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China disputes latest US tariffs at World Trade Organization

first_imgGENEVA – China is challenging the latest round of U.S. tariffs against Chinese goods through the World Trade Organization.The Chinese government on Monday formally requested “dispute consultations” with the United States over the Trump administration’s imposition of $16 billion in tariffs on Chinese goods last week. China has responded with similar taxes on U.S. goods.Its request to the World Trade Organization opens a 60-day period for the two countries to hold talks.China already is holding talks with the U.S. about its previous tariffs on both Chinese steel and aluminum products and over alleged Chinese violations of U.S. intellectual property protections.All told, the administration is preparing tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese products. China has vowed to retaliate on American goods worth $60 billion.Separately, the U.S. ambassador to the WTO, Dennis Shea, told a WTO body that the United States would not support the reappointment of Shree Baboo Chekitan Servansing as a member of the WTO’s appellate body, according to a transcript of his remarks in the closed-door session.If that holds up, the appellate body will fall to three members when Servansing’s term expires on Sept. 30. Three is the minimum number of members for the appellate body to rule on cases.Critics say the United States is trying to asphyxiate the appellate body. The next expiration of a member’s term looms in December next year, and the appellate body would become inoperable if new appointments or reappointments aren’t made before then.Shea says the U.S. has long believed the appellate body has operated beyond the terms of its original mandate, and blasted “persistent overreaching” with its decisions on issues like subsidies and antidumping duties, and by “restricting the ability of the United States to regulate in the public interest or protect U.S. workers and businesses against unfair trading practices.”He said U.S. concerns about the appellate body have not been addressed.last_img read more

Moroccan government to combat the issuing of counterfeit medical certificates

Rabat – A large number (by thousands) of medical certificates are issued on daily basis for employees, be they working in the private or public sector. This, according to many, explains why many offices are almost always empty.According to Al Massae, the Moroccan government is planning to issue a decree that will stop, or at least considerably reduce, this uncontrolled and detrimental proliferation of medical certificates. The government considers such practices as an important reason for low output and poor quality of work in many sectors.The government is therefore said to be planning harsh measures against the routine absenteeism of public employees. From now on, AL Massae added, absences from work will be either due to serious and strongly convincing reasons, or be duly punished by the disciplinary commission that the new bill will introduce. The commission will oversee the strict respect and implementation of relevant disciplinary measures.The outlet cited the example of the ministry of national education which, in just six months, registered a shocking figure of 54,000 sick leaves, many of which were suspected to be obtained through fake medical certificates.According to official statistics, a whopping number of these fake certificates is generally issued by private hospitals. This, Al Massaeexplained, is the case because norms for issuing medical certificates are stricter and more respected in public hospitals, especially since a related circular by former minister of health, Houcine Louardi.It is hoped that such measures by the government will stop unjustified work leaves and eradicate the now fashionable excuse of “malade imaginaire” (those who fake illness). read more

Cashstrapped Venezuela a major funder of Trump inauguration

FILE – In this Jan. 20, 2017 file photo, President-elect Donald Trump arrives during the 58th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington. Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro’s administration made a $500,000 donation to Donald Trump’s inauguration. Inaugural committee records filed with the Federal Election Commission show Citgo Petroleum, a U.S. affiliate of Venezuela’s state oil company PDVSA, was one of the biggest corporate donors to events surrounding the swearing-in ceremony. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File) by The Associated Press Posted Apr 19, 2017 5:21 pm MDT Last Updated Apr 19, 2017 at 7:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Cash-strapped Venezuela a major funder of Trump inauguration CARACAS, Venezuela – President Nicolas Maduro may be struggling to feed Venezuela but his socialist administration still managed to make a $500,000 donation to Donald Trump’s inauguration, records released Wednesday show.Inaugural committee records filed with the Federal Election Commission show Citgo Petroleum, a U.S. affiliate of Venezuela’s state oil company PDVSA, was one of the biggest corporate donors to events surrounding the swearing-in ceremony.The donation topped that of some U.S. corporate giants including Pepsi ($250,000), Walmart ($150,000) and Verizon ($100,000) and was on par with the likes of JP Morgan Chase and Exxon, which each donated $500,000. It came in under Bank of America’s $1 million contribution.Even while accusing the U.S. of trying to overthrow him, Maduro has been careful not to antagonize the new U.S. president. But the Trump administration has recently stepped up criticism of Venezuela’s government. In February, Trump met with the wife of a jailed opposition leader at the White House and on Tuesday the U.S. State Department issued a statement decrying violence against protesters.“Those responsible for the criminal repression of peaceful democratic activity … will be held individually accountable for their actions by the Venezuelan people and their institutions, as well as the international community,” the statement read.Tens of thousands of Venezuelans took the street Wednesday to protest Maduro and demand new elections, denouncing what they deem a steady slide toward authoritarianism coupled with pressing economic woes that include triple-digit inflation, vast food shortages and a rise in violence.The South American nation has the world’s largest oil reserves and once commanded a booming economy, but those days are a distant memory to Venezuelans who accuse Maduro of pilfering the nation’s oil wealth.PDVSA recently put up a nearly 50 per cent stake in Citgo as collateral for a $1.5 billion loan from the Russian company Rosneft, drawing criticism from U.S. legislators who worry a default by Citgo would allow Russian leader Vladimir Putin to get a foothold in the American oil industry.“We are extremely concerned that Rosneft’s control of a major U.S. energy supplier could pose a grave threat to American energy security,” six senators wrote in an April 4 letter to the U.S. Treasury secretary. read more

Urging political resolution UN agency chief laments sheer unsustainability of Gaza crisis

Speaking after addressing the UN General Assembly, Pierre Krähenbühl, Commissioner-General for the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), told UN Radio in an interview that a political resolution to the crisis in the Middle East is “essential” if the international community seeks to improve “a situation of extreme hardship for the people in Gaza.”“The change of paradigm means that the underlying conditions and circumstances that lead to these repeated conflicts in Gaza have to be addressed once and for all,” Mr. Krähenbühl explained.“To think that this is tenable in the future after this level of destruction is really not conceivable for me. And to just allow the situation to go back to pre-existing conditions under the blockade is not conceivable either so political action is required by the international community and by the Israelis and the Palestinians to resolve this type of blockade, lift it so that people can again enjoy freedom of movement, freedom of trade, and to engage in normal economic and social activities,” he added. Pointing to the challenges faced by UNRWA on the ground, the Commissioner-General lamented the “sheer unsustainability” of the situation of Palestinian refugees that, he said, “have been now waiting for 65 years for a just and lasting solution to their plight” but, instead, had been subjected to the conflicts in Syria and Gaza, adding to the overall uncertainty of their situation.The recent 51-day conflict between Gaza and Israel saw entire neighbourhoods in the Strip flattened, and almost one-third of its population uprooted. According to a recent UN assessment, as it stands now, over 100,000 homes were damaged or destroyed, affecting more than 600,000 people. Many people still lack access to the municipal water network. Blackouts of up to 18 hours per day are common.In addition, the violence killed more than 2,100 Palestinians, including more than 500 children, and more than 70 Israelis.Amid the widespread destruction and advancing winter, UNRWA is facing a shortfall in its general fund, which is used to finance the agency’s core activities of education, health, protection, relief and social services. The funding gap presently stands at $56 million, equivalent to one month’s operating costs. While UNRWA has taken measures to reduce its initially higher deficit, with only two months to go before the end of the year, the Commissioner-General has urged all UN Member States to find ways to fund the agency’s core work before year-end.Mr. Krähenbühl acknowledged that UNRWA is already being stretched to its limits as it assisted some 860,000 people through its food distribution programme while also noting that the agency was sheltering 30,000 displaced people in 18 schools throughout the enclave. But, he said, an estimated 120,000 people whose homes were entirely destroyed in the conflict were now waiting for funds promised at the recent Cairo conference to trickle in so that they could finally return home. As a result, he urged the international community to translate its pledges into “actual cash.”“Otherwise, we will have people who are going to become increasingly angry, resenting the fact that there is no progress, and this is very urgent if we are to avoid further tensions in the region,” he warned. Mr. Krähenbühl celebrated UNRWA’s work, observing that even the closest donors and supporters sometimes underestimated the agency’s achievements, adding that UNRWA’s development processes had produced “some of the best indicators – not only in literacy but in development of skills and knowledge.”He cautioned, however, that the situation on the ground remained unstable and unsustainable and that without a definitive resolution to the 65-year long crisis, UNRWA’s work was at risk. “This cannot go on like this, without creating further instability. I think we have created a lot of stability in the region. But this can be undermined by conflict in too many areas, by occupation that never ends, and this is why we renew our call for resolute political action, to address once and for all the fate of Palestinian refugees in the region.” read more

More than 350000 children vaccinated against polio in hard to reach areas

In response to a recent outbreak of vaccine-derived polio in the country, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the World Health Organization (WHO) and partners have completed the first round of a vaccination campaign in the Deir ez-Zor and Raqqa governorates. “UNICEF applauds local partners and health workers for their extraordinary efforts and commitment to vaccinate children against this crippling illness,” said Fran Equiza, UNICEF Representative in Syria in a statement. “No child should have to live with the devastating effects of polio,” she added. This is the second polio outbreak to hit Syria since the start of the conflict in 2011. The continued violence has devastated its health infrastructure and severely disrupted routine immunization services, particularly in Deir ez-Zor and Raqqa. Prior to the crisis, Syria was polio-free, with an immunization rate over 80 per cent. National vaccination coverage is now just over 40 per cent. “As of 18 August 2017, 33 children under the age of five have been paralyzed,” said Elizabeth Hoff, WHO Representative in Syria. “The detection of the circulating vaccine derived polio virus type 2 cases demonstrates that disease surveillance systems are functional in Syria,” she continued. “Our priority now is to achieve the highest possible polio immunization coverage to stop the circulation of virus.” To vaccinate every child in need, UNICEF ran an outreach campaign and provided the vaccines and essential cold chain equipment. WHO has trained more than 1,000 field volunteers, transported the vaccines to the conflict-affected area, and funded the implementation of the campaign. UNICEF and WHO said they will continue engaging with local partners and health personnel in Raqqa and Deir ez-Zor Governorates to protect all children from polio. Both agencies also call on all parties to the conflict to allow vaccinators full access to children in need. read more

Yankees Hope To ReSign Closer Mariano Rivera

Mariano Rivera, the closer extraordinaire who tore his ACL during last season, could reach a new agreement with the New York Yankees before next week’s winter meetings, according to ESPNNewYork.comThe Yankees are “hopeful” for a new deal, the website reported a source familiar with the negotiations indicated.With Andy Pettitte about to sign a new contract for nearly $11 million, the Yankees are aiming to finish Rivera’s new contract soon so they can focus fully on figuring out right field and catcher. Rivera, who turns 43 on Thursday, made $15 million last year. He did not finish the season after tearing ligaments in his right knee in May.Rivera, after some consternation,  has already informed Yankees general manager Brian Cashman that he plans on returning. Cashman and Rivera’s agent, Fernando Cuza, have been discussing the parameters of a new deal. Rivera is expected to sign a one-year contract in what could be the final season of his career.At catcher, the Yankees’ first choice is Russell Martin, but thus far the two sides are way apart. The Yankees are willing to give Martin, 29, a multi-year contract to return. A source said that Martin’s initial asking price was four years and $9-10 million per season.A source said Texas, Seattle, Pittsburgh and Boson have all shown interest in Martin. Martin’s agent, Matt Colleran, said Monday that Martin has visited multiple cities to feel out his comfort level. Colleran declined to say which teams.Besides Mike Napoli, whom the Yankees are not in on, the other top catcher on the market is A.J. Piernzynski. He, too, is expected to receive a multiyear deal.Besides catcher, the Yankees also must figure out right field for next season. Nick Swisher  is not expected to return. Ichiro Suzuki’s  agent told the New York Post that Ichiro’s first choice is to return to the Yankees. Ichiro could be the Yankees’ right fielder with Curtis Granderson and Brett Gardner holding down the other two outfield spots. The Yankees have discussed moving Granderson to left and Gardner to center.In the midst of each of his negotiations, Cashman is trying to restructure the team’s payroll to drop under $189 million by 2014. This has been mandated by owner Hal Steinbrenner to take advantage of opportunities to reduce luxury tax payments in the new collective bargaining agreement. read more

Father visited by police after Facebook joke about feeding baby hot sauce

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. A father was visited by police after he joked about accidentally feeding hot sauce to his newborn son in a Facebook post.Paul Dawson, 39, said he was upset when two officers from Cleveland Police knocked on his door in Stockton following concerns for his baby.The barber explained he was out with his partner, Laurencia Wood, 21, and their five-day-old baby Ben at a TGI Fridays branch when the incident took place.After Ben was fed, Mr Barber wiped his hands on a napkin and took hold of his son to allow Ms Wood to eat her food.He later placed a knuckle in his mouth to pacify him, but forgot he had eaten chilli, which caused Ben to pull a “funny face”. Mr Dawson said: “It upset me. I walked away from them saying ‘I’m not even speaking to you’.”It was supposed to be a happy time, I took a few days off to spend with just my girlfriend and just my son.”It really spoiled what was supposed to have been a nice week together. I haven’t had an apology.”A Cleveland Police spokesman said: “Police received a call from a member of the public regarding concern for the welfare of a baby on Tuesday, January 8.”Officers were satisfied that the baby was safe and well and there were no further enquiries carried out.” Ben was said to have pulled a "funny face" after tasting hot sauce Ben was said to have pulled a “funny face” after tasting hot sauceCredit:PA He later wrote on Facebook: “Apparently five-day-old babies don’t like it when their dads put their fingers in their mouths after eating hot wings.”Unintentionally by the way. Lol.”A few days later, Mr Dawson was stunned when police knocked on his door to ask if he had been feeding the baby hot sauce.The new father said he felt tearful that someone had called the police about him, and the officers left after agreeing they had not read the original Facebook post which sparked their inquiries. read more

65 vehicles belonging to police officers stripped of tintTraffic Chief

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedTint being stripped from Cops’ vehiclesAugust 30, 2017In “Local News”GPF re-launches tint campaign, equipped with better techDecember 1, 2016In “latest news”More roadblocks & patrols but crime not out of controlNovember 13, 2015In “Crime” Traffic Chief Dion Moore said that the Guyana Police Force (GPF) Traffic Department has extended its tint campaign to include ranks of the force. The Traffic Chief was at the time speaking at the Department’s annual year-end press conference at the Traffic Headquarters Eve Leary.Traffic Chief, Dion MooreAccording to a release from the Department of Public Information (DPI) Moore pointed out that the Traffic Department throughout the year has clamped down on the vehicles with tint and as such police officers are not excluded.“We have embarked on removing tints from those vehicles and we removed 65 police-owned vehicles that are tinted. I mean police-owned in their private capacity and 23 police vehicles that are slated for patrol purposes, we removed the tints from those vehicles as well,” Moore stated.The removal of tint from police patrol vehicles came as a directive from the GPF’s administration which mandates that no police patrol vehicles are to be tinted. Additionally, Moore said that several police ranks involved in traffic accidents were charged and placed before the courts.He stated that “with respect to the drivers who were involved in accidents, 23 were charged thus far for the year for fatal accidents, some in their private capacity as well.”The Traffic Chief stated no one is above the law adding that if the GPF expects ordinary citizens to abide by the Law, then officers who break the law must also face similar consequences. read more

Ulster Bank apologises as customers unable to withdraw cash from ATMs

first_imgUpdated at 00.01amULSTER BANK BANKING systems have been experiencing “technical difficulties” this evening, and there are multiple reports of customers being unable to access their cash.The bank tweeted this message earlier this evening, and a spokesperson confirmed to that work was ongoing to fix the issue:Customers on Twitter have been saying that both the app and online platform is down and there are multiple complaints from people not able to withdraw money or pay in-store by visa debit.Users attempting to log onto the app are being greeted with this message: The bank have issued several more updates since the start of the problem, with one of the latest Tweets stating:Our customers are reporting that services are coming back on line. We will confirm when all systems have returned to normal service. The bank is advising anyone unable to resolve the problem to call into a branch in the morning or to contact them by phone.The institution, which had a large scale systems melt-down last year, also Tweeted this message:If customers have been left out of pocket as a result of these problems, we will put this right.It isn’t just Ulster Bank, the technical glitches are also impacting on RBS and NatWest customers who have tweeted similar messages of apology.Today is known as “‘Cyber Monday” and is one of the biggest days in the calendar for online shopping.Last year’s prolonged IT failure at Ulster Bank left 750,000 customers without any banking services for multiple weeks. The ‘technical glitch’ cost the bank more than €100 million.Ulster Bank CEO Jim Brown stated earlier this year that the root cause of the 2012 problem had been fixed, and said that the bank was “working with RBS to ensure the resilience of the systems are improving”.Additional reporting, Daragh BrophyFirst posted at 10.06pmRead: Ulster Bank says its customer deposits are up 12 per cent since IT meltdownRead: Ulster Bank parent company ‘forced small firms to default’>last_img read more

WWE announces new Executive Vice President of Content

first_imgFacebook Videos Articles Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next WWE issued the following on Monday.WWE® Promotes Lisa Fox LeeSTAMFORD, CONN. — WWE (NYSE:WWE) has promoted Lisa Fox Lee to Executive Vice President, Content, reporting directly to WWE Chairman & CEO Vince McMahon.In this newly created position, Lee will be a key member of the company’s senior management team and oversee the strategic development and distribution of WWE programming and content across all platforms, including TV, WWE Network,, WWE App and social media, where WWE has 450 million global fans and followers. In addition, Lee will oversee WWE’s Creative Writing team with all TV creative continuing to run through Vince McMahon and WWE Executive Vice President, Paul Levesque.Lee is a seasoned television and media executive who has served in various positions during her 19-year career with WWE, including her most recent title as Senior Vice President, Network Programming. She has also held roles in Television Production, Programming, Business Strategy and Sponsorship Sales.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipIs WWE Losing Its Audience?Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:29/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:05Remaining Time -0:25 FullscreenUp NextThis 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.Replay the list Triple H Pinterest Vince Mcmahon Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Twittercenter_img WWE Rescheduling San Jose NXT Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Google+ Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Bully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On Twitter Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Roman Reigns is in Remission WhatsApp Clash of Champions Highlights: Luke Harper returns, Rollins/Strowman, Becky against Sasha Is WWE Losing Its Audience?last_img read more

Media Fact Sheet for 2017 Flow CARIFTA Games – Curacao

first_imgCoverage will feature commentary from veteran Caribbean journalists from across the region, including Nadine Liverpool, internationally renowned sports broadcaster and host of Flow Sports Premier Weekly, and Dalton Myers, Director of Sports at the University of the West Indies. Also newly added to this year’s line-up are well-known OECS Sports journalist, Terry Finesterre from St. Lucia and former Caymanian star athlete, Kareem Streete-Thompson, an Austin Sealy Trophy holder and CARIFTA record-holder in the long jump. The Flow CARIFTA Games will be shown in ten (10) countries around the Caribbean on Flow Sports Premier; Flow will once again broadcast the Games live in HD across the region, offering customers the best-possible viewing experience of one of the region’s most important home-grown sporting events. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Flow is also the headline sponsor of the Boys and Girls ‘CHAMPS’ in Jamaica, the largest high school athletics championships in the Caribbean. Flow invites you the “Watch the Future” as the Caribbean’s best and brightest Junior athletes take center stage. The Flow Carifta Games have been the launching pad for the careers of some of the Region’s brightest athletic stars. Flow’s sponsorship and broadcast of the Flow CARIFTA Games is another way for the Company to further demonstrate its support for up-and-coming Caribbean athletes, as well as solidify Flow Sports’ commitment to become the ‘home of sports’ in the Caribbean. Remember to visit and like our Facebook page Tweet us @MyFlow using the hashtag #FlowCarifta Flow is once again raising the bar for sports viewership by providing fans with anytime, anywhere access with the new Flow Sports App; simply download the Flow Sports app on Android or iOS smart devices, or visit the online microsite at from any lap top or tablet device. Flow Sports will broadcast the 46th CARIFTA Games in High Definition (HD) across its network in the Caribbean on its premium sports channel, Flow Sports Premier Sports fans can access the Flow Sports Channel in Antigua, Barbados, The Bahamas, Cayman Islands, Curaçao, Grenada, Jamaica, St. Vincent, St. Lucia and in Trinidad.center_img More than 35 collegiate coaches from North America are likely to be in attendance at the 2017 Flow CARIFTA Games to scout and recruit some of the region’s best young athletes. Related Items:#FlowCarifta Curacao will host the 46th CARIFTA Games on Easter Weekend between April 15th and 17th; more than 650 athletes and officials have confirmed their participation; this is the first time that Curacao will host the CARIFTA Games. Flow believes that the heightened exposure of the Flow CARIFTA Games will ultimately raise the bar for these significant regional championships, from which many Caribbean athletic champions have already emerged. The event is now known as the Flow CARIFTA Games. The Flow CARIFTA Games adds to an ever-growing line-up of exciting sport partnerships Flow has signed over the past year including the CONCACAF 2018 World Cup Qualifiers, Rio 2016 Olympic Games and the hugely popular English Premier League football. Flow, which was also the region’s exclusive broadcast partner for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, will present more than twenty hours of live coverage during the three-day event in Curacao. NACAC has commissioned 6 Gear to do the production of the event. Flow also has an expanding list of Olympian brand ambassadors including Rio 2016 gold medalist Elaine Thompson (100m & 200m – Jamaica) & Silver Medalist Kirani James (400m – Grenada), Gold Medalist Shaunae Miller (400m –Bahamas) , Machel Cedenio (400m – Triidad & Tobago), Ashley Kelly (400m – BVI) Delano Williams (200m – Great Britain), Lavern Spencer (High Jump – St. Lucia), Khalifa St. Fort (100m – Trinidad & Tobago), Darian King (Tennis – Barbados) and Jason Wilson (Triathlon – Barbados). Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, March 28, 2017 – Providenciales –Flow has signed a three-year partnership with the North American, Central American and Caribbean Athletics Association (NACAC) to be the exclusive broadcast partner and sponsor of the CARIFTA Games.last_img read more

SD County Board of Supervisors OKs creation of behavioral health center

first_img KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, SD County Board of Supervisors OKs creation of behavioral health center Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter March 27, 2019center_img Posted: March 27, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted today to move forward with a plan to turn a dilapidated facility in the Hillcrest neighborhood into a behavioral health center.The county Health and Human Services Agency will now conduct a feasibility study on turning the property, located at 4307-4039 Third Ave. in San Diego, into a Regional Hub for Behavioral Health Continuum of Care. Helen Robbins-Meyer, the county’s chief administrative officer, was directed to present the study to the board no later than Nov. 20.The county-owned, 7.24-acre parcel has been vacant for nearly 10 years. Supervisor Nathan Fletcher, who made the proposal, said the board’s unanimous vote means the county is “committed to taking substantive action to address the mental health crisis.”“This new model has the potential to become a behavioral health continuum of care system that serves four corners of the county,” Fletcher added.He said a regional hub would provide services such as crisis stabilization, inpatient, residential psychotherapeutic rehabilitation, intensive outpatient, and other related services and programs.Another benefit, board members said, would be the regional hub being located near two major hospitals: UC San Diego Medical Center and Scripps Mercy Hospital.Previously, there had been interest in building condominiums on the Hillcrest property, according to the county. In light of the board’s vote for a regional hub, the CAO will cancel a proposed ground lease for a project described as “predominately high-priced residential housing.”Board Chairwoman Dianne Jacob said the existing buildings on the Hillcrest site need to be torn down. Putting commercial housing there wasn’t a bad idea, “but the times have changed,” Jacob said, adding that a regional hub is the right thing to do.Her colleague, Kristin Gaspar, said she was very encouraged by an innovative model for treating people with mental health needs.It can be difficult to find a good location for such a facility, but “today we have a rare opportunity to expand upon this model right out of the gate,” she said.Board members heard from three speakers in favor of the regional hub, including Brian Elliott, policy director for San Diego City Councilman Chris Ward. Elliott said the facility would become a “life-saving link in reducing homelessness.”The board also endorsed seeking out other locations in the county, including in Escondido and Fallbrook, to build similar mental health facilities. Updated: 6:46 PMlast_img read more

From Intern to EditorinChief Meet Experience Lifes Jamie Martin

first_img Folio: Is that something you view as a continuation of Pilar’s mission? Folio: What are some of those challenges when it comes to digital? Folio: connected with Martin to discuss her meteoric rise at Experience Life, the state of health and wellness media in the digital age, and her plans to continue growing the brand while remaining true to its mission. Folio: What advice do you have for someone just starting out and looking to climb the ranks in the media business? If we’re going to be doing real-time coverage, I think there’s an opportunity to be more thoughtful and to do it in a more progressive way than what other digital news outlets are doing. I don’t think Experience Life is really a news outlet, but just being able to contribute more in the digital space, in a timelier manner, is something I’m really excited about. Martin: Yes, that’s not going to change. We’re still committed to being progressive, to being in-depth. No gimmicks, no hype. We’re not going to compromise that part of our brand that really sets us apart in the health and wellness space. Martin: Yes, absolutely. I get very lit up about digital and all of the new ways that you can tell stories. I’m really excited to continue to evolve I think we have a huge opportunity to be commenting and responding in real-time about news in the health and wellness and fitness space, to not be waiting on the lead time for the print magazine, to be really relevant, thoughtful, and intentional about how we cover topics in that space. Martin: It’s really a matter of being ahead of the curve in terms of how we cover health and wellness. We have our editors attending some of the leading conferences in medicine. In many cases, we’re the only journalists and media teams who are there. We’re committed to bringing progressive, forward-thinking information to our readers, both in digital and in print. The quality and integrity of the magazine is first and foremost. Martin: The shift to digital has been pretty phenomenal. The time and attention that people are putting into their digital presence is pretty amazing. I think we’re going to continue to see progress in the way we tell stories and engage with people. We’re looking ahead at a lot of that now. We have a big web project in the works that we’re excited to roll out within the next year or so. Martin: There are just so many people in this space right now. How do you compete and be the most relevant? One of the ways we handle that is just staying true to our commitment of no gimmicks and no hype. How many times have people failed at “Six-pack abs in ten days?” When we can talk about real solutions for real problems that real people are facing in their every day lives, I think we can connect. And it’s not just about how we put together cover lines, it’s also about how we’re approaching social media and our digital strategy overall. Thinking about — when there’s so much noise out there — how we can be the brand that connects with people. Martin:I think just having grown up with the values of Experience Life being drilled into my head, I can pretty quickly identify a headline that isn’t going to work for us, or a story where there’s just not enough there for us to cover that. The team here is amazing. We have a lot of staffers who’ve been here a long time. They hold me accountable and I hold them accountable. We all work together to make sure we put out quality content that’s really all about how you can be a little bit better tomorrow than you were today — helping people make realistic progress toward their healthy living goals. A lot of what you see in the digital space is people going after clicks and using sensational headlines but not really delivering on them once you get to the actual story. We’re committed to staying true to our brand promise of helping people live happier, healthier lives in realistic ways, not over-promising. It’s difficult in the digital space, but we really want to stay true to our brand. I think that’s how we’ll be successful. I think it makes sense, the way that the digital world has evolved in the 11 years that I’ve been here, to have someone succeed Pilar who has a lot of experience in the digital space but is still passionate about the editorial that goes into the print product.center_img Folio: What’s been the biggest change you’ve seen in the health and wellness media space over the last 15 years? Jamie Martin Six months in, 2016 has already been a historic year for Minnesota-based health and wellness magazine Experience Life. Apart from basking in the glow of a remarkable five-percent year-over-year leap in average print circulation to just a shade under 750,000, according to data from the Alliance for Audited Media, the brand is also celebrating its 15th anniversary. That, for me, has been such an integral part of how I’ve gotten to where I am now — not holding back, not being hesitant. We all have things to learn. We all have things to continue to growing in. I’ve been amazed, even just since stepping into this position, at how much I’ve learned and how much I’ve grown and how much more I still have to learn. If it lights your fire, if it’s something that you get excited about, there’s no reason you should hold yourself back. Show your initiative and just be willing to put yourself out there a little bit. Perhaps most notably, however, 2016 marks the arrival of a new editor-in-chief, just the second in the magazine’s history. Succeeding founding editor Pilar Gerasimo is Jamie Martin, who first joined Experience Life as an intern fresh out of journalism school in 2005 before rapidly ascending the ranks. Folio: Over the past few years, you’ve managed to actually grow your print audience. How will you continue that progress? Folio: Is continuing to build out Experience Life’s digital presence going to be a major focus going forward? Folio: Does the fact that you’ve been with the brand throughout your career make you well-suited to connect with that audience? We’re going to continue to go deep into topics and debunk myths. You’re going to continue to see real people on our covers who have really amazing stories about health and wellness and transformation. We’re going to continue to feature different types of stories than you’ll see in other magazines in the space — not just fitness and nutrition, but also on the quality of life aspect of it, the mind-body connection. Folio: When you first joined Experience Life as an intern 11 years ago, did you ever see yourself succeeding Pilar Gerasimo as editor-in-chief? Martin: I think the most important thing is just to be willing to try and experiment. Be willing to raise your hand and get involved. Be willing to tackle a project that seems out of your wheelhouse. Be willing to just try something new and be proactive. Jamie Martin: No, absolutely not. It was a dream to step into the team and to work with her. She’s been such an important role model in my career and in my life. She’s empowered me to follow my dreams, to go for it when an opportunity arises, to be proactive.last_img read more

2018 GRAMMYs Nominations To Be Announced Nov 28

first_img GRAMMY Performances Available Via Apple Music MusiCares 15 Records That Could Be Set | 60th GRAMMYs Facebook ‘2018 GRAMMY Nominees’ Album: Buy Your Copy 60th GRAMMYs: Who Are The First Performers? General Field nominations to be announced by Andra Day on “CBS This Morning”; full 60th Awards nominations to be available at GRAMMY.comGRAMMYs Nov 27, 2017 – 6:30 am GRAMMY.comMark your calendars: The Recording Academy will announce nominees for the 60th GRAMMY Awards on Tuesday, Nov. 28. UPDATE: View The Full List Of 60th GRAMMY Awards Nominations Uber Partners With Best New Artist Nominees Prev Next Kelly ClarksonPhoto: Roy Rochlin/Getty Images Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban 2018 GRAMMYs: Nominations To Be Announced Nov. 28 See Full List Of 60th GRAMMYs 2018 Awards Winners 15 Records That Could Be Set | 60th GRAMMYs Kendrick LamarPhoto: Lester Cohen/Getty Images These 15 Artists Are First-Time GRAMMY Nominees Miley CyrusPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images RihannaPhoto: Steve Granitz/Getty Images Rihanna Among Performers Added To 60th GRAMMYs Bruno MarsPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Nile RodgersPhoto: Paul Bergen/Redferns/Getty Images KhalidPhoto: Justin Lloyd/Newspix/Getty Images Performers Added To 2018 Person Of The Year Show Kendrick LamarPhoto: Lester Cohen/Getty Images Who Are The Latest Performers? | 60th GRAMMYs Luis FonsiPhoto: Victor Chavez/ Who’s Performing At The 2018 GRAMMY After-Party? 2018 GRAMMYs: 60 Nominee Facts Meet The GRAMMY Hall Of Fame Class Of 2018 Clive Davis Reflects On Pre-GRAMMY Gala Who Is Presenting At The 60th GRAMMYs? 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Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Mary Lambert, Madonna, and Queen Latifah perform at the 56th GRAMMY Awards Dave GrohlPhoto: John Shearer/ RihannaPhoto: Steve Granitz/Getty Images Watch GRAMMY Country Performances On Apple Music These 15 Artists Are First-Time GRAMMY Nominees Lady GagaPhoto: Lester Cohen/ Watch GRAMMY Rap Performances On Apple Music Bruno Mars, Cardi B Added To 60th GRAMMYs Lineup Uber Partners With Best New Artist Nominees 60th GRAMMYs: Full Performer List Dave GrohlPhoto: John Shearer/ Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban Whitney Houston, 29th GRAMMY Awards Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Mary Lambert, Madonna, and Queen Latifah perform at the 56th GRAMMY Awards Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Mary Lambert, Madonna, and Queen Latifah perform at the 56th GRAMMY Awards Watch GRAMMY Rock Performances On Apple Music Chris Stapleton, Sting Added To 60th GRAMMYs Performers Added To 2018 Person Of The Year Show Chris StapletonPhoto: Steve Granitz/Getty Images GRAMMY Performances Available Via Apple Music Dr. DrePhoto: Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic Nile RodgersPhoto: Paul Bergen/Redferns/Getty Images Clive Davis and Pharrell WilliamsPhoto: Michael Tran/FilmMagic/Getty Images Watch GRAMMY Rap Performances On Apple Music See Full List Of 60th GRAMMYs 2018 Awards Winners Watch GRAMMY Pop Performances On Apple Music Who Is Presenting At The 60th GRAMMYs? 2018 GRAMMYs: 60 Nominee Facts ‘2018 GRAMMY Nominees’ Album: Buy Your Copy Singer/songwriter Andra Day will help kick off the nominations by revealing nominees in the four General Field categories (Best New Artist, Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year, and Album Of The Year) live on “CBS This Morning” at 8:30 a.m. ET/5:30 a.m. PT. Immediately following, at 8:40 a.m. ET/5:40 a.m. PT, the Recording Academy will announce nominations across all 84 categories via and social media platforms.The milestone telecast will take place Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018, at Madison Square Garden in New York City.The eligibility window for the 60th GRAMMYs is Oct. 1, 2016, through Sept. 30, 2017. The first-round ballot period took place Oct. 16–29, 2017, with the final-round ballot period set for Dec. 7–21, 2017.This past spring, The Academy has completed its annual review of awards rules and regulations, and established a series of new amendments to guide the GRAMMY Awards process moving forward.These amendments, effective for the 60th GRAMMYs, include implementing online voting for the GRAMMY Awards, recognizing songwriters in the Album Of The Year category and establishing Nominations Review Committees for the Rap, Contemporary Instrumental, and New Age Fields.For the first time, all voting members will cast their GRAMMY Awards votes online rather than by paper ballot. This transition will provide the Recording Academy’s more than 13,000 voting members greater access and flexibility than ever before, eliminate the possibility of invalid ballots and protect further against fraudulent voting.Moving forward, all music creators (songwriters, producers, engineers, mixers, mastering engineers, featured artists) credited with at least 33 percent or more playing time on the winning album will be eligible to receive a GRAMMY for Album Of The Year. Previously, songwriters were not recognized in this category.Nominations Review Committees will be created and implemented for the Rap, Contemporary Instrumental, and New Age Fields. A Nominations Review process was established in 1989 as an additional round of checks and balances to eliminate the potential for a popularity bias that puts emerging artists, independent music, and late-year releases at a disadvantage. Since then, Nominations Review Committees have been established across 15 GRAMMY Awards Fields. 2018 GRAMY Nominees Album: Pre-Order NowRead morelast_img read more

Telangana State Minorities Commission urges University of

first_imgHyderabad: The Telangana State Minorities Commission (TSMC) has asked the University of Hyderabad (UoH)to come up with the sign board which highlights the name of University in Urdu (2nd official language of TS), apart from existing Telugu, Hindi and English. The TSMC asked the UoH VC to take immediate necessary action to get the sign board written in Urdu language also along with other languages in an official communication. Also Read – Patancheru: Locals irked over overflowing nalas Advertise With Us The Commission took up the issue following a petition filed by Syed Abdul Rahman, resident of Falaknuma, where he brought to notice of the Commission that sign board of the university has been written in English, Hindi and Telugu languages, but it doesn’t the name of the university in Urdu language, though it has been declared as 2nd official language by the Telangana government. Also Read – Banjara Hills: Anything but a Japanese Park Advertise With Us The member of Students Islamic Organisation (Baba Nagar Unit), Abdul Rahman is a resident of Farooq Nagar in Falaknuma and pursuing MA (Urdu) from Dr B R Ambedkar Open University. “Being a student of Urdu, I took up it as an important issue and decided to approach TSMC. Since Urdu has been declared as second official language of Telangana, accordingly authorities should act or otherwise it would be an injustice,” said Abdul Rahman.last_img read more

Wireless earphones A new trend

first_imgWireless earphones have become fashionable. Sophisticated noise cancellation features in earphones and headphones have been adding to the rising popularity of these devices. Major technological developments in wireless technologies such as Wi-Fi, Infrared (IR), SKAA and Bluetooth are expected to continue to boost the growth of the earphone and headphone market further. Some of the latest ultra-trending wireless earphones for the gadget lovers are as follows: Also Read – TSBB, NGC promotes eco-friendly Ganeshas Advertise With Us V-MODA Bassfit Wireless The V-MODA Bassfit Wireless is sport plastic ear piece was released on March 7th 2019. It instantly strikes as a premium earphone and the wires may seem a little flimsy with the price of 12,990. Also, these earphones have been tested for sweat, UV and temperature resistance. Like IP-rated water-resistant phones, these earphones have a nano -coating to help sweat liquid. You get apt X support, fast charging (two hours’ use from a 15-minute charge), dual microphones for clearer calls and a vibration motor in the neckband that buzzes when you receive a call. Also Read – CM KCR praises PRO for his books on Telangana Advertise With Us JBL FreeX JBL FreeX provides comfortable handy usages of Wireless earphones. It has a compact ear-bud design and come with an identical hard charging case with the price of 8,900. JBL Free X is portable in-ears, even when they’re charging. It has a stable fit that’s good to use during work-out and quite comfortable. Unfortunately, their unique ear-bud design may not fit everyone well, and their control scheme lacks volume control. Advertise With Us Sony WI 1000X The Sony WI 1000X is an in-ear headphone that offers active noise cancellation, which is unseen at this price point of 20,220. It has a more premium look and feel than most earphones at this point. It can be used with a wire too, which is unique for a wireless in-ear. A decent sound that may disappoints bass heads, over-all Sony WI 1000X gives excellent sounds.SHURE SE215 SHURE came up with a Bluetooth cable making them all the more handy and convenient. The SE215 has been a staple of the audiophile community for years, often recommended as an entry-level high-quality with affordable price of 17,000. The SE215 maintains a borderline warm signature sound but without overly boosted bass. The cable does its job, adding wireless capability to any Micro miniature connectors MMCX-compatible headphones and delivers a decent 8-hour battery life.last_img read more

Beware 2016 Will Last One Second Longer

first_img Watch: ‘Fighting’ Male Pythons Spotted By Australian Snake CatcherHubble Space Telescope Captures Star’s Eerie Gaseous Glow If you’re one of the millions of Twitter users clamoring for 2016 to “stop it” and “end already,” even though a year couldn’t possibly actually do any harm on its own and 2017 isn’t a magical cure-all, you won’t like this news. The final minute of 2016 is going to have an extra second. So gird your loins and hold your loved ones close during that extra second if you’re superstitious.Why is there an extra second, anyway? It all comes down to the Earth’s rotation. It seems that its rotation speed didn’t line up perfectly with atomic clocks that official timekeepers use, and thus a “leap second” has been formed. Essentially, these leap seconds are just added at the stroke of midnight on June 30 or December 31 whenever an adjustment is necessary. The last leap second we ended up having occurred in June 2015, and you probably didn’t even know about it. Even further back still was the leap second added in June 2012.These seconds are sometimes necessary because things can get a bit out of whack sometimes. The length of a regular day is governed by how the Earth rotates, but that isn’t always the same, consistent rate. With the Earth rotating slower and slower over the years, the seconds are required to keep things neat and tidy. This year it’s needed, so that extra second is just being slapped on the end there to keep balance with clocks and timekeepers across the globe. It’s really not a big deal, and you won’t notice it, but it’s a cool fact to keep in mind.AdChoices广告Just be careful if you’re superstitious and thinking 2016 might still have some tricks up its sleeve. You never know what nefarious evils that could still occur in that extra second. On the real, this is some great trivia you can tell your family. Stay on targetlast_img read more

Modern Fresh Prince of BelAir Trailer ReBoots Goofy Sitcom as a Gripping

first_imgThe Fresh Prince of Bel-Air was one of the most popular sitcoms of the 90’s following the life of Will Smith as he leaves his life on the mean streets of Philadelphia to live with his wealthy relatives in the exclusive L.A. community of Bel-Air.Anyone who watched the show knows that the series was mostly a light-hearted comedy, but a new trailer that’s making the rounds on YouTube re-imagines the well-known story as a gritty drama that feels like an episode of The Wire.You’ll never look at Uncle Phil, Will and Carlton the same again after watching this internet masterpiece. Honestly, with so many bad ideas that get the green light, why not give this a shot?last_img read more

My MustHave Apps Tools for Running a Womens Retreat and Keeping Up

first_imgMarch 27, 2014 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now GoogleSites. While many professionals use GoogleDocs for collaborative projects, Baker uses GoogleSites to create an internal website for planning and record keeping for all of her retreats. She previously used a combination of Dropbox and GoogleDocs to share information, but now estimates that she saves 10 to 20 percent of her time using GoogleSites. She finds that by creating her own website for project management that she can customize the layout and navigation for her needs, which decreases the time spent finding and updating the information. “I love it because we can make changes to documents without having to download the document and upload the new version,” says Baker. When she has conference calls with members of her workshop panels, she takes notes during the call and participants can see what she has written throughout the meeting. “The organization of a website is so much richer and three-dimensional than a spreadsheet program or Customer Relationship Management system.”  This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. A sample GoogleSites template.Image credit: GoogleSites WhatsApp. Keeping in touch with two adult daughters, one in New Orleans and the other in Cape Town, South Africa, is one of Baker’s top priorities. Since the app does not have per-message or out-of-country charges, her family can affordably stay in touch through the app’s voice, video and text messaging capabilities when on WiFi. One of Baker’s favorite features is that messages pop up, even if the screen lock or sleep mode is on, so she never misses a message. “So now I can be starting my workday in the early morning and my daughter can be sending me a video of the clouds streaming like a waterfall off of Table Mountain in the late afternoon on the other side of the world,” says Baker. “Since I only use WhatsApp for my daughters and a few very close friends, I know that if a message pops up, that it is going to be from one of the most important people in my life.”  Ann Voorhees BakerImage credit: Women at Woodstockcenter_img PaperLi. Every day Baker publishes a newspaper on her website with articles of interest to women age 50 and older. Instead of spending hours writing or searching for content, she uses Paper.Li to aggregate curated news stories, tweets, Facebook and LinkedIn posts, RSS feeds, and videos from sources that she trusts. “Behind the scenes we’re getting an extra boost for our social media profile, too, because bloggers and social media-active people who are featured often spread the word among their own followings,” says Baker. While Ann Voorhees Baker knew that turning 50 was a milestone, she had no idea that her birthday celebration would change her entire career path. Instead of waiting for someone to throw her a big party, she decided to have her own celebration and invite some close friends to spend the weekend in a cabin in the woods. “I had the most amazing time and learned new things about these women whom I known for over 20 years,” says Baker. “It was such affirming and life changing weekend for us that I decided to give other women the same experience.”In the fall of 2012, she held her first Women at Woodstock retreat, motivational retreats for women older than 50, and now holds several retreats each year, both on the West and East coast. “My daughters refer to [the attendees] as highly educated, aging hippies,” says Baker. “They are not conferences where you sit in your chair for days and leave with a plastic bag of goodies. But they also aren’t retreats where we meditate all day and spread magic powers. The Women at Woodstock retreats are somewhere between those two extremes.”  But organizing these multi-day events, along with working as a social media consultant, keeps Baker busy. For staying organized and connected, she depends on these three apps: PaperLi on tablets and desktop computers.Image credit: PaperLi 4 min read Image credit: WhatsApp Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more