Reminder The Burn Closure Is Still In Effect

first_imgFire Crews are responding to unauthorized burns in our service area, and have issued a reminder that the burn closure still remains in effect. Original Post: All burning, including campfires and the use of charcoal grills, is prohibited, including campfires in established fire pits or rings in designated campgrounds. Devices that can be turned on and off — such as gas and pellet grills and backpacking or camp stoves that use fuel or compressed fuel canisters — are still allowed, though users are urged to be cautious with them as well. Additionally, available Alaska Division of Forestry resources are limited due to the Swan Lake Fire. So, the DOF reminds Kenai residents to remain vigilant and report any open burning. Although there was a slight amount of rain overnight (0.20 in) and the temperatures are cooler, we still have the significant potential for extreme fire behavior.center_img Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Updated 9/4/19: Burn Closure Lifted For Kenai Peninsula. An emergency burn closure issued two weeks ago on state, private and municipal lands in the Kenai Peninsula is being rescinded effective at 8 a.m. Wednesday September 4th. Click here to read the story. Howie Kent with the Kenai/Kodiak Division of Forestry: “This is a plea from the Alaska Division of Forestry to the public to please adhere to the burn closure. Our firefighters have their hands full working to suppress and contain devastating wildfires in both the Mat-Su Valley and Kenai Peninsula. Any new fires will make that job even tougher and could put the public and firefighters at risk.” The burn closure will remain in effect until conditions moderate in the form significant rainfall.last_img read more

Buzz Aldrin calls for a migration to Mars

first_img Another Mars rover bites the dust, but NASA’s not finished… 2 Now playing: Watch this: Buzz Aldrin wants us to go to Mars. Emma McIntyre/Getty For Buzz Aldrin, the moon is no longer enough. Aldrin, who, along with Neil Armstrong, walked on the moon during the landmark Apollo 11 mission 50 years ago, penned an op-ed in the Washington Post Wednesday, calling on Congress and President Donald Trump to get behind a serious effort to create a permanent human presence on Mars. “Human nature — and potentially the ultimate survival of our species — demands humanity’s continued outward reach into the universe,” Aldrin wrote.He’s not talking about “clever robots” or rovers, either. Aldrin said that as much as he appreciates NASA’s work on unmanned missions, it’s time Mars is explored by “by living, breathing, walking, talking, caring and daring men and women.”Plans for sending humans to Mars are on the drawing board at NASA and in the mind of entrepreneur Elon Musk. Although details are sketchy for now, NASA and the Trump administration have penciled in 2033 for when astronauts might make the first footprints on the red planet. Meanwhile, Musk sees a Mars base happening perhaps by 2028, and he has a vision for how a Mars colony could take shape.Aldrin thinks we need to establish permanent settlements on Mars, and fairly soon.”All of this is within reach for humans alive now, but it starts with a unified next step in space,” he wrote. Share your voice Tags Comments 6:31 Sci-Techlast_img read more

Protests as Trump visits site of antiSemitic attack

first_imgPeople protesting against US President Donald Trump gather near the Tree of Life Congregation on 30 October in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Photo: AFPUS president Donald Trump visited Tuesday the Pittsburgh synagogue where 11 people were gunned down at the weekend in an anti-Semitic attack, as more than 1,500 protesters gathered nearby to make it clear the US president was unwelcome.Carrying signs that read “President Hate, Leave Our State!” and “Trump, Renounce White Nationalism Now,” the protesters gathered near the Tree of Life synagogue where the carnage unfolded Saturday.Trump — accompanied by his wife Melania, arrived in the late afternoon, and placed a white flower and a small stone on each star erected in memory of the dead at a makeshift memorial outside the Tree of Life.Trump’s daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner, who are Jewish, followed at a short distance, also pausing at each star.The first couple then entered the synagogue and lit candles in honour of each of those killed, the occasion punctuated by the still audible cries of protesters outside.The controversial visit came after mourners crowded into nearby synagogues and joined street processions at the first funerals for some of the victims of the deadliest anti-Semitic attack in modern US history.The service for brothers Cecil and David Rosenthal, both in their 50s, was the first in honor of those killed in what was an apparent hate crime.Services for 66-year-old doctor Jerry Rabinowitz and 71-year-old Daniel Stein followed in Pittsburgh, where scores of residents protested Trump’s visit.The president’s trip to Pennsylvania came amid a mounting row over whether his fierce rhetoric at campaign rallies and on Twitter has helped stoke extremism ahead of next week’s midterm elections.”It’s just enraging that this type of hate crime could occur here and that the leadership of our country does not denounce anti-Semitism and does not denounce white nationalism and does not denounce neo-Nazism,” mourner Joanna Izenson told AFP.Suspect Robert Bowers is facing more than two dozen charges related to the bloodshed at the Tree of Life, which is located in the city’s traditionally Jewish Squirrel Hill neighbourhood.The 46-six-year-old reportedly told police after his capture, “I just want to kill Jews,” having claimed on social media that Jews were helping transport caravans of refugees from Central America into the United States, calling the migrants “invaders.”The caravans are a favourite target of the president, and he has called a group of several thousand impoverished mainly Honduran migrants currently attempting to walk north to the United States “an invasion.”Beautiful tributeFriends and strangers alike packed the Rodef Shalom temple, a 25-minute walk from the Tree of Life, for the Rosenthals’ funeral, which took place under tight security.After the service, mourners spilled out onto the street, some of them sobbing and clasping each other.The brothers’ caskets were placed in two hearses and driven away, with a sheriff’s car leading the procession.”It was tragic, it was sad — it was a beautiful tribute to two wonderful, loving, innocent men,” said Paul Taylor, a Catholic priest who attended the service, which he said was “standing room only.”Another mourner, a retired teacher who only gave her first name Nancy, said: “I was finally able to cry.”Nearby, dozens of mourners walked behind the hearse carrying the remains of Rabinowitz in Squirrel Hill, according to footage posted on social media.Meanwhile, protesters gathered near the Tree of Life synagogue to vent their anger.”President Trump, you are not welcome in Pittsburgh until you fully renounce white nationalism.”Jeffrey Myers, a rabbi who was present when the attack started, told CNN: “The president of the United States is always welcome.”But protesters disagreed.”I think it’s more divisive than uniting,” 57-year-old librarian Nonie Heystek said of Trump’s visit.Christian rabbiThe Pittsburgh shooting spree came in the same week that authorities arrested an ardent Trump supporter from Florida on suspicion of mailing more than a dozen homemade bombs to opponents and critics of the president.The incidents have led to accusations that Trump has fanned violence through almost daily tweets and speeches lambasting illegal immigrants, political opponents and journalists in divisive language.Trump has struck back in typical fashion, arguing that critical journalists were in fact the ones feeding extremism across the country.Trump’s Pittsburgh visit is not the only element of the administration’s response to the massacre that has been a source of controversy.On Monday, vice president Mike Pence attended a campaign rally in Michigan at which a so-called “Christian rabbi” was invited to speak on behalf of the area’s Jewish community.Instead of opening with prayers for the 11 victims of the Tree of Life shooting, Loren Jacobs praised Jesus Christ and then offered prayers for four Republican candidates.Jews expressed outrage over social media, describing Jacobs’ appearance as an “insulting political stunt” and blasting Pence as a “Christian supremacist.”last_img read more

2 killed in road crash

first_imgRoad AccidentA motorcyclist and a pillion rider were killed after a truck hit a motorcycle on the Rajshahi-Chapainawabganj road in Godagari upazila early Thursday, reports UNB.The deceased are identified as Samad, 40, and Alam, 35, of Bidirpur Gongka village in Chapainawabganj sadar upazila.Jahangir Alam, officer-in-charge of Godagari police station, said the accident took place around 12:30am near Godagari Hospital intersection.A goods-laden truck hit the motorbike, killing Alam on the spot and injuring Samad. He was taken to a local hospital where physicians pronounced him dead.The duo was returning home, the OC said.last_img read more

Texas Gambling Rules Explained You Can Play Bingo Or The Lottery But

first_imgBy Todd WisemanHey, Texplainer: Why do I have to go to other states to gamble?When Texans want to spin a roulette wheel, pull the arm of a slot machine or try their hand at scooping up the pot in the center of a poker table, many pack their bags and head for Louisiana, Oklahoma or Las Vegas. That’s because in most cases, it’s illegal in the state to gamble.For the past several decades, Texas legislators have largely frowned on the idea of relaxing the state’s gambling laws out of concern for morals and negative social effects. But Texas’ gambling laws aren’t by any means the strictest in the nation, and there are some forms of legal gambling that do take place.Texans may buy lottery tickets or place bets on horse races and greyhound dog races. The state’s also more lax on “social gambling,” or gambling that takes place in private places. Bingo games or charity auctions are usually allowed, so long as the organizer doesn’t take any portion of the profit.But what about casinos?Some of the three federally recognized Native American tribes in the state can own and run casinos on their lands. Right now, there are two casinos operating on reservations located near Livingston and Eagle Pass.The Kickapoo Lucky Eagle Casino near Eagle Pass is a fully functioning casino, complete with a poker room and gaming machines. It’s as close as Texans can get to Las Vegas-style casinos without leaving the state.Meanwhile, Naskila Gaming, a casino-like facility near Livingston, is the focus of an ongoing legal battle between the state and the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton says the facility is subject to state laws. The tribe says it has federal authority to allow certain kinds of gambling. Right now, the venue is operating, but the state is trying to shut it down. There are also new forms of gambling-oriented businesses popping up throughout the state, such as the Post Oak Poker Club in Houston. Texas law maintains that an “organizer” can’t take money from the pot in games of chance. Instead, the poker club charges patrons a series of rental fees.Poker clubs like the one in Houston are in a legal gray zone, according to Greg Gladden, a lawyer who practices gambling law in Houston. He said the gaming laws aren’t clearly written and are enforced in different ways throughout the state. Gaming laws could changeFor years there has been a debate over whether the state should expand, clarify or get rid of its gaming laws.Some Texas legislators, such as state Rep. Carol Alvarado, D-Houston, say it’s time to leave some gaming laws up to the voters. She filed a bill in 2011 with the intent to do just that.“I know some of my colleagues get heartburn about allowing Texans to decide,” Alvarado said. “But Texans like to gamble, and if we do it smart, we could create economic development in the state.”Letting voters decide might lead to destination casino gambling – or casinos like those in Louisiana that have hotels – being legalized, she said. In 2011, a University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll found 56 percent of Texans supported allowing full casino gambling in the state. Alvarado said she thinks a law that allows for destination-type casinos would cut down on the amount of illegal gambling and could help generate additional revenue. She said she’ll file a similar bill in the next legislative session.“I’m going to continue to propose it until we pass it,” Alvarado said.Meanwhile, the U.S. Supreme Court could rule as soon as Tuesday on whether individual states should have the right to decide whether they want to allow gambling on sports. Right now, legal sports gambling is essentially confined to Nevada. But even if the Supreme Court opens the option to other states, Texas might not jump at the chance to legalize the practice. In 2015, Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican, told the Texas Lottery Commission that he “wholeheartedly” supports the current state restrictions on gambling. The bottom line: Texas gambling laws are complex, but Texans don’t necessarily have to leave the state in order to gamble. Sharelast_img read more

Clear Backpack Policy To Start At CypressFairbanks ISD

first_img Share www.cfisd.netA new “clear backpack” policy will begin at Cypress-Fairbanks ISD schools, this fall.According to the district website, district middle school and high school students will be required to have the clear backpacks.Elementary school students will be allowed to continue using traditional backpacks.The district says band and athletic bags are still allowed, but must be stored upon arrival at school.In a message to parents, Cy-Fair ISD Superintendent Mark Henry announced Thursday the move comes as a recommendation from the district safety and security committee.“In an effort to improve the safety measures currently in place, one of the decisions that came out of our meetings is to require all high school and middle school students to use clear backpacks beginning in the fall. Band and athletic bags, as well as drill and cheer team bags, will still be permitted,” said Henry.last_img read more

Cong names new heads for minority departments in 12 states

first_imgEffecting a major reshuffle, Congress on Friday appointed new heads for its minority departments in 12 states including key states of Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat.An AICC release issued by party general secretary Janardan Dwivedi said that the Congress president Sonia Gandhi has approved the names of MM Shaikh as chairman of the minority department of Maharashtra, Gulab Khan Raima for Gujarat, Siraj Mehandi for Uttar Pradesh, Amjad Khan Pathan for Punjab, Manzoor Ahmed Beg for Uttarakhand, Nizamuddin Qureshi for Rajasthan and Sharik Raees Khan for Chhattisgarh. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJIAhmed Ali Khan has been made the chairman of the minority department for Andhra Pradesh, Wajed Ali Choudhary for Assam, Billal Mia for Tripura and Bahauddin Beg for Daman and Diu.Sources said that changes will follow in other states soon as they were long due. It has been found that the department was not at all functional in a number of new states and hence a decision to thoroughly revamp the minority department in all states have been taken. In October last year, the party had appointed Khurshid Ahmed Saiyed, a minority leader from Gujarat as chairman of the AICC minority department replacing Imran Ur Rahman Kidwai, who held the post for more than 8 years. He is considered a Rahul Gandhi pick.last_img read more

Ready for structured debate Maken on Kejriwal challenge

first_imgResponding to AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal’s challenge to BJP’s Kiran Bedi for a public debate, Maken said, “This will be a healthy tradition. I believe a structured debate should take place in a mutually accepted TV channel or agency moderated by a mutually accepted anchor.”Maken, who is also the party’s Campaign Committee Chief, said a debate will enable the leadership of various parties to spell out their vision to the public by answering “difficult questions”.“I think this is the best way for the leadership to answer difficult questions that are raised and spell out their vision to the public in the age of Internet and social media,” he said, adding that at least “2-4 such debates” should be held.Through a tweet, tagging both Kejriwal and Bedi, Maken said, “Great! I am ready for a structured debate. Let the people of Delhi make a comparative assessment.”last_img read more

Hungarian folktales on canvas

first_imgA collection of paintings sketched by a handful of students from different schools across the National Capital Region are being showcased at the Hungarian Information and Cultural Centre (HICC).The paintings based on folktales from Hungary and being showcased in the art gallery is a compilation of those who won the first three prizes in the on-the-spot children’s painting competition hosted by the centre.The competition held last February was the 36th edition of the contest organised by HICC and was based on the theme Hungarian folktales. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’About 120 students aged between 6 years and 16 years from 11 city-based schools took part in the contest.“We use to conduct this painting competition every year, this time the theme of competition was Hungarian folk tales,” Johanna Balchandani, senior cultural advisor at the centre said. “We had prepared a special book in Hindi based on three Hungarian folktales. We distributed the book among the candidates and told them to draw a picture about any characters, plots or any parts of the story, we left the choice to them,” she said. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThree different prizes were given for each category, and one Director’s special prize was given to the best painting among all the different sections.The winners of the children’s painting competition were felicitated by Szilveszter Bus, ambassador of Hungary to India and Subir Roy, Art Executive at Shankar international Children’s painting competition on a function held at Janpath premises of HICC . Roy had himself selected the winners of the competition. The theme of last year’s painting competition was gypsies in Hungary. Meanwhile the present exhibition that began on May 26 is scheduled to continue till August 28.last_img read more

PEOPLE Avalons Hoffee Burke move up as Patrick Clark gets ready to

first_imgTags: Avalon Waterways, People Share Travelweek Group [PEOPLE] Avalon’s Hoffee, Burke move up as Patrick Clark gets ready to retire Posted bycenter_img TORONTO — Avalon Waterways has appointed two travel industry veterans to its leadership ranks as managing director Patrick Clark shifts into retirement towards the end of 2017.Pam Hoffee will lead the worldwide operations of Avalon Waterways as chief product and operations officer for the Globus family of brands. Joining her is Terri Burke, who will drive Avalon Waterways’ global sales, marketing and promotional efforts as managing director.“The stage is perfectly set for Pam and Terri to ignite future growth and innovation for Avalon Waterways,” said Scott Nisbet, president and chief executive officer for the Globus family of brands. “Patrick’s work for Avalon Waterways – and the travel industry as a whole – has been immeasurable. Over the past decade, he has not only built the brand into one of the best river cruise companies in the world by commandeering our hugely popular Suite Ships, unveiling the new Avalon Fresh program and innovating excursions with active itineraries as well as the Avalon Choice program, he has helped evolve the river cruise category to make it one of the top-selling travel styles today. Patrick is both admired and respected among travel industry peers. We are immensely grateful for all he has done and are excited about what the future holds for this brand.”Since 2004, Hoffee has guided product and operations for the Globus family of brands’ North America and exotic (non-Europe) products. Her experience with Avalon Waterways includes overseeing the Southeast Asia operations of the company’s new Suite Ships and itineraries on the Mekong and Irrawaddy Rivers. In her new role, she will be adding Avalon’s worldwide operations to her list of responsibilities.Terri Burke formerly led the Globus family of brands’ key retail partnerships alongside Paula Hayes. As the director of national accounts, she activated the Avalon Waterways Specialist Program, inspiring travel agents to better understand and sell Avalon’s river cruises.Hoffee and Burke will transition into their new roles in 2017. Tuesday, November 8, 2016 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

French strikes cause railway chaos and flight cancellations

first_img Share By: Angela Charlton & Masha MacPhersonSource: The Associated Press French strikes cause railway chaos and flight cancellations PARIS — A major French railway strike brought the country’s famed high-speed trains to a halt Tuesday, leaving passengers stranded or scrambling for other options – and posing the biggest test so far for President Emmanuel Macron’s economic strategy.The SNCF national rail authority said only about 12 per cent of trains are running Tuesday, in the first of a series of strikes that are set to last three months. Traffic was also disrupted on Eurostar lines to Britain as well as trains to Germany, though most were running as usual.There was further disruption in the air, with Air France cancelling a quarter of its flights Tuesday amid a strike over pay.And there were strikes or demonstrations in other sectors. Students, for example, are blocking campuses to protest plans to allow selection in state universities, while garbage collectors are on strike to protest worsening working conditions.All in all, it’s one of the worst days of industrial strife seen in France since Macron was elected president nearly a year ago. Macron has made reforming France’s economy a central plank of his presidency. Many of his plans, particularly to the labour market, are meeting with increasing opposition, particularly from France’s unions.More news: Can you guess the top Instagrammed wedding locations in the world?The most visible problems on Tuesday were on the railway, where SNCF said 77% of train drivers were on strike. The total proportion of rail workers on strike – including employees in trains and on the ground – is 33.9%, the company detailed in a statement.Passengers are ditching railways, hitching rides on traffic-clogged roads and sharing travel tips online. At the Gare de Lyon station in eastern Paris, platforms were so packed that commuters spilled over onto the tracks as they waited for elusive trains.“Really this is catastrophic. Something needs to be done. We are the victims. We haven’t done anything. We need to get to work like everyone else,” said 56-year-old commuter Aziza Fleris.“I was really positive this morning, but now – you should have seen what happened on the train. Some people felt unwell, women were crying. Children. This isn’t normal.”Rail workers are protesting plans to eliminate a special status that they’ve enjoyed for decades. The “cheminot” status effectively guarantees jobs for life and other benefits, in keeping with the image of France’s railways as an essential pillar of the country’s infrastructure and its public services.More news: Virgin Voyages de-activates Quebec accounts at FirstMates agent portalMacron’s government says that’s no longer tenable, because today’s globalized and increasingly automated economy favours more flexible workforces. In addition, with European Union rules requiring all member states to open up government-run railways to competition, the government argues that the special status puts SNCF at a disadvantage compared to potential private competitors. Commuters were angry at the overall situation but not necessarily taking sides. SNCF has been warning travellers for several days to postpone their trips.center_img Tags: France, Travel Alert Tuesday, April 3, 2018 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

African communications technology specialist Bring

first_imgAfrican communications technology specialist BringCom has struck a deal with local partners in Djibouti to revitaise the Djibouti Teleport Facility.The partners have created a new company, Djibouti Teleport SARL, to manage the facility, which offers Ku- and C-band satellite capacity over Africa.Under the agreement, BringCom becomes the managing partner of Djibouti Teleport. In addition, the partners agreed to upgrade the Djibouti Teleport with new buildings, backup power, security hardware and an iDirect hub. Djibouti Teleport will also provide international connectivity through five large-capacity undersea cable systems connected to the facility.Djibouti Teleport currently provides Apstar 7 Ku-band connectivity with a 7.3-metre antenna and C-band connectivity with a 16-metre antenna. Both antennas have been refurbished and upgraded with new electronics, according to BringCom.last_img read more

STEVE McNamara has opted to rest Saints James Rob

first_imgSTEVE McNamara has opted to rest Saints’ James Roby for Saturday’s Group A match with FijiThe hooker will miss the game alongside South Sydney Rabbitohs forward Tom Burgess and Melbourne Storm half-back Gareth Widdop.England welcome back Souths forward Sam Burgess after he sat out the Ireland match with a one-match suspension, and Wigan Warriors forward Lee Mossop also returns after missing England’s 42-0 victory over the Wolfhounds.“We have trained well and we are ready to put in a performance,” McNamara said. “I get the feeling the group is on the verge of some really big performances and this will be one of them.“We are coming up against opposition we respect. We have so far seen a Fiji team that is very exciting to watch with some brilliant outside backs. They have a set of forwards that are as physical as any team in the tournament. I can see why people see them as a threat on Saturday.Across the make-up of their team, the vast majority of their players are regular starters in the NRL and they are used to this level of intensity.“The aim for us is gradual progression. We are looking to improve each week as the tournament moves towards the knockout stages. It is important to win against teams in and around you, but at some point you have to make sure all elements that have been positive in every game come together aiming for that complete performance.“We know that if we are going to win the World Cup that has to happen.”He continued: “Even though we put in a strong performance against Ireland and prevented them from scoring, I actually feel we can improve on our defence.“In some respects we defended with more vigour the week before against Australia. The aim is to continually improve and we have to test ourselves in that area on Saturday.“We defended a little bit passively against Ireland. On Saturday we need to show some aggression against Fiji. We did just enough to defend what Ireland threw at us and we were slick in our attacking structures especially in that first half.”England:Carl Ablett, Tom Briscoe, George Burgess, Sam Burgess, Rob Burrow, Rangi Chase, Leroy Cudjoe, Liam Farrell, Brett Ferres, James Graham, Ryan Hall, Chris Hill, Michael McIlorum, Lee Mossop, Sean O’Loughlin, Kevin Sinfield, Sam Tomkins, Kallum Watkins, Ben Westwood.Fiji:Peni Botiki, Jayson Bukuya, Petero Civoniceva, Kane Evans, Aaron Groom, Apisai Koroisau, Daryl Millard, Ryan Millard, Kevin Naiqama, Waisale Ligani Naiqama, Vitale Junior Roqica, Ashton Sims, Korbin Sims, Tariq Sims, James Storer, Akuila Uate, Eloni Vunakece, Sisa Ledua Waqa, Semi Radradra Turgasoli Waqavatu.last_img read more

PayPal set to discontinue Windows BlackBerry and Amazon Apps

first_imgAdvertisement PayPal is discontinuing its mobile app for Windows Phone, BlackBerry and Amazon Fire OS devices to focus its efforts on Android and Apple. As of 30 June, users of affected devices will no longer be able to access the PayPal app, the company said.The company claimed that by ending support for Windows, BlackBerry and Fire OS, it will be able to produce a better app experience for Android and iOS devices. Customers using older versions of the PayPal mobile app on Android and iOS will be required to upgrade to version 6.0 Starting on June 3rd through June 30th.Joanna Lambert, PayPal Vice President of Global Consumer Product and Engineering, stated, “It was a difficult decision to no longer support the PayPal app on these mobile platforms, but we believe it’s the right thing to ensure we are investing our resources in creating the very best experiences for our customers. We remain committed to partnering with mobile device providers, and we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause our customers.” – Advertisement – PayPal is quick to point out that despite being left without a native app, affected users will still have full access to PayPal’s mobile website for account management and money transactions. There are other options, too; BlackBerry users can still send peer-to-peer payments with PayPal through BBM. And on the Windows side, Outlook.com users can enable the PayPal add-in to send payments right from the email app.last_img read more

A New York City Bar Will Literally Kick Out Anyone Misusing the

first_img A New York City Bar Will Literally Kick Out Anyone Misusing the Word ‘Literally’ Add to Queue The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Next Article Staff Writer. Covers leadership, media, technology and culture. January 25, 2018 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List –shares Nina Zipkincenter_img News and Trends Entrepreneur Staff 2 min read Image credit: ekash | Getty Images Is there a word that you would want to banish from your workplace? We all have our pet peeves, especially in an office setting. Someone brings something pungent for lunch, incessantly clicks their pen or insists on turning the thermostat too high or too low. But then there are the smaller annoyances that manifest in the form of often misused words and phrases — but come up all the time.Your “for all intensive purposes” that’s actually “for all intents and purposes.” Your corporate speak such as “let’s circle back” or “best practices.” “Irregardless” in lieu of “regardless” is another example, although the fine folks at Dictionary.com do confirm that “irregardless” is a word, “irregardless” of how much you might hate it.But now, one establishment in New York City has decided to take back control on at least one repeatedly misused word. A bar called the Continental has declared war on the word “literally.” Literally. Sort of.Related: 10 Reasons Why Good Customer Service Is Your Most Important MetricEast Village bar the Continental expounds on their (tongue-in-cheek) ban on the word literally. Their stated goal now is to stop “Kardashianism.” cc: @edenbrower pic.twitter.com/iI0N41qCgt— evgrieve (@evgrieve) January 24, 2018In an interview with New York Magazine, owner Trigger Smith had this to say of the reasoning behind the new signage and the swift dismissal of anyone who says “literally” inside the walls of the beloved neighborhood dive, which is soon to be closed in a few months due to a 2015 bankruptcy filing.“It’s not just millennials. Now you hear newscasters using ‘literally’ every three minutes on the Sunday news shows,” Smith said. “What’s annoying is people aren’t even aware they’re saying it. How could you be so unaware of your words that it’s coming out every couple minutes?”Even though the Contintental is not long for this world, clearly Smith was compelled to draw a line in the sand. Hopefully his mission only makes people drop the word from their vocabulary rather making the bar lose too much business.Is there a word that makes you cringe? Let us know in the comments. Apply Now »last_img read more

Hilton Unit to Pay 250500 for Unsolicited Sales Calls

first_img –shares Image credit: Reuters | Brendan McDermid A timeshare unit of Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. agreed to pay $250,500 and improve its business practices to settle charges it made hundreds of unsolicited telemarketing sales calls to New Yorkers who had signed up for the National Do Not Call Registry.Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who announced the settlement on Monday, said Hilton Grand Vacations Co. violated the state’s “Do Not Call” law by making 334 unsolicited calls to 133 people who had registered not to receive them.The accord will help “ensure that residents who opt out of receiving promotional calls are not forced to deal with these harassing messages,” Cuomo said.As part of the settlement, Hilton Grand Vacations agreed to limit future calls but can place some calls to people with whom Hilton already does business, Cuomo said. The unit did not admit wrongdoing and cooperated with the state probe.Hilton Grand Vacations did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Its parent operates hotels under brands such as Hilton, DoubleTree, Embassy Suites and Waldorf Astoria.On Feb. 26, Hilton said it planned to spin off Hilton Grand Vacations into a new public company that would manage nearly 50 resorts in the United States and Europe.(Reporting by Jonathan Stempel in New York; Editing by Dan Grebler) Next Article Hilton Unit to Pay $250,500 for Unsolicited Sales Calls Enroll Now for $5 2 min read March 7, 2016center_img This story originally appeared on Reuters Reuters Court Cases Add to Queue Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brandlast_img read more

15 Fast Facts You Should Know About Trumps VP Pick Mike Pence

first_imgPolitics The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. 2 min read 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Entrepreneur Staff Add to Queue On Friday, Donald Trump issued the following tweet, confirming who many believed would be his pick for the Vice President candidate on his ticket:I am pleased to announce that I have chosen Governor Mike Pence as my Vice Presidential running mate. News conference tomorrow at 11:00 A.M.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 15, 2016Here are some fast facts about Mr. Pence:1. Governor of Indiana2. 57 years old, married with 3 children3. Endorsed Sen. Ted Cruz over Trump before Indiana primary 4. House member for 12 years, elected governor in 20125. Former conservative talk radio and TV host6. According to CNN analysts, has ties to the Koch brothers and other influential donors who have not yet supported Trump7. Was among first Republicans to embrace the Tea Party8. Signed into law a controversial “religious freedom” that detractors saw as anti-LGBTRelated: Indiana Governor Signs Religious Freedom Law, Sparking Debates …9. Has supported increased border security and stricter enforcement of laws prohibiting illegal immigrants from working in the United States10. In March, approved a bill outlawing abortions based on a fetus’s “race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, or diagnosis or potential diagnosis of the fetus having Down syndrome or any other disability.”11. Has called for increases in military spending 12. Has an “A” rating from the National Rifle Association, tweeted that he “will always be a strong proponent of the Second Amendment”Related: Donald Trump’s Top Speaking Tips for Entrepreneurs13. Repealed Indiana’s inheritance tax and lowered taxes on corporate income and business property14. Supports free trade15. Supports school choice and locally-set learning standards Apply Now » 15 Fast Facts You Should Know About Trump’s VP Pick Mike Pence Next Article Entrepreneur Staff –shares July 15, 2016last_img read more

Comcast Business Earns Seven 2019 American Business Awards Including Recognition as Most

first_imgComcast Business Earns Seven 2019 American Business Awards Including Recognition as Most Innovative Company of the Year PRNewswireJune 10, 2019, 1:14 pmJune 10, 2019 ActiveCoreAmerican Business AwardsBusiness VoiceEdge solutionComcast BusinessGold Stevie AwardMarketing Technology NewsNews Previous ArticleSocketLabs Names New Chief Revenue Officer to Drive Next Wave of Growth in Email Delivery MarketNext ArticleSeismic Strengthens its Relationship with Microsoft at Upcoming Microsoft Events Awards for ActiveCore and Business VoiceEedge Solution Further Demonstrate the Company’s Ability to Deliver Innovative Solutions for BusinessesComcast Business announced that it has been recognized as a winner across seven categories in the 17th Annual American Business Awards, including a Gold Stevie Award in the Most Innovative Company of the Year – 2,500 or More Employees category. Additional recognitions span Comcast Business’ innovative products, including its ActiveCore and Business VoiceEdge solution.“We’re honored to be recognized by The American Business Awards with several awards across multiple categories”“We’re honored to be recognized by The American Business Awards with several awards across multiple categories,” said Kevin O’Toole, Senior Vice President Product Management, Comcast Business. “Comcast Business is committed to developing innovative solutions designed to help companies across the country go beyond the expected. We are proud that the United States’ premier business awards program has recognized our organization’s achievements and solutions. As we continue to introduce new innovations to the market, we look forward to having new and exciting business solutions to submit in next year’s awards.”Marketing Technology News: Tellius Named by Gartner as a 2019 Cool Vendor in AnalyticsMore than 3,800 nominations from organizations of all sizes and in virtually every industry were submitted this year for consideration in a wide range of categories. Specifically, Comcast Business was recognized with the following:Gold Stevie Awards:Most Innovative Company of the Year – 2,500 or more employeesIT Service Management Solution – ActiveCoreTelecommunications Service – Business VoiceEdgeIntegration Solution – ActiveCoreSilver Stevie Award:Cloud Platform – ActiveCoreBronze Stevie Award:Business Service Innovation of the Year – ActiveCore Voice CommandsMost Innovative Tech Company of the Year – 2,500 or more employeesMarketing Technology News: BabbleLabs Raises $14 million Series A Financing from Dell Technologies Capital and Intel Capital to Accelerate Speech Technology“Comcast showed that it’s moving with today’s fast tech world by introducing products and solutions that combine technologies and ultimately streamline our digital world,” commented one judge in regards to Comcast Business as the Most Innovative Company of the Year.“The nominations submitted to The 2019 American Business Awards were outstanding. They illustrate the continued vibrancy of innovation and high level of achievement across the American economic landscape,” said Michael Gallagher, president and founder of the Stevie Awards.Nicknamed the Stevies for the Greek word meaning “crowned,” the awards will be presented to winners at a gala ceremony at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York on Tuesday, June 11.Marketing Technology News: L.A. Lakers Partner Wish Jumps to No. 1 in Earned Social Media Value Among NBA Jersey Patch Sponsorslast_img read more

Cancer drugs reprogram genes in breast tumors to prevent endocrine resistance finds

first_img Source:https://news.illinois.edu/view/6367/777533 Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Apr 24 2019Treating breast tumors with two cancer drugs simultaneously may prevent endocrine resistance by attacking the disease along two separate gene pathways, scientists at the University of Illinois found in a new study.The two drugs used in the study, selinexor and 4-OHT, caused the cancer cells to die and tumors to regress for prolonged periods, said food science and human nutrition professor Zeynep Madak-Erdogan, the principal investigator on the study.The study, published recently in the journal Cancers, involved human breast cancer cells that were implanted in mice and analyses of the genes expressed by endocrine-resistant breast tumors.While endocrine therapy currently is the most effective form of treatment for hormone-responsive breast cancer, some patients will either not respond or will develop resistance to the drugs over time.This condition, called endocrine resistance, causes metastases and is responsible for a majority of women’s deaths from hormone-responsive breast cancer.Based upon the team’s prior research, the researchers hypothesized that two elements might work together to cause endocrine resistance – the hormone receptor ERa, which is responsive to estrogen and is expressed in 70 percent of all breast cancers, and the nuclear transport gene XPO1, which removes foreign materials from cells’ nuclei.Combining the drugs selinexor, which prevents XPO1 anti-cancer proteins from functioning, and 4-OHT, which inhibits estrogen receptors from responding to the hormone, might be more effective than either drug alone, the researchers hypothesized.In a 2016 study published in Molecular Endocrinology, Madak-Erdogan’s team found that women who expressed higher levels of XPO1 and a “signature” of other nuclear transport genes were more likely to be endocrine resistant.That paper was co-written by epidemiology professor Rebecca Smith, then-graduate student Karen Chen, research assistant Kinga Wrobel and graduate student Eylem Kulkoyluoglu-Cotul, who was the first author of the current study.Related StoriesCannabis users could be more tolerant to anesthesia agentsNew computational framework reveals impact of arthritis drugs on gene expressionArtificial DNA can help release active ingredients from drugs in sequenceIn the current study, the team treated endocrine-resistant tumor cells with 4-OHT or selinexor alone, or with a combination of both drugs to determine how each of these treatment protocols affected the tumors’ survival and functioning. The drug combination was more effective at reducing the tumor cells’ viability than either drug was by itself, they found.When they tested the three treatments on human breast tumor cells implanted in mice, they found that the combination of 4-OHT and selinexor caused the tumors to regress faster and more completely than either drug alone – effects that continued for several weeks after treatment ended, according to the study.In analyzing genetic activity in human endocrine-resistant breast tumors, they found that the drug combination increased the expression of more than 100 genes and decreased the expression of 132 other genes that were not affected by either drug alone.The drug combination appeared to promote sustained tumor regression by decreasing the activity of genes that were associated with endocrine resistance and metastasis. Among these were sets of genes regulated by the protein Akt that control cells’ survival, proliferation and migration.However, in endocrine-resistant tumors, XPO1 helped the cells mutate by modulating Akt’s activity, “rewiring breast cancer cells’ metabolism to provide them with new survival or escape routes,” she said. “By decreasing the expression of certain genes, the 4-OHT and selinexor combination prevented tumor cells from activating these survival pathways, which were prominent when the tumors were treated with either drug alone.”last_img read more

Uber used tech tool to shield data from police outside US

This Wednesday, June 21, 2017, file photo shows the building that houses the headquarters of Uber in San Francisco. A published report says Uber used technology during police raids outside the U.S. to keep company information from law enforcement. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File) Citation: Uber used tech tool to shield data from police outside US (2018, January 11) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-01-uber-tech-tool-shield-police.html Uber spokeswoman Melanie Ensign said this tool—no longer in use—could lock computers and smartphones and change passwords remotely from the company’s headquarters in San Francisco.Bloomberg reported Thursday that Uber used the tool, known as Ripley, from spring 2015 until late 2016 in several cities, including Paris, Hong Kong, Brussels, Amsterdam and Montreal.Bloomberg said some Uber employees felt the system hindered legitimate investigations, while some people believed its use was justified when police didn’t come with warrants or specific-enough data requests.The use of this tool raises questions for Uber because the company has in the past used a phony version of its app to thwart authorities. The “Greyball” software identified regulators who were trying to hail a ride in an attempt to collect evidence of local law-breaking. Those rides would be canceled or never arrive. It has also been reported that the Justice Department was investigating whether Uber illegally used software to track drivers of its rival Lyft.Bloomberg reported that authorities in Montreal were seeking evidence in May 2015 that Uber had violated tax laws. Uber’s use of Ripley meant they didn’t get any information, but Uber cooperated with a second search warrant and agreed to collect provincial taxes for each ride, Bloomberg said.Ensign said the company shut down Ripley in 2016 because it didn’t work well.She said Uber now has a tool called ULocker that can remotely lock and encrypt devices. Ensign could not immediately say if Uber has used that to protect data from law enforcement as well. But she said Uber’s guidance to employees bars use of the tool where it isn’t legal.In a statement, Uber said this security tool is similar to those used by other companies and gives Uber a way to block access to data when an employee loses a device. The company said its policy is to cooperate with “all valid searches and requests for data.”The ride-hailing service had a scandal-ridden 2017 that included lawsuits, government probes, the revelation of a significant sexual-harassment problem and the disclosure of a cover-up of a hack that stole personal information of 57 million passengers and 600,000 drivers. The company’s hard-charging CEO, Travis Kalanick, resigned in June and was replaced in August by the former CEO of Expedia, Dara Khosrowshahi. Explore further The ride-sharing company Uber confirmed Thursday that it had technology to shield company data when law enforcement raided its offices outside the U.S. Uber taps Barney Harford as COO 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. © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. read more