All change: the FTSE newbies start trading

first_img All change: the FTSE newbies start trading whatsapp whatsapp IT IS a big day for Berkeley Group as today is its first day of trading on the blue-chip FTSE 100 index, having been promoted in the London Stock Exchange’s quarterly review.The quarterly review changes to the FTSE, as well as Germany’s Dax and France’s Cac indices, which were announced earlier this month come into effect today.House builder Berkeley, which builds 10 per cent of London homes, has seen its share price rise by 41 per cent in the last year to £34 on the back of large profit growth in recent quarters.Newly demoted engineering group Weir begins trading as a FTSE 250 company this morning.It joins new entrants security software firm Sophos, P2P Global Investment company, and biopharmaceutical business Circassia, which is a poster firm for booming pharmaceutical M&A, having acquired smaller companies Aerocarine and Prosonix this June.Marine engineers Fisher (James) & Sons, gold and platinum mining company Lomin and electronics manufacture Premier Farnell will drop out of the FTSE 250.Premier Farnell the UK electronics manufacturer, last week issued its second profit warning in two months and slashed dividends, resulting in shares closing down six per cent at the end of the week.Shares in Weir – which delivers products to the struggling oil and gas industry – has halved in value in the past year. The firm’s stock target price was cut by Liberum last month who said a recovery in oil was “unlikely.” The current market spotlight on cyber-security, and peer-to-peer lending platforms, and booming M&A were reflected in the new FTSE 250 inclusions, while the demotion of engineers was a side-effect of the global commodity rout. Sophos closed up 1.5 per cent on Friday. Across the channel, Eurotunnel will move into the Cac Next20, the 20 largest companies behind the Cac 40, replacing energy industry manufacturer Vallourec.Glencore new shares are also expected to be admitted to trading on the London Stock Exchange, following last week’s placing which raised approximately £1.6bn, having gone through at 125p a share. Glencore shares closed down 4.7 per cent on Friday, at 126p, having dropped as low as 122.7p during the day. Express KCS center_img Sunday 20 September 2015 11:41 pm Share by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailSwift VerdictChrissy Metz, 39, Shows Off Massive Weight Loss In Fierce New PhotoSwift VerdictPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunComedyAbandoned Submarines Floating Around the WorldComedyMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekGameday NewsNBA Wife Turns Heads Wherever She GoesGameday NewsEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity Mirrorzenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comForbesThese 10 Colleges Have Produced The Most Billionaire AlumniForbes Show Comments ▼last_img read more

My sister’s cancer might have been diagnosed sooner — if doctors could have seen beyond her weight

first_img Tags cancerpatientsphysicians Privacy Policy In treating obese patients, too often doctors can’t see past weight My older sister, Jan, visited me in San Francisco last spring. “You look great,” I told her, noticing that her clothes were hanging loose; she’d been heavy most of her life. “I’ve lost 60 pounds,” she said, and I automatically congratulated her.“I wasn’t trying,” she replied.It hit me then that something was very wrong, first with her health, but also with the way I assumed that her weight loss was a sign of well-being. My own judgments and shame associated with being fat got in the way of seeing my sister. Looking closer, her face seemed strained, and despite the constant smile she turned on, she wasn’t well. She told me that she’d been in so much pain that she’d had little appetite for months.advertisement “He didn’t do anything for me, and he didn’t find anything. He just saw me as a fat, complaining older woman,” Jan said. Demeaned and discouraged, she didn’t seek a second opinion right away. Instead, she explored possible causes of her abdominal pain, wasting months avoiding dairy and gluten and taking over-the-counter pain medications. I asked Jan if she’d seen a doctor. She had, but it hadn’t gone well. The doctor she’d known for years had converted his practice into a concierge service, and she hadn’t wanted to pay the extra $15,000 to stay with him. So she’d made an appointment with an OB-GYN a friend had recommended. Jan’s eyes welled up as she described the visit.She had run down her symptoms: vaginal bleeding, unexplained weight loss, and near-constant pelvic pain. She told me the doctor hadn’t taken her complaints seriously, dismissing her concerns and performing a routine examination.advertisement Newsletters Sign up for Cancer Briefing A weekly look at the latest in cancer research, treatment, and patient care. Please enter a valid email address. [email protected] Jan at home in Conifer, Colo., just a few months before she died, with her dog Sunny. Cynthia Fraser Taylorcenter_img Related: Leave this field empty if you’re human: Jan’s experience as a fat 59-year-old woman is hardly unique. Several studies have shown that many physicians consider the time spent with obese patients a waste, and they don’t hesitate to broadcast their biases in the examining room. Fat people are less likely to seek medical treatment because they know the stigma and lectures that await them. My oldest sister, Cynthia, who is also heavy, recently visited a doctor for a rheumatologic problem and was curtly told to “lay off the hamburgers and Cokes,” even though she never touches fast food. On her next visit, she brought along her slim and athletic husband, and says she got better care by association.Weight has long been part of our family drama. My sisters and I weren’t as trim and fit as our parents, who focused on thinness as the barometer of our worth. Our father is a pediatrician, and perhaps the sense of failure that many doctors feel when they see their fat patients in the office greeted him every evening when he came home to his kids. Our parents believed that making comments about our weight and putting us on diets would help — just the opposite of what the American Academy of Pediatrics today considers better wisdom for preventing obesity and eating disorders. Criticizing us for being fat, instead of encouraging us to be athletic, became a self-fulfilling prophecy. Jan, who’d been strong, bright, and athletically gifted as a child, the fastest skier and the best at team sports, became the heaviest of us four sisters.During our visit in San Francisco, I encouraged Jan to see another doctor to get to the bottom of what was ailing her. A few months later, she finally got an appointment at an internist’s office. A physician assistant examined her. Jan arrived at the visit weak and wracked with pain. She came out of it in tears, with no answers and no relief.“She wouldn’t give me anything because she thought I was just trying to get an opioid fix,” she told Cynthia, who had accompanied her. Did the physician assistant think Jan was putting on an act to cadge drugs because she was fat, that despite her detailed and articulate medical complaints — not to mention her obvious and tremendous pain — she fit some undisciplined, drug-seeking profile?The physician assistant did, at least, send Jan to have some blood tests. When she had finished giving blood, she was so exhausted she couldn’t drive herself home. Very early the next morning, Jan got a call from the internist who, even though he had never met her, told her to go immediately to the emergency room. She was quickly admitted to the intensive care unit in critical condition, with a sky-high level of calcium in her blood. An MRI revealed an enormous mass in her abdomen.When Jan was stable enough for surgery, the hospital’s gynecologic oncologist removed the largest endometrial tumor he said he’d ever seen, the size of a volleyball. It had peppered her pelvis with cancer, infiltrating her bladder and other organs. The MRI also showed spots on Jan’s lungs, likely signs that the disease was spreading even further.In hindsight, endometrial cancer is an easy disease to Google. The first few hits reveal the signs and symptoms: unexplained weight loss, vaginal bleeding after menopause, pelvic pain. Jan had them all. I’m no doctor, and I know that physicians are not infallible, but it strikes me that those symptoms — the ones the patient came in worried about — should’ve raised red flags far more than the fact that she was overweight.Jan went through a few rounds of chemotherapy and lost even more weight. She took some perverse pleasure at being able to fit into normal sizes and fashionable clothes for the first time in her life, not the unsophisticated, uninspired garments that most manufacturers muster up for plus-sized women. By then she’d lost about 100 pounds and, despite her conspicuous illness — the wig, the pallor, the fear in her eyes — people kept on complimenting her about her weight loss. They, too, saw only her size.Jan died last Christmas Eve, six months after learning she had cancer.Hers was an unusually aggressive type of endometrial cancer. Maybe she would have died just as quickly if she’d been thin. But I can’t help thinking that Jan might have had a better chance if her doctors had looked beyond her weight and their prejudices about fat middle-aged women; if she hadn’t been so reluctant to seek medical treatment because of the fat-shaming lectures she knew awaited her; and if she’d grown up thinking that her body was OK the way it was, and she should love it, move it, and take care of it.Laura Fraser is a journalist and author of several books, including “Losing It: America’s Obsession with Weight and the Industry that Feeds on It” (Dutton). About the Author Reprints @LauraFraserSF First OpinionMy sister’s cancer might have been diagnosed sooner — if doctors could have seen beyond her weight By Laura Fraser Aug. 15, 2017 Reprints Laura Fraserlast_img read more

Palm Beach teacher arrested after soliciting his student

first_imgAs recorded by law enforcement, Gonzalez told her she was the “most interesting one” in the school’s Navy JROTC program. He then said “if she is willing to do that, not the sex stuff, but the making out, that would be her decision, but if you and I start making out, we enjoy, we enjoy.”Police said he continued to be graphic for the rest of the phone call. The teacher was arrested at school on February 4. He is facing charges of an authority figure soliciting or engaging in lewd conduct with a student. He is currently out on bond. The school district has not commented on Gonzalez’s teaching status. AdvertisementAfraid the situation might escalate, she left the classroom. The incident was reported to the Palm Beach Schools Police Department. The student agreed to take part in a phone call with Gonzalez which was also listened to by police, February 3. When the student told Gonzalez she was nervous he replied “he couldn’t stop thinking about it”. Port Charlotte man arrested for sexual activity with a minor June 4, 2021 RELATEDTOPICS ROYAL PALM BEACH, Fla. (WPTV) — A Palm Beach County teacher and Navy JROTC instructor was arrested after he tried to have a sexual relationship with his student, according to police. As reported by WPTV, Israel “Chief” Gonzalez, 56, is a teacher at Royal Palm Beach Community High School. His 18-year-old student said he made inappropriate comments to her while they were alone in a classroom. According to the arrest report, Gonzalez asked the victim if she could keep a secret, then asked if she would like to make out with him. She replied no and asked why he would say that. ‘You are a young and intelligent teenager, and you speak eloquently, and present yourself as a lady, not an 18-year-old,’” he said. 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: crimepalm beach Two men arrested for stealing construction equipment form site in Estero June 17, 2021 Advertisement Advertisement Plane makes emergency landing on Florida beach May 31, 2021 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 Former Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Felipe Vázquez found guilty on multiple sexual abuse charges May 21, 2021last_img read more

CU-Boulder Study Of Vortex Rings Leads To Design Of Better Vehicle Propulsion Systems

first_imgA University of Colorado at Boulder engineering professor may have found the key to developing more accurate and efficient propulsion systems by studying the formation of vortex rings, such as those made by squid and jellyfish to move themselves underwater. Kamran Mohseni, an assistant professor of aerospace engineering sciences, says the results have several possible applications ranging from small, highly maneuverable, unmanned vehicles to steering mechanisms for miniaturized capsules that can travel back and forth through the human digestive tract to diagnose and treat disease. Mohseni’s research and collaboration on biomedical applications are described in the cover story, “Search for the Perfect Vortex,” published in the Oct. 23-29 issue of New Scientist magazine. Vortex rings are created when a burst of fluid shoots out of an opening. The fluid moves in one direction and then spreads out and curls back, like the rings blown by a smoker. Squid and jellyfish are natural experts at this, creating large vortex rings by squirting water out of their mouths to propel themselves quickly in the opposite direction. Intrigued by the relationship between thrust and vortex rings, Mohseni built a computer simulation to model the way these rings form. By doing so, he wanted to learn how a thruster could best be designed to take advantage of this natural phenomenon. “There are basically two ways to do this,” Mohseni said. “One is to accelerate the piston during the ring’s formation and the other is to increase the exit diameter as a function of time.” The optimal design precisely matches the speed of the fluid emerging from the opening to the speed of the growing vortex ring. Mohseni’s research group is now incorporating the new vortex thruster design into various types of underwater vehicles. CU students already have built several prototype vehicles, which combine a sleek design with multiple small vortex thrusters, offering greater maneuverability at lower speeds than any other vehicles currently available. Possible applications include underwater scientific research and search and rescue operations where maneuverability and precise changes in direction are required. Mohseni also is collaborating with Dr. Yang Chen at CU-Denver and Health Sciences Center on applications in medicine. Mohseni has applied for a patent on a device to improve endoscopy by creating remote-controlled capsules with miniature vortex ring thrusters that would allow the capsules to maneuver within the digestive track, recording images and dispersing medication at precise locations as needed. Another possible application of the technology is for vertical takeoffs and landings of micro-air vehicles, which could be used to carry sensors for the investigation of environmental hazards and conditions, Mohseni said. Published: Nov. 28, 2004 Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-maillast_img read more

Bringing the Bard online

first_imgBringing the Bard online Back to news By Sue Postema Scheeres June 1, 2020 Share:LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmailShare Angela Hambleton, fifth grade teacher from Lafayette Elementary School, continued her Shakespeare club online with students after BVSD moved to remote learning.Angela Hambleton, fifth grade teacher from Lafayette Elementary School, continued her Shakespeare club online with students after BVSD moved to remote learning.When the Colorado Shakespeare Festival’s season and summer camps were postponed to 2021, festival staff members started focusing on the more immediate future.What types of virtual experiences could they offer to students and community members for whom spring and summer are synonymous with Shakespeare? While some plans are still in the works, Amanda Giguere, the festival’s outreach director, recently described how they pivoted their programs to help students and the community stay connected with the Bard. “Shakespeare’s plays teach us so much about humanity, about moving through difficult circumstances and about putting our thoughts into words,” Giguere said. “We are committed to engaging with our community, even if that engagement looks different than our usual in-person programming.”Preventing violence and building empathy Festival staff members are currently creating a virtual version of their Shakespeare and Violence Prevention program, which seeks to reduce bullying and violence in schools through performances and workshops for students in grades three to 12. The redesign began in the spring to provide training for Shakespeare Dallas, a performing arts group hoping to replicate the program in Texas schools. Representatives from the Dallas group watched the program for what turned out to be the festival’s final week of in-person school visits in March. Giguere was not able to travel to Dallas to train their staff in person. “Instead, we worked with our troupe to create a two-day virtual training and it was a huge success,” Giguere said. “We were able to model a sample classroom workshop with our teaching artists, share a pre-recorded performance and share best practices about this program.” In addition, shortened scripts of Romeo and Juliet and The Tempest, created for this year’s school tour, were put online. Staff members are now considering ways to share the virtual training and these scripts more widely, and collaborate with Shakespeare festivals around the United States to replicate the program.They also are discussing with state educators how to adapt the performances and workshops to a virtual format for the school year tours, pulling on nearly 10 years of experience serving more than 100,000 students.“At its core, this program is about building empathy; when we put ourselves in someone else’s shoes, we are more likely to advocate for them when they’re mistreated,” Giguere said. “Teachers say the program is an enriching and creative experience for students that helps them learn and practice strategies for preventing violence. We want to continue to offer this resource to schools, whether we’re in-person or in a virtual format.”Powering through with creativity The annual Will Power Festival also was redesigned. Through this program, professional actors work with local elementary school teachers and students to study a Shakespeare play in depth. Each spring, the students perform the play on campus.When it became clear the in-person festival would be canceled, schools continued studying “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” in some cases creating their own version of the play, preparing virtual performances and more. Sean Scrutchins, the festival’s teaching artist, filmed and shared a four-part video series to teach students about voice, body, emotions and character development, and Giguere joined classes virtually to answer questions.“I am so inspired by the teachers we work with on the Will Power Festival,” Giguere said. “They have found innovative ways to keep connecting their students with Shakespeare.”For example, Angela Hambleton, who teaches fifth grade at Lafayette Elementary School and runs an after school Shakespeare club, restarted the club virtually on April 23 (Shakespeare’s birthday) when it became clear her students were eager to continue studying Shakespeare and needed a way to cope with current challenges. Building on the skills and community they had developed throughout the year, the students wrote a new play together titled “An Early Spring’s Daydream” that combines characters from various Shakespeare plays and includes new plot twists, sword fights and even an allergic reaction to a banana. “We decided to have the random collection of characters all be drawn into the magical forest on a quest for something,” Hambleton said. “In addition, they decided to make the women empowered and more determined to decide their own fates. I had a core group of about six to eight kids who showed up to “perform” our new script from their home learning spots every day for almost three weeks.”Reshaping summer offeringsThe festival is also developing virtual experiences that allow the community to continue to engage with Shakespeare in meaningful ways this summer.“Often when making theatre, you’re forced to improvise and be creative with the resources you have and the space in which you are performing. And it can lead to incredibly beautiful, engaging work,” said Tim Orr, the festival’s producing artistic director. “Moving to a virtual environment is no different.”Online resources for kids and adults include:Introduction to Shakespeare. Giguere created a lesson for her first grader’s class to introduce Shakespeare and explain how he wrote in “heartbeat rhythm” (iambic pentameter). Hamlet for Kids. On a long car ride last summer, Giguere and her children wrote a children’s version of Hamlet. Kids were recently invited to submit illustrations; the story and pictures can be viewed in this video.Virtual story time. The festival is working with local and national authors to provide virtual Shakespeare readings for kids. The first features a reading of author Megan McDonald’s Stink: Hamlet and Cheese in July.Bard’s Summer Book Club. Each spring, the festival offers a book club for adults to read and discuss the plays from the summer season. The book club will also be held virtually this summer. Register now on the book club website.CU Presents digital resources. Together with CU Boulder’s College of Music and Department of Theatre and Dance, the festival is bringing a season of artistic work and education online with the newly launched CU Presents Digital page.Video greetings. Past and present festival artists will present creative greetings throughout the summer to attendees and through social media. Find them here.Other videos, activities and resources. The festival has compiled Shakespeare-related resources for the community, including videos and activities from around the world. They are free and can be found on the festival’s website.Topics:Arts and CultureK-12 EducationEducational Research and ResourcesTheatreRelated 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

Afternoon Brief, January 7

first_imgSubscribe to the Afternoon Brief Twitter Subscribe to the Afternoon BriefAdvertisement TAGSBarber CellarsBlack Willow WineryBottleRockCairdean EstateCas Larga VineyardsChinaDr. Frank VineyardsJarvis EstateLeslie SbroccoLula CellarsMajestic WineNapaSanta BarbaraSuper Bowl 50TexasToad Hollow VineyardsUSbevXVirginiaWashingtonWine Riot Share Advertisement Email Trending Story:Wine Personality and TV Star Leslie Sbrocco Opening Night Keynote Speaker at USbevXSbrocco will que up the conference with her renowned panache for fun and engaging facts, addressing an industry manifesting unheralded success fueled by an explosion of new brands, new business models and new producers…Today’s News:Environmental Lawsuits Spiked in 2015The number of federal lawsuits filed over environmental issues increased more than 60 percent, to 862, across the U.S. in 2015 compared to the previous year…New Water Diversion Measuring and Reporting Requirements Coming for California GrowersWater Board May Adopt New Regulation January 19 – needs to know how much water is being diverted – Wine Institute says additional reporting should only be required during a declared drought emergency…Too Many Wine Brands Not China ReadyBuilding wine brands in China requires a novel approach, but few labels are ready for the market, according to Wine Intelligence co-founder Richard Halstead…H-2A Minimum Wage Increases in Many States50 Perfect Hours: Sonoma County – Super Bowl 50Santa Barbara Vintners’ $1.7 Billion ArgumentNapa County Asks How Vine Trail and Vineyards Can Both Thrive2015 a Banner Year for Texas Wine IndustryWashington Plots Spring Attack Against Gypsy MothsSpring 2016 Schedule Released for Wine Business Institute Professional Seminars and CertificatesHere’s How Wine Riot Is Planning to Move into RetailMajestic Wine Toasts 12% Christmas Sales IncreaseIan D’Agata on the Search for Wine Terroir in ChinaTurns Out Red Wine Might Not Be Good for You After AllWIN Jobs:Account Manager for Bourbon Barrel SalesRecruiting Associates Network – AnywhereOffice ManagerAll American Containers, Pacific Coast- Kalama, WA, United StatesConference & Trade Show ManagerWine Industry Network – Healdsburg, CA, United StatesMore Wine Industry Jobs…Feature Your Job Listing in the Afternoon BriefVineyard & Winery:Benziger and Stewart Families Celebrate the Future of Their Iconic Brands, Envolve and Lake Sonoma WineryWhy a Virginia Winery Has Started Making California WinesWaving Goodbye to Our Wine HeritageAnderson Valley’s Lula Cellars Announces Participation in Two of Mendocino County’s Most Famed Food & Wine-Centric Festivals of 2016Delegat Group: The Family Behind Rising Oyster Bay Wine LabelPetaluma Cheese Pairs Well with Local Wine at Barber CellarsFather William and Son Will Run Napa’s Jarvis EstateAnnual Ice Wine Harvest at Casa Larga VineyardsTips for Choosing the Perfect Wine for a Homemade Romantic Dinner This Valentine’s DayDr. Frank Wine Cellars Honors Its WomenTra Vigne Group Hunts Down New Home at Cairdean EstateBlack Willow Winery Wins Honors at Wine CompetitionAussie Wineries Clash Over Alleged Trademark BreachBrewery to Offer Hard Cider and WineCelebrate, “The Day of Encouragement” at Toad Hollow Tasting Room! A Pairing of Wine & a Kind Word!center_img Facebook Previous articleJeff Zappelli New General Manager of WALT WinesNext articleA Taste of HALL Returns in 2016 Editor Pinterest ReddIt Linkedin Home Afternoon Brief Afternoon Brief, January 7Afternoon BriefAfternoon Brief, January 7By Editor – January 7, 2016 8 0 last_img read more

Local Management Plan For Cockpit Country Launched

first_imgLocal Management Plan For Cockpit Country LaunchedJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay Advertisements Local Management Plan For Cockpit Country Launched EnvironmentDecember 13, 2013Written by: Bryan Miller Story HighlightsWork on the document lasted from 1998 to 2006, when an agro-forestry baseline study was done.The plan has been circulated to all stakeholders within the forest reserve areas.Thirty per cent or approximately 335,000 hectares of Jamaica’s land area have been classified as forests. After years of consultation and scientific research, the Local Management Plan for the Cockpit Country Forest Reserve was officially launched on December 11, at the Lowe River United Church Hall, in South Trelawny.Work on the document lasted from 1998 to 2006, when an agro-forestry baseline study was done, followed by a bio-physical inventory study of the area which resulted in a draft document.Coming out of that first draft, a second document more targeted towards the forest reserve areas in the Cockpit Country was developed, covering an area of about 22,000 hectares.Manager, Planning and Monitoring, Forestry Department, Mrs. Andrea Jones Bennett, informed at the launch that some four Local Forest Management Committees have been formed within the forested areas of the Cockpit Country, to have local input in the management of those areas.She noted that the plan has been circulated to all stakeholders within the forest reserve areas.“The plan was established to guide the sustainable management of the forest ecosystem…looking at its biodiversity, the water resources, the aesthetic values, and the potential for recreation, tourism, as well as community interaction in terms of what can you do to the forest and how can we benefit from it,” Mrs. Jones Bennett said.Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Robert Pickersgill, in his address at the ceremony, expressed concern at the rate at which the country’s forest cover is being destroyed, stating that about 300 hectares of forest cover is being cut down annually, for various reasons.He pointed out that thirty per cent or approximately 335,000 hectares of Jamaica’s land area have been classified as forests.“It is sad to say, but there are quite a number of persons in this country who regard these wooded areas as just bush to be chopped and burnt and the land developed or used for agricultural purposes,” the Minister lamented.Describing the forests as the lungs of the nation, he insisted that there must be a reversal in the rate of destruction of the forests.Turning his attention specifically to the forests within the Cockpit Country area, which was declared a Forest Reserve in 1950,  the Minister outlined that the area accounts for approximately 40 per cent of the island’s fresh water sources, as it falls within the upper parts of three watersheds, and recharges aquifers in three parishes – St. Elizabeth, St. James and Trelawny.He explained that the Local Forest Management Plan seeks to address all the possible threats to the forest cover in the Cockpit Country area, and will serve as a guide for the sustainable use and management of the rich biodiversity and ecology in the area.“The plan is valid for a period of five years, and identifies the roles and synergies among the major stakeholders, including you the community members operating in the area,” he added. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail center_img RelatedImplementers Pleased With Success of Climate Change Project RelatedResidents of Pleasant Valley Benefit from Modern Water Harvesting System Photo: JIS PhotographerMinister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Hon Robert Pickersgill, addresses the launch of the Cockpit Country Local Forest Management Plan, on Wednesday, December 11, at the Lowe River United Church, in South Trelawny. RelatedImproved Sewage Facilities for Portmorelast_img read more

California bar shooter had been a Marine, lived with his mom

first_imgHomeFeaturedCalifornia bar shooter had been a Marine, lived with his mom Nov. 09, 2018 at 5:00 amFeaturedNewsCalifornia bar shooter had been a Marine, lived with his momAssociated Press3 years agoapNewsshootingIan David Long, Photo courtesy of the DMV via AP. By KATHLEEN RONAYNE and JUSTIN PRITCHARDAssociated PressThe gunman who killed 12 people at a country music bar in a Los Angeles suburb was a former military machine gunner who was interviewed by mental health specialists months ago after a neighbor reported a disturbance.Ian David Long, 28, apparently killed himself after the Wednesday attack. He had joined the Marines and gotten married young. Within several years, he left the military and divorced. Later, he enrolled at a university and most recently lived with his mother in a home where neighbors said they could hear aggressive arguments.Long’s service began when he was 18 and lasted nearly five years, including a seven-month tour in Afghanistan, according to the Pentagon. He was honorably discharged with the rank of corporal in 2013.In April, a neighbor called authorities to report loud noises coming from the house that Long shared with his mother in a Thousand Oaks neighborhood of well-manicured lawns and homes.Deputies found Long “was somewhat irate, acting a little irrationally” and called in a mental health specialist, Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean said. That specialist assessed Long but concluded he couldn’t be involuntarily committed for psychiatric observation.“The mental health experts out there cleared him that day,” Dean told reporters Thursday, less than 12 hours after the Wednesday night massacre.They also were concerned that Long might be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, Dean said, “basing that (on) the fact that he was a veteran and had been in the Corps.”Long’s only other contact with authorities came after a traffic collision and after he alleged he was the victim of a violent encounter in 2015 at another bar in Thousand Oaks, Dean said.A next-door neighbor said he called authorities about six months ago when he heard loud banging and shouting come from Long’s ranch-style home.“I got concerned, so I called the sheriffs,” neighbor Tom Hanson said outside his home Thursday as federal and local law enforcement officers searched Long’s house, where an American flag flew over the garage. “I was concerned because I knew he had been in the military.”Hanson described Long as an introvert who never caused him problems and said he was “dumbfounded” by the massacre.Another neighbor described frequent, aggressive shouting between Long and his mother, especially over the last year. About 18 months ago, Don and Effie Macleod heard “an awful argument” and what he believes was a gunshot from the Longs’ property. Don Macleod said he did not call police but avoided speaking with Ian Long.“I told my wife, ‘Just be polite to him. If he talks, just acknowledge him, don’t go into conversation with him,’” Don Macleod said Thursday.Authorities haven’t identified what motivated Long to open fire during college night at Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, around 40 miles (64 kilometers) from downtown Los Angeles. The city of about 130,000 people is consistently near the top of lists of the safest places in California.The dead included 11 people inside the bar and a veteran sheriff’s sergeant who was the first officer through the door.“Obviously he had something going on in his head that would cause him to do something like this,” Dean said.The Marine Corps said Long earned several awards, including a Combat Action Ribbon and a Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, Third Marine Division in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.Long’s mother, Colleen, posted Facebook photos of her son in his military uniform in 2010 and 2011.“My Son is home, well sort of, back in Hawaii, soon to be in Cali come January, hooray!” she wrote on Dec. 14, 2012.Another photo from 2014 shows Ian Long with his arm draped around his mother in front of Dodger Stadium. The two were wearing Dodgers T-shirts and smiles.Court records show Long was married as a 19-year-old in Honolulu in June 2009, and he and his wife separated in June 2011 while he was deployed to Afghanistan. The couple cited irreconcilable differences in divorce papers filed in May 2013, two months after Long left the Marines. Their marriage officially ended that November.California State University, Northridge, said in a statement that Long was a student, last attending in 2016, but offered no further details.___Pritchard reported from Los Angeles. Contributing were Michael Kunzelman in College Park, Maryland; Tami Abdollah and Lolita Baldor in Washington; Alina Hartounian in Phoenix; and Reese Dunklin in Dallas.Tags :apNewsshootingshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentWells Fargo Collecting Non-Perishable Food Items during Holiday Season at Branches and Mobile LocationNonprofit art showYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall9 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press20 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press20 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson20 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter20 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor20 hours agolast_img read more

ZTE debuts foldable smartphone with dual screens

first_img Previous ArticleOnePlus makes concessions following privacy spatNext ArticleFacebook buys positive feedback app AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 17 OCT 2017 Partnering with AT&TZTE partnered with AT&T on an exclusive US launch just in time for the holiday (Q4) sales season. The device will roll out in November priced $24.17 with a 30-month contract, or around $725 retail.AT&T executives billed the Axon M as the perfect device to complement the operator’s DirecTV and DirecTV Now offerings.“Our customers continue to demand more from their mobile entertainment experience. Pairing DirecTV with the dual-screen capabilities of the ZTE Axon M will deliver a new and transformative way to enjoy the entertainment they want on the network they need,” AT&T’s SVP of device and network services marketing Kevin Petersen said in a statement.According to Linda Sui, Strategy Analytics’ director of wireless smartphone strategies, the collaboration is particularly notable because it is the first time ZTE is targeting AT&T’s postpaid market.The Axon M will also be launching in China and Japan before heading to Europe in the first quarter of 2018.ReceptionSui told Mobile World Live the Axon M is a good way for ZTE to differentiate itself from competitors including Samsung and Huawei.She added she believes the Axon M is an “innovative product”, but said it appears to be a “temporary solution,” technologically speaking.“It’s not a real single foldable display, it’s just two displays folded and put together,” Sui noted: “ZTE itself, I don’t think they have a super power where they can lead the way and make the whole industry shift in this direction, but I think it’s a good try.” ZTE pushes flexibility, simplicity in private 5G networks Related Author LIVE FROM AXON M LAUNCH, BROOKLYN: ZTE looked to shake up the smartphone market by debuting the Axon M, a foldable dual-screen device the company’s CEO claimed enables smoother multitasking and opens the door on an entirely new category of smartphones.Axon M features dual 5.2-inch LCD glass displays – one on either side of the handset – which can be folded out to offer either one large screen or two side-by-side. Four viewing modes are available: Extended for additional screen space in a single app; Dual to run an app on each screen; Mirror mode to share your screen with a friend when gaming, for instance; and Traditional, where users can fold up the device and use it like a regular single-screen smartphone.“The ZTE Axon M is the beginning of a significant movement of smartphone capabilities, and ZTE is leading the way,” ZTE Mobile CEO Lixin Cheng (pictured) said in a statement.Internal highlights of the device include a Snapdragon 821 processor, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage (expandable via memory card to 256GB). The phone will launch with Android N, but Cheng said ZTE will be releasing an Android O update for the Axon M.Axon M comes with a single 20MP camera. However, due to the folding nature of the phone, users have to change screens when switching between selfie and regular mode. More in the video below. Tags ZTE pushes green credentials in 5G era ZTE looks to expand 5G gains, preps for 6G Diana is Mobile World Live’s US Editor, reporting on infrastructure and spectrum rollouts, regulatory issues, and other carrier news from the US market. Diana came to GSMA from her former role as Editor of Wireless Week and CED Magazine, digital-only… Read more HomeLatest Stories ZTE debuts foldable smartphone with dual screens AT&TsmartphoneZTE Latest Stories Diana Goovaerts last_img read more

French operators vow to invest €3B in 4G expansion

first_img French authorities struck a deal with the country’s operators to improve LTE coverage through massive infrastructure investments, in exchange for extending spectrum licences and easing planning procedures.Regulator Arcep said Orange, Bouygues Telecom, SFR and Free made a series of commitments, which will be written into licences this year. Failure to comply will result in sanctions, it added.In an interview with Le Journal du Dimanche secretary of state Julien Denormandie said the plan would result in €3 billion of investment, with each operator installing 5,000 antennas and masts. The figure includes some shared deployments.The build-out will be focused on rural areas and includes providing LTE along 30,000km of railway tracks.Denormandie added operators would be rewarded with automatic renewal of spectrum licences, rather than holding another auction.Historic commitmentArcep said the scheme follows consultation with operators, the government, local authorities and other stakeholders about how to connect areas currently unable to access high quality wireless services – mostly in rural areas.The regulator said it had taken inspiration from other countries making similar moves and hailed the “historic” agreement as one which will expand coverage into as many new areas in three years as the combined efforts of the last 15.“There are still many areas in France where mobile coverage is non-existent or unsatisfactory,” Arcep added in a statement.As part of the plan, operators also committed to improving coverage across major non-rail transport routes and within buildings, including through the adoption of voice over WiFi services. Orange makes secure cloud pact for French market Altice strikes deal to buy French MVNO business Chris joined the Mobile World Live team in November 2016 having previously worked at a number of UK media outlets including Trinity Mirror, The Press Association and UK telecoms publication Mobile News. After spending 10 years in journalism, he moved… Read more Related Home French operators vow to invest €3B in 4G expansion Orange Ventures injects €30M into new fund BouyguesFranceIliadOrangeSFR AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 15 JAN 2018 Previous ArticleUS politician takes tough line on Huawei, ZTE kitNext ArticleUnited Capital to appeal 9mobile board annulment Author Tags Chris Donkin last_img read more