Eric Decker Steps Up To Help Service Dogs For Veterans With Disabilities

first_imgIn honor of National Pet Parent’s Day on April 27, Deckers Dogs is teaming up with Veterinary Pet Insurance to raise money to help fund the rescue, care and training of service dogs for our military veterans returning home with disabilities.NY Jets’ Eric Decker and Deckers Dogs Team with Veterinary Pet Insurance to Celebrate Pet Parent’s Day.From April 22 through Memorial Day (May 26), VPI will donate $5 (up to $10,000) to Deckers Dogs for every free pet insurance quote generated on York Jets wide receiver Eric Decker and his wife, singer Jessie James Decker, established Deckers Dogs in September of 2013 to provide support to Freedom Service Dogs’ Operation Freedom. Operation Freedom was developed to help returning war veterans and military personnel transition from active duty and combat to civilian life. Active duty service members and veterans with disabilities are placed with highly specialized service dogs that help them find a new level of independence in their post-combat life.For a typical service dog, the journey from shelter to service costs approximately $25,000. With the help of the public’s support, Deckers Dogs has already funded the care and custom training for three service dogs in just six months.“Pet Parent’s Day recognizes the human-animal bond and the commitment pet owners give to their furry family members,” said Eric Decker. “We’re proud to partner with VPI to help build new bonds between those rescued service dogs and our wounded warriors as we free a hero to save a hero.” Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

IfOnly Partners With ACLU of Southern California To Help Raise 500000

first_imgEver dreamed of visiting the set of House of Cards? How about going as a VIP to a star-studded movie premiere and after-party with the cast? The ACLU of Southern California is making this possible on IfOnly, with more than 25 unique celebrity experiences that will be auctioned to benefit ACLU’s vital work.The campaign starts with an Independence Day Shop launching today through Friday, July 21st to round out the celebration of our Independence and honor the importance of protecting civil liberties across America.This is a critical year for our country, and the ACLU of Southern California has been focusing on raising funds for important issues to us all such as racial and religious discrimination; immigrant rights; law enforcement practices and, of course, free speech. The ACLU SoCal has been in the courts, airports and detention centers. The lofty fundraising goal of $500,000 is the largest yet for the ACLU’s annual auction.Fans are invited to bid-on and buy one-of-a-kind experiences starting at $150 per person. Auctions on IfOnly will be live at through July 21st.“ACLU’s work to promote civil rights and civil liberties is more important now than ever,” said Sheryl Crow. “I’m proud to be part of this campaign – a great way to marry my work with one of today’s most important organizations.”“The services of the ACLU are more in demand than ever in its nearly 100-year history,” said Hector Villagra, executive director of the ACLU SoCal. “Luminaries from the worlds of film, television, music, theater and other arts have been astonishingly generous in offering so many great items, services and experiences to put up for bid. We are always grateful for donations from the public. Through this auction, we can offer them something profound, entertaining or just plain fun in return.”“I’m thrilled to offer this experience to benefit the important work that the ACLU of Southern California is doing to protect civil rights for all,” said Robin Wright.For the duration of the Independence Day Auctions, fans can bid-on and buy over 25 experiences such as:1 Meet & greet with Robin Wright on the set of House of Cards 2 VIP tickets to ’The Late Show with James Corden’ and ’The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’ 3 Film premieres and after-parties plus actor meet & greets for top films such as Felt and Wonderstruck 4 Exclusive MTV Movie awards show access 5 Backstage at the Broadway hit Waitress 6 Private meditation session with Russell Simmons at Tantris 7 Coffee with Blake Cooper Griffin or Kyle PatrickPlease visit to view all campaign offerings, including concert tickets, celebrity encounters, memorabilia and more. Bidding via IfOnly ends in three phases at 11:59 p.m. Pacific on July 17, 19 and 21 based on the experience.last_img read more

Notley unhappy no appeal on Trans Mountain willing to let process play

first_imgEDMONTON – Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says she’s not happy with Ottawa’s decision to let stand a court decision that has stalled the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.The federal government has instead appointed former Supreme Court justice Frank Iacobucci to oversee a new round of consultations with Indigenous communities.Notley says she understands Ottawa’s view that this is the best way to break the logjam over the multibillion-dollar project aimed at getting more Alberta oil to tankers on the B.C. coast.The Federal Court of Appeal put a hold on the expansion in August and said the government needed to assess the project’s impact on marine life and further consult with Indigenous groups.Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi says the government does not intend to start the consultations over again, but will use them to address the weaknesses the court identified.Notley says the government should keep all options, including an appeal, open.“Our government does not agree with the decision of the federal government to not pursue an appeal of the original decision,” she said Wednesday.“We understand that pursuing an appeal is a longer-term path towards a solution, and we understand that the path that they are pursuing right now is one that is likely to be more effective and faster.“Nonetheless, until that path succeeds, as far as I’m concerned their job is to keep all options open.”Notley said she welcomes the renewed consultations, because they need to be done, and understands arbitrary timelines can’t be imposed on them — even if that means further delays on resuming construction on the pipeline expansion.“We expect that there may well be a delay past this summer coming up,” said Notley.“I’d like to see construction resume next year at some point, but at the end of the day we know that the constitutional obligation to consult with Indigenous people is such that it must be defined by the consultations.”last_img read more

Amit Shah’s Bengal rally cancelled

first_imgKolkata: BJP President Amit Shah’s scheduled rally in West Bengal’s Baruipur on Monday was cancelled after the landowner who had rented out his property withdrew his consent, a party spokesperson said here. “The rally at Baruipur stands cancelled due to unavoidable circumstances,” the Bharatiya Janata Party spokesperson said. The land was rented out for the rally as well as for setting up a helipad. Apart from the Baruipur rally, Shah was supposed to hold public meetings at South 24 Parganas’ Canning and North 24 Parganas’ Rajarhat. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework The timings of the other two meetings remain unchanged. “The landowner who had rented out the land for the meeting and also for the helipad, withdrew his permission citing that the property was earlier rented out to another political party for organising a rally,” said sources privy to the development. However, the saffron party alleged that they were forced to cancel the meeting due to the autocracy of the Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool government. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen “Mamata Banerjee is running autocracy in Bengal. Today (Monday) Amit Shah was supposed to hold a rally in Jadavpur (Baruipur is in the Jadavpur Lok Sabha constituency) for which we sought the permission 4-5 days ago. That time we were given a hope, but it was suddenly denied yesterday (Sunday) at 8.30 p.m.,” the party said in its Twitter handle. “This is a murder of democracy. The Election Commission must take action against it,” it said. Party’s National General Secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya said: “The District Magistrate is simply working on the behalf of Trinamool. He took a dilly-dallying approach for giving permission for the rally and eventually, the permission was denied last night. The permission for landing of helicopter was initially given and then, it too was withdrawn.” He accused the official of not following the Election Commission’s direction. “He does not deserve to hold his post and the polls would not be free and fair if he stays at his post. We will raise the issue before the commission,” he added.last_img read more

Four missing AUUN peacekeepers remain unaccounted for in Darfur

“Despite an all-out effort on every front, the peacekeepers and their vehicle remain unaccounted for,” said Ibrahim Gambari, Joint Special Representative of the AU-UN peacekeeping mission in Darfur (UNAMID).“Our concern is that that we are now facing a carjacking and abduction situation,” he said in a statement released yesterday. “Notwithstanding recent media reports, we have not been contacted by any party nor have we received any claim or demand of any sort,” added Mr. Gambari, who has been in constant contact with Sudanese Government officials over the incident.The unarmed police advisers’ last movement was reported at 16:00 local time on Sunday. The group, consisting of two women and two men, had just departed their team site outside Nyala, the capital of South Darfur state, on a seven-kilometre journey back to their private quarters.UNAMID has continued to mobilize all its resources in the region and is working in close cooperation with the Sudanese Government and local authorities in the search for the missing peacekeepers. 15 April 2010Four South African peacekeeping serving with the joint African Union-United Nations force in the volatile western Sudanese region of Darfur who went missing on Sunday remain unaccounted for, the mission said, adding that they could have been seized by kidnappers or carjackers. read more

Financials and telecom weigh on stocks in Toronto US markets mixed

TORONTO — Canada’s main stock index fell in late-morning trading, weighed down by losses in the financial sector and telecommunications stocks.The S&P/TSX composite index was down 29.37 points at 16,870.32.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 3.24 points at 26,938.31. The S&P 500 index was down 1.21 points at 2,990.86, while the Nasdaq composite was down 10.53 points at 8,107.14.The Canadian dollar traded for 75.34 cents US compared with an average of 75.33 cents US on Friday.The November crude contract was up 27 cents at US$58.36 per barrel and the November natural gas contract was down 1.1 cents at US$2.54 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was up US$17.50 at US$1,532.60 an ounce and the December copper contract was down 0.35 of a cent at US$2.60 a pound. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 23, 2019.Companies in this story: (TSX:GSPTSE, TSX:CADUSD=X)The Canadian Press read more

UN health agency releases draft treaty aimed at curbing global tobacco epidemic

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today released the draft text of a treaty – set for negotiation later this year – that aims to curb what the agency terms a global “tobacco epidemic.” The draft Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, which was put together by the chief negotiator, Ambassador Luiz Felipe de Seixas Correa of Brazil, details points of potential agreement on such key issues as tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship, the illicit trade in tobacco products, taxes, and international cooperation in such areas as agricultural diversification. Ambassador de Seixas Correa called the draft “a basket of best options” for nations seeking to curb tobacco use and voiced confidence that it would be adopted early next year. “As in any negotiations, there is a process of give and take, and it is my firm belief that this text will meet the target date of May 2003 for adoption,” he said. The FCTC will be considered by WHO member States meeting in Geneva from 14 to 25 October. According to the agency, that round aims to be the penultimate negotiating session before the text’s adoption by the World Health Assembly when it meets next May. read more

Prosecutor decries Belgrades unsatisfactory cooperation with UN tribunal

Speaking at a press conference in The Hague, Carla Del Ponte recalled that on Wednesday the UN Security Council issued a statement reminding all relevant States, “and Yugoslavia first of all,” to cooperate fully with the ICTY.”The [Council’s] presidential statement stresses the obligation of Yugoslavia to comply with the requests of the Tribunal for arrest and transfer of indictees, to make witnesses available and to assist in ongoing investigations,” Ms. Del Ponte said.She also highlighted the Council’s point that “dialogue or lack of dialogue between the Tribunal and the Governments must not be used by the States as an excuse for failure to discharge their obligations to co-operate fully with the Tribunal as required by the UN Security Council resolutions.”Ms. Del Ponte noted that her complaints today were triggered by the fact that the Yugoslav Foreign Minister and President of the National Council for Co-operation, Goran Svilanovic, refused to speak to her yesterday exactly on the issues of cooperation. “So much for a dialogue,” she said.The Prosecutor also divulged that yesterday she sent a letter to the Yugoslav authorities in regard to Milan Milutinovic, President of the Republic of Serbia, to ensure his surrender to the custody of the ICTY and his transfer to The Hague immediately upon the expiry of his term of office. read more

UN staff union leaders in Geneva voice full confidence in SecretaryGeneral

A statement issued after an extraordinary meeting of the Executive Bureau of the Staff Coordinating Council in Geneva expressed alarm at the media’s incorrect interpretation of the New York Staff Union’s position last week concerning the issue of integrity and accountability related to recent incidents involving senior officials.The Council also expressed its “full confidence in and support of the Secretary-General.”Asked whether the Secretary-General would resign following last Friday’s Staff Council resolution expressing dissatisfaction with senior management, Mr. Annan’s spokesman, Fred Eckhard, said, “Let’s not get ridiculous,” adding that a resignation was “out of the question.”The Secretary-General, he said, is the chief executive officer of the United Nations and will have to deal with complaints about management. “Does the buck stop with him? Of course it does,” Mr. Eckhard said, but the Secretary-General will not resign.Responding to questions at the daily press briefing about the Friday vote, Mr. Eckhard said that it had been misreported by some media. The draft resolution had said that the Staff Council wanted to draw the Secretary-General’s and General Assembly’s attention to their lack of confidence in management, not that they lacked confidence in the Secretary-General.Furthermore, the spokesman said, the resolution that was adopted deleted all of that language, and the President of the Staff Council, Rosemarie Waters, later told a television crew that she had the utmost confidence in the Secretary-General. Today’s statement from the Geneva staff offered a similar sentiment, he noted.Asked whether the resolution had been watered down because of pressure from UN management, the spokesman said that allegation was false. Chef de Cabinet Iqbal Riza spoke to Ms. Waters on Friday about discussing the Staff Council’s grievances, and there was no pressure on her to change the resolution.Asked whether Mr. Riza would meet with the Staff Council this week, Mr. Eckhard said that management would provide people to meet with the Council if they wanted a meeting this week. He noted that Under-Secretary-General for Management, Catherine Bertini, would not be available this week. read more

RTÉ releases recording of controversial God Slot show in advance of broadcast

first_imgAN RTÉ RADIO show which was at the centre of controversy last night has been made available to listen to in advance of its broadcast on Radio One tonight.A tweet send out from The God Slot’s Twitter account yesterday evening read:Can gays be cured of being gay? Try The God Slot Fri. 17/01The tweet caused immediate backlash on Twitter and saw whoever was manning the account appeal to people to listen in to the show in order to understand the context of the tweet.An RTÉ spokesperson also told that the tweet was intended to promote the show, which features a report by an undercover journalist who met with and exposed a ‘conversion therapy’ group which claims homosexuality could be cured.The show is now available on the Radio One website in advance of tonight’s 10pm broadcast.RTÉ says ‘curing gays’ tweets was taken the wrong way>Part of The Saturday Night Show removed from RTÉ Player over ‘legal issues’>last_img read more

The search is on to appoint a new Archbishop for the Archdiocese

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Greek Patriarchate of Constantinople is seeking a new leader for the Archdiocese of Australia. Church sources state that there will still be a religious leader appointed to overlook all of Australia, even if there are metropolitan divisions created within the area.His eminence Archbishop Stylianos died on 25 March, aged 83, leaving a lasting legacy behind after 44 years at the helm of the church.READ MORE: What’s next for the Orthodox Church in Australia?The Rethymno-born cleric was Archbishop of Australia since 1975.Athens Archbishop Ieronymos spoke of a charismatic church leader. As head of the church in Australia, he had helped build up the Orthodox education system, opened dialogue with other religions and has left behind a legacy. Hundreds attended his funeral last month..READ MORE: Game of Thrones for the Greek Orthodox Church of Australialast_img read more

GJ 504b une exoplanète rose découverte à 57 annéeslumière de la Terre

first_imgGJ 504b, une exoplanète rose découverte à 57 années-lumière de la TerreEn utilisant le télescope Subaru installé à Hawaï, des astronomes ont observé une planète géante rose et orbitant autour d’une étoile appelée GJ 504. Ce nouveau monde est la planète la plus légère jamais observée autour d’un astre semblable à notre Soleil.Une planète géante colorée d’un étrange dégradé de rose. C’est ce qu’une équipe internationale d’astronomes a découvert et photographié grâce au télescope Subaru installé à Hawaï. D’après les informations divulguées, la nouvelle exoplanète se trouverait à 57 années-lumière de la Terre, dans la constellation de la Vierge. Là, elle orbiterait autour d’une étoile appelée GJ 504, assez lumineuse mais un peu moins chaude que le Soleil.  Le système stellaire aurait approximativement 160 millions d’années, estiment les astronomes. Mais là n’est pas l’aspect le plus remarquable de la découverte. D’après l’équipe, la planète GJ 504b serait l’exoplanète la plus légère jamais détectée autour d’une étoile semblable à notre Soleil. En effet, le corps est environ quatre fois plus massif que Jupiter (qui équivaut déjà à plus de 317 fois la masse de la Terre). Mais sa couleur a aussi de quoi étonner.”Si nous pouvions voyager jusqu’à cette planète géante, nous pourrions voir un monde brillant encore de la chaleur issue de sa formation, avec une couleur rappelant des fleurs de cerisier foncées, un magenta sans éclat”, a expliqué Michael McElwain, membre de l’équipe de découvert du Goddard Space Flight Center. Néanmoins, “notre caméra observant dans le proche infrarouge révèle que sa couleur est bien plus bleue que d’autres planètes photographiées, ce qui pourrait indiquer que son atmosphère possède moins de nuages”. Une planète qui défie la théorie D’après la description à paraitre dans la revue Astrophysical Journal, GJ 504b orbite assez loin de son étoile, à une distance équivalant à environ 44 fois celle qui sépare la Terre du Soleil. Elle est donc très loin de sa zone habitable mais les températures à sa surface atteignent tout de même 230°C, estiment les chercheurs. Or, ceci pose quelques questions vis-à-vis du modèle communément admis concernant la formation des planètes géantes.En effet, selon la théorie la plus largement admise, appelée modèle d’accrétion de coeur, les planètes comme Jupiter ont commencé leur existence sous la forme d’un disque de débris riche en gaz entourant une jeune étoile. Puis un coeur s’est formé par l’intermédiaire de collisions entre des comètes et des astéroïdes qui ont fourni une “graine”. Lorsque le coeur a atteint une masse suffisante, sa force gravitationnelle a alors attiré rapidement les gaz du disque pour former la planète. Ce modèle fonctionne pour les planètes se trouvant à des distances relativement réduites de leur étoile. Néanmoins, la chose est plus problématique pour les mondes se trouvant plus loin de leur astre tel que GJ 504b. Elle “figure parmi les planètes les plus difficiles à expliquer dans le cadre traditionnel de la formation des planètes”, a expliqué Markus Janson, de l’Université de Princeton. Ceci suggère “que nous avons besoin de considérer sérieusement des théories de formation alternatives, ou peut-être de réévaluer quelques unes des hypothèses basiques de la théorie d’accrétion du coeur”. Une technique d’observation délicate La découverte de GJ 504b fait partie d’un projet plus vaste appelé Strategic Explorations of Exoplanets and Disks with Subaru (SEEDS) et visant à observer directement des planètes extrasolaires et des disques protoplanétaires autour de plusieurs centaines d’étoiles proches en utilisant le télescope Subaru. L’imagerie directe est une des techniques les plus importantes pour observer les planètes mais c’est aussi une des plus délicates.  À lire aussiDes chercheurs auraient découvert l’origine de la mystérieuse lumière verte observée par la NASA”L’observation directe fournit des informations sur la luminosité, la température, l’atmosphère et l’orbite de la planète, mais les planètes sont tellement pâles et proches de leurs étoiles hôtes que c’est comme essayer de prendre une photo d’une luciole à côté d’un projecteur”, a relevé Masayuki Kuzuhara, du Tokyo Institute of Technology cité dans un communiqué de la NASA. Les systèmes de jeunes étoiles sont les meilleures cibles pour l’imagerie directe car leurs planètes n’existent pas depuis assez longtemps pour avoir perdu la plupart de la chaleur émise lors de leur formation. Cette chaleur augmente donc leur luminosité à l’observation infrarouge. “Notre Soleil se trouve environ à la moitié de sa vie de production d’énergie, mais GJ 504 b n’en est qu’au tiers de son âge”, a relevé McElwain avant de conclure : “étudier ces systèmes c’est un peu comme voir notre système planétaire dans sa jeunesse”. (crédits photo : NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center/S. Wiessinger)Le 8 août 2013 à 17:32 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

This Giant Vending Machine Dispenses Supercars

first_img Here in the States, our vending machines are pretty tame, really. For the most part, they cater to your snack cravings or help you quench your thirst. In airports, you can maybe score Beats cans or that cable you forgot to pack. In Singapore, they’re a little more adventurous.The Hong family, owners of Autobahn Motors, would like you to introduce you to their pride and joy: a concrete, steel, and glass giant of a vending machine that stands 15 stories tall and spits out supercars and other fine automobiles.There’s something for everyone… provided you’ve got the credit to back up your selection. Fancy a real supercar? Take your pick from a 2014 McLaren 650S, 2012 Lamborghini Aventador, or a pair of 2008 Ferrari F430 F1s.Coke? A Snickers bar? Ear buds? Hold my beer.Maybe vintage wheels are more your thing. Autobahn Motors certainly hasn’t forgotten about classic car lovers. They’ve listed a stunning 1954 Morgan Plus 4, a 1967 Mercedes 250 SL Pagoda, and a 1977 Ferrari Dino GT4 in an eye-popping chartreuse. Feast your eyes on this one:TechCrunch reports that the Hongs’ “dealership” can stock up to 60 vehicles at a time. So how do you buy one? Not by swiping your platinum card through a magstripe reader on the side of the building. This is 2017, so naturally, there’s a mobile app that walks buyers through the purchase process.As crazy as Autobahn Motors looks from the street, it’s a very creative solution to a very real problem. Prime real estate is hard to come by in Singapore, so a traditional dealer’s lot just isn’t a good fit. Similar creations have sprung up in other countries with extremely dense urban areas, though they’re typically used to park large numbers of cars efficiently. Keto Turns Your Smartphone Into Your Car KeysAston Martin Will Build You Your Very Own Supervillain Lair Stay on targetlast_img read more

Johnny Gargano vs Tommaso Ciampa in a Street Fight headlines NXT TakeOver

first_img NXT will present the next WWE Network special with NXT TakeOver: Chicago II tonight at the Allstate Arena starting at 8:00 p.m. Eastern (7:00 CT) on the WWE Network.Top matches being advertised for tonight’s special in Chicago includes Johnny Gargano vs. Tommaso Ciampa in a Street Fight match and Aleister Black defending the NXT Championship against No. 1 contender Lars Sullivan.Here is the card for tonight:Street Fight MatchJohnny Gargano vs. Tommaso CiampaNXT ChampionshipAleister Black (c) vs. Lars SullivanNXT Women’s ChampionshipShayna Baszler (c) vs. Nikki CrossRicochet vs. The Velveteen DreamNXT Tag Team ChampionshipsThe Undisputed Era (c’s) vs. Oney Lorcan and Danny will have live coverage of NXT TakeOver beginning tonight at 8:00 PM Eastern (7:00 CT) followed by coverage of a post-TakeOver conference call with Paul “Triple H” Levesque speaking with members of the wrestling media. Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 9/13 NXT Live Results: Cocoa, FL (Dain vs. Kushida, NXT North American Title Match) WhatsApp WALTER and Kassius Ohno set to compete at EVOLVE 135 and 136 Live Events Google+center_img Pinterest NXT Highlights: Johnny Gargano addresses NXT future, Baszler vs. Ripley, Pete Dunne in action Twitter Facebooklast_img read more

Middlesbrough wants to contain Crystal Palace

first_imgThe Championship team will host the English Premier League club Eagles in the Carabao Cup this Wednesday night at Riverside StadiumMiddlesbrough F.C. is currently sitting third in the English Championship.And on Wednesday the North Yorkshire team will host Crystal Palace, who is in the 14th position in the Premier League.But for Middlesbrough coach Tony Pulis, things will be different trying to win in the Carabao Cup match.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“The Palace game, I’ll make a lot of changes, I’ve got to do that,” he said to The Gazette Live.“The players have had so many games and people forget about the international break, some players have played for their countries in the heart of Europe.”“I’ll be looking at the team carefully although we want to do well and want to win the game,” he added.“I’ve obviously got a lot of affection for Stoke-on-Trent and the football club but we’ll be looking to put a performance in.”last_img read more

Denali restored as official name for North Americas tallest peak

first_imgPhoto: National Park ServicePresident Obama is due to arrive in Alaska on Monday, and the White House says he will announce a new official name for North America’s tallest mountain.The Alaskan peak known as Mount McKinley since the late 19th century will now be called “Denali.”Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said this weekend that, with Obama’s endorsement, she’s issued an order to rename the mountain Denali, its traditional Koyukon Athabaskan name.Alaskans have been pressing for that change for more than 40 years but they’ve always been blocked by Congress members from Ohio, birthplace of President William McKinley.The announcement is one of several Alaska-specific initiatives Obama is expected to unveil over the next three days as he travels the state to draw attention to the effects of climate change.Researchers say the Arctic is warming faster than any other place on earth.last_img read more

Vizag Pineapple growers prosper with the rise in sales in urban

first_imgVisakhapatnam: After selling 1,600 pineapples in a couple of days in Kakinada, S Krishna Rao, a pineapple grower near Seethampeta, Srikakulam district, is delighted to see an equally encouraging response from customers in Visakhapatnam for the aromatic fruit. He is one among a team of organic farmers associated with the farmer-producer groups, Integrated Tribal Development Agency (ITDA), who headed to the port city with a hope to make considerable proceeds from sacks of pineapples. Also Read – Producing films, serials my ambition, says Nani Advertise With Us Making use of the facilities provided by ITDA, Seethampeta and Marketing Department, tribal pineapple growers find it viable to sell their produce in Srikakulam, Vizianagaram, Visakhapatnam, Rajamahendravaram, Kakinada, Eluru, Vijayawada and Guntur. Initiated by the then ITDA, Seethampeta Project Officer Siva Sankar Lotheti (now Joint Collector of Visakhapatnam), several pineapple growers find the sale of their organic produce improving substantially. With 50% transport subsidy, stalls at Rythu Bazaars and godowns provided at nominal rentals to ITDA farmers, they find it a lucrative to sell their produce in cities and towns compared to mandals they come from. “The fruit which they sell for Rs.5 or Rs.6 per piece in their village are being sold here at Rs.20 to Rs.30 depending on the size. Also Read – Students told to make Swatch Bharat a success: Collector Mohammad Imtiaz Advertise With Us There is a growing demand for organic fruit in the market which is witnessing a sale of almost 300 to 400 pineapples a day,” observes B N M Raju, estate officer, Peda Waltair. Horticulture Department officials say that the increasing demand for pineapples in cities like Visakhapatnam is making the farmers shift to places. “In Seethampeta alone, about 2,500 people are engaged in pineapple farming spread over 5,000 acres approximately. There is an annual production of 2.50 lakh tonnes of pineapples in the area. However, with the platform facilitated by the ITDA and Marketing department, there is price stability for the pineapple growers, leading to a rise of 40% to 50% in their sale proceeds,” says Kanchi Satyanarayana Reddy, Assistant Director Horticulture, ITDA, Seethampeta.last_img read more

Anker Deals Discount on PowerWave Wireless Charger PowerLine Cables Roav VIVA More

first_imgNew Anker deals are now live and there are discounts on the brand new PowerWave wireless charging pad, PowerLine+ cables and a whole lot more.This Week’s Anker Deals Will Land You Discounts on Some of the Hottest Stuff AvailableKicking things off is the discount on the Anker PowerWave 7.5 wireless charger. Usually it goes for around $45.99, but for a limited time only it’s down to just $31.99. This will charge your iPhone at full speed including all your Galaxy devices. Also, the Astro E1 compact power bank is on sale too, with the price dropping to just $14.99 from $19.99If you are into cables, then you can grab the PowerLine+ USB-C to USB-A too for a price of just $9.99. These are available in both red and gray color options and they look great as much as they are tough.Roav VIVA is seeing a discount too today. The Alexa-enabled smart car charger is down to just $39.99 from $49.99. I would highly recommend picking this one up if you are looking to add some smarts to your car.Anker’s famous ergonomic optical USB wired mouse is discounted too today. It’s down to just $11.99 from $14.99. It makes up for a nice little accessory to have with your notebook on the go.The iPhone 8 silicone case is discounted to $5.99 from $15.99 if you apply the code ANIP8599 at checkout. That’s not all, the iPhone 8 Plus Rise Case with kickstand is discounted too, with the price falling to $4.99 from $12.99 if you apply the code ANIP8499 at checkout. iPhone X users can pick up an Anker TPU case for as little as $3.99 if they apply the code ANIPX399 at checkout.Smart home products are discounted too. The Eufy HomeVac Duo is discounted to $75.99 from $109.99, the Eufy Lumi plug-in night light is down to just $15.19 whereas the 33-feet Eufy Starlit string lights are down to just $6.99. Share Tweet Submitlast_img read more

Australian Pediatric Healthcare Network Adopts ResolutionMD Viewer

first_img News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative read more August 30, 2018 — New South Wales, Australia’s Newborn and pediatric Emergency Transport Service (NETS) recently upgraded its Enterprise Image Repository (EIR) to deliver diagnostic-quality image access to the NETS network for 24/7 emergency transport of emergency pediatric cases.  In New South Wales, Australia’s most populous state that is bigger than Texas, there are 254 hospitals to serve its population of nearly 8 million. However, among these hospitals only 10 have neonatal intensive care capacity and only three have pediatric intensive care capacity. To solve this care gap, in 1979 the state established NETS to provide 24/7 emergency transport of emergency pediatric cases to Sydney Children’s Hospital or other locations.Today, 40 years later, NETS has evolved into a service that, in addition to transport, also provides diagnosis, discussion and consultation on emergency pediatric cases with remotely located clinicians. Image access is critical to the delivery of these services.”The low-resolution quality of images held within the previous version of the EIR was problematic for NETS… [C]onsultants were unable to rely on the content for diagnostic purposes. The introduction of DICOM-quality images is a massive leap forward for the EIR,” explained Andrew Barry, M.D., of NETS.The new image viewer from Calgary Scientific runs via Internet browsers as well as on mobile devices.This makes it possible for clinicians located anywhere within NSW to collaborate on patient cases while viewing images on EIR’s centralized image database from a laptop or PC. The image viewer also runs on Android and Apple mobile devices connected to NSW’s secure Wi-Fi service.”The ability for clinicians to collaborate and view the same images in real time is enhancing the decision making process, which is a great outcome for patients and families,” said Kendall Hockey, manager of NSW’s Clinical Repository and Integration Services.Access to diagnostic-quality images enables consulting clinicians to make a diagnosis without requiring a transfer and eliminates the need for repeat imaging for patients that are transferred. As a result, since the image viewing tool went live in February 2018, NSW’s Health Ministry has seen a significant reduction in costs related to repeat imaging and expensive unneeded transfers.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. 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Stop Setting Borrowers Up to Fail

first_imgBuyers with low scores should not be limited to strict loans with high upfront costs and exorbitant interest rates. These deals only provide a bit of short-term revenue for lenders and lead to massive hassles when borrowers inevitably fail to make their payments. More often than not, borrowers with low credit scores are strapped for cash. Brokers should offer a wide variety of choices to people who reside on the bottom half of the credit spectrum. For example, homebuyer-assistance programs exist for organizations ranging from unions to veterans’ groups to local governments. These programs can mitigate many of the upfront costs of loans, sometimes rolling the costs into the payments, to make the process easier on buyers with low credit scores who are strapped for cash.Many low-credit buyers are not aware of all their options. But neither should they be expected to. Brokers, as the middlemen between lenders and applicants, should help these prospective borrowers identify the homebuying product or partnership that works best for their unique scenario.“Prospective first-time buyers often think the loan process is too hard and that the closing costs are too substantial,” said Ray Brousseau, EVP of Carrington Mortgage Services, to the Washington Post. “They don’t realize that there are programs for them that allow for a limited down payment and eliminate other out-of-pocket expenses, including closing costs.” Changing the Broker Mindset Getting a mortgage with a super-prime credit score is easy—and, if today’s low interest rates are any indication, it’s a good idea. However, borrowers with lower credit scores face significant challenges.According to recent research by Experian, 22 percent of borrowers in the U.S. qualify for the super-prime group with a score above 740. Below them, 36 percent fall into the good-to-prime category—while these are decent scores, they are nothing for lenders to get excited about. Everyone below that—those with a score of 659 or lower—encounters steep obstacles during the mortgage-application process.Lenders check applicant credit scores before they check anything else. As lending rules remain tight after the crash of the late 2000s, risk assessments place many would-be borrowers with bad scores in tight spots. Banks either offer them no options at all or options with outrageous terms, preventing applicants from taking advantage of a good economic climate.“The regulatory atmosphere changed from a risk-management regime to a zero-tolerance and 100 percent-compliance regime,” Meg Burns told the Wall Street Journal. “In the face of stiff penalties and aggressive scrutiny, banks were left with a tremendous uncertainty and risk that made it hard to keep lending.” Stop Setting Borrowers Up to Fail Brokers shouldn’t give out loans to anyone who asks, but people with suboptimal credit scores still have money to spend—and they have to live somewhere. Rather than slam the door on more than half of American borrowers, mortgage brokers should diversify their portfolios to offer reasonable loans to qualified buyers in all credit ranges. And the upfront costs of homeownership present a steep barrier to entry. Interest rates are low, but home prices are high. Brokers who demand 10 or 20 percent down payments (plus closing costs) lock out applicants who would be excellent borrowers. True, traditional loans require that level of initial investment, but that doesn’t mean borrowers should have no other alternatives. Additionally, brokers should tell low-credit mortgage applicants to avoid closing their oldest credit cards if possible. While credit age isn’t the most important factor in building a good credit score, it still matters. But on the flip side, borrowers shouldn’t open too many credit cards—hard pulls cause small dips in credit scores.These tips won’t help borrowers get approved for a mortgage tomorrow or even in a couple of months. However, that doesn’t mean brokers shouldn’t take the time to educate applicants on how to build a good credit score. The strategies brokers offer can pay off in the long run when prospective homeowners apply for a mortgage after seeing their credit scores increase.Today, brokers should not turn away people with good income-to-debt ratios merely because they don’t have perfect credit histories. By offering a wider range of lending options and tips to qualify for those options, brokers can put more deserving borrowers in good homes, without forcing those borrowers into deals they won’t be able to uphold. Share Offering a Range of Better Choices Giving Borrowers a Chance to Make the Cutcenter_img And prospective buyers don’t expect their mortgage broker to educate them on the ins and outs of building a good credit score. Moreover, low-credit applicants don’t think brokers will provide them with a solid plan to improve their credit scores, thereby increasing their chances of securing a mortgage the next time around. However, if brokers take the extra step to educate their clients about credit scores, then they could earn a loyal, lifelong client. A potential borrower would be much less likely to walk away from a broker who not only diversified their portfolio but also provided resources to help them qualify for those new options in the future.Here are a few strategies that brokers can give potential borrowers to help them increase their credit scores and qualify for one of the mortgage products being offered:Seek a Free Credit Report. Multiple companies offer a free credit report. Credit Karma is a great place to start, especially if borrowers are beginning to learn about credit scores. However, if applicants want something more insightful, then brokers should send them to This website enables aspiring homeowners to download a free yearly credit report, which shows the same information that brokers see and also reveals insight borrowers never knew existed.Dismiss Any False Items. Credit reports are not always accurate. Sometimes they include mistakes, which is why brokers should tell low-credit applicants to carefully review their credit reports to figure out what should and shouldn’t be on it. More often than not, people with common names will notice errors. For example, loans, accounts in collections, and even credit cards could be attributed to the wrong identity. If a prospective borrower notices a mistake on his or her credit report, he or she should go on Credit Karma to file a dispute. This dispute will also be led with Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion. However, if the dispute doesn’t work, the next step is for mortgage applicants to send a certified letter asking the company who serviced the loan to verify the debt.Develop a Plan of Action. After mistakes are removed, and accounts are verified, borrowers are ready to develop a plan of action to increase their credit scores. This is not a short process; usually, it takes a couple of years for people to see significant changes. But the length of time it takes doesn’t mean it’s not worth putting in the work. Potential homeowners should still develop a plan that addresses all the relevant factors that go into building a good credit score.If an applicant has a history of missing payments, for example, brokers should tell him or her to set up alerts so he or she doesn’t make the same mistake in the future. Moreover, if prospective borrowers want to minimize their debt, brokers can suggest paying down their credit cards until the amount owed is less than 10 percent of their available credit. in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Origination, Print Features Mortgage brokers know what mortgage applicants do not. The path toward homeownership is not a single road but a wide range of curving streets that all lead toward a common goal. Brokers who deny certain applicants the chance to take the path that’s right for them not only deny those applicants the opportunity to own a home—they also deny that income to the lenders behind the loans. November 22, 2018 1,105 Views Editor’s note: This feature originally appeared in the November issue of MReport, click here to access. Brokers also have another option to help low-credit applicants secure a mortgage. If applicants still don’t qualify for the new options brokers present, then a secondary service could be offered, which would focus on helping potential borrowers understand how to increase their credit scores.While credit scores might seem like a straightforward science, this isn’t always the case for prospective borrowers. For those who don’t work in the mortgage industry, credit scores are a dif cult concept to understand—even for the most educated people. Most people know they should make payments on time, but outside of that, they don’t understand what helps and hurts their credit scores. While brokers know, the general population is unaware. Brokers need to be impartial in their lending decisions—that’s not necessarily a bad thing; however, brokers who put people who are already in tight financial spots into even worse scenarios set them up to fail. That’s bad for business.Borrowers who are maxed out on their budgets cannot afford to take on big upfront costs, yet brokers continue to shoehorn low-score applicants into bad options. Why set up low-score applicants to fail with a short-term plan that will drain their nances and create headaches for our side of the deal? It doesn’t make sense—yet many brokers continue to do just that. Block66 borrower Credit Score HOUSING joe markham Lender mortgage 2018-11-22 Rachel Williams If brokers want to service borrowers with lower credit scores, they cannot continue to squeeze applicants into six- to nine-month plans that don’t. Regulations might prevent brokers from offering the world, but brokers can still deliver a diverse range of reasonable options without breaking the rules or making bad business decisions.last_img read more