England can be proud – Drogba

first_imgDidier Drogba has told England to be proud of themselves.Former Chelsea striker has urged Gareth Southgate and the England team to be proud of their achievements at this year’s summer World Cup in Russia.England will be competing for third-place against Belgium on Saturday after they were defeated by Croatia in their semi-final clash on Wednesday.But Drogba who is working as a pundit for one of the British broadcasters believes England should be proud of their performance at the tournament.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“I think the country can be proud of their achievement, this young generation have done a very good job. Of course it’s disappointing to get this close and fall short but they can look forward with hope.” Drogba said, according to  Sky Sports.“I was impressed with fans and the fantastic atmosphere they created all through the tournament. I’m also glad that Young players like Loftus-cheek and Rashford were able to play at the World Cup.Drogba played in three World Cups for the Ivory Coast which including his last one in Brazil.last_img read more

Jordi Alba surprised by Spain snub

first_imgBarcelona full-back Jordi Alba admits that he was “surprised” by Luis Enrique’s decision to not call-up him up for SpainThe 29-year-old was in impressive form for Barcelona in Sunday night’s 8-2 demolition of Huesca, which saw Alba score and set up two goals.But, despite his continued strong showings, Alba’s former Barcelona manager Enrique chose to leave him out of Spain’s 24-man squad for the upcoming international break.“It surprised me not to be called and I would have like to do. Everyone knows it a decision by the manager, and I must respect it,” said Alba, according to AS.“I don’t know why I’m not going. When I am bad, I can tell, and when I’m good too. I feel happy with the game we played.”⚽⚽⚽⚽⚽⚽⚽ GOOAAAL BARÇA!! JORDI ALBA!! (7-2, min 82)?? #BarçaHuesca pic.twitter.com/GC7209iLs6— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) September 2, 2018Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.After scoring Barcelona’s seventh of the game, Alba covered his eyes and blew a kiss to the crowd.“I was dedicating it to my son, who is my happiness every day,” he said.“I’ve been at Barcelona for many seasons and like in the past, I have started well. It depends on him. My return to the national team doesn’t depend on me.”Alba had a difficult period working under Enrique at Barcelona.The left-back was left on the sidelines of Enrique’s final season in charge of the club after the coach switched his formation from a 4-3-3 system to a 3-4-3.Alba added: “I feel very good in every way and I don’t know what the manager will think. The same was I didn’t question when I went, I won’t question it not,”“I don’t have to call anyone to ask for explanations. I never spoke badly about Luis Enrique, nor did I have a bad relationship with him.“My comments in the past can be checked. I never said or thought he was a bad manager, to the contrary. I only said that I wanted to play more minutes.”last_img read more

Valverde expects Madrid to challenge until the end

first_imgBarcelona Coach Ernesto Valverde says Real Madrid are still in contention for the title despite their position on the LaLiga table. Valverde believes Real Madrid will be a major threat until the final game of the season even as they are seven points behind the league leaders. “We consider Real Madrid a candidate for the title for the rest of the season,” he told a news conference via FourFourTwo.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“I know that the differences seem great, but are not, just seven points. They are one of our rivals.”Barcelona will be heading to Getafe on Sunday while Real Madrid will host Real Sociedad in an encounter which will further define their position in the LaLiga. A win could push them closer to Barcelona if the Catalan club draws or loses to Getafe.last_img read more

San Diego History Center and Mesa College open Fashion Redux 90 Years

first_imgSan Diego History Center and Mesa College open ‘Fashion Redux 90 Years of Fashion’ exhibit 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsFashion-forward trends come alive this spring by looking back on 90 years of San Diego fashion.On March 3, 2018, the History Center & Mesa College School of Fashion and Design open the exhibition Fashion Redux: 90 Years of Fashion at the History Center in Balboa Park.The exhibition—free with Give Forward* admission—features historical garments from the History Center’s extensive textile collection paired with garments inspired by history and created by Mesa College fashion students. The exhibition also features a live fashion show in late April 2018.“This is going to be a really fun and informative exhibition,” mentioned Susan Lezear, fashion professor at Mesa College. “Our students are excited to have this kind of exposure and are confident the visitors who see this exhibition will learn something about the fabulous fashion trends that have characterized various eras in San Diego’s past. They will also get an intimate, up-close experience by hearing the stories of the students’ journey from concept to completion.”The exhibition will include an interactive learning space giving visitors the chance to become familiar with fashion techniques and fabrication. A live fashion demonstration station will be activated by San Diego Mesa College students who will provide a glimpse inside their creative process.Programming surrounds the exhibition as well, with the premiere event, the Fashion Redux Grand Reveal, taking place on April 26, 2018 from 6pm-8:30pm. The evening features a chic reception, fashion show of student garments set inside the spacious exhibition, a lecture by fashion expert, Susan Lazear, followed by the announcement of the live voting for the coveted People’s Choice Award.“The History Center’s costume collection includes garments from the late 18th century to the present,” said History Center curator Kaytie Johnson. “Many of the pieces in the collection are singular in that they can be directly attributed to San Diegans, and show lifestyles in San Diego over time.” Allie Wagner, Allie Wagner Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: March 7, 2018 March 7, 2018last_img read more

Volunteers help revamp the Salvation Armys downtown center

first_imgVolunteers help revamp the Salvation Army’s downtown center April 26, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The Salvation Army’s Downtown center was cleaned up this morning with the help of local business and volunteers.KUSI’s Ginger Jeffries has more on Project Beautification Day. KUSI Newsroom Posted: April 26, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Hearst Corporation Acquiring 85 Percent of Homecare Homebase LLC

first_imgHearst will integrate Homecare Homebase into its healthcare group, which is a division of Hearst Business Media. President and CEO of Hearst Corporation, Steven Swartz, rationalizes the deal in a statement by saying, “This investment will expand our commitment to leading the healthcare information industry in an effort to improve the efficiency and affordability of patient care.”Hearst Business media already has significant holdings in the healthcare space with products like Zynx health and MCG. And earlier this year the company named Dr. Justin Graham as its chief innovation officer as a measure to bolster its enterprise in healthcare information technology. The Hearst Corporation has agreed to terms on acquiring 85 percent of Homecare Homebase, LLC. The transaction is expected to close before the end of the year, however terms of the deal have not been disclosed.Homecare Homebase is an information resource hub for healthcare and homecare providers. The company offers several products including training and consultation, but arguably its best asset is its customizable software that allows real-time information sharing.Homecare Homebase CEO, April Anthony, suggests in a statement that the deal will enable her company to continue its growth and evolution.”This new strategic alignment bolsters our position as we move into the future of home delivered services, with a common commitment to the continued development of our current platform and on-going support to provide the most robust, highly-integrated tools available for the home health and hospice industry.”last_img read more

REMINDER After Monday New Years Week Trash Recycling Collection Is Delayed By

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is an important reminder from the Town of Wilmington:Trash and recycling collection on Monday, December 31, 2018 will be picked up as regularly scheduled. Tuesday through Friday pickup will be delayed one day due to the New Year Holiday.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedREMINDER: Due To Memorial Day, Trash & Recycling Collection Is Delayed By One Day This WeekIn “Government”REMINDER: After Monday, Christmas Week Trash & Recycling Collection Is Delayed By One DayIn “Government”REMINDER: Due To Presidents’ Day, Trash & Recycling Collection Is Delayed By One Day This WeekIn “Government”last_img read more

Town Officials Brainstorm Ideas To Fix Emergency Vehicle Obstruction At N Wilmington Station

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Town Manager Jeff Hull updated the public on the town’s latest efforts to address the ongoing issue of trains stopping at the North Wilmington Commuter Rail station on Route 62 and blocking emergency vehicles en route to emergencies.Town officials, including Hull and Selectman Chair Kevin Caira, recently met with State Senator Bruce Tarr, State Representative David Robertson, and others to discuss the matter.Hull stressed the station’s ridership is extremely low, which is affecting MBTA’s desire to fix the situation.“On average, the number of riders inbound is 57 per day and outbound is 85 per day,” said Hull. “This colors MBTA’s approach to dealing to this. With ridership at those levels, I think there’s some trepidation about spending money on upgrades to that area.”Hull outlined two scenarios the town are currently exploring.“Right now, for every scheduled stop, the train does – in fact – come to a complete stop, even if people aren’t trying to onboard or offboard,” explained Hull. “The thought going forward is, when there’s no ridership at the station, for the train to continue to travel through at a slow rate, but not stop. This doesn’t solve the problem, but the train will be impeding travel for a shorter period of time.”Hull and officials are also looking into the Federal Transit Administration’s criteria that governs the requirements to making substantial upgrades when a platform is being redesigned. A redesigned platform could potentially allow trains to sometimes pull through without having to stop across Route 62.“There may be cases with stations like Wilmington’s where the ridership level is so low that there may be some limited upgrades that can be made without triggering a more expansive and expensive upgrade to the whole facility,” noted Hull.Wilmington’s legislative delegation at the State House will provide an update to the town in mid-February.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSELECTMEN NEWS: Town Comes Up With Fix For North Wilmington Commuter Rail StationIn “Government”THIS NEEDS TO STOP: Selectmen Outraged At MBTA As Trains Continue To Block Route 62 In N. WilmingtonIn “Government”SELECTMEN NEWS: Board Grapples With Whether To Eliminate 5 Daily Stops At N. Wilmington Commuter Rail StationIn “Government”last_img read more

Watch Egg smashed on Australian senator Annings head over racist comments on

first_imgAustralian Prime Minister Scott Morrison described Anning’s comments as “appalling” and “ugly” with “no place in Australia”, as he announced a bipartisan motion of censure would be launched.As many as 49 people lost their lives and 48 were injured on Friday (March 15) in the mass shootings at two New Zealand mosques. A youngster smashed an egg on Anning’s head in Melbourne while the senator was speaking with the press.Twitter/@Henry_BelotIndependent Queensland senator William Fraser Anning has hit the headlines yet again after his controversial comments on the real reason behind the New Zealand shootings in two mosques.In a viral video that has been doing rounds on social media, a youngster smashed an egg on Anning’s head in Melbourne while the senator was speaking at a press conference. The incident happened when Anning was talking on camera and the video got captured on cameras. An angry Fraser Anning turned around and punched a young boy after he was egged at the event.Someone has just slapped an egg on the back of Australian Senator Fraser Anning’s head, who immediately turned around and punched him in the face. @politicsabc @abcnews pic.twitter.com/HkDZe2rn0X— Henry Belot (@Henry_Belot) March 16, 2019Later, the boy was taken away by the police and an investigation is underway.A senator from Queensland in Australia, Fraser Anning was globally criticised after blaming Christchurch mosque shooting on increasing immigration into New Zealand. Anning blamed immigrants the reason for the attack. He was slammed for his comments, which also included him saying that the growing Muslim population is behind the bloodshed. In his statement, he said that Islam is a religion equivalent to fascism.last_img read more

Indians again top the chart of foreign investors in Dubai property

first_imgDubaiReutersIndians again topped the list of foreign investors in property  in the Emirates as they bought property worth Rs 42,000 crore in Dubai from January 2016 to June 2017, according to data released by the Dubai Land Department (DLD).The data from the DLD show a jump of Rs 12,000 crore from 2014, when the department recorded Indian buyers investing Rs 30,000 crore that year, the Times of India reported.”For years, Indians have consistently been the most prolific non-GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) buyers of Dubai real estate. From January 2016 to June 2017, they bought property worth more than Rs 42,000 crore in the emirate,” said a statement from Dubai Property Show.Also, apartments were the most preferred property type, with 33 percent share in properties bought. The next top pick was villas at 17 percent. Commercial property stood at 9 percent and lands stood at 6 percent. About 35 percent were not decided when answering the survey questions.According to a report by international property consultant Knight Frank, Indian homebuyers have from 2012 to 2017 seen an overall return of 49.3 percent, the highest in the world.Dubai is one of the most affordable property destinations around, and the strengthening of the Indian currency further pushed the investors to buy more.”The UAE’s safe haven status, stable economic growth and bottomed out prices have been the key factors for attracting Indian realty investments in Dubai. In addition, many Indians find Dubai as their base for business between India and the wider Europe and Middle East,” said Dawood Al Shezawi, CEO, Strategic Marketing & Exhibitions — organiser of the International Property Show in Dubai.Dubai is one of the favourite destinations for the Indians for other reasons as well, like high capital gains, great return on investment, a tax-free environment, and more transparent deals.”The profits on properties in Dubai in the form of rents and resale are high. The Dubai realty market has everything on offer — from high-end luxury to affordable housing, making it a perfect destination for Indian investments. This year’s edition of International Property Show will have some of the best properties on offer, allowing serious Indian buyers to make deals and agreements right at the show,” added Al Shezawi.However, while property prices in Dubai have been attractive for the last few years, prices in London have also plunged after Britain voted to leave the European Union, making London another attractive and realistic market for high-end Indian investors. London PropertyReutersAccording to Parth Mehta, managing director of Paradigm Realty, global investments will skyrocket in 2017 due to the interest of Indian investors and the fundamentals of Dubai and London’s property markets.”With steady growth, the real estate market will pervade every sphere of economic activity. Moreover, friendly bilateral policies and an influx of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) will boost business sentiments,” said Mehta.Reports had suggested in August that Indians are now the second-largest prime Central London Property buyers after overtaking Middle East purchasers driven by a fall in the Gulf investors’ demand due to economic and political uncertainty and a weakening pound in Britain.last_img read more

RMG storehouse catches fire in Gazipur

first_imgA fire broke out in Mosharaf Composit Ltd, a cotton storehouse in Baniarchala area in Gazipur. Photo: Prothom AloA fire broke out at a cotton storehouse of a readymade garments factory in Baniarchala area in Gazipur early Thursday.The fire originated at the storehouse of Mosharaf Composite Limited in the area, said Joydebpur fire service station officer Md Jakir Hossain. On information, six units of fire service from the areas of Joydebpur, Sreepur and Valuka rushed in to put out the fire and are still on work.The reason of the fire is yet to be identified.last_img

Greece wildfires death toll hits 50

first_imgA wildfire rages in the town of Rafina, near Athens, Greece on 23 July. Photo: ReutersFifty people have died and 170 have been injured in wildfires ravaging woodland and villages in the Athens region, as Greek authorities rush to evacuate residents and tourists stranded on beaches along the coast on Tuesday.The death toll soared with a Red Cross official reporting the discovery of 26 bodies in the courtyard of a villa at the seaside resort of Mati.The bodies were entwined and severely burnt, an AFP photographer at the scene said. They appeared to have been caught by the flames trying to reach the sea.The authorities had previously announced 24 deaths and scores of injuries with the majority of casualties found in their homes or cars in Mati, 40 kilometres (25 miles) northeast of the capital.Of the injured, 11 people were in serious condition.Port authorities told AFP they had found four bodies in the sea, including three women and a child who had apparently tried to escape the flames.There were fears the toll may rise further, as people remained unaccounted for.- ‘National tragedy’ -Interior Minister Panos Skourletis said rescue workers were “still searching if there are more missing”.”It’s a national tragedy,” civil protection agency official Ioanna Tsoupra told public broadcaster ERT.By dawn Tuesday, fires were still burning around the capital, while others broke out elsewhere during the night.Authorities were trying to evacuate inhabitants, government spokesman Dimitris Tzanakopoulos said.”Fifteen fires had started simultaneously on three different fronts in Athens”, he said, prompting Greece to request drones from the United States, “to observe and detect any suspicious activity”.Nine coastal patrol boats, two military vessels and “dozens of private boats” assisted by army helicopters were mobilised to help those stuck in the harbour in Rafina, one of the worst affected areas close to Mati.Evacuees were transferred to hotels and military camps, while worried relatives flocked to the area.Police in the town said they found two Danish tourists out of a group of 10 in a boat at sea off the town and were trying to locate the others.Civil protection chief Yannis Kapakis said he had told Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, who cut short a visit to Bosnia to return home, that winds up to 100 kilometres (60 miles) an hour were creating “an extreme situation”.Forecasters said conditions would remain challenging on Tuesday, although showers and falling temperatures were expected in Athens.In the north, more than 300 firefighters, five aircraft and two helicopters were mobilised to tackle the “extremely difficult” situation, Athens fire chief Achille Tzouvaras said.- Children evacuated -Video footage showed inhabitants fleeing the fires by car, with several buildings and homes damaged, as the region of Attica — which includes Athens — declared a state of emergency.”If I hadn’t left, I’d have been burned,” a 67-year-old resident named Maria told AFP.Near the town of Marathon, residents fled to safety along the beach, while 600 children were evacuated from holiday camps in the area.Tsipras said “all emergency forces have been mobilised” to battle fires along at least three fronts.”I am really concerned by the parallel outbreak of these fires,” he said, with officials raising the possibility they could have been started deliberately by criminals out to ransack abandoned homes.Fires are a common problem in Greece during the summer and can be major killers.Fires in 2007 on the southern island of Evia claimed 77 lives.- Sweden battles 27 fires -The Greek government has asked the European Union for help fighting the fires.In recent days, wildfires have also caused widespread damage in northern Europe.Sweden is experiencing an unprecedented drought and the highest temperatures in a century.On Monday, the Nordic nation’s civil protection agency MSB said there were 27 active fires across the country, as temperatures were expected to soar as high as 35 Celsius this week.Several European countries including France, Italy and Germany have sent planes, trucks and firefighters to help tackle the blazes in Sweden, where usual summer temperatures are closer to 23 Celsius.Some 25,000 hectares (62,000 acres) of land has already gone up in smoke or continues to burn — an area twice the size of the city of Paris.At least four of the fires had not been brought under control, MSB said, and weather conditions were unfavourable.- No rain since May -There has been practically no rain since the beginning of May in Sweden.The Forestry Bureau said Monday put the value of the destroyed forests at 900 million kronor (87 million euros, $102 million).Meanwhile in Finland’s northernmost Lapland province, fires have ravaged woods and grassland close to the border with Russia.Norway, which experienced its hottest May temperatures on record, has also seen several small fires, and one firefighter was killed on July 15 trying to contain a blaze.Fires have raged for five days in Latvia, destroying more than 800 hectares in the Baltic state’s western regions.last_img read more

Elderly woman electrocuted

first_imgMap of SatkhiraAn elderly woman has died from electrocution in Patkekghata upazila of Satkhira.The deceased was Aaijan Bibi, 60, lived in Toilkupi village in the upazila.Locals said Ayjan Bibi was cutting mango tree branches on Monday noon with a heaver when it suddenly came in contact with a live electric wire and got electrified.The incident left the woman dead on the spot, said officer-in-charge of Patkelghata police station Rezaul Islam.last_img

If You Want An IUD Take Note Of Trumps New Birth Control

first_img Share Most employers are likely to continue paying for birth control for women. But there are exceptions. Science Photo Library/Getty ImagesThe Trump administration has made a number of changes to health policy in the past two weeks, raising questions about how consumers will be affected. Will the new rules for birth control coverage affect access to an intrauterine device? Might an association health plan help bring down costs for workers at small businesses? And if you’re healthy, doesn’t a short-term health plan that is cheaper than marketplace coverage make sense? Here are some answers to those questions.IUDs are expensive. Will they be unaffordable under the new contraceptive rules announced by the Trump administration? Should people make an appointment to get one now before employers change their minds about coverage? There is probably no need to rush out to your doctor’s office to get an IUD, but you should keep an eye on this issue.Under the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, most health plans are required to cover all methods of birth control approved by the Food and Drug Administration without charging women anything for them. Religious employers and some private employers with strong religious objections are exempt from the requirement, but it’s a pretty limited group. Or it was until the Trump administration issued new rules during the first week of October that open the door for many companies or nonprofit organizations with religious or moral objections to contraception to stop offering it.“These new exemptions are sweeping,” says Adam Sonfield, a senior policy manager at the Guttmacher Institute, a reproductive health research organization. Essentially, any employer will be able to claim an exemption from the birth control coverage requirement, he says, and there are no provisions to appeal it.What is not at all clear, however, is how many employers will take advantage of the new rules. The administration says it expected the number to be small, probably just the companies that had brought suit against the old rules.Even before the ACA passed, many plans covered contraception. They didn’t necessarily cover all FDA-approved methods, however, and women typically had to pay a share of the cost.Several states have laws that protect birth control coverage, says Mara Gandal-Powers, senior counsel at the National Women’s Law Center. Some require that if a plan offers prescription drug coverage, for example, it must cover contraceptives. Others have adopted the ACA rules that require coverage of all FDA-approved methods without cost-sharing. But those laws would not apply to employers that pay their employees’ health care claims directly rather than buy state-regulated insurance.The protection from cost-sharing is key, experts say, especially for highly effective methods like the IUD, which might cost $1,000 upfront.“Even if you’ve met your deductible, if you have 20 percent coinsurance, that’s $200, and for many people, that’s not feasible,” Gandal-Powers says.If your employer does decide to stop providing insurance coverage for contraception, in most cases, plans have to give workers 60 days’ advance notice of the benefit change, giving you time to get that IUD if you decide to.Association health plans, which the Trump administration is encouraging, seem like kind of a good idea. If more small companies band together, won’t that make coverage cheaper? President Trump signed an executive order on Thursday that directs several federal agencies to consider proposing rules that, among other things, would allow more employers to buy health insurance through associations.If you’re young and healthy, getting coverage through an association health plan might indeed be cheaper. But you’ll likely forgo consumer protections that are required for plans sold on the individual and small-group markets, says Kevin Lucia, a research professor at Georgetown University’s Center on Health Insurance Reforms.Plans currently sold in those markets have to cover 10 so-called essential health benefits. Association health plans would likely sidestep that requirement. (However, implementing federal rules for these plans will take the administration some time, so it’s not clear if or when they might be expanded.)“If you don’t cover maternity, mental health or hospitalization, the premiums are going to be lower,” Lucia says.The administration’s press release about the executive order says that employers couldn’t exclude any employees from joining association health plans or “develop premiums based on health conditions.”But association health plans have been known to use many strategies to cherry-pick employers with healthy workforces, Lucia says.“The risk is that each individual small-employer’s rates would be separately determined based on its employees’ medical claims, potentially splitting the market into employers with sicker workers and those whose workers are healthier,” he says.Short-term plans are cheaper than Obamacare plans. If people don’t have pre-existing conditions and are willing to pay the penalty under the law for not having minimum coverage, what’s the downside? Trump’s executive order that encouraged the expansion of association health plans, discussed above, also aims to expand the availability of short-term plans. Under Obama administration rules, the coverage period of short-term plans was limited to less than three months. This executive order proposes to expand that, perhaps to just under a year.In addition to not covering pre-existing conditions, short-term plans often exclude certain types of coverage, such as prescription drugs and maternity, and impose dollar limits on coverage. The maximum out-of-pocket spending limits are often higher than coverage in a marketplace plan too.The potential downside is the possibility that you may develop a medical condition or have an accident that requires expensive medical care while you’re covered under this plan, experts say.“If the reader has a car accident, the insurer wouldn’t renew the policy,” says Timothy Jost, a professor emeritus of law at Washington and Lee University in Virginia who is an expert on health law. “If coverage is terminated, you’re not eligible for a special enrollment period [on the exchange]. So you could just get marooned.”Kaiser Health News is an editorially independent news service that is part of the nonpartisan Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Follow Michelle Andrews on Twitter: @mandrews110Copyright 2017 Kaiser Health News. To see more, visit Kaiser Health News.last_img read more

Cornyn In Sutherland Springs To Discuss Fix NICS ACT

first_img Share Shelby Knowles for The Texas TribuneU.S. Sen. John Cornyn speaks at the Texas State Rifle Association general meeting in Round Rock on Feb. 25, 2017.Senator John Cornyn will be in Sutherland Springs later this morning to discuss the ‘Fix NICS Act’ with church shooting survivors.It’s a bill to strengthen the criminal background check system and ensure convicted felons and domestic abusers can’t illegally purchase a firearm.The bill was signed into law by President Donald Trump last week as part of the government funding bill.26 people were killed in the Sutherland Springs First Baptist Church shooting, this past November.last_img

Scientists discover fractal pattern in Scotch tape

first_img Copyright 2010 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. The findings could help scientists better understand the cause of the X-rays generated from peeled tape, which is thought to be associated with the surface roughness of the tape. Information about the tape’s surface roughness could also be used to explain the maximum emitted photon energy of the tape.The scientists also suggested that, by understanding the tape’s surface roughness after peeling, manufacturers could build in a specific roughness during the production process that could stabilize the adhesion, resulting in tape that can be used multiple times without losing its adhesive properties. Peeling at low velocity results in a rough surface, while peeling at high velocity results in a smoother surface. Scientists found that both surfaces exhibit unexpected fractal scaling properties. Image credit: B. N. J Persson, et al. (PhysOrg.com) — Clear cellophane tape – which can be found in almost every home in the industrialized world – may seem quite ordinary, but recent research has shown otherwise. In 2008, scientists discovered that, when peeled, Scotch tape produces X-rays that are strong enough to image the bones in a human finger. In a new study, scientists have further investigated what happens when clear tape is peeled, and found that the tape’s surface roughness displays a fractal pattern. The findings may lead to a better understanding of the processes involved in peeling, the origin of the X-ray emission, and in the design of better tape that can be reused repeatedly. Citation: Scientists discover fractal pattern in Scotch tape (2010, December 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-12-scientists-fractal-pattern-scotch-tape.html These images show the surface profiles of the adhesive side of peeled tape, obtained with the use of a white-light interferometer. A-D show a smooth surface due to fast peeling, while E-H show a rough surface due to slow peeling. A, B, E, and F are at low magnification, while C, D, G, and H are at high magnification. Image credit: B. N. J. Persson, et al. Explore further More information: B. N. J. Persson, et al. “Surface roughness of peeled adhesive tape: A mystery?” Europhysics Letters, 92 (2010) 46001. DOI: 1209/0295-5075/92/46001 Finding rough spot in surface measurement 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. The study’s authors, Bo Persson from FZ-Julich in Julich, Germany (who was also a coauthor of the X-ray study), Alexander Kovalev and Stanislav Gorb from the University of Kiel in Kiel, Germany, and Matthias Wasem and Enrico Gnecco from the University of Basel in Basel, Switzerland, have published their results in a recent issue of Europhysics Letters.In their study, the scientists used a white-light interferometer as well as an atomic force microscope to look at the tape’s sticky surface after it had been peeled off a hard substrate. They found that slowly peeling the tape leaves behind a rough, white surface on the soft rubber adhesive layer (the white color is due to the large light scattering from the rough surface). On the other hand, peeling the tape more quickly leaves behind a smoother, transparent surface (transparent because there is less light scattering from the smoother surface).In addition, the scientists were surprised to find that both the rough and smooth surfaces exhibited fractal scaling properties over a wide range of length scales, with a fractal dimension that is typical for surfaces produced by crack propagation. The scientists did not expect this result because of the influence of the surface free energy. That is, elastically soft solids such as the tacky rubber adhesive should deform at short length scales in order to reduce the surface free energy. This should result in a much smoother surface at short length scales (or high magnification) than would otherwise be expected. This effect had already been observed in a different context, but could not be detected on the rubber film of the peeled tape.last_img read more

Preserving what matters

first_imgThe Sadharan Brahmo Samaj may not be what it once was but it still runs one of Kolkata’s oldest libraries that continues to enlighten its readers with 25,000 rare tomes, journals, manuscripts  and paintings dating back to the 19th century. With most of the treasure trove in dire need of preservation and restoration, a modernisation drive has been undertaken by the Samaj authorities during 2015. Luminaries of the Bengal Renaissance like Shibnath Shastri, Anandamohan Bose, Nilratan Sarkar, Umesh Chandra Dutta, P C Mahalnobis, Dr Jagadish Chandra Bose, P C Roy and Bipin Chandra Pal contributed to the rare pile of books over the years. But many of these have grown brittle over time. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“The whole process of modernization including digitization of the books has begun but it is an expensive process and we could not do it as quickly as we wanted to for paucity of funds. As for restoration of paintings, three out of 19 have been completed and we plan to get three more restored in 2015”, Biswajit Roy, Library Secretary told Millennium Post.A portrait of Debendranath Tagore, father of Rabindranath Tagore, has been recently restored by art collector and restoration expert Ganesh Pratap Singh. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix“The paintings are of great historical value since they throw light on some of the most gifted and inspiring personalities of the Bengal Renaissance”, says Singh, who recently displayed some of Rammohun Roy’s original letters in the library. Important journals, some of them a mirror of the times, include Tattabodhini, Tattakoumudi, The Indian Messenger, Bharati, Probashi, Sakal, have yellowed but provide scholars of theology, philosophy and history with priceless research material. Books from personal collections of Jagadish Bose, Pearychand Mitra and P Ray have also enriched the library’s rare possessions.Another art de object in possession of the library is a bust of Raja Rammohun Roy which was originally created in marble by the famous sculptor George Clarke. It is known that Rammohun Roy had modelled for Clarke’ when the original was being created. The replica was in possession of the Tagores of Jorasanko and was gifted in 1936 to the library and is still in its possession.The library allows the city’s research scholars and bookworms to read 5 days a week for a few hours every evening. However you can photocopy relevant sections from the books and periodicals at this heritage(founded 1895) institution.last_img read more

Sufi takes a route to Delhi

first_imgSaturday, November 18 will see AR Rahman, along with some other respected names from the music fraternity coming together to perform at Qutub Minar for an evening of Sufi music, poetry, and folk performances. The Sufi Route, by Friday Filmworks, INvision Entertainment and Invloed Matrix, established to encourage and nurture a holistic alternate music experience, is hosting its first ever concert in the Capital. It is bringing to the fore artists such as the magical Sufi singing duo Nooran sisters, the super talented folk and Sufi singer from Bikaner Mukhtiyar Ali, the ever smiling Punjabi Sufi singer Hans Raj Hans, the soulful Sufi singer Dhruv Sangari, well –known poet and lyricist Javed Akhtar, the young and talented lyricist and writer Manoj Muntashir, Urdu poet Kaamna Prasad, and one of the few women story tellers in the oral tradition of Dastangoi, Fauzia Dastango. To add to the magical night, The Whirling Dervish Ceremony from Turkey will also be performing at Sufi Route. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfTo conclude the evening, AR Rahman will be performing at the grand finale.Speaking at The Sufi Route press meet and announcing the festival, Oscar winning music maestro A R Rahman said, “For me, Sufi means destroying the evil in your heart. I am grateful to the organizers for this concert. This is something I cherish very closely. The need of the time is that spirituality and love which Sufi gives should be shared in humanity. “Sufi music is an expression of peace, freedom and diversity. The concert is unlike any other that India has witnessed in a long time, in many aspects. The Sufi Route is the first Sufi festival in India, as an ode to the origins of the genre. It is also the only time in recent memory that two ancient and culturally rich roots of Sufi music – Turkish Tasawuf and Indian Sufism – are blending together on this scale. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe promoters of this ‘music led peace festival’ have designed the event to be age agnostic and welcoming to anyone with an ear for alternative music and poetry. They have also created The Sufi Route to be a travelling, global platform, with plans for Indian artists to have an encore in Turkey in the next edition, followed by concerts in UK and UAE.The tickets are available at insider.in and the festival will go on between 1 pm and 10 pm on November 18.last_img read more

5 Cybersecurity Tools Your Company Should Have

first_img Register Now » Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. February 2, 2017 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals No business, small or large, can afford to ignore cyber security. According to a recent Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report, 60 percent of cyber-attacks target SMBs, largely because they are easier targets.Related: 4 Reasons You Need Developers With Cybersecurity Skills in All Tech TeamsBut you don’t have to be passive. Here are five tools and services which small and medium business can use to protect themselves.1. Get secure office hardware.”In the scramble to secure the cloud, hardware is often overlooked,” says Christoph Schell, president, Americas, HP Inc. “The truth is, if you have 500 employees, it is easier to have one secure cloud structure than it is to secure 500 laptops. Reduce your risk through security-centered device management and proactive practices and policies to engage each employee in the security process.”In addition to creating a secure network, small businesses must select secure hardware and adopt secure protocols to really protect themselves. HP Inc., has developed security software Touchpoint Manager to help companies streamline their protection policy, minimize security vulnerabilities and monitor protected systems.2. Keep spies out of your email.Marketers, lawyers and sales people are widely using email tracking solutions to improve sales and better engage with prospects and current clients. Those solutions are popular in CRM systems as well. But cybercriminals are also using these tools to track the date and time emails are opened, where they are opened, where they are forwarded and so forth.MailControl allows companies to block spymail from hitting their inbox. It is an especially effective tool in preventing targeted phishing attacks from reaching your business.3. Stop ransomware.The most prevalent cyber security risk to small businesses today is ransomware. The FBI estimates that over 4,000 U.S. businesses are infected by ransomware every day.  Ransomware takes control of the files on small business networks by encrypting them and holding them for ransom. The existing tools, like anti-virus, are not effective against the rapidly changing variants.WatchPoint has an easy to use tool, called CryptoStopper, which small businesses can download and install to protect their network. CryptoStopper deploys bait files throughout a network. When these bait files are encrypted, the infected user is isolated, and the ransomware is stopped before doing damage. This is a new and unique approach to stopping ransomware.Related: 6 Reasons Smart Small Business Owners Invest In Security4. Train your employees.One of the most common, and preventable, attacks on small businesses is a social-engineering attack triggered by phishing attempts, improper web use or incoming phone calls. The most current training systems on the market are designed for large enterprises, but some companies set up our solution to help any size business, from those with just a few employees to those with thousands.Security Awareness Training — Security Mentor: Employees aren’t always ready to combat a cyberattack or know when they are being baited into one. Security Mentor has created 10-minute lessons with its Security Awareness Training program. Small businesses will be able to train employees to be aware and alert, while making the right choices in a potential cyber crisis through these brief, online lessons.5. Get SLL for your website.Traditionally, companies have used SSL/TLS certificates (displayed as “https”) only on shopping carts or login pages. This can help, as it encrypts the data being sent between the customer’s computer and the SMB’s web server. Also, if companies use an Extended Validation (EV) certificate, the web browser will display a green padlock and website-address bar, as well as the company’s name next to the website address.Today, though, companies are encouraged to follow what’s known as Always on SSL. This means that the entire website is protected by https, instead of just a couple of pages. This helps protect against modern attacks that seek to steal information when a site visitor browses between secure and not-secure pages.Finally, Dan Hubbard, product CTO of Cloud Security, Cisco Systems, shared some advice. “There are a few things small businesses can do,” he said. First, make sure you have security solutions in place that are proven to detect and stop the majority of malware — and make sure they are deployed at critical points within the company.”Second, in terms of ransomware: Back up your data. If you have a copy of your information that the attackers can’t get to, you are not at their mercy.”Related: 7 Cybersecurity Layers Every Entrepreneur Needs to UnderstandIn sum, you don’t need to do everything, but do something. Attacks happen and small businesses need to pay close attention to cybersecurity because they are increasingly becoming a point of focus for attackers.  5 min readlast_img read more