Casablanca – A bus crashed into a bank agency located at Ibn Tachfine Boulevard on Thursday morning, leaving eight people injured, according to LE360. On Thursday, one of El Madina buses crashed into a bank agency on Ibn Tachfine Boulevard, in Casablanca’s Roches Noires neighborhood, leaving 8 people injured and serious material damages.Some witnesses said brake failure was what caused the bus to end up in the bank agency, according to LE360. According to the same source, the bus crash took place at 6:30 am. The bus driver had allegedly attempted to avoid collision with a truck coming from the opposite direction, before the bus ended up crashing into the bank agency.Eight injured victims were subsequently taken to Mohammed V hospital in Casablanca.
Rabat-The Belgian government is facing a storm of criticism after one of its Ministers made racist comments about Moroccan, Algerian, and Congolese immigrants and questioning their contribution to the development of the country.Theo Francken, Secretary of State for Asylum and Migration and a Flemish nationalist, doubted that Moroccan, Algerian and Congolese immigrants could add any value for Belgium.Media reports revealed these statements based on a Facebook status that the Belgian politician wrote on November 21, 2011. He questioned the value Moroccan, Algerian and Congolese immigrants can add to Belgium’s economy in comparison to the Jewish, Indian, and Chinese immigrants. This statement was labeled racist categorization and a “worrying development,” especially from an official who takes the tenure of immigration and asylum.Theo Francken said: “I can figure the added value of Jewish, Chinese and Indian diasporas, but less that of the Moroccan, Congolese, or Algerian diasporas.”The statement brought him heavy criticism and forced him to apologize in front of the federal parliament three years later.“I realize I hurt people by saying this. I never intended to. I want to present my sincere apologies. I can guarantee you that I will be a state secretary who defends the interests of all the people in this country, with a great respect for everyone,” he was quoted by the Guardian as saying.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed.
“The American Dream is rapidly becoming the American Illusion, as the US now has the lowest rate of social mobility of any of the rich countries,” said the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Philip Alston, Friday, at the end of a fact finding mission to the country.“Instead of realizing its founders’ admirable commitments, today’s United States has proved itself to be exceptional in far more problematic ways that are shockingly at odds with its immense wealth and its founding commitment to human rights,” he added.Assumption that poor come from minorities is wrong – UN expertIn his statement, the Mr. Alston also stated that the assumption that poor came from ethnic minority groups is not correct and in fact there are eight million more white people than African-Americans living in poverty.“The face of poverty in America is not only black or Hispanic, but also white, Asian and many other colours,” he said.He went on to add that he was “struck” by the extent to which construed narratives about supposed distinctive differences between the rich and poor have been “sold” to the electorate by some politicians and the media.The face of poverty in America is not only black or Hispanic, but also white, Asian and many other colours – Special Rapporteur Philip AlstonSuch misconceptions included notions that “the rich are industrious, entrepreneurial, patriotic and the drivers of economic success [while] the poor are wasters, losers and scammers,” he explained.“Despite the fact that this is contradicted by the facts, some of the politicians and political appointees with whom I spoke were completely sold on the narrative of such scammers sitting on comfortable sofas, watching colour TVs, while surfing on their smartphones, all paid for by welfare.”“I wonder how many of these politicians have ever visited poor areas, let alone spoken to those who dwell there,” he noted.Proposed policy and welfare cuts could ‘essentially shred’ safety nets – UN expert Further in the statement, the Special Rapporteur also expressed the fear that proposed changes in US tax and welfare policies could have “devastating consequences” for the poorest in the country and make it the “most unequal society in the world.”“The dramatic cuts in welfare, foreshadowed by President [Donald] Trump and [House of Representatives] Speaker [Paul] Ryan, and already beginning to be implemented by the administration, will essentially shred crucial dimensions of a safety net that is already full of holes.”“Several administration officials told me that as far as welfare reform is concerned, states are, in Justice Louis D. Brandeis’ famous phrase, ‘laboratories of innovation.’ Recent proposals to drug-test welfare recipients in Wisconsin and West Virginia, along with Mississippi’s recent purge of its welfare rolls, raise concerns that the administration would happily look the other way while states conducted what were in essence unethical experiments on the poor.”Mr. Alston’s final report on his US visit will be available in Spring 2018 and will be presented to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva in June 2018. The statement he delivered in Washington DC today can be found here.During his two-week mission, at the invitation of the federal government, the UN expert visited California, Alabama, Georgia, West Virginia and Washington, D.C., as well as Puerto Rico.UN Special Rapporteurs and independent experts are appointed by the Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a specific human rights theme or a country situation. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work.
Senate will receive the final report from the Ad-hoc Committee on Program Review and Prioritization. A motion asking Senate to accept and approve the report has been put forward. Senate will determine the next steps in terms of how this report is to be implemented. Once Senate has approved the final report, it will also decide how the report is to be released to the Brock community and more widely. https://brocku.ca/webfm_send/35321The report of the Governance Committee will include an In Camera discussion of potential Honorary Degree nominees. The report of the Research and Scholarship Policy Committee includes motions to extend the terms of the Centre for Bone and Muscle Health for an additional five years, and for the approval of the remaining two years of the Advanced Biomanufacturing Centre’s original five-year mandate. https://brocku.ca/webfm_send/35306The reports of the Information Technology and Infrastructure Committee, Planning Priorities and Budget Advisory Committee, Graduate Studies Committee, Teaching and Learning Policy Committee have been posted for information. The Undergraduate Program Committee includes motions to Senate related to the following: Changes to Faculty Handbook III, A. Section 11.10 Transcripts and Diplomas; changes to Articulation Agreements – Policing and Criminal Justice; introduction of Articulation Agreements – Goodman School of Business; introduction of Articulation Agreement – Sport Management; changes to program – Masters Preparation Certificate in Education; proposed changes to program requirements – Policing and Criminal Justice; proposed changes to program requirements – Recreation and Leisure Studies; proposed additions and changes to the undergraduate course bank.The Academic Review Committee includes a motion to Senate for approval of Major Modifications to the BEd Primary/Junior (Aboriginal) program in the Tecumseh Centre for Aboriginal Research and Education. The March 2015 meeting of Senate will take place on Wednesday March 18 at 3 p.m. in the Sankey Chamber. The full agenda and supporting materials are available at https://brocku.ca/webfm_send/35394Here is a brief summary of the agenda.The Report of the President (https://brocku.ca/webfm_send/35297) includes his identical report to the Board. This document provides a significant indication of the challenges facing Brock as well as identifying strategies for what the President identifies as defending our current mission, maximizing our enrolment potential and improving our financial position. All members of the Brock community are encouraged to read this document.https://brocku.ca/webfm_send/35297In addition to identifying many of the significant recent achievements within each Faculty, the Report of the Vice President Academic also reports that the MTCU has approved the BA (Honours) Game Design and BSc (Honours) Game Programming submissions for full funding, commencing in September 2015. The report also includes updates from the Vice Provost, Teaching and Learning. These include the announcement that the Department of Dramatic Arts has been been successful in receiving Provincial funding for one online course module, a link to the executive summary of Brock’s 2014 NSSE results, and an update from the Co-Op Programs office.https://brocku.ca/webfm_send/34802.The report of the Vice President, Research and Scholarship celebrates the achievements of many Brock researchers as evidenced by the recent Celebration of Research. The report also recognizes the success of research grant recipients. The Vice President will also provide a Power Point presentation comparing Brock’s publication performance to that of other institutions https://brocku.ca/webfm_send/35372 The report of the Academic Colleague identifies a number of significant, impending government decisions, particularly related to funding and accountability, including outcomes surveys. The report also identifies a number of new COU initiatives.
BROWSE Jose Bautista The baseball from Jose Bautista’s bat-flip home run has been sold for more than $28,000 at auction.Bidding on the ball from Bautista’s three-run homer in Toronto’s wild 6-3 victory over the Texas Rangers in Game 5 of the 2015 American League Division Series closed on Friday with a flurry of last minute bids within the final hours.The price rose from the reserve bid of US$3,500 on Jan. 4 to more than US$14,000 four weeks later.In the final hour of the auction, the final four bids pushed the selling price from US$16,081 to US$28,252.80 – or almost $37,000 Canadian.The final bid ended up being US$23,544 but under rules of the auction, anyone who submitted a bid on the ball before that 10 p.m. deadline was entitled to re-bid in a 30-minute exclusive window.“We were really surprised by the price on this one,” Lelands co-founder Josh Evans told CityNews.“It was mostly Canadians bidding,” said Evans. “I think there was a certain patriotism to it.”Evans would not disclose the name of the winning bidder, saying only “the eventual buyer was Canadian.”That is good news for the anonymous Canadian consignor who was hoping the ball would stay north of the border.“When it gets to that high-dollar amount, I hope there’s somebody in Canada that sees the importance of it being here,” said the spokesperson for the small group that owns the ball. “We made the decision to take some of the money and make a donation to Robbie Alomar’s foundation. We want to keep the ball safe here and if not, we’re going to give some money to them and let them do what they do.“But I hope a big business or a big CEO steps up and buys it and puts it on display for the fans. That’s what we really want. We want it to come back here and let the fans see it.”Bautista’s seventh-inning home run won the ALDS for Toronto and became entrenched in Blue Jays lore when it was punctuated by his notorious bat flip.The now famous bat is kept in a glass case in Toronto’s clubhouse in a foyer between the manager’s office and the players’ locker-room. The bat was on display for fans to see at the Blue Jays WinterFest that was held Jan. 19 and 20 at Rogers Centre, but the ball’s location remained private until it went up for auction on Jan. 4.Alomar’s Foundation 12 helps youth baseball players in Canada with financial assistance, program support, and educational opportunities. Alomar, who was the second baseman for Toronto’s World Series championship teams in 1992 and 1993, is the only player to wear a Blue Jays cap into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y.“(Foundation 12) does some amazing work with young people in baseball, special needs people,” said the consignor. “Robbie was the greatest Blue Jay of all time, he’s a Hall of Famer, he’s a wonderful guy, we know him a little bit just from being at different events.“They do some amazing work.”Bautista is currently a free agent after leaving Toronto in 2017 and playing for the Atlanta Braves, New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies in 2018. His 288 home runs are second all-time in Blue Jays franchise history behind Carlos Delgado’s 336.
Placing second at the 2012 ITA All-American Championships Sunday in Tulsa, Okla., Ohio State men’s tennis’ redshirt junior Peter Kobelt is more than pleased with his performance on the Case Tennis Center courts.“I was very happy with my performance, I beat five guys who are high on their respective team’s line-ups,” Kobelt said. “Being able to put five matches together like that and play that long in the tournament shows that I have been doing the right things over the summer training-wise and conditioning-wise. It was really nice to see.”The New Albany, Ohio, native won five matches, two of which were against top 10-ranked players. Kobelt fell in the singles finale to No. 6-seeded Alex Domijan of Virginia, 7-5, 6-1.Kobelt attributed his wins to his serving strengths and mobility.“I was serving at a very high percentage for serves and I was able to get around and hit a lot of forehands in the beginning to control the court,” Kobelt said.Coach Ty Tucker said he was impressed with Kobelt’s finish.“Obviously it was very strong, to finish No. 2 in the nation at that tournament is big,” Tucker said. “It’s the first time we have had a player finish in the individual All-American singles.”The redshirt junior also played in the doubles bracket beside senior Connor Smith, but the duo left Tulsa, Okla., without a doubles title after falling in the second round of competition.“We played OK, but we came up short, we played a tough team and it was bad weather,” Smith said. “It was only pro sets so it was tough, but we came out a bit slow.”In addition to finishing second in the nation this week, Kobelt is ranked as the No. 35 tennis player in the countrybut he said he was not sure of the ranking at first.“I had a general idea on where I would be from last season with the ongoing seniors that left,” Kobelt said. “I don’t know how comfortable I was, I had an OK season but I wasn’t too confident right from the beginning.”Tucker said Kobelt’s ranking has come as a result of the player utilizing his strengths as a player.“His biggest strengths are his serve and the fact that he is a junior now, but a redshirt junior, so it’s his fourth year and he knows what is expected of him,” Tucker said. “He knows what kind of game he has and what he needs to do.”Kobelt and the Buckeyes are scheduled to travel to East Lansing, Mich., on Oct. 18, to compete in the USTA/ITA Midwest Regional Championships.
Deepfake revenge pornography is now a crime in Virginia.An updated mandate, which took effect Monday, broadens an existing law that states anyone who shares or sells explicit images or videos to “coerce, harass, or intimidate” is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor.And therefore is subject to up to a year in jail and a fine of no more than $2,500.Revenge porn dates back to the 1980s, when Hustler magazine published nude photos of women, often without their permission. But it gained international attention in 2010 when Hunter Moore launched the user-submitted pornography site IsAnyoneUp.In early 2015, Reddit banned the posting of sexually explicit content without consent, and Twitter followed suit a month later. Search giants Google and Microsoft later announced they would remove links to revenge porn on request.In this high-tech day and age, though, you don’t need previously recorded content to wreak havoc.Deepfakes—a technique for human image synthesis based on artificial intelligence—makes it easy to plant anyone’s face onto anyone else’s body, making them say and do whatever you want.“The non-consensual dissemination of intimate photos or videos is not just humiliating for victims, but it can also carry significant emotional, psychological, and even financial repercussions,” according to Virginia Democrat Marcus Simon, who introduced HB 2678 to protect victims of deepfakes.Laws preventing revenge porn already exist in 41 states and Washington, D.C.But Simon’s bill—which adds language addressing “a falsely created videographic or still image”—is “one of the first of its kind in the country,” NBC12 reported.“Deepfakes are yet another malicious tool used to harass and terrorize individuals, who are most often women,” the delegate said.The Virginia General Assembly passed the updated bill in March, when it was also signed by Gov. Ralph Northam.More on Geek.com:Pornhub, Twitter Crack Down on AI-Generated EroticaDeepfake Tool Makes It Easy to Put Words Into Someone’s MouthNo, Wonder Woman Did Not Star in a Porno: AI Creates Fake Celeb Erotica Adobe’s New AI Tool Can Identify Photoshopped FacesDeepfake Tool Makes It Easy to Put Words Into Someone’s Mouth Stay on target
(For further information please contact the RBDF Public Relations Department or visit our website: www.rbdf.gov.bs, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and view our Youtube channel) -rbdf-#GuardOurHeritage Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 6, 2017 – Nassau – Several Officers and Marines from the Royal Bahamas Defence Force made a charitable donation to the Cancer Society of The Bahamas on Wednesday past.The group of men, which comprised Entry 20, presented a monetary donation to the president of Cancer Society, Dr. Williamson Chea, at the organization’s headquarters located East Terrace Centerville.The men of Entry 20 enlisted in the Royal Bahamas Defence Force on June 9, 1987 with a total of 65 individuals. To date, there are currently 23 active members still serving on the force. Commander Defence Force, Commodore Tellis Bethel lauds the efforts of the Officers and Marines who saw the need to support a great organization within our community.RBDF Cancer Society Photo shows: Some of the former and present members of Entry 20 making a monetary presentation to the Cancer Society of The Bahamas. From Left: Dr. Darius Anwala, Board Member Cancer Society, Stephen Pennerman, Dr. Williamson Chea, President of Cancer Society of The Bahamas, Lieutenant Commander Stephen Rolle, Chief Petty Officer Samuel Smith and Chief Petty Officer (Retired) Lorenzo Carey. (RBDF Photo by Marine Seaman Kyle Smith) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
Flagship property Galaxy Macau saw its net revenue increase 7% year-on-year to HK$9.3 billion including gaming revenue of HK$8.2 billion. Rolling chip volume was up 15% to HK$189.6 billion with win of HK$6.4 billion, while mass table drop grew 11.5% to HK$10.7 billion with win of HK$4.4 billion. EGM handle rose 11.3% to HK$527 million.At StarWorld, net revenue grew 7% to HK$2.9 billion year-on-year with Adjusted EBITDA up 16% to HK$927 million. Rolling chip volume increased 10.3% to HK$73.8 billion with win of HK$2.2 billion while mass table drop grew 13% to HK$4 billion with win of HK$1.7 billion. EGM handle rose 23.9% to HK$41 million.GEG’s mass-only property Broadway Macau enjoyed a particularly strong quarter, with net revenue for 3Q18 up 38% year-on-year to HK$145 million and Adjusted EBITDA reaching HK$9 million, a 350% sequential increase and 150% higher than the same period last year.Mass table drop at Broadway increased 31.5% to HK$242 million with win of HK$62 million while slot handle grew 178% to HK$509 million with win of HK$11 million.Union Gaming analyst Grant Govertsen said Galaxy continues to impress despite concerns over the potential impact of external factors.“While acknowledging the macro backdrop, management clearly remains bullish on what they’re seeing over the short term: October’s Golden Week volumes were strong (VIP in double digits, mass in high teens) and 4Q is on pace to be the strongest quarter in years (and therefore the strongest of 2018),” he said.“Obviously one-time events like World Cup in July and the super typhoon in September kept 3Q from being even stronger, but these months book-ended August, which was the strongest month of the year for GEG. At the same time, 3Q was also negatively impacted by construction disruption as all gaming rooms went offline at some point to be retrofitted for smoking lounges.” Load More Galaxy offers first glimpse of new Galaxy Macau convention center ahead of 2021 launch JW Marriott at Galaxy Macau named venue and Galaxy Entertainment Group named Venue Sponsor for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Black Tie Gala Dinner 300-seat cap revealed for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Gala Dinner at Galaxy Macau Galaxy Entertainment Group saw its net revenue grow 6% year-on-year to HK$13.0 billion and Adjusted EBITDA 10% to HK$3.9 billion in 3Q18, the increases coming despite bad luck across all three of its Macau properties and the mid-September closure of casino operations for more than 30 hours during Typhoon Mangkhut.Galaxy’s results weren’t as strong as the previous quarter, with revenue and EBITDA down 7.0% and 10.0% respectively from 2Q18. Nevertheless, the company recorded its 11th consecutive month of year-on-year EBITDA growth on the back of a standout performance in the mass market segment. RelatedPosts
Alaskans file their Permanent Fund dividend applications in downtown Anchorage in March 2016. (Photo by Rachel Waldholz, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)If the state budget didn’t lower Alaska Permanent Fund dividends this year, they would have been among the highest in state history, at more than $2,300. Instead, they will be $1,100, deposited or mailed on Oct. 5.Listen nowThe day that permanent fund dividends were announced used to be a celebration.By 2015, Gov. Bill Walker had a grave tone, as Palmer middle-schooler Shania Sommer announced a PFD of more than $2,000.“Some may see this dollar amount, which Shania will announce and go, well, everything is fine,” he said. “Well, it’s not. We have some challenges as a result of the price of oil.”This year was different again. The announcement came in a Friday afternoon press release.Permanent Fund Dividend Division officials say they didn’t calculate what PFDs would have been, since it wasn’t necessary. Last year, the dividend amount wasn’t certain until the announcement, because it depended on the number of applicants who were eligible. This year, the Legislature set the amount.Anchorage resident Andrée McLeod reached out to state officials, lawmakers and reporters, asking why the amount set by the original state law wasn’t made public.“Why has this administration not gone through the process to actually inform and notice Alaskans what that exact amount of the dividend would have been had the Legislature not dickered around with our Permanent Fund dividend amounts?” McLeod said.The amount of Permanent Fund earnings available for PFDs under the state law that created dividends was $1.55 billion. The state expects about 640,000 Alaskans to receive dividends.Putting current state data through the formula in state law that historically set dividend values, PFDs would have been about $2,350 each.That would have been the highest dollar figure in dividend history, without adjusting for inflation. With inflation, it would have been the fifth-highest.Anchorage Democratic Rep. Andy Josephson said he understands why the administration didn’t announce the number.“There was no hiding of the number,” Josephson said. “It was talked about all the time. So, I’m not quite sure what the complaint is. I understand why the Department of Revenue might not want to run a set of numbers that are sort of moot at this point.”Josephson said the House majority he’s a member of didn’t want to reduce PFDs without adding new revenue. But he said a deal over dividends was necessary to avoid a state government shutdown.“We were left with the following situation: Does the government shut down because the two sides are at loggerheads on the first of July or do we at least try to secure adequate public services for the people?” Josephson said.The Legislature drew from another savings account – the Constitutional Budget Reserve – in order to cover the gap between how much the government spends and how much it brings in, in taxes, fees and oil royalties. Walker said he’ll call lawmakers back on October 23rd to Juneau for a fourth special session, focused on revenue.
View of damages in a supermarket in Valencia, Carabobo State, on Friday, the day after anti-government protesters looted stores, set fire to cars and clashed with police, leaving at least five people injured, and one dead after being hit in the head by a projectile. Photo: AFPA young man died Friday after he was injured in violence as looting broke out in impoverished Venezuelan cities, an official said, bringing the toll from unrest in more than a month of anti-government protests to at least 36.Hecder Lugo Perez, 22, died after he was hit in the head by a projectile in the northwestern city of Valencia, sources at the Valles de San Diego medical clinic said. City Mayor Enzo Scarano confirmed his death.Mass protests erupted on April 1 by demonstrators demanding elections to remove President Nicolas Maduro. They blame him for an economic crisis that has caused shortages of food, medicine and other basics.Anger boiled over Friday in the western municipality of Rosario de Perija, where young protesters burned, pulled down and then smashed a statue of former president Hugo Chavez, Maduro’s late predecessor and mentor, according to video posted on social media showing the incident in a public square.Looting broke out this week in cities such as Valencia, which looked like a disaster zone with bars on shop windows bent and windows broken.“There was a crowd of them. They broke through the walls and took everything. They destroyed everything” before police came and fired tear gas to disperse the looters, said Nuvia Torrealba, 42, who worked in a bakery.“My bosses have lost their home and we are out of a job. It was horrible.”Residents were stockpiling food, water and fuel. At least 70 stores have been raided since Tuesday, the Valencia chamber of commerce said.“They are taking advantage of the protests to go out and rob,” said Magaly Oliveros, a 64-year-old housewife in Valencia.“Today we are hungry, and tomorrow we will be hungrier still because there is nothing.”Army allegationsMaduro is resisting opposition demands for elections.Each side accuses the other of using armed groups to sow violence in the demonstrations.Maduro has the public backing of the military high command, which analysts say is key to resisting the protests.However, senior opposition leader Henrique Capriles said on Friday that 85 mid-ranking army officers have been detained for opposing moves to crack down on protesters.He cited information he said was given by the officers’ families.Weekend protestsMaduro’s opponents called for women to march on Saturday dressed in white, a traditional show of defiance against what they brand a repressive government.“The regime is falling,” said Lilian Tintori, wife of jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, outside the prison near Caracas where she was demanding to see her husband.“It has no strength and is showing its worst side, using weapons because it is does not have right on its side.”The president has launched moves to reform the constitution, further angering the opposition, which says he is trying to dodge elections.He says the economic crisis is a US-backed conspiracy to topple him and install a right-wing government.“We will not let a fascist regime be set up here,” said Elias Jaua, the official appointed to lead a presidential commission on the constitutional reforms.Capriles said the opposition will take no part in the constitutional discussions.The celebrity Venezuelan conductor Gustavo Dudamel, director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, added his voice to calls for an end to the violence on Thursday.He called for Maduro to “listen to the voice of the Venezuelan people”, in a message posted on Facebook.
Share A year ago, Houston Matters visited Headquarters, then the latest collaborative workspace that was opening in Houston’s East End. There, we spoke with the Greater East End Management District about how the area has grown in the past several years.So what’s that growth like today?We learn more from Veronica Gorczynski, president of the Greater East End Management District, and Patrick Ezzell, director of economic development and infrastructure for the Management District. They tell us about how the East End is changing in terms of business and real estate and whether Harvey affected development there. Then we hear from City Council Member Robert Gallegos, who represents District I, which occupies a portion of the East End.
Encountering racism is stressful, but did you know that even the fear of discrimination can cause high blood pressure?A report funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the nation’s largest philanthropy dedicated to health and health care, found that hyper-vigilance—the tension and anxiety people feel when they fear they will experience discrimination—contributes to higher rates of hypertension among Blacks.In cases where racism-related vigilance is low or absent, Blacks and Whites have similar levels of hypertension. But when people report chronic vigilance, the rates in Blacks rise significantly. Disparities in hypertension are considered a significant contributor to health disparities overall in the United States.Related Report: Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Hypertension Prevalence
When Valve first started teasing Portal 2 the Internet heaved with excitement as gamers around the world braced for another exciting visit to the cake-less world of Aperture Science. That excitement continued right up to release day where everything looked on track for this to be Game of the Year material. Even the gaming press’ reviews were all positive scoring an average 95 out of a possible 100.But then gamers actually got their hands on the game, and the user reviews started appearing on Metacritic. They weren’t all 10s, in fact so far roughly half of them are 3 or less giving an average user score of just 5.8. So what went wrong?The complaints can be summed up into four categories:The game is too short at around four hours for a playthroughThere’s expensive DLC content available at launchThe PC version seems to be an afterthought and a port from the console versionThe Potato Sack promotion is being viewed as a marketing ploy to get gamers spending moreI for one have yet to play the game, but these user reviews are putting me off paying full price for it. Although I understand many day-one user reviews are not a good reflection of a game, the fact nearly half the scores are 0-3 cannot be overlooked.Choice phrases from the reviews include describing the game as a “cash grab,” “pathetic,” “rushed,” and “woefully short.” There’s also a claim that buying all the DLC costs $80-$90 and that this is a lazy port because on the PC version you see the message “Do not turn off your console.”Here’s a few examples of the poorest reviews:Has Valve really messed up here? We have to point to the gaming press reviews as a counter-argument here, and all the 10 scores also being awarded by gamers. But I think everyone expected Valve to walk away with a perfect 10 from gamers as well as the press, and a load of awards including best game of 2011. Clearly that is not going to happen now.Read more at the Metacritic Portal 2 user reviews page, via Eurogamer.net
Entrepreneur has affiliate partnership with TechBargains so we may get a share of the revenue from your purchase.This is the last weekend before Black Friday and the deals are beginning to heat up. Samsung has begun its annual Black Friday markdowns on their TVs, Amazon has discounted Prime (something has only happened a few times), and we are starting to see retailers pull the trigger on discounts early on everything from TVs, PCs, electronics and more. 20% off Amazon Prime 2-Day Shipping Membership for $79 (Orig $99)For one day only, users new to Amazon Prime can get a discounted price on their membership. This is a rare deal they have only offered a few times and is perfect timing for Black Friday and Holiday Shopping. Prime not only gets you 2-day shipping and access to Prime Now same day delivery, you can also share it with a family member, get free premium movies & shows on Prime Video, free music streaming on Prime Music, free unlimited photo storage and Prime exclusive discounts and early access to limited time Amazon Lightning Deals. Prime offers a ton of perks and we think it’s well worth the cost. We’ve saved money compared to buying from big box stores and gotten high quality items thanks to Amazon’s massive selection of hard to find items from office supplies, electronics and more.$10 Bonus Credit on a $50 Amazon Gift Card For you new users out there who have never bought an Amazon gift card, you are eligible to get a bonus $10 Amazon credit when you buy a $50 Amazon gift card. This is basically free money to spend at Amazon just for buying a gift card. Typically Amazon only offers this deal on Black Friday (and it always sells out early). If you are a new Amazon gift card buyer or new Prime member this is an easy win.49″ Samsung 4K Curved LED HDTV for $549.99 (Orig $1,099.99)Don’t get fooled by buying a Black Friday TV. They are cheap for a reason and clearly no sane retailer would try to lose money on a single item. For only $550 you can get this very nice 2016 Samsung TV with all the newest bells and whistles: 4K, curved display and HDR support. Bose Soundtrue II Around the Ear headphones for $99 (Orig $179.95)Bose deals are a perennial Black Friday favorite and this year it looks to have gotten discounted early. These are designed to be comfortable and portable without sacrificing sound quality. We suggest you act fast as these Bose deals always sell out.55″ Samsung SUHD 4K 120Hz LED HDTV (UN55KS8000) with Quantum Dot Technology for $999.99 (Orig $2,199.99)Going high end on Black Friday is a great choice as in previous years we’ve seen the best deals on premium TVs happen only on Black Friday. This 55″ TV is one of Samsung’s upper tier SUHD TVs that is currently the lowest price all year. It has a 4K resolution and native 120Hz panel with an actual 120Hz refresh rate (not the fake number manufacturers love to make up). It gets solid reviews, has a sleek design and great picture quality that will outshine most of the junk TVs you find on Black Friday. Amazon Fire HD6 6″ 8GB WiFi Tablet for $49.99 (Orig $99.99)Use coupon code: FIREHD6. This is the Black Friday tablet deal to beat. At $50 you won’t get a better tablet than this well reviewed HD Fire 6. It has a powerful quad-core processor, a sharp 252ppi screen and if you have Prime it’s an excellent option to watch videos offline when you travel. In fact at $50 it’s a no brainer travel tablet because of its price point and its durable design. A $50 tablet is great for many things: a digital photo frame, a tablet for the kids, or even as a eBook reader. It has specialized filters for comfortable night time reading and specialized blue color filters on the screen to help you sleep at night.DropBox Pro 1-Year Subscription + $25 Dell Gift Card for $59.99 (Orig $99)This is the best deal we’ve seen on DropBox and one of the only ways we know how to get a discount on the Pro version. You get a 40% discount on one year of service as well as a bonus $25 Dell gift card to spend on electronics, games, and of course computers. 24″ Dell 1920×1080 LED Monitor for $89.99 (Orig $189.99)Use code: SAVE52. Typically speaking we expect to see a 24″ monitor on sale for around $120. Getting it $30 below a sale price is a fantastic deal and it’s a Dell. They are one of the bigger names in monitors and make some of the best around.Doorbuster Deal – Dell Optiplex 3040 Micro Intel Core i3-6100T Dual-Core Desktop w/ 3yr Warranty for $399 (Orig $727)Use code: DT399. If you wanted a desktop but hate the space they take up this is the deal for you. This micro desktop has the same sized footprint as an iPad and has the power of a desktop. It takes up very little room on a desk and can be mounted behind a monitor, underneath a desk or anywhere else. It is a business class desktop and made for security, ease of maintenance and best of all has almost no junk software that PC manufacturers love to include. McAfee Total Protection (Unlimited PC & Mobile Devices) for $9.99 (Orig $49.99)This is the lowest price we’ve seen and at $10 it’s far cheaper than any anti-virus program we’ve seen. This protects your computer, tablets and smartphones from viruses. It will also manage your passwords, encrypt your files, and can be installed on every device you own. For $10 this gives you a ton of features beyond any anti-virus.55″ Sony XBR-55X700D 4K LED HDTV + Bonus PlayStation 4 Pro TV for $999.99 (Orig $1,297.99)The PlayStation 4 Pro costs about $400 and the TV sells for $900 on most stores online so you are really getting an excellent bundle here. This TV supports HDR and 4K, both technologies the PS4 Pro was designed to handle for gaming. You effectively future proof both your TV and your gaming system for a few years to come. Amazon Paperwhite eReader w/ Backlight (Amazon Certified Refurbished 1-Year Warranty) $79.99 (Orig $109) This is the Kindle of choice for readers and is the lowest price we’ve seen (usually $100 on sale new). It has a high resolution 300ppi display for sharp text and has a built-in light so that you can read in the dark. There is no screen glare so you can enjoy it while reading outside in the sunlight. If you read a book a month and take your Kindle around a few times a year this is a good choice for youAmazon Kindle Voyager 6″ eReader w/ Adaptive Light (Amazon Certified Refurbished w/ 1-Year Warranty) $119.99 (Orig $199.99)The Kindle voyager is thinner, lighter and has a more premium feel than the Paperwhite. It has a magnesium backing and has a sleeker design. It’s definitely the Kindle of choice if you read and travel a lot as its micro-etched display has better contrast, its better material is more durable and has a better adaptive light, as well as PagePress buttons that will make this a pleasure for avid readers.Disclosure: This is brought to you by the Entrepreneur Partner Studio. Our goal is to feature products and services that we think you’ll find interesting and useful. If you purchase them, we may get a small share of the revenue from the sale from our commerce partners.Have a deal you want to promote? Contact us here. 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Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility ErrorOK ErrorOKRenzi’s coalition has a much more comfortable majority in the Chamber of Deputies than it does in the Senate.Renzi, at 39 Italy’s youngest premier, was sworn into office on Saturday along with an unusually young Cabinet.(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Sponsored Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Comments Share ROME (AP) – Premier Matteo Renzi has told lawmakers that his first foreign trip as Italy’s leader will be to Tunisia, not Brussels or Berlin.Renzi announced the trip during his address Tuesday to the lower house of Parliament ahead of a confidence vote on his leadership. Renzi won a confidence vote in the Senate overnight.Renzi’s plan to visit Tunisia and not key European capitals was a clear signal of discontinuity with Italy’s last two governments, which emphasized ties with Europe even as ordinary Italians bristled at austerity measures imposed at the EU’s behest. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation
World Aviation Systems (WAS) is pleased to announce Gia Acitelli as Regional General Manager for Virgin Atlantic Airways, following the airline’s recent appointment of WAS for the Asia Pacific region.Acitelli joins WAS from Virgin Atlantic Airways, where she has held the position of sales and marketing manager for Australia and New Zealand, for the past 14 years.With over 20 years of experience in travel, tourism and airline distribution, she has held senior executive management roles including, head of sales and marketing at Consolidated Travel and head of sales at Concorde International Travel.In her new position, Acitelli will oversee all operational sales and marketing strategies for Virgin Atlantic in Asia, Australia and New Zealand.“I am excited to join the World Aviation team as the representative for Virgin Atlantic, the opportunity to grow our revenue and further develop relationships with our industry partners, will be my immediate focus,” says Acitelli.James Vaile, group general manager of World Aviation Systems, says he is thrilled to welcome such a high calibre professional to the WAS team.“As a well-known and respected figure in the Australian and New Zealand airline and travel industries, Gia will play an integral role in our ongoing relationship with Virgin Atlantic Airways,” said Mr Vaile.Source = ETB News: Lewis Wiseman
CINZDiveplanit TravelmeetingsNew ZealandSolomon IslandsTreasures of South Pacific This week’s MICE news has been wrapped up in a quick snapshot of the news. From across the South Pacific and beyond, this is the latest news on Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Events from the travel industry.Solomon Islands hosts 2019 SPUMS Annual Scientific Meeting & ConferenceThe Solomon Islands has welcomed more than 100 members of the South Pacific Underwater Medical Society (SPUMS) for the organisation’s Annual Scientific Meeting and Conference.A major win for the dive industry and tourism, the main event is being held from 20 – 26 May 2019 at the Solomon Kitano Mendana Hotel in Honiara. Delegates are also staying at the Heritage Park Hotel and the Coral Sea Resort & Casino.SPUMS is acknowledged around the world as the peak body for doctors specialising in hyperbaric medicine – the medicine used in SCUBA diving and also accelerated healing and plastic surgery. As part of the conference schedule, morning sessions will see delegates visiting the best dive sites in Honiara and Tulagi while afternoons will be spent attending the Annual Scientific Meeting sessions.Diving at the conference is being coordinated by Australian dive travel specialist-Diveplanit Travel with the assistance and resources of Tulagi Dive, Raiders Hotel & Dive, Dive Munda, Dive Gizo and Bilikiki Cruises, each of which is providing dive guides, additional SCUBA tanks and other logistical support required for such a large group.Diveplanit Travel has also reached out to a host of local organisations, all of which have been happy to provide additional resources, including Tourism Solomons, Solomon Airlines, Travel Solomons, Our Telekom and the Heritage Park Hotel.The huge logistical effort required to ensure the event passes successfully is being managed directly by the Diveplanit Travel team’s Simon Mallender and Deborah Dickson-Smith. Describing the planning behind the event as a “mammoth task”, Mr Mallender acknowledged the tremendous support received from the Minister for Tourism & Culture and Tourism Solomons.“All in all this is an excellent opportunity for the Solomon Islands to showcase just how a small Pacific nation can host a conference of 100-plus people and offer great diving at the same time,” he said.“Local dive operators will benefit directly from income generated by the conference, and indirectly from the continued efforts of Tourism Solomons and Diveplanit Travel to promote the Solomon Islands as having the best diving in the Pacific and, in the process, help local dive operators slowly but surely grow their operations.”Treasures of the South Pacific returns for 2019Treasures of the South Pacific will return in 2019 giving travel agents the chance to improve their product knowledge by attending informative seminars and networking with tourism office representatives, airlines and hoteliers to gain insights into the type of traveller that best suits each destination.Proudly sponsored by Fiji Airways and Pacific Trade Invest, Australia, the event will include representatives from the tourism offices of Vanuatu, New Caledonia, Solomon Islands, Cook Islands, Tahiti, Samoa, Norfolk Island, Fiji and some Hidden Treasures of the area.The events are a great opportunity for agents to learn more about Australia’s closest neighbours, providing them with the tools to generate more interest and bookings for the South Pacific.Registrations for the Melbourne and Adelaide events are now open. For more information or to register visit www.tosp.com.au/mel and www.tosp.com.au/adl. For more information travel agents can refer to www.tosp.com.au or contact Greg Maloney on email@example.comCINZ announces new MEETINGS’ dates for 2020New Zealand’s largest annual business events trade exhibition MEETINGS, run by Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) will be moving to an earlier date in April next year. Chief Executive, Sue Sullivan says CINZ wanted to announce the new dates before MEETINGS 2019, so everyone could diary them well in advance.“With a busy Auckland venue scene for May and June, MEETINGS 2020 will be held a month earlier on 22 and 23 April 2020 at ASB Showgrounds, prior to the ANZAC Day long weekend,” she says.“Our annual MEETINGS showcase is not to be missed. It is the stand-out event on New Zealand’s business events calendar. We are ensuring everyone has the 2020 dates locked in, and we are focused on delivering another world class event to all buyers and exhibitors.”This year’s CINZ MEETINGS kicks off with a welcome function at Auckland’s new Aotea Centre on Tuesday 28 May. The two-day event at ASB Showgrounds on 29 and 30 May will showcase over 190 exhibitors from 17 regions across New Zealand to more than 700 New Zealand, Australian and international buyers. Exhibitors include venues, theming companies, hotels, AV companies, regional bureaux, attractions and activities.Online registration is now open, and free for Day Buyers attending CINZ MEETINGS 2019.
Peyton Manning goes deep with pass at NFL’s storied history NEW YORK — Just as he had the true touch when he threw passes, set records and won two Super Bowls, Peyton Manning has the right approach when looking at some of the NFL’s greatest moments.ESPN, NFL Films and the league itself clearly felt that way.Manning, a lock for the Pro Football Hall of Fame when he becomes eligible in 2021, is hosting and serving as an executive producer for “Peyton’s Places,” a five-part, 30-episode series celebrating the NFL’s 100th season. The show debuts on ESPN+ in July, with ESPN and ABC airing special compilations.For the quarterback, it was a labour of love, a journey into pro football’s past that was educational, humorous and heartfelt.“NFL Films has been great throughout this and they approached me about doing it to tell the story of the past 100 years,” Manning says. “They certainly had a template and blueprint they wanted to tell, and we had certain people we wanted to talk to and visit and have conversations about how football got started.”So Manning dived all the way back to Ralph Hay’s Hupmobile showroom in Canton, Ohio. He spent time with members of the undefeated 1972 Dolphins; rewatched Super Bowl 3 with Joe Namath; discussed the Immaculate Reception with Steelers and Raiders to get the Pittsburgh and Oakland viewpoints; and discovered intriguing connections to the NFL for Richard Nixon, Jay Leno and Elvis.“We got to go down memory lane,” Manning says. “I have always loved the history of the game and I have learned a lot during this journey, and spent some time with some of my favourite players and contemporaries of my dad (former Saints star quarterback Archie Manning) and guys he looked up to.“NFL Films has all this great archives of (Bears founder) George Halas talking about being in Ralph Hay’s Hupmobile showroom, (Giants owner) Wellington Mara talking about how Vince Lombardi wanted him to take Polaroids and throw them down to the field when Vince was coaching with the Giants. To maybe re-enact it or kind of tell that story, it’s kind of why I signed up for it.”Along the way, Manning channeled his inner comedian, as displayed in TV commercials and as host of “Saturday Night Live.”A big fan of Elvis Presley, Manning visited Graceland and “may or may not” have dressed up in an Elvis costume. He did discover that Presley staged impromptu games at local parks and was such a die-hard NFL fan he had three television sets on hand so he could watch as much football as possible.“He got the idea from Lyndon Baines Johnson, who had three TVs so he could watch the news and political news coverage,” Manning explains.Manning and Cris Carter also tried to replicate a stunt the New York Giants performed at the O’Keeffe Radiator Building in Manhattan — now the American Radiator Building. In 1926, the Giants’ Lynn Bomar threw a ball to the ground from 324 feet up on the 23-story building, and Hinkey Haines caught it.“Back in the ’20s, the forward pass was like a circus act,” Manning says. “When you were in the red zone and threw a pass into the end zone and it was incomplete, the other team got the ball; that was news to me. Clearly, teams didn’t want to throw it.“But to get some buzz and interest with the team not drawing well, the Giants did this publicity stunt and had (Bomar) throw a pass off the building. So I threw a pass down to Cris Carter at the same spot and he caught it. It was pretty neat.”Also neat, no doubt, was having Manning service motorist’s cars at the Vince Lombardi Travel Plaza on the New Jersey Turnpike. Manning dressed up as an attendant and “would give them a lecture or seminar on Vince Lombardi” while they were gassing up. The customers were given $10 off their bill if they could correctly answer questions about Lombardi.Paying homage to one of the NFL’s great QBs, Sammy Baugh, who also played safety and was an All-Pro punter, Manning had Deion Sanders “try to teach me” to play defensive back. “That provided some challenges,” Manning says with a chuckle.He visited with Jay Leno, a renowned classic car collector, to discuss the Hupmobile, an auto on which several future NFL franchise owners sat (on the running boards) “drinking prohibition beer” as the league was formed.“I hope people who love football will find it entertaining,” he says. “I certainly have not been afraid to make fun of myself.”The fun of the series is accompanied by a reverence for the history of his sport. Such highlights as sitting with Roger Staubach and watching the long pass to Drew Pearson that spawned the “Hail Mary” description of such plays. Or chatting with Jim Brown about his career — in football and lacrosse and acting. Or researching the role of Bert Bell, the league’s second commissioner who created the draft, scheduled games for Sundays — college football, more popular in the those days, owned Saturdays — and insisted on blackouts when television became a factor.“Bert Bell made a bad investment, putting his money in a pro football team, guys in leather helmets running into each other,” Manning says with a sarcastic laugh. “Bert Bell was a pioneer.”Bell and Nixon likely wouldn’t have gotten along. Nixon, as Manning discovered, was so annoyed he couldn’t watch the Redskins’ home games from the White House during his 1969-74 administration that he asked NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle to lift the blackouts.“Rozelle refused, saying it would hurt attendance,” Manning says. “So, basically, Nixon got Congress to pass a law to end the blackouts. He called it one of the greatest achievements of his administration, and that shows you how important it was to people who wanted to watch their teams. And still is.”___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/tag/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLBarry Wilner, The Associated Press AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this Sept. 16, 2018, file photo, former Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning watches prior to an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders, in Denver. Just as he had the true touch when he threw passes, set records and won two Super Bowls on the field, Peyton Manning possesses the right approach to look back at some of the NFL’s greatest moments. Manning, a lock for the Pro Football Hall of Fame when he becomes eligible in 2021, is hosting and serves as one of the executive producers for “Peyton’s Places,” a five-part, 30-episode series that celebrates the NFL’s 100th season.(AP Photo/Jack Dempsey, File) by Barry Wilner, The Associated Press Posted Apr 15, 2019 11:51 am PDT
A team from the Committee of Experts on the Evaluation of Anti-Money Laundering Measures and the Financing of Terrorism, also known as Moneyval, arrived in Cyprus earlier this week for a comprehensive review of Cyprus’ corporate, legal and financial sectors.The team of experts will interview law firms, banks, accounting and audit firms, financial services firms and entities involved in the citizenship by investment scheme.The final report and conclusions are expected by the end of this year.Moneyval’s review will play a crucial role in the perception of Cyprus as a compliant jurisdiction in the eyes of international bodies, investors and grading agencies.This is the fifth round conducted by the Committee in Cyprus. The latest happened in 2013 and focused on the banking sector.In January this year, the European Commission had issued a report warning that programmes to sell passports and visas to wealthy foreigners could help organised crime groups infiltrate the EU and raise the risk of money laundering, corruption and tax evasion, citing mainly Cyprus and Malta.The last country Moneyval has reviewed is Malta, where a leaked draft report showed it was failing its very first anti-money laundering test.Intense scrutiny and increased regulatory pressure have the government relying on a positive assessment by Moneyval to make sure investor confidence remains.Reuters reported on Wednesday that “the European Commission is working on its biggest regulatory push on banking since the 2008 financial crash”, according to an internal draft document.The same document reportedly suggests “a centralized anti-money laundering supervisor and changes to the bloc’s rules to prevent such crimes more binding.”On Thursday, new Central Bank Governor Constantinos Herodotou, called on Cypriot banks to invest in technology and staff training to speed up due diligence checks on lawful transactions for anti-money laundering (AML).There were many examples where businessmen opt to carry out their lawful transactions in other countries due to delays in the Cyprus banking system, Herodotou said. Cypriot banks take more time to carry out due diligence checks compared with their EU peers, although AML directives are the same for all member states, he said.“The banks should invest in staff training and technology for more effective combating of money laundering, reducing negative impact on lawful activities at the same time,” he added, addressing an event organised by the Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry.Herodotou added that the CBC would collaborate with the commercial banks and at a later stage with affected stakeholders with a view to finding ways to tackle the issue in an efficient manner.Christodoulos Angastiniotis, President of the Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry, also voiced concerns by businesspeople that the banks decline money transfers especially by former Soviet Union states and recently from China due AML compliance reasons, noting that businesspeople were forced to look for banks abroad in a bid to carry out their activities.Responding, Herodotou said that the AML directives do not focus on where the money comes from but on whether the activities are lawful or not, adding that the CBC was ready to examine any ambiguities in the AML laws.On the broader combating of money laundering, Herodotou said that there had been progress, noting that the efforts to improve Cyprus’ AML framework should continue “as there will always be efforts to beat the system.”You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoModernizeIf Your Home Has Old Roofing, Read ThisModernizeUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboola