Summer temperatures will be like whiplash says meteorologist

first_imgTORONTO – Temperatures this summer are expected to feel like “whiplash,” and may swing between hot and cool over the course of the season, a top meteorologist says.The Weather Network released its summer forecast Tuesday, and chief meteorologist Chris Scott said it may feel like being on a teeter-totter.“When you’re going down, before you reach the bottom, someone jumps on the other side and you’re jerked right back up again,” he said. “That’s what our weather patterns are going through. They’re getting kind of jerked around by the overall patterns in the Pacific Ocean with El Nino.”Scott said that while British Columbia has had a cool spring, that should turn around for summer and it’ll end up being a little warmer than average — though he notes that it shouldn’t be excessively hot.And he said precipitation-wise, the region should get the average amount of rain — which is to say, not a ton. Scott said it could present an issue for forest fires.In the Prairies, temperatures will vary by the region. Scott said Alberta could get some of the same warm temperatures as British Columbia, but the eastern Prairies can expect it to be cooler than average.And while there may be a few dry pockets, meteorologists aren’t predicting any prolonged droughts.Scott said it won’t be as hot or dry in Central Canada as last summer.“We will be on that battle ground, between warm to the south — and hot, humid weather at times — and cool to the north,” he said. “We’re painting in much of northern Ontario with below normal temperatures, most of southern Ontario with near-normal and just a little bit of southern Quebec at above-normal.”“Versus last summer, I wouldn’t say a cooler summer — let’s just say not as hot,” he said, adding there won’t be quite as many days above 30C as there were in Toronto last year.In terms of precipitation, he said it may be a little bit above normal, though the regions affected by flooding in the spring likely won’t have to worry about further issues in the summer.Meanwhile, Scott said the southern parts of the Maritimes will be a little bit above normal temperature-wise.But he added that in Newfoundland and Labrador, it may be chillier than average whenever there’s a wind coming off of the ocean, which is cooler this year than it usually is.In the North, Scott said Yukon can look forward to a warmer than normal summer.Much of the Northwest Territories will see near normal temperatures, but southern Nunavut should expect a cooler season than usual.last_img read more

Looters taking advantage of BC fires are typical at natural disasters expert

first_imgVANCOUVER – As if the risk of losing their homes isn’t enough, wildfire evacuees in British Columbia have faced the additional threat of looters searching through their belongings after they rushed to safety.Rob Gordon, a criminologist at Simon Fraser University in Surrey, B.C., says looting is an unfortunate but routine part of virtually every natural disaster, from fires to floods, hurricanes to earthquakes.“It’s predatory behaviour of the worst kind,” Gordon said, adding that looters are opportunists.“There is nothing especially organized. People just see a chance to make off with somebody else’s possessions, and they’ll do it if they can get away with it.”The RCMP said they have arrested a half-dozen people accused of exploiting the disaster over the past week.Emergency officials have ordered thousands of residents to lock up and leave since the province declared a state of emergency on July 7 after hundreds of fires started across B.C.’s central and southern Interior.Gordon said looters are often locals who have had an eye on a particular house or business. Besides cash, the most likely items to be stolen are typically small, portable and easy to resell, such as electronics, jewelry and guns, he said.“There’s a market in firearms,” he explained. “And they’re, generally speaking, quite easy to move.”To help prevent looting, Gordon would like to see police train volunteer safety officers who would remain in their communities during an emergency, when it’s safe to do so.“My betting is there would be a lot of people willing to go back into their communities to protect their property and the property of their neighbours,” he said, comparing it to a volunteer firefighting program.“It’s a model of emergency service which is already in place in many respects,” Gordon said of auxiliary policing systems. “A lot of communities have them. The Gulf Islands have them. I’m just surprised that is not the case in the Interior.”Quesnel Mayor Bob Simpson said he has been receiving reports of “fake fire marshals” knocking on doors telling residents their street is under an evacuation alert.“We believe that these are people potentially looking for opportunities to rob vacant homes,” Simpson said.“Most of my thoughts are unprintable. I think it’s unconscionable that these individuals take advantage of this situation.”Swindlers are not necessarily always on the ground when emergencies hit. Evan Kelly of the Better Business Bureau warned about scam artists who set up fake crowdfunding websites to take money illegally.“It really comes down to the emotional aspect, and that’s what scammers are trying to capitalize on here,” he said, describing such cons as “the lowest of the low.”Kelly encouraged people interested in donating online to contribute to charities that have registered with the Canada Revenue Agency. Door-to-door solicitors should be able to provide a tax receipt immediately without leaving the front step, he added.— Follow @gwomand on TwitterNote to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version based on information provided by the RCMP said at least a dozen arrests had been made by police.last_img read more

Saskatchewan groups trying to curb high level of Indigenous children in care

first_imgTamara Pimentel APTN National NewsThe number of Saskatchewan children in foster care is alarming.Recent statistics show nearly 85 per cent of kids in foster care are Indigenous.Many in the province are asking why the number is so high and what can be done about it.last_img

Winnipeg police offer apology to Indigenous women on final day of the

first_imgTom FennarioAPTN NewsThe chief of the Winnipeg police service apologized to Indigenous women Thursday for how they have been treated by his force.“Indigenous women were not treated with the respect and dignity that they deserve,” Chief Danny Smyth told the commissioners.“As the chief of the Winnipeg police service I offer my apologies for past conduct and policies that contributed to harming Indigenous women and girls.”Winnipeg has one of the highest Indigenous populations in the country.Smyth says it’s a population that has not been served well, but that Winnipeg Police are making efforts to rectify that by working more with frontline workers and taking more of harm reduction approach.Harm reduction is something Rachel Willan says could’ve helped her back in the day.She told the inquiry that the only way she survived the sex trade and the pimp she worked under was with the help of friends.“Women defended me. Women locked the door,” she told the inquiry.“All held the door because they wouldn’t let him into the door where I was, while I was hiding in a closet filled with dirty clothes and needles. Hiding from him.”This was just one of the harrowing stories Willan recounted from her life on the streets of Winnipeg.A life that started with sexual abuse, 53 child service placements – then eventually the sex trade, drugs, and prison.The Metis woman escaped with the help of her current husband.“It doesn’t take anybody, a rocket scientist to know what it takes to surround a woman with love and have her exit on her own,” she said.“And you know what, they find themselves because I did.”Diane Redsky has devoted the last 25 years of her life to combating sexual exploitation.The Ojibway woman from Shoal Lake First Nation was part of a 2014 task force to end sex trafficking.“What we learned was that the biggest risk factor to sex trafficking is just being a girl,” she said. “Right off the bat, if you are a girl you are already at risk.“The common recruitment age is 13, and I’ll tell you something when I first started doing this work 25 years ago the average age was 16.”Redsky is now based in Winnipeg where she said there is a specific market for vulnerable Indigenous women.She said the longer a woman is sexually exploited – the shorter her life expectancy.The inquiry will now hold two dates for final submissions to be made by those individuals or groups with standing.The final report is due April 30, 2019.tfennario@aptn.ca@tfennariolast_img read more

Maroc Telecom Invests €6 Billion in African Communications Infrastructure

Rabat – Morocco’s telecommunications company, Maroc Telecom, has invested nearly €6 billion in the last decade for infrastructural modernization projects and the improvement of the quality of its services in Africa, reported Maghreb Arab Press (MAP).During the launching ceremony of the group’s first corporate campaign, which took place on Thursday in Abidjan, Abdesslam Ahizoune, Maroc Telecom’s chairman of the management board, highlighted the impressive journey of Maroc Telecom in the continent.“Maroc Telecom plays an active role in Africa in telecommunications and new technologies sector,” said the CEO. “Our African approach is in line with the vision of a great African, the person of King Mohammed VI, who works tirelessly for a harmonious development of an Africa that relies on its own forces for the well-being of its populations.” Specifically, Ahizoune noted that Maroc Telecom has deployed national and international fiber optic over a length of 6,900 kilometers, benefiting Niger, Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania and Morocco.Ahizoune added that Maroc Telecom plans to deploy a sub-sea cable on the Atlantic coast. The chairman also noted that Maroc Telecom has also put in place 6,221 new mobile radio stations serving all sectors of the population.This initiative seeks to combat the digital divide, which creates a gap between demographics and regions that have access to communications technology and those that don’t or that have restricted access.Maroc Telecom group currently serves over than 55 million users in 101 African countries. The group generated estimated overall revenue of CFAF 2,122 billion in 2016.Ahizoune added that the group made these achievements possible through strict compliance with the regulatory and legal requirements of the different countries where its operate.For the CEO, the key to this success is also the humility, experience, and effective contribution of the group’s employees, who he said have formed a single solidarity team with their African brothers.“The result is that these teams, purely African, have grown faster than all their competitors in all the countries of our presence,” he said. Ahizoune stressed that this development that revolves around investment and the promotion of employment, aiming to provide all, in a democratic and popular way, the tools that allow access to knowledge.During the ceremony, Ahizoune named French judoka Teddy Riner as the ambassador of Maroc Telecom throughout Africa.Riner was a double Olympic champion and a nine times world champion. The ceremony was attended by several representatives of the group and Ivorian officials and diplomats, as well as other African countries where the group is present through its subsidiaries.The Maroc Telecom group’s adjusted net profit increased by 5.7 percent amounting to MAD 2.92 billion by the end of June 2017, compared to MAD 2.77 billion in the same period in 2016. According to the group’s report, this evolution is mainly due to the sharp increase in the net income of its African subsidiaries’ activities. read more

16yearold Bosnian girl killed by gunfire in Srebrenica UN mission says

According to UNMIBH reports, Mehla Dzuric was killed around 11:00 p.m. yesterday when several bullets from an automatic rifle were fired into a house in Vlasenica. The girl and her family had recently returned to the area.This was the second time that this particular house had been fired at in the last six weeks, UNMIBH said. Police secured the property shortly after the incident and have no suspects at this time.

UN envoy calls for major investment in children and youth of Afghanistan

While the international donor community has responded generously to the situation in Afghanistan, Olara Otunnu, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, told a press briefing at UN Headquarters that he was appealing for donors to “stay the course” and invest significantly in the country’s children and young people.During his visit from 22 to 28 July, Mr. Otunnu said, he had been heartened by the extraordinary resilience and thirst for knowledge among Afghanistan’s children and youth. He called on international donors and the Afghan Government to give top priority to ensuring investments in education, nutrition and basic medical care for Afghan boys and girls.As he toured the country – including stops in Kabul, Kandahar and the Afghanistan-Pakistan border – Mr. Otunnu visited schools, orphanages, hospitals, prisons and camps for internally displaced persons. At every turn, he said, he sensed that Afghan young people were longing to participate more actively in the process of rebuilding peace and healing in their country.In order to build on that palpable spirit of hope, and to bolster the children’s agenda within the country as well as internationally, Mr. Otunnu announced that a national conference for the children of Afghanistan – a “children’s jirga” – was being planned, in collaboration with the Government, UN agencies, and local and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs). He voiced hope that the conference would take place before the end of the year.Describing the high price they had paid during more than two decades of war, Mr. Otunnu noted that one third of the children had lost one or both parents, 50 per cent had suffered from chronic malnutrition and about half of the country’s 200,000 landmine victims were youngsters. He stressed that empowering the country’s youth through education was the best way to prevent manipulation and radical indoctrination by militant groups.”It seems to me that investing in children and youth is one of the best ways to turn a new page in Afghanistan,” Mr. Otunnu said. read more

New building being constructed to house Foreign Service Institute

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has begun the process of establishing a new building to house its Foreign Service Institute with the demolition of the Ramphal House, according to GINA.Workers demolishing the Ramphal HouseLocated on Shiv Chanderpaul Drive, the Ramphal House was scheduled for demolition and reconstruction in the 2017 National Budget.During the presentation of the budget estimates in December, Minister of Foreign Affairs Carl Greenidge noted that, “The Ministry has been struggling with that building for quite some time and the various attempts at renovation seem not to have been effective.”The government will expend $100M this year for the demolition and construction of the new building. Last year, the Ministry spent $50M in preparation for the demolition. The overall investment for the new building totals $282.5M.GINA said the new building, which will be erected on the same site, will also house the Protocol and Consular Affairs departments. It is expected to improve accommodation and operational efficiency of the departments it will house.In the meantime, staff who worked in the Ramphal House have been relocated in the Ministry’s Takuba Lodge, South Road location for the duration of the construction. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedHouse approves $2.2B for Ministry of Indigenous People’s AffairsDecember 12, 2017In “Local News”Guyana’s Foreign Service Officers briefed on possible impact of US immigration policyFebruary 27, 2017In “latest news”Chinese Foreign Ministry delegation meets with President GrangerJune 23, 2015In “Business” read more

Trevalis Caribou leadzinccopper mine on schedule

first_imgTrevali Mining Corp is progressing well on construction and mine re-start activities at its wholly-owned Caribou polymetallic mine and mill complex located in the Bathurst Mining Camp of northeast New Brunswick, Canada. Both surface and underground development programs at Caribou continue to advance and the project status remains on schedule for start-up commissioning in the first half of 2015. A summary of key current activities is provided below:MILLThe new 3,000-t/d SAG mill major components are installed and the mill will be commissioned in Q1 of 2015The three IsaMills installed at Caribou have been inspected by the XPS and are in excellent condition for start-up. The company is proactively replacing the electric motor bearings for enhanced reliability during commissioning and going forwardThe zinc and lead flotation circuits have been cleaned and repaired where necessary, and copper circuit design and tendering is nearing completionAll mill motors and electrical drives have been cleaned and serviced by OEM representativesThe majority of the pumps have been refurbished and/or replaced and spare pumping capacity components have been sourced from the nearby Brunswick-12 mine and mill complex that ceased operations in 2013Plant instrumentation refurbishment is progressing as equipment becomes available and remains on track for H1-2015 mill commissioning.UNDERGROUNDThe new portal construction commenced in early November and is advancing to schedule. Surface breakthrough is anticipated in Q1-2015 and will ultimately result in significant operational efficiencies by reducing the surface haul distance to approximately 100 m to the Fine Mineral Bins versus the previous surface route of some 1.5-km. It is anticipated that this will decrease haul costs, improve underground fleet availability in addition to improving winter production capabilitiesAbout three years of underground development is currently in place: In detail, ramp and level rehabilitation and access to two of the first four production areas are approximately 90% and 75% complete respectively. The third and fourth production zones are 40 to 50% complete and continue to progress to schedule and plan. There are currently some 600,000 t of mineralised material available for productionSurface crusher installation is in progress to a newly designed radial stacking pad. Based on the company’s successful Santander commissioning, Trevali is currently planning to stockpile about 60-80,000 t of underground material prior to commencing Q2-2015 mill commissioningThe main dewatering pumps are fully installed and site is currently dewatering at full 600 gallon-per-minute capacity. The mine is currently dewatered to some 250-m subsurfaceThe underground paste backfill study is advancing and results are expected in early Q1-2015.SURFACE WORKSZinc and lead concentrate shed rehabilitation is in progress and will improve winter concentrate load-outs and management. Copper concentrate shed planning and engineering is advancing wellSeveral site bridges have been replaced in order to improve access to the Tailings Management Facility (TMF). The reclaim pumping station and water polishing pond areas have be raised and placed on new foundations to facilitate potential future TMF expansionsGeotechnical drilling has been completed in order to access long-term TMF planningThe mill site has been contoured to improve surface water managementFire suppression system is refurbished and fully operational.Exploration targeting and drill testing of potential extensions of both the East and North Mine Limbs has resulted in the intersection of significant intervals of massive sulphide mineralisation ranging from 7 m to plus 45 m downhole thicknesses and remain open for extension. Assay results are pending.last_img read more

Des cas de tuberculose identifiés à ClichysousBois

first_imgDes cas de tuberculose identifiés à Clichy-sous-BoisMercredi, l’Agence régionale de santé a annoncé avoir recensé cet été une vingtaine de cas de tuberculose, y compris chez des enfants, dans le quartier pauvre du Chêne pointu, à Clichy-sous-Bois en Seine-Saint-Denis.En 2009, 5.276 cas de tuberculose ont été déclarés en France contre 5.758 en 2008. Des chiffres qui selon l’Institut de veille sanitaire semble indiquer une régression de la maladie dans le pays. Toutefois, la tuberculose est encore loin de disparaitre, alors que l’Ile-de-France reste la région la plus affectée de France métropolitaine. Ainsi, l’Agence régionale de santé a révélé qu’une vingtaine de cas de tuberculose ont été recensés cet été à Clichy-sous-Bois dans les Hauts-de-Seine. Ces malades, dont certains sont des enfants, ont été identifiés dans le quartier pauvre du Chêne-Pointu lors d’une campagne de dépistage organisée au cours des mois derniers. “Une première action de dépistage volontaire a été organisée cet été au plus près des domiciles de ces personnes malades, parmi lesquelles des enfants”, explique l’agence. Mais outre ces cas avérés, une trentaine d’infections tuberculiniques latentes ont également été découvertes. Ainsi, l’ARS a décidé de renouveler la campagne en expliquant : “La tuberculose étant une maladie contagieuse, qui reste potentiellement grave d’une part, et afin de pouvoir retrouver et traiter toutes les personnes atteintes d’autre part, une seconde vague de dépistage, à plus grande échelle, dans ce même quartier, a été décidée pour la rentrée”. Celle-ci sera organisé du 28 septembre au 14 octobre dans ce même quartier. “Un marqueur de pauvreté sociale” À lire aussiAutisme : un dépistage et une prise en charge précoces pour mieux traiter la maladie”L’ensemble des habitants du quartier pourront faire ce dépistage, gratuit et mené sur la base du volontariat”, a précisé l’ARS dans un communiqué. Pour sa part, le Dr Laurent Chambaud, directeur de la santé publique de l’agence d’Ile-de-France, indique : “Pour avoir des cas de tuberculose, il faut des contacts étroits et répétés, dans des milieux familiaux ou fermés, comme les écoles”, mais une fois dépistée la maladie est aisément soignée avec des antibiotiques adaptés. Par ailleurs, alors que la tuberculose est largement répandue dans le monde et particulièrement dans les pays en voie de développement, le Dr Chambaud souligne : “La tuberculose est aussi lié à des conditions sociales et d’habitats dégradées, c’est un marqueur de pauvreté sociale”.  Le 22 septembre 2011 à 13:51 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Republicans fail to endorse candidate for Governor at San Diego convention

first_imgRepublicans fail to endorse candidate for Governor at San Diego convention Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter May 7, 2018 Posted: May 7, 2018 KUSI Newsroom SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Mail-in ballots are beginning to go out to voters today ahead of California’s June 5 primary election, but GOP voters may have a tough time choosing who to back after delegates failed to endorse a gubernatorial candidate at the California Republic Party’s state convention in San Diego over the weekend.Rancho Santa Fe businessman John Cox and Assemblyman Travis Allen, R- Huntington Beach, were vying for the party’s endorsement for governor, but neither earned the 60 percent of votes needed. Cox received 55.3 percent, Allen received 40.5 percent and 4.1 percent of delegates chose to endorse neither candidate.Primary voting for governor will see all candidates from all parties on the same ballot, with the top two vote-getters facing off in November, regardless of their party affiliation.California’s Democrats also failed to endorse a candidate for governor at their convention in February, but Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom holds a wide lead over all rivals in most polls. Cox and former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, a Democrat, are polling close together in second and third, with state Treasurer John Chiang and Allen polling a little ways behind them in fourth and fifth, respectively.The danger for Republicans, according to many of the party’s delegates, is that if a Republican gubernatorial candidate is not on the November ballot, it could hinder GOP turnout for the U.S. Senate, the House of Representatives and down-ballot elections at the state and local levels.“It’s absolutely necessary that we as a party are united around the top race in the state,” Los Angeles County delegate Karen Roseberry said as she unsuccessfully urged the party to reconsider the endorsement vote, according to the Los Angeles Times. “Every down-ticket race is counting on this.”A spokesman for Cox’s campaign said the wealthy businessman is now the only Republican with enough funding to challenge the Democrats, according to the Times and the San Diego Union-Tribune. Allen — who said he was “ecstatic” that Cox failed to claim an endorsement victory despite his wealth — said he believes he can still challenge for a top-two finish next month. He said he is sending out more than 13 million mailers this week to invigorate the state’s GOP voters.The three-day convention wrapped up Sunday at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina in the Midway District, with delegates voting to endorse retired Judge Steven Bailey for attorney general, Cole Harris for lieutenant governor and Mark Meuser for secretary of state.But in another blow to the party, there were no candidates eligible for endorsement in the U.S. Senate race to challenge Dianne Feinstein. Patrick Little, a neo-Nazi who has praised Adolf Hitler and has polled second behind Feinstein in recent polls, was barred from the convention Saturday when he tried to register.State Republican leaders said there was no room for Little’s anti-Semitic views in their party. State GOP leaders have distanced themselves from Little, saying they have no records of him ever serving as a delegate and he has no relationship to the state Republican party. KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

Ag Groups Write Congress in Advance of EPA Oversight Hearing

first_imgA coalition of 38 major farm groups, including American Soybean Association (ASA), wrote to House Agriculture Committee leaders in advance of the Committee’s oversight hearing on Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) policies that affect U.S. agriculture. The hearing was scheduled for January 26 but postponed due to weather; a new hearing date has not been set.While the groups commended EPA on some thoughtful actions, including the agency’s approaches to protecting the monarch butterfly and development of state managed pollinator protection plans, they also raised a number of concerns about the agency’s general conduct.Among them the concerns were EPA’s reliance on inaccurate modeling in its broad rule making to implement TMDL total maximum daily load) limits within the Chesapeake Bay watershed; publication of its paper which concluded that neonicotinoid seed treatments for soybean “provide negligible overall benefits” and was repudiated by United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists; as well as the final clean water rule, which is even broader than the proposed rule, among many others.“These specific items are not exhaustive but do represent some of the most pressing issues farmers and ranchers currently face from EPA regulations. We commend the Committee for undertaking this oversight hearing, and we stand ready to work with you on common sense reforms that reflect Congressional intent without infringing on the legitimate rights of the agricultural community” the groups wrote.The full text of the letter is available here.last_img read more

Samesex marriage approval within reach

first_imgOLYMPIA — The Legislature is on the verge of having enough support to make Washington the seventh state to approve gay marriage, according to a tally by The Associated Press.A same-sex marriage bill is expected to be introduced by the end of the week. The AP reached out to all 49 state senators over the past week and found that more lawmakers are firmly supporting gay marriage than opposing it, by a margin of 22-18.The measure needs 25 votes to pass the Senate. The House is widely expected to have enough support, and Gov. Chris Gregoire publicly endorsed gay marriage for the first time last week.Four Democrats say they are considering whether to support it, including one who is leaning in favor. A pair of Republicans is among those supporting the proposal, and two first-term GOP members said they are still discussing the issue with constituents.Democratic Sen. Ed Murray, a gay lawmaker from Seattle who has for years led efforts to approve same-sex marriage, said that he’s “50 percent optimistic” it will pass. He noted that he saw a gay civil rights measure he spearheaded lose by one vote in 2005 before it passed by a single vote the following year.last_img read more

Blame rampant as sequester cuts roll in

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — Politicians on both sides of the aisle continued to blame each other Saturday for the federal budget cuts, the so-called sequester, that began to take effect late Friday after all 11th-hour efforts to reach an agreement failed.In his weekly address Saturday, posted on the White House website just hours after the sequester officially took effect, President Barack Obama said the pain of the sequester “will be real,” with ripple effects across the economy.“These cuts are not smart, they will hurt our economy and cost us jobs,” he said. At a time the U.S. economic recovery is taking hold, “the last thing Washington should do is to get in the way.”The longer these “cuts remain in place, the longer the damage,” costing an estimated loss of more than 750,000 jobs and slowing the U.S. economy by more than one-half of 1 percent, he said.The weekly Republican address, delivered by U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington, blamed Obama and congressional Democrats for failing to act and avoid the sequester.last_img read more

BSO Missing Pompano Beach boy found safe

first_imgThe Broward Sheriff’s Office has confirmed a boy who went missing from his Pompano Beach home, Tuesday afternoon, has been found safe.According to detectives, 10-year-old Kayden Lemos disappeared from his residence at around 5 p.m.Authorities said he is now back with his family.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Davie 1st responders host annual expo

first_imgDAVIE, FLA. (WSVN) – Davie Police and Fire Rescue reached out to the community during their annual expo show.Families at Saturday’s event saw motorcycles, SWAT trucks and even a K-9 in action at the Davie Police Department.Children also had the opportunity to use a fire hose and dress up like the town’s local heroes.Officials said the event is a fun way for residents to learn about their local and state agencies.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

BET Experience 2018 Lineup LL Cool J NeYo Rae Sremmurd SZA More

first_img Twitter BET Experience 2018 Lineup: SZA, Ne-Yo, And More bet-experience-2018-lineup-ll-cool-j-ne-yo-rae-sremmurd-sza-more BET Experience 2018 Lineup: LL Cool J, Ne-Yo, Rae Sremmurd, SZA, More The BETX roster for June 21–23 also includes Chris Brown, DJ Z-Trip, Ferg, Nipsey Hussle, Kamaiyah, Ludacris, Ella Mai, Playboi Carti, and WondagurlPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Apr 11, 2018 – 2:09 pm The lineup announced so far for the three days of BET Experience 2018, leading up to the 2018 BET Awards on June 24, really does speak for itself. The first day, June 21, headlines LL Cool J featuring DJ Z-Trip, Ludacris and Ne-Yo. June 22 has SZA as well as Chris Brown and Ella Mai. Then a burst of emerging talent on June 23 lines up Ferg, Nipsey Hussle, Kamaiyah, Playboi Carti, Rae Sremmurd, and Wondagurl, some of today’s most promising hitmakers.SZA earned her first nominations as an artist at the 60th GRAMMY Awards earlier this year, going in with five including Best New Artist and Best R&B Song. A few days later on Feb. 6, Kendrick Lamar and SZA released “All The Stars” to YouTube, with now more than 97 million views. It peaked at No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart dated March 3, her highest charting hit so far.This musically captivating list already raises a thirst to be there, and more details on BETX are yet to be released, including additional performers. The four days also include BET Fan Fest at L.A. Convention Center on June 22–23. BET Networks and AEG are the hosts and BET Experience is presented by Coca-Cola.Tickets go on sale on April 18 and there are VIP packages available.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more News Email Facebook last_img read more

Missile Defense Agency Kill vehicle contract cancellation wont affect Greely expansion

first_img“The work of adding the 20 new silos at Missile Field 4 at Fort Greely is underway now,” he said Wednesday. “We’re making good progress. And that will continue – that absolutely will continue, until completion.” One of the 40 interceptor missiles at Fort Greely is lowered into its silo. An expansion project at the missile-defense base eventually will increase the number of interceptors at Greely to 60. Four more interceptors are based at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. (Photo courtesy of Missile Defense Agency) The kill vehicles, like the overall Ground-based Midcourse Defense program they’re part of, have met only partial success in overcoming that challenge, as the interceptors have destroyed just over half of the dummy ICBMs they’ve targeted in tests. Boeing was awarded the RKV program contract in May 2017, and the Pentagon put in on pause two years later before finally deciding to pull the plug last week. But the aerospace giant remains a major Ground-based Missile Defense system contractor. “If we’re going to have a missile-defense field, we want it to be effective,” said Jim Dodson, the president and CEO of the Fairbanks Economic Development Corporation. He says it’s clear a better kill vehicle is needed to counter both conventional nuclear-tipped missiles and more advanced weapons like those being developed by adversaries. Wright says the interceptors to be emplaced in the 20 new silos won’t come with the Redesigned Kill Vehicles, or RKVs, that are intended to collide with an incoming enemy missile as it enters the Earth’s atmosphere en route to its target. Pentagon officials say they canceled Boeing’s $1.2 billion contract because of ongoing problems with the so-called “kill vehicle” that sits atop the interceptor missiles. Officials with the Raytheon Co., which builds the component, reportedly say they’ve struggled to correct design and manufacturing problems that have increased the kill vehicle program’s costs. “That’s all something that we have to develop – figure out with industry what’s technically feasible, what’s not feasible, etc,” Wright said. That’s why one Fairbanks-based observer says a midcourse correction to the $200 million Missile Field 4 expansion is a good idea, whether or not it slowed the expansion project at Greely. But Missile Defense Agency spokesperson Mark Wright says that decision won’t stop expansion work under way at the missile base on Fort Greely.center_img “We’re at the outset of developing and procuring the next-generation interceptor,” he said, “so we don’t have a timeline yet,” he said. The RKV is the second-generation kill vehicle that replaced the problem-plagued first-generation EKV, or Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle. The RKV had more success than the EKV at knocking down incoming missiles – a technological feat that’s been compared with shooting a bullet out of the sky with another bullet. The Pentagon’s decision last week to cancel a billion-dollar contract held by Boeing Co., due to problems with the “kill vehicle” payload on interceptor missiles like those at Fort Greely, won’t affect the expansion project under way at the Army post’s missile-defense base. “I think the military has determined that the (kill) vehicle is not effective, particularly against emerging technologies from North Korea and Russia and China,” Dodson said. “So, certainly, you can’t categorize that move as bad news.” Because of all that, Wright says there’s no estimate yet on how long it’ll take for the new kill vehicle to be developed – and when it will be deployed. Wright says instead that the new interceptors and eventually the 40 others at Greely all will be equipped with a next-generation kill vehicle that the Pentagon and its contractors will develop. But he says it’ll take a while. “With the RKV (program) cancellation, we will no longer put in the ground the interceptors topped with RKV warheads,” he said. GMD is one of several U.S. missile-defense programs The Pentagon reportedly has spent about $180 billion on the GMD program since is it was begun in 2002.last_img read more

Tata companies showcase 3300 implemented innovations at Innovista programme

first_imgCore processesJaguar Land Rover: Virtual road load dataTata Motors and Tata Steel: Indigenous development of advanced high strength steelTitan Company: Smart fusion – in-house laser welding automation Awards in the other three categories were given as under:In the piloted technologies category, the award went to:Tata Consultancy Services: Microbiome-based diagnostics: Preterm birth and CRCIn the dare to try category, the award went to:Tata Steel (Europe): Superhydrophobic bacterial coatingsThe design honour category award went to:Jaguar Land Rover: Push lock-pull open door latch for interior paintTata Consultancy Services: Next gen customer experience in industrial serviceTata Steel: Dual discharge wagons – debottlenecking logistics. A name board is pictured at the entrance of Bombay House, headquarters of Tata Group, in Mumbai, India October 27, 2016.Reuters fileTata companies have showcased over 3,300 implemented innovations in its annual Innovista programme, representing a growth of 110 percent in two years. A significant number of these innovations incorporate digital technologies, particularly in the areas of industrial automation, customer experience enhancement and advanced engineering simulations, the Tata group said on Thursday.Commenting on the rate of innovation in Tata companies, Dr Gopichand Katragadda, group chief technology officer, Tata Sons, said, “Our industries are in in the midst of tectonic shifts driven by the democratisation of digital, automation of decisions, and a focus on the environment. The Tata group has continued to lead in intellectual property generation from artificial intelligence to microbiomics and from driver assist technologies to new 2D materials. I am happy to see the Tata group companies leverage digital extensively in their innovations, while also pushing the limits of adopting emerging science and materials.”The implemented innovations include new products, new services, core processes, support processes and design.Examples in industrial automation, incorporating digital, include TCS’s embedded security for internet of things (IoT) devices, Tata Steel’s smart desulphurisation utilising infrared thermal imaging camera and image processing algorithms, and Tata Motors tyre life extension that leveraged real-world road usage data to incorporate realistic wear patterns into the design process, utilising digital approaches.Indian Hotels showcased the Taj VR experience and Taj.Live, both of which employ digital tools to enhance customer service processes through immersive experiences and social listening. TCS demonstrated Access Infinity, incorporating digital workflow and functionality to enable accessible media for the print disabled.Digital innovations in the engineering simulation were well showcased by Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), which used 3D simulations of automotive components’ performance under virtual road conditions to significantly improve design timelines. JLR also presented pedestrian automatic braking system using a stereo camera and algorithms for driver assist.Companies also showcased advanced R&D at the intersection of biology, computing and materials. Superhydrophobic material coatings by Tata Steel Europe attempted a coating technology using proteins produced by bacteria to prevent corrosion for organic coated steel. TCS presented potentially revolutionary microbiome-based bio-markers to flag those at a high risk for preterm birth and those at high risk for colorectal cancer.These innovations were showcased through the multi-stage and multi-country Tata Innovista 2017, a group-wide programme held annually by the Tata Innovation Forum (TIF). The TIF is tasked with encouraging the culture of innovation in Tata companies, and Tata Innovista is the platform which recognises outstanding innovations by Tata companies under four broad categories: implemented innovations, piloted technologies, dare to try, and design honour.Implemented innovations are those that have been successfully implemented and have accrued benefits to the businesses. Piloted technologies are at various stages of development and promise to deliver significant benefits after implementation. The dare to try category comprises courageous attempts that did not achieve the desired results but have potential for success. The design honour category comprises innovations focusing on design thinking.Tata Innovista 2017 AwardsFrom 52 Tata companies from across 22 countries who submitted their projects in Tata Innovista 2017, 36 Tata companies reached the second round. The projects in the second round, held in Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Kolkata, London, Novi (USA), and Bangkok, were judged by eminent external experts, and 51 teams from 18 Tata companies were shortlisted for the final global round that took place in Mumbai.The awards for the implemented innovations category, including its sub-categories, were given to:New productsTata Chemicals: Low oil absorb besan: A simple path towards healthTata Global Beverages: Eight O’clock coffee infusionsTata Steel: Smart raking system for DS in steel making shop New servicesTata Consultancy Services: Access infinity – accessible content ecosystemTata Consultancy Services: Embedded secure element – digital transformation Support processesTata Power Delhi Distribution: Leaders from learnerslast_img read more