Mother of girls shot at playground calls for community programs to stop

first_imgTORONTO – The mother of two young girls who were hit by stray bullets at a Toronto playground last month called Monday for better education and community support programs, not increased police presence, to curb gun violence in the city.Toronto must reduce the number of young people who turn to crime, Stacey King said at a meeting of the city’s board of health where ongoing research into community violence was being discussed.“Too many young kids are dying, too many young kids have access to guns,” King said. “We need to put a stop to this. When is this going to stop?”The June 14 shooting that sent King’s five and nine-year-old daughters to hospital was just one in a string of high-profile gun crimes this spring and summer that has led to increased calls for the municipal, provincial and federal governments to take action.Toronto police Chief Mark Saunders announced last week that 200 frontline officers will be added to the night shift over the course of the summer in an effort to deal with gun violence. Officers will not “saturate” certain neighbourhoods, but will be sent where they are needed, Saunders said.“It’s about being focused and strategic in our deployment,” he said. “This is not about turning communities upside down. That will never be the intention.”Toronto Mayor John Tory also recently announced that at least part of $15 million earmarked for efforts to curb gun violence would be going to community programs aimed at preventing youth from joining gangs.Police data shows gun violence has killed 27 people and injured 82 so far in 2018, compared with 17 deaths and 80 injuries at this time last year.“My kids are suffering from this,” King said. “My five-year-old got shot in the stomach … Do you want to know what she said to me that day? ‘Mommy am I going to die?’ For a five-year-old to know that, that is so wrong.”Officials need to look at the reasons why some youth pick up guns and others don’t, King told the 11 city councillors on the board of health.Children should be taught about issues that lie at the root of gun violence — including bullying and mental health — by Grade 3, King said.“We have to have more mentorship programs, we have to have more resources, we have to have more jobs for youth, we have to have more trades for them,” she said. “For (people) to say they want more cops … this is not going to put a stop to it. Having more cops is just going to cause more problems.”The board of health heard several submissions from support workers and concerned citizens as it considered a progress report on research into community violence.The research, begun in March, examines the extent to which people who live in the city are exposed to violence and how it affects their mental and physical health, a report by city staff said.The project will seek out “effective evidence-informed interventions” to mitigate community violence and its health effects. Research findings will be brought to the board of health by late 2019, staff said.— with files from Nicole Thompson.last_img read more

Police officer rescues little pig found hoofing down Torontoarea highway

first_imgVAUGHAN, Ont. – Police say the photo was “too cute not to share.”York regional police tweeted a photo Monday of an officer holding a young pig found wandering along a major highway north of Toronto late last Friday morning.They say the little piggy was spotted hoofing it down Highway 400 in Vaughan, Ont.Another photo shows the little pig peeking up from the floor in the back of a police cruiser.Const. Laura Nicolle says it’s not known where the pig came from.It is now in the care of an animal shelter.last_img read more

BJP never said Rs15L will come to your account, says Rajnath Singh

first_imgNew Delhi: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) never made promises of transferring Rs 15 lakh into bank accounts of the people. “Never said Rs 15 lakh will come (to accounts of people). We had said that we will take action (karyawahi) against black money. Action is being taken against black money. It was our government which made SIT on the topic of black money,” a news agency quoted Rajnath Singh as saying. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The statement of the Union minister comes in the backdrop of opposition parties slamming the BJP for making false promises to woo the people of India ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha elections and repeating it yet again in 2019. Bringing black money was one of the key issues for the 2014 elections. In this year’s manifesto of the BJP, there is a mention of cracking down on parallel economy but it doesn’t occupy pride of place in speeches by political leaders. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe opposition, especially the Congress, has been quick to point out that the BJP has not delivered on ‘bringing back home illegal wealth stashed abroad’ as was promised. Refuting allegations of political vendetta behind Income Tax Department and Enforcement Directorate raids on opposition leaders and their aides, home minister Rajnath Singh said the agencies are autonomous bodies and they are acting on their inputs. In an interview to ANI, Singh said, “The agencies which are conducting raids are autonomous bodies. Model Code of Conduct does not apply to them. They are acting on their inputs. How can we stop them?”last_img read more

Trump campaign raises $30 mn in Jan-March

first_imgWashington DC: President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign is set to report that it raised more than USD 30 million in the first quarter of 2019, edging out his top two Democratic rivals combined, according to figures it provided to The Associated Press. The haul brings the campaign’s cash on hand to USD 40.8 million, an unprecedented war chest for an incumbent president this early in a campaign. The Trump campaign said nearly 99 per cent of its donations were of USD 200 or less, with an average donation of USD 34.26. Trump’s fundraising ability was matched by the Republican National Committee, which brought in USD 45.8 million in the first quarter its best non-election year total. Combined, the pro-Trump effort is reporting USD 82 million in the bank, with USD 40.8 million belonging to the campaign alone. Trump formally launched his reelection effort just hours after taking office in 2017, earlier than any incumbent has in prior years. By contrast, former President Barack Obama launched his 2012 effort in April 2011 and had under USD 2 million on hand at this point in the campaign. Obama went on to raise more than USD 720 million for his reelection. Trump’s reelection effort has set a USD 1 billion target for 2020. Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale said in a statement that Trump “is in a vastly stronger position at this point than any previous incumbent president running for re-election, and only continues to build momentum.” Trump’s fundraising with the RNC is divided between two entities: Trump Victory, the joint account used for high-dollar gifts, and the Trump Make America Great Again Committee, the low-dollar digital fundraising operation known internally as “T-Magic.” The campaign is set to launch a traditional “bundling” programme which it lacked in 2016 in the coming weeks. Bundlers are mid-tier donors who bring in contributions from their associates. Together, the Trump entities have raised a combined USD 165.5 million since 2017. Trump is benefiting from the advantages of incumbency, like universal name recognition and his unrivaled position atop the Republican Party. Among Democrats, dollars are divided across a candidate field of well more than a dozen, while the Democratic National Committee remains in debt and has suffered from being dramatically outraised by the RNC in recent months. Bernie Sanders topped the Democratic field in the first quarter, raising slightly more than USD 18 million, followed by Kamala Harris with USD 12 million and Beto O’Rourke with USD 9.4 million. Trump is reporting a haul of USD 30.3 million. Republicans have trailed Democrats in online fundraising ever since the medium was invented roughly two decades ago. But Trump has closed the gap, driving small-dollar donors who make recurring donations to the GOP like the party has never seen before. According to RNC chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, Trump’s campaign has already had eight seven-figure fundraising days this year, and has taken in money from more than 1 million new online donors since Trump’s inauguration including 1,00,000 this year. The Republican committee said it is planning on spending USD 30 million on maintaining and growing Trump’s email list alone, recently expanded its headquarters space to an annex in Virginia and will soon invest in developing an app. In 2015, Trump swore off outside money, declaring in his opening speech: “I’m using my own money. I’m not using the lobbyists’. I’m not using donors’. I don’t care. I’m really rich.”last_img read more

Transportation Giant Bombardier Wants to Make Morocco Its African Hub

Rabat – The Canadian aerospace and transportation company Bombardier is bound to transform Morocco into its railway platform for African countries. The giant wants to triple its investments in the country, with the construction of a new plant scheduled for late 2018.The group has just unveiled at the Rail Industry Summit, held last monthin Casablanca, that it will build over 145,000 m² of surface area, a budget of EUR 60 million euros of investments and 2,000 direct jobs a new plant in 2018, reported Jeune Afrique. The future plant will be established in Kenitra free zone. It will consist of 145,000 square meters to its suppliers. Fifteen suppliers have already expressed interest in investing in the kingdom, supporting Bombardier’s ambition to convince about 50 of its subcontractors to relocate their activities to Morocco.This ecosystem is intended to support the development of the railway sector in Morocco. The Canadian giant, which has won the project to modernize the establishment of 360 kilometers of railways and the renovation of 14 trains from the ONCF, is eyeing major contracts in the country.“The ecosystem created in Morocco will allow to be a bridgehead to go-to African markets for TGV, regional trains, and trams that will be made in Morocco,” Taoufiq Boussaid, president of the Moroccan subsidiary of Bombardier, told Jeune Afrique.Boussaid has previously said that “ultimately, Bombardier’s ambition is to reach 40,000 square meters of industrial units, the creation of an engineering center in Casablanca, the creation of 600 direct jobs and technology transfer in this sector.”Jean-Paul Boutibou, VP Sales, Middle East and Africa, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft told Morocco World News in a previous interview that Bombardier “evaluated several countries and chose Morocco for a number of reasons.”These include the country’s internationally competitive manufacturing costs, low shipping and transportation costs and proximity to Europe. Other aerospace manufacturers have established a footprint in Morocco already. A key factor in the selection of the Nouaceur site was its proximity to Casablanca, a city that offers quality aerospace, industrial, and educational infrastructures. read more

Merkel, Visegrad to Team Up in Morocco to Reduce Irregular Migration

Rabat – German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the Visegrad Group have announced their intention to work together on a project in Morocco to ease tension and reduce irregular migration and poverty in North Africa.Merkel met with leaders of the Visegrad Group, including Slovakian Prime Minister Pellegrini, on Thursday.The group is a political coalition of four EU countries: Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia. Merkel, who attended the UN summit on migration in Marrakech in December 2018, said that the adopted Global Compact for Migration is a “clear commitment to multilateralism.”Read Also: Why The World Needs the Global Compact for Orderly MigrationMore than 160 countries officially adopted the migration compact in Morocco.In a speech at the conference, Merkel said that the compact is “about the foundations of international cooperation, and this is why it is well worth our while to fight for the survival of this compact.”She also promised that the UN project would ensure better living conditions for migrants and refugees, saying, “We can render this planet a better one.”The UN migration pact sets global policy guidelines for better managing global migration. The document lays out 23 objectives to improve international migration policy.Prior to the intergovernmental UN summit, Morocco also hosted the 11th summit of the World Forum on Migration, co-chaired by Germany and Morocco.The event took place on December 5-7 and aimed to tackle questions related to migrants’ rights to decent working and living conditions in their host countries. read more

Jaya wants Lanka to return Katchatheevu

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa has reiterated that Katchatheevu, the fishing islet has to be retrieved back by India in an endeavour to provide a permanent solution to the problem of Indian fishermen, ANI news reported today.In a letter to Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh today, Jayalalithaa has recalled the various instances in which fishermen were harassed for fishing near Katchatheevu, which is often counted as crossing the Indian borders. Jayalalithaa in her letter also referred to the case filed by her in the Supreme Court in this regard. On the issue of safety and security of fishermen, she said that Prime Minister should take urgent steps to retrieve the islet and the surrounding areas from Sri Lanka. She also submitted to the Prime Minister, an unanimous resolution passed by the State Assembly for retrieval of Katchatheevu.Katchatheevu is a controversial uninhabited island administered by Sri Lanka. This island was given to Sri Lanka by India in 1974 on a conditional basis. It has a Catholic shrine and has been declared as a sacred area by the government of Sri Lanka. read more

How You Speak Counts

teamwork_collaboration_774.png Have you ever been in an unproductive collaboration session in which one person dominates, another person lacks confidence and doesn’t speak, and others are tuned out? Or have you ever encountered bad vibes when talking to a contact center agent? Employee and agent behavior can make or break a meeting or customer engagement. Slack Debuts New Enterprise Security Controls Beth Schultz August 06, 2019 Enhancements aim to provide the ability to deploy Slack at enterprise scale in “safe, secure, and centralized way.” What impairs the productivity of contact center agents and UC participants?Call center turnover creates one of the biggest challenges to productivity, costing companies in terms of recruiting and training. Poor collaboration sessions delay results and hurt productivity. Other relevant collaboration blogs are:Phases to Pervasive CollaborationCombating Collaboration InefficienciesCollaboration & Remote Work Go Hand in HandTags:News & ViewsVoiceVibesDebra Cancrovibescoach feedbackTeam Collaboration Tools & WorkspacesContact Center & Customer ExperienceMeetingsTeam CollaborationUnified Communications & Collaboration Articles You Might Like Of course, this isn’t a new concept. In fact, I wrote my favorite blog about collaboration behavior, “Collaboration is Not Automatic,” back in October 2013. More recently, wanting to explore how collaboration participants and contact center agents can improve or degrade success, I spoke with Debra Cancro, CEO of VoiceVibes. VoiceVibes, which she founded, provides automated speech coaching using artificial intelligence (AI). The aim, Cancro said, is to help people be more effective communicators by guiding speakers through personalized speech practice sessions that enhance their communication style in quantifiable ways. Do most speakers recognize their vibes?Most people aren’t aware of their vibes. But the software helps with awareness and, in the case of negative vibes, improvement. When information is conveyed out loud, whether in real time or recorded – in a video or audio call or in person — the effectiveness of that oral communication is impacted by the delivery of the message. Does the speaker sound clear, confident, arrogant, authentic, or personable? Compounding this challenge to offer superior service levels is the fact that the pool of qualified contact center candidates is limited. The most important skill is the ability to communicate effectively in spoken conversations, according to research published last year by the Association of American Colleges and Universities. However, only 40% of executives surveyed rate recent college graduates as well prepared in oral communication. Does this sound like some of your collaboration participants? Slack Modernizes Desktop Client Beth Schultz July 22, 2019 Touts greater efficiency, responsiveness, and reliability… all of which should help workers be more productive. Log in or register to post comments Taming Teams: Where’s My Data? Kevin Kieller July 02, 2019 This simple storage question has a complex answer that any multinational organization considering Teams needs to explore. Taming Teams: Microsoft Looks to Inspire Partners Kevin Kieller July 16, 2019 Pushes the multiplier effect of the cloud, and highlights embedded Teams capabilities What do you mean by vibes?Vibes is the term we use to describe how you come across — how you’re likely to be perceived by others. With customers increasingly engaging with companies via bots, text, and email, the quality of customer experience provided by live call center agents is more critical than ever. One of the greatest aspects in preparing new agents or fostering better collaboration sessions for relationship-focused roles is getting people to the point where they can speak confidently and naturally. If this isn’t achieved, not only will customer satisfaction suffer, but the likelihood of turnover is high and the investment in hiring and training is lost. We’ve developed predictive models, trained on thousands of speech samples and millions of human perception ratings, to analyze recorded speech and objectively predict how an audience would rate it in 20 categories, or “vibes.” Unproductive collaboration sessions with bad vibes may be unpopular, but getting better tools won’t help. How UC participants talk and the way they express themselves does make difference. Learning to instill positive vibes for the collaboration session can go a long way to improving the efficiency, productivity, and popularity of a meeting. Why Slack Should Be Concerned about Microsoft Teams Kevin Kieller July 25, 2019 Likable though he may be, Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield is missing the point about his company’s chief competition. What about negative vibes? How do they hinder conversations and presentations?The main way that recognizing negative vibes helps speakers is they can see exactly in their speech where they sounded the most bored or detached. Our research shows that when it comes to sales, it’s actually three times worse to sound boring than arrogant! Of course, neither is good, but I believe that’s probably the most common issue that can now be measured and coached. How do you reduce the negative vibes?Trial and error is the best way to reduce negative vibes. Once you become self-aware and can receive feedback every time you practice, it’s the best way I know to improve. I like the analogy of a chef tasting her soup. She adds more ingredients, then tastes again, and repeats this process until the soup is perfected. Software isn’t perfect, so our tool also has an area for peer and coach feedback and scoring. If a speaker continues to struggle with sounding a certain way, a human coach can help. What are some examples of vibes, and how do they help in conversations and presentations?We measure nine positive vibes: authentic, assertive, captivating, clear, confident, dynamic/energetic, organized, personable, and persuasive. Feedback about positive vibes helps reinforce good behaviors. For example, we know that the presence of positive vibes in a seller’s voice significantly improves a listener’s response to the question, “Would you want to buy something from this person?” In fact, people were 13 times more likely to say they would want to buy from or work with a person when they rated a speaker as sounding extremely confident as opposed to not at all confident. See All in Team Collaboration Tools & Workspaces » Can positive vibes be adopted?I’ve found that the key for me is simply effort. When I’m consciously trying to be engaging for my audience, it shows. To do this, I must remember that even though I might be nervous, or bored with repeating the same demo every day, I need to show passion and energy and not let it be hidden. Once you practice this enough it begins to come naturally. We think of this as building new “muscle memory” by practicing the right behaviors over and over. read more

12 trickster teachers we wish we had in our school days

first_img Source: Imgur7. Or this master of physics questions8. These tutors who know how to mark a test Source: Imgur 9. Or one that’s vaguely threatening Source: Imgur Source: Imgur10. This guy, who’d let us nap in class11. This scholar, who’s about as arsed as us Source: Imgur12. Or we’d even take this genius, who found the perfect way to stop students stealing pens Source: Imgur8 teachers you definitely had in secondary school>Some of the best and worst teachers ever> DID YOU HAVE a stuffy teacher with no sense of humour. Did their jokes stretch to, “I don’t know, CAN you go to the toilet?”You missed out. Send us back with any of this lot.1. The guy who sips on this dewy elixir Source: Imgur Source: Imgur2. The educator who keeps this harrowing warning on their desk Source: Imgur3. This badass scientist Source: Imgur4. Draw us like your blackboard sketchescenter_img 5. Teach us your ways, master of geometry6. ANY of these maths teachers would dolast_img read more

By a whisker After 5151 tie Ceann Comhairle votes with government to

first_img Jan 19th 2017, 2:27 PM By Rónán Duffy The bill itself seeks to amend the Residential Tenancies Act 2004 in a number of ways.Among them it would remove the sale of sale of property as a grounds for terminating a tenancy.It would provide for compensation where a tenancy is terminated on the ground that the dwelling is required by the landlord or a relative of the landlord for their own occupation.It would also extend the notice periods for new rents and for the termination of tenancies.Read: What exactly happens when the new Dáil sits on Thursday? >Read: An Taoiseach went on CNBC from Davos and said there’s no chance of an Irish election in 2017 > By a whisker!: After 51-51 tie, Ceann Comhairle votes with government to defeat Anti-Evictions Bill Sean Ó Fearghaíl voted with the government despite being elected as a Fianna Fáil TD. 139 Comments 41,030 Views Source: Ruth Coppinger TD/Twitter Short URL Source: Paul Murphy/Twitter I just called a walk through vote on #antievictionsbill. Only one vote in the electronic vote which voted to reject 51-50. #Dáil #dubw— Ruth Coppinger TD (@RuthCoppingerTD) January 19, 2017 51-51 on our #AntiEvictionsBill, Ceann Comhairle uses casting vote in favour of govt, defeating our bill.— Paul Murphy (@paulmurphy_TD) January 19, 2017 After a walk through was required due to the to the closeness of the vote, the final numbers tallied at 51-51 meaning that the Ceann Comhairle had to make a casting vote.Ó Fearghaíl voted with the government in following a long-standing precedent the the Ceann Comhairle sides with the government in the case of a tie.This is despite the fact that Ó Fearghaíl was elected as a Fianna Fáil member and they abstained during the vote. CEANN COMHAIRLE SEAN Ó Fearghaíl was forced to break a tie in a Dáil vote after opposition TDs proposed a bill that seeks to provide more protection to tenants.The Dáil was tied 51-51 on the Anti-Evictions Bill 2016 which was proposed by AAA-PBP deputies.The government opposed the Bill and Fianna Fáil abstained during the vote. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share1906 Tweet Email1 Thursday 19 Jan 2017, 2:27 PMlast_img read more

Rory McIlroy up to sixth highestpaid athlete in world after successful year

first_imgRory McIlroy up to sixth highest-paid athlete in world after successful year on and off course The world number two has earned an estimated €44 million over the past 12 months, according to Forbes magazine. Image: David Davies 41 Comments Frampton announces Belfast bout as he bids to get back on track following first career defeatAre the US Open venues too difficult? Adam Scott thinks so 22,768 Views Wednesday 7 Jun 2017, 5:15 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article NORTHERN IRELAND’S RORY McIlroy is currently the sixth highest-paid athlete in the world, according to Forbes magazine.The world number two is the only golfer to feature in the top 10 this year following a lucrative spell for the 28-year-old on and off the course.McIlroy earned a total of $50 million (€44 million) in salaries, prize money and sponsorship between June 2016 and June 2017.The Holywood native signed a 10-year extension with Nike last year and more recently negotiated a multi-million dollar agreement with equipment manufacturer TaylorMade, complementing big-money victories on the PGA Tour towards the end of 2016 such as the Tour Championship and the $10 million FedEx Cup bonus.McIlroy’s estimated $50 million total earnings for the 12-month period is made up of $16 million in salaries and $34 million in endorsements, which sees him tie with Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck in sixth spot.Real Madrid and Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo leads the way with earnings totalling $93 million (€83 million), ahead of NBA star LeBron James ($86.2 million) and Barcelona attacker Lionel Messi ($80 million). Jun 7th 2017, 5:15 PM Rory McIlroy. Source: Darren Rovell/Twitter Follow us: Share14 Tweet Email2 The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! The highest paid athletes in the world, as guesstimated by @Forbes— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) June 7, 2017 Rory McIlroy. Image: David Davies Short URL By The42 Teamlast_img read more

Lies secrets and silences Some people with illegally registered births will never

first_img MINISTER FOR Children Katherine Zappone has said the State will never be able to contact some of the people who were adopted and whose births were illegally registered in this country.Speaking in the Dáil today, she said it has been confirmed that the births of 126 people from St Patrick’s Guild were registered illegally.In these cases, a baby who was adopted was registered as the biological child of the adoptive parents.There is no adoption order for these individuals and Zappone said there was a “deliberate failure” by those involved to keep records.Of the 126 cases, 79 have never been in contact with St Patrick’s Guild or with Tusla, the child and family agency, and in the remaining cases there has been some contact by the person or a relative. Tusla is also examining a further 16 cases where there is not enough evidence at this point in time to determine whether an illegal registration took place.She said the Adoption Authority is aware of 140 cases where suspicion about illegal registration must now be revisited.Zappone said there will be people the State “will never be able to contact” as files may have been deliberately designed to conceal identities, or people may be deceased.“A cruel and inhuman past rises up again – with a vengeance – in Ireland.“It is about the shaming of women, it is about the shaming of mothers, it is about how this shaming has been inherited by their children.“I am truly sorry that this has happened.”Zappone said “lies, secrets and silences” continue to block access to information to one’s identity and to restorative justice.She said she met some people at the start of this week who were impacted by the illegal practices surrounding birth registration and adoption practices. 25 Comments ‘Lies, secrets and silences’: Some people with illegally registered births will never know Minister Zappone has appointed an independent reviewer to oversee an analysis of tens of thousands of records. Thursday 14 Jun 2018, 5:08 PM Short URL 10,194 Views One of the women, a survivor of Bethany, spoke about her arduous and painful search for her birth mother, and how her desire for information was blocked at every turn. One day she finally found her, buried in a pauper’s grave. With great dignity and courage, she purchased the grave, as an act to claim identity without shame, and to do the right thing where others had failed.Tusla has handed over ten sample files to gardaí for their investigation into the illegal birth registrations.The minister has also appointed an independent reviewer, Marion Reynolds, to oversee a further analysis of relevant records held by Tusla and the Adoption Authority. Reynolds is a former Deputy Director of Social Services in Northern Ireland.She has been asked to report back to the minister within four months.“At the centre of all of this are people who were lied to and denied information about their true identity,” Zappone told the Dáil.“They need answers, explanations and the choice or opportunity to meet their birth parents.”center_img Share220 Tweet Email1 By Michelle Hennessy Jun 14th 2018, 5:08 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Breaking News Former WWE star Ashley Massaro passes away at the age

first_imgFacebook WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Seasonic Prime Ultra Titanium Unboxing Ashley Massaro Is Sadly Found Dead of Apparent Suicide Pinterest WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte center_img Micronics Caslon II 600W Unboxing Former WWE star ‘Grandmaster Sexay’ dies Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Twitter WWE has reported that former star Ashley Massaro has passed away.Massaro won the 2005 Raw Diva Search which gave her $250,000 and a WWE contract. She would also be on the cover of Playboy magazine in 2007 while working with the company.Here’s the statement released by WWE:We are saddened to learn of the tragic death of former WWE Superstar Ashley Massaro. She performed in WWE from 2005-2008 and was beloved by her fellow Superstars and fans around the world. WWE offers its condolences to Ashley’s family and friends.On behalf of, we would like to send our deepest condolences to the friends and family of Ashley Massaro.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipAshley Massaro Is Sadly Found Dead of Apparent SuicideVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 1:10/Current Time 0:00Loaded: 10.84%0:00Remaining Time -1:10 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Roy Nemer RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Google+ Now Playing Up Nextlast_img read more

Miccosukee Tribe of Indians donates 6000 turkeys to needy

first_imgCUTLER BAY, FLA. (WSVN) – Thanksgiving is just days away, and the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida is set to donate thousands of turkeys to the community.The turkey donation around Thanksgiving time is an annual tradition for the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida.They’re planning to donate over 6,000 turkeys to families in need.The group is working alongside the Miami-Dade District’s commission office to give back to the community.“This is our yearly turkey distribution in conjunction with the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians, and the commissioner goes through each one of his public housing sites each year to make sure that the residents there are accommodated with a Thanksgiving turkey,” said Deputy Chief of Staff, District 9, Helena Sumpter.The donations are part of the tribe’s ongoing goodwill mission aimed at building a stronger South Florida.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

WHS Athletic Hall Of Fame Class of 2018 Announced Ceremony Set For

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA – The Wilmington High School Athletic Hall of Fame will hold its 2018 Induction Ceremony on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 6pm at the Hillview Country Club in North Reading (149 North Street).The following Wilmington High School athletes will be inducted:Brianne Bozzella (2007)Nick Farnsworth (2008)Derek Hanley (2003)Jack Irwin (1969)Jackie Mello (2006)Raymond Mercuri (1987)Vinnie Papageorgiou (2008)Ernie Mello (2008)Greg Stewart (2007)Ashley Vitale (2007)Inductees are recognized for significant contributions in the field of athletics while a student at Wilmington High School. Inductees must have graduated from Wilmington High School at least 10 years ago.In addition, Tom Walsh will be inducted as a benefactor, and the 1961 Football Team and 1998 Baseball Team will receive special team awards.Tickets to the Hall of Fame induction dinner cost $50 per person and must be purchased in advance. Contact Jack Cushing at 978-658-2170 or 978-604-2443 for tickets.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWHS Athletic Hall Of Fame Class of 2016 Announced, Ceremony Set For Nov. 5In “Sports”VIDEO: WHS Athletic Hall Of Fame Class of 2018 InductedIn “Videos”PHOTO OF THE DAY: 2016 WHS Athletic Hall of Fame Class InductedIn “Photo of the Day”last_img read more

Chernobyl vodka is real but you cant drink it yet

first_img 18 Photos Fukushima turns to robots to fix the future Sci-Tech Bottle o’ rads? James Smith The nuclear meltdown at Chernobyl remains the worst nuclear accident in human history, leaving a 1,000 square mile region of the Ukraine uninhabitable since 1986. While some have continued to live there and tourists flock to the radioactive zone in droves (thanks to HBO’s fantastic series), the surrounding areas have been reclaimed by nature. Now, the BBC reports, a team of scientists have produced the first consumer product out of the exclusion zone since the nuclear disaster: An artisan vodka dubbed “Atomik”.The Chernobyl Spirit Company, has brewed up the vodka from “slightly contaminated” rye grain they planted within the exclusion zone. While many traditionally think of vodka as produced from potatoes, these days most vodka is made from grains such as wheat and rye. atomik-bottle-1The one, the only (literally!) bottle of Atomik. Distilled in Chernobyl.  James Smith James Smith, an environmental scientist from the University of Portsmouth, is part of the team at Chernobyl Spirit Company and has published numerous studies discussing the effects of radioactive pollutants, with a focus on accidental releases. He’s studied Chernobyl since 1990 and spent time working in Belarus, the Ukraine and Russia. “Our Atomik grain spirit came from an experiment we were doing to see how much radioactivity transferred into different crops in the Exclusion Zone 30 years after the accident,” he says, via email.The experimental plot where the grain was grown is situated about 20 kilometers (12.5 miles) from the Chernobyl reactor. Part of the process also involved using water from Chernobyl’s aquifer, lying about 10 kilometers (6 miles) south of the site of the disaster. The aquifer has been shown to contain traces of radioactivity in the past.”We had the Atomik grain spirit idea as a way to firstly (hopefully) make people think more deeply about the recovery of the Chernobyl affected areas and a way (also hopefully!) to make money to help support the affected communities.”Smith has released a technical report of the creation process on ResearchGate. Part of the report discusses risks associated with the production of the vodka which he says it’s completely safe.”We had to do a risk assessment, but radioactive safety isn’t really a problem,” Smith says. “The beauty of distillation is that it takes nearly all the radioactivity out (except for natural C-14) so we hope people will be happy to drink Atomik.”However, there is one little problem. Anyone wanting to taste the nuclear nectar will have to wait because there is currently only a single bottle of the stuff in existence. Now, I know the internet will be clamoring for a taste, because humans have proven to be incredibly interested in seemingly forbidden liquids. I remember when some suggested we should drink the fluid from an ancient Egyptian sarcophagus that was discovered in 2018. I know you want to taste the not-so-radioactive drop, but you’ll have to wait.The team plan to manufacture more Atomik before the end of the year, with the aim of making a profit they can then give back to the local communities that surround the abandoned exclusion zone. To really ramp up production, the team will need to get the go-ahead from the State Agency of Ukraine for Exclusion Zone Management and from Ukrainian authorities to produce alcohol, Smith says.”Unfortunately this will be slow — we hope to begin only very small scale experimental production this year,” he notes, explaining the Chernobyl Spirit Company is “not taking orders yet.”When they do, we’ll raise a glass.    Tags 2 Share your voice Originally posted 10:55 p.m. PTUpdated Aug. 8: Adds additional comments from Smith and links to Spirit Company Commentslast_img read more

Diamond inclusions suggest free flowing water at boundary between upper and lower

first_img Citation: Diamond inclusions suggest free flowing water at boundary between upper and lower mantle (2018, March 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from More information: O. Tschauner et al. Ice-VII inclusions in diamonds: Evidence for aqueous fluid in Earth’s deep mantle, Science (2018). DOI: 10.1126/science.aao3030AbstractWater-rich regions in Earth’s deeper mantle are suspected to play a key role in the global water budget and the mobility of heat-generating elements. We show that ice-VII occurs as inclusions in natural diamond and serves as an indicator for such water-rich regions. Ice-VII, the residue of aqueous fluid present during growth of diamond, crystallizes upon ascent of the host diamonds but remains at pressures as high as 24 gigapascals; it is now recognized as a mineral by the International Mineralogical Association. In particular, ice-VII in diamonds points toward fluid-rich locations in the upper transition zone and around the 660-kilometer boundary.Press release A team of researchers from the U.S., China and Canada has found evidence in diamonds of free-flowing water in the boundary between Earth’s upper and lower mantle. In their paper published in the journal Science, the group describes analyzing inclusions in diamonds spewed from volcanoes and what they found. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The researchers were looking for molecular forms of carbon dioxide as part of carbon cycling in the Earth’s mantle when they came across evidence of something else. They had collected diamonds spewed from volcanoes (or pushed to the surface by other geologic activity) in Zaire, China, Sierra Leone and other locations in southern Africa, and were studying them by bouncing X-rays off the diamonds’ inclusions, when they came across samples of ice VII—a form of ice that does not occur naturally at the surface. The find was significant, because ice VII forms at very high pressure—approximately the amount of pressure found at depths of 610 to 800 kilometers beneath the Earth’s surface. This, the team notes, suggests that water must have been freely flowing at such depths to form the inclusions they observed. Such depths, they further note, fall into the transition zone in the mantle, a part of the Earth’s interior that is still a source of mystery.Prior research has shown that the mantle is made up mostly of hot rock under a lot of pressure. It has a lower layer, closest to the core, a transition layer, and an upper layer that eventually meets the crust. Prior research has also shown that the upper mantle has some water, which hints that there may also be water in the transition layer. The diamonds the researchers were studying would have been encased in liquid somewhere in the transition zone. The high temperatures there would not have allowed them to crystallize, however—it was only as they moved to the surface that crystallization would have occurred. The high pressure would have been maintained inside the diamond, but the temperature would have dropped dramatically. The idea of water moving around in the transition layer is intriguing, the team reports, because it has implications for tectonic plate shifting. Using Argonne’s Advanced Photon Source, researchers identified a form of water known as Ice-VII, which was trapped within diamonds that crystallized deep in the Earth’s mantle. Credit: University of Chicago.center_img Diamonds show depth extent of Earth’s carbon cycle © 2018 Journal information: Science Explore furtherlast_img read more

State govt pays tribute to the rebel poet

first_imgKolkata: The state government offered a befitting tribute to poet Kazi Nazrul Islam on his 120th birth anniversary, through a programme at Nazrul Tirtha in New Town.The programme, organised by the state Information and Cultural Affairs department, coincided with the completion of five years of Nazrul Tirtha that was inaugurated by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on this day in 2014. State Urban Development and Municipal Affairs minister Firhad Hakim, minister of state for Information and Cultural Affairs Indranil Sen and poet Joy Goswami attended the programme to commemorate the poet’s birth anniversary. Eminent personalities in different fields were handed over prizes during the occasion. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata”Rabindranath Tagore and Kazi Nazrul Islam will always remain in our heart. It is because of them that we boast of our rich culture. We should not forget that it was Nazrul Islam who preached the message of unity among the Hindus and the Muslims through his poem (Mora Eki Brinte Duti Kusum Hindu Musalman),” Hakim said in his address. Earlier in the day, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had tweeted, paying her tribute to the poet. Nazrul Tirtha (Nazrul Pilgrimage) is a cultural and educational centre dedicated to the rebel poet. The centre is situated at Action Area 1, New Town. The design and architecture of the centre is said to be unique in Kolkata and bears the signature material of controversial Swiss-born French architect Le Corbusier. The architectural language has been developed to express the personality of Kazi Nazrul Islam, designed by architect Abin Chaudhuri. At present, the cultural centre is functioning partly as a cinema hall and partly as an open air theatre for exhibitions and live performances.last_img read more

China Eastern brings second service to Melbourne

first_imgChina Eastern will double its services from Melbourne to Shanghai to twice daily from December 2014 to March 2015.Melbourne Airport said that the extra services boosted the choices available to passengers during the peak summer and Chinese New Year periods.“Shanghai and Melbourne are dynamic cities and offer tourists a number of unique experiences.  The seven additional services per week are at the busiest time of the year and will provide more opportunities to explore our great cities,” Mr Woodruff said.“China continues to be Melbourne’s number one long haul market, growing nearly 20 per cent in the last quarter alone, and I thank China Eastern for their continued support in growing this valuable market.”The daily A330-200 service will start on the 30th November and provide 29,100 seats to the Melbourne market.Source = ETB News: Tom Nealelast_img read more

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In practice, the only one with a prospect of near-term clarity is the question of how he died."The president has also made caustic remarks about McCain. read more