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UNICEF chief meets with storm and flood victims in the Philippines

The head of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has met with victims of recent storms in the Philippines, witnessing the damage wrought by the typhoon and subsequent floods and hearing first-hand accounts of the devastation.Ann M. Veneman, Executive Director of UNICEF, yesterday toured communities in Pasig City, part of the Manila metropolitan area and one of the hardest-hit districts in the wake of Tropical Storm Ondoy (also known as Ketsana) late last month.About 300 Filipinos died and hundreds of thousands of others were displaced from their homes by the storm, which brought the equivalent of a year’s worth of rain in just 12 hours to some areas of Manila. Many families have had to seek temporary shelter in schools and other public buildings.“My heart goes out to the families I met today, who now have no home but the corner of a school classroom,” Ms. Veneman said, noting that she was encouraged by news that many children are starting to return to school classes.One of the people the UNICEF chief met was Rossana Balboa, a 40-year-old mother who is staying in a classroom of a local school with her family and five other families.“It’s been very difficult,” she told Ms. Veneman. “My husband is sick and because of the flood he doesn’t work, so we don’t have money for medicines.”UNICEF has provided authorities in Pasig City and other neighbourhoods with family kits containing such items as water cans, blankets, mosquito nets and sleeping mats. Water and hygiene kits are also being issued to ensure that families have clean water for drinking and cooking.UN agencies have appealed for $74 million to help victims recover from both Ondoy and the more recent Typhoon Parma, which struck more rural areas of the northern Philippines when it made landfall in recent days.The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported that the region continues to be beset by floods and mudslides as a result of the latest intense rains, which have exacerbated the problems caused by Ondoy.Yesterday Ms. Veneman also met with Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, President of the Philippines, to discuss how UNICEF can best assist authorities provide emergency relief to flood victims.John Holmes, the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, will arrive in the Philippines on Monday for a two-day visit of his own to meet with senior officials and review the emergency response. 9 October 2009The head of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has met with victims of recent storms in the Philippines, witnessing the damage wrought by the typhoon and subsequent floods and hearing first-hand accounts of the devastation. read more

Muslim Council raises concerns over Sagalas statement

The Muslim Council of Sri Lanka (MCSL) welcomed the cabinet decisions to appointment another committee to address the reforms needed to the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act.The ministry of Justice had earlier appointed a committee of 17 eminent representatives of the Muslim community under the leadership of former Supreme Court Judge, Saleem Marsoof to make recommendations to reform the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act. This report has still not been released. The Muslim Council however said it is deeply concerned about the statement made by Sagala Ratnayake, the Minister of Law and Order and Southern Development at the cabinet media briefing on 26th November 26th 2016 that the reforms to the Muslim Marriages and Divorce Act has to be enacted as part of the conditions to regain the GSP Plus concessions from the European community. “There is certainly a need ammend the Muslim Marriages and Divorce Act, but this has to be done in consultation with the Muslim religious leadership and the Muslim community in Sri Lanka and not at the dictates of the European Union or the International Community. The demand by the international community to intervene in a religious issue could cause irreparable damage to co-existence in Sri Lanka,” the Muslim Council said. Similarly, the Muslim Council says there is widespread concern that the North and Eastern provinces would be merged by the current administration to accommodate the demands of the international community.“The foreign policy of the Sirisena-Wickramasinghe administration should not be on the dictates of the International Community but in the best interest of the citizens of this country,” the Muslim Council added. The Muslim Council urged the Government to address the concerns of the Muslims through a consultation process with Muslim political, religious and Civil Society leadership. (Colombo Gazette) read more

UNEP hails Dutch financial backing in runup to UN environment summit

Already a significant financial supporter of the organization, the Netherlands raised its contribution to UNEP’s Environment Fund by around $2.1 million to a total of about $4.5 million for this year, the agency said in a statement issued from its Headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. “The decision by the Dutch to give us this much needed and much welcomed support has come at an important time as we head for next year’s crucial World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, South Africa,” said UNEP Executive Director Klaus Toepfer. “We are facing the New Year with renewed optimism concerning the financial stability of the organization.” The Environment Fund, which in recent years has been declining, is UNEP’s core funding. It is critical for the organization’s activities in areas such as chemicals, early warning of disasters, wildlife and environmental law as laid out in the organization’s work programme and authorized by its Governing Council of 58 nations, the agency’s main decision-making body. The increase in contributions comes in the wake of an assessment of UNEP work carried out by the Government of the Netherlands. “We were pleased with what we found,” said Gertjan Storm, the Dutch Ambassador to Kenya and Permanent Representative to the agency. “It is our conclusion that UNEP has become a more efficient and effective organization and that our money is being generally well spent.” UNEP’s core work programme, the lion’s share of which is funded from the Environment Fund, is estimated at about $50 million a year. Other basic costs include around $14.5 million for management and administrative support costs. Last year, contributions from Governments to the Environment Fund – which are made on a voluntary basis – amounted to some $41 million. read more

In wake of derailment railroad unions urge Amtrak to put 2nd crew

PHILADELPHIA – The union for Amtrak’s locomotive engineers urged the railroad on Tuesday to put a second crew member at the controls of trains on the busy Northeast Corridor, where a derailment killed eight people and injured more than 200 others.“The public would never accept an airline operation with a single person in the cockpit,” the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen said in a statement. “There is no reason that rail employees and rail passengers’ lives should be viewed any differently.”Brandon Bostian, 32, was alone in the locomotive of Train 188 when it derailed May 12, about 10 minutes after departing Philadelphia for New York.Train 188 had a five-member crew — including a conductor who is still hospitalized with serious injuries — but they were in the passenger coaches, closed off from the locomotive.Amtrak hasn’t had a second crew member in the locomotive of its Northeast Corridor trains since Congress ended the requirement in the early 1980s, the union said.In a statement, Amtrak said it operates its locomotives in accordance with federal standards and that its locomotive engineers and train conductors work together to ensure safe train operation.“Amtrak is and always has been committed to safety as its number one priority and continues to work with all the stakeholders toward a consensus on the appropriate management of crew resources in passenger train locomotives,” the statement said.The National Transportation Safety Board is looking into why the train was going more than double the 50 mph limit around a sharp curve. It is also investigating whether an object may have struck the locomotive’s windshield before the crash.The FBI said it found no evidence a grapefruit-sized fracture on the windshield was caused by a firearm, and the NTSB said it was unsure anything had struck the vehicle.Investigators said Bostian, who was among the injured, told them in an interview that he couldn’t recall anything from the last 3 miles before the derailment.About 20 people remained hospitalized Tuesday. Five were listed in critical condition.Authorities say it could be a year before they determine the probable cause of the derailment.The union Tuesday called on Congress to require a second “fully trained and qualified” crew member in each locomotive, but stopped short of demanding that person also be an engineer.Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., suggested Tuesday that Amtrak at least place a second crew member in the locomotive until automatic speed control technology is fully implemented.A former NTSB chief railroad crash investigator questioned the idea, saying putting multiple crew members in a locomotive was “more of a distraction” than a safeguard and most likely would not have prevented the May 12 derailment.The former investigator, Ed Dobranetski, pointed to a 1996 collision outside Washington, D.C., in which a commuter train engineer was thought to have been distracted by a conversation with a crew member riding along in the cab compartment, causing a crash with an Amtrak train that killed 11 people.Amtrak occasionally employs a second engineer on long-haul routes, according to Dobranetski.On some railroads a conductor or brakeman will sit to the left of the engineer. With only one set of controls to operate the train, their role is limited to calling out signals and hitting the emergency brake if trouble arises, he said.“I’ve done accident investigations where either the conductor is asleep, inattentive or intimidated by the engineer, but 99 per cent of the time the conductor only reminds the engineer of the speed or a situation. He’s rarely prevented something,” Dobranetski said.The engineers’ union on Tuesday also blamed lawmakers for deep funding cuts it said translated into fewer Amtrak crew members and greater lag time in the implementation of technology that slows speeding trains.The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee will hold a hearing on the derailment after Memorial Day. A spokesman said it was not clear if the two-person crew proposal would be discussed.The hospitalized conductor, Emilio Fonseca, has sued Amtrak, claiming the railroad was negligent and careless. His lawyer said Tuesday he suffered a broken neck, broken back and other serious injuries.The attorney, Bruce Nagel, said Fonseca, 33, of Kearny, New Jersey, was in a bathroom in the first car of the train at the time of the derailment and that his location likely saved his life.Fonseca managed to get out of the train and remembers telling people to watch out for electrical wires, Nagel said. Doctors have dubbed him the “miracle man” for surviving the crash.“Obviously the hand of God was on his shoulder,” Nagel said.___Associated Press writers David Porter in Roseland, New Jersey, and Joan Lowy in Washington contributed to this report. In wake of derailment, railroad unions urge Amtrak to put 2nd crew member in every locomotive by Michael R. Sisak, The Associated Press Posted May 18, 2015 11:27 pm MDT Last Updated May 19, 2015 at 6:50 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Bruce Nagel, attorney for Amtrak conductor Emilio Fonseca who was working on the first car of last week’s train wreck in Philadelphia, speaks during a news conference, Tuesday, May 19, 2015, in Roseland, N.J. Fonseca has sued Amtrak, claiming negligence and carelessness on the part of the rail carrier. Eight people were killed in the May 12 derailment and more than 200 injured. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) read more

Policy brief from Brock NCO and Niagara Region calls for novel approaches

A shared responsibility across different health, social, government, economic and education sectors is a key element to improving health outcomes, recommends a new Brock University — Niagara Region Public Health policy brief.Each stage of life from infancy to old age has characteristic health challenges such as illnesses, accidents, and mental health issues says “The Future of Niagara’s Health: Using a Life-Course Approach to Improve Well-Being.”But often these challenges are viewed — and treated — in isolation as they occur. The life-course approach focuses our attention on understanding the biggest health issues across the lifespan and considers how to reposition programs, policies and services to address these issues in order to have the largest impact on health and well-being, says the brief, produced by Brock’s Niagara Community Observatory (NCO) and release in a webinar Wednesday, May 2 hosted by Niagara Connects.“The life-course perspective offers a new way of looking at health, not as disconnected stages unrelated to each other, but as an integrated continuum,” says co-author Sinéad McElhone, Manager of Surveillance and Evaluation, Niagara Region Public Health and adjunct faculty at Brock University.For example, currently two-thirds of 45- to 64-year-olds in Niagara are overweight or obese.As this condition is known to be associated with a multitude of chronic conditions such as diabetes, coronary heart disease and asthma, as well as knee replacements, the life-course perspective identifies times at which targeted interventions may be especially effective.This would help reduce the burden on hospitals and clinics in the future, the brief outlines.Drawing upon data from a wide variety of sources, the brief provides a detailed snapshot of the region’s overall health challenges as well as those in 11 age groups from birth to those 75 and older.The Top 10 reasons why Niagara residents seek health services are cancer, diabetes, digestive system diseases and infections, circulatory system diseases, injuries, maternal/reproductive issues, mental health, poisonings, respiratory infections and diseases, and sexually transmitted infections.Health challenges in the various age categories include:Congenital abnormalities (birth defects) were the main cause of death in babies in their first year.Sexually transmitted infections (STI) were most frequently reported for those aged 20 to 24 (especially females); this group had the highest number of STI cases in comparison to any other age group.Most EMS transports for those aged 25 to 44 years were in relation to musculoskeletal and soft tissue pain and gastro-intestinal problems.Hepatitis C was prevalent across many age groups (especially in males) and is the most common reportable infectious disease in Niagara residents aged 45 to 64.Enterics (campylobacteriosis, C. difficile, salmonellosis) are within the Top 5 most frequently reported infectious diseases for those aged 65 to 74.The main reasons for mortality in those aged 75 or older were heart and cerebrovascular diseases, dementia, falls and respiratory infections.Overweight and obesity were the most prevalent self-reported conditions across all age groups, with anxiety and mood disorders being more prevalent in younger age groups.“This policy brief is an attempt to advance new ways of understanding and approaching the design and implementation of public health policy in Niagara,” says NCO Director Charles Conteh.“The discussion embraces a holistic life-course perspective and explores how health-related policies, programs and services in Niagara can give greater consideration to the social, economic and environmental dimensions of individual and community health and well-being.” read more

Update killed bandit was ex Prison officer injured accomplice checks into

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedAccomplice of killed bandit was sentenced for armed robberySeptember 1, 2017In “Crime”Bodyguard who killed bandit will not be charged- BlanhumAugust 31, 2017In “Crime”Accomplice in botched ECD robbery remandedSeptember 5, 2017In “Court” The dead bandit has been identified as Troybon Munroe, an ex Prison officer Police have confirmed that one of the two bandits who was shot and killed on Tuesday morning during an attempted robbery on a Interior Flight Services Supervisor along the Railway Embankment at Liliendaal, East Coast Demerara was an ex Prison officer.Dead is Troybon Munroe of East Canje, Berbice.Munroe was reportedly dismissed from his position in March of this year after several breaches of the Prison Service Regulations, according to Crime Chief, Wendell Blanhum.INews was also told that shortly after the botched robbery, a man- identified as Mark Griffith, 23, of One Mile, Linden- turned up at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) to nurse a gunshot wound.Police believe he could be Munroe’s accomplice. As such, he is presently being treated for his injuries under police guard.Around 09:45hrs this morning, a 42-year-old Interior Flight Services Supervisor and her armed security escort went to Ogle Airport in a motor car-driven by the supervisor- to collect several parcels.However, as they were returning to Georgetown via the Railway Embankment, in the vicinity of the Giftland Mall Access Road, a dark coloured car reportedly pulled up and blocked their path.Two men reportedly exited the vehicle, brandishing firearms and relived the woman of her bags.Police say that at that time, it was unknown to the bandits that the woman’s armed bodyguard was also in the vehicle. As such, it came as a surprise when the security officer discharged several rounds at the men. The vehicle that the perpetrators arrived in sped away almost immediately after the shots were fired.Munroe received three gunshot wounds about his body, while reports indicate that his accomplice- suspected to be Griffith- sustained one wound to his left abdomen. He managed to flee the scene on foot.The ex-prison officer’s lifeless body fell to ground, a .32 pistol with with three live matching rounds were found next to him. He was subsequently pronounced dead at the GPHC. (Ramona Luthi) read more

Indian teen kills schoolmate to postpone exams

NEW DELHI, India (AFP) — India arrested a teenager Wednesday for allegedly slitting the throat of a seven-year-old schoolmate in hopes the murder would lead to an exam being postponed, federal investigators said.The 16-year-old is accused of killing his young schoolmate in September at a smart private school near Delhi in an attempt to delay an impending test and parent-teacher meeting.Police had initially detained a bus conductor over the murder, claiming he killed the boy after the young pupil resisted a sex attack.But a spokesman for federal investigators said they had credible evidence against the “academically weak teenager, whose motive was to postpone the examination and a forthcoming parent-teacher meeting”.“He admitted during questioning that he wanted to shut the school to defer the exams and meeting,” Central Bureau of Investigation spokesman RK Gaur told AFP.The teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, would be sent to a juvenile detention centre until his trial for murder, he added.Gaur said the bus conductor would remain in custody until cleared by a court of any wrongdoing.The crime made national headlines and stoked concern among parents over safety in schools.India’s swelling middle class has fuelled the growth of private schools in a country where public education is under immense strain.Much prestige is placed on academic achievement and children face intense pressure to score good grades. Experts say this has aggravated stress and mental illness among teenagers.India, a nation of 1.25 billion, has the world’s highest rate of suicide. Students are particularly vulnerable.Official figures show nearly 9,000 students committed suicide in 2015.Health experts say many young people find it difficult to cope with the pressure to succeed and struggle to accept failure in examinations. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedThird teenager attacked and burned in a week in IndiaMay 11, 2018In “latest news”17-year-old charged with attempted murder of 15-year-old schoolmateJanuary 26, 2018In “Court”Schoolgirl reported missing – family pleads with teenager to return homeApril 13, 2016In “Local News” read more

Bus set on fire outside Quinn Group property

first_imgA BUS WAS set on fire outside Quinn Group property last night.Gardaí in Ballyconnell, Co Cavan are investigating an incident in Rakeelan, Ballyconnell, that occurred at 5.30am today.A bus was parked across the entrance to three business premises, and set on fire.Gardaí were called to the scene and found that no damage was caused to other properties in the area and no one was injured.The scene has been preserved and a technical examination is being carried out today.The site is where the Quinn Therm company is based.A number of attacks on Quinn Group properties have taken place over the past year. In November, arson was reported at a Quinn Group business premises in Co Fermanagh.In 2012, a truck was driven into a wall at a Quinn Group premises in Co Fermanagh, while the previous year, there was a fire at the group headquarters.Read: Attack on Quinn Group operations condemned>Read: Everything you need to know about the Quinn saga, but were afraid to ask>last_img read more

EUs foreign ministers still cant decide whether to arm Syrias rebels

first_imgBritain and France want to to arm the rebelsBritain and France, with some support from Italy and Spain, want the embargo lifted so that the military balance on the ground can swing in favour of the rebels.This, they hope, will force Assad to agree a political deal, ending the two-year-old conflict that has reportedly claimed over 94,000 lives.“It’s important to show that we are prepared to amend our arms embargo so that the Assad regime gets a clear signal that it has to negotiate seriously,” said British Foreign Secretary William Hague.The 27-nation bloc has split in three over the Syria sanctions: one group who favour lifting the embargo to arm the opposition, a second group who oppose the idea, and a larger third group which is more concerned with maintaining EU unity – even though some are very reluctant to ship arms to Syria.Austria, Finland, the Czech Republic and Sweden fiercely oppose sending more weapons into an already bloody conflict and fear they might end up in the wrong hands.Austria’s Michael Spindelegger, outspokenly critical in the last weeks of Britain and France, suggested “maybe a compromise just to see what comes out of the Geneva conference”.There is a linkage to the Geneva conference in a possible compromise that suggests supplying arms to the rebels but only with a host of conditions and safeguards.A document obtained by AFP says this option if agreed would renew sanctions against the Assad regime — including asset freezes against his family and cronies — for another year, but agree on principle to provide weapons to the National Coalition.But the actual delivery of arms would be postponed until a fresh political decision by all EU members is taken by August 1 “in light of the developments related to the US-Russia initiative.”The supply of weapons would be subject to strict safeguards and conditions, notably regarding the end-users, with possibly a list of authorised material.“Quite a lot of arms are already going to the wrong hands,” said Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans. “The parties to the conflict don’t have a shortage of arms, frankly.”- © AFP, 2013Read: US, French and Russian ministers to meet for Syria talks THE EU’S foreign ministers have struggled to reach a compromise in a long-running row over whether to arm Syria’s rebels when an embargo expires at the end of this week.“There is a strong spirit of trying to find a European solution,” said EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton as ministers went into talks deeply divided over the issue.But as the meeting continued hours later, French foreign minister Laurent Fabius regretted that there was still “no agreement” – though “it is very important that Europe take a united stand on this affair.”After Germany’s Guido Westerwelle warned that a deal might not be agreed today, EU diplomats said further talks could be called by the end of the week.At stake is a wide-ranging package of EU sanctions against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, including a blanket arms embargo on Syria that will lapse at midnight on Friday – that is, unless all 27 nations agree to extend the embargo.Fabius said France favoured one of three compromise options set out by Ashton’s office – under which the EU would agree to supply arms to Syria’s main opposition National Coalition, but only under certain conditions and according to a timeframe linked to political negotiations.If agreed by all EU nations, this would “encourage European consensus, enable resistance fighters to obtain the arms they need, and control those arms,” he added.Fabius also warned there were “mounting suspicions” that chemical weapons were being used in Syria. “We are consulting with our partners to examine what concrete consequences to draw,” he added.Fabius was to meet with his Russian and US counterparts, Sergei Lavrov and John Kerry, in Paris this evening. Those talks were part of efforts to arrange a Syrian peace conference in Geneva next month.“I definitely support the lifting of the arms embargo against the Syrian people,” said Ahmet Davutoglu, the Turkish foreign minister, who was in Brussels for talks.In Istanbul, Syria’s opposition coalition also urged EU foreign ministers to lift the embargo. “It’s the moment of truth that we’ve been waiting for for months,” said spokesman Khaled al-Saleh.last_img read more

The 9 at 9 Wednesday

first_imgEVERY DAY, brings you nine things you should know with your morning cup of coffee1. #PRIME TIME: The treatment of children in Irish crèches is in the spotlight this morning following the RTÉ Prime Time programme ‘A Breach of Trust’ which aired last night and showed young children being mistreated at crèches in Dublin and Wicklow. Gardaí have confirmed they are investigating complaints of mistreatment at two crèches in Dublin.2. #CHILDCARE: A review of services and the number of inspections being carried out in crèches across the country is being undertaken by the HSE in light of the programme, while Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald is due to respond to the Prime Time report later this morning.3. #SHATTER: The Dáil will tonight decide on a motion of no confidence in Justice Minister Alan Shatter with the opposition attempts to undermine Shatter almost certain to fail. He told the chamber last night that while it was a mistake to mention that independent TD Mick Wallace was stopped by gardaí he has a “serious job to do”.4. #EARTHQUAKE: An earthquake measuring a magnitude of 3.8 has been recorded off the coast of North Wales in the Irish Sea with tremors felt along parts of Ireland’s east coast. The British Geological Survey said the epicentre of the quake was 15 kilometres away from Abersoch in Gwynedd.5. #UNIVERSITY FEES: An increasing number of Irish universities are calling in debt collectors to deal with unpaid fees by students with the Irish Independent reporting that NUI Galway has joined University of Limerick, DCU, and UCD in hiring debt collectors. Katherine Donnelly and Barry Duggan write that universities and ITs are suspected of being owed millions of euro in unpaid fees.6. #PROPERTY TAX: You have until 8pm tonight to pay the property tax following the extension of the deadline for payment to be made after a surge in in registrations yesterday. Revenue reported yesterday evening that around 10,000 people were paying the charge per hour.7. #FRANCE: Police in France have arrested a 22-year-old man in connection with the knife attack on a soldier near Paris at the weekend. The suspect has been detained southwest of the capital. Private Fist Class Cedric Cordier was stabbed while on patrol last weekend in an incident eerily similar to the fatal attack on British soldier Lee Rigby in London last week.8. #SALT: Irish people eat too much salt, according to food safety experts who say that people here still eat more than the recommended daily intake of 6g of salt per day, although salt intake has decreased by 1.1g over the past ten years.9. #COYBIG: Eighteen years after the infamous riot at Lansdowne Road, Ireland will face England at Wembley tonight as Giovanni Trapattoni’s men look for a famous win. Our colleagues at have outlined five reasons why we can beat Roy Hodgson’s side and they’ll be bringing you all the action later this evening. Over on Who is forcing everyone to taste her breast milk? It’s The Dredge >last_img read more

ThinkGeek Unveils Hot Pocket Sleeping Bag and LongLost Shazaam Movie

first_imgThinkGeek just rolled out a bunch of new products, including the fruits of some home video archaeology that need to be respected. The geek-themed merchandise purveyor (who is not affiliated with us, despite the similar name) dumped out a list of exclusive collectibles you won’t find anywhere else.First, the Mandela effect has been proven wrong once again with the discovery of a cache of Shazaam VHS tapes. The classic fantasy comedy from the mid-90s was planned to be a Sinbad vehicle but ultimately went straight to video after failing to find distribution in theaters. They’re $24.99 each, VHS-only, you have to find a VCR yourself.There’s also a Hot Pocket Sleeping Bag. Ever want to camp out in your own crisping sleeve? I know I have. The sleeping bag uses ThinkGeek’s proprietary MicroWaav insulation system and looks like a properly heated Hot Pocket brand sandwich. No word on croissant crust alternative styles, though.ThinkGeek has taken the treadmill desk to the next level, too. The Swim Desk is the company’s first real attempt at office furniture, and it could be more healthy than a treadmill desk, standing desk, or that dumb ball you sit on. It’s pretty pricey at $1,999.99, but it features adjustable current speed so you can swim at your own pace while working.Let’s not forget the best character of Stranger Things, especially now that she has her own book! Where’s Barb? is an interactive picture book that lets you search for the unsung star of Netflix’s hottest show to date!  Bonus points (in the self-defined challenge sense, because it’s still just a book) if you can find her with the book Upside Down.If I used a bike, I’d definitely want the Bicycle Horn of Gondor for my bike horn. It mounts on any standard handlebars and makes a loud, clear sound to alert distracted drivers and pedestrians. Gondor calls for traffic safety!These are just some of the interesting ThinkGeek products just announced for today, which is April 1. Which is, traditionally, a day for humorous lies.I still want that Hot Pockets sleeping bag, though.last_img read more

Geek Deals Dell XPS 8910 QuadCore Desktop PC for 670

first_imgIf you’re looking for a powerful desktop that won’t break the bank, take a look at the XPS 8910 from Dell. With a quad-core CPU, fast DDR4 memory, and lots of customizability, this PC is a fantastic bargain when you use today’s coupon.• Dell XPS 8900 quad-core desktop PC for $669.99 (List price: $1,129.99 — Coupon code: XPS669)Okay, so what kind of specs are we dealing with here? This model has a sixth generation quad-core 3.4GHz Intel Core i7-6700 CPU, a discrete AMD Radeon RX 560 graphics card (with 2GB of memory), 16GB of DDR4 RAM (2133MHz), a 1TB 7200RPM hard drive, a DVD-RW drive, Bluetooth 4.2, and 802.11b/g/n/ac WiFi support. A wired keyboard and mouse combo come along for free, and the built-in HDMI port makes it easy to hook up to just about any modern PC monitor or HDTV. In need of DVI or DisplayPort support? Check out Amazon and MonoPrice for affordable adaptors. Out of the box, this machine will be able to run plenty of modern games at 1080p, but most recent releases at higher resolutions are a bit much for the default graphics card to handle. Thankfully, you can easily turn this into a gaming rig without breaking the bank. Invest in an heftier card down the road, open up the case, and swap out the card that comes with the machine. The CPU and memory are already superb, so you’ll be ready to play once the new graphics card is in place. Windows 10 Pro (64-bit) comes installed by default. With game DVR, DirectX 12, and local game streaming, Windows 10 has a lot to offer from a gaming perspective. Add in the new Edge browser, Cortana, and the Windows Store, and you’ll find that Microsoft’s new OS is a stellar option.Ordinarily, this config lists for $1,129.99, but Dell is selling it for $999.99 online. Use coupon code “XPS669” in your shopping cart, and you’ll save an additional $330 off.Our commerce group sources the best deals and products for the Geek Deals posts. We operate independently of Editorial and Advertising and may earn a percentage of the sale, if you buy something via a link on the post. If you are interested in promoting your deals, please contact us at more great deals head over to TechBargains.last_img read more

Expert explains why Salas plane crashed

first_imgAccording to expert Juan Arturo del Azar, he believes pilot David Ibbotson suffered from “spatial disorientation.”Spatial disorientation is defined as the inability of a pilot to correctly interpret aircraft attitude, altitude or airspeed in relation to the Earth or other points of reference.And for flying expert Juan Arturo Del Azar, the cause of the crash of a light aircraft in the English Channel carrying Argentinean footballer Emiliano Sala and English pilot David Ibbotson could be just that.“As in any investigation we can only speculate on what has been published until there’s official information,” Juan Arturo Del Azar was quoted by The Express.“But everything so far indicates there was an operation that should never have existed and a pilot who was not qualified to fly in the conditions there were that night.””The bulk of the plane was on the seabed and very few things were missing.” David Mearns, who led the privately-funded search for the plane that was carrying Emiliano Sala, explains how his team found and identified the wreckage— ZooM Harare (@ZoomHarare) February 5, 2019“What we know is that the pilot ‘requested descent’ on passing Guernsey,” he added.“I’ve flown that same route at least 400 times. It’s a crossing over water.”“The reason for requesting a descent, according to the aviation community, was because the plane was accumulating ice,” he explained.“But the information we have now is that this pilot was not authorized to fly with instruments.”AAIB responds to Sala’s family request to recover the plane’s wreckage Manuel R. Medina – August 14, 2019 The Air Accidents Investigation Branch says they already explained their decision not to recover the plane’s wreckage to Sala’s family and the pilot’s.“If that is the case, it could be a lot simpler. It could simply be a case of being in a cloud, not knowing how to fly with instruments and suffering what is called spatial disorientation,” Del Azar continued.“There’s a well-known incident, that of John Kennedy Jr, in which that happened.”“When a person is in a cloud and looks out of the window, they are disorientated. Then they have to know how to fly the plane looking just at the instruments,” he added.“If the information is correct and this pilot wasn’t qualified to fly with instruments, yes, there could have been ice.”“Your body sends you erroneous signals at that point. Your body tells you the plane is rising and the plane is falling and vice-versa,” the expert commented.“At that point, the only thing that is valid are the instruments. It’s something that’s very routine but it’s something for which a pilot must have a license and training.”“At night-time, everything is much more complicated. Ninety-five percent of accidents are human errors, errors by the pilot or maintenance errors. It’s not the planes’ fault. At times there are faults but they are a tiny minority, three to four percent,” he concluded.Emiliano Sala’s sister shared this photo yesterday of his dog still waiting for him to return…’Nala also waits for you’This is absolutely gutting 😔😔😔— Footy Accumulators (@FootyAccums) February 5, 2019last_img read more

WISHH Convenes Ghana Poultry Industry Support Working Group in Atlanta

first_imgAt U.S. Department Agriculture/Foreign Agriculture Service ((USDA/FAS) Ghana’s request, the American Soybean Association’s WISHH program organized a meeting among key stakeholders working  on feed and poultry industry and policy development in Ghana; the meeting took place Monday ahead of the International Production and Processing Show (IPPE) in Atlanta, GA.Participants included representatives from: USAPEEC, World Poultry Foundation, University of Georgia, Kansas State University, ACDI/VOCA and the Ghanaian Poultry Producers’ Association.WISHH and FAS/Ghana chaired the three hour round table on past, present and future activities designed to strengthen Ghanaian poultry production.  The World Poultry Foundation has been conducting training programs for Ghanaian poultry producers for several years and the group discussed synergies and future activities that could complement the significant funds USDA’s Food for Progress has awarded ASA/WISHH’S AMPLIFIES Ghana and ACDI/VOCA’s Ghana Poultry Program.last_img read more

The best meat delivery and subscription services for 2019

first_img ButcherBox Based in Nashville, Porter Road offers a variety of cuts of prime beef, pork, lamb and chicken, sourced from Kentucky and Tennessee. Its beef is pasture-raised, grass-fed and grain-finished, but the company uses no added hormones or antibiotics and the animals are free to roam and graze. Like Snake River Farms, it uses corn-based foam insulation in its boxes, so you can use it to fire up your grill and cook the St. Louis pork steak that came in the same package. Most of the company’s meat is shipped fresh, but depending on the cut, some pieces will be frozen. You can order a la carte (from more traditional options like NY strip steaks, ribeye and ground beef, to less common cuts like Denver steak, lamb T-bones and andouille sausage), or choose from several box options, including all beef, pork and beef, or a “best of” assortment that arrives every two, four or eight weeks. You can add items onto your subscription too (“put a bird on it” if you’re feeling like chicken next week).The basic box is $50 (or $4.69 per serving), but specialty selections like the Breakfast Box are also available — and to kick off summer, there’s a “Grill Master Box” with dry-aged steaks, dry-aged burger patties and brats for $70 (six pounds of meat total, or $6.56 per serving), with free shipping. Whatever tempts you, get 10% off your first purchase when you sign up for the company’s newsletter. Its pledge? “Once you taste the difference, you’ll never go back.” Only one way to find out… Thrive Market Aug 31 • Alexa can tell you if someone breaks into your house Visit ButcherBox for more details Visit Snake River Farms for more details Snake River Farms meat delivery service (and its partner, Double R Ranch) offer something truly special: not only dry-aged, USDA Prime beef, but American Wagyu (Kobe-style) beef, known for its rich marbling, tender texture and fantastic flavor. All of its cows are raised sustainably and humanely in the Northwes, and it offers heritage breed Kurobuta Berkshire pork from pigs raised on small family farms in Idaho and the Midwest. In addition to its exclusive (and accordingly expensive), chef-approved cuts of rare steak, it touts several sustainable ranching practices, from rotational grazing that promotes healthy rangelands to composting cattle waste and using beef tallow for fuel. Even the shipping foam in its boxes can be dissolved and used as plant food, composted or used as a fire starter. In addition, the company is a founding member of Beef Counts, which helps provide food to families in need.But you’re here for the Wagyu. While the company doesn’t offer recurring subscriptions, you can buy all sorts of individual cuts like American Wagyu tomahawk steaks ($50 per pound), filet mignon, porterhouse and ribeye, not to mention Wagyu burgers and hot dogs (and don’t forget about its Kurobuta bacon and baby back ribs). When it comes to Snake River Farms Wagyu, most products are offered in both Gold Grade (the highest quality — and price — available), and Black Grade (still special but slightly less devastating to the wallet). You can also purchase variety-pack gift boxes, some curated by chefs like Thomas Keller and Naomi Pomeroy. Order by May 19 with code BBQPREP15 and you’ll get 15% off your order. As with most other meat delivery services, your cuts will come vacuum-sealed and frozen. Shipping cost varies, depending on how quickly you’d like to chow down. Thrive Market Visit Omaha Steaks for more details Try easy and convenient meat delivery services. Chris Monroe/CNET Meat has no season, really; it’s braised, slow-cooked and roasted to comforting perfection in the colder months, and seared over open flames on grills across America all summer. If you’re fortunate, you have access to prime cuts of juicy steak, organic chickens that actually have flavor, and tender, high-quality pork ribs and chops wherever you live.But if you don’t have a reliable butcher (or good grocery store meat department), or if you’re just constantly pressed for time, meat delivery services are here to help make your life easier and more delicious.As with meal kit subscriptions and grocery delivery services, companies providing meat delivery and butcher subscriptions have proliferated in the past several years and with so many meat delivery services many have sought to fill a specific niche sub-category of the market. Some specialize in grass-fed or wagyu beef while others focus on a wider range of organic cuts of fresh meat, chicken and sausage or hard to find meats like wild boar and venison. Whether you’re looking for a great value on meat delivery or specifically seeking out humanely raised and eco-friendly meat, or simply hungry to try the latest, greatest and highest quality meats available (hello, American Wagyu), there is a best meat delivery service out there to fit your needs.Read more: The best gas grills of 2019 | The best grilling tools We started with a little nibble and looked at five of the most popular meat delivery services including the types of meats available, price point, special services, shipping costs and more to help you choose the best one for all your fresh meat needs.These products and services are independently chosen by our editors. Disclosure: CNET may get a share of the revenue if you buy anything featured on our site. reading • The best meat delivery and subscription services for 2019 ButcherBox is a subscription service that offers three types of meat, but puts an emphasis on its 100% grass-fed and grass-finished, pasture-raised beef from cows that are free to roam (grass-fed beef is said to be higher in antioxidants, vitamins and healthy fatty acids, is often more environmentally friendly since it’s pastured and not raised on feedlots, and has a purer beefy taste). The company also offers heritage breed pork from pigs with plentiful outdoor access and an all-vegetarian diet from forage and feed, and free-range, organic chicken that’s humanely raised, with no antibiotics or added hormones. It makes a point of mentioning that it works with “the best possible meat processing facilities” and believe in fair labor practices too.When you sign up, you can choose from all beef, beef and chicken, beef and pork, a mixed box or create a custom box. In any case, you select from two different box sizes depending on how many people you’re feeding (or how big your freezer is). Prices vary, but plans start at $129 per month. If you like complete control, the Custom Box is $149 per month (or $4.97 per meal), and allows you to take your pick of over 20 different cuts like ground beef, top sirloin steaks, chuck roast, pork tenderloin, boneless pork chops, chicken breasts and drumsticks. All of the meat ships vacuum-packed and frozen, and shipping is free. As a bonus, the company is usually running some sort of promotion, like free bacon for the life of your subscription or 2 pounds of sockeye salmon — right now, for grilling season, you can sign up and get a free BBQ Box with baby back ribs, 2 pounds of ground beef, and two NY strip steaks. CNET Smart Home Aug 30 • iRobot Roomba S9 Plus vs. Neato Botvac D7 Connected Omaha Steaks Tags Porter Road Visit Porter Road for more details Snake River Farmscenter_img Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. 2 Online grocery provider Thrive Market is also a one-stop shop, in a somewhat more traditional sense: It sells all manner of organic, 100% non-GMO, fair-trade products at wholesale prices, so you can buy various brands of things like paper towels, marinades and snacks — and bundled boxes of meat and seafood. To shop from the site, you must pay a $60 annual membership fee (which nets you guaranteed savings and free gifts, plus sponsors a free membership for a low-income family), but you can sign up for a 30-day free trial to test it out first. The company guarantees you’ll make back your membership in savings every year, but if not, will give you store credit for the difference.The company’s meat delivery options include several boxes (a la carte cuts are not available), which feature 100% grass-fed, free-range beef from small and midsize, family-run ranches in Chile that don’t use antibiotics or hormones; certified free-range and organic chicken from family-owned farms in Virginia; antibiotic- and hormone-free, pasture-raised pork from a family-owned farm in Georgia; and both wild-caught and sustainably farmed seafood like fish, shrimp and scallops. You can choose from single-protein boxes or mixed packs like the Thrive Market Meat Sampler (11.75 pounds of chicken, beef and pork for $110, or $3.51 per serving), and can also curate your own meat and seafood box if you like to pick and choose (average cost $5.95 per serving). Shipping is free on all orders over $49. Comments Porter Road Omaha Steaks — one of the first-ever meat delivery services — bills itself as “America’s Original Butcher” and has certainly been in the business for a long time. Keeping up with the growing preference for grass-fed beef, both grain- and grass-fed are now offered (and both options start with grass-fed but their signature beef is grain-finished); read more about how each option compares. The company doesn’t advertise organic meat like many others do, nor provide much specific information about how and where the animals are raised, but does stand behind “a nearly 100-year tradition of providing customers premium, aged, and hand-trimmed beef with a 100 percent satisfaction guarantee.” There’s also a lot more on offer besides the namesake product.Truly, the range of items on the site is somewhat staggering. From various cuts of beef (steak galore, of course, including “king cuts” you would probably struggle to finish even if you hadn’t eaten for a week), bison, veal, pork, chicken and seafood, to charcuterie, full meal kits, a la carte side dishes and desserts, wines and even dog treats, this could be a one-stop web shop. While it doesn’t offer subscriptions by name, there are plenty of gift boxes (like an $80 per month Steak Box or a Monthly Grilling Box for the same price) that you could certainly order for yourself. Another interesting thing it offers: butcher services where you can consult one-on-one with a butcher to custom order precisely what you want. Shipping prices vary based on order total and how fast you want your stuff, but you can find some “free shipping” deals and combos on the site. There’s also a Steaklover Reward Points program for committed carnivores. Aug 30 • Battling bot vacs: iRobot Roomba S9+ vs Neato Botvac D7 Connected Aug 31 • Best smart light bulbs for 2019 (plus switches, light strips, accessories and more) See Thrive Market for more details Omaha Steaks • Butcher Box Share your voice Snake River Farms See All CNET Smart Home Appliances Wellnesslast_img read more

Oil prices dip as Saudi Arabia dampens prospects of output freeze

first_imgOil prices dipped in early trading on Friday after the Saudi energy minister tempered expectations of strong market intervention by producers during talks next month.International benchmark Brent crude oil prices LCOc1 were trading at $49.55 per barrel at 2114 ET, down 12 cents from their previous close.U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude CLc1 was down 7 cents at $47.26 a barrel. Saudi Arabian Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih told Reuters late on Thursday that “we don’t believe any significant intervention in the market is necessary other than to allow the forces of supply and demand to do the work for us,” adding that the “market is moving in the right direction” already.Members of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) will meet on the sidelines of the International Energy Forum (IEF), which groups producers and consumers, in Algeria from Sept. 26-28.The minister’s comments put a dampener on expectations of a meaningful intervention into the market which has been dogged by oversupply for more than two years.last_img read more

Travel startup Wandertrails raises 1 million from Earlsfield Capital

first_imgThe 13th century Qutub Minar is pictured in New Delhi, India September 29, 2016 (representational image).Reuters fileWandertrails, a Bengaluru-based online experiential travel platform that promotes tourism and related activites in India, raised $1 million in seed funding from Earsfield Capital Partners, a UK-based venture capital firm. The start-up will be using the money to scale up its business. Read: CarTrade raises $55 million in Series G funding led by TemasekA profile update of Wandertrails on Tracxn says the portal enables prospective tourists and adventurists to find adventure trails, bike trails, cycling trails, treks and activities. “We were super-impressed with their ability to execute and the supply they have built in a very short time in a capital-efficient manner. We talked to a large number of their customers, both from within India and Europe, and the net promoter scores we have witnessed are incredibly high,” Meraj Alam, Managing Partner, Earlsfield, as saying.”We believe this is the next iteration in travel and we are very positive they are building a strong business with great fundamentals,” the Inc42 quoted Alam added.Wandertails was founded in July last year by Hari Gangadharan, Narayana Menon, Pranav Suresh, Sruti Ramesh Chander and Vishnu Menon.Wandertrails claims to host about 5,000 experiential stays in 65 destinations spread across 12 states in India.There is no data on domestic tourism business in India though the government publishes statistics on foreign tourist arrivals and earnings on a monthly basis.last_img read more

Local Pet Resort Raises Funds To Help Military Dogs Find Suitable Homes

first_img– / 5A Houston based pet resort is contributing to help dogs that have worked for the U.S. military find suitable homes for their retirement and also to reunite them with their handlers.Military dogs work with all branches of the armed forces and specialize in the detection of bombs and explosive devices, as well as of weapons and drugs.Rover Oaks, a pet resort with facilities in Houston and Katy, has completed this week the eighth edition of an annual campaign called ‘Operation: War Dogs’ that raises funds for Mission K9 Rescue, a non-profit organization dedicated to the service of retiring and retired military dogs and contract working dogs.Mission K9 Rescue, which is the Houston chapter of the United States War Dogs Association, provides monetary, transportation, adoption and professional assistance for retired military dogs. During the last five years, the organization has rescued over 250 dogs and facilitated over 100 dog and handler reunions, according to a news release from Rover Oaks.This year’s fundraising campaign began on Memorial Day and ended on July 4 and Rover Oaks raised a total of $27,538.“Dogs are our business and our passion, and to know that military working dogs are languishing in barely habitable kennels overseas, not being brought home to the heroes’ welcome they deserve, is appalling to us. The overwhelming response to this fundraiser from the community and our clients shows that they feel the same way about the War Dogs who have loyally served to protect our country,” said Claire Ellington, general manager of Rover Oaks in Houston. Sharelast_img read more

Louisville Mens Golf Holds Lead at the Stitch Intercollegiate Before Play Was

first_img LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Playing in its last event before beginning postseason play, the University of Louisville men’s golf team was in the midst of playing one of its best tournaments of the spring before Mother Nature stepped in and stopped play at the Stitch Intercollegiate.An approaching thunderstorm at 5 p.m. suspended play with the teams finishing at least 27 holes at MacGregor Downs. The coaches were in the process of making a decision on when to resume play, either today or early Saturday morning.The Cardinals are at 11-under-par after shooting a 6-under-par 282 in the first round and are at 5-under-par so far in the second round, holding a five-shot lead over Liberty, which is currently at 6-under-par. Fellow Atlantic Coast Conference opponents Wake Forest and NC State and third and fourth, respectively, while Campbell is in fifth.As a team, the Cardinals had four players sitting in the top 15 when play was suspended.Jiri Zuska and John Murphy are tied for fifth at 3-under-par. Zuska carded a 2-under-par-70 after the first round, while Murphy shot a 1-under-par 70.Matthias Schmid sits at 2-under-par after play on Friday, while Devin Morley is at 1-under-par. Simon Zach rounds out the top five by carding a 2-over-par. Print Friendly Version Story Linkslast_img read more

Xbox One hard drive only has 362GB available for games

first_imgIf you picked up an Xbox One in the past couple of weeks you may be annoyed by the fact the console does not display the available capacity of its hard drive. It ships with a 500GB drive, but Microsoft has chosen not to share with users how much of that space is free. Microsoft’s reason for this is an automatic storage management system that just takes care of things.I’m not happy with that reason, and I’m guessing many other gamers aren’t either. If you play a lot of games, you need to know if there’s enough space left to install the next one.So, with Microsoft refusing to share storage details with Xbox One users, IGN decided to figure out the free capacity of the drive for itself. The result is quite disappointing. Gamers only have 362GB of the 500GB hard drive available to use (for comparison the PS4 has 408GB). Microsoft has since confirmed that 138GB is reserved for the operating system and first-party apps.IGN figured out the available space by continuing to install games. They ran out of space at the 20 game mark, with the total space used coming in at between 362-365GB. They can’t be exact because the Xbox One won’t share specifics with the user.Space for 20 games may sound like a lot, and it is when we’re in year one of a new console. But this is a console that’s meant to be sat under your TV for a decade, and inevitably in 2-3 years from now, hard drive management is going to become a thing that many Xbox One owners will have to do. Alternatively they could turn to external storage when it becomes available or wait for the inevitable 1TB (maybe even 2TB?) Xbox One model.What’s clear is Microsoft has reserved a lot more space than it currently needs for the operating system and apps. If you consider installing every app available for the Xbox One right now only requires 1.6GB of space, there’s no way the OS needs 136GB. Some of that is going to be reserved for video recording of course, but there must be over capacity built in for the future.last_img read more