PRRD hosting meeting for Old Fort residents at NPCC this Sunday

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Peace River Regional District will be holding a meeting this Sunday for residents who have been forced from their homes in the Old Fort subdivision due to a 2-week-old landslide.In an update on its website this afternoon, the PRRD said that it will be holding the meeting on Sunday, October 14th at the North Peace Cultural Centre, beginning at 2:00 p.m.At the meeting, the Regional District says that it will be giving an update of the current slide situation from the geotechnical experts, hear from Red Cross about evacuee support, as well as medium and long-term planning for housing and vehicles. The meeting is only open to residents of Old Fort – general public and media are not allowed to attend.The PRRD also said in this afternoon’s update that it is creating a plan with the Community Liaison Group to assist residents in retrieving items from their homes and prepare buildings for winter. Since Old Fort is still under a strict evacuation order, the implementation of the plan depends on how active the slide is. The slide continues to be monitored closely by the geotechnical team of experts who advise the PRRD. Residents can volunteer themselves or any equipment they have by contacting the Emergency Operations Centre at 250-784-3200.Regional district staff are also reminding Old Fort residents to stay in contact with Emergency Support Services in Fort St. John to get support for any short-term needs. Those needs can include emergency lodgings, food, and rental cars for those with no access to vehicles. All vehicle needs are evaluated on a case-by-case basis.last_img read more

The Latest: Trump signs order on artificial intelligence

NEW YORK — The Latest on Trump executive order on artificial intelligence (all times local):4:15 p.m.President Donald Trump has signed an executive order directing federal agencies to prioritize research and development in artificial intelligence.The plan is called the American AI Initiative. Trump signed the directive Monday.It comes after China and other countries have pledged big investments to advance and apply AI technology in fields ranging from warfighting to health care.The White House plan doesn’t include any funding details. The administration says it’s up to Congress to appropriate money.The order is short on details but directs federal agencies to make government data and computing resources more available to artificial intelligence researchers. It aims to set guidelines to ensure the new technologies are trustworthy.One critic says the plan doesn’t do enough to address potential displacement of U.S. workers in the coming years.___midnightPresident Donald Trump plans to sign an executive order directing federal agencies to prioritize research and development in the field of artificial intelligence.The plan, called the American AI Initiative, is intended to enhance national and economic security and improve Americans’ quality of life.It directs federal agencies to make data and computing resources more available to artificial intelligence experts while maintaining security and confidentiality.It also says federal agencies will establish guidance to ensure the new technologies are developed in a safe, trustworthy way.The initiative calls on federal agencies to help workers gain relevant skills through fellowships, apprenticeships, training programs and computer science education.A senior administration official said the plan does not include funding details and it’s up to Congress to appropriate money.The Associated Press read more

American Boeing jet to cut 185 million from 2Q income

FORT WORTH, Texas — American Airlines says the grounding of its Boeing 737 Max jets led to $185 million in lost income during the second quarter.American said in a regulatory filing Wednesday that the grounding of its 24 Max jets resulted in about 7,800 cancelled flights in the quarter.The plane has been grounded since March after two deadly crashes.The world’s biggest airline continues to ride a tide of strong travel demand.American is raising its estimate for a key figure, revenue for each seat flown one mile, because planes are so full.The airline now estimates that number will rise 3% to 4% over the same period last year, up from an earlier forecast of up 1% to 3%.Shares are up about 2% in early trading.The Associated Press read more

Canadian dollar loses ground against US greenback on negative sentiment

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Sep 26, 2012 5:01 pm MDT TORONTO – The Canadian dollar lost ground to close lower against the U.S. greenback Wednesday as commodity prices fell and violent protests over austerity in Europe caused investor sentiment to turn negative.The loonie fell 0.48 of a cent to 101.5 cents US as commodity prices failed to get a lasting boost from an improvement Tuesday in U.S. consumer confidence to its highest level since February.In Canadian economic news, the Conference Board of Canada said consumer confidence showed improvement this month, following a weak showing in August. The Ottawa-based economic forecaster says its Index of Consumer Confidence increased 6.7 points to 82.2.A report from Scotiabank currency analysts says with little domestic data available, the loonie is trading on broader global economic themes.It noted the loonie has lost two per cent since the day after the U.S. Fed announced further stimulus measures as European and Asian concerns come to the forefront.Investors were spooked by scenes of violent protests in Athens and Madrid that reignited concerns over Europe’s ability to implement the measures needed to deal with its debt.The developments in Europe overshadowed moderately positive data on the state of the U.S. housing market.The U.S. Commerce Department said sales of new homes in the United States dipped slightly in August from July, but the median price of homes sold during the month rose by a record amount.New-home sales edged down to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 373,000 in August, a dip of 0.3 per cent from July’s revised rate of 374,000. That had been the fastest pace since April 2010 when government tax credits were boosting sales.The fear is that if there are continued worries about Europe being able to achieve a successful resolution to its debt crisis, that could worsen the recession across the Atlantic, lowering demand for commodities. The loonie’s performance is closely tied to that of commodities.Meanwhile, the benchmark New York oil contract was $1.39 lower at $89.98 a barrel, the December gold contract slipped $12.80 to $1,753.60 an ounce and the December copper contract fell five cents to $3.71 a pound. Canadian dollar loses ground against U.S. greenback on negative sentiment read more

6 Ohio State womens track team members hospitalized released

A member of the Ohio State women’s track team was hospitalized on Friday, but has been released, an OSU athletics spokesman told The Lantern. He said others on the team were also treated after being evaluated.Spokesman Dan Wallenberg sent a statement that said one member of the team reported not feeling well Friday and was evaluated. After that, medical staff looked at the rest of the team for similar symptoms, and an additional five members were referred to the hospital for testing. They have since been released, though the statement also noted “one student-athlete was admitted and is responding well to treatment.”The Columbus Dispatch reported Monday the track athlete was diagnosed with muscular condition exertional rhabdomyolysis.Rhabdomyolysis, or rhabdo, is the breakdown of muscle tissues that can lead to muscle fibers being released into the bloodstream. The fibers releasing into the blood can break down into substances that can damage kidney cells. The disease can occur when the muscles are overworked.Wallenberg said the issue did not arise from workouts outside the NCAA-permitted eight hours of practice time per week in an offseason.“It’s important to note this incident was not related to strength and conditioning activities. Student-athletes were taking part in allowable team practices under the supervision of the coaching staff,” Wallenberg’s statement said.Wallenberg did not say whether the school had been in contact with the families of the student-athletes involved.A source with knowledge of the team told The Lantern that OSU was downplaying the importance of the issue.“I think it was just a misjudgment of how tough practice would be,” the source said. “I don’t think they’re reacting enough.”Six members of the OSU women’s lacrosse team were hospitalized with rhabdo in 2012. According to a Lantern article from March 2012, none of those six players suffered kidney damage. A report  at the time cleared coaches, players, physicians and trainers from wrongdoing but recommended that the strenuous workout that contributed to the hospitalizations be dropped from training.Clinton Hartz, a team physician for the OSU athletic department, declined to comment on the matter. read more

Oxford student who stabbed her boyfriend admits she will never become a

Lavinia Woodward Leaves Oxford Crown Court after receiving her 10-month suspended sentenceCredit:Jason Hedges/INS Sitting with Lord Justice Simon and Mr Justice Goose, she said: “We accept that she had powerful mitigation.”This nonetheless remained a serious offence which, in our view, merited a custodial element to the sentence.”It was by reason of the powerful mitigation that the judge was able to take an exceptional course and suspend the custodial term. It was a constructive and compassionate sentence.” The stabbing happened in December 2016 when Woodward’s partner, a Cambridge University student, visited her in Oxford.He realised she had been drinking and when Woodward discovered he had contacted her mother, she became “extremely angry” and attacked him with a bread knife before throwing things at him.He sustained cuts to his leg and fingers as a result of the attack. A promising Oxford University medical student who avoided jail after stabbing her boyfriend with a bread knife has conceded she will never be a heart surgeon after losing an appeal against her suspended sentence.Lavinia Woodward attacked her then partner after drinking at her university accommodation at Christ Church college in 2016.The 25-year-old was given a 10-month prison term suspended for 18 months at Oxford Crown Court in September last year after admitting unlawful wounding, but challenged her sentence at the Court of Appeal on Friday.Judges rejected her appeal, prompting her lawyer to tell the court Woodward has accepted she will never fulfil her ambition of becoming a heart surgeon, but hopes to pursue a career in medical research.Woodward is understood to have one year to complete on her five-year medical degree, which she suspended voluntarily before her sentencing.In doing so, she bettered her position in terms of negotiating the remainder of her studies because the university’s disciplinary committee could not meet to exclude her. Oxford University declined to comment, but a senior source told The Telegraph: ‘It’s in her hands in terms of when she would like to come back, but it’s not a done deal.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Lavinia Woodward, pictured, has lost her appeal  Because of the severity of her crime, if Woodward wanted to return to the prestigious college, she would have to apply to continue her studies.  Lavinia Woodward Leaves Oxford Crown Court after receiving her 10-month suspended sentence Mr Sturman told the court Woodward has undergone voluntary drug tests and has been clean for the past 18 months.A character reference from her former professor at Oxford said she was the most talented undergraduate who had been in his laboratory over the past 25 years.The court heard she had made an observation whilst studying which led to the founding of a research department at the university. Lavinia Woodward, pictured, has lost her appeal  Her application would then potentially go through three panels – the proctors, a second committee and the school of medicine – who would either invite her back to complete her degree, reject her request or exclude her. But none of this could be done until she completes her sentence in March 2019, which means her best case scenario would be to hope to get a place on the September enrollment of the same year. Her lawyers argued the “exceptional” circumstances of her case – including her mental health difficulties – meant she could have been given a conditional discharge or a fine.Jim Sturman QC said the suspended sentence has affected her ability to find work and told the court: “I appreciate it would be an exceptional course, but she is an exceptional candidate.”But, rejecting her appeal, Judge Johannah Cutts said the Crown Court judge had taken an exceptional course by suspending her jail term and his sentence was “constructive and compassionate”. read more

H2O Audio Offers New Waterproof Headphones

first_imgH2O Audio, which specializes in waterproof, sweatproof headphones and accessories, just announced a new line of colorful headphones. Flex All Sport Buds offers H2O’s waterproof technology at an affordable price. Waterproof up to 3 feet, this line comes in bold green, pink, black, and blue shades. They comes with three different size of earplugs so everyone can get a good fit.They’ll make a good gift for the athlete on your list, whether that’s a swimmer or someone who occasionally takes a run in the rain. Pick them up from H2O Audio’s site or from Amazon for a list price of $29.99. AdChoices广告last_img read more

Jelly Belly Pioneer Intros Gummy Gangrene Urine Vomit Bloody Noses

first_imgAs they say, there’s no accounting for taste. They called David Klein crazy when he gave the world gourmet jelly beans–until they started selling like gourmet hot cakes. And now, more than three decades later, they’re calling him crazy again, just because he’s given the world candy shaped like a bottle of urine.The man behind Reagan’s favorite snack food has attempted to strike gold for decades since having his best known invention bought out. Klein’s latest confectionary concoctions all seem to largely revolve around the medically grotesque.In recent years, he’s given the world a gummy gangrened toe, bloody nose, and vomit. There’s also The World’s Largest Gummy Heart, a two and a half pound concoction that looks like a severed heart in a Styrofoam tray. That’ll run you $30. There’s also Formula Pee, a candy bottle of lemon-flavored pee.It’s the heart that Klein’s banking on as his next success story. He asked AOL, “what’s more perfect than a heart on Valentine’s Day?”No if only you could get it to say, “Be Mine…”last_img read more

Tetris Company manager Angry Birds is a fad

first_imgAngry Birds is a fad and won’t have the staying power of Tetris, according to The Tetris Company managing director Henk Rogers.Rogers, in a recent interview, compares the booming success of the smartphone game to the long-running popularity of the puzzle franchise. Rovio, the developer of Angry Birds, gets 40% of its revenue from merchandising: not the game itself, but the plush birds and t-shirts on retail shelves. Rogers highlights Tetris‘ different approach in response, saying merchandising is “more decorative than functional.” In short, The Tetris Company prefers to make games, not consumer products like merchandise.There’s one more reason for the different business model: Tetris can’t compete. “Any time you have a character,” Rogers begins, that’s how one can get into the merchandise business. Tetris doesn’t have characters, so no plush toys any time soon. On the other hand, according to Rogers, games that have characters as their central theme “become popular and then go away.” Angry Birds players get burned out and move on to another game, he claims.Rogers makes the argument that Tetris is perennial, but does so in several odd ways. It’s like golf, he claims. It’s like the Happy Birthday song. You see Tetris blocks in the real world. Video games are the mental fitness equivalent of running a marathon, he says.Returning somewhat to reality, Rogers points out that the Tetris brand is strong enough to not need concerted marketing efforts just to sell the game. New Tetris releases on the App Store rise to the top spots despite low marketing spending. Core fans spread the game virally to much success.Then it’s back to crazy talk. “We have an unfair advantage” when it comes to the Tetris brand, he quips. The game is like a virus, and there is no cure. People want to keep “catch[ing] the bug.”While Rogers’ statements are obviously hyperbolic marketing-speak, we do agree on one point: the game is a fad.via IndustryGamerslast_img read more

The Best Anime On Netflix Streaming

first_imgCurious as to the best streaming device for your buck? Look here.In the olden days, getting access to anime was a tremendous pain in the ass. For every series that got dubbed and aired on American television, there were dozens if not hundreds more that only made their way over on quasi-legal videotapes or bootleg DVDs. Fans of Japanese animation learned to work around it, but the advent of fast, reliable streaming video changed everything.Netflix’s initial anime offerings were pretty scarce, but they’ve noticed the demand is there and beefed up their selection considerably. Here’s our list of the absolute best series to watch.This might change as the service gains the rights to new shows and loses the rights to others, so bookmark the page and come back often.Gurren LagannAfter the human race is forced underground due to attacks by the Spiral King Lordgenome, they suffer an isolated and pathetic existence until a digger named Simon unearths a giant robot that he uses to break through to the surface and fight back. It’s a bog-standard premise but studio Gainax executes it with heaps of style. The animation is crisp, clear and well-designed, and the plot is a non-stop roller coaster of continually rising stakes. If you just want some popcorn anime that won’t challenge you and scratches all the comfort food itches, Gurren Lagann is it.Kill la KillCreated by production studio Trigger, Kill la Kill is a wild and violent take on high school combat. Ryuko Matoi is an orphaned schoolgirl who finds herself in a school dominated by a student council that wears uniforms that give them superhuman powers. Armed with a pair of scissors and a sentient uniform of her own, Matoi must beat the crap out of everybody in her path as she tries to get to the bottom of her father’s mysterious death. The setup is pretty basic, but the sheer gusto with which Trigger tackles the animation makes it well worth watching.Puella Magi Madoka MagicaOne of the more successful anime series of recent years, Puella Magi Madoka Magica took the “magical girl” trope and brought it into the 21st century with a new approach. When a group of female students takes on the mantle of supernatural powers to battle malevolent “witches,” things don’t always work out as well as they’d thought. The process of gaining their abilities involves selling their soul to a mysterious entity, and if they get too overcome by despair, they transform into the very monsters they fight. It’s extremely impressive visually and the complex, multilayered plot is challenging for anime.AggretsukoFrom the mascot maniacs at Sanrio comes Netflix exclusive anime Aggretsuko, a very different offering from the rest of the streaming service’s productions. Retsuko is a red panda who works for an accounting company (everybody else is an animal too, it’s cool). During the day, she’s a model employee, but at night she lets off her tension by singing death metal karaoke at a bar. Despite the funny animal trappings, this is a remarkably astute and progressive workplace comedy that has a lot to say about sexism, overwork and romance. The second season is in production and scheduled to drop next year.RobotechIn many ways the series that started it all in the Western world, Robotech took three unrelated Japanese series and mashed them together into one mammoth overarching plotline. American audiences had never seen anything like it, and even though the dub certainly has its share of detractors it’s a vital document in anime history. Netflix has the first and most popular season, based on Super Dimension Fortress Macross, streaming now. When humanity comes into conflict with the alien Zentraedi, it opens our frontiers into space and the mysterious Protoculture.Rurouni KenshinWhat Netflix lacks in current anime it more than makes up for in all-time classics. Rurouni Kenshin is one of the most influential series of all time, the tale of a swordsman who wanders Meiji-era Japan helping people out while upholding a vow to never again take another life. It’s originally ran from 1996 to 1998, and despite being two decades old still holds up really well. The series was aired on Toonami here in the States, but edited for content. Netflix’s version has all of the problematic stuff happily restored. This one’s great for old-school adventure done right.Soul EaterBased on the manga series by Atsushi Ōkubo, Soul Eater hits all the sweet spots of shonen anime. The students of the Death Weapon Meister Academy must collect the souls of 99 evil humans and one witch to evolve their weapons into “death scythes.” Here’s the twist, though: their weapons can transform into people and have personalities and needs of their own. It’s the kind of gratuitously silly concept that thrives in Japanese animation, and the three main characters and their partner weapons are fun characters. Lots of big battles and set pieces make this a kinetic, fast-moving watch.Devilman CrybabyBased on the classic Go Nagai manga, Devilman Crybaby has everything we want in an anime – outrageous violence, motions raised to a fever pitch and stunningly weird character design. When a high school student becomes the host for an ultra-powerful demon, it kicks off an orgy of destruction and chaos that is both visceral and hilarious. Over the course of ten episodes, Devilman Crybaby escalates to a fever pitch as the stakes get higher, and the climax has to be seen to be believed. Very much worth your time.Your Lie in AprilFor something a little more subdued, Your Lie in April is relationship anime that plunges deep into the human heart. When teenage piano prodigy Kosei Arima’s cruel, domineering mother dies unexpectedly, it sends him into a deep depression that removes the joy of music from his life seemingly forever. Four years later, he meets a teenage girl violinist with a carefree spirit that hides a dark truth, and the pair bond and restore their shattered psyches through performance. It’s touching, beautifully animated and eminently binge-watchable.Sword Art OnlinePeople getting caught in video games has been an anime trope for seemingly forever, but Sword Art Online handles it in entertaining fashion. When a popular VR game imprisons a group of 10,000 players inside it, they have to band together and fight through a 100 floor tower of monsters. If they die in the game, they die in real life, and they can’t unplug until they’re done. The plot moves at a brisk clip, with fun fights and well-constructed characters.Knights of SidoniaAnother series snapped up for exclusive streaming by Netflix, Knights of Sidonia is solid sci-fi that goes to some surprising places. Taking place a thousand years after Earth was destroyed by morphing aliens, survivors live on a spaceship that has developed its own bizarre culture of genetic experimentation. The aliens, known as the Gauna, are still looking to take the last remaining humans out, so they fight back (in classic fashion) with giant robot suits called Gardes. This is a solid, modern take on a classic concept that manages to fuse in a bunch of cutting-edge science fiction ideas along with the crisp action and solid character work.Removed From NetflixSadly, shows don’t stay streaming forever, and every month the selection on Netflix changes. When a show gets taken off of the service, we’ll put it down here and let you know where else you can get it.Deadman WonderlandAfter a catastrophic earthquake sinks most of Japan into the ocean, high school student Ganta Igarashi’s life gets even worse when he’s framed for the murder of his entire class and sentenced to Deadman Wonderland, a bizarre prison slash theme park. While behind bars he develops blood-controlling powers and hunts for the actual murderer. He also has to fight in vicious gladiatorial games where losers get body parts removed if they survive. This one’s pretty balls-out weird and where it lacks in coherent plot it more than makes up for in spectacle.Buy on DVD or Blu-RayStream on Amazon VideoPsycho-PassA sort of spin on the Minority Report concept, Psycho-Pass is set in a dystopian future where everybody is forced to undergo constant monitoring of their mental and emotional state to catch them before they commit crimes. The show’s protagonist, police inspector Akane Tsunemori, is tasked with hunting down a master criminal whose brain doesn’t exhibit any of the giveaways, making scanning useless. It’s brisk, violent, and explores some tricky moral ground.Buy on DVD or Blu-RayStream on Amazon VideoSamurai ChamplooDirector Shinichirō Watanabe followed up his justifiably legendary Cowboy Bebop with this popular series. Merging Edo-era Japanese adventure with a background track of hip-hop beats, Samurai Champloo is iconoclastic and fun as hell. Two swordsmen team up with a young girl on a quest to find a samurai who smells like sunflowers. On the way, they come into contact with a wide array of quirky characters and engage in some thrilling, beautifully-animated swordfights.Buy on DVD or Blu-RayStream on Amazon VideoOuran Highschool Host ClubNot all anime is about swordfights and giant monsters – otaku know that well-rounded characters and high drama also make for unskippable watching. One series that wins raves is Ouran Highschool Host Club, which has two full seasons streaming on Netflix. The show follows a female student who is mistaken for a boy due to her short hair and conscripted into the Host Club, a bizarre group of kids who entertain female students for cash. This is based on a real thing in Japanese culture, but setting it in a high school opens up a whole new world. The show is smart, touching and often quite funny.Buy on DVD or Blu-RayStream on Amazon VideoFairy TailFor many people, anime is like comfort food. We’re not looking for anything to challenge our perceptions or make us think too hard, just something that’ll keep our attention and trigger our happy memories. Shows like Fairy Tail were seemingly made for that purpose. The plot is wafer-thin – a group of five wizards travel a fantasy kingdom battling an evil power – but stories move along at a brisk pace, the animation is charming, and there are tons of episodes to watch.Buy on DVD or Blu-RayStream on Amazon VideoAttack On TitanOne of the most compelling anime series of recent years, Attack On Titan starts with a dynamite premise and then racks up the tension from there. Humanity lives inside walled cities that barely protect them from the Titans, massive cannibalistic giants that roam the wastelands. When the town of Shiganshina is breached, a trio of friends join the Scout Regiment to venture forth and battle the giants. With lots of grisly, uncompromising violence and some very unexpected plot twists, this one will keep you glued to the screen all night. The manga is still being published, so it’s possible the anime will continue after one season.Buy on DVD or Blu-RayStream on Amazon VideoBlack ButlerWhen a young aristocrat seeks revenge against the murderers of his parents, he signs a contract with a demon who masquerades as his butler in this popular horror anime. Protagonist Ciel Phantomhive revels in the chaos and disaster that his infernal manservant provides, but the undercurrent of impending doom gives Black Butler more emotional resonance than your typical anime series. The relationship between the duo is complex and fascinating, plumbing depths that cartoons don’t normally explore. The animation is also of very high quality, and special praise is reserved for the epic theme music.Buy on DVD or Blu-RayStream on Amazon VideoMushishiBased on a popular manga series, Mushishi follows a man named Ginko who travels through Japan investigating “mushi,” primitive spirits that cause trouble. Unlike much of the anime on this list, Mushishi is oddly peaceful, almost pastoral. Ginko’s travels are loose and episodic, never staying in one place too long. There’s not a ton of weight on anything, making it a really nice series to just chill out with on a snowy winter day. It’s also got a great atmosphere, with arresting music and some of the best animated snow ever filmed.Buy on DVD or Blu-RayStream on Amazon VideoBleachBased on one of the most popular manga series of all time, the anime adaptation of Bleach gives you all the swordplay and massive monsters you want. Protagonist Ichigo Kurosaki stumbles into the powers of a Soul Reaper and comes into conflict with all kinds of enemies. The stylish anime stretches across a staggering sixteen seasons, which Netflix only had the first three of. It’s still plenty of intense fights, cool-ass monsters, hot babes and high drama well worth a couple weeks of binge watching.Buy on DVD or Blu-RayStream on Amazon VideoDeath NoteBased on a super-popular manga, Death Note tells the story of Light Yagami, a high school over-achiever who finds a notebook that lets him untraceably murder anybody by writing their name. He attempts to use it to make the world a “better place,” by his notoriously stringent standards. This brings him into conflict with a reclusive young detective and the cat and mouse game the two play is incredibly compelling. Netflix is producing a live-action Westernized version of the story to debut in 2017, but we’re not terribly excited for it.Buy on DVD or Blu-RayStream on Amazon VideoOn the market for an all-in-one streaming media device? Look here.last_img read more

Borough Candidate Filing Period Ends Thursday

first_imgUpcoming vacancies on the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly include: The districts of Nikiski, Soldotna and the central peninsula will have vacancies that need to be filled. There are also three positions open on the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education. The Kalifornsky, east peninsula and south peninsula districts have openings. Absentee in-person voting begins September 16 through Election Day, October 1. These positions are currently held by Wayne Ogle, Dale Bagley, and Paul Fischer. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The filing period for Candidates interested in running for municipal office for the October 1 regular election ends on Thursday, August 15. For more information visit the boroughs website, at The candidate filing period begins August 1 and ends at 4:30 p.m. August 15. The deadline to register to vote in regular municipal elections is September 1.last_img read more

49 Voices Apayo Moore of Aleknagik

first_imgApayo Moore (Photo courtesy of Apayo Moore)This week we’re hearing from Apayo Moore from Aleknagik. Moore is an artist who recently painted an 80-foot mural at the Yukon Kuskokwim Fitness Center in Bethel.Listen nowMOORE: When I was younger, just like little kids like doing… especially little girls, they like impressing their dads. And my dad saw that I kinda had a natural ability with drawing and he said, “Hey, you’re an artist.” And I really grabbed onto that and I was like if he says I’m an artist, I must be an artist.And so, he would teach me how to draw things like dogs. He would give me pointers and I would really hold on to every word that he said and follow his advice and kinda get coached that way.And then as I went into school, it just kinda came out with my classmates, where they recognized it themselves and when we had to do drawing projects, I’d have a little little line of people coming over, “Will you draw me this? Will you draw this for me?” And it was just kind of a position that I was placed in by the people around me recognizing what skills I had to contribute.Yeah, I’ve always been a tomboy. At one point, I wanted to be in the WNBA. So when I went to community college, I was only going because I could play basketball there. I wanted to work on the Slope, and I was gonna drive rigs. I also wanted to be a carpenter. But that’s the wonderful thing about living in rural Alaska is that I’m able to do a lot of the things that I’ve always dreamt of, and there’s not really any limitations. I get to learn how to work on motors if I want to. I know general construction, you know, I did a tiny home building class.I live off-grid in Aleknagik, so I have a generator, and it kinda forces me into needing to do these other trade skills that… be careful what you wish for because you might end up working really hard. But in my perspective, it’s what makes me mentally healthy and it makes my well-being continue to see things that are inspiring, so my artwork is effective in just sharing our way of life.Feedback that I was getting was, “Well if you wanna be an artist, you can’t live in rural Alaska.” And I said, you’re dead wrong. I am so inspired when I’m in rural Alaska. How am I going to produce if I’m living in a city when all my inspiration is a $300 dollar ticket away.last_img read more

Villagers revolt against TDP MLA in Guntur district

first_imgGuntur: Repalle TDP MLA Anagani Satya Prasad has faced bitter experience from the villagers during his tour to the flood-affected areas in Guntur district. MLA Anagani has went to Penumudi Pallepalem village to visit the flood-affected victims on Thursday. During the tour, he provoked the people to raise their voice against the government over flood aid. With this, the people have revolted against him and questioned MLA have you visited our village in the last five years. The villagers said when the floods hit their area, the government has supported them by providing the food. They suggested the MLA not to do unnecessary politics. On seeing the outrage of the people, MLA Anagani Satya Prasad has left from the place.last_img read more

Starfleet Begins to Mirror the Terrans on Star Trek Discovery

first_img We head into the penultimate episode of Star Trek: Discovery in a very different world yet again. The show has had an unusually short first season, which has made the pacing a bit awkward. Two episodes away from the finale and this is the third time the setting of the show has undergone a major shift. Emperor Georgiou is already making things awkward on the Discovery. Seeing a Kelpien captain sends her into a prejudiced rant, where she outs Burnham as having eaten Kelpien just the night before. Fortunately, Saru is able to look past the pain and appreciate what Burnham’s accomplished. Without her on the Empress’ ship after all, they’d still be back in the Mirror Universe. And there are bigger fish to fry. (Maybe not the best choice of metaphor, I’ll admit.) Tyler is awake and seemingly back to his normal self. He describes what was done to Voq, and man. It sounds just as bad as the torture Tyler went through in Klingon custody. He was essentially torn apart so his personality could be put inside Tyler. Saru, at least at the beginning, is in every way the model Starfleet officer. Not only does he show patience with Burnham, he allows Tyler some limited freedom around the ship. He’s the captain we want from Star Trek.Soon though, they have to deal with the time they’re in. The Discovery is boarded by Saru and Admiral Cornwell. In this future where the Klingons have all but won the war, the Federation is a lot less trusting than they once were. Fortunately, Saru can mindmeld, which saves us all heaps of time. It’s nice when needless recaps of things we’ve already seen can be skipped over by one dude touching another’s face. Instead, we get a bit of exposition about what’s been going on the last nine months. Klingons have reduced the size of the Federation considerably, and now compete for dominance by seeing who can kill the most Starfleet vessels. The Discovery needs to get to Starbase One, but there’s a problem. They manage to avoid Klingon interference, but they find there is no longer a Starbase One. The Klingon’s have wiped it out.Sonequa Martin-Green, Jayne Brook, Michelle Yeoh, James Frain (Photo via CBS)In desperate times, shaky alliances must be formed. Cornwell tries to get some information out of L’Rell, thinking that they can find some common ground. L’Rell wanted the Klingon houses to unite. Now that they’re winning, they’re more separate than ever. While she doesn’t get L’Rell’s help, she does learn one thing: Klingon’s don’t have demands. They don’t seek surrender. They will hunt the Federation to extinction. Meanwhile, Burnham has a chat with Georgiou. In her universe, the Empire has conquered parts of the galaxy Starfleet has never been to. That information could turn out to be just what Starfleet needs to turn the tide of war. That information comes at a price. Both in the form of Georgiou’s freedom, and in a possible compromise of Starfleet’s values. Georgiou gives Burnham enough information to strike back at the Klingons and temporarily save Earth from destruction. If they want to ensure the continued safety of the Federation and humanity’s home planet, Georgiou says they’ll have to “bring the Klingons to their knees.” That information she gives to Saru, who makes a quick exit from the Discovery.Even with all this talk of war and doing things like the Terran Empire, the best part of this episode is how much it feels like classic Trek. There’s a sense of wonder that runs through the episode. When they figure out how to hide the Discovery from the Klingons in a cave on their homeworld, and later when they replenish the spore drive the show luxuriates in that classic Trek feel. That excitement for science and what it allows humanity to do. That awe at the limitless possibility and beauty of the universe. Even in its darkest hour, Star Trek: Discovery can still find its heart. There’s another side to that coin though. How do Starfleet’s ideals hold up in wartime? When facing an enemy bent on their destruction. That question, it seems, will be at the forefront of next week’s season finale. Philippa Georgiou has been made captain of the Discovery. For her ability to do “what needs to be done.”Jayne Brook, Doug Jones (Photo via CBS)The only part of the episode that didn’t really land for me was Tyler’s arc. After Saru gives him his freedom back, there’s one decent scene where he returns to the mess hall. Nobody wants to sit with him, but Tilly feels sorry for him and joins his table anyway. After that display of trust, everyone joins in. It’s a sweet moment, but there’s really no lead up to it. Nor has there been any previous indication that a Starfleet vessel’s mess hall is basically the same as a cliquey high school cafeteria. Even so, it was a nice moment that at least showed some sort of forward development. That’s more than you can say for the confrontation with Burnham. After avoiding him for the full episode, the two finally meet and she breaks things off with him for good. It’s been so long since the show really dealt with this plot line that the scene doesn’t really land. It feels more like the show is tying up a loose end just to get it out of the way.Star Trek: Discovery ends next week, and I’m going to be sad to see it go. It had its stumbles as it tried to figure out how to make a Star Trek prequel in 2017/2018, but it found itself quickly. It’s definitely a lot faster-paced than any other Star Trek, which is both good and bad. It’s good because it means nearly every episode is packed with excitement. There’s always something driving the story forward, and every episode means something. The downside is, it doesn’t leave enough room for those moments of joyous scientific, well, discovery Star Trek is famous for. Instead, we have to take what little moments we do get, like the spore harvest in tonight’s episode. Those are the moments when the true spirit of Trek shines through. It doesn’t look like we’ll have time for many more of those next week, but that’s OK. The season finale looks to be all about testing Starfleet’s ideals and how they apply when things get difficult. It doesn’t get much more Star Trek than that. Stay on target ‘Star Trek: Picard’ Teases Troubled Patrick StewartHow Designers Achieved the Sci-Fi Sound Magic of ‘The Orville’ center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Latest LEGO Ninjago Movie Game Trailer Spotlights Challenge Dojos

first_img Lego Unveils ‘Friends’ 25th Anniversary Central Perk SetThis Tree House Is Lego’s Most Sustainable Set Ever Stay on target 2017 has not only been a great year for gaming overall, but it has also seen plenty of LEGO titles drop. The LEGO game party will keep rolling this Fall with the release of The LEGO Ninjago Movie Video Game. Today, TT Games and Warner Bros. Interactive have released a brand-new trailer spotlighting one of the title’s most notable modes — the Challenge Dojo.In Challenge Dojos, players will have to face off against endless waves of plastic enemies while trying to get the highest score possible. As you can see from the trailer below, you can use a plethora of special moves to dispatch foes. Not only will players face off against hordes of standard enemies, but they’ll also have to go head-to-head with “classic” villains which provide more of a challenge.The LEGO NINJAGO Movie Video Game is based on the upcoming LEGO Ninjago movie. It will feature eight large, open areas right from the movie. The game will also include locations and characters from the Ninjago TV show. Every location contains a wide variety of secrets to discover and enemies to battle. Each also has its own Challenge Dojo. Battle Maps let players face off against each other in four different game modes.Even if you aren’t looking forward to watching the LEGO Ninjago movie, the game seems like it will be a ton of fun on its own. It is a LEGO title, and those are almost always worth playing. Yes, you may have already played LEGO Worlds and LEGO City Undercover this year, but I think you can make room for another LEGO title in your collection.The LEGO NINJAGo Movie Video Game is set to release on September 22 for the PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. The movie will hit theaters on the same day.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

From the streets on to the stage

first_imgSounds like a scene out of any perfect Hollywood movie, but that  is exactly where some lucky kids are headed. A lucky break like the one provided by Aanukrati could go a long way to change their lives. These street kids would unite with young contemporary dancers for Anurakti. An initiative that drives to surpass the socio-economic divide and create a mutual understanding between different strata’s through dance. Anurakti is a team of young contemporary dance artists who would be seen tapping their feet with the brilliant self trained acrobatic talents from the street.  Anurakti dabbles into various dance techniques featuring mayurbhanj chhau, lyrical jazz, Kathak and street acrobatics. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The idea behind it is to put the gymnastic talents of these street children at its best use in an attempt to change to course of their life through the guidance of a dance company.  What drives the Urshilla Dance Company team forward: It is rooted in a scene at the traffic red lights, something all of us witness and ignore- the spread out arms of little kids on the road. UDC aims to make these little hopeful arms stretch out not for alms but a heartfelt embrace. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixWith the thought of imparting a sense of pride and a sense of belief in them, UDC hand picked these young artists from the streets of Delhi and created a piece with their team of trained dancers.Enthusing a sense of confidence, UDC would bring forth the talent of these kids through a piece that explores contemporary dance with new dimensions of lighting and multimedia. It would take you through an emotional journey of two street kids with a twinkle in their eye to become famous dance artists and how a dance company makes turns their aspirations into reality.The show has a mass appeal owing to its entertaining story telling; though it is abstract in its form.  UDC is currently nurturing the talents of six street children who would all be performing in this show. DETAILAt: Kamani AuditoriumOn Till: 19 April, 7 pmlast_img read more

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first_img Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications August 6, 2013 — CIRS will introduce the Stereotactic End-to-End Verification Phantom (STEEV) at the 55th Annual AAPM Meeting and Exhibition on August 4 to 8 in Indianapolis.CIRS Stereotactic End-to-End Verification Phantom (STEEV™) shown with 12 optional inserts.STEEV is a QA tool for evaluating stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) system performance during commissioning and daily systems checks. To facilitate patient QA, STEEV serves as a surrogate patient to assess every step of the treatment process- from immobilization and multi-modality imaging (computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), positron emission tomography (PET)) to thorough treatment plan verification. STEEV’s anthropomorphic, tissue-equivalent design makes it the only phantom to account for the challenging effects of tissue heterogeneity.SRS is a non-invasive procedure that focuses high doses of radiation to destroy tumor volumes in small areas of the body. The procedure necessitates a high degree of accuracy in target localization and dose delivery, because small errors can result in significant under treatment of portions of the tumor volume or overdose of nearby healthy tissues. By providing challenging system checks, STEEV helps to identify system errors and ultimately leads to better patient outcomes- a key component to CIRS’ company values.The introduction of STEEV compliments CIRS’ existing suite of site-specific end-to-end QA phantoms, including the Dynamic Thorax Phantom, Dynamic Pelvis Phantom and SBRT Thorax Phantom.For more information:  FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | August 06, 2013 CIRS Introduces New End-to-End QA Tool for Stereotactic Radiosurgery Systems CIRS announces Stereotactic End-to-End Verification Phantom at AAPM Annual Meeting News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more Related Content News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more 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 News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… 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.  Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more last_img read more

Emirates to receive 100th A380 aircraft in November

first_imgEmirates to receive 100th A380 aircraft in NovemberEmirates to receive 100th A380 aircraft in NovemberEmirates, the world’s largest A380 operator, is set to receive its milestone 100th A380 aircraft on 3rd November.Over 80 million passengers have flown on the superjumbo in the nine years since it first joined Emirates’ modern fleet. Today, Emirates flies the A380 to over 45 destinations spanning Africa, Asia, Australasia, Europe, the Middle East, and the Americas. Everywhere it operates, the Emirates A380 attracts consumer demand for its industry-leading inflight experience in all cabin classes, and is welcomed by local economies as a contributor to tourism and visitor growth.Sir Tim Clark, President Emirates Airline said: “The A380 has been, and continues to be hugely popular amongst our customers, many of whom deliberately plan their travel so that they can fly on it. But we don’t rest on our laurels and continually invest to enhance our product so as to continue offering our customers the best possible inflight experience.“Our frequent flyers will have noticed countless improvements onboard over the years, ranging from minor updates such as the addition of in-seat USB and HDMI ports, to bigger cabin overhauls where for instance we relocated the central overhead luggage bins to create more spacious cabin on the upper deck, and when we introduced bigger and better inflight entertainment systems, amongst many other initiatives.”On the ground, Emirates had also worked closely with stakeholders to launch and operate an A380-dedicated airport concourse with 20 gates offering direct boarding from the airport lounge, and one of the world’s most advanced engineering centres which include six heavy maintenance hangars, paint shops, and the capability to completely overhaul an A380.Industry firsts and continual innovationWith its inaugural A380 flight in 2008, Emirates introduced several industry firsts including its iconic A380 Onboard Lounge and First Class Shower spa.The Onboard Lounge remains one of the biggest draws of the aircraft to date, and is arguably the most popular spot at 40,000 feet. It has gone through several successive and subtle changes, such as the introduction of electric window blinds, before a brand new look was unveiled last July.The latest makeover of the Onboard Lounge, inspired by private yacht cabins, features a more intimate and social area for up to 26 guests. The lounge now has a larger 55 inch LCD screen with surround sound speakers giving customers the latest flight information, or live TV broadcasts of the latest news or sports updates.The First Class Shower spa, catering exclusively for the 14 passengers travelling in Emirates’ First Class private suites, continue to generate as much curiosity and buzz today as when first launched. Since Emirates blazed a trial for the ultimate shower spa experience, only one other commercial airline has offered a similar facility in the sky. With nearly 100 A380s in its fleet, safe to say that if anyone is taking a shower at 40,000 feet, chances are it’s on an Emirates A380.With its many thoughtful design touches including a heated floor, shower timer, a hairdryer, and spa products, Emirates’ Onboard Shower spa remains the standard to beat for inflight luxury.  The airline recently introduced sustainable VOYA spa products and exclusively-developed moisturizing pyjamas, allowing customers to arrive at their destination refreshed.Inflight entertainmentEmirates’ award-winning inflight entertainment system, ice, has also been constantly updated to provide customers with more choices for on demand entertainment as well as improvements to the viewing experience. While the equipment has become smaller, media capacity has only expanded and Emirates now provides more than double the entertainment with 2,500 channels of blockbuster movies, TV box sets, music and documentaries.In addition to choice, Emirates has invested close to US $1 billion on hardware to provide a more comfortable viewing experience. Over the years, in-seat screens have been made larger across all classes. The screen in First Class has increased from 27 inches to 32 inches, the screens in Business Class from 17 inches to 20 inches, while screens on the latest A380 aircraft offer the industry’s largest in Economy at 13.3 inches from its original 10 inch screen. Little touches have also been introduced including USB ports for power and data in each seat as well as HDMI ports in premium classes to connect personal devices to the ice screen.The entire A380 fleet has also been fitted with connectivity to allow for free 20mb of Wi-Fi throughout the cabin. In June last year, the first A380 was fitted with Live TV allowing passengers to watch news and sports matches live on board.Extended capability Since 2008, the efficient A380 aircraft has been further enhanced to operate even longer routes. This had enabled Emirates to add more destinations to its A380 network, including the world’s longest A380 flight – a non-stop Dubai-Auckland service introduced in March 2016.Today, the Emirates A380 reaches all ends of the globe with non-stop flights to Sao Paulo, Casablanca, Copenhagen, Tokyo and Los Angeles from Dubai.Emirates also introduced the world’s first 2-class configured A380 in November 2015, making it the highest-capacity plane in the world with 615 seats on board while retaining the airline’s signature inflight services and comfort.Source = Emirateslast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the enewsletter Go back to the enewsletterCroatia’s Uljanik Shipyard has been declared bankrupt by a commercial court in Pazin, with proceedings against the parent company, Uljanik Group, commencing earlier this week.The bankruptcy proceedings follow a visit by a potential investor from China a few weeks ago, CSIC (China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation), which surprisingly resulted in “no concrete offer to date”.Along with a site in Pula, Uljanik shipyards include the 3. Maj yard in Rijeka, Croatia.  The company has 1,118 employees, of which all but 60 are based in Pula.Uljanik shipyard’s debt totals 164.8 million kuna (approx AU$36 million), including 76.5 million kuna (approx $16.7 million) in unpaid wages that has prompted on-again, off-again strikes for months.It’s unclear if bankruptcy proceedings will impact Australian luxury cruise and tour company, Scenic, and the delivery of its first ocean-going luxury cruise ship, Scenic Eclipse. Delivery of the ultra-luxury vessel has been continually hampered by the ongoing industrial action at the Pula shipyard, resulting in a near 12-month delay of the ship.It is also unclear of the impact on the previously flagged strategic partner consortium between Uljanik, Croatia’s DIV and Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri and their plans for future ships and a new Discovery Yacht division.Late last month, Scenic Eclipse (identified by Uljanik as project “530”) was relocated to the Viktor Lenac yard, also in Croatia, where it entered dry dock. Eclipse was expected to remain at Lenac for “approximately 10 days” before returning to Pula in preparation for final fit-outs and sea trials.Minutes from the court hearing filed on Monday by Uljanik Group state that there are “tenders for the continuation of the construction of 530”, but make no further mention of the delivery of the Australian-owned 200-passenger six-star vessel.In February, Scenic expanded its own team of Cruise Ship specialists within the Pula shipyard, employing professionals from Finland, Italy, the UK and Norway to ensure the Scenic Eclipse build was kept on track.“The expanded Scenic team took over the lead role in completing the ship with in excess of 115 directly employed specialists in cooperation with the shipyard’s remaining management team and more than 500 subcontractors,” Scenic said in February.Comment from Scenic on the situation and its impact on the delivery schedule and 15 August maiden cruise of Scenic Eclipse had been sought by LATTE.In the meantime, however, Scenic has released an updated video (below) following the completion of Scenic Eclipse’s drydock at the Lenac shipyard, which reiterates its scheduled 15 August 2019 inaugural sailing.“Defining a new era of luxury and discovery, these final images show the sleek lines and profile of this incredible innovative luxury discovery yacht,” the video’s caption reads.last_img read more