2 arrested in Uttarakhand for chatting about killing Defence Minister

first_imgTwo persons were arrested on Monday after a WhatsApp exchange on a plan to allegedly kill Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman while they were apparently drunk, the police said, as the minister paid a visit to Dharchula town in this district of Uttarakhand. The police were alerted to the message at 9:30 p.m. on Sunday. The two have been booked under section 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and section 66 of the Information Technology (IT) Act, Pithoragarh S.P. Ramchandra Rajguru said. “We were alerted to the chat [about killing the Defence Minister] on a WhatsApp group at 9.30 p.m. on Sunday. We identified two persons between whom the chat was taking place and arrested them Monday morning ahead of the Defence Minister’s arrival here,” he said. The controversial message, sent by one of the arrested duo, reads as, “Main shoot karunga Sitharaman ko, kal uska akhiri din hoga. (‘I will shoot Sitharaman, tomorrow will be her last day’), police said. It is being probed whether the duo had any criminal background or possessed any arms and ammunition, Rajguru said.The credentials of the admin of the WhatsApp group are also being looked into, the SP said. Though the matter is still under investigation, prima facie it appears the duo was chatting in a state of inebriation, the SP said.The Defence Minister visited Dharchula town Monday to inaugurate a mega medical camp organised by the Army on the occasion of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s birthday.last_img read more

Congress lodges complaints against Goa BJP-led goverment for violation of model code of conduct

first_imgCongress in Goa on March 31 lodged a series of complaints against the State BJP-led government of violating model code of conduct.Goa Congress spokesperson Trajano D’Mello on March 31 said that the party has lodged a complaint with Goa Chief Electoral Officer(CEO) with a copy to Election Commission in New Delhi pointing out that Ministers in the ruling BJP government in Goa have been calling the PWD engineers and issuing work orders.This conduct of the Ministers in the ruling BJP government is against the model code of conduct. Necessary directions must be issued by the Election Commission of India to the ruling BJP government that no new works are to be started, said the complaint.The complaint also said that it has been brought to notice of the Congress party that at the time of filing of nominations of the South Goa MP Narendra Sawaikar and the North Goa MP and AYUSH Minister Shripad Naik, the official cars of the Ministers have been used for the purpose of ferrying the Ministers to the Collectors Office.Official cars issued to the Ministers can be only used for the purpose of taking the Ministers to their residence or to the Legislative Assembly/Chambers and the said official cars cannot be used for the private purpose including electioneering, when the model code of conduct is in force, the Congress party complaint stated.Compensation regarding land acquisitionRaising its third issue, the Congress complaint said that it has also been brought to their notice by the senior bureaucrats in the Goa government that the ruling BJP government is seeking to release compensation regarding land acquisition to the former Congress MLA Subhash Shirodkar who is now contesting from the Shiroda constituency.“Your attention is invited to the fact that the said amount if released during the election code of conduct by the BJP government to Mr. Shirodkar it will violate the model code of conduct.”The Congress also invited the attention of the election authorities that a complaint is also filed before the Goa Lokayukta P.K. Mishra dated 21/3/2019 who has issued a notice to the Chief Secretary seeking a report from him whilst also directing the entire record of the land acquisition to be placed before the Lokayukta.The Congress demanded that the Election Commission issue an urgent and immediate direction to Mr. Shirodkar to stop payment of any compensation, when the model code of conduct is in force, as the same will violate the poll code.last_img read more

a month ago​Henderson denies Liverpool favourites for UCL

first_img​Henderson denies Liverpool favourites for UCLby Ansser Sadiqa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool captain Jordan Henderson does not see his side as being the favourites to win the Champions League.The Reds are defending their European crown, which only Real Madrid has managed in recent memory.While they are still blessed with an incredibly talented squad, Henderson does not see them as being the de facto favourites.Henderson said the following to the club’s official website: “I think it’s too early to be saying stuff like that. “For us, we’ve started the season really well and we just want to continue that on. “We still feel we can improve and still get better, so that’s what we try to do tomorrow night, try to give everything and start the campaign off really well. On Tuesday’s first Champions League clash of the season against Napoli, the Englishman added: “Maybe [we are favourites], but I feel as though being at Liverpool, everybody wants to beat you anyway. It’s the same for us – we want to beat everybody we play, they want to beat us.”For us, it’s the same as it always has been – to give everything in every single game we play. “We know that it’ll be a tough game tomorrow, they’re a great side but we’ve got to concentrate on what we can do. If we can perform to the level I know we can then we have a good opportunity to win the game.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Manitoba Tragedy

first_imgBy Tiar Wilson, aptn National NewsThe smoke could be seen from far away.Even as people rushed to help the home was already engulfed in flames.Constable Tim Mason ran to help, “What do you think when you hear somebody say hey there’s babies inside, you know you have to get them out first instinct try get in.”The fire erupted Sunday afternoon as community members, including Joseph Wood, were leaving a nearby church.They scrambled to help.“Here in st. theresa everybody help one another no matter what”Inside the house are 15 month old Qualan Harper and 2 month old Errabella Harper.Just minutes before, their ten year old auntie Martha Harper was in the house when the fire started.“my little brother woke up first then i heard him crying, i went for my little brothers to get out first.”People threw snow inside the house desperately trying to control the flames.Cst. Mason jumped in the bedroom window looking for the children.“when you go like this right *using his hands like he’s bracing something* it was just sitting in front of me. that baby was crying.”Mason handed the baby to someone through the window.“then i thought i heard another baby cry you know, i was on my way back in *hand gesture pulling* when somebody yanked me out of the room out into the snow.”That’s when someone brought out a chainsaw.“it didnt really want to start. it was frozen”While one person tried to get it going, others chopped at the house with axes.When the chainsaw roared to life, rescuers cut a hole in the wall and felt around in the darkness for Errabella Harper.“there were two chairs lined up as a make shift bed, we kept pulling it but we didnt know the baby had already been dragged out it was the snow.”They rushed Errabella to the nursing station with a badly burned face.Joseph Wood says everyone was trying to save her. “we went over there the nursing station the nurses were all trying to bring her back alive”But the child was gone and another child is left fighting for her life.Fire officials say the the fire started in the chimney and likely the wood stove is the blame.The stove was the home’s only heat source and is a reality on many reserves across Canada.To make matters worse, the community’s fire truck was broken down at a nearby garage.The small home housed 8 people.Ashley Harper, the mother of the two infants is crushed by her loss.Report from Tiar Wilson twilson@aptn.calast_img read more

Are foodsharing apps a blue ribbonworthy idea or halfbaked fad

first_imgTORONTO – Apps that allow home chefs to sell dishes prepared in their personal kitchens have cropped up in Canada, but uncertainties about health regulations and the strength of consumer demand are raising questions about whether the business models are blue ribbon-worthy or half-baked fads.Food-sharing platform LaPiat, which plans to launch in April, provides a platform for entrepreneurial cooks in the Greater Toronto Area to make some extra cash from home. Users can take pictures of their dishes to advertise and sell them at any price they set, leaving pick up and delivery to the cook and diner to work out.Creator Arber Puci said the app spawned from the idea that everyone has friends and family who are amazing cooks and can use that talent to make some extra money, while consumers will find it cheaper than restaurants, take-out joints or other food delivery services such as Uber Eats.The app targets home cooks like parents who are making lunch for their kids and can easily put together a few more portions to “make some cash on the side,” said Puci, who will take a five per cent cut from chefs using the platform.Predecessors Tffyn, Homefed and MealSurfers all launched in Toronto in the last few years, but appear to have since vanished, leaving behind rival app Kouzina, which hit the market in August.Kouzina creator Nick Amaral said when he first researched similar apps he found “one or two” in Canada that ended up folding, but he feels the times have changed since then.“We are getting more used to having services provided from people that we maybe don’t know as first,” he said.Kouzina takes a six per cent cut from every item sold on the app. Kouzina has seen increasing numbers of customers and cooks, selling everything from fresh fettuccine and lasagna for $7 a serving to vanilla and raspberry Bavarian cakes for $25.Both Puci and Amaral said they don’t inspect the kitchens and instead rely on phone interviews, copies of food handlers certifications or customer rating systems to weed out those offering substandard customer service and food.Amaral said he relies on a review and rating system for governance.“Even one bad review I think would be enough to deter people,” he said. “Good reviews will speak for themselves.”The lack of inspection comes as no surprise to Sylvanus Thompson, an associate director at Toronto Public Health, who said TPH has had to intervene a few times. Many of the owners and the home cooks preparing and selling food for such apps are not aware that they are subject to food premise regulations that require their kitchen undergo regular inspections from municipal staff and be zoned for commercial food activities, he said.As a result, “some of them got out of the business,” but Thompson said TPH knows that the “growing” number of homemade food apps is something “we don’t intend to stop.”“We want to be able to work with these people to ensure compliance and safe food,” he added.He chalked up the emergence of the apps to the rise of the gig and sharing economy and hastened by food delivery apps including Uber Eats, Foodora and SkipTheDishes.Gary Grant, who runs a catering business called The Garage Guy BBQ, started using Kouzina when it launched to sell his southern fried chicken, pork ribs, beef brisket, cabbage roll soup and sandwich box platters.“We had one customer the week the app launched and that’s it, ” he said. “We have never had another inquiry or mention. It is there but has not done anything for us.”He still thinks the concept behind Kouzina is great, but is disappointed that it hasn’t caught on as quickly as several similar apps in the U.S.LaPiat creator Puci said he’s not feeling deterred by the apparent lack of demand for other apps because he’s convinced the sharing economy will only increase demand for his offering.“I can’t tell you what is going to happen in a year or two, but (based on) the excitement that I have got so far, I think we are here to stay,” he said. “Even if my app doesn’t make it, there is going to be someone else.”Though apps are not expensive to develop, their viability lies in getting people to use them and finding a way to monetize them, which can be tricky, said Mike von Massow, a University of Guelph associate professor specializing in food and hospitality.“Early apps probably fail more quickly because we haven’t achieved a critical mass. That’s not to say we can’t get to that critical mass,” he said.“I think there is an opportunity to get there. I think it is a model that can work.”last_img read more

Starbucks Canada to provide inclusiveness training for corporate stores offices

first_imgTORONTO – Starbucks stores and offices across Canada will close for part of an afternoon next month to provide training about creating a “culture of warmth and belonging.”The announcement Friday comes nearly a month after Seattle-based Starbucks Corp. publicly apologized for the arrest of two black men who had been refused permission to use the washroom of a Starbucks coffee shop in Philadelphia.A Philadelphia police spokesman said Starbucks employees called 911 after the men refused to leave.The parent company to Starbucks Canada said last month that it had ordered more than 8,000 U.S. Starbucks stores to close on the afternoon of May 29 so that nearly 175,000 employees can receive training on unconscious bias.Starbucks Canada initially didn’t follow suit, but said Friday it will provide training on June 11 for four regional offices in Toronto, Montreal, Calgary and Vancouver, as well as 1,095 company-operated stores in Canada.The training session will address implicit bias and promote “conscious inclusion,” said a memo to Starbucks Canada staff.“We believe that everyone deserves to be treated with respect. …We must never be complacent in our desire to be inclusive,” Michael Conway, president of Starbucks Canada, said in the memo.The founder of Toronto-based Sojourner Mediation & Consulting Services said she welcomed the Starbucks initiative, but added she wonders what the company hopes to accomplish.“Creating a warm and welcoming environment is really about how do you deliver excellent customer service to everybody. But that doesn’t take in mind that not everybody is going to be impacted by racialized discrimination,” said Tomee Sojourner-Campbell.She recommends going beyond customer service and training front-line staff and store managers how to deal with complaints and allegations that may arise.“There’s always a way of ensuring that you treat people with respect, within the boundaries of what you’re allowed to do.”The Philadelphia arrests prompted protests at the Starbucks and a national boycott.A video of the incident shows police talking with two black men seated at a table. After a few minutes, officers handcuff the men and lead them outside as other customers say they weren’t doing anything wrong. Philadelphia-area media said the two were waiting for a friend.Philadelphia police released a recording of the call from the Starbucks employee that led to the arrests. In the recording, a woman is heard saying, “Hi, I have two gentlemen in my cafe that are refusing to make a purchase or leave.” She gives the address of the Starbucks store, and the entire call lasts less than 30 seconds. In the communications between police and dispatch that were also released, someone refers to “a group of males inside causing a disturbance,” and additional officers are sent.In the week since, the men received an apology from Philadelphia’s police commissioner, have met with the CEO of Starbucks and have started pushing for lasting change at the coffee shop chain, including new policies on discrimination and ejecting customers.Starbucks has said the coffee shop where the arrests occurred has a policy that restrooms are for paying customers only, but the company has no overall policy. The men’s lawyer, Stewart Cohen, said they were illegally profiled.last_img read more

Weekly Summary Corporate dividends name changes new listings

first_imgNEW YORK — Changes announced in corporate dividends Nov. 26-Nov. 30.INCREASED DIVIDENDSCB Financial Services .23 from .22C&F Financial .37 from .36Capital Southwest .36 from .34La-Z-Boy Inc .13 from .12Four Corners Property Tr .2875 from .275OFG Bancorp .07 from .06McCormick & Co .57 from .52Meridian Bancorp .07 from .05Nucor Corp .40 from .38Quest Diagnostics Inc .53 from .50RGC Resources .165 from .155Saratoga Investment .53 from .52Walt Disney Co .88 from .84York Water .1733 from .1666SPECIAL DIVIDENDSAssd Banc Dep pfd DDiamond Hill Investment 8.00First BanCorp Puerto Rico .03First Northwest Bancorp .03Fulton Financial .04GrafTech International .70Haverty Furniture Cl A .95Haverty Furniture 1.00Investors Title 10.60National Beverage 2.90Saga Communications Cl A .25TPG Specialty Lending .05United Bancorp .05STOCK DIVIDENDSCass Info Systems 20pcLandmark Bancorp 5pcg- Canadian fundsOTHER CORPORATE NEWS AND LISTINGS:STOCK SPLITS THIS WEEKItau Unibanco Holdings SA 3 for 2 splitTonix Pharmaceuticals Hldgs 1 for 10 reverse splitACQUISITIONS AND MERGERSMINIMUM VALUE $300 MILLIONAetna Inc – CVS Health Corp (70B)AmTrust Financial Services Inc – Evergreen Parent LP (3B)Rockwell Collins Inc – United Technologies (30B)NEW STOCK LISTINGSNYSEBraemar Hotels & Resorts Inc pfd DNASDAQ GLOBAL AND GLOBAL SELECT MARKETSEnstar Group Ltd ADS 7pc pfd ESTOCKS REMOVED FROM TRADINGNYSEJones Energy IncNASDAQ GLOBAL AND GLOBAL SELECT MARKETSAnchor BancorpCorium International IncTeradyne Inc (from NYSE)CORPORATE NAME CHANGESI-AM Capital Acquisition Co to Smaaash Entertainment (and warrants)The Associated Presslast_img read more

Two arrested for robberies, Rs 40.4 lakh recovered

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi Police on Tuesday arrested two of four robbers from a parking lot at Inderlok metro station. The robbers were involved in at least two cash robberies where the foursome had robbed a total of around Rs 1.48 crore at gunpoint from two separate victims and threatened to kill them.The two men arrested by police were identified as Alam Ali (22) and Mustkeem Khan (19), who had along with two other accomplices robbed a Delhi businessman and his son of Rs 1.4 crore after threatening to kill them both on March 22. During the investigation, police had confirmed that the circumstances of the crime had led them to explore the possibility of a planned coup. The four accused had robbed their victims at gunpoint in the middle of a busy street near a local fruit market in the Rani Bagh area. In addition, police also found that the same foursome was involved in another case of robbery, where the victim was robbed of his scooty along with Rs 8 lakh in cash, which was stored under the seat. The gang had a simple, yet effective operating procedure. In both cases, the four robbers would mark their targets in advance, and then on two separate scooties stop their victims at an opportune location, where their escape wouldn’t be hindered. They would then threaten to fire at their victims and make away with the stolen cash and vehicles. Following the FIRs registered at the police stations, a team was formed under DCP Crime Joy Tirkey and crime teams started scouring CCTV footage in the area. After continued efforts, officers received a tip-off about Alam and Mustkeem and arrested them from Inderlok metro station, recovering Rs 40.4 lakh of the bounty. Police said that the accused confessed to the two robberies after sustained interrogation and finally gave up the name of their accomplices as Baba and Babloo. Sources familiar with the case suspect that the rest of the money will likely be found with the other accused who are currently absconding. Additional Commissioner of Police, Rajiv Ranjan said that efforts are being made to apprehend the other two robbers who are residents of the Trans-Yamuna area.last_img read more

Pro-Morsi prisoners tortured in Alex jail: Families

first_imgCAIRO-  The wife of one prisoner being held in Al-Hadra said she had seen traces of torture on her husband’s body when she visited him on Sunday.Relatives of Egyptians recently arrested on charges of “inciting violence” for participating in demonstrations in support of ousted president Mohamed Morsi have accused prison authorities in Alexandria of committing violations, including torture, against prisoners.They say authorities in Alexandria’s Al-Hadra Prison recently ordered soldiers to storm a number of jail cells and beat the prisoners being held therein with sticks and batons. “A number of the prisoners were seriously injured in the head and face,” prisoners’ families declared Monday in a joint statement.The Egyptian government has waged a massive crackdown on Morsi’s supporters since the Islamist leader’s ouster by the army last July. Along with leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood, the group from which Morsi hails, hundreds of Morsi backers have landed in jail for participating in pro-Morsi protests.The wife of one prisoner being held in Al-Hadra said she had seen traces of torture on her husband’s body when she visited him on Sunday.“My husband was not able to move his arm when he came out to me,” the wife, requesting anonymity due to fears reprisal, told Anadolu Agency by phone.She added that she had seen bruises on the faces and heads of some other prisoners who were also receiving visits from relatives.She claimed that prisoners were being denied healthcare, which could put their lives in jeopardy.“Prisoners were beaten because they refused to be interrogated, as they don’t recognize the prosecution’s legitimacy,” she said, adding that some of the prisoners had been languishing in jail for as long as three months without trial.She added that some prisoners in Al-Hadra Prison had declared a partial hunger strike for the last two weeks to protest their detention.Ahmed al-Ghamri, spokesman for the prisoners’ defense team, called on international human rights organizations to intervene immediately to rescue the prisoners, who, he said, “are being subject to systematic torture.”However, an official prison source described the torture claims as mere “rumors.”The source accused Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood of attempting to garner international sympathy by spreading such “rumors” and trying to turn public opinion against Egypt.“We apply the law to everybody,” the official told AA. “We don’t discriminate against prisoners based on political affiliations.”“Rights groups affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood are propagating these rumors with the aim of creating confusion in the run-up to January 25,” which will be the third anniversary of the 2011 uprising that ended the 30-year rule of president Hosni Mubarak.Morsi’s supporters, for their part, plan to mark the occasion with massive protests against the elected leader’s ouster.last_img read more

Varane will do everything to win

first_imgRaphael Varane is about to feature in the upcoming World Cup in Russa for France and he admitted that his only goal is to always win every single competition that he is a part of.The young centre-back has had a very successful season so far as he managed to win the Champions League with Real Madrid for the third time in a row – but he wants to succeed in the World Cup as well.Varane spoke about his goals for the tournament as he said, according to Managing Madrid:Euro 2020Report: Euro 2020 qualifying Group H George Patchias – September 11, 2019 Euro 2020 qualifying Group H is being controlled by France and Turkey, but Iceland is still in with a shout.Reigning world champions France ran…“When I start a competition, it’s to win it. We will do everything to win, we know that it will be very difficult, but we firstly must believe. Otherwise, it will be complicated.”“We must take the matches in parts. Start well, and after that we’ll see how far we can go. What matters is to go to the end of our ability, to return home without any regrets and to be able to say that we did the maximum.”“The important thing, as they say in Spain, is ‘dejar todo en el campo’, that is to leave everything on the field, to give everything.”last_img read more

Dyche opened up on the transfer difficulties

first_imgIt has been becoming more and more difficult for the smaller teams to compete during the transfer windows as the prices have been getting insanely higher and it has become impossible to sign a player for a reasonable amount of money.Sean Dyche insisted that for his Burnley, it is very difficult to compete during the transfer window as even the newly promoted teams have got more finances than them.The talented coach spoke about this situation as he said, according to Lancashire Telegraph:Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“Brighton’s owner is very wealthy, Fulham’s owner I’m told virtually a billionaire. There’s no jealousy. They’ve all got their own ideas of what they want to do. I want to do a bit of that but I wouldn’t do it at the cost of a club, it’s just not right.”“The challenge is opening the club’s mind enough to go some way to keep up because the whole of the football business is saying ‘all the best with that, we’re going up here’. Stretch and not break. It’s not easy.”last_img read more

Promoting Caribbean Tourism on a Global Market

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, November 15, 2016 – Dr Lisa Indar, Head, Tourism and Health Programme at CARPHA, met with the Secretary General and executive members of the United Nation World Tourism Organization at the World Travel Market on Wednesday 9 November in London.  At the meeting, Dr Indar presented the concept and objectives of the Tourism and Health Programme to this international body, taking the opportunity to bring global recognition to the programme and advocate for assistance and collaboration.  She also met with officials of Public Health England (PHE) to discuss strengthening collaboration for improving the detection and response to travel related public health events, thereby contributing to enhancing global security.The World Travel Market is one of the largest gathering of global tourism stakeholders for the promotion of tourism, as the Caribbean is touted as the most tourism-dependent region in the world, this was an excellent opportunity to meet stakeholders and raise the profile of the Region as a premier tourist destination.With the Caribbean facing Health, Safety and Environmental Sanitation (HSE) threats, including disease outbreaks, resulting in declined tourism arrivals, safety and health are key aspect to tourism growth and sustainability.  Representation at this event also allowed for meeting with global health and travel and migrant health officers of Public Health England and the promotion and strengthening of collaboration with respect to the Caribbean Travel and Health Network (CATHNet), which aids in early reporting and response to illnesses among visitors from the United Kingdom.The CARPHA Tourism and Health Programme is being funded by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and highlighting the positive impact of the Tourism Health Project as a vehicle for an enhanced safer and healthier Tourism product can help to give the Caribbean a marketing edge over other countries and regions.last_img read more

Klopp is happy after AlexanderArnold extension

first_imgThe 20-year-old has signed a new deal with Liverpool, extending his stay that started when he was just six years old.Trent Alexander-Arnold has signed a new extension with English Premier League club Liverpool.And for manager Jurgen Klopp this makes him very happy.“I’ve spoken a few times since I’ve been here about Trent signing new contracts, but I have to say this one is a little different,” he told the club’s official website.“The previous ones he signed them maybe as a ‘boy’ – and I don’t mean that in any way to be disrespectful to his importance at that particular point of his life, more about his age, but they were different to this.”Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“This one is very much about ‘the man’ and the player he has become, the status he now has both with us and in the game, and it is thoroughly deserved,” he added.“Since he last signed for us he is now established in our team, rather than a surprise inclusion – or one where people say: ‘Oh, that’s nice.’ He has played and scored for the England senior team and been to a World Cup.”“But with Trent, the most exciting thing about him is that the questions you ask about him always have a very positive follow-on,” Klopp commented.“By which I mean, ‘Is he a fantastic player?’ Yes! ‘But can he get even better?’ Absolutely – and he will!”last_img read more

Soldotna Considers Ordinance For Plastic Bag Ban

first_imgCouncil member Parker and City Manager Stephanie Queen visited with several local businesses to discuss the ordinance.  While there has been no outright opposition, businesses have requested the ordinance not take effect immediately, giving them and their staff time to inform shoppers of the upcoming change. The ordinance will be introduced at the Soldotna City Council meeting on Wednesday, March 28.  A public hearing for the proposed ordinance is scheduled for April 11. Currently around the state Hooper Bay and Bethel have bans on plastic shopping bags in effect. The City of Homer enacted a law banning plastic bags in August of 2012; however, in February of 2013 a citizen’s referendum was filed and in October of 2013 the voters of the City of Homer repealed the plastic bag ban. Audio PlayerPARKER-ON-PLASTIC-BAGS-1.mp3VmPARKER-ON-PLASTIC-BAGS-1.mp300:00RPdSoldotna City Council Member Lisa Parker: “What it would do, it will prohibit stores from using plastic bags after November of 2018. It wouldn’t preclude you from taking plastic bags in as a resident and using it, but the store could not provide you with a plastic bag for bagging groceries. Recyclable bags that are available in the store is what we would move towards.” The proposed ordinance calls for an effective date of November 1, 2018,  giving Soldotna businesses the opportunity to make the transition. In an memorandum included with the ordinance, there are “countless reasons for cutting down on the number of plastic bags.” The memorandum outlines three key topics including:the bags are unsightly, bad for wildlife and take years to decompose.center_img The ordinance also includes the proposal for a $300 fine for distribution of single use, plastic disposable shopping bags. The City of Wasilla enacted a similar law banning plastic bags in January of 2018, with an effective date of July 1, 2018. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A new ordinance which would ban the distribution of plastic shopping bags by retail businesses in Soldotna is scheduled to be introduced at the next Soldotna City Council meeting.  The ordinance is sponsored by council members Lisa Parker and Linda Murphy. Audio PlayerPARKER-ON-PLASTIC-BAGS-2.mp3VmPARKER-ON-PLASTIC-BAGS-2.mp300:00RPdSoldotna City Council Member Lisa Parker: “I have not had anybody express opposition to prohibiting plastic bags. The reaction has been positive and it was from a youth group that came forward.  Well, I’ve been following it with this youth group furthering me even more to introduce it.  We’ll see if it gets introduced on Wednesday night and what the feelings are of other members of the council.”last_img read more

Man Arrested in Museum Founders Death

first_imgBy AFRO StaffThe founder of Baton Rouge’s African American history museum died of suffocation and her death was a homicide, a coroner ruled Monday, as residents of Louisiana’s capital city struggled to come to terms with the slaying of the well-respected, 75-year-old community leader.East Baton Rouge Coroner Beau Clark released preliminary autopsy results that show Sadie Roberts-Joseph was suffocated before her body was found in the trunk of a car Friday. The results indicated the beloved community leader died from “traumatic asphyxia, including suffocation.”Baton Rouge area law enforcement officials including BRPD Chief Murphy Paul, at lectern, announce the arrest of Ronn Jermaine Bell, 38, shown on monitor at right, Tuesday July 16, 2019 in the recent murder of community activist and Baton Rouge African-American History Museum founder Sadie Roberts-Joseph. (Travis Spradling/The Advocate via AP)Ronn Jermaine Bell, 37, a convicted sex offender, was taken into custody Tuesday on a charge of first-degree murder, according to ABCnews.com.ABC News also reported Bell was living in one of the homes Roberts-Joseph was renting out and it is believed he was several months behind in rent payments, police said. Authorities estimated Bell owed Roberts-Joseph $1,200.Roberts-Joseph founded the Baton Rouge African American Museum in 2001. It features a 1953 bus that visitors can board to learn more about the Baton Rouge bus boycott of that year. They can also learn about three different types of cotton grown in the museum’s garden, and learn more about African-American contributions in areas such as inventions and art.Denise Marcelle, a state representative and former member of the council that governs Baton Rouge, had known Roberts-Joseph for years. They worked together on Juneteenth celebrations which commemorate the end of slavery.“She was just a very likeable person and that is why the community is so outraged,” Marcelle said. “It’s really a shock to the entire Baton Rouge community. It’s just a shock.”Police said numerous leads came in from community residents and helped police identify and arrest Bell in the slaying,” ABCNews.com reported.“On behalf of the family of Sadie Roberts-Joseph we would like to express our sincere appreciation to all of the entities that came together in this tragedy to bring this person to justice,” Roberts-Joseph’s daughter, Angela Machen, said during a news conference earlier this week.“All my mother ever wanted was for this community to come together. It’s ironic that that happened in her death,” Machen said.The Baton Rouge Police Department announced Saturday that Roberts-Joseph’s body had been discovered Friday. Sgt. L’Jean Mckneely Jr. said Monday that she’d been discovered in the trunk of her own vehicle.“The Baton Rouge Police Department joins the community in mourning the loss of Ms. Sadie Roberts-Joseph. Ms. Sadie was a tireless advocate of peace in the community,” the department said in a Facebook post Saturday.“We had opportunities to work with her on so many levels. From assisting with her bicycle giveaway at the African American Museum to working with the organization she started called CADAV. (Community Against Drugs and Violence) Ms. Sadie is a treasure to our community, she will be missed by BRPD and her loss will be felt in the community she served,” the post said.###Associated Press Writer Rebecca Santana also contributed to this story.last_img read more

Research efforts yielding major advances in understanding immunological memory

first_img(Phys.org)—Two teams of researchers both working in the U.S. have announced new breakthroughs in better understanding how immunological memory works. Both teams have published their findings in the journal Nature. The first team, made up of members from several academic institutions across the country, describe their study of part of the process by which bacteria fend off secondary viral attacks. The second team, with Rockefeller University, describes a system they devised for in vitro study of immunological memory at the bacterial level. Ido Yosef and Udi Qimron with Tel Aviv University offer a News and Views piece on the work done by the two teams in the same journal issue. Escherichia coli. Credit: Rocky Mountain Laboratories, NIAID, NIH More information: Paper 1: Integrase-mediated spacer acquisition during CRISPR–Cas adaptive immunity, Nature (2015) DOI: 10.1038/nature14237Paper 2: Cas9 specifies functional viral targets during CRISPR–Cas adaptation, Nature (2015) DOI: 10.1038/nature14245News and Views: Microbiology: How bacteria get spacers from invaders, Nature (2015) DOI: 10.1038/nature14204 Bacterial immune system has a better memory than expected Explore further Citation: Research efforts yielding major advances in understanding immunological memory (2015, February 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-02-efforts-yielding-major-advances-immunological.htmlcenter_img In humans and many other animals, part of the work of immunity involves storing information about previous viral or bacterial attacks so those of the same type can be more easily thwarted in the future. Until very recently, scientists believed this “memory” type of immunity was unique to vertebrates. Over the past few years, researchers have found this assumption to be false—they have found, as one example, that bacteria too have immunological memory that helps them fight off viral infections.To remember viral infections, bacteria grab short snippets of its DNA during an attack—the snippets are called protospacers and make their way into bacterium DNA. Once entrenched they are called clustered regularly interspaced short pallindronic repeats (CRISPRs)—as a group they are referred to as spacers. The researchers with the first effort sought to uncover how it is that spacers are “chosen” by an individual bacterium in such a way as to prevent damage to its own sequences as pieces are cleaved to allow for retention. They found that a protein called Cas9 drives the selection process.To learn more about how the immune system works, in all species, studies are done both in vitro and in vivo. Most work done to date at the bacterial level has been conducted in vivo. The team at RU has developed a system whereby future research using an in vitro approach can be used—it is based on E. coli memorizing proteins.Learning more about how the immune system works in simple organisms allows researchers to uncover some of the basic properties involved, which hopefully can be applicable to those in larger organisms, such as human beings. Journal information: Nature This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2015 Phys.orglast_img read more

Reap the benefits of pudina

first_imgPudina (mint leaves) aids in digestion, improves oral health, treats cold and more, say experts.Mint leaves are loaded with anti-oxidants and phytonutrients which provide relief to the stomach muscles and help in digestion. It soothes the stomach instantly and works wonders when it comes to treating tummy troubles. For example, pudina chutney that is served with samosa is not only just to enhance our taste buds but for better digestion of the junk food. The herb is a naturally soothing substance, so it can alleviate the inflammation and temperature rise that is often associated with headaches and migraines.Improving the health of a person’s mouth is a well-known benefit of mint. Since it has germicidal qualities and quickly freshens breath, it adds to oral health by inhibiting harmful bacterial growth inside the mouth and by cleaning the tongue and teeth.The anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties work wonders for acne-prone skin. Also, when applied topically, mint has the effect of calming and cooling the skin affected by insect bites, a rash or other reactions.Pudina is one of those herbs which not only has general benefits but also has therapeutic values. If people have any kind of digestion problem like gas formation, indigestion, vomiting and diarrhoea, pudina can be used effectively in different formats.last_img read more

4 reasons IBM bought Red Hat for 34 billion

first_imgThe news that IBM is to buy Red Hat – the enterprise Linux distribution – shocked the software world this weekend. It took many people by surprise because it signals a weird new world where the old guard of tech conglomerates – almost prehistoric in the history of the industry – are revitalizing themselves by diving deep into the open source world for pearls. So, why did IBM decide to buy Red Hat? And why has it spent so much to do it? Why did IBM decide to buy Red Hat? For IBM this was an expensive step into a new world. But they wouldn’t have done it without good reason. And although it’s hard to center on one single reason that forced IBM’s decision makers to put money on the table, there are certainly a combination of factors that meant this move simply makes sense from IBM’s perspective. Here are 4 reasons why IBM is buying Red Hat: Competing in the cloud market Disappointment around the success of IBM Watson Catching up with Microsoft To help provide support for an important but struggling Linux organization Let’s take a look at each of these in more detail. IBM wants to get serious about cloud computing IBM has been struggling in a competitive cloud market. It’s not exactly out of the running, with some reports placing them in third after AWS and Microsoft Azure, and others in fourth, with Google’s cloud offering above them. But wherever the company stands, it’s true that it is not growing at anywhere near the rate of its competitors. Put simply, if it didn’t act, IBM would lose significant ground in the cloud computing race. It’s no coincidence that cloud was right at the top of the IBM press release. Ginni Rometty, IBM Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, is quoted as saying “The acquisition of Red Hat is a game-changer. It changes everything about the cloud market… IBM will become the world’s #1 hybrid cloud provider, offering companies the only open cloud solution that will unlock the full value of the cloud for their businesses.” Clearly, IBM wants to bring itself up to date. As The Register wrote when they covered the story on Sunday IBM “really, really, really wants to transform itself into a cool and trendy hybrid cloud platform, rather than be seen eternally as a maintainer of legacy mainframes and databases.” But why buy Red Hat? You might still be thinking well, why does IBM need Red Hat to do all this? Can’t it just do it itself? It ultimately comes down to expanding what businesses can do with cloud – and bringing an open source company into the IBM family will allow IBM to deliver much more effectively on this than they have before. AWS appears to implicitly understand that features and capabilities are everything when it comes to cloud – to be truly successful, IBM needs to adopt both an open source mindset and toolset to innovate at a fast pace. This is what Rometty is referring to when she talks about “the next chapter of the cloud.” This is where cloud becomes more about “extracting more data and optimizing every part of the business, from supply chains to sales” than storage space. IBM’s artificial intelligence product, Watson, hasn’t taken off IBM is a company with its proverbial finger in many pies. Its artificial intelligence product, Watson, hasn’t had the success that the company expected. Instead, it has suffered a number of disappointing setbacks this year, resulting in Deborah DiSanzo, the head of Watson Health, stepping down just a week ago. One of the biggest stories was MD Anderson Cancer Center stepping away from a contract with IBM, after a report by analysts at investment bank Jeffries claimed that the software was “not ready for human investigational or clinical use.” But there are other stories too – all of which come together to paint a picture of a project that doesn’t live up to or deliver on its hype. By contrast, AI has been most impactful as a part of a cloud product. Just look at the furore around the AI tools within AWS – there’s no way government agencies and the military would be quite so interested in the product if it wasn’t packaged in a way that could be easily deployed. AWS, unlike IBM, understood that AI is only worth the hype if organizations can use it easily. In effect, we’re past the period where AI deserves hype on its own – it needs to be part of a wider suite of capabilities that enable innovation and invention with minimal friction. If IBM is to offer out Watson’s capabilities to a wide portion of users, all with varying use cases, IBM can begin to think much more about how the end product can deliver the biggest impact for these individual cases. IBM is playing catch up with Microsoft in terms of open source IBM’s move might be surprising, but in the context of Microsoft’s transformation over the last decade, it’s part of a wider pattern. The only difference is that Microsoft’s attitude to open source has slowly thawed, whereas IBM has gone all out, taking an unexpected leap into the unknown. It’s a neat coincidence that this was the weekend that GitHub officially became part of Microsoft. It’s as if IBM saw Microsoft basking in the glow of an open source embrace and thought we want that. Envy aside, there are serious implications. The future is now quite clearly open source – in fact, it has been for some time. You might even say that Microsoft hasn’t been as quick as it could have been. But for IBM, open source has been seen simply as a tasty slice of the software pie – great, but not the whole thing. This was a misunderstanding – open source is everything. It almost doesn’t even make sense to talk about open source as if it were distinctive from everything else – it is software today. It’s defining the future. Joseph Jacks, the founder of Open Source Capital, said  that “IBM buying @RedHat is not about dominating the cloud. It is about becoming an OSS company. The largest proprietary software and tech companies in the world are now furiously rushing towards the future. An open future. An open source software driven future. OSS eats everything.” IBM is heavily invested in Linux – and RedHat isn’t exactly thriving However, although open source might be the dominant mode of software in 2018, there are a few murmurs about it’s sustainability and resilience. So, despite being central to just about everything we build and use when it comes to software, from a business perspective it isn’t exactly thriving. Red Hat is a brilliant case in point. Despite being one of the first and most successful open source software businesses, providing free, open source software to customers in return for a support fee, revenues are down. Shares fell 14% in June following a disappointing financial forecast – and have fallen further since then. This piece in TechCrunch, almost 5 years old, does a good job of explaining the relative success of Red Hat, as well as its limitations: “When you compare the market cap and revenue of Red Hat to Microsoft or Amazon or Oracle, even Red Hat starts to look like a lukewarm success. The overwhelming success of Linux is disproportionate to the performance of Red Hat. Great for open source, a little disappointing for Red Hat.” From this perspective, this sets the stage for an organisation like IBM to come in and start investing in Red Hat as a foundational component of its future product and software strategy. Given that both organizations are heavily invested in Linux, this could be a really important relationship in supporting the project in the future. And although a multi-billion acquisition might not look like open source in action, it might also be one of the only ways that it’s going to survive and thrive in the future. Thanks to Amarabha Banerjee, Aarthi Kumaraswamy, and Amey Varangaonkar for their help with this post. Update on 9th July, 2019 As pert the reports from The Fortune, IBM on Tuesday morning closed its $34 billion acquisition of Red Hat, which was announced last October. The pricey deal, which paid Red Hat owners a hefty premium of more than 60%, marks IBM CEO Ginni Rometty’s biggest bet yet in transforming her 108-year-old technology company. In an interview Tuesday morning, she said some tech analysts have assumed the move to the cloud would lead to a “winner take all” scenario, where one giant platform—Amazon Web Services?—ends up with all the business. Read the full story here.last_img read more

Qualified Forest Program bills signed into law

first_imgOn hand for the ceremony were from left: Jamie Clover Adams, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development director; McBroom; Sen. John Moolenaar; Gov. Rick Snyder; Rep. Frank Foster; Sen. Darwin Booher, Rep. Bruce Rendon; and Sen. Tom Casperson.Legislation to encourage owners of the 11 million acres of private forestlands in Michigan to join the state’s Qualified Forest Program for timber harvesting and management was signed into law today. The nine-bill package, which includes a measure sponsored by Rep. Ed McBroom, R-Vulcan, updates the program’s property tax incentives and offers educational and technical assistance.The program is capped at 1.2 million acres but less than 80,000 acres have been enrolled in the program designed to ensure and increase a steady, sustainable supply of timber to an industry that generates $14 billion annually and directly employs 26,000 residents. The package includes Public Acts 42-50 of 2013. 06Jun Qualified Forest Program bills signed into law Categories: Newslast_img read more