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Two held for robbery and murder of elderly woman

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first_imgNew Delhi: Two persons involved in robbery-cum-murder of an elderly lady at Sarita Vihar were arrested by Delhi Police. The accused were identified as Mazid (22) and Govindpal (39).Deputy Commissioner of Police (South East) Chinmoy Biswal said that last year on November, a body of an elderly lady was found in the bushes near Sarita Vihar Flyover. She was later identified Roop Lata (72 ). A Special Investigation Team (SIT) was formed by Kumar Gyanesh Additional DCP (South East) which arrested the accused. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAccording to police, Mazid disclosed that on the day of incident the victim boarded his auto from Vayusenabad Bus Stand, M B Road to reach her house at Taimoor Nagar, NFC. On the way, the intentions of the accused Mazid went wrong and he planned to rob the jewellery of the old lady. Accused went through Sarita Vihar subway and took the victim to a deserted place near Sarita Vihar Flyover. When the victim raised alarm, the accused Mazid strangulated her and took her jewellery, mobile phone and other belongings. Afterwards, the accused dumped the body in the bushes and fled from the spot. Later, accused Mazid disclosed the incident to his close friend Govindpal who advised Mazid to throw the mobile phone in order to mislead the police.last_img read more

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NCP MLA meets Thackeray amid rumours of joining Sena

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first_imgMumbai: Amid speculations that he may quit the NCP, party MLA Avadhut Tatkare on Thursday met Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray here and said he wants to stay in “mainstream politics”. Rumours have been doing the rounds that the MLA, who represents Shrivardhan Assembly seat in Maharashtra’s Raigad district, and his uncle and NCP MP Sunil Tatkare may join the Shiv Sena, which is an ally of the ruling BJP in the state and at the Centre. Sunil Tatkare, the Lok Sabha member from Raigad constituency, earlier denied the rumours. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ However, his nephew, who met Thackeray at the latter’s residence in suburban Bandra, said he cannot confirm anything, but asserted he wants to stay in mainstream politics. “I met Uddhav Thackeray to remain in mainstream politics. I will announce my official decision in next two days,” Avadhut Tatkare told reporters here. Asked if he would part ways with his uncle, he said, “I would take a decision after consultation with my party workers and close aides. I need some time to make a statement on the same. I cannot confirm anything but I want to stay in mainstream politics and as part of it, I met Thackeray.” Several senior leaders from the opposition NCP and Congress have recently joined the ruling BJP and Shiv Sena in the state, where the Assembly polls are due in September- October. Six-time legislator Dilip Sopal earlier this week resigned from the Sharad Pawar-led party and joined the Shiv Sena on Wednesday.last_img read more

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Are you suitably paranoid about your home devices cybersecurity

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first_imgTORONTO – The proliferation of internet-connected home devices such as thermostats, baby monitors and fridges is creating an ever-expanding interconnected web known as the Internet of Things, or IoT. But security and legal experts warn that machine-to-machine communication is creating a new level of risk — by providing hackers with new vulnerabilities to exploit.“I think being suitably paranoid is appropriate when you’re dealing with IoT technology,” said Mark McArdle, chief technology officer for eSentire.The advent of “smart home” technologies — a type of IoT that includes internet-enabled TVs, security cameras and major appliances — could allow hackers, for example, to break into an everyday device to gather personal information or even hold it for ransom.“Software’s fragile and new problems are discovered in it,” he said.“You have to be able to respond to fix those problems reasonably quickly or else you leave the window open for hackers.”According to various reports, hackers infiltrated Equifax Inc. — in one of the most serious cyberattacks on record — by using a flaw that was identified and disclosed in March. Despite a patch for that flaw, not all Equifax systems were updated in time to prevent the leak of important information — including social security numbers — for millions of people.In the past, companies like Microsoft learned they had to pour considerable resources into security protections or risk losing their customers.But many IoT devices are built with convenience in mind and “security is often not a consideration at all, let alone a primary one,” McArdle said.He added that it’s possible the marketplace will again force suppliers to make cybersecurity a priority, but pointed out that consumers of IoT devices tend to care more about price than privacy protection when making purchasing decisions.The number of consumer-owned connected devices in Canadian households is expected to increase by 60 per cent between now and 2021, according to IDC Canada market analyst Manish Nargas.“So, of course, that does brings in more points of vulnerability, more points where a security breach or hack can happen,” Nargas said.Telecom providers may find themselves under increased pressure to show they’ve taken reasonable precautions, said Toronto-based lawyer Imran Ahmad, a partner with Miller Thomson who specializes in cybersecurity and privacy law.“There’s an expectation, quite frankly, from basic consumers that there’s a minimum guarantee of vetting going on,” Ahmad said.But IDC’s research suggests consumers show relatively little concern about the privacy and security aspects of their household technology — especially after it becomes a familiar part of their life.About 48 per cent of the respondents to a recent IDC survey said they didn’t care about the privacy issues associated with intelligent assistants or they felt the advantages outweighed the risk or that they trusted the supplier.When the same group of respondents was asked about home automation in general, only 20 per cent indicated that privacy risks and 17 per cent indicated that security risks were preventing them from acquiring such technology.Nargas himself was initially wary about buying a Google Home Mini, a smart speaker linked to an intelligent assistant, when it became available in Canada this fall.“I couldn’t get over the idea of something listening to me,” Nargas said.“Now I’m quite surprised about how much and how often I’m using it.”Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version incorrectly spelled the name of Manish Nargas.last_img read more

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Feds appeal ruling on whether West Bank wine labels can say Product

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first_imgOTTAWA — The federal government is appealing a Federal Court ruling that said labelling a wine from the West Bank as a “Product of Israel” was misleading and deceptive.A notice filed Friday says the government plans to argue that the Federal Court judge erred by saying the Canadian Food Inspection Agency neglected to consider charter rights when it first allowed the labels.The government is hoping to have quashed the order that required the CFIA to take another look at the issue and decide how the wines should be labelled.The nearly three-year-old dispute is over whether bottles from the Psagot Winery and Shiloh Winery in the West Bank can be characterized as coming from Israel.Shortly after the late July ruling, pro-Israel groups urged the government to appeal, and on Friday were applauding the federal move.A lawyer for the Winnipeg man who first took the CFIA to court over the labels says the government’s decision to appeal is “indefensible.”a¨??:?%??The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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GEANCO Foundation to Honor Chiwetel Ejiofor and David Oyelowo

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first_imgThe GEANCO Foundation is hosting its annual Impact Africa Hollywood fundraiser on Monday, September 21, at Sunset Gower Studios, to raise awareness and increase support for vulnerable women and children in Nigeria.The Impact Africa event will honor two of Hollywood’s most-acclaimed performers, Oscar-nominated actor Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave) and Emmy-nominated actor David Oyelowo (Selma) with GEANCO’s Global Promise Award in recognition of their commitment to providing better educational opportunities for young children in Nigeria.Proceeds from the event will benefit Brightland Academy in southeast Nigeria and the Girls’ Government Science School in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital. Specifically, donations will pay for computers and educational supplies for teachers and students, including books, paper, pencils and notebooks, clothing and a wide variety of medicine for the schools’ in-house clinics. Donations will also underwrite medical care and mental health support for young girls brutalized by the terrorist group Boko Haram.“We are thrilled to honor two men who have given back in such a profound way to our shared homeland of Nigeria and who are such exemplary ambassadors of The GEANCO Foundation,” said Afam Onyema, GEANCO’s Co-Founder and COO. “Thanks to the generosity of the Los Angeles community and the support of our celebrity honorees and co-hosts, we will have the funds necessary to reach many more vulnerable communities in Nigeria and impact thousands of lives for the better.”In addition to honoring Chiwetel Ejiofor and David Oyelowo, the Gala will be co-hosted by Marcellus Wiley (Host of ESPN television show SportsNation and ESPN radio show Max & Marcellus), Mark Johnson (Oscar- and Emmy-winning Producer of Breaking Bad and Rain Main), Warren Moon (NFL Hall of Fame quarterback) and Billy Ray (Oscar-nominated writer of Captain Phillips and The Hunger Games; Director of The Secret in Their Eyes).VIP tickets ($300) and General Admission tickets ($150) are available for purchase on Eventbrite. Guests who purchase VIP tickets will receive an authentic hand-crafted African table mat and will be allowed early access to the Impact Africa Gala reception, where from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., they can enjoy a hosted bar and delicious African cuisine while mingling with celebrities and other VIP talent in attendance. General admission doors open at 7:00 p.m. The program will kick off with remarks and the Global Promise Award presentation promptly at 8:15 p.m.For more information on The GEANCO Foundation, visit Geanco.org.last_img read more

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Advice for Irish travelers updated as Ebola spreads to Nigeria

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first_imgTHE DEPARTMENT OF Foreign Affairs has updated its travel advice for Irish citizens heading to Nigeria, following confirmation of a case of Ebola.The government of Africa’s most populous country confirmed this evening that the virus caused the death of a Liberian national who died in quarantine in Lagos.Nigeria’s Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu told journalists that “thorough medical tests” had confirmed “the virus of Ebola” as the cause of death.Irish travelers are being advised to contact the embassy of Nigeria in advance of their journey, and to read the World Health Organisation factsheet on Ebola.OutbreakThe 40-year-old Liberian man, who died overnight, worked for his country’s government and had travelled to Nigeria from Monrovia by air via Togo’s capital Lome.His final destination was the southern city of Calabar where he was scheduled to attend a meeting organised by the west African bloc known as ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States).Lagos government officials have previously said that he arrived at the city’s international airport on Sunday.He was suffering from severe vomiting and diarrhea upon arrival and was transported directly to hospital, according to the minister.The patient “avoided contact with the general public” between the airport and the hospital and “there was no time for him to mingle in Lagos,” he added.“All the passengers that the patient came in contact with have been traced and are being investigated,” in a bid to contain any spread of the virus across the city of more than 20 million people, Chukwu said.The minister insisted that health officials had made direct contact with everyone on board the flight and were monitoring their conditions but offered no explanation as to how that was done.The Liberian was flying on the Togo-based ASKY Airlines. African airlines typically do not require detailed contact information from passengers and it was not immediately clear how Nigeria had succeeded in tracing everyone on board.‘Red alert’As of July 20, the number of Ebola cases recorded in the months-long epidemic stood at 1,093, including more than 660 deaths, according to the World Health Organisation.Liberia has seen 127 fatalities.Lagos, the largest city in sub-Saharan Africa, poses challenges to health officials seeking to contain a spread of the virus.The congested city has terrible sanitation and a poor health system, especially in public hospitals which are grossly under-funded, badly equipped and regularly do not have electricity.Chukwu said ministry specialists had been deployed at all major ports — both sea and air — to screen anyone suffering from symptoms associated with Ebola.Border officials have been put on “red alert,” he said.Ebola is a form of haemorrhagic fever which can have a 90-percent fatality rate.It can fell victims within days, causing severe fever and muscle pain, vomiting and diarrhoea — and in some cases, organ failure and unstoppable bleeding.Ebola is believed to be carried by animals hunted for meat, notably bats.It spreads among humans via bodily fluids including sweat, meaning you can get sick from simply touching an infected person.With no vaccine, patients believed to have caught the virus must be isolated to prevent further contagion.Ebola first emerged in 1976 in what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo, and is named after a river there.Includes reporting from AFP. Read Ireland commits a further €144K to fight worst Ebola outbreak in historyRead Emergency talks look for ways to halt worst outbreak of Ebola in historylast_img read more

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Fukushima des maisons contaminées à 200 kilomètres de la centrale

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first_imgFukushima : des maisons contaminées à 200 kilomètres de la centrale Une contamination radioactive a été détectée dans des maisons situées à 200 kilomètres de la centrale nucléaire accidentée de Fukushima, mais aussi dans les urines de nombreux enfants, dont un vivant à Tokyo. Une information révélée par l’Association pour le contrôle de la radioactivité dans l’Ouest (Acro), un laboratoire indépendant qui réalise régulièrement des mesures.Le laboratoire indépendant Acro, situé à Caen, a effectué de nouvelles mesures aux alentours de Fukushima. Dans un communiqué publié le jeudi 15 décembre, l’association indique avoir analysé des poussières d’aspirateur de treize maisons situées dans un rayon de 200 kilomètres autour de la centrale nucléaire accidentée. Toutes étaient contaminées au césium 137 et 134. À lire aussiLa fusion nucléaire pourrait bien devenir prochainement une réalitéLes taux les plus forts ont été détectés dans le district de Watari de la ville de Fukushima, à une cinquantaine de kilomètres du site, où ils atteignaient 20.000 becquerels par kilo pour les deux césiums, précise l’Acro. Dans ce même district, la vente de riz vient d’être interdite. Au nord, Ichinoseki dans la province d’Iwaté, comme au sud à Kashiwa, dans celle de Chiba, à environ 200 kilomètres de la centrale, la contamination des poussières atteignait presque 6.000 becquerels par kilo.”Les critères d’évacuation fixés par le gouvernement japonais reposent uniquement sur la contamination des sols à l’extérieur et supposent implicitement qu’une fois chez eux, les habitants des zones contaminées ne courent plus aucun risque. Notre étude montre qu’il n’en est rien”, alerte le laboratoire cité par l’AFP.Des urines toujours contaminées L’Acro affirme en outre que les urines de nombreux enfants sont toujours contaminées. Ce n’est plus le cas pour “100% des urines analysées en provenance de Fukushima contaminées, ce qui est une bonne nouvelle, de nombreux enfants continuent à être contaminés à des niveaux qui ne baissent pas depuis nos premières analyses du mois de mai” s’inquiète l’association, qui annonce avoir pour la première fois décelé une contamination des urines d’un enfant de Tokyo. Celle-ci provient certainement de son alimentation, estime l’Acro. Le 17 décembre 2011 à 09:42 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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FireIce working many return to Jubilee Gardens

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first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp, March 16, 2017, – Nassau – Over 80% of the hard to reach area of the Harold Road Dump fire is out now thanks to the airdrops of the FireIce gel.   Government is pleased with the decision to get Gel Tech Solutions and Fletcher Air, both out of Florida in on the fire- fighting effort after ground crews were halted by the dangerous conditions and intense heat in the ridge area of the landfill.A little rain on Tuesday did not aide in extinguishing of the fire which has been burning a week a half now, instead it created more smoke said Minister Kenred Dorsett who has been out daily, personally overseeing the progress.   The Bahamas invested some $80,000 in hiring Gel Tech and Fletcher Air.#MagneticMediaNews#JubileeGardensFire#GelTeckFireIcegellast_img read more

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ASA Applauds Introduction of Biodiesel Tax Credit Extension Bills in House and

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first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) applauds the introduction of biodiesel tax credit extension bills in both the House and Senate. The bills call for a 3-year extension of the biodiesel tax credit through 2014. A multi-year extension, which ASA has strongly advocated, is necessary to provide stability and certainty to the still maturing biodiesel industry. The current biodiesel tax incentive expires on Dec. 31, 2011.The House bill, H.R. 2238, was introduced by Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL) and Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN). The Senate version, S. 1277, was introduced by Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA).”ASA applauds Representatives Schock and Peterson, and Senators Cantwell and Grassley, and all of the cosponsors of the bill for their leadership and support,” said ASA First Vice President Steve Wellman, a soybean producer from Syracuse, Neb. “ASA, along with soybean farmers, state soybean associations, and the biodiesel industry, has been working to enlist additional cosponsors and supporters.”Biodiesel is a renewable, clean-burning diesel replacement that is reducing U.S. dependence on foreign petroleum, creating green jobs and improving our environment. Biodiesel is the first and currently the only commercially available fuel that qualifies as an advanced biofuel. Its production, distribution and use will support more than 31,000 U.S. jobs in 2011 and replace nearly 1 billion gallons of imported petroleum diesel. Biodiesel is used in existing diesel engines and meets strict specifications of ASTM D6751.”In addition to providing a multi-year extension, the bills would also shift the credit from a blender’s credit to a production tax credit,” Wellman said. “This shift would improve efficiency in the administration of the credit and reduce opportunities for fraud and abuse.”ASA recognizes the challenges that exist to achieving an extension of the biodiesel tax credit in light of the current focus on cutting government expenditures. ASA strongly supports enactment of a comprehensive plan to put our country on a path to fiscal stability.However, continued support for biodiesel can assist in these efforts due to the economic and energy security benefits that it provides. Biodiesel production adds several billion dollars to the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and generates hundreds of millions in tax revenue for federal, state and local governments.”ASA wants to ensure that biodiesel is in position to be included in any energy and/or tax policy measures that are developed by Congress,” Wellman said. “Passage of an extension of the biodiesel tax credit provides the biodiesel industry an opportunity to grow and meet our nation’s demand for cleaner-burning, homegrown renewable fuel.”last_img read more

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Instagram website leaked phone numbers and emails for months researcher says

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first_img Post a comment Share your voice Tags Hacking Privacy 0 Security Internet The exposure appeared to include contact information for thousands of accounts.  Graphic by Pixabay/Illustration by CNET Instagram’s website leaked user contact information, including phone numbers and email addresses, over a period of at least four months, a researcher says. The source code for some Instagram user profiles included the account holder’s contact information whenever it loaded in a web browser, says David Stier, a data scientist and business consultant, who notified Instagram shortly after he discovered the problem earlier this year. The contact information wasn’t displayed on the account holder’s profiles on the desktop version of the Instagram website, although it was used by the photo sharing site’s app for communication. It isn’t clear why the information was included in the website’s source code.The exposure appeared to include contact information for thousands of accounts, which belonged to private individuals — some of whom were minors — along with businesses and brands, Stier said. Including the information in the source code could let hackers scrape the data from the Instagram website, allowing them to assemble a virtual phone book that lists the contact details of thousands of Instagram users. Such a directory may have been created. On Monday, a report revealed that a marketing company in India, Chtrbox, had obtained contact information for millions of Instagram accounts and stored it on an unsecured database. It’s unclear how that database was created, but scraping data from Instagram is against the company’s terms of use. In a statement, Instagram spokeswoman Stephanie Otway said the data Stier found in the website’s source code was not private. “The contact information discovered in this case is not private contact information, but contact information a member of the Instagram community chose to share when converting their profile to a Business Profile,” Otway said. “During the setup process for Business Profiles we display this information, remind people that it will be accessible to others, and allow them to update or remove the information.”The statement didn’t address the risk that the data could be scraped from the website source code.Instagram also said the contact information in the Chtrbox database was not private. However, the company said Chtrbox did access some of the contact information from users’ profiles in violation of Instagram policies, leading Instagram to revoke Chtrbox’s access to its platform. In a statement, Chtrbox said it didn’t source the information through unethical means.Stier said he found evidence that the phone numbers and emails had been in the source code since at least October by looking at archived versions of Instagram profiles. He reported the problem to Instagram in February and the problem was fixed in March, he said.The exposure is an example of how easy it is to find sensitive information on the web. Programming errors can expose information that people with basic skills can find and abuse. For example, Google revealed Tuesday it’d been storing some business customers’ passwords in plain text, an insecure practice that sidesteps industry-standard protections. These slip-ups can help hackers amass valuable information on web users, putting them at risk of fraud and identity theft, experts say.The contact information is still available on the Instagram app, which displays users’ email addresses and phone numbers if they have opted into letting others contact them through the app. While that design isn’t ideal, it’s more secure than including contact information in the source code for a website, says Jason Hong, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon University who researches app security and privacy.”Scraping data from a website is relatively easy,” Hong said. “Scraping data from a running app is possible but rather hard.”You might think criminals couldn’t do much damage if all they had was your email address or phone number. But identity thieves still amass that data with the goal of combining it with other information gleaned from exposures and hacking attacks. For example, security expert Troy Hunt wrote in January that he’d discovered a cache of 773 million passwords composed of data taken from several different data breaches. Criminals piece together as much identifying information as possible to defeat fraud detection measures and successfully pose as someone else, said Charity Lacey, vice president of communications for the Identity Theft Resource Center.”Thieves are aggregating that data and creating more robust profiles in order to defeat the system,” Lacey said. Originally published May 22.Update, May 23: Adds statement from Instagram.last_img read more

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After a health crisis help navigating the complicated medical system

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first_imgThe road from illness to recovery is often difficult. In the middle of a major health crisis, patients are expected to navigate the complicated health care system. A pilot program called Alaska Innovative Medicine in Anchorage is rounding out its first year trying to improve that journey for patients while also spending less on health care.Download AudioIn the early morning hours of April 8th, Brian Saum felt horrible.Brian Saum holds paper work he’s collected since his heart attack in April. Photo credit: Annie Feidt“Every time I laid down I could feel something boiling in my chest. And then I’d throw up and lay back down, and went through this process three or four or five times,” he remembers.It was a heart attack and it nearly killed Saum. While he was recovering in the hospital he got a call from a social worker who said she was with Alaska Innovative Medicine and her services were free. She visited Saum at home. At first, he was skeptical.“I didn’t know who she was or what this was. All’s I know is I was real sick and I had just got home from the hospital after two weeks.”That medical social worker was Gigi Rygh and it didn’t take long for her to win Saum over. Rygh gave Saum her cellphone number. When his medication made him feel strange, he called Rygh and she found a nurse who could troubleshoot the issue.Another time, Saum’s hand swelled up strangely — the type of episode that could have easily sent him to the ER. Instead, he called Rygh and she connected him with a doctor.“We want to fill something that doesn’t exist, so people don’t have to navigate this very confusing medical system alone,” Rygh says.Rygh even went to appointments with Saum, as another set of eyes and ears and to help translate complicated medical jargon. Rygh’s goal, and the goal of Alaska Innovative Medicine, is to keep patients on track.“It’s just a hard thing to do alone and it’s hard to figure out when you don’t know the health care system. I think family and support systems try to be helpful, but it’s like, ‘OK, now we’re going to speak Japanese in the house… Wait! I don’t know Japanese! But I’m going to try!’”A group of Anchorage doctors established Alaska Innovative Medicine, or AIM, in January. It’s a pilot project funded by the insurer Premera Alaska and focused on their members. So far, AIM has worked with more than 800 patients.Noah Laufer is a primary care doctor in Anchorage who helped establish AIM and is now a board member. He says the idea is to coordinate care between different doctors and reduce barriers that prevent patients from getting better. And who is best suited to do that? Not the doctors — Laufer says that was one big lesson from this experiment.“It turns out that the social worker or case manager is often the most important person on the team, by far,” he says.Social workers and case managers are problem-solvers. They can communicate with a team of doctors, the insurer and the patient to address pesky issues that seem simple, but can quickly derail a recovery. Laufer gives the example of a patient who shows up at a pharmacy with a prescription to take a pill three times a day, but the benefits management company will only allow the medicine two times a day.“The pharmacist is behind the counter for 20 minutes and comes back and says it’s not covered. There’s no one for them to go to so they throw up their hands, sometimes in despair, and leave without the medicine they need. And this is exactly the kind of systemic hurdle. No one is intentionally doing something bad, but the outcome is not acceptable.” he says.Insurer Premera Alaska thinks AIM can give their members better care at a manageable cost. Patients love the program. And Premera is encouraged by preliminary data that shows the pilot project is beginning to help reduce hospital re-admissions and trips to the ER.That’s certainly been Brian Saum’s experience. He hasn’t had to return to the hospital or had an ER visit since he was discharged nearly eight months ago. He’s starting to think about getting back to work. And Saum’s made some big personal changes.“I used to drink quite a bit when I came home from work. I don’t drink or smoke anymore. Big change!” he laughs. “When someone tells you it will kill you, you’ll stop doing it.”Saum says on a bad day, he thinks about having a drink or a smoke, but he’s not about to let that happen.This story is part of a reporting partnership between NPR, APRN and Kasier Health News.last_img read more

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Zimbabweans vote in first postMugabe election

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first_imgChildren look trough a window above election posters of Zimbabwe`s ZANU PF leader Emmerson Mnangagwa ahead of general elections, in Mbare township outside the capital Harare, Zimbabwe, 29 July, 2018. Photo: ReutersZimbabwe goes to the polls Monday in its first election since authoritarian leader Robert Mugabe was ousted last year, with alleged ballot fraud and the likelihood of a disputed result clouding voting day.President Emmerson Mnangagwa, Mugabe’s former ally in the ruling ZANU-PF party, faces opposition leader Nelson Chamisa of the MDC (Movement for Democratic Change) in a historic vote for the southern African nation.Mugabe, 94, who was ousted by the military in November, made a surprise intervention on the eve of the elections, calling for voters to throw ZANU-PF out of office.Zimbabwe’s generals shocked the world last year when they seized control and ushered Mnangagwa to power after Mugabe allegedly tried to position his wife Grace to be his successor.Mnangagwa, 75, who promises a fresh start for the country despite being from the ZANU-PF elite, is the front-runner with the advantage of covert military support, a loyal state media and a ruling party that controls government resources.But Chamisa, 40, who has performed strongly on the campaign trail, hopes to tap into a young population that could vote for change.The election is Zimbabwe’s first without Mugabe, who led ZANU-PF to power in a vote when the country became independent from British colonial rule in 1980 — and ruled for 37 years.Speaking at his sprawling mansion in Harare on Sunday, Mugabe said that he hoped the election would “thrust away the military form of government.””I cannot vote for those who tormented me,” Mugabe said, hinting he could vote for MDC.- A clean vote? -As Zimbabwe’s hectic politics reached fever pitch, Mnangagwa claimed that Mugabe’s remarks proved that Chamisa was in an alliance with Mugabe.But Chamisa also spoke out saying: “I have nothing to do with what president Mugabe would want to say as a voter. He is a citizen.”Elections under Mugabe were marred by fraud and often deadly violence, and this year’s campaign has been dogged by accusations that the result will be rigged.The MDC has raised repeated allegations of a flawed electoral roll, ballot paper malpractice, voter intimidation, bias in the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) and free food handed out by the ruling party.But campaigning has been relatively unrestricted and peaceful.”After years of stasis, the events of November 2017 gave Zimbabwe the chance to dream again,” Mnangagwa said Sunday in an address on state radio.”As we have always said, the elections will be free, non-violent and credible.”A recent Afrobarometer survey of 2,400 people put Mnangagwa on 40 percent and Chamisa on 37 percent, with 20 percent undecided.Mnangagwa, who is accused of involvement in election violence and fraud under Mugabe, invited international observers — including the previously-banned European Union team — to the poll.The EU team will deliver a preliminary report later in the week.- Desperate for investment -The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has warned of alleged intimidation and threats of violence in the run-up to polling day, but said it was encouraging to see open rallies and peaceful demonstrations.The next government must tackle mass unemployment and an economy shattered by the Mugabe-backed seizure of white-owned farms, the collapse of agriculture, hyperinflation and an investment exodus.Previously solid health and education services are in ruins and millions have fled abroad to seek work.Life expectancy has only just recovered to its 1985 level of 61 years.”The governing ZANU-PF party needs to maintain a semblance of free and fair elections in order to attract fresh foreign investment,” said the London-based EXX Africa business risk consultancy.”However, there remain serious concerns over vote credibility.”With 5.6 million registered voters, the results of the presidential, parliamentary and local elections are due by August 4.A run-off vote is scheduled for September 8 if no presidential candidate wins at least 50 percent in the first round.”I’m excited, I’m voting for the first time,” said Tawanda Mudondo, 18, who sells phone chargers on the street corner.”I just want a government that will create jobs. I passed my exams but could not go to university. Our economy is trashed.”last_img
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Police Chief Apologizes for Officers Black Bad Guy Remark

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first_imgThe Associated PressA since-deleted Facebook Live video in which a police officer speaking to children refers to a “black bad guy” has prompted a Washington-area police chief to apologize.News outlets report that Prince George’s County Police Chief Hank Stawinski said in a YouTube video Monday that he’s apologizing for the officer’s “unfortunate” remark, made Friday.Prince George’s County Police (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)Stawinski wouldn’t identify the officer, who was giving a K-9 demonstration to a group of students. The officer said “if a black bad guy is running and drops” an item, police dogs could detect human odor.Stawinski said the officer is “very troubled by the response this has elicited in comparison to his record of service.”“I apologize to this community for that unfortunate remark,” Stawinski said. “But I want you to know that remark does not represent who that officer is, and it does not represent what this institution stands for.”It’s unclear whether the officer has been disciplined.Last year, Stawinski announced that the Department of Justice was investigating allegations of discrimination against black and Hispanic officers in the Prince George’s County Police Department. Stawinski said he was notified that the Justice Department is investigatingwhether the department violated Title VII, a federal law that prohibits employers from discriminating against employees on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin and religion. The status of that investigation is unclear.last_img read more

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FAA appears to be attempting to expand its authority to moon activities

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first_imgThe U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has caused a bit of stir by hinting that it plans to expand its authority to include exploration of the moon and the use of its resources. News agency Reuters has reported that it has obtained a copy of a letter composed by officials with the agency and sent to U.S. based Bigelow Airspace—in it, the agency said it plans to leverage its launching authority by adding licensing authority of moon assets—all to encourage private companies to invest in such activities. The reason such a move has caused a stir, of course, is because it appears that the U.S. agency is attempting to expand its oversight into an area where it does not have the authority to do so. Video: The future of manned moon exploration © 2015 Phys.org Explore further Citation: FAA appears to be attempting to expand its authority to moon activities (2015, February 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-02-faa-authority-moon.html No one owns the moon or any part of it, which makes it ripe for the taking. A similar scenario is taking place in parts of the northern hemisphere as global warming reveals new unclaimed territory. In years past, land grabs generally resulted in the spoils going to those who came first—and then fought off those that tried to take it away from them. To prevent such a scenario unfolding in a new more civilized world, the United Nations passed an Outer Space treaty back in 1967, which among other things, stipulates that no one country can claim sovereignty over any part of the moon. It also lays out rules for activities on the moon—private entities that go there, for example, must be authorized and supervised by countries belonging to the UN. George Nield, author of the letter, in responding to criticism regarding its intent, claimed that the wording does not imply that the agency is attempting to license moon landings—the agency, he said, was merely trying to reassure Bigelow that it would do its best to protect the company’s assets once they are on the moon. Unfortunately, others do not see it that way. While it is clear that new rules need to be written and agreed to by worldwide consensus, an American agency striking out on its own seems to be a push by the U.S. government to tighten its grip on celestial assets—Reuters claims the letter was coordinated by several agencies, not just the FAA, which included NASA, Commerce and the departments of State and Defense.Regardless of intent, it is likely the letter will cause some in the U.N. or other multi-national organizations to speed up the process of figuring out how to settle land claims and/or disputes on the moon or other celestial bodies, before it becomes necessary to settle things the old-fashioned way. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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first_imgWith a focus on landscapes in Italian cinema, Perduto Amor will be screened. The 115 minute film was released in 2003. Directed by Franco Battiato, the film stars Corrado Fortuna, Donatella Finocchiaro, Annamria Gherardi and Tiziana Lodato.It deals with the sojourn of the protagonist Ettore Corvaja, a young Sicilian, between the mid 50s and mid 60s. In the first half of the movie, we are in the 50s in Sicily, and Ettore is a child who lives surrounded by women and seems to be always surprised of what happens around him. He grows between the joie de vivre of the time and the teachings of his mentor, aristocratic culture of the country. In the second part during the economic boom, 20 years later finally he is in Milan. DETAILAt: Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Chanakyapuri When: 22 December Timings: 2 pm onwardslast_img read more

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The Latest Pope Francis arrives at papal envoys residence

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first_imgPolice stand guard near a billboard of Pope Francis covered by the Spanish words: “With Francis. We announce the joy of the Gospel” as they train ahead of his arrival in El Alto, Bolivia, Saturday, July 4, 2015. The pope’s trip to South America that includes Bolivia is set for July 5-12, though he will only spend four hours in Bolivia due to the altitude, church officials say. (AP Photo/Juan Karita) QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Here are the latest developments from Pope Francis’ trip to South America:___5:55 p.m.Pope Francis has arrived at the residence of the Vatican’s ambassador in Ecuardor, where he will spend his first night during an eight-day visit to South America.His ride in from Quito’s Mariscal Sucre International Airport took just over an hour. He first road in the back seat of a small Fiat, then switched to an open Popemobile for a drive through the streets of the capital past crowds of well-wishers. Four benefits of having a wireless security system Top Stories The pope has no public events scheduled for Sunday night.On Monday morning, he is to fly to the coastal city of Guayaquil to visit the Shrine of the Divine Mercy. He plans to participate in a Mass at the shrine that is expected to draw more than 1 million people.___5:10 p.m.Pope Francis’ motorcade has reached Quito and the pontiff has switched to the Popemobile for the final leg of his trip into Ecuador’s capital, where he is being cheered by big crowds.Francis rode in the back seat of a small Fiat for much of the trip into Quito from the airport. He was greeted along the way by thousands of Ecuadoreans clustered in spots along the highway.___5 p.m.Some Ecuadoreans are using the visit by Pope Francis to show their disapproval of socialist President Rafael Correa’s policies.The papal motorcade has head shouts of “Correa out!” from some people in the crowds scattered along the highway from the airport into the capital.Security guards in neon vests were stationed all along the route into Quito.___4:50 p.m.Pope Francis didn’t include Venezuela and Colombia on this South America visit, but they got a telegram from the pontiffs when his chartered Alitalia Airbus A330 flew through their airspace. Sponsored Stories Crowds are gathered at different points along the motorcade’s route, but stretches of the highway are empty of people.Francis is starting a nine-visit to his native continent and will be visiting three of its poorest nations — Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay.___4 p.m.The welcoming ceremony for Pope Francis has concluded at the airport outside Ecuador’s capital and the pontiff is beginning the drive into Quito, sitting in the back seat of a car.Thousands of people are lined up on the motorcade route to cheer the pope, who is beginning a nine-day visit to three South American countries.___3:35 p.m.Pope Francis is standing bareheaded as he listens to President Rafael Correa of Ecuador speak at the airport because his white papal skullcap blew off in the wind after he stepped out of his plan.__3:10 p.m.Pope Francis has stepped off the papal plane in Quito, Ecuador and has been received by President Rafael Correa. Francis’ white papal skullcap blew off in the wind after he stepped onto the stairs.____2:45 p.m.Pope Francis has arrived in Ecuador for a nine-day tour of three South American countries.Thousands are already lining the motorcade route in Quito that Pope Francis will travel to the Vatican ambassador’s residence where he’ll stay for the first leg of the three-nation trip that ends July 13. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywallcenter_img Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Francis sent greetings Sunday to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro Moros and assured him of his affection for the Venezuelan people. The pope wrote that he had asked God to help Venezuelans, in his words, “grow each day in solidarity and peaceful coexistence.”Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos got a similar greeting. Francis said he hoped the Colombian people “grow in the human and spiritual values that characterize them, and that prosperity and peaceful coexistence will also grow.”___4:35 p.m.During his 13-hour flight to South America, Pope Francis took a break to go back in his plane to greet each of the 75 journalists travelling with the papal entourage on the papal visit to Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay.Francis chatted with each one and accepted a few keepsakes that were offered.One Bolivian journalist handed him a host of goodies, including drawings from Bolivian children and a few chocolates embossed with his image that were made in Sucre, Bolivia.“I love children’s drawings!” a pleased Francis told her.___4:25 p.m.Thousands of Ecuadoreans are waving and cheering to Pope Francis as the pontiff’s motorcade drives him into the country’s capital, Quito. Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. 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Grants for SMEs

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first_imgA new initiative launched by the ministry of energy, commerce, industry and tourism (MECIT) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) aims to facilitate access to advisory services by providing grants to 30 small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) registered and operating in the Republic of Cyprus.The initiative is part of Advice for Small Businesses, a three-year programme implemented by both parties since May 2017, to support Cypriot small businesses improve competitiveness, strengthen performance, and boost growth.The programme, co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), also aims to facilitate the development of the local consultancy market and improve the quality of business advisory services.“We welcome the ASB programme which is expected to enhance the competitiveness of Cypriot enterprises as well as their export capacity,” the SME Envoy of Cyprus, Constantinos Karageorgis said. “We are happy to announce the call of interest for the programme as this is a direct response to a request of the business community to receive this kind of services. Given the EBRD’s expertise in this area, we are confident the programme will succeed and have a positive impact on SMEs.”Anna Filipova, National Programme Manager for the ABS programme in Cyprus, said that private sector support lies at the heart of the EBRD’s mandate. “We are pleased with the opportunity to offer our services to Cypriot businesses. With our programme we will provide targeted support to address the specific needs of individual companies to help them prosper and grow.”Grants will be approved on a “first applied – first received” approach, providing applicants are eligible and grant approval criteria are met. The deadline for the submission of applications is October 26, 2018.For more information on eligibility criteria, grant disbursement rules, necessary supporting documents, the timetable to be followed and other clarifications relating to the call and the application process, interested SMEs can refer to the official website of the MECIT (https://goo.gl/w7P29t) and EBRD ASB Cyprus (+357 22 395 500-1, knowhowcyprus@ebrd.com).  You May LikeCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityMake earthquake insurance a family priorityCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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