National Insurance Corporation Limited (NIC.ug) HY2018 Interim Report

first_imgNational Insurance Corporation Limited (NIC.ug) listed on the Uganda Securities Exchange under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2018 interim results for the half year.For more information about National Insurance Corporation Limited (NIC.ug) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the National Insurance Corporation Limited (NIC.ug) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: National Insurance Corporation Limited (NIC.ug)  2018 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileNational Insurance Corporation Limited (now NIC Holdings Limited) is a leading insurance company in Uganda. It was established in 1964 as a wholly-owned government parastatal; and privatised in 2005 with Industrial and General Insurance Plc (IGI) purchasing a 60% stake in the insurance business through its special purpose vehicle, Corporate Holdings Limited. IGI is the largest private sector insurer and fastest growing insurance company in Nigeria, with operations in Ghana, Gambia, Uganda, Rwanda, Europe and America. The company established two wholly-owned subsidiaries; NIC General Insurance Company Limited (NIC General) which took over the general insurance business; and NIC Life Assurance Company Limited (NIC Assurance) which took over individual and group life assurance. National Insurance Corporation Limited is listed on the Uganda Securities Exchangelast_img read more

Jamie Heaslip and CJ Stander – a tale of two No 8s

first_imgWhat is certain is that Heaslip and Stander both know who they are on and off the field. That is what matters.For the latest Rugby World subscription offers, click here. TAGS: LeinsterMunster LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Front foot: Jamie Heaslip makes a trademark charge for Leinster. Photo: InphoThe 32-year-old has a much decorated rugby career of 85 Ireland caps since making his debut in 2006 as well as being a two times British & Irish Lions tourist with five Test appearances.Then there is Heaslip the entrepreneur, restaurateur and entertaining user of social media. Add to this his reputation for meticulous professionalism and a relatively injury-free career and yet sometimes it seems as if he is taken for granted by some quarters of the Irish media.Where does this perspective come from? Is it that Heaslip does not conform to an old-fashioned notion of what a rugby player should be? Is it that despite leadership qualities and being both a three-times Six Nations and Heineken Cup winner, he assumed the Ireland captaincy during a rocky patch at the end of Declan Kidney’s tenure in 2013?Yet on the Lions victorious tour of Australia three years ago, time and time again when in conversation with English, Welsh, Scottish and Australian media, Heaslip was flagged as a “good and intelligent speaker” and “great player”.What we do know is that in the absence of both O’Mahony and Sean O’Brien, Heaslip and Stander brought out the best in each other playing for Ireland in what was far from a vintage Irish Six Nations campaign.In the spotlight: Munster’s CJ Stander picked up two awards this week. Photo: InphoThis week Stander was named both Players’ Player and Supporters’ Player of the year at the Irish Rugby Union Players’ Association Awards, while Heaslip was awarded Try of the Year for his finish on a superb nine-pass, 80-metre team move against Italy in March.In Ireland’s opening draw with the Welsh, Stander was named Man of the Match, the stats showing he made 23 ball-carries. But who was top of the Irish tackle count? Both loosehead prop Jack McGrath and Heaslip came in with 16 apiece.In an interesting piece of symmetry, Heaslip was named Man of the Match in Ireland’s final game and only second victory of the championship against Scotland.The conjecture for Ireland’s forthcoming tour to South Africa was sparked when former Ireland head coach Eddie O’Sullivan suggested that Ireland’s best back row to face the Boks would include Heaslip, a returning O’Mahony and Stander in place of O’Brien, also coming back from injury. Yet former Ireland international Donal Lenihan returned to a shootout between Heaslip and Stander for the No 8 jersey.Tag team: Jamie Heaslip and CJ Stander work in tandem to tackle Justin Tipuric. Photo: InphoBuilding on their Six Nations form by retaining Heaslip and Stander as starters in the Irish back row as the latter returns to his homeland seems a like a logical step. The Leinsterman’s nuanced play, passing game and experience complements the Munster captain’s defence-busting, ball-carrying style.Perhaps, the question should be: who should join them? O’Mahony’s natural abrasiveness would certainly mark him out as the man to round out the trio to take to the Newlands pitch on 11 June as Ireland aim to make history with a first Test victory over the Boks on South African soil. However, he has indicated that a decision regarding his fitness to join the tour still has to be made. If O’Brien can prove form and fitness for Leinster in the business end of the Guinness Pro12, he could reclaim the openside berth. By Kate RowanRucks, mauls, scrums, lineouts, breakdowns, tackles, penalties, tries, conversions.This is the traditional vocabulary associated with how rugby players forge their reputations.Then there is the media mixed zone. Post-match mixed zones tend to be the most frantic. Quite often it is very much a case of it being the journalists’ turn to ruck and roll as a pack of five, ten, 15 or even 20, with varying agendas, grapple for position.Back in the autumn of 2010, after Ireland’s win against Samoa, No 8 Jamie Heaslip ambled into the mixed zone at the Aviva Stadium, briefly surveyed the reporters huddling around him and declared in a theatrical growl to a couple of newbies: “I won’t bite!”That particular act, regardless of how fleeting or insignificant showed his sense of humour and perhaps a quirky or flamboyant side to the character of a player renowned for his work-rate and dedication.Fast-forward five years to another mixed zone, conducted after an open training session at the Aviva Stadium in the build-up to this year’s Six Nations. It was one of Munster back-row Christiaan Johan Stander’s first media engagements as a member of the Ireland squad.After Ireland’s disappointing World Cup quarter-final exit, quite a lot of the spring optimism was centred on the potential Test debut of CJ Stander, a son of the Western Cape who had qualified under residency rules to play for Ireland. There had even been talk in the Irish media that the former Blue Bulls player, a natural No 8, could perhaps usurp the ever-reliable Heaslip of Leinster.It is not usual mixed zone etiquette for players to shake journalists’ hands. However, it has become something of a calling card for the former Springboks U20 captain.Comeback trail: Peter O’Mahony is still battling to recover from injury. Photo: InphoThe ‘Stander handshake’ is sturdy and genuine; this translates to the player’s on-field performances. Stander – as with born-and-bred Munsterman Peter O’Mahony, for whom he has deputised as provincial captain during his injury-enforced absence and at blindside flanker for Ireland during this last Six Nations – plays with grit, ballast and his heart on his sleeve.Despite growing up more than 15,000km from Thomond Park, outside of George, a city midway between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth situated on South Africa’s Garden Route, the 26-year-old farmer’s son, very much espouses the values of the traditional Munsterman.Even the fact he came to Ireland after being told his physique was not big enough to be considered a Springbok back-row meshes well with the fighting underdog with a point-to-prove spirit that for so long has been part of the Munster psyche.Irish rugby loves a stereotype. So, you cannot have the brave and faithful Munsterman without the urbane and skilled Leinsterman! Enter Heaslip as the perfect foil to Stander. They’ve both had great seasons but should Jamie Heaslip and CJ Stander feature in the same Ireland back row or battle for the No 8 shirt? Tag team: CJ Stander attacks against Wales as Jamie Heaslip looks on. Photo: Getty Images last_img read more

Baseball blows lead to UTA in extra innings

first_imgKatherine Griffithhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/katherine-griffith/ Twitter ReddIt Facebook Katherine Griffithhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/katherine-griffith/ TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks Linkedin Second phase of Fort Worth Zoo renovation project to open in mid-April Katherine Griffithhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/katherine-griffith/ Spring athletes get another year of eligibility Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award Linkedin Winter storm benefits businesses around TCU Twitter printAfter an early 4-0 lead, TCU baseball couldn’t close out the game as they surrendered six consecutive runs to fall to University of Texas at Arlington 6-4 Tuesday.The loss brings TCU’s record to 10-2 and marks their first loss at Lupton Stadium this season. The loss also snaps their five-game win streak. Gene Wood brought in the first run of the game with a single to right field to bring home Sam Thompson. In the 2nd inning, UTA’s starting pitcher Cade Winquest was pulled after he loaded the bases and walked home a run. Tommy Sacco and Phillip Sikes had a pair of base hits to right field (to former Horned Frog Andrew Keefer), which were followed by a walk to Thompson that loaded the bases. Winquest then walked Gray Rodgers to bring in their second run. Rodgers has now reached base successfully in all 11 games.Wood came up to bat after a pop up by Zach Humphreys. Wood singled to center field bringing home both Thompson and Sikes. Tuesday’s game was Wood’s third multi-RBI game this season. The Mavericks started their comeback bid in the third inning with a two-out double by Andrew Miller, scoring Zac Cook. UTA threatened again at the top of the fourth with a triple by Keefer, but the Mavericks were not able to capitalize off of it. Miller, UTA’s leadoff batter in the eighth inning, hit a homer over the left field wall to narrow the Frogs’ lead to two runs. Anthony Dominguez then reached on a fielding error by Thompson. He would then score on a pair of Maverick singles. Phillip Childs went on to score on a sacrifice fly to center field, tying the score at four.In the 12th inning, Josh Minjarez singled to left field. The hit was followed by a wild pitch, a walk and a two-out double to center field by Connor Aube, allowing two Mavericks to score two runs and break the tie. Despite loading the bases several times, the Frogs failed to ever convert the runners in scoring position into runs. “I thought our guys competed well. There was a lot of good things that happened tonight,” head coach Jim Schlossnagle said. “They [UTA]  just happened to get the timely hit with two outs and we didn’t.”Riley Cornelio pitched 2.2 innings against UTA. Photo courtesy of gofrogs.comDuring the course of 12 innings, the Frogs brought seven pitchers to the mound, none of which lasted more than 2.2 innings. Collectively, the pitching staff gave up 13 hits and six runs while totaling 10 strikeouts. Riley Cornelio started for the Frogs and allowed a run and a hit in 2.2 innings. Drew Hill threw 2.1 shutout innings and Haylen Green pitched two scoreless innings. Austin Krob fanned three during his outing.Pitcher Matt Rudis, the final pitcher on the night for the Frogs, earned the loss. UTA brought five pitchers to the mound, giving up nine hits and four runs (all in the first two innings) and dishing out eight strikeouts. “That is actually as good of pitching staff that we have seen the whole season throwing strikes,” Schlossnagle said.  “That was really good preparation for us for the weekend.”TCU will head into a tough road test this weekend. The Frogs are set to take on USC, No. 6 UCLA, No. 2 Vanderbilt, and San Diego State. “Every game has value. UTA is now 9-3, and they have won some really good games,” Schlossnagle said. “It stinks to lose the game but I think our team will be better having played tonight.”The Horned Frogs will return home March 13 for a series against Maryland. + posts Reservations at TCU Recreation Center in high demand due to pandemic guidelines ReddIt TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hello Previous articleThe Leap 3/3/20Next articleWhat we’re reading: Tornado death toll rises, Trump meets with Taliban leader Katherine Griffith RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Katherine Griffithhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/katherine-griffith/ Katherine Griffith last_img read more

Rising Compliance Costs Burden Financial Firms

first_img April 20, 2016 1,052 Views Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland.  Print This Post Subscribe Tagged with: CFPB Compliance Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Regulation Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago CFPB Compliance Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Regulation 2016-04-20 Brian Honea Share Save Previous: NAR Calls for Further FHA Insurance Premium Reductions Next: Credit Unions’ RMBS Recoveries Reach Milestone The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Rising Compliance Costs Burden Financial Firms A fiercely raging debate for the last five years is whether or not the added costs imposed on businesses that must comply with increased regulations justifies the benefits of those increased regulations.While that debate continues, one thing that is hard to dispute is that the increased regulations have resulted in greater compliance costs for firms in the financial industry. A recent survey of C-level financial services executives, risk services directors, and compliance officers showed that more than three-quarters of respondents have seen their compliance costs rise due to regulation.In addition to covering how financial services companies are handling the requirements of the increased regulation brought on by Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in the last few years as well as their perception of consumer sentiment with regards to the heightened regulatory environment. The survey was conducted by Aptean Consumer Complaints Compass.What the survey found was that 86 percent of respondents said they had seen their compliance costs increase due to increased regulation, and 29 percent of respondents said that they had to significantly expand their teams that handle complaints so that the complaints could be properly managed.“As the CFPB continues to shine the spotlight on subpar providers, everyone in the financial services industry is feeling the pressure. There is a direct correlation between increased consumer complaint exposure and rising volumes,” said Matt Keenan, Aptean Group VP of CRM. “Ultimately, those providers who have implemented strategies and technology to better navigate compliance and strengthen relationships with consumers will continue to thrive.”Keenan continued, “It is important for financial institutions of all sizes to begin capitalizing on the lessons learned by organizations currently impacted by the CFPB. “Proactively implementing best practices is an opportunity to differentiate themselves from their competition and to improve customer retention and satisfaction.”According to the survey, some strategies that financial servicers professionals are employing in order to curb complaints are: Treating complaint management as a firm-wide exercise in product/service improvement (70 percent of respondents have implemented, and another 15 percent are considering implementing before the end of the year); aligning complaint management policies and procedures with requirements of CFPB audits (63 percent of respondents have already implemented, while another 11 percent said they were considering implementing but have not set a date); and leveraging modern technology, such as a focused complaint management solution (56 percent of respondents have implemented, and only 7 percent said they are not considering implementing).Click here to view some fast facts about the survey. Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Rising Compliance Costs Burden Financial Firms Sign up for DS News Daily Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago About Author: Brian Honea The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Related Articles in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days agolast_img read more

Senate Banking Committee Approves Jerome Powell as Fed Chair

first_img Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago  Print This Post Senate Banking Committee Approves Jerome Powell as Fed Chair Home / Daily Dose / Senate Banking Committee Approves Jerome Powell as Fed Chair Related Articles December 5, 2017 1,097 Views Previous: Property Preservation: Gaining Proactivity Next: Quicken Calls Lawsuit ‘Meritless and Frivolous’ 2017-12-05 David Wharton About Author: David Wharton The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Journal, News Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The U.S. Senate Banking Committee met in full open session this morning and approved Jerome Powell as Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. The vote was 22-1 in favor, with Senator Elizabeth Warren as the sole dissenting vote.The matter must now go to a full Senate vote before Powell can officially be confirmed for the position.President Trump nominated Powell as Fed Chair on November 2. A Federal Reserve Board governor who previously worked as a private-equity executive, Powell will succeed current Fed Chair Janet Yellen. After Powell’s nomination, Yellen announced on November 20 that she would be resigning from the Federal Reserve Board in February 2018, rather than serving out the remainder of her term through 2024.Powell’s nomination met little resistance in the Senate. Although Powell is a Republican and was nominated by President Trump, Democrats voted for him almost unanimously in 2012 and 2014 when he was nominated for the Fed board by President Obama.During a June 1 speech to the Economic Club of New York, Powell said, “While the recent performance of the labor market might warrant a faster pace of tightening, inflation has been below target for five years and has moved up only slowly toward 2%, which argues for continued patience, especially if that progress slows or stalls.” Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago David Wharton, Managing Editor at the Five Star Institute, is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington, where he received his B.A. in English and minored in Journalism. Wharton has over 16 years’ experience in journalism and previously worked at Thomson Reuters, a multinational mass media and information firm, as Associate Content Editor, focusing on producing media content related to tax and accounting principles and government rules and regulations for accounting professionals. Wharton has an extensive and diversified portfolio of freelance material, with published contributions in both online and print media publications. Wharton and his family currently reside in Arlington, Texas. He can be reached at [email protected] The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Share Save Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Subscribelast_img read more

74 complaints against Gardai in Donegal received by GSOC

first_img News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Google+ 24 protected disclosures by staff or members of the gardai were made to GSOC last year and over 400 criminal investigations were opened.The garda watchdog’s annual report shows almost 2,000 complaints detailing almost 3,000 allegations were made against gardai – a slight drop on the previous years figures.In Donegal, 74 complaints were made against Gardai.Gardai received 15 referrals where the alleged conduct of an officer resulted in a fatality and 17 public interest investigations were opened – one of those from within Donegal.The DPP directed that 4 cases be prosecuted while another 4 were awaiting a decision at the end of last year.The most common complaints were abuse of authority, neglect of duty, discourtesy and allegations of assault, harassment or false imprisonment. Facebook Google+ Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Twitter Homepage BannerNews By News Highland – May 15, 2019 center_img Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA WhatsApp Previous articleCouncil considering 50kph limit near Termon NSNext articleMain Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Wednesday May 15th News Highland Pinterest DL Debate – 24/05/21 Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Pinterest 74 complaints against Gardai in Donegal received by GSOC RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programmelast_img read more

House of Hope banquet benefits transition effort

first_img The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Book Nook to reopen Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits “Tina was a great addition to our play,” he said. “She did a great job and quickly became member of the ‘Come Home’ family. I would encourage local businesses to lend a helping hand to these women who are working their way back to a productive and contributing lifestyle.” “The banquet and silent auction go a long way in funding the House of Hope for the coming year,” Carroll said. “We greatly appreciate those who support the banquet with their attendance and those who donate items.” Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day By Jaine Treadwell You Might Like County deals with rain fallout Just how much rain is too much? Well, if you are responsible for the 300 miles of dirt roads in… read more Email the author House of Hope banquet benefits transition effort By The Penny Hoarder Print Article Sponsored Content Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Patriot Health ZoneHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential Health32-second Stretch Ends Back Pain & Sciatica (Watch)Healthier LivingThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Published 8:05 pm Tuesday, March 10, 2020 Latest Stories Skip Carroll said the residents also appreciate the opportunities they have in Brundidge for community involvement.“One of our residents had a role in “Come Home, It’s Suppertime” at the We Piddle Around Theater in the fall. She had such a good time and made so many friends. Hopefully, more of our residents will take advantage of such a unique opportunity.”Lawrence Bowden, president of the sponsoring Brundidge Historical Society, said there is always room for one more at the WPA theater. This year’s House of Hope Banquet will be at 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 27 at Cattleman Park. Tickets are $10. Reserved tables that seat eight are $80.  For banquet tickets, visit alatc.org/atc-banquets or call 205-440-9712. X A house that once stood empty and silent on the corner of South Main and Lee streets in Brundidge is now a House of Hope for women who are making the transition from a recovery program to working and providing for themselves.“The residents at the House of Hope are women who have successfully completed the Adult Teen Challenge program but choose to remain in the transition program for different reasons,” said Alicia Carroll, House of Hope director. The adult program provides a place of security and support as the program participants transition back into the community and the workplace and to providing for themselves. “The residents are required to pay 25 percent of their wages to the House of Hope and to save 35 percent so they will have money of their own when they leave the House of Hope,” Carroll said. “The residents are also encouraged to be contributing members of the community. “At the present time, we have three residents at the House of Hope. Two of them work at Southern Classic Foods in Brundidge and the other works for Johnson Labs in Troy. We are so appreciative of the support of these businesses and the opportunities they provide for these women. These businesses are making a positive difference in their lives.” Troy falls to No. 13 Clemsonlast_img read more

Pioneer Days offers step back in time

first_img Pioneer Days 2020 opened at that Pioneer Museum of Alabama Friday with a large number in attendance.Barbara Tatom, museum director, said she was very pleased with the day’s attendance and looks forward to an equally successful day today.Pioneer Days opens at 10 a.m. and will close at 4 p.m.    “There will be more than 60 rifles, shotguns, fowlers and pistols on display,” Tatom said. “Also, the store will have cane poles with bobbers and blued hooks.”Today’s Pioneer Days will also include blacksmithing, woodworking, rope making, chair weaving, Davey Crockett, a circuit rider, American Revolution and Civil War re-enactors, a French Army grenadier, an old-time store keeper’s tour and a sampling of stew cooked on a wood stove.  The Montgomery Area Dulcimers will be a “Saturday-only” attraction. Sponsored Content Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Skip Published 8:55 pm Friday, October 30, 2020 You Might Like Pioneer Days offers step back in time The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Latest Stories Email the author Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Book Nook to reopen Patriots close out regular season against Monroe Academy For the second time in five years the Pike Liberal Arts Patriots will close out the regular season against the… read more By Jaine Treadwell 123PrevNextStartStop Print Article Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson By The Penny Hoarder “With COVID-19, we weren’t sure about attendance this year but we had a large number of visitors including home-school students and their parents from around the local area and Montgomery, Dothan, Prattville and Auburn,” Tatom said. “It was encouraging to see so many young parents who realize the importance of sharing the history of our pioneers with their children.”The Mystic Wind Choctaw National Dancers from Mississippi were among the demonstrators and will be back at the amphitheater today. Tatom said the dancers feature chanting and share information about the culture and traditions.New to Pioneer Days is the Conecuh Sporting Store that features hunting, target shooting, trapping and fish circa 1860. Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Admission is $12. Members and ages 5 and under are free.Pioneer Days at the Pioneer Museum of Alabama is sponsored by the Alabama State Council on the Arts with support from the National Endowment for the Arts. Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Patriot Health ZoneHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential Health32-second Stretch Ends Back Pain & Sciatica (Watch)Healthier LivingThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

DOJ weighs terror charges for those who make threats to spread coronavirus

first_imgPowerofflowers/iStock(WASHINGTON) — The Justice Department is urging federal prosecutors around the country to weigh terror charges against individuals who either threaten to spread or purposely attempt to transmit novel coronavirus to others, according to a newly released memo.The memo was made public just hours after state terroristic threats charges were announced against a New Jersey man who allegedly coughed on a grocery store employee and told her that he had coronavirus.“Threats or attempts to use COVID-19 as a weapon against Americans will not be tolerated,” Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen said in the memo addressed to all U.S. attorneys Monday.Rosen says in the memo that, “because coronavirus appears to meet the statutory definition of a “biological agent”” under the law, “such acts potentially could implicate the Nation’s terrorism-related statutes.”The recommendation was just one in a series offered to prosecutors as the Justice Department shifts focus to prosecuting those who seek to take advantage of the current national crisis around COVID-19.The Monday memo alarmed some civil liberties advocates, however. The American Civil Liberties union expressed concern Wednesday that DOJ is using the national emergency to overreach on its prosecutorial powers, and argued that the language in the recommendation could prevent some people from seeking help for fear they could be wrongly accused of trying to “intentionally” spread the virus.“Rather than heeding public health experts’ advice to promote public trust in science and reduce prison populations, the Justice Department is threatening to use vague, overbroad, and flawed coercive powers that will make people more afraid to seek care,” director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s national security project Hina Shamsi said in a statement.Attorney General Gurbur Grewal on Tuesday alleged that 50-year-old George Falcone coughed on a female employee at a Wegman’s grocery store in Manalapan, New Jersey, after she had raised concerns he was standing too close to her and asked Falcone to step back.“Instead, Falcone allegedly stepped forward to within 3 feet of her, leaned toward her, and purposely coughed,” a statement from Grewal’s office said. “He allegedly laughed and said he was infected with the coronavirus. Falcone subsequently told two other employees they are lucky to have jobs.”The statement from Grewal’s office indicates Falcone’s arrest was based more on his alleged attempt at intimidation rather than any serious suspicion he was infected with coronavirus.Falcone was then confronted by a detective of the local police department who was inside the store and took down his information.“Exploiting people’s fears and creating panic during a pandemic emergency is reprehensible. In times like these, we need to find ways to pull together as a community instead of committing acts that further divide us,” said Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni.It was not clear yet as of Wednesday morning whether Falcone has selected a defense attorney, and attempts to reach him for comment were not immediately successful.In a separate memo circulated by the Department of Homeland Security Monday, officials warned law enforcement about online postings from white supremacist extremist groups encouraging “infected individuals to intentionally spread COVID-19 in diverse neighborhoods and in religious institutions such as mosques and synagogues.”The memo noted that there has not yet been any credible evidence yet, however, of specific imminent plots by the groups. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

The heart of a dragon: 3D anatomical reconstruction of the ‘scaly-foot gastropod’ (Mollusca: Gastropoda: Neomphalina) reveals its extraordinary circulatory system

first_imgIntroduction The ‘scaly-foot gastropod’ (Chrysomallon squamiferum Chen et al., 2015) from deep-sea hydrothermal vent ecosystems of the Indian Ocean is an active mobile gastropod occurring in locally high densities, and it is distinctive for the dermal scales covering the exterior surface of its foot. These iron-sulfide coated sclerites, and its nutritional dependence on endosymbiotic bacteria, are both noted as adaptations to the extreme environment in the flow of hydrogen sulfide. We present evidence for other adaptations of the ‘scaly-foot gastropod’ to life in an extreme environment, investigated through dissection and 3D tomographic reconstruction of the internal anatomy. Results Our anatomical investigations of juvenile and adult specimens reveal a large unganglionated nervous system, a simple and reduced digestive system, and that the animal is a simultaneous hermaphrodite. We show that Chrysomallon squamiferum relies on endosymbiotic bacteria throughout post-larval life. Of particular interest is the circulatory system: Chrysomallon has a very large ctenidium supported by extensive blood sinuses filled with haemocoel. The ctenidium provides oxygen for the host but the circulatory system is enlarged beyond the scope of other similar vent gastropods. At the posterior of the ctenidium is a remarkably large and well-developed heart. Based on the volume of the auricle and ventricle, the heart complex represents approximately 4 % of the body volume. This proportionally giant heart primarily sucks blood through the ctenidium and supplies the highly vascularised oesophageal gland. Thus we infer the elaborate cardiovascular system most likely evolved to oxygenate the endosymbionts in an oxygen poor environment and/or to supply hydrogen sulfide to the endosymbionts. Conclusions This study exemplifies how understanding the autecology of an organism can be enhanced by detailed investigation of internal anatomy. This gastropod is a large and active species that is abundant in its hydrothermal vent field ecosystem. Yet all of its remarkable features—protective dermal sclerites, circulatory system, high fecundity—can be viewed as adaptations beneficial to its endosymbiont microbes. We interpret these results to show that, as a result of specialisation to resolve energetic needs in an extreme chemosynthetic environment, this dramatic dragon-like species has become a carrying vessel for its bacteria.last_img read more