MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Veteran Vince Carter headed to Kings Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ But that changed quickly knowing he has coach Eric Gonzales still on his side.“That faded away when I went home and thought about it. Coach Eric and I go a long way since our days in Arellano and I know that he’s always looking for my best interest and it was his way of helping me to get some games in. I haven’t been much playing time in the last four years so getting any kind of games in, any kind of minutes is only a positive thing,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“It’s an opportunity to play, an opportunity to better myself, and focus on the things I need to work on. It’s not really a redemption thing. It’s all part of the process and for me trying to grow.”Unfortunately, it was a forgettable debut for Forrester, who tallied five points and two rebounds but committed five turnovers in the Batangueños’ 70-66 loss to Cignal HD in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup on Thursday. Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games “I just want to bounce back next game and hopefully, get them a win.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Fil-Canadian guard’s biggest gaffe came in the final minute, when he threw an errant pass which was easily intercepted by Pamboy Raymundo with the Hawkeyes leading by just two points.Forrester owned up to his mistakes and understood that he had a bigger role in Batangas compared to the job he has with the Batang Pier.“Unfortunately, today I felt I lost the game for them. I didn’t realize how much I have to be a leader for this team. I haven’t been in this position for a while, so I have to lead this team, offensively, defensively, and leadership-wise, be vocal with the guys,” he said.The 27-year-old then vowed to come out stronger in Batangas’ game against Tanduay next Thursday.“There is pressure, but I just want to help this team as much as I can. I know most of the players and I know most of them are trying to get to the PBA. I don’t want to come here and step on anyone’s shoes. Technically, I have a contract and these guys are trying to get a contract so I don’t want to be in the way of these guys getting to the PBA,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena James Forrester. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netJames Forrester didn’t deny that he saw his two-game loan from GlobalPort to Batangas as a demotion.“To be honest, my initial thoughts were a little negative,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
The preseason top 25 rankings continue to roll in. They mean nothing (obviously), but they are fun to talk about. I’ve compiled where OSU is ranked in 10 different polls including multiple media outlets as well as the Coaches Poll and AP Poll (which comes out next week).OSU’s composite ranking is No. 19.6 No. 14No. 22No. 20No. 23No. 22No. 21No. 16No. 20No. 19Aug. 21 ESPNCBSSIFoxB/RYahooSNUSATCoachesAP SN = Sporting NewsUSAT = USA TodayHow about ESPN showing some love?! Also, some of these are mildly outdated as Yahoo and USA Today have not updated their rankings in a while. Still, it’s fun to look at who thinks OSU will soar in 2016 and who thinks it will be more of the team we saw in the last three games of the season.You guys predicted OSU would finish about 13th or 14th after the dust settles on this year. I would take that right now. We will continue to update this as September 3 gets closer.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
zoom The South African Competition Commission has decided to block the proposed merger between Japan’s big three container shipping companies.Namely, the commission has prohibited the deal between Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line), Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL), and Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK Line) to merge their container liner shipping businesses to form a joint venture in that market.After considering the impact of the proposed transaction on the market for the provision of container liner shipping services and on the adjacent market of the car carriers shipping market where the joint venture partners compete, the commission has found that the structure of the container liner shipping market “is conducive to coordination based on previous collusive conduct in the container liner market in other parts of the world.”South African Competition Commission added that the merger “increases the likelihood of coordination as it creates further structural linkages in the container liner market.”The commission also found that the proposed transaction creates a platform for coordination in the car carrier market which has a history of collusion involving the merging parties.Announced in October 2016, the new joint-venture company would operate a fleet totaling 1.4 million TEUs, placing it as sixth in the market with approximately 7% of global share.K Line and MOL, which will each hold 31 percent, and their compatriot NYK Line, which will hold the remaining 38 percent, envisaged to establish the new joint-venture company on July 1, 2017, while business commencement was expected to start as of April 1, 2018.
Children Mending Hearts, which provides educational and creative opportunities to disadvantaged youth in the U.S. and around the world, staged its 7th annual fundraiser, “Empathy Rocks: A Day of Fun In the Sun and Giving Back” on Sunday, June 14th at a private estate in Malibu.Zendaya and Shay Mitchell attend Children Mending Hearts 7th Annual Fundraiser Presented By Material Girl And Michael StarsCredit/Copyright: Getty ImagesThe highlight of the celebration was the tributes made to several individuals who exemplify the organization’s goals and values. Ambassador Nicole Avant received the Ambassador of Peace Award, actress Shay Mitchell was honored with the Global Citizen Award, the cast of MTV’s Teen Wolf received the Cast of Heroes Award, and recording artist Zendaya received the Empathy Rockstar Award.Founded in 2008 by Lysa Heslov, Children Mending Hearts empowers children worldwide to find and use their voices through creative expression through a variety of educational initiatives. The organization is focused on developing and funding educational and arts programs, giving children and teens the opportunity to develop empathy and global citizenry and directly engage them in global children’s causes. Through this, they ultimately realize their potential to affect change both in their own community and for children around the world.“Giving kids a global education and encouraging them to find their voices through creativity are essential tools for children to grow up with a sense of compassion and empathy for others,” said Heslov, on the organization’s continued efforts and the selection of its honorees. “It is today’s children who will be tomorrow’s leaders — and honoring individuals who further our initiatives are vital in helping us achieve our mission.”The honorees at this year’s fundraiser were recognized for their deep commitment and passion for social change, philanthropic contributions, and improving lives in our community and around the world. Steven Weber emceed the event with performances by children’s rock group, The Negotiators, and Ava Cardoso Smith, daughter of Red Hot Chili Peppers’ drummer Chad Smith. The event also featured a live painting exhibition by renowned artist and Tokidoki co-founder, Simone Legno.Proceeds from the event will go towards providing educational programs teaching the importance of empathy and global citizenry to at-risk kids. The benefit is generously sponsored by Michael Stars, Material Girl, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Sabra, Participant Media, The Saban Charitable Support Fund, Creative Artists Agency, Tasty Brand, and PricewaterhouseCoopers.To learn more about CMH and how to get involved, please click here.
Actress and activist Jamie Brewer has been named the recipient of the 2015 Quincy Jones Exceptional Advocacy Award by the Global Down Syndrome Foundation.She will accept the award at the 7th annual Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show at the Colorado Convention Center on October 24, 2015, in Denver, CO.Brewer, who has Down syndrome, is best known for her roles on American Horror Story. She has played three different characters (Adelaide, Nan and Marjorie) alongside actress Jessica Lange on the award-winning television series which returns for a fifth season this fall on the FX network. Brewer made history earlier this year as the first model with Down syndrome to ever walk the runway at New York Fashion Week for designer Carrie Hammer. She also served on the ARC Governmental Affairs Committee for the state of Texas to represent individuals with disabilities where she was the only person out of 17 representatives who was differently-abled.“I am honored to accept this prestigious award from the Global Down Syndrome Foundation, and proud to be acknowledged for my advocacy work as a role model for people who are differently-abled,” stated Brewer.Each year, the Global Down Syndrome Foundation presents the Quincy Jones Exceptional Advocacy Award to outstanding role models who tirelessly advocate for the rights of the differently-abled. Past award recipients have included Quincy Jones, Jamie Foxx, John C. McGinley, Beverly Johnson, Kyra Phillips, Tim Shriver, and Patrick Kennedy.The Global Down Syndrome Foundation’s annual Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show is the largest fundraiser for Down syndrome in the nation attracting more than 1,200 guests each year. The celebrity gala has raised $9.5 million for Down syndrome research, medical care, advocacy and education. Moreover, it has raised widespread awareness for the alarming disparity of funding for people with Down syndrome while successfully emphasizing their abilities.This year, actor Terrence Howard will join a host of celebrities escorting models with Down syndrome at the fashion show. Past celebrities have included Jamie Foxx, Alec Baldwin, Helen Hunt, Laura Dern, John C. McGinley, Beverly Johnson, Jeff Probst and Quincy Jones, among others.Global Down Syndrome Foundation is a public non-profit dedicated to significantly improving the lives of people with Down syndrome through research, medical care, education and advocacy. Formally established in 2009, Global’s primary focus is to support the Linda Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome, the first academic home in the United States committed solely to research and medical care for people with Down syndrome. Since Down syndrome is the least-funded genetic condition in the United States, fundraising and government advocacy to correct the alarming disparity of national funding for people with Down syndrome is a major goal.For more information, visit www.globaldownsyndrome.com.
WildAid, the global nonprofit organization leading the fight to end the illegal wildlife trade, announced its annual fundraising gala, “An Evening with WildAid,” will take place November 11 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills.WildAid is the only group to focus exclusively on reducing demand for illegal wildlife products through public awareness campaigns. With the simple message “When the Buying Stops, the Killing Can Too,” WildAid works with government, business and media partners as well as celebrities and high profile individuals to advocate consumer change.With sponsors including the TOMS Animal Initiative, “An Evening with WildAid” will bring out Hollywood’s A-List, including film star Josh Duhamel who will be on hand to receive the 2017 Wildlife Champion Award.Duhamel has been an advocate for WildAid, filming several PSAs for the organization and using his celebrity status on social media to engage new audiences and to spread awareness of the illegal wildlife trade and its detrimental effects on endangered species worldwide.Past gala attendees include Yao Ming, Josh Duhamel, Fergie, Ian Somerhalder (2016 Wildlife Champion Award recipient), Nikki Reed, Chevy Chase, Jared Leto, Maggie Q, Dylan McDermott, Kathryn Bigelow, Amy Tan, Larry King, Hayden Panettiere, Bo Derek, Michael Cudlitz and John Corbett.The “Evening with WildAid” gala will feature a cocktail and hors d’oeuvres reception with silent auction and cultural performances. Guests will enjoy a three-course dinner by James Beard award-winning chef Tracey Des Jardins, owner of San Francisco’s famed Jardinière, and Mary Sue Milliken, co-chef/owner of the popular, critically acclaimed Border Grill restaurants.A highlight of the Gala is WildAid CEO Peter Knights’ introduction of the organization’s new programs to protect endangered species and marine habitats, including recent work by WildAid’s portfolio of celebrity ambassadors including Josh Duhamel, Lupita Nyong’o, Yao Ming, Jackie Chan, HRH Prince William, Leonardo DiCaprio, Maggie Q, the cast of The Walking Dead and many others.WildAid produces impactful, compelling public service announcements that are Hollywood quality for a fraction of the cost, and distributes them to millions of viewers a week through extensive pro bono and earned media placement. In recent years, shark fin imports to China have gone down by 80%, ivory and rhino horn prices have plummeted by more than 50% in China and Vietnam, and China has agreed to close its ivory market by the end of 2017.Find out more about the event here.
CALGARY – TransCanada Corp. (TSX:TRP) said Tuesday it has started to engage with Nebraska landowners along the alternate route of its Keystone XL pipeline approved last week.Speaking at an investor day in Toronto, Dean Patry, senior vice-president of liquids, said the company continues to review the regulatory approval from the Nebraska Public Service Commission, but has already started speaking with new stakeholders.“The alternate route would involve a number of new landowners for us, and as always, we’re striving to understand their perspectives on the project, and we will continue to strive to reach agreement with them on mutually beneficial terms,” he said.The route approved by the commission cleared the last major regulatory hurdle for the controversial pipeline, but created new issues for TransCanada by not approving the company’s preferred route and instead giving the go-ahead on one that shifts the pipeline further east, away from sensitive ecological areas.The company filed a procedural motion on Nov. 24 that requests the commission reconsider its order that approved the alternate route, but Patry said the company was looking to address some questions raised by the order, and not to change the route itself.He said TransCanada continues to review the cost and schedule implications of the decision, but is looking to make a final investment decision on the project as soon as possible.Company CEO Russ Girling said earlier in the day that the company has been “very encouraged” by discussions with potential shippers in recent weeks on the proposed 830,000 barrel a day pipeline and that TransCanada expects to secure enough binding commitments from shippers to advance the project.The proposed pipeline, which would bring oil from Hardisty, Alta., to markets in the U.S. Gulf Coast and Midwest, has faced significant opposition from environmentalists for much of the nearly ten years TransCanada has been working to make it a reality.
The Top 20 Global Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows Worldwide. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers. Week of November 14, 2018:TOP 20 GLOBAL CONCERT TOURS1. Taylor Swift; $9,756,530; $124.26.2. Jay-Z / Beyoncé; $6,612,663; $122.51.3. Ed Sheeran; $6,023,219; $91.89.4. U2; $4,676,648; $133.07.5. Celine Dion; $4,641,885; $235.77.6. Drake; $4,236,951; $116.29.7. Eagles ; $4,080,199; $148.92.8. Bruno Mars; $3,557,078; $146.44.9. Billy Joel; $3,542,531; $119.54.10. Helene Fischer; $3,435,219; $82.36.11. Kenny Chesney; $3,432,546; $92.84.12. Roger Waters; $2,557,778; $69.51.13. Justin Timberlake; $2,095,071; $108.69.14. Phil Collins; $2,092,876; $150.65.15. “Springsteen On Broadway”; $2,027,717; $509.37.16. Journey / Def Leppard; $1,810,296; $97.89.17. Iron Maiden; $1,616,893; $78.93.18. Britney Spears; $1,466,402; $139.41.19. Luke Bryan; $1,460,535; $71.03.20. Paul Simon; $1,432,930; $112.08.For free upcoming tour information, go to www.pollstar.com___The Associated Press
OTTAWA — The push for an Indigenous chapter in a renegotiated NAFTA could require support from Indigenous Peoples south of the border as well as in Canada, says Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde — a main advocate for its creation.Indigenous Peoples were left out of North American free trade discussions of the 1990s, Bellegarde said, adding he is pleased to see Ottawa is working to change that as it begins hashing out a new agreement.Bellegarde, who is part of an advisory committee on the trade negotiations, said there is a “certain amount of instability” in the White House at the moment and he acknowledges additional pressure may be required to see movement on the part of the U.S.“We also have to reach out and start working with our Indigenous brothers and sisters on the U.S.A. side,” Bellegarde said.“We never created borders. We’ve always had a lot of international trade amongst ourselves as Indigenous Peoples.”For its part, Canada can be viewed as a strong international leader through its full inclusion and involvement of Indigenous Peoples as part of international trade discussions, he added.“By having an Indigenous chapter, you’re going to get a better agreement to create economic certainty for this country, for all three countries,” he said.“It also opens up the door for potential economic development opportunities for Indigenous Peoples and as well making sure we find that strong balance between the environment and the economy.”Last week, as negotiations were about to get underway, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland thanked Bellegarde personally for the suggestion of an Indigenous chapter.“I spoke about it with our officials, and they were also very enthusiastic about that,” she said in Ottawa at the time.“That is another really fresh area for us to work on that is in keeping with Canadian values and with the areas our government is pursuing, and I’m very excited about it.”Specifically, the federal government is looking at how provisions in the agreement can support Indigenous economic development while also considering how to make the pact compliant with the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).The International Inter-Tribal Trade and Investment Organization — a group made up of Indigenous and non-Indigenous trade experts — also made a submission to Global Affairs this summer requesting the creation of an Indigenous chapter, including greater protection of cultural property and traditional knowledge.Risa Schwartz, a lawyer and senior research fellow with the Centre for International Governance Innovation who helped the organization with its research, said she is pleased and surprised to see Freeland’s openness to the idea of an Indigenous chapter.There now needs to be real participation from Indigenous people on the content, she said, noting this involves legal commitments Canada must uphold in light of UNDRIP.Article 19 of the UN declaration outlines the need to co-operate in good faith with Indigenous Peoples to obtain free, prior and informed consent before adopting and implementing legislative or administrative measures that may affect them.The section is designed to apply to issues that would affect Indigenous rights, Schwartz said, adding NAFTA could do just that, possibly in an adverse way.Schwartz does not see an Indigenous chapter as a priority for the current U.S. administration, but she said Mexico may be more amenable.“If you look back at the history of NAFTA, there was huge uproar from Indigenous Peoples in Mexico in 1994 so there may be a more serious conversation to be had with Mexico at this point.”–Follow @kkirkup on Twitter
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is directing the government to revamp the nation’s care for kidney disease, so that more people whose kidneys fail have a chance at early transplants and home dialysis — along with better prevention so patients don’t get that sick to begin with.Senior administration officials told The Associated Press that Trump is set to sign an executive order Wednesday calling for strategies that have the potential to save lives and millions of Medicare dollars.That won’t happen overnight — some of the initiatives will require new government regulations.And because a severe organ shortage complicates the call for more transplants, the administration also aims to ease financial hardships for living donors, said the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity ahead of the announcement.Another key change: steps to help the groups that collect deceased donations do a better job. Officials cited a study that suggests long-term, it may be possible to find 17,000 more kidneys and 11,000 other organs from deceased donors for transplant every year.Federal health officials have made clear for months that they intend to shake up a system that today favours expensive, time-consuming dialysis in large centres over easier-to-tolerate at-home care or transplants that help patients live longer.“Right now every financial incentive is toward dialysis and not toward transplantation and long-term survivorship,” Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, whose father experienced traditional and at-home dialysis before getting a living donor transplant, told a Senate hearing in March. “And you get what you pay for.”About 30 million American adults have chronic kidney disease, costing Medicare a staggering $113 billion.Careful treatment — including control of diabetes and high blood pressure, the two main culprits — can help prevent further kidney deterioration. But more than 700,000 people have end-stage renal disease, meaning their kidneys have failed, and require either a transplant or dialysis to survive. Only about a third received specialized kidney care before they got so sick.More than 94,000 of the 113,000 people on the national organ waiting list need a kidney. Last year, there were 21,167 kidney transplants. A fraction — 6,442 — were from living donors, according to the United Network for Organ Sharing, which oversees the nation’s transplant system.“The longer you’re on dialysis, the outcomes are worse,” said Dr. Amit Tevar, a transplant surgeon at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, who praised the Trump administration initiatives being announced Wednesday.Too often, transplant centres don’t see a kidney patient until they’ve been on dialysis for years, he said. And while any transplant is preferable, one from a living donor is best because those organs “work better, longer and faster,” Tevar said.Among the initiatives that take effect first:—Medicare payment changes that would provide a financial incentive for doctors and clinics to help kidney patients stave off end-stage disease by about six months.—A bonus to kidney specialists who help prepare patients for early transplant, with steps that can begin even before they need dialysis.—Additional Medicare changes so that dialysis providers can earn as much by helping patients get dialysis at home as in the large centres that predominate today. Patients typically must spend hours three or four times a week hooked to machines that filter waste out of their blood.Home options include portable blood-cleansing machines, or what’s called peritoneal dialysis that works through an abdominal tube, usually while patients are sleeping.Today, about 14% of patients in kidney failure get at-home dialysis or an early transplant. By 2025, the goal is to have 80% of people with newly diagnosed kidney failure getting one of those options, officials said.These changes are being implemented through Medicare’s innovation centre, created under the Obama-era Affordable Care Act and empowered to seek savings and improved quality. The Trump administration is relying on the innovation centre even as it argues in federal court that the law that created it is unconstitutional and should be struck down entirely.Other initiatives will require new regulations, expected to be proposed later this year. Among them:—Allowing reimbursement of lost wages and other expenses for living donors, who can give one of their kidneys or a piece of their liver. The transplant recipient’s insurance pays the donor’s medical bills. But they are out of work for weeks recuperating and one study found more than a third of living kidney donors reported lost wages, a median of $2,712, in the year following donation. Details about who pays — and who qualifies — still have to be worked out.—Clearer ways to measure how well the nation’s 58 organ procurement organizations collect donations from deceased donors. Some do a better job than others, but today’s performance standards are self-reported, varying around the country and making it hard for government regulators or the OPOs themselves to take steps to improve.“Some OPOs are very aggressive and move forward with getting organs allocated and donors consented, and there are those that are a little more lackadaisical about it,” said Pittsburgh’s Tevar. Unlike the medical advances in transplantation, “we haven’t really made big dents and progress and moves in increasing cadaveric organs or increasing live donor options.”___Associated Press writer Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar contributed to this report.Lauran Neergaard, The Associated Press
No TSA PreCheck on your boarding pass? This might be why by Scott Mayerowitz, The Associated Press Posted Jun 24, 2016 9:30 am MDT Last Updated Jun 24, 2016 at 10:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this March 17, 2016, file photo, travelers authorized to use the Transportation Security Administration’s PreCheck expedited security line at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Seattle have their documents checked by TSA workers. Thousands of fliers enrolled in trusted traveler programs such as PreCheck aren’t getting the expedited screening they paid for because of clerical errors with their reservations. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File) NEW YORK, N.Y. – Thousands of fliers enrolled in trusted traveller programs such as PreCheck aren’t getting the expedited screening they paid for because of clerical errors with their reservations.The most common problem is that their date of birth or government “known traveller number” has been entered incorrectly into a reservation. Other times, the name on the itinerary doesn’t match the name used to enrol in PreCheck, Global Entry or one of the other government programs. This is particularly a problem when bookings are made through travel agents who might transpose information, airlines say.There have always been issues matching passenger data but with recent long lines at Transportation Security Administration checkpoints leading to a spike in PreCheck enrollments, there are now more data problems too.The TSA and some airlines are responding, trying to catch these problems long before passenger arrive at the airport. The TSA has started to help travellers through a new Twitter channel launched last fall called @AskTSA.“The earlier you know about the issue, the more time our team has to resolve the problem,” says Jennifer Plozai, director of external communications with the TSA, who manages the @AskTSA social media program.Passengers who don’t check in until they arrive at the airport have little time to fix any problems. Fliers only know that they have PreCheck once a boarding pass is generated.Staff at the TSA’s Transportation Security Operation Center in Herndon, Virginia assist fliers who reach out through a direct message to @AskTSA. That staff then work with airlines to rectify the mismatched information in a reservation.Plozai says the most common issues revolve around known traveller numbers, or KTNs. These are the unique numbers members are given once a traveller is confirmed in a trusteed traveller program.Fliers enrolled through Global Entry or other Customs and Border Protection programs will have a nine-digit number, most likely beginning with “98” — such as 981234567. Those who enrolled directly in PreCheck with have nine letters or digits beginning with “TT” — such as TT1234ABC.This number needs to be put in the “known traveller” space on a reservation, not in the “redress number” space.American Airlines has taken the unusual step of vetting all passengers with a known traveller number in their AAdvantage frequent flier profile or reservation through TSA databases 72 hours prior to departure. If those travellers aren’t granted PreCheck in the test run, American sends them an email notifying them of the mismatch and to double check the information.The first email was sent June 16. During the first week running the system, messages were sent to 11,683 passengers, according to airline spokesman Ross Feinstein. Many of the problems stem from travel agencies who incorrectly copy the traveller’s information. Even if a flier’s AAdvantage profile has the correct information, the booking is based on data submitted by the travel agency, Feinstein says.“With more and more people applying for TSA PreCheck each day, we have seen many participants who are not receiving TSA PreCheck due to errors,” Feinstein says.None of the other major carriers are reaching out proactively to customers. Delta Air Lines spokesman Morgan Durrant, for instance, says that passengers have “the best chance of success” in fixing the problem more than 24 hours in advance.Other airlines say they aren’t seeing as many issues.Southwest Airlines spokesman Brad Hawkins says because most of the airline’s passengers book directly with the carrier, there haven’t been problems. United spokesman Charles Hobart says that “we haven’t seen a significant number of issues with the topic.”If there is a problem, first go to www.dhs.gov/tt, choose your trusted traveller program and log in. Verify your known traveller number, your name, date of birth and gender. If that is all correct, then verify with the airline that it has all the information correct. Unless the flier has had a disqualifying criminal offence, PreCheck should be granted on a boarding pass almost every time they fly.__Follow Scott Mayerowitz at twitter.com/GlobeTrotScott. His work can be found at http://bigstory.ap.org/content/scott-mayerowitz.
International Telecommunication Union (ITU) global and regional estimates for 2018 are “a pointer to the great strides the world is making towards building a more inclusive global information society,” Houlin Zhao, ITU Secretary-General, said. The record figure of 3.9 billion people, or 51.2 per cent that will be online by the end of December, is an important milestone in the digital revolution, according to the ITU. The agency insists that this increased connectivity will help promote sustainable development everywhere. The latest figures also spotlight Africa, which shows the strongest rate of growth in internet access, from around two per cent in 2005, to more than 24 per cent of the African population this year.Europe and the Americas are the regions with the slowest growth rates, though the current figures show that 79.6 per cent and 69.6 per cent are online, respectively.Overall, said the ITU, “in developed countries, slow and steady growth increased the percentage of population using the Internet, from 51.3 per cent in 2005 to 80.9 per cent in 2018.”Despite this progress, ITU has warned that a lot of communities worldwide, still do not use the internet, particularly women and girls. The statistics show older people also disproportionately remain offline, as do those with disabilities, indigenous populations and some people living in the world’s poorest places.In a bid to reduce inequalities, the agency is calling on more infrastructure investment from the public and private sectors, and to focus on ensuring that access remains affordable for all. “We must encourage more investment from the public and private sectors and create a good environment to attract investments, and support technology and business innovation so that the digital revolution leaves no one offline,” said Mr. Zhao.
Power management company Eaton has announced that the Airflex® Floating Housing Brake, an air-cooled spring-applied brake featuring long-wearing friction material and a rugged rotating disc, is now available in sizes 130 and 138. Designed with a tapered shaft lock (TSL), exceptional friction life and “quick change” friction lining to reduce maintenance time and cost, the brake is built for heavy duty dragline equipment for surface mining operations.The brake’s friction pads can hold up to 2400 E-stops before a friction change is needed, requiring replacement one or two times every three to five years, instead of up to six times per year. When replacement is required, the “quick change” friction lining can be replaced in minutes, instead of the hours required for traditional braking systems. The TSL also helps maximise service life by eliminating spline wear during freewheeling.“At Eaton, we understand that limiting downtime is paramount to the success of mining operations. Even scheduled downtime for maintenance can eat into the productivity and profitability of a mine,” said Mike Williams, Product Line Manager, Eaton. “The Airflex Floating Housing Brake is revolutionary disc brake technology that reduces downtime and maintenance costs by maximizing friction life, eliminating gear spline wear, lowering inertia and speeding maintenance.”The Floating Housing Brake drastically reduces rotational inertia as compared to typical caliper brake systems. With 20% less inertia on hoist functions and seven percent less inertia on swing functions, the softer braking capability reduces thermal power loading, yielding softer braking and less friction and motor wear. Airflex Floating Housing Brakes are compatible with a wide range of motors. The brakes are rated for 288,000 in-lbs to 432,900 in-lbs of torque.
CEANN COMHAIRLE SEÁN Barrett has said that granting limited speaking rights to TDs who have been expelled from their parliamentary party was about “upholding a principle that all TDs have a right to speak in the parliament”.The leader of the Dáil was speaking to RTÉ’s The Week in Politics after a week in which he surprised many, including the government, by allowing members of the Reform Alliance and former Labour parliamentary party TDs speaking time during Dáil debates.Explaining his decision, Barrett told the programme: “There’s a growing number of people who are not aligned to political parties now in the Dáil and I found it necessary to make certain that we needed a structure where they would have their rights to speak.”The Committee on Procedures and Privileges (CPP) now meets this Wednesday to consider whether the expelled TDs can join the Technical Group to gain further speaking time and committee membership.Barrett told RTÉ that he would like the CPP to be consulted more often, saying: “Parliament has to be independent of Government.”Dáil Standing Orders currently prevent TDs who have been expelled from their parliamentary parties from joining the Technical Group.But as TheJournal.ie reported on Saturday, the government is now of the view that if a TD mounts a legal challenge to a refusal to allow them membership of the Technical Group they would be able to join it.However the group’s whip Catherine Murphy said such an arrangement involving over two dozen independent TDs would be difficult to manage this with the “slim-pickings” already afford to the Technical Group in terms of staff and resources.In any case several expelled TDs including members of the Reform Alliance of ex-Fine Gael parliamentary party members have indicated they would not be interested in joining the group.Read: Can expelled TDs join the Dáil Technical Group? Here’s why it’s ‘as clear as mud’Read: Reform Alliance members want appointments to Oireachtas committeesMore: ‘Exiled’ party members granted speaking rights in Dáil
Recycle Your Christmas Tree Into Paint, Food SweetenersHow Nintendo Transformed Christmas Into a Gaming Holiday Stay on target With Thanksgiving leftovers still spilling out of the fridge, folks are already getting into the Christmas spirit.None so much as Mr. and Mrs. Claus themselves, whose North Pole home is open for virtual tours via online real estate site Zillow.The three-bedroom, two-bathroom log cabin, constructed in the 1800s, is just as cozy as you’d expect from the jolly old man in the bright red suit. Boughs of holly deck the hall leading to the master bed and two guest rooms, and a quiet study overlooks a snow-covered forest.A floor-to-ceiling river rock fireplace for roasting chestnuts (via Zillow)A 2013 renovation, meanwhile, affords the 2,500 square-foot single family residence modern amenities like the floor-to-ceiling fireplace of my dreams and a gourmet kitchen with hot cocoa on tap.Originators of the tiny house trend, Santa’s little helpers live on-site in their own private accommodations.“Like snowflakes, no two elf dwellings are exactly alike,” according to Zillow.The site showcases three equally snug spaces, each with its own personality: the tiny farmhouse with an open concept floor plan, the rustic mini cabin made of hand-hewn logs, and the petite bamboo bungalow boasting the perfect feng shui.The elves live on-site in their own private accommodations (via Zillow)Described as “a toy-lover’s paradise nestled on 25 idyllic acres,” the property includes the Claus’s main living quarters, a community of elf homes, a state-of-the-art toy-making facility, sleigh parking garage, and reindeer stables.The North Pole residency is estimated at a whopping $764,389—and growing. Zillow forecasts a 7 percent increase in home value by 2019.Don’t start saving your pennies, though: Santa’s compound isn’t for sale.You can, however, help address housing insecurity and homelessness in your community—particularly during the cold winter months.Check out Zillow’s list of nonprofits in every state, and keep the less fortunate in mind this holiday season.After all, Santa’s making his list and checking it twice.More coverage on Geek.com:New Bill Stops ‘Grinch Bots’ From Stealing Holiday ShoppingResearchers Taught a Computer to Compose Christmas Carols and It’s CreepyAdorn Your Cat With Adorable Headgear This Christmas
By Kebba JeffangPresident Adama Barrow has instructed for diligent and urgent investigation into the alleged attack on APRC supporters that occurred at his birthplace on January 8th as he expressed regret over the incident. The incident according to the Gambia Police Force, resulted to the injury of one Muhammed Badjie on Monday evening.In a press statement from the State House, this is what the President said: “His Excellency Adama Barrow and Government wish to express regret over the unfortunate incident at Mankamang Kunda, yesterday, (now on Monday) January 8, 2018 in which some people were injured. President Barrow calls on all Gambians to maintain the peace and stability The Gambia is known for.”The statement added that in the ‘new’ Gambia, incidents of this nature in any part of the country, whether the birthplace of the President or any other place, is regrettable. In his statement, the President described the country as One People, One Nation; that in this spirit of One Gambia, people are encouraged and expected to go about their economic, social and political activities in a responsible and civil manner, as a sure way to jointly build a better and brighter country for all. “As a responsible government, the natural cause of action to take, as is expected, is to investigate into the incident so as to get to the bottom of what happened.‘‘The President has therefore instructed that the situation is urgently and diligently looked into by the competent institution, so as to avoid a repetition of such unfortunate acts,” the statement ended.
KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 6:14 PM Fire destroys classroom at Clover Flat Elementary School, no injuries reported Posted: April 30, 2018 BOULEVARD (KUSI) — A fire of unknown origin destroyed a classroom Monday at a primary school in the eastern San Diego County highlands, but nobody was hurt.The blaze at Clover Flat Elementary School in Boulevard erupted shortly before 3 p.m., according to Cal Fire.It took crews less than an hour to subdue the flames, which also damaged several outbuildings on the campus in the 39600 block of Old Highway 80, said Issac Sanchez, a fire captain with the state agency.The cause of the blaze was under investigation, he said. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom April 30, 2018
LUMBERTON, N.C. (WSVN) — Authorities in North Carolina have issued an Amber Alert after a 13-year-old girl was kidnapped Monday morning from her home in Lumberton, officials said.Hania Aguilar was taken from the Rosewood Mobile Home Park just before 7 a.m. by a man wearing a yellow bandanna over his face, according to the Lumberton Police Department.Aguilar was said to be warming up her aunt’s car to leave for the bus stop when she was forced into the green 2002 Ford Expedition by the suspect, who fled in the SUV.Police said the vehicle has a South Carolina registration NWS98, paint peeling from the hood and a Clemson sticker on the rear window.Aguilar is described as 5 feet tall, about 126 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.A description of the suspect was not immediately available.Anyone who sees the vehicle is asked to contact Lumberton Police Department at 910-671-3845 or dial 911. —Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Dan Cohen AUTHOR The Florida Public Service Commission on Thursday approved Gulf Power’s plans to build a total of 120 megawatts of solar power at three military facilities on the tip of the Florida Panhandle — Eglin Air Force Base and the Navy’s Holley and Saufley fields.Construction by the project’s developer, HelioSage Energy, is scheduled to begin in February 2016, with the three plants expected to come online by December 2016, reported the Northwest Florida Daily News.“Adding solar energy to our portfolio is another step in further diversifying our energy mix,” said Stan Connally, Gulf Power president and CEO. “Through careful planning, we’ve been able to work alongside our military partners to help provide cost-effective renewable energy — and all our customers will reap the benefit.”The planned capacity for each of the solar farms is:Eglin AFB in Fort Walton Beach — 30 megawatts;Outlying Landing Field Holley in Navarre (Naval Air Station Whiting Field) — 40 megawatts; andOutlying Landing Field Saufley in Pensacola (NAS Pensacola) — 50 megawatts.Gulf Power, a subsidiary of Georgia-based Southern Co., will serve its customers across Northwest Florida with power from the new solar facilities. The solar farms will not replace the utility’s generation plants but, instead, will allow it to diversify the power supply and provide a cost-effective alternative during peak energy usage, according to the story.
To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share X 00:00 /00:00 Photo via Twitter @liuba4congressA new study from UTMB in Galveston found no link between mental health and the risk of gun violence, debunking the idea that mental illness is the leading cause of shootings.Psychologist Jeff Temple, who co-authored the study, told Houston Matters that garden-variety anger and, above all, easy access to firearms are far better predictors of gun violence than mental illness.“If you look at all the gun-related killings in the United States, less than 5 percent of them were perpetrated by people diagnosed with mental illness,” Temple said. “So it’s not the mentally ill that we need to be worried about with respect to gun violence. It’s the sane.”That’s with a highly visible exception: 50 to 60 percent of mass school shootings involve someone who is mentally ill. Temple said that as common as such shootings seem, they are very rare compared to ordinary gun-related murders and suicides.“As a society, we really shouldn’t be threatened by people with psychological problems,” he said. “We don’t want to stigmatize these folks any further. In fact, they’re substantially more likely to be harmed because of their mental illness as opposed to harm anyone else from their mental illness.”In conducting the study, Temple and his co-author, Yu Lu, tracked behaviors symptomatic of illnesses such as anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. They also accounted for demographic factors such as race, gender and age.The one element that stood out as a major predictor of gun violence was access to firearms. They found people with current access to a gun were 18 times more likely to have threatened someone with a gun in the past than those without. Listen