Stars Help Starkey Hearing Foundation Celebrate Annual Gala

first_imgThe Starkey Hearing Foundation celebrated its annual Hear The World Awards Gala late last month.President Bill Clinton, Forest Whitaker, Kristi Yamaguchi, Mel B., Lou Ferrigno, Bill Rancic, Greg Jennings, Tony Hawk, Shannon Elizabeth, Kevin Sorbo, Evander Holyfield, Lennox Lewis, Verne Troyer and many more gathered together to celebrate the incredible humanitarian accomplishments of Sir Richard Branson, Ashton Kutcher, Barbara Bush, Chunli Zhao “Angel,” Jimmy Walker and Dennis and Leslie Hansen.This was a record-breaking year, raising $8 million to help Starkey Hearing Foundation open up the world of sound for thousands around the globe.The evening featured performances by Lionel Richie, Marc Anthony, Matisyahu, Sinbad, Jessica Sanchez, ARIA and Nina Whitaker.Find out more here.last_img read more

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Kinder Morgan suspends nonessential spending with Trans Mountain Pipeline

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. – Kinder Morgan Canada Limited has announced that it is suspending all non-essential activities and related spending on the Trans Mountain Expansion Project.KML also announced that under current circumstances, specifically including the continued actions in opposition to the Project by the Province of British Columbia, it will not commit additional shareholder resources to the Project.However, KML will consult with various stakeholders in an effort to reach agreements by May 31st that may allow the Project to proceed. The focus in those consultations will be on two principles: clarity on the path forward, particularly with respect to the ability to construct through BC; and, adequate protection of KML shareholders. “As KML has repeatedly stated, we will be judicious in our use of shareholder funds. In keeping with that commitment, we have determined that in the current environment, we will not put KML shareholders at risk on the remaining project spend,” said KML Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Steve Kean. The Project has the support of the Federal Government and the Provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan but faces continued active opposition from the government of British Columbia.“A company cannot resolve differences between governments. While we have succeeded in all legal challenges to date, a company cannot litigate its way to an in-service pipeline amidst jurisdictional differences between governments,” added Kean.“Today, KML is a very good midstream energy company, with limited debt. The uncertainty as to whether we will be able to finish what we start leads us to the conclusion that we should protect the value that KML has, rather than risking billions of dollars on an outcome that is outside of our control,” Kean said. “To date, we have spent considerable resources bringing the Project to this point and recognize the vital economic importance of the Project to Canada. Therefore, in the coming weeks we will work with stakeholders on potential ways to continue advancing the Project consistent with the two principles previously stated.”Trans Mountain has spent C$1.1 billion (approximately half of which has been spent since the KML IPO) and made unprecedented efforts to develop the Project since its initial filing with the National Energy Board in 2013.If we have to, Alberta is prepared to do whatever it takes to get this pipeline built – including taking a public position in the pipeline.Put another way, Alberta is prepared to be an investor in the pipeline. This pipeline will be built.#ableg #abpoli #KeepCanadaWorking— Rachel Notley (@RachelNotley) April 8, 2018The federal government put pressure on Horgan to back away from his opposition to the project, with Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr describing it as “crucial” to expanding Canada’s export markets for its natural resources while creating thousands of jobs. “The government of Canada calls on Premier Horgan and the B.C. government to end all threats of delay to the Trans Mountain expansion,” Carr said in a news release. “His government’s actions stand to harm the entire Canadian economy.”Carr said under Canadian law, Ottawa has the jurisdiction to approve the project.“We are determined to find a solution,” he added. “With all our partners, we continue to consider all available options. As our prime minister has said, this pipeline will be built.”last_img read more

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Ottawa Volkswagen both want diesel vehicle investigation documents sealed

OTTAWA — The federal government has refused to provide records showing the scope of its investigation into the Volkswagen emissions-duping scandal in Canada and the Germany automaker is now seeking a legal order to keep those records confidential.In September 2015, Volkswagen admitted it had installed software on 11 million diesel-engine vehicles designed to dupe emissions testing equipment into thinking the cars were emitting less greenhouse gases than they actually were. About 105,000 of those cars were sold in Canada and Environment and Climate Change Canada has been investigating the company here for more than two years now.Environmental Defence and Canadian Physicians for the Environment are frustrated by the slow progress of the Canadian probe and filed a lawsuit over the summer to try and force the government to complete those investigations.As part of the lawsuit, the groups requested all material from the current investigation be handed over. The government refused.Last week, Volkswagen filed a motion requesting intervener status in the case, asking the court to protect its confidential information, and saying the company provided information to Environment Canada “with an expectation of confidentiality.”The environmental groups asked Environment Canada to look into four specific things: Did Volkswagen import cars which violated Canada’s emissions requirements? Did it apply the national emissions mark on cars that didn’t meet the standards and then sell those cars? Did it lie about it? Did it resume sales earlier this year of models that still don’t meet Canadian emissions standards?Environment Canada says it was already investigating the first three items and did agree to launch an investigation into the fourth. An official from the department told The Canadian Press last week it is not unusual for complex investigations to take this much time.An official speaking on background last week said it will be many more months before the Canadian probe is finished. Environment Canada told Environmental Defence earlier this month its investigation of the resumption of sales of the faulty vehicles will take a year more to complete.In its own news release issued in September 2015, when the investigations were first launched, Environment Canada said emissions-testing defeating software is illegal in Canada.Documents also recently showed Canada had done some testing on the 3.0 litre diesel-engine vehicles itself and shared that information with the United States, which used it to go after the automaker there.Volkswagen pleaded guilty in U.S. court last March to defrauding the U.S. government by selling vehicles it knew didn’t meet U.S. emissions standards for diesel-engines and hiding that fact with software that defeated emissions-testing equipment to make it seem as if the vehicles were emitting less than they were.The company was fined more than $4.3 billion U.S.Six executives have also been criminally charged in the United States in the affair, one of whom pleaded guilty in August.Class action settlements in the U.S. and Canada have also been settled by the company with customers who purchased one of the vehicles in question, which included 2.0 litre and 3.0 litre diesel engines made by Volkswagen, Porsche and Audi.— follow @mrabson on Twitter. read more

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Animal sacrifice row again in Sri Lanka

A Sri Lankan Minister, who in March this year threatened to break the limbs of journalists who went abroad and spoke ill of Sri Lanka, is in the news again: this time, he wants to stop an animal sacrifice ritual in a Hindu temple, for a second time in two years.Last year, the Minister, Mervyn Silva, and his followers, descended on the Munneswaram kovil, and took away the animals brought there for an annual sacrifice ritual. This year, tempers are running high in Chilaw — a town just over 70 km north of Colombo on the West Coast — as Mr. Silva has again threatened a repeat of his act. The local Animal Welfare Trust is seeking a court order to prevent the ceremony from being observed; and Buddhist monks took out a procession on Sunday against the ceremony. For now, an uneasy peace reigns in Chilaw. (The Hindu) In normal circumstances, there would be no supporters for the much-abhorred practice; and anyone standing up against the sacrifice will be hailed a hero. But then, when the sacrifice is in Sri Lanka, conducted at the Munneswaram kovil by the Hindu Tamil community, a minority, and when the opposition is almost monopolised by Buddhist monks, and a Minister who is more known for his brawn, the entire story is given a communal, Sinhala chauvinist angle. The issue in question is the conduct of the annual animal sacrifice ritual at the Munneswaram Sri Badra Kali Amman Kovil in Chilaw. The temple Chief Priest insists that the “ceremony” would go ahead, and had also sought President Rajapaksa’s help to conduct it on September 1. Tamils in Sri Lanka seem much more devout and take their religion very seriously. They still hold on to many medieval practices, and are willing to undergo a lot more pain in a bid to placate their gods.Some in the Tamil community told The Hindu that the move to prevent the sacrifice was a direct and calculated affront on the community. read more

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Sunwing says theres lots of time for talks to avoid strike by

Sunwing’s president says there’s lots of time for the airline to reach a first collective agreement with its 900 flight attendants and avoid a strike.“There’s a long way to go and I’m confident that we’ll get something done,” Mark Williams said in an interview Friday.He said there has only been two days of talks since the company filed for conciliation because it was unhappy with the way negotiations were progressing.The Canadian Union of Public Employees, who represents the flight attendants said conciliated talks set to resume Feb. 11 now face a setback because of the departure of the company’s chief negotiator.Mark Brancelj, president of Local 4055, said the union is concerned that the sudden departure of the interim director of human resources will result in deadlocked negotiations.But Williams said the departure of the contract employee has nothing to do with negotiations and called the union’s suggestion a “posturing tactic” to create an issue where there isn’t one.Although flight attendants are seeking their first contract, Sunwing has experienced negotiators who have concluded contracts with other employees, he added.Williams declined to disclose the issues separating the two sides, saying they’ve both agreed to not to discuss them publicly.The two sides met over two days last month and are scheduled for five additional sessions.Either side could force a labour disruption as early as March 23, following a 21-day cooling-off period if talks collapse.The flight attendants have been without an agreement since being accredited last March.Sunwing Airlines operates from bases in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Quebec City.It is a subsidiary of Sunwing Travel Group and a sister company to Sunwing Vacations, Signature Vacations and SellOffVacations. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 1, 2013 5:57 pm MDT Sunwing says there’s lots of time for talks to avoid strike by flight attendants read more

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Canadian Food Inspection Agency expands yogurt recall to Yoplait and Liberte

by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 19, 2017 9:28 am MDT Last Updated Jul 19, 2017 at 2:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Liberte Greek yogurt is seen in this undated handout photo. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has added the Yoplait Minigo and Liberte brands of yogurt to a recall over concerns that pieces of plastic may be in the product. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, General Mills Canada Corp. *MANDATORY CREDIT* OTTAWA – The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has added the Yoplait Minigo and Liberte brands of yogurt to a recall over concerns that pieces of plastic may be in the product.The national recall of General Mills Canada Corp. products includes some batches of Yoplait Minigo strawberry and raspberry yogurt in 90-gram pouches, as well as Liberte Greek yogurt in raspberry and coconut flavours in the 120-gram size.The recall follows a similar one by Ultima Foods last month over concerns about the potential of plastic pieces in seven Iogo yogurt products.The Iogo recall included 93-millilitre Iogo Nano strawberry, raspberry, vanilla and banana drinkable yogurt products sold in packages of six, and one-litre Iogo smoothie protein products with mango, strawberry-raspberry and strawberry flavours.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said Yoplait Minigo strawberry and raspberry yogurt sold in 90-gram containers were recalled. Canadian Food Inspection Agency expands yogurt recall to Yoplait and Liberte read more

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Global manufacturing output up slightly after nearly threeyear downturn UN reports

World manufacturing output grew by 1.7 per cent in the first quarter of 2013, up from 1.3 per cent at the end of 2012, according to the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). “The recovery of industrialized economies has been jeopardized by stagnation in Europe due to austerity measures,” the report’s authors noted, adding that the large number of unemployed will remain that way for the foreseeable future. Manufacturing output in France fell by 4.2 percent, in Germany by 1.7 percent, in Italy by 4.5 percent, in the Russian Federation by 3.1 percent and in the United Kingdom by 2.1 percent, according to data cited in the report. Positive growth in Europe was maintained by a few smaller economies, including Austria, Estonia and Denmark. Negative growth was observed in Japan in the first quarter but showed signs of rebound with a 2.0 per cent growth on a quarter-to-quarter basis. The falling exchange rate of the Japanese Yen against other currencies is expected to reduce the price of Japanese goods abroad which in turn may increase exports, the report predicted. The base of the current growth is limited to the United States and China only, the world’s leading manufacturers. In the United States, figures systematically rose in 2012 and the first quarter of 2013. The most impressive growth, based on information in the report, in machinery and equipment, electrical appliances and the manufacture of motor vehicles. Meanwhile, China’s output grew by 9.7 per cent, slightly down from 10.0 per cent in the previous quarter. This high growth accounts for more than half of the manufacturing output of developing and emerging industrial economies. The main reason for the lower rate of growth has been a fall in exports to industrialized countries, and low capital inflow to developing countries in return.The UNIDO report also contains the growth estimates for the first quarter by major manufacturing sectors. read more

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America is reducing its carbon dioxide emissions significantly

first_imgThe US Energy Information Administration’s new report on  U.S. Energy-Related Carbon Dioxide Emissions, 2012 was released on Monday. It shows US Energy-related carbon dioxide emissions declined 3.8 % in 2012. The 2012 downturn means that emissions are at their lowest level since 1994 and over 12% below the recent 2007 peak. After 1990, only the recession year of 2009 saw a larger percentage emissions decrease than 2012. Energy-related carbon dioxide emissions have declined in five out of the last seven years. Energy-related carbon dioxide 2012 facts:Although GDP increased by 2.8 % in 2012, energy consumption fell by 2.4 % (2.4 quadrillion Btu) in that same year—the result was a 5.1 % decline in energy use per dollar of GDPThe emissions decline was the largest in a year with positive growth in per capita output and the only year to show a decline where per capita output increased 2 % or moreHalf of the overall energy decline was from the residential sector (1,213 trillion Btu or 5.7 %), where a very warm first quarter of the year lowered energy demand and emissionsResidential sector electricity consumption was lower in 2012 as compared to 2011 and this also helped to lower emissions as electricity-related emissions have been the principle source of residential sector emissions since 1965US energy-related carbon dioxide emissions have declined in all but one year since 2007.  However, if the trends in drivers from the previous decade remained the same, emissions would have been over 900 Mt of carbon dioxide higherFrom 1997 to 2007 per capita output grew at an average rate of 2.0 % but from 2007 to 2012 per capita output was flat and as a result emissions were about 563 Mt CO2 lowerThe next largest contributor to the decline was total carbon intensity that declined only 0.1 % from 1997 to 2007, but declined 1.3 % annually from 2007 to 2012 and reduced emissions by about 384 Mt CO2The carbon intensity of the electricity produced fell by 13 % from 2007 to 2012.  Emissions would have been about 314 Mt CO2 higher if the carbon intensity of the electricity supply had not declined and this accounts for most of the 384 Mt CO2 reduction accounted for by carbon intensity mentioned aboveOf this reduction about 198 Mt CO2 is due mainly to the shift from coal to natural gasThe remainder (116 Mt CO2) is largely the result of a 9% increase in non-carbon generation (renewable and nuclear).last_img read more

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3D printer creates objects from moon rocks

first_imgThe 3D printers that have geeks excited usually print objects using some sort of plastic like ABS or PLA. A team out of Washington State University has been working with a different material that you can’t find at your local hobbyist shop: moon rocks. Well, simulated moon rocks, but the material did come from NASA.When developing plans for long term missions on the lunar surface, the issue of transporting supplies is a common sticking point. It’s incredibly expensive to get cargo into orbit, so NASA is turning to 3D printing experts to see if lunar surface material, or regolith, could be used to fabricate new objects on-site.Real moon rocks are in very short supply these days, so NASA provided Washington State University researchers with about 10 pounds of simulated moon rock that it manufactures for research purposes. Consumer-grade 3D printers melt plastic spools to build objects layer by layer, so the team first had to figure out if anything like that was possible with moon rocks.The WSU team eventually discovered that you can melt lunar regolith into the right consistency for 3D printing, but it has to hit 4046° F (2,230° C). This would make the process extremely energy intensive, but likely still a better deal than shooting building materials into space. The printer used in the process would also have to be incredibly rugged to survive these conditions.Objects printed from melted moon rocks are a little unattractive, and tend to cool unevenly. While stressing that the process does work, researchers suggest that additive manufacturing, or supplementing the melted regolith with other materials brought up from Earth, could be the key. Such a process could dramatically increase the quality of the lunar building materials while still reducing the mass that needs to be launched from Earth.via Gizmaglast_img read more

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Cet hiver la France pourrait faire face à une pénurie délectricité

first_imgCet hiver, la France pourrait faire face à une pénurie d’électricité Le cabinet de conseil Capgemini indique aujourd’hui dans son étude annuelle sur l’énergie en Europe que l’arrêt de réacteurs nucléaires allemands représente une menace réelle de pannes d’électricité cet hiver en France.Selon le rapport de Capgemini portant sur l’énergie en Europe, il existe une menace réelle concernant l’approvisionnement en électricité de la France au cours de l’hiver prochain et des suivants. En effet, chaque année, les Français consomment de plus en plus au cours de cette période, ce qui oblige le pays à importer de l’énergie chaque jour vers 19H. Un comble pour un pays qui tout le reste de l’année, est exportateur.La faute au chauffage électrique qui fait de la France le pays d’Europe dont la consommation augmente le plus par grand froid, rapporte romandie.com. Pour chaque degré de température extérieure en moins, 2.300 mégawatts (MW) de puissance supplémentaire sont nécessaires, soit plus de deux réacteurs nucléaires, selon le transporteur d’électricité RTE.Ainsi, lorsque les hivers sont particulièrement rudes (comme l’an passé), jusqu’à 8.000 MW sont importés, d’Allemagne surtout. Mais avec l’arrêt de huit de ses 17 réacteurs, ce pays n’aura plus d’excédant à fournir à la France, comme l’explique à l’AFP Colette Lewiner, directrice internationale du secteur de l’énergie chez Capgemini.Des pannes sont-elles donc à craindre ? Pas forcément. “Cela dépendra surtout du froid, du fonctionnement des réacteurs nucléaires en France, de la disponibilité des moyens de production ailleurs, je pense par exemple que l’Allemagne fera plus tourner ses centrales à charbon”, souligne l’experte. “Mais on est dans un contexte qui est plus inquiétant”, dit-elle, en soulignant que l’Allemagne et la Belgique sont avec la France les plus exposées.Le 26 octobre 2011 à 19:11 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Pollution de lair les femmes trop exposées donnent naissance à des bébés

first_imgPollution de l’air : les femmes trop exposées donnent naissance à des bébés plus petits Selon une étude internationale, les femmes enceintes les plus exposées aux polluants atmosphériques (gaz d’échappement et centrales à charbon, notamment) présentent un risque plus élevé d’avoir un enfant dont le poids à la naissance sera trop faible.Alors que la pollution de l’air suscite des inquiétudes dans plusieurs pays, c’est une étude d’importance que publie mercredi la revue médicale américaine Environmental Health Perspectives. Celle-ci établit le lien entre la pollution de l’air et le développement du fœtus dans le ventre des femmes enceintes. Pour cela, cette recherche s’est basée sur l’étude de trois millions de naissances dans neuf pays et dans 14 sites sur les 5 continents. En analysant les données liées à ces naissances, les auteurs ont constaté dans les différents sites que plus le taux de pollution était élevé, plus le taux de naissances d’enfants avec un poids insuffisant était grand. Or, comme le souligne le Dr Payam Dadvand du Centre de recherche en épidémiologie mentale (CREAL) à Barcelone en Espagne, un des principaux co-auteurs, un poids inférieur à 2,5 kilogrammes entraîne des risques accrus de maladies et de mortalités prénatales. Plus préoccupant : le Dr Tracey Woodruff, professeur de gynécologie à l’Université de Californie à San Francisco, précise que les niveaux de l’air qui posent problèmes “sont en fait ceux auxquels nous sommes quasiment tous exposés dans le monde”. “Ces particules microscopiques, qui sont en taille inférieure au dixième de l’épaisseur d’un cheveu humain, se trouvent dans l’air que nous respirons tous”, ajoute la scientifique citée par l’AFP. Les particules polluantes en suspension dans l’air sont mesurées en microgrammes par mètre cube d’air. Ainsi, aux Etats-Unis, la réglementation limite la concentration moyenne annuelle à 12 microgrammes/m3 de particules mesurant moins de 2,5 microns. “Aux Etats-Unis, nous avons montré pendant plusieurs décennies que les bienfaits pour la santé et le bien-être publics de la réduction de la pollution de l’air sont beaucoup plus grands que les coûts”, insiste le Dr Woodruff.Une concentration de 700 microgrammes/m3 en Chine À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Dans l’UE, en revanche, la limite est de 25 microgrammes/m3 et les agences de protection de l’environnement envisagent la possibilité d’abaisser ce niveau. A titre de comparaison, à Pékin qui souffre depuis plusieurs semaines d’un grave épisode de pollution, une concentration de 700 microgrammes/m3 de particules polluantes a récemment été mesurée. “De tels niveaux sont de toute évidence totalement intenables pour la santé publique mondiale”, souligne Mark Nieuwenhuijsen, du CREAL à Barcelone, autre co-auteur de cette recherche.Parallèlement à cette recherche, une autre étude épidémiologique se penche actuellement sur les effets potentiels d’une exposition des femmes enceintes à certains degrés de cette pollution de l’air sur la santé de leur enfant plus tard dans leur vie.Le 6 février 2013 à 18:07 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Amazon employees reject forming companys first union

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — Amazon.com won’t be getting its first labor union in the United States.The majority of 27 technicians at an Amazon fulfillment center in Middletown, Del., voted to reject an initiative to form a union under the auspices of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, said John Carr, a spokesman for the IAMAW. The vote, held late Wednesday, was 21 to 6.“That number is a clear reflection that the tactics Amazon and their law firm employed were very effective,” Carr said. “Under the intense pressures these workers faced on the shop floor, it was an uphill battle all the way.”The vote, the first of its kind at an Amazon fulfillment center, was scheduled last month after members of the group filed a petition to organize a union with the National Labor Relations board. The group of electricians, machinists and other engineers was unhappy about limited opportunities for promotion and a constantly rotating chain of managers, according to an employee involved in the unsuccessful organizing effort, who did not want to be named because he feared retribution from Amazon. Many had transferred from an older nearby Amazon facility in nearby New Castle, Del.The petition set off a month of lobbying inside Amazon. The Seattle-based online retailer hired the law firm Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, to aid it in the campaign and called meetings of the technicians to explain the company’s opposition to unions and ask for a second chance to resolve the dispute.“With today’s vote against third-party representation, our employees have made it clear that they prefer a direct connection with Amazon,” Mary Osako, an Amazon spokesperson, said in a statement. “This direct connection is the most effective way to understand and respond to the wants and needs of our employees.”last_img read more

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Wilmington High School Announces May Students of the Month

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Congratulations to the following 12 Wilmington High School students who were named Students of the Month for May:Business: David WoltagEnglish/Language Arts: Ryann WalshVisual Arts: Allyson BuckleySocial Studies: Jacob NuzzoloMath: Marisa JacksonFamily/Consumer Science: Jared BenoitWorld Languages: Charlotte Kane and Matthew CarpenitoScience: Cassidy RossLife Skills: Domenic CaplesPhysical Education/Health: Kevin Palmerino and Jocelyn Palmer(NOTE: The above list is from Assistant Principal Christopher Phillips’ blog. The cover photo is from Jamie Boudreau of Airgoz Aerial Photography.)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 wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington High School To Administer PSAT Exam On Saturday, October 19In “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington High School Announces March Students of the MonthIn “Education”Wilmington High School Announces May Students of the MonthIn “Education”last_img read more

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PCJSS man shot dead in Bandarban

first_imgbandarbanAn activist of Parbatya Chattogram Jana Sanghati Samity (PCJSS-MN Larma) was shot to death by miscreants in Roangchhari upazila early Tuesday.The deceased was Ontui Ching Marma, 38, son of Monti Marma of Tuangyapara.Officer-in-charge of Roangchhari police station Shariful Islam said a group of miscreants called Ontui out of his house around 2:00am.Locals spotted his body lying in the area in the morning and informed police, he said, adding that they later recovered it.last_img

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LiLA the BE THE Match Bone Marrow Drive at Woodlawn Senior High

first_imgLiLA, the DMV Warriors Professional Basketball Team and the BE THE Match organizations  will host their first annual Bone Marrow Drive on Jan. 7 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Woodlawn Senior High School in Baltimore County. Contact Kenya Vincent at 443-992-1474 for more information and to register. Woodlawn Senior High School is located at 1801 Woodlawn Drive, Gwynn Oak, Md. 21207.last_img

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Amateur Mathematician Makes Headway on DecadesOld Puzzle

first_imgStay on target Google Employee Smashes World Record for Calculating PiStudy: Looks Do Matter When It Comes to STEM Success While you struggle to help with the kids’ geometry homework, an amateur mathematician solved a longstanding riddle that stumped number theorists for nearly seven decades.In 1950, Hugo Hadwiger and Edward Nelson asked for the minimum number of colors needed to shade all points on a graph so that no two connected points have the same color.More than 60 years—and countless attempts at decoding the puzzle—later, Aubrey de Grey has made the first major advance with a new paper published last week.Over the years, researchers have narrowed the possibilities down to somewhere between four and seven colors. According to de Grey’s calculations, though, the chromatic number of the plane cannot be less than five.An English biologist known for his work on regenerative medicine, de Grey is, as Quanta Magazine pointed out, “an unlikely mathematical trailblazer.”This 826-vertex graph requires at least five colors to ensure no two connected vertices are the same shade (via Olena Shmahalo/Quanta Magazine/Marijn Heule)On the brink of 55, he currently serves as Chief Science Officer of the SENS Research Foundation and vice president of New Technology Discovery at AgeX Therapeutics. He is also editor-in-chief of the academic journal Rejuvenation Research, author of The Mitochondrial Free Radical Theory of Aging, and co-author of Ending Aging.He believes that medical technology may enable existing humans to live indefinitely.So how does one move from studying living organisms to graph theory? Through board games, of course.De Grey discovered the chromatic number of the plane problem during his days as a competitive Othello player, where he met mathematicians who introduced him to graph theory.In the decades since, during his occasional downtime, de Grey turns to the brain teaser—his idea of a good time.Using the Moser spindle (an undirected graph with seven vertices and 11 edges) and minimal computer assistance, he developed a 1,581-vertex graph that cannot be colored using four hues.“I got extraordinarily lucky,” de Grey told Quanta of his groundbreaking discovery. “It’s not every day that somebody comes up with the solution to a 60-year-old problem.”center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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Pokémon finally comes to iPad with the Pokémon TCG

first_imgPokémon has become an indelible part of popular culture through cartoons, video games, and of course, the trading card game. Nintendo has had the Pokémon games locked down for a long time, but that changed a few years ago when the trading card game came to PC. Now, it’s in the App Store for iPad, and that’s a big deal for Nintendo. We’re still waiting to hear back on the weather report in hell.The Pokémon Trading Card Game plays much like other card games — each player has a deck of cards that consist of Pokémon, energy, and a variety of other cards that can affect the gameplay. To win you simply have to reduce the opponent’s hit points to zero through efficient use of your Pokémon. The desktop (and now iPad) version of the game replicates the same rules as the real game, but it connects you to opponents over the internet.The drive to collect more cards in real life was one of the things that kept people interested in the Pokémon card game, and the virtual version tries to maintain that. You get a free starter deck upon creating an account, and then earn more cards by playing the game. The experience of opening “booster packs” has also been preserved in the game. Being an iPad game, there are ample opportunities to buy cards via in-app purchases as well.You could easily imagine that this game would not exist on iOS if Nintendo still had the overwhelming dominance in console gaming that it once did. This isn’t quite the same as having a Zelda or Mario game on a third-party mobile platform, but Pokémon is an important franchise nonetheless. The Pokémon Company does have some autonomy from Nintendo, but Nintendo signed off on this at some point. Maybe we’ll see a true RPG version of Pokémon come to mobile devices in the future.Pokémon TCG Online has rather high requirements for a collectible card game on iOS. It’s iPad only, which makes sense, but you need to be using a Retina iPad. So that’s iPad 3 or later on the large side, and the Retina Mini from last year.last_img read more

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Campaigning ends for 5th phase

first_imgKolkata: More than 1 crore people will exercise their franchise on May 6 in seven Lok Sabha constituencies where campaign came to an end on Saturday afternoon.These constituencies are Bongaon, Barrackpore, Howrah, Uluberia, Serampore, Hooghly and Arambag. In 2014 Lok Sabha polls, the Trinamool Congress had won in all these constituencies and political experts said the situation will remain the same. In these constituencies, the TMC supremo has not changed the candidates. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataIn Bongaon, Mamatabala Thakur had won by 1.46 lakh votes in 2014. Binapani Devi, the head of the Matua community, had showered her blessings on the Trinamool Congress. But after her demise on March 5, the Matua community became divided and Shantanu Thakur, son of Manjul Krishna Thakur, is contesting on a BJP ticket against Mamatabala. Of these seven constituencies, the most important battle is between Dinesh Trivedi, the sitting MP of Trinamool Congress and Arjun Singh, who recently joined BJP from TMC. In 2014, Trivedi won the seat by 2.06 lakh votes and got only 37,382 votes from Bhatpara from where Singh was the MLA. Political experts said though a section of the media are creating a hype, Singh will not be able to create any dent within the Trinamool’s fort. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateIn Howrah, Prasun Banerjee, the sitting MLA, had won by 1.96 lakh votes in the 2014 elections. Rantideb Sengupta of the BJP is contesting against Banerjee. Sajda Ahmed, the widow of Sultan Ahmed, is contesting from Uluberia. In 2014, Sultan Ahmed won the seat by 2.01 lakh votes. After his premature death, Sajda was elected in the by-election and is contesting from the seat. Kalyan Banerjee had won by 1.52 lakh votes in 2014 from Serampore Lok Sabha seat. Dr Ratna Dey Nag, the sitting Trinamool MP, has been re-nominated. She had won the seat in 2014 by 2.89 lakh votes. This is her third consecutive term. Her principal opponent is BJP’s Locket Chatterjee. TMC’s Aparupa Poddar had won the Arambag seat by 3.46 lakh votes. Political experts said the Trinamool Congress will have no problem retaining the seat. Mamata Banerjee had addressed meetings in all these seats and took part in road shows that had attracted thousands of people. The election to these seats will take place on Monday between 7 am and 6 pm.last_img read more

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RedVision Welcomes New VP of Operations

first_img RedVision 2017-05-16 Seth Welborn Recently, Tim Padgett joined RedVision, a company that provides title and real property research solutions. As its new vice president of operations, Padgett will be manage RedVision’s regional and national operations, concentrating on continuous customer success and satisfaction.“As a previous RedVision customer and a long-time member of the title industry, I have a sincere appreciation for voice of the customer and the businesses they serve, along with a deep understanding of the title transaction,” said Padgett. “I hope to combine my experience as both a customer and solutions partner to further enhance RedVision’s commitment to consistently provide its clients with a quality product and superior customer service.”Coming from strong background in title operations, closings, settlement services and title insurance, Padgett has 30 years of industry-related experience under his belt. He has served in roles at various organizations, including Westcor Land Title Insurance Company, the American Land Title Association (ALTA), the Mortgage Industry Standards Maintenance Organization (MISMO), and Altisource Premium Title Services, Inc., his most recent employer before RedVision.“Tim Padgett has extensive experience in management, development and risk assessment,” said Brian Twibell, president of RedVision. “He will apply his industry expertise in multi-state operations, onshore and offshore operations, vendor management and underwriting to strategically manage our day-to-day operations and optimize service delivery to RedVision’s national and regional customers.” in News Sharecenter_img May 16, 2017 528 Views RedVision Welcomes New VP of Operationslast_img read more

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