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THE SUCCULENT SIX

first_imgYour favourite team of Curvy Super SHEroes, THE SUCCULENT SIX is set to take the country by storm! CBC and General Purpose Entertainment have produced an original series following us as we take on a series of missions in the name of self love, inclusion and body positivity! Each episode we will invite a special guest to be our honorary sixth member as we step out of our comfort zones to champion body positivity.Our series goes LIVE on the CBC TV app and at cbc.ca/watch on Tuesday February 27th – and we’re gathering at The Painted Lady on Ossington to celebrate and stream some episodes! If you can’t join us in person, be sure to download CBC TV’s new app and live stream us on February 27th!Join us as we celebrate the fight for body positivity going CROSS COUNTRY!xoxoThe Succulent SixFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/thesucculentsix/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thesucculentsix/?hl=enCBC: http://www.cbc.ca/mediacentre/program/the-succulent-six Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Twitter Advertisement Facebook THE OLYMPICS ARE ALMOST OVER BUT DON’T FRET! We’ve got a whole new series for you to BINGE WATCH!!!!THE SUCCULENT SIX (10×6) is a CBC original series following a group of plus size Super-Sheroes as they design and execute missions to champion body positivity, end size bias, and fight fat phobia. Each episode they will invite a special guest to be their honorary sixth member as they step out of their comfort zones to champion body positivity.We’re excited to introduce you to #TheSucculentSix and their new series launching Tuesday on #CBCLife! pic.twitter.com/BoJMiip4Hi— CBC Life (@cbc_life) February 24, 2018 LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

John Ivison Andrew Scheer is racking up the spending commitments but do

WINNIPEG — Plus ca change, plus c’est la meme chose. Things are very different than the last time I travelled on an election campaign with the Conservative Party of Canada. In the Harper era, travelling reporters were treated like enemy combatants. Staff were told: “Don’t talk to the media” — orders that appeared to extend to the communications staff. The decision to treat all critics like feudal tenants was not limited to journalists. The consequence of being mean to so many people for so long was consignment to the role of Her Majesty’s Official Opposition. Not surprisingly, Andrew Scheer and his team have decided that picking unnecessary fights with their main conduit to voters is a losing proposition. The resentment remains — particularly among the most ardent supporters, who firmly believe that all reporters are in the employ of the devil or the Liberal Party. But the default position of the wonderful people who shovel food and information down our collective alimentary canals is that we should be told the truth — even when it’s inconvenient, such as when there was a malfunction with the ground steering gear on the campaign plane. Calgary should be a hotbed of hot-blooded Conservatives but aside from one man shouting: ‘Andrew, you’re the most popular guy in Canada,’ it was a tame affairSpin doctors will always try to present the best gloss on facts – I remember finding out later about a demonstration by a group of little people in Windsor, Ont., against Dalton McGuinty’s ban on dwarf-tossing that had been screened from the media by Liberal supporters with campaign signs. We wondered at the time who was jumping up and down behind the bill-boards. But this iteration of the Conservative Party is a reflection of its leader — polite, friendly and forthright. A less welcome change from previous years, at least if you are a Conservative, is the lack of passion we’ve felt along the way. On Monday night in Calgary, a crowd of less than 200 roused itself into courteous enthusiasm for a Scheer stump speech in the riding of Calgary Skyview that the party hopes to take back (it was won for the Liberals in 2015 by Darshan Kang but was subsequently turfed from the party after allegations of sexual harassment.) Calgary should be a hotbed of hot-blooded Conservatives but aside from one man shouting: “Andrew, you’re the most popular guy in Canada,” it was a tame affair. There are 10 ridings in the city and it would seem that to me that if the leader spends precious time and resources coming to town, a morale-building rally to pump sunshine up the collective keisters of campaign volunteers would be a very good idea. Conservative Party Leader Andrew Scheer speaks to supporters in Calgary during his election campaign.Monday, September 16, 2019. Brendan Miller/Postmedia Scheer was asked about the lack of numbers on Tuesday and said he was pleased with the turnout. The relatively low-key office opening event was designed to allow campaigners to keep knocking on doors in their respective ridings, he said. Staff say traditional campaign rallies will begin as we get closer to election day. The good news for Scheer is that he is becoming better known — polls suggest his positives and negative impressions are on the rise. But he tends to record support levels lower than his party. Maybe the local candidates consider him a drag on their fortunes? Yet as things have changed from days past, many other things have stayed the same. This is a party that eschews grand visions and crafts policies to designed to make incremental gains in the lives of Canadians. John Ivison: Andrew Scheer lacks sizzle, but that may be just what voters want John Ivison: Trudeau can be taken to task for many things, but the new NAFTA deal isn’t one of them John Ivison: Trudeau the Brand starts election campaign in unfamiliar role of prohibitive favourite The new measure announced Tuesday was an increase in the government contribution to Registered Education Savings Plans from 20 per cent to 30 per cent for every dollar invested up to $2,500, to a maximum annual grant of $750. The Liberals attacked the increase because it benefits “the wealthy” — more class warfare language from a party that appears intent on turning “enterprise” and “wealth creation” into dirty words. In any case, Scheer’s proposal does come with an added incentive for low-income parents. The Conservative measure may seem marginal but it comes with a hefty price tag — $600 million a year when fully implemented, according to the Parliamentary Budget Office. Scheer is now racking up the spending commitments — the universal tax credit unveiled Sunday will cost up to $6 billion a year when it is fully introduced. He has skated around questions about how he will pay for this spending but he confirmed he has no plans to cut the Canada Child Benefit, which the Liberals enriched by 15 per cent for children under age one on Tuesday. “The Canada Child Benefit is a Conservative principle,” he said. “Mums and dads make better choices than bureaucrats in Ottawa.” Federal deficits are forecast to average $15 billion a year through the next Parliament and Scheer’s proposals add another $8.3 billion a year when all measures are in place — the new RESP, the universal tax cut, the sports and arts tax credits, the public transit tax credit and tax-free maternity benefits. And those numbers may be optimistic. If Canada enters recession, or economic growth slows below two per cent, deficits will grow – the rule of thumb is half a point off GDP costs $2 billion a year in tax revenue. On past performance, no-one should doubt Scheer’s pledge that a Conservative government will live within its means. That’s the brand. But something has to give, and the $23 billion question is what? jivison@postmedia.com Twitter.com/IvisonJ read more

UN mission reports slaying of 39 by unknown assailants in eastern DR

MONUC said the report it received yesterday also said that as a result of the attack on Saturday seven survivors from the targeted village, Ntulumamba, were treated for injuries.MONUC’s Pakistani South Kivu brigade dispatched an airborne Quick Reaction Force (QRF) to investigate, it said. At the site, located in Kalonge chiefdom 75 kilometres north of Bukavu, “they found the charred ruins of 10 huts and were shown what appeared to be two freshly dug mass graves;” they collected witness descriptions and took photographs, but were unable to find out the exact death toll.”A provisional death toll stands at 39 civilians, mainly women and children, and seven injured,” MONUC said, adding that a second team would go to collect evidence and ascertain the facts.The follow-up team would comprise MONUC human rights, child protection and humanitarian staff, as well as forensic specialists and representatives of the DRC’s judicial authorities, it said. read more

GM will keep full production at Oshawa plant until 2016 cites projected

GM will keep full production at Oshawa plant until 2016; cites projected demand by Romina Maurino, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 17, 2013 11:28 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Increased demand for two popular models has prompted General Motors of Canada to keep one of its assembly lines in Oshawa, Ont., open two years longer than planned.The automaker said Thursday that projected demand for the Chevrolet Impala Limited and Chevrolet Equinox means the consolidated line will remain active until 2016. It had originally been slated to close next summer.The Oshawa complex also has a flexible manufacturing line that builds the 2014 Chevrolet Impala, Chevrolet Camaro, Buick Regal and Cadillac XTS.GM spokeswoman Adria MacKenzie said about 650 people work on the consolidated line, and there are “no anticipated changes to employment levels as a result of this scheduling action.”“All scheduling adjustments are subject to market demand,” she said.The announcement brings good news to an industry that has failed to fully capitalize on an upswing in consumer interest as high manufacturing costs and an unfavourable exchange rate push production south of Canada’s borders.The Oshawa plant had been slated to close despite winning the J.D. Power Silver Plant Assembly Line Quality Award earlier this month, a top award for performance.Carlos Gomes, a senior economist and automotive industry expert at the Bank of Nova Scotia, said GM’s move was consistent with the industry’s strength.Canada will have record vehicle sales this year and the United States has roughly sold 15.5 million so far, the best level since 2007, Gomes said.“Moving forward, we’re likely to see continued gains in Canada and across North America,” he said.“However, the reality is that Mexico is likely to lead the way as they’re getting several new plants in 2014, so they’ll likely see the strongest gains in vehicle production next year.”Unifor, formerly the Canadian Auto Workers union, said the move shows that the skills and efficiency of the workers at that plant makes it worth keeping open.“By maintaining production over the next few years, we have a chance to bring in another product and keep the plant open longer,” Ron Svajlenko, president of Unifor Local 222, which represents workers at the plant, said in a statement.While the announcement brings hope that the beleaguered sectors will see a rebound in production in 2014, Derek Burleton, deputy chief economist at TD Bank Financial Group, said the long term outlook for the sector remains “somewhat murky.”“The competitive challenges are still very much an issue,” he said.“The sector’s been under a lot of pressure and this year’s auto output has been disappointing.”GM’s announcement Thursday and a $700-million investment by Ford for its Oakville plant last month, however, are “two bits of news provide some confidence that we could see some growth return in auto production in 2014,” Burleton said.“I don’t think anybody’s expecting output to return back to its peak of five or 10 years ago, but the hope is that this year could mark the low point and then we could see growth over the next few years.”GM has already moved some overflow Equinox production from its Canadian Automotive Manufacturing Inc. (CAMI) plant in Ingersoll, Ont., to a facility in Tennessee that used to build the now-defunct Saturn, and plans to move GMC Terrain vehicles to Mexico in 2016.That plant is also in the running to win production of the new Equinox models in 2015. read more

Ban urges peaceful resolution of impasse in DR Congo

Welcoming the announcement of the continuation of the mediation led by the Conférence épiscopale des églises du Congo (Catholic Church – CENCO) to achieve a more inclusive consensus on the upcoming elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on all political actors in the country to recommit themselves to this dialogue.According to a statement issued by his office, Mr. Ban “underlined the need to pursue, in earnest, this Congolese-owned process to reach a consensual and peaceful solution to the current impasse.”Further in the statement, Mr. Ban took note of President Joseph Kabila’s expressed support and encouragement to the CENCO mediation as well as the stated readiness of The Rassemblement opposition platform to remain engaged in dialogue. The UN chief also expressed his own his support for the CENCO-led mediation.President Kabila’s second and final term in office ends in less than two weeks.Earlier this week, the UN Security Council had also welcomed the ongoing mediation efforts by the CENCO and had called on all stakeholders to ensure that the polls are conducted in a free, fair, credible, inclusive and transparent environment. read more

Walk off 3 caps Georgia States stunning comeback 8380

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Georgia State stormed back from a 22-point second half deficit to knock off Alabama 83-80 on a walk-off 3- pointer from forward Malik Benlevi.Benlevi was one of four Georgia State players to score in double figures, putting in 16 points and grabbing 8 rebounds. Georgia State guard D’Marcus Simonds had a game-high 23 points. Georgia State’s Jeff Thomas and Kane Williams added 14 and 12 points, respectively.After scoring 31 points in the first half, Georgia State scored 44 points in the final 14 minutes to close Alabama out. Benlevi’s winning 3 was the first time Georgia State led in the game.“Wow,” Georgia State coach Ron Hunter said. “Really, really proud of our kids. What a great win for us.”Alabama came out hot for the first 20 minutes, shooting 59 per cent from the floor and 42 per cent from three, making 8 of 19.Georgia State came out sluggish in the opening half, but turned up the defensive pressure in the second. Alabama shot just 29 per cent in the second half, making only seven shots and just 2 of 9 from distance.Georgia State outscored Alabama 52-28 after halftime.Alabama coach Avery Johnson called it a “tale of two halves.”“I’m the coach, and I’m the one responsible,” Alabama coach Avery Johnson said. “Not the players. It’s me.”BIG PICTUREThis is the type of loss that can kill a team’s resume when it comes time to earn an at-large bid in the NCAA Tournament. Alabama had a golden opportunity to beat a potential tournament team, but picked the worst time to go cold from the field. That’s now back-to-back tough losses after Alabama lost to UCF in Orlando last week.For Georgia State, the win is a good boost for the team’s confidence, but even Hunter acknowledged that is doesn’t matter much in the grand scheme of things. Hunter said it’s all about getting ready to play in January and February when it’s time for the Sun Belt Conference tournament. The win helped Georgia State rebound from a 78-52 loss at Liberty last week.UP NEXTGeorgia State is now 2-0 against SEC teams after beating Georgia earlier in the year. They will host Chattanooga on Dec. 12.Alabama will play its second straight home game on Sunday, Dec. 9, when it takes on Arizona at Coleman Coliseum. The game will tip off at noon and will be televised on ESPN.________More AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/tag/Collegebasketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25Marq Burnett, The Associated Press read more

Five Questions to ask about Ohio State – Arkansas

1. Will the suspended players start in the Sugar Bowl or have their playing time limited in any way? It’s doubtful anyone will know the answer to this question until minutes before kickoff. There are arguments for and against the players even participating in the game. However, if Terrelle Pryor, Dan Herron, DeVier Posey and Mike Adams even miss a few possessions, that could give the Razorbacks a lead they may never relinquish. If coach Jim Tressel decides to bench the suspended players for any amount of time, it would be beneficial for the Buckeyes to go on defense in the beginning of the game to try to set the tone against the high-scoring Arkansas offense. 2. Can Pryor put up Cam Newton-like numbers against the Arkansas defense? Back in mid-October, Auburn and Arkansas put on an offensive exhibition for the ages. The two schools combined for 108 points, 1,036 yards and 55 first downs. Auburn quarterback and Heisman winner Newton accounted for a total 329 total yards and four touchdowns. Ohio State would be in very good position to win the game if Pryor approached Newton’s staggering numbers. And although Pryor and Newton play the game differently, despite their similar size and stature, Tressel plans on paying close attention to the Auburn game in his preparation for Arkansas. “We’ll study that one for sure because we always love to steal ideas from anybody,” Tressel said. “And most especially when you think you have similar capabilities.” 3. How will Arkansas try to crack the nation’s No. 2-ranked defense? The obvious and most probable answer is that the Razorbacks will rely on the arm of quarterback Ryan Mallett, who has passed for more than 3,500 yards and 30 touchdowns in consecutive seasons. The 6-foot-6 Michigan transfer also spreads the ball around — six of his teammates have 27 or more catches — but tends to favor D.J. Williams, who has 49 receptions this season. Williams, who won the John Mackey Award, which is given to the nation’s top tight end, presents a unique problem for the OSU defense: It hasn’t faced a tight end of Williams’ caliber all season long. A case could be made that the Razorbacks and their No. 3 passing offense haven’t seen a defense like the Buckeyes, who are not only atop the Big Ten in many defensive statistics but are also No. 5 nationally in third-down conversion percentage and No. 9 in red-zone defense, two critical defensive statistics. 4. Which team will win the special teams struggle? Deciphering the differences between the team’s two kickers is akin to distinguishing between identical twins. Devin Barclay and Arkansas’ Zach Hocker each have three misses on the year, and both have made all of their extra points. Thus, field position could come down to kick- and punt-return coverage. The OSU special teams, which hit rock bottom after allowing the opening kickoff to be taken for a touchdown at Wisconsin, has steadily improved over the last half of the season as the team has gotten players back from injury. Glancing over the statistics, each team appears to have an edge in the return game. OSU is No. 3 in the country in kick returns, as the tandem of Jordan Hall and Jaamal Berry has averaged nearly 27 yards per return. Meanwhile, Arkansas averages a little more than 17 yards on punt returns, good for fourth in the country. 5. Is this the year OSU snaps its bowl game losing streak against the SEC? A lot has to go right for the Scarlet and Gray to snap its 0-9 bowl game record against the SEC. But the main area OSU needs to focus on is something it’s done well in all season: forcing turnovers on defense and limiting them on offense. OSU is plus-14 in turnover margin, good for third in the country. Arkansas is plus two. It’s a cliché football adage, but whoever wins the turnover battle will win the Sugar Bowl. read more

Paste 2011 slurry pipelines and International Mining processing features

first_imgIn case you missed it, Paul Moore has joined International Mining as Editor, leaving John Chadwick as a Publisher who writes. Paul (paul@im-mining.com) will be collating the Paste Supplement this year and it will be in our April issue so for timely collection of material the deadline will be March 1st. By the way, he is currently working on Newmont Australia in our Great Mines series celebrating Newmont’s 90 years (IM was requested to do this by Newmont). If you have any particularly innovative installations at Boddington, for example. Following that, John (john@im-mining.com) is writing the Newmont South America and Newmont Africa articles for April and May respectively – both a March 1st deadline – as explained below.Paul is also co-ordinating the CLEAN PROCESSING article in the same issue, and John is doing a HYDROTRANSPORT (slurry pipelines) article for April.Looking further forward to May, John is doing the GOLD RECOVERY article but as he will be away mid-March to mid-April, that also has a start of March effective deadline. As usual, he is looking for news of innovative technologies, methods and installations in gold ore processing plantslast_img read more

Motor take a point against RNL – Veszprem easy night on Neva

EHFMKB MVM VeszpremmotorRNLZaporozhye handball ← Previous Story HERO OF PSG PATRICE ANNONAY: PSG – Chambery (VIDEO) Next Story → EHF CL 2013/2014 start – Barcelona to Skopje, Alex Dujshebaev: “Talant will cheer for Vardar” Ukrainian champion Motor Zaporozhye signalised at the beginning of VELUX EHF Champions League that w0n’t be an easy task for any team! Rhein Neckar Lowen has lost a point at home court against team of Sergei Bebeshko – 31:31 (15:13). Germans was led by Groetzki (7 goals) and the same number of goals were scored by Onufrienko.Hungarian TOP team MKB MVM Veszprem beat Sankt Petersburg 28:15 (12:7) in the most beautiful Russian city. Only first ten minutes were interesting on this match afterwards team of Antonio Carlos Ortega made the clear difference. The Top scorer was Momir Ilic with 8 goals…PHOTO: http://www.handball.motorsich.com/ read more

1DollarScan digitizes your books docs and photos for only 1

first_imgMany of us have dozens of books that we lug around every time we move. Most of them we’ve already read, but there’s something about hanging onto those books just in case you want to go back and read them one more time. Just think of how many bookcases you’ve bought in your life to hold these books that you hardly ever touch. If only there was a way to keep all the books’ content within one light-weight package that’s easy to move from apartment to apartment.A service called 1DollarScan is aiming to help you with your clutter by scanning your books and transferring them to a digital file that can be read on electronic devices like a Kindle, tablet, or even on your computer.The idea of converting older media — like cassettes and vinyl records to digital MP3s, or slides or paper photos into digital photos — is nothing new. However, sending your old slides or VHS tapes off to have someone convert them is often a costly procedure. 1DollarScan’s niche is that it’s the cheapest way possible to digitize your books. It can also digitize things like pictures, documents, and business cards.1DollarScan will scan 100 pages of a book, 10 business cards, 10 business documents, or 10 photos for just $1. You can barely buy a bottle of water for that price. You just have to pack and send your materials to the company, and 1DollarScan will scan your materials, check the quality of the scan, and then send it to you to download either by PDF or on a DVD. Unless you request your papers to be returned, 1DollarScan will recycle them after two weeks.It’s important to note that you probably don’t want to send anything you want back to 1DollarScan. The company doesn’t gently scan each page for one measly dollar. It cuts off the spine and sticks it into a machine. Once you send your books they won’t be returned, so make sure you’re ready to part with them.Bookscan, the Japanese subsidiary of 1DollarScan that launched last year, became very popular in Japan, especially after the earthquakes. People were worried their bookshelves full of books would collapse. The founder of Bookscan actually got the idea for the business because he was worried his 2,000 books would cause his shelves to collapse and hurt his two small children. There were apparently numerous reports of bookshelves falling over during the earthquakes and books fatally falling on people.So, if you’re ready to get rid of the book but would like to have a copy to read saved on your external hard drive for those rainy days, this is the cheapest solution. However, you still do need to send the book off, and you have to pay for the shipping, so if you’re sending a box of 30 books, the shipping costs themselves may be quite costly. You’ll have to play around with the prices of shipping to see how cost effective this is for your needs.More at 1DollarScanlast_img read more

Watch Drivers Stop to Let Dozens of Ducks Cross Busy Road in

first_imgStay on target Massive Python Swallows Entire Duck for Meal in AustraliaWorld’s Rarest Bird Thought to Be Extinct for 15 Years Gets New Home “Proof that there are more good people in this world than bad,” Ramunno wrote in her Facebook post, which has received more than 33,000 views so far. “Not one person in the two lines of traffic were beeping or impatient with these guys!”Facebook users also commented on the cute duck crossing and how it was nice to watch something positive online.“Thank you for sharing your video. With so much heartache and total devastation in this world, it’s always innocently refreshing to stumble across stories like this,” one person wrote. “I know it put a smile on my face as I have watched it three times.”Another responded, “Aww this started my day off with a much needed smile, love that there are many animal lovers in our world, we have ducks with babies in our backyard and it’s just so great watching them.”More on Geek.com:Massive Python Swallows Entire Duck for Meal in AustraliaNew Species of Duck-Billed Dinosaur IdentifiedWatch: Polar Bear Eats Live Duck in Zoo Enclosure, Shocks Visitorscenter_img A massive group of ducks recently stopped traffic and crossed a busy road in Maine and it was an adorable sight for drivers who witnessed the waterfowl “parade.”On Wednesday morning, Karen Ramunno captured a video of the heartwarming moment and shared it on Facebook, WMTW Channel 8 News reported. In the video, the ducks crossed the five-lane road in two waves and according to Ramunno, drivers even waited for two stragglers in the group to safely make it to the other side.last_img read more

Week In Review 723727

first_imgFriday 7/27Audio PlayerJennifer-Friady-0727.mp3VmJennifer-Friady-0727.mp300:00RPdInvestigation Continues On Fatal Rock Incident, Soldotna Mayor Role Remains Unchanged, Kenai River Personal Use Dip Net Fishery Closing Early Wednesday 7/25Audio PlayerJennifer-Wednesday-0725.mp3VmJennifer-Wednesday-0725.mp300:00RPdSales Tax Ballot Initiative Will Not Appear On The Upcoming Ballot, DF&G Have Lowered The Kenai Sockeye Estimate, GCI Restructures Customer Billing, Homer City Council Looks At Changing Fees For Sewer, Water Thursday 7/26Audio Player07-27-2018-THIS-WEEK-THURSDAY-FINAL.mp3Vm07-27-2018-THIS-WEEK-THURSDAY-FINAL.mp300:00RPdKenai River Personal Use Dip Net Fishery Closing Early, DEC Continues Working With Kenai On Beach Clean-Up Efforts, Commercial Vessel Damaged While Anchored In Kenai River, Women With Breast Cancer ‘Cast For Recovery’ Tuesday 7/24Audio Player07-27-2018-THIS-WEEK-TUESDAY-FINAL.mp3Vm07-27-2018-THIS-WEEK-TUESDAY-FINAL.mp300:00RPdAGDC: Port MacKenzie ‘not feasible’ For LNG terminal, DOT Plans Sweep To Remove Illegally Placed Campaign Signs, STAR Sexual Abuse Crisis Line Reports A Recent Increase In Calls, Numerous Snacks Recalled Due To Possible Salmonellacenter_img Monday 7/23Audio PlayerMonday-0723.mp3VmMonday-0723.mp300:00RPdKenai Dipnet Fishery Approaching Final Days Of The Season, Sterling Woman Charged In Motorcyclist’s Death, KNWR: Three Skilak Area Campgrounds Closed Following Bear Incident, Soldotna Declares July 27 as “Marge Mullen Appreciation Day” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The KSRM News Department compiled some of the top stories from this past week.last_img read more

Uber loses two board members including Arianna Huffington

first_imgEntrepreneur Arianna Huffington said she’s resigning from Uber’s board of directors. JP Yim/Getty Images Two of Uber’s prominent board members are stepping down from the company’s board of directors, according to filings with the US Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday evening: entrepreneur Arianna Huffington and Matt Cohler, a general partner at venture capital firm Benchmark. Huffington also tweeted the news, saying her decision came about because of her increasing commitments as CEO of Thrive, the health and wellness company she founded. “I will no longer be able to give my board duties the attention they deserve,” she said.”There were no disagreements whatsoever with the company that led to this decision,” Huffington wrote in an email to Uber’s board. “It has been an unforgettable three-year ride.”With the departures of Huffington and Cohler, Uber has lost three board members in the past two months. Ryan Graves, Uber’s first CEO, stepped down from the board in late May. Nine members remain.The ride-hailing company has experienced a tumultuous past couple of months. It issued an initial public offering in early May and turned in a lackluster performance. Since then, its shares have continually traded below its $45 offering price. Uber also lost two top executives last month, including its chief operating officer, Barney Harford. Related stories Uber Tech Industry Roadshow 0:47 Now playing: Watch this: Huffington joined Uber’s board in early 2016 and Cohler came on in June 2017. Cohler also said his resignation wasn’t due to any type of disagreement with the company. Benchmark is one of Uber’s largest investors, and Cohler’s departure means the venture capital firm no longer has representation on the board. “My partners at Benchmark and I have had the privilege of being part of the Uber journey since the Series A nearly a decade ago,” Cohler said in the filing. Benchmark has tangled with Uber in the past. Two years ago, the firm led the charge in demanding the resignation of Travis Kalanick, Uber’s co-founder and then CEO. Kalanick stepped down and Uber’s current CEO, Dara Khosrowshahi, joined a couple of months later. Kalanick is still on Uber’s board of directors.Both Cohler’s and Huffington’s resignations went into effect immediately.Uber didn’t respond to a request for comment.center_img Tags Share your voice Uber’s first employee, Ryan Graves, steps down from board of directors Uber’s IPO filing dishes on frenemies, synergies and #DeleteUber Uber loses two top execs one month after the company’s rocky IPO 0 Post a comment Uber rings in its IPOlast_img read more

Upper Valley Agriculture Yaks at Sunny Hill Ranch

first_img(KTNA Photo)There is growing emphasis in Alaska on locally produced food, including meat. Some cattle are being raised in the Upper Susitna Valley but many species of cow are not adapted to the severe cold of an Alaska winter. There is another animal that is suited for the conditions, though- yaks.Download AudioAnita Hill is the “Yak Lady.”  It says so right on her custom license plate.  She and her husband Steve Hill have operated Sunny Hill Ranch for about four years.  After I arrived, they took me to a large pen, where I could already discern dark, furry shapes moving around.For those who have never seen a domestic yak in person, they resemble something of a cross between abison and a cow, but considerably lighter, and with much shorter legs.  Steve Hill says a large yak bull might get up to 1500 pounds.  Compare that to a brahma bull, which can weigh upward of a ton.  As the more tame members of the herd approached the fence to greet me, the Hills explained why people raise yaks.STEVE: “Meat and Fiber.”ANITA: “Some People ask me about milking.  I only milk them when I have to.”The fiber gets brushed off of the animals and washed so it can be spun into yarn.  As for the meat, Anita and Steve Hill say that the market is growing.“There’s a good market for it, because it’s very lean.  There’s no fat on it; it’s not marbled like beef.”Anita Hill says the meat can largely be used as a substitute for beef in recipes, although it does cook somewhat differently.  Right now, the Hills sell their meat primarily at farmers markets, but that may change in the future.  Steve says that one day they would like to:“…get some restaurants in Talkeetna serving yak burgers…If you’re going to get them doing that, you have to have the supply to meet the demand.  You can’t say, ‘Here’s one, and I’ll have the next one six months from now.’”Steve says that it would take a herd of about fifty animals in order to consider selling on that scale, which he estimates will take another two or three years.  That plan almost got yanked out from under the Hills with a recent, sudden change from the USDA, however.“About two weeks ago, the USDA, all of a sudden…out of the blue, said ‘Yak’s not an amenable species.  We’re not going to inspect it any more,’ which would have taken this herd…and all of a sudden now it’s worthless.  I can’t sell it to the public.”That’s because a USDA stamp is required for commercial sale of meat.  Fortunately for the Hills and other yak ranchers, there was help to be had.  Jim Watson is board president for the International Yak Association, or IYAK.  He spoke to me from his ranch in Montana about the potential impact of the unexpected change.“It resulted in the almost immediate cessation of interstate commerce in yak meat and yak products, which disrupted the business models of yak ranchers throughout the country, because they had standing orders to go to grocery stores, restaurants, and distributors which were suddenly not valid any more.”Watson says IYAK rallied its members through email and social media, and encouraged them to write to members of Congress, specifically those on the Senate Agriculture Committee.“…Apparently, that worked very well, because the USDA contacted me a few days later and provided us with the alternative we requested.”While a final decision is still pending, Watson says it’s looking good for yak ranchers.Back at the Sunny Hill Ranch, my yak education continues.  One of the reasons that yaks are an attractive species to raise in Alaska is their resilience to cold.  Many types of yak originate in the Himalayas, and Anita Hill says they are a major asset to the people of the area.“In Tibet, they use them for everything.  They are the family animal.  They use them for packing; they use them for meat.  They use them like oxen.  They’re actually called ‘the grunting ox.’”Tibet can get pretty cold, so yaks adapted over time to tough out frigid winters with their thick coats of fur.  Anita Hill says yaks as young as a week old can survivetemperatures well below zero because the herd will work to keep them warm.That strong herd mentality also comes in handy with one of the other hazards to raising livestock in the Last Frontier.“The yaks will attack a bear.  They’ll attack anything that comes in harm’s way…even the dogs.  Annie [the yak] was up–I had just her and two younger ones–and a coyote came and harassed them.  She bent the fence trying to get to that coyote, so they’ll attack a bear.”Steve Hill says, between the yaks and the family’s three large dogs, he hasn’t seen a bear on the property in the four years he and Anita have lived in the Susitna Valley.For Steve and Anita Hill, their yaks are like an extension of their family.  Every one has a name and a personality.  Twice during my tour, yaks would come to the fence and poke their heads through, hoping I would scratch them behind the ears.  While many of them are destined for a dinner plate eventually, it’s clear that they’re happy with the life they live at Sunny Hill Ranch.last_img read more

Reliance Jio 4G speed is faster than Airtel Vodafone Idea combined TRAI

first_img Airtel vs Reliance Jio: Which network is faster in India? Close Reliance Jio has consistently proven its better than its rival telcos in India, challenging the decades-old experience carriers like Airtel and Vodafone have in the business. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) regularly tracks and reports 4G speeds from all the carriers in India and Reliance Jio has remained dominant in the race month after month.TRAI’s latest report for March 2019 has crowned Reliance Jio as the fastest 4G network, with its average download speed faster than Airtel, Vodafone and Idea combined. While Airtel comes at a distant second, Vodafone and Idea trail behind. Even though Vodafone and Idea have merged to operate as Vodafone Idea, TRAI has published reports in a way that puts Vodafone and Idea speed results separately.According to the report, Reliance Jio topped the charts with an average download speed of 22.2Mbps, which is an improvement over February when the telco recorded 20.9Mbps. Airtel came in second with an average download speed of 9.3Mbps in March, which marks a marginal drop from 9.4Mbps in February, IANS reported. Airtel vs Reliance JioIBTimes IndiaVodafone came in third with 7Mpbs average download speed in March, which is the only carrier after Jio to show improvement. The telco had recorded 6.8Mbps in February. Finally, Idea’s average download speed dipped from 5.7Mpbs in February to 5.7Mbps in March. Combining the total download speeds from all carriers and pitting them against Reliance Jio shows the Mumbai-based telco as a predominant leader.Even though download speeds are far greater on Jio’s network, tables turn while comparing upload speeds of individual telcos. In the same report, TRAI noted that Reliance Jio’s 4G upload speed improved with 4.6Mbps, but still trailed behind Vodafone and Idea, which recorded 6Mbps and 5.5Mbps, respectively. Airtel came in last with measly 3.6Mbps average 4G upload speed. Vodafone Idea LimitedTRAI uses MySpeed app to collect data, based on which it ranks telcos in terms of download and upload speed. While Reliance Jio is clearly the fastest 4G network with the highest download speed, Vodafone trumps the leader with its faster upload speed. Airtel hasn’t managed to secure a top spot, which spells trouble for the once-market leader.last_img read more

Virgin Galactic Completes Second Powered Flight Test of Spaceplane

first_imgStay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Virgin Galactic this week conducted the second powered flight test of its VSS Unity spaceplane.The supersonic ship sailed over the Mojave Desert on Tuesday—54 days after igniting its engine for the first time since a fatal crash in 2014.“It was great to see our beautiful spaceship back in the air and to share the moment with the talented team who are taking us, step by step, to space,” Virgin Galactic Chairman Richard Branson said in a statement.AdChoices广告“Seeing Unity soar upwards at supersonic speeds is inspiring and absolutely breathtaking,” he continued. “We are getting ever closer to realizing our goals.”Since its founding in 2004, the spaceflight company has been on a rollercoaster to the cosmos: The White Knight Two carrier plane and suborbital SpaceShipTwo flew together in 2010.But a series of delays has grounded the firm, which suffered a disaster four years ago, when the VSS Enterprise broke apart in midair, killing co-pilot Michael Alsbury and seriously injuring pilot Peter Siebold.Replacement ship VSS Unity completed its first successful glide test in December 2016, and another six by January 2018. On April 5, it performed a powered test flight.On Tuesday, the rocket behaved as expected: its motor burned for the planned 31 seconds, propelling Unity to a speed of Mach 1.9 and an altitude of 114,500 feet. Its re-entry feathering system was deployed for the initial descent, before a final glide home.Branson was on the runway to greet pilots Dave Mackay and Mark “Forger” Stucky, as well as CJ Sturckow and Nicola Pecile, pilots of the carrier aircraft, VMS Eve.“Today we saw VSS Unity in her natural environment, flying fast under rocket power and with a nose pointing firmly toward the black sky of space,” Branson said, sounding like a proud parent.“The pathway that Unity is forging is one that many thousands of us will take over time,” he continued, “and will help share a perspective that is crucial to solving some of humanity’s toughest challenges on planet Earth.”The teams will now review flight data and continue planning for the next departure.center_img Toy Tuesday: The Most Astronomical Spaceship ToysUltima Thule Looks Like a Snowman in First New Horizons Images last_img read more

Elderly couple assaulted at home by thieves in Tegharia

first_imgKolkata: An elderly couple was allegedly assaulted by two miscreants when the couple tried to prevent the duo from stealing things at thier residence at Tegharia under Baguiati police station area.According to police sources, two miscreants had somehow managed to enter the house situated in Nandankanan area on Saturday night when they had already gone for sleep.The sexagenarian Alok Ranjan Chakraborty woke up by the noise and he immediately lit the lights of the room. On seeing the two unknown men in their room, he raised alarm and tried to challenge them. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe two miscreants by the fear of getting caught assaulted the elderly man and as his wife Ratna rushed to his rescue, she was also pushed by one of the miscreants. The woman fell down on the ground and sustained injuries on her waist. The miscreants, however, managed to escape.Neighbours came in to their rescue and took the injured couple to a nearby hospital. “Though there was no external injury marks but both of them have sustained serious internal injuries,” a source in the hospital said.The police have taken up the probe on the basis of a written complaint lodged by the couple’s daughter Moumita Chakraborty at Baguiati police station on Sunday afternoon.”The motive behind the case seems to be a previous grudge. We are in the process of identifying the culprits and hope to arrest them soon,” said a senior official of Bidhannagar City Police.last_img read more

Over 65 per cent elderly face neglect in old age Study

first_imgOver two-thirds of elderly people in India say they are neglected by their family members while one third of the elderly claimed to have suffered physical or verbal abuse, with those in urban areas bearing the brunt more than in the rural areas, according to a new study.A study titled Human Rights of Elderly in India: A critical Reflection on Social Development released recently by Agewell Foundation conducted interviews of 5,000 elderly people across India. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The in-depth study aimed at culling out nuances of social changes as it impacts the life conditions and life standards of the elderly in families. Main respondents of the study were old persons above the age of 60 living with their families.“65.2 per cent of elderly respondents claimed that older persons face neglect in old age. Over half i.e. 54.1 per cent respondents said that older persons suffer elder abuse in their families or society. Every fourth elderly, i.e. 25.3 per cent elderly admit that older persons are being exploited by their family members,” the study said. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixIn all, 89.7 per cent respondents out of 2705 respondents facing elder abuse reportedly said elderly face mistreatment in old age mostly due to financial reasons. A total of 96.4 per cent of elderly abused respondents claimed that they face mistreatment due to emotional factors.“Qualitative research methods were used by a group of experienced social scientists of very senior level in the discipline of sociology, social work, psychology and anthropology to understand unique experiences of some of the respondents. The whole focus was interdisciplinary and very holistic,” says the study. Total respondents consist of 2490 older men and 2510 older women. Due to rapid modernisation, spared of materialistic values and breakdown of joint family system, migration of working population and young to urban areas has further adversely affected elderly care, says the study. Among the elderly surveyed 22.2 per cent said a lack of gainful engagement was the most common problem in old age. 21.24 per cent older persons think that declining health status is most common problem while 18 per cent respondents pointed to a lack of respect and dignity. Second in the list of problems cited by the elderly was a declining health status (20.1 per cent) followed by a lack of respect in society and family (19.84 per cent).According to 25 per cent elderly respondents, younger people consider elderly family members as burden on their family. An equal number of elderly (25 per cent) said that generation gap is the main reason behind violation of human rights of older persons.In all, 20 per cent elderly respondents admit that their younger family members are unable to take care of their elderly family members.“A comprehensive care package that includes promotional, preventive, curative and rehabilitative services is essential for this expanding group of population,” says the study.last_img read more

Googles New Emergency Feature Can Call For Help When You Cant Talk

first_img (265) Bestseller AllVideo On Demand: Rent or BuyClothing & AccessoriesMajor AppliancesArts, Crafts & SewingAutomotiveBaby & NurseryBeauty & GroomingBooks & TextbooksCollectible CoinsCamera & PhotoCell Phones & AccessoriesClassical MusicComputers, Tablets & ComponentsBlu-Ray & DVDElectronic Components & Home AudioEntertainment CollectiblesVideo GamesOther Gift Card BrandsGrocery & Gourmet FoodPatio, Lawn & GardenHealth & HouseholdBusiness & Industrial SuppliesJewelryKindle StoreKitchen & DiningMagazinesMiscellaneousDigital MusicCDs & VinylMusical InstrumentsOffice & School SuppliesPet Food & SuppliesPatio, Lawn & GardenShoes, Handbags, Wallets, SunglassesSoftwareSports CollectiblesSports & FitnessHome ImprovementToys & GamesVHSVideo GamesWatches Bestseller ACR PLB-375 ResQLink+ 406 Buoyant Personal Locator B… Related Products Cisco AT&T Microcell Wireless Cell Signal Booster Tower An… Ads by Amazon $155.57$155.57 Bestseller Uniden BearTracker Scanner (BCT15X) with 9,000 Chann… DEAL OF THE DAY (425) $419.99 All ENDS IN Uniden BC355N 800 MHz 300-Channel Base/Mobile Scanner.…center_img (400) Close Tapping “Medical,” “Fire,” or “Police” will alert the operator to the kind of emergency assistance the user requires. The service will work whether or not one has data connection.  ( Google ) A new feature that will soon be available in Pixel phones and some Android devices may just prove to be a life-saving one. It will allow users to contact emergency services using the automated voice feature when they are unable to talk for one reason or another.Emergency SituationsEmergency situations are sometimes unavoidable, and in many cases a quick call to emergency services is critical to controlling the situation or even saving a life. However, there are some cases wherein a person is unable to make the call because they can’t talk, whether this is because they have a speech impairment, are injured, or in a particularly dangerous situation.Soon, Google will be rolling out an emergency feature that could work around this problem. Using the Phone App on the Pixel and other select Android devices, people will be able to make calls to emergency services and provide them with the information needed to send proper help. (801) Bestseller ENDS IN Ads by Amazon $85.83$99.99 $289.95$289.99 ENDS IN ⓒ 2018 TECHTIMES.com All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission. New Google Emergency FeatureWith the new feature, users can tap the “Medical,” “Fire,” or “Police” buttons on the phone app during an emergency call to let the operator know the kind of help required. Using an automated voice service, the operator will also receive information on the user’s location from the phone’s GPS, something that is often already shared with the operator during emergency calls.The feature can work whether or not one has data connection, and the user can also speak to the operator even after activating the feature. The contents and information shared using this feature, such as the nature of the emergency and the caller’s address, will remain between the user, the operator, and the emergency services.The feature will be rolling out in the United States in the coming months starting with Pixel phones, and Google will be collecting feedback from public safety organizations to make the feature “as helpful as possible.”“We look forward to continuing our collaboration with the emergency services community to make people safer,” said Google Product Manager Paul Dunlop in a statement. TAG Google, Emergency Services, 911 DEAL OF THE DAY DEAL OF THE DAY ENDS IN DEAL OF THE DAYlast_img read more

State of Science Swallowable Gut Sensors to Detect And Heal

first_imgTreating the human gut has always been difficult ­— the tools used to measure its health are imprecise and usually highly invasive.In a capsule endoscopy, for example, doctors take snapshots with ingestible cameras, but the devices don’t measure chemical composition, a more revealing barometer of gut health. Stool tests are limited in what they can detect, and surgical biopsies are disruptive.New directions in research, however, are revealing potentially more accurate and less invasive ways to determine gut health. These methods could revolutionize early detection of gastrointestinal diseases such as Crohn’s disease, colon cancer and irritable bowel syndrome.Several teams are working on biosensor capsules that are swallowed. Unlike camera pills that merely take images, the capsules carry genetically engineered bacteria programmed to detect biological signals in the gut, such as inflammation. The data can be sent to smartphones or other devices to relay information in real time.A paper published in May in Science described a biosensor capsule, nearly as long as one AAA battery, that successfully detected gastric bleeding in pigs. Lead author Mark Mimee, a postdoc at MIT, says he plans to shrink the capsule for an easier swallow. In addition, Mimee is developing sensors to measure a broad range of gut chemical signals to detect the presence of diseases such as cancer and liver disease. Human trials remain several years away.Biosensors could also potentially be used to heal the gut by neutralizing toxins or balancing the microbiome, says the paper’s senior author Timothy Lu, a biological and electrical engineer at MIT.Gastroenterologists know that gut gases tell a tale of intestinal health, but they also are hard to measure, and typically require invasive methods. In 2018, a team of researchers in Australia organized the first human trials of an ingestible sensor that measures gas production from inside the intestines. In one study, for example, published in September in Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics, the capsule accurately measured hydrogen production in real time during food fermentation in the guts of 12 people. A larger human trial is planned.Stephanie Hansel, a gastroenterologist at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, likes what she sees in the burgeoning field. She regularly treats people with Crohn’s, a debilitating disease that causes inflammation in the digestive tract. Testing for it involves both a capsule endoscopy and a colonoscopy, in which a camera on a flexible tube is passed through the rectum and into the intestine.“If a less-invasive test could offer the same or better information, patients and [medical] providers would be thrilled,” says Hansel.last_img read more