Get ready for an epic battle over the EU’s heart and soul

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While European Parliament elections have never occasioned a stirring in the loins of voters, suffering from ever lower turnout even as the Parliament’s powers have been strengthened, they do offer a quinquennial test of opinion of where the continent is politically heading.Read more: Brexit party set to destroy Tories with 37 per cent of EU elections voteThe picture likely to be painted is not a pretty one.Leaving aside the dissonance created by the UK’s forced participation in a set of elections it voted to remove itself from a full three years ago, Brussels is likely to reap the whirlwind of populism and nationalism that has swept the bloc since the last cross-European poll.In 2014, the traditional European parliamentary group powerhouses – the centre right European People’s Party (EPP) and the centre left Party of European Socialists (PSE) – together won a majority. Opinion But five years on, the memory of the Eurozone crisis that had encouraged support for comforting political options has receded.In its place is the altogether more volatile atmosphere resulting from the sociological fallout from Europe’s migration crisis and the ongoing transformation of once thriving industrial heartlands through economic dislocation.The EPP and PSE will still top the polls. But they will no longer be able to dictate a parliamentary majority, and confirm their choice of spitzenkandidat – the “lead candidate” of the winning group, who is given pole position in the horse-trading that occurs post-election – in the race for European Commission president.Instead, twin demons stalk the European landscape.The most obvious of these is the rise of the populists. Nor is radicalism within the EU simply a problem of the extremes. For the “radical centre” as embodied by Emmanuel Macron poses a different but still significant challenge for a Eurocracy accustomed to acting by stealth to achieve its objectives.Macron is contesting his first European elections. If Europe’s populists represent the cry for “less Europe” in national affairs, then the French President stands for the polar opposite.His European campaign has been unashamedly federalist in nature, and he has made it clear that the electoral gains his broader parliamentary grouping – the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats in Europe – will make should be translated into European institutions pressing openly for further integration.With Angela Merkel’s retirement as German Chancellor drawing ever closer, the next European session is Macron’s moment to shine. But it will also set his vision for Europe on a collision course with that of the Salvinis of this world.The stage is set for a potentially explosive showdown, where the very future of the project of “ever closer union” may be cast into doubt.It is unclear how the EU we have known to date and which the UK is still part of will adapt in the face of the centrifugal forces threatening to rend it asunder.Europe’s leaders will need to choose their path wisely. One false turn, and the chaos of Brexit will seem like a little local difficulty in comparison to the next crisis that may envelope them. Whether from right or left, national election results in country after country across the EU have confirmed that there is a real and growing appetite for the kinds of parties which – depending on your viewpoint – speak truth to power and offer radical solutions, or are resurrecting the ugly ghosts of Europe’s past that were believed to have been expunged for good.Parties like Italy’s League and the Five Star Movement, Germany’s Alternative for Germany, France’s National Rally and Left Party, and Spain’s Vox and Podemos may have little in common across the political divide. But one aspect they share is a view of traditional EU goals and bureaucracy ranging from deep scepticism to outright hostility.With up to 25 per cent of the European Parliament’s seats projected to fall to such parties, the next legislative session is likely to be a rowdy one. The issues favoured by politicians like Matteo Salvini, Marine Le Pen and Viktor Orban will be debated in the EU halls of power, and the stances they support may well set Europe’s mood music.This is not idle speculation. The tightening of Europe’s external barriers to migration that has occurred over the past couple of years, for example, has been a direct response to the electoral success of parties opposed to immigration across the EU.With migration continuing to lead opinion surveys across Europe as the most important issue for voters, this trend of the populist tail wagging the EU dog is only likely to increase.center_img whatsapp So caught up is the UK within its own seemingly never-ending Brexit melodrama that we might be forgiven for forgetting that today’s European elections are only the start of a pan-European voting process that comprises the largest transnational electoral experience in the world.For a period of four days, over 400m voters will have the opportunity to cast ballots to provide a steer for Europe’s future direction. whatsapp Alan MendozaAlan Mendoza is executive director of the Henry Jackson Society. 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National Parks to care for state historic sites in Sitka

first_imgFederal Government | Government | Outdoors | State GovernmentNational Parks to care for state historic sites in SitkaJuly 20, 2015 by Robert Woolsey, KCAW Share:Castle Hill, in downtown Sitka, is the best place to take in the full measure of the community’s “cultural landscape.” (Photo courtesy of Alaska Division of Parks)The federal government is stepping in to care for two of Alaska’s most important historic sites, after the legislature cut funding to state parks in Sitka.The National Park Service calls Castle Hill and Old Sitka “cultural treasures,” and has agreed to take care of the parks at least through the fall.A third state-owned site, the popular Halibut Point Recreation Area, ultimately may be managed the city.Sitka National Historical Park superintendent Mary Miller says it’s “ironic” that the park has scaled up storytelling around the Russian colonial presence in Sitka this year, since it’s now going to be taking care of a larger piece of the former colony.But that’s not the only irony in this agreement. The deal is good only through this fall — October 18. That’s the day in 1867 that Russia formally ceded Alaska to the United States in a flag raising ceremony on Castle Hill, one of two sites in Sitka that the state has decided it can’t afford to operate anymore.“Those are recognized as significant cultural and historic treasures, really, whose stories overlap with Sitka National Historical Park.”The other site, known as Old Sitka, is less celebrated than Castle Hill, but its role in the larger story of Alaska is far greater: The destruction of a Russian outpost there by the Sitka Tlingit in 1802 prompted a retaliatory strike by Alexander Baranov two years later, and he would subsequently move the headquarters of the Russian-American Company — and the capital of Russian America — to Sitka.Modern Sitka is built right on the footprint of the Russian colonial capital, which was built over the historic Tlingit community, with Castle Hill right at its center.Fitting this story together needs a better vantage point than can be found inside a museum.“What you start to see, by combining say the Russian Bishop’s House, St. Michael’s, the Blockhouse, Castle Hill, Building 29, the Russian Cemetery — you start to realize the cultural landscape that was here.”Starting back on July 1, Miller and the National Park crew decided to step in as stewards of to provide stewardship over the cultural landscape. Sitka National Historical Park itself is a major feature of the downtown waterfront. Miller says her staff was positive about folding Castle Hill and Old Sitka into their responsibilities.“When we talked to the maintenance crew about this — and we’ve got a bigger crew than usual because of extra projects at Sitka National Historical Park — they were actually pretty excited about it. They recognized that taking care of these sites is actually a source of pride, just like it is for taking care of the assets of the regular park.”The National Park Service is not taking over management of Castle Hill and Old Sitka per se — Miller says it’s more about maintenance. The NPS will remove trash, mow grass, blow leaves, clean trails, and brush out vegetation.And The National Park Service is not going to be providing these services at the Old Sitka boat launch, or at Halibut Point Recreation Area. Halibut Point, the boat launch, Ft. Rousseau, and the Magoun Islands and Big Bear/Baby Bear state marine parks all went into so-called passive management when the state started its new budget year on July 1.With the exception of Halibut Point, all of these sites are accessible only by boat, and scarcely require maintenance of any kind. Halibut Point, however, is probably the most popular picnic beach in Sitka. Municipal administrator Mark Gorman told the assembly recently that passive management would likely lead to “public safety issues.”“It’s very clear to me that with the sudden closure of the state presence in the park that the issue is going to roll up to the city very rapidly — in fact it did on Friday, with people coming and saying, I have a wedding planned there at the end of this week, I can’t get in, who do I talk to?”Gorman said that city hall was putting together a plan to care for Halibut Point, for the assembly’s review at its next meeting.Meanwhile the state Division of Parks is continuing to solicit proposals for the permanent care of Sitka’s parks, which were de-funded this spring along with sites in Homer and Valdez.Despite the excellent overlap with the national park mission in Sitka, superintendent Mary Miller sees her intervention as a stop-gap measure.“We’re happy to step in, recognizing that the state is in need right now. And I’d like to think that if the tables were turned and that the federal government, for whatever reason, was short of resources, that we could look to the state and that they would step up and help us likewise.”Miller says the National Park Service will assess how well maintenance is going at Sitka’s state parks this fall, before she seeks additional funding for the program.KCAW’s Emily Kwong contributed to this story.Share this story:last_img read more

Balfour Beatty to make $40m from disposal

first_img Share Express KCS whatsapp Monday 16 February 2015 8:30 pm Show Comments ▼ SHARES in infrastructure group Balfour Beatty went up by 1.02 per cent yesterday after the group announced it is set to make $40m (£26m) from the disposal of an 80 per cent interest in the Thanet offshore transmission project (OFTO).The project, which connects the Thanet Wind Farm, off the coast of Kent, to the onshore transmission grid is being sold to funds managed by Equitix, which has interests in several infrastructure assets. According to the group, the proceeds of the sale are consistent with the most recent directors’ valuation. Leo Quinn, Balfour’s chief executive, said the disposal “clearly demonstrates the investment business’ ongoing ability to deliver significant value for the group”. He added: “The OFTO sector remains a key market, which is why we have retained 20 per cent ownership in Thanet.” center_img Balfour Beatty to make $40m from disposal by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeHealthyTed Health Magazine10 Surprising Benefits of Bananas You Possibly Didn’t Know AboutHealthyTed Health MagazineAll Things Auto | Search AdsNew Cadillac’s Finally On SaleAll Things Auto | Search AdsNext RefinanceThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryNext Refinancezenherald.comArchie Issued New Birth Certificate After Harry’s Title Revokedzenherald.comTaonga: The Island FarmThe Most Relaxing Farm Game of 2021. No InstallTaonga: The Island FarmMisterStoryWoman files for divorce after seeing this photoMisterStoryAtlantic MirrorA Kilimanjaro Discovery Has Proved This About The BibleAtlantic MirrorElite HeraldKate Middleton Just Dropped An Unexpected Baby BombshellElite HeraldPast Factory4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!Past Factory whatsapp Read This NextBill Maher Pokes Fun at Joe Manchin: He’s a ‘Democrat Except on Matters ofThe Wrap’No Sudden Move’ Film Review: Steven Soderbergh Very Stylishly OverplaysThe WrapAzealia Banks Blasts Candace Owens’ Juneteenth Diss With Callback toThe WrapWATCH: Pittsburgh Pirates hold off Cleveland Indians to snap 10-game skidSportsnautFrom ‘Ratched’ to ‘Halston’: One Editor’s Literal Double TakeThe WrapDave Portnoy, Founder of Barstool Sports, Briefly Suspended From TwitterThe Wrap’Pride’ and Joy: How the FX Docuseries Examines LGBTQ+ Life Through theThe Wrap35 of TV’s Best Father Figures Who Weren’t Actually Dads, From Mr.The WrapHow ‘Silence of the Lambs’ Inspired Elisabeth Moss’s Directing inThe Wrap Tags: NULLlast_img read more

News / Port of Rotterdam greenlights start-up projects to help it work ‘smarter’

first_imgBy Alexander Whiteman 24/06/2019 The port of Rotterdam is set to launch a series of pilot projects aimed at future-proofing, improving efficiency and sustainability, and at the same time turn itself into a “smart” port.Agreements with Richtlijn Geodesie, Flower Turbines, Ladar and Planys were signed at last week’s PortXL innovation forum.The port said: “The port plans to determine with Richtlijn Geodesie the feasibility of a pilot involving installing smart sensors at various quay walls in the port area.“It will work together with Flower Turbines on a joint study into sustainable, decentralised generation of power in port projects, with these wind turbines easy to fit due to small size.”With Ladar, it will also be focusing on utilising technology, with lasers it claims that can “increase insight” into movements of recreational shipping traffic.Finally, its work with Planys will involve a project focusing on safety issues for divers in and around the port.Alongside these agreements, the port also issued a letter-of-support to Eco Wave Power, which creates floating platforms generating power from waves.“Eco Wave Power is an innovative company that develops advanced floats that can convert wave motion into power,” said the port.“The port authority has issued this initiative with a letter of support and will be following the technological progress of this promising scale-up with keen interest.”Last week, The Loadstar reported the port was backing inland barge terminal operators’ work to consolidate volumes in an effort to address congestion in North Europe. Director of containers, breakbulk & logistics, Emile Hoogsteden said it was “in line” with the communal approach being taken by government and business to address the problem.last_img read more

CDC urges pregnant women to avoid area of Miami where Zika is spreading

first_img @DrewQJoseph By Helen Branswell and Andrew Joseph Aug. 1, 2016 Reprints “Nothing that we’ve seen indicates widespread transmission, but it’s certainly possible there could be sustained transmission in small areas,” Frieden said during a briefing for reporters.“This is particularly a risk for people who don’t have screens or air conditioning and who live in crowded spaces.”advertisement MIAMI — For months now, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been warning pregnant women not to travel to several dozen countries where the Zika virus is spreading. On Monday, the Atlanta-based agency cautioned American women who are pregnant not to travel to a part of the United States.CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden urged women who are pregnant to avoid a roughly one-square-mile section of Miami-Dade County where it is believed local mosquitoes are transmitting Zika. He said he believed it marked the first time the CDC had issued a health-related travel advisory for the mainland United States.The CDC has been warning for months that some local transmission of Zika in the 50 states was likely, though it has insisted aspects of the US lifestyle — houses with screened doors and windows, homes and vehicles with air conditioning — should lower the risk of large outbreaks.advertisement Senior Writer, Infectious Disease Helen covers issues broadly related to infectious diseases, including outbreaks, preparedness, research, and vaccine development. @HelenBranswell Florida Governor Rick Scott announced that he has asked the CDC to send an emergency response team to help Florida’s department of health with its investigation and mosquito control efforts. Previously the state had only asked the CDC to provide it with the services of an expert epidemiologist. By Tuesday, the CDC’s team in Florida will include eight experts, Frieden said.Wynwood is home to a large Puerto Rican community. Officials here say they have enlisted community organizations to help spread information about the virus and mosquito control.“Everybody’s concerned about it,” said Luis De Rosa, the president of the South Florida Puerto Rican Chamber of Commerce. “Education has been the key to all of this.”The chamber is located in the area where officials believe Zika has been transmitted, but De Rosa said he hasn’t heard from anyone that they are avoiding the area.The week-old outbreak is already larger than Florida’s earlier experience with another mosquito-spread virus, chikungunya. In 2014, a dozen people in Miami-Dade, and neighboring Broward, Palm Beach, and St. Lucie counties contracted chikungunya, which causes more severe illness than Zika but is not linked to birth defects.Of the 10 new Zika cases, six had no symptoms and were identified through a door-to-door survey the department of health is doing to assess how far Zika has spread. The statement did not indicate the genders of the people. And Florida has not revealed if any of the people infected locally are pregnant women.Dr. Karla Maguire, an obstetrician-gynecologist at the University of Miami who is 13 weeks pregnant, said Zika has “hit home both personally and professionally.”For months, Maguire, who does not live in Wynwood, has been talking about Zika with her patients and what they could do to minimize their risk. She was also taking precautions herself: wearing long sleeves and pants and applying mosquito repellent, and forgoing the long nightly walks on the beach that she did during a previous pregnancy a few years ago.Now, she said, “it’s not as abstract.”With local transmission confirmed, Maguire said she is putting on more repellent every day and spending less time outdoors. She said her patients seems to be responsive to her advice, but that she has had to tell them that it is safe for them to use DEET during their pregnancies and that it is the most effective way to keep mosquitoes at bay.One challenge with Zika, Maguire said, is that so much is not known. Women in their third trimesters want to know if they’re safe, for example. And while experts think fetuses in the first trimester are most vulnerable, they aren’t sure what kind of longterm effects there might be for a fetus infected with Zika during the third trimester.Aedes aegypti mosquitoes are found throughout Florida and other states on the Gulf Coast. Although the virus typically generally causes only a mild illness — and often no symptoms at all —  it can cause serious birth defects in fetuses when it infects pregnant women. Blanca Che, 45, who lives in a pocket of Wynwood full of single-story homes, said she had seen crews going door to door several times in the past week distributing fliers about mosquito control and Zika. She said the crews had been knocking on doors and returning later if no one answered.She said her family always made sure to empty any standing water in the yard. She said she wasn’t that concerned about Zika in her neighborhood because she knew it would never spread like it has in Latin America.“We’re taking all necessary precautions,” she said as she took out the trash, wearing a tank top and shorts.On Monday morning, De Rosa, of the South Florida Puerto Rican Chamber of Commerce, walked through a park in the neighborhood named after legendary Puerto Rican baseball player Roberto Clemente to make sure there was no litter that could be collecting water and provide a breeding ground for mosquitoes.De Rosa said it was important for everyone to do their part to fight Zika because of how unpredictably and quickly it could pop up.“Today it’s Wynwood, tomorrow it could be Orlando,” he said.Helen Branswell reported from Boston.  In Miami’s Ground Zero for Zika, tank tops and shorts still abound Florida confirms it is first state to see locally transmitted Zika virus HealthCDC urges pregnant women to avoid area of Miami where Zika is spreading Frieden described it as a mixed area, with some homes and some industrial properties, some affluent parts, and some areas that are “economically stressed.” That diversity adds to the challenge of trying to control mosquitoes in the area, he said.Attention has focused on Wynwood because two of the first cases work in the area. Testing of other people from the two workplaces as well as the surrounding neighborhood has turned up additional cases, at least six of whom tested positive but reported having no symptoms.The CDC director said despite aggressive efforts by Florida to lower populations of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes — the main species that spreads Zika — the state has seen no reduction in the numbers caught in the traps it sets. That suggests the efforts aren’t working.Frieden offered several explanations, including the possibility that the mosquitoes may have developed resistance to the chemicals being used to control them. Testing to see if that is the case will take at least a week and perhaps three or more.Pregnant women who live in the affected area should routinely take steps to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes, and should practice safe sex to prevent sexual transmission of the virus, the CDC said. It suggested pregnant women without symptoms of Zika who live in or frequently travel to this part of Miami-Dade County should be tested for Zika infection in the first and second trimesters of their pregnancies.And women and men who have traveled to this area should wait at least eight weeks before trying to conceive a child; men who have had symptoms should wait at least six months. [email protected] Helen Branswell About the Authors Reprints Related: A Miami-Dade County mosquito control worker inspects a property in Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood. Joe Raedle/Getty Images Related: General Assignment Reporter Andrew covers a range of topics, from addiction to public health to genetics. So far, Florida has detected 14 people who have contracted the virus in the country’s first Zika outbreak. These people have not traveled to places where the virus is spreading, and it is not believed they were infected through having sex with someone infected with the virus.The area where Zika is believed to be spreading is located north of Miami’s downtown core, known as Wynwood. Andrew Joseph Tags global healthmosquitoesZika Viruslast_img read more

Study examines how far U.S. women must travel to get abortion

first_img ACLU sues to challenge FDA limits on access to abortion pill HealthStudy examines how far U.S. women must travel to get abortion About the Author Reprints NEW YORK — How far do American women need to travel in order to obtain an abortion?A new study, billed as the first of its kind, makes those calculations state-by-state and county-by-county, revealing some striking disparities. In New York, the average distance is about three miles (five kilometers). At the other end of the scale, the average distance in Wyoming is about 168 miles (271 kilometers).The analysis was conducted by researchers with the Guttmacher Institute, a research group that supports abortion rights, using 2014 data on abortion clinic locations and U.S. Census population figures. The findings were published online Tuesday by the journal Lancet Public Health.advertisement A woman walks past Cleveland’s Center for Women’s Health. Many abortion providers in Ohio have either closed or reduced services. Tony Dejak/AP “Increased travel distance means increased costs for transport, overnight stay, lost wages from time off work, and childcare,” she wrote. “For a woman who is economically disadvantaged, having to travel a long distance could put an abortion out of reach, leading her to carry an unwanted pregnancy to term.”Upadhyay suggested that access could be improved if nurse practitioners and certified nurse midwives were allowed to perform abortions without a physician’s supervision. Another step, she wrote, would be for the Food and Drug Administration to lift restrictions on the abortion-inducing drug mifepristone so that women could get it at pharmacies with a prescription. It’s now dispensed only at clinics, hospitals and doctors’ offices.The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit on Tuesday challenging those FDA restrictions.— David Crary The researchers said the average distance increased between 2011 and 2014 for many women in Texas and Missouri, which imposed restrictions during that period that led to closure of some clinics. At one point recently, there was only one abortion clinic operating in Missouri; there are now two, and abortion-rights advocates are pursuing legal action to expand that number.In a commentary in the journal, Ushma Upadhyay, a professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences at the University of California, San Francisco, detailed possible repercussions for women facing the long distances. Associated Presscenter_img By Associated Press Oct. 3, 2017 Reprints Nationally, according to the study, half of all women of reproductive age lived within 11 miles (18 kilometers) of an abortion clinic in 2014. However, many women in rural areas lived much farther away; the study said 1 in 5 women nationwide would need to travel at least 43 miles (69 kilometers) to reach the nearest abortion clinic. Related: Related: A provocative abortion clinic opens in the Bible Belt, with no apologies In the states with the longest average distance to travel — Wyoming, North Dakota and South Dakota — at least half of women of reproductive age lived more than 90 miles (145 kilometers) from the nearest clinic providing abortion services. Women in Alaska lived an average of nine miles (about 15 kilometers) from the nearest clinic, but 20 percent of women in that state would have to travel more than 150 miles (240 kilometers).advertisementlast_img read more

FDA advisory panel rejects benefit claim for heated tobacco device

first_img Associated Press Log In | Learn More By Associated Press Jan. 25, 2018 Reprints About the Author Reprints STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. U.S. government experts have rejected a proposal from Philip Morris to sell its “heat-not-burn” tobacco device as a lower-risk alternative to cigarettes that reduces disease. Philip Morris via AP Politics SILVER SPRING, Md. — Government advisers dealt a blow Thursday to Philip Morris International’s hopes to sell its heat-not-burn device in the United States as a less-harmful alternative to cigarettes.The pen-like device heats Marlboro-branded sticks of tobacco but stops short of burning them. It is already sold in more than 30 countries, and Philip Morris aims to make it the first “reduced risk” tobacco product ever sanctioned by the U.S. What’s included? FDA advisory panel rejects benefit claim for heated tobacco device Tags policy What is it? GET STARTED Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your first 30 days free! GET STARTEDlast_img read more

After nerve-wracking eye surgery, the world comes into focus for early gene therapy recipient

first_img Eric Boodman Biotech Tags biotechnologypatientspharmaceuticals General Assignment Reporter Eric focuses on narrative features, exploring the startling ways that science and medicine affect people’s lives. What’s included? Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your first 30 days free! GET STARTED STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. By Eric Boodman May 17, 2018 Reprints Log In | Learn More After nerve-wracking eye surgery, the world comes into focus for early gene therapy recipient center_img Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. About the Author Reprints GET STARTED BOSTON — The machine looked like a giant eyeball. There was a hole where the pupil should have been, and the technician told Jack Hogan to stick his head inside. As the white dome began to flash with light, electrical messages began zinging up from his retina to his brain — and every flicker of voltage was picked up by the electrode that had been stuck onto his cornea.“It hurts,” Jack said, his voice echoing around the Giant Eyeball Machine. @ericboodman Emorfily Potsidis preps Jack Hogan, 13, for an eye exam at Mass. Eye and Ear on Monday. Ruby Wallau/STAT [email protected] What is it?last_img read more

Florida deputy saves dogs from house fire

first_imgRELATEDTOPICS Crews battle morning Estero house fire May 25, 2021 Electrical hazard causes fire at Fort Myers Beach home June 3, 2021 Crews respond to St. James City house fire May 25, 2021 PASCO COUNTY, Fla. – A Pasco County Sheriff’s Office deputy saved two dogs from a house fire on Saturday evening. The deputy responded to the home in the Moon Lake area, and after he verified everyone was out of the house and safe, he noticed two dogs were still on the property. CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE RESCUE.The deputy immediately rescued the dogs, who were in direct proximity to the burning house. The dogs were returned to their owners unharmed. Advertisement Tags: florida deputyhouse firePasco County Advertisement“This is a fantastic example of law enforcement going above and beyond to save everyone, including pets, in any situation. We fight as one with our community and this rescue demonstrates that perfectly,” wrote the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office. Family loses everything in Golden Gate Estates house fire June 8, 2021 AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 commentsDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 commentslast_img read more

North Korea announces start of “special security week” three days before…

first_img North Korea hikes “party contributions” Russia-based workers must pay by 30-55% Facebook Twitter North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) The North Korean authorities reportedly raised the level of security in the country by declaring the start of a “special security week” three days before Kim Il Sung’s birthday on Apr. 15. The move could be interpreted as a sign that the authorities are cognizant of the defection of a North Korean man that escaped to South Korea by swimming for six hours in flippers and a diving suit on Feb. 16 (Kim Jong Il’s birthday).According to a Daily NK source in the North Korean military, the North Korean military authorities announced the special “Day of the Sun” security week on Apr. 9. They issued instructions to enforce a special security alert at 5 PM on Apr. 12. Special security periods issued to the military during political events and holidays in North Korea are usually enforced from 5 PM the day before the event until 5 PM on the day after the event. However, the enforcement of a special security alert beginning three days before Kim Il Sung’s birthday is unusual.Furthermore, unlike last year when the authorities only gave guard posts blanks, the authorities provided three rounds of live ammunition to each guard post this year.This means that the armed soldiers could fire live ammunition if they spot someone violating special security period regulations, approaching prohibited areas, or acting suspiciously. The atmosphere in affected areas has reportedly become tenser as a result of the changes.Soldiers at guard posts near the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), in particular, reportedly received magazines fully loaded with 30 rounds of ammunition.border patrol rotatedNorth Korean border guard. / Image: Kang Dong Wan (Dong-A University professor)“[The military authorities] supplied magazines fully loaded with live rounds to the soldiers near the DMZ instead of just three live rounds,” the source said. “[The military authorities] want the soldiers to be fully armed and combat-ready during the special security week.”Soldiers stationed at guard posts near the DMZ also received instructions to do three or four shifts instead of the regular two during the special security week.The reason behind the orders for soldiers to be on duty for shorter periods and work more shifts during the special security week seems to be related to the February defection of a North Korean man who escaped to South Korea by slipping past guard posts on the East Sea DMZ line. The North Korean authorities reportedly believe that the negligence of soldiers on guard duty caused the incident. The North Korean authorities were reportedly wholly unaware that one of their citizens defected to South Korea via the East Sea and only found out about the incident after watching South Korean media reports.Because the incident occurred during the special security period activated during celebrations for Kim Jong Il’s birthday, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reportedly severely reprimanded several high-ranking officials for their carelessness.“The level of alert for this year’s Day of the Sun will be much higher to prevent incidents like defections,” the source said. “If a similar incident occurs this year, the commander and political commissar from the corps responsible might have to step down.”The authorities reportedly warned military officials that this time would not be like February when the Military Guidance Bureau simply conducted inspections and summoned related personnel to investigate the defection.Meanwhile, approximately 10,000 cell secretaries recently attended the Sixth Party Cell Secretaries’ Meeting held in Pyongyang, where the Kimilsungist-Kimjongilist Youth League will soon be hosting a meeting. Many people will gather for the event, so the military will be responsible for enforcing security measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.“The military will dispatch doctors to guard posts at major institutions in Pyongyang to monitor people and take their temperature as they enter,” the source said. “The people are feeling a lot of intense pressure – because soldiers are in charge of enforcing the preventative measures, they could shoot someone who doesn’t follow their orders.”*Translated by S & JPlease direct any comments or questions about this article to [email protected] in Korean SHARE Hamhung man arrested for corruption while working at a state-run department store center_img News News News AvatarSeulkee JangSeulkee Jang is one of Daily NK’s full-time journalists. Please direct any questions about her articles to [email protected] RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more