New risk calculator could change the aspirin, statins, and blood pressure medications some people take

first_img What’s included? GET STARTED New risk calculator could change the aspirin, statins, and blood pressure medications some people take By Elizabeth Cooney June 4, 2018 Reprints General Assignment Reporter Liz focuses on cancer, biomedical engineering, and how patients feel the effects of Covid-19. Elizabeth Cooney What is it? Health @cooney_liz About the Author Reprintscenter_img APStock More than 11 million people may need to reconsider taking medications to avoid heart attack and stroke, according to new research that says current guidelines overestimate risk for some people, but underestimate risk for others, especially African-Americans.Right now, doctors can consult a calculator found online or in electronic health records to decide whether patients might benefit from aspirin, statins, or blood pressure medications. Those estimates of 10-year risk for cardiovascular disease were derived in 2013 and endorsed by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association. They were based on statistical analyses that combined data from large studies such as the original Framingham Heart Study, whose participants were 30 to 62 years old in 1948. Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your first 30 days free! GET STARTED Log In | Learn More [email protected] Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. Tags cardiologypatientslast_img read more

Sriwijaya Air Group ‘Sapa’ Tiga Kota di Kalimantan Barat

first_imgNam Air Sriwijaya Air Group yang terdiri dari Sriwijaya Air dan Nam Air dijadwalkan dalam waktu dekat akan meluncurkan penerbangan dari Jakarta ke tiga kota yang ada di Kalimantan Barat. Ketiga kota tersebut akan disambangi Sriwijaya Air Group pada 26 Oktober 2017 ini.Baca juga: Horee! Sriwijaya Air Akhirnya Buka Rute Menuju Raja AmpatKabarPenumpang.com merangkum dari beberapa sumber, penerbangan yang akan dilakukan yakni dari Jakarta menuju Ketapang di Kalimantan Barat via Pontianak PP dan akan dijadwalkan setiap hari dengan menggunakan perpaduan pesawat dari maskapai baik itu Sriwijaya Air ataupun Nam Air. Tak hanya Ketapang yang akan disambangi maskapai ini, melainkan penerbangan langsung dari Jakarta menuju ke Puttusibau dan Sintang dimana keduanya juga berada di provinsi Kalimantan Barat. Penerbangan yang dilakukan Sriwijaya Air Group yang melalui kota Pontianak juga memungkinkan penerbangan ke kota-kota besar lainnya di Indonesia seperti Semarang, Surabaya dan Yogyakarta.“Antara Kalimantan Barat dan kota-kota besar di Pulau Jawa seperti Semarang, Yogya, Surabaya dan Jakarta sejak dulu sudah terjalin hubungan yang baik. Banyak masyarakat dari Jawa yang merantau dan bekerja di Kalimantan Barat. Begitu pula banyak orang-orang di Kalimantan Barat yang melakukan bisnis di Pulau Jawa,” ujar Senior Corporate Communications Manager Sriwijaya Air Group Agus Soedjono melalui siaran pers yang dikutip KabarPenumpang.com dari thejakartapost.com (24/10/2017).Dengan pembukaan rute penerbangan ini, Agus berharap hubungan antar dua wilayah yakni Kalimantan Barat dan Jakarta akan semakin kuat karena adanya peningkatan konektivitas serta perkembangan ekonomi keduanya.“Untuk penerbangan dengan menggunakan pesawat ATR 72-600 ini, Sriwijaya Air Group memberikan gratis biaya bagasi hingga 10 kg,” ujar Agus.Jadwal penerbangan dari Jakarta menuju Ketapang pada pukul 05.45 WIB, 10.00 WIB dan 14.30 WIB. Khusus Jakarta menuju Putussibau diberangkatkan pada pukul 04.45 WIB dan 18.25 WIB, sementara Jakarta menuju Sintang diberangkatkan pukul 05.45 WIB dan 10.00 WIB.Baca juga: Didera Sejumlah Masalah, Kalstar Aviation Untuk Sementara Tak MengudaraUntuk penerbangan dari Semarang menuju Ketapang dijadwalkan pukul 06.10 WIB, 12.20 WIB dan 17.05 WIB. Untuk Semarang menuju Putussibau dijadwalkan pukul 12.20 WIB dan 17.05 WIB. Dan Semarang menuju Sintang diberangkatkan pukul 06.10 WIB dan 17.05 WIB.Penerbangan dari Yogyakarta menuju ke Ketapang diberangkatkan pada pukul 16.45 WIB dan 20.30 WIB. Yogyakarta menuju Putussibau diberangkatkan pada pukul 11.00 WIB dan 20.30 WIB. Sedangkan Yogyakarta menuju Sintang diberangkatkan pukul 20.30 WIB.Sementara penerbangan dari Surabaya menuju ke Ketapang diberangkatkan pada pukul 06.00 WIB, 06.40 WIB, 10.50 WIB, 16.30 WIB dan 18.50 WIB. Rute Surabaya menuju Putussibau akan terbang pada pukul 10.50 WIB, 16.30 WIB dan 18.50 WIB. Sedangkan Surabaya menuju Sintang berangkat pada pukul 06.00 WIB, 16.30 WIB dan 18.50 WIB.Untuk penerbangan dari Pontianak-Ketapang akan dilayani tiga kali sehari dengan menggunakan pesawat ATR 72-600. Yaitu berangkat dari Pontianak pukul 10.35 WIB, 14.30 WIB dan 16.30 WIB. Untuk baliknya, berangkat dari Ketapang pukul 06.45 WIB, 11.25 WIB dan 15.25 WIB.Penerbangan Pontianak-Putussibau akan dilayani satu kali penerbangan per hari dengan menggunakan pesawat ATR 72-600. Berangkat dari Pontianak pukul 07.50 WIB sampai di Putussibau pukul 08.50 WIB. Selanjutnya penerbangan dari Putussibau pukul 09.05 WIB sampai ke Pontianak pukul 10.05 WIB.Sementara penerbangan Pontianak-Sintang juga akan dilayani satu kali penerbangan per hari dengan menggunakan pesawat ATR 72-600. Berangkat dari Pontianak pukul 12.30 WIB sampai di Sintang pukul 13.05 WIB. Selanjutnya penerbangan dari Sintang pukul 13.25 WIB sampai ke Pontianak pukul 14.00 WIB.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedMeriahkan Ulang Tahun ke-14, Sriwijaya Air Group Berikan Diskon Tiket 14 Persen03/11/2017In “Bandara”Digoyang Isu Stop Beroperasi, Sriwijaya Air Group Keluarkan Bantahan27/09/2019In “Analisa Angkutan”Pisah dari Garuda Indonesia, Sriwijaya Air Buka Rute Lama yang Tak Beroperasi22/01/2020In “Destinasi”last_img read more

Cristiano Ronaldo: “I’ll retire in 4 or 5 years and live like a king”

first_img Sport EN “I’m not the most modest person in the world, I admit this, I’m not fake, but in some aspects I am humble,” said Ronaldo. Cristiano Ronaldo gave an interview to Portuguese magazine Caras, in order to promote his new film. However he also revealed a few things about himself. Upd. at 17:18 12/11/2015 Ronaldo says he “breathes deeply” ahead of moments of pressure like when he takes penalties, and doesn’t care about being whistled, “which is motivation” for him and “part of the job”.  He also explained that he is trying to keep his son on the straight and narrow, saying he did not buy him an iPhone six. His son said it was so he could call his father on it, but Ronaldo told him to use his grandmother’s phone. CET He doesn’t plan to work too much after his career as a footballer ends. “When I finish my career in 4 or 5 years, I plan to live like a king with my family and friends,” explained the Real Madrid forward.last_img read more

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first_imgBy Mark Gullick DEVON Meadows produced a strong four-quarter effort to overrun Keysborough by 44 points at Glover Reserve on…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Flogas Irish Amateur Open First Round Scores

first_imgRound one scores (complete)Flogas Irish Amateur OpenRoyal County Down at the Flogas AM-AM ahead of the Flogas Irish Amateur Open in Royal Co Down golf club, Newcastle Co. Down Ireland. 15/05/2018.Picture: Golffile | Fran CaffreyAll photo usage must carry mandatory copyright credit (© Golffile | Fran Caffrey) print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emailcenter_img 65 R Dawson (Tramore)68 A Fitzpatrick (England); A Gleeson  (Castle)69 J Skov Olesen (Denmark); M Saulez (South Africa); D Hague (England); M Jordan (England); D Rauch (Germany); R Cannon (Balbriggan); K Reitan (Norway); A Wilson (England)70 G Collins (Rosslare); J Hapgood (Wales); B Gill (England); S Watts (Cairndhu); C Thornton (England); N Bachem (Germany)71 P O’Keeffe (Douglas); C Woollam (South Africa); R Mullarney (Galway); G Bloor (England); A Hill (Athenry); J Fox (Portmarnock); J Gough (England); T Nel (South Africa); G Chevalier (France); J Wilson (Scotland); D Langley (England); P Brennan (Belvoir Park); P Melching (Netherlands)72 L Sanges (Wales); E Walker (Scotland); L Shepherd (England); M Hammer (Germany); C Barrow (Scotland); C Strickland (England); E McIntosh (Scotland); M Mitchell  (South Africa); J Sugrue (Mallow)73 C Mansfield (South Africa); T Carter (England); J Brady (Rosslare); T Vaillant (France); Q Debove (France); J Cope (England); R Williams   (England); R Brazill (Naas); J Yates (Naas); J Mc Donnell (Forrest Little); N Poppleton (England); D Brophy (Castleknock); B Hutchinson (England); F Hanisch (Germany); C Denvir (Elm Park); B Chamberlain (Wales); J Schaper (South Africa); J Pierse (Portmarnock)74 C Lamprecht (South Africa); F Carr (Kirkistown Castle); R Neergaard-Petersen (Denmark); M Norton (Belvoir Park); J Mis (England); A Maguire (Laytown & Bettystown); T Vahlenkamp (Germany); A Edwards-Hill (England); A Petit (France); C Rafferty (Dundalk); J Sundborg (England); S Done (England); B Anderson (The Royal Dublin); K Cantley  (Scotland); S Easton (Scotland); T Clements (England); J Davies (Wales); B McKenzie (England)75 B Jones (England); M Waite (England); C Farr (England); R Williamson (Holywood); D Germishuys (South Africa); J McMahon (England); D Howie (Scotland); J Johnston (Scotland); G Lenehan (Portmarnock); R Foley (Switzerland); A Flanagan (England); A Grant (Dundalk); M Martin (England)76 S Locke (Scotland); A Plumb (England); O Huggins (England); R Moran (Castle); D McAleenon (Edenmore); J Glenn (England); R Pierse (Grange); T Thurloway (England); D Brown (England); J de Bruyn (Germany); H Goddard (England)77 J Madden (Royal Portrush); J Whelan (Newlands); P Coughlan (Castleknock); M Ryan (New Ross); N Muller (France); W Nienaber (South Africa); J Bolton (England); M Power (Kilkenny)78 A McDougall (Scotland); A Laussot (France); K Egan (Carton House); T Plumb (England); J Gaunt (England); H Foley (The Royal Dublin); L Abrial (France); R Dutton (Tandragee); G Petrozzi (England); E Farrell (Ardee); P Mullins (Wales); T McLarnon (Massereene)79 R Black (Hilton Templepatrick); D Coghlan (Portmarnock); J Fletcher (Warrenpoint); D Mary (France); T Sloman (England)80 E Smith (Laytown & Bettystown); O Crooks (Bushfoot); D Kitt (Athenry); W Porter (Scotland)81 J Walsh (Castle); W Small (Tandragee); G Frimodt (Denmark); M Lamb (England); T Shin (England)82 D McNeill (Scotland); J Paterson (Scotland); C Woodroofe (Dun Laoghaire)83 R Knightly (The Royal Dublin)86 M d’Harcourt (France)last_img read more

Merger of Brazil’s agriculture and environment ministries in limbo

first_imgAgriculture, Agrochemicals, Amazon Agriculture, Amazon Conservation, Amazon Destruction, Amazon People, Amazon Soy, Cattle, Cattle Ranching, Controversial, Deforestation, Drivers Of Deforestation, Environment, Environmental Politics, Forests, Green, Indigenous Groups, Indigenous Peoples, Indigenous Rights, Industrial Agriculture, Land Conflict, Land Rights, Land Use Change, Pesticides, Rainforest Deforestation, Rainforest Destruction, Rainforests, Saving The Amazon, Social Justice, Soy, Threats To The Amazon, Traditional People, Tropical Deforestation Article published by Glenn Scherer During his campaign, presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro repeatedly called for the merger of Brazil’s Ministry of Environment (MMA) and Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply (MAPA). Bolsonaro strongly backs agribusiness, while seeing the work of environmentalists as undermining the Brazilian economy.However, the president elect was met in recent days by a firestorm of resistance against the merger from environmentalists, NGOs, scientists, academics, the environmental ministry itself, and from eight former environmental ministers.Even the bancada ruralista agribusiness lobby has come out against the proposal, calling it unworkable, noting that the two ministries have different, incompatible missions and agendas that would be compromised by a merger. Others note that a spirited dialogue between the two ministries is politically healthy for the nation.Bolsonaro, in response to criticism, said he will reconsider his plan, making a final decision on the merger known after taking office in January. Despite being close during the campaign to extreme right ruralists (mostly cattle ranchers), Bolsonaro has selected Tereza Cristina, a somewhat less radical ruralist, as new agriculture minister. A meeting of the ruralista group – major supporters of agribusiness – with then candidate Jair Bolsonaro at center in white shirt. Tereza Cristina, to the right of the new president, is Bolsonaro’s choice as Minister of Agriculture. The Bolsonaro administration takes office in January. Photo: FPA / Flickr.Throughout his campaign, now victorious presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro pledged that he would abolish Brazil’s Ministry of Environment (MMA) and fold its functions into the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply (MAPA) – a very controversial position.Two days after winning the race, the former army captain announced the fusion of the two ministries as part of a plan to reduce Brazil’s current 29 cabinet posts by half.His explanation, given in a March interview, seemed to be based on his blame of the environmental ministry for economic harm: “The MMA manages to do damage to what should not be done,” he declared. In comparison, Bolsonaro sees agribusiness as paramount to Brazil’s wellbeing, as seen in an October speech: “We need a president who will not get in the way of the rural producer. We will not have any more conflicts in that area.”Bolsonaro’s reasoning is supported by an outspoken and extreme group within the ruralist agribusiness faction – mostly cattle ranchers – represented by Luiz Antonio Nabhan Garcia, president of the Ruralista Democratic Union (UDR). Garcia was a frequent figure seen alongside the candidate during Bolsonaro’s campaign and also in the first round of official acts as president in Brasilia last week. Garcia has strongly criticized the limits put by Brazilian environmental regulations on Amazon deforestation, and also the Paris Agreement.In talks with other ruralistas, Garcia stated without offering evidence that “the world wants to take over the Brazilian Amazon,” threatening Brazil’s sovereignty. He has also referred to the Paris Agreement as toilet paper, and asked: “What benefits does the Paris Agreement bring to Brazil and us Brazilian [land]owners? Nothing!”Jair Bolsonaro, Nov. 2016. The presidential candidate strongly supported the ministry merger, but he backed off recently, saying he will make a final decision in January. Image by Fabio Rodrigues Pozzebom / Agência Brasil.Bolsonaro reverses himselfOpposition to the ministry merger was swift, coming from environmentalists, NGOs, scientists, academics and the environmental ministry itself.Eight former environment ministers – Marina Silva, José Sarney Filho, Izabella Teixeira, Carlos Minc, Gustavo Krause, José Carlos Carvalho, Rubens Ricupero and José Goldemberg – published a joint article in defense of maintaining the Ministry of Environment, along with Brazil’s continued participation in the Paris Agreement. Bolsonaro proposed withdrawing from the accord during his campaign, a position from which he has since somewhat distanced himself.Perhaps surprisingly, another group within Brazilian society ­– primarily representing soy, sugarcane, paper pulp and other crop growers, but not cattlemen ­– came out strongly against fusing the ministries. Just after the first-round election in early October, 40 representatives from the bancada ruralista agribusiness lobby in Congress met with the then candidate, who was awaiting the runoff election, and urged him not to combine the ministries.After that meeting, Garcia, a big defender of the merger, told the press that Bolsonaro would review the issue.Current Minister of Agriculture Blairo Maggi under president Michel Temer during the launching of the Agricultural and Livestock Plan for 2018/2019 in Brasília, in June 2018. Maggi, though a staunch ruralist, came out strongly against the fusion of the two ministries. Image by Antonio Cruz / Agência Brasil.Not a practicable ideaThe reason many ruralists balked: the unworkability and inconsistency of the proposal – MMA and MAPA have different charters and responsibilities, they said, and often take antagonistic positions.Even Blairo Maggi, Minister of Agriculture under current President Michel Temer and one of the largest soybean producers in Brazil, opposed the change: “How can a MAPA minister remark on an oil field or mineral exploration? [which are among MMA activities]. The fusion will bring losses to Brazilian agribusiness, due to demands made by European countries [for the nation’s farmers] to play a role in environmental preservation.”Tereza Cristina, president of the bancada ruralista and House deputy re-elected by Mato Grosso do Sul, also showed her doubts: “I will not say if I am for or against it, but it raises a concern to bring a ministry of that size and complexity to Agriculture.” Since making that statement, Bolsonaro selected Cristina to run the agriculture ministry, replacing Maggi. Cristina’s views in favor of agribusiness and against environmental regulation ­– especially in favor of the relaxation of pesticide rules – are seen as conservative by analysts, but less radical than those expressed by Garcia.The Ministry of Environment, posted a note on its official website, explaining problems with the proposed merger: “The two bodies are of immense national and international relevance and have their own agendas, which overlap only in a small fraction of their competencies. An example is that of the 2,782 licensing processes currently being carried out by IBAMA [the federal environmental regulatory agency], only 29 are related to agriculture… Undermining the authority represented by the Ministry of Environment, at a time when concern about the climate crisis intensifies, would be risky. The world, more than ever, expects Brazil to maintain its environmental leadership. ”Contacted by Mongabay, the environmental ministry declined to discuss the merger further.Federal House deputy for Mato Grosso do Sul Tereza Cristina in November 2017. She has been tapped by Bolsonaro to be Brazil’s next Agriculture Minister. Image by Waldemir Barreto / Agência Senado.Comings and goingsDespite the objections raised, Bolsonaro announced he would join the two ministries less than two days after his victory. But only two days later he stepped back from his decision, though in an ambiguous way. In his first press conference as president elect, he declared: “I have two months to decide, but it looks like [the ministries] will be separate.… But Jair Bolsonaro will be the one to choose the Minister of Environment. And [that appointee] will not be [nominated] by pressure from NGOs or a radical in defense of the environment.”Defending his reasoning for the merger, he said: “There has always been a struggle between the Ministry of Agriculture and Environment, and [I] had to pacify it. In some countries they are only one ministry.”Others dispute Bolsonaro’s contention. According to data gathered by the Climate Observatory (OC), a network of civil society organizations that disseminates climate change data, “no major commodity producer or country” has ever advocated for this kind of ministry “junction or annexation. In the United States, India, China, Canada, Mexico, Argentina and Spain, [and elsewhere] the departments or ministries are separated.”Contacted by Mongabay by email and by phone, the headquarters of Bolsonaro’s Social Liberal Party (PSL) did not respond to queries for this story.A supermarket in the United Arab Emirates (UAR) that sells Brazilian produce. Minister of Agriculture Blairo Maggi and farmers held meetings with the UAR in October 2018 to improve agribusiness relations. Some experts worry a merger of the agriculture and environment ministries could jeopardize future Brazilian agriculture discussions with other nations. Image courtesy of MAPA.Bad for business and the countryCriticism of the merger has continued unabated. The potential combination of the ministries “will bring serious damage to Brazil and will pass on to consumers abroad the idea that all Brazilian agribusiness survives thanks to the destruction of forests, attracting the fury of non-tariff barriers to the disadvantage of all,” said former environmental minister and 2018 presidential candidate Marina Silva on Twitter.Alessandro Molon, a federal House deputy for Rio de Janeiro, told Mongabay that the subordination of the environmental agenda to agribusiness interests is an obsolete vision. “Not even the most expressive part of the bancada ruralista, both in terms of number of representatives and in business values, is in favor of this terrible idea.”The fusion, instead of facilitating agribusiness, as Bolsonaro believes, would be equivalent to shooting oneself in the foot, said Carlos Rittl, executive secretary of Climate Observatory. “When [agribusiness] producers go to Brussels [the EU political center], they will hear demands for sustainability requirements and will not escape from them.”Rittl told Mongabay that if the two ministries are fused, the Brazilian economy, which depends heavily on agribusiness, could face setbacks. “The country is still struggling to get out of recession, and [that] recovery [requires] the support of good agribusiness practices. We would only gain from it – the country, the science, the economy, business and the image of Brazil.”According to Angelo Costa Gurgel, professor of economics at the Getúlio Vargas Foundation (FGV), the merger would create difficulties for the progress of both agendas: “A ministry that accumulates the responsibility of supervising programs, activities, and developments of both agribusiness and environment would have too many [widely divergent] challenges, making it difficult to be well managed under the coordination of one single ministry and minister. Who would be the [possible] ministers and secretaries with the profile, knowledge and experience to handle so many agendas?”IBAMA seized this mining area licensed by Altamira municipality in Pará state. The mine was found to be in noncompliance with environmental licensing requirements after the Kayapó indigenous group complained it was polluting the Curuá and Trairão rivers. Analysts note that the agriculture and environment ministries both have different and often incompatible missions and agendas, mining being just one example. Image by Felipe Werneck / IBAMA.Open questionThe controversy sparked by the potential fusion shows just how vital the Ministry of Environment is to Brazil, said OC’s Rittl, who added that: “If Bolsonaro realizes this fact, he can make decisions that will benefit the country.”In addition, Rittl noted that Brazilian ministers of agriculture and of the environment, though they may not agree, have long enjoyed a spirited and productive dialogue: “The new president talks about having less ‘ideology,’ but even ruralistas like Kátia Abreu, for instance, with all her bias, was willing to dialogue [with environmentalists] once she sat in the chair of the [Agriculture] ministry.”Brazil has the opportunity to become the largest agricultural and environmental power in the world, said Gurgel, but for that to happen, a consonance of goals is needed: “That harmony will only occur through a long-term alignment of the two agendas, respecting the competencies of each [and] of both and seeking solutions to potential conflicts.”It is worth noting, Gurgel added, that a significant portion of Brazilian agribusiness already recognizes the need to ensure an environmentally sustainable and socially fair production system. And likewise, a considerable part of the nation’s environmental movement is allied with the agribusiness sector to improve best practices and the image of the country.“In short, the commitment of the two agendas through a discussion founded on science and knowledge, and for the sake of sustainable development in Brazil, seems a better alternative than the fusion of the two ministries,” said Gurgel.However, environmentalists, ruralists and the Brazilian public will need to wait until January for Bolsonaro’s ascent to power, before learning his final decision on the matter.Banner image: Jair Bolsonaro. Fábio Rodrigues Pozzebom/Agência Brasil.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page.center_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredlast_img read more

Criminal Lawyer Jason Doe Solves: The Case of the Complicated Defendant

first_imgIt was the third week of the trial metropolitan newspapers described as “The Case of the Lonely Daughter,” since the accused was not only the daughter of the decedent, but was also the defendant. The preliminary trial was going the way of the prosecutor until the leading witness was called.John Peah was the third prosecution witness who seemed to have what was needed to lay the case on the accused. When he was called to the stand, he stated that he knew Elizabeth Davis and the now decedent, Willie Davis, having been invited to the couple’s home by Adele Davis to celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary. He had, on the sixth day of December, visited the decedent’s house and he was much alive and healthy as well. He had spent several hours with them and had been well fed. He enjoyed his visit and later, he asked permission to leave. The couple had suggested he should wait a little while and they had returned to their bedroom, or one of the rooms he considered to be their bedroom. After some minutes, he said he heard noises, in what he thought was an argument between the couple, which was followed by what he realized was a gunshot. He then rushed to the room only to find his benefactor slumped on the ground, and it was then that his daughter Adele Davis, the defendant in the case, approached him with US$5, 000 to say nothing about the incident. He also testified that Mrs. Davis, who was also present in the house, shielded 26 year old Adele Davis, adding that both mother and daughter connived to kill the father.He further testified that Adele Davis was drunk; and when Mrs. Davis saw him, she snatched the murder weapon from Adele’s hands and broke down in tears, suggesting that the motive for Mr. Davis’ death was the allegation that his child from another relationship, said to be his most adorable, stands to inherit from him huge properties in Monrovia. Prosecutor Robert Duo grinned. Turning to the defense table, he said: “Your witness,” and ambled his way to his seat.Defense Counsel Jason Doe frowned at the prosecution’s instruction and strolled leisurely to the witness.“What time did you arrive at the house?”“About 3 p.m.”“The couple invited you?”“Yes.”“And the wife and husband were extremely glad you could come?”“Yes,” the witness smiled, and said. “They were happy I could visit with them at their house.”“Did you notice the presence of Adele Davis?” the lawyer asked, his eyes narrowing.“Not at the time I arrived,” the witness said, “until when I heard the argument.”“But there was no indication of any misunderstanding between the couple and the daughter initially?”“Absolutely not!”“That’s as far as you were concerned?”“Yes.”“How long did you stay with them?”The witness hesitated and said, “At least 30 minutes.”“And so you told them it was time for you to leave?” the lawyer said. “But then they wanted you to wait?”“Yes.”“The couple proceeded into what you considered to be their bedroom?”“Yes.”“It did not take that long before there was a heated argument?”“Yes.”“I think there…”“Don’t tell me what you think,” the lawyer said, “tell me what you saw.”“Well,” the witness said a bit irritated, “they cussed each other.”The lawyer was thoughtful for nearly a minute, then said, “Be specific. What clearly did you see?”Suddenly, the prosecutor was on his feet, with an objection:“Counsel is browbeating the witness to get him confuse the timeline of events.”Judge Bendu Smith looked down on defense Counsel Doe, and said, “Why does the prosecutor say so?”“The events that culminated to the murder of the decedent are all clear to this minute,” the prosecutor said, “and so I strongly hold the belief that there is no need for counsel to put too much emphasis on the timeline of the murder.”With a smile, the judge said, “This is a serious observation, but the Court wants to ensure total fairness in this process and therefore will give counsel every support in the process.”“Thank you, My Lord,” the prosecutor said with a bow, “I thought I had to make that clarification.” “And I think,” Judge Smith went on with expected contempt in her voice, “you did that fairly well and the court takes a different view on your position and wants to stipulate that under no circumstance should the prosecutor assume that he has a responsibility to educate the court on the management of thetrial.”The prosecutor bowed in submission and there was a murmur among the spectators, which was evidently a blow to his presentation.The judge turned to Jason Doe and indicated, “You may continue, counselor.”The lawyer frowned, and with a smile, decided to change his line of questioning, not as a result of the prosecution’s overzealousness but rather to pursue a point of fact he had observed could help his case to bring out the corpus dilecti; that is to say, the body of the crime, which he had observed lacking atthis stage of the proceeding.“There was an argument in the room?”“Yes.”“Which was obviously that of the couple with their daughter?”“Yes,” the witness said, “but I did not realize the couple had Adele Davis in the room; and now that you mentioned it, it was the couple and Ms. Davis in the house.”“So from your location,” the lawyer said, “when you saw the commotion, you rushed to intervene?”“Well,” the witness said, shifting his position, “it was a fight and I never thought about it at first but later realized that it was in the family for a long time.”“And Adele Davis was in the room with the family?”“Ehhhh….” the witness fumbled, “I heard that she…”“Don’t say what you heard just what you saw.”The witness glared at the lawyer and sweeping his head away from him, said, “It became apparent to me that Adele Davis came to the room twenty minutes after I had arrived.”“When you entered the house, and particularly into the living room, did it occur to you that either the husband or the wife had recently returned from a trip?”The witness gave a deep breath and said, “I did not observe anything like that.”“And you were invited to the occasion? Who did invite you?”“The couple did.”“You testified that Adele Davis invited you to the celebration…”“The fact was that I was invited by somebody which was obviously the family,” he said.“But it was not the person you testified, invited you, was it?”The witness turned to look at the prosecutor as if he needed some support. Turning to the lawyer, he said, “It could be Adele Davis.” The lawyer saw the inconsistency, and with a smile turned to look at Judge Smith, who nodded in anticipation.Walking to the defense table, Jason Doe made a show of examining some documents. He pulled out a sheet of paper, gave it a brief look, returned it to its place and walked back to the witness and said: “According to a mobile phone record obtained from your provider, you called Mrs. Davis’ number onehour before the incident. Can you tell the court your reason for the call?”The witness shifted his position and said, “She called me.”“Who called you?”“Mrs. Davis called me.”“Why you did not say that when I put the question to you earlier?”“I did not think it was too important.”“But now it is important, isn’t it?”“It is your word.”“Mr. Peah,” the lawyer kept the pressure on, “when you arrived at the house, you were met on arrival by a house girl identified only as Josephine Tarley…”The witness interrupted the lawyer.“I know this will come up in the end; and the truth is that Josephine Tarley is a friend that I had known, even before she went to work for Mr. Davis.”Smiling, Jason Doe said, “So it was Ms. Tarley who called you; it was Ms. Tarley who called to give you the information that Mr. and Mrs. Davis were at home and it was due to that call that you sneaked into the house, through a backdoor opened by Josephine Tarley…”“I don’t know what to say now…” the witness said, with his head turned away from the lawyer. The lawyer saw the opening and went for it.“You do not have to invent anything to say, Mr. Peah. You need to tell the court how you entered the residence of Mr. & Mrs. Davis.” The lawyer’s statement fell on the witness who was unable to give immediate response.“I’m beginning to get the whole picture from you,” the witness was able to say after a couple of seconds, fumbling with his hands, and lowering his gaze at the lawyer, “Many things are complicated; and this one, too.”“What is complicated?” Jason Doe said and turned to Judge Bendu Smith, whose attention was drawn by the witness’ statement.Judge Smith requested the prosecutor and the lawyer to her chambers for a conference.THIRTY MINUTES later, Jason Doe, Mrs. Davis, Adele Davis and a host of friends and sympathizers gathered at the lawyer’s office on Benson Street to congratulate the lawyer for the resolution of the case.“What really happened,” Mrs. Davis said, “that you discovered the relationship between Peah and Josephine?” The lawyer smiled and lowered himself onto the overstuffed chair at the corner of his law office, and said, “I should have realized that there was an element that that could have connected Peah and his presence in your apartment.“Josephine had promised to marry him but the problem was that Peah was in debt and wanted money to extricate himself since he was at the point of losing his job.“Josephine had promised to find him money and aware of your husband bringing huge sum of money to the house, she plotted with Peah to steal the money. But the problem was how he would get into your apartment. What saved him was the 20th wedding anniversary, for which Josephine secretly sent him an invitation.“However, when she managed to sneak him into the apartment, he came face to face with your husband and Peah panicked. It was in that process that he shot your husband with your husband’s gun that Josephine had provided him. “In the course of the trial, it finally occurred to me that the witness did not know Adele for the mere fact that Adele was nowhere around when he sneaked into the room and neither did Mrs. Davis had any contact with him.”The gathering congratulated each other, and Mrs. Davis pulled out a checkbook and signed a check for U$5,000 and handed it to the lawyer.Jason Doe received the check, glanced at it, smiled and said, “It’s time for some celebration.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

What’s New in Washington DC – American History and Natural History Museums

first_imgChildhood & ToysAnother small display case–although one getting a lot more attention–is Childhood & Toys, an exhibit containing a handful of cast-iron and tinplate toys from 1870 through the 1950s. The reason for this display’s popularity was that a) it contains old toys (which people like) and b) it is located in the walkway leading toward the popular Transportation and Technology wing.Honestly, unless you are old enough to remember some of the toys (which I am not), the display is only interesting for the novelty of seeing what kids played with in the past. I guess that’s why they only display about 20 of their 1,400 toy collection. National Museum of Natural History Wegman’s WonderplaceOne of the hard things to do at many of the Washington museums is entertain small children. Enter the Wegmans Wonderplace, an interactive play area specifically for youngsters. Children ages 0-6 are invited to explore things like blocks, animals, and sounds, all things I gleaned from the website’s description because I did not have my children with me and couldn’t go in. I also don’t have any good photos because I am a middle-aged man who was alone with a semi-professional camera and was not about to start taking photos of small children. I cannot afford bail.One important thing to notice if you want to use the Wonderplace is what’s printed on the sign in the photo below: timed-entry tickets are required on weekends and holidays (except for the opening half-hour at 10am). The day I was there was the Sunday of President’s Day weekend and the workers said there were no unavailable times that day, so waits aren’t a problem at the moment. Once summer starts, however, plan to make the Wonderplace one of your first stops to get your entry ticket, especially if you want a specific time. Frank Sinatra at 100Speaking of an exhibit being relegated to an odd location, next up is Frank Sinatra at 100 (Note: He would be 100 if he was still alive. He is not). I have always had an affection for Sinatra that was passed to me from my grandfather, so I was eager to see the memorabilia on display. It took me a few minutes to find it, however, because it is located in what the American History Museum calls the “Artifact Walls.”It turns out the Artifact Walls are the display cases that line the walls of the Constitution Ave entrance area. Tucked all the way toward the door on the east side are about 50 feet of Frank Sinatra artifacts, mostly including photos, albums, and a few articles of clothing. I can’t imagine too many people have seen this exhibit unless they look specifically for it, and it’s not really worth seeking out unless you’re a big fan. The front door, security, and the exhibitcenter_img Share This!Welcome to a continuation of a new series on the TouringPlans.com blog. As we are continuing our research for our upcoming coverage as well as the brand new Unofficial Guide to Washington, D.C., we will be posting about all the new exhibits and events in Washington. For those reading this who are not familiar with Washington, there are dozens upon dozens of museums in addition to the well known monuments. Well, these museums don’t just stay still, they are constantly rotating exhibits in and out. Some are small, some are huge, but we visit them all.Previously I’ve discussed the new exhibits at the Renwick Gallery, Sackler Gallery and African Art Museum, and the American Indian Museum and Hirshhorn Museum. Today, we’re going to look at two of the most popular: the National Museum of American History and the National Museum of Natural History.American HistoryNational Museum of American HistoryOne of the things I am always surprised by is that these two museums–two of the most popular–relegate special exhibits to mid-aisle displays or entryway cases. Not that (spoiler alert) any of the below special exhibits are all that special, but when you’re using such broad descriptors as American History and Natural History it seems like they could do a little more.Anyway, I made quick stops into both of these massive museums to check out some of the temporary exhibits. In future posts I’ll cover more about the permanent exhibits, but there is just too much to cover in a single post.Hooray for Politics!Walking into the Constitution Ave entrance it’s hard to miss the Hooray for Politics! exhibit. Not that it’s particularly large or impressive, but because it’s so close to the doors that you practically run into it. There are two temporary stages set up in the lower atrium that contain some fascinating ballot boxes and voting booths from various locations and years. There is also and eye-catching (but generally useless) group of blank wood cutout people holding signs for all of the current U.S. Presidential candidates. As the candidates drop out, the museum moves the signs to the floor–I was there when there were significantly more candidates than there are now.What annoys me most about this exhibit is that it is an interesting subject, integral to American history…and it’s been relegated to the equivalent of a kiosk in the walkway of a mall. Since the Presidential election process takes the better part of 2 years, I feel like they could have easily put up a more permanent (or completely permanent) exhibit all about the process, the equipment involved, and the oft-misunderstood electoral college. Right now, most people just look for the Trump or Bernie signs to take quick photos of on their way to better exhibits. National Museum of Natural HistoryThe Museum of Natural History only had one temporary exhibit when I visited, partially because their entire dinosaur area is under refurbishment (and will be for another three years!). Like a few at American History, it was not only disappointing, but seemingly invisible to visitors.Color In a New LightI thought the placement of the American History exhibits were odd, but they had nothing on Natural History’s Color In A New Light display. The exhibit itself was somewhat interesting: it shows how many of the world’s thinkers viewed color–Sir Isaac Newton, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe–as well as some examples of color in nature and how we see and interact with it.The curious part with this display is that it is located in two cases on the bottom level of the museum, where there are no other exhibits. There is a cafe and gift shop, but most, if not all, visitors seem to walk by the cases on their way up to the atrium. It’s almost as if the museum was filling wall space rather than attempting to engage anyone. That’s all for now, coming next will be the Museums of American History and Natural History. There will also be plenty of info coming on visiting D.C., but if there’s anything specific you’d like to read about let me know in the comments.last_img read more

RWW Predictions: YouTube’s New Monetization VS Hulu

first_imgTags:#predictions#web Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img corvida 1 Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting In an effort to monetize YouTube, the video giant will start experimenting with full-length TV shows that include embedded ads. Upcoming video service Hulu offers similar content on its site and is giving Youtube stiff competition. Help us in predicting the following: with this new offering from YouTube, what will Hulu’s traffic growth be for November 2008 according to Compete?Fast FactsYouTube has brokered a deal with Viacom to run full-length episodes of television shows from CBSHulu.com saw a 52.5% month over month increase in traffic in September 2008According to Reuters, YouTube boasts 330 million users and Hulu just 3.3 million userslast_img read more

Is Workplace Abuse by Customers on the Rise?

first_imgIn the aftermath of the 2017 holiday shopping season, brawls erupted in shopping malls across the country. Cell phone videos captured chaotic, frightening scenes that went viral and earned repeated play on television. The images may have solidified a burgeoning impression that many people hold—that the boundary between acceptable and unacceptable behavior in society is weakening. For sales associates working in retail stores today, providing customer service may seem increasingly like being on the front lines.On the issue of customer incivility, what does the data suggest? Is it true that rudeness—and worse, like workplace abuse—is growing? It’s not entirely clear if it is or if Facebook anecdotes, saturating news coverage, and video sharing just provides that impression.However, there are indications that today’s store personnel may, indeed, be working in more highly charged environments than in years’ past.- Sponsor – [text_ad use_post=’2385′]The most recent available data is from the UK, where incidents of violence and workplace abuse of retail staff grew by 22 percent in 2015, according to the British Retail Consortium Retail Crime Survey. Incidents increased from 32 per 1,000 employees in 2014 to 41 incidents per 1,000 employees in 2015. Many cases were limited to non-physical abuse or aggressive behavior, but 21 incidents per 1,000 involved some measure of physical violence.The most recent data from the United States is from a survey by LPM/SDR in 2013, which showed that 35.7 percent of loss prevention executives believed verbal harassment and abuse of employees by customers was on the rise; only 7.1 percent thought it was on the decline.Faced with rising rudeness, the mission to protect personnel assets from violence seems increasingly complicated. So what can retailers do about it?Responding to Incivility and Workplace AbuseIf store personnel today are indeed working in more abusive environments than a decade ago, then it’s imperative for loss prevention teams to review the steps it takes to keep them safe and to ask whether they are sufficiently training employees how to deal with unruly customers.Shouting, cursing, name-calling, and other inappropriate behavior by members of the public—if not effectively managed—can spark a physical altercation. “A store associate has to have a base understanding of when an angry customer is becoming a threat that requires notifying security,” explained Anthony Mangeri, director of fire and emergency management strategic relationships for American Public University System, in an interview with LP Magazine (“Focus on the 4 Ps to Meet Loss Prevention’s New Mandate in a More Violent World“).Even if an incident doesn’t escalate to physical violence, it can still have an impact on retail staff. Research by the DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University found that exposure to aggressive behavior at work is associated with a wide range of negative consequences, including fostering negative work attitudes, hurting productivity, causing emotional exhaustion, and increasing absenteeism and turnover.The inability of staff to properly respond to volatile situations can also harm a retailer’s reputation. A story went viral in 2016, for example, when a Dollar General store employee in Georgia grabbed a customer’s child and smacked him repeatedly with a belt after the boy threw a cookie at her . The employee faced charges of aggravated assault and cruelty to children, and the company endured endless Internet jabs to its reputation, such as “Dollar General now offering spankings—$1.”In a 2013 study of customer service, published in the International Journal of Workplace Health Management, researchers discovered that some employees are driven to engage in retaliatory behavior when they perceive they’ve been treated unjustly by customers.When an incident arises, it’s the ability of employees to de-escalate it that matters most, and the failure to do so can trigger acts of serious violence. Consider the tragic case of Ahmed Nahl, a salesman at a men’s clothing store in Tennesee. On trial for his murder, William Johnson testified that he took a gun to the store to intimidate Nahl, angry that suits that were supposed to be tailored weren’t ready. An argument between the two grew heated and—irate that he couldn’t get his money back—Johnson shot Nahl in the stomach.The incident is not an isolated example. Customers and clients now commit 9 percent of all workplace homicides, which is more than double the level in 2003. In light of the danger, retail staff with public contact should be trained on recognizing signs of potentially violent behavior, verbal de-escalation, and personal safety precautions, including escape techniques.In addition to training, retailers might take other steps to reduce the likelihood of employees becoming embroiled in situations where de-escalation becomes necessary. These include:A policy allowing employees to refuse service to unruly customers, which OSHA includes in its recommendations to prevent workplace violence.Adequate staffing levels. Research shows that employees are more vulnerable to workplace abuse by customers when they lack support from coworkers, and that the number of incidents increases sharply as the number of employees is reduced.Clarity on incident reporting. For LP leaders to develop effective strategies to protect employees, they need a full accounting of incidents that occur. To that end, retailers need to create awareness of the types of incidents that staff should report and to whom. Data lays the groundwork for staff training that is tailored to the risks they face. This is important because certain types of workplace harassment and abuse occur more in some types of retail environments than in others. For example, women working in the restaurant industry report being victims of sexual harassment at a disproportionately high rate, according to a 2015 study published in the Berkeley Journal of Employment & Labor Law, Workplace Violence and Harassment of Low-Wage Workers.Addressing environmental factors. Reducing frustration among customers helps reduce angry confrontations with employees, so taking steps to make customers comfortable can help, such as adequate space for crowd size, accurate and sufficient signage, cleanliness, and comfortable temperature.On this last point, it may be helpful for retailers to pay strict attention to—and gather data on—the issues that most anger customers. According to ClickFox’s Customer Tipping Points Benchmarking survey, customers are most frustrated when they have to speak with multiple staff to resolve an issue and start over every time. Some 42 percent of all respondents say this is their most frustrating tipping point. Other issues that are quick to anger customers are long wait times and rude or inexperienced staff, according to the survey.Although active shooter incidents grab more attention, no other form of violence is growing faster than the workplace abuse that employees suffer at the hands of customers and clients. So, just as retailers need a plan to protect workers from potential gun violence, they also need strategies to assist workers with managing the certainty of unruly customer behavior.This post was originally published in 2017 and was updated July 25, 2018.  Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more