Biometric passwords could have devastating consequences

first_imgCALGARY (660 NEWS) — Growing tired or frustrated having to remember countless computer passwords?According to Okta Research, many employees are password fatigued and are ready to embrace fingerprint or retina scanning methods.Randy Connolly, a professor of computing at Mount Royal University, says there are some legal and ethical issues that need to be worked out first.“Where’s that data being stored? Is it being stored within the company? Is it being stored on a company server? Is it being handled by a third party?”Connolly says biometric logins won’t completely replace digital passwords.And he cautions it’s one thing to lose your wallet or passport, but if your biometric information is stolen that can create a new kind of headache for the victim.“If you lose your driver’s license or maybe your wallet’s stolen, you can phone the appropriate agency they can cancel it and you can get a new one,” he pointed out. “You lose your fingerprint data, you’re in big big trouble — that’s devastating from an identity theft perspective.”Connolly worries employees may not have a lot of rights in this area but expects that will change as lawmakers catch up to the changes.last_img read more

Megadeths Dave Mustaine To Open Soup Kitchen In Haiti

first_imgMegadeth frontman Dave Mustaine has announced that he is funding a soup kitchen in Haiti.“I really am trying to live my life differently today, and part of that was in finding something to believe in,” he wrote on Facebook. “One of the things that has happened since I started this transformation is getting involved with helping widows and orphans, and helping the homeless.“I was approached with an opportunity, and thanks to your unwavering support, my family and I have been able to fund a soup kitchen in Haiti with a ministry called, “Outside The Bowl,” and you will be proud to know that when it is started (which will be very soon), we will be feeding up to 8,000 meals a day to the less fortunate.“I am so very grateful, and I love you all so very much, because even when I am being vilified and having my character assassinated, I can find comfort knowing up to 8,000 meals will be served each day, along with a healthy serving of love and some spiritual nourishment as well.”last_img read more

‘Modi was posing for cameras at the time of Pulwama attack’

first_imgDehradun: Congress president Rahul Gandhi launched his party’s campaign for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls in Uttarakhand on Saturday, saying Prime Minister Narendra Modi was posing for cameras at the Corbett National Park for a documentary when CRPF jawans were being killed in Pulwama.At a rally here, in which BJP veteran and former Uttarakhand chief minister Bhuvan Chandra Khanduri’s son Manish Khanduri joined the Congress, Gandhi also said his party would introduce a scheme of guaranteed minimum income for the poor if elected to power. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!”Immediately after the Pulwama attack, in which 40 CRPF jawans were killed, the Congress had said it was with the government and the country. I had cancelled all my programmes. “Everyone knows what Narendra Modi was doing when our jawans were being killed in Pulwama. He was posing for the cameras to shoot for a National Geographic documentary,” Gandhi said to loud cheers from a large gathering at the Parade Ground. “Modi shoots for three-and-a-half hours on a day something like Pulwama happens and he still talks about patriotism,” the Congress president added. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedThe ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had rejected the charges when they were first levelled by the Congress. On the issue of the Rafale fighter jet deal, Gandhi reiterated his charge of Modi backing industrialist Anil Ambani in getting a related offset contract, a charge repeatedly denied by the government. “All of you must have heard of Anil Ambani. Can he make an aeroplane? He cannot even make a paper aeroplane as children do,” he said, holding up a piece of paper. “Still, Modi took him along with him as part of his delegation to France to ensure that he got the deal worth Rs 30,000 crore,” he added. Gandhi asked why the defence deal, negotiated by the previous UPA regime at Rs 526 crore per aircraft, was finalised by the Modi government for Rs 1,600 crore apiece. Reiterating the “chowkidar chor hai” (the watchman is a thief) barb, the Congress president said he had posed four questions to the prime minister in Parliament on the Rafale deal. “The prime minister delivered a long speech lasting one-and-a-half hours in Parliament, but failed to answer even one of my questions. All he did was keep looking up, down and sideways. Why? Because he is guilty,” he said and asked the youth of the state to pose the same questions to Modi when he comes to Uttarakhand for campaigning.last_img read more

Local journalists complete UNbacked media course in Sudan

27 October 2008Some 35 Sudanese media professionals have completed a United Nations-sponsored journalism training programme in the eastern city of Kassala to improve their skills in such areas as reporting, interviewing, covering elections and operating in hostile environments. The 10-day course, organized by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), began earlier this month with a discussion of Sudan’s media landscape and then focused on enhancing practical skills for journalists.The course also covered issues ranging from the coverage of disasters and HIV/AIDS, the management of media institutions and voice delivery training for radio and television staff.This month’s course is part of the UNDP project known as Transfer of Knowledge Through Expatriates, which has sponsored 32 highly qualified and professional Sudanese emigrants to return to their homeland to share knowledge and expertise with local institutions.The returning expatriates include Mohammed Khaled, who works for the BBC Arabic Radio service in London and led this month’s course. read more

Markets update at midafternoon

On the markets at midafternoon (ET):In Toronto, the S&P/TSX composite index was up 25.06 points to 15,198.09.The Dow Jones industrial average was up 81.96 points to 22,350.30.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index was up 6.37 points to 2,506.60.The Nasdaq composite index was up 26.32 points to 6,474.79.The Canadian dollar was trading at 81.81 cents US, down from Friday’s average price of 82.09 cents US.

Luke Perry of Beverly Hills 90210 dies at 52

Perry’s children, Jack and Sophie, fiancée Wendy Madison Bauer, ex-wife Minnie Sharp, mother Ann Bennett, step-father Steve Bennett, and his siblings, Tom Perry and Amy Coder, were with him when he passed, publicist Arnold Robinson said in a statement.“The family appreciates the outpouring of support and prayers that have been extended to Luke from around the world, and respectfully request privacy in this time of great mourning,” Mr Robinson said. “A father figure and mentor to the show’s young cast, Luke was incredibly generous, and he infused the set with love and kindness. Our thoughts are with Luke’s family during this most difficult time.”Last Wednesday, US media reported that paramedics had been called to the actor’s home in Sherman Oaks.Perry, a native of Ohio, was famous for starring in Beverly Hills 90210 from 1990 to 2000. A reboot of the series was also announced on Wednesday, though it was not clear whether Perry planned to make any guest appearances. The family has not provided additional details at this time.Riverdale has stopped production following news of Perry’s death, US media reported.In a statement, Riverdale’s executive producers, WBTV and the CW network, said Perry was “a beloved member of the Riverdale, Warner Bros and CW family”. He was taken to hospital on Wednesday in Los Angeles, where he had been shooting scenes for Riverdale at the Warner Bros film lot. Perry rose to fame on Beverly Hills, 90210 and had been starring as Fred Andrews on the CW show Riverdale. His former 90210 co-star Shannen Doherty – who played Perry’s love interest on the show – told Entertainment Tonight on Sunday in an emotional interview that she had been in touch with him after his stroke.“I can’t talk about it here ’cause I will literally start crying but I love him and he knows I love him. It’s Luke, and he’s my Dylan.”Perry also starred in television show Oz, as well as films including Buffy the Vampire Slayer, 8 Seconds and The Fifth Element.His most recent role was on the hit television teen drama series Riverdale, based on the Archie comics, where he played the titular character’s father. (Courtesy BBC) US actor Luke Perry has died in California at the age of 52, less than a week after suffering a massive stroke.His publicist said Perry died surrounded by his family and friends. “Luke was everything you would hope he would be: an incredibly caring, consummate professional with a giant heart, and a true friend to all. read more

Lieutenant Governor coming to Brock to discuss sustainbability

Elizabeth Dowdeswell is former Executive Director of the UN Environment Program.Less than three months after taking office, the Honorable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, will visit Brock on Dec. 10 to meet with students and researchers immersed in the University’s increasingly renowned environmental sustainability activities.The centerpiece of the afternoon visit will be a dialogue with faculty and students from Brock’s Environmental Sustainability Research Centre (ESRC). The visit caps off a year in which Brock was awarded a UNESCO Chair for sustainability research, and also launched the new Sustainability Science and Society graduate program that grants a Master’s in Sustainability.Before she became Queen’s representative in Ontario this fall, Ms Dowdeswell had a distinguished career as an internationally-recognized executive, including terms as Under Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Program.Ryan Plummer, Director of the ESRC and driving force behind the new graduate program, said the Lieutenant Governor’s visit so early in her term is an honour for Brock, and sends a strong signal about the importance of sustainability initiatives.He said Brock’s “privileged location” in a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve highlights “the imperative of reconciling economic and social development with ecosystem integrity, conferring a mandate for sustainability.”=“Sustainability is a core value of Brock University,” said Plummer. “The ESRC is our flagship transdisciplinary hub regarding environmental sustainability, and the prestigious UNESCO Chair distinguishes us among 18 institutions in Canada and connects us as part of an exclusive international network. “ read more

Over 150000 raised by UN staff for victims of terror attack against

United Nations staff members have raised over $150,000 for a special relief fund for victims of the 11 September terror attack in New York, and most of that money has already been disbursed directly to those affected by the tragedy, the UN Staff Union said today. The fund was set up in September with an initial contribution of $25,000, which was later matched by Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who urged UN staff to contribute as generously as possible. His call drew an enthusiastic approach from UN staff around the world, including a donation of over $4,000 from personnel serving with the UN Transitional Administration in East Timor. During a series of meetings, the UN Staff Relief Committee for the Victims of the Terrorist Attack on the City of New York decided to disburse the funds to those directly affected by the tragedy and to organizations that need it most. To date, the Committee has distributed $143,500 to be sent directly to victim families or to organizations that were asked to distribute the funds as soon as possible, UN staff representatives said. Most of the funds were distributed between the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. The largest disbursement – $43,000 – went to the families of restaurant workers lost at the top of the World Trade Center. In addition, $24,000 was allocated for various service employees lost, $20,000 for electrical workers lost, $25,000 for families of UN-related individuals lost, $9,000 for municipal members lost and $22,500 made to victim families through special requests by various staff members and other UN affiliates. So far, the Committee has helped 97 individuals and families from over 30 countries. In addition, the Committee has identified another group of victims’ families that need help and hopes to send the balance of the funds to them in the near future. All administrative costs for disbursing the monies were borne by the UN Staff Union, with the UN Federal Credit Union waiving all fees connected with the account established for the Fund. read more

374 Number of patients on hospital trolleys at highest in months

first_imgTHE NUMBER OF patients stuck on trolleys at the country’s hospitals is at the highest in almost a year.Figures collected by the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation show there are 374 people on trolleys today. The last time the figure was this high was at the end of April 2013.The biggest number is in Beaumont Hospital in Dublin which has 43 patients on trolleys, followed by Mercy University Hospital in Cork with 30. Portiuncula Hospital in Galway is the only hospital in the country to have no patients at all on trolleys.A further 93 people are waiting for admission to a bed in a hospital ward.The surge in figures has been put down to a post-Christmas surge and an increase in the number of elderly people requiring care.The organisation representing nursing homes in Ireland said that hospitals have become the default for many elderly people who are sick.“Many of these older persons will have no other option but to remain within the acute hospital sector or present at their local A&E,” said Tadhg Daly of Nursing Homes Ireland.The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation collects the figures every day for the number of people on trolleys.Read: Just 42 people on trolleys but ‘one snowflake doesn’t make a white Christmas’ > Read: Nurses to track hospital overcrowding >last_img read more

Instagram Tests Donation Stickers in Stories

first_imgStay on target Report: Facebook Developing ‘Threads’ App For Close FriendsFall For the Viral Instagram Hoax? So Did Lots of Celebs Facebook’s popular fundraiser function appears to be rolling out to Instagram users.New code pulled from the photo-sharing service’s Android app highlights a new “Donation” sticker and the ability to search for nonprofits.Reverse-engineering specialist Jane Manchun Wong on Monday tweeted a screenshot (above). Instagram later confirmed it is testing the feature and hopes to bring it to all users “later this year.”“Instagram is all about bringing you closer to the people and things you love, and a big part of that is showing support for and bringing awareness to meaningful communities and causes,” a spokeswoman told“Later this year, people will be able to raise money and help support nonprofits that are important to them through a donation sticker in Instagram Stories,” the statement continued. “We’re excited to bring this experience to our community and will share more updates in the coming months.”But, as TechCrunch tells it, the charitable feature may hide nefarious intentions.“Back in 2013 when Facebook launched its Donate button, I suggested that it could add a ‘remove credit card after checkout’ option to its fundraisers if it wanted to make it clear that the feature was purely altruistic,” TC’s Josh Constine wrote this week.“Facebook never did that,” he continued. “We’ll see if Instagram is any different.”The filtered-photo platform already handily includes shopping links that redirect consumers to a third-party website. There is currently no in-app purchasing process.That may soon change, though, as Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg recently revealed plans to boost commerce this year across the social network’s family of apps.“In Instagram, one of the areas I’m most excited about this year is commerce and shopping,” Zuckerberg said during last month’s Q4 2018 earnings call, as reported by TechCrunch. “There’s also a very big opportunity in basically enabling the transactions and making it so that the buying experience is good.”In other words: Once we obtain your payment details, you become a slave to your digital cart.More on’s Latest Bug Might Alter Your FollowersInstagram Direct Messaging Might Be Coming to Your DesktopInstagram to Hide Self-Harm Images Behind ‘Sensitivity Screens’Editor’s note: This article was updated at 11:25 a..m. on Feb. 19 with a statement from Instagram.last_img read more

Nautilus chief financial officer Nayar resigns

first_imgSid Nayar, chief financial officer of Nautilus since 2014, has resigned, the Vancouver-based exercise equipment brand announced Friday.The board of directors accepted his resignation Monday and it becomes effective July 12, the company said in a regulatory filing.Nayar is “moving on to a new opportunity” in California, Nautilus spokesman John Fread said.Nayar becomes the latest top executive to depart Nautilus, which has had a bumpy first half of 2019.Former CEO Bruce Cazenave announced his resignation in March. M. Carl Johnson III, who has been the Nautilus board chairman since 2010, took over as interim chief executive as Cazenave moved on to be CEO of Bluestem Group, a direct-to-consumer retailer based in Eden Prairie, Minn.Nayar had been responsible for overseeing financial, accounting, information technology, risk management and investor relations activities for all brands in the Nautilus portfolio, according to the company website. Prior to joining Nautilus, Nayar served as chief financial officer of Congoleum Corp. of Mercerville, N.J., from 1999 to 2014.Nautilus this year has seen its stock price plunge following consecutive quarters of subpar performance. Company officials have cited an unexpectedly poor rollout for a digital exercise program that, for a fee, paired with certain Nautilus products.Since January the company’s stock price has plunged to depths not seen since 2011. On Friday, shares closed at $2.35 on the New York Stock Exchange, compared with about $16 at this time last year.The board expects to engage an executive search firm to assist in identifying and evaluating candidates to be Nayar’s successor, the company said in its regulatory filing.Meanwhile, Nautilus is committed to an “aggressive and active” search for a permanent chief executive, said Fread.last_img read more

Publix donates 11 million to nonprofit organizations in South Florida

first_imgNORTH MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Publix Super Markets’ Miami division donated $1.1 million to non-profit organizations in South Florida.The donation made Wednesday will benefit more than 70 organizations that help those in need.“These are the folks that are on the front lines, making a difference every day in our communities,” said Nicole Krauss, the media and community relations manager. “For Publix to be able to have an extension through the very generous customer base that we have to make an impact on these organizations, and support the important work they’re doing, is truly phenomenal, and we are honored to do it.”The donation was collected during the company’s 2018 holiday campaign.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Industry Dive Hires Former NPR Digital Editor

first_imgIn the last two years, Griffey says the company has built an audience of one million users across the platform of products serving the eight verticals, including mobile apps, websites and email.Industry Dive has grown to 15 full-time employees and has been profitable since mid-2013, Griffey says. B-to-b mobile content publisher Industry Dive, which now serves eight verticals including healthcare, education and construction, has hired Randy Lilleston as editor-in-chief. Lilleston, who was most recently a supervising editor of digital news at NPR, will be charged with building out more of the company’s original reporting. Up to now, Industry Dive, which launched in early 2012, has offered a mix of curated and original content.”As we’ve grown, we’ve invested more in original and in-depth content,” says Sean Griffey, Industry Dive’s founder and CEO. “We are hiring an editor-in-chief now because we have ambitions to grow our editorial operations. Additionally, as we launch into new markets and go deeper into our existing ones, we recognized that consistency and quality of content will be a growing issue.”last_img read more

Wilmingtons CLASS Inc Receives 200000 Grant From Cummings Foundation

first_imgWOBURN, MA —  Fifty local nonprofits received awards on May 2, 2019 that likely made not just their day, but their decade. Woburn-based Cummings Foundation granted these organizations a cumulative $15 million through its Sustaining Grants program, which provides ongoing funding for 10 years. Each organization’s total grant ranges from $200,000 to $500,000.Among the grant-winners was one Wilmington-based non-profit: CLASS, Inc. This grant of $200,000 over ten years will give CLASS the ability to support operations at its Cummings Properties location in Wilmington, where it provides services including community inclusion programs, job coaching and matching, and employment supports for more than 60 individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities.The nonprofit recipients first learned of their awards in mid-April through surprise visits by foundation volunteers.“It felt like winning the Publisher’s Clearinghouse,” said Liz Cohen, executive director of Arlington’s The Children’s Room, about the unexpected visit she and her team received. “We are so incredibly grateful.”The grant winners then gathered on May 2 with Cummings Foundation staff, trustees, and volunteers for the Sustaining Grants Awards Night at TradeCenter 128 in Woburn.“We hope this decade-long commitment allows you to think bigger, to plan for the future, and—perhaps most importantly—to dedicate more of your resources to actually providing services rather than raising money for them,” said Joel Swets, executive director of Cummings Foundation.Sustaining Grants winners were selected primarily by a 46-member volunteer committee.Cummings Foundation has awarded $250 million to date in Greater Boston alone, and it will award an additional $10 million in June, when it announces the winners of this year’s ”$100K for 100″ program.One of the three largest private foundations in New England, Cummings Foundation aims to give back in the areas where it owns commercial buildings, all of which are managed on a pro bono basis by its affiliate, Cummings Properties. Founded in 1970 by Bill Cummings of Winchester, the Woburn-based commercial real estate firm leases and manages 10 million square feet of space, the majority of which exclusively benefits the Foundation.For a complete list of the winners, visit DePierro, Cummings Foundation, &  Al Frugoli, CEO of CLASS(NOTE: The above modified press release is from the Cummings Foundation.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Police Department’s Substance Abuse Efforts Gets Boost From $100,000 Grant & Regional PartnershipIn “Police Log”Wilmington Police Department Receives $100,000 Grant From Cummings FoundationIn “Government”2 Wilmington Organizations Receive $100,000 Grants From The Cummings FoundationIn “Business”last_img read more

5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Sunday June 2 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Sunday, June 2, 2019:#1) Wilmington High School GraduationThe WHS Class of 2019’s Graduation Ceremony begins at 1pm in the High School Gym. Wilmington Community Television will live-stream the event HERE.#2) Request A Mosquito Spraying This MonthCentral Mass. Mosquito Control Project will begin accepting requests to spray for adult, flying mosquitoes on Tuesday, May 28, 2019. Any requests submitted before that time by phone or email will not be databased and will have to be resubmitted into our online request form that will be available May 28. Check the “Service Request” button to the right on the homepage after that date.Central Massachusetts Mosquito Control Project personnel will be in Wilmington to respond to residents’ concerns about mosquitoes in their area on June 5, June 6, June 12, June 13, June 19, June 20, June 26, and June 27. Dates are tentative and subject to change due to weather conditions, mosquito populations, mosquito virus activity and/or special event spraying.Mosquito spraying is only done when certain criteria have been met; mosquitoes are active at that time, temperatures are above 55oF and winds are less than 10mph. If any of these conditions are not present at the time of the application then the service request will be rescheduled to a later date.#3) Registration Open For Brady’s Foundation 5KBrady’s Foundation is holding its 3rd Annual 5K Run For Recovery /Walk For Wellness next Sunday, June 9, 2019 at the Wilmington Town Common. In-person registration begins at 9am. The race starts at 10:30am. Event details and online registration can be found HERE.#4) Middlesex Canal Museum OpenThe Middlesex Canal Museum and Visitors’ Center (71 Faulkner Street, North Billerica) is open from noon to 4pm.  Learn about the canal, which travels through Wilmington.#5) Food ShoppingFood shopping in town this week?  In case you haven’t seen this week’s circulars, Wilmington Apple has you covered:This week’s circular from Market Basket (260 Main Street) can be found HERE.This week’s circular from Lucci’s Market (211 Lowell Street) can be found HERE.Elia’s Country Store (381 Middlesex Avenue) does not have an online circular, but the store posts its hot entree schedule and other specials on its Facebook page HERE.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Thursday, June 13, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”Request A Free Mosquito Spraying From Central Mass. Mosquito Control Project Beginning May 28In “Government”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Monday, July 15, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

Digital Voice Replaces Forecasters at Nomes Weather Service

first_imgRobert Murders with the National Weather Service reads the weather Monday, June 9. (Photo by Rolland Trowbridge, KNOM – Nome)The National Weather Service in Nome is switching to an automated digital voice for its weather forecasts, one of the final forecasting stations in the country to cease having local forecasters read and record the weather.From home radios to VHFs, in summer fish camps and during long winter nights at home, local forecasters at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Weather Service office in Nome were heard across western Alaska. Their marine forecasts were also regularly heard on Nome radio stations.But this week, the voices of those forecasters will be replaced by “Tom,” one of several voices available for the automated weather system that, after being installed in nearly every other weather outpost in the nation, is coming to Nome.“On our NOAA Weather Radio, we have routinely, every day, for all those years, read the local forecast and the regional forecast and [the] marine forecast. And [now] we’re going to be switching over to a digitized forecast,” said Jerry Steiger, meteorologist in charge of the National Weather Service in Nome.The voice of “Tom,” as well as a female voice named “Donna” and a Spanish language voice named “Javier,” were developed for NOAA using the Speechify text-to-speech system. The National Weather Service began implementing the text-to-speech voices nationwide back in 2002. Samples of “Tom’s” voice and other synthetic voices available with NOAA’s new automated system can be found on NOAA’s website.Steiger said Nome and Kodiak are the only two weather stations left in Alaska that still have weather service employees read the weather every day; both stations will be switching over in the coming days. A weather service technician was in Nome Tuesday to make the final preparations for “Tom” to take over the forecast in Nome.Steiger said it’s a small change, but one he didn’t necessarily want, and one he had even avoided to keep people reading the forecast.“I like it, and I think everyone who’s been here has liked doing the broadcast and giving a voice to the National Weather Service,” he said.“It’s been my reluctance to let it happen here [that has kept the automated voice from being installed previously]. It was always curious to walk into a store or somewhere, or listen on the radio, and you’d hear your voice, occasionally,” he said. “Obviously, our voices will not be on the radio any more.”Steiger said the new system has been programmed to accurately pronounce the unique names and places in western Alaska, and has seen field testing elsewhere in the country for more than a decade to make sure it holds up during emergencies. Emergency weather bulletins and other alerts will likewise be automated and delivered by “Tom.”“The system that they have in place, to be able to do these warnings, can be done very quickly via just automation,” Steiger said. “The technology is there and it’s very reliable technology.”The National Weather Service has been taking records in Nome since 1907, and Steiger said the Nome station has been broadcasting since the 1960s. He emphasized that, while the people collecting the weather data may no longer be heard on the radio after this week, they will still staffing the weather desk, collecting weather data, launching weather balloons, and more to make sure “Tom” has the right information to broadcast to the rest of the world.last_img read more

Mat Su Health Services Gains ACA Grant

first_imgThe Health Resources and Services Administration announced the awards on Monday, as part of the 295 million dollars in Affordable Care Act funds that is being distributed to more than 11 hundred health centers throughout the United States.  HRSA is an agency within the federal Health and Human Services Administration. Mat Su Health Services received more than 197 thousand dollars.  CEO Kevin Munson says the grant will enable expansion of primary care services. “Well, we are a community health center, so we are already funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration, and we will be using those additional funds to hire additional staff to expand our hours. “ Munson says more staff will translate to evening availability.“We’ll be looking to hire a half time practitioner, probably a mid -level physician’s assistant or family nurse practitioner, and then we’ll also be hiring some additional support staff to enable us to extend our hours, and we will be also be hiring a mental health clinician who will be working in our primary care clinic.” Munson says the funding opportunity was offered by HRSA based on how many patients the clinic sees that are uninsured or underinsured. Mat Su Health Services has been serving the area since the 1970s, starting as a community mental health center. In 2005, the facility became a primary care clinic “So we have been operating as a primary care clinic with a sliding discount and access for all people in the community now for a little over nine years. And we certainly have seen and experienced the significant growth in the community, which has been clicking along for a little over 4 percent a year for better than a decade. So we provide a wide variety of essentially primary health care services to the entire community with a target focused on the uninsured and the underinsured. “ Munson says some of his staff are dedicated to helping people sign up for the federal health care subsidy under the Affordable Care Act. HRSA secretary Sylvia Burwell announced the awards, saying the funds overall are expected to create close to 5, 000 new jobs, and to help health clinics to reach about 1 point 5 million new patients.last_img read more

Dugup roads not restored

first_imgOld Bowenpally: Drainage works in Satya Sai Colony at Old Bowepally are started recently. This led to pot holes and uneven roads. A Tata Sumo travelling on the road got struck due to lack of street lights. Locals are requesting GHMC officials to finish the road works at the earliest and to arrange streetlights in the area.last_img

Cofounder Nandan Nilekani back at Infosys as nonexecutive chairman

first_imgNandan NilekaniReutersIndian IT giant Infosys named its co-founder and former head Nandan Nilekani as non-executive chairman on Thursday after chief executive Vishal Sikka’s resignation last week after a long-drawn dispute between its board members and founders.Shares of Infosys surged for a third straight day on Thursday, following reports that Nilekani could step in to the company’s board in a bid to calm the ongoing controversies that the company is going through at present.”I am happy to return to Infosys, now in the role of non-executive chairman, and look forward to working with my colleagues on the Board and in executive management on the business opportunities we see before us and delivering benefits to our clients, shareholders, employees and communities,” Nilekani said.The decision to bring Nilekani back to the board will likely comfort employees and shareholder fears after Vishal Sikka resigned last week that blew investor confidence and wiped billions of dollars from the company’s market value.Nilekani also said that the board will hold active an shareholder consultation process as one of the major parts of its overall engagement initiatives with all the stakeholders of the company.Ripple effect of Sikka’s resignationThe IT firm’s Executive Vice-Chairman R Seshasayee and two more directors also resigned after Vishal Sikka stepped down from his position.Co-chair Ravi Venkatesan too stepped down after Nilekani’s appointment but will continue as an independent director, the company said.Nilekani’s return could suggest that more directors may leave the board as even Sikka’s tenure in the company has come to an end after he stepped down from the IT firm. Infosys Chief Executive Vishal Sikka attends a news conference in Mumbai, India, February 13, 2017. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui/File PhotoReutersGreat expectationsNandan Nilekani began as one of the founders of the giant tech firm Infosys. He served as CEO from 2002 to 2007. Nilekani is often credited for driving up the company’s annual revenue to $2 billion during his tenure as CEO.”Nandan is the ideal leader for Infosys at this stage of the company’s development. His appointment will allow Infosys to focus on the strategic changes it needs to make in order to capitalise on the attractive opportunities in the years ahead,” said R Seshasayee on Thursday.”Under Nandan, Infosys will build a cohesive management team that will no doubt take the company to a leadership position in the industry,” added Seshasayee.last_img read more

2 in US executed for murder

first_imgTwo death row inmates, one in Alabama and the other in Georgia, were executed Thursday after appeals failed.Michael Eggers, a 50-year-old who was sentenced to death for the kidnapping and murder of his wife in 2000, received a lethal injection in Alabama.His defence team, which sought to stay the execution at the US Supreme Court, says he suffered from hallucinations, a persecution complex and other serious psychological ailments.In January, the court granted a stay of execution to another Alabama death row inmate, 67-year-old Vernon Madison, because he was suffering from dementia.In Georgia, Carlton Gary, 67, was executed Wednesday for killing three women in 1977. He confessed to the crimes.The state of Georgia denied appeals for clemency, but his lawyers also petitioned the Supreme Court for a stay of execution.Prosecutors said Gary was responsible for a string of murders of elderly women from September 1977 to April 1978, in Columbus, Georgia.Aged 59 to 89, the women had been severely beaten, raped and strangled, often with their own tights. Seven women were killed and two were hurt.Nicknamed the “stocking strangler,” Gary was arrested in 1984 and convicted of three of the murders.His lawyers had insisted, however, that new scientific methods would prove their client was innocent.last_img read more