Kia import Johnson goes back to drawing board after subpar debut

first_imgCatriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Fernandez enjoys coaching players from other schools in NCAA All-Star Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC PBA IMAGESANTIPOLO—Kia reinforcement Geron Johnson said he will reevaluate his mistakes after putting up a disappointing performance in their 118-97 loss to Blackwater in the PBA Governors’ Cup Friday.Johnson, who played first game in the PBA, finished with 28 points on 12-of-26 shooting, only had four rebounds and turned the ball over nine times.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next “It wasn’t the way I wanted to start, so I’m trying to get the film and I got to go back to the drawing board,” said Johnson at Ynares Sports Center here in Antipolo. “It’s just showing that I got to come more prepared for Philippine basketball.”Compounding Johnson’s worries was the Picanto’s miserable 0-8 record, a statistic he only knew about when he talked to the reporters after the game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJohnson replaced Markeith Cummings who played for Kia for the first seven games of the conference.“It’s my first game so I’d definitely see what I have to do,” said Johnson. “I will come out harder next game.” UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Manipur Guv congratulates state?s football team

first_imgImphal, Jun 6 (PTI) Manipur Governor Najma Heptulla has congratulated the states senior women?s team for winning the 22nd National Football Championship for a record 18th time defeating Railways in the final. The women?s team defeated the Railways by 3-1 at the final of the prestigious football championship held at Jallandar in Punjab yesterday. The governor said “the state has huge potentiality in sports, particularly in the field of football, boxing and archery amongst others.” PTI COR PR PRlast_img read more

Rio would take Ozil to Man Utd ‘all day’

first_imgTransfers Ozil to Man Utd? Ferdinand would take Arsenal star ‘all day’ Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 15:44 12/3/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Mesut Ozil Arsenal Getty Images Transfers Manchester United Mesut Özil Arsenal v Manchester United Arsenal Premier League The former Red Devils defender believes the German playmaker would be a perfect addition at Old Trafford as his Gunners contract continues to run down Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil is “a technician” and would be a perfect addition at Manchester United, says Rio Ferdinand.Talk of a possible move to Old Trafford for the Germany international has been sparked as he continues to run down his contract at Emirates Stadium.With there no indication that fresh terms will be agreed in north London, the World Cup winner is expected to either be sold in January or released into the free agent pool next summer. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Whenever he does become available, Ferdinand believes that United should be heading the queue to secure the signature of a proven performer and a man who has previously enjoyed success under Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid.“Since he signed in the Premier League, he’s had the most assists and the most chances created,” the former Red Devils defender told BT Sport.Rio Ferdinand Mesut Ozil to Manchester United all day“That tells you the standard of the player he is.“When he was at Real Madrid, I played against him. He was a different player at Real Madrid from what I’ve seen here. The pace, he’s deceptively quick, and if you can get that out of him, with that ability… he’s a technician.“I’d take him at Man United all day. Free transfer? No doubts.”While Ozil has displayed his full repertoire of creative talent throughout his time in England, he was unable to help Arsenal past United in his latest outing.An enthralling encounter at the Emirates saw the Gunners dominate for long periods, only to find David de Gea in imperious form.Arsene Wenger’s side also made costly mistakes at the back, allowing United to take advantage and sweep to a 3-1 win – even after seeing Paul Pogba shown a straight red card for a studs-up challenge on Hector Bellerin.last_img read more

The Latest Health authorities threaten US Steel shutdown

CLAIRTON, Pa. — The Latest on a fire at U.S. Steel coke plant (all times local):5:50 p.m.Health authorities are threatening to shut down U.S. Steel’s suburban Pittsburgh coke plant unless it comes into compliance with air emissions standards.The Allegheny County Health Department issued an emergency order Monday after a fire at the steel producer’s coke works in Clairton knocked out equipment used to remove toxic gases.Health officials say U.S. Steel must submit a plan within 24 hours and achieve compliance with emissions limits for hydrogen sulfide and sulfur dioxide within 20 days.The health department says air monitors have not detected elevated sulfur dioxide levels from the early-morning fire. Officials say residents should be aware of the potential for elevated levels of the gas but don’t yet need to take precautions.___NoonHealth officials in western Pennsylvania say a fire at U.S. Steel’s Clairton Coke Works has shut down pollution control systems, and residents are being warned about possible elevated levels of sulfur dioxide.The Allegheny County health department says fire in an electrical breaker panel shortly after 4:30 a.m. Monday shut down three control rooms, and two still down house equipment used to operate pollution controls, including desulfurization.Officials say the elderly, parents of children and people with respiratory conditions should be aware that elevated levels of sulfur dioxide are possible.U.S. Steel says it is taking mitigation steps such as replacing coke oven gas with natural gas and flaring while the damage is being repaired.The same two control rooms were damaged in a $40 million Christmas Eve fire.The Associated Press read more

CoucheTard hikes dividend by 20 as fullyear earnings surge on acquisitions

LAVAL, Que. — Alimentation Couche-Tard boosted its quarterly dividend 20% after reporting Monday that its adjusted profit increased 10% during the fourth quarter and full-year earnings surged due largely to acquisitions.The Quebec-based convenience store operator says it will pay four cents per share on July 30 to shareholders of record as of July 16.The company, which reports in U.S. dollars, earned $145.1 million or 25 cents per diluted share during its fourth quarter, down from $146.4 million or 26 cents per dilute share a year ago.Adjusting for one-time items, Couche-Tard earned 22 cents per diluted share, up from 20 cents a year ago, but three cents below analysts’ expectations.Revenues for Couche-Tard (TSX:ATD.B) totalled $8.95 billion for the period ended April 27, up from $8.78 billion a year earlier.For the full-year, Couche-Tard earned $812.2 million or $1.43 per share, compared with $572.8 million or $1.02 per share in the prior year, marking the sixth consecutive year of significant growth due largely to acquisitions. Its adjusted profit was $1.35 per share, compared with $1.11 per share in fiscal 2013.Revenues for the full year increased 6.8% to $38 billion, from $35.5 billion. read more

Report Trump losses may mean he didnt pay taxes for years

by Jeff Horwitz, The Associated Press Posted Oct 1, 2016 9:58 pm MDT Last Updated Oct 1, 2016 at 10:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Report: Trump losses may mean he didn’t pay taxes for years WASHINGTON – Donald Trump’s business losses in 1995 were so large that they could have allowed him to avoid paying federal income taxes for as many as 18 years, according to records obtained by The New York Times.In a story published online late Saturday, the Times said it anonymously received the first pages of Trump’s 1995 state income tax filings in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. The filings show a net loss of $915,729,293 in federal taxable income for the year.That Trump was losing money during the early to mid-1990s — a period marked by bankruptcies and poor business decisions — was already well established. But the records obtained by the Times show losses of such a magnitude that they potentially allowed Trump to avoid paying taxes for years, possibly until the end of the last decade.Trump’s campaign released a statement on Saturday lashing out at the Times for publishing the records and accused the newspaper of working to benefit the Republican nominee’s presidential rival, Democrat Hillary Clinton.“The New York Times, like establishment media in general, is an extension of the Clinton campaign, the Democratic Party and their global special interests,” the campaign said, calling Trump “a highly skilled businessman who has a fiduciary responsibility to his business, his family and his employees to pay no more tax than legally required.”The statement added that Trump had paid “hundreds of millions” of dollars in other kinds of taxes over the years.Clinton’s campaign manager, Robby Mook, used the Times story to needle Trump about not releasing his tax returns and contending during his first debate with Clinton that not paying federal income taxes would show he was “smart.”Mook said in a statement that Trump apparently avoided paying taxes for two decades “while tens of millions of working families paid theirs. He calls that ‘smart.’” Mook added: “Now that the gig is up, why doesn’t he go ahead and release his returns to show us all how ‘smart’ he really is?”Since 1976, every major party presidential nominee has released tax returns. Clinton has publicly released nearly 40 years’ worth, and Trump’s running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, has released 10 years of his tax returns.But after initially saying that he would make his returns public during the course of his campaign, Trump switched course, citing what he said were years of ongoing IRS audits and the advice of his attorneys to keep them private as those audits proceed.Former IRS officials have expressed skepticism that anyone would be audited so frequently, and they and other tax experts say there’s no prohibition on Trump releasing his returns even if he is.In its story, the Times said the three pages of documents were mailed last month to a Times reporter who had written about Trump’s finances. A postmark indicated they had been sent from New York City and the return address claimed the envelope had been sent from Trump Tower, the newspaper said.Trump’s campaign did not directly address the authenticity of the excerpts from Trump’s tax filings. Former Trump accountant Jack Mitnick, whose name appears as Trump’s tax preparer of the filings, confirmed their authenticity, the newspaper reported.“This is legit,” Mitnick told the newspaper.The Times said a lawyer for Trump argued that publication of the records would be illegal because Trump had not authorized their disclosure.Because of provisions in the tax code that allow wealthy individuals to offset their personal income with losses in various partnerships and business ventures, Trump could have used his losses in 1995 to avoid incurring tax liabilities on as many as three years of prior and 15 years of future profits.The $916 million in losses reported by the Times would not include previous years of losses incurred by Trump while his New Jersey casino empire slid into bankruptcy.In an interview, Mitnick told the Times he had sometimes found it odd that the tax code allowed Trump to live in such luxury without paying income taxes.“Here the guy was building incredible net worth and not paying tax on it,” he said. read more

Battle Royale between Today FM and 2FM as latest listener figures are

first_img Image: RTÉ Thursday 2 Feb 2017, 12:35 PM By Aoife Barry Image: RTÉ Feb 2nd 2017, 12:35 PM 54 Comments Short URL HEAD OF RTÉ 2FM, Dan Healy, has described a ‘battle royale’ between Today FM and his station as the latest JNLR figures are released.There have been a tough few moments over the past couple of years for 2FM, which has undertaken a number of changes to boost listenership.Today’s JNLR figures – which look at who’s listening to what on Irish radio – showed that RTÉ 2FM made a gain of 10,000 listeners when it comes to daily total reach. Its show Breakfast Republic is still the number one radio show in Ireland for people aged 15 – 34.Things might be looking up, but the head of the station said that the battle isn’t won – particularly with new blood coming into rivals like Today FM to attract younger listeners.“It’s a tough journey. [I’m] not going to pretend it’s not, we’ve taken a particular direction, we’ve lost audience over 45, and now it looks like we are starting to build,” said Healy.Speaking to, Healy said of Today FM: “We’re going to have a battle royale, because the station that was Today FM is no longer Today FM, they’re becoming Comedy Central. From 9am to really 4pm you’ve got three versions of comedy and all very talented people, so we are now looking at a different thing.”He also said that stations like Today FM are starting to appeal to younger listeners, like 2FM. “Communicorp are looking like they’re having two spaces going south, 98[FM] is looking like it’s going south, Today FM is going south. I don’t mean declining – I mean going to younger audiences, so we’re going to have a serious battle.”But he said that events like the Jenny Greene 2FM RTÉ National Concert Orchestra collaboration has been boosting listener numbers. “There is obviously a lot of noise around that, from Stradbally to the 3 Arena twice, more that 30,000 people watched them,” said Healy. “That organic growth through content is actually rewarding because we don’t have a lot of money to market stuff. I mean Today FM are spending €1 million against our €100,000.”Almost 2 million listeners tune into RTÉ Radio every week, with RTÉ Radio 1 pulling in a weekly reach of over 1 million.Over in Today FM, the station said it had “big wins” in the latest JNLR figures, with shows from Dermot and Dave and Fergal Darcy getting a bump of 2,000 and 6,000 listeners respectively.The station announced last week that Al Porter would be joining its roster of presenters – taking over the slot vacated by Anton Savage.Notably, Savage’s listenership, according to the latest JNLR figures, had only seen a drop of 2,000 in the latest count. The Last Word with Matt Cooper saw a slight dip in listeners (-4,000), and Ian Dempsey dropped 6,000.Despite the decline, the Ian Dempsey Breakfast Show is still the number one breakfast show on commercial radio, according to Today FM. Alison Curtis, Phil Cawley and Hector Ó hEochagáin have also all seen an increase in listeners.Top showsThe following shows the top 20 national radio programmes for adults aged 15+ in Ireland, with Morning Ireland and Liveline still top of the list. Source: RTÉA breakdown of the figures shows:RTE Radio 1Morning Ireland gains 4,000 listeners since the previous book of figures, to 448,000Ryan Tubridy Show now has 323,000 listeners, up 7,000 book-on-book and up 9,000 compared to this time last year.Today with Sean O’Rourke increased its listeners since the last book of figures by 7,000Arena has kept its listener figures consistent at 31,000The John Creedon Show gained 8,000 listeners compared to last year and now has 41,000 listeners2FMSome of the main findings for 2FM include:Breakfast Republic gained 9,000 listeners book-on-book to 154,000The Nicky Byrne Show with Jenny Greene is steady with 131,000 listenersTracy Clifford gained 3,000 listeners-since the last round of figures, bringing her listeners to 113,000The Eoghan McDermott Show is up 1,000 listeners to 110,000 since the last roundThe Louise McSharry Show (with Conor Behan) / The National Chart Show are up 1,000 since last year to 20,000Larry Gogan has gained 2,000 listeners while Jenny Greene’s Electric Disco gained 6,000 listeners compared to last year.The figures show that 82% of adults listen to the radio every weekday, with local radio reaching more than 40% of the local adult population daily in some areas.Some of the most popular stations include Highland Radio, MWR, Northern Sound and Raido Kerry, which all hold the majority share in their respective areas.- Additional reporting Rónán DuffyRead: RTÉ Radio One remains top dog in the radio wars> Share154 Tweet Email5 ‘Battle Royale’ between Today FM and 2FM as latest listener figures are released The head of 2FM, Dan Healy, said that Today FM is becoming ‘comedy central’. 43,023 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Apple lévolution de la célèbre marque en images

first_imgApple : l’évolution de la célèbre marque en imagesL’iPad, l’iPad, l’iPad… On n’entend plus parler que de lui. Avant même sa sortie, il avait provoqué un énorme buzz. Rien de surprenant au final : depuis les années 80, Apple sait créer l’évènement avec ses nouveautés. Voici donc une revue des plus importantes inventions de la marque à la pomme, qui ont marqué les esprits de manière plus ou moins durable.Tout d’abord, le Mac. Pour son lancement, tous les moyens étaient bons. En effet, il devait représenter le renouveau d’Apple après l’échec ou, du moins, le succès mitigé des modèles Lisa (à cause de leur prix : 10.000 dollars !!) et du Apple III (vendu à seulement 65.000 exemplaires). Le 22 janvier 1984, l’entreprise choisit donc de diffuser la publicité pour son Mac durant la mi-temps de la finale du Super Bowl, suivie par des millions d’Américains. De plus, elle n’hésite pas à se réapproprier “1984” de George Orwell, le spot eut un succès fulgurant. Aujourd’hui, il est l’un des plus célèbres au monde. Malheureusement, l’ordinateur en lui-même ne rencontra pas la même gloire. Il fut vendu à 100.000 exemplaires en six mois. De quoi sauver les meubles certes, mais avec l’arrivée de Windows en 1985, une interface offrant plus de possibilités, Apple dut continuer à commercialiser l’Apple II. De même, le prix du Mac (2.495 dollars soit 1.800 euros) n’aida pas à booster les ventes.Le premier ordinateur portable commercialisé par Apple fut le PowerBook 100, en 1991. A vrai dire, Apple avait déjà mis en vente un ordinateur dit “portable”, le Mac Portable. Malheureusement, il pesait plus de sept kilos : on parlera donc plutôt de modèle “transportable”. Le PowerBook 100, le bas de gamme de la série Powerbook lancée en 1991, ne pesait que 2,3 kilos. Contrairement aux iBook, plus abordables et lancés huit ans plus tard, ils étaient destinés à un public de professionnels. Ils rencontrèrent tout de même un franc succès.En 1998 arrive enfin la révolution iMac. Tout d’abord au niveau du design : coques colorées et lignes arrondies sont au programme. Mais également au niveau de l’électronique : on supprime le lecteur de disquettes ainsi que le ventilateur, on ajoute des prises USB et des disques durs Advanced Technology Attachment. Le succès est très encourageant, Apple reprend ainsi son chemin de gloire avec 309 millions de dollars de bénéfices (223 millions d’euros) en moins d’un an grâce à l’iMac. Apple n’avait pas fait de bénéfices depuis 1993. Ainsi, presque toutes les séries d’ordinateurs, rééditions ou nouveautés seront accordées à la mouvance colorée d’Apple pendant plusieurs années.Le nouveau venu est le MacBook Pro, sorti en 2006. Il s’agit d’un ordinateur portable doté d’un processeur Core 2 Duo de chez Intel. La version de 2008 est dotée d’un boîtier monocoque en aluminium, Apple a une fois de plus joué sur le design. Il pèse 2,49 kilos, a une épaisseur de 2,41 cm et un écran de 15,4 pouces. Un nouveau modèle a été commercialisé depuis : le MacBook Air, en 2008, caractérisé par son poids plume de 1,36 kg.Enfin, toujours en matière d’informatique, Apple a commercialisé en 2000 et 2001, le Cube (de son vrai nom Power Mac G4 Cube). Il s’agit d’un ordinateur ultra compact formant un carré de 20 cm de côté. Son système de ventilation par une simple grille à son sommet est révolutionnaire, de même sa puissance aurait séduit un bien plus large public si son prix avait été un peu moins élevé (compter 2.186 euros pour la version G4/450 MHz en 2001).Apple n’est pas connu que pour ses prouesses informatiques : en 1993, il lance un assistant personnel numérique, le Newton, en référence au scientifique anglais. Également appelé MessagePad, il permet d’envoyer des mails et des fax, il est équipé d’un carnet d’adresses, d’un calendrier, et surtout, d’un logiciel de reconnaissance de l’écriture manuscrite. Ces machines sont toujours très recherchées par les mordus d’informatique. Les assistants personnels numériques (PDA) ont évolué quelques années plus tard en ce que l’on appelle aujourd’hui “smartphones” : des hybrides de téléphones et de PDA. On connaît tous l’iPhone, vendu à 8,7 millions d’exemplaires rien que pendant le dernier semestre 2009. À lire aussiLe baladeur : du walkman au MP3… 30 ans d’évolutionCe même iPhone évoluera lui-même en un micro-ordinateur ou plutôt une tablette PC : l’iPad, doté d’un écran tactile. Globalement, le design ainsi que les fonctions sont les même que celles du iPhone : lecture de musique avec iTunes, de vidéos, internet, fonction multi-touch, traitement de texte avec iWork, lecture de livres avec iBook, GoogleMaps, le partage d’images… Les avis sur cet appareil sont toutefois mitigés et pour cause : le public parle d’un simple iPhone géant, sans fonction téléphone…Apple est également l’un des leaders dans le domaine de l’audiovisuel grâce à ses millions d’iPod vendus. En 2008, on estime à 228 millions le nombre d’iPod achetés dans le monde. Il s’agit d’un baladeur numérique qui ne cesse d’évoluer depuis son lancement en 2001.  Différents modèles sont parus : l’iPod classic, le mini, puis le nano suivi du shuffle et enfin l’iPod Touch, très proche de l’iPhone.Pour consulter les images de ces principales révolutions : 7 février 2010 à 12:13 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Cricket Australia offers female players a 125 pay increase

first_imgCricket Australia has offered female cricketers an average pay rise of 125% as part of a new remuneration and benefits proposal.A new five-year memorandum of understanding (MOU) aims to increase pay for female athletes, with pay for international female cricketers set to increase from $79,000 (£49,028) to $179,000 (£111,089) as of 1 July 2017. By 2021, Cricket Australia predicts that international women cricketers would earn an average of $210,000 (£130,328) under the proposed pay package.State female cricketers, who compete in the Women’s National Cricket League (WNCL) and the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) would also see their remuneration increase this year, rising from $22,000 (£13,653) to $52,000 (£32,271).Alongside the proposed changes to female cricketers’ pay, Cricket Australia is also proposing a pay increase for all cricketers. Total potential remuneration for all players, including guaranteed and performance elements, would increase by 35% from $311 million (£193,010,364) over the 2012-17 MOU period to $419 million (£260,036,471) in the MOU for 2017-22.Under the proposal, international male cricketers would see their average yearly retainer increase to $816,000 (£506,419) by 2021-22. Including match fees, performance bonuses and Big Bash League (BBL) payments, the expected average income for these players would increase by approximately 25% from $1.16 million (£719,910) in 2016-17 to $1.45 million (£899,887.55) by 2021-22.Domestic male cricketers who compete in state competitions and the BBL would receive a pay increase of 18% by 2021-22, with pay rising from $199,000 (£123,501) in 2016-17 to $235,000 (£145,843) by 2021-22.The value of other benefits would also increase, with a focus on career planning, and all players would also have access to appearance payments.The MOU is expected to be finalised by 30 June 2017.James Sutherland, chief executive officer at Cricket Australia, said: “We are pleased that the Australian Cricketers Association agrees with us that women, for the first time, should be part of the MOU, and we have proposed a financial model that has gender equity at its heart.“Under this offer, we will achieve gender equity by ensuring that the minimum and average hourly pay will be the same for state men and women in 2017-18. In addition, match fees for the WNCL and the Matador Cup will be exactly the same: a one-day game for a state cricketer is worth the same to both men and women.“Cricket has led the charge on providing a real sporting career path for women, and this offer locks in all that hard work of the past few years. It is truly an historic development which allows us to say with confidence that cricket is a sport for all Australians.”Alistair Nicholson, chief executive officer at The Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA), added: “Cricket Australia has responded to the ACA’s calls for improved pay and conditions for all cricket players regardless of gender and of the need for more investment in grassroots cricket.“The ACA has fought long and hard for these causes. Men and women have stood united for a fairer deal for all and for the next generation of cricketers. The ACA commends our members for their resolve.“The way in which these changes will be both funded and embedded in the MOU does, however, require much closer scrutiny. There is a lot of fine print to examine and a lot more forecast information still needed by the players.“For the moment, what can be said is that this proposal shows a number of promising signs that indicate that [Cricket Australia] has been taking the ACA’s lead on various key points from our MOU submission. However, with a lack of detail in the terms and conditions that underpin this proposal, the ACA will continue to seek clarification from [Cricket Australia] and advise the players on this accordingly.”last_img read more

Amazon reportedly plans to build new Whole Foods Market stores

first_imgA new Whole Foods Market store may be opening near you soon, with Amazon’s two-hour delivery service being one of its key services.The internet retail giant plans to build and expand Whole Foods stores across the US to widen the reach of its ultraspeedy Amazon Prime Now grocery delivery service, The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday. The expansion would put more customers in suburbs and other areas within the range of the service.Some of the retail spaces that Whole Foods Market employees have visited in Idaho, southern Utah and Wyoming were about 45,000 square feet, slightly larger than existing stores, a source told the newspaper. The extra space would be used to accommodate delivery and pickup of Amazon orders, The Journal reported.Amazon and its produce partner, which it acquired for $13.7 billion in 2017, offer two-hour delivery service from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. for Prime members. Amazon charges its Prime members $119 ($59 for students) a year for two-day free shipping and other benefits, such as access to streaming music and video content.Prime Now offers fresh produce, meat, seafood, staples, select alcohol and locally sourced products from Whole Foods Market. Amazon has been expanding the service in recent months, adding 10 more cities in September and bringing the total number of cities where the service is offered to 38.  Amazon didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.’Alexa, be more human’: Inside Amazon’s effort to make its voice assistant smarter, chattier and more like you.Follow the Money: This is how digital cash is changing the way we save, shop and work. Share your voice Internet Tech Industry Comments Tags 2 Amazon Prime Amazonlast_img read more

Dont make me scapegoat complete trust vote Speaker KR Ramesh

first_imgBengaluru: As suspense continues over Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy’s resignation, Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar has said that will not allow the House to get adjourned even if he has to sit till night. Kumar has asked the Congress-JDS to complete the trust vote on Monday itself. Earlier, it was said that HDK has sought an appointment with Governor Vajubhai Vala at 7pm and may quit without floor test. However, sources in the CMO denied the claims and said that no such meeting was sought. Also Read – Ratul Puri’s ED custody extended by 4 more days Advertise With Us The Speaker urged the Congress-JDS alliance to proceed with the trust vote, saying “everyone was watching them” and he should not “be made the scapegoat” in the political crisis. As the Assembly reconvened on Monday, there were voices demanding a final call on the resignation of rebel MLAs but Kumar fixed a 6pm deadline for the trust vote. Also Read – Inter-departmental coordination can help win fight against malnutrition: UP CM Yogi Adityanath Advertise With Us Earlier in the day, the Supreme Court refused to urgently hear the plea of two independent legislators demanding an immediate floor test by 5pm. The fate of the fragile Congress-JDS government in Karnataka hangs in balance, even as a new twist to the political saga saw the grand old party assert that the JDS was “ready to sacrifice” for the coalition and they wanted either Siddaramaiah, G Parameshwara or DK Shivakumar to be the chief minister. Advertise With Us A day before the vote, Kumaraswamy appealed to rebel MLAs to return and “expose” the BJP during the debate in the House, but they ruled out attending the session. Karnataka BJP chief BS Yeddyurappa exuded confidence that “tomorrow will be the last day of the Kumaraswamy government” and said the Chief Minister was just trying to buy time.last_img read more

Community Pays Tribute to Brown

first_imgBy AFRO StaffRecently, hundreds dressed in white filled the Empowerment Temple in Northwest Baltimore not just to mourn, but to celebrate the life and legacy of Gerald Brown, who was gunned down on Forest Park Ave., in Northwest Baltimore on June 7. The tribute to Brown, a community leader, comedian and legendary local basketball player, included acommunity basketball game. Young men hold a Douglass High School jersey with Brown’s number 22, as well as an announcement of the basketball game held in his honor.(Courtesy Photo)last_img read more

6 reasons why the 3DS XL is better than the 3DS

first_imgNintendo’s main reason for releasing the 3DS XL was the demand from gamers for larger displays. Not including a second circle pad was a mistake, but one Nintendo apparently couldn’t fix without making the device even bigger. However, there’s a range of other improvements the 3DS XL brings you may not know about.In the latest Iwata Asks discussion, Satoru Iwata sits down with the engineers that helped design the 3DS XL and asks them what they like most about the new machine. The responses form a picture of a greatly improved machine, and offer 6 reasons why you may want to trade in your 3DS for the larger device.Buttons and Circle Pad are bigger and thickerNintendo decided to increase the thickness and size of the A, B, X, and Y buttons as well as the Circle Pad in order to make them easier to use. Larger buttons means you can be less accurate and still press them easily. With the Circle Pad it should be nicer to use for larger thumbs and the thickness is sure to make all the buttons feel of a higher quality.The same design change has been applied to the L and R buttons, making them bigger and thicker. This should mean you don’t have to wrap your fingers around the device as much to ensure you can press them firmly. Your grip will be relaxed without compormising your ability to register a button press.Start, Select and Home buttons redesignedWhile the main gameplay buttons have been made bigger and thicker, the Start, Select, and Home buttons have been completely redesigned.On the 3DS, the three buttons just formed a strip with an undefined gap between each one. To successfully press one of them you had to be quite accurate and push where the button’s name was printed. Try to push either side and you might not register a press at all.On the 3DS XL this has completely changed. The buttons no longer have a dead space in between them and they are much longer. Nintendo designed them to press with a seesawing action, meaning it doesn’t matter where on the button you press it will register and feedback to the player as being pressed. The edges of each button are also clearly defined.New displays cut glare significantlyThis is likely to be one of the biggest plus points for choosing the 3DS XL over the 3DS. As well as offering much larger screens, they also suffer from a lot less glare.Nintendo has explained screen reflection is an issue on the 3DS because the 3D display is actually made up of three layers, all of which cause reflection. For the XL, Nintendo treated each of those layers with an anti-reflective coating. The end result is reflectivity has been cut from around 12% on the 3DS to just 3% on the 3DS XL.If you see both devices side-by-side it should be obvious the difference this makes, and certainly makes the XL a better choice than the 3DS.Larger displays mean better 3DAnother bonus of those larger displays is a better overall 3D effect if you choose to use it. The reason for this is increased parallax or displacement. This means the 3D Depth Slider on the XL has a greater range, meaning an enhanced level of 3D in games.If you enjoy playing 3DS games with the 3D turned up high, then the 3DS XL will certainly improve upon the effect for you. If you don’t use 3D because you found it to be tiring for your eyes or didn’t add anything to the experience, it might be worth trying again on the XL. That extra range could make all the difference.The 3DS XL feels better in your handsAs well as improving all the buttons that feature on the device, Nintendo has spent time tweaking the case design.Nintendo describes it as a bigger device that manages to feel more compact in your hand. Apparently the case design was focused on making the displays look as good as possible, and the more rounded corners seem to be key to both the overall look and comfort of holding the device.The end result, especially when combined with the easier to use L and R buttons, is a device that feels comfortable in the hand and not really any more of a burden to hold than the 3DS.Longer battery lifeThis isn’t specifically mentioned during the Iwata Asks discussion, but it has been confirmed before and certainly counts as a reason to consider the XL.The battery included to help power those 4.88-inch and 4.18-inch displays also allows the device to game for longer before requiring a charge. The 3DS was rated at 5 hours for 3DS games and 8 hours for DS games. The 3DS XL increases that to 6.5 hours and 10 hours respectively.Is the 3DS XL worth an extra $30?Taking into consideration all the advantages detailed above, paying an extra $30 for the 3DS XL instead of the 3DS seems like an easy decision.The buttons are bigger and feel like they’ll last longer, the larger displays not only make games more pleasant to look at they improve the 3D and cut down on glare. The unit itself is nice to hold and the battery lasts longer even though it sports two 90% bigger displays.So the verdict is a resounding “yes.” Unless you need a smaller device the 3DS XL is the better investment and worth the extra dollars Nintendo has added to the asking price.via Nintendolast_img read more

Science journal issues expression of concern over chemistry paper

first_imgThis is a computer graphic of an RNA molecule. Credit: Richard Feldmann/Wikipedia Research integrity—what it means, why it is important and how we might protect it The paper outlined a way to use RNA to grow crystals of palladium metal, which opened the door to the idea that RNA might be involved in processes in nature that resulted in the production of inorganic materials. After it was published in Science, Franzen alerted the university to discrepancies in the work, possibly due to intentional misconduct. After several months, the university conducted an investigation into the allegations made by Feldheim and eventually found that the researchers had failed to properly index their electron microscopy data, contradicting statements in their paper—more negligence than misconduct. Apparently not satisfied with that result, Feldheim contacted officers at the University of Colorado, after Eaton and Felhdeim moved there—the university’s research-integrity official looked into the matter and concluded that the issue was more one of a disagreement between colleagues than an example of misconduct.Several years later, after the paper had been cited over 135 times, the National Science Foundation got involved—the work by the team was looked at in more detail and the result was a report that suggested the trio had overstated their findings and omitted details. A recommendation of misconduct was made. The agency did not make such a judgment but did produce a letter reprimanding the researchers and banned them from receiving research funds from the NSF until they take “specific actions to correct publications containing the misleading results,” to remedy the errors.The expression of concern by McNutt is meant to alert other researchers to the possibility of errors in the paper, warning them that it might not be a good idea to use or cite the paper in their own research efforts, and to notify readers that the journal is working with the authors to gain a better understanding of what occurred. Once that happens, the journal intends to either print a retraction or a correction. Journal information: Science (—The journal Science has published an “editorial expression of concern” by its editor-in-chief, Marcia McNutt, regarding a research paper the journal published back in 2004. The paper titled “RNA-Mediated Metal-Metal Bond Formation in the Synthesis of Hexagonal Palladium Nanoparticles” by Bruce Eaton and Daniel Feldheim, chemists at North Carolina State University and grad student Lina Gugliotti was partially discredited after a colleague at the same university, Stefan Franzen, filed a complaint with the school challenging the work done by the research trio. Explore furthercenter_img Citation: Science journal issues expression of concern over chemistry paper (2016, January 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from © 2016 More information: M. McNutt. Editorial expression of concern, Science (2016). DOI: 10.1126/science.351.6271.348-a L. A. Gugliotti. RNA-Mediated Metal-Metal Bond Formation in the Synthesis of Hexagonal Palladium Nanoparticles, Science (2004). DOI: 10.1126/science.1095678NSF Office of Inspector General, Closeout Memorandum: 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.last_img read more

Gay man As a single dad having a love life isnt easy

first_imgeTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) GAYSTARNEWS- Being a single dad and navigating dating is incredibly tricky, according to one gay man.Juan Garcia had his daughter Y’zvel in 2010 at the age of 19. Juan and Tommy. | Photo: @juanitog995 / InstagramThe inevitable meeting of his daughter loomed in his mind. But when it actually happened, they got along perfectly.Juan said: ‘The way he interacted with my daughter was truly amazing and made my heart melt. It was ultimately what made me fall in love with him.’He added: ‘My daughter absolutely loves him. We took her to Disney World for her birthday and that was the first time she ​​called him dad.’‘She couldn’t be happier our family is finally complete’Juan said his relationship with Tommy is perfect because he also really wants a family.‘Our relationship was so easy and we talk about everything. He is truly my best friend, my mentor, my cheerleader and my partner,’ he said.Tommy Espinoza, Juan Garcia and daughter. | Photo: suppliedThey went on a trip to Belize last year and on the second day, Tommy got down on one knee and proposed.Juan explains: ‘I was so excited to go wake boarding and I was rushing him to get in the water but he was on the sand doing something…’It turns out Tommy was writing WYMM (will you marry me) in the sand and Juan had no idea.Family. | Photo: @juanitog995 / InstagramJuan joked: ‘I hit him and asked if he was kidding. And then I said yes to him.‘When I told my daughter, she was so excited. She loves him,’ he said.The next adventureThe family moved into their own home together in Houston, Texas in August last year and everything’s moving along great.And then something amazing happened.An old friend of Juan’s from the military said she wanted to donate an egg to help the family grow even bigger.Juan, Tommy and daughter. | Photo: @juanitog995 / InstagramJuan explained: ‘My daughter wants a little brother or sister. She’s great with babies and helps with everything from feeding to burping to playing with a baby for hours.‘The only thing she doesn’t do is change diapers,’ he joked.So the family are just looking for a surrogate at the moment. They started a Go Fund Me page to try to raise the funds for the whole process.Juan and Tommy are planning their wedding for New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…center_img Gay dads separate from their wives, then merge their kids into one familyWhy do so many gay men get married to women in India?Just because I’m a gay man, my life doesn’t revolve around sexRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : He told Gay Star News: ‘I have always known I wanted a family.’Juan wanted to fill the void of the love he felt he didn’t get growing up. So in 2009, Juan and his best friend Carol Fredericks decided to have a child.When his daughter was born, Juan describes it as ‘the happiest day’ of his life.Juan Garcia and his daughter. | Photo: @juanitog995 / InstagramHis daughter became his one and only priority as he focused all of his attention towards her. When he would occasionally go on dates, the single dad started encountering issues.He said: ‘I dated but I’ve learned that having a child and a love life isn’t always easy. I encountered people liking me a lot but not being ready to be a parent or have that responsibility.‘I also came across guys not being able to handle that sometimes I canceled plans due to my daughter,’ he said.Juan and his daughter. | Photo: @juanitog995 / InstagramOne particularly nasty ex seemed fine at first about Juan having a daughter. It started getting serious as he moved closer to his boyfriend to be able to spend more time together.But then that all changed.One day, his boyfriend randomly said: ‘I’m overwhelmed and I can’t do this anymore.’ So they broke up.‘She is my everything’On dating as a single dad, Juan said: ‘I always take my time. I will not bring my daughter around to just anyone.‘She is my everything and I don’t want her to hurt or get attached to anyone and then question why they aren’t around anymore,’ he said.Juan and daughter. | Photo: @juanitog995 / InstagramBut one night in 2015, he met a guy named Tommy Espinoza at a taco truck. They hit it off and exchanged numbers. They talked for a few months, until Juan had to go to a two week-long training session.But they stopped talking after that. Then a year later, Juan’s friend wanted to set him up on a date with a guy he knew.When Juan arrived to the date, it was Tommy. They couldn’t believe it.Juan said: ‘We talked about how funny it was and that it was meant to be.’A few months later, they started officially dating and things were going really well.last_img read more

Dynamic 4D Prostate Imaging with DISCO

first_img Related Content Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more Technology | Contrast Media | July 15, 2019 FDA Approves Bayer’s Gadavist Contrast for Cardiac MRI in Adult Coronary Artery Disease Patients The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Gadavist injection for use in cardiac magnetic resonance… read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more Two brain metastases from primary lung cancer are contrast enhanced in the brain of a 61-year-old male. Speakers at AHRA 2019 will state that ProHance and other macrocyclic MR agents present a very low risk to patients. Images courtesy of Bracco Feature | Contrast Media | July 18, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How To Manage Risk in the MR Suite Macrocyclic contrast agents have the best safety profile of all the magnetic resonance (MR) contrast media that are n read more Images courtesy of Levanger Hospital, Norway.Over 30 years of innovation delivers our most advanced MR system ever, the SIGNA Architect. Fueled by the SIGNAWorks productivity platform, this novel technology delivers greater speed, acuity and consistency than ever thought possible. Dynamic and versatile, the advances in imaging capabilities are clearly visible. For prostate imaging, obtain 4D, high-resolution imaging with DynamIc SCan Optimization (DISCO). DISCO combines 3D DCEMRI, two-point Dixon, parallel imaging and temporal acceleration to drastically reduce scan time. Experience the potential to eliminate bolus timing with scans produced in less than 1 second, and by sampling the center of k-space more frequently, get better clarity of the rapidly changing contrast dynamics of the prostate. We imagined what MR can be and the result is the SIGNA Architect.A patient was referred to MR for further evaluation of a potential ectopic BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia). The patient initially underwent a TRUS, transrectal-ultrasound, exam, but further examination showed the possibility of a high-grade tumor. Due to the mass’s proximity to the right nerve bundle and rectum, an MR exam was performed to help identify a more precise location for a lesion biopsy. The DynamIc SCan Optimization (DISCO) 4D imaging technique was used as part of the MR exam on the SIGNA Architect. With scan times of :06 sec/phase, DISCO potentially eliminates bolus timing techniques. DISCO and four pulse sequences were used according to the PIRADS report: (T2 3, DWI 5, DCE +, ADC 450), size 12 mm. For more information, visit our SIGNA Architect or SIGNAWorks sites. Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al.center_img News | Focused Ultrasound Therapy | July 10, 2019 Insightec’s Exablate Neuro Approved With GE Signa Premier MRI in U.S. and Europe GE Healthcare and Insightec announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval and CE mark for Insightec’s… read more News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 01, 2019 | Jeff Zagoudis, Associate Editor FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Medical Device Safety in MRI Environment The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a new draft guidance titled Testing and Labeling Medical Devices for… read more News | Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) | July 16, 2019 AAPM 2019 Features More Than 40 Presentations on ViewRay’s MRIdian MRI-guided Radiotherapy ViewRay Inc. announced that the company’s MRIdian System is the focus of more than 40 abstracts selected by the… read more Sponsored Content | Case Study | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | March 03, 2017 Dynamic 4D Prostate Imaging with DISCO FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Neuro Imaging | July 05, 2019 Delta T1 Maps Provide Quantitative, Automated Solution to Assess Brain Tumor Burden Imaging Biometrics LLC (IB) a subsidiary of IQ-AI Ltd., is highlighting a recently published study in the American… read morelast_img read more

Punk rockers perform antiPutin protests

first_imgThe three women, all in their 20s, said their goal was to express their resentment over the church’s open support for Putin’s rule.Pussy Riot first gained notoriety during the height of this winter’s anti-Putin protests, when a video of their performance on Red Square became an Internet hit. Standing on top of a stone platform once used for reading out the czar’s decrees, the women sang a song called “Putin Got Scared.”The refrain goes like this:Revolt in Russia _ the charisma of protestRevolt in Russia _ Putin got scaredRevolt in Russia _ We exist!Revolt in Russia _ Riot! Riot!As the trial nears the end, prosecutors on Tuesday called for three-year prison sentences, which they said was lenient because the hooliganism charges they face carry a maximum sentence of seven years. They said they took into account that two of the women have young children and that they have good character references.Putin has criticized the punk rockers, but said their punishment shouldn’t be “too severe.” Speaking during a visit to the London Olympics last week, Putin suggested that the women should be grateful they didn’t try such a stunt in Russia’s Caucasus, which is predominantly Muslim. Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Parents, stop beating yourself up Top Stories New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Comments   Share   More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches MOSCOW (AP) – Three feminist punk rockers in Russia may face years in prison for barging into Moscow’s main cathedral to sing a song against Vladimir Putin as he set out to reclaim the presidency.Wearing ski masks and miniskirts in garish colors, the Pussy Riot band members danced and high-kicked while belting out this refrain:Virgin Mary, Mother of God, put Putin away.Put Putin away, put Putin away.The case has caused international outrage and split Russian society. Some say the women deserve to be punished for desecrating the Russian Orthodox Church and offending believers, while others insist that the women _ who have already been in jail for five months _ are being unfairly punished for their political beliefs. “If they had desecrated some Islamic holy site, we wouldn’t even have had time to take them into custody,” Putin said.Putin’s comments triggered speculation that the Kremlin was trying to find a way to resolve the case without appearing weak or further angering either side.The case against the three women _ Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alekhina and Yekaterina Samutsevich _ wrapped up on Wednesday. The judge said she will issue a verdict next week, on Aug. 17.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Centerlast_img read more

Quest Maribyrnong opening meets demand for premium accommodation

first_imgSource = Quest Apartment Hotels Quest MaribyrnongQuest Maribyrnong opening meets demand for premium accommodationDoors have officially opened at Quest Maribyrnong at 2 Wests Road, the fourth Quest Apartment Hotels’ property in Melbourne’s inner north-west, increasing the brand’s offering by 78 rooms.Strategically located, Quest Maribyrnong is well connected to the north-west’s commercial and industrial areas, such as Laverton, Altona and Brooklyn. The property also benefits from close proximity to a number of key drivers, including; Highpoint Shopping Centre, Footscray & Sunshine Hospitals, Victoria University and Melbourne Airport. The development of Quest Maribyrnong comes at an exciting period of growth within the City of Maribyrnong, with major projects including the Maribyrnong Defence Site, a 127-hectare redevelopment site expected to be large enough for 3,000-6,000 new homes, and the West Gate Tunnel, a $6 billion new tunnel from the West Gate Freeway to Maribyrnong.Quest Apartment Hotels General Manager – Growth, James Shields said the property will continue to create significant local job opportunities, with ongoing full-time, part-time and casual roles available.“The opening of Quest Maribyrnong, combined with the scheduled opening of four more Quest properties in the Melbourne metro area within the next seven months,ndemonstrates a continuation of Quest’s assertive growth strategy within Quest’s heartland, Melbourne,” said Mr Shields.“Local business is thriving in Maribyrnong, with more than 6500 businesses operating within the city. Construction accounts for 12.1 per cent of these businesses, which is a clear indicator of future growth.”Quest Maribyrnong franchisees Scott Orchard and Anand Sangwan, expressed their excitement about joining the Quest network.“Being part of such a prestigious organisation gives us great confidence in our new business. Quest’s reputation, paired with its extensive internal support systems, have set us up for success in the future,” said Mr Sangwan.“We are very confident in the strength of the Maribyrnong market. The Health Care and Manufacturing sectors are booming, providing jobs to locals as well as attracting business travellers. Quest Maribyrnong is well placed to provide much needed short andlong term accommodation in the area.”Quest Maribyrnong features 78 apartments – a mix of studio, one, two and three bedroom apartments. The property is ideal for business travellers, colleagues or larger groups looking for a home away from home experience, with fully-equipped kitchen, laundry facilities, meeting and conference facilities, business lounge and on site gymnasium.The broad pipeline of 14 new property openings over the next 18 months across Australia, New Zealand and the UK, shows substantial growth for Quest. In addition to Maribyrnong, this includes properties in Epping, St Kilda Road, Notting Hill, Burwood East and NewQuay (VIC); South Perth foreshore (WA); Penrith and Orange (NSW); Quest on Manchester, Quest Tauranga Central, Quest on Tuam and Quest Mount Eden (NZ) and Liverpool (UK).For more information visit read more

Democratic Congress Members Oppose Proposals by CFPB

first_img in Daily Dose, Featured, News June 12, 2019 444 Views Democratic Congress Members Oppose Proposals by CFPB Sharecenter_img More than 60 Democratic members of Congress, including Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee Maxine Waters, protested a proposal by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) that would limit lender information collected under the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA).The dissenting members sent a letter to CFPB Director Kathy Kraninger, asking her to “immediately rescind” proposals that would limit critical lending information collected under the HMDA.Included on the list of lawmakers opposing the proposals were Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Rep. Elijah Cummings.In May, the CFPB proposed raising the HMDA threshold for reporting closed-end mortgage loans, and a proposal that would prevent the public from learning about predatory and discriminatory lending activities in communities, particularly rural communities.“The enactment of S. 2155 into law last year, recklessly exempted about 85% of depository institutions from reporting enhanced HMDA data about lending in underserved communities,” the lawmakers wrote. “Now, the Consumer Bureau is proposing to cut deeper, exempting 1,720 financial institutions from basic HMDA reporting requirements for closed-end mortgage loans.”Lawmakers pointed to evidence that showed discrimination in bank lending and stressed the important of HMDA data to better understand access to credit in their communitities.“This cannot be overstated: recent data has made clear that discrimination in lending continues to be a major problem, with conduct such as redlining continuing to be pervasive in too many communities across the country,” the lawmakers wrote. “To promote fair lending, homeownership, and stronger communities, the Consumer Bureau must ensure there is easy access to lending data. By putting much of this information back in the shadows, the Consumer Bureau is abandoning its mission and giving a free pass to those that would discriminate against otherwise creditworthy borrowers.”The HMDA was enacted in 1975, responding to concerns that some lenders failed to provide adequate home financing to qualified applicants, which had contributed to a decline in housing conditions in communities of color. CFPB Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services HMDA Maxine Waters 2019-06-12 Mike Albaneselast_img read more

Minister says systems issues no excuse for medical negligence Updated

first_imgThe state doctors’ union Pasyki on Sunday questioned why two medics were targeted for punishment for the death of a boy aged 10 on Friday due to alleged negligence while no on was pointing the finger at the health ministry for its failings within the system.Stavros Giorgallis, 10, died from a skull fracture, pathologist Marios Matsakis said on Saturday, following a post-mortem examination on the boy. Earlier, Larnaca district court remanded two doctors for five days, following the boy’s death on Friday.The two men, 37 and 65, are a doctor from the emergency department of Larnaca general hospital and the department’s director. The 10-year-old was taken there after sustaining a head injury during a basketball game at school but was soon discharged.His grief-stricken mother, whom reports said had worked as a nurse in the past, accused doctors at Larnaca hospital of not taking proper care of the child and sending him home after about 25 minutes.The doctors conducted an X-ray on the boy’s head and after determining that it revealed no signs of trauma, he was sent home only to be later admitted to Larnaca hospital and then referred to Nicosia hospital where he died on the operating table..The union, in a statement, said medical negligence where it exists needs to be punished but the doctor or doctor involved must not be victims of mob rule and trial by media.“It is not the time for the establishment of popular courts,” it said.“The medical world, knowing that every action involves the risk of death, cannot accept the brutal intimidation and criminalisation that is being attempted today.”Health Minister Constantinos Ioannou later expressed regret over the “inaccurate connection” which the union made between the tragic death of the 10-year-old and the health services“I absolutely agree that it is not the time to set up popular courts. The investigation is taking its course and we should all let justice be done impartially,” he said in response to Pasyki.“No one denies there are problems in the public health sector,” he said, adding that the process of implementing Gesy [the new health system] has already been launched. But until we have tangible results particularly from hospital autonomy, I will not accept using these arguments as an excuse for possible medical errors,” he added.The union wondered whether doctors in the private and public sector should look at patients under police supervision or whether there should be a police station outside every hospital and clinic in Cyprus.At the same time, it questions the extent to which doctors’ responsibility was due to “the downfall of hospitals, cost-cutting, lack of infrastructure and training, and the collapse of public health” and said doctors have repeatedly warned publicly of the huge risk that lives would be lost.“Medical ethics are non-negotiable in terms of the doctors’ commitment,” the union said.It added that medical malpractice and medical error were problems that needed to be tackled and “where medical malpractice and medical error are documented in court, then liability should be attributed to the guilty person,” Pasyki said.The union said that around 90 per cent of medical errors can be attributed to failings in the system and the remaining 10 per cent are down to medical and paramedic staff. “Are there any responsibilities for the ministry of health or is there only a scapegoat,” it added.The minister also said that pending tangible results of hospital autonomy, the government had taken a number of measures, among them, that the budget of the ministry of health was at its highest level since 2012, while the number of doctors in public hospitals had increased by 50.He also said that the agreement on wages upgrades for doctors and other public health professionals had been implemented, while allowances were granted, among other things, to doctors working in A&E as a measure to motivate and increase productivity.Ioannou said he had ordered a probe into the boy’s death immediately “since, from the information I had, without prejudging any outcome, the data at first glance showed it could be possible negligence and/or the inability of the services involved to diagnose and deal with the incident properly”.He said the findings were immediately submitted to the police, as the authority responsible for investigating the incident, and it was the police that had found it necessary to issue arrest warrants, he added.Pasyki  had a dig at police saying it wished they would show “the same devotion when it comes to other investigations that concern real criminals”.“It is not the time for the establishment of popular courts and we urge the authorities to make sure all of the proper procedures are followed and where responsibilities are to be attributed,” the union said, urging that the investigation also encompasses the health system itself.“This tragedy brings home the crime against society, the culling of hospitals, the flight of dozens of excellent and capable doctors to the private sector and the collapse and dissolution of public health,” the union said.“We demand from all those who gave cover to the ministry of health when we warned of hospital burnout and the collapse of hospitals, to accept their part of the responsibility.”It concluded by expressing “deep sorrow and condolences to the family” of the boy due to a “collapsing system”.However the Pancyprian Association of Patient and Friends on Sunday expressed its “intense disappointment, anger and shock for the possible negligence and inadequacy that allowed the unjust loss of a ten-year-old child”.“Unfortunately, the complaints and findings that organised patients have repeatedly disclosed have not been enough to awaken and sensitise health care workers, resulting in yet another tragic confirmation of what we have been saying,” the association said.The association called for an objective investigation, the attribution of responsibilities and exemplary punishment for those who have shown negligence.“There should be no attempt to cover up the responsibilities of anyone with the excuses of understaffing, workload, or any other justification in this and many other similar cases,” a statement said.“There is no excuse… and the state continues to show tolerance of this kind of irresponsibility,” it said, adding that at the same time it was not fair to paint all healthcare workers with the same brush as many perform their duties with conscientiousness and professionalism.“The state must ensure that public hospitals receive the necessary high quality services to serve their patients. Health is not a personal but a national issue and healthcare workers must have the resources they need,” it concluded.You May Likewomenreality.comDrink Lemon Water Everyday for 7 Days And Here’s What Happenswomenreality.comUndoWalmartGet the new iPhone XS at the best price, plus free shipping from Walmart. Shop now!WalmartUndoThe DeliteThe Best Ever QBs Ranked And Aaron Rodgers Won’t Like ItThe DeliteUndo Films and food at RialtoUndoBrazil prison riot kills 52, with 16 decapitatedUndoHeroes’ welcome for Israeli teens after woman detained for false rape claim (Update 2)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more