Arena: ‘I believe’ U.S. will beat Panama

first_imgUnited States ‘I believe we will win’ – U.S. boss Arena pens letter ahead of crucial qualifier Ben Valentine @bvalentine14 Last updated 10/4/17 22:42 10/3/17 Comments() Bruce Arena USA Honduras United States United States v Panama Panama WC Qualification CONCACAF The national team manager has claimed his side has the mentality to advance to the World Cup in 2018 and has asked the fans for their support Bruce Arena has penned a letter declaring his belief the United States national team will get the job done in its final two World Cup qualifiers and asked the fans for their support.Arena took over following Jurgen Klinsmann’s dismissal after losses to Mexico and Costa Rica to open up the final stage of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying.last_img read more

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10 months agoArsenal boss Emery rules out Ozil move: We need him

first_imgArsenal boss Emery rules out Ozil move: We need himby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal manager Unai Emery has ruled out a January move for Mesut Ozil.The German has fallen out of favour as of late and missed Wednesday’s EFL Cup quarter-finals with Tottenham, with Emery citing “tactical reasons” behind the decision.However, the Spaniard insists Ozil remains important to his plans.He told reporters: “I want every player with a good mentality to help us. He can give us his quality and his characteristics. We need Mesut Ozil.”Every player wants to play and help the team when we need them. The frustration is the same for everybody when they haven’t played a match.”I have told him what we need from him. He has the commitment to help us and the quality and the characteristics to help us when the team need him on the pitch.”Tomorrow he is in the 18 players in the squad.”When asked again on whether Ozil’s future lies at Arsenal, Emery said: “Yes, why not?” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Adventure Meets Luxury in the All-New 2018 Buick Regal TourX

first_img Chelsea Batten/The Manual Chelsea Batten/The Manual Chelsea Batten/The Manual Chelsea Batten/The Manual 1 of 10 Chelsea Batten/The Manual Icons of America: Taking a Corvette Road Trip Along Route 66 If You Haven’t Visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, What Are You Waiting For? Practical utility is just part of the experience, however. Buick has also outfitted the Regal TourX with thoughtful details that enhance the overall driving experience. Some of the finer features include:The sculptural beauty — these cars look like they’re moving even when they’re standing still.The hands-free lift gate lets you get the back hatch open by simply waving a foot under an illuminated motion sensor beneath the bumper. I admit to having a little too much fun playing with this during a pit stop.The unique exterior wheel cladding keeps the fenders clean. Your Buick transitions seamlessly from a day in the wild to a night on the town. (You, however, might need a shower in between.)Thanks to quiet tuning tires (used by luxury brands such as Mercedes Benz and Tesla), the car rode surprisingly light and quiet. Maybe a little too quiet. I’m used to gauging my speed by the rush of wind past my window. I got up to 89 mph on Interstate 17 before I realized it and slowed to a modest 75 mph.Two words: moon roof.Four more words: built-in Wi-Fi hotspot.The new Buick TourX is a head-turner. More than once during our three-day driving experience, we had people in parking lots and scenic turnouts look the TourX up and down before asking, “Hey … what is that?”  Which gave us the perfect opportunity to respond with Buick’s tagline, “That’s a Buick.” I felt my grandpa, thousands of miles away in his retirement community in Florida, smiling at me. Chelsea Batten/The Manual Next Chelsea Batten/The Manual 6 Fastest Cars in the World Right Now Chelsea Batten/The Manual Editors’ Recommendations What It’s Like to Drive a NASCAR Race Car (and Where You Can Get Behind the Wheel) Chelsea Batten/The Manual All 21 Six Flags Parks in the U.S., Ranked Chelsea Batten/The Manual Chelsea Batten/The Manual Previous As in the past, so in the present, Buick designs vehicles for people who value experience over extravagance. Hence the 73.5 cubic feet of storage space — we can imagine fitting enough gear for a week-long camping trip in the back. The low-lying roof makes easy work of strapping even more cargo on top.The twin-clutch all-wheel drive means you get independent motion on each of the vehicle’s four wheels, offering confident traction even in gnarly road and weather conditions. Watching a Buick rep demonstrate this was cool, but even cooler was feeling it happen underneath us on a gravel road.All of this, plus a roof rack, fog lights, StabiliTrak stability control system, and 5-link rear suspension coming standard, makes it apparent that this car is built for adventurers — the type of person for whom the world is their gym.Chelsea Batten/The ManualChelsea Batten/The Manual My grandpa drove a Buick. So, I imagine, did yours. It was the emblematic car of the Midwestern male who was on the downhill side of the American dream. Solid, economical, more conservative than a Cadillac but with more panache than a Ford, a Buick sedan was the most stylish car you could drive without your neighbors thinking you were being uppity.Buick flourished under that brand perception until, one day, it began to languish. For about 20 years, buyers eschewed Buick as the “old man sedan.” But as anyone who came up under the Macklemore anthem “Thrift Shop” can tell you, grandpa’s style is riding high on a comeback. Accordingly, Buick has stayed true to the values that made our grandparents love and re-imagining it in an ultra-modern context.We got the chance to meet Buick’s fresh-off-the-line 2018 Regal TourX last month in the beautiful red rock palace that is Sedona, Arizona. The dirt switchbacks of the Coconino National Forest were the perfect place to experience the surprising agility of this … well, what is it, even? A luxury wagon? A featherweight SUV? Who cares? If there’s one thing we should all be well aware of in 2018, it’s that labels don’t freakin’ apply.Chelsea Batten/The ManualChelsea Batten/The Manuallast_img read more

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Traffic Advisory Inverness County

first_img -30- Local Area Office: 902-295-2700 Fax: 902-295-2617 INVERNESS COUNTY: Portree Bridge The Portree Bridge/Plateau on the Hatchery Road will be closed for repairs from Tuesday, June 17, to Friday, June 20. There will be a detour on East Big Intervale and Hatchery Roads.last_img

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Quebec environmental activists adopt civil disobedience to get climate action

first_imgMONTREAL — Environmental activists in Quebec are turning towards civil disobedience as a way of pressuring politicians to do more to fight climate change.They are part of a global movement of activists who advocate for the use of non-violent civil disobedience as a tool to stop what they fear is the looming mass extinction of humans.Elza Kephart helped start the Quebec branch of the international movement, called Extinction Rebellion, or XR, which began in the United Kingdom in 2016. Twenty-five members of her group — Extinction Rebellion Quebec — were arrested July 13 after they blocked traffic on a major downtown Montreal street.“We have gotten to the point where only drastic change in our system can save humanity from extinction,” she said in a recent interview. XR activists say they are looking for peaceful ways to disrupt the economy and “shake the current political system” to get that immediate, drastic change, according to the U.K. group’s website.From July 15-19, activists with the group blocked roads in cities across the U.K., camped out on bridges and tried to interrupt work on construction sites. International media reported similar actions from XR groups during that period in cities around the world, including in France, New Zealand, Ghana and India.According to the group’s website, in addition to Quebec, it has branches in Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia.Civil disobedience is widely understood as form of non-violent, political protest, where people purposefully disobey laws.XR activists in the U.K. who have been arrested after engaging in civil disobedience have attempted to use the courts to raise awareness of their cause. Their lawyers used what’s known as the defence of necessity to try and get their clients acquitted.Universite de Montreal law professor Hugo Tremblay said the concept of “necessity” as a defence against a charge stemming from civil disobedience is applicable in Canada’s criminal law system. But it has never worked in a case involving environmental activism, he said in a recent interview.A defendant using that defence must prove that they disobeyed the law out of necessity, because doing so would have avoided a harm more significant than the one caused by breaking the law, Tremblay said.“The actual state of law, in western society and particularly in Canada, is that we can destroy the environment and legally end up with an unlivable ecosystem,” said Tremblay, who specializes in environmental law. “Faced with this reality, yes, we can expect that environmental protection groups to commit … illegal acts and use necessity as a defence.”Quebec XR activists say they don’t have the money to pursue a necessity defence in the courts. May Chiu, head of the group’s legal wing, said their goal is to get their arrested members out of detention as quickly as possible.“All I can say is that we will give the best possible legal defence to our members,” she said in a recent interview.Ugo Giguere, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Discrimination against two spirit Indigenous people linked to suicide crisis

first_imgThe Canadian PressOjibwa- Cree elder Ma-Nee Chacaby says coming out nearly 30 years ago was like unzipping her skin so she could reveal her true self.It was a moment of relief after years of pain.“I’ve been happy since that day,” she said in an interview from Thunder Bay, Ont. “I admitted to myself who I was and what I was about.”Prior to 1988, Chacaby said she was bullied and injured for identifying as two-spirit _ a term she uses to describe carrying both a female and male in her body at the same time.“It really hurt me to be beaten by my own people because I was First Nations and two-spirit and then it really hurt me to have white people beat me up because I was brown and I was two-spirit,” she said.Discrimination persists today toward Indigenous people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, transgender, queer and two-spirit, said Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett _ an issue experts say is connected to the youth suicide crisis.“There’s a big hesitancy just around the Indigenous suicides in Canada for the leadership to recognize that some of those suicides are related to oppression around gender identity or sexual orientation,” said Albert McLeod, the co-ordinator of Two-Spirited People of Manitoba.“It is a taboo conversation.”In an interview with The Canadian Press, Bennett said she heard concerns raised by young people attending the Feathers of Hope _ an event supported by Ontario’s child and youth advocate that includes delegates from northern communities.“When you hear it directly from the young people, I think it really does just break your heart,” she said.“It was almost also the same response of kids who were describing suicidal ideation _that they weren’t allowed to talk about that out loud because they would go to hell.”Experts say there is a clear link to suicide among Indigenous youth.Sen. Murray Sinclair, who spent six years documenting Canada’s church-operated, government-funded residential school system, agrees there is an undoubted connection.“They are not going to go to hell, but they might be treated like they are in hell,” he said in an interview. “That’s a real fear.”Evangelical foundations often speak out strongly against traditional values and beliefs, particularly around two-spirited people, Sinclair said.“That is a direct result of the Christian foundations of the residential schools,” he said.Bennett said the federal government heard stories about the need to flee bullying in communities as part of discussions held ahead of the national public inquiry into murdered and missing Indigenous women, adding individuals said they had also been targeted in urban centres.One of five commissioners for the inquiry _ human rights lawyer Brian Eyolfson _identifies as two-spirit.“I hope that it might make some people feel more comfortable to tell their stories to the inquiry if they know there is a two-spirited commissioner,” he said. “I come to this work with that life experience, but I am an impartial and neutral commissioner.”Eyolfson said it is critical to hear about different experiences to shed light on what contributes to violence against Indigenous women and girls, including transgender and two-spirit people.Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde, who plans to march in Toronto’s gay pride parade in June, said respect needs to be restored for two-spirit people, traditionally viewed as sacred by Indigenous peoples.“If there is discrimination, if there is intolerance, if there’s racism toward our two-spirited people, that has to end,” he said.There are signs of hope, Bellegarde added, pointing to a two-spirit pride festival held last June by Beardy’s and Okemasis First Nation in Saskatchewan.Kevin Seesequasis, a 34-year-old, openly gay councillor, approached his band colleagues who were enthusiastic about holding the event _ an experience that was touching for him personally.“It was really a fantastic demonstration of support but more than that, it really was understanding … that people in our community do face barriers who identify as LGBTQ or two-spirit,” he said.“If there’s any way as leaders we can demonstrate that compassion, love and understanding, it starts with us.”It is critical for leaders to recognize the importance of showing respect to two-spirited children, Sinclair said, noting young people need to be given a sense of validity about who they are.The issue is personal for the former Truth and Reconciliation Commission chairman _ he has daughters who identify as two-spirit.“I … tell them they are special,” Sinclair said.Chacaby also delivers a message of acceptance when she speaks with young people.“If people could just stop and listen and encourage them and just love them as they are, maybe things would be … better,” she said.news@aptn.calast_img read more

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Annan stresses need for better market access for landlocked developing states

“Indeed, for landlocked developing countries, shipping and transit costs represent an even greater constraint than tariffs to greater participation in international trade,” Mr. Annan said in a message to the opening session of the first global conference on the issue in Almaty, Kazakhstan, read for him by Anwarul Chowdhury, the UN High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States.”The establishment of efficient transit transport systems is vital for their integration into the world economy,” he added. “This is also an area where the untapped potential of South-South cooperation should be fully utilized.”The two-day meeting brings together 30 landlocked developing countries, 33 transit access developing countries, nine donor countries, seven additional developing countries, and 20 UN and international agencies and financial institutions.With transit costs eating up anywhere between 15 and 50 per cent of their export earnings, the landlocked countries won improved market access under an agreement reached at the end of preparatory talks yesterday, promising reductions in red tape and transportation costs and time.The conference, formally titled the International Ministerial Conference of Landlocked and Transit Developing Countries and Donor Countries and International Financial and Development Institutions on Transit Transport Cooperation, is expected to give the final stamp of approval tomorrow to the agreement, called the Almaty Programme of Action.Mr. Annan noted in his message that he had put a strong emphasis on the special needs of landlocked developing countries in his global campaign to achieve the Millennium Development Goals of reducing poverty and hunger in half by 2015.”This conference is an opportunity for landlocked and transit developing countries and their development partners, including the private sector, to forge strong partnerships and draw much-needed attention to these issues,” he concluded. read more

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Toronto stock market end fourday losing streak heads higher on rising crude

by Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 6, 2016 9:18 am MDT Last Updated Apr 6, 2016 at 3:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Toronto stock market end four-day losing streak, heads higher on rising crude TORONTO – North American markets closed solidly higher Wednesday, helped by a sharp rise in oil prices amid reports of a big drop in U.S. stockpiles of crudeThe energy sector was among the biggest gainers on Toronto’s S&P/TSX composite index as the May contract for North American benchmark crude rose US$1.86 to US$37.75 a barrel.The resource-heavy Toronto Stock Exchange advanced 42.80 points to 13,347.46 to end four straight days of losses, while the loonie jumped 0.36 of a cent to 76.37 cents US.The U.S. Energy Information Administration said oil inventories fell by 4.9 million barrels last week, confounding analysts who had been expecting that stockpiles would rise.“It’s a big surprise drawdown,” said Colin Cieszynski, chief market strategist at CMC Markets Canada. “Energy and energy stocks are the big turnaround story here.”Some analysts believe that oil inventories need to come down much more before crude prices can rise significantly.Meanwhile, speculation continues over whether oil-producing members of OPEC will agree to a output freeze at an upcoming meeting on April 17. Current prices are a far cry from the more than US$100 a barrel that oil sold for in 2014.Besides energy issues, the Toronto stock market was also propped up by a surge from the health-care sector as shares in Valeant Pharmaceuticals soared more than 18 per cent.The Montreal-based drug company said it is weeks away from hiring a new chief executive. The firm has been in the midst of several controversies over drug prices and its relationship with U.S. mail-order pharmacy Philidor and had announced last month the departure of its CEO Michael Pearson after eight years.Its shares climbed $7 to $44.77 on the Toronto Stock Exchange. At its peak in August, Valeant shares closed at $346.32.Elsewhere in commodities, the June gold contract lost $5.80 to US$1,223.80 a troy ounce, while the May copper contract was unchanged at US$2.14 a pound and the May natural gas contract lost four cents to US$1.91 per mmBTU.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average jumped 112.73 points to 17,716.05, while the broader S&P 500 climbed 21.49 points to 2,066.66 and the Nasdaq gained 76.79 points to 4,920.72.In economic news, minutes from the latest meeting of the U.S. Federal Reserve showed that policy-makers grappled over how to respond to a slowing global economy. They ultimately decided to leave a key policy rate unchanged despite arguments by some officials that delaying further rate hikes could be risky.Minutes of the Fed’s March 15-16 meeting showed that several participants argued for “proceeding cautiously” with future rate hikes because of global risks such as weaker growth in China.— With a file from The Associated Press.Follow @LindaNguyenTO on Twitter.Note to readers: This is a corrected story: A previous version gave incorrect figures for the TSX close read more

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Aid workers in Mali have vital emergency telecom equipment thanks to UN

“At a time when Mali is recovering from conflict, relief effort by UN humanitarian agencies is much needed to assist people in the affected towns and villages,” the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Secretary-General, Hamadoun I. Touré, said in a press release.The ITU supplied 30 Thuraya satellite phones to the World Health Organization (WHO), along with equipment to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), to facilitate humanitarian work in northern Mali. “ITU is working with WHO and UNHCR to provide requisite support with emergency telecommunication equipment, which is critical in coordinating operations to help the people affected by the crisis.”Richard Brennan, WHO Director of Emergency Risk Management and Humanitarian Response, said the deployment will help fill a major resource gap in the health sector’s response to the Mali crisis. “During a humanitarian crisis, WHO operations require a range of logistical equipment, including communications for health information management and to comply with field security measures,” Mr. Brennan said.Fighting between Government forces and Tuareg rebels broke out in northern Mali last January, after which radical Islamists seized control of the area. The conflict uprooted thousands of people and prompted the Malian Government to request military assistance from France to stop the progression of extremist groups. read more

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Nominations open for Accessibility and Inclusion Award

Members of the Brock community are encouraged to complete nominations for the University’s 2018 Accessibility and Inclusion Award.The honour, which is presented annually to a volunteer, student, staff or faculty member who has made an outstanding contribution in the area of accessibility and inclusion, will be presented on Monday, Dec. 3 to mark the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.Previous winners of the award have included Keely Grossman (BA ’17), the Founder of ABLE Brock and Jessica Lewis (BRLS ’18), disability advocate and Paralympian.Each nomination requires the name and contact information of the person submitting the form as well as a description of the nominee’s outstanding service to accessibility or inclusive practise.Nominations must be accompanied by two letters of support and submitted to clytle@brocku.ca by Nov. 23. read more

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New MD Vibratory Screen line from McLanahan

first_imgFor more than two decades, McLanahan Corporation manufactured a successful line of vibrating screens and built a reputation as a trusted screen provider in many different industries. The company is now introducing its own line called the McLanahan MD Vibratory Screen, “a compact, high capacity dry screening unit used in a variety of industries.” In minerals, dried sand, fertiliser, iron ore, quick and burnt lime,  limestone, gypsum, and salt are just a few of the materials and applications in which the MD Vibratory Screen is capable of screening efficiently and effectively, according to the company.The MD Vibratory Screen provides producers more tonnes per hour per square feet of screen surface area and handles much larger capacities than conventional screens while occupying the same – or less – floor space. Additionally, it is capable of making multiple product sizes simultaneously as progressively smaller material sizes are separated from deck to deck. McLanahan MD Vibratory Screens are available in widths ranging from 0.05 m to 2 m with 1 to 5 screen decks depending upon the application. It is capable of handling feed sizes as large as approximately 7.6 cm and can make size separations down to approximately 60 mesh.McLanahan’s design concept for this screen reduces the risk of pegging and blinding, while achieving high capacities due to its ability to make a separation at a given size using a mesh aperture of greater size. “To provide an even longer screen life larger particles are removed by heavier, largerscreens, while finer screens see only smaller particles and only a portion of the incoming feed. With a compact design, minimal maintenance, low power requirements and a product that is totally dust enclosed this line of screens provide an efficient and cost effective setting for any operator.”McLanahan Corporation says it maintains in-house equipment to conduct laboratory screening tests on materials to help ensure that customers have the correctly sized MD Vibratory Screen for their application.last_img read more

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CASE 40 SECONDS IN KIELCE To improve or to die…

FC Barcelona LassaVive Tauron Kielce Only 40 seconds in five minutes? Only in TOP handball sport in which fans should become believers, not mad on referees, imperfection of rules and lack of modern technology, on the level of Munchen 1972…It had to be clash of first and third world’s teams, but after all what we have seen, we can’t defend against the jokes about handball as “rural, rustic, country” game. Even experienced Slovenian referees, guys who have Olympic Final in their CV, Peter Ljubič and Nenad Krstič, couldn’t save honour of their profession and our sport in general.Starting from exclusion of Lijewski 40 seconds before the final whistle, red card for Uroš Zorman, who firstly got 2 minutes suspension due ordinary foul, but second or two after, the”handbook” of  rules made Slovenians blind so they compatriot off the court.And, then, a real circus. Two, three, four fingers? Players, coaches, local people, delegate, refeeres. All in one to show how difficult is to watch and understand handball as a sport if you are some “tabula rasa” guy from Thailand or Canada.OK, we got four fingers…And then, for the end, “break-dance” of Valur Gudjon Sigurdsson under the knees of Slawomir Szmal for another question – Did he violate 6 meters space or not?  Of course, he is, but what about rules? What happened? Passive offside?Is anybody 100% sure that Slovenians have right for their decisions or opposite of that? Ok, than, what we have to say to nations, sports fans and consumers who have to become handball fans? When IHF and EHF referees fathers planning to simplify our beautiful game? Third referee, fifth referee, VIDEO checker, “Challenge”, shot-clock or passive attack clock, modern clock-technology, anything to make our sport clean, anything which will prevent handball people to speak about the “guys in black” and not about goals and handball magicians… ← Previous Story Dragan Markovic to lead Bosnia and Herzegovina until January! Next Story → VIDEO: “1,2,3” VS Omeyer in Celje read more

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Kewell sees red as County lose again

first_imgNotts County manager Harry Kewell was shown a red card during his side’s embarrassing defeat to Exeter City.The former Liverpool player has endured a terrible start to life in League Two with Notts County after his team was battered 5-1 by Exeter City and he was sent to the stands in his first league game in charge.“We went in at 2-1 and it was game on,” the Kewell told media after the game, according to ftbl.com“I was confident we were going to get something out of the game. But another set-piece and a mistake and we are 3-1 down. That is when the anger kicked in. I questioned the handball and you have to change a few other things because we are chasing the game.”Harry Kewell sacked by Notts County Andrew Smyth – November 14, 2018 English League Two club Notts County have fired Harry Kewell after just 14 matches in chargeThe former Liverpool star was announced as Kevin Nolan’s…“The eagle-eyed referee sees another handball, gives it to them and they miss it so we are still in it. Then there was a cross in the box and it was one of those ‘does it hit his hand, or does it not? The referee says no, we are complaining, they go up the other end and score a goal.”“That was disappointing and that is when I get my marching orders. I said ‘well done’ to the referee; I said you can see one in the far corner but not one straight in front of you.”“First and foremost I do give credit to my players, we have a lot of injuries. I’m frustrated because I knew what Exeter were going to bring. I was confident enough that we were going to get something out of the game – we started lively.”“I’m a winner, we are going to have to try things, and to be vulnerable at the back to get extra men in the box. I’m giving players a crash course in playing in certain positions – but we have to deal with what we are dealt with, we have a lot of players playing in places they aren’t used to.”last_img read more

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School of Entrepreneurship and Technology gives option for students wanting to change

first_imgSchool of Entrepreneurship and Technology gives option for students wanting to change high schools October 23, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Parents may notice that their High School student is not doing well in school by this time in the year and maybe the school is not a good fit.What many parents do not know is that they can change their kids’ school to a charter school at any time in the school year.Principal Neil McCurdy from School of Entrepreneurship and Technology gave some advice on how to make a change for your kid and what are the steps that they need to take.Nya Balelo-Wheaton,16, also shared her experience of switching schools.For more information on switching to SET High follow the link. Posted: October 23, 2018 KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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With HIV cases on the rise Alaskans consider new tool for prevention

first_imgTwenty-four people in Alaska have been diagnosed with HIV since January. Normally, that’s the total number of new diagnoses for an entire year, not just six months. Now Alaskans have a new way to help prevent HIV infections. The Center for Disease Control recently released new guidelines for a daily pill that can prevent new infections, though it’s not seen as a cure-all.PreP in AKPre-exposure prophylaxis is commonly called PreP. It’s a drug that’s also used to treat HIV and prevent it from developing into AIDS. PreP is aimed at people who do risky things, like have multiple, anonymous sexual partners or share needles. Studies show that if a person takes it consistently–every day–it’s 92% effective.“Taking a pill everyday if you’re practicing these high risk behaviors isn’t easy,” said Susan Jones with the state’s Section of Epidemiology. “Having HIV infection and coping with that is harder.”Jones said using PreP is also a good choice for HIV negative individuals who are in relationships with people who are HIV positive.The drug, called Truvada, has been available since 2012 but guidelines for using it as a preventative tool were only released by the CDC in May. Jones says now people in Alaska need to learn about it.“The task of identifying those people at high risk really falls on the health care providers. And they’re not always used to asking those tough questions about sexual behavior.”Part of that may be because sexual behavior is changing. One third of the people who tested positive for HIV this year were men who met their partners through phone apps or online. But Davy Norris from the Alaskan AIDS Assistance Association said the new technology isn’t the problem.“It’s not really the technology that’s the issue, it’s the way people are using that tool. Young men are having multiple anonymous sexual partners and not using condoms and just kind of doing it very unsafely.”Norris said people don’t need to stop using the apps, they just need to be responsible when they find a partner that way. And he emphasizes that using PreP isn’t an excuse to stop using condoms. “We want people to have a comprehensive understanding of HIV prevention and to try multiple things because that’s the most effective way.”He also notes that only half of the new infections are in men who have sex with men. “So it’s certainly not fair to say it’s just a gay issue.”Anyone can be infected by HIV, especially if they participate in risky behaviors. But Jones says PreP could be an effective tool in stopping the spread of the disease. “Maybe there’s 23 more people out there that we can prevent from getting an infection at the end of this year.”Truvada is widely available. However, without insurance, it costs about $1,000 per month. Studies show that side effects are minimal.last_img read more

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FDA weighs new restrictions on liquid nicotine products

first_imgFILE – This Aug. 14, 2014 file photo shows the warning label on a child resistant bottle of liquid nicotine at Salt Lake Vapors, in Salt Lake City. The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 said it is considering new warnings and child-resistant packaging on liquid nicotine packets used with e-cigarettes and other next-generation tobacco products. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File) E-cigarettes are battery-powered devices that heat liquid nicotine to produce an odorless vapor inhaled by users. Many brands also feature flavors, such as mint, cherry or coffee. Manufacturers have sometimes touted the products as a less dangerous alternative to smoking because they don’t contain the cancer-causing ingredients found in many traditional cigarettes.But public health officials have been highly skeptical of such claims, pointing out there are no definitive studies on their health effects.Scientists from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that nicotine is harmful to the developing brain. And e-cigarettes could be a new way of introducing kids to nicotine, they warn.The number of high school students who have tried e-cigarettes tripled last year — to more than 13 percent — while traditional teen smoking hit a new low, according to recent figures from the CDC.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Liquid nicotine is primarily used to refill e-cigarettes, a fast-growing market encompassing hundreds of products and an estimated $2.1 billion in sales. But the agency also has concerns about other novel tobacco products hitting the market, including dissolvable nicotine strips, lotions, gels and beverages.The agency will seek public comment on a number of questions surrounding the proposed warnings and safe guards, according to a government memo due to be published Wednesday.Under a 2009 law, the FDA gained authority to regulate some aspects of cigarettes and other traditional tobacco products. Among other things, the agency can restrict advertising to youth, require warning labels and evaluate new tobacco products for their health risks.But since e-cigarettes and other liquid-nicotine products do not actually contain tobacco, they are not covered by the original law.A year ago, the FDA released a proposal bringing e-cigarettes and other newer products under its authority. The agency was slated to finalize that regulation this month, but an FDA spokesman said Tuesday that the agency “hopes to finalize the rule this summer.”Anti-tobacco activists applauded the FDA proposal, but also said the FDA must complete its regulations for new products. “We’re pleased that the FDA is taking this step, but this is not a replacement for quickly issuing a final, strong deeming rule that regulates all tobacco products and addresses flavors and marketing,” said Susan Liss, executive director for the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, in a printed statement.An industry group pointed out that most liquid nicotine companies already use child-resistant packaging on their bottles and cartridges. And the group took issue with the FDA’s proposal for new warning labels.“Poorly designed warning labels have the capacity to mislead adult smokers on the relative risks of vaping versus tobacco smoking,” said Gregory Conley, president of the American Vaping Association, which represents e-cigarette and liquid nicotine manufacturers. “Any proposed warning must be thoroughly tested to ensure that it only imparts factual information.”The FDA will take comments from the public for 60 days on more than two dozen questions, including:— what language to use on any nicotine exposure warnings— whether to use graphic warnings about nicotine exposure— whether child-resistant packaging should be required for products besides liquid nicotine Sponsored Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top Stories Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Mesa family survives lightning strike to home The difference between men and women when it comes to pain WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health officials are considering whether to require new warnings and child-resistant packaging on liquid nicotine formulas used with e-cigarettes and other emerging tobacco products.The Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday it is responding to an uptick in nicotine poisonings reported by emergency rooms and poison centers nationwide, many involving infants and children. The agency said in an online posting it is considering whether “it would be appropriate for the protection of the public health to warn the public about the dangers or nicotine exposure” and “require that some tobacco products be sold in child-resistant packaging.” Men’s health affects baby’s health too 0 Comments   Share   last_img read more

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Qualia Announces ezJacket Integration

first_img ezJacket Old Republic Title qualia 2017-03-08 Staff Writer Title settlement provider Qualia announced on March 2 that is has completed integrations with Old Republic Title’s ezJacket and Closing Protection Letter software applications. Title agents can now generate policy jackets, policy reports, and CPLs directly within the Qualia system.“Settlement software should improve the title agent’s ability to work with key business partners, which is why Qualia is committed to delivering superior integrations with leading title vendors,” said Nate Baker, CEO of Qualia. “Through our integration with Old Republic Title, we have streamlined the title process for our mutual agents by centralizing all title work into a single system.”Qualia provides all-in-one solutions for more efficient and seamless closings. Tampa, Florida-based Old Republic Title is comprised of multiple title and related service company. Qualia Announces ezJacket Integration Sharecenter_img March 8, 2017 658 Views in News, Technologylast_img read more

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Cities With the Most Longtime Homeowners

first_imgCities With the Most Long-time Homeowners June 30, 2018 608 Views homeowners Homeownership homes HOUSING metros Residents Trulia 2018-06-30 Alison Rich Jaunt through just about any established enclave, and you’ll likely encounter at least a handful of houses inhabited by long-time homeowners. That said, there are certain areas in which more long-timers tend to congregate, and Trulia set out to locate them.To find these decades-dwelling homeowners, the company analyzed and mapped the median move-in date for residents spanning the nation at the ZIP code level in the largest 100 metros. Unsurprisingly, many places with a multitude of long-timers exhibited a higher-than-average homeownership rate. And that makes sense, as renters typically pick up and move more often. Echoing that trend, most of the locales with homeowners who’ve stuck in the same spot are far from urban cores, Trulia says.Some of the findings: The median move-in year in more rural zones is 2004, the oldest in the sample, the company says. By contrast, it’s 2006 in suburban areas and 2007 in urban ones.As for the “oldest” 10 percent of ZIP codes by metro area, rural ZIPs are overrepresented by 54.7 percent, Trulia reports. Suburban and urban ZIP codes, however, are 35.4 percent and 70.3 percent underrepresented, respectively.  Numerous metros boasting the biggest concentrations of “long-tenured-resident ZIP codes” have charted sluggish population growth over the past 3.5 decades, with some even losing residents altogether, it found.Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, one of just seven large metros, that has lost population since 1980, contains several of the oldest U.S. ZIP codes. A fair distance from downtown and near the West Bend area, the median move-in year for people in ZIP 15433 was 1984. And get this: 41.4 percent have nested there since 1979 or before.Generally speaking, though, folks living in Midwest, East, and Northeast metros have stuck at the same address longer than those hailing from metros in the Southeast, Southwest, and West, Trulia reports. All but one of the metros recording the highest proportion of people who’ve called their current residence home since 1979 or before are in the Midwest and Northeast. Honolulu, Hawaii, is the lone Western metro to land in the top 10, while Pittsburgh leads the pack, with 16.9 percent of people in the metro area living in homes they’ve been in since 1979 or earlier. Rounding out the bottom of the list: Las Vegas, where just 1.5 percent of the population has lived in the same home since 1979 or earlier, Cape Coral and West Palm Beach, Florida; and Phoenix, Arizona.center_img in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News Sharelast_img read more

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Pears in Charts Recent pricing pushed below previ

first_img Pears in Charts: Recent pricing pushed below previ … You might also be interested in Bananas in Charts: U.S. market supplies hit five-y … In this ‘in charts’ series of articles, Colin Fain of data visualization tool Agronometrics illustrates how the U.S. market is evolving. In each series, he will look at a different fruit commodity, focusing on a different origin or topic in each installment to see what factors are driving change.Let me begin by saying that mangoes are amazing! I am a huge fan of this fruit, which very often frequents my breakfast, so I’m pretty excited about this article. With the great prices the industry has been seeing, it’s hard not to write about them.In a maturing industry, June this year in particular came as a surprise to me, reporting the highest shipping prices we have on record for that month.US Mango Shipping Point Prices, 1 Layer Flats, by Month, Comparing the Last Four Years(Source: USDA Market News via Agronometrics)Until 2015, where we saw the highest average yearly and monthly price, there seemed to be no roof on where mangoes could go. Over the last two years, impressive growth by Mexico, Ecuador and Peru – the three largest suppliers – has been filling in some of the gaps in supply and helping to stabilize prices. Ecuador and Peru are particularly notable, coming in right where prices have historically been the highest.Mango Shipping Point Prices, 1 Layer Flats, in USD(Source: USDA Market News via Agronometrics)In 2017 the industry moved 46% more volume than in 2010, an impressive level of growth that made good headway in bringing to the U.S. a fruit that has long been one of the most popular in the world. That last fact might surprise people, but keep in mind that mangoes are originally from India, and massively popular in tropical countries where they grow.Mango Movements in Lbs(Source: USDA Market News via Agronometrics)Our friends at the U.S. National Mango Board are predicting that Mexican volumes could come in at 15% lower year-on-year from July through October, which could very well mean that prices for the industry will continue to run high for the months to come.Mango Volumes in 8.8Lb Boxes(Source: USDA Market News via Agronometrics)In our ‘in charts’ series, we work to tell some of the stories that are moving the industry. Feel free to take a look a some of the other articles listed below. Avocados:Avocados in Charts: Dynamic growth and opportunities in the U.S. marketAvocados in Charts: California at the heart of the US marketAvocados in Charts: Peru – An opening window of opportunityBlueberries:Blueberries in Charts: Finding opportunities in the gapsStrawberries:Strawberries in Charts: The king of berries sees its biggest month everBlackberries:Blackberries in Charts: Strategic growth leads to more stable pricingBlackberries in Charts: Planesa on Guatemala’s Volcanic eruption and upcoming seasonAgronometrics is a data visualization tool built to help the industry make sense of the huge amounts of data that you depend on. We strive to help farmers, shippers, buyers, sellers, movers and shakers get an objective point of view on the markets to help them make informed strategic decisions. If you found the information and the charts from this article useful, feel free to visit us at www.agronometrics.com where you can easily recreate these same graphs, or explore the other 20 fruits we currently track, creating your own reports automatically updated with the latest data daily.center_img July 17 , 2018 Avocados In Charts: Why falling prices could settl … Apples in Charts: Honeycrisp, the queen of the U.S …last_img read more

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