Sterling Transfer Site Goes To Winter Hours On Sunday

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The hours at the Sterling transfer site change to 10am to 6pm, starting on Sunday. Beginning October 1 the transfer site is closed on Sundays through the winter. Questions? Call the Kenai Peninsula Borough Solid Waste Department (907) 262-9667. From October to May each year the landfill will be open 10am to 6pm, Monday-Saturday. The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly voted back in 2016 to close Borough dumps on Sunday from October to May. October 1 will kick off the seasonal landfill closure. The Central Peninsula Landfill and Kasilof, Kenai, Nikiski and Sterling Transfer Sites will be closed on Sundays for the winter beginning October 1 through April 28, 2019. Sundays will re-open for the summer season.last_img

Telugu actress Vijaya Nirmala passes away Full list of her filmography

first_img1976Paadipantalu Vijaya Nirmala was honoured with Lifetime Achievement Award.Vijay Nirmala is the second wife of Superstar Ghattamaneni Krishna and mother of actor Naresh. She has directed around 44 films and playing the leading lady is 200 films in Telugu, Tamil and Malayalam. In 2002, she entered Guinness Book of World Directors, as the only female director who directed the highest number of films.  She began her career in the industry as a child artiste in Tamil and Telugu film industries. TwitterShe was popular for her roles in films like Alluri Seetharama Raju, Meena, Poola Rangadu, Asadhyudu, Bangaru Gajulu, Thatha Manavadu and many more.Members from the film fraternity are paying their last respects to the actress.Guinness Record Holder as the only Lady Director Who directed 44 Films & Actress who Acted in 200 Films w/o Krishna Mrs.Vijaya Nirmala (73) Passed Away yesterday night in Continental Hospital due to severe heart attack. Great Loss to the Film Industry.#RIPVijayaNirmala pic.twitter.com/VqLDKqsh3A— Filmy Focus (@FilmyFocus) June 27, 2019 Here’s the list of Vijaya Nirmala’s Filmography:TeluguYearYearFilmFilmRoleRoleYear1957FilmPanduranga MahatyamRoleBala KrishnuduYear1958FilmBhookailasRoleGoddess SeethaYear1965FilmManchi KutumbamYear1966FilmRangula RatnamYear1967FilmPoola RangaduRolePadmaYearSaakshiiYear1968FilmAsadhyuduRoleRadhaYearBangaru GaajuluFilmRadhaYear1969FilmAatmiyuluRoleSarojaYear1970FilmAkka ChelleluRoleLawyer VijayaYear1971FilmBomma BorusaYearMosagallaku MosagaduFilmRadhaYear1972FilmTata ManavaduRoleRaniYearPandanti KapuramYear1973FilmDevudu Chesina ManushuluYearSahasame naa OopiriYearPinniYearBuddhimantuduYearPatnavasamYearManchi Vallaki ManchivaduFilmSaakhiYearMarina ManishiYearMeenaFilmMeenaYear1974FilmAlluri Seetarama RajuRoleSeetaYearBantrotu BharyaYear1976FilmPaadipantaluYear1977FilmKurukshetramRoleSubhadraYear1979FilmHema HemeeluRoleVijayaYear1989FilmPinniRoleLakshmiYearFilmRole1957Panduranga MahatyamBala Krishnudu Mosagallaku MosagaduRadha 1983Bezawada Bebbuli Surya Chandra 1967Pooja Bangaru GaajuluRadha 1981Bhogi Mantalu 1972Gnana Oli 1990Prajala Manishi Ajatha Sathruvu Sahasame naa Oopiri 1992Mogudu Pellala Dongaata 1970Akka ChelleluLawyer Vijaya 1967Pandhayam Sangham Chekkina Silpalu Vazhaiyadi Vazhai Anweshichu Kandethiyilla Antham Kadidi AarambamRemake of Kannada film Antha Udhyogastha Manchi Vallaki ManchivaduSaakhi 1974DurgaThulasi Buddhimantudu Panama Pasama 1989Sahasame Naa Oopiri Hema Hemeelu 1966Poochakkanni 1989PinniLakshmi 1958BhookailasGoddess Seetha Pinni 1965Rosie 2009Neramu Siksha Saakshii 1967Poola RangaduPadma Patnavasam 1968Neelagiri ExpressGeetha 1966ChitthiSaroja Kattuvithachavan 1972Tata ManavaduRani 1979Moodu Puvvulu Aaru Kayalu 1969AnbalippuMeena Pulliman 1985Lanke Bindelu 1973ThenaruviSudha 1970Nishagandhi 1978Rowdy Rangamma Actress and director Vijaya Nirmala passed away after suffering from severe cardiac arrest, late Wednesday, in Hyderabad. She was taken to Continental Hospitals where doctors have declared that she is no more. She was 75.I regret to inform you that my Mother senior Artiste, prominent Producer & Director, Dr. G Vijayanirmala Garu passed away during early hours today, that is, 27.6.2019, at Continental Hospitals, Hyderabad, due to sickness. She was 75. pic.twitter.com/7D5b5VOXmH— H.E Dr Naresh VK actor (@ItsActorNaresh) June 27, 2019 Marina Manishi 1976Kenalum Collectorum 1984Sumangali Kolamcenter_img 1965Enga Veetu Penn 1980Ram Robert RahimRemake of Hindi film Amar Akbar Anthony Uyira Manama Ponnapuram Kotta 1991Vadina Maata Siritha Mugam MeenaMeena 1971Aana Valarthiya Vanampadiyude Makan 1994Yes Nenante Nene Mukkopi 1982Doctor Cine Actor Kiladi Krishnudu Kavitha Postmane KananillaNalini 1968Karutha Pournami 1984MukhyamantriRemake of Kannada film Chakravyuha Kalyanarathriyil 1973KavithaMalayalam: IV SASI directed for her 1974Devadasu Soaappu Seeppu KannadiLatha DirectorYearYearFilmFilmNotesNotesYear1971FilmMeenaNotesBased on the novel Meena by Yaddanapudi Sulochana Rani which was later adapted into 2016 movie A Aa[9]Year1973FilmKavithaNotesMalayalam: IV SASI directed for herYear1974FilmDevadasuYear1976FilmDevude GelichaduNotesRemake of Malayalam film YakshagaanamYearKavithaYear1977FilmPanchayathiYear1978FilmRowdy RangammaYear1979FilmMoodu Puvvulu Aaru KayaluYearSanku TheerthamYearHema HemeeluYear1980FilmRam Robert RahimNotesRemake of Hindi film Amar Akbar AnthonyYearKiladi KrishnuduYearSangham Chekkina SilpaluYearSirimalle NavvindiYear1981FilmBhogi MantaluYearAntham Kadidi AarambamFilmRemake of Kannada film AnthaYear1982FilmDoctor Cine ActorYear1983FilmBezawada BebbuliYear1984FilmMukhyamantriNotesRemake of Kannada film ChakravyuhaYearMukkopiYear1985FilmLanke BindeluYearSurya ChandraYear1988FilmCollector VijayaYear1989FilmSahasame Naa OopiriYearAjatha SathruvuYear1990FilmPrajala ManishiYear1991FilmVadina MaataYear1992FilmMogudu Pellala DongaataYear1994FilmYes Nenante NeneYear1996FilmPuttinti GowravamYearRendu Kutumbala KathaYear2009FilmNeramu SikshaYearFilmNotes1971MeenaBased on the novel Meena by Yaddanapudi Sulochana Rani which was later adapted into 2016 movie A Aa[9] 1974Puthiya Manithan 1969AatmiyuluSaroja Sathiyam Thavaradhey Kavitha TamilYearYearFilmFilmRoleRoleYear1950FilmMachcha RekhaiRoleYoung MahalingamYear1965FilmEnga Veetu PennYear1966FilmChitthiRoleSarojaYear1967FilmPandhayamYear1968FilmNeelagiri ExpressRoleGeethaYearPanama PasamaYearSiritha MugamYearSathiyam ThavaradheyYearSoaappu Seeppu KannadiFilmLathaYearUyira ManamaYear1969FilmAnbalippuRoleMeenaYear1970FilmEn AnnanRoleThangamYear1971FilmYanai Valartha Vanampadi MaganYear1972FilmGnana OliYearVazhaiyadi VazhaiYear1974FilmPuthiya ManithanYear1984FilmSumangali KolamYearFilmRole1950Machcha RekhaiYoung Mahalingam 1977Panchayathi 1968AsadhyuduRadha Vivaham Swargathil Sirimalle Navvindi 1973Devudu Chesina Manushulu 1979Hema HemeeluVijaya 1970En AnnanThangam 1996Puttinti Gowravam 1971Yanai Valartha Vanampadi Magan 1974Alluri Seetarama RajuSeeta 1966Rangula Ratnam 1977KurukshetramSubhadra 1988Collector Vijaya 1976Devude GelichaduRemake of Malayalam film Yakshagaanam 1971Bomma Borusa Sanku Theertham 1972Kalippava MalayalamYearYearFilmFilmRoleRoleYear1964FilmBhargavi NilayamYear1965FilmRosieYearKalyanarathriyilYear1966FilmPoochakkanniYear1967FilmPoojaYearUdhyogasthaYearAnweshichu KandethiyillaYear1968FilmKarutha PournamiYear1970FilmNishagandhiYearVivaham SwargathilYear1971FilmAana Valarthiya Vanampadiyude MakanYear1972FilmKalippavaYearPullimanYearPostmane KananillaFilmNaliniYear1973FilmThenaruviRoleSudhaYearKattuvithachavanYearPonnapuram KottaYearKavithaYear1974FilmDurgaRoleThulasiYear1976FilmKenalum CollectorumYearFilmRole1964Bhargavi Nilayam Pandanti Kapuram Bantrotu Bharya Rendu Kutumbala Katha 1965Manchi Kutumbamlast_img read more

Good governance essential for democracy

first_imgDanish ambassador in Bangladesh Mikael Hemniti Winther and Swedish ambassador Charlotta Schlyter speaking at Prothom Alo office on Sunday. Photo: Prothom AloGood governance and freedom of expression is a prerequisite to the development interests of any country. Bangladesh is no exception. These issues are essential in Bangladesh’s quest to attain mid-income status.The remarks were made by the Danish ambassador in Bangladesh Mikael Hemniti Winther and Swedish ambassador Charlotta Schlyter during a discussion at the Prothom Alo office on Sunday.The two ambassadors met with senior journalists of Prothom Alo at the newspaper’s office yesterday afternoon. Prothom Alo editor apprised them about the overall state of the media in the country as well as of Prothom Alo in particular.A video presentation was made of Prothom Alo’s various activities. A short film on social initiative against child marriage was also screened.Swedish ambassador Charlotta Schlyter said that her country attached high importance to freedom of expression. She mentioned the training in investigative journalism provided to various media organisations in Bangladesh with the support of the Swedish Fojo Institute.last_img read more

Suicide bomber kills 50 in Nigeria mosque

first_imgMap locating attack in Mubi, Nigeria. AFPAt least 50 people were killed on Tuesday when a suicide bomber blew himself up in a mosque in northeast Nigeria, police said, in an attack blamed on Boko Haram jihadists.The blast happened during early morning prayers at the Madina mosque in the Unguwar Shuwa area of Mubi, some 200 kilometres (125 miles) by road from the Adamawa state capital Yola.It was the biggest attack in Adamawa since December 2016, when two female suicide bombers killed 45 people at a crowded market in the town of Madagali.Security analysts said Tuesday’s bombing again underlined the threat posed by Boko Haram, despite an overall decline in deaths from attacks by the group last year.Adamawa state police spokesman Othman Abubakar told AFP that at least 50 were killed in the Mubi attack.”It was a (suicide) bomber who mingled with worshippers. He entered the mosque along with other worshippers for the morning prayers.”It was when the prayers were on that he set off his explosives.”Asked who was responsible, Abubakar said: “We all know the trend. We don’t suspect anyone specifically but we know those behind such kind of attacks.”- Roof blown off -The attack bore all the hallmarks of Boko Haram, the Islamist militants whose insurgency has left at least 20,000 people dead and more than 2.6 million others homeless since 2009.Haruna Furo, head of the Adamawa state emergency management agency, and Musa Hamad Bello, chairman of the Mubi north local government area, both confirmed the attack.They gave lower death tolls but both said the number killed was likely to rise.Another emergency services official described the blast as “devastating” and said there were “high casualties”.Abubakar Sule, who lives near the mosque, said he was present during the rescue operation and that 40 people died on the spot while several others were taken to hospital with severe and life-threatening injuries.”The roof was blown off. People near the mosque said the prayer was mid-way when the bomber, who was obviously in the congregation, detonated his explosives.”This is obviously the work of Boko Haram.”Yan St-Pierre, a counter-terrorism specialist at the Modern Security Consulting Group in Berlin, said the bombing fitted a pattern of previous attacks.”It fits with the increasing lethality and potency of suicide attacks of the organisation’s current ‘hot streak’, which started approximately four weeks ago,” he said.The latest Global Terrorism Index, published last week, said that deaths attributed to Boko Haram in 2016 fell by 80 percent.But St-Pierre said despite this “Boko Haram remains an extremely potent and dangerous organisation” which was far from being “on the back foot”, as the military has claimed.- ‘Operational presence’ -In October 2012, at least 40 people were killed in an attack on student housing in Mubi that was widely blamed on Boko Haram.In June 2014, at least 40 football supporters, including women and children, died in a bomb attack after a match in the Kabang area of the town.Boko Haram briefly overran Mubi in late 2014 as its fighters rampaged across northeastern Nigeria, seizing towns and villages in its quest to establish a hardline Islamic state.The town’s name was changed temporarily to Madinatul Islam, or “City of Islam” in Arabic, during the Boko Haram occupation.But it has been peaceful since the military and the civilian militia ousted them from the town, which is a commercial hub and home to the Adamawa State University.Yet in recent months, Boko Haram activity has been concentrated around Madagali, in the far north of Adamawa near the border with neighbouring Borno state.There have been repeated raids and suicide bombings, blamed on Boko Haram remnants pushed out of their camps in the Sambisa Forest area of Borno.Boko Haram fighters are also said to be hiding in the Mandara mountains, which forms the border of Adamawa and Nigeria with neighbouring Cameroon, where there has also been more attacks.Ryan Cummings, from security analysts Signal Risk, said the attack suggests Boko Haram “has an active operational presence in Adamawa” and retained the capacity to hit hard.”It appears that despite open calls for Boko Haram to desist in such acts of mass violence against Muslim civilian interests, that these have not been heeded,” he added.last_img read more

Rohingya crisis consequence of social hatred Amnesty

first_imgRohingya refugee. Photo: Syful-IslamThe crisis in Myanmar and reported massacres of Rohingya Muslims are the consequence of a society encouraged to hate and a lack of global leadership on human rights, Amnesty International said on Thursday.The human rights group said in its annual report covering 159 countries that “hate-filled rhetoric” by leaders was normalising discrimination against minorities.”We saw the ultimate consequence of a society encouraged to hate, scapegoat and fear minorities laid bare in the horrific military campaign of ethnic cleansing against the Rohingya people in Myanmar,” said Salil Shetty, secretary general of Amnesty.Last week, the United States urged the UN Security Council to hold Myanmar’s military accountable for what it said was the ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims.Nearly 690,000 Rohingya have fled Rakhine and taken refuge in neighbouring Bangladesh since the Myanmar military launched a crackdown on insurgents at the end of August, according to the UN.More than 6,500 Rohingya are currently trapped on a strip of unclaimed land between Myanmar and Bangladesh.Amnesty said the international community had failed to respond robustly to “crimes against humanity and war crimes from Myanmar to Iraq, South Sudan, Syria and Yemen”.It said that leaders in countries such as the United States, Russia and China were not standing up for civil liberties and instead were “callously undermining the rights of millions”.Amnesty said president Donald Trump had taken backward steps on human rights that were setting a dangerous precedent. Shetty described his move to ban people from several Muslim-majority countries in January last year as “transparently hateful”.Last year’s report accused Trump of “poisonous” rhetoric.Free speech will be a key issue for those concerned about human rights this year, the report said.Amnesty said its staff were arrested at an unprecedented rate in Turkey in 2017, which along with Egypt and China was also among the biggest jailors of journalists.Two Reuters reporters in Myanmar were arrested while investigating the killing of Rohingya Muslims. Court proceedings are ongoing.”In 2018, we cannot take for granted that we will be free to gather together in protest or to criticise our governments. In fact, speaking out is becoming more dangerous,” Shetty said.Read More: Myanmar ‘bulldozing Rohingya mass grave to hide evidence’last_img read more

10 Things To Know for Thursday

first_imgAP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, FileFILE – In this Monday, March 13, 2017 file photo, President Donald Trump listens during a meeting on healthcare in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. 1. TRUMP’S ABOUT-FACE ON NAFTAHours after the administration threatened to pull out of the trade pact, Mexico and Canada agreed to renegotiate the deal to “the benefit of all three countries.”2. LAWMAKERS NEAR DEAL ON SPENDING BILLA breakthrough seems possible after the White House backs off a threat to withhold payments that help lower-income Americans under “Obamacare.”3. UNITED MAKES ‘BUMPING’ CHANGESThe embattled airline says it will raise the limit — to $10,000 — on payments to customers who give up seats on oversold flights and will increase training for employees.4. HOW NORTH KOREA HAS MASTERED BRINKSMANSHIPThe technique over the years has won the country a grudging respect from Washington and its allies, while sometimes filling Pyongyang’s coffers with aid by relieved rivals.5. AS TRUMP CALLS FOR WALL, A LOOK AT WORLD’S BARRIERSWhile the structures are effective at protecting borders, they’ve also destroyed city neighborhoods, harm the environment and prevent innocent victims from reaching safety, an AP examination finds.6. ANN COULTER’S BERKELEY SPEECH CANCELEDStill, the liberal California university is bracing for possible violence and protests whether the conservative pundit comes to the campus or not.7. STANDOFF CONTINUES IN DELAWAREA man suspected of shooting and killing a state trooper outside a convenience store remains barricaded — and trading fire with officers — inside his house.8. SMALL BUSINESSES HAVE TAX BREAK WISH LISTSBut owners don’t plan a hiring binge if the Trump administration’s plan to lower tax rates becomes law.9. ‘YEP, I’M GAY’Ellen DeGeneres made history 20 years ago as the first prime-time lead on network TV to come out.10. WHERE THEY PLAY FOR PAYNow that the NFL draft is here, LSU running back Leonard Fournette is one of several college stars ready to cash in. Sharelast_img read more

Transats allinone cruise packages now available from Toronto St Johns

first_img MONTREAL — Transat has just announced that its all-in-one cruise packages in the Caribbean are now available from even more gateways in Canada, giving Canadians a greater chance at catching some sun this winter season.From January to March 2018, these packages will not only be available from Montreal, Quebec City and Rouyn-Noranda (Quebec), but also from Toronto and St. John’s, Newfoundland via Punta Cana.Even more, travellers from Toronto who book a cruise package aboard Costa Pacifica with Transat will receive a $100 onboard credit per person. This offer is valid for all 2018 winter departures, from Jan. 8 to March 26, 2018.Onboard the Pacifica, which offers seven-night Southern Caribbean cruises, passengers will find major upgrades and improvements such as new interactive screens and high-resolution monitors. Two new restaurants will also be added to the five restaurants and 13 bars already onboard: Pummid’Oro Pizzeria and Gelateria Amarillo, both popular in the rest of the Costa fleet.More news:  Hotel charges Bollywood star $8.50 for two bananas and the Internet has thoughtsAll-in-one cruise packages include roundtrip flight with Air Transat, transfers, taxes and added values. Plus, thanks to Flight Protection, clients are sure to get to their port in case of a flight or ship delay.For those wishing to extend their vacation, a hotel stay can be added to their adventure at sea. Clients can move up their departure date or postpone their return by as much as 14 days before or after their cruise, at no extra cost. A wide selection of hotels that can be paired with different cruise itineraries is available in Transat’s brochure. Transat’s all-in-one cruise packages now available from Toronto, St. John’s Posted by Tags: Transat Travelweek Group Monday, December 18, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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first_img Recommended Links – — FREE TRAINING EVENT: How to Survive the Coming Blue-Chip Bloodbath One expert claims today’s biggest, safest blue-chip stocks could suffer huge losses if they don’t prepare for a coming market upheaval… Paradoxically, he says this carnage could also create massive wealth for savvy investors who position themselves to profit right now. So, what exactly is going on and how should you prepare? Click here now to learn more… ATTENTION SUBSCRIBERS: The “Gold Window” Is Open – It happened once from 1976 to 1980… – Then again, from 1993 to 1996… – And more recently from 2000 to 2007… Said another way, once about every 10 years, you have the rare chance to make a fortune simply by tweaking the way you buy gold. Click here for the full details. The “Gold Window” is open.center_img Bill Editor’s note: The ultimate cost of all that Deep State money is yet to be tallied. But when the bill comes due, it’ll be more than the U.S. can pay…and the result will be an epic collapse of the entire financial system. Banks…stock markets…even your local stores will be caught in the whirlwind. And if you aren’t prepared, you could be ruined. That’s why Bill is warning everyone about what they need to do to protect themselves—and possibly even profit—from the worst of what’s coming. Watch Bill break it all down in his recent warning, right here. Editor’s note: “Our” money system is not really “ours”… Everything is controlled by the powerful, hidden force known as the “Deep State.” Today, we’re sharing a recent essay on the subject from Agora founder Bill Bonner. Below, Bill takes a close look at what’s really going on in our debt-ridden world. As you’ll see, it’s a serious issue that’s only getting worse… By Bill Bonner, editor, The Bill Bonner Letter Donald Trump had already gone broke – twice – by the time Bill Clinton took office. But then, the combination of lower interest rates and rising asset prices saved him. And extraordinary abundance and prosperity of the Clinton years owes little to Mr. and Mrs. Clinton and much to the fact that Alan Greenspan had inaugurated his famous “Greenspan Put” in 1987. Greenspan reassured investors that he had their backs with a rate cut whenever the stock market took a turn for the worse. This led to an “illusion of prosperity,” as stock prices rose, helping Bill get reelected… and gaining national prominence for Hillary as the aggrieved wife in the Monica Lewinsky affair. Stock prices filled with hot air… until the bubble in the Nasdaq blew up in Clinton’s last year in office. Both of this year’s presumptive candidates are “low interest rate” people, all right. Their adult lives were marked by the credit cycle and their careers shaped by ballooning debt. And now, almost the entire world economy depends on low rates. We live on Planet Debt. Subzero Yields The amount of government debt trading below zero yield rose to $11 trillion last week. In Japan, negative yields run out the yield curve until 2051. Overall, interest rates are said to be lower than they’ve been in 5,000 years. (This is a fanciful but entertaining factoid; you can’t compare the apples of Sargon the Great to those of Donald the Tremendous.) “How cometh it to be that interest rates ride so low… while the hack and the hustler ride so high?” you might wonder. We are glad you asked… We have been connecting dots. These are dots that others do not want to connect. Because they connect to too many reputations, too many fortunes, and too many opinions. We are talking about the line that runs from the post-1971 money system to the Deep State, passing through the spectacular rise of China… the spectacular fall of the U.S. (where the average man has made no financial progress in the last 40 years)… to the remarkable luck of the 1% (who got richer and richer, as most people around them lost ground). Yes, the line ties together the great kvetches of our time: inequality… stagnation… alienation… globalization… debt… the failure of the economy… the failure of democracy… and the failure of our own culture. According to political scientist Charles Murray, white middle- and lower-middle-class Americans now suffer from the ills that were once confined to ghettos – broken homes, drug addiction, unemployment, and violence. Surely, we’re not going to try to pin that on the Deep State, too? Yes… we are. Deep State Money “Our” money system is not “ours.” It is the money system created by, for, and of the financial insiders. It is the Deep State’s money system! But wait… we sense an objection: “Isn’t it the money system set up by our elected representatives… and supposed to serve us all?” Oh, dear reader, sometimes you make us laugh. Really, where have you been? America’s money system is largely under the control of one organization – the Fed. And the Fed was set up at a secret meeting of plutocrats and bankers. (No kidding they rode down to Georgia in a private train, using phony names so they wouldn’t be identified.) It is not owed by the people… nor by their government. It is owned by private banks. And it is controlled by a small group of unelected insiders – mostly bankers and their economists. It has never been audited. And no member of Congress really knows what it is up to. Miracle-Gro On August 15, 1971, President Nixon made the fateful announcement that the world’s reserve currency, the U.S. dollar, would no longer be directly convertible to gold. But do you think Mr. Nixon came up with that on his own? Do you think he was advised by our elected representatives? No chance. Instead, the insiders, the bankers, and the deepest of the Deep State elite had his ear. The president – and probably almost everyone else – had no real idea of what was going on… or why. But that was 45 years ago. A lot has happened since. The new money was a Sahara for the common American; his income growth dried up… his wealth ceased growing. But it was Miracle-Gro for the Deep State. The insiders sank their roots deeper and deeper into the U.S. economy, sucking out more and more wealth and power. Whether the insiders fully realized what they were doing in August 1971, we don’t know. But as the system developed, they liked it. More than that, they became dependent on it. And now, almost the entire world – its stocks, bonds, real estate, and collectibles… along with its businesses, retailers, factories, investors, bonused-up executives, papered-up speculators, Ph.D. economists, and politicians – almost everybody with wealth or power depends on the insiders’ cheap money. “Government can have no more than two legitimate purposes,” wrote the 18th-century English political philosopher William Godwin, “the suppression of injustice against individuals within the community and the common defense against external invasion.” But now it has another purpose… a goal it is desperate to achieve – keeping the low-interest rate planet spinning. Regards,last_img read more

Updated 6 pm ETWilliamson WVa sits right acr

first_imgUpdated 6 p.m. ETWilliamson, W.Va., sits right across the Tug Fork river from Kentucky. The town has sites dedicated to its coal mining heritage and the Hatfield and McCoy feud and counts just about 3,000 residents. But despite its small size, drug wholesalers sent more than 20.8 million prescription painkillers to the town from 2008 and 2015, according to an investigation by the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. The opioids — hydrocodone and oxycodone pills — were provided to two pharmacies just four blocks apart.Committee Chairman Greg Walden, R-Ore., and ranking member Frank Pallone Jr., D-N.J., issued a joint statement on its findings.”The committee’s bipartisan investigation continues to identify systemic issues with the inordinate number of opioids distributed to small town pharmacies,” they said in the statement. “The volume appears to be far in excess of the number of opioids that a pharmacy in that local area would be expected to receive.”The committee sent letters to two drug distributors asking why they sent so many pills and whether the spiking orders for the drugs raised any red flags at the companies.The letter to Springfield, Ill.-based H.D. Smith says West Virginia court documents suggest that the company sent the two pharmacies a whopping 39,000 hydrocodone pills in a two-day period in 2007.A pharmacy in the nearby town of Kermit was similarly inundated by pills from Miami-Luken, based in Springboro, Ohio.In 2008, “Miami-Luken alone provided 5,624 pills for every man, woman, and child in Kermit,” according to the committee’s letter. The committee notes that a doctor in another state, with offices two hours away, was responsible for prescribing 39 percent of all oxycodone pills at a pharmacy in tiny Oceana, W.Va. That pharmacy was provided 4.3 million of the painkillers by Miami-Luken from 2008 to 2015.Richard Blake, outside counsel for Miami-Luken, said that because of ongoing litigation between the company and the Drug Enforcement Agency, it would not be appropriate to go into great detail on the matter.”The info the committee has, they got from us, and we’re fully cooperating with them,” Blake told NPR. “The information goes back to 2008, 2009, 2010 — we’re not hiding anything. They’re high numbers, but it’s much more complex. The company’s got good management now. The committee’s been good; they’re just trying to get to the bottom of this.”In a statement to NPR, H.D. Smith said it “operates with stringent protection of our nation’s healthcare supply chain. The company works with its upstream manufacturing and downstream pharmacy partners to guard the integrity of the supply chain, and to improve patient outcomes. The team at H.D. Smith will review the letter and will respond as necessary.”The CDC says that 884 people died of drug overdoses in West Virginia in 2016, the highest rate in the country. The center identifies opioids — both prescription and illicit — as the main driver of drug-overdose deaths.The House committee’s findings were first reported by Eric Eyre at Gazette-Mail, who won a Pulitzer Prize in April for his investigative reporting on how rural “pill mills” had fueled the West Virginia’s opioid crisis. (The Gazette-Mail reported Monday that its owners were filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.) Eyre reports that West Virginia has already settled lawsuits with the two companies:”In February 2016, West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey ended a state lawsuit against Miami-Luken after the company agreed to pay $2.5 million to settle allegations that it flooded the state with painkillers. Morrisey, a former lobbyist for a trade group that represents Miami-Luken and other drug distributors, inherited the lawsuit in 2013 after ousting longtime Attorney General Darrell McGraw.”H.D. Smith paid the state $3.5 million to settle the same pill-dumping allegations in January 2017.”The House committee gave the companies until Feb. 9 to fulfill its request for information and give a briefing.”We will continue to investigate these distributors’ shipments of large quantities of powerful opioids across West Virginia, including what seems to be a shocking lack of oversight over their distribution practices,” Walden and Pallone said in their statement. “These numbers are outrageous, and we will get to the bottom of how this destruction was able to be unleashed across West Virginia.” Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Tesla Offers 28 Billion for SolarCity in No Brainer Deal for Musk

first_img Elon Musk, chairman of SolarCity and CEO of Tesla Motors, speaks at SolarCity’s Inside Energy Summit. Tesla Offers $2.8 Billion for SolarCity in ‘No Brainer’ Deal for Musk Image credit: Reuters | Rashid Umar Abbas 4 min read June 22, 2016 Next Article –shares Register Now » This story originally appeared on Reuters Tesla Reuters Elon Musk on Tuesday sought to build a clean energy powerhouse as his electric car maker, Tesla Motors Inc., made an offer to buy his solar installation firm SolarCity Corp. in a stock deal worth as much as $2.8 billion.Tesla shares plunged more than 13 percent to $189.99 in extended trading — amounting to a loss in value of about $4.3 billion, or more than the value of the offer for the other company. Shares of SolarCity rose about 18 percent to $25.02.Musk, who is the chairman of SolarCity, CEO of Tesla and the largest shareholder of both companies, described the deal as a “no brainer” in a call with reporters. The company could sell customers an electric car, a home battery and a solar system all at once, he said.”Instead of making three trips to a house to put in a car charger and solar panels and battery pack, you can integrate that into a single visit,” Musk told reporters. “It’s an obvious thing to do.”Tesla investors punished the company’s shares, however.”Ideally you want to see Tesla focus on Tesla — building Teslas and expanding the cars,” said Ivan Feinseth, an analyst at Tigress Financial Partners. “Maybe the feeling is that this takes away focus, and it could financially strain Tesla, which is going to continually need a lot of cash.”SolarCity has about $6.24 billion in liabilities, including debt.Tesla executives said its predictable cash flow in the form of payments for its solar systems pays for the debt.Although it is the U.S. market leader in residential rooftop solar systems, it regularly posts quarterly losses and the stock has fallen nearly 60 percent so far this year, pummeled by investors who see its business model as too complex in a market that has become increasingly competitive.Musk said Tesla did not know how many of its customers have solar panels, but guessed that most of them were likely interested in solar. In a blog, Tesla described the deal as a way to expand both companies’ markets.The solar systems will be sold under the premium Tesla brand, which is seeking to expand its target market with a $35,000 electric vehicle called the Model 3 that it will begin delivering late next year.Musk, who owns 19 percent of Tesla and 22 percent of SolarCity, said he would recuse himself from voting on the deal. He could not say how soon shareholders could vote on the deal, as due diligence needs to take place first.SolarCity CEO Lyndon Rive, Musk’s first cousin, said he supported the deal but would also recuse himself from voting. Rive’s brother, Peter, is also a founder of the company and its chief technology officer.Musk and Lyndon Rive hatched the idea for SolarCity during a trip to the Burning Man desert festival in 2004. Over a decade later, SolarCity has become the top U.S. residential solar installer thanks to a no-money-down financing scheme that allows homeowners to pay for their solar panels through a monthly fee that is less than what they would pay their local utility.Tesla said it offered $26.50 to $28.50 per share for SolarCity, which represents a premium of about 25 percent to 35 percent to the company’s Tuesday close of $21.19. That values the deal at about $2.6 billion to $2.8 billion overall.In a statement issued late Tuesday, Tesla said its management will host a conference call to discuss the ‘rationale’ surrounding the offer to buy SolarCity. The conference call is scheduled to take place Wednesday morning before U.S. markets open.(Reporting by Subrat Patnaik and Aurindom Mukherjee in Bengaluru, Paul Lienert in Detroit and Nichola Groom in Los Angeles; Editing by Bill Rigby, Peter Henderson and Sunil Nair) Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Add to Queuelast_img read more

Bright Pattern Contact Center Now Available on Microsoft AppSource

first_imgBright Pattern Contact Center Now Available on Microsoft AppSource PRNewswireMay 27, 2019, 6:29 pmMay 27, 2019 Bright Patternline-of-business solutionsMarketing TechnologyMicrosoft AppSourceMicrosoft Dynamics 365News Previous ArticleBraze Hires Former Bazaarvoice Executive as CMO, Former Marketo Chairman and CEO to Join Board of DirectorsNext ArticleKey Social Media Monetization Tactics for Mobile-First Gaming Brands Bright Pattern, a leading provider of omnichannel cloud contact center software for innovative companies, announced the availability of Bright Pattern Contact Center on Microsoft AppSource, an online cloud marketplace providing tailored line-of-business solutions.Bright Pattern provides simple and powerful contact center software for innovative midsize and enterprise companies. Offering a true omnichannel cloud platform, Bright Pattern allows companies to offer an effortless, personal, and seamless customer experience across channels, including voice, text, chat, email, video, messengers, and bots. Bright Pattern integrates with Microsoft Dynamics 365 to help Microsoft customers manage increasing contact volume, provide better service to your customers, and increase agent productivity and performance.Bright Pattern Contact Center integration for Dynamics 365 features includes:Blended voice and chat — Agents can handle customer inquiries over the phone, chat, and SMS/text simultaneously from within Dynamics 365.Click-to-call — Agents have easy-to-use click-to-call icons within Dynamics 365, helping brands drive tickets to resolution faster.Microsoft data access — Bright Pattern Contact Center taps into the Microsoft database to identify customers, update records, and automatically log real-time interaction with customer tickets.Put tickets in context — Agents can view notes and context from all previous customers interactions regardless of the channel, improving agent productivity and boosting customer satisfaction.Screen pop — Agents can instantly identify customers with screen pops from Dynamics 365, including useful information such as contact details forms, recent activities, webpages, and previous tickets.Single sign-on with Microsoft Azure — Utilizing Azure, agents are able to log in faster with single sign-on.Marketing Technology News: Seven Tech Data Executives Named 2019 CRN “Women of the Channel”“Bright Pattern shares Microsoft’s strategic vision for a mobile world of customer engagement with the strongest mobile capabilities, including in-app messaging, SMS/text messaging, and social messenger channel support,” said Michael McCloskey, CEO of Bright Pattern. “Our availability in Microsoft AppSource brings together the rich data from Microsoft Dynamics 365 with the power of the Bright Pattern omnichannel call center solution to provide a context-rich and personal experience.”Marketing Technology News: Teleperformance Groups ‘Praxidia Knowledge Services’ partners with CallMiner to launch TP Interact – a Comprehensive Interaction Analytics SolutionKirsten Edmondson Wolfe, Senior Director, AppSource Product Marketing, Microsoft Corp., said, “We’re excited to welcome Bright Pattern to Microsoft AppSource, which gives our customers access to the best solutions available from our extensive partner ecosystem. Microsoft AppSource offers partner solutions such as Bright Pattern Contact Center to help customers enhance the efficiencies of their contact centers and improve customer satisfaction.”Marketing Technology News: Cint Appoints SVP of Asia Nicholas Antram to Continue Strategic Expansion Across the Regionlast_img read more

Almost 60 of truck drivers experience musculoskeletal pain finds Canadian study

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Oct 30 2018Almost 60 per cent of truck drivers in a recent Canadian study reported experiencing musculoskeletal (MSD) pain and discomfort on the job, even though it may be preventable.”Given the fact that MSDs account for nearly one-half of all work-related illnesses and the transportation sector makes up a significant portion of that, understanding the risk factors associated with musculoskeletal disorders is important,” said lead author Sonja Senthanar, a doctoral candidate in the School of Public Health and Health Systems. “While the link between trucking and MSDs has been studied in other countries, there is a dearth of research in Canada.”According to the Ontario Ministry of Transportation, truck driving is the second most common occupation in Canada, employing nearly one in 35 males between the ages of 20 and 64 years (check).Public health researchers at the University of Waterloo surveyed 107 male truck drivers passing through two popular highway stops in Southern Ontario and found that 57 per cent had experienced musculoskeletal pain and discomfort, especially low back pain. They found an association between this pain and discomfort and specific risk factors, including organizational safety climate, level of risk associated with the job, exhaustion from work tasks, being married and having higher education levels.Senthanar said that being married and more educated are presumably associated with pain and discomfort because the presence of a spouse and knowledge gained from education can increase awareness of musculoskeletal symptoms – and therefore rates of reporting.Related StoriesEngineered stem cells offer new treatment for metastatic bone cancerOpioid overdose deaths on the decline says CDC but the real picture may still be grimNew research links “broken heart syndrome” to cancerCo-author Philip Bigelow, a professor in the School of Public Health and Health Systems, said, “Physical exposures such as awkward postures, repetition, lifting, whole body vibration and prolonged sitting, as well as personal factors such as physical fitness and job satisfaction, are known to be associated with the development of MSDs. Since driving a truck involves a variety of these risk factors, programs that address these multiple factors are needed.”Bigelow said that a number of large Canadian carriers have adopted programs that take holistic approaches that include reducing vibration exposures through improved seating, modifying workloads and physical tasks, as well as promoting the overall wellness of drivers by encouraging physical activity and healthy eating.Researchers at the University of Waterloo are members of a Canadian team of researchers that is engaged with stakeholders in the industry to identify such wholistic programs and to evaluate their impacts. They hope that companies with successful programs can act as champions of driver health and wellness to improve working conditions for all truck drivers.The research paper, “Factors associated with musculoskeletal pain and discomfort among Canadian truck drivers: A cross-sectional study of worker perspectives,” was published in the Journal of Transport and Health by Senthanar and Bigelow, who also works at UWaterloo’s Centre of Research Expertise for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders (CRE-MSD). Source:https://uwaterloo.ca/last_img read more

UD invention aims to improve battery performance

first_img Citation: UD invention aims to improve battery performance (2018, November 22) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-11-ud-aims-battery.html Provided by University of Delaware UD Professor Thomas H. Epps, III (right) and doctoral student Priyanka Ketkar use the SAXS microscope to examine tiny sensors. Credit: University of Delaware Imagine a world where cell phones and laptops can be charged in a matter of minutes instead of hours, rolled up and stored in your pocket, or dropped without sustaining any damage. It is possible, according to University of Delaware Professor Thomas H. Epps, III, but the materials are not there yet. In laboratory experiments, Ketkar and others in the Epps group have shown that introducing a tapered region between polymer electrolyte chains actually increased the overall ionic conductivity over a range of temperatures. At room temperature, for example, the tapered materials are twice as conductive as their non-tapered counterparts. But that is not all. The taper improves the material’s ability to be processed, too.”Previous methods for increasing conductivity have either made the polymer harder to process or used greater amounts of chemical solvent, which makes the material more flammable and less environmentally friendly,” Ketkar said. “That is why I am really excited about this new approach.”The designer polymers are useful for lithium-ion batteries, but also applicable to other rechargeable systems, such as sodium-ion and potassium-ion batteries, Epps said. Other applications include using tapered polymers to make materials that can be produced at lower temperatures or with less solvent for applications such as tires, rubber bands and adhesives.Future applications include flexible batteriesAs technology rockets forward, Epps expects the next five to 10 years will usher in a plethora of devices that can flex and roll, such as cell phones and computers.”The only way this works is if all of the components are flexible, including the battery and power units, not just the case, screen or buttons,” Epps said. “This aspect is where block polymers become really ideal because—like a rubber band that remembers its shape despite stretching, bending and other manipulation—with polymers, you can make the internal components more impact resistant and shock absorbing, which will improve the phone’s lifespan.”There may be other applications for designer polymers, too.”What if there was a sensor inside the football that was designed to alert officials when a player crosses a specific yardage, say for a first down,” Epps said. “You would not need to rely on an official’s on-field view of the play or instant replay.”But, footballs get thrown around and the players who hold them are often hit.”You would need something that will not break or leak, so using a polymer that has the material properties of say, a rubber band, that also can conduct ions like a battery would be a perfect solution,” Epps said. “This avenue is one direction in which you could imagine these materials blossoming.”Epps was recently appointed a fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, based in the United Kingdom. To receive this honor, scientists must have made an impact in the chemical sciences. Team highlights work on tuning block polymers for nanostructured systems Small science, big impactIt all starts with polymers, which are materials made of small molecules strung together like beads on a necklace to create a long chain. By chemically connecting two or more polymer chains with different properties, engineers can create block polymers that capitalize on the salient features from both materials. For example, polystyrene in a Styrofoam cup is relatively hard and brittle, while polyisoprene (tapped from a rubber tree) is viscous and molasses-like. When those two polymers are linked chemically, engineers can create materials for everyday items like car tires and rubber bands—materials that hold their shape but are impact resistant and stretchable.center_img 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. Explore further Epps was introduced to block polymers as an undergraduate student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology while working in the lab of Professor Paula Hammond, and again when he worked at the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company under Adel Halasa as part of a GEM Fellowship. Goodyear was exploring the use of taper-like multi-component polymers to create tires with more elasticity, tires that would grip the road better without sacrificing performance or durability.Years later, in work at UD, Epps’ group took the idea a step further and realized they could tune the nanoscale (1/1,000th the width of a human hair) structure of these polymers to imbue materials with certain mechanical, thermal and conductivity properties.One of the benefits of block polymers is that they allow scientists to combine two or more components that often are chemically incompatible, meaning they do not mix (think of oil and water). This same benefit, however, can present challenges with how the materials can be processed. The Epps group determined that tapering the region where the two distinct polymer chains connect can promote mixing between highly incompatible materials in a way that makes processing and fabrication faster and cheaper by requiring either less energy or less solvent in the manufacturing process.Manipulating the taper also allowed the researchers to control the nanoscale structures that can be formed by the block polymers. By incorporating the tapers, Epps’ team can create nanoscale networks that make the battery materials more conductive—introducing nanoscale highways and eliminating traffic bottlenecks, allowing ions to move at higher speeds and making the polymer more efficient in battery applications.”Technically, we want to conduct ions faster … this approach in polymers would allow us to get more power out of the batteries. It would enable the batteries to charge faster, in a manner that is also safer. We are not there yet, but that is the goal,” said Epps, who patented the concept through UD’s Office of Economic Innovation and Partnerships.He calls this work a “designer approach” to polymer science.Priyanka Ketkar, a doctoral student in chemical and biomolecular engineering, wants to make a difference in the world through research. Ketkar described the Epps research group as a good fit, where she is exercising her mental muscle on consequential problems related to energy storage. At UD, Prof. Thomas H. Epps, III and his team have patented an idea to improve lithium battery performance. Credit: University of Delaware So, what is holding back the technology?For starters, it would take more conductive, flexible and lighter-weight batteries, said Epps, who is the Thomas and Kipp Gutshall Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and a professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at UD.The batteries would need to be more impact-resistant and safer, too. In May, an e-cigarette exploded in Florida and killed a man. Evidence reportedly suggests that this unfortunate accident may be due to battery-related issues, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Similar problems have plagued devices like the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 and auxiliary power units of the Boeing Dreamliner.”All of these challenges came from batteries that have safety and stability issues when the goal is to push performance,” said Epps, an expert in designing and fabricating conducting membranes useful in energy generation and storage devices.One way to overcome this challenge in the lithium-ion batteries for the above devices is to improve the battery membranes—and the associated electrolytes—that are designed to shuttle the lithium ions, which offset the electrical charge associated with charging and discharging the battery.At UD, Epps’ team has patented an idea to improve battery performance by introducing tapers into the polymer membrane electrolytes that allow the lithium ions inside the battery to travel back and forth faster.It is a big idea that begins with tiny parts.last_img read more

Teslas Chinese rival NIO scraps factory plan after losses

first_imgLaunched in 2014, NIO went public on the New York Stock Exchange in September 2018 after filing for a $1.8 billion initial public offering © 2019 AFP Tesla meets Model 3 target, bemoans China tariffs Chinese electric vehicle start-up NIO has abandoned plans to build a manufacturing plant in Shanghai after net losses doubled to $1.4 billion last year. US-listed NIO has been working with state-owned automaker JAC Motors in eastern Anhui province to make its ES8 model but wanted to add its own factory in Shanghai.The company, which is backed by Chinese tech giants Baidu, Tencent and JD.com, said in a statement Tuesday that it was dropping the plans after posting losses of 9.6 billion yuan in 2018 while generating revenue of 5.0 billion yuan.Launched in 2014, NIO went public on the New York Stock Exchange in September 2018 after filing for a $1.8 billion initial public offering.NIO produced 8,000 ES8 models in the fourth quarter last year, double from the previous three-month period, with quarterly revenue rising by 133.8 percent.But the company said it experienced a “greater than anticipated slowdown” in sales in the first two months of this year to around 2,600 units.The drop was attributed to a reduction in a subsidy for the purchase of electric vehicles, the seasonal slowdown around the Lunar New Year holidays and a sluggish Chinese economy, notably in the auto sector.NIO signed framework agreements with the Shanghai government in 2017 to build the factory, hoping to complete it by the end of 2020.The end of the factory plans comes as competition in the electric car sector is heating up, with China’s government having announced plans to ban fossil fuel vehicles by a yet-to-be-decided date.Tesla chief Elon Musk was in China in January for the groundbreaking of a factory in Shanghai.The new plant will eventually have an annual production capacity of 500,000 vehicles, the California-based company has said, dramatically increasing its output.But Tesla faced problems of its own as misprinted labels on certain Model 3 vehicles caused a hiccup at Chinese customs.The company said it had “already reached a resolution” with Chinese customs to resume clearance procedures for the vehicles and that sales in China were not impacted.center_img Explore further Citation: Tesla’s Chinese rival NIO scraps factory plan after losses (2019, March 6) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-03-tesla-chinese-rival-nio-scraps.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more