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Apple announcements: iPhone 7, Mario game, new watch

Jeff Williams, Apple s chief operating officer, announces new products on Wednesday in San Francisco. At Apple s iPhone 7 unveiling Wednesday the tech powerhouse revealed a host of new and updated hardware and software, including a new type of headphone jack and souped-up camera. /s.

Driver dies as Tesla slams into tree in central Dutch town

A man sits behind the steering wheel of a Tesla Model S electric car on display at the Beijing International Automotive Exhibition in Beijing in April. The driver of a Tesla Model S electric car died Wednesday when the vehicle smashed into a tree and burst into flames.

House vote on impeaching IRS chief possible next week

House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016. From left are, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Calif. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash. and Ryan.

As some states curb high fines, Oklahoma s go even higher

In this Wednesday, July 13, 2016 photo, Tim Yarbrough signs up to use a computer at the Oklahoma Public Library in Oklahoma City.

2016 Domestic Violence Summit set for Sept. 23

Imagine being knocked down, kicked and stomped, and then nearly choked to death by the father of your small children, the youngest just four weeks old, and then when the police arrive, you are the one arrested and thrown in jail for domestic violence.

Prep v-ball roundup: Valencia drops match to Flintridge

Hart remains unbeaten in preleague schedule





Wicklow hospice nears fundraising target of €3m – RT – News #normandy

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Wicklow hospice nears fundraising target of €3 million

Thursday 22 August 2013 09.38

Oscar-winning actor Daniel Day-Lewis is a patron of the Wicklow Hospice Foundation

The Wicklow Hospice Foundation says it has almost reached its 3 million fundraising target and is ready to proceed with plans to build a long-awaited 12-bed hospice at a site at Magheramore, overlooking the sea near Brittas Bay.

The foundation needs the HSE to cover the balance of 50% of the building cost and to fund the day-to-day operation of the hospice, which it says was a commitment given.

The funds have been raised through local charitable donations and a contribution from The American Ireland Fund and pre-planning has been submitted to Wicklow County Council.

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Local resident and multi-Oscar winning actor Daniel Day-Lewis is one of the foundation s patrons.

During a visit to the site, he said that the location is ideal and a place of great natural beauty and peace.

He said the people of Wicklow had contributed in the full understanding that the HSE would honour its commitment and also said a HSE site assessment had given Magheramore the highest rating.

The land has been donated by the Columban Sisters and St John of God, the healthcare provider, has agreed to operate the facility.

Architects have been selected following tender.

Chairperson of fundraising at the Wicklow Hospice Foundation Evanne Cahill said it would like to see building next year and patients in the facility by the end of 2015.

The HSE said today it was evaluating several site options, including Magheramore and a palliative care consultative committee would report early next month on the preferred option.

The executive said that it would need extra funding to enable the development to proceed but it may be possible to redeploy some existing resources for the project.

The hospice will also be included for mention in the 2014 HSE National Service Plan.

The HSE palliative care services plan 2009-2012 identified the need for an inpatient hospice unit for Wicklow, along with staffing and revenue.

The hospice was initially included in the HSE plans for completion in 2012.

In 1999, a Department of Health needs assessment highlighted the lack of hospice beds in Wicklow.





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Galway Hospice unit re-opens

Wednesday 25 August 2004 22.19

The Galway Hospice in-patient unit, which had been closed since May 2003 because of a row over medication procedures, has re-opened.

The board of the hospice announced the re-opening this afternoon.

It said admissions recommenced today and that a full consultant-led range of services will be provided under the direction of its Palliative Care Consultant, Dr Dympna Waldron.

The 12-bed in-patient unit was closed after Dr Waldron expressed concerns over the way in which drugs were being dispensed at the centre.

An independent report found that errors by both medical and nursing staff led to a number patients requiring life-saving treatment between January 2002 and May 2003.

The hospice was founded in 1986 to provide support and medical care for people with advanced forms of cancer.

It employs a staff 55 and receives funding of €2.3 million annually from the Western Health Board.

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Bury Hospice closure threat: Campaigners fear facility could close due to funding

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Hospice at risk of closing due to funding cuts

A flagship hospice could close due to government funding cuts.

Campaigners fear Bury Hospice on Rochdale Old Road, Bury, could be forced to shut within six months because the government is ‘withholding’ 40m from the NHS budget in Bury .

James Frith, a Labour councillor in Bury who will contest the Bury North seat at the next general election, is launching a campaign and said the hospice was ‘at risk’.

And he claimed dementia care, fertility treatment and psychological treatments in Bury could also be hit.

The development follows a plea to the government for extra cash amid claims the NHS in Bury was one of the worst-funded in the region.

The M.E.N. understands that concerns about the future of the 5m facility have been raised by senior NHS managers in Bury. Hospice bosses have been asked to provide a full report.

Coun Frith said: “Our priority has to be keeping the hospice to ensure the very best care for the terminally ill and most frail in Bury. We’ve all donated, fundraised or supported the hospice or know someone who has.

It’s one of our most cherished resources. That it now faces closure is an absolute disgrace. I hope many will want to join the campaign to save Bury Hospice and stand up for NHS Bury together.”

Dr Kiran Patel, chair of Bury Clinical Commissioning Group, said NHS services in Bury were ‘underfunded’ and extra cash for the hospice was ‘limited’.

He said: “Recognising the vital work that the hospice does for the patients of Bury, we have asked the hospice to provide the Clinical Commissioning Group with a proposal for further funding in the hospice, which we would consider at our next board meeting.

“However, it must be recognised that our resources are fully committed and our ability to fund fully any additional proposals are limited due to us being the most underfunded Clinical Commissioning Group in the north of England.”

Earlier this year, the health secretary was asked by Labour’s shadow cabinet member and Bury MP Ivan Lewis to step in to help fill the funding black hole. The party said shortfalls in cash allocations would leave the NHS in Bury a total of 60m short over three years.

The hospice opened after moving from Dumers Lane, Radcliffe. in March last year. It provides support to more than 1,000 seriously and terminally ill patients each year.

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Springhill Hospice is lauded for restoring an empty pub into a tea

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Springhill Hospice is lauded for restoring an empty pub into a tea room

Pamela Gray, team leader (left) and Sarah-Lee Ford, income services manager at Springhill Hospice

Springhill Hospice has been praised for its ‘inventive’ work to renovate an empty pub.

The charity received an award from Hospice UK in recognition of its transformation of The Craven Heifer into Springhill Tea Rooms and Gift Shop at the Craven.

The Broad Lane site had been derelict for two years, but was taken on by the hospice in early 2014 and revamped into the building to sell cuppas, cakes and other items to raise funds for the charity.

Now, the venture, which was launched last December, has received the Most Inventive Hospice Retail Initiative Award at the recent Hospice UK Retail Conference.

Julie Halliwell, chief executive at Springhill Hospice said: “I am delighted that we have won this award. Staff and volunteers have worked so hard to renovate the premises and get the tea room and gift shop up and running.

They very much deserve recognition for the work they have done. It is increasingly difficult to secure the funds we need to operate the Hospice, and we are constantly looking for innovative income generation schemes.

“The sale of the pub came at just the right time for us, and gave us an opportunity to house our income services team at the same time as developing the tea room and gift shop. We are very grateful to the public for continuing to support us so well.”

The tea room has space for 60 customers and serves home made treats such as crumpets, sandwiches, cakes, soup and afternoon tea. An outdoor seating area is being set up for the summer months.

Sarah-Lee Ford, income services manager at Springhill Hospice added: “Opening the tea rooms has been one of our biggest challenges for the income services team.

However, it’s also been one of the most rewarding seeing people meeting friends and enjoying a cake and a catch up whilst making money for the hospice.”

Antonia Bunnin, director of Hospice Support and Development at Hospice UK, added: “In recent years there have been lots of headlines about pub closures and empty premises in our communities.

“The way that Springhill Hospice has brought this old building back to life, back to the community – all while raising vital funds for hospice care – is a wonderfully impressive and creative initiative that deserves to be recognised.”

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Hospice Isle of Man first lottery draw – Isle of Man News

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Isle of Man News – POSTED Thu 21-06-2012

Hospice Isle of Man first lottery draw

The first draw for the new Hospice Isle of Man lottery has taken place. 219 plays were entered into the lottery with nearly 50 staff members from Hospice supporting this new initiative.

First prize was won by Mrs Simpson, second prize by a Mr Looney and 3rd prize by Mrs Killey.

Margaret Simpson said “this is an historical moment for Hospice, all profits will be re-invested back into Hospice and I would like to thank everyone that took part in our first lottery. “As Chief Executive I feel it is important to support all our fundraising efforts and I am delighted that many staff, volunteers and supporters bought a ticket.”

“I would encourage everyone to get involved in supporting this great initiative – remembering if you are not in, you can’t win!” “The more people that take part, the bigger the prize pot will be”.

For a chance to win up to £1,000 for just £5 a month, download your form from www.hospice.org.im or pick up a form from any of the Hospice shops, Share the Care or ring 647435.

The hospice lottery is operated under Isle of Man law. Full terms and conditions are downloadable from the website, from any Hospice shop or from Hospice itself.

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2006 Acura TSX vs. Honda Accord, Mazdaspeed 6, Pontiac G6, VW Jetta

First: 2006 Volkswagen Jetta GLI

In a perfect world, a guy who likes to unwind lonely driving roads on a brisk weekend morning owns an implement dedicated to just such an activity. A Mazda MX-5, for example. Or a Pontiac Solstice. Or a Honda S2000. Or. fill in your favorite sports car. But that ideal presupposes a big budget for grown-up toys, and/or the absence of parental obligations, which immediately add extra doors and seats to the equation. As much as we love ’em, sports cars are pure automotive self-indulgence, with a low practicality index. And the sad truth is, many of us are economically limited to one ride that has to serve a variety of everyday transportation functions, as well as satisfying your inner Michael Schumacher. Perhaps you’ve noticed this?

Take heart. Ownership of a car with four doors needn’t mean the end of fun-to-drive, and to support this proposition we present this field of five sub-$30,000 sports sedans that are just the ticket, able to deliver speed with a soupçon of luxury, too. Okay, more than a soupçon. A modicum. And in a couple cases, a profusion.

As a conceptual group, our roundup of 30-grand sports sedans isn’t new. It’s one of our regular sports-sedan reality checks. Still, there is much that is new here-in fact, only one of these five packages is familiar. That would be the Acura TSX, a sophisticated sweetheart that’s been on our 10Best Cars list since its 2004 debut. Modestly freshened for ’06, the TSX prevailed in our last under-30-grand decathlon (“Sustainable Sports Sedans ,” October 2004) and, consequently, anchors this one. (As with our 10Best Cars protocol, the also-rans in that derby weren’t invited to this one.)

The other everyday heroes are new for ’06 in varying degrees, and only one of them-the Jetta GLI-has gone through our battery of instrumented tests (October 2005 ). The GLI is the liveliest member of the Jetta family, and it shares its chassis and components with the GTI, VW’s famous hatchback hot rod. The Jetta’s inventory of go-faster hardware includes a new 2.0-liter direct-injection turbo four that churns up 197 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque, a useful upgrade from the previous 1.8-liter turbo motor’s 180 horsepower and 173 pound-feet, although the gain in output is mitigated by an increase at the scales.

The other force-fed car in the field is the long-awaited Mazdaspeed 6, with all-wheel drive and 274 horsepower available from a turbo version of Mazda’s 2.3-liter four. That’s almost enough to put the Mazda on an equal performance footing with bad boys like the Subaru Impreza WRX STI or Mitsubishi Evo, and it was more than enough to hustle the Mazda to the front of this pack in terms of sheer zoom-zoom.

As a refreshing change, a domestic entry made the starting grid, the GTP version of Pontiac’s G6 sedan, with more authority in the suspension, more grip, and more muscle, thanks to more displacement-3.9 liters in a pushrod V-6, very all-American.

Beyond that, we found ourselves with an element of family feud. The Honda Accord has never been a player in one of our sports-sedan spectaculars, but for 2006 its extensive freshening includes the availability of a robust EX edition with a 244-hp, 3.0-liter V-6 and a six-speed manual. That combination is a first for Honda’s bread-and-butter four-door, and an essential element in qualifying for this bash-a manual transmission was one of the basic requirements for invitation, and all five cars were equipped with you-shift-it six-speeds.

You might observe that a couple other prime everyday-hero candidates-the Audi A4 and the BMW 3-series-didn’t make the cut. What’s up with that? Money, that’s what. As was true in our 2004 comparo, even the humblest of 3-series sedans, the 325i, carries a base price of $31,595, overflowing our 30-grand ceiling, and that presumes you could even find an unadorned 325i. This also goes for the A4. A basic front-drive A4 starts at $28,360, but in an age of steadily shrinking evaluation fleets, finding a base edition of any vehicle is akin to finding the last virgin in Las Vegas.

We drove the 280 miles to southeast Ohio, where we scorched the edges of our 13.5-mile driving loop. The Hocking Hills route is rich in linked turns, decreasing radii, whoop-de-dos, elevation changes, and bird watchers in L.L.Bean outfits, all in all ideal for gauging a car’s SQ (sporting quotient). This time around, it had a profound impact on the outcome.


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Parayko, Blues agree to 5-year, $27.5M deal

Defenseman Colton Parayko and the Blues have come to terms on a five-year, $27.5 million contract.

about 21 days ago | ESPN.com news services

  • Will Klim Kostin make the roster this season?

    Bernie Miklasz and Blues reporter Jeremy Rutherford discuss newly-acquired RW Chris Thorburn and No. 31 pick Klim Kostin, and whether the team is done in free agency.

    about 35 days ago

  • Blues sign Bennett, Thorburn, re-sign Sundqvist

    The Blues signed three players, including restricted free agent Oskar Sundqvist, whom they acquired from Pittsburgh at the draft.

    about 40 days ago | Associated Press

  • Blues re-sign Paajarvi to 1-year, $800,000 deal

    St. Louis has re-signed forward Magnus Paajarvi to a one-year, one-way contract worth $800,000.

    about 42 days ago | Associated Press

  • Could the Blues land RW Justin Williams?

    Bernie Miklasz of 101 ESPN talks with Blues reporter Jeremy Rutherford about replacing injured center Patrik Berglund and whether Justin Williams is a fit for the Blues.

    about 42 days ago

  • Free agents each Western team should sign

    With the expansion and entry drafts in the rearview mirror, the NHL turns to free agency. Here’s a rundown of every Western Conference team’s big need — along with a free agent who can fill that need.

    about 42 days ago

  • Blues lose Berglund (shoulder) until December

    Blues center Patrik Berglund has had surgery to repair a dislocated left shoulder and isn’t expected to return to the team until December.

    about 43 days ago | Associated Press

  • Central Division free-agency preview

    The Blackhawks made big changes following their premature exit from the playoffs. Are they done dealing? And will the Western Conference champion Predators’ future include captain Mike Fisher?

    about 43 days ago

  • Pang: Schenn trade ‘heck of a deal’ for Blues

    Former NHL goalie Darren Pang reacts to the St. Louis Blues’ trade for Brayden Schenn and the draft selection of Klim Kostin and says the Blues will miss Ryan Reaves.

    about 44 days ago

  • Blues pass on qualifying offer to Yakupov

    The St. Louis Blues chose not to extend a qualifying offer to Nail Yakupov, making the 2012 No. 1 pick an unrestricted free agent.


  • Oakmark’s Bill Nygren Finds Value in Financials #fast #money #halftime #report, #fast


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    Oakmark s Bill Nygren Finds Value in Financials

    The financial sector has long-term growth potential stronger than the pressure on its net interest margins, Oakmark Fund’s Bill Nygren told CNBC on Monday.

    “I think, clearly, as long as interest rates stay as low as they are now, that’s going to put pressure on NIMs for the whole banking industry,” he said on “Fast Money .”

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    “But the other side of that is, since the financial crisis four years ago, a lot of the competition that banks had have gone away, and that’s allowing them to earn higher margins on a lot of their products,” he added.

    Nygren’s fund listed Capital One and JPMorgan among its largest financial holdings.

    “We’re not trying to argue that these are fantastic businesses, but what we’re saying is the best banks sell at maybe three-quarters of book value. A lot of the others sell at about half of book value, and you don’t need tremendously good results from these banks to make them go up from these levels.”

    Nygren also identified TE Connectivity as a stock that had upside potential, due to its healthy dividend yield, its share base declining 2 to 5 percent per year and top-line growth.

    “We think you combine those three, you get a pretty nice rate of return, even if the PE-multiple doesn’t change,” he said.

    Trader disclosure: On Sept. 17, 2012, the following stocks and commodities mentioned or intended to be mentioned on CNBC’s “Fast Money” were owned by the “Fast Money” traders: Stephanie Link is long AAPL; Stephanie Link is long JPM; Stephanie Link is long WFC; Stephanie Link is long EBAY; Stephanie Link is long AIG; Joe Terranova is long VRTS; Joe Terranova is long WFM; Joe Terranova is long SWN; Joe Terranova is long AAPL; Joe Terranova is long TRV; Joe Terranova is long VZ; Joe Terranova is long VLO; Joe Terranova is long CSTR; Joe Terranova is long CHKP; Joe Terranova is long EMC; Joe Terranova is long NXPI; Joe Terranova is long AAPL SEPT. 655 PUTS; Joe Terranova is long AAPL SEPT. 640 PUTS; Mike Murphy is long WFC; Mike Murphy is long TGT; Mike Murphy is long FB; Mike Murphy is long EBAY; Josh Brown is long MRK; Josh Brown is long AAPL; Josh Brown is long RAX; Josh Brown is long LULU;

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    Within the past 12 months, Citigroup Global Markets Inc. or its affiliates has acted as manager or co-manager of an offering of securities of VLO

    Within the past 12 months, Citigroup Global Markets Inc. or its affiliates has acted as manager or co-manager of an offering of securities of PSX.


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    Intrinsic Dignity

    Every year, thousands of public elementary school children bring flyers and permission slips home to their parents, seeking to take part in an after-school Good News Club inside one of over 4000 public elementary schools in America. The flyers promise an hour or more of fun and Bible-centered character and moral education. Because the club takes place on public school grounds, parents assume their children will be safe and unharmed. But the snacks, games, prizes, songs, and fun activities mask a dark message of shame and fear indoctrination. The Good News Club curriculum is filled with over 5000 references to sin and thousands more to obedience, punishment, and Hell. It stresses Old Testament narratives of a retributive God who must punish sin, warns children that they will suffer an eternity in Hell if they refuse to believe, and stresses complete obedience as the supreme value. Meanwhile, salutary themes such as the Golden Rule are almost entirely absent from the curriculum. As documented in this site s sections on Shame and Hell and individual lesson reviews. Good News Club tells children as young as preschoolers that they have dark and sinful hearts, were born that way, and deserve to die and go to Hell. The Club prominently advertises its meetings to public school children in colorful take- home flyers, on posters hung in school hallways and on school bulletin boards, and on signs placed on the school frontage sidewalk during club meetings. Students are encouraged to wear Good News Club T-shirts during class and rewarded with candies and other prizes for bringing classmates to the Club. The Club delivers its dark gospel message, immediately after the closing bell, to young 4-12 year-old children in public school classrooms, cafeterias, gymnasiums, and libraries. The Good News Club s dark gospel, reinforced often enough, robs children of the innocence and enjoyment of childhood, replacing them with a negative self image, preoccupation with sin, fear of Hell, and aversion to critical thinking. Click on the thumbnails to the right to read various modern authors remarkably consistent recollections about what they learned at Good News Clubs growing up. Children should not be ashamed of themselves, intimidated from critical thinking, or inculcated with divisive stereotypes. Encourage public school districts to update their facility use policies to protect children from psychological and emotional maltreatment and manipulation.

    Click thumbnails below to read other authors accounts of the Good News Club


    Cynthia Spencer and Cransley hospice patients will suffer from cuts – BBC

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    Cynthia Spencer and Cransley hospice patients ‘will suffer’ from cuts

    Image caption Cransley Hospice (top) at St Mary’s Hospital in Kettering and Cynthia Spencer Hospice (bottom) in Northampton both face funding cuts

    NHS cuts proposed at two Northamptonshire hospices will lead to patients and families “suffering”, the Labour party has warned.

    The service plans to cut funding at Kettering’s Cransley and Northampton’s Cynthia Spencer hospices to save money.

    John McGhee, leader of the Labour group at the county council, said cutbacks “will affect the quality of services”.

    The NHS said it had to make savings, but had withdrawn its initial figure of £2m which will be discussed further.

    A Nene Clinical Commissioning Group (NCCG) spokeswoman said it planned to meet Labour councillors on Thursday to try and answer their concerns.

    Mr McGhee said: “It would seem from the clinical commissioning group’s latest statement that once again the hard working people of Northamptonshire are being left to pick up the tab after cutbacks.

    “There is no doubt in my mind that these cuts will affect the quality of the services being provided. Ultimately, patients and their families will suffer.”

    ‘Enhanced service’

    An NCCG statement said: “In the original delivery plan a potential reduction in £2m of funding was mentioned.

    “Following the ongoing engagement and feedback with hospice trustees, the original figures stated have been withdrawn.

    “We continue to discuss what the alternative position should be, but are considering an enhanced service not a reduced one.”

    The NCCG said it hoped to fill any cutback in funding with an increase in charitable fundraising and by making changes to its services that reduce demand on its core funds.

    It currently contributes 70% (£3.1m) towards the running costs of the hospices, with charitable trusts putting in 30%, which it says is out of proportion with the rest of the country.

    Both hospices provide care for people whose illnesses are no longer curable, including many cancer patients.

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    Colorado Bureau Of Investigation Admits Dozens Of Faulty DUI Blood Tests

    DENVER (CBS4) Responding to a CBS4 investigation, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation has acknowledged at least 56 of the DUI blood tests it conducted in the last six months were incorrect.

    “The initial results in each of those 56 cases showed lower alcohol levels for the drivers than when additional quality assurance retesting occurred, said Susan Medina, a spokesperson for the CBI. “There is no indication that any defendant was inappropriately charged with an offense based on test results showing an erroneously high level of alcohol in a driver’s bloodstream.”

    The CBI opened labs in July 2015 in Pueblo and Grand Junction and since then has done about 1,500 DUI blood tests for the Colorado State Patrol and other law enforcement agencies. Medina said the faulty tests amounted to about 4 percent of the DUI testing the labs have conducted since last July.

    The CBI said it learned of its erroneous lab results “in recent months“ when an independent lab checked two blood samples that had also been tested by the CBI and the independent lab ChemaTox discovered what the CBI calls “anomalies.

    ChemaTox told CBS4 it notified state authorities of the problems in December 2015. The CBI said it then checked some of its other DUI alcohol results and confirmed its lab testing problems.

    “While a thorough review remains in progress, said CBI, “it is believed the cause of the anomalies has been identified and corrected.

    Medina declined to say if the problem was human error, testing equipment, or some other factor.

    Sarah Urfer of ChemaTox labs told CBS4, “I contacted CBI and said, Look, we had an anomaly and it s 24 percent different.’

    Urfer said the anomalies are important “because those are people’s lives at stake.

    David Miller, a Denver-based defense attorney who defends DUI clients, told CBS4 the CBI needs to come clean.

    “It creates a problem with the integrity of the system. They’re not saying what the problem is so we don’t know what the problem is, so we’re going to have to get full disclosure to start with. I think it s up to prosecutors now to look at each case and see if the convictions are proper in the first place and notify the client or lawyer as to what s happening, said Miller.

    David Miller (credit: CBS)

    He said the CBS4 investigation revealing the faulty testing shows a “huge problem. It’s a big deal if you’re the person affected by it. It’s a big deal individually and if you look at the big picture, if you are the person affected by this it’s a very big deal.

    Miller said to re-establish credibility, the CBI needs to have all 1,500 blood samples it has examined since last July re-tested.

    In many cases, blood drawn from a suspect is a critical piece of evidence establishing either guilt or innocence in DUI cases. There are an estimated 30,000 DUI cases in Colorado each year, according to the CBI.

    Dr. Pat Sulik, a chemist with Rocky Mountain Instrumental Laboratories, checked 16 blood samples from the CBI in recent months. She said of those 16 samples, seven were problematic having at least a 5 percent variance from the readings she found. Of those seven, she said five had more than a 10 percent discrepancy.

    Dr. Pat Sulik (credit: CBS)

    Sulik said she would normally expect to have her results and the CBI results be nearly identical 99 percent of the time.

    “To see this many discrepancies when the CBI just started this summer, this is, at a simple overview, way too many discrepancies, said Sulik. “When we saw our first large discrepancy we retested the sample and gave ourselves a heart attack.”

    Sulik said the CBI’s erroneous, lower testing numbers mean “they are not being taken off the road, the DUI law is not being enforced if the state lab is coming up with lower numbers.

    Sulik said in at least one case she checked, the suspect in a DUI case would have faced a more serious charge had the CBI lab testing been correct the first time around.

    Ironically, the CBI only began doing this kind of testing after similar testing by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment came under fire in 2013 and CDPHE testing of DUI blood samples was shut down. In that case, defense attorneys maintained that the Department of Health testing was biased in favor of prosecutors and that staff was inadequately trained in handling blood samples.

    In 2014 the state Legislature approved a bill providing nearly $2 million in annual funding and the hiring of five new full-time employees for the CBI to take over the DUI blood testing that was previously conducted by the Department of Health. Now the Department of Health is assisting in the investigation of the faulty CBI testing.

    According to Medina’s statement to CBS4, ”After the review the CBI will issue amended reports to the law enforcement agencies that submitted the blood samples, and work with stakeholders to ensure accurate scientific results and prosecutions statewide.

    Mike Rankin, the CBI Director, said, ”While the CBI works extremely hard to avoid any testing errors in our laboratories, the quality assurance procedures served their designed purpose of safeguarding the integrity of the program.

    The CBI declined to answer any other questions from CBS4 citing an ongoing review of what happened. Medina said the agency might be able to provide more information once the review is completed.

    Miller told CBS4 he intended to reopen any DUI cases he has handled in the last seven months that involved CBI blood testing. Urfer called the problem “very frustrating. I’ve been through this twice before. It seems like this should be a preventable problem. There are a number of labs that have not had these problems.


    GILD Stock Price & News – Gilead Sciences Inc #gilead #sciences #inc.


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    Gilead Sciences Inc. GILD (U.S. Nasdaq)

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    James Flynn Plays Two Key Biotech Stocks: Valeant Pharmaceuticals Intl Inc (VRX),


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    James Flynn Plays Two Key Biotech Stocks: Valeant Pharmaceuticals Intl Inc (VRX), Gilead Sciences, Inc. (GILD)

    Prominent hedge fund manager James E. Flynn of the Deerfield Management fund has indicated a bullish outlook towards two controversial healthcare stocks in Q1 2017, according to the latest 13F forms filed with the SEC. Flynn opened new positions in specialty biopharma Valeant Pharmaceuticals Intl Inc (NYSE:VRX ) and flailing biotech Gilead Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ:GILD ).

    James E. Flynn is the Managing Partner of the $7 billion healthcare-focused Deerfield fund- a role which he has held since 2005. He plays a pivotal role in overseeing Deerfield’s investment activities as well as the management of the firm. Since he took the top post, the firm says it has expanded its investment capabilities to include private structured financings, developed additional market research instruments and created the Deerfield Foundation for disadvantaged children. According to the fund, a proportion of all its profits are dedicated to this foundation.

    With a career spanning nearly 30 years, Flynn previously worked as “a top ranked analyst” during his tenure at Furman Selz from 1996 to 2000 and as the Vice President of Corporate Development of a pharmaceutical company, Alpharma Inc. Even before this he was involved in the healthcare industry due to his work as a senior analyst covering the specialty pharmaceutical industry from 1988 to 1993. He holds a B.S. from the University of Michigan in Cellular and Molecular Biology and Economics and currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Continuum Health Partners.

    Deerfield Management specializes in crafting finance options to help companies overcome the “myriad of financing challenges” in the healthcare sector. The company says it invests broadly in public healthcare securities irrespective of the company’s size or type of security- through an approach which it calls ‘collaboration, intellectual curiosity and pragmatism’. Indeed, the fund claims that its understanding of the sector enables it “to appreciate opportunity even when complex financial, legislative, regulatory and competitive pressures are present.”

    Let’s now explore how this strategy played out in two key healthcare moves made by the fund in Q1:

    Valeant Pharmaceuticals Intl Inc

    In Q1, Flynn initiated a new position in VRX with the purchase of 1.5 million shares valued at $16.5 million, equivalent to 0.63% of the total portfolio.

    Valeant, a Canada-based medical device company, has suffered a rough couple of years which saw its price decline by nearly 95%. However, like Flynn, Guggenheim’s Louise Chen believes that, with prices so depressed, now is actually the time to buy VRX stock. On June 16, she initiated coverage on VRX with a buy rating and an $18 price target which translates into an incredible 42% upside from the current share price. Chen says she believes that the stock will move higher under the new management team with “solid execution and future growth prospects”. Here are a few reasons why she believes the stock is set to improve:

    One of the major challenges for VRX was its extraordinarily high $29 billion debt burden. However, the company has now started to actively reduce its debt through strategic divestitures and cash flow management. Chen says that the Street is overly obsessed about Valeant’s debt position, without fully taking into account the crucial fact that VRX is currently on track to reduce its total debt by $5 billion by 2018. Valeant already paid back $1.3 billion during the previous fiscal quarter. Furthermore, the sale of cancer-company Dendreon at the beginning of the year should help alleviate concerns about debt amortization- as should further upcoming divestures. Chen points out that the company’s assets have always generated “a good amount of cash” and that EBITDA at 40% is a very respectable figure- coming in higher than other companies in the sector.

    Headline risks over the pricing scandal and government investigations are now reducing says Chen. As the dust settles, the company is beginning to stabilize the business and create new business objectives like strengthening the balance sheet, focusing on specialty markets and growth, improving leadership position and pipeline, and looking at efficient resource allocation. The current management- picked to take over after the pricing scandal- consists of Joe Papa, Paul Herendeen, and Bill Humphries, who have already proved their expertise in the growth of pharma business and have the skills to give VRX another lease of life.

    Most importantly, the upcoming pipeline of nearly 50 products from VRX is expected to bring in $100MM sales this year, with a few of these products expected to bring in substantial future revenue. Despite the loss of exclusivity in certain key drugs, the recent approval of Siliq/Brodalumab has boosted investor confidence in the company. The drug is expected to be launched by the second half of 2017 and the impressive efficacy and low price point of the drug relative means that Siliq has the potential to become a blockbuster drug according to Chen.

    Three other opportunities lie in the drugs Latanoprostene Bunod (intended for reducing intraocular pressure), IDP-118 (for plaque psoriasis), and Luminesse (which relieves redness of the eye). A higher revenue is also expected from Valeant’s gastrointestinal (GI) business from the second quarter.

    However the Street in general is much more cautious on Valeant than Flynn or Chen. With 3 buy, 9 hold, and 3 sell ratings in the past three months, TipRanks shows that Valeant has an overall analyst consensus of Hold. The stock has an average price target of $15.09, which is a 19.19% upside from the last close.

    For Q1, Flynn also initiated a position in Gilead with 1.2 million shares for $81.7 million, which translates into a relatively significant proportion of the portfolio at 3.15%.

    With a huge $34 billion held in cash, California-based GILD could be in for an upcoming price surge despite its depressing fiscal 2017 results. This large cap biotech had been on a steady decline in the past few quarters due to the threat from generics on its profit-making HIV franchise and rapidly decreasing sales for its key hep-C franchise. Prices which were once at $120 are now at $64.

    However, the market is now hoping that- at $64- the stock has finally bottomed and that prices will, at long last, begin to improve. Results revealed a 40% decline in hep C sales to just $2.6 billion- but the fact that prices did not crash after this is, in its own way, encouraging. The company reiterated guidelines for 2017 which is also good news and suggests that the 40% decline in the hep C sales is already factored into the current price point.

    Looking ahead Gilead can either grow organically or through acquisitions. Organic growth is possible due to Gilead’s massive research budget. The company has a whopping $3.1-3.4 billion earmarked for research and development this year. At the same time, there are a number of exciting drugs in the pipeline although these are only due to come to market in the next couple of years at the earliest. Management also sound more bullish about making an acquisition- something which the market has been requesting for a long time now. At the same time, management has purchased at least $12 billion in Gilead stock over the last 16 months. Should the stock rise, Gilead could make a sweet profit from this stock load-up.

    Unlike Valeant, Gilead has an overall analyst consensus rating of Strong Buy. According to TipRanks, the stock has received 10 buy and 2 hold ratings in the last three months. The average analyst price target on GIILD is $83.13, which presents a considerable upside of 29.65% from the last close price.

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    Irish Hospice Foundation founder Mary Redmond dies – RT – News #gold

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    Irish Hospice Foundation founder Mary Redmond dies

    Monday 06 April 2015 19.43

    Mary Redmond, founder of the Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF), has died aged 64.

    Dr Redmond founded the IHF almost 30 years ago after being impressed by the quality of care that her father, Dr John Redmond, received in the expert and loving hands of staff at Our Lady s Hospice in Harold s Cross in Dublin.

    Irish Hospice CEO Sharon Foley paid tribute to Dr Redmond, whom she described as an inspirational and visionary leader and one of the founders of the hospice movement in Ireland .

    We are deeply saddened to hear of the news of Dr Redmond s passing. She had foresight, determination and generosity of spirit and we are very proud today to continue with her work, she added.

    Dr Redmond was also a member of the RT Authority.

    In an interview marking the 20th birthday of the IHF in 2006 Dr Redmond said she had no idea when she started the process of setting up the Irish Hospice Foundation that it was going to become so big, and that the work was going to be so challenging.

    Dr Redmond was conferred with a Doctor in Laws (LL.D) from Trinity College in 2014.

    In 1999 she also established the Wheel, a support and representative body connecting community and voluntary organisations and charities across Ireland, which has evolved to become a resource centre and forum for the community and voluntary sector.

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  • Infant formulas loaded with corn syrup and sugar #infant #formula,corn #syrup,health #news,organic,corn


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    Infant formulas loaded with corn syrup and sugar

    (NaturalNews) Top baby formula brands sold in stores contain alarmingly high levels of corn syrup and sugar. In light of rising rates of childhood obesity and diabetes, parents need to read labels carefully to protect their children’s health.

    Consumption of large quantities of sugar and high fructose corn syrup have been linked to behavioral disorders such as ADD as well as other issues such as anxiety, daytime drowsiness and nighttime insomnia.

    Feeding your baby sugar and corn syrup also increases your child’s risk for a wide spectrum of other health problems ranging from dental cavities to high triglyceride levels to nutritional deficiencies. Even the mainstream medical establishment warns of the dangers of added sugars.

    Warnings issued about sugar consumption for children

    The American Academy of Pediatrics has issued warnings about the health dangers of children drinking sugar-sweetened beverages such as sodas, sweetened fruit drinks and sports drinks (http://www.aap.org/obesity/SSB.html ).

    Unfortunately, many parents do not realize that the most store-bought formulas they feed their infants and toddlers may pose the same health risks as a can of soda.

    Most baby formula product lines offer options for cow’s milk-based formula as well as soy milk for infants with lactose intolerance. Many formulas come in ready-to-feed, liquid concentrate and powdered forms. All the major baby formula brands offer options for all age groups from premature infants through toddlers, choices for children with special medical conditions, and organic product lines.

    The top five ingredients listed for Similac Sensitive Formula for Fussiness and Gas are: Corn Syrup Solids, Sugar (Sucrose), Milk Protein Isolate, High Oleic Safflower Oil, Soy Oil .

    Enfamil is a product of Abbott Nutrition, a division of Abbott Laboratories. Enfamil’s Soy Toddler formula also lists Corn Syrup Solids as the initial ingredient, followed by Vegetable Oil (Palm Olein, Coconut, Soy and High Oleic Sunflower Oils), Soy Protein Isolate and Calcium Phosphate. Enfamil is produced by Mead Johnson Nutrition, a subsidiary of Mead Johnson & Company, LLC which was spun off from Bristol-Myers Squibb in 2009.

    Gerber is owned by Nestle, the candy company which makes Kit Kat bars, and which also owns Jenny Craig. The list of ingredients for Gerber’s Good Start Protect Formula: Whey Protein Concentrate (From Cow’s Milk, Enzymatically Hydrolyzed, Reduced In Minerals), Vegetable Oils (Palm Olein, Soy, Coconut, And High-Oleic Safflower Or High-Oleic Sunflower), Lactose, Corn Maltodextrin.

    Parent’s Choice is the Wal-Mart store-brand of baby products. Their Organic Infant Formula contains Organic Reduced Minerals Whey, Organic Non-Fat Milk, Organic Lactose, Organic Corn Syrup Solids, Organic Palm Oil or Palm Olein.

    Earth’s Best Organic Infant Formula with DHA and ARA has a similar ingredient list (Organic Reduced Minerals Whey, Organic Non-Fat Milk, Organic Lactose, Organic Glucose Syrup Solids, Organic Palm Oil Or Organic Palm Olein).

    Nature’s One lists the following ingredients in its Dairy Formula: Organic Brown Rice Syrup, Organic Non-Fat Dry Milk, Organic High Oleic Sunflower Oil, Organic Soybean Oil. Nature’s One is a privately held company based in Columbus, Ohio.

    Take the time to research baby formulas before feeding your baby. You can learn more about baby formula ingredients, as well as information on formula packaging here: http://www.organic-baby-resource.com/organic. and here http://www.cornucopia.org/2010/04/new-admini.

    Complete lists of ingredients for the products mentioned here can be found at manufacturer’s websites:

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    New tax system for self-employed will – seriously harm economy #money,self #employed


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    New tax system for self-employed will ‘seriously harm economy’

    26 March 2017 • 6:50am

    P lans to force millions of self-employed people to file multiple tax returns each year become reality from next week in the face of blanket opposition from taxpayers, business groups and senior political figures across all parties.

    Worst-hit will be the self-employed with turnovers of more than £85,000, who from April 2018 will have to file at least five returns per tax year. That will be in addition to regular VAT returns.

    Accountants predict that under the new regime – called making tax digital – those affected will face a tax deadline of one sort or other in most months of the year.

    The scheme begins this April with a pilot ramping up to include hundreds of thousands of businesses , according to the Treasury.

    Individuals and landlords with turnovers lower than £85,000 were given a reprieve in the Budget earlier this month. They will only move into the system from April 2019, Philip Hammond said.

    Groups representing creative arts, farmers, landlords and small businesses across other sectors have attacked both the plans and the rapid timetable of introduction, even with this Budget concession.

    Michael Grade, former head of ITV and Conservative peer, told the Sunday Telegraph. The creative sector of our economy drives social mobility, jobs, exports and tax revenues. Now HMT has come up with the idea of making all their lives impossible with a new system for filing their tax returns on a quarterly basis. I can find no evidence from any informed source that this is anything but damaging to our creative population.

    T he National Union of Farmers, the Residential Landlords’ Association and a number of representatives of the accounting profession are also among those objecting to the plans.

    The Federation of Small Businesses says HMRC has significantly underestimated the costs to business and wants the new regime to be on an opt-in basis.

    Earlier this month an influential House of Lords committee, whose members include former chancellor Norman Lamont, added its criticism, saying the Government’s proposals were based on fragile and inadequate evidence.

    Leftwing tax academic Richard Murphy, Professor of International Political Economy at City University in London, said this attack on the self-employed was the latest in a series of moves aimed at cutting costs at HMRC.

    HMRC has clung to a naive belief stemming from the Blair era that technology can solve all problems, he said. This policy will be whacking those who are already complying with tax rules or at least partially complying, rather than going after that large population who aren’t paying tax at all.

    By Prof Murphy’s calculations quarterly reporting will cost businesses several days of lost work per year. This will deliver a hit to GDP with no benefits at all to the Exchequer, he said. The tax authorities are entirely out of touch with how businesses work.

    A leading accounting group, Smith Williamson, put the cost per small business client at around £2,000 per year.

    H MRC argues the shift will be coupled with software which will assist businesses make efficiencies.

    The Treasury maintains Mr Hammond’s delay by one year for 3m smallest businesses addresses critics’ concerns.

    It said quarterly returns will be light-touch, including only summary information, and will be produced direct from the business’ digital records.

    It maintains the reason for implementing the change is to capture tax lost to errors made by small businesses, which it estimates would mount to £8bn per year by 2019-20.

    A spokesman said: HMRC published its impact assessment for the programme in January outlining that there will be an average one-off transitional cost of £280 per business, followed by small ongoing annual savings. This is in addition to the benefit to businesses of having a clearer in-year view of their tax position and more confidence they have got their tax right.


    Disable the Internal Microphone on your Mac #os #x #daily, #osxdaily, #apple,


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    Disable the Internal Microphone on your Mac

    All Macs have a microphone included in them, but if you want to disable the internal microphone on your Mac, you can do so through a variety of methods. We ll cover the two easiest approaches to turning off the microphone; reducing the input volume so that no sound is picked up by the microphone, and also by selecting a different and nonexistent audio input source so that the Mac will not detect audio whatsoever. Both methods effectively disable the microphone on a Mac

    Note these work to disable the Macs internal built-in microphone in all versions of Mac OS X and with just about every Mac. To disable an external microphone, simply unplug it from the Mac.

    How to Disable the Internal Microphone on Mac by Reducing the Input Volume to 0

    1. Launch System Preferences from the  Apple menu in the upper left corner
    2. Click on Sound preference panel
    3. Click on the Input tab
    4. Drag the Input volume slider all the way to the left, as seen in the included screenshot you can test the microphone has been disabled by talking and you ll notice the mic indicator no longer moves
    5. Close System Preferences as usual

    This method works to turn off the microphone by reducing the audio input to zero, effectively making the internal microphone unable to capture any sound.

    This control panel for the Microphone looks a little different depending on the version of Mac OS X used on the Mac, but it always allows users to change the microphone input level to zero thereby disabling the ability to pick up sound.

    If you want to basically disable the internal microphone s ability to hear audio entirely, use the below method instead.

    How to Disable the Internal Microphone on Mac by Selecting a Different Audio Input

    On older versions of Mac OS X you can also just select a different audio input like line-in, even if another mic is not connected to the Mac. This is not an option in newer versions, however, newer Macs can always just plug in a different line-in source and then select that and reduce the volume as described above.

    • Launch the System Preferences
    • Click on Sound
    • Click on the Input tab
    • Select Line-in
    • Close System Preferences

    This works by changing the audio input to the line-in, also known as the audio input port on your Mac. As long as you don t actually have any audio input device connected, such as an external microphone or some other line-in device, this method is very effective.

    Similarly, users can choose to disable the Mac camera or you can simply put tape over the camera and the microphone as well, with the latter serving a dual purpose of preventing camera visuals and also muffling sound input from laptop microphones.

    some of your comments were ignorant. I have a 2nd grade class that I teach at a deaf school. They use sign language and they are required to videorecord themselves, where the sound is not vital to language development. Therefore, imagine when there are sounds associated with the sign language and some of them like to turn on the microphone to annoy and they don t know any better.

    Check out these two SoundSource and MuteMyMic. Maybe they will make it easier to adjust the volume.

    henry bernard says:

    How to disabled the mic on a mac. Your internal mic is on by default also the built in speakers. goto system tag the speaker cymbal, goto input and tag line in then tag line in. If you have a built in camera and mic at the top center tap on the left of the camera where the mic is and you shouldn t see any bars indicating sound is present. If this is true now you know how to disable the mic so that it will not be heard while recording. Caution. You must check all preferences in all other programs and make sure your device is tagged and that you have APPLIED it before closing. You then may need to close the program and then go back in to see that out the changes are correct.sometimes restarting helps. Helpful hint always tap the mic on you monitor while record is enabled making sure the mic is not being record on your trac. hope this helps

    Not Madeup says:

    None of the above stops the internal microphone from even showing that it is constantly listening to what is available to be heard!

    This is not DISABLING, this is just muting it.

    I have a good mic attached but sometimes the mac auto decides to switch back to the built-in. Hard to detect since you still have signals on your recording. Therefore I want to DISABLE the built-in, not just mute it, so that OSX can NEVER re-enable it. How do you do that?

    John Oliver says:

    I ll second the above post looking for a way to COMPLETELY DISABLE the microphone, so that there is NO WAY for it to just turn itself back on , and to lock the slider in the preference pane so a user cannot turn it back on.

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    Three Simple Rules For Emailing Potential Employers #career #news #article, #career #news


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    Three Simple Rules For Emailing Potential Employers

    A recent survey found that over a third of HR professionals have visited social networking sites to look for information about employment candidates. Personal info and videos posted on Facebook. Twitter. YouTube and other sites are now considered fair game when employers conduct “background checks” on job seekers. With concerns about office security, employee theft and malicious behavior on the rise, companies want to learn as much as they can about the character of a job seeker. in addition to their capabilities on-the-job.

    However, this assessment isn’t limited to social media, but also applies to every interaction you have with a company online. To put it another way, your evaluation begins with the first email you send. and continues through every communication you have with HR and the company as a whole. From an employer’s perspective. you are what you write.

    This has been true for years, as employers have long judged job applicants by evaluating their resume. cover letter and other interactions with HR. But with the increased frequency and casual nature of online interaction, it’s far easier for job seekers to get trapped into careless – and potentially damaging – mistakes. So to help make sure you always write at your best, follow these three simple rules for how to email a prospective employer :

    Rule 1: Be Business-Like in Employment-Related E-Mail

    Always assume that all online correspondence you have with an employer is of a business nature. Email may be a casual medium, but trying to get a job is a serious activity. and should be treated that way.

    • When initiating a correspondence, err on the side of formality.

    Begin your message with a standard business greeting that uses the recipient’s last name. For example, you might write: “Dear Mr. Brown.”

  • When replying to an employer’s email, follow their lead on what greeting to use.

    For example, if they begin with an informal “Hi Joseph” or “Hello Joseph,” your response can do the same. But if they begin with the more formal “Dear Joseph” or “Dear Mr. Brown,” then you should reply with a more formal greeting.

  • Also follow HR’s lead on whether to use a first or last name in your greeting.

    If a hiring manager signs their message with their first name, then you should use it in your greeting. If, on the other hand, they used their full name or some variation of their last name (Mr. Jones, Ms. Kay or Steven Jones, for example), then you should greet them using their last name.

    Rule 2: Watch Your Tone

    The tone of online communication can be easily misunderstood. In fact, one study found that nearly 50% of all emails imply an unintended (and potentially harmful) tone. How does that happen?

    • Watch out for the case you use when writing messages.

    Just as nobody would like it if you shouted constantly during a conversation, over-using caps in your emails won’t go down well, either.

  • Tone is also conveyed, although more subtly, by word choice and syntax.

    Make sure you select terms and phrases that can’t be read more than one way, and avoid anything that might be misunderstood if a person isn’t familiar with your way of speaking.

  • Stay away from ambiguity.

    The longer and more complex your sentences get, the easier it is for them to be misinterpreted. So keep things short and precise.

    Rule 3: Represent Yourself Well in Your Writing

    Job seekers often make a bad impression by failing to pay enough attention to their correspondence. Carefully compose every message, and then proofread what you’ve written even more carefully before hitting send.

    • Employers are most impressed with e-mails that are articulate and to-the-point.

    Multi-syllable words and complex thoughts don’t influence them as much as clearly expressed answers and simple, accurate explanations.

  • Employers don’t like bad punctuation, grammatical errors and misspellings.

    This makes it look like you don’t pay attention to detail. And if you can’t be bothered to double-check something as important as an email to HR, that doesn’t say anything good about the potential quality of your work.

    No one believes that a resume fully conveys all of your potential value to a company. It is, however, the key to the front door. If your resume doesn’t open the door and get you invited in for an interview, you’ll never have a chance to expand on what you’ve written.

    The same is true with your online communication. Even the shortest, seemingly insignificant email between you and HR becomes a part of your record. In fact, in some cases these can have more impact on your evaluation than your cover letter and resume. Since emails are typically less formal, employers see them as a candid snapshot of who you are – and potentially how you will act as an employee.

    Does that make them more important than your resume? Of course not. Your resume tells an employer what you can do. Your online messages, however, tell them who you are. And in a highly-competitive job market. how you handle emails and what you post online can mean the difference between a job offer and a rejection letter.

    Formerly the Chairman and CEO of Job Bank USA, Peter Weddle is an HR consultant, recruiter, author and commentator with an international reputation. He has authored or edited more than two dozen books, including “Recognizing Richard Rabbit: A Fable About Being True to Yourself”, “Work Strong: Your Personal Career Fitness System” and “WEDDLE’s 2009/10 Guide to Employment Sites on the Internet”. In addition, he oversees WEDDLE’s, a print publisher specializing in the field of human resources. WEDDLE’s annual Guides and Directory to job boards are recognized for their accuracy and helpfulness, leading the American Staffing Association to call Weddle the “Zagat of the online employment industry.” Peter Weddle is also CEO of the International Association of Employment Websites.


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    A Beginners Guide to Call Recording and Compliance

    In this educational piece, we look at what the law says regarding call recording and financial transactions and how Oak’s solutions can help you tick the right boxes.

    Compliance is a murky subject. A casual glance presents the uninitiated with a series of rules and regulations that can seem at once critical and yet apparently contradictory. Some state that certain financial transactions must be recorded, whilst others, so it seems, demand that financial details be excluded or covered up. The only thing that appears obvious is that as a company you have the obligation to get it right or you will be in trouble.

    Let us shine a little light on the situation.

    There are currently several guidelines and laws relevant to the recording of calls. First and foremost under the Data Protection Act. you must let your employees and customers know that you are recording calls and why the ubiquitous calls are recorded for training and monitoring purposes serves this purpose well. In terms of what calls or parts of calls must be recorded or not, these are laid out by two central bodies: the FCA (Financial Conduct Authority) and the PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard). In this article we ll examine the requirements of both of these and explain how Oak s products work to help you meet the necessary criteria.

    The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) Thou shalt record thy calls

    The FCA regulates firms and financial advisers so that markets and financial systems remain sound, stable and resilient, thereby inhibiting abuse and promoting confidence in the sector. Since March 2009, the FCA has determined that certain types of business must record some calls in particular:

    i) calls that conclude an agreement with any client or with another regulated firm on behalf of a client; or

    ii) calls that are conducted with a professional client or eligible counterparty with a view to concluding an agreement.

    These calls must be recorded and stored securely so that they may not be tampered with (this also complies with EU law). They must also be made easily accessible for a minimum of six months .

    These rules apply to firms whose products include qualifying investments (shares, bonds, options and futures) that are traded on a prescribed market, or other types of investments that are related to these. The rules do not apply to other financial services (financial advisors, insurance and mortgage brokers, solicitors, estate agents and firms receiving and executing loans). However, these firms may well be advised to use call recording.

    The FCA s Policy on Telephone Recording 08/01 2.1 states that recorded communication increases the likelihood of successful prosecution. This in turn, it argues, reduces the perceived value of committing market abuse of the system in the first place, and in principle leads to greater market confidence and greater price efficiency.

    Since November 2011, the FCA does not discriminate between landline and mobile calls, so a good call recording solution will be able to securely store transactions made on both.

    Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard Thou shalt not record thy calls

    PCI DSS does not just affect certain financial services, but is concerned with any business that handles card payments. Its purpose is to minimise the risk of fraud etc through the best practice handling of card details. For our purposes here, that means that if your company uses call recording software, that software must ensure that the card validation codes and values in particular (the actual payment details needed to transfer money) are not accessible following authorisation and preferably not stored on a system. The PCI DSS website states:

    It is a violation of PCI DSS requirement 3.2 to store any sensitive authentication data, including card validation codes and values, after authorisation even if encrypted.

    It is therefore prohibited to use any form of digital audio recording for storing CAV2, CVC2, CCV2, CID codes if that data can be queried. Where technology exists to help prevent the recording of these data elements, such technology should be enabled.

    For companies who record calls and take payments over the phone, this is a major compliance issue. Any call recording software must offer features that allow the required parts of the calls to be hidden or omitted.

    Oak Call Recording Solutions

    Oak s call recording solutions have been designed to help you comply with all the legislation outlined above.

    For when you must record calls, Oak solutions offer.

    • Full security – All call recordings are automatically encrypted and tamperproof.
    • High capacity storage Our storage capacity far exceeds the minimum requirement of 6 months; you may choose to archive calls for much longer.
    • Easy search and retrieve Calls can be found easily using criteria such as date, time, extension, CLI, DDI, phone number, user defined flags or even customer reference if linked to a CRM system.
    • Fraud deterrence Just letting callers know that you record calls can prevent misconduct.

    Mobile compliance – Oak s mobile application is currently available for Blackberry users only. This is because the app can be loaded centrally onto the Blackberry Enterprise Server (rather than individual handsets) making it scalable from one mobile user to hundreds. The app enables calls to be recorded and stored on the business central Oak call recording solution, keeping all the call information in one place. The app we use is secure and tamper proof, it cannot be turned off, and will even flag up if a user tries to change the SIM. It is also a cost-effective solution, as most alternatives require a separate SIM and may vastly increase your call charges.

    . And for when you must not record calls

    Oak s solutions also provide a number of means to ensure that card details are not recorded or stored on the system. Whichever option you choose, that part of the call is simply replaced with a silence.

    • DTMF Detection This is the most basic method that will work on any system. To pause and resume the recording of a call, the agent simply presses a series of digits on their phone pad. The CV2 number is not recorded at all while the rest of the call is recorded and made easily available for playback. There is also a built in timeout option that can tell the system to resume recording should the agent forget to do so manually. Oak line side call recording solutions include this manual option as standard.
    • PCI Click An Oak software client is installed on each client PC allowing a user to login as themselves with an associated extension. Calls are stopped and restarted on demand by right clicking. This method requires a CTI connection.
    • PCI Web This automated method integrates Oak s call recording system with a business s payment system and is set up at the time of installation. A call can be paused either by a change of URL (when the user goes to a different screen to input payment) or by clicking on specific fields on the payment system. The call recording is resumed when the user clicks on a certain field or through some other agreed trigger. A CTI connection is essential to ensure that the correct call is paused.

    Hopefully things will feel a little clearer now, but If you have further questions, would like to discuss the best options for your business, or want to know more about the benefits of call recording, then do get in touch. We d be very happy to help.


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    By Dawn Metcalfe | January 31, 2011

    Nathan Adelson Hospice developed a strategy that reduced our accounts receivables over 90 days by 80% in the first six months. Was the approach totally revolutionary? No. It was as simple as revisiting and recommitting to the basics of successfully managing accounts receivable.

    Nathan Adelson’s mission is to provide patients and their loved ones with comprehensive end-of-life care and influence better care for all in our community. We honor the importance of choice and control for those who are ill so they may define for themselves the most comfortable and dignified manner in which to live.

    As a not-for-profit hospice provider based in Las Vegas, Nathan Adelson strives to achieve a balance between the business aspects of hospice and our mission. Improved cash collections as a result of a strong accounts receivable management policy positions our organization to provide ongoing care to our patients and families at the most critical time in their lives.

    We determined several factors that were intrinsic to effective management of our receivables:

    • Establish a commonality between the finance objectives and our clinical mission.
    • Know our insurance contract potential.
    • Target specific challenges to timely billing and collection within our organization.
    • Develop simple tracking tools for monitoring activity and results.
    • Empower our billing team and set expectations for positive results.

    Expectations for positive results were set:

    • Reinforced the importance of effectively managing the accounts receivable to the continued success of the organization.
    • Created teamwork between departments by establishing ownership of common issues.
    • Encouraged consistency in following the process in spite of time constraints or conflicting priorities.
    • Acknowledged departments/employees whose extra efforts contributed to success took place.
    • Established and communicated the correlation between extra efforts and improved results.

    Commitment was organizationwide and started from the top. We used every opportunity to educate and garner support from the management team and staff by attending meetings at all levels. The accounts receivable goals were quantified in terms that each group could internalize.

    A periodic review of our existing contract base for negotiating potential was implemented. We communicated contract information to all areas of the organization and highlighted collaboration efforts in negotiating new or improved contracts. Relationships with case managers and human resources benefit team members were developed, and we identified and explained what differentiates our hospice from competitors. We educated employers on the value of providing hospice benefits to their employees and the potential financial savings to the company. We never assumed a specific payer or employer was off-limits.

    An impediment to effective accounts receivable management was the untimely billing of charges. We established timelines for submitting timesheets and billing charges within the finance and clinical divisions. Accomplishments and failures of each billing cycle were communicated to all responsible staff and management and we incorporated compliance into performance expectations. Consistent follow-up was vital to our ongoing success.

    Tracking tools focused on those issues that had been identified as challenges. For example, reports explaining variances between expected and actual billing dates and dollars billed were used to identify when snags were occurring. Dollar amounts by specific issue were highlighted. A weekly analysis of all balances over 90 days allowed us to review actions taken over a period of time and identify problems requiring additional investigation. Communication of issues between billing staff and the admission department was mandated.

    The billing staff was trained to identify and proactively address external issues early in the billing process. They were supported in their efforts to resolve issues with co-workers and payers and recognized for their individual and team accomplishments.

    One example of how our new strategies and philosophy changed work functionality is that historically, the finance department had the task of being the only staff members to contact and work with insurance companies. Through effective staff collaboration, and shift in establishing a commonality between the finance objectives and our clinical mission, the admissions team began making the initial contact with the insurance companies. While this does not seem like a major paradigm shift, we know that changing roles and responsibilities can create their own challenges. We found that connecting the admissions team with the insurance company eliminated some of the clinical documentation issues related to billing, thereby reducing authorization and claim payment delays.

    Getting back to the basics required a commitment from the whole organization. Was it worth it? We think so.

    Dawn Metcalfe is vice president of finance and administration for Nathan Adelson Hospice, Las Vegas.





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    Palliative chemotherapy: harms and benefits weighed in new study

    Palliative chemotherapy is treatment designed for terminal cancer patients to prolong survival and ease symptoms but not cure disease. Now, researchers have found that the therapy comes with certain harms, which they say need to be addressed.

    The researchers, from the Weill Cornell Medical College, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School, have published their results in the BMJ.

    They say their findings uncover a discrepancy between what type of care cancer patients want and what they actually receive.

    Overall, the team found that terminal cancer patients who receive chemotherapy during the last months of their lives are less likely to die where they wish and are more likely to undergo invasive medical procedures – including CPR and mechanical ventilation – than patients who did not receive the therapy.

    Dr. Holly Prigerson, of Weill Cornell Medical College, says that the reasons for the link are complicated, but they may originate in misunderstanding of the purpose and consequences of palliative chemotherapy.

    For the study, investigators assessed data from 386 patients in a federally funded study, called Coping with Cancer.

    This 6-year study followed terminally ill people and their caregivers until the patients died, and the researchers looked at how psychosocial factors influenced patient care.

    After asking the caregivers to rate their patient’s care, quality of life and where the patient would have wanted to die, the researchers reviewed patient medical charts to determine the type of care they actually received during their last week.

    Chemotherapy patients less likely to die where they want

    The researchers found that patients receiving palliative chemotherapy were less likely to talk to their oncologists about the type of care they wanted to receive, to complete Do-Not-Resuscitate orders or to even acknowledge they were terminally ill.

    The findings reveal that 68% of patients receiving palliative chemotherapy died where they wanted, compared with 80% of those not receiving the therapy.

    In detail, 47% of patients who received the therapy died at home, compared with 66% of patients who did not receive the palliative care. Additionally, 11% of patients receiving the chemotherapy died in an intensive care unit, versus only 2% of patients not receiving the therapy.

    Dr. Prigerson says:

    “It’s hard to see in these data much of a silver lining to palliative chemotherapy for patients in the terminal stage of their cancer. Until now, there hasn’t been evidence of harmful effects of palliative chemotherapy in the last few months of life.”

    “This study is a first step in proving evidence that specifically demonstrates what negative outcomes may result,” she adds.

    The team also found that patients receiving palliative chemotherapy were more likely to be referred to hospice care much later than those not receiving the therapy.

    Hospice care is a place that provides comfort and emotional support for terminal patients, and 54% of the patients receiving chemotherapy were referred to hospice late, compared with 37% of the patients not receiving the drugs.

    ‘Potential need for oncology practice changes’

    The team notes that 56% of the patients from the study were receiving palliative chemotherapy in their final months, and they say this majority of use emphasizes the potential need for changes in oncology practice at academic medical centers.

    Dr. Alexi Wright, assistant professor and medical oncologist at Dana-Farber, says:

    “We often wait until patients stop chemotherapy before asking them about where and how they want to die, but this study shows we need to ask patients about their preferences while they are receiving chemotherapy to ensure they receive the kind of care they want near death.”

    But Dr. Wright adds that their findings should not be interpreted that patients should be denied or not offered palliative chemotherapy:

    “The vast majority of patients in this study wanted palliative chemotherapy if it might increase their survival by as little as a week. This study is a step towards understanding some of the human costs and benefits of palliative chemotherapy.”

    “Additional studies are needed to confirm these troubling findings,” concludes Dr. Prigerson.





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    Top 5 Worst CPUs: Let’s Have a Little Fun

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    Rob Driscoll was recently promoted at Koorsen Fire Security to the role of director, business integration. Driscoll, who is now entering his 13th year with the company, will now be focused on acquisitions, national account work and contract negotiations. “We’re primarily a fire protection company,” he said. “Security, however, has been … the fastest segment of growth probably over the last 10 years or so.” Security Systems News caught up with Driscoll in early April to ask him five questions.

    Company focuses on keyless entry in residential, commercial and soon automotive spaces

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    Tenth buy in 18 months adds customers in the banking and utilities markets

    SCHAUMBURG, Ill.—Convergint Technologies, a global service-based systems integration company with headquarters based here, has acquired Miami-based Integrated Security Systems, making this the 10th company added to the Convergint family in the past 18 months.

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    Hastings files for bankruptcy: Gift cards to expire next month; deposits no longer accepted

    BULLHEAD CITY — Hastings Entertainment, Inc. a Texas-based company that operates a store in Bullhead City, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

    Officials announced Monday the company has filed petitions under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code along with its corporate parent, Draw Another Circle, and sister brands, Movie Stop and SPImages, which will help prepare the business for an intended sale while providing protections and financing to allow the company to continue operations.

    Hastings also has Arizona stores in Kingman, Lake Havasu City, Prescott, Sierra Vista, and Yuma.

    A store manager at the Bullhead City Hastings, 1985 Highway 95, directed requests for information to a spokesperson based in New York City, who did respond to calls by press time.

    A company news release said, “Hastings has been working diligently to overcome challenges to our business, including the increasing number of competitors as well as declining demand for physical media properties such as music, movies, books, games and rentals, which once drove the majority of our sales. We have made significant progress with our remerchandising strategy and with other initiatives aimed at increasing profitability; however, these challenges combined with the financial strain caused by the Movie Stop and SPImages acquisitions, weakened our balance sheet to a point where we do not have the necessary cash on hand to continue operating our businesses or refresh all of our stores on a timely basis without new sources of financing.”

    Chapter 11 court filings indicate Draw Another Circle estimates its number of creditors between 1,000 and 5,000, with between $50 million and $100 million in liability.

    Stores will continue to operate while the company evaluates offers from potential buyers, but the company has changed or suspended some programs: all Hastings gift cards will expire on July 13. Hastings will no longer accept or honor deposits for movie purchases and will no longer rent games. The company’s buyback program has been suspended.

    Nationally, Hastings operates more than 120 superstores in addition to concept stores in Colorado and New Mexico. The company was founded in 1968 as a multimedia retailer combining the sale of new and used books, videos, and trend merchandise, along with the rental of videos and video games.

    The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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    What Olympian Michael Phelps learned from hitting bottom: I ve seen the darkest of the dark

    The most decorated Olympian in history, Michael Phelps is by any measure a great success. A legend, even. But he has not always been happy.

    Phelps’ first trip to the Olympics was in Sydney, when he was just 15 years old. He didn’t win any medals, but it was clear from his first appearance that the tall, skinny kid with long limbs had tremendous potential in the pool.

    In Athens in 2004, Phelps took home six gold medals and two bronze. In Beijing in 2008, Phelps won gold eight times. And in London in 2012, Phelps won four gold and two silver medals.

    But Phelps’ rise to the top of his sport was not without stumbles. Phelps was arrested for a DUI when he was only 19, and in 2009, Phelps was criticized after a photo came out of him smoking a bong.

    In 2014, Phelps was again arrested for drunk driving. The champion of three Olympic games who had accumulated 22 medals fell into a deep depression.

    At times, he even felt suicidal.

    “I’ve seen the darkest of the dark. And there are days where I didn’t want to be here,” Phelps, now 31, tells CNBC.

    “I ve seen the darkest of the dark. And there are days where I didn t want to be here.” -Michael Phelps, Olympic swimmer

    These days, though Phelps is better, he still struggles, and he’s frank about that.

    “I’m not perfect. Nobody is. I will be the first one to admit a mistake when it’s made. That’s the only way you are able to move on and learn from that mistake,” says the swimmer. “By no means has my life been absolutely perfect.”

    Phelps has turned a corner, though. He feels more stable now than he was a couple of years ago. Nine out of 10 mornings, he says he wakes up happy. Before his time in the treatment center, Phelps says there were periods of his life where he would wake up in a bad mood six out of 10 days.

    “I will be the first one to admit a mistake when it s made. That s the only way you are able to move on and learn from that mistake.” -Michael Phelps, Olympic swimmer

    “Being able to come out of the other side and just to work and learn things about me that I never knew, I didn’t want to know at that point — you know, I think it changed my life,” he says.

    In Rio last year, Phelps added six medals to his stack, bringing his tally of Olympic medals to 28, and making him the most decorated Olympian in history. Phelps is a husband and new father, and he is launching his business career, which he aims to model after Michael Jordan’s.

    For example, Phelps spoke to CNBC from the New York City showroom of direct-to-consumer mattress brand Leesa. with which he has recently entered into a four-year brand partnership.

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    Going forward, Phelps hopes his personal struggles, as well as his athletic successes, can be an inspiration to others.

    “I look back at things that I’ve been able to accomplish and everything that I have, and I’m just so happy with where I am in life,” says Phelps.

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    Horizon Hospice Specialists of St. George Receives 2015 Customer Experience Award from Pinnacle Quality Insight

    St. George, Utah. February 5, 2015 – Horizon Hospice Specialists of St. George, a Utah– based provider of Hospice Care, is proud to announce that they are the recipient of Pinnacle Quality Insight’s 2015 Customer Experience AwardTM. Qualifying for the award in the categories of aide services, chaplain services, knowledge of staff, overall satisfaction, social work/ community services, staff accessibility and volunteer services Horizon Hospice Specialists of St. George displays a continued dedication to providing Best in Class senior healthcare services.

    Glen Pedersen, Administrator of Horizon Hospice Specialists of St. George describes receiving the awards as an honor, stating that It has been truly great to work with a team that really cares. .

    Throughout its 8 year history of serving the community, Horizon Hospice Specialists of St. George has placed a strong emphasis on ensuring that the individual needs of every patient are met. Over the course of 2014, a sampling of Horizon Hospice Specialists of St. George customers and their families have participated in monthly telephone interviews that include open-ended questions, as well the opportunity to rate Horizon Hospice Specialists of St. George in specific categories.

    Every month, Horizon Hospice Specialists of St. George has gathered its real-time survey results in order to gain a better understanding of the patient’s needs and make improvements when necessary.

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    Unity is going away and GNOME is coming back

    Canonical decided to drop Unity in favor of GNOME, which is probably not the best decision. I think that it s probably a mistake, but it was also an unavoidable move for the company.People have to keep in mind that Ubuntu for desktop was never profitable, and it s easy to see why. There are very few ways to monetize a free operating system. The only way to get some money out of it is to provide specialized support for companies, but that s also not a really profitable avenue.It s very likely that Canonical is making some money from its other products, especially the ones built for the.

    The new Apple is a company that changes its mind and is not afraid to take a U-turn or even jump off a cliff

    So, you think you know Apple? You think you can predict what their next move is and how the design is going to change?Think again. The new Apple is taking big steps towards. something else. Even for old Apple die-hards is hard to predict where the company is going. Yes, Apple has always been the company that brought something new, invented a new gadget or switched to a new connector just when you thought you got a new accessory, but this time. things are a bit different.There are two ways in which Apple has changed and became totally unpredictable. The hardware kinda lacks behind and we still.

    And then, your heart stops beating for a few seconds

    You watch TV all snuggled up under the super-soft blanket with your phone just next to you on the couch. It s a commercial break, and you snatch at the glass of wine on the coffee table when, suddenly, you hear a noise. It sounds like something just hit the ground. You don t look around, but in that half of second, you know it can t be good.It can be just two things. It s either the remote or the phone. You start praying it s the remote. It s not. It s the phone, and it s laying on the ground face down after what seemed to be like a pretty strong hit. Yo.

    Here s a case for iPhone 7s, not iPhone 8

    The first quarter of fiscal 2017 is the best ever for iPhone. Apple sold 78.3 million iPhones in the past few months. The revenue from the iPhone business alone topped $54.4 billion. The best model was, rather unexpectedly, the iPhone 7 Plus. But is that enough to make Apple a winner in the long run?Two very low quartersThe market will stagnate for Apple in the next couple of quarters. The first reason is obvious: no Black Friday, no Christmas or any other important holidays will help the iPhone business. Also, keep in mind that every iOS user will quit spending money on an 8-month-old device and wait.

    Will Apple dedicate more time and money to the cloud? How about Siri and the Desktop computer line-up?

    2016 was all about the MacBook. The computer that is going to change the future of ports and connectors was born. We have also got a phone with a missing headphone jack. For some users, this is a big downer. Others are happy with their AirPods. Next year seems to be a good one for the desktop computer. Will the Mac mini survive? Is the Mac Pro still up for a refresh?Siri on macOSSiri jumped from the iPhone to the Mac in 2016. It was a long-awaited move that failed to amaze users. Sure enough, the implementation is simple and elegant, just as Apple would do it, but the functionality lacks. Siri ca.

    Adobe finally brings Linux client in sync with the Windows version, four years after it decided to give up on it

    The top companies in the tech world are getting tired of Adobe s Flash Player, and after many years of struggling to deal with its security vulnerabilities, key players like Google, Microsoft, Apple, and Mozilla are finally pushing for the transition to HTML5 in a more aggressive way.Flash Player will be disabled by default in browsers developed by these companies, as HTML5 will be preferred on websites that support it, and users will be given full control over Flash content on websites where it s absolutely mandatory.And while the trend here is to step away from Flash, Adobe is trying exa.

    The higher they rise, the harder they fall

    LeEco is one of world s largest tech companies, or we should say was considering the circumstances. LeEco s businesses cover a wide range of high-tech sectors including smartphones, TVs, media content, electric bicycles and cars, as well as movies.Founded 12 years ago by Jia Yueting, LeEco is a holding company that owns many businesses all over the world. However, the Chinese giant started its climb in the Mainland, as the first streaming company in China to go public.LeEco is also known as China s Netflix since it s the largest company in the country that provides media co.


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    Insuring Your Porsche Cayenne

    Its no secret that the Porsche Cayenne is like no other vehicle in the world. It is a Porsche after all. So it should come as no surprise that this top of the line vehicle requires top of the line (specialty) auto insurance. There are a number of auto insurance providers that only write policies for classic and new Porsche vehicles, while others specialize in luxury vehicles, high-performance (sports car) vehicles, exotic cars, antiques, and other similar vehicles. While we cant name names, we can tell you what these specialty auto insurance providers offer and how to find them.

    For starters, the great thing about opting for a specialty auto insurance provider over a traditional auto insurance provider is most specialty insurance providers offer the highest standard of protection Agreed Value. Both you and the insurance company agree on the actual vash calue of your Porsche, i.e. what your settlement amount will be in case of the loss of your car. If you both agree that your Porsche Cayenne S Transsyberia is worth $70,800 and your vehicle is stolen or totaled, you will receive $70,800, less your deductible. Traditional auto insurance providers rarely offer this level of protection.

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    Next, specialty auto insurance providers typically offer the following:

    – Genuine Porsche replacement parts
    – Convenient 24/7 claims service
    – Guaranteed lifetime workmanship on covered repairs through a Porsche repair facility or other authorized repair facility
    – Exclusive relationships with high-end providers

    In addition to Agreed Value, specialty auto insurance providers will also protect your Porsche Cayenne by providing:

    – Physical damage coverage for theft, fire, car accidents, vandalism, weather related damages, etc.
    – Bodily injury and property damage liability in case of an accident
    – Uninsured motorist high performance car insurance
    – Medical payments and personal injury protection (PIP insurance), which cover medical expenses, and in some cases lost wages and other damages

    At $1,482 per year, the average auto insurance premium for the Porsche Cayenne is fairly low considering the value of this luxury vehicle. What you must keep in mind is: average rates are just that average. You might drive more miles than the average Porsche owner, you might live in a higher traffic area than the average owner, or you might be younger than the average Porsche owner. Many specialty auto insurance providers prefer to work with individuals age 25 or over. All of these factors (age, geographic location, gender, and mileage) will affect your rates as well as driving record, credit history, employment, number of drivers, and if you plan to insure multiple vehicles on the same policy. Luckily, all Porsche vehicles come loaded with superior safety features. This will help determine rates as well in your favor.

    So, where should you look for specialty auto insurance providers? You can start by asking your dealership for a list of providers at the time of purchase. Your dealership will be more than happy to recommend some of the top specialty auto insurance providers in the country. You can also check with your state department of insurance. To locate your state department of insurance website for official figures. Simply search (your state) + insurance department to locate the official website address.

    Michelle Burton is a published author and contributing editor for Auto Insurance Tips. Trouvé Media, Internet Brands, and Publications International, Ltd.


    CBC News – Tom Mulcair raises red flags after Canadian sniper breaks


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    Tom Mulcair raises red flags after Canadian sniper breaks record in Iraq

    NDP leader Tom Mulcair is foregoing the celebration and raising red flags after reports a Canadian sniper in Iraq broke the world record for the longest confirmed kill.

    Tom Mulcair raises red flags after Canadian sniper breaks record in Iraq

    NDP leader says MPs should hold a debate if Canadian troops are to be involved in combat role in Iraq

    Lee Berthiaume The Canadian Press

    Posted:Jun 23, 2017 4:06 PM ET

    Last Updated:Jun 23, 2017 5:48 PM ET

    NDP Leader Tom Mulcair says news of a record “kill shot” by a Canadian sniper in Iraq raises questions about the nature of the Canadian mission in Iraq. Adrian Wyld/Canadian Press

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    NDP Leader Tom Mulcair is foregoing the celebration and raising red flags following reports that a Canadian sniper in Iraq shattered the world record for the longest confirmed kill.

    In a letter Friday to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Mulcair said the incident “seriously calls into question your government’s claim that Canadian forces are not involved in direct combat in Iraq.”

    National Defence says the sniper is part of the Joint Task Force 2 special forces unit and was supporting Iraqi forces in their fight against the ISIS when he shot an enemy fighter from 3,540 metres away .

    That is more than a kilometre farther than the previous record, held by a British sniper who shot a Taliban fighter in Afghanistan in 2009.

    Officials have refused to provide any other details about the incident, including where and when it occurred, citing operational security. But they maintain that the soldier was operating within the established limits of Canada’s so-called “advise and assist” mission in Iraq.

    Those limits, however, have been repeatedly questioned over the course of the nearly four-year mission, with much of the debate revolving around whether Canadian soldiers are engaged in combat.

    Questions over role

    While news of the shot has spread like wildfire, prompting accolades and even disbelief from current and former military personnel around the world, Mulcair demanded Trudeau provide answers about the mission in Iraq.

    “Will you now confirm that Canadian troops have engaged in ground combat since your government took office?” he wrote.

    “Why have you not declared that the current military operation is now a combat mission? Why has there been no debate in the House of Commons regarding this change of mission?”

    Opposition parties have repeatedly accused the Liberals of misleading the public about the nature of Canada’s mission in Iraq by claiming that Canadian troops are not in combat.

    That includes revelations three years ago that Canadian troops were calling in airstrikes on ISIS targets, and last November when it was revealed they could shoot in situations other than self-defence.

    But National Defence spokesman Daniel Le Bouthillier stood by past assertions Friday that Canadian soldiers are not engaged in combat in Iraq, despite the record-breaking shot.

    “Members of the Canadian Special Operations Task Force do not accompany leading combat elements, but enable the Iraqi security forces who are in a tough combat mission,” he said.

    “This takes the form of advice in planning for their operations and assistance to defeat (ISIS) through the use of coalition resources.”

    The latest controversy comes as the clock ticks down on the current mission in Iraq, whose mandate is set to expire next week.

    The Liberals have said Canada will maintain a presence in Iraq and the fight against ISIS, though officials say no decision has been made on whether to extend the current mission or change it.

    Canada has about 200 special forces operating in northern Iraq, including inside Mosul, supported by a combat hospital, a helicopter detachment, a military surveillance plane and an air-to-air refuelling aircraft.

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    The 7 Cheapest New Cars in the United States #coupe, #hatchback, #sedan,


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    The 7 Cheapest New Cars in the United States

    The seven cheapest new cars on sale in the United States all come in under $15,000. Although the phrase “you get what you pay for” seems to be a universal constant, there are a few options listed here that will help you get the most for your money. All prices quoted include destination charges.

    To keep outlay as low as possible, knowing how to drive a stick shift is an advantage, since automatic transmissions are usually options instead of standard equipment. A manual transmission will affect resale value, however, so a decision has to be made whether to take that financial hit up front or down the road.

    2014 Nissan Versa 1.6 S ($12,800; 27 miles per gallon in the city/36 mpg highway/30 mpg combined)

    This is officially the cheapest new car on sale in the United States, a title it’s held for a couple of years. Unexpectedly roomy for a subcompact sedan — and although no one benchmarks a Versa for driving dynamics, it doesn’t feel like a penance to drive. Air conditioning is standard, along with a CD player. A 1.6-liter engine making a tepid 109 horsepower and 107 lb-ft of torque is linked to a 5-speed manual transmission driving the front wheels. and that’s pretty much it.

    If you require an automatic transmission (a continuously variable automatic transmission, or CVT. is available), or Bluetooth, iPod integration, alloy wheels, a rearview camera, navigation or even one of those little mirrors in the front passenger’s sun visor, then you’ll have to look to one of the higher (and therefore more expensive) trim levels. The thing is, that lifts the budget into an area where you could buy something more peppy and fun, such as the 2014 Ford Fiesta S.

    The 2014 Nissan Versa Note is the hatchback version, bringing 5-door practicality to that relatively large interior space. It costs $2,000 more, though.

    2014 Chevrolet Spark LS ($12,995; 31 mpg city/39 mpg hwy/34 mpg combined)

    Giving the name Spark to something with only 84 hp and 83 lb-ft of torque from a 1.4-liter, 4-cylinder engine seems a tad optimistic. But where this subcompact 4-door (or five, including the hatchback) wins friends is with pleasing designs inside and out.

    As well as air conditioning, the Spark LS comes with power windows, alloy wheels, hill-hold assist and an impressive complement of 10 airbags. It’s another 5-speed manual transmission; CVT is an option. Now’s as good a time as any to mention continuously variable transmissions — without getting too technical, they’re basically one gear. They can be slow to respond and noisy. But that does make them cheaper than auto transmissions containing several ratios.

    Back to the Spark: It’s a car with decent interior space that stretches out as far as its headroom. Folding down the rear seats means removing the headrests, which is inconvenient, but that’s a minor gripe for what is generally a good buy.

    2014 Mitsubishi Mirage DE ($13,790; 34 mpg city/42 mpg hwy/37 mpg combined)

    This is an all-new model for 2014, in the United States at least. It seems the main reason why this 5-door subcompact hatch is so cheap is because the company didn’t spend any money making it decent to drive. Or including much sound insulation.

    It’s also one of the lightest cars on sale in North America: 1,973 pounds. The engine is certainly lighter by a cylinder. Yep, this one has three, straining out a wheezy 74 hp and 74 lb-ft of torque from 1.2 liters of displacement.

    Scrimping on cylinders and weight does have a great effect on fuel economy, though, returning the most impressive figures of this group. With the optional CVT, those numbers improve to 37 miles per gallon in the city, 44 mpg on the highway and 40 mpg combined. Yet somehow Mitsubishi still manages to include power windows, mirrors and locks, a 4-speaker stereo system and even an airbag for the driver’s knees. That said, it’s hard to get excited about.

    2014 smart fortwo pure ($14,020; 34 mpg city/38 mpg hwy/36 mpg combined)

    A successor is expected soon, because this sub-subcompact 2-seater is getting on in years. Space for the couple of passengers is fairly generous, and the trunk area can take just enough luggage for a pair’s weekend away.

    This was a good idea for European cities where streets are narrow and parking spaces are few. Things don’t quite work that way in the U.S. Instead, the American smart driver will have to contend with crosswinds gusting off the prairie and a shunt-with-every-shift mechanized semi-manual transmission, neither of which makes the car an attractive proposition. The short wheelbase also makes speed humps irksome.

    Most cars have crumple zones, areas of the body that absorb energy in a collision. The diminutive smart doesn’t have room for such things, but it still performs well in crash tests thanks to a safety cell that surrounds its occupants. And eight airbags in a 2-seater is good.

    Tipping the scales at a feathery 1,808 pounds means the tiny 1.0-liter, 3-cylinder engine doesn’t feel inadequate when it buzzes out just 70 hp and 68 lb-ft of torque. Air conditioning comes as standard for 2014, joining power locks.

    2014 Kia Rio LX ($14,700; 28 mpg city/36 mpg hwy/31 mpg combined)

    As prices rise, the cars become more desirable. The Rio subcompact sedan doesn’t compromise with weak engines or limited seating. It actually packs something of a punch: 138 hp and 123 lb-ft of torque from a 1.6-liter, 4-cylinder unit. This goes to the front wheels through a 6-speed manual transmission.

    The Rio looks vaguely sophisticated and comes with air conditioning, heated power door mirrors, a CD player and an iPod socket. Power windows, however, are part of an option package. Landing a hatchback version only means parting with another $100.

    Downsides include a noisy cabin, a disappointing driving experience and Kia’s seats don’t always provide the desired amount of support. So if you’re on a test drive, pay attention to your posterior.

    2014 Ford Fiesta S ($14,925; 27 mpg city/38 mpg hwy/31 mpg combined)

    At last, something for the enthusiast. This subcompact sedan feels confident through the curves as well as comfortable on the stretches. A 1.6-liter, 4-cylinder engine delivers 120 hp and 112 lb-ft of torque to the front wheels through a 5-speed manual transmission.

    The cabin is an agreeable place to be, with decent materials and build quality. Standard equipment includes power locks, air conditioning, hill-start assistance, an airbag for the driver’s knees and clever side mirrors that include a convex section to eliminate blind spots. The Fiesta is also rare in its class by offering tilt-telescopic steering wheel adjustment and a 6-speaker audio system.

    2014 Chevrolet Sonic LS ($14,995; 26 mpg city/35 mpg hwy/30 mpg combined)

    Just squeaking onto a list of cheapest new cars by costing five bucks short of $15k, the Sonic comes with blind-spot-mitigating mirrors, a tilt-telescopic steering wheel, hill-start assistance, Bluetooth, air conditioning and keyless entry. Both front occupants get knee airbags as part of the 10 found within the Sonic’s relatively commodious cabin.

    Less-than-stellar fuel figures have a silver lining: an energetic 138 hp and 125 lb-ft of torque from a 1.8-liter, 4-cylinder engine. Like the Fiesta, the standard transmission is a 5-speed manual. Though the Fiesta is the driver’s choice, the Sonic still feels composed.

    For those wanting to buy domestic, the Sonic is the only one of the bunch to be made in the States.


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    Celebrity Plastic Surgery Disasters?

    Plastic surgery doesn’t always turn out the way people want it to – and that’s true for celebrities as well as the rest of us.

    Just take a look at these 14 A-listers – and what plastic surgeon Dr. Anthony Youn, who writes the popular Celeb Cosmetic Surgery blog. has to say about each.

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    Kenny Rogers

    “Kenny Rogers gambled with plastic surgery – and lost!” says Dr. Youn.

    “I’m not happy about it,” the country crooner told People magazine in 2006 of a botched eyelid lift. “It drives me crazy.”

    With his tight eyelids, he no longer looks like the scruffy, masculine man we knew in the 70’s, says Dr. Youn.

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    Joan Rivers

    Joan Rivers admits to having had lots of plastic surgery, including a facelift, neck lift, and eyelid surgery – and she makes no apologies. Some might say her “work” has been overdone, but who cares?

    “She’s A Piece of Work (in a good way),” Dr. Youn says.

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    Donatella Versace

    The first thing one notices about Donatella Versace is her overly plump upper lip. Natural lower lips tend to be about 50 percent larger than the upper lip. But in Versace’s case, the proportions are reversed, yielding what Dr. Youn calls a “trout pout.”

    In addition, the designer’s skin looks waxy, possibly the result of multiple laser treatments.

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    Michael Jackson

    A whittled-down nose, lightened skin, an unnatural cleft in the chin, a chin implant, lip augmentation, and God knows what else – Michael Jackson was a classic case of body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), Dr. Youn says.

    BDD is a psychiatric condition that makes it impossible to see oneself as others do. This unrealistic view causes BDD sufferers to undergo multiple plastic surgeries in a misguided attempt to correct a defect – one that wasn’t there to begin with, according to Dr. Youn.

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    Jocelyn Wildenstein

    “Jocelyn Wildenstein is a poster child for plastic surgery gone wrong,” says Dr. Young.

    The “Lion Woman of New York” reportedly underwent dozens of plastic surgeries – all in a misguided attempt to win back her husband.

    Dr. Youn thinks she might have undergone a brow lift, facelift, lip plumping injections, chin augmentation, fat grafting and/or cheek implants, upper and lower eyelid surgery, and canthopexy, a procedure that elevates the eyes to give them a catlike appearance.

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    Heidi Montag

    What more can be said about Heidi Montag?

    “She underwent 10 cosmetic surgeries in one day. and now she looks less like a person and more like a Barbie doll,” says Dr. Youn.

    “In my opinion, none of these ten plastic surgeries have benefited her except in giving her more publicity and more reasons to do more surgery,” says Youn.

    The reality star admitted to having a mini brow lift, botox in her forehead, a nose job revision, fat injections in her cheeks, a chin reduction, neck liposuction, ears pinned back, second breast augmentation, liposuction on waist, hips and inner thighs, and a buttock augmentation.

    “This troubled fame addict needs a shrink, not a plastic surgeon!” says Youn.

    Montag herself has since called the surgeries a mistake.

    “People have fewer scars from car accidents than I have on my body,” she told Life Style Weekly.

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    Jennifer Grey

    “Jennifer Grey is a good example of how a nose job (rhinoplasty) can dramatically alter one’s appearance,” says Dr. Youn. “The removal of the bump (dorsal hump) on Grey’s nose made her look very different from the ‘Baby’ character she played in ‘Dirty Dancing.'”

    That nose was one of Grey’s defining features (like Julia Roberts’s lips, Cindy Crawford’s mole, and David Letterman’s gapped teeth).

    While her altered appearance didn’t stop Grey from winning “Dancing with The Stars,” it might have gotten in the way of movie roles.

    “I personally think she looks better since it’s just a tad smaller,” says Dr. Youn. “But the problem is that she doesn’t look like she used to.”

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    Mickey Rourke

    Mickey Rourke appears to have undergone a facelift and upper eyelid lift, as well as hair transplants, according to Dr. Youn.

    A badly done facelift can cost a man his sideburns, and Dr. Youn says this seems to have happened with Rourke.

    “The unnatural curve between his ear and cheek and his now-attached earlobe are also telltale signs of a facelift,” he says.

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    Carrot Top

    These days, “Carrot Top is looking more and more like a muscle-bound cartoon character,” says Dr. Youn.

    He seems to have undergone quite a few changes over the years, Dr. Youn says, yielding an excessively arched brow and a smooth face, possibly the result of laser treatments or chemical peels.

    “At least it appears he’s left his eyelids alone,” Youn says, “although maybe they’re next.”

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    Priscilla Presley

    What if Elvis could see Priscilla now? Dr. Youn says he might be “All Shook Up.”

    A few years ago, says Dr. Youn, Priscilla Presley revealed that she got silicone injections in her cheeks – by a phony doctor. That may explain her puffy face – but not her face’s waxy look. Dr. Youn says the latter might have been caused by a combination of repeated laser treatments and Botox.

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    China sets standard for Chairman Mao’s favourite dish

    In Mao’s home province of Hunan, much of the Great Helmsman’s success has been credited to his fondness for hong shao rou (red braised pork) cubes of braised pork belly glazed with caramelised sugar and Shaoxing rice wine. The dish is widely regarded as the “brain food” which provided Mao with the wits to defeat his enemies.

    Now the local government in Hunan has sought to standardise the cooking of the dish, in order to stem the tide of imitations that crowd Chinese restaurants.

    According to stringent instructions from the government’s food quality supervision and testing institute, true hong shao rou can only be made with the meat of rare pigs from Ningxiang county. Officials have designated the pig, which has been bred for nearly 1,000 years, as an “agricultural treasure”.

    The Xiaoxiang Morning Herald, a local newspaper, said that three other dishes, including stir-fried peppers with pork, steamed pork with pickled cabbage and steamed fish head with peppers, had also been codified in the official recipe book. Restaurants which do not follow the correct procedures will not be allowed to title themselves as “authentically” Hunanese, said the guidelines.

    “These rules are great. I’m pleased my home province can offer standards to all Chinese people for reference,” said one Hunanese native, named only as Mr Hu, to the newspaper.

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    Hunan has not been shy in cashing in on Chairman Mao’s fame. Last month, a 100-foot tall statue of Mao as a young man was unveiled in Changsha, while earlier this month the local tourism bureau proposed the designation of December 26, Mao’s birthday, as a new national holiday.

    Ingredients 1lb. pork belly (skin optional)

    2 Tbsp peanut oil 2 Tbsp white sugar 1 Tbsp. Shaoxing wine

    Fresh ginger (a ¾-inch piece), skin left on and sliced 1 star anise 2 dried red chilies

    A small piece of cassia bark or a small cinnamon stick

    Light soy sauce

    Scallion greens Steps 1. Plunge the pork belly into a pan of boiling water and simmer for 3 or 4 minutes, until partially cooked. Remove and, when cool enough to handle, cut into bite-sized chunks.

    2. Heat the oil and white sugar in a wok over a gentle flame until the sugar melts, then raise the heat and stir until the melted sugar turns a rich caramel brown. Add the pork and splash in the Shaoxing wine.

    3. Add enough water to just cover the pork, along with the ginger, star anise, chilies, and cassia. Bring to a boil, then turn down the heat and simmer for 40 to 50 minutes.

    4. Toward the end of the cooking time, turn up the heat to reduce the sauce, and season with soy sauce, salt, and a little sugar to taste. Add the scallion greens just before serving.

    This recipe is from the Revolutionary Chinese Cookbook by Fuchsia Dunlop.


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    SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Governor Gary Herbert has signed a bill lowering Utah’s DUI level from .08 to .05, making it the lowest in the nation.

    The governor signed the bill late Thursday, hours after announcing to reporters his intention to make it law.

    “My responsibility is to evaluate and decide whether in fact going to .05 is in fact good policy. That’s my charge, is it good policy? And I’m here to announce that after thorough analysis that I believe it is good policy and that this new policy will in fact save lives,” he said at his monthly news conference on KUED.

    However, Gov. Herbert said he would call a special session to address “unintended consequences” of the law, which could also include delaying it’s implementation beyond 2019. Some lawmakers (including House Speaker Greg Hughes) have said they would prefer to wait until other states move to .05 so Utah is not alone.

    The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Norm Thurston, R-Provo, told FOX 13 he was thrilled by the governor’s decision.

    “We’re first in a lot of things and one thing we can be first in is prioritizing highway safety,” he said.

    The decision to make the change to Utah’s drunk driving law came after a lot of lobbying against the bill. In numbers provided to FOX 13 under a request to the governor’s office, 3,818 phone calls, emails and letters had been received as of Thursday morning asking for HB155 to be vetoed (including about 1,000 form emails), while 444 called or wrote in favor of the bill.

    Gov. Herbert said he did not believe the policy would hurt tourism as hospitality leaders have claimed, noting that much of the world has adopted a .05 Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) level.

    “If we look at the world, we’re not weird,” he said, adding that Utah could sell the DUI bill as making our state safer than others.

    Restaurant and hospitality groups — including the Utah Restaurant Association and the Salt Lake Area Restaurant Association — met with the governor to urge him to veto the bill. They insisted they did not condone drinking and driving, but feared it would harm their business by scaring people into staying home, fearful that one drink could land them in jail for DUI.

    “Any downturn in our sales from people who decide to go to a different state, don’t want to come to Utah or don’t want to go out to eat negatively impacts our sales which affects taxes in Utah, which affects the ski industry, the tourism industry, the hospitality industry and the restaurant industry,” said Doug Hofeling, the Chief Operating Officer of Wasatch Beers, which owns Squatter’s, a popular local brewery.

    Ski Utah CEO Nathan Rafferty told FOX 13 on Thursday that he did not believe HB155 would help lure tourists.

    “People have a lot of options when they go on vacation somewhere. It doesn’t give us a competitive advantage, that’s for sure,” he said. “We appreciate the governor’s thoughtfulness on how he approached this difficult issue. We are going to work with the governor’s office and Utah Office of Tourism to make Utah not only a safe place to visit as a tourist but a desirable location.”

    The American Beverage Institute took out full-page ads in USA Today and Salt Lake City’s daily newspapers opposing the bill and indicating Utah would lose tourism to Colorado.

    Supporters of the bill pushed it as a matter of public safety, by insisting no one should ever drink and drive.

    “Lowering the blood alcohol content limit reduces the number of deaths and injuries from alcohol-related crashes, and it will not result in negative consequences for tourism,” said Boyd Matheson, the president of the conservative think tank Sutherland Institute, which backed the bill.

    “Opponents of HB 155 are attempting to make this law about Utah’s public image – about limiting the choices of citizens and visitors to the state. HB 155 will have no impact on what or how much individuals drink – it is focused on protecting lives by ensuring those who choose to drink also choose not to drive impaired. We applaud Gov. Herbert’s decision to sign this bill into law.”

    If a special session is called, FOX 13 is told lawmakers could water down HB155 to delay when it becomes effective and its overall impact if someone is ever arrested with a .05 BAC. There could be a reduction in penalty to avoid someone losing their job or having a significant impact to car insurance. Other states have had a tiered system for DUI and the level of BAC someone is convicted of having.

    Rep. Thurston said he was open to making some changes.

    “Again, everything’s on the table,” he said. “Nothing’s ever off the table with the legislature.”

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    The 9 worst U.S. cities to own a car

    The number of Americans driving to work alone is on the rise, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau. With the increase in drivers comes traffic, which means more time and money spent idling in cars. Some cities are better equipped to deal with the mass of drivers, managing to keep traffic delays and congestion to a minimum. Other cities are equipped with walkable streets and reliable mass transit options, making car ownership less necessary.

    We considered these and other factors to find the worst cities to own a car. Specifically, we looked at hours spent in traffic per year for the average driver, the annual cost of traffic for the average driver, the rate of motor vehicle theft, the number of repair shops and parking garages per driver, the commuter stress index and the non-driving options a resident has for getting around. (See our methodology section for more information on how we created our final ranking.)

    Cities on the coasts. The nine cities that make the list are all on or close to the coasts. This makes sense, as many of the largest cities in the country are located on the coasts. Plus, on the East Coast in particular, these cities tend to be older, which means they weren’t built to handle car traffic.

    Grin and bear it. Traffic can get pretty bad. However, in some cities getting around by car is just about the only option you have if you want to leave your house. As a result, some cities with terrible traffic, such as Los Angeles, didn’t make the list.

    9. Seattle, Washington

    Seattle has pretty bad traffic. Commuters here probably aren’t surprised to hear the average driver spends 63 hours per year in traffic. And coupled with the traffic is the high number of motor vehicle thefts. Seattle has the fourth-highest rate of motor vehicle thefts per 1,000 residents in the country.

    8. New York, New York

    New York is the rare American city where public transportation is usually your best bet for getting from point A to point B. All that accessibility makes car ownership unnecessary here. For New Yorkers who do drive, the traffic is not pleasant. New York drivers spend $1,700 per year, on average, waiting in traffic. That’s the third-highest cost in our study.

    7. Anaheim, California

    Anaheim commuters are well-acquainted with traffic. Anaheim (and the rest of the Los Angeles metro area) ranks third in average hours per year spent in traffic, first for commuter stress index and fifth for annual cost of idling in traffic. Anaheim only ranks seventh because Walkability.com gives the city a 46 out of 100 for non-driving options. That’s the lowest score in our top 10, meaning, while owning a car here is a pain, not owning one makes getting around a real struggle.

    6. Portland, Oregon

    Of all the cities in our top 10, Portland is the least onerous for the driving commuter. Commuters driving around the Portland metro area can be thankful that, on average, they spent only 52 hours per year in traffic. That traffic still costs each driver about $1,200. However, drivers in Portland looking for a parking garage may be out of luck. Portland has the second-lowest number of parking garages per driver in our study, and if you are looking to get your car fixed, Portland ranks in the bottom 13 for repair shops per capita.

    5. Arlington, Virginia

    As previously mentioned, the Washington, D.C. metro area has the worst traffic in the country. Unfortunately for the residents of Arlington, they are a part of that metro area. They face the same brutal 82 hours per year spent in traffic, on average. It costs Arlington residents $1,834 per year, on average, waiting in that traffic. For residents of Arlington, a car is more of a necessity than it is for people living in D.C. which is why it ranks lower in our study.

    4. Oakland, California

    One argument against car ownership in Oakland is the crime. In 2014, there were almost 6,400 motor vehicle thefts in the city of Oakland, or 15 auto thefts per 1,000 residents. That’s the highest rate in the country. The average Oakland driver can also expect to spend 78 hours per year in traffic. On the plus side, if something goes wrong with your wheels in Oakland, it shouldn’t be too difficult to get it fixed. There are more than six repair shops per 10,000 drivers in Oakland – the highest rate in the top 10.

    3. Washington, D.C.

    The District and the surrounding metro area sees some of the worst traffic in the country. The average D.C. commuter spends 82 hours per year in traffic. Depending on how you slice it, that’s either two working weeks or almost three-and-a-half days of doing nothing but shaking your fist at your fellow drivers. That traffic is equal to an annual cost of $1,834 per commuter.

    2. San Francisco, California

    The “City by the Bay” grabs the second spot for worst places to own a car. Being stuck in traffic costs the average commuter in San Francisco $1,600 per year. That cost includes both the value of the time spent in traffic and the cost of gas. San Francisco is also one of the 10 worst cities for motor vehicle thefts per resident, another reason to forgo car ownership.

    1. Newark, New Jersey

    “Brick City” tops our ranking of the worst U.S. cities to own a car. What’s tough about being a car owner in Newark is the traffic. It’s part of the New York City metro area, which has 19 million people, 5 million of whom drive to work. Newark is stuck right in the middle of this bumper-to-bumper traffic. Plus, if you’re a car owner in Newark, the risk of having your car stolen is much higher than it is in other cities. Newark ranks eighth in the country for motor vehicle thefts per 1,000 residents.


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    How to get cheap car insurance

    For many people, car insurance is a major expense category in the household budget. And because it’s against the law to drive without car insurance, it’s not a budget item that can be eliminated unless you’re willing to go car-free. That doesn’t mean, though, that you’re stuck paying sky-high rates.

    How insurance companies set rates

    Like health insurance, car insurance comes with both premiums and deductibles. The premiums are what you pay the insurance company every month to maintain your coverage. The deductible is what you’ll pay when you start making claims, up to a certain annual cap of, say, $1,000.

    It’s worth noting that most people who say they want cheap car insurance mean that they want car insurance with low monthly premiums. But, as with health insurance, there’s a risk to having a policy with low premiums and a high deductible. In the event of a serious accident, you’ll have to meet that deductible. So, one way to get lower premiums is to opt for a higher deductible, but this is only a safe strategy if you have enough liquidity to cover your deductible in the event of an accident.

    When car insurance companies set insurance premium rates they take several factors into account. These include applicants’ age, gender and driving history, as well as the type of car the applicant drives and the driver’s state of residence. While you can’t change your age, there are other steps you can take to get favorable rates from car insurance companies.

    Types of coverage

    Insurance companies charge more for comprehensive car insurance than they do for basic coverage. In most states you’re required to have liability insurance to cover any damage you do to another car or driver. The extent of that coverage requirement varies by state. In most states, you’re not required to have insurance to cover damage to your own car, or injuries you might suffer in an accident.

    If you choose to add insurance coverage for yourself, you can opt for comprehensive coverage or collision coverage. Collision coverage, as the name indicates, covers damage from an accident with another car or an object, and in the event that your car flips. Comprehensive coverage covers things like theft, vandalism and natural disasters, too.

    So, while you’ll almost definitely need to buy liability coverage to cover other drivers’ damages, you might not need to buy physical damage coverage for your own vehicle. It will depend on the terms of your lease if you’re leasing a car, and on your own assessment of the risks you face.

    If you’re buying a valuable new car, you’ll probably want comprehensive coverage. If you’re paying cash for an older, used vehicle, you can probably get away with a more basic level of coverage. Whatever insurance option you choose for yourself, be sure to comply with state laws relating to liability insurance for any damage you might do to another driver. Once you have a car insurance policy, carry proof of insurance with you in your vehicle at all times.

    How to get cheap car insurance rates

    In the long term, one of the best ways to get cheap car insurance is to be a safe, responsible driver. The worst drivers have high rates because the insurance company needs financial compensation for the high likelihood that it will have to pay out in the event these drivers get in an accident. If you have a spotless driving record, keep it up. If you have some accidents or tickets in your past, they shouldn’t drive your rates up forever. If it’s been a few years since your last incident, you can try calling your insurance company and asking for a lower rate, using your recent, safe driving record as a bargaining chip.

    Another way to get cheap car insurance is to use the same insurance company for more than one type of insurance and get a discount for your loyalty. For example, you can contact the insurance company that provides your homeowners insurance, life insurance or motorcycle insurance and ask if the company can give you a good deal on car insurance. If you have more than one car, you can bundle the insurance coverage on both vehicles.

    Your credit score will also affect your car insurance rates, just like it affects the rates you’re offered when shopping for a mortgage. If your credit has improved since you last bought car insurance, you may be able to negotiate your way to cheaper car insurance. And if you pay your car insurance premiums and bills on time and in full, you’ll build up goodwill with your insurer and might qualify for promotional rates.

    If you don’t drive very much during the year, you might get cheaper car insurance from a usage-based plan than you would from regular car insurance. Track your mileage before you start shopping for car insurance and see if your low mileage makes you eligible for a better deal.

    If you’re under 25, you’ll pay higher premiums, all things being equal. That’s because insurance companies judge young drivers to be riskier drivers. You can get lower rates by joining your parents’ plan, or by using your good grades to get a discount on rates, if your insurance company offers that option. Once you reach your mid-20s there’s no reason to keep paying the high rates that insurance companies levy on young drivers. You can ask your insurance company to lower your rate, or shop around for insurance from another provider.

    Finally, the type of car you drive can affect your car insurance rates. Big, powerful and flashy cars are more likely to trigger high car insurance rates because the insurance company assumes you’ll be more likely to speed in that kind of vehicle, and that the vehicle will be a target for theft. Vehicles with high repair costs (such as foreign-made cars) may be more expensive to cover, too. In some states, having a used car will mean lower rates because rates are affected by your car’s replacement value. But in other states, rates are based on vehicles’ safety features, so having an older car won’t necessarily help you get cheap car insurance. If your car has special safety and/or anti-theft features, you may qualify for cheaper car insurance on that basis.

    Bottom line

    If you don’t have a vehicle or you’re thinking about getting a new (or used) car, it may be worth doing some research to find out which kinds of cars will get you the lowest car insurance rates. And if you’re paying a lot for car insurance now, you may be able to get cheaper coverage by negotiating your premiums or switching providers.


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    2 Killed in Wrong-Way DUI Crash on SR-163

    Two people were killed in a wrong way crash on northbound SR-163 in Mission Valley on May 16, 2015. NBC 7’s Diana Guevara reports. (Published Saturday, May 16, 2015)

    Two people were killed early Saturday morning along northbound State Route 163 in a head-on crash with a DUI suspect driving the wrong way, officials confirmed.

    The deadly collision happened just after 1:30 a.m. on SR-163 right underneath the Interstate 8 overpass in the Mission Valley area.

    According to the California Highway Patrol, a man driving a white pickup truck was flashing his hazard lights while driving the wrong way on the freeway. That driver plowed into a Toyota Prius, totaling the car and killing two of the five people inside.

    Officials said at least one person was left trapped but alive inside the Prius. The driver of the truck was also stuck and emergency crews had to pry all of the victims out of the wrecked vehicles.

    2 Killed in Wrong-Way Freeway Crash

    California Highway Patrol said two people died at the scene and three others suffered major injuries. The survivors were taken to a local hospital.

    The crash remains under investigation. CHP shut down traffic in the area for many hours as crews rescued victims, cleared the accident and gathered evidence.

    On Saturday afternoon, CHP officials confirmed the driver of the truck had been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. His name was not released.

    Bystander Ron Bryson was traveling down SR-163 and witnessed the aftermath of the collision. He said it was utter chaos on the freeway.

    In the white truck, there was one drive in there. He was trapped. He got hit by the airbag and he was hanging into the passenger seat, Bryson described. The car in the front the gentleman was lying on the ground. There was an SUV ahead of them, so there were probably about three cars involved.

    Bryson said it looked like the front end of the Prius had been completely ripped off, with debris strewn all over the road.

    The names of the victims killed in the crash were not immediately released.

    According to the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office, the victims were both young women, ages 24 and 23. One victim was a La Jolla resident and the other was a resident of Mission Viejo, Calif.

    This is the second fatal wrong-way collision on a San Diego freeway in just two weeks. On May 2, DUI suspect Shane McDonald drove the wrong way on southbound Interstate 15 noth of Mira Mesa Blvd. slamming head-on into a car carrying a family of five. Two people in that family car were killed, 55-year-old Rodolfo De la Torre and 84-year-old Teresa Esparza Hernandez.

    Published at 10:43 AM PDT on May 16, 2015 | Updated at 5:43 PM PDT on May 16, 2015


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    Victoria Gomez-Roldan 1. Soraya Fermas 2. Philip B. Brewer 3. Virginie Puech-Pag s 1. Elizabeth A. Dun 3. Jean-Paul Pillot 2. Fabien Letisse 4. Radoslava Matusova 5. Saida Danoun 1. Jean-Charles Portais 4. Harro Bouwmeester 5. 6. Guillaume B card 1. Christine A. Beveridge 3. 7. 8. Catherine Rameau 2. 8 Soizic F. Rochange 1. 8

    1. Universit de Toulouse; UPS; CNRS; Surface Cellulaire et Signalisation chez les V g taux, 24 chemin de Borde Rouge, F-31326 Castanet-Tolosan, France
    2. Station de G n tique et d Am lioration des Plantes, Institut J. P. Bourgin, UR254 INRA, F-78000 Versailles, France
    3. ARC Centre of Excellence for Integrative Legume Research, The University of Queensland, Brisbane 4072, Australia
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    6. Laboratory of Plant Physiology, Wageningen University, Arboretumlaan 4, 6703 BD Wageningen, the Netherlands
    7. School of Integrative Biology, The University of Queensland, Brisbane 4072, Australia
    8. These authors contributed equally to this work.

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    A carotenoid-derived hormonal signal that inhibits shoot branching in plants has long escaped identification. Strigolactones are compounds thought to be derived from carotenoids and are known to trigger the germination of parasitic plant seeds and stimulate symbiotic fungi. Here we present evidence that carotenoid cleavage dioxygenase 8 shoot branching mutants of pea are strigolactone deficient and that strigolactone application restores the wild-type branching phenotype to ccd8 mutants. Moreover, we show that other branching mutants previously characterized as lacking a response to the branching inhibition signal also lack strigolactone response, and are not deficient in strigolactones. These responses are conserved in Arabidopsis. In agreement with the expected properties of the hormonal signal, exogenous strigolactone can be transported in shoots and act at low concentrations. We suggest that endogenous strigolactones or related compounds inhibit shoot branching in plants. Furthermore, ccd8 mutants demonstrate the diverse effects of strigolactones in shoot branching, mycorrhizal symbiosis and parasitic weed interaction.

    1. Universit de Toulouse; UPS; CNRS; Surface Cellulaire et Signalisation chez les V g taux, 24 chemin de Borde Rouge, F-31326 Castanet-Tolosan, France
    2. Station de G n tique et d Am lioration des Plantes, Institut J. P. Bourgin, UR254 INRA, F-78000 Versailles, France
    3. ARC Centre of Excellence for Integrative Legume Research, The University of Queensland, Brisbane 4072, Australia
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    6. Laboratory of Plant Physiology, Wageningen University, Arboretumlaan 4, 6703 BD Wageningen, the Netherlands
    7. School of Integrative Biology, The University of Queensland, Brisbane 4072, Australia
    8. These authors contributed equally to this work.

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    Mr. Craig J. Duchossois is Independent Director at Churchill Downs, Inc. Chairman & Chief Executive Officer at Trinity Rail Group LLC, Chief Executive Officer & Director at The Duchossois Group, Inc. a Principal at Duchossois Technology Partners LLC, Chief Executive Officer at TCMC, Inc. a Member at World Presidents’ Organization, a Member at Economic Club of Chicago, Chairman at The Chamberlain Group, Inc. a Principal at Duchossois Capital Partners LLC, Managing Member at HeathCo LLC, and a Member at Chief Executive Officers’ Club of Boston.

    He is on the Board of Directors at Churchill Downs, Inc. The Duchossois Group, Inc. World Business Chicago, The Culver Educational Foundation, The University of Chicago, The University of Chicago Medical Center, Illinois Institute of Technology, Northwestern University, The Executives Club of Chicago, AMX Corp. Milestone AV Technologies, Inc. The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, AMX UK Ltd. Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, AMX LLC, Amsted Industries, Inc. and Kellogg School of Management.

    Mr. Duchossois was previously employed as Independent Director by Levy Acquisition Corp. a Board Member by LaSalle National Bank, Chairman by United States Naval Academy, and a Principal by United States Marine Corps.

    He also served on the board at Platinum Entertainment, Inc. Blue Rhino Corp. and Trinity Industries, Inc.

    He received his undergraduate degree from Southern Methodist University and an MBA from Southern Methodist University.

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    In the opening days of the Iraq war, soldiers from the 3rd Infantry Division’s 2nd Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment were advancing on Baghdad when they ran into fierce resistance from the Iraqis.

    Tanks and armored infantry fighting vehicles dug in on the eastern side of a bridge across the Tigris River unloaded on the troops.

    In his A-10 Thunderbolt overhead, then-Capt. Gregory Thornton saw the task force’s lead element taking fire and swung into action. He flew through a blinding sandstorm, dodged heavy anti-aircraft fire, and took out the Iraqi armor holding back the troops.

    On Friday, Thornton — now a retired lieutenant colonel — will be honored for his bravery that day, April 6, 2003, by receiving the Silver Star, the nation’s third-highest award for valor.

    “This courageous and aggressive attack, while under withering fire and in poor weather, along with Captain Thornton’s superior flying skills and true attack pilot grit, allowed Task Force 2-69 Armor to cross the Tigris River with minimal combat losses and successfully accomplish their objective of linking up with coalition forces completing the 360-degree encirclement of Baghdad,” the citation accompanying Thornton’s Silver Star read. “By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Captain Thornton has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.”

    Thornton and his leader fought for 33 minutes, braving “the ever-increasing hailstorm of anti-aircraft fire,” and destroyed or demobilized three T-72 tanks, six armored personnel carriers and several utility vehicles that were within striking distance of the U.S. troops, the citation said. He flew his Warthog within 3,000 feet of the enemy several times to open fire with his 30mm Gatling gun, showing “complete disregard for his personal safety.”

    Before he retired, Thornton was assigned to the 75th Fighter Squadron at Pope Air Force Base in North Carolina. Gen. Mike Holmes, the head of Air Combat Command, will present the medal to Thornton in a ceremony Friday evening at the National Museum of the United States Air Force at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.


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    Today’s financial reporting software is allowing carriers to go well beyond simply tracking accounts payable and accounts receivable. Now they can automatically pull in multiple data streams, compile information in a central location and analyze it in hundreds of ways to enable data-driven decision making.

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    Tarrytown, N.Y. Carrier Logistics (CLI) has announced a new integration with project44, of Chicago, Ill, that will give carriers another option to electronic data interchange (EDI) feeds commonly used today to connect the freight industry. Using the new connection makes real-time communication possible for carriers of all modes and sizes. The partnership is currently live and
    speeding transactions at Clear Lane Freight Systems of Indianapolis, Ind. and Dohrn Transfer of Rock Island, Ill. both movers of less-than-truckload (LTL) freight, said a release.

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    Today’s tracking technology allows users to monitor the movement of goods from the time they leave the manufacturer to the final unloading, eliminating black holes that once existed within the system, particularly within the handoff points as loads changed hands. As a result, carriers are able to improve customer service, minimize delays, better utilize assets and enhance security. The ability to track loads also opens up new opportunities for carriers as more shippers require up-to-date information on a load’s location.

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    The multi-award winning moladi construction system was founded in South Africa in 1986 as a method of building cast in place reinforced monolithic structures. The moladi technology was developed as a means to alleviate many of the cumbersome and costly aspects associated with conventional construction methods without compromising on the quality or integrity of the structure. The moladi system constitutes the use of a removable, reusable, recyclable and lightweight plastic formwork mould, which is filled with a South African Bureau of Standards approved and Agr ment Certified aerated mortar to form the wall structure of a house in as little as one day. Each set of moladi formwork panels can be re-used 50 times making the technology cost effective due to its repetitive application scheme, reducing the cost of construction and transportation significantly. The moladi system produces durable and permanent structures, which have been subject to numerous tests and independent reports.

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    Manchester-based LateRooms.com has been bought by India’s Cox King’s Group in a deal worth 8.5m.

    It has been sold by TUI to Cox Kings, which already owns Cheadle-based Holidaybreak.

    Peter Kerkar, director at Cox Kings, said: “We are confident that bringing the LateRooms brand and technology into the fold will provide a significant boost to Cox Kings’ growth trajectory and technology capabilities.

    Hugo Kimber, executive chairman of Cox Kings leisure division-EU, said: “The acquisition of LateRooms and access to its online technology platform bolsters the Group’s delivery capabilities across all geographies for the leisure business.

    First Choice Holidays bought LateRooms in 2006 and the group later merged with the tourism arm of TUI AG in 2007.

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    Two terminally ill Floridians decided they wanted to spend the rest of their lives together, marrying in front of family and friends last week after falling in love at their hospice care facility.

    Debbie Rivera, 54, and John Whaley, 58, are both suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. according to their nursing home. and Whaley, a triple-amputee, has also been diagnosed with stage three lung cancer. he said.

    “We were both so tired of being alone and not having nobody except for family,” Whaley of Jacksonville, Florida told ABC News. “It makes me feel I got somebody here I can talk to and relate to.”

    Whaley, who had been a patient Governors Creek Health and Rehabilitation Center for a few months, said he was introduced to Rivera while relaxing in the television room at the facility.

    “We’d sit in there and talk and we started getting to know each other and started having feelings for each other,” he said. “We both like the same things and we both are in bad shape, so we hit it off.”

    Although the two had fallen ill, Whaley, who decided to propose to Rivera, said he was thrilled when she agreed to spend the rest of her life with him.

    Philip Slotin, general manager of Vitas Healthcare, which provides support and comfort to patients at Governors Creek, assisted in setting up the wedding day festivities for Whaley and Rivera.

    The couple married in in Green Cove Springs, Florida on Saturday, May 23, 2015.

    “When we found out they wanted to get married, we had one of our chaplains do the service,” he said. “It was really exciting that we could help this happen and have a nice celebration.”

    Rivera, who donned a traditional white bridal gown during the May 23 ceremony, was given away by her son Scott under a gazebo where she and Whaley exchanged vows.

    “She looked beautiful,” Whaley said. “Debbie cried. I was about to a couple of times. After, there was cake, crackers, teas, and stuff like that. We smiled for a bunch of pictures. My face was never so tired from smiling,” he said, laughing.

    Governors Creek’s east wing manager Latoria Haile said the couple “seemed very happy.”

    “The bride was like any other bride — very nervous and giddy,” she added. “They’re a cute couple.”

    Following the reception, the couple left the facility to stay at Whaley’s home in Jacksonville.

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    TroubleShooters: Resolving Comcast customer billing issues

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    The Action News Troubleshooters have gotten more complaints about Comcast than any other company. Now the cable giant claims to be re-inventing their customer experience – something many say is long overdue.

    “I think they are horrible to their customers,” said Carol Lehman.

    The Lehmans tell us that for five years, Comcast erroneously charged them for a cable box they’d actually turned in.

    “I am not happy about it, that’s over $600,” said Lehman.

    They say they have all their bills – five years’ worth to prove it.

    “I’m upset because it is so much money,” said Lehman.

    Tim Hershey in Sicklerville, New Jersey told me he, too, was erroneously charged for a cable box for the past 5 plus years.

    But trying to get their money back from Comcast?

    “Dealing with them is like banging your head against the wall – you get nowhere,” said John Lehman.
    The Camerons tell the Troubleshooters that Comcast claimed they didn’t turn in their box either so they were erroneously charged for an extra month after they canceled their service.

    “The problem is their customer service needs to be fixed – I mean there’s something radically wrong,” said Sienna Cameron.

    The Camerons tell us they made phone call after phone call to Comcast.

    “Over and over – every time I’d have to go through the whole thing,” said Ronald Cameron.

    After the Action News Troubleshooters got involved, Hershey told me Comcast agreed to credit his account for the additional charges for the past five years.

    The Lehmans got a voicemail from Comcast saying they would give them their $600 but only if they agreed not to talk about it.

    The Camerons didn’t have that issue.

    “Channel 6 came through and got our $200 back for us,” said Cameron.

    Comcast says, “We have apologized to our customers and these issues have since been resolved to their satisfaction. This week, Comcast announced plans to significantly improve the customer experience, and those efforts will go a long way to prevent the experiences these customers went through last year.”

    So what is Comcast promising? Among other things, in the future – digital receipts when customers turn in equipment.

    And a new measure in place right now lets customers drop off their equipment at certain UPS stores. Comcast says – “Walk in, drop off, that’s it.”

    But my advice? Ask for and keep your receipt.

    Meantime, as part of its so-called “transformation,” again Comcast promises to create more than 5,500 customer service jobs over the next few years.

    It also says it’ll create three new customer support centers in Albuquerque, Spokane, and Tuscon – and triple the size of its team that serves customers on social platforms like Twitter and Facebook.

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