Carrie Underwood Highlights Military Families With Honor Family Fun Initiative

first_imgCarnival Cruise Line today released the first in a new video series featuring heartwarming meet-and-greet opportunities between seven-time GRAMMY-award winning country superstar Carrie Underwood and U.S. military families recognized through the Honor. Family. Fun. program benefiting Operation Homefront.Video: Carnival’s Honor Family Fun Surprise with Carrie Underwood – The Vaughn FamilyIn the first video, Underwood surprises the Vaughn family, whose patriarch Phillip served in the U.S. Army, at a pre-concert event in Washington, D.C., during her Storyteller Tour. Underwood thanked Vaughn for his service to our country and invited his family, which includes his wife Jung Sun and kids Tara and Jeremy, to her special private concert for military families pierside aboard Carnival Vista in New York on Nov. 4, 2016. Carnival Cruise Director Butch Begovich then awarded the Vaughn family a free Carnival cruise.“This initiative with Carrie and Operation Homefront has been extremely rewarding and this first video in the series featuring the Vaughn family shows how Honor. Family. Fun. is positively affecting so many people,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. “The men and women of our military deserve our respect and admiration and we hope that Carnival’s small role in their lives will show them how much we value what they do for our country,” she added.Carnival and Underwood have partnered on the year-long Honor. Family. Fun. initiative which is designed to support U.S. military families through Operation Homefront, the national nonprofit that builds strong, stable and secure military families.The Vaughns are among dozens of military families recognized during 10 stops on Underwood’s Storyteller Tour. During the pre-concert events, military families, chosen in partnership with Operation Homefront, were treated to a personal meet-and-greet with Underwood who then invited them to her exclusive concert aboard Carnival Vista.“Meeting the Vaughn family was touching for me and I hope they are as excited to come to my concert in New York as I was to surprise them with the invitation,” said Underwood. “This program has afforded me the opportunity to personally thank these soldiers for all that they do, and I am grateful to be a part of something so positive and rewarding.”Driving the effort to raise funds for Operation Homefront, supporters will have the opportunity to donate by clicking on the “Donate Now” button on Commemorative dog tags also are also available for purchase at merchandise stands at all The Storyteller Tour stops as well as throughout Carnival’s fleet with all proceeds going to Operation Homefront.Carnival has also launched a new shipboard military appreciation program. Each ship is hosting a special event onboard to recognize active and retired military personnel and their families and kicks off with a welcome video featuring Underwood. The country music superstar also will join the Carnival LIVE! roster of artists in early 2017, with further details to be announced at a later date.Carnival’s most family-friendly ship, Carnival Vista, will set sail in Europe in May 2016 and make her stateside debut in New York in November before repositioning to Miami for year-round service later that month.last_img read more

Moroccan Leather Industry to Use Sacrificed Eid Al Adha Sheeps Skins

Rabat – Eid al-Adha, the “sacrifice festival,” is one of the most important celebrations in the Islamic calendar. Expected to take place this year between August 11 and August 13, it is celebrated by slaughtering sheep, goats, or cows.On July 24, the Moroccan Secretary of State for Sustainable Development, Nezha El Ouafi, will launch the “Clean Eid Al Adha” campaign. The purpose of the campaign is to raise awareness on the importance of keeping slaughter areas clean, collecting and sealing slaughter residue in closed bags, and avoiding dumping residues in drains. A similar campaign was launched last year, to prevent the uncontrolled dumping of the waste from the slaughtering, such as the organs not suitable for human consumption, skins, and bones.This year’s campaign also promotes environmentally sound behavior but has a new dimension. It is also calling on Moroccans to preserve the skins of the sacrificed sheep, so that they can be collected and treated, then used in the leather industry.“85 % of skins are in a deteriorated condition and cannot be used,” the State Secretary for Sustainable Development said about previous Eid years, in a press release on July 22.The new measures seek to counter this.Read also: Documentary: Fez, Leather’s Capital“Pilot projects will be launched in the four largest cities of the Kingdom: Rabat, Fes, Marrakech, and Tangier, and the projects will then be generalized to the rest of the country,” she added.The measures will include educational campaigns by environmental groups across Morocco on hygiene and slaughtering, and the broadcasting of an educational video on TV, news websites, and social media.The skins of slaughtered sheep will be collected and sorted after Eid.The “Clean Eid Al Adha” campaign is organized in collaboration with the Moroccan Federation of Leather Industry (FEDIC). read more

Foreign expert accused of doing a hatchet job for Sri Lanka

A foreign expert appointed by the former Government has been accused of doing a hatchet job for Sri Lanka.Rodney Dixon, who is now part of a commission appointed by Zimbabwe, has been accused by a researcher of being paid by Sri Lanka to clear the allegations against the Government. “It is not your CV that worries me, but things that you have done. Like I told you, I am a researcher and I know that you participated in a commission similar to this one in Sri Lanka,” he said.“There was an outcry when you and other members of your team were paid $400 million and with your coming here, taxes have been raised. Tell me how much you are being paid because you are not here for free? I am concerned that you might just be here to cleanse the atrocities of August 1.” Researcher Makomborero Haruzivishe attacked the credibility of the commission, particularly Rodney Dixon, whom he accused of doing a hatchet job for the government of Sri Lanka during a similar commission, Zim eye reported. Dixon had attempted to assure Haruzivishe that his CV, which states that he speaks on behalf of army commanders, governments and politicians, would not affect his work as a commissioner. (Colombo Gazette) Dixon is part of a Commission of Inquiry appointed to investigate violence which broke out in Zimbabwe in August. read more

Brock seeking cyclists for Ride Dont Hide

Calling all pedal pushers: Brock is seeking participants for Canada’s largest mental health bike ride.Niagara’s fourth annual Ride Don’t Hide takes place on campus Sunday, June 24. In addition to being a venue sponsor this year, Brock has entered two teams — the Walkie Talkies and Brock University — and is currently seeking participants and donations in support of them. Funds raised will support the Canadian Mental Health Association Niagara’s (CMHA) crisis services.“Mental Health is so important in everyone’s lives,” said Marissa Marinaccio, Niagara Ride Don’t Hide committee member and Employee and Labour Relations Advisor with Brock’s Office of Human Resources. “My friends and family extremely close to me have been affected by mental health and I have felt the struggle of others when they are seeking support.”Participants will have the option of riding or walking a five-kilometre route on Brock’s campus, riding a 15-km route through beautiful rural scenery along Decew, Cataract and Holland roads or riding a 25-km route that includes both the rural route and campus.Brock’s Walkie Talkie team will be walking the five-kilometre route, while members of Brock University team will have the option of walking five kilometres or riding the 15- or 25-km routes.Participants who sign up before Saturday, June 23 can take advantage of a reduced $40 registration fee before it is increased to $50. Children under the age of 12 are free. Registration includes a T-shirt and food voucher. There will also be water-filling stations, on-site massages and a children’s play zone with activities like face painting, a themed bouncer, hoola hoops and other sports equipment.Lunch will be provided by food truck company Curbside Events and will include the option of a beef burger, vegetarian burger, sausage, hot dog, chicken tenders or vegetarian falafel with french fries and a drink.Last year’s Niagara Ride Don’t Hide event raised more than $30,000 in support of vital mental health programs and initiatives. In addition to paying the registration fee, participants are encouraged to fundraise online or collect cash and cheques with paper pledge forms.“The stigma of mental health needs to end,” said Marianccio. “By participating in Ride Don’t Hide, I want people to know that it’s OK to ask for help.”To support Brock’s teams by registering or donating, visit Niagara’s Ride Don’t Hide website. read more

Columbus Crew shuts out FC Dallas 20

Dallas, having twice bitten on the man with the ball before it dumped off for a shot, did not contest Gaven, who had a clear line of sight toward the net. Columbus’ only goals were a penalty shot against DC United two weeks prior and a goal by Andres Mendoza against Real Salt Lake on March 1. The main problem was how to score more with Kevin Hartman, who is the all-time leader in games played in goal, games started in goal, minutes played in goal, wins, losses, saves and shutouts, guarding the net for Dallas. It was Dallas, however, who almost converted an early opportunity when forward Fabian Castillo’s point-blank shot went wide left. Columbus answered with a free kick that forward Emmanuel Ekpo headed over the goal. Dallas went to its reserves in the 79th minute, as defender Zach Loyd and forward Milton Rodriguez were sent in for midfielders Castillo and Marvin Chavez. Columbus scored its first home goal of the season after tying the New York Red Bulls last week at Crew Stadium. Later, in the 29th minute, Dallas forward Ruben Luna got his head on a David Ferreira cross that Columbus goalie William Hesmer quickly saved. Columbus almost put the nail in Dallas’ coffin when Dilly Duka, an 85th-minute substitution for Ekpo, took the ball on the left side, drawing the defense before dumping it off to Duka in the middle, who shot it wide right. Stoppage time would finally bring the insurance goal, as Gaven dribbled the ball right before cutting it inside where his left foot put a screamer into the back of the net. Dallas almost tied in the 81st minute when Loyd passed a high ball to forward Rodriguez, whose header Hesmer read and stopped. Columbus continued to challenge at the 36-minute mark, as a Crew corner kick by Eddie Gaven was flicked by Chad Marshall to midfielder Dejan Rusmir before being cleared by Dallas. The game would only become more difficult for Dallas when midfielder Jackson Goncalves was ejected after acquiring two yellow cards in three minutes. A Columbus substitution five minutes later would put Jeff Cunningham in for Mendoza. For Cunningham, it was a chance to play against his former team. “We had a good control of the match, so it was a great opportunity to introduce me into the game,” Cunningham said. Columbus would put the first point on the board in the 55th minute, when Dallas’ George John committed a penalty in the box, which resulted in a Mendoza penalty shot. Hartman would guess the correct direction only to see the ball slip under his fingertips. The Columbus Crew defeated defending Western Conference champion FC Dallas, 2-0, on Friday. “We tried to put a little bit more pressure on the defenders, especially on the crosses,” Crew coach Robert Warzycha said of his team’s change in game plan after gaining a man advantage. The Crew next takes on Chivas USA on April 9. read more

Guyana to intensify cooperation with France in protecting the environment

-President Granger at France’s National Day receptionPresident David Granger said that as Guyana pursues its ‘green’ agenda, it looks forward to intensifying its 50-year old diplomatic relationship with France especially as it relates to environmental protection, an area in which the two countries share common concerns. The Head of State made these remarks last evening at a reception to commemorate France’s National Day held at the Georgetown Club.President David Granger and First Lady Mrs. Sandra Granger are greeted by Ambassador Antoine Joly as they arrive at the France’s National Day reception at Georgetown“Guyana, located within the Guiana Shield; a global environmental asset, remains irrevocably committed to establishing a ‘green’ state. We will place an additional two million hectares of our forests under conservation as part of our contribution towards protecting the world biodiversity and providing climate mitigation services to the world,” the President said.The pledge of placing an additional two million hectares of forest under conservation is one which the Guyana made in the signing of the landmark Paris Agreement in France two years ago. President Granger noted that Guyana fully supports France’s decision to take further action to advance the aims of the Agreement.“We will reduce our carbon footprint by embracing various sources of renewable energy generation. We will strengthen our coastal zone management to enhance our resilience against rising sea levels and flooding. Guyana looks forward to the support of the French Republic in advancing our ‘green’ developmental agenda,” the Head of State said.Meanwhile, French Ambassador to Guyana, Mr. Antoine Joly said that the celebration of the French National Day in this country is special because it is an opportunity to celebrate the respect and friendship between the two countries and expressed satisfaction that France and Guyana both recognise the importance of protecting the environment and working to mitigate the effects of climate change. “We share the same vision of a multipolar world, which has to move forward in a better coordinated management and my Government truly appreciates the partnership, which was able to be formed on the occasion [of the signing of the Paris Agreement on climate change],” he said.Describing Guyana and France as neighbours, the Ambassador pointed to the fact that French Guiana is part of the Guiana Shield and has a shared obligation to protect the biodiversity of that region. Ambassador Joly said, “We have to address the same challenges… that of the environment; this unique heritage, which constitutes the Amazonian forest.” The Ambassador also pointed that security and sustainable development are challenges that France, with responsibility for its overseas territory, shares with Guyana.President Granger also used the opportunity to call on France, as a partner with Guyana, to ensure that the interests of the Small-Island Developing States (SIDS) of the Caribbean are protected even as the European Union (EU) commences negotiations on what would soon replace the Cotonou Agreement.The President was accompanied to the event by First Lady Mrs. Sandra Granger. It was also attended by Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, Minister of State, Mr. Joseph Harmon, Minister of Agriculture, Mr. Noel Holder and members of the diplomatic community. France’s National Day or La Fête Nationale, commemorates the storming of the Bastille on July 14, 1789. This event triggered the French Revolution, the impact of which resonated in the Caribbean as it not only influenced the Haitian Revolution but it also intensified the struggle for emancipation and colonial liberation in the Region. (MOTP) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGuyana to intensify cooperation with France on environmental protectionJuly 13, 2018In “latest news”President accredits new French Republic AmbassadorMay 4, 2017In “latest news”President, First Lady attend reception in honour of Prince HarryDecember 3, 2016In “latest news” read more

Energy breakthrough as GTL Energy successfully commissions US clean lowrank coal plant

first_imgGTL Energy’s first commercial-scale coal upgrading plant module successfully commissioned with successful production of high energy, low moisture briquettes. It has completed a bulk sample trial and US combustion trial for Solid Energy New Zealand. This is a ‘first-of-a-kind’, low rank coal upgrading plant, located near South Heart, North Dakota in the US, has been completed.GTL Energy CEO, Robert French, and Australian Director, Nick Smart: “We are delighted that GTLE’s clean coal technology has proven successful on a commercial scale. We are satisfied commissioning of GTLE’s plant in North Dakota has validated the ability to expand plant capacity on a modular basis, with few of the risks normally associated with scale up.”The GTLE Dakota Plant has been designed as a single module commercial scale plant which aims to provide proof of the cost-efficient GTL Energy technology to coal consumers and producers from around the world. The company intends to increase both the length and volumes of production runs through the remainder of 2010.French and Smart: “Our low temperature drying process has now been proven to be effective in preserving lignite coal characteristics. We produce high energy, mechanically strong briquettes without binders and without creation of environmentally hazardous waste streams. GTL Energy’s technology provides significant opportunities to utilise low rank coal in an environmentally responsible way. It will enable stranded resources to be monetised and help to meet the world’s ever growing demand for energy.”GTL Energy’s unique coal upgrading process (coal drying/beneficiation) removes moisture from low rank coals to produce low moisture, high energy briquettes. The technology improves the efficiency of low rank coals ensuring a reduction in emissions including CO2, as well as increasing the market value of low rank fuels.The first large-scale production of North Dakota lignite at the GTLE Dakota plant reduced the moisture by an average of 65%, providing an uplift in energy content of approximately 40%. This was followed by a successful large scale production trial of New Zealand lignite for its joint venture partner, Solid Energy New Zealand, a major Government-owned resources company and leading producer of high quality coal for export and New Zealand markets.GTL Energy reduced the moisture of the New Zealand lignite by an average of about 65%, thus raising the energy content by roughly 50%. Briquettes of New Zealand lignite have been shipped to Solid Energy for further combustion trials with its commercial customers, following a successful industrial scale combustion trial in North Dakota.Data derived from these and further planned commercial scale trials will be used to prepare multiple feasibility studies for projects under various stages of development in New Zealand, Indonesia, Australia, the USA and Asia. French and Smart: “These achievements are significant milestones for GTL Energy. We believe that our technology has resoundingly addressed the challenges often associated with coal drying, and we are pleased to have advanced to this stage of development which now provides a very strong platform for growth. We are working with major global engineering firms and clients who recognise the need for our clean coal technology that is now poised for widespread deployment worldwide.”last_img read more

Boart Longyear launches new GTUMX diamond coring bit

first_imgBoart Longyear, the global integrated exploration drilling products and services provider, has launched the GTUMX diamond coring bit as the latest addition to its award-winning Ultramatrix (UMX) line. The GTUMX is designed for shallow holes and conventional drilling for both exploration and geo-technical applications. The ability to drill faster with high penetration rates and to outperform existing bit technology in a wide range of ground formations makes the GTUMX “ideal for customers seeking an affordable alternative to their current bit selection”.“Boart Longyear is excited to introduce the GTUMX diamond core bits into the marketplace, especially South Africa,” said Matthew Baird, global product manager for Boart Longyear. “The GTUMX bits are ideal for shallow holes and conventional drilling. This allows our customers to be very competitive with a bit of true value at a reasonable price.” Boart Longyear will launch an AXT size GTUMX bit first in the South Africa region. This will be followed by additional bit size releases and expansion into the Asia Pacific, Europe and Latin America regions.GTUMX diamond coring bits features the Boart Longyear UMX formula. UMX bits use an advanced metallurgical formula that is impregnated with large synthetic diamonds. The formula optimises high penetration capabilities with longer bit life and allows the GTUMX to turn easily from one ground formation to another. The GTUMX also features the unique Razorcut design on the face of the bit. This speeds up exposure of the diamonds and enables the bit to begin cutting right out of the box. The wide tapered waterways dramatically improve surface flushing and cutting while reducing wear on the inner-diameter of the bit, particularly in broken, abrasive conditions.last_img read more

12 people who forgot that one essential thing

first_imgMore: Hot Irish cats are waiting for you>WATCH: Hipsters lying about loving fake bands> THESE PEOPLE ARE why it’s important to remember things.Don’t say we never help you.1. This figure skater who forgot the boat2. This man who forgot his dog’s weakness for temptationImgur3. This little girl who forgot the goats4. This camera operator who forgot her friend secretly hated her 5. This Spiderman who forgot how to spiderfanpop.com6. This young man who forgot his bedroom wall7. This young man who forgot the location of his face8. And this one who forgot the fragility of all God’s creation9. This schoolkid who forgot never to do this thing that he’s doing10. This man who forgot sexy11. This kid who forgot he wasn’t the ground12. And this horror villain who forgot to check the repairs on his tiny tricyclelast_img read more

Verizon changes mind cancels 2 payment fee

first_imgDo you remember that story about Verizon adding a $2 fee to all online and phone payments (aside from autopay)? It is no more. Everyone in the world who isn’t a Verizon exec thought it was a lousy idea, and the company was forced to cave.A Verizon Wireless statement says that it made the decision in response to customer feedback. The FCC might have had a little something to do with it as well. The government agency was said to be investigating the fee — not long after that news broke, we now have Verizon doing a 180° and eliminating the fee altogether.You could say that there are two sides to every story, but it’s hard to see how this fee would have been good for anything other than adding to Verizon’s billions. It was never clear how online and phone payments cost more to process than mail-in or automatic billing. It was likely a scheme to reduce late payments by making autopay less expensive than manual payments. Of course the same end could have been met by reducing the price of automatic payments instead of raising the price of all other payments, but that didn’t happen.Had the fee gone through, it would have taken effect on January 15. In addition to the FCC troubles, customers were looking into the possiblity of the fee allowing them to cancel their contracts without paying an ETF (Early Termination Fee). Customers who sign a two-year-contract expect their bills to be the same no matter how they pay; angry VZW subscribers may have had a case against the sudden fee.last_img read more

Perth real estate agency caught in Greek wedding scam

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A leading Western Australia property business has lost over $50,000 in a wedding accommodation scam.The Perth agency, which books short- and long-term holiday rentals, received a call in November from a man using the name ‘Colonel Michael Warner’.The man, who claimed to be from England, booked one week’s accommodation for eight people and prepaid for the wedding party using what is believed to be several stolen American credit cards.‘Colonel Michael Warner’ then cancelled his booking, requesting the agency forward the funds to the group’s Greek interpreter, who could not accept credit card payments.The Perth agency completed the transfer before realising that the funds from the credit card transaction had not yet been deposited into their trust account.Αccording to Consumer Protection, this type of fraudulent transaction, known as ‘overpayment’, is often used by Nigerian-based scammers, and that there was no Greek interpreter behind the story.Consumer Protection Acting Commissioner David Hillyard warned agencies to be “extremely cautious” if a person making a booking pays more than the actual amount, and requests the refund to be sent to a third party.“It has become a common scam for accommodation bookings to be made either by phone or email using false or stolen credit card details and a payment greater than the amount payable is then supposedly made,” Mr Hillyard said.“The scammers then request the excess amount to be refunded immediately, but usually by wire transfer or to a different account,” he said.If agencies decide to go ahead with such a transaction without conducting an internet investigation they should refund money only into the credit card or bank account used to make the booking or purchase and not before said funds have cleared and are confirmed to be in the agency’s account. Source: Perth Now, ABClast_img read more

MopedRiding Thieves Steal Bundle of iDevices from London Apple Store

first_imgStay on target iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro Have More Cameras, More ProblemsApple Arcade Launches Next Week A gang of moped-riding, hammer-wielding thieves raided a London Apple store early Monday morning.According to reports, a group of 10 suspects drove high-powered scooters through the glass front doors, threatened two security guards with mallets, and stole thousands of pounds worth of iDevices.Local police were called to the Regent Street store around 12:45 a.m. Hours later, the flagship location was fully operational “with no visible damage,” the BBC said.Miah Mohammad Sheful, who was waiting nearby for a bus, captured grainy video of the break-in, which he said took several attempts. Passing cars honked their horns in an attempt to scare off the burglars.The robbers reportedly rode in on five motorbikes, but left with only four. Forensic experts examined an abandoned bike found inside the store, according to the Evening Standard; meanwhile, detectives are combing through CCTV images of the incident.There is no word on exactly which and how many devices were stolen, or how much damage was inflicted. Two iPhone Xs were later recovered near Kings Cross.Neither Apple nor the Metropolitan Police Service immediately responded to Geek’s request for comment.This is just the latest in a string of moped-related thefts across London.In October, a motorbike-riding gang attacked a Regent Street jewelers, making off with a “high-value haul,” the BBC reported. And a brave truck driver recently blocked a ring of thieves from escaping a busy London street with a stolen scooter.“There have been loads of moped attacks in my area, they even use them for house break-ins,” Apple customer Hajra Ali told the Evening Standard. “They break into the front door, one goes inside to grab what they want and then they get out. There are always two of them on each moped.”Between January and September, the Metropolitan Police counted more than 19,385 “moped-enabled” crimes in the capital city, according to the BBC. That’s an average of 53 per day.center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

ASA to Congress Targeting the Farm Bill for Cuts Would be Devastating

first_imgIn response to a proposed $3 billion cut in crop insurance support as part of a larger budget deal, the American Soybean Association (ASA) issued a strong defense of the nation’s farm program and called on Congress to oppose any reopening of the farm bill. ASA President Wade Cowan, a soybean farmer from Brownfield, Texas, noted that agriculture remains the only industry segment that has come forward and voluntarily accepted spending reductions, and urged lawmakers to seek cuts elsewhere:“ASA absolutely opposes any effort by Congress to reopen any part of the farm bill as part of budget negotiations, and we implore lawmakers to reject any attempt to target crop insurance or any other farm bill programs for further cuts. Speaking frankly, our farm economy is simply not in the shape it was even three years ago when we began the process of writing the farm bill. Crop values are down almost 50 percent, and our farmers face volatile weather ranging from flooding in the Carolinas to drought in Texas and fires in California. Farmers need a stronger safety net, not a weaker one, and now is hardly the time to pull the rug out from under them by weakening the nation’s investment in the crop insurance program.“We stand with Chairmen Roberts and Conaway and Ranking Members Stabenow and Peterson in their defense of the 2014 Farm Bill and the critical safety net it provides farmers. Faced with the need to confront our nation’s budget responsibility, we worked alongside these committee leaders for three full years to craft a piece of farm legislation that strengthens our safety net and brings savings to the table. That’s more than can be said for any other industry sector. This burden is something that must be spread across the board, not shouldered unfairly by a select few.”last_img read more

Pink stops concert to comfort grieving young fan who recently lost her

first_imgBRISBANE, Australia (WSVN) — Pop superstar Pink stopped her concert to comfort a teenage girl who just lost her mother.The singer walked into the crowd at her concert Monday in Australia after spotting 14-year-old Leah Murphy’s sign.Leah’s mother was a huge Pink fan and was supposed to attend the show, but died in June after purchasing the tickets.The teen brought a sign saying “My name is Leah – I’m 14 years old. I lost my beautiful Mum last month. I would LOVE a hug… Please!”Fans in the crowd helped draw attention to the grieving young fan, prompting Pink to immediately walk off the stage and give Leah a long hug.Katrina Donkin says the encounter lifted her niece’s spirits during the difficult time, saying Leah hasn’t stopped smiling since the concert.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

BUSINESS BRIEF CVS Fights Rise In ECigarette Use Donates 1M To TobaccoFree

first_img(NOTE: CVS has two pharmacies in Wilmington — 222 Main Street and 210 Ballardvale Street.)WOONSOCKET, R.I., — As part of its commitment to building healthier communities, CVS Health recently announced more than $1.4 million in new giving through the CVS Health Foundation to 82 U.S. colleges and universities, helping them to advocate for, adopt and implement 100 percent smoke- and tobacco-free campus policies, including limiting the use of e-cigarettes. The new grants, delivered in partnership with the American Cancer Society and Truth Initiative, build upon the three organizations’ combined commitment to helping deliver a tobacco-free generation.Spanning 35 states, new grantees include major academic institutions, including Duke University, Dartmouth College, University of Hawaii, Indiana State University, University of New Hampshire, Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. Grants will also be provided to Historically Black Colleges and Universities, including Allen University and West Virginia State University; women’s colleges, including Bryn Mawr College; and community colleges, including Baltimore City Community College. For a full list of grantees, visit funding announced today will help accelerate and expand the number of campuses across the country that prohibit smoking, e-cigarette, and other tobacco product use. While conventional cigarette smoking among high school students has fallen by almost 50 percent since 2011, e-cigarette use has surged over the last year, especially among young people there are 2.8 million young adults aged 18-24 who are current e-cigarette users. The spread of e-cigarettes risks a reversal of the progress made in reducing smoking over the last two decades given that young people who vape are four times more likely to begin smoking cigarettes in the future.“A critical goal for us in building healthier communities across the country is reducing tobacco-use, which remains one of the leading causes of preventable death in this country,” said Eileen Howard Boone, President of the CVS Health Foundation. “By helping more colleges and universities explore and execute on tobacco-free policies, we’re able to positively influence the number of new college-age smokers and get one step closer to our goal of seeing the first tobacco-free generation.”The grants are part of Be The First, CVS Health’s five-year, $50 million initiative to deliver the nation’s first tobacco-free generation, which is a major program within the company’s new $100 million Building Healthier Communities initiative. While the number of U.S. colleges and universities that are smoke- or tobacco-free has doubled since 2012, approximately half of the nearly 5,000 schools across the country still have no comprehensive policy in place.With the CVS Health Foundation’s support, the American Cancer Society and Truth Initiative programs help students, faculty and staff develop and execute strategies that are customized to meet the unique needs of each campus and move the schools toward a 100 percent smoke- and tobacco-free environment. Together, the organizations have provided financial and technical support to more than 200 colleges and universities since 2016, helping to clear the air for more than one million students.“While the teen smoking rate has fallen to an all-time low of 4.6 percent, the rapid rise in e-cigarette use threatens to erase this progress given youth who vape are four times more likely to progress to smoking deadly cigarettes,” said Robin Koval, CEO and President of Truth Initiative. “Over the years, we’ve had great success in working with colleges to go smoke- and tobacco-free. They now play a critical role in also addressing the e-cigarette epidemic as vaping becomes even more prevalent on campuses across the U.S. Together with our partners, we look forward to empowering as many colleges and universities as possible with the information and resources they need to end all tobacco use for good.”“Cigarettes cause more than 480,000 U.S. deaths annually and are responsible for nearly 29 percent of all cancer deaths in the U.S.,” said Gary Reedy, CEO of the American Cancer Society. “College is a time when young adults are susceptible to developing or perpetuating an addiction to nicotine and tobacco. This partnership continues to enable us to help reduce tobacco use among college students and therefore reduce the number of people impacted by tobacco-related diseases.”To see the full list of colleges supported by these grants and for more information on the grant application process, please visit CVS Health CVS Health is the nation’s premier health innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Whether in one of its pharmacies or through its health services and plans, CVS Health is pioneering a bold new approach to total health by making quality care more affordable, accessible, simple and seamless. CVS Health is community-based and locally focused, engaging consumers with the care they need when and where they need it. The Company has more than 9,800 retail locations, approximately 1,100 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with approximately 93 million plan members, a dedicated senior pharmacy care business serving more than one million patients per year, expanding specialty pharmacy services, and a leading stand-alone Medicare Part D prescription drug plan. CVS Health also serves an estimated 39 million people through traditional, voluntary and consumer-directed health insurance products and related services, including a rapidly expanding Medicare Advantage offering. This innovative health care model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs. Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at the CVS Health FoundationThe CVS Health Foundation is a private charitable organization created by CVS Health that works to build healthier communities, enabling people of all ages to lead healthy, productive lives. The Foundation provides strategic investments to nonprofit partners throughout the U.S. who help increase community-based access to health care for underserved populations, create innovative approaches to chronic disease management and provide tobacco cessation and youth prevention programming. We also invest in scholarship programs that open the pathways to careers in pharmacy to support the academic aspirations of the best and brightest talent in the industry. Our philanthropy also extends to supporting our colleagues’ spirit of volunteerism through Volunteer Challenge grants to nonprofits where they donate their time and fundraising efforts. To learn more about the CVS Health Foundation and its giving, visit the American Cancer Society The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of 1.5 million volunteers dedicated to saving lives, celebrating lives, and leading the fight for a world without cancer. From breakthrough research to free lodging near treatment, a 24/7/365 live helpline, free rides to treatment, and convening powerful activists to create awareness and impact, the Society is the attacking cancer from every angle. For more information go to Truth Initiative Truth Initiative is a national public health organization that is inspiring tobacco-free lives and building a culture where all youth and young adults reject tobacco. The truth about tobacco and the tobacco industry are at the heart of our proven-effective and nationally recognized truth public-education campaign, our rigorous and scientific research and policy studies, and our innovative community and youth engagement programs supporting populations at high risk of using tobacco. The Washington, D.C.,-based organization, formerly known as Legacy, was established and funded through the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement between attorneys general from 46 states, five U.S. territories and the tobacco industry. To learn more about how Truth Initiative speaks, seeks and spreads the truth about tobacco, visit The above press release is from CVS.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? 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Exhumation of Shakespeare to determine cause of death and drug test

first_img Explore further © 2010 Thackeray is best known for his controversial suggestion nearly a decade ago which pointed to the possibility that Shakespeare had been a regular cannabis smoker. Utilizing forensic techniques, Thackeray examined 24 pipes which had been discovered in Shakespeare’s garden and determined that they had been used to smoke the drug.Citing that even after 400 years, Shakespeare is still one of the most famous people in history, Thackeray hopes to be able to end the question of how he died and establish a health history. With new state-of-the-art computer equipment he hopes to create a three dimensional reconstruction of Shakespeare. The hope is to be able to determine the kind of life he led, any diseases of medical conditions he may have suffered from and what ultimately caused his death.The new technology, nondestructive analysis, will not require the remains to be moved but will instead scan the bones. They are also hoping to collect DNA from Shakespeare and his wife and sister, all who are buried at Holy Trinity Church.Thackeray also hopes to find evidence to back his controversial claims years ago regarding Shakespeare’s marijuana smoking. Examining the teeth could provide the evidence they need. If they are able to discover grooves between the incisor and canine teeth, it could show them he was chewing on a pipe.This plan however goes against the final wishes of Shakespeare himself who had the following words engraved on his tomb: “Good frend for Jesus sake forebeare, To dig the dust encloased heare, Bleste be the man that spares thes stones, And curst be he that moves my bones.”The Church of England denies that any requests have been made to exhume Shakespeare’s body but Thackeray and his team hopes to gain approval in time to be able to make the determination before the 400th anniversary of his death in 2016. Computerized Analysis Helps Researchers Define Shakespeare’s Work Using ‘Literary Fingerprint’ Citation: Exhumation of Shakespeare to determine cause of death and drug test (2011, June 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from ( — Director of the Institute for Human Evolution, anthropologist Francis Thackeray has formally petitioned the Church of England to allow him to exhume the body of William Shakespeare in order to determine the cause of his death. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

The state of these roads is nothing short of a disgrace

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA featured part of a road which runs through the centre of Leek has been described as a ‘disgrace to the town’. In December 2010 Sainsbury’s supermarket was given planning permission by Staffordshire Moorlands District Council to redevelop the Churnet Works in Leek for a store, petrol station, industrial units and housing, along with road changes throughout the town. However, the planning conditions included the removal of the roundabout. At the end of 2012 the town’s roundabout was taken away and a new pedestrian crossing and road layout, including an area of so-called ‘shared space’, was installed. As part of the road network changes in Leek following the approval, a featured cobbled area from the Nicholson War Memorial to the new public realm site was part of the design. However the cobbled area and parts of the main highway have been blighted with problems since its completion. The road has sunk and many of the cobbles have broken. Part of the featured setts have had to be taken up and the county highways have used tarmac to replace them. Now further parts of the cobbled area are sinking and are breaking up. Read MoreThis killer driver mowed down cyclist after EIGHT-HOUR drinking session District ward councillor for the area, Darren Price, said: “The condition of the crossing opposite the monument is shocking and creates not only a bad impression of our town but is also a trip hazard for people crossing Ball Haye Street. Stone setts like these can be fitted properly and can last many years as they do in other places, but, in my view, these have been installed badly by contractors who should be brought to book for their shoddy workmanship. “Close by there are collapsed kerbs and sunken pavements that pose a real threat to those less sure on their feet, especially as the winter sets in. These need repairing properly – not by simply covering in unsightly tarmac patches – before there are accidents.” County councillor, Charlotte Atkins, said the tarmac put down on he section of damaged cobbles was supposed to be temporary. She said: “The state of the roads in front of the Monument and to the side is nothing short of a disgrace. “Despite many requests from myself and promises to act, the council has done nothing to resolve the situation. “The paving was supposed to provide a beautiful setting for our listed War Memorial but instead it has deteriorated into a terrible mess which is both ugly and unsafe. “Patching with tarmac was supposed to be a temporary measure but it has become permanent. The breaking up of the setts and kerb stones is causing a real hazard to pedestrians and will only get worse during the winter months. The county council must act before more people fall and sustain injuries.” Read MoreKind Lucy gets hair cut for charity – with a guest appearance by Sooty! Now the county council has told the Post & Times that they hope to do the repair work to the featured road in Spring. Helen Fisher, cabinet member for highways and transport at Staffordshire County Council said: “We are aware of people’s concerns about the road surface and our inspectors have already been out to the site to investigate the cause of the problem. “Highways teams have also made the area safe until the permanent repairs can be made. “And they will continue to do so until the permanent solution is complete. “We do intend replacing the damaged surface with new cobble stones, and teams hope to carry out the work in the Spring following the winter season.” Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive .last_img read more

Disputed Honduran presidentelect meets with Central American leaders

first_imgNo related posts. Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla received disputed Honduran President-elect Juan Hernández at the Casa Presidencial as part of his whirlwind Central American welcome tour Wednesday afternoon.The two leaders spoke about “bilateral interests,” the Central American Integration System, and Costa Rica’s upcoming presidency of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States. Hernández thanked Chinchilla for Costa Rica’s role in negotiating Honduras’ return to the Organization of American States following the 2009 coup, which left Honduras an international pariah, according to Costa Rican Foreign Minister Enrique Castillo.  “Honduras has experienced a democratic celebration during these [recent] elections. Fortunately, we had visitors, an enormous number of observers. They were the most observed elections in our history, with the most participation in our history. And obviously we are pleased and proud of the Honduran people for this civic celebration that we experienced,” Hernández said during his brief comments to the press.Costa Rica was Hernández’s second stop Wednesday, after visiting with Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli.Hernández invited Central American leaders to visit Honduras on Jan. 27, when he takes office, according to a statement from Casa Presidencial.That is, if his election holds up against a recount called for by his rival Xiomara Castro, wife of deposed ex-President Manuel Zelaya, who was removed from office in the 2009 coup. Hernández won the presidential election on Nov. 24 with 36.8 percent of the vote, followed by LIBRE party candidate Castro, with 28.8 percent.Castro claimed “fraud,” leading to the election authority’s recount.European Union and Organization of American States observers called the voting process transparent and non-problematic.Castillo told The Tico Times that he did not have any concerns regarding the recount: “They’re allowing the process to take place, to count the votes, so that later the tribunal can make a decision.”After leaving Costa Rica, Hernández continued on to Nicaragua where he was scheduled to meet with President Daniel Ortega.AFP contributed to this report. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Etihad Airways Lands Prestigious Top Travel Award

first_imgSource = Etihad Airways Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has been honoured for its commitment to the environment at China’s 2011 Top Travel magazine awards.The prestigious Environmental Contribution of the Year Award is given annually to travel companies for demonstrating global leadership in corporate social responsibility.The win was for Etihad Airways’ efforts in saving washing water and cleaning fluids, and for an improvement in fuel efficiency from reduced aircraft drag.The Chief Executive Officer of Etihad Airways, James Hogan, said: “Concern and respect for the environment is part of the Etihad Airways brand DNA so we’re especially delighted to have our commitment to the environment acknowledged with this award.“We operate the newest, most environmentally efficient aircraft in the skies, and our operations teams work tirelessly to reduce the airline’s fuel burn and emissions and to identify greener suppliers and partners.”The award coincides with Mr Hogan’s visit to China this week for the launch of the airline’s new Abu Dhabi to Chengdu route, the first and only commercial flight link between the United Arab Emirates and China’s south west region.last_img read more

Criminal case against Paphos council and mayor suspended

first_imgTHE attorney-general has suspend indefinitely a criminal case brought against the entire Paphos municipal council and the mayor by the owner of a marble factory.The case had been due to get underway on Wednesday following a number of postponements.“Yesterday, a letter from the attorney-general suspended indefinitely the case against all of the defendants including the mayor, the city council, the municipality of Paphos and the contractor,” one of the defendants, Andreas Chrysanthou, a Paphos councillor, told the Cyprus Mail on Wednesday.Chrysanthou said that he understood that the complainant had asked Attorney-General Costas Clerides to suspend the prosecution.The Paphos council, along with the mayor, were formally charged in 2016 on 29 counts relating to the destruction of a wall in Paphos. They all pleaded not guilty.The legal action was brought by Polys Patatos, the owner of a Paphos marble factory which adjoined the Markideio Theatre in Paphos.He alleged that the tearing down of a wall by the Paphos municipality, as part of the upgrading works on the theatre and its outside space, was illegal and caused malicious damage.The defendants faced charges including trespassing onto a property with the intent to cause a crime and causing unlawful damage to property.The case was part of a long-running battle between Patatos and the municipality over three pieces of Turkish Cypriot owned land which he was using. In the past Patatos secured an injunction on two pieces of the land which prevented any action to be taken at the site by Paphos municipality, as part of the upgrading works. This was subsequently cancelled, after the court found that he was operating on the land without lawfully having the two plots ‘in his possession’.However, the businessman also legally leased a third piece of Turkish Cypriot owned land, which was licensed by the ministry of the interior, and where the wall was situated.On Wednesday, mayor of Paphos, Phedonas Phedonos, issued a statement saying he felt vindicated by the suspension of the case.“The filing of the criminal case was a strategic move to put pressure on Paphos municipality and to scold me and politically hurt me before the municipal elections,” he said.He warned that similar strategies on political and authoritative figures should not be used in the future, as they exploit court proceedings and undermine the law.“The state and the competent bodies should study the facts of the present case and draw the right conclusions and take steps to avoid repeating such a situation in the future,” he said.Chrysanthou added that the attorney-general noted that if the plaintiff wants to proceed with further action he should make a statement to the police and his claims would be investigated.“I believe that the plaintiffs’ lawyer probably advised him this course of action is not advisable as there may be recourse from the councillors for time lost and legal fees and so on. So far, we have already had to go to Nicosia four or five times,” he said.He added that unless Patatos drops the charges altogether, the case will remain suspended.“Hopefully this will be the end of this procedure,” he said.Chrysanthou said that the marble factory has since relocated to a new area.“The site of the theatre and the facility itself has been completely reshaped and has resulted in a very good addition for Paphos,” he said.   You May LikeHealthy Woman MagTop 30 Most Beautiful Women in the WorldHealthy Woman MagUndo100newspaper.xyz10 Most Strange Looking Birds In The World100newspaper.xyzUndoRoaring Earth27 Strange Animals You Didn’t Know ExistedRoaring EarthUndo Cypriot ambassadors gather in Nicosia for annual briefingUndoFresh case of Blue Nile virus in northUndoUrgent work planned on collapsed section of Nicosia wallsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more