Ana weakens to a tropical depression

first_imgAdvertisement Here’s what should be in your pet safety hurricane checklist AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments Advertisement Hurricane season is here. Do you know how to safely use a generator? June 16, 2021 NHC: 90% chance of tropical development in southwest Gulf of Mexico June 16, 2021 AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments TLC and DQ® are mixing up your backyard summer fun! Sponsored Content AdvertisementTags: hurricane seasontropics By DQ® Advertisement June 15, 2021 Bill becomes Post-Tropical June 16, 2021 After becoming a tropical storm this morning, Ana has now weakened down to depression status, soon to become a remnant low.Ana continues to move poleward, towards colder waters which will further weaken the system. By Monday Ana will be nothing more than a brief piece of 2021 hurricane season history.This is now the 7th year in a row that a named storm formed before June 1. The last time the name Ana was used was in 2015, it also was a pre-season storm. Early forecasts indicate that Hurricane Season 2021 will be more active than normal. Thursday afternoon the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released their 2021 hurricane season outlook and says there is a 60% chance the season will be above-average.  You can read about the specifics of what NOAA is expecting here.  RELATEDTOPICS Nothing Says Family Fun in the Sun Like a DQ® Blizzard® Treat…last_img read more

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Commoners Ensnared in War for Remittances

first_imgMany defectors inSouth Korea who have close family remaining in the North remit money throughbroker networks spanning South Korea and China. The process is expensive. Each individualbroker asks for a minimum of 10% commission, and since a single transactionoften involves three such brokers, commission alone adds up to 30% of theremitted monies, although the overall cost regularly exceeds even this. News Recent Articles US dollar and Chinese reminbi plummet against North Korean won once again,Daily NK Weekly Newsletter North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along… 2021.06.14 11:43am By Kang Mi Jin – 2014.07.25 9:03am Load more Commoners Ensnared in War for Remittances Individuals who apply for the mandatory certificates which allow them to enter the region on the North Korean side of thecountry’s border with China could find themselves being tracked to their destination by the security services, it has emerged. According to Daily NK sources in the region, such surveillance has already resulted in cases of extortion, or simple confiscation, of remitted monies arriving from abroad. “Recently, a woman inher 40s came here to Hyesan from Onsung County [in North Hamkyung Province] to collect money remitted by herfamily in the South,” a source from Yangkang Province explained. “She didn’tknow that she was being tracked by an agent from the Onsung branch of theDepartment of State Security (SSD), but he caught her red-handed with themoney and took it all.”“She was told to turn up tothe SSD for later questioning, but was not arrested and didn’t go. The agent just left for Onsung,” he went on. “Although Article 60 of the criminal code was amended earlier thisyear and it now stipulates strict punishment for ‘all financial transactions withSouth Chosun’, it looks like nothing is going to happen as they took all of her money.” Sign up now! News center_img Hamhung man arrested for corruption while working at a state-run department… 2021.06.11 4:32pm North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) Ordinary Pyongyang residents have not received government rations since mid-April 2021.06.14 11:16am There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties… 2021.06.15 2:24pm RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest NewsEconomy Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine… 2021.06.15 2:38pm News last_img read more

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Hyesan, Samjiyon under lockdown following smuggling incidents

first_img News SHARE North Korean authorities have reportedly placed the cities of Hyesan and Samjiyon in Yanggang Province under yet another lockdown. The measure is a response to a pair of border residents getting caught smuggling Chinese products into North Korea. With this, locals have suddenly been “imprisoned” once again.A source in Yanggang Province told Daily NK on Tuesday that the government put Hyesan and Samjiyon under another lockdown from 5 PM on Friday. “This lockdown will last 30 days, and all roads within the province and vehicle movement have been blocked,” he said.“Workers have been banned from going to work, and markets have been shut down for the time being,” he added. “Locals now cannot leave their homes or even move.”According to the source, the lockdown sprang from a Jan. 27 incident in which two residents of Hyesan smuggled seasonings, sugar and soybean oil from China through the environs of Samjiyon.However, the illicit transaction became apparent the next day, and provincial Ministry of State Security agents put the two individuals under emergency arrest after a border guard who abetted the smuggling turned himself in.Things did not end there, however. When the authorities received a report of the incident, they ordered an additional lockdown for the region, ostensibly to “block the entry and transmission of the coronavirus.”Samjiyon work units rumorsA panorama view of Samjiyon County, Yanggang Province. / Image: Rodong SinmunThe move suggests the authorities intend to send residents a warning that they will use the COVID-19 situation to completely root out widespread connections between locals and the outside world.Locals are reportedly dumbstruck by the unprecedented “30-day confinement” order. Among themselves, locals are firstly wondering whether the authorities really needed to keep them at home for 30 days. Essentially, they are accusing the government of “excessive quarantine measures.”There is also rising concern about the economic impact of the virus. Locals who have heard rumors of starvation deaths during previous lockdowns are complaining that now they must “sit around and starve to death.”“During the special patrol period at the time of the Eighth Party Congress, the prices of some products climbed as the movement of people and supplies was blocked,” said the source. “Life is desolate even now, and if they don’t guarantee food and firewood, you’ll hear wailing everywhere.”North Korea had previously placed Hyesan and Samjiyon under lockdown in September due to a smuggling incident, while Hyesan was put under total lockdown in November following a gold smuggling incident that led to a defection.Please direct any comments or questions about this article to [email protected] in Korean North Korea hikes “party contributions” Russia-based workers must pay by 30-55% North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) AvatarLee Chae Un RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img News Facebook Twitter News Hamhung man arrested for corruption while working at a state-run department store last_img read more

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Investors need to re-think current asset allocations: Russell

Will exuberant market sentiment last? Related news Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Keywords Investment strategies,  Asset allocationCompanies Russell Investment Group When the world caught Covid, diversified investors stayed healthy “While recent experience has been kind to conservative investors, no trend is indefinite and investors will need to look beyond global uncertainties and rethink their approach to asset allocation in favour of more broadly diversified, multi-asset solutions,” he says. Russell’s latest research argues that intelligently diversified multi-asset solutions, which go beyond traditional stocks and bonds, will be crucial to achieving longer-term objectives. “It’s not about increasing ‘risk exposure’ but improving ‘growth exposure,’” adds Kshatriya. “Investors need to look at adding non-traditional asset classes such as global infrastructure and real estate, high yield bonds and emerging markets debt, which can provide an additional layer of diversification that may not be represented in the more traditional approaches.” Specifically, the research suggests that broader diversification comes in three ways: Improving the global macro focus by adding exposure to global and emerging markets equities. Fixed income exposure should become considerably more global with the inclusion of emerging markets debt and global high yield bonds. “Real assets” such as global infrastructure, global real estate and commodities provide additional sources of income, diversification and potential inflation protection. IE Staff With bond yields low and rising, what is the price of safety? Continued political and economic ambiguity will force investors to actively manage the risk in their portfolios if they wish to achieve their investment objectives, suggests new research from by Russell Investments Canada. “There are macro forces at play that were not on the radar five years ago,” according to Shailesh Kshatriya, associate director, client investment strategies, Russell Investments Canada. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter read more

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B.C. insurance regulator cancels life agent’s licence

first_img Keywords EnforcementCompanies Insurance Council of British Columbia PwC alleges deleted emails, unusual transactions in Bridging Finance case BFI investors plead for firm’s sale Mouth mechanic turned market manipulator James Langton Related newscenter_img Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Qi has the right to require a hearing on the order or appeal the order to the Financial Services Tribunal, the ICBC’s decision notes. The OSC permanently suspended the registration of Qi, his firm, Investar Investment Ltd., and Jian (Bob) Guo (Guo) effective Oct. 13, 2016, after it found “a pattern of serious non-compliance with Ontario securities law that is sufficient to demonstrate that the elements of the test for suspension … have been met.” The Insurance Council of B.C. (ICBC) has ruled that Liyaun Qi’s life agent licence should be cancelled after the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) suspended his registration as an ultimate designated person (UDP) and as a dealing representative permanently. “To allow an insurance agent to continue to hold an active insurance licence while banned or suspended from working in another financial services sector undermines the public’s confidence in the insurance industry,” the ICBC’s decision concludes. Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

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Pathways to sustainable land use and food systems

first_imgPathways to sustainable land use and food systems IIASAThe findings of a new report by the Food, Agriculture, Biodiversity, Land-Use, and Energy (FABLE) Consortium, suggest that integrated strategies across food production, biodiversity, climate, and diets can meet the objectives of the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).The second global report of the FABLE Consortium titled, Pathways to Sustainable Land-Use and Food Systems, presents pathways towards sustainable land use and food systems for 20 countries.The FABLE pathways set out in the report present at least one Current Trends Pathway and one Sustainable Pathway to assess how far and how quickly improved policies can make land use and food systems sustainable. The pathways have also been expanded to cover freshwater, future climate-change impacts on crops, a richer discussion of biodiversity targets, and a more detailed trade analysis. They show how countries can meet mid-century objectives on food security, healthy diets, greenhouse gas emissions, biodiversity, forest conservation, and freshwater use. Using the Scenathon methodology and linker tool developed at IIASA, the team were also able to consistently align the pathways of FABLE countries globally.“The Scenathon methodology and the linker tool we developed ensures a truly bottom-up approach. This is one of the novelties of the project and something that we believe could be of great value to many of the participating IIASA member countries,” notes IIASA researcher Valeria Javalera Rincón, who was closely involved in the development of the Scenathon methodology and the linker tool.Countries represented in the FABLE Consortium and the Food and Land Use CoalitionThe FABLE pathways can be a method for problem solving, working backwards from mid-century targets and shedding light on the major transformations that are needed to achieve them. They provide a framework for engaging stakeholders, can help identify mid-term technology benchmarks, and provide a long-term perspective to help countries avoid locking themselves into unsustainable food and land use systems. They also provide a tool for countries to integrate biodiversity conservation and restoration, as well as food systems into their climate strategies, particularly in the run-up to the climate and biodiversity Conference of the Parties (COP) in 2021.“An integral part of the consortium’s focus is on strengthening the analytical capacities of countries to carry out integrated assessments while emphasizing collaborative approaches across scales. We have a long-term approach to explore the implications of strategic decisions in order to define the solution space for sustainable development pathways that realize national development aspirations while accounting for globally agreed targets,” comments Katya Perez Guzman, an IIASA researcher and member of the FABLE Consortium.In just a short period, the global FABLE Consortium country teams have developed major analytical capacities on land use and food systems, pioneered new tools, and strengthened the analytical capacity in 20 countries. It plans to focus upcoming work on the following priorities:As part of FOLU, the consortium will work with interested governments to support integrated strategies, including climate and biodiversity strategies under the climate and biodiversity conventions that address short-term pressures on land use and food systems, and are consistent with meeting long-term goals.Advance a deeper understanding of how countries can design, implement, and monitor better policies to transform their land use and food systems through the new Food, Environment, Land, and Development (FELD) Action Tracker.Improve modeling tools to develop pathways and model policy options for land use and food systems.Train the next generation of analysts and policymakers in developing long-term pathways towards sustainable land use and food systems so that FABLE tools can be applied by any research group or government that would like to do so.Strengthen and expand the FABLE Consortium, including by welcoming new country teams. “In 2020, the world has experienced unprecedented environmental, social, and economic crises, underscoring just how unsustainable current land use and food systems are. At the same time, we are heading towards a “super year” for sustainable land use and food systems in 2021, and there have been encouraging policy commitments from major economies. However, most countries do not have integrated policies and long-term strategies for sustainable land use and food systems. We believe the second global report of the FABLE Consortium enters this context as a very timely and relevant collective voice and method proposition,” concludes consortium member Michael Obersteiner, an IIASA researcher and Director of the Environmental Change Institute at Oxford University.FABLE is a collaborative initiative operating as part of the Food and Land Use Coalition (FOLU). The consortium’s activities are coordinated by the FABLE Secretariat, which is led by IIASA and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) with support from EAT and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK).Adapted from a press release prepared by SDSN.ReferenceFABLE (2020). Pathways to Sustainable Land-Use and Food Systems. 2020 Report of the FABLE Consortium. International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) and Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), Laxenburg and Paris [pure.iiasa.ac.at/16896] /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. 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Minnesota submits bill to discourage slow driving in passing lane

first_imgCreated with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 Left-lane banditry, the practice of slower cars holding up the passing lane, is the number one complaint of motorists in North America and a primary cause of road rage. It’s time we finally crack down on the practice. The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. Unfortunately, though the bill has garnered plenty of attention from the media and public, the Senate Transportation Hearing that was supposed to review the bill earlier this week didn’t get to it in time. So, the proposed changes, much like line of Minnesota drivers currently stuck behind an old Dodge pickup coughing up dark smoke and barely doing the speed limit in the left lane, will just have to wait. Some Minnesota lawmakers, however, are looking to have the rules amended to support a more systematic approach to passing on the highway. The revived bills would raise the fine for driving too slowly in the left lane to US$100 from US$50, ultimately giving Minnesota highway enforcement the power to issue a US$175 ticket for those delaying traffic by doddling in the left lane. “We’ve all been behind the car that hangs out in that left lane and won’t move over,” Senator John Jasinski, the man leading the legal charge, told local Minneapolis NBC station Kare 11. “I just think this bill promotes an easy way for better traffic flow throughout the state.”To further encourage the use of the left lane for passing only, the bills also recommend allowing drivers an extra five mph over the speed limit while getting over to get by. COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS RELATED TAGSNon-LuxuryNew VehiclesNon-Luxury See More Videos There are few situations in life more frustrating than sharing a highway with someone who doesn’t understand that the left lane is for passing and not driving slowly without any regard to those behind trying to get by. Unlike Germany’s famous Autobahn, which has strict rules about how to use the left lanes and punishments for those who disregard them, most roads in Canada and in the great province of America to our South lack legislation to effectively enforce any sort of system. If some schmuck wants to cruise along at five km/h below the speed limit in the left lane, there’s not too much you can do about it. advertisement Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” Trending in Canada Trending Videos PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca ‹ Previous Next ›last_img read more

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CU-Boulder Professor Advises Shoppers On How To Avoid Online Bidding Fraud

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail With the holiday shopping season gaining momentum, more consumers than ever will be buying gifts online. Those who bid at Internet auction sites such as eBay should beware of shilling, an illegal practice in which a seller or their friends covertly pose as bona fide bidders and continuously raise the highest bid. The result is that the buyer pays an artificially high price and the seller makes a fraudulent profit. Online consumers can protect themselves from shilling with several tactics, according to Atanu Sinha, a professor of marketing at the University of Colorado at Boulder’s College of Business. Sinha’s research on shilling was recently published in the flagship journal Marketing Science. The most effective tactic is to decide how much you will pay for an item before you bid, Sinha said. “You have to go into it with an idea of the maximum price that you can bid and still sleep well at night,” she said. “Even if you deviate from your expected price by a few dollars, but you get the item within your maximum price, you won’t feel cheated.” Other tactics include the following: o If the bids seem suspicious, stop bidding, Sinha said. “When in doubt, get out.” o Steer clear of repeated bids from an unknown source by researching the seller. eBay, for example, allows buyers to rate sellers, Sinha said. “Use any method you can to get information about the seller.” o If you are the type of person who gets caught up in the heat of the bidding action, refrain from bidding during the last 10 minutes of the auction when activity often escalates. o Remember that one-of-a-kind items are not commonly sold on the Internet. Rather, they are more often sold by reputable “bricks and mortar” auction houses. Although shilling is illegal, it does occur, and the opportunity for manipulation grows every day, Sinha said. This year, sales in consumer-based online auctions in the United States are expected to more than double to $6.4 billion, according to the New York Times. eBay controls more than 90 percent of the market. Sinha’s research also provides recommendations on possible actions by auction sites to reduce attempts at shilling. Published: Dec. 12, 2000 last_img read more

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Shorter radiotherapy treatment for bowel cancer patients during COVID-19

first_imgShorter radiotherapy treatment for bowel cancer patients during COVID-19  Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” Add Comment The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story Cancer Care News Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app By EH News Bureau on April 7, 2020 bowel cancer patientschemotherapyCOVID-19Professor David Sebag-MontefioreRadiotherapy Read Article Related Posts Comments (0) The approach, based on latest research evidence, will maintain best chance of successfully treating the disease while at the same time reducing side effects of treatment, risks of COVID-19 infectionAn international panel of cancer experts has recommended a one-week course of radiotherapy and delaying surgery as the best way to treat patients with bowel cancer during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The short course of treatment involves higher-intensity radiation rather than five weeks of radiotherapy coupled with chemotherapy. Surgery, which normally happens one to two weeks after radiotherapy, can be safely delayed by up to 12 weeks, say the expert panel. This approach, based on the latest research evidence, will maintain the best chance of successfully treating the disease while at the same time reducing the side effects of treatment and the risks of COVID-19 infection. People with bowel cancer are more susceptible to severe complications from COVID-19 because their immune system is weakened. Shorter-course radiotherapy avoids the need for chemotherapy, which further suppresses the immune system. It also means significantly fewer hospital appointments, allowing patients to maintain social distancing rules. David Sebag-Montefiore, Professor of Clinical Oncology, University of Leeds and Honorary Clinical Oncologist, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, who led the expert panel, said: “The COVID-19 pandemic is a global emergency and we needed to work very quickly to identify changes that would benefit patients. Our recommendations were published 20 days after our first meeting.  “This process normally takes many months, if not years.” Writing in the journal Radiotherapy and Oncology, the panel, made up of cancer experts from across Europe, say it is also possible that hospitals may struggle to offer the current treatment approaches as COVID-19 impacts on hospital staffing levels.  The expert panel’s recommendations can be found here: https://www.thegreenjournal.com/article/S0167-8140(20)30173-0/pdf The 15-strong panel comprised researchers who led the defining studies. Their research shows that surgery can be safely delayed by 12 weeks. The chances of successful treatment are maintained and post-operative side effects are reduced. This allows surgery to be scheduled after the peak of the pandemic.  The recommendation to use shorter-course radiotherapy follows a major study, funded by the UK Medical Research Council and led by Professor Sebag-Montefiore, which demonstrated the benefit of the one-week course of radiotherapy. Professor Sebag-Montefiore added: “Our guidelines will result in a very substantial change in treatment across the globe. During the COVID-19 pandemic, our patients will benefit from the use of an effective, shorter and safer radiotherapy treatment.”   Share Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19”last_img read more

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2 killed, 3 injured Southern California pursuit collision

first_imgHomeBad Behavior2 killed, 3 injured Southern California pursuit collision Aug. 31, 2019 at 5:45 amBad BehaviorCrimeNews2 killed, 3 injured Southern California pursuit collisionAssociated Press2 years agocollisionkillingLa Verne Police Departmentlos angeles countypursuitsouthern california Two people were killed and three others were critically injured when a car being pursued by police crashed into another car in eastern Los Angeles County.The La Verne Police Department says officers attempted to stop an Acura Integra for traffic violations at 8:50 p.m. Thursday but it sped on.After a quarter-mile (0.4 kilometer) pursuit, the Integra collided with a Toyota Corolla near an intersection.Police say both drivers were pronounced dead at a local hospital.Two passengers from the Integra and one passenger from the Corolla were also hospitalized and remained in critical condition as of  Friday morning.The collision is being investigated by the California Highway Patrol’s major accident team.Associated PressTags :collisionkillingLa Verne Police Departmentlos angeles countypursuitsouthern californiashare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentComing to national park trails: electric bikesCrime Watch – Monday, September 02, 2019You Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall7 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson18 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter18 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor18 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press18 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press18 hours agolast_img read more

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