first_imgKolkata: Minister of State for Health Chandrima Bhattacharya on Saturday said all the primary health sub-centres in the districts are being upgraded to provide better healthcare services to the people. Bhattacharya was speaking at the 3rd Nursing Conclave 2019 organised by the CII at a city hotel. She said that following the instructions from Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee steps have been taken to upgrade all the sub-centres. The nurses will be given special training after which they will provide treatment. One of the main objectives is to ensure that better health services reach the remote areas. More number of recruitments in various nursing posts will also take place. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaThese sub-centres will provide basic treatment so that patients can be cured at these centres without having been shifted to district or sub-divisional hospitals. According to the sources, there are around 10,300 primary health centres across the state which will soon witness a major facelift with the release of funds. In addition to that, around 1,50,000 health wellness centres would be set up along the length and breadth of the state. The health wellness centres will have better health infrastructure than what is commonly found at the primary health centres. “Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has the vision to serve people. In her drive to achieve the desired success, cooperation is needed from other sectors. Both the public and private sectors should join hands so that the best services can be provided to the people,” Bhattacharya added.last_img read more

first_imgTORONTO – Ontario’s privacy commission says the provincial government significantly overcharged an advocacy group fighting for information on accessibility law compliance in the province and must now hand over the material.The commission’s decision says the government tried to charge the Access for Ontarians with Disabilities Alliance $4,200 for a sweeping access to information request seeking details on many issues, including plans to make sure private businesses are complying with accessibility laws.The alliance says it tried to get the fee waived and says the government enlisted five lawyers in its fight to uphold the pricey charge.The government’s argument included the assertion that the issues the alliance was seeking information on did not have to do with public health or safety and were therefore not subject to a fee waiver.The commission disagreed, stating compliance with provincial accessibility legislation did have significant health and safety impacts for residents.It ordered the government to provide much of the information in the request free of charge and knocked the fee for the rest down to $750.A spokesman for Ontario’s minister responsible for accessibility said the commission had confirmed that it was appropriate to charge for some of the information requested by the alliance.Alliance chair David Lepofsky welcomed the commission’s ruling, saying the case had raised questions about the government’s commitment both to transparency and to accessibility as a whole.“They’re trying to take as suffocating and narrow and impoverished an approach to openness and freedom of information as possible,” he said. “What have they got to hide?’Lepofsky has previously filed requests under Ontario’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act in a bid to keep tabs on the province’s efforts to comply with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.At the time the law — known as AODA — came into effect in 2005, the government stated it aimed to have the entire province completely accessible by 2025.In June 2015, Ontario announced a renewed focus on accessibility as the law marked its 10th anniversary. Brad Duguid, the minister responsible for the act at the time, conceded the effort had lost momentum and announced a number of ventures aimed at kickstarting it again.The measures included a $9 million project to help businesses become more inclusive, a promise to introduce a third-party certification program to recognize accessible businesses, and a partnership with an undetermined private sector company to at least triple accessibility compliance audits.The day after Duguid announced the various measures, Lepofsky filed a 31-point access to information request seeking details on subjects that included the government’s plans to ramp audits back up, their promised outreach efforts and a number of compliance and enforcement-related statistics.The government provided some of the information immediately and without cost, but estimated the rest would require 140 hours to track down and told Lepofsky to pay $4,200 for the information.He appealed the fee, arguing the government had previously waived charges on similar requests. He also argued that releasing such information was in the public interest and highlighted the potential health and safety benefits of ensuring compliance with accessibility standards.Documents filed by the government in favour of maintaining the fee included a different position on health and safety.“The goal of accessibility programs … while certainly not inconsistent with programs related to public health or safety, is to facilitate the participation of disabled persons in society on an equal footing with those not suffering from disabilities,” it said in its memorandum of argument, noting that details Lepofsky was requesting were in line with accessibility issues, not health and safety concerns.Privacy Commission Adjudicator Diane Smith disagreed.“Dissemination of the information … would benefit public health or safety by disclosing a public health or safety concern about the enforcement or compliance with the AODA or contribute meaningfully to the development of understanding of this important public health or safety issue,” she wrote in her July 27 decision.Smith ordered the government to provide much of the information to Lepofsky free of charge, including its plans and policies for AODA enforcement and details of its spending on education and outreach efforts.The government now has until Aug. 28 to release those documents.last_img read more

first_imgTexas Instruments and its brand ambassador – actress and neuroscientist Mayim Bialik – are joining 2,000 STEM leaders and visionaries in business, education and government at the U.S. News STEM Solutions National Conference in Austin, from June 17-19 at the Austin Convention Center.Together they will share ideas and solutions to solve the challenge of filling the gap for a competitive STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) workforce by preparing today’s students to excel in math and science.TI, a lead sponsor of the conference, will demonstrate how math and science technology, strong professional development for educators and classroom activities that showcase real-world applications of science and math concepts are increasing student achievement in these subjects and preparing them to pursue higher education and careers in STEM fields.Bialik, who plays the loveably geeky neurobiologist Amy Farrah Fowler on the hit TV comedy “The Big Bang Theory,” will deliver the keynote remarks and present the much-anticipated U.S. News & World Report Best High Schools for STEM rankings at the first general session on Tuesday, June 18. Later that morning, Bialik will teach an interactive science lesson with TI-Nspire CX technology at the TI booth #501 to visiting Texas Gear Up students. The Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) project is a six-year federal initiative designed to increase early college awareness and readiness in traditionally underrepresented groups. She will also spend time later that afternoon meeting with students and answering their questions.In addition to Bialik’s appearances, Director of Human Resources for Texas Instruments Samantha Dwinell will join a panel discussion on developing STEM talent in the high-tech sector on June 18 at 9:45 a.m. The panel will define and discuss programs to create and ensure a STEM-capable workforce. Texas Instruments Education Technology President Melendy Lovett will kick off a panel discussion on helping school districts choose the right technology to further student STEM skills June 19 at 10 a.m.“We are excited to be such a big part of the U.S. News STEM Solutions National Conference this year and bring not only Mayim, but the depth of knowledge Texas Instruments as a whole has in helping students reach their highest potential in STEM,” said Lovett.For more about the conference, click here.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Gold stocks push up the Toronto market, Allergan rejects latest Valeant offer by Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 10, 2014 8:04 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The Toronto stock market closed higher Tuesday, boosted by rising gold stocks and despite news that Botox-maker Allergan has rejected the latest takeover offer by Quebec-based Valeant Pharmaceuticals.The S&P/TSX composite index rose 33.17 points to 14,904.38. The Canadian dollar gained 0.03 of a cent to 91.71 cents US.With nothing in the way of major economic or earnings news for investors to latch onto, the TSX took its guidance from strengthened gold stocks. August gold bullion ended the day up by $6.20 to US$1,260.10 an ounce. The July crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange fell six cents to US$104.35 a barrel and July copper gained a penny to US$3.05 a pound.Ian Nakamoto, director of research at 3MACS, says the TSX is now on a course where it’s a slow “grind up,” with nothing in sight that might derail it.“The easiest path for the markets seems to be up,” he said. “It’s not moving by leaps and bounds, just gradually up. The path of least resistance is up because momentum is with the stock market.”Nakamoto said that despite talk about a correction in the Toronto market, he sees that as unlikely. Instead, Nakamoto said he wouldn’t be that surprised if the TSX surpasses its record close of 15,073, reached on June 18, 2008, just before the recession.On Tuesday, Allergan said it was rejecting Valeant’s latest offer because it still undervalues the California-based company and claimed it creates significant risks and uncertainties for its shareholders.Earlier this month, with the backing of activist shareholder Bill Ackman of Pershing Square Capital Management, Valeant (TSX:VRX, NYSE:VRX) raised its stock-and-cash bid to about US$176 per share, valuing Allergan at US$52.7 billion, based on closing share prices TuesdayAllergan repeated its claim that Valeant has an unsustainable business model that relies on “serial” acquisitions and cost reductions. Valeant shares faded $1.25, or nearly one per cent, to C$136.78 on the Toronto Stock Exchange.Meanwhile, Wall Street was flat after reaching near-record highs in the last few sessions. The Dow Jones industrials was up 2.82 points at 16,945.92 and the Nasdaq rose 1.76 points to 4,338, while the S&P 500 index dipped 0.48 of a point to 1,950.79.The U.S. Commerce Department said U.S. wholesale businesses built up their stockpiles of goods in April, a sign that companies expect stronger economic growth in the coming months.Wholesale stockpiles expanded 1.1 per cent in April, following a 1.1 per cent gain in March. The result marks 10 straight months of rising inventories. Sales at the wholesale level climbed 1.3 per cent, led by autos, furniture and pharmaceutical drugs compared with a 1.6 per cent gain in March. Year over year, sales are up 6.7 per cent.Equities markets have been optimistic in recent days amid indications that global economies are faring well and that central banks are poised to pump in stimulus as necessary.Last week, the European Central Bank announced that it was going to deal with the threat of deflation and give some lift to a tepid economic recovery in the eurozone by cutting its lending rate to 0.15 per cent from 0.25 per cent and dropping its overnight deposit rate to minus 0.1 per cent from zero.There have also been positive signs elsewhere, with Japan reporting strong first-quarter growth, China seeing an improvement in exports and the U.S. ushering in a solid jobs report for May.In Canada, a survey by international human resources firm Manpower Inc. suggests about 20 per cent of Canadian companies expect to add to their payrolls in the third quarter.However, when seasonal variations are factored in, along with the four per cent of firms that expected to shed workers in the July-September period, the figure falls to 10 per cent.Follow @LindaNguyenTO on Twitter. read more

CRTC reviews, rulings in 2017 that could affect your phone, TV and Internet bills by Aleksandra Sagan, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 6, 2016 8:00 am MDT Last Updated Dec 6, 2016 at 9:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Canadians pay some of the highest prices in the world for their cellphone, Internet and TV services, but those bills could change depending on how Canada’s broadcast regulator handles some major issues it’s expected to decide on next year.The CRTC has several important hearings, reviews and rulings expected in 2017. Here’s a look at four of them:Differential Pricing:In the fall, the CRTC held a weeklong hearing examining differential pricing, which occurs when a company offers customers the same or similar products at different prices. Specifically, the regulator looked at how Internet service providers use differential pricing with their data plans.The review came following complaints that some companies were not including certain music and video streaming services toward customer data plans, thereby acting as gatekeepers, influencing consumption and making it difficult for some providers to enter the marketplace. OpenMedia, a consumer advocacy group, has been calling for the elimination of data caps on home and wireless Internet plans. Others, however, argue the practice gives customers more choice.The CRTC is expected to set out a policy governing differential pricing next year.———Wholesale Internet Rates:The CRTC will set final rates for what Bell, Rogers, Telus, SaskTel, Shaw, Cogeco, MTS and Videotron must charge smaller companies for access to their high-speed networks. The smaller service providers rely on those networks to offer Internet, TV and telephone services.The regulator set interim rates in October that were mostly lower — in some cases by up to 89 per cent — than what many of the incumbents wanted to charge. The CRTC says it’s setting the fees to help foster competition.If the final fees remain close to the interim ones, the smaller companies could pass on the savings to consumers by lowering their prices. That could put pressure on the bigger companies to follow suit.However, some of the incumbents have warned that low fees may slow or halt their broadband network investment — a threat some experts take with a grain of salt.The final rates are expected in the first half of 2017.———Wireless Code Review:In February, the CRTC will hold a hearing to determine whether the wireless code of conduct, which took effect in December 2013, needs to be improved.After hearing from the public, the regulator created the code in part to help consumers understand their plans better, prevent bill shock, shorten contract lengths and lower cancellation fees.The CRTC started gathering feedback on the effectiveness of the code in September and will accept more submissions from the public between Feb. 6 and 14.So far, it has heard complaints about high prices, surprise charges, phone unlocking fees and wireless data limits, among other issues. If the CRTC concludes the code needs to be updated, some of those gripes could be addressed.———Basic Telecommunications Services:Last year, the CRTC launched its review of basic telecommunications services. It sought to determine which ones Canadians need to have to be able to meaningfully participate in the digital economy, as well as what the CRTC’s role is in ensuring all Canadians have affordable service options available to them.OpenMedia argued high-speed Internet access should be redefined as a basic service. Currently, low-speed Internet, individual line touch-tone phone service, a printed copy of the current phone book on request, and a number of phone services, including emergency, fall into that category.It called on the CRTC to give all Canadians access to broadband Internet for $30 monthly, and to provide better, more affordable access to the country’s remote and rural communities where broadband investment has lagged.The review could determine sufficient upload and download speeds, and create funding mechanisms to support the ability to supply modern telecommunications services.A spokeswoman for the CRTC says a decision may come before the end of the year.Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter. read more

Then-sophomore forward Matt Johnson (26) takes a shot during a game against Western Michigan Feb. 15 at the Schottenstein Center. The teams tied, 1-1.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorStringing together a full game of consistently good hockey is at the top of the agenda for the Ohio State men’s ice hockey team as it prepares for a home-and-home series against Robert Morris this weekend.“Our team’s in a good spot,” said coach Steve Rohlik, who has yet to record his first victory since taking over the team. “I think we’ve played good hockey, but I think our team realizes that we haven’t put together three good periods together in any of these games, and I think if we can come up with three good periods, then we’re going to like the result a lot better.”The Buckeyes (0-3-0) also have to play without starting junior forward Tanner Fritz, who left OSU’s 4-3 loss against Bowling Green Oct. 15 due to an upper-body injury. Junior forward Matt Johnson said Fritz’ shoes will be easily filled because of the team’s “incredible” depth chart, though.“Every game, everybody’s got to step up,” Johnson said. “Look at our depth chart. We have such a good depth chart that everybody’s got to be stepping up every day. Otherwise, you’re not going to be in the lineup.”Rohlik said despite missing a central component of all four lines on the ice, all hope is not lost.“When you lose a guy like that, you have to tweak some things,” Rohlik said. “This is also a positive — it’s going to give other guys opportunities and that’s what you need as a hockey team. We’re not just about one guy. We’re about a team, and this is an opportunity for someone else to step up and be a hero for us.”Rohlik said two areas the team needs to improve are its special teams and power play opportunities, and that improvements will come with discipline, good habits and a competing factor.“Games are won and lost with special teams, and there’s no secret,” Rohlik said. “We’ve got to get better in those areas on both sides of it. When we get our opportunities on a power play, we’ve got to come up with some big goals.”The team’s power play will have to be spot-on because Robert Morris (0-2-1) has been one of the top penalty-killing units over the last few years, Rohlik said. That, coupled with their intensity over the course of a game, will be a test for the Buckeyes.“They come in here, they’re ready to play every shift, they’re going to go bell-to-bell,” Rohlik said. “We’ve got to match that intensity, and we’ve got to be able to show up, and we’ve got to be the team that goes for all 60 minutes.”Despite the Buckeyes’ three-game losing streak, junior forward Ryan Dzingel said the team’s morale hasn’t taken a dip as it heads into the series with the Colonials.“Our mentality’s always the same thing: work hard and get better every single day,” Dzingel said. “We’re not worried about wins and losses right now. We’re just trying to get better every day, and hopefully that pays off.”The Buckeyes are slated to play the home-and-home series at the Schottenstein Center Friday and in Pittsburgh Saturday. The puck is set to drop at 7:05 p.m. for both games. read more

first_imgThe man has tweeted that tomorrow he’ll be hiding money in the San Jose area, having moved across the city from museums to beaches to parking meters over the past few days. He’s also said that he plans to do drops in LA and possibly New York.@HiddenCash told KTVU that he already gives a lot of money to charity, and that he’s already heard stories of people forwarding his money on to worthwhile causes, or sharing it with others.viaRead: Eight year old raises over €13k to pay for classmate’s school lunches>13 small events that would make anyone’s day better> A MAN WITH a lot of money to spare in San Francisco is paying it forward by hiding cash in envelopes around the city.The real estate mogul says that he “can afford to give a lot” and that he wants to “put a smile on someone’s face”. All that @HiddenCash asks for in return is that people who find the envelopes tweet a picture and tag him in it. Source: @JuxedPosition He’s set up a city-wide treasure hunt and has been tweeting clues leading people to the envelopes containing the cash. New Drop: @tonyhawk did a 900 on me. Find me under the corner of the outdoor bar table overlooking the water.— Hidden Cash (@HiddenCash) May 26, 2014 Source: Hidden Cash/Twitter Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet Source: Hidden Cash/Twitter @HiddenCash has no political, religious, or business agenda. @HiddenCash is about love, kindness, and generosity.— Hidden Cash (@HiddenCash) May 27, 2014last_img read more

first_imgThe new iPhone 5 has all the bells and whistles that consumers were clamoring for last year, but has that extra year saved Apple some money? According of a provisional estimate of pricing from UBM TechInsights, the new iPhone has a bill of materials totaling $167.50. That’s not bad when you consider the iPhone 4S %displayPrice% at %seller% was estimated to cost $188 at launch.This analysis is being done before the device has landed in the hands of anyone reckless enough to take it apart, mind you. UBM used the announced specs and chip branding, along with previous bills of materials to work out what the components are likely to cost. Some of the more pricey parts include the processor ($28), the radios ($25), and the display ($18).When compared to the current cost of building the iPhone 4S, the iPhone 5 is quite a bit more expensive. The 4S bill of materials is down to $132 after a year of price reductions. All these analyses were done assuming a 16GB version of the device by the way.When the device is released, firms like iSupply will surely crack the phone open to get a closer look at the exact chips being used. At that time, we’ll have a more exact estimate of the component cost. The 16GB iPhone 5 is going to be selling for $200 with a new 2-year contract, just like past iPhones have done. However, that’s not the full retail value. Unsubsidized iPhones start at $649.99. Even when you factor in manufacturing costs, that’s still quite a markup.via TechInsightslast_img read more

first_imgIt may look terrifying, but Scott Parenteau’s solar- and wind-powered monstrosity was born of love, rather than Frankenstein madness. Originally envisioned as a vehicle to drive around the Burning Man music festival, this is actually the work of a pair of industrial sheet metal professionals.The crab, viewable in the video below, is hardly a speedster, but it can charge its surprisingly modest power supply with a single top-mounted solar panel and a wind turbine.It’s not technically solar-powered, since the panel can only be used to slowly recharge batteries that were probably first filled thanks to a fossil fuel-powered generator, but the addition does help. Also, since the huge robot only carries a single photovoltaic panel at present, there is clearly room for expansion of its green power generation.The creators showed the robot at Maker Faire 2013, and even in an environment of such inflated expectations, drew significant attention. 12 legs carry the pod forward The sheer scale of the thing is impressive enough, but it’s the small numbers that achieve the greatest impact. It runs roughly 800 watts, or about half that of the average hairdryer. Even more impressive is the fact it can be disassembled and compressed to a pile of metal just over 3 x 3 x 3 feet in size, or less than half the size of the average household refrigerator. The motors that drive its movement are household dishwater gear motors.Theo Jensen’s StrandBeest design was the inspiration for the legs.The actual genesis of the design was apparently the geodesic dome that houses the crab driver’s seat. The vehicular aspect comes thanks to the rightly famous StrandBeest designed by Theo Jensen. Upon seeing the simple, beautiful, and functional leg designs of Jensen’s artistic walker, Parenteau knew he could achieve much the same design in his native medium of sheet metal.The elegance of the design on display here is only half the story, though. To me, the much more interesting part is the fact that the democratization of design, coupled with increasingly approachable means of green power, can empower hobbyists with no more than a keen mind and imagination to realize projects of truly impressive scope.I mean, just look at this thing. It came from a pair of welders with nothing but passion and some fundamental skills. It uses no particularly revolutionary technologies, but rather stands (and walks) as a reminder that when we share information, we are also sharing inspiration.last_img read more

first_imgGrande Bretagne : main basse sur la vie privée des internautes ?Si le parlement britannique donne son accord, tous les FAI anglais devront fournir en temps réel les mails, appels et visites de sites web des internautes du pays. Impossible de ne pas penser à 1984, le fameux roman d’Orwell.Le gouvernement britannique va présenter une loi qui autorisera la police et les services de sécurité à avoir accès à toutes les communications électroniques dans toute la Grande-Bretagne. Jusqu’à présent, seules les personnes faisant l’objet d’une enquête pouvaient faire l’objet d’une surveillance de leurs communications, sur autorisation.Certes, ils n’auront pas accès au contenu des messages, seulement à leur date et heure et à l’émetteur et aux destinataires. En 2009, un projet similaire avait été abandonné grâce à l’opposition des Tories et des Libéraux démocrates. Le terrorisme en est encore une fois la raison  « Il est vital que la police et les services de sécurité soient capables d’obtenir des données de communication dans certaines circonstances, pour mener des enquêtes contre les crimes graves et le terrorisme », a expliqué un porte-parole du Home Office. « Les données de communications incluent l’heure, la durée et les numéros de téléphone d’un appel téléphonique, ou une adresse e-mail. Elles n’incluent pas le contenu d’une conversation téléphonique ou d’un e-mail ».À lire aussiLinkedIn et eHarmony victimes de vol de millions de mots de passeDéjà connue pour sa surabondance de caméras de sécurité, la Grande-Bretagne tente décidément de faire de V pour Vendetta une réalité ! Nick Pickles, le directeur des Big Brother Awards, estime ainsi que : « C’est une attaque absolue contre la vie privée sur Internet et il n’est absolument pas dit que ça va améliorer la sécurité du public ».La balle est désormais dans le camps des Lords !    Le 4 avril 2012 à 12:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_img WWE star Peyton Royce shares photo from Honeymoon with AEW star Shawn Spears WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Twitter Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Pinterestcenter_img Carmella speaks out on a recent health scare has caused her to miss time from WWE Google+ WWE star Randy Orton, who is currently out of action after undergoing surgery on his shoulder back in November, took to his officially Instagram account late Friday night to address reports that he will also be undergoing surgery on his neck.“I see many of you think I need neck surgery. I heard weeks ago that Meltzer stated it as a fact. I don’t keep up with gossip, so I didn’t think anything of it. As far as my shoulder, I was cut on 12/8. Things are ahead of schedule and I’m pumped to get back to work. As far as my neck, and I’m only debunking this ‘fact’ for the sincerely concerned fans, I DONT need neck surgery. Remember, unless you hear about it on WWE.com, you really should take everything you read online concerning pro wrestling with a grain of salt.”Wrestleview.com never reported the neck surgery rumors regarding Orton.Source: Instagram.com/RandyOrton Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgArsenal forward Danny Welbeck will reportedly join teammate Aaron Ramsey in leaving the club as a free agent in the summerThe England international’s existing contract with Arsenal will expire at the end of the season, much like Ramsey’s own predicament.Welbeck has been on a good run of form lately and expressed his hope that manager Unai Emery will hand him more opportunities to play.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.But now the Daily Mirror claims that talks between Welbeck’s representatives and Arsenal are nowhere near close to completion and now he seems set to leave the Emirates Stadium next summer.The 27-year-old will be free to sign with a foreign club in January and previously attracted the interest of Turkish giants Galatasaray in August.Welbeck has scored four goals in seven appearances for Arsenal this season, but is yet to start a single game in the Premier League.last_img read more

first_imgJim Hershey, Executive Director of the ASA’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (WISHH) program, was in Columbus, Ohio on Thursday to give an update on the WISHH program to the Ohio Soybean Council.WISHH was founded in 2001 by eight Qualified State Soybean Boards (QSSBs), including Ohio,with a $1 million annual budget. Today the program has grown to an annual budget of over $10 million, mostly with non-checkoff funds. Soybean checkoff funding from QSSBs still makes up approximately $1 million of the budget. The QSSB funding helps leverage matching funds programs from a variety of other sources including the U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Agency for International Development and other international development organizations.WISHH works on long-term market development and demand building for U.S. soy.”It’s great to see our checkoff dollars pull in outside funding at about a 10 to 1 rate!” said Brett Davis, an ASA Board member from Ohio and member of the WISHH Committee.last_img read more

first_imgHILLSBORO — The Washington County sheriff’s office says a man who attempted to rob a Beaverton gun store with a baseball bat and a knife was thwarted when the manager drew his own gun.The sheriff’s office says the suspect walked into Discount Gun Sales Thursday afternoon, smashed a display case with the bat and removed a handgun.Moments later the manager armed himself and ordered the suspect to drop the gun, the bat and a knife he also was carrying.The manger detained him until deputies arrived and arrested the 22-year-old Beaverton man on robbery and other charges.last_img read more

first_imgABOARD THE PAPAL AIRCRAFT — Pope Francis reached out to gays on Monday, saying he won’t judge priests for their sexual orientation in a remarkably open and wide-ranging news conference as he returned from his first foreign trip.“If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?” Francis asked. “We shouldn’t marginalize people for this. They must be integrated into society.”Francis’ predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, signed a document in 2005 that said men who had deep-rooted homosexual tendencies should not be priests. Francis was much more conciliatory in his first news conference as pope, saying gay clergymen should be forgiven and their sins forgotten.The comments did not signal any change in church policy. Catholic teaching still holds that homosexual acts are “intrinsically disordered.” But they indicated a shift in tone under Francis’ young papacy and an emphasis on a church that is more inclusive and merciful rather than critical and disciplinary.Gay leaders were buoyed by Francis’ non-judgmental approach, saying changing the tone was progress in itself, although for some, the encouragement was tempered by Francis talk of gay clergy’s `’sins.”last_img

first_imgSTOCKHOLM — Once billed as the comet of the century, Comet ISON apparently was no match for the sun.Scientists said images from NASA spacecraft showed the comet approaching for a slingshot around the sun Thursday but just a trail of dust coming out on the other end.“It does seem like Comet ISON probably hasn’t survived this journey,” U.S. Navy solar researcher Karl Battams said in a Google+ hangout.Phil Plait, an astronomer and author of the Bad Astronomy blog, agreed, adding “I don’t think the comet made it.”Still, he said, it wouldn’t be all bad news if the 4.5 billion-year-old space rock broke into pieces, because astronomers might be able to study them and learn more about comets.“This is a time capsule looking back at the birth of the solar system,” he said.The comet was two-thirds of a mile wide as it got within 1 million miles of the sun, which in space terms means grazing it.NASA solar physicist Alex Young said it would take a few hours to confirm ISON’s demise but admitted things were not looking good.last_img read more

first_imgContext Menu Tuner review by Martin Brinkmann on January 23, 2017 in Software – 6 commentsContext Menu Tuner is a free program for Microsoft Windows that enables you to add various functions to the right-click context menu on Windows.Many companies that produce software seem to have a Wild West mentality when it comes to adding items to the context menu on Windows. Add first, and maybe provide options to remove the context menu entries again in the program settings.This is especially problematic for functions that you will never use, as they make orientation worse and may delay operations that you want to execute.Tip: you can remove context menu commands manually in Windows.Context Menu TunerContext Menu Tuner has been designed to add even more items to the context menu. The difference is that you get to pick what gets added, and where it gets added.The portable program displays a list of supported actions on the left, and the context menu groups that it supports on the right.These groups determine which actions Windows displays when you right-click on items. The context menu looks different on Windows depending on what you click on; the folder and file context menus are different for instance, and there are also differences between drive, library, and desktop menus.To top all that, there are also custom actions for individual file types.The program Context Menu Tweaker is relatively easy to use, once you realize that you cannot use it to manage existing items.So, what you can do is pick one of the available commands on the left, and add it to one or multiple context menu groups on the right.It features dozens of extra commands that you can add to the context menu. To name a few: display Windows folder options, pin to taskbar, run as another user, open settings, open Windows PowerShell as administrator, cleanup, edit, and dozens more.You do get options to add the item for a specific file type. You get a new window that lists all file types,  if you select that option by clicking on the arrow icon next to add.It features a search, and checkboxes for file types. Select one or multiple file types, and click on okay afterwards to complete the process.Once you do so, you may customize commands further by selecting them, and modifying the options displayed underneath the context menu group listing.You may hide the command for instance in the default menu, but display it when you hit the Shift-key.Other options include moving it to the top or bottom position, making sure the item is never the default, and adding separators to the menu.Custom ItemsContext Menu Tuner supports custom items as well. You configure custom commands in the create custom item window.Add a title, executable file and command line arguments for the application, select a custom icon, and configure the menu item options that are available for all commands.This allows you to add custom commands to the context menu, for instance to send files to your favorite application.Closing WordsContext Menu Tuner is a useful program for Windows. It is portable and easy enough to use. I wish it would support removing existing context menu items as well, as it would improve the functionality significantly.For now, it allows you to add preset or custom commands to the Windows Explorer context menu.Summary12345 Author Rating4.5 based on 3 votes Software Name Context Menu TunerOperating System WindowsSoftware Category AdministrationLanding Page http://winaero.com/blog/context-menu-tuner-3-0/ Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgAdd font display issues to the growing number of Windows 10 version 1809 issues by Martin Brinkmann on October 24, 2018 in Windows – Last Update: October 24, 2018 – 21 commentsReports are coming in (via Windows Latest) that users who upgraded their devices running Windows 10 to the October 2018 Update — Windows 10 version 1809 — may face yet another issue.The issue at hand this time is display related. Machines affected by the issue display garbled or entirely unreadable text.The screenshot below shows how the Settings application may look like on a system that is affected by the bug.Errors seem to have appeared first in the Foobar 2000 application but it did not take long before users reported that fonts were broken in web browsers such as Chrome or internal system applications such as the Settings application.The most likely explanation for the garbled font issue is that it is a font fallback issue. Windows uses font fallback options when it cannot display a certain glyph because of the font that is used.Basically, when Windows can’t use the default font to display a glyph on the screen it uses a fallback instead.The issue appeared in Windows 10 version 1809, the new feature update, on affected machines and did not exist in previous versions of Windows.Some users reported that they fixed the issue by installing the latest graphics drivers on the machine. Intel users may head over to the Intel website to download the latest drivers for the integrated graphics adapter. AMD and Nvidia drivers are available as well.It appears that the installation of the latest video card driver updates the font usage of the Windows 10 operating system as well; at least that is what is reported by users who fixed affected machines by updating video card drivers on the PCs.Microsoft’s new feature update Windows 10 version 1809 is plagued by a number of bugs including serious ones that may lead to data loss during use or after the upgrade to the new version. Some users who did update to the new version before Microsoft pulled it reported audio issues and bluescreens as well.Closing WordsThe number of machines that were upgraded to Windows 10 before Microsoft pulled the release is unknown but it is likely not very large when compared to the number of all Windows 10 devices. One has to wonder if the full release of the operating system will increase the number of serious bugs further.Users are advised to create a system backup of the operating system before they upgrade. Those who are in no hurry to upgrade are advised to wait a month at the very least before they start the upgrade.Now You: What is your take on the whole bug situation?SummaryArticle NameAdd font display issues to the growing number of Windows 10 version 1809 issuesDescriptionReports are coming in that users who upgraded their devices running Windows 10 to the October 2018 Update — Windows 10 version 1809 — may face yet another issue.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

first_img Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Lee Ju-yeol, Bank of Korea governor, said spending by South Koreans has been shrinking since last week. The central bank on Thursday slashed its key interest rate for the second time this year by a quarter of a percentage point to a record low.Since the first reported case and especially during the first few weeks when the government withheld the names of the hospitals with MERS patients, South Koreans have avoided crowded spaces such as public transport, movie theaters and shopping malls. New movies have pushed back their release dates.IKEA Korea postponed a sale that was set to start on Thursday citing the local government’s recommendations. A resident of a southwestern village which is quarantined after a patient was released before getting a positive test result told a South Korean television network that some people cancelled their online food orders out of panic.South Korea’s government is providing emergency loans to small and medium-sized companies that are the hardest hit by the MERS outbreak. The loans will be distributed next week to small hospitals that had contact with MERS patients, hotels and concert organizers.Markets have also reacted to the outbreak. Cosmetics companies and airlines that count Chinese consumers as their key customers have suffered share price slumps in the past month. Shares of Korean Air Lines are down 14 percent since May 20 while Asiana Airlines lost nearly 20 percent of its market value during the same period. Shares of Amorepacific, South Korea’s largest cosmetics maker, are down nearly 10 percent. Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of “Even after the Yeonpyeong Island shelling and Japan’s Fukushima crisis, it wasn’t this bad,” said Kim, referring to the North Korea’s shelling of a South Korean island in 2010 and Japan’s nuclear accident in 2011.Kim said revenue in June is expected to plunge to less than 30 percent of what it was a year earlier. The massive cancellations are dealing a blow to business for July and August as well, which are usually high-demand months.“It’s a step backward for South Korea which has built a good image,” he said. “I just hope that the outbreak ends quickly so that business in the fall wouldn’t be hurt.”Efforts to foster stronger growth in Asia’s fourth-largest economy have been set back by the MERS outbreak, which is denting tourism and spending by locals. Eleven people have died and more than 120 people in South Korea have been diagnosed with the disease since the country reported its first case on May 20.The outbreak, the largest outside Saudi Arabia, has been contained to hospitals but it has caused widespread fear. Nearly 3,000 schools and kindergartens remained closed on Friday despite calls from the World Health Organization for them to reopen. Top Stories Sponsored Stories SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — For a South Korean tour agency, the outbreak of Middle East respiratory syndrome feels like a bigger threat to business than a North Korean attack or nuclear reactor meltdown.Kim Chun Choo’s company, which has provided tour services for the last quarter century, is going through its worst year ever.Following the outbreak last month, most tourists from China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, who account for about half of Kim Travel’s clients, cancelled tours to Seoul. Almost all international conferences, which were set to bring in participants who would use his company’s tour services, were cancelled or postponed. A worker wearing protective gears sitting on a truck sprays antiseptic solution as a precaution against the spread of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) at a local market in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, June 12, 2015. South Korea’s economy is feeling the heat as the MERS outbreak slashed inflow of visitors and consumption. For a South Korean tour agency, the outbreak of a contagious disease turned out to be a bigger threat to the business than North Korean attack or nuclear fuel meltdowns. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man) Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Comments   Share   New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall For Kim, the head of Kim’s Travel, it is time for his staff to recharge and prepare for the future.“We decided that this is time to do preparation for the next busy season, from September to November,” he said. “We are doing the things that we were too busy to do, like developing new tour products and having employees get some time off.”Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finisheslast_img read more

first_imgSo while Mitchell’s praise of Johnson may feature some hyperbole, at the same time, it’s fair to say he knows a thing or two about quality running backs.So, is Johnson destined to arrive in Canton in, say, 15 years or so?A guest of Doug and Wolf on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Friday, ESPN NFL insider John Clayton said folks around the league are a bit more guarded about trying to predict Johnson’s future, but that does not mean they are unimpressed.“I think they realize there’s a special back there,” he said, adding that Cardinals assistant Tom Moore compares Johnson to Franco Harris.Harris, of course, is in the Hall of Fame.“The one thing [Johnson] is so good at is he’s great on the outside, whether it’s going to be running to the outside, catching the ball to the outside,” Clayton said. “If he can develop more of an inside game, that will make him better.“But I mean, he looks like a beast out there, and you watched how he came on and, honestly, I think this is kind of the wave of the future is that it’s hard to anticipate who the good backs are going to be.”Clayton cited second-round picks Matt Forte and Le’Veon Bell as players who slid in the draft but turned out to be excellent running backs. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling David Johnson is already in the Pro Football Hall of Fame — sort of.Last season, he became the first player in NFL history to score touchdowns on a run, a catch and a kickoff return in his first two games, and because of that, the folks in Canton asked for his jersey and cleats to display.As we all know, Johnson did not slow down after Week 2. The third-round pick out of Northern Iowa set a rookie franchise record for total touchdowns, with 13, while running for 581 yards on 125 carries and catching 36 passes for 457 yards. 0 Comments   Share   Arizona Cardinals’ David Johnson runs past Carolina Panthers’ Shaq Green-Thompson during the first half the NFL football NFC Championship game Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn) Johnson’s performance down the stretch and in the postseason solidified his role as the Cardinals’ No. 1 running back, and since then there has been no shortage of excitement over the 24-year-old’s future.If his ridiculous workout routine doesn’t pump people up over what could be in store, a quote from Arizona’s running backs coach Stump Mitchell might.A great NFL back in his own right, Mitchell — in the final episode of the Amazon series “All or Nothing,” had nothing but praise for Johnson.“The only thing you can control is David, and you did a good job,” Mitchell said, before adding Johnson was the running back he wanted the team to pick because he thought the Northern Iowa product was better than Todd Gurley, who was chosen 10th overall and was named the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year.“The Hall of Fame — you should have a bust when your ass is done playing,” he added. “Hopefully, if you can stay healthy.“I’ve coached some good backs; ain’t no question you’re a Hall of Fame guy. None whatsoever.”At the NFL level, Mitchell coached elite runners Ricky Watters and Shaun Alexander in Seattle as well as Clinton Portis in Washington. As a player, Mitchell finished his career second in Cardinals franchise history in total rushing yards, third in rushing attempts, fourth in rushing touchdowns and second in rushing average. His 14 100-yard rushing games rank second, too. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires “I think David Johnson fits into that group,” he said. “Hall of Fame, a little bit early yet. Got to wait five years after he retires to think about that, but I think he’s going to be a very good back in a very good running division.” Top Stories Your browser does not support the audio element. LISTEN: John Clayton, ESPN NFL insider The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more