a month agoTottenham see Southgate as top replacement for Pochettino

first_imgTottenham see Southgate as top replacement for Pochettinoby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham see England boss Gareth Southgate as their top replacement for Mauricio Pochettino if the Argentine quits the club.Spurs chiefs believe Southgate’s relationship with the club’s England stars would make him the ideal successor to Pochettino, who increasingly looks as though he is in his last season at Tottenham, says the Mirror.Pochettino said before last season’s Champions League final that he could might leave if Tottenham lifted the European Cup – as it would have been the culmination of a five-year project.And speculation Real Madrid will come in for him refuses to go away, with Bernabeu boss Zinedine Zidane already feeling the pressure after returning to the La Liga giants.Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Harry Winks, Danny Rose and Eric Dier have all made huge strides with England under Southgate’s tutelage.And that made him the perfect candidate when Pochettino’s comments in the lead-up to the Champions League final forced Spurs chairman Daniel Levy to consider potential replacements. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

GreatWest Lifeco reports lower Q3 profit due to hurricanerelated losses

first_imgWINNIPEG – Great-West Lifeco Inc. reported a drop in its third-quarter profit compared with a year ago as it was hit by costs related to hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.The insurance company says it earned $581 million or 59 cents per share for the quarter ended Sept. 30 compared with a profit of $674 million or 68 cents per share a year ago.Great-West (TSX:GWO), through its subsidiary London Reinsurance Group Inc., offers property catastrophe coverage to reinsurance companies.It says the most recent quarter’s results included losses related to estimated claims resulting from the hurricanes totalling $175 million after taxes.However, it noted that the loss estimate may change as additional information becomes available.Excluding the hit, the company says it earned $756 million for the quarter, up $82 million from a year ago, primarily due to higher fee income and lower expenses.last_img read more

Stunning ceramics make a Pit Stop at Peace Gallery North for the

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Prince George artists Leanna Carlson and Karin Heathman made a pit stop with their exhibit “Road Trip” at the Peace Gallery North this past Friday.The exhibition will be running until March 31st at the gallery, featuring both of the artists’ ceramic work. The show features nearly a fifty-fifty split of both Carlson’s and Heathman’s works. Although both artists have vastly different styles, they both say that the theme of road trips suits the combination.Heathman said that when the pair were discussing the possible show, they decided on the theme of a road trip as it gave them a broad subject to work within. “Often when you are on a road trip, you might be going to Thanksgiving dinner, the beach or maybe something else! Road trips take you anywhere and gave us endless possibilities as artists”.Gallery Coordinator Catherine Ruddell said she’s excited to have the exhibit in the gallery for the month. Although Ruddell has only been with the gallery since January, she has enjoyed returning to the Peace Region and working in the local community space.“although the gallery is booked at a minimum one and a half to two years ahead of schedule, I have truly enjoyed getting to know the artists that are currently booked and what they plan to bring.”Carlson, who has been practising her ceramic work for over 26 years, said regardless of her experience, pre-show pressure always kicks in.“I knew coming into this show that I had nearly enough pieces built up, but as the show approached my artist’s brain kicked in. So I made multiple pieces for the show specifically to push my artistic envelope further.”The opening night of the Road Trip exhibit was Friday from 7 pm to 9 pm and featured live music. The exhibit will be available for viewing at Peace Gallery North until March 31st.last_img read more

Truck identified in break and enter has been located

first_imgIn the photo, the man is seen wearing a black jacket with a hood over his head and is seen with a dark coloured GMC or Chevy pick-up truck.Police say the investigation is on-going and no further details are available at this time.If you can identify the man in the photo, you are being asked to call the Fort St. John RCMP at 250-787-8100 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.Thursday, September 5th, 2019, RCMP put out a tweet on twitter looking for the owner of a maroon coloured car thought to be connected to the break and enter yet the vehicle was at the wrong address.The tweet shares, thank you all who sent this out to everyone you know. We received a call from a young lady who claims to own this vehicle. Appears to be a case of wrong address but we will be following up. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The RCMP have updated its Twitter account to say the pick-up truck associated with a recent break and enter has been located.The Fort St. John RCMP’s tweet shares, this truck has been located late yesterday. Our forensic people will be examining it today for possible evidence. Still need to identify this guy though.last_img read more

RBI buys $5 bn through forex swap auction

first_imgMumbai: The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Tuesday bought $5 billion through long-term forex swap auction in a bid to ease liquidity ahead of elections. RBI successfully concluded the forex swap auction, buying the targeted $5 billion as part of the long term dollar/rupee swap with a three-year tenor, it said in a statement. In turn, Rs 34,561 crore was infused into the Indian banking system. The RBI said it received $16.31 billion in bids for the auction for which the cut-off was set at 776 paise. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe central bank accepted $5.02 billion of dollars tendered. This formed part of RBI’s announcement earlier this month that it would buy dollars from banks for three years and offer them rupees in return. The swap will bulk up India’s foreign exchange reserves while injecting liquidity into the financial system to ease a cash crunch typically seen before the beginning of a financial year. It is meant to give RBI greater flexibility in managing banking system cash while helping soak up any potential large dollar inflows, such as from the Rs 42,000 crore purchase of Essar Steel by ArcelorMittal which could make the rupee rise sharply. India’s new fiscal year begins on April 1. The central bank has bought Rs 3 lakh crore of bonds this fiscal to support the market at a time when a record $100 billion borrowing plan of the government had cooled demand for debt.last_img read more

Rep Lucido announces fall office hours

first_img State Rep. Peter J. Lucido today announced upcoming fall office hours for residents and families of the 36th District, which includes the townships of Shelby, Washington, Bruce and the Village of Romeo.“My job as state representative for the 36th District involves bringing the concerns and ideas from local residents and families with me to Lansing,” said Rep. Lucido, a Republican from Shelby Township. “Having office hours allows me to hear from constituents so I can better represent their needs at the Capitol.”Fall office hours will be held at the following times and locations:Monday, Sept. 28Washington Township Senior Center57880 Van Dyke in Washington9-10:30 a.m.Monday, Oct. 26Romeo Senior Center361 Morton St. in Romeo9-10:30 a.m.Monday, Nov. 30Washington Township Senior Center57880 Van Dyke in Washington9-10:30 a.m.No appointment is necessary and there is no cost to attend. More office hours will be announced throughout the fall.Rep. Lucido represents the families and residents of the 36th District, serving the townships of Shelby, Washington, Bruce and the Village of Romeo. Categories: Lucido News 22Sep Rep. Lucido announces fall office hourslast_img read more

The BBC has launched its iPlayer catchup service

first_imgThe BBC has launched its iPlayer catch-up service for Xbox One consoles in the UK and has extended the offline-viewing window for content watched on mobile devices. Viewers accessing the catch-up service from mobiles, tablets as well as computers will now be able to watch downloaded shows offline for a period of 30, instead of seven days.The update comes after the BBC extended the on-demand catch-up window for streamed TV and radio programmes from the iPlayer from seven to 30 days in October.“TV is undoubtedly king at Christmas – and the arrival of BBC iPlayer on Xbox One gives viewers even more choice on how they watch. 30 day downloads arrives just in time for those unwrapping new devices, perfect for catching up on the bumper Christmas schedule,” said head of BBC iPlayer, Dan Taylor-Watt.Victoria Jaye, head of TV content for BBC iPlayer added: “With a huge one in four requests now coming from TV sets, new iPlayer’s popularity is going beyond solo, small screen viewing – it’s also the place to gather round and recreate the magic of shared viewing on BBC One and Two, but at a time that suits your family.”The BBC said that the iPlayer is now optimised for more than 1,200 devices including mobiles, tablets, computers and connected TVs.last_img read more

Belarusian telco Beltelecom has added two packages

first_imgBelarusian telco Beltelecom has added two packages from Russian content providers Amedia and NTV+ to its Zala TV offering.The Amedia package includes channels Amedia, Amedia 2, Amedia Premium and Amedia HIT, while the NTV+ package includes Nashe Kino, Kino, Kino 2 and Premiera.Amedia provides a range of international movies, while Amedia 2 focuses on Russian TV series and movies. Amedia Premium delivers new content from HBO, Showtime, CBS, Warner Bros, ABC Studios and the BBC.Nashe Kino focuses on Soviet-era movies, while Kino provides a range of popular movies and Kino 2 provides a choice of international movies and Premiera offers a choice of recent releases.last_img read more

doiremaghananogscortrasna

first_img doiremaghananogscortrasna City clubs Na Magha and Doire Trasna have participated in the Derry GAA’s  Scor na nOg competition for the first time.Greenlough  and St Trea’s (Ballymaguigan) have also competed for the first time.Semi-finals of the competition took place at the weekend with the final due to take place in Glenullin on Sunday next, 23 November, at 3.oopm. ShareTweetcenter_img GAA NEWS: SCOR NA NOG FIRST FOR DOIRE TRASNA AND NA MAGHA was last modified: November 17th, 2014 by stephenstephen Tags:last_img read more

Over 50000 People Signed up for the Marijuana Mil

first_imgOver 50,000 People Signed up for the Marijuana Millionaire Summit… Recommended Link Justin: I agree. Let’s start with money launderer. Doug: Money laundering. It’s the process of making money obtained from criminal activity look like it came from a legitimate source. But it’s a completely artificial crime. It’s made up. It was created out of whole cloth about 40 years ago, as I recall. Like most “crimes” today, it’s not wrong in itself; it’s wrong because some legislators passed a law. There’s nothing wrong, in principle, with money laundering. Perhaps you got the money illegally or immorally. And, incidentally, those are two totally different concepts, where there’s only an accidental overlap. But that’s a big subject for a whole new conversation. But what’s wrong with redeploying capital that already exists in a perfectly legal or moral way? I would say nothing. Money is fungible. It’s not like artwork—it’s not so easy to trace its provenance. Anyway, it’s said that most great fortunes started with a crime. That’s certainly true for the Kennedy fortune. Joe Kennedy, founder of the clan, made most of his money bootlegging, which is the equivalent of drug dealing. He also made money with stock manipulation, which is insider trading. God knows what else he was up to. Although bootlegging and stock manipulation are not, in themselves, immoral. That said, I have no doubt many other things—like murder, assault, theft—occurred in the process. So, he laundered money. It wasn’t a crime then. It’s counterproductive to make it illegal to take these so-called ill-gotten gains, and do something correct with them. It’s just another Kafka-esque crime that they can arbitrarily use to hang you. At what point does capital created illegally become clean? Money laundering is a non-crime, and shouldn’t be treated as a crime. Justin: What about drug dealers? Doug: Today, drug dealers are automatically seen as the worst kind of scum. Drug dealers now are always looked upon as being violent, evil, immoral, amoral, just horrible human beings. But the problem isn’t so much that drugs can be abused and harm the user—that’s true of alcohol, tobacco, food, sex, inactivity, and a hundred other things. The problem arises when they’re made illegal. All drugs should be legal. Why? Well, your body is your primary possession. If you can’t control what you can put in your own body, you have no freedom at all. You’re, in effect, a slave. That’s the moral argument for drugs being legal. Whether they’re good, bad, or indifferent is a technical issue. But it’s a question of degree, as is the case with food, sex, alcohol, tobacco, sugar, and everything else. These can all be addictive or even dangerous if they’re not used in moderation. The “War on Drugs” is foolish and destructive on every level. It should be abolished. Justin: You explored this idea in your latest novel, Drug Lord. Doug: Yes. In that novel, my co-author John Hunt and I tried to reform the unjustly besmirched occupation of drug lord. Our drug lord hero, Charles Knight, is a thoroughly good guy. There’s nothing wrong with the commodity. There’s nothing wrong with purveying drugs. But, as with the other subjects we’re discussing, people often have a fixed idea burned into their consciousness, and they’re unwilling or unable to analyze the subject rationally. Drug dealing, whether you’re a ghetto dweller or Big Pharma, is—in itself—a non-crime. Justin: But Doug, drug dealers murder, kidnap people, and do all sorts of horrible things. How can you say they’re not criminals? Doug: That’s true. But it’s not because they’re drug dealers. It’s because they’re murderers, kidnappers, or extortionists. Those are the real crimes. But you’ve got to separate these ideas. Something may look gray. But gray is a combination of black and white. It shows a lack of critical thinking when people can’t separate them. Justin’s note: Tomorrow, I’ll share part two of this interview, where Doug shares his thoughts on two other controversial buzzwords. In the meantime, if you haven’t already, I encourage you to pick up a copy of Doug’s novel Drug Lord. It’s a fantastic tale where hero Charles Knight has to sort through the legal and illegal, moral and immoral, and right and wrong as he navigates the War on Drugs and the corrupt pharmaceutical industry. You can order your copy right here. Reader Mailbag Today, readers respond to our recent Dispatch, “Why Sessions Can’t Stop This Marijuana Boom”: Justin, awesome article. Where did you learn to write like this? You give the facts in a very appealing yet appalling manner! Hats off to you!—Lois Your reasoning is incorrect. The US Constitution governs his actions, and it is clearly worded otherwise against Sessions. Read the history of the 10th Amendment (and there is plenty from before that amendment was ratified in in September 1787). Generally, the 10th Amendment gives states the rights to overrule and supersede government foolery (Sessions included). Past SCOTUS cases will confirm the above information. The above are viable facts, and anecdotal bloviating.—CraigWhat do you think about Sessions’ fight against the marijuana industry? Let us know right here. In Case You Missed It… Did you attend Doug Casey’s free online investing summit last night? Thousands of readers discovered how Doug turned $50,000 into $1 million by investing in one marijuana penny stock. Readers also had the chance to discover the five best plays for the coming legal marijuana boom. If you missed the event, don’t worry. Doug has agreed to host a replay. Catch it right here. And discovered the details of the top 5 pot stocks for 2018. You have until midnight tonight to watch a free replay of the Summit. Click here to watch. Recommended Link — Delbert made $151,000 from Teeka Tiwari’s crypto plays, here’s his letter: I am a 67-year-old retired school teacher and small business owner from Greencastle, PA… When Teeka began providing information on the cryptocurrencies, I was intrigued. I bought a $5,400 stake in October 2016. This morning it was $74,200!!!! As a follow-up, within a few more weeks my stake had climbed to over $151,000… $5,400 to $151,000 in 8 months!!!!!! Here’s how to get Teeka’s research right away… Justin’s note: Doug Casey isn’t afraid to speak his mind… even if it means offending people. That’s a rare commodity. These days, most people only think what they’re supposed to think. They say only what’s politically correct. It’s a serious problem that’s getting worse every day. So, I recently called Doug to discuss some of today’s most controversial buzzwords… Justin: Doug, you said something during one of our recent talks that intrigued me: They’ll say if you use bitcoin you’re a money launderer, a drug dealer, a terrorist, or a tax evader. Actually, the morality involved in all those activities is worth a separate discussion… it’s perverse they’re always classed together. What did you mean by that? What’s wrong with grouping these people together? Doug: It’s chimpanzee think. It’s group-think memes in action. Somebody in a position of authority—or even just an actor, or a news reader, or a rapper, for that matter—says something. That transforms it into something that everybody automatically believes in, thoughtlessly. It’s like the concept of political correctness. I first heard that term on Saturday Night Live in the early 1980s. They said “this isn’t very politically correct.” I thought it was part of their skit. I thought it was a joke. — Little did I know that it would become a meme. The concept didn’t just catch on in society, it’s come to rule it. You’re supposed to be politically correct—if not, you must be a Nazi or a Klansman. Although, oddly, you might actually be a Communist or a fanatic Muslim with identical beliefs—and that’s somehow acceptable. So, the concept of PC isn’t a joke anymore. It’s the complete opposite of a joke. It’s a threat. Calling something a name that’s not just inaccurate, but maybe the opposite of what it is, is dangerous, dishonest and destructive. A lot of words are consistently misused today. Sometimes purposefully, sometimes just stupidly. What you say reflects what you think. And what you think—or at least feel—influences what you do. I did an article a while ago debunking the misuse of a dozen common words. People who think in slogans and catchphrases are very dangerous. They turn their feelings into group moral memes. Lowest common denominator stuff. Justin: They aren’t thinking for themselves. Doug: Exactly. That’s how lynch mobs work—“Give us Barabbas! Give us Barabbas!” People should analyze these “hot button” concepts, like the four things I mentioned—and there are lots of others—on their own merits. Otherwise you’ll wind up mindlessly parroting Paul Krugman, Hillary Clinton, or Kim Kardashian. These terms shouldn’t be grouped together. “These are evil things. We shouldn’t even think about them. They’re not even worth talking about.” Did Big Brother call them Badthink in 1984? Justin: But you think they’re worth talking about? Doug: Absolutely. This is what made Walter Block’s book Defending the Undefendable such a work of genius. Everyone should read it. It’s also very funny, somewhat in the tradition of George Carlin, another genius. So, yes. We should dissect all four terms that I mentioned.last_img read more

As the 2016 presidential campaign wound down then

first_imgAs the 2016 presidential campaign wound down, then-candidate Donald Trump made clear that if elected, he would work to see an end to the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision on his watch.”If we put another two or perhaps three justices on, that’s really what’s going to be, that’s what will happen,” Trump said at the final presidential debate in October 2016. “And that will happen automatically in my opinion, because I am putting pro-life justices on the court.”The 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion nationwide won’t be overturned automatically, nor without a fight. But advocates on both sides of the issue agree the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy sets the stage for a battle over abortion rights unlike any in a generation.High stakes for reproductive rightsKennedy’s departure will usher in a fight for the future of the Supreme Court that many social and religious conservatives anticipated and hoped for during the 2016 campaign. Trump’s promise to appoint conservative, anti-abortion justices helped turn out the base voters he needed to secure his surprise victory. Exit polls suggested the makeup of the Supreme Court played a major role for many voters on both sides, but more for Republicans.Almost as soon as Kennedy’s retirement was announced, several anti-abortion rights groups seized on the moment.”We’re the closest we’ve ever been to overturning Roe v. Wade,” a woman says in a video released online by the group Students for Life of America shortly after the news broke.In an interview with NPR, Students for Life President Kristan Hawkins called the retirement of the court’s swing vote “a day that we’ve been waiting for.””Our goal in the pro-life movement has always been to make abortion illegal and unthinkable,” Hawkins said. “So we want Roe to be overturned … and we expect that.”Hawkins noted that Kennedy has voted to uphold abortion rights in several cases, including the landmark 1992 ruling Planned Parenthood v. Casey, and more recently, in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, which overturned a Texas law that placed additional health regulations on clinics that perform abortions.Meanwhile, abortion-rights supporters, like Nancy Northup of the Center for Reproductive Rights, called Kennedy’s retirement devastating news.”He has been a crucial vote in landmark reproductive rights cases,” Northup said.”[I’m] extremely concerned,” said Helene Krasnoff, vice president of public policy, litigation and law at Planned Parenthood Federation of America. “President Trump has been making good on his threat to stack the courts with those who are opposed to safe, legal abortion, and we can only expect that he’ll nominate another extreme opponent.”A fight for Kennedy’s replacementBoth sides are gearing up for a confirmation battle in the Senate after Trump names his nominee. Republicans have a narrow, 51-seat majority, and all eyes will be on a handful of Republicans who have been supportive of abortion rights, and on red-state Democrats facing re-election in November. Senators in each group will be under pressure to come over to the other side of the aisle.”It’s gonna be epic,” said Marjorie Dannenfelser of the Susan B. Anthony List, which works to elect candidates who oppose abortion rights. “It will be cast as a pretty pivotal vote on the court on this issue and many, many others … We’ve been preparing for this fight for a very long time.”Hawkins said her group has more than 1,200 chapters around the country, and organizers will encourage members to lobby their senators during the confirmation process.Krasnoff, of Planned Parenthood, said abortion-rights advocates also will be lobbying senators to vote against any nominee seen as likely to overturn Roe.”President Trump and Mitch McConnell hold the balance of the court in their hands right now. And with it, they hold the right to safe and legal abortion,” Krasnoff said. “So we’re going to be getting that message out and making sure that the Senate rejects any nominee that opposes Roe v. Wade and the right to safe, legal abortion.”Speaking outside the Supreme Court on Thursday, Ilyse Hogue of NARAL Pro-Choice America urged abortion-rights supporters to reach out to lawmakers.”This is about all 100 senators hearing from people on a daily basis that they do not want people, women, families, criminalized,” Hogue said.While polling on abortion is difficult and yields mixed results depending on how the questions are asked, multiple polls suggest a majority of Americans believe abortion should be legal in at least some cases, particularly in early pregnancy.A battle for the courts — and in the courts If Trump is successful in pushing through a nominee who’s likely to overturn or erode Roe, the fight over the future of the decision could play out in several ways.Northup, of the Center for Reproductive Rights, said restrictive laws recently passed by several states could work their way to the Supreme Court. She points to what’s known as a “heartbeat bill” in Iowa, where state lawmakers recently approved one of the strictest abortion laws in the nation.The law, which is being challenged in the courts, bans the procedure after a heartbeat can be detected, which is often before a woman knows she is pregnant. Other states, including Mississippi and Louisiana, have banned abortion at 15 weeks’ gestation, and others have prohibited specific methods.”I think it’s going to be the early cutoff dates for abortion that you’re gonna be seeing going up to the court that could challenge Roe v. Wade, because Roe v. Wade and its cases that have followed have made clear that before the time of fetal viability it’s for the woman and her doctor to make the decision,” Northup said. “And these states have been passing laws trying to radically change that.”Back to the statesAt the final presidential debate in Las Vegas, Trump promised that if Roe is overturned, “It will go back to the states and the states will then make a determination.”That’s true, and it’s the goal of many abortion-rights opponents, some of whom downplay the idea that abortion could become illegal nationwide.”Without question, our goal is to overturn Roe v. Wade so that states are allowed to enact their own wills into law,” said Dannenfelser, of the Susan B. Anthony List.But states have a patchwork of laws, with red states tending to pass more restrictive abortion ones.Alexis Cole, an attorney and policy director at Unite for Reproductive & Gender Equity, said 17 states already have laws on the books that would heavily restrict or ban abortion if Roe were overturned. She notes that because of restrictive laws and limited access to abortion, women in many states already struggle to obtain the procedure, even under Roe.”It would no longer be a matter of traveling across your state; it would be a matter of traveling multiple states that would actually allow you to get an abortion,” Cole said. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Qawra construction worker dies from injuries

first_imgAndre Callus from Moviment Graffitti told a Public Protest tonight that this was the 7th person to die in a construction related accident this year.WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintcenter_img A construction worker who was in critical condition after falling four floors from a construction site in Qawra, has died. He was 23 year old.The incident took place on 13th June on a site on Annetto Caruana Street. The man fell four storeys and was quickly rushed to hospital.last_img read more

Obama Wants Community College to Be Free for Two Years

first_img President Barack Obama wants to make two years of community college free and universally available, a proposal he said on Thursday he would flesh out in his State of the Union speech later this month.White House officials acknowledged the plan would come with a significant price tag but declined to disclose projected costs, saying those details would come in Obama’s budget on Feb. 2.”Put simply, what I’d like to do is to see the first two years of community college free for everybody’s who is willing to work for it,” Obama said in a video message released by the White House.The idea would require the Republican-controlled Congress to pass legislation so that the federal government could pay for 75 percent of tuition, with participating state governments having to pick up the rest of the tab.”With no details or information on the cost, this seems more like a talking point than a plan,” said Cory Fritz, spokesman for Speaker John Boehner, the top Republican in the House of Representatives.The White House has not yet discussed the idea with lawmakers.”We don’t expect the country to be transformed overnight, but we do expect this conversation to begin tomorrow,” Cecilia Munoz, a top domestic policy adviser to Obama, told reporters.Obama will elaborate on the plan on Friday during a visit to Tennessee, where the Republican-led state has started a free community college program.If all states signed on to Obama’s plan, an estimated 9 million students could benefit. A full-time community college student could save an average of $3,800 in tuition a year.Under the proposal, students who attend at least half-time, maintain a 2.5 grade point average while in college, and make steady progress toward completing their programs would have their tuition eliminated.Not all college programs would qualify. Colleges would be required to offer programs where credits could count toward a four-year college and university degree, should students decide to pursue one, or training programs for skills in demand by local employers.(Reporting by Steve Holland and Roberta Rampton; Editing by Peter Cooney) Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Obama Wants Community College to Be Free for Two Years Add to Queue January 9, 2015 Register Now » 2 min read –shares Next Article College Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business This story originally appeared on Reuters Reuters last_img read more

Discharged dismissed ERs often miss chance to set overdose survivors on better

first_img This article was reprinted from khn.org with permission from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent news service, is a program of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan health care policy research organization unaffiliated with Kaiser Permanente. Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Feb 15 2019The last time heroin landed Marissa Angerer in a Midland, Texas, emergency room — naked and unconscious — was May 2016. But that wasn’t her first drug-related interaction with the health system. Doctors had treated her a number of times before, either for alcohol poisoning or for ailments related to heavy drug use. Though her immediate, acute health issues were addressed in each episode, doctors and nurses never dealt with her underlying illness: addiction.Angerer, now 36 and in recovery, had been battling substance use disorder since she started drinking alcohol at age 16. She moved onto prescription pain medication after she broke her ankle and then eventually to street opiates like heroin and fentanyl.Just two months before that 2016 overdose, doctors replaced an infected heart valve, a byproduct of her drug use. She was discharged from the hospital and began using again the next day, leading to a reinfection that ultimately cost her all 10 toes and eight fingers.”[The hospital] didn’t have any programs or anything to go to,” Angerer said. “It’s nobody’s fault but my own, but it definitely would have been helpful if I didn’t get brushed off.”This scenario plays out in emergency departments across the country, where the next step — a means to divert addicted patients into treatment — remains elusive, creating a missed opportunity in the health system.A recent study of Medicaid claims in West Virginia, which has an opioid overdose rate more than three times the national average and the highest death rate from drug overdoses in the country, documented this disconnect.Researchers analyzed claims for 301 people who had nonfatal overdoses in 2014 and 2015. By examining hospital codes for opioid poisoning, researchers followed the patients’ treatment, seeing if they were billed in the following months for mental health visits, opioid counseling visits or prescriptions for psychiatric and substance abuse medications.They found that fewer than 10 percent of people in the study received, per month, medications like naltrexone or buprenorphine to treat their substance use disorder. (Methadone is another option to treat substance use, but it isn’t covered by West Virginia Medicaid and wasn’t included in the study.) In the month of the overdose, about 15 percent received mental health counseling. However, on average, in the year after the overdose, that number fell to fewer than 10 percent per month.”We expected more … especially given the national news about opioid abuse,” said Neel Koyawala, a second-year medical student at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, and the lead author on the study, which was published last month in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.It’s an opportunity that’s being missed in emergency rooms everywhere, said Andrew Kolodny, the co-director of Opioid Policy Research at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University outside Boston.Related StoriesResearch opens possibility of developing single-dose gene therapy for inherited arrhythmiasResearch sheds light on sun-induced DNA damage and repairImplanted device uses microcurrent to exercise heart muscle in cardiomyopathy patients”There’s a lot of evidence that we’re failing to take advantage of this low-hanging fruit with individuals who have experienced a nonfatal overdose,” Kolodny said. “We should be focusing resources on that population. We should be doing everything we can to get them plugged into treatment.”He compared it to someone who came into the emergency room with a heart attack. It’s taken for granted that the patient would leave with heart medication and a referral to a cardiac specialist. Similarly, he wants patients who come in with an overdose to start buprenorphine in the hospital and leave with a referral to other forms of treatment.Kolodny and Koyawala both noted that a lack of training and understanding among health professionals continues to undermine what happens after the overdose patient is stabilized.”Our colleagues in emergency rooms are not particularly well trained to be able to help people in a situation like this,” said Dr. Margaret Jarvis, the medical director of a residential addiction treatment center in Pennsylvania.It was clear, Angerer said, that her doctors were not equipped to deal with her addiction. They didn’t know, for instance, what she was talking about when she said she was “dope sick,” feeling ill while she was going through withdrawal.”They were completely unaware of so much, and it completely blew my mind,” she said.When she left the hospital after her toe and finger amputations, Angerer recalls her next stop seemed to be a tent city somewhere in Midland, where she feared she would end up dead. Instead, she persuaded her mother to drive her about 300 miles to a treatment facility in Dallas. She had found it on her own.”There were a lot of times I could have gone down a better path, and I fell through the cracks,” Angerer said.The bottom line, Jarvis said, is that when a patient comes into the emergency room with an overdose, they’re feeling sick, uncomfortable and “miserable.” But surviving that episode, she emphasized, doesn’t necessarily change their perilous condition.”Risk for overdose is just as high the day after as the day before an overdose,” said Dr. Matt Christiansen, an assistant professor in the Department of Family & Community Health at the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine in West Virginia.last_img read more

Stem cell stimulation shows promise as potential stroke treatment

first_imgRelated StoriesBrain stimulation accelerates visual learning and recoveryHealthy blood vessels could help stave off cognitive declineDysfunctional neurons repaired in dementia mouse modelLing Wei, Shang Ping Yu, and colleagues at Emory University injected neural stem cells into the brains of mice after a stroke and activated the cells through nasal administration of a protein. The stem cells activated by this new, noninvasive technique called optochemogenetics grew healthier and formed more connections compared to the stem cells that did not receive stimulation. Additionally, the mice that received both stem cells and stimulation displayed the most recovery, with some behaviors returning to pre-stroke levels.The combination of stem cell injection and stimulation increased the likelihood of a successful stroke recovery in mice. Instead of just injecting stem cells in the damaged area of the brain, following up with stimulation creates an ideal environment for the cells to develop and form connections with surrounding neurons. Source:Society for NeuroscienceJournal reference:Wei, L. et al. (2019) Optochemogenetics Stimulation of Transplanted iPS-NPCs Enhances Neuronal Repair and Functional Recovery after Ischemic Stroke. Journal of Neuroscience. doi.org/10.1523/JNEUROSCI.2010-18.2019. Jul 3 2019Stem cell stimulation shows promise as a potential noninvasive stroke treatment, according to research in mice published in JNeurosci. If extended to humans, this technique could greatly improve patients’ quality of life.last_img read more

Japan embracing cryptocurrencies despite big theft cases

In this March 15, 2018 photo, Mark Karpeles, the former CEO of Japan-based bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox speaks during an interview in Tokyo. Four years after popular Tokyo-based bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox was hacked and went bankrupt, the case still casts a shadow over the regulatory regime put in place to protect Japan’s thriving cryptocurrency market. The former CEO of Mt. Gox, facing a criminal trial in Japan, hopes the remaining bitcoins can be used to pay back losses from the heist at the lost bitcoins’ current value.(AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko) Mt. Gox was a wakeup call for Japan, though the relatively strong regulatory regime set up after the bitcoin dealer has not prevented further hacks. Earlier this year the Tokyo-based Coincheck exchange reported a 58-billion yen ($547 million) loss of a cryptocurrency called NEM due to suspected hacking.About half the world’s bitcoin trading is estimated to be in yen and there are 16 licensed virtual currency exchanges in Japan, where bitcoin owners alone number 2 million to 3 million. That could grow to 10 million this year, said Yuzo Kano, chief executive for BitFlyer, one of Japan’s largest licensed cryptocurrency exchanges.”Japan is now bitcoin’s heart, the country that is at the center of its support,” said Kano, who helped the government set up its licensing system and other regulations.Kano heads the Japan Blockchain Association and was recently tapped to head a new organization to beef up regulations, working with the Financial Services Agency.Financial regulators worldwide are scrambling to catch up with the boom in cryptocurrencies and Japan is treading carefully, seeking to minimize risks while maneuvering to attain global leadership and nurture entrepreneurship in the new financial technology. He likens how cryptocurrencies work, and the precariousness of their value, to a game of musical chairs—with about 10,000 people around each chair.”As long as everyone is dancing, it’s fine, but if everyone wants to sit at the same time there won’t be enough chairs,” he said. In this Aug. 1, 2015 photo, Japan police arrest Mark Karpeles, the French founder and former CEO of Mt. Gox, in Tokyo. Four years after popular Tokyo-based bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox was hacked and went bankrupt, the case still casts a shadow over the regulatory regime put in place to protect Japan’s thriving cryptocurrency market. Karpeles says he hopes to recoup the millions lost by his customers in the heist – now a possibility, given the surge in bitcoin’s value in recent years to some 10 times its earlier value. (Kyodo News via AP) Mark Karpeles, the French founder and former CEO of Mt. Gox, says he hopes to recoup the millions lost by his customers in the heist. That’s now a possibility, given the surge in bitcoin’s value in recent years to some 10 times its earlier value.”What I’m trying to do is to find the best solution,” Karpeles said in a recent interview, “because I believe it is my responsibility as CEO of Mt. Gox.”Mt. Gox still had about 200,000 bitcoins left in a separate storage location after 850,000 disappeared in 2014. Those holdings are managed by court-appointed trustees who have sold 35,000 bitcoins, raising 44 billion yen ($415 million) in cash to reimburse losses from the exchange’s failure. Based on today’s prices, the remaining bitcoins are worth far more than the estimated $620 million in earlier losses.The trustees deny claims that sale triggered a recent slight drop in highly volatile bitcoin prices.After Mt. Gox collapsed, Karpeles was detained for months before being released on 10 million yen ($94,000) bail while awaiting the outcome of his trial for embezzlement and data manipulation, charges unrelated to the hack. In this Feb. 11, 2018 photo, a huge advertisement of Bitcoin is displayed near Shibuya train station in Tokyo. Bitcoin has been a legal form of payment in Japan since April 2017, and a handful of major retailers already accept bitcoin payments.(AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi) In this March 15, 2018 photo, Mark Karpeles, the former CEO of Japan-based bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox speaks during an interview in Tokyo. Four years after popular Tokyo-based bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox was hacked and went bankrupt, the case still casts a shadow over the regulatory regime put in place to protect Japan’s thriving cryptocurrency market. The former CEO of Mt. Gox, facing a criminal trial in Japan, hopes the remaining bitcoins can be used to pay back losses from the heist at the lost bitcoins’ current value. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko) In this Jan. 26, 2018 photo, Koichiro Wada, left, president of the Tokyo-based Coincheck exchange bows in apology during a press conference in Tokyo. Earlier this year the Tokyo-based Coincheck exchange reported a 58-billion yen ($547 million) loss of a cryptocurrency called NEM due to suspected hacking. At right is Yusuke Otsuka, the company’s chief operating officer. (Takuya Inaba/Kyodo News via AP) In this Feb. 11, 2018 photo, a huge advertisement of Bitcoin is displayed near Shibuya train station in Tokyo. Bitcoin has been a legal form of payment in Japan since April 2017, and a handful of major retailers already accept bitcoin payments. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi) Bitcoin has been a legal form of payment in Japan since April 2017, and a handful of major retailers already accept bitcoin payments. Japan penalizes several cryptocurrency exchanges after hack This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Japan embracing cryptocurrencies despite big theft cases (2018, March 28) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-03-japan-embracing-cryptocurrencies-big-theft.html © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Some governments, such as in China and South Korea, have adopted a more cautious approach, while others, like Switzerland and Canada, are wooing the “miners” whose high-powered computers process the algorithms used to create virtual currency tokens. The U.S. falls somewhere in between.There have been no arrests for the theft at Coincheck, which has acknowledged that it erred in keeping a stash of the digital money in what’s known as a “hot wallet,” within reach of hackers. Cybersecurity experts say large amounts of virtual currency should be kept offline, in so-called “cold wallets.”The exchange is reimbursing losses from that heist and strengthening its security.So far, the cases seem to have done little to discourage Japanese, who have turned to stashing yen at home since banks pay near-zero interest rates, from dabbling in cryptocurrencies. In this March 15, 2018 photo, Mark Karpeles, the former CEO of Japan-based bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox speaks during an interview in Tokyo. Four years after popular Tokyo-based bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox was hacked and went bankrupt, the case still casts a shadow over the regulatory regime put in place to protect Japan’s thriving cryptocurrency market. The former CEO of Mt. Gox, facing a criminal trial in Japan, hopes the remaining bitcoins can be used to pay back losses from the heist at the lost bitcoins’ current value. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko) Four years after popular Tokyo-based bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox was hacked and went bankrupt, the case still casts a shadow over the regulatory regime put in place to protect Japan’s thriving cryptocurrency market. In this March 15, 2018 photo, Mark Karpeles, the former CEO of Japan-based bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox speaks during an interview in Tokyo. Four years after popular Tokyo-based bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox was hacked and went bankrupt, the case still casts a shadow over the regulatory regime put in place to protect Japan’s thriving cryptocurrency market. The former CEO of Mt. Gox, facing a criminal trial in Japan, hopes the remaining bitcoins can be used to pay back losses from the heist at the lost bitcoins’ current value.(AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko) Giant billboards and TV ads sing praise of Bitcoin. The warnings about buying at your own risk come in tiny print. A band called Kasotsuka Shojo, or “virtual currency girls,” in stereotypical housemaid outfits, literally sings praise of bitcoins: “Let’s go mining. Dig right there. I’m going to make money to pay my utility bill.”Karpeles is hoping the arrest in July in Greece of a main suspect in the Mt. Gox theft, Alexander Vinnick, will help vanquish any lingering suspicions that he might have pocketed the missing bitcoins. A California grand jury has indicted Vinnick, a Russian, on allegations he used funds from the Mt. Gox hack for money-laundering, though it’s unclear whether he’ll be extradited to the U.S. or to Russia.Karpeles is not overly optimistic about tracking down the missing bitcoin. His lawyers have portrayed the young French man as a convenient scapegoat for Japanese authorities eager to find someone to blame for an embarrassingly massive cybercrime.He denied any intention of embezzling funds. His defense team has argued that the money and data he is alleged to have handled improperly were used for company operations or actually belonged to him.Not permitted to leave Japan while still facing trial, Karpeles works at a couple of technology jobs, such as voice-over-internet-protocol and video-game development. Fluent in Japanese after eight years in the country, he appears on YouTube and on a Japanese online streaming video service, offering advice on cryptocurrencies. In this Aug. 1, 2015 photo, Japan police arrest Mark Karpeles, the French founder and former CEO of Mt. Gox, in Tokyo. Four years after popular Tokyo-based bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox was hacked and went bankrupt, the case still casts a shadow over the regulatory regime put in place to protect Japan’s thriving cryptocurrency market. Karpeles says he hopes to recoup the millions lost by his customers in the heist – now a possibility, given the surge in bitcoin’s value in recent years to some 10 times its earlier value. (Kyodo News via AP) In this March 15, 2018 photo, Mark Karpeles, the former CEO of Japan-based bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox speaks during an interview in Tokyo. Four years after popular Tokyo-based bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox was hacked and went bankrupt, the case still casts a shadow over the regulatory regime put in place to protect Japan’s thriving cryptocurrency market. The former CEO of Mt. Gox, facing a criminal trial in Japan, hopes the remaining bitcoins can be used to pay back losses from the heist at the lost bitcoins’ current value. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko) In this March 2, 2018 photo, Yuzo Kano, right, chief executive for BitFlyer, one of Japan’s largest licensed cryptocurrency exchanges, attends a press conference in Tokyo. Kano heads the Japan Blockchain Association and was recently tapped to head a new organization to beef up regulations, working with the Financial Services Agency. At left is Taizen Okuyama, president of Money Partners. (Junji Yamashita/Kyodo News via AP) Explore further read more

Buying a new 4K HDR TV this holiday season Read this first

first_img A 50-inch Philips 4K UHD HDR TV for $249.99 at Target? A 43-inch Toshiba 4K Fire TV with HDR for $129.99 at Best Buy? It has plenty of flashy tech terms, most notably the popular TV buzzwords: 4K and HDR.When buying a new TV in 2018, nearly any set above 40 inches will feature both technologies, even ones normally priced below $300. But don’t let the acronyms fool you. It is important to know what you’re buying and where you might actually benefit from this technology.Here are a few things to keep in mind.HDRAlso known as high dynamic range, HDR automatically adjusts the colors and contrasts of a picture, making scenes more realistic. For instance, with richer colors and a sharper picture, you’ll notice HDR when watching really bright or really dark scenes in movies, with those moments looking more realistic.Often synonymous with 4K and Ultra HD, which are roughly four times the resolution of HD, or high definition, HDR often will be the more appreciated of the two technologies, especially for movie lovers and gamers, who appreciate the added sharpness.But in order to see HDR shine, you’ll need the right shows to stream, movies to watch or game systems to play. Not all programming has it. More on this below.When it comes to HDR, in 2018 there are two main options: industry standard HDR 10 (also listed as HDR) and Dolby Vision. Dolby Vision is the more premium of the two, offering more colors and sometimes better brightness than traditional HDR. Televisions that support Dolby Vision also support HDR 10.ContentJust like HD, you won’t see the true benefits of 4K and HDR without the proper content that capitalizes on the technology. Whether it’s in 4K HDR Netflix or Amazon shows, Blu-ray movies or games played on a new Xbox One or PlayStation 4, without the proper video, it doesn’t really matter.The Xbox One S and regular PlayStation 4 can both output video games with HDR, while their more powerful siblings the One X and PS4 Pro can do so in 4K HDR.Netflix requires that you subscribe to its $13.99 “Premium” plan to stream in 4K and HDR. Content that is available in 4K HDR or Dolby Vision usually includes a logo by their description, assuming you pay for Premium. The company also recommends an internet connection of at least 25 Mbps for streaming.Members of Amazon’s Prime expedited shipping and entertainment service get HDR video as part of the $119 yearly fee—you’d just need to watch on a device that supports HDR to take advantage of that. With Amazon, look for the section in its menu that showcases UHD and HDR content.A number of popular devices have 4K HDR, including Amazon’s Fire TV Stick 4K and Fire TV Cube; Roku’s Streaming Stick+, Premiere, Premiere+ and Ultra; Google’s Chromecast; and Apple’s Apple TV 4K.One other thing to note: Some TVs will need you to go into the picture settings to enable HDR. This sometimes is referred to as HDMI UHD Color (on Samsung TVs), HDMI Ultra HD Deep Color (on LG TVs) or making sure the TV input is set to HDMI 2.0 (on Roku TVs). When in doubt, a quick search on how to enable HDR on your device and TV of choice should help to get things promptly set up.Is it worth it?If what you are mainly doing is watching traditional television through a cable box, antenna or streaming service, you likely won’t see the difference as most of those broadcasts are in traditional HD, not even 4K.Likewise, if you don’t pay for Netflix’s Premium plan or rent movies in 4K from a service such as Vudu. Things will stream in HD and that is fine. HD videos still look great and will continue to do so on your new TV.But with more content being made available with 4K and HDR support all the time (all Netflix Originals are now shot in 4K), getting the right TV this Black Friday will not only get you a deal today but grant you the flexibility to take advantage of the technology in the future. Explore further Citation: Buying a new 4K HDR TV this holiday season? Read this first (2018, November 23) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-11-4k-hdr-tv-holiday-season.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. 2018 Gift Guide: Ideas for cord-cutters and wannabes Look through early Black Friday ads at Best Buy and Target, and you’ll find plenty of eye-catching TV deals. (c)2018 USA TodayDistributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.last_img read more

Ford recalls 15 mn F150 pickups

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Ford recalls 1.5 mn F-150 pickups (2019, February 13) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-02-ford-recalls-mn-f-pickups.html The defect is present on some 2011 models of the truck with six-speed automatic transmission that can experience “a temporary, unintended downshift into first gear” because of a sensor problems.”Depending on vehicle speed, a downshift to first gear without warning could result in a loss of vehicle control, increasing the risk of a crash,” the automaker said.Ford said it was aware of five accidents, including one case of “whiplash.”About 1.26 million of the affected cars were based in the United States and the remaining 221,000 in Canada. The vehicles were built in Michigan and Missouri.Ford also announced recalls of 28,200 Lincoln Continental vehicles in the 2017-2019 model years due to a door latch problem; and about 4,350 vehicles from its 2019 class of Ford Mustang, Lincoln Nautilus and Lincoln Navigator over blank instrument panels upon vehicle startup.Ford said it knew of no accidents related to either of the latter two recalls. Ford announced Wednesday it is recalling 1.5 million of its best-selling F-150 pickup trucks due to a glitch in its transmission system that can lead to accidents. Ford recalls 2 mn pickup trucks on fire riskcenter_img A transmission problem in Ford’s popular pickup trucks has caused a handful of accidents, prompting a recall to fix the issue Explore further © 2019 AFPlast_img read more

J Jayalalithaa remembered on second death anniversaryJ Jayalalithaa remembered on second death

first_imgDecember 05, 2018 Published on Tamil Nadu TTV Dhinakaran floats new party SHARE TN doing well in social, economic sectors, says Palaniswami COMMENT Curtains down on personality-driven bi-polar politics in Tamil Nadu? RELATED Late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa was remembered on her second death anniversary on Wednesday with top AIADMK leaders O Pannnerselvam and K Palaniswami leading the party men in paying tributes to her. The ruling party took a pledge to secure a ‘grand victory’ in the forthcoming bypolls to 20 Assembly segments and next year’s Lok Sabha elections and dedicate it to the late leader. The Madras High Court had recently upheld the disqualification of 18 AIADMK MLAs by Speaker P Dhanapal for revolting against Chief Minister K Palaniswami in August 2017, prompting bypolls there. Tiruvarur and Thirupparankundram seats had fell vacant following the death of their incumbent MLAs, former DMK chief M Karunanidhi and A K Bose (AIADMK), respectively. Earlier in the day, clad in black shirts, Panneerselvam and Palaniswami, AIADMK coordinator and joint coordinator, respectively, led a silent march from Anna Salai to Marina beach, where the former AIADMK supremo was laid to rest. Senior cabinet ministers, MPs and MLAs besides scores of party supporters most of whom were clad in black joined Panneerselvam and Palaniswami. Palaniswami is the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu while Pannerselvam is his Deputy. At the Jayalalithaa memorial, Panneerselvam and Palaniswami besides others paid floral tributes to their departed ‘Amma’ and were seen turning emotional. Jayalalithaa is fondly addressed as ‘Amma’ by her supporters, meaning mother in Tamil. Later, Panneerselvam administered the pledge to party cadres, which was repeated by Palaniswami and others. In the pledge, the ruling party also recalled the various electoral victories achieved by it and said all the credit for them went to Jayalalithaa.“In all elections, the AIADMK has been reaping victories after victories and the credit goes to Amma only. We will replicate her hardwork and walk the path laid down by her in the forthcoming bypolls and Lok Sabha elections,” it said. “The party will secure a grand victory in these and dedicate them to Amma,” the party leaders pledged. AMMK leader TTV Dhinakaran also took out a silent procession with his close aides and supporters. In the 2011 Assembly polls, the Jayalalithaa-led AIADMK had secured a massive win, trumping then incumbent DMK and reducing it to just 23 MLAs. The party had not lost a single election since then, including local body polls, even as it won 37 of the 39 Lok Sabha seats in 2014. It also set a new record after three decades of an incumbent retaining power, when it won the 2016 polls. However, the party lost the 2017 RK Nagar bypolls at the hands of rival party leader TTV Dhinakaran. Election to the city seat was necessitated due to Jayalalithaa’s death the previous year. AIADMK Wednesday also credited its late leader with making the party the ‘third largest’ in the Lok Sabha (37 MPs), after the ruling BJP and Opposition Congress. It hailed her various pro-people measures, including provision of free laptops to students. The party vowed to stick to Jayalalithaa’s ideology and be a ‘protector’ of Tamil people, and help in uphold her fame. The leaders and party workers took a pledge to remain united, disciplined and dignified to keep the party intact and take it forward. Later, they observed a two-minute silence in respect of the late leader. Jayalalithaa breathed her last on December 5, 2016. She was admitted to a corporate hospital here on September 22, 2016 with complaints of fever and dehydration and underwent medical treatment for about 75 days before her demise. Her death had triggered a split in the AIADMK in February 2017 when then chief minister Panneerselvam revolted against Jayalalithaa’s close aide V K Sasikala, now serving a jail term in connection with an assets case in Bengaluru, alleging that he was forced to make way for her to the state’s top post. Palaniswami was subsequently made chief minister but he later revolted against then party deputy chief Dhinakaran, with a section of ministers led by the former sidelining him. While the respective factions led by Palaniswami and Panneerselvam later merged on August 21, a party general council in September last year sacked Sasikala as its chief. SHARE SHARE EMAIL death Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswamy, Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam and other ministers at a rally marking the second death anniversary of former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Wednesday.   –  SR Raghunathan Seeking Bharat Ratna for J Jayalalithaa, TN CM writes to PM Modi again COMMENTSlast_img read more

POCSO Act amended Death penalty for child sex abuse

first_imgOur kids are not safe online SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENT crime SHARE COMMENTS Kathua gang rape: 3 get life imprisonment, 3 others 5 years’ jail term RELATED July 10, 2019 Amendment to POCSO Act gets nod The government, in a statement, said the amendments in Section-2, 4, 5, 6, 9, 14, 15, 34,42 and 45 of the POCSO Act, 2012 are being made to address the aspects of child sexual abuse in an appropriate manner.   –  PopTika/shutterstock.com Published on Bombay HC upholds death penalty clause for repeat offenders in rape cases Cyber crime, cops and the law Children President signs Ordinance to provide death penalty for rapists of girls below 12 years The proposed changes in the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act also provide for fines and imprisonment to curb child pornography. The Union Cabinet has given its nod to amend certain sections of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012 to include provision of death penalty in cases of sexual offences against children.“The modification is made to address the need for stringent measures required to deter the rising trend of child sex abuse in the country on one hand and to address the menace of relatively new kind of crimes on the other hand,” Prakash Javadekar, Minister for Information & Broadcasting, told media persons.“Sections four, five and six are proposed to be amended to provide option of stringent punishment, including death penalty, for committing sexual assault and aggravated penetrative sexual assault crime on a child to protect the children from sexual abuse,” according to an official statement.Amendments are also proposed in Section 9 to protect children from sexual offences in times of natural calamities and in other situations where children are administered, in any way, any hormone or any chemical substance, to attain early sexual maturity for the purpose of penetrative sexual assault. Amendments are also proposed in Section 14 and 15 of the POCSO Act to levy fine for not destroying, deleting or reporting the pornographic material involving a child with an intention to share or transmit it.Amendment is proposed to be carried out in Section 2, 4, 5, 6, 9, 14, 15, 34, 42 and 45.last_img read more