Demi Lovato And Carly Rae Jepsen Join We Day Minnesota

first_imgInternational charity and educational partner Free The Children, in partnership with Title sponsors Cheerios, Green Giant and Yoplait, announced the second group of names joining the star-studded lineup set to inspire 18,000 students who have earned their way through service to attend the first-ever We Day Minnesota at the Xcel Energy Center on October 8.Sharing their passion for change, international experiences and energizing the crowd with unforgettable performances will be multi-platinum, chart-topping artists the Jonas Brothers and Carly Rae Jepsen along with renowned speakers including Barbara Pierce Bush, award-winning actress and activist Mia Farrow, international activists and Free The Children co-founders, Craig and Marc Kielburger. Also joining via Skype for an important message will be award-winning singer-songwriter and Free The Children ambassador, Demi Lovato.Considering We Day has been called the Super Bowl for service, the event’s all-star roster will fittingly include NFL players from the Minnesota Vikings and other local dignitaries and personalities, including We Day co-chairs and siblings, Dean Phillips and Hutton Phillips, the Governor of Minnesota, Mark Dayton, Minnesota Commissioner of Education, Brenda Cassellius, Mayor of St. Paul, Chris Coleman, Jack Jablonski and spoken word poet and rapper Dessa.In the year of the 50th anniversary of his father’s memorable I Have a Dream speech, an exciting addition to the lineup is human rights advocate Martin Luther King III, who will be speaking at all We Day events across North America in 2013.Leading the electrified crowd as a co-host will be platinum selling artist and star of Disney’s Good Luck Charlie, Bridgit Mendler.“I had the opportunity this past summer to participate with Free The Children’s communities in Kenya, and see first-hand the lasting impact that youth in North America are making through their charitable work,” said Joe Jonas from the Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum band the Jonas Brothers. “I understand what it means to these communities to have access to clean water and an education and I was thrilled to get involved by committing to help build two schools overseas with Free The Children. It may seem like a simple assignment to make one local and one global commitment, but these efforts fundamentally impact the lives of people around the world.”We Day is a stadium-sized educational event and a movement of young people leading local and global change. We Day is tied to the year-long program, We Act, which supports students and educators with free educational resources, student-led campaigns and support materials to help turn the event’s inspiration into sustained activation. Since 2007, youth involved in the We Act program have raised $37 million dollars for over 1,000 local and global causes and logged more than 9.6 million volunteer hours.The 2013/2014 We Day season will be the largest season to date. We Day will see more than 160,000 in attendance in 12 cities across North America, and internationally for the first time with We Day UK in spring 2014, truly making this a global movement for change.We Day and the We Act program are free of charge to the thousands of students and educators in attendance at the event and state-wide, thanks to the generous support of sponsors led in Minnesota by Title Sponsors Cheerios, Green Giant and Yoplait along with other supporters, including Bremer Bank, the Otto Bremer Foundation, The Edward J. Phillips Family Foundation and the Carlson Family Foundation.last_img read more

Stranger Things Millie Bobby Brown coming to Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Firefly’s Nathan Fillion has already been announced.Brown rose to stardom after starring in Stranger Things, opposite Winona Ryder and Matthew Modine. She played psychokinetic teen Eleven, who befriends a gang of misfit kids after escaping a government facility. Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Child actress Millie Bobby Brown, best known for her touching and effectively creepy turn as Eleven in the Netflix hit Stranger Things, is coming to Calgary this April.The 12-year-old actress was announced as a guest of the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo this year, which runs from April 27 to 30 at Stampede Park.Also new to the lineup is Christopher Lambert, best known for 1986’s Highlander and 1984’s Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan and Danielle Panabaker, who plays Killer Frost in Arrow and The Flash.last_img read more

Owens named chief executive behind CBS 60 Minutes

PASADENA, Calif. — Incoming CBS News president Susan Zirinsky opted for continuity on television’s most popular news program, appointing Bill Owens as executive producer of “60 Minutes” on Wednesday.Owens has been executive editor at “60 Minutes” since 2008, and has been running it on an interim basis since his predecessor Jeff Fager was fired in September for sending a threatening text message to a colleague writing a story about him.Zirinsky says Owens is “steeped in the storytelling style audiences have come to expect from “60 Minutes.”It was the first big appointment for Zirinsky, another CBS veteran. She was named news president last month to replace the outgoing David Rhodes.The Associated Press read more

Underworld members involved in polls in 4 districts

He also said that in the Gampaha District, several underworld members are working with the Government and even providing security for their election campaigning. CaFFE Executive Director, Keerthi Tenakoon, said that underworld members who were known to have been close with the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) have now shifted their support to the Government and are engaged in election campaigning in Colombo. Tenakoon said that in the Hambantota and Kandy Districts, owners of private security agencies are also contesting the August 17 Parliamentary election.He said that army deserters have been employed by some of these agencies and there is a fear that members of these agencies may clash when election day gets closer. (Colombo Gazette) Underworld members are involved in election related work in four districts, local election monitors said today.The Campaign for a Free and Fair Election (CaFFE) said that they have received information related to underworld members involved in election campaign work in Colombo, Gampaha, Hambantota and Kandy. read more

BJP asserts bridge between India Sri Lanka must not be damaged

In a promo for its upcoming show, the channel quotes an archaeologist that the rocks on top of sand pre-date the sand.“This is what the BJP has been saying all along,” minister of state for home affairs Kiren Rijiju said. His cabinet colleague and law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad also hit out at the UPA government for an affidavit in the Supreme Court that had questioned the belief among Hindus that the land bridge was built by Lord Ram to reach then Lanka to rescue his wife Sita, as depicted in the epic Ramayana. The claim made in a new show of a US science channel that the ‘Ram Setu’ between India and Sri Lanka is man-made has reaffirmed the party’s stand on the issue, India’s ruling BJP said Wednesday, asserting that it believes in the existence of Lord Ram.“It is unfortunate that the Congress has always been apologetic when it came to respecting Hindu religion. I wish once and for all this debate (on Ram Setu) is settled. We should respect Ram Setu and no damage should be done to it,” Union minister Piyush Goyal told a press conference at the BJP headquarters. The BJP, Goyal said, is not apologetic about its love for Lord Ram and for the party functionaries he was an ideal human being.“A secular democratic framework allows each Indian to respect his religion. We are proud of our religion and we are proud of every religion in India,” he said, according to the Hindustan Times. “Those who filed the affidavit should explain now. The research has supported what the BJP has been claiming all along…The setu is part of our cultural heritage,” Prasad told reporters. read more

UN in Afghanistan decries mutilation of voters in western province

Afghans thronged to polling centres to vote for their country’s new leader in the second round run-off in its Presidential elections after none of the candidates in the first round of the vote, held on 5 April, achieved the 50 per cent plus one result needed to win. Photos: UNAMA ‹ › “Like millions of their countrymen and women, these ordinary Afghans were exercising their fundamental right to determine the future path of their country through voting and not through violence and intimidation,” the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, Ján Kubiš, said in a statement. He added that by voting, they had already defeated “those who promote terror and violence”.The 11 victims, who were attacked after casting ballots in the western province of Herat, were interviewed by human rights monitors from the UN Assistance Mission to Afghanistan (UNAMA). A finger dipped in ink is proof that the person voted, and meant to prevent voters from casting more than one ballot.Mr. Kubiš, who heads UNAMA, said such “inhuman cruelty against Afghan civilians” are manifestations of weakness and desperation. “They know they have lost the support of the Afghan people,” he added.In today’s statement, UNAMA reiterated that attacks directed against civilians, including mutilations, are serious violations of international humanitarian law which parties to the armed conflict – including all anti-Government elements – must uphold.About 60 per cent of the country’s 12 million eligible voters turned out to vote yesterday, according to initial estimates from the Independent Election Commission. In a statement after the voting ended, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon lauded the participation of men and women across the country for demonstrating their commitment to shaping the future of their country and to rejecting violence and intimidation. read more

OSU mens basketball loses top recruit LaQuinton Ross

The Ohio State men’s basketball team is more than a month away from kicking off its 2011-12 season, but its Final Four hopes have already taken a small hit. OSU announced Monday that incoming freshman LaQuinton Ross was ruled an academic non-qualifier by the NCAA and will not be on the Buckeyes roster when the team opens practice on Oct. 14. Ross, who according the Rivals.com was the No. 43 overall recruit in the class of 2011, was the highest-ranked of the five players who committed to play for OSU coach Thad Matta this season. In his senior season of high school, Ross averaged 25.4 points, 11.3 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game. As an academic non-qualifier, Ross did not meet the academic standards that are required for all NCAA Division I athletes. According to the NCAA’s official website, an incoming student must be a high school graduate, achieve a 2.0 GPA and present a qualifying score on either the SAT or ACT. Academic non-qualifiers are not permitted to receive an academic scholarship for a full year, meaning that Ross likely won’t play for the Buckeyes until the 2012-13 season, at the earliest. Despite Ross having signed a letter of intent last November to play for the Buckeyes, being ruled as an academic non-qualifier returns his status with the NCAA back to that of a prospect. As a prospect, Ross is allowed to be recruited and can sign to play with schools other than OSU, granted that he academically qualifies for the 2012-13 season. Ross has spent the past summer in Columbus, playing alongside current and former OSU players. CBSSports reported on Monday that Ross, who attended high school at Life Center Academy in Burlington, N.J., would be returning to his home state of Mississippi to “take a class and retake the SAT.” From his Twitter account, @qross2011, Ross posted on Friday at approximately 7 p.m.: “Struggling is something I’m use to!! I seem to bounce back everytime this time want be any different!!” The Buckeyes were hoping that Ross, a 6-foot-8, 225-pound forward, would help replace some of the perimeter scoring that the team lost when forward David Lighty and guard Jon Diebler graduated. With senior guard William Buford and sophomore swingmen Deshaun Thomas and Jordan Sibert returning this year, it is possible that Ross may not have found playing time in Matta’s rotation. With 2010-11 All-American and OSU leading scorer and rebounder Jared Sullinger returning for his sophomore season, the Buckeyes are expected to be a top-five team to start this season. OSU kicks off its regular season on Nov. 11 against Wright State in the Global Sports Shoot-out. read more

US prohibits purchase of Chinese rare earth magnets

first_imgUcore Rare Metals comments on the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019, which was signed into law by the President of the USA this week. The new legislation prohibits the US Department of Defense from acquiring rare earth magnets from China.“This is a turning-point in the re-establishment of an independent US rare earth industry,” said Jim McKenzie, President and CEO of Ucore. “It is also an important inflection point for rare earth investors. Rare earth magnets, or REMs, represent a technology of critical importance to the American military. Ucore’s planned Strategic Metals Complex, as a US based producer of high purity REEs, comes at a time when the US military will be actively pursuing these materials. The company is also uniquely equipped to step in and serve as a key source for rare metals resources, extraction and beneficiation technologies for the Department of Defense.”“The signing of the 2019 NDAA into law is a pivotal moment in the resurgence of a US-based REE sector,” said Dean Popps, formerly the US Army’s most senior procurement official and Ucore Advisory Board Member. “Further risk to the nation’s strategic supply chain’s dependency on China has been reduced by the new law, which prohibits the Department of Defense’s purchase of Chinese-made magnets used in an array of military applications, from aviation and weapons systems, to supercomputers and satellites. This event is also an important signal to the defense industry, and its attendant defense establishment procurement officials and policy makers, to begin proactively reviewing all supply chains consistent with the intent of the new law.”Section 871, along with other provisions of the bill that encourage the development and retention of critical technologies in the defense and technology industrial base, provide a strong statement of support for developing producers of strategic minerals. The bill includes a prohibition on the sourcing of REMs from China, Russia, North Korea and Iran, a significant embargo, given that over 90% of REM’s consumed by the US Military are currently produced by China alone. Section 871 will now need to be implemented by a rulemaking process within the Department of Defense in order to take effect.Ucore Rare Metals is a development-phase company focused on rare metals resources, extraction and beneficiation technologies with near term potential for production, growth and scalability. In March 2015, Ucore announced the development of a joint venture with IBC for the deployment of Molecular Recognition Technology for REE and multi-metallic tailings processing applications in North America and associated world markets.last_img read more

Angry Birds finally comes to Web via Chrome

first_imgToday’s Google’s I/O keynote focused on Chrome. We learned that a year ago today there were 70 million Chrome users, and since then, the number has more than doubled with 160 million Chrome users. There may be even more now with the news that everyone’s favorite Pig/Bird game, Angry Birds, will now be available on the web via the Chrome Web Store.AdChoices广告Rovio Mobile CEO Peter Vesterbacka, came on the stage wearing a red Angry Birds sweatshirt to announce the news. The newest version of the game will be available on the Chrome browser and will feature exclusive levels available only on Chrome.It can also be downloaded locally to your hard drive so you don’t even need to be connected to the web to play the game. Like Google did with its new movie rental feature, announced yesterday, you can now play Angry Birds while you’re traveling on a plane.Angry Birds on Chrome will use Chrome graphics, such as Chrome buttons as rocks, Chrome logo clouds and flowers, Google colors,  and even “Chrome bombs.” The new version will also allow in-app payments so that Angry Birds players can actually buy the coveted “Mighty Eagle.” If you’re unfamiliar with the Mighty Eagle, it’s a special bird that you can buy that will skip you past that level you just can’t beat. The Mighty Eagle was only available for iOS until now.Angry Birds for Chrome will be available today, but Vesterbacka said to try after 11 a.m. PST. Now that anyone with Chrome can download the game, will companies start blocking Chrome due to employees obsessively playing Angry Birds during work?Update: Angry Birds is available at the Chrome Web Store now. More photos below.last_img read more

No to raising of pension age

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Australia’s largest migrant community organisation, the Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia, hit back at Federal Government indications to change the eligibility age of the age pension, saying it opposes any move to lift the pension age to 70.I believe it’s time for the country to allow pensioners to live the rest of their lives with dignity.Theo NomicosThe chairman of the Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils (FECCA), Joe Caputo, told Neos Kosmos he believes raising the pension age would be impractical for many workers from a non-English speaking background.“The majority of people who have language difficulties are in manual, unskilled jobs and usually they are skilled in industry and other manufacturing industries. These are jobs that of course often take their toll on people’s physical capacity to continue to work as they get older,” he said.The reaction comes after Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey indicated last Sunday that a rise in the pension age to 70 was under “active consideration” by the government. Mr Caputo added that increasing the pension age to 70 was concerning and not justified for Australians who might not have the opportunity to work to that age. The previous Labor government had raised the retirement age from 65 to 67 from 2023.“We believe that any other raising of the pension age is not justified and should not happen, on the grounds that you see a lot of people that we represent – from ethnic communities or newly arrived, that work in very tough industries, and a lot of them don’t even reach 60 years of age or their health has been affected. “If you come from a privileged background and you work in a highly paid professional job – these people will be able to work even until their late 70s, because they are often self-employed and are in good health, and they should have an option to make a choice. “On a personal level, I believe in freedom of choice – if some people who are in a pension age would like to continue to work and are able to find work, they should be able to do so. It should be a free choice, not being forced to do so.” In response to criticism that the Abbott government was preparing to break its pre-election promise that there would be no changes to pensions, on Tuesday Prime Minister Tony Abbott said that the government would keep its ­­pre-election commitments but also get the budget under control. If the changes are adopted Australians will become some of the oldest workers in the world.Fair Go For Pensioners Coalition also called on the Abbott government to come clean with pensioners, instead of cutting access to the age pension by increasing age pension eligibility age to 70 years.Theo Nomicos, committee member of Fair Go For Pensioners and president of the Association of Greek Elderly Citizens’ Clubs, told Neos Kosmos he is against the proposed changes and called for the Federal Government to give back to pensioners.“I believe that after 60-65 years of age nobody who works can give as much as they used to. Why don’t we retire and give positions to the young generations that are on the dole and haven’t got a job? They are more educated than the old people, they can produce and have the strength and the power for production.“When a person passes 60 and becomes a senior, they haven’t got the strength, especially for physical jobs – I may be able to produce 50 pieces per hour, but a young person can produce 70.“They are trying to cut a lot from fragile pensioners. But pensioners gave a lot to this country. I believe it’s time they allow us to live in dignity. We want the pension to be 35 per cent of the life time earnings as everywhere in the world, as here it’s not even 23 per cent,” Mr Nomicos said. FECCA’s chairman Joe Caputo referred to diverse issues that lifting the retirement age may have, bringing attention to cases of discrimination due to old age that are not rare in the workplace. “Often employers get rid of the old workers and employ the young ones. If you lose your job when you are in your 50s, it’s very difficult to find a job again. We had a case recently, in Queensland, where one worker was actually discriminated against because of his age. That’s another issue.“Now to actually lift the pension age – it just shifts one problem to another. If you keep the worker longer you’ll find it will be more difficult for young people to find jobs. So in fact we may end up with unemployed youth and overworked old people,” Mr Caputo told Neos Kosmos.last_img read more

Vancouver woman arrested on robbery charges in Oregon

first_imgA Vancouver woman was arrested in McMinnville, Ore. Sunday on suspicion of robbery after she allegedly pointed a gun at a man walking his dog.The man was walking near a hotel at about 6:30 a.m. Sunday when, he alleged, Lisa Eileen Harris, 47, approached from behind with a gun. The man fled and contacted police, who found Harris sitting behind a movie theater, according to a news release issued by the McMinnville Police Department.The man was not injured.The Vancouver woman was arrested on suspicion of first-degree robbery, menacing, unlawful use of a weapon, pointing a firearm at another person and reckless endangering.Harris was lodged in the Yamhill Correctional Facility in lieu of $165,000 bail.Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact Officer Justin James at 503-435-5600, ext. 5957.last_img read more

DEI Briefs 52914

first_imgNew website and digital magazine for cyclocross.The publishers of Singletrack, the U.K.-based magazine on mountain bikes, are launching a digital magazine and website focusing on cyclocross, a sport similar to motocross racing but using bicycles. The website, called grit.cx, will premier at the end of the summer, and the first issue of the digital magazine will be available in early October. The magazine will feature stories and influences from the U.K., Europe, the U.S. and other countries where the sport is growing in popularity. Emergency Management website getting a makeover.A newly redesigned website for Emergency Management magazine will be rolled out soon. The format will likely be similar to other e.Republic websites, such as Governing and Government Technology. The website, like for its sister publications, will feature digital links to all articles from the print editions. BRAIN magazine offers both digital and print.Beginning with its May 1st issue, Bicycle Retailer and Industry News (BRAIN) has added the option for subscribers to receive a new digital version in addition to or instead of the print edition.Christianity Today‘s Books & Culture lives on in digital.Less than nine months after a pledge drive saved the publication from closing in 2013, Books & Culture has released a biweekly digital edition featuring reviews and news from a Christian perspective. Acquisition of Audience Media by Zinio.The digital platform company Zinio has acquired Audience Media, a company that provides CMS and app services for magazines such as ELLE, Marie Claire, Cosmo and more. Created in Barcelona but now based in Vietnam, the service currently has 30 apps under the its name in the Apple App Store, and possibly more publishers who want their branding instead of Audience Media’s. So far its magazine apps are simply replica editions of the print versions.WSJ‘s new digital video magazine.The Wall Street Journal has launched new platforms for its expanding video content, including the new digital video magazine, Signal. The magazine will include excerpts from filmmakers and emerging talents, interviews with celebrities and luminaries and a mix of short videos from WSJ contributors around the world. This will add to WSJ‘s existing shows “The Short Answer” and “Startup of the Year.”last_img read more

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT Wilmingtons Daniliuk MacDougall Named To Deans List At Emerson College

first_imgBOSTON, MA — The following Wilmington students have been named to Emerson College’s Dean’s List for the Fall 2018 semester:Allison DaniliukSamantha MacDougallThe requirement to make the Dean’s List is a grade point average of 3.7 or higher that semester.About Emerson CollegeLocated in Boston, Massachusetts, opposite the historic Boston Common and in the heart of the city’s Theatre District, Emerson College educates individuals who will solve problems and change the world through engaged leadership in communication and the arts, a mission informed by liberal learning. The College has 3,750 undergraduates and 750 graduate students from across the United States and 50 countries. Supported by state-of-the-art facilities and a renowned faculty, students participate in more than 80 student organizations and performance groups. Emerson is known for its study and internship programs in Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., the Netherlands, London, China, and the Czech Republic. A new, permanent facility on Sunset Boulevard for its L.A.-based program opened in January 2014. The College has an active network of 39,000 alumni who hold leadership positions in communication and the arts. For more information, visit www.emerson.edu.(NOTE: The above announcement is from Emerson College via Merit.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Allison Daniliuk Named To Dean’s List At Emerson CollegeIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Allison Daniliuk Named To Dean’s List At Emerson CollegeIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 3 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At Regis CollegeIn “Education”last_img read more

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Bendel Caira Are Serving For The Right Reasons

first_imgDear Editor,As a Wilmington senior citizen who watches the Selectmen meetings weekly, I would like to offer my strong support and endorsement for Greg Bendel. He was elected to the Board of Selectmen three years ago and has shown by his action, knowledge, and deep concern for ALL of the residents of Wilmington.As an educator and coach, he is well aware of the needs of our children. Having served on the Wilmington Housing Authority, he is concerned and motivated to help our citizens. Raising a young family in Wilmington, he is aware of all the problems we share and all the great things Wilmington has to offer.Greg is available and makes it a priority to attend as many of the meetings and functions around town, knowing first hand of the wants and needs of the people. Along with Kevin Caira, who was elected to the Board three years ago and serves as Chairman this year, they have conducted the meetings in a very open, caring and transparent way.During public comments, Mr. Caira, in my opinion, is very generous, allowing everyone to speak and handles the sometimes unreasonable behavior with courtesy, civility, and patience. Mr. Caira has been involved in so many activities and volunteering in our town, including coaching Little League and Wilmington High School football and softball. And there are so many others.He was Vice Chairman of the Yentile Famr Recreational Development Committee, founding member and Vice President of the Wildcat Alumni and Friends Association member, and former Lodge President of the Wilmington Sons of Italy. (Also Past President and current National President of the Sons of Italy’s Committee for Social Justice.) And many more achievements for both Kevin and Greg to mention here.Both of these gentlemen are serving for the right reasons… and that is for you, for me, and for ALL of the townspeople of Wilmington.I would ask you to join me on April 27 and vote for Greg Bendel and Kevin Caira.Please know how very important your vote is.Thank you,Marilyn CoxLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE GETS TO WORK: 20 Building Projects Happening In Town RIGHT NOWIn “Business”SELECTMEN NEWS: Board Supports Fire & Police Substation In North Wilmington; Town To Vote On Project In April 2020?In “Government”LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Bendel & Caira Are Trustworthy & Keep Their Campaign PromisesIn “Letter To The Editor”last_img read more

Quaders heart working fine without artificial support

first_imgAwami League general secretary and road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader. File PhotoThe Intra-Aortic Balloon Pump (IABP) machine, which was set up in the heart of ailing road transport minister and bridges minister Obaidul Quader, was removed on Thursday morning as his condition is improving gradually, reports news agency UNB.“His heart is working fine without any artificial support,” Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) director Abu Naser Rizvi, who was accompanying the minister, informed media referring to the statement of cardiologist Philip Koh of Mount Elizabeth Hospital at noon.The kidneys of the minister have been functioning better than before and the quantity of sedative has also been reduced, said Rizvi.”The minister is also responding to doctors’ call,” he added.He further said many of his infections are under control.His wife Isratunnesa Quader and Md Mustafizur Rahman, Bangladesh High Commissioner in Singapore were also present at the briefing.Quader, also general secretary to ruling Bangladesh Awami League (AL), was flown to Singapore on Monday for better treatment as per advice of renowned Indian cardiologist Devi Shetty.The minister was admitted to the BSMMU on Sunday morning following breathing complications. Later, physicians conducted an angiogram and found three blockages in his coronary arteries.last_img read more

DAs Office Will Offer Free Removal Of Outstanding Warrants During Weekend Event

first_imgImage captured from the Harris County District Attorney’s Twitter feed / @ @HarrisCountyDAODistrict Attorney Kim Ogg is offering some residents of Harris County the opportunity of getting their outstanding warrants removed and their pending cases resolved for free and at no risk of being arrested during a one day event that will take place on Saturday, July 14.District Attorney Kim Ogg is offering some residents of Harris County the opportunity of getting their outstanding warrants removed and their pending cases resolved for free and at no risk of being arrested during a one day event that will take place this weekend.Ogg announced the initiative, which she calls the ‘Make It Right!’ program, during a press conference held on Friday. This weekend’s event will take place on Saturday, July 14, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at North Shore High School, which is located at 353 Castlegory Dr.The program will only apply in Harris County’s Precinct 3, which covers the east and northeast of the county.The offenses that can be removed are Class C warrants, which, for example, include theft (less than $100), public intoxication and disorderly conduct, and other pending charges.According to information published on the DA’s website, attorneys will be on-site to provide attendants with legal advice and counsel.Employers and volunteers from local, community-based organizations will also be present to provide information about jobs, job training, educational opportunities, as well as legal referral services.Ogg underscored at the press conference this initiative is not an “amnesty” and also touched on how time consuming and expensive serving Class C warrants can be. “It takes officers about four hours to arrest somebody, book them into jail, it takes prosecutors time in court to prosecute them, judges’ time, lawyers’ time, several thousand dollars are often expended just in the prosecution of even one minor offense.”Judge Joe Stephens, who is a Justice of the Peace for Precinct 3, was also at the press conference and noted: “I live in Precinct 3 and I know there’s a need and we are gonna do our best to fill that need.”The Harris County Public Defender’s Office, Workforce Solutions and Beacon Law are some of the agencies and organizations that are partnering with the DA’s Office in the ‘Make It Right!’ program.You can watch the press conference here:Make it Right! press conference https://t.co/KMPHOgsfao— Harris County DA (@HarrisCountyDAO) July 13, 2018 Sharelast_img read more

New microscope technique offers a better way to measure magnetic field of

first_imgA team of researchers at IBM has developed a new way to measure the magnetic field of individual atoms that offers 1000 times the energy resolution of conventional techniques. In their paper published in the journal Nature Nanotechnology, the team describes their approach, how well it works and their hope that they will be able to modify it in such a way as to allow others with less specialized hardware to use it. Explore further Journal information: Nature Nanotechnology Scientists are eager to better measure the magnetic fields of individual atoms because they believe it will lead to a better understanding of material and biological interactions—most particularly those involving weak magnetic interactions. Current methods rely on using defects in diamonds, though the team at IBM notes that prior work at their lab shows that it is possible to measure weak interactions in another way, an approach described as challenging. In this new effort, the team has come up with a way to get the job done that is relatively simple, though, they note, it requires special hardware.In the new approach, an atom called a sensor is placed near a target atom inside of a scanning tunneling microscope—a magnetic field is then applied to the microscope followed by a jolt of electricity to the tunnel junction. From there on, the frequency of the atom is monitored—when it matches the spin of the precess (the axis of rotation around a magnetic field that reflects its degree of magnetism), it reveals the measure of the magnetic field. The change in orientation is measured by moving the sensor atom to the microscope’s sensor tip.The researchers found their approach to be far more accurate and easier to read than other methods, pointing out that the signal they got from the technique was both stronger and more robust. They note also that few other labs likely have the combination of equipment (such as the high frequency cabling added to the microscope) required to replicate their technique, so they plan to continue the work in hopes of achieving the same results under more relaxed conditions. © 2017 Phys.org 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.center_img Credit: CC0 Public Domain Citation: New microscope technique offers a better way to measure magnetic field of individual atoms (2017, March 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-03-microscope-technique-magnetic-field-individual.html Ultrasensitive magnetometer proposed based on compass needle More information: Taeyoung Choi et al. Atomic-scale sensing of the magnetic dipolar field from single atoms, Nature Nanotechnology (2017). DOI: 10.1038/nnano.2017.18last_img read more

Dont Put Your Profits at Risk by Ignoring This Crucial Protection for

first_imgNovember 30, 2017 Money talks. And it’s telling small-business owners they risk losing it if they don’t protect themselves against looming cyber threats.A recent report published by the Better Business Bureau (BBB) states half of small businesses couldn’t stay profitable more than 30 days if they lost critical data.Related: Here’s How Taking Cybersecurity Very Seriously Enhances Your BrandThe BBB reports out of the 1,100 businesses they surveyed in North America, less than half provide cybersecurity education to their employees. That’s troubling considering how many cyber attacks occur due to an unsuspecting employee clicking on a hyperlink in a fake email. Ninety-one percent of hacks on businesses start with a spear phishing email scam, according to KnowBe4, a company specializing in security awareness training for employees.Despite the prevalence of anti-malware software, firewalls and other cyber products installed at most small businesses, employees remain the weak spot and most likely point-of-entry for hackers.The BBB says employee education is the most cost-effective cybersecurity prevention tool. KnowBe4’s training, for example, costs only $16 to $28.50 per user, per year, depending on the option. If the low cost to train employees on security isn’t enough to convince companies to do so, then perhaps contemplating the costs of not training their people will be.Related: How Vulnerable Are You to Cybercrime? (Infographic)Ransomware attacksWhen an unaware employee clicks in a spear phishing email, it often injects a ransomware infection onto a computer or mobile device. Ransomware restricts access to files, often threatening permanent data destruction unless a ransom is paid.When a company pays a ransom, there’s no assurance it’ll reclaim its data. Plus, paying a ransom invites more attacks.Ransomware damages are predicted to cost the world $5 billion in 2017, and climb to $11.5 billion in 2019, according to my firm, Cybersecurity Ventures. In 2015, the costs were a mere $325 million.With more than 50 percent of all cyber attacks committed against small businesses, the ransomware costs — and resulting losses — are mounting on defenseless entrepreneurs.Related: 5 Things You Need to Know About the New (and Scary) Wave of ‘File-less’ Cyber AttacksData backupSmall businesses are notorious for poor data backup practices.The No More Ransom Project offers ransomware self-help to small-business owners globally. It’s an initiative led by the National High Tech Crime Unit of the Netherlands’ police and Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre to help victims of ransomware retrieve their encrypted data without having to pay the criminals.The Project’s free prevention advice puts data backup at the top of its list. The best way to thwart a ransom demand is to have all data backed up. Then there’s nothing to pay a ransom for.Also on the list, beware of suspicious emails — which reinforces the BBB’s recommendation to train employees on how to spot them.To sum up, an ounce of cyber prevention is worth a pound of cure. Small businesses don’t have to lose money to cyber attacks.Related Video: A Genius Former Hacker Explains How to Keep Your Business Safe From Cyber Attacks Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. Listen Now 3 min read Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.last_img read more

Top 10 Secrets About Stress and Health

first_img(Credit: Studiostoks/Shutterstock)It’s no secret that stress is bad for your health.Everybody knows that “life stress events” — things like loss of a job, death of a loved one and getting divorced (or married) raise the risk of getting sick.All sorts of other life events also generate stress, with possible negative health effects ranging from catching a cold to major depression to a fatal heart attack.Of course, knowing about the link between stress and sickness just gives you something else to worry about, adding even more stress. If you value your health, perhaps you should stop reading now.On second thought, don’t. Much of the lore about stressful events impairing health is certainly true, but some research is reassuring. There are some secrets about the stress-disease connection that aren’t all bad.If you’ve read the psychological, psychiatric and medical scientific literature over the last several decades, you might already be aware of these “secrets.” If not, they’ve been nicely summarized in a paper to appear in the next issue of Annual Review of Psychology, in which Sheldon Cohen, Michael L.M. Murphy and Aric A. Prather analyze (in no particular order) what they call the “Ten surprising facts about stressful life events and disease risk.”10. Experts disagree about what counts as stressful.Nobody disputes that certain events inflict severe psychological (and physiological) stress. Death of a spouse, getting diagnosed with a terminal illness and (ahem) separation of children from parents are indisputably “major stressful life events.” But no clear rules have been established to define what features place an event in that category (which makes stress research complicated, with often ambiguous results).Some researchers hold that stress magnitude hinges on how much “adaptation” is required to cope with it (which is why marriage can be considered especially stressful). A second theory gauges stressfulness as the amount of threat or harm an event poses. Some experts view stress as a mismatch between demands and resources. (If you have the resources — say, money — to address and control a demanding situation, it’s less stressful; if your boss expects you to complete a three-person project all by yourself under an impossible deadline, you’re stressed.) A fourth view regards “interruption of goals” as the prime feature of a life stress event; diabolically, one of the goals most commonly interrupted is the goal to be psychologically well.These theories about stress-event criteria aren’t mutually exclusive, of course. “There is obvious overlap among these approaches,” Cohen and colleagues write. On the whole, though, they suggest the “threat or harm” perspective is the most commonly accepted.Examples of recent stressful life events (major and minor) psychologists may ask about to gauge a person’s stress level. These include everything from the death of a spouse to taking on a mortgage to getting a speeding ticket. Life events commonly included on stress questionnaires may be objectively bad or good, major or minor. They include the death of a spouse, divorce, the loss of a job — or even a big achievement. Some stress checklists focus more on traumatic events, such as assaults; others ask about events that in the last year have brought major or minor changes to everyday life, requiring adaptation or readjustments, even if they are seemingly beneficial (getting a promotion). Some important events related to illness are those that affect social status, self-esteem, identity and physical well-being. Not all are equal in effect, and there’s much variation in how people respond. (Credit: American Institute of Stress/Knowable Magazine)9. Stress can affect a long list of diseases.Depression and heart disease are commonly associated with stressful events, but stress’s influence extends to other health problems as well. Many, perhaps even most, diseases can be linked to life stress in some way. Stress can boost anxiety, mess with your hormones and discourage healthy practices such as exercising and eating well. At the same time stress can instigate bad behaviors such as smoking and drinking. All these responses can have negative impacts on important organs (brain, heart, liver), possibly resulting in multiple health problems either by triggering the onset or accelerating the progression of a disease. Stress events can reduce resistance to infections, and even cancer may be linked to stress. But the evidence on cancer is less clear. Stress might influence the development of cancer, but the strongest research shows that a more likely effect of stress is reducing cancer survival rates rather than initiating cancer onset.8. Just being stressed doesn’t mean you’ll get sick.There’s no doubt that trauma and stressful events can harm your health. But not always. “On the whole,” Cohen and colleagues write, “most people who experience stressful events do not get sick.” Experiments exposing stressed and nonstressed people to a common cold virus found that more of the stressed people caught the cold than those in the nonstressed group, but nevertheless half the members of the stressed group remained healthy. Even depression is not an inevitable effect of major life stress; some people are more resilient than others. Positive self-image and sense of control are signs of resilience; negative attitude and excessive rumination tip the scales toward depression.7. Stressful events do not strike at random.Apart from the relatively rare natural disasters, fatal accidents and a few other nasty exceptions, stressful events are not equal-opportunity assailants. Your personal traits and situation and the circumstances in which you live make you more or less at risk for life stress. Neighborhoods with low socioeconomic status are sites of higher-than-average levels of stressful events, and people with low personal socioeconomic status have more risk of encountering violence, death of a child and divorce. Even personality can boost your stress risk (neurotic, unconscientious and disagreeable people are more likely to get divorced, for some reason). One study found that “individuals characterized by negative attributional style” (i.e., jerks) encounter more “interpersonal conflicts,” raising the risk of stressful events. Furthermore, one stressful event — such as loss of a job — can lead to others (such as loss of income, moving or divorce).Evidence is strong that stressful events make a disease you already have worse.6. Disease might come before the stress.While some evidence supports the notion that stress can initiate various diseases, this may not be the case in truly healthy people. “Rather, events may influence risk for disease by either suppressing the body’s ability to fight invading pathogens or exacerbating the progression of ongoing premorbid processes,” Cohen and colleagues write. What looks like a disease triggered by stress “may actually be stressor-triggered progression of previously unidentified disease.” So in some cases stress might not be responsible for the disease itself, just for making a previously unnoticed disease worse.5. Some stressful events are more powerful than others.The magnitude of a stressful event’s impact depends a lot on the nature of the stress. Most damaging, research indicates, are “experiences that threaten an individual’s sense of competence or status,” striking at a person’s “core identity.” Loss of status, losing a job and interpersonal conflict with spouses or close friends can all exacerbate health problems, from raising the risk of depression to worsening high blood pressure and reducing resistance to respiratory infection.4. Chronic stress is worse than acute stress, usually.It’s not necessarily obvious that chronic, long-lasting or recurrent stress is worse than one-shot stress events. It may be possible to adapt to ongoing stress — once you’re used to it, maybe it won’t bother you so much (or harm your health). On the other hand, ongoing stress may be worse for health because it’s always there, ready to attack whenever your body is vulnerable for some other reason. Overall, chronic stress is probably worse, as it may have a persistent detrimental effect on the body’s disease-fighting immune system. Acute stress, like single traumatic events, may trigger a dramatic worsening of an existing condition, such as heart disease. In that case, a sufficiently powerful stress event can induce a fatal heart attack.3. Many stress events are worse than fewer, maybe.Effects from stressful events may add up over time; simple checklists of how many stressful events a person has experienced over the past year show that experiencing more events predicts worse health. But it’s too complicated to say exactly why that is, or even if it is really generally true. (The checklist method of gathering data might be faulty.) In fact, if a single event is strong enough to increase health risk substantially, additional events don’t necessarily increase that risk further. For that matter, it isn’t clear how events should be counted; a divorce followed by changing residences and reduced income might count as one event or three, Cohen and colleagues point out. And it may not be the number of events but rather the number of “life domains” in which you’re experiencing stress that’s more important. (Job, home life, medical issues and financial issues all represent different domains in which stress may occur.)One study looked at how people’s self-reported experiences of stress influenced their ability to fend off exposure to a common cold virus called rhinovirus. Those reporting more stress events were more likely to develop a biologically verified cold, but infection was not inevitable, even for the stressed-out: About half of those with stress did not get sick. (Credit: S. Cohen et al./Health Psychology 1998/Knowable Magazine)2. The effect of stress events depends on where you are in life.Just as some events are stressful, so are some nonevents — things that don’t happen when they’re supposed to in a typical course of life. People generally expect to graduate from school (high school or maybe college), get a job, get married, have kids and then retire. Failure to graduate, inability to get a job or rejection of marriage proposals can all be very stressful during the time of life when success at those things is expected. It may also be that different times of life are more susceptible than others to the ill effects of stress. Trauma in childhood, for instance, has been linked to higher risk of chronic diseases much later in life. Such trauma may induce long-lasting biological changes that contribute to disease in later years. In addition, “adversity during childhood may set an individual on a trajectory to being exposed to more stressors over the life course,” Cohen and coauthors write.1. Stress doesn’t affect men and women equally.Men and women respond differently to stress, both in their behavior and their physiological response. And women are apparently exposed more frequently to stressful experiences than men are. Partly that may be because “men tend to only report stressful events that occur directly to them” while women consider themselves stressed also when the actual event happens to someone close to them. Men and women may also differ in their vulnerability to stress-induced illness. Women seem more prone to stress-related depression, for instance.Toll of Stress on DiseaseAll these “secrets” sketch a still incomplete picture of the stress-illness connection. Some things are clear: Evidence is strong that stressful events make a disease you already have worse, but the research is iffy about whether stress can make you sick to begin with. There are clues about how stressful events exacerbate disease — by altering your biology, your mood and your behavior. Chronic, ongoing stress (like working for a psychopath boss) generates a more general susceptibility to the kinds of physiological and emotional changes that promote disease, while acute immediate stressful events can be effective triggers for turning underlying conditions like cardiovascular disease into heart attacks.Still many questions about the stress-disease relationship remain unanswered. Experts don’t even know exactly why stressful events are stressful. And evidence is meager on whether particular types of stress are especially likely to promote specific diseases. Much remains to be learned about how a stress event’s effects vary with your stage in life.Nailing down those details remains a major research challenge. It’s not easy for researchers to answer all these questions, because the obvious experiments would be somewhat unethical. You’d have to give one big group of people a bad job with a bad boss and then make sure bad things happened to them all the time, while rigging conditions for another group to enjoy stress-free luxury. It would be kind of like The Truman Show, only with manipulating enough characters to get statistical significance.This article originally appeared in Knowable Magazine, an independent journalistic endeavor from Annual Reviews. Sign up for the newsletter.last_img read more