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Paul OGrady Supports BUAV Our Best Friends Campaign

first_imgPaul O’Grady, television presenter, actor, comedian and star of the popular TV show, ‘For the Love of Dogs,’ is supporting the launch of ’Our Best Friends, a new campaign by the BUAV to raise awareness about and end the use of cats and dogs in experiments.Paul O’Grady and His Dog, OlgaCredit/Copyright: BUAVPaul O’Grady told the BUAV: “I love my dogs and would do anything to protect them. I was shocked to discover that so many dogs and cats are forced to suffer in experiments, right here in the UK. I am delighted to support the BUAV with its new campaign to end these cruel tests on Our Best Friends. And I urge others to do the same.”The UK is often said to be a nation of animal lovers, with dogs and cats our most popular companion animals, yet they continue to be harmed in cruel experiments and there is no government policy to reduce their use, let alone bring it to an end.The most recent government figures available show that over 2,800 dogs and 150 cats suffered in experiments in the UK in 2011. Figures for the five year period 2007-11 show over 20,000 dogs and over 800 cats were used, with many individuals forced to endure more than one experiment.The BUAV has a long history of campaigning to end experiments on cats and dogs, including unearthing the terrible suffering of dogs forced to endure cruel poisoning tests as well as the first ever in-depth exposé of the beagle breeding industry. More recently, the BUAV revealed controversial research taking place at Cardiff University, in which kittens’ eyes were sewn shut, played a key role in opposing a proposal to build a replacement beagle farm in Yorkshire and successfully campaigned to prevent an EU law that would have allowed stray cats and dogs to be used in the UK.Under the banner ‘Cats and dogs are our best friends – they don’t belong in laboratories’, the BUAV is now launching ‘Our Best Friends’ campaign to ban all experiments on dogs and cats in the UK. In the coming months, the BUAV will roll out a series of activities calling on the public, politicians, scientists and industry to back its call for a ban on the use of cats and dogs in experiments.Find out more and get involved in the campaign at www.OurBestFriends.org.last_img read more

V Foundation Announces Research Grants To Be Awarded Through Robin Roberts Cancer

first_imgThe V Foundation for Cancer Research, a top-rated cancer research charity, is excited to announce that Bristol-Myers Squibb Company has provided a $2.5 million donation to the V Foundation for cancer survivorship research.The grant will be used by the V Foundation to fund biomedical cancer research through its Robin Roberts Fund for Cancer Survivorship. Through this fund, the V Foundation has committed to improving the long-term health and wellness of oncology patients after treatment. Announced in December 2017, the Robin Roberts Cancer Survivorship Fund was named in honor of Robin Roberts, a member of the V Foundation’s Board of Directors and co-anchor of ABC’s “Good Morning America.” The grant was announced last night at the ESPYs on the red carpet by Susan Braun, Chief Executive Officer of the V Foundation.“Just as Jim Valvano would have wanted, we have made amazing strides in cancer research – the wonderful science funded by the V Foundation is helping to create millions of survivors,” said Robin Roberts. “But for those survivors, it is a long journey and our health will always be at the forefront of our minds. As the number of survivors grow, it’s time to take a look at how the rest of our lives will be lived. We want to give every survivor the best chance at a long, full, happy and healthy life. I’m so pleased to be a part of this new initiative.”As research has led to improvements in treatments, there are more cancer survivors than ever. Today, there are more than 16 million U.S. cancer survivors and this number is expected to grow to 20 million by 2026. Survivors face chronic health conditions, cancer recurrence and more life-altering circumstances. The Robin Roberts Cancer Survivorship Fund will focus on biomedical cancer research areas with particular relevance to survivors including pediatrics, immuno-oncology and data science research focused on improving survivors’ outcomes.“Research to better understand how to improve the health and extend the lives of cancer survivors is critical to fully eradicating cancer,” said Braun. “The V Foundation is embarking on this new initiative to expand the ways that we can change the face of cancer forever.”Roberts has been a longtime friend and supporter of the V Foundation and was a colleague of Jim Valvano’s at ESPN, prior to joining “Good Morning America.” In 2007, Roberts was diagnosed with breast cancer. Her ensuing battle has been recognized with honors and awards by various organizations throughout the country. She inspired so many as she bravely shared her personal battle with the rare blood disorder myelodysplastic syndrome, or MDS, shortly after breast cancer. Roberts speaks openly about the importance of early detection, increasing treatment options available and support. She is an inspiration and role model for those battling cancer, as well as survivors facing continued challenges. Roberts announced the formation of the Robin Roberts Cancer Survivorship Fund on December 4, 2017 at a party in her honor at Blue Smoke in New York.The V Foundation has proudly awarded more than $200 million for cutting-edge cancer research. The V Foundation holds a 4-star (highest) rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest evaluator of charities, and is among the top 4% of cancer charities of all charities evaluated. The V Foundation is a GuideStar platinum-rated charity.For more information about the V Foundation, please click here. Please click here to contribute to the Robin Roberts Fund for Cancer Survivorship Research.last_img read more

TNA and GTF to attend discussion on Lanka

This KOFF Sri Lanka Roundtable aims at providing a space for exchange on the current context, on opportunities and challenges ahead, as well as on the outcomes and potential of initiatives such as the dialogue meeting in Singapore to support future negotiations for political solutions and a peaceful transformation of the conflict. (Colombo Gazette) Titled “The Current Context in Sri Lanka:  Opportunities & Challenges Ahead”, the discussion in Bern will see the participation of TNA MP M.A. Sumanthiran, GTF spokesman Suren Surenthiran and also Asanga Welikala, Senior Researcher of the Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA). Organizers said that the parliamentary elections in August 2015 confirmed that Sri Lanka is undergoing a process of dramatic changes since the election of President Sirisena in January 2015 and the subsequent formation of a coalition government. The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and the Global Tamil Forum (GTF) will be attending a discussion in Switzerland on Sri Lanka next week.The discussion, organized by the KOFF Centre for Peacebuilding, is taking place as the UN Human Rights Council meets in Geneva with Sri Lanka also on the agenda. read more

Democracy has no uniform model and means more than elections – Annan

“In that work, we are conscious that, while democracy is a universal value, there is no uniform model to be applied,” he said in a message to the Community’s Third Ministerial Meeting in Santiago, Chile, delivered by former President Ernesto Zedillo of Mexico, who is one of the Secretary-General’s envoys for next September’s UN summit. “We are fully aware that, while democracy must come from within, international cooperation can help support it. And we have learned that while elections are a vital part of democracy, much more is required,” he added. UN electoral staff is currently helping conduct elections in 45 countries and its human rights staff are at work in 39 countries, while dozens of other countries have benefited from technical or advisory missions and visits from special human rights rapporteurs and other human rights experts, Mr. Annan said. The Community of Democracies describes itself as “a community of democratic countries, initiated in 1999 with the goal of strengthening democratic and values at the national, regional and global levels,” with a set of recommendations and demands known as the Warsaw Declaration. Mr. Annan said the struggle for democracy required not only constant vigilance against unconstitutional seizures of power, but also the provision for the basic well-being of citizens, without which confidence in democracy could decline. He invited members of the Community to contribute to a new voluntary Democracy Fund – proposed by United States President George W. Bush – that would assist projects to build and strengthen democratic institutions and governance. Mr. Annan noted that in his “In Larger Freedom” reform agenda, now being discussed by UN Member States, he proposed a comprehensive strategy for international cooperation on development, security and human rights. He said he hoped world leaders meeting in September to review the first five years of the Millennium Declaration on reducing or eliminating host of socio-economic ills by 2015 would “summon the vision and pragmatism to make far-reaching reforms and to renew the UN, rendering it a more effective instrument of their common purpose. “In that effort, the Community of Democracies has a vital role to play – and, I believe, a clear interest in playing it,” he said. read more

Urban Meyer ready for Bradley Robys return

Lantern file photoThen-redshirt-sophomore cornerback Bradley Roby (1) returns an interceptoin during a game against Nebraska Oct. 6, 2012, at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 63-38.Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer was pleased with the effort that his shorthanded defense put forth Saturday in the Buckeyes’ 40-20 win against Buffalo, but he knows the unit still has some growing up to do.The Buckeyes were without redshirt-junior starting cornerback and preseason All-American Bradley Roby, who was suspended because of his involvement in an incident at a Bloomington, Ind., bar in July.Roby is back this week, but that doesn’t necessarily mean he will be inserted into the starting defensive lineup, Meyer said.“He will not be named starter,” Meyer said. “We’ll probably see (sophomore cornerback) Armani (Reeves) or Roby will start, depends on how they practice.”Meyer also noted Roby is someone he has “a lot of respect for” because while he could have left OSU after last season for the NFL,Roby made the decision to come back and finish his Buckeye career with the group of players he came in with. Robywent through “a little bit of a funk of buyer’s remorse,” Meyer said, after hearing people say he could have been drafted high. Meyer called his return this season “very admirable.”Roby was not the only returning defensive starter who did not play against Buffalo, as a lower leg injury made redshirt-senior safety and starter C.J. Barnett a game time decision, ultimately keeping him out. A nagging leg cramp led to junior linebacker Ryan Shazier being carted to the locker room in the second quarter, leaving senior safety Christian Bryant as the lone returning starter on the field.The unit’s lack of experience, coupled with both Shazier’s and Barnett’s absences showed, as Buffalo was able to capitalize on a pair of Buckeye turnovers to get within 10 points twice, in both the second and third quarters.OSU eventually put the Bulls away, with the help of redshirt-senior running back Jordan Hall’s 159 yards and two touchdowns on the ground, but the defense’s inconsistency kept the game close until late in the third quarter.New starters Reeves and junior cornerback Doran Grant had ups and downs of their own, as they matched up with star Buffalo receiver Alex Neutz. Neutz was Bulls quarterback Joe Licata’s favorite target Saturday and ended two receiving yards shy of 100, scoring a touchdown when he leaped over Reeves in the third quarter.Meyer said he was pleased with Reeves’ effort, but is looking forward to getting Roby back on the field this weekend against San Diego State. According to Meyer, Roby’s maturity has shown during fall camp and he has done everything that has been asked of him.“I think he learned a really strong lesson and he’s done everything we’ve asked him to do,” Meyer said. “I’m anxious to get him back on the field.”Bryant said the presence of Roby and Barnett on the field will certainly help the defensive backfield’s confidence.“I think it will just bring more wisdom to the defense,” Bryant said. “We know the type of job that we have to accomplish each and every week, and with Roby and C.J. (Barnett) back I think it’s going to boost the defense’s confidence a little bit more. I know I will feel a lot better with them back, too.”Special teams coordinator and cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs said even though Roby is eligible to play this weekend, first team defensive reps during practice will be split evenly between him, Grant and Reeves.“We’ll get a lot of work in and rotate those three guys, Doran, Armani (Reeves) and Bradley (Roby) with the first team,” Coombs said. “That’s what we always have done and have been pretty consistent with that throughout training camp.”Even though Roby’s return to the lineup may diminish some of his playing time, Grant said his return, along with Barnett’s, will allow the defense to play more aggressively.“With those two guys coming back, they know what to do when they come back and get out there on the field,” Grant said. “I think it’s going to take our aggression on the defensive side of the ball a little higher.”Grant called Roby a “great leader” both on the field and in the film room, and he has never stopped being a leader even though he was suspended.“Knowing he wasn’t going to play the first game, he was helping out myself, Armani Reeves and also the young guys — basically the whole defense,” Grant said. “He’s always there talking, giving his keys and clues on what we gotta look for coming up to the game.”Roby’s return is not to overshadow the return of another key player, albeit on the other side of the ball, in redshirt-junior running back Rod Smith.Meyer suspended Smith during camp for violating a team rule in “either January or February.” With fellow running back Carlos Hyde suspended for his involvement in an incident at a Columbus bar this summer, Smith was looked to be the starter until he was suspended.Smith’s return could alter the role Hall plays in the offense. The Jeanette, Pa., native said he is unsure of where how he will be used Saturday.“Your guess is as good as mine,” Hall said.Hall said he has no preference between playing H-back or running back, and wherever he is on the field, he just wants to help his team win. Having running back depth, though, is a good thing, he said.“Coach Meyer knows that he has a bunch of people that can play running back or H-back, so I think it’s just going to be harder for a defense to prepare for that,” Hall said. “I’m just going to go at whatever position they put me at and try to make plays.”Running backs coach Stan Drayton is the man slated with the responsibility of deciding who gets the touches during games, and with Smith returning this week and Hyde returning Sept. 21 against Florida A&M, selecting starters may be difficult. Drayton, though, said no matter who the returning player is, each guy must earn his way back.“What they do is they have to come in and earn their position back,” Drayton said. “Nothing is given to these guys.”Meyer and Drayton said every player has to show their worth on special teams before getting a chance to play elsewhere. Drayton said it is important to hold everyone to that standard.“We have a philosophy that if you want to play your respective position, you have to provide some value to this team on special teams,” Drayton said. “So if Carlos Hyde gets reinstated, and he can add some value to our special teams, then great. Then we’ll sit there and we’ll take a good look at where he stands in that running back group.”It will be interesting to see where and when Smith gets on the field Saturday against SDSU, but he will make an appearance as long as he has a good week of practice, Meyer said.Kickoff against the Aztecs is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Ohio Stadium. read more

Electric cars are not as green as you might think

first_imgWith the news that the government is to ban the sale of all new diesel and petrol cars by 2040, we look at the electric car and some of the challenges faced before they can become truly environmentally friendly. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img

Eight injured during aborted takeoff on Stansted Airport runway

Thomas Steer was also on the Vienna-bound Lauda Air flight when the “scary” episode unfolded.The 24-year-old said: “My friend opened the emergency exit and we slid down the slides, a few old people fell over and the fire brigade treated them.”A spokesman for London Stansted Airport said the abandoned takeoff was due to a “suspected engine problem”. Eight people have been injured after a flight at Stansted Airport was forced to abort a takeoff following a “huge bang” on the runway. Flights were grounded at the Essex transport hub shortly after the dramatic incident at 8.10pm on Friday, as the plane – carrying 169 passengers and six crew – was moved from the tarmac.The airline, Laudamotion, said the pilots of Flight 327 bound for Vienna, Austria, decided to abort takeoff because of an engine problem.One man who was on board described the aircraft skidding to a stop after a bang rocked the cabin.Passengers were then forced to escape the aircraft via inflatable slides. It was later confirmed that eight people had suffered minor injuries. Two of the patients, who suffered a back injury and a laceration, were taken to Princess Alexandria Hospital in HounslowPassengers were rebooked on a flight that left London on Saturday morning. The fire service were sent to assist the evacuation but no-one is believed to have been injured. The spokesman added: “There is nothing to suggest there is anything untoward that has happened beside the fact the pilot’s taken the decision to abort the take-off.”The Air Accidents Investigation Branch said: “We are deploying a team to Stansted Airport to investigate an aircraft incident”.The airport reopened shortly after 10pm. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Emergency services heading to a passenger plane at Stansted Airport after an aborted takeoff Emergency services heading to a passenger plane at Stansted Airport after an aborted takeoffCredit: Thomas Steer/PA read more

Unannounced inspections at childrens hospital found highrisk uncleanliness

first_imgOther unclean surfaces, including the interiors of waste bins, cupboards, storage units and fridges, did not appear to have been included in ward cleaning specifications. Poor finishes around radiators in St Bridget’s Ward facilitated dust collection.It was also reported that toilets were cleaned once a day and that a janitorial service was available to staff if required during the day, which was not in line with recommended national minimum cleaning frequencies. Oct 28th 2016, 1:23 PM A RECENT INSPECTION of Temple Street Children’s University Hospital has found that environment and patient equipment hygiene were at critically low levels and needed to be addressed urgently.The first unannounced inspection was carried out by the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) at Temple Street hospital on 27 July 2016.A re-inspection six weeks later examined the level of progress which had been made regarding environmental and patient equipment hygiene in the areas inspected.The report based on these two visits found that the environmental hygiene in both St Patrick’s Ward and St Bridget’s Ward was poor overall and “was not in line with current national standards and guidelines for hospital cleaning”.First visit“Cot frames, bedside storage units and recliner chairs in vacant bed spaces in St Patrick’s Ward that had been cleaned following patient discharge were stained.” By Gráinne Ní Aodha Second visitDuring the second inspection on 6 September, “significant improvements” were made to clean both St Patrick’s Ward and St Bridget’s Ward. Heavy dust was present under pull-out beds for parents in two patient rooms and behind a fixed cupboard in the open plan renal dialysis area. The design and manner in which these items were fitted did not facilitate effective cleaning.The report recommended that more soap dispensers should be provided, that regular hygiene training be provided to staff, and that a hygiene audit be conducted.Temple Street must also publish its Quality Improvement Plan (QIP) on its website within six weeks of today, and provide HIQA with the web link.The aim of unannounced HIQA inspections is to assess hygiene in the hospital as observed by the inspection team and experienced by patients at any given time.Read: 4 people taken to hospital after Luas tram and tourist bus collide at SmithfieldRead: Break-ups, career moves and kids – the science of making a BIG change Image: Google Maps Share235 Tweet Email http://jrnl.ie/3051652 Image: Google Maps Unannounced inspections at children’s hospital found ‘high-risk’ uncleanliness “Multiple surfaces within the wards inspected were dusty and these included bed undercarriages, chairs and examination couches.”center_img The commode was stored in this manner because there was not enough floor space within the ‘dirty’ utility room, which was the appropriate storage area for this item.“In addition, bedside suction catheter holders were unclean.”In St Michael’s C Ward: Multiple surfaces within the wards inspected were dusty and these included bed undercarriages, chairs, examination couches, floors, over-bed lights, wall surfaces, radiators, ventilation grilles, staff workstations, a games table and horizontal ledges. Friday 28 Oct 2016, 1:23 PM Other factors which contributed to poor environmental hygiene in the wards inspected included an outdated hospital infrastructure, poor maintenance, very limited space in patient care and ancillary areas, lack of storage space, the design and positioning of beds and cots and bedside storage units which did not facilitate effective cleaning. Both ward environments were found to be clean. It was evident that enhanced cleaning had been performed in both areasNew flooring had been installed, painting and woodwork repairs had been carried out, and surfaces had been upgraded. Although “deep cleaning and improvement works” had been carried out since the first inspection, and the report finding the hospital “98% compliance with standards”, there were incidents of a lack of hygiene upon the re-inspection.“Overall patient equipment in St Bridget’s Ward was clean with few exceptions. Astained commode was stored in a locked cupboard on a corridor outside the ward.” 10,869 Views 28 Comments Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Les quatre principaux opérateurs en concurrence pour la licence 4G

first_imgLes quatre principaux opérateurs en concurrence pour la licence 4GOrange, Bouygues Telecom, SFR et Free ont répondu sans surprise à l’appel d’offres pour les premiers lots de fréquences mobiles de quatrième génération (4G). Mais l’autorité de régulation ne révèlera son verdict qu’ à la mi-octobre.Les fréquences mobiles de quatrième génération (4G) suscitent toutes les convoitises chez les opérateurs mobiles. En effet, ils sont quatre à avoir répondu à l’appel d’offres lancé par l’Etat français. Sans surprise, il s’agit des trois leaders du domaine sur le territoire et du petit nouveau : Orange, Bouygues Telecom, SFR et Free Mobile qui ont donc tous déposé leur dossier avant l’échéance fixée à jeudi midi. Enjeu de la candidature : les 14 lots de fréquences mobiles 4G (principalement réservées aux zones urbaines) proposés par l’Etat et mis à prix à 700 millions d’euros. Néanmoins, l’Arcep n’a fourni aucune information quant aux sommes proposées par les quatre opérateurs. À lire aussiMontpellier a rejoint Lyon dans la liste des villes compatibles 4G”L’autorité va désormais procéder à l’examen de ces dossiers, notamment de leur recevabilité, selon la procédure prévue par l’appel à candidatures. L’annonce des résultats de la procédure devrait intervenir avant la mi-octobre 2011″, a ainsi expliqué l’Arcep. Toutefois, une nouvelle offre sera lancée le 15 décembre, pour un deuxième round de candidatures. Mais celle-ci concernera des lots de fréquences basses, à 800 mégahertz, plus adaptées aux zones rurales, pour un montant plancher de 1,8 milliard d’euros, relève l’AFP.La 4G devrait rendre possible des connexions de l’ordre de 100 mégabits par seconde, soit des capacités quasiment semblables à celles fournies par la ligne Internet très haut débit. Actuellement, la 3G permet d’avoir jusqu’à quelques mégabits seulement sur son mobile. Le 16 septembre 2011 à 09:29 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Guardiola We are better than last season

first_imgManchester City manager Pep Guardiola believes his side has improved since winning the Premier League title last season.Despite losing two games and trailing four points behind leaders Liverpool so far in the Premier League this season, Guardiola insists his current City has improved since their record-breaking season last season when they won the title with 100 points.“In little details, we are better than last season, which is normal because we have more time together,” Guardiola told Sky Sports.“Our process, our build-ups, our high pressing we can use different movements, we have more alternatives to defend into attack and we are more solid when we defend deeper.”Manchester United delayed City’s title celebrations last season with a shock 3-2 victory at the Etihad, but Jose Mourinho’s side lost 1-0 to West Brom a week later and handed their bitter rivals the title.“Even in games when you are winning 2-0 or 3-0 with 20 minutes left to play I am still not comfortable in saying it’s already done,” he said, recalling United’s incredible comeback from 2-0 down to 3-2 win.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“But in that game, the way we reacted after a tough week with a Champions League quarter-final against Liverpool in the middle and then United, the way we played the first 10-15 minutes in that game, said to me that we are going to win the Premier League.“Because even if we lost that, the way we reacted and showed what we were, that moment I felt we were going to win the title.“It was our consistency. Of course, we dropped points, that happens, but after that, we were always there, which was the most remarkable thing and what I give the most importance.“Winning cups or the Champions League that’s six or seven games where you have to be good, but in the Premier League it can be every three days, which is why it’s the title I like the most.”last_img read more

Hearst Developing EReader

first_imgHearst Interactive Media acquired a stake in E Ink about seven years ago.Earlier this month, Amazon launched its upgraded Kindle 2.0 reader. Plastic Logic, a Mountain View, California-based company, says it plans to launch a new electronic reading device in 2010 and has partnered with digital vendor Zinio to provide magazine content. Becoming the first American magazine publisher to directly tap into the evolving electronic reader market, Hearst Corp. is said to be developing its own wireless device, featuring a large-format screen that’s conducive to reading magazines. Citing “industry insiders,” Fortune senior writer Michael Copeland today wrote that the mega magazine publisher has been developing the device and underlying technology and is looking to launch the product sometime this year. While Hearst executives declined to talk to Fortune about its plans, interactive media head Ken Bronfin said Hearst is “keenly interested” in e-readers and expects the devices will “be a big part of our future.”According to Fortune, plans to sell the device to publishers and take a cut of the revenue from selling digital subscriptions. Hearst would leave it up to publishers to develop their own branding and payment models.Hearst has experimented with the technology before. Last fall, Esquire’s 75th anniversary October issue featured the industry’s first flexible electronic “paper” cover, which allowed words and images to scroll across it. The cover was developed in part by E Ink, the Cambridge, Massachusetts-based electronic paper display technologies firm that developed the electronic paper display technology for Amazon’s Kindle and the Sony Reader. last_img read more

Copyright Royalty Board Increases Streaming Rates But By How Much

first_imgMaster recording copyright holders will now receive a rate of $0.0018 for ad-supported, non-subscription music streaming services, up from $0.0017. Performances on paid subscription services will now be worth $0.0023, a slight uptick from $0.0022. In addition, non-commercial webcasters will pay an increased amount of $0.0018 performance.These rate increases are the first rate determinations announced by the Board. Additional determinations will be announced shortly, which will impact the entire music industry. Royalty rates expected to be impacted include mechanical licenses paid by labels and digital services to publishers and songwriters and the amount of compensation copyright owners receive from SiriusXM and Music Choice.Apple Music Exclusive: Watch Classic GRAMMY Performances Streaming Royalty Rates To Increase In 2018 copyright-royalty-board-increases-streaming-rates-how-much News Email The Copyright Royalty Board has announced a portion of their cost of living rate increases for next yearRenée FabianGRAMMYs Nov 29, 2017 – 4:23 pm In news of interest to artists and other copyright holders, the Copyright Royalty Board has begun announcing new rate determinations to take effect in 2018. The first batch includes slight increases to account for cost of living.center_img Twitter Copyright Royalty Board Increases Streaming Rates, But By How Much? Facebook last_img read more

Walker seeks to streamline three agencies

first_imgDownload AudioGovernor Bill Walker is seeking to streamline three state agencies responsible for financing economic development, housing, and renewable energy.He signed an administrative order Thursday requiring the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation, Alaska Energy Authority, and Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority to find opportunities to become more efficient or consolidate.The agencies have more than $3 billion in assets and employ 440 people. Walker says the state hasn’t pre-determined what the outcome will be.“This is a process that will be inclusive, not exclusive,” he said. “It’s not going to be a process where we come up with an edict on the third floor and say, ‘This is the way it’s going to be.’ We invite them – no one knows their agencies better than them. So they have been doing this a bit internally themselves. So we just have expanded that a bit.”Commissioner of Administration Sheldon Fisher will lead the effort. Walker said he expects the recommendations will require new state laws next legislative session.last_img read more

Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist killed in encounter with security

first_imgSRINAGAR: A Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) terrorists were Friday killed in an encounter with security forces in Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir, police said. Acting on specific information about the presence of terrorists in Batpore-Narwani area of Imam Sahib in Shopian district of south Kashmir, security forces launched a cordon and search operation Friday morning, a police official said. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us As the forces were conducting searches of the area, the terrorists fired upon them, he said. The forces retaliated, ensuring an encounter in which one terrorist was killed, the official said, adding the body was recovered along with arms and ammunition. He said the slain terrorist has been identified as Sameer Seh of Shopian who was affiliated with proscribed outfit HM. Seh was involved in several terror crime cases pertaining to civilian killings and attacks on security establishmentslast_img read more

Houston Rodeo Behind The Scenes Part 2 The Bull Riders

first_imgProfessional bull riders live on the edge, get to know how they do what they do. When they were kids some of them didn’t think to do anything else besides riding bulls. Now as adults it’s both their passion and their careers. Clayton Foltyn, Eli Vastbinder and Leon Coffee give us a look at the men who battle the beasts. Sharelast_img

Cycling can reduce your loneliness boost mental health

first_imgFeeling lonely? Riding your bicycles may not only improve your general and mental health, but also increase social interaction, says a study.The study showed that cycling is the healthiest mode of transport and is associated with better self-perceived general health, better mental health, greater vitality, lower self-perceived stress and fewer feelings of loneliness.”The findings suggest that active transport – especially cycling – should be encouraged in order to improve health and increase social interaction,” said lead author Avila Palencia from the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal) in Barcelona, Spain. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe second most beneficial transport mode, walking, was associated with good self-perceived general health, greater vitality, and more contact with friends and/or family.”Ours is the first study to associate the use of multiple urban transport modes with health effects such as mental health and social contact. It also allowed us to highlight the positive effect of walking, which in previous studies was not very conclusive,” she added.The study, published in the journal Environment International, was carried out in seven European cities: Antwerp, Barcelona, London, Orebro, Rome, Vienna and Zurich and included more than 8,800 people. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe transport modes assessed in the study were car, motorbike, public transport, bicycle, electric bicycle and walking.Driving and public-transport use were associated with poor self-perceived general health, while cars were linked with fewer feelings of loneliness.”This result is most likely due to the fact that the study population drove very infrequently and most journeys by car were probably for social purposes, such as visiting a family member or a friend,” the researchers explained.The study stressed on the need for “an integrated approach to urban planning, transport planning and public health is needed in order to developpolicies that promote active transport, such as adding more segregated cycle lanes for a better environment for cyclists,” the researchers noted.last_img read more

Why Your Credit Card Company Wants to Replace Magnetic Strips With Microchips

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now » Fraud-deflecting microchip embedded credit cards are on their way to your wallet in October 2015. But, according to Visa and MasterCard, that’s not soon enough.With mass credit card hacking nearing epidemic levels — as evidenced by the recent eBay, Michael’s, Target and Neiman Marcus breaches — next year’s October deadline for all U.S. merchants to switch to “chip-and-PIN” credit card systems could be too late.Major credit card companies are urging merchants to prepare for and adopt microchipped cards now, ahead of the deadline, as recently reported by the Associated Press.  Related: Tips for Keeping Your Travels Identity Theft FreeOnce D-Day arrives 17 months from now, credit cards with magnetic strips on the back will be phased out. Swiping your credit card will be a thing of the past. Instead, all credit cards will be equipped with metallic squares on the front containing EMV (short for Europay, MasterCard, Visa) microchips.You will insert your chipped cards into the slot of a special card reading point-of-sale terminal. The device will read your card’s microchip. If you have a PIN number for your card (some card issuers will offer this smart option), you’ll need to enter it. Either way, you’ll still reportedly have to sign for your purchase before your transaction is complete.The EMV chips are designed to protect users from fraud and counterfeiting, supposedly significantly better than magnetic strips ever could. They turn cardholder data into a one-time, one-of-a-kind encrypted digital signature that proponents of the technology claim is incredibly difficult to copy or duplicate. (That is at least until thieves figure out how to hack those, too, which is pretty much inevitable, being that nothing is hacker-proof any more.)Related: Don’t Get Hacked — Tools to Fight Cyber AttacksMicrochipped cards also store considerably more information about cardholders than magnetic strips. Some worry this will leave them especially vulnerable to identity thieves equipped with scanners that could snoop the personal data contained within them, reports The Sacramento Bee.      The cost of new cash registers and training necessary to upgrade to EMV chip card payment acceptance systems have given most U.S. retailers cold feet thus far, along with years and years of hairy disputes over how processing the new technology will generally work.While merchants, issuers and processors bicker here in the States, 80-plus countries around the world have already embraced chip-and-PIN credit cards, including most in Western Europe, along with our neighbors in Mexico and Canada.  Related: Target’s Security Breach Stresses Need for Better Cyber SecuritySo far, a few American credit unions and large banks, including Bank of America, Citibank and JPMorgan Chase, have beat the looming 2015 deadline, already rolling out microchipped cards and encouraging customers to upgrade to them for free.Target — which, forgive the ironic pun here, was the target of a data breach last December that exposed the names, phone numbers, and mailing and email addresses of up to approximately 110 million individuals — is poised to be the first major U.S. retailer to issue its own branded EMV-chipped cards, the Associated Press also reports. The Minneapolis-headquartered company’s $100 million initiative is scheduled to bring microchip credit card terminals to some of its 1,789 stores in the U.S. as early as this September.For those whose personal, private and “confidential” information was compromised in the massive Target hack, myself included, chipped cards can’t reach critical mass soon enough. And, yes, please sign me up for a PIN number, too.   Related: Retailers Not Giving Up the Battle Over Credit-Card Swipe Fees May 27, 2014center_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 4 min readlast_img read more

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first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Arizona Cardinals head coach Steve Wilks has ruled offensive lineman Andre Smith and defensive tackle Olsen Pierre out for Sunday’s home game against the Chicago Bears.Smith did not play last week in the Cardinals’ loss to the Los Angeles Rams due to an elbow injury. He was limited in practice on Wednesday and Thursday. The 31-year-old tackle signed with Arizona in March after eight seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals and one with the Minnesota Vikings in 2016. 2 Comments   Share   Top Stories Arizona Cardinals defensive tackle Olsen Pierre (72) celebrates a fumble recovery against the Los Angeles Chargers during the first half of a preseason NFL football game, Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) John Wetzel started last week and will again on Sunday. Wetzel is a former rookie free agent out of Boston College and appeared in 34 total games with the Cardinals since 2016.Pierre is dealing with a toe injury and did not practice on Wednesday and Thursday. He is currently listed as the back up third-year pro Robert Nkemdiche. Olsen played 14 games for Arizona in 2017 and finished with 22 total tackles and 5.5 sacks.Related LinksWeek 3 injury report: Chicago Bears vs. Arizona CardinalsQB Josh Rosen will play ‘when the time is right,’ Cardinals GM saysArizona Cardinals defense may have to trigger first win of seasonDefensive end Markus Golden (knee) and tight end Jermaine Gresham (Achilles) are listed as questionable for Sunday. Both players practiced fully during the week. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more

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