Home Depot settlement triggers legal battle

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Financial institutions faced another tough decision this week about whether to fight a settlement offer from a retailer hit by a data breach.According to documents filed Nov. 30 in a Georgia District Court, MasterCard and Home Depot have apparently reached a proposed settlement regarding the retailer’s September 2014 data breach. But attorneys for institutions suing Home Depot over the breach said the retailer won’t share the settlement agreement and is involved in sending “highly misleading and coercive” communications to financial institutions. continue reading »last_img read more

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Ryter steps down as president of Swiss pension association

first_imgChristoph Ryter has stepped down as president of Switzerland’s pension fund association (ASIP) after nearly a decade.Ryter, chief executive of the pension fund of retailer Migros, is to be succeeded by Jean-Rémy Roulet, currently chief executive of the CHF846m (€703m) Caisse paritaire de l’industrie et de la construction (CPPIC), the pension fund for construction workers in Geneva.It brings to an end Ryter’s nine-year presidency of the association, which began when he was still chief executive of the Swiss pension fund for mining company Alcan. Roulet, who joined ASIP’s management board in 2013, was elected at the association’s annual general meeting, which also saw Markus Hübscher and Christoph Sarrasin join the association’s board. Hübscher is chief executive of Pensionskasse SBB, the fund for the Swiss federal railway, while Sarrasin is director of Nestlé Pensionskasse.In a statement, Roulet pointed to the success of the Swiss government’s reform package Altersvorsorge 2020 (AV2020) and threw his support behind its goals of ensuring financial stability of the first and second-pillar systems.“ASIP is in favour of a balanced, rather than excessive, reform, one that can be shouldered by citizens, members and employers,” he said.He added that all stakeholders needed to be ready to compromise to ensure the passage of AV2020.Its success, he said, should not be thrown into doubt by demands from those to the left or right of the political spectrum.“If the reform fails,” he added, “this will have a wide-ranging impact and lead to increased costs, which in turn would make the next reform much more difficult to implement.”last_img read more

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Iloilo City solon, councilor quarantine vs COVID-19

first_img Meanwhile, Baronda urged the public to also take care of their health by religiously taking multivitamins, doing exercise and by observing sanitary protocols because “indeed prevention is better than cure.” “Being a responsible leader andmother, I am subjecting myself to home quarantine even if I do not have anysymptom of COVID-19 as a standard precautionary measure advised by healthauthorities,” said Baronda in a statement. Other people then catch COVID-19 bytouching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth. ILOILO City – Cong. Julienne Barondais currently on home quarantine. According to WHO, people can catchCOVID-19 from others who have the virus. The disease can spread from person toperson through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are spread when aperson with COVID-19 coughs or exhales. These droplets land on objects andsurfaces around the person. According to Baronda, on March 9 shehad a meeting with Secretary Wendel Avisado of the Department of Budget andManagement regarding priority projects and programs for the city. Aside from Baronda, Councilor Alan Zaldivar is also on self-quarantine. Integrity is doing the right thing, one cannot compromise public safety,” said Zaldivar. Baronda added that the almost day-long meeting exposed her to the secretary and his team. Tugade decided to go on self-quarantine after his exposure on March 5 and 6 to a person who tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. Avisado decided to self-quarantinejust like Dominguez. People can also catch COVID-19 if theybreathe in droplets from a person with COVID-19 who coughs out or exhalesdroplets, according to WHO. Zaldivar said other family members who had close contact with his sister and her family also decided to undergo self-quarantine. The most common symptoms of COVID-19are fever, tiredness, and dry cough, according to the World Health Organization(WHO). “As chairman of the committee on health, it is imperative for me to be a role model. Some patients may have aches andpains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. On March 10, as vice chairperson of the House Committee on Transportation, Baronda helped facilitate the interface of House legislators with Secretary Arthur Tugade of the Department of Transportation. He had contact with his sister, the latter’s husband and daughter who returned here on March 12 from Australia which has 156 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with three fatalities. Though not exposed to a personpositive for the novel coronavirus causing a pneumonia-like illness now calledCOVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019), Avisado came in contact with Financesecretary Carlos Dominguez who was in a meeting last week with someone whotested positive for the virus. “We can conquer the COVID-19 threat by being will informed, by observing health protocols and most of all, by imploring God’s divine help,” said Baronda. This is why it is important to staymore than one meter (three feet) away from a person who is sick, it stressed./PNlast_img read more

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Lagos Badminton Classic Postponed Due to COVID-19

first_imgDuro IkhazuagbeAfrica’s biggest International badminton championship, the Lagos International Badminton Classics has been postponed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.The classics was earlier billed to take place between July 1st -and 4th, 2020. President of the Badminton Federation of Nigeria (BFN), Francis Orbih The world governing body of the sport, Badminton World Federation (BWF) arrived the decision to shift the tournament as a way to ensure players and officials are safe from the ravaging disease.President of the Badminton Federation of Nigeria (BFN), Francis Orbih confirmed the postponement to THISDAY last night.“Following series of communication with the Badminton Federation of Nigeria (BFN), the Badminton Confederation Africa (BCA) and the Lagos State Government through the Lagos State Sports Commission, the best possible way to keep players, coaches, officials and even fans safe from the coronavirus was to postpone the tournament,” observed Orbih.He stressed that much as all badminton players had looked forward to the tournament, this period calls for caution.“Much as we are saddened by the postponement, we are in total agreement with the BWF that the general well-being of the players, officials and spectators comes first and is of paramount importance.“As we pray for an early end to the coronavirus scourge, we appeal to all and sundry to keep calm, adhere to laid down advisories and generally stay safe,” concludes the BFN Chief.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Bengals release Mark Walton after his third arrest

first_img Related News “It’s important for our team to get off to a fresh start as we begin the 2019 season,” head coach Zac Taylor said in a statement. “For that reason, we felt it best if we move forward without Mark Walton. We hope his situation gets resolved, but we don’t want to take anything away from the good work that so many other players have already begun to demonstrate.”#Bengals waive HB Mark WaltonRead More 📰:https://t.co/1tKAy5zJ6Y pic.twitter.com/w4mmoD7gHz— Cincinnati Bengals (@Bengals) April 6, 2019Aside from the March 12 charges, Walton is facing a misdemeanor battery charge after he allegedly got into a fight with his neighbor Feb. 16. Walton allegedly took a phone from a neighbor after the two got into an arguement in a residential parking garage, resulting in a physical altercation. NFL trade rumors: Cardinals sitting on 2 offers for quarterback Josh Rosen The Bengals have cut running back Mark Walton, the team announced Saturday. Walton’s release comes just a few days after he was arrested for the third time this year. He was taken into custody Thursday and is facing felony charges of carrying a concealed weapon, marijuana possession and reckless driving stemming from a high-speed car chase that occurred March 12, according to the Miami Herald. He’s also facing a misdemeanor marijuana-possession charge from a January arrest.Walton, 22, was drafted by the Bengals in the fourth round of last year’s draft. He saw limited action in 2018, rushing for just 34 yards on 14 attempts.last_img read more

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Small Hobbit Brain Means Little

first_imgCentral in the debate whether Homo floresiensis (nicknamed hobbits) were human is the matter of their small brains.  Could diminutive human-like skeletons really be human with such small skulls? (cf. 03/04/2005).    Scientists at the University of Cambridge conducted a detailed analysis of brain size vs. body size for a number of primates.  They found no clear trend, reported PhysOrg.  “The results show that while brains evolved to be larger in both relative and absolute terms along most branches of the primate family tree, the opposite happened along several lineages.”  Some South American capuchin monkeys compare with African apes in ratio of brain to body size, while gorillas, with large brains, have a compensating larger body, bringing the ratio down.  “Our analysis, together with studies of brain size in island populations of living primates,” the researchers said, “suggests we should perhaps not be surprised by the evolution of a small brained, small bodied early human species.”There goes decades of bigoted evolutionary anthropology ranking humans by brain size (11/09/2007, bullet 3).  This has nothing to say about evolution (cf. with birds, 09/07/2005).  If evolution is the explanation for brain/body ratios going both ways, it explains nothing.  The article said that “sometimes individuals with smaller brains are favoured by natural selection,” even though selection usually favored big brains in primates.  Then again, brain size shrank in mouse lemurs, marmosets and mangabeys.  “In contrast, the study found no overall trend to increase body size, suggesting that brain and body mass have been subject to separate selection pressures in primates.”  Look how flexible evolution is; it explains everything.  If big brains are usually so favored by selection, why didn’t brain size increase in every kind of animal over time?  As a law of nature, natural selection has the strange property of producing opposite outcomes.  It’s not just Stuff Happens; its Contradictory Stuff Happens.    Did evolutionary theory provide understanding here?  No; as usual, researchers were surprised by what they found: “The argument raised has been that the evolution of such a small brain does not fit with what we know about primate brain evolution,” they article said.  Rather than providing an explanatory framework that can make predictions, evolution is a Gumby explanation that continually gets stretched and squished to fit the data after discoveries are made (12/14/2004, 07/22/2006, 08/14/2006, 10/26/2006, 09/06/2007, 01/23/2009).    Look at another recent example: Charles Q. Choi in Live Science told about a controversial theory that claims “The evolution of the distant ancestors of humans and other primates may have been driven by dramatic volcanic eruptions and the parting of continents.”  Wow.  Volcanos made you what you are today.  One problem with this “absurd” theory is that it has “resulted in all sorts of contradictory centers of origin.”  Moreover, Choi said that “fossils often serve as an incomplete record for what and when animals actually existed.” Keep that sentence in mind when you hear someone pointing to fossils as proof of evolution.  Satisfied?  Vote if you think evolution is increasing our understanding of nature.  For a good joke, look at the last sentence of Choi’s article.    The obsession with brain size is misguided, anyway (08/05/2006).  As we have noted many times before, it’s quality, not quantity that counts (11/09/2007, 03/12/2008).  Was Tom Thumb any less human because of his small stature?  There have been examples of living humans doing pretty well with shrunken and damaged brains (e.g., 07/22/2009).  There’s some redundancy built in (08/28/2001).  Crows have small brains but show a lot of intelligence (05/26/2009, 08/11/2009).  Blue whales have huge brains but are not correspondingly better philosophers than humans.  We see large differences in morphology between living human tribes (Watusi vs pygmy, Inuit vs Vietnamese).  It is certainly within the range of variation for an inbred tribe, stranded on a small island, subject to local diseases, to grow physically smaller.  It doesn’t mean they were stupid or less evolved.  If we could have talked to Bilbo and Frodo on the island of Flores, we might have been impressed with their cognitive abilities.    A small brain that performs well could be taken as a good example of miniaturization.  Human engineers pride themselves on packing more oomph in smaller devices; look how USB drives have progressed from 56k to 4GB, while getting smaller and cheaper, in a few years.  It’s not just the hardware.  The software is often more indicative of design.  There are plenty of large-brained humans walking around today with self-inflicted buggy code.  Put them in an Indonesian cave without their Bud Light and see how long they survive.(Visited 18 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Resources to Support Children with Feeding Concerns and Food Selectivity

first_imgImage from Pexels.com, CC0 Return to article. Long DescriptionImage from Pexels.com, CC0by Deb Bruns, PhDThere are many articles written about young children attaining developmental milestones such as walking, producing multiple word phrases, and writing their name. There are also external influences on the development of these skills including prematurity and exposure to language models, that may result in milestones being achieved at differing times.As discussed in the webinar, Yuck! I don’t eat that!, on June 12 there are a range of factors that impact the development of feeding skills including familial mealtime practices, cultural preferences and food choices. While the focus of the webinar was primarily on nutrition and selective eating in young children with autism, the strategies and resources that were shared can assist a range of young children and their families.  In this blog, we share additional information related to food preparation and presentation, engaging with food, and several resources to help in extreme cases of feeding challenges.Presentation matters!Food presentation can encourage a selective eater to try a novel food.  There is research that highlights differences in food presentation preferences between children and adults.The Food Network has several recipes and strategies for presenting food that will appeal to children.The Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta provides practical ideas for food presentation for young children in this article.The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics provides guidance and tips for food presentation to entice picky eaters.Shop and prepare meals together!Including an older toddler or preschooler in purchasing and/or preparing a snack or meal, can facilitate fine motor, language and social-emotional skills and promote positive outcomes.The Good Food area of this BBC website highlights cooking skills by age.Check out these ideas for easy recipes with just a few ingredients from Taste of Home.Food preparation can encourage healthy eating habits in the short and long term. Learn more at this link.DO play with your food!A common concern is young children’s resistance to trying new foods. Developmentally, this is common in toddlers. Yet, continued reliance on a few food items is often associated with children diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder for example. Supervised opportunities to “play” with food can encourage exploration and acceptance of food whether these are novel or familiar food items. It is important to consider cultural and familial views on this practice as food play may be frowned upon. It is recommended to honor an individual family’s preference.Researchers from De Montfort University in the United Kingdome focused on playing with food to encourage acceptance of fruits and vegetables in this article.Heidi Liefer Moreland, a speech and language pathologist, provides a step-by-step guide to teach finger feeding with a detailed list of foods and their preparation to encourage exploration.This link provides resources to address young children with feeding challenges (e.g., primarily tube fed, feeding aversions) including hands on food exploration.Useful Books & WebsitesThere are also books that cover topics such as feeding development, diversity in feeding practices, assessment, and interventions for specific issues such as oral motor difficulties, and supporting young children with tube feedings.This book provides guidance to early childhood special education professionals on a variety of feeding issues. It also includes a CD-ROM with an in-depth interview protocol, data sheets and tip sheets on key topics (e.g., feeding teams, positioning requirements).For information about a range of feeding difficulties and recommended strategies to address them check out this resource.Some children struggle with selective eating habits that are extreme. This book offers guidance for families and professionals when faced with these challenges.Needs of Military FamiliesWe need to consider that military families with young children with feeding challenges might face unique circumstances. For instance, the potential need for frequent moves due to relocation for a new assignment can cause disruption in services and supports. Feeding gains, as in other areas of development, can be variable with peaks and valleys even with consistent interventions and providers.Feeding clinics such as the one at the West Virginia University Center for Excellence in Disabilities can be helpful for families. Programs such as this can provide referral information and, potentially, services if a child meets the eligibility criteria.Additionally “parent-friendly” materials such as Practice and Patience: Strategies to Address Feeding Problems in Early Childhood contain general information about developmental milestones and interventions to address food selectivity and sensory issues. Specific sections of these resources can be shared with caregivers depending on their young child’s feeding strengths and needs.When a family with a child with feeding challenges moves to a new geographic area, it is also critical to connect with a local early intervention or early childhood special education agency for information about feeding programs and providers including speech pathologists with expertise in feeding and swallowing concerns. The Center for Parent Information and Resources has links to state resources to help you get started here.last_img read more

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Alaska coach Alex Compton dismisses rumors: ‘Last time I checked I was still coaching the game’

first_img‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Alaska head coach Alex Compton dismissed a report that he will no longer be the Aces’ mentor in the 2019 PBA season.Compton called the shots for Alaska in its 85-72 loss to Rain or Shine Sunday in the Aces’ season opener.ADVERTISEMENT His absence in the Aces’ tune-up games were, what he said, got the rumor mill going that he’s been let go.There’s also the issue of the five finals losses he absorbed since 2014 that were the early fuel for the false accusations.“I was gone for two weeks and we had a tune-up game and I wasn’t there and no coaches just leave in the preseason,” said Compton. “So it’s natural that a rumor would start.”“The first person to tell me to go home was Fred and he told me ‘you take care of your family. Family first.’”ADVERTISEMENT Chris Banchero says being shorthanded not an excuse for Aces in loss to ROS Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes MOST READ Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausscenter_img PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “Last time I checked I was still coaching the game,” said Compton Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena.Compton added that if he would be fired the first person to tell him would be Alaska team owner Fred Uytengsu and that he’d receive the information in person and not through anything else.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“That’s Fred, he’s awesome to work for,” said Compton, who’s been to several finals with the Aces. “He will sit me down and tell me when it’s time and, when it is and if it happens, then great.”Compton feels that the rumors began to float around during the preseason when he had to fly back to Wisconsin to take care of a personal matter. Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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Rep Bellino supports tax relief for vehicle purchases

first_img Categories: Bellino News,News 17Jan Rep. Bellino supports tax relief for vehicle purchases State Rep. Joe Bellino today voted to speed sales tax relief for Michigan drivers looking to buy motor vehicles and support the automotive industry by overriding a gubernatorial veto.The House vote means additional tax relief for people buying cars, trucks and SUVs with a trade-in. Current law calls for phasing in planned sales and use tax deductions on purchases including a trade-in through 2039, but today’s vote moves that up by a decade.“This is more money back to the taxpayers, making it less expensive for families to buy a car and brings more money to automotive-related businesses in southeast Michigan,” said Bellino, of Monroe. “This is a win-win for us.”The Senate bills overwhelmingly approved by the Legislature were vetoed by the governor in July, but that was overruled by a unanimous vote today in the state Senate.The new law speeds reforms approved in 2013, allowing buyers to subtract the value of their trade-ins from the purchase price of a vehicle for sales tax purposes. The accelerated sales tax relief also will apply to boats and recreational vehicles bought with a trade-in.#####last_img read more

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