Hedley cut from Junos lineup over allegations of sexual misconduct

first_imgAdvertisement The move by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences came as band members issued a statement addressing claims of impropriety involving young fans“We realize the life of a touring band is an unconventional one,” reads the statement, which was issued mid-afternoon Wednesday, minutes before the Junos announcement.“While we are all now either married or have entered into committed, long-term relationships, there was a time, in the past, when we engaged in a lifestyle that incorporated certain rock ‘n’ roll cliches. However, there was always a line that we would never cross.”The statement followed a flurry of claims on Twitter from anonymous users who alleged inappropriate encounters with the band. Some social media users called on the Juno Awards to drop Hedley as a performer at the upcoming show.“We appreciate the bravery of those who have come forward with their own stories, and we realize that all of us, as individuals and as a society, can and must do better when it comes to this issue,” says the statement.“However, if we are to have a meaningful, open and honest discussion, we all have to accept and respect that there are at least two sides to every story. The recent allegations against us posted on social media are simply unsubstantiated and have not been validated. We would hope that people will bear in mind the context in which these unsupported accusations have been made before passing judgment on us as individuals or as a band.”The group is currently on tour and was scheduled to perform in Medicine Hat, Alta., on Wednesday evening, and later in the week in Moose Jaw, Sask., and Brandon, Man.Hedley formed in 2003 in Abbotsford, B.C.THE CANADIAN PRESS LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: The Junos have dropped Hedley from the televised awards bash as the rockers face allegations of sexual misconduct that they call “unsubstantiated.”Organizers of the annual music show say it was a joint decision with Hedley “after careful consideration of the situation.”After careful consideration of the situation and in discussions with the band, CARAS and Hedley have decided that the band will not be performing at the 2018 JUNO Awards.— The JUNO Awards (@TheJUNOAwards) February 14, 2018 Twitterlast_img read more

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Emirati Prince makes record donation to Moroccan solidarity campaign

first_imgRabat- The long standing good relations Morocco built with the United Arab Emirates seem to be increasingly paying off. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the crown prince of Abu Dhabi, donated $10 million (approx. MAD 82 million) to the Mohammed V Foundation for Solidarity on the occasion of the national week of solidarity.The donation is meant to support the foundation’s social and educational projects. The $10 million donation made by the Emirati crown prince is roughly half the contributions the Mohammed V Foundation for Solidarity campaign is collecting every year.King Mohammed VI’s repeated visits to the United Arab Emirates were crowned with success after Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan of Abu Dhabi donated $100 million to help the accomplishment of social projects in the kingdom.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

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State of Illinois to Give Muslims a Formal Voice in Government

By Kimberly J. AvalosRabat – A new bill could make Illinois the first state in the United States to give a formal voice to Muslim-Americans.The Chicago Tribune reports that a bill approved by the Legislature would a create a 21-member Illinois Muslim-American Advisory council, which would serve to advise the governor and General Assembly on issues affecting Muslim-Americans and immigrants, including relations between Illinois and Muslim-majority countries. Members would serve as liaisons between state agencies and communities across Illinois and would hold monthly meetings and two public hearings per year, as reported by the Chicago Tribune.The governor’s office said Gov. Bruce Rauner is reviewing the bill, which is one of more than 400 bills awaiting the governor’s signature.The bill was presented shortly before Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, reintroduced his call to ban Muslims entering the U.S. after the Orlando massacre, where a shooter of Islamic faith killed 49 people in a LGBT nightclub.Back in December, Rauner condemned his party’s then front-runner’s anti-Muslim statements, calling them “an extreme action” and “fundamentally counter to American values,” as reported by Northern Public Radio.However, he defended his policy to block Syrian refugees from moving to Illinois and called for “a cooperative communication to battle terrorism between the federal government and the states,” according to National Public Radio.Chicago lawyer Kareem Irfan, however, told the Chicago Tribune he was behind an earlier less formal version of the minority council that existed under Gov. Pat Quinn.According to Irfan, the Muslim council dissolved when Rauner took office last year, along with a number of other minority advisory councils.This year’s proposal would not only restore it, but it would establish the council more formally since it was presented as a proposed statute.“So we’re not subject to the whims of each governor, it would be good to make this a lasting institutional body,” Irfan told the Chicago Tribune. “Given all that is going on with the misinterpretation about Islam and the interests and concerns of the Muslim-American community, it’s almost obligatory on behalf of a governor of this state and all governors to have such a body.”Sen. Jacqueline Collins, D-Chicago, co-sponsored the bill hoping that, in the form of a lawn, the council will ensure the governor consider minority, according to the Chicago Tribune.“We need to encourage our Muslim American to be civically engaged and participate,” Collins told the Chicago Tribune. “If you don’t participate, the fringe elements establish the policy.”However, Hoda Hawa, director of Policy and Advocacy for the Muslim Public Affairs Council in Washington D.C., cautioned against the risk of corroding trust.She noted there have been too many instances when law enforcement has enlisted the Muslim community for the purpose of surveillance, not civic engagement; therefore this proposal must remain authentic in its stated purpose.“If this council is just for security purposes, they should be clear about that,” Hawa told the Chicago Tribune. “ It would be quite concerning to set up an advisory council that’s out there gathering intelligence.” read more

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Key briefing on Sri Lanka at UNHRC by rights chief set for

The March 2017 resolution provides a two-year extended timeline for the Government of Sri Lanka to tackle its commitments on post-war reconciliation and allegations of war crimes laid out in the 2015 UNHRC resolution. The briefing on Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has been set for March 21.The UN Human Rights Council adopted a resolution on Sri Lanka last March giving the country two more years to show progress on addressing post war issues. The draft resolution calls for a written report from the High Commissioner at the 37th Session of the council in March 2018. Accordingly the report from the High Commissioner will be submitted on March 21st at the 37th Session of the council in March 2018. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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CCOVI lectures continue this Wednesday

The 2012 CCOVI Lecture Series continues this week with a free talk on the topic of vineyard geomatics.Andy Reynolds, professor of Biological Sciences at Brock University, will deliver a talk, entitled “New adventures in vineyard geomatics.”This lecture takes place Wednesday, April 11 at 3 p.m. in IH313. Admission is free and everyone is welcome.The lecture will also be available via live webcast.

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US wholesale prices drop 01 per cent in November led by falling

by Josh Boak, The Associated Press Posted Dec 13, 2013 7:07 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email US wholesale prices drop 0.1 per cent in November, led by falling gas and heating oil costs WASHINGTON – U.S. wholesale prices dropped in November for the third consecutive month, pushed down again by cheaper gasoline and lower home heating oil costs. But excluding volatile energy costs, inflation was mostly stable.The producer price index, which measures prices before they reach the consumer, declined 0.1 per cent last month, the Labor Department said Friday. This comes after similar decreases in October and September.Overall wholesale prices have risen just 0.7 per cent in the past 12 months.Excluding energy and food prices, so-called core wholesale prices increased 0.1 per cent in November and 1.3 per cent over the past 12 months.“If you are worried about upside inflation risks, you need to look elsewhere,” said Ian Shepherdson, chief economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics.Both consumer and wholesale inflation have been running extremely low in the past year. High unemployment and weak wage increases have made it difficult for businesses to raise prices.Mild inflation has allowed the Federal Reserve more latitude to use its policies to try and stimulate growth. And some Fed officials have raised concerns that inflation is running too low.Energy costs have kept inflation well below the Fed’s 2 per cent target. In November, gas costs tumbled 0.7 per cent and home heating oil prices plunged 5.7 per cent. The costs for new cars also fell 0.8 per cent last month.Consumers are benefiting from cheaper prices, particularly when they fill up their cars and trucks. The average national price for a gallon of gas was just $3.25 on Friday, according to AAA’s Daily Fuel Gauge Report.The costs of raw materials such as corn, wheat, cane sugar, coal and iron ore have each fallen over the past 12 months. Those declines suggest that inflation should be held in check in the months ahead.Wholesale food prices were flat last month. Pork costs increased 5.6 per cent, but the wholesale prices for bread rolls, muffins, bagels and croissants fell 4.2 per cent after a sharp rise in October.The Fed has said it will keep the short-term interest rate it controls at nearly zero at least until the unemployment rate falls below 6.5 per cent and as long as inflation isn’t expected to rise above 2.5 per cent at an annual rate in the near future. The unemployment rate fell to 7 per cent in November.Low inflation has also allowed the Fed to continuing buying bonds to try and lower long-term interest rates.Fed officials meet on Tuesday and Wednesday to evaluate their interest rate policies. read more

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Terrorism spreading and destabilizing entire regions Guterres warns States at key Kenya

UN’s Moratinos outlines efforts to protect religious ‘soft targets’The High Representative for the UN Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC), told the conference in Kenya that all forms of violence which led to acts of terror, were “an affront” to everything the UN stands for. Tasked by the Secretary-General to develop a Plan of Action to protect religious sites and the safety of worshippers across the world from the terrorist scourge, Miguel Angel Moratinos said that historically, they had been “soft targets”.  “No one country can defeat it alone. A more holistic approach is needed to defeat this growing menace. An approach that makes full use of soft-power political tools and complements law-enforcement, military solutions and security measures”, he said.He added that he had been tasked “to reach out to governments, religious leaders, faith-based organizations and other relevant stakeholders to ensure that the Plan contain concrete and action-oriented recommendations that can help ensure that religious sites are safe and that worshipers can observe their rituals in peace.”The UNAOC chief said that he had been holding consultations since April, and once the Plan is approved by the Secretary-General he would conduct a series of regional meetings, “to outline the implementation process of the Plan. Africa will be one of these regions. In this context, I plan to convene a meeting in Equatorial Guinea.” “All over the continent, women are taking matters into their own hands,” he said, before noting that all terror groups subjugated women and girls, regardless of their ideology. They are “engaging with local leaders, mayors, young people, children and their fellow men, to fight against exclusion, marginalization, inequality and abuse – the conditions that lead many to radicalisation and conflict,” he said.At the same time, the UN Secretary-General also cautioned that such efforts could not succeed without long-term political commitment from the international community.In addition to “strong and clear mandates” from the Security Council, he insisted that there should also be “sufficient, predictable and sustainable financial support” for African peace-enforcing and counter-terrorism operations.“We must not allow terrorism to undermine the great progress that is being made on this continent,” Mr. Guterres said, insisting that an “integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa…continued to be “a top priority” for the United Nations. ‘State violence and abuse of power’ often ‘tipping point’ to terrorIn a call for greater efforts from African States and the international community to unite against terrorism, the UN Secretary-General also noted that more should be done to tackle the “drivers and enablers” of violent extremism.Within the UN, he noted that the organization had itself prioritized capacity-building projects for African countries on issues such as mitigating the threat of foreign terrorist fighters, empowering youth, countering terrorist financing and improving aviation security.“Nothing can justify terrorism and violent extremism, but we must also acknowledge that they do not arise in a vacuum”, he said, insisting that “actual or perceived injustice and promised empowerment become attractive wherever human rights are being violated, good governance is being ignored and aspirations are being crushed”.A lack of education and poverty were factors behind radicalization, Mr. Guterres continued, “but the final tipping point” is often State-led violence and the abuse of power, he maintained.States should do more to address these risk factors, in addition to preventing conflicts, strengthening state institutions and civil society, building durable peace and promoting sustainable development to tackle the poverty, inequality and lack of opportunity that feed despair, he insisted. Speaking in Nairobi at the opening of a conference on counter-terrorism, Mr. Guterres recalled how attackers had laid siege to a hotel complex in the capital in January, killing 21 people.Africans on ‘front line’ against terrorThe deteriorating situation in the Sahel and “increasing risks” in West Africa are also deeply concerning, the UN chief continued, amid ongoing attacks by armed militants in the Lake Chad region, central Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger.In light of these developments, “there is an urgent need for the international community to support Member States in this region”, Mr. Guterres said, noting that the people of Africa “are on the front line of efforts to tackle terrorism and the spread of violent extremism”.Women’s role countering extremists, ‘inspirational’Welcoming the determination of Africans to find solutions to terrorism, the UN Secretary-General highlighted the “inspirational” role of women in prevention efforts.The international community must step up their support for African-owned and African-led efforts in the fight against terrorism and violent extremism.Fighting terrorism & preventing extremism in Africa is essential to preserve peace & security in the world. pic.twitter.com/3Ia1sq8a2i— António Guterres (@antonioguterres) July 10, 2019 read more

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Grad students and donors recognized at annual reception

Chemistry PhD candidate Terry Chu gave a bittersweet speech Tuesday during Brock University’s annual Graduate Student Awards and Donor Recognition Reception.As the recipient of one of the prestigious Jack M. Miller Excellence in Research Awards, Chu talked about how much it will help his research, but also reflected on the loss of Miller, who passed away in April.“I am grateful to Prof. Miller, who unfortunately isn’t with us anymore, for his remarkable generosity and support of graduate students,” Chu said. “Beyond the award, I would also like to express gratitude towards Prof. Miller for his integral role in bringing the Cairns Family Health and Bioscience Research Complex to fruition.”He said he’s been fortunate to conduct his research using the cutting-edge resources in Cairns.Under the supervision of Prof. Georgii Nikonov, Chu is working to develop new catalysts relevant to the chemical industry that are less toxic and based on more abundant metals.Chu is one of four doctoral students getting the award along with five master’s students.More than 100 students, faculty and donors turned out for the event held at Pond Inlet. Dozens of graduate students who stand out in their research and studies were honoured along with donors, many of whom were in attendance.Brock alumnus and donor Roelof Makken said he gives back to Brock because of the mentorship he received as an undergraduate student.“This place has been a very special place for me,” he said.He said his experience of mentorship many years ago led him to establish the Professor Mohammed Dore Graduate Research Scholarship in Economics.He named it for a professor who encouraged him to pursue graduate studies and even went so far as to research schools for him, as Brock wasn’t yet a comprehensive university.He said Brock has evolved tremendously from his days as an undergrad.“It is fantastic to see the intensity and the enthusiasm in research here at Brock,” he said.Dean of Graduate Studies Mike Plyley said the financial support of donors helps students at Brock succeed.“Each year we have more and more reason to celebrate,” he said of the groundbreaking research grad students are working on. “Today would not have happened without the generosity of a growing contingent of donors.”Plyley said the graduate studies community was saddened this year with the loss of two former Deans of Graduate Studies, Miller and Marilyn Rose.“Their contributions to the University are incalculable,” he said, noting both had established awards for students. read more

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A Manchester United fan called 999 to complain about referees red card

first_imgLOTS OF MANCHESTER United fans may have thought that Manchester United’s 2-1 defeat to Real Madrid last night was a robbery… but only one rang the police.After the Turkish referee controversially dismissed Nani during the second half of the Champions League last-16 tie at Old Trafford, one 18-year dialled 999 to complain.“While this recent example may be amusing, it illustrates the sort of insincere calls we have to deal with on a daily basis in the Control Room,” Control Room Chief Inspector, Ted Antill says.“They waste our time and they direct us away from genuine victims of crime, particularly if we dispatch officers out to something that turns out to be a bogus report.“It’s no joke. In this case, the man realised his bad judgement and apologised and we decided not to pursue it further. But we can and we do prosecute people for wasting police time and making false reports,” he added.A little happy and a little sad: mixed emotions as Ronaldo sends United packingOpinion: Roy Keane was absolutely right – the Nani sending off was deservedlast_img read more

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Clare storm repairs on hold because of funding confusion

first_imgCONFUSION STILL SURROUNDS the allocation of emergency funding to Clare County Council to repair infrastructural damage caused by storms in late 2013 and early 2014.Junior Minister Simon Harris this morning re-stated the OPW’s position regarding Government funding for storm damage repairs in Co Clare, saying that a total of €16.8m has been allocated to the local authority.Of this, Harris said that up to €8.276m has been earmarked specifically for repairs to damaged public coastal protection works, while the remainder is to be spent on damage to other public infrastructure “such as piers, harbours and roads”.Addressing reports of poor communication between the OPW and local authorities on the issue of storm repairs, Harris said in a statement that his office had been in contact with the Clare authority on the issue:My Office has an excellent working relationship with local authorities and continues to liaise with them on all the various schemes administered by this Office. There has been numerous exchanges of correspondence with the local authorities, including Clare County Council, in relation to the storm damage funding.Harris added that it was “made clear to all local authorities that this funding was being made available for repair and not for the construction of entirely new coastal protection works.”He also said that any decision to progress with “major capital works” requires planning and assessment and that his office will continue to work with Clare County Council “to ensure the best possible outcome”.‘Awaiting clarification’However, confusion still surrounds the funding allocation with regards to proposals made by Clare County Council to upgrade storm barriers and coastline defences instead of replacing or repairing the same structures that were damaged by the storm.The senior engineer overseeing Clare County Council’s repair and restructuring programme, Tom Tiernan, told TheJournal.ie today that key elements of this programme are on hold until the council receives clarification from the OPW that its proposals can or cannot go ahead.Tiernan said he could not respond to Harris’s comments today, as he was unaware that Harris had made a statement on the issue and the council is still awaiting notice that a decision has been made by the OPW concerning the council’s proposals.The council has proposed a number of barrier strengthening projects along the coastal and quayside areas worst affected by the storms.“If we had a bottom line regarding the total sum of money available to us, we would be finalising the programme of work,” the engineer explained.Some of the allocated funding has already been used in repairs: “At this point of time, we have spent €3m of that original allocation and we have spent that effectively in clean-up, in relation to works that are necessary [under] the circumstances at the various tourism resorts to enable the ongoing tourist season to go ahead.”Overall, however, Tiernan says the council is still waiting for further clarification from the OPW before it can actually finalise its repair projects as there is “no point” in repairing certain areas if they are actually going to be restructured:The bottom line is that we have been notified to date of funding availability to €16.8m – our total estimate for all of the damage, including the strengthening requirements that we feel are pertinent, is €38m, so there’s vacuum there of €21m that we don’t know whether we’re going to be allocated all or part of it. So with a gap that wide, you’ll appreciate it is very difficult for us to conclude on a programme.Responding to a query from TheJournal.ie, a spokesperson for the OPW said that officials from the OPW and Clare County Council are meeting today to discuss matters further. Following today’s meeting, Minister Harris will hold further meetings with local residents and Oireachtas members in early September.Hurricane Bertha will miss us, but other possible storms are ‘being monitored’ >Investigation begins after flooding closes Letterkenny emergency department >last_img read more

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CES 2012 Deux nouvelles Bloggie chez Sony

first_imgCES 2012 : Deux nouvelles Bloggie chez SonyLe constructeur nippon a présenté deux nouvelles Bloggies, ces petites caméras de poche très à la mode, lors du CES 2012.Chaque CES ou presque a droit à la présentation de nouvelles Bloggies, ces petites caméras de poche. L’édition 2012 du salon de l’électronique grand public de Las Vegas n’y a pas échappé avec notamment deux appareils de Sony. Le constructeur japonais a ainsi dévoilé la première Bloggie connectée à Internet, la Bloggie Live baptisée MHS-TS55. Grâce au Wi-Fi, elle peut en effet diffuser en direct sur Internet, au moyen du service Qik, une filiale de Skype, explique Clubic. Cette caméra exécute ainsi l’application disponible sur l’Android Market et affiche les commentaires des téléspectateurs au format texte, ce qui permet d’interagir avec son audience. Elle peut également publier les vidéos ou les photos sur Facebook, YouTube ou le futur PlayMemories Online, dès leur capture.L’autre nouveauté de Sony est la Bloggie Sport, la MHS-TS22 (notre photo). Et comme son nom l’indique, elle est conçue pour fonctionner dans des conditions extrêmes. Étanche à l’eau, jusqu’à 5 mètres de profondeur pendant 1 heure, et à la poussière, elle peut également résister aux chocs d’une hauteur de 1,5 mètre. Équipée d’un écran LCD de 2,7 pouces, 3 pouces pour la Bloggie Live, elle possède, comme sa sœur connectée, un capteur CMOS Exmor filmant au format MP4 en Full HD 1080p ou en JPEG à 5 millions de pixels. La Sport sera lancée en février pour 180 dollars avec 4 Go de mémoire interne alors que la Live en coûtera 250 dollars pour 8 Go de mémoire. Le 14 janvier 2012 à 14:15 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Food & Drink: River Maiden is more than just a cafe

first_img It’s difficult to describe the love River Maiden’s customers have for this neighborhood coffee shop. I call them River-Maiden-heads, and they fill the neighborhood that surrounds River Maiden’s former home (in the strip mall with DuckTales Kitchen) and their new home nearby at 5301 E. Mill Plain Blvd. Here’s an example of that devotion. I was at their pop-up several months ago. A woman approached the coffee truck in the manner of a sinner approaching a confessional. She admitted to going into Albina Press (which occupies the space River Maiden vacated last June) but said that she would never buy anything there. I expected the barista to make the sign of the cross and assign some sort of penance. Instead, she made her a latte.Liz Kuzma, a River Maiden die-hard, explained to me: “It is more than a coffee shop. It is a gathering spot for the community: biking groups, knitters, the neighborhood association, friends, families, etc. Aaron and Melissa are not only owners, but are members of this neighborhood and community, so they go above and beyond to make people feel at home at River Maiden.”The new River Maiden location on Mill Plain Boulevard between Ogden and Blandford in the Heights Neighborhood is in a former Bank of America building. There’s still the Stumptown coffee, pastries from Baron Patisserie and the cool T-shirts that I can’t seem to stop buying which reference ’80s and ’90s pop culture. Lately, I’ve been eyeing the Dirty-Dancing-inspired “Nobody Puts River Maiden in the Corner” T-shirt.Renovating the space allowed owners Melissa Layman and Aaron Flies to give it their own special touch. It’s a modern space, with lots of natural light and unique touches like the multicolored tiles at the front counter that look like a cozy handmade quilt. The lighting fixtures hanging along the side and dripping from the ceiling add a soft yellow light like glow bugs caught in mason jars. Rachel Pinsky can be emailed at couveeats@gmail.com. Follow her on Instagram @couveeats and @rachelapinsky and on Facebook @coueeats.last_img read more

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Solar Car Challenge part science fair, part pinewood derby

first_imgMason McCarty, 14, tried to stay calm.McCarty had just finished second in the middle school racing portion of Saturday’s Clark Public Utilities’ Solar Car Challenge at Hudson’s Bay High School in Vancouver. McCarty recorded that placing along with his friend Aran O’Day, 14, who attends eighth grade with him at Odyssey Middle School in Camas.“I’m still shaking from the adrenaline,” McCarty said, looking down at his hands minutes after finishing racing for the day.“It was really fun competing,” O’Day said.McCarty and O’Day made up one of more than 175 teams from Clark County elementary, middle and high schools that competed in the competition. Students placed in racing competitions, as well as other categories such as best design. The challenge was organized to teach kids about STEM in a fun way. McCarty and O’Day said they enjoyed using trial and error to build their solar battery-hybrid car.“I saw everybody having fun, even if they didn’t win,” McCarty said.McCarty and O’Day said they think their car fared so well because they tested three gear ratios before deciding which one worked best. They also cycled through solar panels before choosing the most aerodynamic option.Heather Allmain, communications services manager for Clark Public Utilities, said Saturday’s race was a culmination of a couple of months of work from the students. About 700 teams received solar car kits in January courtesy of the utility’s Green Lights program and partnerships with WaferTech and Columbia Credit Union.On Saturday, the solar cars had to meet a checklist of specifications before the cars could qualify for the race. The students did poster presentations on their cars, and technical industry professionals interviewed them about their designs. The solar challenge is like combining a science fair with a pinewood derby.last_img read more

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Dave Scotts World of Wonder Black hole

first_imgDave Scott’s World of Wonder – Black hole April 14, 2019 Categories: Dave’s World Of Wonder, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The first ever picture of a black hole was captured and KUSI’s own Dave Scott has all the details in his World of Wonder Posted: April 14, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

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Selena Gomez Confirms New Album In The Works

first_img Email Selena Gomez Confirms New Album In The Works NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Aug 29, 2017 – 11:13 am Selena Gomez Talks “Fetish,” Gucci Mane, Remixes But now the arrival of a new album next year, maybe even “very soon,” has been confirmed. After a year of health struggles, Gomez made a stop at the Radio 1 Breakfast show with Nick Grimshaw on BBC radio where she confirmed the news about an upcoming album was indeed fact.”I think it’s fair to say that people know the year I’ve had. I pour my heart into my music. It wasn’t really about charts for me or numbers. It was about what I could creatively do for my music,” she told Grimshaw. “I can successfully say that my inspiration for this next album is in full motion and it will be very soon.”Selena Gomez: How Health Struggle Shaped Her Summer Of HitsRead more News Twitter center_img Selena Gomez’ New Album Is In The Works selena-gomez-confirms-new-album-works The “Fetish” singer has confirmed she is prepping new music for the New YearRenée FabianGRAMMYs Dec 12, 2017 – 11:21 am Selena Gomez fans, it’s time to get excited. There’s a new album on the way. The Texas native set the social media-sphere on fire when she posted a photo of herself in the studio with the caption, “Currently. Until the next year. Here’s where I’ll be.” Facebook last_img read more

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Tesla is overhauling pricing and naming for Model S and X

first_imgEnlarge ImageModels S and X buyers will have the option to buy cheaper, entry-level models now and upgrade via software later. Manuel Carrillo III/Roadshow Tesla is making some significant changes to the way that its Model S and Model X are going to be sold going forward. The company announced Tuesday that it would be ditching its long-standing tradition of designating the various trim levels with battery kilowatt ratings, and instead going to a more Model 3-like naming structure.The currently offered trim levels on Models S and X are 100D and P100D, with 75D having received the ax a few months ago. Starting on Tuesday, the P100D will be called the “Performance” and those models equipped with Ludicrous Mode will be henceforth called “Performance with Ludicrous Mode.”But wait, there’s more! Those buyers who were a little salty at being left out in the cold with the discontinuation of a lower-cost Model S or X can rejoice, because now there will be a new base trim, simply dubbed Model S or Model X. Those buyers who want more range but less power can go with Model S or X Extended Range.The exciting thing is that the base models will feature less range and power than other models as you’d expect, but those limitations are strictly software-based. Buyers can opt at a later date to upgrade their vehicles to higher trim levels with an over-the-air software update. This way, if your needs change or you sell your app or something, you can go from base model to top-tier with just a big pile of money and a small chunk of time.Pricing is also changing for Model S and X, in addition to the recent $2,000 drop that we reported earlier this month, Tesla is cutting a further $1,000 from the base price of all trim levels. Is it a relatively big amount? No. But it should go a little way toward easing the sting that beginning to lose the Federal EV tax incentive has caused.These changes to the Tesla lineup are available now, and configurators for both Model S and Model X have been updated to reflect the new naming and pricing schemes. Tesla’s Model X gets artsy Post a comment More From Roadshow 0 Share your voice 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 30 Photoscenter_img Electric Cars Car Industry 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Tesla Tags Teslalast_img read more

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Ammo Shortages Still Hampering Rural Subsistence Hunters

first_imgWith the return of marine mammals and migratory birds to the Bering Straits region, subsistence hunters are still struggling to find certain kinds of ammunition.Download AudioAre you having trouble getting ammo? Well, you’re not alone.With the return of marine mammals and migratory birds to the Bering Straits region, subsistence hunters are still struggling to find certain kinds of ammunition.Rural retailers say they are still having trouble stocking ammunition essential for subsistence hunting. (Photo by Zachariah Hughes, KNOM – Nome)There are several popular calibers they still can’t get in stock at the Native Store in Gambell.“The .300’s–.303, 2-.22’s, .243, I think,” said assistant manager Julian Apataki last month.Mary Ungut manages the store and said not only are bullets used hunting seal, ugruk, and other animals hard to get, but they’re more expensive.“We’ve also been having a hard time getting some .22 shells,” she explained. “It seems that the price is increasing, too.”Gambell is hardly the only place in Alaska where it’s hard to get .22 bullets. A recent article in the Alaska Dispatch described bare shelves and early morning lines outside Anchorage stores to snag boxes the day shipments arrive. That demand downstate has created a choke point for supplying rural communities where ammo is an essential tool for subsistence.“If we were to get, say, 30 cases of that .22 ammo—basically what we’d have to do with the 40 stores that have ordered it is we’d divide it amongst the stores. Or, if there was less, we’d divide it based on the need at the time,” said Bill Willaims, manager of distribution for ANICA, the Alaska Native Industries Cooperative Association. The company supplies 40 native stores from the Aleutians to Kaktovik, including the one in Gambell. Part of Williams’ job is to anticipate inventory needs around the subsistence calendar, and ship the right bullets at the right time.“We would prioritize the subsistence needs,” Williams continued, “if people are ugruk hunting and we have .223 ammo in and don’t have enough for everybody—it would go to the people that are hunting ugruks at the time. So that’s basically how we delegate it out.”Williams has had to venture beyond his Anchorage distributors and down to Washington state for bullets bound for village stores. Rural communities are getting hit with the tail end of a shortage created after the Sandy Hook shootings in December 2012, which sparked national ammo runs and stockpiling. But because ANICA, like many other rural retailers, places bulk orders months in advance, there was a buffer.“Two years ago we still had an order coming when all the stores in Anchorage ran out of ammunition. So we did have an insulation because we did have a big shipment of ammo coming in,” Williams said. But after the following summer and into this year inventories were almost totally depleted. “This spring has been really bad. But it’s starting to come back around.”The shortage is easing, if not disappearing completely. Shotgun shells, .223’s, and other common calibers for subsistence are back on shelves in Nome and Gambell. But higher prices, rationing, and waiting periods have rural hunters wondering if this is the new normal for ammo.The cause of the ammo shortages in the Lower 48 trickling up through Anchorage and finally to the Bush has been the widely speculated on, with explanations ranging from worries about gun regulation to government stockpiling.Last winter the NRA’s official magazine, American Rifleman, released a comprehensive and well researched article on what was causing the shortage. In short, lots of people ran out to buy lots of ammo on top of a five year rise in demand not matched by increased production. Based on taxes collected on ammo purchases, the amount of ammunition purchased from 2007 to 2012 doubled. Once the Sandy Hook school shooting raised a panic among gun owners, second amendment proponents, stockpilers and profiteers, rapid runs on already exhausted inventories depleted the supply chain.last_img read more

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Full Text Tata Sons hits back at Cyrus Mistry for letter leak

first_imgIn response to the former Tata Sons Chairman, Cyrus Mistry’s explosive letter to the Tata Sons Board, the salt-to-software business conglomerate has lashed out against Mistry for releasing the “confidential” letter in an unseemly and undignified manner.”Mistry, in his letter, had hit back at the firm for sacking him abruptly without giving him space to defend himself. The former chairman also wrote to the directors  blaming his mentor Ratan Tata for all the wrong strategies taken up by the firm and also for the company’s debt accumulation. A copy of the letter has gone viral on social media.In the letter, Mistry said that he was “shocked beyond words” as he was not aware of the sacking and was removed from his position without any explanation.Read the full text of Tata Sons response here:Mr. Cyrus Mistry, the former Chairman of Tata Sons, has been on the Board of the Company since 2006. He was appointed Deputy Chairman in November, 2011, and formally appointed Chairman of Tata Sons on December 28, 2012. He would be fully familiar with the culture, ethos, governance structure, financial and operational imperatives of the Tata Group as well as various group companies.As the Executive Chairman, he was fully empowered to lead the group and its companies. It is unfortunate that it is only on his removal that allegations and misrepresentation of facts are being made about business decisions that the former Chairman was party to for over a decade in different capacities. The record, as and when made public, will prove things to the contrary.Efforts are now being made to level accusations against individuals and company boards for ignoring corporate governance norms that were supposedly upheld by the former Chairman while in office. The Tata Sons board gives its Chairman complete autonomy to manage opportunities and challenges. However, the tenure of the former Chairman was marked by repeated departures from the culture and ethos of the group.The Board of Directors of Tata Sons is composed of several eminent personalities from all walks of life. This is not a group of people who one would expect to act without exercising proper judgement in the best interests of the entities they sit on the boards of. It is unfortunate that Mr. Mistry had overwhelmingly lost the confidence of the Members of the Board of Directors for a combination of several factors.The Directors of the Tata Sons board had repeatedly raised queries and concerns on certain business issues, and Trustees of the Tata Trusts were increasingly getting concerned with the growing trust deficit with Mr. Mistry, but these were not being addressed. The Tata Sons board, in its collective wisdom, took the decision to replace its Chairman in the manner undertaken.The strength of the Group is not just confined to its value system and ethics in the Board room but to a very large extent by the adherence to the values by its 600,000 plus employees whose spirit and cooperation has built the Group to where it is today. It is unforgivable that Mr. Mistry has attempted to besmirch the image of the Group in the eyes of the employees.It will be beneath the dignity of Tata Sons to engage in a public spat with regard to the several unfounded allegations appearing in his leaked confidential statement. These allegations are not based on facts or the true state of affairs. It is convenient to put selective information in the public domain to defend one’s point of view.There is a multitude of records to show that the allegations made by Mr. Cyrus Mistry are unwarranted and these records will be duly disclosed before appropriate forums, if and when necessary, sufficiently justifying the decision made by responsible Boards of Directors, of Tata Sons and its Group companies.The Interim Chairman in his first interaction with senior leaders has stressed to them the need to continue on focusing on building great businesses while emphasising on delivering strong shareholder returns. Board members of Tata Sons have in the past stressed on the need to be more decisively focused on bringing down debt, sharpening focus on both the portfolio and capital efficiency.The Tata Group is proud of its rich legacy of contributing to the growth of the nation. During a long history, it has faced many challenges and the employees of this group have worked hard to create great companies, and deliver shareholder value. The Tata way is to not run away from problems, or constantly complain about them, but firmly deal with them and build a better tomorrow.last_img read more

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Three bagged bodies found outside Puerto Morelos

first_imgPuerto Morelos, Q.R. — Three bagged bodies were found Thursday afternoon on a dirt road located on the Ruta de los Cenotes at Puerto Morelos.It was around noon when security agencies received the report of the discovery of human remains on a road known as Hueso Blanco along the Ruta de los Cenotes. A 54-year-old nearby resident made the discovery.Authorities arrived on scene and verified that the three black bags did contain human remains, which they say, were left on the side of the dirt road. The find was headed by municipal police Julián Koh.Reports say the bodies were those of two men and one woman. The bags were found approximately four meters off the road in underbrush. They were wrapped in tape. Police did not report finding any shell casings at the scene.Police cordoned off the area while experts from the State Attorney General’s Office arrived to begin investigating. The bodies were taken to the Forensic Medical Service.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_imgNews | March 04, 2009 The Joint Commission Warns of Poor Infection Control in MRIs Feature | Contrast Media | July 18, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How To Manage Risk in the MR Suite Macrocyclic contrast agents have the best safety profile of all the magnetic resonance (MR) contrast media that are n read more News | Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) | July 16, 2019 AAPM 2019 Features More Than 40 Presentations on ViewRay’s MRIdian MRI-guided Radiotherapy ViewRay Inc. announced that the company’s MRIdian System is the focus of more than 40 abstracts selected by the… read more Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more News | Focused Ultrasound Therapy | July 10, 2019 Insightec’s Exablate Neuro Approved With GE Signa Premier MRI in U.S. and Europe GE Healthcare and Insightec announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval and CE mark for Insightec’s… read more March 5, 2009 – The Joint Commission is alerting hospitals is alerting hospitals and imaging centers the importance of infection control in MRI facilities, stemming from an article by Peter Rothschild, M.D., author of “Preventing Infections in MRI: Best Practices” and founder of Patient Comfort Systems.Dr. Rothschild explains, “The Joint Commission is clearly concerned over the lack of infection control in the MRI suite. They will, in the future, closely examine this area, and properly train their inspectors to physically enter MRI rooms for a more definitive inspections. The areas under greatest scrutiny will be: 1) existence of an infection control policy; 2) how and when the MRI was cleaned; 3) who are the individuals performing this cleaning and what is their safety training; 4) examining all the table pads and positioners to see if they are torn or frayed. Inspection may even include a black light to reveal biological material embedded in the pads, on the table or within the MRI bore itself.”The Joint Commission clearly cannot assure the public that an accredited hospital is safe without thoroughly evaluating the MRI suite. The lack of even basic infection control, such as hand washing or cleaning between patients, is well known by technologists operating the MRI and radiologists reading the MRIs.”Dr. Rothschild has also published an 11-step infection control policy designed for the MRI center. “An MRI is a very complex and dangerous area to clean,” he said. “It is unreasonable to think it can be cleaned safely and effectively by untrained personnel.”The Joint Commission has made it clear that they are following the CDC guidelines on infection control. These guidelines specifically state that a clean sheet is not a barrier to infectious agents. However, this is usually the only thing used by imaging centers to protect their patients. The CDC guidelines also make clear that the pads on the table as well as the coils must be cleaned between patients, not merely covered with a sheet. Most importantly, the CDC states that if table positioners or pads are torn or frayed they must be replaced. Therefore, the common practice of simply placing a clean sheet over torn, contaminated pads and covering up the smell with air freshener is a clear breach of basic infection control. Another common violation of CDC standards at outpatient MRI centers is the incredibly dangerous practice of having employees take contaminated laundry home to wash in their own household washing machines in order to save money. Not only can this further the spread of infectious agents throughout the community, but since their washing machines often lack any special sanitizing capabilities, these employees risk contaminating their own family’s clothing and thus even further spreading diseases.To request a copy of Dr. Rothschild’s white paper, entitled “Preventing Infections in MRI: Best Practices for Infection Control in and around MRI Suites,” and the “11 Steps for Preventing Infection in MRI” checklist, contact Doug Kohl, Sierra Communications, (209) 586-5887, or dkohl@mlode.com (link sends e-mail). 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