Lays Announces Finalists of DoUsAFlavor Could You be Waking up to Cappuccino

first_imgWouldn’t Hot N Sour be yummy as a chip? vote for my flavor inspired by Chinese Hot & Sour soup. http://t.co/IiNBmvhXCI #DoUsAFlavor— Donna LA (@bkindngood) April 6, 2014Wouldn’t Chocolate Bacon Delight be yummy as a chip? Submit your own idea now! http://t.co/NWi3OtYQBB #DoUsAFlavor See Rules.— Addrienne M. (@zippy573) April 5, 2014Wouldn’t Jack Daniel’s Smoky Barbecue be delicious as a chip? vote now! http://t.co/1oyxXulILW #DoUsAFlavor See Rules. — Sto-ik The Poet (@StoikThePoet) April 5, 2014 Lay’s Do Us A Flavor FinalistsTwitter/Lay’sWake up and smell the coffee-flavored chips!Lay’s potato chips officially announced the four finalists of their #DoUsAFlavor campaign on 16 July and the winning flavors of this season are: “Cappuccino” submitted by Chad Scott from Las Vegas, “Kettle Cooked Wasabi Ginger” by Meneko Spigner McBeth, “Cheddar Bacon Mac & Cheese” by fire-fighter Matt Allen, and “Mango Salsa” by Julia Stanley-Metz from Sacramento, abc news reported.Lay’s first launched their “Do Us A Flavor” contest last year, offering $1 million to the person who comes up with a winning chip flavor, which was “Cheesy Garlic Bread Potato Chips.” The campaign became so huge a success that they did it again this year.On 14 January, comedian Wayne Brady, famous for his work “Who’s Line is it Anyway,” helped Lay’s launch #DoUsAFlavor campaign by giving passionate and witty musical renditions of the various recipes entered for the contest on their YouTube channel.Here is one on “Melody’s Hot Burning Ballad”: Cinnamon Marshmallow Sweet Potato. *mic drop* http://t.co/lKvyiwLktc #DoUsAFlavor See Rules.— Tiffany Lexus (@mstiffanylexus) April 5, 2014#DoUsAFlavor season is quite exciting for the millions of Lay’s fans all over the world. Chris, who is a self-proclaimed teen entrepreneur and inventor from Atlanta, Georgia, in fact decided to submit not just a flavor, but four new series of chips; the “Garden Bounty”, “Dessert Series”, “Alcohol Spectrum” (for the college kids) and finally the international culture chips or the “Global flavor series.”I have a proposal. I want to pitch my FLAVORS as a SERIES, rather than individuals. @LAYS @PepsiCo #DoUsAFlavor http://t.co/1b1GhQi7Um— Chris (@InventaChris) April 23, 2014″Even though we could only pick one grand prize winner last year, the millions of delicious ideas submitted by fans demonstrated that we have only begun to scratch the surface of the possibilities we could bring to the snack aisle,” said Ram Krishnan, vice president of marketing, Frito-Lay. The three runner-up finalists will each win $50,000 in prize money with the grand prize winner taking home $1 million or one percent of their flavor’s net sales (whichever is higher) for the period 1 July 2014 through 1 July 2015.Chad Scott, a visiting lecturer and Ph.D. student, excited by his win and invitation to be interviewed by the crew of Good Morning America, tweeted out a picture of his appearance in GMA.I’ve been selected as a finalist for the Lay’s Do Us A Flavor contest. #lays #dousaflavor #gma… http://t.co/7kMnayCI8E— Chad Scott (@chadleonscott) July 16, 2014You can vote for your favourite flavor here from 28 July until midnight of 17 October 2014.last_img read more

Abhinandan could start flying fighter jets soon Bengalurubased group to take final

first_imgIAF Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman will return to the cockpit and resume flying soon.Indian Air Force braveheart Abhinandan Varthaman, who was captured by Pakistan last month and returned to India two days later, could once again fly fighter jets after he is given final clearance by the Bengaluru-based Institute of Aerospace Medicine (IAM). As per reports, there’s a fine chance that the 35-year-old IAF hero will return to the cockpit and resume flying soon.As per laws governing the Indian troopers, any serving officer who has recently returned from enemy captivity has to undergo a series of tests. It is believed that Abhinandan, too, will have to undergo all kinds of training all over again before he can take to the skies again.Abhinandan joins his squadronIAF Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman has gone back to his squadron in Srinagar though he is on sick leave for four weeks. The IAF pilot preferred to stay with his squadron in Srinagar than spending time with his family in Chennai while on leave. Varthaman was on leave for few days after the security agencies completed a nearly two-week debriefing after his return from the nuclear-armed neighbour Pakistan.The IAF Wing Commander returned home on March 1 after his MiG 21 Bison crashed during a dogfight with Pakistan. Upon ejecting out of his crashed aircraft, Abhinandan landed at Horan village in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. Over 50 hours later, the IAF pilot finally returned to the Indian soil.After Abhinandan was released by Pakistan, defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman met him at a military hospital in New Delhi.In a nutshellTensions between India and Pakistan escalated after Indian fighters bombed terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed’s biggest training camp near Balakot sector, deep inside the Pakistani soil on February 26. Pakistan retaliated by attempting to target the Indian personnel the very next day. However, the IAF thwarted their plans.The Indian strike on the Jaish-e-Mohammed camp came two weeks after the terror group claimed responsibility for a suicide attack on a CRPF convoy in Kashmir, killing 40 troopers. Indian Air Force pilot Abhinandan Varthaman held his head high and crossed over to the Indian side Closecenter_img IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:03/0:55Loaded: 0%0:03Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:52?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …last_img read more

Twinkle Sharma case Bollywood reacts with shock after 3yearolds murder in Aligarh

first_imgTwinkle Sharma was murdered in Aligarh after her parents couldn’t repay a loan of Rs 10,000.TwitterThree days after toddler Twinkle Sharma went missing in Aligarh her mutilated and burnt body was found in a dumping ground in Tappal, Aligarh district, Uttar Pradesh, on June 2. Twinkle, aged between 2.5 to 3 years, was brutally murdered by accused Mohammed Zahid, according to reports. The motive behind the murder was a meagre sum of Rs 10,000 that Twinkle’s parents owed Zahid.Bollywood has reacted with shock after the 2.5-year-old’s murder in Aligarh. Zahid and his accomplice Aslam were arrested on June 4 by the Aligarh Police, who have as of now ruled out rape. Zahid reportedly admitted to killing the child by choking her with a dupatta (stole). The child’s partially burnt body was found in a bag with her eyes gouged out.The murder has sent shockwaves across the country, with some people giving a communal angle to it, including actress Koena Mitra. Bollywood actors like Abhishek Bachchan, Ayushmann Khurrana, Raveena Tandon, Sunny Leone, Sidharth Malhotra, Gul Panag, Twinke Khanna, Akshay Kumar, Anupam Kher, Sanjay Dutt, Riteish Deshmukh, Genelia Deshmukh, Boman Irani, Arjun Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor and some others have reacted strongly to the heinous act.Some people on Twitter questioned the silence of Sonam Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor and Swara Bhasker on the murder case, when the actresses were pictured holding placards during the Kathua rape case of Ashifa. Sonam Kapoor posted a fresh message but got further trolled, even by filmmaker Ashoke Pandit. It is sad that the two cases of Twinkle Sharma and Asifa are being given a communal angle. Kareena Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor and Swara Bhasker protest Kathua rape.TwitterHere’s what Bollywood celebrities have said on Twitter after the Twinkle Sharma murder came to light:Akshay Kumar: Horrified, upset and angry to know about baby #TwinkleSharma! This is definitely not the kind of world we want for our children. We need immediate and strictest punishment for such a heinous crime. #JusticeForTwinkle.Twinke Khanna: It is heartbreaking to hear about the horrific murder of the two and a half year old little girl In Aligarh. I would request @smritiirani to ensure that swift action is taken against the perpetrators of this heinous crime. #JusticeForTwinkle.Sonam Kapoor: What has happened to baby twinkle is. Heartbreaking and horrific. I pray for her and her family. I also urge people to not make this into a selfish agenda. This is a little girls death, not a reason to spread your hate.Raveena Tandon: The horrible, barbaric rape,murder of a 3 year old In Aligarh,the criminals,who gouged her eyes, mutilated her body,depraved evil,inhuman & barbaric. Must Hang. The law must act fast! #justicefortwinkle @smritiirani #twinklesharma.Abhishek Bachchan: Just so disgusted and angered hearing about #TwinkleSharma. How can somebody even think of doing such a thing?!?! Speechless….Ayushmann Khurrana: This is inhuman and barbaric.. My prayers for her family. Justice must be served! #TwinkleSharma.Sidharth Malhotra: Extremely disturbed by the news of #TwinkleSharma. It’s scary to be living in a world where even innocent children are not safe. I urge our authorities to take action to ensure that such a heinous crime is never repeated again! #JusticeForTwinkleSharma.Gul Panag: That we live in a country where even toddlers aren’t safe, fills me with horror. That #TwinkleSharma had a her life snatched away in this cruel, barbaric manner, makes me feel capital punishment is not enough for the sick, depraved culprit who did this to her.Sunny Leone: Im sorry Twinkle that you had to you live in a world where Humans no longer understand Humanity!!!! May God look over you for Eternity as you are an Angel !!!! #ImSorry.Sanjay Dutt: Disturbed and hurt to hear the news about #TwinkleSharma. I urge our authorities to take necessary action! #JusticeForTwinkle.Anupam Kher: Angry, horrified, ashamed and deeply saddened beyond words at the barbaric rape of the three year old #TwinkleSharma. The rapist should be hanged in public. No other punishment is enough for this heinous crime. I demand #JusticeForTwinkleSharma .Arjun Kapoor: The barbaric rape and murder of #TwinkleSharma is a shame on humanity. Justice must be served.Riteish Deshmukh: Deeply pained, saddened & shocked. We as a society have failed little #TwinkleSharma – my heart goes out to her family & loved ones. What kind of an unsafe world are we creating for our children. Strictest punishment & immediate justice is the only way to reduce these crimes.Genelia Deshmukh: It’s horrific, I am absolutely angered by what’s happening to the women and more so the little girls in our country.. #TwinkleSharma we have failed you and a zillion like you time and time again .. people responsible of such crimes should be hanged publicly.. Can’t imagine the plight and the pain of #TwinkleSharma’s family and loved ones.. I’m so so sorry #JusticeForTwinkleSharma .Boman Irani: Is our planet spinning in the opposite direction? Is this what humans were meant to be? Whatever the answer. NO PUNISHMENT IS TOO HARSH. #JusticeForTwinkleSharma #TwinkleSharma .The Aligarh Police is posting latest updates on the case on social media. The latest Aligarh Police statement on the Twinkle Sharma murder case is as follows. Aligarh Police statement on Twinkle Sharma murder case.TwitterIm sorry Twinkle that you had to you live in a world where Humans no longer understand Humanity!!!! May God look over you for Eternity as you are an Angel !!!! #ImSorry— Sunny Leone (@SunnyLeone) June 6, 2019What has happened to baby twinkle is. Heartbreaking and horrific. I pray for her and her family. I also urge people to not make this into a selfish agenda. This is a little girls death, not a reason to spread your hate.— Sonam K Ahuja (@sonamakapoor) 7 June 2019#JusticeForTwinkle@aajtak @abpnewshindi @ndtv @ANINewsUP @BBCBreaking @ZeeNews @WeUttarPradesh @ANINewsUP @NDTV_24X7 @TimesNow @timesofindia @brajeshlive @WeUttarPradesh @dibang @chitraaum @anjanaomkashyap @Uppolice @dgpup @adgzoneagra @digrangealigarh pic.twitter.com/UKz7nGpd6t— ALIGARH POLICE (@aligarhpolice) 7 June 2019Dear Women, you can change the world by not giving birth to morons. When you can’t raise them, don’t create them!Dear lawmakers, we need dangerous punishments for Acid attacks and Rapes. Crimes against girls should come to an end!!#JusticeForTwinkle #Aligarh #TwinkleSharma pic.twitter.com/vuxbgfcG5S— Koena Mitra (@koenamitra) 6 June 2019Hindus have the responsibility to remain secular I guess, hence no outrage for you. I am Hindustan. A proud Hindu. I’m not liberal enough to support your Rapists.I’m no secular from today. With you and yours…. #TwinkleSharma #Aligarh #Mohammedjahid pic.twitter.com/W58PlUVy8o— Koena Mitra (@koenamitra) 6 June 2019Angry, horrified, ashamed and deeply saddened beyond words at the barbaric rape of the three year old #TwinkleSharma. The rapist should be hanged in public. No other punishment is enough for this heinous crime. I demand #JusticeForTwinkleSharma . pic.twitter.com/7EwCTQxsUh— Anupam Kher (@AnupamPKher) 6 June 2019 आज दिनांक- 08-06-2019 को @sspaligarh @ips06akash महोदय द्वारा थाना टप्पल क्षेत्र में हुए ए लिटिल गर्ल मर्डर केस मे अपहरण व हत्या के सभी आरोपी गिरफ्तार, के सम्बन्ध में दी गयी बाईट ।@Uppolice @dgpup @adgzoneagra @digrangealigarh pic.twitter.com/p5fMeoPEfu— ALIGARH POLICE (@aligarhpolice) 8 June 2019last_img read more

Tariqul Islam buried in Jashore

first_imgTariqul IslamBNP standing committee member and former minister Tariqul Islam was buried at Karbala graveyard in Jashore around 4:45pm on Monday, reports UNB.His fourth and final namaz-e-janaza was held at Jashore Eidgah after Asr prayers.People from all walks of life, leaders of the ruling and opposition parties, Tariqul’s family members and relatives attended the namaz-e-janaza.Tariqul, who had long been suffering from heart and kidney diseases, diabetics and old-age complications, died at Apollo Hospitals Dhaka in the capital on Sunday at the age of 73.His body was flown to Jashore airport from Dhaka around 2:35pm and then taken to his residence in the town.Later, it was brought to the Town Hall field where people from all walks of life gathered to have a last glimpse of the late leader. They also paid their last homage to Tariqul and bade him the final farewell.From the Town Hall, the body was taken to Eidgah for his final janaza.BNP standing committee member Abdul Moyeen Khan and party vice chairman Netai Roy Chowdhury, on behalf of party chairperson Khaleda Zia, paid tributes to Tariqul by placing wreaths at his coffin.Local MPs, leaders of Awami League and other parties also paid respects to him by placing wreaths at his coffin. Later, the janaza was held around 4:30pm.The BNP leader’s first namaz-e-janaza was held at a Shantinagar mosque on Sunday night, while the second one at Naya Paltan in front of BNP’s central office around 10am and the third one at the South Plaza of Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban in the capital around 11:15am on Monday.BNP, led by party senior leaders, paid last respects to him by placing wreaths at his coffin in front of its central office.The party also observed a mourning day on Monday by hoisting black flags and keeping the party flag at half-mast atop its offices across the country. The party leaders and activists also wore black badges.Tariqul had long been inactive in party politics due to his illness. He last attended a BNP standing committee members’ meeting in February this year before Khaleda was sent to jail in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.He was elected MP for four times from Jashore and performed as information and environment and forest minister during the BNP-led four-party government.When BNP formed the government in 1991, Tariqul was first made social welfare minister and then posts and telecommunications minister.Born in Jashore in November 1946, Tariqul was the first elected chairman of Jashore municipality.last_img read more

Scientists Build AntiMosquito Laser

first_img Citation: Scientists Build Anti-Mosquito Laser (2009, March 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-03-scientists-anti-mosquito-laser.html Explore further The anti-mosquito laser was originally introduced by astrophysicist Lowell Wood in the early 1980s, but the idea never took off. More recently, former Microsoft executive Nathan Myhrvold revived the laser idea when Bill Gates asked him to explore new ways of combating malaria. Now, astrophysicist Jordin Kare from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Wood, Myhrvold, and other experts have developed a handheld laser that can locate individual mosquitoes and kill them one by one. The developers hope that the technology might be used to create a laser barrier around a house or village that could kill or blind the insects. Alternatively, flying drones equipped with anti-mosquito lasers could track the insects with radar and then sweep the sky with the laser.The researchers are tuning the strength of the laser so that it kills mosquitoes without harming other insects or, especially, people. The system can even distinguish between males and females by the frequency of their wing movements, which may be important since only females spread the parasite. In experiments, the system could target mosquitoes with a flashlight, and then uses a zoom lens to feed the data to the computer, which fires at the insect. Each time the laser strikes a mosquito, the computer makes a gunshot sound. When the mosquito is hit, it bursts into flame and falls to the ground, and a thin plume of smoke rises. The anti-mosquito laser is just one of many novel ways to kill the disease-carrying insects, in addition to the conventional strategy of vaccinating humans. Other ideas include devices that disrupt the mosquitoes’ senses of sight, smell, and heat; feeding them poisoned blood; infecting them with a genetically altered bacterium; and creating a malaria-free mutant to overtake the natural mosquitoes.via: Wall Street Journal© 2009 PhysOrg.com A laser that kills mosquitoes could help reduce the spread of malaria. Image credit: PlaneMad/Wikipedia Protein plays key role in transmitting deadly malaria parasite (PhysOrg.com) — In an effort to prevent the spread of malaria, scientists have built a laser that shoots and kills mosquitoes. Malaria, which is caused by a parasite and transmitted by mosquitoes, kills about 1 million people every year. 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.last_img read more

The essence of Indian art

first_imgCurating concepts to interpret the idea of India, a battery of designers, artists, artisans, architects and the best of technicians collaborated to deliver what is India’s largest art in public space initiative, The Art Program. Amongst these large installations, two are ready to be shipped off to the Mumbai airport where they will become a part of a collective manifestation of the best our country has to offer. But before that, Delhi gets a special preview of these artworks on the 9 July in Mehrauli, where visitors will have the opportunity to see the art works and interact with the creators over High Tea.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Over the last three years, Rajeev Sethi, an eminent scenographer and chairman of the Asian Heritage foundation spearheaded this programme to represent  21st century India in a manner that leaves visitors with no doubt that they are in India. The first work by Rajeev Sethi, Reappearances below the Tarmac was conceived as a play on the idea of the airport as a virtual metropolis, and the city that disappears and reappears around these 21st century hubs. The cross-runway unique to the Mumbai Airport transforms into a vortex amid an enormous mosaic reminiscent of the city as we fly in. Amid this terracotta skyscape fly mythical airplanes and whimsical flying machines crafted by the potters of Molela, a village near Udaipur, in a significant departure from the customary votive terracotta plaques of gods and goddesses they make. Interspersed between are contemporary studio photographs of young men and women, re-touched up by miniature painters. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix The second, Touché, also by Rajeev Sethi, is inspired by the panchamahabhutas in a symbolic elemental greeting. These coalesce in various permutations and combinations to create the Universe and the five senses by which we perceive them. Air, the second element, born of the agitation created in the vast stillness of space by primordial sound, is expressed as the pavan (wind) and sparsh or the sense of touch. Interpreting Jaipur’s Hawa Mahal or Palace of Winds as a visual metaphor, Touché celebrates the gentle breeze in the arid desert as it wafts through intricate jaalis and the joyous indulgence in this simple sensual pleasure. Referencing the quintessentially tactile quality of textiles, the Hawa Mahal here morphs into an enormous pagdi or turban – insouciantly transforming textile into architecture. Head over to see these two art installations being displayed for the first and the only time in Delhi.last_img read more

Swoop adds 7th aircraft ahead of summer 2019 schedule

first_img Posted by Travelweek Group Share CALGARY — Low cost carrier Swoop has released its summer 2019 schedule in full with new destinations, domestic markets, two new transborder markets and an extension of two international routes.Swoop says it’s adding London ON, Kelowna B.C. and Oakland CA. The new domestic markets include service between London, ON and Halifax six times per week and daily service from London, ON to/from Abbotsford and Edmonton. Service between Kelowna and Winnipeg will be offered three times a week. The schedule also sees the return of the seasonal route between Abbotsford and Winnipeg four times per week.Edmonton will get increased transborder capacity with three times weekly flights to/from Oakland, CA and a weekly flight to/from Orlando.Swoop will also continue its Hamilton service to Montego Bay and Cancun, with a weekly return flight throughout the summer.Among the routes that will end for the summer are Hamilton to Puerto Vallarta and Tampa Bay, and Abbotsford to Puerto Vallarta and Mazatlán. Edmonton to Mesa will take a short hiatus and suspend service at the end of May, before resuming Oct. 5, 2019.“The summer 2019 schedule focuses on realizing economies of scale,” said Steven Greenway, President of Swoop.  “We have created a schedule that leverages our existing network while expanding to a limited number of strategic destinations.”All of the nonstop flights are available for travel from April 28 through Oct. 26. Tuesday, January 22, 2019 center_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: 2019, Schedule, Summer, Swoop Swoop adds 7th aircraft ahead of summer 2019 schedulelast_img read more

Hiring Down 43 in March

first_img May 7, 2013 414 Views Hiring fell 4.3 percent in March, the same month in which payroll job growth plunged, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported Tuesday in its monthly “”Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS)””:http://www.bls.gov/news.release/archives/jolts_05072013.pdf. [IMAGE]Job growth in March was initially reported at 88,000–the weakest in nine months–but later revised up to 138,000. While hirings dropped in March, separations increased 0.8 percent.According to the JOLTS report, the number of persons unemployed for each job opening fell to 3.05, the lowest level since October 2008, from 3.09 in February.The JOLTS report details the ins and out of the labor market. According to the report, the number of layoffs and discharges in March rose 7.7 percent to 1,693,000, the highest level since September, from 1,572,000 in February.At the same time, the number of “”quits,”” generally a sign of confidence in the ability to get another job, fell in March to 2,160,000, a drop of 5.5 percent from February.Still, the report showed a continual improvement in the labor market, with 51.8 million hires in the last 12 months, up from 50.6 million in the previous 12 months.[COLUMN_BREAK]The number of job openings at the end of March slipped to 3.84 million from 3.9 million in February. Job openings fell month-over-month in most major industry sectors, led by a drop of 37,000 in professional and business services. There were 2.0 jobseekers for every opening in that sector in March, up from 1.7 in February.Data from the report indicated there were 11.2 unemployed construction workers for every available job in March, up from 9.0 in February. By industry, the number of unemployed persons per job opening also increased in the manufacturing and information sectors. The number of unemployed persons per job opening declined in financial activities, education and health services, and leisure and hospitality. The drop in job openings in manufacturing is a consequence of the federal budget sequester, which caused a cutback in defense spending.The “”JOLTS”” report tracks flows within the labor sector, noting hirings and separations by month as well as the number of job openings at the end of a month. It is reported by BLS on a one month lag. In addition to totals, data are reported on major industry sectors.The number of unemployed persons per job opening has been declining steadily since peaking at 6.7 in July 2009, when the recession ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├àÔÇ£officially├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├é┬Ø ended. The calculation is a function of the number of people unemployed, which fell to 11,742,000 in March–the lowest level since December 2008–and the number of job openings. Unemployment fell again in March to 11,659,000.The month-over-month increase in the number of layoffs and discharges was the second in a row and the third in the last five months. Year-over-year through March, layoffs and discharges were down 0.6 percent._Hear Mark Lieberman on P.O.T.U.S (Sirius 124) on Friday at 6:20 a.m. and again at 9:20 a.m. Eastern._ Share Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Bureau of Labor Statistics Investors Jobs JOLTS Labor Department Lenders & Servicers Mark Lieberman Payrolls Service Providers Unemployment 2013-05-07 Mark Liebermancenter_img Hiring Down 4.3% in March in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicinglast_img read more

Rep Markkanen to host teletown hall meeting

first_img State Rep. Greg Markkanen will host a tele-town hall meeting Tuesday, June 18, for residents to ask questions about the upcoming change in Michigan’s car insurance system. Markkanen will be joined by Speaker Pro Tempore and Chairman of the select committee on reducing car insurance rates, Jason Wentworth.“Last month, I was happy to cast my vote to lower car insurance rates for drivers across the state,” Rep. Markkanen said. “Speaker Pro Tem Wentworth has worked tirelessly on this issue. I am excited for my constituents to be able to ask questions and learn more about the new law.”The tele-town hall will begin at 6:30 p.m. EDT. Those wishing to participate may call 1-855-756-7520 Ext. 48670# toll-free.For more information, contact Rep. Markkanen’s office by calling (517) 373-0850 or by email at GregMarkkanen@house.mi.gov 17Jun Rep. Markkanen to host tele-town hall meeting Categories: Markkanen Newslast_img read more

Chausée dAmour UK pay TV service Virgin Media ha

first_imgChausée d’AmourUK pay TV service Virgin Media has acquired exclusive rights to a ‘Flemish noir’ drama about an infamous brothel-lined street in Belgium.The deal for Chaussée d’Amour, which is considered ‘the ‘first’ original Flemish pay TV series locally, will see Virgin TV Full House customers given access on-demand.The series, produced in Dutch with English subtitles, runs to ten hours.It comes from noir-influenced duo Frank Devos and Pieter Van Hees, and was coproduced by Virgin Media parent Liberty global, Belgian prodco DeMensen and cousin pay TV operation Telenet. Germany’s ZDFneo and ZDF Enterprises were also attached, with the latter holding distribution rights.The character-driven drama follows a distinguished woman who is forced inherit a brothel after her father dies unexpectedly, while supporting her young children and building a new life in the midst of a murder investigation.Virgin has been pushing into original content through the acquisition of series such as Magic City and Ash Vs Evil Dead, and has dipped its toes into commissioning.Despite Chaussée d’Amour coming from Liberty, the deal is not part of Virgin’s international coproduction deal with Liberty cousin All3Media.“For Virgin TV the launch of Chaussée d’Amour represents an exciting step into the evolving and provocative realm of ‘Flemish noir,’ which is in keeping with our strong record of bringing new, exclusive programming designed to challenge and excite customers,” said Virgin’s chief entertainment officer, David Bouchier.The show will be available through Virgin TV and TiVo set-top boxes, the Virgin TV Everywhere app and iOS and Android devices.last_img read more

A DOMESTIC abuse charity based in Derry is to hold

first_img A DOMESTIC abuse charity based in Derry is to hold a walk across the Peace Bridge tomorrow.Organised by the La Dolce Vita Project, the ‘Walk in My Shoes Walk of Freedom’ event will start at 12 noon in Ebrington Square.It will end at the City Hotel, where several high profile speakers will address the crowd. #DONNA MARIA LOGUEebrington squareLA DOLCE VITApeace bridgeWALK ACROSS DERRY PEACE BRIDGE FOR THOSE AFFECTED BY DOMESTIC ABUSEWALK IN MY SHOES All the walkers at tomorrow’s event have been asked to bring a pair of shoes which will be exchanged before the event takes place.T-shirts, tea, coffee and a buffet will be provided on the day for the event, which is sponsored by ‘The Big Lottery’Those who wish to attend are asked to register in advance by telephoning La Dolce Vita Project on 02871 377272 or emailing ladolcevita5277@gmail.com.WALK ACROSS DERRY PEACE BRIDGE FOR THOSE AFFECTED BY DOMESTIC ABUSE was last modified: January 2nd, 2017 by John2John2 Tags: They SDLP Foyle MLA Mark H Durkan, former Sinn Fein MLA Maeve McLaughlin, Michael Lynch from the Men’s Action Network, Stephanie Hill from the Way to Go Project and Francis Shields from Focus.‘La Dolce Vita Project’ was set up by local Donna Maria Logue last January.Friends suggested to her that she use the knowledge she gained during her own experience of domestic abuse to help others.The group also offers advice to families who may suspect that a loved one is the victim of domestic abuse. ShareTweetlast_img read more

first_img— – Goldsmith: Why I Work For Doug Casey Now—Eye-Opening Report from Former Stansberry DirectorSean Goldsmith recently left Stansberry to work alongside one of the most influential economists in the world today, Doug Casey. Goldsmith explains the full details here. Get Ready:This Wednesday at 8 pm, Porter Stansberry, founder of Stansberry Research, will host an exclusive live webinar called: “How to Profit from the Greatest Transfer of Wealth in History.” You won’t want to miss this… click here to reserve your seat. Critical Warning to Anyone Who Was Born Before 1969We just got exclusive information obtained from an “invitation-only” meeting in Washington, D.C. Some of the most powerful people in finance gathered behind closed doors to discuss a secret deal… one that could have a major impact on your finances, especially if you were born before 1969. If you’re a senior and rely on the government for income, you’ll be badly hurt if this deal gets inked. Click here to see the details. – Recommended Links Doug: Scandinavia is on a slippery slope. I wouldn’t be surprised if a very nasty “black swan” the size of a pterodactyl landed there. The U.S. isn’t far behind. Big Brother is coming out of the cellar, where he’s been chained up, in the U.S. And I’m afraid he’s so strong and nasty that few people will be able to pay him enough to leave them alone.There have long been local pockets of notorious corruption in the U.S., of course; building inspectors, people like that. On a national level, the DEA became very corrupt early on, a natural consequence of “regulating” an industry that runs on billions in cash.Other federal agencies are more subtly corrupt. Generals are paid off by being hired by defense contractors after they’re mustered out. FDA types are hired by the drug companies and large agribusinesses, and executives from those companies become high-level bureaucrats in the FDA. Politicians rarely take envelopes of cash anymore. They wait until they are out of office to collect millions in directors’ fees, book deals, speaking tours, stock deals, and the like. Bill Clinton is a perfect example of someone who went from near penniless to a net worth of $50 million-plus overnight. The Clintons have made a huge leap from the days when Hillary had to take a $100,000 payoff in the guise of her totally transparent cattle-trading scheme.The problem now, though, is that there are giant police bureaucracies like the TSA and the FBI that have no direct way of getting paid off. So they enforce the idiotic laws like robots. Other bureaucracies like NSA do their damage remotely, too far from the victim to be negotiated with. This is a real source of danger.Doug Casey is a multi-millionaire speculator and the founder of Casey Research. He literally wrote the book on profiting during economic turmoil. Doug’s book, Crisis Investing, spent multiple weeks as number one on the New York Times bestsellers list and was the best-selling financial book of 1980. Doug has been a regular guest on national television, including spots on CNN, Merv Griffin, Charlie Rose, Regis Philbin, Phil Donahue, and NBC News.Doug and his team of analysts write The Casey Report, one of the world’s most respected investment advisories. Each month, The Casey Report provides specific, actionable ideas to help subscribers make money in stocks, bonds, currencies, real estate, and commodities. You can try out The Casey Report risk-free by clicking here. L: It’s interesting: These countries where a high degree of legal regulation seems to work are also highly homogeneous and have very powerful cultures; makes you wonder if the laws are really doing anything at all, or if they are just window dressing on more powerful social systems.It makes me think of the many experimental societies tried out in the 19th century in the U.S., when there were still open frontiers to which one could escape with like-minded people and try to do things differently. Most were communes. And most were disasters. Some worked, and a few even still exist in vestigial form today, like the Amana colonies. Those that worked best were religious communes. Just goes to show that if you can go beyond homogeneity and get unanimity, you can create a society that seems to defy all experience to the contrary. When everyone buys in, amazing things can happen…at least for a while.Doug: Almost anything can work for a while. Some monasteries approach an almost perfect state of communism. It’s possible because everyone there chooses to be there and live according to those rules. Unanimous consent. But that’s not possible in an entire country, and even the super-majority buy-in of highly homogeneous cultures like New Zealand and Scandinavia is not possible in 98% of the rest of the countries in the world. If you look at the rest of the world, the more socialistic and regulated the country, the more corrupt it tends to be. And the larger the country, the more disparate the population and divergent the mores, the less effective the government’s regulation.L: That would cover China, Russia…Brazil, Mexico.Doug: And Argentina, where I am now. The customs inspectors down here, for example, all expect to retire as multimillionaires. That’s because they have so many laws on what you can export or import…how, when, and why, it’s almost impossible to comply with, or even know, all the laws. It’s much cheaper and easier to get the inspector to look the other way with a well-placed envelope.There’s good news and bad news in this.In itself, corruption is a bad thing; it shouldn’t have to be necessary. As I touched on earlier, insofar as it’s necessary, it’s also a good thing. If we can’t eliminate the laws that give rise to corruption, it’s a good thing that it’s possible to circumvent these laws. The worst of all situations is to have a mass of strict, stultifying, economically suicidal laws…and also have strict, effective enforcement of those laws. If a culture doesn’t allow people to work around stupid laws, that culture’s doom is further sealed with every stupid law passed, which is pretty much all of them.L: Strict laws, strictly enforced, is a recipe for paralysis. I’ve often said that while Mexico is much less free than the U.S. on paper, it is much more free in fact. People in the U.S. fear their government, especially the IRS. In Mexico, people build what they want, eat what they want, sell what they want; tax evasion is the national pastime.Doug: Right. This is one of the reasons why, though I’ve lived in New Zealand quite a bit over the last 10 years, I’m not really interested in hanging my spurs there any longer. Although it’s gotten vastly better since the reforms of the mid-’80s, it’s still a dull, insular place with a lot of ingrained socialist attitudes, but not much corruption to help you obviate them. And I wouldn’t want to live in the Scandinavian countries either.They have all these incredibly stupid laws that sheep-like residents obey, enabling great tyranny, but it goes unrecognized because it has such popular support. It suits me much better to live in a place like Argentina, where there’s an equal number of stupid laws, but nobody pays any attention to them. And when there is a problem, it can most often be handled, informally.L: I won’t ask you on the record if you’ve ever actually done that. Interesting comment about Scandinavia: I was just reading Google News yesterday, and one of the top video news stories was a clip about some poor woman in Sweden who’s had her twin daughters taken away by the child protection busybodies. The children were taken, without notice, from their school, and the woman didn’t even know it was an official abduction until she got a letter a week later. The real horror of it is that there isn’t actually any evidence of wrongdoing on the woman’s part. The law is preemptive and protective; the bureaucrats are authorized to remove children from their families if there might be danger to them. No due process, and forget about “innocent until proven guilty.” The breathtaking assumption is that it’s better to rip children out of their families than to find out if there’s a real problem first. This could only hold sway in a place where the culture is one of great confidence in the wisdom and benevolence of the state. “They’ll do everything they can to push the price of gold down.”This statement was made by keynote speaker and trend forecaster Gerald Celente at the 2015 Casey Research Summit. Find out what Mr. Celente has to say about gold manipulation…the Federal Reserve’s hidden scheme…and how you can protect yourself from it right here. (Interviewed by Louis James, Editor, International Speculator)This interview was first published on February 9, 2011Editor’s Note: In yesterday’s Weekend Edition, Casey Research founder Doug Casey explained why laws and regulations can’t stop corruption. Today, Doug explains why corruption in government can actually be a good thing….Louis James: I think the point of government-sponsored irresponsibility is particularly important, and often overlooked.I’ve long thought that it was FDR’s New Deal that really pushed America over the edge, not so much because of the economic cost, but because it made it very clear to people that they did not need to be responsible for themselves. Big Brother now takes care of them when they get old, or should they fall ill, or lose a job; no need to plan ahead or save… It’s no wonder our culture has transformed from one of individualism and self-reliance to one of groupthink and reliance on the state, populated by entitlement-minded couch potatoes.But what do you say to people who point to places like Sweden, a highly government-regulated society that seems to work? Such a nice, clean place, with lots of government.Doug: It’s a good point. Sweden is at the low end of the corruption scale, but it’s not because they have laws against corruption; everybody has those. It’s because of the culture; the peer pressure, moral opprobrium, and social approbation I mentioned earlier. Sweden is a small country where word of misdeeds spreads quickly. It has a highly homogeneous culture based on deep-rooted traditions, and there’s a high degree of consensus about how things should be. That makes Swedes cooperate with the large body of law that reflects that consensus, much more than would happen almost anywhere else, or is even possible anywhere else.Out of a couple hundred countries in the world outside of Scandinavia, I can think of two other places that have a similarly powerful culture that makes a “big-government” approach to managing society seem to work: New Zealand and Uruguay. These places are small, relatively isolated, homogeneous, and with powerful cultural traditions that have, unfortunately, been codified into law. These countries, coincidentally, also have the three oldest socialist governments in the world, all dating back to the turn of the 20th century. Trying to bribe officials in these places, even Uruguay, is pretty much out of the question.But these places are anomalous. Because of their rare characteristics, they can’t be held up as role models for other places. Almost everywhere else, where there’s more diversity of ethnicity, culture, much larger population, and so forth, Scandinavian socialism wouldn’t even have the appearance of working. And, I’d argue, it won’t work much longer in Scandinavia either; Sweden and these other places will ultimately collapse under the weight of their mass of laws and socialist intervention in their economies. Recommended Links —last_img read more

It was Bea Duncan who answered the phone at 2 am

first_imgIt was Bea Duncan who answered the phone at 2 a.m. on a January morning. Her son Jeff had been caught using drugs in a New Hampshire sober home and was being kicked out.Bea and her husband, Doug Duncan, drove north that night nine years ago to pick Jeff up. On the ride back home, to Natick, Mass., the parents delivered an ultimatum: Their son had to go back to rehab, or leave home.Jeff chose the latter, Bea says. She remembers a lot of yelling, cursing and tears as they stopped the car, in the dead of night, a few miles from the house.”It was really, really difficult to actually just drop him off in a parking lot on our way home and say, ‘you made the decision — no rehab — so we made the decision, no home,’ ” Bea says. “It was exquisitely difficult.”Doug Duncan says many parents had told him to expect this moment. He remembers them saying their son would have to “hit rock bottom; you’re going to have to kick him out of the house.”Two torturous days later, Jeff Duncan came home. Although he returned to rehab, the Duncans decided their approach wasn’t working. They sought help, eventually connecting with a program that, instead of tough love, stresses empathy: CRAFT or Community Reinforcement and Family Training.”There was more compassion and, ‘Wow, this is really difficult for you’; more open questions to him instead of dictating what he should and should not behave like,” says Bea. Many drug users say, in hindsight, they’ve appreciated being forced into treatment. But studies show that a compassionate approach and voluntary treatment are the more effective ways to engage drug users in recovery and keep them alive. That’s a critical consideration for families in this era of fentanyl, a powerful opioid that can shut down breathing in seconds.”The concept of letting their children hit bottom is not the best strategy,” says Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse. “Because in hitting bottom they may die.”After they went through CRAFT training, the Duncans say things started to shift from chaos to calm.”I started to feel an immense sense of relief,” Bea says. “I stopped feeling like I had to be a private investigator and controlling mom. I could kind of walk side-by-side with him on this journey, instead of feeling like I had to take charge of it.”For the Duncans, the approach meant they could switch from enforcing family consequences, like kicking Jeff out of the house, to supporting him as he faced other challenges, like losing a job because of his drug use.It worked well: Bea and Doug helped Jeff stick to his recovery. He’s 28 now and has been sober for nine years.But desperate parents often don’t know how to avoid “hitting bottom” with their children, as the Duncans did on that dark and frigid January morning. The Duncans have found ways to help others: Doug is a parent coach through the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, which is now collaborating with the Grayken Center for Addiction at Boston Medical Center.The collaboration will close a gap in services for families caught up in the opioid epidemic, says Grayken Center’s director, Michael Botticelli, who served as drug czar in the Obama administration.”They don’t call this a family disease for no good reason,” Botticelli says. “The whole design of these services [is] to promote tools and information for families, so they know how to approach a situation and can heal.”There is no uniform path to healing for the drug user or parents, and no widespread agreement on the best approach for families.Joanne Peterson, who founded the parent support network Learn to Cope, says there are reasons why some parents ask older children to leave the house — if there are younger children at home or if the parents don’t feel safe.”So it depends on what ‘tough love’ means; it can mean many different things,” Peterson says.She applauds the Grayken Center for expanding access to parent coaches, but “we also need more professional help.” Peterson says she routinely hears from parents who can’t find counselors and doctors who understand their daily traumas.Some critics suggest the CRAFT model is too soft, that it enables drug use.”That’s a misconception,” says Fred Muench, president of the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids. “CRAFT is authoritative parenting, creating a sense of responsibility in the child, and at the same time saying, ‘I am here for you; I love you; I’m going to help you; but I can’t help you avoid negative consequences if you’re not looking to do that on your own.’ “The parent coaching extends beyond periods of crisis.On a recent afternoon, Doug Duncan was on the phone with Doreen, a mom whose daughter is in recovery. (We’re using only Doreen’s first name to protect her daughter’s privacy.) Doreen was upset about an angry text from her daughter that sounded like the messages the young woman sent when she was using drugs.”It brings me back there. In two seconds, I am back on that scene thinking she’s on the heroin, she’s not going to live,” Doreen told Duncan, expressing a very common fear of a loved one’s relapse.In a panic — her daughter had overdosed twice and been rescued — Doreen wanted to ask if she was using heroin again. But she ran it by Duncan first. He encouraged her to talk it through.Doreen paused, then said she could ask her daughter about work — whether it’s been stressful — or about her grief after a friend’s recent death. There are many reasons, Doreen realized, that her daughter might be angry. Her tone didn’t have to signal a relapse.”You talk yourself off the cliff,” Duncan told her.”Oh yes, I know all about that cliff, I’ve visited a few times before,” Doreen said, and laughed. “You know, that ties in with what you said before about focusing less on what your feelings are, and the terror or fear that you’re going through, and more on what they’re feeling and what they’re going through — turn the tables a bit. That’s an excellent point.””That’s true compassion,” Duncan told her, “and oddly enough it’s very therapeutic for you, too.”More compassion in the home fits the shift away from criminalizing addiction — toward accepting and treating it as a chronic medical condition.If a child had cancer, parents “wouldn’t disengage with them or be angry with them,” says Botticelli. “So I do think it aligns our scientific understanding that addiction is a disease and not a moral failure.”This story is part of NPR’s partnership with NPR and Kaiser Health News. Copyright 2018 WBUR. 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A group of disabled activists – led by a crossbenc

first_imgA group of disabled activists – led by a crossbench peer – are to intervene in a legal case for the first time next week, in a bid to persuade three high court judges not to weaken the law to allow assisted suicide.Not Dead Yet UK (NDY UK), a campaign group of disabled people opposed to a change in the law on assisted suicide, has been granted the right to intervene in the high-profile judicial review being taken by Noel Conway, who is terminally-ill.Conway is taking a case against the Ministry of Justice, and wants the court to find that the Suicide Act – which makes it illegal to assist someone to take their own life – is incompatible with articles eight (on the right to a private and family life) and 14 (which prohibits discrimination) of the European Convention on Human Rights.NDY UK, led by its founder, the disabled peer Baroness [Jane] Campbell, had just 10 days to put together its legal submission to the high court, after being granted permission to intervene in the case, but even then was only allowed to submit 20 pages of legal arguments.It is now hoping the three high court judges hearing the case will also allow NDY UK to submit a witness statement from Baroness Campbell herself, and permit NDY UK’s barrister, Catherine Casserley, of Cloisters chambers, to respond to the arguments of Conway’s legal team in court.If NDY UK wins the right to be heard orally in court, it could even risk bankruptcy if Conway wins his case and the judges make an order that the campaign group should pay some of his lawyers’ costs.Baroness Campbell and her members were only able to secure their status as interveners in the case because their two lawyers, Casserley and solicitor Chris Fry, of Fry Law, offered to work pro bono.Although they are on the same side as the Ministry of Justice, which is also fighting a change in the law, they are facing a well-funded team from solicitors Irwin Mitchell, backed by the substantial financial resources of the campaign group Dignity in Dying, formerly known as the Voluntary Euthanasia Society.Baroness Campbell told Disability News Service: “This is David and Goliath.“It always tends to be those organisations not run and controlled by disabled people that get the cash. That does stick in the throat a bit.“Whether you agree with assisted suicide, you should have a balanced opportunity to hear both views and I fear the [judges are] in jeopardy of not hearing all the views which [they need] to hear in order to make a good judgement.”It is the first time NDY UK has intervened in a legal case on assisted suicide in the 12 years since it was founded by Baroness Campbell.Their case has relied on disabled activists from NDY UK, the pro bono work of Fry and Casserley, and support from its sister organisation in the USA, Not Dead Yet, and its president and founder, Diane Coleman, as well as law students from both the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University.Conway argues that the current law prevents him exercising his right to choice and control over his death.He said earlier this year: “I know I am going to die anyway, but how and when should be up to me.“To have the option of an assisted death in this country would provide me with great reassurance and comfort.“It would allow me to decide when I am ready to go, rather than be forced into a premature death by travelling abroad or be left at the mercy of a cruel illness.”But Baroness Campbell, who plans to attend court for the first day of the judicial review on Monday (17 July), said the prospect of a change in the law was “terrifying”, which was why she and fellow activists had decided that NDY UK must intervene in the court case.In the witness statement – which may not be accepted by the court – Baroness Campbell says that any ruling in favour of Conway would “impact negatively on the lives of other terminally ill and disabled people”.She says it would “damage beyond repair the way in which society views the elderly, sick and disabled to the point where the Equality Act itself and the protection which it provides becomes fundamentally defective”.She adds: “I (and the hundreds of disabled and terminally ill members of NDY UK), want people to understand that it is perfectly possible to have a fulfilling and enjoyable life whilst living with a substantial, progressive condition.”She hopes to tell the court that continuing cuts to health and care services would mean that disabled and terminally-ill people “may become more inclined towards considering desperate options such as assisted suicide”, if it was legalised.The writer and activist Penny Pepper, another NDY UK member, who is quoted in Baroness Campbell’s witness statement, says: “The massive publicity machine working for those who promote assisted suicide drowns out the ‘small voices’ of disabled people who want support to live, not die.”Another member, Felicity Wright, warns that legalisation would destroy the doctor-patient relationship, and that doctors are “amongst the very last people I would trust to have a balanced opinion about the quality of my life”.Baroness Campbell, whose own impairment, spinal muscular atrophy, leaves her in a similar physical situation to Conway, who has motor neurone disease, says she identifies with and understands his fears of the possible death he might face due to an eventual “physical shutdown”.But she says that “parliament has concluded that legalisation would be ‘a dangerous and inappropriate way to tackle end of life fears’”*.She adds: “In every country where assisted suicide has been made legal, original safeguards have been watered down, allowing the parameters to widen and include people that were outside of the original legislation.“There is no reason that this would not happen in the UK, and frankly I predict it will.”Fry, who worked with fellow discrimination law expert Casserley on another high-profile disability rights case, which saw their client Doug Paulley win a ground-breaking legal victory that protected the rights of wheelchair-users to travel on buses, said he felt an “overwhelming sense of responsibility” about the case.He said he had been involved in other high-profile cases which have changed the law – including Paulley’s – but “this is the one that carries for me the greatest sense of personal responsibility because ultimately the issues being decided in this case will affect almost everybody in today’s society”.He said a change in the law would have a “multi-layered impact across the whole of society” and would undermine the Equality Act, which is “founded on the concept that we should do more to empower people and to give an effective right to life and a right to an engaged, fulfilling and accessible and inclusive life.“If you suddenly start saying it’s about the right to die and start unravelling it all, you’re unravelling a quarter of a century of positive equality legislation and case law.“This, for me, is probably the biggest case I will be involved in in my career, because of the significant responsibility that comes with trying to ensure the voices of disabled people are heard as part of this judicial process.”He said there was a “serious threat” that Conway could win, as Dignity in Dying and its lawyers had spent a “significant amount of time and money” in preparing their case since the last attempts to change the law, on behalf of Tony Nicklinson and two other disabled men, ended in failure at the Supreme Court three years ago.Fry said: “This poses a real threat that the law will be changed. If we lose this case and subsequently it gets as far as the Supreme Court and the Supreme Court decides that assisted dying should be legal, that’s it.”In her legal submission to the court on behalf of NDY UK, Casserley warns that the court is being asked to create “a climate in which a disabled person is seen as a burden and the option of a course which involves termination of life becomes routine”.She asks the court to consider not only Conway’s rights, but those of the other disabled and terminally ill people “who will be potentially affected adversely by the Court’s decision and the message that this conveys to them”.She adds: “NDYUK has significant concerns that if society indicates that as a disabled or terminally ill person assisted dying is an option open to them there is a risk of application of internal pressure derived from a value system which views disability negatively.”*Nearly two years ago, the latest attempt to change the law in parliament was heavily defeated, with MPs voting 330 to 118 against a private members’ bill put forward by Labour MP Rob Marris that would have legalised assisted suicide for people said to have up to six months to live.last_img read more

Chinese Mall Introduces Husband Storage Pods

first_img This story originally appeared on PCMag Add to Queue Chinese Mall Introduces Husband Storage Pods Why drag someone around a mall when you can leave them happily playing games while you buy stuff? –shares China Enroll Now for $5 Matthew Humphries Image credit: via PC Magcenter_img 2 min read Visiting a mall can be a tiring and frustrating experience, especially if you really don’t like shopping. So one mall in China came up with a solution specifically targeted at all those husbands who accompany their wives but really don’t enjoy shopping.According to the BBC, they are called “husband storage” and take the form of a glass cubicle or pod. Inside you’ll find a comfortable chair and access to a range of video games from the ’90s. Initially use of the pods is free, but there’s plans to introduce a charge payable by smartphone to access and use them. According to Chinese website The Paper, the pods are popular, but also lacking in a few key areas. The biggest complaint so far is a lack of air conditioning, which means you are sitting in a glass cubicle sweating while playing.I think there’s also a missed opportunity here to sell users of the pods cold drinks and snacks. It wouldn’t be difficult to integrate a vending machine into the back or side of the pods, but it could result in greasy gaming pads.If the pods get really popular I can see banks of them being installed just like in internet cafes. Then they can be networked together to allow for multiplayer gaming. Before you know it we’ll have stories about people living out of them while playing online games all day.Social media in China is apparently split on whether the pods are a good idea or not. On the one hand it could encourage partners to go to the mall with their spouse, but on the other, what’s the point if all they are going to do is disappear inside a glass box? July 17, 2017 Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Next Article Senior Editor Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful.last_img read more

New Climate Change exhibit draws on latest scientific information about impact of

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Feb 1 2019The Harvard Museum of Natural History announces the new Climate Change exhibit that draws on the latest scientific information about our warming climate, the global and local consequences, and how to both reduce the fossil fuel emissions that cause it and prepare for its effects.This multimedia exhibit includes engaging video and storm simulations, a “check your knowledge” interactive station, and a dramatic inside look at a high-tech Argo float from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution-one of more than 4,000 deployed worldwide to monitor global oceans and climate.Related StoriesResearch sheds light on sun-induced DNA damage and repairBridging the Gaps to Advance Research in the Cannabis IndustryTrump administration cracks down on fetal tissue researchDeveloped in collaboration with the Harvard University Center for the Environment and informed by new Harvard research, the exhibit offers visitors the hard facts¬¬–the knowns and unknowns–about one of the greatest challenges the world faces.”Climate change is one of the most complicated and challenging problems the world has ever faced” said Professor Dan Schrag, Director of the Harvard Center for the Environment and lead curator of the exhibit. “It is a global problem, and one that requires global action to manage the impacts and minimize the risks. Here at Harvard, we have many researchers who contribute to understanding climate change and working towards solutions. This exhibit is a manifestation of that knowledge, and through our partnership with HMNH, we are able to present some of that to the broader community.” For more perspectives on climate change across economics, public policy, the arts, and more see the videos at https://climatechange.environment.harvard.edu/home#section2.Harvard Museums of Science & Culture Executive Director Jane Pickering said the museums aim to provide a meeting point for scholars and the public. “The Harvard Museum of Natural History has had an exhibit on climate change since 2004,” said Pickering, “but we felt it was imperative at this time to rethink our display. We wanted to connect visitors to the cutting-edge research going on at the university as they consider their own responses to this unprecedented global challenge.” Source:https://hmnh.harvard.edu/climate-change-prlast_img read more