Budget Bulletin Supporting Seniors

first_imgAFFORDABLE LIVING AND HEALTHY AGINGThe Province of Nova Scotia is committed to helping seniors livemore independent and fulfilling lives by providing support tohelp many make ends meet, increasing activity opportunities andencouraging participation and healthy lifestyle choices. Many programs and services offered by the Departments of Health,Community Services and Service Nova Scotia and MunicipalRelations, as well as the Senior Citizens’ Secretariat in 2005-06are focused on contributing to a more positive aging experiencein Nova Scotia. PROVIDING SUPPORT WHEN AND WHERE NEEDEDIn 2005-06, the province will freeze Pharmacare premiums toensure they remain affordable for seniors. This year, theprovince will make an additional investment of $16.9 million tocover increases in the cost of the program, bringing the totalannual investment in Pharmacare to nearly $120 million. With an investment of $500,000, the Department of Health willwork with partners to pilot the implementation of a comprehensiveand integrated stroke program that includes stroke prevention,emergency and acute care and rehabilitation. As well, thegovernment will continue to engage stakeholders in ongoing systemplanning related to the prevention of and improving outcomes ofpeople with heart disease and stroke. The department will invest $750,000 to increase the range of homecare services. An alternative level of care will allow seniors toremain at home longer and will defer or prevent admission tolong-term care facilities and hospitals. Also, $500,000 has beenallotted for a new Self-Managed Care Program for seniors andpeople with disabilities; this will provide some relief to homecare, long-term care and acute care services. This programrepresents an alternative option to home care services and allowsindividuals to take a more active role in managing their careneeds. To better meet the needs of individuals who require short-termrehabilitative care, the department will invest $1.65 million toestablish 50 new restorative beds. Introduction of these new bedswill help to increase access to the appropriate type of carepatients need while an assessment of the province’s continuingcare and alternative levels of care services is completed. An investment of $383,000 has been provided to the South WestNova District Health Authority for holistic palliative careservices and support. The program is congruent with the work ofthe Provincial Hospice Palliative Care Project and includes theaddition of a coordinator, as well as designated time fromprofessionals in a variety of disciplines who are part of aninterdisciplinary palliative care team. ENCOURAGING POSITIVE AGINGThe Senior Citizens’ Secretariat will spend $979,000 — anincrease of $207,000 over last year — to continue its work inelder abuse prevention, encouraging healthy active living forseniors, strengthening peer support and volunteer networks,informing seniors about the programs and services that areavailable to them, and developing seniors’ literacy and learningprograms. The secretariat will also continue the work ofpreparing Nova Scotia for an aging population through the TaskForce on Aging. The province will continue to support the Preventing FallsTogether program through Community Links, again providing$100,000 in 2005-06 to develop community-based services,supports, education and assistance to reduce falls among seniors. In addition, the Office of Health Promotion will continue toprovide physical activity enhancement grants to community groupsfor seniors’ programs, as well as hosting the Nova Scotia 55+Games; and the Physical Activity Strategy will be broadened toinclude seniors. ASSISTING WITH SAFE, AFFORDABLE AND ACCESSIBLE TRANSPORTATIONThe province’s commitment to helping rural Nova Scotians who needsafe, affordable and accessible transportation will be enhancedthis fiscal year. Funding to Community Transportation AssistancePrograms will increase by $153,000, to $550,000. The per capitacontribution will increase from $1.41 to $1.60 to help with fuel,maintenance and insurance for vehicles participating in theprovince’s Dial-A-Ride program. In addition, the program’scapital component, which is used to assist in the purchase ofaccessible vehicles, will double to $20,000 per vehicle from thecurrent $10,000 level. HELPING TO MAKE ENDS MEETThe province is also continuing several programs in 2005-06 thatwill help more low-income seniors live more safely andcomfortably in their own homes. The CAP Assessment Program, which helps protect Nova Scotiaproperty owners from dramatic increases in market valueassessment by limiting or “capping” the amount of annualassessment increases, will continue in 2005-06. The Property TaxRebate program assists low-income seniors by providing a rebateof up to $400 per year on their property taxes. The province will continue to provide funding for home repairgrants, giving many seniors and other low-income Nova Scotians upto $5,000 to make repairs, including furnace replacements. In the fiscal year 2005-06, the Department of Community Serviceswill continue to provide grants for home adaptations andincreased accessibility, as well as financial assistance toqualifying families who create parent apartments within orattached to their homes. -30-last_img read more

Natural remedies used Appeal Court upholds parents conviction in sons death

first_imgLETHBRIDGE, Alta. – A couple who treated their toddler son with natural remedies before he died of meningitis can appeal their convictions to the Supreme Court after a split decision from Alberta’s Court of Appeal.David and Collet Stephan were found guilty last year of failing to provide the necessaries of life in the 2012 death of 19-month-old Ezekiel. Their trial in Lethbridge, Alta., heard they treated the boy with garlic, onion and horseradish rather than taking him to a doctor.There was testimony from a nurse, who was also a friend, who said she had suggested to the Stephans that Ezekiel could have meningitis.The couple’s lawyer argued before the Appeal Court that the trial judge allowed the jury to be overwhelmed by medical evidence and it took almost 39 months from when the Stephans were charged to when they were sentenced.Two of the three Appeal Court judges ruled in support of the conviction.Writing for the majority, Justice Bruce McDonald said the delay in the case was not unreasonable and the judge was not wrong in admitting expert witness evidence. Collet Stephan’s testimony showed she did tests for meningitis and ignored the positive results, McDonald wrote.“This evidence supports the conclusion that they actively failed to do what a reasonably prudent and ordinary parent would do,” he said.But Justice Brian O’Ferrall wrote in a dissenting opinion in favour of a new trial.He felt the trial judge’s charge to the jury was confusing and misleading. He said the jury wasn’t cautioned about doctors who were allowed to testify about what they would have done in the Stephans’ situation.“The standard of care demanded of a medical professional is not the same as that required of parents lacking medical training,” O’Ferrall wrote.“The thrust of this dissent is that the trial judge’s instruction to the jury gave them little choice but to convict,” he continued.“That is, if a parent does not take his or her sick child to the doctor and the child dies, the parent is guilty of failing to provide the necessaries of life. Even in strict liability regulatory offences, due diligence is a consideration.”O’Ferrall’s dissenting opinion means the Stephans can automatically appeal their case to the Supreme Court of Canada if they choose.Defence lawyer Karen Molle, who represented David Stephan, had argued the trial judge allowed too many Crown experts to testify. She said the amount of evidence from three doctors unfairly distracted jurors from the real question of whether the Stephans acted differently than any other reasonable parent.“We can’t undo the impression that these doctors left on this jury,” she argued at an Appeal Court hearing in March. “The jury is emotionally reacting to … a week-long barrage of inflammatory and emotional evidence.”Crown prosecutor Julie Morgan had told the hearing the Stephans received a fair trial and the jury heard evidence from both sides.“The jury found a reasonable, prudent person in their situation would have foreseen medical attention was required,” Morgan said.The trial heard the little boy’s body was so stiff he couldn’t sit in his car seat, so the toddler had to lie on a mattress when his mother drove him from their rural home to a naturopathic clinic in Lethbridge, where she bought an echinacea mixture.The Stephans never called for medical assistance until Ezekiel stopped breathing. He was rushed to a local hospital and died after being transported to Calgary Children’s Hospital.David Stephan was sentenced to four months in jail and his wife was ordered to spend three months under house arrest — the only exceptions being trips to church and to medical appointments.The two were released early pending the outcome of the appeal.The Crown has indicated it will appeal the sentences as being too lenient.— Follow @BillGraveland on Twitterlast_img read more

UN and World Bank team off to Africa for the new

first_imgAnalysis by Erol AvdovicNEW YORK —UN and WB have stated an ambitious agenda to strengthen social safety nets for people in Sahel region, lower the cost of energy and increase support for irrigation and pastoralism, as well transform the state of agriculture starting with Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and NigerUnderdevelopment, political and social insecurity with humanitarian crises in the Sahel region will be under the spotlight this week again as the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and World Bank (WB) President Jim Yong Kim travel to the five core countries of West Africa: Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger.UN’s Ban and WB’s Kim teamed up again for a new trip to Africa’s to try to draw attention to the most impoverished region including strong social pressures that the climate change is causing there. – The new approach for most fragile place on EarthThe Sahel spans stretch for about 5,400 km from the Atlantic Ocean in the west to Red Sea in the east. The territorial belt varies from several hundred to a thousand kilometers in width, covering an area of 3,053,200 square kilometers. UN said the Sahel is one of the most impoverished and fragile places on the planet. Countless victims, whether due to hunger or people fighting each other over the decades out of poverty, food insecurity or over the other issues has become a common and recognizable image of West Africa.The proclaimed goal of this joint mission trip, as World Bank chief said at the joint press conference last week is “to address the root causes of poverty, conflict and helplessness.”Mr. Kim said this would be a “new approach” in which the World Bank will mobilize substantial public and private sources in support.“We’ll help strengthen social safety nets for people, lower the cost of energy and increase support for irrigation, as well as transform the state of agriculture in the region,” Mr. Kim said. Though, he did not talk how much money will be needed for that rather ambitious agenda.Beside its colonial past, Sahel has mainly Muslim population that also speaks French.– Grandiose drought and geopoliticsFor hundreds of years this region has experienced regular droughts and mega-droughts. From 1914, and then from 1951 to 2004, the Sahel experienced some of the most consistent and severe droughts in Africa – that caused a famine and large-scale suffering.But, UN is now convinced the cycle of crises in the Sahel can be broken. “The region can move from fragility to sustainability,” Ban Ki-moon said just days before undertaking this new African trip.Talking about Sahel region Romano Prodi UN Secretary General’s special envoy to the region said recently that Sahel is a “geographically enormous and the poorest of Africa” with different countries with most porous borders.He reminded that the borders are “out in the desert,” saying “It is time to make a plan of cooperation of all the five entirely Sahel countries.” Otherwise, Prodi warned those countries “will never have the economical scale (and) the connection or the strength to develop.”Prodi also pointed that the media focus should not be only on Mali and the war there, since the refugees of conflicts are everywhere:  “The fear is everywhere and the movement of terrorists are everywhere, so we better understand that this is not just Mali, this effects the wider area,” Prodi said.Sahel is also known as a important geopolitical entity. While becoming independent states, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Chad, Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Senegal in 1973 formed the Permanent Interstates Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (CILSS).CILSS countries alone are now home to more than 60 million people. But the population is growing very quickly in the Sahel. CILSS estimates there will be 100 million people in the region by 2020 and 200 million by 2050.– Climate changes issuesWhen it comes to climate changes and global warming issues scientists have differing opinions on whether the Sahel is going to get wetter or drier because of those weather phenomena, but either way doesn’t look very bright.West African Sahel and Central Africa may experience some of the highest temperature increases anywhere in the world over the next few decades – the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) of over 2,000 climate scientists all over the world, concluded in 2008. This is the estimate that still holds.The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) also reported over 80 percent of the land in the Sahel is degraded. It is caused by overgrazing, continuous cropping, desertification, use and preservation of existing water resources and deforestation.Many studies cited by UNEP said – changing rainfall patterns and degraded land, may cause Chad and Niger to potentially lose their entire rain-fed agriculture by 2100, while in Mali cereal harvests might decline by 30 percent.Annual rainfall is often now coming in short, as happened throughout the Sahel in 2007, and particularly in Ghana, Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger and Chad — destroyed crops and seeds, and even washed away whole villages at the time.The majority of people in Sahel region are farmers, sharing similar customs and cultures even while their religions and languages vary. Crops such as millet, sorghum and cowpea, groundnut and cotton are the predominant agricultural produce of this region.– Lagging behind all the otherAccording to UN – today more than 11 million people are at risk of hunger and 5 million children under five are at risk of acute malnutrition.  Political instability had significant impact with economic and social consequences. Terrorism and organized crime are also the major threats for Sahel region’s stability for a long period of time.“These challenges cannot be overcome by any government or organization alone,” Mr. Ban said before leaving New York.Of course, it remains to be seen whether the well-designed package of “different approach,” as it was announced by the President of the World Bank Dr. Kim – will find a proper reception with quite disparate African leaders.To have a vision of prosperity is not enough without the generous funds for it’s financing. This was a main conclusion at the last week panel at the UN Headquarters dedicated to help Africa out of extreme poverty by the year 2030.– UN has to act now“We are going together to listen and act,” UN chief said last week announcing his trip with the WB head. Earlier this year, Mr. Ban and Mr. Kim travelled together to Africa’s Great Lakes region in support of a new peace. UN said the new voyage to West Africa seeks to build on joint efforts and foster international support.Turkey can help get Africa out of that endemic poverty as well. Dr. Ibrahim Assane Mayaki, CEO of New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), and former Prime Minister of Niger, told Anadolu Agency – “Turkey is becoming a key factor in African development, with many cooperation links being developed, not only on the bilateral level, but also at the continental level and regional level.”Traveling this time to Africa together with Mr. Ban and Mr. Kim also are the UN Secretary General’s special envoy to the region, Romano Prodi, the chairperson of the African Union Commission, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, President of the African Development Bank Donald Kaberuka, and Commissioner for Development of the European Union Andris Piebalgs.last_img read more

King Mohamed VI and Cote dIvoire President Alassane Ouattara Hail a

Rabat – King Mohamed VI and Cote d’Ivoire President Alassane Ouattara concluded the King’s visit to the country with a joint statement, praising their countries’ deepening relationship and affirming their commitment to seeing an Africa.Both leaders called for a comprehensive, cooperative political approach to combatting the rise of new forms of global crime. They discussed the fight against terrorism, cybercrimes, sea piracy and drug trafficking and urged the international community to combine forces to eradicate the criminal organizations perpetrating these offenses.In the statement, King Mohamed VI lauded the part Ouattara has played in settling conflicts in the manner laid out by the late President Felix Houphouet-Boigny.  For his part, the Ivorian President lauded Morocco’s role as a peaceful and calming influence on the entire continent. Morocco’s Return to the African UnionOuattara complimented the decisive role Morocco continues to play in securing peace and security in Africa as a whole and, in particular, in Sub-regions of North and West Africa.“This return clearly shows the will and determination of the King of Morocco to engage in South-South cooperation and fully participate in the development of the continent, as evidenced by the Morocco-Nigeria pipeline project, which will cross West African countries, especially Cote d’Ivoire, whose benefits will not only concern all of those countries, but especially all of their populations,” Ouattara said.In response, King Mohamed VI expressed his country’s appreciation for the Ivorian support of Morocco’s return to the organization and pledged Morocco’s support for Cote d’Ivoire’s candidacy for a non-permanent member’s seat at the Security Council for 2018-2019.143 Agreements SignedIn their joint statement, both leaders celebrated the signing of 143 economic agreements and called for regular meetings of the Committee for the Formal Mechanism of the Follow-up and Implementation of the Agreements.Both leaders celebrated the 2nd Session for the Morocco-Cote d’Ivoire economic Impetus Group. The group promotes both public and private sector partnerships between the two nations as part of the Strategic and Economic Partnership Agreement, signed in Morocco January 21.“The governments of the two countries will endeavour to implement the recommendations of this second session, which are in line with the common vision of the two heads of state to establish bilateral cooperation between the two countries as a genuine model of South-South Cooperation for Africa as a whole.”By the time the 2nd Session was concluded, 14 agreements had been signed involving a wide variety of sectors including construction and social housing, infrastructure, transport and logistics, banking and financial, social economy, solidarity and crafts, health, digital economy and industry.Progress Checks, an Invitation ExtendedThe working/friendship trip afforded King Mohamed VI an opportunity to check on the progress of some of the projects Morocco has invested in recently. Both leaders expressed their mutual pleasure at the progress made regarding the safeguarding and upgrade to the Bay of Cocody.King Mohammed VI extended the President an invitation to visit Morocco for a similar visit, which Ouattara enthusiastically accepted. Details of the visit will be set through the usual channels and protocols. read more

Canadian home prices up in most markets in early 2013 Royal LePage

TORONTO — Average prices for three common types of housing were up year-over-year in most Canadian markets in the first quarter, national real estate company Royal LePage said Thursday.[np_storybar title=”Why Canadian banks shouldn’t fear the housing slowdown” link=”https://business.financialpost.com/2013/04/02/canadian-housing-slowdown-seen-as-overly-discounted-in-bank-stocks/”%5D Canadian banks continue to report healthy and better-than-expected earnings, near-record profits, and capital levels at all-time highs. Yet valuation expansion for the sector has been muted so far in 2013 due to negative sentiment about the domestic housing market.Continue reading. [/np_storybar]Royal LePage said the average price for a standard two-storey detached house was up 2.2% in the January-March period compared with a year ago, while the national average price for detached bungalows rose 2.4%.The average price for condominiums rose 1.2% from first quarter of 2012.Some local markets didn’t fit the national pattern, however.For example, Vancouver, Victoria and Saint John, N.B., had year-over-year and quarter-over-quarter price declines in all three categories.According to the Royal LePage survey, the national average price for a two-storey house was $407,044 in the quarter, the bungalow average was $364,857 and the average price for a condos was $246,071.Vancouver remained by far the most expensive market in Canada with the average price for detached two-storey houses and bungalows above $1-million while the average condo price was $481,250.Toronto, the country’s most populous city and often considered the second-most expensive after Vancouver, followed the national trend to higher prices in all three types of housing.The Toronto two-storey average in the first quarter was $671,252, the bungalow average was $565,700 and the condo average was $359,671.Royal LePage president and CEO Phil Soper says the Canadian housing industry is in a very unusual situation.“The combination of very low mortgage rates and flat home prices, against a background of general economic improvement across the nation, is not something we’ve seen before,” Soper said Thursday.“Typically one of these variables is moving hard in an opposite direction.”Soper acknowledged that there have been warnings of impending market upset and dramatic price decreases but said there’s no evidence of that.“The current environment is very supportive for housing,” Soper added.The survey’s findings of continuing, but slower, year-to-year price increases in most markets is consistent with other real estate reports.However, Royal LePage also found that in most cities there were also increases between the last quarter of 2012 and the first quarter of 2013 — in contrast with some reports that have shown month-to-month decreases since last summer. read more

US home price gains cool in February as bad winter weather tight

FILE – This Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014, file photo, shows a for sale sign in front of a house in Mount Lebanon, Pa. Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller reports on U.S. home prices in February on Tuesday, April 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File) WASHINGTON – U.S. home price gains cooled in February from the previous year for the third month in a row, as harsh winter weather and high buying costs have slowed sales.The Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index rose 12.9 per cent in February compared with 12 months earlier. While healthy, that is down from a 13.2 per cent gain in January.And home prices fell in 13 of the 20 cities in February compared with the previous month. The index is not adjusted for seasonal variations, so those declines partly reflect weaker sales in the winter.In addition to bad weather, sales have been held back by a limited supply of available homes, which has forced potential buyers to bid up prices. That’s caused prices to increase even as sales have slowed. Sales of existing homes fell to their lowest level in 20 months in March.With sales slowing, many economists forecast that price gains will keep dropping this year into the mid-single digits.Higher prices may also be discouraging investors from buying homes, contributing to slower sales. Investors accounted for 17 per cent of sales in March, according to the National Association of Realtors, down from 21 per cent in February.“The housing market is showing signs of slowing, but this was expected and is part of a broader return to normal,” said Stan Humphries, chief economist at real estate data provider Zillow.Prices in Las Vegas dipped 0.1 per cent in February from the previous month, the city’s first monthly decline in nearly two years. And home prices fell 1.6 per cent in Cleveland and 0.7 per cent in Tampa, Florida. Both monthly drops were the largest for those two cities since January 2012.Las Vegas still posted the biggest 12-month gain, with an increase of 23.1 per cent. But that’s down from 24.9 per cent in January. Many investors had snapped up homes in Las Vegas after prices plunged in the housing bust, causing sharp price gains.Home sales and construction started recovering about two years ago after being hammered by the housing bust and Great Recession. But a jump in mortgage rates last spring caused sales of existing homes to start falling in the summer.Sales have now fallen in seven of the past eight months. But the sales decline in March was small and many economists said it showed that existing-home sales had likely bottomed out.Contracts to buy homes posted a healthy gain last month, the Realtors’ group said yesterday. Signed contracts typically result in sales one to two months later, so the increase points to higher sales in the coming months.New home sales, meanwhile, plunged 14.5 per cent in March to the slowest pace in eight months, according to a government report last week. A jump in prices contributed to the decline.The Case-Shiller index covers roughly half of U.S. homes. The index measures prices compared with those in January 2000 and creates a three-month moving average. The February figures are the latest available. by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Apr 29, 2014 7:03 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email US home price gains cool in February as bad winter weather, tight supply slow sales read more

After bye week Ohio State mens hockey looks for second win at

OSU junior forward Nick Schilkey (7) during a game against Brock on Oct. 3 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Kaley Rentz / Asst. Sports DirectorComing off of its bye week, the Ohio State men’s hockey team (1-7) is looking for consecutive wins for the first time this season after notching win No. 1 its last time out against Mercyhurst on Oct. 31. Standing in its way is Canisius College (2-5, 2-2 Atlantic Hockey Association), currently on a two-game losing streak. After losing the first game in their series against Mercyhurst in close fashion, the Buckeyes came out stronger and hungrier in Game 2, a mentality that senior captain Anthony Greco said he hopes will continue this weekend.“I think we had a good effort that Saturday night,” Greco said. “I think it’s just important to repeat that. We’ve shown up and had a good couple days of practice. It’s just bringing that same attitude.”A round of shotsThe Scarlet and Gray are coming off of a game against Mercyhurst in which they scored a season-high five goals.During that weekend, OSU put up 92 shots on the Lakers over the two games, a trend that coach Steve Rohlik wants to continue.“You can’t score goals unless you put pucks to the net and unless you get traffic at the net,” Rohlik said. “Those are things that we’ve been harping on for a couple of weeks. Our guys understand it and it’s up to them to go out and do it.”Both the Buckeyes and the Golden Griffins are struggling in the goals department this season, as OSU is averaging 2.1 goals per game while Canisius is ranked 56th (out of 60 teams) in the country in goal production with 1.8.The amount of shots that OSU wants to generate this weekend theoretically leads to more lamp-lighting.“We want to get pucks to the net,” Greco said. “That’s the only way that you’re going to score and we need to score goals to win games. We’ve had a couple games now where we’ve only scored one or no goals at all so we need to shoot the puck as much as possible.”The Scarlet and Gray have scored three goals or more three times this season while the Golden Griffins have done it twice, with both of those games resulting in wins.On the defensive end of things, OSU players are relatively pleased. The 3.1 goals per game that OSU is allowing is not great, but it has been keeping the team in games to this point.“We’ve been pretty solid,” junior defenseman Drew Brevig said. “Our whole group has been playing pretty well back there. Our forwards have been helping out and our goalies are playing well.”Bye week benefitsRohlik and his staff are now finally able to say something that they haven’t said in a long time: They are healthy.  Not only does this mean that Rohlik has depth lineup-wise, but it also provides an added level of competition for playing time when the weekend rolls around.“We’ve got everyone available except for (freshman defenseman) Tyler Nanne right now,” Rohlik said. “We haven’t been able to say that a lot. That’s been a good thing. I think that’s translated into competition in practice. Anytime you’ve got to compete in practice, you’re going to make guys better.”The bye week was beneficial on the player side of things too.“It was actually kind of nice,” Greco said. “From my standpoint, I think it was nice to get a little bit of a break. We’ve had a lot of ups and downs already so it was nice to get that win on Saturday and have a break as long as we show up this weekend and bring it again.”A “Golden” history and bon voyageThe Buckeyes and Golden Griffins are meeting for the third straight year.OSU is 3-0-1 all-time against Canisius with the series dating back to Nov. 15, 2013.These are the final home games for OSU until Jan. 15 against No. 12 Michigan.Puck drop between the Buckeyes and the Golden Griffins is set for 7 p.m. on Friday and 4 p.m. on Saturday at the Schottenstein Center. read more

Tech jargon leaving you confused This glossary will help you out

first_imgViral – when something, either an article, image, video or piece of content is shared many times in a short period of time.Trolling –  The act of making a statement or comment with the intention of starting an argument or annoying people. Most of the time, it’s incorrectly used to describe abusive comments and online harassment.Cloud storage – Anything that allows you to save files or data on a virtual drive. Such files are stored across numerous servers (and locations) and are generally hosted by third-parties. From this, you can save and/or access files so long as you have a web connection.Read: Explainer: Why the new challenger to Bitcoin is worth keeping an eye on >Read: Find your phone’s bar signal too vague? Here’s how you can get a more accurate reading > The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is the most popular example out there, boasting a 5.7-inch screen. Source: AP Photo/Lee Jin-manJailbreak – Sometimes known as rooting, jailbreaking is the process of removing limitations from a specific OS and getting root access to a device.SD card – Secure Digital card. Mostly used in digital cameras to provide extra space, but many Android and Windows Phone devices support the format, allowing users to increase storage space.QR Code – Basically a square barcode you scan with your smartphone camera, normally bringing you to a web page or opening an image or video.  Normally tacked onto numerous ads and campaigns without much thought and therefore hasn’t really caught on. One example of a QR code, made from black and white stones, placed in Rio. Tourists can scan them to get further information about the area they’re in. Source: AP Photo/Silvia IzquierdoWidgets – Widgets allow you to access or perform a specific action without having to leave the main screen. A feature most commonly associated with Android devices and web pages.Images and screensPixel – Basically the smallest unit that makes up a picture or image. The more there are, the sharper the image.GIF – Graphics Interchange Format. Originally introduced in 1987, because it supports animations and is a format that is supported everywhere, it has grown in popularity and is a regular feature of the web.JPEG – Joint Photographic Experts Group, the group that created the standard. Essentially it’s a compressed version of a normal image which sacrifices quality for a smaller file. The more compressed it is, the lower the quality and space it takes up.PNG – Portable Networks Graphics. It was originally created as a format to replace GIFs, but doesn’t support animation. The image quality of a PNG file is higher than a JPEG because they’re usually bigger in size.Resolution – The number of pixels, or lines, currently on screen and is measured by width x height. The more pixels/lines there are on screen, the greater the resolution.4K – Sometimes referred to as UHD (Ultra High Definition) although 4K is the correct term, it’s any device that has a horizontal resolution of 4,000 pixels. Smart TV makers like Sony are starting to reveal new 4K products like the Bravia 4K TV. Source: AP Photo/Koji SasaharaWeb cultureMeme – pronounced mee-me, it mostly refers to concepts, catchphrases or activities that happen on the web and are shared or recreated by people. Examples include the Harlem Shake, and the Downfall parodies which shows Hitler reacting to specific situations.The term originally came from Richard Dawkins book, The Selfish Gene, which was published in 1976 to explain the way cultural information spreads.Internet of Things – The process of connecting everyday objects to the internet to help improve functionality and efficiency. One example is Nest, purchased by Google earlier this year, which has a smart thermostat that learns what settings you like and automatically adjusts them based on the time and weather. Source: Nest/YouTubeHacking – The method of gaining unauthorised access to a computer or system by exploiting a weakness or security failure. It’s a term that regularly used incorrectly to describe moments when someone has accidentally left their Facebook account open or posted something they shouldn’t have.Selfie – any time you use the front facing camera to take a photo of yourself. There have been terms made to describe group selifes like ‘groufie’ and ‘usie’ (pronounced uss-ee, like fussy apparently), but really, just saying selfie is enough. JARGON CAN BE the worst. You could be following a conversation about smartphones or computers easily and before you know it, a term is thrown in and you’re left confused.It happens to the best of us Chances are you may know most of them already, but for those who aren’t as savvy, here are the most popular ones mentioned to get you started.Internet & WebServer – A computer or device that provides data to other computers. Servers can be dedicated to a specific task like the web, mail and file saving.Cache – Files that your web browser saves to help speed up loading times. Sites that you would revisit a second or third time would load up faster since you already have certain data saved in your browser.Cookies – A message sent from a server to a browser, which it stores. This information is sent back to the server to notify the website of the user’s previous activity.The main purpose is to identify users and in some cases, prepare customised web pages and content for them. This may take the shape of targeted ads or product suggestions if you’re browsing a web store.IP address – Internet Protocol Address. Basically the format that connects all devices to the internet using numerical numbers and lets them communicate with each other.DNS – Domain Name Service. Since the internet is really based on IP addresses, which are numerical, DNS turns this into words and makes it easier to remember/find websites.URL – Uniform Resource Locator. Essentially any web address you type into a browser is a URL and it saves you from having to type in IP addresses instead.Cryptocurrency – Not to be confused with digital currency (which is just virtual money), a cryptocurrency is any digital currency that uses cryptography for security. Because of this, it is very difficult to counterfeit and is not issued by any central authority, ensuring it safe from interference from groups or organisations.Bitcoin – The first cryptocurrency created in 2008 and introduced the next year, it’s currently the most popular example out there. Its success has resulted in numerous other cryptocurrencies being created in recent times such as Litecoin and Dogecoin. The popularity of Bitcoin has resulted in numerous other cryptocurrencies being created. Source: AP Photo/Rick BowmerMalware – Malicious software that is basically designed to cause harm to a computer. It’s used to gather sensitive information or gain access to private computer systems and can come in a number of forms. It’s recommended to scan any potentially suspicious files first before opening.SmartphonesOS – Operating System, it usually refers to the type of software used to run your smartphone or computer. Windows, Mac OSX, Linux, iOS, Android and Windows Phone would all be examples of OS. Android, which is used in smartphones like the Motorola Moto X (pictured) is one example of an OS. Source: AP Photo/Mark Lennihan3G/4G – Denotes the different speeds of connectivity your smartphone has to the web.The G stands for generation and for now, the only ones you need to know are 2G (slow speeds, originally designed to help send MMS and picture messages), 3G (allowing for decent internet speeds) and 4G (providing the same speeds as ultra-fast broadband. The latter has rolled out in Ireland a few months ago, but 3G is still the most prevalent mobile web connection used.Feature phone – A phone that allows you to access the internet and web, but lacks the same functionality you would associate with a smartphone.Freemium – The name given to any app that is free to download, but includes in-app purchases.NFC – Near Field Communication. A wireless connection which can be used to transfer information to and from your phone. This is used to connect to web pages, call numbers or in the cases of digital wallets, pay for goods.Phablet – The name is essentially a combination of phone and tablet, and used to describe a larger than usual smartphone. If only Bradley’s arm was longer. Best photo ever. #oscars pic.twitter.com/C9U5NOtGap— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) March 3, 2014 Source: Ellen DeGeneres/Twitterlast_img read more

Angola une nouvelle espèce de dinosaure vient dêtre découverte

first_imgAngola : une nouvelle espèce de dinosaure vient d’être découverte Les chercheurs d’une équipe internationale indiquent avoir découvert un fossile d’une nouvelle espèce de dinosaure. Trouvé en Angola, il serait vieux de 90 millions d’années.   Des scientifiques pensent avoir mis la main sur la patte antérieure d’une espèce de dinosaure inconnue. Cette nouvelle découverte vient d’être révélée par l’étude publiée hier dans les Annales de l’Académie des sciences du Brésil. Autre surprise, le fragment provient d’Angola, une zone où aucun fossile de dinosaure n’avait jamais été trouvé auparavant.  D’après l’étude, le fossile estimé à 90 millions d’années appartenait à un sauropode herbivore possédant un long cou. L’animal a été baptisé Angolian adamastor (ou géant angolais) et pourrait bien être la plus gigantesque créature ayant jamais existé.  Cet os a été découvert lors de la mission “PaleoAngola”, un projet de recherche paléontologique systématique qui se déroule en Angola depuis le début des années 1960.Le 18 mars 2011 à 15:25 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Promo for WWE Hell in a Cell PPV on September 16 Whats

first_img Google+ Facebook Pinterest WWE has released the official promo, above, for the Hell in a Cell PPV taking place on September 16 on the WWE Network from San Antonio, Texas.No matches have been officially announced for the show as of this writing.What’s coming to the WWE NetworkWWE has provided a look at new content that will be coming to the WWE Network in the coming months including the next Mae Young Classic, Hell in a Cell, Super Show-Down, Evolution, Survivor Series and new episodes of original programming. Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Twittercenter_img WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) WhatsApp Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Napoli boss says most fans love him

first_imgAurelio De Laurentiis was present at a press conference today and started attacking his detractors and moreNapoli fans showed during the weekend that they are not happy with how the owner is doing business with their team.They took a big sign out attacking Aurelio De Laurentiis.But on a press conference today, the Napoli boss says most supporters love him.“There might be banners there, but there are 40 million Napoli fans, do you want to do an investigation and see how many are on my side?” he told the press as reported by Football Italia.Rick Karsdorp, Roma, Serie AKarsdorp reveals he had too much stress at Roma Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The Dutch defender has been with the Gialorrossi since 2017, but he has not enjoyed his time in the Italian Lega Serie A.“I’ve criticised some of the people who stand in the Curva, that means 2-300 people on one side and another 2-300 on the other side.”As per prices for this season, he was clear to say:“I won’t make any distinctions between men, women, and children. I’ve made a single price for the Curve, and for the east and west stands.”“The Curva Nord and Sud will be €90, the east stand €120, west stand €150 and the prime seats €250, with parking at €3,” he added.last_img read more

Parents Students Welcome Swiss Educators

first_img The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, February 28, 2017 – Nassau – With a population of eight million and no natural resources, Switzerland turned its attention to education, became a world leader and last week opened the doors to more Bahamians benefiting from the unique Swiss education experience when educators from some of the country’s most elite schools met with teachers, counselors, parents and students in Nassau.“We received such a warm welcome everywhere we went,” said Tanya Espinosa Feuz, the Nassau-based volunteer representative of SwissLearning, an association of one dozen leading boarding schools and hospitality training institutes.  “The level of interest among Bahamian parents was great and demonstrated how much emphasis parents in The Bahamas place on providing the best education possible for their children especially if that education offers an opportunity for broader exposure to other languages and cultures.” Recommended for you At Windsor Academy where more than 150 students attended an assembly to learn more about what Swiss schools offered, questions ranged from how close they were to good ski slopes to whether you could study coding and robotics.   For the visiting educators, Windsor was an eye-opener.   When they asked students if they knew someone who went to boarding school, nearly every hand in the room shot up.“Parents want the best for their children and if that means one year or more away to prepare them for university, they will often sacrifice to make sure that their daughter or son gets that experience and preparation,” said Espinosa-Feuz.According to Nathalie Eynard of Le Rosey in Rolle, Switzerland – known as the School of Kings — diversity is key whether in places of origin or area of study.“We have 68 nationalities represented,” Eynard told students. “And at any given time, we have an average of 50 in every grade level. Most importantly, it is not simply where students are from that creates the experience, but that we provide an atmosphere for them to decide and focus on what they really want to do whether that is making movies or studying law.”International exposure and friendships are a major component adding to the appeal of a Swiss education, with former students from The Bahamas saying they have kept in touch for decades and the friends they made during their days in Switzerland have opened many doors.For high school students who look to Switzerland for at least a part of their education, spending a gap year – the year between finishing high school and starting college – offers the opportunity to improve college entrance exam performance while discovering what they want to study as they move forward. Gap year and hotel management programs place emphasis on a few key features — learning other languages, work experience and trips to destinations as distant as Africa to participate in charitable endeavors.   Languages are a vital part of every curriculum, including month-long summer camps at several of the boarding schools.SwissLearning founder Christophe Xavier Clivaz told students that one of the greatest benefits of a Swiss education is to “find a talent you never knew you had but once you find it, it can now change your life.”Students whistled appreciatively when they heard Switzerland ranked as the most innovative country in the world.   But they also wanted to know along with languages, academics and hospitality, what sports were offered and which schools were in the best skiing areas.“We have skiing, at some of the schools every day,” said Clivaz. “We have cricket on ice, ice hockey, mountaineering, climbing, hiking, sailing on lakes, we have just about every sport there is except scuba diving because the one thing we don’t have is coral reefs.”During their whirlwind trip, Swiss educators paid a courtesy call on Governor General Lady Marguerite Pindling, met with Ministry of Education officials Monique Hinsey and Reginald Saunders, visited several schools and hosted a presentation and reception at Old Fort Bay Club that drew more 120 persons.#MagneticMediaNewscenter_img Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Related Items:#magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Guardiola feels his players are incredible

first_imgThe Manchester City manager is delighted after his team defeated Newport County 4-1 in the FA Cup Fifth Round.English Premier League side Manchester City won 4-1 against Newport County to reach the FA Cup Quarterfinals.And for manager Pep Guardiola, his players are just simply incredible.“It was a real tough game. We believed it was done [at 2-0] and then they scored, which is typical of this sort of game,” Guardiola was quoted by Four Four Two.“Then Phil scored an incredible third goal and they softened in the last few minutes.”“My players showed everybody how incredible they are. I have a big compliment for all the guys today who played,” he added.“The first 15 to 20 minutes was difficult. They were better than us in long-ball situations, but in the second half we adjusted with some movement.”“I was really impressed. The home crowd was amazing. I am surprised they are in the position they are,” he commented.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“Here I realized English football better than ever and why the cup is special for a team in those conditions – they use their strength points and that’s why the cup always has big surprises.”“We are still in four competitions and we accept all the challenges,” said Guardiola.“Today it was League Two and in four days we play on the biggest stage. We have to change the mentality.”“The big mistake is believing you are better than the other ones. Look at what happened between [Manchester] United and PSG, and also Ajax having an incredible game against Real Madrid,” he concluded.Very happy with the win against a tough team and especially with the goals 🙌🏼 Onto the quarter finals now. Get in there 💙🎯 pic.twitter.com/L6dQ4i032f— Phil Foden (@PhilFoden) February 16, 2019last_img read more

Video shows man swiping packages from South Miami home

first_imgSOUTH MIAMI, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are searching for a man who was captured on surveillance video stealing two packages from a home in South Miami.The security footage shows the subject hopping out of a black Nissan sedan outside of the home, located near Southwest 59th Avenue and 84th Street, Aug. 16.The video shows the thief sprinting up to the porch and grabbing the boxes before running to the vehicle, shoving them inside and taking off.If you recognize the man or have any information on this theft, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

STATE REP RACE Dave Robertson Endorsed By Wilmington Tewksbury Police  Fire

first_imgTEWKSBURY, MA — Below is a press statement from the campaign of Dave Robertson (D-Tewksbury), running for the 19th Middlesex State Rep seat.The Committee to Elect David Robertson, comprised of local business owners, elected officials, and community leaders from across the 19th Middlesex District, announced today that David Robertson has received the endorsement of the Tewksbury and Wilmington Police and Fire departments.“I am honored and truly humbled to receive the endorsement of the Tewksbury and Wilmington Police and Fire Departments,” said David Robertson, the democratic nominee for the 19th Middlesex House of Representatives district. “I have the utmost respect and appreciation for the brave men and women who serve as first responders in our district, and as your next State Representative, I will work tirelessly to make sure they have the support, funding and equipment they need to keep our district, and themselves, safe.”“This is just another example of the kind of leadership that David will bring to the State House,” added campaign manager Gary DePalma. “We need someone who has the knowledge and experience to deliver for our district, and David is that candidate. Having worked in law enforcement myself, I know firsthand how passionately David cares about our first responders. He is absolutely the right choice to be our next state representative.”To learn more, visit http://www.RobertsonforRep.com and remember to vote on Tuesday, November 6th.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? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTATE REP RACE: Tewksbury Republican Committee Attack Robertson Over Wilmington Democratic Committee Chair’s StatementIn “Government”ALL POLITICS ARE LOCAL: Robertson & Gordon Endorse Ed Markey With Possible Kennedy Showdown LoomingIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Prinzivalli Campaign Declares Debate Victory; Knocks Robertson On Dandi-Lyons & Sanctuary StateIn “Government”last_img read more

What its like inside the doctors office of the future

first_imgForward’s “front of house” includes self-check in for members and a 3D body scanner (left). Forward Health I step into a clean, minimalist lobby of a futuristic medical clinic where alt-pop music wafts throughout. Actually, I step into the lobby only on my third go-around: I walked past Forward twice because its entrance to the Glendale location is just as glossy and polished as every other building in the Americana at Brand shopping center. When I say minimalist, I really mean it — only two chairs sit in the waiting room. Dr. Nate Favini, Forward’s medical lead, doesn’t like to call it a waiting room, though, because patients don’t actually wait there. Oh, and patients aren’t just patients, either. Favini prefers to call them members. Read more: FSA vs. HSA: What’s the difference? | Workplace burnout is now an official medical diagnosis | ‘Gaming disorder’ deemed an official illness by World Health Organization | 14 unexpected things you can buy with your FSAInstead, in Forward’s “front of house,” members check themselves in on tablets, where initials pop up according to what appointments are in queue. After checking in, members stand in front of a 3D body scanner that uses a variety of technologies — infrared, bioelectrical impedance, structured light — and a rotating platform to gather measurements that they then discuss with their physician. Forward Health considers itself the doctor’s office of the future, where tech and medicine meet to create a seamless, collaborative primary care experience. I visited Forward Health to find out how different this place really is compared to the typical doctor’s office. Best Buy Apple Watch gets FDA-cleared EKG features See All Perhaps most importantly, Forward wants to make the delivery of care more efficient, which means constant innovations in care models to match the technology people already use. For now, this means continuing to improve the Forward app so it works with more devices and captures more information, as well as improving methods of communication like the 24/7 nurse access feature. 13-1-la-west-hollywoodMembership-based practice One Medical offers members mental health counseling and health workshops. One Medical Forward isn’t the only startup attacking these fronts. Parsley Health, another membership-based primary care company, also combines nutrition, lifestyle and medical care to offer holistic services to members. Founded by Dr. Robin Berzin, a med-school graduate frustrated with the current health care landscape, Parsley promises impressive benefits, such as long-term improvements for chronic conditions and personalized health plans. One Medical boasts 72 locations across the country that tout the same things: prevention, overall wellness and comprehensive primary care for a membership fee. One Medical offers a few extras, like group programs and mental health counseling. Their model also accepts most major insurance plans, and the annual membership fee is said to pay for things that insurance doesn’t typically cover, like the group programs. In general, expect to see a gradual shift in the way primary care is executed. As Favini put it, people deserve more than what traditional doctor’s offices can give them.  Watch genetically modified T-cells kill cancer cells Preview • Apple Watch Series 4 review in progress (updated) News • Apple Watch Series 4 vs. Galaxy Watch Active: What’s the best smartwatch? Now playing: Watch this: There’s an app for that  Additionally, members get access to the Forward app, where all of their health data from every appointment is stored. The app is compatible with anything that connects to Apple Health, including the Motiv Ring, MisFit Ray, Omron Evolv, AliveCor Kardia, Withings smart scales and many others. There are some limitations to the app integrations. For instance, your Apple Watch won’t send activity data straight to the Forward app, but if you integrate the Forward app and Apple Health app, you should still see all your data in one place. The app beams the member’s vitals (including heart rate), activity history and food diary to Forward’s 24/7 care team of nurse practitioners who can reach out if something seems askew. For example, if you use the Omron Evolv to measure your blood pressure, the Omron sends readings to the Forward app, which then sends that information to the care team. Favini told CNET that Forward’s app is secure and HIPAA-compliant, but members don’t have to use it if they don’t want to. forward-chatForward members can chat 24/7 with nurse practitioners about symptoms, vital signs and more.  Forward Health It’s not as if the nurses are 24/7 watching every member’s data — that would be impossible. Rather, they can check in on whoever they want, whenever. But they also get pinged if, say, a member’s app sends over a blood pressure reading of 160/110, which is really high. Favini tells me a story about one member who might have died if it weren’t for Forward’s app: In the early stages of a heart attack, the member said he felt fine and didn’t intend to seek medical care. But Forward’s care team had a different agenda. Because the member used a compatible blood pressure monitor, the care team received an alert that the member’s vitals were wacky, took action and helped him get to an emergency care center that accepted his insurance. What do I get as a member? For $149 per month, you get unlimited visits to Forward, including the very thorough baseline visit. Your visits are all included in the membership fee, so you don’t have to pay a co-pay. Forward almost acts as an all-in-one clinic. Rather than visiting a personal trainer and nutritionist to get diet plans, exercise regimens and even mindfulness techniques, Forward physicians will recommend those based on your health status, lifestyle and other factors. Picture a member who has very high blood pressure, a high-stress job, a family of four and creaky knee joints. This member’s doctor might suggest he try out the DASH Diet to lower his blood pressure; engage in deep breathing twice a day; and take up cycling so he can exercise without too much strain on his knees. forward-health-screen-2Members review their body scan and health history with their physician on a large touchscreen in the exam room. Forward Health Forward offers blood testing on site (with an impressive 12-minute turnaround for your results), HIV testing, standard vaccinations and travel vaccinations. Members can also opt in to genetic testing for even more insights, such as food sensitivities and disease risk, at no additional charge. Members get access to the Forward app after their baseline visit, which includes a 24/7 chat feature to get instant answers about symptoms, conditions and more.   What about insurance? Favini encourages Forward members to keep their insurance, even though Forward doesn’t currently take any insurance plans to cover the monthly fee. Most everything you need from a primary care doctor is included in your membership fee: office visits, bloodwork, basic lab tests. If your doctor needs to refer you out for special imaging or procedure, such as an MRI or a biopsy, you’ll need insurance to see a specialist. In cases like the member’s story above, Forward will do its best to find emergency care or a specialist that takes the member’s insurance. And though Forward does a lot, it’s still only offers primary care, and physicians will refer out when a member needs a specialist. Though your insurance won’t cover the cost of Forward’s monthly $149 fee, some current members use their FSA or HSA accounts for it. forward-health-screenAll visits to Forward are included in the membership fee, as are blood tests, genetic testing and vaccinations. Forward Health How do I join? You can become a Forward member by simply signing up online and choosing your preferred location. There are currently seven Forward locations throughout California and New York, with an eighth opening later this year in Washington, D.C. Favini told CNET that several more locations are in the works, but Forward isn’t ready to disclose details on those yet. What this means for primary care “Of all the things that are changing, health care seems to be one of the furthest behind,” Favini told CNET. “We want to show people the value in taking care of themselves, and show them that it doesn’t have to be the inconvenience that it’s historically been.” Long-term, Forward wants to increase access to quality, comprehensive care for as many groups as possible by lowering the membership fee and working to accept insurance. Favini wants to see a shift in the focus of primary care: Rather than treating illnesses, primary care should prevent them in the first place. Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? This pill expands to over 100x its own size $399 See It Now playing: Watch this: reading • What it’s like inside the doctor’s office of the future Apple What is Forward Health? In short, it’s a new, tech-driven type of primary care office. By the time members make it from the body scanner to their exam room, Forward’s algorithms have already translated the scan data into easy-to-understand tidbits about the members’ health. Member and doctor then collaboratively review the data together on a massive touchscreen. Favini shows me a sample account and walks me through the fake member’s health history. At the flick of a finger, Favini summons a slew of words, graphs and numbers that’s honestly hard to digest. But not to worry about that: At Forward, members get an entire hour with their doctor, so there’s plenty of time to go over any and all pertinent info. Favini says Forward physicians use this ample time to discuss things normally forgotten in primary care, such as nutrition, exercise and mindfulness. What did I think was the absolute coolest feature out of everything I experienced at Forward? The way the giant touchscreen captures information as the member and doctor speak, translating spoken words into text onscreen. This reduces your doc’s need to scribble notes, increasing time for eye contact and meaningful conversation. “I’ve had patients come in for appointments and cry because it’s such a powerful experience for them,” Favini told CNET. “Until this point, they’ve probably hardly made eye contact with their doctor, and now they’re seeing all of this information intuitively show up in front of them.” Related: 6 at-home medical exams that could save your life. Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it 9 Photos See It 0 $349center_img Apple Apple How To • How to use the Apple Watch ECG app Review • Apple Watch Series 4 review: ECG, and a lot of refinements CNET may get a commission from retail offers. 3:01 Share your voice Walmart Mentioned Above Apple Watch Series 4 GPS (40mm silver aluminum case, white sport band) $349 See it Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors • Tags $413 Post a comment Wellness Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Apple Watch Series 4 See It 1:40last_img read more

Marilyn vs Liz Battle of the Hollywood Bombshells

first_imgMarilyn and Liz: In the Hollywood of the Fifties and Sixties, no female movie stars were bigger. Though they were total opposites in the looks department — Elizabeth Taylor, a sultry, finely-chiseled, raven-haired brunette; Marilyn Monroe, a luminous, wide-eyed, childlike blonde — they had much in common, including much-publicized marriages, headline-grabbing scandals, and high-maintenance personalities.Though their paths rarely crossed (Liz worked at MGM, while Marilyn was the face of Twentieth Century Fox), in 1962, their lives would intersect in a big way.Marilyn Monroe posing in the white dress.For decades, motion pictures were king, but when the fifties came along, things were changing. For one thing, the Supreme Court put an end to studio-owned theater monopolies in 1948, which took a big bite out of profits.Elizabeth Taylor.What’s more, a new invention — television — kept people home, watching the likes of Lucille Ball and Milton Berle, and out of the theaters. In order to survive, studios had to find ways to make money — fast.Fox producer Walter Wanger hatched a plan to bring people back to the theaters: an epic to end all epics. And he had just the big-screen spectacle in mind: Cleopatra.Theatrical poster for the film ‘Cleopatra’ (1963).After all, movies based on the Egyptian queen’s life, starring Claudette Colbert in 1934 and Vivian Leigh in 1945, had done well in past.And who better to play the seductress this time around than Elizabeth Taylor, who was recently released from her MGM contract and free to work at other studios? Bonus: Liz’s new-found notoriety as a brazen home-wrecker — stealing Eddie Fisher from his wholesome wife Debbie Reynolds — might be just the thing to bring in curious moviegoers.Elizabeth Taylor as Cleopatra, 1963.Taylor needed some convincing, so the studio made her an offer she couldn’t refuse: a $1,000,000 salary, making her the highest-paid performer at the time. A hefty sum, to be sure, but the studio figured they would recoup the money — and more. And then the headaches began.Taylor as Cleopatra.From the start, the production, which began in September 1960 at London’s Pinewood Studios, was beset with questionable decision-making and spiraling-out-of-control costs. Taylor would make 65 costume changes in the film (earning her a place in the Guinness Book of World Records).Elizabeth Taylor from the trailer for the film ‘Cleopatra.’Constant rain (this being England, after all) caused pure gold leaf, meticulously applied to the sets, to peel. Re-writes left hundreds of extras just sitting around, though still picking up paychecks.Rex Harrison and Elizabeth Taylor from the trailer for the film ‘Cleopatra.’At this point, Cleopatra was costing $70,000 a day to make. Then, in March of the following year, Taylor came down with pneumonia, needing a tracheotomy to save her life.When it was decided that the cold, damp English weather wasn’t conducive to her fragile health, the Pinewood sets were torn down and rebuilt in Rome, at an astronomical cost.Glamorous Hollywood leading Ladies QuotesFox was hemorrhaging money and studio execs were freaking out. However, they had come too far to shut things down.Then Fox hatched another plan. What was needed was a movie that could be made quickly (and on a dime) — with the profits used to help recoup the staggering losses from Cleopatra. They decided on remake of My Favorite Wife, a 1940 comedy starring Irene Dunne and Cary Grant — refashioned for Marilyn Monroe and Dean Martin.Poster for the film ‘My Favorite Wife’ (1940), featuring stars Cary Grant, Irene Dunne, and Gail Patrick.Monroe didn’t exactly love the script — yet another (sigh) frothy role. Nor was she thrilled that she — Fox’s most famous star  — would be making a paltry $100,000 salary, one-tenth of Liz’s take for Cleopatra. But Marilyn, a sex symbol staring down the barrel of her thirty-sixth birthday, wanted to show studio execs (and the world) that she still had it.The cameras starting rolling on Something’s Got to Give in April 1962 — and from the get-go, there were problems. On the first day of production, Monroe called in sick, claiming she had a severe sinus infection and couldn’t work.Monroe on the set of ‘Something’s Got To Give.’The movie was postponed for a month and director George Cukor was forced to shoot around her, putting the production behind schedule and over budget.But what really sent everyone over the edge: Weeks later, Monroe skipped out on filming once again, yet still managed to appear at a May 19th gala at Madison Square Garden for President Kennedy’s birthday, singing a seductive rendition of “Happy Birthday.”Marilyn Monroe – Happy Birthday Mr. President, 1962. Photo by Cecil Stoughton. White House Photographs.Upon her return, Marilyn decided to give the movie some buzz, as only she could — with a nude swimming scene.When filming for the day was finished, photographers, invited by Marilyn, were let onto the set to snap away, as the actress posed, first in a flesh-toned bikini bottom, then without it — a provocative move back in the day. The photos would show up in publications around the world, and Marilyn said she was delighted “to get Liz Taylor off the magazine covers.”Marilyn Monroe in 1962.The actress celebrated her 36th birthday on June 1st with a party on the set. That evening, she went to a fundraiser at Dodger Stadium. L.A. was uncharacteristically chilly that night and Marilyn’s health would take another hit. She was unable to report to work the following day. This time, studio execs had enough: On June 8th, she was fired.Though Monroe may have been a headache, ultimately, the decision to close down her movie may have been a result of the progress (or lack thereof) of Fox’s Cleopatra — still in production, still bleeding green.Publicity photo of Marilyn Monroe.The studio didn’t have the money to keep both projects running, and since they had invested so much into Cleopatra, Monroe’s movie was the one to be shut down. Ironically, Liz had been just as much of a headache as Marilyn — showing up late and delaying production because of various illnesses.And then, there were the over-the-top extravagances — like having Liz’s favorite chili flown in from Chasen’s, a favorite West Hollywood haunt, all on the studio’s dime.Still, the studio went into attack mode, blaming Monroe’s “unprofessional” behavior for her film’s demise. But the actress wasn’t going down without a fight. She launched her own publicity campaign to get out her side of the story and enlisted the help of Fox honcho Darryl F. Zanuck.Darryl F. Zanuck in 1964.The studio re-hired her, agreeing to pay her more than her previous salary of $100,000. Filming was set to resume in October, but Marilyn would die of an overdose on August 5th.Cleopatra wrapped on July 28, 1962. Movie-goers came, but it would take years for Fox to see a profit, selling the broadcast rights to television. Meanwhile, the studio revamped Something’s Got to Give as the 1963 comedy Move Over, Darling, with Doris Day in the staring role.Richard Burton as Mark Antony with Taylor as Cleopatra in ‘Cleopatra’ (1963).Liz would go on to marry her Cleopatra leading man, Richard Burton, and nab a second Oscar for 1966’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?Read another story from us: Joe DiMaggio and the Mysterious End of Marilyn MonroeBut Marilyn may ultimately have won the battle of the big-screen legends by acquiring icon status in death — something that didn’t sit well with Liz, who would tell British journalist Peter Evans: “Dying young does give Marilyn an edge over most of us. But I nearly died quite a few times. Nearly dying was my specialty. That has to count for something, doesn’t it?”Barbara Stepko is a New Jersey-based freelance editor and writer who has contributed to AARP magazine and the Wall Street Journal.last_img read more

Cancun police arrest four found with large drug stash

first_imgArrested are 30-year-old José Eduardo N, 26-year-old Omar N, 32-year-old Agustín N and 27-year-old Jonathan Isaí N.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window) La Policía Quintana Roo reported seeing a car parked in undergrowth. When they approached and began to ask if the occupants needed assistance, those inside fled. It was round 2:00 a.m. when police discovered the vehicle along the Cancun-Mérida highway during a routine surveillance tour. A foot-chase ended in the catching of all four and an inspection of the vehicle, which is when they found a large drug stash inside. Police report finding 15 bags of cocaine, 21 bags of crack, 253 bags of marijuana and a backpack. center_img Cancun, Q.R. — Four men have been taken into custody after a vehicle inspection found a large drug stash. last_img read more

Schubert at sunset anyone

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V Australia crew cry unFair Work

Fair Work Australia has been recruited by V Australia flight attendants to judge whether rosters exceed the maximum working hours.  According to the Flight Attendants Association of Australia (FAAA) the roster requires crew to work up to 21 hours, which is three hours more than the allowed limit, The Australian reported. FAAA national industrial officer Jason Hart said flight attendants are rostered on to work the extra hours on flights from Los Angeles to Brisbane or Melbourne then to Sydney.Mr Hart said that while during an aircraft disruption or an unplanned circumstance attendants are required to work the extra hours but there is a maximum planned hours award of 18 hours. “It’s pretty plain in terms of the facts, it’s not a very complicated dispute, but the potential is for the Federal Court to impose penalties of up to $33,000 for every instance of every breach,” Mr Hart said.”So if you do the simple maths, you’ve got 13 crew on a (Boeing) 777 coming in off duties — multiply that for every single duty for every single trip they’ve done over the last 12 months and it could be quite a costly affair for the company.”Attempts to settle outside of Fair Work Australia failed, leaving the union with no alternative but to approach a third party, the source reported. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J read more