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Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson believes a “big challenge” awaits his team against Napoli in the Champions League.Jurgen Klopp’s men make the trip to the Stadio San Paolo on Wednesday, looking to make it two wins from as many games in Group C.Alisson’s last visit to Napoli was a successful one, the goalkeeper helping Roma to a 4-2 win in Serie A in March. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! The Brazil international remembers that encounter and said Liverpool would face a huge test against Carlo Ancelotti’s side.”They had 24 attempts on goal, 13 on target. I made 11 saves and conceded two goals,” Alisson told the club’s website.”It’s always tough playing away against a great club. In Napoli, we’ll definitely find really passionate fans, and a team that comes onto the pitch with a huge desire to win.”The last and only time I played there, we happily got a win, but it was one of the games I had to work hardest in during the season.”It was one of the toughest games of the season for us in Serie A, so it’s definitely going to be a tough game. They’ve had the same basis of the team for three to four years.”I hope we have a great game and achieve the victory, but it’ll definitely be a big challenge for us.”Liverpool opened their Champions League campaign with a thrilling 3-2 win over Paris Saint-Germain last month. #UCL Matchday TwoMore moments like this, please! pic.twitter.com/tYa6SlgSwN— Liverpool FC (@LFC) September 30, 2018Alisson said that victory had boosted his team, but warned they needed to deliver again.”We’re confident in our potential,” he said. “To beat a great team like PSG fills you with confidence, but it’ll be a different game so we have to look at it differently as well, bringing our desire onto the pitch, doing everything that we’ve been doing up until now at the start of the season.”On the pitch, we play as a team. Playing as a team not as individuals, that’s our main quality.”Our strength isn’t in one player – it’s in all the players running together and being dedicated together on the pitch to always represent and lift up the name of Liverpool.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Rookie pacer Mohammed Siraj starred for Sunrisers Hyderabad in their must-win game against Gujarat Lions. Hyderabad beat Gujarat by eight wickets to qualify for the playoffs at the Green Park, Kanpur on Saturday.Siraj took 4/32 from his four overs to help Hyderabad bowl out Gujarat for a mere 154. Gujarat were at one stage 111/1 in 11 overs.His heroics was followed by an unbeatensecond-wicketpartnership of 133 runs between David Warner (69*) and Vijay Shankar (63*) to help SRH earn an easy victory.Earlier, Ishan Kishan and Dwayne Smith provided the home team with a fantastic start as they were cruising along at 111/0 from 10.5 overs before Rashid Khan removed Smith for 54.Siraj, who has been a hit in this year’s Indian Premier League due to his pace and skiddy bowling, has constantly troubled the batsmen in all the five matches he played before this one.Although, he had been expensive in his first spell today, giving away 22 runs from the first two overs, the Hyderabad pacer didn’t disappoint his captain when he was called up for the 13th over. He picked up two wickets in the over and gave away just two runs.Siraj first got the dangerous Kishan with a slower delivery. The Gujarat youngster went for the big hit and could only slog it high up in the air, holding out to Naman Ojha. Siraj followed it up with another important wicket of Suresh Raina, who held out to Shikhar Dhawan at deep backward square.He returned to bowl the 17th over and got two in two, cleaning up James Faulkner and Pradeep Sangwan off his last two deliveries.advertisementThe 13th over turned out to be a match changer as post that, Gujarat kept losing wickets at regular intervals. Rashid and Bhuvneshwar Kumar along with Siraj kept it tight.The Gujarat batsmen failed to handle the Hyderabad pacers, who were bowling with some steam. Six batsmen were bowled out in the first innings, which is the most this season and the second highest in all seasons.Siraj was a happy man after his brilliant bowling and also thanked the senior players for helping him.”I’m happy with my performance. I’ve learnt a lot from the senior players in the team,” he said.Talking about the important wicket of Kishan at the crucial juncture, he said that he was just looking to vary his pace.”I was just looking to change my pace because there was no help from the wicket and it worked for me,” he said .He also sounded a confident man when Sanjay Manjrekar asked him about his captain’s faith on him.”I’ve proved myself whenever I’ve been given the ball…hence the captain has shown confidence in me,” he said.The 23-year-old, who took 41 wickets from nine matches for Hyderabad in this year’s Ranji Trophy said his domestic form helped him.”I took 41 wickets from nine games and I’ve carried that confidence from the Ranji Trophy to IPL 2017,” said the Hyderabad pacer.He was awarded the Man-of-the-Match for his brilliant spell and said that bowling with Bhuvneshwar and Kaul helps him.”I liked my 4th wicket the most. The wicket was a bit slow so I cut down the pace to prevent runs. It helps a lot to bowl with Bhuvi and Siddarth Kaul. Bhuvi keeps advising on where to bowl to which batsman,” said the 23-year-old.Siraj, who was bought for a whopping Rs 2.6 crore by SRH after his brilliant bowling in the domestic circuit, has only played six matches in this year’s IPL, picking up 10 wickets so far. Coming from a lower middle-class family, it was hard for him to make a mark in a cricket crazy nation but his father’s confidence on him and his persistence has made him what he is today.The right-arm pacer stood up in one of the most important games this season fro Hyderabad as they look to seal a playoff spot today.
There has been relative stability and some improvement in the province’s long-term debt position in recent years, but Nova Scotia continues to carry a higher debt burden per capita, and in relation to GDP, than most similar jurisdictions in Atlantic and western Canada, Nova Scotia’s auditor general said. In his report released today, Jan. 18, Jacques Lapointe said the province’s debt is the result, over decades, of governments’ decisions to spend more than they took in, raising critical accountability problems as well as ethical questions. When current spending is financed by future debt, Mr. Lapointe said, spending decisions are divorced from the difficult decisions to raise funds to pay for services and programs. “Governments that make those spending decisions are not accountable to the Nova Scotians who, in the future, will be required to pay,” he said. “This raises ethical questions. Is it right for governments today to decide to spend more than they earn, for their short-term benefits, and defer the costs far into the future? Is it right for Nova Scotians to expect and receive services that they will not pay for, deferring those payments to future generations, who have no say in those decisions?” The auditor general said there are a few limited and exceptional cases when government can legitimately spend beyond its revenue, such as in times of emergency or disaster, borrowing for large-scale capital projects that could not proceed otherwise, and to maintain services over a short period of economic downturn. He said risks associated with government debt should be more widely understood, and the ethical questions raised by excessive borrowing and the burden it places on future generations require greater consideration. The auditor general’s report to the legislature on financial matters includes a number of indicators of the sustainability of the province’s financial position. Sustainability indicators measure government’s ability to maintain programs and services, and meet its obligations to creditors, without increasing debt or raising taxes. He said the province’s debt is a drain on current and future resources, and limits government’s ability to make choices about services. Increasing debt can threaten the sustainability of government programs and services. Nova Scotia’s net debt now stands at $12.8 billion, and costs $861 million a year in interest. That’s nine cents of every dollar the province takes in. While interest costs have been decreasing as a percentage of revenue, Nova Scotia continues to spend a higher portion of its revenue on debt interest than do most comparable jurisdictions. Mr. Lapointe also reported on the government’s performance in implementing previous financial recommendations from his office. The overall implementation rate of those recommendations stands at 66 per cent, which he said, “in our opinion is still too low, and a number of recommendations have remained outstanding for several years.” One long-standing recommendation is that the province properly consolidate the budget’s revenue estimates to include agencies’ outside revenues. For years, the government has refused to implement this recommendation, and the auditor general has had to qualify his opinion on the accuracy of the budget’s revenue estimates. A consultant hired by the government to resolve the issue recommended adding a schedule as a simple solution. “We recommend that action be taken in the 2012-13 budget so that we can provide an unqualified opinion on the revenues estimates,” said Mr. Lapointe. Other reporting issues raised by the auditor general include the need for a number of internal control improvements, the need for departmental risk assessments related to financial reporting and ongoing uncorrected accounting and financial reporting deficiencies in agencies, boards and other organizations outside core government. The full auditor general report is available at www.oag-ns.ca.
26 September 2008Some 30 world leaders have pledged to take action to address the global food crisis and climate change, voicing support for proposals put forward by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to tackle two of today’s most pressing challenges. “The poor and hungry of this world are looking at us for leadership and solutions. We must not fail them,” Mr. Ban said last night at a high-level event he hosted at United Nations Headquarters in New York. “The cost of inaction – even in what may constitute tough economic times – will be devastating, and the effects will be felt all over the world,” he told the gathering, which included representatives of governments, regional organizations and agencies such as the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the World Food Programme (WFP) and the World Bank.Leaders were in agreement with Mr. Ban on the urgent need to increase productivity, especially for smallholder farmers, and to invest more into agricultural development, research, and technology transfer. They called for a “second green revolution,” particularly in Africa, and for increases in private sector investment and public funding. Mr. Ban expressed his gratitude to President José Manuel Barroso of the European Commission for his reaffirmation of Europe’s commitment to provide an additional 1 billion Euros for urgently needed food aid and productivity inputs.The Secretary-General has estimated that it will take as much as $40 billion a year in funding over the next three to five years to alleviate the food crisis and ensure long-term improvement in agricultural production. There was also recognition of the close linkages between the food crisis and climate change and the urgent need for an ambitious global agreement on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in Copenhagen in 2009. In that regard, the upcoming climate talks in Poznan, Poland, later this year should result in a concrete work programme for negotiations in 2009, the leaders stated.Last night’s meeting followed a day-long event during which governments, foundations, businesses and civil society groups announced an estimated $16 billion in new commitments to slash hunger, poverty, disease and other socio-economic ills by 2015, and thereby achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Feb 26, 2015 6:58 am MDT In this Friday, Jan. 23, 2015 photo, Linda Reese delivers a meatloaf dinner to a customer at the Superior Restaurant in Cleveland. The Labor Department reports on consumer prices for January on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Plunging gas lowers US consumer price index 0.7 pct., but excluding energy and food, costs up WASHINGTON – A plunge in gas prices last month lowered consumer prices by the most in six years. But excluding the volatile food and energy costs, prices rose.The consumer price index fell 0.7 per cent in January, the sharpest drop since December 2008, the Labor Department said Thursday. Tumbling prices at the pump drove nearly all of the decline. Core prices, which exclude food and energy, rose 0.2 per cent.Despite the sharp drop in the overall index, economists see signs that many prices are moving higher. The cost of services, such as hotels, restaurant food and rents, all rose last month, lifting core prices.Prices for services are rising as the U.S. economy has picked up, and falling unemployment is starting to lift wages, if still only slightly. Higher prices domestically are offsetting cheaper oil and a strong dollar, which is lowering import prices.Overall consumer prices have slipped 0.1 per cent over the past 12 months. It is the first year-over-year drop in five years. And over the past year, core prices have risen just 1.6 per cent, below the 2 per cent level the Federal Reserve considers optimal for a healthy economy.Excessively low inflation is complicating the Fed’s decision on when to begin raising the short-term interest rate it controls. Most analysts think the Fed will start to raise rates from record lows in June or September. But persistently low prices could delay that decision.Fed Chair Janet Yellen told Congress this week that she expects the effects of falling gas prices to fade in coming months, causing inflation to creep back toward the Fed’s 2 per cent target.Most economists agree. Paul Ashworth, chief U.S. economist at Capital Economics, expects core inflation to rebound to 2 per cent by early next year.“There is little danger that this temporary bout of falling energy prices will develop into a more insidious … deflation spiral,” Ashworth said.Deflation, which occurs when prices are broadly falling, can feel like a good thing to consumers but can be damaging for an economy. Declining prices can lead consumers to delay spending as they wait for better deals. That slows growth and forces companies to cut wages. Japan has struggled to escape a deflationary, slow-growth trap for more than two decades.Yet Ethan Harris, global economist at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, says price declines driven by cheaper gas typically don’t cause deflationary spirals. Instead, lower gas prices free up more cash for Americans to spend, which tends to strengthen economic growth.In addition, there are already signs that oil and gas prices have levelled off after collapsing nearly 60 per cent from July through January.Gas prices had fallen in January to an average of $2.03 a gallon nationwide, the lowest level in five years, according to AAA. But the average reached $2.33 on Wednesday, up 6 cents in just a week.Oil prices topped $50 a barrel Wednesday, up from a low of $44 in January.Other factors, particularly rents and hotel costs, are pushing up core prices. A measure of rents rose 0.2 per cent last month. Hotel prices jumped 1.3 per cent.The vacancy rate for rental apartments fell to 7 per cent at the end of last year, the lowest level in 25 years, according to Joseph Carson, U.S. economist for asset manager AllianceBernstein. That caused the average rent in 2014 to rise 3.4 per cent, the sharpest increase in six years.
Around the world it is reassuring to see mining companies and mining executives taking positive action against the bully tactics and illegal activities of anti-mining NGOs and others. Legal action in justified cases is one thing, illegal and dangerous actions that are wholly self-serving to the anit-mining cause are quite another.Just this weekend, New Zealand coal producer Solid Energy said on Sunday that it “stands 100% by its use of security advisors to help protect its people, its property and its business against the ongoing and increasingly illegal activities of environmental activists.” The company’s CEO hit back hard following an article in the Sunday Star Times: “All businesses gather a wide range of information to protect themselves against risk. We’re no different; one of our significant risks is the illegal activities of these activists, which are specifically designed to cause us maximum economic damage. As part of our security risk management we employ advisors, including Thompson & Clark Investigations, to provide us with information and advice to manage and minimise these sorts of risks to our business. “We contract with them on the same basis as all our other consultants and contracts; that all the activities they carry out are legal, ethical and moral. We are fully satisfied that all TCIL’s and others’ work for us complies with this requirement. “Time and time again over the last two years activists have tried to damage our business. These people are not peaceful, legitimate critics or protestors. These groups include anarchists who have stated publicly that they believe they do not need to act within the laws of New Zealand. Their actions have repeatedly broken the law, and part of their purpose is to intimidate staff and others associated with our company. “Activists have repeatedly harassed our staff. In recent weeks they have also harassed and attacked the home of one of our directors. Just on Friday two activists were seen, by a number of staff,filming and ‘casing’ our Christchurch office from the street. They have shown they are willing to endanger their own lives and others by chaining themselves to railway lines and by camping out in an area closed for public safety reasons due to blasting.“This occupation of the blasting zone was the tipping point that forced us to cancel export shipments with the potential loss of NZ$25 million to the company. We have a responsibility to take appropriate steps to protect our business and the public investment in our company against illegal and inappropriate activities. We have been doing this and we will continue to do so”.“We will not discuss any details of our security arrangements, as this would prejudice and disadvantage our ability to carry out our commercial activities. However I would like to be absolutely clear. We stand behind Thompson & Clark Investigations and their work for us. Their activities are legal, moral and ethical, and they conduct their business in compliance with their industry standards which are widely accepted and consistent with international practices. These are standards which the activists do not have and could not comply with.“Solid Energy treats the security of our business and the safety of our staff extremely seriously. We will do whatever is appropriate to ensure our staff and contractors work in a safe environment, to protect our property and to minimize disruption to our business. None of this should come as any surprise. It’s what businesses do. Those who claim otherwise are simply trying to mask their own true objectives which are to maximize the damage to our business. Their pathetically contrived outrage is totally without any legal, moral or ethical justification.”
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram In a move to adapt to the pace of technological advance and the changing needs of the customers, Bank of Sydney launched a new online banking platform on Monday.Designed to be equally suited for desktop, tablet or smartphone use, the new system promises an easier and faster banking experience for the bank’s customers. “It includes all the features you know and love, but the improved user interface makes navigation easier, which means better functionality, higher security, and faster transactions,” said Bank of Sydney’s CEO Miltos Michaelas. Among the upgraded security provisions is the option to instantly change one’s card status to lost or stolen or set up a temporary block. As for the platform itself, it features modern fingerprint technology.“You can now use your fingerprint to securely log into your internet banking account and authorise transactions,” explained Mr Michaelas. Other features include the option to increase or decrease daily limits, both domestically and internationally, and also to set up alerts for transactions, and balances.
Fukushima : des ouvriers de Tepco entrent dans le bâtiment du réacteur 2Pour la première fois depuis le séisme et le tsunami du 11 mars dernier, des ouvriers sont entrés dans le bâtiment du réacteur 2 de la centrale accidentée de Fukushima au Japon. Quatre employés de Tepco ont brièvement pénétré le bâtiment afin d’évaluer les dégâts et de mesurer les taux de radioactivité.Dans la nuit de mardi à mercredi, quatre ouvriers sont entrés dans le bâtiment du réacteur 2 de la centrale de Fukushima Daiichi, pour la première fois depuis la catastrophe survenue le 11 mars dernier au Japon. Selon 20 minutes, les employés de Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco) sont restés quatorze minutes dans le bâtiment. Dotés de combinaisons de protection et de bouteilles d’oxygène, ils ont lors de cette première incursion, mesuré les taux de radioactivité et évalué les dégâts.À lire aussiLa fusion nucléaire pourrait bien devenir prochainement une réalitéEn avril dernier, Tepco avait envoyé des robots dans ce bâtiment. Mais l’exploration avait été troublée par l’humidité du lieu. En revanche, au début du mois de mai, des techniciens avaient réussi à pénétrer dans le bâtiment du réacteur n°1 de la centrale (voir notre article). Cette visite a montré que la situation était plus grave que prévu. Le combustible du réacteur qui a fondu au moment de l’accident s’est probablement répandu au fond de la cuve. Or celle-ci n’est plus étanche.Aujourd’hui, Teco assure viser trois principaux objectifs : un maintien durable des réacteurs et des piscines de désactivation à basse température, le contrôle des rejets radioactifs, et un retour rapide des personnes évacuées autour de la centrale.Le 18 mai 2011 à 14:30 • Emmanuel Perrin
Les bovins du Paraguay victimes de la fièvre aphteuseL’armée paraguayenne a commencé à abattre un millier de bovins après avoir découvert un cas de fièvre aphteuse dans une ferme.La deuxième source de revenus du Paraguay est la viande bovine, qu’il exporte essentiellement vers la Chine, la Russie, Israël, le Venezuela et le Brésil. En 2010, le pays a vendu pour 650 millions de dollars de viande.À lire aussiUn troupeau de vaches abattu en Mayenne pour cause de pollution aux PCBUn chiffre qui risque d’être très inférieur cette année avec la découverte de 13 cas de fièvre aphteuse dans une ferme de 800 animaux à Sargento Loma, à 400 kilomètres au nord-est d’Asuncion. Dès lundi, le Paraguay avait annoncé la suspension immédiate de l’exportation de viande bovine pour 80 jours et la mise en place d’un cordon sanitaire dans un rayon de 85 kilomètres autour de la localité de Sargento Loma. La suspension des exportations, qui pourrait durer six mois, représente 70 millions de dollars de pertes mensuelles pour le secteur estiment les professionnels. L’armée a fait appel à ses tireurs d’élites pour éliminer, un à un, un millier d’animaux. Il s’agit de tirer une balle dans la tête de chaque bovin. “En principe, 820 têtes de bétail, exposées au virus de la fièvre aphteuse, seront soumises à ce “tir sanitaire”, a déclaré le directeur par intérim du Service national de qualité et de santé animales (Senacsa), Carlos Simon, à la presse.Les tireurs d’élite ont procédé à cet abattage, qui prendra fin aujourd’hui, en présence d’observateurs internationaux, dont Isabel Sanchez, représentante de l’OMS et Hernan Chiriboga, directeur adjoint de l’Institut inter-américain de Coopération pour l’Agriculture. M. Simon a précisé que “les cadavres des animaux seront déposés dans trois grandes fosses creusées par des excavateurs puis couverts de chaux avant d’être définitivement enterrés vendredi”, rapporte romandie.com.Le 23 septembre 2011 à 19:22 • Maxime Lambert
An Oregon man who was potentially facing a life sentence in connection with a Vancouver bank robbery was instead sentenced Monday to 20 years in prison.Andrew Lee Lehr, 48, of Aurora, Ore., pleaded guilty in Clark County Superior Court to first-degree theft, third-degree assault, attempt to elude and first-degree malicious mischief. He was accused of robbing a Vancouver Wells Fargo bank branch at gunpoint in June and then leading police on a high-speed chase, at times reaching speeds of 100 mph.Lehr was originally charged with first-degree robbery and other crimes that would have counted as his third-strike offense — state law dictates that offenders convicted three times of certain violent felonies receive mandatory life sentences. However, the strike-offense was dropped as part of a plea agreement.Senior Deputy Prosecutor Kasey Vu said that the plea deal was “out of the ordinary” but was reached, in part, because no one was injured in the incident, and Lehr did not use a “real” firearm; it was an airsoft pistol. Still, the plea agreement was for an exceptional sentence about four times greater than the standard sentencing range.Lehr agreed to serve five years on each count to run consecutively.Vu said that Lehr entered the bank at 8211 N.E. Vancouver Mall Drive on June 13, pointed a firearm at one of the tellers and demanded money. He received about $6,000 and ran from the bank.
Steve Harmon is trying to shake his reputation of being the “Windshield Guy at the Mall.”After nearly 15 years of fixing an estimated 20,000 windshield cracks in the Vancouver Mall parking lot out of a van under a canopy near the west entrance, Harmon was asked to relocate Yellow Dot Windshield Repair to a different part of the lot; his lease was about to expire, and development plans are in the works. A Vancouver Mall spokesman wouldn’t confirm what is being planned, exactly, but said that they are in discussions to host a new tenant.Harmon, a Seattle native who lives in the Salmon Creek area with his family, is using the opportunity to rebrand, instead of moving to a different area of the lot. Now in a nearby warehouse, he won’t have to operate at the mercy of Mother Nature.Windshield repair is one of those services that doesn’t exactly cross one’s mind until that moment of extreme frustration: a rock or some other debris comes out of nowhere — hitting the window at full force. It might start out as a chip, but unattended, it can spider out, causing safety concerns. The windshield helps protect riders for a number of obvious reasons, but is especially important for protection in a rollover accident. And, not to mention, Washington drivers can be ticketed for driving with a cracked windshield.But when do you choose a repair versus a replacement? Harmon will repair cracks up to 14 inches, contrary to practices of other major companies, such as Safelite AutoGlass, which recommends replacement based on a “dollar bill rule,” meaning if a windshield has a crack longer than 6 inches — or the length of a dollar bill — it should be replaced. There is division in the industry over that standard, and especially over how it’s advertised to consumers. Windshield repair company Ultra Bond, which is the manufacturer that Harmon goes through to operate his business, complains that companies like Safelite are harming their business by directing consumers away from the cheaper option of repair versus replacement when they file insurance claims, for instance.Colorado-based Ultra Bond and its founder, Richard Campfield, are in the midst of a legal battle in Ohio federal court with Safelite over the dollar bill rule. Ultra Bond claims that Safelite’s practice of referring consumers to windshield replacement if cracks are longer than 6 inches is false advertising, and argues that repaired windshields are actually safer than replaced windshields.
VIRGINIA KEY, FLA. (WSVN) – A heavy police presence was at Miami Seaquarium, Sunday, in Virginia Key.Police responded to calls of a possible trespasser at around 7:50 p.m. Officers combed the area with K-9s and searched with a helicopter overhead.Eventually, no trespasser was found.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Fred Meyer, which is owned by Kroger announced that they will phase out plastic bags by 2019 in all of their grocery stores. Currently around the state Hooper Bay and Bethel have bans on plastic shopping bags in effect. The City of Homer enacted a law banning plastic bags in August of 2012; however, in February of 2013 a citizen’s referendum was filed and in October of 2013 the voters of the City of Homer repealed the plastic bag ban. Kroger Co. will start today at a chain of stores in and around Seattle, with the goal of using no plastic bags at those stores next year. The company said it will be plastic-bag free at all of its nearly 2,800 stores by 2025. Kroger Co. orders about 6 billion bags each year for its stores in 35 states and the District of Columbia, which cater to almost 9 million people daily through two dozen different grocery chains, according to release from the company. The City of Wasilla enacted a similar law banning plastic bags in January of 2018, that went into effect on July 1. Anchorage is currently in negotiations for a similar bag ban. The Soldotna City Council passed an ordinance back in April that bans the distribution of plastic shopping bags by retail businesses in the City of Soldotna. The Fred Meyer in Soldotna has until November 1 to phase out plastic bags after the Soldotna City Council enacted a city-wide ban.
Two more children died in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur district on Sunday due to acute encephalitis syndrome (AES) even as officials asserted that afflictions and casualties had begun to dwindle with the onset of rains. Both the deaths took place at the S.K. Medical College and Hospital, where 431 children, including two in the past 12 hours, have been admitted for AES treatment since June 1, according to figures released by the district administration. The total number of AES patients who have died at the SKMCH is 110. Also Read – Stop sale of ‘deadly’ stuff on Amazon, US lawmakers to Bezos Advertise With Us “There is a perceptible decline in the number of children who are being admitted with brain fever as also the number of deaths,” hospital superintendent Sunil Kumar Shahi said. “It has always been observed that AES strikes at the peak of summer and the outbreak halts with the onset of rains.” Two fresh cases have been registered, one on Saturday and another on Sunday, Shahi said. Also Read – Chandrayaan-2 reaches nearer to moon with orbit change Advertise With Us Besides the SKMCH, the Kejriwal hospital in the Muzaffarpur town has so far registered 162 AES cases and 20 casualties. The Health Department put the total number of AES casualties across 20 districts at 152. These include the 130 deaths reported at the two Muzaffarpur-based hospitals, which have been admitting AES patients from nearly half a dozen districts in its proximity. Advertise With Us It also suspended Bhimsen Kumar, a senior resident doctor posted at the Patna Medical College Hospital, for allegedly failing to comply with the direction to report for emergency duty at the SKMCH. Meanwhile, a huge chunk of plaster fell off the ceiling at the SKMCH in the afternoon and came crashing down on the ground, barely a few feet away from a patients’ ward. Nobody was injured in the incident, which took place a day after human skeletal remains were found strewn near a garbage dump close to the hospital building. Experts attribute the deaths to hypoglycemia which typically affects malnourished children below the age of 15 years and said to be triggered by consumption of unripe lychees―a fruit grown in abundance in Bihar. The fruit contains a high concentration of a toxin that causes blood-sugar levels to fall sharply.
Children traveling with a caravan of migrants from Central America stand on the beach and near the border fence between Mexico and the US, prior to preparations for an asylum request in the US, in Tijuana, Mexico on 29 April 2018. Photo: ReutersThe Trump administration will soon begin fingerprinting parents claiming custody of children who entered the United States illegally without an adult relative, officials said on Tuesday, prompting criticism that children may be abandoned by those who fear being identified and deported.Currently, most parents are not required to be fingerprinted to get custody of their children.US laws and legal precedent limit the time juveniles can be detained, so those caught crossing the border alone are often released to adult sponsors in the United States. The children are then expected to show up to immigration court to fight their deportation cases.“We’re going to more thoroughly vet sponsors,” said Steven Wagner, acting assistant secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Administration for Children and Families, in a telephone briefing with reporters.“With DHS’ cooperation we will conduct a fingerprint-based background check on every sponsor.”HHS is ultimately responsible for finding housing for migrant children, and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) enforces immigration policy.Under a new memorandum, DHS would help HHS fingerprint every individual claiming custody of a child, senior officials said.A DHS official who declined to be named said they expect implementation in a few weeks.Immigrant advocates said the new policy would discourage parents from claiming their children.“This policy will undoubtedly make it more likely that qualified sponsors will hide in the shadows, leaving vulnerable young children to languish in immigration jail,” said Rich Leimsider, executive director of the Safe Passage Project, which represents immigrant children in New York, in an email to Reuters.Wagner, during the briefing, dismissed such concerns.“If somebody is unwilling to claim their child from custody because they’re concerned about their own immigration status, I think that de facto calls into question whether they’re an adequate sponsor and whether we should be releasing the child to that person,” Wagner said.In March and April, more than 50,000 people were detained per month trying to cross the southwest border illegally, levels similar to those during the administration of Barack Obama, according to US government figures. During those two months a total of about 8,400 unaccompanied minors were caught on the southwest border.Soon after president Donald Trump’s inauguration in January 2017, border crossings briefly dropped to record lows before creeping back up again at the end of last year. The increase has frustrated Trump, who has repeatedly called for more action.A controversy erupted after Wagner testified in April before a Senate committee that the agency in 2016 conducted a limited “safety and well-being” call to around 7,600 children that had been in its care but was unable to locate around 1,500 children and their sponsors.On Tuesday, Wagner said many children are with people who are in the country illegally and that “there’s no reason to believe that anything has happened to those kids.”Currently, all sponsors of unaccompanied children undergo an interview and a background check, and non-parental sponsors undergo fingerprint checks of a Federal Bureau of Investigation database. In special cases, such as when there is a “documented risk” to the safety of the child, parents will undergo fingerprint checks as well, according to the HHS website.Background checks and interviews may turn up immigration information, which is entered into an HHS web portal, but immigration status is not used to disqualify sponsors. HHS cannot “deny placement” based on immigration status, Wagner said.From January 2014 to April 2015, 60 per cent of unaccompanied children from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras were released to a parent, about a third were released to other relatives, 8 per cent to family friends and less than 1 per cent was released to unrelated sponsors, according to a 2018 Government Accountability Office report.During the Obama administration, officials at US Immigration and Customs Enforcement proposed that anyone claiming custody of unaccompanied alien children be fingerprinted. HHS officials at the time pushed back, arguing that it would delay family reunions and infringe upon the parent-child relationship.
The Rio Olympics are about to start, and that means marketing dollars for sponsors and the Olympic Committee itself. However, if some company was thinking about using the Olympics for its own gain without paying up, it should think again, The US Olympic Committee (USOC) is sending out scary warning letters to make sure companies don’t talk about the games unless they’ve paid for a sponsorship deal. Yes, really.The targets of the letters are companies that sponsor athletes, but have not entered into a deal to become an official sponsor of the Olympic games. According to the letter, these companies “may not post about the Trials or Games on their corporate social media accounts.” The restriction even extends to the use of terms trademarked by the USOC or International Olympic Committee. That’s an extensive list too. The USOC and IOC have trademarks on terms like “Olympic,” “Olympian,” and “go for the gold.” The USOC has also trademarked hashtags like #Rio2016 and #TeamUSA.We wonder how famous Olympians Mario and Sonic feel about this.If that already sounds pretty Draconian, it gets worse. The letter sent to these companies states that no commercial entity which does not have a “primary mission” in journalism can reference any Olympic results or share something posted by the official Olympic social media accounts. So, is the USOC going to sue if a company retweets a result? Maybe. At least that’s the implication.For its part, the USOC says it needs to maintain sponsorship deals to support sending athletes to the games. Although, athletic sponsors like Oiselle dispute that. It says sending an athlete to the Olympics costs about $300,000 and the USOC covers only a tiny fraction of that. By hassling athletic sponsors, it’s only making it harder for athletes to find sponsorship in the future. With raw sewage, Zika virus, and now ample legal threats, the Rio Olympics are shaping up to be quite a spectacle.
Explore further Credit: CC0 Public Domain Scientists conducting experiments with gene-splicing tools such as Cas12a want to know if such tools could one day be used to edit the human genome to improve health and well-being—removing genes that cause heredity diseases, for example. While such research holds great promise, existing gene-splicing tools are currently considered too unreliable for use in humans. They sometimes cut the wrong segment, for example, or have problems correctly inserting the right segments. There is also concern about damage to the parts of a DNA strand adjacent to the target of cutting—the PAM. In this new effort, the researchers have engineered variants of the Cas12a nucleases that they claim offer an expanded targeting range that includes some previously inaccessible PAMs.The team reports that one variant in particular, enAsCas12a, did not require an extended transfusion-transmissible (TTTV) virus PAM—which is, of course, needed for AsCas12a. It also had on average two-fold higher genome editing activity with canonical TTTV PAMs as compared to AsCas12a wild types. And the expanded targeting range was increased seven-fold. They report further that they successfully grafted a part of a mutated segment from enAsCas12a onto AsCas12a to improve its activities. The researchers claim that the development of enAsCas12a allows for more efficient multiplex gene editing and offers endogenous gene activation and C-to-T base editing. They also engineered another variant called enAsCas12a-HF1 with the goal of reducing higher than normal off-target effects seen with enAsCas12a.The group concludes their report by claiming that the AsCas12a variants they engineered offer other researchers greatly improved targeting ranges, on-target activities and a higher degree of exactness in gene splicing using Cas12a nucleases. More information: Benjamin P. Kleinstiver et al. Engineered CRISPR–Cas12a variants with increased activities and improved targeting ranges for gene, epigenetic and base editing, Nature Biotechnology (2019). DOI: 10.1038/s41587-018-0011-0 Two unrelated studies result in discovery of CRISPR-Cas12a inhibitors This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2019 Science X Network Journal information: Nature Biotechnology A team of researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School and MIT has engineered Cas12a variants that are able to target a wider range of protospacer adjacent motifs (PAMs). In their paper published in the journal Nature Biotechnology, the group describes the variants they engineered and how they fared when compared against more traditional Cas12a nucleases (enzymes that are used to cut the chains of nucleotides in nucleic acids). Citation: Researchers engineer more efficient Cas12a variants (2019, February 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-02-efficient-cas12a-variants.html
Quick workouts for men Sponsored Stories Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family 4 must play golf courses in Arizona At least one legislator, opposition lawmaker Mykola Petruk, suffered an apparent blow to the head and was taken to the hospital with blood streaming down his face.Lawmakers have frequently scuffled in the Ukrainian parliament. A fierce fight in December 2010, which sent at least six lawmakers to the hospital, started when members of Yanukovych’s party threw chairs and punched opposition lawmakers who had been blocking legislative work all day.During a fight in April 2010, the parliament speaker hid behind an umbrella as opposition lawmakers threw eggs and smoke bombs to protest a naval pact with Russia.Ukraine is deeply divided into the Russian-speaking east and south, which favors close ties with Moscow, and the Ukrainian-speaking west, which wants Ukraine to join the Western club.The opposition demanded an investigation into Thursday’s scuffle.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments Share Four benefits of having a wireless security system Top Stories KIEV, Ukraine (AP) – A violent scuffle erupted in Ukraine’s parliament Thursday evening over a bill that would allow the use of the Russian language in courts, hospitals and other institutions in the Russian-speaking regions of the country.The fight broke out between members of the pro-Western opposition who want to take Ukraine out of Russia’s shadow and lawmakers from President Viktor Yanukovych’s party, which bases its support in Ukraine’s Russian-speaking east.