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Rabat – Porto has agreed to sign a deal for Moroccan midfielder Ayoub Abou from FC Barcelona.A report published last month by Spanish sports newspaper El Mundo Deportivo suggested that Porto was about to reach an agreement with FC Barcelona over signing Ayoub Abou until the summer of 2018.The information has been confirmed by the player on his Twitter account. “After eight years at FCB yesterday I started a new challenge in my vida.Gracias Barca for all that I have learned and I’ve lived in this great period,” Ayoub posted on his account on Wednesday.Tras 8 años en @FCB ayer empecé un nuevo reto en mi vida.Gracias al Barça por todo lo que he aprendido y he vivido en esta gran etapa.— Ayoub Abou (@ayoubabou1) July 15, 2015Multiple media reports have suggested that Ayoub’s play and techniques are similar to Zinedine Zidane and former Barca player Juan Riquelme.The 17-year old was born in 1998 in Casablanca. He moved to Barcelona with his parents at the age of 9. His brother Latif noticed his skills and signed him up at FCB Escola, Barca’s pre-school football team.In 2007, the Moroccan talent impressed Josep Gombau, FCB Ecola’ director, who called his boss Alberto Benaiges and arranged for him to see Ayoub play.Benaiges was reportedly fascinated with Ayoub’s skills compared to other kids his age and signed Ayoub for the Barcelona U-11 team.
By Myriam Ait MalkRabat – Washington, D.C. will host the International Media Forum’s second conference this coming September, after a successful first conference in 2014.Many Moroccan and American media personalities, academics, and representatives are expected to offer their insights regarding media development for a better diplomatic relationship between Morocco and the United States. The panel is expected to include prominent Moroccan journalist in America Mohammed Rashad, Moroccan media professor Hassan Nadir, public relations consultant Karim Dahbi, political analyst and co-founder of Morocco World News, Samir Bennis, and Moroccan journalist and Canadian documentary director Yasmin Khiyyat, among many other American media professionals.In addition to the topic of improving media relations between the US and Morocco, the forum’s symposiums will cover new media technologies, the formation of public opinion, media coverage of Moroccan and American politics as a tool for understanding foreign politics, and last but not least, digital media from a gender perspective.This forum will also be an occasion to congratulate and reward the Moroccan and American media professionals who have had a positive impact on fortifying their countries’ ties with one another.The gathering will also encapsulate various artwork and discussions around successful experiences of economic investors in the U.S, highlighting the investing qualifications that Morocco offers.“This second annual media forum is a great platform to meet all journalists from Morocco who work in the US. It is also an opportunity to widen our reach and meet other journalists from the US,” commented Mohamed Hajjam, American businessman and media producer.“Our goals is to honor our Moroccan journalists and keep it a tradition,” he added.The Moroccan-American network, which is based in Washington D.C., was initially launched in June of 2014. The International Media Forum’s first gathering featured distinguished political and media professionals in Morocco and the United States.This International Media Forum is the first of its kind, as no other international forum in the past has focused on Moroccan and American media relations and diplomatic ties. It has also been a pioneer in contributing meaning to the way in which Moroccan media is defined.
COPENHAGEN — A beluga whale found with a tight harness that appeared to be Russian made has raised the alarm of Norwegian officials and prompted speculation that the animal may have escaped from a Russian military facility.Joergen Ree Wiig of the Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries says “Equipment St. Petersburg” is written on the harness strap, which features a mount for an action camera.He said Monday fishermen in Arctic Norway last week reported the tame white cetacean with a tight harness swimming around. On Friday, a fisherman, aided by the Ree Wiig, jumped into the frigid water to remove the harness.He said “people in Norway’s military have shown great interest” in the harness.Norway’s Aftenposten daily reported that the Russian military is believed to have trained sea mammals.The Associated Press
Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-General of the UN World Health Organization (WHO) met with the Presidents of Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Cote D’Ivoire in Conakry, the Guinean capitol, on Friday to launch a new joint $100 million response plan intended to mark “a turning point” of an intensified international, regional and national campaign to bring the outbreak under control.“The current outbreak is moving faster than our efforts to control it,” Dr. Chan said in remarks delivered to the West African leaders. “If the situation continues to deteriorate, the consequences can be catastrophic in terms of lost lives, but also severe socio-economic disruption and a high risk of spread to other countries.”“West Africa is facing its first outbreak of Ebola virus disease,” the WHO chief said. “This is an unprecedented outbreak accompanied by unprecedented challenges. And these challenges are extraordinary.”“West Africa’s outbreak is caused by the most lethal strain in the family of Ebola viruses,” she said. “The outbreak is by far the largest ever in the nearly four-decade history of this disease.”WHO has said to date, the current outbreak has caused the largest in terms of numbers of cases and deaths, with 1,323 cases and 729 deaths reported to date in West Africa.The outbreak is also affecting a large number of doctors, nurses, and other health care workers, one of the most essential resources for containing an outbreak. To date, more than 60 health care workers have lost their lives in helping others.“It is the largest in terms of geographical areas already affected and others at immediate risk of further spread,” Dr. Chan said.She also announced that on 6-7 August, WHO will convene an Emergency Committee meeting in order to ascertain whether the ongoing Ebola outbreak in West Africa constitutes a “public health emergency of international concern” (PHEIC) and, if it does, to recommend appropriate temporary measures to reduce international spread.Some international staff are infected. These tragic infections and deaths significantly erode response capacity.Dr. Chan also said “the situation in West Africa is of international concern and must receive urgent priority for decisive action at national and international levels. Experiences in Africa over nearly four decades tell us clearly that, when well managed, an Ebola outbreak can be stopped.”WHO has tried to allay fears of contracting the diseases by saying it is not an airborne virus, and transmission requires close contact with the bodily fluids of an infected person, also after death.“Apart from this specific situation, the general public is not at high risk of infection by the Ebola virus,” Dr. Chan told the West African leaders.She also said the current outbreak “is not just a medical or public health problem. It is a social problem.”Deep-seated beliefs and cultural practices are a significant cause of further spread and a significant barrier to rapid and effective containment, according to Dr. Chan.“Hiding of cases defeats strategies for rapid containment. Moreover, public attitudes can create a security threat to response teams when fear and misunderstanding turn to anger, hostility, or violence,” she said.The WHO chief said accurate and detailed mapping of the outbreak is urgently needed, as well as a dramatic increase in public awareness of the facts about this disease.The Ebola Virus Disease Outbreak Response Plan in West Africa identifies the need for several hundred more personnel to be deployed in affected countries to supplement overstretched treatment facilities.Hundreds of international aid workers, as well as 120-plus WHO staff, are already supporting national and regional response efforts. But more are urgently required. Of greatest need are clinical doctors and nurses, epidemiologists, social mobilization experts, logisticians and data managers. The plan also outlines the need to increase preparedness systems in neighbouring nations and strengthen global capacities. The plan also emphasizes the importance of surveillance, particularly in border areas, of risk assessments and of laboratory-based diagnostic testing of suspected cases. Also highlighted is the need to improve ways to protect health workers, a scarce resource in all three countries, from infection.“Ebola outbreaks can be contained. Chains of transmission can be broken. Together, we must do so,” Dr. Chan told the West African leaders.
46-year-old Phillip Webb has been sentenced to 15 months in prison after an elaborate scam in which he bilked nearly $400,000 in computer parts out of Cisco Systems. He was also ordered to pay around $170,000 in restitution.Webb worked as the network services manager for the St. Paul Employees Postal Credit Union in Minnesota. Authorities say the credit union ordered parts from Cisco, but Webb would say the parts were faulty. Cisco then sent new products and asked Webb to send back the defective ones.But instead, Webb would sell the brand new parts he received from Cisco, order cheap, beat-up products online to send back to Cisco, and keep all parts in his workplace in tact.Webb reportedly sent back a total of 42 expensive computer components that he fraudulently represented as faulty office products. His criminal sentencing is the result of a plea deal he reached with prosecutors.Via Star Tribune
ACCORDING TO THE government’s Action Plan for Housing, a regulator will be appointed in the first three months of this year to oversee the governance and financial management of cooperative housing bodies.The regulator’s job will be “to safeguard public and private investment, rationalise and enable increased supply from the voluntary and cooperative housing sector”.A recent call to arms from economist and commentator David McWilliams suggested that the development of a national co-op movement would help ease Ireland’s accommodation crisis by making housing more affordable through the co-ownership model.With that in mind, here’s how the development of cooperative housing could help ease the housing crunch and solve the problems of ‘generation rent’.What is cooperative housing?A housing cooperative is an alternative option to renting or buying a home. It is governed by a group of individuals who become shareholders in the corporation that owns the property. There is no landlord and there are no tenants.In order to purchase shares, each buyer takes out a loan to buy into the co-op partnership. As well as paying their loan back to the lender, they pay a monthly fee to the co-op to cover utility and maintenance costs and other bills like insurance.It’s possible for the corporation, not the individuals themselves, to hold a mortgage on the building, so members may have to contribute towards that as part of their monthly fee.There are two main financial models for cooperative houses: market-equity co-ops, which allow shareholders to buy and sell shares at rates matching the general housing market, and limited-equity co-ops, where members’ shares are bought and sold at a restricted price. Housing minister Simon Coveney Source: Leah Farrell/Rollingnews.ieThe way each cooperative is managed varies and there are a number of potential models.The charity Cooperative Housing Ireland (Nabco) has identified five main ones, from ‘social rented housing co-ops’ for people stuck on local authorities’ waiting lists, to ‘shared ownership cooperatives’, where members can part-purchase the home while a portion of the property remains in the hands of the co-op corporation.The concept of cooperative housing was first introduced to Ireland in the 1950s.Since it was founded in 1973, Nabco, which has partnered with local councils to develop social co-op units, has provided more than 5,000 houses through various types of co-ops, according to its 2015-2020 strategy plan.A 2012 global report said there were 14,000 people in Ireland living in cooperative houses.What’s the appeal of living in a co-op?The social aspect is a big part of cooperative living. Nabco says co-ops are “people-centred and values-led”.“Co-operatives are based on the values of self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity and solidarity”, it says.What that means is they promote a sense of community among members that can feed into other developments, such as shared childcare services, as well as clubs and societies that bond its members and develop a sense of social responsibility to the entire group.There is usually a required amount of time each member is expected to pitch in to the daily running of the co-op. There is also, generally, a certain number of hours members are expected to dedicate to attending meetings and renovating the property.The main drawcard for living in a co-op is lower costs. According to the financial education website Investopedia, they operate “on an at-cost basis, collecting money from residents to pay outstanding bills. In areas where the cost of living is high … co-ops may be an attractive option from a financial perspective”.Nabco claims that with the social rented co-op model, costs generally range between 15% and 17% of members’ incomes.So how could co-ops ease the housing crunch?Economist David McWilliams wrote in a recent Sunday Business Post column that there needs to be a re-imagining of the council house that would see the model reduced to its most basic concept: “To provide affordable housing for people”. David McWilliams Source: Photocall IrelandHe argued that this could be achieved by creating housing co-ops à la Germany, Scandinavia and the Netherlands.“This model works perfectly well in countries that have less zoned land than Ireland does per head, have higher wages on average and have no housing problems,” he wrote in the piece, which can be read in full on his website.Interestingly, he argued that credit unions could be used as a source of financing to lead the launch of a national co-op movement.“The credit unions are sitting on €14 billion of deposits and can’t use this to finance housing,” he wrote. “Inexplicably, the central bank prevents these community-based credit unions from operating in the housing market – while it is happy to license foreign vulture funds to buy up the housing stock. Figure that one out.”They’re not for everyoneAlthough they could offer a more affordable housing option for families and individuals, the cooperative lifestyle probably wouldn’t suit everybody.The UK Cohousing Network compiled a handful of questions individuals should ask themselves before becoming part of a co-op. Among them: what balance between privacy and community is right for me? Can I cope with disagreements? Can I cope with sometimes not being allowed to do the things I want?Each individual shareholder has to adhere to the rules set out by the collective – like whether members are allowed keep pets – so co-op living deprives individuals a degree of their independences.Written by Conor McMahon and posted on Fora.ie Sunday 15 Jan 2017, 9:00 PM 31,261 Views Jan 15th 2017, 9:00 PM 57 Comments Take me to Fora http://jrnl.ie/3185051 Short URL By Fora Staff Image: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland Your crash course in… How German-style housing co-ops could end ‘generation rent’ The ownership model has been put forward as an affordable solution for housing. Get Fora’s NEW daily digest of the morning’s key business news: Image: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland Share82 Tweet Email3 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Beer really is amazing stuff. How amazing? It’s so amazing that even the waste produced by the brewing process can be used to do pretty incredible things.Take the work that’s being done by a team of researchers in Colorado, for example. They’ve partnered up with Avery Brewing in Boulder to produce a critical battery component using the wastewater that is producing their two dozen-plus craft beers creates.They’ve developed a very clever method of making carbon-based electrodes for lithium-ion batteries, and they have a very cool partner that helps them do it. That partner is Neurospora crassa, a rapidly-growing filamentous fungus.N. crassa (the handsome little devil above) has a sweet tooth, and it just so happens that Avery Brewing’s wastewater makes a rather tasty snack for it. Once the fungus has grown to an appropriate size, it’s pyrolyzed to form the electrode material. It’s a highly sustainable process, and they believe it’s one that can easily handle industrial-scale production.It’s also a much more eco-friendly way to deal with a brewery’s wastewater. This isn’t stuff that can be pumped out into municipal sewer systems — it has to be thoroughly filtered before that’s even allowed to happen. Even if that wasn’t a resource-intensive process, it’s definitely not a more appealing option than feeding the liquid to a fungus to produce a material that can be sold to battery makers for profit.Technically this now means that your urine can be used to produce new batches of beer… and the was from that beer can be used to make the battery for the smartphone that you tap to an NFC mug to earn free beers… which eventually make you pee, and the process starts all over again. It’s the circle of liiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiife! Fiber-Based Six-Pack Can Rings Offer Eco-Friendly Alternative to PlasticEven More Kellogg’s Cereal Gets Re-Born as Craft Beer Stay on target
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp hailed Mohamed Salah’s goal as “world-class” as they made a welcome return to winning ways.Following back-to-back 1-1 draws in their last two Premier League games, Liverpool showed Bournemouth no mercy at Anfield to claim a convincing 3-0 win.Sadio Mane opened the scoring with a header in the 24th-minute from James Milner’s cross for his fourth goal in a row.10 minutes later, Georgino Wijnaldum found the net after controlling Andrew Robertson’s lofted pass and then raising the ball over Bournemouth keeper Artur Boruc.Then a brilliant bit of teamwork saw Milner, Naby Keita and Roberto Firmino all get in on the act with the latter’s backheel enabling Salah to finish the manoeuvre off by smashing it into the far corner of the net.“We were not happy with the performances from the previous two games and struggled a bit with set-pieces. There were a lot of things we had to improve,” Klopp told BBC.“We have high expectations and today we won in an impressive manner – we had some outstanding performances on the pitch. Goal number three was world-class.Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“We wanted to show a reaction. It’s our job not only to come through but to really perform and convince.”Meanwhile, Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe was left frustrated that Mane’s opener wasn’t ruled out for offside and rued the effect it had on his squad.“I thought Liverpool were very good but we didn’t really deal with their main threats,” said Howe.“The first goal was offside but we never really recovered. We pride ourselves in never quitting. We lived on the edge a little bit but looked more of a threat in the second half.“We had some moments early in the match. We looked fine until that first goal went in.”Liverpool have now moved back to the top of the Premier League table on 65 points from 26 games.
The Trump Administration announced the establishment of a new Presidential Advisory Council on Infrastructure earlier this month. The Council will “study the scope and effectiveness of, and make findings and recommendations to the President regarding, Federal Government funding, support, and delivery of infrastructure projects in several sectors, including surface transportation, aviation, ports and waterways, water resources, renewable energy generation, electricity transmission, broadband, pipelines, and other such sectors as determined by the Council.”The advisory council reflects the Administration’s priority on infrastructure, which is shared by the American Soybean Association (ASA). Enacting a major infrastructure initiative that provides direct federal funding to accelerate upgrades to ageing locks and dams on the inland waterways system, navigation channels, ports, and harbors, as well as infrastructure networks necessary to provide greater broadband access for rural America is a top priority for ASA.The Executive Order establishing the Presidential Advisory Council can be viewed here.
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A massive dividend announced by India’s second largest software firm Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) for fiscal year ending March 2015 seems to give much needed financial cushion for the parent company, Tata Sons.The record dividend payment will help Tata Group chairman Cyrus Mistry to fulfil financial obligations in cash-strapped units of the $103-billion conglomerate.The Mumbai-based software major TCS handed out a dividend of ₹15,474 crore to its shareholders last fiscal year, replacing state-owned miner Coal India as the highest dividend payer in the country.Coal India, which has been the top dividend payer for many years in the past, slipped to second place doling out ₹13,075 crore dividend in the fiscal year 2014-15.Last fiscal year, Tata Sons, which has a stake of 74% stake TCS, was given a dividend ₹11,450 crore, more than twice it earned in the previous fiscal year, 2013-14. The dividend was also slightly more than revenues earned by pharma giant Cipla in FY15.”A significant part of the dividend income earned by Tata Sons gets re-invested in group companies,” a Tata executive told The Economic Times.The dividend payout is expected to give the much-needed financial boost to Tata Sons, as its big units such as Tata Motors and Indian Hotels Company (IHCL) struggle with losses and fail to pay any dividends.Consolidated debt of Tata Motors stood at ₹73,610 crore last fiscal year, the highest among the group companies. Tata Steel has a debt of ₹69,000 crore followed Tata Teleservices with ₹35,000 crore.”Then there are other financial commitments to make, like in Tata Teleservices and Tata Singapore Airlines,” the Tata executive added.With the help of TCS’ dividend, Tata Sons will be able to acquire Docomo’s share in Tata Teleservices. Tata Sons, which is currently embroiled in legal tussle with Japanese Docomo, may require fresh funds worth about ₹12,000 crore to accomplish business needs in the telecom unit.Tata’s new domestic airline Vistara, formed as a result of joint venture between Tata Sons and Singapore Airlines, is yet to make an impact and it also needs funds to better position itself in the intensifying competition in the aviation industry.”Although TCS has been the cash cow for Tata Sons, such high dividend (Rs 79 per share) which includes special dividend (of Rs 40) may not come every year,” said Jagannadham Thunuguntla, head (fundamental research), Karvy Stock Broking.
Indian skipper Virat Kohli has said that he would be pleased if the incumbent coach of the Indian team, Ravi Shastri, continues as the coach because the side shares a great rapport with him. Along with the head coach, the other support staff has also been given a 45-day extension by the BCCI for the upcoming West Indies tour after their contracts expired post the World Cup. The board has already invited fresh applications for the post and Shastri is among the contenders.Ahead of the Indian team’s departure for the United States and West Indies, Kohli and Shastri addressed reporters in Mumbai.’Not been contacted yet’ Virat KohliTwitter/ICC”The CAC hasn’t contacted me yet. If they want my opinion, I’ll go and speak to them. With Ravi Bhai, we share a great camaraderie, and will definitely be very happy if he continues. But I haven’t been contacted so far,” Kohli said in the press conference.Ravi Shastri too took questions and said that the side has been playing consistently good over a considerable period of time and this has satisfied him. However, he did concede that a World Cup win would have been an icing on the cake.”It’s an important time for the team to regroup. I know we were all very disappointed with not going into the World Cup final, but we have to move on. Winning the World Cup would’ve been the icing on the cake, but that takes nothing away from the boys’ performance,” said Shastri. Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri together.BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty ImagesBoth the captain and coach were unanimous in dismissing all rumours of a tiff in the Indian team and said that the players in the team always placed the interest of the side ahead of personal views.They also said that the atmosphere is extremely healthy and entirely opposite to what has been reported and that everyone is focused on taking Indian cricket to greater heights.”If that was not there I don’t think we would have been in this position in world cricket. Our journey from number seven to one and our consistent ODI performances is impossible without camaraderie and respect for each other,” said captain Kohli.
Share Alex Wong/Getty ImagesFormer FBI Director Robert Mueller arrives to testify before the House Judiciary Committee in 2013. The Justice Department announced Wednesday that Mueller will lead the FBI’s investigation into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election.Robert Mueller, who has been appointed to handle the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, took the reins as FBI director a week before the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. That day would influence his entire 12-year run leading the agency.Mueller oversaw arguably the most significant changes the century-old FBI had ever gone through, and he received praise from lawmakers in both parties on Wednesday for his commitment to justice.“I had been a prosecutor before, so I anticipated spending time on public corruption cases and narcotics cases and bank robberies and the like,” he told NPR in 2013. “And Sept. 11 changed all of that.”Mueller overhauled the agency to prioritize, first, the threat of terrorism from groups like al-Qaida and the Taliban, and then later, the threat from individuals not affiliated with any particular group, like the Tsarnaev brothers.He moved thousands of agents from criminal investigations into counterterrorism and national security. He detailed the changes in 2003, at an American Civil Liberties Union conference:“The September 11 attacks against New York and Washington changed the course of history.“They changed the meaning of national security for the United States and dramatically shifted FBI priorities so that the prevention of terrorist attacks became the FBI’s top priority and overriding focus.“While we remain committed to our other important national security and law enforcement responsibilities, the prevention of terrorism takes precedence in our thinking and planning; in our hiring and staffing; in our training and technologies; and, most importantly, in our investigations.”As his 12-year run as director was coming to a close, Mueller also began prioritizing cyber threats.John Pistole, Mueller’s former deputy director at the FBI, told NPR near the end of Mueller’s term that it was hard to overstate the director’s footprint on the agency.“He directed and implemented what is arguably the most significant change in the FBI’s (entire) history,” Pistole said.Still, despite enjoying broad support from both sides of the aisle, his tenure with the FBI wasn’t without its issues. In the mid-2000s, there were calls to break up the FBI, and in 2007, the Justice Department’s Office of Inspector General blasted the agency for its data-gathering practices.In a glowing editorial in 2011, The Washington Post editorial board praised Mueller’s response to those critiques, saying he moved “assertively to fix the problems.”“It was not the first time Mr. Mueller showed character under fire,” the board wrote. “In 2002, after learning of other agencies’ possible interrogation abuses at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Mr. Mueller ordered FBI agents to stay clear of such techniques. And in 2004, he joined other high-level law enforcement officials in threatening to resign if the administration failed to address legal problems with the terrorist surveillance program.”Among the other officials threatening to resign from the Justice Department at that time was James Comey. Comey did in fact resign as deputy attorney general in 2005 and seven years later, he was confirmed as director of the FBI. His firing from that position on May 9 led Congress, mostly Democrats, to ratchet up calls for the special investigator role Mueller is taking on. Comey’s dismissal cut short the traditional 10-year term.Mueller ultimately served 12 years, after President Obama asked Congress to extend his term for two extra years in 2011. The president argued that the country’s national security agencies needed consistency, as the Pentagon and CIA were also getting new leaders at the time.In a vote that showed Mueller’s broad appeal to Republicans and Democrats, Congress voted unanimously at the time to approve the request.“The fact that some are playing politics does not mean that he’ll cease being law enforcement,” said former Attorney General John Ashcroft on Wednesday. “Frankly, the barking dogs or the clamor of politics won’t affect what he does.”Ashcroft, who worked closely with Mueller, added that he used to call Mueller “Square-Jaw McGraw” because of his even-handedness. Within the FBI, Mueller became known for his gruff taciturnity.Earlier in life, Mueller served as a U.S. Marine officer, and an assistant U.S. attorney in three different offices. He graduated from Princeton University in 1966, and received his law degree from the University of Virginia in 1973.Former Justice Department prosecutor David Margolis once joked that Mueller could’ve been perfect for a different, lower-profile job.“A job he was born for, and has spent his whole life preparing for, drill instructor at Parris Island,” Margolis said at an awards ceremony near the time Mueller left the FBI.Even the normally stoic Mueller broke into a laugh at that one.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.
Overweight women and those suffering from hypertension have increased rates of pregnancy-related deaths. (Courtesy photo)Even before a woman decides to become pregnant, a thorough health assessment should be undertaken. This should determine how well she can manage a pregnancy as underlying health concerns may be negatively impacted or exacerbated by the work of growing a new life. Dr. Caryl Mussenden, the Centers for Disease Control, and the National Institutes of Health offer recommendations for increasing positive pregnancy outcomes.Be sure to properly manage existing health conditions. “Make sure these young women see a physician and, if necessary, a high-risk specialist that can outline a consistent plan of proper health,” Mussenden said. “It is critical that women follow all rules set by their doctors, including all lab work, exercise, and consistency with medication. [Not] following those rules will be detrimental to both the health of the mother and the unborn child.”Before pregnancy, if a pre-existing condition is managed by drug therapy [medication], women should work with a physician to determine if their current medications could potentially cause them adverse effects during pregnancy or fetal anomalies or defects in the unborn child. Mussenden points to some hypertension medications, including diuretics, that can be detrimental to a pregnancy.“These are very commonly used in treating Black folks with hypertension and are known to have adverse effects on pregnancies. Women should be taken off of these medications, ultimately, before getting pregnant,” she said.Seek the proper level of professional help. Too often Black women are treated by family practitioners and general obstetricians and gynecologists instead of specialists trained in high-risk pregnancies and medical problems that can cause complications during birth.Eat properly and maintain a healthy pre-pregnancy weight. Obesity and hypertension are the major contributors to the Black maternal mortality rates, leading to death from strokes, renal failure and other complications associated with being overweight.
The 23rd annual Lotta Art Benefit returns to School 33 Art Center Nov. 7 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at 1427 Light Street, Baltimore, Maryland. Lotta Art features a lottery-style drawing where patrons are guaranteed to leave with an original artwork valued at or above the cost of their ticket. This year’s Lotta Art will celebrate School 33 Art Center’s Co(lab)oration projects, three permanent installations created by collaborating groups of Baltimore artists. Lotta Art is going mid-century modern by hosting a 1960s-inspired cocktail party with classic cocktails, period-perfect attire and music. Visit school33.org for more information.
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JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s attorney general has ordered a criminal investigation into excessive spending at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s residences.Monday’s announcement followed a report by the state comptroller, an official watchdog body, that cited large sums of public money spent on food, furniture, cleaning and gardening at Netanyahu and his wife’s official residence in Jerusalem and their private home in the exclusive coastal city of Caesarea. Comments Share New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Sponsored Stories Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Top Stories Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Cleaning expenses in that home alone averaged more than $2,100 a month in taxpayer’s money, according to the February report, even though the couple only spent the occasional weekend there. It also said they pocketed proceeds from recycling bottles that had been purchased for entertaining official guests. It said the bottle returns, and purchases of garden furniture for their private home, may have violated the law.The Netanyahus are not expected to be questioned yet, with most of the focus directed at Ezra Saidoff, a staffer who oversees much of their affairs.Netanyahu’s office declined comment, though in the past they have accused the media of launching a witch hunt against them.The Netanyahus are no strangers to such scrutiny. The prime minister has long been saddled with an image as a cigar-smoking, cognac-drinking socialite, while his wife has come under fire for her own expensive tastes and alleged abusive behavior toward staff.Over the years, reports have been released about the high cost of the Netanyahus’ catering, housekeeping, furniture, clothing and makeup. In one case, the premier was chided for spending $127,000 in public funds for a special sleeping cabin on a flight to London. Even their costly purchases of scented candles and pistachio-flavored ice cream have been derided. Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home The difference between men and women when it comes to pain
Focus on Adelaide for TravelManagers’ National ConferenceFrom an Olympic gold medallist to a high-performing entrepreneur, the line-up for TravelManagers’ 2015 Annual National Conference is set to inspire and motivate its personal travel managers (PTMs) to achieve great things in their businesses.The travel company’s eighth annual conference is to be held in Adelaide over the weekend of 28-30 August, with this year’s theme, “Focus”. Executive General Manager Michael Gazal believes the simplicity and versatility of this theme falls neatly in line with TravelManagers’ overall business philosophy.“Our business operates in an environment of constant and often fast-paced change. The conference theme reflects our will to remain focussed on our stated goals and to eliminate time-consuming distractions that do not add value – to the company as a whole and to each of us as individuals.”According to Gazal, one of the highlights of this year’s conference will be the two world-class keynote speakers.“We are very excited to be able to bring some amazing talent to Adelaide to address our PTMs – not one but two inspiring Australians who are at the very top of their chosen fields. I’m sure their stories of personal growth and success will be a great source of motivation to everyone who hears them speak.”Matthew Michalewicz will open the conference on Friday 28 August by speaking about the ‘Science of Success’ and ‘How to Improve Small Business Performance’.“Matthew is talking from a place of authority, having built and sold several multi-million dollar companies – he actually ‘walks the walk’”, says Gazal. “He will be delivering a message tailored to our PTMs to assist them in articulating and achieving their own personal goals.”Remaining with the “Focus” theme, the conference’s closing address will be from Alisa Camplin-Warner (OAM), who won Olympic Gold for Australia in aerial skiing at the 2002 Winter Olympics, despite having fractured both ankles just six weeks prior to the event.“Alisa has been incredibly successful, not just in her sporting career but in her professional life as well. She comes highly recommended as a very engaging speaker whose ability to focus on the task at hand by overcoming physical, mental and emotional challenges is sure to be inspiring for everyone,” says Gazal.TravelManagers are predicting record numbers once again at this year’s conference, with around 200 PTMs expected to attend from all over the country plus around 50 suppliers and National Partnership office (NPO) attendees. Delegates at the three-day event will benefit from a series of workshops that range from improving small business skills to becoming cruise and airfare gurus, and even achieving better health, vitality and work/life balance.For Karen Farley, representative for Redbank Plains QLD, one of the highlights of the conference is the opportunity to take advantage of having so many key suppliers gathered together in one place.“I enjoy the opportunity to mingle with my colleagues and suppliers, but as well as the social aspect of the weekend, I really value the ‘Show and Tell’ sessions as they are the perfect environment to update and add to my product knowledge.”As well as the workshops and presentations, this year’s conference will once again offer plenty of opportunities for catching up with colleagues in a less formal environment. The conference will open with a “Taste of South Australia”-themed welcome dinner at Adelaide’s amazing National Wine Centre, and will close on a high with a gala awards dinner at the Adelaide Convention Centre, where the company’s top-performing and most improved PTMs will be recognised for their efforts in the preceding year.The conference’s location in Adelaide, which is widely considered to be one of Australia’s best conference destinations, is another highlight for Erryn Morris, representative for Gooseberry Hill, WA.“There are so many options for pre- and post-conference travel around South Australia and I’m really excited about taking part in one of the organised famils which include the Barossa Valley, Kangaroo Island and the Fleurieu Peninsula. I’m also trying to decide whether to take part in a tour of the markets or to compete in the TravelManagers golf tournament on the Friday morning.”Despite a comprehensive agenda being released to conference delegates well in advance of the actual weekend, Gazal says there are a few surprises that are still in the bag.“Every year we set aside time in the agenda for a community event – an opportunity for our people to focus on helping others. This year we have partnered with a South Australia-based charity called ‘Little Heroes’ that was started by ex-Adelaide Crows captain Chris McDermot and is currently working towards establishing a Centre for Robotics and Innovation at the Adelaide Women and Children’s Hospital.”“The actual activity is being kept secret but the resulting financial contribution will go towards helping Little Heroes achieve this goal. It is a truly inspirational organisation that is achieving amazing things for sick children in South Australia and we are honoured and humbled to be involved in some small way in what they are doing,” Gazal says.For more details or to find out how you can support Little Heroes, please visit littleheroesfoundation.com.au/For more information or to speak to someone confidentially about TravelManagers please contact Suzanne Laister on 1800 019 599.Source = TravelManagers Australia
Top Stories *Note: Brady did the same thing for his site, asking me questions about the Cardinals. Those answers can be found here.Adam Green: It’s good to hear from you, Brady. When looking at the Seahawks, I see a team that again has a solid defense but is struggling mightily on offense – especially in the passing game. In Arizona, Cards fans are accustomed to poor offensive lines derailing seasons, is that what’s happening in Seattle?Brady Henderson: Poor offensive line play has been as big of a factor as any in Seattle’s 4-4 start. Pass protection specifically has been the problem. The Seahawks have allowed a league-high 31 sacks, which at one point put them on pace to approach the NFL’s single-season record of 76. And who knows how high that total would be if it weren’t for Russell Wilson’s ability to escape pressure. Now, there were expected to be some growing pains with that group. It lost two starters from last year then moved Justin Britt from right tackle to left guard in training camp. They began the season with Drew Nowak at center and Garry Gilliam at right tackle, neither of whom had ever started an NFL game. Patrick Lewis is now the starter at center. So all told, there are only two players playing in the same spot from last year. Perhaps Seattle underestimated how long it would take for a newly-configured offensive line with three young players to come together. The frequent breakdowns in pass protection have forced Wilson to improvise, abandoning the scripted play to try and make something happen. At times it has worked, but for the most part it has hamstrung Seattle’s offense. The Dallas game was encouraging. Seattle didn’t allow a sack for the first time this season, partly because of an emphasis to get the ball out quicker but also partly because the pass protection was better. And that was with a backup at left tackle who was replacing an injured Russell Okung. I would expect Seattle’s game-plans from here on out to feature plenty of those quicker throws to make things a little easier on Wilson and the offensive line. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires As has become tradition around these parts, any time the Cardinals get set to face the Seattle Seahawks we reach out to 710AM Seattle’s Brady Henderson for a little insight into the team.Henderson covers the two-time defending NFC champs for MyNorthwest.com, so it’s safe to say he knows a thing or two about them.It’s with that in mind I asked him a handful of questions to try and learn a little more about Arizona’s Week 10 opponent ahead of what is, up to this point, the biggest game of the season. AG: The Seahawks haven’t always been pretty over the last couple of years, but they had a knack for pulling out victories when maybe they shouldn’t. This year, however, that has not been the case. Close losses are all over their schedule, some of which were games the ‘Hawks coughed up late. Once viewed as unbeatable, Seattle now seems very beatable. The aura that used to surround them seems to be gone, but is their confidence still in-tact?BH: Seattle’s season has shown how razor-thin the margin can be between victory and defeat. The Seahawks held fourth-quarter leads in all four of their losses. A play here and there, and they could be 7-1 or even 8-0. At the same time, two of their four wins have been decided by a combined four points, which means they could just as easily be 2-6. Seattle lost 17- and nine-point leads against Cincinnati and Carolina, respectively. As much as the defense has been blamed for the Seahawks’ inability to finish at times this season, their offense hasn’t done its part to extend those leads, either. The Seahawks’ defense shut the door in the second halves of their wins over San Francisco and Dallas. Their offense only score a combined six points in those games, but it has held onto the ball long enough to limit the opponents’ time of possession. As much as the Seahawks struggled at the ends of games earlier in the season, the last two suggest they may be regaining their finishing touch. AG: Switching sides, Seattle’s defense is once again strong, ranking second in the NFL in total yards allowed as well as points per game surrendered. Their strength appears to be defending the pass, with the “Legion of Boom” still being very formidable. How do you see them matching up with Arizona’s dynamic and diverse passing attack?BH: I’m curious to see what the Seahawks do with Richard Sherman in this game. They’ve been much more willing this season to move him around than they have in years past, when he almost exclusively stuck to left cornerback. He spent a lot of the first game against St. Louis in the slot and has at times since then covered the opponent’s No. 1 receiver. He completely shut out San Francisco’s Torrey Smith and held Dallas’ Dez Bryant to 12 yards and also neutralized Cincinnati’s A.J. Green after he beat Cary Williams on a pair of deep passes in the first quarter of that game. I could see Sherman following Larry Fitzgerald on Sunday, but I think that would be an easier call if Arizona’s second and third options weren’t as good. The Seahawks have been excellent at defending deep throws the past few seasons but got burned several times against the Bengals. They’ll have to do a much better job against an Arizona team that is just as aggressive with down-field throws. AG: Keeping with the offense, save for potential game-winning plays at the end of a Super Bowl, traditionally Seattle’s was one based on Marshawn Lynch. He has seemed to struggle this year, though, and is not even his own team’s leading rusher. Is “Beast Mode” now “Least Mode” (see what I did there?)?BH: Well played. It has been a very un-Lynch-like season, both in terms of his health and his production. He had only missed one game since he was acquired in a trade midway through the 2010 season before missing two of them and the better part of a third with hamstring and calf injuries. He’s only scored twice and he’s on pace to finish with fewer than 1,000 yards for the first time since 2010. Along with his injuries, inconsistent run-blocking has been one of the issues, though it’s hard to pin his slow start entirely on that when rookie Thomas Rawls has been productive behind the same offensive line. Lynch looked like the Lynch we’re accustomed to seeing two weeks ago in San Francisco when he rushed for 122 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries. He’s healthy now and in theory he should be fresher than he typically is at the midpoint having missed time earlier in the season. In other words, it’s way too early to write him off. AG: And as it is Sunday Night Football (and a huge division matchup), what is your prediction?BH: Forgive me while I bury the lede for a moment here. Games against Arizona have been the most difficult to predict. The first meeting last season, Seattle won despite allowing seven sacks. Just when you thought the rematch would be low-scoring nail-biter, the Seahawks set a franchise record for yards gained en route to a blowout win. This one isn’t any easier to predict. Arizona and Seattle seem fairly evenly matched; the three-point spread in favor of the home team suggests the Las Vegas oddsmakers agree. Arizona has been the better team this season, but the Seahawks are more desperate, they’re playing at home and they seem to have found answers to what had been their biggest issues at the start of the season. Seattle 19, Arizona 17. AG: Historically, the Cardinals have really struggled defending tight ends, so you can imagine how worried folks were when the Seahawks traded for Jimmy Graham in the offseason. But so far, the three-time Pro Bowler has yet to really get going. Is he just a bad fit with his new team or is he on the verge of breaking out?BH: There’s been an adjustment for Graham going from New Orleans to Seattle. He’s being asked to block more, for one, and he’s also getting accustomed to the frequency with which Wilson scrambles, which requires receivers to improvise along with him. That wasn’t the case with Drew Brees in New Orleans. All that said, Graham’s 38 catches for 450 yards are pretty much in line with expectations for how much he would produce in a run-first offense. And he’s been targeted almost as much over the last three games as he was over the first five. Graham has only scored twice, which qualifies as a big disappointment considering how big of a factor he was expected to be in the red zone. The Seahawks are dead-last in red-zone offense this season. If they’re going to fix that problem and start scoring more touchdowns as opposed to settling for field goals, Graham has to be more of a factor close to the goal line. Comments Share Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll works the sideline in the first half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo