Touch Football Australia Sporting Schools Program

Posted On Nov 7 2019 by

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) is thrilled to partner with the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) to build on the linkages that it has with Australian schools. In May 2014, the Australian Government announced that it would be providing $100 million for the Sporting Schools Program. The aim of the Sporting Schools Program is to provide the opportunity for schools to run sporting activities and help get students more physically active. The Sporting Schools Program is open to all of the 5,000 plus primary schools across Australia. The program aims to have sporting programs delivered to more than 850,000 children in the school yard before, during and after school with the support of National Sporting Organisations.The Sporting Schools Program officially released by the ASC in July with sporting programs set to commence in Terms three and four in 2015. In this period there will be in excess of 230 schools across Australia participating in Touch Football programs.  For more information regarding the Sporting Schools Program please visit www.sportingschools.gov.au or contact TFA via sportingschools@touchfootball.com.auRelated LinksSporting Schools Programlast_img read more


Sporting Schools

Posted On Nov 7 2019 by

first_imgSADavid Harrissportingschoolssa@touchfootball.com.au WADion Carrellosportingschoolswa@touchfootball.com.au VICDavid Diacksportingschoolsvic@touchfootball.com.au NSWJocelyn Burnettsportingschoolsnsw@touchfootball.com.au Touch Football Australia is excited to be one of the sports chosen to be involved in Sporting Schools, working closely with primary and secondary schools around Australia to deliver Touch Football. Touch Football Australia would like to thank the Australian Sports Commission for its support with this program.Touch Football is a sport that provides an unobstructed, continuous pathway for both boys and girls to participate equally, often on the field at the same time. At the end of 2016 Touch Football Australia had 694, 427 participants and has set itself the strategic goal of achieving 1,000,000 participants by 2020.Touch Football Australia can offer a range of Field Officer (coach) delivered or teacher delivered packages to suit all needs of your school as well other modified services that Sporting Schools funding can be used for.Please visit the Sporting Schools website for all information on Sporting Schools including:How your school can apply for fundingClosing dates for funding applicationsHow much funding your school is entitled toThe packages Touch Football Australia offersOnce you have received notification of your funding, you can access the Australian Sports Commission’s Sporting Schools Online Booking System, submit your booking request and we will make arrangements for your selected package to be delivered at your school before you know it!For more information please download the Sporting Schools Packages or contact the relevant staff member in your state. Touch Football Australia’s Sporting Schools Packages on offerWe thank you for your involvement in the Sporting Schools Program and the contribution you make to promoting and delivering Touch Football in schools!If you would like further information on the Program, please feel free to email your state based contact or browse the Frequently Asked Questions document below.Frequently Asked Questions StateNameEmail QLDRae Barkersportingschoolsqld@touchfootball.com.aucenter_img TASDes Fogartysportingschoolstas@touchfootball.com.au NationalJolanta Mooresportingschools@touchfootball.com.au NTGeorge Edolssportingschoolsnt@touchfootball.com.au ACTMark Barnessportingschoolsact@touchfootball.com.au Sporting Schools and AffiliatesThe Sporting Schools Program is a fantastic opportunity for affiliates to promote their junior competitions and develop players and coaches in their area.Please click below to view the Powerpoint that outlines how affiliates can get involved in the Sporting Schools Program.Affiliates and Sporting Schools For further information, please contact Jolanta Moore on 02 6212 2800.last_img read more


Update: At Least 3 Dead After Car Crash At Oklahoma State’s Homecoming Parade

Posted On Oct 27 2019 by

first_imgScene of tragic car crash at Oklahoma State's homecoming.oklahoma state car crash homecoming paradeUpdate 5: It’s now being reported that four people have died, including a two-year-old.Toddler among four dead in Oklahoma State homecoming parade crash: https://t.co/2MNmSQ6z3U— USA TODAY Sports (@USATODAYsports) October 25, 2015Update 4: School president Burns Hargis has issued a message to the Oklahoma State community.#OKstate President Burns Hargis with a powerful message pic.twitter.com/JDKe4zy2AD— Kyle Fredrickson (@kylefredrickson) October 24, 2015Update 3: According to the Stillwater Police Department, a 25-year-old woman has been arrested for allegedly driving under the influence. They’ve also released her name. More as we learn it.Driver of car in Stillwater has been arrested for DUI, according to Stillwater police. SIGH.— George Schroeder (@GeorgeSchroeder) October 24, 2015BREAKING: 25 year old female in custody, police say she was driving under the influence. #OKStateHC— Martina Del Bonta (@MartinaFOX23) October 24, 2015BREAKING UPDATE: #StillwaterPD says Adacia Chambers, 25, has been arrested for @OKState Homecoming crash. #FOX23— Jonathan McCall (@JonathanMcCall) October 24, 2015Update 2: According to Lacie Lowry of News 9, three people have died after the crash. Another 10 are in critical condition. 27 had to be airlifted to hospitals. Absolutely terrible.UPDATE: 3 dead, 10 critical, 27 airlifted to hospitals after car plows into OSU homecoming crowd. Driver in custody. pic.twitter.com/6ghm9zLqNv— Lacie Lowry (@LacieLowry) October 24, 2015Update: Oklahoma State has issued a statement on the matter. Oklahoma State University is saddened by the tragic parade incident earlier this morning. Our thoughts & prayers are with those affected.— Oklahoma State Univ. (@okstate) October 24, 2015Earlier: We’ve got some terrible news coming out of Stillwater, Oklahoma this afternoon. News On 6 is reporting that two people have died following a car crash during Oklahoma State’s Homecoming Parade Saturday morning. A vehicle reportedly drove directly into the crowd near the end of the parade route.Witnesses tell News On 6 it was terrifying as a car crashed into parade watchers at high speed. The car was not part of the parade but was on Hall of Fame before crashing into crowds on Main Street. A motorcyclist was also reportedly hit.Twitter users have been posting photos of the scene.Pray for Oklahoma State. Car accident during the homecoming parade. pic.twitter.com/EToQ7RTlgl— anthony (@GroganWayne) October 24, 2015#BREAKING #Stillwater police coordinating multiple medical helicopters ambulances multiple injuries @okstate parade pic.twitter.com/CuILzf4oR9— Tiffany Alaniz (@TiffanyAlaniz) October 24, 2015Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of anyone affected by the tragedy.last_img read more


Activities in ZOSOs to be Maintained until Normality is Restored

Posted On Oct 24 2019 by

first_imgStory Highlights Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, is reassuring that activities, particularly social interventions, which are conducted in communities adversely impacted by crime and violence and are declared Zones of Special Operations (ZOSOs), will be maintained until normality is restored in those areas.“We will stay with the communities for as long as it takes for them to be normalised. It won’t be so much what we do in the initial phase, but moreso the social interventions (thereafter),” Mr. Holness emphasised.The Prime Minister was speaking at an Office of the Prime Minister-Live (OPM-Live) mini town hall meeting at Jamaica College in St. Andrew on Wednesday, November 29.Mr. Holness, who cited misinterpretations of the 60-day timeline in the Law Reform (Zones of Special Operations) Special Security and Community Development Measures) Act by some persons, explained that this is not the expiration time of the Zone, “but the time that (we) should go to Parliament, if we decide to continue”.He indicated that the timeline for the initial ZOSO in Mount Salem, St. James, has been extended, adding that “it is likely that we will renew the Zone in Denham Town (West Kingston) until we are certain that all the threats to the safety and security of the environment have been removed”.Meanwhile, Mr. Holness advised that 20 communities, accounting for more than 50 per cent of the crime occurring islandwide, have been identified.He said that with the requisite resources, “we should be able to bring those communities under the programme of Zones of Special Operations and make a significant impact in the medium to long term on the trajectory of crime in the country”.The Prime Minister, in response to a question, indicated that the extent of security engagements in the Denham Town ZOSO, relative to the Christmas season, would be determined by the joint command of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) and Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).“I believe that they have been operating in such a way as to promote the cohesion and the good spirit within the community. So, I think that they will be responsible and very smart in what they are doing,” he added.Mr. Holness acknowledged that creating a culture of peace in communities adversely affected by crime “does take some time…and hand-holding”.He said that in a number of cases, this will require key provisions to facilitate this undertaking.“It means that we have to be training persons. We have to facilitate persons being able to get their IDs, for example… to get their health checks, to deal with the parenting issues that exist, and to deal with the informal settlements that may exist in those communities. All of those things take time,” the Prime Minister pointed out.Mr. Holness reiterated that the ZOSO is not a knee-jerk response to crime, and emphasised that development of the attendant logistics to ensure the initiative fulfils its ultimate targets of preserving life and creating a safe and secure environment “takes a very long time”.He reminded that the ZOSOs are designed to be a medium- to long-term measure to enhance public safety and security. He said that with the requisite resources, “we should be able to bring those communities under the programme of Zones of Special Operations and make a significant impact in the medium to long term on the trajectory of crime in the country”. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, is reassuring that activities, particularly social interventions, which are conducted in communities adversely impacted by crime and violence and are declared Zones of Special Operations (ZOSOs), will be maintained until normality is restored in those areas. Mr. Holness, who cited misinterpretations of the 60-day timeline in the Law Reform (Zones of Special Operations) Special Security and Community Development Measures) Act by some persons, explained that this is not the expiration time of the Zone, “but the time that (we) should go to Parliament, if we decide to continue”.last_img read more


PEP Website to be Launched

Posted On Oct 24 2019 by

first_img He was speaking at a Teacher Sensitisation and Consultation Session for PEP at the Old Harbour New Testament Church in Clarendon on Tuesday (October 2). Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, says a new website to assist teachers, parents and students in preparation for the Primary Exit Profile (PEP), will be launched by the end of the week. Story Highlights “By the end of this week, we’ll have, fully running, a dedicated PEP website with everything you need to know about PEP; practice items – all the materials… will be available for you 24/7,” Minister Reid informed. Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, says a new website to assist teachers, parents and students in preparation for the Primary Exit Profile (PEP), will be launched by the end of the week.He was speaking at a Teacher Sensitisation and Consultation Session for PEP at the Old Harbour New Testament Church in Clarendon on Tuesday (October 2).“By the end of this week, we’ll have, fully running, a dedicated PEP website with everything you need to know about PEP; practice items – all the materials… will be available for you 24/7,” Minister Reid informed.“Two weeks’ time, after Friday, we hope to have an app that you can just click on and all that information will be available. We have to transition into the 21st century… . We will have the technology-aided teaching and learning material,” he added.Minister Reid noted that printed material will also be circulated. “We’ve had to pull out all the stops [for] those of you who were not comfortable with some of the material online… [and] we have agreed to print the material for you,” he said.The Education Minister reiterated that the content for PEP has not changed from the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT); the “enrichment, the methodology in terms of how we deliver the content, however, would have changed with the National Standard Curriculum (NSC)”.“We are seeking to draw out of the students those high-order skills; not just get them stuck at recall but moving up the ladder from comprehension, analysis, moving right up to synthesis and evaluation,” he pointed out.PEP has replaced GSAT as the national secondary-school entrance examination. It is intended to provide a better and more complete profile of students’ academic and critical-thinking capabilities at the end of primary-level education.It comprises a Performance Task, Ability Task and a Curriculum-Based Task.last_img read more


TEVA HARRISON AWARDWINNING TORONTO CARTOONIST DEAD AT 42

Posted On Oct 15 2019 by

first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: Teva Harrison is the author and illustrator of In-Between Days: A Memoir About Living with Cancer. (House of Anansi Press/David Leonard) Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebookcenter_img “As she said in her book, she wanted to ‘live like a tornado,’ and she did for every part of her life. Full-hearted, eyes wide to beauty and wonder, and pouring love into everyone around her.”The Toronto cartoonist was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer at the age of 37. She began publishing short comics about her declining health and facing the end of her life in The Walrus.Harrison later collected the comics in a graphic memoir called In-Between Days, published in 2016. Eye-opening and darkly funny, the book won the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize for Non-Fiction and was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award for nonfiction. Teva Harrison, the award-winning cartoonist known for her poignant comics about living with an incurable illness, died on April 27, 2019 in Toronto at the age of 42.Her husband, David Leonard, confirmed Harrison’s death on Facebook.“Yesterday, in our house, surrounded by family and old friends, she lay among us sleeping, alternatively waking and smiling as people spoke to her and shared their memories with her. She was peaceful and happy,” he wrote. Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more


Jackson hotel bookings lag last year for holidays so far

Posted On Oct 13 2019 by

first_imgJACKSON, Wyo. — Hotel bookings in Jackson Hole for December are running behind last December’s, but January reservations are ahead.The Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce’s latest occupancy report compares bookings for about a dozen properties as of Nov. 15 with data for that day in 2017.The report shows occupancy on the books and is not intended as a forecast.The Jackson Hole News & Guide reports that for Dec. 1, the report shows 16 per cent occupancy, compared with 21 per cent a year ago.Occupancy for Dec. 19 is 24 per cent, versus 39 per cent in 2017.On Christmas Day, the occupancy on the books is 51 per cent, 13 percentage points below 2017. But on Jan. 1, the occupancy figure is 63 per cent, well above the 47 per cent seen in 2017.___Information from: Jackson Hole (Wyo.) News And Guide, http://www.jhnewsandguide.comThe Associated Presslast_img read more


Men act less interested in sex than they really are

Posted On Oct 12 2019 by

first_imgMen sometimes act way less interested in sex than they really are, perhaps because of the assumption that giving an impression of wanting to have sex with anyone, anytime, is definitely not what most women are looking for, suggests new research. “Men who are overly eager do not come across as attractive,” said study co-author Leif Edward Ottesen Kennair, Professor at Norwegian University of Science and Technology. The findings published in the journal Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences suggest men and women’s real intentions may be different from the signals they send each other. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainFor the study, researchers collected two rounds of data from students at NTNU. The survey included questions like when they last met with a potential sexual partner, and whether they eventually ended up having sex. Researchers found women were much more likely to have sex if they thought the potential partner was attractive. The most important factor in whether men had sex was how many sexual partners they have had previously. This could contribute to their being perceived as sexually attractive and available. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma Award”It’s really the same reason for both men and women – the man’s sex appeal – that decides whether they end up having sex,” Kennair said. Men who reported being the most interested in having sex reduced their signals of interest more. Women, on the other hand, might pretend to be a little more interested than they actually are. “The exception to this general sex difference is when the woman is as interested as the man. In this case, women also pretend to show less interest,” Kennair said. “Both men and women who are truly interested in a partner might be trying to ‘play it cool.’ In economic terms, it’s about supply and demand,” he further elaborated.last_img read more


January 29 2018The community came together to use

Posted On Aug 10 2019 by

first_imgJanuary 29, 2018The community came together to use the foundry on a Saturday January 27th for a recreational bronze pour.Residents worked with volunteer foundry workers to prepare their individual projects into molds. They met several times before Saturday to discuss how to make each piece.After pouring the bronze and letting it cool, residents and foundry volunteers helped to break out the molds made of sand to reveal the personal projects.Here the residents are going through the foundry sand for smaller pieces while a tour visits the unique structure.After breaking out the bronze, the residual foundry sand is brushed off with a wire brush. Finally, the projects are removed from the excess bronze, and weighted to determine the amount each resident will pay for the bronze used.Above are incense holders made by resident Zeb Horn – check out his work at the Arcosanti Art show opening February 24th.(photos by Rebecca Weeks, text by Shannon Mackenzie)last_img read more


Editors note Today were sharing part two of wh

Posted On Aug 4 2019 by

first_imgEditor’s note: Today, we’re sharing part two of what’s proven to be one of Casey Research founder Doug Casey’s most popular essays in recent years. (Make sure to read part one right here if you missed it.) Below, to wrap up our holiday series, Doug continues his discussion on the misuse of words…and why it’s adding to the corruption of civilization itself… Fair. That’s a great word. But everybody’s got a different idea of fair. Put a bunch of money on the table, and let’s divide it up. Well, what’s fair? I don’t know. But I guarantee everybody will have a different idea of what’s “fair.” So, let’s forget about the idea of fair, because nobody knows what that is. It’s a floating abstraction. I have a better idea. Whatever happened to justice? What is “just”? It means everybody gets what they deserve. Now, perhaps you can solve the problem. It’s a bit more specific, more focused, to find out what you deserve as opposed to what’s fair. Because, frankly, some people don’t deserve anything. Simply existing doesn’t necessarily give you a right to a piece of the pie—or even a right to vote on it. But nobody talks about justice today; they talk about fairness. And, of course, this corrupts the moral character of society. What about freedom of speech? You can forget about freedom of speech. One reason is because nobody knows what words mean anymore. You need words in order to speak. But if you don’t define and use words accurately, they mean nothing. Forget about all the non-PC words you’re not even allowed to think, much less use. Freedom of speech is a phrase now divorced from reality. It’s actually no longer very important, except, oddly enough, among the political classes, where it’s become very important in exactly the wrong way. Because freedom of speech, today, often means hate speech. I’m not an antagonistic person, and I like most other people, if they’re of good character. Here’s a shocker for you: I don’t see anything wrong with hate speech. Why? Because there are a lot of things in the world worth hating, because they’re evil and destructive. But, if you want to live in a civilized environment, you shouldn’t conflate so-called hate speech with bad taste. Most so-called hate speech is simply bad taste or stupidity. Outlawing hate speech is far worse than anything that can possibly be said. One good thing about hate speech is that it lets you discover something about the person speaking. If he can’t speak, you may not really know who you’re actually dealing with. Which can be dangerous. Well, of course, now that we have “hate speech,” that draws attention to “aggressive speech.” That’s another newly coined phrase. Be aware of neologisms, newly minted words that the average chimpanzee uses as if they’d been around since the day of Aristotle. One of them is microaggression. This one is really popular with so-called minorities at universities today. It can occur when somebody says something that—by really parsing it in the manner of a Talmudic scholar—might make a person feel uncomfortable. As a result, these weenies are demanding segregated “safe spaces.” It’s not just completely ridiculous. It’s actually psychotic. You should laugh off the concepts of microaggressions and safe spaces, revel in free speech, and recognize the difference between hate speech and bad taste speech. “And that’s a genuine fact.” Does anybody say that anymore? Another change in the language over the last generation is that nobody says fact anymore. Facts are now factoids. “Here’s a factoid.” Do you know what a factoid is? It’s an artificial fact, or something that looks like a fact but isn’t. What, for instance, is an asteroid? An asteroid is something that looks like a star but isn’t. What’s an android? An android is something that looks like a human but isn’t. That’s what the ending -oid means—something that resembles the object in question. So, a factoid is really a phony, made-up fact, a created fact. I never say “factoid” unless I mean something that somebody’s made up. It’s a BS fact. What they really mean to say, to be cute, is factette. A little fact. A trivial fact. But people now use factoid. They don’t even think about what the word means. But that’s true of so many words today… Like United States. Everybody likes the United States. Well, I’m not sure I do, because they so often conflate the United States with the U.S. government. Talking heads will say, “The U.S. did this. The U.S. should do that.” Wait a minute. Do they mean the nation-state that lies in between Canada and Mexico, or do they mean the U.S. government? They’re almost always talking about the U.S. government. So, they’re conflating the U.S. itself, a conglomeration of 300 million people, with the U.S. government. They’re two different things. The U.S. government has a life of its own. And it only really cares about the U.S. the way a flea cares about a dog. A flea needs the dog; it wants the dog to survive. But not because it cares about the dog itself. The prime directive of every living being, whether it’s an amoeba or a corporation or a government, is SURVIVE. That’s the prime directive; it comes before anything else. The U.S. government is an entity that has a life of its own. Its prime directive is looking out for number one. So, don’t conflate the U.S. and the U.S. government. If you mean the government, say it. If you mean the country, say, “…the U.S., and I don’t mean the U.S. government.” Unfortunately, it’s now necessary to be extremely clear. Otherwise, people will assume what they will… But it’s worse than that, because people now conflate the U.S. with America. They’re totally different things. America is a unique concept, and it was an excellent concept. Its values—what it stood for, at least in theory—were actually unique in the world’s history. But people conflate that with the U.S., which is now really just another one of the 200 nation-states that cover the face of the Earth like a skin disease. I’m all for the idea of America. It’s unique, it’s good, it’s wonderful. But the U.S. is just another nation-state, like Burundi, Burma, or Ecuador—there’s less and less practical difference. Be especially careful when you conflate the U.S. and America. Another good thing that people always confuse, conflate, and define improperly today is health care. “We need the state to pay for health care.” “I want to buy some health insurance.” No, you don’t. And, no, you can’t. What they mean to say is medical care. Health care is something you do for yourself. It’s diet, it’s exercise, it’s prudent habits. Those things increase your odds of having health. They’re how you maintain your health. Your insurance policy, whether it’s Obamacare or something else, can’t maintain your health. It only insures some costs of your medical care. — Recall the beginning of the movie Dances with Wolves, when they show the surgeon cutting off people’s limbs on a battlefield. That’s medical care, in effect, emergency damage control. It’s important and necessary, but medical care can’t maintain your health. That’s something you do. But people love to use the words health care; it sounds so wholesome. The political classes never say “medical care”; they always say “health care,” because everybody wants to be healthy, but people are scared by medical care. It means anesthesia, doctors cutting into you, and dread diseases. That’s why health insurance is so easy to sell to the average chimpanzee. It’s because he thinks to himself, “Yeah, health insurance. Sure, I want to insure that my health stays good.” He doesn’t want to think about medical care; that’s a scary scientific thing. So, please don’t say “health insurance” when you really mean “medical insurance.” I just mentioned the movie Dances with Wolves. That was partly about the so-called American Civil War. Well, no, it wasn’t a civil war, and you shouldn’t call it “the Civil War.” A civil war occurs when two or more groups use military violence in trying to take over the same government to control a designated area. That’s not what the so-called U.S. Civil War was about. It was actually a war of secession, where the Southern states were simply trying to secede. A war of secession is totally different from a civil war. The Spanish Civil War was a real civil war. There, the fascists and the communists were both trying to take control of the same real estate. What we had in the U.S. was not a civil war; it was a war of secession. So, call it the War Between the States. Some call it the War of Northern Aggression. Here’s another one: concentration camps. Who can tell me when concentration camps started, and who started them? No one? Most people would say, “Oh, it was those damn Nazis in World War II.” No, it wasn’t. It was the Brits, the wonderful Brits, our perpetual allies, in the Boer War in South Africa. The Afrikaners call it the British War for Gold. The British created the first concentration camps in modern history, incarcerating and intentionally starving scores of thousands of mostly women and children. But that’s kind of forgotten, since the victors always write the history. Or “herstory,” which, believe it or not, some “gender equality” types prefer to say. They believe everything should be politicized whenever possible. When I was in college, people used to joke, “We’ll never have concentration camps in the U.S.; we’ll call them something else.” And, by God, it was a joke in those days—but today, it’s actually true. We now call them detention facilities. Talking about war and concentration camps, do you all remember that until 1946, the U.S. government used to have something called the War Department? That’s what it was called. The U.S., technically speaking, didn’t go to war unless Congress declared war. But since World War II, it’s had nothing but undeclared wars. From Korea and Vietnam, which were pretty big wars, to all these little, but very expensive, sport wars we get into now. We don’t have a War Department anymore. That would be too honest. It’s called the Defense Department, but it doesn’t defend the U.S. Actually, it draws in trouble and danger to the U.S. They should call it the Opposite of Defense Department, because it’s actually the biggest single existential danger to the U.S. Entirely apart from the fact that, fiscally, it’s going to bankrupt the U.S. A generation from now—assuming they don’t start World War III, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Seventh Fleet rotting at the dock like an Argentine destroyer, or like the Soviet Navy 20 years ago. But in the meantime, don’t call it the Defense Department. It doesn’t defend anything. You may be thinking, “This guy doesn’t sound like a patriot.” Patriot. That’s a loaded word. “I’m a patriot, you’re a nationalist, he’s a jingoist.” I’m not sure I know the difference. Why is everybody supposed to be a patriot of the country that they’re born in? I don’t care if you come from Rwanda; you’re supposed to be a patriot. It’s a ridiculous concept. My country is the best one in the world, because I was born there. It’s an accident of birth. If you were born just five feet north of the Canadian border, now you’ve got to be a Canadian patriot. At what point does a patriot turn into a nationalist? And at what point does a nationalist turn into a jingoist? Patriot is a word to use very carefully. Be very, very careful of people that use it promiscuously, because they usually don’t know what it means, nor what its implications are. And they’re often warmongers. It’s similar to the axiom “I’m a freedom fighter, you’re a rebel, he’s a terrorist.” It’s mostly a point-of-view thing. But don’t dare broach the subject to a patriot. God forbid a nationalist or a jingoist should hear it. It’s funny how they call these ISIS people in the Middle East—horrible people, quite frankly—they call them terrorists. Well, I don’t know. They’ve established their own nation-state in exactly the way most nation-states are established. You know, by killing the people that were there before, taking over the government, and killing people that fight against them. They’re nasty. I don’t like them; I’d be one of the first people they’d put up against the wall. But that’s how most states get started. They’re just as legitimate as any other nation-state out there today. People say, “Well, they shouldn’t dismember Syria.” Well, Syria is not a real country. It’s a dozen different tribes that mostly hate each other. Iraq is not a real country, either. It’s at least three separate, distinct countries. Afghanistan, Pakistan, India—none of these is a real country, either. None of those countries in the stans is a real country. What do I mean by that? They have no real ethnic, tribal, religious, cultural, or linguistic homogeneity. None of the countries in Africa is a real country, either. It’s crazy to consider them countries. A real country is homogeneous. There are very few—places like Denmark and Finland—unless they’re overwhelmed with migrants. Most “countries” are actually domestic empires. Non-interventionism. There’s nothing wrong with non-interventionism. It’s a highly benign concept, but nobody says that. If you don’t want to stick your nose into somebody else’s business and kill the natives, then you’re called an isolationist. “These are the good natives; those are the bad natives.” I can’t tell the difference, and I promise you, the morons in Washington can’t, either. Conflating the pejorative word isolationist with the benign non-interventionist typifies the intellectual dishonesty that’s accepted—and rarely challenged—today. Actually, what have I been talking about this whole speech? I’ve been talking about stupidity. So, why don’t we define the word stupidity? It’s usually taken to mean a low IQ. But that’s not a very helpful definition. It’s rather circular. More accurately, stupidity is the ability to see the immediate and direct consequences of an action, but an inability to see the indirect and delayed consequences. That’s a much more useful definition of stupidity. But I’ll give you an even better one. It’s an unwitting tendency toward self-destruction. And so, when I use the word stupidity in reference to the misuse of words and the conflation of concepts, it’s appropriate. These things are not trivial factors in the degradation of Western Civilization. And we’ve only scratched the surface of the problem in the last few minutes. Editor’s note: As you know, Doug is among the most respected investors in the world. Since 1979, he’s called some of the biggest financial events of our time. And now, until tonight only, you can get all of Doug’s future moneymaking research—as well as everything we publish here at Casey Research—as part of our exclusive Casey Platinum Membership. If you’ve wanted to see the many different products we offer, this is a way to save tens of thousands of dollars over the years. To learn more about this incredible opportunity, click here. Just remember, this offer ends tonight at midnight. THIS ENDS TONIGHT! At midnight tonight we’re closing our lifetime membership offer, Casey Platinum, to the public. The doors won’t open again for perhaps an entire year. If you would like to get all of our stock research, for a tiny fraction of what others might pay, CLICK HERE NOW. Lock Her Up Trump won’t go after Hillary Clinton on his first day in office. Instead, he’ll issue a shocking executive order that could send a tiny $1 stock through the roof. – Recommended Linkslast_img read more


At 8 pm on a Saturday night people are starting

Posted On Aug 3 2019 by

first_imgAt 8 p.m. on a Saturday night, people are starting to pack into a popular bar called Harvard & Stone in an East Los Angeles neighborhood. The chatter gets louder as the booze begins to flow.In the far corner, about a dozen women in a group are clearly enjoying themselves too, but they are not drinking alcohol. They’re sipping handcrafted mocktails, with names like Baby’s First Bourbon and Honey Dew Collins, featuring nonalcoholic distilled spirits.They’re part of a sober social club, made up mostly of women in their 30s who want to have fun and make friends without alcohol.The members of this club work out, have demanding jobs and simply don’t want to feel foggy or hungover anymore. Without alcohol, they say, they just feel better.”Oh my gosh. Well, one thing that was noticeable to pretty much everybody was my overall health and, like, my skin, my eyes. … I lost weight,” says Stephanie Forte, who works in sales in the beauty industry.Another social club member, Kathy Kuzniar, says she used to obsess over whether there was enough wine in the house. She says she feels calmer since she became sober, and she has lost 30 pounds.”I’m creative again,” Kuzniar says. “And I know I wouldn’t be doing those things if I was still drinking.”Not too long ago, a group of women in a bar who were not drinking alcohol would have seemed kind of strange. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, 86 percent of adults over 18 report having had an alcoholic drink or drinks at some point in their lifetime, and 56 percent say they’ve had alcohol in the past month. Still, abstaining from alcohol — on a short-term basis or longer term — is becoming more common.”Not everybody wants to get wasted when they go to the bar,” says Forte. Sometimes, being there is just about wanting to be social and fit in.The “sober curious” or “sober sometimes” movement started as a challenge for those who felt they’d partied a little too hard over New Year’s weekend. First there was “Dry January,” when people could brag on social media about how they were taking a break from booze. Now there’s “Dry July” and even “Sober September.” And the movement has spread across the U.S., with people challenging each other to see what life is like without alcohol and share in that experience.Instagram accounts like Sober Girl Society and Sober Nation have tens of thousands of followers, as does Ruby Warrington, author of the book Sober Curious: The Blissful Sleep, Greater Focus, Limitless Presence, and Deep Connection Awaiting Us All on the Other Side of Alcohol, which was released last December.And while there is virtually no downside to taking a break from drinking alcohol — or quitting altogether — science is just beginning to study the ways abstinence might be good for you.Short breaks improve healthSo far, there are a handful of studies that point to some benefits of abstinence for even moderate drinkers — in addition to the widely recognized benefits for people who have alcohol use disorder.A 2016 British study of about 850 men and women who volunteered to abstain from alcohol during Dry January found that participants reported a range of benefits. For instance, 82 percent said they felt a sense of achievement. “Better sleep” was cited by 62 percent, and 49 percent said they lost some weight.Another study published last year by researchers in Britain compared the health outcomes among a group of men and women who agreed to stop drinking for one month, with the health of a group that continued to consume alcohol.”They found that at the end of that month — just after one month — people, by and large, lost some weight,” says Aaron White, the senior scientific adviser to the director at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. “They had improvements in insulin sensitivity, their blood pressure numbers improved and their livers looked a little healthier.” The improvements were modest, White says, but the broad range of benefits the researchers documented was noticeable.To help understand how taking a break from alcohol can influence healthy functioning of the liver, researchers in the Netherlands carried out a separate study to document the biochemical effects of one month of alcohol abstinence.The study was small. It included just 16 people who had been in the habit of drinking about two drinks per day on average. Still, the findings were provocative, scientists say, and merit following up.After a monthlong break, researchers measured levels of a liver enzyme called gamma-glutamyltransferase, or GGT. “There’s an antioxidant made by the liver called glutathione. You can get an indirect measure of how much oxidative stress the liver is under by measuring an enzyme called GGT that helps replenish glutathione stores,” White explains.After one month, the researchers documented a reduction in the participants’ GGT.”The findings of these studies are actually very surprising,” White says. Health risks linked to heavy, long-term drinking are well known, but this is some of the first evidence to help scientists understand how the body responds to even a short break from moderate alcohol use.The sobriety spectrumFor drinkers who have become alcohol dependent, taking a short break is likely not an option. Many people who drink heavily have not had an easy road in managing their relationship with alcohol.Chris Marshall of Austin, Texas, has been sober for the past 12 years. He started drinking in high school, he says, and got his first DUI at 16. Then he joined a fraternity in college and kept drinking.”All my drinking was really centered around community and wanting that connection so badly with other people,” he says.He finally got sober with the help of Alcoholics Anonymous. He became a substance abuse counselor to help others but found that being in recovery was often really lonely.”Those early days of abstinence from alcohol were so tough, because I had no friends,” he says.So he created Sans Bar, a sober bar in Austin. It’s open on Friday nights and some Saturdays — a comfortable place where people can talk, make sober friends, listen to music and, of course, drink some good nonalcoholic drinks. (Marshall likes ginger beer, which he says offers a nice burn in the throat that people sometimes miss when they’re no longer drinking alcohol.)Sans Bar has become so popular that Marshall took the concept on the road this year. He organized pop-up bars in Washington, D.C., New York and Anchorage, Alaska. And he has opened new sober bars in Kansas City, Mo., and western Massachusetts.”What I want to create across the country are these little incubators for social connection,” he says.Over the past 12 years, Marshall has seen a lot of changes in the way people view sobriety. Back when he was getting sober, you either drank — or you didn’t, he says. Now there’s a whole spectrum of sobriety.”Not everyone identifies as sober all the time,” Marshall says. And that’s fine with him.He welcomes to Sans Bar people who are in recovery and those just curious about the sober life, as long as they are substance free when they arrive and while they’re there.”You know, alcohol is the only drug in which you have to give a reason for why you don’t do it,” he says.On a recent Friday night, Rob Zaleski and Kim Daniel walk into Marshall’s bar in Austin. They’re going without alcohol for 30 days, they explain, and are documenting their experience in a podcast and on Instagram at #boozelessATX.”We came to a realization that we were drinking way too often and way too much,” says Zaleski.They wanted to see what new skills and activities they could try out while not consuming alcohol. So far, they’ve discovered archery lessons, played flag football, checked out motorcycles at a biker rally and joined a free improv class.”We’re finding that we can fill our days,” Daniel says, “but sometimes the nights are hard.” Then they discovered Sans Bar.Now, if you’re worried that you are one of the 17 million U.S. adults who are alcohol dependent, and alcohol is causing you stress or harm, seek medical advice. As we’ve reported, there are a variety of treatments beyond Alcoholics Anonymous, including counseling, medications and support groups to help people who want to end that dependency. This NIAAA guide can help you find a program or approach that’s right for you.But if you can and want to experiment with cutting out alcohol while others around you are drinking, Marshall offers these tips for sticking to it: Be vocal about your plans not to drink, bring a friend who supports you and demand a good substitute beverage. Copyright 2019 NPR. 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New etattoo beats conventional methods at monitoring heart health

Posted On Jul 18 2019 by

first_imgCredit: Cockrell School of Engineering, The University of Texas at AustinAccording to the National Center for Health, the leading cause of death in Texas is heart disease, which accounted for more than 45,000 deaths across the state in 2017.Currently, doctors use electrocardiographs (ECG) to monitor the heart – a technology that has not changed in any significant way for almost a century.Now, Nanshu Lu from the Cockrell School of Engineering and colleagues have developed an electronic tattoo technology – a wearable, graphene-based device that is placed on the skin surface where it measures various electrical and biochemical parameters.As recently reported in the journal Advanced Science, the lightweight, stretchable device can be placed on skin across the heart for long periods, without causing any significant discomfort. It tracks heart health by simultaneously taking electrocardiograph (ECG) or seismocardiography (SCG) measurements.With ECG, the rates of electrical activity in the heart are measured for each heartbeat, while SCG measures the associated chest vibrations. The e-tattoo, which is connected to and powered by a Smartphone is the first device to incorporate both ECG and SCG for monitoring of heart health.Related StoriesCutting around 300 calories a day protects the heart even in svelte adultsStudy explores role of iron in over 900 diseasesRepurposing a heart drug could increase survival rate of children with ependymomaMonitoring the heart using ECG alone is not accurate enough to determine heart health properly. However, it does provide useful additional data once combined with SCG measurements, which serve as form of quality control by indicating the accuracy of ECG.”We can get much greater insight into heart health by the synchronous collection of data from both sources,” says Lu.Although e-tattoos that take ECG readings are not a new technology, other technologies such as the SCG sensor are usually non-stretchable devices that are awkward and uncomfortable to wear. Now, Lu and colleagues have used a piezoelectric polymer that generates electric charge when it senses mechanical stress to incorporate SCG measurements into the soft stretchy e-tattoo.The device also includes 3D digital imaging technology that maps chest vibrations so that the optimal position for the device can be identified.A further advantage over conventional technologies is that unlike ECG, the tattoo eliminates the need to attend a doctor’s appointment, where heart health would only be assessed for a couple of minutes at a time. With the e-tattoo, heart health con be monitored constantly over the course of days.Lu and colleagues are now working to improve the data collection and storage the device provides, as well as how it is powered; a wireless form of powering would mean the device can be worn for even longer periods.Recently, the researchers developed a smartphone app that safely stores data and also displays images of the heart beating in real-time. Source:https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-06/uota-nee062019.php By Sally Robertson, B.Sc.Jun 21 2019Engineers at the University of Texas at Austin have developed a new “e-tattoo” that could enable easier and more accurate heart monitoring than the current technology allows.last_img read more


Study reverses previous understanding of how Type 2 diabetes develops in black

Posted On Jul 18 2019 by

first_img Source:Diabetes UK People of black African origin might be getting poorer care because we’re applying what we’ve learnt from white populations to everyone. Many approaches to treating or preventing Type 2 diabetes focus on tackling insulin resistance, but if this isn’t a driving factor for black African people, then targeting this isn’t going to be as effective.As a next step, we’re investigating insulin sensitivity at different stages, in black African and white European men without Type 2 diabetes and with pre-diabetes. This will help us to map how Type 2 diabetes progresses in black Africans, and further unpick how and why this differs from white populations.” Jun 26 2019New research funded by Diabetes UK has reversed scientists’ previous understanding of how Type 2 diabetes develops in black African people. Scientists currently believe that Type 2 diabetes develops because the body stops responding properly to the insulin it produces over time. This is called insulin resistance. But this study, published in Diabetologia, has revealed that insulin resistance is not the chief cause of Type 2 diabetes in black African people, as is the case for white populations.Black African people are up to three times more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes than white European people. Previous research has suggested that this increased risk is due to black African people having greater insulin resistance than other ethnic groups. This greater insulin resistance was thought to result in even higher levels of insulin circulating in the body, and ultimately, to the development of Type 2 diabetes. However, the new study from King’s College London showed this to not be the case.The researchers compared insulin resistance in men with Type 2 diabetes, 18 who were black African and 15 who were white European. They gave the men fixed doses of glucose over a four hour period and then looked at how much insulin the men produced in response to the glucose. They also looked at how their bodies processed glucose and fat, as well as within their liver, muscle and fatty tissue specifically. Finally, participants had MRI scans to assess their internal fat levels. The methods used allowed the researchers to directly measure insulin resistance, whereas the majority of studies to date were only able to estimate.The researchers were expecting the black African men to have greater insulin resistance, as found in previous studies. But they found no differences in insulin resistance between the two groups. Previous research had also linked higher levels of internal fat to high insulin resistance in white European people. But again, this link wasn’t found: black African men had lower levels of internal fat on average and internal fat was not linked to high insulin resistance.The findings go against scientists’ previous understanding of how Type 2 diabetes develops: high levels of internal fat cause insulin resistance, insulin resistance causes insulin levels to rise, and this leads to Type 2 diabetes. Instead, this new theory suggests that Type 2 diabetes may develop in ‘reverse order’ in black populations: high levels of insulin leading to insulin resistance. But the research team doesn’t yet know why insulin levels are high to begin with.Related StoriesSome people treated for type 1 diabetes may have monogenic diabetes, study findsMetformin use linked to lower risk of dementia in African Americans with type 2 diabetesUranium toxicity might have caused obesity and diabetes in Kuwait, finds new studyThe research team now plans to carry out further work to confirm whether their theory is correct and establish the potential reasons behind the high insulin levels. If successful, this work highlights an urgent need for more research into how Type 2 diabetes develops in people of different ethnicities.With this knowledge, scientists and healthcare professionals could move towards more tailored treatment strategies, leading to better care for people with or at risk of Type 2 diabetes from BAME communities.Dr Louise Goff, lead researcher of the study at King’s College London, said: Dr Elizabeth Robertson, Director of Research at Diabetes UK, said: We always need to strive for the best possible care for everyone with, or at risk of, Type 2 diabetes, and finding out more about what causes the condition in people of different ethnicities is an essential part of that process.There is still more to be done in terms of understanding how and why Type 2 diabetes develops differently in black African people, and why this puts them at increased risk. But this research helps us to build on our current knowledge, so we can improve care even further and move towards more personalized Type 2 diabetes treatment and prevention strategies for people of BAME backgrounds in the future.”last_img read more


Chinese companies flee overseas to avoid US tariffs

Posted On Jul 18 2019 by

first_img The world’s two largest economies have been locked in a months-long trade fight after Trump imposed 25 percent customs duties on $50 billion worth of Chinese goods this summer, triggering a swift tit-for-tat response from Beijing. Chinese factories making everything from bikes to tyres, plastics and textiles are moving assembly lines abroad to skirt higher customs taxes on their exports to the United States and elsewhere, according to public filings.Hl Corp, a Shenzhen-listed bike parts maker, made clear to investors last month that tariffs were in mind when it decided to move production to Vietnam.The factory will “reduce and evade” the impact of tariffs, management wrote, noting Trump hit e-bikes in August, with new border taxes planned for bicycles and their parts.Trump warned last week those tariffs—targeting $200 billion in Chinese imports—could come “very soon”.”It’s inevitable that the new duties will lead companies to review their supply chains globally—overnight they will become 25 percent less competitive than they were,” said Christopher Rogers, a supply chain expert at trade data firm Panjiva.Supply chains have already begun relocating out of China in recent years as its rising labour and environmental protection costs have made the country less attractive.Tariffs are adding fuel to the fire, experts and companies say.”China-US trade frictions are accelerating the trend of the global value chain changing shape,” said Cui Fan, research director at the China Society of WTO Studies, a think tank affiliated with the commerce ministry.”The shifting abroad of labour-intensive assembly could bring unemployment problems and this needs to be closely watched,” Cui said, adding the shift would not help the US’s overall trade deficit. Zhejiang Hailide New Material ships much of its industrial yarns, tyre cord fabric, and printing materials from its plant in eastern Zhejiang province to the US and other countries.Trump’s first wave of tariffs on $50 billion in goods this summer hit some of its exports; the next round of $200 billion looks like it will hit several more.”Currently all of our company’s production is in China. To better evade the risks of anti-dumping cases and tariff hikes, our company has after lengthy investigation decided to set up a factory in Vietnam,” executives told investors last month.”We hope to speed up its construction, and hope in the future it can handle production for the American market,” a company vice president said of the $155 million investment that will ramp up production by 50 percent.Other moves abroad spurred on by tariff risks include a garment maker going to Myanmar, a mattress company opening a plant in Thailand and an electronic motor producer acquiring a Mexico-based factory, according to public filings from the firms.Linglong Tyre is relying mostly on low cost credit to build a $994 million plant in Serbia.The entire tyre industry faces a “grim trade friction situation”, Linglong told investors last month, citing “one after another” anti-dumping cases against China.”Building a factory abroad allows ‘indirect growth,’ by evading international trade barriers.” Chart showing the 2017 value of sectors that will be hit by President Donald Trump’s tariffs on Chinese goods Beijing is worried by a growing list of foreign and Chinese firms moving production and factories abroad A growing number of Chinese companies are adopting a crafty way to evade US President Donald Trump’s tariffs: remove the “Made in China” label by shifting production to countries such as Vietnam, Serbia and Mexico. Chinese firms race abroadThe growing list of foreign firms moving supply chains away from China—toy company Hasbro, camera maker Olympus, shoe brands Deckers and Steve Madden, among many others—already has Beijing worried.Less discussed are the Chinese factories doing the same. Citation: Chinese companies flee overseas to avoid US tariffs (2018, September 11) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-09-chinese-companies-overseas-tariffs.html China’s textiles factories are among those looking to relocate abroad to avoid US tariffs Bike industry shifts gearChina’s bike industry faces a similar pivotal moment. The centre of manufacturing will shift away from China in the future, bike part maker H1 Corp told investors when announcing its Vietnam factory.Some of Hl’s customers started moving production—especially of e-bikes—to Vietnam, said Alex Lee, in charge of global sales at Hl Corp. “First of all there is no anti-dumping tax on Vietnam,” Lee said, adding labour costs were lower there as well.China’s growing e-bike industry faces duties not only from the US but also the European Union, which slapped provisional anti-dumping tariffs of 22 to 84 percent on Chinese-made e-bikes in July, alleging Chinese companies benefited from cut-rate aluminium and other state subsidies.The state support Chinese companies receive is key to the Trump administration’s case in taxing Chinese goods, but Hl shows how companies may continue to benefit even after shifting some of their production overseas. Government subsidies, including millions of yuan to “enhance company competitiveness”, eclipsed H1’s profit during the first six months of the year, its filings show.Still the company went ahead and bought an operating factory in Vietnam. Lee noted they had transferred mass production of aluminium forks and steering parts to the new plant from their factory in Tianjin.He did not know if it would lead to job cuts in China. © 2018 AFP Trump calls on Apple to move production from China to US Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more


Facebook says COO Sandberg asked for info on Soros

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first_img Citation: Facebook says COO Sandberg asked for info on Soros (2018, November 30) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-11-facebook-coo-sandberg-info-soros.html The company was responding to a New York Times report citing sources that maintained the second most powerful executive at Facebook was directly involved in the social network’s tactical response to the philanthropist’s criticism of the social network.”Mr. Soros is a prominent investor and we looked into his investments and trading activity related to Facebook,” a spokeswoman said, queried by AFP.”That research was already underway when Sheryl sent an email asking if Mr. Soros had shorted Facebook’s stock.”Investors who sell shares short stand to profit if the price of the stock drops.The outgoing head of Facebook’s communications team last week took responsibility for the controversial hiring of a conservative consulting firm accused of using “black ops” style techniques, acknowledging that critics including investor Soros were targeted.The announcement by Elliot Schrage, who said in June he was stepping down, came after Sandberg has pledged a review of its use of Definers to deflect criticism from the social networking giant.She and Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg maintained they were surprised by an NYT story earlier this month that said the social network was using Definers to link social network critics to liberal financier Soros.The Hungarian-born US billionaire is a favorite target of nationalists and anti-Semitic conspiracy theorists.Schrage taking the hit for the controversy was seen by some as convenient, since he had said he was leaving the social network after working there for more than a decade.On her watchDefiners was hired in 2017 as part of an effort to diversify its advisors in Washington, in the face of growing pressure by competitors and media companies for Facebook to be regulated by the government, Schrage said in a message to co-workers posted online.But its role grew to include looking into Facebook competitors and doing research on Soros-funded campaigns.”Responsibility for these decisions rests with leadership of the Communications team,” Schrage said. “That’s me.”Sandberg, who had previously stated that she had no recollection of working with Definers, revealed at the time that a check of what had crossed her desk showed that Definers was mentioned in some material and in a “small number” of emails she received.”As Elliot said last week, we researched potential motivations behind George Soros’s criticism of Facebook in January 2018,” the spokesperson told AFP.Definers began looking into Soros after the philanthropist labeled Facebook a “menace to society” in a speech at Davos early this year, according to Schrage.”We had not heard such criticism from him before and wanted to determine if he had any financial motivation,” Schrage said.When a “Freedom from Facebook” campaign later began portrayed as a grassroots coalition, Definers determined that Soros was funding some coalition members and shared what they learned with the press, according to Schrage.”Sheryl never directed research on Freedom from Facebook,” the spokeswoman said.”But, as she said before, she takes full responsibility for any activity that happened on her watch.”Schrage joined Zuckerberg and Sandberg in stressing that Definers was not hired to create or spread false stories to help Facebook. Zuckerberg said Facebook stopped using Definers the day the NYT story was published.Zuckerberg has defended Sandberg, saying she “is a really important part of this company and is leading a lot of the efforts for a lot of the biggest issues we have.”Facebook has stumbled from one mess to another this year as it grapples with continuing fallout from Russia’s use of the platform to interfere in the 2016 US presidential election, the Cambridge Analytica scandal in which user data was harnessed in a bid to help candidate Donald Trump, and a huge security breach involving millions of accounts. The outgoing head of Facebook’s communications team last week took responsibility for the controversial hiring of a conservative consulting firm accused of using “black ops” style techniques This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Facebook on Thursday said that chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg asked staff to look into whether billionaire critic George Soros had a financial interest in tarnishing the social network.center_img Explore further © 2018 AFP Outgoing Facebook exec takes fall for hiring opposition firmlast_img read more


Disney profit up as Fox joins the fold

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first_img The entertainment titan said its net income was up 85 percent to $5.4 billion during the first three months of this year on revenue that rose three percent to $14.9 billion.The leap came despite a hit “Captain Marvel” film not matching the dizzying success of a “Black Panther” superhero movie release in the same period last year.Disney’s coffers in the current quarter will benefit from Marvel superhero megahit “Avengers: Endgame,” which has shattered movie box office records.”We’re very pleased with our Q2 results and thrilled with the record-breaking success of ‘Avengers: Endgame,'” said Walt Disney Company chief executive officer Robert Iger. Disney’s fiscal year begins in October.Disney and Marvel’s “Avengers: Endgame” has stormed into historic territory, earning $2.19 billion worldwide in less than two weeks to become the No. 2 film of all time, according to industry watcher Exhibitor Relations.That exalted number pushes the superhero blockbuster past “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” which netted $2.07 billion, and even “Titanic” ($2.18 billion). Only “Avatar” ($2.79 billion) has done better, yet “Avengers” hit its record total in just 11 days.Disney also saw a rise in revenue from its amusement parks, with a new “Star Wars” attraction opening soon at Disneyland Anaheim expected to provide a boost through the year.Disney shares were up less than one percent to $136.20 in after-market trades that followed release of the earnings figures.The jump in Disney profit in the quarter was largely due to an increased stake in video streaming platform Hulu that resulted from its acquisition of Fox assets.There were costs as well, with Disney recording $662 million in charges connected to the Fox merger in the quarter, according to the earnings report.Disney finalized its deal on March 20 for the Fox studio and other media-entertainment assets of Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox including the FX and National Geographic channels. Disney paid $71 billion and prevailed in a bidding war with cable and media giant Comcast, in a deal that left Murdoch with a slimmed-down media group centered around the Fox News Channel and broadcast network.Disney is among some of the biggest names in the media and tech world gearing up to move into streaming, in what could be a major challenge to market leader Netflix.A Disney+ streaming video service is to launch in the US late this year at a price of $6.99 monthly, then gradually be expanded to other countries.Iger said that “Avengers: Endgame” will be streamed at Disney+ video service after it launches.Disney+ will combine offerings from powerhouse brands including Pixar, Marvel, and Star Wars with content from Hulu and sports network ESPN. Disney closes $71B deal for Fox entertainment assets This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further Disney on Wednesday reported that its profit soared in the recently-ended quarter as it merged with 21st Century Fox.center_img Citation: Disney profit up as Fox joins the fold (2019, May 9) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-05-disney-profit-fox.html President of Walt Disney Distribution Franchise Management, Business & Audience Insights, Cathleen Taff, speaks in front of the new Avengers Movie Poster during the CinemaCon Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures special presentation at the Colosseum Caesars Palace on April 3, 2019, in Las Vegas © 2019 AFPlast_img read more


Parched Chennai gets relief as 1st train carrying 25 lakh litres of

Posted On Jul 16 2019 by

first_imgParched Chennai gets relief as 1st train carrying 2.5 lakh litres of water reaches drought-stricken stateThe first water train, carrying 2.5 lakh litres of water in 50 wagons, departed from the Jolarpettai railway station at 7:20 am on Friday and reached Villivakam at 11:35 am. However, the train was first taken to Korukupet yard for maintenance.advertisement Next Lokpria Vasudevan ChennaiJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 17:33 IST Executed at the cost of Rs 65 crore, the train will make four trips every day to deliver nearly 10 million litres of water per day. (Photo: IANS)HIGHLIGHTSThe first water train reached Chennai on Friday to bring respite from water scarcity in the stateThe train is carrying 2.5 lakh litres of water in 50 wagonsThe train underwent maintenance and routine checks before water could be pumped outPeople in Chennai on Friday welcomed the water train which was promised to bring respite from water scarcity that the state has been facing for the past weeks. The train with number 23907 chugged into Villivakam railway station on Friday and was received with much fanfare and excitement.The first water train, carrying 2.5 lakh litres of water in 50 wagons, departed from the Jolarpettai railway station at 7:20 am and reached Villivakam at 11:35 am. However, the train was taken to Korukupet yard for maintenance.The train was later brought to Villivakam station at 2:30 pm when local bodies minister SP Velumani, Fisheries Minister D Jayakumar and other leaders were present at the station to receive the water train. According to officials, Chennai will be receiving drinking water by train after a gap of nearly 18 years. (Photo: IANS)Since the train was late, SP Velumani defended the delay in its arrival and said the train had to undergo maintenance and routine checks before water could be pumped out from the wagons.Executed at the cost of Rs 65 crore, the train will make four trips every day to deliver nearly 10 million litres of water per day.Fifty HP (horse power) capacity pumps have been installed at Villivakam station to complete unloading of water from the wagon in four hours. The decanted water will be carried in 600 metres of pipeline to the Kilpauk Water Works which is 3 km away. The water will be treated and distributed across the city.According to officials, Chennai will be receiving drinking water by train after a gap of nearly 18 years. Water was brought from Erode by trains in 2001 when the city faced a similar crisis.Tamil Nadu government zeroed in Vellore as the city is found to have a surplus of about 30 MLD of water.The Vellore Combined Drinking Water Supply Scheme which is fed by water from river Cauvery was launched in 2015. The first water train is carrying 2.5 lakh litres of water in 50 wagons. (Photo: IANS)On June 21, in a bid to address the severe water shortage in Chennai, Chief Minister Palaniswami announced that 10 MLD of drinking water would be transported from Vellore to Chennai for six months. The state government has allocated funds to the tune of Rs 65 crore to execute the plan.Also Read | Tamil Nadu CM announces water train to help parched ChennaiAlso Read | Water woes: Running out of time | India Today InsightAlso Watch | Is Chennai’s water emergency a man-made crisis?For the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byShifa Naseerlast_img read more