Cristiano Ronaldo not sure how Italy experience will be

first_imgFive-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo was asked about how his experience in Italy would pan out and check out his response.“I don’t know, maybe it’ll be different here in this club,” he said as quoted in Football Espana.“So far, I feel the people at the club are different, they are nice and like a family. The supporters are the same.“I’m excited and of course I want to make them happy. I’ve been a professional for 15-16 years, so my method is always the same.Juventus v Atalanta BC - Serie AQuiz: How much do you know about the 2018-19 Serie A campaign? Boro Tanchev – May 28, 2019 Let’s see how deep your knowledge is about the 2018-19 Serie A campaign. Good luck and have fun!“I played for many years at Manchester United and Real Madrid, now is a new adventure, but I want to always keep the same working method and ethic, helping the team to achieve our goals.“I know the League, as I followed it on television, but never played here before. I hope that I can adapt very fast, but I come here for the challenge to the best club in Italy, is exciting and I hope to start the season as well as possible.“Thank you for everything, I’ll do my best and for sure we’re going to win things together.”last_img read more

Toshack thinks Gareth Bale should emulate Ronaldo

first_imgFormer Real Madrid manager John Toshack, came after compatriot Gareth Bale strong as he believes the winger should emulate Cristiano Ronaldo.Gareth Bale is not going through the best times at Real Madrid, his compatriot John Toshack doesn’t like the way in which he conducts himself and thinks that he should be more like Cristiano Ronaldo.The Welsh player is currently going through another recovery process from a muscular injury, something that has become very common with him at the club.Toshack believes that Gareth Bale is making efforts that are directly affecting his performance, he is convinced that the Welshman can do a better job of understanding his limitations on the pitch and avoid certain risks.What John is asking Gareth Bale to do, is very similar to the time when Cristiano Ronaldo finally understood that he didn’t need to run all across the pitch and all he required was to save his energy only for the most important moments.Bale is regarded as one of the most important players in Los Blancos’s history already, his goals and assists have been crucial during the most important matches for the club.”Gareth Bale needs to copy Cristiano if he wants to stay at Real Madrid” says John Toshack https://t.co/lLGWU0yRnn pic.twitter.com/fDNGNJuIfR— AS English (@English_AS) January 21, 2019“Cristiano plays as a winger, he scores and assists. There is no doubt that Gareth Bale already is one of the best players in football history,” said Toshack via Diario AS.“If he wants to remain as such, he should try to imitate Ronaldo. If you only look at what he’s accomplished, you quickly think what could’ve been if it hadn’t been for his unfortunate injury record.”“So, obviously, his experience can help him diminish his game a little bit and play in shorter parts of the pitch while reading better what’s going on.”“I really hope that he can do a lot more than what he is doing right now, because there is no doubt that you always need to start over when you recover from an injury.”“As far as his physical recovery is concerned, you always have to get back up and it’s almost as if you had to come back two or three times every season.”“This whole situation has been very difficult for him, and that gives him even more credit in my opinion.”Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“What we never imagined would happen with him were the injury problems that were detected.”“I mean, he has missed almost as many matches as he’s played and that has obviously slowed him down quite a bit,” he concluded.📻Toshack, sobre el estado de salud de Bale: “Es una pena para Gareth”➡https://t.co/PeNT9WXzNA pic.twitter.com/KY2sTYIZYf— El Larguero (@ellarguero) May 31, 2017To the people who don’t remember, John Toshack was the man who discovered Gareth Bale and the one who gave him his very first cap for Wales when he was just a kid.Born a Welshman as well, John Benjamin Toshack is arguably one of the most important figures for his country and arguably one of the biggest talent seekers in football history.Under his belt, Toshack has an amazing record of discovering players such as Iker Casillas, Xabi Alonso, and Gareth Bale himself.If the ‘Cardiff Express’ wants to keep performing at the highest leve, he needs to start listening to his body and realize that he can no longer make those sprints that usually set him apart from all the other players.Bale is a very talented player with the ball at his feet, there is no need to rely so much on your acceleration when you know that you are risking a new muscular injury every time to sprint.Gareth has impressive finishing skills, imagination to create football for his teammates and team leadership. It may be time for him to evolve as a player.John Toshack “I’d recommend British players to go out, leave the UK to learn other leagues & cultures. It is not easy but it’s valuable. With that said, Aaron in Turin should not make the same mistake that Bale did in Madrid: the local language must be learned immediately.” pic.twitter.com/187qK2SOek— Tarek Khatib (@ADP1113) January 6, 2019Do you agree with Toshack or should Gareth Bale remain the same type of football player for the rest of his career? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

DOD Installations Chief Lays out Path toward Future BRAC Decision

first_imgDOD opted not to include a request for a new round of base closures when it submitted its fiscal 2019 budget proposal earlier this year, but by no means have defense officials given up on the prospect of asking for a BRAC in the future. On Wednesday, the department’s installations chief told lawmakers that because the administration had just released its National Defense Strategy, it didn’t make sense to include a request for a new round. “We weren’t really in good conscience ready to ask Congress for an authorization for BRAC this year,” Lucian Niemeyer, assistant secretary of defense for energy, installations and environment, told the House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee.Instead, officials decided to take a pause. “We’re looking at the National Defense Strategy; we would like to reevaluate to what degree we think moving forward base closures might help us carry out the defense strategy to become more lethal,” he said in response to a question from Rep. Joe Courtney (D-Conn.).The department is using the pause to reassess its most recent calculation of how much excess infrastructure it is carrying. Niemeyer told Courtney there were “some concerns” about the report DOD released last year that estimated 19 percent of its capacity was excess. The department is embarking on an effort with the services to take a closer look at how fully their facilities are being utilized. “We’re trying to get it to be an enterprise look. … and make sure we are optimally occupying our facilities.”When officials are confident they have a good handle on “exactly where we have excess,” they will brief the defense secretary. Niemeyer did not volunteer how long the process would take or what the next steps may be, however.He also reiterated the argument that a new BRAC round would not only help DOD save money but it also would provide an opportunity for the military “to get more lethal” by consolidating forces and realigning its installations. Unmanned systems, cybersecurity and other new missions were not significant factors during the last base closure round. “How do we lay in those new technologies onto our existing Cold War basing structure? Do we even know what a base of the future really should look like?” Niemeyer asked.Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael Starkey Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

The Wilmington Insider For April 21 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Saturday, April 21, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: Sunny, with a high near 54. Northwest wind around 8 mph.In The Community: The Wilmington Little League’s Parade of Players and Opening Day ceremonies takes place at Rotary Park. The parade will leave the 4th of July Building at 9:30am. On-field ceremonies will begin at roughly 9:45am.In The Community: The Aleppo Shriners Circus returns to the Shriners Auditorium (99 Fordham Road) during April school vacation week. The circus will run from Wednesday, April 18 to Sunday, April 22:Wednesday, April 18: 2pm & 7pmThursday, April 19: 2pm & 7pmFriday, April 20: 10am, 2pm, & 7pmSaturday, April 21: 10am, 2pm, & 7pmSunday, April 22: 1pm & 5pmTickets cost $10.  The Box Office opens on April 9. Call 1-800-700-0013 to purchase tickets.  Parking is free. Proceeds from the carnival will benefit the Auditorium. Join the Facebook event HERE.In The Community: The Friends of the Wilmington Memorial Library’s Book Store Next Door (183 Middlesex Avenue) is open from 10am to 4pm. All books are $2 or less!  Every penny of every sale benefits the Wilmington Memorial Library.In The Community: The Wilmington Food Pantry (142 Chestnut Street) is open from 10am to noon for food donation drop-offs. Learn which food items the Pantry is most in need of HERE.At The Library: Poetry Circle at 9:15am. [Learn more and register HERE.]Leaves/Brush Drop Off: The Wilmington Yardwaste Center on Old Main Street will be open today from 9am to 4pm for the drop-off of leaves and brush. Residents will need to purchase a punch-card for $15 in order to enter the yardwaste center. Punch-cards will be available for purchase through the Collector’s Office at Town Hall and will allow up to 5 vehicle trips to the yardwaste center per card. NO GRASS CLIPPINGS OR STUMPS WILL BE ACCEPTED. Commercial vehicles will not be allowed. Make sure to bring photo identification to show you are a Wilmington resident.(NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. I may be able to update this post.)Like 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… RelatedThe Wilmington Insider For April 18, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For April 20, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”What’s Happening In Wilmington This Week (April 15-21)In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

The Wilmington Insider For October 8 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Monday, October 8, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: Cloudy, with a high near 59. Light northeast wind.Happy Columbus Day! Town offices, schools, library, and senior center are closed today, as are banks and the post office. Retail stores are open at the owner’s discretion.  Market Basket and Lucci’s are open.Trash & Recycling Delayed: Wilmington’s residential trash and recycling collection will be delayed this week by one day due to the holiday.On WCTV: Watch WCTV’s latest content that debuted last week HERE.Go Wildcats!: SIX WHS teams are in action today, including the Boys Varsity Soccer team hosting Lexington at 10am at the North and the Girls Varsity Soccer team traveling to Lexington at 10am at Lincoln Park. [See the full schedule HERE.](NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. I may be able to update this post.)Like 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… RelatedThe Wilmington Insider For October 9, 2017In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For February 19, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For October 17, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

5 QUICK QUESTIONS with Wilmingtons New Police Chief Joe Desmond PART 2

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Apple recently caught up with Wilmington Police Chief Joe Desmond, who was appointed to the position on Monday, July 15.Below is part two of a two-part interview. (Read part one HERE.)Question #1: In Town Manager Hull’s initial FY2020 budget, he had budgeted for 4 new police officers, with the hope of adding an additional 4 down the road, allowing for the creation of a fourth police sector in town. Those plans were placed on hold, in part, over staffing needs of the Fire Department. The Police Department hasn’t seen a new officer position added since FY2008. Will the Police Department be getting some new staffing in the near future?Chief: “We think so. There’s only one pie. The Finance Committee has a difficult job to do in picking which priorities to fund each year. I helped Chief Begonis with that staffing plan. We’re certainly willing to work with the Finance Committee and come up with solutions. I think with our responsibilities and the advent of defibrillators and Narcan, the more people we have out on the street, the quicker our response can be. The town is a wonderful town, but because it’s so wonderful, it’s growing rapidly, and we want to be able to maintain the level of service we always do. With that, we’ll need more men, and that unfortunately costs money.”Question #2: Do you think the School Resource Officer program will be expanded to the lower schools? Chief: “Like with anything else, you want to prioritize with the staffing levels that you have. We’ve always felt that an officer in the schools is a very valuable thing. I think the schools will back that up. They rely on us heavily. Our school resource officers get phone calls asking for advice on how to deal with certain things. DARE has taken a back seat as some studies have shown it wasn’t getting a bang for its buck. I certainly look forward to looking at things to see if there is a place for another school resource officer.Question #3: Do you ever see the K9 program being brought back?Chief: “That was a very successful program, but that’s one of those things where you have to pay for the main course before you can get dessert. Unfortunately, until we can offer the necessary staffing levels, it would be difficult to do that at this point because of the training involved. Once we pick a K9 officer, it’s a 6 month training and then more specialized drug training. That officer off the line for awhile. The answer is YES, we look forward to looking at the possibility of getting that back because it was so successful. Eric Palmer was great at it. The dogs he had were fantastic. And it helps the reputation of this police deparmtent in many ways, not only community outreach but actual law enforcement.”Question #4: How do you feel the Department is doing combating the opioid epidemic and helping those struggling with addiction and their families? Chief: “We’ve hired Samantha Reif and she’s been outstanding. We’re seeing the number of overdoses go down. You have to analyze those numbers and peel back the onion — are the OD’s really going down or is the advent of Narcan just preventing the OD’s? We’re encouraged by the direction the numbers are going, but we can’t let our guard down. We have a comprehensive plan to deal with opioids. Samantha, unfortunately, will always be busy. We can’t forget about alcohol. Alcohol is the #1 drug addiction issue that we see. We’re making progress with the opioids and we need to continue. And a lot of people addicted to drugs have duel diagnoses – they have something else going on. Samantha can assist with mental health issues as well.”Question #5: What are your thoughts on the town’s solution of building a temporary platform at North Wilmington station so emergency vehicles aren’t delayed when trains are stopped and the gates are down?Chief: “We appreciate everything our state officials have done to expedite this. There a lot of communities out there that have needs relative to trains and platforms. Moving in the direction of a new platform is great for us. All it takes is one call — if that gates are down and the fire department can’t get through there – even though it doesn’t happen often — it only takes once. We look forward to resolving the issue.”Bonus Question: You currently have two student officers – Sousa and Fitzgerald. How are they doing in their training and when will they officially join the force?Chief: “They’re about halfway through [the academy] and will graduate in the fall. Then they start a 12-week FTO (Field Training Officer) program. From my understanding, they’re both doing well and are great candidates. We’re excited to get them out there. I’m sure they’re excited too. We can count them as manpower after their FTO program.”Bonus Question: Officers Paul Chalifour and Louis Martignetti are retiring in the coming months. Any thoughts on their careers with the WPD?Chief: “I’ve worked my entire career with Paul. Paul was here before me. I’ve worked about 90% of my career with Louie. They’re both great guys. I wish them well. I guess there’s a time when you know it’s time to go. Paul is currently our Community Liaison Officer. That was a new position that Chief Begonis started and it’s one I’m going to continue because it’s a really great point person to deal with community issues as they arise — kinda of like a rapid response position. Louie is a very hard worker. Always professional. Always polite. I’m going to miss them both.”Look for 5 questions with Wilmington’s new Finance Director Bryan Perry tomorrow on Wilmington Apple.Like 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… Related5 QUICK QUESTIONS with Wilmington’s New Police Chief Joe Desmond (PART 1)In “5 Quick Questions”Wilmington Police Chief Joe Desmond & Deputy Police Chief Brian Pupa Sworn InIn “Police Log”SELECTMEN NEWS: Board Supports Fire & Police Substation In North Wilmington; Town To Vote On Project In April 2020?In “Government”last_img read more

31 held in two districts

first_imgLogo of arrestThe police in special drives arrested 31 people in Dinajpur and Habiganj districts on Saturday morning.The arrestees include three activists of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami from Dinajpur and six wanted accused from Habiganj, reports BSS.In Dinajpur, the law enforcement arrested 16 people from different areas and recovered 192 bottles of phensedyl during the raids, said police.During the drives, Dinajpur sadar police arrested four persons, Birampur, Biral and Bochaganj police arrested two persons each, Birganj, Phulbari and Ghoraghat police arrested one person each, and Chirirbandar police arrested three activists of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami from Ranir Bandar area of the upazila around 7:00am.Several cases, including charges of subversive activities, are pending with different police stations against the arrested persons, the BSS report said.Meanwhile, members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB), in a drive, detained three ‘drug traders’ with 192 bottles of Phensedyl around 11:00pm on Thursday from Hili railway station in Hakimpur upazila.Later, the detainees were handed over to the Hakimpur police, BGB said.The arrested persons were sent to jail.The Habiganj police, in regular drives, arrested 12 people including six wanted accused from different areas of the district in 12-hour-long drives that ended at 9:00am on Saturday.Additional superintendent of police ASM Shamsur Rahman Bhuiyan said they were picked up from different areas of the district on different charges.Several cases, including charges of subversive activities, are pending with different police stations against the arrested persons, he said.The arrestees were sent to jail.last_img read more

Budget lacks measures to address institutional challenges Unnayan Onneshan

first_img.Unnayan Onneshan (UO), an independent multidisciplinary think-tank, has said the proposed budget for 2018-19 fiscal year lacks measures necessary to address the macroeconomic, medium term and institutional challenges the economy is facing.”The budget speech seems to lack providing prudent and farsighted solutions to the current challenges except it earmarks ambitious targets of expenditure amidst inefficient distribution of resources and cost overrun,” it said its rapid assessment of the new proposed national budget.Inequality has widened on the back of the gap between return on capital and return on labour on the one hand and the persistent primitive accumulation in the form of looting in different sectors of the economy on the other, the think-tank said.Institutional fragility has been evident in the economy, leading different economic sectors to fail to maintain discipline, it said, adding that institutional fragility and political uncertainty are contributing to lack of confidence among investors and entrepreneurs.The UO said in the wake of parliamentary elections, investors may adopt wait-and-see policy about making investment since they are fearful about the process of the transition of power and the subsequent business environment recalling the situation after the national election back in 2014.It said incapacity to implement the budget has been a major challenge in recent years. The rate of implementation has assumed a decreasing trend since FY 2011-12. In FY 2011-12, budget implementation rate was 93 per cent which decreased to 91 per cent in FY 2012-13, 85 per cent in FY 2013-14, 82 per cent in FY 2014-15, 81 per cent in FY 2015-16 and 79 per cent in FY 2016-17.Despite the increasing trend in tax revenue over the years, the tax-GDP ratio is very low compared to global average. In FY 2015-16, Tax-GDP ratio in Bangladesh stood at 8.98 per cent, while it increased slightly to 9 percent and 10.39 per cent in FY 2016-17 and FY 2017-18 respectively.Bangladesh has a regressive tax structure where people with low income have to share relatively larger share of the tax burden due to different forms of indirect taxes. In 2018-19 budget, revenue from income tax and VAT has been estimated to be Tk 1,007.19 billion and Tk 1,105.55 billion respectively. In FY 2018-19, 34 per cent of total NBR revenue would come from taxes on income and profit whereas 53.79 per cent would come from indirect sources, including Value Added Tax and Supplementary Duty, together.The budget has set a target of collecting Tk 3,392.80 billion as revenue receipts. The target seems to fall short since a gap between revenue target and actual collection has been regular, the think-tank said.In the first nine months of the current fiscal year, the revenue collection stood at Tk 1,440 billion against a target of Tk 1,670 billion leaving a shortfall by Tk 230 billion.About the rising operating expenditure, the UO evinces that in the budget for FY 2018-19, a total of Tk 1122.66 billion has been proposed for salary and allowances and interest repayment which constitutes 24.17 per cent of the total budgetary outlay. In addition, in the proposed budget for FY 2018-19, operating expenditure grows by 21 per cent while development expenditure registers a 13 per cent growth.It mentioned that it has been regular phenomenon in Bangladesh that the mass people fear national budget. This is because budget has been the occasion of increase in price of many necessities either directly or indirectly.The measures taken in the budget 2018-19 is likely to increase price of some 19 commodities while reducing price of some 14 commodities.While national budget is directly linked to the living standard of the mass, they have little stake in the formulation of budget. Lack of fiscal accountability in Bangladesh due to limited role of the parliament in budget-making process together with constitutional and systematic rigidities results in inefficiency, poor implementation of budget and misuse of public resources, the think-tank said.It said due to persistent depreciation, the local currency has been exposed to serious pressure. In 2017, local currency has experienced a depreciation of 5 percent against US Dollar. In May 2018, the exchange rate has stood at Tk 83.70 per USD which was Tk 80.69 in August 2017. Depreciation of local currency has added to the inflationary pressure on the mass.Sluggish export growth and cut in the inflow of wage earners’ remittance along with high import payment is exerting pressure on the current account balance. Referring to the deficit in current account balance, the think tank finds that the current account balance recorded a deficit of USD 7.08 billion during July-March, 2017-18 due mainly to a significant trade deficit and lower income from services and primary income accounts compared to that of July-March, 2016-17.High inflationary pressure is increasing the cost of living, thus gradually degrading the living standard of the mass by lowering the consumption capacity of the people with limited income. Statistics suggest that twelve-month average inflation increased to 5.83 per cent in April 2018 from 5.82 per cent in March 2018.Observing institutional fragility in the banking sector due to massive irregularities followed by rise in default loans and resulting capital shortfall, the UO shows that at the end of 2017, total default loans in the banking sector stood at Tk 743.03 billion, representing 9.31 per cent of the gross loan, compared to Tk 621.72 billion in the previous year.Amid chaotic situation in the country’s financial sector and political uncertainty ahead of the national election, foreign investors are increasingly making exit from capital market, the UO said.Private sector investment has been remaining stagnant at below 23 per cent for a decade. It stood at 22.07 per cent of GDP in FY 2014-15, 21.78 per cent in FY 2015-16, 23.1 in FY 2016-17 and 23.25 per cent in FY 2017-18.Meanwhile, it is found that net Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) has slumped recently. In 2017, FDI has declined by 7.76 per cent compared to that in the previous yearThe economy of Bangladesh is missing the opportunity to capitalise its demographic dividend. While the GDP growth figure is impressive, the poor rate of quality job creation is characterising it as jobless growth. The economy is presenting disconcerting job scenario with a huge number of people remaining out of work.Referring to the state of jobless growth, the research organisation notes that unemployed population increased to 2.68 million in FY 2016-17 while 1.46 million remained underemployed. In addition, the number of people not in education, employment or training rose to 48.28 million in FY 2016-17, representing 44.25 per cent of the people who are able and ready to work, from 46.6 million in FY 2015-16.If not dealt with effectively, income inequality together with inequality in access to health and social security, multidimensional poverty, and joblessness particularly among the youth may undermine the development already achieved by the county, comments the UO.Calling for prudent and farsighted fiscal management, the research organisation states that proposed actions are inadequate to bring fiscal discipline in the management of revenue, deficit and debt one the one hand and to establish an inclusive society in the absence of distributive reforms in the tax system on the other.last_img read more

Modi eyes stronger DhakaDelhi relation

first_imgIndian prime minister Narendra Modi (R) shakes hands with Bangladeshi president Mohammad Abdul Hamid prior to a meeting in New Delhi on 31 May 2019. Photo: AFPIndia’s prime minister Narendra Modi on Friday emphasised the importance of taking the Bangladesh-India ties to a new level as ‘it remains the highest priority to India’.He said that this should be done as part of joint efforts to suitably commemorate the centenary of the birth of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in 2020 and the 50th anniversary of Bangladesh’s Liberation in 2021, reports UNB.Modi noted that the bilateral relationship between the two countries, forged in Bangladesh’s liberation war, remained of the highest priority to India.In the past five years, he said, the two countries had demonstrated great maturity and patience in resolving a number of complex pending issues, such as the demarcation of the land boundary.The Indian prime minister met Bangladesh president Abdul Hamid at noon at Hyderabad House in New Delhi and discussed the issues of mutual interests.During the meeting, they expressed great satisfaction at the excellent state of bilateral relations, according to Indian external affairs ministry.The president conveyed felicitations of prime minister Sheikh Hasina, now in Saudi Arabia, who was unable to travel in person because of a prior commitment.He conveyed the invitation of the government of Bangladesh to the Indian prime minister to visit Bangladesh, which was accepted with pleasure.The leaders agreed that dates would be decided through diplomatic channels.The president of Bangladesh was in India to attend the swearing-in event of the new government of India on Thursday.Hamid earlier paid a state visit to India in December 2014, as well as an official visit in March 2018, for the first meeting of the International Solar Alliance.last_img read more

Use of condom awareness key to preventing HIV unwanted pregnancy

first_imgParticipants pose for a photograph at a roundtable on ways to prevent HIV-AIDS and unwanted pregnancy at Karwan Bazar’s CA Bhaban on Wednesday. Photo: Prothom Alo.Consistent use of condom and creating awareness can prevent unintended pregnancy and spread of HIV virus, health experts told a roundtable on Wednesday.Prothom Alo, in association with Social Marketing Company (SMC) and USAID, organised the roundtable on social awareness and ways to prevent HIV-AIDS and unwanted pregnancy at Karwan Bazar’s CA Bhaban.Assistant director general at Director General of Health Services (DGHS), AHM Enayet Hussain, said that to meet ‘90-90-90’ target of UNAIDS, there are obligations such as diagnosis of 90 per cent of all HIV-positive persons, providing antiretroviral therapy for 90 per cent of those diagnosed, and achieving viral suppression for 90 per cent of those treated by 2020.He said the government has clear commitment to prevent HIV/AIDS, but affected people are still not interested to take treatment. Creating awareness is a solution to this problem, Enayet Hussain added.Managing director and chief executive officer of Social Marketing Company (SMC), Ali Reza Khan, said expatriate Bangladeshi and Rohingya population are at greater risk of HIV-AIDS. Around 200 Rohingyas were diagnosed with AIDS in Cox’s Bazar last year.He said there is no scope to be complacent although Bangladesh has a low prevalence rate of HIV.According to the government estimation as of October 2018, 6,455 people have been diagnosed with HIV-AIDS and 1,072 died since first detection of the disease in Bangladesh in 1989, said health department’s AIDS/STD programme’s deputy director and programme manager Belal Hossain.As many as 879 were detected with HIV positive in 2018, he said.Family planning department’s director Mohammed Sharif said the authorities should consider feasibility of screening HIV at airports.USAID’s project management specialist Samina Choudhury said only promotion of condom is not sufficient to prevent AIDS as awareness has to be created about other reasons of AIDS.Dhaka University’s professor of population sciences department, Mohammad Bellal Hossain, regretted that the use of condom in Bangladesh is still low and inconsistent due to various myths and phobia associated with it.Emphasising on awareness campaign, senior manager of health department’s AIDS/STD programme, Akhteruzzaman, said that there are 25 HIV testing centres across the country but affected people do not go to the facilities.UNAIDS Bangladesh’s country manager Saima Khan stressed on creating social awareness saying that most of the HIV positive patients do not want to disclose their illness due to social stigma about the disease.UNFPA’s programme expert Abu Sayed Mohammad Hasan said that 48 per cent of 4.8 million pregnancies in Bangladesh in a year are unwanted and most of them resort to unsafe abortion.Speakers also stressed on the necessity of consistent use of condom by sex workers to prevent sexually transmitted diseases.Icddr’b’s project coordinator of programme for HIV and AIDS AKM Masud Rana, Save the Children’s chief of party of HIV/AIDS programme Lima Rahman, SMC programme operation’s head of behaviour change communication Mohiuddin Ahmed and Mukto Akash Bangladesh’s deputy director Mizanur Rahman, among others, spoke at the roundtable moderated by Prothom Alo associate editor Abdul Quayyum.last_img read more

Cosby Lawyers Ask Appeals Court to Toss MeToo Conviction

first_imgBy MARYCLAIRE DALE Associated PressHARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania appeals court on Monday questioned why actor Bill Cosby never got a supposed non-prosecution agreement in writing as his lawyers asked the panel to overturn his sexual assault conviction.Cosby, 82, is serving a three- to 10-year prison term for drugging and molesting a woman at his home in what became the first celebrity trial of the #MeToo era.The three-judge panel asked why Cosby’s top-shelf lawyers didn’t follow the norm and get an immunity agreement in writing, and approved by a judge, when accuser Andrea Constand first came forward in 2005.In this, Sept. 24, 2018 file photo Bill Cosby arrives for his sentencing hearing at the Montgomery County Courthouse, , in Norristown, Pa. A Pennsylvania appeals court will hear arguments, Monday, Aug. 12, 2019, as Cosby appeals his sexual assault conviction. The 82-year-old Cosby is serving a three- to 10-year prison term. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)“This is not a low-budget operation. … They had an unlimited budget,” said Superior Court Judge John T. Bender. “Could it be they knew this was something the trial court would never have allowed?”Cosby’s lawyers have long argued that he relied on the promise before giving testimony in Constand’s 2005 lawsuit that proved incriminating when it was unsealed a decade later.Judge Carolyn Nichols echoed Bender’s point, asking, “how can the elected district attorney bind that office in perpetuity?”Cosby’s lawyers also attacked Montgomery County Judge Steven O’Neill’s decision to let five other accusers testify when Cosby went on trial last year, after more than 60 accusers came forward and his deposition was unsealed. Prosecutors said they chose women whose accounts showed that Cosby had a “signature” crime pattern. Bender seemed to agree, interrupting defense arguments that their stories had significant differences.“The reality of it is, he gives them drugs and then he sexually assaults them,” he said. “That’s the pattern, is it not?”Kristen L. Weisenberger, representing Cosby, said one of the women wasn’t even sure she’d been violated. But prosecutors said that’s how Cosby planned it.“The defendant should not be . rewarded because she has no recollection because of the drugs he gave her,” Assistant District Attorney Adrienne Jappe argued.The court’s decision on how many other accusers should be allowed to testify will be closely watched by sexual assault survivors and defense lawyers as men like movie mogul Harvey Weinstein await trial in #MeToo-type cases.O’Neill had allowed just one other accuser at Cosby’s first trial in 2017, when the jury failed to reach a verdict.Cosby’s lawyers called the decision to let five testify at the retrial arbitrary and prejudicial. However, the panel said judges are not bound by their earlier trial rulings.Cosby, who is serving time at a state prison near Philadelphia, was not in court for the arguments at the Pennsylvania Capitol in Harrisburg. The court typically takes several months to issue decisions.Long beloved as “America’s Dad” for his TV role as Dr. Cliff Huxtable, Cosby has called his encounters with Constand and other accusers consensual.In his deposition, Cosby acknowledged getting quaaludes in the 1970s to give to women before sex, including 19-year-old Therese Serignese, whom he had met at a Las Vegas hotel. Serignese traveled from Florida to attend Monday’s hearing.“Remember, there are 60 accusers,” she said. “Out of 19 prior bad act witnesses requested by the prosecutors, the judge only allowed five. I say Bill Cosby got a good deal there.”last_img read more

Undaunted Even 1 lakh FIRs wont slow our fight says Mamata

first_imgKolkata: Stating that the country is experiencing a state of “super emergency”, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has assured that her fight of justice for the people will continue, even if lakhs of FIRs are lodged against her and her party colleagues.While reacting on the FIR lodged against her and the arrest of her party’s MPs, MLA and minister at Silchar, the Chief Minister said: “They keep lodging FIRs against us. It is interesting that I am sitting in Bengal and an FIR has been lodged in Assam…we don’t mind even if 1 lakh FIRs are lodged against us for fighting for the rights of common people.” Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeBanerjee said that she has spoken to the Union Home minister Rajnath Singh during her visit to Delhi and the latter has assured her that there will be no harassment of common people. “My question is that then why have our MPs been harassed today?” she asked.She maintained in the same breath: “We are actually in a situation of super-emergency. There is no democracy in the country.”Condemning the arrest of her party colleagues, the Chief Minister said: “They went there for a better cause. My question is that if everything is normal and peaceful in Assam, then why has section 144 of CrPC been imposed in all the districts? Why were they (TMC MPs, MLA and minister) stopped when two of them wanted to go ahead at a time instead of marching together in a group? They just wanted to go to the convention centre and return after speaking to some people there.” “Our fight will continue for the sake of common people. We will never step back,” she added.She further added that there is no democratic right in the country. “Senior journalists are being beaten up,” she said, adding that the Army personnel from Assam, who are deployed in borders, are also worried about their family members.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

Malaysia Airlines new triple threat service

first_imgSource = ETB News: L.B. Malaysia Airlines will introduce a third daily Sydney to Kuala Lumpur service as of 5 February 2014. The new daily service from Sydney Airport will be on Malaysia Airlines’ new Airbus A330-300 aircraft, complete with new interior, mood lighting, extra storage space, individual screens and lie flat business class seats. “This additional service on the Sydney to Kuala Lumpur route will increase capacity to the growing demand by adding an extra 207,000 seats a year,” Sydney Airport chief executive Kerrie Mather said. Malaysia Airlines has announced it will launch a third daily service between Sydney and Kuala Lumpur, to commence in February 2014. “We estimate the additional flights will deliver AU$124 million in inbound visitor expenditure to the NSW economy per year, providing a great boost to tourism and business.” From 21 November, Malaysia Airlines will increase its current double daily operations from Sydney to 18 flights per week with an additional four services per week and from 5 February 2014, the airline will increase to 21 flights per week with a triple daily service.  last_img read more

Beximco and GS Group sign their agreement Russias

first_imgBeximco and GS Group sign their agreementRussia’s GS Group has launched Bangladesh’s first DTH service in partnership with local industrial conglomerate Beximco.The new service, RealVU, offers over 100 standard and HD channels. Packages available to viewers include well-known international channels in English, popular Indian channels and channels with local Bangladeshi content.GS Group is providing hardware and software solutions for the service, and acting as system integrator. The company’s digital set-tops include DVR and timeshift functionality and an EPG.GS Group, which has previously been involved in the launch of DTT-based pay TV service One TV in Cambodia, said it planned to focus on launching digital broadcast services in other promising markets.“The GS Group’s international broadcast projects are a bright example of Russian high technologies successfully entering the global market. RealVU, the first DTH operator in Bangladesh will bring mass accessibility to high-quality digital television service in a country that has 165 million plus population currently being forced to watch low-rated terrestrial and cable TV or to illegally connect to foreign operators. We expect to engage significant audience in the first year of operating due to GS Group’s vast expertise in managing national broadcast projects, solid cooperation with a local partner, diversified content that meets viewers demands, and a high level of service,” said Sergey Dolgopolsky, PR, GR and IR director, foreign broadcasting projects department, GS Group.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

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

Super Mario Now Playable on Web Browser

first_imgAdvertisement Breathe happy, my friends. Full Screen Mario has converted the beloved adventures of Mario and Luigi onto HTML 5 so you can save Princess Peach straight from your computer browser. The game covers all the levels found in the original game and features the addictive MIDIs we know and love. Players can also design their own levels for an added twist.Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got some Koopas and Goombas to take care of.last_img

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