October 20, 2019

On IDay Trump shows world USAs military might

first_imgWashington: Declaring that “nothing is impossible” for Americans, President Donald Trump celebrated the Independence Day with an unprecedented display of the country’s military might at a rain-soaked parade but surprised his critics with a speech that was devoid of his trademark political rhetoric, ahead of his 2020 re-election bid. In one of the least polarising speeches of his presidency, Trump paid tribute to America’s armed forces at a July Fourth appearance before the Lincoln Memorial in Washington that was held amid criticism that the Commander-in-Chief was politicising America’s Independence Day celebrations. Also Read – Turkey preparations for Syria offensive ‘completed’As the Abrams tanks rumbled, fighter aircraft, including a B-2 bomber and a pair of F-35 warplanes roared overhead and the jumbo jet used as Air Force One performed a rare flyover over the National Mall, Trump said, “For Americans, nothing is impossible.” “Our nation is stronger today than it ever was before,” he said and emphasised that the country’s future “rests on the shoulders of men and women willing to defend it.” “As long as we stay true to our cause, as long as we remember our great history and as long as we never stop fighting for a better future, then there will be nothing that America cannot do,” he asserted in his ‘Salute to America’ address. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi Jinping”We will always be the people who defeated a tyrant, crossed a continent, harnessed science, took to the skies, and soared into the heavens, because we will never forget that we are Americans, and the future belongs to us.” Trump, 73, became the first US President in over 70 years to deliver an Independence Day address which the Opposition Democratic leaders criticised for what they alleged politicisation of the country’s declaration of independence from Britain on July 4, 1776. Unlike other countries, the annual celebration of the American Independence Day on July 4 is traditionally not marked by any military parade. Previous presidents have taken a low profile at independence commemorations.last_img read more

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October 16, 2019

Paul McCartney And Pamela Anderson Help Free Sunder The Elephant

first_imgFollowing a rigorous three-month campaign, which saw A-list celebrities, including Paul McCartney and Pamela Anderson, join tens of thousands of people in calling for the release of an elephant from a temple in India, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) UK can confirm that Sunder will soon be freed and on his way to a better life.Thanks to an order just issued by Forest Minister Dr Patangrao Shripatrao Kadam, the 13-year-old elephant, who has been kept chained inside a dark shed at Jyotiba Temple in the Indian district of Maharashtra for seven years, is to be moved from the temple and rehabilitated at a wildlife rescue and rehabilitation centre near Bangalore.Paul McCartney interrupted his Olympic rehearsals to plead for the elephant, and Pamela Anderson was reduced to tears by Sunder’s plight.Sunder, a prisoner of the temple since 2005, has a hole in his ear caused by an ankus – an iron rod with a hook at the end – in addition to scars all over his body and a severely injured eye that’s probably the result of a beating. Two weeks ago, Sunder became violent and uncontrollable in response to the abuse that he has suffered at the hands of his mahout (or handler) and temple authorities, tearing down a pillar and trying to flee his captors. He was subdued and returned to his life in chains.“The difference between Sunder’s cruel life in chains at the temple and his new journey to freedom, love and care is like night and day”, says PETA UK Associate Director Mimi Bekhechi. “Daily walks and mental stimulation are essential to an elephant’s mental and physical health. Lack of exercise and years spent standing in one position on hard surfaces amid their own waste often lead to painful and crippling foot ailments and arthritis. We are grateful to the Forest Minister for agreeing to liberate Sunder and let him enjoy things that are natural and important to him for the first time in his life.”The abuse of Sunder highlights the growing scandal over the way elephants used in Indian temples to represent the Hindu god Ganesha are being housed and mistreated. Frequently controlled through beatings and prodded and gouged in sensitive areas behind their knees and ears, they often languish without veterinary care and are fed unsuitable food. Many elephants at Indian temples also show signs of severe psychological distress – such as swaying, head-bobbing and weaving – behaviour not found in healthy elephants in their natural habitats.Source:PETA UKlast_img read more

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October 16, 2019

Sarah McLachlan To Join StarStudded American Christmas Carol

first_imgMulti-platinum singer/songwriter Sarah McLachlan, actor/singer Ioan Gruffudd, and Zachary Levi come together at Carnegie Hall on Friday, December 4th to perform at Tim Janis The American Christmas Carol.The American Christmas Carol benefit concert for Kate Winslet’s Golden Hat Foundation and The Sarah McLachlan School of MusicThe benefit concert is put together by Music of Hope for Kate Winslet’s Golden Hat Foundation, which celebrates and fosters awareness of those living with autism and The Sarah McLachlan School of Music, which provides top-quality, no-cost music instruction in a safe and nurturing environment for at-risk and underserved children and youth.Additional guest performers include Dove Award-winner Cindy Cruse Ratcliff, The Montclair State University Symphony Orchestra, The American Boychoir, and conductors Julien Benichou and Matt Vanzini.Tickets for Tim Janis, The American Christmas Carol will be available via CarnegieCharge at (212) 247-7800 and at www.carnegiehall.org starting October 16th at 11am. A special 20% fan appreciation discount code will be offered Oct 16 @ 11am, expiring Oct 19 @ 11:59pm. Code: JAN22780Get your tickets here.last_img read more

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October 13, 2019

UK interest rates set to rise as inflation hits 3 per cent

first_imgLONDON – Inflation in Britain is set to rise above 3 per cent in the next month or two due to Brexit-related price increases, the Bank of England’s governor warned Tuesday, reinforcing expectations that interest rates will soon rise for the first time in a decade.Mark Carney’s comments came after official data showed consumer prices rose 3 per cent in the year to September, from the previous month’s 2.9 per cent rate. The increase, which took the rate to its highest since March 2012, was largely due to rising prices for food and transport.If it had risen further, Carney would have had to write to Treasury chief Philip Hammond explaining why inflation is more than a percentage point above the 2 per cent target and what the central bank was going to do about it.In testimony to lawmakers on Tuesday, Carney said he’s “more likely than not” to have to write that letter in October or November.It’s because of this high inflation that the bank’s rate-setting panel is expected to raise the benchmark interest rate by a quarter-point from the record low of 0.25 per cent on Nov. 2. After the last meeting, when seven of the nine members voted for unchanged rates, Carney warned a “modest” hike was likely in coming months despite Brexit uncertainties and sluggish wage growth. Investors think it’s more or less a done deal now that the bank has signalled the increase.“The bank’s credibility has been questioned following numerous false dawns on interest rate hikes,” said Ben Gutteridge, Head of Fund Research at Brewin Dolphin.A rate rise would come despite an expected easing in inflation next year and mounting evidence that the economy is faltering as the official Brexit date of March 2019 draws nearer — it is growing slower than any other Group of Seven industrial economy.The main reason why inflation spiked over the past year is the pound’s 15 per cent or so drop since Britain voted to leave the European Union in June 2016. That ratcheted up the cost of imported goods like food and energy, trebling inflation since September 2016.Carney put his weight behind the need for a transitional deal with the EU after Brexit and indicated that the outlines of a deal should be agreed on early next year to keep financial firms in particular from pushing ahead with contingency plans, including moving jobs out of Britain.“There is a limited amount that firms can do in a short period of time,” he told lawmakers. “It’s important … not too much is asked from them.”He argued that a disorderly Brexit — in which Britain leaves the EU without an agreement on what their new relations should be — is in no one’s interest. That’s especially true for financial firms dealing with complicated contracts and cross-border issues of insurance or data. Though the economic impact of Brexit will be felt most keenly in Britain, Carney said financial issues could be acute for the EU in the short run, as London is a financing hub for many European firms.Fears of a “no-deal Brexit” have ratcheted higher recently as talks between the British government and the EU have made little headway.Carney conceded that firms have become “less confident about a smooth transition” in contrast to households. That warning weighed on the pound, which fell 0.5 per cent at $1.3186.In a speech last month, Prime Minister Theresa May laid out her wish for a transition period lasting around two years after Brexit, during which Britain’s economic relationship with the other 27 EU countries will remain largely unchanged. A transition period could give both sides time to forge a longer-term relationship.While acknowledging that Brexit offers Britain the long-term opportunity to reset its economy, Carney cautioned against moving too far from EU, given that the bloc accounts for nearly 50 per cent of British exports. Those in favour of Britain leaving the EU without a deal worry that any future trade agreement could see Britain replicating EU laws, limiting the country’s sovereignty.“The bird in the hand is quite large,” Carney said.The Paris-based Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development was less coy than Carney. In a wide-ranging report on the British economy, it warned that a disorderly Brexit could see the pound fall further, Britain’s credit rating downgraded and business investment dry up. By contrast, it said that abandoning Brexit, possibly through a new referendum, could yield a “significant” growth dividend.?”The United Kingdom is facing challenging times, with Brexit creating serious economic uncertainties that could stifle growth for years to come,” said Angel Gurria, the OECD’s secretary-general.In a statement, the Treasury said Britain is “leaving the EU” and that “there will not be a second referendum.”last_img read more

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October 12, 2019

Dawson Creek Fire Department responds to structure fire

first_imgFulton says crews were able to contain the fire to the roof and attic space and managed to protect most of the contents within the home.No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is under investigation.While the cause of the fire is still under investigation, Fulton would like to remind the public to fully extinguish cigarettes in water and dispose of in a proper vessel for discarding. DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – Shortly after 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 29, the Dawson Creek Fire Department responded to a call of a structure fire.According to Deputy Fire Chief Bob Fulton, crews were dispatched to the 500 Block of 99th Avenue for a house fire.According to Fulton, there was a fire on the back porch of the home that made its way into the roof.last_img

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October 8, 2019

Lankan Tamil refugee sets herself on fire

The woman poured kerosene on her body and set herself afire in the refugee camp in the late night hours. The sources said the woman had suffered nearly 40 per cent burns. A 31-year-old Sri Lankan Tamil refugee has set herself on fire at a refugee camp at Kottapattu in Tiruchi  in the late hours on Saturday. The woman J. Rohini is undergoing treatment at the Mahatma Gandhi Government Hospital in Tiruchi, The Hindu newspaper reported.Police sources said domestic tiff between the woman and her husband was said to have driven her to resort to the extreme step.

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October 8, 2019

China denies claims it uses debtbook diplomacy with Sri Lanka

China has denied claims it uses “debtbook diplomacy” with Sri Lanka and insisted that all agreements are based on a mutual understanding.Speaking to the media in Colombo today, the Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Cheng Xueyuan said that all loan requests are first assessed by China and then approved based on bilateral agreements reached between China and the respective country. Meanwhile, Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade Malik Samarawickrama, who was also present at the media conference, said that Sri Lanka and China have maintained very cordial relations for centuries. The independent report, written by a pair of Harvard University scholars, identified 16 countries targeted by the Chinese Government for “debtbook diplomacy, ” with Pakistan, Djibouti and Sri Lanka identified as being most vulnerable. “We have been with each other during good times and bad. Right now the relationship between China and Sri Lanka are excellent. I would also like to thank the Government of China for actively participating in the economic development of Sri Lanka,” he said.The Minister also said that there are a lot of investment projects undertaken by China in Sri Lanka, not only from the Government but also from the Chinese private sector.“We have received many inquiries from state hold enterprises as well as the private sector. We have also received many applications to set up a cement plant, rubber based industries etc. All of it will be signed within the next two or three months,” he said. Ambassador Cheng Xueyuan said that China will continue to provide assistance to Sri Lanka adding that Sri Lanka is an important partner with China in the Belt and Road joint construction.He also noted that as of the end of 2017, Chinese companies have completed more than US$15 billion infrastructure projects in Sri Lanka such as transportation, water, electricity, ports and other fields, and made great contributions to the economic and social development of this country.“Sri Lanka has a superior geographical location and a broad development prospect. The Sri Lankan Government and people have also drawn the “Sri Lankan dream” of achieving national progress, economic development, ethnic unity, and religious harmony. This is consistent with the idea of the Belt and Road Initiative and the goal of building a community with a shared future for mankind. As one of the first countries to openly support the BRI, Sri Lanka is an important partner with China in the Belt and Road joint construction,” he said. The Chinese Ambassador however said that the interest charged on the loans are based on market rates and not higher.The Ambassador also noted that most loans given by China to Sri Lanka come with a long grace period. A recent report presented to the US State Department had claimed that the Chinese Government is leveraging billions of dollars in debts to gain political leverage with developing countries across Asia and the Pacific including Sri Lanka. He said that China is sincerely looking to improve the economy of Sri Lanka and with their assistance he has no doubt Sri Lanka will be a better country in the near future. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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October 6, 2019

Afghanistan UN envoy predicts growing opium poppy crop

“Preliminary assessments have projected this year’s poppy crop at around 2,500 tons,” Lakhdar Brahimi, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, told participants at the Second International Drug Control Coordination Meeting, held in Kabul. “The real figure will become apparent once the poppy survey is out but unfortunately, I think it is inevitable that the harvest will maintain Afghanistan’s place at the top of the poppy exporting countries.”Mr. Brahimi hailed efforts by the Government to lower opium production, adding that the authorities “will need the assistance of the international community across a number of government sectors.”Pointing out that controlling drugs is a long-term endeavour, the envoy said, “It will take time to build institutions, time for the economy itself to become strong enough to offer alternative livelihoods to poppy farmers.” read more

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October 2, 2019

Rhode Island beats Brown 7151 behind Langevine

KINGSTON, R.I. — Cyril Langevine scored 19 points and grabbed 17 rebounds for his 10th career double-double and 400th career rebound and Rhode Island beat Brown 71-51 on Wednesday night.Jermaine Harris scored 15 points and Jeff Dowtin had 11 for the Rams (3-2), who shot 37 per cent and outrebounded the Bears 53-40.Harris’ slam off a no-look pass from Fatts Russell put the Rams up 42-30 early in the second half and Rhode Island led by 21 on Ryan Preston’s jumper with 2:08 to play.Langevine’s layup kicked off a 10-2 run and Rhode Island pulled away to a 35-25 halftime lead behind his 12 points.Temenang Choh scored 12 points with 13 boards for Brown (5-3), which made 17 of 57 field goals (30 per cent) and turned it over 19 times.The Associated Press

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September 30, 2019

The Gators Bite Back

On Friday, I noted that the Florida Gators had seen a decline in their chances of winning the NCAA men’s basketball tournament despite beating Albany in their opening game. What hurt the Gators’ prospects? They defeated No. 16 Albany by an underwhelming 12 points, and they drew a tough Round of 32 matchup against Pittsburgh and a looming regional final matchup against either Kansas or Syracuse.But the Gators had a terrific weekend. They thrashed Pittsburgh by 16 points. And they were helped by upsets in the other half of the South region, with No. 3 Syracuse and No. 2 Kansas both losing to opponents with double-digit seeds.The Gators’ game against UCLA on Thursday is no gimme — they have a 72 percent chance of winning it, according to our model.  But conditional upon winning that game, they have an 83 percent chance of winning the regional final against either No. 10 Stanford or No. 11 Dayton and advancing to the Final Four.All in all, the Gators benefited more than any other team from the opening week of the tournament. Their chances of winning the national title are 18.4 percent, up from 14.5 percent before the tournament began. read more

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September 28, 2019

Mens basketball Andre Wessons role expanding in Big Ten play without Keita

Ohio State freshman forward Andre Wesson attempts a 3-pointer against Northwestern on Jan. 22 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jacob Myers | Assistant Sports EditorAfter the injury to junior forward Keita Bates-Diop, freshman forward Andre Wesson has been receiving some valuable minutes off the bench for Ohio State in his first year at the college level.Wesson was a starter throughout his career at Westerville South High School. He averaged 17 points, six rebounds and three assists as the senior leader on route to a 2016 Ohio Division I state title. Now at OSU, he has been asked to be a role player in his first season, but is showing his coaches and teammates alike what his abilities are on the basketball court.After the injury to Bates-Diop, OSU coach Thad Matta has relied on Wesson, not to mimic the highly touted forward, but to play his own style of basketball when his number is called.“I love the way Andre (Wesson) is playing right now,” Matta said. “Kind of coming into his own, and he’s different than Keita (Bates-Diop) but can do some of the same things.”In limited minutes off the bench in Big Ten play, Wesson has averaged 2.6 points per game, with only three rebounds and one assist. However, averaging only 9.7 minutes of playing time, the freshman is third on the team with five steals and has two blocks in conference play.In the Buckeyes’ last game against Minnesota on Wednesday, Wesson played a career-high 19 minutes and was a factor in the 78-72 victory. He connected on 6-of-7 foul shots and nailed a 3 in the second half to extend the lead to eight with 10 minutes remaining.Wesson’s minutes and production has spiked as he becomes more acquainted with the college game.“Just being more comfortable, getting used to the speed of the game,” Wesson said. “That’s probably the thing that has helped. Also, just changing gears a bit more and not playing at one speed. Just slowing down and letting the game slow down.”From what Wesson has done in practice, junior forward Jae’Sean Tate thinks that his production in the actual games will come with time.“He just has to keep getting more comfortable in the game because in practice, I mean when we go scarlet and gray, he dominates. I don’t think he ever misses two shots in a row,” Tate said. “He’s been playing good minutes and has been a big part of our offense and defense when he checks in. We are going to need him to do that and continue to get better.”Going forward, Wesson has some areas of the game where he knows he can improve. When it is all said and done, though, the team comes first.“Probably just being more assertive, being more aggressive on the offensive end,” Wesson said. “Just continuing to just do my job, whatever the team needs me to do to win.” read more

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September 25, 2019

Free childcare pushing annual nursery costs beyond £6300 report suggests

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Free childcare has helped push up nursery costs for families to more than £6,300 a year, a report has suggested.The study by the Family and Childcare Trust found that sending a child in Britain aged under two to nursery part-time, for 25 hours a week, now costs £122 – up 7 per cent on last year.For a child aged two to attend for 25 hours, the cost is £119 a week, up 6 per cent.It suggests that the price rises could be down to a new policy which offers parents 30 hours of free childcare for children aged three and four. “Where the prices providers are paid by local authorities are less than the prices they can change parents, they may put prices up elsewhere to compensate,” the report said. To be eligible for the policy, which came into force last September, parents must be working at least 16 hours a week at the national minimum wage, and neither can be earning more than £100,000.  It’s absolutely no surprise that parents – and especially those with younger children, many of whom aren’t eligible for ‘free entitlement’ schemes – are seeing significant childcare cost increases. The Trust said most local authorities were “unsure” about the effect the policy had had on prices, but added that “where they have seen an impact it has tended to be towards a rise, particularly for three and four year olds outside the entitlement”.  Neil Leitch, chief executive of the Pre-school Learning Alliance, which represents childcare providers, said: “Childcare funding has failed to match the cost of delivering places, forcing many early years providers to increase parent fees to plug this funding shortfall.”The introduction of the 30 hours has only served to exacerbate this problem and so it’s absolutely no surprise that parents – and especially those with younger children, many of whom aren’t eligible for ‘free entitlement’ schemes – are seeing significant childcare cost increases.” Nadhim Zahawi, minister for children and families, said: “The most pleasing finding in the Family Childcare Trust’s report is that parents are now spending less of their wages on that childcare as a result of the steps this government has taken.“There are always challenges when implementing any new policy but we are investing record amounts in childcare – around £6billion a year by 2020 – and are working with the sector, which has responded well to the 30 hour roll out to address them.”last_img read more

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September 22, 2019

ASIA 2016 Bahrain and Qatar for the title

Asian handball championshipbahrainQatar ← Previous Story Zachrisson keeps Swedish Olympic dream alive Next Story → African Championship 2016: Egypt and Tunisia with 100% to quarter-final! The semi-finals of the 17th Asian Championship did not produce any surprise: Qatar and Bahrain will play the final match for the title (replay of 2014 final), while Saudi Arabia and Japan will compete for the bronze medal.Despite strong effort in the first half, Saudi Arabia, without some key players, did not have sufficient power to resist Qatar. After solid first-half display of Saudi Arabia, Qatar locked the defense in the second half. Inspired by several brilliant saves of Goran Stojanovic, Qatar was conceded only 4 times in the second 30 minutes. Final result 22:13 (12:9) clearly indicates Qatar possesses more quality at the moment.In the second semi-final match, host Bahrain had no problem with Japan, winning 29:23 (15:10). Bahrain got solid advantage over Ortega`s side after first 15 minutes and managed to keep it until the end. Japan had no chance for return. At the final seconds of the game, Bahrain goalkeeper Mohammed Hussain managed to score the last goal for his side, making thousands of fans in Khalifa Sports City absolutely jubilant.IHF president Mr Hassan Mustafa arrived to Bahrain and watched both semifinal matches in Isa Town. It is clear top four teams from the Asian Championship have qualified for the 2017 World Championship. The final games will be played on January 28th in Khalifa Sports City hall.TEXT: MARKO SELAKOVIC
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September 21, 2019

Man rushed to hospital after suffering 25ft fall from scaffolding today in

first_imgRead: Dublin Fire Brigade 2-day strike called off as unions agree to meet councilRead: Woman and two young girls killed in overnight apartment fire Image: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland Man rushed to hospital after suffering 25ft fall from scaffolding today in Dublin Dublin Fire Brigade attended the scene at Bull Island earlier today. Short URL Mar 10th 2017, 9:17 PM 22,679 Views Share Tweet Email1 Image: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland 18 Comments center_img By Sean Murray Source: Dublin Fire Brigade/Twitter Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article DUBLIN FIRE BRIGADE attended the scene earlier, where a man rushed to hospital this afternoon after falling from 25ft off scaffolding at Bull Island.The incident occurred at the Royal Dublin Golf Club.The North Strand Fire Engine and Ambulance Service helped the man using spinal precautions, and gave him pain relief using an IV drip.Paramedics treated the man at the scene, before transferring him to hospital.A spokesperson for Dublin Fire Brigade told TheJournal.ie that the man was taken to the Mater Hospital where he was conscious on arrival. The extent of his injuries are currently unknown. http://jrnl.ie/3282149 Friday 10 Mar 2017, 9:17 PM Nth Strand Fire Eng & Amb, with our Advanced Paramedics attended to a male after a 25ft fall. Spinal precautions and IV pain relief given. pic.twitter.com/x4aEF0iEDm— Dublin Fire Brigade (@DubFireBrigade) March 10, 2017last_img read more

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September 16, 2019

Crash victims remain in area hospitals

first_imgA woman and her son remained hospitalized Monday night after a deer caused their sport utility vehicle to go into a ravine Friday afternoon. Jennifer Hanes, 35, of La Center was still at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center Monday night; she was listed in satisfactory condition. Her 9-year-old son, Ethan Hanes, improved to serious condition at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland.The boy was originally admitted in critical condition after he was flown to the hospital from the crash site northwest of Lucia Falls Park. Jennifer Hanes was northbound in the 30000 block of Northeast 152nd Avenue around 1 p.m. Friday when a deer suddenly ran out in front of the vehicle, causing her to swerve and crash into a ravine, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office. She had to be cut from the SUV. The deer was killed on impact.last_img read more

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September 15, 2019

£16bn paid in group risk claims in 2017

first_imgJust over £1.6 billion was paid out by the group risk industry over 2017, showing a £120.5 million increase on payments made in 2016, according to research by industry body Group Risk Development (Grid).The research, which is based on claims data from Grid’s provider members, also found that 25,906 claims were made in 2017 for group life assurance, group income protection and group critical illness.The research also found:Group life policies paid £1,067 billion for 9,404 claims in 2017. The average claim amount for group life policies in 2017 was £113,479.Group income protection policies paid out £466.5 million a year, towards 15,322 claims over 2017; this is an increase of £107.8 million compared to 2016. The average claim amount for group income protection policies was £24,257 a year in 2017.In 2017, £84.3 million was paid out for 1,180 group critical illness claims, which is an increase of £12.7 million from 2016. The average new claim amount in 2017 was £71,463.33.1% of all claims submitted were able to return to work during 2017 because of early intervention measures; 52% of these individuals used the available early interventions to help with mental illness, and 17% used them to overcome musculoskeletal problems.68% of group critical illness claims in 2017 related to cancer, compared to 43% of group life claims and 24.2% of group income protection claims.24.5% of group income protection claims over 2017 related to mental illness, 14% of group life claims related to heart disease and 9% of group critical illness claims were for heart attack cases.7,879 individuals accessed extra help and support during 2017, following a referral by a group risk insurer. Of the 5,255 group income protection claims that went into payment during 2016, 1,955 individuals were supported by their group risk policy to make a full return to work in 2016 or 2017.Of those group critical illness claims that were not paid out in 2017, 49% were because the employee’s condition did not meet the definition of critical illness being claimed for. 48% were because the claim was for a pre-existing or related condition excluded under the policy.98% of the group income protection claims that were not paid in 2017 were because the employee did not meet the definition of disability.Of the group life claims that were not paid out in 2017, 39% were because the claim did not comply with policy terms and 33% were because the employee did not meet actively at work conditions.Katharine Moxham (pictured), spokesperson at Grid, said: “Once again, it’s great to be able to show how employer-sponsored group risk protection benefits support people through some really difficult times through a financial pay-out as well as in other ways.“Grid’s latest employer research cites the key reasons why employers provide group risk benefits. These include helping with recruitment and retention [or] differentiating their [organisation], being able to recoup the costs in improved productivity and team morale, and paternalism.“Enlightened employers see exactly how group risk benefits and their inherent additional services help with engagement and productivity, support employee wellbeing and enable a business to fulfil its duty of care. They also ensure fair and consistent treatment of people, and can put businesses in a prime position to comply with their role in the government’s ambitions for healthier and more inclusive workforces.“One size doesn’t fit all; people’s needs are met when they are treated as individuals. These figures illustrate the very real difference that group risk protection products make to peoples’ lives day in and day out.”last_img read more

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September 15, 2019

Video shows robber dragging woman out of taxi to rob her

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Cameras rolled as a woman was literally dragged out of a taxicab by a thief and robbed at a Miami gas station.According to Miami Police, cellphone video taken on March 17 showed the thief grabbing the victim’s purse, and even dragging her out of a taxi cab, to steal it from her.The woman eventually got the purse back. However, the thief managed to take her cell phone and $200.The violent theft occurred at the Shell gas station located along Biscayne Boulevard and Northeast 54th Street.If you have any information on this robbery, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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September 10, 2019

Spotify launches the Google Docs of podcasting

first_img 19 Photos Pod people: CNET’s favourite podcasts Now playing: Watch this: Comment Soundtrap, a music-making program that Spotify bought in 2017, is releasing a new version of its software designed for podcasters.  Getty Next up in Spotify’s podcasting binge: A program that makes mixing and mastering a podcast easier than putting together a Powerpoint presentation. Soundtrap for Storytellers, launching today globaly, is an online program meant to make podcasting accessible for anyone who believes they everything it takes to be a top podcaster except any sort of audio-engineering skills. One of its slickest tricks is interactive transcripts that synch with your audio recording, allowing you to edit the spoken-word audio file as you would in a text document. The program has a two-week free trial and offers access to many of its tools, with limitations, free. To unlock the full suite, a monthly subscription is $15 a month. Paying upfront for an annual plan breaks down to $12 a month. You can also sign up for a $18-a-month bundle that includes Storytellers and all of Soundtrap’s music-making tools.  Digital Media Music Spotify buys Gimlet and Anchor on its march to rule podcasts CNET Apps Today And as music culture has shifted to streaming, Spotify and Apple Music have emerged as the leaders in the race to dominate subscription tunes. Spotify remains the biggest streaming service by both subscribers and those who listen for free by far. But Apple Music has been growing quickly, and its iTunes service remains the world’s de facto place to find and download podcastsPeople who create their podcasts on Soundtrap for Storytellers aren’t locked into Spotify for any kind of publishing exclusive. The tool has a tool to publish quickly and easily on Spotify, but podcasters are free to download their final mixes and publish them anywhere they like. The program also has a a pseudo-Skype inside the program itself to record interviews with remote guests, and because it’s cloud-based, multiple people can work on the same podcast even if they’re scattered around the world. It also has a big library of free sound effects and built-in instruments and looping tools to make your own jingles. The program lets you publish your podcast transcript to make it easier for people to find it on search engines. Some caveats about the transcripts: A paid Storytellers subscription gives you 8 hours of interactive transcripts a month. During the free trial, you get 30 minutes of interactive transcripts, and the free version of the software doesn’t include it at all. The Storytellers program is available to use globally, but the interactive transcripts are only available for English. The company said other languages are coming but didn’t specify a timeline. The free version of the programs also lacks features like remote-interview recording, the ability to download a high-quality file of what you’ve created, publishing directly to Spotify or saving a library of your own loops.But the podcasters present for Emanuelsson’s demo last week were intrigued by the tool. “Most podcasters are not music makers,” Alex Ikhehedu of the Need to Know podcast said in an interview. But aspiring podcasters are often faced with professional programs made by Adobe or music-geared software like Garage Band with “crazy confusing presents that no one knows how to use,” he said.  “It’s really interesting to get something all in one place, all in one shot,” he said. “It makes it simple … for a user, especially for people who are new to the industry.” Share your voice Tags 1 Spotify acquired Soundtrap at the end of 2017. Sometimes called the Google Docs of music, Soundtrap focused on a music-making program designed to let normal humans record and mix tunes without being an audio engineer. Or, as Soundtrap cofounder and managing director Per Emanuelsson put it last week, you shouldn’t need to know how to use software that “looks like the cockpit of an airplane.””So many people are trying to be creative but they didn’t think they could do it themselves,” Emanuelsson said last week in an interview after presenting the Storytellers product to a group of professional podcasters. Soundtrap’s music-creation tool was designed in the hope of democratizing recorded music production. “That’s what we hope we’ll see here in the podcasting space as well,” he said.   Spotify itself is on a serious podcast binge, as it looks for ways to lure in new and different listeners. Earlier this year, the company bought podcast companies Gimlet and Anchor, part of a $400 million to $500 million podcast investment effort this year. Podcast users spend almost twice the time on Spotify, CEO Daniel Ek has said. “By having unique programming, people who previously thought Spotify was not right for them will give it a try.” 2:28 Spotifylast_img read more

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September 5, 2019

Dinosaur era chickens came out of the egg running says new study

first_imgLas Hoyas, Spain is known for spectacular fossils preserved in 126 million-year-old rocks deposited in a lake environment /HKUHKU MOOC / HKU Vertebrate Palaeontology Laboratory.HKU Vertebrate Palaeontology LaboratoryThe ancient hatchling of birds like chickens and ducks came out of the egg running, according to latest fidnings from the 125 million-year-old Early Cretaceous fossil beds of Los Hoyas, Spain, which have long been known for producing thousands of petrified fish and reptiles. The paleontologists found one special fossil — a nearly complete skeleton of a hatchling bird — that was unique and is one of the rarest of fossils. The lifestyle of this 3-cm long hatchling bird was studied by examining previously unknown feathering of the preserved fossil specimen.”Previous studies searched for but failed to find any hints of feathers on the Los Hoyas hatchling. This meant that its original lifestyle was a mystery,” says Michael Pittman from the University of Hong Kong who led the study along with Thomas G. Kaye from the Foundation for Scientific Advancement in the USA.   Feathers revealed in a ~125 million-year-old fossil of a bird hatchling shows it came “out of the egg running”. Specimen MPCM-LH-26189 from Los Hoyas, Spain is preserved between two slabs of rock: (a) ‘counter’ slab under normal light (b) Laser-Stimulated Fluorescence (LSF) image combining the results from both rock slabs. This reveals brown patches around the specimen that include clumps of elongate feathers associated with the neck and wings and a single long vaned feather associated with the left wing. (c) Normal light image of the main slab. Scale is 5mm. Image Credit: Kaye et al. 2019@Kaye et al. 2019Within hours of hatching, chickens and ducks are up and running as they are “precocial” unlike pigeons and eagles which are “altricial”. The latter require parental cover to keep themselves warm till they develop feathers. When precocial birds hatch, they have developed down feathers and partly developed large feathers and can keep warm themselves and get around without mum’s help.Previous attempts using UV lights failed to detect the feathers. Pittman and Kaye used a high power laser to study tiny chemical differences in the fossils in different colours, to make out previously unseen anatomical details. The new results on the hatchling bird revealed that they had feathers at birth and was thus precocial and out of the egg running.The latest laser technology demonstrates that some early birds adopted a precocial breeding strategy just like modern birds, said researchers. Even during the time of dinosaurs, some enantiornithine bird babies had the means to avoid the dangers of Mesozoic life by following their parents or moving around themselves, they said.”One of the feathers discovered was of a substantial size and preserves features seen in other hatchlings. It indicates that our hatchling had reasonably well-developed flight feathers at the time of birth”, says Jesús Marugán-Lobón, another author of the study from the Universidad Autónoma of Madrid, Spain. Las Hoyas, Spain is known for spectacular fossils preserved in 126 million-year-old rocks deposited in a lake environment  HKU MOOC / HKU Vertebrate Palaeontology Laboratorylast_img read more

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August 29, 2019

Irelands Eurovision entry stars a cute gay couple in music video

first_imgeTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) GAYSTARNEWS- Ireland’s Eurovision song stars a cute gay couple Ireland’s Eurovision entry features a cute gay couple dancing in the snow5 Europop stars to watch out for in tonight’s Eurovision semi-finalWho is going to win Eurovision 2018?Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/irelands-eurovision-entry-features-gay-couple-music-video/ Ireland’s Eurovision entry features a gay couple in the music video.center_img Netta’s TOY, competing for Israel, will also be in the first semi-final.Ireland’s Eurovision chancesBut Ryan has good standing at Eurovision.His uncle Gary represented Ireland in 2001, finishing in 21st place in the final with his track Without Your Love.The UK will represented this year by SuRie and her track Storm.Last year’s winner of the Eurovision Song Contest was Portugal.Salvador Sobral beat out Bulgaria for the Eurovision glass microphone trophy.It was the first time Portugal has won in 53 years.In third place came Moldova, followed by Belgium.And rounding out the top five was Sweden.[embedded content]Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Ryan O’Shaughnessy, who competed on Britain’s Got Talent in 2012, will perform in Lisbon in May with the acoustic track Together.The 25-year-old, who previously also appeared on The Voice of Ireland, unveiled the video this weekend.It sees a same-sex couple walking through the streets of Dublin hand in hand.It is hoped this video will see Ireland through to the Eurovision final for the first time since 2013.Ryan is performing Together during the first semi-final on 8 May.But he will have to get through the semi-final, performing alongside many favorites of the competition so far.last_img read more

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