City Of Soldotna Narrows Down Annexation Zones

first_imgThe Soldotna City Council at their meeting on Wednesday, March 28, agreed to postpone any further discussion on annexation until their council meeting on May 9. Olson: “Last week they finally pulled the trigger on it and said they are going to annex 7 of the 9 areas. The city has a constitutional right to pursue annexation, but the borough residents also have some rights here. We elected you folks, you represent us, the folks that sit on the city council in Soldotna we don’t get to vote for them. Our only request was that they would choose the local option that would allow the people in the affected areas to vote. Instead, they decided to go with the legislative review process, that means there won’t be any voting by the folks in the affected areas.”  City Manager Stephanie Queen spoke at the work session, prior to the meeting, stating that this resolution, if approved, would begin the official annexation process. The postponement allows the council to further address the seven areas of annexation, including removing, or editing the boundaries of some of the areas. The City Council stated the resolution introduced proposes to use the legislative review process when they submit their petition for annexation to the Local Boundary Commission. That means that the overall decision on annexation will not be going to the voters. Brian Olson, the President of Borough Residents Against Annexation testified at the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly on Tuesday, April 3, to try and garner support from the assembly. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The City of Soldotna has considered narrowing down the proposed areas of annexation from seven to nine at their council meeting on March 28. The city plans to focus more studying into the commercial areas, like along K-Beach road, and avoiding more residential areas.last_img read more

Policy Bills Requirement for New Excess Capacity Study Appears to Be Delay

first_imgLanguage in the House version of the fiscal 2019 defense authorization bill requiring DOD to prepare a new, more detailed infrastructure assessment likely will do little to change lawmakers’ opposition to a new round of base closures, according to an op-ed in the Hill by Frederico Bartels, a policy analyst at the Heritage Foundation. If nothing else, the pending study, due in February 2020, will provide Congress an excuse to postpone a decision on the need for a new BRAC. And while the requirements for the new study will allow for a more up-to-date assessment, the result is unlikely to change significantly from excess capacity studies the department prepared in March 2016 and October 2017. “Lawmakers are once again changing the parameters, in the hopes they will be able to avoid a new round of BRAC,” Bartels stated.The provision’s requirement for DOD to identify installations with either a capacity shortfall or excess almost certainly will serve to trigger opposition to a new BRAC from lawmakers representing districts with bases cited in the study, he said. The lack of detail in DOD’s previous estimates of its excess infrastructure probably frustrated lawmakers but was needed to avoid signaling possible actions in a future BRAC round. The best way for Congress to learn more about the military’s excess capacity is to authorize a new round of base closures, Bartels emphasized.“As it stands, Section 2812 is a delay tactic dressed up as a robust data call. The Pentagon has excess infrastructure. Whether that excess accounts for 22 percent of its holdings, or 19 percent, or even just half of that is largely irrelevant for starting a new round of BRAC,” he stated.Don’t miss a panel discussion covering the trends, politics and policies that will define the year ahead on Wednesday, June 20 at the 2018 Defense Communities National Summit. Featured speakers include Bartels along with Blaise Misztal, director of national security at the Bipartisan Policy Center; Mackenzie Eaglen, resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute; and Todd Harrison, director of defense budget analysis at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.Navy photo by Chief Photographer’s Mate Johnny Bivera Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

POLICE LOG for May 24 Friend Reported Missing… And Is Found In

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights of the Wilmington Police Log for Friday, May 24, 2019:Police served a zoning bylaw violation notice to a Dublin Avenue homeowner for parking commercial vehicles on the street. (6:16am)A car struck a pole on Andover Street. A 35-year-old female complained of arm pain and had a panic attack. Fire Department transported woman to Winchester Hospital. Vehicle towed. RMLD and Verizon notified. (8:37am)A caller reported a very large turtle in roadway at Glen Road and Faulkner Avenue. (12:55pm)A walk-in party reported their friend hasn’t been heard from in a week. Police put a BOLO out. Tewksbury Police called Wilmington Police and indicating their friend may be locked up. Station officer confirmed. (5:54pm)A caller stated an individual got in his face and started yelling at him in a Lowell Street parking lot after he backed into him. Individual is now sitting in his car. Caller is afraid to leave his car unattended and requested an officer. (7:49pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for July 27: OUI Arrest; Woman Brings Caged Bird To Town BeachIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 20: Wilmington Man Arrested; Car vs. Tree; Concession Stand VandalizedIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for July 9: Police Issue 2 Summonses To Drivers; Windows Kicked In At BusinessIn “Police Log”last_img read more

MercedesBenz Concept EQV previews an attractive electric van

first_img • Mercedes-Benz EQV concept electrifies the humble van We’ll start with the most important part, the powertrain. The EQV is front-wheel drive, containing all its motive-force bits in the front end. Its electric motor puts out 201 horsepower, and it’s combined into a single unit with the transmission, cooling system and power electronics. Juice comes from a 100-kWh lithium-ion battery, which gives the EQV a range of about 249 miles and a top speed of 99 miles per hour. With fast charging, it can add about 62 miles of range in 15 minutes or so.Enlarge ImageThe best electric vehicles don’t look all that different from today’s cars, and the EQV fits that bill to a T. Andrew Hoyle/CNET From an aesthetics standpoint, the EQV looks very close to the Mercedes V-Class that debuted at the end of January. There are a few touches to let you know it’s electric, like a sleeker grille and headlight combination, as well as some unique alloy wheels with blue accents, but it’s largely the same on the outside as the V-Class. The EQV’s interior is just a bit fancier, with blue and rose-gold elements all over the place. The Nappa leather appointments are obviously more suited to the EQV as a passenger vehicle, but odds are that there will be a stripped-down commercial version that can take a little more abuse, too.While the production EQV will likely arrive within the next year or so, Mercedes-Benz has bigger plans beyond that. The automaker hopes to electrify its entire portfolio — that is to say, it will offer at least one electrified variant of all its models — by 2022. The future is electric, but it seems Mercedes-Benz doesn’t want to wait until the absolute last minute to hop on the bandwagon. 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Mar 8 • VW is still ‘100 percent’ investigating a pickup truck for the US 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Mar 7 • New Peugeot 208 debuts i-Cockpit with 3D HUD Combo dashboard 0 Mercedes-Benz on Tuesday unveiled the Concept EQV at the Geneva Motor Show. The concept is an all-electric van that’s slated to enter production in the near future. The actual production version will be introduced properly at the Frankfurt Auto Show this fall, but for now, the “concept” version gives us a pretty good idea of what to expect. Geneva Motor Show 2019 Mercedes-Benz See All More From Roadshow Mar 7 • The Ferrari F8 Tributo is the last of the nonhybrid V8s Geneva Motor Show 2019center_img Tags Now playing: Watch this: Mercedes-Benz 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 52 Photos Apr 17 • The 2020 Jaguar XE gets its first major visual refresh Electric Cars Concept Cars Vans Future Cars Post a comment reading • Mercedes-Benz Concept EQV previews an attractive electric van 1:38 Mercedes-Benz Concept EQV looks prepped for production Share your voicelast_img read more

Prince Williams Shocking confession on growing up as a Prince

first_imgPrince William and Kate Middleton.Getty imagesPrince William opened up about the expectations of being a Royal and the pressures he had to face growing up as one. Prince William seems to have grown in his role as the second-in-line to the throne, but that wasn’t always the case it seems.It is known that William met Sacha Hashim while they were volunteering together with Raleigh International in Chile. The prince spent several months working on community projects in the South American country during his gap year.During his months volunteering, William reportedly told Ms. Hashim: “I wish I could be normal,” according to The Scotsman. As a Royal, Prince William had to grow up in the limelight, his every move being scrutinised. This confession is even more heartbreaking as it comes from him in his youth. The future Duke of Cambridge also told Ms. Hashim he would love to go clubbing like everyone else, but that his bodyguards made it impossible.  Prince William and Prince HarryGetty ImagesBut even as an adult he seems to reflect the same sentiments. Prince William and Kate Middleton are Royal couple goals. But they have managed to give their children a modicum of normalcy it seems, or at least they have tried to. Reportedly Prince William and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, released images of their young family at the Chelsea Flower Show. Royal photographer Ian Lloyd has claimed the pair will be “desperate” for press attention in the future. He told Sky News: “I think they have to remember in 20-years time when they are in their late 40’s or early 50’s or whatever it is, they will desperate for the press coverage, because the press coverage will have moved on to other people, that is what happens.Well, we have to say, until then Prince William and Kate Middleton can give their children the privacy they deserve. You can check out the videos here:last_img read more

Is Virat Kohli Indias Lionel Messi Champion haunted by lack of success

first_imgKohli is yet to get that big knock in a World Cup semi or finalRobert Cianflone/Getty ImagesHe is undoubtedly the best batsman in the world. He is also, undoubtedly, the best ODI batsman of all time, according to the numbers. Virat Kohli has gone from strength to strength and has achieved unimaginable heights of success in all forms of the game. But, great players, across sports, aren’t judged purely on numbers. What matters even more is their ability to perform on the big stage and under pressure.While Lionel Messi has reached the highest peaks of success in football, he would never be considered at the same level as Diego Maradona until he rises to the occasion in a World Cup final, or, at least, a Copa America final. His inability to have done so till now has left him so frustrated, he even once announced his retirement from the game.In cricket, Kohli seems to be having a similar problem. The dashing batsman has raised the bar of performance higher than ever before. His prolificacy and consistency has been unreal. But like Messi, how he performs in the finals and semi-finals of events like the World Cup will be remembered more vividly than all his great innings in lesser events. Boult after getting the wicket of KohliTwitter/Cricket World CupUnfortunately for the 31-year old batsman, he is yet to play that great innings in a final or semi-final that would make his legend complete. In fact, when one looks at Kohli’s performances in semis and finals of major ICC events, the picture isn’t bad but not rosy either.In the three World Cup semi-finals he has played, Kohli has got scores in single digits only: 9 vs Pakistan at Mohali in 2011, 1 vs Australia at Sydney in 2015 and now, 1 vs New Zealand at Manchester. What is most incredible is the fact that he has been dismissed in all these matches by a left-arm pacer: Wahab Riaz (2011), Mitchell Johnson (2015) and Trent Boult (2019). In between, he was also dismissed by Mohammad Amir, another left-arm seamer, for just 5 in the 2017 Champions Trophy final.In the 2013 Champions Trophy, he did play good innings in both the semi-final against Sri Lanka where he scored 58 not out in a chase of 182 and the rain-curtailed 20-over a side final where he managed 43 off 34 balls which proved to be crucial. In 2017 Champions Trophy final also, it was a left-arm seamer, Mohd Amir who dismissed KohliReutersBut in the 2011 World Cup final, he got out on 35 to Tillakrante Dilshan after getting set. His highest score in the matches that we are looking at came in the 2017 Champions Trophy semi-final against Bangladesh where he scored an unbeaten 96 as part of India’s dominant 9-wicket victory. But that innings got overshadowed by Rohit Sharma’s hundred.To be fair, even Sachin Tendulkar doesn’t have even a fifty in a World Cup or Champions Trophy final. So, not getting a big hundred in the big final or even a tough semi-final isn’t necessary for a person to be regarded as the greatest. But certainly, considering how ambitious and desperate for success Kohli is, he would definitely want that hundred in a final before he retires. The problem is that in a big match, even more than in other contests, he has the bull’s eye firmly on him and teams make their best plans for him. Let’s see whether Kohli can overcome this challenge.last_img read more

Landslide death toll reaches 135 as search resumes

first_imgRescure operation being conductedAt least 135 people were killed and many went missing in separate landslides in hilly districts of the southeast Bangladesh.The fire service with local people resumed the operation on Wednesday morning hours after it suspended operation due to bad weather and disrupted communication in the landslides-hit area.Rangamati deputy commissioner Mohammad Manjarul Mannan on Wednesday morning told Prothom Alo that the rescue operation resumed at 8:00am on Wednesday that was suspended on Tuesday night due to adverse weather.The death toll may rise as many people are still missing in the areas, he added.Rescue operation resumes in hilly districtslast_img read more

Shirin Sharmin calls for solution to Rohingya crisis

first_imgDr Shirin Sharmin ChaudhurySpeaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury said the Rohingya crisis should be solved as soon as possible. She urged the international community to come up with a permanent solution in this regard.She said this in her inaugural speech at a two-day conference on promoting equality, justice and human dignity on the occasion of International Human Rights Day at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in Dhaka.The Speaker said the constitution of Bangladesh ensured human rights while the government had several human rights programmes. She stressed the need for equality and poverty alleviation to attain the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals). She also said that development programmes related to employment, skills, gender, women and youth must be ensured.International affairs adviser to the prime minister Gowher Rizvi also sought the international community’s involvement over the Rohingya issue. He said, human rights organisations were publishing lists of missing people, but not checking carefully. People went missing for different reasons and they returned too, but the lists were not updated accordingly. He said law enforcing agencies had the right to arrest anyone, but had to abide by the law in doing or.Kazi Reazul Hoque, chairman to the National Human Rights Commission of Bangladesh, presided over the conference. Regarding the issue of Rohingya crisis, he said Bangladesh had improved in several sectors of human rights. Still abuse of women and children, oppression in safe custody and abduction were taking place. He expressed his concerns over these and urged the government to solve the problems.Persons involved in human rights from India, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines were , working on human rights are participating in the conference.last_img read more

US legislation implicates Myanmars senior army officers

first_imgUS House Foreign Affairs Committee passes a legislation holding senior Myanmar military officials accountable for mass atrocities against the Rohingya. Photo: foreignaffairs.house.govUS House Foreign Affairs Committee passed a legislation holding senior Myanmar military officials accountable for mass atrocities against the Rohingya.The BURMA Act (HR 5819) also urged the Myanmar government to cooperate with the United Nations fact-finding mission, provide access to humanitarian aid groups, facilitate the return of the Rohingya, and release Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, reports UNB.“We commend the House Foreign Affairs Committee, especially the lead co-sponsors, Representative Engel and Representative Chabot, for overcoming this key hurdle,” Francisco Bencosme, advocacy manager for Asia Pacific at Amnesty International USA, said in a statement on Thursday.It reads: “Congress needs to send a signal to the Myanmar military that it cannot act with impunity. This legislation is a crucial step towards addressing the systematic and widespread human rights abuses and crimes against humanity against the Rohingya that have been well documented by Amnesty International.”This legislation also speaks to the urgent need to protect freedom of expression in Myanmar by releasing journalists like Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, according to Amnesty International.Francisco said people should be able to report on atrocities without being put behind bars. “We urge the entire House of Representatives to pass this bill and the Senate to follow suit.”On World Press Freedom Day, Amnesty International USA launched a campaign calling for the release of Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo.Last February, over 300 Amnesty members and supporters from nearly 40 states met with members of Congress to ask them to pass the Burma Human Rights and Freedom Act of 2018 and the BURMA Act of 2017.last_img read more

Viqarunnisa closed amid growing student protests

first_imgStudents take position before the gate of the Viqarunnisa Noon School and College at Bailey Road in Dhaka on Wednesday demanding trial of the ‘instigated’ suicide of Aritree Adhikari. Photo: Abdus SalamThe authorities of Viqarunnisa Noon School and College suspended the classes and examinations (from class I to XII) in all branches for an indefinite period amid growing protests of students and guardians over the suicide of a student named Aritree Adhikari, reports UNB.Mustari Sultana, a sociology teacher and a representative of teachers to the school governing body, said all the activities of the educational institution will remain suspended until further notice.She said the decision has been taken as their students are unable to give attention to their study amid the evolving situation.Responding to a question, Sultana said the school will reopen when the situation will get normal. The students will be informed through mobile SMS, while the guardians will be informed about the exam dates, she added.Students take position before the gate of the Viqarunnisa Noon School and College at Bailey Road in Dhaka on Wednesday demanding trial of the ‘instigated’ suicide of Aritree Adhikari. Photo: Abdus SalamEarlier in the day, the students of Viqarunnisa Noon School and College resumed their demonstrations on the second consecutive day on Wednesday, demanding punishment and removal of its principal and accused teachers over the suicide of its student Aritree.Meanwhile, the probe body, formed by education ministry, has found three teachers of Viqarunnisa Noon School and College responsible for the suicide of Aritree Adhikari, said education minister Nurul Islam Nahid while briefing journalists at his secretariat office.Aritree Adhikari, a Class-IX student, committed suicide at their Shantinagar residence in the city on Monday after allegedly being rebuked by the teachers for using mobile phone during examination.last_img read more

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first_imgRecommended Link Recommended Link World-renowned crypto expert: “I’m revealing my cryptocurrency investment secret” For the next few days, the crypto expert who’s been called “The Oracle” of cryptos on the internet and is followed by over 100,000 people across the globe is revealing his proprietary investment strategy. It’s already helped an “average Joe” named Paul turn $500 into just under $140,000… click here to see what it could do for you. • Tesla’s stock plummeted 7% on the news… You can see that big drop in the chart below. Tesla’s now 22% off its recent highs. You might be tempted to buy it now. But that would be a huge mistake…• Tesla isn’t cheap by any stretch of the imagination… It still trades at a price-to-sales (P/S) ratio of 4.8. That makes it more than twice as expensive as the average large-cap U.S. stock. More importantly, it’s 13 times more expensive than competitor General Motors. And it’s 15 times more expensive than Ford, another major U.S. carmaker. There’s absolutely no reason why Tesla should be this expensive. The company has never once booked a profit. Instead, it’s lost about $4.3 billion since it was founded 14 years ago, and that’s despite massive government handouts. As if that weren’t bad enough, Tesla’s bleeding cash. It’s burned through $2.6 billion in cash in just the last two quarters…and more than $10 billion since it was founded in 2003. If this keeps up, Tesla could run out of cash within the next 12 months.• This is a serious problem… But Musk and Co. aren’t actually trying to fix it. Instead, they’re trying to “paper it over.” According to Bloomberg, Tesla has issued new stock eight times in the last seven years. That hurts existing shareholders. But it gets worse. Tesla also borrowed obscene amounts of money just to keep the lights on. Back in August, it issued $1.8 billion in “junk bonds” to finance the production of its Model 3 vehicles. This isn’t just unsustainable. It’s a recipe for disaster. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if Tesla’s stock goes down in flames the next time it reports a “hiccup.” So, continue to avoid Tesla like the plague. You may even want to consider shorting (betting against) TSLA. Just understand that shorting is risky. So, make sure you know what you’re doing before you put this trade on.Regards,Justin Spittler New Orleans, LA November 6, 2017 P.S. I recently wrote about a better way to profit from the electric car revolution. You can read about it here. Reader MailbagRecently, we shared an interview with Doug Casey’s longtime friend and colleague Bill Bonner: “Bitcoin—Better Money Than Gold?” Today, readers weigh in… It’s only as good as the government that rules over it! Fools rush in where wise men never go… Remember?—Howard By Justin Spittler, editor, Casey Daily Dispatch“Tesla’s shareholders will be in for a rude awakening… Its share price could soon fall off a cliff.” I issued this warning on October 5. But I’m sure some people thought I was crazy for saying this. That’s because Tesla’s stock was up 66% on the year…and more than 900% since the start of 2013. It was one of the hottest stocks on the planet. But it shouldn’t have been.After all, it’s not like Tesla’s raking in cash. It’s never booked a yearly profit in its history.• Instead, Tesla was rallying because Elon Musk is a “visionary”… Musk is the founder and CEO of Tesla. But unlike most CEOs, Musk doesn’t care about quarterly profits. He only cares about changing the world. He wants everyone to drive electric vehicles (EVs). He wants to put solar panels on every home in the United States. And he wants to colonize Mars. These are wildly ambitious goals. But they make for a great story.• That’s why Tesla has some of the most loyal shareholders on the planet…It’s also why many of its investors ignore problems that would send most people running for their lives. Just consider how Tesla shareholders reacted to awful news last month. Regular readers know where I’m headed with this. On October 2, Tesla announced that it had produced just 260 Model 3s, its first mass-market vehicle, during the third quarter. Musk had promised investors 1,500 vehicles. That’s an 83% shortfall. • Normally, a stock crashes when a company whiffs this bad… But Tesla rallied on the news. Again, that’s because Tesla shareholders don’t care about profits, cash flows, or debt. They only care about Musk’s dreams. But here’s the thing. Dreams don’t last forever. Eventually, you must wake up and face reality. That’s why I urged readers to avoid Tesla on October 5. Tesla will miss its production goal again… Tesla’s shareholders will be disappointed again. And next time, they might not be so forgiving. And that’s exactly what happened…• Last Thursday, Tesla reported its worst quarterly results ever… The electric carmaker lost $619 million last quarter. That’s nearly double the $336 million loss it suffered during the second quarter. That’s a staggering loss. But it looks like things will get even worse for Tesla. After all, the company just laid off about 700 employees. That’s about 2% of its workforce. Tesla’s also struggling to ramp up production of its Model 3 vehicle. Last month, Musk said Tesla would produce 5,000 Model 3s per week by the end of the year. But now he’s saying they won’t hit that mark until early 2018, at the earliest. He also scrapped the company’s longtime goal of eventually producing 10,000 Model 3s per week. — In Case You Missed It…Last week, cryptocurrency investing expert Teeka Tiwari hosted the largest webinar in our industry’s history. More than 80,000 fellow readers tuned in to learn how Teeka has found his readers gains as high as 1,626%, 3,274%, and even 21,127% in the cryptocurrency market. If you missed it, Teeka agreed to show a replay of the webinar. Watch it for yourself right here. — Teeka’s new cryptocurrency prediction could make you a fortune by January For the next few days only, crypto expert Teeka Tiwari is revealing his next big cryptocurrency prediction for 2018. Last year’s prediction was spot on… Those who followed his best ideas had the chance to turn a small stake into nearly $200,000. Click here to be among the first to hear his latest. I have one fundamental question—most of the banks are prohibiting sending money from our account to buy cryptocurrencies. Then how to pay for it?—Mukeshlast_img read more

The death of a former major league baseball player

first_imgThe death of a former major league baseball player in his native Venezuela this week is renewing concerns over the Latin American country’s growing health crisis amid ongoing economic and political turmoil.Marcos Carvajal, a 34-year-old former pitcher for the Colorado Rockies and Florida Marlins, died of pneumonia on Tuesday. He fell sick in December, but the antibiotics needed to treat the illness were hard to find. Drugs for Carvajal eventually were sent from abroad but he relapsed, returned to the hospital on Monday and died the next day. The Pharmaceutical Federation of Venezuela estimates the country is suffering from an 85 percent shortage of medicine amid an economic crisis also marked by severe hyperinflation and food scarcity.The entire Venezuelan health care system is on the verge of collapse, says Francisco Valencia, head of the public health advocacy group Codevida. Some hospitals lack electricity, and more than 13,000 doctors have left Venezuela in the past four years in search of better opportunities.”They don’t give food to the patients in the hospital,” Valencia tells Here & Now’s Peter O’Dowd. “They don’t have the proper medical supplies to take care of the people who go to the emergency [room] like gloves, like every basic thing they need for an emergency.”According to the pharmaceutical association, there is also a 90 percent deficit of other medical supplies and drugs used to treat more serious conditions like cancer.The shortage has forced Venezuelans to go looking for medicine on the black market, Valencia says. Even if they find the right medicine, which is often smuggled from Colombia and Brazil and could be expired, most people can’t afford it.The crisis affects Valencia personally, who relies on medication for a kidney transplant.”I haven’t received my medicine since August last year,” he says. “Right now, I’m taking medicines that [have] expired, and my transplant is at risk.”Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro has refused to accept humanitarian aid, blocking shipments of medicine and first aid supplies. Government data shows infant mortality rose by 30 percent in 2016 and malaria infections shot up 76 percent, Reuters reports.”So most countries when they’re hit by a crisis, they’re taking aid from other countries, from NGOs,” Associated Press reporter Hannah Dreier told NPR in 2016. “But Venezuela keeps refusing to take donations that other countries are offering and is actually turning back shipments of donations that people have given in places like the U.S., not letting medicine in.”Drug prices have skyrocketed along with those for food and other basic necessities. The International Monetary Fund predicts inflation will soar to 13,000 percent this year and the economy will shrink by 15 percent.Earlier this week, the government announced it would abandon one of its two official foreign exchange rates, which had been used for food and medicine imports, Reuters reports. The policy change could encourage businesses to import more goods, but critics say it won’t be very effective due to the lack of hard currency in Venezuela.The elimination of the exchange rate was “a step in the right direction because it helps correct foreign exchange distortion,” Asdrubal Oliveros of local consultancy Ecoanalitica told Reuters. “But without dollars, things will continue to be more complicated.”Since the collapse of Venezuela’s oil-rich economy in 2014, the country has struggled to raise hard currency. The monthly minimum wage for many Venezuelans is now equal to $3, according to the AP.Maduro blames the country’s growing crisis on foreign economic sanctions, claiming that the U.S. is leading an effort to wipe out socialism in Venezuela, according to Reuters. Presidential elections are set to be held by April 30, which is much earlier than usual, but Venezuela’s pro-government Supreme Court last week banned the main opposition party from running. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

When Maddy Nadeau was a toddler her mother wasnt

first_imgWhen Maddy Nadeau was a toddler, her mother wasn’t able to care for her. “I remember Mom was always locking herself in her room and she didn’t take care of me. My mom just wasn’t around at the time,” she says.Every day, her older sister Devon came home from elementary school and made sure Maddy had something to eat.”Devon would come home from school and fix them cold hot dogs or a bowl of cereal — very simple items that both of them could eat,” says Sarah Nadeau, who fostered the girls and later adopted them.The girls’ parents struggled with drug addiction, and for several years, the sisters moved in with different relatives and eventually, foster homes. Nadeau says when they arrived at her home, both girls were anxious and depressed and had a hard time focusing in school — especially Maddy, who had been exposed to drugs in utero.”That makes it very difficult for her brain to settle down enough to do more than one task at a time,” Nadeau says.The Nadeaus live on Cape Cod, which has some of the highest numbers of deaths due to opioid overdoses in Massachusetts. It’s also where a growing number of schools are hiring treatment counselors to work with teachers and their students whose families are battling addiction. The counselors work at the schools but are employed by Gosnold, the largest provider of addiction services on the Cape.In October, Congress authorized $50 million a year for the next five years to fund mental health services to help school districts treat students who have experienced trauma due to the opioid epidemic.And an increasing number of school districts across the country are starting not only to screen and treat at-risk kids for opioid addiction, but also access mental health counseling specifically for students whose families and communities are consumed by opioid abuse.”Schools have more kids who cannot access the learning environment,” says Sharon Hoover, co-director of The National Center for School Mental Health at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Children are “suffering from family substance abuse and schools are feeling the burden.”Hoover says bringing counselors and psychiatrists into the schools is an effective approach.”This is considered a preferable model of care,” she says. “The kids show up for treatment services because they’re not relying on a family member to take them somewhere in the community.”These programs are new, but data shows that school counseling for kids at risk for substance abuse leads to less absenteeism and better school performance.In Massachusetts, the schools using the Gosnold counselors report that their students are doing better academically and emotionally.Sarah Nadeau says that has been the case for both Maddy and her older sister, who are leading more stable lives since they began seeing the Gosnold counselors at school every week.”Their day runs smoother. They can get out their anxiety while they’re in school instead of bottling it up, and then go back to class and continue learning,” she says.K’yan Kelly is a Gosnold counselor who works at Lawrence Middle School in Falmouth, Mass. She sees Maddy Nadeau at least once a week.She recently increased the number of days she works at the school because she says so many children are experiencing the chaos of addiction, including the fear that their parents might not survive an overdose.”The unknown of whether a parent will live is a certain kind of trauma,” says Kelly. Also, “if you are a child who has experienced trauma, school itself can have a lot of demands.”The counselors are also there to support the teachers, who must navigate how to educate kids whose families are consumed by addiction.”It’s a lot. You’re dealing with addiction, you’re dealing with trauma, you’re dealing with loss and that’s what they’re up against, a lot of these kids,” says Carolyn Alves. Alves has been teaching for 17 years, most of them at Lawrence Middle School.She has seen an increasing number of students who are living in foster care or have moved in with other family members because their parents are dead, in jail, or struggling with active addiction.”You know that what they need is a lot bigger than what you can give to them as their teachers,” she says.Each school pays Gosnold a fee for its counselors. Private insurance covers the student’s individual sessions. If insurance won’t cover the therapy, Gosnold will absorb the cost. Last year, 17 schools on Cape Cod used Gosnold counselors, this year there are more than 50 schools offering these services to students throughout Massachusetts.”I wish that more schools offered it because the epidemic is everywhere,” says Sarah Nadeau. “For a lot of these kids, school is the only place that is stable. They get their lunch here, they get their education here, so why not give them their support while they’re here at the school?”This story was produced in partnership with The Hechinger Report, a nonprofit, independent news organization focused on inequality and innovation in education. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more

5 Content Marketing Lessons From SNL in the Age of Trump

first_img Director of Sales and Marketing at Strategic Sales & Marketing Register Now » 5 Content Marketing Lessons From SNL in the Age of Trump Guest Writer Add to Queue Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. –shares Content Marketing Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Take today’s key issues and create meaningful content for your customers. 4 min read Image credit: Will Heath | NBC | Getty Images February 27, 2017 Whatever you think of his politics, President Donald Trump has been great for comedy. Saturday Night Live is having a revival of popularity as its hard-hitting satire and perfectly casted actors — like Melissa McCarthy’s hilarious portrayal of White House spokesman Sean Spicer and Alec Baldwin as Trump — speaks to the country’s latest concerns about the various chaos and insanity emerging from Trump’s administration. Related: Is Vocally Opposing President Trump Risky Business?What can other content creators and marketers learn from SNL’s recent resurgence of Trump-related success? Seize upon key issues and crucial conversations.Trump’s presidency is the biggest story in recent political history, so this is an easy one for SNL. Everyone in the national media is talking about Trump all the time. But what about your business or your industry? What are the key issues that your customers are worried about and focusing on? Don’t assume that you know the answer. Use Twitter as a listening tool to see which keywords and topics are trending for your industry and your key audiences. Then you can create content that speaks directly to those areas of concern.  Slay sacred cows.SNL is not afraid to be irreverent, even offensive, toward the most powerful people in Washington. What is the biggest controversial topic/issue in your industry? What are the things that people in your industry should be saying? What stands should they be taking that they are not? What is the elephant in the room or the emperor with no clothes? Find these opportunities and create content that speaks to those issues. Build a reputation as a truth teller. Related: What to Consider Before Your Brand Takes a Stand PoliticallyRally your base.SNL is probably not going to win many fans among Trump’s supporters, but they’re focusing instead on getting a bigger share of fans from the large percentage of Americans who are opposed to Trump. Don’t be afraid to be controversial or even polarizing. Sometimes it’s better to speak passionately to the people who are most enamored with your brand, even at the risk of not appealing to lots of other people. SNL is rallying a big audience of people who are not Trump supporters — and SNL’s ratings are up! In content marketing on TV, it’s often better to have a passionate and lucrative niche following than to fail to appeal to a mainstream mass audience that no longer really exists. Make unconventional choices. McCarthy was cast as White House spokesman Sean Spicer — and her performance was brilliant — but the choice of a woman to play Spicer was also oddly inspired and unexpected. Don’t be afraid to be unconventional. Keep trying new things and elevating new voices within your company. Your content strategy doesn’t have to look like the usual suspects. But stay focused on quality.SNL is having a resurgence of popularity as people tune in to try to get some laughs out of our latest national political news, but even Trump’s biggest opponents won’t want to watch if the show’s not funny. SNL can’t become just a strident platform for anti-Trump statements; it still needs to be a comedy show first and foremost that makes people laugh. In the same way, content marketing can’t be just a stunt or a gimmick or push an agenda. You need to have a foundation of insight and quality that keeps people coming back. Related: How 10 Brands Thoughtfully Chimed In on President Trump’s InaugurationWho knows what will happen during Trump’s presidency, but SNL is leading the way for a vibrant, engaging, no-holds-barred national conversation about politics. This fearless spirit is something that all content creators and content marketers can try to emulate in our own work. Next Article Gregg Schwartzlast_img read more

With HomePod Apple Just Wants to Shake Things Up for Now

first_img Apple’s HomePod speaker is a depth charge dropped into the ocean where Google Home and Amazon Echo sail. At $349, it’s not going to dominate the voice assistant world. But for Apple to achieve its goals, the HomePod just needs to keep the waters rough enough to make its competitors seasick.There are a bunch of weird things about Apple’s HomePod announcement. First, Apple doesn’t like to announce products six months in advance. And while the iPhone and iPad are expensive, they’re not double the prices of rivals. The HomePod is also being sold as a music device above all else rather than virtual assistant. One interpretation is that Apple isn’t going after competing voice assistants but the midrange, wireless multi-room speaker market; the domain of companies like Sonos, Bose and Logitech. Yes, those companies have $200 options, but the Sonos Play:3 costs $299, and the Bose SoundTouch 20 costs $350. Those companies have been slow to adopt the kinds of flexible voice capabilities we’ve seen on Echo and Google Home, and they tend to appeal to a higher-end consumer who thinks the Amazon and Google products look and sound cheap.But I think Apple’s strategy is a little trickier than that. The midrange speaker market is in fact ripe for disruption, and I think Apple’s correct to assume that people who have expensive speakers probably have an iPhone. But by announcing the HomePod six months in advance, Apple’s also trying to draw developer attention away from Alexa and Google Home, making sure that it’s in second, not third place in the eventual war of the voice assistants.Second place is a very comfortable place for Apple, because it’s focused on profit share rather than market share. In a battle between Apple and Amazon, it’s easy enough to see a repeat of the iOS/Android war, where Echo speakers eat up the bottom end of the market while Apple reaps profits at the top. Amazon actually wouldn’t mind this, as (like Google with Android, but not like Android phone makers) its business isn’t dependent on making a profit from hardware.Developers can only handle two platforms.Platforms need developers, and we’ve seen over and over that the tech world is capable of supporting two — not three — platforms in most areas.On the desktop, it’s Mac and Windows, not Linux. On phones, it’s Apple and Android, not BlackBerry 10 or Windows Phone. On high-end tablets, increasingly, it’s Windows and iOS, with Android shunted down to the low end. Sure, the third platform often manages to hang on as a niche, but the two major ones dominate the market. Developers just don’t seem to have the resources to split their attention more broadly.Right now there are three players in voice assistants: Apple, Google and Amazon. Apple is coming late to the game, but it understands the value of not being third. And as it implied by focusing on music in its presentation, SiriKit is way behind the competition in attracting developers right now.Apple needs to get SiriKit into the conversation and to make sure Google and Amazon don’t lock down voice-assistant developers, which could definitely happen in the next six months. By announcing the HomePod now, Apple throws a bit of confusion into that community; should developers keep their powder dry?Google is likely to suffer more than Amazon from this, because Amazon has a lot of third-party partners and an already vibrant developer community. Look at our list of Alexa skills vs. our list of Google Home voice actions: Google is just getting started here. Google’s speaker also sounds better, and costs more, than Amazon’s hot-selling Echo Dot, putting it in a little more danger from Apple’s higher-end product.This doesn’t mean that Apple’s HomePod is going to be a best-seller. Sure, it could be the next Apple Hi-Fi, an expensive audio accessory that ends up being overlooked for better third-party products. But it keeps the waters roiled, and keeps the Google/Amazon duopoly from fixing in place. When developers can only focus on two platforms, that means at least Apple has a chance. This story originally appeared on PCMag With HomePod, Apple Just Wants to Shake Things Up (for Now) Next Article Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Image credit: Apple via PC Mag Add to Queue 35shares Lead Mobile Analystcenter_img June 7, 2017 4 min read There’s room for two smart voice platforms; Apple just wants HomePod to be in second place. Register Now » Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Sascha Segan Applelast_img read more

Google Ventures Launches 100 Million Startup Fund in Europe

first_img 2 min read Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Add to Queue Google Ventures Launches $100 Million Startup Fund in Europe –shares July 10, 2014 Citing the “compelling” success of European companies like SoundCloud and Spotify, Google Ventures is starting a new $100 million fund to support the work of entrepreneurs across Europe. The new office will be headquartered in London, adding to locations in Boston, New York and San Francisco.In a blog post announcing the move, managing partner and Google Ventures co-founder Bill Maris wrote “startups need more than just capital to succeed: they also benefit from engineering support, design expertise, and guidance with recruiting, marketing and product management…We believe Europe’s startup scene has enormous potential.”Related: Who is the Right Investor for You? That Depends on Where You Are Now.Google Ventures, Google’s venture capital investment arm, launched in 2009 and has since contributed funding to 250 companies, including Uber, Flatiron Health, cloud-based companies ZenPayroll and Cloudera, social site About.Me and smart-thermostat maker Nest Labs, which Google bought for $3.2 billion back in January. Google Ventures operates independently from the digital giant, although the startups with the fund’s support do have access to company resources.Click to Enlarge+ Staff Writer. Covers leadership, media, technology and culture. Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Next Article Entrepreneur Staff Note: This PitchBook list displays top corporate VCs ranked by the capital invested since the start of 2013 to May 30, 2014. It ranks firms by the total invested in deals as a whole, rather than just the portion supplied by the individual corporate VC firms.Related: 6 Questions to Determine If a Potential Investor Is the Right Investor Venture Capital Register Now » Nina Zipkinlast_img read more

Testa Analytical Solutions AYE Combo Refractometer Viscometer sets new standard

first_imgJan 29 2019The AYE Combo Refractometer / Viscometer from Testa Analytical Solutions e.K. sets a new standard for the detection of intrinsic viscosity of highly diluted samples. Source:https://www.testa-analytical.com/ This unique instrument is designed to have a high performance refractometer as an integral part of the viscometer, therefore both concentration and viscosity are measured at exactly the same time on the very same sample segment.Related StoriesTesta Analytical Solutions introduces new version of powerful Particle Solutions software suiteRevolutionary instrument for characterizing liposomes and liposome-drug conjugatesDynamic Light Scattering measurements in concentrated solutionsAs a consequence the AYE Combo Refractometer / Viscometer allows a much more accurate determination of molecular parameters and is particular suitable for applications focused on determining the structure and branching of complex polymers.Using a viscometer within a GPC/SEC System, requires a source of a concentration signal to complete the necessary calculations. The limitation of using a standard Differential Refractive Index (DRI) detector for this task, is that it must deliver a corresponding concentration signal for each point on the viscosity curve. This is possible with two separate instruments, precision of the results however, will be limited due to the volume difference of the detectors. A combination instrument, such as the AYE Combo, where both detectors are integral part of each other, overcomes these limitations and allows a much better determination of the sample under investigation.last_img read more

Online intervention lowers mothers intentions to visit primary care clinician for respiratory

first_img Source:American Academy of Family Physicians Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)May 15 2019Visits to the doctor for a respiratory tract infection can lead to unnecessary antibiotic prescribing, but an online intervention with real-time information on locally circulating viruses may reduce mothers’ intentions to visit their primary care doctor.A representative sample of mothers in the United Kingdom (N=806) was randomized to receive the online intervention, including locally enhanced influenza statistics, symptom information, and home-care advice, either before (intervention group) or after (control group) responding to a hypothetical respiratory tract infection illness scenario.Participants in the intervention group had lower intentions to visit the doctor than those in the control group when adjusted for demographic and clinical characteristics. Intervention material was generally well received, with information on symptoms and when to visit the primary care doctor rated as more important than information on locally circulating viruses. If the intervention were rolled out widely, the authors surmise that it would have impact, given the high rates at which parents of children with respiratory tract infections visit primary care clinicians. The authors call for research to evaluate intervention effects on observed behavioral outcomes in real-world settings and examine long-term effects and cost-effectiveness.last_img read more

Lok Sabha elections 2019 EC bans all political ads on poll dayLok

first_imgElection Commission of India The Election Commission has banned all political advertisements in newspapers on poll day and preceding day of the polling unless it is pre-certified from the concerned authorities at state or district level.According to a press release from the office of the Chief Electoral Officer of Assam on Sunday, no political party or candidate shall publish any advertisement in print media on poll day or one day prior to the poll day in all the phases.However, the advertisements can be published if these are are pre-certified from the Media Certification and Monitoring Committee (MCMC) at the state or district level, it added.Assam context“In the context of Assam, the restricted days of advertisement are 10th and 11th April for Phase-I, 17th and 18th April for Phase-II, 22nd and 23rd April for Phase-III,” the release said.The ECI has directed that in order to facilitate publication of the newspaper advertisements, MCMC at state and district level must examine and pre-certify all such advertisements received from the political parties, candidates and others, it added.The three-phase voting for 14 seats in Assam will take place on April 11, 18 and 23, while the counting of votes will be on May 23 after completion of the entire seven-phase voting across the country. SHARE SHARE EMAIL Assam COMMENT Published on April 07, 2019 SHARE The Election Commission of India in New Delhi.   –  THE HINDU national elections advertising However, ads can be published if it is pre-certified from the Media Certification and Monitoring panel COMMENTSlast_img read more

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