Gifts for dads who love breakfast

first_img Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Atlas Coffee Club Subscription Atlas Coffee Club Help Dad step up his breakfast game with an electric citrus juicer. This powerful machine will make juicing fresh oranges or grapefruits a snap (not to mention limes for that next margarita fiesta). The CitriStar is packing 50 watts of energy and a stainless steel strainer, which helps prevent pesky clogs. It’s easy to juice and clean in seconds. The modern design will look great on Dad’s counter tops, and he’ll feel healthier after having those freshly squeezed juices right in his own kitchen. Swap the plastic bottle mixes for this classic jar. Comprised of cucumber-infused water delicately mixed with fresh dill, habaneros, horseradish and garlic, this vegan Bloody Mary mix has a zing, zest and tang that will make breakfast or brunch cocktails pop. Perfect for making eye openers mixed with vodka, whisky, beer, or even as a mocktail over ice with a celery stick garnish, this medium-spiced mix will get Dad ready for his next brunch feast. Papa Bear Mug Lastly, a cookbook dedicated to breakfasts (big and bad) can inspire Dad every morning. From acclaimed Mississippi star chef John Currence, Big Bad Breakfast features bold, mouthwatering, southern-style dishes like Louisiana Crab Cake Benedict, Low Country Cast-Iron Skillet Scramble and Shrimp Gravy Biscuit Sundae. Dad will have a blast cooking up these diner-inspired, rib-sticking recipes from a James Beard awarded chef. What dad wouldn’t love this mug, with a sweet illustration of a baby cub and papa bear? A perfect vessel for Dad’s latest coffee obsession, the mug is crafted of high-fired ironstone and finished with a white glaze that’s dishwasher-safe. And if this sweet mug doesn’t put a smile on Dad’s face every morning when he fuels up, the decorative golden bumble bee on the interior certainly will. A sweet and endearing way to caffeinate each morning (or afternoon, or evening), and remind Dad he’s loved. $13 at Williams Sonoma Sur la Table Big Bad Breakfast: The Most Important Book of the Day by John Currence The Real Dill Bloody Mary Mix With Dad’s new bacon gift, he’ll need an easy way to fry it up. Why not gift him a reversible stovetop grill and griddle? The smooth side is perfect for cooking bacon, eggs, pancakes and more, while the ridged side is great for indoor grilling and achieving those much-desired grill marks on meat, fish and vegetables. This cast-iron griddle is seasoned and nonstick, making cleaning a breeze. Now grill time can be all year round (and breakfast can be any time of day)! Runamok Snake River Farms Share your voice Start Dad’s morning off right with a hot pot of freshly brewed coffee, thanks to a monthly coffee subscription. Atlas Coffee Club sources and curates artisan coffee from all over the world, with blends and beans from more than 50 countries, including Colombia, Malawi, Indonesia and Burundi. Each month, Dad will experience a new single-origin coffee from a different country, with an accompanying postcard, tasting notes and brewing instructions. That morning cup of joe just got a little more worldly. Plans start at $9 per month. This post was written by Marisa Olsen. CB2 Amazon Jun 15 • Great last-minute Father’s Day gifts for 2019 Father’s Day Tech Gift Guide $100 at Sur la Table Lodge Seasoned Cast Iron Reversible Grill & Griddle Essa Bagel New York Bagel Brunch for Six Jun 14 • Make it a 4K Father’s Day: Save on 4K TVs at Best Buy and Walmart Williams Sonoma The Real Dill See All Marta Barware Glasses $50 at Amazon Brent Hofacker/Shutterstock Jun 14 • Gifts for dads who enjoy their booze $21 at Amazon $27 at Snake River Farms • Now that Dad’s got his juicing game on, he’ll need some cool glasses to show off his fresh-pressed best (or his Bloody Mary mixing skills)! These modern, slim glasses will complement Dad’s tableware. They’re available in a variety of sizes and cool colors to mix and match based on his taste (and are $2 to $5 each depending on style). Great for everyday use or even cocktails, these are dishwasher-safe, too. Kurobuta Bacon You can’t beat a classic bagel brunch outfitted with fresh New York bagels, whipped cream cheese and salty lox. Now, instead of queuing up during the wee hours of dawn, you can have a bagel brunch and fixings mailed directly to your dad. Or have the brunch shipped to you, bring over the goods and surprise him with the bagel brunch spread. You’ll get extra points for Dad thinking you’ve done all the hard work and waiting. (We promise we won’t tell.) And he’ll get a kick out of having a legendary New York staple on the table no matter where he lives. $17 at Runamok Appliances Get Dad cooking up some sweet or savory Belgian waffles with this double waffle maker, which can cook two waffles at once in under four minutes. This machine creates that ideal outer crisp with a sweet and fluffy center. And of course Cusinart has perfected achieving the signature little square nooks and crannies for catching that drizzle (or heavy pour) of syrup, chocolate spread, whipped cream or fruit. Get him started with an easy waffle recipe or even a savory cheddar waffle to mix things up.  1 See also Cuisinart Double Belgian Waffle Maker 15 Photos Tribest CS-1000 CitriStar Electric Citrus Juicer Our favorite gifts for Father’s Day 14 great gifts under $50 Gifts for Dad under $100 Best Father’s Day gifts under $250 For the dads who enjoy their booze Best TVs and streaming boxes for Father’s Day Laptop and PC gifts for dads Best phones to gift your dad for Father’s Day Best headphones for dads from $50 to $350 Best audio gifts for Father’s Day Best Father’s Day gifts to combat dad bod Father’s Day gaming gifts for the badass dad Best Father’s Day gifts for every kind of foodie dad The Cheapskate’s top Father’s Day gift picks Father’s Day gift ideas for your car-loving dad Father’s Day: Clever smart home gadgets your dad will actually love $30 at Walmart Lodge $85 at Goldbelly reading • Gifts for dads who love breakfast Bourbon Barrel Aged Organic Maple Syrup Amazon Tags See at CB2 Does your father constantly remind you that breakfast is the most important part of the day? That breakfast is the meal of champions? Has he ever quoted Tony the Tiger, reinstating how “grrrrrreat” breakfast really is? If your Dad is the guy downstairs at the crack of dawn, brewing a hot pot of high test coffee, crisping up bacon and flipping fluffy pancakes with a goblet of orange juice by his side, we have a Father’s Day Gift guide that will suit his breakfast-affection needs and wants. From world-wide-sourced coffee beans, to two-in-one cookware, to bespoke maple syrup, we have you covered on what to get your breakfast-loving dad for Father’s Day. Disclosure: CNET may get a share of the revenue if you buy anything featured on our site. With Dad’s Belgian waffle fix all set, he’ll need some bespoke maple syrup to elevate his carbo-loading. Aged in bourbon barrels for at least six months, this organic maple syrup has subtle notes of smoky, boozy bourbon but without the alcohol. Its sweet, spirit-driven flavor profile is perfect for waffles, pancakes, or fruit salad. It could even be used for cocktails or a substitute for other sweeteners. Sourced from Vermont organic farmers and certified bird-friendly by Audubon Vermont, this syrup is a sweet win-win. What dad wouldn’t love some fancy, heritage bacon delivered to his home? Snake River Farms offers mail order bacon, which makes gifting this decadent treat both simple and delightful. The meat is sourced from a small network of family-run farmers who produce Kurobuta or Berkshire pork belly, which is lightly smoked over hardwood. The bacon is raised without any hormones and has a great balance of marbling that crisps up perfectly when cooked.Read more: The best meat delivery services & butcher subscriptions Comment See at Atlas Coffee Club $14 at The Real Dilllast_img read more

ICC 2019 Cricket World Cup Full Schedule DateWise Fixtures Venues and Start

first_imgTuesday, June 18England vs Afghanistan3 PM ISTOld Trafford Friday, July 5Pakistan vs Bangladesh3 PM ISTLord’s Saturday, July 6Australia vs South Africa6 PM ISTOld Trafford Thursday, May 30England vs South Africa3 PM ISTThe Oval, London Wednesday, June 26New Zealand vs Pakistan3 PM ISTEdgbaston Close Saturday, June 8Afghanistan vs New Zealand6 PM ISTTaunton Full schedule – ICC 2019 World CupDateDateMatchMatchTimeTimeStadiumStadiumDateThursday, May 30MatchEngland vs South AfricaTime3 PM ISTStadiumThe Oval, LondonDateFriday, May 31MatchWest Indies vs PakistanTime3 PM ISTStadiumTrent BridgeDateSaturday, June 1MatchNew Zealand vs Sri LankaTime3 PM ISTStadiumCardiffDateSatuday, June 1MatchAustralia vs AfghanistanTime6 PM ISTStadiumBristolDateSunday, June 2MatchSouth Africa vs BangladeshTime3 PM ISTStadiumThe Oval, LondonDateMonday, June 3MatchEngland vs PakistanTime3 PM ISTStadiumTrent BridgeDateTuesday, June 4MatchAfghanistan vs Sri LankaTime3 PM ISTStadiumCardiffDateWednesday, June 5MatchIndia vs South AfricaTime3 PM ISTStadiumHampshire BowlDateWednesday, June 5MatchBangladesh vs New ZealandTime6 PM ISTStadiumThe OvalDateThursday, June 6MatchAustralia vs West Indies Time3 PM ISTStadiumTrent BridgeDateFriday, June 7MatchPakistan vs Sri LankaTime3 PM ISTStadiumBristolDateSaturday, June 8MatchEngland vs BangladeshTime3 PM ISTStadiumCardiffDateSaturday, June 8MatchAfghanistan vs New ZealandTime6 PM ISTStadiumTauntonDateSunday, June 9MatchIndia vs AustraliaTime3 PM ISTStadiumThe OvalDateMonday, June 10MatchSouth Africa vs West IndiesTime3 PM ISTStadiumHampshire BowlDateTuesday, June 11MatchBangladesh vs Sri LankaTime3 PM ISTStadiumBristolDateWednesday, June 12MatchAustralia vs PakistanTime3 PM ISTStadiumTauntonDateThursday, June 13MatchIndia vs New ZealandTime3 PM ISTStadiumTrent BridgeDateFriday, June 14MatchEngland vs West Indies Time3 PM ISTStadiumHampshire BowlDateSaturday, June 15MatchSri Lanka vs AustraliaTime3 PM ISTStadiumThe OvalDateSaturday, June 15MatchSouth Africa vs AfghanistanTime6 PM ISTStadiumCardiffDateSunday, June 16MatchIndia vs PakistanTime3 PM ISTStadiumOld TraffordDateMonday, June 17MatchWest Indies vs BangladeshTime3 PM ISTStadiumTauntonDateTuesday, June 18MatchEngland vs AfghanistanTime3 PM ISTStadiumOld TraffordDateWednesday, June 19MatchNew Zealand vs South AfricaTime3 PM ISTStadiumEdgbastonDateThursday, June 20MatchAustralia vs BangladeshTime3 PM ISTStadiumTrent BridgeDateFriday, June 21MatchEngland vs Sri LankaTime3 PM ISTStadiumHeadingleyDateSaturday, June 22MatchIndia vs AfghanistanTime3 PM ISTStadiumHampshire BowlDateSaturday, June 22MatchWest Indies vs New ZealandTime6 PM ISTStadiumOld TraffordDateSunday, June 23MatchPakistan vs South AfricaTime3 PM ISTStadiumLord’sDateMonday, June 24MatchBangladesh vs AfghanistanTime3 PM ISTStadiumHampshire BowlDateTuesday, June 25MatchEngland vs AustraliaTime3 PM ISTStadiumLord’sDateWednesday, June 26MatchNew Zealand vs PakistanTime3 PM ISTStadiumEdgbastonDateThursday, June 27MatchIndia vs West Indies Time3 PM ISTStadiumOld TraffordDateFriday, June 28MatchSri Lanka vs South AfricaTime3 PM ISTStadiumChester-le-StreetDateSaturday, June 29MatchPakistan vs AfghanistanTime3 PM ISTStadiumHeadingleyDateSaturday, June 29MatchNew Zealand vs AustraliaTime6 PM ISTStadiumLord’sDateSunday, June 30MatchIndia vs EnglandTime3 PM ISTStadiumEdgbastonDateMonday, July 1MatchSri Lanka vs West IndiesTime3 PM ISTStadiumChester-le-StreetDateTuesday, July 2MatchIndia vs BangladeshTime3 PM ISTStadiumEdgbastonDateWednesday, July 3MatchEngland vs New ZealandTime3 PM ISTStadiumChester-le-StreetDateThursday, July 4MatchAfghanistan vs West IndiesTime3 PM ISTStadiumHeadingleyDateFriday, July 5MatchPakistan vs BangladeshTime3 PM ISTStadiumLord’sDateSaturday, July 6MatchIndia vs Sri LankaTime3 PM ISTStadiumHeadingleyDateSaturday, July 6MatchAustralia vs South AfricaTime6 PM ISTStadiumOld Trafford Saturday, June 1New Zealand vs Sri Lanka3 PM ISTCardiff Saturday, June 15Sri Lanka vs Australia3 PM ISTThe Oval Monday, June 24Bangladesh vs Afghanistan3 PM ISTHampshire Bowl Friday, June 28Sri Lanka vs South Africa3 PM ISTChester-le-Street Tuesday, June 4Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka3 PM ISTCardiff Thursday, June 20Australia vs Bangladesh3 PM ISTTrent Bridge There are only two days remaining to the biggest cricket event in the world – ICC 2019 Cricket World Cup. This edition of the quadrennial tournament is unique for variety of reasons. This is the fifth time this event is being hosted by England, the country where the first three editions were played. It is after a gap of 20 years that this biggest festival of cricket returns to its original abodeThe World Cup starts off on May 30 at The Oval with the hosts, who have never won the trophy despite playing the Final three times, taking on South Africa, the perennial chokers in ICC events. Defending Champions Australia start their campaign on June 1 against Afghanistan while India, two-time winners, play their first match on June 5 against South Africa.ICC 2019 World Cup – FormatThe format that will be used in the 2019 edition has been employed only once before – in 1992. It sees every participating nation playing every other and the four top teams in the points table at the end of the round-robin fixtures advancing to the semi-finals.While many have expressed their disappointment with the exclusion of minnows from the event – something that would reduce the chances of an upset and take away the opportunity of exposure to these minor nations – this format ensures that there would be hardly any predictable contests. Unlike the previous editions, the tournament would be in top gear right from the beginning as there are no easy contests for the sides. Sunday, June 30India vs England3 PM ISTEdgbaston Saturday, July 6India vs Sri Lanka3 PM ISTHeadingley Wednesday, June 5India vs South Africa3 PM ISTHampshire Bowl ICC World Cup 2019 – Team India Squad FinalSunday, July 14Sunday, July 14TBD vs TBDTBD vs TBD3 PM IST3 PM ISTLord’sLord’s Sunday, June 23Pakistan vs South Africa3 PM ISTLord’s Tuesday, June 11Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka3 PM ISTBristol IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/1:30Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:29?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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COPY LINKAD Loading … Sunday, June 2South Africa vs Bangladesh3 PM ISTThe Oval, London Friday, June 14England vs West Indies 3 PM ISTHampshire Bowl Semi-FinalsTuesday, July 9Tuesday, July 9Team 1 vs Team 4Team 1 vs Team 43 PM IST3 PM ISTOld TraffordOld TraffordTuesday, July 9Thursday, July 11Team 1 vs Team 4Team 2 vs Team 33 PM IST3 PM ISTOld TraffordEdgbaston Saturday, June 15South Africa vs Afghanistan6 PM ISTCardiff Saturday, June 8England vs Bangladesh3 PM ISTCardiff Saturday, June 22India vs Afghanistan3 PM ISTHampshire Bowlcenter_img Friday, May 31West Indies vs Pakistan3 PM ISTTrent Bridge Thursday, June 13India vs New Zealand3 PM ISTTrent Bridge Monday, July 1Sri Lanka vs West Indies3 PM ISTChester-le-Street Tuesday, June 25England vs Australia3 PM ISTLord’s DateMatchTimeStadium Friday, June 21England vs Sri Lanka3 PM ISTHeadingley Saturday, June 29Pakistan vs Afghanistan3 PM ISTHeadingley Tuesday, July 2India vs Bangladesh3 PM ISTEdgbaston Monday, June 17West Indies vs Bangladesh3 PM ISTTaunton Saturday, June 22West Indies vs New Zealand6 PM ISTOld Trafford Thursday, June 27India vs West Indies 3 PM ISTOld Trafford Wednesday, June 19New Zealand vs South Africa3 PM ISTEdgbaston Monday, June 10South Africa vs West Indies3 PM ISTHampshire Bowl Saturday, June 29New Zealand vs Australia6 PM ISTLord’s Thursday, July 11Team 2 vs Team 33 PM ISTEdgbaston Wednesday, June 5Bangladesh vs New Zealand6 PM ISTThe Oval Monday, June 3England vs Pakistan3 PM ISTTrent Bridge Wednesday, June 12Australia vs Pakistan3 PM ISTTaunton Sunday, June 9India vs Australia3 PM ISTThe Oval Tuesday, July 9Team 1 vs Team 43 PM ISTOld Trafford Wednesday, July 3England vs New Zealand3 PM ISTChester-le-Street Thursday, June 6Australia vs West Indies 3 PM ISTTrent Bridge Thursday, July 4Afghanistan vs West Indies3 PM ISTHeadingley Satuday, June 1Australia vs Afghanistan6 PM ISTBristol Friday, June 7Pakistan vs Sri Lanka3 PM ISTBristol Sunday, June 16India vs Pakistan3 PM ISTOld Trafford Sunday, July 14TBD vs TBD3 PM ISTLord’slast_img read more

Wipro settles 6year old US SEC probe with 5 million fine

first_imgWipro, India’s third-largest IT software services exporter, on Friday informed the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) that it will be paying $5 million to the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to settle a six-year-old investigation. The Wipro stock was trading flat at Rs 457 at around 12.45 pm.In a regulatory filing, the company said that the probe pertained to a case of embezzlement about which it had made adequate disclosures in its financial statements in the financial year 2009-10.”Under the terms of settlement, the company consents to pay a civil money penalty of $5 million, to cease and desist from committing or causing violations of the Exchange Act and to undertake certain follow-through actions,” Wipro said in its filing to the BSE.The investigation by the US capital markets regulator was launched in 2010, after Wipro detected and reported a case of embezzlement by one of its employees in December 2009 that was estimated at about $4 million. “The company was able to substantially recover the embezzled funds,” it said.Wipro added that the settlement with the regulator was in the best interests of its investors “to avoid the costs associated with a prolonged litigation.”The company will be declaring its third quarter results on January 25, 2017.In related news, Wipro had announced acquisition of Appirio, a global cloud services company for $500 million in October this year. The 10-year-old company is headquartered in Indianapolis and had with offices in San Francisco, Dublin, London, Jaipur, and Tokyo with an strength of 1250 employees worldwide. “Appirio and Wipro are coming together to unlock transformational synergies in the applications space and help enterprises create new business models,” Abidali Z. Neemuchwala, chief executive officer & member of the board, Wipro Limited, said in a statement on October 20, 2016.last_img read more

Govt retains control over lower courts

first_imgThe government has issued a gazette notification on the conduct of lower court judges, keeping provision for various measures to be taken in consultation with the Supreme Court.The president or the ministry or the division concerned has been defined as the proper authority to take such measures, according to the much talked about gazette on ‘Bangladesh Judicial Service (Discipline) Rules 2017’ issued on Monday.Rules of control and discipline for of the lower courts have been defined in the article 116 of the constitution in which the focal point is the president who is supposed to apply such authority in consultation with the Supreme Court.Such constitutional provision has been reiterated in the rules framed for the first time since separation of the judiciary from the executive. The rules came into effect immediately with the issuance of the gazette notification on Monday.Briefing the media about the gazette at a programme, law minister Anisul Huq obliquely blamed former chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha for the delay.Issuance of the rules became a bone of contention between the government and the then chief justice. Once the government sent the draft of the rules to justice Sinha, he returned it, terming it incompatible. Eventually, the law minister finalised the rules after consultation with the acting chief justice Md Abdul Wahhab Miah.The president or the ministry or the division concerned will try to determine through primary investigation if certain matters would require thorough investigation when any member of the judicial service would be posted on deputation, said the rules.If the allegations are proved to be true through primary investigation, the authority proper will take steps for thorough investigation following consultation with the Supreme Court.The process to determine authenticity of allegations or prosecution against an official of the judicial service could not be initiated without giving him/her opportunity to defend or without consultation with the Supreme Court, according to the rules.The rules said the authority proper will be able to suspend an official of the judicial service during filing of a departmental case or any stage of the case, following consultation with the Supreme Court. Final order on the departmental case must be issued on completion of the investigation within one year of the suspension, the rules added. If the allegations are proved to be true, punitive measures should be taken in consultation with the Supreme Court.On 2 December 1999, the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court handed down its judgement with a 12-point directive while disposing of the Masdar Hossain case on separation of judiciary from the executive. The directives included framing of rules on the lower court judges’ discipline.After the recent tug-of-war between the government and the Supreme Court, the law ministry finally issued the gazette notification of the rules.last_img read more

Israel launches airstrikes on Gaza Strip

first_imgPalestinian protesters are seen standing before tear gas fumes during clashes following a demonstration by the border with Israel east of Gaza city on 13 July. Photo: AFPIsrael’s army said it had launched airstrikes targeting Hamas in the Gaza Strip early Saturday, following bloodshed in border protest clashes that saw a Palestinian teenager shot dead and an Israeli soldier injured.The Israeli aerial bombardment came as rockets and mortars were lobbed into southern Israel from the Gaza Strip, after a particularly bloody day of demonstrations at the frontier that also left scores of Palestinians injured.Army “fighter jets targeted an offensive terror tunnel in the southern Gaza Strip, in addition to several terror sites in military compounds throughout the Gaza Strip,” the Israeli military said in a statement.According to witnesses in the Gaza Strip, there were no casualties from the airstrikes, which damaged infrastructure controlled by Gaza’s Islamist rulers Hamas, who have been in charge of the area since 2007.The strikes were conducted “in response to the terror acts instigated during the violent riots that took place along the security fence yesterday”, the statement said.It also cited “continuous arson attacks damaging Israeli territory on a daily basis with the launching of arson balloons from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory”.Footage of Friday’s bloodshed by AFP showed one Palestinian teenager shot dead at the fence between the two territories.Fifteen-year-old Othman Rami Halles was killed east of Gaza City, health ministry spokesman Ashraf Al-Qodra said.The ministry said a further 220 other Palestinians were wounded as protests along the frontier spilt over into clashes.The majority were involved in protests and clashes but others were seeking to breach or damage the border fence.Palestinians in Gaza have for months been demonstrating against Israel’s decade-long blockade of the territory and in support of their right to return to lands they fled or were driven from during the war surrounding the creation of Israel in 1948.Since the protests and clashes broke out along the border on March 30, at least 140 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire.No Israelis have been killed.Israel’s army said grenades, molotov cocktails, flaming tires and stones have been hurled in the direction of its soldiers, one of whom was injured by a grenade.The military said some 17 launches were detected from Gaza during its airstrikes, without specifying the type of projectiles.According to witnesses in Gaza, several rockets were fired as well as around thirty mortar shells.A Hamas spokesman, Fawzi Barhoum, claimed the launches were an “immediate response” to the Israeli airstrikes.They caused no injuries or damage, according to Israeli media.Israel says its use of live fire is necessary to defend its borders and stop infiltrations.It accuses Gaza’s Islamist rulers Hamas of seeking to use the protests as cover for attacks against Israel.last_img read more

Unsustainable Federal Disaster Recovery System And Houston Cyclist Garner International Attention The

first_imgListen X 00:00 /11:05 A lot can happen in a week. Some of it good. Some of it bad. Some of it downright ugly. When faced with intriguing developments in the week’s news, we turn to a rotating panel of “non-experts” to parse The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly of it all.This week, our panel weighs in on these stories: A Kinder Institute report says state and local governments need to rethink how they will pay for disaster recovery and mitigationA bloodied, injured Houston cyclist keeps going, and getting international attention for raising $100,000 for his former flood-damaged training facility hereOur panel of non-experts this week includes:Natalie Arceneaux, managing partner of C+A Global Group and co-host of the Dynamic Duo of Defiance podcastJoe Holley, Native Texan columnist for the Houston ChronicleMarcus Davis, owner of The Breakfast Klub restaurant and host of Sunday Morning Live on Majic 102 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Sharelast_img read more

Texas Senate Panel Advances 5000 Teacher Pay Raise Proposal

first_imgNelson said she would look into expanding the bill but stressed that money is limited.“This one bill is the bill we’re choosing to put out there first because it deals with who we think is the No. 1 factor, besides the parent, in our child’s education,” she said.But lawmakers did approve some changes Monday that would provide pay raises to charter school teachers — in addition to those at traditional school districts — and prevent school districts from decreasing teacher salaries in future years. They also approved a change that would cover requisite increases in teacher pension costs due to the pay raises, bringing the cost of the bill from $3.7 billion up to about $3.9 billion.Nelson also said multiple times that this bill would not preclude lawmakers from passing merit pay legislation, which would reward the state’s most effective educators with bonuses. Sen. Larry Taylor, R-Friendswood, chair of the Senate Education Committee, is expected to author a school finance bill that will include that policy proposal.Marianne Eckley, a Lewisville Independent School District kindergarten teacher, said a pay raise could help cut back the number of jobs she has to work. She said she works three jobs during the week and one job during the summer, and she doesn’t have time to go on vacation with her family.“My family gives up so much, and I would never give up the teaching profession, but it is very hard every year to commit, thinking I’m hurting my family and hurting my future,” she said.Some advocates told the Senate Finance Committee that they would prefer lawmakers give districts more control over how they use any additional funding instead of requiring across-the-board raises.Chandra Villanueva, policy analyst for left-leaning Center for Public Policy Priorities, pointed out that some districts could instead prioritize that funding to recruit educators in subjects for which there is a shortage of teachers.A few times, Sen. John Whitmire, D-Houston, and Paul Bettencourt, R-Houston, pressured critics of the bill to change their stances.Sitting in front of the panel of lawmakers, Christy Rome, who represents a coalition of property-wealthy school districts, said she appreciated the focus on teachers but would prefer more local control over how to use the money.Both Whitmire and Bettencourt said they were “disappointed” by Rome’s stance.“Y’all are not smart enough … to be for the bill,” Whitmire told her.Al Rodriguez, an Elgin ISD administrator, received a similar response for his hesitance on across-the-board raises.“I would urge you to try and find a way to be for it because this is probably going to be the best vehicle,” Whitmire told him.“If at the end of the day, that’s all there is, obviously we’d be for it,” Rodriguez responded.This article was originally published on The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues. Disclosure: The Center for Public Policy Priorities has been a financial supporter of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that is funded in part by donations from members, foundations and corporate sponsors. Financial supporters play no role in the Tribune’s journalism. Find a complete list of them here. Marjorie Kamys Cotera for The Texas TribuneState Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, asked questions during a Senate Finance Committee hearing at the state Capitol on October 24, 2017.After a contentious three-hour public hearing Monday, the Senate Finance Committee unanimously passed a bill that would provide annual $5,000 pay raises for all full-time classroom teachers in the state.One of Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s top priorities this legislative session, Senate Bill 3 is now eligible to be taken up by the full Senate, with a bipartisan group of more than 20 co-authors signed on.“It will provide an immediate financial boost for teachers, assist in retaining good teachers, and recruit the best and the brightest to this critical profession. I will be moving this bill to the floor and out of the Senate at the earliest possible date,” said Patrick in a statement Monday afternoon.Testimony on the legislation, authored by the Senate’s lead budget writer, Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, at times revealed a fracture in the education advocacy community, with administrators and school district advocates wanting more flexibility on how to use additional money and teachers supporting directed pay increases. Many teachers expressed their appreciation for the legislation while asking for it to be expanded to include librarians, school counselors and support staff. Sharelast_img read more

Physicists propose mechanism that explains the origins of both dark matter and

first_imgThis 3D map shows the large-scale distribution of dark matter, reconstructed from measurements of weak gravitational lensing with the Hubble Space Telescope. The field of view covers about nine times the size of the full moon. Image credit: NASA/ESA/Richard Massey. Citation: Physicists propose mechanism that explains the origins of both dark matter and ‘normal’ matter (2010, December 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-12-physicists-mechanism-dark.html Copyright 2010 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. (PhysOrg.com) — Through precise cosmological measurements, scientists know that about 4.6% of the energy of the Universe is made of baryonic matter (normal atoms), about 23% is made of dark matter, and the remaining 72% or so is dark energy. Scientists also know that almost all the baryonic matter in the observable Universe is matter (with a positive baryon charge) rather than antimatter (with a negative baryon charge). But exactly why this matter and energy came to be this way is still an open question. In a recent study, physicists have proposed a new mechanism that can generate both the baryon asymmetry and the dark matter density of the Universe simultaneously. UBC physicists make atoms and dark matter add up Explore further The scientists, Hooman Davoudiasl from Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, New York; David Morrissey and Sean Tulin from TRIUMF in Vancouver, British Columbia; and Kris Sigurdson from the University of British Columbia, also in Vancouver, have published their new proposal in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters. They’ve dubbed the new mechanism “hylogenesis” from the Greek words “hyle,” meaning “primordial matter,” and “genesis,” meaning “origin.” “There are two problems in theoretical physics we are trying to address at once,” Sigurdson said. “The baryon asymmetry (why do we have atoms but not antiatoms in the Universe?) has really been a problem since Paul Dirac proposed antimatter in 1928 and it was discovered in 1932. And what is the dark matter? Hints of dark matter have been around since Fritz Zwicky discovered missing mass in the Coma Cluster in 1933, but its identity is still unknown. This mechanism links the formation of atoms and dark matter and helps resolve the baryon asymmetry mystery, as the total dark plus visible baryon balance of the Universe is restored.”In this matter-formation scenario, a new particle X and its antiparticle X-bar (of equal and opposite charge) are produced in the early Universe. X and X-bar are capable of coupling to quarks (the basic components of baryonic matter, e.g., protons and neutrons) in the visible sector as well as particles in a “hidden” sector (so-called because the particles in it interact only feebly with the visible sector). In this scenario X and X-bar would have been produced when the Universe heated up after inflation, in the first moments after at the start of the big bang.Later, X and X-bar would decay, partly into visible baryons (specifically, a neutron made up of one up quark and two down quarks) and partly into hidden baryons. As the scientists explain, X decays to neutrons more often than X-bar decays to antineutrons. By the same amount, X-bar decays to hidden antiparticles more than X decays to hidden particles. In this scenario, the quarks would be the baryonic matter that makes up almost everything we see, and the hidden antibaryons would be what we know as dark matter. Through this yin-yang decay pattern, the positive baryon number of the visible matter is in balance with the negative baryon number of the dark matter. “The energy densities of visible and dark matter are really close to each other (differing by a factor of five),” Tulin said. “In many scenarios, the processes that generate visible and dark matter are unrelated, occurring during widely separated epochs in the early universe through completely different physics. So, this factor of five seems like either a really big coincidence, or it could be a clue that both kinds of matter had a common origin. I think this is the main reason to take seriously these unified models of visible and dark matter genesis.”The physicists predict that this matter-formation mechanism could provide an entirely new way to look for dark matter, since it would leave a signature that could be experimentally detected. As they explain, once in a while a dark matter antiparticle might collide with and annihilate an ordinary atomic particle, releasing a burst of energy. Although this is very rare, there is a chance that experiments on Earth that look for the spontaneous decay of protons could detect dark matter.“We plan to investigate, in more detail, the prospects for dark matter detection in nucleon decay experiments, as this constitutes a distinct signature of our proposal and can open up a new front in the experimental search for dark matter,” Davoudiasl said. “Other potential signals of hylogenesis can appear in astrophysical observations and perhaps particle accelerator data, and we intend to consider these possibilities in our future work as well.” More information: Hooman Davoudiasl, et al. “Unified Origin for Baryonic Visible Matter and Antibaryonic Dark Matter.” Physical Review Letters 105, 211304 (2010). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.105.211304 This document is subject to copyright. 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Researchers suggest coal ash and tailings dam disasters could be prevented

first_img © 2019 Science X Network More information: J. Carlos Santamarina et al. Why coal ash and tailings dam disasters occur, Science (2019). DOI: 10.1126/science.aax1927 Iron mining produces a waste product known as tailings. Tailings are typically dumped into man-made ponds, which are more often than not dammed up to prevent them from oozing downhill when it rains. Similar ponds are constructed to contain coal ash waste produced by coal power plants. Besides representing a pollution problem, the ponds are also mudslide hazards. The researchers point out that thousands of people around the world have been killed by such mudslides over the past century. They suggest it is time that governments engage more fully with those building and maintaining such ponds.The researchers note that mudslides from tailings or coal ash occur when the dam holding the material gives way. Many people believe that the reason such dams give way is because of the pond contents and what happens to them. Evidence of liquefaction of pond materials is almost always in evidence along mudslide routes. But prior study has shown that liquefaction almost always happens after the dam gives way, not before. Instead, the researchers suggest that the major reason for most of the disasters is failure to follow best engineering practices in building and maintaining the dams.One of the biggest problems, the researchers point out, is that proper action is not taken during heavy rain causing overflow, which puts excess stress on the dam. Another problem is layering on the bottom of such ponds that result in deposits with different hydromechanical properties—this usually leads to weaknesses in the system. Also, cementation can loosen sediment structures, which can also weaken the system. And problems can also develop when material is compressed near the dam. They note also that preexisting weaknesses in the foundation of the dam can lead to failure later, and so can piping erosion or mineral buildup.The researchers conclude by suggesting more attention to such ponds, because the mudslides that can result when they fail appear to be far more preventable than many in the field have suggested. How bacteria can prevent coal ash spills Explore further Credit: CC0 Public Domaincenter_img A trio of researchers from the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, the University of the Witwatersrand and Geosyntec has published a Perspectives piece in the journal Science. Carlos Santamarina, Luis Torres-Cruz and Robert Bachus note in the article that many lives are lost each year when coal ash or tailings dams fail, causing mudslides. Many such failures are preventable. Citation: Researchers suggest coal ash and tailings dam disasters could be prevented (2019, May 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-05-coal-ash-tailings-disasters.html Journal information: Science This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Power dept finalises DPL restructure plan

first_imgKolkata: The state Power department has finalised the restructure plan for Durgapur Projects Limited (DPL), a loss-making power utility, and has already forwarded the merger plan to the Electricity Regulatory Commission (ERC) for its approval.”We have finalised the restructure plan for DPL. The detailed plan has been sent to the ERC for its nod,” state Power minister Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay said. The minister informed that DPL will be divided into three parts. The transmission will be taken up by the West Bengal State Electricity Transmission Company Limited (WBSETCL) and the distribution will be looked after by the West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (WBSEDCL) while the West Bengal Power Development Corporation Limited (WBPDCL) will take care of the generation part. Also Read – 3 injured, flight, train services hit as rains lash BengalThe Power department will offer Voluntary Retirement Scheme (VRS) to the employees. Those who will not opt for VRS will be posted at other similar units under the state government. “We will ensure that nobody who is willing to continue work lose his job. We will try to place all of them in Durgapur area itself as the employees have been working in the district for many years and it will be difficult for them to relocate to other places,” a senior official of the department said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedChief Minister Mamata Banerjee had made it clear in Durgapur in last year November that DPL cannot be saved without reconstruction. She added that the land belonging to the power utility would be sold and merged with other agencies. Banerjee handed over responsibility to state Labour and Law minister Moloy Ghatak, chairman of Asansol Durgapur Development Authority (ADDA) Tapas Banerjee, local MLA Biswanath Parial and Durgapur Mayor Dilip Agasthy to speed up the process of restructuring of DPL in association with the state Power department. The state Cabinet had sanctioned the merger of DPL in November 2017 after it was found that the power utility was having a negative net worth with its liabilities exceeding its assets plus shareholders equity amounting to almost Rs 1,000 crore. The losses have been to the tune of around Rs 200 crore every fiscal for a decade. It may be mentioned that with a total capacity of 660 MW, the state-owned DPL has been one of the most important industrial units in the Durgapur-Asansol belt. DPL has nearly 3,000 odd employees in its payrolls.last_img read more

LOT sale includes up to 50 off international flights

first_img WARSAW — Travellers can expect to see LOT flights selling like hotcakes over the next couple of weeks, thanks to a limited-time special offer on flights to global destinations.Starting today, as many as one million tickets for flights to nearly 70 destinations around the world via LOT’s hub in Warsaw are available at reduced prices for the next 14 days. This includes tickets for roundtrips from LOT destinations in Europe as well as from the U.S., Japan, South Korea and Canada. Connections via Warsaw to many destinations in Poland and worldwide are also included in the offer.Passengers can travel from cities such as Vilnius, Zurich, Frankfurt, Kosice, Madrid, London, Brussels, Paris and Sofia, as well as from New York City, Chicago, Toronto, Beijing or Tokyo with a discount of up to 50%. For example, flights from Berlin, Dusseldorf to Warsaw start at €69. Others like Larnaka, Cluj Napoka, Vilnius to Warsaw start at €79, and from Tel Aviv to Gdansk starting from US$89.More news:  Marriott Int’l announces 5 new all-inclusive resorts in D.R. & MexicoFlights from New York to Krakow start at US$699; passengers can fly beyond into Europe via Warsaw, with New York to Vilnius priced from US$499.“It is not the first time that LOT has proven that comfortable travel does not have to be expensive. We offer the best value for the price. Our special offer comes not only with inexpensive tickets but with free checked baggage, meals onboard and flights to major hubs only. To passengers travelling from outside of Warsaw we ensure the most comfortable and short transfers at our hub at the Warsaw Chopin Airport,” said Adrian Kubicki, Director of Corporate Communications.Last year, LOT inaugurated 41 new connections, including Los Angeles, Seoul, Tokyo, Newark and Astana, all of which are included in the special offer.The offer ends on Sept. 19. Passengers can plan their travels from Nov. 1 until Dec. 16, 2017, and from Jan. 13 until May 31, 2018. LOT sale includes up to 50% off international flights Wednesday, September 6, 2017 Tags: LOT Polish Airlines, Promotions << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img Travelweek Group Share Posted bylast_img read more

Youll never guess what Dubai has dreamed up next

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Share Posted by Tuesday, September 12, 2017 You’ll never guess what Dubai has dreamed up nextcenter_img DUBAI — Only in Dubai will you find the world’s tallest building, the world’s most luxurious hotel, and now…the world’s first underwater luxury vessel resort.Launched by the Kleindienst Group, ‘The Floating Venice’ will essentially bring a Venice experience to the heart of the Middle East. Valued at US$680 million, this unique floating resort will be located in The World Islands, four kilometres offshore from Dubai, and have a capacity of up to 3,000 guests daily.The Floating Venice gondola and Ca d’Oro view (PRNewsfoto/Kleindienst Group)Accommodations, restaurants and recreation will be split over four decks, one of which will be underwater. Guests will arrive by boat, seaplane or helicopter to the main Piazza San Marco, where they can check-in at the underwater lobby. Gondolas imported from Venice will transport guests to their cabins through winding canals; alternatively, guests can stroll through canal side walkways and across bridges to their awaiting cabins.More news:  Flight Centre Travel Group takes full ownership of Quebec-based agencyUpon completion, there will be a range of 414 bespoke cabins arranged over four decks, including one that’s underwater that includes spectacular views of the coral reefs below. Other ultra-luxe amenities include 24 pools, some of which will have acrylic bases, over 400,000 square feet of corals, an on-site coral nursery, 12 floating beaches, 12 restaurants and bars, and the world’s first floating underwater spa.And to complement the wide range of artisanal shops and boutiques on site, there’ll also be traditional festivals like Carnivale di Venezia, Binnale di Venezia and Festa del Rendentore.The Floating Venice Arial Overview (PRNewsfoto/Kleindienst Group)“As a developer our vision supports and aligns with Dubai’s ambition to be a leading global destination and home of innovation as the world’s most forward-thinking city. I am extremely excited and proud of The Floating Venice. Our aim is to enhance the landscape of real estate and hospitality and deliver a new iconic experience,” said Josef Kleindienst, Chairman.More news:  Hotel charges Bollywood star $8.50 for two bananas and the Internet has thoughtsThe Floating Venice is made possible through the new technologies developed creating The Floating Seahorse. Constructed from a mixture of concrete for the underwater sections and marine lightweight materials for the upper decks, The Floating Venice is designed to have a lifespan of at least 100 years. Construction is scheduled to begin in Q1 2018 with completion by Q4 2020. Travelweek Group Tags: Dubailast_img read more

Rep Whiteford plans consumer education forum on identity theft

first_img13Apr Rep. Whiteford plans consumer education forum on identity theft State Rep. Mary Whiteford has scheduled a consumer education event in partnership with the Michigan Attorney General’s Office to educate residents on identity theft.The forum will feature information on protection against identity theft and what steps to take in the event you become a victim of this crime.“As technology continues to become more and more prevalent in our lives, it’s important we provide the tools and knowledge people need to protect themselves and their personal information,” Whiteford said. “This forum will give people in the community a crash course on how to protect their information.” The event starts at 11 a.m. Friday, May 11 at the Perrigo Wellness Center, 490 Eastern Ave. in Allegan. There is no charge to attend.  Please RSVP to Rep. Whiteford’s office by Friday, May 4. For more information, contact Rep. Whiteford’s office at 517-373-0836 or by email at MaryWhiteford@house.mi.gov.### Categories: News,Whiteford Newslast_img read more

Mediasets preliminary halfyear results have exce

first_imgMediaset’s preliminary half-year results have exceeded the company’s expectations, with operating profit jumping by 55% to €192 million and net profit rising by 155% to €109 million.The good news for the Italian broadcaster comes as total revenues decline, hit by the absence of ad revenues from the World Cup that boosted its 2018 figures, the sale in Italy of advertising related to football on pay TV and the anticipated drop in subscriptions for Mediaset’s Premium offering, which no longer includes top-tier football and is no longer available on the country’s digital-terrestrial platform.Mediaset benefited from a reduction in costs associated with its football offering and pay TV content.The Italian company did not divulge actual revenue numbers in is preliminary update. Mediaset’s full results from the first half will be published in September.The group did not include damages from its successful copyright case against Dailymotion in the numbers.last_img read more

The gold stocks chopped around aimlessly within a

first_img The gold stocks chopped around aimlessly within a two point range of unchanged on Wednesday—and the HUI closed down a tiny 0.15%. It was much the same chart pattern in palladium, except it closed down a dollar. I have a lot of stories for you again today—and some of them are definitely worth your time, but the final edit is always up to you. In a nutshell, the 150 million oz (30,000 contracts) of newly created open contracts between the technical funds and the raptors is what caused silver prices to fall $3 since the end of February. As much as I pinpoint JPMorgan as being the prime silver manipulator, since the bank’s net short position in COMEX silver has hardly changed over this time, I can’t accuse JPM as being the active catalyst in the recent silver price drop. However, I will be very quick to accuse the bank, along with the 7 other large COMEX silver shorts, should that short position increase on any silver rally. It is rare when it is so clear that two specific trader categories accounted for, effectively, all the net positioning in any one market like exists in COMEX silver over the past three months; but the data are undeniable. What is also undeniable is that the technical funds’ new short selling of 150 million oz is what caused the price to drop $3; as there is no other plausible explanation. The only question is what motivated the technical funds to sell such a quantity of silver futures contracts? The answer is also clear – progressively lower prices. – Silver analyst Ted Butler: 04 May 2014 Except for the tiny spikes in both gold and silver at, or just before the New York open yesterday, there’s nothing to report regarding yesterday’s price action, as volume was anemic.  I’ve already said what I wanted to say at the top of this column. Here are the 6-month charts for both gold and silver once again, so you can put yesterday’s price action in some perspective against the overall. One should never short a quiet market It was a nothing day again on Wednesday—and the tiny rally that began in gold shortly before the Comex open, got squashed at precisely 8:30 a.m. in New York—and by around 11 a.m. the price was back below unchanged.  Nothing happened after that, as gold traded sideways for the remainder of the day. With gold trading in less than a ten dollar price range, the low and high ticks aren’t worth looking up once again. The gold price finished the day at $1,243.60 spot, down $1.30 from Tuesday’s close.  Volume, net of June and July, was very tiny—around 79,000 contracts. The CME Daily Delivery Report was a quiet affair yesterday, as only 35 gold and 1 silver contract were posted for delivery within the Comex-approved depositories on Friday.  The link to yesterday’s Issuers and Stoppers Report is here. There were no reported changes in GLD yesterday—and as of 9:57 p.m. EDT yesterday evening, there were no reported changes in SLV, either. There was a tiny sales report from the U.S. Mint.  They sold 50,000 silver eagles—and that was it. After two days of running down the batteries on their forklifts, there wasn’t much in/out activity in either gold or silver on Tuesday over at the Comex-approved depositories.  There were no changes at all in gold—and in silver, nothing was reported received—and 97,156 troy ounces were shipped out. Here’s a chart that Nick Laird passed around yesterday evening.  It shows the total derivatives position in both gold and the white metals versus their entire derivatives position.  It sure doesn’t take much money to control precious metal prices—or the price of anything else they decide is worth their effort. The first photo is of a magpie on the wing that I took a couple of weeks ago.  It’s almost a surreal picture, because it’s being lit by the sun from above and behind at the same time.  No Photoshop here, as it’s straight out of the camera, although I did bump up the saturation a hair. Going into the London open this morning, gold and silver volumes were as low as I can ever remember seeing—even lower than yesterday.  Gold volume was around 11,000 contracts—and silver’s volume was 2,900 contracts.  It is deathly quiet out there—and there isn’t a high-frequency trader in sight.  The gold price is about unchanged, but the other three precious metals are all down from their respective closes in New York yesterday afternoon—and what passes as the world’s reserve currency at the moment, is down a handful of basis points. A long time ago I read somewhere on the Internet that one should never short a quiet market—and I consider that to be excellent advice when it comes to the precious metals at the moment. But Ted did mention in his mid-week commentary to his paying subscribers yesterday that “My only concern in gold is that if the technical fund short position in gold [is] to mimic the record increase witnessed in silver, then there may be more technical fund selling to go in gold.“ That may be true, dear reader, but I bought some silver yesterday anyway, as we’re close enough to a bottom in this metal to suit me. Tomorrow we the jobs numbers, along with a shiny new Commitment of Traders Report—and embedded in [and extracted from] that report is the June Bank Participation information, so I’ll have lots to talk about in my Saturday missive. And as I send this off into cyberspace at 5:10 a.m. EDT, I note that all four precious metals are now down on that day, with silver under the most selling pressure. Volumes have picked up substantially in gold, but is still very much on the lighter side—and silver’s volume is very quiet, so whatever price action is occurring, its happening on very little volume.  The dollar index is down ten basis points. I have no idea what will happen with prices today.  I would suspect that there will be some activity around the release of the job numbers at 8:30 a.m. EDT on Friday, but that event is still 24 hours away. I’m off to bed—and I’ll see you here tomorrow. It was ultra-quiet in silver trading as well—and the 8:15 to 8:30 a.m. EDT rally in that metal met the same fate as the tiny rally in gold—and once the high was in, the price did very little after that. Silver traded within a 20 cent price range yesterday—and closed at $18.795 spot, down 1 whole penny from Tuesday’s close.  Net volume was 20,000 contracts. The dollar index opened flat—and traded flat before a 20 basis point down/up move that began at the London open—and ended 10 hours later shortly after 1 p.m. in New York.  After that, the index didn’t do much—and closed at 80.66, which was up 4 basis points from Tuesday’s close. Platinum traded flat until shortly after 1 p.m. Hong Kong time—and from that point got sold down to its low of the day just before 1 p.m. in Zurich.  The subsequent rally ended at 2 p.m. in electronic trading in New York—and it traded flat from there, closing up 8 bucks. Exactly the same can be said about the silver equities, as Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index finished the basically unchanged, down a tiny 0.01%. The agreement with Sumitomo on the Fourth of July project is a great compliment to our recent agreement with Newmont Mining on the Wood Hills South project. We also have the Arabia, Golden Shears and some generative efforts being funded through our joint venture business model. We have enough capital in the bank to last two more years and no debt. The share structure remains at 33.5 million fully diluted. We are very well positioned to have  a major win with an incredible share structure. Renaissance Gold has proven through the joint venture business model what exploration success with a tight share structure can do. Renaissance is the spinout of AuEx Ventures that sold in 2010 and made just shy of 100x their first private placement. It takes technical strength and fiscal conservatism to generate meaningful share holder returns in the high risk exploration business. Please visit our website for more information. Sponsor Advertisementlast_img read more

The Trump administration has released its first as

first_imgThe Trump administration has released its first assessment of the impact of the president’s decision to reinstate the “Mexico City policy,” which cuts off U.S. aid to international groups unless they promise not to provide or promote abortion, even with non-U.S. funding sources. The review finds that so far practically all grantees have agreed to those conditions. But opponents of the policy caution that the administation’s statistics offer too incomplete a picture to draw conclusions about the policy’s impact.Every Republican president since Ronald Reagan has implemented the policy. But Trump’s version — which he instituted three days after taking office — goes further. Whereas previous versions only covered U.S. funding of overseas family planning, Trump has extended the policy to funding of virtually all global health programs — potentially more than $7 billion a year, according to an analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation.Take the case of a health clinic that uses U.S. dollars to treat children in a poor country for malaria while using other funding to provide information about abortion to female patients. When the clinic’s U.S. grant comes up for renewal it will now face a choice: stop offering the abortion-related services or give up U.S. funding for its malaria work.According to the administration’s review, since the policy was put in place just over half of the nearly 1,300 affected global health grants have come up for renewal — and only four organizations have opted to decline the money. However, it’s unclear what share of U.S. aid funding those group represent. (In a phone call briefing for journalists, senior administration officials said they did not have funding data immediately available.) At least two of the groups that declined funding — Marie Stopes International and International Planned Parenthood Federation — are major providers of health services to poor people worldwide. (The other two were not identified). Marie Stopes, for instance, was getting about $30 million a year in U.S. money — accounting for 17 percent of its donor funding. Officials with the organization say that they have been able to secure short-term replacement funding for the majority of it. But beginning in mid-2018 many of their programs will face losses. And this will likely require the group to close down outreach teams delivering sexual and reproductive services to impoverished women in Madagascar, Uganda and Zimbabwe.Analysts also caution that many of the grantees covered by the Administration’s statistics are essentially U.S.-based pass-through groups — meaning they ultimately pass on their U.S. aid money to foreign partners on the ground. And it remains to be seen how many of those partners will agree to comply with the Mexico City policy. The administration reports that it is aware of at least 12 such sub-grantees that have refused as of last September. Perhaps most significantly, the review did not include any information about whether or not the policy has led to a reduction in health services for poor people.Officials said they would continue to monitor the policy’s implementation, and issue another review by end of this year. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Arts leaders must do more to tackle the acute la

first_imgArts leaders must do more to tackle the “acute” lack of opportunities for disabled actors on stage and screen, according to union delegates.Members of the Equity performers’ union called for “greater representation and more accurate portrayal” of disabled people, in a motion agreed unanimously by the TUC Disabled Workers Conference in London.The motion also called for “greater inclusive casting… where an actor’s talent and not their impairment drives their talent on stage or screen”.Actor Cindy-Jane Armbruster (pictured, right) told the conference that disabled people were portrayed as “the objects of pity or we are put on a pedestal as superhumans in so-called inspiration porn, or objects of scorn as benefit scroungers… anything but well-rounded human beings”.She said: “I believe very strongly that we need to change these stories, we need to tell better stories, we need to see ourselves represented on stage and on screen for our sense of self-identity. We need to know we are not alone.”She pointed to a survey last year by the Act for Change project, which campaigns for better representation across the live and recorded arts and found that just one in 326 actors performing on the London stage over the Easter weekend had a visible impairment.She added: “Having stories told about us and by us will make it harder for policy-makers to make us invisible, to dehumanise us or, worse, get rid of us.”Heidi McGeogh, of the Musicians’ Union, told the conference: “We really do need to see positive images of disabled people.“It’s going to affect how we are treated by society and how we are valued by society.“People believe what they see on the telly and on the stage and read in the papers.”Iain Scott-Burdon, a BSL-user from Unison, said: “I don’t like to see false disabled people.”He pointed to TV companies that were making programmes featuring hearing actors playing BSL-users.He said: “This is unacceptable. There is a lot of Deaf talent out there. There’s a lot of disabled talent out there.”Mik Scarlet (pictured, centre), another Equity member, told the conference that he used to work on BBC’s From the Edge magazine programme, which had nine disabled presenters and more than 30 disabled programme-makers, while Channel 4 and ITV also put out disability programmes.The disabled journalist and presenter said: “Where have they gone? They have disappeared. Now we have The Undateables and the [Paralympic] Superhumans.“We need more talent on screen, and we need to promote the concept that we need disabled programming made by disabled people.”Roddy Slorach, a University and College Union (UCU) delegate, and author of A Very Capitalist Condition, which examines the history and politics of disability, said the representation of disability in the media needed to be about “overcoming this sense of otherness”, which was “not actually an easy thing to do”.He called for “an end to disability as a form of discrimination” and “a celebration of the diversity of humanity” that looks at who disabled people are rather than using “negative stereotypical images”.The conference was attended by 25 unions, from major organisations such as Unison, Unite and NUT, to smaller unions such as the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and the senior civil servants’ union the FDA, with nearly 200 disabled delegates attending.last_img read more

A Tory peer has accused work and pensions secretar

first_imgA Tory peer has accused work and pensions secretary Esther McVey of making a series of untrue statements about the Motability car scheme to fellow MPs.Lord Sterling, who co-founded Motability in 1977, has told McVey in a letter that he found the “litany of inaccuracies” in the comments made by her and fellow MPs in a debate earlier this month to be “deeply troubling”.Only last month, Disability News Service reported how McVey had been appointed as the new work and pensions secretary despite previously being repeatedly shamed in 2013 for misleading fellow MPs and the public about the impact of her policies on disabled people.Lord Sterling’s letter also reveals that of 180,000 Motability customers who were previously claiming disability living allowance (DLA) and have so far been reassessed for the new personal independence payment (PIP), about 75,000 have lost eligibility to remain on the scheme and have had to return their cars, because of decisions by McVey’s department.The Commons debate on 8 February followed an urgent question asked by the Labour MP John Mann about claims in the Daily Mail newspaper concerning the £2.4 billion in reserves held by the company that runs the scheme – Motability Operations (MO) – and the £1.7 million pay and bonuses package of MO’s chief executive, Mike Betts. But Lord Sterling told McVey (pictured in the debate) in his letter that the debate had been “deeply flawed and misleading”, with some of the errors relating to claims by Mann that the charity itself was holding the reserves and running the scheme, and that Betts was employed by the charity.The Tory peer pointed out that the Motability scheme was delivered by MO under contract to the Motability charity*, rather than by the charity itself.But he also told McVey – a separate letter aimed at correcting the “many false statements” made in the debate was sent to her by Motability Operations – that she herself had made four serious errors.The first, he said, was that she had called for the charity’s trustees to be “held to account” after another MP told how a constituent who had been a lifetime recipient of DLA had been threatened with having her Motability vehicle removed on Boxing Day.But this was a result of a PIP reassessment – carried out by McVey’s Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) – which had found the constituent was no longer eligible for the higher rate of mobility support, and therefore no longer eligible to lease a car through the Motability scheme.Lord Sterling pointed out in his letter that PIP assessments were the responsibility of McVey’s department and that it was DWP’s decision to remove her eligibility.He then highlighted McVey’s claim in the debate that it had been her intervention as minister for disabled people in 2013 that led to Motability agreeing to pass £175 million** to former DLA claimants who lost their Motability vehicles in the reassessment programme.Lord Sterling said that minutes of the charity’s meetings showed that its own trustees had made this decision themselves the previous year because they had “felt a moral obligation to help people at risk of losing cars due to government policy changes”.He said they had already decided by December 2012, months before McVey’s intervention, “to provide a package of significant financial support and other assistance”.And he said that McVey had even suggested in 2013 that this support should only be focused on the initial stage of reassessments, up to 2015-16, whereas Motability’s trustees wanted to provide financial support “over the full period of the DWP’s reassessments”.The Tory peer told her that the charity had had to cope with the loss of about 75,000 customers through PIP reassessment, many of whom were “confused, distressed and even suicidal, as they worry about losing their mobility”.Lord Sterling also said that McVey was wrong when she said that DWP would use money regained from Motability to help constituents whose cars had been removed before their PIP appeals had been heard.She had told MPs: “When we have got the money back from Motability that we believe we should to support disabled people, that is one of the first things it should be used for.”Lord Sterling said this was wrong because there was “no basis on which the government can demand any money to be handed over”.He also said that McVey had been wrong when she claimed that the charity was piloting a scheme – “after direction from the department” – to help disabled children under the age of three, when the scheme was actually being piloted by MO and there had been “no direction” from DWP.A DWP spokeswoman refused to say if McVey would be apologising for the “inaccuracies” in her statements to MPs.But she said: “When PIP was first introduced, the government worked with Motability to design an extensive £175 million transitional support package to support Motability customers who have not been awarded the enhanced mobility component on reassessment from DLA to PIP.“While the department works closely with Motability, it is an independent charitable organisation and therefore we are not directly involved in determining scheme policy or operational issues.”Motability revealed this week that the number of its customers had fallen to 628,000 by December 2017, a drop of 5,000 since March 2017.Although it has lost about 75,000 customers through reassessment, the rollout of PIP has also opened eligibility to more disabled people with mental health conditions and learning difficulties.Meanwhile, despite McVey’s calls in the debate for the Charity Commission to carry out another review of the financial relationship between the charity and Motability Operations, following one it carried out last year, the commission has said this week that it has no new concerns.It said in a statement: “In light of media reporting about the Motability scheme, we reviewed the highlighted issues to see if there was anything we had not investigated as part of our previous regulatory compliance case in Motability… which was under our jurisdiction as regulator of charities in England and Wales.“Having reviewed the latest information in the media we have concluded that, as set out in our statement on 8 February, there are no new concerns that come under the commission’s jurisdiction.” *The Motability charity is a DNS subscriber**The £175 million came from a series of donations from Motability Operations to Motability during 2014 and 2015. Motability says it has so far paid out about £100 million, usually in sums of £2,000 to “departing customers”, as well as allowing customers to retain their cars for longer periods after losing their PIP eligibility and providing them with other advice and support. It is not yet sure whether it will spend “slightly more or less” than £175 million in total but plans to continue providing this support until the end of the reassessment programme, which is likely to be in 2020.last_img read more

Are You One of Americas Most Entrepreneurial Companies Apply for the 2016

first_img For the second year, the Entrepreneur360™ will name the most entrepreneurial companies in America, based on quantitative and qualitative analysis of the verified information submitted. This 360-degree approach spotlights top entrepreneurial performers in leadership, innovation, culture, impact and growth—and the fascinating stories behind them.Apply NowLast year, notable companies from a range of industries were celebrated, including:iCrackedThis smart-phone repair and reselling company exemplifies best practices by instilling a company culture of problem-solving and independence instead of enforcing hierarchies.Enlisted DesignEnlisted Design is a creative agency specializing in planning and birthing new products that is taking a highly unique approach to learning about each client.ZoziZozi, a startup providing online booking software for travel outfitters, is benefitting from taking a safe approach to seeking venture capital to help speed growth.UpCounselTwo lawyers have taken a pragmatic approach to building a company that matches small and midsize businesses with experienced attorneys and enjoyed a 20-percent month-over- month revenue growth in 2015.AvantAvant is an online lending firm on a mission to lower the barriers and costs of borrowing. Since launching in 2012, they’ve grown from three to over 800 employees, operate in three countries and manage a loan portfolio of more than $3 billion.DashedWhether it’s by bicycle, scooter or smart car, Dashed has one primary goal: to be the fastest restaurant-delivery service in the industry. Remaining focused on this singular mission continues to translate to their success.To qualify, companies must be privately owned (no franchises) with at least one of the original founders involved in current day-to- day business operations. Honorees will be featured in Entrepreneur magazine, on Entrepreneur.com, and at the annual E360 Conference, which will be held on November 16 in Long Beach, Calif.To nominate your company or find more information about the Entrepreneur360™ list, visit: entrepreneur.com/360.You’re leaving your mark. Let’s create your legacy.Apply Now Are You One of America’s Most Entrepreneurial Companies? Apply for the 2016 Entrepreneur360™ Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. 2 min read Enroll Now for $5 Next Article Entrepreneur Staff Add to Queuecenter_img June 2, 2016 Entrepreneur360 –shares Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Entrepreneur Staff Image credit: Marketinglast_img read more

BMA Government cuts to stop smoking services have detrimental impact on public

first_img Source:https://www.bma.org.uk/ Mar 15 2019Responding to a new report from Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) and Cancer Research UK, which found that cuts to public health budgets mean that only half of local authorities offer all smokers the support they need to quit, BMA public health medicine committee chair Dr Peter English, said: With smoking remaining one of the leading causes of preventable ill health, it is concerning that we are seeing such a significant reduction in funding for stop smoking services.These services remain one of the most effective ways of quitting and are a vital source of support for those who have taken the difficult step to seek help.Budget reductions have unfortunately led to unacceptable variations in the quality and quantity of services available. This is particularly apparent in more deprived areas where demand is higher, and resources more thinly spread.Government reductions in the public health grant has meant many local authorities are under a lot of pressure to make savings and are very often in the position of having to rob Peter to pay Paul with prevention services often at risk.Cuts to smoking and other healthcare prevention services are not cost-effective in the long run. They have a detrimental impact on population health which risks widening health inequalities and increases future NHS demand requiring further spending.”last_img read more