Scorpio Bulkers to Purchase Five Vessels for USD 157 Million

first_imgzoom  Scorpio Bulkers Inc. announced yesterday that it has entered into agreements to purchase five Kamsarmax dry bulk vessels currently under construction as listed below: My location Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding (Group) CO., LTD.82,000Q1-16 YardDWTDelivery 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 Print  Close Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding (Group) CO., LTD.82,000Q1-16center_img Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding (Group) CO., LTD.82,000Q3-15 Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding (Group) CO., LTD.82,000Q4-15 The total purchase price for the vessels is approximately $157 million. Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding (Group) CO., LTD.82,000Q3-15 Scorpio Bulkers, December 6, 2013last_img read more

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Canada reaches a trade deal with US Mexico under new name

first_imgOTTAWA – Sources tell The Canadian Press an 11th-hour NAFTA deal has been reached that allows Canada to rejoin the trilateral trade pact.The new agreement will be called the United-States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMC).Insiders got wind of a breakthrough after 14 months of tumultuous talks and just hours before U.S. and Mexican trade authorities were set to publish their own trade agreement without Canada.BREAKING: It is now official. Canada, the US and Mexico have reached a new trade agreement. It will no longer be called NAFTA. The deal will now be the USMCA. Here is the joint statement from the USTR and Foreign Affairs Minister @cafreeland #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/HBV6DbYMFl— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) October 1, 2018Federal cabinet ministers were summoned to a late Sunday meeting at the prime minister’s office near Parliament Hill, and the White House called its own late-night trade briefing.“It’s a good day for Canada,” said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as the meeting wrapped up just over an hour after it started.And with that, he said he would talk to reporters Monday. PMO officials say there will be another cabinet meeting in the morning and a news conference likely as well.Prime Minister @JustinTrudeau says it’s a “good day for Canada” and he will talk tomorrow. This follows a cabinet meeting on news of a NAFTA deal. #cdnpoli #sorryforthebadvideo pic.twitter.com/rjQgy1dAav— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) October 1, 2018 Meantime, congratulations were being offered among key stakeholders who have been on the edge of their seats to see if Canada and the United States would find common ground.An agreement on how to treat the auto sector, reached this summer between the United States and Mexico, was central to a revamped NAFTA going ahead.RELATED: Trudeau calls Cabinet meeting Sunday nightBut the U.S. and Canada had trouble dealing with other areas in the pact, including Canada’s dairy industry, its insistence on a strong dispute settlement mechanism and concerns about intellectual property and culture.After weeks of hunkering down in Washington, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and David MacNaughton, Canada’s ambassador to the U.S., had spent the day in Ottawa taking part in an aggressive, long-distance, last-minute push to get Canada into the trilateral free trade deal ahead of a key congressional deadline.RELATED: No panic from Trudeau government as U.S.-imposed NAFTA deadline, auto tariff threats loomCentral to the discussions Sunday was an effort to secure some sort of assurance that would allow Canada to avoid the dreaded Section 232 tariffs on steel, aluminum and auto exports, which U.S. President Donald Trump has either threatened or already imposed on national security grounds.Canada had been offering the Americans better access to its protected dairy market in the hopes of winning American concessions on dispute settlement.Trudeau has promised repeatedly to keep the country’s supply management system intact, despite pressure from Trump. The issue has also figured prominently in Quebec, where voters go to the polls in a provincial election on Monday.– With files from Cormac Mac Sweeneylast_img read more

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How major US stock indexes fared Wednesday

first_imgU.S. stocks couldn’t hang on to a big gain Wednesday, but they still finished broadly higher as technology and health care companies rose. That helped reverse some of the market’s big losses from the week before.On Wednesday:The S&P 500 index rose 14.29 points, or 0.5 per cent, to 2,651.07.The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 157.03 points, or 0.6 per cent, to 24,527.27.The Nasdaq composite jumped 66.48 points, or 0.9 per cent, to 7,098.31.The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks added 15.19 points, or 1.1 per cent, to 1,455.32.For the week:The S&P 500 is up 17.99 points, or 0.7 per cent.The Dow is up 138.32 points, or 0.6 per cent.The Nasdaq is up 129.06 points, or 1.9 per cent.The Russell 2000 is up 7.23 points, or 0.5 per cent.For the year:The S&P 500 is down 22.54 points, or 0.8 per cent.The Dow is down 191.95 points, or 0.8 per cent.The Nasdaq is up 194.92 points, or 2.8 per cent.The Russell 2000 is down 80.19 points, or 5.2 per cent.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Bassima Hakkaoui Defends Herself Against Blind Protesters

Rabat- Bassima Hakkaoui has said that blind protesters tried to break into her personal office on Sunday.The Ministry of Family and Solidarity continues to deal with blind protesters conducting a sit-in on the ministry headquarters’ roof in Rabat.Minister of Family Bassima Hakkaoui has provided her version of the story following the death of Saber El Haloui, a blind protester who fell to his death off the ministry’s roof last week. The minister said that the protesters broke into the fourth floor of the ministry and tried to barge into her personal office.During discussions in the House of Representatives at Parliament on Monday, Hakkaoui said that the blind protesters asked to be “immediately” employed and did not respond to the ministry’s readiness to dialogue.Read Also: Blind Protesters Blame Hakkaoui for Death of Fellow ProtesterBombarded with questions, Hakkaoui explained that the protesters broke into the headquarters through the main gate and glass door.Hakkaoui said that she met with the protesters on October 3 to “assure” them that someone will employ them by the end of the year.The minister said that the protesters agreed to suspend their sit-in on Friday, October 5. However, Hakkaoui found them still at the ministry in the following days.The blind protesters began the sit-in complaining of Hakkaoui’s not acting on promises that the ministry was processing their files.On Sunday, 25-year-old Saber El Haloui fell off the ministry’s roof during the sit-in which was reportedly organized by the National Coordination for the Disabled, Unemployed Degree-Holders beginning September 26.Many of El Haloui’s fellow protesters told the Akhbar Alyaoum newspaper that El Haloui was speaking on the phone with his family on the rear side of the roof when his foot slipped. Forensics confirmed that the cause of death was not suicide.In the aftermath of El Haloui’s death, the protesters related that Hakkaoui did not care about them or cooperate with them.“You do not scare me; your protests are random … I am a woman of iron,’’ Hakkaoui allegedly stated, according to one protester.The protesters hold Hakkaoui responsible for El Haloui’s death, rejecting her condolences via a Facebook post. She wrote: “We wish to express our deep sorrow at this painful incident.”The blind men are continuing to protest lack of fair opportunities and the death of their comrade. read more

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Man dead tractor driver flees scene of crash

A man is dead after a crash in West Lincoln last night.Emergency responders were called to Silver Street near Port Davidson Road around 9:30 pm, where they found an eastbound vehicle driven by a 55-year-old man from Fonthill had struck a piece of farm equipment being towed by a westbound John Deere tractor.He was killed by the impact.  The tractor driver did not remain at the scene.He was later stopped by a homeowner upset that the farm equipment had damaged a number of mailboxes.  The homeowner was unaware of the earlier fatal collision.The tractor was last seen northbound on Smithville Road from Caistor Gainsboro Townline Road.Police believe area residents know the tractor driver and are asking for their help in identifying him. read more

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Laurentian Bank Q4 net income down 13 misses analyst estimates

MONTREAL — Laurentian Bank of Canada’s fourth-quarter net income dropped by 13 per cent from the previous year to $50.8 million, on lower revenues and loan volumes, and missed analyst estimates.The Montreal-based company’s net income amounted to $1.13 per diluted share during the three months ended Oct. 31, down from $1.42 during the same period a year ago.Analysts had expected earnings of $1.26 per share, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.On an adjusted basis, the Montreal-based bank reported net income of $54.3 million, down 18 per cent from $66.5 million.Other factors weighing on Laurentian’s results include a $5.9 million gain on the sale of its investment in Verico Financial Group during the same quarter one year ago, as well as an increase in provisions for credit losses or money set aside for bad loans.For the full 2018 financial year, Laurentian reported net income of $224.6 million, up nine per cent from $206.5 million during 2017.“Our 2018 results reflect our actions to strengthen the Group’s financial foundation, including maintaining healthy liquidity levels and our investments in people, processes and technology,” said Laurentian’s president and chief executive officer Francois Desjardins in a statement. “This positions us well to deliver our strategic objectives.”Companies in this story: (TSX:LB) read more

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Drivers urged not travel amid fears of a repeat of M74 chaos

first_imgm74 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Drivers have been urged to avoid the main motorway link between Scotland and England amid fears of fresh chaos on the route after more than 200 motorists were trapped in their vehicles overnight in blizzard conditions.The worst winter weather for seven years led to the M74 being blocked in both directions on Tuesday by jack-knifed lorries and stranded cars.The north and southbound carriageways were affected, with some motorists stuck for more than 12 hours as mountain rescue teams were called in to check on people in their vehicles.The motorway came to a standstill in Lanarkshire after the Met Office issued an amber “be prepared” warning for heavy snow.A second overnight amber warning, due to last until 5am on Thursday, was issued for southern Scotland and northern England, with Lanarkshire and Dumfries and Galloway once again expected to suffer the worst of the snow and ice. Nicola Sturgeon, the First Minister, apologised to road users who were stuck on the M74 while her Transport Minister Humza Yousaf said police had upgraded their travel warning from stage three to stage four.He added: “That in practice means that all travel should be avoided on those parts of the trunk road affected by the amber warning, namely south and south-west Scotland for the duration of the amber warning. POLICE ADVISE DRIVERS TO AVOID TRAVELLING TONIGHT IN SOUTHERN AND CENTRAL SCOTLANDWe’re advising drivers in much of the southern & central belt areas to avoid travelling on the roads tonight, following a warning by @metoffice of severe weather between 9pm tonight & 5am tomorrow— Police Scotland (@policescotland) January 17, 2018 “It’s not a surprise that you’re getting a few hundred yards down the road and you’re seeing them facing the wrong way.”Sam Sykes, from Biggar, South Lanarkshire, said he was stuck on the M74 from 6pm on Tuesday until around 5.30am.The 25-year-old, who was travelling home from Ayrshire, added: “It was really horrible as you would imagine. I was constantly checking the Traffic Scotland site for any updates but information was very limited.”It wasn’t really crawling, it was pretty much standstill for the entire time except a small period around 8pm when we moved a few miles.”I got a little bit of sleep but the combination of cold and not knowing if you were going to be moving again restricted that.” Amber and Yellow weather warnings from @metoffice for tonight in NI, S&W Scot, and N Eng. M74 and A66 will be affected. Other routes too. Be very careful out there. #weatheraware #snow pic.twitter.com/R6P199U6qZ— RHA News (@RHANews) January 17, 2018 The minister said 162 gritters had been patrolling the roads network on Tuesday evening but faced “extremely challenging weather”.Chief Supt Stewart Carle, Police Scotland’s head of road policing, advised drivers to avoid travelling in areas affected by the amber warning and said that if they did the should expect “severe delays of several hours or more”.Motorists became stuck overnight between junctions nine to 12 southbound and junctions 16 to 13 northbound in “challenging conditions”.After traffic began moving again on Wednesday morning, Fergus McCann, a driver who was stranded on the northbound carriageway, told BBC Scotland the impatience of other drivers had made things worse. “We are going to be tested undoubtedly to our limit and that’s why I believe Police Scotland have taken the decision that they have to raise the travel advice warning.“I apologise to road users who were stuck on the M74 last night. It is not a situation anyone should have to experience and that is why we are taking steps to make sure we don’t face similar issues tonight. I’d also like to pay tribute to the emergency staff and volunteers who worked tirelessly last night to help the people that were stuck.” A jack-knifed lorry being recoveredCredit:Getty Meanwhile, heavy snow falls caused a spate of accidents elsewhere, with a number of main routes being blocked.The M8 between Edinburgh and Glasgow was affected by minor collisions while the A87, the main road on the Isle of Skye, was blocked in both directions for several hours.Hundreds of schools were closed for the day, including all primaries and secondaries in the Borders, as well as many more in the Highlands, Lanarkshire and the south west. Scottish Labour claimed councils across Scotland were battling to properly grit roads and pavements in the face of “massive cuts in council budgets by the SNP Government”.  He added: “People are in one queue, then people are cutting out and trying to go down lanes that clearly are not for driving on.last_img read more

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Powers of attorney information session

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Choosing the right powers of attorney and the right people to appoint is important, as these are legal documents that let someone nominate another person who can make decisions for them.The decisions of someone who has power of attorney will have the same legal force as if the person who appointed them had made them, which is why it is essential to know what this act entails.A project that aims to increase the understanding and use of enduring powers of attorney in Victoria’s culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities is being introduced by the Office of the Public Advocate (OPA) as part of Law Week 2016. A powers of attorney information session especially for the Greek community will take place on Friday 20 May at the Australian Welfare Society (AGWS) headquarters.“Powers of attorney are very common among members of the Greek community,” AGWS coordinator of Family and Community Services Unit Dimitra Lagoudaki tells Neos Kosmos.“Unfortunately, not enough information is provided in Greek for the older members of the community and their carers.“This session will explain in both Engish and Greek how to appoint enduring powers of attorney in Victoria to plan for decisions about financial, legal, personal or medical matters if you become unable to make them yourself.”The project, funded by the Victoria Law Foundation, is inspired by a report of the Victorian Multicultural Commission that investigated the barriers for CALD communities in understanding and making powers of attorney. The Greek community has been selected based on 2011 Census data that shows Australian citizens of Hellenic background rank within the top three communities for numbers of people with low English proficiency in the age group 55 years and older. Joining forces with the AGWS, OPA will develop and trial a model for providing members of CALD communities with culturally sensitive powers of attorney information, and for assisting members of ethnic background to complete such acts. “The model developed will be offered as a pilot to members of the Greek community, ensuring there is enough information for people who either wish or need to appoint substitute decision makers,” Ms Lagoudaki explains.“In Australia, powers of attorney can be made online and are cost-free. People need to know that they can save on solicitor fees and skip the back and forth bureaucracy.” Information will be provided in English and explained by Greek translators, regarding the different types of these authorisations in Victoria and how to choose the right one for specific needs. The session will cover general powers of attorney; enduring powers of attorney; medical powers of attorney; financial and supportive powers of attorney.“Enduring powers can be used to plan for the future for when a person can’t make decisions for themselves due to accident or illness,” Ms Lagoudaki continues.“The general non-enduring power of attorney is mostly used for a specific purpose and a fixed period of time. It is not enduring and again, a lot of people don’t know that they can terminate a power of attorney.”Speakers from the OPA will also guide attendees and will explain the benefits of supportive attorney appointments, for persons able to make various decisions, provided they have support to make and act on their decisions.“If a person has a disability and cannot make decisions for themselves, the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) can appoint a guardian or administrator,” she notes.“This will ensure there is a trustworthy advocate to make personal, lifestyle, financial and legal decisions on that person’s behalf.”RSVP is necessary by Monday 16 May. For further information call 9388 9998When: Friday 20 May, 10.00 am-12 noon (light lunch included) On Thursday 19 May, an Open Day will take place at OPA, especially for CALD workers and ethno-specific organisations. Where: Australian Greek Welfare Society, 7 Union Street, Brunswick, VIClast_img read more

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La dernière éclipse solaire de lannée se produira vendredi

first_imgLa dernière éclipse solaire de l’année se produira vendrediLa dernière éclipse solaire de l’année 2011 se produira demain, le vendredi 25 novembre, en début de matinée. Partielle, elle sera visible depuis le Sud de l’Afrique, la Nouvelle-Zélande, la Tasmanie et  l’Antarctique.La quatrième éclipse de soleil, et la dernière, de l’année 2011, se produira demain, le vendredi 25 novembre, annonce la Chaîne Météo sur son site. C’est en début de matinée qu’elle sera visible, mais ce, que depuis le Sud de l’Afrique, la Nouvelle-Zélande, la Tasmanie et l’Antarctique. Elle atteindra son maximum à 6H20 du matin (heure française).Cette éclipse ne sera toutefois que partielle. Le phénomène se produit lorsque la lune passe entre le Soleil et la Terre. Il est dit total quand observé depuis la Terre, l’ensemble du disque solaire est occulté. Une telle éclipse s’est produite en France en 1999. Mais vendredi, seule une partie du disque solaire sera cachée.À lire aussiCanicule : Comment se protéger efficacement contre la chaleur ?Le dernier alignement Soleil-Lune-Terre de cette année pourra être observé le 10 décembre avec une éclipse totale de Lune visible en Europe, en Afrique de l’Est, en Asie, en Australie, dans le Pacifique et en Amérique du Nord, d’après Fred Espenak, expert en éclipses de la NASA cité par l’AFP. Depuis le début de l’année 2011, trois autres éclipses solaires partielles, et deux éclipses lunaires totales, ont eu lieu. “Une combinaison rare qui ne se produira que 6 fois au cours du 21e siècle”, souligne la Chaîne Météo.Le 24 novembre 2011 à 19:31 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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New NokiaBranded Handsets Mark Return of Snake

first_img Will the real Nokia 3310 please stand up?During this week’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, HMD Global Oy introduced a modernized version of the Nokia 3310 mobile phone (pictured).“The icon is back,” according to the Finnish manufacturer (with rights to market phones under the Nokia brand). And so is its noughties price tag: For €49 ($52), you can play Snake all day every day for up to a month.Based on the silhouette of the original, the new Nokia 3310 has been reimagined for 2017—with 2.4-inch polarized and curved screen, long-lasting battery (up to 22 hours of talk time), 2-megapixel camera, 2G connectivity, 16MB storage, and a MicroSD card for up to 32GB additional cache. It comes in four colors: red or yellow gloss finish, and dark blue or grey matte.Snake Xenzia (HMD Global)The candy bar handset is enough to give you flashbacks to the millennium when Facebook was no more than a spark in Mark Zuckerberg’s eye and people still read newspapers on the daily train commute. HMD has injected a full dose of nostalgia into the new 3310, though, with the time-honored Nokia font and a revamped version of the video game Snake—replaced by Gameloft’s “Snake Xenzia” with updated modes and graphics.Looking for something a little more … contemporary? HMD Global also introduced three Android-based smartphones: Nokia 3, Nokia 5, and Nokia 6.Nokia 3 (HMD Global)With 8-megapixel autofocus camera on the front and rear and LTE 4G connectivity, the 5-inch Nokia 3 features 16GB of storage (with room for up to 128GB more via MicroSD) for €139 ($147).Nokia 5 (HMD Global)For about $50 more, you can get the 5.2-inch display, 13-megapixel rear camera, 8-megapixel front shooter, and fingerprint sensor of the Nokia 5 (€189/$200).Nokia 6 (HMD Global)The high-end Nokia 6, set to retail for €229 ($243), boasts a 5.5-inch full-HD display, 16-megapixel back camera, dual speakers, the latest-gen Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor, 3GB of RM, up to 32GB mass storage, and a 3,000 mAh battery.Release dates have not been announced; interested buyers can sign up online to find out when the new Nokia phones hit shelves.For more Mobile World Congress coverage, check out our pals at PCMag. For $200 Cheaper, the Samsung Galaxy S9 Comes Pretty Close to the iPhone XAvast set up rogue access points at Mobile World Congress to prove peopl… Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Under fire Obama adjusts his birth control policy

first_imgWASHINGTON — Under fierce election-year fire, President Barack Obama on Friday abruptly abandoned his stand that religious organizations must pay for birth control for workers, scrambling to end a furor raging from the Catholic Church to Congress to his re-election foes. He demanded that insurance companies step in to provide the coverage instead.Obama’s compromise means ultimately that women would still get birth control without having to pay for it, no matter where they work. The president insisted he had stuck by that driving principle even in switching his approach, and the White House vehemently rejected any characterization that Obama had retreated under pressure.Yet there was no doubt that Obama had found himself in an untenable position. He needed to walk back fast and find another route to his goal.The controversy over contraception and religious liberty was overshadowing his agenda, threatening to alienate key voters and giving ammunition to the Republicans running for his job. It was a mess that knocked the White House off its message and vision for a second term.Leaders from opposite sides of the divisive debate said they supported the outcome — or at least suggested they probably could live with it. Cardinal-designate Timothy Dolan of New York, the head of the nation’s Roman Catholic bishops and a fierce critic of the original rule covering hospitals and other employers, said the bishops were reserving judgment but that Obama’s move was a good first step.last_img read more

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The best Alexa commands for exercise better sleep and stress relief

first_img Comment Personal CareLike Google Assistant, Alexa’s repertoire of personal care commands is small. There is one Alexa skill in this category I love, though: My DermatologistTell Alexa, “Ask My Dermatologist what the UV index is today.” It’ll tell you the index for your ZIP code and whether you should wear sunscreen. My Dermatologist also offers skincare tips and information. Tell Alexa:”Alexa, ask My Dermatologist for my skin tip.””Alexa, tell My Dermatologist I need help.”MedicalFind healthcare providers, ask questions about symptoms and alert contacts when you need assistance with these Alexa skills.Ask My BuddyThis Alexa skill allows you to alert friends and family when you need help. It’s not a substitute for 911, but offers a great way to ask for help. You can alert just one person or your entire Personal Alert Network. Say:”Alexa, Ask My Buddy to alert Mom.””Alexa, Ask My Buddy to alert everyone.”Ask My Buddy will then send a text message, email or voice call to your contacts. WebMDWebMD can answer virtually any medical question you have about symptoms or a condition. Try these commands: “Alexa, open WebMD””Alexa, ask WebMD ‘what are the side effects of ibuprofen?'””Alexa, ask WebMD ‘what is diabetes?'”Virtual NurseAnother impressive Alexa skill, Virtual Nurse hands out detailed information on medical conditions, as well as interesting fun facts. Tell Alexa:”Alexa, open Virtual Nurse.””Alexa, ask Virtual Nurse what’s the normal temperature of a baby.””Alexa, ask Virtual Nurse what Warfarin does.”You may be able to take advantage of a few other Alexa skills for healthcare if you’re a member of certain services or groups: Express Scripts members can check the status of a home delivery prescription and get notifications when their prescriptions ship.Employees with Cigna Health Today can manage their health improvement goals and keep track of wellness incentives.Parents and caregivers of children who had surgery at Boston Children’s Hospital can use My Children’s Enhanced Recovery After Surgery to get updates on recovery progress and post-op appointments.Swedish Health Connect customers can find nearby urgent care centers same-day appointments.Atrium Health customers in North and South Carolina can find a nearby urgent care centers and schedule a same-day appointments.Livongo members can pull up blood sugar readings and trends, and receive insights and personalized health “nudges.”  28 Photos Wellness SleepIf you have trouble falling asleep at night, enlist Alexa to help. Sleep RightWaking up refreshed is a phenomenon that goes deeper than just getting your eight hours — waking up at the wrong point in your sleep cycle can result in grogginess, no matter how long you slept. Sleep Right determines the best time for you to go to bed and wake up based on sleep cycles. “Alexa, ask Sleep Right what time I should go to bed.””Alexa, ask Sleep Right to help me get up before 6 AM”Read more: How to tell if you have sleep apneaSleep and Relaxation SoundsAlexa has a good deal of ambient sound skills, but this particular skill offers more than 125 different sounds to lull you to sleep. Tell Alexa:”Alexa, open Sleep Sounds.””Alexa, play Thunderstorm.””Alexa, play next.””Alexa, set a sleep timer for two hours.”  How to use Alexa and still keep your privacy How to use your Amazon Echo as a personal fitness trainer 4 reasons to get an Amazon Echo for your grandparents 2:18 Alexa 101: What you should know about Amazon’s AI assistant MindMindfulness can slip by the wayside when you’re facing the daily hustle and bustle of life. Alexa makes it easier to prioritize your emotional state of being.Guided Meditation: Meditation of the Day for Calm This Alexa skill comes from the developers behind Stop, Breathe & Think, a great meditation app for emotional wellness. Tell Alexa:”Alexa, open Guided Meditation.””Alexa, ask Guided Meditation to play meditation.””Alexa, play next.”Make Me SmileThis fun Alexa skill brightens your day with happy fun facts. Just say, “Alexa, make me smile,” and it’ll tell you something uplifting.Read more: The 10 best meditation apps of 2019HeadspaceEven if you don’t subscribe to the paid version of Headspace, you can enable daily meditations for free. To get more meditations, connect to your Headspace account. To meditate, tell Alexa:”Alexa, tell Headspace I’m ready to meditate””Alexa, open Headspace”Spa MusicIf guided meditation isn’t your jam, you can launch Spa Music to play soothing soundtracks while you meditate or relax on your own. Just say, “Alexa, play Spa Music.” Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: 1 The battle for the best smart display: Google Home Hub… 39 Photos The 15 coolest things you can do with your Amazon Echo 4:05 More Alexa tips Healthy eatingMyFitnessPalYou can use Alexa with MyFitnessPal Lite or premium. Alexa can handle just about anything you’d need to open the app on your phone for. Try saying:”Alexa, open MyFitnessPal.””Alexa, ask MyFitnessPal how am I doing today.””Alexa, tell MyFitnessPal to log my weight.”H2O-PalIf you want to track water only, H20-Pal serves as a handy Alexa skill. You can tell Alexa: “Alexa, ask H2O-Pal how close am I to reaching my daily goal.””Alexa, tell H2O-Pal I drank eight ounces of water.”Alexa’s Daily Health TipThis Alexa skill wants you to focus on the little victories. Say, “Alexa, launch Daily Health Tip,” and she’ll tell you one thing you should focus on for the day. For example, it might tell you to watch your salt intake or focus on reaching your step goal. Track by NutritionixWith Food Tracker, keeping a food diary is easier than ever. You can log foods via voice commands, as well as get calorie information. Try these commands:”Alexa, open Food Tracker.””Alexa, tell Food Tracker I had two eggs for breakfast.””Alexa, tell Food Tracker to log a cup of skim milk.””Alexa, ask Food Tracker how many calories are in two slices of wheat toast.” Our 5 favorite things to do with Alexa Like the Google Home, Amazon’s smart Echo speakers boast a vast collection of skills to make your life easier. More than just a fun companion, Alexa can check your bank account balance, call you an Uber, check the weather and give you travel recommendations. But did you know Alexa can even serve as your very own personal trainer, meditation instructor, virtual nurse and sleep machine? Read more: Workplace burnout is now an official medical diagnosis | ‘Gaming disorder’ deemed an official illness by World Health Organization | What it’s like inside the doctor’s office of the futureFitnessAlexa works with tons of fitness apps, and as such, it’s a pretty great fitness coach. FitbitIf you connect your Fitbit to your Amazon Alexa account, Alexa will tell you stats like how many more steps you need for the day, how much deep sleep you got the night before and more. Just say:”Alexa, ask Fitbit how I’m doing today.””Alexa, ask Fitbit how I slept last night.””Alexa, ask Fitbit how much water I need to drink today.”Connect your Fitbit to your Amazon account to ask Alexa about your daily activity. Sarah Tew/CNET Motiv RingThe Motiv fitness ring also syncs with Alexa. Tell Alexa:”Alexa, open Motiv Ring””Alexa, ask Motiv Ring for my stats””Alexa, ask Motiv Ring for my heart rate.”Five Minute Workout: Core and CardioIn a pinch for time? Tell your Echo, “Alexa, open Five Minute Workout” and Alexa will guide you through a five-minute routine to get your heart rate up.Your Morning RoutineFitness isn’t always about long distances and heavy weights. I like this Alexa skill because it’s something most people need but often neglect. Say, “Alexa, open your morning routine,” and it’ll guide you through a 20-minute stretch session that targets your ankles, back, knees and hips. Tags Now playing: Watch this: Alexa Amazonlast_img read more

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Anchorage School District teacher contracts include updates for academic freedom What does

first_imgThe priority plan and lesson script for Nicole Holta’s second grade reading lessons. (Photo by Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)Anchorage School District teachers have a new contract after months of negotiation. While there’s been a lot of focus on the salary increases, many teachers are just as interested in a change that allows for more flexibility in developing lessons.Nicole Holta is a second grade teacher at Scenic Park Elementary School. She has more than a decade of experience teaching reading to her class. She says she’s always followed a curriculum, but she used to have the freedom to introduce activities or supplemental materials to focus on individual student needs. A year ago, the school district mandated a new reading curriculum — which includes priority plans and scripts for the lessons. Holta says there wasn’t a lot of room for interpretation.“When we were trained on the materials, it was the expectation that we follow them,” Holta said.The district implemented the changes in an effort to boost reading test scores in the district. District-wide, about 54 percent of Anchorage students had below average reading scores during the last statewide standardized test.Holta’s colleague Jennifer Kueter understands the idea behind the new curriculum. But she says in practice, it wasn’t working for most of her first grade students.“So, your high [performing] students, this is a skill they already know, are forced to sit through it and get bored and get antsy,” Kueter said. “And then your struggling kids, they just kind of tune out because they know it’s gonna be hard. And they’re just gonna let the high kids choral answer, it’s all choral answer, we all repeat together. Well they just don’t answer.”Kueter says there were some benefits to more deliberate curriculum. But she lacked the freedom to adjust her lessons to individual student needs.The priority plans list out, to the minute, how each class should go — complete with the exact language to use with students (Photo by Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)Superintendent Deena Bishop oversaw similar curriculum changes when she was the superintendent of the Matanuska Susitna Borough School District. On standardized tests the district went from being the worst performing district among the five largest districts in the state, to the highest performing for the last two years.Bishop says the Anchorage curriculum was made with participation from about 60 teachers from around the district.“When we discussed the issues, it’s about are we teaching kids the standards for which they need to learn to move to the next grade level,” Bishop said.The lesson plans and scripts received a lot of backlash from teachers. During public testimony at Anchorage School Board meetings this fall, teachers spoke for hours about the negative impacts they felt they were seeing in their classrooms. During one meeting, teachers staged a walkout to illustrate their frustration. All of this was happening while the Anchorage Education Association, the union that represents teachers, negotiated new contracts with the district.Union president Tom Klaameyer says that the new contracts do a better job of providing academic freedom to teachers.“We got specific language in here to make sure that teachers can modify curriculum according to their students learning styles and needs, and respond in real-time, right now, to what the students need at the moment,” Klaameyer said.The contracts add language that says teachers have more freedom to frame their lessons. The curriculum isn’t different, but teachers have a little more flexibility to add different materials that relate to their lessons, or do more small-group exercises to focus on individual student needs.Additionally, a new section of the contract allows for committees to be created that would present new academic recommendations to the Superintendent. The committee would be made up of union-appointed teachers.Superintendent Bishop is happy with the changes. She says the new contract allows for a better balance between the art of teaching and the science of learning.“It’s honoring and understanding that art of teaching and people bringing their profession and their expertise to the table. And also looking at data of kids,” Bishop said.Scenic Park teacher Jennifer Kueter say she’s optimistic the new contracts will help give teachers some much needed flexibility.“The academic freedom doesn’t say, I can do whatever I want to,” Kueter said. “I mean it really is small in what they’re saying, but it is allowing us to have some choice. And it is allowing, I’m hoping, to work in small groups, to do some of those things we’ve always been doing.”Most of the new contract changes will start to kick in once students and teachers get back from winter break next month.last_img read more

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Mukesh Ambani Section 377 lawyers make it to Times list of 100

first_imgMukesh Ambani, Chairman and Managing Director of Reliance IndustriesREUTERS/Denis BalibouseReliance conglomerate’s Ambani was featured as part of Time’s 100 most influential people in the world. Ambani along with Indian litigators Menaka Guruswamy and Arundhati Katju, who started the movement for the decriminalisation of homosexuality in India. The list was released on Wednesday evening by the New York-based magazine which names 100 people every year who are seen as the most influential.Ambani’s profile was written by Mahindra Group’s chairman Anand Mahindra. He wrote that Mukesh Ambani took his father’s company and made it even bigger in the global market.Mahindra added Ambani had promised that people will have the world in the palm of their hands. He said, “It won’t be long before he delivers on that promise.” He also wrote about Ambani’s Jio 4G network which changed the face of mobile data and internet in the country.Menaka and Arundhati were other Indians who made it to the top 100 most influential people in the world. The duo first came into prominence when they filed a plea at the Supreme Court to remove the decades Section 377 which called homosexuality unnatural and moved to decriminalise it among consenting adults. Previously, the breaking the law was a punishable offence with a prison sentence up to 10 years.Global actor Priyanka Chopra wrote their profile and commended the duo for helping the “LGBTQ+ community take a giant step in the world’s largest democracy.”Chopra wrote, “In their committed fight for justice, they have shown us that we as a society must continue to make progress, even after laws are changed, and that we must make an effort to understand, accept and love.”The homosexuality portion of Section 377 of the Indian Constitution was decriminalised by the Supreme Court of India in September 2018.Hasan Minaj, an Indian-American, is also part of the list. He is known for his Netflix show, The Patriot Act, which is a satirical political commentary. The Daily Show host Trevor Noah wrote, “Hasan is still as fresh-faced as ever, but his voice booms across screens around the world, thanks to his groundbreaking Netflix show Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj.”He went on to say, “”We’ve needed Hasan’s voice since Donald Trump came down that golden escalator and turned immigrants and Muslims into his targets”He also said, Hasan’s show ‘Patriot Act’ is a “whip-smart commentary, charisma and sincerity. It’s also a consistent reminder that Hasan is America. And America is Hasan.”last_img read more

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Polands lawmakers approve in vitro fertilization bill

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ANA announces new Star Wars themed C3PO™ jet

first_imgANA announces new Star Wars™ themed C-3PO™ ANA jetANA announces new Star Wars™ themed C-3PO™ ANA jetANA, Japan’s largest airline, announced that it will reveal a new Star Wars themed aircraft, adding to its fleet of three existing planes that have Star Wars characters as livery.ANA will introduce the C-3PO™ ANA JET with the iconic C-3PO on its Boeing 777-200, as part of the previously announced STAR WARS™ Project, a five-year agreement with The Walt Disney Company (Japan) Ltd. The C-3PO design was unveiled to Star Wars fans at the Star Wars Celebration Europe event in London, and the aircraft plans to start flying on domestic routes in Japan from the end of March 2017.ANA launched the Star Wars Project in April 2015 after signing a five-year contract for the Star Wars brand with The Walt Disney Company (Japan) Ltd. The partnership also means ANA is the first and only airline in the world to fly the special livery aircraft featuring Star Wars characters on the exterior of the actual aircraft.The Star Wars livery is in line with ANA’s strategy to further enhance its international presence. With demand increasing around the world for flights to Japan, ANA is committed to raising the profile of the ANA brand in the global market through innovative partnerships and branding opportunities. The partnership with Star Wars, beloved by audiences in Japan and around the globe, is a perfect match as Japan’s largest airline seeks to connect travellers around the world through this project.C-3PO, together with R2-D2, has been a much-loved character since its appearance in the original Star Wars movie series. The C-3PO motif, which includes detailed body parts and wiring is decorated onto the aircraft’s fuselage.STAR WARS and related properties are trademarks and/or copyrights, in the United States and other countries, of Lucasfilm Ltd. and/or its affiliates. © & TM Lucasfilm Ltd. © 2016 Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All Rights Reserved. For more information on ANA’s Star Wars Project, visit: http://www.ana-sw.com/ Follow the ANA Star Wars Project on social media: https://www.facebook.com/flyworld. ANA For more information on ANA go to www.anaskyweb.com ANA Star Wars Jetsdiscover more hereAbout ANA ANA is the largest airline in Japan by revenues and passenger numbers. Founded in 1952, ANA flies today on 83 international routes and 116 domestic routes. The ANA group has 35,000 employees and a fleet of about 250 aircraft. In FY2015, it carried 50.8 million passengers and generated revenues of 1.79 trillion Japanese yen. ANA has been a member of Star Alliance since 1999, and has joint-ventures with United Airlines on Trans-Pacific and Asia routes, and with Lufthansa, Swiss International Airlines and Austrian Airlines on Japan-Europe routes. Its Frequent Flyer Program, ANA Mileage Club, has more than 26 million members. ANA was voted Airline of the Year for 2013 by Air Transport World Magazine, and in 2016 was awarded five stars for the fourth consecutive year by the world’s leading Airline and Airport review site, SKYTRAX. ANA is the launch customer and biggest operator of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.Source = ANA – All Nippon Airwayslast_img read more

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