first_imgThe minister for disabled people is working on urgent plans to cut the living costs faced by disabled people on out-of-work disability benefits, she has told MPs.Penny Mordaunt was responding to warnings of the “human cost” of “bizarre” government plans to cut more than £1 billion from disabled benefit claimants over the four years from 2017-18.From April, the highly-controversial cuts will see a £30-a-week reduction in payments to new claimants of employment and support allowance (ESA) who have been placed in the work-related activity group (WRAG).Ministers have tried to justify the cuts by claiming that they will “incentivise” sick and disabled people to find work.But Mordaunt told MPs on the Commons work and pensions committee this week that she was working on a package of measures to “mitigate the £30”, which would be in place “before April”.She provided few details of how she would do that, other than that she was working at “ensuring that someone’s outgoings can be managed”, and at reducing their “non-work-related costs”, such as energy, broadband and phone bills.She was defending herself from accusations from the SNP’s Mhairi Black that government plans to cut the WRAG payments were “bizarre” and would have a “human cost”.Black told Mordaunt that evidence submitted to the committee had “almost unanimously” been “heavily criticising” the cuts, while the plans were causing “more anxiety” to constituents who had visited her office.She added: “You can’t incentivise people to get healthy.“The cuts can have a detrimental impact on people’s health to the point where anxiety gets worse, depression gets worse…. surely that defeats the whole purpose.”Mordaunt said she accepted that disabled people had the best chance of finding work, or returning to work, if “they don’t have other things to worry about”.She added: “The evidence that people need further support is massive.”And she said that “the 13 measures” laid out in the green paper – a package of support that will be available to new WRAG claimants – were “required”, and that “not doing that would be an extremely bad thing”.When Labour’s Neil Coyle asked whether any of the disability groups Mordaunt claimed had backed the 13 measures had also supported the £30-a-week ESA cut, she said: “Funnily enough, no, but… I need to cover off those concerns that you have articulated.“There are various ways I am exploring to do that. I recognise I have got to do that quickly.”Heidi Allen, one of the Conservative MPs who has been most vocal in opposing the ESA cuts, told Mordaunt it was “very ambitious” to try to identify savings of £120-per-month for people who will be joining the WRAG in time for April, and asked her for her “back-up plan”.But Mordaunt said: “We are making good progress. I know what I need to do.“I am not in a position to outline chapter and verse, but I hope to be soon.”Asked after the meeting for further details about Mordaunt’s efforts to cut disabled people’s living costs, a Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) spokeswoman said: “We are in the early stages of talking to providers and there is no further detail we can provide at this time.”The committee heard that the government predicted it would save £30 million in 2017-18, £180 million in 2018-19, £345 million in 2019-20 and £450 million in 2020-21 by cutting the WRAG payments, although some of that will be spent on providing them with support to get into work.DWP said later that it was investing a total of £330 million of those cuts over four years from April 2017 to deliver employment support to those affected, while an extra £15 million per year had been added to the Flexible Support Fund – which is supposed to give jobcentres flexibility in providing back-to-work support – for 2017-18 and 2018-19.Coyle also raised concerns that someone who had left the WRAG to try a new job would then be treated as a new claimant – and so face a £30-a-week cut – if they failed to pass their three-month probation period and had to return to the ESA system.ESA claimants are only protected from being treated as new claimants if they rejoin the benefit within 12 weeks.Mordaunt appeared to agree with Coyle that if someone who was in the WRAG started a new job but failed a three-month probation period they would be treated as a new ESA claimant.But there was also a suggestion that DWP might have been listening to concerns from disabled activists about the risks of forcing people with health conditions into inappropriate work.Tracey Waltho, director of the joint DWP and Department of Health work and health unit, told the committee that evidence on the health benefits of work were “mixed”.She said there was “good evidence that appropriate work can help people’s health” but that “appropriate work is a very personal thing” so “we need to be very cognisant of getting good matches” between people and jobs, including whether that work would “support their particular health condition or work against it”.last_img read more

first_imgTHE third edition of Saints Matchday Magazine will be on sale this Friday.At just £3 it is full of everything you need to know about the Saints including match stats, interviews, news and views.In this magazine, Michael Shenton talks about his move to Saints.There’s also the latest thoughts from Royce Simmons and Paul Wellens whilst Ian Talbot talks about the latest under 20s games.You can get your copy from the vendors around the stadium and from Saints’ Retail Unit which is housed in the Reception of the Fitness Centre.The Unit will also sell replica shirts, hats, scarves and other Saintly gifts and all forms of credit and debit cards can be taken.Meanwhile, there will be two cash turnstiles open on matchday.North West 1 and 2 turnstiles will be open to give fans access to the unallocated blocks A and B in that Stand.Prices are £25 for adults and £19 for kids.last_img read more

first_imgNATHAN Brown was pleased to get “the monkey off the back” and finally record a home win in 2013.Saints thrashed Wakefield 52-18 with Jonny Lomax grabbing a hat-trick at Langtree Park on Friday night.And the Head Coach says the result was all down to doing what mattered when the time was right.“When we thought it would be an easy night, I thought we started to think to do ok would be enough, but when it really mattered we did well. Just after half time they had 34 tackles on our try line and held them out and then they scored. We stepped up after that which was good as we lost a few blokes through injury. We had a number of young blokes out there together on the field and they did well. That was pleasing.“I was happy for the fans that we got that win at home, it was good. I wasn’t worried about it though when things weren’t looking so good earlier in the season. Yes, I would have liked to have beaten Huddersfield and Leeds but we’ve had to make some adjustments to how we have played.“Doing that in the run of a season takes a little time but I knew the guys would adapt and they are doing. There is still lots of improvement in us too.”Brown revealed that Tony Puletua could have played in the match but the medical team didn’t want to ‘needle’ him up and take the risk.He is likely to return next week along with Paul Wellens and Josh Perry but James Roby will be a doubt after limping off at half time.“I don’t know how bad the problem is,” Brown added, “he will get a scan on his ankle tomorrow and we won’t know until then.”On the plus side injuries will give Saints the chance to blood more youngsters with Jordan Hand making his debut tonight.“I like coaching kids,” Brown continued. “We have a good junior set up here with Derek Traynor, Leo (Steve Leonard) and Tol (Ian Talbot) all bring through good players. If they play well in the lower grades and there is an opportunity we will give them a chance.“Take Ant Walker for instance, he has been really impressive. If we played a big game tomorrow he would be in the team on form.”Saints next home game is next Friday March 22 when they take on Salford City Reds. Tickets are on sale from the Ticket Office, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on here.last_img read more

first_imgERWIN, N.C. (AP) – The North Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating after two students were killed near Campbell University in what may have been a weather-related crash.Campbell University officials say in a statement they were notified by the Harnett County Sheriff’s Office that wreck happened around 5:45 p.m.Wednesday and that two students died as a result.- Advertisement – The victims have been identified as 18-year-old Brandon Patrick Punzalan of Wilmington and 18-year-old Judson Clint Regan of Roxboro.Local news outlets report the crash happened on U.S. 421 southeast of the Buies Creek campus. It was raining heavily at the time of the crash.(Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)last_img read more

first_imgBeach (Photo: WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — According to Coastal Living Magazine, Wilmington is among the 10 Under The Radar Beach Destinations that are about to be huge.Others in the category included Kapaa, Hawaii, Halifax, Nova Scotia, and Casablanca Morocco, making Wilmington one of two U.S. destinations on the list.- Advertisement – Click here to see all the places on the list.last_img

first_imgNEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Community Recovery Resource Center will open Friday at Independence Mall to assist residents of New Hanover County and surrounding areas as many recover from Hurricane Florence.The Community Recovery Resource Center will house federal, state, and local agencies that are providing relief services including:Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program: Department of Social Services will be administering disaster food stamps at this location for New Hanover County residents beginning Friday. Proof of residency will be needed, but photo ID is not required. Open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri), 8 a.m.-6 p.m. (Wed), and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sat). More details are available here.FEMA Disaster Recovery Center: FEMA representatives will be on site to help area residents apply for FEMA assistance, check a FEMA application status, apply for Small Business Administration (SBA) loans, and more. Details about FEMA’s Disaster Recover Center can be found here. Services begin Friday; open 9 a.m.-7 p.m. (Mon-Sat), and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (Sun).Supply Distribution Center: The Salvation Army, in coordination with New Hanover County, will be distributing supplies to residents, including clean-up kits, food boxes, water, and infant items. Based on need, the public can come to the resource center to receive vouchers before picking up supplies from the distribution center beginning Friday. Open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., 7 days a week until further notice.Multi-Agency Resources: Multiple non-profit and community organizations will be set up in the resource center beginning on Friday, to offer help, resources, and assistance to residents in the Cape Fear region. Open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., 7 days a week until further notice.- Advertisement – In addition, on Friday, September 28 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., the NC Department of Insurance will host an Insurance Camp in the parking lot outside of the resource center where residents can get information, file claims, and ask questions of insurance carriers. Numerous insurance companies as well as the Department of Insurance will be on hand to assist.To access the Community Recovery Resource Center, the public should enter the Independence Mall parking lot from Independence Boulevard and follow directional signage to the entrance between Ruby Tuesday’s and the former Sears store. This outside entrance will be marked with signage, and is to the left of the main mall entrance. Independence Mall is also located on Wave Transit’s fixed bus routes.Information about the Community Recovery Resource Center is available at read more

first_img SharePrint The Prime Minister Theresa May has suggested that she could stop her deal facing Parliament for a third vote next week, if there is a lack of support.She writes to MPs that, ‘If it appears that there is not sufficient support to bring the deal back next week, or the House rejects it again, we can ask for another extension before 12 April.’It is understood that Mrs May had presented four possible options to MPs which include:1) Revoking Article 50, which she states would, ‘betray the result of the referendum.’2) The possible No-Deal was a second option with the UK leaving on in this condition on April 12th. This had already been dropped by MPs.3) The third possible option was requesting a longer extension from the EU which would see the UK remaining part of the bloc over the course of European Elections.4) Do nothing and simply vote on the deal next week and leave as now planned on May 22nd.Updated: UK to get delay until 22 May if MPs support deal next MondayThese options presented to MPs come following the Prime Minister’s exploration of seven possible alternative options which could come in the wake of losing her deal on the third go.What happens if the Brexit deal fails for a third time? More votes?These include everything from revoking Article 50 to various additions to the existing deal and finally crashing out with No-deal.WhatsApp <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

first_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrint An Italian passenger has been caught carrying more than €10,000 at non-Schengen departure lounge at Malta International Airport.Customs officials report that during initial questioning, the individual had indicated to having less than the required limit, but on later inspected were to reported to have over €11,000 (€11,405).They state that the passenger had agreed to forfeit the money exceeding the limit as an out of court settlement.The move is part of new law which allows passengers with sums of money exceeding the limit to forfeit the excess in order to avoid a court appearance and fine.Customs Officials say that this is the second occasion that the Subsidiary Legislation 233.07 of the Laws of Malta, has been used.The new law explains that passengers that have less than €20,000 in their possession, can voluntarily surrender the excess to the Customs Department. This option avoids flight disruption and a heavy fine for the passenger.This legislation states, that, if a passenger is found carrying undeclared cash that amounts to under 20,000 euros, he can agree to an out of court settlement with the Customs Department, thus avoiding losing his flight and avoiding to appear in court and possible being fined.WhatsApplast_img read more

first_img SharePrint Read more:PN president Mark Sammut resigns from postPN Exec Committee to decide on Stellini replacement; Said says choose CutajarWhy did you not seek a confidence vote when the party under your leadership lost the elections to the European Parliament and local councils, Gonzi was asked. The former Prime Minister said that there was a time during his leadership when opened the leadership contest once more and submitted himself to the vote of the PN councillors. He added that instead of discussing the past it was better to concentrate one’s energies on the needs of the present.  I am interested  in the welfare of the PN today, said Gonzi, particularly in the light of the election result showing the greatest loss ever because  large numbers of supporters chose not to vote to show their disagreement with the leader.“I am convinced that there is a solution”Dr Gonzi said that he was convinced that there is a solution, but it is necessary for those in charge to be brave and put everything on the table. He said he hopes that there is courage, but he is only able to offer advice. He said that Malta needs a strong Nationalist Party. He concluded by stressing that the issue needs to be addressed.WhatsApp <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>center_img The former Prime Minister and Leader of the Nationalist Party Dr Lawrence Gonzi, has once again appealed to the current head of PN Dr Adrian Delia, and the main party officials to present themselves to the party structures over seeking a vote of confidence.Dr Gonzi said that he is convinced that there is a solution to the current crisis facing the PN, but it is essential that all those involved would face the present realities harsh as they are.He was participating during Newsline, the current affairs programme on RTK.“I spoke out of love for the party”He said that after he resigned as head of the PN due to the electoral defeat of 2013, he opted for silence about the political developments. But he added that  his love for the PN compelled him to speak his mind publicly as the country needs a strong PN.  Gonzi said that he can only offer advice and his advice to Delia  who is the legitimate leader of the Nationalist Party, is that he should request a confidence vote from party structures.Gonzi said that today there is a particular situation where a large number of supporters did not vote because they do not have confidence in the party leader. He added that this situation cannot be ignored. Dr Gonzi explained the party should dialogue with these people, while the leadership should ask for a confidence vote.last_img read more

first_img SharePrint FILE PHOTO -Mountains are seen in Donegal in the Republic of Ireland and a clock is seen in Fermanagh in Northern Ireland at the border village of Belleek, Northern Ireland, February 20, 2018. REUTERS/Clodagh KilcoyneFILE PHOTO -Mountains are seen in Donegal in the Republic of Ireland and a clock is seen in Fermanagh in Northern Ireland at the border village of Belleek, Northern Ireland, February 20, 2018. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne Ireland will oppose an EU proposal to stop moving the bloc’s clocks forward by an hour in spring and back again in the autumn, as it fears Brexit could otherwise leave the island split into two time zones.The European Union has observed the practice of daylight saving time since 2001. But the European Parliament voted in March in favour of scrapping the half-yearly time changes from 2021.That measure now requires the support of 55 percent of EU member states representing at least 65 percent of its population to become law.But if a post-Brexit Britain then retained daylight saving time, the Republic of Ireland and the British region of Northern Ireland would be in different time zones for half the year.That would be “profoundly serious… creating significant unnecessary problems for people living on the border and for the all-island economy,” Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan said a government meeting agreed to oppose the EU change.WhatsApp <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement Turkey’s President Abdullah Gul yesterday signed into force a controversial law voted in by the government that would tighten controls over web use.Gul said on his Twitter feed he promulgated the law which the opposition and rights groups say infringes on citizens’ freedoms after the government assured him it would soften parts of it through later amendments.“I am aware of the problems mainly on two points…. These concerns will be taken into account in the new law,” he said. – Advertisement – An opposition lawmaker earlier confirmed the planned amendments to aspects of the bill concerning some powers of Turkey’s telecommunications authority.“The steps are positive but not enough,” Akif Hamzacebi of the Republican People’s Party (CHP)said.Under the bill, the Telecommunications Communications Presidency (TIB) can demand that Internet providers block pages deemed insulting or considered an invasion of privacy.But the government is now proposing that the TIB will have to inform a judge about any decision to block a web page, according to the Hurriyet newspaper.The judge would then have to issue a ruling within 48 hours or the TIB move would be deemed invalid.The Internet bill has sparked outrage both at home and abroad and fuelled concerns over the state of democracy in the EU-hopeful country under Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.The legislation came on top of moves to curb the judiciary and a government purge of police and prosecutors in the face of corruption probe that has targeted close Erdogan allies.Erdogan has vehemently denied accusations of online censorship, and said Tuesday the proposed Internet curbs were aimed at countering “blackmail” and “threats”.“The Internet will not be censored, freedoms will not be limited,” Erdogan told his lawmakers from his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) in parliament.He said the number of Internet subscribers in predominantly Muslim Turkey had swelled to 34 million from 20,000 since the AKP came to power in 2002.Defenders of the law say the new restrictions protect individual rights while critics argue they amount to nothing more than a fresh assault on freedom of expression and an attempt to stifle dissent.Source: Channel News Asialast_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement The “powers that be” decided last week that social media and mobile money services were a risk to public order and safety, so the telecoms turned them off on “orders from above”.  Personally I got the news at about 8:30 as I walked away from the polling station, weaving through the crowd of people waiting to cast their vote, cutting through the lines.You must be wondering how I managed to leave the polling station at 8:30 am! Well my wife and I woke up early and by 6am we were at Kisaasi Muslim Secondary School, trying to make out the figures of the people who we’d be jostling with for 1st place in the line. I saw the voting materials delivered at 6:24 am and watched as the team struggled to get ready. Voting only started at about 8:15, and I was close to the front of the line since I was there early.Of course as we waited I kept tweeting, posting on Facebook, scrolling through my timeline, but I didn’t see much cause for concern. In fact I thought that other stations had started on time! I remember how at 6:50 am I approached Joel, the guy in charge of the team and asked him to show us where to line up since it was nearly time! And for the next hour we were getting impatient seeing them running around, moving furniture, moving the ballot boxes from one end to the other then back. We then turned our guns on the Police officers who turned the pressure on to the polling officials, and finally we started. Very bitter that we had been waiting for hours! – Advertisement – As I walked to the car, I got a phone call that made sense as soon as I hang up. People were busy trying to write about the delays at their stations but were having difficulties which at first were attributed to network issues. In fact a friend that I’d been lining up with thought his bundle was done and loaded a new bundle! Nope! Still no Facebook!Now I didn’t want to delve too much into the politics of the election or the sense of turning off a service like Mobile Money, which in addition to having capacity to facilitate either the opposition or some terrorists (we’ll never know which of these two was identified as a threat to national security or public order and safety) it is an important component of many Ugandans’ lives.For example there’s over 300,000 people who were thrust back into the past that they had left behind when they got ReadyPay solar. ReadyPay has enabled offgrid homesteads to get solar power and pay for their equipment in installments, daily, weekly or monthly via MTN Mobile Money. Now realistically, most of the people targeted for this service can’t afford to pay for a week in advance, so with no advance notice, they had to go back to candles and “etadoobas” that they had stopped using simply because “elections”!Actually closer to the city, a few kilometers away from Kizza Besigye’s newly christened “State House”, I got home on Wednesday night to a dark house. You see, the house help called earlier to inform us that “power had gone off”, so I assumed it was some sort of Umeme thing. They do that often! So as I tried to call the helpline with one phone and the other opening Twitter, I thought to ask how many units of Yaka we had at last count. Long story short, I had to drive to the nearest point with a PayWay machine because Mobile Money was not working. I thought it was because everyone was rushing to make transactions ahead of the election break. You know how paranoid Ugandans stocked up on groceries for a year…Now with all the confusion, frustration and anger that the social media and mobile money blackout, many Ugandans refused to be contained by the government’s directives. I’ll mention a few categories of Ugandans here:Tweeting in France, voting in UgandaNow this is the category of Ugandans who, either are tech savvy and knew about VPNs or even already had them running on their devices, or know people who are tech savvy. Word got round quickly and people started proudly announcing their presence online. Then the news trickled down to the rest of the online population, and by end of day publishers of VPN apps for both mobile and desktop knew about Uganda..@cipesaug @webwewant @cgore13 @OpenTechFund Searches for “VPN” in Uganda took off…— Ben Parker (@BenParker140) February 18, 2016 It’s reported that there were over 1.5m installations of VPN apps on Android only. See what Ugandans did re VPN Tor’s downloads after Twitter & Facebook ban #UgandaDecides— Charles Onyango-Obbo (@cobbo3) February 20, 2016 These are the people who refused to be denied social media, and emerged more informed about VPNs and the benefits beyond bypassing UCC restrictions.Because of these “criminals”, the #UgandaDecides hashtag was trending much earlier in the day than I expected. I wonder whether it would have piqued as much interest globally if social hadn’t been blocked.Old school UgandansOn the other end of the spectrum are the Ugandans who either didn’t figure out how to install Tor or how to use it, or got online and were bored by the silence since their friends were offline. So this category of people went old school. They loaded airtime and called their friends and family, sent them SMS and visited. They slaughter birds and small animals, or bought the kilos from the butchery and made roast. Others were more conservative, and had modest snacks and meals together. But generally, that’s how things used to be done back then before social media! And when they were together they talked and laughed together, and later turned on the telly to catch up on news and collectively complain about our country.I talked to a young lady called Martha who braved the journey from Entebbe to Kiwatule just to be with her cousins and friends on Thursday evening because “It was too quiet online, I just had to meet my crew in person.” She doesn’t know that back then that was the only option!When life gives your business lemon, make lemonadeNow many businesses that are in many ways connected to Mobile Money screeched to a halt on Thursday morning, but some entrepreneurs decided to use the disaster to their, formerly Remit Ug, describes themselves on twitter as a “Fast, convenient, secure & affordable way to send money from your VISA or Mastercard to mobile money on any phone in Africa.”Ugandans in the diaspora use services like UseRemit to send money to their friends and family back home, directly to their phones. Imagine the anxiety that grips a guy expecting funds from his brother in the US and has made commitments, when he realizes that the money has been sent but he can’t receive it, because “elections”.UseRemit decided to deliver the cash door to door for some of their customers. Now imagine the smile on that guy’s face when he’s told he’ll receive the cash at his home, at no extra cost!During the mobile money shutdown, we did door to door cash delivery for some of our customers. We are so happy re their reactions of delight— useremit (@RemitUg) February 22, 2016 I don’t think his brother will ever send money through another service when he has seen the extra mile that they will go to make sure his relatives receive the money.Surely we emerged from the social and mobile money ban stronger! Maybe next time the government will turn off the internet and we’ll have to all go “Old School”.Tell us in the comments, how did you fare during the black out?last_img read more

first_imgStacey Mwesezi Marketing Manager, Jumia Uganda. (Photo Courtesy: Twitter @iam__one) Advertisement eCommerce firm; Jumia is known for its success when it comes to campaign. It’s one a way the company is trying to give back affordable prices for its customers. Prices found on the eCommerce platforms tend to be more cheap compared to offline line sales.Weeks after its continental mobile week campaign, Jumia Uganda on Monday launched a new campaign dubbed; ‘Big Home Makeover’ that gives its customers 40% discounts on all electronics and appliances so that they can be able to transform their homes.“Jumia is bringing its shoppers the opportunity to upgrade and update their homes and daily-use appliances at incredibly low prices through this campaign that promises the best deals for every room in your house,” Jumia writes in a press statement. – Advertisement – The campaign is scheduled to start on April 16th to April 26th, 2018 – where shoppers will shop via their Jumia website or application.Shoppers will be to shop from some of the leading brands such as, Samsung, LG, Hisense, Philips, Moulinex, to mention a few. Products ranging from Smart, HD and LED TVs to large appliances like fridges and freezers, air conditioners, cooking appliances, kitchen and dining as well as home improvements items.And as usual, they will give out shopping vouchers, where customers can play for discount vouchers, and the ever popular treasure hunts where a hugely discounted item is hidden in the wrong product category.MTN Pulsers With MTN Pulse Jumia Tuesdays customers can claim an additional 15% off totaling it to 55%. But! Not, the 15% is only claimed on Tuesday. Other than that, its 40% for the rest of the days. MTN Pulse customers 15% off comes to all Jumia services when they dial *157*4# to get the exclusive discount code for that Tuesday.last_img read more

first_imgSTAR SPORTS CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL 2016OPEN AN ACCOUNT PREVIEW NIGHTS DATES VIDEO PREVIEW FREE BETS PREVIEW NIGHT TIPS STAR PERISCOPE CHELTENHAM PDF GUIDE LATEST NEWS MARKET MOVERS COUNTDOWN BOOSTS OPEN AN ACCOUNT We’re capturing the key Cheltenham market movers in snappy bullet point format from 33 days before the Festival so you can keep in touch, at a glance.THIS NOW COMPLETES OUR ANTE-POST DIARY. Daily movers for Cheltenham will appear in our daily Starters Orders feature.Monday 14 MarchNORTH HILL HARVEY 33/1 > 20/1Supreme Novices HurdleInteresting move after final declarations.Sunday 13 MarchFELIX YONGER 16/1 > 12/1RyanairContinued support.Saturday 12 MarchYORKHILL 6/1 > 7/2NeptuneSpeculation on running plans.Friday 11 MarchALTIOR 9/2 > 4/1Supreme Novices’ HurdlePunters looking to take on Min.Thursday 10 MarchCAUSE OF CAUSES 7/1 > 11/2Kim MuirMove coming after Our Father was pulled out.Wednesday 9 MarchYORKHILL 6/1 > 9/2Supreme Novices’ HurdleContinued strong support.Tuesday 8 MarchMORE OF THAT 11/4 > 9/4RSA ChaseYORKHILL 8/1 > 6/1Supreme Novices’ HurdleMonday 7 MarchSAPHIR DU RHEU 9/1 > 8/1World HurdleOwner Andy Stewart says Saphir Du Rheu is in “good order” after a breathing operation.Sunday 6 MarchCLAN DES OBEAUX 22/1 > 16/1Triumph HurdlePositive mentions at preview evenings.Saturday 5 MarchMORE OF THAT 7/2 > 3/1RSA ChaseSir AP McCoy’s NAP of the meeting !!!!Friday 4 MarchROAD TO RICHES 9/2 > 7/2Ryanair ChaseSupport on basis it is heading to this race rather than the Gold Cup.Thursday 3 MarchBRISTOL DE MAI 4/1 > 3/1JLTContinued strong support.Wednesday 2 MarchDIEGO DU CHARMIL 12/1 > 8/1Supreme Novices’ HurdleSustained support. Yet to run in England placed in three starts in France.Tuesday 1 MarchYORKHILL 9/1 > 7/1Supreme Novices’ HurdleLooking intended race.Monday 29 FebruaryALPHA DES OBEAUX 7/1 > 11/2World HurdleContinued confidence and ew support.Sunday 28 FebruaryZUBAYR 7/1 > 11/2Triumph HurdleAll the rage for Triumph after impressive debut win in the Adonis at Kempton yesterday – the race that has such a solid pointer.Saturday 27 FebruarySEEYOUATMIDNIGHT 12/1 > 10/1RSA ChaseIn expectation of an easy win in the Newcastle opener where he looks to have a simple task.Friday 26 FebruaryOUR FATHER 12/1 > 8/1Kim MuirGoes well fresh, industry move.CAMPEADOR 8/1 > 6/1Fred WinterInformed business.Thursday 25 FebruarySAPHIR DU RHEA 16/1 > 12/1World HurdlePaul Nicholls favourable mention at his open day yesterday.Wednesday 24 FebruaryMY TENT OR YOURS 8/1 > 6/1Champion HurdleSustained ew support.Tuesday 23 FebruaryMINELLA ROCCO 12/1 > 8/1National Hunt ChaseClose second behind Vyta Du Roc at Ascot on Saturday and vibe seems to be that the National Hunt Chase on the opening day will be his target.Monday 22 FebruaryBLACK HERCULES 28/1 > 16/1RSA ChaseIncreasingly likely he will go here rather than the four-miler.Sunday 21 FebruaryCOEUR BLIMEY 11/1 > 8/1Champion BumperSustained support.Saturday 20 FebruaryVANITEUX 6/1 > 5/1Arkle ChaseSustained support.Friday 19 FebruaryALTIOR 6/1 > 4/1Supreme Novices HurdleRealisation that Min will go to Cheltenham with still something to prove.Thursday 18 FebruaryVROUM VROUM MAG 5/2 > 5/4Mares HurdleContinued support on expectation that Annie Power will now NOT run in this race following yesterday’s big news about Faugheen.Wednesday 17 FebruaryARCTIC FIRE 9/1 > 7/1Champion HurdleEach way support after a drift on Faugheen (NOW 2/5 NRNB).Tuesday 16 FebruaryITS’AFREEBEE 40/1 > 25/1Supreme Novices HurdleThe Dan Skelton trained runner, unbeaten in three starts over hurdles, is more likely to head for the Supreme rather than the Neptune.Monday 15 FebruaryVROUM VROUM MAG 4/1 > 3/1Mares HurdleSpeculation that she will run here rather than Ryanair with stable companion Annie Power switching to the World Hurdle.Sunday 14 FebruaryBALLANDY 25/1 > 10/1Champion BumperWon a Cheltenham bumper last November and was particularly impressive for Team Twiston-Davies at Newbury on Saturday – defying penalty to win by nine lengths with rest of the field well spread out.Saturday 13 FebruaryL’AMI SERGE 7/1 > 6/1Arkle ChaseIn expectation of a comfortable win against his two rivals in the Kingmaker Novices’ Chase at Warwick this afternoon.Friday 12 FebruaryMY TENT OR YOURS 25/1 > 20/1Champion HurdleIn anticipation of a racecourse gallop at Kempton at around 3.25 this afternoon. Barry Geraghty onboard with a lead horse partnered by AP! Also backed in the ‘Without Faugheen’ market 14/1 > 11/1.Thursday 11 FebruaryBRISTOL DE MAI 5/1 > 3/1JLT Novices’ ChaseNew favourite following the news that the original favourite Killultagh Vic will miss the race through injury. BRISTOL DE MAI has won his last three races with most recently an impressive success in the Scilly Isles Novices’ Chase at Sandown.last_img read more

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first_img Dr. Sundeep Keswani Dr. Sundeep Keswani Return to article. Long DescriptionDr. Sundeep Keswani“We have found some striking differences between patients who have the aggressive form of the disease and those who do not,” Keswani said. “These findings will give insight into the mechanism of how this membrane forms and perhaps why some humans have a more pro-fibrotic phenotype.“This project is the just the beginning of understanding how different kinds of biomechanical forces interact with cells in the LVOT to produce fibrosis,” he said.Preliminary computer model data suggested that altered internal geometries in children’s hearts generate turbulence in the flow of blood. That affects the shear forces in the LVOT that in turn trigger an inflammatory response by endothelial cells and encourage the formation of fibrous tissue.In the future, Grande-Allen and Keswani expect their work will help prevent fibrotic lesions by identifying targets in advance. That ability could also help treat other fibrotic cardiovascular diseases associated with altered flow.Keswani said Texas Children’s, which U.S. News & World Report ranked No. 1 in the nation this week for pediatric cardiology and heart surgery, is uniquely suited to take on the project. “This world-class facility and tremendous volume have driven this project from the bedside to the bench, and this award will hopefully allow us to return to the bedside armed with new tools to help these patients,” he said.“This collaboration is the perfect weave between bioengineering and surgery,” Keswani said. “Bioengineers bring a unique way of approaching surgical challenges and surgeons bring the surgical insight and the science, resulting in a synergistic relationship. In addition, it has been absolutely essential to the success of this project to have the support of our surgical leadership, who are strong advocates for surgical research as a means to develop innovative care for patients.”Grande-Allen’s Integrative Matrix Mechanics Laboratory specializes in studying the composition and behavior of biological tissues, with a particular interest in heart valves. Keswani is the principal investigator for Texas Children’s Laboratory for Regenerative Tissue Repair and a pediatric and fetal surgeon. His laboratory investigates the interaction of inflammation and the extracellular matrix that drives fibrosis with the goal of developing anti-fibrotic, regenerative therapies.The project also received support from the Virginia and L.E. Simmons Family Foundation Mini-Collaborative Research Fundand a gift from Lew and Laura Moorman.-30-Related materials:Heart valves strive to get oxygen one way or another: Matrix Mechanics Laboratory (Grande-Allen): http://grandegroup.blogs.rice.eduSundeep Keswani bio: R. Brown School of Engineering: https://engineering.rice.eduTexas Children’s Hospital: https://www.texaschildrens.orgBaylor College of Medicine: https://www.bcm.eduImages for download: Return to article. Long Description Return to article. Long DescriptionJane Grande-AllenGrande-Allen is Rice’s Isabel C. Cameron Professor of Bioengineering and chair of the university’s Department of Bioengineering. Keswani is a surgeon and director of surgical research at Texas Children’s and an associate professor in the Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery at Baylor.In normal hearts, blood passes through the tract from the left ventricle to the aorta. In patients with DSS, a fibrous tissue membrane forms and prevents blood flow from leaving the heart. Heart surgery is the only current option to manage the disease, but up to 30 percent of patients have an aggressive form of DSS in which the membrane recurs, and these patients may have to undergo further cardiothoracic surgery.The researchers believe a better understanding of how the fibrous membranes form will help doctors manage the disease. “Understanding the mechanisms of how altered shear forces induce fibrosis in the LVOT is a major gap in our knowledge,” Grande-Allen said. “If we can predict recurrence of DSS lesions of this outflow tract, we can change the way the disease is managed and really improve the quality of life for these children.”Working with co-investigator Philippe Sucosky of Wright State University, the research team has developed preliminary computational fluid dynamic models that mimic the complex shear forces and the altered geometry of the tract observed in DSS. The models will help the researchers develop a physical bioreactor to investigate interactions between the major cellular players in DSS: the endocardial endothelial cells that are exposed to shear forces, the cardiac fibroblasts that facilitate fibrosis and the circulating immune cells. Jane Grande-Allen. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University) Return to article. Long Descriptioncenter_img Jane Grande-Allen Jane Grande-Allen AddThis Dr. Sundeep Keswani. (Credit: Texas Children’s Hospital)Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,970 undergraduates and 2,934 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is just under 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for quality of life and for lots of race/class interaction and No. 2 for happiest students by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to Texas Children’s Hospital, a not-for-profit health care organization, is committed to creating a healthier future for children and women throughout the global community by leading in patient care, education and research. Consistently ranked as the best children’s hospital in Texas, and among the top in the nation, Texas Children’s has garnered widespread recognition for its expertise and breakthroughs in pediatric and women’s health. The hospital includes the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute; the Feigin Tower for pediatric research; Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women, a comprehensive obstetrics/gynecology facility focusing on high-risk births; Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus, a community hospital in suburban West Houston; and Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands, the first hospital devoted to children’s care for communities north of Houston. The organization also created Texas Children’s Health Plan, the nation’s first HMO for children; Texas Children’s Pediatrics, the largest pediatric primary care network in the country; Texas Children’s Urgent Care clinics that specialize in after-hours care tailored specifically for children; and a global health program that’s channeling care to children and women all over the world. Texas Children’s Hospital is affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. For more information, go to Get the latest news by visiting the online newsroom and Twitter at College of Medicine ( in Houston is recognized as a premier academic health sciences center and is known for excellence in education, research and patient care. It is the only private medical school in the greater southwest and is ranked 16th among medical schools for research and 5th for primary care by U.S. News & World Report. Baylor is listed 21st among all U.S. medical schools for National Institutes of Health funding and number one in Texas. Located in the Texas Medical Center, Baylor has affiliations with seven teaching hospitals and jointly owns and operates Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center, part of CHI St. Luke’s Health. Currently, Baylor trains more than 3,000 medical, graduate, nurse anesthesia, physician assistant and orthotics students, as well as residents and post-doctoral fellows. Follow Baylor College of Medicine on Facebook ( and Twitter ( ShareNEWS RELEASEEditor’s note: Links to high-resolution images for download appear at the end of this release.AT RICE:David Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduMike Williams713-348-6728mikewilliams@rice.eduAT TEXAS CHILDREN’S:Lindsey Fox832-824-2040lbfox@texaschildrens.orgAT BAYLOR COLLEGE OF MEDICINE:Dipali Pathak713-798-6826pathak@bcm.eduFeds back study of congenital heart disease Rice University, Texas Children’s Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine win major NIH grant to study discrete subaortic stenosisHOUSTON – (June 27, 2018) – Scientists at Rice University, Texas Children’s Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine have won a prestigious National Institutes of Health grant to study the dynamic processes and cellular players linked to discrete subaortic stenosis (DSS), a congenital heart disease.The $2.2 million, four-year R01 grant administered by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute will allow a team led by Jane Grande-Allen and Dr. Sundeep Keswani to develop computer and tissue-engineered models to predict the recurrence of DSS lesions of the left ventricular outflow tract (LVOT).last_img read more

first_img About the AuthorJonathan PfefferJonathan Pfeffer joined the Clear Admit and MetroMBA teams in 2015 after spending several years as an arts/culture writer, editor, and radio producer. In addition to his role as contributing writer at MetroMBA and contributing editor at Clear Admit, he is co-founder and lead producer of the Clear Admit MBA Admissions Podcast. He holds a BA in Film/Video, Ethnomusicology, and Media Studies from Oberlin College.View more posts by Jonathan Pfeffer Alumni Spotlight: Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella – University of Chicago Booth School of Business Last Updated Oct 23, 2017 by Jonathan PfefferFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail Once a ferocious beast in the kingdom of tech with massive product launches and Antitrust sagas, it could be argued that Microsoft has spent the first two decades of the 21st century in search of solid ground. The Steve Balmer era, which focused on “devices and services,” brought us the Xbox, the Surface, and the acquisitions of Skype and Linkedin. Wired posits that the fall of Microsoft “stems from its attempts to lock users into its products by refusing to work with competitors,” coupled with a series of “me-too hardware products,” like the Zune and the Kin. There’s also Bing and MSN, which are practically non-entities compared to their competition.In the last three years, CEO Satya Nadella has been a relevatory savior for the company, spearheading a massive pivot away away from hardware and toward cloud computing and AI. So far, so good. Company shares reached record highs since 1999 and its cloud is valued at a $14 billion annual run rate, which places Microsoft neck and neck with Amazon Web Services, if you include Microsoft Office 365. That said, Nadella remains unphased by the numbers, as he tells the Economist, “When you have a core that’s growing at more than 20 percent, that is when the rot really sets in.”Let’s take a deeper dive to find out more about Nadella’s past, present, and future. Learning at Chicago BoothNadella’s tenure at Microsoft is inextricably linked with his University of Chicago Booth School of Business education. In fact he started both at the exact same time, in 1992. Instead of opting out of one for the other, he enrolled in Booth’s Weekend MBA program and flew from Seattle to Chicago every weekend for two-and-a-half years.Nadella believes his Booth MBA was instrumental in giving him the “knowledge and confidence to tackle complex questions at the intersection of business and technology,” according to a UChicago profile. Nadella cites Steven Kaplan’s entrepreneurial finance class as particularly influential on his ability to “evaluate new business opportunities at Microsoft.” On Nadella, Kaplan spoke highly: “He can take a situation and analyze and articulate the issues involved. He can both write well and understand the case quantitatively.”Wired traces Nadella’s “clarity of vision and empathetic listening style” to his firstborn son Zain’s cerebral palsy, which helped Nadella “see beyond himself and compelled him to force-rank his daily priorities so that he could meet his son’s needs and still perform his job—the same skill so necessary to effective management.” He tells Wired:“I think back to how I thought about work before and after, and this notion of the words you say and what they can do to the other person. How can you really change the energy around you? It’s a thing that started building in me, and I started exercising it in my day job. It made a lot of difference to how I felt when I went back home. So much of it is mental attitude.”Early Days at MicrosoftIn 2015, Nadella told UChicago Booth Magazine, “Having grown up in the company, what is it 23 years or so, I always come back to the very first thing Microsoft did, the BASIC interpreter. It was this notion of empowering others to do great things.”Nadella progressed quickly through company ranks. His first major notch on his belt was Windows NT but played significant technical roles in Bing, MSN, and Microsoft’s advertising systems. UChicago Booth Magazine pinpoints Nadella’s real contribution to the company during his tenure of Executive VP of cloud and enterprise businesses.“At Microsoft, Nadella is navigating a rapidly shifting technology landscape, in which customers have been moving away from traditional desktop computers, toward nimbler mobile platforms such as tablets and smartphones.” Nadella says, “The only way you’re going to have that mobility of the human experience—not the device—is by having cloud orchestrate the movement.”CEOWhen the Nadella era began, he publicly invoked Nietzsche when he said Microsoft must have “courage in the face of reality,” according to Wired. His approach to steering Microsoft is nothing if not rooted in reality. Wired compared his Microsoft strategy to those of “the Silicon Valley startups that have eclipsed it” in which the change is cultural, not just organizational. The Economist writes that Microsoft is much more of a “full stack” firm, in which it “not only writes all kinds of software, but builds its own data centers and designs its own hardware.”Nadella tells UChicago Booth Magazine, “My vision is to take that productivity and empowerment of individuals and organizations and express it in this new world, which is mobile-first, cloud-first.”Nadella jettisoned the company’s R&D process in favor of a more transparent, open-ended model, which is perhaps in response to such New Coke-style abominations as the Microsoft Courier. He encourages execs to work with people outside their divisions, whose lines of demarcation have become increasingly ambiguous.He’s pushing engineers and researchers from disparate parts of Microsoft to work more closely together—even wrangling Bill Gates back into the saddle as a part-time technical adviser to motivate his team. “When I say, ‘Hey, I want you to go run this by Bill,’ I know they’re going to do their best job prepping for it,” he tells Wired. Nadella described Microsoft’s Skype Translator, which offers real-time translation of multilingual chats, as the apotheosis of his cooperative company-wide strategy.The FutureNadella tells UChicago Booth that his overarching vision for Microsoft is to adapt to the dialogue between culture and technology but to push for a more productive, harmonious conversation. In March, Nadella shared his vision for a new “platform-neutral” Microsoft with the announcement that the company would soon launch Word, Excel, and PowerPoint editions for the iPad.“Technology has always led us to have better lives [but] you can measure whether you’re doing anything useful. Do you feel a little stretched? If not, there’s something wrong.”center_img regions: Chicago RelatedAmazon or Microsoft: Seattle MBAs Debate Better WorkplaceWhen it comes to getting a job at a tech company, Seattle MBAs can have a difficult choice ahead of them: Amazon or Microsoft? These two heavyweights are the best of the best in the tech industry and draw in hundreds of MBAs each year. But GeekWire recently asked the…November 7, 2016In “Featured Region”Five Surprisingly Lucrative MBA DestinationsEven though the most common MBA careers are those in the areas of consulting, banking and finance, there are other options out there. In fact, you’d be surprised to learn which companies truly value hiring MBAs into high paying management positions, and the sectors those firms occupy. Whether its tech,…January 29, 2019In “Advice”Top MBA Recruiters: Microsoft vs. GoogleMicrosoft and Google are two brands that are practically synonymous in tech. Google provides search and email services to billions, while Microsoft’s Office is a ubiquitous presence across college campuses and cubicles around the world. Both companies have long been top destinations in tech but their reputation is rapidly growing…April 8, 2019In “Career”last_img read more

first_imgThe Fourth of July has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941, but the tradition of Independence Day goes back to the 18th century and the Revolutionary War.However, John Adams, the second president, thought that July 2 was the correct date at which Americans should celebrate Independence Day. Adams would apparently turn invitations to appear at July 4 events as a form of protest. But Adams and America’s third president, Thomas Jefferson, both died on July 4, 1826, which is also the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. US What’s Open on the 4th of July? By Jack Phillips July 4, 2017 Updated: July 4, 2017 Share Show Discussion Share this articlecenter_img  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Albertson’s is open. Some hours might vary, with some stores closing at 4 p.m. Check hours.Trader Joe’s is open. Check hours online.Whole Foods is open. Check hours.Home Depot is open July 4.The vast, vast majority of gas stations also tend to be open on July 4.The majority of banks aren’t open, as July 4 is federal banking holiday. Mobile banking, ATMs, and online banking are available.All state and local municipal offices are closed.Garbage pickup and recycling pickup doesn’t operate.The post office is also closed, and mail service will also be suspended for the holiday.Elementary schools, high schools, and colleges are closed.The U.S. stock market is closed. State and local courts are closed down.According to SavingAdvice: Most large retail stores are open. Most retailers will be open on July 4, and many of them will be holding special sales over the Fourth of July weekend. This includes stores like Target, Walmart and Home Depot (here’s a larger list). A major exception will be Costco, which won’t open its doors on Independence Day. For those of you planning to shop all the sales, keep in mind that a deal isn’t a deal no matter what the price is, if it’s something you wouldn’t have purchased for full price.It adds:In most cases, restaurants are open. Most major restaurant chains will be operating and open on Independence Day. Smaller restaurants which are independently owned may close for the day, so it’s best to contact them directly if you want to dine at them on Tuesday. The Fourth of July, or Independence Day, is Tuesday.Walmart will remain open, with some Walmart Super Walmart stores remaining open 24 hours on the holiday. Check hours before heading out.  Walmart also has deals for July 4th that can be viewed here.Target will be open. Check hours ahead of time. Target’s deals are here.Costco: Costco won’t be open.Best Buy is open. Check hours online before heading out. Some malls will be open. Call ahead for hours. Public libraries will be closed on July 4. All state and federal offices will be closed.Publix is open. Save Mart is likely open, but hours vary. Check local hours.Kroger is open. Check hours.Safeway is open on July 4. Check hours online.Staples is likely not open in most locations. Check hours online. File photo of a Walmart store. (AFP/Getty Images) last_img read more

first_img Show Discussion US News  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   NEW YORK, NY – JAN. 30: New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman joins Dreamers and recent immigrants for a news conference after a DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) hearing at a Brooklyn court on Jan.30, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Weinstein Co. Files for Bankruptcy, Ends All Nondisclosure Agreements By Reuters April 6, 2018 Updated: April 6, 2018center_img Share Share this article NEW YORK—Film and TV studio The Weinstein Co., whose ex-chairman Harvey Weinstein has been accused of sexual harassment and assault, filed for bankruptcy on March 19 and said it was ending all nondisclosure agreements that may have silenced some women.The filing in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware follows accusations by more than 70 women against the company’s co-founder, Harvey Weinstein, who was one of Hollywood’s most influential men, of sexual misconduct, including rape. Weinstein has denied having nonconsensual sex with anyone.The women who spoke out against Weinstein spurred a national movement against sexual harassment, with victims sharing their stories on social media and labeling them under the hashtag #MeToo.Texas private equity firm Lantern Capital agreed to buy The Weinstein Co. out of bankruptcy for $310 million. The firm’s offer, saving the studio from winding down its business, will be subject to higher and better bids in a court-supervised auction scheduled for May 2.The deadline for other bids is April 30.Lantern had been a potential investor in former Obama administration official Maria Contreras-Sweet’s bid for the studio, which was ultimately terminated. The Weinstein Co.’s bankruptcy will halt victims’ lawsuits against the company and any sexual misconduct claims would likely only be compensated after secured creditors are paid in full. Contreras-Sweet’s bid for the studio included an $80 million to $90 million compensation fund that would supplement any insurance payouts victims would receive.The Weinstein Co., which has won 28 Academy Awards, owns a film library of 277 feature films that have generated over $2 billion in aggregate box office receipts worldwide.Yet the company said in court papers it had lost about 25 percent of its workforce and many of its longtime business partners since October 2017, when accusations against Harvey Weinstein became public.“It is an understatement to say that the last six months have been trying for the company,” Chief Restructuring Officer Robert Del Genio said in court papers.As part of the bankruptcy filing, The Weinstein Co. said it released anyone “who suffered or witnessed any form of sexual misconduct by Harvey Weinstein” from nondisclosure agreements.“Since October, it has been reported that Harvey Weinstein used nondisclosure agreements as a secret weapon to silence his accusers. Effective immediately, those ‘agreements’ end,” the company said in an emailed statement.In February, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman sued The Weinstein Co., Harvey Weinstein, and his brother Bob Weinstein, alleging that Harvey Weinstein sexually harassed employees and the company failed to respond. Bob Weinstein co-founded the company and is the co-chairman.“This is a watershed moment for efforts to address the corrosive effects of sexual misconduct in the workplace,” Schneiderman said in a statement after the company’s announcement on March 19.In its filing, the Weinstein Company listed $500 million to $1 billion in both liabilities and assets.The studio has spent months looking for a buyer or investor. Before the deal with Contreras-Sweet’s group failed, The Weinstein Co. had tried securing rescue financing from other investors.Lionsgate Entertainment Corp. had made an earlier offer for some of the company’s assets, as had Qatar-owned film company Miramax, which was founded by Harvey Weinstein and Bob Weinstein. Both could be among potential bidders in the auction.Movie producer Killer Content also said bankruptcy would be the best option for the company, and that it may be interested in the studio’s assets in a bankruptcy auction.The Weinstein Co. also won commitments from its bank lenders for a $25 million bankruptcy loan.Launched in October 2005, the studio produced and distributed critically acclaimed hits including “The King’s Speech” and “Silver Linings Playbook,” as well as TV series such as long-running fashion reality competition “Project Runway.” last_img read more

first_img Share  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   1-Week-Old Baby Girl Choking Until Guardian Angels Came to Rescue By Mandy Huang October 11, 2018 Updated: October 11, 2018 A one-week-old baby girl was choking, losing her pulse, and her face began to turn blue in a portrait studio inside a JCPenney store.This happened at the Clackamas Town Center in Oregon, shortly after noon on Sunday, Sept. 30. The baby’s name is Audrey.When Audrey’s parents, Kaylob Harmon and Jessie Siefer, took her to the mall to take family portraits, they noticed something went terribly wrong.Her mom called 911. Her dad and some shoppers tried to perform CPR but didn’t know if they did it correctly.Three deputies, Jonathon Zacharkiw, Dan Olson, and Jonah Russell, from Clackamas Sheriff Office raced to the studio after receiving the call.“It looked bad,” Russell said. “We didn’t know how long she had been without oxygen.”Audrey was unresponsive at that time. Baby Audrey was choking in Clackamas Town Center Baby Audrey Harmon was unresponsive at a local mall in Clackamas, Oregon, on Sept. 30, 2018. (Screenshot/Clackamas Sheriff’s Office)Zacharkiw believed she was choking on fluids and started performing chest compressions while Olson checked the infant’s airway with his finger. Russell stabilized Audrey’s head, keeping her neck arched and airway open.Then, Zacharkiw turned Audrey over on her stomach and performed a burping chest pat to remove fluid from the baby’s airway.Zacharkiw turned Audrey over afterward, used a bulbous nose sucker to remove fluid from Audrey’s nose and got her pulse back.Two minutes later, paramedics arrived on the scene and took Audrey to intensive care at the Oregon Health & Science University.A week later, the three deputies were invited to the hospital room to visit little Audrey whose condition is steadily improving including having her breathing tube removed. Audrey was only 15 days old on Oct. 10.“How do you say thank you to somebody who saves your child’s life? You can’t thank them enough,” Audrey’s father Kaylob Haron said.They took a group photo.“Kaylob told us he wanted a picture to show Audrey one day of the guys who saved her life,” reported Zacharkiw. “It was unbelievably heartwarming to be invited back, and amazing to see how far she has progressed since last Sunday. Shortly after we left, Kaylob texted me a few more pictures, excited that the EEG leads had been removed from Audrey’s head.” Show Discussioncenter_img QualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video Share this article US News last_img read more