Canadian 911 musical Come From Away scores 14 DC theatre award nominations

first_imgThe Broadway-bound production was among the plays and musicals recognized by the Helen Hayes Awards, which celebrate excellence in professional theatre throughout the Washington metropolitan area. Twitter “Come From Away” was nominated in the musical categories for production, ensemble, choreography, direction, musical direction and sound design. Canadian 9/11-inspired musical “Come From Away” has scored 14 nominations for a prestigious U.S.-based theatre honour. Created by Canadian husband-and-wife duo Irene Sankoff and David Hein, “Come From Away” is centred on Gander, N.L., where residents provided refuge to passengers and crew on 38 planes that were diverted when U.S. air space was closed following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The actors were well represented in individual categories with nods for Jenn Colella, Kendra Kassebaum, Alyssa Wilmoth Keegan, Q. Smith and Astrid Van Wieren in the supporting actress categories and Joel Hatch, Rodney Hicks and Chad Kimball for supporting actor. Login/Register With: The 2017 Helen Hayes Awards will be handed out at the Lincoln Theatre and the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C., on May 15. Advertisement Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

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Mohawk man takes on NY over toxic dump

first_imgAPTN National NewsAn Akwesasne Mohawak man is taking on the State of New York.Larry Thompson attempted to take matters into his own hands and clean up a contaminated site on the territory.But he didn’t get far when state troopers stepped in.APTN National News reporter Annette Francis has the story.last_img

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Fire at Northmart store in Iqaluit forces evacuation of elders residence closes

first_imgKent DriscollAPTN NewsA fire at the Northmart store in Iqaluit has forced the evacuation of an elder’s residence and has closed an elementary school.Firefighters are still trying to control the blaze after being called to the store in the early morning hours.The Nakasuk elementary school which sits across the road from the store is closed, and an elder’s residence was evacuated at around 5:30.Residents are being asked to conserve water – and water trucks are hauling extra water to the fire.About 60 per cent of the food in the community is bought at the Northmart store.The city is planning to hold a news conference at 11 e.t. to provide more details on the fire.news@aptn.ca@aptnnewslast_img read more

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Wigneswaran raises objections over Palaly airport expansion

D.M. Swaminathan, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Minister and who also participated in the meeting chaired by the Prime Minister, does not view the Chief Minister’s position as an obstacle to the project.“His position is that the fishermen should not get affected. Fair enough. I am sure that the Indian government too would also take a rational view of the entire matter.” Yet, he is confident that the project would fructify. Cooray said the Central government would study the matter further. In February 2014, the Northern Provincial Council adopted a resolution, demanding the operation of direct flight services from Palaly to destinations in southern States of India. Kandiah Sarveswaran, member of the Provincial Council, has said another issue is that many tracts of private lands in and around the airport are now with the security forces and their owners will like to get them back. These lands should not be disturbed for the renovation project.Gurukularajah and Dr. Sarveswaran have said there are alternative sites in the Province if the Central government wants to set up an international airport.Ahilan Kadirgamar, political economist based in Jaffna, has said the operation of flight services from Palaly to many places in southern India, return of the Myladdy harbour to the local fishing community and the issue of resettlement of displaced people would have to be viewed together. Northern Province’s Chief Minister C V Wigneswaran has raised objections over the renovation of the Palaly airport in the Northern Province, one of the many large infrastructure projects proposed in Sri Lanka with the funding of the Indian Government, The Hindu newspaper reported.He has conveyed his position to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe at a meeting early this week in which chairperson of the Office for National Unity and Reconciliation (ONUR) and former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, Governor Reginold Cooray and Ministers of the Northern Province took part. The meeting was held to discuss issues concerning the Province. Two weeks ago, at the ninth session of the Joint Commission attended by Foreign Ministers of India and Sri Lanka, Sushma Swaraj and Mangala Samaraweera, the issue of the airport renovation was discussed. If the government handles them properly, this will be a major confidence building measure towards reconciliation. On the Chief Minister’s objections, Thambyrajah Gurukularajah, Education Minister, told The Hindu that the Palaly airport expansion might “adversely affect” interests of the fishing community of the nearby Myladdy fishery harbour.“Even with the present facilities at Palaly, direct flight services to Madurai or Tiruchi in Tamil Nadu or Thiruvanathapuram in Kerala can be operated,” he suggested. read more

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Ukraine Amidst intensified military offensive Ban condemns violence against civilians

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today strongly condemned the “continued, unlawful” acts of armed fighters in Ukraine after reports that they are regrouping in eastern provinces, and urged Ukrainian authorities to exercise maximum restraint and protect civilians.According to media reports, armed groups have regrouped in Donetsk and Lugansk, from which more and more residents have fled and others are trapped in zones of heavy fighting. On 30 June, an extended ceasefire that Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko had put in place ended, resulting in Ukrainian forces to engage in what Mr. Ban termed “intensified military activity.”Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said the UN chief also underscored the importance of a “renewed and lasting cease-fire upheld by all parties” and a political solution to the ongoing crisis.“The continuation of a political and diplomatic process towards a definitive cessation of violence and a peaceful resolution of the crisis is critical,” he said.Navi Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, last week warned against “utterly reprehensible” incitement to violence targeting women and underage girls, and destruction of civilian infrastructure.She said that in the past week, her team had received numerous alarming reports of deaths in the Luhansk and Donetsk regions, including the killing of a five-year-old girl, due to the intensified security operations.Ms. Pillay said she was particularly disturbed by a message on the website of one leader of the self-proclaimed “Donetsk People’s Republic,” stating that underage children and women are legitimate targets and that the goal is to ‘immerse them in horror.’ read more

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Jerry Lucas Ohio State has good shot at winning title

INDIANAPOLIS — The Ohio State men’s basketball team appears to be collecting championships. There’s only one left, and it’s the most elusive of them all. It’s so elusive, only one OSU men’s basketball team has won the NCAA Championship before: the 1960 team, led by coach Fred Taylor and the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player, Jerry Lucas. This year’s version enters the tournament as the No. 1 overall seed. It will go on to face the winner of a play-in game between Texas-San Antonio and Alabama State on Friday in Cleveland. Lucas said he believes this team has a shot at being the second OSU team to win an NCAA Championship. “I think they have a good shot at winning,” Lucas told The Lantern. “They’re strong inside; they have good shooters; they handle the ball well and have a good perimeter game. They’re strong in every facet of the game.” Lucas warned that the road to the finals isn’t an easy one. “They’ll be ready, but what is it, six games they’re going to have to win? It’s going to be tough. If they’re not shooting well and some other team gets hot it could cause them problems,” Lucas said. “But they have all the weapons they need.” Lucas wasn’t the only alumnus who said he has faith in this squad. J.J. Sullinger, another former Buckeye basketball player and older brother of freshman forward Jared Sullinger, also weighed in on this team’s chances. “We have so many weapons. People talk all the time about how we don’t have any depth. We absolutely have depth,” J.J. said. “We have confidence in every Buckeye that goes into the game. If we play defense and rebound well, nobody’s going to beat us.” J.J. had some advice for the younger guys, including Jared and freshman forward Deshaun Thomas, who have never played in the NCAA Tournament before. “It’s back to the drawing board. It’s a new season and a different kind of commitment,” J.J. said. “It’s win or go home. They’re celebrating right now, but once you step out of the shower it’s a brand new season.” For their part, even the young Buckeyes seem to understand what’s at stake, including being the No. 1 overall seed. “It’s something special,” Sullinger said. “At the same time we still have a lot of work to do so it doesn’t stop here. … You just have to take it one game at a time and focus on your opponent.” Coach Thad Matta said he considered it an honor given the parity in college basketball. “You look across the country at all the great teams, and I give our guys a lot of credit,” coach Thad Matta said. “They’ve come ready to play for 34 games, and probably the hardest thing I think we’ve found this year was the effort that the teams give to beat you each night.” In the locker room after the game, junior guard William Buford, like Matta, acknowledged that this team would have a bull’s-eye as the No. 1 overall seed. He also said it wouldn’t bother them. “It’s no pressure for us,” Buford said. “We’re just going to go out and play how we know how to play, and play Ohio State basketball.” The last time the Buckeyes earned a No. 1 seed was in 2007, when they advanced all the way to the finals before loosing to the eventual champion Florida Gators.  Buford admitted his team has some weaknesses. “Our defense, we take too many possessions off on defense. I think we need to get our offensive execution together too,” Buford said. “We’re getting good shots; we just weren’t knocking them down (this weekend).” After the Big Ten Tournament was over, and everything was said and done, senior guard Jon Diebler put everything into perspective. “We’re happy we accomplished this,” Diebler said. “We’re going to enjoy it tonight and get right back to work.” read more

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Bucyrus delivers 50th ExPC – its ruggedised PC for use in explosionhazard

first_imgThe Bucyrus ExPC with state-of-the-art computer technology and a 19″ graphic display opens up a completely new dimension of data processing, recording and visualisation underground and in explosion-hazard areas. The first ExPC was delivered to Xi Shan in China in January 2003. The 50th was recently delivered to OKD’s CSM II mine. The ExPC collects data from drives, roof supports and the shearer or plow and visualises these at the coal face. The ExPC also transmits data via fibre-optic cable or DSL to the mine network for visualisation, control and troubleshooting. It is characterised by its ruggedised design. The explosion-protected housing, the armoured glass screen and the waterproof keyboard with built-in mouse ensure that the ExPC can work safely and efficiently even in dusty and explosion-hazard areas. Intrinsically safe ports and network connection guarantee smooth data exchange with other control systems. No mechanical damage has been reported on any of the 50 ExPCs in use in mines around the world. The ExPC has a powerful processor and the 19″ display is the largest on the market, Bucyrus reports.The ExPC is in service in Czech OKD mines, in China, Germany, Mexico, Poland, Russia South Africa, and the Ukraine. It operates as a Visualisation Control Unit (VCU), with visualisation programs for the various control tasks. They are VShield, VPlow, VShearer, VDrive and VLongwall. They allow parameters to be read and set, as well as visualisation of operational data. Each component also allows logging of operational data and has a Replay function for visualisation, analysis and process optimisation.Whether for comprehensive data acquisition, safe and secure data exchange with the surface, visualisation of current longwall data or central control and maintenance of machines, the Bucyrus ExPC meets all the hardware and software requirements for underground mining and has the ATEX certification (Group I). It also meets regulatory requirements for the key mining markets including China, Czech Republic, Poland, Russia, South Africa and Ukraine. It is part of the Bucyrus drive towards state-based automation – started in 2004 – to achieve consistent production rates. Bucyrus now offers fully integrated automation that takes State-Based Automation (SBA) to a new level by providing automation that achieves optimal operation under all mining conditions by taking coal clearance and roof support into account.Automation will be covered in detail in International Mining’s January 2010 issue.last_img read more

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Calvin Johnson shows why hes called Megatron in this cool ESPN ad

first_img CALVIN JOHNSON IS a man of many talents. His receiving skills make him perhaps the most formidable wide receiver in the entire league. His 1,964 receiving yards last season broke Jerry Rice’s long standing single season receiving yards record.Johnson’s nickname “Megatron” comes from the villainous robot leader of the Decepticons in the “Transformers” series, who can transform into other electronic machines.  His nickname was put on display in the latest “This is SportsCenter” commercial: Instagram will restrict posts and ads about weight loss and cosmetic surgery to try and protect teen users YouTube: ESPNRob Heffernan’s wife Marian named manager of the month More than 1,500 Amazon employees are expected to walk out on Friday to protest climate change center_img Burger King stopped giving away free plastic toys in its UK branches after a campaign from sisters aged 7 and 9 US stocks are set to drop after the Fed’s ‘hawkish shift’ tempers hopes for further rate cuts last_img read more

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Lintelligence une origine à moitié génétique

first_imgL’intelligence, une origine à moitié génétique Une étude menée sur plus de 3.000 personnes et révélée par le Guardian suggère que les variations de l’intelligence sont déterminées à 50% par des différences dans les gènes. Plusieurs centaines voire milliers d’entre eux participeraient ainsi à la constitution de notre intelligence. De nouvelles avancées en génétique permettent d’affirmer que les variations de l’intelligence sont déterminées à 50% par des différences dans les gènes. C’est ce que révèle le Guardian suite à la publication d’une étude menée sur plus de 3.000 individus. Une découverte qui bouleverse les théories que les scientifiques avaient établies jusqu’à présent. En effet, il était d’usage de penser que l’intelligence découle d’un ou deux gènes “intelligents”. Or, les résultats de cette étude publiée dans la revue Molecular Psychiatry, démontrent plutôt que l’intelligence serait le fruit de la participation de plusieurs centaines voire milliers de gènes. La part de chacun d’entre eux apporterait ainsi une contribution infime dans la constitution de notre intelligence. Pour arriver à une telle conclusion, les chercheurs de l’université d’Edimbourg en Ecosse ont étudié près de 500.000 régions dans l’ADN de 3.511 personnes, en se focalisant sur des séquences particulières qui ne présentent qu’un seul changement de nucléotide. Ce qu’on appelle le polymorphisme génétique. Puis, ces variations de nucléotides ont été mises en relation avec les performances intellectuelles au moyen de deux types de tests. Le premier consistait à mesurer la connaissance ou mémoire vive grâce à des exercices de vocabulaire alors que le second évaluait les aptitudes à résoudre des problèmes. Une intelligence “hautement polygénique” Au final, cette expérience a alors établi que les variations de séquences ADN sont à l’origine de 40% des différences concernant la mémoire instantanée et près de 51% des variations dans les aptitudes de résolution, rapporte Slate.fr. Le professeur Ian Deary, principal auteur de l’étude écrit ainsi : “C’est la première fois que l’on montre biologiquement et sans équivoque que l’intelligence humaine est hautement polygénique (déterminée par de nombreux gènes) et que les polymorphismes d’un seul nucléotide peuvent être utilisés pour expliquer l’intelligence”.La prochaine étape de ces travaux portera donc sur l’identification précise des principaux gènes contrôlant l’intelligence. Mais si les gènes se comptent bien par millier et qu’ils peuvent réellement être identifiés, la tâche se révèlera vite très ardue voire impossible. Par ailleurs, un autre mystère demeure. L’autre moitié reste inexpliquée À lire aussiLe tardigrade, cet animal quasi indestructible, révèle la clé de ses super-pouvoirsSlate.fr rapporte une question majeure et laissée en suspens par les résultats de cette étude, mais posée par le magazine hebdomadaire US News & World Report : quels facteurs déterminent l’autre moitié constituant notre intelligence ? La famille et l’école jouent-il un véritable rôle ? Pour Peter Visscher, le co-auteur d’une étude également publiée dans la revue Molecular Psychatry, les conditions familiales et le milieu scolaire ont certes un rôle déterminant mais ne changent rien aux prédispositions : “De mon point de vue, je peux vous dire que quel que soit le nombre de cours particuliers que j’ai eu dans mon enfance, et j’en ai eu beaucoup, je doute que j’aurais pu devenir un jour commerçant… ou même Einstein.”Le 14 août 2011 à 11:02 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Weather Eye Spring closes with preview of summer heat

first_imgPatrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at http://patricktimm.com. The calendar shows summer begins this Thursday, but the weather today through Wednesday will have sizzling summerlike temperatures. Highs today will be in the upper 80s. Monday through Wednesday will reach the 90s, and then back to the 80s Thursday through the weekend. If we get enough marine air to push in by the weekend, we could see some highs in the 70s.It’s a good thing school is finally out for most tomorrow. It would be miserable sitting in classrooms without air conditioning. I mentioned here Thursday to watch those clouds over the Cascades as they might drift into Clark County, and scattered thundershowers were a possibility.That is exactly what happened Saturday afternoon with thunderstorms reported out near Yacolt, Battle Ground, Camas and Washougal. I had reports of thunder and areas with brief, heavy rain. For the next week, those storms should stay to the east and south of us and not venture into the valleys.Fire danger rises rapidly this week and any offshore flow of east to northeast winds will make things tinder-dry quickly. Keep an eye on any campfires and barbecues you may have. Looks like it is going to be a bad year for wildfires. Already we are in the dry category west of the Cascades, and some areas on the east side are in the drought category. And it is still just mid-June.It was a pleasant day along the Washington Coast Saturday, with highs at 70 degrees or better. And great kite-flying weather, with nice north-to-northwest winds. It will be great weather at the coast all week, with highs near 70, maybe a bit cooler Monday, but outstanding any way you look at it.last_img read more

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Two more acres of land protected at Potter Marsh wildlife refuge

first_imgOne of Anchorage’s most popular birding spots, Potter Marsh gets more than 150,000 visitors each year. (Emily Russell/APM)In Alaska, conversations about land conservation often involve thousands of acres that are hundreds of miles from the nearest city. But sometimes just a couple of acres can make all the difference. Community members in Anchorage rallied together recently to help protect one of the most popular birding spots in the city.Listen nowPotter Marsh sits at the base of the Chugach Mountains. It’s a foggy day in early November and the burnt orange colored-grasses wrap around the glassy, open water. This is one of the last places to freeze before winter, which is why so many birds come to visit.“We got your standard ducks that you might call Mallards, Pintail, Green-winged Teal.  There’s Snow Geese, there’s Canada Geese, [and] Sandhill Cranes come through here,” Joe Meehan said. Meehan is with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.The season is passed now, but a video from the spring migration shows two of those Sandhill Cranes tilting their red heads back and opening their beaks wide.It’s sights like this that Meehan says attract more than 150,000 visitors each year to Potter Marsh. But those visitors probably don’t know that in the woods around the marsh there’s junk– big cast iron boilers, stacks of sheet metal, a toilet or two and a seemingly endless supply of bathtubs.There used to be airstrip here, so Meehan says the junk just started piling up.Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s Joe Meehan surveys the land with John Wros from the Conservation Fund. (Emily Russell / APM)Meehan is here today with John Wros from the Conservation Fund.All the trash here– it’s unsettling, but there’s an even bigger threat. It turns out, all around the marsh is private land. Wros said until recently, there was a fear the land could be turned into condos.“Part of the ambiance is that there’s not somebody’s house here,” Wros said. “It’s this wooded, marshy environment rather than [a] development.”Fish and Game won’t have money to buy the land until a federal grant comes through in the Spring, so in the meantime, the Conservation Fund stepped in to help. The current property owners agreed to lower the price and private donors also stepped up to secure the sale.Joe Meehan said people in Anchorage have a real connection to the place.“There was one gentleman who walked the marsh almost every day with his wife, who had cancer. She eventually passed away, [but] for the last few months of her life– it was spent at Potter Marsh,” Meehan said. “It was just a special place for him and he wanted to see it protected, so he was interested in helping protect it.”Meehan says before the sale was finalized, a crew hauled away nearly 20 tons of trash and another 50 tons of recycled steel. Now Fish and Game will make sure Potter Marsh and the land around it stay wild.After all, Meehan says that’s the way the community wanted it.last_img read more

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Judges divided on Trumps travel ban

first_imgDonald TrumpUS federal appeals judges appeared divided after hearing the President Donald Trump’s administration’s defence of the revised travel ban on admitting refugees and travellers from six Muslim-majority countries, the media reported.The nearly two-hour hearing on Monday before the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia, came about two months after a federal judge in Maryland imposed a nationwide halt to the core portion of the President’s revised executive order, CNN reported.”He’s never repudiated what he said about the Muslim ban,” judge Robert B King said, underscoring a key rationale for the Maryland federal district court’s halt to the ban.But Judge Paul V Niemeyer questioned the plaintiffs’ attorney about his motive for opposing the ban.”If some other candidate had won the election and issued this order, I gather you would have no problem with that,” said Niemeyer, who was appointed by former president George HW Bush.District Court Judge Theodore Chuang said that the travel ban likely violates the Constitution by disfavouring Muslims, and the Justice Department appealed that decision in March.Jeffrey Wall, the acting solicitor general, however, argued that Trump’s statements about Muslims prior to taking office should not be considered evidence of discrimination.”(Trump) made it clear he was not talking about Muslims all over the world, that’s why it’s not a Muslim ban,” CNN quoted Wall as saying in the hearing.In response, Omar Jadwat, a senior attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union Immigrants’ Rights Project, argued the ban does not serve a valid national security purpose.Normally, such an appeal of a district court’s decision would be heard by a randomly assigned panel of three judges, and the losing party may ask for it to be reheard by the full court.Yet in this case, the judges on the 4th Circuit decided it should be heard by the full court — otherwise known as “en banc” — in the first instance.The suit in front of the 4th Circuit on Monday was brought by several refugee rights organisations, along with individual plaintiffs who claim the executive order, if allowed to go into effect, would separate them from loved ones abroad, CNN reported.last_img read more

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Gas cylinder blast in India kills 5

first_imgAt least five persons were killed and over 20 injured in a cooking gas cylinder blast in India’s western state of Rajasthan, local media reported on Saturday.Quoting Xinhua, BSS said the incident happened in the state’s Beawar area in Ajmer district when a wedding party was going on Friday night. Six of the injured are said to be critical.The cylinder reportedly exploded due to the alleged negligence of the cooks who were preparing dishes on the second floor of the building. One of the cooks was trying to transfer gas from one cylinder to another when it caught fire and exploded.last_img read more

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Officials Girl Shot In Neck Abdomen In Texas School Shooting

first_img Share Photo via Twitter @grlopez4A 15-year-old girl was hospitalized Monday morning after a shooting was reported at a school in the Ellis County town of Italy.Prosecutors say a 16-year-old student shot a classmate in the neck and abdomen at a Texas high school before firing at another student and missing, prosecutors said Wednesday.Details of the attack at Italy High School, south of Dallas, were recounted during a juvenile court hearing for the boy accused in the attack.He’s charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Authorities haven’t released his name because he’s a juvenile. He appeared in court in Waxahachie wearing handcuffs and orange jail garb, accompanied by family members.He repeatedly shot the 15-year-old girl in the school cafeteria Monday morning before taking aim at the second student as dozens of others looked on, prosecutors said. The girl is hospitalized and is expected to survive.“He only stopped because he ran out of bullets,” Ellis County 1st Assistant District Attorney Ann Montgomery said after the hearing.The teen was taken into custody outside the school shortly after the shooting.Authorities have not released a motive but prosecutors said surveillance video appears to show the teen was angry with the girl. He’s seen waving his arms and stomping around her as she lay wounded on the cafeteria floor.District Court Judge Cindy Ermatinger ordered the teen to remain in custody and undergo a psychological evaluation. Another hearing is scheduled for Feb. 7.Prosecutors will review a breadth of material before determining whether they will seek to try the teen as an adult, Montgomery said.“We have to wait to receive entire police file and the psychological examination before we determine how we want to proceed,” she said.Ellis County District Attorney Patrick Wilson spoke with reporters after the hearing, his voice shaking with emotion.“There are no winners in this, no matter how it shakes out,” he said. “It was a tragedy for everybody.”Students and parents in the aftermath of the shooting said the boy had shown flashes of anger in the past. Tina Haight, whose daughter attends the school, told KDFW-TV in Dallas that she had complained to school administrators after the boy threw scissors at her daughter.Italy Independent School District Superintendent Lee Joffre has declined to reveal any punishment the boy may have faced in the past, saying the law prohibits a district from speaking specifically regarding student discipline or any other student incidents.last_img read more

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FDA Approves First MindControlled Prosthetic Arm

first_img Register Now » Dean Kamen is probably best known for inventing the Segway, the self-balancing electric vehicle that’s equal parts innovative and ridiculous.Luckily for him (and us), that may soon change. His company, DEKA Research and Development, has created something far cooler: The first Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved, mind-controlled prosthetic limb.The DEKA arm system (nicknamed “Luke” by DEKA employees, after Luke Skywalker) is controlled by electrodes attached to the arm above the prosthesis. The electrodes detect muscle movements in the upper arm, which are sent to a processor and translated into the wearer’s desired motion.Related: U.S. Army Developing a Real Live ‘Iron Man’ SuitThe prosthetic is the same weight and shape as an adult arm, the FDA said in a statement, and “can convert electrical signals into up to 10 powered movements.”According to a clinical trial cited by the agency, 90 percent of study participants were able to perform activities with the DEKA arm that they couldn’t do with their current prosthesis, including using keys, locks and zippers, preparing food and feeding themselves.Fred Downs, the veteran affairs official in charge of prosthetics, demonstrated the DEKA arm for 60 Minutes. “For the first time in 40 years my left hand did this,” he said, making a fist. “It’s such an amazing feeling. I was 23 years old the last time I did that,” he told the outlet.Related: Swallow This ‘Password’ Pill to Unlock Your Digital DevicesIn a demonstration video, Downs is able to pick up and transfer eggs from one carton to another, thanks to vibration feedback that allows him to ‘feel’ how tightly he’s gripping each shell.DEKA developed the arm with $40 million in financing from the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and the U.S. Army Research Office, Bloomberg reports.The FDA’s stamp of approval means DEKA can now find a manufacturer and make the product commercially available, although that may not happen for some time. According to Bloomberg, DEKA is currently looking for a commercial partner to mass market the prosthetic.For more information about the project, check out the video below. Related: This Bionic Hand Allows Amputee to ‘Feel’ Again Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 2 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global May 12, 2014 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.last_img read more

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Can CRISPR Feed the World

first_imgLarry Black kneels in the sandy soil beside a bushy orange tree flush with ripening fruit, his brow glistening in the hot Florida sun. He pinches a sprig of young leaves and pulls it in at eye level. “You see him?” Black says. “He’s tiny.” A grayish speck flutters off. It’s the Asian citrus psyllid — smaller than a grain of rice, but big enough to possibly destroy Florida’s citrus industry.The tree’s yellow-blotched leaves betray a symptom citrus growers have come to expect. It’s sick. And so is nearly every mature citrus tree in the state.Black’s family has raised oranges here since the 1850s. For five generations, they’ve faced hurricanes, frost and pests. But over the past decade or so, they’ve seen this tiny bug become their worst calamity, decimating the state’s iconic orange trees by ferrying a disease called citrus greening, or Huanglongbing (HLB) — the yellow dragon disease.“Pre-HLB, a grower planted a grove of trees and expected them to live for a generation,” says Black, who runs Peace River Packing Co. in Fort Meade. “And that’s just not a reality anymore.”[embedded content]last_img read more

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Facebooks Zuckerberg says US really blew it on surveillance

first_imgNo related posts. WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. government “really blew it” on conducting surveillance programs that riled foreign leaders and domestic skeptics, Facebook Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg said in a television interview.“They’re continuing to blow it in some ways and I hope they become more transparent,” Zuckerberg, 29, said in an interview broadcast today on ABC’s “This Week.” “These things are always in balance, in terms of doing the right things and also being clear and telling people about what you’re doing.”The National Security Agency is facing scrutiny in the U.S. Congress and abroad over revelations that it spied on foreign leaders, broke into fiber-optic cables overseas and gathered emails and phone records of innocent U.S. citizens. Most of the revelations were exposed by Edward Snowden, the former NSA contractor who remains in Russia under temporary asylum.Zuckerberg, whose Menlo Park, Calif.-based social media company started its initial public offering in May 2012, has spent much of the last year getting involved in political issues, from education in New Jersey to infrastructure development in Africa. In April he announced the formation an advocacy group called FWD.us to lobby for changes to U.S. immigration policy, higher academic standards and investments in scientific research.“The future of our economy is a knowledge economy, and that means getting the most talented people into this country is the most important thing we can do to make sure the companies of tomorrow are founded here,” Zuckerberg, whose estimated worth of $22.6 billion ranks him 32nd on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index of the world’s wealthiest individuals, said in the ABC interview.There are “a lot of misconceptions” about the legality of 11 million undocumented persons in the U.S., Zuckerberg said, citing the case of a student he taught in an after-school program who said he wouldn’t be able to attend college because he was undocumented.“When you meet these children and they’re really talented and they grew up in America and don’t really know any other country besides that but they don’t have the opportunities that we all enjoy, it’s really heartbreaking,” he said. “It seems like it’s one of the biggest civil rights issues of our time.”Fwd.us supports helping undocumented workers become citizens and is calling for an increase in H-1B visas, a program favored by the technology industry that lets skilled guest workers come to the U.S. Zuckerberg visited Capitol Hill in September and discussed immigration with lawmakers.The Senate in June passed a bill that, as part of revising immigration policy, includes a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. The measure has stalled in the House, where many Republicans oppose the citizenship provision.House Speaker John Boehner, an Ohio Republican, has said he wants to approach changes to immigration policy “in a common sense, step-by-step way.” He has rejected the Senate approach of using one bill to address multiple issues.Asked for his advice on what U.S. President Barack Obama’s administration should do to resolve snags in the new government-run health-insurance exchanges created under the Affordable Care Act, Zuckerberg cited his company’s own technological challenges.“Sometimes stuff doesn’t work when you want it to,” he said. “We’ve certainly had plenty of mistakes and things that haven’t worked the way that we want to. The right thing here is to keep on focusing on building the service that you think is right in the long term.”© 2013, Bloomberg News Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Preferred Hotels Resorts expands its portfolio

first_imgPreferred Hotels & Resorts, announced the addition of 24 member hotels over the past three months, which marks the company’s debut in key regions, signal the expansion of existing partnerships, and represent enhanced presence in key markets.Highlights of some of the new hotel additions include:The Hari London – London, United Kingdom – Located in the quintessentially British district of Belgravia, The Hari Hotel, London bridges the gap between 19 Century London and modern day.Lancaster Bangkok – Bangkok, Thailand – Scheduled to open in April 2017, the centrally located Lancaster Bangkok will offer 231 elegantly appointed rooms and suites, including Sky Garden Suites with private gardens and loft-style living apartments.Vivienda Granada & Vivienda Residences – Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia- Preferred Hotels & Resorts marked first-time presence in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with the addition of Vivienda Granada and Vivienda Residences, two boutique properties located in the capital city of Riyadh. Vivienda Residence comprises of 12 private villas and on-site amenities such as a pool, gym, and a soon-to-open pop-up restaurant.Tarrytown House Estate & Conference Centre – Tarrytown, New York-Travelers looking to escape the Manhattan madness can head to the famed Sleepy Hollow Country in New York’s Westchester County to experience the natural surroundings of Tarrytown House Estate. A picturesque estate made up of 212 guestrooms and numerous indoor and outdoor activities.last_img read more

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Crane operator Jenna is waiting patiently for the

first_imgCrane operator Jenna is waiting patiently for the worker drones to set the precast panel. Paolo van Erp and Dan Reiff are helping to anchor the adjustable brace for the second precast panel. In the background we see the basin that leads to Sycamore Creek with it’s extraordinary petroglyphs. More to come on 7/09/2012.[photos: Nadia Begin & text: David Tollas] Dan and David guide the second precast panel into place. July 6, 2012Here is a view from the Arcosanti pool onto the top of the energy apron work site, with the mesa in the background. We can see the high tunnel greenhouse in the foreground and the roof of the guestrooms. Two precast panel are moved to be mounted onto the north side of the roof.[photos: Nadia Begin & text: David Tollas] A 3 Suns precast panel.last_img read more

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Will Ask Election Commission to Keep Account of Spendings PM Modis Rallies

first_imgKhejuri/Tamluk: West Bengal Chief Minister and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee Sunday took her diatribe against the prime minister to his homefront, claiming that “all throughout his life, Modi never respected his mother or his wife”.”You shy away from giving your wife her due respect, what respect will you give to the people?” the CM said. Maintaining that she has seen Modi’s affidavit in his nomination papers, Banerjee said, “The PM has written that he does not know about his wife’s movable and immovable assets. I don’t like making such comments, but the level he has stooped to forced me to speak out,” the TMC boss said.Mamata Banerjee also accused the BJP of doling out money to buy votes in the general election. She said her party will request the poll panel to seek an accountof expenditure at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rallies. BJPLok Sabha elections 2019Mamata BanerjeeNarendra Modi First Published: April 28, 2019, 9:05 PM IST “We will ask the Election Commission (EC) to keep an account of the spendings in the prime minister’s public meetings. If the EC can seek details of expenditure fromothers, why not from him?”The chief minister also alleged that the saffron party is doling out thousands of rupees to lure people to its rallies, while also buying votes.She also demanded that Modi’s candidature from Varanasi be cancelled, claiming that he has written “does not know” on many counts in his affidavit.Mamata Banerjee urged the Election Commission to carry out an investigation into the spendings of Modi’s “colourful rally” in the holy town of Varanasi before filing his nomination.”This election is not (a test) for Mamata Banerjee, but for you (Modi). It is time for you to answer what you have done in five years,” she said, insisting that the prime minister was busy touring the world during his tenure.last_img read more

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