KISS AND CRY – Opens today in Toronto

first_img Login/Register With: Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Get your tickets … oh … and remember to take your Kleenex. Twitter Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement Advertisement LINK:  NOW Toronto Review – NNNN RatingINTERVIEWS: Kiss and Cry opens today in Toronto at the Carlton Cinema.Kiss and Cry is the inspirational true story of Carley Allison (Sarah Fisher), an up-and-coming elite figure skater and singer who finds love just as she is diagnosed with an incredibly rare 1 in 3.5 billion form of cancer. Sarah Fisher delivers a groundbreaking performance honoring Carley Allison, her real-life best friend.The reviews have been amazing and I truly look forward to seeing this movie.  Kudos to Director Sean Cisterna, Producer Avi Federgreen, the cast and crew.last_img read more

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UN health agency welcomes move by companies to licence some HIVAIDS drugs

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today welcomed new initiatives by some companies to license their patents for certain HIV/AIDS drugs to generic manufacturers, resulting in increased competition, reduced prices, and greater access by poorer people to needed medicines. Candidate products for voluntary licensing include those with established safety, efficacy and public health relevance for priority health problems, WHO said in statement, which noted that such products should be those included in international and national treatment guidelines, and products with the potential for low-cost production. Licensing arrangements should also ensure that regulatory authorities have access to quality assurance standards for the product. Last year, WHO and more than 50 partner organizations launched the International HIV Treatment Access Coalition, which aims to provide access to antiretroviral (ARV) medicines for at least half of the six million people with HIV/AIDS in low- and middle-income countries who need them by 2005. “Achieving this ambitious goal depends on continued decreases in the prices of ARVs, as well as adequate international and national financing and effective delivery systems,” WHO stressed. read more

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US stock market rises at midday helped by better economic news

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Upbeat news on employment is lifting stocks at midday, breaking a five-day losing streak for the Standard & Poor’s 500 index.The S&P 500 index gained four points to 1,696 at 12 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time Thursday. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 40 points to 15,313. The Nasdaq climbed 21 points to 3,782.Unemployment claims fell close to their lowest level in six years last week, the government says.The Dow and S&P 500 have fallen five consecutive days, spooked by the prospect of a government shutdown. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew told Congress this week that the Treasury’s ability to borrow funds will be exhausted Oct. 17.Bed Bath & Beyond rose $3.17, or 4 per cent, to $77.38. The retailer said Wednesday that its quarterly profit increased 11 per cent. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Sep 26, 2013 12:19 pm MDT US stock market rises at midday, helped by better economic news read more

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Freshman Wang leads Penn to 8975 upset win over Miami

PHILADELPHIA — Freshman Michael Wang scored a career-high 23 points off the bench, AJ Brodeur had 18 points, and Penn upset Miami 89-75 on Tuesday night at the Palestra.Devon Goodman added 16 points for the Quakers (7-2), who made 13 3-pointers to beat a team from a Power Five conference team for the first time since the 2002-03 season.Zach Johnson scored 17 points and Chris Lykes had 16 for the Hurricanes (5-4), who have lost four straight and two in a row to Ivy League teams after a 77-73 defeat to Yale on Saturday.With Miami trailing by 17 with less than 8 minutes left, Lykes reeled off eight straight points to pull the Canes within nine and a Johnson jumper got them within four with 3:20 to go. But Goodman made two straight acrobatic layups to snap a five-minute scoreless drought for Penn and kickstart a 9-0 run that derailed Miami’s comeback bid.Although the Hurricanes were allowing opponents to shoot just 27.3 per cent from 3-point range coming in, the Quakers blitzed them for 11 3s in the first half on 18 attempts to take a 50-36 halftime lead. Wang led the way with four 3s before the break and the freshman forward from California finished 9 for 12 from the field and 5 for 6 from 3-point range.Penn extended its lead to 19 on a Jake Silpe 3-pointer midway through the second half, giving the Quakers enough cushion to hold on for the first win over ACC team since they knocked off Georgia Tech on Nov. 19, 2001.BIG PICTUREMiami: After opening the season with five straight wins, the Hurricanes are now in somewhat of a freefall heading into a two-week layoff for finals. They’ve been playing without top big man Dewan Hernandez while the school and NCAA reviews his eligibility.Penn: The reigning Ivy League champs are looking like a very dangerous mid-major squad once again, even after losing last season’s top scorer Ryan Betley to a season-ending knee injury in the opener.UP NEXTMiami kicks off a four-game homestand vs. Houston Baptist on Dec. 19.Penn hosts defending national champion Villanova in a Philadelphia Big 5 matchup next Tuesday at the Palestra.Dave Zeitlin, The Associated Press read more

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Wisconsins Ethan Happ Is College Basketballs Latest Unicorn

Wisconsins Ethan Happ Is College Basketballs Latest Unicorn

At first glance, Ethan Happ, Wisconsin’s do-everything, still-growing sophomore forward, looks like a typical Wisconsin big. He’s the sort of player former coach Bo Ryan habitually used to recruit to Madison — this season’s Jon Leuer or Frank Kaminsky. Under-recruited in high school, he’s remarkably efficient within the arc, connecting on 58 percent of his two-point field goals, and is active on the defensive glass, hauling in a quarter of opponents’ misses. He appears to be a good college player but someone likely to crack an all-Big Ten first team — at most — at least once during his Badger career.But Happ has transcended his role. Thanks to a growth spurt in high school that boosted him from a guard to a big, Happ is a multidimensional player who leads Wisconsin in offensive (6.3) and defensive (9.5) Box Plus/Minus, assist rate (22.9), steal rate (4.0) and block rate (4.5). He also tops all of DI in Box Plus/Minus (15.8). Using those rates as parameters within College Basketball Reference’s Player Season Finder, only two other players since 2009-10 have come close to matching Happ’s statistical output.1To measure how Happ compared to other bigs, the tool sifted through players with a usage rate of more than 25 percent, an assist rate and a defensive rebounding rate of at least 20 percent, and a block rate of at least 4.5 percent. The search was further sorted by field goal percentage, which would weed out any players that hadn’t scored enough to qualify for national rankings.Similarly, through the beginning of the Big Ten tournament, Happ was one of just three players the past eight seasons to post a defensive BPM of 10 (or more) and an offensive BPM of 6 (or more). The other two? Kentucky’s Anthony Davis and Karl-Anthony Towns.VIDEO: Our picks for bracket success But Wisconsin is not Kentucky, at least not this year. Towns and Davis led their Kentucky squads to Final Fours in their respective seasons with the school, but this season’s Badgers team has stumbled through February and early March, losing six of their last 10 games. Now they’re a No. 8 seed in the East Region. That sort of seeding isn’t usually indicative of a team with a player who possesses Happ’s unicornlike stat profile.But having just one unicorn — no matter how efficiently he plays — isn’t necessarily enough, and that is partly why Wisconsin has struggled this season. Happ is in the midst of a statistically anomalous season, and yet the Badgers — the tournament’s 29th overall team — enter March looking gassed. They’ve lost six of their last 10 and have an 18 percent chance to make the Sweet 16.I’ve watched hundreds of Happ’s plays this season, and what sticks out isn’t so much his offensive output, it’s how he mimics moves from other players and morphs those skill sets into his own. He then uses those moves to impact the game at different levels. Happ’s offense is entirely limited to attempts around the basket. His jump shot is non-existent — the ball knuckles as it leaves his hand without any rotation — and opponents realized midway through Big Ten play that the best way to defend Happ, and essentially shut down Wisconsin’s offensive flow, was to mix and match double teams (e.g., double on the catch or on the bounce).This strategic change led to the ball often sticking too long on the block and Happ looking like a rec league player who had stumbled into a game full of pros that just needed an extra body (he scored in single digits three of those six losses).That said, Happ is a bear for opponents to guard — a bundle of contained energy, he never stops moving. Whether setting a drag screen off a fast break, or bouncing on the balls of his feet as he roams from low block to the high post to the perimeter to set a pick, Happ is constantly seeking out the ideal angle that’ll give him even the slightest edge on the block. He scores .92 points per post up, which ranks 22nd nationally among other BCS conference forwards and centers (with at least 100 attempts, according to Synergy Sports), and he uses his vision to find fellow Badgers open on the perimeter or cutting through the middle. Since coach Greg Gard needs guards Bronson Koenig and Zak Showalter to concentrate on scoring and stretching defenses with their combined 39 percent 3-point shooting, the Badgers invert their offense — it flows inside-out — to run plays through Happ. Happ makes a pass out of the block on 41 percent of his post-ups, and the squad has benefited from Happ’s touch, scoring 1.30 PPP following one of his dishes.One move that he “borrowed” was used initially by Purdue’s Caleb Swanigan, the Big Ten’s player of the year. According to Happ, Swanigan would “chin” the basketball, or bring it to his chin, and then elbow the defender’s chest to create separation for a jump hook. “It’s a very good move,” Happ said in an interview with FiveThirtyEight. “He did it to me this year. Most people put their shoulder down to create space, but when you use an elbow, a defender can’t stand his ground.” Or, if the defender is within the arc, take a charge.This adaptability also impacts Happ’s defense. The Badgers hold opposing teams to .913 PPP, but what is most interesting about the squad’s defensive efficiency rating this season is its steal rate — 19.9 percent. The Big Ten squad is infamous for rarely generating turnovers, preferring to control the glass and use a man defense to hamstring opponents. But since Happ took the court, the team’s steal rate has skyrocketed (from 15.8 percent in Ryan’s final season as coach to a combined 19.2 percent during Happ’s two seasons on the court). According to Gard, Happ is “a gambler,” a trait he picked up during his redshirt season in 2014-15 when he matched up with Kaminsky daily in practice. “Frank would score on me so many times that I would have to adjust and learn how to do something different,” Happ said.Happ is the only player taller than 6 feet 5 inches with a steal rate that ranks in Ken Pomeroy’s top 50. He showcases that same nimbleness by playing farther behind whoever he is guarding, which presents the illusion that man is open. As soon as the pass is thrown, Happ swoops around the opposing big to tap the ball away. That same speed helps when a ballhandler tries to take Happ off the dribble — per Synergy, Happ holds opponents to .63 points per isolation possession, which ranks within the nation’s 73rd percentile.Happ is nowhere near the level of Towns or Davis — or even Swanigan. He is far from dominant on either side of the ball, and he can’t take complete control of a game and carry his team; whether he continues to build his game into something worthy of a lottery pick is unknown. But Happ is a basketball cipher, and what he has shown this season is just a glimpse of a player who is starting to realize the extent of his multifaceted skill set: “I knew I wasn’t a finished product, and that I would have to stay for three to four years to become a pro. I am just a really weird player.”Check out our March Madness predictions.CORRECTION (March 17, 10:15 a.m.): An earlier version of this article misstated Ethan Happ’s offensive and defensive Box Plus/Minus stats. His offensive BPM is 6.3, not 9.5. His defensive BPM is 9.5, not 15.9. As a result, the article also incorrectly identified Happ as one of three players over the past eight seasons to post a defensive BPM of 10 or more and an offensive BPM of 6 or more. That was only true through the beginning of the Big Ten Tournament. read more

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Caribbean illegal migrants nabbed by US authorities

(CMC) The United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency says law enforcement authorities have intercepted 126 undocumented migrants from the Dominican Republic, Cuba and Haiti in four separate events since January 20.The CBP said working under the Caribbean Border Interagency Group (CBIG), 30 of the migrants with prior immigration or criminal records will be prosecuted for attempting to re-enter the United States.“There are subjects with previous aggravated felony convictions in the United States, including alien smuggling, narcotics violations and weapons law violations.“Our CBIG partnership provides for a force multiplication to address smuggling ventures in the Mona Passage,” said Ramiro Cerrillo, Chief Border Patrol Agent for Ramey Sector.“Migrants continue to place themselves at the mercy of smugglers who have complete disregard for their safety knowing all the dangers involved.”CBP said its Air and Marine Operations DHC-8Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) had on Wednesday detected a “yola,” or small vessel, and that a total of 21 undocumented migrants from the Dominican Republic and Haiti were found.“A CBP aircraft consistently patrols throughout our Caribbean area with a firm determination to detect smuggling attempts,” said Johnny Morales, Director of Air Operations for the Caribbean Air and Marine Branch. “These four interceptions demonstrate our collective capabilities to deter attempts into our borders.”On January 22, the US authorities detained 37 migrants, including two Cubans, two Haitians and 33 Dominican Republic nationals, one day after finding 38 undocumented immigrants on board another vessel.CBP said the US Coast Guard repatriated a group of 64 migrants to the Dominican Republic this week.“CBP maintains a strong position regarding the enforcement of our immigration laws along the country’s borders and coastal areas.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCaribbean nationals nabbed in maritime smuggling attemptMay 31, 2019In “latest news”Caribbean national wanted for murder gets nabbed trying to get back into U.S.May 23, 2017In “latest news”People smugglers arrested in several Latin American countriesDecember 19, 2018In “World” read more

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Hawaii braces for backtoback hurricanes heading towards it

first_imgThe two storms swirling towards Hawaii Source: AP/NasaHAWAII IS PREPARING itself tonight as a rare pair of hurricanes takes aim at the holiday paradise, with the first expected to make landfall within hours.Big Island is expected to see a direct hit from Hurricane Iselle tonight, bringing with it strong wind, heavy rain and dangerous storm surges, the Central Pacific Hurricane CenterIn an unusual development, Iselle is being trailed by another, stronger hurricane dubbed Julio, with the prospect of a one-two punch placing the popular archipelago on even higher alert.Packing maximum sustained winds of 140 kilometers per hour, Iselle — a Category 1 storm — was located some 560 kilometers east-southeast of Hilo and 560 miles east-southeast of the state capital Honolulu at 12:00 GMT, the CPHC forecasters said.“On the forecast track, the center of Iselle is expected to pass over the Big Island tonight and pass just south of the smaller islands Friday,” they added.Rainfall of up to 12 inchesTropical storm conditions were expected on Big Island this afternoon, with hurricane conditions taking hold overnight. Maui and Oahu were forecast to see tropical storm conditions starting late Thursday.The haven for sun-seekers from around the world was expected to see rainfall of up to 12 inches thanks to Iselle.“These rains could cause life-threatening flash floods as well as rock and mud slides,” the CPHC cautioned.Rush to stock up Julio, which strengthened to a Category 2 storm overnight, was situated some 1,340 miles east of Hilo, according to the latest update from the National Hurricane Center.With maximum sustained winds of nearly 100 miles per hour, the NHC forecasters warned it could strengthen some more before slowly losing steam. A couple read a weather update in the lobby of a hotel in Waikiki earlier today. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesOn its current trajectory, Julio was expected to pass to the north of Big Island as a tropical storm late Saturday or Sunday.With the twin storms fast approaching, television images showed long lines at local supermarkets, as residents and vacationers alike rushed to stock up on water and other basics to see them through the next few days. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesThe Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported that shelters would open Thursday night for residents of Oahu — home to Honolulu — and that state authorities were shutting down a slew of recreation areas that could become danger zones due to possible flash flooding and other storm-related hazards.- © AFP, 2014Read: Hurricane Bertha will miss us, but other possible storms are ‘being monitored’ >Read: A unique innovation in umbrellas spotted in Dublin >last_img read more

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Murder accused put more effort into striking deceased with knife after first

first_img Image: Sasko Lazarov via RollingNews.ie Friday 15 Mar 2019, 5:39 PM A MURDER ACCUSED told gardaí that his first attempts to strike the deceased with a knife didn’t work so he “put more effort into it”.The accused, who stabbed a man to death in broad daylight outside a shopping centre, admitted that he went out with a knife that day to “get him” for threatening his family and breaking their windows.The jury in his murder trial was hearing the memos of his interviews being read to the Central Criminal Court today.Rihards Lavickis (26), originally from Latvia, but with an address at Annaly court, Longford is charged with the murder of Polish father-of-two Arkadiusz ‘Arik’ Czajkowski on 1 November 2016 at Rue Noyal Chatillon, Townspark in the town.The father-of-one stabbed the 31-year-old to death outside Longford Shopping Centre shortly after 11.30am that day. He has pleaded not guilty to murder, but guilty to manslaughter.The court has already heard that the accused had come downstairs that morning to find his living room window broken, something which had happened a number of times before.His neighbour had described the people who had done it, and the accused said he knew that it was the deceased, to whom he owed money. The gardai arrived and began an investigation.Detective Garda Joseph Esler told Patrick McGrath SC, prosecuting, that he and a colleague had interviewed the accused about what he did after the gardaí left his home that morning.“I wasn’t in the best of mood because my girlfriend, her mother and sister weren’t,” he said, referring to the three women with whom he and three children shared the apartment.“My temperature was going up. It wasn’t just about the women. It was about the kids. He could have come in,” he said of the deceased.“I was looking to get him for what he’d done. It just kept on happening so either I or he was getting it.”He said that he took the knife because he had never known the deceased to have a fair fight.“He always had someone with him. This was the chance I get him on his own,” he said.He said that he saw the deceased and stood into an alley so that he couldn’t see him.“I waited five to six minutes,” he said. “I was getting stressed about all he had done to me.”He recalled then running after the deceased as he crossed the road.I gave him a nice push in the back to turn him around. He looked around. He was very surprised. He kept on walking backwards away from me. Near the middle of the street, I took out the knife. I told him to his face what this was for. I put it twice in the stomach.He said that he struck him a third time and was going to strike him again.“Then I thought it’s enough,” he explained. “I turned around and started walking back to the apartment… I was just thinking I might have crossed the line.”He was asked how much force he had used when he chased the deceased and pushed the knife into him.“The first few didn’t really work because he was running backwards and that’s when I put more effort into it,” he replied.He said that was his first time to take the knife, a gift, out of the apartment. He agreed that the only reason he brought it was in case he met the deceased.“I was thinking about going to frighten him, but when it was out I went to use it” he said.“After I was back in the flat smoking and watching everyone flipping, I couldn’t say I didn’t feel sorry for what I’d done.”He said he’d thought then that he shouldn’t have brought the knife with him.“That it could have been sorted with fists,” he said.He said that the deceased had threatened to come over and kill his family.“He said to my girlfriend, he shouted to her: ‘When Richie goes to jail, we’ll see what happens then’,” he said.The State has now closed its case and Justice Michael White has asked the jury of eight men and four women to return to court on Wednesday.Comments are closed as legal proceedings are ongoing. Short URL By Natasha Reid 17,489 Views https://jrnl.ie/4545335 No Comments Share2 Tweet Email1 Image: Sasko Lazarov via RollingNews.ie Mar 15th 2019, 5:39 PM Murder accused ‘put more effort into’ striking deceased with knife after first attempts didn’t work The jury in his murder trial was hearing the memos of his interviews being read to the Central Criminal Court today. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Were not going to bullsht ourselves saying that might be the best

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Murray Kinsella Get the latest Rugby World Cup news and analysis, delivered straight to your inbox: Aug 29th 2019, 1:01 AM ‘We’re not going to bullsh*t ourselves saying ‘that might be the best thing for us” Peter O’Mahony wants to put the green jersey back in a good place. 93 Comments “There certainly isn’t any panic of any sort. Guys understand the points of the game that we got wrong at the weekend and we understand that it doesn’t turn on its head overnight.“There are things that have probably manifested that we need to sort out in our game. That’s a good starting point to get it sorted.“I’m not going to go discussing them here but they are things that we’ve spoken about that are important to us and our game and that we will sort.”O’Mahony says the squad have had “a harsh reality check” in their video analysis sessions this week, as they reviewed their shortcomings.Now, it’s time to convince themselves and supporters that the dire day in Twickenham was indeed an aberration. “It’s not something that we are used to,” said O’Mahony. “We know that you take the 24 hours and you feel sorry for yourself, but the beauty of this game is that you have another one this weekend.“Whoever gets selected this weekend has a huge, huge responsibility to put the green jersey back in a good place.” 26,494 Views Share8 Tweet Email PETER O’MAHONY DOESN’T buy into the idea that Ireland’s hammering against England was a timely reminder that they need to step things up as the World Cup looms.He doesn’t agree with that sentiment. Not at all.While some outside the Ireland group have reconciled the shock of an eight-try thrashing at the hands of Eddie Jones’ side by suggesting that it’s better this happened now in August rather than at the World Cup in Japan, O’Mahony says it was simply unacceptable. O’Mahony was in no-nonsense form this week. Source: Laszlo Geczo/INPHO“These are Test matches,” says the Munster man, who is set to captain Ireland from the openside against Wales this weekend as they look to respond.“You hear people saying ‘oh, maybe it’s a good thing’. It’s not a good thing to lose a game like that. We’re not going to bullshit ourselves by saying ‘that might be the best thing for us’. That’s not the best thing for us.“Yeah, it wasn’t a World Cup game, we’ve time, we can sort it. It is certainly better that it happened now but that’s kind of a bullshit saying as well – we’re not going around trying to claim it.”What about suggestions that Ireland were fatigued after a heavy training camp in Portugal leading up to the England clash?“No, I don’t think so. Again, it’s not an excuse for a Test match. It’s just not.”O’Mahony’s refusal to make excuses will likely sit well with some Ireland supporters, but actions would speak much, much louder than words in this case.The Cork man himself is among those under pressure to respond to events in London with a strong performance, albeit he is set to switch to the other side of the scrum in a rejigged Ireland team featuring widespread changes.O’Mahony will have been among the senior figures in the Ireland camp setting the tone again this week, and he explains that Schmidt’s men have been calm in the wake of what was an alarming result for fans. O’Mahony at Ireland training this week. Source: Billy Stickland/INPHO“I think we have a good enough coaching group and a good enough experienced player group that you need to have a good look at it and have a good look at the reasons why,” says O’Mahony. Short URL https://the42.ie/4786650 Thursday 29 Aug 2019, 8:00 AMlast_img read more

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Turn Any Thumb Green With Ava Byte Smart Garden

first_img Thanks to IKEA, indoor gardening is in vogue. And Ava Technologies wants to join the party.“The future of plant technology,” the Ava Byte automated indoor smart garden features NASA-inspired lighting and a self-watering system.Each machine comes with five soil-free, transplantable and compostable ready-to-grow plant pods. Simply drop them into the box and fill the reservoir, then sync with your smart device. From any iOS or Android gadget, you can monitor water and light levels, optimize plant growth, set alerts, and even plan meals.Standing 7.5 inches tall (expandable up to 21 inches), 13.1 inches long, 4.7 inches deep, the Byte lets anyone cultivate fruits and vegetables at home or watch flowers flourish in the office.Whether you have a green thumb or a track record of plant slaughter, Ava Byte is marketed as a way to master gardening “without sacrificing on style, space, and time.”Just plug in, press a button, and watch (literally, via an optional time-lapse camera) as the adaptive lighting and intelligent controls turn some seeds into dinner (or a garnish, at least). Access to Amazon Alexa, Google Home, and Apple Homekit also mean hands-free horticulture—a truly 21st Century perk.“We are on a mission to feed the world’s transition to sustainable food with a vision of an exciting future where anyone can grow anything, anywhere,” the AVA Team said of its crowdfunding project.Early-bird buyers can save 40 percent on the Ave Byte, available to pre-order in white, gray, or black for $189—a steal considering the $299-$320 retail cost. The first boxes are expected to ship in March.“By building our community of future foodies and sharing our vision with the world, we are able to get people excited about standing for a sustainable future,” according to the company’s Indiegogo page.If you’re still dead set on soil, spades, and staking, check out Tertill, the new autonomous robot from the Roomba creator. Despite its odd name, the device is gaining interest among gardeners who hate the tedious process of weeding. Keto Turns Your Smartphone Into Your Car KeysCovert Dock for Nintendo Switch Fits in Your Pocket Stay on targetlast_img read more

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ASA Kudos Jenny Rohrich

first_imgKudos to Jenny Rohrich, Ashley, N.D., who is now promoting farm life with a new set of T-shirts on her blog, Prairie Californian! See her “OMG I <3 GMOs” design and more by clicking here! Thanks for continuously coming up with new ways to promote agriculture and for sharing your ideas, Jenny!Click here to see more ASA Kudos!last_img

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Borough Assembly Looks At Increasing Sales Tax Rate

Borough Assembly Looks At Increasing Sales Tax Rate

first_imgStory as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-tax-increase.mp3VmJennifer-on-tax-increase.mp300:00RPd Cooper has introduced this as an alternative to the proposed ‘bed tax’  ordinance that has been met with opposition from accommodation managers throughout the Kenai Peninsula. The ordinance was introduced by assemblywoman Kelly Cooper, and in a memo to the assembly she stated: “This ordinance would address the budget shortfall in a way that broadens the potential impacton borough businesses. I believe a broad based tax that is collected from everyone is a better solution than targeting a small group.” Cooper: “Increasing the sales tax from 3.0 percent to 3.5 percent will increase the borough’s revenues without stifling the economy. The anticipated yearly revenue from the .5 percent increase in sales tax is $5,000,000.”center_img Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly will introduce an ordinance aimed to increase the borough sales tax rate from 3.0 percent to 3.5 percent. The ordinance would go before the voters in the Regular Election on October 2. The borough assembly will be meeting on Tuesday, March 6, at 6 p.m.last_img read more

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Aston Martin DB4 Zagato Continuation requires 4500 hours of work per car

first_img8:32 Now playing: Watch this: 2020 Hyundai Sonata first drive: An attractive and compelling midsize sedan Post a comment Aston Martin DBS Superleggera has gorgeous looks and… Aston Martin Tags Share your voice More From Roadshow 0 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better More about 2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera 25 Photos Classic Cars Sports Cars Car Culture Enlarge ImageOld and new processes, married together to create one seriously pretty old-school Aston Martin. Aston Martin Aston Martin’s Continuation series brings old cars back from the dead using traditional manufacturing methods. They’re not street-legal, and they’re wildly expensive, but it’s the only way to have a brand-new vintage Aston Martin on your driveway. The company is currently in the process of building the latest addition to this lineup, and each one requires an awful lot of work.Aston Martin announced on Monday that it has already commenced work on more than half of its upcoming DB4 GT Zagato Continuation lineup. Of the 19 slated for construction, at least 10 are already in various stages of assembly. It’s all taking place at Aston Martin’s Heritage Division headquarters in Newport Pagnell, England.This isn’t the sort of assembly line you’d see at, say, a Ford plant. Instead, it’s more like a highly dedicated workshop, where Aston Martin employees rely on old-school manufacturing methods. There are some modern touches scattered about to help increase safety and other aspects that might not be immediately noticed, but by and large, Aston Martin is trying to stay as true to the DB4 GT Zagato as possible. Each car requires, according to the automaker, about 4,500 hours of work.Under the hood of each DB4 GT Zagato Continuation is a 4.7-liter straight-six engine that’s believed to make more than 390 horsepower. All that motive force hits the rear wheels through a four-speed manual transmission. It packs an FIA-approved roll cage, which is probably necessary, since it’s only legal for track driving. The DB4 GT Zagato Continuation is expected to start reaching 19 lucky owners in the fourth quarter of 2019. It’s a pricey proposition at £6 million (about $7.2 million), but that price is for not one, but two cars — each one is sold alongside a modern take on the car, based on the DBS Superleggera. That car is expected to reach owners about a year after the vintage model does.This isn’t Aston Martin’s first foray into building old cars from scratch in the 21st century. In 2017, it produced a run of non-Zagato DB4 GT cars. The automaker is also working on the Aston Martin Goldfinger DB5 Continuation, a $3.5 million take on one of cinema’s most famous cars — and yes, functional gadgets are included. Preview • 2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera: Beast mode Aston Martin 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Check out the build process for the Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato Continuationlast_img read more

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Family suspects Guard scandal at play in pregnant soldiers death

first_imgRandy LaRose says he would give all he has to know why his sister, Alaska National Guard Staff Sgt. Michelle Clark, died.In Part 2 of this story, we look at where various threads of the investigation have dead-ended.For many Alaskans, the scandal at the Alaska National Guard is long over. Top brass lost their jobs after investigations confirmed a toxic work environment that harbored sexual misconduct, even crime.But nothing is resolved for the family mourning Michelle LaRose Clark, a pregnant soldier who died in 2011 of unknown causes. A special state investigator said last summer the death deserves further review. Clark’s family, and a retired officer, can’t let go of the idea that her death is related to what she knew about crime within the Guard.Download AudioClark was 31 years old, in the seventh month of an uneventful pregnancy. She collapsed on the floor at her home in Eagle River. Paramedics tried to resuscitate her. Doctors at Providence continued CPR even as they operated to remove her baby, a girl. Both died that night, Jan. 16, 2011.The state autopsy report lists her cause of death as “undetermined.”“Not having any answers, there’s so much torment in the family,” says her brother, Randy LaRose Jr., of Wasilla. “If it was natural causes, I could accept that. But the fact that the autopsy wasn’t done right, you have to question.”Michelle Clark was pregnant when she died in 2011. (Photo: Facebook)Clark’s family does question, and after five years with no answers, their doubt has hardened into suspicion.They suspect the medical examiner, who did not find a cause of death.They suspect the Anchorage Police of not looking hard enough for answers, and because several of them are also in the Guard.They suspect the lawyers they hired to help them get answers.They suspect Clark’s husband, a pharmacy technician.They suspect murder, but Clark’s brother acknowledges they have no hard evidence.“I’d give everything I had for answers,” he says.Staff Sgt. Michelle Clark (Photo: Facebook)Clark’s older sister, Angela LaRose, of Anchorage, says no one has adequately explained her sister’s death, or the setting when Clark’s husband found her at their condo.“I want to know. Get on the floor, like how my sister was, and show me … Because it just doesn’t make sense,” she says.Clark was staff sergeant in supply at the Alaska Army National Guard, which at the time was teeming with misconduct and mistrust. Clark told a chaplain’s assistant she’d been raped by someone in her chain of command when she and other Alaska Guard members were deployed to Kosovo in 2009. And she told him the perpetrators were committing crimes in Alaska, too. One of the last people she approached was a National Guard officer named Ken Blaylock:“Basically, she stopped me in a hallway and asked if she could talk to me. I said yes. She had tears in her eyes. She said she had personal knowledge of drugs and sexual assaults within her organization. She was afraid of her family. She was afraid of people in her unit. She was afraid of some of her friends. She was afraid for her life and the life of her baby.”Lt. Col. Blaylock, now retired in Palmer, says during that five-minute conversation, Clark worried she’d be seen talking to him. He was at the time something of a clearinghouse for sexual assault victims. Blaylock says he tried to get Clark to talk to police or a chaplain that day, the Friday before Martin Luther King Day, 2011.“I said ‘look, we need to go do this right now,’” Blaylock says. “And I was trying to convince her. And she said: ‘No sir, they’re going to kill me.’”Blaylock says they agreed to talk again Tuesday. But Michelle Clark didn’t survive the weekend.“On Sunday I got a phone call saying that she’d been found dead,” Blaylock recalls.Blaylock was a polarizing figure in the Guard. He got severely crossways with Gen. Tom Katkus and other Guard leaders; Blaylock says because he was trying to address wrong-doing.  He says Guard leaders portrayed him as a nut, but he says his reputation is redeemed by the investigations that confirm the Guard was rife with sexual assaults, reprisals, bullying and favoritism.“Everything else that I pushed, that everyone was calling me psycho on, has now been vindicated and proven to be true,” he said. “So this was just another piece of it. It’s not done yet.”Blaylock is pressing for more investigation.Retired Juneau judge Patricia Collins served as a special state investigator to examine sexual assault and abuse in the Guard, and how the authorities responded. She said in her report last summer that Blaylock may be well-intentioned, and a number of Guard victims put their trust in him, but Collins says she didn’t find evidence to support some of his allegations.Blaylock is still consumed by his suspicions of the Guard and a large constellation of events he believes may be connected to Clark’s death. He talks to Clark’s family, who’ve adopted many of his allegations.  They say he’s a hero for trying to draw attention to her death. Blaylock says he can’t drop it.“Here I am, a commissioned officer in the United State military and I have a pregnant woman come to me telling me that she’s going to be killed, and two days later she’s dead,” he says. “At what point do I let it go?”Blaylock wasn’t the only guardsman Clark confided in on the final Friday of her life. A noncommissioned officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity to avoid reprisals, agreed Clark did seem terrified that day.“She was extremely afraid and extremely nervous. She didn’t want to say anything on the work phone. She didn’t want to say anything in the office where she was. She was extremely nervous and afraid.”The NCO says she urgently wanted to tell him something in private. Based on their prior conversations, he took that mean she wanted to tell him about crimes within the Guard.“There’s people at work she was extremely afraid of,” he says.But unlike Blaylock, the NCO believes it’s more likely Clark died of natural causes, which he thinks could have been aggravated by intense stress.Blaylock says there’s a way to put all his suspicion to rest.“It’s simple: find an actual cause of death. A real one.”Tomorrow, we’ll look into what’s been done to find out why Clark died.last_img read more

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Startups pain is smaller firms gain

first_imgSenior-level exits and layoffs seen at technology startups in recent months have turned out to be a boon for the early-stage companies.The exits have given the younger firms an easy access to top-level talent. Recently, a few Internet startups cut hundreds of jobs due to escalating costs and shutdown of operations in some locations due to poor demand for their services.”Once we got to know that a Mumbai-based company would be resizing their staff, we parked four of our tech architects and the HR (human resource) at Mumbai for two days for back-to-back interviews,” The Economic Times quoted Manish Chopra, co-founder of deal discovery firm Little, as saying.”That was very fruitful as we will be onboarding a senior product lead and an analytics person soon,” said Manish Chopra of Little.Chopra said that the talent pool created by layoffs at other companies has also given an opportunity to hire former chief executives and startup founders easily.His company, which is backed by mobile payment services Paytm, has recently recruited four key executives. Manish Chandra Jha, cofounder of Autowale, was among those hired by the company and he is now vice-president of seller marketing at Chopra’s company.”It is a practice among investors to inform other portfolio companies when one of the companies is downsizing staff,” said Alok Goel, managing director at venture capital firm SAIF Partners.Last year, real estate services portal Housing.com laid off over 800 employees as it came under pressure from investors to trim costs. Similarly, online food ordering firms Foodpanda, Zomato and TinyOwl had given pink slips to hundreds of employees as they had to close their operations in several cities.The talent pool resulting from the layoffs has made other companies to scout for suitable candidates with ease.”On an average, each founder I have spoken to has recommended three to four employees. It is the humane thing to do when the company is unable to raise funds or is looking to resize its employee base,” said Pranav Goel, co-founder at mini-truck aggregator, The Porter.”A couple of years ago employees were attracted by startups paying a much higher premium over other industries. Now, employees understand the value of stock options and are ready to move more or less at similar fixed cost to a smaller startup but at a much higher equity, anything ranging from 1-2 times of the fixed salary,” said Aneesh Passi, co-founder of Basil Advisors, which helps startups hire senior executives.last_img read more

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SEBI says watching Infosys share price after freefall

first_imgA general view shows workers at a cafeteria inside a building at the Infosys campus at the Electronic City area in Bangalore. REUTERS/Vivek Prakash/File PhotoFollowing the Infosys stock being subject to a bruising start at the beginning of the trading week and its freefall since Friday last knocking off crores of rupees in market capitalisation of the company, the market regulator has said that it is keeping close tabs on the price movement of the stock.The company’s first non-promoter CEO Vishal Sikka quit the company last Friday following differences with its founders.”We are keeping a watch on the Infosys share price,” Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) Chairman Ajay Tyagi said, according to a PTI report on Tuesday.The Infosys stock had plunged by nearly 10 per cent on Friday wiping out Rs 22,519 crore from its market valuation, after Sikka’s resignation. It fell further by over 5 per cent on Monday despite a Rs 13,000-crore buyback announcement by the company.The company’s Rs 13,000-crore share buyback announced on Saturday failed to cheer investors amid uncertainty around the appointment of a new CEO, according to an NDTV report.Global brokerage Nomura has downgraded Infosys to “reduce” from “neutral” and slashed its target price on the stock to Rs 875 from Rs 1,000 earlier, NDTV said.SEBI to stick to December deadline for AadhaarSEBI Chairman Ajay Tyagi said on Monday that the regulator would stick to its December deadline for linking Aadhaar with e-KYC for trading accounts, a PTI report said. The move is aimed at curbing money laundering and tax evasion through the stock markets. Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) Chairman Ajay Tyagi. REUTERS/Shailesh AndradeAll demat account holders are required to link their accounts with Aadhaar by December 31, 2017. In case of failure to submit the documents within the prescribed time limit, the account would be suspended till the Aadhaar details are submitted by the client, the PTI report said.Last week, the BSE had asked trading and clearing members to submit report on their preparedness for furnishing Aadhaar details of their clients. While trading members have to submit report on their preparedness by August 23, clearing members and custodians have to do the same by August 25.In compliance with the amended Prevention of Money Laundering norms, banks have already sought Aadhaar details from their customers.last_img read more

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Air India disinvestment facing headwinds failing to attract buyers

first_imgA fuel tanker moves past Air India passenger jets parked at an airport in Kolkata May 6, 2012.Reuters fileSelling off India’s national airline, Air India is facing some serious roadblocks, with only IndoGo showing interest in buying the international business of the carrier, a senior official aware of the development told Business Standard.The official explained that the problem has only got worse because of the government policy, which barred foreign players from bidding for Air India. These kept foreign airlines like Emirates and Singapore Airlines, which could have been interested, out of the game.Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had recently said that the process was moving “quite well” and the government would soon appoint a transaction advisor to value the company and decide on the contours of disinvestment.IndiGo had also said that the company is considering investing in Jet Airways, if it fails to acquire a stake in Air India. “IndiGo would go all out to get Air India’s international business as the state-owned carrier has international flying rights and slots. Another alternative could be Jet Airways. The company sees an opportunity there,” the officer said.Another reason why investors are not showing much interest in buying the state-owned carrier is because of the company’s large debt of more than Rs 52,000 crore. Experts opined that investors will come in depending on how much the government is willing to write off the loans.Even IndiGo has made it clear that while it would be ready to take the long-term debt on its books, the government has to write off or take some part of the overall debt, BS reported.Experts estimate that around Rs 30,000 crore of working capital debt needs to be written off for potential buyers to consider acquiring the airline.Writing off the Rs 30,000 crore debts will lead to a serious financial problem, and the government would be facing serious opposition from Air India unions. Another industry expert believes that selling off the airline won’t be an easy task and selling won’t bring substantial amounts of cash to the government to help it meet its disinvestment target.Another stumbling block is the more than 22,000 employees of Air India, which, based on the employee-to-plane ratio, is too high for the national carrier.last_img read more

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Where Are The Latina School Superintendents In Texas

Where Are The Latina School Superintendents In Texas

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Listen Marla Guerra is one of the few Latina superintendents in the state. She heads up the South Texas Independent School District – a position she’s held for fifteen years.“The superintendency is still very much a man’s world and the majority of superintendents in the state are male,” Guerra says. “I don’t understand why except that usually school board members that hire superintendents are still predominately mostly men. However, I see a great increase in the number of women that are running for school board.”SMUFrank Hernandez is the Annette and Harold Simmons Centennial Chair in Education Policy and Leadership and Associate Dean of the Simmons School of Education & Human Development at SMU.There are sixteen Latinas serving as superintendents or interim leaders in the state, according to the Texas Association of School Administrators.Frank Hernandez is with the Simmons School of Education and Human Development at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. He studies Latinos and school leadership.While he’s encouraged by the growing number of Hispanic men in education leadership roles, he says a lot more work remains to get more women in those positions.“What we have found in our research is that, historically, Latinas spend more time in the classroom, more time as school administrators, like principals,” Hernandez says. “And really have historically needed more support and encouragement to take on leadership positions that really have historically been for men.”One way to address this, Hernandez says, is through mentoring and academies where educators get training for the superintendent role. 00:00 /01:26 Sharelast_img read more

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Former NASA Human Research Program Chief Scientist Joins Space Center Houston

Former NASA Human Research Program Chief Scientist Joins Space Center Houston

first_imgPhoto: Space Center HoustonJohn B. Charles, who served for more than 30 years at NASA, is joining Space Center Houston.A 30 plus-year NASA veteran is joining Space Center Houston and one of his main tasks will be emphasizing the human health and performance aspect of space exploration into the center’s exhibits and presentations.John B. Charles, Ph.D., served for 33 years at NASA, culminating as chief scientist of the Human Research Program at the Johnson Space Center.Previously, he was the associate manager, International Science, where he led NASA’s space life sciences planning for the joint US/Russian one-year mission on the International Space Station.Charles noted in a news release from Space Center Houston that he wants to “encourage anyone drawn to the power and the excitement of space exploration to pursue it.”Additionally, Charles will make regular appearances at the Thought Leader Series, which brings together the brightest minds in space exploration to speak with the public on historic milestones, current endeavors and future possibilities of space exploration. Sharelast_img read more

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DC Baseball Academy Focuses on the Fundamentals

DC Baseball Academy Focuses on the Fundamentals

first_imgA Washington, D.C. organization is reaching out to Black youth in the city’s Southeast quadrant to teach them about America’s oldest pastime: baseball. The Washington Nationals Youth Academy, which began in 2014, uses baseball and softball programs as a vehicle to teach young athletes about problem-solving, teamwork, communication, critical thinking and character development. The program is currently serving 150 children from Southeast D.C., free of charge.Washington Nationals mascot Screech (left) gives children high fives. (Courtesy Photo)“Everything they are doing here is so critical to our kids,” Sharon Robinson, author and daughter of Jackie Robinson, said in a statement on the Nationals Testimonials page. “Having a place like this that is beautiful, they have lots of people that support them, and they have people from their own community supporting them, as well as older mentors and teachers. It makes me feel very hopeful. I’m glad the Nationals have made this a part of their commitment to the community.”According to online media outlet The Undefeated, Black players currently comprise 7.7 percent of all the players in Major League Baseball. “Baseball is not the cheapest sport, there are a lot of materials that you need to buy in order to play,” Katina Lee, senior director of operations at the Youth Academy, told the AFRO.The academy uses baseball and softball as vehicles to foster positive character development, academic achievement, and improved health among youth from underserved communities in Washington D.C., according to its website. To participate, children must live in either Ward 7 or Ward 8 and be enrolled in the third to eighth grades. “We are here to be a model organization that nurtures the development of D.C. Youth,” Lee said. The Youth Academy has a multitude of programs for youth, including a Science of Baseball curriculum that runs for six weeks from late June to early August. The program incorporates science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) as well. “It helps you learn more about baseball and the STEM concepts through the game of baseball. They even offer softball for the girls in the Academy,” Lee said. From late June to August the program offers a Summer Instructional Baseball League that teaches children about the worth of putting in effort and being able to work with a team. An after school program is also offered from October to May. The program teaches children about the fundamentals of baseball and softball. Children who participate in the program also receive mentoring for one hour every day from young professionals or retired or active duty military members.“If you build a trusting relationship with an adult you’ll make better decisions in the future,” Lee said.The academy has partnered with the local YMCA to also provide a six-week adult cooking course for community members, along with other programs that address self-defense, financial literacy, agriculture, and community service. “The majority of our budget is funded by donations – there are . . . [fundraising] actively events, individual giving by people and corporations,” said Lee.last_img read more

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