ISPCA warns that dogs die in hot cars and leaving the window

first_imgDOG OWNERS ARE being warned not to leave pets in cars during the hot weather.The ISPCA is reminding pet owners that ‘dogs die in hot cars’.The charity said that leaving a window open is not enough to prevent heatstroke under intense sunshine which can have fatal consequences.With the warm weather due to continue ISPCA Public Relations Officer Carmel Murray said: We all love the sunshine but it is also important to be aware of the dangers that can be caused by leaving a dog unattended in a vehicle during hot weather, even 10 minutes can prove to be fatal.“Heat stroke, also known as hyperthermia, means that body temperatures can reach an abnormal high and can result in damaging effects.”The signs Dog owners are advised to plan in advance before taking pets on any journeys.Murray said to make sure that the destination is dog friendly and has a cool area with plenty of shade.“A constant supply of cold drinking water is advisable and also to stop regularly to give your pet water breaks.“Planning is key, ensuring you don’t have to stop where dogs are left in extreme heat.You may think leaving the car window open will alleviate the risk of heat stroke, but under intense sunshine this is not sufficient so if you want to bring your pet on a journey – it’s important to have a source of cool air from the windows/sunroof or air conditioning.“If you need to take the dog in your vehicle during hot weather, make sure you take them with you when you get out.”The ISPCA says that if your dog shows signs of distress such as excessive panting, blueness of the tongue or collapses in the heat – move it to a cooler area immediately.They also advise for you to spray the dog with cool (not cold) water, give a small drink of water and contact your vet straight away.Read: Six four-week-old puppies found with tails illegally cut>Read: 12 things only dog owners will understand>last_img read more

Roberts says PLP must rebuild

first_img Related Items:#BahamasGeneralElections2017, #magneticmedianews, #PLPmustrebuild Fred Smith, Q.C : Christmas has come Early to Bahamas, FNM paints Parliament red Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp 88 Percent voter turnout Bahamas General Elections 2017 Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, May 11, 2017 – Nassau – Following the Progressive Liberal Party’s defeat at the polls yesterday, party chairman Bradley Roberts said the organization needs to rebuild.    In a concession speech from the PLP headquarters last night, Roberts congratulated the Free National Movement on its victory and said: “There is an adage that the voice of the people is the voice of God. We believe this and we humbly accept their verdict. We congratulate those who are victorious and the PLP will have to go into a mode of rebuilding.” #MagneticMediaNews#PLPmustrebuild#BahamasGeneralElections2017 Fred Mitchell’ s Sour Grapes rant following FNM win. Recommended for youlast_img read more

Bahamas Insurance Association Paid Courtesy Call on Minister of Financial Services

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, June 19, 2017 – Nassau – Dr. Rhonda Chipman-Johnson (fourth, right) and members of Bahamas Insurance Association paid a courtesy call on Minister of Financial Services, Trade & Industry and Immigration the Hon. Brent Symonette at the offices of the Ministry on Thursday, June 8, 2017.(BIS Photo/Kristaan Ingraham) Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img

Soy Growers Urge Congress to Invest More in Ag Food Research

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) and other ag groups this week urged Congress to invest additional funding in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI).In a letter, the groups thanked lawmakers for their support of the program that funds critical scientific discoveries—but said more must be done to keep cutting edge research moving forward. The groups asked that $400 million be invested in the AFRI program for fiscal year 2017.“Dozens of leading scientists from public and private universities renewed calls for a surge in federally funded agricultural research this past year.,” the letter states. “Support for this critical area has fallen significantly behind that of other scientific enterprises. Since 2003, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s research budget has risen less than 1 percent. Growth in U.S. agricultural output has matched this paltry pace while production from U.S. competitors like China has skyrocketed bolstered by a tripling of government investment in the agricultural sciences.”They urged that new tools and technologies are necessary for farmers to succeed.Global competition, unprecedented demand, resource constraints, emerging pests and pathogens, and volatile weather are posing new challenges for farmers.“Federally supported agricultural research benefits all Americans by fueling industry innovation, preserving our competitive standing, and providing the food, feed, and fiber our nation needs. In addition, agricultural research has an exceptional 20-to-1 return on taxpayers’ investment,” the groups state. “Our nation’s economic, technological, and agricultural leadership relies on a strong agricultural research enterprise.”Click here to read the entire letter.last_img read more

DHSS Commissioner Assumes Management Of Alaska Psychiatric Institute

first_imgThe decision was made in response to the considerable problems that continue to put patients and staff in jeopardy at API and in light of recent and ongoing investigations from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and other state and federal regulatory agencies, according to a release from DHSS. If Wellpath is successful in the first phase,  by preparing the hospital to return to its full capacity by June 30, 2019, the company will assume full responsibility of API after July 1, 2019. Commissioner Crum: “I recognize this decision may take Alaskans by surprise, but it was not made lightly. Changes have been needed at API for a very long time. This decision will help us solve these long-standing problems at API, and then allow us to more effectively broaden our focus to address the entire continuum of behavioral health care across Alaska.” In the announcement it stated that Wellpath will “provide administrative leadership” over the Alaska Psychiatric Institute in Anchorage. All API staff will remain in their positions as State of Alaska employees. Gavin Carmichael will continue as API’s acting chief executive officer. As part of assuming authority over API, Commissioner Crum has chosen to contract with Wellpath Recovery Solutions, a Nashville, Tenn. based company.center_img Commissioner Crum: “During the course of recent investigations at API, we determined immediate steps were needed to protect patients and staff and ensure complete compliance with federal regulations, which also allows the facility to continue to receive federal funds.”  Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Alaska Department of Health and Social Services Commissioner Adam Crum made the announcement on Friday that he has invoked his authority under state law to immediately assume management of Alaska Psychiatric Institute (API). The State of Alaska Department of Corrections announced that it has begun housing mental health patients who are referred to and currently reside in API amid a shortage in beds. API has been forced to undergo changes after allegations of sexual abuse between patients, as well as, neglect and deficiencies with documentation.last_img read more

Andrew Sullivan Joins New York Media People on the Move 4616

first_img Caitlin Brody joins as a senior editor running the TV reviews section and overseeing digital TV news. She was formerly staff editor at Us Weekly and before that, associate entertainment editor at Glamour.  Peter Jon Lindberg is stepping down as executive editor to go back to freelancing. He’d only been with the site since last year. He previously worked for Saveur and Travel + Leisure. Time’s Inc.’s HelloGiggles has named Jacqueline Vignone VP, national sales & marketing. Vignone is the former director of sales at CBS Interactive. Additionally, New York Media has announced that Kate Miller Spencer is joining the team as Midwest/Texas advertising director. Spencer has run Miller Media Sales, Inc., since 1997, representing titles including Food & Wine, Travel + Leisure, and Departures. The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) hired David E. Williams as associate publisher and web director. He previously spent five years as staff editor for ASC’s American Cinematographer magazine before leaving in 2000 to take the executive editor of features role at The Hollywood Reporter. Entertainment Weekly has made several additions to its editorial team, including Erik Jackson who joins the brand as executive projects director. Previously, Jackson was executive editor at InStyle.  Breanne L. Heldman started earlier this month as deputy news director for EW.com. In her role, Heldman coordinates daily news coverage on the site across all sections. She joins from Yahoo, where she was a deputy editor of Yahoo Celebrity and contributed news and features to the TV, Movies, and Music teams. O, The Oprah Magazine has announced that best-selling author Elizabeth Gilbert will become a regular columnist for the magazine. Gilbert, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Eat Pray Love, will be writing an uplifting column about self-expression and living creatively. She will also contribute an online video narrative in tandem with her monthly feature. Viant, a people-based ad tech company acquired by Time Inc. last month, has named Ryan McGurk VP of enterprise strategy. He was most recently at Facebook where he led sales teams and helped companies adopt advertising and platform capabilities across the social site. Here are the rest of this week’s people on the move: Ali Drucker joins Cosmopolitan.com as senior sex & relationships editor. Drucker is a writer and editor who covers relationships and culture, most recently as a senior editor at Maxim. center_img New York Magazine has announced that writer Andrew Sullivan is joining the magazine as a contributing editor covering politics and the larger culture. Sullivan began his blog the Daily Dish in 2000, eventually hosting it at publications including Time and The Atlantic. Consumer Reports has named digital marketing executive Kimberly Miller as its new CMO. Before joining Consumer Reports, Miller was VP of digital marketing for the J.Crew Group LLC. Condé Nast Traveler has made changes to its editorial leadership: As a result of Lindberg’s departure, Traveler deputy editor Candice Rainey has been named executive editor and articles editor Lauren DeCarlo has been named deputy editor. Additionally, Farnoosh Torabi will be the new financial columnist for O, The Oprah Magazine. Best known for her podcast, So Money, Torabi is also a bestselling author, host of the CNBC primetime series Follow the Leader, and sought-after speaker. In her first column for the magazine, Torabi shares her top financial wishes for readers. John Stuttard has joined ALM as SVP of global events. Stuttard comes to ALM from Seven Point Equity Partners, where he served as an operating partner. Sabrina McFarland has joined the brand as senior reporter. She was previously a senior reporter at People. The brand has also named Alexandra Postman features director. She was previously Whole Living’s editor-in-chief. James Kim, the newest addition to the art department, started this week as a designer. He is a multi-disciplinary designer and a front-end developer from Whittier, California, who has previously interned at Elle, Nylon and Out. last_img read more

Pauline Cafferkey Experts say almost ‘zero’ risk of others catching Ebola

first_imgClose A nurse who apparently recovered from Ebola is now critically ill after the virus re-emerged, the BBC reported on 14 October. Pauline Cafferkey is back at the The Royal Free Hospital in Londons specialist isolation unit where she was treated after contracting Ebola while working in Sierra Leone.In January 2014 she spoke about the ordeal of being diagnosed and falling critically ill with Ebola after working in the west African country. Cafferkey, who had then been discharged from hospital after seemingly making a full recovery, was admitted to hospital after falling ill following her work with the charity Save the Children at a treatment centre outside the capital, Freetown. Experts have made it clear that there is an almost zero chance of others catching it.The risk of this virus spreading from her, either to people working in the unit, theyre highly trained so theyve got zero risk of catching it. But even to people who have been in contact with her, the risk will approach zero, so theres nothing to worry about for anyone who has been in contact with her in the last couple of weeks, there really is not, said Professor John Oxford of the University of London.Talking about her apparent relapse. Ebola expert Dr Edward Wright of Londons Westminster University, said; We have no other documented evidence that anyone else who has survived infection has then had a relapse and the Ebola virus has started to cause disease again.The Royal Free, Britains main centre for Ebola cases, also successfully treated British aid worker William Pooley who also contracted the virus in West Africa.last_img read more

Kevin Davis on Suiter Suicide Absurd

first_imgBy Stephen Janis and Taya Graham, Special to the AFROAccording to former Baltimore Police Department (BPD) Commissioner Kevin Davis, homicide detective Sean Suiter did not commit suicide.  In fact, the theory that the veteran cop shot himself with his own gun in a west Baltimore alley seems improbable to the man who was at the helm when Suiter died.“I think it will be a tragedy if they change it from homicide, there is not enough evidence to support doing that to Suiter or his family,” Davis said in a wide-ranging interview with the AFRO.Former Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis strongly disagrees with the findings of a report that says homicide detective Sean Suiter “likely” took his own life in November. (Photo Twitter)The former police commissioner also specifically blasted a recently released report that concluded Suiter more than likely shot himself.“Suicide requires you to make huge assumptions about Suiter’s state of mind, how can you talk about his state of mind without talking to people close to him?” Davis said of the investigation conducted by an Independent Review Board, which did not include interviews with Suiter’s family.Suiter died from a bullet wound to the head delivered by his own gun in a west Baltimore alley in November, 2017.Initially, police said Suiter was the victim of a lone Black gunman.But, Suiter’s pending testimony before a federal grand jury in a 2010 case involving a member of the disgraced Gun Trace Task Force the day before he was shot, fueled speculation he took his own life. It’s a theory Davis says is not backed up by the evidence.“I just don’t know what the IRB was thinking,” he said. “They started with a conclusion and they went about proving it.”The Gun Trace Task Force (GTTF) was a group of eight Baltimore police officers who were either convicted of or pleaded guilty to robbing residents, dealing drugs, and stealing overtime pay.Davis waited a week to reveal Suiter was set to testify before a federal grand jury about his role in a 2010 robbery involving the GTTF ringleader former BPD Sgt.Wayne Jenkins; a move the IRB report criticized, but Davis defended.“I made a point not to speak about the testimony before he was buried out of respect to his family,” Davis added.Davis also refused to rule out the possibility Suiter was either murdered by a lone assailant, or the victim of an internal conspiracy of fellow officers to silence him before he testified.“That’s even more of a reason not to make this concerted effort to jump on the suicide bandwagon.  You can’t rule anything out at this point,” he said.The former top cop also contends the panel was influenced by the opinions of top commanders who had already concluded Suiter had committed suicide.“Twelve days after I was fired a memo was written basically declaring Suiter’s death a suicide,” he said.“I spoke to those closest to Suiter, zero indication; happily married and no signs of distress. To think that a homicide detective would stage his own suicide in broad daylight is absurd.”Davis also brushed aside criticism that one of his most controversial decisions, the six-day, multi-block lockdown of Harlem Park, was unwarranted.“There were multi reasons for holding Bennet Street. Most of the homes are vacant. We were in and out of those vacant homes because we were under the impression there was an active shooter,” Davis said.But, there were other concerns that factored into his decision to hold Harlem Park, Davis said.  Among them: missing bullet casings, a hot tip that a woman was harboring a wounded suspect in the area, and the fact that doctors initially told commanders the deadly bullet entered the front of Suiter’s head.“Imagine the scrutiny if, in fact, a shooter escaped after being holed up for a couple days inside a vacant building?”Davis also took issue with the evidence used to support the suicide finding, including the blood spatter found inside Suiter’s right sleeve.“The fact that they rely on existence of forensic evidence on Suiter’s shirt cuff, to me that is totally irrelevant. You can have your cuff close to a gun that is used to kill you,” he said.The comments from Davis come as the community continues to express doubts that Suiter’s death was the result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.  Community activist Christopher Ervin believes the shifting narrative shortly after Suiter’s death and the extended lockdown of Harlem Part justifies skepticism.“I think that it is entirely a possible scenario that the lockdown was done as a ruse,” he said.Which is why Davis believes the department, and the community should not jump to conclusions.“I didn’t mislead anyone,” he argued.  “And now this game of revisionist history is underway.”last_img read more

Nintendo Says Audience for 4K Gaming is Too Limited

first_img Trade In Your Nintendo Switch For a Better Battery (With a Catch)’Astral Chain’ and Other Dumb Nintendo Songs Stay on target Right now, the gaming industry is obsessed with 4K gaming. The PlayStation 4 Pro and the upcoming Xbox One X were both built specifically to take advantage of 4K displays. Though both Sony and Microsoft are heavily invested in 4K gaming, Nintendo doesn’t seem interested. The Nintendo Switch isn’t capable of 4K, and the company doesn’t seem to have a problem with that. In fact, Nintendo believes the whole 4K craze is too niche at the moment.In a recent interview with The Verge, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime stated that the appeal of 4K is too limited. He also said that Nintendo would rather focus on catering to a wider segment of the gaming community rather than the small percentage that wants 4K resolutions.“The Nintendo mission is to reach as many consumers as possible and to have them engage and have fun with our intellectual property,” said Fils-Aime. “That’s what we try and do. So inherently, we go for a more mainstream audience. Inherently, we want our products to be affordable. We want our products to be easy to pick up and experience, low learning curve. We want our IP to shine as we deliver these experiences.AdChoices广告That’s the way we approach it. And so, what that means is a sweet spot of $300 for the Nintendo Switch, a platform that has Mario and Zelda and Splatoon. Going against a more limited consumer pool, a higher price point, requiring investments in other ways — 4K TVs, what have you — that is a strategy that for us, candidly, is a bit too limited.”While more and more folks are buying 4K TVs, these devices aren’t yet standard. In fact, some studies suggest that 4K penetration will only hit 35% in 2019. Considering how 4K is still years away from being the norm, Nintendo’s position on 4K gaming makes a lot of sense.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Govt mulls mechanism to directly alert common people about lightning strikes

first_imgKolkata: The state government is taking initiatives to ensure that lightning alert reaches common people directly in the grassroot level.It may be mentioned that the state Disaster Management and Civil Defence department has introduced a state-of-the-art technology in early 2018 that predicts lightning and information gets disseminated 45 minutes before it strikes. But at present, the information gets disseminated only among concerned officials of all ranks, including the district authorities. In districts, representatives of Gram Panchayats also get the messages in this regard. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeNow, in a bid to make the system more effective, the necessity of a mechanism has been felt so that the lightning alert messages reach common people in the grassroot level as well and they can go to a safe place. Explaining the situation, a state government official said that the system that was developed in collaboration with an expert company from USA, can send out an alert 45 minutes before the possibility of lightning in a particular block. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedImmediately, the messages get disseminated among the concerned officials up to the Gram Panchayat level and then the officials in districts take initiative to pass the same to the masses. “But it will be more effective if the same message can reach common people directly in the form of SMS, etc.” the official said, adding that there was a meeting in this regard with concerned agencies a few days ago. The messages have to be sent specifically only to those who reside in the block where there is possibility of lightning and the matter has been discussed in the meeting to find a way out. There will be further meetings in this connection. It may be mentioned that 294 people were killed due to lightning in 2016-17. It may be mentioned that lightning has claimed lives in the last monsoon as well. But, introduction of the mechanism to generate alert message 45 minutes before lightning strikes a particular area, has helped to make many people aware of the same in the last monsoon, helping them get to safety in time.last_img read more

Read Between the Lines Should teams and leagues have the right to

first_imgWhen Denver Nuggets Guard Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf refused to stand for the national anthem in 1996 because he claimed it was against his religious beliefs, then NBA Commissioner David Stern wasn’t interested in constitutional arguments in favor of freedom of speech. Stern suspended Abdul-Rauf for one game and made it clear that not standing for the anthem wasn’t an option. In Stern’s NBA, player freedom of speech was a distant second to the NBA brand.Fast forward 20 years, and NFL Commisioner Roger Goodell has a similar decision to make with Colin Kaepernick. If Goodell’s recent comments are any indication, the days for Kaepernick to levy his protest without penalty from the NFL may be numbered.Goodell recently told the AP, “I support our players when they want to see change in society, and we don’t live in a perfect society. On the other hand, we believe very strongly in patriotism in the NFL. I personally believe very strongly in that.”That’s not an encouraging soundbite for Kaepernick.  The NFL is the Soviet Union of sports leagues. Goodell has made his reputation on unilateral action without due process. It’s his thing. Advertisement Today in Read Between the Lines, Colin and Jason were asked if sports leagues and teams should have the power to control the national anthem, or if it should be off limits from league discipline.Colin doesn’t question the leagues’ right to control the national anthem, but thinks exercising that right is a bad read.“Young people are communicating. They’re empowered by all the social media. It’s not going away. So there is some level of discomfort coming increasingly to leagues and teams and coaches. Start being aware of it, and start getting comfortable with occasional discomfort.”Whitlock called it a bad read and thinks leagues and teams clearly have the right to conduct the national anthem as they see fit, and if that means eliminating player protest, so be it.“Of course these teams and leagues have the right. If they want to play the national anthem whenever they want. If they don’t want someone making a mess of their national anthem, or turning it into something they don’t want it to be.”Your move Goodell..@WhitlockJason & @ColinCowherd debate whether teams and leagues have the right to control the national anthem. pic.twitter.com/qJ9DRaVGqI— Speak For Yourself (@SFY) September 8, 2016last_img read more

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first_imgSeptember 17, 2009 – The Senate Finance Committee reduced the imaging utilization assumption rate from 90 percent to 65 percent, in essence cutting the originally proposed utilization increase by nearly two-thirds.The Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) released his plan to address healthcare reform on September 16, 2009. The Committee had originally proposed raising the imaging utilization rate, used to help determine the technical component reimbursement for imaging services performed in an office setting, from 50 percent to 90 percent, which would have significantly cut reimbursement for the technical component. The proposed bill also increased the technical component payment reduction for sequential imaging services on contiguous body parts during the same visit from 25 percent to 50 percent. Also notable, the Finance Committee added an “Imaging Self-Referral Sunshine” provision that will require referring physicians who own imaging equipment to disclose to their patients the physician’s ownership interest, and provide the patient with a list of alternative facilities from which they can receive imaging services. The Finance Committee is scheduled to begin formal consideration of the HR3200 America’s Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009 on Tuesday, September 22 when amendments to the Chairman’s “Mark” will be offered. For more information: www.opencongress.org/bill/111-h3200/text FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | September 17, 2009 Senate Bill Drops Utilization Rate to 65 Percent last_img read more

Iraqis wait to see gains from countrys oil boom

first_imgOfficial government figures indicate 11 percent of Iraqis were unemployed at the end of last year, according to Planning Ministry spokesman Abdul-Zahra Hendawi. Another 25 percent are considered underemployed, suggesting they are unable to find steady, full-time jobs that meet their needs. Other Iraqi officials have quoted higher jobless numbers.The gaps in services are obvious in some of Iraq’s poorest areas.In Hay Tariq, a fast-growing Shiite slum on Baghdad’s outskirts, children cool off by swimming in a garbage-filled pond fed by wastewater runoff.Many residents there lack proper plumbing, so they use donkey-drawn carts to haul plastic containers and even old oil drums to a municipal distribution center to collect fresh water. Resident Hadi Ibrahim said he sometimes has to wait hours before the water gets distributed.Even in nicer areas, such as the Sunni enclave of Azamiyah, residents say they have yet to see any improvement despite the increase in the flow of oil.During an interview in his cramped and cracking house there, fishmonger Sadiq Abdul-Jalil al-Obeidi described how old pipes in the neighborhood are clogged and falling apart, causing sewage to mix with drinking water. The rise stems from a steady increase in Iraqi output and the effect of international sanctions that are crimping Iran’s ability to market its own crude. Foreign oil majors such as Exxon Mobil Corp. and BP PLC have been brought in to develop Iraq’s vast oil fields, and new export facilities are coming online.The architect of Iraq’s postwar energy policy, Deputy Prime Minister for Energy Hussain al-Shahristani, is proud of the country’s achievement. He recently boasted that Iraq is now pumping 3.2 million barrels a day, a figure that also puts it ahead of oil-rich Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates.The difference is that citizens of those nearby countries enjoy income levels, pensions and standards of health care far higher than their Iraqi counterparts. Their modern metropolises _ which in the UAE’s case host some of the tallest and most innovative buildings in the world _ bear little resemblance to crumbling, concrete Baghdad and other strained Iraqi cities.Embittered Iraqis are acutely aware of the disparity. Many blame not the United States or international oil companies, but a government they see as ineffective and corrupt.“Go ask the government why we are living like this. It was better under Saddam,” said Ahmed Saadi, another driver filling his tank at the gas station, referring to dictator Saddam Hussein, deposed after the American-led invasion in 2003. “They said they were going to distribute the oil money to the people in a fair way. It didn’t happen.” Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix The power went out the moment he invited guests inside. It returned, at higher cost, only after a privately owned neighborhood generator kicked in.He accused Iraqi officials _ “the whole government, without any exception” _ of pocketing the country’s oil revenues. “Human nature is greedy,” he added mater-of-factly.“We’re an oil-rich country, so services should be 100 percent perfect. But what we’re seeing is the opposite,” al-Obeidi said. “There hasn’t been a single official who has come forward to serve the people. Even a 5-year-old child can tell you that. They … only think about their personal ambitions.”Repeated attempts in recent days to reach Iraqi government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh to discuss the bitter complaints were unsuccessful.Other government officials, including some whose parties are allied with Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, say corruption and wasteful government spending are seriously diminishing any gains increased oil production is bringing to Iraq.Without better plans to spend the oil revenues, “Iraq will remain another Somalia instead of becoming more like Saudi Arabia or the United Arab Emirates,” said Shiite lawmaker Jawad Kadim al-Hassnawi, a member in the services and construction committee in the parliament. Associated PressBAGHDAD (AP) – Iraq is fast becoming an oil producing powerhouse, but you’d never know that by looking at the faded Unknown Soldier gas station in downtown Baghdad. There’s no repair garage or mini-mart, just a cramped office with tattered vinyl couches. Horns blare as a string of waiting cars backs up into busy Sadoun Street, slowing traffic.Electricity from the power grid is available only for a few hours a day, so a noisy generator burns through 200 liters (53 gallons) of fuel daily just to keep the lights on and pumps running. That eats into what little profit is left over after government-imposed price caps, says manager Anmar Abdul-Sattar. “The whole service system will totally collapse soon if the government continues to act in such an aimless way,” he warned.Salem, the taxi driver filling up in downtown Baghdad, is even more pessimistic.“It’s totally impossible,” he said when asked if Iraq’s standard of living can one day hope to rival that of other regional OPEC countries, such as Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. “We’d need Aladdin’s magic lamp for that!”___Associated Press writers Sameer N. Yacoub and Sinan Salaheddin contributed reporting.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Like many Iraqis, he sees little reason to celebrate the postwar petroleum gains that have turned Iraq into a leading oil producer. “The country is increasing its oil revenues, but we’re not feeling it on the ground,” he said.It’s a widely shared sentiment. Frequent power cuts, the state’s inability to prevent near-daily bloodshed and yawning gaps in basic services have left ordinary Iraqis convinced they are sharing little in the country’s growing oil wealth. Insurgent attacks have killed more than 200 people just since the start of this month.“There is no electricity, no public services. No respect for the people of Iraq,” Mohammed Salem said as he gassed up his taxi at the station, which is named after a monument that once stood nearby. The billions being made off Iraq’s oil, Salem believes, are simply “being stolen by government officials and sent to banks outside of Iraq.”Iraq last month crept into second place behind Saudi Arabia among OPEC’s top oil exporters, according to the latest figures from the International Energy Agency. The shift marks a symbolic victory over neighboring Iran, long the bloc’s No. 2.center_img Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day How men can have a healthy 2019 Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project How do cataracts affect your vision?last_img read more

Air Canada marks Earthday2019 via new partnership with 4ocean

first_imgTo mark Earth Day 2019, Air Canada announced its partnership with environmental organisation 4ocean, a company dedicated to actively removing plastic waste and trash from the ocean and coastlines while inspiring individuals to work together for cleaner oceans. As the exclusive Canadian airline to sponsor 4ocean, this partnership marks an important milestone in Air Canada’s plastic reduction strategy and creates opportunities for Air Canada employees to participate in coastal North America clean-ups in 2019.“A key target of Air Canada’s corporate waste strategy is our Single-Use Plastics Reduction programme. Our partnership with 4ocean as the exclusive Canadian airline is a great fit with this journey and we are especially delighted to have the opportunity to engage our employees in our communities. There are many Air Canada employees who care deeply about sustainability and the environment and are keen to make a difference by actively helping to reduce ocean plastic pollution,” said Teresa Ehman, Senior Director of Environmental Affairs at Air Canada.“We are ecstatic to partner with Air Canada in an initiative to eliminate single-use plastic. We believe Air Canada’s Sustainability programme is a giant leap forward in this initiative. 4ocean is looking forward to removing thousands of pounds of plastic and waste with Air Canada,” said Tony Chvala, Chief Operating Officer at 4ocean.To date, 4ocean has removed more than four million pounds of trash from the ocean and coastlines. Drawing from their years of experience, 4ocean will also participate with the Air Canada team to develop educational resources on ocean conservation for employees to draw from and further enhance the company as an environmental steward.Air Canada’s ongoing plastic reduction efforts include researching and rethinking important decisions made at various stages of the supply chain. The 35 million plastic stir sticks used on aircraft and in lounges will be the first single-use plastic to be eliminated at the beginning of summer 2019.Starting in Fall 2019, Air Canada will additionally be removing the outer plastic bag from approximately 1.8 million Business Class and Premium Economy Class amenity kits, bringing its total single-use plastic items removed from onboard to 36.8 million. The company is supporting this work in partnership with the University of Toronto graduate students in their final year of their Master of Science in Sustainability Management programme. The students are working with Air Canada to identify alternatives to plastic use onboard the aircraft.last_img read more

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first_img Top Stories LISTEN: Haason Reddick, Cardinals rookie linebacker Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Your browser does not support the audio element. Reddick, who is running in Bucannon’s spot with the first team, is transitioning to inside linebacker from the defensive end position he played at Temple.The learning curve, then, is a bit different. But it’s one Bucannon understands after he moved to his $LB hybrid position after playing safety at Washington State.“Buc has been a great help,” Reddick said Thursday on 98.7 FM, Arizona Sports Station’s Bickley and Marotta show. “He understands what I’m going through. He’s been through the process as far as a position change and having to learn things and the mistakes that’s gonna be made — how the game looks differently between levels.“He was telling me, ‘don’t get frustrated’ and take my time and continue to learn. Don’t stress myself out,” Reddick added. “Unlike (ILB coach Larry) Foote and ‘Los (LB Karlos Dansby), he understands what I’m going through. He’s been in that position. Hearing that when he comes off the sideline, it helps me ease my mind a little more and lets me know things are going to be alright.”The support system goes beyond Bucannon. While the Cardinals have prepared the rookies with lessons of off-the-field mistakes to avoid, they have also surrounded Reddick with a variety of voices to teach him the game of football.“I got (ILB coach) Larry Foote, I got (veteran LB) Karlos Dansby: I couldn’t think of two better guys to learn from coming in,” Reddick said. “I’m not worried about the expectations that other people have for me, I’m just worried about doing what I can do, doing my best and coming in and making an impact wherever the team needs me to be.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelocenter_img 3 Comments   Share   (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Preparing a rookie to make an immediate impact in the NFL is a two-way street.There’s how hard that rookie works and how much help he receives from a team’s support system.For Arizona Cardinals rookie linebacker Haason Reddick, the pressure is already there considering he was the No. 13 overall pick in the draft.Adding to it, the Temple product is expected to challenge for playing time and will be even more relied upon if starting $LB Deone Bucannon isn’t off the PUP list by the beginning of the season. But while Bucannon is sidelined, he’s provided a Reddick with a unique perspective. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Rep LaSata to host local office hours

first_img State Rep. Kim LaSata today announced plans to meet with residents of Berrien County during her scheduled office hours.“Hosting office hours helps me stay focused on the issues that matter most to the people of our community,” LaSata said. “Talking to my neighbors, listening to their concerns, and answering any questions they may have about state government continues to be one of the most important parts of my job.”February office hours take place on Monday, Feb. 12 at Olympus Restaurant, 9735 Red Arrow Highway in Bridgman, from 10 to 11 a.m.No appointment is necessary. Those unable to attend are invited to contact her Lansing office by phone at 517-373-1403 or via email at KimLaSata@house.mi.gov.### 02Feb Rep. LaSata to host local office hours Categories: LaSata News,Newslast_img read more

Three Macomb County representatives lead Michigan House plan to help Kiwanis fundraising

first_img Categories: Lucido News,News The state House today approved plans from three Macomb County state representatives to expand fundraising options for Kiwanis organizations in Michigan.Bills sponsored by Reps. Diana Farrington and Steve Marino would allow Michigan residents to voluntarily donate to the Kiwanis when they file their state income taxes. Legislation from Rep. Peter Lucido would create a fundraising license plate for the charitable organization.“I’ve been with the Kiwanis for several years, now as a member of the Golden K, which helps seniors,” said Lucido, of Shelby Township. “It’s been a privilege to see what a positive difference the group makes for kids, families and especially our seniors in our neighborhoods.”Lucido’s bill would allow motorists to buy and display a fundraising license plate with the accompanying donation going to a new Kiwanis International Michigan District Fund.The legislation from Marino and Farrington would add the Kiwanis to the list of charities Michigan residents can voluntarily contribute to through an income tax form checkoff.“In our part of Macomb County alone, Kiwanis raise money for college scholarships, put together backpacks with school supplies, help feed the hungry and improve the community in many other ways,” said Farrington, of Utica, who has worked on Kiwanis holiday food drives. “It’s a fantastic mission.”Marino noted thousands of Michigan residents use similar checkoff options to make charitable donations while filing their taxes each year.“The Kiwanis are focused on helping children and families while encouraging community service – exactly the kind of effort we should support,” said Marino, of Harrison Township. “This is a great addition to the lineup of worthy charities on our list.”The legislation – House Bills 4495, 5739 and 5740 – advance to the Senate for consideration.### 30May Three Macomb County representatives lead Michigan House plan to help Kiwanis fundraisinglast_img read more

Rep Kahle announces grant to bring new jobs to Adrian community

first_img Categories: Kahle News State Rep. Bronna Kahle of Adrian this week announced that as a result of investment and job creation, PlaneWave Instruments has been awarded a $400,000 Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant. PlaneWave Instruments, founded in 2006, is the world leader in small- to medium-sized telescopes and mounts. The company plans to purchase and reuse the former Adrian Training School in the city of Adrian, investing $9.4 million and creating 54 jobs over a three-year period.“It’s wonderful to see new companies and jobs come to Adrian,” Rep. Kahle said. “Sound economic policy will continue to move Lenawee County and our state toward a brighter future.”The city of Adrian has offered support to the project in the form of a 12-year tax abatement valued at $896,000, was chosen over a competing site in California.PlaneWave plans on allowing the Adrian Center for the Arts and the Sam Beauford Woodworking Institute to remain on the campus, offering public outreach and activities to promote science, technology, astronomy and the arts.##### 08Jun Rep. Kahle announces grant to bring new jobs to Adrian communitylast_img read more

VanSingel plan will shape sciencebacked water resource policies

first_img Categories: News,VanSingel News 27Nov VanSingel plan will shape science-backed water resource policies The House today passed a plan led by state Rep. Scott Van Singel that will strengthen  the relationship between the state’s Water Use Advisory Council and the Legislature in order to devise practical and scientifically sound water resource management policies. It will require the Water Use Advisory Council to report to the Legislature, as originally intended when it was established in 2008.“Our water is our most precious natural resource and is integral to our Michigan way of life, and I am confident this plan will help us to better protect our water while also making sure it is accessible to those who need it,” VanSingel said. “I thank my colleagues for supporting this common-sense plan and for working to continue Michigan’s comeback economy.”The Water Use Advisory Council oversees the Water Withdrawal Assessment Tool, which regulates any withdrawal of a large quantity of water that could impact a river or stream, such as for crop irrigation. The council has a diverse membership that includes individuals representing agriculture, industries, golf courses, utilities, water well drillers, municipal water supplies, water resource groups, state and federal agencies, conservation and environmental groups, tribal organizations and universities.Now that the bill, HB 6123, has passed the House it will advance to the Senate for consideration.last_img read more

Rep Bellino announces state grant for Monroe County Conservation District

first_img06Mar Rep. Bellino announces state grant for Monroe County Conservation District Categories: Bellino News State Rep. Joe Bellino today announced the awarding of a $400,000 Soil Testing to Reduce Agriculture Nutrient Delivery grant to Monroe Conservation District.This grant will assist with meeting the goals of the Michigan Domestic Action Plan to reduce total phosphorus and soluble reactive phosphorus through nutrient management and best management practices focusing on sustainable change in water quality. It stems from federal funds appropriated to Environmental Stewardship-MAEAP.“I’m happy to see this partnership between state government and a local organization to provide instrumental assistance to farmers and our community,” Rep. Bellino said. “Efforts like these enable us to continuously work to preserve the natural beauty and resources in our area.”The Monroe Conservation District provides information and technical assistance to farmers, homeowner/renters, educators, businesses, developers and government agencies. They strive to achieve improved water quality, reduce soil erosion, promote energy conservation and beautification, and create wildlife habitats.last_img read more