first_imgNew Delhi: Bhubaneshwar Kalita, former Congress chief whip in Rajya Sabha who resigned from the House earlier this week opposing the party’s stand on the government’s decisions on Jammu and Kashmir, joined the BJP on Friday.His resignation was accepted on the day when Home Minister Amit Shah moved the resolution to scrap provisions of Article 370 and bifurcation of the state of Jammu and Kashmir. Kalita, whose term in Rajya Sabha was till April 9, 2020, is the second Congress Rajya Sabha member after Sanjay Sinh, a member of the erstwhile Amethi royal family, who has joined the BJP. Kalita joined the party at its headquarters here in presence of Union minister Piyush Goyal and other senior leaders.last_img

first_imgThe week that the hotly anticipated new Bridget Jones’ novel is being released, author Helen Fielding is announced as Save the Children’s latest celebrity ambassador.The novelist and screenwriter, best known as the creator of the much loved character Bridget Jones, has been a supporter of the leading aid agency for many years. The official recognition will see her join other celebrity ambassadors including footballer Cristiano Ronaldo, musician Myleene Klass and wife of the Prime Minister, Samantha Cameron.Helen Fielding’s novels Bridget Jones’s Diary and Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason have been published in forty countries and sold over 15 million copies. Her latest novel, Bridget Jones: Mad about the Boy is released on Thursday 10th October to the delight of a huge fanbase. At a recent fundraising event for Save the Children, Helen Fielding donated the prize of a role in the new book. Lucky supporter Farzia Seth won the exclusive cameo, and appears as Bridget’s favourite school-gates mum and ally.Justin Forsyth, Chief Executive of Save the Children said: “Helen has the rare talent to make you laugh and cry at the same time with her novels and films. Her support for Save the Children over many years has helped us enormously engage the public in new ways. With her now becoming an official ambassador we will be able to harness all that talent and creativity to improve the lives of children, a cause she very passionate about.”Working across 120 countries, Save the Children provides both emergency and long-term relief and development projects across the world and here in the UK.last_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisement His first book, “Son of a Critch,” documents his earliest memories here – from almost drowning on the beach to graduating from school and pursuing an acting career.He is recognized across the country, but at home in St. John’s, it’s hard to tell if someone recognizes him from TV, if they’re “mom’s cousin” or if they’re just chatty Newfoundlanders.He can’t think of a bad encounter – but after a pause, he delves into a favourite “weird” recurring public interaction.“I wear glasses and oftentimes a ball cap. People will come up to you if you’re in the supermarket and go, ‘Oh, incognito today, are ya.’ I say what, what do you mean? ‘You’re incognito today, I won’t say anything.’ What? I’m nearsighted. They go ‘Ah, don’t worry,”‘ Critch mimics a knowing wink.“I go OK, first of all, nobody here has expressed any interest in me, clearly it’s not an issue. But the word ‘incognito,’ which I would never use … I hear the word ‘incognito’ so much.”Critch seems to delight in these weird quirks in human nature, a trait that serves him well in supermarket encounters and in interviews with politicians. He credits much of that outlook on life to his upbringing in a small house on the highway leading out of St. John’s.He recalls sitting at the kitchen table listening to the stories that were like “soap operas” to him, adults gossiping about larger-than-life politicians Critch compares to “wrestlers” in the province.“People talking about politics in Newfoundland is more interesting than people talking about love affairs in Newfoundland,” says Critch.“That is a gift they gave – and no matter what’s going on, to see the humour in it. I think that’s a Newfoundland trait as well, but it’s definitely something I got from my parents.”His childhood interest in the political ring prepared him for life covering the Ottawa crowd – as did growing up with a broadcaster father, the late Mike Critch of VOCM radio (for Voice of the Common Man), a dominant force in the province. Mark Critch poses for a portrait on the south side of the harbour in St. John’s on Thursday, August 16, 2018 – The Canadian Press/Paul Daly Mark Critch poses for a portrait on the south side of the harbour in St. John’s on Thursday, August 16, 2018. – The Canadian Press/Paul Daly Walking around St. John’s, Mark Critch treats the city as if it’s a tale to tell.The comedian, actor – and, as of this week, published memoirist – points out downtown buildings, telling their stories with the wide eyes and opinionated eyebrows so familiar from “This Hour Has 22 Minutes.”He rattles off the family history of one second-floor office’s tenants, spinning tales of helicopter rescues and near-drownings. He points out Victoria Park, which dates back to 1890 and where he’s working on revitalization efforts. He notes a subdivision has cropped up in the place where his isolated childhood home stood. He remembers his father would cut out newspaper stories and file them away. When he started working on 22 Minutes, Critch instinctively started doing the same thing, saving clips as fodder for future segments.“I realized one day, oh my God, I’m doing exactly what dad does, but instead of writing a news article I’m writing a sketch.”Years spent closely observing the people he covers have given him a unique perspective on his work, on understanding people’s intentions and figuring out how they tick — like watching Justin Trudeau go from Pierre’s son hanging around Liberal conventions to becoming prime minister himself.“You see the arcs and see them come and go and you do get to know them,” Critch says fondly, arching those eyebrows again.“Almost like pets in a way.”Critch spends a solid chunk of his time working on local projects “to make the place a little bit better,” like Victoria Park. He’d like to do more educational initiatives, like a documentary he hosted for the anniversary of the battle of Beaumont-Hamel a few years ago.The province is a great place to find support for those projects, where there’s an “economy of talent and kindness that’s a great bank to draw upon,” he says.Critch spends his afternoons with his two sons, or he’ll head over for a few hours to a Duckworth Street pub to catch up on the political gab of the day. Aside from the regular friendly and sometimes bizarre greetings, Critch says staying “incognito” is no problem in a town where he’s part of the city’s arc himself.“It’s like you’re the Cabot Tower or something. People don’t really care.” He loves this little old historic city – and it seems to love him back.On Water Street, the curvy main drag filled with boutiques and eateries, a man in a baseball cap and sunglasses leans out of the passenger window of a grey pickup truck.“How are you today, Mr. Critch?”They banter back and forth, shouting small talk about their work schedules and evening plans; turns out Critch’s loud friend is heading down to the pub later.“Don’t work too hard!” Critch calls out, the man waving and driving off.When asked if they know each other, he shrugs. It’s nothing out of the ordinary.“That happens a few times a day.”While some of the province’s expats who spend their days in larger urban centres like Toronto, Critch has never felt the pull to permanently relocate. He lives in St. John’s for most of the year, when he’s not in Halifax filming 22 Minutes, CBC’s satirical news show. 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The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has pledged to mobilize international support for Haitian President-elect René Préval’s declared intention to put children at the top of his political agenda for the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.“Haiti’s children deserve the uttermost attention from this new government,” UNICEF Representative in Haiti Adriano Gonzalez-Regueral said. “President Préval’s comments show a positive stand for changing Haiti’s future.” UNICEF will work with Mr. Préval and his new government to help mobilize much needed international support, as well as human and financial resources, he added. The agency will continuously monitor the situation of Haiti’s children, and propose technical assistance to help effectively implement public policies and programmes. “We have thousands of children living on the streets, or involved with armed gangs,” Mr. Gonzalez-Regueral said. “More than 173,000 Haitian children are domestic workers, while 3,000 have been trafficked into the neighbouring Dominican Republic. On top of that the AIDS pandemic has cost 200,000 children one or both of their parents. “President Préval’s stated intention to remove weapons from children and replace them with books and pens opens a historical opportunity that we must seize,” he added.Haiti has been plagued by political violence since the country’s independence in 1804, most recently when an insurgency forced elected President Jean-Bertrand Aristide to go into exile in February 2004 and led to the establishment of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) to help re-establish peace in the impoverished Caribbean country. The mission helped organize this month’s elections won by Mr. Préval.In many parts of Port-au-Prince, the capital, children are often recruited by armed gangs to be used as messengers, drug dealers and even killers. In the neighbourhood of Cité Soleil, poverty and violence leave about 70 per cent of school-aged children out of school. Often they have to join a gang just to survive. read more

The biggest Swedish star, Kim Andersson (28) admit to the domestic Press that he is on the way to make decision to finish career in the National Team on the end of 2012:– I think that 2012 can be my last year in NT. I have two kids and a wife and leave them for a one month every January. I have been here 11 years, but now I think that Sweden has enough good players to replace me.Kim’s wish is that EHF EURO 2012 won’t be the last “big event”. He is dreaming about Olympic Games in London:– I hope that I will have Olympic Games experience… – said Kim. ← Previous Story Slovenia without Bilbija at EHF EURO 2012 Next Story → Serbian problem – Nikola Manojlovic is injured again

first_imgGoogle Search 2.0 est disponible pour iOSGoogle Search 2.0 pour iOS peut désormais être téléchargée. Elle offre de nombreuses améliorations et devrait simplifier les recherches.Le géant de l’Internet a mis à jour l’application Google Search pour iOS. Elle passe en version 2.0 et offre une nouvelle interface. Aussi, le système de reconnaissance vocale Goggles fait son apparition sous iOS.Elle propose désormais un mode plein écran avec glissement pour la recherche de photos. Autre ajout pratique, une pression prolongée sur une photo permet de l’enregistrer dans son terminal. Elle peut ensuite être partagée sur les réseaux sociaux ou bien sélectionnée en tant que fond d’écran.Google Search 2.0 est plus rapide et facilite la frappe de mots en y intégrant la saisie semi-automatique. L’application mise à jour est disponible sur l’App Store et nécessite la version 4.2 d’iOS pour fonctionner.Le 25 mai 2012 à 09:06 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgLONGVIEW — Authorities reopened the Lewis and Clark Bridge between Longview and Rainier, Ore., that had been shut down for hours because of suspicious backpacks hanging from the Oregon side.Oregon State Police say that authorities responded about 10:20 a.m. Monday to reports of a man lowering backpacks from the bridge over the Columbia River.The bridge was closed for about 4 hours, as was traffic on the river, causing backups more than a mile long.Police say the Oregon State Patrol Bomb Unit deployed a robot which was used to x-ray the bags but the results were inconclusive. The team then used a high pressure water cannon mounted on the robot to reveal the contents. Police say the bags contained clothing and miscellaneous personal property.Police say 61-year-old Samuel Owen of Rainier was arrested on suspicion of disorderly conduct. Police say the incident was related to a dispute between Owen and another person.last_img read more

first_imgA counselor from Hudson’s Bay High School was named educator of the year by OnPoint Community Credit Union.Elizabeth Webber-Mikaele won the credit union’s top prize in its Excellence in Education contest. The credit union will pay her mortgage for one year and also give $5,000 to Hudson’s Bay for classroom supplies.Applicants for the award had to show creativity in the classroom, effective teaching methods and three letters of recommendation, one each from the principal, a fellow teacher and a student. They had to be working in the counties that have OnPoint branches, which is most of northwest Oregon, plus Clark and Skamania counties.Entries were judged by a committee of community of people involved in education.Webber-Mikaele was the only finalist from Washington. Kelly West, a special-ed teacher at the 49th Street Academy in Vancouver, was a semifinalist.last_img read more

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson fighter jets were diverted to the Kenai Municipal Airport last night due to Dense fog. According to the post from the Kenai Fire Department a total of five jets landed at the airport. The Kenai Fire Department posted a video to Facebook Tuesday night showing the jets landing in Kenai.center_img A dense fog advisory remains in effect throughout much of the Kenai Peninsula and the Anchorage area until 11am, on Wednesday.last_img

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Middle School hosted its Third Annual WMS Has Talent on Thursday, October 11 in the school’s auditorium. The show will featured vocal & instrumental performances from students, plus a circus act.Wilmington Community Television was on hand to cover the talent show.  Watch the performances below:—Video Player error: Format(s) not supported or source(s) not Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.—Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNews & Notes From WCTV: Wildcat TV After School Club Starting At Wilmington High SchoolIn “Community”VIDEO: You Can Now Livestream WCTV On Your RokuIn “Videos”Wilmington School System Receives $20K State Grant For Safety & Security UpgradesIn “Education”last_img read more

first_img $60 at Best Buy See It Lion King’s first full-length trailer drops $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Rylo Best Buy $520 at HP Chris Monroe/CNET The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Read DJI Osmo Action preview Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Comment $999 Read Lenovo Smart Clock review $999 See at Amazon Read the AirPods review Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) See it $210 at Best Buy $999 Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. $155 at Google Express JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Sarah Tew/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET Apple iPhone XS See at Turo Angela Lang/CNET DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. $59 at eBay What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. TV and Movies $6 at Tidal Boost Mobile Sarah Tew/CNET An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Share your voice Turo Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Turo: Save $30 on any car rental $299 at Amazon Tags Amazon $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express 1 Sprint Read Google Home Hub review TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays $999 Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Tags See It See It Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Now playing: Watch this: HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Disney,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Read the Rylo camera preview Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. 7 Share your voice The Cheapskate Sarah Tew/CNET Comments Everything the light touches… Disney/Screenshot by CNET It’s gonna be the mane event, like no movie before… we’re talking about Disney’s Lion King remake, of course. The first full-length trailer for the film, which is set for release on July 19, dropped Wednesday on YouTube. It follows a teaser trailer released in November, which focused mainly on baby Simba. This time we get to see clips from throughout the film, with epic landscapes and some wimoweh-ing from Timon and Pumba that’ll have you singing The Lion Sleeps Tonight for the next three weeks.The Lion King’s CGI remake comes hot on the heels of Disney’s Dumbo remake and will be closely pipped to the post by its Aladdin remake due out in May. In the meantime, you can watch the full trailer below and spend the rest of the day basking in the gentle glow of ’90s nostalgia. 1:49last_img read more

first_imgThis chart shows the sharp decline in funding for rural water and sewer projects in Alaska. Visit to see the rest of the presentation.Bill Griffith, Mike Black ADEC, ANTHCMost of us have never lived with without running water at home. Today, we’ll learn about some people who are just getting used to it, and others who would like to get used to having running water. In the second segment of the series Kick the Bucket, we’ll also hear some of the reasons Alaska hasn’t made modern plumbing a simple fact of life for all Alaskans.Download AudioDan Winkleman, the president of the Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation (YKHC), described a recent phone call from his mother-in-law in Kwethluk.“She said, ‘Guess what?’ ‘So I said, ‘What?’  She said, ‘I just finished doing the dishes in my sink with the water from the faucet and I wanted to let you know how exciting that was.’ She was giddy with excitement,” said Winkelman.What’s so exciting about washing dishes?  Kwethluk never had running water before. It wasn’t easy and it wasn’t cheap:  a water treatment plant, water tank and sewage lagoon cost $41 million.That’s a lot of money — but this is rural Alaska. Weather can wreak havoc with schedules. Getting anything here is expensive, especially heavy equipment. And, piped water and sewer means digging trenches for pipes and pumps, plus installing plumbing in individual homes. But Kwethluk’s system is costly even for rural Alaska, where piped water and sewer in some communities cost in the three-to-five million dollar range.YKHC Remote Maintenance Worker Bob White said the Kwethluk treatment plant, which cost $4.2 million, has sophisticated features to reduce maintenance and operations, such as computerized controls and sensors that will send out alerts if something isn’t working as it should. And to avoid the expense of large underground sewage pipes, each home is getting a grinder pump that will move sewage through narrow, 2-inch-pipes.Hefting the pump on to a piece of plywood, White said, “They’re expensive, and they’re heavy. This one’s brand new.”And it’s heavy duty.“Part of the problem, it wouldn’t take the harsh conditions,” said White. “The pump manufacturer actually started making an Arctic version, and this is their Arctic version.”Driving the half mile from the treatment plant to the sewage lagoon, White said workers dredged a pond 20 feet deep to get the soil used to build the berm around the lagoon. Raw sewage is pumped in, then natural processes take over and break it down. The Kwethluk sewer lagoon cost $7.5 million dollars – but, as White explains, that cost is all up-front.“The good thing about a lagoon is once you construct it, your costs are pretty much done. The maintenance on this lagoon will be less than $5,000 a year,” said White. “So lagoons are really efficient if you have the land mass.”Federal and state funding for the Kwethluk project came in increments so construction spanned some 15 years – which also added to the cost.Fifty miles up the Kuskokwim River, Tuntutuliak, population 400, doesn’t have running water and gets by on what’s called a flush-haul system. Waste from flush toilets goes into a holding tank, then gets hauled away. People have to haul water. Brian Lefferts, director of YKHC’s office of environmental health and engineering, said there’s a public health cost to that.“In situations like that,” says Lefferts, “we find that people drastically conserve the water and then they don’t realize the health benefits that come with having piped running water and sewer service.”Lefferts said the decision on which communities get funding for water and sewer projects comes out of a detailed evaluation.“All the water and sewer, what we call needs in the state, get entered into a database. It’s called a sanitation deficiency system,” said Lefferts. “We have estimated project costs, the number of homes they’d serve, looking at health impact, capital cost, d the current level of service, and then the level of service they’d have after the project.”Other criteria include how well the community is doing managing what it has – collecting fees, for instance, and getting employees trained and certified.A 1994 report by the federal Office of Technology Assessment recommended an annual budget of $120 million for rural sanitation in Alaska. Federal and state funding combined never reached that level, and now officials say it will take $900 million to catch up. That’s on top of $2.2 billion dollars spent over the past two decades.In a recent presentation to state legislators, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium Sanitation Facilities Program Manager David Bevridge said most of that money has come from federal agencies.“If you look through the Village Safe Water program, it gets matched with federal dollars on a 25-75 percent ratio,” Bevridge explained. “So for every 25 dollars the federal government will kick in 75 dollars so that’s been a big component of the funding in Alaska.”In 2014, the state legislature allocated $7.5 million for Village Safe Water, out of a $13 billion state budget, to match $50 million from the Indian Health Service, Environmental Protection Agency, and U.S. Department of Agriculture. But federal funding has dropped by 64 percent in the last ten years.  The gap between what’s needed and what’s available is getting wider. And the lack of money for maintenance and operations right now is damaging existing systems. We’ll find out more about that next time.last_img read more

first_imgSmith seems to be back in his grooveRyan Pierse/Getty ImagesCoach of the Australian cricket team, Justin Langer, is delighted to have Steve Smith, the former captain banned for one year after the ball-tampering scandal, back in the team. Australia played three unofficial 50-over games against New Zealand in preparation for the ICC 2019 World Cup and the coach is more than satisfied with what he saw from the right-hander in that series.”I watched Steve Smith batting against New Zealand in those three practice games. He’s truly a master of the game, so it’s decent to have him back,” the former Australian Test cricketer said. What really caught his attention was one particular stroke played by Smith when batting in one of his team’s practice sessions. The stroke was so good that the Aussie team coach compared its execution to the batting of Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar.”A week ago in Brisbane, Smith batted wonderfully, he played an unfathomable shot off Nathan Coulter-Nile there – it was like watching Sachin bat. He’s in pretty good shape I think,” Langer asserted. It must be remembered that Smith was having a superlative run of form prior to getting banned. His prolificacy in Tests was unmatched and comparisons were already being made between him and some of Australia’s all-time greats. Smith is known for playing very unique shotsReutersThe former Aussie opener also talked about the sheer love for batting Smith possesses, something that has been mentioned before also by various people associated with the Ashes-winning former captain. “He (Smith) loves batting – he’s shadow batting on the sand, he’s shadow batting in the shower – I’m not kidding,” Langer revealed.Apart from Smith, David Warner, who also served a one-year ban and is back in the team for the World Cup, too was praised by their coach. “Just look in his (Warner’s) eye, he’s really hungry. He’s a great player we all know. He’s so dynamic, he brings so much energy. That’s all we ask from our players. So, it’s really nice to have him back from the broader prospect,” Langer said in praise for the left-handed opener who emerged as the leading run-scorer in the recently-concluded IPL.With both these ace batsmen back in the Australian line-up, the defending champions look formidable going into the World Cup. Whether they can hold on to the trophy gained in 2015, only time will tell.last_img read more

first_imgFor the last five years, Northern Virginia fraternity and sorority organizations have provided low-income families with food for the Thanksgiving holidays as part of its service to the community, according to Charles F. Parker Jr., chair and second vice polemarch of the Alexandria-Fairfax Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. “We help when we can,” Parker told the AFRO. “I fell after five years we’ve made an impact.”The Fairfax County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. and the Zeta Chi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. have delivered food boxes to families based on income and economic status in Northern Virginia through the NOVA Project Giveback. The project serves as a tool to mentally, spiritually, and economically uplift low-income Northern Virginia communities.This is the first year, the project has partnered with the Northern Virginia Urban League. According to Parker, there will be more events the two will partner for in the future.Parker’s will to help others motivated him to expand his volunteerism by creating a subset of the project in Northern Virginia with the Kappas and other Greek organizations in the area.  Before he created NOVA Project Giveback, he participated in Project GiveBack in 2009, helping families in the D.C. and Maryland regions.According to Parker, the project’s committee wants to deliver boxes of food to 300 families this November. Boxes are usually given to families the week before Thanksgiving. One-hundred and sixty-five families received boxes in 2013. He said each box lasts, on average, about two weeks.The organizations also partnered with the Northern Virginia Urban League to reach needy families.“I feel it doesn’t matter if I am the CEO of this organization,” Cynthia Dinkins, president and CEO of the league told the AFRO. “I need to roll up my sleeves and work with the community to make things happen.”At a recent awards banquet Sept. 6, the chapter thanked NuCoreVision Inc., Davis-Paige Management Systems LLC, Fairfax County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Zeta Chi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., and Nu Xi Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. for their monetary contribution of $12,500 to the project.  “We need organizations like the Urban League and Kappa now more than ever to make sure our young Black and brown males know that they are loved and valued,” Dinkins said.For more information about the project or to donate visit, read more

first_imgWatch Iron Man jump into the frame of a Pixel 3 selfie:Among the Pixel 3’s new camera features are Top Shot, which captures alternate shots in HDR+, then uses AI to recommend the best one (e.g., identifying photos where everyone is smiling, with eyes open, and facing the camera); and Super Res Zoom, a computational photography technique that produces sharp details when you zoom.Google also announced a partnership with famed photographer Annie Leibovitz, who will travel across the U.S. and shoot pictures using the Pixel 3 — the first time she has officially teamed with any camera. In addition, Condé Nast used the Pixel 3 to shoot the covers of the November issues of Allure, Architectural Digest, Bon Appetit, Condé Nast Traveler, Glamour, GQ and W.In addition, Google announced Digital Wellbeing, a suite of tools built into Pixel 3, which includes a dashboard to show usage; the ability to set time limits on specific apps; and a “Shhh” feature that sets the phone on do-not-disturb mode.Osterloh emphasized security and privacy features of the company’s new products, coming a day after Google disclosed a vulnerability in the Google+ that may have compromised upwards of 500,000 user accounts and announced that it is shutting down Google+. He touted the company’s “simple, powerful ways to protect your devices” with a “closed-loop of data” for across Google’s ecosystem.Google also announced Pixel Slate, a $599 new convertible tablet that runs Chrome OS, and the new Home Hub smart display, priced at $149. The company’s new third-generation Chromecast (which wasn’t actually featured on-stage at the event) adds multiroom audio streaming and support for 1080p HD at up to 60 frames per second. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Google, looking to up the ante against Apple’s iPhone, announced its new line of Pixel 3 smartphones Tuesday featuring AI-powered assistants, a wireless charger option and enhanced camera features — plus an exclusive deal to feature Marvel Studios’ characters in AR selfies.The internet giant made the announcement amid a slate of new products at its Made by Google 2018 event in New York, coming after a string of extensive leaks about the Pixel 3 in the weeks leading up to the official unveiling.The two new Android phones, the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3XL, feature slightly larger screens than the prior second-generation models. The Pixel 3 has a 5.5-inch screen, while the 3XL features a 6.3-inch display as well as a notch at the top of the phone to allow for a larger screen surface area. Pixel 3 is priced starting at $799 and the 3XL starts at $899, both with 64 GB of storage; Google is offering those who buy the new phones before the end of the year six months of free YouTube Music Premium. Along with the new Pixel 3 phones, there’s a new $79 wireless charging stand, dubbed Pixel Stand. Pixel 3 users also will receive unlimited storage in Google Photos — in their original resolution — through Jan. 2022.The Pixel 3 models will start shipping Oct. 18. In the U.S., Verizon Wireless will continue to be the exclusive carrier for Pixel phones, which run the Android 9 Pie operating system. (Unlocked versions are available from Google Store.) The Pixel 3 and 3XL come in three colors: “just black,” “clearly white,” and the lavender-ish “not pink.” Both feature dual front-facing cameras for wide-angle selfies and a single rear-facing camera.The power of Pixel 3 and the company’s other new products comes through “the intersection of AI, software and hardware,” Google SVP of hardware Rick Osterloh said at the launch event. “It’s about helping you get real things done every day.”New AI-powered features of Pixel 3 include the built-in Google Lens, which can scan and translate text, find similar styles of clothing, or identify popular plants and animals — by pointing the camera at whatever you’re interested in. Gmail’s Smart Compose, now available for mobile on Pixel 3, suggests phrases in when you’re composing emails, while the phones’ Gboard built-in keyboard will recommend GIFs, stickers and other additions.Also, the version of Google Assistant that’s integrated with Pixel 3 includes two new features. First is a call-screening feature that can identify telemarketing calls and lets you mark them as spam or let you query a caller (and respond) via text about why they’re calling. The other is Duplex, which uses text-to-speech and voice recognition to call a restaurant to book a reservation; it will initially be available next month to Pixel 3 users in New York, Atlanta, Phoenix and the San Francisco Bay Area.With the Pixel 3’s Playground augmented-reality feature, users can add superheroes, animated stickers and captions to photos, selfies and videos. In a pact with Disney’s Marvel Studios, the phones will exclusively feature characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe — reacting to each other and to you. Coming later this year, Playground will let you “sharpen your dance skills” with moves from Childish Gambino, aka Donald Glover. Popular on Variety last_img read more

first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Semmer is joining Condé Nast from Premier Music Group, where he served as senior vice president, head of content. Prior to his work at Premier Music Group, Semmer worked a little over 3 years for music magazine The Fader, including as its head of content. Earlier in his career, he worked for 4 years as senior video director for Vice Media.At Condé Nast Entertainment, Semmer will focus on content production for Vogue, which clocked some 2 billion views across all platforms in 2018, according to metrics released by the company that show especially strong growth on YouTube. Vogue’s YouTube channel passed 5 million subscribers in April, with viewers watching 358 million minutes on Google’s video service last month. Popular on Variety center_img Condé Nast Entertainment and Vogue have named former Vice and Fader video executive Robert Semmer as their new vice president of video. Semmer will be based in New York and report to Croi McNamara, senior vice president of programming for Condé Nast Entertainment.“Anna and I are thrilled to welcome Robert to our award-winning video team,” said Vogue creative director Sally Singer in a statement. “We look forward to working with him to build on the record-breaking video performance we saw around the Met Gala, and to continue to bring our innovative programming slate to new audiences.”“Robert’s creativity and brilliant storytelling ability will be assets to our growing video business,” added McNamara. “His unique track-record of engaging audiences will continue to grow Vogue’s popular video channels.”last_img read more

first_img There’s a race going on right now to blanket the globe with high-speed Internet access. One of the horses in that race is OneWeb. Their first satellites are already in low Earth orbit and initial testing looks very promising.Ars Technica reports that OneWeb’s initial trials hit a top speed of 400Mbps. Average latency hovered around 32ms, and streaming 1080p video was no problem at all.This round of testing involved half dozen satellites that have been orbiting at a height of 1200km since earlier this year. By the time OneWeb goes live next year the company plans to have 650. When the ‘web’ is complete, that number will grow to 1,980.AdChoices广告 A test took place on the evening of – 07/11 in Seoul Our satellites delivered real-time full HD streaming from Space Extremely low latency Speed rates of over 400 Mbps And we streamed @acdc on YouTube from Space— OneWeb (@OneWeb) July 16, 2019The project is actually a little behind schedule. OneWeb first received FCC approval two summers ago and had hoped to launch its first satellites in 2018 and start offering service in Alaska this year. Now the company expects to start offering consumer demos next year before fully switching on the service in 2021.The heat is on now, as Elon Musk’s SpaceX is getting ready to launch its competing Starlink service. SpaceX recently received approval for its revised plan to launch 1,500 satellites. Starlink’s satellites will float even lower — around 342 miles — which could push latency all the way down to 15ms.As a network administrator who looks after several very remote locations, I’m pretty excited by these early tests. Some of my sites can’t push much more than 10Mbps with current satellite providers. OneWeb also looks like it can easily beat the LTE-based terrestrial wireless connections that service some of my other users.These next-gen satellite services will bring true high-speed Internet access to remote areas — not just in the U.S., but all over the world. Now all we need to know is how much providers are going to charge for that access. Stay on target NASA Satellites Spot Largest Seaweed Bloom in the WorldWatch: Used SpaceX Rocket Will Launch 3 ‘Earth-Watching’ Satellites last_img read more

first_img Journal information: Applied Physics Letters Citation: Scientists solve 400-year-old mystery of Prince Rupert’s drops (2017, May 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from More information: H. Aben et al. “On the extraordinary strength of Prince Rupert’s drops.” Applied Physics Letters. DOI: 10.1063/1.4971339 To do this, Chandrasekar and Chaudhri began collaborating with Hillar Aben, a professor at Tallinn University of Technology in Estonia. Aben specializes in determining residual stresses in transparent three-dimensional objects, such as Prince Rupert’s drops.In the new study published in Applied Physics Letters, Aben, Chandrasekar, Chaudhri, and their coauthors have investigated the stress distribution in Prince Rupert’s drops using a transmission polariscope, which is a type of microscope that measures the birefringence in an axi-symmetrical transparent object, such as a Prince Rupert’s drop. In their experiments, the researchers suspended a Prince Rupert’s drop in a clear liquid, and then illuminated the drop with a red LED. Using the polariscope, the researchers measured the optical retardation of the light as it traveled through the glass drop, and then used the data to construct the stress distribution throughout the entire drop. Why water splashes—new theory reveals secrets Fringes throughout a Prince Rupert’s drop indicate residual stresses. Credit: Aben et al. ©2017 American Institute of Physics As the researchers explain, these values give the droplet heads a very high fracture strength. In order to break a droplet, it’s necessary to create a crack that enters the interior tension zone in the drop. Since cracks on the surface tend to grow parallel to the surface, they cannot enter the tension zone. Instead, the easiest way to break a drop is to disturb the tail, since a disturbance in this location allows cracks to enter the tension zone. Overall, the researchers believe that the results finally explain the great strength of Prince Rupert’s drops.”The work has fully explained why the head of a drop is so strong,” Chaudhri told “I believe we have now solved most of the main aspects of this area. However, new questions may emerge unexpectedly.” (—Researchers have finally answered a question that has stumped scientists since the early 1600s: Why are the heads of tadpole-shaped pieces of glass called “Prince Rupert’s drops” so strong?center_img The results showed that the heads of the drops have a much higher surface compressive stress than previously thought—up to 700 megapascals, which is nearly 7,000 times atmospheric pressure. This surface compressive layer is also thin, about 10% of the diameter of the head of a drop. In the 17th century, Prince Rupert from Germany brought some of these glass drops to England’s King Charles II, who was intrigued by their unusual properties. While the head of the drop is so strong that it can withstand the impact of a hammer, the tail is so fragile that bending it with your fingers will not only break the tail, but cause the entire droplet to instantly disintegrate into a fine powder. Prince Rupert’s drops are easily made by dropping red hot blobs of molten glass into water. Although researchers have tried to understand what causes the unusual properties of these drops for many years, it was not until recently that modern technology has allowed researchers to thoroughly investigate them.In 1994, S. Chandrasekar at Purdue University and M. M. Chaudhri at the University of Cambridge used high-speed framing photography to observe the drop-shattering process. From their experiments, they concluded that the surface of each drop experiences highly compressive stresses, while the interior experiences high tension forces. So the drop is in a state of unstable equilibrium, which can be easily disturbed by breaking the tail. One open question, however, is how the stresses are distributed throughout a Prince Rupert’s drop. Understanding the stress distribution would help to more fully explain why the heads of these drops are so strong. Explore further Prince Rupert’s drop. © 2017 This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: Eminent Kolkata chronicler and writer P T Nair on Tuesday expressed worry over the flooding of his house in Ernakulam in Kerala where he has stored archival records of the city’srich past.The ground floor of his house at Chandamangalam in Ernakulam district of Kerala, where he had stored his rich collection of old newspaper clippings and other papers in the city, is still submerged and cannot be reached as all the approach roads are still flooded. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeHis family members had, however, escaped in the nick of time.”As the flood waters approached my son Manoj, daughter-in-law Seema and my grandchildren quickly got into their vehicle and rushed to their sister Maya’s residence in Ernakulam town, which is around 15 km from the Chandamangalam house on August 16,” Nair said.Nair stays in the city with his wife Sitha. Stating that he is now in regular contact with his family over phone, the 85-year-old said: “I had never heard about any calamity of this magnitude in Kerala in my life time.Nair, who has archived Kolkata’s history for the last 63 years, is worried about the fate of the old newspaper clippings stored in the ground floor of his house.”I do not know what happened to the records which I had collected so painstakingly over the decades and preserved them. I would like to retrieve whatever remains once the water level recedes and visit our house,” said the author of over 50 books on Kolkata.last_img read more

first_imgColin enters Championship Weekend 8-0 SU and a 6-1-1 record ATS so far in the postseason, and is hoping for a clean sweep to cap his epic playoff heater. Today, he’s joined by RJ Bell from for his weekly sit down to see where there’s agreement and disagreement from the Vegas wiseguys on his AFC and NFC Championship Game Blazin’ 5 picks.This week, Colin loves the Chiefs as field goal favorites in Arrowhead against Brady and the Pats, and the Rams getting 3.5 in New Orleans against Brees and the Saints.So, what do the wiseguys say?Rams (+3.5) at Saints Patriots at Chiefs (-3)The Blazin’ 5 Prediction Podcast is available every Saturday through the end of the football season. Download and subscribe to it exclusively at, iHeart Radio, Google Play, or iTunes. Don’t be a mark!last_img read more