High winds damage homes, drop trees and power lines in Southeast

first_imgSoutheast | WeatherHigh winds damage homes, drop trees and power lines in SoutheastJanuary 26, 2016 by Joe Viechnicki, KFSK Share:High winds knocked down trees and did other damage around Southeast Alaska early Tuesday morning. Wind gusts were recorded at over 50-60 miles an hour at various spots around the region.One roof blew off a house about 3 miles south of Petersburg. Other trees were blown down near roadways in Juneau, Wrangell and Ketchikan. Residents on Mitkof Island south of Scow Bay were without power for about an hour and a half.The outage started around 4 a.m. and lasted until 5:30 and was caused by a tree on the power line about 8 miles south of downtown. Petersburg Municipal Power and Light superintendent Joe Nelson said in an email that employees checked the line for damage Tuesday.Trees were also reported down across Mitkof Highway south of Petersburg. Mike Etcher is highway foreman and airport manager with the Alaska Department of Transportation in Petersburg.Etcher said there were nine trees down on or across Mitkof Highway in a two-mile stretch starting about 15 miles south of Petersburg. Etcher said the highway was blocked in about six different places early this morning.“So there was two of us and we cut and sliced and diced up the first three between 5:30 and 6:30 or so,” Etcher said. “But we came to some bigger ones and Power and Light was trying to get to the hydro out there as well and they come back and told us there’s some really big ones and a new pile just down the way so we had to go get the loader and come back and made short work of it, so everything’s good now.”Mitkof Highway and the road to Papke’s Landing are cleared of downed trees. Etcher also reported a big area of trees knocked over not far from Crystal Lake Hatchery on southern Mitkof. “There’s a new clear cut between the highway and the power lines out there. A whole swath of timber blew down. Like I said it’s really impressive.”The National Weather Service reports downed trees and power lines in Craig with wind debris throughout Prince of Wales Island.DOT spokesman Jeremy Woodrow said there were no landslides reported from the storm. He said Alaska Marine Highway ferries are running on schedule in Southeast.Meanwhile, Power and Light’s Nelson reported that Ketchikan is running on backup diesel generators after a tree fell across the Southeast Alaska Power Agency transmission line near Ward Cove. That damage cut off power from Swan Lake, one of Ketchikan’s hydroelectric sources.Share this story:last_img read more

News / Consolidation ‘inevitable’ as freight forwarders see challenges grow as market shrinks

first_img Revenues in the global freight forwarding market declined by 1.6% last year, due to continuing overcapacity in both air and ocean segments.According to Transport Intelligence’s Global Freight Forwarding 2016, the sea freight market was worst affected, declining by 2.8%. It said: `The collapse in the price of oil and excess capacity meant that carrier rates fell, but this did not seem to impact freight forwarders’ revenues too drastically”.The report calculates that the global freight forwarding market in 2015 brought in revenues of €133.3bn compared with 2014’s €135.5bn. It estimates that in 2019 the market could have grown to €159.8bn, although forwarders are facing a series of challenges.Flat volumes and weak pricing have put further pressure on forwarders’ yields – at a time when yield erosion remains one of the greatest challenges to operators. © Steve Lovegrove It is not a new challenge, claims the report, and it has been propelled by structural changes in global supply chains – modal shifts from air to sea; near-sourcing and the increasing regionalisation of production – as well as the changing relationship between global trade and economic growth.The old model, that trade would grow at a multiple of GDP, has vanished in recent years, partly as a result of flat consumer demand, particularly in Europe, but also as some countries have introduced more protectionist policies while the whole outsourcing boom which accompanied China’s economic rise as well as the growth of some of the largest multinational freight forwarders has levelled off.“Trade is re-balancing – with obvious consequences to shipping lines, air cargo carriers and freight forwarders,” it says.“At the same time near-sourcing is becoming more important… one of the major impacts this will have, if the trend continues, will be that road freight services will prosper at the expense pf international air and sea, a worrying prospect for forwarders.”And it further warns that with rising income and a growing middle class in emerging markets comes “the regionalisation of downstream distribution channels”.“By this [we] mean the development of consumer markets in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Not only will intermediate goods manufactured in Asia stay in the region, so will finished products.”In response, the largest forwarding firms have pursued acquisition strategies to provide greater geographic scale and greater functionality, and the largest 10 freight forwarders now control 41% of the global market, according to Ti’s calculations. The top five alone – DHL, Kuehne + Nagel, DB Schenker, Expeditors and Panalpina – hold a 28.2% market share, while the entire class of Tier Two forwarders hold a 14.8% market share and the thousands of independent forwarders across the world hold the remaining 42.2% market share.The report suggests consolidation offers forwarders a way of developing deeper relationships with shippers, as well as simply building geographic scale and greater purchasing power with transport providers.“In order to assemble this range of services and the geographic capabilities required to provide these solutions, forwarders have often either acquired value-adding logistics providers or entered into strategic alliances with contract logistics companies,” it says.Ti economist David Buckby added, “Looking ahead, it would be surprising if there were no further significant deals in the coming years to alter the landscape of the market even more. Further consolidation seems inevitable.”However, the report also warns that the arrival of new technology could disrupt this trend.“Technologies will soon allow small forwarders access to the same level of visibility as their larger rivals, meaning that acquisition or ownership of each part fo the supply chain will not necessarily be as important as it once was,” it adds.center_img By Gavin van Marle 28/06/2016last_img

Cape Coral man gets 19 years in prison for involvement in local drug ring

first_imgAdvertisementInvestigators found that Risco would sell multiple ounces of meth and fentanyl on a weekly basis until his arrest in March 2020. AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments AdvertisementTags: Department of JusticefentanylMeth AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments Advertisement Advertisement Florida man facing life in prison for distribution of fentanyl resulting in deadly overdose June 10, 2021center_img RELATEDTOPICS North Fort Myers man sentenced to over 2 years in prison for counterfeiting money June 16, 2021 Man sentenced to 3 years in prison after trying to spoil box of COVID vaccines June 9, 2021 Meth production surged in Asia during COVID-19 pandemic, report says June 11, 2021 FORT MYERS, Fla. — A 36-year-old Cape Coral man will spend 19 years and seven months in prison for distributing methamphetamine in a North Fort Myers drug operation, officials said.Chester Risco pleaded guilty to four counts of selling meth last year, according to a spokesperson with the Florida Department of Justice.Investigators from the Lee County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI started looking into Risco after they received a tip that he had been selling a large amount of drugs in parts of Lee County, the spokesperson said. An undercover investigator was able to purchase meth from Risco on four occasions.last_img read more

Secretary Blinken’s Call with Kazakhstan Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Tileuberdi

first_imgSecretary Blinken’s Call with Kazakhstan Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Tileuberdi As stated by Spokesperson Ned Price:Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Kazakhstan Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Mukhtar Tileuberdi. The Secretary affirmed the United States’ continuing support for Kazakhstan’s sovereignty, territorial integrity, and independence. He and the Foreign Minister looked ahead to expanded bilateral and regional cooperation in the wake of the COVID pandemic. The two also discussed areas of economic cooperation, and the importance of private sector investment. Secretary Blinken encouraged the Government of Kazakhstan’s continued commitment to political and economic reforms and modernization, and to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions, and expressed solidarity for its goals in women’s empowerment and economic advancement. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Department of State, Deputy Prime Minister, empowerment, foreign minister, gas, Government, greenhouse gas emissions, Investment, Kazakhstan, Minister, pandemic, price, Prime Minister, Secretary, secretary of state, United Stateslast_img read more

Franchising Code reforms help level playing field for franchisees

first_imgFranchising Code reforms help level playing field for franchisees The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Bruce Billson says the significant reforms to the Franchising Code of Conduct announced by the Australian Government today will help level the playing field across the franchising sector.Mr Billson says the reforms to the Code, which come into effect from 1 July 2021, will go a long way to addressing the power imbalances that often exist between franchisees and franchisors, particularly when disputes arise.“These reforms are an important step towards getting the balance right for our small and family businesses in the franchising sector,” Mr Billson says.“In particular, providing greater powers to my office to appoint an independent arbitrator when both parties agree, will help resolve disputes in a cost-effective and timely manner, while crucially protecting business relationships. This supports a no-surprises, collaborative and mutually respectful commercial relationship between franchisees and franchisors.“Allowing my office to facilitate group mediation when several franchisees are in a similar dispute with the same franchisor, is another critical reform that will help restore confidence in this sector.“The changes to the Code mean prospective and current franchisees will be better armed with vital information needed to run their business.“This includes more transparency around the marketing fund, with an annual financial statement which sets out meaningful information regarding expenditure. Greater visibility around rebates and leasing arrangements will be achieved by these reforms.“The new mandatory Franchise Disclosure Registry, which is scheduled for release in early 2022, is key to providing prospective franchisees with vital information needed prior to entering a binding franchise agreement.“Over the past six months my office has fielded over 240 calls from franchisees seeking information regarding disputes under the Franchising Code of Conduct.“This demonstrates just how critically important it is for prospective franchisees to know exactly what they are getting into before signing on the dotted line.“Ultimately these much-needed reforms to the Franchising Code of Conduct will play an important role in making Australia the best place to start, grow and transform a business.”Anyone involved in a franchise dispute under the Code is encouraged to contact ASBFEO for assistance on 1300 650 460 or email [email protected] /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:agreement, Australia, Australian, Australian Government, Bruce, business, code of conduct, Disclosure, dispute, Effect, email, Family, Government, Ombudsman, reform, Small Businesslast_img read more

Dance outreach steps it up in Paonia

first_imgDance outreach steps it up in Paonia Back to news Share:LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmailShare CU Contemporary Dance Works rehearsing for the dance tour in Paonia. Photo by Gretchen LaBorwitCU Contemporary Dance Works rehearsing for the dance tour in Paonia. Photo by Gretchen LaBorwitMay 3, 2019 • by Sue Postema ScheeresFor the fifth year in a row, CU Boulder dance students will head to Paonia to lead dance outreach workshops and a public performance.CU Contemporary Dance Works, which goes on tour each May to Colorado communities underserved by the arts, will teach dance workshops at Paonia Elementary, North Fork School of Integrated Studies and Paonia Experiential Leadership Academy from May 13 to 17.In addition, the graduate dance students will perform “Interwoven” at the Paradise Theatre in Paonia, 215 Grand Ave., on Friday, May 17 at 7 p.m., which will feature Bollywood, contemporary, modern and Middle Eastern dance styles. Paonia students will choreograph dances and also perform.Working with local and regional organizations allows dance students to apply the skills they are learning in the classroom, helping them to better understand what it means to work as dance professionals, said dance Assistant Professor Helanius Wilkins, who heads the program.“It is a rare chance to dive deep into building programming and creative work through a collaborative process that involves working with partners and multi-aged students within the community,” Wilkins said. “This experience also creates an opportunity for nurturing new relationships and expanding professional networks.”Building community through creative partnershipsThe North Fork Valley Creative Coalition and Paonia Creative District are co-sponsoring the events. With the support of Colorado Creative Industries (CCI), a government division, these organizations are helping develop a vibrant and diverse creative economy in the North Fork Valley on Colorado’s western slope.Susie Lowe, board president of the coalition and district, found out about the dance tour while she was attending a conference for arts leaders at CU Boulder last fall, hosted by the Office for Outreach and Engagement.Lowe said collaborations with outside groups like CU Boulder are vital to the nonprofits’ success.“Thanks to our creative district designation, we have the distinguished opportunity to partner with CU Boulder to bring high-caliber arts programming to Paonia,” she said. ”We are thrilled to be partnering on this immersive dance experience with such an esteemed institution as CU Boulder.”Lowe said that, as a small rural community, Paonia is isolated from universities, museums and cultural activities that are available in urban areas.“For this reason, our collaboration with CU Boulder Theatre & Dance is a treasure,” Lowe said. “Our hope is that our community will relish the opportunity to dive into various dance forms and walk away feeling inspired.”Dancing in the real worldOndine Geary, CU Boulder’s theatre and dance outreach coordinator, said many grant applications require artists to devise community engagement projects, and so the dance tour prepares them to work as professional artists.“I hope the students can glimpse the richness of Delta County’s community and come away with a greater appreciation for the power of engagement work, the power of their art form, and the ways in which dance can build community and uplift civic spirit,” she said.Dance Professor Nada Diachenko started the program in 1991 to bring dance to areas of the state with limited access to the arts and offer additional dance venues for students. This will be the fifth year that the dance company partners with Paonia community organizations, and before that was based in Trinidad. The program has served more than 20,000 people, and is CU Boulder’s longest running outreach program.The program is partially funded through a CU Boulder Outreach Award, which helps connect faculty research, teaching or creative work to communities.Tickets for the performance are $10, which will be collected at the door. All proceeds will benefit the North Fork Valley Creative Coalition.To find out more about the performance, contact Susie Lowe, board president of the North Fork Valley Creative Coalition and Paonia Creative District.To find out more about the CU Contemporary Dance Works outreach program contact Ondine Geary, theatre and dance outreach coordinator. Topics:Arts and CultureCommunity ServiceDanceInformal and Community EducationK-12 EducationEducational Research and ResourcesOtherRelated News Anthropologist wins support for Indigenous history comicsCU Boulder Museum of Natural History Curator Jennifer Shannon garners fellowship to ‘deploy the humanities for the public good.’ Read More  Students transform pandemic chaos into a performanceCU Boulder class wanted to depict the feeling of a cacophony of chaos, echoing their feelings from this past year. Read More  The call for community schoolsDoctoral student Julia Daniel co-wrote a guide for educators, with findings demonstrating the positive impact of a type of school that serves as a community hub. Read Morelast_img read more


first_imgHomeOpinionCurious CityGOODBYE SAMOHI May. 19, 2021 at 11:00 amCurious CityNewsOpinionGOODBYE SAMOHICharles Andrews3 weeks ago”james deanRebel Without a CauseSamohismmusd school board ALL OF IT?Pretty much. Most is already gone. Replaced with shiny new buildings. By the time they bulldoze the History Building — in just a couple of weeks — and other historic structures on the top of what used to be Prospect Hill (soon to be leveled a few feet), none of the 50,000 Santa Monica High School students who spent an important part of their lives there over the last century will be able to recognize it. I see Barnum Hall but where did the rest of my school go? …where am I?Is this really necessary, or even needed? No. Who’s doing this? Your School District (SMMUSD), its staff and your elected seven-member School Board. Half of whom now face the threat of recall, over this and a long list of other parent and community grievances, including mismanagement of huge amounts of funds, lack of transparency, communication and access, and disrespecting, marginalizing, bullying and retaliating against parents who speak out and disagree.CAN WE STOP IT?Many have been trying, since the District’s master construction plan and its History Building demolition became much more widely known last year. Can we avoid a messy and expensive recall, and keep those hard-working public servants on their board? Possibly, both.Go to the School Board site to see how to call in and raise your voices at the Board meeting Thursday night. You have to put in early to get a turn, prior to the 5:30 public start. But to have any effect with a mostly intransigent Board, the numbers would have to be impressive. Hundreds. When news spread of the destructive master plan last fall, a group put up an online petition to save the History Building and got 6,000 signatures in a matter of days. Pooh. Your School Board and SMMUSD have ignored it.How many of you are willing to make the effort to save yet another iconic piece of Santa Monica history? Because of the seemingly irrational fervor to build and overdevelop, both by the City and SMMUSD, there are not many of those touchstones left. Sadly, Santa Monicans are usually not willing to make that effort. But that is what it takes. Will you, this time? (A flood of emails would also be good — ALSO — to: [email protected], which reaches every Board member.)A SLIGHTLY BETTER LAST HOPE?That one or more Board members will use common sense and look at all this and finally have the courage to stand up and say, we must take a pause. At least, a pause. We must meet with parents and community members who are so strongly opposed to this and see if some accommodation is possible. We can save the exterior of the History Building and still accomplish our facilities goals.The LA Times just published an embarrassing op-ed about how Santa Monica has never been a progressive haven for Latinos. I’ll go a step further: the whole we’re so liberal-inclusive-green-diverse-compassionate-progressive thing is a myth. A sham. A very successful PR campaign sold to the world. It really is one of the reasons some people run for Council. They know they will eventually wangle the title of Mayor (that will stick for a lifetime), and that ticket will let them walk onto some pretty impressive world stages, waving that banner cut from the emperor’s new clothes, that has no basis in reality.But here, indeed, is a rare chance for a local politico to claim that banner. We’re not asking much. It can be a win-win resolution. You will forever be known as the School Board Member Who Saved the History Building. And the big bonus could be… that your papers for recall might wind up in the trash instead of the county clerk’s desk.BUT THE BUILDING HAS BEEN COMPROMISED— they tell us. It’s not the original from 1913, and the WPA post-quake rebuild from 1937 has also had changes. All true. But forget 1913. The WPA rebuild is more than enough history, 83 years worth. No one ever claimed it could go onto the National Registry as an intact landmark. But it is part of a set of buildings that have historic significance, as declared in two studies done in 2008 and 2018, and that makes it worth saving.But don’t take my word. A very highly regarded architecture conservation expert, Daniel Paul, who worked on one of those previous two studies, and extensively to save Chain Reaction, wrote a lengthy argument for preservation, in a letter yesterday to the Board. He praised the reputations of the companies who did the previous studies but disagreed on some conclusions, and presented and supported those disagreements. Qualified experts can differ.What’s clear to Paul is that there was nothing compelling the Board to make the decision they did. And they could still change their mind. But they can’t after the bulldozers are sent in. Why not restore the exterior and gut the interior to 21st century standards? Win-win. The greenest building is the one that’s already built. Did you know that 80 percent of the material from building demos wind up in landfills? How progressive is that?Whomever on the Council makes the decision to save the History Building will have plenty of factual support.And for a kicker: you do know that “Rebel Without A Cause,” one of only three films by the legendary actor James Dean, was shot there, standing in for “Dawson High School.” (It’s on AFI’s list of 100 Greatest Films, about halfway down.) Did you know that the City of LA and Griffith Observatory thought it so significant that they commissioned a bust of Dean, which rests there on the Observatory terrace where the famous knife fight took place? We’ve got the whole high school, those famous steps up to the History Building entrance, everything. And we’re going to toss it in a landfill? Instead of repurposing? Why?Charles Andrews has lived in Santa Monica for 34 years and wouldn’t live anywhere else in the world. Really. Send love and/or rebuke to him at [email protected] :”james deanRebel Without a CauseSamohismmusd school boardshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentRestaurant Spotlight: Cinque Terre WEST23 rescued from suspected smuggling boat off CaliforniaYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall5 hours agoColumnsOpinionYour Column HereBring Back Library ServicesGuest Author10 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson15 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter15 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor15 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press15 hours agolast_img read more

Facebook’s Free Basics comes to Nigeria

first_img Related Home Facebook’s Free Basics comes to Nigeria Previous ArticleApp revenue to top $50B in 2020 – IDCNext Article‘Featured’ Apple apps impact is slowing Author Asia FacebookFree Basics Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg announced a partnership with Airtel Africa to roll out its controversial Free Basics offering in Nigeria.Free Basics, part of the company’s internet.org initiative, claims to bring unconnected users online by providing no cost access to a set of internet content, and is now live in 40 countries, said Zuckerberg in a blog post, with half of those in Africa.The initiative will be available to all Nigerians with an Airtel mobile connection, providing access to 90 million people currently offline, with the opportunity to access news, health information and other services without having to pay data fees.The service will initially launch with more than 85 free services.“Over the next few months, we’ll be doing even more to connect developers with people who can use their apps – and partner with local companies to bring internet to people across Africa who don’t have access to mobile networks,” added Zuckerberg.Facebook’s initiative has attracted controversy in some markets, with critics accusing the company of going against net neutrality by giving preferential treatment to certain web services.The company claims Free Basics has brought more than 25 million people online who wouldn’t be otherwise. Australia funds regulator to oversee new media lawcenter_img Kavit Majithia WhatsApp payments resurfaces in Brazil Tags AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 11 MAY 2016 Kavit joined Mobile World Live in May 2015 as Content Editor. He started his journalism career at the Press Association before joining Euromoney’s graduate scheme in April 2010. Read More >> Read more Facebook trials feature to connect neighbourslast_img read more

Xiaomi struggles in Q2, loses market share

first_img Xiaomi smartphone surge bears fruits AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 21 AUG 2019 Previous ArticleIntelligence Brief: Why nationwide fibre is the ‘backbone’ of India 5G aspirationsNext ArticleDocomo joins rivals in restarting P30 Pro sales Joseph Waring European operators target phone sustainability Author Joseph Waring joins Mobile World Live as the Asia editor for its new Asia channel. Before joining the GSMA, Joseph was group editor for Telecom Asia for more than ten years. In addition to writing features, news and blogs, he… Read more Relatedcenter_img Xiaomi off the hook in the US smartphonesXiaomi Devices China’s Xiaomi posted a sharp drop in profit for its second quarter and its slowest revenue growth as a public company, losing smartphone market share around the world.The company’s net profit in the quarter fell 87 per cent year-on-year to CNY1.97 billion ($279 million), with total revenue growing 14.8 per cent to CNY51.95 billion. International sales increased 33.1 per cent to CNY21.9 billion.Smartphone revenue in Q2 was up 4.9 per cent to CNY32 billion, due to higher ASPs (the ASP of its smartphones in mainland China rose 13.3 per cent from a year earlier and overseas it increased 6.7 per cent), as shipments were flat at 32.1 million units. It lost market share in China and globally. A year ago, smartphone revenue jumped 59 per cent year-on-year.Revenue from models priced at more than CNY2,000 accounted for 32.3 per cent of total smartphone revenue.DiversificationThe vendor is putting focus on new markets outside smartphones, as a way to secure growth.IoT and lifestyle products revenue in the quarter increased by 44 per cent to CNY14.9 billion, accounting for 28.8 per cent of total revenue in the quarter, compared with 22.9 per cent in the same period in 2018. Revenue from the internet services segment grew 15.7 per cent to CNY4.58 billion in the second quarter.The number of connected IoT devices (excluding smartphones and laptops) on its IoT platform jumped 69.5 per cent year-on-year to about 196 million units at end-June. Monthly active users (MAUs) of the Xiaomi Home application reached 30.4 million globally, while MAUs of its AI assistant rose to 49.9 million.Although the company has invested heavily in AI and smart home devices to diversify its offering, smartphones still account for more than 60 per cent of revenue. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back Tags HomeDevicesNews Xiaomi struggles in Q2, loses market sharelast_img read more

Bioethicist Wants to Morally Cleanse Medical Schools

first_img Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guide Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis Medicine Bioethicist Wants to Morally Cleanse Medical SchoolsWesley J. SmithDecember 3, 2019, 8:27 PM Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man A Physician Describes How Behe Changed His MindLife’s Origin — A “Mystery” Made AccessibleCodes Are Not Products of PhysicsIxnay on the Ambriancay PlosionexhayDesign Triangulation: My Thanksgiving Gift to All Requesting a (Partial) Retraction from Darrel Falk and BioLogos Recommendedcenter_img Culture & Ethics Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour TagsabortionbabiesbioethicsdoctorseuthanasiaEzekiel EmanuelGlobal Newsmedical consciencemedical professionsmidwifenursesoncologistpediatric endocrinologistpharmacistsUdu Schuklenk,Trending Wesley J. SmithChair and Senior Fellow, Center on Human ExceptionalismWesley J. Smith is Chair and Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute’s Center on Human Exceptionalism. Wesley is a contributor to National Review and is the author of 14 books, in recent years focusing on human dignity, liberty, and equality. Wesley has been recognized as one of America’s premier public intellectuals on bioethics by National Journal and has been honored by the Human Life Foundation as a “Great Defender of Life” for his work against suicide and euthanasia. Wesley’s most recent book is Culture of Death: The Age of “Do Harm” Medicine, a warning about the dangers to patients of the modern bioethics movement.Follow WesleyProfileTwitterFacebook Share Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Entry into medical and associated professional schools may soon depend on possessing the proper moral views as well as good grades.Say you’re a brilliant student who dreams of becoming an oncologist and saving thousands of lives from cancer. In the not too distant future, if some bioethicists have their way, you had better be willing to euthanize those you can’t save or you won’t be allowed into medical school.Or, you are a budding pediatric endocrinologist and hope to help pre-adolescents overcome hormonal imbalances and maladies: Achieving your dream could come at a substantial moral price. Unless you’re willing also to apply your hard-earned expertise to thwart the normal adolescence of children diagnosed with gender dysphoria, you might be better off going into the shoe business or driving a truck.Maybe you love babies and want to become a midwife helping gestating women bring new little ones into the world. Well, unless you are also willing to kill unwanted fetuses, one awful day you could find yourself declared student non-grata.Cleansing the Medical ProfessionsThe ongoing moral cleansing of the medical professions — currently waged in the media and bioethics movement’s policy offensive against “medical conscience” — may soon expand to preventing unwoke would-be doctors, nurses, and pharmacists from obtaining professional educations. Specifically, the Canadian bioethicist Udu Schuklenk — who generally mouths the mainstream utilitarianish views of the mainstream bioethics movement — has explicitly advocated barring students with unwanted sanctity-of-life ethics from admission into medical school. From the Global News story:For Schuklenk, a possible solution to prevent such debates [over euthanasia, abortion, transgender interventions, etc..] from cropping up at all would be to screen out would-be doctors who say they would object to providing health care on conscience grounds before they even get to medical school.This could be done through a survey or asking medical school applicants outright if they foresee themselves objecting to providing certain types of health care.“The problems that we are having now that lead to the kinds of legislation they are considering now in Alberta is caused by these sorts of doctors who prioritize their private beliefs, ultimately, over patient well-being,” Schuklenk told Global News.“Medical schools, pharmacy schools should go out of their way to basically eliminate applicants who they know already will not provide these services.”Anecdotally, I can tell you from speaking to pro-life want-to-be doctors and nurses, that such culling already occurs outside of official policy.Make No MistakeSchuklenk and his ilk — such as the adamant opponent of medical conscience, Ezekiel Emanuel — are deadly serious about crushing all dissent within the medical professions to emerging cultural paradigms, and plan to morally cleanse the ranks of doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and institutions of all wrong thinkers, particularly of the religious and pro-life kind.Why? Isn’t there room for comity? Nope. This isn’t merely about ensuring that patients receive what they want, when they want it — even death. Even more particularly, the goal is to silence the powerful message communicated by a doctor when she says to a patient, “No. I won’t do this to you because it is wrong.”Photo credit: Jonathan Borba via Unsplash.Cross-posted at The Corner.last_img read more