Assessments and cleanup begin in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma

first_img T&T companies tap into Cuban market at Expo Caribe 2019 Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, September 9, 2017 – Providenciales – Right now there are still assessments being done in TCI by helicopter, by sea and even drone activity has been spotted by #MagneticMedia as we also survey the devastation in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.The Premier, Sharlene Robinson along with Tourism Minister and MP, Ralph Higgs – we are told traveled to #NorthCaicos by boat and a report is ready.  Schools are currently being assessed according to Education Minister, Karen Malcolm who was en route to Clement Howell High which has sustained damages.One death, a woman said to have died from complications arising from hypertension is recorded during Irma.   The death was in Grand Turk we are told.   Reports of significant casualties and deaths are untrue.People are thankful for their lives after being slammed by catastrophic Hurricane Irma but the reality of what lies ahead in terms of rebuilding is admittedly a daunting feat.Minister of Home Affairs, Delroy Williams was in when we saw him spearheading the clearing of roadways along the coastline.   It is utter devastation for residents on Bay Road; roofs to many homes are gone, businesses like #Kalookies restaurant decimated; trees toppled, stretches of power poles fallen and debris everywhere.Hon Williams confirmed that communication is sporadic and some islands are completely cut off from giving updates.  “Everyone is activated…” and he sighed as he shared that regrettably every island has suffered extensive damage.Today clean up and rebuilding has started with the Provo landfill aka dumpsite already overrun with mounds of debris and bags of garbage. #Metoo-movement-type complaint, now investigation of high-ranking TCI Police Officer opened TCI: Man safe now, says he was trapped after lightning hit truck and it burst into flames Related Items:#BlueHills, #Kalookies, #NorthCaicos, magneticmedialast_img read more

Guardiola doesnt expect a more mature Benjamin Mendy

first_imgDuring a press conference this Tuesday, Pep Guardiola revealed that he doesn’t expect a more mature version of left-back Benjamin Mendy.In football there are players like Benjamin Mendy, who are different from the rest, they have a more jovial demeanor as they can’t seem to have an off switch and manager Pep Guardiola knew this when he first signed the Frenchman from AS Monaco.Ever since he got to Manchester City, this player has always shown a predilection for the more active way of life, the one that isn’t necessarily as private as perhaps the manager would like.Pep Guardiola has learned to separate the player from the public persona with Mandy and other players, but the Frenchman is the one who has given him a more challenging relationship.From the very start at Manchester City, Pep Guardiola repeatedly stated that he never really appreciated the social media life that his defender led, Mendy vowed to slow it down a bit but he never really did it.Now after a couple of years have passed, it appears that the Catalan manager has finally given up on his pursue to stop Mendy from being so public with his life and he has finally accepted the Frenchman for who he is.🗣 | Pep Guardiola: “Benjamin Mendy is in the squad tomorrow (against Burton). Maybe on the bench.”#FPL #FantasyPL #FFScout #GW24 #mcfc pic.twitter.com/6y3xXxq5NU— Fantasy Football Scout (@FFScout) January 22, 2019On Tuesday, when asked about this public persona that Benjamin Mendy has on all his social media accounts, Guardiola explained why he doesn’t have a problem with it anymore.The Catalan manager will be happy as long as the payer responds on training and on the pitch, he doesn’t care about the stuff outside work anymore.“I am delighted with Benjamin,” Guardiola told a news conference via Four Four Two.“I am sad because we were not able to play him because of injuries but that sometimes happens.”“The way he is training, the way he is in the locker room… you cannot imagine how much the people love him. I am delighted – I just want to use him more! That’s all.”“I am not unhappy with Mendy [using social media heavily]. I am not here to change his mentality. His way, the way he lives… is what it is. When we bought him, we knew it.”Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.“So, when we are talking about training sessions, always it’s perfect but he is active on social media. He likes to be. It is what it is.”“We try to convince him, but I’m not his father! [I tell him]: ‘Be focused on your job and what we have to do. You are young, and you can be one of the best left-backs, but it’s up to you,’” he added.Pep Guardiola: Benjamin Mendy ‘needs to be focused’ to achieve potential https://t.co/OYoao9X0Z6 pic.twitter.com/SsCpZHlnCg— Prem Brew (@prembrew) January 23, 2019After hearing Pep Guardiola speak frankly about Benjamin Mendy’s lifestyle, thinking about the poor way in which Jose Mourinho managed this with Paul Pogba at Manchester United is inevitable.The Portuguese manager truly hated this side of the French midfielder, they were always at odds for several reasons but one of the biggest disagreements they had was due to an Instagram story that Pogba posted after Manchester United was eliminated from the FC Cup by Derby County.We could see Paul laughing on a short video right after the Red Devils were eliminated in penalties, this was the origin of the already famous argument between the two of them on next morning’s training session after the infamous defeat.Pep Guardiola takes a very different approach to this with Benjamin Mendy, he prefers to understand his players instead of trying to limit him and this has brought a very peaceful relationship between the two.Even if Pep Guardiola doesn’ like the whole circus that is the social media lifestyle, he understands that times have changed and everybody has to adapt to the new era.‘I’m not his dad’ – Guardiola won’t change much-loved Mendy https://t.co/3P2ThhhBvl pic.twitter.com/KZXk9nDGia— Cleansheet (@Cleansheet) January 22, 2019What’s your take on players who love using social media for everything? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

Douglas Publications Sues Distributor

first_imgNewsletter and trade magazine publisher Douglas Publications is suing distributor Baker & Taylor over magazines and directories the publisher says the company distributed on a credit basis but allegedly never paid for.The suit was filed late last year in North Carolina’s Mecklenburg County Superior Court. According to the complaint, Douglas Publications is seeking $53,541.20 in outstanding “goods and services.” The publications in question include Douglas’ Salesman’s Guide directories and Facility Care magazine.“We have attempted over the last several years to obtain payments but were unsuccessful,” Douglas Publications president Alan Douglas wrote in an e-mail to FOLIO:. “Baker & Taylor did not pay us and Castle Harlan Partners [a private equity group with controlling interest in Baker & Taylor] refused to respond. Silence isn’t always golden when vendor disputes drag on for years.” Baker & Taylor did not return a FOLIO: request for comment.In addition to Facility Care, Douglas publishes American Painting Contractor and Workplace HR & Safety magazines. Earlier this year Baker & Taylor—a global distributor of books, magazines, videos and music to libraries and retailers—announced that its chairman and CEO, Richard Willis, resigned in order to spend more time with his family. He was replaced as chairman by Baker & Taylor board member Jack Eugster.last_img read more

BUSINESS BRIEF Wilmingtons Hair Cuttery To Support Underprivileged Children With Free BackToSchool Haircuts

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Hair Cuttery, the largest family-owned and operated chain of hair salons in the country, will be will be donating back-to-school haircuts to children who need it most this summer. From August 1-15, for every child up to age 18 who purchases a haircut at one of Hair Cuttery’s nearly 900 salons, one free haircut certificate will be donated to an underprivileged child in the community.“A fresh haircut to celebrate a milestone is something that can easily be taken for granted,” said Dennis Ratner, Founder and CEO of Hair Cuttery. “Through our Share-A-Haircut program, we strive to provide every child with this simple but impactful service that will help send them back to school with confidence and enthusiasm to kick-off the year.”Within the first two weeks of August, Hair Cuttery is aiming to donate tens of thousands of free haircut certificates ahead of the new school year. Certificates will be distributed with the help of more than 200 local government and non-profit organizations in communities across the country.Participating locations include the salon in Wilmington, 206 Ballardvale St., Unit 3.Since 1999, the Share-A-Haircut program has donated more than 2.4 million free haircut certificates valued at nearly $50 million.2018 marks the 19th year of Share-A-Haircut, with Hair Cuttery’s most recent campaign donating more than 80,000 haircuts to survivors of domestic violence this past spring. The company has an established history of charitable giving and has supported a range of local and national causes, including St. Baldrick’s Foundation, American Red Cross, The National Network to End Domestic Violence, American Cancer Society and Girls on the Run.About Hair CutteryHair Cuttery is the largest family-owned and operated chain of hair salons in the country, with nearly 900 company-owned locations on the East Coast, New England and the Midwest. A full-service, value-priced salon, Hair Cuttery offers a full complement of cuts and styling, coloring, waxing and texturizing services with no appointment necessary, as well as a full line of professional hair care products. Hair Cuttery is committed to delivering a delightful client experience through WOW Service including a Smile Back Guarantee. Hair Cuttery is a division of Ratner Companies, based in Vienna, VA.(NOTE: The above press release is from Hair Cuttery.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedHair Cuttery Donates Back-to-School Haircuts To Thousands Of Children In NeedIn “Business”Wilmington’s Hair Cuttery Donates Back-To-School Haircuts To Local Kids In NeedIn “Business”Hair Cuttery Donates More Than 61,000 Haircuts to Children in Need NationwideIn “Business”last_img read more

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Selectman Candidate Kevin MacDonald Offers Solutions To N

first_imgDear Editor,I am opposed to the elimination of any train stops. The tax payers of Wilmington pay the MBTA $518,000 per year to have the two train stations in Wilmington. I believe the people of Wilmington deserve full service at both stops. The train in North Wilmington does not have to block the road known as Rte. 62 / Middlesex Avenue. This was absolutely shown when I took the train from Lawrence to North Wilmington and asked to get off the first car so the train did not block the road. A further indication of this can easily be explained by simply understanding that the same train leaves North Station to come to North Wilmington and clears the road to let passengers off. We need to work to make the lives of Wilmington residents easier and more convenient. People who need to get toward and to Boston for work or an appointment to see a doctor deserve all stops to remain at North Wilmington.My advice and proposal to Wilmington officials is to position public safety vehicles on the other side of the tracks ahead of the scheduled stops. I also wanted to add that a garage bay at the D.P.W. and Brown’s Crossing locations could be designated for an emergency vehicle without the need for an expensive substation construction project.With regard to the proposed detox site at 362 Middlesex Avenue, I believe the State should take this property by eminent domain for the purpose of building a train station with senior housing above it and an eatery/cafe. Seniors and commuters can have a place to dine while waiting to take the train.The opioid problem is a State problem that needs a State solution. Many cities and towns are in the process of suing the opioid manufacturers. I believe it would be a beautiful thing to see a settlement with the opioid manufacturers that included giving us a state of the art treatment and recovery center on the grounds of the Tewksbury State Hospital. The State’s opioid addiction problem solution: funded by those who are alleged to have known that the opioids were addictive and sold them anyway.Unfortunately, our Selectmen have failed to negotiate with the owner’s of 362 Middlesex Avenue for an alternative development that eliminated the detox facility. We now have a law suit filed against the Town of Wilmington that could have been averted. It is time for the community to unite for truth and unite for change. It is also time to eliminate conflict of interest on the Board of Selectmen by electing new members who will fight on behalf of the community. Solutions are needed that improve people’s lives.Sincerely,Kevin MacDonaldCandidate for the Board of SelectmenLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedLETTER TO THE EDITOR: Selectman Candidate Kevin MacDonald Says Town Should Hire A Grant WriterIn “Letter To The Editor”SELECTMEN NEWS: Town Comes Up With Fix For North Wilmington Commuter Rail StationIn “Government”SELECTMEN NEWS: Board Grapples With Whether To Eliminate 5 Daily Stops At N. Wilmington Commuter Rail StationIn “Government”last_img read more

4 Children Baptized At The Parish Of The Transfiguration

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The following four children were baptized and joined the Parish of  the Transfiguration on Sunday, August 4, 2019:Anthony Joseph RuplisValentina Elizabeth SanchezMadelyn ShalkoskiCallen James SutherlandCongratulations to these children and their families.(NOTE: List is from the latest St. Thomas/St. Dorothy church bulletin. The cover photo is from Airgoz Aerial Photography.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related2 Children Baptized At The Parish Of The TransfigurationIn “Community”2 Children Baptized At The Parish Of The TransfigurationIn “Community”5 Children Baptized At The Parish Of The TransfigurationIn “Community”last_img read more

Buses go off streets at govt behest BNP

first_imgLogo of BNPThe Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) on Friday alleged that bus owners and workers suspended their long-route bus services at the behest of ministers amid the student movement seeking safe roads, reports UNB.”The public transport services have been stopped at the directives of ministers to sidetrack the students’ justified demands,” said party senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi.He came up with the allegation while speaking at a press conference at BNP’s Naya Paltan central office.Bus owners stopped operating long-route buses in different districts on Friday morning protesting against ‘vandalism’ during the ongoing demonstrations of students demanding justice for their two fellows killed in a road crash in the capital.Rizvi said road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader said the transport owners are not operating their bus services on security grounds, but the students were not seen obstructing vehicles anywhere during their agitation.He said students are checking licenses of drivers and vehicles, and helping them ply vehicles in a disciplined way.”We’ve seen the driver of a minster has no driving licence, MPs’ and law enforcers’ vehicles have no valid papers, and their drivers have no driving licences either. It’s shameful for the nation,” the BNP leader observed.Referring to home minister Asaduzzaman Khan’s remark that there might be ‘acts of sabotage’ anytime in the student movement, Rizvi said it is an indication of subversive acts to be carried out ‘by the government as it did so’ in the past during democratic movements.The home minister on Thursday urged the agitating students to leave the streets and return to their educational institutions and homes as he fears there might be ‘acts of sabotage’ anytime.Rizvi alleged that police and ruling party men carried out attacks on students in different areas of the city, including Mirpur.He demanded the government take steps to stop attack and repression on the demonstrating students.Speaking at another programme, BNP vice chairman Abdullah Al Noman demanded the president promulgate an ordinance to ensure safe roads.”If the government accepts the students’ nine-point demand, it can take steps to promulgate an ordinance by the president,” he told a human chain programme.Bangladesh Jatiya Manabadhikar Parishad arranged the programme in front of the Jatiya Press Club.Noman said the home minister might have issued a threat to students asking them to return to their homes. “I think the government should take the right decision to resolve the problem peacefully, instated of giving students threat.”last_img read more

Houston Dreamers Leaders Demand An Extension To DACA

first_img X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Ed MayberryProtesters outside the Houston office of Senator John Cornyn of Texas, on this last day for thousands of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA recipients to renew their status.Organizers from United We Dream Houston , which groups young undocumented immigrants, also called dreamers, want an extension to DACA, or the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, without enforcement add-ons like militarization, mass deportations and the wall.On Thursday, some wore costumes like the Statue of Liberty, and held banners requesting people to honk as they drove by on Memorial Drive.  They demonstrated in front of Senator Cornyn‘s office, but one of the Senator’s representative said they weren’t notified about the rally in advance, and there were no appointments scheduled with them.The Trump administration will stop accepting applications after today for DACA, which protects nearly 700,000 so-called Dreamers from deportation, according to official numbers. Thursday was the deadline for thousands of DACA recipients to renew their status. DACA protections are due to begin expiring in March 2018, unless Congress extends them.The Department of Homeland Security says some 48,000 eligible unauthorized immigrants have yet to renew, and just over 106,000 either have renewal requests currently pending or have had their requests adjudicated. Organizers have no estimates of the number of Texans or Houstonians affected.DACA was started by President Obama in 2012 through an executive action that allows certain undocumented immigrants who were children when they were brought to the U.S. to remain in the country and be eligible for work permits. Share Listen 00:00 /01:02last_img read more

Crying Toddler On Widely Shared Time Cover Was Not Separated From Mother

first_imgJohn Moore/Getty Images/Via NPRA 2-year-old Honduran girl cries as an official searches her mother near the U.S.-Mexico border earlier this month in McAllen, Texas. For many, the image has become indelibly associated with a Trump administration policy that for weeks separated migrant children from their parents — but the girl’s father says she was not separated from her mother.Updated at 4:43 p.m. ETIn the image, a little girl wails in uncomprehending sadness and anxiety.Her face flushed nearly as pink as her shirt and shoes, she stares up at her mother and a U.S. official, both too tall to be seen. The 2-year-old Honduran child’s panic is so palpable, it’s difficult for a viewer not to feel it, too.Perhaps it’s little wonder, then, that the photograph became linked with the controversy over a Trump administration policy that had, before the president walked it back Wednesday, separated more than 2,300 migrant children from their parents since early May.The image has traveled so widely and has become so recognizable, Time could pull her figure out of context and set it beside a looming Trump on the magazine’s latest cover, rendering it a symbol of the “reckoning after Trump’s border separation policy.”TIME’s new cover: A reckoning after Trump’s border separation policy: What kind of country are we? https://t.co/U4Uf8bffoR pic.twitter.com/sBCMdHuPGc— TIME (@TIME) June 21, 2018There’s a complication, though: The little girl was not ultimately separated from her mother, according to her father. The man, whom Reuters identified as Denis Valera, has told multiple media outlets that mother and daughter were detained together while seeking asylum in Texas.Border Patrol agent Carlos Ruiz backed this account in an interview with CBS News. He said that when he encountered the mother after her illegal crossing, he detained her for a proper search — but asked her to set her daughter down before doing so.“So the kid immediately started crying as she set her down,” Ruiz told the network. “I personally went up to the mother and asked her, ‘Are you doing OK? Is the kid OK?’ and she said, ‘Yes. She’s tired and thirsty. It’s 11 o’clock at night.’ ““They’re using it to symbolize a policy, and that was not the case in this picture,” he added. “It took less than two minutes. As soon as the search was finished, she immediately picked the girl up, and the girl immediately stopped crying.”The White House pointed to the father’s comments as proof the firestorm of controversy over Trump’s policy was overblown — and singled out two of Trump’s frequent targets as perpetuating it.“It’s shameful that dems and the media exploited this photo of a little girl to push their agenda,” press secretary Sarah Sanders tweeted Friday. “She was not separated from her mom. The separation here is from the facts. Dems should join POTUS and fix our broken immigration system.”It’s shameful that dems and the media exploited this photo of a little girl to push their agenda. She was not separated from her mom. The separation here is from the facts. Dems should join POTUS and fix our broken immigration system. #ChangetheLawshttps://t.co/Y6KrTp4Ulk— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) June 22, 2018President Trump, for his part, tweeted just hours earlier that “Republicans should stop wasting their time on Immigration until after we elect more Senators and Congressmen/women in November.”The executive order he signed Wednesday ended his administration’s policy of separating families at the border, though it remains unclear whether the alternative it presented can clear a likely legal hurdle — and questions persist about the fate of the children already separated from their parents during the past six weeks.“Dems are just playing games, have no intention of doing anything to solves this decades old problem,” Trump continued in his tweet. “We can pass great legislation after the Red Wave!”A hard-line conservative bill on immigration failed a House vote Thursday, and GOP leaders had to delay a more moderate measure for lack of votes within their own party. And any legislation that passes is expected to face a steeper climb in the Senate.Meanwhile, Time has published a correction on a story referencing the image.“The original version of this story misstated what happened to the girl in the photo after she taken from the scene,” read the correction on the story first published Tuesday. “The girl was not carried away screaming by U.S. Border Patrol agents; her mother picked her up and the two were taken away together.”Nevertheless, Time‘s editor in chief said he stands by the decision to use the image on the magazine’s cover. Edward Felsenthal explained why in a statement:“The June 12 photograph of the 2-year-old Honduran girl became the most visible symbol of the ongoing immigration debate in America for a reason: Under the policy enforced by the administration, prior to its reversal this week, those who crossed the border illegally were criminally prosecuted, which in turn resulted in the separation of children and parents. Our cover and our reporting capture the stakes of this moment.”The photographer who took the picture, John Moore of Getty Images, told NPR’s Lulu Garcia-Navarro earlier this month that he doesn’t know what happened to the mother and child after they were detained.“I would very much like to know,” Moore said. “Ever since I took those pictures, I think about that moment often. And it’s emotional for me every time.”Immigration and Customs Enforcement did not immediately respond to NPR’s request for comment. But in a statement to The Washington Post, a spokesman said the mother, whom they identified as Sandra Sanchez, is now at the South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley, Texas.“ICE said Sanchez was previously deported to Honduras in July 2013,” the Post added.Valera told Reuters that the girl’s mother left Honduras for the U.S., where she has family, without telling him she was bringing their daughter. He later saw the image of his daughter crying on television.“Seeing what was happening to her in that moment breaks anyone’s heart,” he said.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more

Washingtons Trea Turner Latest Player Exposed for Racist Tweets

first_imgBy Perry Green, AFRO Sports Editor, pgreen@afro.comYet another White Major League Baseball player was exposed for tweeting racist and homophobic comments in the near past.Washington Nationals star shortstop Trea Turner released a statement on June 29 via the team’s media relations department, apologizing for multiple offensive tweets he made back in 2011-‘12.Washington Nationals’ Trea Turner is embroiled in controversy after racist and homophobic tweets of his re-surfaced. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)“There are no excuses for my insensitive and offensive language on Twitter. I am sincerely sorry for those tweets and apologize wholeheartedly,” Turner said. “I believe people who know me understand those regrettable actions do not reflect my values or who I am. But I understand the hurtful nature of such language and am sorry to have brought any negative light to the Nationals organization, myself or the game I love.”Turner had used words such as “f*ggot,” and told someone “you’re gay” in another tweet as a means of insulting them; he also tweeted, “once you go Black, you’re going to need a wheelchair,” a line from the 2004 film “White Chicks.”The old tweets were retweeted by fans during a game against the Miami Marlins Sunday afternoon. The tweets were deleted but Yahoo Sports posted screen shots of each.Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo addressed the resurfaced tweets after the game.“I have spoken with Trea regarding the tweets that surfaced earlier tonight,” Rizzo said in a statement. “He understands that his comments — regardless of when they were posted — are inexcusable and is taking full responsibility for his actions. The Nationals organization does not condone discrimination in any form, and his comments in no way reflect the values of our club.”Turner is the third White baseball player in the past month to have racially offensive or homophobic tweets resurface. Atlanta Braves pitcher Sean Newcomb was also exposed Sunday for offensive statements tweeted, such as “this gay Black kid won’t stop presenting about Black hair. #IWantToLeave.” Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Josh Hader was busted a week ago for racist language used on Twitter. All three were 17-years-old at the time of their tweets.last_img read more

Person taken to hospital after twovehicle collision in Staffordshire

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA main road between two Staffordshire villages has been blocked after collision involving at least two vehicles. The A531 between Madeley Heath and Betley is blocked due to a the accident which happened shortly after 8am today (March 12). One person has been taken to hospital as a precautionary measure. A Staffordshire Police spokesman said: “We responded to a collision on the A531 in Madeley at around 8am this morning. Two vehicles were involved in the collision and one person has been taken to hospital, but purely as a precaution. “Highways are now dealing with a flood on the road and are advising drivers to go carefully in the area.” Read MoreSnoop the abandoned Staffie has found a loving new home   A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “We were called by Staffordshire Police at 8.09am to reports of a road traffic collision involving two vehicles. “It is on the A531 beneath the motorway bridge. One ambulance is in attendance.” Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Punter found hiding in bushes Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Police search for missing womancenter_img A spokesman said: “A531 Keele Road Eastbound partially blocked, queueing traffic due to accident from Heighley Lane (Bowsey Wood) to A525 Newcastle Road (Madeley Heath).” StokeonTrentLive has approached Staffordshire Police for a comment. Want to keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel news?Each day Stoke-on-Trent Live journalists bring you the latest news on the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and further afield to help keep you on the move. For the very latest updates on roads including the M6, A500, A50 and more, visit our dedicated traffic and travel news channel here. We also run a live news feed each weekday, which you can access on our website’s homepage from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Friday. And for more as-we-get-it updates on the roads across the region and beyond, join The Sentinel’s traffic and travel Facebook group here.   Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us  @SOTLive  or message us on  our Facebook page . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at  StokeonTrentLive . Driver named following fatal collisionlast_img read more

Play TravelBrands TicTacKnow to win a Royal Caribbean cruise

first_img Travelweek Group Tags: Contests, Royal Caribbean International, TravelBrands Play TravelBrands’ Tic-Tac-Know to win a Royal Caribbean cruise Share Posted bycenter_img MISSISSAUGA — Game on! TravelBrands is once again inviting travel agents to play its popular Tic-Tac-Know game, running from now until Sept. 8.Agents who book and guarantee any Royal Caribbean cruise will be eligible to play. All eligible players will be entered to win up to 10,000 Loyalty Rewards Points plus a chance to win the grand prize of a Royal Caribbean Cruise for two.“The response we had to our first Tic-Tac-Know game in July was fantastic,” said Nathalie Tanious, Vice President, Cruise Division, TravelBrands. “We decided to bring this game back by showcasing the great product Royal Caribbean has to offer, and to make the prizing bigger than before as a thank you to our loyal agents.”Qualifying agents will be entered into the Grand Prize draw to win a six to eight-night cruise for two with Royal Caribbean Cruise Line. The lucky winner will get to choose their cruise destination out of the following destinations: Caribbean, Bermuda, Canada & New England, Alaska and Europe. The Grand Prize Winner will be announced by the end of September.More news:  Marriott Int’l announces 5 new all-inclusive resorts in D.R. & MexicoIn order to be qualified, the agent must book any Royal Caribbean Cruise Line product with a minimum net booking value of $500 before taxes and fees. When a qualified booking is made, the agent will receive an email seven days later inviting them to take part in the game.Agents must be registered with and book through travelbrandsaccess.com. They can also book via phone to be entered. << Previous PostNext Post >> Thursday, August 17, 2017 last_img read more

A FRIGHTFULLY GOOD TIME FOR EVERYONE THIS HALLOWE

first_img A FRIGHTFULLY GOOD TIME FOR EVERYONE THIS HALLOWE’EN AT NERVE CENTRETHE NERVE CENTRE ShareTweet NERVE Centre joins Derry’s world famous Halloween celebrations with a film programme packed with frights for all ages.On Monday, October 31 and Tuesday, November 1, little monsters and goblins (and larger ones too) are invited along to Nerve Centre’s cinema to enjoy one of its family-friendly films in the new Beanbag Cinema.Families have the choice between the Disney classic Hocus Pocus, the stop-motion animations ParaNorman andCorpse Bride or Roald Dahl’s The Witches. Each screening is followed by exciting and engaging digital workshops aimed at introducing children to filmmaking. Spaces are limited so booking early is advised.In 1999, The Blair Witch Project shocked and confused cinema-goers, many who believed its ‘found footage’ was real. It has been described as ‘teeth grindingly scary… one of the best horrors in recent years’.Tickets for all films and workshops are available from the Nerve Centre box office or www.nervecentre.org.Prepare to be SPOOKED!A FRIGHTFULLY GOOD TIME FOR EVERYONE THIS HALLOWE’EN AT NERVE CENTRE was last modified: October 18th, 2016 by John2John2 Tags: Seventeen years later, the Nerve Centre will host a special screening of the renowned psychological horror film on Friday, October 28 for a whole new generation of teenagers in the Beanbag Cinema.The adult programme includes horrors such as The Boy (Monday 31 October).When Greta takes a job as a nanny she soon discovers that her young charge is a life-sized doll that they family treat like a real boy as a way of coping with the death of their child 20 years earlier.In When the Lights Went Out (Wednesday 26 October) a young family discovers that their new house is inhabited by a violent poltergeist known as ‘The Black Monk’, while The Forest (Tuesday 25 October) starring Natalie Dormer is set in the legendary Aokigahara Forest, a real-life place in Japan where people go to end their lives.last_img read more

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first_imgShareTweet FOLLOWING on from the great success of last year’s inaugural event, the Strabane Christmas Fayre will return to Strabane town centre this weekend on Sunday, December 3 from 1 pm-6 pm.The fayre promises to be ‘bigger and better’ in its second year – featuring local food and craft market stalls, as well as festive entertainment by local arts groups, brass bands and school choirs.The festive extravaganza is a joint initiative between Strabane Neighbourhood Renewal Partnership, Strabane Business Improvement District (BID) and Derry City and Strabane District Council, and has been switched from a week night to a Sunday this year – which should attract even bigger crowds than usual to enjoy the festive food, craft stalls and live entertainment.A bus will also be running from the Strabane Retail Park to the town centre throughout the day, approximately every half hour. This will be a vintage bus themed on the Polar Express, and people will be ferried between the two locations free of charge and entertained on board with singing and storytelling.Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Cllr Maolíosa McHugh says the Strabane Christmas Fayre is also an excellent way of showcasing local produce and encouraging people to shop local.He said: “The Strabane Christmas Fayre promises to be a great family event and the perfect way to start the festive season.“Not only will you be able to get lots of unique Christmas gifts, but you can sample local produce and enjoy some lovely Christmas carols. “Indeed, the fun will start at 1pm with around 30 handcraft and food stalls filling Castle Street and Castle Place selling festive food, gifts and crafts, including toys, sweets and jewellery.“The entertainment will continue throughout the day with live musical performances by local schools, fabulous local acts as well as the Three Rivers Brass Band.“There will also be fun and frolics from walkabout characters and storytellers during what is guaranteed to be a great festive celebration for the entire family.“Importantly, children will also get to experience the whole day this year as it’s not on a school night.”The Mayor has also extended his thanks to the organisers of the event and to all those taking part, saying he hopes it will be a great success for everyone involved.He added: “I have no doubts that the Christmas Fayre – which is such a welcome addition to Strabane’s festive calendar – will be bigger and better this year – and build upon the spectacular success of last year’s event.”A ‘Dog Christmas Jumper’ competition and the first ever ‘Pooches Parade’ will also be part of the Strabane Christmas Fayre this year at 2pm in Butcher Street carpark.Register your canine pal online at www.facebook.com/StrabaneChristmasFayreFor more information on events in Strabane over the festive season – including the Mayor’s ‘Lost in Frost’ Christmas initiative at the Alley Theatre – visit www.derrystrabane.com/christmasHUGELY POPULAR STRABANE CHRISTMAS FAYRE SET TO BE ‘BIGGER AND BETTER’ THIS YEAR was last modified: November 28th, 2017 by John2John2 Tags: Castle StreetHUGELY POPULAR STRABANE CHRISTMAS FAYRE SET TO BE ‘BIGGER AND BETTER’ THIS YEARMAYOR MAOLIOSA MCHUGHPOLAR EXPRESSSTRABANE RETAIL PARKlast_img read more

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first_imgIn This Issue. *  Bias to buy dollars weakens a bit. *  Chinese PMI at strongest level in 2 years! *  UK PMI slips and pound gets whacked! *  Canadian GDP prints at expectations. And Now. Today’s A Pfennig For Your Thoughts. It’s A Jobs Jamboree Friday! Good Day! .  And a Happy Friday to one and all! WOW! Did you see all those trades that were made in Baseball yesterday?  I find it to be amusing that these teams know for over a year when the trade deadline is, and they wait until the final hour to pull off trades. Sure, I know that many of them need to wait-n-see if their team is in the running for a playoff spot, but they all knew that two weeks ago! My Beloved Cardinals made another trade, for another pitcher. ???  We traded a guy that is an everyday player for a pitcher that will only play every 5th day. Hmmm. I remember my dad telling me that when the Cardinals made the historic trade for Lou Brock back in 1964, that they had taken advantage of the Cubs, trading a pitcher for an everyday player. Lou Brock went on to become a Hall of Famer, and my dad was proven to be correct!  Oh well, you came to the letter today, to see what’s going on in currencies, economies and dolts, not about historic baseball trades, so let’s get going! Well, the risk sentiment that had a bias to buy dollars that was firmly placed in the markets after the 2nd QTR GDP report on Wednesday morning, is still in place, but.  Seems to be weakening. I see that in the euro this morning, as the single unit inches toward 1.34 again.  Yes, the high yielders are still getting whacked by the dollar, on the rate hike assumptions in the U.S. but seriously, what they heck are these guys thinking?  It’s all about the here and now, right? And here and now, the rate differentials are way in the favor of the high yielding currencies, like: Aussie, kiwi, reals, rubles, rands, and a couple others. As I called it earlier this week, it’s nothing more than counting your eggs before they’re hatched. The British pound sterling (pound)  is finally getting what I thought it would get a couple of months ago. And that is. drum roll please. treated like a currency that has too many skeletons in its closet. But those skeletons were pushed way to the back of the closet as the pound kept rising, which was all based on rate hike expectations. You know, counting their eggs before they’re hatched!  I told you months ago that I couldn’t get my arms around the pound rally, for they still had debt up to their eyeballs, and a Bank of England (BOE) Gov. (Carney) that was not going to hike rates as the markets expected him to do.  Well, this morning, the pound is getting whacked as their latest report on manufacturing printed at the slowest pace in a year in July. OUCH!  June’s manufacturing index number was 57.2, and July’s number slipped to 55.4. The rate hike campers have all scattered and run to cover, for this report points to no chance of a rate hike now. I would like to say “see I told you so”, but I’m not that kind of guy! HA! I do believe that we’ll be going through the same motions here in the U.S. soon enough. For the pattern has been what happens in the U.K. usually is seen here within 6 months. I tried yesterday to point out the problem with the GDP report and questioned the ability of today’s economists and traders to see the problem with a huge buildup of inventories. And eventually something will happen, a data print will go sour or something like that, and someone will say, “I wonder how that happened?”  Dolts. all of them!  Oh well, I had my good friend, Dennis Miller, send me a note from John Williams yesterday, where John Williams put the seal of approval of my pointing out the problem with the buildup of inventories, and saying that we’ll see downward revisions in the future. I think John Williams won’t be too mad if I steal a quote from him here, “Each of those areas likely will see revisions in the next two months that will move the headline second quarter 2014 GDP much closer to flat-to-minus activity, and eventually into a headline contraction.”   I sent a note to Dennis and said, “Isn’t it amazing how people like myself, and John Williams can see the blowup in inventories in the data, but no one else does?  Actually, what is probably going on here is that these guys see the inventories accumulating but have no idea what that means!   They probably didn’t learn that in their prestigious school!  Or if they did, and didn’t retain the info, they weren’t marked down for their lack of retain-ability, for that would hurt their feelings!” OK. Man, when I go off on a tangent on something, I can really go off on it!  I have other things to talk about here, so I need to get off this discussion about GDP!  Well, in China overnight, the Chinese Gov’t printed a stronger than expected PMI (manufacturing index) of 51.7, which is the highest level since April 2012! It beat the expectations of 51.4 and Junes’ PMI of 51.  We previously saw the HSBC/ Markit PMI print stronger too, so, both of these confirm that China is coming out of their slowdown. (recall I told you some time ago that I thought China’s economy troughed in the 2nd QTR.)   But the reaction in the Asian and Emerging Market currencies was muted, which surprised me, given that as China goes, so goes Asia and the Emerging Markets! Speaking of the Emerging Markets. I was having a good discussion with a friend of mine last night, and he asked me about the BRICS Development Bank, and wanted to know if this was going to be a good thing.  Boy, he wasn’t ready for the answer he got from me, for you know me, I was loaded for bear for that question!  To make a long story short here, I told him that the BRICS Development Bank was HUGE, for not only the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and S. Africa) but also the Emerging Markets, for they will get to go to the new bank for loans and not subject themselves to the IMF’s rules, etc.  So, yes, it’s a good thing. The Eurozone PMI’s all printed overnight, and while some member countries like Italy and Spain saw a little slippage in their index numbers, as a whole the Eurozone remained basically stable on manufacturing in July.  And that has given the euro a chance to book some small gains VS the dollar this morning. I was talking to the Big Boss, Frank Trotter, the other day about the dollar rally, and he said, “The euro is down, which for us is big, but in the overall scheme of things, it’s not really down by much.”  I walked out of his office, and sat down, and thought long and hard about that, and then came to the agreement, that while we have seen the euro much stronger, we’ve also seen it much weaker. So, I lowered the white flag on my desk. Canadian May GDP printed at expectations yesterday at .4% and annualized at 2.3%, so at first the Canadian dollar / loonie rallied a bit in the face of the U.S. dollar strength, but eventually it succumbed to the pressure from the green/peachback. I was expected some better things from the Canadian economy, but then May was 3 months ago, I guess I need to be patient and wait for the reports from June and July! U.S. stocks got whacked yesterday. No I’m not going to turn into a stock commentator. Just pointing out that the rate hike talk as taken its toll on stocks too. And Treasury yields have risen too. I was talking to a trader friend of mine yesterday, and she told me that her research team said that if the 10-year held above 2.57% that it was a big deal. Well, the 10-year at that time of the discussion was 2.59%, and as I look at the screen this morning, it’s 2.57%, so it DID hold 2.57%…  What’s next? A return to 3%? That would certainly take more of the stuffing out of the housing recovery. So, I’ve gone this far this morning, and haven’t even mentioned that today is the Jobs Jamboree Day! That’s because I’ve grown tired of this babble about jobs, we dance now! Yes, that was my attempt at humor using Dieter’s line from Sprockets. HAHAHAHAHA! Now that’s funny! Do you remember that SNL skit with Mike Meyers? FUNNY!   OK, stop having fun Chuck, it’s time to get back to talking about the Jobs Jamboree. Ahhh, yes, job creation in the U.S. the fine art of adding jobs that don’t really exist to the number to make them look better. Makes sense to me as to why we put so much emphasis on this report. NOT!  But the markets do, so that means I have to do so also. Right now, the experts are expecting 230,000 jobs to have been created in July. with the Unemployment Rate remaining at 6.1%…  I won’t even venture a guess as to what I think the number will be. I would, IF, I knew what the BLS added number of jobs was going to be! HA! I’ve told you for years now that I really don’t get into the number of jobs, for that total doesn’t really tell you what kind of jobs were created. Could be minimum wage jobs, which is fine, but doesn’t really give you a warm and fuzzy about future disposable income does it?  Instead, I’ve always focused on the Avg. Hourly Earnings and Avg. Weekly Work Hours, and the Work Force Participation Rate.   The U.S. Data Cupboard will also have two of my fave reports this morning, Personal Income and Spending, but this data will be for June, which basically makes it a non-market moving event. The risk in the markets today is that the Jobs report doesn’t meet the expectations of 230,000 new jobs. But as I explained yesterday, it is an election year, do you really think that the Gov’t is going to show slow job growth? Not that they cook the books or anything like that, it’s just a way of saying that things seem to go that way in election years. I’m just saying. OK, back to our regularly scheduled programming. The New Zealand dollar/kiwi is getting whacked again this morning. Makes no sense to me given the rate increase last week, and rate differential that kiwi now enjoys. But I did tell you earlier this week that there were rumors that the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ), who never misses an opportunity to diss kiwi, was going to sell (intervene) kiwi to weaken it, as they were not happy with kiwi’s strength. So, maybe the RBNZ is “piling on” here. I say, batten down the hatches, and if anything look to buy on dips! I also told my trader friend I was talking to yesterday, that I thought we were going to see dollar strength for a couple of months here, as we work through this rate hike talk. same thing I told you dear Pfennig readers earlier this week, but wanted to repeat if for those that missed class that day.  When we see these periods of dollar strength, and Lord knows we’ve seen plenty of them the past 12 years, we need to batten down the hatches and look to buy on dips. For eventually the dollar will return to its underling weak trend. Gold got whacked again yesterday, but is up a couple of bucks this morning.  I will remind everyone that $1,285 is a far, far, far way from $750. And while the price of Oil has slipped below $100, $97 is still a far, far, far way from $40. I’m just saying. For What It’s Worth. OK. I’ve got a treat for you today. Have you ever heard of Richard Timberlake? I have to say that I hadn’t, and I should have long ago! I don’t know how this gem of an economist slipped by me all these years! Mr. Timberlake is 91 years old and studied under the great economist: Milton Friedman. He’s written books on things like exploring the influences over key policymakers and lawmakers who have shaped U.S. Monetary Policy.   Yesterday, a long time dear reader, sent me the link to an interview with Mr. Timberlake that was done in February 2014 (just 6 months ago) and while the interview is quite long, it was very enlightening to me. I especially liked this quote from him.  He’s talking about the Financial Crisis of 2007-08. “The Fed was never a lender of last resort, and it wasn’t this time either. The Fed should never point its finger at a particular sector and construct a policy that might help that sector, such as agriculture or employment, and say, “We’re going to act until this particular problem is corrected.” That goes back to the fact that the Fed has no rights, responsibilities, or abilities to do anything at all about the real sector. It has to deal with the monetary sector alone and not try to extend itself into the real sector. But when it’s called upon to counteract “bubbles,” it is being given a role that it cannot fulfill. If it tries, it ruins any price level stabilization policies it might have. ” – Richard Timberlake Chuck again. Basically, Mr. Timberlake contends that “the Fed was created solely to be a lender of last resort under the law of the gold standard. It was supposed to be similar to the Bank of England.” And he doesn’t feel like there is a need for the Fed to be a lender of last resort, preferring to allow “private institutions to furnish lender of last resort services if markets are free to operate and if there are no government policies in place that cause destabilization.”      Great stuff, folks. especially for someone like me, that soaks up Fed history, and policy like I do. To recap. The dollar bias has weakened by a small amount this morning, as the euro climbs back to 1.34. The high yielders like Brazil, Aussie, Kiwi, rubles, and rands are still getting whacked on the reduction of yield differential talk. It’s all counting eggs before they’re hatched, but that’s not stopping them now. China’s PMI prints at the strongest level since April 2012 in July, and the Eurozone’s PMI was basically the same as the previous month’s level. Chuck talks about the BRICS Development Bank and how it will help the Emerging Markets, and Gold gets whacked again yesterday. But so did stocks and Treasuries! Currencies today 8/1/14. American Style: A$ .9280, kiwi .8475, C$ .9145, euro 1.3395, sterling 1.6835, Swiss $1.1015, . European Style: rand 10.7390, krone 6.2995, SEK 6.8760, forint 235.05, zloty 3.1275, koruna 20.6250, RUB 35.75, yen 102.95, sing 1.2485, HKD 7.7500, INR 61.10, China 6.1681, pesos 13.25, BRL 2.2625, Dollar Index 81.48, Oil $97.55, 10-year 2.57%, Silver $20.33, Platinum $1,457.50, Palladium $868.90, and Gold. $1,284.00  And since everyone is getting all lathered up about an economic recovery here in the U.S. I thought I would remind them of the debt that hangs over us like the Sword of Damocles, and you can see that debt by clicking here and looking at the Unfunded Liabilities number. http://www.usdebtclock.org/index.html That’s it for today. It was a tough week for me, given I was returning from a shortened vacation, and a week in Vancouver. But all in all, I felt pretty decent most of the week. Tomorrow we will host a birthday party at our house for Delaney Grace, who turns 7 on Monday. WOW! My little granddaughter, is turning 7!  Delaney was born right after my two major cancer surgeries in 2007, so every year she grows older, I get further away from that awful time in my life, that was only brightened by the birth of that little girl! Did you hear that they have uncovered 4 lost Dr. Seuss books? That’s great news!  My beloved Cardinals finally remembered what those bats in their hands are used for yesterday, and now come home for 6 games. NFL training camps are going, and the sports pages here are full of stories about the Rams. That’s right, get the fans all fired up for another woeful year. I don’t want to sound like a negative Nellie here, but the Rams play in a division with the 49er’s and the Seahawks. I doubt they have much chance to win their division. But then, maybe I’ll be surprised! OK. time to go. Thank you for reading the Pfennig, and I hope you have a Fantastico Friday! Chuck Butler President EverBank World Marketslast_img read more

Rural medical clinics that are struggling to respo

first_imgRural medical clinics that are struggling to respond to an epidemic of a fatal lung disease plaguing coal miners received a 40 percent boost in federal funding with the passage of the omnibus spending bill last week.As NPR first reported in 2016, hundreds of coal miners have been diagnosed with Progressive Massive Fibrosis in the last five years. This advanced stage of the disease known as “black lung” is incurable and often leads to gruesome deaths in which miners gradually lose lung function and suffocate.The funding for 28 black lung clinics in 15 coal mining states will jump $2.7 million to $10 million, which is the first time in at least 20 years that Congress and the White House have agreed to provide the maximum funding authorized by federal law in 1977.A bipartisan group of congressmen sought the additional funding and cited the sudden epidemic of the disease in seeking White House approval.”More funding for clinics is important. They need more resources to cope with the increase in PMF cases,” said Rep. H. Morgan Griffith, R-Va. “Coal miners are proud of the work they do, but should they develop black lung, they also want to be taken care of, and I agree.”Griffith worked with Rep. Bobby Scott, D-Va., the ranking member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. Scott said the additional funds “will assist these clinics to better serve disabled coal miners with black lung disease.”Scott also wants the clinics to work with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health to “identify and track cases of progressive massive fibrosis which is afflicting miners at rates not seen in the past 40 years.”Last year, Scott, Griffith and other members of Congress wrote President Trump, noting that “the clinics have faced a substantial increase in demands from coal miners for screening, diagnosis, and pulmonary rehabilitation.””Some clinics are so underfunded that they are operating with obsolete and inefficient diagnostic equipment, which is needlessly increasing miners’ radiation dose when they receive a chest X-ray,” the lawmakers added.NPR’s investigation also identified the largest cluster of PMF cases ever documented, a finding confirmed last month by NIOSH. That cluster was reported by three black lung clinics operated by Stone Mountain Health Services in southwestern Virginia.The additional funding “will definitely give us the tools that we need to screen, diagnose and treat the coal miners,” said Ron Carson, who directs the Stone Mountain black lung program.”We have seen a lot more miners coming into our clinics and instead of having to schedule them two and three months out, we can actually have that miner seen that particular day,” Carson added.Since 2013, the Stone Mountain clinics have diagnosed more than 600 cases of advanced black lung, which is six times the number of cases federal researchers had reported nationwide for the same period. The miners streaming into Stone Mountain worked in the coalfields of southwestern Virginia, eastern Kentucky and southern West Virginia.NIOSH studies and NPR reporting show that the epidemic is striking younger miners, including some in their 30s and 40s, who are also suffering rapid progression to more severe stages of disease.NPR’s ongoing survey of black lung clinics, independent medical clinics and law firms specializing in black lung benefits claims has identified more than 2,200 cases of PMF or complicated black lung since 2010.The pace of disease continues with some clinics reporting a doubling of cases in the past year.Carson is also active in the National Coalition of Black Lung and Respiratory Disease Clinics and said he hopes the additional funding will be used to help clinics convert to digital X-rays and medical records. That will improve diagnoses, he said, and make it possible to track the extent of disease more quickly and accurately.In a statement, the coalition said the growing number of miners seeking diagnosis at clinics “often have more advanced and complex illnesses.”Last year, the clinics served more than 13,000 working, laid-off and retired coal miners. Funding is channeled through the Health Resources and Services Administration, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.Carson hopes the additional funds will help the clinics reach out to miners who may not know they have black lung.Federal and independent researchers say the spike in advanced disease is due to longer working hours for miners and increased exposure to silica dust, which results when mining machines cut sandstone. Silica is far more toxic than coal dust alone. Large underground coal seams have generally played out in Appalachia. The thinner seams that remain are embedded in sandstone. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

A debate is brewing over changes to the State Heal

first_imgA debate is brewing over changes to the State Health Plan. Some say a new proposal would benefit state workers while putting the future of rural hospitals in jeopardy.State Treasurer Dale Folwell believes hospitals are overcharging the roughly 700,000 people who have medical insurance through the State Health Plan.Folwell spoke at a contentious legislative committee meeting on Tuesday. He told attendees that his proposed changes to how health care providers are paid could save taxpayers more than $700 million a year, with additional savings in out-of-pocket expenses for state employees.The News and Observer reports that the North Carolina Healthcare Association opposes Folwell’s plan, which is scheduled to take effect in January.NCHA officials say those changes would amount to a 15 percent average cut to hospital budgets, and could force some rural hospitals to close, or leave the State Health Plan altogether.Despite their differences, many at the meeting agreed that the current system might soon become unsustainable, and urged compromise between the treasurer’s office and hospital representatives.last_img read more

Women Increasingly Are Cannabis Entrepreneurs and Customers

first_img Easy Search. Quality Finds. Your partner and digital portal for the cannabis community. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Each week hear inspiring stories of business owners who have taken the cannabis challenge and are now navigating the exciting but unpredictable Green Rush. Marijuana, for the most part, is characterized as a guy thing.Movies certainly bolster that stereotype. When it comes to iconic images of people who use marijuana, it’s mostly a Boy’s Club. The two Jeffs – Spicoli and Lebowski. Those guys in “Pineapple Express.” And, of course, Cheech and Chong.But the number of female cannabis users is growing, according to research from the California marijuana delivery company, Eaze. And the number of female entrepreneurs in marijuana continues to grow, as well.Women and baby boomers are buying more cannabis.In a report that mines data from the company’s customers in 2016, Eaze found that orders from women made a significant jump in 2016.Eaze offers on-demand medical marijuana delivery in 100 cities across California, including San Francisco and San Jose. They promise to deliver in 20 minutes or less. Someone orders marijuana on Eaze once every 30 seconds.Related: Sand Hill Road Joins Private Capital Flooding Into Marijuana StartupsAn increasing number of those are women. For the report, Eaze used data from the 250,000 users on the company’s online platform as well as a survey of 5,000 customers.They found that one out of three customers on the Eaze platform are women. That’s a jump of 32 percent from last year, when women made up one out of every four customers.They also are increasingly older. The number of Baby Boomers, both males and females born between 1946 and 1964, who buy marijuana from Eaze jumped by 25 percent in 2016. The number of Gen Xers (1965 to 1982) increased 8 percent. Conversely, the number of Millennials (1983-1995) dropped by 3 percent.Women find opportunity in the marijuana business.A recent New York Times article illustrated how women are moving into the marijuana business through the story of a California woman who is making a living selling handbags, clutches and other items specially designed for older women who use marijuana.They are “aroma-controlled,” providing a scent to mask the smell of cannabis.She is one of many women in their 50s, 60s and 70s who have started businesses in the marijuana industry, according to the Times. Arcview Group CEO Troy Drayton told the Times it’s “definitely a trend” and that older women who were making marijuana-based products for loved ones are now moving into selling their products.Related: Medical Cannabis Finds an Eager Market In Floridian RetireesThe marijuana industry overall also is more open to women executives than other industries, according to a report from Marijuana Business Daily. They reported that 36 percent of executive positions in marijuana are held by women, compared to 22 percent in other industries.Women especially have higher-ranked positions in testing labs, where 63 percent of executives are women. That is followed by “processor or infused products maker” (48 percent) and ancillary services (40 percent).Follow dispensaries.com on Instagram to stay up to date on the latest cannabis news.  Image credit: Heath Korvola | Getty Images Add to Queue Women Increasingly Are Cannabis Entrepreneurs and Customers Green Entrepreneur Podcast As legalization gains momentum more women are using marijuana and more are entering the cannabis industry. Listen Now Next Article 3 min read Guest Writer June 13, 2017 –shares dispensaries.com Cannabislast_img read more

This Is What Google Looked Like in 1998

first_img Add to Queue September 27, 2013 Entrepreneur Staff Apply Now » Jason Fell Director of the Entrepreneur Partner Studio Technology The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue.center_img 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Next Article This Is What Google Looked Like in 1998 –shares This month marks 15 years since the launch of Google. A company that now has a market cap of nearly $300 billion, Google first started in a garage as a research project by Stanford University students Larry Page and Sergey Brin.You’ve probably already noticed today’s Google Doodle video marking the anniversary. But in the search bar, type in “Google in 1998.” You’ll see what the search results for the name “Google” were back then. And here’s what Google’s home page looked like in 1998, courtesy of the Stanford University Internet Archive. It’s pretty neat to see how the site’s design has evolved.Related: Google It! Anatomy of a Tech Giant (Infographic) 1 min readlast_img read more

Metaanalysis reveals effective treatment options for urticarial vasculitis

first_imgReviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Oct 30 2018What treatments are available for patients with the rare inflammatory disease known as urticarial vasculitis? How effective are these treatments? Researchers from Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin embarked on a systematic review and meta-analysis to address these questions. Recently published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, the results of this meta-analysis reveal which of the available treatment options offer more promising outcomes.Urticarial vasculitis is a rare inflammatory disease of blood vessels which affects between 20,000 and 50,000 people in Germany every year. The disease remains difficult to treat, and none of the drugs currently used in the treatment of urticarial vasculitis have been specifically approved for this purpose. Physicians use an array of treatment options to help patients, and do so with widely varying results. With this in mind, a team of researchers led by Prof. Dr. Marcus Maurer, Head of Research at Charité’s Department of Dermatology, Venereology and Allergology, set out to determine which of the options available would prove effective in treating urticarial vasculitis. To do so, the researchers carried out a meta-analysis of 250 publications, all of which reported on the treatment of patients with urticarial vasculitis. The central result of their meta-analysis is that patients with urticarial vasculitis appear to benefit from treatment with corticosteroids, biologics and immunosuppressive agents. In contrast, antihistamines and other anti-inflammatory drugs appeared to be ineffective.Related StoriesAMSBIO offers new, best-in-class CAR-T cell range for research and immunotherapyMathematical model helps quantify metastatic cell behaviorFood allergy caused by absence of beneficial bacteria in the gutAntihistamines are commonly used to treat patients with urticaria. While urticaria and urticarial vasculitis share a similar symptom complex (itching, wheals, redness and swelling of the skin), they do not represent variants of the same condition. The similarities of their dermatological manifestations mean that urticarial vasculitis is often mistaken for ordinary urticaria.”Our research is helping to ensure that we can improve the treatment of patients with urticarial vasculitis,” says Prof. Maurer. He adds: “Our future research projects will aim to develop criteria for improving the diagnosis of urticarial vasculitis. We are also hoping to develop methods that will enable us to objectively measure a patient’s response to treatment. These efforts will form the basis of future research to develop treatments specifically targeted at urticarial vasculitis.” Source:https://www.charite.de/en/service/press_reports/artikel/detail/wirksame_therapien_bei_urtikaria_vaskulitis/last_img read more