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News / Forwarders must act smarter to prevent peak cargo congestion, says Heathrow

first_imgThe airport has also doubled capacity at its control posts and now has a new security duty manager specifically for cargo, based in the freight area. It has also introduced an app which shows where any congestion is.In addition, Segro, owner of the Horseshoe, is putting in extra staff and has paid for an additional police presence.However, Heathrow remains concerned that other stakeholders don’t have their own plans ready, and instead will continue to blame others.“The community was going to publish optimal times for collection, a plan to open smalls [small doors for packages] and sheds were going to publish their peak times,” said Nick Platts, head of cargo for the airport.“We have been trying to get them to talk together. But I am not aware of any plans or commitments they have made to do things differently.”Forwarders have already expressed concern that the congestion seen at Heathrow last year, which reportedly saw some trucks wait up to 12 hours, would happen again. But Mr Platts said forwarders had failed to come up with their own solutions.“Expeditors is a good example of a company working to solve a problem. But I am disappointed with the lack of engagement from others, in particular the multinationals.“We also asked BIFA, but have had no response. What are its members going to do about it?”Heathrow has also spoken to HM Customs about the the possibility of carrying imports and exports on the same vehicle, and delivering to multiple forwarders.“One haulier, Goldstar, has got approval for a milk run trial. Consolidating loads is an excellent way of reducing vehicles in the Horseshoe. But it is disappointing that an individual company has had to do it, not an association of companies.“We need the sheds to plan together, and early. Hauliers need to stop sending vehicles which sit in the horseshoe for eight or nine hours. But the companies don’t want them in their own yards.“Then the sheds say the forwarders don’t pick up on time and the forwarders blame the sheds. Everyone blames everyone else.“But they all need to improve their behaviour. Let’s get away from the blame game and work together to make it more efficient.”Mr Platts, talking to The Loadstar on the sidelines of TIACA’s ACF last week in Toronto,  pointed to instances where hauliers had taken a tachograph break in the congested Horseshoe, and where forwarders failed to pick up cargo within 10 days, or deliver it three days early.“It’s a transit shed, not a storage shed,” he said. “No one on their own can solve the problem, but they all prioritise their own agenda.“We need to stop passing problems on to the next layer in the chain.”He added that smaller forwarders needed to recognise that “the world has changed and they need to work at weekends. It is no longer OK to deliver Friday for Monday. And companies should park their cars in the multi-storey, not on the horseshoe – but they are reluctant.“We need new ways of working and much better coordination and collaboration.”Last peak season saw 43 “congestion events” in the horseshoe that spilled out onto the airport. At Easter, there was just one event, after Heathrow brought in new planning.Mr Platts also called on forwarders to talk to shippers about the best days to deliver cargo – and asked industry associations to help.“There’s a lot more associations could do to make things more efficient, and it’s unclear why they are not.”He said the airport was confident that its planning would result in none or few events, although it had classified 11 days as high risk and 23 days as medium risk in the two months when Heathrow expected to see 150,000 tons a month.“And the forecast is edging up,” he added. © Mindauga Dulinska By Alex Lennane 23/10/2018center_img Heathrow Airport has defended its peak season plans – but warned forwarders, hauliers and handlers to change their behaviour to ensure there are no congestion problems.Airport data indicates that volumes will be as strong, or stronger, than last year, when congestion became a major issue.Heathrow’s operations centre has a plan in place to keep the Horseshoe flowing by managing the flow of vehicles through the control of traffic lights, marshalling and a queue system.last_img read more

Overlooked warning signs more accurately predict risk of death

first_img Columnist, Off the Charts Jennifer Adaeze Okwerekwu is a psychiatrist and a columnist for STAT. By Jennifer Adaeze Okwerekwu May 16, 2016 Reprints Quick TakeOverlooked warning signs more accurately predict risk of death Being “in good health” is often understood to mean not suffering from chronic diseases. But a new study finds that in older adults, factors such as psychosocial well-being and frailty are actually better predictors of death than typical measures like having diabetes or high blood pressure.Why it matters:The disease-centered focus of modern medicine often ignores the elements of health outside of illness. This is the first study of its kind to use a more comprehensive definition of well-being to analyze population health.The nitty gritty:Researches took a closer look at the data gathered by the National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project (NSHAP) a longitudinal, population-based study of older Americans who live at home. By interviewing and examining over 3,000 adults between 57 and 85 years of age, they found that half of the people classified as healthy by the traditional medical models actually had hidden risk factors for death and incapacity within five years.advertisement [email protected] Related: Tags diabetesmortality Jean-Sebastien Evrard/AFP/Getty Images “Our data shows that there are distinct clusters, or classes of health,” said lead investigator Martha K. McClintock, professor of psychology at the University of Chicago. The study was published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.You’ll want to know:Two previously unrecognized factors with twice the mortality and incapacity risk included people with healed broken bones and people with poor mental health.What they’re saying: “What surprised me was the importance of broken bones,” said John Haaga, who heads a division of the National Institute on Aging, which funded the research. That risk was known in older people, but “other broken bones earlier in life, in late middle age, being such a signal is interesting and worth following up,” he explained.This empirical data confirms the idea that there is no health without mental health, said Dr. Maria A. Oquendo, professor of psychiatry at Columbia University and New York State Psychiatric Institute.But keep in mind: While mental health has been historically shortchanged in medicine, the profession is increasingly recognizing that psychosocial well-being matters.“What they are considering the traditional medical model is really outdated,” said Dr. Joseph Ladapo, an assistant professor of population health and medicine at New York University Langone Medical Center.  “I don’t think it’s quite a fair comparison.”The study also concluded that certain health behaviors, like smoking, carry little weight in defining vulnerable health classes. Can we ‘cure’ aging? Scientists disagree Newsletters Sign up for Daily Recap A roundup of STAT’s top stories of the day. Please enter a valid email address. Jennifer Adaeze Okwerekwu @JenniferAdaeze The researchers created a statistical model to recategorize the study population into six tiers, from “robust” to “at-risk.” This model found that factors including loneliness, sense of hearing, mobility, and bone fractures significantly impacted mortality but were not included in traditional disease models. The authors found it more accurately reflected whether individuals would become incapacitated or die within five years than the prevailing medical model, which focuses on distinct diseases. The healthiest class of people were obese and robust. Obesity in an older adult who was otherwise healthy posed little risk for mortality.advertisement Privacy Policy About the Author Reprints Leave this field empty if you’re human: “I think one has to pause and look at the bigger  picture and really do a gut check on that kind of finding,” said Ladapo.  For many major illnesses like heart disease, stroke, and kidney disease, smoking is a major risk factor, and “it’s an enormous limitation [of the study]. … There is no doubt that smoking imparts an enormous burden on health and wellness.”The bottom line: Though a more inclusive definition of health isn’t a brand-new idea, this study adds evidence that overlooked health factors may be important indicators of health in older adults.last_img read more

After complaints of favoritism, FDA does an about-face and opens a contract to bidding

first_img Log In | Learn More After complaints of favoritism, FDA does an about-face and opens a contract to bidding Andrew Harnik/AP What is it? By Ed Silverman May 16, 2018 Reprints Pharmalot STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. @Pharmalot Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your first 30 days free! GET STARTED Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr.center_img Pharmalot Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry. GET STARTED [email protected] Tags pharmaceuticalspolicySTAT+ What’s included? Ed Silverman About the Author Reprints After complaints from various organizations, the Food and Drug Administration has done an about-face and opened up bidding on a $4.25 million contract that was already earmarked for a health policy institute at Duke University run by former FDA commissioner Mark McClellan.The decision is an unusual development that comes amid accusations of favoritism and confusion over the agency’s bidding process for certain types of grants.last_img read more

Huntington Announces New Strategic Community Plan with $40 Billion Pledge to…

first_imgHuntington Bancshares Incorporated (Nasdaq: HBAN) today announced a new strategy to tackle social, racial, environmental and economic inequities across its footprint by committing $40 billion toward its new Community Plan. The plan will help improve financial opportunities for the consumers, businesses and communities it serves, with a focus on affordable housing, small business loans and increased capital to historically disadvantaged and low- to moderate-income communities.Huntington CEO Steve Steinour and key partners, including Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, discuss the bank’s new $40 billion Strategic Community Plan.”As a growing bank dedicated to supporting the people, businesses and communities throughout our expanded footprint, we recognize the responsibility we have to help improve economic opportunity for those we serve,” said Steve Steinour, Huntington chairman, president and CEO. “Our purpose of looking out for people guides us to be a catalyst for positive change and to ensure under-resourced consumers and businesses have the access to capital, affordable housing and other resources to achieve their goals and to pursue their dreams. Our recently completed merger with TCF Financial Corporation enables us to renew and strengthen our commitment to improving the financial stability and quality of life for people in our local communities.”Huntington met with 400 community organizations across its current and newly expanded footprint to identify community needs outlined in the plan. Huntington’s expanded 2021 Community Plan addresses several key areas of need, which the bank identified through ongoing conversations with community partners, colleagues, and customers:Racial and Social Equity: Huntington will place special emphasis on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiatives, including those that support environmental equity, to strengthen customers, businesses and organizations that represent diverse demographics. As detailed below, of the $40 billion commitment, the bank will allocate $16 billion of the Community Plan to minority borrowers and communities to advance meaningful and systemic change.Consumer and Home Lending: Homeownership is a catalyst to help build assets and increase economic opportunity. Huntington will adopt an affordable housing and consumer lending goal of $24 billion, of which $12 billion of this amount is committed to meeting the needs of minority and under-resourced populations.Small Business: Huntington will expand its Small Business lending programs into its new footprint and commit $10 billion over five years, of which $2 billion will focus on lending to minority-owned businesses or businesses operating in majority-minority communities.Community Development Lending and Investing: Huntington is dedicated to increasing capital to historically disadvantaged people, businesses and communities. The bank will commit $6.5 billion in loans and investments to enhance programs and services that foster equity in areas including but not limited to affordable housing, small business financing and community services that provide food security, financial empowerment and workforce development. Of the $6.5 billion, $2 billion will focus on minority initiatives in these areas. In addition, Huntington will continue its philanthropic giving and other support as part of the 2021 Community Plan.The challenges of the past year have highlighted the disproportionate environmental impacts on certain communities. Huntington is committed to help drive meaningful change and to improve the economic vitality, financial security and sustainable future for those it serves. In the next several months, the bank will engage in conversations with a cross-section of leaders to develop specific initiatives to address environmental health challenges faced by under-resourced communities. Huntington’s sustainability commitments will evolve as the bank continues to listen and take action to meet the changing needs of local communities.The 2021 Strategic Community Plan comes one week after Huntington’s merger with TCF Financial Corporation, which created a top-25 U.S. bank holding company and solidifies the combined company’s commitment to the customers and communities it serves. The plan represents an increase of approximately $5 billion of new funding above the historical lending and investing of Huntington and TCF. Both banks have deep-rooted connections in the community, including the National Community Advisory Council (NCAC) that Huntington established in partnership with the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) in 2017 to further engage critical community organizations in conversations about the critical needs of low- to moderate- and under-resourced communities. Huntington will continue to work with community organizations across its footprint to ensure the new plan aligns with the needs of all the communities it serves.”We appreciate the leadership and commitment of Huntington Bank to come back to the table with NCRC and our members to develop a new community benefits plan that makes specific and significant commitments to increase investments, lending and access to affordable homes in communities of color,” said NCRC CEO Jesse Van Tol. “The commitment to advance the bank’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiatives is encouraging. This effort, and the $40 billion commitment that it produced, makes me hopeful that we are making a lasting impact on lives, families and neighborhoods.””Banks are the stewards of a community’s wealth,” said NCRC President and Founder John Taylor. “It is their solemn obligation to treat such wealth with the utmost of diligence. In the forefront of that obligation is the bank’s commitment to reinvest in those communities to allow the citizens’ wealth to grow and expand via bank investments.”Through Huntington’s prior Community Plans, the bank has assisted more than 14,000 first-time home buyers, invested or lent $962 million for 8,693 units of affordable housing developments, and in total provided more than $22.7 billion in community development programs and products, loans and investments to meet needs across its footprint.”We are so grateful for Huntington’s 155-year history in Ohio and continued leadership today,” said Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine. “This Community Plan is bold, thoughtful and life-changing for the people who will be helped by it—one homeowner, one business owner, one community at a time.”The merger between Huntington and TCF will create an even stronger commitment to economic and technological innovation for Detroit, home of the commercial bank headquarters, and throughout Michigan. The collective strength of the combined company will allow for greater impact as the bank continues to engage with community partners in this region to determine core needs of the people who live and work in minority communities.”We recognize the crucial need for change, and the unique position our bank is in to strengthen individuals, businesses and communities. We are proud that our combined bank is leaning in to help business owners, new homeowners and others create wealth and pursue their dreams,” said Huntington Bank Chairman Gary Torgow.”Huntington and TCF already have shown their dedication to Detroit by pledging $10 million to the Strategic Neighborhood Fund. So, we are especially proud that the new combined bank chose our city to make such an important announcement about its national Community Plan,” said Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan. “Building Huntington’s co-headquarters in Detroit and furthering support of the region with another $1 billion pledge to the city and Wayne County is evidence of the bank’s deep-rooted commitment to our residents, businesses and communities. Gary Torgow and Steve Steinour have been phenomenal partners over the years, and it is great to see the two banks come together with a broader community strategy.”Huntington continues to invest in its communities to support economic inclusion and to help make its customers and communities more financially secure. Huntington Lift Local Business is a small-business lending program focused on serving minority, women and veteran-owned businesses. Building on its small-business advocacy and expertise, Huntington developed creative lending options and a variety of other features that will help bring relief, recovery and growth to small businesses across the Midwest.More than a decade ago, Huntington introduced 24-Hour Grace® to help customers avoid overdraft fees. The bank later doubled down and extended 24-Hour Grace® to business customers and introduced no overdraft fee $50 Safety Zone SM, further helping to protect customers from overdraft fees. Earlier this month, the bank launched Standby Cash, a line of credit giving eligible customers immediate access up to $1,000 with no interest or fees if customers sign up for automatic payments (otherwise, a 1% monthly interest charge, 12% APR, applies to outstanding balances). The bank also just launched Early Pay, giving Huntington customers access to their paychecks up to two days early, at no additional cost. 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San Carlos Park man’s idea helped reinvent disco

first_imgClewiston High School senior surprises crowd with generosity at graduation June 9, 2021 Advertisement One injured in San Carlos Park crash June 16, 2021 Advertisement“Our dance floors were pretty well known throughout the United States,” Gary said.Now in retirement, Gary is still looking for things to reinvent and restore – which includes his car collection.“I feel like I’m making a statement at my age,” Gary said. AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments Advertisement Gary Loomis’ driveway is filled with more than a half dozen classic cars – some nearly a century old. One of the most prized vehicles in his collection, a Studebaker, was little more than a hunk of rust when Gary found it. Now it looks brand new thanks to his careful restoration efforts.“I just like playing with the cars and building stuff,” Gary said simply.But one of Gary’s most significant accomplishments had nothing to do with cars. In the 1970s, he helped reinvent disco with the most elaborate multicolor lighted dance floor that had ever been invented. He came up with the idea with a group of friends and business partners.“It just sounded like a great idea and we wondered if we could do that,” Gary said. His dance floors became capable of producing more than a quarter million patterns. Soon, they started being shipped across the country. One was even used in the blockbuster movie “Saturday Night Fever”.center_img Former NYPD officer finds unexpected joy patrolling Fort Myers elementary school June 16, 2021 RELATEDTOPICS AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments Retired teacher hopes to empower students with swim around Key West June 14, 2021 AdvertisementTags: San Carlos ParkStory2Sharelast_img read more

Deaths in Laois – Saturday, June 12, 2021

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Below are the recent local deaths.May they rest in peace.Nora Byrne (née Condron)Dundrum, Dublin / Wolfhill, LaoisByrne (nee Condron) (Dundrum and formerly of Wolfhill, Co Laois) – June 10th, 2021 (peacefully) in the loving care of the staff of St. Columcille’s Hospital, Loughlinstowm and while in the presence of her family, Nora, beloved wife of the late Eddie and much-loved mother of Helen and the late Marguerite. Deeply regretted and sadly missed by her loving daughter, sons-in-law David and Eamonn, adored grandchildren Aoife, Sarah, David, Katie, Garret and great-granddaughter Daisy, relatives, neighbours and friends.In line with Government and HSE advice regarding funeral gatherings, a private funeral (limited to 50 people) will take place at 11:30am on Tuesday morning (June 15th) in the Church of the Holy Cross, Main Street, Dundrum. Live streaming of the funeral Mass can be viewed by clicking on the following link: Click Here to View MassNora’s Funeral Cortège is expected to pass residence on Tuesday morning (June 15th) at 12:45pm. Anyone wishing to stand along the route as a mark of respect are asked to adhere to all guidelines relating to social distancing and the wearing of face masks. Those who would have liked to attend the funeral and cannot due to current restrictions may leave a personal message for the family in the section “Condolences” on the bottom of this notice.Tom ByrneDerrough, Mountrath, LaoisTom Byrne, Derrough, Mountrath, Portlaoise, Co. Laois, (Honorary President of St. Fintan’s GAA Club), 11th June 2021 peacefully at his home, surrounded by his loving family. Beloved husband of Breda and dearly loved father of Maura, Fiona, Tommy, Claire, Ann and Eileen, daughter-in-law, sons-in law, his beloved grandchildren Lauren, Alison, Tara, Grace, Thomas, Dean, Katie, Emily, Patrick, Jane, Emma, Molly, Caoimhe, Anna, Maisie and Ned. Deeply regretted by his loving family, his sisters Peggy and Bab, predeceased by his sister Maisie and brother Paddy, nieces, nephews, relatives, neighbours and friends.Given the current exceptional circumstances and to protect the welfare of everyone who knew him, a private family funeral will take place (max 50 people in the Church) Funeral Mass will take place (13th June) in St. Fintan’s Church, Mountrath at 2pm and will be live streamed on the Parish Website: https://www.mountrathparish.ie/mountrath-webcam/ or the St. Fintan’s Parish, Mountrath Facebook page, followed by burial in St. Fintan’s Cemetery, Mountrath.Tom’s family would like to thank you for your understanding and consideration at this sad and difficult time and would also like to thank sincerely all who cared for Tom.Bernadette Callaghan (née Dunne)Borris Great, Portlaoise, LaoisCallaghan Bernadette, Borris Little, Portlaoise, June 10th 2021. Peacefully, at The Regional Hospital, Portlaoise, surrounded by her loving family. Beloved wife of the late Hugh and dearly loved mother to Francis, Chris, Hughie, Rory and Anne-Marie. Deeply regretted by her loving family, sisters in law, daughters in law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.Given the exceptional climate and to protect the welfare of everyone who knew her, a private funeral, limited to immediate family and friends, will take place, at 2.30pm on Saturday in SS Peter and Paul’s Church, Portlaoise and will be streamed on the webcam: http://www.portlaoiseparish.ie/web-cam/. Burial afterwards in SS Peter and Paul’s Cemetery, Portlaoise.The family thank you for your cooperation, understanding and support during this sensitive time.James Anthony Goodwin27 St. Joseph’s Terrace, Mountmellick, LaoisDied June 10th 2021. Beloved son of the late Christopher and Kathleen Goodwin. Predeceased by his brothers Paul and Michael and sister Naula Galvin Deeply regretted by his sister Agnes Roycroft (Naas), and brothers Tommy and Patrick, brother-in-law Peter, nieces, nephews, neighbours, relatives and friends.Funeral arrangements later.SEE ALSO – Deaths in Laois – Friday, June 11, 2021 Pinterest GAA By LaoisToday Reporter – 12th June 2021 TAGSDeaths in Laois WhatsApp Here are all of Monday and Tuesday’s Laois GAA results Deaths in Laois – Saturday, June 12, 2021 WhatsApp Twitter Previous articleHere are all of Friday’s Laois GAA resultsNext articleFr Paddy: Celebrating the 1,500th anniversary of St Colmcille LaoisToday Reporter Facebook Pinterest Twitter Home Deaths Deaths in Laois – Saturday, June 12, 2021 Deaths Electric Picnic Laois County Council granted almost €500,000 from Additional Outdoor Infrastructure Fund Community Facebook Electric Picnic receives €423,000 funding under Live Performance Support Schemelast_img read more

FMD Meat Still Meat in North Korea

first_img News Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak News There is concern as to whether North Korea is able to deal with an outbreak of Foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) which has broken out around Pyongyang.As with most countries, when FMD occurs North Korea takes basic measures. As Committee for Democratization of North Korea Secretary General Seo Jae Pyong explained to The Daily NK on January 20th, “My father used to work in the preventive measures office. North Korea is thorough about the control and management of FMD. They mobilize the army to totally shut down the area then destroy the livestock.”Seo went on, “Therefore, the pace of infection is slow in North Korea. It can be seen as a characteristic of socialist society. This is possible since the movement of citizens is limited and the government thoroughly controls it.” However, North Korea tends to depend on quarantine rather than treatment for not only livestock but also human infectious diseases. When an infectious disease breaks out, outsiders’ movement into the area is halted and local citizens cannot travel outside it without a permit. In the 1990s, infectious diseases like measles, cholera, typhus, typhoid, paratyphoid, malaria, and scarlet fever raged in North Korea, so there is a lot of relevant experience. Infected individuals are isolated in a designated hospital ward, and the health condition of those who come into contact with an infected person are checked hourly by preventive measures offices, hospitals or clinics.However, experts say that the effectiveness of quarantine measures is questionable when there are no appropriate disinfection and control measures in place.Vice-president of the Korea Rural Economic Institute Kwon Tae Jin explained to The Daily NK, “According to a United Nations investigation, there is a difference of about five times between the number of cows and pigs in North and South Korea. Among them, cows are used as a ‘tool of production’ rather than for eating. In North Korea, where food is running short, the elimination process cannot be guaranteed for that livestock infected with FMD, and information on whether it is definitely being carried out is hard to find.”Vice President Kwon went on, “North Korea is vulnerable after the outbreak of FMD. Quarantine of the area and control of travel are well-controlled but the supply of the right medicines for treatment is insufficient. The amount of medicine in North Korea’s possession is unknown, but our finding is that the effectiveness of these drugs is much debased.”Allegedly, cows infected with FMD also enter the food chain rather than being destroyed. One North Korean defector from Yangkang Province commented, “Even if FMD breaks out among the livestock, everyday North Korean citizens still cannot have meat; only farm managers or officers can have free FMD-infected meat.”In addition, the defector stated, “I have eaten FMD-infected meat; a rotten cow hind with bugs all over it. I can eat a rat which has eaten rat poison, so eating FMD-infected cow is not an issue.”He explained, “North Korean citizens sell their livestock in the market without hesitation, even if it has been infected with FMD, and buyers also purchase it in understanding of this fact. However, since the livestock is infected with FMD, owners sell it at a lower price.” SHARE Facebook Twitter By Mok Yong Jae – 2011.01.21 3:53pm There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest center_img News RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR FMD Meat Still Meat in North Korea AvatarMok Yong Jae News North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with Chinalast_img read more

TMX Group announces Civic Holiday market closures

first_img The exchanges will re-open and resume regular trading on Tuesday, August 5. TMX Group Ltd.’s (TSX:X) key subsidiaries include Toronto Stock Exchange, TSX Venture Exchange, TMX Select, Alpha Group, The Canadian Depository for Securities, Montreal Exchange, Canadian Derivatives Clearing Corporation, NGX, BOX Options Exchange, Shorcan, Shorcan Energy Brokers, and Equicom. TSX proposes flat fee for retail market data Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Related news Toronto Stock Exchange, TSX Venture Exchange, TMX Select, Alpha and Montreal Exchange will be closed on Monday, August 4 for the Civic Holiday. NGX natural gas and power markets will be open for regular trading, though its crude oil markets will be closed. Keywords Stock exchangesCompanies TMX Group Ltd. center_img IE Staff U.S. exchanges scrap political contributions TMX caps stronger 2020 with Q4 profits growing to $71.8 million Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

Jamaicans in Atlanta Urged to Give More Support to Education

first_imgJamaicans in Atlanta Urged to Give More Support to Education UncategorizedSeptember 11, 2008 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Wife of the Prime Minister, Lorna Golding, has appealed to Jamaicans in Atlanta, to give more support to the island’s schools.“I implore you all to contribute more to education, so that the children of Jamaica can get the right start,” she pleaded.Mrs. Golding was speaking at the Benevolent Mission of Atlanta fund-raising tea party, at the Villa Christina Restaurant in Atlanta, on September 7.Acknowledging that Jamaicans overseas have contributed greatly towards meeting the needs of persons back home, she said even more help is needed at this particular time, to meet the growing challenges.“My dream for Jamaica, is one that I share with my husband; it is a dream for a Jamaica where no child is left illiterate and without hope, where no child knows hunger, irrespective of his or her economic needs,” she said.Mrs. Golding also used the occasion to laud the Benevolent Mission of Atlanta, for its outstanding contribution to charitable organisations, making special mention of its support for education in the island.“The true spirit of volunteerism is a concept that should be recognised and celebrated in our daily lives,” she told the audience.Meanwhile, Benevolent Mission of Atlanta President, Dr. Conrad Ingram, explained that the mission of the organisation is to “harness and leverage the time, talent, and resources of our partners to assist disadvantaged kids in Jamaica and Metro Atlanta.”“Our mission is also to prepare these students for a lifetime of responsible citizenship and to help prepare students for the difficult times, as they move from primary school to higher education,” he added.In his remarks, Jamaica’s Honorary Consul in Atlanta, Vin Martin, acknowledged the timeliness of the Mission’s focus on education in Jamaica, noting that with the recent passing of Tropical Storm Gustav, several schools were damaged and are now in need of great assistance.Mr. Martin appealed to the Jamaican community in Atlanta, to give financial support, as that would provide a very welcome boost for efforts to rehabilitate schools.Also attending the tea party were Jamaican-born Superintendent of Atlanta Public Schools, Dr. Beverly Hall, and District Attorney for Clayton County, Atlanta, Jewell Scott.Proceeds from the event will go towards assisting the Jamaica Early Childhood Development Foundation, of which Mrs. Golding is Chairman. RelatedJamaicans in Atlanta Urged to Give More Support to Education RelatedJamaicans in Atlanta Urged to Give More Support to Educationcenter_img Advertisements RelatedJamaicans in Atlanta Urged to Give More Support to Educationlast_img read more

Vanderbilt political scientists examine social, psychological, legal foundations of Jan. 6 riot

first_imgVanderbilt political scientists examine social, psychological, legal foundations of Jan. 6 riot A panel of Vanderbilt Department of Political Science faculty explored the factors that led to the Jan. 6 riot in a virtual event, “Dissent, Disorder and Democracy: What Led to the U.S. Capitol Insurrection.” Hosted by The Vanderbilt Project on Unity and American Democracy, the panel also engaged with the event’s serious implications for the strength of the nation’s democracy.“As shocking as the Jan. 6 riot was, we had long known of the underlying hostilities brewing within pockets of our society,” said Chancellor Daniel Diermeier in his opening remarks. “Today’s discussion is intended to illuminate the social, legal and psychological implications that led to that day.”The panelists for “Dissent, Disorder and Democracy: What Led to the U.S. Capitol Insurrection” were:Larry M. Bartels, May Werthan Shayne Professor of Public Policy and Social Science and co-director of the Center for the Study of Democratic InstitutionsCindy Kam, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Political Science and director of the Research on Individuals, Politics and Society LabEdward Rubin, University Professor of Law and Political ScienceAlan Wiseman, Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Political Economy and co-director of the Center for Effective Lawmaking. Wiseman, who is also the chair of the political science department, served as panel moderator.Elizabeth Zechmeister, Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Political Science and director of the Latin American Public Opinion ProjectRubin led off the faculty remarks with a historical overview of the Electoral College in the context of Congress having convened a joint session on Jan. 6 to count the Electoral College votes and announce the next president.“The Electoral College was among many mechanisms established in the Constitution that run counter to the basic notion of democracy, instituted at the time of the nation’s founding because of a discomfort or distrust in democratic processes,” Rubin said. “The real motivation of the founders was to protect the small states.”He noted that voters from the smallest states have roughly three times as much impact on the choice of the chief executive as voters from the largest states, and this is just one example of the unjustness of U.S. election laws.“When we fail to act on the basis of our principles, we give the unprincipled license to act,” Rubin said. “We need to reform our laws by reinforcing and reiterating the basic principles of democracy, equality and human rights.”Kam provided a broad framework of how the events of Jan. 6 could be understood through the lens of political psychology. “Groups bring out the best and worst in human collectives,” she said. “The group mind can be irrational, impulsive and irritable. Individuals acquire a heightened sense of powerfulness and an exaggerated sense of efficaciousness and even a sense of invulnerability when they’re embedded within a crowd.”On a positive note, Kam said that the public can be persuaded to come together and work for everyone’s benefit, especially when their leaders are willing to unite. “The nation’s unified response after the 9/11 attacks is one example,” she said. “We have a persuadable public.”Bartels shared highlights of his recent research focusing on the political preferences and priorities of Republican-identifying voters. He conducted a survey of Republicans and Republican-leaning voters in January 2020 that touched on a variety of attitudes and values, unveiling that 50.7 percent of respondents agreed with the statement that “The traditional American way of life is disappearing so fast that we may have to use force to save it.”“The one belief that seems deeply important for motivating this anti-democratic sentiment among contemporary Republicans is the set of attitudes that I refer to as ethnic antagonism,” Bartels said. “I think many conservatives have been stressed by a great deal of social change in America over the last 50 years and are even more stressed by the prospect of continuing social and demographic change. That sense of emergency has exacerbated the circumstances where people are willing to take what would be considered anti-democratic actions.”He noted while American democracy is likely to be in crisis for several more years with the continued success of social change, the nation has come through other major social upheavals, such as the New Deal and the Civil War.Zechmeister argued that it is important to evaluate current politics in the U.S. within the broader context of a global decline in democracy. Venezuela, Nicaragua and Haiti are leading examples of democratic recession in the areas of the world she studies.An expert in comparative political behavior, she cited three factors that play outsized roles in undermining political stability and freedoms-grievances, charismatic leadership and polarization. “If you’re looking for contemporary examples, let me point to Venezuela under Hugo Chávez and Turkey under Recep Tayyip Erdogan,” Zechmeister said.She also described the intentional work needed to understand these factors and prevent additional instability. “Strong and resilient democracies need strong and resilient institutions: elections need to be trustworthy and trusted; institutions need to require significant consensus to change; there needs to be a free press; and the state-not an individual leader-needs to maintain the loyalty of the armed forces and hold authority over the use of force,” Zechmeister said.After the Q&A, Wiseman concluded the discussion by asking the panelists to recommend one or more books for those who want to explore more on these topics. Here are their recommendations:The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion by Jonathan HaidtPredisposed: Liberals, Conservatives, and the Biology of Political Differences by John R. Hibbing, Kevin B. Smith and John R. AlfordFour Threats: The Recurring Crises of American Democracy by Suzanne Mettler and Robert LiebermanWhy We’re Polarized by Ezra KleinDemocracy for Realists: Why Elections Do Not Produce Responsive Government by Christopher Achen and Larry BartelsPolarizing Polities: A Global Threat to Democracy by Jennifer McCoy and Murat SomerOrdinary People in Extraordinary Times by Nancy BermeoHow Democracies Die by Steven Levitsky and Daniel ZiblattEvicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew DesmondNickle and Dimed by Barbara EhrenreichThe New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle AlexanderLocking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America by James Forman Jr.The Vanderbilt Project on Unity and American Democracy is a nonpartisan initiative that aims to elevate research and evidence-based reasoning into the national discourse. The core contributions of Vanderbilt’s initiative are the dissemination of research and evidence-based papers from renowned thought leaders and timely and crucial conversations with influencers of all political persuasion.Stay informed on research, evidence and future events from The Vanderbilt Project on Unity and American Democracy by visiting vu.edu/unity. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Alford, america, american, Constitution, Erdogan, Government, Haiti, Human Rights, leadership, Nicaragua, psychology, Republicans, Scientists, social change, Turkey, university, Vanderbilt University, venezuelalast_img read more

Three affordable hatchbacks loaded with features – and good deals

first_imgCreated with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 This week’s Unhaggle deals feature a trio of hatchbacks – the Kia Forte5, Ford Focus and Chevy Cruze. Trending Videos See More Videos Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price: $25,095 Chevrolet Canada Incentive*: $1,000Unhaggle Savings: $250 Total Savings: $1,250 Mandatory Fees (Freight, Govt. Fees): $2,091 Total Before Tax: $25,936 – click here for exclusive local pricingHeading into 2018, the Chevrolet Cruze hatchback remains unchanged — the 2019 model arrives with a facelift and some additional safety equipment. The cabin of the Cruze hatch is well appointed with a ton of equipment, including heated leather seats, a heated steering wheel, Chevrolet’s MyLink infotainment system with a seven-inch touchscreen, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, plus a 4G LTE WiFi hotspot that includes a three-gigabyte or three-month trial period. Chevrolet’s Teen Driver feature is also part of the make-up — it does not allow certain safety features to be turned off and gives a report card on how the car was driven. Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price: $25,195 Kia Canada Incentive*: $1,500Unhaggle Savings: $250 Total Savings: $1,750 Mandatory Fees (Freight, Govt. Fees): $1,775 Total Before Tax: $25,220 – click here for exclusive local pricingAfter last year’s refresh, the 2018 Kia Forte5 continues into 2018 with little change. The EX Luxury arrives chock full of luxury — leather seating that’s heated front and back, a heated steering wheel, a 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with memory settings and an infotainment system with a seven-inch touchscreen, plus Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support. Bind-spot monitoring and a rear cross-traffic alert are standard, but lane keep assist is only offered on the top-line SX.There is plenty of space. Up front there is decent seat travel and headroom, while the back seat accommodates two adults comfortably. With the rear seats upright, the hatch accommodates 657 litres of cargo and 1,597 with them folded flat, making it the roomiest of the trio. It also it has underfloor storage.The Forte5 arrives with a 2.0L GDI four-cylinder that makes 164 horsepower and 151 lb.-ft. of torque. It is a quiet and willing worker that’s well suited to the six-speed automatic. The combination delivers a run to 100 km/h in 8.1 seconds and an average fuel economy rating of 8.3 L/100 kilometres.Following a sportier theme, the Forte brings a comfortable ride that’s not shy when tackling a corner. One thing that helps matters is the Vehicle Stability Management system. It differs from other stability control systems by using both the brakes and electric power steering system to counter oversteer — it turns the front wheels a few degrees into the skid, which minimizes the amount of brake intervention required. Finally, Drive Mode Select alters the engine, transmission and steering characteristics – Normal mode is best for everyday driving, while Sport provides a more focused drive by putting more heft in the steering.The Forte5 has a combined Unhaggle discount of $1,750 and a sticker of $25,220.Compare the Chevy Cruze, Ford Focus and Kia Forte5 hatchbacks side-by-side right hereTransport Canada does not list any recalls on these affordable hatchbacks, and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) does not list crash test ratings for any of the hatchbacks featured. However, the Cruze sedan has Good ratings for the moderate front overlap and side impact crash tests, as well as a Basic for forward collision prevention. It is not rated for the small front offset crash test.The Focus sedan gets an Acceptable rating for the small front offset crash, plus Good ratings for the moderate front overlap, side impact and roof strength tests, along with a Good score for headrests and seats. It is not rated for forward collision prevention. The Forte sedan is a Top Safety Pick+ with Good ratings in all crash tests, a Superior score for forward collision prevention and a Good mark for headlight performance.The projected resale value of these three affordable hatchbacks in 2023, after being driven an average of 20,000 kilometres per year, is $7,100 for the Cruze, $8,050 for the Focus and $7,550 for the Forte. Handout / Chevrolet First Drive: 2016 Ford Focus RS2018 Ford FocusCreated with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.22018 Ford Focus Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price: $27,008 Ford Canada Incentive*: $1,500Unhaggle Savings: $750 Total Savings: $2,250 Mandatory Fees (Freight, Govt. Fees): $1,890 Total Before Tax: $26,648 – click here for exclusive local pricingThe 2018 Ford Focus hatch continues with little change, as a new model is due out shortly. The cabin of the top-line Titanium arrives with all the desirable equipment — everything from heated, leather-appointed seats and a heated steering wheel, to a power moonroof, a reverse-sensing system with camera, a Sony sound system and an eight-inch touchscreen backed by Ford’s Sync 3 infotainment system. It supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and it’s both fast and simple to use.The Focus accommodates taller occupants up front well with lots of seat travel and ample headroom, but the back seat is best left for a pair of adults. Cargo-wise, the hatch makes light work of 660 litres with the seats upright and 1,243 folded down.The desirable safety equipment, including automatic high beams, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, and lane-keep assist is available in the $750 Tech package — it should be considered a mandatory purchase.The hatch is powered by a 2.0L four-cylinder engine that puts 160 horsepower and 146 lb.-ft. of torque at the driver’s disposal. It drives the front wheels through Ford’s PowerShift six-speed dual-clutch transmission with a manual mode — the toggle sits on the side of the shifter where it’s awkward to use. Early examples of the transmission were a little jerky when pulling away, but that has been mostly resolved. However, it still likes to upshift early unless the driver digs well into the gas pedal. The combination brings a run from zero to 100 km/h in 8.7 seconds and a posted average fuel economy of 8.3 L/100 kilometres.The Focus hatch walks a fine line between ride comfort and handling — the suspension has good highway comfort without sacrificing its cornering ability. The amount of body roll is minimal and the steering is precise, which makes the hatch feel nimble on its P215/50R17 tires. The inclusion of brake-based torque vectoring helps during spirited cornering.The Focus has a price of $26,648 after the combined Unhaggle discount of $2,250 is applied.2018 Kia Forte5Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.22018 Kia Forte5 PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? 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The hot deals are on the 2018 Chevrolet Cruze Premier, Ford Focus Titanium and Kia Forte5 EX Luxury.2018 Chevrolet CruzeCreated with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.22018 Chevrolet Cruze Car Comparison: 2017 Chevrolet Cruze vs. 2017 Honda Civic hatchback We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. All three affordable hatches have a lot going for them — notably the added flexibility and sporty drive characteristics. This week’s hot deal is the Forte — it has as many amenities as some more expensive rides. Helping matters is the fact Kia has also topped the J.D. Power Initial Quality Survey for the past two years, and it has the best crash test ratings. advertisement RELATED TAGSChevroletCruzeFocusFordForteKiaHatchbackCompactGasNew Car DealsNew Car DealsNew Vehiclescompactgasoline There’s plenty of front seat room for six-footers and enough rear seat width to accommodate two adults, but the lack of a centre rear headrest underscores the fact it is only designed for two in spite of having a third seatbelt. Behind that is 643 litres of space with the seats up, and 1,336 litres with the 60/40 split-folding seats folded down.If you want the appropriate safety equipment, including lane departure warning with keep assist, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, and forward collision alert, it requires numerous options that increase the price by $3,865.While the Cruze is offered with a diesel engine aimed at those with economy top of mind, the featured model arrives with a 1.4-litre turbo-four. It pushes 153 horsepower and 177 lb.-ft. of torque to the front wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission. The combination has a spirited mid-range and remains suitably hushed when worked at the top end. The Cruze runs from rest to 100 km/h in 7.8 seconds; the turbo’s torque makes it the quickest of the trio. It has an average fuel economy rating of 7.2 L/100 kilometres.The Cruze has a sporty drive, thanks in part to the Premier’s upgraded Z-link rear suspension. The front struts also serve to limit body roll by a few degrees, giving the steering sharper response and with better feedback.The Cruze hatch arrives with a combined Unhaggle discount of $1,250 and a pre-tax sticker of $25,936.RELATED The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” ‹ Previous Next ›last_img read more

Calling all early-career principal investigators

first_imgWho: PI Academy Participants When: Thursday, August 29, 2019, Noon – 1:30pm Where: Center for Academic Success and Engagement (CASE) E422 RSVP: Due August 26 Lunch is provided.Register Here by August 26This Principal Investigator (PI) Academy Kickoff Luncheon will welcome the new PI Academy cohort, providing participants with the opportunity to network with one another and current PI Academy participants/graduates, and to learn about the upcoming components of PI Academy and the various research resources available through the program.Interested in participating in PI Academy? If you’re an early career investigator at CU Boulder, register for PI Academy here. PI Academy orients early career, tenure track investigators to CU Boulder’s research community and resources through a series of workshops and events. Participants actively engage on a number of “core” research topics to ensure they are well-positioned to apply for and secure external funding for their research, scholarly, and creative work.Benefits:Faculty Network: Build a network of faculty leaders across campus.Workshops: Priority workshop registration – 4 each semester, breakfast or lunch providedResearch Plan Coaching: Coaching on strategies to develop your individual research plan.Identify Funding: One-on-one assistance in identifying funding opportunities.Interact with Campus Leaders: Roundtable discussions with campus leaders: Vice Chancellor for Research & Innovation; Associate Deans for Research; Institute DirectorsFRPA Reportable: Certificate of Completion (reportable on your FRPA)Space is limited, so register now! Lunch is provided.This workshop is eligible to meet PI Academy program requirements.Interested in other Research & Innovation Office workshops? Click here for a list of all upcoming workshops!last_img read more

Riunite Expands Line of Portable Drinks with the Launch of Lambrusco…

first_imgLinkedin AdvertisementThe New Format Coincides with the Unveiling of a Complete Redesign Across the Entire PortfolioNEW YORK, May 17th –Riunite, America’s beloved Italian wine for over seven decades, today announced the launch of its newest innovation, Lambrusco available in cans. Lambrusco, the varietal many associate with the heritage brand, is a semi-sweet and slightly-bubbly wine that has been given new life in its on-the-go format. Lambrusco joins the existing line of Riunite wines in a can, including both Red and White Sangria. The newest addition will be available across the U.S. in June.With the can category up 61 percent and preference for semi-sweet wines on the rise, this new launch gives consumers exactly what they are looking for. Just in time for backyard BBQs or lakeside picnics, the Lambrusco Cans have hints of cherries and dark berries with a sweet and fizzy flair and are best enjoyed chilled and making memories with family and friends.The launch of the new Lambrusco format coincides with Riunite’s new creative campaign and restyle of the full line of cans, as well as the Lambrusco, Moscato and Peach Moscato glass bottles. Both the new campaign and restyle reimagines one of the most prominent heritage Italian wine brands in the United States. The new brand identity will be featured in the brand’s multi-media campaign across radio, print, and digital media, as well as on streaming services, showcasing Riunite’s versatility for any occasion.The campaign’s new tagline, “Reunite with Delight,” nods to Riunite’s decades-long tradition of being present at convivial moments between families and friends. Additionally, Riunite’s restyle modernizes the brand’s image introducing a contemporary design and logo that honors its heritage and core values. The new branding features a floral motif of poppy flowers—a popular plant in the hillsides of the Emilia Romagna region of Italy, where Riunite’s vineyards are located. The floral design encircles a rustic sketch of an Italian villa, which celebrates Riunite’s history as a wine-growing cooperative that is currently owned by 1,700 families of vine growers all united under the same passion for quality wine.“We are thrilled to announce the expansion of our can line, with the launch of Riunite Lambrusco,” said Elena Lottici, Export Director at Riunite. “Riunite is a legacy brand that has stood the test of time and has continued to evolve with its consumers. The newest can launch, alongside the complete revamp of the brand’s look and feel, will help in introducing these approachable and refreshing wines to new generations of wine drinkers.”Along with the launch of the Lambrusco Can Line and restyle of the brand overall, Riunite will be debuting the new integrated marketing campaign nationally with an emphasis in the local markets of NY, CA, TX, FL, MI, IL, GA and AZ. In addition to investing in radio, online, print, and digital media, Riunite will be creating a multicultural campaign titled, “Somo Nosotros,” which will prioritize key Hispanic markets.Hitting shelves this June, the line of Riunite Lambrusco Cans will be sold in individual 250ml cans and 4-pack cases of 250ml cans at a suggested retail price of $2.50 and $9.99, respectively. For more information, visit Riunite.com.ABOUT RIUNITERiunite, America’s number one and most loved Italian wine for decades, is the leading source of classic wines from Central Italy’s Emilia Romagna Region. The Cantina Cooperative Riunite was started by nine wine producers in the 1950’s and today is still owned by 1700 families of vine growers. Riunite is most closely identified with the Lambrusco grape, a variety native to central Italy, and said to be one of the oldest grapes in history. When you are drinking Riunite, you are drinking history. For more information, visit Riunite.comABOUT FREDERICK WILDMAN AND SONSFrederick Wildman and Sons is a New York based fine wine importer offering the leading properties from France, Italy, Spain, Argentina, and other regions. The portfolio includes more than 75 brands, including: Santi, Nino Negri, Lamberti, Pol Roger, Château Fuissé, J.J. Vincent, Olivier Leflaive, Famille Hugel, Pascal Jolivet, Chartreuse, Marchesi di Barolo, Domaine Faiveley, as well as Cantine Riunite & CIV’s full portfolio, and the wines of Gruppo Italiano Vini. For more information, visit frederickwildman.comAdvertisement Pinterest Email ReddIt Facebook Twitter TAGSFrederick Wildman and SonsRiunite Home Industry News Releases Riunite Expands Line of Portable Drinks with the Launch of Lambrusco CansIndustry News ReleasesWine BusinessRiunite Expands Line of Portable Drinks with the Launch of Lambrusco CansBy Press Release – May 17, 2021 92 0 Share Previous articleMilano Wine Week 2021: 9 Days of Events for the Wine Community WorldwideNext articleNABI Congratulates USTR on Trade Policy Developments and Actions on the United States and European Union Tariff Fronts Press Releaselast_img read more

$10M Earmarked for Repairs at Muirton Boys Home in Portland

first_imgRelated$10M Earmarked for Repairs at Muirton Boys Home in Portland $10M Earmarked for Repairs at Muirton Boys Home in Portland CultureApril 28, 2013 Related$10M Earmarked for Repairs at Muirton Boys Home in Portland Related$10M Earmarked for Repairs at Muirton Boys Home in Portland FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Approximately $10 million has been set aside this fiscal year to undertake repairs at the Muirton Boys’ Home in Manchioneal, Portland. This was disclosed by Minister of Youth and Culture, Hon. Lisa Hanna, during a visit to the home on Friday (April 26), where she met with residents and staff of the facility. Miss Hanna informed that sections of the home, which sustained significant damage during the passage of Hurricane Sandy last year, will be repaired “as soon as possible”. She noted that while work has already been done on some areas, there are still sections in need of rehabilitation. These include the roof and windows of the main dormitory, the house mother’s quarters, the outdoor bathrooms, and the living room ceiling. The Muirton Boys’ Home is operated by the Child Development Agency (CDA), an agency of the Ministry, and caters to boys, age 12 to 17 years, who are deemed to be in need of care and protection. The institution, which occupies approximately 29 acres of the Muirton Estate, a slave plantation up to 1838, is currently home to 26 boys, three of whom are in transitional housing, as they have aged out of the system.  By Athaliah Reynolds-Baker, JIS Reporter Advertisementslast_img read more

Shooting investigation at Cloverfield/I-10

first_imgHomeNewsCrimeShooting investigation at Cloverfield/I-10 Aug. 15, 2018 at 5:10 pmCrimeFeaturedNewsShooting investigation at Cloverfield/I-10Matthew Hall3 years agocrimeSanta Monica Police Departmentshootingsmpd The Santa Monica Police Department is investigating a shooting on the 1900 block of Cloverfield.According to SMPD, one individual was taken to the hospital with a non-life threatening injury to the leg.Officials sent out a notification on the City’s alert system at about 5 p.m. regarding the shooting that occurred at about 4:15 p.m.Residents were asked to avoid the area of Cloverfield and the I-10 Freeway pending the results of the investigation.Tags :crimeSanta Monica Police Departmentshootingsmpdshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentMetro adding portable body scanners to bus/rail stopsSummer StreamsYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall9 hours agoBriefsLos Angeles Sheriff’s deputy accused of destroying evidence of 2019 assaultAssociated Press13 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press20 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press20 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson20 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter20 hours agolast_img read more

The Myth of “Deep Learning”

first_imgBillions of Missing Links: Mysteries Evolution Can’t Explain Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share “Deep learning” is as misnamed a computational technique as exists. The actual technique refers to multi-layered neural networks, and, true enough, those multi-layers can do a lot of significant computational work. But the phrase “deep learning” suggests that the machine is doing something profound and beyond the capacity of humans. That’s far from the case. The Wikipedia article on deep learning is instructive in this regard. Consider the following image used there to illustrate deep learning: Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man William A. DembskiBoard of Directors, Discovery InstituteA mathematician and philosopher, Bill Dembski is the author/editor of more than 20 books as well as the writer of peer-reviewed articles spanning mathematics, engineering, philosophy, and theology. A past philosophy professor, he retired in 2014 from active research and teaching in intelligent design (ID) to focus on the connections between freedom, technology, and education — specifically, how education helps to advance human freedom with the aid of technology. Bill Dembski is presently an entrepreneur who builds educational software and websites. He lives in Iowa.Follow BillProfileWebsite Share “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guide Neuroscience & Mind The Myth of “Deep Learning”William A. DembskiApril 22, 2021, 6:38 AM Photo: No, this elephant did not sketch a self-portrait; by Deror Avi [GFDL or CC BY-SA 3.0 ], from Wikimedia Commons.I’ve been reviewing philosopher and programmer Erik Larson’s The Myth of Artificial Intelligence. See my earlier posts, here, here, and here. Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour Note the rendition of the elephant at the top and compare it with the image of the elephant as we experience it at the bottom. The image at the bottom is rich, textured, colorful, and even satisfying. What deep learning extracts, and what is rendered at the top, is paltry, simplistic, black-and-white, and unsatisfying. What’s at the top is what deep learning “understands” — in fact, its “understanding,” whatever we might mean by the term, cannot progress beyond what is rendered at the top level. This is pathetic, and this is what is supposed to lay waste and supersede human intelligence? Really now. Tagsartificial intelligencecomputational techniquescomputer sciencedeep learningelephantErik Larsonhuman intelligenceNeural NetworksphilosophersprogrammersThe Myth of Artificial IntelligenceunderstandingWikipedia,Trending Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis Recommended A Physician Describes How Behe Changed His MindLife’s Origin — A “Mystery” Made AccessibleCodes Are Not Products of PhysicsIxnay on the Ambriancay PlosionexhayDesign Triangulation: My Thanksgiving Gift to Alllast_img read more