Three Cities Three Decades Three City Managers

first_imgKatie Koester, Homer High School Class of 1998, is currently the City Manager for the City of Homer: “I celebrate the people of Homer–the families who have made it here for generations along with the new families who come to the end of the road, fall in love with this place, and figure out how to make it in this town. This community’s underlying determination to live and persist in Homer means people here are interesting, creative, and diverse. I celebrate the people of Homer because they are problem solvers, because they make Homer the place for their life’s work.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is celebrating three graduates who now manage three of the largest cities in the Borough spanning 25,600 square miles. Paul Ostrander, Soldotna High School Class of 1986, is currently the City Manager for the City of Kenai: “Kenai has a diverse history and residents are ardent in their support of their hometown. When people talk about living in Kenai, whether talking about fishing the river or family time on the beach, you can sense the pride they have in our natural resources and community. The statement that, it’s the best place to live in the world, is heard often, and meant wholeheartedly.” Stephanie Queen, Kenai Central High School Class of 2000, is currently the City Manager for the City of Soldotna: “One of the things I really appreciate about Soldotna is how engaged our residents are. We’ve figured out how to work together across public, private, and non-profit lines, to move big projects forward. This has allowed us to accomplish several of the community’s long-standing goals; something we would not have been able to do without strong partnerships.” KPBSD has created individual profiles for each of these City Managers and will follow-up with a four-part series highlighting KPBSD graduates.last_img read more

I Love You Telugu teaser launch Dil Raju Sridhar heap praises on

first_imgI Love YouPR HandoutTollywood producers like Dil Raju, Lagadapati Sridhar and YVS Chowdary heaped praises on Kannada actor Upendra and director R Chandru at the team launch of their Telugu film I Love You.Upendra is the most popular Sandalwood actor in Telugu states and the makers of next Kannada movie I Love You are dubbing and releasing it in Telugu to cash in on his fame. They held grand function for the launch of its Telugu Teaser in Hyderabad on Monday. Upendra and the film’s cast and crew attended the event. Dil Raju, Lagadapati Sridhar and YVS Chowdary graced it as guests.Addressing this event, Dil Raju praised Upendra. The producer, who is likely to distribute I Love You in Nizam, said, “Back in the late 1990s, I would find Upendra’s movies quite crazy. It’s only after reading the script of Arya that I understood the nuances of balancing a negative character in a way that the audience love. I wish that I Love You will become a big hit in both Telugu and Kannada.”Lagadapati Sridhar said, “Upendra is a real star. His cult classic OM is one of my all-time favourite movies. With A, he became a cult star. With films like Son Of Sathyamurthy, too, he won our hearts. I know many people in my circle who really love him. He lives life king size and is a big inspiration to many. He is a fabulous actor, writer and has command over all the crafts of filmmaking. I Love You Telugu teaser launchPR HandoutThe producer said the I Love You would be hit with the young Telugu audience. Lagadapati Sridhar said, “I think he has once again made a film that every youngster is going to love. It shows post-marriage love and is a refreshing endeavour. I Love You comes with the caption Nanne Preminchu.”Lagadapati Sridhar also praised director R Chandru, saying, “He is the godfather of love stories, having made beautiful love stories such as Taj Mahal. When Charminar was remade in Telugu as Krishnamma Kalipindi Iddarini, it won the Best Romantic Movie award at the Jaipur Film Festival.”Meanwhile, Lagadapati Sridhar evinced his interest to produce Upendra’s next directorial venture. The Producer, “I want to do a straight Telugu film with Upendra as director. He has also entered politics with a people-centric agenda. I wish him all the success for the coming elections.”YVS Chowdary also praised both the actor and director of I Love you. He said, “If I have come to this stage in life, it’s only because of NT Rama Rao’s blessings. Coming to this film, its very logo is unique. Director R Chandru’s movies come with delicate sensibilities and human values. Upendra is a frank person and his characters in movies have no secrets. The caption Nanne Preminchu is so apt in his case.”YVS Chowdary added, “Long before an Arjun Reddy and a Rx 100 were made, Upendra did far more intense love stories. A and OM are the best examples. Puri Jagannadh’s characterizations are strong. Before him, Upendra came up with strong ones. I had the opportunity to work with him long back during my association with Vyjayanthi Movies as a co-director. He could have done an unbelievably crazy movie with even Chiranjeevi. He has always broken the rules of the game. His movies possess social values. He is forthright even as a politician. I wish him and director R Chandru all the best.”last_img read more

Kapil Sharma Show Kangana Ranaut wants to ban a few journalists

first_imgKapil Sharma, Kangana RanautTwitterKangana Ranaut has remained unfazed by the ban imposed by the Entertainment Journalists’ Guild of India (EJG) post the actress’ verbal altercation with a journalist. She has been promoting her upcoming Judgementall Hai Kya and had been explaining why she relatiated to the journalist and what problems does she have with a certain section of the media. So when Kangana appeared on The Kapil Sharma Show, Kangana said that she would like to ban a few journalists in the know.During the interaction, Kapil Sharma took a dig at the media ban on Kangana Ranaut saying that nowadays anyone wants to ban someone for some reason. He then asked Kangana who she would like to ban if given a choice. To which, she replied, “I know a few of the journalists in my list who I would like to ban.”Earlier, Kapil too was involved in an abusive spat against a journalist whom according to the comedian was writing only negative things about him. Later, Kapil had also filed an FIR against the journalist post which the latter refrained from writing any articles about the former following the court’s decision.Meanwhile, EJG has boycotted Kangana from media coverage until she issues a public apology for everything that transpired between her and the journalist at Judgementall Hai Kya song launch event.Kangana, however, not just only refused to apologise to the section of the media but also slammed them in a video message calling them as ‘termites’, ‘pseudo’, ‘traitors’ and ‘tenth-fail’. And even sent a legal notice to EJG through her lawyer for wrongfully supporting the journalist without any provocation.last_img read more

Police detain Brahmanbaria BNP leaders

first_imgPolice in a special raid arrested two local leaders of BNP and Jatiyatabadi Jubo Dal from Kandipara area of Brahmanbaria town on Thursday night, reports UNB.A team of police conducted the raid and arrested ABM Mominul Haque, joint secretary of district BNP, and the Jubo Dal leader Sharif, said Nabir Hossain, officer-in-charge of Sadar Model police station.last_img

IS suspect gunned down in India

first_imgA suspected IS operative was killed here in the wee hours of Wednesday after a 11-hour-long anti-terror operation conducted by police’s Anti-Terror Squad (ATS) commandos in India’s Uttar Pradesh.Many efforts to persuade the suspect, who was holed up in a house in Haji colony of Thakurganj area, to surrender went in vain, an official said.After the initial exchange for fire, the ATS commandos lobbed chilly bombs inside the house to incapacitate him, but to no avail.Police teams bored a hole in the roof and blew up the back wall of the building to enter the house.Senior police officials were camping at the site to oversee the operation, which was also being monitored by the Union Home Ministry.Initially, it was suspected that there were two IS operatives inside the house but that turned out to be a false alarm as police found the body of only one. One pistol and a revolver was found in person of Saifullah, the suspect.Earlier, the ATS, based on “concrete” information from intelligence, had gone to apprehend Saifullah, suspected of involvement in a train blast in Madhya Pradesh, when he suddenly opened fire on the team from the house.Following this, ATS commandos returned fire at Saifullah, who was on the first floor.An official at the site had said that they were trying to ensure that he is arrested alive and there is no collateral damage as this is a residential area.“We got a lead on these operatives from outside the state and we are on the trail,” said Additional Director General (Law and Order) Daljeet Chowdhary.At least eight persons were injured in an explosion in a passenger train, going to Ujjain from Bhopal, in Madhya Pradesh’s Shajapur district on Tuesday, authorities said.Sources said the house belonged to Badshah Khan, resident of Malihabad, and the accused had been living there with two others for the past two months. They posed as students and did not mingle with the neighbours, an ATS official told IANS and informed that efforts were now underway to nab the two accomplices who were at large.In a related development, another suspect of a sleeper module has been held from Kanpur by the ATS.Police picked up two suspects from Lakhna in Etawah and three in Kanpur. Following the Lucknow gunfight, an alert has been sounded at the Lucknow International Airport and at prominent railway stations across the state.Police and intelligence officials have been directed to step up vigil and keep a close watch on busy thoroughfares, malls and markets.last_img read more

US Secretary of Labor Touts Apprenticeships for Broad Economic Prosperity

first_imgralejandro@afro.com U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez. (Photo by Roberto Alejandro)The American economy continues to improve while too few reap the benefits, requiring more pathways into the middle-class, said U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez. He shared these thoughts while speaking at a Greater Baltimore Committee breakfast March 16.According to Perez, the U.S. has seen 60 consecutive months of private sector job growth with about 12 million jobs created during that period, and is currently experiencing the lowest unemployment rate since the spring of 2008. There are, he said, 5 million jobs open and awaiting someone to fill them.“We clearly have a wind at our back,” said Perez, “but I’ll be the first to say, and the president will be the first to say, that this is not the time to spike the football because we all know that there are a lot of people who haven’t been lifted by this rising tide.”Perez noted that the Wall Street bonus pool in 2014 was roughly twice the total earnings of all full-time minimum wage workers in the country. He added that it is time for the country to invest in its human capital infrastructure by building a skills super highway whose destination would be middle-class jobs.In order to build the skilled workforce Perez referred to, multiple pathways beyond our reliance on four-year college degrees are needed. Among those pathways, said Perez, should be trade apprenticeships. “We need to redouble our efforts in the apprenticeship context, because I have seen in my travels across not only the country, but the world, that apprenticeship is a proven route to the middle-class,” said Perez. He noted that the youth unemployment rate in Germany is less than half that of the U.S. A big reason for this, he said, is German teenagers can sign onto apprenticeships around age 15 or 16, apprenticeships enjoy the same stature as college degrees.Apprenticeships have been devalued in the U.S., according to Perez, who referred to apprenticeships as “the other college, except without the debt.”The secretary’s comments come at a time when Del. Cory McCray (D-Baltimore City) has been pushing for legislation in General Assembly to require contractors to pay the full cost of apprenticeship programs for those apprentices under their employ. McCray says that efforts like the one contained in his bill – House Bill 370 – are essential to rebuilding the middle-class that was once the backbone of Baltimore City. “[Apprenticeship] is how you can still make $60, $70, $80,000 with a high school diploma, with a driver’s license, with one year of algebra, with being 18 years of age, and this is how our city and our state was built,” said McCray.McCray was grateful Perez added his voice to the issue of apprenticeships and how this pathway can help expand the middle-class. Too often, McCray said, conversations about alternative paths to economic prosperity are confined only to those segments of the population who might benefit directly from programs such as apprenticeships, segments whose voices seldom have the impact of the Secretary of Labor.“There [aren’t] enough people, there [aren’t] enough voices talking about opportunities for our young men, our young women, in our neighborhoods and how it can be doubled down, just like Secretary Perez said, rebuilding the middle-class in reference to apprenticeship opportunities.”last_img read more

Baltimore City Hall Sitin Follows Decades of Festering Ills

first_imgProtesters are placed into a van by police early Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015, in Baltimore. Police officers have converged on Baltimore’s City Hall where protesters could be seen being led away to vans and vehicles after an hourslong occupation of the building to protest moves to make permanent the appointment of the city’s interim police commissioner. (AP Photo/Juliet Linderman)(Updated 10/15/2015) BALTIMORE (AP) — Young, Black residents of Baltimore hoped a public act of civil disobedience in the heart of local government would force their troubled city to deal with the decades-old problems of police misconduct, housing inequality and systemic disenfranchisement.All they got from their overnight sit-in at City Hall were arrests and trespassing charges.Many on Thursday said they were frustrated and felt increasingly marginalized and under siege.“The politicians, they failed us today,” said Kwame Rose, a 21-year-old activist who was one of the protest’s organizers.More than 30 activists disrupted a meeting Wednesday night where city officials were recommending the permanent hiring of interim Police Commissioner Kevin Davis. They demanded a voice in the process. Since the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old Black man who suffered a critical spinal injury in police custody, the police department and its leaders have taken the brunt of criticism for decades of government failures to address the city’s woes.Davis was appointed interim chief when his predecessor, Anthony Batts, was fired in the wake of violence after Gray’s death and a sharp spike in homicides.Baltimore is a city with roughly 17,000 vacant homes concentrated in its poorest neighborhoods. Its public schools are underfunded and underperforming, and its unemployment rate is far above the national average. Over the years, recreation centers for young people have shuttered and job opportunities for those living in de facto segregated communities have remained scarce.Police stand near vans holding protesters early Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015, in Baltimore. The Baltimore Uprising coalition had occupied City Council chambers at city hall to pretest a council subcommittee’s vote in favor of making the interim police commissioner permanent. Police led protesters to vans and other vehicles. (AP Photo/Juliet Linderman)The protesters gathered in the balcony of the council chambers chanted, “All night, all day, we will fight for Freddie Gray!” They refused to leave, insisting Davis meet with them and consent to a list of demands that included reducing the use of armored vehicles and riot gear during protests. They also called on Democratic Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake to fire the housing commissioner, whose department was recently sued over allegations maintenance workers routinely sexually abuse women residents of a public housing complex.But their main concern was their lack of input in the police chief decision as the department faces a federal probe into allegations of excessive force, and remains at the center of the debate over how poor, Black men are treated by the officers and public officials tasked with protecting them.Davis tried to defuse the situation.“I’d like to propose this to you, because we can accomplish a lot more at a table where we can all fit,” he said.“You have our demands, you let all your supporters speak,” someone in the balcony yelled back.“I will be more than happy to meet with your entire group,” Davis said.“Now! This is the space where we can talk,” someone yelled back.Davis eventually left.Yet even with the protest ongoing, he continued to strike a conciliatory tone, telling The Associated Press that civil disobedience was “part of the healing process.”“It’s just part of where the city is right now,” he said, as chants of “No justice, no peace,” echoed through the chambers. “I understand where they are, I understand their frustration. But civil disobedience occurs at critical times, and the city’s in a critical time right now.”Police kept the demonstrators sequestered in the balcony, and the protest dragged on for eight hours into Thursday morning, when some activists left after being threatened with arrest and the last 16 were escorted out in plastic handcuffs about 4 a.m. Police said those arrested ranged in age from 16 to 38, and included three juveniles.“All we are doing is peacefully demonstrating. We were disrespected by Kevin Davis. He didn’t take us seriously,” said Kevin Wellons, 19, who left the sit-in around 3:30 a.m. with several others.Speaking Thursday on “The Norris and Davis Show” on WJZ-FM, Davis said the arrests were “the last thing we wanted to do.” He says that, “in a perfect world, they probably wouldn’t have stayed that long.”Three of the committee’s five members voted Wednesday to recommend Davis for the permanent post. His appointment must still be confirmed by the City Council at a vote scheduled for Monday.Addressing the committee Wednesday, Davis said he remained committed to training officers to actively engage and interact with community members, and he emphasized his commitment to “respect and fight for the right for Americans to assemble and peacefully protest.”Rawlings-Blake, who recently announced she would not seek re-election, did not attend Wednesday’s hearing. She came under fire from both residents and Maryland’s Republican governor, who complained she disappeared from public view for hours during rioting on the day of Gray’s funeral.She said Thursday she was confused about the purpose of the demonstration.“They requested a meeting and the commissioner made it very clear that he would meet with them — so clear that he gave them his cellphone number so they could arrange it. And instead of using that as an opportunity for communication, they tweeted his phone number to the world. So, I’m not clear on their goals,” Rawlings-Blake said.___Associated Press writer David Dishneau contributed to this story.last_img read more

What if we knew when people were lying

first_img“For me, a world in which people could know the truth that mattered to them would be a great world,” Freshman says. “We’d have less discrimination and more equity.” In Season One of the TV show The Good Place, Chidi Anagonye, an ethics and moral philosophy professor, faces a dilemma when a colleague asks his opinion about a new pair of boots. Chidi clearly dislikes the boots, which are a garish shade of red and encrusted in crystals, but to spare his colleague’s feelings, he says that he loves them. — Chidi immediately regrets lying and begins obsessing over his moral failings, even as his exasperated girlfriend reassures him, “Sometimes we just lie to be polite.” Eventually, Chidi can no longer bear the guilt and confesses his true feelings to his colleague: “The boots are terrible, and hideous, and I hate them!” The colleague is clearly hurt by the revelation.  center_img For Chidi and some other philosophers, the obligation not to lie trumps all other moral imperatives, including not hurting someone’s feelings. Few people actually adhere to such a strict prescription for honesty, however. Lying is an accepted part of daily life, from our automatic response of “good” when asked how we are, to the praise we give when a friend asks if we like her awful new haircut (or pair of boots). We’d also have more hurt feelings. For most of us, a world without lies would deliver an immediate blow to our self-image, says Dan Ariely, professor of psychology and behavioural economics at Duke University. “Living with the truth means you would get more honest, brutal feedback about your work, the way you dress, the way you kiss – all kinds of things like that,” he says. “You would realise that people don’t pay as much attention to you and you’re not as important and highly qualified as you think you are.” Read the whole story: BBClast_img read more

You Can Soon Buy an 8K TV But Theres a Catch

first_img Enroll Now for Free This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now September 16, 2015 2 min read Japanese electronics company Sharp is planning to release the world’s first commercially available 8K television in October and it can be yours for 16 million yen ($133,000).8K refers to the television’s resolution, which is even sharper than 4K or ultra-high definition (ultra-HD). 8K delivers 16 times the resolution of full-HD (high definition).Sharp says the TV will go on sale on October 30 and will be an 85-inch set.But should you rush out and buy this future piece of tech? Probably not, as there is no 8K content to watch.Japan’s public broadcaster is testing long-distance 8K television broadcasts, but isn’t aiming to deploy it until the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.Most companies are only just discussing 4K. BT Sport, a U.K. bundle of television channels, broadcast a soccer match this year in 4K and has one ultra-HD channel that shows matches occasionally. Netflix and Amazon both have a small amount of content in 4K.And earlier this month, Samsung unveiled its first ultra-HD Blu-ray player. At the same time, Samsung announced that its current “SUHD” brand of TVs would begin supporting high-dynamic-range imaging (HDR) content. LG also unveiled a HDR-capable 4K TV – seen as the near-term future in the industry.Images shot in HDR essentially make the contrast between light and dark colors more prominent, so the white highlights are even brighter. The purpose is to make the image on screen look more realistic.Sharp’s 8K TV will also support HDR content. But Sharp has not announced any partners that it is working with to create 8K content, whereas both LG and Samsung have said they are talking to movie studios and streaming services to release 4K programming.Samsung has partnered with Fox so that all of its new movie releases will be brought out on ultra-HD Blu-ray. LG has struck a partnership with Amazon to allow users to stream some of the U.S. e-commerce giant’s original programs such as “Transparent” in HDR quality.Sharp showed off this 8K model at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January, while Samsung took the wraps off a 110-inch 8K TV. Still, Sharp’s model is the first commercially available one on the market. This story originally appeared on CNBClast_img read more

Delta introduces worlds first allsuite business class

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> ATLANTA — Lay back, relax and enjoy the flight in the comfort, privacy and exclusivity of your own suite. Delta Air Lines is redefining international business class travel with the introduction of the Delta One suite, the first business class cabin to feature a sliding door at each suite.Designed with an emphasis on exceptional customer comfort and privacy, the Delta One suite offers each customer a private space accessed by a sliding door with thoughtfully designed personal stowage areas, an advanced in-flight entertainment system and premium trim and finishes to create an unparalleled business class experience with a comfortable, residential feel.In addition to full flat-bed seats with direct aisle access, which the airline introduced eight years ago, the Delta One suite features:A full-height door at every suiteSliding privacy dividers between center suitesIn-suite, customizable ambient lightingDedicated stowage compartments for shoes, headphones and laptopsContemporary design featuring premium trim and finishesMemory foam-enhanced comfort cushionAn 18-inch, high resolution in-flight entertainment monitor, the largest among U.S. carriersA universal power outlet and high-powered USB port at every seatMore news:  TRAVELSAVERS welcomes Julie Virgilio to the team“Delta constantly listens to customers and responds with products that deliver what they want. After setting the standard with the introduction of full flat-bed seats with direct aisle access in 2008, Delta is again elevating the international business class experience,” said Tim Mapes, Delta’s Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. “Added comfort and privacy are important to business travelers, and that drove the design of the all-new Delta One suite.”Delta completed installation of full flat-bed seats with direct aisle access on all of its widebody aircraft operating long-haul international flights in 2014. Delta One service includes the features Delta customers have grown to expect, such as chef-curated meals, wine pairings by Delta’s Master Sommelier Andrea Robinson, Westin Heavenly In-Flight Bedding, noise-canceling headsets, TUMI amenity kits featuring Kiehl’s Since 1851 premium skincare, and in-flight loungewear on select flights.Following the A350 debut, the Delta One suite will progressively roll out on Delta’s Boeing 777 fleet. Delta will be the first U.S. airline to take delivery of the A350, which will primarily serve routes between the U.S. and Asia.More news:  Flight Centre Travel Group takes full ownership of Quebec-based agency  Wednesday, August 17, 2016 Travelweek Group center_img Delta introduces world’s first all-suite business class Posted bylast_img read more

FIFA may move World Cup games as Brazil struggles with building

first_imgNo related posts. LONDON – Soccer’s governing body warned that it would move World Cup matches should Brazilian cities fail to complete construction projects in time for next year’s event.FIFA’s general secretary, Jerome Valcke, is examining some of the venues being used for the Confederations Cup, an eight-team competition seen as a warm-up for the World Cup, sport’s most-watched event. He said the stadium in São Paulo, which will host the opening match, will be ready, after Tuesday saying delays could mean Brazil’s commercial hub would miss out.“We can’t reduce any requirement: On any competition that would be fine except at the World Cup,” Valcke told reporters after inspecting the Maracana Stadium, the Rio de Janeiro venue that will host both the finals of the World Cup and the Confederations Cup. “The World Cup is 99 percent of the FIFA system. The World Cup has to be perfect. The World Cup is the diamond of FIFA.”FIFA, based in Zurich, makes almost all of its $1.2 billion in annual income from the quadrennial tournament through sales of television rights and sponsorship agreements with companies including Adidas, Coca-Cola and Visa.Several cities have struggled to meet deadlines imposed by FIFA. Valcke, who was joined on Wednesday’s visit by the country’s Sports Minister Aldo Rebelo and Rio Governor Sergio Cabral, was asked several times about the Arena Corinthians in São Paulo, which beat competition from national capital Brasilia and Belo Horizonte to stage the World Cup’s first game.Valcke Wednesday said the São Paulo site would be ready by December, even though construction company Odebrecht said installing the temporary seating needed to increase the 48,000- seat facility to the required 70,000 for the World Cup would take until at least February. The World Cup opens June 12, 2014.Valcke, who oversees the World Cup for FIFA, said his organization would meet with politicians and other stakeholders, including Odebrecht, in the next few days to ensure the stadium is ready.“I can tell you this stadium will be delivered in December 2013,” Valcke said.FIFA is also facing delays with World Cup stadiums in Natal, Coritbia and Cuiaba. Valcke described the Maracana as a “Mecca” of soccer and congratulated workers on their efforts to get it ready before the Confederations Cup. Construction missed several deadlines and the facility will only have one match at capacity — a June 2 exhibition between Brazil and England — before the June 15 start of the tournament.The Maracana was built for the 1950 World Cup, the only other time Brazil hosted the tournament. Its three-year refurbishment at a cost of more than $500 million has faced criticism over delays in construction, costs and plans to privatize the venue.“I know that the refurbishing of Maracana to a certain extent was faced with controversy compared to the first construction of the stadium,” Sports Minister Rebelo said. “I think the visit to Maracana in this last phase after refurbishing the stadium gives us the conviction that Brazil and Rio de Janeiro in fact do have the stadium back with a stage that will be at the right standard for the final match of the World Cup.”FIFA faced similar delays and problems with construction when South Africa in 2010 became the first African country to stage the tournament. Valcke reminded reporters that then, unlike now, one of the Confederations Cup venues, Port Elizabeth, had to be withdrawn over concerns it wouldn’t be ready.“It created a lot of noise and tension between the city and us,” he said. “But this different here, we have been active, we have been helping, often criticizing and pushing. I have to recognize the marvelous job which has been done by the different cities in order to deliver the stadiums beyond deadline but definitely before the Confederations Cup.”© 2013, Bloomberg News Facebook Commentslast_img read more

The next great insect repellent might come from a

first_imgThe next great insect repellent might come from a strain of bacteria that lives inside a common parasitic worm. A study published Wednesday in Science Advances has found that a compound derived from these bacteria is three times more potent than DEET in repelling mosquitoes. More research must be done to demonstrate its safety, but this bacterial chemical could play an important role in the fight against mosquito-borne illness.Susan Paskewitz, a professor of entomology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison who oversaw the study, explains that the project started in the lab of her late colleague, Que Lan. She and her student Il-Hwan Kim were studying bacteria called Xenorhabdus budapestensis, which lives inside the tiny roundworms called nematodes. These nematodes parasitize insects in the soil, sneaking into their bodies and releasing hordes of Xenorhabdus, which soon kill the insect. Then, without the insect’s immune system to contend with, the nematodes devour the carcass and multiply.According to Paskewitz, Lan wanted to crack Xenorhabdus’ insecticidal code in hopes that it might lead to a novel mosquito killer. She put the bacteria into the artificial blood supply she feeds to her mosquito colonies, hoping they would ingest the bacteria and she could track whether the mosquitoes were harmed. But her mosquitoes wouldn’t go anywhere near the treated blood, much less ingest it. “The mosquitoes would die from drying out rather than touch the thing,” says Paskewitz. That observation stuck in Paskewitz’s mind, suggesting that something produced by these bacteria make might be useful as an insect repellent.Since the 1940s, the chemical DEET has been our first line of defense against mosquitoes. It’s still the most effective repellent we have. But DEET has its problems. One is stigma. “As a public health entomologist, I believe that DEET is an effective and safe product to use [the EPA agrees], but I do know that some consumers are concerned about synthetic chemicals,” says Paskewitz. “Whether those concerns are founded in evidence may be beside the point. What matters from my perspective is that people don’t have a barrier to using repellents, so that in the event of the next Zika or West Nile virus outbreak, we’re prepared.” DEET also needs to be reapplied often, which can leave people exposed if they forget. And at high concentrations, DEET can melt plastic, making it difficult to imbue DEET into clothing that could be worn for longer-lasting protection.What’s more, DEET’s effectiveness may not be permanent, according to Silvie Huijben, an evolutionary biologist and disease ecologist at Arizona State University. “There is some evidence that resistance to DEET can evolve in mosquito populations, and mosquitoes can also learn to overcome their aversion to DEET,” she says. Because living populations can evolve in response to single interventions, it’s best tackle the problem from many angles. “In that sense, there is a void to be filled,” Huijben says.To see if Xenorhabdus could fill that void, Paskewitz and her collaborator Mayur Kajla first had to isolate the potential repellent from everything else the bacteria produces. To home in on the active compound, Kajla isolated smaller and smaller components of a sort of bacterial soup and tested whether each mixture repelled mosquitoes.Kajla explains that since we don’t yet know whether this substance is toxic, scientists can’t just slather a subject’s arm in Xenorhabdus, stick it into a swarm of mosquitoes and see if they bite. So instead, he put a mixture of mosquito food – basically, fake blood dyed red — inside a skin-like sausage casing membrane. He soaked cheesecloth in the bacterial soup and layered it over this casing. Then, mosquitoes had 30 minutes to feed, after which the researchers counted how many mosquitoes were engorged with red bellies. The better the repellent, the fewer red bellies. Eventually Kajla identified the repellent compound that the bacteria secreted. Chemical analysis revealed it to be part of a class of chemicals known as fabclavines. With the repellent identified, Kajla then used the same setup to see how it fared against existing repellents. “We were surprised at how well the bacterial repellent worked,” says Kajla. You’d need three times as much DEET and eight times as much picaridin, another effective repellent, to repel the same percentage of insects.The researchers varied the concentration of the fabclavine mixture and observed that at lower concentrations, most mosquitoes landed on the feeding apparatus, but only about half fed. This suggests that, at low concentrations of the mixture, mosquitoes are repelled by the taste, but not the smell. By contrast, almost no mosquitoes landed and none fed when there were higher concentrations of the chemical, suggesting the mosquitoes were repelled by the smell alone. Kajla says, “at this point we don’t know how the deterrent is affecting mosquitoes, but it could be both taste and smell.””This is a really exciting result,” says Matthew DeGennaro, a neurogeneticist at Florida International University who studies mosquito genetics and was not involved in the study. “DEET is almost like magic, and we don’t find things that work as well as it does everyday.” DeGennaro also raised the possibility that the mosquitoes’ repulsion might be an innate, adaptive strategy to avoid getting anywhere near the deadly Xenorhabdus that harbor the compound. More work needs to be done before you can douse yourself in this bacterial concoction and head into the woods with abandon. According to Paskewitz, fabclavines may be difficult to chemically synthesize at scale. But “bacterial fermentation, which is used to produce the widely used insecticide Bt could work for fabclavines,” Paskewitz says.According to Huijben, the broader fight against mosquito-borne disease is changing, and repellents may play an increasingly important role. In the case of malaria, which she studies, mosquito populations are adapting around once effective measures. Bed nets proved effective in preventing the transmission of malaria via mosquitoes, which historically happened during evening hours when mosquitoes fed. But Huijben says mosquitoes are evolving to feed outside during the daytime, when their food source isn’t safely snoozing under a net. If fabclavine proves safe, effective and practical for human use, the ancient methods of the roundworm and its bacterial partners in crime could prove to be the latest weapon in the race to ward off mosquitoes.Jonathan Lambert is an intern on NPR’s Science Desk. Copyright 2019 NPR. 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Three disabled activists who took the government t

first_imgThree disabled activists who took the government to court in an unsuccessful bid to stop the closure of the Independent Living Fund (ILF) have called on Labour MPs to halt their attempts to topple their party leader.Anne Pridmore Gabriel Pepper (pictured) and Stuart Bracking have pointed out that Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn had been “unstinting” in his support for ILF-users throughout the campaign to prevent the fund’s closure.The trio were joined by Paul Taylforth, the father of a fourth former ILF-user who was involved in the court cases, in raising concerns about developments within the party.They sent an email outlining their concerns to Corbyn, deputy party leader Tom Watson, the shadow chancellor John McDonnell, the present and previous shadow ministers for disabled people, Debbie Abrahams and Kate Green, and Neil Coyle, a Labour MP and a former director of Disability Rights UK.They pointed out that Corbyn issued a statement on the day ILF closed in June last year pledging to campaign for it to be reinstated.Their court bids to overturn the government’s decision to close the fund were finally defeated in December 2014, prompting Tracey Lazard, chief executive of Inclusion London, to suggest that the move signalled “the end of the right to independent living for disabled people in the UK”.They said in this week’s statement: “The democratic election of Jeremy Corbyn last September instilled hope among many disabled people and their families that the Labour party had turned a corner, and would campaign hard to stop further austerity and cuts to public services and benefits.“A number of judicial reviews brought in recent years reflect the impact public service cuts are having on the lives of disabled people and their families.“While legal challenges are sometimes successful, they cannot achieve the impact and change an effective political campaign can.“Rather than sow further division, we would urge Labour MPs to remember who austerity and public sector cuts are hitting the hardest, and the lives now being destroyed by them.”They said there was a “desperate need for unity” among working-class people and said the Labour party and its MPs needed to “consider their responsibility and duty of care towards those who will continue to face the consequences if we fail to end austerity now”.They said this would only be possible if the party united behind Corbyn’s leadership and worked with trade unions and disability campaigners to “build a political movement to achieve this”.This week, Corbyn lost a vote of confidence among his own MPs by 172 votes to 40, and now faces a leadership challenge from former minister Angela Eagle.Yesterday (Wednesday), the former ILF-users were joined in their call by Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC), which issued its own appeal to Labour members to back Corbyn.In a statement on its website, it praised the “unstinting support” that Corbyn and shadow chancellor John McDonnell had given to both DPAC and disabled people.It said: “Both have spoken out and voted against every horror the Tories have imposed on disabled people.”McDonnell has sent a message to DPAC, urging all of its members and supporters “to support Jeremy if there is a leadership election”, and calling on non-members to join the party so they can vote for him.Only last month, research by Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People suggested that the government’s failure to ring-fence the funding it was handing to local authorities following the ILF closure was leading to a “postcode lottery” of support for former ILF-recipients.ILF was funded by the Department for Work and Pensions, and by last year it was helping nearly 17,000 disabled people with the highest support needs to live independently.But ministers decided it should be scrapped, promising instead that nine months’ worth of non-ring-fenced funding would be transferred to councils in England and to devolved governments in Wales and Scotland, to cover the period from its closure last summer to April 2016.The Scottish government has set up its own ILF for existing recipients in Scotland, while the Welsh government has set up a ring-fenced, local authority-run grant scheme that will run until at least 31 March 2017.The minister for disabled people, Justin Tomlinson, announced in February that the government would provide another four years of transition funding to local authorities in England in 2016-17 (£177 million), 2017-18 (£171 million), 2018-19 (£166 million) and 2019-20 (£161 million), but that the money would again not be ring-fenced.last_img read more

Are MotionBased Gaming Technologies Right for Your Business

first_img Q: I hear companies are hacking motion-based gaming technologies for new applications. How do I get in? A: It’s true — gaming consoles have launched an industry that has nothing to do with play. The technologies at the heart of Nintendo’s Wii U, Microsoft’s Kinect for Xbox 360 and Sony’s SOEmote are making motion capture (mocap), gesture recognition and facial rendering easy and cheap enough for entrepreneurs to hack and turn into wholly new businesses.Toronto-based GestSure Technologies, for example, uses a Microsoft Kinect module to create touch-free medical operating room tools. And Los Angeles-based Styku uses the Kinect module to scan consumers’ bodies and create a remote virtual fitting room where customers can “try on” clothes before making an online purchase. Nice fit, indeed.To get the complete story on how low-cost mocap has sparked a startup blitz, we sat down with Marty Smets, an ergonomics simulation engineer at Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, Mich.How does your company use MoCap? At a car company like Ford, motion-sensing technologies are an integral part of the design and manufacturing process. It helps us anticipate things like how drivers will see speedometers. And it flags us on how workers must move to build cars safely. The process shaves something like eight to 14 months off a four-year vehicle-development time. That is major money.How did this enterprise-level tech become a small-business opportunity?Business-grade motion tracking was once strictly the stuff of $250,000 camera systems and pricey processing software found in special effects films like Avatar or at Ford. No more. The $150 Xbox Kinect uses a low-cost depth sensor and camera to “see” in three dimensions. When the Kinect and the Wii came online, developers began messing with them, creating hacks en masse and giving rise to sites such as KinectHacks.net. Soon the web was flooded with new mocap ideas.It can’t be that simple for a small biz to get into.Actually it is. Microsoft recently released a formal, supported developer’s kit for the Kinect. For about $250 anybody can buy the software and tools needed to build robust mocap services. All that’s needed is the ability to program in basic computer languages–talent that can be found at any local college or technical school. To help advance the technology [startup accelerator] TechStars even launched a startup incubator specifically for Kinect-based ideas.How does this market work? Fortunately the game console manufacturers are taking their cues from Apple’s success with courting small developers through the App Store. Apple provided the tool and then opened it up to app-makers and asked, “How clever are you?” And as we’ve seen, the sky’s the limit in terms of imagination and potential moneymaking ideas. This story appears in the September 2012 issue of . Subscribe » Add to Queue Are Motion-Based Gaming Technologies Right for Your Business? Jonathan Blum –shares Technology Register Now »center_img Next Article Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business 3 min read October 11, 2012 Magazine Contributor Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel.last_img read more

Airbnb Hostess Who Earned 61000 in 9 Months Now Faces Eviction Judge

first_imgSharing Economy Geoff Weiss 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List –shares Former Staff Writer Noelle Penraat is a prime exemplar of the money-making prospects currently available via Airbnb: the 62-year-old New York native made $61,000 off of her sprawling Upper West Side duplex in just nine months.But now, like many of the home-sharing startup’s most entrepreneurial hosts, Penraat is weathering a regulatory onslaught. A New York City judge ruled earlier this week that she must stop renting out rooms in the apartment immediately, and that her landlord has grounds to evict her, according to the New York Post.That’s because Penraat “has been profiteering from a rent-controlled apartment partially subsidized by another government program,” wrote Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Carol Edmead in her injunction. (Because she makes less than $50,000 per year, the Senior Citizen Rent Increase Program exempts Penraat from any rent increases.)Related: Good News for Airbnb Hosts and Uber Drivers: Here Comes InsuranceAnd like countless other New York City residents, Penraat’s neighbors have also taken umbrage with her revolving door. One submitted to the court that the “constant barrage of strangers” left him fearing for the safety of his family. Penraat’s building also contains a Montessori school attended by 175 children, according to the Post.Penraat, who has hosted 135 guests since February 2012 and could have earned as much as $118,300 on an annual basis, argued that there was nothing illegal about renting three of the apartment’s four bedrooms to “roommates,” reports Law360. But Edmead shot her down.In New York, the battle against Airbnb is highly fraught. Earlier this year, Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman released a scathing report claiming that 72 percent of all rentals in the city are illegal. And unlike other major U.S. cities like San Francisco — where Airbnb rentals are slated to become legal in February — Penraat’s case seems to suggest that New York City regulators aren’t willing to back down.Related: This Anti-Luxe Lodging Startup Will Put You Up in a Half-Built Treehouse For $19 Add to Queue Airbnb Hostess Who Earned $61,000 in 9 Months Now Faces Eviction, Judge Rules Next Article The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. December 26, 2014 2 min read Apply Now »last_img read more

Cannabis Medicinals Sales Expected to Reach 2 Billion by 2020

first_img Legalization of medical marijuana in more than half the states has created a booming market for medicinal and personal care products. Cannabis Medicinals Sales Expected to Reach $2 Billion by 2020 Each week hear inspiring stories of business owners who have taken the cannabis challenge and are now navigating the exciting but unpredictable Green Rush. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Next Article Easy Search. Quality Finds. Your partner and digital portal for the cannabis community. November 15, 2016 Image credit: Jupiterimages | Getty Images Listen Now Cannabis –shares Guest Writer dispensaries.com A new report shows sales of cannabis-based medicinal and personal care products containing cannabidiol (CBD) are likely to skyrocket in the next four years.The market for CBD products will reach $2.1 billion in sales by 2020, according to projections from “The CDB Report” from the Hemp Business Journal. That’s a huge leap from the estimated $115 million in CDB sales expected in 2016, making CBD among the fastest growing segments of the legal marijuana and hemp industries.The report, based on interviews and insights from dozens of experts in the hemp, CBD and marijuana industries, projects a robust future for the CBD industry. Hemp Business Journal did the report in partnership with SPINS and BDS Analytics, two firms that specialize in consumer data.Related: 10 Cannabis Startups You Need to WatchCBD a distinct market from THC.CBD is the chemical compound in the marijuana plant found to cause relief from various ailments, including inflammation, anxiety, pain and muscle spasms. Unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), another chemical compound found in high concentrations in marijuana, CBD causes no “high”. The British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology called CBD “a potential medicine for the treatment of neuroinflammation, epilepsy, oxidative injury, vomiting and nausea, anxiety and schizophrenia.”The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency classifies cannabis inder Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act, the most tightly restricted category reserved for drugs that have “no currently accepted medical use.” Nonetheless, the Food and Drug Administration has granted approval for clinical trials of a CBD-based drug made by GW Pharmaceuticals that treats Lennox-Gastauf syndrome, a severe form for childhood-onset epilepsy.More products are hitting the market nationwide now that 28 states and the District of Columbia allow for legal medicinal cannabis.Related: Broad Voter Approval for Cannabis Has Likely Ignited Explosive GrowthCBD products on the rise.According to the report from Hemp Business Journal, $450 million of the projected $2 billion in CBD sales will come from hemp-based sources.The report also lists and provides information on some of the bigger names in the CBD market, including GW Pharmaceuticals, Insys Therapeutics, CV Sciences, Bluebird Botanicals, Atalo Holdings, CW Hemp, O.pen Vape and Dixie Elixirs.Outside of use by medical professionals, CBD products also are reaching the marketplace. Puration has released a new CBD-infused bottled water called EVERx CBD. The company hopes to reach $1 million in sales in 2017 for the new product.There are hundreds of CBD extracts, oils and rubs that can be used for pain management. There also are products for beauty, such as hair and skin care. You can even buy CBD-based oils for your pet that can be used to treat pain, arthritis, inflammation, anxiety and nausea, among other conditions.Related: Legal Marijuana a Big Winner in Elections Across the CountryClearly, CBD products provide another side to the cannabis plant that many are still learning about. Non-psychoactive and already proven to help with pain for different medical conditions, consumers continue to try CBD products in increasing numbers.And, if the Hemp Business Journal report is accurate, those numbers will continue to increase to the tune of $2 billion in sales in the course of just the next four years. Green Entrepreneur Podcast 3 min read Add to Queuelast_img read more

Women in low and middleincome countries need radiotherapy to treat their cervical

first_img Source:University Health Network These are women in their prime who are working, caring for children, and contributing to their communities. We have made huge progress in tackling other infectious disease and in reducing maternal mortality, so that women are now living long enough to develop diseases such as cancer and heart disease.Vaccination is hugely important, but we can’t neglect the millions of women who are contracting cervical cancer and dying in pain without access to treatment. These are women who have curable cancers – even advanced cervical cancer can be cured with radiotherapy. The possibility exists to make this treatment universally available.”Dr. Danielle Rodin, Clinician-Investigator and Radiation Oncologist, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)May 29 2019A first of its kind study is reporting that millions of women in low- and middle-income countries will need life-saving radiotherapy to treat their cervical cancer, despite the growth of essential human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccination prevention programs.The availability of radiotherapy in these regions would generate millions of productive life years and billions of dollars in economic benefits for their families and communities.The study modeled the long-term demand, benefit and cost of implementing a 20-year strategy for radiotherapy to treat cervical cancer in low- and middle-income countries between 2015 and 2035, alongside a simultaneous vaccination program.Low-income and middle-income countries include those with a gross national income of less than $12,000 USD a year.Related StoriesStudy reveals link between inflammatory diet and colorectal cancer riskTrends in colonoscopy rates not aligned with increase in early onset colorectal cancerUsing machine learning algorithm to accurately diagnose breast cancerThe research entitled “Scale-up of radiotherapy for cervical cancer in the era of human papillomavirus vaccination in low-income and middle-income countries: A model-based analysis of need and economic impact,” by lead author Dr. Danielle Rodin and senior author Dr. Michael Milosevic, in the Radiation Medicine Program, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre is published in the May 24, 2019 online edition of The Lancet Oncology.In the designated 20-year-time span, the study estimated that 9.4 million women in these countries will require radiotherapy – the gold standard for curing women with more advanced cervical cancer. This would result in a net benefit to the economies of these countries of $151.5 billion over the same time period as a direct result of women living longer, more productive lives.HPV vaccination would result in a 3.9% reduction in cervical cancer incidence over the study period – assuming a best case scenario of vaccinating every 12-year-old girl in the world starting in 2014. By 2072, when the first vaccinated cohort reaches 70 years of age, there would be a 22.9% reduction in incidence, still leaving 41.6 million in need for radiotherapy over that time period.Almost all cervical cancers are caused by human papillomavirus (HPV), a sexually transmitted infection. There are more than 100 types of HPV, of which more than 40 can cause cervical cancer. Persistent HPV infections can sometimes develop into cervical cancer if not treated.last_img read more

Fox rejected an offer from Comcast before Disney buyout filing

Media giant 21st Century Fox, which was sold to Disney in December, rejected a higher buyout offer from Comcast over fears of regulatory risks © 2018 AFP The joint regulatory filing by Fox and Disney said a buyout by cable operator Comcast “carried a more significant risk of exposure to a range of negative outcomes for 21CF” while “a transaction with Disney would provide superior closing certainty as a result of the lower regulatory risk faced by Disney.”The decision came in the wake of the US Department of Justice legal challenge to a mega-merger between Time Warner and AT&T.Comcast also refused to provide compensation if the transaction was blocked by competition authorities, while Disney proposed $2.5 billion.Comcast had offered $34.40 per share compared to Disney’s $29.On December 14, Disney announced the purchase of many of Fox’s assets for $52.4 billion, though a final approval by antitrust authorities is not expected before 2019.Comcast was reported in February to have relaunched its bid, according to reports, offering to assuage some of Fox’s concerns.The media landscape is undergoing accelerated upheaval as traditional TV and film players seek to merge with cable operators to better combat tech giants, including Netflix and Amazon and their video streaming platforms. Explore further Media giant 21st Century Fox, which was sold to Disney in December, rejected a higher buyout offer from Comcast over fears of regulatory risks, a filing showed Wednesday. 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. Citation: Fox rejected an offer from Comcast before Disney buyout: filing (2018, April 19) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-04-fox-comcast-disney-buyout.html Comcast ponders new bid for 21st Century Fox: US media read more

BJP will form government in 45 days says Karnataka unit chief BS

first_img Next Press Trust of India BengaluruJuly 16, 2019UPDATED: July 16, 2019 06:54 IST BS Yeddyurappa claimed that Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy would fail to save the coalition government.As the Congress- Janata Dal (Secular) (JD(S)) coalition government faced uncertainty over its numbers, Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Karnataka unit chief BS Yeddyurappa on Monday said he was confident of forming the government in the next four to five days.BS Yeddyurappa’s claim came on a day when the assembly speaker KR Ramesh Kumar fixed July 18 for taking up the confidence motion moved by Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy, whose government is on the verge of collapse after 16 MLAs resigned from the assembly.”I am quite confident that the BJP government will come into existence in the next three to four days. The BJP will give the best administration in Karnataka,” BS Yeddyurappa told reporters.BS Yeddyurappa claimed HD Kumaraswamy would fail to save the coalition government.”HD Kumaraswamy will not be able to continue as chief minister. He too knows it. I think he will quit after making a good speech in the assembly,” BS Yeddyurappa, who had quit in similar circumstances early last year, said.BS Yeddyurappa had stepped down as chief minister before the confidence motion was taken up for voting as he failed to muster enough numbers for the BJP which had emerged as the single largest party with 105 seats in the 224-member House.The ruling coalition’s total strength is 116 (Congress-78, JD(S)-37 and BSP-1), besides the Speaker.With the support of the two independents, the BJP has 107 MLAs in the House, where the half-way mark is 113.If the resignations of the 16 MLAs are accepted, the coalition’s tally will be reduced to 100.ALSO READ | Karnataka crisis: Speaker has no right to disqualify anybody, says YeddyurappaALSO READ | Karnataka Crisis Live Updates: Kumaraswamy government to face trust vote on ThursdayALSO WATCH | Karnataka BJP chief Yeddyurappa politicizes airstrikesFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byShahrukh Tags :Follow congressFollow JDSFollow YeddyurappaFollow BJPFollow H D KumaraswamyFollow BSPFollow MLA BJP will form government in 4-5 days, says Karnataka unit chief BS YeddyurappaKarnataka BJP chief BS Yeddyurappa’s claim came on a day when the assembly speaker KR Ramesh Kumar fixed July 18 for taking up the confidence motion moved by Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy.advertisementlast_img read more

What will Oilers Josh Archibald bring to the lineup

first_imgThe Edmonton Oilers have been relatively quiet during free agency, mainly adding depth to their bottom-6. They continued the pattern Tuesday, signing unrestricted free agent Josh Archibald to a one-year deal.Most recently a member of the Coyotes, the 26-year-old had a solid year with Arizona, registering a career-high 12 goals and 22 points in 68 games – doubling his point total from 2017-18, where he had 11 points in 39 appearances. For the Oilers, they get another right wing to add to their depth chart, and a decent one at that; he’s still in the early stages of his career and has shown that he’s capable of producing at the NHL level. While he doesn’t put up the biggest numbers, he does bring a lot more to the lineup than what meets the eye.RELATED: Is Oilers’ Evan Bouchard ready to step into a full-time role?The 5-10, 176 pound winger isn’t the biggest player, but he doesn’t shy away from puck battles. With 161 hits last season with Arizona, Archibald incorporated more aggressiveness and grit into his game. He’s still developing into a physical forward, which has helped his overall two-way game. Additionally, the Oilers need more speed in their lineup beyond their top line forwards and Archibald can provide that. The Saskatchewan native is able to not only beat out his opponents to the puck along the boards and into the corners, but can also get down the ice quickly and backcheck with ease. He’s the type of forward that can keep up with the game around him and hustle if necessary.Not only does Archibald provide solid bottom-6 scoring, but he can also serve on the penalty kill – something the Oilers definitley need as they finished with the second-worst penalty kill in the league (74.8%). A hard-working, dedicated and very coachable player, he’s an asset that can lead by example and help to build a postiive culture in the dressing room.Ultimately, he gives Edmonton more insurance on a weak right side; however, there is still work to be done. The Oilers lacks top-6 scoring beyond Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins – especially on the wing – and have forwards who can score 20 goals consistently. This signing shows a step toward fixing a broken lineup but Ken Holland needs to keep chipping away in rebuilding the lineup.last_img read more