Air Canada purchased safety options reportedly missing on crashed Boeing planes

Companies in this story: (TSX:AC)The Canadian Press TORONTO — Air Canada says its grounded Boeing 737 Max aircraft are equipped with two optional safety features reportedly lacking in the crashes in Ethiopia and Indonesia.The New York Times is reporting the Ethiopian Airlines and Lion Air jets involved in recent fatal crashes were not equipped with angle of attack indicators and disagree lights that are used by the aircraft’s software system during flight to avert stalls.According to the report, the safety features are not standard on the aircraft and are offered by Boeing as upgrades.Air Canada spokeswoman Isabelle Arthur says the airline purchased the features for its fleet of 24 Max 8 planes.The causes of the Ethiopian Airlines crash on March 10 and the Lion Air crash five months earlier, both on takeoff, are being investigated. Investigators are looking at whether a new software system added to avoid stalls may have been a contributing factor.Air Canada has removed its grounded Boeing 737 Max 8 jets from service until at least July 1 in order to provide more certainty for passengers that wish to book flights in the coming months. read more

Bolivia UN aid agencies bring relief in wake of deadly floods

Nearly $2 million has been allocated from the UN’s Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) so that immediate life-saving programmes can be implemented in the worst affected areas, according to officials from the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).The Bolivian Government has declared a state of natural disaster in response to the floods, which follow protracted heavy rains in the landlocked Andean nation. The department of Beni in the northeast is by far the worst hit, but the departments of Cochabamba and Santa Cruz are also suffering. In total, some 24,000 hectares of arable land have been destroyed.The World Food Programme (WFP) is giving out 10 tons of high-energy biscuits while the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has provided at least 14,000 portions of baby food. 14 February 2008United Nations humanitarian agencies are helping the survivors of floods sweeping across large swathes of Bolivia that have already claimed at least 52 lives and affected more than 55,000 families. read more

California jury says Samsung infringed Apple smartphone patents awards 120 million

by Paul Elias, The Associated Press Posted May 2, 2014 1:29 pm MDT California jury says Samsung infringed Apple smartphone patents, awards $120 million AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email SAN JOSE, Calif. – A California jury has determined that Samsung infringed Apple smartphone patents and awarded $120 million damages.The panel delivered its verdict in federal court in San Jose on Friday in the latest lawsuit involving the two tech giants.Apple Inc. had sought $2.2 billion after accusing Samsung Electronics Co. of infringing five of its patents covering functions such as slide-to-lock, universal searching and quick linking.Samsung had sought $6 million after arguing Apple that had infringed two of its smartphone patents related to camera use and video transmission.The verdict marked the latest intellectual property battle between the world’s top two smartphone makers. Apple and Samsung have sued each other in courts and trade offices around the world.Two years ago, a separate jury ordered Samsung to pay Apple $930 million after finding it had used Apple technology to create older generation devices. Samsung is appealing that order. read more

10 Months After Baby Serena In Wimbledon Final vs

Serena Williams of the US serves to Julia Goerges of Germany during their women’s semifinal match at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Thursday, July 12, 2018. (Neil Hall/Pool via AP)LONDON (AP) — Serena Williams has been saying it over and over and over: Wimbledon is only her fourth tournament since returning to the tour after having a baby.“Every time I go out there, I want to, I guess, take a giant step forward,” she said. “Keep taking giant steps, but keep improving.”Williams played a total of seven matches in 2018 before arriving at the All England Club, and she’ll be playing her seventh match in the last two weeks when she meets 11th-seeded Angelique Kerber of Germany in the Wimbledon final on Saturday.Certainly didn’t take long for the 36-year-old American to get her game in gear and close in on what would be an eighth Wimbledon title, one short of Martina Navratilova’s record, and 24th Grand Slam trophy in all, equaling Margaret Court’s all-time mark.It was only 10 1/2 months ago that Williams had far more serious concerns.After giving birth to her daughter, Olympia, on Sept. 1, Williams dealt with health complications that included blood clots and led to what she said were multiple operations.“Almost didn’t make it, to be honest,” Williams said shortly after completing her 6-2, 6-4 semifinal victory over 13th-seeded Julia Goerges on Thursday.Serena Williams of the US lifts her leg during their women’s semifinal match against Julia Goerges of Germany at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Thursday July 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, Pool)She’s been wearing compression leggings during her matches as a precaution and says she remains nervous.“I mean, even this week, I had a pain in my leg, and I went to the worst-case scenario: ‘Oh, my God, I have a (pulmonary embolism) in my leg,’” Williams said. “I didn’t know I would have such, kind of, traumatic thoughts. Especially now that I have a daughter, I want to be around as long as I can to support her. It’s interesting how that mental recovery is actually taking much longer than I ever expected.”The tennis? That’s come quite naturally, not surprisingly.She was off the tour for more than a year after her Australian Open title in January 2017 — won while she was pregnant, she later revealed. Williams first came back by playing doubles with her older sister, Venus, for the U.S. Fed Cup team in February. Then came her singles return, at Indiana Wells in March, when she won her first two matches before losing to her sibling.Next was a first-round loss at Miami.“I honestly felt I would have done better in some of the earlier tournaments. That was the hardest part — accepting that I didn’t,” Williams said. “I know that sounds weird, but I worked out a lot and I worked hard.”Following another two months away from competition, she entered the French Open in late May, and won three matches before pulling out before the fourth round because of an injured pectoral muscle.Williams rested some after that, not practicing serving at all for a couple of weeks, and was able to ease into things once Wimbledon began because of a draw that allowed her to avoid playing any seeded opponents — or anyone ranked inside the top 50, for that matter — until Goerges, who was making her Grand Slam semifinal debut.Now will come the sternest on-court test Williams has faced: Kerber, a former No. 1 and two-time major champion with a lefty stroke and never-give-up-on-a-ball defense.Williams is 23-6 in Grand Slam finals, and Kerber is responsible for handing her one of those rare defeats, at the 2016 Australian Open. Kerber also won that year’s U.S. Open, replacing Williams atop the WTA rankings right afterward. That was also the year that Kerber reached the Wimbledon final, losing to Williams in straight sets.They’ve played each other a total of eight times in the past, and Williams leads 6-2.After winning her semifinal against Jelena Ostapenko 6-3, 6-3, Kerber was asked what she sees across the net when she goes up against Williams.“I see a champion,” Kerber said, “that’s for sure.” read more

Suzy Lamplugh may have used Mr Kipper as a cover story

The police investigation centred on identifying this mystery man and in 2002 Scotland Yard named convicted rapist and killer John Cannan as the key suspect. In her office diary she recorded details of a lunchtime appointment with a ‘Mr Kipper’, at a property in Shorrolds Road. The 33-year hunt for missing estate agent Suzy Lamplugh has taken a startling twist, with a former detective claiming to have unearthed compelling new evidence contradicting the theory that she had ever arranged to meet the mysterious ‘Mr Kipper’. Miss Lamplugh, 25, disappeared in July 1986 after apparently arranging to show a client around a house that was for sale in Fulham, west London. Last November they even began… read more

Now Canadas considering a ban on large devices on Middle Eastern flights

first_imgNow Canada’s considering a ban on large devices on Middle Eastern flights Earlier today, the UK government confirmed the new measure, while US reports hinted at a similar ban. Mar 21st 2017, 10:45 PM Updated 10.45pmCANADA IS CONSIDERING prohibiting personal electronics on board flights from Turkey, the Middle East and North Africa after both the US and Britain announced bans today.“We are looking at the information that has been presented to us, we’ll look at it carefully and have a fulsome discussion amongst our colleagues,” Transportation Minister Marc Garneau told reporters.“The (threat) information has been provided to us by other intelligence communities.”The three countries routinely share intelligence, including on terrorism threats, as part of the Five Eyes intelligence gathering alliance.Garneau said he would discuss this latest possible threat to airlines with Canadian Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale and “we’ll make that public when we make a decision.”Earlier, the UK government announced a ban on large electronic devices on board flights from some Middle Eastern nations, hours after reports hinted at a similar ban in the US.Passengers flying directly to Britain from Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and Turkey will be banned from taking large devices such as laptops and tablets into the plane cabin.“Our top priority will always be to maintain the safety of British nationals,” a spokesman said. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesThe announcement from the US about a large electronics ban was less planned.A tweet from Saudi Airlines and one, subsequently deleted, by Royal Jordanian airlines informed their customers of an imminent cabin ban on electronic devices larger than a cellphone.Royal Jordanian said all such devices, including laptops, tablets, cameras, DVD players and electronic games, would need to be checked in under new US government rules coming into force 21 March.Only cell phones and medical devices needed in-flight would be excluded from the ban, it said. The tweet was later removed amid suggestions the airline had released the information prematurely.Al-Qaeda threatCNN quoted a US official as saying the ban was believed to be related to a threat posed by Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP.In a statement, the US Department of Homeland Security said: “We have no comment on potential security precautions, but will provide an update when appropriate.”According to the Financial Times, which cited a US official, the new rules will concern eight Middle Eastern nations, including Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.The Guardian said the edict, distributed in a confidential email from the US Transportation Safety Administration, would affect 13 nations.The move would mark the latest attempt by President Donald Trump’s administration to tighten security at US borders, after its bid to curb travel from a group of Muslim majority nations was twice blocked by the courts.© – AFP 2017Read: For the first time ever, a dinosaur tail has been found encased in amber >Read: A 25-year-old PhD student at Trinity has just discovered that sharks used to eat their own young > Image: Chris Ison/PA Images By AFP 91 Comments 37,074 Views Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Tuesday 21 Mar 2017, 10:45 PM Image: Chris Ison/PA Images Share118 Tweet Email6 last_img read more

Flying Sports Car Could Be the Smallest in the World

first_imgStay on target Futuristic vehicles are not new, but one man’s small “flying sports car” is the latest tech innovation to dominate social media feeds.According to Tech Insider, Kyxz Mendiola, a Filipino inventor, invested millions of his own pesos to develop and build this high-tech ride over the past six years. Dubbed “Koncepto Millenya,” this flying sports car uses a combination of drone and computer technology to work. With 16 motors, 16 propellers, and 16 onboard computers, the vehicle can propel itself skyward, fly in the sky, and land smoothly. More on $150,000 Hoverbike Now Available for PreordersWatch: This ‘Robot Cowboy’ is Helping Make Cattle Herding SaferDrone Fleets Could Aid Forest Searches for Lost Hikerscenter_img Flying cars, such as Mendiola’s model, could help ease urban commutes in the future. In major metropolis areas worldwide, including Manila and New York City, traffic congestion is one of the top issues for residents. If people were allowed to fly these “car-like drones,” they might be able to get to places in a shorter period of time. Until then, it will be interesting to see what other flying cars pop up, as people continue to reimagine how technology can make our lives (and commutes) easier. SteelSeries Arctis 1 Is World’s First USB-C Wireless Gaming HeadsetGeek Pick: Shure MV88+ Is An Excellent, On the Go Microphone Kit last_img read more

Museum offers free writing workshops

first_imgWriters of all ages and experience levels can learn about various writing genres at the National Unpublished Writers’ Day. The free public event is from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at The Clark County Historical Museum, 1511 Main St.The annual event is in partnership of The Clark County Historical Museum, the creative media and digital culture program at Washington State University Vancouver, and the WSU Vancouver writing center. It features workshops, activities and creation stations that offer writers of all skill levels a wide array of information, theory and hands-on writing practice in screenwriting, poetry, journalism, electronic literature and six-word memoirs. Professional writers from WSU Vancouver and the community will help lead the workshops and provide participants with a broad approach to writing. For information, call 360-993-5679 or visit read more

Guy checks missile launcher in his luggage still catches plane

first_img Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) $210 at Best Buy See it Originally published July 30, 9:45 a.m. PT.  Read Google Home Hub review HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Chris Monroe/CNET Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Read the Rylo camera preview 2 I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. $520 at HP An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Tags Turo Amazon Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Best Buy $999 Read Lenovo Smart Clock review The missile launcher was not live and didn’t pose a danger. A photo of the launcher shows it was a Griffin missile system component made by Raytheon. The company describes it as “an air and ground-launched, precise, low-collateral-damage weapon for irregular warfare operations.”The state fire marshal confiscated the missile launcher for disposal. “The man was permitted to catch his flight,” the TSA noted.The TSA offered up a helpful reminder for all of us that military weapons are not allowed in checked or carry-on bags. But mummified heads are A-OK. Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) See It Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) 7 What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Sarah Tew/CNET Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Boost Mobile Comments $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Apple iPhone XS Read DJI Osmo Action preview The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Rylo 20 weirdest items confiscated by the TSA, in pictures Sarah Tew/CNET Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Sprint $999 Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Sarah Tew/CNET Turo: Save $30 on any car rental TSA PreCheck vs. Global Entry vs. Clear: Cost and benefits of each US airport security is slowly getting just a bit better Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) $999 See It Sarah Tew/CNET See at Turo Comments See It See at Amazon $155 at Google Express Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Angela Lang/CNET Read the AirPods review JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) $999 $59 at eBay TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays $60 at Best Buy $6 at Tidal $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express $299 at Amazon Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Enlarge ImageThe TSA found this missile launcher in checked luggage. TSA The Transportation Security Administration has found some bizarre items in checked bags, but TSA officials still must have been surprised to spot a missile launcher in a traveler’s luggage at the Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport on Monday. The officers contacted airport police, who tracked down the missile launcher’s owner. The unnamed Jacksonville, Texas, resident told the authorities he was active-duty military on his way home from Kuwait. “He wanted to keep the missile launcher as a souvenir,” the TSA said in a release about the unusual find.  TSA things you need to know Share your voice 20 Photos Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Share your voice Tags Random,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) The Cheapskate Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go.last_img read more

ACC quizzes 8 more officials over Barapukurua coal theft

first_imgAnti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Wednesday interrogated eight more officials of Petrobangla in connection of the mysterious disappearance of a huge stack of coal from Barapukurua Coal Mine, reports UNB.Those who faced the interrogation are — former managing director Habib Uddin Ahmed, two former company secretaries Abul Kashem Pradia and Mosharraf Hossain Sarker, general manager (general service) Masudur Rahman Hawlader, manager (production management) Ashok Kumar Haldar, Manager (maintenance and operation) Arifur Rahman, manager (design, construction and maintenance) Jahidul Islam, and deputy manager (safety management) Ekramul Haque.On August 13, some 32 officials of Petrobangla were asked to be present for interrogation at ACC in phases.The third phase of the interrogation began at9 amat the ACC office in the city,ACC’s public relations officer Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya told UNB.ACC Deputy Director Shamsul Alam, who is serving as the investigation officer, is quizzing the eight officials, he said.He added that the remaining officials are scheduled to face interrogation onAugust 30in the last phase.The Petrobangla officials who faced the interrogation on August 28 in the second face are-General Manager (Mine Operation) Abu Taher Mohammad Nuruzzaman Choudhury, Deputy Manager A K M Khaledul Islam, Deputy Manager (Maintenance and Operation) Morsheduzzaman, Deputy Manager (Production Management) Habibur Rahman, Deputy Manager (Mine Development) Zahedur Rahman, Deputy Manager (Ventilation Management) Sattyndranath Barman, Deputy General Manager ( Mine Planning Operation) Jobayer Ali and Manager (Security) Syed Imam Hasan.Earlier, ACC interrogated seven Petrobangla officials on August 16 in the first phase. The officials who faced the interrogation that day are – Deputy General Manager Nazmul Haque, Manager (Coal Handling Management) Shoyebur Rahman, Manager (Production Management) Syed Masud, Deputy Manager (Maintenance and Operation) Mahbub Hossain, Assistant Manager (Production Management) Moniruzzaman, Assistant Manager (Coal Handling Management) Md.Mahbud Rashid, and Manager (Store) Md, Didarul Kabir.Barapukuria Coal-fired Thermal Power Plant had to be shut down for the mysterious disappearance of a huge volume of coal from the Barapukuria Coal Mine.The disappearance of coal came to light onJuly 22, when a team from the Power Development Board visited the coal mine and found that there was no adequate reserve of coal in the yard of the mine. As per the official investigation, the stock was found to have a shortage of 148,000 tonnes of coal.A case was filed with Parbatipur Police Station onJuly 24against 19 officials. The case was later transferred to the Anti-Corruption Commission for investigation.last_img read more

What Active Shooter Training Could Add To School Safety

first_img X Still, 10 people were killed and 13 injured.Of course, there might have been more victims without the school’s preparations.Scott Hare is a retired police lieutenant and now with Armoured One. The firm provides active shooter training in school districts across the country.Lacking details, he wouldn’t comment on anything that might have mitigated the Santa Fe High School shooting further.In general, he said, it has to be a holistic approach and include every single staff member, including school bus drivers. “The world has changed and you may have to defend yourself or your students with deadly force because somebody’s using deadly force against yourself or your students,” Hare said. “And if they’re not prepared to take that action, unfortunately society is going to dictate that they need to think about a different job.”Other things could include bulletproof classroom windows and having staff monitor all kids that come into the school every day.Hare visited Santa Fe High School after Friday’s shooting. He said they’re learning new things after every school shooting and adjusting their training accordingly.Hare said he offered his firm’s services to the Santa Fe Independent School District and is waiting to hear back. 00:00 /00:45 Listencenter_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Photo: Harris County Sheriff’s Office via Twitter / @HCSOTexasLaw enforcement agencies are deployed at Santa Fe High School, located in Galveston County, because of the shooting incident that happened in the morning of May 18, 2018.Santa Fe High School was already what some would call a “hardened” school.It had done active shooter drills and was considering arming some teachers. It even received a safety award. Two school officers were on site and stopped the massacre after four minutes. Sharelast_img read more

Dr Irving Spear Hamer Jr Leader In Urban Education

first_imgBy AFRO StaffNew York, New York. June 3, 2019 — Dr. Irving Spear Hamer, Jr., (January 6, 1946 – May 4, 2019) a tireless innovative advocate for elevating school performance through revamping the infrastructure of the education system, fair school funding and, using analytic tools to evaluate and predict student outcomes transitioned on Saturday, May 4, 2019. A Memorial Service in celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, June 15, 2019, at 3 p.m. at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine Church, 1047 Amsterdam Avenue at 112th Street in New York City.Dr. Irving Spear Hamer, Jr., a leader in academia, died on May 4. (Courtesy Photo)Dr. Hamer was an educational and academic leader in both the public and private sector. His public sector roles included serving as Deputy Commissioner of the New York State Education Department, Manhattan representative to the New York City Board of Education, Deputy Superintendent of Miami/Dade (Florida) and Memphis (Tennessee) school systems.  He, also, served as a professor of education at Columbia University’s Teachers College, Florida International University Center for Urban Education and Innovation, and the University of Memphis. he was a Yale University senior research analyst early in his careerOther public sector involvement included serving as board chair for The Cathedral of St. John the Divine’s Valley youth program and the Educational Director for the New York Urban League, where he also served as the director of the Urban League’s Street Academies.  He was the founder and headmaster of the Baltimore Street AcademyHis private sector leadership experience included holding positions as President of Globe Book Company, Executive Vice President of Simon and Schuster, Executive Vice President of the Millennium Group, Partner at P3Strategies and President of K12Anaytics.Irving Hamer was a complex, extraordinarily, intelligent man.  A native New Yorker, raised in Central Harlem and Douglas house, Irving Hamer received his masters and doctoral degrees from Harvard University and his undergraduate degree from Ottawa University (Kansas}?Yet, there was so much more to him.His family and  friends will remember him as a loving supportive father, a prolific writer, incredible dancer, creative thespian, lifelong fine arts collector, an avid reader.But, more broadly, he will be remembered for being one of the most innovative urban education scholars of the 21st century – advocating for and developing policies and programs to achieve excellence in education for all children.  When asked to describe himself, however, he would say, “just a man who loves bebop, jazz and a good Cab (Cabernet).”last_img read more

Kinect for Windows V2 is leaving beta and heading to retail this

first_imgIf you didn’t take advantage of the developer beta for the new Kinect, it looks like you’ll be able to get your hands on a finished product soon.Possibly the greatest thing to come from Microsoft launching the Kinect sensor on the Xbox 360 was seeing what happened when clever people decided to mess with it to create their own projects, both artistic and military. We’ve seen so many incredible things come from the Kinect that have nothing to do with the game console it was originally designed for, and with a new version on the way there’s going to be even more people ready to take advantage of the new hardware in Kinect V2.Kinect for Windows V2 looks almost identical to the Kinect for the Xbox One, replacing the Xbox logo with a single white dot and including a Kinect badge on the top being the only obvious changes. It’s the same slick looking box we’re all used to, but the cables that leave the sensor are different for the PC as well. There’s a separate power supply and USB connector, just like the beta version of the hardware.According to Microsoft, it’s the same dramatically improved camera and sensors in the Xbox One Kinect that was demonstrated recently with an Oculus Rift.Sometime this summer, Kinect for Windows V2 will be available for retail purchase. The possibilities are entirely up to the developers who decide to pick one up and play with it. This could be a terribly expensive 1080p webcam with microphone, or it could be an advanced skeletal tracker for large scale art projects, or an advanced infrared sensor for tracking your cat at night. It could also be used to create a nice gesture control system for Windows 8.1.last_img read more

Gottlieb Golden State isnt the greatest team of alltime

first_img Guests:Eric Davis – FS1 Analyst and Super Bowl Champion cornerback is in-studio to talk to talk NBA finals; Warriors dominance; and if LeBron James deserves a pass for these Finals.2 Chainz – Grammy Award winning rapper is in-studio to discuss his new album Pretty Girls Love Trap Music; the Warriors’ dominant Finals performance; if the Cavs can make enough moves to compete; and who he considers the greatest athlete of all-timeChris Broussard – FS1 NBA Insider is in-studio to discuss the upcoming NBA offseason, and if the Celtics will make a big free agency splash. Kevin Durant was better than LeBron James in the FinalsLeBron James is getting a hefty amount of love after averaging a triple double in Cleveland’s Finals loss. James’ supporters are citing his historic individual Finals performance as proof that he was still the best player in the Finals, even better than MVP Kevin Durant.Gottlieb thinks James supporters never miss a chance to cast his legacy in the best way possible, but in the Finals Durant was just better. Even though LeBron had an unbelievable stat line, Durant took over multiple games in the fourth quarter, including huge clutch daggers. Winning still matters and closing still matters. In these Finals, Durant deserves the nod over the King. Doug Gottlieb (@GottliebShow) in for Colin:Golden State isn’t the greatest team of all-timeGolden State’s Finals dominance has immediately spawned the debate if they are the best greatest team of all-time. Gottlieb doesn’t think so.He sees the Warriors as possibly the greatest team of the current era, but what they ultimately lack is depth that teams in the pre-free agency NBA had, and it’s not even close. He used the ’86-’87 back-to-back champion Lakers teams as an example of a team that was 10-deep with quality players.Ultimately, comparing the two NBA eras is apples and oranges. These Warriors are historic, but they aren’t the greatest team ever. It doesn’t diminish an incredible, championship season.“This is not the greatest team ever. It’s not the greatest compilation of talent ever.”last_img read more

Rainbow families are more than just about surrogacy and adoption

first_imgRainbow families and their supporters from across the Asia Pacific region are making history in Hong Kong right now. ‘When we allow the definition of family to be severely limited, it means that children in all the other kinds of families are not protected, not valued, not counted and not acknowledged.’CORE THEMES OF THE FORUMSome of the key themes the group will explore will be, interfaith issues, media advocacy and visibility as well as supporting rainbow families in the workplace, and intersex topics.Participants have come from right across the region and from different backgrounds when it comes to their involvement with Rainbow Families.Some of the delegates at the Asia-Pacific Rainbow Families Forum in Hong Kong. | Photo: Supplied‘I’m a 54 year old mother of two. I am the the Sworn General and Defender in Chief of the Faafafine and Faafatama Realm in Samoa,’ says Ymania Brown, executive director The Pacific Human Rights Initiative.Brown is at the forum to learn more about the experiences of other LGBTI families in the region. For her, strengthening relationships will help her to do her work better.‘In the Pacific, you are only as strong as the other links in your woven baskets. If those links are not there, you cannot have a basket,’ she said.‘In the Pacific, no basket, no life. Everything we do is about that woven basket that we use for fishing, for raising families, for cleaning, for feeding, for life!’Follow the forum’s action at the #APRFF2018 on social media.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . World Tourism with IGLTA2017 turns to a Rainbow in St. Petersburg, FloridaPressure mounts on Hong Kong libraries to put LGBTI books back on shelvesGuam Visitors Bureau goes LGBT with IGLTA at the Annual Global Convention in TorontoRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : Some of the delegates at the Asia-Pacific Rainbow Families Forum in Hong Kong. | Photo: Supplied From a Samoan doula, to a decades-long gay Australian activist, to a transgender Malaysian leader, delegates from more than 27 countries are coming together for a series of ‘courageous conversations’ in the 2nd annual Asia-Pacific Rainbow Families Forum.The three-day forum seeks to highlight Rainbow Families are more than just about surrogacy. Their needs are complex, but there is universality to their experience across the region.Planet Ally – a leading nonprofit dedicated to empowering allyship and advancing human rights – is organising the forum along with International Family Equality Day (IFED).Its founder and executive director, Bess Hepworth, is ‘so excited’ to bring together the sharing of real experiences and stories.This sharing will support ongoing research and advocacy work urgently needed. It will help to promote recognition, protection and equal treatment of Rainbow Families in the Asia-Pacific.Some of the delegates at the Asia-Pacific Rainbow Familie s Forum in Hong Kong. | Photo: Supplied‘How we as a society define ‘family’ sets the stage and communicates a message for how the most vulnerable people in our communities are treated,’ Hepworth says.‘It’s because often families include children.  And, when one type, or one style, or one design of family is more valuable than all the others, children suffer.center_img GAYSTARNEWS- eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…last_img read more

Novel MRI Imaging Agent More Effectively Monitors Impact of Treatment in Lung

first_imgNews | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | December 29, 2015 Novel MRI Imaging Agent More Effectively Monitors Impact of Treatment in Lung, Prostate Cancers Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more Technology | Contrast Media | July 15, 2019 FDA Approves Bayer’s Gadavist Contrast for Cardiac MRI in Adult Coronary Artery Disease Patients The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Gadavist injection for use in cardiac magnetic resonance… read more Technology | Contrast Media | August 05, 2019 Bracco Receives FDA Approval for Varibar Thin Liquid for Oral Suspension Bracco Diagnostics Inc. announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for Varibar Thin Liquid (barium… read more Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. Two brain metastases from primary lung cancer are contrast enhanced in the brain of a 61-year-old male. Speakers at AHRA 2019 will state that ProHance and other macrocyclic MR agents present a very low risk to patients. Images courtesy of Bracco News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more News | Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) | July 16, 2019 AAPM 2019 Features More Than 40 Presentations on ViewRay’s MRIdian MRI-guided Radiotherapy ViewRay Inc. announced that the company’s MRIdian System is the focus of more than 40 abstracts selected by the… read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 01, 2019 | Jeff Zagoudis, Associate Editor FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Medical Device Safety in MRI Environment The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a new draft guidance titled Testing and Labeling Medical Devices for… read more Feature | Contrast Media | July 18, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How To Manage Risk in the MR Suite Macrocyclic contrast agents have the best safety profile of all the magnetic resonance (MR) contrast media that are n read more Molecular imaging of the GRPR biomarker on mice xenografted with PC3 and H441 cells by T1-weighted spin echo MR imaging and NIR imaging.December 29, 2015 — A method to better trace changes in cancers and treatment of the prostate and lung without the limitations associated with radiation has been developed with a new magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) imaging agent (Scientific Reports. doi:10.1038/srep16214).The researchers developed a new imaging agent they named ProCA1.GRPR, and demonstrated that it leads to strong tumor penetration and is capable of targeting the gastrin-releasing peptide receptor expressed on the surface of diseased cells, including prostate, cervical and lung cancer cells.Molecular imaging of cancer predictors using MRI offers better and improved understanding of various cancers and drug activity during preclinical and clinical treatments. However, one of the major barriers in using MRI in evaluating specific disease predictors for diagnosis and monitoring drug effects is the lack of highly sensitive and specific imaging agents capable of showing the difference between normal tissue and tumors.”ProCA1.GRPR has a strong clinical translation for human application and represents a major step forward in the quantitative imaging of disease biomarkers without the use of radiation,” said lead author Jenny J. Yang, Ph.D., professor and associate director of the Center for Diagnostics and Therapeutics at Georgia State University in Atlanta. “This information is valuable for staging disease progression and monitoring treatment effects.”The researchers’ results are an important advancement for molecular imaging. This agent has a unique ability to quantitatively detect expression level and spatial distribution of disease predictors without using radiation.”Our discovery is of great interest to both chemists and clinicians for disease diagnosis, including noninvasive early detection of human diseases, cancer biology, molecular basis of human diseases, and translational research with preclinical and clinical applications,” said coauthor Shenghui Xue, Ph.D., postdoctoral researcher in Georgia State Department of Chemistry.Improved imaging agents such as ProCA1.GRPR have implications in understanding disease development and treatment.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Related Content News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more last_img read more

Travellers urged to return to Germany postfloods

first_imgAccording to an update from the German National Tourist Board, although clean-up continues in some affected areas, water has evaporated in all but a handful of regions. Traveller have been reassured flooding, which occurred at the beginning of June this year across regions in Europe, have now subsided and the situation in Germany has “largely returned to normal”. Among the completely restored areas include; Bavaria, which has been given the all-clear as well as Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt. Travellers reassured flooding has subsided. Image: Sturm Demotix Rail travel in Germany is, however, still impacted by the after-effect of the floods, with the closure of a bridge across the Elbe near Schönhausen in Saxony-Anhalt and further disruption can be expected on the Prague-Dresden-Berlin-Hamburg line, and travellers should also expect delays between Berlin and Frankfurt.center_img Source = ETB News: NJ Deutsche Bahn is providing information online about interim timetables in operation on various routes, and has also set up a free information hotline for travellers within Germany. “The best way that they can help flood-affected citizens is to continue to support tourism throughout Germany,” the tourist bureau explained.last_img read more

New York New York – Reported by Elite Traveler t

first_imgNew York, New York – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineRome’s Hotel Hassler Roma, owned and managed by Roberto E. Wirth, has announced a new Legendary Caravaggio Package, inviting guests to see the exhibition of world-famous artist Caravaggio at The Scuderie del Quirinale. The gallery features a selection of Caravaggio’s paintings from around the world, including the Bacchus from Firenze, the David With the Head of Goliath from Rome, Amore Vincit Omnia from Berlin and the Lute Player from St. Petersburg.The Legendary Caravaggio Package includes: -One night’s accommodation -Daily breakfast buffet -2 tickets to the Caravaggio exhibition at The Scuderie del Quirinale -10% discount for dinner for two at Imàgo, Hotel Hassler’s Michelin-starred panoramic restaurant -Complimentary in-room internet connection -Special gift from the Hotel Hassler Roma -Private transfer to and from the airportwww.hotelhasslerroma.comlast_img read more

FILE In this Feb 13 2011 file photo singer W

first_img FILE – In this Feb. 13, 2011, file photo, singer Whitney Houston performs at the pre-Grammy gala & salute to industry icons with Clive Davis honoring David Geffen in Beverly Hills, Calif. Davis’ gala, held a day before the 2018 Grammy Awards, launched the careers of Whitney Houston and Alicia Keys, and have featured all-stars like Aretha Franklin, Carole King, Smokey Robinson and Carly Simon. He first held the gala 42 years ago. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File) NEW YORK, N.Y. – Clive Davis’ pre-Grammy gala is so white-hot you can’t purchase tickets, and he said it has been hard letting some longtime attendees know they won’t be invited back.Davis’ Saturday night event, held a day before the 2018 Grammy Awards, launched the careers of Whitney Houston and Alicia Keys, and have featured all-stars like Aretha Franklin, Carole King, Smokey Robinson and Carly Simon. He first held the gala 42 years ago.Davis said “there’s no such thing as a ticket … You can’t buy a ticket for $50,000.”“You’re invited to attend, so it’s painful because people used to be going 25, 30 years ago. I have to make room for Tim Cook of Apple and Daniel Ek of Spotify,” he said in an interview at the Sheraton Times Square, where this year’s gala will take place. “You want the new people as well, new (song)writers, new producers. It’s very painful because it comes a point where you say this is not a lifetime pass.”Past attendees at the event include Johnny Depp, Quincy Jones, Sting, Joni Mitchell, Diddy, Sylvester Stallone, Jane Fonda, Herbie Hancock, Carly Simon, Michael Keaton, Jamie Foxx, Chris Rock, Barry Manilow and more.The music executive was tight-lipped, per usual, about who would perform this year. Jay-Z, who is the top contender at the Grammys with eight nominations, will receive the Grammy Salute To Industry Icons Award at the gala.Davis said the event will also pay tribute to New York City, where the Grammys have returned for its 60th anniversary after 15 years in Los Angeles.“You’re going to see Broadway given special attention too because the last few years have been so incredible for Broadway (with) ‘Hamilton’ and ‘Dear Evan Hansen,’” he said.Rapper Logic, who had a huge hit last year with the suicide prevention attention getter “1-800-273-8255,” will perform at Davis’ gala for the first time. He’s also a first-time Grammy nominee, competing for song of the year and best music video.“It’s very surreal to see what’s happened with the song,” said Logic, sitting with Davis.Along with the song’s co-stars Alessia Cara and Khalid, Logic will perform the track a day later at the Grammys with a group of people who attempted suicide or lost loved ones selected by the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.“Just think about that for a minute, like this is the biggest night of my entire life. As an artist I only get to do this for the first time once, so I’ve been just really trying to do my best to really live in the moment and tell myself, ‘Enjoy it, enjoy it. Don’t focus too much on wanting to win or wanting to this, just really enjoy that that you’re here and this song has done its job,” Logic said.The Grammys air live on CBS from Madison Square Garden at 7:30 p.m. ET on Sunday.___Online:http://www.grammy.com___For full coverage of awards season, visit: by Mesfin Fekadu, The Associated Press Posted Jan 25, 2018 4:53 pm PDT Last Updated Jan 26, 2018 at 6:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img Davis says it’s hard turning people down for pre-Grammy galalast_img read more