved, such as the atmosphere of the gambling location, with colorful and noisy surroundings, and by the possibility of losing what you already have. By using pigeons Zentall and Stagner could study the phenomenon without at least some of these added complications.The researchers trained eight pigeons to peck at keys that caused a vertical or horizontal light to be displayed on a screen in yellow, blue, red or green colors. In return they received food rewards. If they pecked at the key that presented a horizontal line (yellow or blue) three food pellets were dispensed each time, which therefore represented a non-gambling option. If they pecked on the key for the vertical line, it was one color (say green) 80 percent of the time, in which case no food was delivered. The remaining 20 percent of the time the line was the signal color (say red), in which case 10 pellets were dispensed. The vertical line therefore represented a gambling option. (Color combinations were changed for different birds to avoid any bias.) After Zentall and Stagner had trained the birds to understand what the lines and colors meant they then carried out many trials to see which the birds preferred. The results were that the pigeons chose the riskier 10 pellets or nothing option in over 80 percent of the trials, even though on average they would receive 50 percent more food if they chose the other option.In a later experiment they trained seven new pigeons, but this time both red and green colors triggered the release of 10 pellets 20 percent of the time and nothing the rest of the time. The yellow and blue colors still resulted in three pellets being released. In this case the pigeons chose the yellow/blue option for a sure payout of three pellets. Zentall said the findings suggest the pigeons in the first trials put excess weight on the excitement on the windfall that resulted from a red light, and evening out the odds on red and green detracted from the excitement. He commented that in human gambling watching a winning pattern appear on a slot machine, for example, precedes winning the money, and suggested gamblers would not wager as often if there were no signals for their winning — so slot machine players could not see the wheels, and roulette players could not see the ball.Zentall said if the pigeons were hungry they tended to gamble more than if they were already satisfied, despite having more to lose, and this has parallels in human gambling studies, which have shown that people who are dissatisfied with their lives and have less money tend to gamble more than those who are wealthier and more satisfied. The paper was published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B. Citation: Study shows pigeons like to gamble (2010, October 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-10-pigeons-gamble.html Explore furtherlast_img read more

Vehicle in flames in Shepstone Road

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite A vehicle caught fire and was engulfed in flames this afternoon (Monday) in Shepstone Road.Firefighters rushed to the scene to extinguish the blaze.They managed to put out the fire before it could destroy the whole vehicle.No one was injured and the cause of the fire is unknown at this stage.DID YOU KNOW? Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more

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first_img Prototype fluidic system for zirconium-89 purification. Image taken through a hot cell window at the Department of Radiology, University of Washington. Image courtesy of Matthew O’Hara, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | May 10, 2019 | Jeff Zagoudis, Associate Editor Shine Medical Technologies Breaks Ground on U.S. Medical Isotope Production Facility Shine Medical Technologies Inc. broke ground on their first medical isotope production facility in Janesville, Wis. U.S… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 01, 2019 Bracco Imaging Acquires Blue Earth Diagnostics Bracco Imaging S.p.A. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Blue Earth Diagnostics, a molecular imaging company… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | August 02, 2019 ASRT Supports Radiopharmaceutical Reimbursement Bill The American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) announced its support for House Resolution (HR) 3772, a measure… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | March 14, 2019 Researchers Create New Method for Developing Cancer Imaging Isotopes A team of researchers at the University of Washington announced they developed a new automated system for producing… read more September 16, 2014 — Advanced Accelerator Applications (AAA), an international specialist in molecular nuclear medicine, announced this week it has entered into an agreement with GE Healthcare in Italy to acquire its Italian FDG-PET imaging agent business (fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography). This acquisition includes the license to market GE Healthcare’s SteriPET (FDG) imaging agent in Italy.Stefano Buono, CEO of AAA, said: “This acquisition is in line with AAA’s growth strategy of further consolidating our position as a leading pan-European nuclear diagnostics company, alongside exploring additional product pipeline opportunities and avenues for expansion in the United States and outside Europe.”“We believe that this transaction will enable AAA Italy to benefit from economies of scale from which we can continue providing quality products and services at reduced costs in a market that has been experiencing a reduction of FDG’s price over the last years,” added Enrico De Maria, CEO of AAA Italy.AAA’s diagnostic PET product is Gluscan, its branded FDG PET imaging agent. Gluscan assists in the diagnosis of serious diseases, primarily in oncology, by assessing glucose metabolism. The company has 13 PET production facilities based in France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Portugal and Spain. With this acquisition AAA intends to broaden its presence in the Italian PET market and add to its existing production capacity and portfolio.For more information: www.adacap.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | PET-MRI | May 23, 2019 Study Explores Magnetic Nanoparticles as Bimodal Imaging Agent for PET/MRI Researchers from Bourgogne University in Dijon, France, showed that use of superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | June 05, 2019 BGN Technologies Introduces Novel Medical Imaging Radioisotope Production Method BGN Technologies, the technology transfer company of Ben-Gurion University (BGU), introduced a novel method for… read more Image courtesy of MR Solutions.center_img News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 26, 2019 NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Awarded $30 Million by U.S. Department of Energy NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes LLC has been awarded $15 million in a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of… read more News | September 16, 2014 Advanced Accelerator Applications Acquires GE Healthcare’s FDG-PET Radiopharmaceutical Business in Italy News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | May 13, 2019 Blue Earth Diagnostics Expands Access to Axumin in Europe Blue Earth Diagnostics announced expanded access to the Axumin (fluciclovine (18F)) imaging agent in Europe. The first… read more Image courtesy of Amen Clinics Related Content News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | May 17, 2019 New Phase 2B Trial Exploring Target-Specific Myocardial Ischemia Imaging Agent Biopharmaceutical company CellPoint plans to begin patient recruitment for its Phase 2b cardiovascular imaging study in… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 16, 2019 NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Completes Construction on Beloit, Wis. Molybdenum-99 Processing Facility NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes LLC  announced completion of construction on its 20,000-square-foot molybdenum-99 (Mo-… read more last_img read more

Coach is a fighter theres no doubt about that

first_img“Coach is a fighter, there’s no doubt about that” – A.Q. Shipley, who was with Bruce Arians in Indy and is confident he will be fine— Adam Green (@theAdamGreen) August 17, 2016 Hearing BA is going to be fine is great news! Dude is made of Kevlar.— Ron Wolfley (@wolf987FM) August 17, 2016 Get well soon, BA!Players share their thoughts & well wishes for coach » https://t.co/14oK26cW2d pic.twitter.com/0aJAyUjSsO— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) August 17, 2016 Prayers for the big guy tonight @BruceArians— Frostee Rucker (@theorganicfrost) August 17, 2016 Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories BA & Young Savage #Love pic.twitter.com/tpgWyEjujr— Tyrann Mathieu (@Mathieu_Era) August 17, 2016 S Tyrann Mathieu said the @AZCardinals are concerned about the health of coach Bruce Arians. “He’s our heartbeat. He’s our leader.”— Kyle Odegard (@Kyle_Odegard) August 17, 2016 Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians was taken to a local hospital in San Diego for further evaluation after alerting the team’s medical staff of stomach pain.Players and others close to the franchise let their thoughts out on the 63-year-old head coach after practice Tuesday night. Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians congratulates running back Kerwynn Williams after Williams scored on a 35-yard touchdown run in third quarter of an NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams on Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015, in St. Louis. (Chris Lee/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP) WR Larry Fitzgerald upbeat about the health of coach Bruce Arians: “he’s going to be fine. We’ve got the toughest coach in the business.”— Kyle Odegard (@Kyle_Odegard) August 17, 2016 — Tyrann Mathieu (@Mathieu_Era) August 17, 2016 Prayers for my main man @BruceArians #WeGotYou Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

This cover image released by Cooking Vinyl shows

first_img This cover image released by Cooking Vinyl shows “Where the Action is,” a release by The Waterboys. (Cooking Vinyl via AP) by Steven Wine, The Associated Press Posted May 22, 2019 9:24 am PDT Review: The Waterboys do musical archaeology on new album The Waterboys, “Where the Action Is” (Cooking Vinyl)The liner notes to the Waterboys’ latest album credit frontman Mike Scott for vocals, guitar, keyboards, bass — and “archaeology.” And “Where the Action Is” does indeed offer an entertaining survey of music history in 10 songs.The title track, which opens the album, is a bracing cover of Robert Parker’s 1960s soul gem with updated lyrics. “You can fool the whole world with just one tweet,” Scott sings. The next cut advances the focus a decade with “London Mick,” a rollicking autobiographical tribute to the Clash’s Mick Jones.There are swinging salutes to R&B, and mashups bridging genres and generations. Scott pairs hip-hop verses with a Beatles-style chorus on the sunny “Take Me There I Will Follow You,” and he puts 18th century lyrics to a 21st century rhythm track on “Then She Made the Lasses O.”Most ambitious is the closing “Piper at the Gates of Dawn,” inspired by Kenneth Grahame’s 1908 novel “The Wind in the Willows.” For nearly nine minutes Scott speaks over a simple piano pattern as he describes an enchanting vision. It’s Scottish folk reminiscent of the Waterboys’ wonderful 2011 album, “An Appointment With Mr Yeats.”On “Where the Action Is,” the best archaeology is self-referential.Steven Wine, The Associated Press AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more