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Israel faces a bread crisis, as bakeries have stopped producing government-subsidised, price-controlled bread.Unless the government allows them to put up the price of the subsidised bread, bakers will not be able to afford to make it because of the price hikes in worldwide wheat.Last week, the government refused to raise bread prices, and so bakery owners halted price-controlled bread production, which accounts for about a fifth of the bread made in Israel. This comes at a time when mills have raised flour prices by 35-40%.Israeli media reports said that the bakeries were still continuing to produce more expensive varieties of bread, which are not price-controlled.Owners were demanding that the government put up the price of price-controlled bread by 12.5%, although experts say that it would take 30% to offset the increases. The government said it understood why the protests were taking place but urged bakers to keep producing subsidised bread because it was harming the poor and those with larger families.A committee, including the representatives of the Prime Minister’s Office, the Finance Ministry and the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Employment, gathered to discuss the possibility of compensating those families who were worst hit.The Minister of Industry, Trade and Employment, Eliyahu Yishai, is to meet with representatives of the major bakeries in an effort to persuade them to resume baking the price-controlled breads, including white, dark and challah. read more

Man shot while driving on I-80/94 in northwest Indiana

first_img Facebook By Jon Zimney – March 14, 2021 0 427 IndianaLocalNews Google+ Twitter Pinterest Man shot while driving on I-80/94 in northwest Indiana Pinterest Facebook (Jon Zimney/95.3 MNC) A man is recovering after being shot while driving on I-80/94.Indiana State Police say a man walked into Munster Community Hospital around 10:30 p.m. on Friday, March 12, with a gunshot wound.The man told state troopers that he was driving westbound on I-80/94 between Indianapolis Boulevard and Calumet Avenue when his back window was shot.The man realized that he had also been shot in the arm, and drove home before heading to the hospital. He’s expected to recover.State Police say the suspect may drive a silver 2005 to 2010 Audi sedan.Anybody with any info should call Indiana State Police. Twitter WhatsApp Previous articleMissing girl, 6, found dead in wooded area in New CarlisleNext articleSix-month-old child found safe after quadruple murder, Amber Alert cancelled Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. WhatsApp Google+last_img read more

News story: AAIB Special Bulletin S1/2019 published: 25 February 2019

first_imgAAIB Special Bulletin S2/2019 published: 14 August 2019The AAIB has published a second Special Bulletin on the loss of Piper Malibu aircraft N264DB. This Special Bulletin highlights the danger of exposure to carbon monoxide in both piston and turbine engine aircraft.Toxicology tests found that the passenger had a high saturation level of COHb (the combination product of carbon monoxide and haemoglobin). It is considered likely that the pilot would also have been exposed to carbon monoxide.When our investigation has concluded, we will publish a final report. AAIB Special Bulletin S1/2019 published: 25 February 2019The AAIB has published a Special Bulletin on the loss of Piper Malibu aircraft N264DB. The Special Bulletin includes validated factual information gathered in the early stages of our investigation. It also explains the aircraft permissions and pilot licencing requirements relevant to a US-registered aircraft carrying out a cross-border flight within Europe with a passenger on board.We have gathered evidence from radar, weather reports, video of the aircraft on the seabed and interviews with witnesses. Some operational aspects are yet to be determined, such as the validity of the pilot’s licence and ratings.Our priority now is to go through the evidence, much of which is extensive and complex, so we can piece together what happened between the aircraft being lost from radar and it coming to rest on the sea bed. This will help us understand the potential causes of the accident.We continue to speak to the families of the pilot and passenger to keep them updated on the progress of our investigation. If any urgent safety issues arise during our investigation, we will issue a further Special Bulletin. When our investigation has concluded, we will publish a final report.The AAIB has published a Special Bulletin on the loss of Piper Malibu aircraft N264DB.Update 4: 7 February 2019Following extensive visual examination of the accident site using the remotely operated vehicle (ROV), it was decided to attempt recovery operations.In challenging conditions, the AAIB and its specialist contractors successfully recovered the body previously seen amidst the wreckage. The operation was carried out in as dignified a way as possible and the families were kept informed of progress.Unfortunately, attempts to recover the aircraft wreckage were unsuccessful before poor weather conditions forced us to return the ROV to the ship. The weather forecast is poor for the foreseeable future and so the difficult decision was taken to bring the overall operation to a close. The body is currently being taken to Portland to be passed into the care of the Dorset Coroner.Although it was not possible to recover the aircraft, the extensive video record captured by the ROV is expected to provide valuable evidence for our safety investigation.We expect our next update to be an interim report, which we intend to publish within one month of the accident occurring.Update 3: 4 February 2019Having identified a priority search area last week, the AAIB agreed a search strategy with Blue Water Recoveries Ltd to maximise the chance of locating the aircraft wreckage.The AAIB commissioned specialist vessel Geo Ocean III and Blue Water Recoveries Ltd commissioned FPV Morven and the search area was divided between the vessels. Both vessels began their search on the morning of Sunday 3 February.Early in the search, the Morven identified an object of interest on the seabed using its side-scan sonar equipment. It cleared the immediate area for the Geo Ocean III to use its underwater remotely operated vehicle (ROV) to survey the area of the seabed in which the object was located. Based on analysis of ROV video footage, the AAIB investigators on board the vessel concluded that the object is wreckage from the missing Piper Malibu aircraft, registration N264DB.The ROV carried out a further search of the area overnight, but did not identify any additional pieces of wreckage.Tragically, in video footage from the ROV, one occupant is visible amidst the wreckage. The AAIB is now considering the next steps, in consultation with the families of the pilot and passenger, and the police.The image shows the rear left side of the fuselage including part of the aircraft registration.We intend to publish an interim report within one month of the accident occurring.Update 2: Wednesday 30 January 2019Since we opened our safety investigation on Tuesday 23 January, we have been gathering evidence such as flight, aircraft and personnel records, and have been analysing radar data and air traffic tapes. We have been working closely with other international authorities and have kept the families of those involved updated on our progress.On the morning of Monday 28 January, we were advised by the Bureau d’Enquêtes & d’Analyses (BEA), the French safety investigation authority, that part of a seat cushion had been found on a beach near Surtainville on the Cotentin Peninsula. A second cushion was found in the same area later that day. From a preliminary examination we have concluded that it is likely that the cushions are from the missing aircraft.From the moment we were notified of the missing aircraft, we have been looking at the feasibility of conducting an underwater seabed search for aircraft wreckage. Based on a detailed assessment of the flight path and last known radar position, we have now identified a priority search area of approximately four square nautical miles. Through the Ministry of Defence’s Salvage and Marine Operations (SALMO) Project Team, we have commissioned a specialist survey vessel to carry out an underwater survey of the seabed to try to locate and identify possible aircraft wreckage.Due to the weather and sea conditions, we currently expect our underwater seabed search to start at the end of this weekend and to take up to three days. Side-scan sonar equipment will be used to try to locate the wreckage on the seabed. If the wreckage is found, a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) will be used to visually examine the wreckage.We are aware that a privately operated search is also being conducted in the area, and we are liaising closely with those involved to maximise the chance of locating any wreckage and ensure a safe search operation.Our remit is to undertake safety investigations to establish the cause of accidents. We do not apportion blame or liability.Update 1: Wednesday 23 January 2019On Monday night, a US-registered Piper PA-46-310P Malibu aircraft (registration N264DB) was lost from radar north of Guernsey. The aircraft was en route from Nantes, France to Cardiff, United Kingdom, with one pilot and one passenger on board.In accordance with international protocols, the AAIB is investigating the loss of the aircraft. Since Tuesday morning, we have been working closely with international authorities including the US National Transportation Safety Board, the Bureau d’Enquêtes & d’Analyses (BEA) in France and the Junta de Investigación de Accidentes de Aviación Civil (JIACC) in Argentina.We will be gathering all the available evidence to conduct a thorough investigation. However, if the aircraft is not found it is likely to limit the scope of the investigation.last_img read more

Getting to the finish

first_imgAndrew Vincent ’14 took the track less-traveled to graduation, allowing himself a breather from his studies on campus and an opportunity for a real-world experience that changed his academic direction.“I took a semester off in my junior fall because I needed a break,” he said. “The following year I took a year off to work in a school, which actually was a really great thing because at the time I wanted to be in education and came out of that thinking I should do something else.”Vincent was one of 91 College seniors who were honored at the Midyear Graduates Recognition Ceremony Dec. 5 at Knafel Center.Each year, hundreds of family members, friends, classmates, professors, and school officials gather to celebrate the accomplishments of students who for a variety of reasons — early graduation, or time taken off for travel, personal pursuits, or family emergencies — graduate off-cycle.Rakesh Khurana, the dean of Harvard College, shared with the students and audience his own experience as a midyear graduate. He said graduating in December was one the first unplanned events in his life.“It was not something I had planned when I started college, but I think it was one of the best things that ever happened to me,” Khurana said. “As it turned out for me, and will for you, the unplanned creates conditions for serendipity. Serendipity, the unplanned, I believe, is a person’s best friend and the biggest part of exhilaration of the daily magic of discovery.”Students arriving at Harvard often know what they plan to do with their lives and careers and have a precise list of steps to accomplish those goals, said Khurana. But an important lesson they need to learn is to be open to new opportunities and experiences, he said.“I hope these last couple of years helped you understand that the unplanned and serendipitous is part of the learning process and not your enemy, but a challenging friend.”In her faculty address, Diana Eck, the Frederic Wertham Professor of Law and Psychiatry in Society, also spoke to the students about the value of serendipity in a world full of challenges.“We are worried, and rightly so, about ISIS, about Ebola, about Ferguson … about the countless issues that are ours in a turbulent world, and maybe we can think about that possibility of the planet becoming uninhabitable somewhat later,” she said. “But I would like to suggest that all of us, we and you alike, commit ourselves to retaining that split-screen world in which we hold our plans, our personal plans, our dreams, our abundant energies always and in juxtaposition with the images that disturb us and call us to everyday responsibility.”Giacomo Barbone ’14, was chosen by the Senior Class Committee to reflect on his experience at Harvard College. He had Dante on his mind, as well.“What I remember in this underworld most clearly is everyone’s passions, a passion beyond reason searching wide and far to make our talents shine, our relationships mature and our grades improve,” Barbone said.Philip Lovejoy, executive director of the Harvard Alumni Association, reminded the students that their Harvard journey does not end when they leave campus. The community of Harvard alumni spans the globe and plays an important role in the future of the College, he said.“You may have already tapped into the alumni community; it is a vast resource for you as you walk out of the gates of Harvard and embark on the next phase of your lives,” Lovejoy said. “And it is a resource I encourage you to tap into. The alumni association provides numerous channels for you to connect to that community.”last_img read more

Rise in medical marketing poses challenges

first_img Push for name-brand drugs Industry relationships appear to increase likelihood of costly practice Companies spent nearly $10 billion to market prescription drugs and medical services in 2016 — five times more than they spent 20 years ago, according to a new study.The large increase in “medical marketing” includes ads directed at consumers for prescription drugs, treatments, tests, or hospital services, as well as pitches to doctors by drug companies and lab test manufacturers, according to a Jan. 8, 2019 HealthDay article.While some of the marketing may help people get appropriate tests or treatments, experts say it could also lead to overdiagnosis and overtreatment.In addition, there is little regulatory oversight of medical marketing, according to Meredith Rosenthal, C. Boyden Gray Professor of Health Economics and Policy at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, who co-authored an editorial published with the study. She told HealthDay that although the FDA can act when an ad’s content violates the law, it does not approve every ad ahead of time.“Don’t assume an ad has been reviewed and blessed by the FDA,” she said. Read Full Story Relatedlast_img read more

Les Miz Star Caissie Levy Dreams Up Fantasy Dates with Former Fantines!

first_img ANNE HATHAWAY (2012 film) Fantine I’d Love to Sing a Duet With “Can this be arranged? She’s a remarkable talent and a big supporter of live theater. Sir Cameron, are you reading this? :)” Caissie Levy is living the dream: She gets to sell her hair, sob her eyes out and [SPOILER ALERT for the two people on earth who have never seen the musical] die eight times a week in the new Broadway revival of Les Miserables at the Imperial Theatre. But Levy isn’t the first actress to have the honor of dying a tragic death as tortured mother Fantine in the hit musical. Below, she highlights a few of the lovely ladies who have played Fantine in productions gone by, and dreams a dream of what it would be like to do drink shots, take road trips and play truth or dare with them. Have fun, Fantines—but watch out for those thunder-voiced, nocturnal tigers! LAUREN KENNEDY (2002 B’way cast) Fantine I Want to Bring on a Road Trip “But only if she’ll let us play her debut album, Songs of Jason Robert Brown on repeat. ‘Cause it’s amazing.” Les Miserables RANDY GRAFF (original 1987 B’way cast) Fantine I Want to Do Lunch With “Actually, while auditioning for Fantine, Randy and I were doing a reading together, and she played my mother-in-law. I had to suppress my fangirl-ness the entire week! I think she’s a genius on stage and off, and I admire her greatly.” PATTI LUPONE (original 1985 London cast) Fantine I Want to Play Truth or Dare With “Am I alone in thinking Patti LuPone would be the BEST choice in this category?! I’m not sure what would be juicer, the dares she’d come up with, or hearing some of her legendary stories firsthand.” Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 4, 2016 View Commentscenter_img LAURIE BEECHMAN (1990 B’way cast) Fantine Who Should Teach a Master Class “The late, great Laurie Beechman. She was such a talent and her legacy lives on. It would have been an honor to meet her and learn from her.” RACHEL YORK (2000 B’way cast) Fantine Who Would Make an Awesome Roomie “Our husbands are old friends, so I think they’d be cool with it.” LOUISE PITRE (original 1989 Canadian cast) Fantine I Want to Take Out to Coffee “But only if it’s Tim Horton’s. We’re good Canadian girls!” Caissie Levy LEA SALONGA (2006 B’way revival) Fantine I Want as a Wine Drinking Buddy “I’ve always loved Lea Salonga’s stunning voice, and on the occasions I’ve met her, she’s been so funny and down to earth.'” Star Files DAPHNE RUBIN-VEGA (2006 B’way revival) Fantine I’d Like to Do Shots With “I bet Daphne Rubin-Vega and I could get into some trouble together. She seems like she’d have some great stories and be a lot of fun. And as an ex-Maureen, it’d be a blast to hang out with the original Mimi.”last_img read more

Colombia Continues to Hinder Narcotrafficking

first_imgBy Yolima Dussán / Diálogo April 20, 2020 The efforts of the Armed Forces of Colombia to address all the emergencies and needs due to the coronavirus crisis have not curbed their drug interdiction operations.“Intelligence operations show that, at this time, while our units are also handling tasks related to COVID-19, there has been an increase in narcotrafficking groups’ attempts to smuggle drugs overseas,” Colombian Navy Rear Admiral Hernando Enrique Mattos Dager, commander of the 72nd Task Force Against Narcotrafficking, told Diálogo. “What they don’t know is that we are right there waiting for them, without letting our guard down.”Colombian Navy units in the Eastern Pacific intercepted nearly 2 tons of drugs, in two operations coordinated by the Armed Forces only three days apart.Rear Adm. Mattos highlighted allied countries’ collaboration under U.S. leadership for the outcome of these operations, which keep up thanks to “constant and daily cooperation from the United States, its technology, aircraft, maritime patrols, and the presence of its ships, which allow for sustainable operations on international waters, when it’s out of our hands.”On April 3, service members of the Buenaventura Coast Guard Station aboard the ARC José María Palas (PM-103) found a shipment of narcotics camouflaged inside a type of fast boat in Buenaventura, Valle del Cauca, the Colombian Navy told the press. Service members found 1,318 pounds of marijuana, 613 pounds of cocaine hydrochloride, and 300 gallons of gasoline. The drugs seized were worth more than $12 million, the Navy added.This operation enabled the capture of two Nicaraguan citizens, a Costa Rican, and a Colombian. Port Health authorities examined the detainees for signs of COVID-19 symptoms, said the press release.“On March 31, during another interception, 120 nautical miles off Tumaco Port, Nariño department, the Tumaco Coast Guard crew detained a semisubmersible carrying 1.3 tons of cocaine hydrochloride. The shipment was valued at $37 million. During the operation, authorities captured the crew members: two Colombian nationals and one Ecuadorean, who also received a health examination,” said the Navy.“This is a procedure we integrate into all of our interdiction operations,” Colombian Navy Commander Néstor Ovidio Castellanos, commander of the Pacific Coast Guard, told Diálogo. “We must guarantee the health of the detainees, even more so at this time, when we identify the growing participation of people from different countries of the region.”Rear Adm. Mattos said that “as a result of a U.S.-led project, the Colombian Navy carries out operations so that countries of the region can improve their capabilities in the fight against narcotrafficking. Panama and Costa Rica currently have excellent results. Thanks to Southern Command units, we carry out daily coordinated actions, tightening the siege on illegal transnational groups.”“We must continue our work, with all the comprehensive actions,” said Cmdr. Castellanos. “Crime doesn’t stop; on the contrary, it seizes every opportunity and every circumstance.”“The Colombian Armed Forces’ capabilities continue to fight against narcotrafficking and other crimes; like all the countries of the world, we face a great pandemic, but we continue to do our work,” Rear Adm. Mattos told Diálogo, as he presented a summary of the counternarcotics operations for the first semester of 2020.Drug seizures have exceeded records from previous years. “During the first quarter this year, the Pacific Naval Force intercepted 11 semisubmersibles and seized 46 tons of drugs. So far, service members have seized more than 70 tons of cocaine hydrochloride nationwide. Our people are doing their job to counter the pandemic, without stopping our fight against narcotrafficking,” Rear Adm. Mattos said.last_img read more

Study: Broome County is 7th most vulnerable county to virus in N.Y. per demographic

first_img(WBNG) –According to a study done by Cornell University, Broome County is the 7th most vulnerable county in New York to the coronavirus per demographic. Additionally, Broome County is the 26th most vulnerable county when taking a look at health defects such asthma, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and high blood pressure along with adult obesity and smoking rates. The study takes in consideration the percentage living in a nursing home, jail or prisons, households than span three generation of families, and people with disabilities. center_img To take a look at the study, click here.last_img

PREMIUMResearchers warn of ‘hidden cost’ of Indonesian diet

first_imgLinkedin Log in with your social account The Indonesian diet and agricultural land use system incur “hidden” health and environmental costs associated with nutrition-related health problems and environmental degradation, researchers have suggested.Ongoing research by a member of the Food and Land Use (FOLU) Coalition found about US$62.7 billion in net hidden health and environmental costs from the food system.“There’s actually as much as $62.7 billion in net hidden costs, meaning that the food we eat costs way more than what appears on our bills,” Romauli Panggabean from the FOLU Coalition and author of the study said recently.She said the $62.7 billion was the gap between the $242.8 billion contribution of the agriculture and food sectors to 2018 gross domestic product (GDP) and the $305.5 billion spending on health care, environmental mitigation and many other things that are affec… Google Facebook agriculture #Agriculture #food land-conversions #land-conversion health food #health diet #diet environment #environment Topics : LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Forgot Password ?last_img read more

​AP1, AP4 say draft rules on illiquid assets must go further

first_imgTwo of Sweden’s largest state pension buffer funds have called for yet more flexibility regarding their ability to invest in illiquid asset classes.AP1 and AP4 urged the Swedish government to extend the buffer funds’ permitted investments in response to a proposal to reform their investment rules regarding illiquid investments.AP4 acknowledged the proposal’s stated purpose of increasing the cost-effectiveness, return opportunities and long-term perspective regarding investments in illiquid assets. The rule changes would also give the four funds similar conditions to other comparable institutional investors, it said.However, the SEK349bn (€32.9bn) fund added: “The proposals that are presented continue to have major limitations and do not provide opportunities that are needed to achieve the desired purpose. “It is important now to create a regulatory framework that provides sufficient flexibility for AP funds to operate in a rapidly changing financial market for many years to come.”The fund referred to proposals it had put forward in October 2017, in a response to an earlier set of draft rules.These included adding to abilities to:make co-investments in unlisted companies;invest in infrastructure companies in the same way as they can real estate companies; andinvest in unlisted credit and sustainability-oriented investment opportunities.AP4 said most opportunities in the latter category were unlisted and therefore not investable under current rules.“With the changes AP4 proposed in its previous referral statement, the AP funds’ investment regulations should include both cost-effectiveness [and] increased opportunities for return-based investment,” the fund said.It added that the ideas it proposed in 2017 would, to a much greater extent, correspond to the flexible rules currently in force for other similar institutional investors.Meanwhile AP1, which managed SEK324bn at the end of 2018, said it considered the government’s latest reform proposal to be positive and advocated putting the proposals into force.However, it also said the funds should be given more flexible rules in order to meet the aim of the memorandum.“Some details of the proposed investment rules will lead to the AP funds losing out on investments with attractive return potential, such as, for example, direct investments in unlisted companies in the final stages prior to a stock exchange listing or in unlisted infrastructure companies,” AP1 stated.Other rules would lead to higher costs for the funds, it said, citing the fact that they always had to use pooled vehicles to gain access to the illiquid credit market.“Certain rules also risk quickly becoming obsolete in today’s changing financial markets,” it said. “With the rapid development of technology, it is difficult to predict what types of asset types and forms of investment will be available in just a few years.”The funds’ demands come after their investment rules were relaxed as part of changes implemented at the start of this year.The consultation on the proposals ends today.last_img read more