Legislation to Repeal Outdated Legislation Introduced

first_imgNatural Resources Minister Zach Churchill introduced legislation today, March 27, to repeal four outdated forestry agreements. The Forestry Agreement Statutes Act will repeal: “When it comes to the forestry sector, government is focused on supporting the industry through innovation,” said Mr. Churchill. “These outdated acts were brought in the 1960s and all but one are no longer effective. We want to have modern laws and policies that reflect the ongoing transformation of the forestry industry.” Northern Pulp Nova Scotia Corporation is now operating under the Scott Maritimes Limited Agreement Act and the province is negotiating for a new forest licence agreement to reflect the provincial natural resources strategy. If passed, the repeal of this act will take effect once a new agreement is reached. the Bowater Mersey Agreement Act 1962 the Halifax Power and Pulp Company Limited Agreement Act, 1962 the Oxford Lease Purchase Act 1960 the Scott Maritimes Limited Agreement 1965last_img read more

SELENA GOMEZ AND THE WEEKND ENJOY COMEDY DATE NIGHT

first_img Login/Register With: Twitter Selena Gomez and The Weeknd like to laugh!The cute couple was spotted cracking up on a date night at the Laugh Factory in Hollywood, California, on Friday.Gomez and The Weekend took a seat on the upper mezzanine of the comedy club, in the venue’s private seating section. The two couldn’t contain their smiles in a sweet shot The Laugh Factory later posted on Instagram. READ MORE Keystone Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebooklast_img read more

Nunavut at 20 Sticking together through thick and thin

first_imgCharlotte Morritt-JacobsAPTN NewsIt’s a big place with a small population.But when times get tough those who inhabit Canada’s youngest territory stick together.In this last story of our series, we look at who is helping the youth not just to survive but thrive.See more of our stories: Nunavut at 20cmorrittjacobs@aptn.ca@aptncharlottelast_img

Pacific Northwest storm cuts power for at least 218000

first_imgSEATTLE — Windstorms that pummeled parts of Washington state and Oregon over the weekend have left hundreds of thousands of people without electricity, officials said Sunday.The storm brought winds that registered gusts of about 60 mph (96 kph) at Sea-Tac Airport in Washington, the National Weather Service in Seattle said.Puget Sound Energy reported about 218,000 of its customers had no power as of 6 a.m. Sunday. Some could be without power for “multiple days,” the utility said on its website.Other utilities in Washington also reported outages, KOMO reported .Thousands were also without power Sunday morning in parts of Oregon after the strong winds downed trees, KOIN-TV reported .Alaska Airlines said it grounded all its flights between 4:20 a.m. and 5:15 a.m. Sunday after a power outage in the Seattle area, where its operations are based.Airline spokeswoman Oriana Branon said the power went out around 3:30 a.m. and came back on about an hour and a half later.She said 27 flights were delayed and five were cancelled. Inconvenienced customers were being offered compensation on a case by case basis, she said.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Morocco to Produce Phosphates for Next 700 years Experts

Rabat – A group of international experts said on Thursday that Morocco is qualified to produce phosphates for the next 700 years.Speaking at the third edition of Mines and Quarries exhibition in Casablanca, experts said that Morocco’s production of phosphates is capable of meeting the needs of the world’s economy for about 700 years, adding that by adopting the latest technologies, Morocco will be able to reduce production costs in the future.The experts added that Moroccan phosphates will provide the world with food in the coming years, since phosphorous is used to make fertilizers which are essential component of modern farming. The largest deposits of phosphate are located in Morocco. The kingdom dominates 50 percent of phosphate market in the world with a production capacity estimated at 30 million tons per year.Morocco is also planning to reach a production capacity of 40 million tons per year by 2020.The world’s largest deposits of phosphate are located in Morocco, with a production capacity estimated to 19 million tons per year.The Cherifian Office of Phosphates (Office Cherifian des Phosphates, OCP), which was founded in August 7, 1920 in Morocco and transformed into a joint-stock company (OCP) in 2008, is the world’s largest exporter of raw phosphate, phosphoric acid and phosphate fertilizers. read more

Richard Branson Talks Blockchain in Africa with Google Cofounder in Marrakech

Rabat – British self-made billionaire Richard Branson is holdinghe Blockchain Summit in his residence in Marrakech for the first time. The fourth edition of this annual meeting, originally supposed to take place on Branson’s Necker Island, was relocated because of Hurricane Irma.@richardbranson at #BlockchainSummit: “fight back hard” against destruction of natural capital. Calls on summit to engage govt leaders, decision-makers to build legacy of conservation. With @OceanElders @CryptoKitties @KiteVC and @StaciW_CFM of @MilkenInstitute pic.twitter.com/vocV4wcIfs— Tomicah Tillemann (@TomicahTD) July 10, 2018Branson’s Moroccan property, the Kasbah Tamadot, is located at the foot of the Atlas Mountains south of Marrakech. The co-founder of Virgin Group has invited about 30 Blockchain entrepreneurs, a senior-level government official, former Guns and Roses bassist Matt Sorum, andGoogle co-founder Sergey Brin—who was spotted wearing Gandoura—to talk technology storage, transmission of information, bitcoin, and Blockchain in Africa.Google co-founder Sergey Brin on zcash’s zero knowledge proof’s widespread use: “It’s really mindboggling.” #BlockchainSummit via @ForbesCrypto pic.twitter.com/04shCk9wbY— Michael del Castillo (@DelRayMan) July 8, 2018According to Forbes, Branson has called his Virgin companies to end the utilization of single-use plastic. “We’re trying at Virgin to do that,” said Branson, an investor in multiple Blockchain startups. “I’ll stand up.” The summit is one of the largest Blockchain technology gatherings. It was created by investor Bill Tai to bring together a number of intellectual leaders to discuss how they could use the Blockchain in various industries.For the fourth year, the Blockchain Summit, has discussed intensively the business of building Blockchain in Africa, an idea championed by Tai.“The whole continent is a bit of an unknown to a lot of folks because they just don’t get much exposure to it,” Tai said..“I think getting a lot of people together who are knowledgeable, with reach and a high profile, that collectively can form a view about what are the opportunities at hand that can both serve philanthropic and commercial interests,” he added. read more

UN official visits Ugandas ground zero of climate change and humanitarian woes

“They are living on the edge, daily facing the biggest challenges we must confront today as a global society,” Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs John Holmes said of the people of Uganda’s north-east Karamoja region. “Climate change has brought increasingly frequent droughts and, with them, greater insecurity and water shortages.”The majority of the 1 million people are pastoralists or agro-pastoralists in one of Uganda’s most under-developed and politically marginalized areas. Whereas droughts used to occur every 10 years, narrowing to every five over the past 20 years, there have now been four consecutive years of drought and/or poor rainfalls. In January, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) launched an emergency operation to feed more than 970,000 people, 90 per cent of the total.Mr. Holmes visited Apa Lopama kraal, where 3,000 men and boys and 15,000 livestock subsist, and the Lobanya resettlement where nearly 900 people have moved to access more fertile land for planting. But the site sits on a major crossing between two districts, providing dry season grazing for pastoralists and increasing the potential for conflict over access to pasture, farmland and water during the October to April dry season.Cattle raiding and gun-running are already all too frequent occurrences in Karamoja, which borders on southern Sudan and the Turkana region of north-western Kenya. In 2006, the Government began a disarmament operation in the region’s five districts and has linked them into a national programme that seeks to bring poorer parts up to par with the rest of the country. “We need to work with the Government on creating long-term food security through improving agricultural and pastoralist livelihoods, and development of basic services such as education, health and road infrastructure,” Mr. Holmes said. “Disaster risk reduction activities are part of the key to this – for example, gathering and making better use of what rain does fall.” “While voluntary resettlement of some of the population to areas in which they can farm more productively is one solution, we must also find more effective ways to support pastoralism as the most viable livelihood in many parts of the region – for example, by improving animal health and building better rural infrastructure including access to markets.” Against nearly every basic indicator, Karamoja exhibits the lowest standards in the country, even below the conflict-affected districts of northern Uganda, which Mr. Holmes visited yesterday.Some 82 per cent of the population lives below the poverty line, maternal mortality averages 750 per 100,000 live births, and infant mortality 105 in 1,000 live births. The under-five mortality rate is 174 per 1,000 live births compared to the national average of 134. Only 9 per cent of the population have access to sanitation facilities and only 40 per cent to safe drinking water. Only 11 percent of the region’s population can read.During his four-day visit to Uganda, Mr. Holmes is attending an African Union (AU) Special Summit on Refugees, Returnees and Internally Displaced Persons. 23 October 2009Visiting a semi-arid region of Uganda where the economic and environmental effects of climate change have been added to humanitarian needs and chronic under-development, the top United Nations emergency relief official today saw first-hand an area of potential conflict over increasingly shrinking resources. read more

Lanka thanks Pakistan for backing at UNHRC

“Sri Lanka today stands as a peaceful unitary State because of your support,” he told the new Pakistani High Commissioner Maj. Gen (Rtd.) Syed Shakeel Hussain who presented his credentials today (May 12) at the Presidential Secretariat. Sri Lanka today thanked Pakistan for the support extended at international forums in general and at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in particular.Pakistan together with China and Russia have consistently backed Sri Lanka at the UNHRC and voted against resolutions presented against the country. “Your Ambassador in Geneva fought for us as if he was fighting for his own country,” President Sirisena said.The Pakistani Ambassador requested Sri Lanka to provide archaeological expertise to Pakistan for the excavation and development of Buddhist sites such as Thakshila and the President readily acceded to the request. President Maithripala Sirisena said not only the government of Sri Lanka but the entire nation is grateful to Pakistan for the enormous assistance provided to Sri Lanka to defeat the terrorists. Ambassador Hussain said his government has a very high regard for President Sirisena and his steadfast policies and said he would work to further strengthen relations between the two countries and expand trade and economic ties. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Vietnam and Sri Lanka discuss regional and international issues

Vietnam and Sri Lanka had high level talks on several matters including regional and international issues.State Minister for Foreign Affairs Vasantha Senanayake met Vietnamese Deputy Foreign Minister Dang Dinh Quy in Hanoi for talks. Vietnam and Sri Lanka also discussed regional and international issues of common interest and agreed to continue to assist each other in regional and international forums. (Colombo Gazette) Both sides agreed to increase exchanges of delegations and also organize the 3rd political consultations at the deputy foreign minister level. They discussed measures to raise the value of bilateral trade to USD $ 1 billion and help their companies invest in each country. read more

DOE invests 174 million in projects to advance recovery of rare earths

first_imgThe US Department of Energy (DOE) has selected four projects to move on to a second phase of research in efforts to advance recovery of rare earth elements (REE) from coal and coal byproducts. DOE will invest $17.4 million to develop and test REE recovery systems originally selected and designed under phase 1 of a prior funding opportunity announcement through DOE’s Office of Fossil Energy (FE).The projects, expected to be completed by 2020, fall under two areas of interest: (1) bench-scale technology to economically separate, extract, and concentrate mixed REEs from coal and coal byproducts, including aqueous effluents; and (2) pilot-scale technology to economically separate, extract, and concentrate mixed REEs from coal and coal byproduct solids.The following two bench-scale projects were selected under area of interest 1:The University of North Dakota Institute for Energy Studies (Grand Forks, ND) will use North Dakota sub-bituminous lignite coal and coal-related material as feedstock to test its REE recovery system. In addition to producing REEs, the team plans to recover other material from the lignite feedstock to produce one or more value-added products. $2.75 million.West Virginia University Research Corp (Morgantown, WV) will use acid mine drainage solids as a feedstock for recovery of REEs and other useful materials. The solids are from Northern Appalachian and Central Appalachian bituminous coal seams in West Virginia. $2.66 million.Two pilot scale-projects were selected under area of interest 2:Physical Sciences, Inc (Andover, MA) will use coal fly ash physically processed near Trapp, Kentucky as its feedstock. The fly ash is a byproduct of combusting Central Appalachian bituminous coal in a power plant boiler. The select portion will be shipped to a Pennsylvania location for subsequent processing to produce the final rare earth product. In addition, researchers will evaluate recovery of other useful materials from the fly ash. $6 millionThe University of Kentucky Research Foundation (Lexington, KY) will use two sources of coal preparation (coal washing) byproducts as feedstock for recovery of REEs. The team will also recover dry, fine coal from the feedstock material. The first location for installation and testing of the pilot plant will be at a coal preparation plant in Perry County, KY that processes Central Appalachian bituminous coal. The second location for testing of the pilot plant will be at a coal preparation plant that processes Illinois Basin bituminous coal near Nebo, KY. $6 million.REEs are a series of chemical elements found in the Earth’s crust that are essential components of many technologies, including electronics, computer and communication systems, transportation, health care, and national defense. The demand for REEs has grown significantly over recent years, stimulating an emphasis on developing economically feasible approaches for domestic REE recovery. These four selected research projects will further the goals of FE’s Rare Earth Elements Program by focusing on the development and validation of cost-effective and environmentally benign approaches for the recovery of REEs.last_img read more

Caught on camera Golden Eagle attempts to snatch child

first_imgMost of us now have a pretty decent camera in our pockets, be it a point-and-shoot, or more commonly a multi-megapixel smartphone camera. And sometimes you happen to be in the right place at the right time to see something astonishing.That was the case for YouTube user MrNuclearCat, who pulled out his camera to film a large Golden Eagle flying over a park in Montreal. What he didn’t expect was for the eagle to swoop down and attempt to pick up a child playing on the grass. The eagle almost succeeds too, managing to lift the child several feet in the air before losing its grip.The child looked to be unhurt from the eagle’s talons (which can apply pressures of up to 750 pounds per square inch), but that’s due in no small part to the chunky winter coat the child was wearing. I’d hate to think what the outcome would have been if the eagle had managed to get a more secure grip. And the parent had little time to react to such a surprising and unusual event.Golden Eagles can have a wingspan of over 2 meters and are capable of carrying as much as 15 pounds of weight, so the kid was easily under that limit. They hunt for prey by slowly flying over an area scanning the ground, which this bird looks to be doing at the start of the video.Is it real? It looks pretty convincing, but it’s also pretty unbelievable that this happened. Either way, until someone proves it’s a fake, if you have small children and live in an area that is known to be hunting ground for Golden Eagles, you should keep an eye on the sky as well as your kids playing on the ground.Update: As predicted earlier, this seems to be a hoax. This video has more information and a slow-motion analysis.via Reddit. Image credit: Juan Iacruzlast_img read more

Talk About the Opportunities and Sell the Strengths Minister Thompson Tells Grand

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 21, 2017 – Grand Bahama – Minister of State for Grand Bahama in the Office of The Prime Minister, Senator Kwasi Thompson says it is important for people to choose carefully the words they use to describe Grand Bahama in its current state.In his address of the Bahamas Institute of Chartered Accountants (BICA) during its seminar held in Grand Bahama on Saturday, November 18, 2017, as part of Accountant’s Week, the Minister noted that words matter and how Grand Bahamians choose to describe themselves will matter to someone looking to invest in the island.“There are opportunities available in and for Grand Bahama,” said Minister Thompson, “we are not dead or closed. And it is those opportunities that we should be talking about and selling our strengths, which we certainly have lots of.”Focusing on the Association’s theme for their seminar in Grand Bahama, which was “Preparing Grand Bahama for regional and global opportunities,” Minister Thompson noted that the theme was in perfect alignment with his government’s mandate: to bring economic growth and relief to the island of Grand Bahama.The Minister pointed out that the government, over the past six months since taking office, had begun the process of revitalizing Grand Bahama through initiatives geared toward diversifying the island’s economy, taking steps aimed at improving the ease of doing business, strengthening the island’s tourism product, and entrepreneurial and small business job creation.With excitement, which he says is inevitable whenever he speaks about revitalizing Grand Bahama, Senator Thompson painstakingly outlined some of those initiatives and programs that have been, or will be, carried out by the government to help in restoration of Grand Bahama’s economy.He spoke about the recent Tech Summit held in Grand Bahama over a week ago, which was designed to lay the foundation in building the Second City as the Tech Hub of The Bahamas. “The Government believes that Grand Bahama has the potential to become the Silicon Valley of the Caribbean,” said Minister Thompson. “We believe that this can and should become the third pillar of our economy.“There are real opportunities for data centers, some of which have already applied for cyber security industries, for block chain technology, Data Protection and Security, Business Incorporation Center and Technology Corporate Headquarters and conferences.”Minister Thompson also noted that Grand Bahama has the opportunity to be the leader in a market that it alone has – and that is the stopover cruise market.Grand Bahama has huge potential to capitalize on the stopover visitor market with launch of a new fast ferry – FRS – which sails between Freeport and Miami; with the existing service of Balearia fast ferry between Freeport and Fort Lauderdale; and with the Celebration cruise ship that sails between Freeport and West Palm Beach.   “We are in discussions with Balearia, which has already committed to increasing its calls.   We have negotiated the addition of the SS Classica, which will bring twice as many stopover passengers to Freeport,” said Minister Thompson.The Minister said Grand Bahama has economic opportunities in agriculture as a supplemental industry, and the government has already heard proposals on developing farming in East End that it hopes can be made reality.He said there are economic opportunities in light manufacturing.  Recent negotiations took place between the government and Wind River Tobacco Company to bring their manufacturing plant to Grand Bahama, which would provide much-needed jobs for Grand Bahamians.With so many opportunities becoming available to revitalize Grand Bahama’s economy, Minister Thompson noted, it becomes important to increase the ease of doing business in The Bahamas, particularly Grand Bahama. “This will foster an environment for foreign investors, with whom we collaborate to stimulate the economy and create jobs for Bahamians,” added Minister Thompson.“My government is actively working to establish the Grand Bahama Investment Unit, which will mirror the Bahamas Investment Authority, located in the capital. With this unit, “we will be able to quickly see investment requests for Grand Bahama through from start to finish, thereby creating more work opportunities for Bahamians.”By: Andrew Coakley (BIS)PHOTO CAPTIONTALKING ECONOMICS – Minister of State for Grand Bahama, Senator Kwasi Thompson (left) chats with  Gowon Bowe, president of the Bahamas institute of Chartered Accountants before of the start of BICA’s seminar in Grand Bahama on Saturday, November 18, 2017.   Minister Thompson was the guest speaker for the first session on Saturday.  (BIS Photo/Andrew Coakley) Related Items:last_img read more

I kept screaming Massachusetts jogger shares story of terrifying encounter with attacker

first_imgNeighborhood resident Donald Prohovich, 84, spotted the attack and believes his presence scared Lyons away.“I asked the guy, ‘what are you doing?’ He got up and started running back to his car,” Prohovich told 7News. “He happened to see me. That’s when he bolted.”Lyons sped off and crashed a few miles away, according to police, but the woman was able to snap a photo of the vehicle’s plate.Lyons was arrested a short time later after he was involved in a motor vehicle accident on the northbound side of Route 24 in West Bridgewater.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. BRIDGEWATER, Mass. (WSVN) – A convicted rapist who is now facing kidnapping and indecent assault charges in connection with an attempted abduction of a female jogger in Bridgewater Sunday has been held on $100,000 bail.Gordon J. Lyons, 57, of Bridgewater, covered his face with a sheet Tuesday as he was arraigned from his hospital bed on charges including kidnapping, indecent assault and battery on a person 14 or older, and assault and battery. A not guilty plea was entered on his behalf.Officials also said in court that Lyons was convicted of rape in 1978 in a case out of Barnstable District Court.Lyons stopped his vehicle and tried to abduct the 37-year-old woman. The woman, whose name has not been released, fought back and a neighbor came to her aid.The woman told 7’s Kimberly Bookman that she immediately noticed Lyons’ car because is slowed down as it passed her on Pleasant Street around 7:30 a.m. When Lyons got out, she said she knew right away that he was coming for her.The woman explained that Lyons grabbed her by the forearms and wrists, and pulled her towards his car.“He chased me, grabbed me by the arm and pulled me toward him,” the woman said in a statement to police. “I struggled. We fell to the ground. He grabbed my left breast. I kept screaming and kicking at him.” last_img read more

Young Murkowski hold fast on gun rights

first_imgA handful of gun control advocates made a ruckus at the Petroleum Club Monday night, where Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Rep. Don Young were speaking. Photo: Elizabeth HarballAfter the high school shooting in Florida last week, advocates nationwide are pressuring politicians to take action on gun control. But Alaska’s members of Congress are unapologetic supporters of gun rights and have top ratings from the National Rifle Association.Listen nowYoung says he feels for the survivors of the school shooting.“All the sympathy. You bet. I have sympathy for the victims and their families. But the solution isn’t what they say it is,” Young said at a forum at the Petroleum Club in Anchorage, sponsored by Commonwealth North. “The solution is to say, what has happened to our families? Where’s the breakdown in society?”Young has served for years on the board of the NRA. He says guns aren’t to blame for mass shootings, though he does finds fault with video games, which he says warp the mind.“Have you ever seen the video games? It’s the most violent thing I’ve ever seen in my life,” Young said. “And they go through it over and over and over again. And the bad guy gets killed and they come back the next day. Or the next hour. You keep that up and your brain gets burnt.”Young stopped short of calling for video-game control.“That’s something we’re going to have to look at,” Young told reporters referring to video game violence. “Can we stop that, or do we have to have everybody lose their Second Amendment?”Anchorage artist and former teacher Dana Dardis was one of the protesters escorted from the Petroleum Club by police officers. Dardis says the problem with gun violence has many facets.“But one simple thing is to ban the AR-15,” Dardis said, beginning a list of several measures she wants the Alaska delegation to support in Congress.Dardis agrees with something Young said: a determined killer will find another lethal method. But she says there ought to be restrictions on guns designed for easy mass murder.“I mean look at what happened in Las Vegas,” Dardis said. “Fifty-eight people that were killed a very short span of time. You can’t do that with a knife. You can’t do that with gasoline.”Both Young and Murkowski have voted against banning assault weapons. They, along with Sen. Dan Sullivan, have repeatedly voted to block new gun restrictions. Murkowski said Monday she’s torn, as a lawmaker, a parent and “clearly a supporter of (the) Second Amendment.” There are no easy answers, she said, though she acknowledged the trend of mass shootings is alarming.“We cannot continue on the trajectory we’re on,” Murkowski said.A spokeswoman says Murkowski plans to co-sponsor a bill that would fund school training aimed at preventing violence. The proposal was in the works long before the latest mass shooting.Reporter Elizabeth Harball contributed to this story from Anchorage.last_img read more

Pakistan to enact law to protect journalists

first_imgPakistan to enact law to protect journalists. Photo: CollectedIn view of risks faced by journalists in Pakistan, the country’s government has taken an initiative to frame a law to protect the media professionals.Pakistan’s federal minister for information and broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry has said his ministry is planning to table a bill in the National Assembly for the protection of journalists, reports Express Tribune.He was addressing an awards ceremony organised by Centre of Excellence in Journalism at the IBA in Karachi on Tuesday.The minister was quoted to have said he was also working on providing health insurance to working journalists, and was committed to safeguarding the interests of journalists in Pakistan.According to the newspaper, Pakistan remains a country where journalists risk injury, death, kidnapping or detention in their efforts to hold those in power or authority to account.Referring to a Freedom Network report, it mentioned that at least 26 journalists were killed for their work during the last five years.Similarly, as per the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists, at least 53 journalists were killed in 2018 worldwide. At least 19 of these deaths reportedly occurred in South Asia.Meanwhile, a report said, president of Rural Media Network Pakistan (RMNP) Ehsan Ahmed Sehar has welcomed the information minister’s statement regarding the protection of journalists and urged him to take all stakeholders on board making a decision in parliament.The RMNP president vowed to continue their struggle for the safety of journalists in Pakistan, it added.last_img read more

CVS Officials Talk Project Health Black Press at Rainbow Push Wall Street

first_imgBy Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent@StacyBrownMediaWhen Cornelius Raven visited his nearby CVS Pharmacy for free health screenings, he didn’t realize that he was having a stroke. His blood pressure was so high — 200/190 — that he was sent to the hospital for immediate care.Unfortunately, when it comes to health care, Cornelius is the exception when monitoring our health should be the rule.David Casey, the vice president of Workforce Strategies and Chief Diversity Officer at CVS HealthAt a time when health care costs are mounting, CVS officials say it’s smart to take advantage of free health screenings. “It saved his life and that’s the message CVS wants to get out to everyone,” said David Casey, the vice president of Workforce Strategies and Chief Diversity Officer at CVS Health.Casey joined other CVS Health representatives at Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow Push 22nd Annual Wall Street Project Economic Summit in New York where, among other things, care providers demonstrated the company’s pop-up health screenings – known as Project Health.Offering care that is quick and convenient with no appointment needed, Project Health offers free biometric screenings for individuals to help identify chronic conditions before they become life-threatening illnesses.Such screenings are valued at $100, but CVS offers them for free.It includes screenings and offerings like body mass index; blood pressure; glucose; total cholesterol; individual health plan access plan; professional consultations; smoking cessation counseling; and diabetes resources.In November, CVS Health closed on its acquisition of Aetna, which created what CNBC called a new health-care powerhouse.The merger combined CVS’ pharmacies with Aetna’s insurance business and the final deal was valued at about $70 billion.While the merger counts as critical to CVS Health’s mission of providing access to care to often overlooked communities, it does present some challenges in getting the word out about the importance of the CVS/Aetna marriage and Project Health.“One of the value propositions of doing the deal with Aetna is how can we make healthcare local because there’s a lot of folks who can’t get to healthcare,” said Casey.“About 80 percent of Americans live within a couple of miles of a CVS so the question becomes what can we do more? You can’t do anything without [good] health. You can’t learn without health, you can’t walk without health, so we have to figure out how we can deliver more healthcare in the [underserved] community,” Casey said.The CVS-Aetna merger has the potential to create an integrated model for consumer healthcare that could transform the consumer experience.CVS has indicated its focus on the consumer will be its primary strategy to engage customers, improve health outcomes and lower healthcare costsJ.D. Power’s December 2018 pulse survey delved into consumer perception of the CVS-Aetna merger and the prospect of receiving care in a CVS retail pharmacy setting.It generated 1,000 responses. More than half (53 percent) had visited a CVS store within the previous 12 months and 96 percent said a CVS store was located less than 30 minutes from their home.Additionally, 45 percent said they would consider receiving primary care at a CVS Clinic while 55 percent said they would not.Most of the respondents that said they would not along with many who were not survey participants but who’ve said they’re “on the fence,” are minorities. Casey agreed that’s where the Black Press of America could assist.“The Black Press is important because, as great as we think our brand is, there’s a level of credibility at the community level where the Black Press is,” he said.“Mainstream and other media may have a voice, but they’re not always that sense of community and credibility and people like to engage with and hear from folks they know have invested in that community. So, the Black Press has a huge role,” Casey said.last_img read more

Microsofts Visual Studio will gain some Expression

first_img Explore further Microsoft Expression was first introduced for designers in 2005 as a collection of tools that enabled its users to design web applications. At the time, software industry watchers saw the arrival of Expression as Microsoft’s attempt to attract design-suite customers with this new bundle of four applications. As Adobe was considered to be the company offering the ultimate tools for professional design and web development, questions were even raised if Adobe should be worried about a bite from these new Expression tools.The collection has become well known for delivering design tools for activities such as creating graphical user interfaces for web and desktop applications, a video-editing program, and illustration tools for web images. The Microsoft site describing all the changes is positioning this as a drive to provide customers with a unified solution. That solution is Visual Studio, which is to integrate some parts of the Expression technology. “Microsoft is committed to providing best-in-class tools for building modern applications. In support of these industry trends Microsoft is consolidating our lead design and development offerings—Expression and Visual Studio—to offer all of our customers a unified solution that brings together the best of Web and modern development patterns.”Microsoft said Blend, which has been part of the Expression suite, will continue to ship as a standalone tool with Visual Studio 2012, to serve as a design-centric environment for building Windows Store apps and Windows Phone apps. Customers can no longer purchase Expression Studio 4 Ultimate and Expression Studio 4 Web Professional. For customers who previously purchased these products, components will be supported through their support lifecycle.Expression Design 4. and Expression Web 4 are available for download free but technical support is unavailable for the free versions. Expression Encoder 4 Pro will be available for purchase through 2013, with support available through its support lifecycle, but no new versions will be developed. Expression Encoder 4 remains available for download at no charge. (Phys.org)—This week, Microsoft design tools for Windows and Windows Phone took a surprise turn with the company’s announcement that components of “Expression” were in for some big changes. Microsoft announced there will be an end of its support lifeline for some of the company’s Expression design tools, in its new resolve to consolidate elements of Express with Visual Studio. This is not a total phaseout but a consolidation move where some parts of the collection are marked for retirement. © 2012 Phys.org More information: www.microsoft.com/expression/center_img Microsoft Releases Visual Studio Tools for Applications SDK Citation: Microsoft’s Visual Studio will gain some Expression (2012, December 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-12-microsoft-visual-studio-gain.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Too much NFL replay review is killing the flow of the game

first_imgToo much NFL replay review is killing the flow of the gameIn the Steelers/Titans game last night, Colin was annoyed when a seemingly obvious Le’ Veon touchdown was overturned on review because he was short by a blade of grass. The time that was spent reviewing killed the flow of the game, despite technically being the correct.Replay is fine to get important calls in crucial situation right, but mandatory touchdown reviews and garden variety challenges take away from the fan experience and make the game less enjoyable. Right now, too much replay is a drag on the game. Guests:Greg Jennings – FS1 NFL Analyst Is in-studio to discuss replay ruining the flow of the game, and Marcus Mariota’s struggles.Sam Farmer – L.A. Times NFL Reporter is in-studio talking UCLA/USC; Rosen vs. Darnold, and what his sources tell him about their decisions to stay or leave for the NFL.Chris Broussard – FS1 NBA Insider is in-studio discussing if LeBron could end up with the Knicks; and why LeBron will stay in Cleveland if the Cavs lose to Boston in the East.Danny Kanell – FS1 Analyst joins the show to talk Rosen vs. Darnold; and why he thinks Baker Mayfield is the best college quarterback prospect. Marcus Mariota’s silence is hurting him as an NFL quarterbackMarcus Mariota hasn’t taken the next step this year, and last night played poorly in a loss to the Steelers. Colin thinks there are many reasons for Mariota’s struggles, but his quiet nature could be one of the problems.NFL quarterback is the one position on a football team that requires constant communication and adjustments to make sure everyone is always on the same page. Against Pittsburgh, there were a number of plays where Mariota appeared to have miscommunication with his receivers. 10 weeks into the season, that shouldn’t be happening. The only way to fix those problems is by talking.Historically, most highly successful NFL starters have been great verbal communicators. Favre, Brady, and Peyton Manning are just a few examples of guys that never shut up. Mariota needs to speak up.last_img read more

Here is what is new in Opera 54

first_imgHere is what is new in Opera 54 by Martin Brinkmann on June 29, 2018 in Opera – Last Update: June 29, 2018 – 13 commentsOpera Software released a new version of the Opera web browser yesterday that brings the version to 54 on the browser’s stable channel.The two features of Opera 54 that Opera highlights on the official desktop team blog are news on the Speed Dial page and improvements to the visibility of update and recovery options.Existing users can select Opera > About Opera to run a check for updates. The new version of the Opera browser is also available for direct download from the main Opera website.News on the Speed Dial pageOpera Software introduced the personal news section in Opera 39 which it released in May 2016. Opera users could load the personal news section to display news based on a selection of sources, regions and languages.You can display the top 50 news, news from sources integrated in Opera natively, and custom news sources on the personal news page. It works similarly to how RSS feeds work but is built-in the browser and gives you less control than dedicated RSS readers such as QuiteRSS.The new news section on the Speed Dial page looks like a basic version of personal news. You find a selection of news displayed by default.Each news item is displayed with the source, title, and a thumbnail icon. A click on an item opens the website it was published on in a new browser tab.You can click on topics such as health, business, or living at the top to display news of interest, and even combine different interests.Customization options are limited to the selection of categories and the selection of languages and countries.There is no option to add custom news sources which is unfortunate as it limits sources to what Opera has preselected.Opera users who don’t want news on the Speed Dial page can disable it with a click on the settings icon on the Speed Dial page and toggling “Show News” there.Update and Recovery improvementsOpera has made the update and recovery options more visible in Opera 54. Both do what the names imply: update runs a check for updates and recovery rests Opera either entirely or only Opera but no user data.You find the new options with a click on the Opera button and the selection of Update and Recovery from the menu that opens.Tip: You can load opera://update to open the page directly.The Update section lists the version of Opera and data & time of the last update check. Opera tells you if it is up to date and you may click on the check for update button to run a manual check for updates.There is a also a “report” option to inform Opera about things that don’t work.Recovery offers a short description of the feature. A click on the recover button displays the two options (reset and keep data, or reset all).Note that you will lose access to bookmarks, passwords and other data if you select “reset my data and Opera settings” and hit the recover button to start the process.The feature may be useful if Opera does not work right and you suspect that something is not right with the browser installation. You could try to reset the browser and keep the data to see if it resolves the issue. Opera resets settings when you do so that it is ensured that Opera runs with the default settings.The full changelog lists all changes between the release of Opera 53 and Opera 54. Notable changes from the log are:Option to disable Opera Instant Search in the Settings.Chromium updated to version 67.0.3396.87.Fixed several crashes.Control support for TLS 1.3 on opera://flags/#tls13-variant.Closing WordsMore and more browser developers add news or articles to New Tab pages or other locations in browsers that they develop. Firefox may display Pocket stories on the New Tab Page, Google has been pushing news in Chrome for Android for some time already, and Microsoft displayed news on Edge’s new tab page since it launched the browser.Now You: News in the browser, yay or nay?SummaryArticle NameHere is what is new in Opera 54DescriptionOpera Software released a new version of the Opera web browser yesterday that brings the version to 54 on the browser’s stable channel.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Costa Rica expecting conjoined twins — four sets of them

first_imgRelated posts:Conjoined twins born at San José hospital Violence against women in the age of new technology Fifth of Costa Rica sextuplets dies following surgery A Paris climate change talks primer for Costa Rica The chances are slim that any given pregnancy will result in twins, even less that those twins will be conjoined. And yet the relatively small country of Costa Rica is expecting the birth of four sets of conjoined twins in the coming months, according to the Costa Rican Social Security System.Four women in Costa Rica are currently pregnant with conjoined twins. In Fila Pinar de Coto Brus, a rural town near the Panamanian border, a couple is expecting twins connected at the head. The mother, Evelyn Badilla, told Spanish-language daily La Nación that they will name the twin boys Ezequiel and Samuel. Twins connected by the head are the most difficult to separate with surgery.Doctors at San Juan de Díos Hospital in central San José told Spanish-language daily La Nación that a 26-year-old San José resident is 31 weeks pregnant with twins joined at the abdomen and thorax.Doctors at Calderón Guardia Hospital in eastern San José are expecting two sets of conjoined twins, though they have not released any information regarding the mothers or their pregnancies because of privacy concerns.Conjoined twins occur in approximately one out of every 50,000 pregnancies when an embryo that would normally split to create identical twins fails to completely separate. Doctors know that conjoined twins are more common in Latin America than in the United States or Europe, but don’t know why.According to doctors, the unusual overlap of these pregnancies in Costa Rica occurred completely by chance. They will be the 10th, 11th, 12th and 13th pairs of conjoined twins ever born in Costa Rica and the first cases since 2009. Ten-year-olds Yurelia and Fiorella Rocha are Costa Rica’s only pair of conjoined twins that ever survived long enough to leave the hospital.This rash of conjoined twin pregnancies comes after a slew of multiple births in May prompted the Costa Rican Doctors and Surgeons Association to create new regulations for fertility treatments in the country.Among these multiple births was Costa Rica’s first-ever set of sextuplets who were born premature. No single hospital was equipped to handle so many premature babies and they were distributed to maternity wards throughout San José. Despite doctors’ efforts, only one of the sextuplets survived. Facebook Commentslast_img read more