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Investments by Chinese Companies at US$2 Billion

first_imgThe economic and trade relationship between Jamaica and the People’s Republic of China is very active, with some 15 Chinese companies operating in Jamaica with cumulative investments of US$2 billion.This was disclosed by Counsellor for Economic and Commercial Affairs at the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China, Fan Jianghong, during a news conference regarding the sports cooperation programme with China, held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in Kingston on January 2.“The investments keep growing each month. The two-way trade has more than surpassed what it was in 2017. International development cooperation has reached a new high, as we saw more than 3,000 Jamaicans who have been invited to China on short-term training programmes, which cover a wide range of subjects that are key to Jamaica’s social economic development,” Mr. Jianghong said.Additionally, he cited the scholarships for academic degree programmes and the current three-year technical agreement on sport between both countries as areas of cooperation.Under the current technical agreement, more than 400 Jamaican athletes will travel to China for training over the next three years.The first batch, representing seven disciplines – Synchronised Swimming, Gymnastics, Swimming, Badminton, Women’s Volleyball, Women’s Football and Women’s Basketball – completed 60 days of intense training at specialised facilities across China in the summer of 2018.Also, in January 2018, a contingent of Chinese coaches and administrators came to Jamaica to assess certain national teams and collaborate with local coaches and administrators.In addition, the Chinese government will donate equipment to the seven sporting disciplines.“We see the acceptance and the popularity [of the] programme in Jamaica over the past year. I would like to thank everyone who made this programme successful. As we welcome a new year of 2019, we are very confident that with a concerted effort and closer collaboration together, we can make a lot of things happen to benefit both countries and peoples,” Mr. Jianghong said.last_img read more

Service resumes after pepper spray triggers Montreal metro shutdown

first_imgMONTREAL — Pepper spray unleashed during a fight between two people on a Montreal subway platform forced a major transit shutdown today at the height of the morning rush hour.The incident took place at Champ-de-Mars, a station near Montreal’s city hall and not far from a major hub where three metro lines intersect.The spray forced officials to shut down those three lines to air out the tunnels and nearby stations, stranding thousands of commuters for about half an hour.Regular service resumed at 9 a.m.Montreal police Const. Caroline Chevrefils says about 15 bystanders were affected by the spray, with two requiring attention from paramedics.Police say the target of the attack was a man in his 50s. The suspect, believed to be in his 40s, fled the scene.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Family files lawsuit over Toronto filmmaker Rob Stewarts death in Florida

first_imgMIAMI—The family of Rob Stewart, a Canadian filmmaker and conservationist who died during a shark filming excursion in the Florida Keys, has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit.The lawsuit filed Tuesday in the death of 37-year-old Rob Stewart blames negligence on the companies and individuals who organized the January dive.The lawsuit claims Stewart disappeared while dive organizers were focused on treating his dive companion after both encountered breathing difficulties. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment He also made a 2013 documentary Revolution about environmental collapse and was a wildlife photographer. Unspecified damages are being sought by the lawsuit filed in Broward County, Florida, Circuit Court.Stewart, of Toronto, was diving off the coast of Islamorada, Fla., to film a followup to his 2006 documentary Sharkwater, which examined the impact of shark hunting on the ocean’s ecosystem. Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img Twitter Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

Canadian military flexes High Arctic muscle

first_imgAPTN National NewsOperation Nunalivut is one of the Canadian Forces’ annual exercises in the High Arctic.APTN National News’ Iqaluit team spent the weekend with them and APTN National News reporter Kent Driscoll brings this report from Resolute.last_img

Kochs warm to Trump policies not behaviour

first_imgINDIAN WELLS, Calif. – For the Koch brothers and their powerful donor network, the trouble with President Donald Trump isn’t what he’s doing. It’s how he’s doing it.Huddled at a private retreat in the California desert, the conservative movement’s moneyed elite worried aloud this weekend that the Republican president’s undisciplined behaviour is clouding his achievements — and making it harder for the GOP to protect its grip on Congress heading into the 2018 midterms.“President Trump is not helping get many Republicans elected,” said Tom Shepherd, a Cincinnati-based businessman who joined roughly 550 Koch donors at a private retreat in the California desert this weekend. “I think he’s doing more harm than good because he’s distracting people from the good work which is happening, which is either happening because of him or in spite of him.”The frustration with the unorthodox president comes as the Kochs begin to implement their strategy to protect Republican majorities in the House and Senate this fall.The GOP has no more powerful ally than the vast political and policy network assembled by the Midwestern industrialist icons, long demonized by the left and revered by the right for their short- and long-term efforts to reshape American politics and culture.The Koch network’s chief lieutenants renewed their vow this weekend to spend up to $400 million on politics and policy to shape November’s midterm elections nationwide.That’s more than the combined resources spent by the Republican National Committee, the National Rifle Association and the Chamber of Commerce in the 2016 election cycle.They outlined plans on Monday to spend big on political advertising now through the end of July on as many as 14 key Senate races and 15 gubernatorial elections. Their goal: Flood the airwaves with political messaging early to help shape voters’ opinions long before the election season’s final months.“We need to be on offence starting now,” said Emily Seidel, CEO of the Kochs’ political arm, Americans for Prosperity.She said the network has already decided to play in Senate contests in Wisconsin, Indiana, Missouri and Florida — all seats held by vulnerable Democrats. They expect to be active in many more. And on governor’s races, they’re targeting Nevada, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan and Florida to start.The investment includes $20 million to help sell the recently adopted tax overhaul to a skeptical American public through a series of public rallies, phone banking and paid advertising.Despite the extraordinary investment, the men and women who filled the luxury resort outside Palm Springs for a three-day retreat that ended Monday acknowledged a difficult road ahead.Some blamed history more than the regular distractions from Trump. The party in the White House traditionally struggles in the first midterm election of a new presidency.“It’s a challenge regardless of the president,” said Tim Phillips, president of Americans for Prosperity.But the donors who pledged at least $100,000 this year to the Koch network — there were an estimated 550 on hand this weekend — were less cautious when asked about the president’s leadershipMany opposed his candidacy before the 2016 election. The Kochs refused to endorse Trump, fearing that his style and policies might undermine conservative priorities.“I didn’t support him,” said Frank Baxter, a retired investment banker from California who served as the ambassador to Uruguay under former President George W. Bush. “The results are kind of changing my mind.”Like others, he praised the tax overhaul, Trump’s judicial appointments and regulatory cuts. He added, “I still don’t like what he says or does.”Gary Lynch, whose Iowa livestock business employs roughly 700 people, said he and his business have benefited from the Republican tax overhaul. He said, however, that Trump’s behaviour “doesn’t help” his party promote the benefits of the plan.“He hasn’t got it down yet,” Lynch said of the president, noting that he doesn’t mind Trump’s style personally.Another former Trump critic, North Carolina-based donor Art Pope, said he’s warming to the president as well.“The policies of this administration have really benefited the American people,” Pope said. He’s still worried about the political climate heading into the midterms: “It’s going to be a tough election.”Democrats need to pick up at least 24 seats nationwide this fall to claim the House majority for the last two years of Trump’s first term. Recent Democratic wins in Alabama and Virginia, backed by Trump’s low approval ratings, suggest the GOP is in trouble.When asked about his party’s 2018 prospects, Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., among a handful of elected officials who attended the Koch conference, acknowledged that the House majority is at risk.“I can make the case for losing 18 seats and no more. I can make the case for 28 seats,” he said. “It’s a long ways off. It depends what we do between now and November.”As the White House and Republicans nationwide work to highlight the strong U.S. economy, Trump intensified a weekend feud with the rapper Jay-Z on Twitter.The musician said over the weekend the president’s recent vulgar comments about African countries and Haiti were “disappointing” and “hurtful.”Trump punched back on Twitter, urging his followers to inform Jay-Z that “because of my policies,” unemployment among black Americans is at the “LOWEST RATE EVER RECORDED!”Back at the Koch retreat, prominent Trump donor Doug Deason said he enjoyed the president’s social media habits, which allow him to speak directly to the American people.“I don’t think it helps. I don’t think it hurts,” Deason said.He noted that the Koch network would “spend a lot of money” to ensure the benefits of the tax overhaul aren’t overshadowed by any distractions.“Who gives a crap about Jay-Z?” Deason asked. “I don’t.”last_img read more

Jayalalithaa writes to Modi again on Sri Lanka

Reiterating her demand that India abrogate the 1974 and 1976 agreements with Sri Lanka ceding Katchatheevu, Jayalalithaa urged Modi to take concrete steps to secure the release of the fishermen and boats.Katchatheevu island is located in the narrow sea dividing the two countries. The sea near the islet is said to be rich in marine life, leading to frequent clashes between Indian and Sri Lankan fishermen. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa has urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take steps to secure the release of 15 Indian fishermen and 28 fishing boats from Sri Lankan custody, the Indo-Asian news service reported.In a letter to Modi on September 22 the text of which was released to the media on Wednesday, Jayalalithaa said 15 fishermen in two fishing boats from Nagapattinam fishing base in Tamil Nadu were apprehended by the Sri Lankan Navy on September 21 and taken to Kankesanthurai in Sri Lanka. She said the latest apprehension of innocent and unarmed Tamil Nadu fishermen is to intimidate and prevent them from venturing into their traditional fishing waters in the Palk Bay and in the vicinity of Katchatheevu. “Further, as you are aware, as on date, 26 fishing boats belonging to our fishermen still continue to be in Sri Lankan custody,” Jayalalithaa said. read more

The kids were totally pumped local choir joins Lorde on stage

Donning Adidas track suits and sneakers, thirty-nine current and former members of Bishop Ryan’s BR Xpression backed up pop singer Lorde at Sunday night’s iHeartRadio MMVAs.“They were elated. It was surreal,” said BR Xpression Director and Bishop Ryan Arts Head Dave Tabone. “The kids were totally pumped.”The Hamilton vocal ensemble was chosen from a pool of competitors to perform with the Grammy award-winning artist in Toronto.The opportunity came after a parent discovered that Universal Music Group was looking for a group to join the 20-year-old superstar on stage.Tabone enlisted the help of some students and put together a montage of pictures and videos of the ensemble performing.After they were chosen, Tabone said it was a hard task to whittle down the 200-member group to just 40 students who would close out the show with the singer.Tabone said the students knew they would be performing Lorde’s “Perfect Places” but only found out that they would be standing on the stage front and centre during Saturday’s dress rehearsals.“She was really cool. She is really hands on. We didn’t know we’d be shoulder-to-shoulder,” said Tabone. “She was so happy with them.” read more

Countries urged to make dementia public health priority as UN conference opens

Who is affected? What does it cost? “The aim of the conference is to raise awareness of the socio-economic burden created by dementia, and to highlight that this burden can be reduced if the world collectively commits to placing dementia high on the global public health agenda,” WHO said in its announcement of the two-day conference that is being held at its headquarters in Geneva.The first day of the conference tackled problems ranging from research to care and human rights posed by dementia, which affects some 47 million worldwide, a number that is expected to nearly triple by 2050. The UN independent expert on the enjoyment of all human rights by older persons, Rosa Kornfeld-Matte, in a special intervention on the human rights aspects of the disease, said persons with dementia must have their dignity, beliefs, needs and privacy respected at all stages of the disease. She urged governments worldwide to effectively integrate a human rights-based approach to their global action against dementia.“Persons with dementia, including older persons with this disease, should be able to enjoy their rights and freedoms in any circumstances,” said Ms. Kornfeld-Matte, whose mandate comes directly from the UN Human Rights Council.Dementia – A pubic health priority What are the symptoms? Global action against dementia – What we must do What can help people with dementia? What are the challenges? “I call on all States and other stakeholders to effectively adopt a human rights-based approach when addressing dementia,” she said.WHO risk communications expert Gaya Gamhewage, who moderated one of five panels today, asked the audience to count to four.“One thousand one, one thousand two, one thousand three, one thousand four,” Dr. Gamhewage counted out loud and said in that amount of time, “Another person was diagnosed with dementia.”According to WHO, dementia is “a syndrome that affects memory, thinking, behaviour and ability to perform everyday activities – usually of a chronic or progressive nature. Dementia is overwhelming not only for the people who have it, but also for their caregivers and families. There is a lack of awareness and understanding of dementia in most countries, resulting in stigmatization and barriers to diagnosis and care.”Dementia is caused by a variety of diseases and injuries that primarily or secondarily affect the brain, such as Alzheimer’s disease or stroke, and there is no treatment currently available to cure dementia or to alter its progressive course.Two people living with dementia, Hilary Doxford, who did not get a diagnosis for seven years, and Michael Ellenbogen, who had already lost his job by the time he received his diagnosis, appealed to governments about the need for earlier and correct diagnoses.Ms. Doxford and Mr. Ellenbogen were joined by Sona Bari, who was a caregiver for her mother who has dementia, in raising the urgent need for governments to think long term and make dementia a public health priority.Tomorrow, the conference will focus on how “to collectively move the global dementia agenda forward.” read more

Number of doctors opting for early retirement doubles amid pension clampdown

The number of GPs claiming their NHS pension on voluntary early retirement grounds increased from 198 in 2007-08 to 721 in 2016-17, while the number retiring on ill health grounds rose from 12 to 63 over the same period.Dr Rob Harwood,  chairman of the British Medical Association’s consultants committee, said: “These figures are concerning but certainly not surprising for doctors working in understaffed and under-resourced hospitals across the country.“Given the combined pressures of mounting demand, unmanageable workloads and widespread gaps in rotas, it is to be expected that doctors may ultimately choose to leave the profession early. What is most worrying, however, is the six-fold rise in those retiring early due to ill-health.”John Kell, Head of Policy at the Patients Association, said: “Patients will want to see reassurance in the forthcoming ten year plan for the NHS that there will be an adequate clinical workforce to care for them in the future. The mounting pressures on the NHS are taking a high toll on the doctors we currently have.”A Department of Health and Social Care spokesman said:   “There are near-record numbers of NHS doctors working tirelessly to make sure patients get excellent, safe care and we are committed to supporting them in the workplace. To help them balance work-life commitments, we are expanding flexible working schemes and e-rostering, and to ensure the NHS has the doctors it needs now and in the future we are increasing training places by 25 per cent.” The number retiring on ill health grounds rose from 12 to 79 over the same period.The figures show that in total, 27 per cent of hospital doctors who retired in 2017/18 did so before pension age – a rise form 14 per cent a decade before.And five per cent of retirements in 2017/18 were on grounds of ill-health, compared with 1 per cent in 2007/08.The figures were released to The BMJ by the NHS Business Services Authority in response to a freedom of information request.Overall, the number of hospital doctors choosing to take their pension rose by a fifth over the period, the figures show. Meanwhile, the total number working in the NHS rose by 21 per cent.It follows figures showing a more than tripling in the number of GPs choosing early retirement. These figures are concerning but certainly not surprising for doctors working in understaffed and under-resourced hospitalsDr Rob Harwood Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The number of hospital doctors opting for early retirement has doubled in the past decade, NHS figures show.The trend comes along side a clamp down on pensions, which cap the amount savers can amass without being taxed from £1.8m in 2012 to £1 million.Medics blamed stress, and said they were increasingly overloaded, with the statistics also showing a rising numbers taking their pension early on grounds of ill-health.The research shows the number of hospital doctors claiming their NHS pension on voluntary early retirement grounds increased from 164 in 2007/08 to 397 in 2017/18. read more

Free Masterclass on mining finance in London

first_imgIn an admirable move to try and help those in London who work in the financial sector in particular who have to deal with mining matters, MinSouth (London and Southern Counties Minerals Industries Institute), in conjunction with the Association of Mining Analysts and corporate law firm Simmons & Simmons has been conducting a series of free ‘Masterclasses’ in mining technology and mining finance for those who do not have a mining sector background. The next Masterclass will be held at Simmons & Simmons in the City of London on December 8 and will deal with what is probably the most important factor facing the industry at the current time – Mining Finance.  Finance is now the most pressing factor in the development of mines. During this decade debt and equity finance have been the driving force in financing mines and exploration. Although the current climate makes this route difficult the demand for metals and minerals is still strong and commodity prices are still factorially higher than a few years ago. This masterclass will examine investment options for the mining sector. It will, in an informed yet informal way, examine the present world-wide financial crises. The class will be led by five experts in the financing of mining projects who will illustrate the options now available to those companies in the process of exploration and development.These experts will include executives from financial institutions whose expertise include debt financing, equity financing, private placements and other more innovative forms of finance.The presentations will not only focus on UK funds but also on foreign investment funds.  Each of the experts will give an overview of their financial market and offer suitable advice for companies  developing projects. Leading the masterclass is Nick Williams, Partner at Simmons & Simmons. He has many years of experience advising on project agreements and how getting them right is critical to raising finance.The Masterclasses are designed to illuminate technical and financial subjects in the mining sector and are presented by experts in their field.  They are free to attend for those who have a professional interest in mining technology and finance, although the class size is limited by the size of the auditorium.  Lunch will follow the presentations and a Q&A session.Registration forms are available on the http://www.minsouth.org.uk/ website.last_img read more

Revenue extends deadline for filing property tax returns online until Friday

first_imgTHE REVENUE COMMISSIONERS has this evening said it has extended the deadline for filing your Local Property Tax return online to 5pm on Friday.This follows what Revenue said was “the exceptional level of filing over the last two days and unprecedented volume of calls to the LPT helpline”.There have been 250,000 returns filed since Monday and over 70,000 calls to the helpline from people looking to file their return for 2014 by the deadline, which had been today if filing online.As of 5pm this evening, Revenue said that in total 870,000 returns have been filed for next year.The helpline for the local property tax will remain open from 8am until 8pm today and tomorrow and from 8am on Friday until the deadline at 5pm.Revenue added that any taxpayer who has submitted a “genuine query” by email, letter or voicemail to the helpline regarding their 2014 return and before the filing date will be treated as having complied with the requirements.“For this treatment to apply however, they must file their return promptly when the query is resolved,” Revenue added.Earlier: Today is the deadline for registering to pay property tax onlineRead: Your questions about the local property tax answeredRevenue: We assumed that people would be somewhat familiar with the conceptslast_img read more

The new Gmail for the web iOS and Android is here

first_imgMany were surprised to see that Gmail was not on the massive list of products Google updated during their recent I/O developer conference. It looks like Gmail was up for a refresh after all, but Google chose to give it a stage of its own.Google’s popular email client is a difficult thing to change all at once. Email is one of those things that people think they really would prefer stay exactly the same… until they see something better. As a result, most of Google’s changes to Gmail offer the ability to revert back to previous designs for a period of time.This latest update is across the entire platform, affecting the web version of the apps as well as the mobile versions for iOS and Android simultaneously. Reverting back from this update isn’t a likely option for long, though it is hard to see these new changes as anything but positive.If you can rely on Gmail for anything, it’s correctly filtering your messages. Spam emails in particular, but also personalized message filters work with incredible accuracy on Gmail. Google wants to add a layer of context to Gmail, and break your inbox up into relevant tabs. You can view your entire inbox if you choose, but you can also sort by categories now.If you’re a heavy social networker who hasn’t already disabled every kind of email notification from your network of choice, you can now sort all of those messages in one place. Promotions from places like LivingSocial or Google Offers, where you know you get them every day but don’t really need to see them every day, get sorted into a different category. There are several options to choose from, and you can align them as tabs across the top of your Gmail to use as you see fit.Google makes sure that you can revert back to any other inbox style you wish, but lets the rest of us know that soon you’ll see a gear menu in your Gmail that will allow you to configure your Gmail tabs as you see fit. That configuration will sync with your iOS and Android Gmail clients, and allow for new organization across your entire email experience.last_img read more

VIDEO Watch Wilmingtons 2018 Year In Review

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — In 2018, Wilmington Community Television produced more than 520 unique pieces of content, from Selectmen and School Committee Meetings to Veterans & Memorial Day Ceremonies, from school events like WHS Graduation, Scholarship Night and Promenade to happenings at the Library, Senior Center and Town Museum.WCTV recently put together a brief year-in-review, highlighting some of the station’s best event coverage from 2018.Watch the 12-minute video below:——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… RelatedVIDEO: You Can Now Livestream WCTV On Your RokuIn “Videos”News & Notes From WCTV: WCTV Executive Director Shaun Neville Answers YOUR QuestionsIn “Community”WCTV News & Notes: Registration Now Open For Popular Weekend Youth ProgramIn “Community”last_img read more

The 10 best vacuums to use for kitchen cleanup

first_img Most kitchens have hard floors, whether it’s wood, tile, or linoleum, so you need a vacuum that does well on these types of surfaces. Luckily, there’s the Spiffy Maid Bagless Broom Vacuum from Fuller Brush, which will blow you away with its ability to pick up dirt, dust, hair, and more off hard floors. Reviewers say it has amazing suction and is incredibly lightweight and easy to use. Notable Amazon customer review: “This is the perfect lightweight vacuum, electric broom, whatever you want to call it. I have a Dyson and it’s a great vacuum but it does not work well on tile floors. Others may disagree but mine have little grooves in the detailing and it just didn’t do the job. This Fuller product is awesome, it picks up EVERYTHING in it’s [sic] path.” Post a comment Tags $98 at Amazon Already have a vacuum that you like? You might not want to spend too much on a supplementary cleaning tool, and in this case, the Black+Decker Handheld Vacuum is the perfect fit. It costs less than $30, and it’s the ideal compact tool for cleaning up spills around the house. It even comes with a brush and crevice tool to help you get into the little nooks and crannies in your kitchen. Notable Amazon customer review: “I feel so silly for not purchasing this sooner!!! I have two toddlers that throw crumbs and food everywhere at every meal time. It was such a pain having to pull out the big vacuum after every meal time because my toddlers would always get in the way or try to play with the cord, so I just needed something small and cordless that would pick up the crumbs quickly and this does exactly what it was intended to!” Dyson Shark This little vacuum is absolutely perfect for kitchen cleanup. The Shark Wandvac weighs just one pound, and it comes with a convenient docking station that you could put under your sink or even on the counter. It may be small, but it delivers powerful suction to pick up both big and small debris, and then you can empty it with the push of a button.  Notable Amazon customer review: “Initially, I scoffed at the idea of spending $100 on a souped-up dustbuster, but as long as this unit lasts, it is worth it. I love the fact that this is super light and has excellent suction. I love the attachments. I love the super easy charging station, and that it only needs 2.5 hours to fully charge. I love the easy dump one button dirt canister. This hand vac literally has many, many uses around the house.” 6. A lightweight vacuum that excels on hard floors: Fuller Brush Spiffy Maid Bagless Broom Vacuum Cleaner $179 at Walmart $224 at Amazon Fuller Brush Co. If your family is always tracking dirt through the kitchen, you can keep the floors looking pristine with the help of a robotic mop. Despite sounding really fancy, the iRobot Braava isn’t at the highest end of the price spectrum. It can do wet and damp mopping, as well as dry sweeping. It acts just like a robot vacuum, navigating around obstacles and getting into corners — your kitchen floor will be cleaner than ever before!Notable Amazon customer review: “I don’t normally fall in love with an object so quickly (or any objects for that matter), but Mr. Cleanie (aka my iRobot Braava) is the best thing I’ve ever bought. He is like having a new pet that cleans up. We have vinyl wood floors and he glides over them, goes around table legs, goes underneath beds, couches and dressers. Best thing I’ve done for helping me around the house in the longest time. I wish I hadn’t waited so long.” Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. The Shark Navigator is a top-rated canister vacuum among reviewers thanks to its light weight, HEPA filter, powerful suction, and lift-away canister. Its many features make it a versatile cleaning tool, and if you’re in the market for a new vacuum to use in the kitchen and beyond, this product should definitely be on your short list. Notable Amazon customer review: “This Shark is a very powerful, compact, and maneuverable vacuum! It pulls more crud out of my carpets than any other vacuum I’ve ever used. The rotating beater bar pulls the unit through even very plush carpets with ease — very similar to the feel of a self-propelled mower.” 4. A super affordable handheld vacuum: Black + Decker Handheld Vacuum 2Ah 3. A robotic mop to keep your floors immaculate: iRobot Braava Jet 240 Robot Mop 5. A wet-dry vacuum for hard floors and carpets: Bissell CrossWave Floor and Carpet Cleaner with Wet-Dry Vacuum Miele $699 at Amazon Kitchen messes happen, whether it’s a spilled bowl of cereal, dropped bag of flour, or broken plate. These little disasters are inevitable, and while you could just use a dustpan and broom to sweep them up, you can make the task a lot faster and easier with the help of a top-rated vacuum. There are a variety of vacuums available today that are perfect for kitchen messes — some are compact enough to store under the sink, while others can tackle both wet and dry spills at the same time. No matter your needs, one of the following vacuums, all of which get top marks from Amazon reviewers, is sure to be a welcome addition to your kitchen. Read: Roomba gets an upgrade and a new floor mopping sidekick(While these vacuums are loved by many, no product is perfect, so make sure you take a look at some of the negative reviews as well to see what potential problems you might run into.)Disclosure: CNET may get a share of the revenue if you buy anything featured on our site. $270 at Walmart $126 at Amazon If you’re tired of using vacuums with mediocre suction, it might be time to upgrade to a high-end model like the Miele Electro+ Canister Vacuum, which is one of the best overall vacuums available today. It has adjustable suction control, a five-height carpet brush head, a specialized hard floor head, a HEPA filter, and more. Yes, the price is up there, but if you’re ready to retire your old vacuum and upgrade to a new one that you can use all around the house, this product is worth the investment. Notable Amazon customer review: “It is amazing — my carpets have never been so clean! I actually like vacuuming now, and it’s so quiet, the cat doesn’t freak out and hide when I turn it on. If you are on the fence, like I was, get it! You won’t regret it.” Share your voice Bissell 8. A unique v-shaped vacuum for hard floors: Bissell Hard Floor Expert Corded Stick Vacuum Cleaner Eufy Modern robot vacuums models are incredibly efficient and much more affordable than they used to be. In particular, people love the budget-friendly eufy BoostIQ RoboVac, which has a short 2.85-inch height that allows it to clean underneath most furniture, including couches and coffee tables. It can run for up to 100 minutes per charge, and it will keep your kitchen floor spotless without you having to move a muscle. Notable Amazon customer review: “I don’t consider my house clean unless the floors are spotless. With 2 dogs and 2 cats (one of whom sheds enough to knit a sweater each year), my house rarely meets my own unattainable standards. Eufy gets me close.” iRobot Appliances Black and Decker Bissell CrossWave Floor and Carpet Cleaner with Wet-Dry Vacuum $55 at Walmart 0 Shark This vacuum might look a little funky at first glance, but the V-shaped brush head is actually pretty smart. The Bissell Hard Floor Expert Stick Vacuum uses its unique shape to trap debris in its path, and it makes it easier to clean in crevices and around furniture. However, as you may have guessed by its name, this vacuum is designed for use on hard floors — great for the kitchen, but maybe not so much for other areas of the house. Notable Amazon customer review: “This thing sucks up every last dang thing on your floor.” When it comes to cordless vacuums, no one can really compete with Dyson. The Dyson V10 Absolute has it all — up to an hour of run time, a wide variety of attachments, a wall-mounted docking station, and more. It’s lightweight and powerful, making it ideal for cleaning up small messes, and its soft roller head will pick up even the finest particles off of your kitchen floor. Notable Amazon customer review: “The V10 Absolute doesn’t disappoint. While it’s weird to get used to holding this tiny piece of machinery, it really does an amazing job. I vacuumed with my Dyson floor vacuum first and then with the V10, it was incredible how much dog fur it still picked up! I was pretty grossed out to be honest, to think I lived in this atmosphere for this long ‘thinking’ it was clean is nuts!” 10. One of the best overall vacuums you can buy: Miele Electro+ Canister Vacuum 7. A slim robotic vacuum to clean under furniture: Eufy BoostIQ RoboVac 11S $140 at Amazon 9. A powerful vacuum with a lift-away canister: Shark Navigator Upright Vacuum with Lift-Away Handheld HEPA Filter This post was written by Camryn Rabideau. $500 at Walmart Where has this vacuum been all our lives?! With the Bissell CrossWave, you can mop up wet messes and suck up debris at the same time — ideal for cleaning up cereal spills and other kitchen mishaps. You can use it on tile, hardwood, carpet, linoleum, and more, and the best part it that it’s surprisingly compact and easy to stash in the closet, unlike many other carpet cleaners. Notable Amazon customer review: “My Crosswave just arrived today and I was on my way out but decided to stay home as I was excited to try it out. We have a large area consisting mostly of wood but have some tile and marble areas. What a breeze it was not having to use different cleaning products and mops and I could just go right through the house on different surfaces without even vacuuming.” $29 at Walmart 1. One of the best cordless vacuums out there: Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute Bissell 2. A compact hand vacuum to store under the sink: Shark Wandvac Handheld Vacuumlast_img read more

AFD overruns budget points to 7 uptick in calls

first_imgThe Anchorage Fire Department is expecting a substantial budget shortfall.Photo by Daysha Eaton, KSKA – AnchorageDownload AudioFire Chief Dennis LeBlanc told the assembly’s Public Safety Committee today he anticipates AFD will go $650,000 dollars over its projected 2015 budget . That is a variance of 0.7 percent on the Department’s $93 million budget, which many criticized as underfunding certain operations under the administration of Dan Sullivan.One reason for the overruns is positive: AFD bucked expectations and filled several open positions they’d forecasted to stay empty.“It’s a good thing,” said LeBlanc, “it means the bodies are there.”But another share of the cost overruns come from a higher-than-anticipated call volume.“We have responded seven percent more times this year–year to date–than we did last year,” LeBlanc explained. “Last year we did about 31,000 runs.”He attributes the bump in part to Anchorage’s aging population.But he also spent a large chunk of time unpacking the numbers behind the city’s problems with Spice, which exploded this summer.From July 15th through November 17th, 13 percent of the emergency medical calls–873 out of 6,681–have been flagged as spice related. And many of them have necessitated extreme medical interventions, like 32 field intubations.LeBlac says one man has been delivered to area hospitals 21 times for medical emergencies connected to Spice. An ambulance transport costs between $750 and $950, depending on the personnel staffing a particular call.There’s been a drop in Spice related cases the last few days, but LeBlanc attributes it mostly to the cold weather. “It’s alive and well,” he said of Spice during his presentation, shortly after mentioning calls that had gone out earlier in the day.As for the budget, LeBlanc said he’d successfully lobbied the mayor’s office and the Assembly earlier in the week for more money in the year ahead, and anticipates coming in below target for 2016.“Even if it’s a penny,” he laughed. LeBlanc also hinted at savings through more disciplined Department spending.The Assembly is set to discuss the 2016 budget at it’s meeting on Tuesday.last_img read more

Thailand urged to help Rohingyas avert new wave of boatpeople

first_imgRohingyaThailand faced mounting calls on Thursday to stop pushing migrants back out to sea amid fears an exodus of Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar could spark a new wave of boatpeople.Fighting in Myanmar’s northern Rakhine state has forced about half a million Rohingya to seek refuge in neighbouring Bangladesh since August, prompting concerns they could be targeted by people smugglers and human traffickers.Rohingya Muslims, who are denied citizenship in Buddhist-majority Myanmar, have been fleeing strife for decades.Neighbouring Thailand was a popular transit route by boat and land until a 2015 Thai police crackdown led to ships full of migrants being abandoned at sea.“Thailand urgently needs to set a regional example by adopting humane refugee policies,” said Audrey Gaughran from Amnesty International as the group released a report accusing Thai authorities of failing to protect refugees.“Instead of callously repelling people fleeing unimaginable horrors, the Thai government should ensure safe passage for those seeking international protection in Thailand,” said the global issues director.Campaigners say the Rohingya are likely to start travelling after the monsoon in late November when the water is calmer.Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said last month his government is “preparing to receive” people fleeing Myanmar and send them back “when they are ready”.But the Internal Security Operations Command (ISOC), a military unit dealing with national security, recently told local media it would continue to prevent refugees from entering Thailand. The ISOC did not reply to a request for comment.In an open letter this week, campaign group Fortify Rights urged Thailand to abandon its “push back” policy.“Thailand’s leaders should be doing all they can to stem the violence in Myanmar and prepare to provide protection to refugees fleeing the attacks,” executive director Amy Smith said.Thailand does not recognise the status of any refugees or recognise the Rohingya as legitimate migrant workers.last_img read more

A closer look at the molecular mechanism that switches control of activation

first_img © 2019 Science X Network Credit: RIKEN 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: A closer look at the molecular mechanism that switches control of activation of eIF2 by eIF2B (2019, May 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-05-closer-molecular-mechanism-eif2-eif2b.html Impaired energy metabolism linked with initiation of plaques in Alzheimer’s brain Cells continuously undergo a process known as translation in which ribosomes in cytoplasm synthesize proteins after transcription of DNA to RNA. But sometimes, this process is interrupted by an external event. Such events are known as stress—exposure to ultraviolet light is one common example. The researchers note that translation uses a lot of energy, thus it makes sense for cells to shut it down when a stress event occurs—it saves energy and reduces the chances of errors in the proteins that are synthesized.Prior research has shown that when a cell “senses” stress, the translational initiation factor eIF2 is phosphorylated. Under normal circumstances, eIF2 is activated by eIF2B, another translational initiation factor. But when the cell is under stress and eIF2 is phosphorylated, the function of eIF2B is inhibited, preventing translation. Scientists have been working to understand the molecular mechanism involved in discontinuation of translation due to stress, but the means of activation of eIF2 by eIF2B is still unknown. In this new effort, the researchers have found a way to look inside the cell nucleus to see what actually happens as syntheses of proteins ceases during stress.The researchers observed the structure of both eIF2 and eIF2B using cryo-electron microscopy. Doing so showed that the orientation of eIF2 as it was bound to eIF2B differed greatly depending on whether eIF2 had been phosphorylated. They also found that eIF2B had a two-fold symmetric structure and that the phosphorylation of eIF2 could be considered a mechanism that not only prevented the activation of phosphorylated eIF2, but also prevented the activation of other translational initiation factors.center_img A team of researchers at the RIKEN Center for Biosystems Dynamics Research in Japan has developed a tool to prevent neurogenerative diseases. They have demonstrated a way to observe the molecular mechanism that switches control of activation of eIF2 by eIF2B when a cell undergoes stress. In their paper published in the journal Science, the group describes their use of cryo-electron microscopy to better understand what happens to cells that are exposed to stress. Explore further Journal information: Science More information: Kazuhiro Kashiwagi et al. Structural basis for eIF2B inhibition in integrated stress response, Science (2019). DOI: 10.1126/science.aaw4104last_img read more

Live News traffic and weather updates for North Staffordshire South Cheshire on

first_imgHello and welcome to StokeonTrentLive’s breaking news service bringing you all the latest updates from Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire on Wednesday, January 23. Our team of reporters will be updating this live service with all the latest on the traffic and travel and weather updates – as well as news and entertainment through the day. We’ll be bringing you the very latest updates in our live news feed below. For the latest news and breaking news visit www.stokeontrentlive.co.uk Get all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you. Follow us on Twitter @SOTLive – the official Sentinel account – real news in real time. We’re also on Facebook – your must-see news, features, videos and pictures throughout Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire. Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive . 19:39Accident in ClaytonNorthwood Lane partially blocked, slow traffic due to accident at Leaswood Place.18:40Accident on Sandon BankSalt Lane partially blocked, slow traffic due to accident at B5066. 18:39Accident near Festival ParkA53 Cobridge Road partially blocked due to accident near Festival Heights Retail Park. Traffic is coping well. 18:38Police called to report of drone near Birmingham AirportPolice located a vehicle and the drone was found. More here.17:31Slow traffic on A500Slow traffic on A500 D Road in both directions at A53 Etruria Road (Basford Roundabout).Traffic is slow in both directions in patches however police confirm there have not been any reports of any incidents. 16:33Cheshire East to grit all routes from midnightGritters will be out on key routes across Cheshire East from midnight.A Cheshire East Council spokesman said: “Due to an update from the Met Office we will be gritting all gritting routes throughout Cheshire East from midnight.”16:12Live: Five mile queues due to broken down lorry on M6Delays of more than an hour are reported. More here.16:03Delays of more than an hour on the M6A Highways England spokesman said:There are currently delays of over an hour on the M6 northbound in Staffordshire between J14 near Stafford and J15 near Stoke-on-Trent due to an HGV which has had a tyre blow out.2 lanes (of 3) are currently closed.Please allow extra time for your journey should you be travelling in the area this afternoon.” 15:41Police carry out operation to crack down on rural crime in MoorlandsThree police forces launched an operation to tackle rural crime on the border of Staffordshire, Derbyshire and Cheshire. More here.15:41Police launch manhunt for wanted man – and advise public not to approach himAnyone who sees him should call police immediately on 999. More here.15:36M6 down to one laneA CMPG spokesman said: “Delays M6 North between junction 14 and 15 because of a HGV with a puncture that will require changing prior to moving off. Down to one lane. Please find alternative route, possibly A34 through Stone.”13:13Teenager, 14, reunited with bike as hunt for thieves continues (Image: Paul Pickard.)A bicycle that was stolen in South Cheshire during a robbery on Monday has now been returned to its owner.The black Carrera Vengeance mountain bike was taken from a 14-year-old boy on a footpath in Macon Way, Crewe, on Monday night. Cheshire Police issued an appeal to local residents to help find the bike, which has now been returned back to the young teen. Read more.12:53M6 slow Slow traffic on M6 Southbound between J15 A500 D Road (Stoke-On-Trent) and M6 (Stafford Services). In the roadworks area. Stafford Services is located between J15 and J14. 12:42Smallthorne delaysMoorland Road busy but moving at A5272 High Lane / A5272 Hanley Road / Bank Hall Road (Smallthorne Roundabout).12:34Bucknall RoadBucknall Road inbound busy but moving from A52 Leek Road (Lime Kiln Traffic Lights) to Hanley Town centre.12:16HilderstoneB5066 in both directions blocked due to broken down lorry at Dingle Lane. A lorry has become stuck at the junction as there is a closure of Sandon Lane through Hilderstone and it cannot turn around. Traffic trying to divert down single track lanes is now stuck as a result.11:46Man dies after being hit by car in StaffordshireA man has died after being involved in a collision with a car in Staffordshire last night.The man – who has not been identified – was on Horninglow Road, in Burton, when he was involved in the incident shortly after 10.30pm yesterday (January 22).Paramedics were unable to save the man’s life.Read more.11:41Longport trafficHeavy traffic on Brownhills Road / Davenport Street / Newcastle Street between A500 (Porthill Bank) and Tunstall. Travel time is five minutes.11:12A34 updateA34 Newcastle Road clear between Springfield Retail Park and A500 D Road (Hanford Interchange). 10:59Woman, 34, due before court facing drug offencesA 34-year-old woman is due to appear before magistrates in Newcastle accused of possessing a class A drug with intent to supply.Stacey Doolan, of Beckton Avenue in Tunstall, was arrested yesterday (January 22) after police officers searched a property in the town.Read more.10:43Met Office issues weather warning for ice in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire (Image: Getty)The Met Office has issued a Yellow weather warning for ice overnight as temperatures look set to drop below zero.The warning – in place between 6pm and 11am – covers Stoke-on-Trent, Newcastle, the Staffordshire Moorlands and the Stafford borough.It comes as forecasters predict the mercury could plummet as low as -3 °c in the early evening in the Moorlands and -1 ° c in Stoke-on-Trent and Stafford.Read more.10:43B5066 Hilderstone B5066 in both directions blocked due to broken down lorry at Dingle Lane. A lorry has become stuck at the junction as there is a closure of Sandon Lane through Hilderstone and it cannot turn around. Traffic trying to divert down single track lanes is now stuck as a result. 10:06M6 in CheshireM6 Northbound lane closed on entry slip road, heavy traffic due to broken down vehicle at J17 A534 Old Mill Road (Sandbach / Crewe). In the roadworks area. Lane one (of two) is closed as you head from the traffic lights to join the motorway. 09:33Stramshall accidentStramshall Road partially blocked due to accident, a car into a tree involved in High Street.09:13Werrington Queuing traffic on A52 Werrington Road Westbound between the Windmill pub (Werrington, Stoke-on-Trent) and Corneville Road (Bucknall, Stoke-on-Trent). In the roadworks area. Temporary lights causing delays.09:13Bucknall RoadHeavy traffic on Bucknall Road inbound from A52 Leek Road (Lime Kiln Traffic Lights) to Hanley Town centre. Travel time is five minutes. 09:03Trent Vale trafficUsual congestion on A34 Newcastle Road between Springfield Retail Park and A500 D Road (Hanford Interchange). Travel time is four minutes.08:56Homeless man dies behind city centre museum (Image: Stoke Sentinel)A rough sleeper has died behind a city centre museum – just days after being given emergency supplies.Paramedics revealed they were called to Warner Street, behind the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery at around 8.30am yesterday (January 22).Read more.08:51Etruria Road, Newcastle Queuing traffic and traffic heavier than normal on A53 Etruria Road Eastbound between A52 Ryecroft (Newcastle) and A500 D Road (Basford Roundabout, Etruria, Stoke-on-Trent). No reported accidents or incidents heading towards Basford Bank. 08:20Broken down vehicleOne lane closed due to broken down vehicle on M6 Northbound between J12 A5 (Gailey) and J13 A449 (Stafford South). Traffic is coping well. Lane one (of four) is closed.last_img read more

Iceland Cambodia battle overtourism with new tax restrictions

first_imgIceland, Cambodia battle over-tourism with new tax & restrictions REYKJAVIK — Iceland, already known for being an expensive destination, is considering a new tourist tax that would limit the impact of over-tourism.According to The Star, the country’s government is considering ways of raising taxes in the tourism sector, which include a special licence required for bus companies and tour operators and increasing the existing levy on hotel rooms.The country is experiencing a surge in visitors – up from 490,000 in 2010 to 2.3 million in 2016 – thanks in large part to the popular TV series ‘Game of Thrones’. Considering that Iceland’s total population is less than 340,000, the country simply cannot keep up with tourist demand.Tourism Minister Kolbrun Reykfjord Gylfadottir said in a recent interview that “all of us have to be careful not to become victims of our own success.” She said that overcrowding may harm natural treasures like the Blue Lagoon and Jokulsarlon, and that “if we allow more people into areas like that, we’re losing what makes them special.”More news:  TRAVELSAVERS welcomes Julie Virgilio to the teamA new tax will not go over well with tourists, who already face steep prices when visiting Iceland. Taking a taxi from the airport to the city centre costs about $150, while the cost of alcoholic beverages is twice as much as in other European destinations.Facing a similar situation is Cambodia, which says over-tourism is damaging the infrastructure of the Angkor temple complex, its most famous attraction. The Telegraph reports that the hill at Phnom Bakheng has become so overwrought with tourists during sunsets that Aprasar’s Tourism Management Agency will restrict the area to a maximum 300 visitors at any one time.Phoeun Sophoan, the president of the Agency, told Agence Kampuchea Presse that the organization has arranged alternative places for tourists to see the sunset on the hill without actually going up to the temple. Tags: Cambodia, Iceland Friday, March 17, 2017 Posted bycenter_img Share Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Hospital registers fewer child abuse cases

first_imgNational Children’s Hospital officials announced this week that cases of child abuse showed a slight decrease in the first quarter of 2012, although they emphasized that more needs to be done to combat the problem.Rodolfo Hernández, director of the medical center, explained that last year that hospital received an average of seven cases of child abuse per day, a number that had decreased to 5.8 in the first three months of 2012.Hernández noted that in 2011, the National Children’s Hospital launched a campaign against abuse that was supported by the Costa Rican Electricity Institute, the Bank of Costa Rica and private sector firms.According to Social Security System statistics, child abuse cases registered at the hospital include – in order of prevelance – negligence, psychological abuse, lack of attention and sexual assault. In most cases victims are children under 6 years old, and aggression occurs mostly in their own homes.Hernández said that this is caused by numerous factors including poverty, low education levels and lack of employment opportunities. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

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