NEW YORK — U.S. stock indexes drifted upward Monday at the start of a busy week for markets, and the S&P 500 inched back within a few good days of its record high set last autumn.Banks and energy companies had some of the biggest gains, though losses for internet companies and raw-material producers held back broader indexes. Another loss for Boeing weighed on the Dow Jones Industrial Average.Stocks regained their momentum last week and recovered from a brief stumble following the best start to a year for the S&P 500 in decades. The index is within 3.4 per cent of its record high, set in September, after recovering all of its terrifying drop from December.One key to the recent rally has been the belief that the Federal Reserve will slow its pace of increases for interest rates. The worry in December was that the central bank would raise rates too fast in the face of a slowing global economy and choke off growth. The Fed will meet to discuss interest-rate policy this week, with an announcement scheduled for Wednesday, but economists expect it to announce no change to rates.Politicians in London, meanwhile, continue to haggle about the United Kingdom’s pending departure from the European Union, which could have harmful effects for global trade.KEEPING SCORE: The S&P 500 rose 0.3 per cent, as of 10 a.m. Eastern time, and is already up 13 per cent for 2019 so far. That’s a bigger gain that it’s had in four of the last five full years.The Nasdaq composite rose 0.5 per cent, and the Russell 2000 index of small-cap stocks gained 0.6 per cent.The Dow Jones Industrial Average was close to flat at 25,858, hurt by losses for Boeing and Walt Disney.FED WATCH: The Fed begins a two-day meeting on rates Tuesday, and most investors are expecting very little to come out of it.Stocks plunged late last year as investors worried about slowing economic growth around the world and feared that future rate increases by the Fed would only worsen it.Investors were relieved when the central bank pledged early this year to take a patient approach. Some economists say the Fed could release documents Wednesday that would suggest zero rate increases are coming in 2019, after the Fed raised rates four times in 2018 and three times in 2017.STILL GROUNDED: Boeing fell further as the investigation continues into two recent deadly crashes of its 737 Max 8 plane model. Preliminary information shows clear similarities between the two.Boeing fell 2.7 per cent, following its 10.3 per cent loss last week.SEARCHING FOR SINO SIGNS: Investors are still waiting for more progress in the trade dispute between the world’s two largest economies.China’s congress on Friday endorsed an investment law that aims to address complaints, particularly from the U.S., that China’s system is rigged against foreign companies. The U.S. claims China forces companies to share technology in order to do business in the country.Chinese indexes rose Monday, with stocks in Shanghai up 2.5 per cent. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng rose 1.4 per cent.In a sign of how fluid the U.S.-China trade talks remain, however, news reports said a meeting between President Donald Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping to formalize a deal might be pushed back to June.___AP Business Writer Yuri Kageyama contributed from Tokyo.Stan Choe, The Associated Press
The European Court of Human Rights ruled yesterday that Italy violated its obligations under the European Convention of Human Rights when in 2009 it intercepted a boatload of African migrants outside of Italian territorial waters and returned them directly to Libya.A group of 13 Eritrean and 11 Somali passengers on the boat had taken the case to court.Ravina Shamdasani, a spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), said the ruling “reaffirms the human rights of all migrants at sea.” Both UNHCR and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) made interventions in the court case, and yesterday UNHCR issued a statement in which it also welcomed the judgment.Ms. Shamdasani noted that the court, which sits in Strasbourg, France, found that the transfer of the migrants to Libya under the conditions at the time of the incident “violated the prohibition of torture because it exposed the applicants to the risk of arbitrary return to their countries of origin.”She also said the court found that the transfer violated the prohibition on the collective expulsion of foreign nationals.“We call on all States to recognize and respect the fundamental rights of all migrants, guaranteed by international law, regardless of their immigration status or other status. We have long expressed alarm at the interception and collective expulsion of migrants, often risking their lives, on the high seas, without the opportunity for an individual examination of their cases.“We urge States to avoid making migration policies based on assumptions about the motivations of migrants which are based on their country of nationality or of departure, their gender, age of their ethnicity, and instead to put in place procedures premised on the protection of the human rights of all migrants.”Ms. Shamdasani also said OHCHR welcomed discussions about revising Italian immigration policies in light of the court ruling. 24 February 2012The United Nations human rights office today added its voice in support of a European court ruling that found it is wrong for a country to collectively expel migrants intercepted on the high seas without first determining whether this would place their lives at risk.
The paper says the demobilization of so many child solders since 2001 has been a relatively straightforward process because locals were willing to accept them because they viewed their cause as a popular struggle. The child soldiers had also usually been based close to their original homes.Published in the latest edition of the journal Forced Migration Review, the paper is written by UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) protection officer Una McCauley and independent consultant Chris Robertson.Demobilization has been taking place since 2001 as the civil war in southern Sudan, which has been raging since 1983, begins to wind down in anticipation of a peace agreement.Evaluating the demobilization, which was initially conducted by UNICEF but later by the rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) and the Sudan People’s Democratic Front (SPDF), the authors argue that many child soldiers had already deserted from the army or rebel groups.Reunification with families was a key incentive, many children said, as well as the opportunity to regularly attend school or to escape the inherent risks and rigidity of serving in an armed force.But the paper says that poverty – cited by child soldiers as one of the main reasons for joining up in the first place – remains a problem, with returning children viewed in many cases as simply an extra mouth to feed.The authors call for targeted assistance for demobilized child soldiers, although they acknowledge that those children were often better off than their counterparts in the general population, who “exhibited obvious signs of malnutrition, were barefoot” and had few clothes.They also say it will be much more difficult for the remaining child soldiers to reintegrate as they are more likely to have experienced urban life, enjoyed some kind of income while fighting or fought for the “wrong side” in the conflict.Child soldiers who have fought with government forces or allied militias may have also converted to Islam, and local leaders in the south, where most of the population holds either Christian or indigenous beliefs, have told the authors they are concerned about this and may seek to “re-convert” the children.”Others blame the demobilized children for rising crime and localized conflict and suggest that priority needs to be given to increasing the capacity of the police and the prison service,” the authors state.
Hardware retailer Rona sees Q3 profits sink due to one-time costs, lower sales AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by LuAnn LaSalle, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 7, 2012 2:36 pm MDT MONTREAL – Rona Inc.’s saw its third-quarter net profit fall nearly 90 per cent due to more competition and some one-time costs, as the home improvement chain shifts some of its business to smaller, neighbourhood stores.Net earnings at the Quebec-based retailer sank to $5.1 million, down from $47.8 million in the same period last year.“The main drivers of our industry were flat or down during the quarter, whether we look at consumer confidence, housing starts or resales of homes or average resale price of homes,” chief executive Robert Dutton said on a conference call.Rona faced increased competition for contractors’ business and Dutton said competitors increased their promotions, some of which were “very aggressive.”It also had costs totalling $25.7 million related to its program of shrinking the number of big-box stores it has and adding smaller stores.Diluted earnings per share dropped to four cents from 36 cents year-over-year, Rona said.Rona (TSX:RON) stressed in its earnings announcement Wednesday that unusual and non-recurring items had been a major reason for the lower profit.Excluding those items, Rona had an income of $33.1 million, or 27 cents per share — still well below analyst estimates.Consolidated revenues for the third quarter were fairly steady at $1.34 billion, down $10.6 million or less than one per cent from the third quarter of 2011.Rona was expected to earn 40 cents per share in adjusted profits on $1.35 billion in revenues in the third quarter, according to a consensus estimate compiled by Thomson Reuters.The non-recurring costs included severance payments due to head office layoffs in July, the temporary increase in advertising expense for the 2012 Summer Olympics campaign and expenses related to a hostile takeover bid by Lowe’s.Chief financial officer Dominque Boies said the special and one-time items accounted for more than 70 per cent of the decrease in Rona’s quarterly earnings per share.Same-store sales in retail and commercial segments, which includes stores that have been open for at least one year, were down 1.2 per cent partly due to consumers being more cautious in their spending, Rona said.Dutton said Rona has closed four of the 10 big box stores slated for closure in 2012 — three in Ontario and one in Alberta.Rona has deliberately postponed the closure of five big-box stores to help minimize the financial impact on the company.“This postponement decreases the annual recurring benefit to $6 million for 2012 and to $25 million for 2013. We are, however, still in a good position to achieve anticipated annualized benefits of $40 million in 2014,” Boies said.During the quarter Rona, headquartered on Montreal’s south shore in Boucherville, was fending off an unsolicited takeover by the U.S.-based Lowe’s chain — which later backed off and dropped the $1.76-billion attempt.RBC Capital Markets analyst Irene Nattel said Rona’s financial results were weaker than expected and described the quarter as “under the hammer.”Nattel said the results were well below analysts’ expectations, excluding restructuring and non-recurring expenses.“As anticipated, the slowing Canadian housing market is negatively impacting consumer willingness to spend on big-ticket renovation projects,” Nattel said in a research note.After positive same-store sales in the first two quarters of fiscal 2012, they turned negative in the third quarter and margins were under pressure, she said.“Rona is doing a good job on controllable costs, but macro headwinds continue to impact financial performance.”Lowe’s (NYSE:LOW) abandoned its bid for Rona in September after Rona’s board rejected the offer and Quebec politicians objected to a foreign takeover of such a large Quebec-based retailer and employer.Only 31 of Lowe’s stores are in Canada, out of 1,745 across North America. Rona has Canada’s biggest network of home improvement stores of various sizes and formats.Analysts said Lowe’s may still have designs for Rona, if not by acquisition of the whole chain, then perhaps by adding big box stores as Rona expands the number of smaller, proximity stores.Some suggested a hostile bid could be launched before Rona closes or shrinks the size of 20 more big box stores outside Quebec.Rona has more than 30,000 employees operating a network of about 830 company and affiliate-owned home improvement locations in Canada under its banner, but only about 80 in the large store format. It also has a division geared to the professional contractor market.Home Depot currently has 180 stores across Canada.Shares in Rona were off 31 cents, or about three per cent, to $9.84 in early afternoon trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange.
The United Nations has welcomed the agreement reached between international negotiators and the Government of Iran as the two parties pave the way for a viable solution on the Gulf country’s nuclear programme and towards possible peace in the region. Describing the deal between Tehran and the so-called ‘E3+3’ as “historic” in a statement earlier this morning, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon applauded all parties for their resolution of the long-standing diplomatic negotiations as “a testament to the value of dialogue.” “I know that an immense amount of work went into this and I admire the determination and the commitment of the negotiators as well as the courage of the leaders who approved the deal that was so painstakingly worked out by their teams in Vienna and elsewhere,” Mr. Ban declared from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where he is currently attending the UN’s Third International Conference on Financing for Development. “I hope, and indeed believe, that this agreement will lead to greater mutual understanding and cooperation on the many serious security challenges in the Middle East.” In addition, the Secretary-General lauded both the ‘E3+3’ – composed of China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States and more commonly labelled as the ‘P5+1’ – and Iran for their “vital contribution” in laying the foundation towards a more peaceful and stable future for both the region and the world. The UN, he concluded, would stand ready “to fully cooperate” with the parties as they proceeded in the implementation of the “historic and important agreement.” Representatives of the P5+1 and the Islamic Republic of Iran at the historic nuclear agreement sealed in Vienna. Credit: UNIS Vienna ‹ › In a similarly toned statement issued in Vienna, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General, Yukiya Amano, also congratulated Iran and the ‘E3+3’ for having reached a positive conclusion to their “many months of tireless negotiations.” As a result of the agreement, the IAEA will now be asked to monitor and verify the nuclear-related measures set out by all parties as part of the UN agency’s ongoing verification process of the Iranian nuclear programme. Among the additional measures the agency has adopted in partnership with Iran and in light of today’s agreement is a ‘Road-map for the Clarification of Past & Present Outstanding Issues regarding Iran’s Nuclear Programme’ which, the Director-General said, would help the IAEA establish “an understanding of the whole picture” concerning Iran’s nuclear issues. The newly created Road-map would require Iran to provide written explanations to the IAEA by 15 August regarding a number of outstanding issues that have yet to be resolved. “I am confident in our ability to do this important work,” Mr. Amano confirmed. “The IAEA stands ready to undertake the necessary monitoring and verification activities when requested.” Against that backdrop, the new UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and international sanctions, Idriss Jazairy, celebrated the deal as the beginning of the end of the strict sanction regime to which Iran has been bound for years – sanctions which also included a number of “additional, unilateral coercive measures decided by a number of States individually or in the framework of various regional organizations.” “The stockpiling of sanctions and unilateral coercive measures against Iran, some of which went well beyond what was required by the Security Council, has had a significant adverse effect on the country’s economy, its population and ultimately on the enjoyment of human rights of the people of Iran, including its right to food, its right to health and its right to development,” the independent expert declared in a press release. In particular, Mr. Jazairy pointed the “indiscriminate character” of measures such as the ban on the use of international interbank financial telecommunications or of measures which ultimately impeded access to medicine and medical treatment. “When a group of diverse targeted unilateral coercive measures converge on the same country, the outcome may become a comprehensive coercive measure,” he concluded, adding that he hoped nuclear agreement was “a vessel of a trend” of things to come. “We are witnesses of the fact that change is possible.”
Two locally registered vessels, M/V Dora and M/V Old Fort Tours were used in the survey which covered more than 130 square kilometres of waterThe Government of Guyana through an agreement with the United Kingdom (UK), has benefited from a Commonwealth Maritime Economics Programme in Hydrographic Surveying.This is according to Maritime Administration Department (MARAD) which outlined that Guyana was able to access funds at more than US$1.1 million for the conducting of Hydrographic Surveys or Sea-Mapping in the Demerara River, and onwards to Grove on the East Bank of Demerara.The UK Surveying company IIC Technologies, the Ministry of Public Infrastructure, and the Maritime Administration Department collaborated to complete the first phase of the project which began in October 2017, and ended in February 2018.The first phase of the project entailed an examination of the depth of the seabed and shoreline to detect any irregularities that may have existed.Also stemming from the project, will now be the immediate availability of updated nautical maps and charts to ships before they enter the port.“Outdated methods like the lead-line technique would have been used previously for surveys, but modern techniques utilizing a Multibeam Echo Sounder which uses multiple acoustic pings or sonar signals that bounce from the seafloor back to the survey vessel, will now be used” said MARAD.Two locally registered vessels, M/V Dora and M/V Old Fort Tours were used in the survey which covered more than 130 square kilometres of water.It was explained that Guyana will now benefit significantly as a result of the survey conducted.Vessel traffic is projected to increase, due to the availability of updated Hydrographic data which will allow Guyana to maximize its economic potential with ships increasing their cargo capacity.Further, the hydrographic surveys campaign forms part of Guyana’s obligation as a signatory to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) which was ratified in 1983.The second phase of the project is expected to commence in November 2018.According to MARAD, this will entail capacity building efforts with the involvement of local stakeholders and the training of local persons to conduct similar surveys to the required international standards.With the recent commissioning of the MT Aruka, the Government of Guyana intends to use this vessel as a platform for the mounting of similar type survey equipment in the second phase.MARAD, Guyana Lands and Survey Commission, Guyana Defence Force Coast Guard, and the Ministry of Agriculture (Fisheries and Hydromet Division) are some of the Government Agencies collaborating closely for the successful completion of this programme. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedNational Hydrographic Committee set up to oversee management of Guyana’s water resourcesJanuary 23, 2018In “latest news”Guyana launches SEACOP to tackle maritime traffickingDecember 1, 2016In “Local News”Guyana to improve management of Solid Waste from ShipsSeptember 8, 2017In “latest news”
In an effort to increase support of its custom engineered process solutions to customers in its global markets, McLanahan Corp has formed an overseas joint venture. McLanahan joins Indian company NAWA Engineers and Consultants in forming the joint venture company McLanahan NAWA Engineers. McLanahan will provide intellectual property for McLanahan NAWA Engineers and NAWA will provide sales, manufacturing and procurement. McLanahan NAWA Engineers will be available to customers in the countries of India, Pakistan, Nepal, Burma, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan.Representing McLanahan’s interest in the company will be Prabudha (Ron) Thakurta, who will serve as Director of McLanahan NAWA Engineers Private. He will spend significant amounts of time in India and work closely with customers for all of their processing needs. McLanahan’s partner, NAWA Engineers, is a third generation family-owned business based in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh. NAWA has a staff of 260 with two offices and three manufacturing facilities in and around Hyderabad. They primarily serve the aggregate industry with their core products including jaw crushers, cone crushers, vertical shaft impact crushers, vibrating screens and screw classifiers. Adding McLanahan equipment to the offerings through the JV company will allow NAWA to expand into the coal market and provide opportunities for growth in the aggregate industry.McLanahan provides custom engineered processing solutions for a variety of applications including the mineral and aggregate industries. McLanahan also manufactures polymer wear parts and provides complete foundry and machining services. Founded in 1835, McLanahan is now in its sixth generation of family ownership and operation. Headquartered in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, McLanahan has locations throughout the US, the UK and Australia.
Wichita Clutch has recently added the air cooled, spring-set, air released AirMaKKs SSB high torque brakes to its AquaMaKKs family of clutches and brakes. The AirMaKKs SSB is designed to provide low speed braking assistance in applications including conveyors, where they serve as a main brake that provides both parking and E-stop braking functions. AirMaKKs SSB models use the basic, easy-to-maintain, pin-style, modular design of AquaMaKKs including the brake housing with torque plates installed instead of water jackets. Models are available in the 19, 25, 36 and 48 in AquaMaKKs sizes.Units feature three-part epoxy marine-grade paint and corrosion-resistant coatings for added protection on offshore rig applications. AirMaKKs brakes, featuring stainless steel torque plates, are also available for marine deck applications where sea spray and direct seawater splash are prevalent.
SYRIZA maintains a steady lead over New Democracy, according to the results of an opinion poll conducted by VPRC for October. Golden Dawn remained in third place, while PASOK declined even further, compared with a September poll, falling to sixth place. The main characteristic arising from the poll is uncertainty, as the personal situation of the respondents has worsened and the fear of poverty has increased. Just 40.8 per cent of the respondents stated an electoral preference, while 14.6 per cent were undecided, and 34.6 per cent said they would abstain or cast a blank vote if elections were held next Sunday and 9.9 declined to reply. Specifically, 30.5 per cent of the respondents said they would vote for SYRIZA, up from 30 per cent in September, while 27 per cent said they would vote for New Democracy, down from 28 per cent in September. 14 per cent opted for Golden Dawn, up from 12 percent in September, followed by 7 percent for Independent Greeks, 6.5 percent for KKE and 5.5 per cent for PASOK, down from 7.5 percent in September. According to the poll, Democratic Left is the last party to enter parliament with 5.5 per cent, up from 4.0 percent in September. One per cent went for Creation Again and for Ecologists-Greens, while Laos gained 0.5 per cent of the intended vote. 1.5 per cent of the respondents opted for “another party”. To a question on what party they expected would win elections today, regardless of their own party preference, 25.6 per cent of the respondents said SYRIZA, followed by New Democracy with 11.7 per cent, Golden Dawn with 6.2 per cent, PASOK with 0.5 per cent, Democratic Left with 0.2 per cent and “no party” with 35.5 per cent, while 20.4 per cent declined to reply. As for who is the most suitable for prime minister, 12.4 per cent of the respondents opted for current premier Antonis Samaras against 10 per cent for SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras, while 52.3 per cent replied “no one”. Fear of poverty was on the rise, while the majority of the respondents said they oppose the new austerity measures and anticipated that the country’s economic condition will worsen, while also expressing dissatisfaction with the government. Specifically, 78 per cent of the respondents felt they are ‘”exposed” to poverty, up from 70 per cent in September, while 82 per cent stated that their personal financial situation has worsened in the past year, down from 85 per cent in September. 77 per cent of the respondents feel that the overall economic situation has worsened in the past year and 78 per cent of the respondents disagree with the new package of austerity measures, up from 60 percent that believed in September. 88 per cent said they are dissatisfied with the government, up from 77 per cent in September. Source: AMNA, dv Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Les antibiotiques : Facteur de risque d’eczéma pour les bébés ?Alors que l’on connaît encore assez peu les causes de l’eczéma, une étude aurait révélé que la prise d’antibiotiques lors de la petite enfance pourrait avoir un impact sur le développement de cette pathologie.L’eczéma est une maladie de peau provocant d’importantes démangeaisons accompagnées de rougeurs et de squames sur l’épiderme. Les enfants sont régulièrement touchés par cette maladie, mais il arrive également qu’elle s’observe sur les nourrissons. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Comme le révèle une étude de l’International Study of Asthma and Allergies in Childhood (ISAAC), ce fléau concernerait près de 15 % des jeunes enfants en France alors que le taux peut atteindre les 20 à 30% dans d’autres pays européens. Heureusement, cette dermatose a tendance à se réduire, voire à disparaître, à l’âge adulte.Ces 30 dernières années, le nombre de personnes touchées par cette maladie de peau a eu tendance à augmenter. Plusieurs hypothèses peuvent expliquer cette accroissement comme notamment la diminution de l’allaitement maternel et l’introduction précoce d’allergènes alimentaires. Mais d’autres études révèlent que le développement de l’eczéma pourrait également avoir des causes médicamenteuses.Selon une étude réalisée par des chercheurs du Saint Thomas Hospital de Londres, les antibiotiques pourraient jouer un rôle important dans le développement de la maladie. D’après les résultats de l’étude, les nourrissons qui consomment des antibiotiques ont un risque 40 % plus élevé de développer une maladie de peau. Voilà qui devrait encourager les médecins à se montrer plus vigilants quant à leurs prescriptions d’antibiotiques aux jeunes enfants.Le 23 juin 2013 à 12:46 • Maxime Lambert
Sen. Don Benton, R-Vancouver, and two former subordinates have signaled to Clark County that they intend to file a lawsuit for what’s described as hostility and retaliation the trio experienced before losing their jobs at the county’s now eliminated Department of Environmental Services.All three were part of a series of hires orchestrated by County Councilors David Madore and Tom Mielke that were derided as political favors.Three nearly identical tort claims, which signal an intention to sue, were filed Oct. 19 with the county’s Risk Management Division on behalf of Benton along with Susan Rice and Christopher Clifford. The claims state that each suffered economic damages, ongoing medical expenses, reduced employability and emotional distress from working at the county.Benton and Clifford both seek $2 million each in damages and attorney’s fees. Rice seeks $1 million.The claims take aim at County Manager Mark McCauley as being especially abusive. The new county charter approved by voters in 2014, after the three claimants had received their county jobs, gives McCauley authority to hire and fire personnel.“I’m not at all surprised at all,” McCauley said Friday before declining to comment further. “We’re a litigious society.”County Risk Manager Mark Wilsdon also declined to comment.Benton was hired as director of the Department of Environmental Services in 2013. He received “high compliments” from former County Administrator Bill Barron regarding his job performance, according to the claims. After McCauley took over as acting county manager, he approved Benton’s telecommuting and flex hours to allow him to serve in the 2015 Legislature, according to the claims. During the legislative session, Benton said he worked weekends and 15-hour days while receiving positive performance evaluations, according to the claims.
Dion Wynne sits in a wheelchair in his furnished rental. (Hillman/Alaska Public Media)The Solutions Desk looks beyond Alaska’s problems and reports on its solutions – the people and programs working to make Alaska communities stronger. Listen to more solutions journalism stories and conversations, and share your own ideas here.Dion Wynne drives slowly through Anchorage, heading to yet another appointment.“This will be my third time going over there,” the middle-aged man says, his ringing phone cutting him off again.Dion’s phone rings constantly. First, it’s the nurse, then the pharmacy. He juggles appointments with medical providers and social service agencies. And he’s one of the thousands of Alaskans each year who is on the brink of homelessness.Dion’s life used to be filled with very different types of appointments.“Barbecues, birthday parties. Several birthday parties with so many kids,” he says, chuckling to himself. “Birthday parties almost every month of the year, almost!”Dion and his wife raised three biological children and dozens of foster kids. They ran a therapeutic foster home in Anchorage for eight years. He says at one point, they had 10 young people in their house. For most of his life he’s provided in-home care for people with disabilities.“I believe that’s what God put me on this Earth for,” he says. “To take care of people. I took care of elderly and I took care of middle-aged people and I took care of kids.”[Related: Changing what it means to be a foster parent]Dion left the state for couple years for health reasons but returned in the spring of 2017 to continue working as an at-home health care provider. In early October he rented a large, furnished house in Anchorage for himself and his teenaged daughter, so he could start pursuing his foster care license again. That’s when the trouble began.Dion’s doctor asked him to soak his foot because of a sore on the bottom, so he did. A few days later, “my leg stopped working. I passed out on the job twice. Didn’t know what was going on. Went to the doctor. He thought it was due to my diabetes, but it wasn’t.”In mid-October, the day before he was due to move into his new home, he went to the hospital because of a serious infection in his foot and leg, and he stayed there for a month and a half. Doctors had to amputate his big toe.“And then, when I got out of the hospital, I thought I was gonna be able to go back to work,” he said. “I wasn’t able to go back to work, so that that what put me in this situation.”Dion can’t pay his rent. He burned through savings while he was in the hospital and was helping other family members. His long-term disability check isn’t enough, and he’s caring for his daughter.For Dion, it’s not just his housing that’s at stake — it’s the additional income from his dream job of running a therapeutic home.Dion isn’t alone. Health and safety-related incidents — like illnesses, deaths in the family, and car accidents — cause about a quarter of the cases of homelessness in Alaska.He’s doing what he can to avoid joining that statistic, but he won’t be able to go back to work until he can easily walk again in a few weeks or months. For now, he’s enlisted the help of his nephew, Latrell Wynne. Latrell runs errands for him and makes sure he doesn’t fall when he does try to get around with his walker.“I’m my uncle’s feet,” Latrell explains as walks across an icy parking lot to pick up some more of his uncle’s paperwork. “I’m doing all the moves — all the moving for him.”For Latrell, the experience is strange. He’s used to seeing his uncle living in nice homes and caring for others. Usually Dion is the one looking out for him.“This is the first time he hasn’t been independent. He’s normally doing things on his own,” Latrell says of his uncle. “It’s a whole ‘nother ball game. It’s a little bit harder.”[Related: Alaskans are aging in Alaska, so now what?]The situation frustrates Dion, too. He says he’s doing everything his physical therapist and nurse tell him to do. But healing — and asking for help — take time.“I just want to get back to work,” he says. “I really want to get back to work, so I can pay my own way. That’s really what I want to do.”Over the next few weeks on the Solutions Desk we’ll report on the resources and strategies available to Dion and others who are trying to keep their housing.Have ideas on how to help? Leave them in the comments section or fill out the form here. Make sure you don’t miss any of Dion’s story by subscribing to the podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, or NPR.
However, Alaska’s numbers, currently at four, are only slightly above average for the state. “A family fishing for herring north of the Clam Gulch Recreation Area on the Kenai Peninsula discovered the dead whale last Wednesday and they reported the stranding to NOAA Fisheries on Friday with a photograph,” NOAA spokeswoman Julie Speegle explained. “After our marine mammal experts examined the family’s photo of the whale, we were able to confirm that it was another grey whale.” “Our average for the time frame of January through May is zero to three dead grey whales and those are numbers from the past 18 years,” Speegle said. “When we had a gray whale unusual mortality event in 1999 to 2000, during the same timeframe, we had 18 dead gray whales here in Alaska. So we are slightly elevated, but not super unusual.” Speegle said a necropsy has not been performed on the latest dead whale on the Kenai Peninsula due to its location. She said NOAA employees will be able to reach the animal on Friday during a minus tide. Another dead grey whale has washed up on Alaska’s shoreline, the fourth instance in recent weeks. The young whale was found on the Kenai Peninsula near Clam Gulch. Speegle said veterinarians were able to examine the photo and determine that the whale is unusually “skinny,” suggesting that it didn’t get enough to eat before migrating north to Alaska. A young dead grey whale was found near Clam Gulch on the Kenai Peninsula last week. (Photo courtesy of NOAA) The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said it was first notified about the animal last week. That’s a familiar story this year. About 70 grey whales, which is unusually high, have been found dead along the West Coast, mostly due to a lack of food.
Jackie Shroff and Thalapathy Vijay.PR HandoutJackie Shroff has shared his views about working with Vijay in the upcoming untitled movie, presently referred to as Thalapathy 63. He has also revealed an interesting association that he had with the Tamil star’s filmmaker-father SA Chandrasekhar.In an interview, Jackie Shroff reportedly opened up about lesser-known fact when he revealed about working with SA Chandrasekhar in Hindi movie Kudrat Ka Kanoon. The Bollywood actor got the opportunity to bond with him after a long time as he landed in Chennai to play an important role in Thalapathy 63.”It’s just fab to work with Vijay, who is the son of SAC, my director from the film Kudrat Ka Kanoon. So catching up with his dad & the superstar(Vijay). Also Atlee, he’s a great director. I’m rocking out there. They are looking after me like a child,” he is quoted as saying.Jackie Shroff, who made in Kollywood debut in Thiagarajan Kumararaja’s Aaranya Kaandam, has worked in Tamil movies like Rajinikanth’s Kochadaiiyaan, Maayavan and working in a few films.There are lots of reports which claim that Jackie Shroff is playing the role of a villain in Thalapathy 63. However, there is no official word about it, yet.Currently, the shooting is happening at a brisk pace in Chennai and the makers want to wrap up the shoot by July end. The makers have plans to release the film for Diwali festival. Going by the latest reports, Vijay plays a footballer and coach in the film which desires to fulfil his good friend Kathir’s dreams in the sports. It is said to be a complete package filled with action, love and comedy. Nayanthara is his love interest in the flick. Nayanthara waving hands towards crowd on Thalapathy 63 sets.Screen shot from the video
Listen 00:00 /06:10 Share Seven days in Hawaii sounds lovely, right? But maybe not if you’re visiting during the eruption of the Kilauea volcano, which has been ongoing since May.Such was the case for Julia Morgan and her fellow researchers from Rice University. They recently returned from studying the earthquakes occurring around the volcano. They planted ocean-bottom seismic instruments off the southeastern shore of Hawaii’s main island.Julia MorganLava flows from a volcanic rift on the Big Island of Hawaii on July 16, 2018.In the audio above, Morgan tells Houston Matters host Craig Cohen about what their research found and what they hope to learn from the experience.MORE: Video taken from a helicopter on July 16, 2018 shows lava from the ongoing eruption of Kilauea as it moves from the volcano to the sea. U.S. Geological Survey via APLava erupting from the Kilauea volcano on Hawaii’s main island. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X
By George Kevin Jordan, Special to the AFROWilliam “Billy” Harris was a legendary teacher, artist, and founding faculty member and former chair of the visual arts department at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in D.C., but his legacy continued through the impact he left on the community and the thousands of kids he served.Harris was an example of a local hero, with international influence. A native Washingtonian, he received his BFA in design, and his MFA in printmaking and drawing, both from the prestigious Howard University. Washington seemed to be his home and his muse. The city was where he taught and drew inspiration.A photo featured on William Harris’ Facebook page.“I began my professional artistic career as an instructor of art in the D.C. Public School School System. I, soon, embarked on a journey to become a craftsman by having a mentor teach me the art of woodturning. During the time I spent completing my mentorship, I learned additional woodworking skills,” Harris wrote in his artistic statement.“As I evolved, as an artist, I began to merge my printmaking skills with woodworking. The two separate processes allowed me the opportunity to combine colors printed on canvas surfaces with wooden constructions. Starting from mere doodles in my sketchbook, I have begun to merge the two skills into imaginative and creative forms as never before. In giving birth to each new work, the journey has allowed me to make visual, social and culturally infused comments about the people, ideas and events that I have recognized as, important, in my lifetime.”His celebration of life, held Oct. 16 at Duke Ellington, served as a grand art exhibit of Harris’ career and the legacy he has left.Chelsea Harrison, 27, a teaching artist in Brooklyn, is Harris’ youngest daughter and spoke of his life and the impact his home going service had on her family.“He had a very rare brain disease; it was a terminal illness from the onset,” Harrison said in a telephone interview. “It was very hard to see someone who relied on their body to watch that body turn against itself and become useless in a way. It was devastating to see.”A photo of “Last Homage To The Past” (2013) part of the Fractured Neck Series by William “Bill”/ “Billy” Harris.Harrison added how her perspective shifted during his ceremony.“It was beautiful to see people have a memory of him that was so fresh and alive,” Harrison said. “As a family dealing with the day to day you forget who this man really was. I don’t think I’ll ever forget seeing all the people who came out.”He was honored with several awards throughout his career, including the Mayor’s Art Award For Teaching, Washington, D.C. (2010), Highly Effective Educator Award, D.C. Public Schools, (2010), and the Certificate of Merit – Presidential Scholars Program – White House Commission on Presidential Scholars (1989), just to name a few. His work is also exhibited at the Capital One Corporate Collection in McLean, Va., Sallie Mae in D.C. and the John A. Wilson Building – City Hall Art Collection, for starters.However it was Harris’s dedication to education that left a profound impact on people. According to his official website he began as public school instructor in the D.C. Public School system, and taught on every grade level from pre-k to senior high. Not only was he a founding faculty member and former chair at Duke Ellington, but he also was an adjunct/associate professor at Howard University, College Of Fine Arts, from 1985 – 1988 and served as a (crafts) panelist for the D.C. Commission On The Arts And Humanities (1980) as well as a (fine arts) panelist for the Maryland State Arts Council (1983). He was an artist/member of the Washington Printmakers Gallery from 1991 through 2006. Mr. Harris served as a member of the Board of Directors of Pyramid Atlantic. He served on the board of Arts On The Block of Maryland, until his passing.Harrison referred to her father’s time at Ellington as his “Magnum Opus,” and shared how his words of wisdom and guidance still reverberate for her today.“When I first started being a teaching artist I was asking (Billy) how do I do this, dealing with classroom and students,” Harrison said.“He said young people need boundaries. They need someone to create those boundaries for them to create within. They may resist at first but ultimately they appreciate it and feel safe enough to experiment and grow as an artist.”Art to Harris and his family was crucial, said Harrison, “Particularly as a Black person it is super urgent and you have to develop those skills and there are lots of layers in developing your artistry and your discipline.”But you need look no further than to his former students to see his legacy.“Mr. Harris was a man who was as blunt as iron. He was honest and forthright,” Maya Cunningham, a former student, wrote in an essay to her late teacher and mentor. She goes on to say, “As I look back on this special time with mature, adult vision, I can see how invested Mr. Harris was in all of us. He loved us and cared for us.”In reaction to the essay Tia Powell Harris, wife of Harris and CEO of Duke Ellington wrote via email: “I thought I knew him well. But his students knew him in other ways, ways that explain the outpouring of love and sadness that has been so astounding (and comforting) to me. [Cunningham’s] piece is not only archival, but a look into the “secret sauce of Ellington.”Mr. Harris leaves five children, a wife and many friends, family and supporters.
Verizon Wireless to start selling first 4G phone © 2011 PhysOrg.com (PhysOrg.com) — The United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (U-CERT) has issued a warning to users of some HTC Android phones regarding a security vulnerability that has been found. The warning pertains to 802.1X WiFi user information and SSID data that can be viewed by rouge applications, taking advantage of a weakness in the OEM Android build of certain HTC phones. Citation: Some HTC Android phones found vulnerable to WiFi password leak (2012, February 2) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-02-htc-android-vulnerable-wifi-password.html 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. HTC Desire HD Explore further Affected phones allow 802.1X WiFi information to be seen by applications that have access rights to WiFi information stored on the phone. This means errant applications could find their way to a stored SSID (Service Set Identifier – an identifier attached to the header of packets sent to a wide area network), login names as well as passwords. Also, should the phone connect to the Internet, identified information could then be sent back to those that created the application and who are looking for such information. And if the phone also connects to a corporate network, the vulnerability could lead to data being stolen.According to U-CERT, the phones at risk are:Desire HD (both “ace” and “spade” board revisions) – Versions FRG83D, GRI40Glacier – Version FRG83Droid Incredible – Version FRF91Thunderbolt 4G – Version FRG83DSensation Z710e – Version GRI40Sensation 4G – Version GRI40Desire S – Version GRI40EVO 3D – Version GRI40EVO 4G – Version GRI40HTC, a Taiwanese manufacturer of Smartphones, has had other security issues with their phones in just the past few months, and according to some unofficial sources, this particular vulnerability was discovered by Chris Hessing, a senior engineer with CloudPath Networks. Google and HTC were both apparently notified about the vulnerability last September after it was discovered. Since that time, both have been hard at creating a fix, which is now available to worried owners at HTC’s support site.Google has also reportedly performed a full scan on all of the applications available for download in the Market, and has found none that have tried to take advantage of the vulnerability, indicating that it’s possible nobody but Hessing and workers at HTC and Google were even aware of the vulnerability, which means despite the lapse by HTC, it’s likely no one was actually harmed by the problem.
People with Type 2 diabetes are likely to have poorer control over their blood glucose levels if they are working in night shifts, researchers say.The study revealed that night shift workers had an average glycemic count of 8.2 per cent, significantly higher than the 7.6 per cent count for daytime workers and 7.5 per cent count for participants who did not work. The study shows that poor long-term glycemic, or blood sugar, control, was independent of what workers ate or any sleep problems they had. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfMost people with diabetes should strive for an A1C level below seven per cent, according to the Hormone Health Network.”Our study data raise awareness of the difficulty in diabetes control among night shift workers,” said Sirimon Reutrakul, Associate Professor at Mahidol University in Thailand. Further, the sleep restriction and circadian disruptions caused by night shifts may also increase the risk of developing diabetes as compared to those who work in the daytime or are unemployed. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveFor the study, presented at the Endocrine Society’s 99th annual meeting ENDO 2017, in Orlando, the team studied 260 individuals – 62 night shift workers, 94 daytime workers and 104 unemployed individuals – with Type 2 diabetes in Thailand. The night shift workers reported having shorter sleep duration, higher daily intake of calories and higher body mass index (BMI), than did the other two groups. “Diabetic individuals who work at night should pay special attention to managing their disease through healthy eating, regular exercise and optimal use of medications prescribed by their physician,” Reutrakul recommended.
A busy Stoke-on-Trent road was closed due to a ‘police incident’ this morning. Inrix, the traffic data company, reported the A5005 Lightwood Road in Longton is shut due toa police incident between Lloyd Street / Dunrobin Street and A50 (Longton / Dresden). This was reported to be affecting traffic between Longton and Lightwood. A number of eye witnesses said they had seen the road closed and police in the area. Our reporter went to the scene and confirmed one police car was still there at 7.40am but the road had reopened. One man tweeted bus company First Potteries to say the bus he was on was stuck as a result of the closure. One woman who contacted StokeonTrentLive said: “Police incident on light wood road outside car garage. Road is shut off cannot get through between Tatton Street and Lilleshall street.” The incident is understood to have taken place at around 6.40am. Read MoreThief, 35, stole boxer shorts, Jack Daniels and sweets We have no further information about the incident at this stage and will contact police for an update..07:47The road has now reopenedOur reporter at the scene confirms the road has reopened – with one police car still at the scene following the earlier incident.07:42LocationInrix reports the A5005 Lightwood Road is shut in both directions due to a police incident between Lloyd Street / Dunrobin Street and A50 (Longton / Dresden). (Image: Inrix)