WASHINGTON — Outside groups like the Alliance for Patient Access are raising their voices as they seek to influence deliberations in Washington aimed at lowering prescription drug costs.But not all of these organizations are clear about who they actually represent. Their names can obscure the source of the message and they’re cagey about where their money comes from.The Alliance is a non-profit group that gives off a consumer-friendly vibe yet is bankrolled by the powerful pharmaceutical industry. It’s also closely aligned with a Washington lobbying and public relations firm, Woodberry Associates.Even a small degree of separation can be valuable at a time when the pharmaceutical industry faces stiff political headwinds.Drug prices may provide a rare bipartisan issue on which Congress and the White House could collaborate on legislation.Richard Lardner, The Associated Press read more
While the suspect in the deadly shootings is in police custody — the community can breathe a little easier. But there is a long road ahead for families of the victims — and the rest of the tight-knit community. Police will keep investigating — and prosecutors will now begin the lengthy process of developing a case against Justin Bourque.After 30 hours of terror, north Moncton residents on lockdown were finally free to leave their homes as the accused – Justin Bourque – was lead away by police.Witnesses who were trapped in their homes captured video as events unfolded. Media spread photos of the accused carrying firearms. Criminal Lawyer Geoffrey Read — who is not privy to details of the investigation — says when this goes to trial, there will likely be an abundance of evidence: “What happened may not be so much the question, as why did it happen. In other words we move from a question of was there a wrongful act and can it be proven to the question of with what intention.”While the mental state of the accused is always an issue. Read says it’s most likely going to be one of the most critical aspects of this case: “Certainly the question will be there on everybody’s minds. The defence team will obviously want to think about it and probably make inquiries.”Bourque’s public Facebook account paints a picture of a gun fanatic. Some posts criticize police. Read says an accused’s prior statements can be used as evidence if they are relevant to the case, but it’s not necessarily decisive.Geoffrey said: “You could conceive of situations where a person might make hostile remarks on Facebook but it could be a reflection of a disordered state of mind.”State of mind can play a key role during a trial. In 2011, driving a stolen plow, Richard Kachkar struck and killed Toronto police Sergeant Ryan Russell. Three psychiatrists diagnosed Kachkar as psychotic and he was found not criminally responsible.It’s still much too early to tell if that’s the case here. Read says the object will be to have a fair trial. And given how much publicity this case has already had, it’s going to be difficult process to find an impartial jury. read more
VAUGHAN, Ont. — An Ontario cannabis producer is laying off about 180 people.The layoffs come after CannTrust Holdings ran into repeated regulatory problems with both its product and how it was produced. Ontario’s government cannabis retailer has returned almost three million dollars worth of cannabis and the company is being investigated by Health Canada for growing the crop in unlicenced rooms.The company says it is moving to address those issues.The layoffs represent about 20 per cent of the company’s work force. The Canadian Press read more
by Joan Lowy, The Associated Press Posted Jul 19, 2016 12:34 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 19, 2016 at 1:46 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Plans for self-driving cars have pitfall: the human brain WASHINGTON – Experts say the development of self-driving cars over the coming decade depends on an unreliable assumption by many automakers: that the humans in them will be ready to step in and take control if the car’s systems fail.Instead, experience with automation in other modes of transportation like aviation and rail suggests that the strategy will lead to more deaths like that of a Florida Tesla driver in May.Decades of research shows that people have a difficult time keeping their minds on boring tasks like monitoring systems that rarely fail and hardly ever require them to take action. The human brain continually seeks stimulation. If the mind isn’t engaged, it will wander until it finds something more interesting to think about. The more reliable the system, the more likely it is that attention will wane.Automakers are in the process of adding increasingly automated systems that effectively drive cars in some or most circumstances, but still require the driver as a backup in case the vehicle encounters a situation unanticipated by its engineers.Tesla’s Autopilot, for example, can steer itself within a lane and speed up or slow down based on surrounding traffic or on the driver’s set speed. It can change lanes with a flip of its signal, automatically apply brakes, or scan for parking spaces and parallel park on command.Joshua Brown, a 40-year-old tech company owner from Canton, Ohio, who was an enthusiastic fan of the technology, was killed when neither he nor his Tesla Model S sedan’s Autopilot braked for a truck making a left turn on a highway near Gainsville, according to federal investigators and the automaker.Tesla warns drivers to keep their hands on the wheel even though Autopilot is driving, or the vehicle will automatically slow to a stop. A self-driving system Audi plans to introduce in its 2018 A7, which the company says will be the most advanced on the market, monitors drivers’ head and eye movements, and automatically slows the car if the driver’s attention is diverted.But Brown’s failure to brake means he either didn’t see the truck in his path or saw it too late to respond — an indication he was relying on the automation and his mind was elsewhere, said Missy Cummings, director of Duke University’s Humans and Autonomy Laboratory. The truck driver said he had heard a Harry Potter video playing in the car after the crash.“Drivers in these quasi- and partial modes of automation are a disaster in the making,” Cummings said. “If you have to rely on the human to see something and take action in anything less than several seconds, you are going to have an accident like we saw.”Operators — an airline pilot, a train engineer or car driver — can lose awareness of their environment when they turn control over to automation, said Rob Molloy, the National Transportation Safety Board’s chief highway crash investigator.He pointed to the crash of Air France Flight 447 into the Atlantic Ocean while flying from Brazil to France in 2007. A malfunction in equipment used to measure air speed caused the plane’s autopilot to disconnect, catching pilots by surprise. Confused, they caused an otherwise flyable plane to stall and fall from the sky, killing 228 people.Planes and trains have had automation “for 20, 30 years and there are still times when they’re like, ‘Wow, we didn’t expect that to happen,’” Molloy said.Part of the problem is overconfidence in the technology causes people to think they can check out.Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx warned automakers on Tuesday that they should realize that drivers will be tempted to use the technology in irresponsible ways and take that into account as they build their robotic systems.“People are getting distracted by the coolness of the technology,” Foxx said following a speech at a self-driving vehicle conference in San Francisco. “In many cases, they are going beyond what the technology is capable of doing.”Not long after Tesla introduced its Autopilot system, people were posting videos of car with the self-driving mode engaged cruising down tree-lined roads or even highways with no one in the driver’s seat. Brown, for example, had posted videos lauding the Autopilot system and demonstrating it in action.“There is a tendency of people to take one ride in one of these vehicles and then conclude that because they have not crashed over the course of 10 minutes that the system must be ready,” said Bryant Walker Smith, a University of South Carolina professor who studies the technology.Some experts think the ability of people to monitor autonomous systems may be getting worse. With the advent of smartphones, people are accustomed to having their desire for mental stimulation satisfied immediately.“Go into Starbucks, for example,” said Cummings. “No one can just patiently wait in line, they’re all doing something on their phones. It’s kind of pathetic.”Google, meanwhile, is aiming for a car that’s fully self-driving and may not even have a steering wheel or brake pedals.___Associated Press writers Tom Krisher in Detroit and Michael Liedtke in San Francisco contributed to this report.___Follow Joan Lowy at twitter.com/AP_Joan_Lowy. Her work can be found at http://bigstory.ap.org/content/joan-lowy___This story has been corrected to show the GM decision to delay Cadillac self-driving system was in January, not last week. read more
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The Central Florida women’s basketball team is Jantel Lavender’s latest victim. The senior center led the fourth-seeded Buckeyes (23-9) to an 80-69 win against No. 13-seeded UCF (22-11) on Saturday in a first-round NCAA Tournament game at St. John Arena. OSU now will play Georgia Tech in the tournament’s second round on Monday. UCF did not start a player taller than 5-foot-10 against the Buckeyes. The 6-4 Lavender seemed a safe bet to put up big numbers against the Knights’ starting lineup — and she did. Taking advantage of single-defender coverage when OSU was on offense, Lavender scored a game-high 30 points on 13-of-22 shooting, and collected 11 rebounds. After the game, Lavender, the all-time leading scorer in OSU program history, said she was expecting to have two UCF players guarding her throughout the game. “I thought the double-team was going to come eventually,” she said. “I don’t know if I could definitely tell what they were trying to do.” The double-team never came. UCF senior forward D’Nay Daniels praised Lavender’s performance after the game. “She can play,” Daniels said. “She played her game and was hitting shots when she was open.” Lavender’s low-post play, combined with the Knights’ lack of height, resulted in a 46-28 scoring advantage in the paint for OSU. Daniels was complimentary of the Buckeyes’ ability to score close to the basket, saying, “They finished very well in the paint.” No. 24-ranked Georgia Tech (24-10), the fifth-seeded team in the Dayton Region, will present a stiffer — and taller — challenge for the Buckeyes in Monday’s second-round game. The Yellow Jackets defeated No. 12-seeded Bowling Green, 69-58, on Saturday at St. John Arena to advance to the second round. Junior Sasha Goodlett scored a team-high 19 points to lead Georgia Tech against the Falcons. Goodlett, a 6-5 center, is one of four 6-foot-tall Yellow Jacket starters. Coach Jim Foster said the Buckeyes began preparing for Georgia Tech immediately after Saturday’s win. “We already did a film session,” Foster said. “We have a 10-minute period in the locker room (after games) before the media come in, and we use the 10-minute cooling-off period to go over our scout tape with Georgia Tech. So, no time to celebrate.” The Buckeyes will tip off their second-round tournament game against the Yellow Jackets at 7 p.m. Monday at St. John Arena. read more
A five-month-old infant was on Tuesday electrocuted at his Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) home.Dead is Mason Cush of Corentyne, Berbice.Dead: Mason CushAccording to reports received, the child’s mother Onessa Jackson, 27, took him off of her bed at about 12:00h on Tuesday and placed him on the floor with some toys to play with as she made up the bed.However, while on the floor, the infant reportedly got hold of an electrical cord which was reportedly held together with tape.The infant made contact with the exposed part of the wire and by the time Jackson realised what had happened, the child was electrocuted.He was rushed to the Skeldon Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.The incident was reported to the Police and the mother was taken into custody.However, she was released on Thursday.An autopsy is expected to be performed on the infant’s body today.The tragic incident comes on the heels of another involving a toddler who died after creeping into a drain in front of his home. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related22-year-old man electrocuted with ‘homemade drop cord’February 10, 2016In “Internet”Update: 3-year-old electrocuted by exposed extension cordApril 10, 2017In “latest news”17-month-old baby molested at CorentyneJanuary 25, 2016In “Crime” read more
On the eve of The Cable Show, the National Cable & Telecommunications Association’s convention, Skype and Comcast have announced a new partnership. As part of a special arrangement between both companies, Comcast customers will soon be able to make and receive high-definition Skype video calls and audio calls or send instant messages through their television.The service will be available through an adapter, high-quality video camera and a special remote control which will allow customers to text on Skype while still being able to control other television functions. No special equipment will be needed by those wishing to call someone with the new Comast service other than what is already required for the Skype service.AdChoices广告All Skype services, including the ability to receive Skype calls with Caller ID, will be accessible while watching a television show at the same time. Customers will be able to import friends to their Skype address book from Facebook, Outlook, Gmail and their smartphone contact lists. Once imported, users will be able to tell when their contacts are online and available for a call.Panasonic and Samsung currently offer the ability to make and receive Skype video calls through their Internet-connected televisions. The Comcast solution will be unique in that it will offer Skype video conferencing through a high-definition television without the need to purchase an Internet-connected television or Blu-ray player. Comcast plans to begin customer trials of the new Skype service in the “coming months.” At this time, no pricing for the service has been announced.Read the joint press release at Deadline.comBrian’s OpinionHaving the ability to use the Skype service through Comcast could bring a big boost to Skype’s business which is good news for Microsoft who recently acquired the company. Comcast benefits from such a partnership because by having Skype available through the television they won’t lose viewers to the small screen which includes PCs, tablets and mobile phones. Also, it brings a social aspect to television viewing that could encourage friends to watch television programs together while making comments about a show at the same time.Bringing social interaction into television viewing seems to be what’s in store for the next generation of video service providers. It would be a welcome change for networks and studios who produce television shows since it would help turn the tide of lost viewers who are beginning to turn to the small screen for entertainment including video programming. Bringing online services to the television seems like a natural way to bring viewers back.If Comcast’s Skype service is successful I would imagine we would see similar capabilities being offered by other video service providers as well. If the service doesn’t take off with Comcast customers we could hear a death bell for Skype’s chances of establishing a presence on the family television set. read more
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Celtic midfielder Ryan Christie insists Brendan Rodgers was joking about the joke regarding his dad.After the Scottish League Cup win on Sunday, the Celtic manager joked that Christie would no longer be known as Charlie’s son but his father would be forever known as Ryan’s dad.Charlie Christie signed for Celtic in the 1980s but failed to make an appearance for Bhoys.“He (Charlie) was joking with me about it,” Christie said, according to Daily Mail.“He has helped me so much in my career and it was nice to almost pay him back here.”Speaking about becoming a regular player for Celtic as well as becoming a regular for Scotland, he added:Match Preview: Manchester United vs Leicester City Boro Tanchev – September 13, 2019 Old Trafford is the venue for the Premier League encounter between Manchester United and Leicester City, which kicks off at 16:00 (CET) on Saturday.“It’s been a great spell. I have been wanting to do things like this ever since I signed for Celtic.”“Obviously, it’s been a very long road to get here, but it’s nice to not just play but make an impact of games.”“That’s my job as an attacking midfielder to score goals and chip in with assists.”“When it comes in a Cup Final, that makes it even better.”“I had great memories winning a trophy with Inverness and it was very frustrating when I couldn’t play with Aberdeen,’ Christie said about winning with Inverness.”“So to come back to this stage and manage to get silverware is amazing, especially given it’s been a long road since that time of my career at Inverness.” read more
Updated: 4:08 PM SDSU cancels all classes due to water main break Categories: Local San Diego News September 12, 2018 SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY (KUSI) – SDSU has announced classes have been cancelled through 3:15 PM Wednesday.The university announced that classes will resume at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday after a partial cancellation caused by a broken water main near the school.City water and utility officials are working to fix the broken main, which began affecting the campus and surrounding neighborhoods Wednesday morning.While water service resumed between noon and 1 p.m. in the school’s residence halls, the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union, East Commons, West Commons, Cuicacalli and University Towers buildings, air conditioning will remain unavailable on campus until further notice.Campus officials advise that researchers using water should stop immediately.SDSU’s campus remained open, but non-essential staff were allowed to leave. Aztec Market locations remained open and continued to serve prepackaged food but some third-party restaurants on campus like Chipotle and Starbucks were closed.They sent out the following student alert just before noon Wednesday: Posted: September 12, 2018 Mike McKinnon III, Mike McKinnon III FacebookTwitter read more
For the winter edition of American Soybean magazine, the American Soybean Association (ASA) is asking farmers: What is the most dramatic step you’ve taken to fight weed resistance on your farm?To respond, send an email to ASA Communications Manager Jordan Bright at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Only a few days remain to take advantage of standard registration fees for the 2018 Commodity Classic to be held Feb. 27-March 1, in Anaheim, Calif. The last day regular registration fees are in effect is Monday, Jan. 29, 2018. Late registration fees will apply after that date.Hotel group rates are also guaranteed through Jan. 29. Reservations after that date will be based on availability and may be charged at the hotel’s prevailing rate.Registration fees vary depending on the number of days attended. Members of the National Corn Growers Association, American Soybean Association, National Sorghum Producers and National Association of Wheat Growers receive additional discounts on registration.All registration and housing reservations should be made online at www.commodityclassic.com. Experient is the official registration and housing provider for Commodity Classic. In order to stay at an official Commodity Classic hotel, reservations must be made only through Experient to ensure favorable rates, reasonable terms and confirmed hotel rooms.Full registration covers all three days. One-day registration is also available. Details are available on the website.The 2018 Commodity Classic will be held at the Anaheim Convention Center. The schedule includes a robust line-up of educational sessions on a wide range of current and relevant topics and issues. Commodity Classic also boasts a huge trade show, the latest in agricultural innovation and technology, inspiring speakers, an evening of entertainment and the opportunity to network with farmers from across the United States.There are also a number of optional tours available for those who want to explore the culture, history and scenery of Southern California.A detailed schedule of events is available at www.commodityclassic.com. This year’s Commodity Classic will be held on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday—providing an opportunity for families to come in early or stay late to enjoy a weekend in the Anaheim area.Established in 1996, Commodity Classic is America’s largest farmer-led, farmer-focused convention and trade show, produced by the National Corn Growers Association, American Soybean Association, National Association of Wheat Growers, National Sorghum Producers, and Association of Equipment Manufacturers. read more
.The police ‘rescued’ a youth who sustained wounds in blasts and gunshots at a building in the city’s Panthapath area on Tuesday, according to the law enforcers.The wall of one of the floors of the building in Dhaka’s Panthapath area that the police cordoned off, collapsed in a major blast.Gunshots were heard from nearby areas at around 9:50am, witnesses said. Six buildings including the one that houses Olio Dream Heaven Hotel were cordoned off in the early morning.The police said a suspected militant had taken shelter in room 301 of the hotel.Read more: Police cordon off hotel near Square Hospital read more
Source = Pacific Resort Pacific Resort Aitutaki has been chosen as one of the Top 10 Luxury Resorts in the South Pacific and Top 10 Resorts for Romance in the South Pacific by TripAdvisor® in its 2011 Travelers’ Choice awards.TripAdvisor®, the world’s largest travel site, today announced the winners of its 2011 Travelers’ Choice® awards. This year 676 establishments were recognized in the ninth year of the competition. Unlike any other hotel honors, TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice winners are based on millions of real and unbiased reviews and opinions from travelers around the world.”Based on reviews from millions of travelers around the globe, TripAdvisor is able to recognize the world’s most outstanding hotels for the ninth year of the Travelers’ Choice Awards,” said Karen Drake, senior director of communications for TripAdvisor. “Outstanding service, great value and top quality are hallmarks of our Travelers’ Choice winners.”“We are absolutely delighted and honored to receive these prestigious awards”, says Greg Stanaway, chief executive officer for Pacific Resort Hotel Group – Cook Islands. “we are thankful to Michael Shah, Resort General Manager, and his team for underpinning the excellence of what is today known as one of the World’s Leading Island Resorts. Pacific Resort Aitutaki will continue to build on its high standards in all the areas that awarded us this great recognition.”Cause for further celebration for the Cook Islands and Pacific Resort is Air New Zealand’s announcement earlier this month that it will operate direct services between Sydney and the Cook Islands from July 2011, making it the only airline to operate direct services between the two nations. Flights will operate once a week from July 4, 2011 until March 2014. read more
Two years ago the transformation of the silo barrels began, and evolved into a state-of-the-art contemporary new hotel. Fifty-two guest rooms are inside the barrels of the former silos! Launceston has a new hotel – Peppers Silo Hotel – and the doors to the ten level, 108 guest room property are now open to the public.Located in a prime position on the edge of Tasmania’s River Tamar, and close to the beautiful Cataract Gorge, the property was originally erected in 1960, and the Kings Wharf grain silos were left unused for decades. The hotel includes a restaurant and bar called Grain of the Silos, undercover car parking, conference facilities for up to 500 people, an integrated lobby and reception space, fully equipped gym, day spa, child minding facilities, hairdressing salon, function centre, private dining rooms, restaurant and cocktail bar with views overlooking the water all the way to Cataract Gorge.Gorge River RoomDriving Grain of the Silos’ kitchen are Head Chef Peter Twitchett, and Food Director and TV personality Massimo Mele, who will oversee the menu in an advisory role. Both Peter and Massimo recently completed a food tour, meeting all of the local producers they will be working with to source only the best ingredients. Tasmanian Wine Educator Curly Haslam-Coates has carefully curated the wine list, which features award-winning wines from regions across Tasmania and afar. hotelLauncestonPeppers Silo HotelTasmania Peppers Silo have also worked closely with Guide Dogs Tasmania to employ a Canine Ambassador called Archie. Archie is a beautiful black Labrador who resides at the hotel and helps concierge with daily tasks such as greeting guests and delivering the morning newspapers to guests staying at Peppers Silo. ArchieTOP IMAGE: Tamar River Suite read more
The Yeroskipou municipality set up a campaign committee on Tuesday to battle its proposed merging with the Paphos municipality as part of the planned local government reforms.Residents of Yeroskipou, the second largest municipality in the Paphos district, gathered to discuss the proposed merger as part of reforms which seek to reduce the number of municipalities from 30 to 16.The latest financial risk report, released in September by the finance ministry, shows that most municipalities are in a poor financial state with high loans and other liabilities, which the state may be liable for.Residents agreed to the setting up of a 10-member committee tasked with safeguarding the municipality’s autonomy, arguing that Yeroskipou’s viability and potential for development should not be overshadowed through a merger with a larger municipality.Former deputy mayor and member of the initiative committee Andreas Shikkis told media that the meeting decided that if the merging of municipalities is necessary, “then the municipalities of Paphos and Yeroskipou should proceed to a viable merging with smaller neighbouring communities, such that the Paphos municipality could move westwards and the Yeroskipou municipality eastwards.”In this way, the municipality would keep its place on the map following the local government reforms, which the interior ministry expects to be complete by January 2022.Last week, the Yeroskipou local council sent a letter to President Nicos Anastasiades and party leaders, expressing their disagreement with the proposed development.The letter, published on the municipality’s website – www.geroskipou.org.cy – reads: “Unfortunately, instead of the conversation on the matter (of local government reforms) focusing on the enhancement of the administrative and economic autonomy of municipalities…it is mistakenly focused from the onset on the reduction of municipalities, in an arbitrary and undemocratic way.”“The result of the proposed reform,” the Yeroskipou local council continues, “is the punishment of a large number of viable and well-off municipalities in order to save larger ones.”On Monday, the Paphos municipality also proclaimed itself a viable and well-off municipality, after its budget for 2019 showed an expected surplus of €2.8m, with Paphos mayor Phedonas Phedonos noting that in the past three years the municipality’s debt has decreased significantly.From the €37m owed in 2015, the municipality today owes €24m, while the state will pay €11m, leaving the Paphos municipality with a debt of just €13m, Phedonos said.Yeroskipou’s objection to merging with another municipality is shared by Ayia Napa whose mayor, Yiannis Karousos, declared last week that that the municipality’s economic viability and success suggests it should not be merged.The economic situation of each municipality should also be taken into consideration in the organisations or councils that will be formed district-wide, such as the water supply and sewerage, Karousos said.“Representation will also need to be proportional to population, based on the number of registered voters of each municipality, otherwise we risk seeing councils in which municipalities such as Ayia Napa contribute up to 40 per cent of the budget but are represented by just 5 per cent of their members,” the mayor added. You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboola read more
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