NFL And American Cancer Society Expand Crucial Catch Campaign To Support Multiple

first_imgThis year, the National Football League and the American Cancer Society (ACS) are expanding their efforts to support the fight against cancer through the “Crucial Catch: Intercept Cancer” campaign.After nearly a decade of supporting breast cancer, the NFL and ACS have broadened the campaign to include early detection and risk reduction efforts for other cancers to increase the impact of the campaign.Since 2009, the NFL has raised more than $18 million for ACS through the partnership. Money raised through Crucial Catch this season will be directed toward efforts to encourage people to get screening tests for three cancers: breast, colorectal and cervical. Funding will continue to support the American Cancer Society’s Community Health Advocates implementing Nationwide Grants for Empowerment and Equity (CHANGE) program, which provides outreach and cancer screenings to individuals in underserved communities. Since 2012, grant recipients have contributed to nearly 150,000 screenings and 450,000 education and outreach interventions.“As one our most powerful partners in the fight against cancer over the last decade, the NFL is working together with the American Cancer Society to truly attack cancer from all angles. With the league’s expanded focus on multiple cancers, we are poised for even greater relevance, and fans around the country can benefit from our critical work in saving lives from cancer,” said Sharon Byers, chief development and marketing officer for the American Cancer Society.As part of the campaign, the NFL and ACS launched a new, digital tool, The Defender, which provides the public with free personalized tips to reduce their cancer risk. In the spirit of ‘The Best Defense is a Good Offense,’ people can enter information about their height, weight, exercise regimen and more. The tool will analyze and provides personalized recommendations on what they can do to reduce their risk of getting cancer. The Defender was funded by the NFL and developed by ACS and can be found at TheDefender.cancer.org.“Many people want to reduce their risk for cancer, but they don’t know where to start,” said Dr. Richard Wender, chief cancer control officer for the American Cancer Society. “That’s where The Defender comes in. Fans can answer a few short questions, and The Defender will create a personalized game plan for improving health and reducing cancer risk.”For most Americans who do not use tobacco, the most important cancer risk factors that can be changed are body weight, diet and physical activity.Although genetics influence cancer risk, there are things you can do to tip the scales in your favor. Avoiding tobacco products, staying at a healthy weight, exercising regularly, and eating a healthy diet may reduce a person’s lifetime risk of developing or dying from cancer.Although these healthy choices can be made by each of us, they may be helped or slowed by the social, physical, economic, and regulatory environment in which we live. Community efforts are needed to create an environment that makes it easier for us to make healthy choices when it comes to diet and physical activity. To find out more, go to cancer.org.last_img read more

Man injured in early morning shooting in Grande Prairie

first_imgGRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – Mounties in Grande Prairie were called out to a shooting early Tuesday morning at Evergreen Park.Upon arrival, police located a man inside a trailer suffering from a single gunshot wound.The 62-year-old man was transported to a local hospital where he remains in stable condition. Police believe this was not a random act and that there is no additional risk to public safety.The RCMP say they are continuing to investigate the incident.Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the Grande Prairie RCMP Detachment at 780-830-5700 or call your local police detachment. Should you wish to remain anonymous you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or by internet at www.tipsubmit.com.last_img

TimorLeste can count on UNs help to address its challenges – SecretaryGeneral

“Timor-Leste was, and remains, a young nation that needs more support,” Mr. Ban said in an address to Parliament, noting that the challenges ahead for the country are enormous.These include strengthening the security sector, governance and the rule of law, including the justice system, as well as accelerating economic and social development and addressing unemployment, Mr. Ban said. The Secretary-General also emphasized the need to address the underlying causes of the crisis that engulfed the fledgling nation in 2006. Deadly fighting, attributed to differences between the eastern and western regions, broke out in April and May last year and caused the deaths of at least 37 people. About 155,000 others – or 15 per cent of the population – were forced to flee their homes.“The crisis that Timor-Leste experienced last year should not be seen as a failure of all that had been undertaken until then,” he stated, adding that perhaps it was a sign that the country’s fledgling institutions were not yet strong enough to deal with the serious challenges that emerged. “This is not uncommon in the earliest life of a country,” Mr. Ban noted.As Timor-Leste continues on the road to nation-building, it can count on the sustained support and partnership of the entire UN family, the Secretary-General pledged. “We will remain your trusted allies as you continue on your journey.”While in Dili Mr. Ban also met with President José Ramos-Horta, and had a working luncheon with Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão and members of the Cabinet. He also met with civil society representatives and visited a police station and a camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs). Addressing the fate of about 100,000 IDPs is a major issue the country has to grapple with, along with its other challenges, the Secretary-General said.“The UN system continues to be fully engaged with the Government to find a durable solution to the complex humanitarian issue of the displaced,” Mr. Ban later told reporters. He also reaffirmed the UN’s long-term commitment to assist the country through the work of its Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT). Mr. Ban’s visit follows a recent mission to Timor-Leste by the Security Council, which advocates that the mandate of UNMIT be renewed when it expires next February, given the vital role it plays in assisting the Timorese to tackle its many challenges. 14 December 2007The United Nations will continue to help Timor-Leste in addressing the many challenges it faces, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon pledged today during a visit to the tiny nation that the world body helped shepherd to independence in 2002. read more

The NFLs New Defensive Rules Probably Arent Going To Make A Difference

Every offseason, NFL officials make an instructional video that highlights new rules and gives players a warning about which existing ones will be called more tightly in the upcoming season. This year, officials say they’re going to key in on defensive holding and illegal contact, ensuring they’re called correctly.According to reporting by ESPN’s Jeffri Chadiha, officials became concerned that those particular penalties were not being called as often as they were a decade ago. (Conspiracy theorists, on the other hand, blamed the Seattle Seahawks’ dominant defensive performance against Peyton Manning’s record-setting Denver Broncos offense in the Super Bowl.) With an assist from the data of Pro-Football-Reference.com, we wondered if the official rationale holds up: Have illegal contact and defensive holding really been called less (on a per-pass basis) in recent seasons?In the case of illegal contact, yes. In 2004, Indianapolis Colts general manager Bill Polian spent the offseason lobbying the NFL Competition Committee to more strictly enforce the illegal contact rule in the wake of his team’s 24-14 playoff defeat against the New England Patriots (a game in which Manning — then playing for Indianapolis — tossed four interceptions).As the chart below shows, referees began calling the penalty much more often the very next season, a 15-year high point. Since then, the penalty’s frequency has steadily receded.However, the pattern is less obvious with defensive holding, which also peaked around the middle of the decade but reversed its decline by 2010, and was near its 15-year high just last season. It doesn’t seem to be a penalty in need of greater emphasis.Then again, concerns about the wisdom of placing more restrictions on defenders in an already pass-happy league may be largely academic. At least in terms of illegal contact and defensive holding, there doesn’t seem to be any relationship between the frequency of either penalty being called and the NFL’s overall level of passing efficiency (as measured by Adjusted Net Yards Per Attempt).The last time the NFL cracked down on holding and contact by defenders, it didn’t make any noticeable dent in the rising trend of passing efficiency. Pass offenses have steadily become more and more efficient over the last decade and a half — but that’s part of a longterm trend of increased passing efficacy, not because of the rule changes inspired by Polian a decade ago. The same will likely be true for the changes made this offseason as well. read more

Football coach Barry Bennell predatory paedophile with unfettered access to boys

first_imgA former youth football coach and talent scout was a “predatory and determined” paedophile whose job gave him unfettered access to boys, a court has heard.Barry Bennell allegedly abused one victim more than 100 times and spent decades assaulting boys in changing rooms, in his car and during sleepovers at his home.The 63-year-old former Crewe Alexandra coach appeared at Liverpool Crown Court via video-link on Tuesday, accused of 48 counts of child sexual abuse.The jury heard some of the abuse took place at the club’s ground, or when it was on tour, while many of the incidents also took place at his home addresses.Bennell, who has since changed his name to Richard Jones, is charged with offences including indecent assault, buggery and attempted buggery on 11 boys aged between eight and 14. Undated file photo of football coach Barry Bennell Undated file photo of football coach Barry BennellCredit:PA Nicholas Johnson QC, prosecuting, told the court Bennell worked as a youth football coach in Cheshire, Manchester and Derbyshire in the late 1970s and into the 1990s.Mr Johnson said: “As such, he had pretty much unfettered access to large numbers of young lads who dreamt of a life in professional football.”Although it seems that Mr Jones, or Mr Bennell, was a skilled and relatively successful coach, we allege that he had a much darker side. “He was also, we say, a predatory and determined paedophile: his particular predilection was pre-pubescent boys”.Mr Johnson said some of the abuse took place at the ground of Crewe Alexandra and when the football club was on tour, while many of the incidents also took place at his home addresses.At the start of a trial expected to last up to eight weeks, the jury was told Bennell would appearing via video-link because illness means he needs to be fed through a tube.Bennell pleaded guilty to seven counts of indecent assault ahead of his trail.Summarising the complaints, Mr Johnson told the jury one alleged victim had been abused by Bennell on more than 100 occasions after meeting him when he was a scout for Manchester City.The alleged victim and other boys would stay at Bennell’s house, which he said at first seemed an “attractive proposition” for the youngsters.He said: “Not only was there the promise of high quality football, but they were given lots of sports kit and allowed to eat takeaway food.”Bennell equipped his home with arcade machines, a pool table and televisions to entice boys to stay the night.The complainant alleged Bennell would turn the lights off once the boys were in bed and would play music to mask the sound of the abuse, the court heard. Bennell told police he had been attracted to 13-year-old boys because they were “pedigree footballers who were athletic and good looking”.The court heard he admitted in interview he would lose interest in boys as they reached puberty.Mr Johnson told jurors they would have to decide whether they were listening to a group of men who, as Bennell alleges, had “jumped on the bandwagon” and maliciously made up stories, or if they agreed with the Crown’s case that a devious paedophile was committing serious sexual offences on a large scale and over a long period of time against “very vulnerable lads”.Mr Johnson added: “In those circumstances we will suggest in due course that it is no surprise either that the extent of his offending has taken so long to emerge or that there is repetition in the way, we allege, he committed his offences.”The trial continues. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Rajant looks to provide alwayson communications with CacheCrumb nodes

first_imgRajant, a manufacturer of kinetic mesh™ technology for building private wireless networks, has recently announced the launch of its CacheCrumb node, a wireless transceiver with built-in processing power that enables applications to be pushed to the edge of a network for quicker access. Rajant makes scalable and highly reliable kinetic wireless mesh technology, which provides an always-on communications network so critical applications can be accessed in real time.Its new CacheCrumb applications processor is tuned for distributed video, sensors, algorithms and up to a terabyte of storage. It pushes applications, data and computing power (services) away from centralised points to the edge of networks, reducing transmission costs, shrinking latency, and improving quality of service.“Edge application services significantly decrease the data volume that must be moved, the consequent traffic, and the distance data must go,” said Don Gilbreath, Vice President, Media Services at Rajant. “Those benefits are important for sectors like mass transit, public safety and mining, where access to real-time information from secure sources is essential.”A CacheCrumb node has extra processing power and solid state memory, which allows it to perform edge-processing. The edge-processing can store video and other data, “groom” the data, and enable it to be consumed directly from the device. “CacheCrumb devices offer a myriad of applications in a secure and scalable environment,” said Robert Schena, CEO and Co-Founder of Rajant.  “Asset tracking and management, sensor processing, perimeter security, and distributed video recording provide municipalities and industrial enterprises the tools for improved productivity and decision-making.”For example, buses capture video during their daily travel schedules and often require drivers to hand-deliver video hard drives at the end of shifts. With CacheCrumb technology, the enormous video files can be uploaded wirelessly without human intervention. This type of edge-processing also can be used to help transportation officials in other ways. Nodes embedded into sensors at railroad crossings and intersections can relay data on potential hazards. In open-pit mining applications, they can mitigate heavy equipment from interfering with each other. In the oil and gas sector, CacheCrumbs enable video surveillance for enhanced security in a unique way, using multiple radios operating in extreme conditions, and supporting high-definition video with up to a terabyte of storage.In Media, Pennsylvania, CacheCrumb devices are used as distributed video recorders to monitor intersections and other areas of the municipality, effectively serving as a force multiplier positioning more feet on the street. “CacheCrumb’s VideoLocker application lets us conduct long-term distributed video processing and storage for up to 30 days,” said Bob McMahon, Mayor of Media, PA. “As a result of VideoLocker’s massive storage capabilities, we can house multiple video resolutions without the need for a control room.” Rajant CacheCrumb nodes use multiple radios to perform multiple functions concurrently. They form a mesh network with Rajant’s patented InstaMesh® networking protocol when used with other CacheCrumb nodes.last_img read more

The Evening Fix now with added Enda Kennys iPad cup of tea

first_imgPic: IrelandRepBru/TwitterTHINGS WE SHAREDThis fascinating slideshow of images of kids posing with cigarettes as shot by Flemish photographer Frieke Janssens.The story of the British Labour MP who promised to donate £1 to Comic Relief for every retweet she got. The final bill for Slough MP Fiona Mactaggart? £14,000 A stunning shot of Macgillycuddy’s Reeks in Co Kerry this morning from Norman McCloskey. More of Norman’s stunning photos can be found here. HERE ARE THE things you need to know as we round off the day in three easy steps…THINGS WE LEARNEDTánaiste Eamon Gilmore has been criticised by Fianna Fáil TD Timmy Dooley for avoiding a men-only dinner in Savannah, Georgia as part of his trip to the US to mark St Patrick’s Day.Cyprus is to get an EU/IMF bailout, just like Ireland. But unlike Ireland, the troubled country will be enforcing losses on bank depositors some of whom will see a ten per cent levy placed on their deposits in Cypriot banks.There have been celebrations around the world to mark St Patrick’s Weekend with dozens of famous landmarks ‘going green’ while Taoiseach Enda Kenny has been giving New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg a teapot.As he got his first weekend as Pope under way, Pope Francis gave a special audience to journalists at the Vatican today giving a unique and rare insight into what happened at the conclave of cardinals which elected him this week.Bad news for the government this evening as a new opinion poll shows that three quarters of voters are dissatisfied with its performance. There is good news for Fianna Fáil though.Ireland’s Six Nations campaign came to miserable end in Rome today as they were beaten by Italy to leave Declan Kidney’s side with just one win from their five matches. What now for the Irish head coach? YouTube: Clisare THINGS WE LOVEDThis list of 11 people who always meet at the gym. Always.The way Dublin or parts of it briefly turned into a white wonderland earlier today following a heavy bout of hailstones.This bizarre and unprecedented image of Taoiseach Enda Kenny attempting to pour a cup of tea using his trusty iPad: This video of Love/Hate mashed-up with Friends.As its Seachtain na Gaeilge you might like to know how to say some internet terms in Irish. Clisare is on hand to help:last_img read more

Dont go swimming at Bettystown Beach the waters not fine

first_imgMEATH COUNTY COUNCIL has warned people not to go swimming at Bettystown Beach due to an increase in levels of ecoli and enterocci bacteria in a water sample taken this week.The sample was taken on Monday and the yesterday the council advised people to avoid the water. If people are determined to take a dip, they are advised to avoid swallowing water, wash their hands before touching food and avoid swimming with an open cut or wound.Pregnant women or those with a weakened immune system should just steer clear of the beach altogether, for now.Local Fianna Fáil Senator Thomas Byrne said a stomach illness had been reported to him by someone who used the beach during the good weather.“While there is no definitive connection I am calling on Meath County Council to erect prominent signage advising people of the possible dangers until the advisory is over,” he said.Byrne also called for a full investigation by the Environmental Protection Agency into the cause.The council said higher levels of bacteria are usually short-lived and most bathers are unlikely to experience any illness. However it also said the likely cause and duration is unknown.The water was resampled yesterday and results are due back tomorrow.Read: More than half of you wash raw chicken and that’s really dangerous>Read: It turns out urine is not actually sterile>last_img read more

Greek bank deposits fall slightly in July

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greek bank deposits dropped for the second straight month in July, a sign that their gradual increase since the middle of last year has run out of steam, central bank data showed this week.Deposits of businesses and households fell 0.2 percent from the previous month to 162.39 billion euros from 162.67 billion in June, according to the Bank of Greece.Greek banks lost about a third of their deposit base, about 90 billion euros, after the country’s debt crisis erupted in late 2009, partly due to capital flight on fears of a euro zone exit.More than 17 billion returned to the banking system after mid-June last year, when the election of a new government eased fears Athens would leave the single currency. This helped ease banks’ liquidity strains and their dependence on central bank funding.But the inflows have dried up in recent months as austerity-hit households and businesses run down bank accounts to pay for higher taxes imposed as part of the country’s international bailout as incomes drop. Source: Reuterslast_img read more

Une invasion de méduses bloque une centrale nucléaire écossaise

first_imgUne invasion de méduses bloque une centrale nucléaire écossaiseMardi, une arrivée massive de méduses a provoqué l’arrêt de deux des réacteurs d’une centrale nucléaire en Ecosse. Hier, les opérations de ratissage des animaux marins étaient toujours en cours. C’est un incident plutôt insolite qui a touché la centrale nucléaire de Torness, en Ecosse. Mardi, en fin d’après-midi, une colonie de méduses est venue obstruer les filtres à eau de refroidissement de deux unités de cette centrale d’EDF Energy, la filière britannique d’EDF. Par précaution, l’entreprise a décidé l’arrêt des deux réacteurs concernés et a lancé une grande opération de nettoyage destinée à dégager les animaux marins des eaux qui entourent le site. À lire aussiQuand une cascade se met à couler à l’envers en EcossePour l’instant, les spécialistes ne sont pas parvenus à expliquer la soudaine invasion de méduses. Mais celle-ci pourrait être due à une augmentation de températures dans la mer du Nord. Si les réacteurs ne devraient pas être opérationnels avant la semaine prochaine, le porte-parole d’EDF Energy a tenu à préciser que l’incident ne représentait aucun risque pour la population. “Il n’y a aucun aspect radiologique associé à cet événement, aucun risque d’impact sur l’environnement”, a t-il indiqué à BBC Ecosse. Début juin, une mésaventure semblable avait touché une autre centrale nucléaire d’EDF Energy située dans le sud-ouest de l’Angleterre. Un phoque gris de l’Atlantique s’était retrouvé coincé dans le système de refroidissement, obligeant les équipes à intervenir pour dégager l’animal avant de le relâcher sur une plage voisine. Le 1 juillet 2011 à 10:23 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Des pluies acides et une chute de lozone auraient causé lextinction du

first_imgDes pluies acides et une chute de l’ozone auraient causé l’extinction du PermienGrâce à des modélisations informatiques, des chercheurs américains suggèrent que, conformément à une hypothèse assez répandue, un volcanisme gigantesque en Sibérie, déclencheur de pluies acides, serait bien la cause de la crise biologique qui a anéanti une majorité d’espèces vivantes voici 250 millions d’années.90% des espèces marines et 70% des espèces terrestres : tel est le bilan bien connu de la terrible extinction de masse qui a fauché les rangs des organismes vivants au tournant du Permien et du Trias, il y a quelque 250 millions d’années. L’évènement a été d’une telle ampleur que les chercheurs tentent depuis longtemps d’en déterminer les causes, sans pour autant parvenir à réellement en confirmer une.Au nombre des causes envisagées, figurent d’énormes éruptions volcaniques, qui ont donné la formation géologique connue sous le nom de Trapps de Sibérie – ce que les géologues appellent une grande province ignée (zone continentale recouverte de basalte éruptif). Une théorie qui a été largement discutée mais de nouveaux travaux viennent de renforcer sa vraisemblance. Pour en arriver là, Benjamin Black, du Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), et Linda Elkins-Tanton, de la Carnegie Institution de Washington ont utilisé des techniques avancées de modélisation en 3-D.Ceci a permis à ses chercheurs et leur équipe d’évaluer les effets des gaz libérés par ces événements volcaniques anciens survenus dans l’actuelle Russie sur l’atmosphère de la fin du Permien. Les résultats indiquent que les rejets volcaniques de dioxyde de carbone (CO2) et de dioxyde de soufre (SO2) auraient créé des pluies très acides dont le pH ne dépassait pas 2, soit à peu près le pH du jus de citron pur. Ces pluies ont alors été capables de lessiver les sols et d’y détruire les plantes.Un trou dans la couche d’ozone À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Les rejets de composés tels que le chlorure de méthyle auraient pu, en outre, provoquer l’effondrement global de la couche d’ozone. Dans l’étude publiée par la revue Geology, l’équipe conclut que les fluctuations drastiques de pH et de rayonnement ultraviolet résultant de ce volcanisme, combinées à une augmentation globale de la température due aux émissions de gaz à effet de serre, pourraient avoir contribué à cette extinction massive de la fin du Permien, l’épisode le plus violent connu sur Terre en termes de crise biologique.(crédits photo : Carnegie Institution)Le 30 novembre 2013 à 15:59 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Salsa festival brings about 500 to dance workshops

first_imgDancers on Sunday heated up the Vancouver Convention Center to that infectious Latin beat.An estimated 500 participants from the West came to dance and learn from the professionals at the Rose City Salsa Festival and Timba Too! Instructors at the three-day fest came from the East Coast, Detroit, California, Seattle and Portland. Two are originally from Cuba.”I like the music, that for me is the first thing,” said participant Paula Mara, 57, from Davis, Calif. “I like the physical activity and the social aspects, and it’s an activity you can do all your life.”She said it is fascinating to hear dancers say, “We do it this way in Miami, or we do it this way in Seattle.”Why salsa dancing?“Great exercise,” said George Caceres, a festival organizer from Portland. “It’s a very inviting environment.” He added people were at the festival because of “the love of the music and the love of the dance. … It’s an opportunity for two people to connect.”This was the second year the festival has been at the Hilton Vancouver Washington.In one room Sunday, students were in an Afro-Timba class. Timba is Cuban salsa. Leading the class were instructors Duane Wrenn of Detroit and Katie Hernandez of Los Angeles and originally from Cuba. A woman in the front row of the crowded class wore a pink T-shirt carrying this maxim: “Hips don’t lie!”last_img read more

Study looks at marijuana demand in Washington

first_imgPot applications climb in Clark County as deadline nearsSEATTLE — Figuring out how much marijuana people use has been one of the trickiest, and most important, questions facing the bureaucrats who are setting up Washington state’s new legal pot system.Underestimate demand, and marijuana fans might stick with their black market dealers. Overestimate it, and the surplus legal production could wind up being diverted out of state, or to kids.Now, researchers working with the state’s official pot consultant think they have their best look yet at cannabis consumption in Washington — aided by a novel survey aimed at figuring out how much the heaviest users of marijuana burn on a typical day. In a study released Wednesday, a RAND Corp. team figured that Washington’s roughly 750,000 marijuana users will have consumed between 135 and 225 metric tons of the drug in 2013.The median figure they came up with is 175 metric tons. That’s more than 6 million ounces, enough for around 340 million joints, and more than twice what the state estimated before voters approved Washington’s legal weed law last year.But officials have been aware since June that RAND’s researchers were headed toward the higher number, and they say the new study won’t require any sudden changes to the rollout of the state system.last_img read more

8 dead 30 missing in ruin of Quebec retirement home

first_imgL’ISLE-VERTE, Quebec — Using steam to melt the ice, investigators searched the frozen-over ruins of a retirement home Friday for victims of a fire that left at least eight people dead and about 30 missing.The tragedy cast such a pall over the village of 1,500 that psychologists were sent door to door.“It’s absolute desolation,” Mayor Ursule Theriault said.The cause of the blaze that swept through the three-story building early Thursday was under investigation, and police asked the public for any videos or photos that might yield clues.Witnesses told horrific tales of people trapped and killed by the flames. Many of the 50 or so residents are over 85 and used wheelchairs or walkers. Some had Alzheimer’s.Pascal Fillion, who lives nearby, said he saw someone use a ladder to try to rescue a man cornered on his third-floor balcony. The man was crying out for help before he fell to the ground, engulfed in flames, Fillion said.The spray from firefighters’ hoses left the senior citizens home resembling a macabre snow palace, the ruins encased in thick white ice dripping with icicles.last_img read more

Frost Art Museum hosts photo shoot for foster children

first_imgWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – It was a picture perfect event for a group of South Florida children looking for families of their own.Florida International University’s Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum hosted a photo shoot on Sunday for 12 children who are all ready for adoption.The Children’s Trust Miami Heart Gallery proudly played a key role. “These amazing community partners are able to come together and make a difference for these children who are in the foster care system and help them feel special for a day,” said Children’s Trust spokesperson Sandra Camacho.There are more than 500 foster children in Miami-Dade County ready for adoption.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Alligator uses crosswalk to cross road

first_imgHUNTINGTON BEACH, S.C. (WSVN) — It’s not everyday you see an alligator crossing the road.However, photographer Austin Bond captured just that scene in Huntington Beach, South Carolina.The reptile is seen crossing the street using the crosswalk, while a car waits for him to pass.__Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Alaska News Nightly Monday March 13 2017

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnListen nowUS Attorney for Alaska Karen Loeffler submits resignationAssociated PressThe U.S. attorney for Alaska has submitted her resignation. President Donald Trump on Friday requested the resignation of Karen Loeffler and 45 other U.S. attorneys appointed by President Barack Obama.House passes bill to provide benefits to survivors of police, firefightersAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauThe state House passed a bill Monday that would provide health insurance to the families of police officers and firefighters who die in the line of duty.Calls for Hilcorp to shut down leaking Cook Inlet gas line get louderElizabeth Harball, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageAn ongoing natural gas leak in Cook Inlet is sparking a debate over pipeline safety. Hilcorp, the responsible company, said it can’t shut off the flow of gas through the pipeline without risking an oil spill. But a number of environmental groups disagree.Mitch Seavey first to Elim, three follow from KoyukAnnie Feidt, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageMitch Seavey has a substantial lead in the Iditarod, as the top mushers enter the final phase of the race. Seavey reached the Elim checkpoint at 3:26 p.m.Iditarod changes dropped dog transport standards following Friday deathZachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageThe Iditarod Trail Committee said it’s changing protocols for how it transports dropped sled dogs after an one died Friday while in the organization’s care. An early necropsy on the dog showed it had overheated, dying of hyperthermia while on board a plane.Late Iditarod Volunteer in Kaltag receives Nayokpuk AwardBen Matheson, KNOM – NomeThe Iditarod is honoring a late longtime race volunteer in Kaltag with the Herbie Nayokpuk Spirit of the Iditarod Award.Ask the Energy Desk: What happens when our hydropower sources are frozen?Elizabeth Jenkins, Alaska’s Energy Desk – JuneauParts of Interior Alaska, like Fairbanks, have been seeing record cold temperatures this winter. But in Southeast Alaska, the frigid conditions have had a direct impact on the way people power their homes.Update: More money for the Alaska Marine HighwayEd Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – JuneauState House budget writers have restored much of the ferry system cut proposed by the governor for the next fiscal year.Tied-up ferry Taku is for saleEd Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – JuneauThe state ferry Taku is for sale. The minimum price for the 54-year-old ship is $1.5 million.Climate scientists worry NOAA cuts will hinder Alaska weather forecastingTim Ellis, KUAC – FairbanksScientists who study Arctic climate say their research will suffer if the Trump administration goes ahead with big budget cuts reportedly under consideration for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. And they say the proposed cuts also would hinder meteorologists’ ability to forecast weather in Alaska and worldwide.Low salmon projections cancel popular Southeast Spring King DerbyEd Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – JuneauA popular Southeast spring fishing derby won’t happen this year, because there aren’t enough fish.last_img read more

Ethnic group attacks Myanmar army 30 dead

first_imgMap of Myanmar locating the clashes in the northeast near the border with China. AFPAt least 30 people were killed Monday in a day of intense fighting in a town on Myanmar’s border with China, authorities said, after rebels dressed in police uniforms launched a surprise raid.Artillery and small arms fire continued throughout the day in Laukkai, a main town in the Kokang region of the northeastern state of Shan.The clashes are some of the worst to break out in the Chinese-speaking Kokang region since fighting in 2015 left scores dead and forced tens of thousands to flee across the border into China.Myanmar is already torn by various ethnic insurgencies. But the Kokang conflict has raised tensions with its giant neighbour.Aung San Suu Kyi’s government is desperate to end the decades-long borderland conflicts, but intensifying fighting threatens peace efforts.Rebels from the Myanmar Nationalities Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA) launched an attack early Monday against police and military posts, according to Suu Kyi’s office.A separate group of fighters later attacked locations in the main town.“According to initial information, many innocent civilians including a primary school teacher… were killed because of attacks by the MNDAA armed group,” the State Counsellor’s Office said in a statement, adding some attackers wore local police uniforms.The statement, accompanied by grisly pictures of the dead and wounded, said at least five civilians and five local police were killed in the fighting.It added that a further 20 “burned bodies” had been found alongside weapons.Government spokesman Zaw Htay told AFP those casualties were MNDAA fighters.Unverified video shared on social media appeared to show parts of the town still ablaze on Monday afternoon while civilians scurried to safety amid the rattle of small arms fire.An army source told AFP fighting was continuing as darkness fell.“Residents in town are fleeing. We do not know exact figures yet,” the officer said.The Northern Alliance, an umbrella group of rebels including the MNDAA which has yet to join national peace talks, confirmed its members were fighting in Laukkai.But in a Facebook post it said they carried out the attack “to resist an enemy offensive in self-defence” and cited Myanmar military operations since December.The latest fighting raises the spectre of a fresh refugee exodus into China.In early 2015 tens of thousands fled there when dozens of civilians, rebels and army troops died in months of fighting across the remote and mountainous region.China said Myanmar warplanes dropped bombs on its side of the border during that bout of fighting.Kokang has strong bonds with China—local people speak a Chinese dialect and China’s yuan is the common currency.Observers say Beijing holds considerable sway over the rebels.Skirmishes with the Northern Alliance have intensified across Shan state since late last year, claiming more than 160 lives across an arc of land in the long border region.last_img read more

Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Monday June 5 from 5

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3uThe AFRO’s Kenneth Burns reports on Mayor Catherine Pugh’s position on the ongoing controversy surrounding the city’s Confederate monuments. Plus, Luke Broadwater of the Baltimore Sun reports from the City Council’s budget hearings, where millions of dollars to the Pugh budget, including cuts to law enforcement are being considered.These stories and much more on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes, Monday through Friday, 5-7 p.m.last_img

Of tall buildings and swanky malls

first_imgHome is where the heart is, seems to be the new mantra for real estate owners in Indian investment – even when these homes are in distant foreign lands like Dubai and other Middle East countries – where real estate players are bullish about rising Indian investment. This was evident at the Dubai Property Show held recently in Mumbai, where numerous developers, builders and real estate giants from the Emirate of Dubai – also famously called the “City of Gold” –  came in their numbers to woo Indian real estate buyers.  Also Read – Revolutionising Indian agricultureBollywood’s celebrity and style icon Malaika Arora Khan kicked off the three-day property extravaganza that showcased the best of the Emirate’s latest real estate offerings in luxury apartments from Rs 65 lakhs to villas around Rs 2.5 crores, besides beach properties and commercial properties galore. The event, which was organised by the Dubai Land Department and Sumansa Exhibitions, witnessed participation of 35 reputed property developers from Dubai including; Falconcity of Wonders, Emaar Properties, Al Hamra Real Estate Development, Jumeirah Golf Estates, Tebyan, Select Group, Nakheel, Dubai Properties, Deyaar Development, Meydan Sobha, Damac Properties, Dubai Sports City, Kleindienst Group, among others, besides also seminars, promotional offers and financing facilities. Also Read – BLACK FIBRESultan Butti bin Mejren, Director General of the Dubai Land Department, said Dubai properties would be particularly attractive to the middle-income group, which no longer have to choose between affordability and luxury. “Indians have long understood the value of Dubai real-estate – as evident by their growing investment in the emirate – and they realise the long-and-short-term financial dividends that they can attain. This is why Indian nationals continue to rule the foreign real-estate investment chart. In the first half of 2015 alone, they sliced a significant 15 per cent share – the highest in Dubai’s real-estate market by a foreign nationality,” he said.  Alharith Almoosa, Vice Chairman and Deputy General Manager, Falconcity of Wonders LLC, noted that while Dubai’s real-estate sector provided value for money, more significantly – the emirate offered political stability and an easy access to global and regional markets, besides boasting one of the lowest crime rates in the world. Sunil Jaiswal, President, Sumansa Exhibitions, said Dubai real-estate became a sound investment because economic activity in Dubai witnessed healthy figures due to its diversification across various sectors including finance, logistics, tourism and retail, besides also Expo 2020 round the corner to improve the economy further.  “Indians are continuing to be the most prolific foreign investors in the property sector in coming months too, as they have adopted Dubai as their second home and expect high return on their investments,” Kalpesh Sampat, Director of SPF Realty – a leading real estate broker in the freehold property sector of Dubai and Middle East – told Millennium Post on the sidelines of the Show, while highlighting the USP and hassle-free purchase procedures offered by the Dubai realty market. “The key advantages Dubai property markets offer – vis-à-vis investment in Indian properties – is that one does not have to deal with complicated sections and provisions related to Income Tax as there are no personal and income taxes in Dubai. Quick transaction procedures ensure that Indian investors get their money as a seller in 10 days (cash) or 45 days in case of a mortgage.”  “Dubai’s other top draw reasons include: Relatively affordable living for middle and upper class compared to Delhi and Mumbai; Easy assimilation due to prevailing Indian culture; Monetary gains due to fastest-growing economies and rising demand for property; Lucrative yields with world’s highest returns; Close proximity to India; Expo 2020 (to attract estimated 30 million visitors and multiple business opportunities; Strong tourism sector (millions global tourists monthly),” Sampat said.Official statistics show Indians as the top foreign property investors in Dubai with investments of over Rs 30,000 crore in 2014 alone, which is more than a quarter of around Rs 1 lakh crore of Non-Arab property investments recorded that year, according to the Dubai Land Department. Real estate investors from India have shown a marked preference for properties in Dubai owing to the close proximity of the UAE to India. Indians were the most prolific overseas investors in Dubai’s realty market in H1, 2015, clocking 3,017 transactions valued at more than $2 billion.“Dubai is poised on the brink of becoming one of the world’s leading investment hubs, and SPF Realty is an extended selling arm of several premium real estate developers in the UAE. Our Dubai USP is simple: 1) price per square feet is compelling, from investors perspective. Payment plan is 65 per cent post-handover over three more years. So, besides Indians, about 50 per cent buyers are from UAE itself and GCC countries itself who realise the importance including Meydan and “Mohammed Bin Rashid” (MBR) City having an “Etihad Rail Link” with other cities and countries in the GCC region in barely two to three years time, besides a bicycle track of a massive 50 kms length that sees even leaders and VVIPs doing their exercising bit. In fact, SPF’s sales turnover rose from $545 million (2007) to $2 billion in (2014), even as our (G&Co) “Viridian” Millennium Estates will be witnessing handing over of 198 villas by January 2016,” Sampat added.Elucidating on the emergence of Dubai as a prime investment destination for Indian investors, Ranjeet Chavan, Director of SPF Realty which is representing the regions premium property developer G&Co at the Dubai Property Show, reiterated, “Indians accord a second-home status to Dubai – by coming in massive numbers to live, work and invest with a long-term perspective. Lower interest rates, lucrative yearly rental yield in the range of 4-7 per cent, security, tax-free returns on investments or around 20 per cent, a regulated market structure and attractive payment options are additional triggers for driving Indian investments in huge numbers in the Indian market.”Meanwhile, nearer home in India , some developers believe the sky’s the limit and are therefore reaching for the sky. Oberoi Realty launched its “Sky City” at Borivali, Mumbai across 25 acres and featuring multiple towers of 60 storeys each, besides offering connectivity to business districts and leisure options like malls, hotels, theatres and parks alongside multi-terraced gardens, recreational area and lush green landscapes. Describing “home” as the best real estate asset people can experience with value creation, Vikas Oberoi, CMD, Oberoi Realty, said the apartments in Sky City would comprise expansive three-bedrooms, while the City itself would be an aesthetic experience at all levels including swimming pools, aqua gm, courts for tennis, badminton and squash, rock climbing, jogging track, skating rink and kids play areas.Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had recently noted that the real estate sector has huge potential for growth, and expressed the hope that the period of slow down would end soon. Delivering the key-note address at the CREDAI-BANKCON  2015 on Role of Banking and Finance in Real Estate Development in Mumbai,  Jaitley had described the real estate sector as being the next big mover as far as the Indian economy is concerned, but added that the industry must survive on market economy and subsidies should not be the essence of survival.The Finance Minister said the government was committed to housing for all – a dream project of Prime Minister Narendra Modi — and would adopt a positive approach, though easier availability of land was crucial to realising the dream of affordable housing. “It is not cheaper availability of land, but rather easier availability. If we complicate procedures too much, then we will be preventing people from acquiring affordable homes” he said, while emphasizing on the need of more townships, suburban townships and smart cities to lead the economic development of India.About the taxation proposals made by CREDAI, the Finance Minister suggested the Real Estate body to make a presentation before the newly-appointed committee reviewing the Income Tax Act. With inflation being brought under control and the Reserve Bank also reducing interest rates four times this year, these measures would impact the real estate sector positively, Jaitley said, adding that recapitalization of public sector banks would give more strength and muscle for banking sector’s lending.Focusing on macro-economic issues, the Minister said, “India as a country has become more aspirational and the constituency which supports growth has become bigger”.last_img read more