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Morocco 21YearOld Arrested for Internet Blackmail

Casablanca – Is Oued Zem, a city in Khouribga Province, becoming the capital of digital blackmailing? A 21-year-old man recently appeared in the court of Appeal of Khouribga after being accused of blackmail and extortion via the internet, according to daily Assabah’s issue for the weekend. The suspect allegedly has used pornographic videos to blackmail his foreign victims who come from countries as diverse as Sweden, Iraq, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Jordan. According to Assabah, the suspect was carrying a Smartphone when he was arrested. The content of the device allegedly unveiled his crimes. In it were found text messages exchanged with the victims.According to the suspect’s own testimony during police interrogations, he carefully chose his victims on the internet, especially on “hot chats” where he was pretending to be a sexy girl. He then incited his victims to undress and took the opportunity to film them.By doing so, the suspect managed to easily earn around MAD 60,000 ($7200) in a few weeks. In addition to his crimes on the internet, the suspect is also accused of corrupting a minor. what is more  alarming is that the arrested suspect is only one among innumerable young Moroccans who are currently engaging in similar criminal activities on the net. According to daily Al Akhbar, the Casablanca police went all the way to Oued Zem to arrest fourteen young people, aged 17-24 years old, who are involved in similar crimes.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed read more

Attacker with Mental Disorders Flees After Stabbing Tetouan Traffic Cop

Rabat – A policeman on traffic duty was assaulted on Sunday evening in the northern city of Tetouan by an individual with a bladed weapon, according to a statement by the Moroccan national security agency.The General Directorate of National Security (DGSN) announced that the policeman had been attacked while performing his duties on a public road by an individual suffering from mental disorders.According to the DSGN, the suspect attacked the policeman from behind, leading the officer to use his gun. The policeman fired at the attacker, who was wounded in his shoulder but managed to escape arrest. The policeman suffered a serious injury and was transferred to a city hospital. His condition has relatively improved, according to the statement.A police investigation under the supervision of the general public prosecutor’s department is underway to establish the circumstances of the incident. read more

GuineaBissau Ban urges leaders to demonstrate goodwill to resolve political crisis

“The Secretary-General shares the concern expressed by the Heads of State and Government of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on 17 December over the prolonged political and institutional crisis in Guinea-Bissau, which continues to negatively impact the people of the country,” read a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s office late yesterday.“He calls on Guinea-Bissau’s political leadership to demonstrate the requisite commitment and goodwill to reach a lasting political solution to the crisis in their country on the basis of the ECOWAS Roadmap and the Conakry Accord,” it added.According to the statement, the UN chief also took note of the ECOWAS Authority decision to proceed with the withdrawal of its mission in Guinea-Bissau (ECOMIB) in the first quarter of 2017.“He expresses the hope that such withdrawal will be contingent on the preconditions stipulated in the ECOWAS Roadmap and adequate consultation with international partners, including the UN,” the statement added. Mr. Ban also expressed his appreciation to the Heads of State and Government of ECOWAS, in particular the ECOWAS Mediator for Guinea-Bissau, President Alpha Condé of Guinea, and the Chairperson of the ECOWAS Authority, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf of Liberia, for their continuing efforts aimed at ensuring the full implementation of the ECOWAS Roadmap and the Conakry Accord. read more

Womens Volleyball Ohio State loses to Illinois beats Northwestern in 30 sweep

Members of Ohio State women’s volleyball team celebrate their final match point and victory against Maryland on Sept. 20. The Buckeyes won the match 3-0. Credit: Rebecca Farage | For The LanternThe Ohio State women’s volleyball team lost Friday night to Illinois (15-4, 6-2 Big Ten) in a 3-0 sweep, but bounced back Saturday by beating Northwestern (12-8, 2-6 Big Ten) in three straight sets.The Buckeyes moved to 11-8 overall and 4-4 in the Big Ten.IllinoisAlthough the Buckeyes had a slow start to the weekend, senior outside hitter Ashley Wenz helped her team with 15 kills, 13 digs and two blocks on the night. Senior outside hitter Luisa Schirmer contributed 10 kills and freshman defensive specialist Hannah Gruensfelder was responsible for 15 digs.Freshman middle blocker Lauren Witte was the surprise of the evening. She delivered seven kills on 11 swings with a .455 hitting percentage, with only two errors. She also played a strong defense with three blocks.Ohio State began the opening set with a 12-10 lead against the Illini. After an 18-all tie, the Buckeyes took four straight to move into a 22-18 lead before Illinois recorded seven of the next eight points to take the set, 25-23.The dramatic conclusion to the first set carried over to the next as Ohio State trailed the entire way through and lost 25-19.Although they fell behind early on in the third, Schirmer notched two kills and an ace to tie the set at 18. Unfortunately for Ohio State, Illinois converted seven of the final nine points to complete the sweep, 25-20..NorthwesternOhio State was able to come back on Saturday night against Northwestern with a 3-0 win, outscoring the Wildcats by 29 points and restricting them to a .074 attacking percentage.The Buckeyes played a convincing match with nine blocks and a .308 hitting percentage. Once again, Wenz drove the team to victory with 11 kills and three blocks of her own. Junior setter Taylor Hughes led the team with five blocks, three aces, and recorded 29 assists.Ohio State began the game on a high note with a 12-4 lead in the first set. Northwestern bounced back with a 9-3 run, but the Buckeyes scored 10 consecutive points and won the set 25-13.The second was a bit of a toss-up between both teams, but the Buckeyes pulled away late with a 5-1 run, securing the 25-18 win with an ace from SchirmerOhio State maintained its steady pace in the third set and and got some help at the net from Hughes and Witte, who tallied back-to-back blocks. The Buckeyes built a 22-10 lead, but the Wildcats fought back with four straight points. The Buckeyes continued to deliver both offensively and defensively, taking the set 25-15.Ohio State will return to St. John Arena for a match against No. 6 Minnesota at 8 p.m. Wednesday. read more

CNRL oil sands truck automation pilot coming in 2019

first_imgThings continue to move fast in the world of autonomous trucks pilots and trials, with the oil sands a major interest area. Imperial Oil has already confirmed it is trialling a fleet of autonomous Caterpillar 797F trucks with seven set to be running by end 2018. And of course Suncor is doing a phased implementation of autonomous haulage systems (AHS), starting with the North Steepbank mine and followed by Fort Hills, with 150 autonomous trucks planned by 2023, including the 930E but also the new 980E.But next up with a trial will be CNRL in 2019. IM contacted the company which had this to say: “Canadian Natural continually evaluates a range of technologies to deliver productivity gains, cost reductions and environmental performance. To date, we have achieved significant efficiencies through continuous improvement of our operating practices. Among the technologies being evaluated is autonomous vehicles that has the potential to provide maximum equipment efficiencies and utilisation. Canadian Natural continues to build on research completed to date and we are planning to carry out a small pilot in our oil sands mining operations in 2019.” It is not yet clear if the trial will take place at the Albian Sands Jackpine or Muskeg River mines (CNRL 70%) or its 100% owned Horizon operations.last_img read more

Car Review Hyundai Elantra Gets HybridLike 40 mpg

first_imgThe just-released 2011 Hyundai Elantra gets 40 mpg highway without resorting to the complexity and cost of a hybrid drivetrain. It’s roomy, looks great, costs as little as $15,500, and is likely to spell trouble for the compact car segment-leaders Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla. Along with heavy doses of tech, there’s luxury. Name one other car in the compact segment that offers heated rear seatsLike a Sonata, Only Smaller (But Not That Small)The 2011 Elantra uses the same “fluidic sculpture” design as the new 2011 Hyundai Sonata (see review), which arrived early in 2010, and the upmarket Sonata hybrid (review) and Sonata 2.0T turbo (review) models shipped this fall. The superimposed image shows that they look remarkably alike, the difference being the Elantra at 178 inches is a foot shorter and $4,500 cheaper.  The Elantra’s roomy back seat is a match for most midsize sedans and so is the trunk. In fact, there’s enough interior room that the EPA classifies the Elantra as a midsize car.Elantra May Be Big Enough for Some Sonata ShoppersI could see customers coming to look at the Sonata and deciding the Elantra is big enough for their needs. Other automakers have lookalike cars, such as the BMW 7 Series and BMW 5 Series. In that case, if the customer decides to go with the smaller model, the dealer is looking at a bill of sale that’s $25,000 less. The confusion between the two models may be annoying to 7 Series owners because their neighbors aren’t sure at a glance whether he’s driving the really expensive car or just the expensive car. In Hyundai’s case with its less-established brand and a name that sounds a lot like “Honda,” having more cars that clearly look like Hyundais is good for the brand.Most All the Technology You Expect: iPod Adapter, Satellite Radio, Airbags, ESCThe Elantra comes standard with an iPod/MP3 player adapter, satellite radio, six airbags, electronic stability control, traction control, electronic brake force distribution, and standard four-wheel disc brakes. Hyundai took a step backward by not making Bluetooth standard on the Elantra as it did on the new Sonata, but Hyundai promises a January announcement at the Consumer Electronics Show that may resolve the issue.Navigation is optional, with a 7-inch touchscreen that is as big as comes in the compact car segment. If you don’t get navi, there’s a smaller monochromatic display at the top of the center stack. It’s the same navigation as the new Sonata, running off a 16-GB memory chip, and the screen is good on cloudy days, not so good in the sun, and if you’re wearing sunglasses, better turn up the volume on spoken directions. Navigation includes a backup camera.Keyless entry with pushbutton start is also available. There’s a second 12-volt socket on the passenger side of the center console. Hyundai doesn’t deserve too much credit for offering two power sockets as most everyone else should be dinged for offering just one even in compact cars.But No Blind Spot Detection or Lane Departure WarningHyundai’s array of safety technology does not include blind spot detection, which some midsize cars have, or lane departure warning. Nor is there parking sonar.  A backup camera (available) is good; camera and sonar are better. All are safety features you might expect as technology costs come down. The government last week said it wants backup cameras installed on all cars by 2014.How Hyundai Got the 2011 Elantra to 40 mpg: It Stars with the Engine The 2011 Elantra is rated at 29 mpg city, 40 mpg with the either the six-speed manual transmission or the Hyundai-engineered six-speed automatic. There’s a completely new Nu (Hyundai’s internal name) 1.8-liter, 148-hp, four-cylinder engine that is 74 pounds lighter than the predecessor Beta engine (2.0 liters, 121 hp, 34 mpg highway). That’s 17.7% better highway mileage.Hyundai offered this breakdown of how the new Elantra got its 17.7% incease. The engine efficiency accounts for almost half the savings, 7.4 percentage points of the 17.6% increase, or 2.5 mpg. Here’s Hyundai’s breakdown:Nu 1.8-liter engine vs. Beta 2.0-liter engine — +7.4 percentage points (2.5 mpg)6-speed automatic transmission vs. 4-speed AT — +4.1 points (1.4 mpg)Smart Alternator — +2.5 points (0.9 mpg)Low rolling resistance silica tires — +1.4 points (0.5 mpg)Weight savings — +1.8 points (0.6 mpg)0.28 coefficient of drag — +0.5 points (0.2 mpg)Total Fuel Savings — +17.7% vs. 2010 ElantraHow Soon Could the Elantra Meet 2025 (62 mpg) EPA Goals?Note the while the engine has variable valve timing, it does not have gasoline direct injection (GDI) where high-pressure fuel is sprayed directly into the combustion chambers. That’s good for several mpg on its own and suggests Hyundai could, with GDI and a couple other tweaks, produce a 45 mpg and possibly 50 mpg Elantra running on regular gasoline – no electric motors and hybrid battery pack, no diesel fuel.Were Hyundai to offer a hybrid version, it might within a couple years have an Elantra able to meet the EPA’s fuel economy goal of 47 to 62 mpg by 2025, the higher mpg number targeting automakers such as Hyundai with smaller-size vehicles.On the Road: Comfort and Room Over Sports-Car HandlingHere’s my impression after a day-long, 200-mile road trip. The car is fine for driving around town or on the highway. Four people and their luggage – lots of luggage – will ride comfortably. As with a lot of Hyundais, it’s a rider’s car more than a driver’s car. In other words, in a world of Lexuses and Audis, this feels more like a baby Lexus. Other notes:* Cockpit fit and finish are first-rate.* The steering wheel has nice thumb cutouts and the stitching (leather on the Limited moels) doesn’t dig into your fingers. The steering itself is okay but not with a lot of feeling.* The center stack controls are adequate. HVAC controls aren’t immediately obvious. I found them a bit dark and the lettering too small when wearing sunglasses. No problem for the core buyer, young adults looking for a great value, not so good for older buyers.* The steering buttons are complete but small, which is typical. If you want big, readable steering wheel buttons, buy a Cayenne.* The iPod interface worked well, as did music on a USB key. Working an iPod was harder with the smaller, non-navi LCD display (photo right).* Bluetooth worked well and it can stream audio.* A compact car should not, by rights, have this much back seat room (which may be why it’s classified as a midsize car). There are no air vents in back (not common on compact cars, but understand this is why cars such as the Elantra are so affordable).* The folding rear seat is a 60-40 split not one-piece, meaning you can carry three people and something from Home Depot.* The trunk is cavernous.Hyundai vs. the CompetitionHyundai sees its competition as the best-selling compacts, Toyota Corolla and Honda Civic, along with the Mazda3. Because of its interior volume, it’s also able to take on the Chevrolet Cruze, Nissan Sentra, and Ford Focus, all EPA-rated as mid-size cars. Against the competition, the Elantra has more power (Mazda3 matches it), more transmission gears (Cruze matches, Sentra has a CVT), the most trunk room, and only the Sentra has more passenger volume.The comparison against the Corolla and Civic are a bit unfair because both designs date to 2006 (so does the outgoing Elantra’s) and both should have new cars in 2011 as 2012 models. Hyundai was quicker with its model change: four years, four months from launch to launch.Limited Configurations Benefit Hyundai – But What About the Buyer?The 2011 Elantra comes in just seven buildable configurations (also eight paint colors and three seat colors). Hyundai says it’s to reduce confusion when configuring online and to increase the odds a dealer has in-stock the options the buyer wants. That’s certainly good for the dealer. But it also means if you want one option, such as the 360-watt premium audio, you’ve also got to take the navigation system and backup camera.If Hyundai were shipping Elantras all the way from the Ulsan, Korea factory -a couple weeks at sea – the limited configs would make sense. But they’re coming from Alabama and what it also means is that Hyundai so far isn’t interested in letting a buyer have too many choices. Compare that with BMW’s SUV plant in South Carolina; BMW encourages custom orders and builds, ships and delivers in less than a month.Should You Buy (or Lease)?Unless you’re looking for a driver-oriented car such as the Volkswagen Golf or Mazda3, the 2011 Hyundai Elantra is the leader of the pack among compacts and is more than competitive among midsize cars. Every Elantra model gets 40 mpg highway (some competitor cars have one or two 40 mpg special models). Because residual values will be much better for the 2011 Elantra (63% after three years instead of 48%, says Auto Lease Guide), leasing could be a good deal. Hyundai is promoting a three-year, $169 lease ($1,700 down) on the automatic transmission (and air-conditioned) GLS model.The lower-level GLS trim line will be the volume Elantra, starting at $15,500 (with freight) in a barebones configuration with steel wheels, a manual transmission, and air conditioning if you roll down the windows. The most popular model will be the automatic transmission GLS at $17,800 or the GLS Preferred $18,350 (Bluetooth, alloy wheels, steering wheel buttons). The navigation package version ($20,100, an extra $1,750) adds navigation, premium audio, and the backup camera. The base Limited ($20,700) goes beyond the top GLS with leather seating and steering wheel, power sunroof, and those front-rear heated seats. The Premium Package Limited ($22,700) has the navigation-audio-camera items plus the proximity key and pushbutton start.The Elantra, now No. 3 in compact car sales, may well outsell No. 1 Toyota Corolla and No. 2 Honda Civic in the next year until those two get their new, 2012 models to market.IN SHORTPRO: Good looks, roomy, great mpg, standard iPod adapter.CON: Uninspiring as a driver’s car, no standard Bluetooth (unlike Sonata), options only in options packs.BOTTOM LINE: With Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla slow to refresh, the 2011 Hyundai Elantra is the benchmark among compact and some mid-size cars. It looks good and every model gets 29 mpg city, 40 mpg highway.last_img read more

Dell Recycled 150 Million Pounds of EWaste Last Year

first_imgDell, one of the strongest advocates of safely discarding trashed electronics, said it helped dispose of more “e-waste” in fiscal year 2011 than any previous year.Its Dell Reconnect program, which allows consumers to drop off old computers at Goodwill locations around the country, collected 150 million pounds, or 75,000 tons, of electronic equipment over the last 12 months.The company says this puts it nicely on track for its ambitious goal of reaching a total of one billion pounds by 2014.Via MNNlast_img read more

Vous reprendrez bien un chocolat

first_imgVous reprendrez bien un chocolat ?Une étude qui a été menée à Pittsburgh, aux Etats-Unis, a démontré que les gens qui s’imaginent manger divers aliments sont ensuite moins attirés par eux.Le terme d’habituation est bien connu. Il résume le principe selon lequel un organisme, soumis à un stimulus régulier, finit par atténuer sa réponse à ce stimulus. L’université de Pittsburgh a ainsi testé ce principe sur des participants, soumis à divers produits alimentaires.Les chercheurs ont demandé à certains candidats de se visualiser mangeant du chocolat, diverses sucreries ou du fromage, d’autres devaient s’imaginer en consommer moins d’une et plus d’une autre, etc. Après ces exercices de visualisation, des saladiers remplis de ces divers aliments étaient proposés et les candidats pouvaient se servir comme ils le souhaitaient.À lire aussiVoilà à quoi ressemble du chocolat observé de très, très près grâce à un microscopeIl ressort de cette étude que les participants ayant imaginé manger de grandes quantités de chocolat, de sucreries ou de fromage avaient une appétence moins importante pour ces divers aliments. Ainsi, la représentation répétée d’une image mentale aurait des répercussions différentes de la simple évocation de cette même image. Le principe de répétition diminue l’appétit quand l’évocation unique le stimule.Cette découverte devrait permettre, pour certaines personnes, de réduire leur consommation d’aliments jugés malsains et même aider à réduire tous types de comportements addictifs, aussi bien dans le domaine alimentaire que dans le cas du tabagisme ou des troubles compulsifs.Le 19 décembre 2010 à 11:46 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Health care workers’ safety increasingly at risk

first_imgShannon Sathre was supposed to have the day off, but a staff shortage and the prospect of time-and-a-half pay lured her from her couch into the intensive care unit at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center.Hours into that Dec. 20 overtime shift, one of Sathre’s patients lashed out, kicking the 49-year-old registered nurse multiple times in the chest, according to a Vancouver Police Department report. As other staff rushed into Room 5108 to help, the patient allegedly began swinging her arms and spitting at anyone who tried to restrain her.After the adrenaline wore off, Sathre realized how much pain she was in. Her chest was sore, the left side of her neck was tight and she developed a severe headache, according to the police report. Still, 45 minutes after the incident, Sathre returned to the room to continue caring for the 47-year-old woman who allegedly attacked her, according to the report.That violent encounter wasn’t the first for Sathre, who has been a nurse for more than 20 years, and it wasn’t the only workplace violence incident at the hospital last year. Sathre’s incident was one of 147 incidents reported to PeaceHealth Southwest administrators in 2017.Workplace violence isn’t unique to PeaceHealth Southwest; Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center recorded 91 incidents last year. And, at both hospitals, those only account for the incidents reported by staff. Hospital officials suspect the number of actual incidents of violence is greater.last_img read more

Phil Thompson reacts at Mourinhos comments about Liverpool

first_imgLiverpool legend Phil Thompson says Jose Mourinho’s claims that his former club are trying to buy the Premier League title are “outrageous”.During the summer transfer window, Liverpool spent £177million – shelling out £67m on Roma stopper Alisson, in addition to adding Naby Keita, Fabinho and Xherdan Shaqiri to their ranks.Mourinho said: “When I read sometimes and watch sometimes, it looks like we finished sixth or seventh (last season) and everybody did better than us. We finished second.“Liverpool are trying to win the title with their amazing investment. Chelsea have a fantastic squad, Manchester City have a fantastic squad too, Tottenham made an incredible investment by keeping their players, that’s the best investment you can make.”Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.When asked if Liverpool should be offended by Mourinho’s suggestion that Liverpool had sought to buy the title this summer, Thompson said on Soccer Saturday: “Pot and kettle? Oh my goodness.“You always buy what you can afford and it’s net spend at the end of the day. Our net spend compared to United’s net spend is massively different.“How can he say that? Is he just trying to wind people up because this is Jose? Liverpool trying to buy the title? Oh my goodness, I can accept that from some other clubs and managers, but not from Jose Mourinho.“Just because we’ve spent some money this summer? It was absolutely outrageous comments coming from Mourinho, whose bought titles everywhere he’s gone.”last_img read more

Possible governmentfunded health care for illegals

first_img May 20, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter AP, SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers are considering proposals that would make the state the first in the nation to offer government-funded health care to adult immigrants living in the country illegally.Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom has proposed covering immigrants 19 to 25.A proposal in the state Senate would expand that coverage to include people 65 and older, while the Assembly is considering a bill that would extend benefits to all low-income immigrants 19 and older.California already covers immigrants 18 and younger regardless of their status.A final decision on wider coverage may come down to cost.Newsom estimates his plan covering young adults would cost $98 million a year. Legislative staffers estimate the Senate’s plan could cost $304 million and the Assembly proposal $3.2 billion annually.Newsom estimates California will have a $21.5 billion budget surplus. But he has urged lawmakers to constrain spending, warning the next recession could cost the state $70 billion in revenue. Possible government-funded health care for illegals Posted: May 20, 2019 AP last_img read more

STATE REP RACE QA Erin Buckley Discusses Taxes Being Responsive To Constituents

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Apple is asking weekly questions to the seven candidates running in contested primaries for the Wilmington/Tewksbury State Representative seat (19th Middlesex).Below, in her own words, are the responses to this week’s questions from candidate Erin Buckley (R-Tewksbury).#11) Do you feel Massachusetts residents are over-taxed? How will you balance the need to provide government services to the taxpayers & fund the government with most taxpayers’ desire for no tax increases? Can you point to anywhere in the state budget where you believe there is waste, fraud or abuse? What will you do about it?Of course we are over-taxed? Dare ANY candidate say otherwise? “Taxachusetts” was a moniker our beloved Commonwealth well-earned. Balancing need with budget, while satisfying the taxpayers’ desire for no further tax increases comes from identifying waste, fraud, and abuse! For example, in 2017 alone more than $45,000,000 was recovered from fraudulent claims to MassHealth. That is more than $6.50 for every man, woman, and child living in Massachusetts. And that is just what was caught! Governor Charlie Baker is a former healthcare executive and in that same year of 2017, he worked to move 140,000 people ABOVE the federal poverty level into subsidized insurance programs within Massachusetts’s Health Connector — but his plan was rejected. MassHealth currently eats-up 40% of the state budget. Think about that. It comes in at around $16.6 billion dollars. Billion with a “b”! And Governor Baker’s common sense plan to move, but still subsidize, people’s insurance, people ABOVE the poverty level, was shut down. This is why we are taxed. Programs meant to help those most in need are expanded. Money meant to help those who are in dire circumstances is multiplied to aid those who could find other avenues. The expansion of government is always in inverse proportion to the expansion of a citizen’s wealth. Stop fraud, stop abuse, and stop those who see it as their job to stop the just and fair function of already generous public programs!#12) Former State Representative Jim Miceli was known through the district for his extraordinary constituent services. Do you pledge to provide a similar level of constituent services if elected? How will you be responsive to requests for help from residents of Wilmington and Tewksbury?As a Legislative Aide, one of my roles was to work directly on constituent issues. It was the main focus of my boss, Representative Will Crocker (R- 2nd Barnstable). When he took office, there was a significant opportunity for an increase in constituency work and therefore, with his determination, I was able to help tackle the unfortunately massive backlog of needed assistance.First and foremost, as a State Representative, your job should be to function as liaison between the constituent and the state bureaucracy. It is unfortunate that by the time folks reach out to their State Representative they have often run out of all other options and they feel lost within the system. Serving a Legislative Aide for a Cape Cod district, I immediately saw that there was a large population of seasonal workers who receive unemployment benefits throughout the winter months. This was often their financial lifeline through our harshest New England months. If they were unable to get through to the Unemployment Office, it could mean going weeks, and sometimes months, without receiving benefits. Very few folks I know could go two months without any income. When you are a State Representative, it means you get through to Unemployment immediately and can help remedy the issues at hand and deliver much needed relief. This is your job, helping your district in anyway you can is your ONLY job description.The work I am most proud of in my entire life was my constituency work as Legislative Aide for the 2nd Barnstable. Offering help and hope to people who felt they had none of either was overwhelming in its gravitas. I very much look forward to delivering hard work and solutions to the folks of the 19th Middlesex.(NOTE: Do you have a question for the candidates? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com and it may be asked in a future Q&A or in a debate.)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… RelatedSTATE REP RACE Q&A: Pina Prinzivalli Discusses Taxes, Being Responsive To ConstituentsIn “Government”STATE REP RACE Q&A: Mike McCoy Discusses Taxes, Being Responsive To ConstituentsIn “Government”STATE REP RACE Q&A: Mark Kratman Discusses Taxes, Being Responsive To ConstituentsIn “Government”last_img read more

World Photography Day observed in Karimnagar

first_imgKarimnagar: A picture is worth a thousand words and a single picture can express innumerable feelings, observed Joint Collector GV Shyam Prasad Lal. He inaugurated a photo exhibition and blood donation camp organised by Karimnagar City Photo and Videographers Welfare Association on World Photography Day at Press Bhavan in Karimnagar on Monday.Speaking on the occasion, Joint Collector GV Shyam Prasad Lal said photo is one of a powerful medium, which can influence large number of people and can bring positive changes in the society. Photographs are the live witnesses of the past, which can be available now and in future also. With one photograph, both the government and society will respond immediately, he added. Also Read – Techie strangled to death in Hyderabad Advertise With Us The people will capture their memorable moments in the form of photographs, when they visit beautiful places and temples. With the changes in the present world and technology available, lot of changes also occurred in the modern photography, he stated. Appreciating the organisers for showcasing the award winning photographs in the exhibition, the JC wished that world famous photographers must emerge from Karimnagar district and must achieve greater heights in their lives and conveyed wishes to all photographers. Deputy Director of Public Relation Department P Bhaskar, Singareni PRO Sampath Kumar, senior photographer Ram Mohan, Karimnagar City Photographers and Videographers Association members were present along with others.last_img read more

St Valentine Would Have Loved Neural NetworkGenerated Candy Hearts

first_img MIT’s AI Knitting System Designs, Creates Woven GarmentsResearchers Train AI To Feel Emotion, Too Even before I could read, I was handing out packs of Sweethearts—sugar candies printed with messages of romantic and platonic love—to classmates every Feb. 14.The chalky confections invite friends to “TEXT ME,” “FRIEND ME,” and “ADORE ME”; implore acquaintances to “BOOGIE” or “REACH 4 IT”; and let mates know that it’s “TRUE LOVE” and “ME & YOU.”This Valentine’s Day, research scientist Janelle Shane is giving those tired refrains an update, courtesy of her neural network.AdChoices广告“I collected all the genuine heart messages I could find, and then gave them to a learning algorithm,” she explained in a blog post. “The candy heart messages it produced… Well, you be the judge.”Some, Shane pointed out, could “pass for—and arguably improve upon” your garden variety aphorisms: “CUTE KISS,” “MY BEAR,” “LOVE BUN.” (Take note, Necco.)Others are “perhaps not quite as effective”: “SWEET PEAR,” “COOL CUD,” “FANCY MY HERO.”Choose carefully (via Janelle Shane)Artificial intelligence is still in its infancy. Sure, IBM’s Watson can destroy human Jeopardy contestants, and DeepMind’s Go-playing computer no longer needs human intervention to slay the game.But, as this experiment proves, there is still a ways to go before machines put greeting card writers out of work.Having started with a very small foundation of only 360 sayings, Shane bulked up her training data by adding “my favorite neural network-generated messages” to the original set, creating some 500 statements in total.“The first thing I noticed is the definite upswing in the number of messages involving bears,” she wrote in a follow-up blog. “I’m seeing worrying signs of a bear-based feedback loop that might lead to 100 percent bear content after a few more iterations of this.”It also offered a number of seemingly complimentary axioms, like “SWEET TANK,” “OOO,” “CUTEY LIDS,” “BEST MANE.” As well as these unintelligible options: “MAGE LOVE,” “SWEET BOG,” and “BEELT POSWRORD U?GHCLENCY U,” which, frankly, won’t even fit on a candy heart.Maybe stick with chocolate and flowers this year… (via Janelle Shane)If Necco ever wants to release a line of NSFW Sweethearts, Shane’s got a list of “not-so-PG” adage that would be perfect. (Fill out an online form to have them emailed to you.)These 21st-century maxims have come a long way since the New England Confectionery Company began printing sayings on its candy in 1866.Often used for weddings, the original sweets featured truisms like, “Married in pink, he will take a drink,” “Married in white, you have chosen right,” and “Married in satin, love will not be lasting.” Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

Best of who you can be

first_imgEk Nayi Pehchaan, a personality development programme, designed for women, is being organised in the Capital at Le Meridian on 21 September by AIS. The show will be inaugurated by Sharon Lowen, while the guest of honour will be Renu Shahnawaz Hussain.  Actress Surveen Chawla will grace the occasion with her presence.  The panel of speakers at the programme includes – Rina Dhaka (fashion designer), Laxmi Aggarwal (acid attack fighter), Sanjana Jon (fashion designer), Sminu Jindal (MD of Jindal SAW ltd.), Anjana Kuthiala (artist), Alka Raghuvanshi (art curator and artist), Ramon Lamba (Life Coach) and Alexshendra Venus Bakshi (writer). Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Dhaka will be speaking on ‘power dressing’ a much talked about concept between women of all ages. Laxmi will speak on self-confidence as a tool to overcome all the odds and difficulties of life. At the same time, she will share some extremely motivating and realistic approach to self-confidence and how she overcame the most difficult phase in her life with a firm belief in her own ability, skills and experiences. Jon will throw light on ‘Celebrating Girl Child’ and have an interaction with people as how today, girls face discrimination in many parts of the world simply because of their gender. She aims to create awareness towards improving girl child sex ratio in our country and to ensure that every girl child is given a chance to outshine, by providing her proper education accompanied with basic necessities for her proper growth and development. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThese interactive sessions will not only bring out some rather untouched topics out but with that provide everyone with a way to overcome it and adapt with the changes. The event is a part of the initiative movement on ‘Indian Women Empowerment’ led by AIS. The initiative involves organising and conducting various multi-facet personality development workshops, specifically designed for women in India with sole aim to motivate and empower women. The first part of the movement was the workshop Liberalize with English held in the Capital. When: 21 September Where: Le Meridian, Connaught Place Timing: 1 – 4 pmlast_img read more

Delays expected after person hit by train in Staffordshire

first_imgPolice search for missing woman Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailMajor disruption is expected on the rail network this evening after a person was hit by a train in Staffordshire. Trains are being suspended between Stoke-on-Trent and Lichfield after a person was struck at around 7.30pm today (May 21). Travel monitoring service INRIX reported the London Northwestern, CrossCountry, and Virgin Trains West Coast services were all a standstill between Lichfield and Stoke-on-Trent – or Crewe – because of an incident at Stone. Vrigin Trains has now confirmed a person was struck. A spokesman said: “Due to a person being hit by a train between Lichfield Trent Valley and Stoke-on-Trent all lines are blocked. “Train services running through these stations may be delayed by up to 60 minutes or diverted via Stafford. Stoke-on-Trent and Macclesfield will not be served.” Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app  – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store , or get the Android version from Google Play .  Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook –   Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter –   For breaking news and the latest stories,  click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter . Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories.  Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram .center_img Driver named following fatal collision Punter found hiding in bushes last_img read more

Cypriot model sparks unibrow debate

first_imgCypriot model Sophia Hadjipanteli is causing a stir in the world of social media after opting to cultivate a thick black unibrow, ignoring the dictates of the times.Aged 21, the first-generation American immigrant is a model and student at the University of Maryland.She became an internet sensation after accidentally tinting her eyebrows and is now an advocate of unconventional looks.Her close to 67,000 followers on Instagram may be divided on the issue but she doesn’t seem to mind. Hadjipanteli says her personal style is androgynous with touches of femininity.“I wear makeup because it is fun. I have a unibrow because it is a preference. I wear makeup and have a unibrow because it is what I like. Don’t put me in a bubble,” she said under one of her instagram photos. “Just because I embrace one natural part of me doesn’t mean I’m a hypocrite for wanting to enhance other parts of who I am. I’m who I am because I want to be this way. When you judge others for wearing makeup, dying their hair, altering parts of their body or inner self, JUST BECAUSE YOU DON’T, makes you just as toxic as a lot of societal norms and pressures we are constantly faced with.”“Pluck that shit,” said one of the commenters, while another likened the model to a homeless person.Not all are negative: “I really love your look. So unique, don’t change a thing.”“Celebrate nature in all its forms fight the unrealistic beauty standards of today,” added another.In an interview with Harpers Bazaar, Hadjipanteli said she was not out to show people they had to like her unibrow and get them on a bandwagon. She just wanted them to see they can get on with their lives by having a preference.The 21-year-old said she got her eyebrows from her mum who frequently emphasised the importance of taking care of them since she was little.She said she tried tinting her blonde eyebrows after seeing a Youtube video but she messed up and made the black.Her brother said it suited her and now she maintains them that way in addition to a coat of castor oil every night before bed.You May LikeUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoGundry MDHow To Make Your Dark Spots Fade (Effortless 2 Minute Routine)Gundry MDUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Revised catalogue for medical procedures presented

first_imgThe government on Thursday presented the revised catalogues of pay for specialised medical procedures in 35 categories as part of the national health scheme Gesy.Health Minister Constantinos Ioannou said at a presentation that the revision was deemed necessary following recommendations by a group of doctors after gaps were found that could create problems along the way.“In order to correct these gaps that would certainly cause problems or burden the system in the future, the lists were re-assessed and reviewed in order to be as close as possible to the Cypriot reality,” Ioannou said.The lists concern doctors’ pay for medical procedures for outpatient care and for patient visits which is being calculated based on points for each procedure and outpatient visit. Each point equals €15.The minister said that there were no hikes in the cost. It was “just streamlining”.First visits by patients have been assessed as 3.5 points which means specialists will be receiving €52.50, while every subsequent visit would count for two 2 points. In addition to the visits, doctors would also get paid for any medical procedures carried out during the visit. Some of these procedures include colonoscopy which would come up to 21 points, cardiovascular stress tests at seven points, or ultrasounds which have been set at 1.6 points for gynaecologists and 3.3 points for thyroid, parathyroid and parotid.The lists will be constantly reviewed, the minister said, and called on medical societies to go through the new lists and submit their suggestions.The head of the board of the Health Insurance Organisation (HIO) Thomas Antoniou said that the revision was made to adjust the list to the Cypriot reality since the initial one was based on the US system, and some procedures on that list were not even being done in Cyprus.So far around 450,000 beneficiaries have registered with Gesy, more than 350 family doctors and 100 paediatricians, while 150 private-sector specialist doctors have expressed interest in joining Gesy, he said.Ioannou said that doctors will most probably need some time to go through the new lists and wait to see how the system works before deciding whether to join or not.“We expect more registrations after July or August when the system is up and running and those interested asses the actual situation,” the minister said.As regards incentives to private hospitals to join Gesy, the minister said the cabinet decision this week for state subsidies to help them cover accreditation costs with bodies certified by the International Society for Quality in Healthcare (ISQua) was among the demands of the private hospitals’ association (Pasin).Another one of their demands concerning building incentives, is under scrutiny by the state legal service. When the attorney-general issues a ruling the decision will be announced, he said.The health ministry, he said, is also mulling over a subsidy scheme for the purchase of medical technology equipment by private hospitals and is to be announced within the coming weeks. You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementCardiologist: This Is What Happens To Your Body When You Eat GlutenGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Warm weekend forecast high levels of dust Friday

first_imgWarm and sunny weather has been forecast for the Easter weekend from a high-pressure system in the area.On Friday it will be mainly fine with some clouds. Temperatures will rise to 29C inland, 25C in coastal areas and 20C in the higher mountains.On Saturday, Sunday and Monday clear skies will alternate with some high clouds.Temperatures are going to be a little higher than average for this time of the year.High levels of dust were measured in the atmosphere on Friday morning in all areas except the Famagusta district, the labour inspection department said.At 8.30am the levels of dust recorded were 95.1μg/m3 in Nicosia, 71.6 in Limassol, 68.7 in Larnaca, 69.3 in Paphos but just 28.8 in Paralimni.The measurements refer to particles that are smaller than 10μm (PM10). The safe level for PM10 is considered to be 50μg/m3.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoModernizeIf Your Home Has Old Roofing, Read ThisModernizeUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more