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Single-parent mother charged for abusive language

first_imgA single-parent mother from Schoonord, West Bank Demerara, had previously paid a fine for threatening language. However, Michelle Williams, 25, was involved in another dispute on what could have been a quiet Sunday. On Thursday, she appeared in court again but this time for the offence of abusive language.The mother denied the allegations which stated that on June 25, 2017, she made use of abusive language to Diana Beckles.Accused: Michelle WilliamsThe unemployed woman was released on her own recognisance and is scheduled to appear at the Wales Magistrate’s Court on July 10.last_img

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England calm before storm as typhoon threatens World Cup

first_imgBut Cole promised that England coach Eddie Jones would have the players match-sharp for the quarter-finals if the fixture is called off — which would see England advance as group winners along with France.“I think if anything does happen, I’m sure Eddie and the staff will be primed,” he said.“We won’t just be sat twiddling our thumbs in the hotel room. We’ll be out working and making sure we maintain our sharpness throughout the tournament.”Cole squirmed a little when asked about life under Jones, whose abrasive style has ruffled feathers wherever the Australian has gone.“It’s never easy because he sets such high demands,” admitted Cole.“Eddie pushes the team hard but if you want to be successful you’ve got to be pushed hard and the boys have responded to that,” he added.“Eddie has won World Cups before and been in World Cup finals. He has the experience and has been there before and done it.“He has a plan and he’s never satisfied with what’s happened before — Eddie brings that ability to make sure everybody is aligned.”Defence coach John Mitchell also denied that England were concerned about weather disruptions as Typhoon Hagibis nears, also putting this week’s Japanese Grand Prix in Suzuka at risk.– ‘Pressure is immense’ –“We don’t let that kind of noise deter our preparation,” he said about alarmist weather reports.“We pride ourselves on being adaptable and flexible for anything that’s thrown at us,” added Mitchell, who confirmed that England are likely to rest Billy Vunipola’s sore ankle until the quarter-finals.“Ultimately if there are factors outside of our control, we’ll find other ways to prepare.”Mitchell brushed off suggestions that England’s 44-8 Six Nations thrashing of France at Twickenham earlier this year would give them a psychological advantage this weekend.“That really hasn’t come into our thinking,” said the New Zealander.“World Cup rugby is a totally different beast — it’s a one-off and has its different pressures. As you can see from some of the big games in this tournament, the pressure is immense.”England, still the only northern hemisphere side to lift the World Cup after Jonny Wilkinson’s extra-time drop goal floored Jones’s Australia in the 2003 final, are unbeaten in Pool C after wins over Tonga (35-3), the United States (45-7) and Argentina (39-10).But Cole conceded that the English — who have minor injury concerns over Joe Marler (back) and Jack Nowell (hamstring) — have yet to hit top gear.“We want to keep the momentum going that we’ve built in the first three games,” said the Leicester prop.“We haven’t played our best game of rugby yet — that’s evident from the first three games, but we’re still building and still getting better.”0Shares0000(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Prop Dan Cole said a typhoon won’t blow England’s World Cup campaign off-course © AFP / Filippo MONTEFORTETOKYO, Japan, Oct 9 – England will not suffer from any loss of momentum if this weekend’s Rugby World Cup clash with France is cancelled due to violent weather, prop Dan Cole insisted Wednesday.The heavyweight Pool C game on Saturday and hosts Japan’s crunch Pool A showdown with Scotland a day later, both at Yokohama, are in danger of being washed out by an approaching typhoon.last_img read more

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Kentucky biggest gas loser

first_imgAs gasoline prices flirt with all-time highs, an index released this week, Oil Price Information Service, broke down who’s paying the most taking into account local gasoline prices and local monthly income. The biggest losers are drivers living in Clay County, Ky., who shell out 14.78percent of their monthly income to buy gasoline costing $3.156 a gallon. While the price there is far lower than the retail average in San Juan County, Wash., which is the highest in the country at $3.926 a gallon, Clay County’s average monthly income of $1,423.67 is the lowest nationwide, making any increase in gasoline prices much more painful. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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Lay hid nothing, defense tells jury

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant “Was this a surprise, the write-downs?” Ramsey asked former Enron investor-relations chief Mark Koenig, in his seventh day on the witness stand Monday. “They were a surprise,” Koenig said. The losses stemmed from bad investments in broadband and water ventures and the unwinding of so-called Raptors, four fragile financial structures backed by Enron stock used to hedge inflated asset values and keep hundreds of millions of dollars in debt off the energy company’s books. When the company’s stock price fell throughout 2001, the hedges crumbled. Lay assured analysts on the mid-October 2001 conference call heard Monday that Enron “cleaned up some items here” and expected no credit-rating downgrades – which would alert investors that more problems were brewing. Six weeks later Enron filed for bankruptcy protection amid revelations of off-the-books debt and inflated profits. The collapse of what was once the country’s seventh-largest company left thousands jobless and wiped out billions in investors’ wealth. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! HOUSTON – Enron Corp. founder Kenneth Lay disclosed hundreds of millions of dollars in quarterly losses and a surprise $1.2 billion write-down in shareholder equity six weeks before the company fell into bankruptcy proceedings in December 2001, jurors in his fraud and conspiracy trial heard Monday on a tape of a quarterly earnings conference call. But prosecutors contend he still held back some bad news from investors or wrongly described the losses as one-time events to give Wall Street false hope that business would improve, while he allegedly knew the company was in serious trouble. Lay is on trial alongside former CEO Jeffrey Skilling. The defense teams contend there was no fraud at Enron and that negative publicity coupled with loss of Wall Street confidence fueled its collapse. Lay lawyer Michael Ramsey kicked off the third week of the trial Monday by trying to show that his client hid nothing when he disclosed a list of problems that included a $638 million third-quarter 2001 loss and the reduction in shareholder equity. last_img read more

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Photo of the Week: Ivory Gull in Flint, Michigan

first_imgIvory GullUpdated March 13, 2017: Unfortunately, the bird was found dead this morning. See latest news. Thanks to the sharp eyes of 16-year-old Lauren LeFave, birdwatchers in Michigan (and beyond) had a rare treat this week: an Ivory Gull.Typically found in the high Arctic areas of Canada, Greenland, Norway, and Russia, the bird was discovered last week along the banks of the Flint River in downtown Flint, Michigan.He seemed unaware of the excitement from birders who watched the white bird as it drank water, preened itself, and walked along the dam ledge and shoreline to catch fish.I know. I was one of the people who staked out a spot along the river to see the bird. What is That Gull?LeFave saw the gull last week, as the bird stood on the ledge of the dam on the Flint River on the University of Michigan-Flint campus. She noticed it was an unusual-looking gull and took a photo with her phone. LeFave joined the Birding Michigan group on Facebook, posted her finding, and explained what made her identify the bird as the Ivory Gull. And like many birders, she asked if others could confirm her identification of the bird. Her find was confirmed quickly as a first-year Ivory Gull. Birders throughout the state began their trek to Flint to get a glimpse of what would be a life bird (first view of a bird). Who Doesn’t Want to See the Ivory Gull?It wasn’t only people in Michigan who were excited about seeing the Ivory Gull. People traveled hundreds of miles, from Cleveland, Chicago, Pittsburgh, and Indianapolis, to see the bird. Tim from Cleveland, Ohio drove in Friday night only to discover his hotel no longer had his room reservation. He was unaware of the power outage in Michigan; the hotel was booked solid. Thankfully, the hotel staff discovered three available rooms and he had a place to stay for the night.I had the pleasure of meeting and chatting with Yve Nagy Morrell, known as the The Dancing Birder online, who flew in from Naples, Florida to see the bird. Morrell is on a Big Year quest; the Ivory Gull made bird #444 for her. Last week, she saw the Hawfinch in Anchorage, Alaska.Where is the Ivory Gull?Arriving yesterday in the late morning, I learned the bird hadn’t been seen for hours. I stood on the footbridge with a couple dozen other birders searching the shoreline before I went back to the car to warm up from the freezing temperatures. Disappointed, I took time for lunch at the Flint Farmers Market, only to receive an alert notification the bird had been seen again. Hurrah!Off I went in search of the bird. It didn’t take much searching; I passed by several birders with big smiles on their faces. It’s up ahead, on the ledge. You can’t miss it.I descended the stairs to the river and saw a bright spot of white on the ledge. There it was, calmly standing and occasionally walking along the ledge. I quickly took photos and stepped back to watch the bird through my binoculars.What a dream to see the Ivory Gull! He seemed unfazed by all the attention. Eventually the bird took flight and flew over to the other side of the dam, landing on the shoreline.Ivory Gull on TVLuke Lester and DJ Shields from the local Flint ABC TV station arrived mid-afternoon yesterday. I noticed them as they got out of their car, went over, and asked if they came for a news story about the bird. After chatting about birding and the unexpected Ivory Gull in Michigan, they asked about interviewing other people. Thanks to chatting with another birder, I discovered naturalist and author Kenn Kauffman was on site, watching the bird. I knew he was the ideal person to talk about the Ivory Gull.After I introduced myself to Kenn and told him about the TV reporters, he gave an excellent interview about the Ivory Gull, where it’s usually found, habitat, and why everyone was celebrating the small white bird. The Ivory Gull news story aired last night, with part of Kauffman’s interview. (You can see the back of me at 00:08 in the video, the person with the long black coat and pink hat). Another Life Bird!Like many other people who saw the Ivory Gull this past week, it was a life bird for me. That makes three life birds for me this year: Northern Saw-whet OwlIvory GullNorthern Bobwhite I saw last night on the way home from FlintHope my trend continues! From what I learned, this month’s finding of the Ivory Gull is only the second official recording in Michigan. The Ivory Gull was first seen in Michigan by Terry Fuller in Marquette, Michigan (in the Upper Peninsula), in their Christmas Bird Count (December 22, 1995 to January 12, 1996).Future of the Ivory GullGiven how far north its normal habitat is, scientists can’t confirm the status for the Ivory Gull. Like the polar bear, the Ivory Gull is dependent on Arctic ice. What happens when there is little ice?Canadian records indicate the Ivory Gull population has been reduced and many breeding colonies are abandoned. You can learn more about the Ivory Gull in The Allure of the Ivory Gull, written by Gerrit Vyn. Thank you Lauren LeFave for sharing your discovery, you made my week!Latest NewsHeartbreaking news to share. The Ivory Gull was reported dead this morning (March 13, 2017) in Flint, Michigan. The bird was collected and delivered to University of Michigan(UM) Flint staff. It will be sent to the UM Museum of Zoology in Ann Arbor, Michigan to perform a necropsy and prepare the bird as a research specimen for their collections. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedPhoto of the Week: Spotted Redshank, Rare Bird in MichiganThe birding community in Michigan and beyond is abuzz with the news that a rare sandpiper for North America was seen this weekend in southeast Michigan. I should know, I’m as excited as everyone else who heard about it! Along with hundreds of other birdwatchers, I made the journey early…In “Nature”Photo of the Week: Black-bellied Whistling Duck, Rare Bird in Ohio and MichiganWhat a pleasant surprise as the rare Black-bellied Whistling Duck was spotted recently in our southeast Michigan/northwest Ohio area. And I managed to see it in Ohio and Michigan in the same week! The birding community in Michigan and Ohio have been chatting about the Black-bellied Whistling Duck for the…In “Nature”Photo of the Week: Shiny Cowbird in Michigan”This looks like the place to be”, I said as I sat down on the bench behind the Whitefish Point Bird Observatory, on the shore of Lake Superior, in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. I took a look about, and noticed there were a lot of birders sitting on the…In “Nature”last_img read more

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Mayors, councillors ‘must lead war on water leaks’

first_img28 August 2014Mayors and councillors should be at the forefront of the fight against water leakages in South Africa, says KwaZulu-Natal Premier Senzo Mchunu.Mchunu was visiting KwaMashu Township in Durban on Tuesday as part of the government’s War on Water Leaks campaign.“We will continue with this campaign across the province, and mayors and councillors must demonstrate leadership and be at the forefront of this campaign,” Mchunu said, while encouraging communities to report water leaks and illegal connections to the authorities.“Through the War on Water Leaks campaign, we are educating the people of this province about the importance of fixing leaking taps in their homes,” he said, noting that one drop per second from a leaking tap wasted up to 30 litres of water an hour, meaning that one household could waste 10 000 litres of water per year through leaking taps.“This excludes water leaks in schools, hospitals, clinics, government offices, public buildings and other recreational facilities in various municipalities.”He said that water leaks and illegal connections did not only occur in residential areas but also in industrial areas.“In this regard, government is committed to working with captains of industry, business chambers, small and commercial farmers in order to ensure that we comply with the water laws in the country.”The Premier announced that the provincial Water and Sanitation Department had allocated R2.4-million to eThekwini Municipality to take care of water leaks in the Inanda, Ntuzuma and KwaMashu (INK) areas.“In the INK Area (Inanda, Ntuzuma and KwaMashu) about 533 leaks have been identified and fixed. About 375 illegal connections have been removed. 950 cases have been investigated,” he said.“At the end of second quarter in December 2012, eThekwini Municipality was losing more than 237-million litres a day – an increase of 3.467 million litres every day when compared to the whole of the 2011/12 financial year period. In 2011/12 the eThekwini Municipality a total of 85.6-billion litres – more than 234-million of litres a day.”He encouraged municipalities to use the Municipal Water Infrastructure Grant to implement water conservation programmes, and to concrete action plans in partnerships with Water Service Authorities, Water Boards and other bodies such as the Water Research Commission, the Strategic Water Partners Network, the KwaZulu- Natal Water Conservation Forum and tertiary institutions.Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

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Blissfully wants to make cloud app management as carefree as its name

first_imgBlissfully wants to make cloud app management as carefree as its nameYou are here: Cloud-based tools may be easier for marketers to manage than on-premises versions, but there is still a fair amount of admin. That’s where startup Blissfully comes in.Founded in 2016, the New York City-based firm provides a platform for managing software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications for about 600 client companies, mostly mid-sized with 100 to 1000 employees.Subscription renewals, ops workflow. “Pretty much every business [these days] runs on SaaS,” CEO Ariel Diaz noted, adding that managing the applications tends to be a collaborative effort between IT, HR, marketing and other departments.The Blissfully platform, he told me, helps to bridge that cross-departmental management by providing a collaborative administration where a manager can invite others to join, can assign access levels and can track usage.It also tracks the metadata related to a company’s SaaS applications, such as when to renew a subscription, and how much your company is spending on its subscriptions and related costs. Additionally, it provides an operational workflow to help onboard new applications, to onboard or remove an employee from an app, or to assist with compliance for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), SOC 2 or ISO 27001.From BlissfullyRelevant documents, list of vendors. To help with compliance, the Blissfully platform directs the user to the relevant documents or certifications posted by the cloud-based application, and to the documents posted by the application’s associated vendors.Some of those documents reside in Blissfully’s growing database, and others are posted by the applications or vendors themselves. There’s also a to-do list of requirements for compliance, and a system of record in case the client company ever needs to document its own compliance efforts.Blissfully doesn’t, however, provide access to the functions in those apps, it doesn’t enable integration of application routines like Zapier or Tray.io, and it doesn’t provide access to customer data in those tools, as Segment does.Competitors include spreadsheets. Marketers and other managers are already performing many of these operational capabilities, Diaz noted, but they’re often using manually-maintained spreadsheets or the like. A user can import an existing spreadsheet into Blissfully, after some prep, or can export the platform’s data to a variety of formats.Diaz said that Blissfully’s competitors include BetterCloud, although he claimed that solution is deeper on IT and financial management for a handful of vendors, whereas his company goes “wider,” supports more SaaS vendors and is also designed to improve business operations.Similarly, Zylo is more enterprise- and finance-oriented, he said, and Siftery — recently acquired by G2 Crowd — is more focused on tracking spending on SaaS apps and on their reviews.Why you should care. Virtually all software applications are moving to the cloud, which makes their technical management less problematic but still leaves their administrative management.A platform like Blissfully offers the operational tools for managing what can easily become dozens of subscriptions and renewal cycles, each with its own set of users and compliance issues. As marketers acquire more tools, tool management itself becomes a necessary task that requires the right tool.This story first appeared on MarTech Today. For more on marketing technology, click here.The post Blissfully wants to make cloud app management as carefree as its name appeared first on Marketing Land.From our sponsors: Blissfully wants to make cloud app management as carefree as its name Related postsLytics now integrates with Google Marketing Platform to enable customer data-informed campaigns14th December 2019The California Consumer Privacy Act goes live in a few short weeks — Are you ready?14th December 2019ML 2019121313th December 2019Global email benchmark report finds email isn’t dead – it’s essential13th December 20192019 benchmark report: brand vs. non-brand traffic in Google Shopping12th December 2019Keep your LinkedIn advertising strategy focused in 202012th December 2019 HomeDigital MarketingBlissfully wants to make cloud app management as carefree as its name Posted on 31st January 2019Digital Marketing FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+sharelast_img read more

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Big Data’s Impact on Personalized Medicine

first_imgAs we arrive at the $1,000 genome, we find the fundamental challenges with next generation sequencing have shifted. The issue is no longer about shrinking the cost of sequencing but the explosive growth of big data: the downstream analytics with rapidly evolving parameters, data sources and formats; the storage, movement and management of massive datasets and workloads; and perhaps most paradoxical of all, the challenge of articulating the results and translating the latest findings directly into improving patient outcomes.This topic, and more, will be front and center at the Personalized Medicine World Conference (PMWC) coming up in January 2016. As we transition from a “one-size-fits-all” approach and a focus on treatment rather than prevention, it’s a good time for the industry to gather to make personalized medicine a reality.Combining patient, clinical, diagnostic and ‘omic data will give us more diversified data, allowing us to view health data differently with the potential for new personalized treatments. To analyze such diverse and large data sets will require new technical approaches. We will need to collect and store patient data in central and secure repositories when we can. We will also need solutions that can accommodate large amounts of genomic data which isn’t efficient to move from the clinics that generate and store it.The challenge of analyzing data is also the reason that Intel, along with Oregon Health & Sciences University, launched the Collaborative Cancer Cloud, a precision medicine analytics platform that allows institutions to securely share patient genomic, imaging and clinical data for potentially lifesaving discoveries. It will enable large amounts of data from sites all around the world to be analyzed in a distributed way, while preserving the privacy and security of that patient data at each site.The end goal is to empower researchers and doctors to help patients receive a diagnosis based on their genome and potentially arm clinicians with the data needed for a targeted treatment plan. By 2020, we envision this happening in 24 hours — All in One Day. The focus is to help cancer centers worldwide—and eventually centers for other diseases—securely share their private clinical and research data with one another to generate larger datasets to benefit research and inform the specific treatment of their individual patients.Genome CentersI’m honored to be part of the PMWC 2016 agenda. On the third day of the event (January 26), I will be addressing how Genome Centers, including core facilities, are handling these challenges along with ethical and privacy issues. Several center directors will be on hand to discuss how they work with clinical data and how they share data with their customers.Learn more about the Personalized Medicine World Conference on January 24-27, I hope to see you there as treating patients as individuals becomes the norm in healthcare delivery.What questions do you have?last_img read more

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Here’s why One Direction fans are calling Perrie Edwards the new Yoko Ono

first_imgPost the big reveal by Zayn Malik about his leaving the band, Directioners created a stir on Twitter by blaming his fiancee, Perrie Edwards for the boy band breakup.Image credits: www.dailymail.co.uk Regarding the end of his stint with the band, Zayn said, “My life with One Direction has been more than I could ever have imagined. ‘I am leaving because I want to be a normal 22 year old who is able to relax and have some private time out of the spotlight.’I know I have four friends for life in Louis, Liam, Harry and Niall. I know they will continue to be the best band in the world,’ he added.Image credits: ReutersHowever fans continued to blame Perrie, going as far as drawing comparisons between her and Yoko Ono, the wife of the late singer John Lennon, who was credited with the breakup of the legendary band, The Beatles.WHOS THE BEST BANDWRECKER? FAVE FOR YOKO ONO. RT FOR PERRIE EDWARDS pic.twitter.com/2FvZwvTqp0 Whiteney (@sykesmeeupp) March 25, 2015So is Perrie Edwards like the Yoko Ono of the 21st century? petra? ?? (@niallzmuffin) March 26, 2015This is literally the Beatles break up. Perrie Edwards is the new Yoko Ono pcd (@illaurminati) March 25, 2015I think Perrie Edwards just pulled a Yoko Ono with Zayn tbh Lani (@lollilani) March 26, 2015Though Zayn’s exit has led to a wave of sorrow in the fandom, the band will continue as a four member act with Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson.advertisementlast_img read more