Major U.S. stock indexes ended mostly lower Thursday, dragged down by losses in several industrial companies.3M, which makes Post-it notes and other products, plunged after announcing weak results and a restructuring program. The loss for 3M pulled the Dow Jones Industrial Average into the red. The S&P 500 and Nasdaq finished mixed, but still holding close to record highs set earlier this week.On Thursday:The S&P 500 slipped 1.08 points, or 0.04%, to 2,926.17.The Dow Jones Industrial average lost 134.97 points, or 0.5%, to 26,462.08.The Nasdaq composite rose 16.67 points, or 0.2%, to 8,118.68.The Russell 2000 index of small company stocks gave up 12.52 points, or 0.8%, to 1,575.61.For the week:The S&P 500 is up 21.14 points, or 0.7%.The Dow is down 97.46 points, or 0.4%.The Nasdaq is up 120.62 points, or 1.5%.The Russell 2000 is up 9.86 points, or 0.6%.For the year:The S&P 500 is up 419.32 points, or 16.7%.The Dow is up 3,134.62 points, or 13.4%.The Nasdaq is up 1,483.41 points, or 22.4%.The Russell 2000 is up 227.05 points, or 16.8%.The Associated Press
The Sabin Vaccine Institute’s Sustainable Immunization Financing (SIF) Program today assembled senior officials from 17 countries to share their successes in increasing government budget allocations for national immunization programs. Greater political commitment and advocacy are building the momentum needed for countries to fully finance their immunization programs by 2020 and achieve the goals set forth in the Global Vaccine Action Plan (GVAP). During the two-day colloquium, delegates will participate in an open exchange of strategies and best practices that have helped their countries increase commitments to fund national immunization programs. In panel sessions, delegates will present their legislative activities, conduct peer assessments and discuss innovations in financing, budgeting and advocacy. They will also prepare short-term, country specific advocacy plans designed to make progress on sustainable immunization financing by 2016.The necessity of comprehensive, uninterrupted national immunization programs is recognized by Millennium Development Goal Four (reduction of child mortality) and the GVAP, a framework for extending the full benefits of immunization to every man, woman and child by 2020. However, rising costs due to the addition of new life-saving vaccines and unguaranteed external funding pose serious challenges for national immunization programs. The 17 countries participating in the colloquium are all SIF pilot countries. They are Cameroon, Cambodia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Indonesia, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Mali, Mongolia, Nepal, Nigeria, Republic of Congo, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, Uganda and Vietnam. All but three countries – Mongolia, Republic of Congo and Vietnam – attended SIF’s first colloquium in 2011 held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The following SIF partners also are attending this year’s meeting: WHO, UNICEF, World Bank, GAVI Alliance and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The government says it is exploring an alternative financing mechanism for immunization at the provincial level and it will not stop until it has a sustainable financing mechanism in place for national routine immunization services.The government said this while commenting on Sri Lanka’s participation at the global conference on country-led efforts to fund immunization programs held in Dakar today. “We cannot overlook the power of vaccines. Immunization is one of the most effective and affordable investments that a country can make in its citizens,” said Dr. Ciro de Quadros, executive vice president at the Sabin Vaccine Institute. “As nations increase investment in vaccination programs, they are taking essential measures to save lives while also stimulating productivity and accelerating economic growth.”The SIF program currently works with 18 countries to facilitate collective action on immunization financing and has helped organize more than 100 advocacy briefings and peer exchanges to assist those countries. By encouraging the exchange of financial, programmatic and legislative information; establishing relationships with diverse stakeholders; documenting and sharing best management practices; and monitoring performance, the SIF program has helped countries solidify their financial commitments to their immunization programs.“Many countries are hindered by the rising costs associated with the introduction of new vaccines,” added Dr. Mike McQuestion, director of the SIF Program at the Sabin Vaccine Institute. “We therefore must prioritize finding sustainable sources of funding for national vaccination programs if we are to meet the goals of the Global Vaccine Action Plan.” “Sri Lanka has a separate budget line for immunization in our health budget allocated by the treasury. This has ensured the vaccine financing in Sri Lanka”, said Dr. Paba Palihawadana, Chief of Epidemiology Unit of the Ministry of Health. “We are also exploring an alternative financing mechanism for immunization at the provincial level. We will not stop until we have a sustainable financing mechanism in place for our routine immunization services and protected by legal framework.”
by Tali Arbel, The Associated Press Posted Nov 2, 2016 11:04 am MDT Last Updated Nov 2, 2016 at 2:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this May 25, 2016 file photo, Hulk Hogan, whose real name is Terry Bollea, appears in court in St. Petersburg, Fla. The shell of Gawker has settled with Hulk Hogan for $31 million, ending a years-long fight that led to the media company’s bankruptcy, the shutdown of Gawker.com and the sale of Gawker’s other sites to Spanish-language broadcaster Univision. Gawker founder Nick Denton in a Wednesday, Nov. 2 blog post said that the “saga is over.” Denton filed for personal bankruptcy because of the $140 million verdict won by the former professional wrestler in a Florida court over a sex tape.(Scott Keeler/The Tampa Bay Times via AP, Pool) Gawker’s shell settles with Hulk Hogan for $31 million NEW YORK, N.Y. – The shell of Gawker has settled with Hulk Hogan for $31 million, ending a years-long fight that led to the media company’s bankruptcy, the shutdown of Gawker.com and the sale of Gawker’s other sites to Spanish-language broadcaster Univision.Gawker founder Nick Denton in a Wednesday blog post said that the “saga is over.”The invasion-of-privacy case, which revolved around a sex tape posted on Gawker.com, resulted in a $140 million verdict won by the former professional wrestler in a Florida court. It became even more notorious when it emerged that Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel had secretly bankrolled the suit. Thiel was outed as gay by a Gawker-owned website in 2007.The settlement instead means Hogan will get $31 million as well as 45 per cent of the proceeds from potential sale of Gawker.com, said Elizabeth Traub, a spokeswoman for Hogan’s lawyer, David Houston. Gawker.com is dormant but its archives remain online.Houston said in an emailed statement that “all parties have agreed it is time to move on.”Denton said in the Wednesday post that he was confident that an appeals court would have reduced the $140 million verdict, but “an all-out war with Thiel would have cost too much, and hurt too many people, and there was no end in sight…Gawker’s nemesis was not going away.” Thiel has said he would support Hogan, whose real name is Terry Bollea, “until his final victory.”Denton also said Wednesday that as part of the settlement, three “true stories” — about Hogan and two others who had also filed suit — are being “removed from the web.” Univision, which bought Gawker Media’s other sites for $135 million, has already deleted several posts from the properties it now owns, which include tech blog Gizmodo and women-oriented site Jezebel, because they were tied to litigation.Denton himself also had to file for personal bankruptcy because of the Florida court’s verdict. Court documents filed Wednesday said there have been settlement talks between Gawker and Denton as well, although they have not reached a final settlement.
TORONTO – Consultant Melissa Madian wanted to help her clients navigate the fast-paced world of sales. But rather than focusing on corporate culture, she turned to a comedy juggernaut for a new skill to add to her tool kit: improvisation.“Sellers have to be improvising all the time with our customers because there’s not one set script,” says Madian, owner of Toronto-based consulting firm TMM Enablement Services.“You need to be ready in that moment of truth to be able to listen to what the customer is saying, and then improvise and adjust based on what they’ve said so that you can come to a solution together. I think a lot of the foundational items that you learn in improv are absolutely applicable in a business environment.”Madian had previously attended training at Second City Works, the business arm of the famed comedy company, and returned to enrol in RewireU, a new educational program designed to help businesses boost on-the-job efficiency through improv.“It used to be B2B (business to business), we now talk about H2H — human to human,” says Kevin Frank, artistic director of the Second City Training Centre.“That’s the storytelling of your own story, listening to the story of your client, telling the story of your company, and those kind of tools are what we do.“We’re storytellers. We know how to craft a great story based on the truth and honesty of what we are; so we help companies and business managers be authentic about their story so that they can relate one-on-one with their client and their teams.”Following a post-lunch warmup, Madian joined her RewireU classmates in a series of exercises testing their abilities to think on their feet and forge bonds of trust. Fellow participants included a holistic doctor, consultants, and individuals from a variety of sectors, including retail, finance and tourism.In one exercise dubbed “A Bunch of…” they branched out into smaller groups to take turns reciting a common story punctuated by their own punchlines. Regardless of whether their improvised endings elicited a hearty belly laugh or groan, the response from their peers was always the same: unconditional support, kudos and warm applause. The practice is designed to promote inclusivity and give participants the confidence to take a risk knowing that their delivery will have a soft landing.Frank says they have attendees self-evaluate their experiences within the exercises and tie them back to business culture to explore the parallels they see within their own work environments.“There’s a lot of evaluation, there’s a lot of debrief that allows our participants to say, ‘All right: it’s one thing to do this exercise in a workshop — how is it going to affect my workplace and the way I do business?’”The Second City has also teamed with the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, which is researching the impact of improv tools on business practices.“Those studies will allow us to quantify the effects of our training on business leaders and managers in the industry,” says Frank.He recognizes each individual arrives at RewireU with their own skill sets and comfort level and will evolve at different rates — particularly those who may initially seem more reserved.“I think (the term) introverts is sort of a blanket description. What are the reasons that you aren’t stepping out?” asks Frank.“Is it because you are a perfectionist? Is it because you’re cautious? Is it because you don’t want to offend people? Let’s go down to the core of that and work on those skills.”— Folllow @lauren_larose on Twitter. by Lauren La Rose, The Canadian Press Posted May 8, 2017 1:09 pm MDT Last Updated May 8, 2017 at 1:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Kevin Frank, Artistic Director of training and education for Second City Canada, and Christy Bruce, instructor, centre, run a class called Rewire U which teaches methods for business professionals to use improv skills at the office in hopes of promoting better workplaces in Toronto on Wednesday, April 5, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Aaron Vincent Elkaim Improv at work: Second City course translates unscripted skills to corporate world
HEBRON, Ky. (AP) – A Nevada man is accused of attempting to kidnap a 16-year-old Kentucky girl that he briefly talked with online years earlier and became obsessed with.News outlets report 18-year-old Benjamin J. Margitza, of Las Vegas, was arrested Monday outside a Kentucky high school and charged with attempted kidnapping and minor and criminal trespassing.- Advertisement – A Boone County Sheriff’s Office statement says Margitza and the girl briefly spoke online four years ago. It says he began messaging the girl again this past year and began making explicit sexual statements and “obsessing over the victim by stating how he wanted to marry her.”It says he traveled to the girl’s school and grabbed her in the parking lot. It says the girl ran and another student intervened, allowing the girl to contact authorities.
Show more The men escaped from PentonvilleCredit:Ben Stansall /AFP / Getty The basics of security aren’t getting done simply because there is not enough staff to deal with the daily tasks.Steve Gillan, Prison Officers Association In 2012 convicted murderer John Massey spent 48 hours on the run after he escaped from Pentonville by climbing over a wall using a makeshift rope made from bed sheets.However, Steve Gillan, general secretary of the union the Prison Officers Association , said the focus should fall on the Government rather than officers at the north London jail.A police hunt continued on Tuesday to find Baker, who was found guilty of attempted murder two weeks ago, and Whitlock, who was on remand after being charged with conspiracy to burgle over 19 alleged ATM thefts.The cellmates used diamond-tipped cutting equipment to break through bars before scaling a perimeter wall. Their beds were stuffed with pillows to make it look like they were asleep. The governor of the jail where two inmates dramatically broke out this week is facing fresh calls to be sacked after a series of security lapses.Kevin Reilly had received a vote of no confidence from half of staff at HMP Pentonville before Matthew Baker, 28, and James Whitlock, 31, went on the run.Insiders said Mr Reilly is set to be moved into an office job – but late on Tuesday night the Ministry of Justice said claims he was set to lose his job were “categorically untrue”. Mr Reilly has previously said that reducing violence was one of his top priorities, according to an internal newsletter seen by the BBC. Pentonville, which opened in 1842 and holds more than 1,200 adult men, was last year singled out by former justice secretary Michael Gove as “the most dramatic example of failure” in the estate.Inmate Jamal Mahmoud, 21, died after being stabbed at the jail on October 18 in an attack which left two others injured. Mr Gillan said: “There has been under-investment in Pentonville for many years. We have highlighted our concerns.”We know the focus now will be on Pentonville prison officers but the reality of the situation is the focus should be on Government and their budget cuts that have created this situation.”The basics of security aren’t getting done simply because there is not enough staff to deal with the daily tasks.”Investigators are understood to have ruled out one theory that the pair’s break out tools were delivered by remote-control drones. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
A nation-wide pornography block? That’s what one UK politician is gunning for. Ed Vaizey, conservative parliament member and communications minister, is looking to block access to legal pornography, making access to the stuff an opt-in–rather than opt-out–model.Those interested in looking at adult content will have to contact their Internet providers. Doing so will add them to a “porn surfing whitelist”–a lot more work than the average Internet surfer is currently used to undergoing in order to see naked people.The move is being pushed as an attempt to block children from seeing adult content. According to a recent study, one in three kids in the UK under the age of ten has seen pornography on the Internet (which, for those of you non-techy folks out there, means that one in three kids in the UK under the age of ten has seen the Internet).How possible is such a country-wide block? Not very, according to pretty much every ISP in the country. Here’s an example, quoted by the BBC, “Unfortunately, It’s technically not possible to completely block this stuff.And here’s something from the Internet Watch Foundation, “You end up with a system that’s either hugely expensive and a losing battle because there are millions of these sites or it’s just not effective. The cost of putting these systems in place outweigh the benefits, to my mind.”
By Cliodhna Russell Image: Shutterstock/smoxx AN ASPIRING AUSTRALIAN rapper ran into the sea after leaving an expensive seafood restaurant and not paying the bill.Terry Peck, who goes by 2pec, reportedly ate over €420 worth of seafood and alcohol including two lobster mornays and 21 oyster shooters at a high end restaurant in Queensland.He was chased on foot by staff from the restaurant before entered the water at Main Beach on the Gold Coast.The police were then called and lifeguards towed two officers out to the man on the back of jet-skis.Police say they attempted to negotiate with the man to get out of the water but he refused. They were then forced to enter the water and apprehend the man and bring him back to shore.The 33-year-old has been charged with one count of stealing and two counts of serious assault of a police officer.He appeared in Southport magistrates court and was released on bail. He’s due back before the court on 4 May.Speaking to reporters outside the court he said he only left the restaurant because he needed to help a friend of his who was giving birth on the beach.He added that he did not enjoy the meal and described it as overcooked.Read: SIPTU says Irish Water workers are not overpaid after reports of €5,000 bonuses for all staff> No Comments Apr 10th 2017, 10:13 AM http://jrnl.ie/3332557 Share495 Tweet Email8 60,166 Views Monday 10 Apr 2017, 10:13 AM Australian rapper ran into the sea after running up €420 bill at seafood restaurant Police were towed to the man on the back of jet-skis. Short URL Image: Shutterstock/smoxx Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Stay on target Goats Can Comprehend Human Expressions, Prefer Happy People’Happy Suit’ Could Help Astronauts Beat Space Blues Christmas may be over in the real world, but on Happy!, it’s a horrific holiday that won’t end. The show kept its twisted holiday spirit alive with the frenetic violence, self-awareness and light sprinkle of satire that makes it so much fun. As chaotic as that tone can make the show feel, Happy! is now starting to reign itself in, just a little bit. It needs to. We’re at the halfway point of the first season now. If the story is going to move forward, all these disparate storylines are going to need to start coming together. That’s what last night’s episode was all about. The threads that connected these seemingly unrelated stories are starting to show. We still don’t know exactly why they’re all connected, but we know that they are. It’s enough to give the show focus, even as the action remains as wild as it’s always been.Very Bad Santa continues to terrify in the opening moments of the episode. He can see Happy, and that’s enough to freak out even a flying blue horse. Very Bad Santa picks up the imaginary friend and eats him. It’s actually disturbing, which says a lot about how much life and personality this show has been able to give to the character. It might be the first time I’ve been truly worried about the fate of a CGI creation. Very Bad Santa continues beating up Nick, and is about to kill him, when Happy fights his way back up Santa’s esophagus. It’s as triumphant a moment as it is disgusting. Very Bad Santa pukes up Happy, along with some other stuff, and runs off to deal with whatever internal damage an imaginary friend can cause. This is where we can start seeing Happy, and Nick’s relationship start to change. It’s the moment in every good buddy comedy where the gruff cop (or ex-cop in this case) realizes his new partner maybe isn’t all bad. He’s still annoying, but he’s a good guy and useful too. I’m glad we’ve finally reached this point in the story. Nick’s barely-concealed hatred of Happy was funny for a while, but the show can only get more exciting now that he’s starting to take the little blue creature a bit more seriously.(Photo via SYFY)More importantly, now they have a clue. In addition to Happy, Very Bad Santa also puked up a fortune from a fortune cookie. They follow the address printed on the back, and wouldn’t you know it? The fortune cookie plant just happens to keep a record of where every fortune goes. Yeah, this is the part of the episode that really strains credibility, and that’s saying something for a show about an imaginary blue horse. Just by examining the fortune, the boss of the plant can figure out which restaurant it went to. The show tries to justify this by playing up her belief in the fortunes and her intense ambition. It’s how she got to be the sole distributor in the tri-state area and soon Delaware. OK, fine. I still don’t believe any fortune cookie plant would be able to tell you the destination of every one of their fortunes. But the story needs somewhere to go, so this’ll have to do.She sends them to a restaurant in Chinatown, where Nick gets the Jack Nicholson jokes out of the way immediately. His “not again” line while someone puts a knife up his nose was hilarious. The joke about Nick receiving a “happy ending” from a trans masseuse was less so, but it was over quickly and avoided turning it into a gay panic joke, so that’s something I guess. That was really the only joke that could be described as lazy. The rest of the humor in this sequence played with our expectations of lazy Chinatown-based humor and subverted them. At the fortune cookie plant, there’s an old man in robes who speaks in proverbs, but he’s revealed to be a senile old man still wearing pajamas in the middle of the day. Happy draws on Hailey’s Mandarin lessons at The Y to guide Nick through the language, and actually manages to get half the point across. Though his broken Mandarin causes the delivery boy to get frustrated and tell him to just speak English. Even the bit about unusual food ends with Nick clearing his plate with no fuss or comment. This stuff wouldn’t be worth mentioning if the lazy stereotypes it’s playing on weren’t still so common in media. We expect every show to bring out the same tired jokes, so it’s both funny and refreshing when Happy! takes the high road.Christopher Meloni (Photo via SYFY)The fight scene that ensues between Nick and the Triad is entirely unnecessary to the story, but it’s so cool and well-choreographed that I don’t care. This show’s action scenes are so well-directed, it’s consistently surprising. You might expect a show that can be as chaotic as this to carry that chaos into the fight scenes, but it doesn’t. Yes, they’re sill fast and fun like the rest of the show, but you can tell a ton of care goes into how they’re shot and edited. The show lets your eye follow what’s going on. There’s never a question of what you should be looking at, so all you’re thinking about is how cool what you’re watching is. This shouldn’t be all that novel, but even most big-budget Hollywood action movies can’t pull this off.As fun as Nick’s scenes are, the rest of the episode is where everything starts to come into focus. Meredith and Amanda are still working together, interviewing parents of other lost children. Meredith is just about to call the search off and find Nick for Blue when they see a courier drop off one of Very Bad Santa’s Christmas cards. After threatening him with some deliciously messed up torture (mangling his hands with a motorcycle wheel), he tells them where he picks up the package. It happens to be the abandoned department store where Very Bad Santa’s dad worked. That’s the same place Nick and Happy ended up after their Chinatown adventure. Sadly, they’re too late. The kids have been moved. It’s back to square one, but now the former partners are together again. Even though one has orders to turn the other in to a mob boss. That should make the next episode interesting.Ritchie Coster (Photo via SYFY)Where things really come together though, are with Blue’s scenes. They’re hilariously framed by a Real Housewives-style show called “The Secret of my Sussex.” One of the women featured on the show is Isabella, the mother of the four (or as we learn over the course of the episode, three) boys Nick killed in the pilot. She speaks with Blue, demanding to know who took out the hit on her sons. All of it is documented by reality show cameras, which pisses off Blue’s boss: A man dressed in a bug costume. We learn that Blue hired Very Bad Santa to kidnap kids. The Bug “prepares” the kids somehow and delivers them to powerful people. It’s disgusting and horrifying, but at least it assures us that nothing too horrible has happened to the kids yet? The bug orders the kids be moved so they may be “prepared.” That’s why they aren’t in the abandoned department store anymore when Nick and Meredith get there. Also, we get a glimpse of a room full of people having sex in bug costumes. Just because this show likes to keep us confused.Happy! takes next week off, and this was a great episode to leave us with. It had well-directed action, some good comedy, and it significantly moved the story along. The characters all feel like they’ve taken major steps forward in solving the mystery of the missing kids. And like any good mystery, the answers it gives us only raise more questions. 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Cristiano Ronaldo’s former Manchester United teammate Patrice Evra has advised the superstar to go ahead with the move to Juventus as it will allow him to continue to win silverwareThe five-time Ballon d’Or winner is looking increasingly likely to end his nine-year spell at Real Madrid this summer following a falling out with club president Florentino Perez.A move to Serie A champions Juventus is on the cards with a reported bid of €100m set to be the fee paid for Ronaldo’s services.Evra, who also played for Juventus himself, gave his former teammate his full endorsement of the possible transfer to Turin in a live Instagram video.“Everyone asks me, ‘Pat, what do you think?’ ” he said, as stated on Metro.Maguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“I haven’t spoken to Cristiano about this, but my advice is, if he wants to play to 2050, he has to go to Juve. There is no other team he must join. It’s simple.“I thank Juve, because if after Manchester I continued to win and to run, it was thanks to Juve. You should never spit on the plate that fed you, so Juve will always be in my heart.”Following a short interpretation of the Juventus song, Evra added: “So Cristiano, I tell you this: make the right choice.“You know how much the Italians love you, but it’s a sacrifice. If you go to Juve, it’s to work and to work HARD. This lot, ha, don’t know what a vacation is.“But that’s the choice. Either you want to continue playing to 2050 or just carry on for a bit. I can tell you this. If you go to Juve, you’ll be at the next World Cup not as a mascot, but as a protagonist. A PROTAGONIST!”
West Ham United manager Manuel Pellegrini has warned his players not to underestimate AFC Wimbledon ahead of their FA Cup clash on Saturday.The Hammers are expected to field a lineup which will be a mix of both experienced players and their younger teammates when they visit Kingsmeadow.Wimbledon are on a poor run of form under new manager Wally Downes, but Pellegrini, who picked up his first win as West Ham boss at against the Dons in the League Cup, says they would be foolish to underestimate them.“All the teams when you start a competition must have that mentality to think you can do it,” he said, according to Evening Standard.Report: England’s Rice gets death threats George Patchias – September 9, 2019 England International Declan Rice has received death threats.Rice a one time Ireland International, switched allegiances only this year. The West Ham United man played for…“I remember the year before I arrived at Man City, Wigan won the cup but were relegated. It’s a different competition, just one game, anything can happen, our mentality if to continue as far as we can.”“For us to continue in the FA Cup we will make a big mistake if we think we are going to beat Wimbledon because they are in a bad moment or because they lost their last game, FA Cup is a different competition, everyone wants to demonstrate that they are able to continue.”
Sealaska shareholders meet Saturday in Juneau for their annual meeting.The regional Native corporation has about 22,000 shareholders with roots in Southeast Alaska. Many live outside the region.Sealaska Plaza, the corporation’s headquarters.Board election results will be announced at the meeting, which starts at 9:30 a.m. in the capital city’s Centennial Hall. Shareholders will also be able to attend via a webcast.Board candidates will have a chance to speak, though most shareholders have already voted. Five independent candidates are challenging the same number of incumbents. Sealaska’s financial performance is a major issue.No resolutions are on this year’s ballot. Past years have seen votes on term limits, shareholders’ descendants’ stock and discretionary voting.Incumbents on the board slate are Juneau’s Joe Nelson and Barbara Cadiente, Angoon’s Albert Kookesh, Haines’ Bill Thomas and Washington state’s Tate London.The independent candidates are Juneau’s Karen Taug and Brad Fluetsch, New Mexico’s Ray Austin, California’s Catherine Edwards and Yakutat’s Ralph Wolfe.No opposition slate formed this year. Four independents ran as a group in 2014.
According to the Alaska Measures of Progress test results, less than half of Alaskan students meet educational standards. But distress over those numbers is just one part of AMP’s troubles.Reporting delays and issues with the test’s format have some superintendents and lawmakers calling for an end to the new annual test.Download AudioOn Monday, Alaska Education Commissioner Mike Hanley framed the less-than-stellar AMP scores as a helpful new baseline that raises the bar for Alaska students. But when asked about the way the test was administered, his answer was not so rosy:“I’m not happy. I’m not satisfied with the way the data was rolled out.”The state has a five-year, $25-million-dollar contract with the Kansas-based Achievement and Assessment Institute, or AAI, to develop and score the new AMP tests.Reporting glitches caused weeks of delays in getting scores out this fall. AAI said recently that that some of the problems are related Alaska-specific challenges and the switch from paper-and-pencil to online testing, and that they should’ve been better prepared.But from Hanley’s end, the delays have added to overall lack of confidence in AMP:“After going through the process, you pick the vendor you think is going to work the best. We have to look and see if that’s still the case. Is this the best vendor, and how do we move forward?”The technical glitches are one thing, but other concerns are being raised as well. In October a group of 20 district superintendents wrote a letter the state board of education, questioning the usefulness of the test itself:“The test results don’t tell us enough to work with students.”Dillingham Superintendent Danny Frazier was one of the 20 who signed. Frazier says the AMP results don’t give teachers detailed-enough information about their students’ learning.“Say that a child was having difficulty in reading. Well, where are they having difficulty? And this test doesn’t tell us. Is it comprehension? It is word recall? Is it phonetics? We’re just unable to tell from the test how we could remediate a student and help them learn better.”Frazier says another letter is in the works in which he believes superintendents will call for abandoning this test altogether. If so, that will be in line with a bill Palmer Republican Representative Jim Colver says he’s drafting, calling for the repeal of AMP:“In other words, quit doing this, it’s too expensive, we don’t get usable data, and it’s burning up a lot of instruction time and admin expenses for little value.“All we’ve done is, said to our districts that a little more than half of them are doing a good job. How does that empower? How does that move us forward?”Colver says he’d like to see AMP replaced with a nationally standardized test, such as the MAP tests used currently in some districts and elsewhere as a benchmarking tool.Commissioner Hanley says making changes isn’t so easy.“I’m not sold on this vendor, I’m not sold on having one test for everybody. But we do have to follow the laws that are in place.”Annual testing is required by law … If the state were to shop for a new vendor, working through the procurement process could leave Alaska schools without a test next year. That would be … complicated, says Hanley:“Federally, we’re required to have a test. So, what would that mean? I’ll also be talking to U.S. Department of Education to say, we need to make a change, we’re in a tough spot, we need a waiver for a year – to see if we can get that without putting our federal money at risk.”The easiest thing, according to Commissioner Hanley, would be to make sure AMP gets fixed. He said he plans to meet with the AAI, the contractor, to discuss soon. Separately, Hanley says he’ll be meeting with a working group of concerned superintendents next week to talk over the other options.
Close 5G speed testTwitter/Jessica DolcourtTo put things into perspective, Julian Chokkattu from Digital Trends said that It took 26 seconds to download PUBG: Mobile (a 1.86GB~ file) on the S10 5G while it took 2 minutes and 1 second at the 4G network. He also downloaded a whole season of Sneaky Pete from Amazon Prime Video in 93 seconds on the S10 5G. 5g network speed test: How fast is fast enough? Verizon’s 5G variant of the Samsung Galaxy S10 is now officially available to purchase. The sale of the phone was started on Tuesday. The 5G version of the Galaxy S10 has been listed at a price tag of $1,300. Samsung Galaxy S10 is ‘real’ 5G compatible device unlike Moto Z3, which needs to attach a mod to get 5G service.As the sale started, Twitter users started showing off the speed of the 5G network. Some journalists posted speed test results on Twitter, which show more than a gigabyte of download speed. George L. Koroneos, a Verizon representative, posted a video, which shows 1,098 Mbps downloading speed with 27-ms ping. George stated in his tweet, “This is 5G on the brand-new Samsung Galaxy S10 5G in front of my hotel. It’s crazy the difference a month makes. #FirstToRealTime”This is 5G on the brand new Samsung Galaxy S10 5G in front of my hotel. It’s crazy the difference a month makes. #FirstToRealTime pic.twitter.com/Syxc7HGrqn— George L. Koroneos (@GLKCreative) May 16, 2019Jessica Dolcourt, a CNET reporter, also posted an image with Samsung Galaxy S10 which hit 1,341.15 Mbps download speed. She said, “Hot damn, this is like a whole different 5G network #Verizon #GalaxyS105G #SpeedTest.” IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/0:30Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:29?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … 5G speed testTwitter/Julian ChokkattuIt’s worth pointing out, Verizon’s 5G network currently covers only two cities in US – Chicago and Minneapolis.5G will complement 4GWe all know that the 5G network is knocking our doors, which means ‘Will 4G network disappear soon like 3G or 2G?’ the answer is “No.” There are a few approaches carriers are using to roll out 5G, but millimetre wave (Ultra-Wideband) is a most common approach that is used by carriers (Verizon and AT&T), which gives super-fast speeds and low latency, but it has poor penetration and low rang. Millimetre wave has trouble going through buildings, blocks, and cars.So, if your locality is receiving 5G network coverage, there might be a chance that you could not get good 5G network in your building. That’s why I think, 4G LTE is not going anywhere anytime soon. 5G is meant to complement it for the next couple of years.Currently, the 5G network is still in its infancy and some mobile manufacturers have started to unveil 5G compatible phones. But it is said that India might get the 5G network sometime in 2021.
Like other star kids, Nysa too remains under constant observation, and she is also often subjected to online trolling for various reasons. Even Ajay had earlier opened up about such trolls, and had expressed how this affects the family.”Honestly speaking, those people don’t really matter. But I feel bad sometimes when my kids go through such harsh trolling. She (Nysa) used to get upset over trolling earlier, but now she doesn’t care about it anymore. She knows how to deal with it. She has accepted that there will be some people who will keep judging no matter what,” Devgn had told IANS. Did Ajay Devgn’s daughter Nysa undergo skin lightening treatment?Instagram/Varinder ChawlaAjay Devgn’s daughter Nysa’s recent pictures on social media gave rise to speculations that the star kid underwent skin lightening treatment.A couple of photos of Nysa in Juhu showed the girl sporting a shiny orange top paired with brown trousers. While she looked quite pretty in the casual get-up, it is her apparent fairer skin that grabbed a lot of attention.The pictures of Ajay’s daughter made a lot of netizens comment that she must have undergone some treatment to get fairer skin. People have been asserting that Nysa’s skin colour suddenly appears to be fairer than before.”She got her skin lightening treatment like her mother,” said one on Instagram. “Did she get her skin lightening surgery done or it’s just strong camera flashes???” commented another.There are many such comments on her photos that speculate that the young star kid’s apparent fairness is due to some treatment. Nysa’s mother Kajol is also believed to have undergone skin lightening treatment as she looks much fairer now then during her active days in the industry.
Bangladesh Nationalist Party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir. File PhotoBangladesh Nationalist party (BNP) secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Saturday said they have taken the 11th parliamentary elections as a challenge to defeat the current government together with people through a vote revolution, reports UNB.“When we can’t stand anywhere, express our views, and carry out any election campaign and our leaders and activists being sent to jail in false and fictitious cases, we’ve taken the election as a challenge,” he said.“We together with people who’re already united will defeat this monstrous regime,” he added.Speaking at a rally of lawyers, the BNP leader further said, “We’ve a little time in our hands. If we want to save the nation, Bangladesh’s independence, and its people, it’s time for us to join the battle of vote with people and thus defeat them (govt).”He urged the Oikya Front leaders and activists to get ready for the election braving all the obstacles, repressive acts and plots. “We must stage a vote revolution together with people.”Jatiya Ainjibi Oikya Front arranged the programme on the Supreme Court premises with Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) president Zainul Abedin in the chair.
A woman apparently killed herself after allegedly poisoning her two daughters at Shikderpara in Rangunia upazila of Chattogram early Tuesday over a family feud, reports UNB. The deceased were Doly Akhter, 28, wife of Nurnabi and her daughters Ela Akhter, 6 and Esrat Nur, 10.Quoting family members, Imtiaz Uddin Bhuiyan, officer-in-charge of Rangunia police station, said that Doly poisoned her daughters and then killed herself around 12:30am.Other members of the family took the trio to Rangunia Upazila Health Complex. They were later shifted to Chittagong Medical College Hospital as their condition deteriorated. The doctors pronounced them dead around 1:30am.The OC said that they are investigating family members’ claim.
CARACAS, Venezuela – Leopoldo López, a Harvard-trained politician and ardent opponent of Venezuela’s socialist government, is seen by enemies and supporters alike as the face of recent street protests against the regime.López clasped the hand of his wife, Lilian Tintori, and exchanged a few quiet words with her before turning himself in to authorities at a tumultuous rally in Caracas on Tuesday.A former mayor of the wealthy Chacao borough of Caracas, López had been targeted as public enemy number one by the government, as it hit back against the latest round of high-stakes protests this week.President Nicolás Maduro ordered López’s arrest on charges of homicide and inciting violence, holding him responsible for tumultuous street clashes in Caracas last week that left three people dead.López, for his part, said he was turning himself in after several days as a fugitive from authorities in a gesture of sacrifice for the public good.“If my incarceration serves to wake up a people, … my infamous incarceration will have been worth it,” said the 42-year-old Harvard-educated economist, minutes before surrendering to the National Guard.Blessed with matinee-idol good looks and an easy smile, López has a strong following in parts of Venezuela, winning his past elections by comfortable, and even overwhelming margins.He has a long history of activism in the country’s anti-socialist opposition, having been at the forefront of demonstrations in April 2002 that led to a coup that briefly ousted then-President Hugo Chávez.A child of privilege, López received a good deal of his education in the United States.He attended the fancy Hun prep school in Princeton, New Jersey, before enrolling at Ohio’s elite Kenyon College.He went on to get his master’s degree at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government in Cambridge, Massachusetts.Brash, ambitious, now jailedLópez is considered brash and ambitious — dangerous attributes for his foe Maduro, 51, Chávez’s handpicked successor, who is deemed by many Venezuelans to be somewhat charisma-challenged.The Maduro government is grappling with angry student protests orchestrated at least in part by López that began in the interior of the oil-rich country and boiled over into street clashes in Caracas. Supporters of Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo López hold a protest in front of the Justice Palace, on Feb. 19, 2014, in Caracas. Raúl Arboleda/AFPLópez’s staunch opposition to the government dates back to the regime of late firebrand President Chávez, who in 2011 barred him from holding political office for three years.It was the second period of political banishment for López: The government also accused him of influence peddling while working in 1998 as a manager at the Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA) state oil company, and in 2008 barred him from holding public office for one year.López served two terms as mayor of Chacao from 2000 to 2008. During that time he was dogged by allegations that he had misappropriated public funds. He has rejected all of the charges against him as political persecution by the Chávez regime.After being expelled as leader of the Un Nuevo Tiempo party (“A New Time”) which he had joined in 2007, López in 2009 created his center-right Voluntad Popular, or “People’s Will” party.The party has been front and center in leading the demonstrations that have roiled Venezuela, which has been deeply divided in the aftermath of Chávez’s death and Maduro’s unsteady stewardship of the economy.The demonstrations have sprung up amid growing public discontent over rising crime and a worsening economy, despite Venezuela having the world’s biggest proven oil reserves.Maduro has accused “right wing fascists” — of whom he considers López the ringleader — for the recent unrest.López and two other opposition leaders — lawmaker María Corina Machado and the mayor of metropolitan Caracas, Antonio Ledezma — advocate using street protests to force Maduro from office.Under the slogan “the way out,” López and other opposition leaders have pushed for anti-government protests to force a “constitutional change.”There is no provision for recall elections until April 2016, and Maduro, who was elected in April 2013, has said he will never resign.The country’s other leading opposition figure, Henrique Capriles — a candidate in Venezuela’s last two presidential elections — although equally opposed to Maduro, has warned that conditions are yet not ripe for a change of government.The protests flared on Feb. 4, when students at a university in the western state of Tachira staged a demonstration against rampant crime after a student was raped. Facebook Comments Related posts:Showdown looms for Venezuela, as protest leader Leopoldo López vows new march Venezuelan opposition wants to free prisoners, push Maduro Venezuela rating cut by Moody’s as oil plunge hits finances Venezuela opposition leader Leopoldo López gets nearly 14 years prison
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Go back to the e-newsletter >Fewer and fewer Australians do without internet while on holiday – even aboard cruise ships. This is the result of a survey conducted by CruiseAway. Almost half of the approximately 1400 respondents expressed a great emphasis regarding wireless on board – at best, free of charge.46% of survey respondents indicated that they feel it is very important to have access to internet while on board. More than a quarter feel this service is a given. 16% marked this service as of less value, while only 13% stated it is not important at all. In fact, internet access on cruise ships is now standard – but the data transmission is often slow. By its own account, the fastest network at sea is the shipping company Royal Caribbean Cruises.Eight out of 10 participants generally desire free internet use on board. Nearly 20% were willing to pay up to $15 a day for access. This is where one reaches their pain threshold: for less than 1%, spending any more money is not acceptable. In regards to a billing model, almost half of the respondents would prefer a weekly rate, and 36% want a daily flat rate. The billing per minute packages has the lowest support; only 20% favour this model.However, the luxury of free internet is currently unavailable on most ships: only Hurtigruten and Regent Seven Seas offer free Wi-Fi at present – several shipping companies wish to follow in 2016. Passengers travel far away from reality pricing when on board: The cheapest flat day rates are for the equivalent of about AU$20 on board the ships of the Oasis and Quantum class of Royal Caribbean Cruises.For the majority of shipping companies, passengers can purchase minute or data packets: MSC Cruises charge AU$19 per hour. Guests of Celebrity Cruises and Disney Cruise Line can surf for about AU$45 per hour, while Norwegian Cruise Lines charge just under AU$55. The larger the minute package is, the cheaper the price per minute. On Costa Cruise ships, there are data packets starting at 250 MB for AU$40. Normally, a fee-for- minutes will be offered; however, this may seem relatively expensive to guests who regularly pay between a dollar to a dollar and a half.Cruisers want to be informed on the water. 83% of participants agreed that the most popular internet activity on board is sending and receiving private messages and mails. First place is followed by the consumption of current news in the many options of online activities: Nearly half of the respondents would like to be informed about world events while cruising. Work emails are the third most popular online activity. 22%, which is relatively low, is the proportion who would post pictures of their sea voyage on social networks. Only 5% of cruisers are interested in downloading music and movies and video games.Almost 60% of passengers on board ships would like to have access to the internet everywhere on board – including their own cabin. 7% would like Wi-Fi throughout the public areas of the ship. One-third of internet is accessible in designated wireless areas. Again, the offer remains partly under the cruise guest’s expectations. Usually internet is available in most public areas, but with some packages it is only in special internet areas. Internet is available in cabins on board MSC Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Costa Cruises, Royal Caribbean Cruises and most luxury ships.Go back to the e-newsletter >