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World powerboat champ Holmes upbeat on Santosh, Gill

first_imgMumbai, Mar 2 (PTI) Making the switch from racing on the road to racing on the seas, Indias C S Santosh and Gaurav Gill are unknown commodities in the P1 Powerboat Indian Grand Prix of the Seas event starting off the Marine Drive promenade here tomorrow with the qualifying phase.However, seven-time world powerboat champion Neil Holmes, under whom the duo trained in Southampton, United Kingdom, for a week to get the licence to race before competing in events in Florida, USA, is of the view that the Indian wild card duo “will do well”, in the event that culminates with the finale on March 5.”They will do well. Santosh and Gill trained under me for just over a week. Santosh is calculating, methodical and has a good racing mind. Gill is a more fluent driver,” said Holmes who had won seven world titles from 1988 to 1997 in both four-litre and six-litre class of boats.Dakar Rally participant Santosh will be piloting one of two boats being fielded by Baleno RS Booster Jets, with experienced British navigator Martin Robinson to guide him, while Gill – winner of the 2013 Asia-Pacific Rally – will pilot United Breweries Ultra Sharks boat B, guided by navigator George Ivey.A total of 12 boats, representing six teams, will take part in the championship carrying USD 125,000 in prize money.Holmes, who took to the sport at the age of 9 and raced for 49 years, was also of the opinion that if the Arabian Sea waters become choppy then Gill held the edge while Santosh would do well in calmer waters.advertisementIf two boats collide in the race, which is a rare occurrence, then both competitors will be disqualified, said Holmes who had raced for ten years in Dubai, UAE.”The course is such that every boat will try to get into one single line of water for speedy progress,” the veteran racer said, adding that the concept of two-boat team “is exciting”.The cumulative points won by both the boats will decide a teams position in the Grand Prix. PTI SSR NRBlast_img read more

Paul Finebaum: Jim Harbaugh “Has To” Win Against Wisconsin

first_imgA closeup of Jim Harbaugh wearing a Michigan hat and jacket.PISCATAWAY, NJ – NOVEMBER 10: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines coaches against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights during the third quarter at HighPoint.com Stadium on November 10, 2018 in Piscataway, New Jersey. Michigan won 42-7. (Photo by Corey Perrine/Getty Images)At 2-0 and coming off a bye week, Jim Harbaugh and Michigan will play their first critical Big Ten game of the season Saturday at Wisconsin.This fall, once again, the Wolverines entered a season with high expectations. They haven’t been overly impressive through two games, but with the meat of their schedule coming up, there is time to change the public perception of them.ESPN’s Paul Finebaum, a noted critic of Harbaugh, thinks Saturday’s game is of the utmost importance.In an appearance on SportsCenter this morning, Finebaum slapped the “must-win” label on the Wolverines’ matchup with the Badgers. “I hate to keep reading from the same script, but a lot of people are wondering if he’s a top coach anymore,” Finebaum said, via 247Sports. “I’ve always thought of him as that when he got this job a couple years ago. I really believed that and I thought he’d be as impactful as Urban Meyer at Ohio State, but so far, it hasn’t worked out.“Jim Harbaugh is a good coach. I’m not going to sit here and trash his resume. He has taken teams to Super Bowls and done wonders at Stanford, he just hasn’t turned the corner yet. He has to win this game, though. If he loses at Wisconsin on Saturday, the negativity is going to continue and the schedule is not going to be his friend.”Earlier this week, Finebaum said criticism of Harbaugh could become “suffocating” if Michigan loses Saturday.Given Finebaum’s past history of jabbing at Harbaugh, it is easy to dismiss his comments. However, there is more than a kernel of truth to the statement that Michigan needs this game.After Wisconsin, the Wolverines still have to play Iowa, Penn State, Michigan State, Notre Dame and Ohio State. That is a rather unforgiving path, and an early loss will make it even tougher.Michigan and Wisconsin will kick off at noon ET Saturday on FOX.last_img read more

Astronomers discover 14 galaxies poised to collide and form colossal cluster

first_imgHALIFAX – Astronomers have discovered the beginnings of a gigantic “cosmic pileup” in the far reaches of the universe, which could form one of the largest structures in the cosmos.The team of Canadian and international scientists used a powerful telescope in Chile to spot the “impending collision of 14 young, starbursting galaxies” that will become a massive galaxy cluster.The research, published in the journal Nature, says the so-called protocluster or group of galaxies is 12.4 billion light years away — suggesting its light began travelling to Earth when the universe was 1.4 billion years old.“Having caught a massive galaxy cluster in throes of formation is spectacular in and of itself,” researcher Scott Chapman, an astrophysicist at Dalhousie University in Halifax, said in a statement..“But, the fact that this is happening so early in the history of the universe poses a formidable challenge to our present-day understanding of the way structures form in the universe.”Chapman said until now, astronomers had theorized that protoclusters as large as this one would have taken much longer to form. But this formation has upended that thinking because it happened quickly and in a space only about three times the size of the Milky Way, he said.Galaxy clusters are thought to be the largest objects in the known universe, with masses comparable to a million billion suns, the study says. They are bound together by gravity and can contain a thousand galaxies, dark matter, expansive black holes and extremely hot gas.The clusters are considered rare and can have typical separations of 600 million light years.“The distance to the closest big cluster (Coma) is 300 million light years, so we live in a relatively unpopulated region of the Universe,” said Chapman.The paper’s authors say the discovery could shed light on how galaxy clusters form in environments characterized by hot, ionized gas.“How this assembly of galaxies got so big so fast is a bit of a mystery — it wasn’t built up gradually over billions of years, as astronomers might expect,” said Tim Miller, a doctoral candidate at Yale University and co-author of the paper.“This discovery provides an incredible opportunity to study how galaxy clusters and their massive galaxies came together in these extreme environments.”The galactic cluster — dubbed SPT2349-56 — was first seen as a smudge of light in 2010 by the South Pole Telescope in Antarctica. That led scientists to follow up with the ALMA telescope, ultimately determining that the smudge was 14 galaxies located 90 per cent of the way across the observable universe.“SPT2349 shows us that massive cluster formation can happen much more rapidly and explosively than simulations or theory have suggested,” Chapman said.“The incredible energetics are like 10,000 supernova going off at a time, quite literally.”The researchers found its energetic individual galaxies are forming stars up to 1,000 times faster than the Milky Way.“In the short term, SPT2349 affords us a wonderful shortcut — we can use SPT2349 as the initial conditions for a simulation of cluster formation and see what lessons can be learned,” said Chapman.last_img read more

Mayor Bill de Blasio Wants to Bring Down Big Oil

first_imgNew York Mayor Bill de Blasio is encouraging other politicians to join him in the fight against Big Oil.The city of New York is looking at how current laws apply to climate change, and aims to hold oil and gas producers responsible for costs related to the environmental effects of their products.Last month New York used the concepts of ‘public nuisance’ and ‘private nuisance’ to bring a lawsuit against oil companies BP Plc, Chevron Corp., ConocoPhillips, Exxon Mobil Corp., and Royal Dutch Shell Plc.Lawyers for the city stated, “Defendants are collectively responsible, through their production, marketing and sale of fossil fuels, for over 11 percent of all the carbon and methane pollution from industrial sources that has accumulated in the atmosphere since the dawn of the Industrial Revolution. Defendants are also responsible for leading the public relations strategy for the entire fossil fuel industry, downplaying the risks of climate change and promoting fossil fuel use despite the risks.”De Blasio also joined Comptroller Scott Stringer in announcing that the city plans to divest about $5 billion from more than 190 “fossil fuel reserve owners” within the next five years, making its five pension plans more environmentally responsible.The New York mayor sat down with Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders in January, where he said:“I’ll say this for New York City. We just acted, and I want to urge every city, every county, every state to do the same – divest. Divest from the fossil fuel industry. Let’s help bring the death knell to this industry that’s done so much harm. Like the tobacco companies that were successfully sued decades ago. We’re also suing five of the biggest including Exxon Mobil for example who systematically poisoned the Earth, knew about it, covered it up, explained it away, tried to hook people more and more on their product. We think that what every city can do and every locality – use your litigation power to go at these bad actors and get the resources back.”During his chat with Bernie he praised grassroots movements and the effect they can have on creating a better system for the people. In fact, the initial pressure that has led to New York’s battle against Big Oil was begun on a grassroots level, with hurricane-affected citizens such as Rachel Rivera and Michael Johnson refusing to sit back and wait for someone else to take action.Bill de Blasio on The Bernie Sanders ShowThe mayor acknowledged the push in the right direction during the Bernie Sanders Show, saying, “There has been an incredible movement in New York City. I want to give them a lot of credit, because I have to tell you, when I first raised it to experts in my administration, they raised all sorts of problems, roadblocks, challenges, but that movement kept pushing us and saying divestment would make a huge difference.”Copyright ©2018Look to the Starslast_img read more

Moroccos Football Federation Adopts Statutes In Accordance With FIFA Laws

first_imgRabat-   The Moroccan football federation (FRFM) unanimously adopted on Sunday its updated statute to conform with the FIFA laws.The document was adopted during an extraordinary general assembly in the presence of managers of first league, second league, regional and amateur clubs.The new text provides for a legal framework to support the development of football worldwide and secure to all components of Moroccan soccer representation at the general assemblies and steering committee. The text also stipulates the establishment of bodies that contribute to guaranteeing transparency in the management of football affairs and the respect of democratic rules.The meeting took place in the presence of representatives from FIFA, the African football confederation, the ministry of youth and sports and the Moroccan Olympic committee.FIFA annulled last November the election of Fouzi Lekjaa as the new president of the Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) and demanded a fresh vote.The world governing body accused the FRMF of failing to adopt the correct statutes before organizing the election.last_img read more

Five health risks hold the key to boosting life expectancy by five

Addressing five critical risk factors – underweight childhood, unsafe sex, alcohol use, lack of safe water, sanitation and hygiene, and high blood pressure – could add almost five years to global life expectancy, according to a new United Nations report.These five factors are responsible for one quarter of the 60 million deaths estimated to occur annually, said the UN World Health Organization (WHO), which published “Global Health Risks.”A health risk is defined in the report as “a factor that raises the probability of adverse health outcomes.” It looked at 24 of them which are a mixture of environmental, behavioural and physiological factors – such as air pollution, tobacco use and poor nutrition – and estimated their effects on deaths, diseases and injuries by region, age, sex and country income for the year 2004.The report also pointed to the combined effect of multiple risk factors, noting that many deaths and diseases are caused by more than one risk factor and may be prevented by reducing any of the risk factors responsible for them.For example, eight risk factors alone account for over 75 per cent of cases of coronary heart disease, the leading cause of deaths worldwide. These are alcohol consumption, high blood glucose, tobacco use, high blood pressure, high body mass index, high cholesterol, low fruit and vegetable intake and physical inactivity. WHO added that most of these deaths occur in developing countries.“Understanding the relative importance of health risk factors helps governments to figure out which health policies they want to pursue,” said Colin Mathers, Coordinator for Mortality and Burden of Disease at WHO. “In many countries there is a complex mix of risk factors,” he added. “Countries can combine this type of evidence along with information about policies and their costs to decide how to set their health agenda.”The report also found, among others, that more than a third of the global child deaths can be attributed to a few nutritional risk factors such as underweight childhood, inadequate breastfeeding and zinc deficiency. Also, unhealthy and unsafe environments cause one in four child deaths worldwide.In addition, 71 per cent of lung cancer deaths are caused by tobacco smoking, while obesity and being overweight causes more deaths worldwide than being underweight. 27 October 2009Addressing five critical risk factors – underweight childhood, unsafe sex, alcohol use, lack of safe water, sanitation and hygiene, and high blood pressure – could add almost five years to global life expectancy, according to a new United Nations report. read more

New UN Economic and Social Council president outlines priorities

18 January 2011The newly-elected President of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), Lazarous Kapambwe of Zambia, today outlined the body’s agenda for the coming year and pledged to work to strengthen its effectiveness in carrying out the United Nations’ global development agenda. “I represent the region that is lagging behind the most in terms of development in all socio-economic sectors and I pledge to do my best to ensure that Africa’s challenges as well as all other regions are tackled in the best way possible by the Council,” Mr. Kapambwe, the Permanent Representative of Zambia to the UN, told ECOSOC in his acceptance speech.In his remarks, Mr. Kapambwe said that ECOSOC needed to accelerate its review and coordination of the implementation of the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which range from halving extreme poverty to halting the spread of HIV/AIDS and providing universal primary education, all by the target date of 2015.He also noted that ECOSOC could benefit from contributions to its work by international academia and institutions, such as parliaments, local governments and national and regional economic and social councils.Mr. Kapambwe was elected ECOSOC’s sixty-seventh president at an organizational meeting of the Council today. ECOSOC is the United Nations’ principal organ to coordinate economic, social, and related work of the 14 UN specialized agencies, functional commissions and five regional commissions. It serves as the central forum for discussing international economic and social issues, and for formulating policy recommendations addressed to member states and the UN system. Mr. Kapambwe stressed the importance of promoting closer collaboration between the Council and its functional commissions, and better linking of its work with that of the executive boards of UN funds and programmes, as well as other UN regional entities, in order to enhance the UN’s system-wide coherence.On the issue of peacebuilding, Mr. Kapambwe indicated that ECOSOC has a clear role to play in strengthening the link between post-conflict situations and development. “I intend, during my tenure, to pursue as a priority the deepening of the dialogue between the Council and the Peacebuilding Commission, through more regular joint bureau meetings,” he said. The Peacebuilding Commission is an intergovernmental advisory that supports peace efforts in countries emerging from conflict. Mr. Kapambwe pointed out that climate change has exacerbated the threat of natural disasters to development, peace and security – making it imperative that ECOSOC pay close attention to the connections with its policy making and coordinating roles.On efforts to aid Haiti, which is dealing with the effects of the January 2010 earthquake, a cholera epidemic which erupted in October and political turmoil following elections late last year, the ECOSOC president said he was committed to ensuring that Haiti remained on top of the Council’s agenda.“We look forward to future recommendations of the ECOSOC Ad Hoc Advisory Group on how the UN system, in collaboration with the international community, can strengthen its support of a Haitian-led recovery process,” Mr. Kapambwe said.Addressing the ECOSOC meeting, Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro noted ECOSOC’s experience and expertise in a wide spectrum of UN concerns, including climate change, human rights, humanitarian crises, global poverty and underdevelopment. “You can help us make the most of this year’s strategic opportunities,” she said, adding that despite progress made towards achieving the MDGs, one billion people still live in extreme poverty and five million infants still die every year of preventable diseases.“In order to create a more stable and prosperous world for future generations, we need durable solutions based on a sustainable approach that links social, economic and environmental challenges,” said Ms. Migiro, noting that ECOSOC is critical to the process thanks to its ability to bring many partners to the table and promote wider engagement on all levels.“All of our efforts must be underpinned by a strong United Nations. That is why this year is also a time to continue strengthening the United Nations from within,” the Deputy Secretary-General said. “This Council can provide effectiveness where it counts – in the field, on the ground where we operate, in areas blighted by poverty, war and natural disasters.”In his remarks to the meeting, the outgoing president of ECOSOC, Hamidon Ali of Malaysia, outlined the Council’s successes over the past year, highlighting, among other accomplishments, the recognition that gender equality is not only a development goal in itself, but a means towards achieving other globally agreement development priorities, including the MDGs. read more

Annan calls on educators and media to prevent spread of hatred and

In a message marking the International Day for Tolerance, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today stressed the key roles that education and a responsible media can play in preventing the spread of hatred.“Recent years have witnessed a sharp rise in intolerance, extremism and violence across the world,” he declared. “This disturbing trend is fuelled, in part, by a growing tendency to articulate differences in terms of identity rather than in terms of opinions or interests.“As a result, individuals and entire communities are being targeted for brutality and violence, simply because of their ethnic, religious, national or other identity,” he added, noting that such threats range from large-scale genocide to the indignities of day-to-day bigotry.But while combating intolerance is in part a matter of legal protection, that is only a starting point. “Any strategy to building understanding must depend heavily on education – about different religions, traditions and cultures – so that myths and distortions can be seen for what they are.“We must also create opportunities for young people, offering them a credible alternative to the siren song of hate and extremism. And we must work to prevent the media from being used to spread hatred, or inflict humiliation, while safeguarding freedom of expression,” he added. read more

Mali facing alarming rise in rights violations warns UN expert

Alioune Tine’s comments follow two deadly attacks in recent days on international forces in Mali, including one suicide bombing in Gao, that left at least two civilians dead and more than 15 injured.In Menaka, to the east, more than 120 people were also allegedly murdered in a three-week period in April and May, he said in a statement, noting that that violent extremists had taken advantage of the lack of basic services “to exploit communities and pit them against each other”.Some attacks have been attributed to armed groups including the Azawad Salvation Movement (MSA) and the Touareg IMGHAD Self-Defense Group and Allies (GATIA), the UN expert noted.Amid ongoing insecurity, which has been characterized by kidnappings and targeted killings, according to the Senegalese expert, communities have been displaced and more than 650 schools have been forced to close in central and northern regions, affecting nearly 200,000 children.There have also been an increasing number of allegations of “serious human rights violations” against the Malian armed forces, Mr. Tine said, echoing concerns about anti-terrorist operations “that do not respect international human rights standards”.In an appeal to the Government of Mali to bring the perpetrators of rights abuses to justice, Mr. Tine underlined the “very limited State presence”, adding that in some central areas there is “none at all”.The Independent Expert – who visited the country at the end of June – also commended the country’s Prime Minister for reaffirming that the Government will not tolerate any wrongdoing against civilians.Turning to the humanitarian emergency in the central region and warning that it “is getting worse”, the UN expert said that 4.1 million people need food aid.The number of people suffering from severe acute malnutrition in 2018 is also set to increase from 163,000 to well over a quarter of a million – including more than 11,000 children under five – he added.Moderate acute malnutrition is a massive and chronic problem too, with numbers expected to increase from 470,000 to 582,000, including more than 45,000 pregnant and breastfeeding women.“This is an emergency to which we cannot close our eyes,” Mr. Tine said, before appealing to armed groups to respect humanitarian workers as they carry out their work.Ahead of Presidential elections at the end of this month, he urged all those engaged in it “to ban hate speech and calls to violence” during campaigning which begins in three days.The rights expert also stressed the need to respect freedom of assembly and association, and freedom of access to the media, and appealed for the forthcoming presidential election to be “truly free, transparent and peaceful”, and to meet international standards.Mr. Tine – who took office as Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Mali on 1 May – will present his report to the Human Rights Council in March next year.Among its findings, it’s expected to include an appraisal of a UN Security Council resolution agreed last year which established a targeted sanctions regime on the country. read more

Bernard Hopkins 48 Oldest Fighter to Capture a Major

Bernard Hopkins became the oldest fighter to capture a major boxing title Saturday night, defeating Tavoris Cloud in a unanimous 12-round decision to claim IBF light heavyweight championship in Brooklyn.“It feels good. It feels real,” the 48-year-old Hopkins said after the fight. “I’m going to Junior’s (Restaurant and) I’m going to have cheesecake.”Hopkins broke the record that he set when he was 47 years old and defeated Jean Pascal for the WBC light heavyweight title on May 21, 2011. But Hopkins maintained that his fight against 30-year-old Cloud was bigger because he was older.“Tonight was one of the bigger fights (in my career).”Hopkins, who has said that he will not fight past the age of 50, is optimistic what the next two years of his career has in store for him.“I don’t believe anybody in the 175(-pound) weight class and possibly the 168(-pound) class can beat me.”Hopkins, who was in the main event of an eight-fight card at the Barclays Center, improved his record to 53-6-2 after fighting in his 19th title bout. The 30-year-old Cloud suffered his first loss, falling to 19-1.The old school fighting style of Hopkins was a little too much for the new school style of Cloud. Hopkins controlled the bout by forcing a more patient and technical match against Cloud. Cloud appeared to never be able to get into a consistent rhythm. Hopkins was able to land multiple jabs to his face eventually causing a cut above the left eye of Cloud.“I have to throw a lot of substance (into fights). I’m fighting old school in a new world,” Hopkins said. “(I) have to learn how to adapt to what (the judges) are looking for. We knew a 30-year-old guy was not going to run a 48-year-old guy.”Hopkins threw 417 punches and landed 169 of them. Cloud threw 650 punches and connected on 139 of them.“I was only average tonight,” Cloud said. “He hit me with an elbow but I’m not complaining. It is what it is.”For now, Hopkins can enjoy as much Junior’s Restaurant cheesecake as he wants until he defends his title against his next opponent, who has yet to be determined. read more

Body found in Willamette River near Portland bridge

first_imgPORTLAND — Deputies are investigating the death of an adult male whose body was found in the Willamette River near Portland’s Broadway Bridge.The body was spotted Thursday morning by a passer-by on the shore.River Patrol deputies with the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office and Portland Fire Bureau personnel went to the scene and recovered the body.The body will be turned over to the Multnomah County Medical Examiner’s Office.The sheriff’s office is conducting the investigation.last_img read more

Man jumps out of moving car is run over by tire

first_imgA man jumped out of a moving car and was run over Thursday afternoon on Southeast Mill Plain Boulevard in east Vancouver.At about 1:15 p.m., a black Subaru Crosstrek was traveling westbound, just before Southeast 136th Street, when a disturbance between the car’s two occupants prompted the passenger to open the door and exit the car while it was still moving, Vancouver police Sgt. Tim Huberty said.The car’s back passenger-side tire ran the man over, Huberty said. He was taken to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center; his condition is unknown, but medical personnel treated him as a trauma patient, according to emergency radio traffic monitored at The Columbian.Two lanes of traffic were shut down for roughly 30 minutes as police investigated. Just after 2 p.m., the Subaru was driven from the scene with no noticeable damage.last_img read more

TCI Water supply shut down at noon in Capital island

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, September 7th, 2017 – Grand Turk – At noon the city water supply will shut down for Grand Turk for safety explained the Ministry of Infrastructure and Planning via its Water Undertaking Unit.  Residents were since Wednesday asked to make preparations for that temporary closure.By Deandrea Hamilton Grand Turk residents demand restoration at PDM Administration public meeting Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Vandalism brings Grand Turk roadworks to a standstill, Premier and MP speak out American tourist claims #MeToo after alleged sexual assault in Grand Turk Related Items:#GrandTurk, #HurricaneWatch, #magneticmedianews, #WaterSupplylast_img read more

Man who fatally injured a toddler sentenced to life term

first_img EL CAJON (KUSI) – A Navy corpsman who inflicted fatal injuries on his girlfriend’s toddler son at their home in Alpine was sentenced Wednesday to 25 years to life in state prison.Brett Brown, 32, was convicted in September of murder and assault on a child causing death.Deputy District Attorney Chantal de Mauregne told jurors that Brown lied to his girlfriend, Renee Fournier, and first responders as to how 20-month- old Lucas Orlando was hurt.About 1:45 p.m. on Jan. 11, 2016, deputies responding to an emergency at Fournier’s apartment on Arnold Way found her son gravely injured, said sheriff’s Lt. Kenneth Nelson.Brown told deputies that Lucas had been hurt in a fall. Fournier was at work at the time, Nelson said.Brown had been watching Lucas that day along with Fournier’s other child and two of his own from a prior relationship, the lieutenant said.Paramedics took Lucas to Rady Children’s Hospital, where he died two days later.Detectives investigating the death determined that the trauma the boy suffered was too severe to have occurred the way Brown described it, according to Nelson.Brown — who was on leave from the Navy at the time — was arrested on Jan. 14, 2016.The child suffered severe eye, brain and neck hemorrhages, skull fractures and a broken leg, according to de Mauregne.Doctors testified that the child’s injuries had to have been caused by violent shaking and by deliberately striking the child’s head against a hard surface.Brown testified that he was carrying the boy and a plate of food when he slipped and fell on top of the toddler.Fournier, 31, pleaded guilty to felony child endangerment and agreed to testify against Brown. A judge in October reduced that conviction to a misdemeanor and she was sentenced to probation and ordered to complete a yearlong child abuse class. December 5, 2018 KUSI Newsroom Man who fatally injured a toddler sentenced to life term Posted: December 5, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Categories: KUSI, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

SDSU requires new vaccine series proof from all incoming fall 2019 students

first_imgSDSU requires new vaccine series proof from all incoming fall 2019 students Anjalie Tandon 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Beginning fall 2019, all regularly enrolled incoming San Diego State University students will be required to receive the full meningococcal B, or menB vaccine series before the start of the semester.This new policy change comes in response to the 3 confirmed cases of menB at SDSU during the 2018 to 2019 academic year. Posted: May 30, 2019 Anjalie Tandon, May 30, 2019 Categories: Health, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Legacy of Bar Break Violence Haunting Downtown Business Development

first_imgAlcohol and late night clubs are often blamed for the frequency of bar break violence in downtown Anchorage. The last few months have seen shootings, fights, and even a massive unsanctioned street dance party that was cleared by police officers in riot gear last November.Download AudioThe Anchorage Assembly is casting an unusual amount of scrutiny on a pending liquor license transfer that’s raising questions about how businesses that sell liquor should develop downtown.The LED Lounge hasn’t officially opened, and on a recent Thursday afternoon there was construction debris and a few workmen installing swanky decor.“I think we have one of the largest–if not the largest kitchen in the state of Alaska,” said Robert Alexander, owner and operator of the business. He shows off a huge menu covered in small print for the Italian, Chinese, and Southern cuisine he plans to serve out of the half-finished industrial kitchen in the back of the building, which he rents from the owner.The menu is for the restaurant side of the business, Tri-Grill, but the other half of the space is for the LED Lounge, consisting so far of a bar, a small dance floor, and lots of colorful glowing lights built into the tables and walls. That is the side that’s led to a series of procedural snags in the Anchorage Assembly.Plans have been on hold since Assembly member Patrick Flynn delayed the transfer to give the public an opportunity to testify, which opened the door for possible protest from the Minicipality.Alexander’s building at the corner of 6th Avenue and I St. used to house Platinum Jaxx, a nightclub with a reputation as a bad operator in the neighborhood. It closed last summer. Now a group of property and business owners in the area think the LED Lounge will bring the same problems.At the heart of the matter is what kind of business Alexander plans on bringing in.“We will turn up the music on the weekends because more people come out on the weekends,” explains Alexander. “Does that make us a nightclub? No.”In weighing whether or not to block the transfer, the Assembly is picking apart Alexander’s 20-year business career in Anchorage. Recently, the Public Safety Committee gathered to hear more information on the issue, and assembly members asked Alexander questions about his plans for late-night security. But they also brought up a civil court case finding that Alexander had let his worker’s compensation insurance lapse repeatedly over a period of two years.That ruling is under appeal, but in the meantime Alexander’s full businesses record is fair game for assessing the permit transfer.“He was assessed a fine of over a million dollars for those violations,” said Assembly member Bill Evans after the meeting. “There was a detailed report which shows a lot of dis-concern and a lot of failure to report, failure to cooperate with the board. So that’s been an issue that the Assembly is going to at least consider in deciding whether he should be granted the liquor license.”Booze is big business in Anchorage, and operators pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to obtain permits from one another.  The Alcoholic Beverage Control Board technically has authority over the transfers, but typically defers to decisions from local governing bodies. The thought being that those who live in work in a particular town or neighborhood know better what liquor may bring to the area.Assembly member Evans believes the long shadow cast by Platinum Jaxx over the area merits the detailed review of Alexander’s record.“This is a bit unusual, most of these transfers go through usually without this kind of scrutiny,” said Evans. “Part of the issue here is that a lot of the neighbors were really upset about it. They raised concerns. And I think it caused the Assembly to look at this a little more closely.”The chorus of property owners opposing the transfer is small, but vocal, and they insist you cannot protect home or business values while serving booze until bar break next door. Chris Schutte directs the Anchorage Downtown partnership, which took the unusual step of registering its objection to the transfer, a first for the organization.“Given  the neighborhood’s previous experience, confidence in an incoming operator is really important,” Schutte said by phone. “Without that confidence there, and without assurances there, perhaps tied to the license transfer, the neighborhood will not feel comfortable with this operator coming in.”Schutte proposes conditions be attached to the permit, like an earlier closing time and set ratio of food to alcohol sales.Alexander admits that while his business record is not spotless, that is not unusual when you grow over so long a career. And most of the faults brought up by the Assembly had to do with a period of rapid expansion. Since then, he has taken on a director of operations to manage finances. But he thinks the degree of scrutiny he is under is exceptional, and feels unfairly judged.“I haven’t done anything yet, you know? You gotta give me a chance,” he said, pausing. “I just hope this whole thing goes away quick so that it becomes old news.”The Assembly is scheduled to vote on the transfer at its first meeting in February.last_img read more

Vidyarthi Jana Samithi slams KCR over new Secretariat move

first_imgOsmania University: Vidyarthi Jana Samithi (VJS) has expressed its ire over the government sanctioning crores of rupees towards the construction of a new secretariat building. Speaking to the media here on Thursday, VJS president N Ramesh criticised Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao for misusing funds. “There are no permanent buildings for residential schools. Students are facing hardships for want of basic amenities. Also Read – Secunderabad: Major General N Srinivas Rao makes farewell visit to AOC Advertise With Us There are many vacancies to be filled in the Universities in the state,” he added. VJS activists threatened to stage protests all over the State if the problems related to education weren’t solved. VJS OU President Babu Mahajan, Hyderabad President M Arun, Sharan, P Prasanth, Madhu, Ganesh, Raju Naik and others were present on the occasion.last_img read more

Fresh cyber attacks hit Russia other nations

first_imgTurnstiles are seen in the entrance to the subway in Kiev, Ukraine. Photo: ReutersCyber attacks using malware called “BadRabbit” hit Russia and other nations on Tuesday, affecting Russian Interfax news agency and causing flight delays at Ukraine’s Odessa airport.While no major outages were reported, the U.S. government issued a warning on the attack, which followed campaigns in May and June that used similar malware and resulted in what some economists estimated are billions of dollars in losses.The attacks are disturbing because attackers quickly infected critical infrastructure, including transportation operators, indicating it was a “well-coordinated” campaign, said Robert Lipovsky, a researcher with cyber firm ESET.More than half the victims were in Russia, followed by Ukraine, Bulgaria, Turkey and Japan, according to ESET.The U.S. Department of Homeland Security issued a warning on the BadRabbit ransomware, a type of virus that locks up infected computers and asks victims to pay a ransom to restore access. It did not identify any U.S. victims but advised the public to refrain from paying ransoms and report any infections to the Federal Bureau of Investigation through the government’s Internet Crime Complaint Center.Ransomware infections have the potential to halt activity at targeted organizations. The May “WannaCry” ransomware shuttered hospitals, factories and other facilities around the globe for days.Interfax, one of Russia’s largest news agencies, said some of its services were hit by the attack but expected them to be back online by the end of Tuesday.An Odessa airport spokesman said a few flights were delayed because workers had to process passenger data manually. Kiev’s metro system reported a hack on its payment system but said trains were running normally.Ukraine’s cyber police chief told Reuters the country was “barely affected.”Russian cyber-security firm Kaspersky Lab said BadRabbit appeared to spread through a mechanism similar to June’s destructive NotPetya virus, which took down many Ukrainian government agencies and businesses. It then spread across corporate networks of multinationals with operations or suppliers in eastern Europe.Kaspersky said it was investigating to see whether BadRabbit was related to NotPetya.Ukrainian banking services, which have been hit by previous attacks, were unaffected, according to the nation’s central bank.last_img read more

Studentled Bullying Prevention Week to spread the message Loving is Louder

first_imgStudent leaders from 17 high schools across Baltimore County are taking action to strengthen the kinds of positive learning environments they believe all students deserve. They have announced plans for the first ever Bullying Prevention Week in Baltimore County Public Schools, to be held March 3-7.Initiated and coordinated by the Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council, the week will feature special activities and videos each day, including a special episode of the new BCPS-TV show “Chat Café.”The student-led bullying prevention week coincides with the public release of an online Bullying, Harassment or Intimidation Reporting Form. Students, staff and parents will be able to complete and submit the form electronically. The new form is designed to facilitate the process of reporting incidents of bullying and increase the anonymity of reporting.Across the county on Monday, students and staff will be encouraged to sign bullying prevention pledges and to wear orange to represent unity. Elementary students will receive “Loving is Louder” stickers, while secondary students will be offered temporary tattoos.The color of the day for Tuesday will be green representing empathy, and students will be encouraged to eat lunch with different tablemates than usual and to build new friendships. Wednesday will be “Random Words of Kindness Day,” and the color of the day, to represent kindness, will be blue. Students and staff will be invited throughout the day to write positive words about each other on designated bulletin boards in their schools.The focus for Thursday will be cyber-bullying awareness, and the campaign will seek to combat negativity with 5,000 positive tweets. Students will be encouraged to tweet affirmative words, statements, and pictures about their school and other students using the hash tag #lovingislouder. The color for the day is red to symbolize respect.On Friday, schools are encouraged to celebrate the week through classroom discussions or assemblies and to develop schoolwide plans for continuing bullying prevention activities. Pictures from the week can be shared using #lovingislouder or sent to nallen3@bcps.org. Any schoolwide plans developed to address bullying prevention should be sent to spatterson2@bcps.org. The color of the day, purple, represents positivity.last_img read more

Uber wants to fly you to your destination in a drone

first_imgTap a button on you screen and a four-wheeled Uber will come and drive you to your destination. In a few years, however, they may take to the sky after you step inside.Uber’s chief product officer Jeff Holden sat down with Recode’s Kara Swisher at the Nantucket Conference this week. During their chat, he told her that the company is looking into VTOL (vertical take-off and landing) aircraft to provide lifts to Uber customers.Uber has made no secret about their desire to start using driverless cars. They’ve been pushing in that direction for quite some time and recently launched a pilot project — a fleet of autonomous Ford Fusions — in Pittsburgh.Uber is not the only company out there looking to the skies for ways to revolutionize transportation. China’s Ehang showed off an advanced prototype earlier this year (that’s it pictured at the top of this post), and it looks very similar to the type of vehicle that Holland was talking about on stage.The eHang 184 has a range of about 10 miles, which would be plenty to accomplish a goal Holden mentioned — getting from Oakland to San Francisco. Right now, a bus can get you there in 10 minutes or so, and the eHang should be able to match that while transporting you in solitary bliss.Other companies are working on similar drones. Airbus has been for quite some time, and you’d have to assume that competitors like Boeing and Bombardier are, too. The sooner they make drone taxis a reality, the sooner Uber can start offering to fly you to your destination while all the luddites on the ground are stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic.last_img read more