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Traffic Advisory Victoria County

first_imgVICTORIA COUNTY: Englishtown Ferry The Englishtown ferry is out of service due to high winds, slush and ice blocking the channel. Call 511, visit http://511.gov.ns.ca, or follow @NS_TIR on Twitter for updates. -30-last_img

SC asks victims to move trial court for supplementary charge sheet

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court Tuesday asked the 2018 Hapur lynching victim to bring to the notice of the trial court the statements of two crucial witnesses recorded by a judicial magistrate. The trial court will decide the plea seeking direction to the Uttar Pradesh police to file a supplementary charge sheet in view of the statements recorded by two brothers of the deceased Qasim Qureishi, said a vacation bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Aniruddha Bose. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoCWhile declining to direct trial court to ask the state police to file supplementary charge sheet in the case, the bench allowed the petitioners — Samaydeen and Mehtab — to bring the statements of the two brothers, Saleem and Nadeem, to the notice of the Hapur trial court. Saleem and Nadeem recorded their testimonies on May 15 before the Chief Judicial Magistrate under section 164 (judicially admissible statements recorded before judicial magistrate) of Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC). Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citationsSamiuddin and 45-year-old Qureishi were assaulted at Hapur on June 18 last year by a mob of alleged cow vigilantes. While Samiuddin survived, Qureishi succumbed to his injuries. Advocate Vrinda Grover, appearing for the victims, said that the statements of the two witnesses have been recorded by the judicial magistrate and the state police be directed to file a supplementary charge sheet to bring them on the records of the trial court. Senior advocates V Shekhar and Aishwarya Bhati, appearing for the state government, said that since the statements of the witnesses have already been recorded, the plea be disposed of. However, the plea was declined by the court. The top court was hearing two separate petitions filed by Samiuddin, the survivor of the alleged mob lynching, and Mehtab, son of deceased Qureishi. The Uttar Pradesh government had earlier informed the apex court that it had filed a fresh status report on investigation in the Hapur lynching case. The court had on April 8 asked the state government to file a status report of the investigation in the case in which a person was killed and another brutally assaulted in the name of cow vigilantism in June last year. The apex court on September 5 last year directed the Inspector General of Police (IGP) of Meerut range to supervise the investigation in the Hapur lynching case. Earlier, Samiuddin had sought setting up of a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to ensure “an impartial, competent and fair investigation” into “the barbaric incident of mob lynching on June 18 last year in Hapur district of Uttar Pradesh. The plea had alleged that Samiuddin and Qasim, both belonging to the minority community, were targeted and mercilessly assaulted by a mob of the majority community from the neighbouring village, in the name of cow vigilantism. It had further sought a direction to the state government to compensate the victim for his medical treatment. It had said Qasim had died as a consequence of the lethal mob lynching, while Samiuddin survived the attempt on his life but suffered multiple fractures, wounds and injuries.last_img read more

A Roof Overhead Teenagers struggle through school growing up boredom and no

first_imgBrittany Hobson APTN National NewsIn the northeast corner of Manitoba, along the shores of Island Lake sits the Garden Hill First Nation.It’s an isolated community.When it’s cold, there is a winter road that connects people to the nearest community 18 kilometres away.In the summer, access is only by boat or air.On top of the isolation, the people of Garden Hill are dealing with a housing crisis.“My grandkids all sleep on the floor here as you can see,” said Sharon Beardy. “One mother with two little ones and my four grandkids just sleep anywhere. anywhere possible on the floor.”Overcrowded housing is the new normal for Garden Hill.The 3,500 residents share 500 homes.Three or four families can share one residence at a time.Beardy has lived in her home for the past eight years. She shares her three-bedroom house with 12 others.She told APTN the living situation is hardest on her two granddaughters.“With the two older ones, they’re teenagers, they need their privacy but basically this is their kitchen, living room and their bedroom,” she said.Kelly Ann Monias, 14, and Natalia Beardy, 12, are Beardy’s granddaughters.Like most young girls their age, they enjoy listening to music by Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez.But unlike many young girls across Canada, they do not have a room to call their own.“It’s really loud and they bother me all the time,” said Moonias.The Beardy house also have heating issues. They seal cracks in the walls with foam spray and cover the windows outside with plastic for a quick fix.Despite the crowded conditions and heating issues – the Beardy’s are one of the lucky families. They have running water.Other homes have to rely on water trucks that make their way around the community three times a week.Rachel Keno’s home is one without water.Keno lives with 15 others in her two-bedroom home. Her two teenage children sleep in the living room.“Everybody has different sleeping patterns so some will try to go to sleep early and they try to go to bed but they can’t because one wakes up and then everyone wakes up everybody else. it’s hard,” said Keno. “Sometimes they all hang out in my room until I kick everybody out. It’s just kind of difficult for them to adjust and everything. there’s just too many people in here.”Keno’s son Sebastian is 16 years old. At times he has missed school because he doesn’t get enough sleep.“He tries to go to bed early because he wants to get up for school,” Keno said. “But they keep waking him up because he sleeps right in the living room. Sometimes I’ll put him in my room just for him to fall asleep.”The lack of privacy is one of the reasons families turn to the chief and council for help.“Everyday people are knocking at our band office asking for materials, boards to try and make a small room for their children,” said Chief Dino Flett.According to Flett, Garden Hill needs 500 more homes. He said they haven’t built a decent house in five years because the remoteness makes it difficult to get materials to the community.He said people are feeling frustrated – and helpless.“They do have family problems because of overcrowding,” he said. “They need space. We do have social problems too where frustration kicks in for the teenagers. They get depressed. this is a very touchy subject. Even suicide or runaways.  These kinds of things that happen in our community. This is what we’re dealing with.”Some people in Garden Hill said they can’t deal with it anymore. They’ve left the community for Winnipeg.About 1,000 members, almost a third of the community, now live off reserve.For the growing population of Garden Hill it’s just too hard a place to have a life.“There isn’t really any place for me to have privacy unless i go out,” said Victoria Barkman, 17. “But during winter it’s too cold and during summer it’s too hot so i don’t really have a place to have my own privacy.”Overcrowding isn’t the only problem for kids here. They say there’s not much to do.Right now there is one sports complex in the community.Beardy’s granddaughters rely on it when they need to get away from the chaos of home.“We play hockey and basketball. we always go do that,” said Kelly Ann Monias.But for teens who don’t like sports, there isn’t anywhere else for them to go.One teacher at the high school is trying to change that.George Munroe teaches geography and social studies.He said he tries to make his classroom a safe haven for his students.“Certainly the school gives our students a place to go, a place where they can strive for in terms of trying to get their education,” said Munroe.But a lack of resources means Munroe can only do so much.There is no education facility beyond the high school meaning students must travel to the city to get further training.This can be hard on students like Barkman who don’t want to leave – but must if they want to pursue a career.“We need different courses. sometimes we don’t have the courses that we need to get into a career that we want to and sometimes we have to go into the city for that kind of class,” she said.For now Flett said council is trying to do as much as they can but the reserve needs assistance from both the federal and provincial governments.The people who call this place home – do the best they can – and hope for a better future.“Moving is not the answer. I grew up here. I love my community. I love the people that surround this community,” said Beardy.bhobson@aptn.calast_img read more

Cronos Group first Canadian pot company to begin trading on Nasdaq

first_imgTORONTO – Cronos Group Inc. is set to become the first Canadian cannabis company to have shares listed on the Nasdaq Stock Market.The Toronto-based firm says it expects common shares will begin trading Tuesday on the Nasdaq under the ticker symbol “CRON.”Cronos will also retain its listing on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol “MJN.”CEO Mike Gorenstein says the company’s listing on Nasdaq reflects the “significant progress” Cronos has made in strengthening its corporate governance and expanding its global footprint.Cronos operates Peace Naturals Project Inc. in Ontario and Original BC Ltd. in British Columbia.The company also has multiple international production and distribution platforms in Israel and Australia, and access to 12,000 German pharmacies.last_img

BJP requests central leadership for four rallies by PM Modi in city

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi BJP has requested its central leadership for four rallies by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to boost its campaign in the national capital ahead of the lok Sabha elections.Delhi BJP president Manoj Tiwari said five locations have been short-listed as venues for the rallies for which permission has been sought from the central leadership. “We have requested for four public rallies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi. I believe, we will get nod for at least two of them,” he said. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe possible venues which have been short-listed for the prime minister’s rallies are Sant Nirankari Ground in Burari, Shastri Park, Dwarka and Mehrauli. The list of candidates for the seven Lok Sabha seats in Delhi, currently held by the party, is expected to be released in the first week of April. Party sources claimed that the announcement of candidates was getting “delayed” due to uncertainty over a possible tie up between the Congress and the AAP. However, Tiwari rejected this saying the party was keeping a tab on the developments but it was also in the process of short-listing candidates. “Off course, we are keeping an eye on it but its wrong to say that announcement of our candidates is delayed because of a possible alliance (between AAP and the Congress),” Tiwari said. “We have already started campaigning by holding rallies of prominent leaders. “Our campaigning will reflect positivity and we will focus on exposing failures of AAP government in Delhi and how it has deprived the people of Delhi the benefits of Modi govt’s schemes like Ayushman Bharat,” Tiwari said. The party has also planned to launch a specially designed digital ‘Rath’ for campaigning in the parliamentary constituencies.last_img read more

UN health agency stresses need to ensure safety of childrens medicines

The lack of thorough and reliable clinical data on the way medicines affect children, particularly side effects, requires strengthened safety monitoring and vigilance of medicinal products, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) warned today. “We need to learn more about the way children’s bodies react to medicines so we can improve global child health,” WHO Assistant Director-General for Health Technology and Pharmaceuticals Howard Zucker said as the Agency released a new report – Promoting Safety of Medicines for Children. “That’s why it’s extremely important to keep track of potential side effects in child populations. Ultimately, this will save lives and build up a knowledge base for the future,” he added of the study, which is intended for policy-makers, manufacturers, medicines control bodies and researchers. It gives an overview of the problem and offers solutions on how best to address side effects from medicines in children through improved reporting systems and collaboration between governments, regulatory authorities, research institutions and the pharmaceutical industry, and is part of a broad effort WHO is initiating to expand children’s access to quality-assured, safe and effective medicines. A large proportion of side effects or adverse reactions to medicines in the adult population are due to irrational use or human error and are therefore preventable. In the case of children, even more factors come into play. The main challenge is the lack of clinical data, resulting in fewer medicines being developed, produced and marketed specifically for children. Often, children are given medicines that have only been tested in adults and are not officially approved for use in child populations. Non-availability of appropriate paediatric formulations forces health care providers to resort to administering portions of crushed or dissolved tablets or the powder contained inside a capsule without any specific indication of the required dosage. For that reason, according to the report, potentially harmful medication errors may be three times more common in children than in adults. An appropriate format or structure for a child’s medicine is also important. Small children sometimes choke or asphyxiate while trying to swallow big tablets. For instance, earlier this year four children under 36 months died from choking on albendazole tablets during a de-worming campaign in Ethiopia. In another example, side effects associated with antiretroviral medicines have been reported to occur in up to 30 per cent of HIV-infected children. Most of those side effects could be reversed by modifying the dosage or changing to an alternative medicine.The study proposes that all countries establish national and regional monitoring systems for the detection of serious adverse reactions and medical errors in children. When such reporting systems exist, it is crucial that manufacturers follow up on adverse reactions to their products once they are on the market. In addition, regulatory authorities need to make an effort to refine the science of clinical trials in children, create an active post-marketing surveillance programme and develop public databases of up to date information about efficacy and safety in paediatric medicines. To assist countries, WHO will publish an official List of Essential Medicines for Children, continue to create awareness in countries and in the research community on the urgent need to monitor use of medicines in children, identify research gaps in children’s medicines, and create protocols to monitor adverse effects for child-specific medicine. 21 September 2007The lack of thorough and reliable clinical data on the way medicines affect children, particularly side effects, requires strengthened safety monitoring and vigilance of medicinal products, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) warned today. read more

TNA Maithri discuss political solution land issue

Sumanthiran said that the President had assured he will look into that and take appropriate action. He said that the land issue has not been addressed in a satisfactory manner and so the issue was raised with the President. The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) had talks with President Maithripala Sirisena today on a political solution for the Tamils and on the land issue in the North.TNA Parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran said that the talks held today is part of a series of discussions the TNA hopes to have with the President. During the last regime several acres of land had been released by the army in the North to the land owners.However the TNA feels that more land taken over during the war by the army can be released. The TNA is also calling for a political solution to address the core issues behind the ethnic conflict.The last Government began talks with the TNA to reach a political solution but the talks failed to continue following disagreements between both sides. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Joint UNAfghan election board condemns murder abduction of poll workers

The joint United Nations-Afghan body handling elections in Afghanistan condemned today in the strongest terms violence against people seeking to stabilize the war-torn country following last week’s murder of one election worker and the kidnapping of two more.The Joint Electoral Management Body (JEMB) said it unclear what the motive was in the death of a civic educator employed by the Tribal Liaison Office, one of our partner non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in the civic education process, who was shot dead in Paktika province last Wednesday by at least two men on motorbikes – whether he was targeted for his election work or for other reasons is not yet known.“The Joint Electoral Management Body however condemns in the strongest terms any violence against people working to bring democracy and stability to Afghanistan,” JEMB International Spokesperson Bronwyn Curran said, noting that the latest murder was the fourth of an Afghan working in support of elections this year.It was also not clear in the three other cases if they were targeted because of their involvement in elections or for other reasons.The JEMB also condemned the abduction of two election workers and another man not connected with elections in Nuristan province, when some 80 men abducted them at 3 a.m. on Friday. All three were released unharmed on Saturday morning. The identity of their abductors remains unknown. read more

European debt concerns push oil prices down 2 WTI now below US103

European debt concerns push oil prices down 2%; WTI now below US$103 a barrel NEW YORK, N.Y. – The price of oil dropped by nearly two per cent Monday on fresh concerns about Europe’s economy.Benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude gave up $1.82 to US$102.06 a barrel in morning trading in New York, while Brent crude lost $1.32 to US$117.44 a barrel in London.Prices declined after the European Union reported that government debts have risen despite aggressive attempts to slash spending.Separately, a survey showed the eurozone’s manufacturing and services sectors unexpectedly fell in April. That can have ripple effects in the global economy, from companies that export to Europe to banks that hold debt in both countries and European corporations.Crude has slid from US$110 last month amid investor worries that economic growth in the U.S. and China, the world’s two largest oil consumers, may slow more than previously expected.(TSX:ECA), (TSX:IMO), (TSX:SU), (TSX:HSE), (NYSE:BP), (NYSE:COP), (NYSE:XOM), (NYSE:CVX), (TSX:CNQ), (TSX:TLM), (TSX:COS.UN), (TSX:CVE) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Apr 23, 2012 11:51 am MDT read more

Annual healthcare event to explore quality improvement innovations

Brock University, McMaster University and Niagara Health System are working together to improve healthcare in the region through collaborative quality improvement projects. The results of this unique partnership will be on display at the Health Quality Symposium Wednesday, April 6 at Scotiabank Convention Centre in Niagara Falls.The fourth annual Health Quality Symposium will highlight the patient experience along with quality improvement projects and outcomes resulting from the Interprofessional Education for Quality Improvement Program, better known as I-EQUIP.The I-EQUIP projects function as an extension of the classroom, providing an opportunity for students from Brock and McMaster’s School of Medicine – Niagara campus, as well as leaders and front-line staff from Niagara Health System to work together on a variety of quality initiatives that improve patient care.These projects range from improving patient safety and streamlining care through design and implementation to developing an intervention to treat poverty via primary care practices.The Symposium will feature two patient experience stories, 16 workshops and two keynote addresses on health-related research and quality improvement through practice.More information on the event can be found here: http://www.cvent.com/d/rfqpsf/6XWhat: Fourth annual Health Quality SymposiumWhen: April 6, 2016 from 8:30 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.Where: Scotiabank Convention Centre, Niagara Falls. read more

Report Ohio State to hire Arkansas defensive coordinator Chris Ash

Urban Meyer is taking hardly any time filling the voids in his coaching staff.According to a report by SI.com Tuesday, Ohio State has hired Arkansas defensive coordinator Chris Ash to be the team’s next co-defensive coordinator and secondary coach. Ash would replace the departed Everett Withers, who was announced as the next head coach at James Madison University Dec. 20.Despite the report, an OSU spokesman did not confirm or deny the move.“I don’t have any information I can share at this time,” the spokesman told The Lantern in an email Tuesday.Current Arkansas coach Bret Bielema offered a statement about coaching changes on the football staff on Twitter, but did not name anyone specific.“Have always felt transition on my staff has allowed us to get even better. Have had success hiring right people and will again. #woopig #1-0,” Bielema’s first tweet read, which was sent at 1 p.m Tuesday.“Very happy for former coaches that decide to move to new challenges, the respect our staff gets nationally will continue to grow. #woopig,” Bielema said in a second tweet, sent approximately 12 minutes later.The supposed move comes hours after a report that the Buckeyes had hired former Penn State defensive line coach Larry Johnson to the same position.Prior to spending last season at Arkansas, Ash was a part of a Wisconsin coaching staff that helped lead the Badgers to three straight Rose Bowls from 2011-13. He is looked to bring stability to OSU’s defensive secondary, which finished ranked 112th in the nation last season giving up 268 yards per game.OSU is set to open the 2014 season Aug. 30 against Navy at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. read more

Ronaldo expects a spectacular game between Barcelona Madrid

first_imgBrazil legend Ronaldo Nazario expects a “spectacular match” between Barcelona and Real Madrid in tonight’s Copa del Rey encounter.The two Spanish giants will face off against one another for a place in the final of the competition with the first leg to take place tonight at Camp Nou.Real, in particular, are keen to get their revenge on Barcelona following October’s humiliating 5-1 defeat in La Liga last time out in October.As for Barcelona, the chance of winning a fifth consecutive Copa del Rey title is within sight with manager Ernesto Valverde having expressed his enthusiasm in taking on Real over a two-legged tie.And Ronaldo, who played for both clubs during his own playing career, cannot wait for the match to get started.“It’s a spectacular match,” said Ronaldo, according to Marca.“The best Clasico in world football. It’s incredible to play in these games.“The atmosphere is great and let’s hope the footballing gods give us a great game tonight.”Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.Ronaldo, who won the Copa del Rey at Barcelona and two La Liga titles with Real, left reporters in no doubts over where his allegiance lies for tonight.“There is no favourite,” said Ronaldo.“It’s an important game. I have a special history with [Real] Madrid and let’s hope Madrid win.“It’s clear that whoever is ahead, I want Valladolid to win, but they are two great clubs.“Madrid are playing very well, they’ve found a great dynamic, have reinvented themselves and have young players. But then you have [Lionel] Messi and company, who are spectacular.”Isco has been included in the Real squad for the game, despite his struggles for opportunities under head coach Santiago Solari this season, while Barcelona academy star Carles Aleña is hoping to get a chance tonight himself.The match at Camp Nou will begin at 9:00 PM (CET).last_img read more

Calif problems delaying PDX flights

first_imgProblems at Southern California airports are causing several flight delays and cancellations at Portland International Airport this evening.The Associated Press reported both unspecified technical problems at Los Angeles area airports, as well as wind gusts of more than 70 mph causing schedule disruptions at Ontario International Airport.At 6:15 p.m. a check of Portland International Airport’s status board showed many flights were delayed or canceled.The AP reported flights to and from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport were also affected.last_img

Buyers guide to group critical illness insurance 2016

first_imgThe factsWhat is group critical illness insurance?Group critical illness insurance pays a tax-free lump sum to an employee who is diagnosed with a serious condition, such as heart attack, cancer or stroke, or is undergoing a specified surgical procedure, such as major organ transplant or open-heart surgery.The benefit is paid once the employee has survived for a set period, typically 14, 28 or 30 days, and is payable whether or not they are able to return to work.Where can employers get more information?Group Risk Development represents and promotes the group risk industry. Its website, www.grouprisk.org.uk, includes information about critical illness insurance, as well as intermediary and insurance contacts.Who are the main providers?Aviva, Canada Life, Ellipse, Generali, Hanover Re, Legal and General, MetLife and Unum.Group critical illness insurance provides a tax-free lump sum payment to an employee diagnosed with a serious, usually life-threatening illness. A payout is triggered when the employee survives the initial event for a specific period, usually 14, 28 or 30 days, and is designed to help them make necessary adjustments to their lifestyle, such as repaying a mortgage, or to fund medical treatment. Payment is made regardless of an employee’s recovery period and irrespective of whether they can continue to work.Cover is generally provided as a multiple of salary or as a flat benefit. Because it is not intended as a lottery-style benefit, modest sums assured between £25,000 and £50,000 are popular, especially where employees have the option to flex up the benefit and increase cover levels. The average claim size was £61,005 in 2014, according to industry body Group Risk Development (Grid).Conditions coveredThe medical conditions covered are determined by the critical illness insurer, which usually offers two levels of cover. Base cover will include about a dozen of the most serious conditions, such as heart attack, kidney failure and cancer, while additional cover can add in a further 20 or more conditions, including heart valve repair, loss of speech and third-degree burns.The main cause of claim for critical illness insurance in 2014 was cancer, which accounted for 68% of claims, according to Grid. The next most common condition was heart attack.Cover for dependantsEmployees’ partners and children can also be included in critical illness cover, with child benefit usually capped at £25,000. Most insurers will not require any medical underwriting as long as an employee’s sum assured does not exceed £500,000. However, any pre-existing or related conditions will not be covered.Added-value benefits are common in critical illness insurance policies. These include employee assistance programmes and access to the second-opinion service Best Doctors, for example.It is relatively easy to implement critical illness insurance, either on an employer-funded or voluntary basis or within flexible benefits plans. Insurers will stipulate minimum scheme sizes, which depend on the way cover is funded, but they generally start with about five employees.Critical illness insurance is popular among employers that offer it through a flex scheme, so insurers are improving products to allow greater choice for employees, for example, to select larger benefit amounts or different cover levels.Whether critical illness insurance is implemented on an employer-paid or voluntary basis, employers should take care to explain the cover to employees, particularly insurers’ definitions of when they do and do not pay out. For example, although policies cover conditions such as cancer, this will not necessarily include minor forms of the disease that are not considered life-threatening.Statistics23% of working adults would not be able to cope financially for more than a couple of months if they were unable to work. (Source: Scottish Widows, November 2015)42% of working adults affected by critical illness have to make lifestyle changes in order to cope with the financial impact. (Source: Scottish Widows, November 2015)8% of working adults have a critical illness policy in place. (Source: Scottish Widows, November 2015)last_img read more

Joe Rominiecki

first_imgWhen Joe Rominiecki started in May 2007 as newsletter editor for ASAE (American Society of Association Executives) and The Center for Association Leadership, the group’s newsletters had started to fall by the wayside.There wasn’t a dedicated staff to oversee—not to mention nurture—the newsletters. Editorial had stagnated, and there wasn’t much of a digital strategy to push the newsletters online.“We knew we needed to bring the design of the newsletters more into line with our current branding efforts,” says Rominiecki, who prior to joining ASAE was a communications specialist for the Northern Virginia Association of Realtors. “The format was dated and we needed to make them more engaging for our members.” The associations’ 14 e-newsletters, which cover most every facet of association management, each have an average circulation of 5,000. Titles range from Association Law & Policy to Government Relations to Meetings & Expositions. Rominiecki wasted little time overhauling the group’s newsletter strategy. He rebranded each of the newsletters online with their own color scheme and added more links to related publications. Perhaps most important, he created links on the newsletters so readers could easily toggle back to the ASAE’s main Web site. In January 2008 he integrated an open-rate and click-through tracking system, which has so far garnered 30,000 names. “We didn’t know what [information] was grabbing their attention, and having simple numbers gave us the ability to react better,” Rominiecki says. The strategy seems to be working. The average click-through rate for the newsletters is currently 33 percent, whereas the association industry average is around 19 percent. “The transition we did last year put us on track to grow the newsletters in the future,” Rominiecki says. VITAL STATS: Clickthrough rates have reached 33 percent compared with an association average of 19 percent.last_img read more

WWDC 2019 Apple updates WatchOS 6 adds voice memo hearing health and

first_imgApple CEO Tim Cook at WWDC 2019. Screenshot by Lynn La/CNET At Apple’s annual WWDC conference, which kicked off Monday in San Jose, California, the tech giant announced several updates to its wearable operating system, WatchOS 6, which will be available in the fall. These updates, alongside the company’s signature Apple Watch smartwatch, continue Apple’s ambitions of seamlessly integrating software with its popular hardware devices. Apple’s ability to control every aspect of its products — something that began when Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak founded the company in 1976 — has been key in making it the most powerful company in tech. One of the new features include App Store, which enables you to directly download apps from the Apple Watch (instead of using your iPhone). Apple also expanded the capabilities of its digital search assistant Siri. It can now identify songs and bring up web results for your search queries. See also • Now playing: Watch this: Jun 14 • Apple Music vs. Apple Podcast vs. Apple TV: What’s the difference? WWDC 2019: A quick visual recap of Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference keynote 0 Jun 30 • iOS 13 and iPadOS public betas: How to download and install them now Apple iOS 13: New Siri voice, camera tools, Dark Mode for iPhone New Mac Pro makes its debut, starts at $5,999 Apple gives the iPad its own OS Returning to Apple’s WWDC after 20 years, now with 5 OSes instead of 1 Get all the latest from WWDC Aug 19 • iOS 13 and iPadOS: How to join the beta, use the best new features on your iPhone and iPad WWDC 2019 2:44 WWDC 2019 Apple Event Originally published June 3. Update, June 4: Adds more information about watchOS 6 and device compatibility. Apple WatchOS Apple also redesigned the Reminders app and added Voice Memo for recording voices and reminders. WatchOS 6 also includes Calculator, so you peck out calculations on the Apple Watch’s tiny screen. Because the Apple Watch is a fitness tracker, the company added a handful of health-minded apps. The Noise app notifies users when they are in a loud environment that could harm their hearing. Apple says the app only periodically samples noise levels and does not record or save audio. WatchOS 6 tracks menstrual cycles too, where users can log key aspects of their period and be notified of an upcoming “fertility window.” Lastly, no WatchOS update is complete without a number of new watch faces. There’s a two-toned interface called “gradient,” and “infograph modular,” which displays several watch complications on one screen that can be swapped around. A few new complications include player controls for your audiobooks, and another that works in conjunction with the Noise app to show your environment’s decibel levels.watchos6-complicationThe Noise app on WatchOS 6. Apple Other features include: Accessibility settings on watch”Chance of rain” and “Wind” complicationsSmart guidance in MapsShuffle workout playlistCurrent elevation metric in workoutsUsage of Stopwatch app during workoutsApple Podcasts stationsSpoken navigation in MapsShared list in RemindersDynamic smart repliesShazam with SiriAccount login on watchCellular connectivity complicationWorkout summary on watchTap to speak timeFor You in Apple MusicMute Mail threadsSiri web search resultsThe update requires iOS 13, which will only run on iPhone 6S phones and later. It will be available for all Apple Watches (from the first Apple Watch to Apple Watch Series 4), however not all WatchOS 6 features will be accessible on all watches. Jul 5 • RIP, iTunes. This is what happens to your Apple music now reading • WWDC 2019: Apple updates WatchOS 6, adds voice memo, hearing health and the App Store Share your voice Tags null Apple introduces cycle and noise tracking for Apple Watch 46 Photos See All Wearable Tech Wellnesslast_img read more

Ericsson posts net income of 364 million for third quarter

first_imgSwedish telecom company Ericson, which follows a January-to-December financial year said it posted a net income of $364,297,686 (Swedish Kroner 3.1 billion) for the third quarter alone. This means a rise of 19 percent from the same time last year.The company’s operating income rose by 39 percent to 5.1 billion kroner in the quarter from 3.9 billion kroner in Q3.However, the net sales growth saw a marginal growth from 57.6 billion kroner to 59.2 billion kroner in the quarter under review.Ericsson reported lower sales in networks which were partly offset by sales growth in professional services, the company said in a statement.Net sales in India grew by 97 percent from January to September 2015, and in Q3, India alone contributed six percent to the overall sales and continues to be the top third country for Ericsson, the statement added.India has emerged as the highest growing region for Ericsson, 81 percent over last year and 19 percent over last quarter.Networks sales were impacted due to slowdown in 4G deployments in mainland China, the statement further added.For Ericsson, India closed the gap with China which contributed seven percent in Q3 2015.last_img read more

4 rescued 8 still missing on avalanchehit Indian peak

first_imgNanda Devi mountain, Photo: CollectedFour British climbers have been rescued from an avalanche-hit Himalayan mountain range, Indian authorities said Sunday, as a frantic search continued for eight other mountaineers still missing on its treacherous heights.Helicopters airlifted the rescued group to safety after they were spotted early Sunday at a base camp near India’s second highest mountain, the 7,826-metre (25,643-foot) Nanda Devi.Scores of emergency workers were combing the peaks on foot and using two choppers as rescue operations entered a second day, having been hampered by rough weather on Saturday.The eight missing climbers — four Britons, two Americans, an Australian woman and an Indian — were last week set to scale an unclimbed summit in the mountain range, which includes the world’s 23rd highest peak.Authorities said the four rescued were not part of the larger group but were in touch with them until May 26, a day before the avalanche struck the mountain.”They were climbing separately but were in touch with the larger group. Heavy snowfall and bad weather had left them stuck at the base camp,” R.C. Rajguru, police chief of Pithoragarh district — where the peak is located — told AFP.Rajguru said there was no certain information on the location or safety of the mountaineers, who started their ascent on May 13.The group, led by British climber Martin Moran — who has successfully climbed the mountain twice in the past — had initially set out for the Nanda Devi peak but a later post on his Facebook page hinted that they were attempting to scale a virgin peak in the region.The group was expected to report back to the Munsiyari base camp on May 26 but a porter stationed at the camp reported to authorities that the group remained missing on May 31, prompting a search operation.The British High Commission in New Delhi said they were in touch with the local authorities “following reports that a number of British nationals are missing in the Indian Himalayas”.–‘Hopeful’–Pithoragarh district magistrate Vijay Kumar Jogdande told AFP Sunday’s search operation continued for seven hours in which the four climbers, including a woman, were rescued from the base camp.The mission will continue on Monday, with two choppers scanning the area.”We are hopeful to get some clues but its not an easy task,” said Jogdande, adding the climbers were likely trekking heights above 6,000 metres when the avalanche struck amid ongoing heavy snowfall.Hundreds of climbers from across the world visit India to scale mountains located across the Himalayan belt, but the twin peaks of Nanda Devi are the toughest to scale.The first successful ascent to the Nada Devi summit was in 1936.India has 10 peaks above 7,000 metres, including Kangchenjunga — the world’s third highest — sandwiched between India and Nepal.Four Indians were among 11 climbers that died climbing Mount Everest in the latest season that ended this week amid allegations of overcrowding on the world’s highest peak.The deaths caused massive outrage, with mountaineering experts criticising the government of Nepal for giving permits to anyone ready to pay $11,000, letting rookie climbers risk their lives and those of others on the slopes.last_img read more

Heavy Rainfall Flash Flooding Possible Across Harris County

first_imgAlvaro ‘Al’ Ortiz/Houston Public MediaA Houston driver goes through rainy weather on the service road for I-45. Harris County residents should prepare for possible heavy rainfall and potential flash flooding through Thursday.Harris County residents should prepare for possible heavy rainfall and potential flash flooding through Thursday afternoon as a weather system moves across the North and Northwest sections of the county, according to the Harris County Flood Control District.The National Weather Service issued a Flash Flood Watch from 6 a.m. on Wednesday morning to noon Thursday for Harris and surrounding counties.Rainfall totals of 1 to 3 inches with locally higher amounts are possible in and around the watch area. Some watersheds may rise to levels that would impact low-lying areas and roadways near creeks and bayous.“We’ve got rain, not enough necessarily to flood structures, certainly to flood roads,” Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo said at a press conference. “The main recommendation is for people to watch out as they’re driving. To make sure that they’re patient; that they’re turning their headlights on, that they’re driving slowly, and that they’ve checked the road conditions.”Watersheds that may experience significant rises in water levels include areas along Spring Creek, Cypress Creek, Little Cypress Creek, Willow Creek, Cedar Bayou, and the creeks that feed into Addicks and Barker reservoirs.Rises in water levels also are likely along lower Greens Bayou (east of US 59), Halls Bayou, and Hunting Bayou.The East and West Forks of the San Jacinto River above Lake Houston are still elevated from last week’s rain and are falling.Forecasted rain amounts of 1 to 3 inches will cause street flooding along low-lying areas and roadways near the rivers’ banks, but the likelihood of structure flooding is low.“Since this morning we’ve been monitoring the rain events, it’s not right now a major rain event in the sense that our emergency operations center is not activated,” Hidalgo said. “When it’s a major event we bring all our partners together to discuss and work together more intensely on the response.” Sharelast_img read more

KFC To Test PlantBased Meatless Chicken

first_imgKFC To Test Plant-Based ‘Meatless Chicken’ In… John Bazemore by NPR News Scott Neuman 8.27.19 5:02am KFC is set to serve meatless chicken for the first time — testing the new menu items on Tuesday at a single restaurant location in the Atlanta area.The Louisville, Ky.-headquartered Kentucky Fried Chicken, which is a subsidiary of Yum! Brands, Inc., says it will offer “plant-based chicken” developed in partnership with the California startup Beyond Meat. The new menu items, which will come in the form of nuggets and boneless wings, will be debuted at a restaurant in the Atlanta suburb of Smyrna.”KFC Beyond Fried Chicken is so delicious, our customers will find it difficult to tell that it’s plant-based,” Kevin Hochman, president and chief concept officer, KFC U.S., said in a statement. “I think we’ve all heard ‘it tastes like chicken’ – well our customers are going to be amazed and say, ‘it tastes like Kentucky Fried Chicken!'”The company, which didn’t immediately release nutritional information on the meatless chicken items, said customer feedback from the Atlanta trial “will be considered as KFC evaluates a broader test or potential national rollout.”The KFC trial follows Burger King’s market test of the Impossible Whopper, a plant-based hamburger developed by Impossible Foods, a Beyond Meat rival, earlier this year. It led Burger King to roll out the burger to more than 7,000 of its restaurants earlier this month.KFC’s meatless trial also comes amid a growing consumer trend away from meat products and toward alternatives, such as plant-based meats. Euromonitor reports that global sales of meat substitutes were at $19.5 billion in 2018 and that U.S. sales are expected to reach $2.5 billion by 2023.”Veganism as a trend has really blown up,” KFC Innovation Director Jack Hinchcliffe told The Telegraph in March.Environmentalists argue that agriculture is responsible for up to 30% of greenhouse gas emissions and that much of that comes from meat production.Beyond Meat, which introduced its first product in 2012, makes plant-based burgers, sausages and meat crumbles that are sold in many grocery stores and supermarkets.Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit NPR.last_img read more