Should we all sue over accidental acts?

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionI’m confused with mixed messages on TV commercials. I see a car sales ad with a woman talking to her kids telling them to behave in the backseat and an attorney’s ad urging people to sue for distracted driving.I see someone putting a pizza on the roof of their car. I watch movies where guys/gals freak when they find bees, spiders and other animals in their cars. Guys will turn their heads to look at pretty girls, electronic billboard signs, flashing lights like in Vegas, etc., which I consider all to be distractions for driving. I see people falling asleep behind the wheel. People fall asleep in church, in the classroom, on the job. Is that intentional? It’s just a part of life. I understand how horrible accidents are. They are accidents. Somebody got hurt on both sides. Both sides need healing and prayers. So how is this helpful? Is this the only answer, to sue? What else can we do?Michael SargalisDelansonMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more

Internet shutdowns ‘not justified’ in coronavirus outbreak

first_imgAvinash Kumar, executive director of Amnesty International in India, said access to information was a crucial part of the right to health.An inability to access information “can heighten the sense of helplessness, anger and frustration, undermine the public health response, put the health of others at risk, and may constitute human rights violations,” he said.Global digital rights group Access Now this week called on the governments of Ethiopia, Myanmar, Bangladesh and India to end “all deliberate interference with the right to access and share information” about the epidemic.Read also: Kenya, Ethiopia join expanding list of African states with coronavirus”One of the ways that (these governments) are trying to fight the spread of the virus is through sharing credible and timely information,” said Berhan Taye, a senior policy analyst at Access Now.”If there is a population in your specific country that is not having access to this credible information … all the efforts … (will) be multiplied by zero,” she added.Bangladesh’s government bans the sale of mobile SIM cards to the nearly 1 million Rohingya refugees living in camps. Last year it blocked high-speed data services, citing security concerns.Bangladesh has reported more than a dozen coronavirus cases and aid agencies say the refugees are particularly vulnerable as they live in confined spaces with few amenities.In Myanmar, authorities in February reimposed an internet shutdown in the two conflict-torn states of Rakhine and Chin, citing “security requirements and public interest”.Ethiopia’s government also imposed a communications shutdown across much of western Oromia region in January, leading to an information blackout for more than 3 million people.As of Friday, Ethiopia had nine active coronavirus cases, according to the ministry of health.”The government should not be gambling with people’s health,” said Laetitia Bader, Horn of Africa director at Human Rights Watch.”At the very least it should restore phone and internet access and allow families to warn their loved ones about the basic steps to take to prevent infection.” Internet shutdowns cannot be justified at a time when access to information is critical to containing the deadly coronavirus pandemic, human rights groups have warned.The outbreak has infected more than 245,000 people worldwide and the death toll now exceeds 10,000, according to a Reuters tally.”Internet access is critical at a time of crisis,” David Kaye, United Nations special rapporteur on the right to freedom of opinion and expression, said in a statement. Topics :center_img “Especially at a time of emergency, broad restrictions on access to the internet cannot be justified on public order or national security grounds.”Authorities in Indian-administered Kashmir this week extended internet restrictions first imposed after sweeping constitutional changes last year until March 26, saying these were “absolutely necessary” because of recent terror activities.With internet speed restricted to 2G, Kashmiris have struggled to work from home or attend online classes like others in India, which by Friday had 171 active coronavirus cases, according to the government.Doctors in Kashmir, which has four confirmed cases, have been stymied in getting information on the virus.last_img read more

Governor Wolf Urges Congressional Reauthorization of Children’s Health Insurance Program

first_img October 03, 2017 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Healthcare,  Press Release,  Public Health,  Statement Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today offered a statement on the need for Congress to address the reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) before hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvania children are left without health care. Congress failed to act on extending the popular program before the Sept. 30 deadline.“We can’t forget our most vulnerable – our children who rely on us to care for them,” Gov. Wolf said. “Congress’s inaction can only be interpreted as apathy and there can be no tolerance for that. Even though the U.S. Senate Finance Committee leaders took a step in the right direction to recommend extending CHIP, Congress did not act, leaving children from low- and middle-income families at risk,” Gov. Wolf said.In Pennsylvania, the Children’s Health Insurance Program provides insurance benefits to 176,000 children up to age 19.“Those Pennsylvania children are among the 9 million from low- and middle-income families who could lose benefits if the federal funding isn’t reauthorized. In Pennsylvania, we can maintain CHIP benefits into February 2018, but the longer this drags on in Congress, the more this vital program is threatened. Congress needs to act now and do the right thing,” Gov. Wolf said. “Various failed attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act threatened CHIP, but even with those failures, CHIP is still at great risk.“In addition, I also urge Congress to take action to stabilize our insurance markets by enacting commonsense reforms so that everyone has accessible and affordable health care benefits in Pennsylvania and across the United States. I urge Congress to act responsibly on this issue as well.”On August 31, Governor Wolf and a group of bi-partisan governors released a plan to strengthen the health insurance markets in a letter to Congressional leadership.center_img Governor Wolf Urges Congressional Reauthorization of Children’s Health Insurance Programlast_img read more

Tritech Rolls Out Smallest Multibeam Imaging Sonar

first_imgTritech has released the 720im sonar, which adds another model to the Gemini range. Weighing less than 500 grams and measuring only 63 milimeters wide, the new unit is, according to Tritech, significantly smaller than other comparable sonars available.Scott McLay, sales director at Tritech, said: “The Gemini 720im has been in development for two years. Every aspect of the sonar has been meticulously engineered and rigorously tested, to ensure that it meets the exacting high standards by which the company operates.”“Our customers can expect this latest model to deliver the same outstanding performance and reliability that Tritech’s products are synonymous with, but in a supremely lightweight and compact unit.”David Bradley, managing director at Tritech, stated: “It’s hugely satisfying to see the result of our latest project. Our ongoing commitment to investing in R&D means that we can take advantage of advances in technology and develop products that are innovative and have the ability to take sonar technology into new markets and environments, offering real benefits and value in new and existing applications.”Tritech already has to its record one of the smallest mechanical sonars in the world – the MicronSonar which utilises Digital Sonar Technology (DST). The 720im extends that technology into the multibeam arena. Additionally, its compact size and weight removes payload issues encountered on ROVs.last_img read more

Flex LNG turns to profit on rebalanced market

first_imgFlex LNG, the company controlled by billionaire John Fredriksen and an emerging player in the LNG shipping business turned to a $1.2 million profit in the third quarter of the year compared to a $4 million net loss in the third quarter of 2017. The company also tightened its net loss for the first nine months of the year from $11.7 million in 2017 to $3.5 million during the period under review.Commenting on the results, Øystein Kalleklev, Flex LNG’s CEO and CFO said the company’s improved financial performance in the third quarter and the improved fourth-quarter guidance were helped by the market rebalancing.“Unlike the vast majority of other LNG shipping companies, we decided to strategically pursue shorter-term employment until the shipping market showed signs of rebalancing. The market has now rebalanced with current fixtures now being agreed at all-time high rates,” Kalleklev said.He noted the company expects the LNG shipping market to remain tight due to a combination of a large increase in liquefaction capacity in the near, medium and long-term, limited fleet growth, increased ton/mileage and increased focus on improving air quality favoring the ongoing switch from coal to natural gas.The company today has four vessels on the water and nine additional newbuildings under construction which are set for delivery in 2019-2021, increasing the fleet to a total of thirteen high-end LNG carriers.Flex LNG said it has already covered all available days for the fourth quarter expecting revenues of approximately $35 million in the period, up on the $19 million reported in the quarter under review.last_img read more

Lawmakers gather in Indy for Organization Day

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS – State lawmakers are taking care of formalities at the Statehouse Tuesday during Organization Day.It marks the official start of the General Assembly which begins January 5.The ceremonial tradition is set aside to swear-in newly elected lawmakers and select a Speaker of the House by state representatives.“We won’t be coming back officially to start work until January 5,” State Rep. Randy Frye (R-Greensburg) said Tuesday.“We got our agenda and now we are getting things in order and getting ready for the session.”last_img read more

Solskjaer working to keep key men

first_imgOle Gunnar Solskjaer says work is already under way to keep the players he believes can spark a successful Championship campaign next season. With Cardiff relegated following last Saturday’s 3-0 defeat at Newcastle, Solskjaer looks set to make changes as the Welsh club target a winning send-off on home soil before returning to the Championship next term. Eden Hazard hopes Chelsea can finish the season with a Premier League victory before launching a trophy assault next term. The Blues will end the season without silverware for the first time in three years, but with confidence restored after a sustained Premier League title challenge. Jose Mourinho’s men also reached the Champions League semi-finals, only to fall to Atletico Madrid as the Spaniards reached their first European Cup final in 40 years. “The Premier League is objective number one and this season we were almost in the final of the Champions League, almost champions in the Premier League,” Hazard told Chelsea TV. “I hope next season will be better.” Hazard has been in sparkling form this term and is determined to finish the campaign on a high at Cardiff City Stadium after last weekend’s goalless draw with Norwich. He added: “It’s very important because we lost two points in the last game against Norwich and we need to finish with one victory for the fans. “I hope for a good game and we want to enjoy on the pitch.” The Cardiff match could be one of farewells for Chelsea players including Ashley Cole – and captain John Terry and midfielder Frank Lampard, if the pair can shake off a knock and illness, respectively. Like the distinguished trio, Samuel Eto’o is also out of contract at the end of the season, but an injury in training on Friday means he is doubtful. Mourinho hopes to rouse his players for one last effort, something he admits is difficult with Chelsea’s ambitions for the campaign over. The best the Blues can finish is second, but only if Liverpool lose to Newcastle. “It is vital we keep hold of the ones (players) I believe will take us back up again. That job has already started,” Solskjaer said. “All of these in the squad now won’t be here next season. That is the nature of football, but the ones who will be here will have to have the character. That league (Championship) is not just turn up and go through the motions. “I can’t comment on players’ contracts. I am doing my best to keep hold of the most important ones, that I feel are the most important ones. “David has been absolutely terrific this season. I believe he is very happy in and around Cardiff. He is one that I really, really want to keep. “He has been the best keeper in the Premier League, for me. He has saved us many, many points, and he has not lost us one. That is the sign of a very good goalkeeper. “Of course we are all disappointed (with the season), but there is only one way, and that is to come back stronger. We have got to regroup and look at what we have to improve on.” Cardiff will be without Juan Cala for the clash after the defender was handed a three-match suspension. The Spaniard was sent off in the Bluebirds’ 4-0 defeat at Sunderland last month for denying Connor Wickham a goalscoring opportunity, but this punishment relates to his conduct as he left the field and made his way to the players’ tunnel. Cardiff end their brief stay in the Barclays Premier League on Sunday with a home clash against Chelsea, after which attention will turn fully to the early stages of masterminding a quickfire top-flight return. Cardiff boss Solskjaer is unlikely to keep his current squad intact – it is thought Steven Caulker and Gary Medel, for instance, both have relegation release clauses in their contracts – while star goalkeeper David Marshall will undoubtedly be a major target for other clubs despite him recently signing a new Bluebirds contract. Press Associationlast_img read more

Volleyball: Badgers prep for second meeting with Michigan

first_imgLess than a week removed from their first clash of the season, No. 11 Wisconsin volleyball will again face the Michigan Wolverines Wednesday at 7 p.m. — this time in Ann Arbor, Michigan.Last Friday’s match at the UW Field House provided fans with one of the most exciting displays of volleyball all season in the match’s first set.Ending with 62 total points and a 32-30 Wisconsin victory, the rallies never seemed to end. Down by four points, a subsequent six-point run saw the Badgers leapfrog the Wolverines to a 23-21 lead. But costly serving and attacking errors down the stretch plagued both sides. Tied at 25, neither team could deliver a knockout blow until finally a Haleigh Nelson kill and block on the next play shut the door on Michigan.Having exerted much of their energy from the set, Michigan looked deflated in the next two sets, dropping both.The Wolverines, after losing its last three matches to No. 21 Illinois (3-0), No. 13 Wisconsin (3-0) and No. 4 Minnesota (3-0), dropped out of the AVCA Top 25 this week. They currently find themselves in eighth place in the Big Ten standings, tied with archrival Michigan State.A rebound against Wisconsin, while unlikely for a team that falls in the bottom half of most statistical categories in the Big Ten, could save the Wolverines’ chances at fortuitous prospective-seeding in the NCAA Tournament.Riding a six-game win-streak, however, Wisconsin doesn’t seem ready to let that happen.“We know we’re playing against a [Michigan] team that is very, very different at home,” UW head coach Kelly Sheffield said. “I think they’re 4-3 on the road and 10-6 at home, and that’s a really tough place to play. It’s a team that is very comfortable playing there, and so it’s a very different match.”Serving has been a lagging issue for Wisconsin these past few matches, accruing numerous service errors against Michigan State (5), Michigan (8) and Indiana (8). The team is making a conscious effort to curtail the problem.“The difference is the beginning of the year,” Sheffield said. “We had one player that I thought was a really good server, and the others just were very average. Now they’ve got that part of their game, it’s just bringing it every night.”Despite the one nagging aspect of the Badgers’ game, the team has played very efficient volleyball in the past few matches, averaging a hitting percentage of .360 percent and 43.3 kills per match over the last three matches.Wednesday’s match will be available on BTN Plus and 92.1 The Mic.last_img read more

Lagos City, Birrel High School Sparkle at PWC  Chess4Change Grand Slam

first_imgSpeaking at the event, a Partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers, Jide Adeola, said the championship was part of building trust in the society hence the organisation of the Chess championship among the youths.“Chess is a game of the mind and by involving students in the game, it will enhance their abilities to be socially inclined, think critically and also helps in solving important problems. “We feel that over time we will continue to build young people, who can participate in solving Nigerians problems,” he said.On his part, the Chairman of the Lagos State Sports Commission, Dr. Kweku Tandoh, stated that the game of chess is a sport that needed to start off at an early age.“For us in Lagos State, it’s a game that we have always been excelling. At the National Youth Games in Ilorin, Kwara, Lagos State got six or eight gold medals. We are the dominant state in chess at the youth level.“And very soon we are going to be taking it to the very next level. That is why we have a company like PWC sponsoring this competition. Very soon, we are going to be looking at quite a number of other competitions, as well as with the private sector. I think we have a good legacy in chess and we are going to build on that and improve upon it,” he stated.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Lagos City College, Yaba and Birrel Avenue Senior High School, Sabo, on Thursday emerged winners in the individual and team categories in the third edition of the Chess4Change Grand Slam held at the Molade Okoya-Thomas Hall of the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere.Rahmon Idowu scored six points to win the individual event of the grand slam title, while Moyinoluwa Lawal of Government Senior College, Eric Moore, came second with five points as Egbe Benedict of Ireti Senior Grammar School, Ikoyi, finished in the third position also with five points.With 21 and a half points, Birrel Avenue School beat Government Senior College Eric Moore, which amassed 17 points, while Lagos City College, Yaba, third with 16 and a half points in the team’s category of the competition.last_img read more

The community benefits to complement day-to-day business

first_imgShare Kansspelautoriteit enters into MoU with Malta Gaming Authority August 28, 2020 StumbleUpon Making employees happier and more productive during office hours can bring far-reaching benefits for businesses from any sector.However, this focus on well-being has been sweeping the gambling industry in recent years, as companies search for the right community aspects to complement day-to-day diligence. Microgaming was hailed as one of the ‘The 10 top coolest offices in the UK‘ just a few months after opening its new Douglas home in 2017. The fourth of five stories is a communal area featuring a library and dart board, as well as table tennis, poker and pool.Just last year, Gaming Innovation Group (GiG) opened its new Malta-based HQ, complete with a top-of-the-range commercial kitchen, state-of-the-art cardio and weights section, and two purpose-built slides to reflect the company’s “sense of playfulness”.Similarly, it was announced this month that Sky Betting and Gaming (SB&G) staff were to be consolidated into one building at Leeds’ Wellington Place, delivering community benefits including “bee keeping, free fitness sessions and wellbeing initiatives”.Meanwhile, BetVictor has committed to ‘The Rock’ through a new recruitment drive to its Gibraltar head office, which now houses an athletic track running through the different departments and a basketball court doubling up as a meeting space. This comes just a few weeks after bet365 sanctioned a multi-million relocation project from Gibraltar to Malta amid Brexit concerns.Seeing this sort of investment in employees across four leading online gambling jurisdictions has, without doubt, inspired progressive supplier Altenar to spruce up its own Malta home. Altenar will hold an official party tonight (12 June) to open its new St Julian’s office, which features an open plan working area, lounge and kitchen, two balconies – one of which faces downtown – and a sophisticated lighting system, while the company has confirmed that a gym will be added next year. There are even showers provided for those travelling to work by bike.At the end of 2017, the number of full-time employees for online licensees of the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) reached 5,861. And with salaries on the rise, as shown in a survey by Betting Jobs, the office environment is set to become a key employee differentiator. Submit Soft2Bet continues new market drive with Irokobet launch August 26, 2020 Related Articles Global Gaming adds sportsbook extension to Ninja property August 25, 2020 Sharelast_img read more