first_imgzoom Martek Marine has delivered the most sophisticated emissions monitoring systems ever built for marine use to Daewoo for the world’s largest Floating Storage and Regasification Unit (FSRU). The 173,400m3 vessel, which can also function as an LNG carrier, is due for delivery in May 2014 when it will be deployed in Brazil.The system was so unique that no other company was even willing to quote for the project. Martek’s expertise in emissions monitoring allowed it to build and deliver such a complex bespoke system to Daewoo.The equipment monitors (Nitrogen Oxide) NOx, Sulphur Oxide (SOx), Carbon Dioxide (CO2), Carbon (CO) and Methane (CH4); Total Hydrocarbons; Non Methane Hydrocarbons; Benzene; Nitrous Oxide (N2O) and particulates. It is unique for a system to measure so many different emissions, and Benzene and N2O are only monitored very rarely. Martek has used specialist analysis techniques to measurement of Benzene at levels below 1 part per million.Steve Austwick, Martek’s project manager, says: “This is the biggest and most complex system ever built in the marine industry. The fact that no other supplier was prepared to take on this project underpins our position as the market leader.”Martek expects to build more complex monitoring systems as the European Union pushes for emissions monitoring legislation for the maritime industry. Another factor will be Emissions Control Areas (ECA) coming into force and, later, tightening their requirements. The first ECA, in North America and covering ships trading off the coasts of Canada and the United States, came into effect on 1 August 2012 and enforces stricter controls on SOx, NOx and particulate matter emissions. North America is the third functioning ECA, the others restrict only Sulphur Dioxide and they are in the Baltic Sea and the North Sea areas. A fourth is due to come into force in the Caribbean Sea on January 1 2014.If these ECAs are successful, and there is every reason to expect they will be, it is highly likely that other countries will push for similar protection.Martek Marine, October 17, 2013last_img read more

13 February 2008Policy makers and celebrities today joined their voices in calling for action against human trafficking, as the first-ever global United Nations forum on the problem opened in Vienna. Antonio Maria Costa, the Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), and the pop star Ricky Martin received a petition from the group “Stop the Traffik” signed by 1.5 million persons calling for action on the issue. Mr. Costa accused law enforcement authorities around the world of demonstrating “benign neglect” and appealed for coordinated action to fight the “monster” of human trafficking.He said efforts to carry out the provisions of the UN Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons have been disjointed, with “victims often prosecuted for their illegal status; interdiction operations limited; few arrests, with inadequate retribution.”He said the Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking (UN.GIFT), launched to facilitate implementation of the Protocol, has begun a process of collecting scientific evidence about the extent of this crime while building up profiles of traffickers and their networks. It is also working on enhancing witness protection. In addition, measures are being taken to examine the causes of victims’ vulnerability and to strengthen prevention.Mr. Costa described some “uncomfortable truths” about the problem, which can involve children in conflicts, girls sold by their family into brothels, women enslaved into sex parlours, men in bondage “in southern plantations or northern sweat shops” and kids enslaved to beg in Europe and North America. Children are also sometimes forced to use “their nimble fingers to produce luxury goods.”He urged all segments of society to join forces against the scourge, while calling for contributions to the UN account to fight human trafficking.But Mr. Costa cautioned that “money and goodwill are not enough; we need concrete actions that will reduce vulnerability and make this crime a riskier business.” Toward that end, he said the Forum must adopt practical measures that will stop traffickers and help victims.A chorus of voices joined Mr. Costa in decrying the problem. “Human trafficking is a vicious violation of human rights; it has no place in our world and I beg you to act now,” said the Grammy Award-winning Mr. Martin.Suzanne Mubarak, the First Lady of Egypt and President of her eponymous International Peace Movement, also decried the problem, calling human trafficking “a pervasive cancer.”“We simply cannot tolerate human beings being bought, sold and hired like commodities,” Ursula Plassnik, Minister for European and International Affairs of the Republic of Austria. “Each and every one of us is being called upon to act.”Emma Thompson, Oscar-winning actress and Chair of the Helen Bamber Foundation, who yesterday opened an art installation in Vienna mapping the journey of a trafficking victim, told the Forum the harrowing story of a Moldovan woman who was trafficked to the United Kingdom and forced to work as a prostitute.The Vienna Forum to Fight Human Trafficking is bringing together 1,200 experts, legislators, law enforcement teams, business leaders, NGO representatives and trafficking victims from 116 countries. In a related development, UNODC today launched a manual aimed at helping countries develop comprehensive programmes for the protection of victims and witnesses of crime.Witness protection programmes are considered a key tool in the dismantling of human trafficking networks as well as combating other forms of organized crime. The manual, Good Practices in the Protection of Witnesses in Criminal Proceedings Involving Organized Crime, calls for early identification of vulnerable and intimidated witnesses; management of witnesses by the police; protection of witness identity during court testimony; and, if necessary, permanent relocation and re-identification. read more

10 November 2010The head of the United Nations telecommunications agency urged regulators to build on massive recent growth in mobile cellular penetration worldwide and try to repeat that success with Internet and broadband. The head of the United Nations telecommunications agency urged regulators to build on massive recent growth in mobile cellular penetration worldwide and try to repeat that success with Internet and broadband.Speaking at the opening of the Global Symposium for Regulators (GSR) in Dakar, Senegal, Hamadoun Touré called on participants from around the world to embrace regulation that will help the world “do for the Internet and broadband what we have now so successfully achieved with mobile.”Mr. Touré, the Secretary-General of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), said that two things needed to change in order to repeat the ‘mobile miracle’ with broadband deployment.“Firstly, governments need to raise broadband to the top of the development agenda. Secondly, we need to ensure that Internet access – and especially broadband access – becomes very much more affordable. “This is where the GSR can play an important role,” he added. “Affordability is dramatically improved when competitive forces are brought to bear, and when there are clear incentives to increase capacity.”This year’s Symposium features a special focus on broadband, looking at the challenges faced by regulators in stimulating nationwide broadband deployment.Mr. Touré noted that this was the first time the GSR was held in Africa and praised the continent’s progress in information and communications technology (ICT) development. Mobile cellular penetration is now 44 per cent across the continent as a whole, up from just 15 per cent four years ago.Also addressing the meeting, which continues until Friday, Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade stressed that everyone should share in the so-called ‘digital dividend.’“The aim of regulators can be stated quite simply: A computer for all, digital for all.”One of the main results of the GSR is a set of guidelines, based on contributions from participants, which are designed to assist regulators in promoting open access to ICT worldwide. read more

Ohio State men’s basketball coach Chris Holtmann addresses season ticket-holders at an event titled “An Evening With Coach Holtmann” on Aug. 1, 2017. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorOhio State men’s basketball head coach Chris Holtmann ponders where his team will find offense as he enters his first season after leaving Butler and its highest-rated recruiting class in program history behind him.Holtmann was hired to replace Thad Matta in June, but has only been permitted to spend two hours per week with the team during the offseason, per NCAA rules. The new coach spoke to the media Thursday after missing official media day for a recruiting trip, and he was repeatedly asked about how the offense will look and who will score the ball. “Can you give me a little time to practice with my group here?” Holtmann said.Understandably, Holtmann wants to see exactly what his new players have to offer before he can concretely describe what Ohio State’s offense will look like. The Buckeyes begin practice Saturday, which should provide Holtmann with some insight into how to run his offense. The coach hinted that it might look different than it did at Butler, based on personnel..One positive for Holtmann is that versatile senior forward Jae’Sean Tate returns as the leading scorer from last season, averaging 14.3 points per game.“I think a guy like [Tate] is going to play three, as many as four, positions,” Holtmann said. “I need to figure out kind of how we’re going to fit everybody together and what it’s going to look like.”One negative for Holtmann is that the second, third and fourth leading scorers totaled 34 points per game last season, but are no longer with the team. Holtmann said he has players that can fill the void. However, there needs to be growth before those guys become the dynamic scorers Holtmann is looking for.“I do think between [Tate] and Keita [Bates-Diop] and Kam [Williams], those are three guys who have shown the ability to score,” Holtmann said. “I think some of them, their efficiency can improve, to be quite honest with you.”Bates-Diop only played in nine games due to a stress fracture in his leg but struggled with 3-point efficiency, making just 3-of-15 attempts. Tate shot well from the floor (54.7 percent), but struggled from beyond the arc (22 percent). Williams shot decently from 3-point range (37.6 percent), but was overall inefficient from the field (39.1 percent).Holtmann said freshman forward Kaleb Wesson is the kind of big man who can score when given the ball in the paint. He added that junior guard C.J. Jackson, sophomore center Micah Potter and sophomore forward Andre Wesson at times showed they can produce on the offensive end.In a conference like the Big Ten, where scoring can be difficult, however, having no true offensive weapon can hurt teams who can’t defend on their end.“I think there are times where we could struggle to score this year against some really good teams, really good defensive teams,” Holtmann said. “So our foundation has to be our defense.” The players have made clear Holtmann’s emphasis has been almost solely on defense so far, but the offense that they have worked on has been free-flowing without too much complexity.“One of the first things coach Holtmann said to us was, ‘You’re gonna like the freedom you have on offense,’” Potter said. “If we can shoot, he wants us to shoot. If we can drive, he wants us to drive.”“He’s just more of a free-flowing coach,” Jackson said. “You have certain responsibilities and you gain your freedom by, basically, your play.”Although there is no exact diagram of what the Buckeyes’ offense will look like this upcoming season, there are, at least, guys who can score and a coach willing to allow them to do what they do best. read more

Leading stars have said public funding should not be withdrawn from arts groups simply because they cannot prove their ‘relevance’ to the modern world. The row comes after the Arts Council announced earlier this year that theatres, dance… Ballet dancers are leading a backlash against plans to force Britain’s arts scene to become more diverse, the Sunday Telegraph has learned. Senior ballet executives, meanwhile, fear they will have to drop crowd-pleasing productions like Romeo and Juliet and the Nutcracker because they tend to attract white, middle-class audiences. Many dancers believe the plan threatens artistic freedom, it is understood. One described it as the “deathbed of true creativity”. read more

first_imgAlso this evening, An Garda Síochána released a statement saying: Earlier this evening, it was confirmed that a seven-year-old girl who had been taken into care due to queries over her identity was related to the couple she lived with.The Roma girl, who had blonde hair and blue eyes, was taken into HSE care on Monday afternoon after gardaí acted on a tip-off.Following the release of DNA results, the girl was returned to her family.A second case involved a two-year-old boy in Athlone who was also taken into HSE care until officers were satisfied he had been living with his real family.Read: DNA test proves girl taken from house in Tallaght is related to Roma family>Read: Child removed, then returned to Roma family in Athlone> An Garda Síochána and the HSE have to deal with very difficult situations and have to make very difficult decisions when dealing with issues of child protection. They can be open to criticism for either doing something or doing nothing. In the past, for example, the authorities have been criticised for not intervening to protect children at risk. In each of these cases, the Gardaí responded in good faith to concerns expressed to them.The law provides clear powers for An Garda Síochána where it is believed that a child may be in danger. The Health Service Executive and the Courts are involved in making the appropriate decisions. Urgent procedures are available to ensure that the safety of a child can be assured while necessary inquiries are being made. While such procedures can be understandably distressing for parents, the reality is that not invoking the procedures can involve taking a risk with the safety of a child if you don’t act on the basis of the information that is available at the time.The Gardaí keep their practices under continuous review in the light of their experiences in this very complex area. Everybody should be assured that their entire motivation is to ensure that the best interests of a child are treated as paramount and that is as it should be.“It is, of course, important to ascertain whether any lessons can be learned from these cases and that is why I have asked for a full report on the background circumstances that led to each of these children being taken into care and the procedures that were followed. It is important that any lessons which might be learned do not detract in any way from the willingness and preparedness of the authorities to take appropriate action when they believe that children are at risk.“People should of course report to the authorities any reasonable concerns which they have about the safety of children. However, in seeking to ensure that the welfare of children is safeguarded and that every child in this State is afforded, where necessary, the protection of the State, it is important that no group or minority community is singled out for unwarranted attention, or, indeed, suspicion in relation to child protection issues.” AFTER TWO CHILDREN were taken from their Roma families over concerns about their identity, Minister Alan Shatter has said gardaí acted in good faith.The Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence, Alan Shatter TD, said that there has been understandable public interest in the two cases.“I am pleased and relieved that the concerns that arose on the part of the authorities in these two cases proved to be unfounded and that the children have been reunited with their families,” he saidHe spoke of how we “must all be particularly conscious of the regrettable distress that arose for the two families and their children” and that “no fault of any nature attaches to the two families concerned”.He has asked that the social services provide any support or assistance needed by the families in helping them cope following the events.The Minister said that it is not the practice of Ministers to comment on details of individual child protection cases and it would be wrong to depart from that because of the particular circumstances of these cases.However, he said he thinks it is important to make a number of points: Protecting vulnerable children is of paramount importance to An Garda Síochána and we continue to work in partnership with the HSE and other agencies to ensure children’s safety.An Garda Síochána has a published and comprehensive policy which remains under constant review into the investigation of sexual crime, crimes against children and child welfare, which provides for an effective and coherent approach to the investigation of this sensitive and challenging area.An Garda Siochana want to assure the community that we take extremely serious all reports received from members of the public concerning child welfare issues. In all cases immediate steps are taken to protect the welfare of the child in accordance with relevant statutory provisions and obligations.last_img read more

first_imgSTOCK PRICES TOOK a battering earlier today after the Associated Press’s Twitter account was hacked and an erroneous tweet sent.The tweet claimed that two explosions had occurred at the White House, injuring President Barack Obama.The news agency’s Twitter account, which has almost two million followers, has been suspended since the incident. The AP said it was working to correct the issue, confirming that the hacking was preceded by a phishing attempt on its corporate network.Image: @foxcarolinanewsThe AP released the following statement at 6:12pm (Irish time): “The@AP twitter account has been hacked. The tweet about an attack at the White House is false. We will advise more as soon as possible.”The Dow Jones industrial average fell more than 150 points after the fake Twitter posting, then quickly recovered.Other markets, including oil, the yield on US government bonds and the 10-year Treasury note, also reacted negatively to the fake posting. The turmoil lasted about five minutes.-Additional reporting by APPICS: The global financial crisis summarised in five graphicslast_img read more

first_imgSo you’ve overclocked your Raspberry Pi, installed the Raspbian image, and you’re impressed by what you’ve seen your little $35 PC do so far? Why not bolt on the developer channel build of the Chromium web browser and take it for a spin, too?Chrome OS hacker Hexxeh has just offered up an early build that Raspberry Pi owners can download from his personal blog. While Chromium will run as-is, some additional tweaking will yield vastly improved performance. By default the Raspberry Pi splits its 256MB of memory between the CPU and GPU at boot time. Hexxeh recommends installing the pre-made 224MB/32MB split .elf file, which you can place in the boot folder. Running the following command from a terminal session should do the trick: sudo cp /boot/arm224_start.elf /boot/start.elf.It’s also suggested that the –disable-ipv6 flag be added to the chrome startup command. You can either execute chrome –disable-ipv6 from the terminal or modify your Chromium shortcut, but don’t bother digging in chrome:flags for a toggle as this particular setting isn’t on the list. Leaving IPv6 support enabled currently produces longer than expected page load times, which Hexxeh believes is a bug. Once it’s sorted out, the plain vanilla Chromium shortcut should suffice.For best results, you’ll also want to make sure that your chosen storage media (either a USB flash drive or SD card) is nice and speedy. This will help ensure your entire Raspbian environment runs its best, not just Chromium.Unlike Hexxeh’s Chromium OS builds, there’s no support for Flash in his Chromium browser build for the Raspberry Pi. Trouble with HTML5 video on YouTube has also been reported, but it’s important to remember that this is the first public release. Give Hexxeh some time to polish things up, and you’ll no doubt be rewarded with a top-notch browser for your new favorite DIY computer.More at Hexxeh.netlast_img read more

first_imgAll-Ireland ladies final attracts record crowd of 56,114 to Croke Park Fans turned out in their droves in spite of the ceaseless rain in Dublin. By Gavin Cooney THIS YEAR’S ALL-IRELAND Ladies’ football finals have once again attracted a record crowd to Croke Park, with 56,114 people clicking through the turnstiles. It’s a considerable increase on last year’s gate of 50,141, and is made all the more impressive by the fact it was achieved amid ceaseless rain and at the end of a week dominated by build-up to the replay of the All-Ireland senior men’s final between Dublin and Kerry. The record crowd was announced at half-time of the senior final by RTÉ’s Marty Morrissey.  Dublin sealed a third All-Ireland senior title in a low-scoring decider against Galway, winning 2-3 to 0-04.Tipperary won the intermediate title with a five-point win over Meath while Louth were crowned Junior champions with a 3-13 to 2-6 win over Fermanagh.  Share3 Tweet Email The record attendance is displayed at Croke Park. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL 14,437 Views 25 Comments Image: Oisin Keniry/INPHO The record attendance is displayed at Croke Park. Image: Oisin Keniry/INPHO Sunday 15 Sep 2019, 5:15 PM 4 hours ago last_img read more

first_imgRéforme de la pêche : l’Europe en désaccordLe mardi 19 juillet, les ministres européens de la Pêche se sont réunis à Bruxelles afin d’étudier une proposition de réforme du secteur émise par la Commission. Une proposition qui suscite la discorde au sein des Etats.Réunis à Bruxelles, les ministres européens de la Pêche ont étudié les propositions de la commissaire Maria Damanaki en vue d’une réforme du secteur. Si tous semblent prêts à s’engager pour une pêche plus respectueuse des ressources halieutiques, et donc plus durable, plusieurs grands pays ont émis des réserves quant au projet présenté par la Commission, rapporteÀ lire aussiLes inondations en Europe bientôt de plus en plus fréquentes et coûteusesCensées entrer en vigueur en 2013, les propositions de Bruxelles ont été favorablement accueillies par plusieurs pays comme le Royaume-Uni, le Danemark ou la Suède. Mais d’autres Etats, parmi lesquels l’Espagne et la France, les deux leaders du secteur, se sont fermement opposés à certaines mesures de grande importance, comme l’instauration d’un système de “concessions individuelles transférables”. Un dispositif qui aboutirait à la création d’un marché des quotas de captures. Des quotas que les pêcheurs pourront échanger entre eux. Cette mesure, a estimé le ministre français de l’Agriculture Bruno Le Maire, craint que ce marché ne mène à une concentration du secteur “aux mains de quelques gros industriels”. Et le ministre d’affirmer que “des décisions trop radicales entraîneront la fermeture de la pêche en Europe”.Interdire le gaspillage Afin de préserver les réserves halieutiques aujourd’hui réellement menacées par la surpêche, Maria Damanaki entend également lutter contre le gaspillage, et éviter les rejets, à savoir les poissons non commercialisables rejetés en mer. Ces rejets, la Commission propose de les interdire à partir de 2016. Un objectif “pas réaliste” ont estimé Bruno Le Maire et son homologue espagnole Rosa Aguilar. Le Royaume-Uni, par la voix de Richard Benyon, encourage au contraire cette mesure face à la nécessité de mettre fin à un “gaspillage incroyable”.Aujourd’hui, a rappelé la Commissaire, 75% des stocks européens sont surexploités. Et le secteur court à sa perte si aucun “vrai changement radical” n’est opéré, a-t-elle insisté. Bruxelles entend viser l’objectif de ne pêcher que le strict nécessaire d’ici à 2015, et ainsi assurer la reconstitution des stocks halieutiques. Une date butoir que la France, comme l’Espagne, aimerait repousser de cinq ans. Mais Maria Damanaki assure avoir “beaucoup d’arguments pour (les) persuader que 2015 est faisable”.Le 21 juillet 2011 à 19:31 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Prime Minister visits Antiquities Monuments and Museum Corporation

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, June 22, 2017 – Nassau – The construction and/or renovation of a National Museum of The Bahamas has tremendous potential in terms of not only preserving the country’s history for future generations of Bahamians, but also in generating job and wealth creation opportunities for Bahamians of all walks of life, Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis said Wednesday.Just last week, the Prime Minister proposed the construction of a National Museum of The Bahamas not only for the benefit of Bahamians, but also as a heritage experience for tourists. The Prime Minister said the construction of a National Museum of The Bahamas would reap great dividends for the country.On Wednesday (June 21), Prime Minister Minnis said whether the National Museum of The Bahamas will be constructed as a free-standing facility or through the renovation of existing space at “Centreville” (where the Antiquities, Monuments and Museum Corporation is currently located in the old Ministry of Education Headquarters Compound on Shirley Street and Collins Avenue) is a matter that will be up for discussion with officials at the Corporation which is headed by Dr. Keith Tinker, Ph.D., Director of the National Museum of The Bahamas, the Antiquities, Monuments and Museum Corporation (AMMC).“The Bahamas has great potential in terms of our history and our historic sites and we have to grasp the opportunity,” Prime Minister Minnis said. “It’s unfortunate they (Antiquities, Monuments and Museum Corporation) do not have a proper museum within which to display that history. That must be dealt with as we move forward because Bahamians are losing a lot of their history.“We must see to it that a proper museum is either constructed or renovated in order to give Bahamians and visitors alike an opportunity to see these artifacts being displayed properly so that they will be able to get a glimpse into our great Bahamian history.“Whether we will construct a free standing museum or renovate what is here now, is a discussion they and I will have going forward, but the bottom line is we must have a proper museum to display the various artifacts found within The Bahamas – plus its an excellent attraction for both tourists and residents.”Prime Minister Minnis made his comments while visiting facilities at the site of the Antiquities, Monuments and Museum Corporation. The tour was part of the Prime Minister’s ongoing familiarization visits to government corporations, ministries and departments that fall under the purview of the Office of the Prime Minister.Prime Minister Minnis’ most recent visit was to the Department of Lands and Surveys. Officials there say it was the first time a Minister at any level had visited the Department in almost thirty years. As with all of his previous familiarization visits, the Prime Minister was accompanied by Mr. Jack Thompson, Permanent Secretary, Office of the Prime Minister.“I am an ardent believer in culture. I think it has a great role to play in terms of attracting cruise and airlift tourists to our shores and expanding economic opportunities for Bahamians while also increasing revenue,” Prime Minister Minnis said.“Ours is a richly textured culture. Our history, music, food, dance, art, craft and our folkways are distinctly different. We must fully capitalize on our culture and heritage to add a more vibrant visitor experience.”Prime Minister Minis said twenty-first century travelers are seeking more than the proverbial sun, sand and sea experience.“They travel in search of unique and authentic experiences. The Bahamas has a rich culture that can provide those experiences and should be tapped into to generate additional tourism revenue.”Prime Minister Minnis encouraged executives at the Antiquities, Monuments and Museum Corporation to develop a Master Plan for the development of the National Museum of The Bahamas – one that would allow for job and wealth creation for a larger number of Bahamians.“Government obviously does not have all of the necessary resources to do certain things and I am an ardent believer in privatization because through privatization you expand wealth,” Prime Minister Minnis said.“When I say privatize, I am not suggesting privatizing to any select group, but the kind of privatization that will create wealth and expand wealth to give everybody an opportunity. Individuals can have great ideas, but not necessarily the resources. Government’s responsibility should be to create opportunities for them so that you can create wealth, but not confine it (wealth) to one location. If you do that with the multiple forts that we have for example, then you would be surprised at the amount of jobs you create, the amount of opportunities you create and that’s the type of privatization I prefer, the kind that expands wealth and create job opportunities for more Bahamians,” Prime Minister Minnis added.Press Release: BIS Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

USS Carl Vinson to return to San Diego after successful threemonth deployment

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings April 12, 2018 Updated: 9:53 AM Posted: April 12, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Sailors from aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) are scheduled to return to Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego, April 12, after a successful three-month deployment.During the deployment, more than 5,000 Sailors from Carl Vinson and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2 conducted routine operations in the Indo-Pacific to maintain security and stability in the region.Carl Vinson visited Guam, the Philippines, and Vietnam. The visit to Vietnam was the first by a U.S. aircraft carrier in more than 40 years resulting in strengthened bilateral ties.Sailors will greet awaiting family members and friends upon their return. Ed Lenderman USS Carl Vinson to return to San Diego after successful three-month deployment Ed Lenderman, Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: USS Carl Vinson FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

first_img May 14 • History of the Toyota Supra, a Japanese sports car legend 32 Photos Comments Review • 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 review Enlarge ImageSomething tells me this wouldn’t pass a NHTSA crash test. Andrew Krok/Roadshow Two years ago, Chevrolet unveiled a life-size Lego Batmobile to help celebrate The Lego Batman Movie’s debut. Now, with another Lego movie on the horizon, Chevy’s back to its old tricks, but with a decidedly trucky twist.Chevrolet kicked off the 2019 Detroit Auto Show’s public days with the debut of a full-scale 2019 Chevy Silverado made of Lego. Cheyv also brought the plastic truck to the 2019 Chicago Auto Show, giving even more Midwesterners a chance to see it. Meant to commemorate the forthcoming launch of The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, it’s just as wild as the Batmobile was, but it’s a little more relevant to everyday life.Building the model required the help of 18 Lego Master Builders. Over the course of 2,000 hours, the group assembled the 334,544 pieces required to make this 1:1-scale plastic truck in Connecticut. And while the plastic itself is cool, it also sports working lights, which is a nice touch. Detroit Auto Show 2019 Feb 4 • 2020 Kia Telluride: Detroit Auto Show debut turns Super Bowl ad star 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better reading • Chevy’s full-scale Lego Silverado is plastic fantastic in Chicago Tags Jan 22 • Our highlights of the 2019 Detroit Auto Show • See All More From Roadshow 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Trucks Car Culture Chevy’s 1:1 Lego Silverado is more brickup than pickup 4 The full model weighs 3,307 pounds, which is actually about 1,000 pounds less than the real thing. It’s a full 6 feet tall, 20 feet long and 8 feet wide. According to the automaker, the most common brick used in the truck is the 2×8 stud brick in red. The video above shows a time-lapse of the model’s construction, showcasing the kind of effort required to build such a model. It’s probably still fun, but it’s also hard work.Of course, there’s a deeper tie-in than just having fun with bricks. There will be a special “mini-build” of the 2019 Silverado High Country in the forthcoming movie, which opens in theaters on Feb. 8. Detroit Auto Show 2019 Chevrolet Share your voice Preview • 2019 Chevy Silverado: Tougher, lighter, techier More about 2019 Chevrolet Silverado Chevrolet Legolast_img read more

first_img Lego’s weirdest new robots are heading to schools It’s compatible with Lego Boost, Lego Technic sets and classic Lego pieces, but not with Lego’s previous Mindstorms accessories. Lego Mindstorms EV3 is remaining alongside Lego Spike Prime in Lego Education’s lineup, and looks like it’s aiming more at the high school crowd, while Lego Spike Prime could bridge to that higher-end projects.spike-lifestyle-1hy2019-45678-10Lego Spike Prime will work with Scratch, and support Python by end of year. Lego Education The Spike Prime set is created specifically for grades six to eight. It uses an app that uses visual Scratch programming and aims to adopt the Python programming language by the end of the year, according to Lego Education executives.The robots made by Spike Prime look cute, and Lego Boost-like, but not necessarily as complicated as some Mindstorm one’s called the Break Dance Model. Lego Education The central processing hub that drives the Lego Spike Prime robotics creations has six input and output ports, and connects with sensors including an RGB color and light sensor, a force-sensitive touch sensor, and an ultrasonic distance sensor for measurement and navigation. The hub also has a six-axis accelerometer and gyroscope, a speaker and a 5×5 LED screen. The hub has a 100MHz M4 320 KB RAM 1M FLASH processor.Lego Education already has competition in the school STEAM space, including Sphero (whose expandable RVR robot is arriving later this year), and LittleBits, which already has plenty of kits. The company behind the kid-safe plastic-printing 3Doodler pen is also making a big education push this year to incorporate the product into more school lesson plans. Could Spike Prime be a hint of a future Lego Boost kit? It certainly looks like it could be the inspiration for a future Boost sequel. Lego’s only targeting schools with this product, though, not homes. Could there eventually be a home crossover component, or is Boost meant to be that kit already? We’ll follow up with more impressions from Lego Education’s New York press event later today. CNET’s Bridget Carey contributed to this report. Tags 1:36 0 Post a comment Now playing: Watch this: Steam Robots Lego Toys and Tabletop Games This robot’s called “The Coach.” Lego Education Colorful dancing robot men and weird Lego robot creatures are coming… but not to Lego stores. Lego Education’s new Spike Prime is a kit aimed at classrooms looking to incorporate Lego into lesson plans, targeting kids aged 11 to 14. The new STEAM robotics kit was announced today at an event in New York City.Lego Mindstorms have been around for years. The Mindstorms EV3 robotics kit remains a staple of many learning centers and robotics classrooms. Lego’s newest kit looks more like Lego Boost, a programmable kit that aimed to win over families in 2017 and was compatible with regular Lego bricks. Share your voicelast_img read more

Will Smith Shares YouTube Video of His First Bungee Jump Leading Up

first_img Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Will Smith is looking to conquer his fears with his much-hyped bungee jump over the Grand Canyon next week — all to benefit an educational charity.Before he officially accepted the Grand Canyon challenge, Smith and his crew last year traveled to Africa’s Victoria Falls, the famous 355-foot waterfall in Zimbabwe, for his first-ever bungee jump. On Thursday, the actor-comedian-rapper shared a video documenting the experience (at this link), which involved towels being wrapped around his ankles.“You know, you say ‘yes’ to things long before you actually know what they are,” Smith says in the video. He also rode a motorcycle for the first time as part of gearing up for “The Jump.”“Will Smith: The Jump” will take place on Sept. 25, the actor’s 50th birthday, and will be live-streamed on his YouTube channel. He’s doing the stunt to raise awareness and donations for international advocacy organization Global Citizen’s education campaigns, through a contest in which one winning fan and a guest will attend “The Jump” in person with him next Tuesday.center_img How did Smith, an action-movie star on the big screen, end up starring in the real-life daredevil stunt? The story is that the creators behind YouTube channel Yes Theory challenged Smith to bungee jump from a helicopter. He accepted on the condition that the jump be done for charity.The Yes Theory guys — Matt Dajer, Thomas Brag, and Ammar Kandil, who met at Canada’s McGill U. — started the YouTube channel as a way to challenge themselves (and viewers) to get out of their comfort zones. Previously, the trio had teamed with Elisabeth Murdoch’s Vertical Networks in 2015 to host a show on Snapchat Discover, and four other series. Since Smith accepted their challenge, Yes Theory has been promoting the Grand Canyon jump. The channel last month invited people to submit videos about their fears and to take the pledge to overcome it by running one mile; Yes Theory received more than 27,000 submissions and the resulting video compilation has more than 500,000 views.Details of the timing for YouTube’s “Will Smith: The Jump” live-stream on Sept. 25 have yet to be released. Smith’s Westbrook Entertainment will produce the live stream in conjunction with Fly on the Wall Entertainment.Smith launched his YouTube channel in December 2017 and has amassed nearly 3.4 million subscribers to date.Watch Smith’s first bungee jump, over Victoria Falls:last_img read more

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first_img by Rogers Media Posted Jul 20, 2018 7:55 am PDT Apu Nahasapeemapetilon is a familiar cartoon face to at least two generations of The Simpsons’ viewers. But some believe the South Asian Kwik-E-Mart owner is reinforcing cultural stereotypes that are more hurtful than they are funny.Simpsons creator Matt Groening says that wasn’t the show’s intention, but how much does that matter? It can seem difficult to find the line separating comedy from offensive stereotypes, but is it lazy to think that way? Will Simpsons fans ignore the issues? Or is it time to find a new punch line?Sadiya Ansari covers issues of race, representation and stereotyping in popular culture for a number of publications. In today’s “Big Story” podcast, she offers a fresh perspective on an aging character.Growing up, she was a Simpsons fan.“I watched it as a kid because it was one of the ‘bad shows’ we could watch with our parents, not really noticing — they just thought it was a cartoon,” she says.“I’m South Asian,” she notes. “I remember thinking as a kid, it was distasteful. I think as I grew older, it became more and more distasteful. I think that’s probably one of the reasons I stopped watching it. I think I found it to be grating. I mean, a lot of things about The Simpsons are grating, and they can be fun for awhile — and then they’re not. So, I feel like it was part of the reason I stopped watching.”You can hear the full episode and subscribe to The Big Story podcast on iTunes or Google Play.You can also hear it online at Related Stories The Big Story: When everything goes to HelsinkiThe Big Story: Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. What’s happening to Star Wars?The Big Story: The wheels come off in the West simpsons|The Big Story The Big Story: How do you defend a 30-year-old stereotype? Matt Groening’s trying THE SIMPSONS, l-r: Homer Simpson, Marge Simpson, Manjula, Apu Nahasapeemapetlion in ‘Much Apu About Something’ (Season 27, Episode 12, aired January 17, 2016). TM and Copyright ©20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved./courtesy Everett Collection AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

Laiki bondholders hold protest

first_imgBank bondholders protested the loss of their assets during the banking on Friday morning following what they perceived to be the preferential treatment shown to the President of the supreme court Myron Nicolatos whose sister and daughter got out-of-court settlements with Bank of Cyprus.The bondholders assembled at the BoC HQ first, which is adjacent to the central bank, before taking their protest outside the supreme court.They held signs that said ‘They stole from us, they destroyed us’ and ‘The Bank of Cyprus is guilty’.“In this country, we have abolished everything,” demonstrators said in a statement, adding that some government institutions, unfortunately, instead of correcting wrongdoings they seemed to allow and encourage improprieties.The association called on the government to protect its citizens.“We are focusing on the thieves of halloumi and leaving the thieves of billions at large, and in the worst cases the state did not even try to find out who is guilty and bring them to justice,” bondholders said.They also said those who were guilty were not found and punished. No investigation was carried out and what was left of Laiki’s assets were destroyed.Laiki Bank, the island’s second largest, was shuttered in 2013 as part of the island’s bailout. BoC seized 47 per cent of customer deposits over €100,000 to recapitalise.“Six years later, we are still looking for ways not to repay the ones we robbed but to throw them bones to keep them quiet,” the statement said.Recently, the statement added, the last stronghold of democracy, that of justice, seems about to collapse in a reference to nepotism allegations against supreme court judges.Laiki depositors and bank bondholders whose investments were wiped out in the 2013 bail-in have since asked for compensation.The March 2013 events saw the loss of €7.7bn in deposits (amounts over €100,000). In addition, anywhere from €1.2bn to €1.5bn in contingent securities were converted into equity (bank shares) of practically zero worth.  You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Daley will be making annual March is Reading Month visits to local

first_img03Mar Daley will be making annual ‘March is Reading Month’ visits to local schools Categories: News Lawmaker to once again promote March is Reading MonthState Rep. Kevin Daley will read to students in area schools to promote March is Reading Month in the coming weeks.“This is one of the more rewarding parts of this job, as I not only get to promote education and reading, but it is just plain fun to visit schools and students in our area,” said Daley, R-Lum. “The kids always ask such good questions, and it gives me an opportunity to explain to them what I do as an elected official and tell them a little bit about how state government works.”Local teachers and schools are encouraged to contact Daley if they would like him to visit their school. To contact Daley at his Lansing office, call 1-517-373-1800, or e-mail read more

Rep Bellino welcomes input at upcoming monthly coffee hours

first_img Categories: Bellino News,News 03Oct Rep. Bellino welcomes input at upcoming monthly coffee hours State Rep. Joe Bellino has announced his latest monthly coffee hour schedule, which will take place on Monday, Oct. 22.Bellino, of Monroe, will meet with residents one-on-one if they wish to share comments or concerns at the following times and locations:• 9-10 a.m. at Tim Hortons of Monroe, 404 S. Monroe St., Monroe; and• 10:30-11:30 a.m. at Biggby Coffee, 26614 Telegraph Road, Flat Rock.“Talking with the people I represent allows me to hear their concerns or ideas and better understand the issues they want addressed in Lansing,” Bellino said.No appointment is necessary. Those unable to attend during the scheduled times may send their questions and ideas to Bellino via email at or by calling his office at 517-373-1530.last_img read more

A Bad Bargain in Baltimore HUDs RAD Plan for Public Housing Challenges

first_imgShare7TweetShare16Email23 SharesJune 1, 2015; WYPR, Baltimore National Public RadioHUD’s Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program was primarily created to permit local Public Housing Authorities (PHAs) to gain access to private capital for rehabilitation or reconstruction of old public housing units. But some believe that although it has been established to answer one set of problems, it may create and intensify others. As a report from WYPR public radio states, “RAD’s proponents say it will bring a long-overdue investment from private developers into under-funded public housing in poor neighborhoods. But critics say it will let private businesses control a federal program that should remain just that—publicly funded.”The WYPR story, “After 80 Years Of Public Housing, The State Of Low Income Housing In Baltimore,” accurately captures the dilemma: Capital improvement funding from Congress has not kept pace with the rehabilitation needs in public housing that have been created by years of neglect and mismanagement. Instead of investing more public money, this program encourages the use of private development capital. HUD states that this makes the program “cost neutral” for the government. For tenants, the change is kind of like going from a defined benefit pension to a defined contribution (403b) pension. The tenant who is used to the stability of public housing sees new uncertainties.Anti-RAD activists in Baltimore and around the country focus on fears of a loss of affordability and increased scrutiny at the point of screening, which will eliminate housing opportunities for many who formerly qualified. (These same concerns were noted in a previous NPQ newswire, “New Public Housing In New Orleans Touches Local Lives and National Policies.”) Beneath those specifics lies a historic memory that goes back as far as the treatment of Native Americans by Western European settlers and continues through the federal urban renewal policies of the 1950s, which were frequently reviled as “Negro removal.” Assistant Professor Lawrence Brown of Morgan State calls the land that the public housing sits upon “a gold mine” of potential gentrification.Stability is key for renters everywhere in the U.S. With few exceptions, the watchword in conventional rental housing is, “If you don’t like it, move” but tenants in federally assisted housing have more protections. Federally assisted tenants have a “no cut” lease based on the principle of “just cause” termination. In other words, if you pay your rent and follow the rules, your federally assisted ease continues indefinitely. Public housing offers an additional layer of security because PHAs are locally governed with additional tenant protections, including a formal “due process” grievance procedure and other regulatory protections. The civil service mentality of public housing officials is often in sharp contrast with the private enterprise mentality of real estate developers, even those who receive federal subsidies.Stories like the plight of the tenants at Hampshire Park Towers in Takoma Park, Maryland fuel the sense that privately subsidized rental housing is just not secure. Household stability is why people who are over the income threshold sometimes cling to their public housing units. But, the argument goes, the social costs of this household stability are racial and economic segregation and “multigenerational poverty.”Reducing residential segregation is the thrust of many new HUD initiatives. Public housing is part of the “architecture of segregation” described in a New York Times editorial this past weekend:As things stand now, federally subsidized housing for low-income citizens, which seems on its face to be a good thing, is disproportionately built in poor areas offering no work, underperforming schools and limited opportunity. Zoning laws in newer suburbs that rest on and benefit from infrastructure built with public subsidies prevent poor, moderate-income and minority families from moving in. Discriminatory practices exclude even higher income minority citizens from some communities.RAD comes into this culture of public housing stability with new regulations, new players (private developers and their management company), and new neighbors. In its several iterations of this program concept, HUD has fine-tuned the protections to reassure tenants. One example of such bridging is that tenants in a RAD project have the rights both of tenants in federally-assisted private housing and the traditional rights of tenants in public housing. Some of the voices in the WYPR story illustrate this bridging between a traditional Resident Advisory Board (a regulated tenant organization) and the more freewheeling advocacy efforts of the Right to Housing Alliance. In traditional public housing, there’s no room for input from any residents outside of the formal Resident Advisory councils.Here’s the tradeoff for tenants: better conditions in new or rehabilitated units and new amenities, but maybe less security if Congress backs away from supporting Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) contracts that will finance the new RAD subsidies. Could that happen? Yes. The reality is that Congress can fail to provide funding for these contracts. The current funding levels for HUD HAP contacts may not be adequate to renew all the current contracts. HUD’s spin on this issue is, “In RAD, units move to a Section 8 platform with a long-term contract that, by law, must be renewed. This ensures that the units remain permanently affordable to low-income households.”In some places, RAD may also bring the hope for real mobility because RAD permits developers to choose either project-based rental assistance (subsidy tied to the unit) or project-based vouchers (subsidy that moves with the tenant after a specified period of time).Is this coming to a city near you? Transforming the public housing model from “social housing” to “free enterprise” is not just a Baltimore issue and not just the “demonstration” the name suggests. In Fiscal 2015, Congress raised the RAD program cap of 60,000 to 185,000 units, which is more than enough to fund all the applications in the pipeline.We would love to hear from readers on this trade-off.—Spencer WellsShare7TweetShare16Email23 Shareslast_img read more