13th Annual Denim Diamonds Stars For ACT Today

first_imgBright lights and cameras will be out in force at the 13th Annual Denim, Diamonds & Stars, a red-carpet evening to raise funds for ACT Today!, the nation’s leading autism nonprofit organization providing help and support to children with autism and their families.3th Annual Denim, Diamonds and StarsPresenters include actors Joe Mantegna and Gary Cole.The event is Sunday, October 7 at the Four Seasons Westlake Village (2 Dole Dr.). Festivities include red-carpet arrivals, cocktail reception, silent and live auctions, live entertainment, gourmet dinner catered by Four Seasons award-winning chefs, celebrity presenters and special tributes to 2018 honorees. Honorees are Richard Schiff, Emmy-winning actor/producer/director and currently in “The Good Doctor,” Joanne Lara, executive director of Autism Works Now! and Rose van Wier Hein, founder/CEO of Golden Heart Ranch. Emceeing the event is Nick Belardo.Since it began in 2005, ACT Today! Has helped more than 1,400 families and distributed more than $1.65 million in grants. Presenting sponsor is Center for Autism & Related Disorders (CARD). For more information and to purchase tickets, go to www.denimanddiamondsforautism.net.last_img read more

Its not too late to set money resolutions for 2019

New Year’s Day has come and gone and perhaps your resolve to stick to your resolutions has disappeared by now as well. If so, don’t despair — it’s not too late to set and achieve some money goals.WHY GOALS MATTERIt is important to use goals to help achieve big plans. For example, you may want to retire comfortably or own a house one day. But how do you do that? By setting smaller, achievable goals to get you down that path.“It’s planning,” said Michael Eisenberg, CPA, financial planner and member of a financial literacy commission for the American institute of CPAs. “Setting goals is equal to planning. When you have a goal you can see it and take steps toward it.”And when it comes to something as important and long-term as your financial security, goals are extremely important. Once you write down a specific goal it begins to become more real. And if you take action on it and see incremental success, it can often provide the positive feedback loop that helps keep people going.“It’s interesting to watch human behaviour,” Eisenberg said. “When (clients) start to set some money away and see it grow they start to (think) ‘wow’ and continue to do it.”WHY NOW?New Year’s has passed but a recent study from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania found that other days that have importance to individuals can serve as fresh starts of sorts as well.The study found that certain “landmark” days — such as a birthday, the start of a new week or beginning of a new school term — can jump start new habits. The exact day doesn’t matter as much as the fact it is embraced by an individual. That’s because when people buy into these landmarks, they interrupt the traditional decision-making process, helping people focus on their high-level goals rather than the mundane details of daily life.Consider a stop for coffee in the morning. Where someone might normally decide if they are going to stop based on a desire for coffee or how long the line is, this thinking may shift if someone has embraced a bigger goal, said Wharton researcher Katherine Milkman. The thinking may shift to “Is this coffee helping my ultimate goal of saving money?”Milkman, who specializes in behaviour change and decision making, also notes that people should not beat themselves up if they have tried and failed before.“Change is hard,” she said. “We have all tried these things before and we all need a kick in the butt to try again.”HOW TO CRAFT A GOALIt is important to pick a goal that really matters to you.Once you have a goal, make sure it is achievable. So don’t say you will save $29,000 if you earn $30,000, Milkman said as an example. Try something more bite-sized like saving $2,000 and calculate what that might mean on a weekly basis. Then figure out what steps you need to take (take the bus, bring your lunch twice a week, etc.) to make that happen.Lastly, write it down. Experts across the board agree this helps cement your goal.HOW TO MAKE THEM STICKConsider both the carrot and the stick.On the carrot side, keep your bigger goal in mind when you make smaller decisions along the way. And maybe consider how your future self might feel if you achieve that goal. A 2014 study from researchers from a group of universities used age progression software to show people what they looked like at retirement age. Those who saw the older images of themselves were significantly more willing to save money for retirement than those who had not. You may also want to consider the stick: some people commit to a financial penalty if they fail to meet smaller goals along the way.Some people make their goals public as the shame of admitting failure keeps them committed. “Anything you can do to make it painful to fail makes it incentive to succeed,” Milkman said.Also, try making it easy on yourself. If you are committed to saving or paying off a debt, automate it so that money is moved without you even having to take further action.Sarah Skidmore Sell, The Associated Press read more

Italys EGP Nareva to Start Building 180 MW Wind Farm in

Rabat – The Midelt wind farm is the first part of the 850 megawatt Integrated Wind Project (PEI) which includes four other wind farms, Enel Green Power (EGP) wrote in a statement on November 5.The Midelt wind farm will cost MAD 2.5 billion and is expected to be complete in 2 years.Morocco’s National Electricity Office (ONEE), the Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy (MASEN), and a consortium of both EGP and the Moroccan energy company Nareva all signed financing agreements on November 5 to start the wind farm’s construction. The project is “financed through equity investments from shareholders as well as debt financing from ONEE,” according to EGP.Read also: Moroccan MASEN and AFDB Announce “Desert to Power” InitiativeThe Midelt wind farm “is set to contribute to the economic and social development of Morocco, and particularly that of the Midelt region, notably in terms of job creation and use of local services,” wrote EGP.The Midelt farm is expected to have enough capacity to power a city like Agadir, with 500,000 inhabitants, and save 400,000 tons of CO2 emissions per year.“With this first, important step that we are taking today, Enel Green Power will support Morocco’s energy demand and help the country meet its objective to increase power generation from renewables, as announced in its Domestic Energy Strategy,” said Antonio Cammisecra, head of EGP. Once the Midelt wind farm becomes operational, the companies will sell the electricity produced to ONEE for a 20-year power purchase agreement. The blades and towers of the wind farm will be manufactured in Morocco through Spanish Siemens Gamesa, the only supplier of wind turbines for the project.Read also: Soluna and Blockchain DMG Partner for Moroccan Wind Farm ProjectMorocco’s ambitious wind projectThe EGP and Nareva consortium were awarded the 850 megawatt Integrated Wind Project following an international tender.The wind project will cost MAD 12 billion.The project, according to EGP, “marks a turning point in Morocco’s national energy strategy, aimed at meeting the country’s growing demand for electricity, at competitive prices while complying with Morocco’s sustainable development goals.”Nareva CEO Said El Hadi said, “The 850 MW [Integrated Wind Project] is a project that will enable Morocco to make significant progress in meeting its energy strategy.” “We are pleased to support the Government in achieving its goal of increasing the share of renewable energy to 52% of the country’s installed capacity by 2030,” El Hadi added.Read also: King Mohammed VI’s Renewable Energy Goals Reached Within DeadlineOn November 2, King Mohammed VI chaired a meeting to follow up the implementation of Morocco’s renewable energy strategy. During the meeting, the King gave instructions “to increase the initial ambitions for renewable energy to exceed the current goal of 52 percent of the national electric mix by 2030.”The other four wind farms included in the 850 megawatt wind projects will be built in Tangier (100 megawatts), Jbel Lahdid (200 megawatts) in western Morocco, and Tiskrad (300 megawatts) and Boujdour (100 megawatts) in southern provinces. read more

Special commodity levy on sugar increased by Rs 175kg

Though the levy on imported sugar has been increased there is no escalation in the selling price of sugar. On the recommendation of the Cabinet Sub Committee on Cost of Living the Government had introduced maximum retail price for 16 essential items inclusive of sugar. Accordingly the maximum selling price of 1 kg of white sugar will continue to be Rs 95.00 (Colombo Gazette) The Special Commodity Levy (SCL) of cents 0.25/kg imposed on imported sugar has been increased by Rs 1.75/kg from midnight Thursday (15). Accordingly, the Gazette extraordinary to effect the increase of this levy to Rs 2.00/kg has been issued by the Trade and Investment Department of the Treasury, the Ministry of Finance said.Meanwhile, a Special commodity levy of Rs 15/kg has also been imposed on imported raw sugar also from midnight Wednesday as the locally produced raw sugar is coming to the market these days. Sri Lanka produces around 50,000 MT of raw (Brown) sugar annually which is less than 10 percent of the annual brown sugar need. read more

Tensions ease in latest Côte dIvoire violence some refugees return – UN

While the influx into Liberia has ground to a halt, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and its partners continue to monitor and to provide assistance in the border areas. Last week the agency estimated that 19,000 Ivorians had fled the recent violence into Liberia, itself recovering from 14 years of civil war and violent anarchy. In the western part of the country, UN peacekeepers recovered and then destroyed a cache of arms and ammunition in a church at Danane. The latest crisis began on 4 November when Government forces bombed rebel positions in the in the UN-patrolled Zone of Confidence (ZOC) separating the combatants. Two days later Government forces bombed French peacekeepers there, killing nine, and French troops destroyed the Government’s air force in retaliation, leading to widespread rioting, looting and harassment of foreigners. The UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) was set up in April to help implement peace accords between the Government and rebels signed in January 2003. read more

Shooting victim Tanesha Melbourne described as innocent child caught up in postcode

first_imgThe death of Tanesha Melbourne capped a terrifying weekend of violence on London’s streets which saw three people murdered and three left fighting for their lives after being stabbed or shot. While Tanesha lay dying in Tottenham, another teenager aged 16, was shot in the face in Walthamstow a few miles away. Police said he died in hospital with his family by his bedside on Tuesday evening. Credit: PA The 17-year-old girl killed in a drive-by shooting on Easter Monday was described by close friends yesterday as “just an innocent child caught up in this stupid postcode war”. Tanesha Melbourne Tanesha Melbourne A 15-year-old boy, also discovered at the scene, was treated for stab injuries which are no longer life-changing and he was subsequently…last_img read more

Now you can try out Firefox OS in your browser

first_imgWant to play with Mozilla’s pure-web, open source Firefox OS? You could always flash it to a Galaxy Nexus or a Raspberry Pi, but what if you don’t have an experimental handset or dev board handy? Just launch Firefox and go all Xzibit on it: run Mozilla’s browser-powered operating system inside your browser. You can even try out its browser while you’re at it.Mozilla’s development crew has released a new emulator that you can install like any other Firefox extension. It’s packaged as a .XPI, and there are dedicated versions for Windows, Mac, and Linux systems available for download. The Windows version, unfortunately, is a tad on the unstable side right now (“crashy,” as Mozilla puts it).Don’t let that stop you from taking FxOS for an test drive. It’s exciting to see how much progress Mozilla has made already, and even more exciting to think about what we’ll see later this year or early next year when the first phones running Firefox OS start shipping.Just about everything works as you’d expect it to. You can visit the Firefox Marketplace and install apps, fire up the built-in maps app (powered by Nokia) and get travel directions, traffic details, and public transit routes, and fiddle about with the ineffectual FxOS settings  on your imaginary phone.Want to fill the pages of your address book? Facebook importing works beautifully. And although the Firefox browser crashes when I launch it on its own, it’s done an excellent job of handling chat sessions on m.facebook.com whenever I’ve managed to catch a contact online in the emulator.You won’t get a full sense of how Firefox OS feels on a phone by playing with R2D2B2G, but it’s a hassle-free way to get a quick look at Mozilla’s take on a modern mobile operating system. Head over to Blue Sky On Mars and grab the .XPI if you’re ready to try it out yourself.via Blue Sky on Marslast_img read more

Irish oesophageal cancer rates remain among the highest in Europe

first_img 15,294 Views Share192 Tweet Email4 NEW DATA HAS revealed high success rates in curative approaches to the treatment of oesophageal cancer, as the 17th Lollipop Day approaches.Barrett’s Oesophagus is a condition that is frequently a precursor to full-scale cancer.The National Registry & Biobank for Barrett’s Oesophagus patients, which links six Irish hospitals, helps identify at-risk persons earlier and track their progress with regular surveillance, using endoscopies and bioscopies. The Registry is funding by the Oesophageal Cancer Fund (OCF).Since 2010, the national data has revealed that of 6,000 patients, some 1033 (18%) at first diagnosis with Barrett’s had worrisome changes in their condition, with 5% having early cancer.On follow-up for an average of four years, 20% of patients who had no worries from the first scope developed concerning changes, just over 15.7% were found with dysplasia and no cancer, and 4.3% were found with high-grade dysplasia or cancer.EndotherapyIn patients with low-grade changes – dysplasia – on first scope, 33% progressed to cancer in the follow-up.Suitable patients who are monitored on the Registry can then receive endotherapy – curative approaches to treatment that may heretofore have been treated with major surgery to remove the oesophagus.Endotherapy can minimise or prevent abnormal cells from developing into a cancerous condition of the oesophagus.The data collected by the Registry has found that 264 patients with worrisome changes in their Barrett’s Oesophagus condition have undergone endotherapy.In this period, 100 patients had their oesophagus removed for early cancers. Of these, 60% went straight to surgery as not suitable for endotherapy.30% had attempted treatment with endotherapy which showed features demanding oesophageal surgery.In just 10 patients (10%) did endotherapy fail and their cancer relapsed, leading them with no choice but major surgery.Irish oesophageal cancer rates remain among the highest in Europe with a 25% increase in cases of the disease over the last two decades here, and around 450 new diagnoses a year.However, the above outcomes show a large success rate to date as a result of the curative approaches to treating cancer that is caught early.Lollipop DayThe 17th annual Lollipop Day, run by the OCF, takes place on the 23-24 February.Lollipop Day is the charity’s main fundraising event every year. Hundreds of volunteers sell lollipops throughout Ireland during the event to help raise funds for the charity.The lollipops were chosen as the emblem for the campaign to highlight the most comment symptom of suspicion of oesophageal cancer – difficulty swallowing.“Improving patients’ quality of life and providing support are our priorities and the OCF is proud to be part of a national effort which makes treatment accessible and is always pushing the boundaries and progressing options,” Noelle Ryan, chief executive of the OCF said. We could not do this without the generosity and support of the public. Curative approaches, endotherapy and the Registry would not be where they are today for people in Ireland without donations.Read: People living in areas of high radon exposure at higher risk of lung cancerMore: HSE missed early opportunities to deal with missed cancers at Wexford hospital, report says By Hayley Halpin 6 Comments Irish oesophageal cancer rates remain among the highest in Europe However, new data reveals high success rates in curative approaches to oesophageal cancer treatment. Lollipop Day takes place this week. Feb 18th 2018, 5:52 PM center_img https://jrnl.ie/3858680 Monday 19 Feb 2018, 6:00 AM Image: Elvira Koneva via Shutterstock Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL Image: Elvira Koneva via Shutterstocklast_img read more

Game of Thrones star named as Grand Marshal of Dublins St Patricks

first_img Liam Cunningham will lead the parade. ACTOR LIAM CUNNINGHAM is to be the Grand Marshal of this year’s St Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin.Cunningham currently plays Davos Seaworth in HBO series Game of Thrones and has also played prominent roles in Irish films such as the Wind that Shakes the Barley and War of the Buttons.In recent years other Grand Marshals of the parade have included Annalise Murphy, John Giles, Katie Taylor and Ronnie Drew.Speaking today after the announcement was made, Cunningham said he was honoured to lead the St Patrick’s Day Parade in his home city.“I have always been a proud Irishman and Dubliner and do my best to represent my country and city when I am abroad working. It’s a huge honour to be invited back to lead the parade on our national holiday. I’m really looking forward to being a part of it,” he said.Read: Trafalgar Square, Athletic Bilbao’s stadium and the Space Needle are all going green for St Patrick’s Day >Read: In full: Here’s where our ministers are going for St Patrick’s Day > http://jrnl.ie/3876507 Wednesday 28 Feb 2018, 11:18 AM Share80 Tweet Email4 By Rónán Duffy Feb 28th 2018, 11:18 AM Game of Thrones star named as Grand Marshal of Dublin’s St Patrick’s Day Parade Liam Cunningham is a Dubliner and says he is “honoured” to be chosen. center_img Short URL Image: Mike Pont/Getty Images Liam Cunningham will lead the parade. Image: Mike Pont/Getty Images Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 30 Comments 13,047 Views last_img read more

Final 1017 WWE Smackdown rating number is up

first_imgFacebook The 10/17 WWE Smackdown on Syfy drew a 1.96 cable rating with 2.69 million viewers. This is up from last week’s 1.94 cable rating with 2.67 million viewers.The show finished at No. 2 for the night drawing a 0.8 among adults 18-49.Source: Prowrestling.net, TVbythenumbers.com WhatsApp Twitter Google+ WWE Smackdown Ratings: Viewership stays over 2 million, WWE stays No. 1 on Tuesday center_img Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE Smackdown Ratings: Viewership goes up, WWE remains at the No. 1 spot on Tuesday WWE RAW Ratings: Viewership sees a 15% drop against the return of Monday Night Football Pinterestlast_img read more

Hard bargaining on debt limit looms

first_imgWASHINGTON—President Barack Obama looked forward Thursday to a weekend of “hard bargaining” with Republicans over the federal budget deficit — but faced a rebellion from his own Democrats and the elderly over possible cuts to Social Security, adding yet another explosive issue to an already volatile mix.Obama met with congressional leaders of both parties Thursday morning in the Cabinet Room of the White House, their first session to discuss the deficit cuts Republicans demand in return for voting to raise the government’s debt ceiling.Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner has warned that if Congress doesn’t raise the ceiling by Aug. 2, the government could go into default. That could panic financial markets and kick the economy back into recession.Obama called the Thursday meeting “very constructive” and said he would reconvene the eight leaders at the White House on Sunday after congressional and White House staff meet Friday and Saturday to hash out the details of everyone’s opening proposals.“At that point,” Obama said, “the parties will at least know where each other’s bottom lines are and will hopefully be in a position to then start engaging in the hard bargaining that’s necessary to get a deal done.”last_img read more

IGT sees Macau opportunity in standalones

first_img“There has been a recognition from our operators that an area of the floor that probably hasn’t been attended to so well, maybe now with some new games that IGT has got it could be re-looked at – and that’s just our standard core offering,” Cheers said.“The market has been very highly linked and we want to play in that space too, but we think that with games like ‘Fortune Rooster’, ‘Ocean Magic Grand’, ‘Golden Egypt Grand’ and ‘Legend of the Lion’ which we have shown at MGS, with the feedback we’ve got it shows us we are on the right track to provide a good core offering across the board. That’s very, very positive for us.“Our goal for 2019 is to continue to innovate, don’t be scared to continue to engage with our customers and take risks with our newer style product until we find the ingredients, but also from our perspective to have a space in the link market while being very mindful that we can play a big role in the standalone product market.”It was 12 months ago that IGT first outlined its Macau ambitions following a reimagining of the business – primarily via the appointment of a Managing Director for each of the company’s key regions across the globe.In Asia-Pacific the man to step into that role was Andrew Hely, who told IAG at the time that, “We still think that we’re under-represented in this market in Macau and that this is the opportunity for us in terms of what we can do with that.“There has been a lot of talk about market-attuned products in recent years,” Hely said. “One thing we’ve focused on doing is to move away from just skinning a US game with some Asian themes or graphics and trying to get to the core of the game and making sure that we’ve got a math model that is attuned to the particular marketplace. Once we get that right we can ensure everything else is culturally attuned around that in terms of theming and graphics. It’s a combination of things that we think are going to work better than in the past.”Asked about the progress of those plans one year on, Cheers said, “Definitely, we talked the talk 12 months ago and now it’s time to walk the walk.“We’ve had to earn our stripes but it’s really pleasing to see that we’ve been able to achieve that and our products have been accepted by our customers under a trial situation and now they are looking to expand with other offerings we have in that space. I think that’s a good sign that the customers are voting with confidence and looking to add more product.”Cheers said IGT had worked hard over the past 12 months to develop products more attuned to the Macau market.“I think it’s fair to say that you want something that grabs a player very early,” he said. “We do need to have the look and the feel of the cabinet to be of quality because the Macau player is looking for a quality gambling experience. They’re not here for an extended time period, they are here for 24 hours or 36 hours at the most and they want that genuine risk versus reward game.“That’s something we’ve put a lot of effort into. ‘Fortune Rooster’ is a great example – it went back to the studio three times before we released it because we thought it had all the right ingredients but we just hadn’t finished the cake properly.“That’s a great example of a game that we think is a great standalone product for Macau and it does bank nicely so you can have a nice bank of three on one side and complement that with ‘Ocean Grand Magic’ on the other. All of a sudden you’ve gone from having no IGT machines on that part of the floor to having six.” JW Marriott at Galaxy Macau named venue and Galaxy Entertainment Group named Venue Sponsor for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Black Tie Gala Dinner Aristocrat wins battle over intellectual property rights with US$3 million settlement IGT announces offering of €500,000,000 senior secured notes RelatedPosts Load More Global gaming giant International Game Technology (IGT) is looking to stake a claim in the Macau market by filling the largely under-utilized standalone slot machine space, according to the company’s Sales Director for Asia, Michael Cheers.Speaking with Inside Asian Gaming about IGT’s push to gain Macau market share in the slots segment – an area in which it has traditionally enjoyed only minimal presence – Cheers said that customer feedback garnered from the recent MGS Entertainment Show earlier this month suggested IGT was on the right track in bringing “engaging” new products to the local market. In particular, he pointed to standalone machines rather than the traditionally successful progressive links as a segment in which Macau has room for improvement.last_img read more

Trump to deploy military to USMexico border

first_imgDonald Trump. File photoPresident Donald Trump on Tuesday vowed to deploy the military to secure America’s southern border, as a caravan of Central American migrants headed north through Mexico toward the United States.The US leader has spent three days attacking the Mexican government for failing to block the estimated 1,500 people from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras from walking north toward the border.“Until we can have a wall and proper security, we’re going to be guarding our border with the military,” Trump told journalists.In an evening statement, the White House clarified that Trump’s plan involved mobilizing the National Guard-not active duty military troops, which would be barred by US law.Senior officials including Defense Secretary James Mattis, Homeland security secretary Kirsten Nielsen, attorney general Jeff Sessions, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff general Joseph Dunford and chief of staff John Kelly briefed Trump last week and follow-up discussions Tuesday, it added.“President Trump and senior officials present also agreed on the need to pressure Congress to urgently pass legislation to close legal loopholes exploited by criminal trafficking, narco-terrorist and smuggling organizations,” the statement added.Trump accused Mexico of abetting and profiting from illegal immigration, which he pledged in his 2016 election campaign to halt.Laws are ‘weak’ and ‘pathetic’“The caravan makes me very sad that this could happen to the United States, where you have thousands of people that just decide to walk into our country and we don’t have any laws that could protect it,” he said.“If it reaches our border, our laws are so weak and so pathetic… it’s like we have no border,” added the president-who lashed out at his predecessor Barack Obama for allegedly weakening border security, without elaborating on his claims.He also railed against the US Congress for not tightening laws on immigrants, and against Democrats for stalling the border wall he promised to build during his campaign.Trump had previously suggested the military could help fund and build the wall, but it was the first time he proposed US troops to patrol the 2,000-mile (3,200-kilometer) frontier.The Pentagon had no immediate comment on Trump’s remarks. In the past 12 years, National Guard troops have been deployed twice to bolster border security, but none have been there since 2010.Mexican foreign minister Luis Videgaray said he was seeking further information about the announcement.“Mexico has asked the United States, via official channels, to clarify the announcement by @POTUS on the use of the military on the border,” Videgaray said on Twitter.“The Mexican government will decide its response based on said clarification, and always in defense of our sovereignty and national interest.”People flowing inThe Trump administration has sharply bolstered spending on patrolling the border, and intensified crackdowns on undocumented immigrants inside the country.But the president remains frustrated that other initiatives by his administration to slow both legal and illegal immigration have been stalled or blocked.After a year’s delay, Congress budgeted $1.6 billion last month to begin construction of the wall, a small portion of the $25 billion Trump asked.The initial funding might only pay for 100 miles of wall, and Trump last week proposed that the Pentagon’s budget be tapped to build the rest.“We need to have a wall that’s about 700-800 miles,” he said Tuesday.The US president’s rekindled anger over immigration was apparently sparked over the weekend by media reports on the migrants heading across Mexico.Like each of the last five years, the so-called caravan set off recently from the southern Mexican state of Chiapas, partly in protest at conditions faced by migrants, and partly to help migrants safely reach the US border.Trump says the phenomenon is proof of the need for a wall.“The caravan which is over 1,000 people coming in from Honduras thought they were just going to walk through Mexico and right through the border,” Trump said.“We cannot have people flowing in our country illegally, disappearing and, by the way, never showing up to court.”last_img read more

Paxton Took 100K From Businessman Investigated For Medicaid Fraud To Fund Own

first_img Share X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen 00:00 /01:24 State Attorney General Ken Paxton accepted a gift of $100,000 from the head of a company his office investigated for Medicaid fraud. The money was earmarked to pay for Paxton’s own criminal defense on securities fraud charges.In his declaration to the Texas Ethics Commission, Paxton identified James Webb of Frisco, Texas as a “family friend.” But Webb is also the founder of Preferred Imaging, LLC. Last week, the company agreed to pay more than $3.5 million to settle a whistleblower lawsuit, following a joint investigation by the U.S. Justice Department and Paxton’s Medicaid fraud unit.Paxton’s office says federal prosecutors took the lead in the investigation, and that the attorney general had no direct involvement.Attorney Andrew Cates, the editor of Texas Ethics Laws, says the state ethics commission would have a tough time taking action against Paxton over the gift. “In February, they brought forward a draft advisory opinion that addressed almost all of this entirely, and after a lot of debate, and a lot of consideration, they declined to issue the advisory opinion. If you rely on an Ethics Commission opinion and end up with a complaint or end up with a lawsuit, that is a defense to prosecution,” Cates says.Paxton is charged with two felony counts of securities fraud. He is accused of deceiving investors in a high-tech startup while he was serving as a state legislator. Webb’s gift amounts to nearly a third of the money collected for Paxton’s legal defense.last_img read more

Trump Jr Tweets Support For George P Bush

first_img Share CREDIT GAGE SKIDMORE VIA WIKIPEDIAGeorge P. BushAccording to a political expert, something odd happened in the Twitter-verse Tuesday: A member of the Trump family endorsed a member of the Bush family. Donald Trump Jr. tweeted support for Land Commissioner George P. Bush’s re-election bid.During the 2016 primary election, candidate Donald Trump and his Republican opponent, former Florida governor Jeb Bush, were bitter rivals. But after Trump secured the Republican presidential nomination, Jeb’s son George P. Bush supported Trump’s candidacy.Now, the president’s son Donald Trump Jr. tweeted on Tuesday: “In 2016, @GeorgePBush endorsed @realDonaldTrump and campaigned for him. His opponent, referring to primary opponent Jerry Patterson, attacked Trump and urged him to quit the race.” Trump said Bush was the “clear choice.”Elections are about choices. In 2016, @GeorgePBush endorsed @realDonaldTrump and campaigned for him. His opponent attacked Trump and urged him quit the race. Texas conservatives have a clear choice: Bush for Texas Land Commissioner.— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) February 6, 2018Bush tweeted back his gratitude for the Trump endorsement.Thank you @DonaldJTrumpJr —we’re working hard alongside @realDonaldTrump conservative agenda in Texas to #MakeAmericaGreatAgain https://t.co/lgYU7f0zlL— George P. Bush (@georgepbush) February 6, 2018Mark Jones with Rice University’s Baker Institute of Public Policy said the endorsement is certainly one of the odder things he’s seen during this primary election cycle.“You know we’re in an alternative universe when a Bush is wholeheartedly being endorsed as the pro-Trump candidate,” Jones said.Jones believes Trump’s endorsement is more about helping Bush win his re-election bid than it is about Bush trying to become someone like Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, who will actively campaign for President Trump’s political causes.last_img read more

From 9 to 19 Two Young Men Find Solace in Boxing under

first_imgNine-year-old B.J. Santana Brown first picked up boxing gloves when he was seven years old. Despite his young age, his heart was set on becoming a boxer. Coincidentally, his mother, Denise Worsley, ran into Coach Mack Allison III outside their local YMCA. Coach Mack Allison III (Courtesy Photo)Allison, known around Baltimore as Coach Mack, owns Time 2 Grind Boxing Gym, located at Transforming Life Church of God in northeast Baltimore. He trains boxers as young as seven, and immediately took Brown under his wing. “I’m always wary about who’s coaching my son, because he started off with early-developmental delays and special needs, so I’m wary about who’s influencing him,” said Worsley, 31. “But Coach Mack seems like a man of integrity, very honest, very straight forward, and we’ve been with him ever since.”Coach Mack opened Time 2 Grind in summer 2015, after spending 16 years as a trainer at Upton Boxing Gym. Since then, he’s had dozens of boxers of all ages train at his gym, including B.J., who admits he still gets nervous before a fight. “At first, I was a little scared, but when I got into the ring, I just believed in myself,” said B.J. “I did what I would usually do: a lot of jabs.” With the city of Baltimore in a stalemate regarding the funding of new recreation centers, parents like Worsley are looking for youth programs to keep their kids occupied after school. New mayor Catherine Pugh inherited an unresolved issue between former mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young. Pugh must decide whether to sell downtown parking garages to increase recreation funding; the garages are expected to be worth about $60 million, according to The Baltimore Sun. “It’s good for these young boys to see positive role models, even in their teammates,” said Worsley. “Some of these guys are in their twenties, and he gets to interact with them like big brothers.”Mack Allison IV, 19, has been boxing since he was younger than B.J., at the tender age of five, and started his professional career in July. Since his professional debut, Allison’s record is 7-0 with seven knockouts. It wasn’t always easy training with his father, but Allison realizes the positive impact boxing has made on his life. “I don’t just react (to challenges) as a madman. I have to sit back and think about consequences,” said Allison. “When you think about boxing, you think of aggression, but it actually calmed (B.J.) and gave him an outlet to get those things off his chest,” said Worsley. “He knows that between the four corners of the ring, it’s safe.”In addition to his growing boxing career, the younger Allison plans to follow in his father’s footsteps by creating a program for Baltimore youth. He’s still working out the details, but it’s one of his resolutions for 2017.  “I just want to keep working as a team, stay undefeated and help better the kids,” he said.last_img read more

One arrested for alleged involvement in kidney racket

first_imgKolkata: The city police have arrested a youth for his alleged involvement in a kidney racket.The accused Suman Sinha, alias Samir, was aimlessly loitering around at a private hospital in Mukundapur area on Tuesday night when he was caught by the police from Purva Jadavpur police station. The accused was later arrested after prolonged interrogation. Police have gathered important information from the accused related to the case.During interrogation, police came to know that the accused had received money from various patients with an assurance that he would arrange kidneys for them. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe accused said he collected money from Md Ismail, Sanjit Roy and Sarmistha Ghosh and had asked them to wait for a few days. All of them were suffering from kidney related ailments and required transplants. According to preliminary investigation, police came to know that the accused, a resident of Khardah in North 24-Parganas has been involved in this business for the past few years. Police are not ruling out the possibility of the accused being involved in an interstate kidney racket. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedAfter interrogating the accused, police came to know about another person, Kaustav Dasgupta who may also be involved in the incident. The accused has been booked under section 503, 406, 419, 420 and 120 B of the IPC. Police are also investigating why the accused visited the private hospital where he was found. They are conducting a probe to know if anybody from the private hospital is involved in the incident. Senior officials of the hospital may be interrogated by the police in this connection. It may be mentioned that there was an allegation that a kidney racket had been operating from a private hospital in the city. In November last year, the city police also arrested four persons for their alleged involvement in a kidney racket operated from a private hospital in the city.last_img read more

Testing the Open Source Waters

first_img Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. Lastly, since OpenOffice was created as a group effort and built by volunteers, its how-tos and help files are sometimes difficult to find and understand.Overall, OpenOffice provides users with a versatile office suite. Many small-business owners will find that the office suite is a gateway to the larger world of open source software. For instance, when you find that OpenOffice doesn’t offer an Outlook-like e-mail service, you might soon discover Mozilla Thunderbird, another open source program that looks and acts very much like Outlook. Soon you may begin wondering why so many thousands of your business’s hard-earned dollars went to software suites, when similar software is available for free on the internet.Donald Carroll is the founder of Calvary Copywriting in Kansas City, Missouri. Specializing in the peculiarities of small to mid-sized businesses, Donald takes pride in helping the little guys fight big competition. Listen Now Calc is similar in almost every way to Excel, but Calc files, unlike Excel files, can be saved directly to PDF, thus saving you the time and expense of having to use a separate program–Adobe–to turn the text document into a PDF. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Impress presentations can be saved directly as a Macromedia Flash file, for easy uploading to your company’s website. In PowerPoint, this can only be done by using a separate and expensive program for converting PowerPoint documents to Macromedia Flash format. How Success Happenscenter_img It was my fault–I admit it. I was cleaning my computer’s file system, trying to speed it up a bit, when poof! My computer died. I was able to bring it back to life, but I lost a lot of programs I had to reinstall. Unfortunately, at some point during a move six months earlier, I had lost my Microsoft Office disk and now was in a bit of a jam: I was working on a project for a client, the deadline was coming up quickly, and it was too late to go to the store to buy another copy.That’s when I turned to Google. On a hunch, I searched for “Alternatives to Microsoft Office” and there I found OpenOffice.org. A quick read of OpenOffice’s website revealed a program that’s intended to be similar to Microsoft Office in look and feel, and that can read and save files in the Microsoft Office format, among others.Here’s the kicker: OpenOffice is free. Regardless of how many workstations you use the program on, it’ll never cost your company a penny. Compare that to the cost of licensing Microsoft Office Professional for just five workstations: According to a sales associate at the online retailer CDW, that’ll cost you upwards of $2,000.Being convinced–and desparate–enough to give it a try, I went through the download and install procedures, which took only a few minutes using my cable modem. I was very pleased with what I found. There’s a “Word”-like program, called Write, for drafting documents. There’s also a spreadsheet program, called Calc, that’s very similar to Excel and a presentation program called Impress that’s similar to PowerPoint. There’s also a program called Draw, which is comparable to Paint.After I became more familiar with OpenOffice, I discovered many useful features that other business owners will appreciate:Write is the OpenOffice equivalent of Word. It’s highly functional, very intuitive and has utilities for saving documents directly to PDF format, which allows for easy web publishing or portability between platforms, something Word doesn’t offer. Mail merge, table maker, object manipulation, various wizards and the ability to create your own templates are also available in Write. If you don’t remember to save your Write files in a .doc format, or PDF, then non-OpenOffice users who you send your files to won’t be able to read them. OpenOffice 1.2 also has a database function built in. This can be used to create bibliographies, contact lists, address books and other functions you’d expect from a relational database.Though it’s easy to learn how to use the programs–and easy on any company’s budget–OpenOffice does have some drawbacks:The database program in version 1.2 is extremely difficult to learn. I also came across compatibility issues with some of my Windows software that wouldn’t allow for the creation of databases through OpenOffice. There’s an Access-like database for OpenOffice 2.0, called Base; however, it’s still in Beta version, so some functions don’t work. And at this point, Base doesn’t have an “import” function, which many Access users find useful. 4 min read July 28, 2005last_img read more

Costa Rica Central Bank expects to maintain inflation goal for this year

first_imgNo related posts. Inflation in January and February showed significant increases, driven mainly by hikes in public services taxes – including water and electricity – and in fuel prices. Nevertheless, Central Bank officials said there is no need to change the government’s goal of 4-6 percent for 2013 inflation, a report released this week said.“What the government needs is to implement measures to contain the growth in the Consumer Price Index and bring it back into the inflation goal range,” Central Bank President Rodrigo Bolaños said.He said officials expected a similar economic situation to that of 2012, but with a lower colón interest rate, “as long as the country manages to cut the incentives to short-term foreign investments that saturated the market last year.”These inflows of capital forced the Central Bank to buy more than $1.5 billion to prevent the currency from falling below the lower-band limit of ₡500.Costa Rican Vice President Luis Liberman also said he is optimistic, mainly because state banks this year have been able to reduce the excess of cash caused by these investments, thereby maintaining affordable interest rates for those in need of credit.However, Liberman also said it is urgent that lawmakers approve a bill to prevent these types of short-term investments from entering the country. The purported law would tax by up to 30 percent short-term currency investments.“We were able to significantly collect excess cash at this time, and unless a spike in these short-term investments occurs, surpluses are manageable,” Bolaños said. Facebook Commentslast_img read more