NBC News chairman an unexpected figure in Mississippi news

NEW YORK — Born and raised in Manhattan and a national news executive for much of his career, Andrew Lack would seem an unlikely figure behind an attempt to revive the ailing local news industry in Mississippi.Quietly, NBC’s news chairman has been the key person behind Mississippi Today, an online news site that has been operating for three years. It is one of several experimental approaches to journalism seeking traction during a painful time of retrenchment for local news.Why Lack? And why Mississippi?Although Lack never lived there, it’s where his mother is from. His great-grandfather was the mayor of Greenville, Mississippi. When the 71-year-old executive considered some charitable endeavours, he was drawn south and considered buying a newspaper until becoming intrigued by the pioneering Texas Tribune’s success.“Non-profit, digital-first journalism was beginning to fill a void as the newspaper structure that so many people depended on was starting to erode,” he said.Lack is listed as Mississippi Today’s founder and has sunk $1 million into it. He helped secure a broader funding base before the site’s 2016 launch; the Ford Foundation is the biggest backer with three grants totalling $1.8 million, according to the Foundation Center. James Barksdale, former Netscape CEO and a Mississippi native, is also a major supporter.Nineteen newspapers in Mississippi consider themselves dailies, yet only four publish seven days a week, said Ryan Nave, Mississippi Today’s editor-in-chief. Seeing that the number of reporters covering state government was down to a handful, the site initially made that its main area of concentration.“We just want to provide something that is unique and special, a little deeper and with a little more texture than other media that is just breaking news,” Nave said. “We’re focusing on explanatory and investigative journalism, and not trying to copy what other people are doing.”Mississippi Today wrote last week about an administrative error that left the state without enough money to give raises to public school teachers, and how some welfare money instead goes to a college scholarship program benefiting middle class families. One article, done with the help of another non-profit news site, ProPublica, was about how poor Delta residents are among the most likely to be targeted for a tax audit.Health care coverage has been a strength, said Will Norton Jr., dean of the University of Mississippi’s School of Journalism and New Media, and member of the Mississippi Today board of directors.In an industry where diversity is often an issue, both Nave and his managing editor, Harvey Parson, are black. Four of the 12 listed reporters and photographers are minorities. Lack sees it as a teaching lab for young journalists.Mississippi Today has broadened its base by hiring two of the state’s best-known media figures: sports columnist Rick Cleveland and cartoonist Marshall Ramsey, who also hosts a public television show.“They have in some ways supplanted the other, more established news entities,” said Sid Salter, longtime editorial page editor at the Clarion Ledger who now works at Mississippi State University. “But because they’re digital-only in the least-wired state in the Union, it limits their influence. There are still a lot of people who, when you say ‘Mississippi Today,’ they say ‘who? What?’ I expect that to diminish.”Critics have sought to tar Mississippi Today with two words that are epithets to many, saying it is run by liberals and outsiders. Some Republicans, including Gov. Phil Bryant, refuse to return calls from its reporters.While Lack’s involvement is known to insiders, the role of a New York-based chairman of a national news division isn’t emphasized in Mississippi, Norton said. “He doesn’t want to be seen as the major player,” he said.Lack describes his Mississippi Today role as “kibitzer-in-chief.” Nave said he’s frequently calling with ideas; some are good, and with others Nave relies on his Mississippi expertise to direct Lack’s enthusiasm elsewhere. He sees Lack’s influence in invitations, like when Nave spoke at a summit run by the Paley Center for Media and the Columbia Journalism Review in New York.“People who need access to Andy are a little bit more open to having a meeting with us,” Nave said. “I know I’ve been in meetings I would not be in if Andy had not set it up.”While there are successes — the Texas Tribune and ProPublica spring to mind — there are still questions about the long-term viability of an operation based on financial contributions in an industry long dependent on advertising revenue until that largely collapsed. Norton said Mississippi Today needs to make itself a vital part of the community, perhaps by sponsoring and hosting events.The site also publicizes its work by letting other news organizations use its stories.“We’re not competing with everyone,” Lack said. “I’m not competing with the Clarion Ledger. Maybe I can help them be better.”Lack’s passion and investment have set up Mississippi Today for success, said Jennifer Preston, vice-president of journalism for the Knight Foundation. Her organization has given it $300,000 in grants, according to the Donation Center. She said it would be important if more national news figures could show a similar leadership and commitment to local news.Extra attention being paid to the financial problems decimating local news has given Lack reason for optimism.“You’re beginning to see an understanding that local news is a public responsibility that is central to a working democracy, and it’s core to the good health and life of every community,” he said.____The Associated Press’ Jeff Amy in Jackson, Mississippi and Randy Herschaft in New York contributed to this report.David Bauder, The Associated Press read more

Liberal groups want 2020 Dems to back Pentagon spending cuts

WASHINGTON — Nearly two dozen progressive groups are launching a push to get Democratic presidential candidates to support dramatic spending cuts at the Pentagon.The groups are writing to all candidates in the crowded 2020 Democratic primary on Thursday urging them to support slashing $200 billion or more from an annual defence budget that topped $700 billion last year.The effort, dubbed “Put People Over the Pentagon,” aims to elevate defence spending in a presidential race where energized progressive activists are nudging candidates to embrace their agenda.Four senators vying for the Democratic nomination to take on President Donald Trump voted against the measure that authorizes the current Pentagon budget: Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Kamala Harris of California and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York.Elana Schor, The Associated Press read more

UN rushes urgentlyneeded aid to floodravaged Bolivians

22 January 2007The United Nations is sending in food and providing logistical support to approximately 8,000 Bolivian families – or 40,000 people – affected by severe floods and landslides. According to the UN Emergency Technical Team and the World Food Programme (WFP), major rivers such as Rio Grande and Pilcomayo have overflowed and as a result, seven of the nine departments comprising Bolivia have been affected. In the remaining two departments, preventive evacuation has already begun.The Bolivian Government has declared a state of emergency, as flooding has caused landslides and road obstructions, cutting off some rural communities. Bolivia’s rainy season extends from November to March, and the El Niño phenomenon is at the root of the especially harsh rain and resulting floods. The Bolivian National Meteorological Service forecasts continued heavy rains until the end of February.“The UN is helping the Government of Bolivia to respond to recent floods and landslides in that country,” the spokesperson for Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told reporters today.The Emergency Technical Team has assisted in coordinating efforts between the Bolivian Government and humanitarian agencies on the ground.WFP has teamed up with DRIPAD, a Bolivian Government institution promoting rural integration, to distribute much-needed food assistance to families in four of the seven departments impacted by flooding. read more

Somalia UN envoy condemns deadly violence in port city

Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah, the UN Special Representative for Somalia, said in a statement that the fighting in Kismayo – which has led to the deaths of many civilians – was aimed at controlling the city’s port for resource generation and not over political or other issues.He also voiced his sadness at the large number of killings last week in the areas around Mogadishu and Afgoye as a result of fighting between forces backing the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) and the opposition Alliance for the Re-liberation of Somalia.Field reports indicate many civilians were shot dead in a series of indiscriminate attacks against buses on the road between Mogadishu and Afgoye, and that at least another 2000 people were displaced from their homes. Both the TFG and the Alliance have accused each other of carrying out the killings.The attacks could be serious violations of international law, Mr. Ould-Abdallah said, warning that those responsible may be brought to justice.“I call upon all parties to the conflict in Somalia to respect international human rights and humanitarian law, and to stand by their commitments under the Djibouti agreement,” he said, adding that he offered his sympathies to the victims of the latest violence and their families.The Djibouti agreement, which was formally signed on Monday by representatives of the TFG and the Alliance, commits the two sides to ending all armed confrontation between them and to stop making inflammatory statements. It was brokered by Mr. Ould-Abdallah as part of UN efforts to bring peace to Somalia, which has not had a functioning national government since 1991. 23 August 2008The top United Nations envoy to Somalia today deplored this week’s outbreak of deadly violence that has engulfed the southern port city of Kismayo and displaced thousands of people from the area. read more

Five hurt in crash

Five people were taken to hospital following a three vehicle crash on the Six Nations reserve last evening.Emergency crews arrived at the intersection of Chiefswood Road and Third Line just before 6:30 pm.All of the people involved were already safely out of their vehicles.A man and three women were taken by ambulance to Brantford General Hospital, while another man was taken to West Haldimand General in Hagersville.Police are continuing to investigate. (photo courtesy Six Nations Fire Dept)

Ghana UNbacked campaign aims to save 20000 young lives

“When children’s lives are at stake, you cannot stop at ordinary measures,” said Dorothy Rozga, UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) representative for Ghana. “With this campaign Ghana is taking that extraordinary step we need to save young lives. This is a huge investment that will pay off for families, communities and the entire nation.”The campaign, led by Ghana’s Ministry of Health and the Ghana Health Service and supported by Japan, UNICEF, the World Health Organization (WHO) and a consortium of development partners and the private sector, is being implemented against a startling backdrop of national infant and child mortality rates that have failed to improve over the last five years. Some 80,000 children under the age of five die every year in Ghana, most from preventable or treatable disease.To help change that, efforts include the distribution of 1.5 million pamphlets to all primary schools to alert parents to the week-long campaign. Trained volunteers at 9,500 posts around the country are set to immunize millions of children against measles and polio, and give them Vitamin A supplements, and children in three northern regions will be de-wormed.For the first time in Ghana’s history of national immunization days, all children under two will be given free insecticide-treated bed nets to help fight bites from mosquitoes carrying malaria, which causes one-quarter of all deaths of children under five. The consistent use of treated bed nets alone could reduce all-cause child mortality by 20 per cent. But usage by pregnant women and infants is low, so long-term community education efforts will urge families to sleep together under the nets.“What we are doing through this campaign is not only to ensure that we work towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), but also to invest in the future – the children of Ghana,” said Dr. Joachim Saweka, WHO’s Ghana representative. “We are making a lot of savings by ensuring that our children are protected against measles, polio, Vitamin A deficiency and malaria all at once.” read more

Feds Russian creator of bank hacking program pleads guilty to conspiracy to

ATLANTA – A Russian man pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge Tuesday after federal authorities say he created a computer program that has been used to drain bank accounts.Aleksandr Andreevich Panin, who’s also known as “Gribodemon” and “Harderman,” pleaded guilty to a single count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud and wire fraud. He appeared in federal court wearing an orange jail uniform with his legs chained together as he entered a guilty plea after reaching a plea agreement with prosecutors.Another man, Hamza Bendelladj, was also indicted in the case and pleaded not guilty in May after being extradited from Thailand, where he was arrested a year ago. The case against him is still pending.Authorities say the 24-year-old Panin is the main author of SpyEye. The program is a type known as a banking Trojan, which was implanted onto computers to harvest financial information so its users could drain bank accounts. Authorities said the malware has infected more than 1.4 million computers in the United States and abroad and is responsible for untold amounts of financial theft.Federal prosecutor John Horn called Panin “one of the pre-eminent cybercriminals that we’ve been able to apprehend and prosecute so far.” Operating from Russia, Panin “wrote and polished the code for SpyEye until he had a product that experts described as professional grade,” Horn said.Trojans such as SpyEye can be profitable for cybercriminals. A small group of hackers in Eastern Europe arrested in 2010 was able to steal about $70 million from companies, municipalities and churches in Europe and the U.S.SpyEye was designed to automatically steal sensitive information — such as bank account credentials, credit card information, passwords and PIN numbers — after being implanted in victims’ computers. After the program took control of a computer, it allowed hackers to use a number of covert techniques to trick victims into giving up their personal information — including data grabbing and presenting victims with a fake bank account page. The information was then relayed to a command and control server, which was used to access bank accounts.Panin conspired with others, including Bendelladj, to advertise the SpyEye virus in online forums focused on cybercrime and other criminal activity and sold versions of the software for prices ranging from $1,000 to $8,500, prosecutors said. Cybercriminals were able to customize their purchases to choose specific methods of gathering personal information from victims. He is believed to have sold it to at least 150 clients. A single client of his, known by his online name “Soldier,” reportedly used the program to make more than $3.2 million in a six-month period, Horn said.Between 2009 and 2011, SpyEye was the pre-eminent malware toolkit used by cybercriminals, and it is still being used today, Horn said. Information from the financial services industry indicates that more than 10,000 bank accounts were compromised by the program in 2013 alone.Agents with the FBI in February 2011 searched and seized a SpyEye server they said was operated by Bendelladj in Georgia. That server controlled more than 200 computers infected with the virus and contained information from many financial institutions, authorities said.In June and July 2011, covert FBI sources communicated directly with Panin, who was using his online nicknames. The FBI sources were able to buy a version of SpyEye from Panin that included features designed to steal financial information, initiate fraudulent online banking transactions, among other operations.Panin, whose real name wasn’t yet known at the time, and Bendelladj were indicted in December 2011.Bendelladj was on a trip from Malaysia to Egypt when he was arrested during a layover at an airport in Bangkok on Jan. 5, 2013. Police seized two laptops, a tablet computer, a satellite phone and external hard drives.Panin was arrested July 1 when he flew through Atlanta’s airport. Horn, the prosecutor, declined to comment on the circumstances surrounding Panin’s arrest. He is set to be sentenced April 29.Federal agents continue to investigate the case, and Horn said investigators have been able to provide information to authorities in Bulgaria and the United Kingdom that have allowed them to make arrests. Feds: Russian creator of bank hacking program pleads guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Kate Brumback, The Associated Press Posted Jan 28, 2014 12:29 pm MDT read more

Conditions in Myanmars Rakhine not in place to enable safe returns –

“At present, conditions in Myanmar’s Rakhine state are not in place to enable safe and sustainable returns. Refugees are still fleeing, and many have suffered violence, rape, and deep psychological harm,” Adrian Edwards, a spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told journalists at a regular media briefing in Geneva Friday. “It is critical that returns do not take place precipitously or prematurely, without the informed consent of refugees or the basic elements of lasting solutions in place,” he stressed. Over the past three months, widespread inter-communal violence in Myanmar’s northern Rakhine state resulted in some 622,000 people fleeing into neighbouring Bangladesh. Prior to this latest crisis, Bangladesh was already hosting well over 200,000 Rohingya refugees as a result of earlier displacements.According to the UN refugee agency, some of those who fled witnessed the deaths of family and friends, and most have little or nothing to go back to with their homes and villages destroyed. Deep divisions between communities remain unaddressedUNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards“Deep divisions between communities remain unaddressed,” added Mr. Edwards, underscoring that progress towards addressing the root causes of flight, including lack of citizenship for members of the Rohingya community, as recommended by the Rakhine Advisory Commission, will also be crucial. Furthermore, humanitarian access in northern Rakhine state remains negligible.At the briefing, the UNHCR spokesperson also noted that the UN agency looks forward to seeing details of the agreement between the two countries, and that it stands ready to help both governments work towards a solution for the Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh that meets international refugee and human rights standards.“Refugees have the right to return [and] a framework that enables them to exercise this right in line with international standards, will be welcome,” he said. read more

IPL 2017 Kings XI sent in to bat in mustwin game

Shashank Kishore is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo Kings XI Punjab v Kolkata Knight Riders, IPL 2017, MohaliBy: Shashank KishoreToss Kolkata Knight Riders chose to bowl v Kings XI PunjabKolkata Knight Riders’ bowlers removed Kings XI Punjab’s top order with early strikes © BCCIKings XI Punjab were put in to bat in the first of three knockout games by Gautam Gambhir, the Kolkata Knight Riders captain, in Mohali.Glenn Maxwell announced four changes to the Kings XI side that failed to defend 189 against Gujarat Lions two nights ago. Spinners Swapnil Singh and Rahul Tewatia came in along with Manan Vohra and Matt Henry, the New Zealand fast bowler, picked for his first game this season.The absence of Hashim Amla and David Miller, who have flown back to South Africa to prepare for the a short ODI series in England, resulted in Kings XI playing only four specialist batsmen and the wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha.Meanwhile, Knight Riders were near full-strength with Robin Uthappa, who missed their last two games to nurse a sore hamstring, taking over wicketkeeping duties from Sheldon Jackson, while Kuldeep Yadav replaced Piyush Chawla.A win for Knight Riders would mean they join Mumbai Indians, Rising Pune Supergiant and Sunrisers Hyderabad in the playoffs. A Knight Riders win would also make this the earliest the four qualifying spots have been decided in the tournament’s history. (ESPNcricinfo)Kolkata Knight Riders: 1 Sunil Narine, 2 Gautam Gambhir (capt), 3 Chris Lynn, 4 Robin Uthappa (wk), 5 Manish Pandey, 6 Colin de Grandhomme, 7 Yusuf Pathan, 8 Chris Woakes, 9 Umesh Yadav, 10 Kuldeep Yadav, 11 Ankit RajpootKings XI Punjab: 1 Manan Vohra, 2 Martin Guptill, 3 Shaun Marsh, 4 Glenn Maxwell (capt), 5 Wriddhiman Saha (wk), 6 Axar Patel, 7 Rahul Tewatia, 8 Matt Henry, 9 Mohit Sharma, 10 Sandeep Sharma, 11 Swapnil Singh Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedTewatia, Mohit keep Kings XI aliveMay 9, 2017In “latest news”Andre Russell steals the show as Knight Riders make it two in twoMarch 27, 2019In “latest news”Clinical Knight Riders storm into Finals by upstaging table-toppersMay 28, 2014In “Sports” read more

Mining Masterclass on Mining Finance

first_img08:30Registration 10:30Tea and coffee break 10:45Current trends in the equity (both public and private) marketsRaj Khatri, Senior Managing Director and Head of Metals and Mining Europe, Macquarie Capital 11:30Practical experience of multiple finance sourcesTim Read, former Chief Executive Officer and President of Adastra Minerals Inc. 09:00Current trends in the debt finance marketMark Tyler, Head of Mining and Resources, Nedbank Contact: Liv.Carroll@pbworld.comcenter_img 12:15What to expect when financing through development finance institutionsJulian Nichol and Iain Duncan, Simmons & Simmons LLP 09:45Pre-pays as a form of financeEmma Jenkins, Director, Cambridge Risk Ltd On April 4, MinSouth and the Association of Mining Analysts continue their series of Mining Masterclasses with Simmons & Simmons LLP, in London, England. This Masterclass will look at current trends in the mining finance market and key points for consideration in relation to certain forms of mining finance. The start time is 08.30 at Simmons & Simmons, CityPoint, One Ropemaker Street, London EC2Y 9SS. This Masterclass, which is free to attend, will focus on financing exploration and project development and will include presentations from banks and financial institutions with Mark Tyler of Nedbank headlining. Further details are below:Programme 13:00Networking lunchlast_img read more

HOW MUCH GREENHOUSE GASES DO AGRICULTURAL PRACTICES EMIT IN THE ATMOSPHERE

first_imgmanagement, live stock waste from enteric fermentation in cattle, manure management, fossil fuel consumption from transportation and processing, and others. Each of these sources is discussed below along with possible ways of reducing emissions. The percentage of GHG emissions from each agricultural practice in The Gambia is sourced from The Gambia Second National Communications to the UNFCCC document which was published by the UNFCCC in 2012.Agricultural Soil Management Nitrous oxide emissions from agricultural soils and bush and crop residue burning account for 10 percent of the total emissions from the agricultural sector. In a developed world like the United States of America, this accounts for about 60 percent of the total emissions from the agricultural sector (USEPA 1990 – 2005). Nitrous oxide is produced naturally in soils through the microbial processes of nitrification and de-nitrification. This simply means the decomposition of soil organic matter. In between the nitrification and de-nitrification processes, nitrous oxide is produced.The large increase in the use of nitrogen fertilizer ( ex. compound fertilizer or urea) for the production of a high nitrogen-consuming crop like corn has increased the emissions of nitrous oxide worldwide. Although nitrogen fertilizer is essential for increasing crop production, the development of practices for more efficiently using nitrogen fertilizer has the potential to significantly reduce nitrous oxide emissions while also reducing production costs and mitigating the nitrogen contamination of surface and ground waters. This means that if you apply nitrogen fertilizer to your crops, DO NOT broadcast it. Broadcasting means applying the fertilizer by throwing it everywhere in the crop field. Instead, use band application. Band application is when you place the fertilizer at least six inches from the stems of crops in a row and bury it in the soil. In this way the crop will efficiently use the fertilizer and less of that fertilizer will emit nitrous oxide in the atmosphere. You will also not waste the amount of your fertilizer as opposed to when you broadcast it.Enteric Fermentation Methane is produced as part of the normal digestive processes in animals, mostly cattle. During digestion, microbes in the animal’s digestive system ferment feed. This process, called enteric fermentation, produces methane as a by-product which can be emitted by the exhaling and belching of the animal. Because of their unique digestive system, ruminant animals (e.g. cattle) are the major emitters of methane. Beef cattle account for about 70 percent and dairy cattle for about 25 percent of these methane emissions in the US. It is worth noting that in the US, cattle rearing is entirely done in a confined environment where there is less movement of the cattle. Because of that management system, these cattle give off more methane than expected. However, in The Gambia, the combination of animal husbandry, rice cultivation, and bush and crop residue burning account for 51 percent of total emissions. The cattle rearing system in The Gambia is characterized by a free range system where the cattle freely move about and travel long distances each day grazing on natural vegetation. In this type of management system, less methane gas is given off. Therefore, if beef and dairy cattle numbers increase in a confined environment, methane emissions will also increase. Feed qualify and feed intake influence the level of methane emissions. In general, higher feed quality and higher feed intake lead to higher methane emissions.Manure Management Methane is produced by the anaerobic (without oxygen) decomposition of manure. When manure is handled as a solid or deposited naturally on grassland, it decomposes aerobically (with oxygen) and creates little methane emissions. However, manure stored as a liquid or slurry in lagoons, ponds, tanks or pits, as is common in the US, decomposes anaerobically and creates methane emissions. Dairy cattle and pigs produce about 85 percent of the methane emissions in the US. In The Gambia, this percentage is 64. This is because The Gambia has a free range small ruminant and pig management system and their diets are generally of low quality and less in quantity. Methane emissions will increase as the number of large scale livestock confinement systems increases. Methane emissions can be reduced through the application of technologies designed to capture the methane and use it as an energy source. In addition to reducing methane emissions, methane capture will improve the profitability of the livestock operation by offsetting the need for fossil fuel energy from outside sources.Carbon Dioxide from Fossil Fuel Consumption The use of fossil fuels (i.e. diesel or petrol) in agricultural production (ex. by operating tractors on the farm and or using vehicles to transport farm inputs and produce) accounts for eight percent of the emissions from agriculture in the US. The Gambia, however, does not have any percentage emissions for fossil fuel use may be because our farmers seldom use tractors for their field operations. Even the very few who use tractors on their farms, their usage is very limited and it is on seasonal basis only. Using renewable fuels (like using solar-power tractors) can reduce the carbon dioxide emissions from agriculture production.Other A variety of other sources produce greenhouse gas emissions. For example, most of the world’s rice and all of U.S. rice are grown on flooded fields which prevent atmospheric oxygen from entering soil. When rice is grown with no oxygen, the soil organic matter decomposes under anaerobic conditions and produces methane that escapes into the atmosphere and causes emissions. In The Gambia, methane emission under rice production is estimated at 33 percent. In order to reduce emissions from rice cultivation, the rice field should be drained of water at some time of the growth of the crop to minimize anaerobic fermentation.Sidat Yaffa, Ph.D.Contact: slsconsultinggambia@gmail.com ]]>last_img read more

Ronaldo My son says hell be better than me

first_imgConfidence appears to be running high in Cristiano Ronaldo’s family with the star revealing that his son is already aiming to become even better than him8-year-old Cristiano Jr has followed in his father’s footsteps this summer by signing for Juventus’ Under-9 team.And it seems that the youngster is having no trouble adapting to his new surroundings as he continues to bang in the goals for the Bianconeri youth side.Although his father, who recently scored his first two goals the Juventus senior side on Sunday, warned that he may not have it so easy when it comes to catching up with him.“I hope Cris, my son, will be like his daddy,” Ronaldo sr told reporters on Mundo Deportivo.“He says he’ll be better than me, but I think he’ll find it difficult.”Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.Ronaldo will make his Champions League debut for Juventus this evening against Valencia.Below is a video of Cristiano Jr in action.Juventus Pulcini won 7-1 yesterday – Cristiano Ronaldo Jr. scored 4 of those goals on his debut. [TS] pic.twitter.com/AXZWsOPBBr— Juvefc.com (@juvefcdotcom) September 2, 2018last_img read more

Missing endangered woman seen with two strangers at bank police say

first_imgMajor crimes detectives are continuing their search for 22-year-old Deborah Ann Kellar, a medically endangered Vancouver woman who is missing under suspicious circumstances — and was seen at a bank with a man and woman unknown to her family.Thursday afternoon, the Clark County Sheriff’s Office released an updated bulletin that includes a more representative photo of Kellar and bank surveillance photos of the unknown man and woman.“At this time it is unknown if Deborah is in any danger,” sheriff’s Sgt. Scott Schanaker said in the bulletin. “It is known that she is missing, that she has not communicated with family members as would normally be the case, and that she is mentally challenged as reported by her family.” On Wednesday, Schanaker said, Kellar withdrew money from her U.S. bank account in Hazel Dell and Portland. And she was seen about 1:20 p.m. Wednesday at a U.S. Bank in Hillsboro, Ore., with the two strangers.Kellar is white, 5 feet 4 inches tall to 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs 300 pounds or more, with brown eyes and frizzy blond hair with brown roots showing. She likes to wear dark clothing.She has the cognitive skills of a 15-year-old, is shy of strangers and suffers from diabetes and clinical depression, Sheriff’s Sgt. Randon Walker said in a bulletin late Wednesday night.last_img read more

SantaCon braves streets of the Couv

first_imgYou better watch out … Santa clones are comin’ to town.At least 100 people are planning to don the costume of the fat jolly one and participate in Clark County’s first SantaCon, to be held Saturday in downtown Vancouver.o What: SantaCon Vancouver Washington.o When: 3 p.m. until the bars close, Saturday. Starts at Mt. Tabor Brewing, 113 W. Ninth St.; 7 p.m. group photo at Kiggins Theatre, 1011 Main St.o Cost: Free, but donations of socks for charities requested. Drop-off spots at Mt. Tabor and other merchant locations.o Information: The SantaCon website or its Facebook page.The worldwide event, in which throngs of people dress as Santa and flood eateries, pubs and businesses, is free — you don’t even need to sign up — and is always looking for more participants, said Brett Allred, who is spearheading the Vancouver effort.“Most towns, it turns into a public display of Santa spirit,” Allred said. “They dress up in Santa or holiday outfits that range from mild to wild.”last_img read more

Alaskans on front lines of Standing Rock protest

first_imgA group of Alaska Native women helping with the Standing Rock Sioux protest of the Dakota Access Pipeline, are providing an inside perspective on the dispute that’s getting worldwide attention.Listen Now The cell service is patchy at Standing Rock unless you walk up a hill that overlooks the Oceti Sakowin camp. Everyone at the camp calls it Facebook hill. Water protectors walk up the hill hoping for cell service to make phone calls, send text messages, and for the lucky few, to check their Facebook and other social media.Shirley Ann Shimek who goes by, “Skipper” came from Anchorage to help support the people who are protesting the pipeline at Standing Rock.“The people could come here and storm this place and no one would ever know. That’s how it feels to some of the people that are staying here,” Shimek said.Shimek has been working in the kitchen cleaning and cooking and listening to the people around the camp.“The feeling here is one of comraderies, everyone is in sync with each other for the water and to support the Standing Rock community,” Shimek said.Each night you can see huge lights shining into the camp from where the Dakota Access Pipeline is working on the protested project and there are planes and helicopters flying over the camp throughout the day and night..“I just don’t understand why there is a helicopter and airplanes buzzing around and around,” Shimek said.Fighting back tears, Shimke shared why she came to Standing Rock. She said she read on Facebook about a young man and his horse who were both shot with a rubber bullet.“You would think that they wouldn’t do that anymore,” Shimek said. “That we would all live peacefully and this kind of action would not be tolerated by the world…but here we are.”Shimke said the trip has been great for her because she connected with other women in Alaska.“Believe me, it’s very powerful to be around and be a part of these women,” Shimek said.last_img read more

With a few weeks to go Alaska schools are short 245 educators

first_img(Photo illustration by Quinton Chandler/KTOO)Imagine you’re fresh out of school, broke and hunting for your first teaching job. Then a school district offers you a job paying $70,000 a year. Afterward, you meet Joshua Gill from the Lower Kuskokwim School District in rural Alaska and he offers you a job paying $52,000 a year.Listen now“For a kid coming out of school, that’s an $18,000 difference,” Gill said.$70,000 dollars a year for a new teacher may be surprising but Gill said that actually happened when he was recruiting in the Lower 48 this spring. He is in charge of hiring people for his district. He said school districts offering more money get to take their pick.“And then you’ve got to convince somebody to come to bush Alaska where we have some teacher housing that doesn’t have running water,” Gill explained. “They have honey buckets, (a) gray water system and (you’re) trying to convince them to live in a village thousands of miles away from their families.”Juneau School District Human Resources Manager Cherish Hansen left, and recently retired Human Resources Director Ted VanBronkhorst at the Alaska Teacher Placement Job Fair in Anchorage in March. (Courtesy Juneau School District)But, recruiting is just part of Alaska’s challenge. Toni McFadden said the bigger problem is there are fewer teachers.“Nationwide our country is facing a severe teaching shortage,” McFadden said.With only a few weeks to go until the new school year begins, about half of Alaska’s school districts are still looking for a couple hundred teachers and special educators to hire.McFadden is with Alaska Teacher Placement. She helps connect teachers with Alaska school districts. That partly means holding job fairs. Their biggest one of the year drew between 200 and 250 people.“And that has been a steady decline,” McFadden said. “People remember from the ’80s when there were over a thousand people looking for jobs in Alaska.”McFadden said Alaska school districts hire about 800 teachers from out of state each year. Close to 200 more come from within the state.“Fewer people are going into teaching as a career, about 50 percent of teachers leave teaching as a career during the first three to five years,” McFadden said. “Even to the point that some colleges are cutting back on teaching classes because they don’t have the enrollment that they used to have.”Alaska Teacher Placement counts 155 open teaching positions and 90 special education positions across the state as of August 4.“We’re looking at weeks before school starts and we have 90 elementary teacher positions that we need,” McFadden said.According to McFadden about half of the state’s school districts still need teachers. She said that’s similar to last year.“We’ll have substitutes in classrooms getting the year started with children when it’s so important to have their teacher there establishing routines and getting learning started,” McFadden added.Another piece of the problem is teacher turnover. Just ask Dayna DeFeo, a researcher with the Center for Alaska Education Policy Research.“We recently calculated the per teacher cost of turnover in Alaska,” DeFeo said. “We calculated that it is about $20,400 every time a teacher turns over for each position.”That money comes from things like recruitment costs, hiring, training and teacher productivity.DeFeo said between 2013 and 2014, out of the 1,095 teachers who left jobs in their districts, 87 percent stopped teaching in Alaska.DeFeo said 80 percent of teachers who leave rural Alaska leave the state education system. She doesn’t have more recent numbers but said that was a steady trend for five years.Todd Hess, head of human resources for Anchorage School District, said he knows teachers who claimed they were leaving the state because of uncertainty over Alaska’s education funding.Earlier this summer, the Anchorage School District sent layoff notices to about 200 teachers while they waited for the Legislature to pass an operating budget and decide how much money Alaska schools would have for the 2017-2018 school year.When legislators passed the budget days before the start of the new fiscal year, the district canceled the layoff notices, but not before stressing out a lot of educators.Meanwhile, DeFeo said in the Lower 48, there’s a stronger economy, growing teacher salaries and a short supply of teachers, making a “perfect storm” for teacher recruitment in Alaska.last_img read more

New CJ for harmony between 3 state organs

first_imgChief justice Syed Mahmud HossainNew chief justice Syed Mahmud Hossain said a country’s forward march is seriously hampered if there is lack of coordination between the three organs of the state.”I’ll strive to attain better coordination between the state’s three organs – the legislature, the executive and the judiciary,” he told a reception accorded at the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on Sunday.A senior judge of the Appellate Division, Syed Mahmud Hossain took oath as the 22th chief justice of the country on Saturday.His appointment by the president on Friday was preceded by resignation of justice SK Sinha following his tensions with the government. Justice Abdul Wahab Miah, who was acting as chief justice, also resigned after his junior Syed Mahmud Hossain was appointed the chief justice.The ruling party leaders criticised in parliament the Supreme Court judges after the Appallate Division published last year the full verdict cancelling the 16th amendment to the constitution.As customary practice, the attorney general and the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) accorded a reception to the new chief justice on Sunday morning.Justice Mahmud Hossain said there that a country can progress through close coordination between three branches of the state – the legislative, the executive and the judiciary.”I’ll try to ensure that the Supreme Court discharges its duties as per the constitution. We’ve to build the image in such a manner that everyone, the weak and the influential, the rich and the poor, can all feel equal in the eyes of law.”The chief justice said the court has to ensure justice for all as per the law. “It will strengthen the people’s confidence and trust on the court,” he added.Paying tributes to the language martyrs, the chief justice delivered his speech in Bangla.Justice Mahmud Hossain also pointed out that the backlog of cases is a major problem of the justice delivery system. “We have to jointly work to solve it.”He noted that honesty is the strength of a judge. “His conscience is his accountability and he has to act as per the constitution and the law of the country,” he added.The chief justice said the responsibility of a judge is to uphold the spirit of the oath and deliver judgement without fear or favour.He said a judge does not require any separate code of conduct if he or she discharges duties as per the oath.last_img read more

A Soldier Killed Last Week In Syria Has Been Identified As A

first_imgA soldier killed last week in Syria has been identified as a 36-year-old from Austin.The Associated Press reports Master Sergeant Jonathan J. Dunbar died Friday as a result of injuries suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his patrol in Manbij, near the Turkish border.The attack also killed a member of the British armed forces, and wounded five other people.The U.S.-led coalition released a statement Saturday saying that forces were conducting a mission to kill or capture a known member of the Islamic State when they encountered the roadside bomb.Dunbar was assigned to the headquarters of the U.S. Army Special Operations Command in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He is the fourth American service member to die in Syria since the U.S. began attacking I.S. militants there in September 2014.Master Sergeant Jonathan J. Dunbar 1st SFOD-DKIA, IED, Manbij, Syria15 JUL 1981 – 30 MAR 2018RIP Brother and God be with your loved oneshttps://t.co/LlwsajsL5H pic.twitter.com/ArRQeAvHOZ— Ken Pepper (@KenPepper45) April 1, 2018 Sharelast_img read more

100yearold woman raped in Bengal

first_imgKolkata: A 100-year-old woman was brutally raped allegedly by a 20-year-old youth in the middle of the night in West Bengal’s Nadia district, the police said on Wednesday. “The incident took place on Monday night. Argha Biswas alias Abhijit was caught by the family members of the old woman. A complaint was filed on Tuesday,” an officer of the Chakdah police station said. The culprit from the Gangaprasadpur area has been arrested and presented before the court. The proceedings are going on and the centenarian has been released from the hospital after the required medical tests.last_img read more

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first_imgJune 9, 2009 – Physicians can better predict potentially life-threatening cardiac events with real-time, three-dimensional echocardiography technology, according to a study released at the 20th Annual Scientific Sessions of the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) in Washington, D.C.The study concluded that 3D measurements could help guide management decisions on how to best treat the patient and better predict the patient’s chance of survival. Left ventricular end systolic volume measured by 2D echocardiography is an important correlate of survival. Researchers sought to determine whether 3D echo was more predictive of outcome than 2D echo. The study included 535 patients referred for left ventricle assessment. Patients were assessed with 2D and 3D echocardiography. Over four to five years, cardiac admission, incident heart failure, atrial fibrillation and all-cause mortality information was obtained in 461 of 504 patients with images suitable for measurement. The results showed 48 cardiac events (10 percent) including 34 deaths. Larger left ventricular end-systolic volume and lower ejection fraction were associated with worse outcome. The addition of 2D echo end-systolic volume increased the association of clinical variables—renal disease, left ventricular impairment and age – with outcome, but 3D echo end-systolic volume increased the strength of association. Similarly, the incremental value of 2D echo ejection fraction was exceeded by 3D echo ejection fraction.The study was conducted by Carly Jenkins, Tony Stanton and Thomas H. Marwick at University of Queensland in Woolloongabba, Australia.For more information: www.asecho.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more News | June 08, 2009 Study Finds 3D Echo is a Stronger Outcome Predictor Than 2D News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more Related Content News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 05, 2019 Digital Health Devices Used at Point of Care May Improve Diagnostic Certainty A West Virginia-based rural medical outreach event showcased the use of point-of-care technology in an ambulatory… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | Colonoscopy Systems | August 06, 2019 Rise in Early Onset Colorectal Cancer Not Aligned With Screening Trends A new study finds that trends in colonoscopy rates did not fully align with the increase in colorectal cancer (CRC) in… read more last_img read more