Satirists TV return angers both sides in polarized Egypt

first_imgCAIRO – Egyptians packed cafes Friday to watch the return of famed TV satirist Bassem Youssef, wondering if he would dare to mock the army that toppled Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.After four months off the air, Youssef — known as ‘Egypt’s Jon Stewart’ after modelling his show on the US comedian’s popular fake news programme — returned after a summer break to an Egypt fiercely split between supporters of the military and Islamist backers of the ousted Morsi.A tide of resurgent nationalism has swept the country, with military chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi hailed by supporters as the nation’s saviour for driving Morsi from power and launching a deadly crackdown on his Muslim Brotherhood movement. Youssef, who had regularly mocked Morsi and was even prosecuted for insulting the then-president, might have been expected to cheer the military coup, which came amid massive protests against the year-long rule of Egypt’s first freely elected president.But in the 90-minute return of his show “Al-Bernameg” (“The Programme”), Youssef did not spare the military his barbs, provoking fury from some spectators.Youssef mocked the Egyptian media’s coverage of Morsi’s overthrow, particularly the exaggerated claims about the number of demonstrators who took to the streets on June 30 — local television stations said as many as 70 million — to call for the Islamist government’s resignation.He also touched on a highly sensitive question for Egyptians: was Morsi’s fall a popular revolution, as backers of the military claim, or was it a coup, as the ousted president’s supporters say?Referring to the Muslim Brotherhood, he said that “when you have been dreaming of power for 80 years and all of a sudden you lose it, then it’s a coup.”But looking at the other side, he mocked the idea of a gentle coup, acting out a scene in which soldiers hand Morsi a red rose, saying: “Morsi, baby, you’re not president any more … It’s not us, it’s you”.The ex-heart surgeon then turned his attention to the country’s military-installed interim government, in which Adly Mansour is the nominal president but Sisi is widely seen as calling the shots.“Sisi-mania” has gripped Egypt since the coup, with the general staring out from posters across the country and even looking up from chocolates named after him.Youssef soon found that mocking the Sisi craze is not to everyone’s taste.Sisi’s supporters view him as defending the nation from the Muslim Brotherhood, whom they deride as “terrorists,” and point to a string of deadly attacks on security forces since Morsi’s July 3 overthrow.Sameh Seif al-Yazal, a former strategy expert for the army, called Youssef’s act a “direct attack against General Sisi” that would “benefit the Muslim Brotherhood.”Within 24 hours of the broadcast, several legal complaints had been filed with the attorney general, including one by members of a group calling for Sisi to be president.In a cafe in the Moqattam neighbourhood, where the Muslim Brotherhood had its headquarters before the building was torched last summer, Cairo banker Ramy Adel came out to watch El-Bernameg with friends, but did not like what he saw.“It seems it has no objective or purpose except making fun of the current ruling regime,” he said.“He wanted to defame the prestige of Sisi and the army … This is awful.”Morsi supporters meanwhile criticised his swipes at the country’s Islamist leaders, virtually all of whom have been jailed since the president’s fall, including Morsi himself.Leila Ibrahim, who backs Morsi, said Youssef “isn’t a comedian, he is a clown.”“It was shameful that Bassem mocked the imprisoned Islamist leader,” she said, calling it a “cowardly action to make fun of those who can’t defend themselves.”Others, however, were please by what they saw as Youssef’s balance.Ahmed Abdel Aleem, who supports neither the army nor the Brotherhood, said “Bassem criticised all political players, including Sisi. No one dares to do that.”Egypt has a rich tradition of political humour despite having been ruled by autocrats for most of its history, and its comedies have drawn theatre-goers from across the Arab world for decades.But tensions are running high in the country, with more than a thousand people — mainly Morsi backers — having been killed in street clashes and militant attacks since the beginning of July.Social media lit up with widely varying opinions on Youssef’s return, with some Facebook groups even calling for his arrest.Youssef himself took to Twitter, responding drily to his critics: “Egyptians like jokes and irony, it’s true, but especially when they match their own ideas.”last_img read more

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Canadians blowing lots of dough on buying lunches survey

TORONTO — A new survey suggests more than half of Canadians head to a restaurant for lunch at least once a week — a habit that’s costing many Canucks some serious dough.The poll by Visa Canada suggests that while eating out might be convenient, the price tag attached to that “gourmet” sandwich is not so appealing.[np-related]The survey suggests the majority of the 60% of Canadians who eat out once a week spend between $7 and $13 on their meal.It also suggests the average Canadian who opts to buy a lunch spends about $8.80 on the meal — and Ontarians appear to eat out the most often, with 20% hitting up restaurants three or more days per week.The poll suggests those who never take the time to pack a lunch could likely spend about $45 on take-out lunches per week, or $2,340 per year if they get take-out every day.Quebecers seem to make a habit of packing their own lunch more than anyone else, with the survey suggesting half brown bag it every day. read more

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Banks and credit card companies agree to cut transaction fees for businesses

OTTAWA — Canada’s major banks and credit card companies have reached a deal with the federal government to cut the fees charged to merchants for credit transactions, sources familiar with the negotiations say.[np_storybar title=”Why Ottawa’s credit card settlement will be a hollow victory for consumers” link=”https://business.financialpost.com/2014/10/28/why-ottawas-credit-card-settlement-will-be-a-hollow-victory-for-consumers/”%5DTerence Corcoran: In theory, the reduced fees should get passed on to consumers in lower prices. But the marginal differences in card fees relative to prices and retail sales is so small as to be impossible to measure in its affect on prices. Keep reading. [/np_storybar]The voluntary agreement could mean cost savings for up to 700,000 large, medium-sized and small businesses across the country.However, it remains to be seen whether the cuts will translate into savings for consumers.The deal will result in lower interchange fees charged to retailers and service providers for using credit cards to complete direct transactions, said sources speaking on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to discuss the matter publicly.The fees would then be capped for an unspecified period of time.The agreement comes after years of back-and-forth among retailers, the federal government, banks, credit card companies and the Competition Tribunal.Interchange fees currently range between $1.50 and $3 or more for every $100 worth of transactions, depending on the credit card.Cash back credit cards still king of the reward marketWhy Dollarama still won’t accept credit cards in its storesThe federal Competition Bureau estimated in 2010 that credit card acceptance fees added up to $5 billion annually — a figure that has likely grown since — with about $4 billion of that coming in the form of interchange fees.While the big banks stand to lose millions of dollars from their bottom lines, the sources say the negotiated agreement gives retailers price stability.There are roughly 76 million credit cards issued to Canadians, who use them to pay for about half their overall purchases.The Retail Council of Canada says high-cost premium cards have hurt merchants the most.And says a majority of the savings from recent interchange fee reductions in the U.S. were passed on to customers. read more

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UN envoys decry disorder in Côte dIvoire opponents of Liberias peace process

Their statement came in a communiqué issued at the end of their meeting in the Liberian capital of Monrovia. High-level meetings were established following a request by the Security Council for UN peace missions in the region to take concrete action towards implementing a regional approach, including pulling together UN assets across and exploiting synergies among the operations to achieve greater efficiency and cost-effectiveness.The envoys welcomed progress made in the peace process in Liberia, but voiced deep concern at the existence of a “coalition of the unwilling” who seek to derail the election and the entire peace process. They stressed the importance of quickly passing an electoral law in accordance with the comprehensive peace agreement.On Côte d’Ivoire, the UN officials appealed for good faith on the part of all Ivorian parties to ensure that they live up to commitments undertaken before the international community. They also emphasized the importance of freeing the country’s media to ensure that State-owned outlets are managed in a way that gives equal access to all parties and all views.They also addressed Sierra Leone, stressing the need for a smooth and realistic exit strategy for the UN, and welcoming the UN transitional plan aimed at moving from peacekeeping to peace-building.On Guinea Bissau, they agreed on the need to address immediately the issue of security sector reform and the strengthening of state governance as a prerequisite for sustainable peace-building and post conflict recovery. They drew attention to the fact that the increasing deterioration of the situation in the country may require the strengthening of peace-making elements of the mandate of UN Peace-building Office in Guinea-Bissau (UNOGBIS).The meeting was hosted by Jacques Paul Klein, chief of the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), and chaired by Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah, the Special Representative of Secretary-General Kofi Annan for West Africa and head of the UN Office for West Africa (UNOWA). The other participating officials were Albert Tévoédjrè, head of the UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI), UNAMSIL chief Daudi Ngelautwa Mwakawago and UNOGBIS chief João Honwana. read more

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Twitter stock grew by 73 per cent on a spectacular opening day

first_imgHowever, as Facebook showed, an IPO success, or disaster in Facebook’s case, is really just noise in the long term. Twitter’s success as a stock is going to be based on how the company performs.Kerner said Twitter ”needs to perform extraordinarily well, in terms of user growth, user engagement, and user monetisation to justify its price.”The key Twitter founders attended the opening on the New York Stock Exchange, along with “Star Trek” actor Patrick Stewart and a nine-year-old girl who operates a lemonade stand.“Honored to join @ev @jack @biz @dickc & the @Twitter team at their historic IPO this morning,” Stewart tweeted, referring to founders Evan Williams, Jack Dorsey, Biz Stone, andTwitter chief executive Dick Costolo.“We have a lot of work ahead of us” Costolo told CNBC television from the floor of the stock exchange. “All the capital raised by this is going into the company.”Asked about Twitter’s growth potential, Costolo said, “It’s all about making it very simple and easy for new users to come to the platform… we all have examples of why this service can be useful to everyone on the planet.”Twitter CEO Dick Costolo, left, and Mike Gupta, center, chief financial officer of Twitter, talk with specialist Glenn Carell during Twitter’s IPO. (Pic: AP Photo/Richard Drew)Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Youssef Squali was upbeat on the company, saying in a note to clients that “Twitter is based on a one-to-all, all-the-time broadcast distribution model, and as such, fulfills an unmet need.”“This model is highly complementary to traditional media outlets (especially TV), and fulfills the need for up-to-the-minute, trending information in real time,” the note said.But Brian Wieser at Pivotal Research issued a “sell” recommendation after the opening, saying Twitter ”is simply too expensive” after the hefty opening gains with “nearly the same valuation as CBS… or even Yahoo.”Larry Chiagouris, a professor of marketing at Pace University, said the “investor mania” around Twitter is not an indication of success.“The fundamental question is how much people have to say on Twitter,” he told AFP.“We know there are some people who are social and want to talk all the time, but you can’t make a business model on those people.”Chiagouris added that “large corporations with hundreds of millions of dollars have not put substantial sums into paid media with Facebook and Twitter.”“They all are experimenting but nobody is putting 25 percent in social media. It may not sound cool but traditional media is still the media of choice today,” he said.Mike Gupta, Twitter’s chief financial officer, photographs a board at the post before shares begin trading during the IPO. (Pic: AP Photo/Richard Drew)Twitter offered 70 million shares trading under the symbol TWTR, generating $1.82 billion, and gave underwriters a 30-day option to purchase an additional 10.5 million shares.The IPO assigned a market value of around $14.4 billion to the company whose messaging service has become a hugely popular tool for celebrities, journalists, political leaders and others. But by the end of the day, that value had topped $24 billion.With the over-allotment it should be the second-biggest tech IPO after Facebook’s $16 billion effort last year and ahead of Google’s 2004 offer, which raised $1.92 billion, according to research firm Dealogic.Depending on the outcome of the common stock offer to underwriters, between 12.8 and 14.5 per cent of the company’s shares will be publicly traded. The rest are held by its founders and a handful of early investors.Twitter has fast become engrained in popular culture but must still convince investors of its business model, having lost more than $440 million since 2010.But with 232 million users and growing, Twitter is expected to be able to reach profitability by delivering ads in the form of promoted tweets, and from its data analytics.The research firm eMarketer estimates Twitter will bring in $582.8 million in global ad revenue this year, and nearly $1 billion in 2014.© – AFPRead: Patrick Stewart and a 9-year-old with a lemonade stand rang the Opening Bell instead of Twitter executives >Read: Meet the Twitter billionaires. (Hint: There’s actually only one.) > TWITTER DEBUTED ON Wall Street with a bang today as shares in the fast-growing social network soared amid investor frenzy over the most-anticipated listing since Facebook.The shares shot up by more than 90 per cent in early trade to as high as $50.00. The stock closed with a spectacular one-day gain of 72.69 percent at $44.90, from the initial public offering (IPO) price of $26 per share set on Wednesday.While some analysts cautioned about the fast-changing nature of social media, the debut led to a stampede for Twitter, known for its one-to-many messages of up to 140 characters.Appropriately, #TwitterIPO was among the top trending topics on the social network.“Kudos to Twitter for orchestrating a highly successful IPO,” said Lou Kerner of the Social Internet Fund.last_img read more

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New Palm Devices Are Coming in 2018

first_imgStay on target Years ago I bought myself a Palm Pre. Despite the lack of most big-name apps, man, did I ever love that little thing. I was more than a little bummed when HP bought the company and basically left Palm to wither like an unloved houseplant.But then, two years ago, Chinese electronics manufacturing giant TCL swooped in and bought Palm from HP. The Palm brand, that is… and vowed to restore it to its former glory. You remember the days, back when movers and shakers wouldn’t be caught dead without their beloved PDAs.TCL didn’t say when that was going to happen, but now they’ve cleared the air. According to a recent interview with TCL’s head of marketing Stefan Streit, they’ll be producing new Palm-branded devices next year.However, apart from the very broad timeline of “sometime in 2018” Streit only offered one specific — and it’s something that might rile up the Palm faithful, unfortunately. These new devices will sport the Palm brand, but they won’t be running WebOS.Like the Blackberry phones that TCL has already released, they’ll be running Android. That’s not a complete surprise given that HP sold WebOS to LG once they decided to pull the plug on their very brief Palm experiment.Now, that doesn’t mean the interface won’t bear some resemblance to the one Palm fans enjoyed on their Pre or Pixi. Back when TCL acquired the brand in 2015 their plan was to get the Palm community involved in the product design process. CEO George Guo said “Palm built by Palm fans is the intent,” adding that doing so would “[make] it the largest scale crowd-sourced project ever seen in the industry.”To all you devoted fans out there who’ve been waiting patiently for someone to step up to the plate, TCL appears to be serious about delivering the goods. Their Blackberry devices have been well-received so far, too… so there’s every reason to think they’ll come through with a decent Palm offering, too.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Android Q is Android 10 In Brand UpdateGoogle Pixel Phones Talk to 911 For You last_img read more

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Cristiano Ronaldo earns more than Serie As biggest stars put together

Cristiano Ronaldo earns more than Serie As biggest stars put together

first_imgThe Portuguese superstar will earn 31 million Euro per season while playing in Italy; Gonzalo Higuain is second place with just 9 million Euro per yearAccording to Sport Mediaset, international superstar Cristiano Ronaldo will earn more than the Top 4 players of the Italian Serie A put together.As reported by the Sport Bible, Ronaldo will cost Juventus 31 million Euro per year up to 2022; in second place of the salary-table is Argentinean striker Gonzalo Higuain who will earn 9 million Euros with AC Milan.In third and fourth place, Ronaldo’s teammates, Brazilian midfielder Paulo Dybala and Douglas Costa, will earn 7 million and 6 million, respectively.The Top 5 is closed by Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, who will make 6 million per season with the Rossoneri.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.Cristiano Ronaldo is yet to appear with the Juventus shirt, but the club has already sold out on the number 7’s jerseys and toilet paper with his image is being sold in Italy.The Portuguese forward might debut with Juventus on Saturday, August 18th, when his team visits Chievo for the start of the 2018-2019 season of the Serie A.The players with the highest salary in the Italian league. (@Sport_Mediaset) pic.twitter.com/2uWZ1FAEIP— Khaled Al Nouss #LeoIsBack (@khaledalnouss1) August 3, 2018last_img read more

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Kidnapping suspect James DiMaggio seen fortifying hideout before FBI killed him

first_imgCASCADE, Idaho – Kidnapping suspect James Lee DiMaggio appeared to be fortifying a patch of wilderness when he was fatally shot by an FBI agent Saturday in a raid that recovered 16-year-old Hannah Anderson unharmed in the Idaho backwoods, law enforcement sources told the Los Angeles Times.Authorities have released few details about how DiMaggio was killed. But sources said that before the confrontation, authorities had observed DiMaggio moving some wood and other materials around, possibly to fortify his position or make the hideout harder to see from the air.DiMaggio and Anderson were found with some camp gear, including a blue tent, said the sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to comment.Anderson was unharmed but taken to a hospital for observation. Her abductor was fatally shot by an FBI agent.“I am nervous, excited and saddened for my wife and son and worried what my daughter has been through,” said Brett Anderson, Hannah’s father, said in a text sent to CNN. “It’s now healing time. Keep us in your prayers.”Jennifer Willis, Hannah’s great aunt, told ABC she can’t wait to see her. “We’re waiting, waiting for Hannah to come home,” she said.last_img read more

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How this weeks aurora activity is being driven by the sun

first_img(Photo courtesy UAF Geophysical Institute)Solar activity is increasing the likelihood of active aurora. University of Alaska Fairbanks Emeritus professor of physics, and longtime aurora forecaster, Charles Deehr says this week’s activity is one of two mechanisms that drive the aurora.Listen now”The first are these huge outbursts that we get during the solar maximum. Now we’re on our way down to the minimum,” Deehr said. “We have the other method, what we call coronal holes. These are high-speed streams of particles that come out from the sun and it looks like a great big garden sprinkler.”Deehr says one hole occurred on Monday the 10th, and computer modeling predicts a second on the 13th or 14th. Deehr stresses aurora over any region hinge on timing.”Sometimes there’s a lot of activity but it’s all over on, say, the other side of the earth,” Deehr said. “Our time zone for active aurora is nine to twelve, universal time, The three-hour period where we’re at magnetic midnight.”Alaska’s magnetic midnight, when the magnetic North Pole is between us and the sun, is between 1 a.m. and 4 a.m. Deehr says the current coronal hole activity will continue to increase the likely hood of aurora over the next 4 to 5 days.last_img read more

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Suspect In Fatal Shooting Of San Antonio Detective I Lashed Out At

Suspect In Fatal Shooting Of San Antonio Detective I Lashed Out At

first_img Share CREDIT JOEY PALACIOS / TEXAS PUBLIC RADIOPolice have identified 20-year veteran Det. Benjamin Marconi as the officer fatally shot by a gunman Sunday.The suspect in the ambush shooting of a San Antonio police detective says he was angry about a child-custody battle and “lashed out at somebody who didn’t deserve it.”Otis Tyrone McKane was led by police past reporters as he was taken to Bexar County Jail in San Antonio late Monday. He told reporters that he was angry with the court system for not letting him see his son and took it out on Detective Benjamin Marconi.In his words, “I’ve been through several custody battles, and I was upset at the situation I was in, and I lashed out at someone who didn’t deserve it.” He said he wished to apologize to the family of the slain officer.The 31-year-old San Antonio man was arrested on a capital murder charge Monday afternoon in the fatal shooting of Marconi. The detective was shot as he sat in his vehicle Sunday after making a traffic stop. Authorities have said a gunman walked up to Marconi’s driver’s-side window and fired.Marconi was writing a ticket for a motorist at the time. Investigators have said that driver was not connected to the shooter.last_img read more

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Kanguru Announces First eFlash eSATA USB

Kanguru Announces First eFlash eSATA USB

first_img Citation: Kanguru Announces First e-Flash (eSATA + USB) (2008, November 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-11-kanguru-e-flash-esata-usb.html (PhysOrg.com) — Kanguru Solutions announced today the release of their first e-Flash drive. Utilizing eSATA (External Serial ATA) technology allows the Kanguru e-Flash to achieve performance speeds never before obtainable with standard USB Flash Drives. eSAT + USB 2.0 Flash Drive Coupled with large storage capacities, the Kanguru e-Flash can handle any application or data file, regardless of size. In addition to eSATA, it also contains a USB2.0 connection for universal connectivity to virtually any computer.Because the eSATA is powered by its connection, it doesn´t require any external power source. The Kanguru e-Flash comes preloaded with Hot-swap software for easy and safe eSATA connection and ejection. The drive is housed in a high-strength aluminum case that can be custom engraved for anyone who decides to personalize their drive.Key features of e-Flash drive:- Dual ended eSATA AND USB connections- Requires no external power- High strength aluminum housing- Large capacities- Includes Powered eSATA bracket + Cable for PC connectivity- Includes Hot-swap software for trouble-free eSATA Plug-n-Play- Engraving availableWith each e-Flash drive you get Power + eSATA PC Bracket, Power + eSATA Extension Cable, Hotswap Software that is Pre-loaded and a CD with drivers.Kanguru is shipping these e-Flash drives now and are available in 16GB ($85) and 32GB ($120) capacities. A 64GB version will become available in January of 2009. © 2008 PhysOrg.com This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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One arrested over abusive comment on Bratyas Facebook post

One arrested over abusive comment on Bratyas Facebook post

first_imgKolkata: Bidhannagar Police has arrested a person from Tripura for allegedly posting abusive comments on a Facebook post put up by state Technology and Electronics minister Bratya Basu.He was brought to Kolkata in transit remand and produced before the Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate (ACJM) BIdhannagar on Saturday. Police sources informed that he is well connected and a sympathiser of the RSS.According to police, Basu lodged a complaint with the Bidhannagar cyber crime police station on August 17, alleging that a person identified as Tushar Sharma had posted some comments using abusive language on a Facebook post put up by him. The comments were made towards Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeImmediately, police started the case on charges of defamation; word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman and punishment for publishing or transmitting obscene material in electronic form. Police soon traced Sharma’s Internet Protocol (IP) address, which was located at Ambassa in Dhalai district of Tripura. Wasting no time, a team from the Bidhannagar cyber crime police station went to Tripura. Sharma was arrested from his house in Thakurpally Kulai, Ambassa in Tripura. His mobile phone was also seized, which was used for posting the comments. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedOn October 6, Sharma was produced before the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Ambassa Court, with a prayer for allowing a five-day transit remand. But the order was kept pending for two days, as his health condition was not good as per Sharma.On October 11, the prayer for transit remand was granted as Sharma was found fit during medical examination. He was remanded to 3 days police custody after being produced before the ACJM, Bidhannagar on Saturday.last_img read more

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WB govt committed to good health wellbeing of all Mamata

WB govt committed to good health wellbeing of all Mamata

first_imgKolkata: The West Bengal government is committed to the welfare of its people, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee asserted Wednesday. The CM, on the occasion of Universal Health Coverage Day, said all government-run hopitals and health centres provide treatment for free to those in need. “Today is Universal Health Coverage Day. In #Bangla, healthcare is free at govt hospitals and health centres. We have also set up fair-price medicine shops and diagnostic centres, ICCUs, HDUs, CCUs, mother & child hubs and more. We are committed to the welfare of all,” she tweeted. Universal Health Coverage (UHC) Day, observed every year on December 12, marks the anniversary of the first unanimous United Nations resolution calling for countries to provide affordable and quality healthcare to every person.last_img read more

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Rugby player posts antigay video and warns Jesus coming back soon

Rugby player posts antigay video and warns Jesus coming back soon

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) At the beginning of April, rugby union player Folau posted a comment on Instagram saying God’s plan for gay people is: ‘HELL.. Unless they repent of their sins and turn to God.’Despite facing widespread criticism, he refused to back down, saying he was simply following his sincerely held Christian beliefs. He even went on to compare himself to prophets who had been persecuted in the past for their beliefs.Rugby Australia and NSW Rugby were quick to distance themselves from the comments. As was, Qantas, which sponsors national side the Wallabies (for whom Folau plays along with local team, the Waratahs).However, Folau faced no disciplinary action for the comments. In fact, RA CEO Ralene Castle told media after meeting with Folau: ‘We’re proud of the fact that he’s a strong believer and he’s prepared to stand up for what he believes in,’ Castle told media after the meeting.‘We want athletes in our code who are prepared to do that and that’s really important.‘But at the same time, Rugby Australia’s got a policy and position of inclusion and using social media with respect.’David Wilkerson video posted by FolauYesterday, Folau posted an 11-minute video to his Twitter with the following message.‘With great love i wanted to share this video in the hope that people watch it and think about it. Jesus is coming back soon and he wants us to turn to him through repentance and baptism in the name of Jesus Christ (Acts 2:38) please don’t harden your heart.’With great love i wanted to share this video in the hope that people watch it and think about it. Jesus is coming back soon and he wants us to turn to him through repentance and baptism in the name of Jesus Christ (Acts 2:38) please don’t harden your heart https://t.co/PtDoPCQDco Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… — Israel Folau (@IzzyFolau) May 7, 2018The video features a sermon by evangelical preacher David Wilkerson, in which he implores people to ‘Get right with God.’He says that we are living in a time of ‘sexual perversions beyond description’, against footage of Christian demonstrators being counter-protested at a Pride march.Against a clip of the White House lit in rainbow colors, Wilkerson says, ‘Now is the time to get right with God because this generation has lost the fear of God. There’s no fear of God left in the land.Wilkerson goes on to attack the idea of ‘tolerance’.‘Tolerance, that’s the key word right now. Tolerant towards same-sex marriage. Tolerant towards there’s no such thing as sin, no such thing as a sinner, no such thing as judgement… they buy into that, many young people buy into that, many young Christian people are saying “We need to be more tolerant.” They believe same-sex marriage is OK.’As far as he is concerned, the Holy Spirit views it all as lies and hypocrisy.‘I stand firm in what I believe’The posting has prompted hundreds of comments. Some, who share Folau’s beliefs, have applauded the message. However, many others have criticized it.‘The whole video was hateful and judgemental – showing acts of supposed human debauchery and rainbow flags were a prominent part.’Some question Folau’s fondness for tattoos, given that they are supposedly spoken against in the book of Leviticus.The video suggests Folau shows no sign of toning down his religious rhetoric. After being cleared to play against Auckland last week, he told the press.‘I stand firm in what I believe in and that’s something personal with who I am.‘That’s something that comes truly from the bottom of my heart. That doesn’t interfere with anything to do with my rugby and the guys around me.’Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us .center_img Israel Folau. | Photo: Twitter/@izzyfolau Australian rugby player Israel Folau has posted a video to his social media that demonstrates he has little regret for his comments last month about gay people. Rugby player Israel Folau’s car has been confiscated after anti-gay commentsRugby star offered to give up lucrative contract after anti-gay comments‘HELL’ is God’s plan for gays according to rugby star Israel FolauRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/anti-gay-rugby-player-video-jesus/last_img read more

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Advocacy Groups Press Congress to Pass Medicare Virtual Colonoscopy Coverage

Advocacy Groups Press Congress to Pass Medicare Virtual Colonoscopy Coverage

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Videos | Radiation Therapy | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Radiotherapy to Noninvasively Ablate Ventricular Tachycardia Pierre Qian, MBBS, read more The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more March 4, 2016 — The National Medical Association has joined colorectal cancer care advocacy groups and the American College of Radiology (ACR) in calling on Congress to pass the CT Colonography Screening for Colorectal Cancer Act (H.R. 4632). Introduced in the House by Reps. Brad Wenstrup (R-OH) and Danny Davis (D-IL), H.R. 4632 would provide Medicare coverage for seniors who choose to be screened with a virtual colonoscopy, or computed tomography (CT) colonography. This would remove a financial barrier to care now widely covered by private insurance.“Early screening for colorectal cancer saves lives. Unfortunately, too many Americans fail to get screened because they feel current procedures are too invasive, or can’t for medical reasons. By covering an additional method of screening, Medicare can give seniors and physicians another tool for preventive and lifesaving care,” said Rep. Wenstrup.“Colorectal cancer is largely preventable thanks to effective screening tools. Ensuring access to proven screening exams through Medicare is especially important for America’s vulnerable populations,” noted Rep. Davis.Colorectal cancer (CRC) screening rates are lower and CRC incidence and death rates higher among African-Americans. Virtual colonoscopy is an American Cancer Society-recommended screening exam that has been shown in studies, in the United States and abroad, to increase screening rates where offered. Less invasive than optical colonoscopy, it does not require sedation. After the procedure, patients may return to daily activities.“Medicare coverage of virtual colonoscopy would increase African-American and other minority access to this test that can overcome many cultural stigmas and attract more people to be screened. This would prevent many cancers, find more cancers before they progress and save thousands of people who might otherwise die from a disease that is often preventable,” said Edith Peterson Mitchell, M.D., president of the National Medical Association.A recent major study shows that screening Medicare patients with CT colonography would cost 29 percent less than with optical colonoscopy and save up to $1.7 billion per screening cycle. CIGNA, UnitedHealthcare, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield and other major insurers cover screening virtual colonoscopy. More than 20 states require insurers to cover these exams. Yet, Medicare does not cover beneficiaries for CT colonography.Virtual colonoscopy has been proven comparably accurate to colonoscopy in most people of screening age — including those ages 65 and older. President Obama chose a virtual colonoscopy in his first checkup as Commander-in-Chief.“Every day an average of 100 Americans die from colorectal cancer. It is a tragedy that the majority of these lives could have been saved as colorectal cancer can largely be prevented with timely screening. Yet one out of every three at-risk adults has not taken this lifesaving step. Providing Medicare coverage of CT colonography would provide a proven screening method for individuals who either cannot, or will not have a colonoscopy,” said Eric Hargis, public policy advisor for the Colon Cancer Alliance.“Colorectal cancer is preventable — since detecting precancerous polyps can stop them from becoming cancer. Medicare coverage for virtual colonoscopy would provide access to a proven test that more seniors may use, especially since it is less invasive than an optical colonoscopy, and requires no sedation. This screening exam can detect cancer early, allow for timely treatment, if needed and save lives,” said Carolyn Aldigé, president and founder of the Prevent Cancer Foundation.Anne Carlson, executive director of the Colon Cancer Coalition, echoes this, “Colorectal cancer is expected to kill about 50,000 Americans this year. Catching cancer early saves lives. In order to increase screening rates among seniors, Medicare must cover the innovative, lifesaving virtual colonoscopy.”H.R. 4632 is the companion to S. 2262 co-sponsored in the U.S. Senate by Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) and Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL).“Colorectal cancer is almost always treatable if found early by screening and the cost to screen and prevent the disease is exponentially less than to treat cancers not found until advanced stage. Passing H.R. 4632 can help save lives and reduce screening exam costs,” said Judy Yee, M.D., chair of the American College of Radiology Colon Cancer Committee.For more information: www.acr.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Video Player is loading.Mark Ibrahim explains what EPs need from CT imagingPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 5:23Loaded: 3.08%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -5:23 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Sea Shepherds Paul Watson launches Facebook campaign asking Costa Ricas Solís to

Sea Shepherds Paul Watson launches Facebook campaign asking Costa Ricas Solís to

first_imgOcean conservationist and Sea Shepherd founder Paul Watson, 63, started a social media campaign Monday asking followers to write to Costa Rica’s new president, Luis Guillermo Solís, and urge that an extradition request against Watson be dropped.“I was placed on the Interpol Red List by the very corrupt former Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla whose administration saw the shark finners make huge profits with few arrests. Her administration also did nothing to prevent the death of Jairo Mora Sandoval who requested government protection months before he was murdered,” Watson wrote on his Facebook profile. “I am hopeful that President D. Luis Guillermo Solis will address both corruption and the illegal slaughter of turtles and sharks in Costa Rican waters.”Solís took office on May 8, but has not publicly commented on Watson’s case. His predecessor, Chinchilla, made no effort to hide her contempt of Watson and his comments, accusing the Sea Shepherd founder of harboring “disdain for the Costa Rican rule of law.” Chinchilla and officials in her administration have always referred to Costa Rica’s separation of powers when asked about the 12-year-old case of “attempted shipwrecking,” in which a Costa Rican fisherman injured a finger in an incident off the Guatemalan coast.In March, Chinchilla’s communications minister, Carlos Roverssi, blamed Watson and “leftist groups” for smearing “the good name of Costa Rica” in response to the country’s dramatic drop on 2014′s World’s Best Ethical Travel Destinations List.But Watson, who wants to work with the Costa Rican government on marine conservation policy, believes the new administration will be more receptive than the last one. And he hopes his army of social media followers will help spread the word.“I believe that President Solis has great potential to make a significant and positive difference in protecting marine diversity in Costa Rican waters,” Watson wrote. “I would like to request a favor of all on this facebook page to send a polite message to President Solis with a request that Costa Rica drops the extradition order demanding that I be brought to Costa Rica.“Sea Shepherd and I would like to return to helping protect the turtles and sharks in Costa Rican waters,” he added.To read the latest on the ongoing legal battle, click here.Recommended: Little has changed 1 year after slaying of Costa Rica conservationist Jairo Mora Related posts:Sea Shepherd’s Paul Watson turns to human rights commission to block Costa Rica’s legal chase Sea Shepherd’s Paul Watson back on Interpol website as Costa Rica fugitive Sea Shepherd’s R/V Martin Sheen lands in Costa Rica for 4-month research mission Sea Shepherd’s Paul Watson files human rights lawsuit against Costa Rica Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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first_img Facebook Comments The leaders of Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala plan to ask U.S. President Barack Obama for help funding projects to stem immigration during White House talks next week.The presidents will meet next Friday over the humanitarian crisis triggered by some 57,000 unaccompanied minors from Central America who have traveled illegally to the United States since October.“We want to discuss with Obama structural measures, by which we mean investing in the immigrants’ communities of origin to generate opportunities and create more security for our people,” Salvadoran Foreign Minister Hugo Martínez told state television Channel 10.The “Northern Triangle” leaders plan to request employment and security aid when they meet with Obama.The tide of unaccompanied youths has overwhelmed U.S. border patrol, shelters and immigration courts, and prompted Obama to warn parents in Central America not to send their kids to the United States in search of a better life.Guatemala’s Otto Pérez Molina, Juan Orlando Hernández of Honduras and Salvador Sánchez Cerén of El Salvador, together with their foreign ministers, will attend the discussions with Obama.“We hope that afterwards there will be increased cooperation from the United States,” Martínez said. Related posts:Central American leaders offer plan to slow child migrant surge US to grant refugee status to Central American child migrants Obama calls wave of children across US-Mexican border ‘urgent humanitarian situation’ US to spend $750 million to attack Central America poverty woeslast_img read more

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Agencies Propose Changes for Determining TILA Exemption

Agencies Propose Changes for Determining TILA Exemption

first_img in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News CFPB Federal Reserve OCC Truth in Lending Act 2016-07-25 Seth Welborn July 25, 2016 517 Views Agencies Propose Changes for Determining TILA Exemptioncenter_img The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), the Federal Reserve Board, and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) have jointly issued a proposal detailing the methodology that will be used to determine the thresholds at which certain small loans will be exempt from the Truth in Lending Act (TILA). The agencies are seeking public comment on their proposal.The three agencies proposed rules amending interpretations for regulations implementing Section 129H of the Truth in Lending Act, which adds special requirements for higher-priced mortgage loans or “higher risk mortgages.” The final rules for implementing these requirements were jointly issued by the OCC, the Fed, the CFPB, the FDIC, the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), and the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) in January 2014.Those rules issued two and a half years ago included requiring creditors to obtain a written appraisal based on a physical visit to the interior of the home before a high-priced mortgage loan is approved.An exemption for loans of $25,000 or less was included in the rules for implementing these appraisal requirements; the rules provide that the exemption threshold will be adjusted based on inflation—specifically, to reflect increases in the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CIP-W), according to the agencies.The agencies are proposing a new method for calculating the exemption threshold that will keep pace with the CIP-W and clarifies that if there is no increase in the CIP-W during a given year, the exemption threshold should not be adjusted from the prior year.Comments on the proposed rule are due 30 days after it is published in the Federal Register, which the agencies said they expect shortly. To comment on the proposal, email regs.comments@occ.treas.gov.Click here to view the agencies’ proposal. Sharelast_img read more

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No not at all Arians joked when asked if hed

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first_img“No, not at all,” Arians joked when asked if he’d miss the venerable stadium located on the western shore of the San Francisco Bay. Although Arians is new to the Cardinals, there are likely many in the organization who feel the same way, solely based on the team’s results there.The Cardinals are just 5-14 as the visitors at Candlestick, and only 3-11 since moving to the Valley in 1988. The Niners have won the last four meetings between the teams in San Francisco by an average score of 29-8.Arizona quarterback Carson Palmer, who attended his first NFL game at Candlestick, feels a little different about the stadium.“I do have an affection for it, growing up in California, you saw a lot of games on TV at Candlestick,” Palmer said. “I’m excited to play there.”This will be Palmer’s second career game at Candlestick. The first came on December 15, 2007, as a member of the Cincinnati Bengals. Palmer completed 19-of-31 passes for 252 yards and a touchdown, but it wasn’t enough as the 49ers prevailed 20-13. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Candlestick Park has been part of the National Football League since 1971.That will change next season as the San Francisco 49ers will relocate to the brand new, $1.2 billion Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara in time for the 2014 season.The Arizona Cardinals are preparing for their final trip to Candlestick Park as they’ll meet the 49ers Sunday in an important early-season NFC West matchup.Cardinals’ head coach Bruce Arians doesn’t feel all that nostalgic about the stadium they call “The Stick.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories center_img 0 Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellinglast_img read more

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