Kenai River Sport Fishery Starting July Off With No Bait

first_imgIn 2018, the king salmon runs throughout Cook Inlet have consistently and significantly underperformed ADF&G preseason expectations resulting in restrictions and closures of inriver and marine sport fisheries. The restriction on the Kenai River late-run king salmon fishery is effective 12:01 a.m. July 1 through 11:50 p.m. Tuesday, July 31. Cook Inlet Management Coordinator Matt Miller: “Without restrictions to harvest, the escapement goal for the Kenai River late-run king salmon is not expected to be achieved. Consistent with the management plan, it is warranted to prohibit bait in the sport fishery to achieve the escapement goal and provide reasonable harvest opportunity. The management plan also indicates if bait is prohibited in this sport fishery than the personal use and commercial fishery also experience restrictions. The retention of king salmon is prohibited in the personal use fishery and commercial fishing periods of the Upper Subdistrict, excluding the East forelands, will be open for no more than 48 hours a week.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) has implemented a sport fishing restriction on the Kenai River, no bait allowed on the Kenai River from its mouth upstream to an ADF&G regulatory marker located approximately 300 yards downstream from the mouth of Slikok Creek.center_img This sport fishing regulation restriction is in conjunction with the Kenai River early-run king salmon sport fishing closure issued on June 18. ADF&G will continue to monitor the Kenai River run as it develops and additional actions may be taken depending on the run strength.last_img read more

WILMINGTON AROUND THE WEB The Best Stories From Wilmingtons Newspapers

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are recent articles about Wilmington — published online between July 14, 2019 to July 21, 2019 — that residents should consider reading:Wilmington Town CrierAnalog Devices updates town on expansion by Lizzie McDermottWilmington accountant Mike Morris retires by Lizzy HillWilmington Town Crier sports stories can be read HERE.Wilmington AdvocateNoneWilmington PatchNoneLowell SunNew top cop in Wilmington by Emma MurphyA tasty summer tradition used to help a good cause by Emma MurphyLike 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 AROUND THE WEB: The Best Stories From Wilmington’s NewspapersIn “Community”WILMINGTON AROUND THE WEB: The Best Stories From Wilmington’s NewspapersIn “Community”WILMINGTON AROUND THE WEB: The Best Stories From Wilmington’s NewspapersIn “Community”last_img read more

Natural ways to boost Immunity in children

first_imgIt is natural for parents to protect their children from any harm, including the endless array of germs they are exposed to every day.As children grow up, they are continuously exposed to various germs, especially in places such as daycare centres and preschool. Children with low immunity are highly susceptible to various types of infections. The high incidence of infections has led to an increased and inappropriate use of antibiotics, which has further resulted in antimicrobial resistance. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAntimicrobial resistance, a widespread problem, takes places when microbes build resistance against the medications intended to kill them due to overuse. It is one ofthe world’s most pressing public health problems. The best way to tackle this is to build a strong immunity, which naturally protects your child from infections. Experts share a few tips that can help boost your child’s immunity.Healthy DietA healthy diet that comprises all fundamental components like proteins, minerals, vitamins, micronutrients and unsaturated fats in optimum quantity, helps build the immunity required to fight against various infections or diseases in children. Citrus fruits, carrots, green leafy vegetables, beans, strawberry, yogurt, garlic, and ginger help build immunity with their immunity-boosting properties. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveAdequate SleepSleep deprivation suppresses the functionality of the immune system, which makes children susceptible to infections. Adequate sleep is an absolute necessity to rejuvenate the body. Newborns need up to 18 hours of sleep a day, toddlers require 12 to 13 hours, and preschoolers need about 10 hours of sleep.Hygiene Maintaining hand hygiene before and after each meal, after playtime, handling pets, blowing the nose, using the restroom and arriving home from daycare helps prevent infections in children. Herbal SolutionsDespite taking proper care, children’s immunity may be affected. Consumption of herbal dietary supplements like Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia), Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), Yashtimadhu (Glycyrrhiza glabra), and Guggulu (Balsamodendron mukul) can help children stay healthier as they help build immunity.”Naturally obtained supplements strengthen the immune system. Herbs like Guduchi, Yashti Madhu, and Guggulu are natural sources of antioxidants. The antiviralproperty of Yashtimadhu also helps manage asthma, bronchitis, and chronic cough. The anti-inflammatory property of Guggulu helps reduce inflammation,” experts said.A combination of herbs may be a safe and effective adjuvant to antimicrobials in the management of recurrent infections. When co-prescribed with antibiotics, herbs mayhelp in faster recovery, reduces duration and cost of therapy, preventing reinfections.last_img read more

Todays Wearables Suck and Why Tomorrows Wont

first_imgSeptember 2, 2014 Register Now » Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 6 min read Co-written by Cindy ChongImagine this: You are gently roused from sleep by your smart wristband’s vibrating alarm, perfectly timed to ensure you feel the most alert and refreshed. And just before you open your eyes to greet the day, you see your entire schedule in a calendar illuminated on your contact lenses.As you get out of bed and walk to the bathroom, your lab-at-home already knows you weigh 0.2 pounds less this morning than you did 24 hours ago, that your blood analytes indicate you should have skipped last night’s hamburgers and had something healthier instead and that given your levels of serotonin today, you will probably be slightly irritated for the greater part of the a.m. (so try to avoid that annoying colleague today).This could be a scene out of an ordinary morning in the near future, all made possible by wearable technology. After decades of tinkering and being colorfully depicted in the media (think The Jetsons, Star Trek), wearable computers are finally starting to go mainstream. Related: Apple, Samsung and LG: Smartwatch Showdown Set for Early SeptemberWe are seeing an explosion of wearables for just about anything you can think of –wristbands for tracking biometrics and sleep patterns, wearable computers in the form of head-up display glasses, smart earbuds that match songs to your heart rate during exercise and so on. However, most devices are health and fitness related, and if you think about how many people you know who own and actually use these devices daily, that figure is probably on the small side. This is because fitness devices can be likened to an impulsive buy — they get lots of attention at first, but after a few uses the device usually ends up stashed away in a drawer. It’s no surprise that after a recent survey conducted by Endeavor Partners, more than half of users were reported to have lost interest after a few months of use. So the biggest problem with wearables is that they just aren’t all that useful. There’s a serious need for improvements in their utility.Who wants a wearable?Given this, what should take place to increase adoption levels? One thing for certain is they must be targeted to specific niches to provide high value. Wearables must be able to address and actively provide feedback for common ailments — not simply measure biometric data. For example, Google is partnering with Novartis to make smart contact lenses that monitor diabetics’ glucose levels in tears using a wireless chip and miniaturized sensor, allowing them to better manage their condition by mitigating the risks related to infrequent glucose testing. The lenses could also slowly release drugs over time, freeing the user from remembering to take a pill or shuddering at another injection.Targeting different age segments with unique characteristics is another possibility.  An example could be wearables for the aged, where information, machines and man fuse together and create a unique synergy. This could be an exoskeleton suit that enables the immobile and aged to walk easily. For millennials who are fitness enthusiasts, clothes made of smart fibers such as OMSignal’s shirts — which can measure heart rate, ECG, skin temperature, and muscle activity — can be a likely successor to fitness wristbands by providing more accurate metrics and an added convenience factor.Related: Using Wearable Devices to Help Promote Employee WellnessEven younger generations can benefit from carefully tailored devices. For teens, wearables that not only integrate with their social lives but also are easily customizable (in the form of charms or in different colors) will be sure to grab their attention. We could see wearable pins or other pieces of fun jewelry that give status updates or social compatibility alerts based on common interests with others in close proximity. Furthermore, for babies, special baby garments made of e-textiles could monitor your baby’s sleeping position, temperature, or even when the diaper needs changing. Let’s not forget designEqually crucial as niche targeting is aesthetic appeal. We have lots of different types of wristbands, glasses, helmets and so on, but they tend to be generic and not easily compatible with existing, everyday accessories. Who wants to wear a thick, matte black wristband next to their sleek designer watch? An easy way to address this would be to integrate the wearable computer into accessories people already wear, and ensuring a large enough selection to reach a variety of styles and tastes. Google is already doing this for Glass by collaborating on designs with Ray-Ban, Oakley, and Diane Von Furstenberg. Similarly, Motorola and Withings are making elegant smartwatches disguised as designer timepieces stylish enough to compete with those people wear everyday. Related: 3 Unusual Ways Smart Tech Meets FashionWhen ‘smart’ really means smartWe need much advancement in science and technology for all this to happen. Within cognition science, machines will have to understand humans better. Specifically, they must understand our spoken commands and process data from wearables to make relevant and timely suggestions. We are seeing this with Lark, a health analytics platform pre-installed on every Samsung Galaxy S5 that provides real-time feedback based on algorithms that interpret activity data from your phone, essentially acting as a virtual wellness coach. Miniaturization of hardware and advancement in robotics is also a requirement. We will see wearables get ever smaller, or disappear from sight altogether as they become embedded in our clothing or under our skin. The ability to warn a user about an impending heart attack or stroke will soon win over the fear of implanting a microchip when one is feeling perfectly healthy. As such, daily charging of wearables will be either inconvenient or impossible if they are implanted in our bodies. Thus wireless charging will be a norm, and so will harnessing electric power from our body’s movement or blood glucose. This will allow wearables to seamlessly integrate into our lives and become an invisible but constant presence in the background.We are close to reaching these technological and scientific breakthroughs. Analogous to how smartphones didn’t really take off until dependable data transmission and aesthetically pleasing design intersected, wearable technology will require a similar story to gain mass acceptance. But the future is bright, because with these ideas in mind it’s only a matter of time until there will be wearables that people will actually want to wear.Related: Why Wearable Tech Isn’t the Next Big Thing — Yet Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.last_img read more

In This Issue Currencies carry rally throughout

first_imgIn This Issue.*Currencies carry rally throughout Wednesday. *A$ trades though 200-DMA! *Canadian economic data continues to be strong. *Putting the kyboshes on a Swedish rate cut!And, Now, Today’s Pfennig For Your Thoughts!Cheap Currencies Don’t Guarantee Strong Exports!Good day. And a Tub Thumpin’ Thursday to you! How was your Wonderful Wednesday? I went to the Cardinals NLCS Game, and after sitting out and waiting 3 ½ hours of a rain delay, (which began in the 7th inning) was rewarded with a 3-1 victory. So, not too shabby. But. a late night for me on a school night for sure. So, I seem to be running late this morning for some reason, but don’t worry, I’ll try to make up the time in the air!Well. the Currencies continued to push the envelope VS the dollar yesterday. The Aussie dollar (A$) was really kicking sand in the face of the U.S. dollar yesterday, gaining over 1 full cent on the day!  So. all those traders that sold their A$ futures in the past two weeks, are piling back in, I bet!  The euro stalled out just above 1.31. But the rest of the “little dogs” were off the porch and chasing the dollar down the street.But that was yesterday, I had the world in my hands, But it’s not the end of my world, just a slight change of plans. Ooops! I don’t know what starts these fat fingers down these lyric roads, but here I am doing it again!  But seriously. That was yesterday. and some of the currencies are still gaining VS the dollar, and some have stalled out. for they need the Big Dog, euro, to run with them, and like I said above, the euro stalled out just above 1.31.The A$ blew right through its 200-day moving avg yesterday, and touched $1.04 this morning. The latest push coming from economic news coming out of China. I told you yesterday, that China’s 3rd QTR GDP was due to print, and print it did! The Chinese economy expanded 7.4% in the 3rd QTR VS a year ago. The consensus was for a 7.4% increase, but I was hoping for a little more as I told you I thought it would be around 7.8%…  (and it was +7.8% “Real GDP, whatever that is!) But that wasn’t all for China.Chinese Industrial Production, and Retail Sales also printed strong numbers for September, thus indicating that China’s economy has turned the corner on its Gov’t generated slowdown. If you’re keeping score at home, Chinese Industrial Production gained 10% in September, and Retail Sales grew at a 14.2% clip. Now that’s strong! And if you only want to believe ½ of what the Chinese report, the 7.1% increase in Retail Sales is still cooking with gas!So. the risk sentiment is strong. except with Gold & Silver. These two have been left behind at the station, and the Love Train carrying the currencies has departed. This improved risk sentiment, is not playing well with the U.S. Treasury yields. The 10-year Treasury’s yield has risen to 1.80%…  (just a couple of weeks ago it was 1.64%)  and remember, when the yield rises in a bond, the bond’s price goes down.  But we’ve seen these moves higher in yields before, and every time, the Fed steps in and squelches any attempt to take yields even higher.  The bond markets used to be able to direct yields. But with the Fed buying as much as they can these days, remember they participated in 61% of the Treasury auctions last year, there’s not much the bond markets can do. Although I would still love to see them try!In Sweden overnight. an article in a Swedish newspaper, really threw cold water on the markets’ thoughts that the next move in rates would be down.  Sweden’s Central Bank, The Riksbank, and the Riksbank Gov. Ingves was in the news. In and interview for the newspaper, Ingves warned that household and corporate indebtedness must be considered when setting rates.  These words were like a dagger in the heart of the rate cut campers, and the Swedish krona rallied!  The Riksbank meets next week, and I would bet a dollar to a Krispy Kreme that the Riksbank would leave rates unchanged at that meeting.  That would be good for the krona. But remember, the krona, the Norwegian krone, and Danish krone, all need the euro to push against the dollar for these to move higher. For now that is. I keep telling you time and time again that one day, the markets will wake up and smell the coffee. the coffee that says these countries fundamentals are not Greece, Portugal, and so on.  But until then, they get tarred with the same brush as the euro.Remember yesterday when I was talking about the Canadian dollar / loonie and saying that the fundamentals there continue to be strong, and that’s why the markets keep the loonie above parity, even though the Canadian Gov’t and Central Bank don’t like it one iota?   Well. more strong data has printed in Canada.  Take Canadian Manufacturing, was rose at a faster than expected clip of 1.5% in August.   And then here’s something that the Canadian Gov’t and Central Bank are going to have to stop and think about. Exports are up in Canada.  Even with the stronger than parity loonie! Look. let me set this straight for Mr. Carney (Bank of Canada Gov.).  if you have items/ stuff, that other countries demand, the price of your currency isn’t the “all-in” of everything that goes into the valuing of the export.  You can ask the Germans about this. Yes, they would love to see the euro around 1.20. But, when you make things of value, and they are in demand throughout the world, you can live with a stronger currency. There’s no need to go jimmying the currency’s value lower so your exports can be more competitive.  this goes out to all the other Central Bankers that are trying this debase your currency so exports are more competitive game. HEY! Make something of value, and you don’t have to jimmy the price of the currency lower!The news out of the Eurozone continues to have a calming effect. But an article in the Financial Times (FT) just might begin to stir things up. The FT reported that “plans to create a single euro area banking supervisor (the European Central Bank / ECB) are illegal. The FT claims that they obtained a secret legal opinion for the European Union Finance Ministers.  I would say that this probably has a lot to do with the stalling out of the euro this morning.I think, as we go along here, that there will many of these seemingly setbacks. But, as long as the Eurozone Leaders keep their heads down, and keep working toward a resolution of their debt problems and bond yield problems, that things on the “other side of all this” will be better.At least they are trying something! And maybe they’ll be wrong, and have to go back to square one, but at least they tried! Here in the U.S. it’s just carry on and keep piling up debt.   I know you all are tired of hearing me harp on about our ever-increasing debt. But, unless someone does something about it, we have to keep this in our sights, so we aren’t standing there holding the bag, when the you know what hits the fan!And with that. my TTWS story today is from our former General Accounting Head, David Walker, who has taken his thoughts across the country, and put them in a book. But, just for you, dear reader, we’ll have David Walker talk to us today. So, let’s go to the Big Finish!Then There Was This. from Moneynews.com.  “The overwhelming majority of Americans feel fiscal reform should take priority this election season, though few expect it to happen, said David Walker, former Comptroller General of the United States and current CEO of the Comeback America Initiative, which promotes fiscal reform and responsibility.Walker recently concluded a “$10 Million a Minute Tour” bus tour, named after the speed at which unfunded promises are climbing, and reached out to Americans in 16 states and the District of Columbia to convey to largely undecided voters issues surrounding fiscal reform in the country.“We found out 97 percent of the people we interacted believe our fiscal challenge is a major challenge and should be a top priority for the presidential candidates as well as other candidates for office, yet only 8 percent have confidence in their ability to work together to get something done in 2013,”“Eighty-five percent believe that it’s going to take a combination of spending reductions and additional revenues to get the job done. We talked about reforms in eight different areas, including social insurance programs, taxes, defense, budget controls, political reforms – the minimum support we got for the reforms was 77 percent.”Chuck again. OK. so more people in the country are realizing that going from $15 Trillion in debt to $16 Trillion in just 10 months is getting out of hand.  But, I have to think that those calling for spending reforms, are not the ones receiving the payouts from the Gov’t.  And then the biggest thing here is the question. “will lawmakers listen to the voters?”  I doubt it. but there’s always a chance, right?To recap. The currency rally continued throughout the day Wednesday, and in the overnight markets, but left some currencies behind, as their respective rallies stalled out. The euro stalled out, probably on a story in the FT about a plan to give the ECB more power is illegal. Canada continues to print strong economic data, in spite of a stronger than parity loonie, and the A$ rallied back to $1.04 overnight, before giving up some of that gain this morning, probably on profit taking.Currencies Today 10/18/12. American Style: A$ $1.0385, kiwi .8210, C$ $1.0220, euro 1.3105, sterling 1.6135, Swiss $1.0840, . European Style: rand 8.6365, krone 5.6210, SEK 6.5365, forint 211.60, zloty 3.1345, koruna 18.8765, RUB 30.75, yen 78.35, sing 1.2175, HKD 7.7505, INR 53.41, China 6.2460, pesos 12.80, BRL 2.0305, Dollar Index 79.14, Oil $92.15, 10-year 1.80%, Silver $33, and Gold. $1,742.85That’s it for today. I was startled this morning, as I arrived at the office, I turned on the lights, and voice said, “Good morning, Chuck” Whoa! I’m always here by myself in the morning! But one of our Wealth Mgt. gurus, Joseph, was here working, and startled the heck out of me! Whoa! My heart can’t handle that stuff! HA!  So, our Big hitter, goes out of the game in the first inning, and the guy that replaces him hits the game winning 2-run home run! He crushed it! Talk about a good replacement! The Cardinals rarely beat S.F’s Matt Cain, so that was a good game. My dad told me years ago, that in these series, the odd games are the most important. and we have won both odd games so far.  Well, I made up the time in the air, and got you to your destination on time, but, now we have to wait for a gate to open up! HA!  I hope you have a Tub Thumpin’ Thursday. I need to go back to sleep!Chuck Butler President EverBank World Markets 1-800-926-4922 www.everbank.comlast_img read more

The easiest way to turn your kids into geniuses b

first_imgThe easiest way to turn your kids into geniuses, by the time they’re seven, is just to front-load huge amounts of experience, including dangerous experience. Like Gatto, I believe that the real dangers for your children lie in government schools, and even in private schools that function on the same model. Here’s what Gatto says on the subject: Growth and mastery come only to those who vigorously self-direct. Initiating, creating, doing, reflecting, freely associating, enjoying privacy—these are precisely what the structures of schooling are set up to prevent, on one pretext or another. Yes, I understand that people are pushed, economically, to put their children into public schools. If you feel like you’re in that position, make sure that you tell your children how the system is set up to condition them. Teach them that understanding is far more important than memorizing. Back them up if the teachers give them grief. Let people talk about you. Your children should understand, very clearly, that teachers and principals are just average people doing particular jobs; that they are merely another neighbor to the people on their street. Some of them are good people, others are bad people, and a title is just a title – it means nothing more. Teach your children to be bold, let them learn how to fall and rise again. Of course you want to let them encounter dangers slowly, and you’d never put them in positions to get truly hurt, but you should be nothing like the über-parents who surveil their children’s every move, in terror that poor little Johnny will encounter something that hasn’t been sanitized for his protection. I’ll leave you with one last quote from John Taylor Gatto: something that applies both to schooling and the larger world: After a long life, and thirty years in the public school trenches, I’ve concluded that genius is as common as dirt. We suppress our genius only because we haven’t yet figured out how to manage a population of educated men and women. The solution, I think, is simple and glorious. Let them manage themselves. Resist the fear, my friends. Paul Rosenberg FreemansPerspective.com One of the worst things that has been done to children over the past generation or two has been insulating them from anything that could possibly have any danger attached. Parents keeping their children under permanent watch has become “what people do.” And it’s a BIG mistake. I know why the parents have done this, of course – we live in a fear-based culture, and it has rubbed off on them. But the reason they have caved in to fear is not important – what matters is that they have harmed their children. Children – at some point in their upbringing – need to confront danger; they need to explore; they need adventures. At one time, parents knew this. It wasn’t too many years ago when parents let their kids go off into the woods by themselves, with rifles. If that was really so horribly dangerous, half of us wouldn’t be here. Is it scary to watch your children walk into a subway station? Or out into the woods? You bet it is! But you have to do it anyway. Calculate the risks, pick your times, pick your spots, watch them from a distance if you must, but let them go out and face the world. Remember, fear is merely an impulse, and it can be based on lies, distortions, or even on nothing at all. It’s a crazy thing on which to base your children’s lives. A new German study shows clearly that adventure shapes the individual. As one of the researchers concluded, “Living our lives makes us who we are.” Your children need to live, and not merely exist inside of a fear-inspired bubble. The study also indicates that exploration and adventure not only affect personality development, but also brain growth. I’m not alone in this opinion, of course. Here are two quotes from John Taylor Gatto, a home school advocate and one of the finest teachers of modern times (one of the most awarded too, ironically enough): Sensible children do not wish to be incomplete human beings. And so, when you impose a stage theory of human development upon them, you are, in effect, tormenting them; you’re limiting their opportunity… Don’t be your kid’s enemy, because that’s not a kid, that’s your fellow human being. Be a partner, and enlarge their opportunities.last_img read more

When Angela Huntington arrived at work on a Wednes

first_imgWhen Angela Huntington arrived at work on a Wednesday morning in early October, she had to do something she dreaded: turn patients away.Huntington is the manager at the Columbia Health Center in Columbia, Mo., a Planned Parenthood site that recently had to halt its abortion services in the midst of a highly publicized legal fight in the state. Since another Missouri law requires a 72-hour waiting period between counseling about abortion and having the actual procedure, Huntington needed to call every patient on the day’s schedule. She told them they could come to her clinic for the counseling but would have to go elsewhere for the abortion.The only other place in the state that they could turn to for an abortion was in St. Louis, a two-hour-drive away.Many patients didn’t pick up the phone. When they arrived, Huntington says, some were in tears after learning they had driven hours to Columbia to find that the clinic would no longer be able to perform the procedure. “They’re already in a tough spot, and then you go and have to tell them this information. It’s just heartbreaking,” Huntington says. “This is their health. This is their well-being. It’s an emotional thing for them.”The battle over abortion rights in Missouri has drawn national attention in recent weeks, after a federal court ruled that two state laws limiting abortion access should stand. One law requires abortion providers to obtain privileges to admit patients to nearby hospitals. The other requires clinics to meet criteria that designate them as outpatient surgical centers. Together, these rules have forced all but one Planned Parenthood health center in the state — the one in St. Louis — to stop offering both medical and surgical abortions, according to Emily Miller, a spokesperson for the organization. And, abortion-rights supporters in Missouri say, their state is an example of the kind of “abortion desert” that could become more widespread if the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade.”Columbia is a microcosm of what is happening [nationwide],” says Kristin Metcalf-Wilson, the lead clinician for Planned Parenthood Great Plains, a group of clinics that includes the Columbia facility. Similar laws — which abortion-rights advocates call “targeted regulation of abortion providers,” or TRAP laws — are in place in 24 states. If Roe is overturned, Metcalf-Wilson says, they are likely to proliferate, since Roe is the legal precedent that many judges turn to when invalidating the TRAP laws. For instance, a 2016 Supreme Court decision overturned a TRAP law in Texas on the basis of the rights established in Roe. “People don’t just create their own legislative ideas,” Metcalf-Wilson says. “If we allow this to happen in Missouri, it will happen other places.”And that means continued legal battles and on-the-ground activism for advocates on both sides of the abortion debate. Emily Wales, the general counsel at Planned Parenthood Great Plains, says her team has ongoing litigation against the federal court’s ruling in addition to several other laws that make it harder for Planned Parenthood to provide abortions in the state — and is awaiting the court’s response. Wales says neither the admitting privileges requirement nor the ambulatory surgical center requirements are necessary, since abortion is widely considered a safe procedure. “Providing abortion care in Missouri really is complex and it involves so many different restrictions,” Wales says. “The science remains the same no matter what the restrictions are, and the need for care also remains the same no matter what the restrictions are.”Abortion-rights opponents say the rules help ensure patients have an adequate safety net in place in the case of an emergency. The state’s attorney general’s office said in a written statement it plans to “continue to vigorously defend Missouri’s commonsense regulations that protect women’s health and safety.” Anti-abortion-rights leaders in Columbia are feeling galvanized by the latest legal ruling, after working for years for this outcome, but they also say their work in the city isn’t done. “As long as Planned Parenthood is open in Columbia, we’ll still be there offering our services,” says Kathy Forck, a director of the Columbia chapter of the 40 Days for Life campaign. “We started praying there, and we were starting to see that we were helping women to choose life.”Forck and her fellow activists have been holding daily prayer vigils on the sidewalk in front of the clinic. She says her group suggests to people walking into Planned Parenthood that they instead go across the street to the My Life Clinic, a prenatal clinic affiliated with the anti-abortion-rights Life Network of Central Missouri. The My Life Clinic did not respond to requests for comment. Grassroots organizing is central to the anti-abortion-rights cause, Forck says. She says sympathetic people often approach her when she is wearing shirts or pins around Columbia supporting her cause. And she maintains a local email list with 12,000 names on it. During the 40 Days for Life protests, Forck says, “people go by and give us thumbs up, they honk, they give us hot chocolate if it’s cold.” Planned Parenthood of Great Plains Votes — a political organization affiliated with the Columbia clinic — is also focusing on local activism. Cortney Bouse, a community organizer there, says she is working with University of Missouri students in Columbia to speak out about contraception issues on campus. “Our role is not to tell them what to do but to help and harness their energy,” Bouse says, explaining that their focus is “to try and engage more Planned Parenthood patients and younger people.” Bouse says right now, she is working on getting supporters to the polls for the November midterm election. Her team in Columbia is working on what she calls a “relational voter program,” where activists encourage their friends and family to vote. “We’re in full election mode,” she says.As grassroots and legal battles continue, the clinic in Columbia remains open for primary care and family planning. Huntington, the clinic manager, says her staffers felt frustrated when they had to stop offering abortions, but they see this latest setback as nothing new. The clinic has been the subject of several years of legal battles, protests and counterprotests. “We’re warriors together,” Huntington says. “We’re here to fight the fight and keep these doors open.”Mara Gordon is a family physician in Washington, D.C., and a health and media fellow at NPR and Georgetown University School of Medicine. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

The Department of Health has been heavily criticis

first_imgThe Department of Health has been heavily criticised for downgrading the seniority of the minister in charge of adult social care.The last four ministers responsible for social care – Labour’s Phil Hope, Liberal Democrats Paul Burstow and Norman Lamb, and Tory Alistair Burt – were all ministers of state, senior ministers one level below the secretary of state.But David Mowat, appointed in the ministerial reshuffle that followed the replacement of prime minister David Cameron by Theresa May, will only be a junior minister.His brief as minister for community health and care includes adult social care, carers, community services, cancer, dementia, learning difficulties and primary care.Mowat, MP for Warrington South since 2010, is a former global managing partner with the consulting firm Accenture, and describes his parliamentary interests as “energy policy, economic growth and job creation, occupational pensions and banking”.Other appointments under health secretary Jeremy Hunt include Philip Dunne as minister of state for health, and Nicola Blackwood as junior minister for public health and innovation, while Lord Prior remains as a junior minister covering all aspects of health in the House of Lords.Professor Peter Beresford, co-chair of Shaping Our Lives, said that downgrading the role of social care minister “has to be a serious backward step”.He said: “Symbolically it is important; it communicates lowered priority for social care, when many experts and service-users thought it couldn’t get much worse.“We need committed, skilled ministers for social care. Truth is this should be a cabinet post, not a further downgraded one.”Sue Bott, deputy chief executive of Disability Rights UK, said: “I share the concerns that others have expressed about what would appear to be the political downgrading of social care, both in the ministerial responsibility being more junior and the restructuring of the Department of Health itself, which means there is no longer a specific senior social care responsibility. “Those of us involved in social care need to have a serious think about how we get over to the public the terrible experiences many disabled people and people with long-term health conditions are having as a result of funding cuts – being virtually institutionalised at home – given that the message is clearly not getting through to government.”Lamb said on Twitter that the decision to downgrade the ministerial role seemed “quite extraordinary” because “confronting [the] massive challenge in social care will be critical in sustaining [the] NHS”.A Department of Heath spokesman said the decision to make Mowat a junior minister “doesn’t mean social care is of any less importance to this government”.He said: “It doesn’t mean there has been a downgrading of social care just because that minister has been given a different job title.“The government is committed to social care. The commitments in place before the reshuffle are still there. The commitment to social care remains as strong as ever.”He added: “When it comes down to it, it is probably because Philip Dunne [who was previously a minister of state in the Ministry of Defence] has had more experience across government during the time he has been elected as an MP.”Picture: The Department of Health offices in Whitehalllast_img read more

Rob Shuter appointed new Chief Executive of MTN Group

first_imgAdvertisement MTN Group has moved to appoint a new chief executive officer. The company announced to shareholders on Monday morning that its board has voted to appoint Rob Shuter as its new group president and CEO.Shuter is set to head up MTN after the company’s former CEO Sifiso Dabengwa quit last year and was replaced by Phuthuma Nhleko, who temporarily took over. He will revert to his role as non-executive chairman as soon as Shuter starts his new role.MTN Group said in an official statement: “The Company is pleased to advise that after conducting an extensive global search for a  candidate suited to the demands of the Group’s future strategy, the Board has resolved to appoint Rob Shuter as the new Group President and CEO.” – Advertisement – Rob may commence as soon as it is practically possible in 2017 but not later than 1 July 2017 after the completion of his current contractual obligations.Rob, a South African national, is the current CEO of the European Cluster at Vodafone Group and has extensive experience in telecoms and banking having held senior management roles at Vodacom Group, Standard Bank and Nedbank prior to joining Vodafone Group.Rob ShuterMTN is confident that Rob will bring experience and new insights to the CEO role having had many years in the telecoms sector both in Africa and Europe as well as in banking where his expertise will help as MTN continues to develop its new business strategy.Rob Shuter said – “I am honoured to have the opportunity and look forward to working with Phuthuma and the MTN Group board to ensure that we build on a strong foundation laid over the last 15 – 20 years for the Group to realize its full potential.”Further appointment of a new VP M&A and Strategy will be effective 1 October 2016. Godfrey Motsa has also been appointed by the countries in the SEA Region (excluding South Africa) to oversee the operations in those regions with effect from 1 July 2016.Appointment of additional non executive directors: Paul Hanratty, Stan Miller, Nkululeko Sowazi.last_img read more

Amazon Says First Amendment Protects Alexa Data

first_img News reporter Amazon Says First Amendment Protects Alexa Data Add to Queue Next Article This story originally appeared on PCMag Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. 2 min read –shares February 24, 2017center_img Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Image credit: amazon via PC Mag Tom Brant Prosecutors in an Arkansas murder trial claim that an Amazon Echo could hold data crucial to the case, but Amazon says that data is protected by the First Amendment and is refusing to give it up.The case involves a Bentonville, Ark., man accused of first-degree murder. It received national attention in December when authorities issued a warrant for data stored on the defendant’s Echo, powered by Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant. In a lengthy court filing last week, Amazon said that Echo voice commands as well as Alexa data stored on the company’s servers cannot be subject to a search warrant, Forbes reports.In the filing, Amazon explains that it records Echo users’ voice commands and a transcript of Alexa’s responses. “Both types of information are protected speech under the First Amendment,” Amazon’s lawyers write.Because of that protection, the government must show a compelling need for the data. It failed to do so in this case, Amazon writes, arguing that the judge should quash the warrant. “Such government demands inevitably chill users from exercising their First Amendment rights to seek and receive information and expressive content in the privacy of their own home, conduct which lies at the core of the Constitution,” the company says.An Amazon spokesperson told PCMag in December that it will not release customer information without a “valid and binding legal demand properly served on us.”As Amazon wrangles with the government over Alexa in court, the voice service’s features continue to grow, with Wired reporting this week that more than 10,000 Alexa skills are now available, just a year and a half after Amazon opened the platform to third-party developers. Alexa skills allow users to tap a variety of external services using voice commands, from controlling smart light bulbs to accessing smartphone notifications. Amazon Amazon is refusing to give authorities investigating a murder access to data from Alexa. Register Now »last_img read more

Elon Musk Drops New Twitter Bomb on the SEC

first_imgElon Musk Elon Musk Drops New Twitter Bomb on the SEC –shares Entrepreneur Staff Next Article Dan Bova Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Um, maybe someone needs a little social media detox? October 4, 2018center_img Image credit: Joshua Lott | Getty Images Editorial Director Enroll Now for $5 What do you do after the SEC forces you to step down as chairman of your company and fork over a $20 million fine? Call them big fat dumb-dumb heads on Twitter, if you’re Elon Musk.On Friday, the billionaire Mars-enthusiast blasted out the following to his 22.8 million followers:Just want to that the Shortseller Enrichment Commission is doing incredible work. And the name change is so on point!— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 4, 2018In case you don’t get it, we’ll break it down:”Just want to that the Shortseller Enrichment Commission is doing incredible work. And the name change is so on point!” So Elon has rebranded the Securities and Exchange Commission as the Shortseller Enrichment Commission. (He also seems to have left out a word in the beginning of the sentence, but we’re not here to nitpick.) “Short sellers,” as you may know, are investors who basically place bets that the stock they sell will drop in price. Short sellers are generally disliked because they make money when everyone else loses money. Got it? So when he says “great job” he doesn’t really mean it. He’s being sarcastic! Then he basically makes the same joke about their names. We’ll wait for you to catch your breath from laughing.Related: Elon Musk Is Basically the Villain of the ‘Venom’ MovieTime will tell if this has any effect on Tesla’s stock prices, but in the meantime, Elon, can we make a suggestion? If you’re going to insist on attacking people and institutions on Twitter, maybe use some of your billions to hire a comedy writer? Don’t get us wrong, we love the mission to Mars, self-driving Teslas — you’re so good at so many things, but maybe leave the jokes to Carrot Top and that guy with all the puppets? 2 min read Add to Queue Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful.last_img read more

New Study Health Care Is Freelancers Biggest Concern

first_img Image credit: Pattanaphong Khuankaew/EyeEm | Getty Images Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Freelancers want laws that promote more flexible working conditions, a more equitable tax system and higher wages. –shares Journalist, Digital Media Consultant and Investor New Study: Health Care Is Freelancers’ Biggest Concern Next Article VIP Contributor 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now » Health Insurance Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Add to Queue John Boitnott A just-released research report from Fiverr finds more than 40 percent of freelancers see health insurance as the most pressing issue they’re facing leading up to the 2018 midterm elections, while  41 percent of “side hustle” freelancers say benefits is a key reason why they maintain a full-time job.The online freelance platform interviewed more than 1,200 freelancers for “The Freelance Political Perspective Report.” Freelancers answered a series of questions on unique challenges they face as well as various political issues that affect them.Related: Single-Payer Health Insurance Could Help Would-be Entrepreneurs Quit Their Jobs to Pursue Their DreamsFreelancers and non-freelancers agree and disagree on major issues.According to the report, freelancers share many of the same views as their fellow U.S. citizens who do not freelance. About 34 percent of freelancers said their financial situation is getting worse, while roughly the same percent of the overall adult population feels the same, according to a Harvard-Harris poll from June. About 31 percent of freelancers said their financial situation is getting better, similar to that of their non-freelance peers.Freelancers and non-freelancers disagree much more than that in other areas, especially healthcare. While more than 40 percent of freelancers say healthcare is their biggest issue, a little less than one in three people among the general population agree. Interestingly, only 34 percent of freelancers said the country is heading in the right direction, while 39 percent of typical adults say it is.Freelancers also hold some other strong opinions that differ starkly from the general population:Freelancers are more likely to show support for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) (54 percent vs. 44 percent)Support for a single-payer healthcare system (59 percent vs. 48 percent)Increased funding of healthcare for low-income individuals (75 percent vs. 58 percent)Related: Freelancers Will Soon Be Able to Buy Short-Term Disability Insurance Through This StartupFreelancers want greater access to “portable benefits.”Freelancers want to take their benefits wherever they go. Eighty percent of freelancers surveyed say they don’t think the government is doing enough to support flexible working with portable benefits. Eightyfive percent say it’s important to keep benefits without them being tied to a job. Fortyone percent of “side hustle” freelancers say they hang on to traditional jobs just to keep the benefits, rather than move to full-time freelance status.As the Open Enrollment period for the ACA recently arrived, Fiverr and Postmates partnered on a digital ad campaign to encourage workers to sign-up for healthcare coverage. Both companies want to provide their freelance pool with beneficial resources and assist them in making informed decisions.The companies also worked with Small Business Majority, a national small business advocacy group, to conduct webinars about healthcare plan options. Postmates is also conducting its own trial health savings account program for workers in partnership with Starship HSA.Related: Empowering Entrepreneurship Begins With Affordable Health CoverageFreelancers appear to support more progressive policies.In general, freelancers expressed a desire to change the tax system more than the general population. They believe the rich should carry a greater portion of the country’s tax burden.Sevetyfive percent support reforms to provide tax breaks to individual companies to help keep jobs in the US. Seventyfive percent support raising taxes on the rich, and 74 percent support raising the minimum wage. These types of changes could provide freelancers with more financial stability and additional income they can apply to savings or retirement.Freelancers also expressed broad support for additional protection against sexual harassment, as well as greater access to continued education programs and resources.Related: 3 Things to Know About Buying Health InsuranceIf you want to know where the opinions and desires of the average American may be headed, look no further than freelancers. They now number more than 53 million. They’re set to represent 40 percent of the workforce by 2020, according to an Intuit report.As more people move away from working full-time and go freelance, desires for adequate access to healthcare and a higher minimum wage will only increase.A fascinating finding of this report is that around 25 percent of freelancers are undecided on which way to vote. That equates to roughly 14 million votes. Smart politicians will look at that and realize the benefits of helping this population. Freelancers want laws that support more flexible working conditions, a more equitable tax system and higher wages. Who’s going to step up and give it to them? November 6, 2018last_img read more

C3 Metrics Welcomes Lauren Lannan As Director of Product Management

first_img advertising measurementAttribution Data CloudC3 MetricsLauren LannanMarketing Technology NewsNews Previous ArticleGround-Breaking Privacy-First Marketing Platform MiDATA.io Welcomes Jason Voiovich to Advisory BoardNext Article6sense Secures $27 Million to Advance Bold Vision in B2B and ABM C3 Metrics Welcomes Lauren Lannan As Director of Product Management PRNewswireApril 16, 2019, 5:49 pmApril 16, 2019 Pandora & Accordant Media Vet to Drive Accreditation and Product Advancement for Cross-Channel Measurement ProviderC3 Metrics, the global leader in cross-channel advertising measurement and accountability, announced that Lauren Lannan has joined the company as Director of Product Management.With eight years in the AdTech industry, Lauren’s extensive experience of building products and teams spans from Dentsu’s Accordant Media to Pandora. Lauren joins C3 Metrics from Wagz, where she was Digital Marketing Director. Prior to Wagz, Lauren was Senior Manager, Ad Platform Management, at Pandora, where she operated as a liaison between product, sales and engineering to develop and implement the go-to-market plan for Pandora’s audio, video and display advertising products. During her time at Accordant Media, Lauren launched Accordant’s West coast media analyst team and managed the development of custom programmatic marketing campaigns for clients that included Zipcar, Care.com and GrubHub. Throughout her career, Lauren led the research and development of automating display, video and audio ad formats via programmatic channels.In her newly created role, Lauren will report to C3 Metrics’ Chief Operating Officer and Co-Founder, Jeff Greenfield, and lead several key projects for the company that focus on current and future accreditation of the Attribution Data Cloud. Additionally, she will drive the C3 Metrics product roadmap to include new features – such as the C3 Metrics Attribution API – and lead partner integrations like C3 Metrics’ recently announced Attribution CRM partnership with Havas Helia.Marketing Technology News: Pitney Bowes and Accenture Team to Help Clients Take Advantage of Intelligent, Data-Driven Solutions“We’re excited to have Lauren join our team,” said Jeff Greenfield. “Lauren’s deep expertise in the technology sector will be a tremendous asset for our customers as we advance our cross-platform attribution offering and continue to expand our capabilities through new features and partnerships.”“C3 Metrics’ position as a leader in attribution, as well as the founders’ commitment to advancing the advertising industry truly connected with me,” said Lauren Lannan, Director of Product Management at C3 Metrics. “I look forward to driving the industry forward with new products and partnerships for the C3 Metrics Attribution Data Cloud.”Marketing Technology News: Elastic Stack 7.0 Now AvailableLauren is the first of several senior leadership hires at C3 Metrics to be announced this year. Additional new appointments, spanning the organization’s Finance, Analytics and Customer Success teams, will be announced in the coming months.Marketing Technology News: CleverTap Scoops $26 Million Funding; Focused at Driving Innovation in Customer Lifecycle Management Technologylast_img read more

Healthy elders can consume walnuts without having negative impact on weight gain

first_img Source:https://news.llu.edu/for-journalists/press-releases/two-year-study-finds-healthy-elders-consuming-nearly-300-calories-of-walnuts-daily-show-no-negative-effects-body-weight-composition Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Oct 16 2018Researchers at Loma Linda University Health found that walnuts can be incorporated into the daily diet of healthy elders without having a negative impact on weight gain or weight management.Their findings, published September 18 in the journal Nutrients, expand the knowledge of how nuts can affect the independently living, predominantly healthy, elderly cohort.The study’s lead author, Edward Bitok, DrPH, MS, RDN, assistant professor at Loma Linda University (LLU) School of Allied Health Professions, said there is a widespread fallacy that the fats in nut cause weight gain, and therefore could lead to issues such as obesity, or other weight-related health issues such as heart disease or diabetes. The research, however, shows that nuts are a healthful snack.Related StoriesMetabolic enzyme tied to obesity and fatty liver diseaseDiet and physical exercise do not reduce risk of gestational diabetesResearch sheds light on sun-induced DNA damage and repair”Because of their high energy content, many people have believed the misconception that nuts cause unwanted weight gain, and avoid them altogether,” Bitok said. “This study helps us understand more about good fats versus bad fats.”The study was titled, “Effects of Long-Term Walnut Supplementation on Body Weight in Free-Living Elderly: Results of a Randomized Controlled Trial,” and was a sub-study of the Walnuts and Healthy Aging Study (WAHA), the first large study to test if walnuts play a part in healthy aging.The WAHA study was a two-year trial supported by a grant from by the California Walnut Commission, which tested how daily consumption of walnuts was associated with age-related cognitive decline and macular degeneration in seniors. “We wanted to provide research disproving the idea that the fats in nuts are unhealthy and cause weight-gain,” Bitok said. “We conducted this study mainly to determine if subjects eating walnuts were at greater risk of weight gain compared to those who didn’t consume walnuts.”Prior studies examining walnut consumption and body weight have focused on younger individuals and for shorter durations. “Research on long-term intake of walnuts and their effect on body weight in older adults has been lacking, and we wanted to close that gap,” Bitok said.Bitok, who was a doctoral student at LLU School of Public Health at the time of the study, worked closely with co-author Joan Sabate, MD, DrPH, executive director of the Center for Nutrition, Healthy Lifestyle & Disease Prevention Center at the School of Public Health, and the principal investigator for the WAHA study.”Our hope was that seniors would be able to include nuts in their diet without concern for weight gain,” Sabate said. “Indeed, this was demonstrated in the study.”The study looked at 307 participants between the ages of 63 and 79 who were healthy, free-living seniors residing within a 60-mile radius of Loma Linda University. The study began in October 2012 and ended in July 2016.​last_img read more

In discussion on agri budget oppn accuses govt of neglecting farm sector

first_imgNEW DELHI: In a tersely-worded take down of the government in Lok Sabha on Tuesday, Congress MP Uttam Kumar Reddy pointed to the increasing number of farmer suicides and the ‘worsening’ agrarian situation in the country. Amid the growing opposition chorus asking the government to ensure adequate water, quality seeds and remunerative prices for farm produce, Reddy said the government’s flagship PM Fasal Bima Yojana had proven inadequate not only in providing cover to the total cropped area, but also in compensating farmers for their crop losses. Claims of farmers are not being attended to, he said, adding that insurance companies, instead of farmers, were profiting from PM Fasal Bima Yojana. Initiating a debate on Demand for Grants for Department of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, Reddy alleged the government’s efforts in the agriculture sector were inadequate and claimed nearly 12,000 peasants commit suicide every year, but that the National Crime records Bureau had stopped releasing the data on farmer suicides since 2017. Citing an example of cotton, he also said farmers are getting one fourth of the cost. Agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar will respond to once the discussion on demand for grants on agriculture and farmer welfare is completed tomorrow. Among other MPs who spoke, DMK’s SS Palanimanickam said the farm sector was lagging behind all other professions in the country. He also suggested that if the goverenment wants to double farmers income they need to give special importance to sectors like dairy, poultry and fishery. BJP’s Ramapati Ram Tripathi, however, argued that the main focus of the Union Budget was village people and farmers. He also asserted that the Budget would help double farmer incomes. While BJP’s Ram Shankar Katheria stressed that farmers were happy and better cared for than by the Congress government, TMC MP Pratima Mondal accused the government of making farmers suffering because of the lack of emphasis on the agriculture sector. JDU MP Kaushlendra Kumar requested the government to focus on Bihar and Assam, both reeling under severe flood situation. Download The Times of India News App for Latest India News.XStart your day smart with stories curated specially for youlast_img read more

Special water train reaches Chennai

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