Utah lawmaker pays off restitution for ATV protest ride

first_imgSALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A state lawmaker who was found guilty several years ago of leading an illegal ATV protest ride through a southern Utah canyon has paid off restitution to end a legal battle over the matter. A court filing Tuesday shows Phil Lyman paid the $86,305 Monday when the court received his personal check. Lyman, a Republican, became a cause celebre in the movement challenging U.S. management of Western public lands when he led an all-terrain vehicle protest ride in 2014 through a canyon that officials had closed to motorized traffic to protect ruins that are nearly 2,000 years old.last_img

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Danish newspaper owner strikes deal for business title

first_imgThe publisher of the Danish newspapers Jyllands-Posten and Politiken has added the country’s most prominent financial publication, Børsen, to its stable in a deal worth more than €100 million.JP/Politikens Hus said Børsen is a “journalistic gem” and will boost its ambition to build an independent Danish publisher that can withstand growing competition from international digital players.The publisher has struck a deal with Bonnier, a Swedish media company, worth about 800 million Danish kroner (€107 million), the companies said in separate statements Friday. It is subject to approval by Denmark’s competition authorities. Børsen, which styles itself like Britain’s Financial Times, was founded in 1896 and has a circulation of about 48,000 in print. Bonnier, whose other media investments include the Swedish newspapers Dagens Nyheter and Expressen, has been a shareholder in Børsen since 1969.Tomas Franzén, Bonnier’s chief executive, said the sale is a “very good deal” for Bonnier and will allow the Swedish media group to invest more in “areas where we see opportunities for future growth and better returns.”Stig Kirk Ørskov, managing director of JP/Politikens Hus, said in an email: “Børsen is Denmark’s leading business media and one of Denmark’s strongest media brands. In addition to that, Børsen is a very strong business and has a huge digital potential. In light of the valuation of business media during the last year, we have made an incredibly good deal.”JP/Politikens Hus was formed in 2003 when the conservative-leaning Jyllands-Posten merged with the centre-left Politiken. It also owns the Danish tabloid Ekstra Bladet. The papers operate independently editorially, and that will also apply to Børsen, the company said.Jyllands-Posten caused international controversy in 2005 with the publication of unflattering cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. Also On POLITICO Fourth Estate The media moguls to watch in Europe in 2016 By Alex Spence Fourth Estate 2015, an awful year for Europe’s free media By Alex Spencelast_img read more

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WaterOne to start work near 60th and Mission early Sunday, interrupting service to small number of homes

first_imgA small group of Fairway homeowners and business near the intersection of 60th Street and Mission Road will have water service interrupted Sunday morning as crews from WaterOne work on a pipeline that crossed under the road.Fairway Police Chief Mike Fleming alerted city residents in an email Thursday that the water utility would begin work as early at 7 a.m. on Sunday, two hours earlier than is normally permitted by city code.“[T]he impact on public health and safety requires and allows the exemption in this case,” Fleming wrote. “To minimize excess noise on Sunday morning WaterOne has assured the City that any work involving heavy machinery that can be completed ahead of time will be taken care of during normal hours by Friday April 15th.”WaterOne has been working to directly notify customers whose water service will be affected during the work Sunday. The work is scheduled to be completed by 10 a.m.last_img read more

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FLU NEWS SCAN: Indonesian H5N1 death, cross-species avian flu transmission, pandemic vaccine gap

first_imgApr 1, 2011Indonesian woman dies of H5N1 infectionIndonesia’s health ministry confirmed that a 28-year-old woman from Yogyakarta province died from H5N1 avian flu, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a statement today. She started having symptoms Mar 1, was admitted to a healthcare facility on Mar 6, and was transferred to a hospital on Mar 11. She died on Mar 14. Her illness and death push Indonesia’s number of H5N1 cases to 176, including 145 fatalities. Yogyakarta is on the south-central coast of Java island. An investigation into the source of her infection revealed that her family owned chicken and ducks and that the woman made daily visits to the local market. Free-roaming poultry were noted in her neighborhood, and chicken deaths were reported there over the past months. So far this year the country has reported five H5N1 cases, four of them fatal. The WHO global H5N1 total now stands at 539 cases and 318 deaths.Apr 1 WHO statementStudy: Cross-species avian flu transmission varies with subtypeIn an experiment involving the use of an imitation barnyard, ducks readily transmitted avian influenza viruses to other bird and animal species, but transmission varied among virus subtypes, according to a report published yesterday by PLoS One. The study was conducted by two researchers from Colorado State University. Because estimating the efficiency of cross-species transmission by epidemiologic methods is difficult, they decided to study the transmission of low-pathogenicity H5 and H7 viruses in “a quasi natural laboratory environment designed to mimic a common barnyard.” Mallards recently infected with H5N2 or H7N3 viruses were placed in a room housing other mallards plus chickens, blackbirds, rats, and pigeons, and transmission was assessed by monitoring virus shedding by the ducks and seroconversion in other species over the following 4 weeks. The virus accumulated to high levels in the water pool in each of the two experiments. The H5N2 virus spread from the mallards to other ducks and chickens, but not to rats or blackbirds, whereas the H7N2 virus spread from the ducks to all the other species. The researchers also directly inoculated the non-duck species with the viruses to test the effects; they found that chickens and blackbirds shed significant amounts of virus and developed antibodies, whereas rats and pigeons developed antibodies but in most cases did not shed virus.Mar 31 PLoS One reportStudy finds pandemic vaccine gaps in low-income kidsA study of 2009 H1N1 vaccine uptake among children in a low-income area of New York City found that coverage was low, and most children weren’t fully protected during the second pandemic wave that occurred in the fall. The researchers, reporting in Vaccine, used vaccine coverage data from Dec 1, 2009, through Jun 30, 2010, from 19,643 children ages 6 months to 18 years who received care at five community clinics in a primarily Hispanic area. By Dec 1, roughly 2 months after the vaccine was available, only 16.5% had received one dose, and 5.3% were fully covered. At the end of the vaccination period, 36.2% had received at least one dose, and 23.6% had full coverage. Further analysis showed that older age, being a member of a minority group, and having private insurance were linked to lower coverage rates. The researchers suggested that school vaccination may have led to better vaccination rates in elementary school kids and that concerns about vaccine safety may have pushed down uptake in minority populations. They also added that those who had private insurance may have had doubts about whether the 2009 H1N1 vaccine was covered. They concluded that the findings could help shape strategies to improve vaccine coverage in underserved areas in future pandemics.Mar 31 Vaccine abstractlast_img read more

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EmBATtled – Scorpions carry over batting problems on Day One against Jaguars

first_imgMiddle-order batsman Jermaine Blackwood achieved a personal milestone but the Jamaica Scorpions’ batting continues to struggle after day one action of their fourth-round Regional Four Day Championship match against hosts Guyana Jaguars at Providence. The Jaguars, replying to the Scorpions’ first innings score of 187, were 17 without loss at stumps. Blackwood top-scored for the Scorpions with 81, which included his 3,000th Professional Cricket League run. Earlier, the Scorpions won the toss and decided to bat. However, that decision backfired as the visitors lost two quick wickets. Local lad Assad Fudadin was the first to go, bowled by spinner Kevin Sinclair for three with just eight runs on the board. The very next over, captain John Campbell was trapped in front by Raymon Reifer for five to leave the Scorpions in trouble at eight for two in the ninth over. Blackwood then found a useful partner in Paul Palmer Jr, and the pair added a valuable 40-run partnership for the third wicket to take the Scorpions to lunch at 47 for two. Immediately after the lunch break, Palmer lost his wicket as he was undone by a beauty from seamer Nial Smith for 15. Nkrumah Bonner then joined Blackwood and the veteran pair put together the biggest partnership of the innings, 74 runs. Bonner rode his luck to get to 29 as he was put down twice by opposing captain Leon Johnson. But with the score on 122, Bonner could not pull his bat away from a Christopher Barnwell delivery and was caught behind. All this time, Blackwood batted with maturity, bringing up his half-century off 122 balls, including six fours. After sharing in a 42-run partnership with wicketkeeper Denis Smith, Blackwood would be the fifth wicket to fall as he played around one from Veerasammy Permaul for a top score of 81, which included 10 fours. Permaul then wrapped up the innings, including picking up the wicket of debutant Pete Salmon for a duck, to claim four for 34 as the Scorpions lower order failed to add much resistance. There were two wickets each for Smith and Barnwell for the Jaguars, who negotiated the remaining eight overs on the day to close on 17 without loss, still trailing by 170 runs. Chandrapaul Hemraj is unbeaten on 13, and with him his Tagenarine Chanderpaul on four.last_img read more

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#ESILondon – ‘The future’s bright, the future’s mobile esports?’ recap

first_imgEsports is young, but it’s crystal clear that computers are the prominent platform for the majority of the titles in the industry. Nonetheless, another platform is creeping up and almost every adult has it on them at all times: mobile phones.To discuss if – and why – mobile esports is the next big thing, Esports Insider assembled an expert panel at ESI London in September. Here’s some of what happened at ‘The future’s bright, the future’s mobile esports?‘.ModeratorDave Roberts, Associate Director of BastionSpeakersKasperi Kivistö, Esports Manager of Critical ForceDeborah Mensah-Bonsu, Community Manager at Space Ape GamesJan Hoffmann, Senior Team Management at FnaticLeft: Dave Roberts, Bastion, Deborah Mensah-Bonsu, Space Ape Games, Kasperi Kivistö, Critical Force, Jan Hoffman, Fnatic. Credit: jakhowardphotoDeborah Mensah-Bonsu believes mobile esports are the future of the industry because of how accessible these games are – an overwhelming amount of people have a mobile phone with an internet connection. There’s a disparity between such popularity between the East and the West because of a generational shift, in her opinion, as those in the West are used to PC and console gaming, where those from the East grew up with mobile gaming.She explained that the industry hasn’t yet found a title that has a sufficient skill gap and appeal to spectators because of a shallow library of games. As more developers enter the scene, more titles will be produced and it’s likely at this point an incredibly-popular mobile esport will be produced.“Not everybody can afford a high-end PC, but everyone has a phone.” – Deborah Mensah-BonsuKasperi Kivistö explained that while he thinks mobile esports will continue to rise in popularity, it won’t necessarily take over from PC and console. There’s room for all platforms as each game has its own audience and fanbase.South America has an unrivalled level of enthusiasm for mobile esports according to Kivistö, and Mensah-Bonsu echoed this statement by saying Latin America is definitely a hot area to be tapped in to.Jan Hoffman revealed that Fnatic is closely observing the mobile faction of the esports industry and does believe there’s a future there. As it stands, mobile gaming is most popular in Asia and Fnatic considers itself a global organisation – it has an Asian Dota 2 team and a North American Clash Royale squad, for example.Hoffman went on to say that he thinks storylines are an important aspect of getting people to tune into games in general – mobile and otherwise – despite the length of a match. He did note, however, that when you stream from your phone that you’re restricted. If you stream from a PC, you can have numerous monitors and multi-task, which is a huge advantage over mobile.Subscribe to ESI on YouTubeYou can watch content from our flagship ESI London conference over on our Esports Insider YouTube channellast_img read more

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