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Skokie, Ill., Has Great Bagels β€” And An Even Better Story Behind Them

By Amanda Leigh Lichtenstein
The bagels for sale at Skokie

When Jewish sisters were hunting for bagels to properly mourn their mother's passing, their hometown came through. The town has been a hub of Jewish soul food — and survival — since post-WWII.

(Image credit: Amanda Leigh Lichtenstein)

  • May 16th 2018 at 17:40

What Explains The Rising Overdose Rate Among Latinos?

By Martha Bebinger
From left to right: Felito Diaz, Julio Cesar Santiago, Richard Lopez and Irma Bermudez meet at Casa Esperanza, a treatment and transitional housing program in Roxbury, Mass.

Opioid addiction is often portrayed as a white problem, but overdose rates are now rising faster among Latinos and blacks. Cultural and linguistic barriers may put Latinos at greater risk.

(Image credit: Jesse Costa/WBUR)

  • May 16th 2018 at 16:53

East Coast collapse gives a boost to UK rail nationalisation

The failure of an important railway franchise shows Labour is winning the argument

  • May 16th 2018 at 16:51

UK East Coast rail line to be renationalised

LNER brand revived after failing franchise returns to state hands

  • May 16th 2018 at 18:01

Insight TV appoints Gavin Ho as Technical Director

By Robert Briel

Insight TV has appointedGavin Ho as Technical Director, effective immediately.

Based at the channel’s Dutch headquarters, Ho will manage Insight TV’s technical direction and make sure its approaches are in line with the latest industry developments.

Ho brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to Insight TV, with stellar problem solving, analytical skills, and a detail-oriented approach. He joins the company from the New Zealand-based M?ori Television, where he served as Technology Manager overseeing the company’s successful implementation of technologies and service business needs.

“We’re excited to welcome Gavin to our creative and forward-thinking team. He brings incredible technical acumen to his position, including more than 10 years of overseeing broadcast and IT infrastructures. With such an impressive background, we know he’ll be an incredible asset to our business enabling us to continue to deliver the high level of unique, UHD programming that our customers expect,” said Rian Bester, CEO at Insight TV.

Ho commented, “With the explosive growth of the 4K sector in the past few years, this is an exciting time for me to join Insight TV, which is a company with a broad vision and a strong portfolio. My goal is to ensure that Insight TV continues with its successful roadmap in delivering exciting UHD content in a seamless and technically flawless way.”

Heinz-Peter Labonte stays FRK chairman

By JΓΆrn Krieger

The board members of German cable operator association FRK have confirmed Heinz-Peter Labonte as the chairman at this year’s general meeting in Königswinter.

Ralph Buder (managing director of Info-Kabel, Bischofswerda), Daniel Niebuhr (managing director of KNM Kabelnetmanager, Lauchhammer) and Rico Gerhardt (mayor of the town Oberschöna which operates its own cable system) were newly elected to the board.

FRK elects its board every two years. The members also thanked Frank Mietho (Mietho & Bär) for his more than 20 years of work as the association’s deputy chairman. Bernd Nitzschner, long-time member of the board of directors, managing director and shareholder of LKG and other companies of the Lausitzer Mediengruppe in Lauchhammer, was elected as the new deputy chairman.

Reinhardt Plückhahn (aep Plückhahn Service) and the treasurer Franz Ziener (RFD) were confirmed as deputy chairmen. Wolfgang Lenk was confirmed as assessor.

“With these elections, FRK has initiated a clear generation change in order to tackle the challenges in the market even better with new minds and ideas and to lead our association into a secure future,” said Labonte.

Heinz-Peter Labonte stays FRK chairman

By JΓΆrn Krieger

The board members of German cable operator association FRK have confirmed Heinz-Peter Labonte as the chairman at this year’s general meeting in Königswinter.

Ralph Buder (managing director of Info-Kabel, Bischofswerda), Daniel Niebuhr (managing director of KNM Kabelnetmanager, Lauchhammer) and Rico Gerhardt (mayor of the town Oberschöna which operates its own cable system) were newly elected to the board.

FRK elects its board every two years. The members also thanked Frank Mietho (Mietho & Bär) for his more than 20 years of work as the association’s deputy chairman. Bernd Nitzschner, long-time member of the board of directors, managing director and shareholder of LKG and other companies of the Lausitzer Mediengruppe in Lauchhammer, was elected as the new deputy chairman.

Reinhardt Plückhahn (aep Plückhahn Service) and the treasurer Franz Ziener (RFD) were confirmed as deputy chairmen. Wolfgang Lenk was confirmed as assessor.

“With these elections, FRK has initiated a clear generation change in order to tackle the challenges in the market even better with new minds and ideas and to lead our association into a secure future,” said Labonte.

Com Hem launches digital platform for MDUs

By Julian Clover

Landlords and tenants in multi-dwelling units (MDUs) will be able to take advantage of Com Hem’s new user friendly app.

The digital platform has been designed to allow shared resources within a property to be booked or to exchange information with neighbours. Landlords can have increased digital control over the property, keeping administrative and maintenance costs down.

“At Com Hem, we are developing services aimed at providing people with the right conditions for getting as much as possible out of their digital lives. The digitalisation has meant that both the business sector and landlords now have to enhance the efficiency of their operations in order to keep up. We believe the need for a digital platform is greater than ever. That is why we are launching Com Hem Smart, which I am convinced will simplify daily life for both landlords and residents,” says Lars Ljunggren, head of Product Landlord at Com Hem.

Landlords sign an agreement for the app and are then given a login to share with the tenants. The app can then be used at no extra cost.

No nerve agents but maybe chlorine used in Douma: watchdog

The world's chemical arms watchdog said Friday it had found no evidence of nerve gas after an attack on the Syrian town of Douma, but chlorine may have been used.A team of inspectors from the Organisation...

  • July 6th 2018 at 02:00

Judge Overturns Assisted Suicide Law In California

By Scott Neuman
Dan Diaz holds a photo of his late wife, Brittany Maynard, taken on their wedding day, during a rally calling for California Gov. Jerry Brown to sign right-to-die legislation at the Capitol in Sacramento in 2015.

Judge Daniel Ottolia ruled that the California Legislature was hasty in passing the 2015 law, but he put the decision on hold for five days to give the state time to file an emergency appeal.

(Image credit: Rich Pedroncelli/AP)

  • May 16th 2018 at 10:02

Australian company develops world’s largest 3D printerΒ 

Titomic’s bus-sized device adds scale to technology that is transforming manufacturing

  • May 16th 2018 at 09:39

Hospitals See Growing Numbers Of Kids And Teens At Risk For Suicide

By Tara Haelle
Teens are visiting the hospital for suicidal thoughts or actions more frequently.

The number of children and teens who visited the hospital for suicidal thoughts or attempts doubled from 2008 to 2015. Rates were highest during the school year.

(Image credit: arabianEye/Getty Images)

  • May 16th 2018 at 06:01

Hospitals See Growing Numbers Of Kids And Teens At Risk For Suicide

By Tara Haelle
Teens are visiting the hospital for suicidal thoughts or actions more frequently.

The number of children and teens who visited the hospital for suicidal thoughts or attempts doubled from 2008 to 2015. Rates were highest during the school year.

(Image credit: arabianEye/Getty Images)

  • May 16th 2018 at 06:01

Tele Columbus hit by increased churn

By JΓΆrn Krieger

Tele Columbus, Germany’s third largest cable operator, suffered from an increased churn rate in Q1 2018, leading to a partial revision of the management’s full-year targets.

In light of the ongoing integration efforts, which negatively affected customer service, the company decided to delay the ramp-up of marketing activities. This, combined with an integration related churn peak resulted in a flat development of internet RGUs, Tele Columbus reports in its Q1 2018 statement.

The CATV RGU development is down quarter on quarter as contracts are typically cancelled effective December 31, according to the company. These losses are planned to be partially compensated over the course of the year.

While the ongoing Pepcom customer migration is on track and scheduled to be finalised by the end of Q2 2018, the project revealed the necessity for additional fine tuning and follow-up tasks in the second half of 2018. These relate, amongst others, to Pepcom’s complex product and technology portfolio, according to Tele Columbus.

Hence, based on the final figures for Q1 2018, better visibility of business trends, temporary higher costs driven by investments in the delivery capabilities of the company and the expectation that in the short term these effects cannot be offset by stronger growth, the management board reviewed its forecast and decided to partially revise its full year targets for 2018.

The management board expects for 2018 a stable number of connected homes of around 3.6 million, low to mid-single digit percentage revenue growth year on year, normalised EBITDA of €265 to €280 million and between 27% and 30% capex over revenues. The board confirms its mid-term outlook and guides on capex peaking in 2019.

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  • May 16th 2018 at 01:31

Groups File Lawsuit To Block Iowa's New 'Heartbeat' Abortion Law

By Bill Chappell
When Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds signed Iowa

Scheduled to take effect on July 1, the law is one of the most restrictive abortion measures in the U.S.

(Image credit: Charlie Neibergall/AP)

  • May 15th 2018 at 19:52

Asteroid Will Pass Between The Earth And The Moon Tuesday (Don't Panic)

By Bill Chappell
The orbit of the Earth (blue line) and its near-intersection with Asteroid 2010 WC9 (in white) is seen in this diagram by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

First spotted in 2010, a space rock is zooming toward Earth, making a close pass on Tuesday that will see it fly safely by — about halfway between our planet and the moon.

(Image credit: NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory)

  • May 15th 2018 at 18:50

Researchers uncover Anne Frank's 'dirty jokes'in her diary

Researchers have published for the first time writing on two pages of Anne Frank's diary which she covered over with brown paper, discovering dirty jokes and a teenager's interest in sex."Anne Frank...

  • May 15th 2018 at 02:00
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