Government Guidance for Gene Firms to Prevent Bioterrorism

first_imgThe U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has proposed a set of guidelines for how providers of custom-made DNA sequences should do business. The proposal is the first comprehensive guidance issued by the government to tackle bioterrorism concerns stemming from the rapidly developing synthetic genomics industry, which some security experts believe could allow terrorist groups or lone evil-doers to develop bioweapons simply with materials purchased over the Internet. The main recommendation that gene synthesis companies screen their clients and the DNA sequences requested by them. Besides establishing the identity and institutional affiliation of customers, companies should watch out for red flags such as a client placing several orders of the same sequence within a short time frame, or wanting to pay by cash, or requesting that the product be mislabeled. Foreign clients should be screened against terrorist databases and other lists of concern. The proposed guidelines also suggest a specific approach to screening orders: instead of looking for an exact match between the requested sequence and sequences that encode specific features of dangerous pathogens—that is, select agents—companies should use what the government calls a “best match” strategy. That would involve an analysis to find out if the requested sequence is statistically closer to a select agent or to a non-select agent; if it turns out to be the former, the company should follow up with the client to learn more about what the material is being requested for. Suspicious orders should be reported to the government, and all paperwork should be archived for 8 years. 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In fact, the guidelines seem to have been pre-empted by an announcement earlier this month from a consortium of gene synthesis companies pledging to take some of the same steps. Environmental and arms control groups are likely to press the government to convert the guidelines into mandatory rules. The comment period for the proposal ends 26 January.last_img read more

Rajeev Shukla appointed new IPL chairman

first_imgRajeev Shukla has been appointed the new chairman of the Indian Premier League (IPL) Governing Council on Monday, the BCCI confirmed the news with a press release.Shukla had resigned from the post in June, 2013, following a scandal over corruption and spot-fixing in the tournament.He replaces Ranjib Biswal who was the interim chairman of the council.Former India captain Sourav Ganguly and current team director Ravi Shastri were also named in the governing council.last_img

Unique Fundraising Ideas for Your Nonprofit Organization

first_imgFundraising ideas are important for any nonprofit, and one of the most important new approaches is to take your campaign online. Sometimes it’s an addition to the regular routine, and sometimes you may conduct the entire fundraiser online, but either way, here are some great pointers for making your online fundraising successful.Tell a Great StoryMission: One story you can tell is your mission. Be sure to include the situation or events that started it all and who the prime mover was. If it was you, don’t downplay your role. Share your passion for the cause. A popular adage that’s repeated frequently in sales is that people buy from someone that they know, like and trust. The same holds true for charitable donations. You want people to know you, like you, and trust you. That clearly applies to your organization, but if you can make it true of the leaders as well, then so much the better.Volunteer: If you feel the mission has been done enough, feature a story about an outstanding volunteer. You not only communicate how much you value your volunteers (and make that one feel really special), but you also inspire others to volunteer, too. Interview the volunteers (informally is fine!) and find out what makes them passionate about the cause. In telling their stories, share why they put so much effort into your work, how it rewards them, and how they found you.Beneficiary: This is a big one (and the most powerful) if your organization serves individuals or groups of people, as opposed to a non-human cause like keeping the internet free, for example. Tell the story of a person whom you have served, and tell how their life was better as a result. If you can paint a picture of how bad their situation was, and then explain exactly how much money or work went into the project, describing what was done, and then show a great result, people will want to be part of that. It is extremely effective if you can tell them some specific benefit the recipient will get for a specific donation amount.Reach Out with VideoVideo sounds intimidating, but really it shouldn’t. Your video skills are good enough to get started with nonprofit fundraising projects if you can make a video with your smartphone or camera and upload it to your desktop or other computer. If you can afford a professional videographer, by all means, hire one. It will make the whole process easier for you. Chances are, though, if you are just starting out with video, you haven’t budgeted much for it. But, fear not! Making video isn’t complicated, and thanks to modern technology, you can get good quality from a simple camera. Here are a couple of tips for making video.Make sure your video tells a story. The ideas above are all great video topics. Lay out the story before you film it, so you know where you are going. Random scenery or conversation is not the same as telling a story.The good news is that the most popular videos online are actually short. Under two minutes is perfect, so don’t worry about making something elaborate. Just tell your story, and if you can throw in some humor, it helps make people stick with you.Be sure to include a “call to action.” That just means tell people what you want them to do. A “call to action” will typically be a “donate now” button to get to your donation page.Network for Good has a blog with more free information on how to be successful at nonprofit fundraising. We also have specialists available to discuss how we can help you get the most out of your fundraising efforts, so contact us today or call 1-888-284-7978 x1.last_img read more

A week after Mike Pence walks out on 49ers protest, players kneel again

first_imgA week after Vice-President Mike Pence left an NFL game when San Francisco players knelt during the national anthem, members of the team chose to continue their protest. NFL Seven 49ers knelt before the game against Washington on Sunday, down from 20 who took a knee before last week’s contest in Indianapolis. Pence was following the orders of Donald Trump, who has been infuriated by NFL players kneeling during the anthem as a protest at racial injustice.“I asked @VP Pence to leave stadium if any players kneeled, disrespecting our country,” Trump wrote on Twitter then. “I am proud of him and @SecondLady Karen.”The 49ers have been central to the protest movement in the NFL. Quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who has since left the team, started the protests last season and safety Eric Reid was the first man to join him. Reid knelt again on Sunday. Last week he said Pence’s walkout was a “PR stunt”.“He knew our team has had the most players protest,” Reid said. “He knew that we were probably going to do it again. This is what systemic oppression looks like. “A man with power comes to the game, tweets a couple things out and leaves the game in an attempt to thwart our efforts. Based on the information I have, that’s the assumption I made.”Last week the NFL commissioner, Roger Goodell, said players should stand for the anthem as it emerged that the protest movement was affecting the popularity of the country’s richest league among large sections of its fanbase. Surveys have found the majority of white fans are opposed to the protests while most black fans support them. “Like many of our fans, we believe that everyone should stand for the national anthem,” the commissioner wrote. “It is an important moment in our game. We want to honour our flag and our country, and our fans expect that of us.”Goodell later insisted that players would not be forced to stand but the league’s specific stance on the protests is still not clear. San Francisco 49ers Share on WhatsApp The NFL stood by African American players … until its money was threatened news US sports … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share via Email Read more Share on Messenger Support The Guardian Share on Facebook Topics Since you’re here… Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter Mike Pence Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Carriers in Operating Losses for 5th Successive Quarter

first_imgzoom The main container carriers’ average operating margins remained in negative territory with minus 7.8% in the third quarter of 2016, marking the fifth successive quarter of operating losses, according to Alphaliner.Out of the 12 main carriers surveyed by Alphaliner, only the German carrier Hapag-Lloyd and Taiwan’s shipping company Wan Hai posted positive margins, while the ten remaining carriers all reported negative operating results.The two beleaguered Korean carriers Hanjin Shipping and Hyundai Merchant Marine posted “the worst operating margins of the carriers surveyed,” at -30% and -22%, respectively.Hanjin Shipping ceased taking new bookings after it filed for receivership on 31 August, resulting in a 25% plunge in total liftings in the third quarter to 884,100 TEU, compared to 1.18 million TEU in the same quarter last year and 1.17 million TEU in the second quarter. Total revenue for Hanjin’s container shipping business fell by 42% year-on-year to USD 874 million, while operating losses reached USD 258 million.Following Hanjin’s exit, spot freight rates surged by 33% in September, Alphaliner cited the Shanghai Containerised Freight Index (SCFI), however, the rate increase “came too late to salvage the other carriers’ dismal third quarter results.”Furthermore, some shipping lines were negatively affected by Hanjin’s sudden departure, especially CKYHE members, which had to incur additional costs to recover and deliver cargo stranded on Hanjin vessels.None of the main carriers surveyed provided any breakdown of their financial exposure to the Hanjin bankruptcy, Alphaliner informed.last_img read more

Scarlett Johansson tops Forbes highestpaid actresses list

first_imgLos Angeles: For the second consecutive year, Hollywood star Scarlett Johansson has topped the Forbes’ list of highest paid female actors in the world. Spurred by the success of her summer Marvel film “Avenger: Endgame”, the 34-year-old actor’s earning reached USD 56 million. The outlet reported that Johansson has also secured a fat paycheck for her upcoming “Black Widow” movie from Disney’s Marvel Studios. At number two is “Modern Family” star Sofia Vergara with USD 44.1 million earnings. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka “Big Little Lies” actors Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman are placed at the third and fourth spot on the list, with the earning of USD 35 million and USD 34 million, respectively. All the earnings of the actors were calculated between the period of June 1, 2018, and June 1, 2019. Jennifer Aniston, who earned in USD 28 million, rounds out the top five. Next in the line are Kaley Cuoco (USD 25 million), Elisabeth Moss (USD 24 million) and Margot Robbie (USD 23.5 million). Charlize Theron and Ellen Pompeo, were placed at the ninth and tenth positions, respectively. Forbes noted that though the combined earnings of highest-paid female actors grew by 69 per cent to USD 314.6 million, it was still way below than the combined haul of their male counterparts who raked in USD 588.3 million.last_img read more

Thousands march in Montreal to denounce Quebec governments secularism bill

first_imgMONTREAL — Thousands of Montrealers chanted for solidarity and loudly denounced Premier Francois Legault on Sunday as they took to the streets to oppose the Quebec government’s proposed secularism bill.The crowd chanted slogans such as “Quebec, it’s our home!” as they marched against the legislation that would ban the wearing of religious symbols on the job for public sector employees deemed to be in positions of authority, including teachers, judges and police officers.RELATED: Canadian Bar Association calls on Quebec to drop notwithstanding clause from Bill 21The protesters included Aymen Derbali, who was seriously injured in the January 2017 Quebec City mosque shooting where six Muslim men were killed.Derbali, who attended with fellow survivor Said El-Amari, told the crowd that rather than working to reduce stigma and Islamophobia, the government is tabling discriminatory legislation that unfairly targets Muslim women.“Instead of weighing in on societal problems, (the Legault government) wants to adopt a law that oppresses the rights of women to wear their hijabs and to work,” said Derbali, who was partly paralyzed in the shooting and now uses a wheelchair.Taran Singh, a member of Montreal’s Sikh community, said the government should focus on issues such as the school dropout rate and hospital emergency room wait times rather than pitting Quebecers against each other.“What the political parties in Quebec are doing is dividing us,” Singh said. “Anglophones against francophones, federalists against sovereigntists, laypersons against religious immigrants.“This mentality of us versus us doesn’t serve anyone.”RELATED: Criticism and court challenge ahead of Quebec’s tabling of secularism billSelsabil Hamiham, a 21-year-old student, said the proposed bill attacks her identity.“I don’t believe Francois Legault has the power to tell me how to dress, how to be,” she said.Wearing a hijab was her own choice, she added.“Since nobody forced me to wear it, nobody can make me take it off,” she said.Sunday’s event was the largest of a series of protests that have been held to denounce the legislation, known as Bill 21.The crowd included representatives from many of Montreal’s cultural groups, including the Muslim, Sikh, Jewish and Chinese communities.The event was organized by Adil Charkaoui, a controversial Islamic educator who was once accused by Ottawa of having terrorist ties.Charkaoui was arrested under Canada’s security certificate system in 2003, but he was never charged.On Sunday, he called on Quebecers to reject the bill, which he said aims to tell Muslim women how to dress and where to work.RELATED: School board vows to disregard Quebec bill restricting religious symbolsThe Quebec government argues the bill is reasonable and in line with the values of Quebecers, and last week Legault said it doesn’t violate religious freedom. People who would be excluded from public sector jobs because of the law can find other work, he said.Legault also noted that his government included a grandfather clause that would exempt current employees from the restrictions as long as they remain in the same job.last_img read more

WPI inflation spikes to 318 in March on costlier food fuel

first_imgNew Delhi: Wholesale price inflation rose to a 3-month high of 3.18 per cent in March on costlier food and fuel, government data released Monday showed. The Wholesale Price Index (WPI)-based inflation was at 2.93 per cent and 2.76 per cent in February and January this year, respectively, and 3.46 per cent in December 2018. It was 2.74 per cent in March last year. Inflation in the ‘food articles’ basket hardened to 5.68 per cent during March 2019 as against 4.28 per cent in February, as prices of vegetables skyrocketed. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalVegetable inflation was at 28.13 per cent in March, up from 6.82 per cent in the previous month. However, inflation in potato cooled substantially to 1.30 per cent, from 23.40 per cent in February. Pulses and wheat witnessed some cooling in inflation at 10.63 per cent and 10.13 per cent, respectively. Also protein rich items such as ‘egg, meat and fish’ saw inflation fall to 5.86 per cent during March. Deflation in onion was 31.34 per cent, while the same in fruits was 7.62 per cent during the month. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostWholesale inflation in the ‘fuel and power’ category, however, spiked to 5.41 per cent, from 2.23 per cent in February. Inflation is diesel shot up to 7.33 per cent during the month from 3.72 per cent in February. In petrol, inflation was 1.78 per cent in March, as against a deflation of 2.93 per cent in the previous month. The Reserve Bank of India, which mainly factors in retail inflation for monetary policy decision, had earlier this month cut interest rates by 0.25 per cent to 6 per cent, while projecting retail inflation to be at 2.9-3 per cent, mainly due to lower food and fuel prices as well as normal monsoon. Meanwhile, the India Meteorological Department Monday forecast that monsoon is likely to be “near normal” this year. Data released last week showed retail inflation accelerated to 2.86 per cent in March from 2.57 per cent a month ago.last_img read more

Zagora Hosts English Language Study Day for Teachers

By Nasrs-Edine  OuahaniThe Basma Association of English Language in Zagora (BAELZ) organized on March 31, 2016, a study day for English teachers and students at Elmajd High School in Zagora. The study day program was carried out in two sessions.The morning session aimed at the enhancement, support, and promotion of teachers’ continuous formation, research, and awareness of the paramount importance of the use of ICT and enhanced online learning in teaching in general and English in particular. The program was kicked off by warm welcomes and words given by the President of BAELZ along with Brahim Oujil, the delegate of the Ministry of Education, Moulay Abdelaziz Rachidi, the headmaster of Elmajd High School, the delegate of the Local Provincial Council, Rachel Okunubi, the US Consulate Deputy Public Affairs Officer, and Amina Jaouad, the director of the Information Resource Centre at Dar America.The first two presentations were delivered by Rachel Okunubi and Amina Jaouad, respectively titled “MOOCs for Morocco” and “eLibraryUSA: getting to know the collection.” Okunubi’s presentation walked the audience through the rich free “Massive Open Online Courses,” a database that offers many free books on different subjects, as well as academic articles and magazines and teaching materials.Similarly, Amina Jaouad talked about another rich online database, eLibraryUSA, and the vast teaching and academic materials.The evening session targeted students. About forty-five students came to the event. Rachel Okunubi conducted fun activities and games that aimed to motivate students to use their English language potential. The activities and games proved very successful in making all students take part and become more interested in learning English. As a wrap up, the students were given the chance to showcase their talents in public speaking and singing. Their productions were wonderful and innovative.The study day was held in accordance with the objectives of the association and the Ministry of Education, concerning the promotion and improvement of the teaching, learning, and the use of English as a world language. Generally speaking, everything was successful and fantastic. read more

Better hand hygiene could cut mounting toll of health carelinked infections –

5 March 2007With some 1.4 million people suffering from health care-associated infections at any given time, United Nations health officials are urging Latin America and Caribbean countries to join a global effort to improve hand hygiene and related practices in hospitals and care facilities to help reduce the growing number of deaths and illnesses. “There are effective strategies to improve hand hygiene and other basic practices that, if implemented by PAHO/WHO [UN Pan American Health Organization and UN World Health Organization] member countries, will save lives and reduce the largely preventable burden of health care-associated infections,” WHO World Alliance for Patient Safety Chairman Liam Donaldson told a regional workshop today.The workshop – Clean Care is Safer Care – in San José, Costa Rica, was convened to develop a regional strategy for reducing health care-associated infections, also called nosocomial infections, in the region through better hand hygiene and other improvements in infection-control practices, clinical procedures and surveillance. Participants include experts on infection prevention and control from 21 countries.Most research on such infections has been carried out in developed countries, and less is known about the problem in the developing world. But data from Mexico indicate some 450,000 cases of health care-associated infection annually, causing 32 deaths per 100,000.In one Guatemalan hospital, the cost of 116 reported cases of a single health care-associated pneumonial infection in one year was estimated at more than $200,000, or 160 times the cost of care for the same number of uninfected patients.“Basic good practices of infection control still remain the most important thing for reducing health care-associated infections, and the first thing among those basics is hand hygiene,” the leader of the Alliance’s Global Patient Safety Challenge Didier Pittet said. “Most bacteria are carried by patients, and the most common way they are transmitted is by hands.“Medical schools may not teach enough about it, but it is also a problem of health care systems. Overloaded doctors and nurses have to deal with too many patients at once and don’t have time to wash their hands. The solution can be as simple as always having alcohol hand rub at the point of care.”Costa Rica is one of 22 countries that have signed on to the First Global Patient Safety Challenge since it was launched by WHO in 2005. With the theme “Clean Care is Safer Care,” the Global Challenge promotes improvements in blood safety, injection practices, water and sanitation, safety of clinical procedures and hand hygiene.The workshop will provide feedback on a set of WHO recommendations on hand hygiene, adapting the guidelines to the needs of health care facilities in Latin America and the Caribbean. read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

Some of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,074.25, down 143.08 points):Aimia Inc. (TSX:AIM). Loyalty programs. Up 32 cents, or 20.13 per cent, to $1.91 on 6.4 million shares. The Montreal-based loyalty program operator swung to a loss of $25.1 million in its latest quarter as it said it’s in talks with a number of potential partners to replace its departing Aeroplan partner Air Canada. CEO David Johnston wouldn’t provide many details of the company’s plans for replacing Air Canada, but said the Aimia will continue to be a multi-airline program. The company expects to reduce annualized costs by $70 million by the end of 2019, in part by cutting its workforce.Primero Mining Corp. (TSX:P). Miner. Down 24.5 cents, or 46.74 per cent, to 21.5 cents on 5.6 million shares.Element Fleet Management Corp. (TSX:EFN). Financial Services. Down 83 cents, or 8.9 per cent, to $8.50 on 5.5 million shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Financial Services. Down $1.21, or 4.72 per cent, to $24.42 on 5.2 million shares.BetaPro Crude Oil. (TSX:HOU). Oil and gas. Down 29 cents, or 4.68 per cent, to $5.91 on 4.7 million shares.Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Oil and gas. Down 22 cents, or 1.77 per cent, to $12.20 on 4 million shares.Companies reporting major news:CI Financial Corp. (TSX:CIX). Financial Services. The company has agreed to buy Sentry Investments Corp. in a friendly deal worth about $780 million, adding to its portfolio of mutual funds. CI’s assets under management will rise by 16 per cent to $140 billion when the deal closes, subject to regulatory approvals. read more

Arrest warrant issued on Mervyns son Malaka Silva

An arrest warrant has been issued on the son of former Minister Mervyn Silva, Malaka Manoj Silva.The warrant was issued by the Colombo Additional Magistrate after Malaka Silva failed to appear in court over a case. (Colombo Gazette)

Phantom v1610 cam can shoot up to one million frames per second

first_imgFor when 24 fps isn’t enough, the Phantom v1610 high speed camera comes along with a mind-blowing frame rate. The v1610 sits at the top of Phantom’s collection of cameras, including models like the Phantom v10 and Phantom HD Gold (which was used to film the fantastic CupCake Cannon video). When set to 1M fps, however, the video resolution will be cut to an eye-popping 128×16.A 128×16 seems a bit impractical. If you’re setting up a movie theater for ants and similarly sized creatures, then that resolution would be ideal. At a full resolution of 1280×800, the v1610 can shoot 16,000 fps. That’s more than enough frames for a super slow video, and it the size won’t require squinting.The v1610 has three options for high-speed internal RAM: 24, 48, and 96GB. When set to 96GB, shooting at full speed and full resolution will yield a 4.19 second clip. Shooting a full length movie at that rate will take a great deal of time, but the video would be beautiful.Nikonians rejoice, the Nikon-F mount is the standard lens mount for the v1610. There is an option for the Canon EOS mount, PL-mount, and C-mount. Unfortunately, a lens is not included.The camera looks like a miniature version of the one-man submarine used in deep see exploration. Of course, it’s a mighty powerful pseudo-submarine camera.What would you record at 1,000,000 fps?See more at Vision Research, via Wiredlast_img read more

Unenforceable and unworkable Government given legal warning over alcohol ad restrictions

first_img Thursday 21 Feb 2019, 12:05 AM Image: Shutterstock/Jag_cz By Stephen McDermott https://jrnl.ie/4503463 These provisions are disproportionate and will have the unintended effect of driving alcohol advertising en masse to unregulated and more persuasive media i.e. online and social media, which the Bill has completely ignored.Instead, the OMA lobbied Byrne to have two aspects of the bill amended, which it claimed would be “highly effective” in helping the legislation achieve its objectives. ‘Next to impossible’The group suggested that the government halved the distance at which alcohol advertisements were restricted near schools, crèches and playgrounds from 200 metres to 100 metres.It claimed that the perimeter of a distance restriction of 200 metres would be “next to impossible” to verify legally if the Bill was passed, and said the distance was “an arbitrary figure” with no scientific basis.“The 200-metre perimeter limit has no basis in hard evidence or fact and appears to be based on a US marketing website for Blue Line Media, a company which sells entirely different outdoor advertising formats in the USA,” Grant wrote.“The practical solution is to amend the bill to provide for a 100 metre exclusion zone from the principal public entrance of schools, early learning centres and playgrounds.This 100-metre distance is measurable and is based on independent expert evidence and academic findings. It is beyond the accepted maximum viewing distance for outdoor formats in the Irish marketplace.The group also said there were “very severe” restrictions already in place on copy on all outdoor ads and said a ban on public transport formats would hit 74% of its alcohol advertising.It claimed that 200-metre exclusion zones would “amount to a virtual full ban on outdoor advertising”, leading to a diversion of alcohol advertising revenue to “more persuasive” online media.“Therefore the (unintended) consequence of the Bill is that advertising which is currently regulated will move to unregulated channels, thus defeating the purpose of the Bill,” Grant said.Mapping processMeanwhile, the OMA raised further concerns about the length of time it would take to map the locations where alcohol ads would be banned in order for it to comply with the law.The group said it operated outdoor advertising at thousands of locations, and told the Junior Minister that the mapping process would be “complicated and expensive”.Grant warned that an exemption from the law of one year from its commencement was not long enough to complete it, and asked for a second amendment to be made to the Bill to extend this. “We are requesting a 3-year derogation to allow for our members to undertake the necessary exercises and to ensure that mechanisms are in place so that we can be aware of new facilities coming on stream,” she said.Grant also requested a meeting with Byrne to discuss the situation before the Bill progressed further, but returns on the lobbying register suggest that no meeting took place before it was passed in October.A spokesperson for Alcohol Action Ireland previously told TheJournal.ie that while advertising restrictions alone would not solve issues around alcohol in Ireland, the legislation helped create an environment to help people make healthier choices.“Children are continuously exposed to positive, risk-free images of alcohol and its use, which are far removed from the reality of the situation,” the spokesperson said.“Restricting advertisements for alcohol products to content about the nature of those products will mean that advertisements will be less likely to glamourise alcohol or make it appealing to children.”  Share53 Tweet Email3 AN ADVERTISING GROUP warned the government that it could take legal action over new laws that will prohibit alcohol ads near schools and on public transport.The Outdoor Media Association (OMA), a group representing Ireland’s three largest outdoor media companies, issued the warning amid concerns over the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill, which passed in the Dáil following years of debate last year.From 12 November, alcohol ads in or on public transport vehicles, at public transport stops or stations, and within 200 metres of schools, crèches and playgrounds will be banned by law.The laws will also prohibit alcohol advertising in sports areas during sporting events and at events aimed at children or where the majority of participants are children from 2020.However, in a letter to Minister of State for Health Promotion Catherine Byrne last September, OMA president Joanne Grant claimed the bill would have “negative and unintended consequences”.The correspondence, released to TheJournal.ie under the Freedom of Information Act, appealed for changes to be made to the bill to avoid the passing of “a bad law”.It also warned that the group could “enforce any and/or all legal remedies available” if the amendments it suggested were not made to the Bill.“In short, there are provisions in the Bill which relate to outdoor advertising which are both unenforceable and unworkable,” Grant wrote. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlecenter_img 42 Comments ‘Unenforceable and unworkable’: Government given legal warning over alcohol ad restrictions Laws prohibiting the advertising of alcohol within 200 metres of schools will come into effect later this year. Image: Shutterstock/Jag_cz Feb 21st 2019, 12:06 AM Short URL 20,898 Views last_img read more

ExReal Madrid star Pepe leaves Besiktas

first_imgPortuguese defender Pepe has left Besiktas after agreeing to have his contract mutually terminated as his wages became too much for the clubThe 35-year-old joined Besiktas in 2017 on a free transfer from Real Madrid for a reported deal in the region of €9.5m before bonuses.Pepe went on to make 52 appearances for Besiktas along with scoring seven times.However, the Turkish club’s growing debts meant that cuts were necessary and Pepe agreed to have his deal terminated as a result – even though he was contracted until June 2019.Although it’s understood the Portugal international has left on good terms and even watched Besiktas’ 2-2 draw against Trabzonspor on Sunday in the stands at the club’s Vodafone Park Stadium.Europa League draw groups K and L George Patchias – August 30, 2019 Europa League groups K and L were kind to Wolves and United, weren’t they?UEFA.com confirmed that Europa League group K consists of, Besiktas, Braga,…“Besiktas JK and Kepler Laveran Lima Ferreira Pepe have mutually cancelled their contract and parted ways,” read a statement on the club website.“The club thanked the Portuguese star for his efforts and wished him luck in his future career.”Besiktas are currently third in the Turkish Super Lig and eight points behind leaders Istanbul Basaksehir.Former Real and Sevilla striker Alvaro Negredo also left the club this year, while ex-Liverpool forward Ryan Babel is also set to leave.last_img read more

Search underway for motorcycle thieves in Miami

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Two men have been caught on surveillance video stealing a motorcycle from a Miami home’s backyard.The footage, provided by victim Roberto Fustr’s neighbor, shows two men sneaking into the home’s backyard around 5:30 p.m., Monday, near Flagler Street and Le Jeune Road.One of the men could be seen cutting the lock of a red Honda CBR1000RR motorcycle before riding away on it.Fustr said he did not notice the bike was gone until he returned home after grocery shopping with his mother.The victim now has a message for the thieves.“There’s a lot of ways to make a living,” said Fustr. “Don’t steal something from somebody else. That’s it. This is stupid.”If you have any information on this theft, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

WILMINGTON REC REMINDERS Babysitting Training Course Set For November 17

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are recent announcements from the Wilmington Recreation Department:Babysitting Training CourseBusy Moms and Dads are looking for babysitters – and our Babysitter Training class is quickly approaching! If your child (Age 11+) is interested in becoming a babysitter, you won’t want them to miss this class. Topics of discussion will include: infant and toddler care, first aid, handling bedtime issues and more. Students will even learn some interviewing skills that may help them ‘wow’ parents and land the job! This class will be held on Saturday, November 17 from noon to 4pm. Cost is $45.To register, please visit https://www.wilmingtonma.gov/recreation, call 978-658-4270, or stop by Town Hall, Room 8, Monday throughFriday, 8:30am to 4:30pm.Adult Supervisors WantedDo you enjoy basketball? Do you enjoy working with children? If so, then we walk to talk with you! The Wilmington Recreation Department is seeking adult supervisors to work in our gyms with our Youth Recreational Basketball Leagues for this upcoming winter season. We are also accepting registrations for new Referees and Scorekeepers (Grade 9+). To inquire, please email: jmainini@wilmingtonma.govLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWILMINGTON REC REMINDERS: Kids Dreamcatcher Class On August 14In “Community”WILMINGTON REC REMINDERS: Registration Now Open For Upholstery Workshop This FallIn “Community”WILMINGTON REC REMINDERS: Jurassic Junior, Gingerbread People, & Babysitter Training Coming SoonIn “Community”last_img read more

Hulus updated Live TV Guide available now on Apple TV Roku and

first_imgHulu rolled out an improved Live TV Guide feature. Getty Images Hulu on Wednesday said it’s rolling out an improved Live TV Guide for Apple TV, Roku and the web. Customers with Hulu + Live TV can now use a two-week grid guide to see what’s coming up and record programming. Viewers can also add channels to “My Channels” to have quicker access to their favorites as well as preferred programs directly from the home screen and the Live Guide. In addition, they can more easily find recommended TV shows and movies currently airing live from Home. Customers are also able to browse live content collections to quickly get to sports, news, movies and kids content that’s currently live and that will be coming up soon.To access the new Live Guide, go to the “Live TV” icon on the Hulu homepage.Hulu says it’ll be launching its updated Live Guide on more devices soon.  Apple $179 See it Preview • Apple TV 4K: New $179 Apple streamer adds HDR, better gaming Best Buy See It Aug 31 • Apple iPhone 11 launches Sept. 10, Disney Plus in big demand CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Share your voice Review • Apple TV 4K review: The best TV streamer keeps getting better $169 Tags Apple TV 4K $179 $179 Apple Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Comment Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier • Hulu Roku Apple See All reading • Hulu’s updated Live TV Guide available now on Apple TV, Roku and web Media Streamers 1 See It See It Mentioned Above Apple TV 4K (32GB) Crutchfieldlast_img read more

Anchorage Assembly – Seat 1B

first_imgCandidates for Anchorage Assembly Seat 1b, Patrick Flynn and Mark Martinson, discuss local issues with host Michael Carey.Patrick FlynnMark Martinsonlast_img

Its Good to Be Here — Working at the Brother Francis Shelter

first_imgGuests sleep in one of the dorms at Brother Francis Shelter. (Photo courtesy of Catholic Social Services.)Guests at the Brother Francis Shelter in Anchorage keep the place running. They clean the floors and lay out the mats. They wash the blankets and monitor the doors. They’re supported by a cadre of staff who try to keep the place organized and safe. Beyond the entrance to the shelter sits support staff Amber Grace-Ali who registers guests to make sure they are accounted for. Last month, she finished her shift around midnight and chatted with KSKA’s Anne Hillman about why she took a second job at the shelter.Download Audio“As tired as I am, it’s good. It’s good to be here. It’s a humbling experience,” Grace-Ali says, looking surprisingly awake after 16 hours of work. She came to Brother Francis straight from her full-time job.The instant gratification makes it positive. “You’re actually physically helping people, and they appreciate it right off the bat. And you can see it. You can feel it. Yeah, that’s the best part I think.”Nine months ago, Grace-Ali was bored and needed a distraction from her personal life, so she asked to volunteer at the shelter. Instead she was hired to work a weekend day shift when only a few people are allowed inside. Brother Francis is an emergency night shelter and only offers limited services during the day. She didn’t have to open the doors to people who made her uncomfortable. Then she started working nights. During the winter.“The foyer was full right off the bat. Tons of people came in and they were drunk, intoxicated, belligerent, angry, violent. And it was overwhelming, I think, more than anything,” she recalls, saying she had a panic attack.Grace-Ali says the situation was tense at first in part because she’s only 25 and much younger than most of the guests and the other staff members. And she’s never experienced homelessness before, so she was seen as a complete outsider. But she kept working the night shift and building up trust.“We treat them like humans, and they respond well, ’cause so many people just yell at them all the time or they get arrested on the side of the street or CSP [now known as the Anchorage Safety Patrol] drags them off. It’s rough. They way that they’re living is rough.”And she tries to greet everyone with smiles and questions about their day while hiding her own emotions.“I find when we start our shift and we’re positive up at the front then everything else runs a little smoother. Our community, they know when you’re having a bad day. They can tell. Any little sign of discomfort on your face and they just attack it.”The Brother Francis Shelter in downtown Anchorage. (Photo courtesy of Catholic Social Services.)That doesn’t mean she’s perfected her poker face. Grace-Ali says she still relies on the program manager to help her process some of her emotions and her stress.“Maybe it’s the constant need” that makes it so stressful, she says. “Someone always needs something. Which, is part of the job, I understand it, but you know, even if it’s not ‘I need a pair of socks’ it’s ‘Hey, can I come talk to you?’ and they pour it out. Pour their whole week out.”She listens and feels for them and sometimes goes home crying because she wants to help more. But Grace-Ali says the stress is worth it.“I mean, crazy things happen down here. Things I would never have imagined in my entire life. Just the crime and driving home at night and people falling into the road in front of my car,” she says, words rushing together. “It’s just insanity. I never in my entire life would have imagined I’d do it. And just to make it through it. Several times a week. It’s rewarding. It really is rewarding.”She says despite the chaos, some of the guests have huge hearts. And it keeps her coming back, week after week.You can listen to the story of Mike Hindman, a Brother Francis Shelter guest here.last_img read more