Big Brothers Big Sisters Joins Forces With The Hobbit The Battle of

first_imgTo celebrate the highly anticipated release of “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” the final film in Peter Jackson’s epic “The Hobbit” Trilogy, Big Brothers Big Sisters, the nation’s largest donor and volunteer-supported mentoring organization, has teamed up with Warner Bros. Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM) and New Line Cinema to inspire audiences to “Start Something Epic.”The partnership was developed by LINK Entertainment Marketing, the leader in connecting brands with the emotional engagement delivered through the power and storytelling of entertainment.The campaign launches on November 15th with television ads featuring scenes from the movie, as well as print media, encouraging audiences to “Start Something Epic” by either donating or volunteering.In theaters December 17, 2014, “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” brings to an epic conclusion the adventures of Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) and the Company of Dwarves. Messages of growth, leadership and perseverance resonate throughout the film. With encouragement and support from Gandalf, Bilbo discovers his own depths courage and ingenuity — he just needed someone to help show him the way, and, when necessary, give him a push in the right direction. Their iconic friendship is emblematic of the relationship between an adult volunteer (“Big”) and a child (“Little”) enrolled in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. The similarities helped to inspire the tagline, “Whether you are Big or Little, Start Something Epic,” inviting audiences to become a Big Brother or Big Sister to a child in need.“Big Brothers Big Sisters is thankful for the opportunity to work with Warner Bros., MGM and New Line, and with a film of this magnitude,” stated Pam Iorio, President and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. “We hope the film’s message of leadership will inspire others to lead in their local communities by becoming mentors to children in need.”For 110 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has impacted the lives of children by carefully pairing screened adult volunteers (“Bigs”) with children (“Littles”) in safe, one-to-one long-term mentoring matches. The organization provides mentors, mentees and parents ongoing professional support and guidance. Studies have shown that children enrolled in the program are more engaged in school, less likely to use drugs or alcohol, and have greater confidence and improved relationships with their peers, parents, and teachers.last_img read more

Stars Come Out For O2 Silver Clef Awards 2017

first_imgThe recent O2 Silver Clef Awards 2017 saw over 1000 guests attend the beautiful Grosvenor House Hotel, on Friday 30 June – raising an incredible £660,000 for Nordoff Robbins music therapy.Video: Highlights from the O2 Silver Clefs 2017The famous faces were out in force to support music therapy, and celebrate some of the biggest names in music, including Dame Shirley Bassey, Nile Rodgers and Phil Collins.Pop stars Little Mix were the winners of this year’s Ticketmaster Best Live Act Award, becoming the first female artist or group to receive the honour from the voting public.There was also the hotly-anticipated AEG Presents Auction with some incredible music memorabilia and packages on offer, including hand-written song lyrics from Ed Sheeran, and a VIP experience in L.A.This year Peter Andre was on the Blue Carpet to chat with the guests as they arrived, before handing over to presenter Edith Bowman for the award ceremony.The stars were joined by Evie who shared her incredibly powerful story of the life-changing benefits of music therapy. Evie used to be a singer. Then one day she was diagnosed with cancer. After the treatment affected the way her voice sounded, Evie lost confidence in her singing and stopped altogether. Music therapy helped Evie to find her voice again. You can watch Evie’s story online here.This led to a wonderful moment as musician Naughty Boy came back onstage to offer Evie his thanks, and a special gift. He invited her to come along as a VIP to the British Summer Time gig he was performing at on the Sunday with her beloved Justin Bieber!All told it was a wonderful day full of joy, as Nordoff Robbins celebrated some of the finest musicians in the world, and raised vital funds to help other people get access to the incredible power that music can have.Of her award, Dame Shirley Bassey said:“I’m honoured to be the recipient of this year’s Silver Clef Award. Music is my career. Music is my life. Music is my friend. Music has been there to celebrate the highs and soothe through the lows. I believe everybody has a song inside of them; some people can lose their way in life, some struggle to express themselves – but Nordoff Robbins works with these people to find their inner songbird and true happiness.”The full list of winners and presenters for this year were: • Dame Shirley Bassey – O2 Silver Clef Award, presented by Alfie Boe & Michael Ball • Phil Collins – American Express Icon Award, presented by Eric Clapton • Blondie – Amazon Outstanding Achievement Award, presented by fellow award-winner Nile Rodgers • Nile Rodgers – Raymond Weil International Award, presented by Alice Cooper • Mumford & Sons – Royal Albert Hall Best Group Award, presented by Robert Plant • Emeli Sande – Best Female Award, accepted by Naughty Boy on behalf of Emeli • Pete Tong – Bose Innovation Award, presented by Pete’s daughter, Becky Tong • Anne-Marie – Jack Daniels Best Newcomer Award, presented by Melanie C • Alexander Armstrong – PPL Classical Award, presented by Jamie Theakston • Little Mix – Ticketmaster Best Live Act Award, presented by Peter Andrelast_img read more

BC RCMP investigating explosion aimed at First Nation antipipeline blockade

first_imgBy Jorge Barrera APTN National News HOUSTON,BC–Officers from the Houston, B.C., RCMP detachment are investigating an explosion set off at the gates of an anti-pipeline blockade in the province’s interior.A crude explosive device was detonated next to a sign leading to the blockade Monday evening by unknown individuals who fled the scene up a logging road in a vehicle.“We have received a report this morning and have initiated an investigation,” said Sgt. Steven Rose, who is based in Houston.Rose said investigators were treating it as an “isolated” incident. He said the local detachment would lead the investigation, but may request additional assistance from the district level.“(The explosion) certainly changes the public perception of what the blockade represents,” said Rose. “From our police perspective, our role is to investigate any reports of damage, mischief or criminal offenses.”The blockade is led by the Unist’ot’en clan who are part of the Wet’suwet’en people. The blockade was erected about 16 months ago on a forest service road to stop surveyors from entering the territory. The blockade is associated with a camp built several years ago near the path of three planned pipelines. The blockade sits about 66 kilometres south of Houston and about 1,000 km north of Vancouver.Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chief Toghestiy said he and some others were watching the movie Oblivion in a cabin near the blockade when they heard an explosion at about 10:20 p.m. local time.“We thought it was in the movie at first,” said Toghestiy. “It sounded like a gunshot behind me.”They immediately shut off all the lights and the generator. Toghestiy said he then fired a warning shot in the air with his rifle and the group crept toward the bridge through the darkness. They saw taillights from a vehicle fleeing the scene.“We spent probably two hours walking up alongside the road in the bush until we knew the place was secure,” he said.Photos and video from the scene show a long burn trail leading to the site of the explosion at the wooden, hand-painted sign declaring, “stop, no access without consent.” The video, which was posted on YouTube, showed remains of what appear to be plastic bottles that were tied together with surveyor tape. Toghestiy said it appears gas was used to set off the explosion.Toghestiy met with three RCMP officers Tuesday afternoon from the Houston RCMP detachment who took photographs of the burned-out area caused by the explosion and gathered pieces of the device for analysis in a lab.“I had a good chance to sit down with them, the three of them to educate them on decolonizing their minds,” he said.The blockade and camp were built to block the proposed Pacific Trails and Coastal Gas Links natural gas pipelines along with Enbridge’s proposed Northern Gateway pipeline which aims to pump Alberta tar sands bitumen to the Pacific Coast.All three pipelines are mapped to run through an area about a kilometre from the camp. Toghestiy said a traditional pit house is being constructed on the pipelines’ route.Monday night’s incident followed reports that locals in the area were planning to commit sabotage against the blockade.Freda Hudson, who is of the Unist’ot’en clan, said a local hunter was recently stopped by police on his way back from the blockade sight. The hunter told people at the blockade that he was questioned by police about the blockade. The same hunter also said he had overheard other hunters who had been drinking that they were upset over the blockade and planned to deal with it themselves. There was also an incident with some locals who revved their engine and honked their horn at the blockade before spinning their tires and pulling away.“Before we even got to the road we could hear them spinning out and they went to the police complaining we wouldn’t let them in,” said Hudson.Rose said the incidents are not related.“There is certainly information that has been given to us regarding historical conflicts or potential conflicts that have happened in the past couple of months, but it doesn’t really relate to the incident (Monday) night,” he said. “To draw a nexus between the two is far-fetched.”Toghestiy said the camp is already on watch for surveyors attempting to slip past the blockade. He said a helicopter carrying sub-contractors landed behind the blockade about two months ago, but were quickly intercepted and turned away.“It got quite heated,” he said. “I got really, really angry at them…I told them if they did it again things would accelerate really, really fast. They said they wouldn’t come back.”Toghestiy also said an RCMP special investigative unit from Prince George, B.C., tried to enter the camp over the summer.“We wouldn’t let them cross the bridge,” he said. “They just wanted to come in and poke their nose around.”Toghestiy said the camp is seeking to raise funds to purchase sensor cameras they hope to set up along the read more

Canada kicked tires on used Kuwaiti jets now looking down under Sajjan

first_imgOTTAWA – Canada kicked the tires on the idea of buying used fighter jets from Kuwait to address a shortage of CF-18s, Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan revealed Thursday, but found they wouldn’t be ready in time.The revelation comes amid a bitter and escalating dogfight between U.S. aerospace giant Boeing and Montreal-based Bombardier, which has the backing of Justin Trudeau’s federal Liberal government.The Liberals had planned to buy 18 Super Hornets from Boeing to fill what they claim is a critical shortage of fighter jets, but have since threatened to go elsewhere over the Bombardier dispute.Boeing has accused Bombardier of selling its controversial CSeries commercial liners to U.S.-based Delta Air Lines at a significant discount, thanks to assistance from what it considers improper government subsidies.The dispute took a turn this week when the Department of Commerce ruled Bombardier did indeed receive improper subsidies and proposed a whopping 219 per cent duty on any CSeries planes entering the U.S.The penalties won’t be official until the U.S. International Trade Commission rules next spring on whether the Bombardier-Delta deal actually hurt Boeing’s business.The ruling has nonetheless divided the country — advocates in Quebec and Ottawa have been calling on the Liberals to fight fire with fire, while officials in Manitoba, where Boeing has a large facility, are urging calm.Speaking from Riga, Latvia, where Canada has about 450 soldiers helping guard against Russian aggression in the region, Sajjan said he was disappointed with the Commerce Department’s ruling.The minister wouldn’t say explicitly that the plan to buy Super Hornets is officially off the table, but he suggested as much.“We are going to be moving ahead with filling that capability gap,” Sajjan said. “We are pursuing other options.”There are growing signs that the top option could be to buy used F/A-18s from Australia, which is getting rid of the fighter jets as it upgrades to the controversial F-35 stealth aircraft.Kuwait, too, plans to sell its own used F/A-18s after securing its own deal to buy Super Hornets. There had been speculation the aircraft, which are similar to Canada’s CF-18s, would be in good shape.But Kuwait won’t be ready to sell fast enough for Canada, Sajjan said, and the government is instead working closely with the Australians about possibly buying their jets.“We have looked at the capability of the Kuwaiti fighters,” Sajjan said.“The biggest thing is right now they are not currently available. But we still want to pursue every single option. As you know, we are pursuing this option with the Australians at this time.”The key question appears to be whether any of Australia’s F/A-18s have enough life left in them to serve alongside Canada’s CF-18s until replacements for both begin to arrive in the mid-2020s.The government has repeatedly emphasized the need for speed when it comes to addressing the current fighter-jet shortage, and hoped to buy interim Super Hornets by the end of the year.That sense of urgency remains, Sajjan said, though he would not provide a timeline for when the government would pull the trigger on whatever option it decides to pursue.“That capability we needed a long time ago,” he said. “We had a plan in place, a very good plan that was going to fill the capability gap, invest in our current fleet and start the fighter replacement competition.”The government announced last November plans to purchase the planes to temporarily fill a critical shortage of fighter jets until the entire CF-18 fleet is replaced in the mid-2020s.Many defence experts, including 13 former air force commanders, have questioned Liberal claims the air force doesn’t have enough CF-18s, and said replacement jets could be purchased much faster.The Boeing-Bombardier dispute has become a major international battle, with the Trump administration backing the former and the Canadian and British governments siding with the latter.Bombardier has a large aerospace manufacturing facility in Northern Ireland.Yet it has also pitted different parts of Canada against each other.Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard, whose government invested $1 billion into the CSeries line, angrily called for a ban on all Boeing imports into Canada after the Commerce Department ruling.But Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister and Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman called for cooler heads on Thursday, and said such rhetoric is not helpful.Winnipeg is home to a Boeing manufacturing facility that employs 1,400 people and is the third biggest aerospace centre in the country.— with reporting by Chinta Puxley in Edmonton and files from Steve Lambert in Winnipeg— Follow @leeberthiaume on Twitterlast_img read more

How to stop People from spying on you through your Webcam

first_imgEl Jaddida – Take a look at your computer’s webcam; do you think it is off because the cam’s light indicator is not turned on? Unfortunately, that’s not the case!Lots of people use the internet for different purposes; browsing websites, playing video games, listening to music, watching their favorite programs or chatting with their friends…etc. Whatever is the reason why they use the internet for, they are not safe from being spied on through their webcams.The internet is full of websites and social media groups advertising pictures and videos of naked women from different parts of the world, some of them have been recorded while they were actually broadcasting their webcams; whereas others were mere victims recorded while they were working on something on their computers or feeling relaxed at home while their computers lied on their desks unknowing that they were being recorded. A case in point over the news is Cassidy Wolf, Miss Teen USA, a victim of webcam spying by one of her classmates Jared Abrahams, who later admitted taking several pictures and videos of different women without their knowing. He used a software that turns on the in-built laptop’s webcam without triggering the cam’s LED, thus the victim would have no way of knowing that the webcam is broadcasting.If the story got you suspicious, you’ve got two ways of precaution; one is to disable your webcam when not in use. To do so, go to your device manager section, under the list of Imaging Devices right click on the name of your webcam and choose disable. However, if you are a frequent webcam user, just find a piece of duck tape and put it on your webcam when not in use.In short, one never predicts what is to happen. “Prevention is better than cure.”© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

Explosion on Train in West London Metro Police Investigate

Rabat – A blast inside a train at Parsons Green metro station in London was reported by news website Metro and relayed by other British media on Friday.A unit of bomb squand and policemen rushed to the scene, according to Reuters, along with six ambulances, fire engines and a helicopter.A reporter of Metro said he saw people with facial burn. Media reporter other injuries took place during a stampede when commuters were trying to escape the explosion scene. Eyewitness said the explosion caused panic inside the train as people started screaming loudly.I’m safe – just had to run for my life at #ParsonsGreen station – huge stamped, lots injured. Not sure why – fire/explosion mentioned.— Emma (@EmmaStevie1) September 15, 2017Police elements patrolled the area outisde the station while ambulances staff were attending to the injured.The city’s police announced on Twitter that they would release that facts regarding the incident when they are sure they are accurate.No speculation about a terrorist attack has been advanced yet. The incident comes at a time where Britain grew more worried of increased terrorism threat following four deadly attacks this year.36 people were killed and many others injured in London , Manchester and New Castle between March and June in attacks carried by suspects loyal to radical Islamist groups and an anti-Muslim far-right activist.Following the attacks, the British government raised the terror level from “severe” to “critical”. read more

Massey moves into India

first_imgMore and more we are seeing India opening up its minerals sector to outside investment. The latest move is Massey Energy entering into an agreement with Essar Mineral Resources, a member of Essar Group of India, to jointly evaluate and develop select business opportunities on a project-by-project basis. The initial focus of the new partnership will be the development of coal reserves, coke ovens and a coal preparation plant to support an electric power plant to be constructed in India by Essar. In the non-binding memorandum of understanding signed by both companies, Massey and Essar also agreed to evaluate selected mining projects in India and to evaluate the development of coke oven projects in India and elsewhere. The strategic partnership is not limited to India or to coal, and the companies agreed to establish a joint venture to pursue any future projects selected for development.“The potential for synergies between the two companies is readily apparent,” said Don L. Blankenship, Massey’s Chairman and CEO. “Essar is looking to dramatically increase its steel production and energy generation in the coming years. Massey has some of the best metallurgical and steam coal reserves in North America and the expertise to develop modern, cost effective coal mining and processing operations overseas to fuel the expansion. We have been developing a relationship with Essar for some time and are optimistic about the potential to work and grow profitably together.”last_img read more

Column Peacemakers like Margaretta DArcy uphold the greater moral law

first_imgSIGNS OF HOPE and causes for optimism are still to be found amid the bleak picture often presented on the daily news. Despite the realities of war, climate change and hunger, we can find hope and inspiration in those who continue to resist, to struggle, to challenge, and even to celebrate.Imbolc, the ancient Irish festival that marks the beginning of spring, is almost upon us. It represents a time of new beginnings after the long, dark winter. In Irish tradition, people celebrated this time on February 1st, and honoured Brigid, who was noted in legend as a strong and fearless leader that carried a torch for peace, truth and justice.And while it is increasingly fashionable to commemorate participants in the ‘Great Wars’, it is appropriate and important that we remember and celebrate the courageous spirit of peacemakers who carry that torch today. That’s why, around this time each year since 1993, Afri has gathered hundreds of people in Kildare under the banner of Féile Bríde to explore these issues and celebrate those who work for the betterment of people and planet. A peaceful act of civil disobedienceOne such strong and fearless person is Margaretta D’Arcy, who is serving a three month sentence in Limerick prison for the crime of opposing war and Ireland’s participation in it. Margaretta is a 79-year-old artist and campaigner with cancer and Parkinson’s disease who relies on a zimmer frame. She refuses to accept as normal the fact that over two million US soldiers have passed through Shannon airport on their way to wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.Margaretta, a founding member of Aosdana, is not a criminal, but someone who seeks to highlight the fact that war criminals regularly pass through Shannon and that the full apparatus of the State is used to protect them. This is something that has been highlighted in the past by President Michael D Higgins, who attended Shannon airport protests before being elected President.It has also been a focus for Amnesty International Ireland. Amnesty has repeatedly called for aircraft inspections at Shannon in light of revelations that Guantanamo bound torture and rendition flights have passed through what is supposed to be a sovereign and neutral nation. Margaretta, in her peaceful act of civil disobedience, was seeking to highlight our own government’s failure to uphold both Irish and international law.This is why former UN assistant secretary-general Denis Halliday has appealed to Minister for Justice Alan Shatter, saying Margaretta D’Arcy’s refusal to sign a bond not to return to Shannon is based on her belief in the Nuremberg Principle of 1945 whereby “individual citizens of any country have international duties and responsibilities that transcend national and domestic obligations of obedience to local law.”The reality of what is happening in our nameEvery now and then we are awakened by people like Margaretta to the reality of what is happening in our name – the slaughter of tens of thousands of people. We even know the manner in which that slaughter takes place, thanks to people like the soldier formerly known as Bradley (now Chelsea) Manning. Manning’s grandparents on both sides were from Ireland but Chelsea’s only contact with Ireland was stopping off in Shannon en route to ‘the theatre of war’.Unlike many in Ireland, Manning’s conscience remained alive when confronted with the horrors that were being perpetrated in the name of war. This led to Manning releasing classified information to the public, including a video documenting the slaughter of innocent people by US military personnel. Manning was imprisoned for 35 years for exposing this horror, while those who perpetrated the war crime were not even asked to account for their actions.The scenes of innocents, including children, being gunned down by laughing soldiers makes even more reprehensible the sentiments of Shannon Airport Authority’s Rose Hynes that ‘military traffic has been in the DNA of Shannon for many years. It is something that is important, it’s lucrative and we are certainly going to go after it as much as possible’. Statements like this can lead us to ask what we value as a people, if we are really independent and neutral, and why do we jail peacemakers when proven war criminals and fraudsters walk free.Example, courage and foresightPeacemakers like Margaretta D’Arcy and Chelsea Manning are to be celebrated and honoured for their example, courage and foresight. Like Gandhi, Luther King and Rosa Parks, they understand that in the absence of responsible government, sometimes it is up to people to challenge the status quo and uphold the greater moral law. They, therefore, represent signs and symbols of hope to carry us through the darkness of winter to the light and new life of spring.After all we’ve been through as a country, maybe the time has come for a new era of people power, an ‘Irish Spring’, where we all raise our voices in demanding a better world.Joe Murray is coordinator of Afri, an Irish organisation that works for peace, justice, human rights and sustainability. Afri’s patron is Archbishop Desmond Tutu.Afri’s annual Féile Bríde event takes place in the Osborne Centre in Kildare Town on Saturday February 8th. From now until the end of February anyone who makes an online donation of €10 or more to Afri will receive a special Brigid’s peace cross. You can find out more about Afri at www. You can follow them on Twitter here and Facebook hereRead: “Nobody is above the rule of the law” – Shatter on Margaretta D’ArcyRead: Margaretta D’Arcy “in good spirits” in prisonlast_img read more

Gerrard insists too much respect almost cost Liverpool in Istanbul

first_imgRangers manager Steven Gerrard insists showing AC Milan too much respect almost cost Liverpool in Istanbul and warned his team against doing same when they face Villarreal.The Gers host the Spanish club at Ibrox on Thursday in search of a win in order to make it to the knockout stages of the UEFA Europa League.“Of course – but I also understand it,” Gerrard said, according to Evening Times.“I’ve experienced it myself. In one of the biggest games I ever played in, we showed the opposition too much respect.”“AC Milan had the world’s best players in every position when we played them in that Champions League Final – but we showed them too much respect in the first half.”“So I’ve seen it happen many times and experienced it too many times. You can come away with regrets.”divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“Luckily enough for us in Villarreal, we had 45 minutes to address it. We spoke about it at half-time but the players deserved credit for playing with more freedom in the second half.”“We looked their equal. That’s where we want the players to take their minds back to in preparing for this game.”“It’s quite clear that if you stand off their players, if you give them too much time and space, you will get hurt. You make individual errors, you get hurt.”“With all due respect to some teams domestically, you can get away with certain things against certain opposition in the league.”“In the Europa League against teams like Villarreal, small mistakes get punished. So for us to get the result we want on Thursday night, we have to defend perfectly.”last_img read more

Lorena Gonzalez coauthors bill to tighten medical exemptions for vaccines

first_img KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Health, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter March 26, 2019 Posted: March 26, 2019 KUSI Newsroom SAN DIEGO (CNS) – Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, co- introduced legislation today to combat falsified medical exemptions that allow children to avoid vaccinations against illnesses like measles.According to Gonzalez and Sen. Richard Pan, a pediatrician, medical exemptions have spiked since the 2015 passage of SB 277, which outlawed the use of personal belief exemptions to allow children to avoid vaccines. While immunization rates in California have gone up since SB 277’s passage, medical exemptions have more tripled according to Pan, who co-authored SB 277 with Sen.Ben Allen, D-Santa Monica.“Some schools are reporting that more than 20 percent of their students have a medical exemption,” Pan said. “It is clear that a small number of physicians are monetizing their exemption-granting authority and profiting from the sale of medical exemptions.”SB 276 would require physicians to submit medical exemption requests to the state’s Department of Public Health, which would then certify that the patient is allowed to forego vaccination. State public health officials would review factors like the reasoning for the exemption request and the physician’s name and license number.Officials would also require that the physician confirm that he or she has examined the patient. State officials would have the authority to revoke exemptions if they are fraudulently issued.“Three years ago, we stepped up our state’s vaccination laws to protect students and the entire public from being exposed to potential diseases,” Gonzalez said. “Now, we’re seeing anti-vaccination parents and a few doctors get around that law by loosely seeking and issuing medical exemptions when families are willing to pay.”State vaccination rates have increased as legislators have cracked down on vaccine avoidance. California’s vaccination rate has risen from 90.7 percent of state residents during the 2010-2011 academic year to 95.6 percent during the 2016-2017 academic year.According to Pan, a 94 percent vaccination rate is required to achieve so-called herd immunity, which prevents the spread of preventable illnesses to people like infants and chemotherapy patients who can’t be vaccinated. The bill is co-sponsored by the California Medical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics California and the vaccine advocacy group Vaccinate California.“It is the rare physician who does not take this responsibility to heart, but they put all of us, our children and our communities, at risk,” said Kris Calvin, CEO of the AAP-CA. “By ensuring medical exemptions to vaccines are reviewed and valid, this bill will protect the health of California’s children and of our larger communities. It is a reasonable and urgently needed measure.” Lorena Gonzalez co-authors bill to tighten medical exemptions for vaccineslast_img read more

City Furniture teams up with local entities to help Irma victims

first_imgFor more information about City Furniture’s post-Irma outreach, click here.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – A South Florida chain of furniture stores has stepped forward to help those affected by Hurricane Irma across South Florida.City Furniture has provided manpower and raised funds in the wake of the devastating storm, including a $100,000 furniture match, according to spokesperson Caitlin Maribona.The company teamed up with the organization 4KIDS to help clear debris from foster and maternity homes in Broward County. Volunteers also helped The Salvation Army remove fallen trees and branches from that organization’s Fort Lauderdale headquarters. For every fundraiser donation, we’re matching up to $100k in furniture to those rebuilding after Hurricane Irma.— City Furniture (@CityFurniture) September 22, 2017With the help of the Key Largo Baptist Church, City Furniture was able to gain entrance into areas in the Florida Keys that were nearly impossible to gain access to in the wake of the hurricane. For an entire week, the furniture retailer sent a truck to clear the rubble and hand out supplies.On Saturday, volunteers drove down a supply truck down to Key West. last_img read more

Luke Bryan Joins Katy Perry As American Idol Judge

first_img“Idol” goes country, filling the second seat for the ABC series rebootRenée FabianGRAMMYs Sep 25, 2017 – 5:28 pm Ladies and gentlemen, we have our next “American Idol” judge, and it is … country singer/songwriter Luke Bryan! Twitter Luke Bryan Latest “American Idol” Judge luke-bryan-joins-katy-perry-american-idol-judge Facebook News Email Luke Bryan Joins Katy Perry As “American Idol” Judge NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Feb 8, 2015 – 11:57 pm Katy Perry: GRAMMY Fashion Cam Bryan joins previously announced Katy Perry as the second judge for the reboot of the popular singing competition show responsible for stars such as Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood.The country singer has reportedly been in consideration since July alongside Lionel Richie and Charlie Puth. Variety reports it’s unlikely these two will join Perry and Bryan, but a third judge has yet to be determined.”American Idol” will premiere in March on ABC.Pink, Sam Smith Added To “SNL” Lineuplast_img read more

See Boston Dynamics robot stack warehouse boxes like a Tetris pro

first_img Post a comment 18 Photos Share your voice Tags The upgraded Boston Dynamics Handle robot can stack robots quickly in a warehouse setting. Video screenshot by Bonnie Burton/CNET Boston Dynamics builds robots that can run, dance and even do parkour. Now the company has perfected its Handle robot so it can stack heavy boxes as if they were blocks in an extreme version of Tetris. The original Handle robot was created in 2017 as a research robot. It stands 6.5 feet (2 meters) tall, travels at 9 mph (14.5 kph) and jumps 4 feet (1.2 meters) vertically.  Sci-Tech Now playing: Watch this: 1:51 Meet Boston Dynamics’ weird and wonderful robot familycenter_img Robots 0 More robots Handle’s onboard vision system tracks marked pallets, and finds individual boxes for grasping and stacking. As Handle puts a box onto a pallet, it uses force control to stack the boxes up against each other. The boxes seen in a video posted on Thursday weigh about 11 pounds (5 kilograms). But Handle is designed to lift heavier boxes up to 33 pounds (15 kilograms). This upgraded Handle can also work with pallets that are 48 inches (1.2 meters) deep and 68 inches (1.7 meters) tall. Boston Dynamics Handle robot is a box-stacking beast This new version of the Handle robot has been upgraded as a mobile manipulation robot designed for warehouse tasks and manual labor. The robot can quickly stack multiple heavy boxes on a pallet, as well as unload them, according to Boston Dynamics. Smart, agile MIT robot plays a mean game of Jenga This robot wants to teach you Buddhist chants Hotel fires half its robot staff for sucking at their jobslast_img read more

Everything we know about Apple WWDC 2019

first_img Comments WWDC 2018: Everything from Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference 63 Photos I am now fairly confident based on evidence I don’t wish to make public at this point that Apple is planning new (likely UIKit) Music, Podcasts, perhaps even Books, apps for macOS, to join the new TV app. I expect the four to be the next wave of Marzipan apps. Grain of salt, etc— Steve Troughton-Smith (@stroughtonsmith) April 5, 2019 See It What to expect in iOS 13, and a 5G iPhone could be closer Whither iTunes? Dedicated music, podcast and video apps coming to MacOSscreen-shot-2019-04-10-at-12-20-38-pmThe purported new icons for Apple’s Music, Podcast, TV and Book apps. Guilherme Rambo/9to5Mac Two veteran programmers, Guilherme Rambo and Steve Troughton-Smith, have discovered evidence suggesting that Apple may unveil new standalone apps for music, podcasts and TV shows in a forthcoming version of MacOS. According to the reports, Apple will keep iTunes around (for now) because it’s the only way to sync data between older iPods and iPhones and Macs. $249 See it iOS 13 leaks hint at future products and the latest iPhone… Apple’s impressive buying power, a store coming to WatchOS? Aug 19 • iOS 13 and iPadOS: How to join the beta, use the best new features on your iPhone and iPad Tags Apple iPad CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Now playing: Watch this: Given the precedent for hardware announcements and introductions at WWDC, there’s also a chance that we could see a new MacBook Pro or iPad Pro, or some other unknown product, brought out on stage. The company could also debut the updated Mac Pro, which it has already pledged to reveal in 2019. (In 2017, the company used the event to unveil a new iPad Pro and the HomePod smart speaker.) Apple didn’t respond to a request for comment.Below, we’ve rounded up everything you need to know about WWDC 2019 — including the rumors that have captured our attention so far. We’ll continue to update this article as we count down the days until the big conference, so check back often.When is WWDC 2019? Apple WWDC starts on June 3 and runs through June 7. Apple has invited members of the media to its annual keynote address, which will take place at 10 a.m. PT on Monday, June 3 at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California.How can I watch the WWDC 2019 livestream?If you have an Apple TV, you can use the Apple Events app to watch it (and older events, too). Otherwise, you can can livestream WWDC from the Apple Events section of the company’s website.CNET will also be liveblogging the event live from the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California.Can I attend WWDC? If you haven’t already snagged a ticket, the answer is probably “no.” Apple doled out tickets on a lottery system when the event was announced earlier this year, and all of the available slots have been snapped up.What are the rumors about WWDC 2019?A new look for iOS 13ios-13 Óscar Gutiérrez/CNET There’s a lot of buzz about a dramatic redesign coming to the next version of Apple’s mobile operating system, expected to be called iOS 13. We had heard reports that the forthcoming iPhone 11, expected in September, would have a new home screen, a system-wide “dark mode” setting, expanded multitasking capabilities and an “undo” option. Now, Bloomberg has published an article previewing dozens of features that are said to be part of the upgrade. They include:A refreshed Messages app that supports profile picture and names, privacy settings and expanded Animoji featuresAn upgraded Maps app that lets you identify and save important addresses (like home and work)Enhancements to Sleep Mode including tighter integration with the Bedtime feature Four dedicated sections in the Reminders app: “tasks to be done today, all tasks, scheduled tasks and flagged tasks”Plus new features coming in other apps including Books, Health, MailThe Bloomberg article also suggests that iOS 13 will support expanded multitasking features on the iPad and support its use as an external display for a Mac.iOS apps coming to MacOS (and vice versa)ios-12-macos-mojave-wallpapers Matt Elliott/CNET At WWDC 2018, Apple software chief Craig Federighi announced new technology that would make it easier for people to take apps developed for iOS and bring them to Macs. In a MacOS update released in September, Apple unveiled new versions of four of its own apps that originated on iOS — News, Stocks, Voice Memos and Home — built with that technology. Now, apparently, Apple plans to bring this cross-platform framework to third-party developers.Reportedly code-named Marzipan, the technology is really for developers, not users. But there would be plenty of implications for the 1.4 billion devices currently running iOS, MacOS, WatchOS or TVOS. In the near-term, at least, it seems we can expect to see more iOS features — like Siri Shortcuts, Screen Time and iMessage screen effects — coming to MacOS, according to 9to5Mac. Jul 5 • RIP, iTunes. This is what happens to your Apple music now 7:52 $249 See It $249 2 Jun 30 • iOS 13 and iPadOS public betas: How to download and install them now Amazon WWDC 2019 iPhone Update iOS 12 Rumors Intel MacOS Mojave Siri Apple Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice Apple Read more: Apple rumored to split up iTunes in forthcoming MacOS releaseA new iPad Pro and MacBook Pro?ipad-pro-iphone-xs-max-9 Óscar Gutiérrez/CNET Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has made a few predictions about products that could materialize at WWDC. Earlier this year, he suggested that Apple would introduce two new iPad Pros in 2019. That noted, we already got two new non-Pro iPads in 2019, back in March — the iPad Air and the iPad Mini. And it hasn’t even been a year since the company released its two newest iPad Pros, last October, so we’re taking this one with a grain of salt.Read: New iPad feature to compete with laptops on track for Apple’s iOS 13Kuo has also suggested that Apple will release a new 16-inch MacBook Pro and refresh the 13-inch model with 32 GB of RAM. And he’s alleged that Apple is working on a new Mac Pro with “easy to upgrade components” that comes with a 31-inch 6K monitor that’s said to have a Mini LED-esque backlight design. Mouse support coming for iPads?magic-mouse-2-apple-imac Sarah Tew/CNET According to rumors, Apple may be taking another step toward evolving the iPad into a true laptop replacement. Federico Viticci, editor in chief of MacStories, says that the company may build in mouse support for the iPad in a future version of iOS. Will the 2019 Mac Pro debut at WWDC?Apple's cylindrical Mac Pro, which brought some style to the boxy world of workstations, is shown here running Final Cut Pro X to edit the movie "Focus."Apple’s cylindrical Mac Pro. Apple There’s no harm in hoping. The company last refreshed its flagship desktop computer in December 2013, and Apple executives have been talking about a followup that’s been “coming soon” for years now. Around this time last year, we heard that a new Mac Pro would arrive in 2019. “We want to be transparent and communicate openly with our pro community so we want them to know that the Mac Pro is a 2019 product. It’s not something for this year,” Mac hardware product marketing director Tom Boger told TechCrunch in April 2018.Of course, Apple said something similar back in 2017. Read: The 2019 Apple Mac Pro has to look backward to move forwardBut maybe the company means it this time. After all, the iMac Pro was launched at WWDC in 2017. And if the new Mac Pro doesn’t come this June, Apple’s next and presumably final opportunity to launch it in 2019 would come in September. That’s when it’s expected to debut a new iPhone and perhaps some other high-profile hardware — which might be a less-than-ideal setting to unveil a niche product like the Mac Pro. Mentioned Above Apple iPad 2018 (space gray, 32GB) See All Review • Apple iPad 2018 review: The iPad for everyone A host of Apple executives, including CEO Tim Cook, are expected to take the stage at WWDC to outline the company’s software strategy and address issues ranging from privacy to security to developer relations.Perhaps the most anticipated news concerns the next version of Apple’s mobile operating system, likely to be called iOS 13, which powers the iPhone and iPad, and which is overdue for a major overhaul. In addition to a handful of redesigned and new features — like a retooled home screen, system-wide dark mode and more multitasking options — the company is also said to be cultivating greater interoperability between iOS with MacOS, the operating system used on its MacBook laptops and Mac desktop computers. This would ostensibly make it easier for developers to share code among apps written for the iPhone and iPad and Macs. Tablets Software Laptops Computers Phones Wearable Tech WWDC 2019 reading • Everything we know about Apple WWDC 2019 See It Jun 14 • Apple Music vs. Apple Podcast vs. Apple TV: What’s the difference? • Best Buy We’re just a few weeks away from Apple’s annual developer conference, which kicks off with a June 3 keynote, and expectations are ballooning. If the rumors are true, the company may use the event to unveil new hardware and announce one of the more significant changes to its iOS and MacOS software road map in years. Taking place once again at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California, the 2019 Worldwide Developers Conference will show off the new apps, features and tools coming to the company’s expanding universe of software, services and devices. And unlike last year, when Apple focused mostly on shoring up the speed and responsiveness of its software, there’s a stronger chance of major product introductions and revelations in 2019. Now playing: Watch this: $329 Marzipan is gonna be amazing. I know old Mac guard are anxious but this feels like the early days of iPhone to me—poking at the APIs months before they became an SDK, seeing the kinds of things that could be built, etc. I trust Apple to make this the best way to write Mac apps— Steve Troughton-Smith (@stroughtonsmith) May 3, 2019 7:30 1:17 Marzipan could also hasten a transition on Apple’s Mac platform from Intel to iPad-style ARM chips, a long-rumored change that’s been reported by Bloomberg and Axios. In addition to creating business efficiencies for Apple, a single ARM-based CPU across iPhones, iPads and Macs would make it even easier for developers to create a single version of their apps.(John Gruber wrote a detailed and comprehensive analysis of the history, viability and wisdom of Apple’s strategy with Marzipan back in 2017.)Read: Universal apps for Macs and iOS may be on horizon with Apple’s ‘Marzipan’ projectA dedicated App Store for the Apple Watch, and more 494b7417-68e9-42ac-bc05-5a8730cacf70 Érika García/CNET The company plans to bring the App Store to the Apple Watch, according to Bloomberg. The new update will be included in the next version of the device’s operating system, expected to be called WatchOS 6. Today, Apple Watch apps need to be downloaded using the Watch app on the iPhone and then transferred over. Read: App Store could be coming to WatchOS at WWDC, report saysThe Bloomberg article also mentions a new Voice Memos app that will take voice recordings from the wrist; an Apple Books app for audiobooks; a calculator app; a new Dose app that supports pill reminders; and a Cycles app that tracks menstrual cycles. Apple is also expected to add new watch faces and complications in the update, as well as Animoji and Memoji stickers. last_img read more

How to watch the 2019 Indy 500 today Livestream info start time

first_imgEnlarge ImageWe’re getting closer and closer to the 2019 Indy 500, and you’re going to need to know how to stream it. Patrick Smith/Getty Images The Indianapolis 500 is one of the year’s most significant motorsport events. Like most motorsports events, it’s getting tougher to watch if you’re a cord-cutter. We’re here to help you with that. Here’s how to watch the Indy 500 today.The first thing you have to know if you’re planning on getting your Indy on is when you actually need to sit down and watch it. The 500 will begin at 12:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, May 26. The 500 is named for the length of the race in miles, which works out to around 200 laps around the famed Brickyard.The easiest way for you to tune in online is if you have a cable subscription already, then it’s just a matter of signing onto NBC’s website with your login information and you’re all set. The odds are good though that if you’re reading this, you don’t have a cable subscription. So what can you do? • Huge variety of live channels, including HBO and the DVR storage is included Tags 2019 Jeep Wrangler review: First-place performance Streaming options for the Indy 500 $44.99 at Hulu YouTube TV Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? IMS Stream A huge variety of live TV channels plus the ability to add on more premium channels like Sundance and Showtime 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk: Everything is better with 707 horsepower Share your voice Car Culture TV and Movies Free FuboTV At just $25 for all of Slings available channels, this is easily the most affordable streaming service here, but make sure NBC is available in your area Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it See All DirecTV Now Hulu Live Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors You can see what’s going on at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and that’s itcenter_img $50 or $70 at DirecTVNow The 2019 Indy 500 pace car is a Chevy Corvette Grand Sport What you get 4 reading • How to watch the 2019 Indy 500 today: Livestream info, start time, etc. $49.99 at YouTube Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 One of the largest selections of live streaming channels, but you have to pay extra for things like DVR storage Sling TV One of the best ways to get live TV without a subscription is with the Hulu Live package. It’s not cheap at $44.99 per month, but it is an option. The other bonus of this program is that it includes a chunk of DVR space so if you want to prolong the magic, you can record the 500 and watch it again, like a weirdo. It also includes a subscription to regular ol’ Hulu, which has been pumping out some great original programming lately.The next choice is with YouTube TV. This costs around $49.99 per month, and the NBC Sports package is included with your monthly fee. The catch is that the NBC Sports deal isn’t available everywhere, so you’ll want to double-check and make sure that you can get it where you live. Like Hulu, you can also DVR shows for later.You can also choose to go with something like FuboTV. It’s another monthly subscription, this time it’s $54.99, but you get access to a bunch of channels, and it’s got a free trial offer that some people (not us, obviously) would be able to take advantage of to maybe see some hot wheel-to-wheel racing.102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500Enlarge ImageThe 103rd running of the Indy 500 is going to be a good one, and you don’t want to be the only one of your race-obsessed friends to not watch it live, do you? Patrick Smith/Getty Images Another pricey option, but one that gives you a lot of other TV-watching opportunities (including HBO) is DirecTV Now. Its standard package offers you 45 channels for $50 per month. There’s an upgraded package with more sports and movies for $70 per month, too. The cool thing about DirecTV Now is that you don’t need to have a DirecTV satellite package. It’s available as a standalone online subscription.Sling TV is another monthly option, but unlike the others, it’s got a sub-$30 cost, and that is awesome. Again you get a bunch of channels, and your game console probably has an app for it that you can download. The downside is that, once again, NBC Sports is only available in some markets. Double-check before you commit.Finally, those with naught but lint in their pockets and a dream in their hearts can tune into the Indianapolis Motor Speedway livestream. It’s free, it’s streamable pretty much anywhere, and we’re betting the coverage will be OK at the very least.Honorable mention goes to the HDHomeRun by Silicon Dust. This little gizmo allows you to watch live TV on your Apple TV or the like. The downside is that they start at around $70 and you need to buy a separate digital TV antenna. Still, it’s not subscription-based, so you can enjoy all the broadcast TV you want, indefinitely. You can also install Silicon Dust’s app on your phone or your computer to stream live TV to those devices as long as you have their hardware set up and receiving in your home.Finally, if you want to truly be a baller, go to the race. General admission is only $35, and you get the bonus of experiencing one of the world’s great motorsports events in person. You’ll have to figure out how to get to Indianapolis, but that can be another website’s problem. $25 at SlingTV Sling TV service DirecTV Hulu YouTube Apple 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better More From Roadshow Service 4 Photos $54.99 at FuboTV Comments Starting monthly cost (USD) Access to hundreds of shows and movies including original programming from Hulu plus all the live TV channels you probably want anyway Applelast_img read more

Watch VWs electric ID R crush the Nürburgring EV lap record

first_img 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Preview • Volkswagen I.D. Buzz: Driving this concept gets us smiling Volkswagen 3:28 The record-breaking Volkswagen I.D. R electric car It was all but a given that VW and driver Romain Dumas would pick up this record. Previously, the ID R picked up the overall record at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, and it also earned the EV record at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, a crown it intends to fight for again this year when the hillclimb kicks off on July 4.The ID R is a beast of a race car. Built as part of an effort to expand awareness of VW’s fledgling ID electric sub-brand, this record breaker has two electric motors putting out 670 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque. It weighs less than 2,425 pounds, as well, which results in the bonkers acceleration seen in the video. And, judging by how well it’s doing at various tracks and events, it’s unlikely that this will be the last we see of it. Now playing: Watch this: More about 2022 Volkswagen I.D. Buzz VW’s adorable I.D. Buzz charms us on the California coast 18 Photos 1 Share your voice 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Enlarge ImageRomain Dumas was a natural choice for the run, having loads of experience with both the ID R and the ‘Ring itself. Volkswagen A little over a week ago, Volkswagen’s record-breaking ID R electric race car captured the EV lap record at the Nürburgring Nordschleife with an astounding lap of 6 minutes, 5 seconds. If you haven’t watched the in-car footage yet, here’s your chance.Volkswagen, not one to miss an opportunity, has posted its onboard footage from the ID R’s record-setting run on June 3. It’s absolutely wild, with its two electric motors screaming in high pitches while the tires do everything they can to maintain grip. It’s incredible just how quickly the trees and barriers fly past the ID R. It’s like the video is permanently set to fast-forward. Benny Hill would be proud. Tags Comment More From Roadshow Electric Cars Car Culture 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything betterlast_img read more

LGBTQ support group meets in Ketchikan

first_imgGay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer people are gaining more rights and acceptance throughout the country. Same-sex marriage is now legal in a majority of states, including Alaska.While support may be rising nationwide, there aren’t any official LGBTQ non-profits or advocacy groups in Ketchikan. But there are unofficial support systems. One such group is called “Transgendered Ketchikan.”Download AudioTransgendered Ketchikan is an informal support group for queer people in Ketchikan. Six of them met at The Point Café on a recent afternoon.Jacob Trumble, Holly Nore, Tyler Varner, “Izm,” and Austin Kalkins meet up in a casual support group for LGBTQ people in Ketchikan.“I think there should be more safe places for people who are questioning their identity, just gender identity, sexuality, etcetera,” said Izm, who used to identify as transgender, but now doesn’t identify as any gender.Izm is one of the people who started this support group about a year ago. Izm says there is a Gay-Straight Alliance at UAS Ketchikan, but they didn’t seem to be accepting of transgender people. And with the challenges queer people face in Ketchikan, a support system was needed.“Like most traditional, old-fashioned towns, it’s kind of a hush-hush situation if you don’t follow the norm,” said Holly Nore, who identifies as pansexual, or attracted to people based on personality rather than gender.Nore moved to Ketchikan from Wrangell, with the hope that it would be a more accepting environment. And it is, but there’s still occasional abuse.“You know, when I was kissing my girlfriend, a man started talking about how we’re gonna burn in hell,” Nore said. “Things like that.”For Tyler Varner, outright discrimination isn’t the biggest struggle. He’s gay, and says his family accepts him. But it’s taken him a while to accept himself.“I feel like I have to put on this show so I can go out to dinner,” Varner said. “And I think I just want to strap on some damn fairy wings and go to the club and pump it up. I need to let go, it’s stressful.”Austin Kalkins, who identifies as gender fluid, says the people in this group often have to explain themselves to others.“There’s always people looking, people asking, people…all this stuff, inquiring just because you don’t fit into the norm type of deal,” Kalkins said.The only transgender person at this meet-up is Scott Davis, or Sheen, who identifies as transfeminine. She has lived in Ketchikan for more than 30 years, but didn’t feel comfortable coming out until a couple years ago.“[You] just get to a point in your life when you go, “It doesn’t really matter, and I’m gonna be happy.”” Davis said.Davis says at this point, she feels about 75 percent comfortable with being “out” in Ketchikan.“Because of occasional physical or verbal abuse,” she said. “This morning, at a local place downtown, one worker referred to me as a freak. It hurts a lot less than it used to.”Davis says this group has given her the strength to ignore harassment like that. The group has helped other members in different ways.“It took me a long time to accept that I didn’t see myself as being of any gender,” said Jacob Trumble.Trumble was only able to accept it and come out after this group was formed.“I probably wouldn’t have said anything for even longer had this group not been formed,” Trumble said.The people here have found friends who accept and support them in Ketchikan. But there are still times when they feel like outsiders.“We’re not a circus, we’re not an act for somebody to watch, we’re people,” said Holly Nore.For now, there are only unofficial support systems in Ketchikan for LGBTQ people, like this group. But that might change in the coming months. Davis says she and others are working to form an official LGBTQ advocacy group with non-profit status.“If you have an actual formed LGBTQ group in a community, I think businesses, public government is a lot less likely to violate somebody’s rights as a human being based on gender preference or appearance,” Davis said.James Hoagland is a board member with the Juneau non-profit Southeast Alaska Gay and Lesbian Alliance. He says he doesn’t know of any other similar organizations in Southeast. Without those support systems, Hoagland says LGBTQ people may feel isolated.“I think it would be really hard to connect to other people who have that shared identity,” Hoagland said. “I think people would feel alone.”Back in Ketchikan, Davis says the non-profit she and more than 10 others are forming is private right now, because some of the members aren’t out. She hopes by next year, the group will be public and Ketchikan will be home to a more prominent organization that can advocate for people like those gathered here.last_img read more

Sensex gains touch twomonth high

first_imgWhile it should have been a week of heavy selling in the domestic stock markets, given the interest rate hike in the US for the first time in over a decade, the benchmark indices, instead, posted biggest weekly gains in more than two-months.The markets had factored-in the US Federal Reserve rate hike and as a result there was no panic selling.For the week ended 18 December, the BSE S&P Sensex rose 474 points or 1.90% to end at 25,519 points, while the 50-share Nifty index gained 151 points or 1.99% to close at 7,761 points.As expected, the US central raised the interest rates by 25 basis points (bps) for the first time in nearly a decade at its two-day meeting on 15-16 December, bringing an end to speculation that persisted across the global markets over the past two years.”After being under pressure for two consecutive weeks and falling over 5%, the Indian equity markets have staged a strong come back during the week only to come tumbling down on Friday​. The world and its market seem to have rejoiced after the Fed moved on expected lines,” said Amar Ambani, Head of Research, IIFL.Meanwhile, domestic markets were also partly underpinned by positive economic data releases earlier this week. The Index of Industrial Production (IIP) for October released last week showed that the industrial output surged 9.8% in the month, reaching its highest level since October 2010. A recovery in the rupee against the US dollar also supported the markets.On the sectoral front, IT index came under selling pressure during early sessions of the week, as the US government proposed to double the fee on work permit visas offered to other countries. IT companies are among the top users of H-1B and L-1 visas.Share prices of domestic IT major like Infosys and Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) witnessed a sell-off, as analyst raised concerns over the fee hike hitting their margins. Warning on Q3 earnings issued by TCS and Wipro in the wake of recent floods in Chennai also weighed on their stocks.Another notable event for the markets this week is the ban imposed by the Supreme Court on sale on luxury diesel cars with over 2,000 cc engine capacity in Delhi till 31 March, 2016, in a bid to reduce pollution levels in the national capital city.Following the ban, stock prices of Mahindra & Mahindra fell sharply, as its entire range of utility vehicles have more than 2,000 cc engine capacity. Responding to the SC ruling, Mahindra Group chairman Anand Mahindra tweeted that the company will comply with the order.But the investor optimism seen in the four traded session of the week turned negative in the last trading day after the government sharply reduced its growth forecast for the current fiscal year, while presenting mid-year economic review.The government slashed its India’s GDP growth forecast to 7-7.5% in 2015-16 from a earlier estimate of 8.1-8.5%.”The weather may be getting pleasant but the market tantrums seem to be on the upswing as Friday’s sharp correction broke the winning streak of last four sessions. Despite recent correction, investors appear ready to bet even on counters that are fairly valued given the long-term growth potential of stable companies. Trend in global markets, movement of rupee against the dollar, and crude oil price will dictate near-term trend,” said Ambani.last_img read more

The Henrietta Lacks Legacy Groups Annual Lunch

first_imgJoin the Henrietta Lacks Legacy Group for their annual luncheon benefiting the wax figure of Henrietta Lacks for the National Great Blacks in Wax Museum on Sept. 30 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. The keynote speaker is Dr. Roland Pattillo, team leader for the development of the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine. The luncheon will be held at the Fleming Senior Center, 641 Main Street, Turner Station, Maryland. For ticket information contact Arkia Wade-Gowins at 904-614-3238 or via email at

Hydrogen Market in India is Witness Increasing Growth 81 Million by

first_imgIndia Hydrogen Market is projected to reach $81 million by 2025, growing at a CAGR of 6.3% from 2018 to 2025. The captive segment accounted for more than 83% share of the India hydrogen market in terms of value in 2017.Hydrogen MarketHydrogen is a non-toxic, highly combustible diatomic gas, which has been used as a fuel since several decades. The demand for hydrogen in India has been increasing significantly, owing to a surge in the need for hydrogen in the petroleum refining processes, metal processing, and others. In addition, rise in the use of hydrogen in power generation and implementation of stringent environmental regulations towards a cleaner form of energy are the key factors contributing to the growth of the India hydrogen market. However, high transportation cost and stagnant prices act as the major restraints of the market. On the contrary, the India hydrogen market is yet to explore its full potential. The use of liquid organic hydrogen carrier (LOHC) technologies for storage and transportation of hydrogen is anticipated to provide lucrative opportunities for the growth of the market.Download PDF Report Sample with statistical info @ The report segments the India hydrogen market based on delivery mode, technology, end user, and region. By delivery mode, the market is divided into captive and merchant. The merchant delivery model is estimated to grow at the highest CAGR of 7.1% during the forecast period. As per the consumption, the captive delivery model generated a revenue of $44 million in 2017 and is expected to reach $67 million by 2025.The steam methane reforming segment is a significant contributor to the market and is projected to occupy two-sevenths of the market share by 2025. Based on end user, the market is fragmented into chemical, petroleum refining, metal processing, glass industry, edible fats & oils, energy, and others. By production, the chemical industry occupied more than half of the share of the India hydrogen market. Region-wise, the market is analyzed across North India, South India, Western India, and East India.Key Findings of the India Hydrogen Market:The energy segment is projected to grow at a CAGR of 8.4%, in terms of value, during the forecast period.The methanol reforming segment is expected to grow at the highest CAGR of 8.6%, in terms of value, throughout the forecast period.The chemical segment accounted for more than half of the share of the India hydrogen market in terms of volume in 2017.The north India segment is projected to grow at a CAGR of 6.9%, in terms of value, from 2018 to 2025.The hydrogen production in South India has been witnessing several developments. This factor is expected to boost the market growth during the forecast period. The Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad, has been working on low temperature plasma catalysis for the conversion of greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide and methane into syngas/H2. The Institute of Science and Technology, Hyderabad, had developed the proton exchange membrane-based water electrolyzer to produce hydrogen through the Nafion membrane. In Western India, hydrogen has been offering support to future requirements for clean energy. The growth in initiatives for reducing greenhouse emission and the increase in technological developments in cities, such as Pune and Mumbai, are expected to drive the growth of the market.Make an Enquiry for Promocode Of Discounted Price: @ The key players operating in the market include Praxair India Private Limited, Linde India Limited, INOX Air Products, Bhuruka Gases Limited, Air Liquide India, and Aditya Birla Chemicals (India) Ltd. The other prominent players include Gujarat Alkalies And Chemicals Limited, DCW Limited (DCW), TATA Chemicals Limited, and GHCL Ltd.last_img read more