4,327 Kashmiris get a reprieve

first_imgThe Jammu and Kashmir government on Wednesday withdrew cases against 4,327 youths, mainly first-time stone-throwers involved in 744 cases of disturbing law and order in the past one year.Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti announced the decision after a high-powered committee, headed by Director-General of Police S.P. Vaid, submitted its report to her in Jammu.Regular monitoringAn official spokesman said cases against these youths stood withdrawn. “The DGP has been asked to regularly monitor the progress in the matter and furnish a fortnightly report,” reads the communication from the Home Department to the DGP. An official spokesman said the decision “marks the revival of the process of withdrawal of cases started by Ms. Mufti immediately after taking over last year”.In the past, the Mufti government set a process of reviewing cases against youths involved in incidents from 2008 to 2014. “The process, unfortunately, got disrupted due to the continued violence and unrest in the latter part of last year,” the spokesman said.A total of 848 cases, involving 4,957 youths, had been withdrawn since last year. “She [the Chief Minister] is committed to withdrawing cases against youths found ‘not involved in heinous crimes’,” said the spokesman.The release of first-time stone-throwers was also recommended by the Government of India’s Special Representative on J&K, Dineshwar Sharma, who completed his first visit in the second week of November. He later made a presentation before the Union Home Ministry in Delhi.“The decision is a ray of hope for these young boys and their families. It is an opportunity for them to rebuild their lives,” Ms. Mufti said. She hoped the decision would help in creating “a positive and conciliatory atmosphere” in the State.last_img read more

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Raymar Jose credits teammates for MVP honor

first_imgSEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief View comments “These awards are big for players like me that bank on our hardwork. Right now, almost everyone wants to score. They forget the little things like playing defense and rebounding,” he said.Jose became only the third FEU alumnus to win the plum, after Mac Belo and Mike Tolomia, but the 6-foot-4 said awards like these are just a bonus. The biggest prize remains winning the championship.“We’re raised in FEU with the mindset that awards are just bonuses. We just want to do our best to help our team win,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Raymar Jose. PBA IMAGESEven Raymar Jose was surprised that he got the Conference MVP award for the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup.“In all honesty, I wasn’t expecting this. I just gave my best every game, especially on my rebounding because that’s my strength. So I get all my confidence from there,” Jose, who is in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for the Southeast Asian Games, told reporters in Filipino.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:00House honors Rodolfo Albano Jr , a veteran lawmaker, mentor and family man00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding His numbers, though, back up his victory as he averaged 12.27 points and 10.18 rebounds for the conference to help Cignal advance to the Finals.Though he was unable to help the Hawkeyes complete the championship run owing to his Gilas Pilipinas responsibilities, Jose said that the glory still would not be possible if not for his teammates.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I’m happy for this because I won’t be able to get this if not for the coaching staff and my teammates, so I’m really grateful for them,” the 24-year-old bruiser said.The MVP recognition is also proof that hardworking players like Jose, who are willing to do the dirty work, could also get their fair share of the limelight even if they’re not topping their teams in scoring. LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspensioncenter_img Read Next MOST READ Philippines wins first ever SEA Games ice hockey gold Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short programlast_img read more

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In self-styled godmans area, a separate monetary system

first_imgBunty TyagiSirsa, Aug 27 (PTI) In the town of Sirsa, home to the sprawling headquarters of the Dera Sacha Sauda, shops owned by followers of the sects flamboyant head Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh run a separate monetary system to tender change to customers.Located in and around Dera premises, these shops have the word Sach (truth) prefixed to their respective names and give out plastic coins or tokens of Rs 10 and Rs 5 to customers if they are unable to tender change in Indian currency.These coins, engraved with the words Dhan Dhan Satguru Tera hi Asara, Dera Sacha Sauda Sirsa, can then be used by the customer to buy items at the Sach shops later.In case a shopkeeper does not have any change at his disposal if a customer pays Rs 100 for an item that costs Rs 70, the latter may have to make do with three plastic tokens of Rs 10 value each . The Dera campus is spread over nearly 1,000 acres and is a township on its own, with schools, a sports village, a hospital and a cinema hall. Shopkeepers who run Sach shops near the Dera headquarters have a different colour code for such plastic coins. A few journalists, who went to Sirsa to cover the situation in and around the campus after a CBI court convicted the sect chief in a rape case, were also given such plastic coins in place of Indian currency.”I have three such coins of Rs 10, but I cannot use them because the entire area near the Dera headquarters has been cordoned off by the Army,? said Mukesh Kumar, a resident of Beghu village, located near Dera headquarters.advertisementLocals say it is normal practice for shopkeepers, who are also followers of the sect, to tender these tokens to their customers if they do not have change. PTI BUN BSA SBR GJS DVlast_img read more

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Samsung Galaxy S10, S10 Lite and S10+: Infinity-O display, six cameras and everything else we know so far

first_imgIf we go by history, then we can assume that Samsung will launch the Galaxy S10 series on the sidelines of MWC 2019 in February. And the Galaxy S10 is expected to be a special one as it will coincide with the tenth anniversary of the flagship series. This is perhaps why Samsung is rumoured to launch not two but three models of the Galaxy S10. In addition to the regular version, we expect a Lite and a Plus-sized model. In fact, it could be four if we include rumours of a top-end “Beyond X” model that will offer 5G support and a total of six cameras.The Galaxy S10 will look to set the trend for the rest of the year, although Samsung has mostly avoided major trends until now like adopting the notch. With the Galaxy A8s, Samsung finally gave up and said goodbye to the 3.5mm headphone jack. Over the past few weeks, we have heard a number of reports on the Galaxy S10 and its various models. Here’s an overview of what we know so far about the three Galaxy S10 devices.Galaxy S10The regular Galaxy S10 will fall in between the Lite and Plus models in terms of size. It is expected to sport a 6.1-inch Super AMOLED Infinity-O display. This display will see a small circular hole that will house the selfie camera. This eliminates the need for a notch like the iPhone X and most Android phones this year, allowing for a near bezel-less display. The Galaxy A8s which went official this week is the first Samsung phone to get the Infinity-O display, giving us a good look at what we can expect from the Galaxy S10 as well.advertisementThe Galaxy S10 will come with all the premium bells and whistles, which includes an Exynos 9820 chipset with at least 6GB of RAM and an ultrasonic in-display fingerprint sensor. This model is expected to get a triple camera system on the back like the Galaxy A7 (2018). Only Samsung will likely use more advanced sensors for its flagship. The Galaxy S10 is also expected to launch with Android 9 Pie with the company’s new OneUI skin on top. While the Galaxy A8s ditches the headphone jack, Samsung may retain it with the Galaxy S10, at least as per early renders.Galaxy S10 LiteSamsung typically only launches a regular and a plus-sized model of its flagship smartphone, but 2019 may be different. A number of reports seem to suggest that there will be a Lite model of the Galaxy S10. This model is said to come with a flat AMOLED Infinity-O display as opposed to the other two models that are likely to get curved displays. Galaxy S10 concept render courtesy Ice UniverseThe other downgrade would be in the camera department. The Galaxy S10 Lite is expected to come with two rear cameras and a single selfie camera. The front-facing sensor will be housed under the punch-hole cutout, allowing the company to reduce the bezels even further. The Galaxy S10 Lite is tipped to sport a 5.8-inch display, making it the smallest out of the three.The Galaxy S10 Lite will also be the only phone among the three to offer a side fingerprint sensor rather than an ultrasonic in-display one. As for the hardware, the Galaxy S10 Lite should get the same Exynos 9820 chipset as the others. On the software side, the phone is expected to run Android 9 Pie with the new OneUI on top. Not much else is known about the camera sensors being used or the RAM and storage details at this time.Galaxy S10+The Plus-sized Galaxy S10 will offer a big 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display, as per recent reports. While the Galaxy S10+ is also said to come with an Infinity-O display, what is unique here is that the panel will have two circular cutouts instead of one. This means the Galaxy S10 Plus will offer dual front-facing cameras. Renders and leaked live images of the screen have suggested a pill-shaped cutout for the dual cameras. Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus render with four rear camerasOn the back of the Galaxy S10, we expect to see a quad-camera system like the Galaxy . There is a possibility that it may offer a quad camera system like the Galaxy A9 (2018), but that could be reserved for the “Beyond X” model instead. If it does, that would mean the Galaxy S10+ will offer a total of six cameras. Like the regular Galaxy S10, the Galaxy S10+ will also get a curved display and an in-display fingerprint sensor. The phone will also be powered by an Exynos 9820 or Snapdragon 855 chipset depending on the market along with OneUI based on Android 9 Pie.advertisementSamsung Beyond XThe Beyond X smartphone has not been talked about a lot, but it might just be true. Reports are calling this the tenth anniversary edition phone that will offer next-gen features such as 5G support. This phone may not launch alongside the Galaxy S10 trio in February. Instead, Samsung may announce this in March with its foldable smartphone.The Beyond X edition will reportedly get the biggest display yet for a Samsung phone. It may sport a massive 6.7-inch Super AMOLED display which is also likely going to be an Infinity-O display. A Wall Street Journal report said that the 6.7-inch Galaxy S10 model will come with a total of six cameras like the Galaxy S10+ (two sensors on the front and four on the back).The biggest highlight of the “Beyond X” is that it will support 5G mobile networks, although it will be a while before 5G goes mainstream. Additionally, Samsung may also considering reverse wireless charging feature for the mammoth Galaxy S10 model which would be similar to the Huawei Mate 20 Pro.ALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite concept render shows off bezel-less display, in-screen selfie cameraALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy S10 may get six cameras, 5G support, launch expected in Marchlast_img read more

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Rashid Khan appointed Afghanistan captain in all formats

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 17:54 IST Rashid Khan has been appointed the Afghanistan captain in all 3 formats (Reuters)HIGHLIGHTSAfghanistan failed to win a single game at World Cup 2019Following the dismal showing, Gulbadin Naib has been sacked as captainAsghar Afghan has been appointed as the vice-captainRashid Khan has been appointed the captain of Afghanistan cricket team in all three formats. Former skipper Asghar Afghan will be his deputy, the Afghanistan Cricket Board announced on Friday.Rashid Khan will succeed Gulbadin Naib, who had led Afghanistan in their World Cup 2019 campaign.The ACB had removed Asghar Afghan from the captain’s post just three months before the World Cup and appointed Gulbadin in his place, a move which was met with a lot of criticism and backlash from fans and the Afghan players.Gulbadin Naib had himself stated that Asghar Afghan would always be his captain while Rashid and senior player Mohammad Nabi also voiced their displeasure with the appointment.But now the ACB is moving in a whole new direction and have decided to hand over the reins to young Rashid with Asghar Afghan as the vice-captain. Rashid was already the captain of the T20I team while Rahmat Shah was the Test captain.But now the cricket board has decided to go with one skipper for all formats.Afghanistan had a disappointing campaign in the World Cup, losing all nine league matches and finished in the last place. Naib led the team in a total of 12 ODI matches in which he managed to win two games and lost 10.Asghar Afghan, on the other hand, had led the team in 56 ODIs and won 36 of them while losing just 21. They had also managed to tie a game against India in the Asia Cup last year.Rashid meanwhile, has led the team in 4 ODIs so far, winning one and losing 3. Rashid’s first assignment as full-time skipper will be a one-off Test against Bangladesh in September before a full home series against West Indies – including three T20Is, three ODIs and a one-off Test – in India between November 5 and December 1.advertisementAlso Read | India’s World Cup campaign ends in heartbreak: Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri’s tactical blundersAlso Read | #Donotretiredhoni trends: Fans urge MS Dhoni to stay onFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow Afghanistan Cricket BoardFollow Rashid KhanFollow Asghar Afghan Rashid Khan appointed Afghanistan captain in all formatsRashid Khan’s first assignment as full-time skipper will be a one-off Test against Bangladesh in September before a full home series against West Indiesadvertisementlast_img read more

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Awkwafina to star in animated film Raya and the Last Dragon

first_imgAnaheim: Actress Awkwafina is all set to reunite with “Crazy Rich Asians” co-writer Adele Lim to bring to life an animated film “Raya and the Last Dragon”. Walt Disney Animation Studios on Saturday announced a new film “Raya and the Last Dragon” with Awkwafina as Susi the Dragon and Cassie Steele as Raya. Jennifer Lee, Chief Creative Officer at Walt Disney Animation Studios, made the announcement at Disney’s biennial fan expo D23 here. Directors Paul Briggs and Dean Wellins, producer Osnat Shurer and writer Lim joined Lee on stage to set up the film, which introduces Raya, a lone warrior from the fantasy kingdom of Kumandra who teams up with a crew of misfits in her quest to find the Last Dragon and bring light and unity back to their world. Inspired by the beautiful and diverse cultures of Southeast Asia, the film will also explore themes of community and hope. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka The fans, who had gathered at the session at the D23 Expo, got a chance to get a look at the new film, and watch a three-minute clip. Awkwafina is excited to lend her voice to Sisu, the Last Dragon, who was left on Earth in case dark forces return to the world, and Cassie Steele voices the lead character, Raya. The three-minute clip, which was shown at the session, highlights that the fantasy has strong influence on the cultures of Southeast Asia, but the movie is set in a mythical land. Also Read – Salman Khan remembers actor Vinod Khanna “Our world was created by dragons, before they left they hid a gift for the people. A powerful but dangerous gift. One that could save an entire kingdom or bring it to an end. The question is what will we find? Hope of destruction?,” said the narrator in the video. The crowd went crazy when Steel and Awkwafina walked onto the stage. Awkwafina said she likes the way she looks in her animated form as the dragon. “That’s me up there. I look good right? I like the hair. I look splendiferous,” she said. Awkwafina and Steele elaborated a little more about Sisu and Raya. “Raya is ready to meet a magical water being who breathes fog through her nose, flies by riding the raindrops, and has a gem that channels this amazing huge power,” says Steele. To this, Awkwafina added: “When Raya first meets (her), she’s in human form and needs Raya’s help to reclaim her power to become her true dragon self.” The fantasy-action-adventure “Raya and the Last Dragon” will open in the US on November 25, 2020.last_img read more

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Oppositions efforts to topple Somali Government must not succeed – Ban

The spike in attacks by insurgents comes “at a time when the Government is making concrete progress towards fulfilling its transitional agenda, which the population has increasingly welcomed,” Mr. Ban wrote in his latest report on the situation in Somalia.“The attempts by elements opposed to peace and stability to seize power by force from the legally constituted and internationally recognized Government must not be allowed to succeed,” he said, adding that the authorities must be enabled to “exercise its authority countrywide for the sake of the Somali people.”Insurgent groups, such as Al-Shabaab, have stepped up their strategy to intimidate the Somali people, including through methods such as “high gain” assassinations and arrests of clan elders, some of whom have been murdered.On 19 June, Omar Hashi Aden, the Minister of National Security, was killed in a large-scale suicide car bombing in Beletweyne in central Somalia.Additionally, Somali militants raided two UN compounds on Monday, stealing equipment and vehicles and forcing the world body to close down one of its operations in the violence-wracked country.In spite of the violence, the Secretary-General commended efforts by President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed and the unity government to engage with opposition groups not taking part in the Djibouti peace process.“However, these engagements have proved to be challenging owing to the inflexibility on the part of hardline insurgents,” he noted.But despite such setbacks, he said that “the Government has continuously reiterated its readiness to broaden its base by including those opposition groups that renounce violence.”Mr. Ban appealed to the international community not to back down on its support for Somalia in the face of the recent uptick in fighting, urging the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and the African Union (AU) to press ahead with encouraging opposition groups to work towards peace in Somalia.He also called on Member States to support the boosting of the AU Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) so that it can reach its authorized troop strength of 8,000.“For the Government to increase its legitimacy and to broaden its base, we must invest in building the capacity of the security institutions and improve its capability to deliver public services and employment opportunities,” the report noted.Further, increasing employment opportunities for youth and enhancing the livelihoods of Somalis will also have “a positive impact on the hearts and minds of ordinary Somalis,” it said.The recent escalation in violence has worsened the already dire humanitarian situation in the country, the Secretary-General wrote, paying tribute to aid workers operating under an ever-more hostile environment.“Their sacrifices to save Somali victims do not go unnoticed,” he underscored.According to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), more than 200,000 people have fled the capital, Mogadishu, since early May, when the Al-Shabaab and Hisb-ul-Islam militant groups launched attacks against Government forces in the capital. In the past fortnight alone, about 20,000 people have fled their homes.The newly displaced join another 400,000 Somalis in the Afgooye corridor, a congested strip of land that runs southwest from Mogadishu and is packed with makeshift shelters.“The civilian population is bearing the brunt of the conflict in Somalia,” Mr. Ban wrote in the report. “It is imperative that all measures be taken to protect the civilians, in particular, the most vulnerable.”On the issue of piracy off Somalia’s coast, Mr. Ban expressed his gratitude to all nations and regional organizations which have ensured that UN World Food Programme (WFP) and UN-contracted ships are able to deliver vital humanitarian aid to Somalia, and he also urged other countries to join in the effort.The world body will also help with the prosecution of the pirates while simultaneously enhancing Somalia’s coast guard and judicial system, he said. 23 July 2009Repeated attempts to overthrow Somalia’s Transitional Federal Government (TFG) are a source of deep concern, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a new report, calling on the international community to continue its support for the struggling Horn of Africa nation. read more

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UN aid agencies step up supplies in Iraq but concerned over Baghdads

A small UN humanitarian assessment team went to the southern Iraqi port of Um Qasr to make a first evaluation of local water, sanitation and food needs, as well as the condition of the port there, which could be a major point for bringing in supplies.The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) was sending six trucks to the outskirts of south Basra as part of its biggest convoy to date and the first time its operation has reached so far into the country, while a 19-truck World Food Programme (WFP) convoy with 475 tons of badly needed wheat flour was heading toward northern Iraq from Turkey.In all, 11 trucks under contract to UNICEF from local Kuwaiti operators were making their way across the southern border with supplies for the towns of Safwan, Zubair and the southern fringes of Basra, including much needed water and emergency health kits, UNICEF spokesperson Wivina Belmonte told the daily briefing in Amman, Jordan, on UN humanitarian activities.She said drivers from an earlier convoy to Zubair had a list of over 50 medicines that a health worker at the local hospital said children there needed. The health kit in today’s delivery would provide drugs for 10,000 people for three months. The challenge was to get the aid to the children who needed it, wherever they may be in Iraq, she added. Another 12 trucks were expected to reach northern Iraq from Turkey tomorrow, she said, while the WFP reported that its consignment was especially needed because the three Kurdish provinces there had not received their wheat flour rations in March.Noting reports that Baghdad’s electrical grid had gone down, Ms. Belmonte stressed UNICEF’s concern with the water situation there. “We saw how quickly the humanitarian situation deteriorated in Basra, when electricity was cut there,” she said. “Five million people depend on the water system for their daily needs – drinking, cleaning and cooking.”UNICEF’s alarm was echoed by the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq (UNHCOI) and the World Health Organization (WHO).”The lack of electricity across the city poses a threat to the population the longer it continues, as water-pumping facilities without back-up generators or fuel to operate them cease functioning,” UNHCOI deputy spokesman David Wimhurst said.He noted that the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) continued to provide clean water to hospitals and some water distribution stations in the suburbs of Baghdad and that repairs to water and power systems were also continuing.WHO spokesperson Fadela Chaib said many people in Baghdad now lacked access to their regular supply of clean, safe drinking water in addition to the 1.5 million people reported by the ICRC to lack access to a safe water supply in southern Iraq.This is extremely concerning, she said. As temperatures rise across Iraq, a shortage of clean water will almost inevitably cause outbreaks of diarrhoeal disease and other health problems. Ms. Chaib also said WHO had received reports of growing numbers of civilian casualties in and around Baghdad, Basra and many other towns in southern and central Iraq. The ICRC reported a particularly disturbing situation in the town of Al Hillah, where some 300 people were reported injured with the hospital overwhelmed with patients and struggling to cope, she added.It was clear that injuries suffered as a direct result of this conflict were the number one public health problem in Iraq today, with shortages of medical supplies looming as the sieges built up, Ms. Chaib said. Speeding up the delivery of medical supplies was therefore essential to build up a pipeline of emergency stocks.On a more positive note, WFP Executive Director James Morris welcomed the international community’s response so far to the agency’s $1.3 billion emergency food appeal for Iraq, for which it received $260 million from the United States on Wednesday as well as contributions from Australia, Germany, Canada, Spain and New Zealand.”This is the best possible start to the biggest single appeal in the WFP’s 40-year history,” he said in Rome. “We are extremely grateful to these nations’ generosity.” read more

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US paychecks grow at recordslow pace in 2nd quarter as bonus and

US paychecks grow at record-slow pace in 2nd quarter as bonus and incentive pay drops off FILE – In this May 12, 2014 file photo, Fatima Godoy rolls out the dough as Gustavo Servellon, left, applies the sprinkles as they construct pastries in the bay window at Ted’s Bulletin, a Capitol Hill restaurant in Washington. The Labor Department releases the employment cost index for the second quarter of 2015, a measure of wage and benefit growth, on Friday, July 31, 2015. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File) WASHINGTON – U.S. wages and benefits grew in the spring at the slowest pace in 33 years, stark evidence that stronger hiring isn’t lifting paychecks much for most Americans. The slowdown also likely reflects a sharp drop-off in bonus and incentive pay for some workers.The employment cost index rose just 0.2 per cent in the April-June quarter after a 0.7 increase in the first quarter, the Labor Department said Friday. The index tracks wages, salaries and benefits. Wages and salaries alone also rose 0.2 per cent.Both measures recorded the smallest quarterly gains since the second quarter of 1982.Salaries and benefits for private sector workers were unchanged, the weakest showing since the government began tracking the data in 1980.The disappointing figures come after the index had been pointing to a pickup in wage growth after nearly two years of steady hiring. The index rose just 2 per cent in the second quarter compared with a year earlier. That is down from a 2.6 per cent increase in the first quarter, which was the biggest in six and a half years.The slowdown suggests that companies are still able to find the workers they need without boosting pay, a sign the job market is not yet back to full health. That could cause some Federal Reserve officials to push for a delay in any increase in the short-term interest rate they control.“Despite a tighter labour market, and all of the stories about pay increases at various large firms, wage growth is not picking up meaningfully,” said Jennifer Lee, an economist at BMO Capital Markets. “This may not sit well with (Fed) policymakers.”Employers have added nearly 3 million jobs in the past year, lowering the unemployment rate to 5.3 per cent in June, down from 6.1 per cent 12 months earlier. Most economists have expected those gains to force businesses to raise pay to attract and keep employees.The Federal Reserve watches the employment cost index closely for signs that healthy hiring is pushing up wages. Strong increases could lead companies to raise prices for their goods to cover higher labour costs, boosting inflation. That would make the Fed more likely to raise the short-term interest rate it controls. Consumer prices have been tame in the past year, though in recent months they have moved higher.In some occupations where bonuses are common, compensation fell sharply after spiking in the first quarter. Those include sales, professional services such as law and accounting, and management.The employment cost index figures now match the sluggish pace of growth reported in the average hourly pay data that’s part of the monthly jobs report. Average hourly wages were up just 2 per cent in June from a year earlier, the Labor Department said earlier this month.Yet another measure of pay, compiled by the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, shows wages are accelerating. Hourly pay for a typical employee rose 3.2 per cent in June from 12 months earlier, according to the Atlanta Fed. While that is double the annual pace of 1.6 per cent in February 2010, it is still below the pre-recession levels of about 4 per cent.__This story has been corrected to show that U.S. benefits and wages grew at the slowest pace in 33 years, not 27 years. by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Jul 31, 2015 6:50 am MDT Last Updated Jul 31, 2015 at 7:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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World has ignored hepatitis at its peril warns UN health agency ahead

Demand treatment Get tested With some 400 million people around the world infected with hepatitis B or C, the United Nations health agency today encouraged countries to boost testing and access to services and medicines for people in need. “The world has ignored hepatitis at its peril,” said Dr. Margaret Chan, Director General of the UN World Health Organization (WHO). “It is time to mobilize a global response to hepatitis on the scale similar to that generated to fight other communicable diseases like HIV AIDS and tuberculosis.” The number of people with hepatitis B or C is more than 10 times the number of people infected with HIV, according to UN figures. Only about 1 in 20 people with viral hepatitis know they have it; and just 1 in 100 with the disease is being treated. In May of this year, the World Health Assembly – WHO’s decision-making body – called for treating 8 million people for hepatitis B or C by 2020, to reduce new viral hepatitis infections by 90 per cent, and to decrease the number of deaths by 65 per cent in 2030, as compared with 2016. These targets are part of the first ever Global Health Sector Strategy on viral hepatitis. “We need to act now to stop people from dying needlessly from hepatitis,” said Dr. Gottfried Hirnschall, WHO’s Director of the HIV Department and Global Hepatitis Programme. These comments come ahead of World Hepatitis Day, marked annually on 28 July. This year’s theme is “Know hepatitis – Act now” encourages people to get tested and demand treatment. Know about Hepatitis. Act Now. Hepatitis B and C are transmitted through contaminated blood, as well as through contaminated needles and syringes in healthcare setting and among people who inject drugs. The viruses can also be transmitted through unsafe sex and from an infected mother to her newborn child. A vaccine and treatment exist for hepatitis B, but there is no vaccine for hepatitis C. Some countries are working to curb the rate of infection of the virus by lowering the prices of hepatitis C medicines, such as in Egypt, where the price of medicines fell from $900 in 2014 to $200 in 2016 as a result of access to generic drugs. According to WHO, Brazil and Pakistan are also expanding treatment coverage, and Georgia plans to eliminate the disease entirely. Are you at risk? What is Hepatitis? read more

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Bold action needed to end tuberculosis AIDS – UN

“The world has the resources to end the interlinked epidemics of tuberculosis and HIV, but political commitment and country action are lacking,” said the Executive Director of UNAIDS – the Joint UN Programme on HIV and AIDS – Michel Sidibé.“Political, religious and civil society leaders need to step up to guarantee everyone the right to breathe, to live free from tuberculosis and AIDS,” he added.For his part, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) noted the “devastating” social and economic impacts of TB, including poverty, stigma and discrimination – adding that antibiotic resistance has caused many drugs to lose their efficacy in combatting the disease.“While the world has committed to end the TB epidemic by 2030, as part of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), actions and investments do not match the political realty,” he stressed in a video message. The UN is calling on all partners to take unprecedented and bold action to advance efforts to end TB and AIDS by 2030.“Now is the time to make commitments become actions, we need increased and sustained financing,” Mr. Tedros spelled out, calling World Tuberculosis Day an opportunity “to mobilize political and social commitment for accelerated progress to end TB.” Video: WHOWhile preventable and curable, persistent challenges remain, many of which are shared by the HIV response, including unequal access to services.Noting that both can be addressed effectively with integrated programmes, UNAIDS outlined five important actions for partners, beginning with impelling political, religious and civil society leaders to champion the universal right to live free from TB and HIV.Secondly, communities must be empowered to call on governments to demand their right to health – improving living standards to reduce the burden of TB and HIV.The third action endorses promoting non-discriminatory service delivery to protect all against catastrophic health expenditures in the context of universal health coverage – extending care beyond health to include safe workplaces and places of detention.Next, UNAIDS advocates that finance ministers be engaged to approach health as an investment, not an expenditure, in which returns demonstrate their long-term value to societies and economies.Finally, the Joint UN Programme also recommends greater public-private sector partnerships to accelerate for innovative new medicines and vaccines.Ending global TB and HIV epidemics is possibleIn September 2018, world leaders will come together at UN Headquarters in New York for the first-ever UN General Assembly High-Level Meeting on Tuberculosis to adopt a progressive, visionary and actionable political declaration on the disease.Both agency heads said that the High-Level Meeting could provide the political, social and financial momentum needed to end TB.“This year could be the most important since Robert Koch discovered the cause of TB, 136 years ago, but only if we all show leadership,” said Mr Sidibé.“I’m stepping forward for a TB-free world,” Mr. Tedros said, “please join me.” read more

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Weir Minerals Africa unveils new Warman® WBH® slurry pump

first_imgThe pump is reported to offer users longer pump life and superior performance. According to Rui Gomes, Product Manager – Slurry Pumps at Weir Minerals Africa, the new WARMAN WBH centrifugal slurry pump, which was recently launched worldwide, includes more than 20 design enhancements to existing technology. With an eye on improved efficiency and operational savings, the newly released pump boasts an innovative single-piece frame. This allows for truer alignment of the bearings, seals and impeller with the front liner whilst lowering the part count.In addition, the pump’s ‘One Point’ front liner adjustment mechanism gives operators the ability to both rotate and to axially adjust the liner relative to the impeller, even while the pump is running.  The ability to continuously minimise the gap between the liner and impeller can reduce wear of these components and ensure a superior longer term performance, while at the same time reducing production interruptions.Weir Minerals’ Director of Technology, Fred Bradner, says that the pioneering design features built into the WBH slurry pump are meant to maintain top performance. “Specifically, maintenance must be easy and predictable, and the new Warman WBH pump is built to ensure longer maintenance free intervals, and a broader efficiency curve than other pumps in this class. That helps to increase production and reduces energy consumption, which contributes to cost savings.”Bradner also notes that the Warman WBH pump minimises the risk of catastrophic failure with safety features including standard leak detection, optional vibration, temperature and wear monitoring, and the ability to add pressure relief and thermal cut-out devices.“Combined, the many performance and wear life enhancing features designed and built into the Warman WBH pump can translate into a lower total cost of ownership for its users,” Bradner says.Gomes says that Warman WBH pumps installed in Australia have received high praise from mine engineers and maintenance supervisors who are impressed with the slurry pump’s reliability and performance.last_img read more

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Activision delivers cease and desist to Skylanders tinkerer

first_imgOne of the more clever things about the rising Skylanders game franchise is the models you need to play the game. Not only does is re-ignite the urge to “collect ’em all” but it also binds experience and items to the individual models. When graphing calculator tinkerer Brandon Wilson discovered that the Skylanders communicate with the base that comes with the game via RFID, he decided to do a little bit of looking to see how that worked. Like any of his other digital projects, he posted the notes of his existing research on his website. Days later, Wilson was greeted with a letter from Activision demanding he cease all of his research and remove his work immediately. Too often in the tech sphere does the mighty take down notice get used incorrectly to scare those who behave in a way that a company doesn’t approve. Often times there’s not a real legal leg to stand on, but the fear inspired by the letter is enough to get the content in question removed. Brandon Wilson was greeted at the front door of his home, moments after coming home from work, by a hand-delivered cease and desist letter from Activision’s legal council [PDF]. The letter accused Wilson of violating the anti-circumvention provisions section of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act by attempting to publishing data that would allow others to decrypt and circumvent the RFID encryption that protects the data on the Skylanders models. The end result of this, according to Activision, would be to change the stats and equipment of the Skylanders without actually playing the game. Or, potentially, use something a little smarter than a Skylander model to allow the user to switch back and forth between Skylanders they didn’t own. There’s just one slight problem with the accusation in the DMCA notice: almost every accusation fails to apply to Wilson in any way. In his response to the notice, along with his statement of compliance, Brandon Wilson points out that none of the examples pointed out in the take down notice, including a link to a website where Wilson supposedly published his findings, aren’t his work at all. Wilson continues to note that the only thing he had was a zip file with the file dump from one of the Skylanders, which wasn’t made publicly available and wasn’t announced when it was put on his website. Despite all of that, Wilson removed the information from his website, and replaced them with the take down notice and his response. Wilson commented that since he replied, he had not heard anything from Activision except their acknowledgment of his compliance. A spokesperson from Activision was not available at the time to comment on this situation. I can understand wanting to keep people from “stealing” Skylanders or to keep Skylander information from being tampered with. However, as a parent of a budding Skylanders fan, I would personally like to have rapid access to a list of Skylanders my child owns on my phone. My phone, with its NFC reader that is clearly aware that these Skylanders are something worth playing with, could really benefit from being able to just tap the Skylander to the back of the phone and have it saved to a database app on my phone. As far as I can tell, Activision isn’t planning on doing that anytime soon, so its a good thing they tinkerers like Brandon Wilson who aren’t doing anything wrong can be thanked for their efforts with cease and desist letters.Read more at brandonw.netlast_img read more

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IARC warns on processed meat carcinogens

first_imgEating processed meat can lead to bowel cancer in humans while red meat is a likely cause of the disease, World Health Organisation (WHO) experts said on Monday in findings that could sharpen debate over the merits of a meat-based diet.The France-based International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), part of the WHO, put processed meat such as hot dogs and ham in its group 1 list, which already includes tobacco, asbestos and diesel fumes, for which there is “sufficient evidence” of cancer links.“For an individual, the risk of developing colorectal (bowel) cancer because of their consumption of processed meat remains small, but this risk increases with the amount of meat consumed,” Dr Kurt Straif of the IARC said in a statement.Red meat, under which the IARC includes beef, lamb and pork, was classified as a “probable” carcinogen in its group 2A list that also contains glyphosate, the active ingredient in many weedkillers.The lower classification for red meat reflected “limited evidence” that it causes cancer. The IARC found links mainly with bowel cancer, as was the case for processed meat, but it also observed associations with pancreatic and prostate cancer.The agency, whose findings on meat followed a meeting of health experts in France earlier this month, estimated each 50 gram portion of processed meat eaten daily increases the risk of colorectal cancer by 18 percent.The IARC, which was assessing meat for the first time and reviewed some 800 studies, does not compare the level of cancer risk associated with products in a given category, so does not suggest eating meat is as dangerous as smoking, for example.Health policy in some countries already calls for consumers to limit intake of red and processed meat, but the IARC said such advice to consumers was in certain cases focused on heart disease and obesity.The preparation of the IARC’s report has already prompted vigorous reactions from meat industry groups, which argue meat forms part of a balanced diet and that cancer risk assessments need to be set in a broader context of environmental and lifestyle factors.The IARC, which does not make specific policy recommendations, cited an estimate from the Global Burden of Disease Project – an international consortium of more than 1,000 researchers – that 34,000 cancer deaths per year worldwide are attributable to diets high in processed meat.This compares with about 1 million cancer deaths per year globally due to tobacco smoking, 600,000 a year due to alcohol consumption, and more than 200,000 each year due to air pollution, it said.If the cancer link with red meat were confirmed, diets rich in red meat could be responsible for 50,000 deaths a year worldwide, according to the Global Burden of Disease Project. Source: Reuters Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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New movie about Vince McMahon taking WWE global in development

first_img Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions There’s already a movie like this. It’s called Revenge of the Sith. Any chance of getting Ian McDiarmid to play Vince?Now witness the firepower of this fully armed and publicly traded wrestling promotion! goddessroleplay Comments are closed. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson talks about missing wrestling, his childhood, Hobbs and Shaw Vince Mcmahon Vince McMahon Gave Roman Reigns Advice After Cancer Diagnosis Twitter Now Playing Up Next 4 COMMENTS Chris Hemsworth to play Hulk Hogan in new biopic in a deal expected with Netflix Facebook Videos Articles Triple H Now Playing Up Next Roman Reigns is in Remission April 27, 2017 at 1:51 am April 25, 2017 at 4:51 pm Now Playing Up Next Linda McMahon To Leave SBA Job To Head Trump Super PAC Fundraisingcenter_img I wonder if they will get Harrison Ford to play Vince McMahon? How about Helen Mirren as Linda and Shia LaBeouf as Shane, Anne Hathaway as Stephanie and Chris Hemsworth as Triple H?It’s just wishful thinking. WhatsApp I hope it doesn’t shy away from Vince’s negative qualities and shows him with all of his flaws as the man himself has never shied from them. Pinterest Google+ Levon Hughey April 26, 2017 at 7:42 am Deadline.com is reporting that Sony Pictures’ TriStar and WWE Studios will be teaming up to develop a film about Vince McMahon’s rise in the wrestling industry.The film, currently titled “Pandemonium”, appears to have the blessing of McMahon with WWE Studios involved with the current project.“The film covers McMahon’s ascension in the wrestling business, and having WWE Studios involved indicates the project has the blessing of the grappling magnate. He is third generation — the business was started by his grandfather Jess and taken over by his father Vincent — but these were local circuits and relatively small time compared to what Vince McMahon had in mind. The barrel-chested showman turned the World Wrestling Federation (now WWE) into a global roadshow business juggernaut. He unleashed grapplers from Hulk Hogan to Bruno Sammartino and Triple H to budding actor John Cena and The Rock, aka Dwayne Johnson, Hollywood’s reigning action star.”Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipIs WWE Losing Its Audience?Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:29/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Videos Articles Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR tafkaga Now Playing Up Next April 26, 2017 at 12:16 pm Dustin Hoffman as Vince. Make it so. TheCyberZon Now Playing Up Next Is WWE Losing Its Audience? John Cena joins the cast of “Fast and Furious 9”, scheduled to be released May 2020 last_img read more

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Predictions for tonights Evolution PPV WWE follows Becky Lynch around New York

first_img Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipHow To Win A Trip To Meet The Miz And Becky LynchVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:34/Current Time 0:00Loaded: 100.00%0:00Remaining Time -0:34 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Will Becky Lynch Be Able To Continue Fighting With Fractured Jaw? Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Doug Lackey provided his predictions for tonight’s WWE Evolution PPV during the latest episode of Wrestleview Weekly, which aired live on Twitch this past Wednesday.Wrestleview.com will have live coverage of Evolution tonight starting at 8:00 p.m. Eastern/7:00 CT, along with live thoughts on Twitter via @wrestleview.Wrestleview Live will also be reviewing Evolution later tonight as well:WWE follows Becky Lynch around New YorkWWE uploaded these videos following Becky Lynch around New York this week. Pinterest Facebook Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Ronda Rousey Doesnt Want To Be A Dancing Monkey Anymore Becky Lynch Twitter WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) WWE Female Superstars Get Green Light To Bounce Between Brands How To Win A Trip To Meet The Miz And Becky Lynch Google+ Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Videos Articles WhatsApp Charlotte Flair And Becky Lynch Involved In Brawl At An Unlikely Location Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte The Mizlast_img read more

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Premier to showcase TCIs financial rebound at London meetings

first_img Related Items:foreign and commonwealth office, His Excellency, james duddridge, Joint Ministerial Council, london meeting, peter beckingham, premier rufus ewing Beaches puts former Premier on blast about controversial pier Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Bishop says peace & prosperity is everybody’s responsibility at Law Enforcers Church Service Row over Grand Turk infrastructure reaches fever pitch in Parliament Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 10 Nov 2015 – The Premier prepares to represent the Turks and Caicos Islands in December at the Joint Ministerial Council meetings in London. His Excellency, Peter Beckingham explained that “The Joint Ministerial Council is an important forum for Premiers from the Overseas Territories to meet UK Ministers, exchange views and consider key common issues…. TCI has always made an important contribution on major topics, especially security, healthcare and economic developments.” A 15 year plan will be a key focus for the countries attending that UK overseas territories meeting December 1-2. The Premier also offered his thoughts ahead of the sessions, “I know that UK Ministers will be keen to hear firsthand about our recent economic successes, not least the re-financing of the UK-guaranteed loan and the impressive turnaround in our budget over the last two years. We have a strong story to tell London and other Territories.” Minister with responsibility for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, FCO, James Duddridge is hosting.last_img read more

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Marathon Beyond Reaches the Finish Line

first_imgMore on this topic Kim Armenta Named Publisher of Vegas Magazine 5384-us-weekly-Cover-2017-March-13-Issue screen-shot-2015-02-02-at-6-06-42-pm Modern Luxury Media Launches New Silicon Valley Magazine Business-Focused 417 Magazine Spin-Off Publishes First Issue News Magazines Resist Print Declines; Digital Subscriptions Show GrowthJust In TIME Names New Sales, Marketing Leads | People on the Move Shanker Out, Litterick In as CEO of EnsembleIQ Bonnier Corp. Terminates Editor-in-Chief for Ethics Breach The Atlantic Names New Global Marketing Head | People on the Move This Just In: Magazines Are Not TV Networks BabyCenter Sold to Ziff Davis Parent J2 Media | News & NotesPowered by “In some ways the magazine has grown like a child that came through a troubled infancy, made it safely through the terrible twos, skipped through childhood, expanded its horizons in the teens, and then, at 19, got hit by a bus,” added Benyo. “At least, that’s how it feels.” “Although Marathon & Beyond has, for some years, offered a companion digital edition, the income from both that and the print edition are no longer sufficient to sustain the publication,” Benyo writes. Established as a reboot of the short-lived 1970’s magazine The Marathoner—itself born from the popular marathon-focused January and February issues of Runner’s World, for which Benyo was executive editor—Marathon & Beyond promised to help readers “run longer, smarter, better,” featuring the latest news from the marathon beat, expert answers to reader-submitted questions, athlete profiles, editorial commentary and sprawling feature articles in six-by-nine inch issues averaging 192 pages in length. One-year, six-issue subscriptions cost $39.95. Marathon & Beyond will cease operations following the publication of the brand’s November/December 2015 issue, the 114th in the bimonthly magazine’s 19-year history. Founding editor Richard Benyo confirmed the news in a letter to subscribers originally intended to be included in the final issue, but posted online after the news leaked on social media. Benyo helped save Marathon & Beyond from a premature demise in 1998 when he co-founded 42K + Press with publisher Jan Seeley when original owner Human Kinetics seemed poised to shut down the then-year-old magazine. “Due to a steady decline in subscriptions over the past several years, the magazine is no longer able to sustain itself in a media environment that is rapidly—and inexorably—changing,” continues Benyo. “We can also theorize that in a world where quick, easily digested information blasts have become the norm, long-form articles that require a sustained attention span have begun to languish.”last_img read more

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5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Wednesday February 6 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Wednesday, February 6, 2019:#1) Meet The Wilmington Middle School’s Principal FinalistsWilmington Public Schools is conducting a search for its next Middle School Principal. There are two forums planned for members of the community to meet the finalists — Wednesday, February 6 at 6:30pm and Friday, February 15 at 4pm. Both forums are at the Wilmington Middle School.#2) School District’s Strategic Planning Committee Community ForumAs part of the school district’s Strategic Planning process, a community forum is behind held at 6pm in the Middle School Library. Almost 60 staff, students and parents & guardians are helping built the new plan that will identify the district’s vision, values, goals and priorities. As part of this effort, the team is very interested in gathering the ideas of community members to learn more about what YOU would like WPS to become in the future.#3) Car Seat Installs At Public Safety BuildingThe Wilmington Police Department offers safety seat installs at the Wilmington Public Safety Building (1 Adelaide Street) every Wednesday, 10am-2pm. No appointment is necessary, but calling ahead at 978-658-5071 is recommended. Learn more HERE.#4) Tech Help At LibraryThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is holding its weekly tech help drop-in hours from 2pm to 3pm. Have a tech question that’s been bugging you? Drop in the library to see if Technology Librarian, Brad McKenna, can help.#5) Wilmington Conservation Commission MeetingThe Wilmington Conservation Commission meets at 7pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Wednesday, August 28, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Monday, August 26, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Wednesday, March 27, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

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GCI to Expand Network in Western Alaska

first_imgA TERRA network radio tower. (Photo via GCI)GCI recently announced plans to complete its TERRA network in rural Alaska by 2017. The expansion would offer a better and more reliable Internet connection throughout the YK Delta and much of Western Alaska.General Communications Inc., more commonly known as GCI, announced its plan this week during the Association of Village Council Presidents’ 51st Annual Convention.GCI’s Vice President of Corporate Services David Morris says it’s a plan the company has had for a while. He refers to it as “completing the ring.”“The TERRA network is not a ring (yet), it’s what we call single thread,” said Morris, “When it becomes a ring, that traffic can automatically be rerouting in the opposite direction in the event of an outage,” said Morris.The TERRA network is a crucial system of ground-based radio towers spread throughout Western Alaska communities from Nome to Illiamna.  The towers relay phone service, wireless data and Internet services.Right now if one of the towers is goes off-line the entire network stops working.This was the case in late September when a microwave radio near Illiamna became damaged leaving nearly 18,000 residents without Internet or phone.Morris says while Bethel may experience distribution outages, the outage that occurred was extremely abnormal.“We believe this was due to software issues,” said Morris. “We don’t like outages at all. Where these outages occur, they’re on top of mountain tops, and they’re easy to get to in the first place.”An expanded TERRA network would make connectivity more secure. If another radio tower is damaged it won’t take out the whole system.Morris says the expansion will cost GCI an estimated $250 million but will not affect consumer prices.The expansion will allow larger organizations, like schools and health providers, to develop and utilize services that require more reliability.last_img read more

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