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Details Emerge From Urban Meyer’s Meeting With Players Last Week

first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer during an Ohio State football game.GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes on the sidelines during the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Ohio State officially announced last Wednesday night its punishment for head football coach Urban Meyer. The three-time national champion has been suspended for the first three games of the season. Meyer can return to practice on Sept. 2.The Buckeyes’ players have been without Meyer for basically the entire month. He was placed on paid administrative leave at the beginning of August pending the results of the investigation into his handling of domestic violence allegations against now-fired assistant coach Zach Smith.Meyer was able to meet with his Ohio State players for the first time on Thursday, following the news of his suspension.Interim coach Ryan Day detailed on the Big Ten coaches’ teleconference call how that meeting went.“The guys were happy to see him. There was a lot of hugs. He was giving them an update of what was going on and talking about moving forward. That was the gist of it,” Day told reporters.On today’s B1G teleconference call, Ryan Day talked about Urban Meyer’s message to team last Thursday: “The guys were happy to see him. There was a lot of hugs. He was giving them an update of what was going on and talking about moving forward. That was the gist of it.”— Derrick Webb (@dw1509) August 28, 2018Ohio State’s practices have reportedly been lively in the absence of Meyer. The Buckeyes’ players haven’t seemed to be too affected by everything that’s been going on outside of the facility, but that could change once the games begin.The schedule isn’t too tough during Meyer’s suspension, though it could be a factor in Week 3 against TCU. That appears to be the one game the Buckeyes could lose during his three-game suspension. The Horned Frogs will be good and the game is in Texas.OSU is set to open its season on Saturday against Oregon State. Meyer is able to return to practice the following day. He’ll be back coaching in games Week 4, one week prior to the major showdown against Penn State in State College, Pa.Ohio State has opened the season ranked inside the top five. The Buckeyes, despite Meyer’s punishment, are a Big Ten and national title favorite.last_img read more

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Carnival’s Fathom Sets Course for Cuba

first_imgzoom  Carnival Corporation’s newest brand, Fathom, the pioneer in social impact travel, announced that it intends to visit three ports of call in Cuba — Havana, Cienfuegos and Santiago de Cuba. It also unveiled the intended 7-day itinerary that Fathom travelers will experience featuring what has been described as part learning, part sharing, and all immersion into the Cuban culture and full connection with the Cuban people.Launched in June 2015, Fathom received U.S. approval to sail from the U.S. to Cuba in July, and it is working to finalize Cuban approval. Currently Fathom is accepting reservations for its inaugural voyage to Cuba beginning in May 2016.“Cuba is a magnetic, beautiful country with tremendous opportunity for the Cuban people and for Fathom travelers to immerse, learn, grow and flourish through educational and cultural exchange experiences that we will offer,” said Tara Russell, president of Fathom and global impact lead for Carnival Corporation.Russell added: “We believe there is tremendous pent up demand in the marketplace to visit this extraordinary country – particularly in the U.S. where travelers are eager to experience Cuba – so we wanted to share as much of the country as possible.”Fathom travelers will sail aboard the 710-passenger MV Adonia where they may take part in special onboard programming including a wide variety of activities covering history, customs and culture, to casual fun personal enrichment activities and conversational Spanish lessons among others.In addition, beginning in April 2016, Fathom will begin sailing Amber Cove, a new port in the Dominican Republic and the company’s first social impact destination.“Fathom collaborated with diverse Dominican stakeholders including Dominican community leaders, Dominican officials and leaders of top local non-profits with deep roots in the country to identify activities that would have the greatest impact on people’s lives and make lasting contributions to the community,” the company said.last_img read more

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NCLH Wärtsilä Renew Service Agreement

first_imgzoom US-based cruise operator Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NCLH) and Finnish technology group Wärtsilä have signed a renewal of their existing performance-based service agreement.The renewed service agreement, signed in May 2017 and relevant to the maintenance of 45 Wärtsilä engines installed on ten NCLH vessels, extends from scheduled maintenance and spare parts to training programs and from annual audits to monthly key performance indicator reviews, which measure the performance of Wärtsilä against the jointly set targets.The agreement spans over two years, with a renewal option for three additional years, according to Wärtsilä.As informed, the contract provides Wärtsilä’s Dynamic Maintenance Planning (DMP), so that engine maintenance can be carried out according to actual needs, enabling optimal availability and minimal risk of disruptions. Condition Based Maintenance (CBM) optimizes the availability, reliability and performance of Wärtsilä engines on NCLH vessels through the diagnostics of key parameters and on-time decision support.“We are happy to continue the improvement of operational reliability and availability of NCLH vessels. Our shared commitment to ship efficiency, highest maintenance standards and safety of the ships enables Wärtsilä to fulfill the needs and expectations of NCLH,” Walter Reggente, Vice President, Wärtsilä Services, Americas, commented.The contract covers a broad scope of services, including maintenance planning, periodic technical surveys, dedicated technical support and expertise for major overhauls, spare parts supply and workshop services. In addition, Wärtsilä offers NCLH performance guarantees, such as Response Time Guarantee and Quality Guarantee, which ensure that the contractual performance targets are met.Wärtsilä said it continues to provide training to the NCLH crew. The training ensures that the vessels’ engines are maintained to the highest standards, and the crew is able to work in full coordination with Wärtsilä’s technical team.“Overall, the partnership is focused on safe operation of the vessels,” Wärtsilä explained.last_img read more

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KVIC launches Terracotta Grinder in Varanasi

first_imgTradition with innovation has been the mantra of Khadi’s growth in recent past, and it was reflected on September 2 again, when Khadi and Village Industries Commission, for the first time in the history of pottery, launched a ‘Terracotta Grinder’ at Sewapuri in Varanasi. This machine would grind the wasted potter items, for re-using it in pottery-making.KVIC Chairman Vinai Kumar Saxena, who himself contemplated and designed this ‘Terracotta Grinder’, said that taking cognizance of the broken pottery items like Kulhads, plates and pitchers etc, a need to re-use it in a proper manner was urgently felt. “During my visit to potters-dominated Kesripur village in Varanasi last month, I saw the numerous heaps of wasted terracotta items at every nook and corner of the village. After that, I suggested Chandan Prajapati – one of the young potters of Kesripur – to grind the broken and wasted terracotta products, to re-use it mixing with the normal clay. Accordingly, wasted pottery items were grinded in normal khal-musal (mortar and pestle) and its fine powder was mixed with the normal clay in the ratio of 20:80,” he said, adding, “Incidentally, Chandan’s whole family is in the pottery vocation, including his father – a veteran potter – outrightly denied the possibility of re-using the powder in making terracotta products.” Also Read – An income drop can harm brainHowever, on KVIC Chairman’s insistence the powder was mixed with the normal clay in the stipulated ratio and kulhads and other pottery items were made on the Electric Potter Wheels, given by the KVIC. The villagers were surprised that the pottery items made from this mixture were not only perfect, but were also stronger to sustain. “After the success of this experiment and the satisfaction of the potters, I designed a grinder that can be used at a larger level with lower costing. I gave the design of this ‘Terracotta Grinder’ to a Rajkot-based engineering unit to fabricate it,” he said, adding, “It will be a boon for potters in many ways. At one hand, it will lessen their cost of production; on the other hand, it will also save them from the problem of dearth of clays. As the cost of one tractor trolley of clay is Rs 2,600 in Varanasi, with mixing of 20 percent of this wasted terracotta powder, the potter will save at least Rs 520 in it. It will also create more job opportunities in the villages from this machine.” On this occasion, KVIC Chairman also distributed 200 Electric Potter Wheels and other pottery machines among the villagers.last_img read more

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Mass held in LacMegantic to mark fifth anniversary of tragedy

first_imgLAC-MEGANTIC, Que. – A commemorative church service was held in Lac-Megantic on Friday to mark the five-year-anniversary of the train derailment that killed 47 people and destroyed part of downtown.Church bells rang out later to remember the victims who lost their lives on July 6, 2013, after a runaway train hauling tanker cars loaded with volatile crude oil barrelled into the town of 6,000, derailed and exploded.The service was part of a series of events being held through Sunday to commemorate the tragedy.The ceremonies kicked off on Thursday evening with a concert and a silent march that ended at the graveyard where many of the victims are buried.Laurence Roy, who has lived in Lac-Megantic for 25 years, said it’s hard to commemorate the anniversary because the memories of the event are still so painful.“It’s important to have events to underline (it), but not all the time,” she said at the march.“It brings back a lot of emotions for those who lost loved ones.”She noted many of her fellow citizens were still suffering from the effects of the tragedy, even five years later.The town has been slowly rebuilding since the derailment, but many in the area still suffer from post-traumatic stress, according to a 2017 government study.Lise Vigneault, who attended Thursday’s concert, said some citizens have moved on while others still struggle.“Each of us grieves in our own way,” she said. “Myself, I went to get help because I had an emptiness inside.’Some citizens say some of their stress will be alleviated now that the federal and provincial governments have agreed to fund a 12.8-kilometre bypass track that will take rail traffic away from the downtown area, hopefully by 2022.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued a statement Friday to offer support to citizens marking the grim anniversary of the deadliest rail disaster in modern Canadian history.“Today, we remember the victims, and our thoughts go out to all those whose lives were forever changed,” Trudeau said.“The tragedy left scars that cannot be erased — but in the weeks, months, and years that followed, Lac-Megantic became a symbol of hope, determination, and solidarity. Today, the people of Lac-Megantic continue to show resilience and courage as they rebuild their community.”But back in Lac-Megantic, not everyone was planning to participate in commemorative events.Yannick Gagne, the owner of the bar that was at the heart of the disaster, said he would be spending the anniversary in his restaurant with friends and family.“We always say that the years go by and that it gets easier, but it’s harder,” Gagne said Thursday.The Musi-Cafe became a symbol of resilience after it reopened in December 2014, some 17 months after three of its staff members and a number of clients died in the explosion.Now the business is up for sale, and Gagne acknowledges that, in hindsight, he may have reopened too soon.“Five years later, I realize I wasn’t ready,” he said. “I shouldn’t have jumped back into this madness.”— With files from Ugo Giguerelast_img read more

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SPOTLIGHT KIM COATES

first_imgAdvertisement Kim Coates is not afraid of failure. In fact, from the outside, it would seem that failure is afraid of him. At the very least, it seems to respectfully avoid him. But the boy who has done Saskatoon so proud can’t help but taunt failure every now and again just to keep things interesting. He is returning to the stage, after a twenty-seven-year absence, to tackle one of the most demanding roles written in the last twenty years: Johnny “Rooster” Byron in Jez Butterworth’s Jerusalem.I first worked with Kim Coates—or Coatsey, as a lot of his friends call him—around 1986. It was quite brief, in some movie you’ve never seen, where I was credited as Husky Man. Husky Man was using a payphone (something you youngsters may have to Google) that Kim’s character wanted to use, and Kim either grabbed me and threw me out of the booth or put a gun to my head and told me to get lost, I honestly forget. That was my entire part. Maybe one or two lines. I didn’t have much to do with him on the day but I noted how electric and dynamic an actor he was and how excited everyone on set seemed to be that he was there. I knew he was a guy whose career I was going to keep an eye on and one I hoped I’d get to do some real scenes with one day.So, who IS Kim Coates? Or rather, who WAS he before he became the Kim Coates we know now? LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With:center_img Advertisement Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Green leader criticizes new LNG tax credit

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. – The B.C. government’s proposals to rewrite tax laws for LNG developments are getting a thumbs down from environmental groups.Green Leader Andrew Weaver says amendments to tax laws introduced yesterday show the government’s hypocrisy because they lead the province away from its Clean-BC plan to reduce carbon pollution.Peter McCartney of the Wilderness Committee also criticized the legislation for not aligning with the Clean-BC plan. He says people are being asked to cut carbon pollution while the government is giving six-billion dollars in tax breaks and subsidies to construct the LNG facility.Finance Minister Carole James says the legislation will help attract LNG investment and protect the environment.Under the changes, the government would amend the Income Tax Act to implement a tax credit to eligible corporations for LNG development.The Business Council of British Columbia backed the government’s approach, saying the changes will allow the province to compete in LNG markets around the world.Surrey Board of Trade CEO Anita Huberman says the government’s tax changes will help bring more LNG investment to the province at a time when B-C continues to need oil and gas to fuel the economy.last_img read more

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Fire at Burlington church believed to be arson

Halton police believe a fire at a 127-year-old church was a case of arson.Trinity Baptist Church, located at 4372 Appleby Line in Burlington, caught fire on August 17. The original part of the church was built in 1890. It’s roof and attic were burnt, but newer parts were saved. The fire caused more than half a million dollars in damage. The word ‘ISIS’ was spray painted on three different parts of the church, but police do not believe it was a hate crime.

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Baazov takes leave as Amaya CEO chairman to focus on defence and

Baazov takes leave as Amaya CEO, chairman to focus on defence and takeover plan by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 29, 2016 5:42 am MDT Last Updated Mar 29, 2016 at 10:42 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MONTREAL – David Baazov is taking an indefinite paid leave of absence as CEO and chairman of Amaya Inc., owner of the PokerStars online gambling business.Amaya said Baazov is taking the leave voluntarily to focus on his response to allegations against him by Quebec’s stock market regulator and prepare an offer to buy the Montreal-based company.Baazov faces five charges, including influencing or attempting to influence the market price of the securities of Amaya and communicating privileged information. He has denied the accusations and said he is confident he will be found innocent of the charges.“As always, I continue to be dedicated to doing the right thing for Amaya and all its stakeholders,” Baazov said in a statement Tuesday.“I believe that stepping down in the short term will help to avoid distraction for the company and its management while I vigorously contest all allegations made against me and pursue my bid to acquire the company.”Baazov was charged last week along with two other people and three companies following an investigation by the Autorite des marches financiers into alleged insider trading.The AMF also announced last Wednesday that it executed search warrants and obtained court orders to stop the activities of 13 people who traded in different securities while in possession of privileged information. The 13 people are alleged to have used their access to information to reap nearly $1.5 million in profit from stock trades.The company (TSX:AYA) said Baazov’s role as CEO will be assumed on an interim basis by Rafi Ashkenaz, who is currently CEO of the Rational Group, Amaya’s operating business that includes the PokerStars and Full Tilt brands.The role of chairman of Amaya’s board will be assumed by Divyesh (Dave) Gadhia, who has been a director since 2010 and chairs the committee of independent directors that would evaluate any takeover proposal from Baazov.In announcing Baazov’s leave, Amaya said the special committee headed by Gadhia has instructed its financial adviser, Barclays Capital Canada, to begin contacting other parties who might be interested in a transaction involving Amaya. The committee is also negotiating with certain parties that might gain access to confidential information.“The special committee has not made a determination as to whether a sale of Amaya is in the best interests of the company at this time. The special committee will consider any offer made by Mr. Baazov and any expressions of interests made by third parties if and when any such offers or expressions of interest are made.”Based on Monday’s closing stock price, Amaya had a market value of just under $2 billion — about where it was in early February when Baazov first indicated publicly that he was interested in buying out other shareholders.At the time, Amaya said Baazov had informally indicated he would pay $21 per share in cash, which was 40 per cent above the pre-announcement price of $14.99. The stock rose in the following weeks to as high as $21.82 on March 3 but has since given up the gains and closed Monday at $14.81.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said Amaya’s market value Monday of just under $2 billion was well below where it was in early February when Baazov first indicated publicly he was interested in buying out other shareholders. Amaya CEO David Baazov attends the company’s annual general meeting in Montreal, Monday, June 22, 2015. Baazov is taking an indefinite paid leave of absence as CEO and chairman of Amaya Inc., owner of the PokerStars online gambling business. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes read more

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Press conference at SMMT follows landmark ACEA visit to London

The European Automobile Manufacturer’s Association (ACEA) has rounded off its landmark visit to London with a press conference held at SMMT in London, led by Dr Dieter Zetsche, ACEA President and Chairman, Daimler AG.The Board of Directors of ACEA, the industry’s European trade association, had meetings with Prime Minister David Cameron and Business Secretary Vince Cable, among others, in connection with the association’s Annual General Assembly taking place in London this year.The two-day visit commenced with a reception and dinner at the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) with government representatives, during which Vince Cable highlighted the profile and importance of the automotive industry in the UK.Mr Cable said the ACEA meeting demonstrated “the growing international recognition of our automotive industry and the interest in our national ambition to generate growth in the whole advanced manufacturing sector”.On Thursday morning, ACEA Directors then met with the Prime Minister as he hosted a breakfast meeting at Downing Street to discuss a range of topics including international competitiveness, trade policy, environmental incentives and the contribution automotive makes to the economy.The Prime Minister told ACEA Directors that it had been a “very good week” for the UK automotive industry, adding, “It’s very much part of our ambition as a government to rebalance our economy. We’ve been too reliant on financial services, too reliant on one part of the country. We want to see more manufacturing, and I’m delighted that so many automotive manufacturers are bringing production and supply chain onshore. We want to do everything we can to encourage that.”The Board of Directors meeting took place later in the morning at SMMT’s offices, followed by a press conference with industry journalists from across Europe. The panel of speakers included Dr Dieter Zetsche; Ivan Hodac, ACEA Secretary-General and Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive.Dr Zetsche said, “We acknowledge the positive approach taken by the UK government towards automotive innovation”, adding, “It is first and foremost the responsibility of the automobile manufacturers to ensure competitiveness, and we pursue that goal head-on. But some issues are beyond our reach, whereas governments do play an important role.”Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive, said, “The UK motor industry is globally competitive and an engine for economic growth. New investments demonstrate the commitment of international investors, safeguard thousands of jobs and open up opportunities for companies at all levels of the supply chain.“Industry and government must continue to strengthen our partnership to maintain and increase investment in vital areas of R&D, skills and capital equipment.”For more detail on the scale and significance of UK automotive, download the 2011 Motor Industry Facts publication.Click the play button below to watch Dr Dieter Zetsche’s opening remarks at the press conference.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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Bad news Star Wars isnt filming in Ireland after all

first_imgSORRY, EVERYONE. The reports that the new Star Wars is set to film in Ireland probably aren’t true.At least, not that anyone knows.This week has brought us a slew of suggestions that the seventh Star Wars movie, directed by JJ Abrams, could use Ireland as a location. “Star Wars to film in the Burren in 2014″, read a more-or-less typical headline in the Clare People.Sadly, it appears the reports are without foundation. (For the moment, at least.)The production will be based at Britain’s Pinewood Studios. It’s likely – going by standard industry practice – that location scouts will be looking at nearby countries including Ireland, but also Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and so on.Meanwhile the Irish Film Board have met with JJ Abrams’ production company Bad Robot… but only in a general capacity promoting Ireland as a location, with no specific meetings about Star Wars.In short, they might film in Ireland, but at this stage it’s all speculation.An IFB spokesperson said only:The Irish Film Board and the US-Ireland alliance have met with Bad Robot with regard to pitching the benefits of Ireland as a film location, which include world class locations and production crew.The speculation began after an interview with JJ Abrams in the Sunday World, in which he said he was “keen” to shoot scenes in Ireland, without giving any specific commitment.Production is due to begin on the seventh Star Wars instalment next year. It is to be scripted by Michael Amdt.We can only hope that things turn around. Who wouldn’t want Ireland to host poignant scenes like this?nerdreactor.comRyan Tubridy and Joe Duffy to appear in Pat Shortt’s new film>Helen Mirren continues her quest to be the Soundest Person Ever>last_img read more

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Mykonos taverna slapped with 12 tax infringements following social media criticism

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A taverna that had been shamed on social media for overcharging a party of tourists was visited by tax inspectors this week.The officials found that the restaurant, located at Platis Gialos on Mykonos, was in violation of 12 tax rules.The inspection came following a scathing review on TripAdvisor by an American tourist. The visitor, a Brooklyn-based soldier, posted a photograph of the receipt showing that his party had been charged 836.20 euros for a meal of salad, calamari and beer.He wrote: “AVOID THIS PLACE AT ALL COST! No pun intended.”READ MORE: Tourist trap on Mykonos: 836.20 euro-bill for calamariThe photo of the receipt went viral with scathing reports from around the world slamming the restaurant for overcharging the tourists.last_img read more

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US cant solve Iraqs problems alone Obama says

first_imgWASHINGTON — The radical Sunni Muslim group advancing in Iraq, though it puts the Middle East’s stability at risk, is “just one of a number of organizations” in the region that pose a threat to U.S. interests, President Barack Obama said Sunday.Obama said the rapid advances by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in Iraq could spill over into Jordan and that the group “could amass more arms, more resources” in Syria. But the president, likening ISIS to other groups such as Al Qaida in Yemen, once again said it was not a problem that U.S. troops could solve.“And this is going to be a global challenge and one that the United States is going to have to address, but we’re not going to be able to address it alone,” Obama said in an interview excerpt aired on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” “And as I said yesterday, what we can’t do is think that we’re just going to play whack-a-mole and send U.S. troops occupying various countries wherever these organizations pop up.”The debate took place as ISIS fighters continued their rapid gains, capturing four more towns in western Iraq, and as Secretary of State John F. Kerry arrived in Cairo in part to try to find a solution to the escalating crisis. Obama has agreed to send as many as 300 U.S. special forces troops to Iraq as advisers, but has not yet committed to further action, such as airstrikes.Obama said the extreme ideology of ISIS could prove its undoing.“The thing about an organization like this is that typically when they control territory, because they’re so violent, because they’re so extreme, over time the local populations reject them,” he said. “We’ve seen that time and time again.”last_img read more

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All clear given after suspicious pressure cooker found in Miami

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – All clear has been given after a suspicious pressure cooker was found in front of a Miami building.City of Miami Police officials said the kitchen appliance was left outside of an auto parts business in the area of Northwest 31st Street and 27th Avenue at around 10:30 a.m., Wednesday.Bomb Squad units responded to the scene and determined that there was nothing inside of the pressure cooker.Children have since reentered a daycare in the area that was evacuated as a precaution.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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In Other News Fire Forces Pause in Training at Ft Hood Army

first_imgOfficials on Tuesday suspended live-fire gunnery exercises at Fort Hood at the post’s fire department continued to battle four fires affecting 6,500 acres in the installation’s training range areas. The fire did not pose an immediate risk of leaving the installation boundary, according to a press release. “We are carefully managing risk from this fire to reduce any possible impacts to our neighboring communities who do so much to support our soldiers and their families,” said III Corps and Fort Hood Deputy Commanding General Maj. Gen. Kenneth Kamper. Extreme heat and dry weather condition have created the ideal environment for wildfires across Texas, and conditions are expected to continue for the next several days, reported Stars and Stripes. … The Army Community Partnership Awards program is accepting nominations for installation-community partnerships that enhance readiness, support, reform and modernization through installation support services. Partnerships can include memorandums of understanding, memorandums of agreement, cooperative agreements, mutual aid agreements and intergovernmental support agreements that are signed during fiscal 2016-2018. Applications should be submitted on behalf of an Army command and a partnering community. Nominations are due Sept. 4. For a copy of the awards application, or for more information, contact Ivan Bolden at ivan.g.bolden.civ@mail.mil or 703/545-2538.Photo courtesy of U.S. Army Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

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Forbes 2014 Billionaires List Sheryl Sandberg Sara Blakely Oprah Winfrey Join Global

first_imgThis year, a record number of women have entered the global billionaire community and Forbes released the names of 172 women who have made it io 28th annual billionaires list on Monday.Facebook COO, Sheryl Sandberg, 44, the first woman to serve on the social networking giant’s board, is one among the 10 percent of women who have entered the super rich club. Sheryl Sandberg. (Reuters)Sandberg’s fortune saw a sudden increase last year after she was hired by Facebook and her more than 12 million shares in the company jumped 130 percent last year, according to the reports.Sandberg, who is worth approximately $1.05 billion, also gained popularity with “Lean In,” a book advocating women to put more energy into their careers, and how to succeed in the male-dominated corporate sector.Sandberg is one among the 32 self-made billionaires on the list, which include Sara Blakely, owner of Spanx, an undergarment company, Tory Burch, fashion designer, and Oprah Winfrey, media mogul and talk show host.Interestingly, only one woman, Meg Whitman, CEO of Hewlett Packard, accomplished the task of increasing her fortunes as a hired hand, according to Forbes.The others inherited their fortune from either parents or husbands.Newbies on the list include Folorunsho Alakija, who became Nigeria’s first female billionaire after finding success with her oil business. Today, the 63-year-old is worth $2.5 billion.”My entry into this oil business was God’s own way of leading me down a particular path,” Alakija said, according to Forbes.English businesswoman Denise Coates, 46, who started the online betting firm Bet365, is worth $1.6billion, and her fortune comes from her stake in the company. Coates is known for her love to stay under the radar even though the company, of which she is a joint CEO with her brother John, has been flourishing over the years. Denise Coates. (Reuters)”I really don’t enjoy the attention,” Coates said in 2012 during an interview with The Guardian. “The public side does not come naturally to me. I’m not saying I’m a shrinking violet. I’m not. I’ve been bossy all my life. It’s just I very much enjoy actually running the business.”Meanwhile, Estee Lauder’s grand daughters – Jane Lauder (aged 41, worth 1.15 billion) and Aerin Lauder Zinterhofer (aged 44, worth $1.1 billion) are also new additions to the list. A transfer of shares in the cosmetic empire helped them gain an entrance into the super-rich club.The duo has been working in the company which their grandmother launched in 1946 since their college days. Zinterhofer is the image and style director at her family’s conglomerate and in April, Jane will head Clinique, a skin-care line, under the Estée Lauder umbrella, Forbes reported.last_img read more

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It Takes A Village Makes a Big Deal of Excellence in Education

first_imgSeated: Takiya Braxton, Nikita Brathwrite, Morgyn Thomas and Sydnee Fields. Standing: Ramona Hardy, Frances Steven, Jamal Martin, Larry Lancaster III, Joshua Diggins, Larinda Fields and Sean FieldsIt Takes A Village held its second Scholarship and Awards Gala, June 21 in the Hall of Fame at Pimlico Race Track in Baltimore. In addition to Oscar Cobb receiving the Key to the Village Award, Excellence Awards went to Morgyn Thomas, 7th grade; Takiya Braxton, 5th grade; Darius Williams, 4th grade, Ki’Ajah Davis, 2nd grade and Maria Whitehead, 1st grade, all students of Edgecombe Circle Elementary/Middle School. Steve Berlack, president and founder of The Berlack Method was the keynote speaker at the event that also featured dance by Sydnee Fields and Larry Lancaster.It Takes a Village is a non profit organization that offers advocacy and empowerment programs for young people and families of Baltimore city and county. Programs include enrichment resources at Edgecombe Circle, a 6-week summer camp, a scholarship program, Youth Seeking To Reach Incredible Visions of Excellence (Youth STRIVE); and Boys in Building One’s Worth Through investment, Empowerment and Sacrifice (Boys in BOWTIES), a mentoring program for 7 and 8th grade boys at Edgecombe Circle.Sean and Larinda Fields founders of It Takes A Village, both ministers at Gospel Tabernacle Baptist Church, believe education is an important element to success and have had many years of experience wotking with at-risk young people.It Takes A Village founders can be contacted at ITAVCEC@gmail.com or 443-579-ITAV.last_img read more

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Watch Dogs comes to Grand Theft Auto V thanks to new mod

first_imgWatch Dogs was supposed to be the poster child of the “next-gen” consoles back when it was revealed in 2011. When the original game was released, it was a bit of a dud, which disappointed many. Though the game had some interesting mechanics, they were never fully utilized within the game world. Thanks to a new Grand Theft Auto V mod, we can finally see the signature Watch Dogs hacking mechanic live up to its potential.This mod was created by GTA coder, JulioNIB, with an Aiden Pierce skin mod by GTAFREAK67S, and gives GTAV players the ability to change in-game traffic lights, set off car alarms, turn off street lights, disrupt helicopters, and explode fire hydrants. Players can also remotely control cars — the camera switches to a first-person view within the car as you drive it from afar. ATM machines can be set to eject money, which in turn will have civilians scramble to grab the fallen cash and even fight each other for it. Cell phones of non-player characters (NPCs) can also be exploded remotely, and trains can be derailed.The best feature of the mod is the ability to have entire intersections of traffic accelerate at once, causing destruction and mayhem as vehicles crash into each other, sending debris flying and setting off explosions. This aspect alone is enough to make this mod infinitely better than Watch Dogs ever was.We don’t yet know exactly when the next Watch Dogs game will be released, but it would be nice if some of these mods somehow made it into the game. Having similar features would certainly go a long way into making Watch Dogs 2 a more interesting (and fun) title than its predecessor.last_img read more

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Design student creates GAUNTLET glove that allows single handed typing w Video

first_img Citation: Design student creates G.A.U.N.T.L.E.T. glove that allows single handed typing (w/ Video) (2012, July 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-07-student-gauntlet-glove-video.html (Phys.org) — Jiake Liu, co-founder of Kabob.it has been demonstrating his G.A.U.N.T.L.E.T. glove at this year’s TechCrunch meetup in Atlanta. The name of the glove is an acronym meant to describe both its function and looks. It has metallic letters affixed to parts of the front of the fingers and another metal piece on the thumb that allows for connections to be made when pressing the thumb against the letters, effectively allowing a person to use the glove as a Bluetooth enabled wireless keyboard that works with just one hand. Glove designers plan messaging path for deaf-blind The keyboard/glove is just one of many devices currently under development by researchers around the world to respond to the difficulties users have faced when trying to type on small smartphone screens or even on iPads. Though there are several Bluetooth enabled standard keyboards available for purchase, using them requires that they be toted around, a bulky proposition to be sure. Thus the search is on to find a way to allow users to type on their handheld devices in a reasonably elegant way.Liu told John Biggs of TechCrunch that he came up with the idea for his glove while still attending the University of Alabama in Huntsville as a senior design project after being inspired by some of the technology in such movies as Minority Report and has been tinkering with the idea ever since. He’s now a co-partner of Kabob.it a company that makes smart menus for people with food allergies to help them figure out which foods in restaurants are safe to eat. That venture has allowed him the funds to pursue the glove technology that he believes some people are looking for.The letters on the glove are arranged so that the most used letters are the easiest to reach; it also has an Enter key, spacebar and other function keys that allow the wearer to switch between keymaps, e.g. letters, numbers or special characters. It also has an accelerometer to allow for adjusting controls.The glove is not yet ready to be sold to consumers as Liu believes there is more work to be done to improve both the typing functionality and the overall look of the gloves, which clearly needs some work as it does still look like a work in progress. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.center_img © 2012 Phys.org Explore further More information: gauntletkeyboard.com/last_img read more

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China Telecom misdirected internet traffic says Oracle report

first_imgThe Naval War College published a paper titled, “China’s Maxim – Leave No Access Point Unexploited: The Hidden Story of China Telecom’s BGP Hijacking” that contained a number of claims about purported efforts by the Chinese government to manipulate BGP routing in order to intercept internet traffic. Doug Madory, Director of Internet Analysis at Oracle’s Internet Intelligence team, in his recent blog post addresses the paper’s claims. He said, “I don’t intend to address the paper’s claims around the motivations of these actions. However, there is truth to the assertion that China Telecom (whether intentionally or not) has misdirected internet traffic (including out of the United States) in recent years. I know because I expended a great deal of effort to stop it in 2017”. SK Broadband, formerly known as Hanaro, experienced a brief routing leak on 9 December 2015,  which lasted a little more than a minute. During the incident, SK’s ASN, AS9318, announced over 300 Verizon routes that were picked up by OpenDNS’s BGPstream service. This leak was announced exclusively through China Telecom (AS4134), one of SK Broadband’s transit providers. Just minutes after that, AS9318 began transiting the same routes from Verizon APAC (AS703) to China Telecom (AS4134). The China telecom in turn began announcing them to international carriers such as Telia (AS1299), Tata (AS6453), GTT (AS3257) and Vodafone (AS1273), which resulted in AS paths such as: … {1299, 6453, 3257, 1273} 4134 9318 703 Doug says, “Networks around the world who accepted these routes inadvertently sent traffic to Verizon APAC (AS703) through China Telecom (AS4134). Below is a traceroute mapping the path of internet traffic from London to address space belonging to the Australian government. Prior to this routing phenomenon, it never traversed China Telecom”. He added, “Over the course of several months last year, I alerted Verizon and other Tier 1 carriers of the situation and, ultimately, Telia and GTT (the biggest carriers of these routes) put filters in place to ensure they would no longer accept Verizon routes from China Telecom. That action reduced the footprint of these routes by 90% but couldn’t prevent them from reaching those who were peering directly with China Telecom”. Focus of the BGP hijack alerting The common focus of BGP hijack alerting is looking for unexpected origins or immediate upstreams for routed address space. But traffic misdirection can occur at other parts of the AS path. In this scenario, Verizon APAC (AS703) likely established a settlement-free peering relationship with SK Broadband (AS9318), unaware that AS9318 would then send Verizon’s routes exclusively on to China Telecom and who would in turn send them on to the global internet. Doug said, “We would classify this as a peer leak and the result was China Telecom’s network being inserted into the inbound path of traffic to Verizon. The problematic routing decisions were occurring multiple AS hops from the origin, beyond its immediate upstream. Thus, he adds that the routes accepted from one’s peers also need monitoring, which is a fairly rare practice. Blindly accepting routes from a peer enables the peer to insert itself into the path of your outbound traffic. To know more about this news in detail, read Doug Madory’s blog post. Read Next US Supreme Court ends the net neutrality debate by rejecting the 2015 net neutrality repeal allowing the internet to be free and open again Ex-Google CEO, Eric Schmidt, predicts an internet schism by 2028 Has the EU just ended the internet as we know it?last_img read more

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