The NPSC; Supporting and Educating Parents

first_imgThe National Parenting Support Commission’s (NPSC) Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Miss Kaysia Kerr commits to educating and supporting the parents of the nation’s children as written in their mandate.The mandate of the NPSC as stated by Kerr is to offer proactive and reactive parenting education and support. Proactive education speaks to the reception of knowledge prior to the consideration of conceiving a child whilst reactive education delves into the determinants of effective parenting by offering psychosocial support and education.In accordance to reactive parenting education, the NPSC visited the community of Line Gate, Westmoreland that was thrust in the limelight due to a video that went viral. In Line Gate, the NPSC began the parent education processes by first administering the NPSC risk assessment tool that identifies parenting modalities. Similar supports are on-going in St. Thomas in the area where the infamous machete incident took place. The parent in question has been immersed in parent education sessions through the NPSC’s established and certified parent club. Said parent has been assigned a mentor for permanent sustained support. Kerr shared that the NPSC also administers counselling and home visits which are coupled with parental education in order to supply the sustainable support that many parents need. These counselling sessions are offered to parents who are grieving from not only the death of their child but also the removal of children from the home.Presently, there are parent mentors island-wide that have been trained by the NPSC to offer support in their communities to help ensure that effective parenting practices are being encouraged and employed. Parent Places have also been erected across the island – these are spaces where parents may go to receive parent education, de-stress and foster education through play with their children, especially through the early childhood years.The NPSC will be establishing more parent places in the country beginning with one in Mt. Salem to offer support to the parents who live in the first declared ZOSO. This will be sustained by the parent mentorship programme. Forty parents across St. James have consented to 10 modules of training in effective parenting. Targeted interventions are being crafted for western Jamaica. To that end a stakeholder meeting will be held on Sunday, February 18, 2018 to explain to residents what the interventions entail based on data from our risk assessment. Another series of workshops preclude those and will be hosted this Saturday, February 17, 2018 in Hopewell, Hanover.Kerr stated that the NPSC also offers programmes to parents which are used to assist both themselves and their children in an effort to empower both parties. Such programmes include the “Stay Connected” which is aimed at parents of adolescents, helping them with supporting and advising their transitioning youth into adulthood.The NPSC is also a regulatory body that streamlines and coordinates the parenting programs in Jamaica. The National Parent Sector, a non-government organization, which also provides education to parents is being encouraged by the NPSC to submit parent programs to be assessed for accreditation to ensure that parents are receiving the best support and education services based on set standards.Currently, the ‘Parenting Responsibility and Rights Act’ is being written by the NPSC which will seek to portray definitively the rights of parents to enact their responsibilities as outlined in the ‘Child Care and Protection Act’. It will speak to holding parents accountable for carrying out their responsibilities to the child’s best interest.The NPSC is steadfast in ensuring that Jamaica’s parents are afforded the opportunity to know their responsibilities as a parent and to be afforded the necessary education to be able to carry out these responsibilities.last_img read more

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Global Ship Lease Agrees Merger with Poseidon Containers

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pexels under CC0 Creative Commons license Global Ship Lease has signed a merger deal with Poseidon Containers to create a containership charter owner focused on mid-sized and smaller vessels.The company signed the definitive agreement with Poseidon Containers Holdings LLC and K&T Marine LLC for a stock-for-stock transaction representing a total transaction value of over USD 780 million on an asset value basis.Global Ship Lease said that the deal brings the latest generation of new-design high reefer eco-widebeam vessels into the fleet and reduces average fleet age by three years. The combined company will have a fleet of 38 vessels with a total capacity of 198,793 TEU, an average fleet age weighted by TEU of 10.7 years, and contracted revenue of USD 528 million as of September 30, 2018.“We are delighted to announce this transformative strategic transaction creating a market leader with an asset base of more than USD 1.2 billion in the mid-sized and smaller containership segments,” Michael Gross, Chairman of Global Ship Lease, said.“This is an exciting new chapter for Global Ship Lease, and we believe that this combination and the growth potential that it unlocks will create value for all GSL stakeholders.”Under the terms of the merger agreement, Global Ship Lease will issue 24.045 million shares of Class A common stock and 0.250 million shares of Series C perpetual preferred stock, which are convertible into an aggregate of 103.642 million shares of Class A common stock.Affiliates of Kelso & Company L.P. will be the sole holder of the convertible preferred stock, which is not entitled to any preferred dividend payments other than those payable to common shareholders and represents 49.2% of the voting power and 56.4% of the economic interest in the company.In addition, the currently issued and outstanding shares of Class B common stock of the company will convert to shares of Class A common stock.The transaction values Global Ship Lease at USD 100 million, or USD 1.7825 per Class A common share, which is 105% higher than the closing price of USD 0.87 for the Class A common shares on October 26, 2018.Upon closing of the transaction, Poseidon Containers will contribute an additional USD 227 million in equity value, and as a result, members of Poseidon Containers are expected to own approximately 69.5% of the economic interest of the company.The merger is expected to reduce the company’s overall financial leverage to approximately 67% on a loan, net of cash, to charter-adjusted value basis.last_img read more

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Latsco Shipping Orders LNG Carrier Duo from Hyundai

first_imgGreece-based Latsco Shipping has reportedly placed an order for two liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers in South Korea.According to data provided by Asiasis, the 174,000 cbm vessels, ordered through Latsco Shipping’s Consolidated Marine Management, would be constructed by Hyundai Heavy Industries.The company is to pay USD 370 million for the duo, scheduled to be delivered in 2021.Hyundai Heavy Industries said that the latest shipbuilding order has brought its orderbook so far this year to 139 ships valued at USD 11.8 billion.With this, HHI achieved 90 percent of its annual target, set at USD 13.2 billion, Yonhap News Agency said citing the company.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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Delhi family robbed at gunpoint shocking footage caught on CCTV

first_imgNEW DELHI: A family in north Delhi’s Model Town lived out their worst nightmare when they were robbed at gunpoint just as they returned home, with their two young children in their car. Chilling CCTV footage from the car parking area of their home shows the family being robbed of their valuables by three masked men.What unfolded thereafter was captured by the CCTV camera in the family’s car parking area. Varun Bahl can be seen stepping out of his Mercedes and running to close the gate when the three men barge inside, pointing a gun at him. Also Read – Balakot strikes show major shift in govt’s handling of terror attacks: IAF chief”I told them not to harm me and my family and take whatever I have. They took my purse, a gold bracelet and one of them moved to my wife and asked if she was wearing a chain. They took her phone and asked me to sit in the driver’s seat so that they could comfortably flee,” a visibly shaken Varun said. It seems that the robbers were waiting for the family to return and struck when they were parking their Mercedes car inside their house. However, as the robbers fled leaving the family in shock, they were confronted by a police party which engaged them in an encounter a minute later. “These three robbers were confronted at around 3:35 am by our police team who challenged and signalled them to stop. They, however, opened fire on the police party to which they retaliated. They somehow managed to escape taking advantage of the darkness,” said Vijayanta Arya, DCP North West. Delhi Police has formed teams to arrest the accused.last_img read more

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Swaraj enhanced Indias reputation Amit Shah

first_imgNew Delhi: The untimely demise of Sushma Swaraj had left him as well as millions of party workers and her admirers in a state of shock, Union home minister and BJP president Amit Shah said on Wednesday, as he remembered the departed leader’s stints in various positions in the opposition and in different governments.Speaking to reporters after paying his last respects to Swaraj at her residence here, Shah said as the external affairs minister in the first term of the Narendra Modi government, Swaraj had enhanced the country’s reputation across the world and her death had left a void which would be hard to fill. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”Her untimely demise is not a big loss for the BJP alone, but also for national politics,” he said. Shah added that Swaraj zoomed across the political firmament like a bright star and made valuable contributions, whether as the Delhi chief minister or the leader of the opposition in the Lok Sabha or a minister in the first Atal Bihari Vajpayee government and then, in the Modi dispensation. “The country will always remember her services,” he said. Swaraj breathed her last at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) here on Tuesday night, following a massive heart attack. She was 67.last_img read more

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WilsonRaybould should step down if running for Liberals former chief Art Manuel

first_imgBy Tim FontaineAPTN National NewsJody Wilson-Raybould should quit her post as an Assembly of First Nations regional chief if she wants to run for the federal Liberals, says a former British Columbia chief.“We didn’t elect her to be a candidate for the Liberal party. The respectful position is to tell the Indian people she’s going to resign her post,” said Art Manuel, a former chief of the Neskonlith First Nation in BC.Wilson-Raybould was acclaimed Thursday as the Liberal Party of Canada candidate in the new riding of Vancouver Granville.She dodged a question about the controversy by an APTN National News reporter.“I fundamentally love the role I have as regional chief and I’m committed to continuing to serve chiefs of British Columbia who put me here,” Wilson-Raybould said. “But I’m also proud to work with the Liberal team and working to move forward and think about moving into 2015.”Wilson-Raybould has said she plans to take a leave of absence from the AFN when her campaign officially kicks off in 2015 and will only resign if she’s elected.Manuel is the son of the late former national chief Arthur Manuel, who served when the AFN was called the National Indian Brotherhood. He says Wilson-Raybould’s decision to run for a political office while holding a senior AFN position is unheard of.“She was at the front line of issues, on Aboriginal rights and title, and at the same she’s courting being a part of the Canadian government and the Canadian political system,” he said. “My dad was in this. He never would have done that.”Serpent River First Nation chief Isadore Day wrote a letter to the interim national chief of the AFN calling on Raybould-Wilson to resign.“Wilson-Raybould’s legal background would suggest she understands the ethical lines being blurred by her decision to remain a paid official of the AFN,” Day wrote. “There are very obvious fears that the AFN mandate is being affected by a partisan influence and that fiscal resources are funding a formally announced candidate.”The AFN says that under the organization’s charter it’s up to BC chiefs to decide if Wilson-Raybould can run or should resign.In an email, the director of the board of the BC AFN defended Raybould-Wilson’s decision to stay on as regional chief while she runs for the Liberals.“The board has fully discussed, with Regional Chief Jody, the steps required as this process unfolds and, as a board, we have performed the due diligence required to follow the (AFN) constitution and by-laws of the organization,” wrote Chief Maureen Chapman of the Skawahlook First Nation.Chapman dismissed Day’s concerns.“While an Ontario chief is certainly entitled to their opinion, the business of the BC AFN will be handled in BC, as I expect Ontario business would be handled in Ontario,” said Chapman.Still, Art Manuel says more consultation should have been sought. Though no longer an elected official, Manuel often serves as a proxy for other First Nation chiefs at AFN meetings.“I don’t recall the Union of BC Indian Chiefs passing a resolution endorsing her to be a Liberal candidate.” Manuel said.But Manuel has a warning for Wilson-Raybould if she loses the election and returns to her post.“If she does then she’s just going to embarrass the Liberal Party of Canada because I’m going to make sure we demonstrate against her on that,” he said.Tfontaine@aptn.calast_img read more

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Oppn parties have no option but to accept defeat PM Modi

first_imgLohardaga: Lashing out at opposition parties that claimed EVMs were being manipulated, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said the ‘mahamilawatis’ have realized they stand no chance after three phases of elections and are looking for excuses to defend their poor show.Addressing a rally here, Modi said the opposition parties have no option left but to accept defeat. At a press meet Tuesday, leaders of several major opposition parties raised doubt over the credibility of the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs),renewing their demand that 50 per cent of the voter-verified paper audit trail (VVPAT) slips be matched with the EVM results before declaration of election results. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”Just like a child who makes excuses to justify his underperformance in exams, opposition parties have started directing their anger on the EVMs and the voting process for their shortcomings. “The response in first three phases of polls have left the opposition with no option but to accept defeat,” he said. Hitting out at the Congress, the prime minister said the “party that ended up shedding tears when Pakistan threatened India” is eyeing the seat of power in Delhi. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KIn a scathing attack on Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy for his alleged remark on the armed forces, Modi said those who believe that the poor join the army to make ends meet should drown to death. “Such comments are demoralising for the army. It takes a lot of courage to fight on the border. Those that say that only the poor join the army to make ends meet should drown to death,” he asserted. Insisting that Indians everywhere were the responsibility of the ‘chowkidaar’ (watchman), the PM said he never discriminated people on the lines of religion or caste. “When 46 nurses were held captive in Iraq, we did our best to get our daughters back. When Kolkata’s Judith D’Souza was kidnapped in Afghanistan, we rescued her. This chowkidaar is always concerned about the safety of the country’s daughters,” he claimed. Noting that Maoist menace in the country has reduced to a “large extent” under the BJP rule, he said youth are shunning violence to join the mainstream. “It is because of the efforts of the BJP government, naxalites have found their strongholds shrinking. The tribal youths in the Maoist-hit areas are now shunning violence and coming forward to work for the development of the country. “Under the District Mineral Development Act, we have allotted Rs 4,000 crore for the development of tribal areas in Jharkhand. I will not let the corrupt touch your land, forest and resources,” he stated. Referring to Sunday’s terrorist attack in neighbouring Sri Lanka, Modi said India too had faced similar tragedies before his government came to power. “What happened in Sri Lanka is very unfortunate. India, too, had gone through similar phases before 2014. But after we came to power, the situation changed. Terrorists are now aware that this chowkidaar will locate them, no matter where they hide,” he said. Expressing gratitude to the people of Jharkhand, who turned up in large numbers for Tuesday’s roadshow in the state capital, Modi said, “The response that I received in Ranchi was overwhelming. I was touched. It wasn’t a planned programme. The state unit of BJP requested me for the show only two days ago.”last_img read more

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Polisario Claims to Have Arrested 19 Moroccan Drug Dealers

Rabat – The Polisario Front announced Wednesday that it has arrested 19 Moroccan hashish traffickers and accused Rabat of organizing the network, according to the pro-Polisario news outlet Futuro Sahara. No official Moroccan communication has confirmed or refuted the claims so far.In a statement issued by the separatist movement’s media wing, Polisario’s Ministry of Defense said on Monday it had arrested a group of 19 Moroccan citizens in Gueltat Zemmour (east of the Sable wall) southwest of Tindouf.“On Sunday, around 7:30 p.m. in the Aghchan Lbyad area near Gueltat Zemmour, a unit of the Saharawi People’s Liberation Army managed to arrest a group of drug traffickers consisting of 19 Moroccan citizens carrying drugs to the eastern Wall of the Moroccan occupation,” wrote Futuro Sahara, which relayed the information Monday. “These traffickers are part of a larger network that is dedicated to transporting hashish from the Rif to Egypt,” Polisario Front sources said. The Saharawi forces seized a 4×4 vehicle, model Toyota Hilux, where they reportedly planned to transport the cargo. The statement said that another vehicle managed to escape from the Saharawi borders.“The Saharawi government condemns these serious and repeated acts of Moroccan occupation as part of its malicious policy involving the use and trafficking of poisons and drugs and its close connection with criminal organizations and terrorist groups,” added the statement.In a second article relayed by the same source, a Sahrawi official stated that the Moroccan citizens “were held in a secret place and are awaiting trial,” and that “MINURSO visited the smugglers who were stopped by the Sahrawi army.”The Polisario Front added in its statement that the operation was undertaken “within the framework of the efforts of the SADR to face the policies of Morocco aiming to flood the region with drugs.”The Polisario Front claimed to have had seized last July 12 in the area of ??Guerguerat 2,100 kilos of hashish and a Toyota Land Cruiser with a Moroccan registration plate. “The traffickers fled in another support vehicle and we seized the merchandise and the vehicle,” said sources of the Saharawi organization.A New York-based political analyst and UN expert who asked to speak on the condition of anonymity believes that “while all sorts of trafficking should be condemned and traffickers should be brought to justice, their detention by the Polisario and the claim that they would be persecuted by the separatist movement is illegal and against international law.” Morocco World News source states that “persecution of and conviction of any drug traffickers can only be carried out by a sovereign state and within the boundaries of its sovereignty.” Yet this is not the case for the Polisario, who has no sovereignty over the territory in which it arrested and detained the 19 suspects. The area east of the berm, which the Polisario considers as a “liberated territory” is a buffer zone over which the Polisario has no sovereignty. “Therefore, the detention is against international law,” our source stated, adding that “the 19 suspects should be handed over to MINURSO, which is entrusted of monitoring the ceasefire agreement and ensuring that both the Polisario and Morocco abide by its provisions- which should hand them to Moroccan authorities and make sure they are prosecuted and given a fair trial.” For many years, the Polisario has been accused of engaging in drug trafficking and terrorist activities. Our expert believes that “the action taken by the Polisario is a new attempt to deflect the accusations that Morocco has levelled against it in recent years with regards to drug trafficking and terrorism.” In September 2016, Moroccan authorities arrested a large network of drug trafficking between the Tindouf camps and Northern Mali and indicated that the son of a Polisario “Minister” was involved in this international drug trafficking network.   In February 2016, a Mauritanian official told France 24 channel that the Polisario elements were heavily involved in the trafficking of cocaine from Latin America to Europe.“The announcement made by the Polisario is an attempt to lure the international community into believing that it hands are clean and that, in fact, drug trafficking in the region is led by Moroccan traffickers,” concludes our source. read more

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EXPO New Mexico eyes new arena for state fairgrounds

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — EXPO New Mexico officials are finishing a feasibility study on the construction of a new arena on the state fairgrounds.KRQE-TV in Albuquerque reports EXPO New Mexico General Manager Dan Mourning said this week the idea for a new arena is something officials have been eying for years and comes as officials have noticed top tier acts passing up New Mexico for cities with larger venues.The fairgrounds’ aging Tingley Coliseum has been around since 1957 and holds only around 11,570. Officials want an arena that can hold at least 15,000 people.Mourning says it will then be presented to the city of Albuquerque, but say in the end, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham will have the final say.The Associated Press read more

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The incredible journey made by one arctic fox walking more than

An arctic fox has stunned scientists by walking more than 4,400 kilometres from Norway to northern Canada in four months.The fox’s journey was tracked by researchers at the Norwegian Polar Institute, after they fitted it with a tracking device in March 2018.The institute says the 2-year-old fox moved at an average rate of 46.3 kilometres a day.It spent 21 days traveling more than 1,500 kilometers from Norway to Greenland, before continuing on to Ellesmere Island in Canada.The tracking device stopped transmitting in February, so the fox’s current whereabouts aren’t known. read more

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Japanese Pokemon Centers Are Getting Pikachu Plushes Dressed As Vulpix

first_img Finally, Ash Ketchum Is A Pokemon MasterMint-Condition Set of Pokemon Cards Sold For $107K Stay on target What’s cuter than Pikachu? Pikachu dressed up as various other Pokemon, that’s what, and with the Japanese city of Sapporo currently celebrating its winter weather, there’s no better time to see new Alolan Pokemon plushes. More specifically, Pikachu dressed up as Alolan Pokemon.The Pokemon Center of Sapporo is getting a special redesign to fit the winter weather, with Pikachu and Alolan Vulpix hanging out and having a lot of icy fun together. Starting on February 1, you’ll be able to head to the Pokemon Center locally and pick up a bunch of adorable items featuring the unlikely friends Pikachu and Vulpix having a wintry blast of a time.You can select from adorable Pikachu dressed up as regular Vulpix or Alolan Vulpix, special clear cards with different designs (given out for free), one of five coasters if you spend over 2,000 yen and a whole bunch of other items meant to celebrate the season.A mascot dressed as Pikachu wearing a special Vulpix costume will also be appearing at Pokemon Centers throughout Japan, beginning on February 1 at the Sapporo location, at Mega Tokyo, Fukuoka, Osaka, Hiroshima, Nagoya, and Yokohama all the way through March.Also, Japanese Pokemon Centers will be giving out special Alolan Vulpix Pokemon in Pokemon Sun and Moon as well. The Vulpixes given away will have ice-related items like Icy Rock, NeverMelt Ice, Aspear Berry, Ice Stone, and Ice Heal available with it, so if you can’t make it out maybe, you’ll get lucky with a Wonder Trade.There’s too much cute to handle here so that the event won’t be lasting forever. It will come to an end on March 12, so if you’re going to be in the area or vacationing for some reason nearby, definitely stop by and check out the plushes at the very least, or keep an eagle eye out for eBay to snag one.last_img read more

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Carragher Liverpool Man City set for a thrilling title battle

first_imgJamie Carragher expects Liverpool and Manchester City to push each other all the way for the second half of the seasonFollowing Friday’s 2-0 win at Wolves, Liverpool have temporarily extended their lead at the top of the Premier League to four points over City.Pep Guardiola’s side can reduce that deficit to a point by beating Crystal Palace today at the Etihad Stadium.But Carragher believes that City will have to dig deep this season if they are to retain their league crown.“At the end of the season, whichever side goes on to win the title, the one who comes second is going to have an unbelievable points tally that, almost any other season would win the league,” Carragher told Sky Sports.“You’ll probably feel for whoever misses out, whether that’s City or Liverpool.“City, in the last 18 months, have just gone away from everyone. There was no real challenge last season. It felt like the season was over at this stage last season.Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“The fact Liverpool are with them now it maybe asks questions of this Man City side that we haven’t seen before.“I’m sure they’ll answer them – I’m not questioning them in that way. But I think it’s nice we have someone chasing this City side.“This City side is a special side, and I think over the next four or five years we will be speaking about a special team in this Premier League era. But could a side win the league three or four years on the bounce?“The great Manchester United sides found that difficult. There’s always someone who wins the league out of nowhere. Could this be the season when someone else actually wins it, and could it be Liverpool?”Carragher is a former centre-back who played for Liverpool throughout his entire career between 1996 to 2013.The ex-England international made 737 appearances for the Reds and won the FA Cup (2x), League Cup (3x), a UEFA Cup and the Champions League.last_img read more

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Learn whether car salary sacrifice risks have become a reality at Employee

first_imgThose attending Employee Benefits Connect can gain insight into the potential risks around car salary sacrifice arrangements, and how to select risk mitigation approaches that best suit their organisation.In the session ‘Salary sacrifice for cars: evolving solutions and the truth about risks’, Claire Evans, head of fleet consultancy at Zenith, will examine the risks around car salary sacrifice, how employers can assess their level of risk in each area, and how to effectively model risk based on different scenarios.The session will also discuss the perceived risks around car salary sacrifice and whether these have become a reality.In the same session, Sophie Martin, category specialist, supply chain management at NATS, will discuss the risks the air traffic control organisation identified in its car salary sacrifice arrangement, the steps it took to mitigate these risks and how effective these contingencies have been.Evans (pictured) said: “The session will identify what the risks are. The risks are not going to be the same for everybody so we will look at what the specific risks are [for different organisations] and at assessing the amount of risk in the different areas.“I’d hope attendees leave the session with a complete understanding of how real car salary sacrifice risks are likely to be for their particular organisations, I’d also like them to be able to evaluate the best risk mitigation solution that will work for them.”Employee Benefits Connect will take place on Wednesday 9 March at the Lancaster London.For more information and to register to attend.last_img read more

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Tweets aside Sullivan says Trump good for Alaska

first_imgU.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan studies notes just before his annual address to the state Legislature. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)Sen. Dan Sullivan, in his annual address to the state Legislature, said he doesn’t like all of President Trump’s tweets but he likes what the Trump administration is doing for Alaska. There’s not a lot of daylight between them when you look at the senator’s voting record.Listen nowBarely two minutes into the speech, Sullivan made the rhetorical equivalent of an eye-roll. It was as he was saying he sees the annual address as an opportunity to step back and look at the big picture.“But being in elected office, we can get caught up in the news of the day,” Sullivan said. “Sometimes as a result of an intemperate tweet or two. Or three. Or four. ”During the 2016 presidential election, Sullivan called on Trump to step down as the Republican nominee after the “Access Hollywood” tape became public. Whatever their differences in style, Sullivan and Trump are alike on many policies. According to the data-crunchers at the website FiveThirtyEight, Sullivan’s votes agree with Trump’s position more than 95 percent of the time. (Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s Trump-agreement score is 83 percent The average for Republicans is just over 92 percent.)In his speech, Sullivan made it clear he’s embracing what Trump DOES, at least for Alaska. As for what the president SAYS, Sullivan is keeping some distance.“I disagree with a number of the statements and tweets made by President Trump,” Sullivan said. “But in terms of a federal government that is finally working to help grow Alaska’s economy, we are making significant progress.”Sullivan cited new opportunities for oil development in the Arctic Refuge and elsewhere, the president’s support for a King Cove road and progress on the gas line.“And the feds are also listening to us as we continue to place well-qualified Alaskans into the highest levels of the federal government,” Sullivan said.Sullivan named five Alaskans working in the Trump administration: Joe Balash is at the Interior Department, in charge of oil & gas on federal lands. Chris Oliver oversees federal fisheries at NOAA. Drue Pearce is at the Transportation Department. Chris Hladick is the EPA administrator for Alaska and the Northwest, and Tara Sweeney has been nominated to be assistant Interior secretary for Indian Affairs.Sullivan said the Alaskan Trump appointees will protect Alaska’s interests as they apply national policies.On gun control, Sullivan says he’ll evaluate proposals arising out of the latest school shooting.“However, as Alaskans we understand how important our 2nd Amendment rights are,” Sullivan said. “We use firearms not only for self-defense but as a tool to feed our families.”At a press conference afterward, Sullivan said he has “serious doubts” about President Trump’s proposal to raise the age limit for guns to 21.“I mean, to me, that would not work in Alaska,” Sullivan said.Sullivan says the problem of school violence should be considered more broadly.“Which includes, Are we poisoning the minds of our children by having them watch movies and video games that glorify killing people?” Sullivan said. “I mean just turn on any movie. Those didn’t exist 20 or 30 years ago.”Sullivan said he knows wading into cultural issues could make him vulnerable for ridicule. He raised the specter of Tipper Gore. She was mocked in the 80s for campaigning to get warning stickers on albums with profane lyrics. But Sullivan said it’s important to consider culture in the debate over how to keep children safe.State Sen. Berta Gardner, a Democrat from Anchorage, said Sullivan gave a strong speech that hit many of the points legislators wanted to hear. She said, though, she wished he’d talked about increasing Alaska’s share of revenues from offshore drilling, and that he’d said more about advancing the gas line.KTOO reporter Andrew Kitchenman contributed to this report.last_img read more

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Brahmins told to move ahead in business politics

first_imgHyderabad: Deputy Speaker of Andhra Pradesh State Assembly Kona Raghupathi on Friday advised Brahmins to move ahead in business and political fields. Addressing a Brahmin business network meeting under the chairmanship of Telangana government representative in New Delhi S Venugopalachary, here, he stated that the credit for giving due place to Brahmins in two Telugu States should go to Chief Ministers K Chandrasekhar Rao and Y S Jaganmohan Reddy. He pledged his support for Brahmins to move ahead in business and political fields, while recalling his efforts to become a successful businessman with an investment of only Rs 5,000. Also Read – Hyderabad: Cloth bags, anyone? Advertise With Us K V Ramanachary, Adviser to Telangana government, praised KCR for launching a corporation for Brahmins with a capital of Rs 100 crore. The corporation, he said, was providing subsidy to those with an annual income of less than Rs 2 lakh. Vijayawada Central MLA Malladi Vishnu recalled the efforts by former Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy for giving a prime place to Brahmins during his regime. Among those present were MLA D Sridhar Babu, Brahmana Parishad Federation vice-president Cherukucharla Raghuramayya, MLC Ramchandar Rao.last_img read more

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CCI fines cement companies Rs 205 crore for cartelisation in Haryana

first_imgIn picture: Workers unload cement bags from a truck near the construction site of residential buildings in New Delhi, India, March 10, 2016. [Representational image]Reuters fileThe Competition Commission of India (CCI) has imposed a total fine of more than Rs 205 crore on seven cement companies for rigging the bid of a tender floated for the procurement of cement by the Haryana government in 2012.  Also read: JSW Cement, other investors to buy out stake in Shiva Cement It may be noted that the CCI had in August last year fined 11 cement-manufacturing companies and the Cement Manufacturers’ Association (CMA) — in two separate orders — a total of around Rs. 6,700 crore on charges of cartelisation, and CMA for facilitating it.Heavy finesThis time, according to a Ministry of Corporate Affairs statement, the seven cement companies, “through their impugned conduct, have engaged in bid-rigging…, which eliminated and lessened competition and manipulated the bidding process in respect of the impugned tender.” The case deals with “procurement of cement to be supplied to government departments, boards and corporations in the state of Haryana,” according to the Union ministry’s statement.The Ministry statement further said: “Accordingly, penalty of Rs 18.44 crore, Rs 68.30 crore, Rs 38.02 crore, Rs 9.26 crore, Rs 29.84 crore, Rs 35.32 crore and Rs 6.55 crore has been imposed upon Shree Cement Limited, UltraTech Cement Limited, Jaiprakash Associates Limited, JK Cement Limited, Ambuja Cements Limited, ACC Limited and JK Lakshmi Cement Limited.” The fine amount is 0.3 percent of the average annual turnover of the companies over the past three years. Fines on cement companies [All figures in Rs crore]IBTimesHow the cartelisation was uncoveredThe Ministry of Corporate Affairs said in its statement: “The bid-rigging has been established from quoting of unusually higher rates in the impugned tender (than rates quoted in tenders of previous years), determining different basic prices for supply of cement at the same destination through reverse calculation, quoting of quantities in the impugned tender such that the total bid quantity almost equalled the total tendered quantity, quoting of rates for the districts in a manner that all cement companies acquired L1 status at some of the destination(s) etc.”It added: “The anti-competitive conduct was reaffirmed through SMS exchanged and calls made amongst the officials of the cement companies.”last_img read more

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Tweet Analytics Startup Favstar Shuts Down Over Twitter Data Sharing Changes

first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Favstar, a startup that has been analyzing and curating tweets based on their popularity on Twitter, is calling it quits. The service will go offline on June 19, announced Favstar founder Tim Haines over the weekend. Haines blamed Twitter’s decision to change the way it shares data with outside companies for Favstar’s demise.Twitter had announced back in December that it would change the way it is sharing data with outside companies on June 19. These changes effectively put an end to some of its existing data formats, while introducing a new developer interface.Haines argued this weekend that the company has neglected developers. “Twitter wrote that they’ll be replacing this with another method of data access, but have not been forthcoming with the details or pricing,” he said. “Favstar can’t continue to operate in this environment of uncertainty.” Popular on Variety center_img Twitter didn’t respond to Haines’ criticism Monday, but the company had previously announced that it would postpone shutting off third-party apps by 90 days beyond the June 19 deadline to give developers enough time to transition to its new Account Activity API.Favstar launched all the way back in 2009, and clocked more than 50 million visits at its heyday. The service was financed via a paid pro membership. In addition to running Favstar, Haines has also been the co-founder of a startup that is building tools for developers.last_img read more

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Google cuts power bill by putting AI in control of data centers

first_imgGoogle acquired the mysterious artificial intelligence startup DeepMind two years ago. No one knew what DeepMind was doing or why Google would want it. DeepMind now sits outside Google as an Alphabet company, and we have seen some of what the company’s advanced AI is capable of. DeepMind has taught a computer to play Atari games, simulated short term memory, and developed a bot that can beat the best Go players on Earth. Now, it’s saving Google money in data centers.One of Google’s top expenses is the power consumed by its data centers, and more specifically, the power it takes to cool them. Just like your computer generates heat, so do the servers in Google’s data centers — row after row of servers radiating heat, which is bad for server reliability. Google has been using machine learning to tune its cooling system for several years, but then DeepMind researchers started deploying the company’s AI several months ago to improve efficiency.DeepMind created a system of neural networks and trained it on the data center’s PUE (Power Usage Effectiveness). That’s how much total energy is used versus the building’s IT energy usage. Additional networks were trained to predict temperature in the future based on historic data. The DeepMind AI was given control of 120 variables in a real Google data center including fans, cooling systems, and windows.The results were rather staggering. With machine learning active, the facility used 40% less power keeping cool. That relates to a total PUE reduction of 15% across the entire data center. The graph above shows the difference when the machine learning powered by DeepMind was turned on and off. Google plans to roll this out to more data centers soon and will publish a paper with details.last_img read more

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Luxims tiny plasma lightbulb outshines LEDs

first_img Explore further A Tic-Tac-sized lightbulb that gives off as much light as a streetlamp may offer a peek at the ultra-efficient lighting of the future. The bulb, developed by Luxim of Sunnyvale, California, uses plasma technology to achieve its brightness. Citation: Luxim’s tiny plasma lightbulb outshines LEDs (2008, March 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-03-luxim-tiny-plasma-lightbulb-outshines.html New nanomaterial to replace mercurycenter_img 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. The tiny bulb contains an argon gas in the middle, as well as a component called a “puck.” The bulb is partially embedded in a dielectric material. When electrical energy is delivered to the puck, the puck acts like an electrical lens. It heats up the argon to a temperature of 6000 degrees Kelvin, and turns the gas into a plasma that gives off light. The plasma, whose 6000-degree temperature is similar to that of the surface of the sun, also emits a spectrum that looks very similar to the spectrum of sunlight.The plasma bulb uses 250 watts, and achieves around 140 lumens per watt, making it very bright and highly efficient. By comparison, conventional lightbulbs and high-end LEDs get around 15 and 70 lumens per watt, respectively. “A key advantage is that the energy is driven into the bulb without any electrodes, so you don’t need any electrical connections to get the energy into the bulb,” Luxim CEO Tony McGettigan explained to ZDNet. Luxim is using different versions of its electrode-less plasma technology to develop lighting for ultra-bright projection displays, retail and street lighting, microscope lighting, and various medical applications.More information: Luxim.com via: ZDNetlast_img read more

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Encrypt your DNS traffic with Simple DNSCrypt for Windows

first_imgEncrypt your DNS traffic with Simple DNSCrypt for Windows by Martin Brinkmann on February 19, 2018 in Software – Last Update: April 06, 2018 – 36 commentsSimple DNSCrypt is a free open source program for Microsoft’s Windows operating system to configure dnscrypt-proxy on Windows-based PCs and devices.DNS Crypt is a technology that encrypts DNS look ups so that third-parties cannot spy on those. While some programs or services, VPN Services for instance, protect your look-ups automatically, most DNS traffic is not encrypted.OpenDNS introduced DNSCrypt support back in 2012 but DNSCrypt was pioneered by the OpenBSD operating system years before that. It uses encryption to protect against man-in-the-middle attacks.SimpleDNSCryptSimple DNSCrypt is an easy to use program for Windows that brings the functionality to Microsoft’s operating system. It is not the first program to do so, DNSCrypt Windows Service Manager was released in 2014, but it is a feature-rich solution but it is no longer in active development.Simple DNSCrypt utilizes DNSCrypt Proxy which is also available for Windows and other operating systems.The user interface is divided into several tabs.Main Menu — lists configuration options, e.g. use of servers and available network cards.Resolvers — lists the available DNS Resolvers and offers configuration options.Advanced Settings — additional settings that change core functionality.Query Log — A log that is disabled by default.A click on the settings icon gives you options to add additional tabs to the program interface which you may use to blacklist and whitelist domains, and check the domain block log.Activate the DNSCrypt Service after you have configured the options to your liking to get started with the application. Once you have done so, select the network cards that you want the service to run on.This is the bare-minimum configuration to encrypt your DNS traffic. It is recommended that you go through the settings before you enable the server to make sure all is set up correctly.Simple DNSCrypt lists IPv4 servers by default only and blocks IPv6-related queries. You enable IPv6 servers under main menu and unblock IPv6-related queries under Advanced Settings.The program retries resolvers that support DNSSEC and don’t log or filter traffic by default. You can uncheck these options as well if you want but it is recommended that you don’t unless you run into issues.Simple DNSCrypt runs in automatic mode by default. The service picks the fastest resolver from the list of available servers and uses it. You can switch that off under resolvers by selecting one or multiple resolvers from the list. This may take a bit of testing to make sure performance is fine.The advanced settings give you more control over the service’s functionality. You can disable DNS caching there for instance. Simply put, if caching is enabled, Simple DNSCrypt tries to find the information in the cache before resolvers are used to look-up the information.There is also an option to Force TCP, and to uninstall the Windows service.Uninstallation worked without issues on several test systems.Closing WordsSimple DNSCrypt is an easy to use program for Windows to protect DNS queries against man-in-the-middle attacks. One downside of the project is that you don’t have control over the resolvers. There is no option, at least none is in the UI, to add custom resolvers. This means, basically, that you have to trust at least one of the servers used.Now You: Do you encrypt your DNS traffic?Related articlesEncryption and Strong PasswordsHow to encrypt Windows 10 hard drives using BitLockerHow to Speed Up a slow loading websiteProtonMail Bridge: encrypted email for Outlook, Thunderbird, and other email clientsQuad9 DNS promises better privacy and securitySummary12345 Author Rating4.5 based on 10 votes Software Name Simple DnsCryptOperating System WindowsSoftware Category NetworkingLanding Page https://github.com/bitbeans/SimpleDnsCrypt Advertisementlast_img read more

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