Eunuched…

first_img…AFC LeaderThe AFC announced it’ll be holding its National Convention at the end of this month and Khemraj Ramjattan immediately insisted he’ll be seeking re-election to the leadership post. One isn’t surprised – it’s simply the “Iron Law of Institutions” playing out. This posits that some “people who control institutions care first and foremost about their power within the institution rather than the power of the institution itself. Thus, they’d rather the institution ‘fail’ while THEY remain in power within the institution, than for the institution to ‘succeed’ if that requires THEM to lose power within the institution.”After all, what is the AFC at this time but the “dead meat” Ramjattan himself foresaw if the party coalesced with the PNC? History first played itself out with the tragedy of the neutering of the UF and now repeats itself as the farce of the AFC’s “eunuching”. Without his cojones, what is Ramjattan – or any man for that matter – but “dead meat”? And how much more farcical can it get than Ramjattan praising Jagan, even as he supports the PNC dumping the great man’s papers into the streets!?But Ramjattan isn’t only disgracing himself by allowing himself to be used as a hand-puppet – and how much more disgraceful can it get when we remember the master’s hand is pushed up the puppet’s behind to operate its mouth!! Ouch!! He seems to have conveniently forgotten that in selecting its leader, the AFC had introduced the convention of alternating between Indian and African executives.That was the claim to fame of the AFC, wasn’t it? This was the mechanism that would “prove” their multiracial “essence” and all that! Trotman begat Ramjattan and then begat to Trotman and so on. It may sound incestuous – but then this is politics, so what else is new?? So, if Ramjattan was chosen as “leader” at the last conclave, isn’t it the turn of an African leader? Or did he – like his sidekick Moses Nagamootoo – decided he “isn’t Indian”?Or is Ramjattan bucking the convention - like Prezzie on the GECOM Chairman – by deciding, like Humpty Dumpty – that a word means just what HE says it means??!! Or is it the African leaders – like Trotman and Patterson - who have all gone back home into the bosom of the PNC and aren’t available? Nigel Hughes, who towered over the lot in the AFC in all categories, walked away in principled disgust. But there’s Kathy Hughes – who’s already indicated she’s ready, willing and able to serve as the leader. And we know she certainly has more cojones than Ramjattan!!Remember her nailing him to the wall on the Jaguar skin?!!…Prime MinisterMoses Nagamootoo’s contortions in the Red House affair has surprised many, but not those who knew him from the PPP days. Always full of bombast, he just wanted to strut on a stage and “bloviate” – as his landsman Ramsammy so aptly puts it. There are those who posit since the PPP knew of his proclivities, they should’ve simply offered him something like the Speakership back in 2011, and he would’ve been happier that a pig in stuff, pontificating from on high!!But your Eyewitness has his doubts about that manoeuvre. A man who convinced himself Cheddi Jagan anointed him as his successor has delusions of grandeur that would only be satisfied with some title that suggested he was a “big one”!! Prime Minister!! When he was invited by some private Tamil association to receive a shawl or some such “honour”, he never disabused them of their misapprehension that as “Prime Minister” he was leader of Guyana, like Modi in India!!This from a fella who didn’t even get to chair Cabinet meetings, for which he sold his soul!…no moreWhatever one may say about Ramayya, he found the testicular fortitude to walk when he realised he was being thrown under the bus by Nagamootoo and Ramjattan.He should show them where the excised balls are stored!last_img read more

Five conditions from BC government on Trans Mountain project help land benefits

first_imgVANCOUVER, B.C. – The BC government announced today that there are now added benefits that have come from the 5 conditions that the provincial government set on the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project.“The five conditions is an articulation of the way we do business in British Columbia,” Premier Christy Clark said. “We set the bar high to stand up for B.C. to protect our coast and environment, ensure opportunities for First Nations participation and secure a fair share of economic benefits for all British Columbians.”The government says Justin Trudeau has taken action when it comes to condition #2 which is related to world-leading marine spill prevention, response and recovery with a $1.5-billion Oceans Protection Plan.“B.C. has identified 10 areas where action is required on our coast to achieve a world-leading system. The Federal Government’s commitment to taking action on all 10 areas through the Ocean Protection Plan means the largest share of the $1.5 billion investment would be made on the British Columbia coast. That includes First Nations and community training, new technology, staff and equipment including two new salvage tugs capable of rescuing and towing large vessels.”Trans Mountain has also pledged to make significant enhancements to condition #2.“These include a commitment that tankers will be escorted by a tug for the entire transit up to Race Rocks, and a $150 million investment that will result in a doubling of spill response capacity and halving response times along the Salish Sea.”Advertisement – Advertisement -The 5th condition from the government was to do with B.C. getting a fair share of the benefits from the project. This has resulted in the following agreements:British Columbians first in line for jobs of the more than 75 ,000 person-years of employmentWill boost B.C.’s GDP by $19.1 billion during construction and operations over 20 yearsGenerates over $2.2 billion in tax revenue for provincial and local governmentsAlso of note, the government has come to an agreement with Kinder Morgan to receive a significant investment of up to $1 billion. The company will apparently pay the province between $25 and $50 million annually for 20 years. This is the first time in B.C. that a company will share revenue from a large industrial project directly with the Province.last_img read more

How this Regional Employment Service helps jobseekers become ‘job ready’

first_imgA community project based all over Donegal is responding to the improved job sector to help people find employment and gain skills to enhance job opportunities.Caring and effective one-on-one assistance for people seeking employment or job-related training is available at the Regional Employment Service, which so far this year has helped secure employment for more than 40 clients throughout Donegal and training for many more.The majority of positions that RES clients have taken up recently are in the areas of administration, construction, health, hospitality, and sales, followed by childcare and engineering. “We have noticed an increase in employment opportunities throughout Donegal and are finding we’re better able to help people become employed as a result,” said Helen Clarke, Project Officer at RES, which is a Donegal Local Development CLG (DLDC) initiative funded by the Social Inclusion Community Activation Programme.“There is also a high demand for jobs, though, so it’s paramount that clients are job ready,” Ms Clarke said.Services that RES offers free of charge to help boost job readiness include CV preparation, cover letter writing, interview skills, and assistance with the online application forms that many employers are now using.“Clients are finding they don’t know where to start with these online competency-based application forms, some of which are 15 pages long,” said Mary Higgins, RES Project Officer. “We go through each form with the client individually and assist them in completing it, ensuring that all parts are completed in the format required. RES can also photocopy forms so the client has a copy to refer to if they are selected for an interview.” Liaising directly with local employers is a further approach taken by RES on behalf of clients.“Employers contact us to see if we have anyone suitable for positions that they have available,” said Deirdre O’Donnell, RES Administrative Support Worker. “We check our database to source suitable candidates with the skills needed for the job, and then ring to see if those clients are interested in applying for the position. We are always careful to match candidates who have the skills for the job.”RES has additionally helped clients enhance their job prospects through courses such as Safe Pass, Customer Service, Palliative Care, and Handling Food Hygienically. A “Time for Me” course which has been designed to build confidence and identify skills is another support that RES offers.Further possible RES avenues to employment include referral to DLDC’s Lifelong Learning Programme or the DLDC Employment and Enterprise Project for those interested in starting their own business.Appointments are available at the RES office in the Congress Resource Centre on the Pearse Road in Letterkenny, as well as during the first week of each month at eight locations throughout the county: Ardara Community Centre, Donegal Town Family Resource Centre, Dunfanaghy Family Resource Centre, Foresters’ Hall in Killybegs, the IRD office in Milford, St. Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre, Lifford Clonleigh Resource Centre, and The Base Entreprise Centre in Stranorlar. RES appointments are also available upon request at locations in Raphoe, Glenties, and Castlefinn. More information about RES services is available by ringing (074) 916 1979 or sending an email to resadmin@dldc.org.How this Regional Employment Service helps jobseekers become ‘job ready’ was last modified: November 6th, 2017 by Staff WriterShare this: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 Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:EmploymentRESlast_img read more

Skateboarder saving gas

first_imgIt is for Bernheim, who uses his board to get to the grocery store, the library, the movie theater. If a business doesn’t want him lugging the board through a shop, he checks it like a bag. Sometimes he skates the 10 miles from his Santa Monica home to Beverly Hills, where he is the marketing director for The Balance Disorders Institute of Los Angeles. While he works, the board’s batteries recharge. Growing up in Burbank in the 1960s and ’70s, Bernheim was an avid skater. He still looks the part: slate gray Pumas, light jeans, a plain blue T-shirt, large Ray-Ban sunglasses and shoulder-length, wavy red hair. As a teen, he rigged a board with a four-stroke lawnmower engine and another with a two-stroke weed-whacker engine, but they were too unstable. Two years ago, he and two partners decided to build their own skateboard engine and power it with two 12-volt batteries. The engine purrs yet is powerful enough to climb Coldwater Canyon Boulevard in Studio City, as Bernheim demonstrated Monday. The throttle and brakes are controlled by a remote plastic handle. brad.greenberg@dailynews.com (818) 713-3634160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventThe average price of a gallon of unleaded fuel in Los Angeles has mushroomed more than 50 cents during the past six weeks. Many Americans are turning to gimmicks and gadgets to stretch their thinning fuel budgets. In fact, there are many practical things motorists can do to cut fuel costs. The Environmental Protection Agency recommends avoiding quick acceleration and braking, properly inflating tires and driving at or below the speed limit. John Millett of the EPA, however, says steer clear of “bogus contraptions” gizmos that can be added to the fuel line or air filter. In 30 years, EPA tests have only found one that improved gas mileage, and that technology has since been incorporated into most vehicles. As for the Fuel Genie, Platinum Gas Saver and Tornado Fuel Saver, “Don’t waste your money,” Consumer Reports said in November. “They don’t work.” A motorized skateboard could help someone struggling with gasoline prices, said Carol Thorpe, a spokeswoman for the Automobile Club of Southern California. “But given the commutes of most people, is riding a motorized skateboard a rational answer?” Michael Bernheim’s solution to soaring gas prices costs $1,000, has four wheels, weighs 52 pounds and is covered in grip tape. It’s a 40-inch-long, battery-powered skateboard that tops out at 22 mph. It’ll take you 14 miles before its batteries need to be recharged. “Refueling” takes three hours, but only costs about 20 cents. “You don’t have to have insurance. It’s nonpolluting. It’s portable. And you can carry chicks on it,” said Bernheim, co-owner of California Motors Co. On the niche company’s Web site, Bernheim is marketing the electric skateboard as a practical alternative to high gas prices. last_img read more

Do we even need Morata? Fans believe Blues have plan to make this player crucial

first_imgMichy Batshuayi hasn’t let a disappointing debut campaign at Chelsea get him down.While the Blues have been working hard behind the scenes to wrap up a deal for Alvaro Morata – the player expected to lead their attack – the Belgium international has been making his mark on the pitch in pre-season.His latest performance included a brace in a 3-0 win over Arsenal, as he continues to suggest Morata might face a tough battle to cement a lone starting spot up top.What is certain is how impressed Blues supporters have been by Batshuayi, so far, this summer. See their verdict on him below. 1 Michy Batshuayi celebrates scoring against Arsenal in a pre-season win last_img read more

Coutinho and Mane star as Liverpool thrash Spartak Moscow in Champions League

first_img1 Coutinho scored his first ever hat-trick for Liverpool in a game where he started as captain A scintillating display of football from Liverpool’s ‘Fab Four’ saw Jurgen Klopp’s side blaze their way into the Champions League knockout phase with a 7-0 victory over Spartak Moscow.A first Reds hat-trick for Philippe Coutinho stole the show but the quality of all the goals – particularly Sadio Mane’s volley for the fourth – proved once again when this team click into gear they are irrepressible.Needing only a draw to progress the Reds, who last time out blew a three-goal half-time lead to draw against Sevilla, left no room for doubt with the damage done by Coutinho (two) and Roberto Firmino inside 20 minutes.Mane produced a superb volley and tumbling tap-in to sandwich Coutinho’s deflected shot for his treble – the first by a Liverpool player in the Champions League since Yossi Benayoun in 2007 – before top scorer Mohamed Salah scored his 18th of the season late on.Finishing as Group E winners means avoiding the likes of Paris St Germain – the only team to outscore them in the pool stage – Barcelona and Roma.However, with Bayern Munich and Juventus potential last-16 opponents, the hard work has yet to begin but reaching the knockout phase for the first time since 2009 is a significant milestone after two previous failed attempts.Liverpool’s fastest Champions League goal at Anfield after just three minutes and 51 seconds meant there were none of the nerves of Olympiacos, almost 13 years to the day, when Steven Gerrard set the Reds on their way to a fifth European Cup with his screamer in front of the Kop.Coutinho’s cross was sailing well over Salah until Georgi Dzhikiya pulled the Egyptian down for the softest of penalties.Liverpool’s captain for the night Coutinho scored his first penalty for the club which was not in a shoot-out and the systematic dismantling of Spartak began.Mane, Salah and Firmino combined with the Brazil international having the vision to delay his cut-back for Coutinho to run in for his 50th Liverpool goal.Anfield screamed for another penalty when Mane’s cross hit the arm of Serdar Tasci but Firmino rammed home the loose ball before referee Szymon Marciniak had a chance to make a decision.It was his sixth goal in the Champions League this season, the most by a Liverpool player in a single group stage, and the fourth time this season Liverpool had scored three goals in the opening 30 minutes of a European game.Mane (twice) and Coutinho scored after the break but still the hosts were not sated and after substitute Daniel Sturridge missed from close range, Salah took the Reds’ tally for the campaign to 23, comfortably beating their previous best of 18 in 2007-08 and second only to the tournament record set this season by Paris St Germain (25).Liverpool have now scored 32 goals in a nine-match unbeaten run since losing to Tottenham in late October and next host rivals Everton and their new manager Sam Allardyce on Sunday.last_img read more

Lee Casciaro: My mate will cover my shift so I can face Celtic

first_imgLincoln Red Imps striker Lee Casciaro will rely on a friend to cover his shift as his side gear up to face Celtic in their Champions League qualifier second leg.The Gibraltan international stunned Celtic on Tuesday night when he wriggled through the defence to score the biggest goal in his club’s history and seal a historic win for the Imps in the process.However, like many of his teammates, Casciaro is only a part-time footballer and earns a living most days as a policeman for the Ministry of Defence.And with the return fixture at Celtic Park scheduled for July 20, the goal hero will have to ask a friend to help him out in his day job. “I’m off until Saturday, but then I work Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday.” Casciaro told STV. “But we are leaving on Monday, so one of my mates is coming in to do my shift.“We help each other out. It’s my main job here, working for the Ministry of Defence police for the past 14 years, and so we help each other because its a small community and everybody knows everyone.”last_img read more

Transfer Talk: Celtic Bryan link, world record Mbappe bid

first_imgThe SPFL fixtures may be published this morning but there’s still plenty of time for clubs to make changes before they get down to competitive business.Celtic have already been linked with a few defenders during the window and there’s a new name to add to the list. Bristol City full-back Joe Bryan has plenty of admirers and the Scottish champions are said to be one of those sides.While one defender is talked about in terms of a move to Scotland, another has agreed to leave. Partick Thistle’s talented stopper Liam Lindsay has signed for Barnsley.One of the window’s longer-running stories has come to an end. Carlos Pena and Eduardo Herrera have their work permits and have signed their Rangers deals. Beyond our borders, it’s all gone a bit crazy. PSG are ready to smash the world transfer record to land Kylian Mbappe and Juventus are involved in a dispute over a fleet of tractors.last_img read more

Transfer Talk: Hibs want £4m, McPhee’s Hearts decision

first_imgThere is some good news for the Gorgie club with American goalkeeper Kevin Silva set to sign after impressing on trial.Elsewhere, speculation about Oli McBurnie joining Rangers can be set aside after he signed a new Swansea deal.And down south, Manchester United have been linked with Harry Maguire and Toby Alderweireld, while Barcelona have made another move to sign Willian. Every summer needs a transfer saga and this year John McGinn looks to be the chosen one to dominate headlines.Celtic have had two bids rejected as they attempt to land the Scotland midfielder but Hibernian are determined not to let him go unless their valuation is met.Now, it’s emerged that the Easter Road want around £4m if they are to part with their main man and there are English sides reportedly ready to make a move. And with a heft sell-on clause due to them if a deal goes through, St Mirren are interested observers.While Hibs fans wait for news on a player, Hearts fans will learn shortly if the club is to lose highly-rated coach Austin McPhee. He has reportedly been offered a small fortune to manage in India but has yet to make up his mind about quitting Hearts for Pune City.last_img read more

Carron Marie Weston age 72

first_imgFuneral services will be held Monday at 11:00AM at Weathers Funeral Home.  Burial will follow in Crown Hill Cemetery.  Visitation will be Sunday from 4-8PM and Monday from 9AM-time of service. Carron Marie Weston age 72 of Salem passed away Thursday, May 12 at Salem Crossing.Carron was born November 19, 1943 in Salem the daughter of James Merle and Opal Mae Medlock Pollock.  She was a retired employee of Bata Shoe Company and Philadelphia House.  She was a member of the former Salem Bowling League.  She was a member of Christian Heritage Chapel.She is survived by her daughters:  Pamela Wells and Penny Weston both of Salem, two sisters:  Judith Lincks (Bill) of Salem and Joyce Anderson of New Albany, 9 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren, 2 nieces and 1 nephew.   She was preceded in death by a daughter:  Sherrie Miller, a sister:  Geraldine Jones and her parents.last_img read more

Pospyhalla’s late 3 pushes Columbus Catholic girls basketball past Gilman

first_imgDons improve to 7-2By Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — Natalie Pospyhalla’s 3-pointer with less than five seconds left lifted the Columbus Catholic girls basketball team to a thrilling 42-40 victory over Gilman in a Cloverbelt Conference East Division girls basketball game Thursday night at Columbus Catholic High School.Columbus led 26-21 at halftime before Gilman started the second half with a 12-2 run to take the lead.The lead changed hands several times throughout the second half.A 3-pointer from Morgan Albrecht gave Columbus a 37-36 lead with 3:30 to go, and each team exchanged baskets before a pair of turnovers set up the final possession.Albrecht finished with a game-high 17 points, and Marissa Immerfall added 12 points and eight rebounds for the Dons (7-2, 4-1 Cloverbelt Conference East Division). Pospyhalla chipped in nine points, including the game-winner, and six rebounds.Cooper Sherfield led Gilman (2-5, 1-5 Cloverbelt East) with 14 points.Columbus plays at Greenwood on Tuesday.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Dons 42, Pirates 40Gilman 21 19 – 40Columbus Catholic 26 16 – 42GILMAN (40): Camryn Skabroud 1-8 0-0 3, Taylor Hendricks 1-8 1-2 3, Amanda Wisocky 0-4 0-2 0, Grace Grunseth 5-10 1-2 11, Kayla Chause 3-6 0-0 6, Cooper Sherfield 6-13 2-5 14, RaeAnn Heier 1-3 1-1 3. FG: 17-52. FT: 5-12. 3-pointers: 1-17 (Skabroud 1-8, Grunseth 0-3, Hendricks 0-6). Rebounds: 22 (Sherfield 6). Turnovers: 13. Fouls: 11. Fouled out: none. Record: 2-5, 1-5 Cloverbelt East.COLUMBUS CATHOLIC (42): Morgan Albrecht 7-13 1-4 17, Hailey Roehl 0-1 1-2 1, Baylie Neider 0-8 1-2 1, Maren Seefluth 0-0 0-0 0, Kendra Baierl 0-6 2-2 2, Natalie Pospyhalla 3-10 0-0 9, Marissa Immerfall 6-10 0-0 12. FG: 16-48. FT: 5-10. 3-pointers: 5-18 (Pospyhalla 3-9, Albrecht 2-5, Neider 0-4). Rebounds: 32 (Immerfall 8). Turnovers: 15. Fouls: 14. Fouled out: none. Record: 7-2, 4-1 Cloverbelt East.last_img read more

Ivy League school joins UCT to fight HIV

first_img6 November 2013 The University of Cape Town has teamed up with US Ivy League school Brown University to develop a new cadre of HIV social scientists who can provide sustainable, interdisciplinary solutions to HIV/Aids in South Africa, where one in six adults has HIV. Around 6.2-million South Africans live with the disease – the world’s largest HIV-positive population. The project, named “Partnership for the Next Generation of HIV Social Science in South Africa”, will see the social sciences playing a greater role in the response to HIV. It will be run in UCT and Brown’s public health schools, and will be funded by the National Institute of Health at a cost of US$1.9-million over five years. The co-principal investigator from UCT is senior researcher Dr Christopher Colvin, an anthropologist in the Centre for Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Research (CIDER) in the School of Public Health and Family Medicine. Colvin’s work integrates social science perspectives into public health research on HIV/Aids, gender, community health workers and health activism. “The social science and public health responses to HIV have both been tremendously important, and many at UCT are at the forefront of this research,” says Colvin. “However, these responses have often developed in parallel, rather than in close collaboration. This grant aims to integrate the social sciences into the core of our public health teaching and research on HIV in the school.” Brown’s participation will be led by South African-born Professor Mark Lurie, who has studied sub-Saharan Africa’s HIV epidemic for more than a decade.Opportunity “The new grant is a wonderful opportunity for Brown to contribute to training the next generation of South African social scientists, whose work is aimed at better understanding and preventing HIV infection in the country with the most severe epidemic,” says Lurie. The partnership will contribute to curricular development, training and professional development through collaborations with HIV-focused social and behavioural scientists at Brown. Outside of the classroom, it will also create opportunities for collaborative, interdisciplinary and innovative research in HIV social science, particularly at postgraduate and postdoctoral levels. Edited version of a story first published in UCT’s Monday Monthly. Published here with kind permission.last_img read more

Key Considerations for Building a Robust Data Strategy

first_imgMany business and IT leaders are focused on developing comprehensive data strategies that enable data-driven decision making. A 2016 IDG Enterprise survey found that 53% of companies were implementing or planning to implement data-driven projects within the next 12 months—specifically projects undertaken with the goal of generating greater value from existing data.1 With the growing importance of AI and advanced analytics today, it seems a safe assumption that this number has only increased over time.The concept of building a data strategy is such a hot topic that top-tier universities are creating executive-level courses on the subject,2 while industry observers are predicting that by 2020, 90% of Fortune 500 companies will have a chief data officer (CDO) or equivalent position.3Yet despite all of this momentum, the concept of a data strategy remains new to many organizations. They haven’t thought about it in the past, so it is uncharted territory, or maybe even an unknown-unknown. With that thought in mind, in this post, I will walk through some key considerations for building a robust data strategy.Why is a robust data strategy important? A data strategy is a business-driven initiative, and how technology is involved is an important factor. No matter what, you always start with a set of business objectives, and having the right data when you need it results in business advantages.The Big PictureA well-thought-out data strategy will have components specific to one’s own organization and application area. There are, however, important commonalities to any approach. Some of the more important ones include methods for data acquisition, data persistence, feature identification and extraction, analytics, and visualization, three of which I will discuss here.When I give talks about the data science solutions my team develops, I often reference a diagram describing how many data scientists organize the information flow through their experiments. A good data strategy needs to be informed by these concepts—your choices will either facilitate or hinder how your analysts are able to extract insights from your data!Figure 1. The standard data science workflow for experimental model creation and production solution deployment. EDA: Exploratory Data Analysis.Data Acquisition and PersistenceBefore outlining a data strategy, one needs to enumerate all the sources of data that will be important to the organization. In some businesses, these could be real-time transactions, while in others these could be free-text user feedback or log files from climate control systems. While there are countless potential sources of data, the important point is to identify all of the data that will play into the organization’s strategy at the outset. The goal is to avoid time-consuming additional steps further along in the process.In one project I worked on when I was but a wee data scientist, we needed to obtain free-text data from scientific publications and merge the documents with metadata extracted from a second source. The data extraction process was reasonably time-consuming, so we had to do this as a batch operation and store the data to disk. After we completed the process of merging together our data sources, I realized I forgot to include a data source we were going to need for annotating some of the scientific concepts in our document corpus. Because we had to do a separate merge step, our experimental workflow took a great deal more time, necessitating many avoidable late hours at the office. The big lesson here: Proactively thinking through all the data that will be important to your organization is a guaranteed way to save some headaches down the road.Once you have thought through data acquisition, it’s easier to make decisions about how (or if) these data will persist and be shared over time. To this end, there have never been more options for how one might want to keep data around. Your choices here should be informed by a few factors, including the data types in question, the speed at which new data points arrive (e.g., is it a static data set or real-time transactional data?), whether your storage needs to be optimized for reading or writing data, and which internal groups are likely to need access. In all likelihood, your organization’s solution will involve a combination of several of these data persistence options.Your choices are also likely to change in big versus small data situations. How do you know if you have big data? If it won’t fit in a standard-size grocery bag, you may have big data. In all seriousness though, my rule of thumb is, once infrastructure (i.e., the grocery bag) is a central part of your data persistence solution, one is effectively dealing with big data. There are many resources that will outline the advantages and disadvantages of your choices here. These days, many downstream feature extraction and analytical methods have libraries for transacting with the more popular choices here, so it’s best to base one’s decision on expected data types, optimizations, and data volume.Feature Identification and ExtractionIn data science, a “feature” is the information a machine learning algorithm will use during the training stage for a predictive model, as well as what it will use to make a prediction regarding a previously-unseen data point. In the case of text classification, features could be the individual words in a document; in financial analytics, a feature might be the price of a stock on a particular day.Most data strategies would do well to steer away from micromanaging how the analysts will approach this step of their work. However, there are organization-level decisions that can be made that will facilitate efficiency and creativity here. The most important approach, in my mind, is fostering an environment that encourages developers to draw from, and contribute to, the open source community. This is essential.Many of the most effective and common methods for feature extraction and data processing are well-understood, and excellent approaches have been implemented in the open source community (e.g., in Python*, R*, or Spark*). In many situations, analysts will get the most mileage out of trying one of these methods. In a research setting, they may be able to try out custom methods that are effective in a particular application domain. It will benefit both employee morale and your organization’s reputation if they are encouraged to contribute these discoveries back to the open source community.Predictive AnalyticsAgain, I think it’s key for an organization-level data strategy to avoid micromanagement of the algorithm choices analysts make in performing predictive analytics, but I would still argue that there are analytical considerations that should be included in a robust data strategy. Overseeing data governance—the management of the availability, usability, integrity, and security of your organization’s data is a central part of the CDO’s role—and analytics is where a lot of this can breakdown or reveal holes in your strategy. Even if your strategy leverages NoSQL databases, if the relationships between data points are poorly understood or not documented, it’s possible that the analysts could be missing important connections, or even prevented from accessing certain data altogether.Overarching ConsiderationsTo take a step back, a data strategy should include identification of software tools that your organization will rely upon. Intel can help here. Intel has led or contributed actively to the development of a wide range of platforms, libraries, and programming languages that provide ready-to-use resources for data analytics initiatives.To help with analytical steps and some aspects of feature identification and extraction, you can leverage the Intel® Math Kernel Library (Intel® MKL), Intel® Math Kernel Library for Deep Neural Networks (Intel® MKL-DNN) and the Intel® Data Analytics Acceleration Library (Intel® DAAL), as well as BigDL and the Intel® Distribution for Python*.Intel® MKL arms you with highly optimized, threaded, and vectorized functions to increase performance on Intel processors.Intel® MKL-DNN provides performance enhancements for accelerating deep learning frameworks on Intel architecture.Intel® DAAL delivers highly tuned functions for deep learning, classical machine learning, and data analytics performance.BigDL simplifies the development of deep learning applications for use as standard Spark programs.The Intel® Distribution for Python adds acceleration of Python application performance on Intel platforms.Ready for a deeper dive? Our “Tame the Data Deluge” whitepaper is a great place to get started. For some real-life examples of the way organizations are using data science to make better decisions in less time, visit the Intel Advanced Analytics site. 1 IDG Enterprise Data and Analytics Survey 2016.2 For an example, see Data Strategy for Business LeadersOpens in a new window, an educational offering from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.3 DATAVERSITY, “2017 Trends in Data Strategy,” December 13, 2016.last_img read more

Update: After quick review, medical school says no evidence Monsanto ghostwrote professor’s paper

first_img By Warren CornwallMar. 23, 2017 , 7:45 AM After a quick investigation, officials at a medical school in New York State say they have found “no evidence” that a faculty member violated the school’s prohibition against authoring a paper ghostwritten by others. The statement came one day after ScienceInsider reported that New York Medical College (NYMC) in Valhalla, New York, would examine a researcher who, according to internal documents released last week by a federal court in California, put his name on a 2000 paper partially ghostwritten by employees at Monsanto, the giant agricultural chemicals company based in St. Louis, Missouri. An NYMC spokesperson declined to provide details of how it conducted its investigation, saying in a statement that NYMC “does not disclose details of its internal investigations, but the college does consider the matter in question to be closed.” (The school later amended its statement, adding: “If new information is provided to us, we will evaluate it. If not, we have no further comment.”)At issue is a 2000 paper published in the journal Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology.  It concluded that a review of studies of one of Monsanto’s most successful products, the widely-used herbicide Roundup, showed no evidence of harmful effects on people.The lead author on the paper is Gary Williams, a pathologist at NYMC. His last name appears briefly in documents unsealed last week as part of a lawsuit against Monsanto by people alleging they developed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma from exposure to Roundup and its primary ingredient, glyphosate.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*) Update: After quick review, medical school says no evidence Monsanto ghostwrote professor’s paper Mike Mozart/Flickr (CC BY 2.0) center_img Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide has been the focus of a long running controversy over whether it poses a cancer risk to humans. The documents, including internal emails written in 2015, reveal Monsanto executives strategizing about ways to work with academic and independent scientists to get out the company’s message that glyphosate poses no risk of cancer. And they include suggestions that company officials “ghost write” portions of scientific papers to be submitted to peer-reviewed technical journals.NYMC learned of the court documents as a result of an inquiry by ScienceInsider, and a public affairs representative said the school would look into the matter. Claiming authorship for work done by others is considered to be a serious ethical breach in the research community, as is not disclosing potential conflicts of interest.Vigorous defenseThe documents provide a window into Monsanto’s efforts to mount a vigorous defense of Roundup’s safety after an international panel concluded in 2015 that glyphosate was a probable human carcinogen. That finding, issued by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a branch of the World Health Organization based in Lyon, France, helped fuel a long-running controversy surrounding glyphosate.The science around the chemical remains unsettled. Though IARC has raised concerns, a number of regulatory agencies have declared they see no evidence that glyphosate causes cancer. The European Chemicals Agency declared last week that the chemical should not be classified as a carcinogen.Monsanto officials had learned in advance of IARC’s 2015 decision, and considered responses aimed at quickly pushing back against the agency’s findings, according to emails among company executives. Several options involved seeking to publish papers in scientific journals buttressing the company’s contention that the chemical didn’t pose a health risk to people. That included sponsoring a wide-ranging paper that, according to an email from one company executive, could cost more than $250,000 to produce.In one email, William Heydens, a Monsanto executive, weighed in on that option, suggesting Monsanto could cut costs by recruiting experts in some areas, but then “ghost write” parts of the paper. “An option would be to add Greim and Kier or Kirkland to have their names on the publication, but we would be keeping the cost down by us doing the writing and they would just sign their names so to speak. Recall this is how we handled Williams Kroes & Munro 2000,” Heydens wrote in an email. (See p. 203 of this PDF.)The lead author on “Williams Kroes & Munro 2000” was NYMC’s Gary Williams, an M.D. whose “research interests include mechanisms of carcinogenesis” and the “metabolic and genetic effects of chemical carcinogens,” according to a university website. Williams did not respond to an email from ScienceInsider seeking comment. His two co-authors, Robert Kroes and Ian Munro, have died, according to media reports. The journal’s editor, Gio Gori, a former National Institutes of Health researcher who drew attention in the 1980s for accepting funding from the tobacco industry and questioning the risks posed by second-hand smoke, could not be reached.Another researcher mentioned in the email, David Kirkland, a genetic toxicologist based in Tadcaster, U.K., was a co-author on a 2016 paper with Williams and several others. That paper, which appeared in the journal Critical Reviews in Toxicology, reviewed the IARC findings and concluded the scientific research didn’t support claims that glyphosate posed a risk of genetic toxicity. He is adamant that  the paper was not ghostwritten. “I’ve been in the field for 35 years. I’ve got a global reputation,” he told ScienceInsider. “I’m not about to try and compromise that by signing up to a paper that has been ghostwritten by someone else.”Kirkland, who works as a private consultant, has served as a consultant for Monsanto on a glyphosate task force in Europe, and Monsanto provided the funding behind the 2016 study, according to disclosures accompanying the paper. Kirkland also co-wrote a 2013 paper reviewing research around the health effects of glyphosate, under a contract with the Glyphosate Task Force, an industry-backed group, he says. But Kirkland says the money’s source didn’t influence his findings. “I make my judgements based on the science and not on any particular stakeholder,” he says.A top Monsanto executive echoes Kirkland, stating that Monsanto employees did not write any portions of either the 2000 or 2016 papers. Rather, Scott Partridge, Monsanto’s vice president of global strategy, says Monsanto scientists will work with outside scientists to help them access research data and other scientific information held by the company.  “There was nothing secret or hidden or underhanded here. What I regret is the unfortunate use of the words ‘ghostwriting.’ That’s an inappropriate way to refer to the collaborative scientific engagement that went on here,” Partridge says.Part of a pattern?But Pearl Robertson, a New York City–based attorney representing some of the plaintiffs suing Monsanto, says the cozy relationship is part of a pattern marked by Monsanto trying to shape the science around glyphosate. She points to a 1999 email in which Heydens, the Monsanto executive, refers to whether the company should continue working with Dr. James Parry, a genetic toxicologist at the Swansea University in the United Kingdom, who has since died. “Let’s step back and look at what we are really trying to achieve here,” Heydens writes. “We want to find/develop someone who is comfortable with the genetox profile of glyphosate/Roundup and who can be influential with regulators and Scientific Outreach operations when genetox. issues arise. My read is that Parry is not currently such a person, and it would take quite some time and $$$/studies to get him there.”Taken together, Robertson says, the internal documents show how Monsanto “perpetually” tries to control “the science and scientific literature that is seen by the public as a whole and by regulatory agencies such as the [Environmental Protection Agency].”Monsanto’s Partridge, however, says the discussions simply reflect the company’s interest in finding scientists who are already familiar with the full range of scientific research on glyphosate and Roundup. “We didn’t want to hire somebody who would propose doing new and additional studies that we believe weren’t necessary,” he says.Sheldon Krimsky, a professor at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, who has written about ghostwriting, says the practice has been an issue in other fields, particularly in the pharmaceutical industry. Hiding the real authors of a paper is forbidden at most journals, he notes, adding that transparency “is what gives science its integrity. And when you violate that, there’s deception,” says Krimsky, a former chair of the Committee on Scientific Freedom and Responsibility at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (which publishes Science). “The last thing we need in science in this day and age is deception.”last_img read more

Bill in LS to provide transgenders separate identity

first_imgNew Delhi, Aug 2 (PTI) A bill seeking to empower the transgender community by providing them a separate identity and putting in place a mechanism to punish those who exploit them was introduced in the Lok Sabha today.The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2016, seeks to define a transgender person and prohibits discrimination against them.It also confers the right upon transgender persons to be recognised as such and also grants them right to “self-perceived” gender identity.N K Premchandran of RSP opposed the introduction of the bill by Social Justice Minister Thaawarchand Gehlot saying a similar private members bill passed by the Rajya Sabha is pending in the lower house.Speaker Sumitra Mahajan ruled that while the two bills may have similar provisions the one introduced by the government is different.The bill also provides for a grievance redress mechanism in each establishment to ensure the rights of transgenders are protected and they are insulated from any sort of harassment or discrimination.The measure provides for a jail term from at least six months to a maximum of two years with a fine for those found guilty of of using transgenders for bonded labour or begging.Also, those who deny them any basic right or force them out of their homes or villages will be handed down similar punishment.According to the 2011 Census, India has 6 lakh people belonging to the transgender community.The community is among the most marginalised communities in the country because they dont fit into the categories of gender of men or women.advertisementThey face problems ranging from social exclusion and discrimination to lack of education and medical facilities, and unemployment.The private members bill moved by Rajya Sabha MP Tiruchi Siva was passed by the Upper House on April 24, 2015.This was for the first time in 45 years that a private members Bill was passed by the House.The government had then assured the House it would bring its own bill in Lok Sabha after wider consultations. PTI KR NAB TIR TIRlast_img read more

Had plans to contain Rayudu, none of them worked: Kane Williamson

first_imgAmbati Rayudu remained unconquered on a 62-ball 100 that contained seven sixes and as many fours as CSK chased down SRH’s 179 for 4 with Kane Williamson conceding that the Sunrisers Hyderabad were outplayed by southern rivals Chennai Super Kings.CSK rode Rayudu’s pulsating knock and the century stand (134) he put on with Shane Watson (57 off 35 balls) to beat SRH by 8 wickets at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune on Sunday.”Chennai certainly outplayed us today. There were a lot of positives to take to our next game, but it is important that we move on quickly,” said the captain of the league leaders after Sunrisers were drubbed by eight wickets by the Super Kings.(MATCH REPORT | HIGHLIGHTS | PHOTOS)Rayudu became the 13th Indian and 51st overall to score a hundred in the IPL, and that too after playing 126 matches in the tournament.”He seems to be doing it every day. The way he goes about his business hitting the ball fairly conventional areas and hitting it hard as well, it was a great knock to watch, (even) if you are in the opposition team. It was a superb knock and certainly saw his team home in chasing what should have been a tough total to chase,” he said in praise of Rayudu.”I think everybody set plans to Rayudu, none of them worked, so we might have to try and think of a few more things when we come up against Chennai again,” he said hinting that the two teams were likely to finish 1-2 and clash in the first play-off game on May 22 in Mumbai.advertisementWilliamson felt his team’s bowlers did not get the sort of movement their rivals obtained initially.”It would have been very nice if we could get it swinging, something similar to what they did. They got considerable amount of swing and movement for sort of eight or eight-and-a-half overs which made batting pretty tough on that surface initially. We perhaps would have liked a few more runs but I guess 180 is always a tough total to chase.”The wicket was a very good surface and Chennai batted beautifully. Rayudu scored a fantastic hundred. We could not get the ball moving, perhaps it was just the change in conditions but they played extremely well, so they deserved to win today,” he added.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

a month agoLopetegui urges Sevilla fans be calm over table leadership

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Lopetegui urges Sevilla fans be calm over table leadershipby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveJulen Lopetegui urged Sevilla fans to stay calm as they sit top of the table.Sevilla lead the LaLiga Santander after a 1-0 win away at Alaves on Sunday.”Being top does not tell me anything because there’s such a long way to go,” Lopetegui said”The only thing it tells me is that the team is doing well, that we are getting stronger as a team and now we are heading into Europe.” A first-half goal from Joan Jordan was enough to give Sevilla their third win out of four matches and Lopetegui was pleased with his side’s display.”We played a good game and a very good first half against a difficult opponent who make things very challenging.”The team did very well with the aspects we had worked on.”In the second half, it was tougher. They played more direct and perhaps we needed to interpret the situation and not back down. It was a deserved and fair victory,” he added. last_img read more

a month agoBarcelona Juvenil A Victor Valdes cops suspension

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barcelona Juvenil A Victor Valdes cops suspensionby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona Juvenil A Victor Valdes has been given a two match ban after his referee outburst. The Barca great will not be on the sidelines for the clashes against Atletico Villacarlos and Lleida Esportiu. Valdes was sent off against Girona, for insulting the assistant referee. “F*** yourself,” said Valdes to the assistant and he was dismissed for it.The former Barcelona goalkeeper took over recently and along with Patrick Kluivert, is one of the ex-pros being brought back into the club. last_img read more

Urban Meyer Could Work Michigan Games If He Takes The FOX Job

first_imgohio state head coach urban meyer after his final gamePASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer celebrates winning the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Earlier this week, Sporting News reported that Fox Sports is close to a deal with former Ohio State coach Urban Meyer to make him its star college football analyst. According to the report, Meyer would have his choice to work either “as a color commentator in the game booth or as a studio analyst at Fox.”It’s an interesting development regarding the former Buckeyes head coach who cited health concerns as his reason to step down from coaching Ohio State. If he lands this new job, he’ll be working long hours and traveling a significant amount.Meyer still has his job working with Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith in addition to teaching a class this semester.If Meyer does land the Fox Sports gig, there’s a real possibility he would call Michigan games. Fox primarily airs coverage of the Big Ten, Big 12 and Pac-12 conferences, and airs “The Game” between Michigan and Ohio State.To be a fly on the wall if/when someone at Fox calls Michigan and says:”Urban Meyer’s part of the broadcast team this week, he’d like to watch practice.” https://t.co/zhdEVAOanL— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) January 17, 2019We’re sure Michigan fans would be thrilled with listening to Urban Meyer break down the action between his former Ohio State Buckeyes and Jim Harbaugh’s Michigan Wolverines.Mark your calendars for November 30 when Michigan travels to Columbus to take on Ohio State in the final regular season game.last_img read more

MHI Eyes Alliances with Three Japanese Shipbuilders

first_imgzoom Due to the current environment surrounding the shipbuilding industry, the Japanese shipbuilder Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) said that it plans to launch discussions toward forming new alliances with three compatriot shipbuilders, namely, Imabari Shipbuilding, Oshima Shipbuilding and Namura Shipbuilding.The move targets the integration of MHI’s strengths in shipbuilding technology and engineering with the three partners’ manufacturing capabilities and cost competitiveness, which would boost ship development capabilities, enhance negotiation response, and enable further cost reductions.MHI said that it “recognizes the need to undertake swift and progressive steps to secure the competitive strength required by Japan’s shipbuilding industry in order to compete, and mark sustained growth, in the global marketplace.”Furthermore, the company said that it would also consider the establishment of a technology center to undertake advanced technology development and education in shipbuilding technologies and skills.Going forward, MHI plans to issue a broad call for participation in the technology center by Japanese shipbuilders, marine transport companies, and others, with the aim of elevating the global presence of Japan’s shipbuilding industry through integration of the diversified knowledge possessed by partners in the industry.last_img read more

Samsung Heavy Nabs USD 366 Million Deal

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license South Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) has won a deal for the construction of three special-purpose ships worth KRW 415.7 billion (USD 366.1 million).The shipbuilder said the order was received from an undisclosed North American shipowner.The delivery of the ships is set to be completed by the end of 2020, a regulatory filing reads.This is the second order for special-purpose ships in less than a month.To remind, SHI announced in June that it had received a contract to construct two special-purpose ships for a European company.According to the shipbuilder’s stock exchange filing, the deal has a value of around KRW 266.1 billion (USD 240 million).The special-purpose units are scheduled for delivery to the unnamed owner by the end of January 2021.In addition, the shipbuilder added that it has secured the go-ahead for the construction of two LNG carriers announced in April 2018.The contract for two firm 174,000 m3 LNG carriers with options for two more units was subject to board approval from the unnamed buyer.The two firm LNG carriers, which are priced at USD 184 million a piece, are scheduled for delivery by October 2020.For the second quarter of the year, SHI reported a net loss of KRW 142.7 billion (USD 126 million) compared with a net profit of KRW 22.7 billion a year earlier.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

New online tool allows voters to request info political parties have on

first_imgVANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Not only do Canadian voters have no clue what political parties know about us, we don’t know how they are using the information.That’s a warning from the executive director of Open Media, Laura Tribe, as the advocacy group launches a new privacy tool to help shed light on the problem.My Political Data, an online tool, helps voters request all the personal information political parties have gathered on them using the parties’ own policies.RELATED: Citizenship, abortion, unions, trees: Friday on the campaign trail“So if you’ve ever interacted with a party, someone came to your door asking you to vote Conservative and you said you would never vote Conservative, then they would probably mark somewhere on your supporter record that they think that you are very unlikely to vote for them, very left wing,” Tribe says.That data can be kept, sold and used to target you in the future, she adds.“And there’s a lot of assumptions that they’re making about us, they’re buying information from lists, potentially selling or sharing information we don’t know. We don’t know what analysis they’re running on it, but we know that there’s a lot of work being done on our data to, manipulate that data.”Using the tool, voters can ask each party to disclose exactly what has been collected on them. Tribe is hoping that even if none of the requests are answered, it will send a message that political groups are not exempt from the law.last_img read more

Language and child welfare bills pass as MPs head home for the

first_imgAPTN NewsTwo pieces of legislation dealing with First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples were passed by the House of Commons and Senate Thursday meaning they will become law in the coming days.Bill C-92, the law the Trudeau government says will give control of child welfare to communities, and Bill C-91, the Indigenous languages Act, were passed late in the afternoon.Both laws had critics who said they contained flaws and should not be passed.NDP-MP Romeo Saganash’s UNDRIP bill, C-262, would ensure federal laws are brought in line with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. But the government’s representative in the Senate, Peter Harder, announced Wednesday he did not see a path forward for the bill and the Trudeau government would campaign on fulfilling the intent of the bill.The House of Commons has risen for the summer, following a flurry of legislating that rushed numerous significant bills into law before the break. But other potential laws remained mired in the legislative process as of late Thursday, awaiting action in the Senate – or a possible special summer session centred on ratification of the new North American free trade deal.Some of the high-profile bills that reached final votes after the beginning of last week and now just await royal assent:Bill C-48, the Oil Tanker Moratorium Act, a much-debated bill that would ban oil tankers from a portion of the British Columbia coast. Its journey through parliament has been marked by a committee report that recommended it not pass, the defeat of that report and the House’s rejection of some Senate amendments. Following the adjournment of the House and much debate, the Senate chose not to pursue further changes and passed it Thursday evening.Bill C-93, which will allow expedited pardons for Canadians who were convicted of simple possession of cannabis before legalization came into effect. The bill passed in the Senate Wednesday, without amendment.Bill C-59, a bill to establish a national-security review agency, create an “intelligence commissioner” to oversee the conduct of Canada’s spy agencies, and clarify the mandate and powers of the Communications Security Establishment (the government cybersecurity agency). The bill was amended by the Senate but several of those changes were rejected by the House, and the Senate voted Tuesday not to insist on its recommendations.Bill C-75, which will “hybridize” a series of offences so that they can now be prosecuted as either indictable or less-serious summary charges, and establish peremptory challenges of jurors. The bill was passed through the Senate with amendments, the House chose not to accept several of those, and the Senate Thursday decided not to insist on the remaining changes.Bill C-84, a long-awaited bill that expands the definition of bestiality to any sexual contact with an animal. Those convicted of bestiality will now be registered as sex offenders and banned from owning animals. It also widens the definition of animal fighting so that it applies to the construction of any arena for that purpose. It passed without amendment Tuesday.At the time the House adjourned for the summer Thursday, several bills still required further consideration in the upper chamber, which continued sitting. Among them were several controversial and consequential bills:Bill C-69, also fiercely criticized by the Conservatives, is the second of the government’s two major environmental bills, and would create a new environmental-impact assessment process for major projects in Canada. The House rejected a majority of the Senate’s amendments. It was due for a vote late Thursday.Bills C-98, which gives a review commission powers to review the Canada Border Services Agency, was accelerated through the House Wednesday, when it was read a third time and passed in one swift motion.Bill C-83, which aims to eliminate the use of solitary confinement in Canadian prisons. The House rejected several key amendments proposed by the Senate, which some have said are needed to make the bill constitutional.Bill C-97, a sprawling budget-implementation bill which includes changes to Canada’s refugee system, support for news journalism, and introduces the Canada Training Credit.And then there’s the one bill that could affect all the others:Bill C-100, the government’s bill to ratify the new NAFTA agreement among Canada, the United States and Mexico. It has only been introduced and read for the first time in the House of Commons, but might move quickly through Parliament before the election should the United States complete its own ratification of the deal in Congress. If Parliament returns for that bill, the Commons and the Senate could also take up others at the same time.news@aptn.ca@aptnnews-with files from the Canadian Presslast_img read more

Former Peace River Navigators Coach passes away in Humboldt Broncos Crash

first_imgHUMBOLDT, S.K. – Former Coach from Peace River, Darcy Haugan is among the 14 people that have died in a tragic bus crash in Saskatchewan.According to MyGrandePrairieNow.com, family has confirmed the head coach of the Humboldt Broncos, Daucy Haugan passed away.  Haugan moved to Humboldt to coach the Broncos in 2015 after spending 12 years working with the Peace River Navigators.Haugan’s sister confirmed his death on Twitter. My brother didn’t make it…— invisigirlonfire (@DebbieJayneC) April 7, 2018 Here’s a few words my brother shared… pic.twitter.com/BQEDARi1xG— Lauren Dyck (Mr.) (@LaurenJDyck) April 7, 2018The crash involving the Humboldt Broncos team bus occurred on Highway 35 near Gronlid, more than two hundred kilometres northeast of Saskatoon late Friday afternoon.The bus was T-boned by a transport truck, according to the president of the Nipawin Hawks, which was scheduled to play the Broncos in Game 5 of a semi-final Friday night. There were 28 people, including the driver, on board the bus at the time of the collision, RCMP said in a release.I cannot imagine what these parents are going through, and my heart goes out to everyone affected by this terrible tragedy, in the Humboldt community and beyond. https://t.co/2cIn2CTy08— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) April 7, 2018The Humboldt Broncos released a statement late Friday night announcing the news on its website.center_img “Our thoughts and prayers are extended to the families of our staff and athletes as well as to all who have been impacted by this horrible tragedy. Our Broncos family is in shock as we try to come to grips with our incredible loss,” Broncos President Kevin Garinger said in the release.A GoFundMe campaign for the team has been set up and has already raised more than $176,000 as of Saturday morning.(WITH FILES FROM THE CANADIAN PRESS)Derek Grayson and Nick bonding and healing in hospital pic.twitter.com/DzesIoT27B— R J patter (@rjpatter) April 7, 2018last_img read more

Auditor General says Province can do more to improve commercial vehicle safety

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. – The Auditor General of B.C. says the Province can do more to ensure commercial vehicle safety.The report says over the last 10 years, 300 people have died per year in motor vehicle incidents, with almost 20% of those collisions involving a commercial vehicle.“The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General and ICBC have commercial vehicle safety programs in place that prevent crashes and save lives, but much more needs to be done to ensure British Columbia’s roads are safe,” said Carol Bellringer, auditor general. Heavy commercial vehicles, such as dump trucks, container trucks and semi-trailers, represent about 3% of vehicles registered in B.C., yet they are involved in 19% of fatal collisions in the province. In the majority of fatal collisions involving a heavy commercial vehicle, the commercial driver is not at fault.Safety education and awareness programs for road users on safe driving in and around commercial vehicles can prevent crashes. However, these programs are limited in B.C. because even though multiple organizations are involved, none have the budget or authority for overall responsibility. The report recommends that government establishes clear responsibility for the promotion of commercial vehicle road safety education and awareness.Government also needs to review the standards for commercial driver licensing. In B.C., drivers are not required to take driver training to get their commercial licence. Government does not know whether commercial driving standards in B.C. are adequate but has recently started to address this issue.The report also recommends that government do more to ensure commercial vehicles are operating safely on B.C.’s roads. For example, government does not have a clear and effective system to hold licensed private inspection facilities accountable for complying with commercial vehicle safety standards. Also, commercial vehicle safety and enforcement officers have a challenging job and could be more effective with better supports.last_img read more

Russia stakes its hold on the Arctic revamps military bases

SEVERNY KLEVER MILITARY BASE, Russia — Missile launchers ply icy roads and air defence systems point menacingly into the sky at this Arctic military outpost, a key vantage point for Russia to project power to the resource-rich polar region.The base, dubbed Severny Klever (Northern Clover) for its trefoil shape, is painted in the colours of the Russian flag and strategically located on the Arctic shipping route.Russia, the United States, Canada, Denmark and Norway have all been trying to assert jurisdiction over the Arctic as shrinking polar ice opens fresh opportunities for resource exploration and shipping lanes.The Kremlin has poured resources into modernizing Soviet-era Arctic facilities to stake its claims on the region’s riches.The Russian base on Kotelny Island permanently houses up to 250 military personnel who maintain air and sea surveillance facilities and coastal defence assets.The Associated Press read more

Nasheed freed from detention

Former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed was freed from detention after he was presented in court today.The Magistrate ordered Nasheed to appear again in court in 25 days to face charges raised against him. Meanwhile the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) said it believes there is no chance of a fair trial in the Maldives for former President Nasheed. “The coup has not been fully completed. There is no point bringing President Nasheed down in a police mutiny if he then goes on to win presidential elections 18 months later. To ensure its survival, Mr. Waheed’s regime needs to remove President Nasheed from the political equation and that is precisely what they intend to do,” MDP spokesperson Hamid Abdul Ghafoor said.President Nasheed was arrested last morning by a heavily armed police SWAT team on the island of Fares-Maathoda, in the southern atoll of Gaaf Dhaal. President Nasheed’s legal team has already complained about the extraordinary way the trial is being conducted. Nasheed was arrested after he failed to appear in court earlier over a case filed by the family of Chief Criminal Judge Abdulla Mohamed who was arrested and detained when Nasheed was President. read more

There can be no amnesty for genocide and war crimes Annan

Such crimes include ethnic, gender and sexually based international crimes, and Security Council mandates should ensure that no such amnesty previously granted bar prosecution before a UN-created or assisted court, according to the report – “The rule of law and transitional justice in conflict and post-conflict societies.”But Mr. Annan stresses that the UN not establish or directly participate in any tribunal for which capital punishment is a possible sanctions, and that it insist upon full government cooperation with international and mixed tribunals, including the surrender of accused persons.Helping such societies, “all within a context marked by devastated institutions, exhausted resources, diminished security and a traumatized and divided population, is a daunting, often overwhelming, task,” he notes.But “justice, peace and democracy are not mutually exclusive objectives, but rather mutually reinforcing imperatives,” he adds in his recommendations, requested by the Security Council at a meeting in January on post-conflict national reconciliation and the role of the United Nations. “Advancing all three in fragile post-conflict settings requires strategic planning, careful integration and sensible sequencing of activities.”Mr. Annan calls for recognizing the need to ensure gender sensitivity in restoring the rule of law, as well as ensuring the full participation of women, and for avoiding the imposition of external models.”We must learn as well to eschew one-size-fits-all formulas and the imposition of foreign models, and, instead, base our support on national assessments, national participation and national needs and aspirations,” he says, noting that recent years have seen an increased UN focus on the problem that has been “yielding important lessons for our future activities.”He pledges to instruct the Executive Committee on Peace and Security to propose concrete action to strengthen UN support for tackling the issues. read more

Your Guide To The 2019 NCAA Womens Tournament

The early release of the women’s NCAA Tournament bracket on Monday afternoon actually did fans a favor: If any year merits having additional time to fill out a bracket, this year is it. Three different teams were ranked No. 1 in the Associated Press poll this season, and a storyline has been how open the competition was for the top spots in each region. ESPN’s Mechelle Voepel wrote on Monday night that this year’s NCAA Tournament “might be as wide open as any since 2006,” with as many as seven teams that could legitimately cut down the net on April 7.Luckily, FiveThirtyEight’s March Madness prediction model is here to guide you as you make your picks. You can read about how the model works here or keep reading to learn what the model predicts for the top seeds, which teams could make an unexpected run and which squads could bow out sooner than expected. We’re also highlighting the best first-round matchups to help you schedule your Friday and Saturday around women’s hoops. Top seedsThe four No. 1 seeds are Baylor, Notre Dame, Louisville and Mississippi State. You read that right: UConn is not a top seed for the first time since 2006. But the Huskies are still a No. 2 seed, and they still got a regional nearby, in Albany, New York. The Huskies will host the first two rounds in Storrs, and their fans have packed Albany regionals for years — so they would essentially have home-court advantage until the Final Four. That’s a tough setup for the region’s No. 1 seed, Louisville, and the FiveThirtyEight model reflects that, giving UConn a 68 percent chance and Louisville a 24 percent chance of making the Final Four. But the Cardinals did beat UConn in January, as star guard Asia Durr scored a game-high 24 points. That win should give Louisville confidence as it chases its second straight Final Four appearance.The selection committee created a similar setup out west, where Mississippi State is the No. 1 seed and Oregon is the No. 2. With each team hosting the first two rounds and the regional rounds being played in Portland, Oregon could make its first Final Four without leaving the state. The model gives the Ducks a 51 percent chance of doing just that behind triple-double queen Sabrina Ionescu, who could be the first pick in the WNBA draft if she declares. Mississippi State, which secured its No. 1 seed after winning its first-ever SEC tournament title, has a 44 percent chance of making the Final Four and a 10 percent chance of winning a national title. The latter would be a storybook ending for the national runners-up in each of the past two seasons.The Greensboro, North Carolina, region is a hotbed of low-post talent, starting with the No. 1 overall seed in Baylor. The Lady Bears have had a dominant season to date, running their record to 31-1 and leading the nation in blocked shots, defensive rebounds and opponent field-goal percentage. The 6-foot-7 Kalani Brown and 6-foot-4 Lauren Cox have combined to average more than 28 points, 16 rebounds and 4 blocks per game. Not to be outdone, No. 2 seed Iowa has espnW’s national player of the year in 6-foot-3 Megan Gustafson. According to Her Hoop Stats, Gustafson is both the nation’s top scorer, putting up 28.0 points per game, and the nation’s most efficient scorer, recording 1.44 points per scoring attempt and shooting just under 70 percent from the field. There are several low-post standouts among the lower-seeded teams as well, but Baylor projects to be the best in Greensboro, with a 76 percent chance of making the Final Four.Although Baylor is the No. 1 overall seed, it’s the top seed in the Chicago region, Notre Dame, that has the best chance of winning a national championship. The FiveThirtyEight model gives the defending champs a 30 percent chance of repeating and Baylor a 28 percent chance at its first title since 2012. The Fighting Irish returned all but one starter from last year’s team and then led the country in points per game while playing the nation’s toughest schedule. Notre Dame’s chief competition in Chicago will likely be No. 2 seed Stanford, the Pac-12 tournament champions and the only team to beat Baylor this season. Under head coach Tara VanDerveer, the Cardinal have a 56 percent chance to make the Elite Eight but just an 8 percent chance to advance to the Final Four.SleepersA pair of 4-seeds could knock off some of the favorites in the Sweet 16. In Albany, Oregon State has a 21 percent chance of making the Elite Eight, potentially displacing Louisville, while South Carolina has a 10 percent chance of doing the same to Baylor in Greensboro. Oregon State finished third in what was perhaps the nation’s deepest conference, the Pac-12, and ranks fourth in the nation in 3-point shooting at 38.8 percent. If the Beavers, particularly star guard Destiny Slocum, get hot from deep, they could extend their stay on the East Coast to the Final Four. Under head coach and former Virginia point guard Dawn Staley, South Carolina also has electric guard play, which could set up a fascinating game of contrasts against Baylor in the Sweet 16. Don’t count Staley out as she chases her second national championship in the past three seasons.Also in the Greensboro region, No. 3 North Carolina State has received relatively little attention compared with ACC rivals Louisville and Notre Dame despite starting the season 21-0. (NC State didn’t lose a game until February!) The Wolfpack would not have to leave their home state to make the Final Four, and the FiveThirtyEight model gives the team almost the same chances as No. 2 seed Iowa of advancing to the Elite Eight (40 percent versus 42 percent).BustsIt’s perhaps a sign of progress that a mid-major team can even be considered for this category, but Gonzaga, the No. 5 seed in the Albany region, probably won’t see it that way if this prediction proves true. Gonzaga is vulnerable after two players suffered season-ending leg injuries in its conference tournament semifinal. The model still gives the Bulldogs an 87 percent chance of beating Arkansas-Little Rock, but a team that was ranked in the top 25 for parts of this season and had aspirations of hosting the first two rounds as a top-4 seed surely has its sights set higher than one NCAA Tournament win.No. 4 Texas A&M has also had injury concerns, although the school recently announced that leading scorer Chennedy Carter (22.5 points per game) will play in the NCAA Tournament. She is returning from a hand injury, though, and if her shot isn’t falling, Texas A&M could struggle with a tough Wright State team that holds opponents to just 36.2 percent shooting, which ranks 24th in the nation.Speaking of tough mid-major teams, the state of Florida has a couple that will start the NCAA Tournament in Miami. No. 5 seed Arizona State can’t be happy about traveling all the way across the country to play No. 12-seed UCF in their backyard, and the Sun Devils have only a 69 percent chance of winning one game and a 26 percent chance of winning two games in the Sunshine State. Meanwhile, host and No. 4 seed Miami has an 82 percent chance of beating No. 13 seed Florida Gulf Coast, but there are signs of a potential upset here. FGCU is ranked only three spots behind Miami in the Her Hoop Stats ratings (the teams rank 28th and 25th, respectively) and is dangerous behind the arc: Nearly half of FGCU’s shot attempts are 3-pointers, which ranks second nationally, while Miami is letting teams score more than one-third of their points from three, which ranks 320th nationally.Fun first-round matchupsIf you’re looking for two senior stars trying to extend their careers, watch No. 8 seed California take on No. 9 seed North Carolina on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. Eastern time. Kristine Anigwe has had a historic season for the Golden Bears and leads the nation in rebounding with 16.3 per game, including a 32-point, 30-rebound effort against Washington State two weeks ago. North Carolina ranks in the bottom third of teams nationally in rebounding rate, so one might predict a long afternoon for the Tar Heels, but their offensive firepower can keep them in any game. (Just ask Notre Dame and NC State, which both lost to North Carolina in the span of a week earlier this year.) Guard Paris Kea is the star (17.1 points per game), but three other players average double-figure scoring and a fourth averages 9.5 points per game.FiveThirtyEight model’s prediction: California over North Carolina (64 percent)If you’re looking for a battle between mid-major powerhouses, don’t miss No. 6 seed South Dakota State versus No. 11 seed Quinnipiac on Saturday at 11 a.m. Eastern time. Both teams have been to the tournament before: SDSU won its ninth automatic bid in 11 years this season, while QU is in for the fifth time in seven seasons and made a Sweet 16 appearance in 2017. SDSU boasts the Summit League’s all-time leading scorer in Macy Miller, who is averaging 18.1 points per game this season while shooting nearly 55 percent from the floor. But Quinnipiac could make things tough for Miller and the Jackrabbits: The Bobcats hold opponents to just 50.5 points per game, second-best in the nation, and their 11.5 steals per game rank sixth nationally. Whichever way this game goes, the winner could be a sleeper pick to knock off No. 3 Syracuse and make the Sweet 16.FiveThirtyEight model’s prediction: South Dakota State over Quinnipiac (65 percent)Finally, if you’re looking for toss-ups, the three games that our model gives the most even odds are:No. 10 Buffalo vs. No. 7 Rutgers, Friday at 4:30 p.m. Eastern time (Buffalo has a 51 percent chance of winning)No. 10 Auburn vs. No. 7 BYU, Saturday at 3:30 p.m. Eastern time (Auburn has a 55 percent chance of winning)No. 6 UCLA vs. No. 11 Tennessee, Saturday at 1 p.m. Eastern time (UCLA has a 56 percent chance of winning)Check out our latest March Madness predictions.Neil Paine contributed research. read more

Maptek ISite Studio 50 boosts survey workflow and productivity

first_imgMaptek says itsI-Site Studio 5.0 “delivers new features and improvements to existing software tools to further boost survey efficiency and productivity. The I-Site laser scan technology features familiar workflow and integration with site survey practices. I-Site Studio software brings out the real value in the scan data – superb accuracy and flexible reporting.”“Less time in the field. Less time at your desk, is our mantra,” said Maptek Manager of Laser Imaging Systems, Athy Kalatzis. “Automating processes helps surveyors generate timely and accurate survey reports for planning and production, with positive impacts on site productivity.”I-Site laser imaging systems capture incredible detail from scenes, with software that can handle large data without the hassle. Studio 5.0 applies a new Level of Detail tool to object data, allowing a manageable amount of data to be loaded and viewed at once.The new Workflow Manager saves a series of transactions which are then shared and adapted within survey teams. This enables standard work processes to be implemented across an organisation – driving productivity, efficiency and accuracy. Workflows can be launched from custom toolbars, and the status of the current process is conveniently highlighted. The result is efficient handover between crews for routine site applications.“In addition to being a valuable training tool, standardised workflows improve quality and consistency of results,” said Kalatzis.Tolerance ellipsoids and smart sampling in I-Site Studio 5.0 deliver a more streamlined global registration process. Multiple scans from the same location can be moved together as a group. It is now possible to register two scans unlevelled, but constrained to a GPS point.The Combination surface tool allows a new surface to be outside the original surface, which is often the case when mining operations expand. The function will generate a new solid even without completely closed intersections between surfaces.Additions to the Geotechnical Module allow easier analysis of different failure modes and more intuitive display of results. A maximum discontinuity area can now be specified when extracting discontinuities and users can run kinematic analysis for potential failure types such as wedge, planar and toppling.Stereonet display improvements include type, grid style and scalable pole size. The great circle tool now auto-populates from a stereonet selection, saving time and effort. A new wizard-style interface for filtering vegetation makes it easy to remove objects above evenly distributed low points in a selection. A distance from ground slider dynamically updates the view of what is to be removed.Advanced visualisation is a hallmark of Maptek software systems. A 360º panoramic image captured with any digital device can now be draped over an I-Site point cloud and up to 7 images can be rendered to a single surface.Usability enhancements include more import/export options; a new Maptek file format supports transfer of any object between Maptek applications; default legends for colouring objects; saving views; licence borrowing; and new reporting formats.“The right tools are an important part of the mine productivity matrix. What surveyors need is an integrated, systematic approach to data capture and processing. This is what I-Site Studio 5.0 delivers to produce the results they need even quicker,” concluded Kalatzis.last_img read more

Tracing The Blood Line Heres what to expect when you give blood

first_imgDO YOU GIVE blood? Have you ever considered it and have you ever wondered how the whole thing works?Over 150,000 donations are needed every year in Ireland, that’s over 3,000 per week.I started giving blood a couple of years ago after I saw a movie that showed people doing good deeds for others and while it sounds corny, I thought that giving blood would be a good way to do something for others.There was one problem, my fear of needles. However, I thought, what better way to finally get over this irrational fear than to start regularly getting pricked with a needle.Blood transfusionHowever, when you think about the facts that one in four of us will need a blood transfusion at some point, it is difficult to give much power to an irrational fear like that.I really didn’t know what to expect when I went along to my local blood donation clinic that was run out of a hotel function room on particular days. When I walked in, the place was bustling with donors, people filling in forms, people eating the goodies and of course nurses there administering it all.Since that day, I have tried to go as often as I can, but I often wondered about the whole process. How do they know what blood they need, how important are the blood types and where does the blood go after it has been donated?So, I decided to follow the blood line, from the donor to the labs and see what it’s all about. My plan was to give some blood and follow it through, but I soon found out that it’s not always that simple.DonatingFirst thing’s first – how do you go about giving blood?There is information on the Irish Blood Transfusion Service website which should help you determine if you are eligible to donate blood, if you are, then you can pop into a clinic and donate.The day I turned up to give blood at D’Olier Street clinic in Dublin, I hadn’t donated in some time, so I was given a detailed form to fill out about my health.This form is also given to people when they first donate blood. You might be shocked by some of the questions as many are quite personal – see below – but as Barry Doyle, the Senior Medical Scientist with the IBTS later told me, they have to be picky about their donors, in the interest of their patients.When you see the extent of the science behind the whole process and ultimately who the blood is going to, very ill people and babies in hospital, you can understand why the questions are asked.ConfidentialOnce the form is filled out, a nurse will go through your answers to ensure you have filled it out correctly. There is no need to be embarrassed – they do this all day long and it is all confidential.Next your Haemoglobin level will be tested, which requires a tiny prick on your finger and a small drop of blood is tested. If your blood passes this test, your donation should  be accepted straight away, however, many people’s level can be too low, as was mine.Why? I have given blood before and there’s been no problem before, I said, but I was told that under new EU rules, the level that can be accepted has risen, so while over the last few years, they were allowed to accept people a little below the specified level, now they cannot.TestBasically, if they took blood from me that day, then I would not have what a certain amount of blood in my body that they would prefer when I was leaving. It is not harmful, as I would build it up again over the next few days.Stephen Cousins from the IBTS explained that the new rules introduced last year meant that ten per cent of all their current donors were ineligible, meaning that 1,000 donations per month needed to be filled.He added that up to 35 per cent of first time donors cannot donate for a variety of reasons.Cousins said:One of most common reasons is if someone has lived in the UK from 1980 to 1996 for over a year, they are excluded, as it is based on Variant CJD, it’s just unfortunate that we can’t do anything about that.He added  that there can be temporary deferrals too if people have been away on holidays, in places like America, where the West Nile virus might be in an area they went to.AppealsSteven Cousins explains here how they appeal to people to donate: (click here)He said that the profile of donors is getting that little bit older, stating that emigration has had a big impact.“Because we collect all over the country, there are some parts of the country which have really been hit hard by emigration, so that’s an important group we are just not getting anymore, so we are making an effort to attract more younger people to donate,” he said.Why donate?However, many people can donate over and over and have no problem at all. While I could not donate on the day, Peader Laighléis, who has been donating blood since he was 18, told us why he donates: (click here)Most people give blood and then get on with their lives, without realising or thinking about the people their donations helps.The majority of blood transfusions are given during surgical procedures and to cancer patients, but it is also given to patients with terminal illnesses so as to improve their quality of life.Here Peader explains a heartwarming moment he experienced at a ceremony for blood donors: (click here)ApheresisPeople may not be aware that there are two types of blood donations, whole blood and apheresis. Whole blood donation, like that given in D’Olier Street and in other mobile clinics around the country, while apheresis donation, which involves removing the blood from someone, separating the component that is needed, such as platelets and then putting the blood back into the donor.This sort of donation is only done in fixed clinics in Cork and Dublin. The platelets go on to help patients with illnesses such as cancer and leukemia.Once you have given your donation, that’s it, you’re done. You can go enjoy the treats and goodies for free, but sadly Guinness is no longer given.Yum…If you would like to find out about giving blood visit the Irish Blood Transfusion Service website here.What happens to your blood next? Click here to find out>>>>>last_img read more

Liverpool Danny Murphy questions United players effort

first_imgFormer Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy has questioned the effort of Manchester United players under Jose Mourinho.Murphy insists United’s players must take responsibility for their performances when Mourinho was in charge.United sacked the Portuguese gaffer in December with the Red Devils 19 points behind league leaders Liverpool after their 3-1 loss to the Reds at Anfield.Former United striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was appointed on an interim basis until the end of the season and has led the club to six wins on the bounce following their 1-0 win over Spurs on Sunday afternoon.Speaking in the aftermath of the victory against Tottenham, Murphy questioned the efforts of the United players, saying, as quoted by Manchester Evening News: “They are putting a shift in and putting the effort in, that’s the biggest part of it.”Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“However disgruntled you are with the manager it is your duty to go out and give your everything.”“You have to give 100 per cent effort in every training session and every single match.”“Can those players say they did that for Jose Mourinho? Aside from the Juventus win, I never saw that kind of performance from every single Manchester United player.”“So they have to hold their hands up, whatever reason that was.”“But all credit to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, he’s come here with a clear plan to play on the counter-attack and he’s done incredibly well.”last_img read more

South Florida student graduates from FIU after crash left him paralyzed

first_imgHe woke up six weeks later from a coma to discover he was left paralyzed.“My injury took away some physical abilities, but I’m just going to keep pushing and live as if nothing happened to me,” he said. “I’m still going to study, I’m still going to work, and I’m still going to be persistent throughout my life.”Almendral was recognized at the graduation for persevering academically, despite the challenges in place.He said he’s far from done. “Next? That’s a great question,” Almendral said. “I plan on pursuing a career as a sports psychologist.”For Almendral, he’s now searching for internships in sports psychology and wants to help other athletes overcome their hurdles to success. He also plans on pursuing a master’s degree.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. WEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A South Florida college student is celebrating his graduation after a car crash left him facing challenges.Jordan Almendral took on the new title of graduate as he joined others at Florida International University, Monday.“I think today is my first accomplishment since I’ve been injured,” Almendral said.Getting up on the FIU stage for his summer’s commencement ceremony was a dream come true.“It’s just an amazing feeling that I think a lot of people thought I’d never get here,” he said. “I doubted the fact that I’d get here, but I’m here today and really, it means more than anything.”Almendral had dreams of being a professional baseball player, but a car crash in July 2010 left him unable to walk and set road blocks on his studies.Almendral was saved by emergency brain and spinal surgery after the crash. last_img read more

Fort Lauderdale Police horse will retire in April

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – A Fort Lauderdale horse is about to retire after serving the community for several years.Sheba, one of the Fort Lauderdale Police Department’s mounted horses, will finish her service in April.The department’s barn has been her home since 2013.Sheba was donated to the city and has served the community for the last six years.The horse will soon be enjoying the rest of its life at the Retirement Home for Horses, Inc. at the Mill Creek Farm in Alachua.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Budget Talks Continue For Borough Mayor

first_imgKPB Mayor Pierce: “There won’t be a lot of frills in the budget, there won’t be a lot of money to go around, but we’ll do what we can with the money we collect. It will in the future require new taxation from folks, and the question is what form of taxation will the voters agree to.”  KPB Mayor Pierce: “2019 is a budget plan, that I believe helps gets us to the 2020 year. It’s no new taxation, it balances the General Fund, and utilizes some of the money we have retained in the Land Trust Fund.”  Pierce continues to push for a balanced budget with no new taxes for the current fiscal year, but in order to accomplish that the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly will need to approve his proposal to draw $4.5 million from the borough’s Land Trust Fund. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce presented his upcoming budget proposal to a joint Chamber of Commerce, on April 18. Pierce will present his proposed budget on April 24th, to the assembly. The first public hearing on the budget is set for May 1st.last_img read more

Historical Photo Collection Being Made Available Online

first_imgThis photo of a Koryak boy with his bow and arrow in Russia, 1901, is one of about 700 that was recently digitized and made available online by the American Museum of Natural History in New York.In 1897 the American Museum of Natural History sent a team of anthropologists to the Pacific Northwest and Siberia. Six years later, they had confirmed the theory that humans migrated across the Bering land bridge. And they brought back thousands of photographs – many of which are now available online for the first time.Download Audiolast_img read more

Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro review Class apart trend setter

first_imgXiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro primary camera sample taken in the night.KVN Rohit/IBTimes India Display6.3-inch full HD+ (2340x1080p) with 2.5D glass screen and Corning Gorilla Glass 5 shieldAspect ratio: 19.5:9Contrast ratio: 1500:1Brightness: 450 nits and 84% NTSC colour gamut Processor11nm class Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 octa-core with Adreno 612 GPU OSAndroid Pie with MIUI 10 RAM +Storage Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro Neptune Blue modelKVN Rohit/IBTimes IndiaI have small hands and had a bit trouble operating phone single handed on the Redmi Note 7 Pro, but thanks to MIUI, there is an option to minimise the screen layout to resolve my shortcoming. With the widescreen, I had a pleasant experience watching TV series, movies and trailers on YouTube.Performance:My review unit has 4GB RAM, 64GB storage (expandable up to 256GB storage) and packs a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 octa-core processor. It works buttery smooth and I’m pretty sure the top-end model with sumptuous 6GB RAM and 128GB storage, will perform even better.The Redmi Note 7 Pro base variant showed not even slightest hint of lag-ness when loading apps, switching between apps, camera operation (snapping images & video recording), watching videos and even playing PUBG Mobile game.In the AnTuTu benchmark tests, the Redmi Note 7 Pro scored a staggering 1,81,852 points and on the GeekBench, it got an impressive 6,193 and 2,398 points on multi-core and single-core tests, respectively. Camera:Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro houses dual primary camera– a 48MP (with Sony IMX586 sensor, F1.79 aperture) and a 5MP (F2.4 aperture) with PDAF (Phase Detection Auto Focus), EIS (Electronic Image Stabilisation) and AI Portrait mode, dual-tone LED flash.I want to stress the fact that unlike other rival brands, the Redmi Note 7 Pro has a true 48MP camera and takes stunning images in natural sunny and even low-light conditions. In the Night mode, the camera requires the user to stay steady, as it takes a few seconds to process the image. The resultant images are decent, but I have to say, it is by the best among any brands in its price range.My tip to the Redmi Note 7 Pro owner is to use the night mode in situations such as controlled light conditions like monuments with street lights in the background and in pitch darkness, take the normal mode photo with LED flash on. In both the circumstances, you are assured of great pictures worth sharing on social media channels.If you want to get the 48MP picture, you have to settings (sandwich icon) in the right top corner to select the same namesake and rest assured, you will really get a nice picture with great details of the scene, which even some upper mid-range phones ( Rs 35,000-price Plus) cannot match it.Also, the Artificial Intelligence (AI) works like charm and is accurate in most of the time in identifying the locale type and optimising the camera to get the best shot possible.On the front, the13MP snapper is impressive and the AI Portrait mode is best compared other branded phones in the market. 1/1 Dimensions159.21 x 75.21 x 8.1 mm Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro comes with two stereo speakers at the base with Type C port in the middle.KVN Rohit/IBTimes India Add-onsP2i water splash-resistant coating, hybrid dual-SIM slot (nano-SIM 1 + nano SIM 2 or microSD card), facial recognition, fingerprint sensor, IR sensor, Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi (802.11 ac; dual-band: 2.4GHz & 5GHz), USB Type C, 3.5mm audio jack, AK 98937 Smart PA Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro primary camera sample shotKVN Rohit/IBTimes India13photo slideXiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro primary camera sample taken in the eveningKVN Rohit/IBTimes India Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro primary camera sample taken in the morning.KVN Rohit/IBTimes India Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro Neptune Blue modelKVN Rohit/IBTimes India2photo slideXiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro Nebula Red modelKVN Rohit/IBTimes IndiaIt also comes with P2i coating, meaning the Xiaomi phone can sustain accidental water splashes and rain shower. Furthermore, the company is offering a shell case in the retail package. This will help improve the durability of the Redmi Note 7 Pro.It sports 6.3-inch full HD+ (2340x1080p) LCD with 2.5D glass screen and Corning Gorilla Glass 5 shield (even on the back too). The display is very bright and can be adjustable to control blue light for night time reading. Even under the bright sunny condition, I didn’t have trouble reading the content on the screen. 1/1 Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro sample imagesKVN Rohit/IBTimes India 4GB RAM + 64GB storage: Rs 13,9996GB RAM + 128GB storage: Rs16,999 Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro primary camera sample taken in the evening.KVN Rohit/IBTimes India Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro features a hybrid SIM tray slot on the left side.KVN Rohit/IBTimes India IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/1:08Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:07?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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COPY LINKAD Loading … Main: 48MP (with Sony IMX586 sensor, F1.79 aperture) + 5MP (F2.4 aperture) dual rear camera with PDAF (Phase Detection Auto Focus), EIS (Electronic Image Stabilisation) and AI Portrait mode, dual-tone LED flashFront: 13MP with AI Portrait mode ColoursBlack/Blue/Red Close Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro primary camera sample taken in the evening.KVN Rohit/IBTimes India 4GB LPDDR4X RAM + 64GB storage6GB LPDDR4X RAM + 128GB storage[Note: storage expandable up to 256GB via microSD card] Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro primary camera sample taken in the evening.KVN Rohit/IBTimes India Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro primary camera sample taken in the morning.KVN Rohit/IBTimes India Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro black colour variant.KVN Rohit/IBTimes India5photo slideXiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro houses a 3.5mm audio jack, IR blaster and a mic on the top.KVN Rohit/IBTimes India Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro primary camera sample taken in the night.KVN Rohit/IBTimes India Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro primary camera sample shot.KVN Rohit/IBTimes India Camera Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro primary camera sample shot.KVN Rohit/IBTimes IndiaBattery:This aspect is very subjective, as the device’s battery life depends on how you use. Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 7 Pro comes with 4,000mAh battery, same as the Redmi Note 6 Pro and its predecessor. But, with new Snapdragon 675, the Redmi Note 7 Pro will offer a full day’s battery which most of us crave and if used more conservatively, it delivers more actually. As a non-gamer user, my review unit gave more than one and a half day of battery life. If you happen to watch a tad more videos and also play games in your free time, it will last more than 10 hours easily.Final thoughts:After using it for more than three weeks, I did not find any discerning shortcomings in the Redmi Note 7 Pro in terms of functionality and actually, it delivers more than the price it commands. Xiaomi phone ticks all five critical aspects in a phone, which the consumer, particularly young and salaried class people look for. It has uber cool design & high durable build quality, great camera (best in its class. Period), really long lasting battery, a powerful processor configuration and most importantly, the low-price, which plays a very crucial role in the minds of shrewd Indian consumers while making the purchase.Right now, you won’t find a better phone with such specifications-to-price-ratio in the Indian market that can match Redmi Note 7 Pro.The only qualm I have with Xiaomi is that it is not making enough Redmi Note 7 Pro units to satiate demand in the market; despite having multiple mobiles assembling plans in India, the company is still hosting a flash sale and for me, this is just criminal.Pros:Visually appealing designPremium build qualityPowerful processor and good RAM+ storage configuration optionsExcellent camera hardwareLong lasting batteryThe price tag is ridiculously low for such a feature-rich phoneCons:Conducting flash sale in 2019 should be labelled as a cardinal sin. I am getting lots of requests from friends and colleagues for F-codes, but I’m helpless. I exhausted my two f-codes before the first flash sale and another two, which I requested the PR agency last week, is also gone.Key specifications of Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro:ModelModelXiaomi Redmi Note 7 ProXiaomi Redmi Note 7 ProModelDisplayXiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro6.3-inch full HD+ (2340x1080p) with 2.5D glass screen and Corning Gorilla Glass 5 shieldAspect ratio: 19.5:9Contrast ratio: 1500:1Brightness: 450 nits and 84% NTSC colour gamutModelOSXiaomi Redmi Note 7 ProAndroid Pie with MIUI 10ModelProcessorXiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro11nm class Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 octa-core with Adreno 612 GPUModelRAM +StorageXiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro4GB LPDDR4X RAM + 64GB storage6GB LPDDR4X RAM + 128GB storage[Note: storage expandable up to 256GB via microSD card]ModelCameraXiaomi Redmi Note 7 ProMain: 48MP (with Sony IMX586 sensor, F1.79 aperture) + 5MP (F2.4 aperture) dual rear camera with PDAF (Phase Detection Auto Focus), EIS (Electronic Image Stabilisation) and AI Portrait mode, dual-tone LED flashFront: 13MP with AI Portrait modeModelBatteryXiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro4000mAh with Quick Charge 4.0 capabilityModelAdd-onsXiaomi Redmi Note 7 ProP2i water splash-resistant coating, hybrid dual-SIM slot (nano-SIM 1 + nano SIM 2 or microSD card), facial recognition, fingerprint sensor, IR sensor, Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi (802.11 ac; dual-band: 2.4GHz & 5GHz), USB Type C, 3.5mm audio jack, AK 98937 Smart PAModelDimensionsXiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro159.21 x 75.21 x 8.1 mmModelColoursXiaomi Redmi Note 7 ProBlack/Blue/RedModelPrice Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro4GB RAM + 64GB storage: Rs 13,9996GB RAM + 128GB storage: Rs16,999 Battery4000mAh with Quick Charge 4.0 capability ModelXiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro Mobile phone manufacturing factories increased from 2 to 120 after coming to power: RS Prasad Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro primary camera sample taken in the morning.KVN Rohit/IBTimes India Price  Last month, Xiaomi unveiled the new Redmi Note 7 Pro, the company’s first smartphone of the year in India and in fact, it was also a global debut. During the presentation, Xiaomi took its own sweet time to describe its camera, processor, design and other aspects of the Redmi Note 7 Pro and when the time came for the price announcement, I and many other fellow reporters and bloggers covering the event, we’re betting the device would be priced in the upwards of Rs 20,000. But, to everyone’s surprise, Xiaomi revealed that the Redmi Note 7 Pro would start at Rs 13,999 (4GB RAM + 64GB storage) and the top-end with 6GB RAM and 128GB costs just Rs 17,999. It left many perplexed how Xiaomi would come with such a ridiculously low price-tag for the Redmi Note 7 series, which compared to rival brands with similar features, cost more than the double.   Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro comes with full HD display.KVN Rohit/IBTimes IndiaDoes the Redmi Note 7 Pro really live up to the hype? Well, Xiaomi has provided a review unit to the International Business Times, India Edition to judge it and here’s what I learnt about this new game changer of a phone.Build quality, design and display:The Redmi Note 6 Pro and its predecessor, Redmi Note 5 Pro already set a benchmark for build quality in the mid-range class of phones and now, with the Redmi Note 7 Pro, Xiaomi has taken it a notch up.The glass-enclosed Redmi Note 7 Pro with a metallic frame around the edges exude premium feel, which I believe is unparallel in its class. Though its fingerprint magnet, many in my office were really impressed with the design and build quality of the Xiaomi phone and couldn’t believe it costs less than Rs 14,000. 1/1last_img read more

Priyanka Chopras act of flaunting legs fails gets called Baahubali and fake

first_imgInstagramThere is no stopping Priyanka Chopra. Apart from winning the heart of Nick Jonas, the diva has ruled the roost in Bollywood and Hollywood. Barely inseparable for a moment, Priyanka and Nick recently attended the premiere of Jonas Brothers’ documentary Chasing Happiness.Priyanka wrote a heart-warming message for husband Nick Jonas, saying, “I’m so proud.. Last night was a another testament of how incredible your bond is as a family.. @jonasbrothers I love you all and am so proud! #chasinghappiness on @amazonprimevideo @nickjonas @joejonas @kevinjonas ❤️ team @philymack and @johnlloydtaylor you crushed it!”While Nick opted for a classic burgundy suit and black shirt, Priyanka Chopra was a sight to behold in a long-sleeved black dress with a thigh-high slit and netting-style neckline. While one section of fans and netizens couldn’t stop applauding her eccentric fashion style, there was another section which just couldn’t digest Priyanka’s bold style.Amidst all the praising and trolling, while one netizen compared Priyanka to Baahubali, another accused her of trying to show her legs purposely and fake.Priyanka Chopra is currently shooting for The Sky is Pink where she will be seen with Farhan Akhtar. She has also signed Salman Khan’s Eid release – Bharat – earlier, but, had to opt out of the project owing to her sudden decision to tie the knot with beau Nick Jonas. An upset Salman Khan had revealed that Priyanka had asked his sister to speak to him and had insisted on being a part of the project but backed out at the last minute. He also said that the team was ready to accommodate dates for her but she was insistent on leaving the project. Salman also said that Katrina Kaif should thank Priyanka for opting out which eventually led to her making her way into the film.last_img read more

Spill CleanUp At Houston Ship Channel Maleah Davis Heckled In Courthouse METROs

first_imgMonday, May 13, 2019Top afternoon stories:U.S. Coast Guard Photo by Auxiliarist Rusty PumphreyCrews begin cutting into outer hull of capsized barge on May 13, 2019 at the Houston Ship Channel, near Bayport.Crews Continue Spill Clean-Up At Houston Ship ChannelCleanup crews continue responding to a collision in the Houston Ship Channel that spilled approximately 9,000 barrels of gasoline blend stock last Friday.The spill happened after a 755-foot tanker crashed into a tugboat that was pushing two barges. The tanker struck one of the barges and the other one capsized and remains aground just outside the channel.Salvage teams have secured the two barges in their current locations and continue to remove product from the damaged barge. Crews are preparing to perform salvage operations on the capsized barge.The flammable material that spilled is called reformate. Six skimmers are on the scene and have recovered more than 376 barrels of product-water mixture. In addition, responders have deployed more than 20,000 feet of boom, a temporary floating barrier, to control the spill.Houston Police Department via APThis undated photo released by the Houston Police Department shows Maleah Davis.Mother Of Maleah Davis Heckled In CourthouseThe mother of a missing 4-year-old Texas girl was heckled outside a courtroom on Monday by people who questioned if she had done enough to protect her daughter before her disappearance.Brittany Bowens, Maleah Davis’s mother, along with her spokesman, community activist Quanell X, showed up for a scheduled court hearing for Derion Vence, her former fiance who is charged in connection with the girl’s disappearance. The hearing was canceled, though, and Vence’s next hearing was scheduled for July 10. His attorney didn’t immediately reply to calls seeking comment.Vence, 26, has been charged with tampering with evidence, specifically a human corpse, though Maleah is still missing and authorities have declined to say whether they believe she is dead or Vence may have killed her.Initially, his bond was set at $1 million, but it was lowered to $45,000 on Monday, according to court records.Gail Delaughter/Houston Public MediaMetro light rail train at the Dryden Station.METRO’s Light Rail Red Line Is BackThe Red Line of METRO’s light rail in Houston is operating again, after crews completed repairs to overhead electrical wires on Sunday. The line runs from Northline/HCC Station to Fannin South.The repairs started last week because of two overhead electrical wires that broke recently. One wire broke near the Burnett Bridge along the Red Line and the other break occurred near the intersection of Dallas and Scott streets.The service along the Green and Purple lines is still suspended as work to reinforce electrical wires continues. Free bus shuttles are available along those routes to transport customers.The wires will be reinforced at more than 70 locations and METRO anticipates the entire project will be completed by the end of the week.Alvaro ‘Al’ Ortiz/Houston Public MediaThis file Oct. 9 2019 photo shows Father Manuel La Rosa-Lopez leaving the Montgomery County Courthouse, in Conroe, after appearing in court.Conroe Priest Charged With Child Indecency Enters Not Guilty PleaManuel La Rosa-Lopez, a Houston-area Catholic priest charged on two counts of indecency with a child arising from child sex abuse allegations, was arraigned on Monday at the Montgomery County 435 District Court in Conroe and entered a not guilty plea.At the beginning of May, a Montgomery County grand jury indicted La Rosa-Lopez on two of four counts of child indecency charges.Montgomery County Assistant District Attorney Tyler Dunman told News 88.7 his office is still investigating the remaining allegations, which were made by multiple victims.The indictments are connected to allegations made by a female parishioner about incidents that happened in March 2001, while La Rosa-Lopez was a priest assigned to Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Conroe. His next court date is set for July 15. Sharelast_img read more

Secondbest Civ gets a sequel Civilization Revolution 2 coming to iOS

first_imgEvery gamer has a friend that hates Civilization V — that’s just how it is. The game took the core values of Civilization and, that friend would say, made them too simple, too slow, and too boring. After offering to gift you Civ IV so you can see “what a real Civ is like” at no cost, that friend inevitably praises Civilization Revolution — the console version, of course — citing it as the proof that a simplified Civ can be phenomenal, and simplification isn’t the reason why Civ V is a travesty.You’ll tell that friend that, yeah, you really liked Civ Rev on iOS, but they’ll tell you it’s not the same, then both of you give up on the conversation and go back to playing some MOBA. Get ready to resurrect the age-old Civ argument, because 2K Games has announced that Civilization Revolution will be getting a proper sequel, but exclusively for mobile platforms.Civilization Revolution was the first entry in the franchise that was developed specifically for consoles. Bringing the complex, definitely-requires-a-keyboard-and-mouse series to consoles was always a scary prospect for diehard fans. Civ has too many moving parts to be effectively translated to a gamepad; however, Revolution turned that notion on its head, showing fans that Civ can not only work on consoles, but it can become one of the best entries in the series.The mobile counterpart kept the majority of the core mechanics of the series, but it felt off — it felt more like a routine than a game. That might’ve been because the mobile game was more or less a translation from the more robust console version. This time around, Civilization Revolution 2 is being built from the ground-up, specifically for mobile, so there’s a good chance it’ll feel more like a game than a routine.As you can see from the screenshots in the above gallery, the game looks significantly better than the first outing. That first attempt released back in 2009, so it only makes sense that games built for 2014 mobile devices would look much better.So far, the news is very light on details — especially because it’ll be out on iOS starting July 2. The game is coming to Android as well, but a date other than “coming soon” has not been announced. It doesn’t look like we’ll be getting a proper console release this time around, which is pretty disappointing, but Firaxis has said as much in the past.For more info on the upcoming sequel, head on over to its website, or you can just wait a week, buy the thing, and be really mad there isn’t a console version. VIEW PHOTO GALLERY Putty Churchill.Knights beat anything so long as they’re on a hill.The days of your civilization are numbered!A unit battle.last_img read more

Between the worlds of romance and dreams

first_imgThe works of artist Suhas Roy, in his exhibition titled, Simply Suhas will be on display from 18 December.All the elements in his works ensure that his richly romantic subjects do not touch extreme syrupy and stereotypical portrayals. Instead, their very patent beauty veers towards melancholic grace and elegance. This graceful portrayal of his subjects has much to do with his choice of materials – crayons, charcoal and brush. Art works are usually inspired by life around him, but his themes are as much influenced by the everyday world as they are rooted in fantasy. The vast and complex texture of life is seen as mystical and dark in his work. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The mystical flavour of his works arose from his interpretations of the ‘unknown’. Revealing his philosophy, the artist said ‘I want to prove that the business of art is simple’. Roy has proved that it is not necessary to fret and fume or deliver profound sermons. Success can come from delicate little strokes, small but honest commitments and simple joys. A fine blend of beauty and simplicity remain the hallmark of Suhas Roy’s work. His subjects are romanticised, inhabiting the dreamlike world between sensuality and innocence. This show will bring to the viewer, a rare combination of lasting beauty and nuanced depth-never compromising one for the other.When: 18th December, 10 am onwardsWhere: Open Palm Court Gallery, India Habitat Centrelast_img read more

Behind the ambitious plan to build and race flying cars

first_imgAustralian Matt Pearson is behind Alauda, a flying, racing car startup.Image: alaudaBy Johnny Lieu2017-12-14 05:04:37 UTC Since Back to the Future, you’re far from alone if you’ve wondered where the heck your flying car is already.Sure, we’ve seen pitches by the likes of Kitty Hawk, which is backed by Google co-founder Larry Page, and Slovakian startup AeroMobil — but the reality of a flying car still seems a way off.An Australian startup called Alauda has an ambition to fast-track that reality with its electric, low-altitude aircraft, the Airspeeder Mark I. Alauda is founded by Matt Pearson, who also cofounded space startup Fleet. Over the past two years, Pearson has been working on the project as part of a team of five in a Sydney warehouse.Unlike the DeLorean, Pearson’s Airspeeder Mark I is a quadcopter — essentially a bigger version of a drone, with a single seat for the pilot. “About three years ago I started to look at hover technology, and magnetic hovering. The problem with that is you need to build a track as well as the vehicle. You can’t just build a magnetic hover car and fly it on any road, you need to build the road,” Pearson explained to Mashable.“Then I realised quadcopter designs were so much more versatile, so much more advanced, and so much more easier to work with.” Image: alaudaMuch of the Airspeeder is custom made: The wooden propellers, the 50-megawatt electric motors, and the aluminium frame. It’ll be powered by lithium ion batteries and will have a top speed of more than 200 km/h. The Airspeeder will have sensors to prevent collisions, but they’re also looking into a Mars Lander-type safety system, which uses airbags to protect the vehicle on impact.While the dynamics of an Airspeeder might be different, the control surfaces are similar to a normal aircraft. Two joysticks will each control pitch and roll, as pedals control yaw and throttle.Turning Airspeeder into a sportWhy just fly a car when you can race it? Pearson hopes to have two Airspeeders test-racing through a desert in the later half of 2018, with an aim to launch a Grand Prix in 2020. They’ll be unmanned at first, as the team works on the car’s safety systems. “We want to create a sport, not just a flying car. So Alauda is like Ferrari, and we have something called Airspeeder — that’s like Formula One, which is the category,” he explained.“We want to create race regulations that say you can’t go higher than this, you can’t go lower than this, and we’ll build that into the software as well so it limits what drivers can do. That will be related to safety, but also crowd safety too.”The races could be time trials around an aerobatics course, a la Red Bull Air Race, or an endurance sprint from point-to-point.“It depends on how much space governments will allow us to have, and where it’s safe to do it. The good thing about Australia is that we’ve got a lot of open fields …  [but] one of the limitations are is that you can’t go that far without needing another battery, so I would say we’re thinking of starting something as small as a couple of square kilometres.”Like in motorsports, Pearson envisages integrating the art of the pitstop in Airspeeder racing. “What we’ll have in the racing is a lot of pit stops, you touch down, the crew slides out the batteries and slides new ones in. So it’s going to be a really exciting thing to watch,” he said.Great Scott! But it’s still early daysAlauda are still testing prototypes on a field within Australian military airspace, with government permission. Pearson is currently the company’s sole investor. The company has turned to a Kickstarter to help raise funds and gauge interest in the endeavour.“We’re running this Kickstarter to go hey, if people are excited about this come join us, be part of this, the more money we raise the faster we can go,” he said.“It’s engineering time to get the safety systems right, and the certification — this has to be certified like a normal aircraft and each part has to be certified individually. It’s a long process, and we want to get it started.”They’re also looking for people who have a background as a racing driver, but also a pilot’s license, who might want to fly an Airspeeder (if you’re one of these people, you’ve used your time on this planet very, very well).“You actually see that quite often through history, especially with Formula One drivers — those kinds of thrill seekers. It’s that mix of experience, because we’re blending those two fields. We’ve found a couple like that already and we’re excited about that,” Pearson said.last_img read more

Prison for 3 in killing of US couple in Caribbean

first_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Top Stories “You have not shown any remorse,” Tijhuis told Johnson, a citizen of Jamaica who worked as a security guard in St. Maarten. “Only a life sentence is justified.”Jeremiah Mills, who was on probation for robbery, was acquitted of the murder charge but convicted of being an accomplice. The judge sentenced him to 28 years in prison.Jamal Woolford was convicted of being an accessory and received 22 years.Authorities portrayed the killing as part of a crime spree that included the robbery of a Chinese restaurant, for which all three were also convicted. The judge issues a verdict and sentence at the same time under the St. Maarten legal system.Friends and relatives of the Kings wept as the verdicts were read out. Gasps were heard from the audience when Johnson turned and smiled to the gallery as he was led out of court following the verdict.Michael King, a retired insurance executive, and his wife owned a home in St. Maarten, which shares an island with the French dependency of St. Martin. Their throats were slashed and their house looted in the September attack.Johnson’s lawyer, Brenda Brooks, had argued that her client did not intend to kill the couple and should be convicted of the lesser charge of manslaughter. She said Wednesday that she would appeal the verdict and sentence. The three men are expected to serve their sentences in St. Maarten’s Pointe Blanche prison.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments   Share   Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten (AP) – A judge in St. Maarten convicted three men and issued prison sentences Wednesday in the killing of a South Carolina couple in the Caribbean country.Lead defendant Meyshane Johnson was found guilty of all six charges against him, including two counts of murder in the deaths Michael and Thelma King of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.Judge Tamara Tijhuis imposed a life sentence, citing the cruel nature of the crime and the possibility that he might commit similar crimes if released. Sponsored Stories Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Men’s health affects baby’s health toolast_img read more

Drivers get extra time to place registration tabs on their vehicles under

first_img Categories: VanderWall News 18Oct Drivers get extra time to place registration tabs on their vehicles under Rep. VanderWall bill Bills help clarify rules and address safety concerns for Michigan driversState Rep. Curt VanderWall this week testified before the Michigan House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in support of two bills.The first bill would provide a 30-day grace period for displaying proof of registration on a license plate and allow for electronic or paper printout as proof of current registration.Currently, if an individual orders their registration through the mail or renews online and doesn’t receive it prior to the required registration date, they are violating the law and could be ticketed for driving with an expired plate.The Secretary of State (SOS) allows a driver to renew his or her vehicle registration by mail, online, in one of the branch office locations, or at a self-service station located within some of the SOS branches. “This bill would add some flexibility for the tab to be placed on the car within a 30-day window,” said VanderWall, of Ludington. “Being able to show an electronic proof of renewal would prevent people from getting a ticket when they actually renewed in time but the tabs just haven’t shown up in the mail yet.”The increased use of mail and online renewal options should lead to less use of branch offices for these services and reduce lines.Michigan’s Secretary of State Ruth Johnson joined Rep. VanderWall and testified in support of the bill.VanderWall’s second bill ensures that motor carriers who receive a federal Out of Service (OOS) order are not allowed to receive registration in Michigan.This legislation will allow the Secretary of State to prevent bad actors within the trucking industry from operating in Michigan.Michigan law does not contain any reference to federal OOS orders. As a result, the Secretary of State has no authority to deny a commercial motor carrier registration to operate in the state based solely on an OOS order. This is problematic because a semi-truck driver or trucking company may be issued an OOS order in another state, relocate to Michigan and continue operating without the state having any knowledge of previous violations.“Safety on our roads is vitally important and this bill will help get those problem motor carriers off our roads,” said VanderWall.Federal law provides that an OOS order may be issued to a driver of a commercial motor vehicle or a commercial motor carrier company if they are in violation of one or more of the following:The person or company is operating or authorizes the operation of a vehicle that may be an imminent threat to other motorists specifically pertaining to the transportation of hazardous materials;The driver is under the influence of alcohol four hours prior to going on duty or operating a commercial vehicle;The driver operated a vehicle without the required operating authority, or beyond the operating authority granted;A driver fails to maintain a duty status record or is on duty over the maximum time limits provided in federal law.House Bill 4535 and 4839 remain under consideration by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.###last_img read more

Reps Reilly and Webber to present joint legislative update

first_img18Feb Reps. Reilly and Webber to present joint legislative update State Reps. John Reilly and Michael Webber will present a joint legislative update to local residents on Tuesday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. at the Oakland Township Hall located at 4393 Collins Road in Rochester. The presentation will take place during the Oakland Township Board of Trustees meeting that evening.Information on legislation regarding auto insurance, tax reform and local issues will be among the key issues discussed.“I’m looking forward to giving residents an update on what we’ve been working on in Lansing,” Rep. Reilly said. “I encourage anyone in Oakland Township to join us and participate in this unique and informative event.”“Attending local events is a great way to connect with people one-on-one. Webber said: I always look forward to meeting residents and discussing ways we can improve our communities.”For additional information, contact Rep. Reilly at 517-373-1798 or via email at JohnReilly@house.mi.gov. Rep. Webber’s office may be reached at 517-373-1773 or MichaelWebber@house.mi.gov. Categories: Webber Newslast_img read more

Rep Noble part of plan cracking down on pyramid schemes

first_img Categories: News,Noble News 24Apr Rep. Noble part of plan cracking down on pyramid schemes Legislation sponsored by state Rep. Jeff Noble further addressing the nature of pyramid schemes today was advanced in a Michigan House vote.The plan is part of a four-bill legislative package amending current state consumer protection and franchise investment laws, while also adding needed clarification between pyramid schemes and other ventures such as direct selling agencies or multi-level marketing.Noble’s bill, House Bill 5728, adds sentencing guidelines for levels of involvement within a pyramid scheme. Establishing, promoting or operating a pyramid scheme would be classified as a felony and participation could result in misdemeanor charges. Legal business models would require a majority of compensation for an individual to come directly from sales.Pyramid schemes are currently illegal under Michigan law, but the law has not been revised in years. Noble said a change was needed now, especially with the rise of other business models that have been mischaracterized as pyramid schemes.“Direct selling and multi-marketing ventures need the clarification within current law because their practices truly differ from what a pyramid scheme does,” said Noble, of Northville. “This is useful to consumers in Michigan, ensuring their hard-earned money is going to a legitimate business practice and not something that takes advantage of them.”Pyramid schemes lack a product or service readily for sale and usually rely directly on the recruitment of new investors. This business model collapses without profit from sales and investors at the bottom of the pyramid can lose their investment. Direct selling agencies and multi-level marketing projects feature individuals selling real products and earning compensation based on how much of the product they sell.“New ventures pop up seemingly every day and so much advertising is now done digitally. These factors make it very important to have information and resources on the books to differentiate between business practices in an easier fashion,” Noble said. “These bills offer clarity for consumers and deterrents for bad actors within the selling industry.”House Bills 5726-29 advance to the Senate for further consideration.last_img read more

Rep Wozniak Leaving no stone unturned on nofault reform

first_img Categories: Wozniak News Lawmaker targets unlimited PIP option under introduced legislationIn an effort to promote best-in-the-nation no-fault car insurance benefits, state Rep. Doug Wozniak today introduced bipartisan legislation making the unlimited personal injury protection (PIP) coverage option more affordable and attractive to Michigan drivers.Under the proposal, insurers will be able to offer options with higher deductibles and reduced premiums for consumers purchasing an unlimited PIP benefits plan. Motorists would be able to choose deductibles in increments of $1,000 – the higher the deductible, the greater the savings on premiums.Wozniak’s plan is in response to landmark car insurance reforms that were signed into law recently, giving Michigan drivers choice for the first time as a no-fault state beginning in July 2020. Motorists will be able to choose alternative PIP coverage level options that best meet their budgets, including the option to continue purchasing unlimited coverage.Wozniak said through mandatory rate rollbacks, those who decide to purchase unlimited benefits will see guaranteed savings of 10 percent on the PIP portion of their policies. He added that may be not enough savings to keep the unlimited option attractive to drivers and their families.“I’m committed to leaving no stone unturned on no-fault reform because the people of Michigan deserve dependable coverage at an affordable price,” said Wozniak, of Shelby Township. “This legislation enhances our recent reforms, allowing consumers who purchase an unlimited benefits plan to see additional savings beyond the 10 percent reduction in rates. By making the unlimited PIP coverage level more attractive to drivers, we can help ensure more families across Michigan have access to live-saving benefits and are adequately covered in a tragic accident.”House Bill 4734 now moves to the House Insurance Committee for further consideration. 19Jun Rep. Wozniak: Leaving no stone unturned on no-fault reformlast_img read more

Organized Resistance Cell Phone Recordings are Exhibit 1 in NYC LandlordTenant Dispute

first_imgShare15TweetShareEmail15 SharesOctober 19, 2015; New York TimesThe remaining tenants in an East Village building that a developer is trying to empty out decided that the same devices that are so useful in recording police misbehavior can be used to document their harassment and intimidation by the landlord’s stooges.A few weeks ago, NPQ covered New York City’s investments in legal aid to prevent tenants in affordable housing from being forced from their units illegally to make way for gentrification. This story in the New York Times is about exactly that kind of activity at 444 East 13th Street, and where the case would ordinarily have ended up in housing court with contested views of reality (kind of like police shootings), this time, tenants came armed with audio and video of conversations meant to scare them into leaving, recorded on smartphones and other devices.According to this article, tenants have increasingly often been making use of recordings such as these to prove their cases in housing court. Making a visual record of physical conditions is more common than video or audio. “If you’re trying to prove a leak, you take pictures,” said Andrew Scherer, policy director of New York Law School’s Impact Center for Public Interest Law. “Sometimes people have brought in a dead rat or a cockroach.” But in cases of harassment, he says, the use of recordings as evidence “is much more conclusive,” and in New York, it is legal to record someone without their consent as long as you have a way of authenticating the recording.In the case of the recordings of scare tactics at 444 East 13th Street, where most tenants are low-wage workers who have lived in the building for decades, the credibility of the tapes was sufficient to justify an order to temporarily stop the construction work inside their 16-unit building while a final determination is made.The tactics that the landlord’s agents are being accused of are not new. One agent was recorded saying that there were active police investigations into drug use and prostitution in that building and that the building adjacent was scheduled to be razed. “The building is going to be shaking; the vermin will start running,” said the agent, who identified himself as Newton Hinds. “It’s going to be a nightmare,” he said in another recording, referring to the supposed police investigations. Many of the tenants are of Mexican descent, and at one point Hinds suggested that residents who were not citizens or legal residents could also find themselves in trouble. “If someone is illegal, it’s going to be a problem for them,” Mr. Hinds said, while also suggesting that the building was soon going to be taken out of rent control status.The landlord, Raphael Toledano, bought the building last January, and since that time, tenants have been subjected to appalling conditions, including an extended period without utilities and high levels of lead contamination from construction. At one point in June, the building had a total of 244 housing code violations. Toledano, 25, has blamed Goldmark Property Management for the harassment of tenants, and he claims that the company has since been terminated with a note that read, “Stay the F___ away from my building.”Toledano has recently made more acquisitions in the area. In September, Toledano bought another 16 properties between 5th and 12th Streets for $97 million. Of the three properties that made up his holdings on 13th Street, two have since been sold, and luxury condo towers are planned to go up in their place. (Ryan Serhant, one of the stars of Million Dollar Listing New York, has been tasked with the job of selling the condos.)Besides scare tactics, a new law effective in December establishes that repeated buyout offers constitute harassment. And this is where the story of organized resistance at 444 East 13th Street started, as one tenant who had been subjected to a combination of cajoling and discussions of “consequences” while filming, suggested that other tenants make similar records of their interactions with Hinds and Miguel Cueto, a private investigator who also repeatedly approached tenants.Urban Justice Center, which is handling the tenants’ case, said the tenants will seek a monetary settlement paid to them, or fines paid to the city if the case goes to trial. Not to be outdone, Toledano has now placed security cameras on every floor of the building—but according to his spokesperson, that’s just to keep an eye on construction crews, not the tenants.—Ruth McCambridgeShare15TweetShareEmail15 Shareslast_img read more

The Great Debate Can Creating a Dialogue Make a Real Difference

first_imgShare3Tweet5ShareEmail8 Shares“Violent Riots in France 2018 Yellow Vests,” Laurent BourrellyJanuary 14, 2019; QuartzFrench leader Emmanuel Macron has launched a counter-offensive to the infamous Yellow Vest protests in the form of a national dialogue on issues raised by the grassroots movement: economic inequality, the role of the state, climate change, and democracy. The “Great National Debate” is a response to criticism that Macron’s ambitious policy changes weren’t enacted through an inclusive process. Macron was forced to pause a gas tax that was part of efforts to combat climate change after the leadership-less protests began in November and morphed into a widespread movement of weekly protests across the country that continued over the weekend.In an open letter to the 67 million French citizens published January 13th, Macron says he aims to transform anger into solutions via a two-month initiative where participants will answer questions online or at their local mayor’s offices and meet in discussion groups, according to a Quartz article by Annabelle Timsit. This week, he met with 600 mayors who will be leading debates in local towns.It’s an ambitious idea from a young, currently unpopular leader. NPQ has written about many efforts to create inclusive dialogue in America, from a community development process in Cleveland to a Facebook discussion on gun control. Lessons learned include the fact that the structure behind the conversations is as important as the dialogue itself.As Martin Levine writes about Cleveland, the effort there “reflects how the existing power structure continues to control and exclude the diversity of the community they desire to include.”Before they define the problems, select planning methodologies and locations for meetings…before they begin thinking about solutions, they need to break down the walls and invite diversity in. Inclusivity is about gender, race, and economic status. It is also about power and powerlessness.And while some are praising Macron’s leadership in admitting he doesn’t have all the answers, a top-down dialogue initiated by the powerful is a tricky proposition indeed. (Just image what would happen if President Trump asked citizens to fill out a questionnaire on the future of democracy.) And, with an approval rating of 28 percent, critics say Macron is only trying to distract from negative publicity.Looking more closely at the proposal, the questions Macron asks in the Great National Debate are broad and could be debated in perpetuity:“How can we make our tax system fairer and more efficient?”“How would you like the state to be organized, and how can it improve its action?”“How do we finance the ecological transition?”Second, the structure behind the dialogue and the rollout has been mismanaged. Examples include the resignation of the Debate commission’s leader based on criticism of her proposed salary ($16,800 a month, according to the BBC) and this week’s launch event that didn’t include anyone actually wearing a Yellow Vest (to be fair, many of the protesters have refused to meet with political leaders in the past).Two ministers will coordinate the Debate, and it’s unclear from the Debate’s website how they will ensure the principles behind it—transparency, pluralism, inclusion, neutrality, equality, and “respect for the word” (as translated from French by Google)— are followed. Contributions from local meetings and feedback online will be used to create an analysis guiding “a new economic, social and environmental pact” within the government.However, one mayor told RFI that the Yellow Vests wouldn’t budge until the “wealth tax” that Macron abolished early in his presidency is reinstated. Without this flashpoint on the table for negotiation, will the Great National Debate live up to its ideals? Further, as nonprofit leaders are always asked about strategic planning, will the resulting report just end up on some dusty shelf inside a palace? (Yes, French Parliament conducts legislative sessions at the Palais du Luxembourg and the Palais Bourbon, and when they meet in congress, at the Château de Versailles.)In an age of polarization, it’s admirable to see an attempt at using large-scale input from citizens to shape decision-making, especially outside of the ballot box. And, with protests and unrest on the rise in the US, from the Los Angeles Teachers’ Strike to the federal government shutdown, it’s clear that incremental change isn’t enough and that more voices need to be included in spaces of power. In Macron’s case, actions may speak louder than words.—Anna BerryShare3Tweet5ShareEmail8 Shareslast_img read more

185 Billion in Federal Aid for Puerto Rico Remains Stuck in Washington

first_imgShare4Tweet23ShareEmail27 Shares“Red tape tools,” Anne AkersApril 15, 2019; American ProspectNPQ has steadily followed the situation of Puerto Rico and the challenges its people face, both because of the situation’s inherent importance and because we are witnessing in real time “the processes of building anew and recreating from disaster in a region where inequality is already extreme.” One disturbing reality being revealed is that federal long-term federal disaster recovery policy is grossly inadequate.For instance, consider this, from Manuel Madrid of American Prospect: “Congress approved $20 billion last year to help Puerto Rico recover from Hurricane Maria in 2017. Less than $14,000 has been spent on the island.”Where is the money? Over a year after Congress authorized $20 billion, most of the money remains stuck in bureaucratic limbo.As of March 1st, less than $14,000 of the $20 billion approved by Congress has been spent on Puerto Rico post-disaster reconstruction activities, according to Department of Housing and Urban Development records. This is because the first disbursement of $1.5 billion to Puerto Rico only occurred in February of this year. The remaining $18.5 billion, notes Madrid, “has not even reached the island yet, stuck somewhere between the department’s rigorous planning requirements and its drawing up of grant agreements.”Part of the problem is that unlike immediate disaster relief funding, the long-term disaster relief that Congress approved in early 2018 was set to be distributed through the Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery program at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).Unlike other disaster assistance programs, Madrid notes that, “HUD lacks the authority to issue emergency funds without first publishing lengthy grant requirements for each new disaster.”“The result,” adds Madrid, is “a tangled web of red tape that has slowed the release of funds to recovering areas,” as detailed in a report issued last month by the US Government Accountability Office. The report was unsparing in its criticism. The report also noted that Puerto Rico was not the only community that was being forced to wait an inordinate period of time for promised federal disaster recovery funds. As Madrid explains:As of January 2019, Texas had drawn down about $18 million (of $5 billion) for administration and planning only, and Florida had drawn down about $1 million (of $616 million) for administration, planning, and housing activities. Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands had not drawn down any of the $1.5 billion and $243 million, respectively, they had been allocated. HUD lacks adequate guidance for staff reviewing the quality of grantees’ financial processes and procedures and assessments of capacity and unmet needs, and has not completed monitoring or workforce plans.After waiting months for guidance, states and localities seeking aid must then submit a mountain of documentation to be approved by HUD. Once approved, a grant agreement is drafted, finalized, and signed.For the initial $1.5 billion for Puerto Rico, an agreement was signed only in September—a full year after Hurricane Maria hit the island. By contrast, according to the GAO report, agreements were signed by May after hurricane Katrina hit, a difference of four months. The GAO, for its part, recommends that Congress authorize a permanent disaster assistance program that is better suited to address unmet needs in a timely manner, as well as other process reforms.At a congressional hearing held early this month, Jenniffer González-Colón, who is Puerto Rico’s nonvoting Republican congressional representative, expressed her frustration at the slow speed of fund delivery: “We got 53 days until the next hurricane season, and the people of Puerto Rico will not have a robust system to face the new hurricane season. We can see [the recovery money], we can smell it, but we can’t touch [it]. That’s the main situation on the island.”—Steve DubbShare4Tweet23ShareEmail27 Shareslast_img read more

Danish cable operator YouSee is launching an HD on

first_imgDanish cable operator YouSee is launching an HD online TV channel DRHD, its first movie into distribution of an HD service on the web, and five new standard definition web TV channels.The channel is distributed in the same 720p resolution as its HD channels on TV, but at the lower bitrate of 2.5Mbps, compared to 9Mbps for the TV version.In addition to DRHD, YouSee is now offering TV2 Sport, Disney Junior and TLC on the web TV service, with TNT7 and BBC Lifestyle to follow in February.YouSee would like to add Viasat channels TV3 Plus and TV3 Puls to the online service, but has so far been unable to agree terms with Modern Times Group.last_img read more

Members of YouTubes partner programme can now pro

first_imgMembers of YouTube’s partner programme can now provide live content on a pay-per-view basis after the video streaming website added new functions to its service.Content creators in North America, the UK, Japan and France who are part of the partner programme and providing coverage of live streamed events can set different prices for access to their videos. YouTube attracts about 160 million video views per month.last_img

Latvian IPTV provider Lattelecom has added the Rus

first_imgLatvian IPTV provider Lattelecom has added the Russian-language CTC Baltics channel to its movies and entertainment package line-up.Separately, Lattelecom is adding multiple language soundtracks to the LTV1 channel on its digital platform. Viewers will be able to opt between Russian, English, French and German as well as Latvian.last_img

UK public broadcaster the BBC has appointed George

first_imgUK public broadcaster the BBC has appointed George Entwistle, the boss of its production division BBC Vision, as its new director-general. He will take over from outgoing DG Mark Thompson this autumn, the BBC Trust confirmed this morning.
Entwistle will command a smaller salary than Thompson, earning £450,000 a year (€560,000). Thompson earns £671,000. The new BBC boss is a veteran of the organisation having joined in 1989 as a journalism trainee. He has served in various positions at the Corporation including controller of knowledge commissioning and head of current affairs.Entwistle beat out other candidates including Ofcom boss Ed Richards and BBC chief operating officer Caroline Thomson in the two-stage interview process.“His experience of making and delivering great programmes that audiences love – built up through many years of working for the Corporation – will prove invaluable as he and his team work to ensure the BBC remains the greatest broadcaster in the world,” said BBC Trust chairman Lord Patten. “Above all George is passionate about the BBC, is committed to its public service ethos and has a clear vision for how it can harness the creativity and commitment of its staff to continue to serve audiences in ever more innovative ways.”Entwistle said: “I’m delighted that the Chairman and Trustees have decided I’m the right person for the job. And I’m very excited about all that lies ahead. I love the BBC and it’s a privilege to be asked to lead it into the next stage of its creative life.”Current DG Thompson said: “I think this is a brilliant appointment. George has shown himself to be an outstanding leader with an intuitive understanding of public sector broadcasting. He has a formidable track record as a programme maker and in recent years has also shown his calibre as a leader. I wish him and the BBC every success in the years to come.”last_img read more

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first_imgZiggo’s recently launched cloud-based TV service has proved attractive to subscribers and offers a number of advantages beyond reaching legacy devices, according to Eric Meijer, senior innovation manager, Ziggo.The cloud based service enables Ziggo to deliver on-demand services to legacy set-top boxes that would otherwise not be able to support VOD. The service, supported by technology from ActiveVideo, was launched in March.Speaking at the Multi-Network Solutions in the Real World event organised by content security specialist Verimatrix alongside the ANGA COM event in Cologne this morning, Meijer said 60,000 new users had been signed up in the first month without a marketing campaign. There are about 350,000 addressable set-top boxes in the field capable of using the service, with  new devices to be added.The client can be integrated into a range of different devices having been developed once. “If you want to change the UI, it’s a matter of uploading a file to our web server,” he said. “From a technological point of view it’s easy to add new functions.” He said it would be easy to add network DVR functionality from the cloud. Other functions could be added centrally and delivered to multiple devices, he said.Meijer said Ziggo had been able to use the cloud-based service to better monitor quality of, for example, VOD playout.Meijer said there were downsides to cloud delivery. End to end delay is the biggest challenge, he said. However, he said Ziggo had made a lot of effort to improve response times for the service.last_img read more

Dutch telco KPN has named Jaap Postma as senior ex

first_imgDutch telco KPN has named Jaap Postma as senior executive vice-president of its consumer residential and consumer mobile businesses in the Netherlands. Postma, who will take up his post on December 1, will replace Jesper Eriksen, who has decided to leave KPN. He is currently vice-president of consumer products.last_img

BBC Trust member Suzanna Taverne The BBC Trust th

first_imgBBC Trust member Suzanna TaverneThe BBC Trust, the UK public broadcaster’s governing body, has published a new framework for commercial services and will commission an independent review of transfer pricing.The Trust will introduce new arrangements in April that will see it bring its oversight of commercial services, including BBC Worldwide, into line with the regime for licence-fee funded services.The framework sets out how the Trust will decide if each services is performing to avoid market distortions. Each service must generate a long-term return on investment to the BBC appropriate to the market it is operating in. The Trust will review the annual performance, budget proposals and market evidence for each commercial service to ensure that this requirement is being met.The review of transfer pricing practices is designed to assess whether the necessary controls and procedures are being applied to ensure that fair market rates are being paid when the BBC trades with its commercial units.“The BBC’s commercial services and activities play an important role in generating returns for reinvestment into BBC content for UK licence fee payers.   This framework clarifies the Trust’s expectations and strengthens our oversight of them, to ensure the performance of the services is regularly and publicly assessed. Having listened to concerns from the industry, we will also launch an independent review later this year to provide assurance around separation and transfer pricing,” said BBC Trustee Suzanna Taverne.last_img read more

Sean Atkins US cable channel MTV has a new preside

first_imgSean AtkinsUS cable channel MTV has a new president following the exit of previous incumbent Stephen Friedman, who is leaving the Viacom business after 18 years.MTV has drafted in Discovery Communications executive Sean Atkins to take on the post, as changes at Viacom’s domestic cable business continue following a major company-wide restructure.He will oversee all creative and business operations for the youth-skewed channel, and those of sister channels MTV2 and mtvU, reporting to Doug Herzog, who was named president of Viacom Music and Entertainment Group earlier this year.At Discovery, he was most recently general manager and executive VP of digitalmedia and strategy, overseeing original online video strategy and multichannel networks including Revision3, SourceFed, Discovery News, and TestTube.With Atkins coming in, long-serving president Friedman exits, following MTV colleague Van Toffler, who was MTV Networks Music & Logo Group president out the door. Toffler’s role was subsequently split between Herzog and Cyma Zarghami.Other recent changes have seen Tom Calderone replaced with Chris McCarthy at the top of VH1 and reality producer Lauren Dolgen overseeing a merged east coast and west coast development unit.EVP and head of reality programming Dolgen now reports to Atkins, as does EVP and head of scripted development Mina Lefevre.Atkins also has experience in development, having run Discovery Studios’ west coast operation. Before Discovery, he was senior VP of digital media at HBO, head of programming and development at Yahoo! Entertainment, was acting COO of Vulcan Programming and EVP of A. Smith & Co. He has also worked at Warner Bros., Mediaconnex and The Walt Disney Company.“Sean is smart, creative, passionate, and remarkably energized about the sea change at hand in our industry,” said Herzog. “The strength of MTV lies in its ability to constantly reinvent, and Sean’s forward-thinking, versatile leadership willensure our brand and business continue to evolve and deliver for our audience.”last_img read more

Al Jazeera English has launched in HD on Italian f

first_imgAl Jazeera English has launched in HD on Italian free-to-view satellite platform Tivùsat.   The addition of the channel means that Tivùsat now offers 73 channels, of which 12 are available in HD.Viewers can see Al Jazeera English HD on channel number 167.Abdulla Al Najjar, Al Jazeera’s Executive Director of Global Brand and Communications, said: “We are very excited to announce the launch of the Al Jazeera English HD on Tivùsat. As a network, we are committed to expanding onto new platforms and look forward to increasing the reach of our ground-breaking content across the world.”last_img read more

Paulo Neves Altice has named Paulo Neves Portugal

first_imgPaulo NevesAltice has named Paulo Neves, Portugal Telecom’s CEO, as president of the board of the Portuguese unit in addition to his current role. Neves will now serve as president and CEO of the company.Armando Pereira, PT’s current president and co-founder of Altice, will now join the Advisory Council of the Altice Group.The company said that Pereira will continue to monitor the operational and technological development of PT, as well as the other subsidiaries of Altice.The Executive Committee of PT Portugal remains unchanged, comprising Guy Pacheco, João Zúquete, Alexandre Fonseca, Luís Nascimento, João Sousa, Sónia Machado and Alexander Freeze.“A close relationship with custoemrs is one of the essential assets of the ‘Altice way’, which combines an entrepreneurial spirit and a highly commercial focus,” said Altice CEO Michel Combes.last_img read more

Londonbased virtual reality VR technology compa

first_imgLondon-based virtual reality (VR) technology company, Improbable, has raised US$502m in a Series B funding round led by SoftBank.Improbable said it will invest the cash in developing its technology – including its SpatialOS distributed operating system. It also plans to up recruitment at its London and San Francisco offices.Improbable uses cloud computing to allow the creation of ‘virtual worlds’, which can be used in games and large-scale simulations of the real world.Its first product, SpatialOS, is a distributed operating system for massive-scale simulations. It integrates with major game engines and has been in live beta since March.“We believe that the next major phase in computing will be the emergence of large-scale virtual worlds which enrich human experience and change how we understand the real world,” said Improbable CEO, Herman Narula.As part of the funding round, Softbank managing director, Deep Nishar, joins the Improbable board, and the company said it will explore and identify ways to form “mutually beneficial relationships” with SoftBank, its partners and portfolio companies.Existing investors, Andreessen Horowitz and Horizons Ventures also made follow-on investments as part of the new round,“Improbable is building breakthrough technologies that are becoming vital and valuable platforms for the global gaming industry,” said Nishar.“Beyond gaming, this new form of simulation on a massive scale has the potential to help us make better decisions about the world we live in. Improbable’s technology will help us explore disease, improve cities, understand economies and solve complex problems on a previously unimaginable scale.”last_img read more

Türksat is trialling an Ultra HD 8K Super HighVi

first_imgTürksat is trialling an Ultra HD 8K (Super High-Vision) test channel, which it demoed at the Global SatShow in Istanbul in partnership with Kızıl Elektronik, Vestel and Socionext. Türksat said in a statement that it is “among the pioneers in the world when it comes to transitioning to Ultra HD 8K,” with the test-broadcast demonstrating Ultra HD 8K footage taken of Istanbul.The broadcast was made using the Türksat 4B and Türksat-3A communication satellites located at the 50 degrees and 42 East orbital locations.last_img read more

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first_imgShareTweet Therese Mallon (Slaughtneil)Hannah Taylor (Lavey)Ursula Quinn (Bellaghy)Brooke Scullion (Bellaghy)RecitationAnna Rafferty (Lavey Hurling)Bronagh McGill (Lavey Camogie)Ultan Rua Ó Ceallaigh (Na Magha)Aoibhin Deeney (Na Magha)Instrumental MusicGlenullinLavey FootballLoupSwatraghHistoric PresentationSlaughtneilSwatraghBallad Group:Lavey CamogieCastledawsonGlenBellaghySet Dancing:GlenullinBallerinGlenQuiz:GlenullinLavey FootballLavey HurlingGlen FootballSwatraghCOUNTY SCOR FINAL DATE FOR NA MAGHA was last modified: November 19th, 2014 by stephenstephen Tags: Na Magha will have two representatives in the Derry county final of  Scór na nÓg taking place at Glenullin GAA Club a 3.00pm this Sunday – the first time the city club has entered the competition.The line-up for Sunday’s final was confirmed following last weekend’s semi-finals.Ultan Rua Ó Ceallaigh and Aoibhin Deeney will represent Na Magha in the recitation category. The full line-up for Sunday’s final is:Ceili Dancing:SlaughtneilGlenullinGlen FootballGlen CamogieSolo Singing: countyDerryfinalmaghanascorlast_img read more

DERRY GARDENING GURU BACK CITYS FOODIE TITLE BIDg

first_img DERRY GARDENING GURU BACK CITY’S FOODIE TITLE BIDgareth austin ShareTweet Community gardening guru Gareth Austin backing Derry’s bid for Foodie Town of Ireland 2015COMMUNITY gardening pioneer Gareth Austin has been a key player in the growth of Derry’s food scene over the past decade and believes the city is now ripe to take on the mantle of gourmet destination. He is firmly behind the city’s bid to have the city crowned Ireland’s Foodie Town 2015.A ‘Grow Your Own’ enthusiast and horticultural ambassador with a weekly gardening slot on BBC Radio Foyle, Gareth has seen an abundance of green-fingered projects sprout up to supply the city’s top restaurants with fresh, seasonal, produce.Gareth said: “We now have a network of 30+ community growing projects, some located in schools, community centres and, many developed through resident power to occupy new productive, positive spaces.“Projects such as The Playtrail and Caw Nelson have taken this to the next level, with the Playtrail, through the transition students involved in the HOPE project, supplying seasonal salads to The Sooty Olive restaurant in Derry’s Waterside and, Caw Nelson using their community grown produce within their community centre. “There is also the larger scale White Oaks Centre, who through their Acorn project, grow field scale certified organic fruits, vegetables, herbs and salads for many of the city’s leading restaurants.”Some of Derry’s restaurateurs have also taken to growing their own organic produce, with gardeners cultivating walled gardens to supply their award-winning establishments.Foraging has also become increasingly popular with Derry’s chefs, as Gareth explained.“I’ve taken the chefs from Browns and Custom House out foraging for edible delights in Derry’s many ancient woodlands and old estates.  I’ve even done a  forage around the City Walls as part of a kids summer scheme. “The foodie scene in Derry in growing, and I’m delighted to be a part of it. As an Edinburgh man, when I first came here I was amazed at the resources on the doorstep, in terms of land, space, sea, water etc and, I was bamboozled why there wasn’t more being made of it.“But now ten years later I can see folks embracing  the many great things which make Derry unique – the Flavours of the Foyle seafood festival, the success of Browns and Harrys restaurants, the success of Emmett McCourt’s cookery book, award-winning community gardening, local artisan food products, are all testimony to what’s happening here in Derry.”And, Gareth believes that as well as aiming to be Ireland’s top Foodie Town, Derry can continue its meteoric rise to new gastronomic heights.“I’d love to see a Ballymaloe cookery school type product….or a Raymond Blanc Le Manoir type product developing!” he said.The public has until Friday, October 2nd, at 5pm, to vote for Derry in the Foodie Towns competition run annually by the Restaurants Association of Ireland, www.foodietowns.ieDERRY GARDENING GURU BACK CITY’S FOODIE TITLE BID was last modified: October 2nd, 2015 by John2John2 Tags:last_img read more

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first_imgShareTweet Nadine said that she felt she would be well-placed to portray a nun alongside headmistress Sister Michael in the comedy series and would find it “hilarious”.She said: “I could play a nun. That would be different. I could totally see myself doing that.“It would be hilarious to play a nun. It’ll be so interesting to see what Lisa comes up with for me. I’m looking forward to that. Lisa has done a great job with the characters so far and the show is so true to life.“Obviously when I went to school and was taught by nuns, the religious side of it was very important and Lisa has captured that well. Nadine Coyle pitching for a role in hit Channel TV comedy series Derry GirlsFORMER Girls Aloud star Nadine Coyle has revealed she would love to swap the glamour of pop stardom for the modest habit of a nun – in Derry Girls.The Derry singer has had talks with the hit Channel 4 sitcom’s creator Lisa McGee about appearing in series two.Both Nadine (32) and Lisa attended Thornhill College in Derry, the inspiration for Our Lady Immaculate College in the TV series. CHANNEL 4DerryDERRY GIRLSGIRLS ALOUDNadine CoyleNadine Coyle: I’d like to play a nun in Derry GirlsOur Lady Immaculate CollegeTHORNHILL COLLEGE “I have to say, I loved the show. It was hilarious and you know, I’ve always been very proud of Derry, but I was so proud to see how well everyone else took to it and enjoyed it for what it was.“When Derry was portrayed on television before, it was always as a war zone but for us growing up there, it didn’t feel like that.It’s great to see something funny and positive about Derry on TV now.”Channel 4 has already commissioned a second series which is due out in 2019.Mother-of-one Nadine recently cancelled her UK and Ireland tour and apologised to any fans who had been looking forward to her concerts.Nadine Coyle: I’d like to play a nun in Derry Girls was last modified: May 2nd, 2018 by John2John2 Tags:last_img read more

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first_imgHome NewsWatch CrimeWatch News Two Arrested After Car Chase in Mercer County Google+ Facebook Next PostDuck boat captain checked weather, discussed life jackets before sinking: NTSB report Twitter Pinterest Linkedin LAKE SHAWNEE,WV (WOAY) – Two people are behind bars after stealing a vehicle and leading police on a small pursuit.According to Trooper Morris, with State Police Terry W. Godfrey and Joe A. Bennett allegedly stole a Mustang from a local car dealer on July 28, 2018.After Troopers became aware of the stolen vehicle a short pursuit occurred, ending with the Mustang then crashing.Both suspects fled on foot but Godfrey was arrested first. Bennett was later found hiding in a nearby mobile home park.Upon searching the vehicle troopers found methamphetamine. Both suspects are facing charges of possession of stolen property, fleeing with reckless disregard, delivery of a controlled substance, and possession of a controlled substance.Godfrey and Bennett have been transported to Southern Regional Jail. CrimeWatch NewsFeatured Two Arrested After Car Chase in Mercer County By Terell BaileyJul 29, 2018, 14:50 pm 828 0 Tumblr Previous PostMultiple Crews on Scene After Raleigh County Accident Mail Terell Bailey Bio Coming Soonlast_img read more

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first_img Previous PostWVDOT announces secondary road maintenance projects through end of year Home NewsWatch Featured UPDATE: State Police in Beckley has found a woman they were looking for UPDATE: State Police tell WOAY that Rebecca Baxter has been found.We will update you on this story when more information is available.——————————–BECKLEY, WV (WOAY) – State Police in Beckley need your help finding a woman who is a suspect in a case.The West Virginia State Police, Beckley Detachment is trying to obtain a phone number and or a location to the whereabouts of Rebecca Baxter.  Ms. Baxter is a suspect in a case that is being investigated by Cpl. S. R. Moore of the Beckley Detachment.  Cpl. Moore is asking for help from anyone with information as to the whereabouts of Ms. Baxter.Anyone with information is asked to contact Cpl. Moore at 304-256-6700 Google+ Facebook Linkedin Tumblr Pinterest Mail Tyler Barker Tyler Barker is currently the Interim News Director and Digital Content Manager for WOAY-TV. I was promoted to this job in Mid-November. I still will fill in on weather from time to time. Follow me on Facebook and Twitter @wxtylerb. Have any news tips or weather questions? Email me at tbarker@woay.com Twitter FeaturedLocal NewsNewsWatch UPDATE: State Police in Beckley has found a woman they were looking for By Tyler BarkerJul 30, 2019, 11:40 am 302 0 Next PostWest Virginia man charged with beating girlfriend’s son, 6last_img read more

Dear Reader Vedran Vuk here filling in for Da

first_imgDear Reader, Vedran Vuk here, filling in for David Galland. In today’s issue, I’ll start by discussing a risk many don’t consider very deeply – the trustworthiness of our personal money managers. While most of us are peeled to the screen watching the S&P 500 and gold prices, our greatest vulnerability might be those closest to us. Then, we’ll have an article from Dennis Miller of Money Forever which warns of the vultures of inflation and taxes circling above. Finally, I have an interesting graph on gold miners and their short sellers. Don’t Be Like Leonard Cohen By Vedran Vuk, Senior Analyst I must apologize ahead of time for next week’s issue. While it should be a good issue, it might not cover the latest financial news since I’ll be making a trip to Austin, TX to see Leonard Cohen in concert on Thursday. If a financial apocalypse happens between Thursday night and Friday, I apologize now for not covering it. In case some of our readers are too young to know of Leonard Cohen or perhaps missed out on some of his hits during the late ’60s and ’70s, here are a few videos of them: Suzanne; Famous Blue Raincoat; and here’s a cover of his song made famous by the movie Shrek, Hallelujah. With Leonard Cohen, the appeal is mostly his lyrics. It’s certainly not his voice, which Cohen himself admits is a failure. However, if you can still make it in the music world while having a bad voice, then that really says something about your quality of songwriting. For example, here are some lines from his song Everybody Knows. Given our political and economic situation, they ring a bell today: Everybody knows that the dice are loaded Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed Everybody knows that the war is over Everybody knows the good guys lost Everybody knows the fight was fixed The poor stay poor, the rich get rich That’s how it goes Everybody knows Everybody knows that the boat is leaking Everybody knows the captain lied Everybody got this broken feeling Like their father or their dog just died Everybody talking to their pockets Everybody wants a box of chocolates And a long-stem rose Everybody knows Now you know why I’m going to the concert, but what’s really important is why Leonard Cohen is giving the concert. You see, Cohen is getting on in years… he just turned 78 years old. Another world tour was likely not what he had envisioned for his golden years. In fact, until 2008, Cohen had taken a 15-year hiatus from performing. So what brought him out of his retirement? Poor financial decisions. Leonard Cohen didn’t make leveraged bets on mortgage-backed securities. He didn’t spend freely, as many music stars do. In fact, he retreated to a Buddhist monastery for five years – talk about a way to save money for retirement. His big mistake was one people that tend to overlook even when they think their savings and investments are in order. He trusted his ex-manager and advisors a little too much by mixing friendship with business. Here’s an excerpt from Cohen Stays Calm as $5m Pension Disappears, summing up his financial troubles: “The alleged theft came to light a year ago, when a friend of the family alerted Cohen’s daughter to his perilous financial situation. The alleged theft centres on two transactions engineered by [ex-manager] Lynch and approved by Cohen. The first, in 1997, was the $5m sale of Cohen’s publishing company, Stranger Music, to Sony. The second, in 2001, concerned the sale of Cohen’s future royalties for $8m, also to Sony. Lynch set up a company to minimise taxes on the transaction, giving herself 99.5% ownership of the company, and Cohen the remaining 0.5%. Cohen says he was unaware of the agreement. ‘Since my own work requires a fair degree of solitary attention, I was grateful to Ms. Lynch for looking after the business details,’ he told the New York Times. ‘In this spirit she acquired considerable command over my finances.’” “That command apparently extended to a link being set up allowing Lynch’s American Express credit card to be paid directly from Cohen’s bank account. When Cohen learned of the allegations and visited his bank, he was surprised to find that he had paid a $75,000 credit card bill for his manager. The same day, he says, Lynch tried to withdraw $40,000 in cash from another of his accounts.” Leonard Cohen’s mistakes were sheer negligence of his financial situation and wrongly thinking that someone can just take care of your finances for you with no oversight. As Cohen said of the situation, “It was a long, ongoing problem of a disastrous and relentless indifference to my financial situation. I didn’t even know where the bank was.” Ultimately, Cohen had $9.5 million stolen from him and was left with just $150,000 at the age of 70. He mortgaged his home to pay for his legal fees. Though he eventually won his legal battle against his ex-manager, most of the missing money had already evaporated. While allocating your investments, where to put your friends is sometimes the toughest decision of all. Often, our friends are our most likely business partners. When things are going great, there’s nothing better than doing business with a friend. However, every investor should know that a friend can drive the dagger deeper than a stranger ever could. This obviously isn’t something that everybody knows; clearly Cohen didn’t know – otherwise he might have included a line in his song linked above. I hate to give the financial advice that one should be more distrustful of their best friends and even family, but honestly, they are a special risk one must consider. I’d like to think that what happened to Cohen only happens once in a million cases. However, though I’m young enough to be Leonard Cohen’s grandson, I have personally already seen similar things happen to people one too many times. The main problem is that we let our guard down with friends. We let them get away with things that would never fly in a strictly professional relationship. Sure, you don’t need to see the financial statements every month. Don’t worry about that large withdrawal from the account. It’s your buddy, right? You don’t even have to be in business with someone to understand how this happens. Have you ever had a close friend at work? When they’re late on an assignment, you let it slide and tell them, “Well, all right, man. It’s OK.” If it were anyone else, you’d be fuming with anger and ready to complain to the boss. I know what you’re thinking: But my money manager has been my best friend for a zillion years. He wouldn’t cheat me! Let me share another quote from Leonard Cohen on his ex-manager who was at his side for seventeen years: “She was a friend of many years, and she was accomplished at presenting herself as a trusted friend… Her mother worked in the office, and her father did my bookkeeping. Our families were close.” Want to throw another twist into the story? They were also at times lovers. I’m not telling you to fire your best friend who is managing your money. I’m simply saying don’t overlook any risks. When friends manage our money, we have a great benefit in a trusted advisor – however, that trust also opens us to an additional, different risk and can hurt us far greater than any recession. When mixing business and friendship, don’t let the friendship allow things that your professional judgment never would. We Are Under Attack By Dennis Miller, Editor of Miller’s Money Forever Like many seniors, I’m overweight. My doctor told me that a “man of my age” should not be running, but simply watching his diet and walking regularly. I have dutifully begun doing so. When I was young, I would have carried a radio; I now prefer the quiet solitude along the way. I live in a typical Florida subdivision where the developer buys a huge tract of land, develops some acreage, sells off lots to other builders, and then develops another “phase.” In the 2008 real-estate crunch, our developer got caught up in the mess and now has a phase of perfectly developed land with numbered lots staked out, roads, water, and sewer. They’re just waiting for folks to snatch them up and build a house. Over the last few years, only two homes were built in the area. There’s a huge fence at the back. On the other side is more undeveloped land, probably functioning in the same manner it has for close to a century. From the developer’s perspective, it’s a very expensive area for the residents to walk, run, and bike, or walk their dogs. From our perspective, it is like a giant running track at a local school and gets lots of adult use. Normally I take my walk after reading the morning paper, when the sun is well into the sky and the day is getting quite warm. As a result, I may find myself saying hello to one or two people, but the morning joggers are long gone. On several occasions, I’ve noticed when I get near the back fence that I’m greeted by two or three very large birds flying in circles well overhead. In our part of the world they’re called turkey vultures, and they are doggone near the size of a turkey. This morning they once again greeted me. I looked around to make sure I was alone, I then looked up into the air and shouted, “Hey guys, be patient – wait your turn, will ya!” They just kept circling, probably thinking that sooner as opposed to later, they were going to get me. As I continued my walk, I was reminded of the old cartoon in an investment article with two vultures on the top of a tree. One said to the other something like: “I’m tired of being patient. I want to go down there and make a killing!” The author went on to point out that, unless you have billions and can move a market, you have to patiently wait for Mr. Market to set the conditions where you can take advantage of a huge investment opportunity. After a few more steps, I realized that one could easily make that same cartoon with the two vultures representing governments. No longer are they satisfied to wait their turn and be patient. They want to make a killing, and they want it now. Baby boomers are those born between 1946 and 1964; there’s a population bubble moving along as the early boomers move into their retirement years. For the sake of easy math, assume they have an average life expectancy of 80 years. The government should begin to see some significant effects of them dying off during the years 2026-2044. The result will likely be some large estate taxes and reductions in Social Security and healthcare costs as the generation continues to move along the graph of life. Much like the impatient vulture, there are several actions our government is taking to snatch up a larger portion of baby boomers’ nest eggs in taxes before we all kick the bucket – some taxes are hidden, some more aggressive. Pure magic I first observed this during the Carter administration. Our country experienced horribly high inflation. In an effort to soothe seniors, it passed a law indexing future Social Security payments to inflation. At the time, Social Security benefits were not subject to federal income tax. Much like watching a magician, you always need to be watching the other hand. It was not long after that another law was passed taxing a portion of your Social Security benefits under certain conditions. Moving forward about three decades, the government still honors its obligation to raise Social Security benefits yearly in line with its published increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI). In 2013 Social security recipients are scheduled to receive a cost-of-living adjustment of 1.7%. Several articles also mention it is the lowest increase since 1975. Most every article I have read on the subject have followed that announcement with a warning that most, if not all, of that increase will be taken back out of your Social Security check by an increase in Medicare Part B premiums. While it has not been officially announced, most articles have estimated a 7% rise in Medicare Part B premiums, three times the rate of the Social Security increase. Government magic once again; watch the other hand. With his own data on inflation, noted economist John Williams sorts though this government shell game and provides us with some interesting data at Shadow Government Statistics. On the front page of his website is a graph showing the “official,” government-reported CPI as just under 2%. Then he also provides a graph showing the inflation rate using the same calculation method that was used in 1990 – using it, the inflation rate is almost 6%. So we now have a dilemma. Do we believe the “official” government statistics or what we experience every time we go to the grocery store or the gas station to fill up the car? Like most empty-nesters, my wife and I like to go out and eat an inexpensive dinner. “Inexpensive” today would have been called “expensive” a couple of years ago – prices are going up everywhere. It doesn’t take an economist to figure that out. We side with John. So what difference does it make? How does this affect baby boomers? The “official” rate does not just affect what the government has to pay in Social Security benefits – the CPI is an important metric in many other places. If it’s lagging behind the real rate of inflation, then many more people are losing out. For example, it also is factored into the retirement benefits of federal employees. In addition, there are several other government debt obligations also tied to this Index, such as Treasury Inflation Protected Securities (TIPS). In effect, the government borrows money, and the amount of interest it has to pay is based on the CPI – and the government gets to keep score. Now, how cool is that… for them, at least? Many baby boomers have purchased TIPS with the idea that they will be protected from the worst tax of all: inflation. But if the CPI isn’t tracking inflation well, then you are slowly but surely losing ground to inflation. And the other traditional options outside TIPS aren’t a much better solution to the problem. The best rate I can find for a five-year CD is 1.5%. Unless an investor would hold that CD inside an IRA or tax-sheltered account, it would be included in your taxable income, so your net yield would be even less. Let’s get out our score card and see how that adds up for the investor. To simplify the example, let’s suppose the investor has a $100,000 CD inside a Roth IRA, so the interest is not taxed. At the end of the year, he would collect $1,500 in interest. Now if one prefers to believe the official rate of inflation of 2%, the principal would lose $2,000 in buying power minus the $1,500 interest he received, for a net loss of $500. If, however, one is more inclined to believe that the true inflation rate is 6%, he would lose $6,000 in buying power, minus the $1,500 in interest received, for a net loss of $4,500. Assuming things move at the 6% rate, at the end of the five-year period our investor would receive his $100,000 back… only it would have lost $25,700 net buying power along the way. Just for fun I went to Kelly Blue Book and priced a 2013 Ford Fusion with standard options: $22,495. So the amount of buying power lost to inflation would equal that of a pretty decent vehicle and a few months of gas. Even at a modest 2% inflation rate, our investor’s deposit would be worth $9,400 less after five years. That is why many economists call inflation the worst tax of all. But inflation index problems don’t stop with TIPS and Social Security. We are currently working on a November issue on annuities for Miller’s Money Forever. One of the first things that jumped out to me was the fact there are nearly $2 trillion in annuities currently in force, many with variable components tied to the official, government-reported CPI. The main purpose in buying an annuity is to provide money for the rest of your life. If inflation is eating up the purchasing power of the dollar, once again many baby boomers are losing ground. What about taxes? In January 2012, the Congressional Budget Office issued a report. Here is part of what it stated (emphasis mine): “Much of the projected decline in the deficit occurs because, under current law, revenues are projected to shoot up by almost $800 billion, or more than 30 percent, between 2012 and 2014 – from 16.3 percent of GDP in 2012 to 20.0 percent in 2014. That increase is mostly the result of the recent or scheduled expirations of tax provisions, such as those initially enacted in 2001, 2003, and 2009 that lower income tax rates and those that limit the number of people subject to the alternative minimum tax (AMT).” We are hearing a lot in the political debates about extending the Bush tax cuts. It looks to me like both political parties are playing a political game of chicken to enhance their election chances. Both parties carry on about how important it is that they are extended. Really! Then why have they not done that or even brought it out of committee for a vote? Summary We have a government that cannot pay the bills and is in desperate need of finding tax dollars wherever it can. In addition, it owes trillions in debt that cannot be repaid. By keeping interest rates down and fiddling with the inflation statistics, it can save billions of dollars, at the expense of baby boomers, retirees, and every consumer in the United States. The government has committed to a policy of keeping interest rates down through the next few years. While that may save the government money, it has devastated seniors and savers. No longer can we count on 6% CDs. People are being forced to put their money at risk – money that has to last them for the rest of their lives. Baby boomers in their peak earning years are desperately trying to put money away for their retirement. Seniors and savers are trying to invest wisely so they can provide for themselves. Almost half of the population currently does not pay federal income tax. If a government needs money to pay for their irresponsible political promises, where do they go to get it? Where the money is – or it simply prints it on a printing press or electronically. The US government is doing all these things. My point is simple. The government is acting like a vulture – and we are its prey. It’s targeting an entire generation, licking its chops, and it can’t wait to get its claws into our wealth – it wants it now! It’s finding creative ways to extract as much wealth as it possibly can from those who have worked hard, played by the rules, lived within their means, and tried to save for their retirement years. It’s time to call it what it is: a generational war. The vultures are circling overhead. We have only two options: let them pick at us and dwindle our hard-earned savings; or we can take steps to stay one step ahead of the vultures. While maybe one day people will wake up with an outright tax revolt and send the country back on its track, in the mean time, you have to find ways to keep your standard of living from declining. When David Galland asked me to tailor a newsletter to help folks in my generation accomplish this, I jumped at the chance. While we may be getting older, we still have the ability to think rationally; plus the benefit of experience gives us even better judgment than when we were younger. For close to 40 years, I taught adults throughout the world. The phrase “continuous education” is not an option any more. For those who are successful and want to stay that way, it is just a way of life. I know that I am preaching to the choir… most everyone reading this article is likely cut from that same cloth. And finally, I want to make sure I am not misunderstood. The events I have covered are the result of both political parties’ actions over many generations. Politicians are not going to hunker down and really solve the problems our society faces until they are absolutely forced to do so by an angry population. They much prefer to kick the can down the road. Eventually our society will say, “Enough already!,” and it might not be pretty when it happens. But until then, you need to find ways to grow your assets beyond the rate of inflation – those TIPS, CDs, and inflation-indexed annuities aren’t going to do it for you. Here Come the Gold Naysayers Again By Vedran Vuk With gold prices down a little again, the same old parade of naysayers will make one more round of financial news appearances and articles. Instead of having a war of words, perhaps the best way to measure who has been right is the record of the short sellers so far over the past few years. As a result, we updated one of our charts that recently appeared in The Casey Report. It shows two things: the price of the GDX (the gold miners ETF); and the short interest on GDX as a percentage of shares outstanding. Vedran Vuk Casey Senior Analyst (Click on image to enlarge) As the chart shows, every time the short interest rises, the gold miners keep rising. In fact, the short interest has only been right once in the last five years in predicting the market’s next direction. Right before the fall 2008 crash, the short sellers got it right. But besides that, they’ve been dead wrong. What’s ironic is that even when they give up on their positions, they still get it wrong. For example, look at 2011 on the chart. As the short interest makes an enormous drop, the gold miners start to fall. In fact, the low point for GDX was just about the low point for the short interest. It’s really amazing. Regardless of the direction, the short sellers just can’t get it right. Recently, they’ve been striking out again. The short interest has finally started to climb, only to see the gold miners climbing higher with it. If you want to side with the gold naysayers, go ahead. Just be aware of their record thus far – it isn’t pretty. Friday Funnies Sending to the Wrong Email Address A Minneapolis couple decided to go to Florida to thaw out during a particularly icy winter. They planned to stay at the same hotel where they spent their honeymoon 20 years earlier. Because of hectic schedules, it was difficult to coordinate their travel schedules. So, the husband left Minnesota and flew to Florida on Thursday, with his wife flying down the following day. The husband checked into the hotel. There was a computer in his room, so he decided to send an email to his wife. However, he accidentally left out one letter in her email address, and without realizing his error, sent the email. Meanwhile, somewhere in Houston, a widow had just returned home from her husband’s funeral. He was a minister who was called home to glory following a heart attack. The widow decided to check her email, expecting messages from relatives and friends. After reading the first message, she screamed and fainted. The widow’s son rushed into the room, found his mother on the floor, and saw the computer screen which read: To: My Loving Wife Subject: I’ve Arrived Date: July 19, 2010 I know you’re surprised to hear from me. They have computers here now and you are allowed to send emails to your loved ones. I’ve just arrived and have been checked in. I’ve seen that everything has been prepared for your arrival tomorrow. Looking forward to seeing you then! Hope your journey is as uneventful as mine was. P. S. Sure is freaking hot down here!!!! A Few Pictures Lost in Translation That’s it for today. Thank you for reading and subscribing to Casey Daily Dispatch. See you next week.last_img read more

Dear Subscribers Doug and I attended the 2013 V

first_imgDear Subscribers, Doug and I attended the 2013 Vancouver Resource Investment Conference this last weekend, and had expected to have some time to sit down and record some conversations, as we often do when our paths cross. Unfortunately, we ended up spending a lot more time being interviewed on camera than we expected (and Doug got a very bad flu), so we never got a chance to sit down together for a real conversation. On the bright side – Doug always likes to look at the bright side – one of the interviews Doug gave makes for an excellent update on his thinking today. Someone had a conversation with Casey – it just wasn’t me. So we offer you Doug’s latest interview as our conversation this week. I plan to interview our energy guru for next week, to give Doug time to recover, but fear not; Doug and I will be back soon with his take on the next notable events in the passing parade. Enjoy, Louis James Senior Metals Investment Strategist Casey Research The hottest book selling at the Vancouver Resource Investment Conference was Doug Casey’s Totally Incorrect. Click here to find out why…last_img read more

When I started working for Doug Casey almost 10 ye

first_imgWhen I started working for Doug Casey almost 10 years ago, I probably knew as much about investing as the average Joe, but I now know that I knew absolutely nothing then about successful speculation. Learning from the international speculator himself—and from his business partner, David Galland, to give credit where due—was like taking the proverbial drink from a fire hose. Fortunately, I was quite thirsty. You see, just before Doug and David hired me in 2004, I’d had something of an epiphany. As a writer, most of what I was doing at the time was grant-proposal writing, asking wealthy philanthropists to support causes I believed in. After some years of meeting wealthy people and asking them for money, it suddenly dawned on me that they were nothing like the mean, greedy stereotypes the average American envisions. It’s quite embarrassing, but I have to admit that I was surprised how much I liked these “rich” people—not for what they could do for me, but for what they had done with their own lives. Most of them started with nothing and created financial empires. Even the ones who were born into wealthy families took what fortune gave them and turned it into much more. And though I’m sure the sample was biased, since I was meeting libertarian millionaires, these people accumulated wealth by creating real value that benefited those they did business with. My key observation was they were all very serious about money—not obsessed with it, but conscious of using it wisely and putting it to most efficient use. I greatly admired this; it’s what I strive for myself now. But I’m getting ahead of myself. The reason for my embarrassment is that my surprise told me something about myself; I discovered that I’d had a bad attitude about money. This may seem like a philosophical digression, but it’s an absolutely critical point. Without realizing that I’d adopted a cultural norm without conscious choice, I was like many others who believe that it is unseemly to care too much about money. I was working on saving the world, which was reward enough for me, and wanted only enough money to provide for my family. And at the same instant my surprise at liking my rich donors made me realize that—despite my decades of pro-market activism—I had been prejudiced against successful capitalists, I realized that people who thought the way I did never had very much money. It seems painfully obvious in hindsight. If thinking about money and exerting yourself to earn more of it makes you pinch your nose in disgust, how can you possibly be effective at doing so? Well, you can’t. I’m convinced that while almost nobody intends to be poor, this is why so many people are. They may want the benefits of being rich, but they actually don’t want to be rich and have a great mental aversion to thinking about money and acting in ways that will bring more of it into their lives. So, in May of 2004, I decided to get serious about money. I liked my rich friends and admired them all greatly, but I didn’t see any of them as superhuman. There was no reason I could not have done what any of them had done, if I’d had the same willingness to do the work they did to achieve success. Lo and behold, it was two months later that Doug and David offered me a job at Casey Research. That’s not magic, nor coincidence; if it hadn’t been Casey, I would have found someone else to learn from. The important thing is that had the offer come two months sooner, being a champion of noble causes and not a money-grubbing financier, I would have turned it down. I’m still a champion of noble causes, but how things have changed since I enrolled in “Casey U” and got serious about learning how to put my money to work for me, instead of me having to always work for money! Instead of asking people for donations, I’m now the one writing checks (which I believe will get much larger in the not-too-distant future). I can tell you this is much more fun. How did I do it? I followed Doug’s advice, speculated alongside him—and took profits with him. Without getting into the details, I can say I had some winning investments early on. I went long during the crash of 2008 and used the proceeds to buy property in 2010. I took profits on the property last year and bought the same stocks I was recommending in the International Speculator last fall, close to what now appears to have been another bottom. In the interim, I’ve gone from renting to being a homeowner. I’ve gone from being an investment virgin to being one of those expert investors you occasionally see on TV. I’ve gone from a significant negative net worth to a significant nest egg… which I am happily working on increasing. And I want to help all our readers do the same. Not because all we here at Casey Research care about is money, but because accumulating wealth creates value, as Doug teaches us. It’s impossible, of course, to communicate all I’ve learned over my years with Doug in a simple article like this. I’m sure I’ll write a book on it someday—perhaps after the current gold cycle passes its coming manic peak. Still, I can boil what I’ve learned from Doug down to a few “secrets” that can help you as they have me. I urge you to think of these as a study guide, if you will, not a complete set of instructions. As you read the list below, think about how you can learn more about each secret and adapt it to your own most effective use. Secret #1: Contrarianism takes courage. Everyone knows the essential investment formula: “Buy low, sell high,” but it is so much easier said than done, it might as well be a secret formula. The way to really make it work is to invest in an asset or commodity that people want and need but that for reasons of market cyclicality or other temporary factors, no one else is buying. When the vast majority thinks something necessary is a bad investment, you want to be a buyer—that’s what it means to be a contrarian. Obviously, if this were easy, everyone would do it, and there would be no such thing as a contrarian opportunity. But it is very hard for most people to think independently enough to risk hard-won cash in ways others think is mistaken or too dangerous. Hence, fortune favors the bold. Secret #2: Success takes discipline. It’s not just a matter of courage, of course; you can bravely follow a path right off a cliff if you’re not careful. So you have to have a game plan for risk mitigation. You have to expect market volatility and turn it to your advantage. And you’ll need an exit strategy. The ways a successful speculator needs discipline are endless, but the most critical of all is to employ smart buying and selling tactics, so you don’t get goaded into paying too much or spooked into selling for too little. Secret #3: Analysis over emotion. This may seem like an obvious corollary to the above, but it’s a point well worth stressing on its own. To be a successful speculator does not require being an emotionless robot, but it does require abiding by reason at times when either fear or euphoria tempt us to veer from our game plans. When a substantial investment in a speculative pick tanks—for no company-specific reason—the sense of gut-wrenching fear is very real. Panic often causes investors to sell at the very time they should be backing up the truck for more. Similarly, when a stock is on a tear and friends are congratulating you on what a genius you are, the temptation to remain fully exposed—or even take on more risk in a play that is no longer undervalued—can be irresistible. But to ignore the numbers because of how you feel is extremely risky and leads to realizing unnecessary losses and letting terrific gains slip through your fingers. Secret #4: Trust your gut. Trusting a gut feeling sounds contradictory to the above, but it’s really not. The point is not to put feelings over logic, but to listen to what your feelings tell you—particularly about company people you meet and their words in press releases. “People” is the first of Doug Casey’s famous Eight Ps of Resource Stock Evaluation, and if a CEO comes across like a used-car salesman, that is telling you something. If a press release omits critical numbers or seems to be gilding the lily, that, too, tells you something. The more experience you accumulate in whatever sector you focus on, the more acute your intuitive “radar” becomes: listen to it. There’s nothing more frustrating than to take a chance on a story that looked good on paper but that your gut was warning you about, and then the investment disappoints. Kicking yourself is bad for your knees. Secret #5: Assume Bulshytt. As a speculator, investor, or really anyone who buys anything, you have to assume that everyone in business has an angle. Their interests may coincide with your own, but you can’t assume that. It’s vital to keep in mind whom you are speaking with and what their interest might be. This applies to even the most honest people in mining, which is such a difficult business, no mine would ever get built if company CEOs put out a press release every time they ran into a problem. A mine, from exploration to production to reclamation, is a nonstop flow of problems that need solving. But your brokers want to make commissions, your conference organizers want excitement, your bullion dealers want volume, etc. And, yes, your newsletter writers want to eat as well; ask yourself who pays them and whether their interests are aligned with yours or the companies they cover. (Bulshytt is not a typo, but a reference to Neal Stephenson’s brilliant novel, Anathem, which defines the term, briefly, as words, phrases, or even entire books or speeches that are misleading or empty of meaning.) Secret #6: The trend is your friend. No one can predict the future, but anyone who applies him- or herself diligently enough can identify trends in the world that will have predictable consequences and outcomes. If you identify a trend that is real—or that at least has an overwhelming amount of evidence in its favor—it can serve as both compass and chart, keeping you on course regardless of market chaos, irrational investors, and the ever-present flood of bulshytt. Knowing that you are betting on a trend that makes great sense and is backed by hard data also helps maintain your courage. Remember; prices may fluctuate, but price and value are not the same thing. If you are right about the trend, it will be your friend. Also, remember that it’s easier to be right about the direction of a trend than its timing. Secret #7: Only speculate with money you can afford to lose. This is a logical corollary to the above. If you bet the farm or gamble away your children’s college tuition on risky speculations—and only relatively risky investments have the potential to generate the extraordinary returns that justify speculating in the first place—it will be almost impossible to maintain your cool and discipline when you need it. As Doug likes to say; it’s better to risk 10% of your capital shooting for 100% gains than to risk 100% of your capital shooting for 10% gains. Secret #8: Stack the odds in your favor. Given the risks inherent in speculating for extraordinary gains, you have to stack the odds in your favor. If you can’t, don’t play. There are several ways to do this, including betting on People with proven track records, buying when market corrections put companies on sale way below any objective valuation, and participating in private placements. The most critical may be to either conduct the due diligence most investors are too busy to be bothered with, or find someone you can trust to do it for you. Secret #9: You can’t kiss all the girls. This is one of Doug’s favorite sayings, and though seemingly obvious, it’s one of the main pitfalls for unwary speculators. When you encounter a fantastic story or a stock going vertical and it feels like it’s getting away from you, it can be very, very difficult to do all the things I mention above. I can tell you from firsthand experience, it’s agonizing to identify a good bet, arrive too late, and see the ship sail off to great fortune—without you. But if you let that push you into paying too much for your speculative picks, you can wipe out your own gains, even if you’re betting on the right trends. You can’t kiss all the girls, and it only leads to trouble if you try. Fortunately, the universe of possible speculations is so vast, it simply doesn’t matter if someone else beats you to any particular one; there will always be another to ask for the next dance. Bide your time, and make your move only when all of the above is on your side. Final Point These are the principles I live and breathe every day as a speculator. The devil, of course, is in the details, which is why I’m happy to be the editor of the Casey International Speculator, where I can cover the ins and outs of all of the above in depth. Right now, we’re looking at an opportunity the likes of which we haven’t seen in years: thanks to the downturn in gold—which now appears to have subsided—junior gold stocks are still drastically undervalued. My team and I recently identified a set of junior mining companies that we believe have what it takes to potentially become 10-baggers, generating 1,000%+ gains. If you don’t yet subscribe, I encourage you to try the International Speculator risk-free today and get our detailed 10-Bagger List for 2014 that tells you exactly why we think these companies will be winners. Click here to learn more about the 10-Bagger List for 2014. Whatever you do, the above distillation of Doug’s experience and wisdom should help you in your own quest.last_img read more

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first_img111 W. Michigan St. (Credit: Google)Last updated on May 15th, 2019 at 04:48 pmRexnord Corp. plans to move some of its operations to a downtown Milwaukee office building at 111 W. Michigan St., according to a report today from Urban Milwaukee. Commercial real estate industry sources with knowledge of the move contacted today by BizTimes confirmed the plans.The move by Rexnord is part of an overall redevelopment plan for the office complex at 105-111 W. Michigan St. According to a source, brothers Michael and Joe Klein are acquiring the property from its current owner, Towne Realty Inc., an affiliate of Zilber Ltd.Cushman & Wakefield | The Boerke Co. confirmed the sale in a tweet this afternoon. The property was sold for $14.4 million, according to the tweet. John Kuhn, principal with Boerke, and David Tighe, Boerke capital markets specialist, represented the buyers in the transaction. Value add opportunity at 105-111 West Michigan Street trades for $14.4M. Nice work by Cushman & Wakefield | Boerke Principal @johnbkuhn and Cushman & Wakefield | Boerke Capital Markets specialist @DavidTighe7 on representing the Buyer on the acquisition from Town Realty, Inc. pic.twitter.com/CODAUvOmsF— The Boerke Company (@TheBoerkeCo) February 19, 2019Industry sources said Rexnord would be a tenant and move some of its Milwaukee-area operations into the facility. One source said as many as 500 jobs could be moved there.Neither Michael Klein, president of Klein Development, nor Joe Klein, a principal at HKS Holdings LLC, could immediately be reached for comment.Milwaukee permit records show that Waukesha-based Integrity Environmental Services Inc. on Feb. 11 filed an application for asbestos-abatement work at the property. The application lists Klein Development, of Pewaukee, as the owner.The city assesses the two buildings at a little more than $15.6 million. The building, consisting of three stories of office space on top of a parking structure and totaling 50,618 square feet, was built in 1967, while a second five-story, 100,250-square-foot office building went up in 1998, according to city assessment records.This would not be the first time Rexnord has worked with Klein Development. The firm had a hand in developing the headquarters for the company’s Zurn Industries division in Milwaukee’s Reed Street Yards.Rexnord, which last year was ranked in the Fortune 1000, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Representatives of Zilber also did not respond to a request for comment.Rexnord’s corporate headquarters are currently located in the Global Water Center building at 247 W. Freshwater Way, Milwaukee, which is in Walker’s Point and is adjacent to the Reed Street Yards. The company also has a campus in West Milwaukee northeast of West Mitchell Street and South 52nd Street.The 111 W. Michigan St. building was formerly occupied by Fortis Management Group, until it closed down its operations there last year. Get our email updatesBizTimes DailyManufacturing WeeklyNonprofit WeeklyReal Estate WeeklySaturday Top 10Wisconsin Morning Headlines Subscribelast_img read more

State Representative Aaron Michlewitz as everyone

first_imgState Representative Aaron Michlewitz as everyone knows is a life-long North Ender, having grown up in the neighborhood with his parents. Listening to him is a living history lesson, as he and many other local residents have seen the transformation of the neighborhood through the years. When he comes to the NE / WE NSC, he always jokes with the seniors that he had many mothers and grandmothers in the neighborhood, so he knew he had to stay out of trouble or his mother would have heard by supper time!As a young boy, Michlewitz played little league and hung out at the Gassy on Prince Street, and his love for the neighborhood, especially the seniors and families, not to mention his decades of political experience, have made him the down-to-earth, friendly, hardworking advocate for the neighborhood.Rep. Aaron Michlewitz has been an outstanding friend of the ABCD North End / West End since 2005, when he was a legislative aide to Speaker Sal DiMasi, and ever since his own election as a representative in 2009. Through the years, he has advocated tirelessly to make seniors’ lives better. As a North End neighbor himself, Michlewitz is well recognized with the seniors in the neighborhood, and has been known to assist personally with snow removal on snow-covered stoops and sidewalks. He can often be seen in the neighborhood greeting residents and asking what they need.“As an elected official it is my duty serve my constituents and help them with any services they may need. Having ABCD as a partner helps me to properly serve my district efficiently and effectively. From hosting events for our seniors in the North End to the Head Start for our South End and Chinatown residents, ABCD and its staff goes above and beyond for citizens of the City of Boston.” – State Representative Aaron MichlewitzMaria Stella Gulla, Director ABCD North End / West End NSC added, “I know that I can call on State Representative Aaron Michlewitz and of course the other elected officials for the neighborhoods to bring our center’s seniors and families the services they need. It is a huge benefit to have a connection with someone who has roots to the neighborhood. That is so meaningful for the constituents we serve.”L-R ABCD Sharon Scott Chandler, Exec. Vice President; John Drew, President CEO; Michael Vance, Vice President Field Operations; Maria Stella Gulla, Director NSC; Rep. Aaron Michlewitz and Yvonne Jones ABCD Board Chair. Photo credit: Chris AduamaAaron regularly attends events at the ABCD North End / West End Neighborhood Service Center, so seniors should be sure to check out the NE/WE NSC’s monthly calendar of events. Through the years, Aaron has advocated for the NE/WE NSC including, but not limited to, a state earmark; the donation of buses for field trips; turkeys and gift cards for the holidays; and last but not least, with sweets and gifts for monthly senior events. He is always a sought after celeb for the NE/WE NSC’s annual Buona Sera fundraising event, and pointed the North End / West End NSC in the direction of participating restaurants and celebrity guests to make the evening a success.Thank you, Representative Aaron Michlewitz, for your much-deserved award and for your tireless advocacy and service to not only the North End, but the entire third Suffolk District.In It Together – The 2018 ABCD Community Heroes Celebration at the Boston Copley Marriott Place Hotel on Friday, October 26, 2018. Photo credit: Chris Aduama Representative Aaron Michlewitz and Maria Stella Gulla, Director. Photo credit: Don West / FOTOGRAFIKSOn October 26, ABCD held its annual Community Heroes Celebration. This fundraising event pays tribute to the agency’s volunteers, people who make a world of difference in the lives of the most vulnerable among Boston’s diverse neighborhoods.The hero for the ABCD North End / West End Neighborhood Service Center (NE/WE NSC) site was none other than the North End’s very own State Representative Aaron Michlewitz.Each awardee gets to bring a special guest, so in attendance as well was State Representative Michlewitz’s wife, Maria.*Advertisement*last_img read more

Tolentino No more debate with Drilon on China dea

first_imgTolentino: No more debate with Drilon on China deal Read Next The Archdiocese of Cebu will launch the International Eucharistic Congress (IEC) 2016 tomorrow.Msgr. Dennis Villarojo, secretary general for all the preparations of IEC in Cebu, said the launching also marks the start of the preparations for the IEC 2016.ADVERTISEMENT An adobo upgrade: Add rosemary PCSO to focus on improving transparency of gaming activities PLAY LIST 03:26PCSO to focus on improving transparency of gaming activities01:39Sotto open to discuss, listen to pros and cons of divorce bill06:02Senate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreements01:50Palace open to make Dengvaxia usable again as dengue cases spike01:49House seeks probe on ‘massive corruption’ in PCSO01:37PCSO estimates P250M in Lotto revenue loss due to suspension LATEST STORIES Senate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreements PM Boris Johnson visits Belfast as Brexit woes hurt UK economy What’s new in town: Eggplant parmigiana deep-dish pizza, tofu ‘kakigori,’ ‘kamias’-date sticky toffee pudding SMC bags Bulacan airport project Canada bares additional support for PH Pagasa: Rain expected as LPA enters PAR Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio gets nominated as CJ for 4th time The launching will highlight a procession at 4 p.m. from Fuente Osmeña to the Plaza Sugbo in downtown Cebu City, where a Pontifical Mass and a solemn benediction will be celebrated by Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma.Msgr. Villarojo is calling all the religious groups and individuals to join the solemn procession, which also aims to collect goods for the typhoon victims. Participants may bring at least a can of sardines or any canned goods or bottled water. The event is called “One Can More! One Bottle More! For the typhoon victims.”FEATURED STORIESNEWSINFOSenate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreementsNEWSINFOLocsin wants to drop ‘visas upon arrival’ privilegeNEWSINFOPalace open to make Dengvaxia usable again as dengue cases spike“This is also to thank God for His protection and for the help from the various sectors for the victims of typhoon Yolanda,” Villarojo said.Villarojo said the launching is also in line with the celebration of the Solemnity of Christ the King and the culmination of the Year of Faith. MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Pokémon Go as Marketing Strategy Sure the game i

first_imgPokémon Go as Marketing StrategySure, the game is great for leisurely fun. But how long will it be before businesses use it as a marketing tool to reach a vast potential customer base?And when I say vast, I mean immense. Downloads of Pokémon Go reached 7.5 million in the U.S. alone in barely two days. The app is generating $1.6 million in revenue per day–and that’s only from iOS devices.Large businesses follow the money scent. There will certainly be licensing opportunities–we are sure to see Squirtle in McDonald’s Happy Meals soon.And, I imagine, quite a few movies studios are already assembling teams to craft ‘The Pokémon Go Movie.’ be_ixf; php_sdk; php_sdk_1.4.18 https://www.blackenterprise.com/pokemon-go-gone-business/ https://www.blackenterprise.com/pokemon-go-gone-business/ An Idea for Small BusinessBut how can small businesses leverage this runaway success?One obvious way would be for small retailers to make their establishments Pokémon hideouts.Businesses with virtual presence could perhaps offer Pokémon to anyone visiting their site, online store, or downloading their app.Ideally, it would be cool if a business could create their own, branded Pokémon. I asked Niantic, the game’s developers, if anyone could create a Pokémon for their location.Interestingly, I wasn’t flat-out told no. The company’s response:“Not at this time. Currently Pokestops [these are the places where Pokemon lurk] and Gyms [real world locations where Pokémon engage in virtual battle] are generated from a combination of Google Maps’ interesting locations [historic sites, public works of art, etc.] and locations are submitted by players of Ingress [Niantic’s other Real World game] over the last four years.”Which, to my interpretation means: not yet. Perhaps a way for small businesses and entrepreneurs to broaden their audience and customers base will soon be through customized Pokémon?Until then, we will have to suffer happily playing this ridiculously fun game as a past time.center_img I, along with millions, spent a few hours the past weekend playing Pokémon Go.The new mobile app, for the handful of people who may not know, lets users capture, battle, and train virtual Pokémon (Japanese anime stuffed-animal-looking types) who appear throughout the real world.The technology behind the app is augmented reality. The app uses a mobile device’s GPS to direct players to where Pokémon are located.I really wanted to dislike it just because of its irritatingly sudden status as the next biggest stupid thing in mobile gaming since Angry Birds.However, it’s fun hunting those Pokémon critters.last_img read more

by LAKLEY Yawovi Dodzi Juste FFWPU Togo Since the

first_imgby LAKLEY Yawovi Dodzi Juste, FFWPU TogoSince the birthdays of True Parents and Foundation Day this year, a new flame has set Togo on fire as part of the activities of heavenly Tribal Messiah. Four Blessed families (Yacouto, Akissi, Alaki and Ilboudo families) travelled to several localities in the interior of the country such as Aou-Mono, a village in the prefecture of Tchaoudjo, and 3 villages of Kara Prefecture (Kassi, Tcholla and Landa) to hold  workshop and blessing ceremonies.In the village of Kassi, Kozah prefecture, a blessing ceremony was held with participation of 38 couples, including the village chief and the neighborhood chief. This ceremony took place after a conference on the true family values, which was initiated by a blessed couple (YACOUTO Dénis and Immaculée).On March 25, the ALAKI family gathered in Tcholla in Lassa County the head of the Tcholla district, couples and many other people at EPP Tcholla. Mr. ALAKI gave a presentation about the family federation and its worldwide activities. Then Mr. KPENGUIYE gave a lecture with the theme: the true families and the blessing. After the lecture we held the blessing ceremony for 8 couples.Our brother Mr. ASSIKI Kadjabalo Jerome organized a conference on the blessing in Landa in the village of Somoudè on April 17, 2018. We had 200 participants included the village chief and his wife. After that Mr. ALAKI gave a lecture. And this was followed by a blessing ceremony for 12 couples.In Aou-Mono, out of 84 couples who participated at the event, 25 were blessed by the ILBOUDO Hortense family. They all did the indemnity stick ceremony and started at the same time the 40-day separation period. Among participants we had the village chief, a Pastor of the Baptist Church and the Imam of the village mosque.At these events participants mentioned that the blessed families who brought them this amazing blessing from True Parents are true envoys from God.last_img read more

White McGregor didnt like my comments about Masv

first_img White: McGregor didn’t like my comments about Masvidal being ‘too big’ for him Latest From Our Partners Good Night Tee UFC 240: Fights to make White on Nunes-Cris rematch: ‘That’s the fight I want to make’ Top Contenders for Fight of the Year More: Accessories Lockdown duffle bag UFC on ESPN: Covington vs. Lawler fight card Greatest Highlights of Anderson Silva’s Career Standard Ranked Rashguard ProMax 440 BJJ GI King Ryan Longsleeve Shirt How many times have you looked over the fight footage of Fedor Emelianenko and thought to yourself, ‘He’s a terminator,’ only to immediately dismiss it as fiction because there are no killer robots hunting down the resistance…right?? Well, Russia has changed the narrative of reality, and now, Fedor is a robot killing machine capable of firing a gun from either hand, lifting weights, opening doors, screwing in light bulbs and can even drive a car.Russia’s deputy prime minister in charge of their defense and space industry, Dmitry Rogozin, took to Twitter to reveal the humanoid robot F.E.D.O.R. (Final Experimental Demonstration Object Research), as reported by Tass.com this past weekend. The bot is being developed by Android Technics and the Advanced Research Fund under an assignment issued from Russia’s Emergencies Ministry.In a perspective, the robot Fedor developed for Russia’s Emergencies Ministry will acquire the abilities for self-learning. Currently, Fedor can already act on its own initiative within narrow scenarios.“Fedor is referred to the AR-700 series (for work in extreme conditions). The enterprise also produces AR-600 household robots. It takes for the enterprise’s specialists about 16 hours to assemble one Fedor and up to 2-3 hours to replace an item in the android, the chief executive said.In a perspective, the robot Fedor developed for Russia’s Emergencies Ministry will acquire the abilities for self-learning, the Android Technics CEO said.”The self-learning procedure is not incorporated in the model, which is now being demonstrated. In the future, it will necessarily appear because self-learning is a major direction of the development of autonomous robotics,” he said.Currently, Fedor can already act on its own initiative within narrow scenarios, he said.”F.E.D.O.R. is targeted to be the sole passenger of Russia’s new spacecraft, Federatsiya (even the spacecraft got a Fedor-esque name), in 2021 for the shuttle’s inaugural flight. It also will serve as a rescue unit for the Emergencies Ministry.Our human counterpart to this amazing machine will face fellow Bellator heavyweight, Matt Mitrione this summer on the Bellator 180 card, live from New York’s Madison Square Garden. Maybe they can train Robo-Fedor to walk “The Last Emperor” out to the cage. *Crosses fingers*For now, check out this super cool video we’ve put together for your viewing pleasure. Standard BJJ Gicenter_img Brock Lesnar’s WWE Future After UFC Retirement More From Robert Whittaker hails ‘Wonderboy’ the best ‘outside fighter’ in MMA Apparel Nightmare Matchup for UFC’s Biggest Stars Fedor Robot Sale Bloody Elbow Gordon Ryan Competition Kit Latest From MMA Warehouse Timeline of Israel Adesanya’s Rapid Rise to UFC Contender Which is More Dangerous – MMA or Football? Gloves Conor lashes out at Herb Dean, says Khabib was ‘riddled in panic’ during bus attacklast_img read more

These Jobs May Get You a Date on Tinder

first_img By Hallie Smith· Illustration via istock.com/traffic_analyzerIf you’re single, ready to mingle, and have one of these careers, you may be poised to find love on Tinder.The ubiquitous dating app revealed the 10 professions, for both men and women, that garnered the most right swipes in Boston. Female doctors and male chemists topped the list—which makes sense in a city full of hospitals and research centers.Bostonians also showed some love to other health-related careers, with female yoga instructors and veterinarians landing in the top 10. On the flip side, male flight attendants, lawyers, and creative directors were seen as desirable.In a city chock full of big brains and active people, the results come as no surprise to us. Check out the whole list below to see if your career cracked the top 10:Graphic provided. 101 Print 1/30/2017, 10:56 a.m. center_img Read all about the latest gym openings, healthy events, and fitness trends in our twice weekly Wellness newsletter. Sign up for Health & Wellness newsletters. Everything you need to stay healthy and fit.* These Jobs May Get You a Date on Tinder People swiped right for these careers, according to the dating app. last_img read more

Five SingleFamily Homes for Less Than 600000

first_img Sign up for Home & Property newsletters. Design, real estate, and pretty things for living.* 000 Sign up for our weekly home and property newsletter, featuring homes for sale, neighborhood happenings, and more. By Madeline Bilis· Five Single-Family Homes for Less Than $600,000 They’re all within city limits. center_img 3/10/2017, 1:25 p.m. Print Photo courtesy of Carol White Associates1. 32 Hillcrest Street, West RoxburyPrice: $569,900Size: 2,110 square feetBedrooms: 3Baths: 1.5Photo via Hammond Residential Real Estate2. 96 Beech Street, RoslindalePrice: $599,000Size: 1,217 square feetBedrooms: 3Baths: 1.5Photo via Century 21 Mario Real Estate3. 105 Ashley Street, East BostonPrice: $575,000Size: 1,800 square feetBedrooms: 4Baths: 2.5Photo via Greater Boston Realty4. 385 Park Street, West RoxburyPrice: $569,000Size: 1,377 square feetBedrooms: 3Baths: 1.5Photo via LAER Realty Partners5. 11 Northdale Road, West RoxburyPrice: $559,900Size: 1,599 square feetBedrooms: 4Baths: 2last_img read more

On the Market A Pleasant Place in Somerville

first_img Sign up for Home & Property newsletters. Design, real estate, and pretty things for living.* For Sale/Rent On the Market: A Pleasant Place in Somerville This single-family has a flower-filled backyard. By Madeline Bilis· Photo courtesy of Compass15 Hanson Street, SomervillePrice: $648,000Size: 937 square feetBedrooms: 2Baths: 1Adorable single-family homes in Somerville are snapped up quickly these days, making this pleasant little place on Hanson Street a coveted gem. Surrounded by Harvard, Inman, and Union Squares, the freestanding abode comes with a driveway and a fenced-in backyard that’s filled with flowers.Inside, there’s an updated kitchen with glass-fronted cabinets, an abundance of windows, built-in bookshelves, two bedrooms, and hardwood floors. While the place is only 937 square feet, a sizable basement makes room for a laundry area and bicycle storage.For information, contact the Petrowsky Jones Group, Compass, compass.com.Photo courtesy of CompassPhoto courtesy of CompassPhoto courtesy of CompassPhoto courtesy of CompassPhoto courtesy of CompassPhoto courtesy of CompassPhoto courtesy of CompassPhoto courtesy of CompassPhoto courtesy of CompassPhoto courtesy of CompassPhoto courtesy of CompassPhoto courtesy of CompassPhoto courtesy of CompassPhoto courtesy of CompassPhoto courtesy of CompassThe Boston Home team has curated a list of the best home design and home remodeling professionals in Boston, including architects, builders, kitchen and bath experts, lighting designers, and more. Get the help you need with FindIt/Boston’s guide to home renovation pros. 000center_img Print 8/14/2017, 9:24 a.m. Sign up for our weekly home and property newsletter, featuring homes for sale, neighborhood happenings, and more. last_img read more

Heres What You Can Buy for 330000 and Under Right Now

first_img 3/12/2018, 3:42 p.m. Sign up for our weekly home and property newsletter, featuring homes for sale, neighborhood happenings, and more. Here’s What You Can Buy for $330,000 and Under Right Now Including a penthouse in Chelsea and a loft in Dedham. Print Photo via ERA Russell Realty Group1. A Top-Floor Unit in a 1900s Rowhouse26 Tudor Street #3, ChelseaPrice: $300,000Size: 577 square feetBedrooms: 1Baths: 1Photo via Focus Real Estate2. A Sunny Loft in Dedham3 S Stone Mill Drive #222, DedhamPrice: $315,000Size: 1,146 square feetBedrooms: 2Baths: 2Photo via ERA Russell Realty Group3. A Two-Bedroom Atop Powder Horn Hill44 Lafayette Avenue #401, ChelseaPrice: $325,000Size: 757 square feetBedrooms: 2Baths: 1Photo via Perlera Real Estate4. A One-Bedroom in Eastie306 Meridian Street #3, East BostonPrice: $309,000Size: 519 square feetBedrooms: 1Baths: 1Photo via Keller Williams Realty5. A Beach House on Houghs Neck108 Darrow Street, QuincyPrice: $330,000Size: 872 square feetBedrooms: 2Baths: 1center_img 38039 Sign up for Home & Property newsletters. Design, real estate, and pretty things for living.* By Madeline Bilis· last_img read more

Marty Walsh Hopes Marijuana Tax Revenue Is Worth the Human Toll

first_img Print Mayor’s Office Photo by Isabel LeonMayor Marty Walsh, expecting that Boston will soon enter the legal marijuana market, said he hopes that the tax revenue collected is “worth the human toll.”Walsh, a staunch opponent of marijuana legalization who campaigned in 2016 against the ballot question that cleared the way for the state’s first pot shops, conceded there is little he could do to stop stores from arriving in Boston, and said he remains concerned about the consequences of such a move.“I hope the taxation’s worth the human toll,” he said, according to the Herald. “It’s the law now. We’re heading towards there. Boston will be opening up its very first marijuana facility probably early next year.”Marijuana sales are subject to a 10.75 percent state excise tax, 6.25 percent state sales tax, and up to a 3 percent local tax.Business has been booming at the state’s two recreational marijuana retailers in Leicester and Northampton since they opened last Tuesday. Combined, the shops pulled in a total of $440,000 on their first day. Lines have remained significantly long, as consumers turn out in surprisingly large numbers—so much so that Leicester officials plan to meet to discuss the unexpected enduring traffic problems the Cultivate pot shop is causing in the town.It will still be a couple months before Boston gets its first taste of all that cannabis-derived tax money and the attendant consequences for the human race.In Boston, a company hoping to run a pot shop, called Ascend, near TD Garden, is still several months off from opening its doors. The three shops mostly likely to open next are in Salem, Easthampton, and Wareham.Walsh has inveighed against marijuana from a personal place. A recovering alcoholic, he has warned that making the drug more easily available could set people on a path to addiction, a claim that is disputed but forms a major pillar of the anti-legalization movement. His comments come as another prominent marijuana critic, U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III, has announced he is changing his tone on the drug in a big way, and is now pushing for full legalization nationwide. 4751476 News Marty Walsh Hopes Marijuana Tax Revenue Is “Worth the Human Toll” The mayor says pot shops will likely open in Boston “early next year.” Sign up for Boston Daily. News. Commentary. Every day.*center_img Get a compelling long read and must-have lifestyle tips in your inbox every Sunday morning — great with coffee! 11/26/2018, 11:28 a.m. By Spencer Buell· last_img read more

Gisele Bündchen and Tom Brady Just Blessed Us with NeverBeforeSeen Wedding Photos

first_img Print Delivering the latest in style, inspiration, helpful tips and tricks, and everything else you need to know to plan the perfect New England wedding. Weddings Gisele Bündchen and Tom Brady Just Blessed Us with Never-Before-Seen Wedding Photos And they’re perfect, obviously. The pair tied the knot back in February 2009, swapping vows in a small church ceremony attended by their parents and Brady’s then 18-month-old son with actress Bridget Moynahan, John.“We planned it in like 10 days, and it was perfect,” Brady told GQ in an interview nine months after their nuptials. “We went back to the house and I barbecued aged New York strips. We had champagne, a cake, some ice cream. It was a great night. I think you always have this idea that weddings need to be 200 people and you invite everybody, and I’m all for it if people want to do that, but I think there was really something special about just having our parents there.” In April, they threw a second celebration in Costa Rica, an equally hush-hush affair with only about 40 close friends and family members present.The couple has remained relatively mum about other details of their nuptials, but sharing a glimpse inside their two wedding celebrations has become an annual anniversary tradition of sorts for Bündchen. On the couple’s eighth anniversary, she posted a candid shot of her, in a silk sheath dress, and Brady busting a move at their Costa Rica reception. Last year, she shared an image from their California church ceremony, showing off her lace bustier gown and its jaw-dropping train. Brady also shared an image from the day that year, writing “Live, Laugh, Love…..and I Love You!” Getting married? Start and end your wedding planning journey with Boston Weddings’ guide to the best wedding vendors in the city. 2/27/2019, 6:23 p.m. center_img Sign up for wedding newsletters. The New England bride’s ultimate guide.* By Rachel Kashdan· Photo via AP/Charles SykesTraditionally a tenth wedding anniversary is marked by exchanging tin or aluminum, but for theirs, Gisele Bündchen and Tom Brady instead shared two never-before-seen shots from their ultra-private Santa Monica church wedding on Instagram. In Bündchen’s post, the model stands at the altar in a Dolce & Gabbana gown alongside Brady during their ceremony. She captioned the image with a sweet message to her husband: “There is nothing that I love more in this world than you and our family. Thank you for being on this journey with me and for doing the work that it takes to make it so special.” Brady also shared a photo of the pair at the altar, his taken mid-smooch after the couple said “I do.” “Thank you for loving me, for supporting my dreams, and for nurturing our family in the way that only you could. You are my rock, my love and my light! I love you and I love our family!” he wrote with the photo. 1090110last_img read more

PGA Championship 2019 What you need to know for Friday at Bethpage

first_imgThe PGA Championship is officially underway at Long Island’s Bethpage Black. Brooks Koepka lit it up with a course-record setting 63 on Thursday, but New Zealand’s Danny Lee is only one shot behind him. A host of pros are also within shouting distance: Tommy Fleetwood, Rickie Fowler, Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth — the list goes on! Tiger Woods is nine shots back. Can he rally after an opening 72? Here’s what you need to know for Friday’s second round.1. The best PGA Championship groupingsYeah, they’re the same groups as Thursday, but here are the five most intriguing, along with their Friday tee times (ET).1. Brooks Koepka, Francesco Molinari, Tiger Woods (1:49 p.m., Tee No. 1)2. Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson, Jason Day (8:13 a.m., Tee No. 10)3. Rickie Fowler, Bubba Watson, Justin Rose (1:27 p.m., Tee No. 1)4. Jon Rahm, Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth (7:51 a.m., Tee No. 10)5. Sergio Garcia, Kelly Kraft, Adam Scott (1:05 p.m., Tee No. 1)Jordan Spieth needs to win a PGA Championship to complete the career grand slam. He’s six shots behind Kopeka after Round 1.USA Today Sports2. Cut line watchAfter the second round, golfers with the low 70 scores, plus ties, advance to play the final two rounds. In the last three years, the cut has been made at one or two over par at the PGA Championship. But first-round scoring at Bethpage indicates that this year that number will be higher. There are are currently only 16 players under par, and 73 players at two over or better.3. How to watch the PGA Championship FridayStreaming options will be available on PGA.com beginning at 8:30 a.m. ET, where you can watch featured groups from both the morning and afternoon waves. Featured hole coverage begins at 1 p.m. ET. The TV broadcast is on TNT from 1-7:00 p.m. ET.4. PGA Championship weatherTemperatures will be in the low 50s when the first group tees off at 6:45 a.m. ET, and it is expected to be a cloudy day, with a 30 percent chance of showers between 3 and 5 p.m. The temperature will reach a high of 69 degrees while winds will register around 10 mph.last_img read more

Brandel Chamblee made a hilarious mistake during his Champions Tour practice round

first_imgIt’s good to know that the best players in the game are just like the rest of us. We’ve all made a mistake like this at some point, and before his first Champions Tour start of the season, Brandel Chamblee showed us just how easy it can be to do.Here’s what happened: While playing his practice round at the Wakonda Club in Iowa ahead of his first round at the Principal Charity Classic, the Golf Channel analyst roped a perfect iron shot — to the wrong green.last_img

Lucca bids San Francisco adieu

first_img Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter The line at Lucca Ravioli Co. at 9:30 this morning wasn’t all that long. But, then again, there wasn’t all that much to buy. That was jarring on this, Lucca’s 34,439th and final day. Lucca was, for decades, a place of plenty: a menagerie of exotic tins and dried goods; a canopy of salamis dangling from the ceiling; piles of salads and pickled goods and meats behind the display case; a wall of bread; a platoon of workers outfitted in uniforms from a time before style; and a freezer case full of Lucca’s famed raviolis. Today, though, there was a dessicated-Soviet-department-store feeling here. There were large bare spots on the shelves — shelves you get the feeling had been obscured from customers’ peering eyes by cans and packages since Francesco Stanghellini first opened the doors here on Jan. 15, 1925. And now they’re selling the fixtures. You could walk off with the cash register if you wanted — and had $1,000 to plunk down. (As for the not-quite-actual-size mural of Italy on the ceiling, you’ll have to make an offer: info@luccaravioli.com). The Mission has been through any number of iterations, but Lucca remained a constant. It held court at Valencia and 22nd, and even stayed in the same family — current (and final) co-owners Michael Feno and Cathy Immel are Stanghellini’s great-nephew and great-niece — and kept doling out old-world fare to a changing neighborhood. “When I came to America from Peru when I was six, my dad brought me here. I brought my son here. And my grandson,” said Enrique Barreto, while a store worker quietly slipped a bottle of “cooking oil” he’d left on the counter into his bag. “I’m gonna miss this place. Miss it, miss it, miss it, miss it.”Jorge Molina first set foot in Lucca in 1966. He was here to see it out on his last day. And he wasn’t alone; he ran into friends he hadn’t hugged for years. Lucca was a centering point for a neighborhood that increasingly has none. “There’s a sense of camaraderie with a place like this,” said Molina, also a Peruvian immigrant. “There’s a sense of connection. To Italy. Or to San Francisco.”  Throughout Lucca’s last day, the counter workers dutifully called out the numbers, cycling from 00 to 99 again and again and again. That’s how it was here every day. Until Feno decided to call his own number and close up shop. Lucca co-owner Michael Feno, who has been working here for 53 years, poses in the deli’s kitchen on its last day. Photo by Jorge Molina.Because this is a gentrification story. In San Francisco, gentrification is a bit like the prosciutto they sold here at Lucca — it gets into everything. But this is not the kind of gentrification story you’d think it is. Since Lucca was the kind of place where vegetation on a sandwich was considered an extravagance and you had to slather the mustard on the bread yourself, it’d be easy to assume that some dollar-driven landlord decided the highest and best use of this land was not moving boxes of ravioli for nine bucks a pop and gave them the heave-ho.  But that’s not what happened here. The Feno family was prescient. Obtaining property in San Francisco requires a boatload of cash or a time machine, and the Feno family bought this place aeons ago. In fact, they bought a whole complex of buildings in the vicinity, as well as the lot where they proudly offered free parking for customers.    In August, they put that lot on the market for $3 million. By the time they’re done selling its adjacent buildings and the Lucca building itself, the family could pocket upwards of $8.2 million more. Lucca isn’t being chased out of the neighborhood. For the potential dozens of tenants residing in its properties, however, this is your standard gentrification tale. It would take a special sort of ingrate to bemoan the loss of a parking lot in favor of a five-story housing structure, but three buildings housing a number of tenants are also up for sale here. And the marketing material is unsubtle about what a savvy buyer might have in mind for them: “Staggering upside in residential rents, current rents are approx. 131% below market, portfolio wide.” There is real sorrow in losing a Mission District institution, and many a San Francisco Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner will, soon, be depleted of its de rigueur ravioli or sausages. And that’s a shame for everyone who visited today, or anytime during the last 94 years, three months, and 16 days. But it’s a different thing to have insecurities over whether you’ll have a home in which to prepare those raviolis or sausages.In the mid-1960s, a bar called The Northern Club was situated in what was, until today, Lucca’s kitchen. This painting of a cowgirl in the storeroom is all that remains of an even earlier dance hall. Photo by Joe Eskenazi.Michael Feno sat among the bare shelves and empty ravioli boxes in the room adjacent to the last Lucca lunchtime crowd. This is a room that was never empty. But now it was. “The last time I remember seeing it like this was when The Northern Club” — a bar — “closed in the mid-1960s,” he says. “We didn’t put our money in the bank. We put it in here,” he continues with a sweep of his arm across the former pantry. It was a poignant moment and a poignant day. But it was time. Feno has been coming here for 53 years. He and his sister Immel are fourth-generation owners. “It was time to remodel the place. And we’d have to do the seismic work and the Americans With Disabilities Act upgrades, and that’d be all my retirement money and I’d be working till I’m 85.” “It’s sad,” he admits. “But it’s been a long time coming.”Dutiful grandson Tito Correa carries one final box of Lucca Ravioli Co. fare for his grandmother, Cathy Kornblith. She used to make him salami sandwiches and pack them into Giants games at Candlestick Park. Photo by Joe Eskenazi.All the while, in the background, numbers were bellowed out — sixty-seven! Sixty-eight! — and customers scrambled to grab what they could. By mid-day the crowds had grown large, and questions about whether any particular items were available were uniformly answered with a polite, but curt, “If you don’t see it, I don’t have it.” Men and women clambered through the crowd with brown cardboard boxes of goods held over their heads. Flora Campoy struggled to lift a four-foot-tall bottle of chianti (“I always wanted one of these”). Former Giants great Will Clark dropped by for one last shopping trip, as did actor Danny Glover. They took a number and waited with everyone else and were patiently told that “If you don’t see it, I don’t have it.”  At 1:56 p.m., the doors closed one last time. The final patron was John Williams, a 57-year-old city native. As a child, he used to make faces through Lucca’s window to tease the men making the raviolis, and they’d return the favor by flinging raviolis at him. This morning he and his roommate, Dawn Cato, were on a flight out from Vegas to be here; they’ll stock up one once more for good measure and head back tomorrow. “There are a lot of connections here to my inner child,” said Cato with a sigh. “So many Christmas and Easter meals.” On Wednesday, co-owners Feno and Immel will be far away from Valencia and 22nd. She lives in Santa Cruz and he’s planning to unwind at his small farm in Sebastopol — “I’ve already got three cases of water there.” Come tomorrow, Lucca will be a memory. If you don’t see it, they don’t have it. center_img Email Addresslast_img read more

Crowdsourcing Justice

first_imgAtes at his wedding, on April 5, 1997, at Faithful Missionary Baptist Church, in Dallas.Courtesy of Kim Miller-Ates Last Name Recently Ed pulled out some of his prison lists and read them over. He’s been able to check off most of his goals. Some, such as getting a driver’s license, were easy. Others, like smiling, he’s had to work at. The thing Ed wants the most, though, isn’t on any of his lists. “I want my name back,” he had said in 2018, while still behind bars. “I want this mark off me, this stripe off me. I want to be able to talk to people without them saying, ‘That’s the guy in prison for killing that lady.’ ”Exonerations take a long time, even when backed by an army of Innocence Project lawyers and well-intentioned podcast listeners. Clayton began the process in 2016 and eventually convinced the Smith County DA’s office to join her in filing a motion in 2017 for DNA testing of twenty crime scene items, including scrapings from underneath Griffin’s fingernails, rape kit swabs, and the substance from Ed’s shoe. Unfortunately for Ed, most of the biological samples were so old and degraded that they revealed only one full profile: Griffin’s. The exception was the semen stain, which unquestionably came from Moseley.And the shoe debris—the substance that 26 years ago led investigators to believe Ed had been inside the trailer the night of the murder? DNA testing revealed that it belonged to an unidentified male. Not only was the tiny trace never proven to have been human feces, it had nothing to do with Elnora Griffin.Clayton is now trying to track down the crime scene fingerprints so they can be analyzed using modern software and then plugged into a current database. She is also planning to challenge Ed’s conviction under a 2013 state law that allows a court to grant relief in cases based on faulty forensic science. Clayton would like to debunk the state’s feces theory once and for all—and exonerate Ed while doing so.She’s had offers of assistance from an unlikely source: David Dobbs. In 2016 Dobbs received an email from Ruff laying out his reasons for believing Ed is innocent and asking for an interview. Dobbs responded, “Is this the Bob Ruff who called me a psychopath?”Dobbs, who left the DA’s office in 2000 and now has his own personal injury practice, told Ruff to give him some time to look into the case. If Ed was innocent, he said, he wanted to help, possibly by assisting the current DA in tracking down and questioning Moseley, Walker, and Johnson.“I’m open to the possibility that he may be innocent,” Dobbs said in June. “Anytime you have a circumstantial case without any conclusive forensic evidence, there’s that possibility. But this is not a clear case of ‘He’s innocent.’ We have work to do to investigate that. I feel a responsibility to do what I can.”Ed is skeptical of Dobbs’s intentions. He knows there are many reasons that people get sent to prison for something they didn’t do. In his case, as in most wrongful convictions, it began with a deeply flawed investigation, with deputies focusing on one suspect to the exclusion of others. (Neither Hukill nor Waller responded to multiple interview requests.) But Ed thinks that the main reason he spent twenty years in prison is the prosecutor who sent him there. “Once Dobbs saw that none of the evidence pointed to me, he should have left it alone. Then he came over to the jail and talked to Kenny Snow, who was a known snitch. And they believed what he said!”Ed’s not the only one who thinks Dobbs was trying to win his case at all costs. During Ed’s second trial, Victor Sirls, an old friend of Ed’s who had also been in the jail cell with Snow, was subpoenaed by Ed’s team to testify. The day before his scheduled testimony, Sirls said that Dobbs summoned him to a vacant jury room. “He said if I testified for Ates, they’d get me,” Sirls recalled. “Dobbs said if I fucked this case up, he’d fuck my case up—those were his exact words.” (Dobbs denied this.)Many others have complained about Tyler prosecutors over the years. In 2000 the Houston Chronicle ran a front-page story on the Smith County justice system, in which defense attorneys claimed that the DA’s office would do anything to win a case. “It’s simply a pattern of lying, cheating and violations of the law by Smith County prosecutors that wouldn’t be tolerated in Harris or Dallas County or any of the other, larger offices in the state,” said Houston attorney Paul Nugent, who represented Kerry Max Cook. A principal tactic, critics charged, was making secret or implicit deals with jailhouse informants like Snow, which are required by law to be revealed to the defense. Dobbs, quoted in the story, denied all allegations.Dobbs recently contended that you can’t look at Ed’s case—or any other from that era—in isolation. In a conservative, pro-law-enforcement community, he said, he was doing the job voters expected of him. “It was the nineties, the war on crime. We were doing cases on the fly.” That decade saw Texas send more people to prison than any other state—and Smith County contributed its fair share. In the months before Ed’s second trial, Dobbs was juggling three other murder cases. In his twelve years, he would try at least fifteen death penalty cases and win all but one. “As a DA,” he said, “you’re like Mel Gibson in Braveheart, swinging your sword all the time. You can’t stop and look closely at a tree. You’re always under siege.”It wasn’t a war to Ed, at least not at first. To Ed, it was a bunch of men with badges who seemed determined to prove he was a brutal killer. “They didn’t care about anything,” he said recently, “as long as there was a conviction.”He spoke on a Sunday in late May, as he and his family were preparing to go to a Memorial Day crawfish boil at a cousin’s house.“They had their minds made up as soon as they heard I had been in prison in Oklahoma. All they had to do was look at it a little closer, do a little more investigation, and it would’ve made a big difference.”He paused. “I’m never going to get those years back. I’m going to live for today, make every day count.” At the party, he would see family members he hadn’t seen in decades, and he was eager to get going. “I’ll never get those years back,” he said again, “and I’m not going to even try.”This article originally appeared in the August 2019 issue of Texas Monthly with the headline “Crowdsourcing Justice.” Subscribe today. In the long period between Ates’s arrest and his first trial, he met and married his wife, Kim Miller-Ates. Courtesy of Kim Miller-Ates Enter your email address Editor’s Desk(Monthly)A message from the editors at Texas Monthly If you fill out the first name, last name, or agree to terms fields, you will NOT be added to the newsletter list. Leave them blank to get signed up. Yet one hundred miles away in Tyler, the DA’s office was working in earnest to try him again. After the mistrial, Gohmert had scheduled a hearing for a second trial, and investigators, hoping to find Ed’s DNA profile at the crime scene, had conducted DNA testing for the first time on some crime scene hairs. None, though, proved to belong to him. Then, two weeks after Ed’s wedding, on a day he was supposed to appear in Gohmert’s courtroom for another pretrial hearing, he was instead waiting in the Dallas County jail, having been mistakenly arrested on a warrant for one of the old Smith County misdemeanor theft cases that had already been disposed of. Gohmert revoked Ed’s bond and had him transferred to Tyler and put behind bars.Sitting in a crowded cell, Ed met a man named Kenneth Snow, an ex-con and professional boxer who was charged with two robberies, including one in which he was accused of beating up a man. Snow had once been a contender for the middleweight crown, and he still had dreams of climbing back into the ring. The two jailmates became friends, playing Spades and sharing the Kools that Ed’s grandmother had bought him. After Ed bonded out, Snow, still in jail, would even call him at home. By then Ed and Kim had purchased a small brick house in a new subdivision in southeast Dallas.When Ed went on trial again, in August 1998, his lawyers still thought the state didn’t have much of a case. Kim, five months pregnant with their second child, initially didn’t even join Ed in Tyler, but when he told her there were no black jurors (Dobbs had struck six African Americans from the jury pool, in a city where one in four people were black), she became worried. She took time off from work, left Kyra with her parents, and drove to the Tyler courthouse. This time prosecutors had a secret weapon: Ed’s new friend Kenny Snow, who was still awaiting trial for the robberies. Ed stared in disbelief as Snow, who had a reputation as a snitch, testified that Ed had tried to get him to lie on the stand and point the finger at someone else. Snow swore that Ed had paid him to tell authorities that he’d overheard another inmate, a man named Frances Johnson (an acquaintance of Ed’s who had dated Griffin), confess to attacking her. Snow said Ed had even written out a script for Snow. “He gave it to me to memorize it,” Snow testified. Instead, Snow sent the script to the DA, and a handwriting expert verified that it was written by Ed. On the witness stand, Snow denied that he’d been promised anything by prosecutors for his testimony.Although the state couldn’t put Ed at the crime scene forensically, Dobbs and a fellow assistant DA presented Ed’s lie about his alibi and investigators’ observations regarding the handprint on the towel, the position of the car seat, and the candy wrappers. The prosecutors hit Ed hardest when it came to the alleged feces. Despite the FBI agent’s conclusion that the smudge on Ed’s shoe was merely “protein of human origin,” Dobbs used the term “human feces” six times in closing arguments alone. “Liar sitting over there with human feces on his shoe and no explanation for it,” he declared. Ed’s lawyers tried to show that Snow was an untrustworthy jailhouse snitch, making him read a letter he had written Dobbs from jail. “I think I could be the best informant that ever come out of Tyler, Texas,” he’d proclaimed. They emphasized that none of the hundred-plus hairs, blood, semen, fingerprints, or cigarette butts tied Ed to the crime scene—they also pointed out that he had no scratches or blood on him or any motive to kill Griffin. Moseley was a much better suspect, they said. Again, the jury took a long time and was deadlocked 10 to 2 after two days, in favor of guilt. Again, Ed was offered a plea bargain, and again he turned it down. But on the morning of the third day, August 13, 1998, the two holdouts changed their minds, and the jury found Ed guilty. According to a local paper, when the verdict was read, “A cry went up” from Ed. He was sentenced to 99 years. Kim, weeping, watched as her husband was handcuffed and taken away.At the H. H. Coffield Unit, near the town of Tennessee Colony, Ed spent much of his free time doing what he did best: playing basketball. One day a friend confronted him. “All you do is play basketball,” he said. “Get your ass up—we’re going to the law library.” His friend showed Ed how to search for his case, and in mid-2000, Ed saw that his appeal had been denied earlier that year. He began spending every day in the library, researching, and after Texas passed a law giving inmates the right to petition for DNA testing of evidence, Ed did so, asking that everything at the crime scene be tested, not just the hairs.He fell into a routine, getting up at 5 a.m., working on a road crew. Later he served as a cook and a groundskeeper. He learned to keep his emotions in check, to not show any weakness. He avoided trouble and developed a reputation for toughness on the prison basketball courts, living up to his new nickname: Big E.Back in Dallas, Kim was struggling to raise Kyra and the new baby, Zach, by herself. She sold their home and moved in with her parents and would bring Kyra and Zach to visit their dad every two weeks. On the long drive to Tennessee Colony, she would tell them how their dad was in prison for something he didn’t do. When they arrived at the prison, the kids toddled to Ed, who got to hold them for an hour or two. But it crushed him when he had to return to his cell. The kids didn’t understand why their father couldn’t come home with them, and as the years crept by, the visits became harder for all of them. Zach, especially, started getting resentful. Like his father, Zach was passionate about basketball, playing every day. But unlike his friends’ dads, Ed never came to his games or his birthday parties. “When are you coming home?” he would ask over and over. Kim finally stopped talking about Daddy—it was too sensitive a topic—which made her even more depressed.The kids didn’t understand why their father couldn’t come home with them, and as the years crept by, the visits became harder for all of them.Kelvin visited Ed for a while too but couldn’t bear to hear his brother called “convict.” He hated seeing the grimace on Ed’s face when he would head back to his cell after a visit. So Kelvin stopped making the trip.Ed never heard from the attorney assigned to him for his DNA claim, and in 2006 his grandmother hired two Houston lawyers, father and son Randy and Josh Schaffer. Randy had a long history of freeing the wrongly convicted, and to him, Ed’s case had all the earmarks of a bad conviction: an entirely circumstantial case, no DNA, no eyewitnesses, no confession. What had sent Ed to prison, it seemed to the Schaffers, was Snow’s testimony.And now the lawyers had a secret weapon of their own. Snow had been released from jail three months after Ed’s trial, but he eventually fled the state and was arrested for violating his probation and brought back; in 2004 he was sentenced to forty years. While in prison, Snow got a message to Ed’s new lawyers: he had lied on the stand.Snow’s betrayal of Ed, as he swore in an affidavit, was especially treacherous. Snow said that, while in jail, he had overheard a conversation between Ed and Frances Johnson, the man who’d dated Griffin, in which Johnson admitted to being in her trailer the night of her murder. Johnson said he grabbed a knife and “wore her ass out.” Ed asked Snow to help him out, and Snow agreed to recount the conversation to Ed’s lawyers, who then informed the trial judge about the new witness at a pretrial hearing. But two weeks later, Snow claimed in the affidavit, prosecutor Dobbs visited him in jail. “Dobbs told me that if I testified for Ates, the state would not help me with my cases,” Snow said. “They told me that I would never box again unless I helped them convict Ates.”After Ed was convicted, Snow pleaded guilty and was given ten years’ probation—even though with his record he would have likely received 25 years to life in law-and-order Smith County. (Indeed, the judge told him she had never granted probation in a case like his, “where there is violence and kind of an anger that is of some concern to me.”)This, Josh Schaffer thought, was a classic case of a favorable deal with a jailhouse snitch that was hidden from defense lawyers, violating a long-established constitutional rule that the prosecution must disclose everything that is favorable to the defendant, including evidence that demonstrated that a witness might not be credible or honest. In 2010 Josh filed a writ of habeas corpus—an appeal asserting a constitutional violation—with affidavits from Snow and his lawyer. Tyler judge Kerry Russell ordered a hearing. Ed was as optimistic as he had been in years. Kim showed up for the hearing, along with their children and her parents; all of them thought this was the answer to their prayers.At the hearing, lawyers battled over whether prosecutors had promised Snow a lighter sentence in exchange for his testimony against Ed. Snow’s attorney testified that there had been just such a deal, even if it wasn’t in writing and hadn’t been called a plea bargain: a violent habitual offender had received probation in Smith County after testifying for the prosecution, so, logically, some kind of agreement had been made. Dobbs maintained that there hadn’t been any kind of deal—not even a gentleman’s agreement—and denied everything else Snow had said.To Ed’s shock, Judge Russell sided with the state, finding “no credible evidence that the State had any agreement, unwritten or otherwise” and turning down his writ.Ed had one more shot. All around him at the Coffield Unit, men were being freed by post-conviction DNA testing. Ed felt certain that if all of the evidence in his case were tested, he would be exonerated. Though he had never received any help when he had asked for it before, he tried again, filing another motion for DNA testing with the court.Once again, he got no response. The months drifted into years, and Ed fell deeper into a pit of despair, angry at everybody. Every single thing that could have gone wrong in his life had gone wrong, he thought. He finally resigned himself to spending the rest of his days in prison. He wrote Kim and told her that maybe it was time she divorced him and moved on with her life. Bring the kids every once in a while, he asked, and make sure they see his mom and grandmother.Big E had shifted into survival mode, cutting off all hope. Only in his cell, behind an iron door, was he still Ed. He’d lie in the darkness and dream of his family: Kim, Kyra, and the son he barely knew.A thousand miles to the north, in rural southwestern Michigan, a tall, bearded fireman named Bob Ruff had troubles of his own. His marriage had fallen apart, and he was fighting for custody of his two kids. In his downtime, Ruff, 32, began listening to a comedy podcast, whose host would eventually recommend a true-crime podcast called Serial, a deep dive into a flawed murder investigation. In the fall of 2014, Serial had become one of the most popular podcasts ever, and Ruff decided to check it out. He loved the show and soon became obsessed with it, listening to episodes over and over, taking notes. He decided to start his own podcast, called The Serial Dynasty, and recorded it in a garden shed behind his house. It was, he would say, like a book club for Serial fanatics. Ruff was fascinated with the whole idea of solving crimes, and he invited listeners to email their theories. He also interviewed a former FBI profiler and a false confessions expert about the case. Ruff, who has a loud, resonant voice, was not a nuanced host; he didn’t use a script, just notes, and the result was emotional and fiery. He began picking up thousands of new listeners drawn by his passionate observations. After episodes, fans would visit his Facebook page and chime in.“I believe you’re an innocent man,” Ruff told him. Finally, Ed began to tell Ruff his story.In October 2015 Ruff renamed his podcast Truth & Justice, set up a GoFundMe account, and raised enough money for an actual studio. Soon he had more than 100,000 subscribers, whom he called the Truth & Justice Army. With a boom in true-crime podcasting, Ruff decided to change careers. He quit his job and became a full-time podcaster, selling ads to pay his salary. By then he had two new tattoos, large ones on his forearms: on his left, “Veritas,” Latin for “truth”; on his right, “Aequitas,” for “justice.” Now he just needed a case to investigate, and one of his listeners emailed about her uncle in Texas, a former boxer whom she said had been falsely convicted of two robberies. His name: Kenneth Snow.Ruff began investigating and thought there might be something to the case, so he traveled to Tyler to get court documents. He also spoke by phone to Snow, who told him he’d been released back in 1998 after he had testified at the trial of a man named Ed Ates. Snow claimed that, earlier that year, Dobbs and an FBI agent had visited him in jail and told him they were going to put him in a cell with Ed. If Snow didn’t get a confession, he’d get 99 years for the robberies; if he helped, he’d get probation. So Snow helped. Snow couldn’t be certain that Ed was innocent, he told Ruff, but he reaffirmed what he’d said in the affidavit: that he’d heard Frances Johnson say that he attacked Griffin.Ruff soon found his enthusiasm for Snow’s case dimming. Some of the things the inmate told him didn’t pan out, others couldn’t be checked, and ultimately there wasn’t a lot Ruff could do for Snow, who had pleaded guilty.But Ed was another matter. In January 2016, Ruff, still searching for a worthy case, sent him a letter. “My name is Bob Ruff,” he wrote. “I have a podcast, and I think I can help you.”By this point Big E was almost completely isolated from the free world. He’d had half his life taken—and all of his family. His father had died early in Ed’s time in prison, his grandmother had followed in 2014, and he hadn’t talked with his mother or his brother in a couple of years. Ever since Ed had urged Kim to divorce him, she had retreated from him as well. She had stopped writing letters and gone ahead and filed divorce papers. She visited only once a year, on Father’s Day, bringing Kyra. Zach, by then a moody adolescent, had ceased coming altogether.Ed had been scammed once before by someone who offered to help get him out of prison, and he didn’t trust anyone on the outside anyway. He threw Ruff’s letter into the trash.Ruff mailed Ed another letter saying he just wanted to talk, and he put money in Ed’s commissary account so the inmate could phone him. Ed called but nervously hung up before Ruff could answer. Then he called back. “I believe you’re an innocent man,” Ruff told him. Finally, Ed began to tell Ruff his story.Ruff liked Ed immediately. He spoke with an East Texas drawl and was laid-back and restrained, carefully keeping his anger in check. The two chatted again a week later, and Ruff recorded the conversation. In the next episode of Ruff’s podcast, titled “Hope,” he played the interview, immediately followed by Adele’s heart-tugging ballad “Hello,” performed by a Zimbabwean singer. Then listeners heard a conversation Ruff had had with Snow. “I would like to tell Mr. Ates that I’m sorry for what happened,” Snow said. “If I can help in any way I can, I will be at peace with myself.” Ruff alternated the soaring, sentimental music with the apology. It was maudlin, over-the-top. Listeners loved it.Soon Ed was calling Ruff every Tuesday morning at ten, giving more details of his life and his time in prison. He began to feel comfortable enough to reveal his festering anger. “Fuck Kenny Snow!” he’d say when Ruff brought him up. “David Dobbs can go to hell!” An energized Ruff contacted Mike Ware, the executive director of the Innocence Project of Texas. Ware said he’d be happy to look into Ed’s case but that he needed trial transcripts. So in April, Ruff returned to Tyler, armed with a portable scanner given to him by a listener. It took him five days to make copies of 27 volumes. He shared many of the documents, as well as crime scene photos, on his website.He made more trips to Texas, learning the basics of the criminal justice system and researching other wrongful conviction cases from Smith County, including that of Kerry Max Cook, the Tyler man tried multiple times for murder, who spent almost twenty years on death row before being freed, in 1997. The more Ruff researched, the more he learned about Ed, this supposedly brutal killer. For example, Chris Scott, a fellow inmate who was later exonerated, told Ruff, “He’s friendly, he don’t want to fight nobody, he don’t want to be a part of nothing physical.”Ruff was basically crowdsourcing an investigation—“Two hundred thousand minds are better than one,” he said in an episode—and doing so in real time, week after week, asking listeners for help. He did this by posting on Twitter and Facebook, where the podcast fan page had 6,500 active users leaving 20,000 comments a week. A serologist examined data from a 1993 report on blood found under Griffin’s fingernails and said she thought there were two different types. Amateur photo enthusiasts tried to discern a footprint in the alleged feces clump in the kitchen. When Ruff needed help figuring out who had a certain unlisted phone number, a listener volunteered to go to the Kilgore city library and pore over old phone directories. Ed explained to Ruff two of his case’s biggest mysteries. Yes, he had lied about how he got to Bush’s apartment: he had taken his grandmother’s car that night to visit his girlfriend, something he wasn’t supposed to do and didn’t want his mother (who was sitting next to him in his interview) to know. Ed wasn’t scared of the deputies or worried what they would think, since he had nothing to do with the murder. He was scared of his mom, a cocaine addict who had shot her two former husbands—and would later, during a drug-fueled argument, shoot Kelvin in both legs. Also, Ed told Ruff that the “script” Snow testified about was actually a page of notes Ed had written to send to his lawyers after his conversation with Johnson. It later vanished from the cell, and he eventually figured out that Snow had taken it.Ruff relentlessly attacked the state’s case. He described how Hukill had homed in on Ed from the start, while failing to follow up on other suspects. In addition to Moseley, Griffin had been dating Johnson and a third man, and neither was ever interviewed. Hukill never checked Moseley for scratches or blood, as he did Ed. Waller and the other investigators never measured the large handprint on the towel. No one ever photographed the position of the car seat. Though the car radio was tuned to KZEY, which played hip-hop, the station also played gospel music.Ruff became increasingly incensed about the Smith County criminal justice system. He recorded several episodes on Cook’s case and implied that Dobbs (who had also prosecuted Cook) was a psychopath. “I will not rest until you are behind bars for your crimes against humanity,” Ruff intoned. He suggested that Hukill and Waller weren’t just incompetent—they had framed Ed. “The Smith County justice system has destroyed countless lives,” he thundered.In May 2016 the Innocence Project of Texas agreed to take the case, and Ed got a new lawyer, Allison Clayton, who began visiting and writing him. Usually the lawyers at IPTX have to spend hundreds of hours doing tedious legwork—getting transcripts, doing interviews, asking experts how a test works, checking out possible leads—but Ruff and his army had already done much of it. IPTX also typically has to scrape together funding for its investigations, but the army helped there too. When Ruff put out a request for help to pay for possible DNA testing, listeners ponied up $7,000. So many of IPTX’s clients were lost in the prison system. Though Ed had once been forgotten himself, he was now one of the lucky few.From left to right: Ed’s children, Zach and Kyra Ates; his attorney with the Innocence Project of Texas, Allison Clayton; his wife, Kim Miller-Ates; and Truth & Justice podcast host Bob Ruff.Courtesy of Bob RuffWhile Ruff was investigating Ed’s case, he also got in touch with Kim, who by then hadn’t seen or spoken with her husband in a year. Like Ed, she was initially skeptical. She had no idea what a podcast was, but when Ruff told her, “I believe your husband is innocent,” she burst into tears. This was the first time she’d heard anyone outside her family and Ed’s lawyers say that.For years Kim had been imprisoned in her own dark place, raising two kids while working full-time. She never thought her husband was guilty; he was a gentle giant, she’d say. She wished he would smile more, but he was no killer. In some ways she loved him now more than ever—he was the father of her children, and her whole life was built around Kyra and Zach. But she also thought he was never coming home. Kim, who smiles easily, rarely told anyone of her inner struggles. Sometimes the despair would get so heavy that she would steal away to the restroom at work to cry in one of the stalls.Kim felt terrible about not visiting, even though he had urged her to stay away. Her first question to her husband was “Can you forgive me?” Of course, Ed replied.She had tried to move on, and even though she had filed divorce papers, because of an error, she hadn’t received a notice to appear in court. She could have followed through to nail down a court date, but she never did.Now she thought God had been guiding her hand all along. A week after Ruff called, she went to visit Ed and found a different man. He was no longer alone in his fight; besides talking with Ruff every week, he had been getting letters from the podcast’s listeners, sometimes as many as ten a day. And he was really happy to see her. She felt terrible about not visiting, even though he had urged her to stay away. Her first question to her husband was “Can you forgive me?” Of course, Ed replied. He wanted his family back.They began talking more, and they broached the concept of his actually coming home one day, which until then they hadn’t allowed themselves to even imagine. “What do you want to do?” Kim asked. “I just want to go to work, come home, sit on the couch, and be with my family,” Ed answered. He started making lists of resolutions, just in case he ever got out:Stop using cuss words.Smile.Get my driver’s license.Take care of my wife and kids.Have a conversation with my son and daughter, make sure they aren’t upset at me.Tell my family I love them.At night Ed would pull out his lists and go over them, memorizing and planning. After a summer visit from Kim, Ed told Ruff he hadn’t felt so good in years. Though deep down he was still angry—sometimes he would gripe to Kim when she said, “I know what you’re going through”—he was tired of being that way. He wanted to change.Ed had gone up for parole twice but was denied both times. To be released, an inmate must usually show remorse for his crime and take responsibility for it, but Ed wouldn’t cop to something he didn’t do. He became eligible again in March 2018, and Ruff and Clayton set out to make sure this time would be different.Ruff asked listeners to send letters, and they flooded him with hundreds. He winnowed the stack to fifty and sent them to Clayton, who passed them on to the Board of Pardons and Paroles. Ruff sent his own letter about Ed, as did Kim. “After twenty years apart, I still love my husband, and I’ve built a home for him to come home to,” she wrote. “The kids and I want him here, and we will support and encourage him every step of the way.”Ultimately, Ed needed the approval of two out of three commissioners in the parole board office in nearby Palestine. Clayton asked for help from experienced parole lawyer Roger Nichols, who, working pro bono, presented the case to one of the commissioners on March 27. Another commissioner interviewed Ed the next day. Toward the end of that meeting, Ed would later recall, the man said, “What I’m getting is, you didn’t do this.” Usually it takes two to three weeks for the board to make their decision public, but Ed was granted parole the next day. When Clayton heard, she immediately called Kim, who was at work. “Ed made parole,” she said through tears. Kim had to excuse herself and walk outside, where she started crying and hollering, “I knew he was coming home!”On a muggy morning in early September 2018, Kim drove her kids to Huntsville, where Ed had been transferred prior to his release from prison. She wished she could’ve brought Margie too, but Ed’s mother, suffering from Alzheimer’s, had killed herself the previous summer. By the time the Ates family arrived, there was a crowd of fifty people standing vigil, waiting for Ed. Many were women from East Texas, though one had traveled from California, another from Arkansas. Most of them were strangers, but they had seen one another’s photos on the Truth & Justice Facebook fan page. They couldn’t believe that Ed was getting out—and that they were going to witness it. A few carried hand-lettered posters that read “We stand with Ed” and “Welcome home, Ed. Love, the T & J Army.”Ruff was there, and he greeted Kim, Kyra, and Zach with hugs and tears. This was a huge day for Ruff, the end of a remarkable campaign. Podcasts had barely existed ten years before, and Ruff knew, as did everyone else in the crowd, that Ed would still be stuck behind bars if Ruff hadn’t started one and found an army of followers. Like a few other podcasts—Serial, Empire on Blood, In the Dark—his had successfully drawn attention to a questionable conviction and actually helped free someone. In addition, Ruff had raised more than $35,000 from listeners to help Ed get back on his feet.Bob Ruff prays with Ed’s family and some of his supporters while waiting for Ed’s release, in Huntsville, on September 5, 2018.Photograph by Michael HallKim looked around at the crowd. “I don’t think he’s ready for this,” she said. More than anything, she was concerned about how her reserved husband would deal with the world—in particular his family. She was desperate for him to feel at home. “You have to communicate with us,” she had told Ed. “Especially me.” She knew she could be pushy, but that was the only way her family had survived for this long. She also knew Ed was still angry and that she would have to help guide him, to find a way to not let his bitterness consume him.Kim watched her kids talk to members of the crowd. Kyra, 23, is like her mother, expressive and quick with a hug, and was laughing with total strangers. Zach, three years younger, is like Ed, reserved and stoic. He stood alone, nervous about reuniting with his father, whom he had never seen outside prison walls.Finally, a little past noon, someone called out, “I think I just heard the gate open,” and everyone stood up and looked across the street. A tall, bald man was walking down the sidewalk. A few people cheered. Ed, wearing a large plaid shirt, baggy pants, and black Crocs, ambled across the street, some yellow envelopes in his right hand, his left arm swinging wildly. His head shone in the sun.He looked nervous, and as he hit the other side, Zach emerged from the crowd and walked toward his father. Ed seemed about to shake his son’s hand, but Zach opened his arms, and the two men fell into each other, son burying his head in his father’s shoulder. The crowd sniffled in the heat. “Don’t leave me again,” whispered Zach. “I won’t,” his dad responded. When Ed unwound himself from Zach, he went to Kim and held her for a long time. Then he hugged Kyra, who was crying openly.After that, Ruff approached. “Hey, brother,” he said, and the two men embraced. He was followed by a succession of pen pals and total strangers. Ed, who wore a half smile, seemed happy but overwhelmed. “I love you, sweetheart,” said one as she hugged him. “I’ve been praying for you,” said another. All Ed could do was say, “Thank you,” occasionally adding, “It means a lot.”Kim drove the family back to Dallas, with Ed in the passenger seat. They held hands most of the way. Ed often turned to look back at Kyra watching TV on her laptop and Zach playing with his smartphone. Now fifty, he had seen modern technology like that only on the prison TV, in shows and commercials where kids sat in backseats glued to their devices while the parents sat up front—and now he was living it. They stopped for gas at a Buc-ee’s, and Ed was dumbfounded at the rows of automatic toilets and faucets in the men’s room.When Ed walked into the Cedar Hill home that Kim had bought in 2006, he couldn’t believe the high ceilings, the luxurious brown couch, the big-screen TV. Kim had assured him that it was his home too, but he was having a hard time accepting it. There were photos of her and the kids everywhere; he was present in only a couple of prints, from their wedding.The first thing he wanted to do was take a shower and put on his own clothes—Kim had recently gone shopping for him—then eat a seafood platter. Since parole restrictions barred him from going to a restaurant, Kyra fried a plate of catfish filets. Other family members and friends began arriving—a cousin from Tyler with her kids, a cousin from Dallas, Kelvin and his son, and Ruff. Ed ate nine filets.The next morning, he woke up at 5:30 and opened Zach’s door. “Zach,” he said, “what are you doing?” Zach, who had been sound asleep, sat up groggily. “Nothing. What are you doing?” His father replied, “I just came to check on you.” Ed checked on Kyra too, waking her up. Soon everyone was in the kitchen making breakfast. Later that day he walked from room to room, as if making sure everything was real.Kim drove him to check in with his parole officer. He had to report every Tuesday morning and submit to a weekly urinalysis (he’s not allowed to drink). He wore a GPS monitor, which went off if he ventured beyond the property lines at an unscheduled time. He had to clear every move in advance, whether it was going to church or going shopping with Kim.Ed and Ruff at Ed’s home on the day of his release.Courtesy of Bob RuffRuff stuck around for a few days. “I ain’t never had a lot of friends,” said Ed. But the two had an easy rapport and sat on the couch talking like old Army buddies, watching TV, discussing football. They stayed up late one night preparing a slab of ribs; the next day they smoked them and had a cookout. Ed found himself touching Kim and the kids all the time. He also kept asking Kim for permission—to get some water, to turn on the TV. “This is your home,” she’d reply. “You don’t have to ask.”When they all went to church for the first time, Kim dressed them in varying shades of purple. Worshipping together was a dream of hers, something she had wanted to do for years. “We are a family,” she said. “We are one.”In Ed’s first weeks home, he established a new routine: rise at 5:30, brew coffee in his new Keurig machine, and putter around the house and backyard. On Saturday mornings he washed the family’s cars, going over every inch. He watched football and walked Charlie, the family’s Yorkshire terrier. If a picture needed hanging, Ed fetched the hammer. “He’d been dying to be a husband and a father for twenty years,” said Ruff, who talked with Ed weekly. “He finally had the chance.” Ed and Kim hosted several get-togethers for family and friends, where Ed did the cooking, as his grandmother did in the old days.“I’m never going to get those years back. I’m going to live for today, make every day count.”Kim had told him he could relax and take his time finding a job, but Ed didn’t want to sit around. Three weeks after his release, he was loading trucks at a UPS warehouse, and in November he was hired by the City of Dallas water department. By early 2019 he was part of a three-man crew inspecting sewer lines all over the city. He loved the work: driving the truck, maneuvering a robot, watching the monitor, reporting the results.In the months since, he has grown a light beard, which came in salt-and-pepper, and started wearing two square diamond earrings that Kim bought him. The family created a new photo wall in the house, adding pictures of all four of them—at church, at Christmas.Sometimes, though, Ed still finds himself eaten up by anger—that he didn’t get to see his grandmother and mother before they died, that he didn’t get to see his kids grow up. There were times in prison when he had trouble remembering the faces of his kids. It was terrifying and infuriating then—and is still. He knows that some freed prisoners have a hard time letting go of their bitterness. “I don’t want to live like that,” he says. “I’ve been mad enough.” He’s learning firsthand that freedom isn’t going to solve all of his problems.Ed had worried about bonding with his kids, mostly Zach. While Kyra sings in the church choir and is planning on going to medical school, Zach is very much his father’s son. He rarely smiles, and one of Ed’s hardest tasks since getting out has been establishing a rapport with him. It started off well: in September Zach took Ed to his driver’s test and, after he passed, asked whether he wanted to drive home. “I don’t know,” said Ed. “You can do it,” replied his son, and threw him the keys. When Ed mowed the grass, Zach, who never did yard work, brought out the Weed eater and joined him.But Zach, like many other twenty-year-old men, is still trying to figure out his relationship with his father, and the two sometimes butt heads. Ed is anxious that his son, who is so much like him, might make some of the same mistakes he did—or even get in some terrible trouble that isn’t his fault. In March Zach moved out and got a place with a cousin. Ed worried, but Kelvin reassured his brother. “He was raised right,” said Kelvin. “All you can do is let him go.” To Ed’s relief, six weeks later Zach moved back in. Late on a muggy friday night in July 1993, 25-year-old Edward Ates sat at the kitchen table of his grandmother’s house, talking with her about the dead woman next door. Ed’s brother, Kelvin, was there too, along with a friend. They lived in rural New Chapel Hill, just east of Tyler. That evening had been a terrible one. A few hours earlier, Ed’s grandmother Maggie Dews had discovered the body of a neighbor, Elnora Griffin, in her trailer. Griffin was naked and facedown on the floor, her throat slit to the bone. An investigator would later say that she had almost been beheaded.Ed hadn’t known Griffin very well. She was 47, a dainty, energetic woman who stood four feet four inches tall and barely weighed one hundred pounds. She had recently moved to tiny New Chapel Hill from Dallas; Ed had returned home from Oklahoma a few months earlier. Since then he’d made his living as a handyman and landscaper, taking care of several properties in the neighborhood, including Griffin’s. Sitting at the table, Ed recalled how he’d gone to her trailer the week before to see about clearing out a wasp’s nest in the back and had talked with her again just a day prior about doing some weed-trimming in the yard.Earlier in the evening, the Ates brothers and their grandmother had been questioned by various deputies from the Smith County sheriff’s office, who, after analyzing the crime scene, concluded that Griffin had been killed the night before. The investigators took statements from them, as well as from other neighbors, drawn by the lights and sirens, but nobody seemed to know anything—until a deputy talked with a friend of Griffin’s named Cubia Jackson, who said that she’d called Griffin the previous night, between 9:30 and 10:30, and asked what she was doing.“Well, I’m sitting here talking to Edward,” Griffin had said. Edward who? “Ms. Dews’s grandson.”Now, sitting at the kitchen table, Ed heard a knock on the door. He opened it to find three deputies, led by Detective Dale Hukill, who said they had some more questions for Ed. Would he mind coming down to the sheriff’s office? Ed said he would go, but first he wanted to talk to his mother, Margie Jackson, who lived nearby and had just phoned to say she was headed over. Margie was a boisterous woman; addicted to cocaine, she had plenty of experience with local authorities. When she arrived, she insisted on accompanying her son. Even without any physical evidence tying Ed to the scene, prosecutors felt they had a good case, especially with the charismatic Dobbs at the helm. One of Ed’s lawyers, Tom McClain, had worked in the DA’s office with Dobbs and knew what he was up against. “Dobbs tried a case as hard as anyone I’ve ever seen,” said McClain. “And he’s really smart.”At trial, Dobbs theorized that Ed killed Griffin, stepped in her feces, drove her car to his girlfriend’s, and returned home after midnight. The state offered no motive and indeed no proof that the debris on the bottom of Ed’s shoe or the clumps in her trailer were human feces. An FBI expert could determine only that the smudge on Ed’s shoe was “protein of human origin,” which could have been anything from sweat to spit. Although Ed had been in trouble with the law—besides his trouble in Oklahoma, he’d also been busted several times in Tyler for misdemeanor theft as well as for forging a check—he had no history of violence. The jury, which included two African Americans, couldn’t reach a unanimous decision and after two days was deadlocked at 8 to 4 for guilt. Finally, on the third day, Judge Louis Gohmert declared a mistrial.Ed thought that he had finally put his troubles in Smith County behind him. He asked Kim to marry him on Christmas Day. At their wedding the following April, Ed, a towering figure in a white tuxedo, danced with Kim to “For You I Will,” a soaring love ballad. “I will stand beside you,” sang R&B star Monica, “right or wrong.” This Week in Texas(Weekly)The best stories from Texas Monthly Never Miss a StorySign up for Texas Monthly’s State of Texas newsletter to get stories like this delivered to your inbox daily. Far from home, Ed soon found himself in trouble again. As they had done in Tyler, he and his two roommates would buy stolen Calvin Klein shirts as well as toilet paper and deodorant. One day that October, Ed and one of his roommates were busted for concealing stolen property. Ed was also charged with stealing from a clothing store that had, strangely enough, been set on fire. Ed was charged with arson. He admitted to possessing stolen clothes but denied everything else.The local DA offered Ed’s lawyer a plea bargain: if Ed pleaded guilty to arson, burglary, and concealing stolen property, he would be sentenced to ten years but get out in two if he behaved himself. Ed mistakenly thought he was getting probation and took the deal. He was sent to a succession of reformatories and work camps, then was arrested again for trying to escape from one of them—another felony—though Ed insisted he and his fellow inmates had just gone across the street to play basketball. He finally wound up at a halfway house in Oklahoma City, from which he was released in the spring of 1993. He had spent almost four years in Oklahoma, most of them incarcerated. Now he had four felonies on his record.After interviewing Ed, Detective Hukill returned to the crime scene, where homicide detective Jason Waller and other deputies had been collecting hair, blood, and cigarette butts. It was past 1 a.m., and Hukill briefed Waller on his conversation with Ed. They began piecing together what they believed to be possible clues. There was a Jolly Rancher candy wrapper in Griffin’s bathroom garbage can. A pink bath towel was covering her front door window, and they discovered a large handprint on it, as if a big man had hung it there. Griffin’s white Mercury hatchback was parked closer to the trailer than a neighbor said she usually parked it, as if someone else had left it there. Inside the car, deputies found, the seat had been pushed all the way back, as if it had been driven by a tall man. The radio station was tuned to KZEY, which played rap music; Griffin, a religious woman, listened to gospel.Later that Saturday, Hukill and Waller were joined at the crime scene by a man named David Dobbs, the first assistant in the Smith County district attorney’s office and a rising star there. A boyish 31-year-old with curly, dirty-blond hair and piercing, pale green eyes, he would actively work with the deputies in the investigation, meeting Hukill at Bush’s apartment complex, where they found two men who said they recognized Griffin’s car from a photo and said it had been parked there the night she was killed. Ed, Hukill wrote later, must have driven it there.At least initially, Hukill had another suspect too, a man named Leonard Moseley, who’d been romantically involved with Griffin but lived with a woman, Angela Walker, with whom he’d had a baby. Moseley still saw Griffin for a regular late-night Thursday date, but he told Hukill he’d been at work on the night of the murder, then gone home. Walker backed up his alibi. During an interview with Moseley four days after the body was found, Hukill said he believed him. “I’ve got one particular person who told me where he was, what he was doing, and his story ain’t checking out,” the deputy told Moseley. “I don’t think you did it. I really don’t. Not at this point, especially because this other boy, this other thing is just, like, slapping us in the face right now.”That particular person was Ed, who was arrested on August 26 and charged with murder. A Tyler newspaper noted that Smith County had had seven murders so far in 1993, and arrests had now been made in each of them. Sitting in jail, Ed was confident that he wouldn’t actually be tried for the crime and felt all the more sure when investigators concluded their blood-typing, fingerprinting, and hair analyses. No physical evidence tied him to the scene. By contrast, though the medical examiner found that Griffin had in fact not been sexually assaulted, the second suspect, Moseley, couldn’t be ruled out by blood type as a “possible donor” of a semen stain found on a comforter. One of Ed’s court-appointed lawyers, Clifton Roberson, told him that the state didn’t have a case. Ed rejected a plea bargain of forty years.Judges and DAs in conservative Tyler were elected on promises to wage war on crime. Prosecutors plowed through cases, and they were particularly relentless with murders.It took Ed’s family another eight months to get him out on bond, but once free, he felt like his life might actually be turning around. He enrolled in trucking school—he liked the freedom of the road—and upon graduation got a job with a Tyler waste-management company. He bought himself a new pickup. And in October 1994 he went to a Halloween party and met a pretty young woman from Dallas named Kim Miller. Ed liked her immediately: she was smart and independent, a sociology student at the University of Texas at Tyler. In turn, Kim thought the soft-spoken basketball player looked a lot like Michael Jordan. The day after the party, he called her seven times.She thought he was joking when he said he had been indicted for murder. Ed would forget about it sometimes himself, especially since his trial date kept getting pushed back (both the prosecutors and the defense lawyers, busy with other murder cases, asked for postponements). The couple dated for a few months, and Kim got pregnant. She graduated in May 1995, and in October their daughter, Kyra, was born. Ed loved holding her before heading out to drive his truck. Kim eventually convinced him to move to Dallas, where her parents lived and where there were more opportunities for a college graduate.Ed landed a job driving a garbage truck. Meanwhile he was getting more and more notices to appear in court. He talked to his boss about taking some time off, and in July 1996 Ed went on trial for murder.For years, Smith County had been one of the most stringently law-and-order communities in Texas. Judges and DAs in conservative Tyler were elected on promises to wage war on crime, which meant punishing those they thought were guilty, protecting victims, and keeping the streets safe. Prosecutors plowed through cases, and they were particularly relentless with murders. In one notable example, beginning in 1978, they tried Tyler-area resident Kerry Max Cook three times for the same murder over the course of sixteen years; one attempt ended in a mistrial, the other two in guilty verdicts that were thrown out by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. Ed Ates Wants His Name BackSep 4, 2018 Sign UpI agree to the terms and conditions. The State of Texas(Daily)A daily digest of Texas news, plus the latest from Texas Monthly Related They arrived at the sheriff’s office in Tyler around 11 p.m. Ed had been questioned by law enforcement before; indeed, he had spent time behind bars. He was by nature a calm person, and that evening he’d also had a few beers. Now he told the deputies he didn’t think he needed a lawyer, even after Hukill told him what Cubia had said. Ed denied being in Griffin’s trailer that night.The deputies asked Ed to take off his shirt, and they checked him for scratches or blood; they checked his fingernails too, then asked him to take off his shoes. They found no blood, but when Hukill examined the sole of the left shoe, he noticed a trace of something stuck in its tread; he smelled it, then scraped it off and put it in a baggie. He told Ed he was doing this because deputies had found what they thought was feces in Griffin’s trailer, including a clump in the kitchen that appeared to have been stepped in. They believed she had probably been sexually assaulted or strangled, either of which could have led to her losing control of her bowels.At some point Ed went to the restroom. He often carried a few Jolly Rancher candies in his pockets, and now he ate one and threw the wrapper in the garbage can. Back in the interrogation room, he again denied having been in Griffin’s trailer that night and said he’d been at the apartment of his girlfriend, Monica Bush. She had come by to pick him up between 9:30 and 10 p.m., he said, and they’d sat around talking for a few hours. Hukill dispatched a deputy to call Bush and check out the alibi, but Bush contradicted Ed, saying he’d shown up on his own. Armed with this, Hukill confronted Ed again, certain that almost everything coming out of his mouth was a lie. What he’d wanted to do was play basketball. Ed was a muscular six feet seven inches tall, and with his size and strength, he had dominated games at Chapel Hill High School and the outdoor courts where he and his friends played. “He was a beast,” remembered Kelvin. Ed idolized Michael Jordan—his grace as well as his confidence on the court—and even resembled him. He wore only Air Jordans and dreamed of getting a scholarship to Jordan’s alma mater, the University of North Carolina, then joining the NBA.Ed, left, with his mom, Margie, and his brother, Kelvin, around 1975.Courtesy of the Ates familyEd’s parents had split up when he was young, and at first, he and Kelvin, two years younger, lived with their mom, who worked a variety of jobs in Tyler, including as a seamstress and solderer. But then she married a jealous and violent man who regularly beat her (Margie would later shoot him after he broke her jaw; he survived). He didn’t want Ed and Kelvin around, so they moved in with their father, Emerson, a reserved man who ran a nightclub (Margie had shot him once too).While still in elementary school, the boys began spending more and more time in New Chapel Hill with Dews, Margie’s mom. Eventually they moved in, and Ed became close to her, helping her take care of her garden and cook large dinners for family gatherings. He and Kelvin loved living in the country, where the pine trees hugged the roads and the land sloped down into the brush and creek bottoms. They fished often in those creeks, and they started working at a young age for a nearby rancher who had a couple hundred cattle. By age fourteen, Ed was baling hay, grooming horses, and riding four-wheelers through the meadows looking for stray calves. He was a hands-on kid, stoic like his father; if there was a job that needed to be done, he could do it.School, though, was another story. Ed wasn’t a good student and often got in trouble; he was suspended twice, once for fighting a white kid who called him a racial slur. He dropped out his senior year and joined the Gary Job Corps, a government job training program that took him to San Marcos. He returned to New Chapel Hill, got his GED, and played basketball in city leagues, entering tournaments and traveling to Houston, Dallas, and Austin. Sometimes he and his friends engaged in petty thievery—of candy or gasoline—and other times they bought new Nikes and Guess jeans from hustlers on the street.It was past 1 a.m., and Hukill briefed Waller on his conversation with Ed. They began piecing together what they believed to be possible clues.One afternoon at the courts, Ed’s old high school coach saw him and said that he could probably get a basketball scholarship at Western Oklahoma State College, in Altus, a small town in the southwestern part of that state. So in the fall of 1989 he drove to Oklahoma with two friends from Chapel Hill High who became his roommates. Left:In the long period between Ates’s arrest and his first trial, he met and married his wife, Kim Miller-Ates. Courtesy of Kim Miller-AtesRight:Ates at his wedding, on April 5, 1997, at Faithful Missionary Baptist Church, in Dallas.Courtesy of Kim Miller-Ates First Name Ed with Kim, Kyra, and Zach at their Cedar Hill home on June 1, 2019.Photograph by Matt Rainwaterslast_img read more

JAMES Roby says he is in good shape and ready to g

first_imgJAMES Roby says he is in good shape and ready to go as England prepare for their World Cup campaign.Steve McNamara’s side will face Australia, Ireland and Fiji in their Group A pool.“Every time I get picked for England it is a great honour,” he said. “It is obviously something different from being in a club environment and it makes a refreshing change to meet up new players from different teams. We have a good chance.“It’s been a tough year for me with injury but I feel I am in good shape. I’ve had ankle problems but on the flipside I’ve had a lot of rest as a result. Physically I am feeling fit and fresh and hopefully I can use that to my advantage.“I think it is definitely one of the strongest squads we’ve had for a while. There is strength in depth and there is an argument for a lot of the people that weren’t selected. That’s good for Steve McNamara as he has a lot of players challenging for places.“Now we have to go out there and give a good account of ourselves.”He continued: “Ever since it was announced that the World Cup would be in England I’ve been excited. Of course you concentrate on your club week in week out but it is always in the back of your mind because you have the desire to wear the jersey, represent your country and do everyone proud.“Now we are meeting up it is more real and the intensity will step up ahead of that opening ceremony.”Langtree Park will host Australia v Fiji on November 2 with an 8pm kick off. Adult tickets are available from just £10 with kids £5. You can buy here.last_img read more

Our game with Huddersfield on Sept 15 will featur

first_imgOur game with Huddersfield on Sept 15, will feature a period of reflection before the game, where names will be read aloud.Those names will also be listed on a special tribute in the matchday programme.If you have a family member, or friend, who has been a follower of St.Helens R.F.C. and has passed away in the last twelve months, then we would love to include them in this tribute.Simply email their name to our Club Chaplain, Paul Johnson, keepmeupdated@saintsrlfc.com before Friday September 8 and they will be included.last_img read more

Monthly Goat Yoga classes now being offered in the Port City

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Downward facing dog? Why not downward facing goat?Some lucky people in Wilmington got to be a part of a growing national trend: goat yoga. Yes, it’s a thing.- Advertisement – The animals come from Be Life Farm in Bladen County and the class costs $20.Attendees are invited to set their mats down on the grass and perform poses led by an instructor, all while the goats roam around them.We’re told if a goat leaves droppings on your mat, that means good luck.Related Article: Carolina Soul Festival to feature wellness, music entertainmentMary Jordan and her family own the farm and she says they love seeing people smile and laugh during the class.“We have goats, horses, dogs. We just live and breathe these animals. They’re our family! We had friends kept telling us about goat yoga, ‘Y’all’ve gotta do goat yoga,’ and so we offered it last year out here and it’s taken off so much. We’re doing it once a month now for 2018,” said Jordan.They plan to hold the classes at the Tidal Creek Co-Op on the fourth Saturday of each month from now through May and the third Saturday of each month from June through December.last_img read more

NOAA forecasters expect 59 hurricanes this season

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Government forecasters expect a pretty normal hurricane season this year in the Atlantic Ocean with 5-9 hurricanes.NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center is forecasting a 75-percent chance that the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season, which starts June 1, will be near- or above-normal.- Advertisement – Forecasters predict a 35 percent chance of an above-normal season, a 40 percent chance of a near-normal season, and a 25 percent chance of a below-normal season for the upcoming hurricane season, which ends November 30.“With the advances made in hardware and computing over the course of the last year, the ability of NOAA scientists to both predict the path of storms and warn Americans who may find themselves in harm’s way is unprecedented,” Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross said. “The devastating hurricane season of 2017 demonstrated the necessity for prompt and accurate hurricane forecasts.”NOAA’s forecasters predict a 70 percent likelihood of 10 to 16 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher), of which 5 to 9 could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including 1 to 4 major hurricanes (category 3, 4 or 5; with winds of 111 mph or higher). An average hurricane season produces 12 named storms, of which 6 become hurricanes, including 3 major hurricanes.Related Article: NOAA funds projects to reduce bycatch with engineeringThe possibility of a weak El Nino developing, along with near-average sea-surface temperatures across the tropical Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea, are two of the factors driving this outlook. These factors are set upon a backdrop of atmospheric and oceanic conditions that are conducive to hurricane development and have been producing stronger Atlantic hurricane seasons since 1995.“NOAA’s observational and modeling enhancements for the 2018 season put us on the path to deliver the world’s best regional and global weather models,” said Neil Jacobs, Ph.D., assistant secretary of commerce for environmental observation and prediction “These upgrades are key to improving hurricane track and intensity forecasts, allowing NOAA to deliver the best science and service to the nation.”You can learn more about this outlook and tips to prepare for hurricane season during the 2018 WWAY StormTrack 3 Hurricane Special, which airs Friday, June 1, at 7:30 p.m. on WWAY CBS.Get more information and track storms in the WWAY Hurricane Centerlast_img read more

Residents along popular Surf City shortcut begin enforcing tolls

first_imgA resident of Cedar Landing and Creek Estates near Surf City collects a toll from a driver (Photo: Justin McKee/WWAY) PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Plenty of potholes and makeshift speedbumps dot Cedar Avenue and other rods in Cedar Landing and Creek Estates. It’s a popular shortcut to Surf City.Neighbors formed a road maintenance organization to fix the issues, but with extra traffic, it is becoming difficult for the residents to maintain the roads on their own.- Advertisement – “They miss all the stoplights and all that stuff by coming through here,” resident Roy Ward said. “The volume of traffic has gotten so bad that for us to maintain it with the meager funds we have, it’s just almost impossible now.”So now they’re asking tourists and other non-residents for a $5 toll at the corner of Cedar Avenue and Ashley Lane and the intersection of Landing Drive and Driftwood Drive.According to the Pender County Sheriff’s Office, there are no laws prohibiting the residents from charging a toll because it’s a private road.Related Article: The Bistro at Topsail closing permanently after Hurricane Florence“We’ll ask them to pay, and if they don’t want to pay and they refuse to move, then the sheriff’s office is aware of the situation,” Ward said. “All we have to do is call 911, and they’ll send a deputy out to get them out of the roadway.”The residents can press civil charges if a driver does not pay the toll.The residents met around 4 p.m. to decide if they would continue to enforce the toll for the rest of the afternoon.About 15 cars paid, 15 turned around and four went through the checkpoint without paying at last check.last_img read more

Fireworks store near NCSC line doing big business ahead of the 4th

first_imgLITTLE RIVER, SC (WWAY) — The parking lot at a fireworks store just over the border in South Carolina was packed Tuesday afternoon. As you could probably guess, there were plenty of cars with North Carolina license plates there.Stateline Fireworks is in Little River, a stone’s throw away from the North Carolina border.- Advertisement – The store’s owners say this week is their busiest of the year and 50 percent of their sales come from people in North Carolina.Employee Fred Smith says some people choose to have July 4th parties at home rather than deal with crowds. He says the store is happy to provide the entertainment.“You have a lot of people that come in that have individual parties, the neighborhood groups,” Smith said. “They buy a lot just for their neighborhood, show off. I don’t know, it’s just become a trend, I guess people love to shoot off firecrackers on the Fourth of July.”Related Article: Preparations for scaled-down Independence Day celebration at Camp Lejeune underwayEmployees say buying those fireworks in South Carolina is perfectly legal for those over the age of 16. If you bring them back into North Carolina, many that shoot up into the air like bottle rockets and roman candles are illegal to set off without a proper permit.last_img read more

WPD Wilmington womans body found in Cape Fear River

first_img Wilmington firefighters removed the body from the river. No foul play is suspected at this time.Clarke lived on a boat in the area. Cape Fear Marina (Photo: WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Wilmington Police Department says a Wilmington woman’s body was discovered floating in the Cape Fear River Saturday morning.WPD spokeswoman Linda Thompson says a friend discovered 30-year-old Suzanne M. Clarke’s body near Cape Fear Marina at around 8:00 a.m.- Advertisement – last_img

Carolina Beach Police release new photos of robbery suspects

first_img (Photo: CBPD) 1 of 7 (Photo: CBPD) Police say the first crime happened on Thursday night, when the woman went to the Hardee’s in Carolina Beach. She handed the cashier a note demanding cash. The woman took off when the cashier went to alert coworkers.On Friday, a man robbed the First Citizen’s Bank in Carolina Beach. He also handed the teller a note demanding cash.If you recognize the truck of the people in these photos, contact Carolina Beach Police at (910) 458-2540. You can also call their anonymous tip line at (910) 458-1246. (Photo: CBPD) (Photo: CBPD) CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Carolina Beach Police have released more surveillance photos they hope can help identify the man and woman linked to a bank robbery and an attempted robbery.Police say the suspects were seen driving away in a back Ford F150 truck with a German Shepard in the back of the truck. (Photo: CBPD) – Advertisement – (Photo: CBPD) (Photo: CBPD)last_img read more

Overflo raises more funds for Florence victims

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Local businesses are trying to find unique ways to continue to support local charities in desperate need. Saturday, 2nd street was overflowing with music, drinks and family fun.Downtown Wilmington independent business owners joined together to support local charities including Nourish NC, Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina, The Good Shepherd, The Salvation Army, Random Acts, The Harrelson Center and others.- Advertisement – Coordinator Beth Crookham says if you spot an Overflo sticker in a downtown restaurant window that’s your chance to participate and support that businesses fundraising initiative whether it be a special discount or donation opportunity.“A bunch of downtown independent business owners said how do we do something to help and how do we pull our voices together to do something bigger than we can do on our own and so today is our music overflow,” said Beth.The concert features performances from six local bands including Phantom Playboys, The Ratchet Brothers, Jim Quick and Coastline, Onward, Soldiers and The Dung Beatles.Related Article: Update on utility outages across Brunswick CountyCrookham says all of them have offered their time in support of those affected by Hurricane Florence.last_img read more

Wilmington fire crews responding to apartment fire Tuesday

first_imgWilmington Fire Department. (Photo: Monique Robinson/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Wilmington Fire Department is responding to a fire at an apartment complex this morning.Assistant Chief of Operations Tom Robinson said were dispatched to residential structure fire at 719 Indica Court, apt. 101 just before 7:00 a.m.- Advertisement – Robinson said crews arrived to find light smoke coming from front door. He said there was a fire on the stove due to cooking with extension to the over-stove microwave. He said the fire was extinguished by the sprinkler system. The fire was extinguished by 7:05 a.m.There was no other damage to the apartment. Crews remain on scene to remove smoke from the apartment.Robinson said there are no injuries to residents or fire personnel.last_img read more

Paulinho moves back to China

first_imgPaulinho joined Barcelona last summer but has decided to move back to Guangzhou Evergrande where he enjoyed two successful seasons before moving to Spain.The move come as a surprise since the midfielder managed to win La Liga and the Copa del Rey with Barcelona. In total he managed 49 appearances for the Spanish side, scoring nine goals and adding a further three assists in all competitions.Paulinho was part of the Brazilian team that reached the quarter finals of this year’s World Cup but suffered elimination at the hands of Belgium following a 2-1 loss at the Kazan Arena.Brought to you by Hublot<a href=”http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=a01a3708&amp;cb={random}” target=”_blank”><img src=”https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=34&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=a01a3708&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}” border=”0″ alt=”” /></a>WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=a7617b59&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=128&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintlast_img read more

HAMILTON Cheltenham Festival Debrief

first_img[dropcap]H[/dropcap]ere are the key notes from our Hamilton Festival Preview Evening held at Hamilton Racecourse on Friday 7 March.On the panel:Panel host Gordon BrownIan Taylor Garry Owen Daily RecordIan Robinson owner imperial commander and many othersMark Howard RUKBrian Hughes jockey yes again!Trevor Harris Star SportsEd Watson journalistDon’t forget to check out:STAR SPORTS CHELTENHAM PREVIEW EVENINGS CLICK HERESTAR SPORTS CHELTENHAM PREVIEW VIDEOS CLICK HERESupreme Vautour very positive. Splash of Ginge ewArkle two runners Champagne Fever good fav Trifolium solid alternativeChampion Gary Owen very sweet on Our Conor (charity bet ) rest even splitNeptune massive positive for Faugheen. Rathvinden ew alternative. David Pipe was on telephone link. Red Sherlock his best chance of FestivalRSA negative Ballycasey. Good message for Don CossackChampion Chase general view it’s a shocking renewal Hinterland got a favourable ew mentionJLT Irish dark horse Djakadam got a good mention. General view it’s a very decent renewal and wide open although Ed Watson very keen on Felix YoungerRyanair First Lieutenant very popular but participation in doubt. Gold Cup ?Again Annie Power the overwhelming World Hurdle vote. A steering jobTriumph Garry Owen all over Guitar PeteAlbert Bartlett Briar Hill preferred to Kings Palace in a perceived matchEqual confidence in front two in Gold CupWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

STARTERS ORDERS Saturday

first_img[dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Saturday 7 NovemberRACING1.55 AintreeJoin The Clan 12/1 > 6/13.25 KelsoClan Legend 16/1 > 13/23.30 DoncasterSeamour 7/1 > 5/1FOOTBALLChampionship12:30 Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HD / Sky Sports 5 / Sky Sports 5 HD13/8 Huddersfield Town 15/8 Leeds United 11/5 DRAWPremier League12:45 BT Sport 1 / BT Sport 1 HD / BT Sport Ultra HD13/10 AFC Bournemouth 9/4 Newcastle United 5/2 DRAWPremier League17:30 Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HD3/1 Stoke City 21/20 Chelsea 12/5 DRAW(All prices subject to fluctuation) What’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321last_img read more

Novelist Hinojosa to Celebrate Nuestra Palabra at Rice

first_imgAddThis Share CONTACT: David Medina PHONE: (713)831-4700 NOVELIST HINOJOSA TO CELEBRATE ‘NUESTRA PALABRA’ ATRICERolando Hinojosa, a leading Hispanicnovelist whose memorable characters often populate a fictional county in theLower Rio Grande Valley, will read from his works and interact with students atRice on April 14.Hinojosa, the Ellen Clayton Garwood Professor of English andCreative Writing at the University of Texas&endash;Austin, will be joined bylocal writers celebrating the one-year anniversary of “Nuestra Palabra: LatinoWriters Having Their Say.” Nuestra Palabra is Houston’s first regular readingseries for Latino writers. The event, which is free and open to the public, will begin at1 p.m. Wednesday, April 14, in Hamman Hall. It is sponsored by Rice and theRobert Foster Cherry Endowment.“Along with Tomas Rivera and Rudolfo Anaya, Rolando Hinojosawill always be remembered as having written literature for ‘la causa,’ for theChicano Movement, for all those writers yet unborn, who would some day needsomebody’s shoulders to stand on,” said Jose Aranda, a Rice assistant Englishprofessor. “Fortunately for us all, his shoulders have only gotten stronger overthe years.”Hinojosa will read pieces from his works, including the shortstory “The Gulf Oil-Can Santa Claus,” “A Remembrance of My Father,” and “The OldMan.” After each reading he will take questions from the audience.“I’m pretty wide open–no agendas,” the novelist said. “I tryto inspire [students] to write and to read more. I could not have written thismaterial if I had not come a from a family of readers.” Hinojosa is the author of numerous works of fiction, including “Estampas del Valle,” his first novel and the winner of the Premio Quinto SolBest Novel for 1972. His second book, “Klail City y sus alrededores,” receivedthe Casa de Las Americas Novela award in 1976. “Dear Rafe” won the Best Writingin the Southwest award in 1981. His most recent work published in 1998 is titled“Ask a Policeman.”He is a member of the National Research Council and a member ofthe College Board. He has been a member of the National Faculty since 1988. Heserved as a distinguished visiting professor at the University of California-LosAngeles in 1981 and at the University of Kansas in 1997.Other writers participating in the event are Tony Diaz, founderof Nuestra Palabra; Carolina Monsivais, a poet from the Latina Coalition; AlvaroSaar Rio, a fiction writer and actor; Sylvia Erhert, a poet; Sheldon Martinezfrom Writing About Reality; Sarah Cortez, a poet and a 1972 Rice alum; andRussel Contreras, a journalist.Rice University is a leading American research university,small, private, and highly selective, distinguished by its superior teaching,commitment to undergraduate education, outstanding graduate and professionalprograms, residential college system, collaborative and interdisciplinaryculture, and global perspective.###Editors: For more information about Rice University see:http://www.rice.edu/.last_img read more

Cementless fly ash binder makes concrete green

first_imghttp://news.rice.edu/files/2018/06/0618_ASH-2-WEB-13z3ne5.jpgA scanning electron microscope image shows spherical particles in type C fly ash used by Rice University engineers to make cementless binder for concrete. (Credit: Multiscale Materials Laboratory/Rice University) Rouzbeh Shahsavari (Photo by Jeff Fitlow/Rice University) Share2NEWS RELEASEEditor’s note: Links to high-resolution images for download appear at the end of this release.David Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduMike Williams713-348-6728mikewilliams@rice.eduCementless fly ash binder makes concrete ‘green’Rice University engineers use byproduct from coal-fired power plants to replace Portland cementHOUSTON – (June 18, 2018) – Rice University engineers have developed a composite binder made primarily of fly ash, a byproduct of coal-fired power plants, that can replace Portland cement in concrete.The material is cementless and environmentally friendly, according to Rice materials scientist Rouzbeh Shahsavari, who developed it with graduate student Sung Hoon Hwang. A scanning electron microscope image shows spherical particles in type C fly ash used by Rice University engineers to make cementless binder for concrete. Courtesy of the Multiscale Materials Laboratory Return to article. Long DescriptionA scanning electron microscope image shows spherical particles in type C fly ash used by Rice University engineers to make cementless binder for concrete. Courtesy of the Multiscale Materials LaboratoryFly ash binder does not require the high-temperature processing of Portland cement, yet tests showed it has the same compressive strength after seven days of curing. It also requires only a small fraction of the sodium-based activation chemicals used to harden Portland cement.The results are reported in the Journal of the American Ceramic Society.More than 20 billion tons of concrete are produced around the world every year in a manufacturing process that contributes 5 to 10 percent of carbon dioxide to global emissions, surpassed only by transportation and energy as the largest producers of the greenhouse gas.Manufacturers often use a small amount of silicon- and aluminum-rich fly ash as a supplement to Portland cement in concrete. “The industry typically mixes 5 to 20 percent fly ash into cement to make it green, but a significant portion of the mix is still cement,” said Shahsavari, an assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering and of materials science and nanoengineering.Previous attempts to entirely replace Portland cement with a fly ash compound required large amounts of expensive sodium-based activators that negate the environmental benefits, he said. “And in the end it was more expensive than cement,” he said. Return to article. Long DescriptionA scanning electron microscope image shows raw, type C fly ash particles made primarily of calcium oxide as a byproduct of coal-fired power plants. Rice University engineers have made a cementless, environmentally friendly binder for concrete that shows potential to replace Portland cement in many applications. Courtesy of the Multiscale Materials LaboratoryThe researchers used Taguchi analysis, a statistical method developed to narrow the large phase space — all the possible states — of a chemical composition, followed by computational optimization to identify the best mixing strategies.This greatly improved the structural and mechanical qualities of the synthesized composites, Shahsavari said, and led to an optimal balance of calcium-rich fly ash, nanosilica and calcium oxide with less than 5 percent of a sodium-based activator.Long DescriptionRouzbeh Shahsavari“A majority of past works focused on so-called type F fly ash, which is derived from burning anthracite or bituminous coals in power plants and haslow calcium content,” Shahsavari said. “But globally, there are significant sources of lower grade coal such as lignite or sub-bituminous coals. Burning them results in high-calcium, or type C, fly ash, which has been more difficult to activate.“Our work provides a viable path for efficient and cost-effective activation of this type of high-calcium fly ash, paving the path for the environmentally responsible manufacture of concrete. Future work will assess such properties as long-term behavior, shrinkage and durability.”Shahsavari suggested the same strategy could be used to turn other industrial waste, such as blast furnace slag and rice hulls, into environmentally friendly cementitious materials without the use of cement.-30-Read the abstract at https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/jace.15873.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Related materials:Multiscale Materials Laboratory(Shahsavari): http://rouzbeh.rice.edu/default.aspxRice Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering: https://cee.rice.eduRice Department of Materials Science and NanoEngineering: https://msne.rice.eduGeorge R. Brown School of Engineering: https://engineering.rice.eduImages for download:Long Description http://news.rice.edu/files/2018/06/0618_ASH-1-WEB-t11z3d.jpgA scanning electron microscope image shows raw, type C fly ash particles made primarily of calcium oxide as a byproduct of coal-fired power plants. Rice University engineers have made a cementless, environmentally friendly binder for concrete that shows potential to replace Portland cement in many applications. (Credit: Multiscale Materials Laboratory/Rice University) Return to article. Long Description A scanning electron microscope image shows raw, type C fly ash particles made primarily of calcium oxide as a byproduct of coal-fired power plants. Rice University engineers have made a cementless, environmentally friendly binder for concrete that shows potential to replace Portland cement in many applications. (Credit: Multiscale Materials Laboratory/Rice University) A scanning electron microscope image shows spherical particles in type C fly ash used by Rice University engineers to make cementless binder for concrete. (Credit: Multiscale Materials Laboratory/Rice University) Return to article. Long Description http://news.rice.edu/files/2018/06/0618_ASH-3-web-111giit.jpgRouzbeh Shahsavari (Photo by Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,970 undergraduates and 2,934 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is just under 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for quality of life and for lots of race/class interaction and No. 2 for happiest students by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/RiceUniversityoverview. AddThislast_img read more

Rice expert available to discuss President Trumps visit to border

first_imgShareRice UniversityOffice of Public Affairs / News & Media RelationsEXPERT ALERTDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduAmy McCaig713-348-6777amym@rice.eduRice expert available to discuss President Trump’s visit to borderHOUSTON – (Jan. 10, 2019) – As President Donald Trump heads to the U.S.-Mexico border to discuss his controversial plans for the construction of a wall between the countries, Rice University’s Tony Payan, an expert on issues related to immigration and border security, is available to discuss the visit. Return to article. Long DescriptionU.S. border fence near El Paso Texas that separates the United States from Mexico. Photo credit: 123rf.com.Payan, the Françoise and Edward Djerejian Fellow for Mexico Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and director of the institute’s Mexico Center, called the president’s Jan. 8 address to the nation about the border “a waste of nine minutes.” He said Trump focused on appealing to his political base instead of attempting to win over people who may be on the fence about the merits of a wall or connect with residents of border communities.“His speech relied on the same remarks about the need for a border wall he has used since his presidential campaign, including exaggerations and misstatements,” Payan said. “For example, Trump stressed the dangers of drug trafficking in his speech and said the opioid crisis is fueled by drugs that enter the country through the border. He didn’t acknowledge that the vast majority of these drugs enter the country at ports of entry, not in vast stretches between entryways where his proposed wall would be the primary defense.”Payan also said Trump’s characterization of the border as a dangerous place doesn’t resonate with people living there.“That may be convincing to people in West Virginia and western Pennsylvania, but it’s very difficult to make that case the closer you are to the border,” he said. “We know that in El Paso you can walk around at 3 in the morning, even in the darkest alleys, and you’re fairly safe.”Payan authored an op-ed on the topic in the Jan. 9 edition of the Houston Chronicle. It is available online at https://bit.ly/2Fm0FZ4.He is available for phone or email interviews only. To schedule an interview, contact Amy McCaig, senior media relations specialist at Rice, at 713-348-6777.-30-This news release can be found online at http://news.rice.edu.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Related materials:Tony Payan bio: https://www.bakerinstitute.org/experts/tony-payanPhoto link: https://news.rice.edu/files/2019/01/40401852_l-2gr7kio.jpg.Photo credit: 123rf.com.Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,962 undergraduates and 3,027 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is just under 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for lots of race/class interaction and No. 2 for quality of life by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/RiceUniversityoverview.If you would rather not receive future communications from RiceUniversity2, let us know by clicking here.RiceUniversity2, Public Affairs – MS610 6100 Main Street, Houston, TX 77005-1827 United States AddThiscenter_img U.S. border fence near El Paso Texas that separates the United States from Mexico. Photo credit: 123rf.com.last_img read more

With 10 Million Alumni Gift Wharton Enters DeferredAdmission MBA Game

first_img Undergraduates at the University of Pennsylvania will now have a unique opportunity to gain admission to the Wharton School MBA program as seniors in college thanks to a new program funded by a $10 million alumni gift, the Wharton School announced today. Named for Wharton alums and benefactors Ken Moelis and his wife, Julie Taffet Moelis, the new Moelis Advance Access Program is similar to the deferred-admission MBA program at Harvard Business School (HBS), which admits high-potential college students and reserves a place for them in a future MBA class pending successful completion of required work experience.Ken and Julie MoelisIn addition to giving Penn undergrads a jump start on the highly competitive MBA admissions process, the program will also provide support in the form of financial aid and a strong pre-MBA community for participants. Ultimately, Wharton plans to expand the program to include promising college applicants from other leading undergraduate institutions around the country and the world.“We strive to adapt and continue to draw the best and the brightest to Wharton, preparing them to become leaders and trendsetters in today’s rapidly changing environment,” Wharton Dean Geoffrey Garrett said in a statement announcing the new program. “Ken and Julie are helping us do just that—reimagining the Wharton Submatriculation Program so that it provides a new route to the Wharton MBA for outstanding undergraduates from all academic backgrounds, one that nurtures exploration, strategic risk-taking, and discovery, and enables our students to use their business education to change the world.” The ”Submatriculation Program” Garrett references is an existing program in which students complete their Wharton BS/MBA in five years—and from which Ken Moelis is a graduate. “In my personal experience as a submatric student, and now as CEO of a firm that recruits top MBAs from across the country, it is clear that ambitious students with unique aspirations do not always benefit from the one-size-fits-all track for MBAs,” Mr. Moelis said in a statement.Mr. Moelis earned his undergraduate degree in 1980 and his MBA in 1981 and later founded global investment bank Moelis & Company, where he serves as chairman and CEO. Mrs. Moelis is also a Wharton graduate, having earned her BA in 1981. “Julie and I are excited to unlock the potential of these students—to help them consider an expanded view of the fields that need their leadership and gain valuable, practical experience after completing their undergraduate degree and before starting their MBA.” The couple are also proud Wharton parents, the school reports.Thanks to the Moelis’s generous gift, participants in the preexisting Submatriculation Program will now share the title of Moelis Fellows with participants in this newly created program. That said, the Moelis Advance Access Program is distinct from the Submatriculation Program in several ways.How It WorksThe new program is open to all Penn seniors beginning with the Class of 2018, including undergraduates in the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Engineering and Applied Science, School of Nursing, the Wharton School and all coordinated dual-degree programs, with applications due starting in March 2018 as part of Round 3 of the MBA admissions cycle. Those who are admitted will then enter the workforce for two to four years before returning to Wharton for graduate school. In this way, the program shares several similarities with HBS’s 2+2 Program.While obtaining work experience in any number of fields, Wharton Moelis Fellows will also benefit from being part of a community of other fellows—their future classmates—who will take part in professional development, mentoring opportunities and social events. And there is a financial component as well. Moelis Fellows will also be considered for a $10,000 fellowship each year during the two-year full-time MBA program in additional to other financial aid awards.The application process for the Moelis Advance Access Program is very similar to the regular Wharton MBA application process with a few exceptions. The application fee is lower ($100 compared to $265), Moelis Fellows need to indicate full-time job offers as part of their resume, letters of recommendation can come from professors as well as employers or supervisors, and candidates will take part in an interview with the director of the Moelis program. The required deposit for enrollment will also be split, with half due at the time of enrollment and half due upon matriculation. Just as regular MBA applicants do, Moelis Advance Access applicants will need to submit official schools transcripts, GRE or GMAT scores, two essays and take part in the signature Wharton Team-Based Discussion (TBD) exercise.Wharton, for its part, hopes the introduction of the new program will help Wharton attract and retain even more of the talent that exists already within the university community. “Increasing access to a Penn education is a pillar of the Penn Compact 2020, and I am so grateful to Ken and Julie for creating innovative ways to expand educational opportunity through their amazing commitment,” said Penn President Amy Gutmann in a statement. “Ken and Julie are encouraging students to think early about their graduate degree, venture into diverse fields after graduation, and bring these robust, interdisciplinary experiences to their Wharton MBA journey.”Learn more about the new Ken Moelis and Julie Taffet Moelis Advance Access Program.This post has been republished in its entirety from its original source, clearadmit.com.  With $10 Million Alumni Gift, Wharton Enters Deferred-Admission MBA Game Last Updated Mar 29, 2017 by Staff WriterFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail regions: Philadelphiacenter_img RelatedTop Deferred Enrollment MBA Programs Geared Toward Younger CandidatesMost of the time, full-time MBA programs require work experience and, overall, class averages of professional experience are close to five years. Rarely are programs open to younger candidates who are still pursuing their undergraduate degrees. However, that all changes when it comes to deferred enrollment programs. These programs guarantee…March 7, 2019In “Advice”MBA Programs in Philly That Don’t Require Work ExperienceNot everyone comes from a traditional working background earns an MBA for the same reason. So, in the same ways that some MBA programs don’t require the GRE or GMAT score for their applications, some business schools are also willing to consider applicants with limited or no prior professional experience. Business…December 5, 2016In “Featured Home”RECAP: US News —10 MBA Programs With the Highest Signing BonusesIn this post, we’ll recap the 10 highest MBA signing bonus averages— a list of the U.S. business schools whose MBA graduates leave business school with both high-paying jobs and large signing bonuses.June 8, 2017In “Featured Home” About the AuthorStaff WriterView more posts by Staff Writer last_img read more

Home of Paul Manafort Raided by FBI

first_imgPaul Manafort during a round table discussion on security at Trump Tower in the Manhattan borough of New York on Aug. 17, 2016. (REUTERS/Carlo Allegri) The home of Paul Manafort, the former campaign manager for President Donald Trump, was raided by the FBI for tax documents and foreign banking records, according to The New York Times and The Washington Post.A spokesman for Manafort confirmed the FBI carried out the raid.“Mr. Manafort has consistently cooperated with law enforcement and other serious inquiries and did so on this occasion as well,” said Jason Maloni, a spokesman.The search was carried out the day after Manafort met with staff for the Senate Intelligence Committee on July 25.The search was conducted without advanced notice.It’s unclear what the documents entail.Correction: The article was updated to reflect that the raid on the home of Paul Manafort was not “predawn” as was incorrectly reported in media. US News Share Show Discussioncenter_img  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share this article Home of Paul Manafort Raided by FBI By Jack Phillips August 9, 2017 Updated: June 22, 2018last_img read more

Drone Footage Captures Damage From Hurricane Irma in Naples Florida

first_img Drone Footage Captures Damage From Hurricane Irma in Naples, Florida By NTD Television September 11, 2017 Updated: September 11, 2017  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   A television drone hovered over a swath of Naples, Florida, on Sunday, Sept. 10, and filmed substantial flooding and damage from Hurricane Irma showing torn roofs, partially collapsed homes, streets and backyards overrun with water, and masses of scattered debris in what once was a scenic suburban neighborhood.The entire neighborhood surveyed by the drone appears completely deserted with only a lone car pulling up to a corner on one of the few blocks not inundated by the massive flood.Some houses appear completely ravaged, with their contents strewn out on the lawns nearby.Hurricane Irma tore through a large portion of Florida on Sunday with floods, damage, and powerful winds documented along its path.The eye wall of the storm passed over Naples with multiple videos showing fierce winds and rain pummeling the area. Downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm, Irma flooded several northern Florida cities with heavy rain and high storm surge on Monday as it headed out of the state after cutting power to millions and ripping roofs off homes.Irma, once ranked as one of the most powerful hurricanes recorded in the Atlantic, hit a wide swath of Florida over the past day, first making landfall on the Florida Keys archipelago and then coming ashore south of Naples and heading up the west coast.Irma, now a tropical storm with sustained winds of up to 70 miles per hour, was located about 35 miles west of Gainesville and headed up the Gulf Coast, the National Hurricane Center said at 8 a.m. ET.The Cuban government reported on Monday that 10 people had been killed after Irma battered the island’s north coast with ferocious winds and 36-foot waves over the weekend. This raised the overall death toll from Irma’s powerful rampage through the Caribbean to 38.A partially submerged car is seen at a flooded area in Coconut Grove as Hurricane Irma arrives at south Florida, in Miami, Florida, U.S., September 10, 2017. (REUTERS/Carlos Barria) A partially submerged car at a flooded area in Coconut Grove as Hurricane Irma arrives in south Florida, in Miami, Fla., on Sept. 10, 2017. (Carlos Barria/Reuters)The sheriff’s office in Jacksonville, on Florida’s northeast coast, reported that it was making a rescue from waist-deep water on Monday morning and urged people to stay off unsafe roads. The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for the city, with nearby St. Augustine also seeing flooding.“Stay inside. Go up. Not out,” Jacksonville’s website warned residents. “There is flooding throughout the city and more rain is expected.”After what she called a terrifying night hunkered in her house in St. Petersburg, on Florida’s Gulf Coast, with her children and extended family, Julie Hally emerged with relief on Monday. The winds had toppled some large tree branches and part of a fence, but her house was undamaged.“My heart just pounded out of my chest the whole time,” said Hally, 37. “You hear stuff hitting your roof. It honestly sounds like somebody is just whistling at your window the whole night. It’s really scary.”Flooding in the Brickell neighborhood as Hurricane Irma passes Miami, Florida, U.S. September 10, 2017. (REUTERS/Stephen Yang) Flooding in the Brickell neighborhood as Hurricane Irma passes Miami, Fla., on Sept. 10, 2017. (Stephen Yang/Reuters)As officials and residents began to assess the damage around the state, Gov. Rick Scott said he would travel later on Monday to the Keys. Irma first came ashore at Cudjoe Key as a Category 4 hurricane with sustained winds of up to 130 mph.“I’ve heard there’s some significant damage, right where the eye of the storm hit,” Scott told NBC’s “Today” show. “We’ll find out.”A large military airborne relief operation was being prepared to take help to the islands, which are linked by a dramatic series of bridges and causeways from Key Largo almost 100 miles southwest to the city of Key West, Monroe County, Emergency Director Martin Senterfitt told a teleconference.The state’s largest city, Miami, was spared the brunt of the storm but was still battered. Utility crews were already on the streets there clearing downed trees and utility lines. All causeways leading to Miami Beach were closed by police.On Monday, much of the state’s east and west coasts remained vulnerable to storm surges, when hurricanes push ocean water dangerously over normal levels. That risk extended to the coast of Georgia and parts of South Carolina, the hurricane center said.Flooding in the Brickell neighborhood as Hurricane Irma passes Miami, Florida, U.S. September 10, 2017. (REUTERS/Stephen Yang) Flooding in the Brickell neighborhood as Hurricane Irma passes Miami, Fla., on Sept. 10, 2017. (Stephen Yang/Reuters)As it traveled through the center of the state early on Monday, Irma brought gusts of up to 100 mph and torrential rain to areas around Orlando, one of the most popular areas for tourism in Florida because of its cluster of theme parks, the National Weather Service said.In Daytona Beach, on the east coast about 55 miles northeast of Orlando, city streets were flooded and emergency authorities carried out several water rescues, the Daytona Beach Police Department said on Twitter.Over the weekend, Irma claimed its first U.S. fatality—a man found dead in a pickup truck that had crashed into a tree in high winds in the town of Marathon, in the Florida Keys, local officials said.During its passage through the Caribbean en route to Florida, for days Irma was ranked at the rare top end of the scale of hurricane intensity, a Category 5. It carried maximum sustained winds of up to 185 mph when it crashed into the island of Barbuda on Wednesday.Ahead of Irma’s arrival, some 6.5 million people in southern Florida, about a third of the state’s population, were ordered to evacuate their homes. Some 200,000 were housed in shelters during the storm, according to federal officials.Reuters contributed to this report.From NTD.tv Share Share this article A boat rack storage facility lays destroyed after Hurricane Irma blew though Hollywood, Florida, U.S., September 10, 2017. (REUTERS/Carlo Allegri) Show Discussion US last_img read more

Patient That Utah Nurse Was Protecting Has Died Police Say

first_img Patient That Utah Nurse Was Protecting Has Died, Police Say By NTD Television September 26, 2017 Updated: September 26, 2017 Share US News Nurse Alex Wubbels is shown during an incident at University of Utah Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah in this still photo taken from police body-worn camera video taken July 26, 2017 and provided September 1, 2017. (Salt Lake City Police Department/Handout via REUTERS) The patient that Utah Nurse Alex Wubbels was protecting and was arrested over in a viral video last month has passed away, according to police.Rigby Police said in a Facebook Post that Reserve Officer William “Bill” Gray died from his injuries on Monday night, Sept. 25.“Some sad news has come across to us tonight, and we wish to say a few words about it,” the department wrote in a Facebook post. “Tonight, his body lost this fight. We would like to offer our condolences to his wife, April, and their loved one” the post states.Officer Gray was injured back in late July when a suspect fleeing from police crossed into oncoming lanes of traffic and crashed with the semi-truck that Gray was driving, Fox13now reported. The incident took place along U.S. Route 89 near Wellsville, Utah.Gray was taken to the burn ward at the University of Utah Hospital where he remained unconscious. In the now viral video, Nurse Wubbels can be seen refusing to draw Gray’s blood for Salt Lake City Police without Gray’s consent or a warrant.Detective Jeff Payne was the one who arrested Wubbles in the video that sparked outrage across the country. Rigby Police Department said that Bill Gray was always willing to help people out.“Bill was truly the best of mankind. Always willing to help, always willing to go the extra mile. Bill was a big man, with a bigger heart. Everything about him was generous and kind” the post said. “A man of selfless service. He was a man of kindness and heart, a man of dedication to not only his family but those in his community.”The post closed with the words: “Let us all remember Bill, and let us live by his example so that we too may brighten the lives of those we come in contact with. We Love You Bill. Rest easy. You will be sorely missed on the watch.”Recently, Payne announced his wish to personally apologize to Wubbles for illegally arresting her, according to his attorney.The shocking video that surfaced in August shows Wubbels explaining to police officer Payne the hospital policy stating that drawing a blood sample is not allowed without a warrant. Payne, who didn’t have a warrant, lost his patience and arrested the nurse.“Jeff would love the chance to sit down and apologize for what happened here,” Payne’s attorney, Greg Skordas, told CBS affiliate KUTV. “If he could do this over he would do it over differently.”Skordas assured reporters that he is not covering up his client’s wrongdoings.“There is no question that Jeff made a mistake,” Skordas told KUTV. “I can understand the public being upset—this was a troubling event.”Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski and Police Chief Mike Brown have both apologized for the incident.From NTD.tv center_img  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Show Discussion Share this articlelast_img read more

Woman Throws 6MonthOld Nephew Out of Window to Escape Christmas Eve Fire

first_img A woman threw her baby nephew out of a third-floor window while her family fled a Dec. 24 fire that destroyed or heavily damaged 17 units of an apartment complex.Ashley Yates was desperate as the fire left few exits safe. A stranger passing below told Yates to drop the 6-month-old after seeing she was in need of help, according to WYFF. The baby was safely caught by the man, who told Yates his name was Reginald, GoUpstate.com reported.“I was so terrified. He was like ‘Just get out. Throw him. I will try my best to catch him,’” said Yates, describing the critical moment, via WYFF.Yates also made her 9-year-old and 12-year-old daughters jump from the balcony before jumping herself. A firefighter brought her mother out of the building with a ladder truck, GoUpstate reported. Everyone escaped unharmed.“She just told me to jump because she would rather me jump out the window than get burned,” Yates’ daughter told WYFF. Fifty-four people had to leave the Crown Pointe Apartment Homes in Spartanburg, South Carolina because of the fire. They are now spending Christmas in the First Baptist Church Spartanburg, which is acting as a Red Cross shelter, according to GoUpstate.com.“We were eager to provide a safe, warm refuge for these families in need,” said church member Lucy Sizemore, via GoUpstate.com. “It’s heartbreaking these families have had such a loss at this time.”“It breaks your heart on Christmas Eve, but shows you how good people really are. We’ve had people bringing in towels and shoes and coats and they’re wrapping children’s Christmas gifts and whatever they need they come through with,” said Jeanna Knoll with the Red Cross, via WYFF.The fire started around 5:50 AM on the morning of Christmas Eve. Five local fire departments responded. Nobody died from the fire, but one person was taken to a medical center for smoke inhalation, according to GoUpstate.com. The fire has been ruled an intentional act, but no suspects are in custody, WSPA reported.From NTD.tv Show Discussion  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Crown Pointe Apartments, the site of a Christmas Eve fire where 54 people were displaced in Spartanburg, South Carolina on Dec. 24. (Screenshot via Google Maps) Woman Throws 6-Month-Old Nephew Out of Window to Escape Christmas Eve Fire By Colin Fredericson December 25, 2017 Updated: December 25, 2017center_img US News Share this article Sharelast_img read more

Injured Student Sues School for Failing to Stop Her From Protesting Donald

first_img  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share US Recommended Video:Wranglers Wrestle With Alligator to Remove Eggs From Nest A California student has sued her university over what happened to her during a protest against U.S. President Donald Trump.Mariana Flores, a sophomore at the University of California-San Diego, was protesting against Trump’s victory in the presidential race on a busy San Diego freeway when a car hit her.The accident crushed her pelvis and fractured her leg, among other injuries, according to the school’s newspaper.Flores’ personal injury and property damage lawsuit against the school says she suffered wage loss, loss of earning capacity, hospital and medical expenses, general damage, property damage, and loss of personal property as a result of the incident.The complaint says that the school did nothing to stop, control, or refrain the protest, which had been organized by students at the school.The protest started on the university’s campus in La Jolla after Trump gave his victory speech in the early morning hours of Nov. 9, 2016, reported the San Diego Union-Tribune. The protest eventually moved onto the southbound freeway, where a car struck Flores at 1:40 a.m. UCSD students blocked traffic to protest Donald Trump and a girl promptly got hit by a car https://t.co/N23Prd9QdZ pic.twitter.com/OUSXL27t05— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) November 15, 2016 President Donald Trump departs the White House en route to Florida after signing the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on Dec. 22, 2017. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times) center_img Flores’ attorney Gene Sullivan told the school newspaper that Flores is responsible for the accident but claims the university is also partially responsible.“It’s a long-established rule that a university or any public entity has a duty to protect their students and have them be safe,” Sullivan said.“We think it’s a case of shared responsibility of the school, Maria and the driver, and we’re not saying that anybody is without fault or fault-free,” Sullivan added to the Los Angeles Times. “We think other people bear some responsibility as well.”The 46-year-old driver who hit Flores stopped after he hit her and was not suspected of drunk driving, reported the Tribune. It’s unclear whether he was charged with any crime. Show Discussion Share this article Injured Student Sues School for Failing to Stop Her From Protesting Donald Trump By Zachary Stieber January 8, 2018 Updated: January 8, 2018 From NTD.tv Follow Zachary on Twitter: @zackstieber last_img read more

United Airlines Flight Attendant Under Investigation Over What She Said on Plane

first_img Share this article Show Discussion United Airlines Flight Attendant Under Investigation Over What She Said on Plane By Jack Phillips May 6, 2018 Updated: September 27, 2018 A United Airlines flight attendant was allegedly drunk and cursed during boarding announcements, according to reports.“If your seatbelt isn’t tight, you [expletive] up,” the flight attendant reportedly said.According to The Telegraph, United Airlines refunded passengers on the plane, which was heading from Denver to North Dakota.Police in Williston, North Dakota, said they got a call from airport officials before the flight landed on Thursday. They said that an occupant was intoxicated and also had a medical condition.Police determined that the person was drunk. The investigation was forwarded to the FBI. “Drunk and disorderly – belligerent flight attendant,” one passenger wrote on Twitter, while noting the boarding announcement. The person added: “I went to the cockpit and talked to the captain and police were waiting when we landed.”“We are aware of a concerning incident involving a flight attendant serving on our regional service provider Trans States Airlines flight 4689. As a gesture of goodwill, we have compensated all customers aboard the flight and we apologize for any inconvenience or distress this may have caused,” United Airlines wrote in a statement, according to People magazine.A spokesperson for Trans States Airlines told the publication that the employee is currently being “held out of service” in the meantime.United Airlines has been under fire in recent months. A French bulldog, died on a United flight after it was booked into an overhead bin.The 9-month-old dog, named Kokito, stopped breathing on the March flight heading from Houston to New York, Fox News reported. A flight attendant told the owner, Catalina Robledo, to place the animal in the overhead bin rather than underneath the seat.The family that owned the dog is considering filing a lawsuit against United, according to lawyer Evan Oshan. They also want to know the name of the flight attendant whom they are holding responsible for the animal’s death.United, in a statement, announced that it will enact new policies “or pet air transportation to improve the safety of the travel experience.”A number of dog breeds will be banned from flying on United flights, the airliner stated. They include bulldogs and other short-nosed or snub-nosed dogs such as pugs. “Strong-jawed” dog breeds like the American Pit Bull Terrier and Mastiffs are also banned. Several breeds of cat were also banned. Recommended Video:Why is Falun Gong persecuted?  QualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video center_img Share US News  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   last_img read more

Miracle Baby Buried Alive in Montana Woods for 9 Hours Saved by

first_imgPolice said that when Crowley, who seemed intoxicated, was located, he allegedly made statements that the child was buried somewhere in the mountains. Search and rescue officers and United States Forest Service officers came together to find the child.“After more than 6 hours of searching on foot, a deputy heard the faint cry of a baby,” police said in a prior statement. “He followed the sound and found the baby alive, face down, buried under a pile of sticks and debris.”Custody of the child was referred to the Division of Child and Family Services.On Sunday, Crowley was being held on $50,000 bail on a charge of criminal endangerment. The office said that other charges are pending.“On a more personal level, we want to take a moment to thank everyone who has played a role in this, even the smallest. Law enforcement officers can have a dreary outlook on life at times. Calls come in and you see people at their absolute worst day after day. But over the weekend, out of so much darkness came a little light. A baby was found … alive,” the office said in the statement.The office added: “For all of us at the sheriffs office, this is what we call a miracle. For the officers who were present for this event, it’s especially hard knowing what this small baby endured in the last 24 hours. Sheriff McDermott would like to thank those who assisted in the search and those who called 911, helping first responders bring this baby to safety.” Apple, iPhone, and iPad are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. US News  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   ‘Miracle’: Baby Buried Alive in Montana Woods for 9 Hours Saved by Deputy By Jack Phillips July 10, 2018 Updated: July 10, 2018 Share this article A 5-month-old baby who was buried beneath a pile of sticks and debris in Montana was rescued at least nine hours later.Francis Carlton Crowley, 32, was arrested following the incident over the weekend, according to the Missoula County Sheriff’s Office.“Crowley will face felony charges after leaving a 5-month-old baby alone in the woods for at least 9 hours, possibly more, buried under sticks and debris,” the office said, adding that the child was found face-down in a soiled, wet onesie as temperatures hit around 45 degrees Fahrenheit.The child, according to the sheriff’s office, had minor scrapes and bruises but is in good health.Detectives are now investigating the matter, the office said. Share A 5-month-old infant with dirt under his fingernails.(Missoula County Sheriff’s Office) Show Discussionlast_img read more