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Book Sales Fall As Impact Of Coronavirus Increases

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Credit pixabay.comNEW YORK — The number of physical books sold dropped 10 percent from the previous week, the latest sign of the effect of the coronavirus on the publishing industry.NPD BookScan , which tracks around 85 percent of physical sales, reported big drops in children’s fiction and adult nonfiction books. The biggest gains were in nonfiction books for kids, notably workbooks purchased by parents whose children are now home from schools that have been closed.The BookScan numbers were released at a time when tours were being called and some of the country’s top independent sellers, among them Powell’s Books in Portland, Oregon, and the Tattered Cover in Denver, were laying off employees. Barnes & Noble has been cutting back its hours and closing some stores, but otherwise is reporting “relatively strong sales considering the situation, both in our stores and online, especially of kid’s books and fiction, including notably home study aids,” according to a statement Wednesday.Such traditional spring events as the PEN World Voices festival and the Mystery Writers of America awards dinner have been canceled. And the country’s largest publisher, Penguin Random House, announced Wednesday that it would not attend the BookExpo national convention in late May in Manhattan. A spokeswoman for BookExpo said an announcement on the convention’s status would be made early Thursday. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia.last_img read more

Tix Now Available for Falsettos, Starring Christian Borle

first_img Related Shows Christian Borle(Photo: Bruce Glikas) Falsettos View Commentscenter_img Tickets are now on sale for the eagerly anticipated Broadway revival of Falsettos. Led by two-time Tony winner Christian Borle, co-book writer James Lapine will direct the revival, which is set to begin previews on September 29 at the Walter Kerr Theatre. Opening night is scheduled for October 27; the limited engagement will run through January 8, 2017.The musical by Lapine and William Finn follows Marvin, who struggles to create a “tight knit family” out of his eclectic array of core relationships, including his ex-wife, his new boyfriend, his adolescent son, his psychiatrist and his neighbors. Amidst a series of life changes, he is forced to reckon with his own views on love, responsibility and what it means to be a man.The starry cast will also include Stephanie J. Block, Andrew Rannells, Brandon Uranowitz, Tracie Thoms, Betsy Wolfe and Anthony Rosenthal. Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 8, 2017last_img read more

Rise in renewable generation pushes U.K. carbon emissions to record-low levels

first_imgRise in renewable generation pushes U.K. carbon emissions to record-low levels FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renew Economy:British carbon emissions fell to just 97 grams per kilowatt-hour (kWh) on Sunday June 30, its lowest ever carbon intensity and meeting for the first time ever the UK Committee on Climate Change’s 2030 target of 100 g/kWh for a whole day.This new record – which breaks the previous record of 104 g/kWh set during the country’s last summer – plays into a larger trend which, according to British electrical power generation company Drax, which published the analysis of carbon emissions on Tuesday, is seeing British power stations produce 100 million tonnes less CO2 per year than they were at the start of the decade.June 30 was a big day for the British electricity sector in more ways than one, as it was also the first day ever when more than half of the country’s electricity was supplied by renewable energy sources – with 39% coming from wind energy, 9% from solar, 8% from biomass, and 1% from hydroelectricity.“Britain’s power system is decarbonising at a faster rate than any other country in the world,” said Imperial College London’s Dr Iain Staffell, who worked independently via Imperial Consultants to analyse Drax’s Electric Insights data. “We have spent more than half the summer without a single coal power station turned on, and renewables are breaking new records all the time.“As a result, our power stations are producing 100 million tonnes less CO2 per year than they were just six years ago. The amount of carbon saved is equivalent to taking every single car and van off the UK’s roads, or what would be produced if every single person in the UK flew to Beijing and back.The records are, obviously, all intertwined, as it is the increase in renewable electricity generation which is helping to reduce emissions. Drax, the UK’s biggest renewable power generator, recorded a 52% reduction in its emissions over the first half of 2019 compared to the same period a year earlier, with 94% of the power produced at Drax Power Station in North Yorkshire being renewable.More: Britain emissions fall to record low as renewables deliver half of supplylast_img read more

Mexico Arrests Synthetic Drug Manufacturer Fugitive from U.S. Justice

first_img On February 14, the Mexican Security Secretariat announced the arrest of a producer and distributor of synthetic drugs with ties to the Sinaloa cartel and who is a fugitive from U.S. justice. Jaime Herrera Herrera, alias “el Viejito” [“the Little Old Man”], was arrested on February 13 in Culiacán, in the state of Sinaloa, in the northwestern part of the country. He was identified as “one of the chief producers and distributors of synthetic drugs working for” the cartel led by Joaquín “el Chapo” Guzmán. “Herrera is a fugitive from the U.S. authorities, since he has a record in several states in relation to his criminal activity,” the secretariat specified in a statement. The secretariat specified that he had been arrested in the neighboring nation in the 1990s, but while free on bond, he escaped to Mexico, where in 2002, “he established his center of operations in Culiacán in order to produce drugs, which he sent by land to Los Angeles, California.” “According to the investigations, he acquired supplies of chemical precursors coming from China and Guatemala in 2008. At that time, he possessed three small planes with which he transported the synthetic drugs” to the United States. Currently, he was using two rural properties near Culiacán to produce methamphetamines, the bulletin added. Another member of his group was arrested along with him, and 147 packages containing a total of more than 200 kilos of methamphetamine were seized. Last week, the Mexican authorities announced a “historic” blow against drug trafficking when they seized more than 15 tons of methamphetamines and substances for manufacturing synthetic drugs in Jalisco, in western Mexico. The discovery took place at the same time that the UN Office on Drugs and Crime warned that the cartels are directing their efforts toward the production of synthetic drugs, since they appear to be a more attractive business than cocaine. Since 2006, 646 laboratories for producing synthetic drugs have been dismantled, and more than 45 tons of methamphetamines have been seized, according to an announcement by the Military in early February. By Dialogo February 16, 2012last_img read more

Alleged Local Operator of Norte del Valle Cartel Captured in Nicaragua

first_imgBy Dialogo August 07, 2012 The Nicaraguan police captured Bismarck Jirón Lira on Aug. 4. Lira is suspected of being an important operator for the Norte del Valle cartel in Colombia, and the police stated that they seized close to $ 1 million he had hidden in a luxurious residence in Managua. Jirón was “the main operator in Nicaragua for this cell”, stated the Nicaraguan police spokesman, Fernando Borge to AFP. Thirty-nine-year-old Jirón, was also wanted by the International Police (Interpol) and was detained in his vehicle while with his girlfriend, Ana Ponce, after a police chase in Las Sierritas de Santo Domingo, a residential area in the southern outskirts of the Nicaraguan capital. The suspect was wanted by Interpol since 2011, and operated the logistical support base for the Norte del Valle cartel in Nicaragua. After his arrest, the antinarcotics agents searched his residence in Las Sierritas, where they seized $901,770, according to Borge. They also seized six checkbooks, three vehicles, a building and three firearms, indicated the statement issued by the police hours later. The note stated that Jirón would send narcotics through the Pacific Rim of Nicaragua to alleged drug trafficker Javier Cachiro, who supplies the Mexican cartels. Jirón’s network was in charge of obtaining vehicles and houses to stash the narcotics and to offer resting locations for the criminals, as well as providing boats, communications and other equipment to the members of the cell, stated Borge. The alleged drug trafficker was captured in the framework of Operation “Cumbre” which the Nicaraguan police is implementing in tribute to the 33rd anniversary of its founding. Within the past year, the Nicaraguan police have detained more than 20 alleged local drug traffickers who served as support to international cartels operating in the Pacific and Caribbean regions of Nicaragua.last_img read more

6 reasons your credit union should be offering non-prime auto loans

first_imgBecause of the risk associated, after all costs and expenses you can expect to make two to four hundred percent more than you would on the average prime auto portfolio.3.  These people are in need Once up and running, you will be able to integrate your non-prime lending practices into normal loan application processing.5.  Not everyone offers non-prime right now First a crash course on what exactly a non-prime loan is, as the prospect of anything other than an ideal loan makes many financial professionals uneasy. Often confused with sub-prime lending near or non-prime lending focuses on individuals who fall just under the standard qualifications to receive a loan. These are the people that are in the greatest need, have the fewest options and are often, regrettably, denied a loan for barely failing to qualify. Finding ways to make loans to these higher-risk members can not only benefit your credit union’s bottom line, but help improve loyalty with the member in need.1.  Less risk than you thinkAs the lender you have control on all credit decisions. You are still able to choose just how much risk you are willing to take on, and decide how you plan to balance it with required rate.2.  Much larger ROAs Those who need this service have very few options for getting the help they need. Studies have shown that families that have reliable transportation have a higher average household income.4.  It’s easier than you think Providing more loans outside of your prime lending guidelines obviously has its own advantages.Helping your members and earning higher yields at the same time, while not taking on any more unnecessary risk is the dream of any financial institution. Lenders Protection provides your credit union with the ability model your specific overhead and funding costs to ensure a profitable auto loan portfolio while carefully managing the risks. 57SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr This gives you a unique opportunity to offer something to your members that they would normally have to find elsewhere. Keeping everything in-house will increase profitability while improving customer relations.6.  Significantly increase your vehicle lending volumeslast_img read more

U.S. Sen. Bob Casey Urges Legislature to Support Gov. Wolf’s Restore Pennsylvania Infrastructure Plan

first_img Press Release,  Restore Pennsylvania Harrisburg, PA – U.S. Senator Bob Casey wrote a letter to the Pennsylvania General Assembly urging members to support Gov. Wolf’s aggressive infrastructure plan, Restore Pennsylvania.“This plan would make historic investments in high-speed internet access, storm preparedness and resiliency, transit and blight demolition and redevelopment,” said Sen. Casey. “It represents an opportunity for both parties to come together and make a historic investment in the economy of the Commonwealth, and in doing so, in the future of our children, our families, our middle class and the state of Pennsylvania.”Restore Pennsylvania is a statewide plan to aggressively address the commonwealth’s vital infrastructure needs by injecting $4.5 billion over the next four years in significant, high-impact projects selected by local officials who are best situated to determine need.“I thank Sen. Casey for recognizing the critical need to invest in infrastructure if we want to make Pennsylvania a leader in the 21st century economy,” said Gov. Wolf. “Each day we continue to debate this issue, our competitors are working on infrastructure projects that move them ahead and make them more attractive to businesses. It’s time that we unite to make our commonwealth a better place to live, work and do business.”Funded through a commonsense severance tax that the Independent Fiscal Office has determined will be primarily paid for by out-of-state residents, Restore Pennsylvania is the only plan that will help make Pennsylvania a leader in the 21st century.View the full Restore Pennsylvania plan here. April 16, 2019 SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img U.S. Sen. Bob Casey Urges Legislature to Support Gov. Wolf’s Restore Pennsylvania Infrastructure Planlast_img read more

Partner therapy ‘cuts HIV cases’

first_img Share Share Sharing is caring! Share Tweetcenter_img 12 Views   no discussions HealthLifestyle Partner therapy ‘cuts HIV cases’ by: – December 1, 2012 The study has been released to coincide with World Aids DayTreating people with HIV who have uninfected partners significantly reduces transmission rates, researchers in China have found.A clinical trial had shown benefits of antiretroviral (ARV) treatment before.But this trial, reported in the Lancet, is the first “real-life” public health programme of its kind.A UK HIV expert said there was a growing consensus that getting ARV drugs to as many people as need them would cut transmission rates.Treatment goalTo mark World Aids Day, the World Health Organization has issued a statement on global progress on cutting new infections and Aids-related deaths.In 2011, there were 2.5 million new infections – down 700,000 from the 2001 figure – and an estimated 1.7 million people died from Aids-related illnesses in 2011 – 600,000 fewer than in 2005.The WHO says improving access to ARV drugs is key to cutting rates further.The drugs reduce the amount of virus in the blood, and cut the risk of an infected person passing HIV on.Last year, at the UN General Assembly, governments agreed to set the goal of getting 15 million HIV-infected people worldwide on the life-saving antiretroviral medicines by 2015. The WHO says this target could be within reach – provided countries can sustain current rates.And it says about eight million people in low and middle-income countries are getting the treatment they need, up from just 0.4 million in 2003.Dr Gottfried Hirnschall, director of the WHO’s HIV department, said: “The challenge now is to ensure that global progress is mirrored at all levels and in all places so that people, whoever they are and wherever they live, can obtain antiretroviral therapy when they need it.”This year, the WHO issued new guidelines for treating people with HIV who have uninfected partners with antiretrovirals.‘Real-world impact’The research from China, which followed couples for up to nine years, was the first programme to really test this out in the real world.In 24,000 couples, the HIV-infected partner had received treatment at the start of the study period – to test out the preventative benefits – while 14,800 had not.This was because they had not met the national guidelines HIV positive people normally have to meet to receive treatment. In the treated group, there were 1.3 cases of transmission per 100 person years, compared with 2.6 per 100 person years in the untreated group. The researchers say this equates to a 26% reduction in the risk of HIV transmission. This is a lot lower than the 89% difference seen in the clinical trial. And the authors say the protective effects of ARV therapy only appeared to last a year, with transmission rates becoming more similar between the treated and untreated couples in later years.Keith Alcorn, of the HIV/Aids expert group NAM Aidsmap, said it was an interesting study.“It shows the real-world impact of using ARV treatment in this way.“The results are not as big a reduction in transmission as in the clinical trial, but there is still an effect.”He said the difference could be explained by people not adhering to their drug regime as well as they did in the study, or stopping their treatment after experiencing side effects.Mr Alcorn added: “There is a growing international consensus that treating everyone who needs it is going to have an impact on transmission.”BBC Newslast_img read more

Lady Wildcats Edge Lady Twisters In Tennis

first_imgAfter winning two matches to start the week, Franklin County took on Oldenburg Academy in a non-conference match winning 3-2. Both teams have had successful seasons thus far so expectations were high heading into the match.Winning for Franklin County to get the first point was the 2 Doubles duo winning 6-1, 6-1. Shortly after, Oldenburg came back with a victory of their own winning at 1 Doubles 6-2, 6-0. With the team score a 1-1, it was all up to the singles players to decide the match. Franklin County continued to feel comfortable with the situation they were put in, as their singles players had only combined to lose 2 matches all year to that point, both coming at the 2 Singles position. Oldenburg would yet again get another team point at 2 Singles while winning 6-0, 6-2. Klei at 3 Singles for Franklin County was able to keep the ball in play and make it tough on her opponent to get a 6-2, 6-1 win over her opponent. It was 2-2 following the 3 Singles match, which meant the 1 Singles result would decide the match as a team. Both players battled back and forth. After 2 and a half hours, two tiebreakers, and many gut-wrenching points, Lilli Stewart was able to beat her opponent with a slim 7-5 tiebreaker score. Franklin County beat Oldenburg 3-2 to remain undefeated on the season along with Stewart (#1 Singles) and Klei (#3 Singles).On Thursday, May 3, Franklin County will travel to Union County to take on the Patriots in a non-conference match.Coach Jeff Siebert had this to say on the match. “You couldn’t get a closer match than what we saw at 1 Singles. I hate that somebody had to lose that match. They both battled back and forth. Somebody would get down and then come storming back to take the lead. It came down to nerves at the end and Lilli prevailed to win the match. We don’t win the match though without wins at 3 Singles and 2 Doubles. 2 Doubles played very well tonight as they were the first ones off the court. Lauren at 3 Singles has played unbelievable all season. Both Lauren (Klei) and Lilli (Stewart) are undefeated which is a big reason we are where we are today. We knew this would be a good match and I am just happy we were able to get the three points needed to win.”Scores#1 Singles Lilli Stewart (FC) beat Kathryn Wilder (OA) 7-6(4), 1-6, 7-6(5)#2 Singles Angela Wanstrath (OA) beat Megan Routh (FC) 6-0, 6-2#3 Singles Lauren Klei (FC) beat Sarah Price (OA) 6-2, 6-1#1 Doubles Sarah Preston and Hanna Hurn (OA) beat Grace Moster and Allie Routh (FC) 6-2, 6-0#2 Doubles Maggie Brack and Taylor McCreary (FC) beat Claire Hollingsworth and Carsen Thompson (OA) 6-1, 6-1last_img read more

How Chelsea will lineup vs Liverpool after latest injuries

first_img In attack, Lampard has decisions to make around who leads the line. Werner did well against Brighton, but Olivier Giroud is pushing to start and could be an option as his physicality can match that of Virgil van Dijk. Starting the Frenchman would likely mean Timo Werner deployed on the left and Kai Havertz given the chance to play in his favoured No10 role. Loading… Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is boosted by the return of Mateo Kovacic for today’s big match with Liverpool. The midfielder missed the opening game of the season at Brighton due to suspension after being sent off against Arsenal in last month’s FA Cup final. The Croatian is likely to come into midfield to start alongside N’Golo Kante, with Jorginho possibly the man to drop out. Antonio Rudiger In defence, Lampard may look to bring in Antonio Rudiger for Andreas Christensen as the German’s pace could be handy against Liverpool’s speedy forward line. Read Also: Gareth Bale gets famous squad number at Tottenham Mason Mount could then complete the attack by playing out right as Christian Pulisic is injured. Chelsea possible XI to face Liverpool (4-2-3-1): Kepa; James, Rudiger, Zouma, Alonso; Kante, Kovacic; Mount, Havertz, Werner; Giroud FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way20 Interesting Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Siberia8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyEverything You Need To Know About Asteroid ArmageddonBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeWhat Is A Black Hole And Is It Dangerous For Us All?The Highest Paid Football Players In The World8 Things That Will Happen If An Asteroid Hits EarthInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street Art10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoDazzling Wedding Looks From Different Countries In The Worldlast_img read more