WASHINGTON — Consumer borrowing in March grew at the slowest pace in nine months as Americans pulled back on credit card use.Borrowing increased by $10.3 billion in March, the Federal Reserve said Tuesday. That was the smallest monthly advance since an $8.8 billion rise last June. Borrowing had increased $15.5 billion in February.The slowdown reflected a $2.2 billion drop in the category that includes credit cards. That offset a $12.5 billion rise in borrowing in the category that covers auto loans and student loans.Consumer credit is closely watched for clues it can provide of the willingness of households to increase their borrowing to support consumer spending, which accounts for 70 per cent of economic activity.Even with the March slowdown, consumer debt rose to a new record $4.05 trillion in March.The overall economy, as measured by the gross domestic product, grew at a surprisingly strong 3.2 per cent annual rate in the January-March quarter.Many economists believe that GDP will slow in the current April-June quarter. That is because much of the first quarter strength came in such areas as business inventory building and trade that are not expected to last.The Fed’s monthly consumer borrowing report does not cover mortgages or other loans secured by real estate such as home equity loans.Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press
“Science offers many answers to shared threats and many innovations that can help us seize common opportunities,” Mr. Ban said in his message for the Week. “Ours is the first generation with the knowledge and the tools to end extreme poverty. Ours is the generation that must – and can, with the technologies already at our disposal – forge a path towards a sustainable future.”Proclaimed 25 years ago by the General Assembly, The International Week seeks to generate greater awareness of the relationship of science and peace among the general public, and encourage academic discussions on the issue.“Too often policymakers are not aware of the solutions that modern science and technology can bring to today’s challenges. And too much of the world remains cut off from scientific advances,” Mr. Ban said. “One key challenge is to promote ‘pro-poor’ research that addresses the needs of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people, such as small-scale farmers. Other imperatives include closing the digital divide in access to information technology and expanding education to better train young people for jobs in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.”Mr. Ban noted that these efforts are crucial for accelerating the achievement of the eight anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and shaping the post-2015 development agenda.However, he added that the international community also has the responsibility to protect all mankind against the destructive uses of scientific achievement and capacity, most notably by working for a nuclear-weapon-free world and to contain the spread of other weapons of mass destruction.“We can do all of this and more if we work together to harness the power of science for the greater good everywhere, and promote evidence-based policy-making,” he said. “I look forward to working with the scientific and academic communities and all other partners who can contribute to the global mission of the United Nations for peace, development and human rights.”
The Costa Concordia is seen after it was lifted uprightENGINEERS HAVE DECLARED success after the Costa Concordia cruise ship was pulled completely upright during a complicated, 19-hour operation to wrench it from its side where it capsized last year off Tuscany, an unprecedented feat that sets the stage for it to be towed away next year.The submerged side of the Concordia suffered significant damage during 20 months bearing the weight of the ship and the operation to right it, officials said. That damage must be repaired to stabilise the ship so it can be towed and turned into scrap.Shortly after 4 am, a foghorn wailed off Giglio Island and the head of Italy’s Civil Protection agency, Franco Gabrielli, announced that the ship had reached vertical and that the operation to rotate it — known in nautical terms as parbuckling — was complete.“We completed the parbuckling operation a few minutes ago the way we thought it would happen and the way we hoped it would happen,” said Franco Porcellacchia, project manager for the Concordia’s owner, Costa Crociere SpA.“A perfect operation, I must say,” with no environmental spill detected so far, he said.Applause rang out among firefighters in the tent where the project engineers made the announcement.An hour later, Nick Sloane, the South African chief salvage master, received a hero’s welcome as he came ashore from the barge that had served as the floating command control room for the operation.“Brilliant! Perfetto,” Sloane said, using some of the Italian he has learned over the past year on Giglio preparing for the operation. “It was a struggle, a bit of a roller coaster. But for the whole team it was fantastic.”The Concordia slammed into a reef off Giglio Island on 13 January, 2012, after the captain brought it too close to shore. The cruise ship drifted, listed and capsized just off the island’s port, killing 32 people. Two bodies were never recovered.The operation to right it had been expected to take no more than 12 hours, but dragged on after some initial delays and maintenance on the vast system of steel cables, pulleys and counterweights that were used to roll the 115,000-ton, half-submerged carcass of steel upright.The final phase of the rotation went remarkably fast as gravity began to kick in and pull the ship toward its normal vertical position. Parbuckling is a standard operation to right capsized ships. But never before had it been used on such a huge cruise liner.The Concordia is expected to be floated away from Giglio in the spring and turned into scrap. The aim was to right it intact, to prevent the leakage of potentially toxic waste into the pristine waters around Giglio, which is located in a marine sanctuary.Sloane said an initial inspection of the starboard side, covered in brown slime from its 20 months underwater perched on a jagged reef, indicated serious damage that must be fixed in the coming weeks and months. The damage he said was caused by the capsizing, bearing 20 months of the ship’s weight and the operation to rotate the ship.“We have to do a really detailed inspection of the damage,” to determine how to shore it up so it can withstand towing. But Sloane seemed confident: “She was strong enough to come up like this, she’s strong enough to be towed.”The starboard side of the ship, which was raised 65 degrees in the operation, must be stabilized to enable crews to attach empty tanks on the side that will later be used to help float the vessel away.Such tanks were affixed to the exposed, port side of the ship and were filled with water in the later phases of the rotation to help pull the port side down.The ship must be made strong enough to withstand the winter storm season, when high seas and gusts will likely buffet the 300-meter (1,000-foot) long liner.Helping the Concordia to weather the winter and stabilise it is an artificial platform on the seabed that was constructed to support the ship’s flat keel.About an hour before the rotation was complete, observers said the ship seemed to suddenly settle down upon its new perch, with a clear brown-green line of algae drawn across its front delineating the half of the liner that had been underwater and the half that was exposed.Mayor Sergio Ortelli said the island felt a wave of relief as soon as the Concordia was freed from the reef in the initial hours of the operation. But he said there was also the realisation that two bodies still have yet to be found, with a fresh search to be launched now that the ship is upright.“While there is happiness today, there is no triumphalism,” he told The Associated Press.The Concordia’s captain is on trial for alleged manslaughter, causing a shipwreck and abandoning the ship during the chaotic and delayed evacuation.Captain Francesco Schettino claims the reef wasn’t on the nautical charts for the liner’s weeklong Mediterranean cruise.Five other Costa employees were convicted of manslaughter in a plea bargain and were sentenced to less than three years apiece.Pics: AP Photo/Andrew MedichinYESTERDAY: Storm delays huge operation to raise Costa Concordia
Cinema trip this weekend? TheJournal.ie brings you snippets from new releases to help you decide where to put your money…Earthbound(RippleWorldPictuers/YouTube)For fans of: Geeky sci-fi, alien encountersAvoid if: You’d rather not worry about being an alienWhat happens when you think you’re an alien? Rafe Spall plays a sci-fi fan called Joe Norman who believes he’s from outer space, but is having a tough time convincing those close to him. Is it all just fantasy though, or is there more to Joe’s claim? Filmed in Ireland, you can find out more about the film here (including Joe’s thoughts about planet Earth).RottenTomatoes.com: No reviews yet RottenTomatoes.com critics rating: 85 per cent Audience rating: 97 per cent want to seeThe Incredible Burt Wonderstone(MovieclipsCOMINGSOON/YouTube)Steves Carrell and Buscemi play perma-tanned magicians (Burt Wonderstone and Anton Marvelton, respectively) whose career is going down the pan. Jim Carrey, meanwhile, plays their nemesis, the long-haired, buff and hip musician, who the oldies try to outdo on the magic circuit. We suspect this movie is Carrey’s. Maniac(HorrorTrailerAddict/YouTube)For fans of: Murder, blood, slasher flicksAvoid if: You prefer FrodoBut… but I thought Elijah Wood was innocent and sweet? Wrong. In this movie he plays a crazy serial killer (hence the name), who gets his kicks murdering young women. Frodo fan? Avoid. Horror fan? You’ll enjoy this one. RottenTomatoes.com critic rating: 46 per cent. Audience rating 98 per cent want to see
Sunday 4 Dec 2016, 8:11 AM 8,265 Views A NEW IRISH company is hoping to use an unusual method to help businesses advertise to customers – not by sight or by sound, but through smell.The Scent Company, set up by Dubliner Eoghan McMahon, is hoping to capitalise on a technique referred to as ‘brand scenting’ – or, as it describes the service, “olfactory consultancy”.The business designs a fragrance that is unique to a single client, such as a distinct fresh smell for a hotel. The idea is that if a business has a ‘smell’ that is exclusive to it, customers will come to associate the company and positive emotions with that odor.“Several years ago you would have had brands with very prominent logos on their apparel. Now we need to move to more engaging or experiential techniques,” McMahon told Fora.“A brand isn’t a visual cue, it’s what people feel about a brand. For example, the John Lewis Christmas ads are for an emotional response, they’re not selling you a product directly.“The idea that a fragrance can be more persistent than a visual or audio cue has been around for ages; we create a bespoke scent that is developed for that brand.“If you are in aviation you could use it as part of a customer journey, (like) putting a faint scent on a hot towel.“People have a lot of affinity with smells. We all remember the aftershave or perfume our parents wear; I smell Old Spice and I go back to being 10 years of age with my father. The idea is not to sell something, it is about developing a trademark scent for a business.” The Scent Company founder Eoghan McMahon Source: RTÉ NationwideTailor madeOnce the scent is made, the business then buys it from The Scent Company. In many cases, such as when a hotel wants a lobby to smell like its chosen fragrance, McMahon’s firm will set up devices that circulate the smell in the air. The devices are operated by The Scent Company on a contract basis.McMahon did not say how much it would cost a company to get a supply of a scent designed for it, saying that everything was tailor-made.“There is generally a blend of about 50 fragrances in every perfume. If one of those is a natural rose, that is €5,000 for 10 ounces,” he said. Image: RTE Nationwide Short URL 11 Comments https://jrnl.ie/3118613 Get Fora’s NEW daily digest of the morning’s key business news: The business of ‘brand scenting’ – or using smells so your customers like you more Dublin’s The Scent Company says its unique fragrances help trigger an ‘emotional response’. Image: RTE Nationwide Dec 4th 2016, 8:11 AM By Fora Staff “We have clients that would spend several thousand euro and some that would spend €10,000.”However The Scent Company is not alone in toying with the concept of creating smells for brands, with several other Irish firms, such as Ambius Ireland, already active in the industry.McMahon said that the scent marketing sector is currently valued at about $300 million worldwide, but he added that the figure was growing fast.FoundationMcMahon, who was vice president of an asset management company and travelled throughout the Middle East, set up the business with his partner, Zeinab.The pair met in Dubai, where they first set up The Scent Company in 2013 before moving back to Ireland.The Dubliner said that the company has eight employees and works with a business based in Macau, an autonomous Chinese region near Hong Kong.The Macau firm designs the fragrance according to the specifications set out by the Scent Company, which handles the sales and marketing side of the business.McMahon did not reveal the company’s turnover or how many customers it has but said it has several international clients as well as a number of Irish companies testing its services.“There are a number of customers we are trialling with which we could see developing into long-term relationships,” he said.“We have done some work with (property group) Savills and have signed several memorandums of understanding.”Written by Paul O’Donoghue and posted on Fora.ie Take me to Fora Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share Tweet Email1
IVG : 85% des femmes y sont favorables mais 61% aimeraient en voir baisser le nombreFrance – Selon une étude de l’Ifop-Alliance des droits pour la vie publiée sur la-croix.com, 85% des femmes françaises sont favorables à l’avortement. Cependant, beaucoup considèrent que des mesures devraient être prises afin d’en limiter le nombre.Selon le sondage, qui a porté sur 1.006 femmes françaises représentatives de la population, 85% de la gent féminine est favorable à l’IVG (interruption volontaire de grossesse), 7% y est opposée et 8% ne se prononce pas. Cette opinion favorable envers l’avortement diminue en parallèle à la place occupée dans la hiérarchie professionnelle : chez les cadres supérieures, 94% des interrogées approuvent l’IVG et 92% chez les professions intermédiaires, contre 83% chez les employées et les ouvrières.En France, on effectue un avortement pour quatre naissances. 61% des Françaises, toutes classes confondues, pensent que c’est trop et 54% ne sont pas d’accord avec le fait que certaines femmes se fassent avorter à l’étranger après le délai légal de douze semaines.Pour 47% des sondées, les femmes avortent en premier lieu à cause d’une situation matérielle peu propice pour élever un enfant, un compagnon défavorable à une naissance arrive en seconde position, suivi des avis des professionnels médico-sociaux et de l’entourage.À lire aussiInfarctus : définition, signes et symptômes, causes, comment réagir face à un infarctus ?Entre 2001 et 2007, le nombre d’IVG en France a fait un bond de 30% chez les mineures : pour 31% des sondées, cela est dû en premier lieu à des relations sexuelles à un trop bas âge, pour 23% au manque de contraceptifs gratuits et pour 22% à une éducation sexuelle insuffisante de la part des parents. Les autres raisons citées sont : “l’ignorance des jeunes sur les conséquences difficiles de l’IVG” (11%), “l’inefficacité des cours d’éducation sexuelle” (8%), et la “banalisation des images pornographiques” (5%).60% des femmes estiment qu’un accompagnement supplémentaire des femmes enceintes pourrait aider à diminuer le nombre d’IVG et 67% estiment que l’on devrait informer les femmes souhaitant avorter sur la possibilité d’adoption de leur bébé. Quoi qu’il en soit, la grande majorité s’accorde sur un fait : l’avortement est une épreuve psychologique qui laisse des traces pour 83% des personnes interrogées. Le 4 mars 2010 à 16:36 • Emmanuel Perrin
Greg Jayne, Opinion page editor I don’t know. Seriously, I have no idea. But that does not stop people from asking.Because of my deep political knowledge and brilliant insight, I keep hearing the question: Could Jaime Herrera Beutler lose in November? The answer: Nobody knows.Before we go any further, this is not meant as advocacy one way or another. I am familiar with Herrera Beutler’s work as a Republican congresswoman from Washington’s 3rd District but have not yet studied her challengers. I have not spoken with Democrats Carolyn Long, David McDevitt, and Dorothy Gasque, or Republican Earl Bowerman.Heck, filing week isn’t until next month, so we can’t really be certain who will end up running for the position.Therefore, I have no idea who will receive my vote. And I certainly have no idea who will be recommended by The Columbian Editorial Board. Sometime between filing week and the Aug. 7 primary, the board will interview the candidates and recommend two for the primary election; we then will recommend one candidate for the Nov. 6 general election.But the fact that the general election is still 192 days away has not prevented voters from thinking ahead. Chaos in Washington, D.C., has generated interest in the midterm elections, and that leads to questions about Herrera Beutler.In normal times, Herrera Beutler would be considered safe in political parlance. She took office after a close race in 2010 and has won re-election three times since with at least 60 percent of the vote. One reason is that people like her; another is that the 3rd District was reconfigured in 2012, making Herrera Beutler’s district more conservative.
Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI (WSVN) – A Miami Police officer opened fire during an assault investigation Monday.According to authorities, a group of people flagged down officers saying they had been assaulted.It happened around 3:25 a.m., in the area of Northwest Second Avenue and 29th Street.Shortly after, the officers located the suspects who fit the description in the alleged assault.One of the officers was forced to fire, but no one was struck.At this point, it is unclear why the officer opened fire.An investigation is underway.
Here’s the full list of winners:Web Sites of the YearNews, Business & FinanceWINNER: Wired.comSECOND: NGM.com (National Geographic Magazine)THIRD: NewYorker.comEntertainment & SportsWINNER: SI.com SECOND: People.comTHIRD: EW.comEnthusiastWINNER: Architectural Record SECOND: RunnersWorld.comTHIRD: Bicycling.comService & LifestyleWINNER: Epicurious.com SECOND: Parenting.comTHIRD: PC WorldMAGAZINE BLOG OF THE YEARWINNER: Entertainment Weekly “PopWatch”SECOND: Epicurious.com “The Epi-log”THIRD: Wired.com’s “Wired Science”BEST ONLINE VIDEO–STANDALONEWINNER: National Geographic Magazine “Searching for the Snow Leopard” SECOND: Vanity Fair “On the Waterboard”THIRD: PC World “iPhone 3G Torture Tests”BEST ONLINE VIDEO–SERIESWINNER: National Geographic Magazine “Fast Lane to the Future”SECOND: Newsweek “The Mind of the South”THIRD: Time.com “Person of the Year 2008”BEST PODCAST SERIESWINNER: The Campaign Trail on NewYorker.com SECOND: PC World PodcastTHIRD: BusinessWeek Cover StoryBEST WEB-ONLY TOOLWINNER: Parenting and Babytalk “Child Health Guide” SECOND: Bicycling.com “GPS Maps and Rides Channel”THIRD: National Geographic Magazine “My Shot Tools”BEST ONLINE COMMUNITYWINNER: Epicurious.com SECOND: National Geographic Magazine “My Shot”THIRD: Parenting.com Community BEST MOBILE STRATEGYWINNER: InStyle Mobile SECOND: CNNMoney.com MobileTHIRD: Style.com’s iPhone Application BEST MAGAZINE E-STOREWINNER: Wired Store SECOND: Style.com Shop NowTHIRD: The New Yorker Store The Magazine Publishers of America announced the winners of its annual Digital Awards during its Magazines 24/7 event today in New York.Taking Web Site of the Year honors were Wired.com (in the news, business and finance category), SI.com (entertainment and sports), Architectural Record (enthusiast) and Condé Nast’s Epicurious.com (service and lifestyle).The Digital Awards honor excellence and innovation of magazine brands on all digital platforms in 12 categories.Other big winners were National Geographic for best online video series, Entertainment Weekly for best magazine blog and The New Yorker for best podcast series.
Post a comment Mentioned Above Motorola Moto Z3 Tags We tested Verizon’s new 5G network 8:24 0 See it AT&T says it’s “well ahead” of the competition. Gabriel Bouys/Getty Images AT&T’s 5G reach is growing. The carrier has launched 5G mobile services in seven more cities, it said in a Tuesday release. Austin, Texas; Nashville, Tennessee; Orlando, Florida; and four California cities, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco and San Jose, join a dozen cities where the company launched 5G in December. The 5G service, available for businesses and consumers, works with the Netgear Nighthawk 5G mobile hotspot, since AT&T doesn’t offer 5G phones yet. The hotspot device is portable and creates its own Wi-Fi network to link phones, laptops and tablets to the 5G network. AT&T said it plans to offer 5G-compatible devices this year, starting with the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G this spring. The carrier is competing with Verizon, which launched its own 5G network earlier this month in parts of Chicago and Minneapolis. The Verizon coverage is limited and customers need a Motorola Moto Z3 phone with a $200 5G Moto Mod. CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Review • Moto Z3 review: First 5G upgradable phone is a solid midrange choice $480 Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: Motorola Moto Z3 Mobile 5G AT&T Motorola Verizon
5 See It Walmart 4:21 Sony PlayStation Classic Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Share your voice See it $44 Mentioned Above Sony PlayStation Classic Laptops with the best battery life: See the top laptops and 2-in-1 PCs with the longest battery life. Fastest gaming laptops, ranked: All the most-powerful gaming laptops tested in the CNET Labs. Consoles Computers CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Best Buy News • The Sony PlayStation Classic hits its lowest price: $20 Preview • The PlayStation Classic looks great, but you’ll only want to play half of its games See It $29 The Sega Genesis Mini is so rad Review • Sony PlayStation Classic review: A fine line between ‘classic’ and ‘old’ Comments No, it’s not a giant hand, it’s a mini console. Dan Ackerman/CNET As one of the best-loved consoles of the ’80s and ’90s, the Sega Genesis holds a special place in the hearts of gamers. The game system, also known as the Sega Mega Drive outside of the US, sold more than 30 million units worldwide. And as a teen of the era, it certainly seemed to me at the time to be a cooler option than the competing Super Nintendo. Now the Genesis is getting its own mini console, and some of the best games of the 16-bit era may finally get the treatment they deserve. The Genesis Mini arrives in stores Sept. 19, for $79 (£69, AU$139), and you can preorder it now. Note that CNET may get a commission when you buy through any of the links on our site. See the Sega Genesis Mini at AmazonUp until the Nintendo NES Classic, an unexpected worldwide hit, many classic console games (including Genesis games) only existed in cheap all-in-one emulator packages sold in gift shops, with poor controls and shoddy ports. Nintendo’s mini console was a critical hit and sold out for many months, and the SNES version was just as good, if not better. But it isn’t as easy as slapping some old games in a retro-styled plastic box. Sony’s PlayStation Classic missed the mark, with spotty game selection and poor controllers. The box, a replica of a console that sold over 100 million units, was soon selling for up to 80% off its original $100 price. An earlier attempt to retro-ize the Genesis happened in 2017, but the Sega Genesis Flashback box was poorly received, and we called it “half-baked.” Dan Ackerman/CNET New vs. oldSo, how does the Genesis Mini stack up? The hardware keeps the Genesis look, down to the front-mounted volume control and cartridge slot with a working trap door. It doesn’t lead anywhere, and you can’t actually plug carts in, but you’ll probably spend the first 5 minutes playing with it. It’s based on the original 1989 hardware, although several revisions and international versions of the Genesis had different looks. The batarang-like controllers look like the original three-button version the Genesis launched with, not the more advanced six-button versions that came later. They’re full size, which is great for actual gaming, but also makes them look ridiculously oversized next to the tiny console. They have 6-foot cables, which may still feel restrictive if you’re used to wireless controls, but far better than the short controller cables that came with the NES Classic. Like most of the other all-in-one game boxes, there’s a main menu, where the 42 included games can be sorted by age, alphabetically or by genre. Obviously these games were all designed for old-fashioned 4:3 tube TV screens, so there are menu options for playing in reverse-letterbox (the original aspect ratio) and a stretched 16:9 version. A video filter can optionally add a CRT line effect, if playing these classic games in a sharp, clear modern format doesn’t feel right. The D-pad feels jumpy in menus, but the big buttons are a joy. Dan Ackerman/CNET (Some) great gamesThis list of included games is solid, leaning heavily on Genesis nostalgia. Original pack-in title Altered Beast is there, as is Sonic the Hedgehog and Ecco the Dolphin. Also on the list are various sequels and spin-offs, like Road Rash II, Space Harrier 2, Shinobi III, Street Fighter II and Virtua Fighter 2. RPG games are underrepresented (unlike the SNES Classic), but Phantasy Star IV is here, as is the Zelda-like Beyond Oasis. You can find a full list of Genesis Mini games here, including two titles that were never on the US version of the Genesis originally: Darius, which I know nothing about; and Tetris, which I’m fairly familiar with. Rise from your grave! Sega Most of the games I tried felt true to their historical versions, at least as best I remember. Some have aged well, like Shinobi III and Space Harrier 2, others less so. (Neither Altered Beast nor ToeJam & Earl were as good as I remembered — although you may call me a heretic for saying so.) My biggest issue so far has been the D-pad on the Genesis controller. In games, it works well, but on the main menu screen, it’s way too touchy, leaping across games two and three at a time. If anything, it will make you appreciate the analog sticks and triggers of modern controllers. A full review of the Sega Genesis Mini will follow at a later date. As a bonus, I’ve dug up some historical background on the Genesis and why it’s so important. Please excuse the sideburns. Now playing: Watch this: Tags $59 Sony Nintendo
Becky Hultberg, president and CEO of the Alaska State Hospital and Nursing Home Association, gives a presentation about Medicaid expansion at the Alaska Capitol in March 2015. She is concerned about whether the state will make Medicaid payments on time this year. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)Whether the state pays health care providers on time for Medicaid recipients is in question. The state has requested that lawmakers include money for it in a bill making its way through the Legislature. But concerns over the amount the state has spent on Medicaid this year led to the funding not being included so far.Listen nowSince Gov. Bill Walker expanded Medicaid eligibility in 2015, it’s grown from 123,000 people covered by Medicaid and Denali KidCare before the expansion, to 200,000 today.That has led to costs growing faster than projections. This year, the state added $100 million in additional Medicaid expense after the Legislature passed the budget.If the Legislature doesn’t include at least $40 million of that money in a bill that the House is considering, then the state will suspend Medicaid payments to providers as soon as mid-April. And for smaller hospitals, that may prevent some from paying contractors or making payroll.Becky Hultberg is president and CEO of the Alaska State Hospital and Nursing Home Association.“Many of our small hospitals rely significantly on Medicaid,” Hultberg said. “If Medicaid suspends payment, they will not have sufficient reserves to last until the end of the fiscal year. Some of them may only have sufficient reserves to last a number of weeks.”Hultberg sent a letter to lawmakers last week telling them that some hospitals and nursing facilities have less than 30 days’ cash on hand. She wrote that providers were concerned at the lack of urgency around the issue.“We don’t want to be alarmist,” Hultberg said. “But we felt an obligation to point out that there are very real consequences to suspending payments to Medicaid providers.”The bill that could be used as the vehicle to make the payment is House Bill 321, known as the fast-track supplemental. It’s a bill that’s meant to provide funding that is more urgent than the rest of the budget.Generally, the four co-chairs of the House and Senate finance committee must agree on what’s in a supplemental.Senate Finance co-chair Anna MacKinnon said Medicaid is a source of contention because of the size of the request. She noted that the state is spending down its savings due to a gap of at least $2.5 billion between what it spends and what it raises in revenue.“The Department of Health and Social Services is spending a lot of money on Medicaid and is not living within their means, so it’s a concern,” MacKinnon said.MacKinnon said lawmakers are listening to health care providers.“If we have a problem, as Alaskans, we will face that problem together, and we understand that there would be concern from organizations, general-practice providers, hospitals if the department did not have the ability to pay for the services that have already been utilized,” MacKinnon said. “So, we get it. But what does the Legislature do when the department is spending outside of its budget authority?”State Department of Health and Social Services Assistant Commissioner Shawnda O’Brien said the need for additional funding has come from enrollment by those who would have been eligible for Medicaid before Walker expanded it.“We believe that … the economy is the largest driver in why that is,” O’Brien said. “And so, we knew last year that we were going to have a need for additional funding and we were on record saying that last year, that the amount of money we were asking for in the budget wasn’t going to be sufficient for what we thought we were going to need.”O’Brien said the uncertain direction of the federal Medicaid policies also made it difficult to budget for this year.“Lots of discussions took place over this summer with our congressional delegates,” O’Brien said. “And so, we weren’t certain how some of those things would impact our budget in addition to what we were already seeing in growth.”O’Brien said she expects that the state’s Medicaid projections for next year’s budget will be accurate and the state won’t need to ask for another large supplement next year.
BNP vice chairman Abdullah Al Noman being detained by the police on Sunday. Photo: UNB (Collected)Police on Sunday detained BNP vice chairman Abdullah Al Noman and 12 other leaders and activists of the party at Tongi of the district, reports UNB.Kamal Uddin, officer-in-charge of Tongi police station, said police detained Noman and others for their involvement in damaging public transports and creating trouble on the street.He said the police have continued their drive to arrest other troublemakers till filing of this report around 8:00pm.Gazipur district BNP president Fazlul Haque Milon said law enforcers picked Noman and 14 other their party leaders and activists up as they came out of the BNP’s Gazipur City polls mayoral candidate Hasan Uddin Sarkar’s Tongi residence after holding a press conference over the High Court’s stay order on the 15 May election.Milon said several hundred law enforcers cordoned off Sarkar’s residence confining many party leaders and activists, including him, to it.Noman’s personal secretary Nurul Azim Hiru told UNB that police took the BNP leader to the Tongi police station by a vehicle.Earlier in the day, the High Court stayed the Gazipur City Corporation election scheduled to be held on 15 May.An HC bench of justice Naima Haider and Justice Zafar Ahmed passed the order following hearing on a writ petition.The HC also issued a rule asking the government to explain as to why the inclusion of six moujas of Dhaka district into GCC should not be declared illegal.Chief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda announced the election schedule for Gazipur and Khulna city corporations on 31 March.Awami League’s Jahangir Alam and BNP’s Hasn Uddin Sarkar are vying for the mayoral post in the polls.Read more:Gazipur city polls postponed
Self-proclaimed “lazy Twitter RPG” Tweeria not only requires very little active effort to play, but seems to have taken little effort to illustrate. The game steals original artwork not only from deviantART accounts, but from higher profile sources, like Blizzard’s World of Warcraft Trading Card Game.Tweeria isn’t the worst idea in the world — in fact, it’s similar to Progress Quest, one of the funniest “games” on the internet. In PQ, the player simply downloads a client (or loads a web app), creates a character, then the client does all the work while you’re off doing something better with your time. Obviously, it’s not a game in the traditional sense; it’s more of a satirical commentary on the RPG genre’s reliance and focus on statistical progress.With PQ, the player literally doesn’t have to do anything after character creation other than leave the client running. With Tweeria, the player doesn’t have to do anything other than link their character to a Twitter account, then tweet about whatever. You progress simply by tweeting as you normally would, rather than actually taking an active role in any sort of gameplay mechanics. As the game says, “Just keep writing tweets and look at your hero.”Though Tweeria is marketed toward the “lazy” gamer, it also seems the creators have a bit of laziness in them as well. Rather than being lambasted for not being very interactive (unlike PQ, which usually gets a free pass because it’s a wholly satirical look at gaming), Tweeria is garnering ire because it has been caught stealing original artwork from various sources, namely deviantART and the World of Warcraft Trading Card Game.Word spread about Tweeria‘s art theft through Twitter, something that would be a little ironic if it didn’t make so much sense — it’s a game where the main mechanic uses Twitter, after all. Users noticed that some of the artwork was directly ripped from the WoWTCG. Word spread to Tumblr, where deviantART users started noticing their artwork was being stolen as well. Creative developer for the WoWTCG, Michael Sacco, also noticed that Tweeria was stealing artwork. He found that artwork for the TCG‘s Night Elf Warrior was used as the portrait for Tweeria‘s female elf warrior.Though the thefts seem egregious, Tweeria‘s developer, Tweenk, may not be at fault for every single instance of it. Tweenk accepted user-submitted images for its game, so it’s entirely possible that it accepted images without knowing they were stolen works. However, one would think it’d be up to Tweenk to check out the source of the submitted images, for the same reason you don’t buy expensive stereos being sold out of the back of a van.Tweenk did respond to the stolen artwork issue in a blog post, noting that they “do not want to violate copyright,” and essentially blamed the use of other people’s art on the fact that Tweeria was supposed to be a “small, private, non-commercial, and mostly experimental project.” Yes, if the intention was for it to be private, then it probably shouldn’t be so easy for anyone to sign up and play.In a statement, Tweenk did state that it has stopped accepting user-submitted art until it has found a better way to verify the source of said work. It also stated that it will remove any copyrighted works if authors find their works being used on the site without permission and would like Tweenk to take them down.At the time of this writing, the bottom of Tweeria‘s site does include a little credit blurb to the authors of the stolen works: “Based on World of Warcraft image files and texts,” as well as some other attributions. Ultimately, it seems Tweenk is attempting to resolve everything, but it just goes to show you that no matter how obscure your work is — whether it’s a rarely visited deviantART page or an obscure Twitter game — if it’s on the internet, people are going to find out about it, so you better make sure you’re not doing something wrong.
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Key EventsPolice to close busy city road through rush hour after incident07:0423:13End of live reporting22:17M6 overnight closureM6 Northbound closed due to roadworks during the night from J16 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent / Crewe) to J17 A534 Old Mill Road (Sandbach / Crewe).Between 22:00 and 8:00 Mondays to Sundays from 22:00 on the 15th to 8:00 on 16th March.20:40Virgin Trains West Coast Delays of up to 30 minutes on Virgin Trains West Coast between Wigan North Western and Warrington Bank Quay due to signalling problem.20:05Taxi drivers are not going to Newcastle town centre TONIGHT in row with council (Image: Getty)Cabbies say they will be boycotting Newcastle town centre tonight after a row with the borough council failed to come to a conclusion.Newcastle Borough Council has been consulting on a new taxi licencing policy for two years – but drivers say they were only invited to take part late in the process.Read more.18:23Virgin Trains West CoastDelays of up to ten minutes on Virgin Trains West Coast Northbound at Milton Keynes Central due to broken down train. 17:41Hanley road incidentWe’ve been sent this image on Hanley Road, Sneyd Green. Motorists are being warned of potential delays. Staffordshire Police have been approached to comment. 17:25Bucknall trafficSlow traffic on A52 Werrington Road Westbound before A52 Leek Road (Lime Kiln Traffic Lights).16:50A50 LongtonA50 Eastbound lane re-opened on exit slip road, traffic returned to normal, accident cleared at B5039 (Longton / Blurton turnoff).One lane was closed on the exit slip road from the Eastbound A50 onto the island above near to Tesco. 16:32Slow in LeekSlow traffic on A523 Buxton Road between A53 Ball Haye Street and Shaw Place. In the roadworks area. Temporary lights for electricity works. 16:32Longton traffic Slow traffic on B5039 Anchor Road between A5007 Market Street and A5272 Dividy Road. In the roadworks area. Temporary lights for gas main works. 15:51Chell trafficVery slow traffic and traffic heavier than normal on A527 Biddulph Road Eastbound between John Rhodes Way and A5272 High Lane.Sensors show Turnhurst Road and High Lane are also very slow on approach.15:40M6 Staffordshire One lane closed and heavy traffic due to broken down van on M6 Northbound between J14 A34 (Stafford North) and J15 A500 D Road (Stoke-On-Trent). In the roadworks area. Lane one (of three) is closed.14:03Accident on sliproad A50 Eastbound-one lane closed on exit slip road and sslow traffic due to accident at B5039 (Longton / Blurton turnoff). 12:15Colliery Road #rugeley currently blocked due to fallen tree. Awaiting Highways to remove. @CannockPolice @StaffsSpecials assisting at scene. pic.twitter.com/Md1scEMIXX— StaffsSpecials (@StaffsSpecials) March 15, 201912:14This van was stopped to ensure that the driver had the correct licence to tow, which he did. Unfortunately he did not have any insurance though. Driver reported, vehicle and trailer seized until the appropriate documentation is in order. #OpDriveinsured 5543 pic.twitter.com/nqQBi7qZFg— CMPG (@CMPG) March 15, 201912:14A34 Newcastle Road busy but moving between Springfield Retail Park and A500 D Road (Hanford Interchange). 12:13Queuing traffic on A500 D Road Southbound around A527 Porthill Road (Porthill Bank). Travel time is 15 minutes. 11:14Bucknall Road inbound busy but moving from A52 Leek Road (Lime Kiln Traffic Lights) to Hanley Town centre. 10:29Queueing traffic on M6There is queueing traffic on the M6 due to debris on the road Northbound from J18 A54 Middlewich Road (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel) to J19 A556 (Knutsford). Matrix sign set to 50 mph. 10:23Road blockedA Stoke-on-Trent road is blocked this morning following an accident involving two vehicles.The accident happened on Rose Street, near to the junction of Rawlins Street, in Northwood just before 9am today.Read the full report here.09:34A5272 Dividy Road in both directions re-opened, traffic returned to normal, accident cleared near Wadebridge Road.Reopened at 09:00. was Affecting traffic between Bucknall Bridge and Weston Coyney. was Closed since 05:00. Diversion – Police confirm traffic is able to pass through the area via the parallel frontage lane. However this is a very narrow lane with cars parked outside most of the houses. 08:50Incident update- #trafficofficers have safely towed vehicle to ERA bay. All lanes now running and clear. Please take care through the area. https://t.co/T0LR8Fnh2y— Highways England (@HighwaysNWEST) March 15, 201908:48Heavy traffic on A5272 Chell Street at A5272 Merrick Street / B5047 Hulton Street (Providence Square). Travel time is six minutes. 08:47 Slow traffic on A520 Weston Road Southbound at A5272 Park Hall Road. 08:47A34 Newcastle Road busy but moving between Springfield Retail Park and A500 D Road (Hanford Interchange). Travel time is four minutes.08:03A527 Biddulph Road coming from Brinley Ford Southbound busy but moving at A5272 High Lane roundabout. 08:03A5272 Chell Street busy but moving at A5272 Merrick Street / B5047 Hulton Street (Providence Square). Travel time is four minutes. 08:03Queuing traffic on A53 Leek New Road into town at Sandbach Road. 07:32A500 D Road Southbound busy but moving around A527 Porthill Road (Porthill Bank). 07:32A52 Werrington Road Westbound busy but moving before A52 Leek Road (Lime Kiln Traffic Lights).
Madonna joins in the stream of celebrities visiting Cuba Share HAVANA — Madonna is the latest celebrity to visit Cuba, dancing in a restaurant for her birthday and touring Havana with her family and friends.The singer arrived in Havana on Monday. Excited crowds have gathered outside the hotel where she is staying in historic Old Havana, but have caught few glimpses of the 58-year-old star.Fan Taimi Estrada Joba says she hopes to see Madonna perform a concert in Cuba someday. In her words, “We are very happy she came.”A string of U.S. celebrities has visited Havana as part of a boom in tourism set off by the declaration of detente with the U.S. in December 2014. Cuban state media posted enthusiastic reports about Madonna’s visit and the Foreign Ministry sent a string of tweets welcoming her. Wednesday, August 17, 2016 The Canadian Press << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by
Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober 0 Comments Share Kerry’s cycling rides have become a regular occurrence on his trips. He often takes his bike with him on the plane and was riding that bicycle Sunday.He was in Geneva for six hours of nuclear negotiations with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Saturday. World powers and Iran are trying to seal a comprehensive accord by June 30.The prospect of a lengthy rehabilitation for Kerry could hamper the nuclear talks and other diplomatic endeavors. Even if he does not need surgery, it was not immediately known when he could fly again after returning to the United States.There was no word on whether he would need an operation.Kerry had planned to travel to Madrid on Sunday for meetings with Spain’s king and prime minister, before spending two days in Paris for an international gathering to combat the Islamic State. He will participate in the Paris conference remotely, Kirby said.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. FILE – In this March 16, 2015 file picture U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, rides a bike after a bilateral meeting with the Iranian Foreign Minister in Lausanne, Switzerland. Kerry is in stable condition in a Swiss hospital after suffering a leg injury in a bike crash outside Geneva Switzerland on Sunday, May 31, 2015. (Jean-Christophe Bott,Keystone via AP, file) Sponsored Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry’s orthopedic surgeon will accompany him on the flight from Geneva to the United States for treatment of Kerry’s broken leg, the State Department said Monday.Spokesman John Kirby said that Dr. Dennis Burke will accompany Kerry to Boston to monitor the secretary’s condition and “ensure he remains comfortable.”Kerry, 71, fractured his right femur Sunday when he struck a curb with his bicycle and fell on a regular Tour de France route southeast of Geneva. He has been receiving treatment at Geneva’s main medical center, HUG. Parents, stop beating yourself up New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top Stories How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Men’s health affects baby’s health too Earlier, Kirby described Kerry as “in great spirits and active,” making “a range of phone calls including with the president.” He “never lost consciousness, his injury is not life-threatening and he is expected to make a full recovery,” Kirby said.“Secretary Kerry will be transported to Boston aboard a U.S. military C-17 transport aircraft,” he said. “The aircraft, based in Ramstein, Germany, will be staffed by additional military medical personnel in keeping with standard practice.”Kerry’s precise travel plans were not announced, but he will receive further care at Massachusetts General Hospital once he returns home. Kerry had hip replacement surgery several years ago.Kerry was taken by helicopter to the Geneva hospital after a paramedic and a physician who were traveling with his motorcade at the time of crash provided him with immediate attention. X-rays confirmed the extent of his injury.His regular government plane returned Sunday night to the United States carrying much of his staff and reporters who had accompanied him on the trip. He had hoped to leave later in the day on a plane fitted with special medical equipment.
Even still, the odds may just be too much for the Cardinals to overcome ifManning does indeed prefer to stay in the AFC.Warner seems to think that would be Manning’s preference because thepath to the Super Bowl would be smoother coming from the AFC and itwould be easier to re-establish himself as a premier quarterback in thatleague.“But if they [the Dolphins or Jets] can get into the playoffs and you’re a guylike Peyton Manning that can win games, it looks to be an easier road fromthat quarterback standpoint in the AFC than it does in the NFC,” Warnersaid.Even though the Jets haven’t been mentioned as a finalist for Manning’sservices, Warner still believes they could be in the mix, if he decides hewants more options in the AFC.Regardless, the Cardinals will still have a chance to make their pitch toManning. Top Stories Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Manning would be wise to pick Warner’s brain since the Cardinals’ coachingstaff adapted their offense to cater to the now-retired quarterback’sscheme. It’s been widely reported how important it is for Manning to haveinput in how the offense is run on his new team.“I think he’s going to want to have a say in how they play the game so hecan come in and be successful quickly,” Warner said. “So knowing that Icame here and they adjusted things to me and allowed me to kind of shapethat offense, I think that’s a big selling point for the Arizona Cardinals.”Even still, Warner doesn’t feel the Cardinals are the frontrunners to landManning. He believes the Miami Dolphins are actually a better fit for theveteran quarterback.“If I was to guess, I would say Miami just because of their willingness fromDay 1 to say we’ll do whatever it takes to get Peyton Manning,” Warnerstated. “They’ve got a new coach that’s coming in there that I am surewould be willing to listen to Peyton Manning to help him design theiroffense.”Warner thinks the Cardinals would be flexible and accommodating toManning to an extent, but expressed how difficult it would be to re-teachan offense to the other 52 guys who have worked under an establishedsystem and have gotten comfortable running that scheme. What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke 0 Comments Share Two-time former NFL MVP Kurt Warner knows he could be a factor in luringcoveted free agent quarterback Peyton Manning to Arizona.“I have not heard from Peyton [Manning] yet,” Warner told Arizona Sports620’s Doug and Wolf Friday. “We have not had a chance to talk since he’sbeen released. I don’t know if that will happen if he does come here andconsiders Arizona, if he’ll reach out to me and talk to me.” Another factor Warner feels is working against the Cardinals is their lack ofweapons outside of standout wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald. While Mike Golic told Arizona Sports620’s Burns and Gambo that he believed Fitzgerald was the trumpcard, Warner didn’t think that was enough to satisfy Manning.“Yes, they have Larry Fitzgerald but what else do they have?” Warner askedfrom Manning’s perspective. “Do they have the complimentary pieces whereI can go in and utilize all these pieces and that frees up Larry Fitzgerald tobe Larry Fitzgerald, and that’s the biggest question for me with theCardinals.”Warner said being able to play with not only Larry Fitzgerald but AnquanBoldin and Steve Breaston made the Cardinals attractive to him because thecomplimentary pieces in the receiving core made it difficult for a defense todouble-team one target.While Manning is known for taking average receivers and turning them intostars, Warner feels at this stage in his career it’s all about winning rightnow.There has been a lot of talk about Manning asking teams to bring hisformer Colt teammate Reggie Wayne along with him, but with Dallas Clarkand Joseph Addai also available, would the Cardinals be so bold as to try torecreate an Indianapolis offense in the desert? D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’
by Adina Bresge, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 28, 2019 3:00 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO — When a loose door handle sent then-ballet performer Mavis Staines toppling down a flight of stairs in an accident that would cut short her rising career, she thought her time in the spotlight was over.Little did she know, that dream-crushing fall would launch her on a path towards becoming one of the country’s pre-eminent dance figures as the artistic director of Canada’s National Ballet School for the past three decades.In a strange twist of fortune, Staines believes that ill-fated turn of the handle is at least in part to thank as she receives a $25,000 Governor General’s Performing Arts Award recognizing a lifetime of artistic achievement.“Sometimes, what seems like the worst catastrophe in your life opens doors that wouldn’t open otherwise,” Staines said in an interview before Thursday’s awards reveal.“Had it not been for the accident, I would not be sitting where I am today after 30 years of realizing dreams that really matter to me.”Staines may not be as big a name as some of her fellow 2019 laureates, such as political satirist Rick Mercer or actress Sandra Oh. But in cultural circles, her behind-the-scenes efforts to democratize dance for Canadians have elevated her to sage status at home and on the international stage.Hailing from Quebec’s Eastern Townships, Staines graduated from Canada’s National Ballet School in 1972, where she danced as a first soloist before joining the Dutch National Ballet.After her accident, Staines said she intended to attend university, but between her shattered wrist and the back-to-back deaths of her parents, she felt unmoored. Ballet had always provided a sense of stability, so she decided to return to her alma mater to enroll in the teacher training program.Staines had found her calling: Even now, the 64-year-old still teaches dance two hours per day.“It is the time in the studio with the students that I think is probably the most consistent and important daily lesson in my life,” said Staines. “I attribute so much of what I learn and have been able to put into place to how the students inspire me.”In her tenure as artistic director at Canada’s National Ballet School, Staines has implemented these lessons to empower professional and amateur dancers alike.Ballet has long been rooted in hierarchical pedagogy that Staines said can serve to “infantilize” dancers by treating them as vessels for instructed movement rather than artists with their own ideas to express.Staines shifted the school towards “student-centred” education, which aims to nurture not just dancers’ bodies, but their minds and wellness.“I think when people are united through an impassioned sense of purpose, as people find their voice and work to build a community, it actually does bring out the best in each individual,” she said.A list of her former students suggests there may wisdom to this approach.They include leaders in the dance community such as Karen Kain, the artistic director of the National Ballet of Canada; Ballet BC artistic director Emily Molnar; David Nixon, the artistic director of the Northern Ballet in Leeds, U.K. and Harvard University dance director Jill Johnson.Others have gone onto to thriving careers on the stage, including National Ballet of Canada dancers Jillian Vanstone, Guillaume Cote, Elena Lobsanova and Siphesihle November.While she was training soon-to-be ballet stars, Staines was simultaneously working to open up what had long been perceived as a stuffy art form to all Canadians with community programs and classes to help them find their dancing feet.In receiving a lifetime artistic achievement award, Staines feels that all those who have shared in her devotion to dance over the years are also being celebrated, as well as the country as a whole.“This honour has reinforced my pride in being Canadian,” she said. “I feel like I’ve won the nationality lottery.”Also among the 2019 laureates are Montreal-born concert pianist Louise Bessette; Colm Feore, a veteran actor of Canadian screen and stage productions; Lorraine Pintal, artistic director and general manager of Montreal’s Theatre du Nouveau Monde and former “This Hour Has 22 Minutes” comedian Mercer.“Killing Eve” star Oh is receiving the National Arts Centre Award for extraordinary work by an artist in the past performance year.Montreal arts patron E. Noel Spinelli is also being recognized with the Ramon John Hnatyshyn Award for Voluntarism in the Performing Arts.Two Indigenous filmmakers, Alanis Obomsawin of Abenaki Nation and Mi’kmaq Gop Bartibogue of eastern New Brunswick, have also been inducted into a mentorship program aimed at fostering mid-career artists.This year’s honourees will be feted at two events in Ottawa, culminating in a gala at the National Arts Centre on April 27.Adina Bresge, The Canadian Press Ballet veteran Mavis Staines wins Governor General’s Performing Arts Award
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