Anonymous winner claiming 15 billion Mega Millions jackpot

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The South Carolina lottery says a single winner has stepped forward to claim the $1.5 billion Jackpot from a drawing last October.A lottery commission statement says the person submitting the claim for what was the second-largest lottery in U.S. history has chosen to remain anonymous.It adds that the winner has chosen the cash option, a one-time payment of nearly $878,000,000. It says that’s the largest jackpot payout to a single winner in United States history.The winning ticket was sold between Oct. 20 and Oct. 23 last year at a convenience store in Simpsonville, a suburb of the South Carolina city of Greenville.For months, South Carolina residents had speculated on why the winner hadn’t stepped forward. The winner had until April 19 to claim the prize.The Associated Press read more

UNESCO chief pays tribute to Congolese Artist for Peace

The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today paid tribute to Jean Serge Essous, a Congolese musician who served as one of the agency’s Artists for Peace.UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova mourned the death of Mr. Essous, who passed away last month in Brazzaville, calling him a “remarkable musician” who defended the agency’s ideals.A leading figure on the Congolese music scene, Mr. Essous was a composer, saxophonist and clarinettist.“His art spread messages promoting intangible cultural heritage, cultural dialogue and exchange between peoples, particularly addressing the young,” Ms. Bokova said.“His death is a great lost to African music and to all those open to the different types of music of the world.”Mr. Essous had originally trained to be an electrician and met the musicians of the Diaboula Ballets on his first job.In 1956, he helped to begin OK Jazz, a group that has left an indelible mark on Congolese and African music. He also directed another major group known as Les Bantous de la capitale, and served as an advisor to the Congolese recording company known as the Société Congolaise du Disque. 8 December 2009The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today paid tribute to Jean Serge Essous, a Congolese musician who served as one of the agency’s Artists for Peace. read more

North American stocks pare gains amid China hiatus ECB stimulus moves

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market rose for a second consecutive session Thursday, but was well off highs of the day despite positive economic news at home and abroad.At midafternoon, the S&P/TSX composite was up 28.20 points at 13,573.45 on top of a 63-point gain on Wednesday as Statistics Canada reported that growth in exports helped shrink the country’s trade deficit in July, indicating the economy is on track for growth in the second half of the year.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average also retreated from a big triple-digit advance that came after the European Central Bank said it stands ready to give the eurozone a bigger dose of stimulus should inflation across the 19-country bloc fail to pick up.The Dow, which soared 293 points on Wednesday, was ahead 24.79 points at 16,376.17 at midafternoon, while the broader S&P 500 gained 3.15 points to 1,952.01. The Nasdaq gave back 11.32 points to 4,738.66.The Canadian dollar rose 0.37 of a U.S. cent to 75.72 cents US amid mixed commodity prices.The benchmark October crude oil contract edged three cents lower to US$46.22 a barrel, while October natural gas gained seven cents to US$2.71 per thousand cubic feet and December copper was up four cents at US$2.37 a pound. December gold retreated $10.50 to US$1,123.10 an ounce.Earlier in the day, European markets soared after ECB president Mario Draghi commented on the bank’s stimulus plans at a news conference. Germany’s DAX closed up 2.7 per cent, France’s CAC-40 up 2.2 per cent and Britain’s FTSE 100 rose 1.8 per cent.Along with lower interest rates, the ECB is already pumping 60 billion euros a month into the economy through purchases of government and corporate bonds. The program is slated to run at least through September 2016. U.S. traders remain cautious while they await the results of the next policy rate meeting of the Federal Reserve Board, which begins Sept. 17.Chances of a September interest rate hike have diminished amid reports of an economic slowdown in China and recent volatility on global equity markets. However, Fed officials have refused to completely rule out a hike in rates that have been at historic lows since the Great Recession, citing continuing strength in the U.S. economy.One factor that will weigh on the Fed decision will be the U.S. jobs report out Friday. Consensus estimates call for American employers to have created 220,000 jobs last month, with unemployment rate dropping to 5.2 per cent. read more

Annan urges Iraq to cooperate with his envoy on Kuwaiti missing persons

In a report to the Security Council released today, the Secretary-General says that over the past four months, Iraq has “continued its approach of non-cooperation with the High-level Coordinator” on the issue, Ambassador Yuli M. Vorontsov.”Once again, I strongly urge the Iraqi leadership to reconsider its current policy regarding the Coordinator,” Mr. Annan writes. “As I have stated on a number of occasions, he can only achieve what he is mandated to accomplish if Iraq changes its position.”The Secretary-General rejects the “groundless and inaccurate claims” put forward by Iraq on the matter, most recently by the country’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Naji Sabri, in a statement annexed to a letter sent to Mr. Annan on 20 August. Among other charges, Mr. Sabri states that the Secretary-General’s previous report on the issue constituted “final proof of selectivity, double standards and deliberate distortions of the facts.” The Foreign Minister also refers to the “tendentious political nature of the mission of the so-called Coordinator.” In response, Mr. Annan writes in his current report that “such claims are counterproductive for the resolution of long-standing humanitarian issues.” Iraq should, he adds, “abandon its stance of declaring no knowledge of the whereabouts and fate of the Kuwaiti and third-country nationals who were arrested and deported more than 11 years ago.” For his part, Mr. Vorontsov remains ready to meet with Iraqi officials at any time and any place, according to the report. “It is my strong conviction that a dialogue between the Government of Iraq and Ambassador Vorontsov would bring positive results in the search for a solution to the humanitarian issues with which he has been entrusted,” the Secretary-General says. read more

UN agency calls for funds to clean up pesticide waste in Latin

“Previous FAO estimates, based on information provided by countries, suggested a total of about 10,000 tonnes of chemicals requiring disposal in the region,” said Mark Davis, coordinator of FAO’s obsolete pesticides programme. He said new data placed that figure at more than three times as much. “Since that time a more frightening picture has begun to emerge indicating that stocks are far higher and are currently estimated to be between 30,000 and 50,000 tonnes,” he added. In northern Colombia, around 200 tonnes of the most toxic pesticides were discovered in a single site in El Copey/César Region. FAO has supported the Government in surveying the site and chemicals were repackaged and destroyed. In Paraguay, urgent efforts are being made to remove 125 tonnes of pesticides and heavily contaminated material that were damaged by fire in the capital Asunción in July 2003, according to the agency. Efforts to extinguish the fire led to heavy contamination of the nearby Paraguay River, which flows into Argentina and ultimately into the Atlantic Ocean, as well as an adjacent village where people are now showing various symptoms of chronic intoxication. FAO is assisting Paraguay in quantifying obsolete pesticide stocks in other parts of the country. Funds of approximately $3 million will be needed to remove and destroy this toxic waste before further harm is caused to people and the environment. In Bolivia, old stocks of donated arsenic-based pesticides and volatile fumigants were found in residential areas and close to important water bodies, including Lake Titicaca. Bolivia, one of the poorest countries in the region, has made efforts to take stock and safely secure these toxins by repackaging the waste with the support of FAO. But still Bolivia needs $3 million to remove the chemicals and put in place measures to strengthen chemical management. FAO has organized a regional training programme for nine South American countries. Government regulators, emergency service staff, industry representatives and activists learned how to safely and effectively complete a detailed inventory and environmental risk assessment of obsolete pesticides, and how to design and supervise a clean-up operation. However, the FAO Obsolete Pesticides Programme has no further funds to support such work in the Latin America region, Mr. Davis said. The Organization is therefore now calling for donor funding to build capacity in the region and to ensure that it complies with the highest international standards. read more

Which Players Will Be Most Affected by the Hall of Fames New

As Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas celebrated their inductions in Cooperstown this weekend, the Baseball Hall of Fame announced a change that will make it harder for others to join them. Instead of having 15 years of eligibility for consideration by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America (BBWAA), players will now be limited to 10.1A player becomes eligible five years after retirement. If he doesn’t receive at least 5 percent of the votes the first year, he’s excluded from future ballots.One theory is that the change is designed to exclude players like Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens, who are known or suspected to have used performance-enhancing drugs.2Retired players such as Alan Trammell who have already appeared on at least 10 ballots will be exempt from the rule. But Bonds and Clemens, who joined the ballot in 2013, won’t be. But an attempt to target Bonds and Clemens could produce collateral damage. Players such as Curt Schilling, Edgar Martinez, Mike Mussina and Larry Walker — who are not strongly associated with PED use — could also be less likely to get in.Take the case of Mussina, who received 20 percent of the vote on this year’s ballot, his first year of eligibility. He might seem like a hopeless case — players need 75 percent of the vote to be elected to the Hall of Fame. But players generally gain ground the longer they remain on the ballot. Sometimes they need the full 15 years to get there.Consider other players who received somewhere between 15 and 25 percent of the vote in their first eligible season. There were 16 such players between 1966, when the Hall of Fame began holding elections every year instead of every other one, and 2000, the most recent class of players to have exhausted their 15-year eligibility window:Two of these players, Don Drysdale and Billy Williams, gained ground quickly enough to be elected to the Hall of Fame within their first 10 eligible seasons.Another three — Bruce Sutter, Bert Blyleven and Duke Snider — were elected by the BBWAA at some point between their 11th and 15th eligible seasons.One player, Red Schoendienst, was elected later by the Veterans Committee.The 10 remaining players — Gil Hodges, Jack Morris, Roger Maris, Tommy John, Mickey Lolich, Jim Kaat, Dale Murphy, Dave Parker, Thurmon Munson and Tony Oliva — have not yet made the Hall of Fame, though some are plausible candidates for election by the Veterans Committee at a later date.So by a quick-and-dirty rendering, Mussina’s chances of getting elected to the Hall of Fame by the BBWAA have been sliced from 5 in 16 (representing the five players who made it within 15 seasons) to 2 in 16 (only Drysdale and Williams made it within their first 10 seasons). He might also have some chances with the Veterans Committee. But the Veterans Committee has been stingy about electing players in recent years. The point is that players like Mussina need all the chances they can get.We can formalize this analysis by running a set of logistic regressions that estimate a player’s likelihood of eventually making the Hall of Fame based on his performance in his first year on the BBWAA ballot. First, I ran a regression to consider whether players were selected by the BBWAA within 15 seasons.3As in the Mussina example, this regression considered all players who first appeared on the ballot between 1966 and 2000. I excluded players who were elected in their first year, or who received less than 5 percent of the vote in the first year, as these players have been automatically dropped from the ballot since 1985. Then I ran another regression to evaluate whether players made it within their first 10 eligible seasons. (Among players who first appeared on the ballot in 1966 or later, those who were elected by the BBWAA somewhere between their 11th and 15th seasons were Snider, Sutter, Blyleven and Jim Rice.)4For this regression, I included players who first appeared on the ballot from 2001 through 2005, in addition to those between 1966 and 2000, since they’ve had 10 years to be elected. Finally, I considered whether players made the Hall of Fame at all — whether through the BBWAA or the Veterans Committee.5In this case, I included all players who first appeared on the ballot from 1966 through 1995 — players who began appearing on the ballot after 1995 have not yet been eligible for consideration by the Veterans Committee, as best I can tell. For this regression only, I also included players who received less than 5 percent of the vote in their first year on the ballot — a few of these players (Richie Ashburn, Larry Doby and Ron Santo) were eventually elected by the Veterans Committee. The results are represented in the chart below.To read the chart, scan across until you find a player’s vote share in his first year of eligibility — then scan up to see where the various curves intersect it. For instance, for a player like Mussina who got 20 percent of the vote in his first year:There is a 10 percent chance he gets elected within his first 10 years of BBWAA eligibility, according to the regression analysis. (This is the yellow curve.)There is a 23 percent chance he gets elected within the 15-year eligibility window. (The red curve.)There is a 34 percent chance he gets elected by either the BBWAA or eventually by the Veterans Committee. (The blue curve.)These answers aren’t too far from the quick-and-dirty numbers that I came up with before. They suggest that Mussina is an underdog to make the Hall of Fame — but more of an underdog now that he’ll have only 10 years of eligibility to do so.What about a player — such as Bonds — who got 36 percent of the vote in his first season of eligibility?He’d have a 53 percent chance of being elected by the BBWAA within 10 years.His odds of being elected within 15 years are higher — 69 percent.He has an 89 percent chance of being elected by some means — either the BBWAA or the Veterans Committee.So a player like this will also see his chances of being elected by the BBWAA decrease with the rule change. But he has a much better backstop: The Veterans Committee has usually elected players like this even when they were bypassed by the writers. That hasn’t been true for players like Mussina.Of course, Bonds and Clemens are no ordinary cases — and this method may not do a very good job of describing their chances. There are a couple of other objections that we need to consider first, however.One is that the change in rules could affect voter behavior. Players sometimes receive a boost in their vote share in their 15th and final year of eligibility. Now, knowing that it’s their last chance, the writers could rally around a player in his 10th year instead.That might protect a few players — Snider, for instance, got 71 percent of the vote in his 10th year of eligibility and might have made it then if a few more writers thought it was their last opportunity to elect him. But Blyleven had only 48 percent of the vote in his 10th year. His case, which was pushed by stat-savvy baseball fans for years, needed some extra time to marinate.Another consideration is that rotating players off the ballot sooner could clear slots for more recently retired players. BBWAA voters are limited to naming 10 players on their ballots. A few of them might have run out of room for Mussina this year, for instance, because they were reserving space for Alan Trammell, Jack Morris, or other players between their 11th and 15th years of eligibility.Indeed, this could be of some help to players like Mussina. But there would be a more direct means of providing relief — by liberalizing or eliminating the 10-player limit. Players from the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s are badly underrepresented in the Hall of Fame relative to players who had the good fortune to be born earlier.The rule change, in other words, seems designed to make the Hall of Fame more exclusive, not less so. But how might it affect Bonds and Clemens in particular?As I mentioned, they aren’t ordinary cases. For a player like Mussina, a large fraction of the BBWAA electorate might be thought of as “swing voters” — they could live with him in the Hall of Fame or without. Given how strong feelings are on the issue of performance-enhancing drugs, the choice is likely to be much more binary for Bonds and Clemens. For that reason, their vote shares might not increase as much in future seasons. (Another PED user, Mark McGwire, has been on the ballot for eight seasons and has seen his vote share decrease in almost every one.) Personally, I’d wager a fair amount of money against Bonds or Clemens ever being elected to the Hall of Fame by the writers, whether in 10 years or 15.Nevertheless, baseball’s hive mind could change its stance on PED use with the benefit of hindsight. It’s not that hard to conceive of alternate realities. NFL players who were suspended for PED use, like the former San Diego Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman, barely seem to suffer any lasting damage to their reputations. (Merriman made the Pro Bowl in 2006, the same year he was suspended for four games.)One scenario could involve a known PED user who is otherwise a more sympathetic case than Bonds or Clemens making the Hall of Fame.6Or a player who is already in the Hall of Fame could disclose his PED use. For instance, Andy Pettitte, who admitted to using human growth hormone, is due to become eligible for the Hall of Fame in 2019. Pettitte’s case is not clear-cut on the statistical merits, but suppose he made it in 2023, his fifth year on the ballot. Under the old rules, Bonds and Clemens would have had a few years left on the ballot with that precedent in place. Now, they’ll already have exhausted their eligibility.Bonds and Clemens would still be eligible for consideration by the Veterans Committee. But whatever misgivings you might have about the BBWAA, the Veterans Committee has been far more problematic. Its rules are constantly changing, its process is not very transparent, and it has oscillated from being far too liberal to being very stingy about letting in players. Depending on the rules it drew up, the Hall of Fame could design a Veterans Committee that was relatively sympathetic to Bonds or Clemens — or firmly opposed to their election.Another theory is that the Hall of Fame doesn’t have strong feelings about Bonds and Clemens per se, but implemented the rule change in the hopes of putting the PED issue behind it sooner. It’s certainly not good advertising for Cooperstown when discussions are dominated every year by arguments over steroids.But these cases won’t go away anytime soon. Pettitte will become eligible in a few years — and a few years after him, Alex Rodriguez. Ryan Braun, another known PED user who could eventually build Hall of Fame statistics, is many years from retirement. In the meantime, players like Mussina could be caught in the crossfire. read more

Úna OHagan signed off on her final broadcast on the Six One

first_imgTRIBUTES WERE PAID to RTÉ broadcaster Úna O’Hagan, as she presented the Six One news for the final time last night.Sports presenter Evanne Ní Chuilinn said that they “couldn’t let this moment pass without acknowledging and thanking our truly lovely colleague”, and this was followed by a video of O’Hagan throughout the years reporting and presenting on the show.She is stepping down after 34 years at the station where she was co-anchor of the news with Bryan Dobson for many years. Her long-time co-presenter also recently stepped down from the Six One news, with Dobson moving to Morning Ireland.After the video montage, the 55-year-old told Ní Chuilinn that she would be “having words” with her after the broadcast.And, rather than saying goodbye, O’Hagan signed off in usual fashion: “That’s Sunday’s Six One. From all of us, a very good evening.”Read: ‘I hate to go, but I’m afraid I’ll have to leave’: Bryan Dobson signs off on his final Six One 47,690 Views 36 Comments Úna O’Hagan signed off on her final broadcast on the Six One news last night After 34 years at RTÉ, Úna O’Hagan presented the news for the final time last night. Monday 26 Feb 2018, 7:43 AM By Sean Murray After 34 years on air, Una O’Hagan presented her final broadcast on tonight’s Six One news pic.twitter.com/54GoeOr6f7— RTÉ News (@rtenews) February 25, 2018center_img Feb 26th 2018, 7:43 AM Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3872358 Share745 Tweet Email4 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Sitdown Sunday Why are hundreds of refugee children falling into comas in

first_imgSitdown Sunday: Why are hundreds of refugee children falling into comas in Sweden? Grab a comfy chair and sit back with some of the week’s best longreads Short URL Apr 2nd 2017, 9:00 AM 4. The hedge fund tycoon and Trump Robert Mercer is a reclusive hedge-fund manager – and he happens to have become a major force behind Donald Trump’s presidency. Here’s a juicy longread about the man.(The New Yorker, approx 52 mins reading time)During the past decade, Mercer, who is seventy, has funded an array of political projects that helped pave the way for Trump’s rise. Among these efforts was public-opinion research, conducted by Caddell, showing that political conditions in America were increasingly ripe for an outsider candidate to take the White House. Caddell told me that Mercer “is a libertarian—he despises the Republican establishment,” and added, “He thinks that the leaders are corrupt crooks, and that they’ve ruined the country.”5. The myth of the ‘lone wolf’ terrorist Police officers hold flowers on Westminster Bridge during a vigil to remember the victims of last week’s Westminster terrorist attack. Source: SIPA USA/PA ImagesWe have heard much about ‘lone wolf’ terrorists in recent years, thanks to terrifying attacks across the world. But Jason Burke argues that describing them as such is a lazy way of obscuring “the real nature of the threat against us”.(The Guardian, approx 23 mins reading time)The modern concept of lone-wolf terrorism was developed by rightwing extremists in the US. In 1983, at a time when far-right organisations were coming under immense pressure from the FBI, a white nationalist named Louis Beampublished a manifesto that called for “leaderless resistance” to the US government. Beam, who was a member of both the Ku Klux Klan and the Aryan Nations group, was not the first extremist to elaborate the strategy, but he is one of the best known. He told his followers that only a movement based on “very small or even one-man cells of resistance … could combat the most powerful government on earth”.6. Horseshoe hellYou’re probably reading this at home, somewhere safe and comfortable – so why not have a read about people who rock climb in a place called ‘Horseshoe hell’ for a bit of escapism?(Outside, approx 22 mins reading time)From 10 a.m. today to 10 a.m. tomorrow, two-person teams will climb nonstop—or as close to nonstop as they can manage—­racking up points for each route they complete. To be considered official finishers, each climber will have to send at least one route per hour; to automatically qualify for next year, each will have to do 100. Some teams will climb hundreds of pitches.… AND A CLASSIC FROM THE ARCHIVES… Source: PA Archive/PA ImagesThe Anarchist Cookbook, written by William Powell at the age of 19, was born from his frustration towards the US. But with its bomb-making instructions, it led to some dangerous situations.(Harpers, approx 24 mins reading time) What he didn’t know he borrowed from underground publications like the Berkeley Barb, passing on tips that hadn’t been fact-checked. As it turns out, one cannot get high by eating banana peels that have been boiled and baked, or smoking crushed peanut shells. (Powell was right, however, about nutmeg’s hallucinogenic potential.) Nor had the city’s sewer system been taken over by “New York white,” the giant marijuana plants said to be the result of people flushing seeds to avoid arrest. “The sewer plants usually reach a height of between 12 and 15 feet and are bleached white because of the lack of sunlight,” Powell wrote, in the authoritative voice that permeates the book.More: The best reads from every previous Sitdown Sunday> 27,120 Views 8 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlecenter_img Sunday 2 Apr 2017, 9:00 AM Share4 Tweet Email4 IT’S A DAY of rest, and you may be in the mood for a quiet corner and a comfy chair.We’ve hand-picked the week’s best reads for you to savour.1. Uppgivenhetssyndrom Source: Shutterstock/GongToHundreds of refugee children in Sweden have fallen into comas after being told their families have to leave the country. Trauma is believed to be behind their illness, which is being termed Uppgivenhetssyndrom, or ‘Resignation Syndrome’.(The New Yorker, approx 35 mins reading time)Georgi read the letter silently, dropped it on the floor, went upstairs to his room, and lay down on the bed. He said that his body began to feel as if it were entirely liquid. His limbs felt soft and porous. All he wanted to do was close his eyes. Even swallowing required an effort that he didn’t feel he could muster. He felt a deep pressure in his brain and in his ears. He turned toward the wall and pounded his fist against it. In the morning, he refused to get out of bed or to eat. Savl poured Coca-Cola into a teaspoon and fed Georgi small sips. The soda dribbled down his chin.2. ‘I adored him’Bill Hayes was the partner of the late Oliver Sacks during the last years of his life. Here, he writes about how they fell in love, and the last months of Sacks’ remarkable life.(The Guardian, approx 33 mins reading time)For me, this was part of the fascination with him. I was seeing a few other men during my first summer in New York, but dates with O were completely different. We didn’t go to movies or to MoMA or to new restaurants or Broadway shows. We took long walks in the botanical garden in the Bronx, where he could expatiate on every species of fern. We visited the Museum of Natural History – not for the dinosaurs or special exhibitions but to spend time in the often empty, chapel-like room of gems, minerals, and, especially, the elements – O knew the stories behind the discoveries of every single one.3. Elon Musk and the future Elon Musk Source: DPA/PA ImagesElon Musk is one fascinating guy – so here’s a nice longread about his work, his fears about artificial intelligence and the world of Silicon Valley.(Vanity Fair, approx 40 mins reading time)In a startling public reproach to his friends and fellow techies, Musk warned that they could be creating the means of their own destruction. He told Bloomberg’s Ashlee Vance, the author of the biography Elon Musk, that he was afraid that his friend Larry Page, a co-founder of Google and now the C.E.O. of its parent company, Alphabet, could have perfectly good intentions but still “produce something evil by accident”—including, possibly, “a fleet of artificial intelligence-enhanced robots capable of destroying mankind.” http://jrnl.ie/3314062 By Aoife Barrylast_img read more

Gareth Bale nowhere near being a Real Madrid leader – Mijatovic

first_imgFormer Madrid striker Predrag Mijatovic is saddened by Gareth Bale’s injury problems and feels he is not a player the club can rely onGareth Bale lacks the qualities to be the leader Real Madrid need now that Cristiano Ronaldo is not at the club, according to former forward Predrag Mijatovic.Gareth Bale was injured during Madrid’s away fixture against Villareal on Thursday. He was taken off at half-time when Madrid were leading 2-1.Mijatovic questioned the possibility of Bale filling the vacuum left by Portuguese Captain Cristiano Ronaldo who left the club in July.“It’s a shame about Bale,” Mijatovic told El Larguero as quoted in AS.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“I like him, but he is nowhere near being a leader at a team like Real Madrid after Cristiano’s exit. It is worrying that he injures himself so often.”Mijatovic was also uncomfortable with the substitutions made by head coach Santiago Solari in the draw against Villareal.“If a player starts the game and feels good, [let him continue],” said Mijatovic. “If he asks to be substituted, then that is one thing, but if not, I do not understand.“The substitution of Modric was wrong. I don’t understand Kroos’ substitution, either.”last_img read more

Far apart politically and geographically lawmakers talk oil and gas taxes

first_imgRep. David Talerico, R-Anchorage, Sen. Cathy Giessel, R-Anchorage, and Sen. Bert Stedman, R-Sitka, listen to Democratic lawmakers in Anchorage. The two sides don’t agree on reducing the ability of oil companies to use losses to lower their taxes. (Photo by Andrew Kitchenman/KTOO)The first substantial day of legislative meetings in 20 days occurred Wednesday, but the two majorities in the Legislature were far apart — and not just politically.Listen nowMost senators met in Juneau for a floor session for the first time since the Legislature passed the budget June 22. But most House majority members were out of town.Both bodies agree that the state should stop paying cash for oil tax credits. But the House also wants to reduce companies’ ability to use losses to lower their future taxes. The Senate wants to allow this to continue.Anchorage Democratic Rep. Geran Tarr said tax reductions should be stopped along with cash credits.“The reason our cash credit system is not working right now is because we can’t afford it,” Tarr said. “We think it’s an unreasonable move to put in place a system that we also cannot afford going forward.”While both sides offered up what they described as compromises on House Bill 111, the oil and gas tax legislation, neither appeared ready to move on the issue of allowing companies to use losses to reduce taxes.Anchorage Republican Sen. Cathy Giessel said the two sides should move forward with what they agree on: eliminating cash credits. She said using losses to offset taxes is important to attract new oil and gas companies to the state.“We’re certainly willing to look at simplifying [the tax system],” Giessel said. “It would help our Tax Division. It would help citizens. It would help legislators, if it were a simpler system. But that’s not something that happens at 3 o’clock on a Wednesday afternoon four days before a special session ends.”Senators said they returned to Juneau to follow legislative rules that allow them to consider the oil tax bill. But House members said they didn’t want to waste money on travel if the two sides can’t reach an agreement.The special session must end by Saturday.last_img read more

BSNL privatisation Salary delay worsening fiscal crisis intensify speculation

first_imgA woman walks past a logo of the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) painted on a wall outside its office in Kolkata, India. A delay in payment of July salaries to BSNL staff has intensified speculation about the timing of the public sector telecom player’s privatization.REUTERS/Rupak De ChowdhuriThe failure to pay the staff of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) and Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd (MTNL) their salaries for July has triggered fresh speculation about the privatisation of the public sector telecom providers.Industry observers claim the government’s focus shifted to BSNL and MTNL after speeding up the privatisation procedures of national carrier Air India. The government has ordered Air India to freeze all appointments and promotions, setting the field for the privatization process.For the first time after Prime Minister Narendra Modi swept back to power, BSNL reportedly failed to pay its 1.76 lakh employees on time. The two public sector units (PSUs) had delayed salaries for February until mid-March due to a financial crisis. The BSNL had then said that it used its internal accruals to clear the pending salaries.The government, during its earlier stint, had held back sanction to the public sector telecom player for introducing 4G services, handing a major advantage to private-sector competitors. The government has also dithered on a decision to allow its participation in the imminent 5G trials.While BSNL chairman and managing director PK Purwar said that employees will get the July salary this week, an employees’ union leader said that no information had been shared by the management about early salary payment, according to PTI. “Salary for the month of July has not come. There is also no information when will it be credited,” the report quoted the All India Unions and Associations of BSNL (AUAB) convenor, P Abhimanyu, as saying. BSNL has continued to lose customers to private-sector competition as delayed government decisions have blocked the updating of its services.Facebook/ ReutersPurwar told the news agency that employees would get the salary in this week. “Funds are being arranged through internal accruals,” Purwar said. BSNL has 1.76 lakh employees across the country and MTNL about 22,000 employees.This is for the first time that the two public sector companies have defaulted on paying the staff on time after the new government took charge. The BSNL needs Rs 750 crore to Rs 850 crore for salaries while the MTNL needs around Rs 160 crore. The report said the MTNL Human Resource and Enterprise Business director Sunil Kumar said the company was in the process of collecting some dues after which the salary would be paid on a priority basis “very soon”.last_img read more

Khadi to be themeline in LFW

first_imgFor the first time, the core principle of the signature fabric of India Khadi – sustainable development – will be at the centre-stage during the 14th edition of the Sustainable Fashion Day at Lakme Fashion Week on August 23 in St Regis Hotel, Mumbai.Incidentally, it is also the first occasion that the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) would be collaborating with Lakme Fashion Week, in which collections made by four designer labels with hand-spun and hand-woven Khadi fabric – hand-spun in sleepy cluster areas of Elgandal (Telangana), Kanjarpur (Madhya Pradesh), Bastar (Chhattisgarh), Hoshiarpur (Punjab), Malda, Burdwan and Murshidabad (West Bengal). Also Read – Add new books to your shelfKVIC Chairman Vinai Kumar Saxena – who would also deliver a keynote address on ‘Khadi and Sustainable Development’ in the inaugural session, said that showcasing Khadi on this ramp would definitely change the common man’s perception about Khadi being a stereotype fabric made for a particular class.”Khadi is a perfect example of sustainable development as it comes from humble processes of hand cropping, hand spinning, and hand weaving, which are completely sustainable because they are based on individual level competencies and skills. Similarly, the market process generates employment and income for the rural masses as it is not machine intensive or technology intensive,” he said. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”The products are completely recyclable and biodegradable. Khadi represents a new model of self-reliance, where the artisans depend completely on an indigenously produced resource, avoiding imports and generating sustainability of the individual as well as the society and nation as a whole,” he added.Expressing his gratitude to Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi for catching Khadi’s latent potential, Saxena said, “With its diversified canvass, Khadi’s principles of sustainable development reverberate from all directions: from helping terrorism affected families to find life support to giving economic freedom to tiger attack victim families and from rehabilitating poaching affected communities to self-employing displaced people the Narmada valley.”The season’s most coveted designers would come under one roof and work their magic with styles and trends that make the fashion and beauty nothing less than a splendour.Many facets of Khadi will be showcased by renowned fashion designer at the LFW.last_img read more

USPSTF Updates Recommendations for Prostate Cancer Screening

first_img Image courtesy of Imago Systems News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Videos | Artificial Intelligence | July 22, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Machine Learning to Automate Radiotherapy Treatment Planning Leigh Conroy, Ph.D., physics resident, Universi read more News | Artificial Intelligence | July 26, 2019 Progenics Pharmaceuticals Collaborating With Veterans Affairs on AI Cancer Imaging Research Program Oncology company Progenics Pharmaceuticals Inc. announced their collaboration with the Veterans Affairs Greater Los… read more Feature | Artificial Intelligence | July 19, 2019 | Michal Chorev AI Models Predict Breast Cancer With Radiologist-level Accuracy Breast cancer is the global leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women, and the most commonly diagnosed cancer… read more Technology | Artificial Intelligence | July 18, 2019 Paragon Biosciences Launches Qlarity Imaging to Advance FDA-cleared AI Breast Cancer Diagnosis System Paragon Biosciences LLC announced the launch of its seventh portfolio company, Qlarity Imaging LLC, which was founded… read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more Princess Margaret Cancer Center uses machine learning to create automated treatment plansVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 3:22Loaded: 4.83%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -3:22 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.center_img News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more Qlarity Imaging’s software is used to assist radiologists in the assessment and characterization of breast lesions. Imaging features are synthesized by an artificial intelligence algorithm into a single value, the QI score, which is analyzed relative to a database of reference abnormalities with known ground truth. Image courtesy of Business Wire. News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more May 9, 2018 – The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) posted a final recommendation statement and evidence summaries on screening for prostate cancer. This final recommendation provides clinicians and their patients with important new information about the benefits and harms of prostate-specific antigen (PSA)-based screening.Based on a review of the evidence, the task force recommends that men ages 55 to 69 make an individual decision about whether to get PSA-based screening for prostate cancer. Before deciding whether to be screened, men should discuss the potential benefits and harms of screening with their clinician, their specific clinical circumstances and incorporate their values in the decision. This is a C recommendation. For men age 70 and older, the potential benefits do not outweigh the harms, and these men should not be routinely screened for prostate cancer. This is a D recommendation.This final recommendation applies to all adult men who have no signs or symptoms of prostate cancer and who have never been diagnosed with the disease. It includes men at increased risk, such as African American men and men with a family history of prostate cancer.“Prostate cancer is one of the most common cancers to affect men and the decision whether to be screened is complex,” said task force vice chair Alex H. Krist, M.D., M.P.H. “Men should discuss the benefits and harms of screening with their doctor, so they can make the best choice for themselves based on their values and individual circumstances.”The PSA test measures the amount of prostate-specific antigen, a type of protein, in a man’s blood. An elevated PSA level may be caused by prostate cancer, but it could also be caused by other conditions, such as an enlarged prostate or inflammation of the prostate. PSA-based screening and the prostate biopsies used to follow-up on high PSA levels cannot tell for sure which cancers are likely to be aggressive and spread, and which will grow so slowly that they will never cause any problems. As a result, most men receive surgery or radiation to treat their prostate cancer and many of these men do not benefit from the treatments. In fact, they may even be harmed by them. For this reason, the task force stresses that men who are considering screening should understand that is has both potential benefits and potential harms.“For men who are more interested in the small potential benefit and willing to accept the potential harms, screening may be the right choice for them,” said task force vice chair Douglas K. Owens, M.D., M.S. “Men who place more value on avoiding the potential harms may choose not to be screened.”The task force found that the net benefit of screening is small for some men. There is new evidence that screening men aged 55 to 69 can reduce the risk of metastatic cancer and reduce the chance of dying from prostate cancer. There is also new information on active surveillance — a way of monitoring prostate cancer that may allow some men with low-risk prostate cancers to delay or, in some cases avoid, treatment with radiation or surgery. Active surveillance has become a more common choice for men with lower-risk prostate cancer over the past several years and may reduce the chance of overtreatment.The benefits of screening for prostate cancer may be realized years after treatment, while the harms may occur often and consistently throughout the rest of a man’s life. The harms resulting from screening may include:False-positive results, which often lead to immediate, additional testing and years of additional close follow-up, including repeated blood tests and biopsies;Overdiagnosis, which is the diagnosis of prostate cancer in some men who would not have experienced symptoms during their lifetime; andPotential harms related to treatment, which commonly include erectile dysfunction and urinary incontinence.The task force’s recommendation statement also contains specific sections that address men at increased risk — including African American men and patients with a family history — by providing more information for these men and their clinicians to consider as they make decisions about screening. Specifically, clinicians should inform their African American patients about their increased risk of developing and dying from prostate cancer, as well as the potential benefits and harms of screening. Clinicians should also speak to men with a family history of prostate cancer about their increased risk of developing the disease. This is particularly important for men whose father or brother was diagnosed at a younger age or died from prostate cancer.The task force’s draft recommendation statement and draft evidence reviews were posted for public comment on the task force Web site from April 11, 2017, to May 8, 2017.Read the full final recommendation statement here.For more information: www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org Related Content IBM collected a dataset of 52,936 images from 13,234 women who underwent at least one mammogram between 2013 and 2017, and who had health records for at least one year prior to the mammogram. The algorithm was trained on 9,611 mammograms. Image courtesy of Radiology. News | Colonoscopy Systems | August 06, 2019 Rise in Early Onset Colorectal Cancer Not Aligned With Screening Trends A new study finds that trends in colonoscopy rates did not fully align with the increase in colorectal cancer (CRC) in… read more News | Prostate Cancer | May 09, 2018 USPSTF Updates Recommendations for Prostate Cancer Screening Task force recommends men ages 55-69 make an individual decision about prostate cancer screening with their clinician; recommends against routine screening for men age 70 and olderlast_img read more

Triton College Launching Vascular Technology in Sonography Certificate Program

first_imgNews | Ultrasound Imaging | January 09, 2019 Triton College Launching Vascular Technology in Sonography Certificate Program Certification program designed for working sonographers opening in spring 2019 Technology | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Philips Extends Advanced Automation on Epiq CVx Cardiovascular Ultrasound Platform Philips recently announced new advanced automation capabilities on its Epiq CVx and Epiq CVxi cardiac ultrasound… read more January 9, 2019 — Starting in spring 2019, Triton College’s Vascular Technology in Sonography Certificate Program will help working sonographers and recent Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program graduates gain new skills and increase job opportunities.In just two semesters, students will learn imaging technology and other techniques to assist doctors in diagnosing arterial and venous conditions affecting limbs. Program completers will be prepared to sit for the Registered Vascular Technologists exam through the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS).Classes are held two nights per week as well as on Saturdays from January through August. The program utilizes the cutting-edge technology available in the recently renovated Health and Sciences building on Triton College’s River Grove, Ill., campus.  “What makes this program special and separates it from the rest is that it is geared toward working sonographers,” said Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program Coordinator Krysti Reece. “The students can come during the week for the lectures, and then on Saturdays have the lab component where they can perform exams and gain the skillset they need.”Students requiring clinical components will be assigned to a partnering area hospital where they will perform exams on patients. Many students’ clinical component will be satisfied through work performed at their place of employment.According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, vascular technologists earned a median salary of more than $65,000 in 2017. Job openings for vascular technologists are expected to grow by 17 percent by 2026.For more information: www.triton.edu FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 08, 2019 360 Degree View of an Echocardiography Exam on the SC2000 System This is a 360 degree view of a live cardiac echo demonstration for the Siemens Healthineers Acuson SC2000… read more News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more Related Content 3D Auto RV application image courtesy of Philips Healthcare 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 11, 2019 360 Degree View of a Smartphone Performing a Cardiac Ultrasound Exam This 360 degree photo shows a basic, point-of-care cardiac echocardiogram being performed using a smartphone turned i read more center_img News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 31, 2019 Studies Confirm Clinical Value of ShearWave Elastography for Liver Fibrosis Evaluation SuperSonic Imagine announced the publication of the results of its prospective multicentric clinical study conducted in… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 05, 2019 Digital Health Devices Used at Point of Care May Improve Diagnostic Certainty A West Virginia-based rural medical outreach event showcased the use of point-of-care technology in an ambulatory… read more The ScanTrainer transvaginal simulator is one example of Intelligent Ultrasound’s simulation technologies. News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 26, 2019 Intelligent Ultrasound Group Collaborating With the National Imaging Academy Wales Artificial intelligence (AI)-based ultrasound software and simulation company Intelligent Ultrasound Group plc (AIM:… read more 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 09, 2019 360 Degree View of a Mitral Valve Ultrasound Exam on a Vivid E95 System A view of a mitral valve on a GE Healthcare Vivid E95 … read more read more News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).last_img read more

LOS ANGELES — Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson w

first_img LOS ANGELES — Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson will return to the air on two TV shows that had been put on hold for a sexual misconduct investigation.The National Geographic Channel said in a statement Friday that Tyson’s “StarTalk” will return to the air in April with the 13 episodes that remain in the season.The statement says Tyson’s other show, “Cosmos,” will return on National Geographic TV and Fox at a date to be determined.Late last November, National Geographic Networks and Fox said they would examine reports that Tyson behaved in a sexually inappropriate manner toward two women. Friday’s statement did not address the complaints or investigation.A message with a representative seeking from Tyson wasn’t immediately returned.Tyson said in December that he denied the allegations and welcomed the investigation.The Associated Press by The Associated Press Posted Mar 17, 2019 7:37 pm PDT Tyson will return to TV after sex misconduct probe AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this Nov. 1, 2017 file photo, Neil deGrasse Tyson attends a fan event celebrating the release Kelly Clarkson’s album “Meaning of Life” at YouTube Space New York in New York. Tyson will return to the air on two TV shows that had been put on hold for a sexual misconduct investigation. The National Geographic Channel said in a statement Friday that Tyson’s “StarTalk” will return to the air in April with the 13 episodes that remain in the season. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File) last_img read more

Government posts fiscal surplus of 04 of GDP in 2016 update

first_imgThe Cypriot government generated a fiscal surplus of €64.4m, or 0.4 per cent of economic output, in 2016, after posting deficits over the past in eight years, the statistical service said.Improved fiscal performance was on a 1.5 per cent increase in revenue last year to over €7bn, accompanied by a 2.4 per cent drop in spending to below €7bn, Cystat said in a statement on its website on Monday.The government posted a fiscal surplus of €146.3m in the first quarter and a deficit of €188.7m from April to June, Cystat said. In the third and fourth quarters, the budget produced a surplus of €185.8m and a deficit of €79m respectively.In 2015 and 2014, when the government had posted fiscal shortfalls of €208.9m and €1.5bn, or 1.2 per cent and 8.8 per cent respectively, it was mainly on capital assistance extended to the Cooperative banking sector.Until October, the government was expecting to generate a fiscal deficit of 0.3 per cent of the economy last year.According to a Eurostat statement published also on Monday, Cyprus was among the best fiscal achievers in the 19-member currency bloc last year. Luxembourg generated the largest fiscal surplus of 1.6 per cent of gross domestic product, followed by Malta with 1 per cent, Germany and Greece with 0.8 per cent and 0.7 per cent respectively. The Netherlands also generated a fiscal deficit of 0.4 per cent.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoAll Pro SaverCalifornia: Seniors Born Before 1970 Surprised By New Mortgage RuleAll Pro SaverUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoTwo arrested in connection with attempted murderUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Bill cosponsored by Bumstead honoring Trooper Butterfield signed into law by Gov

first_img10Feb Bill co-sponsored by Bumstead honoring Trooper Butterfield signed into law by Gov. Snyder State Rep. Jon Bumstead joined Rep. Ray Franz in honoring State Trooper Paul K. Butterfield at a recent bill signing with Gov. Rick Snyder that named a portion of M-116 in Mason County after the fallen trooper.House Bill 5257, now Public Act 441 of 2014, was introduced by Franz and co-sponsored by Bumstead to honor the fallen trooper, who was shot in the line of duty on Sept. 9, 2013. After serving in the Army, Butterfield joined the state police in 1999 and transferred in 2011 to Hart Post #66, located in Oceana County.“Paul was a kind-hearted man who bravely served our community by protecting us and upholding our state’s laws,” said Bumstead, R-Newaygo. “I am truly humbled to have the opportunity to take part in honoring this officer for giving the ultimate sacrifice while serving our state.“By memorializing him with this highway, we celebrate his life and his profound influence on the lives of all who knew him.”Trooper Butterfield’s fiancé, Jennifer Sielski, and his mother, Pat Butterfield, were also present at the bill-signing ceremony, along with members of the Mason County sheriff’s department and state police troopers.The Trooper Paul K. Butterfield II Memorial Highway is located on M-116 in Mason County, beginning at Lincoln River and stretching north to Big Sable River.### Categories: Newslast_img read more

Rep Franz welcomes granddaughter to State of the State address

first_img20Jan Rep. Franz welcomes granddaughter to State of the State address Categories: Featured news,News Tags: #SB, Franz, HD101, MISOTS16 center_img LANSING, MI – Onekama lawmaker State Rep. Ray Franz, right, welcomed granddaughter Meghan Franz, left, to the House chamber tonight to hear Gov. Rick Snyder’s State the State address.“It is a true blessing to have my granddaughter here with me tonight to share in this experience,” Rep. Franz said. “Like so many Michigan families across the state, family comes first and my family means everything to me. This is also a great opportunity for Meghan to see what her grandpa really does in Lansing. This will be the last address I attend in the House chambers as state representative and I couldn’t think of a better person I’d rather have at my side than Meghan.”Meghan Franz is originally from Toledo, Ohio and is currently a sophomore at Northwood University studying marketing and finance. “I am so grateful to be given the opportunity to attend the State of the State with my Grandpa,” Meghan said.  “He has served his constituents with dignity and integrity and I am so proud of him.”######last_img read more

Rep Cole to serve on two key House committees

first_img State Rep. Triston Cole has been appointed by Speaker Lee Chatfield to serve as vice chair of the House Government Operations Committee and as a member of the House Transportation Committee.The Government Operations Committee will be one of just four main committees with the authority to advance legislation to the House floor during the 2019-20 legislative session.Cole, who was previously selected by his colleagues to serve as majority floor leader for the next two years, said he is pleased to have an opportunity to continue working on a wide range of issues. As majority floor leader, Cole will help decide which proposals are considered by legislators and lead parliamentary procedure on the House floor, among other duties.“While the bulk of my time will be spent managing the day-to-day operations of the House floor activities, I am also looking forward to continuing work on issues important to Northern Michigan families,” said Cole, of Mancelona. “Michigan has come a long way in the last four years, but there’s more work to be done. I’m honored to play a leading role in our continued effort to make Michigan a better place to live, work and play.”Cole, in his third House term, has more than 20 years of leadership experience at the state and local level. He previously chaired the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee during the 2017-18 term.### Categories: Cole News 17Jan Rep. Cole to serve on two key House committeeslast_img read more

Congressional Grilling of Planned Parenthoods CEO More Like Flailing

first_imgShare1TweetShareEmail1 Sharescan you hear me? / Stefan PowellSeptember 29, 2015; Washington PostWith so many declaring that they will personally spearhead investigations into Planned Parenthood’s alleged selling of fetal tissue, one would have thought that CEO Cecile Richards would have been answering questions about that yesterday as she appeared for a grilling in front of a House oversight committee, one of six panels she is scheduled to attend. Instead, there was a great deal of relatively confused posturing that played like an adolescent mob. The Washington Post described the hearing as five hours of “hectoring and finger-wagging” that wandered into such areas as Richards’s salary level and the organization’s travel expenses.In the hearing announcement, the GOP announced that due to the “disturbing nature” of the sting videos on which the “baby parts” rhetoric is based, questions must be raised about Planned Parenthood’s use of federal funding. Not only have the videos been shown to be doctored, but when Democratic committee members requested to have the videos’ maker, David Daleiden, appear in front of today’s panel, GOP members refused. Committee chair Jason Chaffetz said the videos were unavailable in full and, oh yes, he confessed, “Without the videos, we can’t have a good discussion about them.”In general, Chaffetz and other members of the committee covered their lack of content with bluster. Chaffetz at one point put up a slide that purported to show Planned Parenthood’s breast cancer screenings declining as the number of its abortions spiked. When Richards said she didn’t know where those numbers came from, Chaffetz was outraged. “You’re going to deny?” he said, claiming they came from Planned Parenthood reports.Richards begged to disagree. “Excuse me, my lawyer is informing me that the source of this is actually Americans United for Life, which is an antiabortion group. So, I would check your source.”But, let’s face it; the GOP is at a disadvantage in that, according to polls, many more Americans have a good impression of Planned Parenthood than they have of the GOP. An NBC/Wall Street Journal poll found that Americans have a generally favorable image of Planned Parenthood, with 41 percent viewing the group favorably and 31 percent unfavorably, and this indicates that the nonprofit’s approval ratings have increased slightly during this last flap, though that may be due to the margin of error. By contrast, a mere 29 percent of Americans have a favorable impression of the Republican Party and 45 percent view it unfavorably. Additionally, that poll found 61 percent of Americans oppose the defunding of Planned Parenthood.Meanwhile, in other developments: In Missouri, a state investigation released its finding that Planned Parenthood in that state does not in any way mishandle or profit from donations of fetal tissue. Dan Handler (aka Lemony Snicket) and his wife illustrator Lisa Brown pledged a million dollars to the organization, and a Utah judge blocked Governor Herbert’s order to cut off state funds to the organization..@lisabrowndraws & I are giving 1 million dollars to @PPFA. We’ve been very fortunate, and good fortune should be shared with noble causes.— Daniel Handler (@DanielHandler) September 28, 2015So does all this mean that Planned Parenthood is headed toward a less turbulent time? We doubt it. The organization is likely in for an even more rocky journey, during which every detail in the large organization will be scrutinized.—Ruth McCambridgeShare1TweetShareEmail1 Shareslast_img read more