LATEST STORIES Antetokounmpo, meanwhile, continues to post MVP-like stat line of 29.5 points, 10.5 rebounds and 4.4 assists per contest. Khristian Ibarrola /ra Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Giannis yelling “I’ll fuck you up” at Coach Sweeney pic.twitter.com/OQjS8K0BIh— The Render (@TheRenderNBA) November 26, 2017FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throne Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? View comments Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set After figuring in what appeared to be a verbal altercation, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Milwaukee Bucks assistant coach Sean Sweeney have put their differences behind them.The usually mild mannered 22-year-old Greek forward was recently heard unleashing an expletive-laden tirade against Sweeney while on the bench during the team’s 121-108 loss against the Utah Jazz over the weekend.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Four Filipinos to see action in ONE: Warriors of the World in Bangkok It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ But after cooler heads prevailed, last season’s NBA Most Improved Player downplayed the spat and said the altercation happened in the heat of the moment. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson “That’s what me and Sweeney do,” Antetokounmpo told reporters, as seen on a clip from the Bucks’ official Twitter page. “You always fight with your brothers. You know, it’s something common.”“That’s what we do. We fight. We argue. At the end of the day we both want to win.”@Giannis_An34 on his relationship with Coach Sweeney pic.twitter.com/uNlJ4XQaw8— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) November 26, 2017After a promising start to the 2017-2108 NBA season, tensions are certainly high in Milwaukee as the team has lost three of its last four games, with a subpar 9-9 record.ADVERTISEMENT
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Brighton midfielder Steven Alzate withdrawn from Colombia U23 squadby Paul Vegas19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton midfielder Steven Alzate has been withdrawn from international duty for Colombia.Colombia have agreed the versatile Alzate, who was called into their under-23 squad for two friendly matches against Peru in Lima, should remain with Albion for treatment on a minor injury.Alzate, who signed a new contract on Friday, came off in the 88th minute in the 3-0 win over Spurs yesterday. Alireza Jahanbakhsh is also out of Iran’s squad due to injury.
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Categories: Albert News,Lower News,News 30Nov Reps. Lower, Albert lead reforms to protect local government retiree benefits and public services State Reps. Jim Lower and Thomas Albert today led the introduction of a landmark reform plan aimed at protecting public services and the retirement benefits for police, firefighters and other local government employees in Michigan.The plan will help identify the local governments most at risk of bankruptcy due to unfunded retirement plan liabilities and set up a system to help them avoid financial crisis.“Local governments across Michigan have nearly $20 billion in unfunded liabilities connected to their employee retirement systems,” said Albert, of Lowell, after introducing legislation in the House. “This debt is a cancer eating away at communities and the quality of life across the state.”Lower, of Cedar Lake, said urgent action is needed to prevent problems from growing worse across the state.“We must act now to safeguard the retirement benefits of police officers, firefighters and all other local government employees across Michigan to the fullest extent possible,” Lower said. “We must act now to protect funding for the essential public services we all rely on. And we must do it in a way that won’t pass along debt to our children and grandchildren.”Albert participated on a task force earlier this year, assembled by Gov. Rick Snyder, to explore the critical challenges posed by Michigan’s underfunded local government employee retirement systems. The Michigan House is following up the task force report with a 19-bill package to address mounting local retiree healthcare and pension costs.The legislation creates a reporting system with uniform financial and accounting standards for local government retirement plans. An early detection system will help local governments and the state identify potential funding problems and act quickly to mitigate them. Communities will be vetted through a state treasurer’s fiscal impact evaluation and retirement systems will be flagged as underfunded when municipalities aren’t meeting set criteria to alleviate their debts.Local governments will have plenty of opportunity to address issues on their own. But if that fails, a financial management team (FMT) with local and state representation will step in to force changes to put programs back on firm financial footing.“Each community is going to be starting from a different place within this problem and will face their own unique challenges,” said Albert, of Lowell. “That is why we must offer a solution with flexibility and local input in mind.”Added Lower: “If we don’t fix this problem now, communities with dangerously underfunded retirement systems could go bankrupt and fail to keep promises made to retirees. This plan heads off that problem and gives local governments a warning system to prioritize and safeguard the benefits retirees and current employees expect.”PHOTO INFORMATION: State Reps. Thomas Albert (seated, center), of Lowell and Jim Lower (third from right), of Cedar Lake, are joined by colleagues from the Michigan House of Representatives during the introduction of a multi-bill package on Thursday. The bills address mounting municipal retiree benefit system debt and bolster revenue sharing funding throughout the state.
Related StoriesResearchers identify trends in use of transcatheter dialysis conduit procedures over 15 yearsRapid fluid removal from patients with failing kidneys linked to increased risk of deathUrinary DKK3 can improve prediction of AKISpecifically, the percentage of caregivers reporting a high burden of care increased from 23% to 38% after dialysis initiation.The authors noted that it is important to use the pre-dialysis phase to explore individual’s health-related goals (such as living at home or engaging in social activities) and current quality of life. This could be useful for physicians, patients, and caregivers as they discuss whether to start dialysis. In addition, interventions such as physical activity programs may be initiated to prevent functional decline in patients at high risk.In an accompanying Patient Voice editorial, Daniel Abel describes the struggles he and his family have endured over the past 26 years. “It is not just the elderly who feel the effects of kidney failure and dialysis. Age may make it all worse but it is hard to imagine feeling less functional than I did after starting dialysis at 38 years old,” he wrote. “Old or young, frail or strong, the physical ramifications of our lives on dialysis can be devastating in life-changing in ways that are unique and individual.” Source:American Society of NephrologyJournal reference:Goto, N.A. et al. (2019) Association of Initiation of Maintenance Dialysis with Functional Status and Caregiver Burden. CJASN. doi.org/10.2215/CJN.13131118. We showed that age and frailty were both risk factors for the composite outcome of functional decline and death. Furthermore, we have shown that functional decline in older adults is highly prevalent and is mainly due to a loss of independence in instrumental activities of daily living-;activities such as medication intake, laundry, and food preparation. In addition, 6 months after the start of dialysis, more caregivers experienced a high burden compared with the start of dialysis.”Namiko Goto, MD (Dianet Dialysis Center and University Medical Center Utrecht, The Netherlands) Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jun 28 2019A new study published in CJASN found that functional decline within the first 6 months after initiating dialysis was highly prevalent in older adults at 17 centers in Netherlands, and the risk was higher in those with advanced age and frailty. The study also revealed an increased burden for caregivers after their loved ones started dialysis.Increasing numbers of older adults are initiating dialysis for the treatment of kidney failure, but little is known about how this affects their functional status-;or their ability to carry out activities essential to independent living. This includes tasks needed for self-care (such as bathing, dressing, and continence) and more complex tasks that support independent living in a community (such as shopping, housecleaning, and telephone use).To investigate, Namiko Goto, MD (Dianet Dialysis Center and University Medical Center Utrecht, The Netherlands) and her colleagues analyzed information on 187 adults aged 65 years and older who had kidney failure and were initiating dialysis. At the start of dialysis, 21% of the participants were independent in functional status, 52% were mildly/moderately dependent and 27% were severely dependent.After 6 months, 40% of participants experienced a decline in functional status, 34% remained stable, 18% improved, and 8% died. The risk of functional decline or death was higher in participants who were older and those who were frail.
Elon Musk makes light of Tesla’s woes in April 1 Twitter prank Tesla said Thursday it withdrew from participating in a US probe of a fatal crash last month that killed a driver who was using its “Autopilot” feature. © 2018 AFP Tesla said the decision was due restrictions on disclosing information about the accident.The company exited a party agreement governing a National Transportation Safety Board probe into the fatal March 23 crash in California. The NTSB demands participants in investigations to not release information about the probe before the agency and reportedly balked at Tesla’s public statements about the deadly crash.The agreement with the NTSB “requires that we not release information about Autopilot to the public, a requirement which we believe fundamentally affects public safety negatively,” a company spokesperson said.”We believe in transparency, so an agreement that prevents public release of information for over a year is unacceptable.”However, Tesla will “continue to provide technical assistance to the NTSB,” the spokesperson added.NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt told Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk in a phone call Wednesday that the agency decided to remove Tesla from the investigation due to the disagreement, Bloomberg News reported.An NTSB spokesman said the agency would comment publicly on the issue later Thursday.Tesla has released several statements on the accident, including in a March 30 blog post that expressed sorrow for the family, but defended its technology and pointed responsibility for the crash on the driver, Walter Huang.Huang’s hands were “not detected on the wheel for six seconds prior to the collision,” Tesla said.”Tesla Autopilot does not prevent all accidents -– such a standard would be impossible -– but it makes them much less likely to occur. It unequivocally makes the world safer for the vehicle occupants, pedestrians and cyclists,” the company said.The company also noted that the accident occurred at a confusing highway interchange, and the protective shield on the concrete barrier involved in the crash was not in proper condition.Huang’s family has hired the Minami Tamaki law firm to “explore legal options” following the fatality, the firm said.”The firm’s preliminary review has uncovered complaints by other Tesla drivers of navigational errors by the Autopilot feature, and other lawsuits have also made this complaint,” Minami Tamaki said in a strongly-worded statement. “The firm believes Tesla’s Autopilot feature is defective and likely caused Huang’s death.””The family wants to investigate this incident and help ensure that this tragedy does not happen to other consumers who buy semi-autonomous vehicles,” said Mark Fong, a partner at Minami Tamaki. Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Tesla objects to government restrictions on releasing accident data on a fatal crash in California late last month Citation: Tesla exits US probe of fatal ‘Autopilot’ crash (2018, April 12) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-04-tesla-exits-probe-fatal-autopilot.html
CEO Elon Musk sent an e-mail to company employees Sunday praising them for producing 5,000 Model 3s, a compact car that’s designed to shift Tesla from a niche manufacturer to a mainstream automaker. Musk also said the company had cranked out a combined 2,000 of Model S sedans and Model X sport-utility vehicles, bringing overall production to a record 7,000 for the week.”We did it!” Musk wrote. “What an incredible job by an amazing team.”The e-mail was reported by the website Electrek, and the company confirmed its authenticity.Last summer, when the first Model 3s began rolling off the assembly line, Musk promised to build 5,000 per week by December and 10,000 per week in 2018. But he also warned at the time that Tesla was entering at least six months of “manufacturing hell” as it tried to hit the targets.Dave Sullivan, manager of product analysis at the market research firm AutoPacific Inc., wasn’t impressed. “Reaching it is one thing,” Sullivan said. “Consistently producing 5,000 per week with outstanding quality is another. I don’t think producing 5,000 once is anything to get excited about until it’s repeatable.”Model 3 sales are critical to Tesla’s future. The company has never posted a full-year profit, and it burned through more than $1 billion in cash in the first quarter. Wall Street investors, who have pushed the company’s stock beyond $340 per share, are growing impatient with the losses.Moody’s Investor Service downgraded Tesla’s debt into junk territory back in March, warning that Tesla won’t have cash to cover $3.7 billion for normal operations, capital expenses and debt that comes due early next year. Tesla said cash from Model 3 sales will pay the bills and drive profits.The company reached 5,000 per week as Musk spent many nights inside the Fremont, California, factory that once belonged to a joint venture between General Motors and Toyota. To quickly put another assembly line in place, Tesla built a large tent at the factory site. Musk told investors on a first-quarter earnings conference call that the company relied too heavily on automation. It had to hire more people to work at the factory.Tesla said in April that it had about 450,000 orders for the Model 3. But some could be getting antsy, especially those who want a price closer to the base of $35,000. Currently Tesla is selling only Model 3s that cost $49,000 to in excess of $70,000.Many have been waiting since March of 2016, when Tesla began taking orders with a $1,000 refundable deposit.The company also may have to deal with some safety issues. Investigators from two federal agencies are looking into five crashes of its vehicles, some involving the semi-autonomous Autopilot system or post-crash battery fires that have been difficult to extinguish.But regardless of those issues, Musk was in a celebratory mood Sunday.”I think we just became a real car company,” he wrote. © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Citation: CEO Musk: Tesla hits weekly goal of making 5,000 Models 3s (2018, July 2) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-07-ceo-musk-tesla-weekly-goal.html Tesla raising cash in push to get Model 3 to masses Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Electric car maker Tesla Inc. has delivered on its CEO’s promise to build a lower-priced car at a rate of 5,000 per week by the end of June.
Reports say US regulats are near an agreement on a record penalty against Facebook for privacy violations This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. A US investigation into privacy violations by Facebook could result in a record fine running to billions of dollars, media reports said Friday. © 2019 AFP The Federal Trade Commission is negotiating the terms of the penalty stemming from its investigation into whether Facebook violated a 2011 settlement with the regulator on protecting user data, the Washington Post and New York Times said, citing unnamed sources.The FTC reopened its investigation following revelations last year that personal data from tens of millions of Facebook users was hijacked by the political consultancy Cambridge Analytica as it worked on Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.The 2011 court-approved agreement required Facebook to notify users when it shares data with third parties and bars the social network from deceptive practices.According to the Times, the penalty for violating the agreement could be some $41,000 per violation, and that the FTC may potentially levy that amount for each individual affected.The Post said the settlement could be in the range of $2 billion.A settlement would need to be negotiated by the FTC staff and then approved by the commissioners. If there is no agreement the parties could contest the matter in court.Until now, the biggest fine imposed by the FTC was $22.5 million against Google for violations of an agreement to protect consumer data, according to the reports.Privacy activists have pressed for a hefty penalty against Facebook to demonstrate that the regulator is serious about enforcing its consent agreements.Facebook did not respond to an AFP query on the reports. Report: Facebook, FTC discussing ‘multibillion dollar’ fine Explore further Citation: US Facebook fine over privacy could be in billions: reports (2019, February 15) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-02-facebook-fine-privacy-billions.html
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos (R) and his wife, MacKenzie Bezos, have finalized their divorce Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos announced their separation in January and posted Twitter messages on Thursday revealing the divorce settlement.”Grateful to have finished the process of dissolving my marriage with Jeff with support from each other and everyone who reached out to us in kindness,” MacKenzie Bezos wrote.”Happy to be giving him all of my interests in the Washington Post and Blue Origin, and 75% of our Amazon stock plus voting control of my shares to support his continued contributions with the teams of these incredible companies,” she said.”Excited about my own plans. Grateful for the past as I look forward to what comes next.”‘Partner, ally, and mother’Jeff Bezos, in a Twitter message of his own, said his wife had been “an extraordinary partner, ally, and mother.” MacKenzie Bezos, ex-wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, will be the third wealthiest woman in the world following her divorce Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and wife divorcing after 25 years A lawyer for the National Enquirer denied that the supermarket tabloid had tried to extort and blackmail the Amazon founder.Trump has been a frequent critic of the Post, which Bezos purchased in 2013, claiming that the newspaper is biased against him and calling it the “Amazon Washington Post.”Amazon shares closed down 0.1 percent at $1,818.86 on Thursday. © 2019 AFP The 10 richest people in the world, according to Forbes magazine’s 2019 rich list. “I’m grateful for her support and for her kindness in this process and am very much looking forward to our new relationship as friends and co-parents,” Bezos added.Bezos has largely kept his personal life private during his years steering Amazon.But it was thrust into the spotlight with the announcement in January that he and his wife were divorcing after 25 years of marriage and the revelation by the National Enquirer that he had been having an affair with a former news anchor, Lauren Sanchez.When the National Enquirer, controlled by President Donald Trump’s ally David Pecker, threatened to release lurid, intimate pictures of Bezos and Sanchez, Bezos fought back by releasing the details of his exchanges publicly.”Rather than capitulate to extortion and blackmail, I’ve decided to publish exactly what they sent me, despite the personal cost and embarrassment they threaten,” Bezos wrote in a blog post. Amazon founder Jeff Bezos will remain the world’s richest man after his divorce settlement Citation: Amazon’s Bezos, wife reach biggest divorce deal in history (Update) (2019, April 4) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-04-bezos-ex-wife-surrender-couple-amazon.html MacKenzie Bezos said she would give all of her stake in The Washington Post and the space exploration firm Blue Origin to her husband—the world’s richest man—as well as voting control of her remaining Amazon stock.Jeff Bezos, 55, and MacKenzie, 48, a novelist, married in 1993 and have four children. Jeff Bezos founded Amazon in their Seattle garage in 1994 and turned it into a colossus that dominates online retail.In a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, Amazon, which has a market capitalization of some $890 billion, said MacKenzie Bezos will control four percent of the company’s outstanding common stock.At Amazon’s current share price that would be worth some $35.6 billion.According to Forbes magazine, the divorce settlement makes MacKenzie Bezos the third wealthiest woman in the world after L’Oreal heiress Francoise Bettencourt Meyers and Walmart’s Alice Walton.Jeff Bezos, who now owns 12 percent of Amazon, remains the world’s richest man and the largest shareholder in the company with an estimated fortune of $110 billion, Forbes said, ahead of Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and Berkshire Hathaway chairman Warren Buffett. Explore further “She is resourceful and brilliant and loving, and as our futures unroll, I know I’ll always be learning from her,” he said. Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and his wife, MacKenzie, finalized the biggest divorce settlement in history on Thursday, leaving him with 75 percent of their stock in the tech giant and giving her nearly $36 billion in shares. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.