Five steps in I stumbled and I didn’t feel my legs, I guess I need to do more strength work,” he said. “It’s just (a question of) time this season, it’s back to ground zero. I was all over the place and at the end it just wasn’t me.”Bolt added, laughing: “At least I got under 10sec! At 50m I had some problems but the rest of my race wasn’t bad.”- © AFP, 2013YouTube credit: starboyunlimitedThe shin-kicking championships looks as painful as it sounds5 things to look out for in the NBA Finals AMERICAN JUSTIN GATLIN pipped six-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt to victory in the men’s 100 metres at the Rome Golden Gala, the fifth leg of the Diamond League, on Thursday.Gatlin came into the event buoyed by his victory in the opening leg in Doha and in Eugene last weekend, while Bolt was making his first appearance in Europe since his recent recovery from a hamstring injury.The American, an Olympic champion in 2004 who went on to serve a four-year doping ban, had a solid start and by 80 metres both he and Bolt were neck and neck as the pair pulled ahead of the field.As the finish approached Gatlin dipped his head over the line desperately, which was good enough to hand him the win in a time of 9.94sec, just outside his season’s best of 9.91 set in Beijing last month.Gatlin is shaping up to be one of Bolt’s biggest rivals this season but said times mattered little.“It’s about the dogfight, not (clocking a time of) 9.6(sec), it’s about putting a great show on,” said the American.Jamaican Bolt, the world record holder in 9.58sec, was second in a season best of 9.95, with Frenchman Jimmy Vicaut claiming a surprise third place finish ahead of American Michael Rodgers in a personal best of 10.02.Bolt admitted that after weeks on the sidelines trying to recover and with few top level races in his legs his technique was rusty.
Stay on target T-Shirt Tuesday: The Best Hulk ShirtsT-Shirt Tuesday: The Best Fortnite Shirts Back in the days of geek prehistory, a T-shirt was a signal to the world around you that you cared about your nerdy pursuits enough to fly them like a flag. Companies like Graphitti Designs contracted with movie studios and comics publishers to create shirts with our favorite characters and sold them up on the walls of comic book stores and through mail order.The computer revolution has enabled the T-shirt world to become something totally new – affordable production and distribution means that shirts can be printed in small quantities and sold anywhere in the world. Starting with Threadless, dozens of companies popped up letting artists and designers show their stuff. It’s a better time than ever to be a geek fashionista, and if you’re looking to expand your wardrobe we’re going to help you out every week… on T-Shirt Tuesday.This week: Rick & Morty is back, and you can dress for the occasion in these eleven schwifty shirts.Special bonus: until August 17, use the code GEEK25 to get 25% off of any shirt!NASA StyleThe scientific minds at NASA are basically the polar opposite of Rick’s manic science, as they actually care if test subjects make it back alive, et cetera. That didn’t stop designer b00mskit from fusing the two into one insanely cool design. NASA’s iconic “meatball” logo was created by James Modarelli in 1959, and it’s one of the greatest of all time, in our opinion. This one’s a true way to show off your geek bonafides.$20, buy it here.Wubba Lubba Dub DubRick’s iconic catchphrase “Wubba Lubba Dub Dub” is allegedly from the language of the Birdperson that means “I am in great pain, please help me.” But the show’s rabid fanbase is speculating that it could have some other meaning that may be revealed later on, because there’s no such thing as a simple joke on this show. Artist kinggidra has one of the better takes on it we’ve seen.$20, buy it here.Vaporwave RickAs they galivant through alternate universes and time periods, Rick and Morty often have to blend in with their environment. This T-shirt from designer IceCreamPaintJob posits an episode where they get enmeshed in the vaporwave scene of the early 2010s, all aglow in neon colors, low-poly landscapes, and soft synthesizer whooshes. We’ve already seen Simpsonwave emerge as a full-fledged genre, so who would be surprised by Rickwave as its own damn thing?$20, buy it here.Lawnmower DogThe second episode of the first season, Lawnmower Dog, really gave us a clue of how far Rick & Morty would go in pursuit of a joke. When Jerry asks Rick to make Morty’s dog Snuffles smarter, so he’ll stop pissing on the carpet, he elevates the canine’s intelligence high enough to enable him to take over the world. Designer Pandoramonium remembers.$20, buy it here.Fake GunSeason 3 started with the oldest Rick trick in the book, as he laid out a daring plan to get McDonald’s to bring back Szechuan dipping sauce for McNuggets while trapped in his own memories. The key prop is a fake gun that Rick finagles into Morty’s hands to shoot him during a standoff, and artist jardeergrutp has immortalized it – note and all – on this very nice T-shirt.$20, buy it here.Rick FaceThe art style of Rick & Morty is deceptively simple, with some faces only made up of a handful of seemingly careless lines. But behind that simplicity lies the potential for very expressive characters, as artist podborski embraces with his extreme close-up of Rick’s leering, drunken visage. Let this shirt be your own wingman – no matter what you look like, it can’t be this bad.$20, buy it here.The Rick & Morty FilesNow that’s a crossover I’d pay money to see. Can you imagine Mulder and Scully having to wrap their minds around the universe-destroying chaos caused y Rick Sanchez on his boozy jaunts across all of spacetime? It would be truly legendary. Kudos to artist b00mskit for coming up with the concept and executing it to perfection.$20, buy it here.Mr. MeeseeksThe show has introduced some supporting characters who have taken on a life of their own, but few have the staying power of Mr. Meeseeks. One of a seemingly infinite legion of interdimensional creatures who are released from a Meeseeks Box to do the wielder’s bidding, they’re motivated solely by the desire for death, which happens at the end of their given task. This shirt from SmashAdams plasters the creature’s grinning, crazed visage across your torso to let people know you’re here to help, Jerry.$20, buy it here.PlumbusYou know, the plumbus. You have one in your house. Everybody knows what it is! You can get one for six and a half brapples, six if they’re on sale. Ask carloj1956, he knows all about them. If you haven’t used a 3D printer to make your own at home (yes, people are doing that), you might as well get the damn thing on a shirt so you can look normal.$20, buy it here.SquanchyOne of Rick’s closest friends, the cat-like creature known as Squanchy is a debased, vile mammal who gets off by strangling himself. If that’s the kind of thing you relate to, why not advertise it to the world by displaying his horrific visage on your T-shirt? As designed by KetchupEArte, every inch of the cat-thing’s head is rendered in uncomfortably graphic detail.$20, buy it here.Pickle RickLast week’s episode saw one of the goofiest premise the show’s ever come up with turned into an all-time classic episode. To get out of a family therapy session, Rick transforms himself into a pickle. That doesn’t sound like a recipe for chaos, but Rick & Morty always delivers. Pickle Rick escapes into the sewers, builds himself a new body out of rat carcasses and more. Artist kramcox has the Pickle Rick shirt you never knew you wanted.$20, buy it here.Szechuan SauceThose magnificent bastards. They actually brought it back. With a little help from illustrator SantiagoAlonso, sure, but they brought it back. Show your allegiance to the mighty Szechuan Dipping Sauce with this fine shirt.$20, buy it here.Remember, until August 17, use the code GEEK25 to get 25% off of any shirt!Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
TCI Deputy Fire Chief ‘ok’ after scary-looking accident Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#drivetoarrivealive, #magneticmedianews, #riseinmotoraccidentsonBahamasstreets Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, December 11, 2017 – Nassau – Police say the public is taking a lot of risks while driving and that is driving up the frequency in traffic accidents in The Bahamas. Using cell phones, driving drunk, driving sleepy and speeding were cited as the main causes for traffic accidents following the Thursday night traffic tragedy on Nassau streets.The accident on East Street South and Sealink Drive at around 10pm has resulted in a teenage boy’s death, and serious injury to others in the two car collision. Assistant Superintendent Craig Stubbs, officer-in-charge of the Traffic Division reported on the surge in bad driving habits and accidents resulting from them, “Drivers have to not only drive for themselves, but also for the persons in front of them, the persons behind them and the pedestrians that may be walking in their immediate area.”In the deadly head on crash Thursday night, a white Honda Fit was heading south, a black Nissan Fuga was heading north when there was impact; the force of the impact said Press Officer, Shanta Knowles sent the white car spiraling and it slammed into a lamp pole. The boy, a passenger in that Honda Fit was dead on the spot. Both drivers were in serious condition at hospital.#MagneticMediaNews#drivetoarrivealive#riseinmotoraccidentsonBahamasstreets
Sheikh Hasina and Sushma SwarajIndian minister for external affairs Sushma Swaraj on has expressed her government’s full support to Bangladesh’s stance over Rohingya issue, reports UNB.Sushma Swaraj talked to prime minister Sheikh Hasina over phone on Thursday night and conveyed the message to her, PM’s deputy press secretary Nazrul Islam said after the conversation from Ganobhaban.Sushma said the Indian government is trying to create a pressure bilaterally and multilaterally on Myanmar to stop the persecution of Rohingya Muslims as well as take back the refugees who have taken shelter in Bangladesh.“Rohingya problem is not an issue for Bangladesh only, rather it has turned into a global matter from a regional one,” Sushma Swaraj told the prime minister.Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh has given shelter to the Rohingyas only on humanitarian ground. Myanmar must acknowledge the Rohingyas as their nationals, she said.Sheikh Hasina said the government has allocated land for makeshift arrangement to give shelter to the Rohingyas. But, it will certainly create a big problem for Bangladesh for their long-term stay.Hasina said the leaders and workers of her party along with the administration are working round the clock to provide food, shelter and medicare services to the Rohingyas.India high commissioner Harsh Vardhan Shringla was present at Ganobhaban at that time.PM’s international affairs adviser Gowher Rizvi and principal secretary Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury were also present.Harsh Vardhan Shringla informed the prime minister of the first consignment of Indian relief materials sent for the Rohingya refugees.
A Facebook sign is seen during the China International Import Expo (CIIE), at the National Exhibition and Convention Center in Shanghai, China on 5 November 2018. Reuters File PhotoFacebook has blacklisted four more of Myanmar’s ethnic rebel groups, the platform announced Tuesday as it struggles to control rampant hate speech, misinformation and incitement on its platform.For years the social media giant has been lambasted for its slow and ineffectual response to incendiary posts, particularly against the country’s Rohingya Muslims.The company has embarked on a huge PR campaign over the last year to prove it is taking action in a country with an estimated 20 million Facebook accounts.The latest rebel organisations to have been banned are the Arakan Army (AA), Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA), Kachin Independence Army (KIA) and Taaung National Liberation Army (TNLA).”These armed groups are now banned from Facebook and all related praise, support and representation will be removed as soon as we become aware of it,” Facebook’s news page said.”There is clear evidence that these organisations have been responsible for attacks against civilians and have engaged in violence in Myanmar, and we want to prevent them from using our services to further inflame tensions on the ground.”Hard line nationalist monks and even top military generals — who UN investigators say should face prosecution for genocide for their crackdown against the Rohingya — were kicked off the site last year.Hundreds of pages and accounts with hidden links to the armed forces were also removed in December.Likewise, the Rohingya militant group, whose August 2017 attacks were used by the military as a justification for its brutal campaign, is already blacklisted.The newest rebel groups to be kicked off the site are among some two dozen ethnic armed organisations fighting decades-old conflicts over autonomy, identity, territory and natural resources.Since 2016, the four have clubbed together in an alliance, refusing to enter bilateral peace talks with the government.In December, the military announced a temporary ceasefire in the troubled northeast of the country but has continued to pound AA rebels in Myanmar’s beleaguered Rakhine state in violence that has seen several thousand displaced.Facebook told AFP that the government had flagged up content posted by the rebel groups several times but said the decision to blacklist them had been internal.The platform has tried to repair its battered reputation, improving the speed with which hate speech is taken down and boosting the number of Myanmar-language reviewers.It confirmed it now employs more than 100 staff who speak Myanmar — including some who can also review content in Shan and Chin languages.Critics say, however, that the number is still insufficient to monitor the volume of accounts in the country, many in a patchwork of regional languages.After decades of isolating military rule, most people in Myanmar have only came online in the last few years as the country opened up and smartphone usage soared.
To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /00:00 Listen Share X More than 100,000 Texas oil jobs have been lost during the current downturn. That leaves many experienced geoscientists here in Houston out of a job.To make sure they are ready once the industry recovers, one company has started an initiative to train oil and gas professionals for free.For this week’s Bauer Business Focus, News 88.7’s Florian Martin spoke with Julianne Sharples, global brand manager for Ikon Science, about the technology company’s Geos Between Jobs initiative. Brien StrawJulianne Sharples is the global brand manager for Ikon Science.
Last week, a gamer known as Daymeeuhn bought a leaked copy of the eagerly anticipated No Man’s Sky for a whopping $1250 from eBay. He posted several gameplay videos to Dailymotion before they were forced to be taken down by Sony. Since then, Daymeeuhn has been posting updates on his progress on Reddit. In the latest update, he revealed that, after playing for 30 hours, he has reached the center of the galaxy — effectively reaching the end of the game.30 hours of gameplay isn’t short, relatively speaking, but considering how Hello Games stated that it would take the average gamer anywhere between 40 to 100 hours to reach the center of the galaxy, this revelation could be seen as a disappointment for those who wanted a game that could last for months or even years.It should come as no surprise that Daymeeuhn used a bit of an exploit to finish No Man’s Sky at light speed. He farmed an in-game item which he then sold for a substantial profit. This allowed him to upgrade his spaceship’s warp drive faster than if he had earned money at a slower rate.A big part of the game’s appeal is exploring the countless, randomly generated worlds and making new discoveries. On top of finding new and strange planets, the game features space combat and the ability to interact with other players. While Daymeeuhn may have reached the end of the game in 30 hours, most people will take considerably longer. Given the amount of things to see, it is likely some may even spend hundreds of hours with the game and never finish it.No Man’s Sky will be released on the PlayStation 4 and PC next week on August 9.
Ford is turning to tech to elevate its future automobiles: The company wants to use virtual reality sketches to design cars that meet drivers’ demands.On Tuesday, Ford in a press release announced its collaboration with Gravity Sketch, a 3D virtual reality tool that allows designers to create more human-centric car designs. With this new tool, Ford can place customers at the center of its vehicle creation process.Instead of drawing on sketchpads, Ford designers can enter a virtual room and complete a 3D automobile sketch. From start to finish, they’ll design a virtual vehicle around themselves and adjust features from a driver’s perspective. Using a headset and controllers, motion tracking easily replaces pens and paper to build a real-life car design.AdChoices广告Unlike traditional automotive design, Gravity Sketch’s process only takes a couple of hours to complete. It skips the 2D sketch stage, which requires a 2D sketch that’s scanned to produce an illustration, and automatically jumps to a 3D model with VR.A Ford designer using the Gravity Sketch VR tool. (Photo Credit: Gravity Sketch/YouTube)During Gravity Sketch’s process, a designer can anchor a mock driver at the center of their design, and rotate their 3D design to create a scalable automobile around the mock driver. If more adjustments are needed, they can even step inside the 3D sketch without an issue, as long as they’re wearing the VR headset.“This application has the potential to help ensure we are delivering the very best vehicle designs for our customers,” Michael Smith, Ford’s design manager, said in the press release. “It moves the entire process into the world of virtual reality, giving us greater options for reviewing more models in the 3D environment to create the best possible vehicles.”More on Geek.com:Ford’s Sweaty Robot Butt Tests Car Seat Durability Ford Wants to Remove New Car Odors by ‘Heating Up’ VehiclesFord’s Noise-Cancelling Kennel Aimed at Distressed Dogs Stay on target Watch: Electric Ford F-150 Prototype Tows Over a Million PoundsFord Secretly Designed a Pickup Truck Emoji
Technology | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 25, 2019 Samsung Announces New iQuia Premium Digital Radiography Platform Samsung has announced iQuia, a new digital radiography (DR) platform of premium products and technologies that improves… read more The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July. News | Radiology Business | February 22, 2017 ASRT Launches Radiography SEAL Online Tool for Certification Test Prep Online tool provides 100-question practice exams for 15 radiography student assessments Video Player is loading.Cynthia McCollough explains new advances in CT technologyPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 13:56Loaded: 1.17%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -13:56 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Videos | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 VIDEO: Demonstration of the Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Radiographic Fluoroscopy System Shimadzu displayed the FluoroSpeed X1 conventional radiographic fluoroscopy (RF) system at the Association for Medica read more Video Player is loading.Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:33Loaded: 2.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:33 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Related Content Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more Demand for ultrasound scans at U.S. outpatient centers could grow by double digits over the next five years, according to a speaker at AHRA 2019. A variety of factors, however, could cause projections for this and other modalities to change. Graphic courtesy of Pixabay Videos | Computed Tomography (CT) | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: New Advances in CT Imaging Technology Cynthia McColl… read more News | Radiology Business | August 01, 2019 Philips Completes Acquisition of Carestream Health’s HCIS Business … read more Feature | Radiology Imaging | July 29, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Imaging Market in U.S. Could Rise In Coming Years The coming years may be good for the medical imaging community in the United States. But they will not be easy. read more February 22, 2017 — The American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) has launched Radiography SEAL: The Radiography Student Exam Assessment Library. Radiography SEAL is an online review tool created to help prepare students for a radiography certification exam.The ASRT‘s new exam prep tool provides students with online “practice” exams of 100 questions each that cover all four major content areas of the certification exam. Radiography SEAL was developed by experienced educators and offers detailed feedback on answers to help students gain greater understanding of the material. The online product also allows students to make notes and save questions for later. Exam topics include patient care, safety, patient interactions, image production and procedures. There are 15 unique Radiography SEAL assessments available at launch.“Students have asked for this for a long time and we’re happy to be able to offer it as an enhancement to ASRT membership,’” said Myke Kudlas, M. Ed., R.T.(R)(QM), CIIP, PMP, ASRT associate executive director. “ASRT is already a trusted resource for educational materials, and we believe this will become an indispensable tool for students working to prepare for the radiography exam.”Five Radiography SEAL exams are available at no additional charge with an ASRT student membership. Nonmembers may access the online reviews at $15 per exam.For more information: www.asrt.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… read more Video Player is loading.Arthur Agatston explains the history of CT calcium scoring Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 9:54Loaded: 1.67%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -9:54 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical pro read more Videos | Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President … read more Feature | Information Technology | July 31, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How Smart Devices Can Improve Efficiency Innovation is trending toward improved efficiency — but not at the expense of patient safety, according to… read more Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Walkaround AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:25Loaded: 11.42%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:25 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Comments Share ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) – Algerian officials say a gendarme died and three more were wounded when an explosive-laden car was driven into their command post in the southern city of Ouargla.A statement issued by the military did not say whether the driver died in Friday’s pre-dawn attack, which partially collapsed the post, or if the driver was caught or fled.There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack in the city, some 800 kilometers (500 miles) south of Algiers. New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Sponsored Stories Top Stories Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy A similar attack in March wounded 23 people at a command post in Tamanrasset, near the border with Mali. The attack was claimed by the Islamist extremist group MUJAO, which is among rebel factions that have taken over northern Mali.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) How do cataracts affect your vision?
Hoteliers on Wednesday suggested the creation of a ‘smart’ tourist state that would use technology to analyse trends and plan strategies to make Cyprus one of the world’s most attractive destinations.The head of the Hotel Managers Association on Wednesday, Christos Angelides, said that technology played a pivotal role in the way the tourism sector now operated.In his address during the association’s annual general meeting, that was attended by deputy minister for tourism, Savvas Perdios, Angelides called for a joint effort for implementing the vision of a “smart tourist state.”A smart tourist state, he said, would have the necessary tools and skills to follow what is happening globally in a number of areas such as the environment, technology and the economy.“Within this everchanging environment we are called to constantly highlight our Cyprus as a world class destination,” he said, adding that the association had committed itself toward the implementation of a smart tourist state that would be in a position to analyse, foresee and plan ahead for the future.He said that the association had suggested the creation of “tourist radar”, “a monster of collection and processing of data” and the creation of a database that would register the results of air carriers, tour operators, tourist businesses and hotels concerning Cyprus and its competition. It would also analyse trends and destination preferences per country, age, gender etc, Angelides said.He called for the creation of a national research institute for tourism, and of a technology centre that would monitor and adopt the latest technological trends and applications and promote their application to the Cypriot tourist economy through tax and other incentives.Angelides also called for the creation of a university school of tourism and hotel studies, of a continuing education centre and of a hospitality association fund. The latter would finance all professional associations with ultimate objective the upgrade and uniformity of their technological potential for better management and manipulation of information.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboola
01Aug Rep. Barrett: House successful during first six months of session Legislature works on priorities important to MichigandersState Rep. Tom Barrett today said eliminating opioid abuse, providing more skilled trades training opportunities and reducing the size of state government are just a few of the important issues the Michigan House has successfully achieved in the first half of the year.Barrett, of Potterville, said the House outlined its goals in the 2017-18 Action Plan earlier this year, establishing priorities to improve the quality of life in Michigan. In the first six months of 2017, a number of the goals have been reached, but there’s still much work to be completed.“We made significant progress in our objectives that benefit and protect Michigan families and give people more opportunities for successful futures,” Barret said. “We realize opioid abuse is probably one of the biggest challenges facing not only Michigan, but our nation. We worked hard to place severe limitations on prescriptions to keep the medication out of the hands of bad actors.”He said another emphasis was on career and technical education, including an increase of more than one-third the previous budget’s allocation for skilled trades education.“There are a great number of in-demand, good-paying jobs for people who have the skills sets to succeed in them,” Barrett said. “We prioritized education geared toward those careers so people can stay in Michigan and earn a good living instead of leaving the state in search of work in their desired trade.”Barrett said tax relief, particularly for those on fixed income, continues to be a personal priority.“When the exemption on taxing pensions was removed by the Legislature in 2011, people who retired based on the promise of a certain amount of income suddenly found the rules had changed,” Barrett said. “I have and will continue to fight to resolve the pension tax issue and give older Michigan residents the retirement they earned.”Other key achievements by the House include:A balanced budget months ahead of the constitutional deadline that reduces the size of state government and spends less money in the coming fiscal year than in the present one.The House approved bipartisan bills in the spring that place the governor’s office and Legislature under open records laws, bringing more transparency and accountability to state government.Legislation has been introduced to bolster Second Amendment rights for law-abiding Michiganders. Barrett supports bills that give people the opportunity to defend themselves, their family and their property.As chair of the House Agriculture Committee, Barrett continues to advocate for fewer regulations that hinder Michigan’s farmers and producers from feeding the state and the nation.More money than ever before will go to fix and maintain our transportation and underground water systems in the coming fiscal year. Crumbling roads and bridges must be repaired to ensure safe travel for families and give businesses a smooth route to grow our economy.Improved services for military veterans with increased funding for staffing and training in veterans’ homes. Categories: Barrett News,News Barrett also introduced legislation, now signed into law, banning the pointing of lasers at airplanes and trains to protect pilots and train operators from the blinding light.#####
Monday, Feb. 26Charlevoix: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Charlevoix Public Library, 220 Clinton St.;Boyne City: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at Boyne City-City Hall, 319 N. Lake St.; andEast Jordan: 4 to 5 p.m. at East Jordan City Hall, 201 Main St. Friday, Feb. 16Elk Rapids: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Elk Rapids District Library, 300 Isle of Pines Drive; andMancelona: 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Iron Skillet, 524 S. Williams St. 06Feb Rep. Cole invites residents to upcoming office hours Categories: Cole News Monday, Feb. 19Atlanta: 3 to 4 p.m. at Atlanta Senior Center, 11780 M-33. State Rep. Triston Cole of Mancelona will hold local office hours for the month of February.“I want residents to know I am invested in them and effectively representing their needs and interests in Lansing,” Rep. Cole said. “Office hours are an opportunity for constituents to meet face-to-face with me and ask questions or offer ideas regarding state government.”The representative will be available at the following times and locations:Monday, Feb. 12Ellsworth: 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Banks Township Hall, 6520 Center St.; andCentral Lake: 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Classic Pizza, 2461 M-88. No appointments are necessary to attend office hours. Those unable to attend may contact the representative by email at TristonCole@house.mi.gov or by calling 1-(855)-DIST-105.
ShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares April 2, 2014;Al Jazeera AmericaAmy B. Dean, author of A New New Deal: How Regional Activism Will Reshape the American Labor Movement, writes in Al Jazeera America that she believes that democratically-elected school boards are the vanguard for resisting top-down education reforms like Teach for America and charter schools. She believes that while there is opposition to what she calls pro-privatization reforms in many cities, it is difficult for that opposition to be heard in places where decision makers are appointed—Philadelphia and Chicago, for instance—rather than elected, as in Pittsburgh, where school board members recently and famously canned an existing contract with TFA. Dean believes that appointed boards often simply act as rubber stamps for mayors or governors while democratically elected boards are more accountable to the public.Dean writes:“Since December, the Pittsburgh Board of Education board has also rejected three charter school applications, saying that these charter schools did not have an adequate plan for serving students with special needs and English language learners. And it’s not just Pittsburgh that’s benefiting: Last November, a decisive school board election in Bridgeport, Connecticut gave control of the body to candidates who support funding and fixing traditional public schools, swinging the balance of power away from an outgoing superintendent who oversaw the sweeping charterization of both New Orleans and Philadelphia. (In both of those cases, vast disruption followed with little tangible gain.) Such actions seem to show that when a community is organized, and has the ability to exert their influence, it is harder for top-down organizations like TFA to control the narrative or public policy.”The pendulum swing, however, carries with it the potential to ignite the next wave of school reform-based candidates and elections. School boards are typically insular, elected by school district “insiders” including school district employees (often a major community employer) and the families of current students. In some districts, as many as four out of five voters do not have a child or grandchild in public school and are not employed by the local school district. These voters tend to vote only when they believe the school district is on the “wrong track” and not listening to the broader community. Flare-ups are most common when taxes are raised significantly or when curriculum changes come under fire from those “outside the information loop” during the adoption process. Local school boards need to balance their duty to support public education and its constituencies with a healthy respect for the majority of voters who will remain benignly apathetic until they perceive themselves neglected and aggrieved.NPQ would love to hear from readers about this dynamic.—Ruth McCambridge and Michael WylandShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares
ShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares Ingvar Bjork / Shutterstock.comJune 29, 2014;GawkerJournalism is changing rapidly, but there will, we hope, never come a time when you can use material from another source without citing where it came from, even (and maybe especially) if it is a collective product of volunteers. Apparently Wikipedia in particular has been posing a bit of a temptation to journalists.Gawker points out that BuzzFeed’s Viral Politics editor Benny Johnson was fired late last week for plagiarism from a number of online sources, including from Wikipedia, and this week, FishbowlNY documented some uncanny similarities between an article by a New YorkTimes reporter and an entry in Wikipedia on the subject of painter Piero di Cosimo.Here is the comparison provided by Gawker. The article has since been changed.Margaret Sullivan, the NYT’s Public Editor writes that there “can be little dispute” about the passage in question. “Anyone can see the similarity…The question now is whether this is an isolated case or one of many instances. The Times is taking that question seriously.” You can read Sullivan’s column here.The New York Times reporter, Carol Vogel, has been dinged before for such stuff. But what we can’t figure out is this: Ethics aside, are these reporters unaware that the people who write those pages in Wikipedia are not only enthusiasts about the subject matter but sticklers about process? Even if you have no shame, you should have more sense!—Ruth McCambridge ShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares
Share13Tweet4ShareEmail17 Shares“Stoops, W. Lombard Street,” George SmythJanuary 3, 2019; Next CityFederal Hill in Baltimore is a haven for young urbanites, single or newly married, who are eager to enjoy the benefits of city living. Great American Country cites it as one of the coolest neighborhoods in Baltimore, because “no neighborhood has benefited from the trend in urban renewal quite like Federal Hill.” Quaint 19th-century brick buildings have been renovated, and the neighborhood is bustling with eateries and festivities.Compare that to Fairfield, where the median home value is listed at $79,000, less than half the federal median of $159,000. The median income in the neighborhood is just above $29,000, compared with $55,000 nationally, and the crime rate is also high.According a report by Next City, a new fund created by the city government aims to being to change that by focusing investment on neighborhoods that have traditionally faced a shortage of investment capital. The Neighborhood Impact Investment Fund (NIIF) has been granted a 30-year, $51.7 million, no-interest loan from the city to invest in what amounts to two-thirds of Baltimore’s neighborhoods which are considered in need. The fund is supported by income generated by three city parking garages.An earlier report in the Baltimore Sun, prior to confirmation of the loan to NIIF, discusses the history of disinvestment in Baltimore and how it was clearly along the lines of race; the city adopted the nation’s first residential segregation law in 1910, and in the middle of the 20th-century federal authorities redlined Black neighborhoods as risky places to make housing loans.The investment in NIIF is specifically designed to complement other initiatives that are focused on Baltimore’s neighborhoods, including Project Core, recently refocused by the governor of Maryland to demolish buildings in Baltimore identified as homes to violent crimes, the city’s Affordable Housing Trust Fund, and the new federal opportunity zones. The theory is that NIIF can respond more nimbly to opportunities and will be willing to take risks other investment sources might shy away from.The new director of NIIF, Mark Kaufman, is a former Treasury Department official in the Obama administration. He believes that investments could be seen as early as the end of March. He has also said that NIIF will look to home in on specific neighborhoods, adding to some place-based investment the city is already making.The Baltimore Sun article describes an example of investment that the city hopes to make in the Park Heights Renaissance project, with an 84-unit apartment block of affordable housing. But as seen in a report NPQ filed recently about a study in the city of Milwaukee, this may not be enough. As Martin Levine described it in that newswire, a “supply-side” approach to affordable housing has been found to address only half the issue. We assume the same would be true in Baltimore.According to World Population Review, the population in Baltimore, now 62.8 percent Black, has been declining since its peak in the early 1950s. Almost 27 percent of Blacks in Baltimore City live in poverty. The current Black unemployment rate in the city is a still high 13.9 percent, compared to the national level of 3.9 percent.Another symptom of an underlying issue that’s larger than the housing stock is a recent report that ranks Baltimore’s homicide rate as highest among big cities in the US, at 56 per 100,000 people. (Detroit was second at 40, and then Memphis third at 28.)It is encouraging that NIIF’s head specifically mentions small-business investment and a requirement to hire residents of the city of Baltimore. Building units that are affordable is wonderful, but ensuring people have earnings and can remain in their neighborhoods as they develop is equally critical.—Rob MeiksinsShare13Tweet4ShareEmail17 Shares
Portugal Telecom’s IPTV service Meo has expanded its line-up with the addition of two lifestyle networks and a music channel.Clubbing TV HD broadcasts videos, interviews and performances from top DJs and club nights 24-hours a day.Fox International Channels’ (FIC) new round-the-clock cooking channel 24kitchen has also launched on Meo, along with female skewing lifestyle channel TLC, also owned by FIC.
News channel Al Jazeera Arabic has launched a new look with a complete redesign of studios and graphics and has launched on HD on the Nilesat satellite platform.Ahmed bin Jassim al Thani, director-general of Al Jazeera Media Network, said that the move was the first phase of a plan that also included the lauc of new programmes.“The Al Jazeera screen is part of people’s homes, so we’ve exerted a great deal of effort to modernise our presentation and look. We have employed the best and latest technology in the industry to maximize the production value. Al Jazeera has distinguished itself through outstanding news coverage and reports. Today, it adds more to its account through the new look,” said Al Thani. “This is the first phase of a comprehensive progression plan for the network which includes launching new programs. I would like to take this opportunity to express my appreciation to our audience, and all staff for their dedication to continuously perfecting the performance of our network.” He said the move to HD took “the high quality production standards of Al Jazeera to a new level”.
Clubcard TV has picked up a raft of classic ITV drama series and cooking shows.Clubcard TV is the free OTT service for UK retailer Tesco’s 16 million loyalty card holders and is run by the people behind Blinkbox, the electronic sell-through service that Tesco bought in 2011.It has inked a deal with ITV and taken rights to a selection of the UK commercial broadcaster’s scripted series. Titles include A Touch of Frost, Above Suspicion, Cracker, Inspector Morse, Lewis, Miss Marple, Cold Feet, The Darling Buds of May and Prime Suspect.Clubcard has also bought several of ITV’s cooking shows including Hell’s Kitchen USA, Britain’s Best Dish, Eat Yourself Slim with Rosemary, Great British Food and Marco’s Great British Feast.The deal covers 160 TV episodes in all.Scott Deutrom, managing director of Clubcard TV, said: “It’s great news for fans of quality drama that some of ITV’s best loved shows are coming to Clubcard TV. This is a significant new deal for us as many of the shows added will appeal to our heartland audience.”
Russian service provider TTK has signed a network partnership agreement with CDN giant Akamai to bring content from Akamai’s partners to its broadband customers. TTK has installed Akamai servers at its facility in Moscow and the company plans to install further Akamai servers within its networks in the Russian provinces in the future.“The quality of Internet access for end users depends not only on the capacity of the provider’s network and connection speed, but also on how physically removed the content is from the user. Our partnership with Akamai, one of the largest Cloud Infrastructure providers that optimizes and delivers the content of major global content providers, will make it possible to increase the quality of services for end users and off-load the traffic on TTK’s backbone network to the Company’s long-distance nodes,” said Vitaly Kotov, TTK vice president and head of TTK’s backbone unit.