13 days agoJuventus demand Mandzukic fee from Man Utd

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Juventus demand Mandzukic fee from Man Utdby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus have told Manchester United they must cough up a fee for Marko Mandzukic.The Daily Express says United will have to spend £10million if they want to sign Mandzukic from Juventus in the January transfer window but the player has reached a verbal agreement with the Red Devils.Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants Croatian star Mandzukic to beef up his misfiring front line.He failed with a summer move for the former Bayern Munich star who will be 34 next May but is understood to have now reached a verbal agreement.Juve want to offload Mandzukic who has has been told that he won’t be featuring in Maurizio Sarri’s plans for the season.He has rejected a lucrative move to Qatar and has been offered the chance to play in the MLS with LAFC but still feels that he can play at the highest level in Europe. last_img read more

Video: Check Out This Incredible “Vengeance” Hype Video About The SEC West’s 2015 Season

first_imgSEC West promotion feature Dak Prescott.SEC West Hype VideoWill there be a better division in college football in 2015 than the SEC West? Probably not. The division that has ruled the sport for the majority of the last decade is expected to be great once again this fall. In ESPN’s first “Football Power Index” poll, the SEC West has five teams in the top 10 and a sixth team, Auburn, ranked No. 17. In anticipation of the 2015 season, a fan created an awesome “Vengeance” hype video about the SEC West. It’s pretty great. last_img

Gwyneth Paltrow Hosts In goop Health Wellness Summit In Los Angeles

first_img An In goop Health retail hall, including a wellness pharmacy, an athleisure shop, a clean-beauty apothecary, and exclusive goop collaborations, such as a nontoxic polish by goop x Côte Nails. The hall also featured an installation from ecologically sensitive electric car company Karma Automotive, the official auto partner of In goop Health. A concluding party with cocktails by Ketel One Botanical, a 100% non-GMO vodka infused with natural essences. goop, the modern lifestyle brand founded and helmed by Gwyneth Paltrow, hosted the third installment of its popular wellness summit, In goop Health.GWYNETH PALTROW HOSTS IN GOOP HEALTH WELLNESS SUMMITThe consistently sold-out summit featured thought-provoking discussions with leading voices in the wellness space and showcased bespoke activations that spoke to our emotional and physical health.The summit featured: A full day of issue-focused panels with leading doctors, scientists, entrepreneurs, and boundary-pushing celebrities. Highlights included:Intimate fireside chats conducted by Paltrow with creatives such as Meg Ryan and Janet Mock;- A discussion on the cannabis industry with innovative scientists and entrepreneurs, moderated by actress Lake Bell and presented by MedMen. Goop also curated a selection of cannabis-adjacent products at MedMen’s new Abbott Kinney location, which opened today;- An exploration on intuition, creativity, and unlocking your potential led by author and poet Cleo Wade;- Inspired by The Sex Issue and The Post-Natal Depletion Cure – new releases from goop’s book imprint – a Tantra and polarity session with Michaela Boehm, and a Q & A with Loom’s Erica Chidi Cohen and Dr. Oscar Serrallach presented by Munchkin;- A Q & A with leading female entrepreneurs on “Career Health”- A breakout session on plant nutrition, moderated by actress Mena Suvari with Kelly Leveque and Keri Glassman and presented by Bolthouse Farms Plant Protein Milk;- Discussions on the autoimmune spectrum, longevity and health span, where scientists and doctors explained the art of maintaining, and even optimizing, your health at every age. Health-driven food options from top vendors, chefs and food purveyors, including Moon Juice, Gracias Madre, Café Gratitude, Methodology, Kye’s, P.Y.T., Blue Bottle Coffee, Four Sigmatic, Kreation, Dream Pops, Wanderlust Creamery and pizza with activated charcoal crust from Jewel. The VIP lunch was hosted by Jessica Koslow of Sqirl. Wellness experiences including facial stations and master classes by Tata Harper, Shiva Rose, Herbivore Botanicals, May Lindstrom, Anastasia Achilleos, Cyrohealth and Annee de Mamiel, and a LED eye mask station by Dennis Gross. The popular no-makeup makeup station by Glamsquad, and B12 shots from the Hydration Room were also back by popular demand. Complimentary limited-edition slides by vegan shoe company, Native Shoes, were provided to all guests upon entrance. Personalized sessions including scent blending with natural perfumer Douglas Little, human design with Lynette Hagins, life-path readings with Susan Grau, numerology by Josh Siegel, Akashic Record readings by Amor Luz, pulse readings by Martha Soffer of Surya Spa, tarot card readings from Angie Banicki, crystal readings with Kiki Matoba-Smith, Reiki classes with Kelsey Patel, breathwork with Ashley Neese, meditation with Light Watkins, chakra cleansing and psychic readings by Deganit Nuur of Nuurvana, manifestation workshops with Suzannah Galland, aerial yoga with Lululemon, and more. A gift bag stocked with goop-approved beauty, fashion and wellness products, including Tru Niagen, Rent the Runway, The Organic Pharmacy, Naturopathica, May Lindstrom and Olio E Osso. A Wellness Weekender package, which included a two-night stay at Hotel Casa del Mar, exclusive fitness classes, and an invite to a cocktail party the night before the summit. An “eat ugly” produce wall created by Imperfect Produce, which fights food waste by salvaging unclaimed goods directly from farmers. 20% of fruits and vegetables never make it off the farm due to cosmetic reasons alone. All produce from the welcome wall will be donated to LA Compost and reused as a resource for our ecosystems.In collaboration with Mother Denim, goop staff wore “goopfellas” tees, which were also available in the goop Hall for guests to purchase.In goop Health took place at 3Labs in Culver City, with additional events held at Shutters on the Beach, the official hotel partner of In goop Health.last_img read more

Doctors angry at opposition to planned tax changes urge Ottawa to forge

first_imgTORONTO – Doctors across Canada who support Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s proposed tax reforms say they want their voices to be heard above the din of criticism from colleagues and medical societies.To make their point, they have been putting signatures on a letter they plan to send to Morneau this week.“We were really fed up with the narrative that our colleagues were putting forth and that our medical associations were putting forth as the only opinion out there,” said Dr. Sarah Giles. “We’ll probably have friends never talk to us again. People are ridiculously emotional about this.”Among other things, Morneau wants to stop allowing some tax-saving mechanisms through incorporation that physicians say are essential given that they have no access to benefits other employees enjoy. Angry medical associations say doctors will leave Canada for the U.S., and female physicians will be disproportionately hurt.The president of the Canadian Medical Association said in a recent statement that a delegation had told Morneau that doctors rely on the measures now in place for working capital needed for expanding their practices and, among other things, to deal with “unanticipated costs, sick or parental leave, staff turnover, and other business requirements.”Signatories to the open letter, a copy of which was obtained by The Canadian Press, see it much differently. They argue that scrapping the current system will promote tax fairness and give the government more money to spend on health care.“We need adequate tax revenues to fund social programs such as affordable housing, pharmacare, social assistance, legal aid, and the health-care system itself,” the letter states. “These programs directly impact the health of our patients, and we believe it is important for us to contribute to their sustainability through an adequate tax base.”Giles, who does stints working with remote Indigenous communities and abroad with Doctors without Borders, said diverting dollars from doctors toward improved care would benefit her money-strapped patients far more than it would harm physicians.“There’s a lot of catastrophising,” she said of those upset at Morneau’s plans. “Why are they hanging their hats on this issue? It feels very self-serving.”Canadian Medical Association data suggest a large majority of physicians are incorporated. That means they can access various measures to reduce their taxes despite earning significantly more on average — upwards of $225,000 annually before taxes — than other Canadians.“These benefits are advantageous mostly to certain incorporated doctors,” the letter states. “It also seems unfair that these benefits are not available to Canadians with similar incomes who cannot incorporate.”The physicians do say in their letter the proposed changes should come with a transition plan for those affected and as part of a “comprehensive review” of tax policy.Rita McCracken, a family doctor in Vancouver who said she was bombarded with advice on incorporating to save taxes even when she was in medical school, expressed disappointment at what she considers reactionary physician organizations who should be pushing for improvements to the health-care system. Any suggestion the proposed measures are “anti-feminist” is misguided, she said.McCracken contacted colleagues with the aim of expressing a fact-based alternative view, leading to the letter to Morneau.“It just seemed to us there was some motivation from very high earners who wanted to continue to be able to pay less tax,” McCracken said. “(But) people who make more money should pay more taxes.”Lesley Barron, an incorporated general surgeon in Georgetown, Ont., said she supports the proposals even though her family’s bottom line will take a hit. Morneau’s approach will help make the tax system more fair, she said.“I don’t believe it makes sense for physicians to fund retirement, benefits, and maternity leave through these tax loopholes,” Barron said.Another letter signatory, Ritika Goel, a family doctor with an inner city practice in Toronto, said the din of criticism from many doctors makes it important an alternative perspective be heard. The current system isn’t the way to address issues Morneau critics are raising, she said. Goel, who is currently on leave to look after her baby, says maternity benefits are in fact available to doctors in Ontario.“Beyond that, I’m in an income position that has allowed me to have savings to take maternity leave,” she said.last_img read more

Competition Bureau reaches anticompetitive agreement with software developer

first_imgOTTAWA – The Competition Bureau says it has reached an agreement with a Canadian developer of travel industry software alleged to have created barriers that prevented its competitors from participating in the marketplace.The bureau says that Softvoyage Inc.’s well-established control of the market for content management software used by most tour operators allegedly saw the company start including exclusivity clauses in its contracts.These exclusivity clauses would then allegedly force tour operators that were using Softvoyage’s software to use only the company’s software for the distribution and sale of their vacation packages, among other claims.The bureau says this created a barrier to entry or prevented the viability of any current or potential competitors in the marketplace.As part of its consent agreement with the bureau, Softvoyage will refrain from enforcing certain clauses or portions of its clauses contained in its contracts with its clients over a period of seven years.The company did not immediately respond to requests for comment.last_img read more

ELC student helping to raise awareness about the importance of pollination

first_imgPimm also made a presentation to City Council on June 11th and got the City to proclaim the week of June 18th – 24th and Pollinator Awareness Week in Fort St. John. As part of the awareness week, she said that several local businesses including Baked Pastry and Bakeshop, Whole Wheat & Honey Café, and the Fort St. John Library will also be offering bee-related products and educating their clientele about the importance of the fuzzy winged creatures.As for which bee is her favourite, Pimm said it’s a tie between the honeybee and the bumblebee.“I like the honeybee because it’s most well-known for making honey, and I like the bumblebee because it’s so fluffy and big. It’s not supposed to fly, but its wings are just so strong that they can hold them up.” FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A student at the Energetic Learning Campus in Fort St. John is looking to do good for the community by helping to raise the public’s awareness about the importance of pollinators in our lives.Grade 10 student Meghan Pimm said she decided to do something that would involve bees for her ELC Community Project this year. ShePimm said that as part of her project, she went to Robert Ogilvie Elementary and spoke to some of the school’s students in Grades 1 and 3 about the important role that bees play in where our food comes from, before helping the students plant fruits and vegetables. She also approached local stores selling pesticides and got permission to put up signs informing customers of the detrimental effects pesticides have on bee colonies.last_img read more

Undocumented migrants face tough time inside Libyas detention system

first_imgTRIPOLI – Since the fall of Gadhafi, African migrants mainly from Chad, Niger and Mali have been flocking to Libya hoping to get work or a boat to Italy. AA reporter Assed Baig goes to detention centres in Tripoli to meet some of them.Armed men guard the entrance of the zoo in Tripoli, some are dressed in military fatigues, whilst others stand around smoking. Beyond the windy road lies a ‘detention centre’ run by a former militia that now works under the Interior Ministry. The area around the gates of the zoo still has some of its former lustre, designed to attract Libyans to its once scenic grounds.The militia were initially charged with zookeeping, but as the problems in Libya multiplied, so have their responsibilities. They are now charged with dealing with migrants and comb the streets of Tripoli looking for migrants without valid visas or documentation. Commander Said Gars Alaha sits on an old sofa placed in the shade, outside the door to the facility. A small table in front of him, he has a file and an empty cup sitting next to it. Inside, migrants are lined up against the wall.  Uniformed men wearing medical facemasks inspect any documentation the migrants may have whilst asking them questions. Gars Alaha wears a blue uniform with military style black boots.  He has a neatly kept short grey beard and welcomes us warmly.  He is keen to point out that this is a processing facility and that migrants are not kept here for more than 72 hours.“This is not a prison”, he points out to me.None of the guards inside seem to be carrying guns. He tells me that he is upset at foreign journalists twisting the story and making it seem like migrants are being kept with animals.“I am happy for you to look around, as long as you tell the truth,” says Alaha.There are various pick-up trucks and police cars parked around the grounds, including a minibus with caged windows. I am told that this is for transporting migrants to another facility.Inside, the migrants line up, most are Black Africans.  Abdullah, the guard, inspects their passports.  None of the men have a valid entry stamp.  Some do not have passports.  27-year-old Fafuna Musa from Mali, tells me that he came to Libya to feed his family, “I just want to earn money and go home to my family”.  This is a common story told here.  Migrants are unlikely to admit that they will attempt to journey further to Italy.   Most end up working in Libya trying to earn money to feed themselves and their families back home.  Some save up to take the dangerous journey by boat to Italy.   During Gadhafi’s regime numbers of African migrants from Libya were stemmed as Gaddafi asked for money from European countries to prevent a ‘Black Europe’.  Since his fall the levels have increase as lack of security allows smugglers more freedom to operate.The migrants look tired.  Their clothes are ripped and some do not have any shoes.  Most have travelled the desert to get to Libya, a journey that can take up to a month depending on where they are coming from.  Some have travelled from as far-a-field as Nigeria.There is dust and dirt all over their clothes.  Some of these men work on construction sites.  The youngest is 18 years old.Fafuna looks over 50 but tells me he is only 27.  I question him further, and he responds by saying, “Anna miskeen,” meaning “I’m poor” in Arabic.  The guard says the story is always the same and replies, “ I know that all of you are ‘miskeen’.”Some of the migrants are cut and are bleeding.  The guard is quick to tell me that the wounds were caused when the migrants ran from the police.  I ask the migrants to make sure that this is true; they confirm the guard’s version of events.Badara is another detainee, he works in a restaurant and is using his mobile phone to call his boss.  He says that his boss has his paperwork and passes the phone over to the guard so that he can speak to the restaurant owner.  A look of desperation runs across his face as he hopes that his boss will be able to secure his release.  Many businesses in Libya rely on migrant labour.  It is cheap and as in countless other countries Libyan’s sometimes do not want to do the jobs that migrants are prepared to do.I am led through the facility and I spot some blood on the floor.  Again Abdullah is quick to point out to me where the blood has come from.  They have come very aware of the negative publicity that this facility has received recently.Outside in the courtyard Egyptians and Tunisians are queuing at a door to a small room.  Their blood will be tested for any diseases, Abdullah tells me, specifically for HIV and Hepatitis. We are then taken to one of the main detention rooms.  The guard signals for the men to stand up and come to the front.   I stop him; I don’t want orchestrated pictures for the benefit of the media.  He opens the padlock to the iron barred room. I take pictures of young men as they sit on the floor of the room.There are two mats on the floor and I count 12 detainees.  My guide points out to me that they have two air-conditioned rooms, a toilet and bottled drinking water, but this room is not particularly clean.  The men are ushered out and back through to the main hall leading to the entrance, where the get into a van to be taken to another detention facility to which we do not have access.   The commander assures me that those that do not have valid visas, documentation or passports will be repatriated to their countries of origin.Earlier this year Amnesty International said that refugees, asylum seekers and migrants were being held in ‘deplorable conditions’ in Libya.  The human rights organisation visited seven “holding centres” in April and May this year.  Amnesty international said they found “evidence of ill-treatment, in some cases amounting to torture”.  The organisation also said that many foreign nationals were being held in Libya and were subjected to “arbitrary arrests and held for long periods in deplorable conditions at immigration detention facilities described by the Libyan authorities as “holding centres”, with no immediate prospect of release or redress in sight.”We have had no problem accessing this facility, but there are others detention centres and prisons that we do not have access to.  We spoke to a former prisoner of a facility in Khums to the east of Tripoli. He alleged that routine beatings and sexual assault were a common practice.  One detainee told Anadolu, on condition of anonymity, that women were forced to have sex with guards in exchange for their release.However, in this detention centre the guards and commander are keen to point out what they consider to be good treatment of the detainees.   We did not see any of the guards shout or use force whilst we were there.“They eat what we eat,” Gars tells me, referring to the sandwiches and they ate.  “We have women to take care of and check the women.  We do not treat people badly,” he adds.We also visited a detention facility in Sabha, the largest city in the south of the country and usually the first city that migrants arrive in when entering Libya. Although we were allowed on to the facility, we were not permitted to see where the detainees were being kept.  According to the Deputy Commander Al-Medani Muhammed Al-Zarouq there are 600 undocumented migrants being kept at the facility.  A local resident of the city who has seen the facilities told me they were very dirty and difficult to enter because of the smell.  This could be why I was refused entry to see the migrant’s living conditions, 600 people enclosed in a small building, not allowed to leave, in the hot conditions of Libya, is bound to result in terrible conditions.  There was no mention of air-conditioning at the Sabha facility.I was told that the migrants are divided into nationalities and that the majority of are from Niger, Chad and Mali.“We cannot send some migrants back to their countries, like those from Somalia and Eriteria, as they are refugees,” says Al-Zarouq.The undocumented migrants from Niger are sent back to their country in trucks, paid for by the interior ministry he tells me.  I am shown the kitchen of the facility, but am not permitted to take any pictures or speak to the migrants working there.  It seems clean.  There are crates full of freshly cooked packed lunches.  Al-Zarouq opens one for me, pointing out that he, the guards, and the detainees all eat the same food.  Each little box has macaroni and a piece of chicken in it, and I can still see the steam rising from the food.   The rest of the facility seems to be undergoing some renovation.  There are two armed guards standing around, the majority of whom are unarmed.There are many detention centres and prisons spread across Libya.  The number of detainees is unknown at the moment as numbers fluctuate as people are released, repatriated or transferred to other facilities.  Undocumented migrants that are captured face a long detention, repatriation and in some cases physical abuse.  The future of Libya’s prisons and detention centres is uncertain until the government manages to bring everything under control and conform to international standards of transparency and access.As I leave the detention centre in Tripoli I can see some of the migrants praying their noon prayer. They sit on the prayer mats long after their Libyan counterparts have finished praying. Their hands are raised in supplication towards the sky. Their heads tipped down like wilted flowers, they pray for relief, for a way out of this detention centre, for their loved ones at home, and for a miracle. MARCO LONGARI/AFP/GETTY IMAGESlast_img read more

No surprise annual audits monthly reports says former NHIB Chair

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp #magneticmedianews #tcinhip  #drexwellseymour Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, November 28, 2016 – The National Health Insurance Board’s money woes should not be a surprise because the Health plan is audited annually and the Permanent Secretaries of Health and Finance sit in on meetings and are presented information to help their ministers make high level decisions and to be acquainted with what is or is not happening at NHIP.This information comes from former Chairman and HLB Owner and CPA, Drexwell Seymour who responded to questions from Magnetic Media after the bombshell news that the Health Insurance plan is bleeding funds to the tune of $6.1 million and needs an urgent $2 million bail out to save the plan from crashing.Seymour said PriceWaterhouseCoopers(PWC) conducts those audits and that the Board has managed to drastically reduce what government was spending on medical care from $40 million annually on locals only before the NHIP was established to now, $13 million dollars per year for locals and work permit holders.Seymour said monthly accounts are submitted and that Government should perhaps consider giving the NHIB more money to manage medical care as there is a shortfall or not enough money to take care of the health care demands.  You can read an article on the state of the NHIP from Drexwell Seymour’s perspective at his Facebook page.Magnetic Media’s report on Friday caused outrage among many residents who questioned leadership following news from a post Cabinet statement which called for a review of NHIB and said that Cabinet was surprised at the financial predicament of the social health care plan. Related Items:#drexwellseymour, #magneticmedianews, #tcinhipcenter_img PDM Administration announces budget increase for primary health care, goal to reduce overseas medical bills Recommended for youlast_img read more

Seattles Museum Of Pop Culture To Host Pearl Jam Exhibit

first_img Twitter Seattle’s MoPOP To Host Pearl Jam Exhibit seattles-museum-pop-culture-host-pearl-jam-exhibit The band and its fan collective the Ten Club helped make this the best retrospective ever, gathering together more than 200 Pearl Jam artifactsPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs May 8, 2018 – 1:00 pm Right after Pearl Jam’s The Home Shows at Seattle’s Safeco Field on Aug. 8 and 10, which will raise awareness and funds for the city’s homeless, Seattle’s Museum of Pop Culture will open the exhibit Pearl Jam: Home And Away on Aug. 11.Pearl Jam’s MoPOP career-spanning showcase will feature more than 200 of the band’s artifacts across 28 years, adding to the efforts made at the PJ20 anniversary with original lyrics, instruments, stage sets, posters, and other art and memorabilia.”This exhibition will give an intimate first-hand look at Pearl Jam’s journey from 1990 to the present and into the future,” said MoPOP Senior Curator Jacob McMurray. “From their beginnings as one of the originators of the ‘Seattle Sound’ and the grunge phenomenon, to their sustained global impact as one of the most popular and respected bands in the world, Pearl Jam’s story is still unfolding as they continue to sell out shows worldwide and use their stage to further social and political consciousness.” News Email Have you heard the good news about our newest exhibition coming August 11? https://t.co/sgdVNndzpO— MoPOP Seattle (@MoPOPSeattle) May 8, 2018center_img Seattle’s Museum Of Pop Culture To Host Pearl Jam Exhibit https://twitter.com/MoPOPSeattle/status/993909193064173569 The exhibition was organized as a collaboration between MoPOP, the band and their longtime official fan club, the Ten Club, and will remain open through early 2019.This achievement adds to another of Pearl Jam’s accomplishments this year, as guitarist Mike McCready will be honored with the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award for his long-term support of MusiCares and addiction recovery on May 10 at the Showbox in Seattle at the MusiCares Concert For Recovery. The concert’s featured performers include Barrett Martin, Guns N’ Roses’ Duff McKagan and Slash, Mike Ness, Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Chad Smith, and Heart’s Nancy Wilson.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more Facebook last_img read more

Baltimore County Exec Kevin Kamenetz Announces New WMBE Program

first_imgTowson – Kevin Kamenetz, the Baltimore County, Md. executive, on July 27 announced he would be signing an executive order expanding the scope of the county’s Open for Business initiative, he announced  at a press conference in the County Executive’s Office.The order aims to increase the percentage of dollars appropriated to minority- and women-owned businesses by enabling smaller businesses to secure prime, or direct contracts with the county.Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz (Courtesy Photo/baltimorecountymd.gov)“We’re delighted to do this because it’s the right thing to do and it makes great fiscal sense for the county as well,” Kamenetz said.The executive reasons that expanding the pool of eligible contractors will spur competition thus driving down bids and saving the county dollars while expanding opportunities to underrepresented demographics.Under the previous arrangement for bids, goals have been consistently set and exceeded, the executive said.Early reporting on Women and Minority Business Enterprises (WMBE) targets indicates the county is “on target” to reach a 17 percent rate of participation for the last year, a Baltimore County Executive Office press release stated. “We’re happy that we have been exceeding our goals. We’ve really been averaging almost closer to 19 percent for subcontracting,” Kamenetz said.Despite the statistical successes, Kamenetz says he’s been receiving pressure to do more from contractors.“They would say, ‘Listen,we applaud your great success in achieving and exceeding our goals for WMBE subcontractors, but we also think we need greater participation as a prime contractor,’” Kamenetz said.While Baltimore County is 35 percent non-White and somewhere close to 50 percent female, Keith Dorsey, director of the Department of Budget and Finance told the AFRO the county’s goal was only 17 percent because that was how many businesses were studied and then determined to be “ready and willing.”On the day of the signing,  Kamenetz was also slated to promote the program during a workshop at the George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology where 200 registered persons were registered to attend, his office said.Kamenetz said his administration has always been open to expanding the rolls of WMBE prime and subcontractors, but the issue was one of outreach and getting information to contractors that might be discouraged by the previous system.The AFRO asked the executive to explain the benefits of this new arrangement for women and minorities.“We’re a very diverse county,” Kamenetz said. “We’re 35 percent non-White and you want to let everyone have the benefit of the opportunity to participate in doing business with the county. If you don’t open up your doors to those who previously did not have opportunity, then you have complaints of a ‘good ‘ol boy’ network or that the same people tend to get the same jobs all the time. And when that happens, you don’t tend to have any innovation, you don’t tend to have any price competition to the highest degree that you want. So obviously, there’s the side benefit of the equity argument that you’re opening up economic opportunities for all neighborhoods. But those are the primary goals that we would like to achieve and we think that is good public policy.”last_img read more

1st Muslim in Congress Wants to Take on Trump in Court

first_imgBy KYLE POTTER, Associated PressST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress and a top official with the Democratic National Committee, filed to run for Minnesota attorney general Tuesday, saying he wanted to join the legal fight against President Donald Trump.A sixth-term lawmaker widely regarded as among the most liberal members of Congress, Ellison had been eyeing statewide office in Minnesota for months. He considered running for the Senate seat vacated by former Sen. Al Franken before backing Gov. Mark Dayton’s appointee, Sen. Tina Smith. And he weighed a run for attorney general until Lori Swanson, the current officeholder, decided to run for a fourth term this winter.In this Dec. 2, 2016 file photo, U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., listens during a forum on the future of the Democratic Party, in Denver. Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress, filed papers Tuesday, June 5, 2018, to run for Minnesota attorney general. Ellison, also the vice chairman of the Democratic National Committee, filed just hours ahead of a deadline. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)But Swanson changed course Monday, launching a late bid for Minnesota governor. Ellison and others pounced, filing for the office on Tuesday.“It was attorneys general who led the fight against the Muslim ban,” Ellison said after filing to run for the office, referring to Trump’s ban on travel to the U.S. by visitors from several Muslim-majority countries. “I want to be a part of that fight.”Among the Democrats rushing to succeed Ellison in his liberal Minneapolis congressional district was state Rep. Ilhan Omar, the first Somali-American Muslim elected to a state legislature in the U.S.Ellison’s first statewide campaign will likely be far more challenging than his congressional runs. He represents a solidly Democratic district in Minneapolis and some surrounding suburbs and has never faced a major challenger since first being elected to Congress in 2006. But outside the cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota is more conservative and could be less receptive to his confrontational approach.Ellison co-chaired the House’s Congressional Progressive Caucus from 2011 to 2017 and recently assumed the charge of pushing to expand a Medicare-for-all, single-payer health care program. He has also served as deputy chairman of the Democratic National Committee since 2017, after losing the race for its top job to Tom Perez. Both Ellison and the DNC said he would keep his spot as deputy chairman.By entering the race for attorney general, Ellison is taking on the state party’s endorsed candidate as well as longtime Democratic state lawmaker and former Minnesota Attorney General Mike Hatch. All filed for the office Tuesday.Several Minnesota Democrats immediately joined the race for the U.S. House seat Ellison holds. State Sen. Patricia Torres Ray, a prominent voice on Hispanic issues, filed less than an hour after Ellison filed for attorney general. Former state House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher also jumped in.Omar was elected in 2016 and said at the time that she considered her election to be a “counter-narrative” to then-President-elect Trump.Omar immigrated to the U.S. when she was 12, after her family fled war-torn Somalia and spent four years in a Kenyan refugee camp. Her story is a familiar one in Minnesota, which is home to the largest Somali population in the United States. While other Somali-Americans have been elected to school boards and the Minneapolis City Council, she was the first to be elected as state lawmaker.Ellison said he wouldn’t endorse a successor.last_img read more

YouTube 4K Content Goes Live on Comcasts Xfinity X1 SetTops

first_imgWhat’s more, broadcast and cable networks have been slow to adopt 4K. This means that online services like YouTube have quickly become the biggest source of 4K videos on cable boxes. In addition to YouTube, Comcast’s X1 is also streaming movies and TV shows in 4K resolution from Netflix and Amazon. Popular on Variety Comcast television subscribers can now enjoy YouTube in ultra-high definition: The Google-owned video service is now serving up 4K videos on Comcast’s Xfinity X1 set-top boxes, the cable company announced Monday.X1 owners who also happen to have a X1 voice remote can get access to a curated selection of 4K content by asking the set-top for “4K videos on YouTube.” They obviously also need a 4K-capable TV set to truly enjoy those videos.Comcast first brought a YouTube app to its platform in 2017. Since then, YouTube has become one of the most popular voice search requests on the X1, the company said Monday.Adding 4K content to the X1 YouTube app may seem like a minor feature update, but it’s notable for 2 reasons: First, cable companies used to resist serving up over-the-top video content on their set-top boxes, for the fear of devaluing paid TV networks. But over time, most of them realized that customers who bought streaming devices to fill the gap were more prone to cut the cord altogether.center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Microsoft Wants to Clean Up Your GermInfested Smartphone Screen

first_img 3 min read April 16, 2015 Register Now » Your smartphone is a dirty, dirty little thing. If scientists swabbed that grody brick for germs, they might find some of these nasties and, sadly, almost definitely the last one: E. coli, staphylococcus aureus, streptococcus, yeast and fecal matter. And, shoot, that’s just the short list, guys.   It’s a vicious cycle. You touch your phone dozens of times a day at least, maybe even hundreds. And the germs you come into contact with from everything you paw between phone zone sessions — doorknobs, dollars, elevator buttons, toilet seats, etc. — get all over you and, inevitably, all over your precious phone, too. Yuck.Related: Hypochondriac’s Dream: Sickweather App Tells You Where Germs Lurk Near You Disinfectant wipes are a decent temporary solution, but they can’t kill all bacteria and viruses all of the time. And flimsy screen protectors are a pain to put on and typically don’t last very long. The bugs win, whatever you do.  Microsoft knows this, and it feels your heebie-jeebies and wants to make it all better. Hopefully 99.9 percent better. Last week the tech behemoth briefly blogged about its new patent for a UV light system that it says could automatically disinfect mobile device touchscreens — and apparently even your fingertips as well.Related:  Is Your Office Making You Sick?The potential antimicrobial cleaning system would be centered around a UV and visible light transparent film material that would go onto or in touchscreen-equipped devices. “UV light is emitted from a UV light source into an edge of the transparent film material in order to transfer the UV light through the transparent film material while remaining in the transparent film material through total internal reflection effect,” the patent reads, per the April 10 Microsoft blog post. “Some UV light exits the transparent film material at points of contact to disinfect fingertips and immediate surrounding areas through the frustrated total internal reflection effect.”We hope Microsoft moves forward with the fresh initiative. It could offer a nice, simple solution to a really disgusting problem, one that most of us would rather not think about and are too lazy to properly deal with on our own. Too bad the auto-cleaning system would probably only be available for the company’s own touchscreen gizmos, like Microsoft Surface tablets and Microsoft Lumia smartphones, as hinted at in the blog post.Related: The Makers of This Solar-Powered Technology Want to Eliminate a Global Sanitation Issuecenter_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right.last_img read more

Rep Kahle votes to protect Michigan youth from dangers of ecigarettes

first_img State Rep. Bronna Kahle this week voted in favor of a plan to ban the sale of e-cigarettes to minors and prevent individuals under 18 from possessing vaping products in Michigan.Kahle, of Adrian, said the number of teenagers who use e-cigarettes has increased dramatically over the past few years, prompting parents, teachers and law enforcement officers to reach out to her with concerns. In a recent study, one in five Michigan high school students reported having used an e-cigarette during the previous 30 days.“Vaping is becoming more and more popular among our teenagers, and I’m hearing that many have the misconception that it’s safe,” Kahle said. “It’s time we take action to reverse this alarming trend and get e-cigarettes out of children’s hands.”Electronic cigarettes are battery-operated devices that deliver nicotine and flavoring without burning tobacco. The devices are small and often look harmless – including a version that looks just like a computer flash drive – making them appealing to teens and difficult to detect in schools.According to the Centers for Disease Control, vaping nicotine can harm adolescent brain development and lead to addiction. Many vaping products also contain diacetyl, which is commonly associated with “popcorn lung” – a condition that damages airways.Senate Bills 106 and 155 received overwhelming support in the House and now head to the governor for consideration.### Categories: Kahle News 16May Rep. Kahle votes to protect Michigan youth from dangers of e-cigaretteslast_img read more

Discovery plans more international launches to fol

first_imgDiscovery plans more international launches to follow that of TLC in the Nordic territories. Stuart Thomson talked to Discovery International president and CEO Mark Hollinger.Discovery Communications International is planning further international launches, following the March 4 debut of female lifestyle-oriented channel TLC in Norway on the Canal Digital, GET and Lyse networks. Discovery aims to take the channel to other territories over the next 18 months, with the goal to take it into 100 million homes internationally.Speaking to Digital TV Europe ahead of his keynote speech at February’s Cable Congress, Discovery International president and CEO Mark Hollinger said that the launch of TLC internationally met a need on the part of Discovery for a more balanced international portfolio that has hitherto relied primarily on affiliate revenues rather than advertising sales.“We are still oriented towards affiliate revenue in our international portfolio, so we thought ad revenue was an area to go for,” said Hollinger. “Except for Discovery Kids in Latin America we have not had a strong ad sales story in the international portfolio and the mission was to find that.” Hollinger said that the launch of a female-oriented channel also gave balance to a portfolio that hitherto has been predominantly male-oriented. The launch of TLC also built on the success of the channel in the US over the last two years, which has been accompanied by the creation of a strong programme production base to support it.Hollinger said that TLC could be followed by other international services, possibly including the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) and The Hub, the re-branded kids channel that Discovery is launching in a joint venture with toy maker Hasbro in the US this autumn. The aim, he said, was to have three or four strong ad-supported channels in international markets. “OWN has the potential to be a strong brand in some markets,” he said. “Whether it has broader distribution elsewhere remains to be seen,” he said. In general, Discovery will look to how well a channel is received in the US before launching it internationally.“We are still oriented towards affiliate revenue in our international portfolio, so we thought ad revenue was an area to go for.”Mark Hollinger, Discovery Networks InternationalHollinger said Discovery also had “some international ambitions” for the Hasbro joint venture. “Plans are undefined at this point,” he said. The existing Discovery Kids channel is strong in Latin America, where Discovery stole a march on its competitors, but lack of investment in programming has acted as a brake on its development in the US and elsewhere. “Now with enhanced production investment along with Hasbro, maybe we can add a second channel in Latin America and take a kids channel to other markets,” he said.TLC will be locally versioned for each market. “It’s intended to be a global channel but the strategy will differ in terms of the programming mix, which will be more localised and customised for TLC than it is for the Discovery Channel,” said Hollinger, who added that this was made necessary by the lifestyle-oriented element of the channel’s remit. He said investment in local programming was “a substantial priority”. Discovery will also draw on its programming base for other channels to bolster TLC’s output, including using content from Discovery ID. “In markets where ID doesn’t have distribution we could draw on that rather than launch in parallel,” said Hollinger.Long viewIn the face of something of a sustained global crisis in the advertising market, Hollinger is keen to point out that the broadcaster takes a long view. “Our shareholders are long-term investors – they’re not going to take decisions based on the next quarter,” he said. “The other thing that’s been interesting is that we saw in the US that having a diverse portfolio was a benefit in a downturn.”Discovery’s keenness to derive a greater portion of revenue from advertising also testifies to pressure on affiliate revenues, a point that Hollinger addressed in his keynote address, where he spoke of the critical nature of the dual revenue stream from advertising and carriage fees to pay-TV channels, and highlighted problems in the US, where demands by Fox for what he called a “disproportionate share of licence fees” from  Time Warner Cable has raised a threat  to independent programmers including Discovery. “Collaboration and partnerships between programmers and distributors is more important than ever, but we are seeing much more of a breakdown in that relationship,” he told Digital TV Europe. “Our position is to create a great product that will drive distribution and audiences for pay-TV. In exchange for that we should get our fair share of licence fees and shelf space. That’s what launching TLC is all about. I think relationships with affiliates are tough in a lot of places, but we continue to believe it’s more about partnerships than exercising leverage and we hope that will take us where we want to go.”Further ahead, Discovery is looking to deliver additional value to pay-TV distribution partners by investing in 3D, despite what Hollinger called the “uncertain business model”. The company is currently working on 3D in the US in partnership with Sony and Imax. Hollinger told Cable Congress that Discovery had received strong interest in 3D content and 3D networks from international distributors.last_img read more